Monday, March 30, 2009

Christmas and Valentines -- A little late

Well, I have finally gotten around to taking pictures and downloading my Christmas card and our family Valentine's card. So here they are:

The Valentine's Card is very simple but I had this cute heart paper that I didn't want to go to waste. I am famous for buying paper and then hoarding it. So I have been trying to make a concerted effort to use what I have bought. This economy is starting to get to my crafting hobby addiction, so instead of visiting my usual hangouts (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Archivers) I have been raiding my own stash. And who knew ... I have a ton of cute stuff! I actually purchased this "old" SU! stamp set from a local demo having a garage sale last fall. It reminded me of sweet tarts which were/are a favorite around here. I added a cute glittery brad to the top and some pink ribbon which is a must for this holiday, right? Inside I used that super cute SU! sentiment: You're one of the GOOD ones!

I loved our Christmas card this year, although it was time consuming! I need to shave my list down a bit but that makes me sad ... so each year I just keep saying "next year ..." I used my big shot to emboss the back layer and to cut out the large scalloped circle and the picture. I don't know what I ever did without that machine :) I absolutely adore the Sweet Serendipity stamp set and use it a lot. I liked this sentiment for Christmas: 'Tis the Season to Sparkle ... Believe. I just used the computer for our signature and punched those all out, too. A lot of punching on this one. I also ADORE the thick felt chocolate ribbon that SU! had in the holiday mini this year. So that had to make the card, too. This is an extravaganza of texture and I love it!

Thanks for looking! Happy Crafting and Creating!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Favorite Kammy Page

This is one of my favorite pages in Kamryn's baby book. She loves to play dress up and it started at a young age as you can tell! I was blessed with a very girlie girl which is a nice balance for Teagan who is ALL boy. I am not usually a fan of stickers on my scrapbook pages but these blingy stickers were perfect! And I found the cool jewel brads which really fit perfectly with her over abundance of beads. And my favorite picture on this page is the one with her little piggy toes showing through her glass slippers. She has the cutest feet :)

My etsy store is booming all the sudden so I am going to be spending some serious time in my craft area the next few days. I will be cranking out some orders and getting some new stuff up there. I should have some new stuff to show you soon.

Oh, and someone who ordered some of my cards lives near me which is fun! Check out her cool blog (and awesome etsy store). She was so nice to feature my store in her blog so I am going to do the same!

Thanks for visiting! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Kammy's Birthday Book

Here are Kamryn's birthday pages. Sorry the pictures aren't super great. I will try to work on my photography skills when it comes to scrapbook pages. But these will have to do for now. I have some cards I need/want to make but with five kids hanging out today not sure if I will make it to my craft area today. If not, I will find something to post :) I am really going to try not to disappear again!

Kammy's half birthday was a very quiet family affair. I am really not good at journaling so this page still needs some writing on it. Ah, someday!

Kamryn's 1st birthday party was suppose to be a garden party but it RAINED! Go figure, so all my cute party ideas had to be moved inside. She still looked adorable and we all had fun.

Kammy's second birthday was a bunny party. These pages are some of my favorites I have ever done! They turned out as cute as the party was :)

And her third party was at the Butterfly House. The party was wonderful but these pages are so crowded ... I may redo them at some point ... not sure.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Scrappin' Sisters

My sister, Christy and I have been scrapping together for quite a few years now and I have not posted much of my books so I thought I'd share some of my pictures from my kids birthday books. I have Kamryn's up-to-date (amazing) and need to do Teagan's latest (age 5 in November) and am pretty happy with how they have turned out. They love looking at them and these are easy to keep up with since its just two a year. Scrapbooking can be so overwhelming but I think doing "theme" books like these is such a sense of accomplishment it keeps me going.

Teagan's Half Birthday Party

Teagan's First Birthday was a Cowboy Theme -- mostly 'cause I loved this overall outfit from Gymboree! This is probably my favorite two page spread. I love the linen thread looped around the page like a lasso.

Teagan's 2nd birthday was Veggie Tales. He was a huge fan of Larry the Cucumber (and still likes to watch the videos occasionally) so it was natural to do this as a theme. And Oriental Trading Co. had a great pack of paper that made this super easy.

Teagan has always been quite obsessed with cars and trucks so this was an inevitable theme. We focused on construction vehicles because we had just attended the "Big Truck" even at The Magic House and backhoe loaders were a favorite at that point.

And when he turned 4 we had his class (almost all of them) over for the Pixar Cars themed party. This was a huge party! Yes, I was crazy that year. But it was fun.

I will share Kamryn's birthday pages tomorrow. And this is a good reminder that I need to get Teagan's 5th party pages finished. Hopefully you will see those soon, too!

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Blog Candy with a TWIST!


This is a great Candy Idea, I found it when visiting MADE ON THE FARM. Check out Jenny's blog - she is wonderfully talented. So here we go with the Candy!

The first 5 people to respond to this post will get something made by me - my choice!
(I may include a few other items (not homemade), too).

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It'll be done sometime this month.
4. You have no clue what it's going to be.
5. The catch? Oh, the catch is you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog (then come here and post). If you don't blog, you can still participate -- just share my blog candy post with five bloggers that you visit frequently. The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did it will WIN! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!
New point - 6. The first person on your list must be the person who's list you left your name on!!

SO what are you waiting for...................who will be the first 5 people????
1. Jenny Made On The Farm
Please email me your address so I can get your candy out!

Now don't you think this is a great idea!! (Thanks, Jenny)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I am back!

Okay, so I am making a "Spring Resolution" and that is to get back to my blog :) I may have made the same resolution at the beginning of 2009, but that obviously did not work out so well. I have not been crafting as much as I would like, which is part of the absence. But I finally got some stuff done and uploaded some pictures so here goes:

I was inspired by the cute stacked canisters in the new SU! catalog. I have been storing my markers in these altered canisters but they were standing up and I worried about the ink. So, this was the perfect solution. They also save space and makes them easier to get to when I need them.

I have been meaning to make these plaques for my kiddos for awhile now. We can now hang these nifty little things and clip their artwork to them for display.

Here is an album that I made for my hubby for Valentine's Day present. We were going economical and this was a heartfelt and inexpensive gift. I found the LOVE album at Archivers (on sale) and had always wanted to try making one. It was super easy and I can almost guarantee that you will see more of these suckers on my blog in the future. Fabulous fun!

I am embarrassed to say that I did not make my kid's valentines this year. Ugh! But I couldn't let the whole holiday pass without some craftiness going on. These were quick and easy. The kids got to help with the cookies (good ol' slice and bakes) and with a quick and easy bag topper they got rave reviews from the teachers.

Thanks for looking :)