Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Grammy's Feet

I made this frame for my mom. While at the cabin this summer we discovered that Bug's feet fit almost perfectly in the shoe impressions Grammy made when the cabin steps were poured. The bottom picture is my mom's initials and date in the cement. I used the fun Sassafras Lass Sunshine Lollipop paper as mats for the photos and on the tag. I dug out my paper edge punch, I think I need to start using these more, I love what it added to the edge of the orange. Check out all the great ones in stock at Paper Maniac here. The title was die cut using my Big Shot and the letters were ran through my "X".

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A belated Merry Christmas and introducing...Frosty and The Worm!

Merry Christmas friends! I hope that you had a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Christ with family and friends. The girls have had fun enjoying all our snow and using their new shovels. This past week, (unrelated to Christmas, but more importantly related to potty success)we welcomed 2 guppies into our home. They currently reside in a big vase, their new 29 gallon home will arrive mid next week. Frosty has the red tail and Worm has the blue tail. Hubby and I have wanted fish for a while so this was our chance to start an aquarium. We would have loved to set up a saltwater tank, but we didn't have a spare $1,000 laying around. Bug is really enjoying feeding them and they both like to watch them swim.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Photo Cube

I picked these up from the Target $1 spot a while back (I am not sure if they are still there). I had some photos made into wallets for this project. I made the pages simple since I didn't want to have to try and accommodate the thickness embellishments would add. The patterned papers all came from the cute Sassafras Lass paper pack! (on sale now for only $.97).

Here are the sides all laid out.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friends with Flair! (part 2 of the 12 tags of Christmas)

Happy Friday! I can't believe it's only one week until Christmas! Are you ready? I am getting steps. I took time out to make more tags for the 12 tags of Christmas challenge. The first tag features Jolly Little Winter colored with my Stampin' Up! markers. "m.c." stands for Merry Christmas! The patterned paper came from a Paper Maniac card kit and I added some Kaisercraft rhinestones in the corner.

Here are tags 4, 5 and 6. I made number 4, using distress inks on the background, added a scrap of patterned paper across the bottom that matched the background colors. The "Joy" stamp is by Recollections and Kaisercraft pearls adorn the corner. You can see I had some help with numbers 5 and 6. Button colored in Rudolph (also a Recollections stamp) on tag #5 and Bug chose the colors and stamps for tag #6. The bling on their tags was in my stash.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 tags of Christmas (part 1)

I was inspired when I came across Tim Holtz's blog to make some fun gift tags this Christmas.

The one on the left uses Graphic 45 "Christmas Past" paper pack. I tore the edges of the paper and added distress ink. The background tag uses Peeled Paint, Broken China and Tea Dye distress inks. The Merry Christmas stamp came from the Michael's $1 bin and was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.
The tag on the right uses Broken China and Walnut Stain distress inks for the background. The tree is stamped in Peeled Paint ink, stamping the image 3 times in a row to get the lighter tones. "Noel" was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Both of these stamps were also found in the Michael's $1 bin. The corner piece is a piece of chipboard that I colored with a silver Sharpie and covered with Crackle Accents.
I attached them to their respective gifts with hemp twine.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Today's project is fun for kids of all ages, and makes the created keepsakes archival when you use scrapping supplies. We made reindeer! First trace both hands on dark brown cardstock and cut out. Next trace one foot (shoe on or off, your choice) on a lighter brown cardstock. You can let the kids color them while you are cutting if they are too young to use scissors. Or have them use your paper punches to punch out the eyes and nose. My oldest (3 1/2) just loves to use my paper punches. We used 3/4 inch for the red nose, 1/2 inch for the white of the eye, and 1/4 inch for the pupil.

I decided I wanted to hang mine up in frames normally occupied with family photos, so I cut cardstock down to 8x10 for the frames. In the center frame, I stamped out "Merry Christmas 2009". I added the girls names and "2009" using the Just My Type alphabet by
Unity Stamp Company.

Here are my 3 frames hanging up. Bug loves seeing her project up on display.

As an added bonus, a project like this helps me justify my supplies to my hubby as necessary for "preschool". ;)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Backpack Tags!

Time for more inspiration! Today's project is a set of 3 backpack tags (or could be diaper bag tags, lunchbag tags, etc.). I make them business card size and slip them into badge holders found at Wal-mart. I added 2 additional holes for a total of 4 ribbons and tied on grosgrain ribbon and put a drop of crystal effects in the center to secure it. Not shown in the picture is a binder ring that is used to attach it to the backpack.
I have to apologize for the poor pictures as the computer with the editing software isn't set up quite yet and daylight is lacking these days. The first one uses Sunshine Lollipop paper and some Bazzill Jewels.

The second tag uses a Unity stamp from a past KOTM, and silver brads. The background paper is also from the Sunshine Lollipop pack.

Lastly I made this one using a penguin from Unity Stamp Company. I colored him with my markers and added Sherbet buttons to the side.

Friday, November 27, 2009

countdown to Christmas

For this project I altered a mini clipboard with Eskimo Kisses paper by Basic Grey. I just love the colors and patterns. I added some matching buttons to the side, a stitched button near the bottom and various ribbons at the top. I first stitched my papers together on my sewing machine then Mod Podged them to the clipboard. For the title at the bottom, I used my Silhouette. I just love how it turned out. I am not quite sure how I am going to display my countdown, so stay tuned for that. I do know that I need more Basic Grey, this is fantastic. Check out the AMAZING deals to be had at Paper Maniac this Black Friday!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

place cards and ornaments

Today I thought I'd share a couple of quick and easy additions to your holiday decor. Both projects are kid friendly too. For starters how about some place cards for your Thanksgiving table. I used my topnote die and Big Shot (only since I don't have Nestabilities). I ran some Graphic 45 and Cosmo Cricket papers through for the base layer, and vanilla cardstock for the top layer, then distressed the edges a bit. My daughter helped me attach some Autumn Afternoon Chipboard stickers; I thought they were really nice to work with and some even have a velvety texture! Finally, I stamped the guests names.

My 2nd little project involves metal juice lids. My girls love to play with them so we have a few, I swiped 3 for these cute penguin ornaments. First I stamped a cute penguin from the Jolly Little Winter kit by Unity Stamp Company using Staz-On ink. Next I tried two methods of coloring in the penguin, and my daughter helped with the third ornament. Finally I attached an eyelet to the top using my crop-o-dile.

This one I colored with Bic Mark-It's. A word of caution, don't go over the staz-on ink or it erases it.

The next one I used a fine tip glue pen and glitter (Martha Stewart Crafts). I love the sparkle!

And here is the one Bug colored. Since her coloring erased the penguin, I stamped him again after she colored. I'll have to maybe try embossing it next time for a better result, but she had fun creating.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Christmas Wish List

Hey gals! I finally got a chance to get out some crafting supplies and create again! I decided I needed to whip up a little booklet to keep track of gifts to make or purchase for Christmas. I used some adorable Graphic 45 double sided Christmas papers as the base layer. Using my Top Note die (since I didn't have a Nestabilities set for this project...Christmas hint, hint) I cut out the base layer from the DP, then cut a top piece out of cardstock, and cut along the perforation then distressed the edges. If I could have located them, I would have used my distress inks and a jumbo eyelet to add interest.

In case you want a peek into my studio in it's current state, here it is.
And this is why I can't find my eyelets. They're in a box. Alot of the boxes belong in my studio, but that is last on the list. Areas like the kitchen and living room seem to be a bit more important.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Didja miss me?

Let me just say that moving is exhausting. Life has been chaos for over 2 weeks now. We have most of our stuff here now but it is all still in boxes. Before I can unpack, cleaning needs to occur. I am almost done with the kitchen cabinets. Let me just say that I should not be going through a bucket of water for one cabinet. NASTY. Here are some pics of our "progress".

The rental truck I got to drive! Notice it's size compared to the Explorer.

Here is the broken lift gate. It wouldn't go back up so we could no longer drive it. They had to tow the truck. Thankfully we were mostly done with it.

The girls room. 2 tone green.

Our room, the colors aren't the best in the picture, but I like how it looks in real life. You get the idea.

The living room. Again the colors aren't best and I don't have editing software on this computer. I love how it looks. The dark beams took 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint. Not bad considering all the walls needed 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint because they were so smokey stained.

A swatch of the really old carpet under the carpet in the bedroom. WooHOO 1973!

Our room after the built in was removed and wall repair was underway.

The oil tank once it was dug out.

Oil tank in the ground.

Snow on October 12. Pretty, but so not right. I love fall and miss that we skipped it.
Flamingos outside the front door.
Boxes in the living room.
Boxes in the dining room. The carpet will get ripped up before the girls destroy it. We have been sitting on the kitchen floor to eat since spills wipe much easier there. .

Our bedroom...hmmm...boxes there too.

And the girls room. Notice we did get the paneling off the wall and it was sheet rocked under the paneling. Much better.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

old school gaming

The challenge this week was to make a card without using an image. I chose to break open the Cosmo Cricket and use stuff from their "the Boyfriend" collection. I love the patterned papers the colors are fabulous! I ran a piece of wire through my paper crimper and added it to the card by securing the ends with good 'ol Scotch tape, it not only attaches the wire, it protects the recipient from the wire ends. The front of the card is cut short along the pattern to give it interest. I choose the joystick controller sticker. I figure a sentiment can be added to the inside when I am ready to give it, anything from "Happy Birthday" to "Thinking of You" could fit.
Paper: the Boyfriend by Cosmo Cricket, Chocolate Chip SU cardstock
Accessories: the Boyfriend stickers, wire, scissors, corner rounder, adhesive

Sunday, October 4, 2009

another 1973 flashback

Just posting some more pictures of our new soon-to-be home. We close next Wednesday, I am excited for the possibilities it holds. And then the real fun will begin. The first weekend we'll be busy cleaning, prepping for painting and then giving everything a fresh coat of paint. We'll also be ripping up the brand new carpet that is in the dining area. With a 3 year old and an 18 month old, it'd be NASTY in a week from all the spills. I just started packing things up around here. We'll be moving two weeks from today. It is going to be a crazy few weeks around here.
Here is the girls room. You'll notice the lovely brown paneling and trendy mauve curtains.

This lovely floor to ceiling shelf closes in the dining room from the stairs. Can anyone spot the safety issue with this? Let's just say a piece of plywood will be screwed into the back until it can be replaced with a mission style railing down the road. And yes, little one has already tried to climb through it.

Yellow kitchen sink anyone?

This is the light hanging over the stairs. I actually kind of like it though so I'm not sure of it's future.

And does anyone like landscaping? Check out the HUGE bush in the back corner of the lot. It is literally at least 20 feet wide and about as deep.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Card Making Day!

In honor of World Card Making Day, Paper Maniac has the August and September Unity Stamp Company store kits on sale. They are an amazing 40% off through Sunday at noon.
Go grab them while you can!

Get one or both, you know you want to!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Button Mania!

It's all about the Buttons and Brads this week at Paper Maniac! Be sure to check out the Halloween Boo-tique too, it's all 15% off this week! And be on the look out for fun ways your kids can enjoy in paper crafting with you by checking out the Crafty Kids Corner, there are some fun Christmas projects!
Here is the bookmark I made for my Bible, I am in a study at my church on the book of Esther and needed something more "me" than an old bulletin for my place marker.

Stamps: Contempo Alphabit (Stampin' Up!)
Papers: Old Olive cardstock, Sassafras Lass Sunshine Lollipop
Ink: Tea Dye distress ink, Memento cocoa brown.
Accessories: buttons from the stash

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Halloween Preview

Are you looking for Halloween inspiration? Well then look no further than Paper Maniac this week. The design team will be featuring Halloween/fall designs this week. I made my pumpkins using 2 sizes of oval punches. Check out the Paper Maniac Blog for a link to all the other fab-o projects being featured. Things have been a little chaotic around here with this moving and getting everything in line but I still have managed to craft.
Paper: imaginisce patterned paper, Pale Plum SU cardstock
Stamps: Just My Type by Unity Stamp Company
Ink: Whisper White craft ink SU, Tea Dye distress ink
Accessories: Oval punches SU, black pen, crystal effects, glitter, dimensional adhesive

Thursday, September 17, 2009

keeping busy! 1973 anyone?

So, fall was supposed to bring rountine and calm after our busy summer. In August things took an unexpected turn as we decided to move! We found this great place not too far from our current place that has all we need! It'll be a chaotic month but hopefully it will go smoothly. I have already purchased paint and primer for the walls of the upstairs. If anyone is free the weekend of October 10th, come over with your paintbrush! 17 gallons of paint and 6 gallons of primer are just waiting! Here's the catch, the house is stuck in 1973! The 2 car garage on the far right will be hubbys woodworking shop.

Here's our bedroom. That built-in will be coming out.

The kitchen will be getting a makeover hopefully next year.

Here's the studio...the most important room in the house! Notice the lovely gray paneling that is on all 4 walls. Pay special attention to the wallpapered closet. Even the closet ceiling got wallpapered.

A close up of the lovely print!

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