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". ;)

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