Monday, February 17, 2014

Celebrating Love!

I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day! We didn't celebrate ours on the 14th, Audrey was sick and one of Andrew's friends needed him. So, he took me out to a comedy club on Saturday instead. It was crazy fun! We even got to sit in the very front row!

Anyways, I made my hubby a card and thought I'd share it with you all.

I used Glossy Accents to glue clear sequins face down on three scraps of paper and then punched out the hearts.

The papers are all from Glitz's Love You Madly Line. (Appropriate, yes?) I popped each of them up with a little foam adhesive and drew around the edges with my silver Sharpie.  

The stamp is from a Studio Calico kit and it's awesome! The shadow is an actual shadow stamp. Not a larger mask. I stamped it with dark grey ink. The XOXO I stamped with silver. I punched it out and then colored around the edge with my silver Sharpie. I also drew a thick line around the edge of the entire card with the Sharpie and used my Spritzer to air brush around the edges with it as well.

The grey paper strip is backed with silver ribbon and then I glued the same sequins across it as well. Andrew was very impressed. ;)

Supplies Used-Patterned Paper-Glitz, Sequins-Darice, Punches-EK Success & Marvy Uchida, Ribbon-May Arts, Ink-Stampin' Up! & Tsukineko, Stamps-Studio Calico, Pen-Sharpie

Friday, January 17, 2014

Punky Sprouts: Enjoy

I decided that I needed a little visual reminder of my One Little Word...enjoy.

The base of it is one of my favorite Punky Sprouts products, the Punky Playground. Those scallops are just the coolest! Aqua is obviously my favorite color so I used it and then pulled some other fun colors to go with it. I've been dying to use that October Afternoon multicolored paper for ages!!!

I created this cute little cluster of Lil' Seeds and filled in the spaces with enamel dots. It fills in the center of the Lil' Blossom-Lacy just perfectly!

I place my word on a strip of Lil' Stem-Lacey and accented it with some Studio Calico cardstock feathers tied up with salmon colored hemp twine and a piece of sparkly Bossy Joscie flair!

I know that gold is all the rage these days and while I've found the gold love, I still adore silver! That sparkly silver flair inspired all the other silver on this page. I used a silver Sharpie along the edges of the Punky Playground, doodled along the yellow paper with a silver Uniball and edged the aqua paper with a Faber-Castel pen.

I'm going to hang this this happy little piece up in my scrap room where I can see it easily and it can remind me to enjoy!

Supplies Used:  Punky Sprouts-Punky Playground, Lil' Stems-Lacy, Lil' Blossoms-Lacy, Lil' Stems
Patterned Paper-October Afternoon, Amy Tangerine, Glitz, Studio Calico & Chic Tags, Flair-Bossy Joscie, Stickers-Webster's Pages, Letter Stickers-American Crafts, Paper Clip-Freckled Fawn, Embellishments-Studio Calico, Enamel Dots-My Mind's Eye & Basic Grey, Pens-Sharpie, Faber Castell & Uniball, Twine-Hemptique, Other-seam binding

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Baby Cards!

Last weekend was all about the babies for me. We had one baby born on Saturday and a baby shower for another on Sunday!

This first card is for the shower. Little Max is going to make an appearance next month and his shower was soooo wonderful. It was a great group of ladies and my cousin looked so adorable! She has the cutest basketball belly! Sigh, I love it!

This card is for baby Riven, she was born on Saturday and is my third great-niece! I'm sooooo excited to meet her and I'm hoping I can practice my newborn photography skills on her. 

Both cards were made by popping up a plain white panel that I stamped the sentiment on and accented with enamel dots. I stamped the elephants twice, once on yellow and then once on either pink or blue. I cut out the baby elephant and glued it to the yellow one and then foam taped them above the sentiment. 

Super easy and so sweet! (Bonus points because baby Max's unofficial mascot is the elephant!)

Products Used: Cardstock-Georgia-Pacific, Patterned Paper-My Little Shoebox, Amy Tangerine, & Glitz, Enamel Dots-Lily Bee Designs & My Mind's Eye, Ink-Memento, Stamps-Paper Smooches

Thursday, January 9, 2014


This year my One Little Word is Enjoy!

I want to...
enjoy the things I have
enjoy this time with my kids
enjoy a healthier body
enjoy less stress by getting rid of clutter
enjoy a clean house
enjoy feeling proud of my appearance

In order to accomplish these lofty aspirations, I've got some mundane goals. :)

1. Make my bed. I feel better about my room and get more done during the day when I make my bed. Crazy, but there you go.

2. Hit the gym at least 3 times a week. I have a really, really, really hard time eating well when I don't go to the gym. I'm not sure why but if I start off the day with a workout, I eat better.

3. Shop less. With less clutter in my closet, getting dressed will be much easier and less stressful. (Especially if those clothes fit the way they should after accomplishing Goal #2.) With less clutter in my house, I'll be able to keep it cleaner...hopefully. With less clutter and fewer products in my scraproom, I'll enjoy being in there more and I'll be able to create more often.

4. Organize! I've got some serious hot spots of clutter in my house that need a good purging and sorting. On top of that, my garage is pretty much full of stuff I've purged from the house and have yet to get rid of. So, cleaning out the garage and our shop is on my list as well.

What are your goals this year? Do you have a One Little Word for 2014?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Punky Sprouts Christmas Display

I made this cute display for Punky Sprouts. I inked the edges of a sheet of Punky Playground for the base and layered inked Echo Park Christmas papers on the center of it. I used some heavy duty glue dots to adhere the clip to the top of the board.

I sprayed the Lil' Blossoms-Lacy with red and two colors of green Lindy's mists to get the right color. I used that same combo of greens on the Lil' Stem-Lacy and added some of the new Lil' Seeds.

I used the coordinating stickers from Echo Park to embellish the project as well as some enamel dots from Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye.

This board could be used to display your most recent Christmas cards, your favorite holiday photo or you could even turn it into a fun Christmas countdown!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used: 
Punky Sprouts
Punky Playground, Lil' Blossoms-Lacy, Lil' blossoms-Parchment, Funky Punky Fiber Pack-Canvas, Lil Seeds, Lil' Stems-Lacey
Lindy's Stamp Gang
Starburst Mists-Rudolph's Nose Red, Cathedral Pines Green, Gator Gumbo Olive
Paper-Echo Park, Stickers-Echo Park, Ink-Ranger, Enamel Dots-Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Bulldog Clip

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Moxie Fab Thanks Blog Hop

Today I'm taking part in a wonderful blog hop to celebrate someone who's put so much time and effort into this crafty world of ours. She created a phrase that turned into a blog that became a community.

 Today we celebrate Cath Edvalson, creator of the Moxie Fab World blog. This blog has been a part of my blog reading list for 5 years. The challenges and inspiration and crafters that I discovered through her blog posts have really helped me grow as a crafter. But the part of Moxie Fab World I'll miss the most are her "Oh My Moxie Fab!" posts. Those quick little images with a few clever words provided me not only with creative inspiration but also gave me a little bit of her in my day. 

I created this card based on the blog hop header. I just loved the colors and I thought that instead of goodbye, it would be nice to tell Cath how much I love this. I love this blog, this gal and this community she created. This community who is so going to miss her that they organized what has got to be the biggest blog hop ever! 

Thank you so much, Cath, for your years of passion and for celebrating crafters everywhere. I've discovered so many great card makers and paper crafters through the Moxie Fab blog. I can't wait to see what the future holds for you!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mickey's Harry Potter Birthday!

We went with a Harry Potter theme for this year's birthday party for Mickey. He wants to be Harry Potter for Halloween and we wound up being able to fit his birthday present into the theme!

Here's the invitation I made for him. I found the font on and then changed the layer style in Photoshop to make it 3D and red.

Last month we were at a neighbor's garage sale and found this awesome ping-pong table! The kids and I tried to talk Andrew into it to no avail. It wasn't until I suggested that it be Mickey's birthday present that he agreed. :) On our walk back to pick it up, Mickey and I were talking and came up with Quidditch-pong as a fun game to play at his birthday party. He loved the idea!

Since the weather was so nice, we were able to set it up outside. I taped some dollar store tablecloths in Hogwart's house colors over the garage door. The kiddos helped me tape coins to the bottom edge of the cloth so that they wouldn't fly all over the place. :) The original idea was to have a Quidditch-pong tournament but then I realized that as 6-7 year olds, they'd have way more fun just whacking the ball back and forth.

After the party we gave the kiddos goodie bags with broomstick pens, a chocolate candy that looks like the Golden Snitch, a pair of Harry Potter glasses and their very own copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

We gave them used copies to keep costs down and wound up traipsing all over to find them. It probably would have been cheaper to buy new and avoid all the temptations at Goodwill and used book stores. ;) 

Mickey wrote a little note to each of his guests and we glued it to the inside front cover of the books. I really hope the kids loved them!

Here's a little look at the treat table with the Sorting Hat, the wands, the cake and all the treats.

The cake was just purchased from Safeway and the wonderful gal behind the counter actually saves all the old decorations so she still had Harry Potter ones from when the movies came out! Bless her! 

The Sorting Hat was just a witches hat spray painted brown and I used some binder clips to make the eye and mouth wrinkles.

And here are some close ups of the treats. I had most of the treat jars from our wedding. 

I cut the labels out of black vinyl with my Cuttlebug. I used a few sizes of the same Spellbinders die.

Then, I just wrote the names on the labels with chalk. Super easy! The only food I made was the Cockroach Clusters. They are Chow Mein noodles covered with melted milk chocolate chips.

The wands were so fun to make! I bought chopsticks, made designs on them with hot glue guns and some beads. Then, just paint them with the same spray paint I used on the Sorting Hat. They were a huge hit with the kids!

We had some other non sugary foods. The veggies were labeled as Hagrid's Veggies, the chips were Dragon Scales and some garlic cheese bread from Papa Murphy's was Weasley Cheesey Bread. 

Finally, I couldn't forget the Butter Beer! Two tablespoons of butter extract in two liters of cream soda. Pour it into their glasses and then add a little whipped cream and stir a little. The kids (and big kids) adored it!

Mickey and his friends had a great time at his party. But, I must admit that I had more fun putting the party together!