Wednesday, December 30, 2009

{g'night, blog}

Just a little note to wrap up the year and this blog!
I'm tucking it in and putting it to sleep :)

If you haven't already, please find me on Facebook.
I'd love to keep up with you, too!

"To keep on filling
is not as good as stopping.
Overfilled, the cupped hands drip,
better to stop pouring."
9th verse
Tao Te Ching

Blessings in 2010 to you and yours!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

santa swap

Here are the little doo-dads that I created for the Secret Santa Swap:

the ornament:

the tag:



the mini-album:


the card:



Merry Christmas, Manda Panda!!
I hope you like these!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


from the august fan club gallery at splitcoaststampers:

and here is my write-up from my gallery:

I went "Back to the Drawing Board" with Sketch 143, my favorite, favorite sketch from Sally: I love it because I get to play with lots of ribbons :)

The sketch is from June of 2008, and here is a link to the layout that I originally did:

This page is of my daughter on Preschool Graduation day. She looked so grown-up, and we could not have been more proud of her. It's been a long road, but I think I finally believe that she's "ready" for whatever comes next.

In keeping with this month's theme, I used my trusty stapler to attach all of the ribbons. It adds an awesome contrast to the softness of the velvets and lace :)

Thank you for looking (and listening!)!




Thursday, December 03, 2009

orange and chocolate - yum!!

Continuing my walk down memory lane for projects that I did this year, this is a set that I made for June's Fan Club gallery.  The themes we were working with were "in the beginning" and favor boxes, and also taking inspiration from a party-planning website.  There was a gorgeous party theme of orange and chocolate on the website that screamed out to me!

This pretty much started my little obsession with these round scalloped cards (which continued with this and this, remember?).  So very fun to layer the heck out of!!

Here's my write-up from June:

So, when I went to the Hostess with the Mostess website for inspiration, I must have been hungry! The orange and chocolate theme popped right out at me! LOL

For the card, I started with the Stampin' Up! scalloped notecards (which I think are being retired?) as a template and created the base from some Rose Moka and Anna Griffin papers. The Fairy Tale stamp as a little banner was an idea borrowed from the SU catalog (isn't that a great idea?!). The flowers and such were layered and popped with foam dots.

The favor box is from Taylored Expressions. (She has this sweet little sampler that comes with a bunch of cute boxes.) I embellished it with a little strip from the True Elegance Accents and Elements, added a flower layered like the one on the card, and tied some ribbon on top.


Supply list:

Stamps:  Stampin’ Up Once Upon a Time

Paper:  Rose Moka (browns); Anna Griffin (polka dot); Sassafras Lass (floral)

Ink:  Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip classic ink

Accessories:  Taylored Expressions favor box; Zva Creative bling; Prima Marketing orange flower; Maya Road velvet brown rosette; American Crafts felt brown and orange flowers; 7Gypsies brown velvet leaves; Stampin’ Up brown grosgrain, orange corduroy button and small True Elegance die-cut; and misc. floss and plastic butterfly.

Monday, November 30, 2009

*scrappy paperweights*

from our Back to the Drawing Board fan club gallery at Splitcoaststampers in August!

here's my write-up:

I love making collage-y projects and knew that I could do something really fun with these paperweights from Oriental Trading!

I used a scalloped journaling spot from Jenni Bowlin as a template for the paper layers. Then I used different stamped scraps as the main images and added some words.

Things got a bit messy when I was experimenting with the best adhesive to stick them to the glass paperweight, but they turned out just great! Some of them have felt bottoms, too, so they're cushioned for the wood desk.

I hope you like them and get some great ideas from them! :)


Supply list:

Stamps: Oxford Impressions (bird, crowns); Inka Stamps (bird, bee, egg); Stampin' Up! (Everyday Flexible Phrases)
Paper: Daisy D's; Stampin' Up!; Basic Grey (scraps)
Ink: Staz On black, brown
Accessories: misc. Stickles; Oriental Trading Co. paperweights




Monday, November 23, 2009

I do. I will.

from the June fan club gallery at Splitcoaststampers :

my write-up for it:

"When I said I do, I meant that I will...." Do you know that song by Clint Black? Well, funny story. A little background: my husband has a short attention span (like most men), and it's even shorter for long wedding vows that the excited bride-to-be chooses for the groom-to-be.

There was one part in those vows where we were meant to answer, "I will", and another part where we answer, "I do", to questions that the preacher asks. Well, dh says the wrong one for his first part, which throws off the preacher, who skips the second part for him and turns to me with that part.

So, for our vows, dh ended up "I will"-ing and I ended up "I do"-ing. And I have always hoped that we're still really, officially married anyway :)

So, long story short (!), it was very nice of Clint Black to write that song just for us, and I hope you can see in the layout how the "I do" is right there with the "I will."

Did you follow that? :)





Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Schoolbook Serif alphas; Jenni Bowlin birds with banner
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Old Olive cardstock and Porcelain Prints dsp; Narratives scalloped pp
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black classic inks
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Baja Breeze wide grosgrain, Summer Love rub-ons, Pretties Kit hatpin, pearls and beads; Prima Marketing Say it in Pearls and flowers; Making Memories jumbo glittered alphas, green Funky Vintage ribbon, and Flower Patch jewel butterfly; misc.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cut Cardstock!

I'm so excited!
Today, I have projects featured on the Cut Cardstock blog!!
I had so much fun playing with their awesome cards and cardstock.  The quality is fantastic, and the colors and finishes are fantastic, and the weight is fantastic...

This Thinking of You card is made with their 6.25 x 6.25 inch SQUARE Petal Card Invitations in Aqua:







This Sweet Baby card is made with their  Gumdrop Green 5 x 7 Gatefold:



  If you get a chance, be sure to check them out!!
They even have an Invitation Sale going on right now with their awesome pre-cut cards!

I made a couple of layouts, too, so I'll be sure to post them when they're featured.
Thank you for sharing my fun with me!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

a page(s) for all seasons

I was playing around with these prints of Ellie that I edited on Picnik with two different effects.  I love the round of her cheek there - do you see it?  So precious!!

This first one uses Becky Fleck's current sketch for her A Page For All Seasons contest.  It's an awesome sketch for such a strong photo.  Not much explanation necessary (except for gushing over Gina K's Pure Luxury cardstock, but you've heard that all before!).


This second one was a total labor of love!  I started out going with the simplicity of the Hambly Wings paper and overlay to go with the whimsical feel of the photo..... and then it all went high-maintenance from there!!  LOL!

I wanted to sew on the transparent butterflies like I usually do, but I didn't have the exact floss color that I wanted... so it seemed easy enough to sew them on using this sweet lace ribbon trim.  Totally NOT easy!  The ribbon edges did not like going through the needle hole, but I stuck with it anyway.

 And then I decided that each butterfly on the overlay needed a little bling.  I don't know why, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.  So my fingers are still calloused from squeezing the tweezers so tight to place the teeny-tiny rhinestones just right!!  But I do love how it turned out.  And, even if I'm the only one who truly appreciates the time and energy that went into it, it's still worth it.

I hope you enjoy them, too.  I could apologize for days about the flat, gray photos of the projects, but I've given up waiting for any good sunshine lighting!  So, you really need to use your imagination to see the energy of the pages :)  (And don't forget that you can always click on the images to see them better.  Thanks for checking them out!)

*get well wishes*

I just realized that I totally missed the 15th yesterday!!  This was the first month in the last seven that I wasn't biting my nails over the reveal of the DD gallery at Splitcoast!  If you get a chance, be sure to check out this month's Fan Club gallery because it is a great one.  Congratulations to the newest designers!

And now, for old time's sake (*wink*), here are a set of projects from my June gallery.  One of the DD challenges each month is to do a Less is Less, More is More kinda-thing.  So, here are two shaped cards that have already found a new home :)

Less Version:

my write-up from my gallery:

Aren't these little gals just the sweetest?
Their homes are made using sheets from a Love, Elsie house-shaped mini-album and some wonderful Daisy D's papers (I'm really going to miss their papers!).

The less version is simply stitched and trimmed.
The more version is distressed and inked, layered a bit more, and glittered, too :)

and the More Version:

Supply list:
Stamps: Inka Stamps (Erika and Sally)
Paper: Love, Elsie house shaped cs from mini-album; Daisy D’s florals and printed pp
Ink: Colorbox Dark Brown chalk ink; Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip classic ink
Accessories: 7Gypsies flashcards; Maya Road and misc. trims; Ranger Distress Stickles (Walnut Stain) and Ice Stickles (Crystal Ice)

I hope you all have a great week!!

And please think about joining the Secret Santa Swap if you received an email from me!
(If you didn't get the email and you are interested, please send me a note!)

Friday, November 06, 2009

i carry your heart with me

The June gallery for the Fan Club at Splitcoaststampers was full of "Winged Things" and it was so fun!!
This was one of those pages where the ideas just came together so fluidly, and I love the result.  I hope you enjoy it, too, and maybe find some inspiration!

Here is my write-up from my gallery in June:

Whenever I find an excuse to scrapbook some more baby photos, I jump at it! LOL I just love remembering back to that time when their little breath would just barely whisper on my cheek, when their little necks smelled like maple syrup, when I was too sleep-deprived to remember the colic for too long! :)

This page is built around this lovely quote from an e.e. cummings poem, which I actually saw in a kids' catalog as a plaque for a baby's room. And thought, hmmm, that would make an excellent sentiment on a layout! (It turns out that the whole poem is actually more of a love poem for couples rather than babies, but this part is still beautiful for babies!)

Some nice and simple stamping with yummy stamps from Inka Stamps and Oxford Impressions (I've already confessed to the bird obsession that I'm going through!). I printed the quote onto the cardstock (did I mention that I'm also obsessing over Gina K.'s amazing cardstock, too?) before stitching it to the base page.

I am so pleased with the way this turned out. Very much how I wanted it, and I hope you can feel the feeling that I was going for.

Supply list:
Stamps: Inka Stamps large bird, small bird, small nest; Oxford Impressions bird feet (The Bird’s Nest collection)
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Urban Oasis dsp; Basic Grey Periphery (bird pp); Gina K. Pure Luxury white cs
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Creamy Caramel classic inks
Accessories: Prima Marketing aqua ribbon; Basic Grey Periphery plaid ribbon; Making Memories glitter brad; Zva Creative bling; misc. embroidery floss

Thank you so much for stopping in!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

once upon a time
Another from my part of the May Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen gallery:

I wanted to make a page remembering this time of so much excitement with joining the Dirty Dozen, and the Build-a-Fairytale seemed like the fitting thing to do :)

I created my base with my usual layering, distressing and sewing. Then I added the green "grassy" part by ruffling up the scalloped cardstock in strips. Then I layered the different die-cut pieces and attached them with different foam squares and such for different depths. Then I added some bling and the journaling, and that was pretty much it :)

Stamps: SU Once Upon a Time
Paper: SU Build-a-Fairytale die-cuts; SU Chocolate Chip DSP; Creative Memories cardstock
Ink: Staz-on Black
Accessories: Ranger Stickles; Doodlebug and Kaisercraft rhinestones; misc. trims and lace

I know it's probably tiresome to see all of these from past months, but I hope you'll be patient as I add my favorites from my Dirty Dozen galleries :)

Thanks for visiting, and Happy Halloween!!