Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'd rather be crafting!

I have mountains of laundry to fold, but instead I spent the morning sewing another one of these little darlings! I have custom created a dozen of these babies now. Isn't that little "Mini Me" one so cute? My little toddlar could drag it around all day carrying her baby doll and sippy inside! I made these two for a friend to try and sell at a bazzaar she has a booth at. Wish I had more time so I could have created more for her to put out at her booth, but this Momma is short on "play time". I'm thinking about opening an Etsy shop to try and sell these...we will see, another big thought....just need to put it into action now!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Layout #14 and a Fall Card!

I know I am no where near reaching my goal of 100 completed layouts by the years end, but I am glad I am getting at least some things accomplished. I would like to shoot for at least 25 by the beginning of the new year. I was excited to get this layout done as I had all the pictures to put the layout together and it came together rather fast.

I had fun using the Art Philosophy to cut out these fun little pendants for the banner.

Here is my latest card I created for my local card group that met last night. I had to really think outside the box with this fall themed card as I don't have many fall stamps. I like how it turned out.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Halloween Greetings...and a few other things!

I have my card group tonight for the first time since summer has ended. I sure enjoyed playing with papers and getting inky fingers...need to do this more often! Plan on making a few more of these to send off to my niece and nephews.
Yes, I have still been sewing. I still have more bags to sew as we speak. This cute cowboy themed one was for a friend that just had her baby boy last week!

This one was for my newest niece and Sister in Law. I was late getting it to them as baby decided to come about 2 weeks early. Glad I finally got it to them though!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Fall!

I may be a day early, but I couldn't help but get my home ready for Fall! I made this fun door wreath which was inspired by an online photo. I love how it turned out and hopefully it gives a nice fall welcome to those who come to our door.
I was playing with the new Close To My Heart Cricut Art Philosphy cartridge and made these fun fall leaves out of scraps. I adhered them to a small grapevine wreath and added a candle to the center to make a fun table peice.
Wishing you all a Happy Fall!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A fall Card

Had an hour to play and needed thoughtful cards. I used the fun new Art Philosophy Cricut Kit to cut the leaf and sentiment tag. It sure makes paper piecing so much faster! So fun to play with too! Colors are Olive, Kraft, Cocoa, bamboo, Autumn Terracota and Goldrush.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A crafty day!

I must admit that most of my days are filled with running children to and from school, laundry, dishes, mopping, more laundry, etc. As I was mopping my kitchen floor the other day, I actually thought to myself that I was enjoying the time I was having with "playing house". It is amazing to me that as young children we role play this work that seems never ending and so repetitive. I guess that is what helps us enjoy it later on in life.

Yesterday though, I got all my "housework" done early and was so excited to finish some projects I had started. The above Rag Messenger bag is one a friend ordered for her younger sister. My 3 year old was the oldest home this morning, so he was the photographer...I must say he did an awesome job of getting a picture of the bag, as that is what I requested. :) I think I'm becoming addicted to fabric, just like I have with paper. My husband may need to send me off to therapy {but then he would have to "play house" so I don't see him doing that! LOL}
The other project I finished was this layout of my little guys 3rd birthday party. He, as all other little boys I know, loves Toy Story, so we had to celebrate with Woody, Buzz and of coarse have cute Alien cupcakes to make it special! Here's hoping for more creative days ahead!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

You know you are a craft junky when... {getting ready for school!} already have all the supplies to put a new found project together! I follow a website,, they have awesome ideas and info on there, from a printable grocery list, couponing info, and the latest lunch ideas for the kiddos. They had posted about Martha Stewarts Magnetic Lunch chart and I jumped on the idea. I actually completed a project within 24 hours of finding it, and without even having to run to the store for "supplies"! Guess that goes to show what a craft junky I am! I already had the magnet strips, cardstock, lamanating sheets, and I used velcro dots to adhere my kids choices to their charts.

I used Close To My Heart My Acrylix stamp envelopes to store the menu choices in.
Martha only has a fruit catagory, but I made my green strips into a fruits & veggies catagory and added carrots or celery w/ peanut butter.

I also have the option for my kids to eat school lunch {that is what the two little choices are at the top right}. I am hoping this gets my 3 year old (that will be eating lunch at home) more of a desire to EAT! As far as choices, I sat down with my kiddos and let them make suggestions. We were actually able to come up with 5 different sandwich ideas {turkey and cheese, pb&j, ham filling, turkey wrap or pepperoni and cheese}. Maybe with this chart I will be more willing to make them lunch this year! Yay for back to school! :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Finally something with paper!

I finally made time to create a birthday card for a good friend of mine. I used the new vintage type stamp set...can't wait until I get my new Cricut Art Philosophy Collection so I can actually cut these bitty letters out and pop them out if I want to! Hoping to find more time {or just make more time} for more paper crafting SOON! :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A VERY busy Summer! {and my most recent creative project!}

To say that this Summer has been busy is an understatement! Ever since the kiddos got out of school it seems we have been running non-stop! We have had lots of fun, totaled our van, endured(and still enduring) the heat and enjoyed family, friends and each other! I have not really had time for the creative side of me, but have squeezed in some creative time to maintain my sanity! :) At the beginning of summer I was busy making aprons for my daughters birthday party. We let each girl decorate their own 6inch cake and take it home. I have sewn a lot this summer, making more diaper bag/purses and the diaper pad/wipes cases. This one here is the one I just finished this past week for my Mom to try and sell at a county fair.

I just received my first order from the new Close To My Heart products this last week and can't wait to get to play! Hoping to be posting some fresh NEW stuff very soon! Hope you are all enjoying your Summer!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Redo of a past card!

This is a card I made for one of my card clubs a long time ago. Well I had extra kits and had my local card club last night that I am a member of, and had to come up with something fast so I redid this card into this:
I needed a belated birthday card so this is what I came up with using my extra kit. I love how it is simple yet elegant. Perect for my Grandma's bday that is today! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A spring Pillowcase Dress and another Rag diaper bag!

I've been a busy little beaver sewing away to my heart's content. I just finished this fun and easy Pillowcase Dress for my little one. I got the idea and the directions from The Moda Bake Shop by Aubrey Schwartz. I altered the size to fit my little girl. I just love how it turned out! I love that I can make either side the front or back! So fun!
My little one seems to like it!
I recently finished yet another rag diaper bag...this one for one of my great friends back in Idaho! I love the color combo on this one! The fabric is so adorable! I believe I will be making one just like this for me finally! I sure have had fun with my little sewing projects lately!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hola Chica!

I've been invited to participate in a local card group. This is the card I came up with. I haven't created in a while. Hoping this card helps me get back into my creative groove. I was inspired by many places for this card...the stamp is a digi stamp from bugaboo stamps. This is my first go at a digi stamp. The card layout is inspired from this weeks Mojo Monday challenge. The sentiment is actually what got me started on this card and was inspired from Theresa Kline's card on the Mojo Monday site. Loved the sentiment and it worked perfectly for the card group's theme {easter/spring} for this month.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Remembering You - with sincere sympathy...

I received word late Monday afternoon that my sweet Grandmother had passed away. Her and my Grandpa celebrated their 65th wedding Anniversary that day! My Grandma was a very caring, loving, giving, intellegent woman. She was a great example to me. I am very grateful to her and my Grandpa both who raised my father to be the man he was. I hope I can continue their legacy of love and faithfulness and pass it on to my children. Much love and hugs Grandma!
I made my Grandpa this card. I regretfully will not be able to attend my Grandma's funeral, but wanted to let my Grandpa know how much we love him. I have not made many sympathy cards and have hardly any sympathy sentiments. I printed this sentiment off the computer. The card is a redo of a past card I had scraps of.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Studio Complete! Spoiled rotten! :)

As mentioned before in my previous post about orginazation, my scrapping area is in what is supposed to be our formal dining area. I really needed some solutions for storage, work areas and to cut down on the "cluttered" look since my area is open to the living space.
Here is a view of my space from the living room after all my added orginization!
Here's a view of the problem wall from before. I had posted that my husband was working on a "paper station" for me that I designed for him to build me. Well, we figured out some doors and stained it an ebony color to go along with my other bookcase and desk.
Here's a view of my space coming from the kitchen. The ink pad holder was built by my hubby a long time ago, but we finally got around to painting it. My stamps and ribbons are stored under my desk in some Sterilite containers. The baskets hold odd and end crafts {jewelry making supplies, Bind it all supplies, kid art supplies, school supplies, etc.)
Here is a close up of my awesome "paper station" my husband just completed. I LOVE this so much! It adds custom storage that works for my supplies and it is another work surface that I can stand at!
Here is a peek inside my cabinet. the top shelves have my B&T or patterned papers, catagorized by gender and seasons. The white containers hold my precious cardstock and cardstock scraps. Then the bottom row hold my IRIS photo storage bins of upcoming photos, my chipboard letters and my cricut cartridges.
My hubby mentioned yesterday that I'm spoiled rotten...he's right! Thanks dear! :) {I do have more crafting supplies in the kitchen in a buffet..who needs room for fine china?!} Now that I have it all together I need to find some time to play! Lovin' my new space though! :)

Scrap Challenge - The Results!

So as previously posted I challenged the members of my team to come up with creations using some 4x6 scraps I sent them. Here are the results of those that wanted to share:
Tanya's layout before pictures!
Tanya's layout complete! I love how her layout turned out! SO adorable!

Debbie made a card and a layout. Isn't this little dress card so CUTE?! I love it! I love the ric rac edges!
The inside of the card!
Debbie's layout - Debbie is expecting and praying for a girl so she can use this layout! All it needs is some adorable little pictures of a little one! :)
Thank you so much to my team members who participated and shared their work of art with us! It's amazing what you can come up with using scraps! So fun!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Another rag diaper bag!

My sister in law has been enjoying her rag diaper bag I made her a few months ago. One of my husband's cousins requested one too since she just had her last child in January. This is hers. I'm really enjoying sewing and am grateful I finally took the time to start "playing"! I definately think my paper crafting skills have helped with my sewing, which makes it nice.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A scrap challenge! Layout #10 - You're Beautiful

So last week one of my downline with Close To My Heart asked if I had any new scraps I could send her to show off at her upcoming crop. I told her I had bulk of the new sweetheart paper and agreed to send her some 4x6's of the paper and she would have to come up with a card with what I sent her. Well my curiosity got the best of me as I wanted to see if I could come up with a layout with what I was sending her. Within minutes I pulled the Kraft and cocoa scraps out to add to the 4x6 B&T's and had a layout! I knew right away what pictures would go with these fun colors.
Here's the finished product!
A close-up of the title using my new found favorite CTMH product, Eclectic Irresistables. I sponged the bottom of the letters with baby pink and then sponged the top with cotton candy to give the title a little detail. I have found the little "fuzz bumps" that are on the letters from where they were holding on to the base bother me, so to be rid of them I simply take my distressing sanding block and sand it down!
A close-up of the fun flower from the pink ribbon collection. I added a grosgrain ribbon bud to the middle as well as a pearl.
I have made a challenge to all of my downline - I have sent them all 4x6 scraps of this fun sweetheart paper and have asked them to see what kind of creations they can come up with. They can add more scraps, but must use the scraps I sent them. I will be posting their creations in the next few weeks so make sure and come back and check!

Friday, February 18, 2011

More Birthday wishes! -- Layout #9

A close up of the title done with the awesome new Eclectic Irresistibles Die-cuts. I LOVE these new beauties and am sure they will be on my next few orders!
I used Sophia Workshop on the go kit supplies to put this layout together along with the new awesome pink ribbon collection.
We have pretty much all our birthdays right at the beginning of the year in our family, which makes for lots of parties and cake. I used the same Magic layout I did for my little boys birthday layout, but this time I turned it upside down to fit my baby girls pictures. Once again I used more flip flaps to store more precious pictures of this fun day! This layout is PERFECT for adding more 4x6's.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Sweetest Gift

I just received word that my twin brother and sister in law just welcomed their sweet baby girl into the world! I was so excited I had to make them a card using some new CTMH products - Kraft cardstock, Sweetheart B&T paper and the new Baby Love stamp set. Wish I was hand delivering it so I could see her myself!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

2011 goal - layouts #7 and #8!

I've been working on my little guys album. I love how this tubtime layout turned out. I used paper from Notebook and Splendor as well as some Heavenly Blue cardstock. This layout is pretty much cased from one of the layouts from the Magic layout book - lovely Assistant layout. I loved how they had scalloped edges and the ribbon placement and my photos fit perfectly! Made for a fast layout!
Here is a layout I've had done for a couple of weeks. I turned it in for a corprate contest but haven't heard back so I'm assuming I didn't win. This layout is done using the fun new Fanfare paper packet and pennant alpha set. I hadn't scrapbooked my son's birthday pictures yet and as soon as I saw the new catalog with this awesome paper I knew they were the perfect pair!
I used flip flaps to hold more photos and my journaling.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011 Goal - Layout #6

This layout was done using some B&T paper from a card kit promo a while back. Colors are chocolate, dutch blue, colonial white and sweet leaf and topiary for the greens.
A close-up of the heart detail made out of buttons and brads!