Thursday, February 28, 2013


The first thing I do when making a card is reach for my stamps.  If I want to do something different, then I reach for my Cricut.  I'm a creature of habit.  Even though I tell myself I should think outside the box and try a new technique, I cave and take the easy route.  I decided with the new year I am going to challenge myself to try some new techniques and learn some new skills. 
This card was completely out of my comfort zone.  No ink, no stamped images, no coloring, no die cuts, no decorative papers....what's a girl to do?  I was looking at my Oriental Trading Punch and Stitch border stencils when an idea came to me.  I ran with it, I think it was a bit of a stretch but I also think it works.  I used three different flourishes from the stencil to create what I think looks like a flower and butterfly.  Like I said a bit of a stretch, but maybe if you squint a little you'll see it as I do. I hand stitched it, added a $1 Studio G sentiment and a little bling. 
It's a little simple and plain for my tastes but it is something new for me, and that was the challenge.  What should I try next?  Any suggestions??

Monday, February 25, 2013


Happy Monday everyone!  I hope everyone is well rested from their weekend.  I am bummed that our vacation is over. That means I have to cook our meals and make my own bed now.  :P  So this will be a super short post as I need to get ready for all my daycare babes to show up this morning.
Here is my final Valentine's card that I have to share.  This one was made for my oldest daughter Brittany.  It was really quick to throw together.  A few heart brads, a rub-on and a sentiment stamp is all it took.

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, February 21, 2013


I hope everyone is enjoying their week.  As you read this the family and I are enjoying our vacation at California Adventures in Disneyland.  Our favorite ride is the California Screamin' roller coaster.  You start off at a complete stand still, they count you down for the blast off and then you literally shoot off like a rocket.  You have to be careful to keep your head back or you can get some serious whiplash upon takeoff.  I LOVE that ride!!

The card I am sharing with you today is a Valentine's card that I made for my youngest daughter, Caitlin.  The patterned paper is from my scrap stash and the sentiment is a rub-on. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their quiet Thursday....I'm sure to be screaming my head off like I am being chased by zombies as I am riding California Screamin'!!  ;)

Monday, February 18, 2013


I know Valentine's Day is over and done with, however I have three more cards to share with you that I could not post earlier so that my husband and daughters would not see them prior to me giving them out on Valentine's. 

Today, I am sharing my husband's card with you.  How darling is this image??  I stumbled across this free digi image by accident while on Pinterest.  HERE is the link to all four adorable digi images provided by Shery K Designs.  My original plan for this card was to have it only be one layer with just the stamped image and a sentiment.  I was happy with the finished coloring product until I decided to add in some shading between the two and that's when I totally screwed it up and had to cut them out and change direction to save the image.  I'm still happy with it even though it is not what I had in mind. 

As you are reading this the family and I are headed out for our annual trip to Disneyland!!  I am so excited. So I will be MIA from visiting your blogs until I return.

Have a GREAT week!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


As promised on yesterday's blog post, here are the holders for the test tube treats.  These were really quick and easy to whip up and I only used scraps from my scrap stash to make them.  You can find the directions and the template I used for making them HERE.  The link will take you to Lisa's blog and to her most recent post, however on her left hand sidebar you will find the link to the test tube holder templates. 

The images used on all three of my holders are from WHIMSIE DOODLES.  They are one of my favorite sites for digi images.  As a side note, I would like to thank my daughter, Brittany, for the photos you have seen on my blog recently.  She has volunteered herself as my project photographer.  She does a much better job at it than I do and has more patience for it.  Thanks Britt!!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Ughh, I hate how dark this picture turned out. No matter what I did or how many times I took and re-took it, it turned out terrible. 
These are just a couple of the MANY test tube treats I whipped up for my daycare children, past and present.  The tags, which I colored in with Copic markers, are from WHIMSIE DOODLES. They have lots and lots of adorable digi images. 
I think the tags are cute but stop by tomorrow to see the test tube treat holders that I made up for my niece and nephew.  They are super easy to make and are totally adorable. 
Until tomorrow,

Monday, February 11, 2013



The minute I saw THIS CARD on Pinterest, created by Chat Wszelaki, I knew I would have to recreate it.  It's clean, simple, elegant and just gorgeous.  A perfect card for my hubby!! 

The black paper has very subtle stripes that add a bit of class.  The sentiment is a rub-on and the smallest heart is a brad that I had in my stash.  A very simple card to put together. 

Until next time,

Saturday, February 9, 2013


I have always loved the idea of getting a heart shaped candy box, taking out the candy, and filling the box with trinkets or goodies for my girls that are not candy related.   When I saw THIS adorable box on Frances's blog I knew I wouldn't have to subject myself to the grueling task of eating all those chocolates, even though it was a torture I was willing to endure.  ;)
Frances gives a really great video tutorial and her box is so stinking cute!!!  The stamped image on my project is from Whipper Snapper Designs and is called "Bo Bunny".  The patterned paper is from my scrap stash and the sentiment is a $1 Studio G stamp. 
Instead of candy I filled the box up with Disney trading pins for both girls for our upcoming Disneyland trip.  The whole family collects pins and we are obsessed with pin trading and anything Disney.  I think I was Minnie Mouse in a prior life. 

Friday, February 8, 2013



Here is a card that I made for my little nephew for Valentine's Day.  I kind of struggled with this one.  It's hard not to make super cute, AKA girly, Valentine's for boys. 

Both the image and the sentiment came from a LSS grab bag of miscellaneous stamps so I am not aware of what company they are from.  If anyone knows who makes them, please let me know so I can include their info in my post.  A few scraps from my scrap stash, a couple metal gears, some Glossy Accents and a few new Doodlebug heart gems that I purchased this weekend and this card came together quickly. 

Thanks bunches for stopping by!

Thursday, February 7, 2013



How cute are these little guys?!!  I have not used these stamps in FOREVER and seriously had to dig them out of the bottom of my stamp drawer and blow a layer of dust off of them.  I think they are perfect for my niece's Valentine's card. 

The stamps are called "Every Which Way" from Penny Black.  The patterned paper and cardstock are from my scrap stash.  I added a little Glossy Accents to the hearts and a few Doodlebug heart gems that I just recently purchased. 

If you notice that my posts are more frequent than usual it's because I have a avalanche of Valentine's project's that I have created that I want to share prior to Valentine's day. 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013



Some of you may remember about a week ago I posted THIS heart wreath that I was inspired to make from one I saw and fell in love with on Pinterest.  I mentioned that I would try my hand at a felt garland that I also found on Pinterest....well here it is!  Isn't it cute?!

My daughter, Caitlin, did the sewing portion of this project as I do not know my way around a sewing machine to save my life.  Which is awful because I would really love to start sewing on my cards and layouts.  Anyways, she did the sewing and I did the cutting and stringing.  It was so easy, only took a hour to do and cost under $2 to make. 

HERE is a link to the picture tutorial.  Please note that the site is in Japanese but based on the pics provided you should be able to complete it no problem.  If I can do it, anyone can.  **PLEASE NOTE: do not use the stiffer felt.  I tried the stiffer felt at first thinking it would hold the heart shape better.  It does not, it stays flat and does not conform to the heart shape at all.  Just a little FYI. 

I am entering this project into the following challenge:
DECORATE TO CELEBRATE  -  Challenge #44 Valentine/Love

Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, February 4, 2013



Short and sweet blog post today.

Here is a Valentine's card that I made last year that I never got around to sharing.  Simple layout consisting of some patterned paper, a bit of ribbon and lots of heart punches.

Like I said, short and sweet.   ;)