Saturday, May 26, 2007

Altered Composition Notebook

My darling friend Joanne, as I stated in my last post, is a new SU! demo! (AND she's doing a phenomenal job at it) She's hosting a 6 month project workshop and she taught us how to alter a composition notebook, you know...the black and white speckled, wide ruled, old school notebooks. I've ALWAYS loved them. I'm also a nerd for all things of an office supply nature, which is why this paper crafting art is so near and dear to my heart!!! So anyway, we're headed to a little BBQ of a fabulous Mommy-friend of mine this afternoon and besides bringing snacks and wine I wanted to bring a little something...extra. So I CASEd Jo's design (thanks lovey!) and here's my version!!
Basic Recipe:
Cardstock: SU! Old Olive, SU! Barely Banana, DP (I've got to check the brand)
Stamps: SU! Doodle That, Warmest Words
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Embellishments: SU! Grosgrain ribbon in Apricot, American Crafts ribbon - chocolate, American Crafts ribbon - teal (on edge of book), rhinestone brad - misc brand at JoAnn's (I actually think it's the house brand for JoAnn's)

Ooooo Baby!

My darling SIL commissioned me to make her a dozen baby cards; 4 girl, 4 boy, and 4 neutral. After I finished the notecards and bookmarks for her I started on the baby cards last night. It was a super busy week; friends over 1 night, out 2 nights in a for a belated bday celebration and the other at my friend Joanne's (she's a new SU! demo!!) who hosted a FABULOUS project workshop. I had to leave before I finished so I'll post pictures of my finished product later.

But I digress...

So I came up with this design last night as I thought of all things 'girlie'!
Basic Recipe:
Cardstock: Martha Stewart in Pink Carnation (card base), SU! Rose Red, SU! Designer Paper in Petals and Paisleys
Stamps: SU! Baby Firsts, Fiskars acrylic stamps in "Baby", SU! Warmest Regards ( inside sentiment reads 'Congratulations')
Ink: Versamark - for safety pins on Rose Red, SU! Basic Black classic ink
Embellishments: Making Memories tiny brads, Pink Sakura sparkly pen for safety pins, SU! 1/4 " grosgrain ribbon in Apple Green and Light Pink, foam Pop-dots for the baby's pj's!

Now I have 2 more girl cards to make, 4 boy and 4 neutral! That's on the agenda for today!
Hope everyone is having a creative start to the long weekend!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Naptime Notecards

Here they are!! I love the colors. They look like a candy shoppe to me!!

Basic Recipe:

Cardstock: SU! Barely Banana, Very Vanilla, Making Memories Double Sided DP in Cosmopolitan Bias Cut Pink

Embellishments: SU! 1 1/4" circle punch, SU! corner ticket punch, Cuttlebug die cut letters

Monday, May 21, 2007

Tomorrow's work during naptime!!

Here's my next set of notecards all cut and ready to assemble...hopefully tomorrow afternoon while the babes nap.


My darling SIL has commissioned me to make some personalized notecards for her boss and another co-worker. I love doing the notecards because once the design process is done, the 'work' is relatively quick. I like keeping them somewhat simple but as you can see I got some stamping in on the envelopes with my new SU! Doodle That set.

Basic Recipe:

Cardstock: SU! Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla, Petals and Paisleys DP.

Embellishments: SU! 1 1/4" circle punch, Cuttlebug letters

Accordion *BLING* Album

I had a very busy weekend. My MIL and FIL were here visiting from PA so there was little time to create. I did, however, take a class on Sunday afternoon at my local scrapbooking store. It was run by the ever so lovely Angelia Wiggington. We made the Spring Bling accordion album with all Heidi Grace products. They are super cute and very funky. Right up my alley!!
I did add a bit of my own touch when I got home because I was DYING to use my new Papertrey Little Lady set...which I am in TOTAL love with!!! It's beyond cute and adorable and it's made me decide that ladybugs are my new 'thing'. I added some of the Heidi *bling* to the ladybugs that were stamped with SU! inks in Pixie Pink, Green Galore and Classic Black. I still think it needs...*something*. Maybe some more ribbon, a few more lady bugs....oh and some photos!! It is actually a photo album. I may not add photos to mine because I'm finding it very pretty and inspiring all on it's own. I have to look through my recent photos of my babies to see if any of them fit well with the colors. Although, I may hold off and add some photos as the summer progresses because the theme kind of cries out for pool pictures, bathing suits and sand castles. We'll see.
I hope you enjoy!! Some of my favorite touches are the corners on the cover in the top right and left hand corners, the pockets with tags that provide spaces for journaling, and the mix of papers are just busy, exciting and super fun!
Hope everyone is having a very creative Monday!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Hoarding Supplies!!

um...does anyone else do this? or do i have some strange disease?

"hoard /hɔrd, hoʊrd/ Pronunciation Key - [hawrd, hohrd]
a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use"

this is what i've caught myself starting to do with all of my new and fabulous goodies. i have them in a nice neat pile down in my "studio" that i look at, smile about, and then just leave alone!! like i'm afraid to get it dirty? is it just me??

anyone?? anyone???

Shopping Spree!!!

ok so my birthday was tuesday, and i was generously showered with $ and gift cards to ACM. so i've been on a bender!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! i've had 2 trips to ACM, 1 to JoAnn's, and 1 to Michael's. i've also ordered from the following on-line boutiques:

*eclectic paperie
*stamping bella
*addicted to rubber stamps

um...i'm a TOUCH insane, no? i just cannot hold onto gift cards or gifted $ no matter WHAT i do. my next order is with my friend and SU! demo Sarah! for some delicious SU! product!! i'm TRYING hard to stuff a little $ away so i can get some stuff when the new catty comes out next month!!! i can hardly wait!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Then and Now

Baby Crafting

as much as i hate to admit babygirl is now 2.8 and says things like "NO MUMMY!! I do it like a BIG girl" kills me. but that's more for a therapist than for here...
but i digress...
we made paper dolls this afternoon and they came out smashingly!! i must post about this because i'm really hoping she's as into crafting as i am and i know she'll love to see her own creations on the computer. even though she doesn't really know what it is. =)


for those of you who don't know...(i didn't until VERY recently) a RAK is an acronym for RANDOM ACT of KINDNESS. a BRAK is a BIRTHDAY RANDOM ACT of KINDNESS. so...on SCS you can join different groups where you send and receive RAK's of varying sorts. for my readers who are not involved in the crafting world it's kind of like an old fashioned pen pal system.

so...i recently signed up because i really like the thought of sending out cards and other goodies to people who i know will really enjoy them and appreciate them and find some inspiration from them.

my birthday was this past tuesday and i received this beautiful BRAK from Lynn at SCS. here's her gallery!

Thanks Lynn for making my birthday even more special!!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Guy Birthday

I don't know about you, but I have a tough time creating cards that are truly masculine. Even if I had to buy one at a store *gasp*, I still have a hard time.

But here goes! It is the thought that counts, right?

Basic Recipe:

Cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla, Scrapworks DP in Spooky Stripes (apparently leftover from Halloween?)

Stamps: SU! Circle of Friendship, Warmest Regards (inside Happy Birthday)

Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip

Embellishments: Making Memories square brad, red paperclip, American Crafts chocolate ribbon with white stitching, strip of denim (came from a pair of jeans that were too long on me)

SIL Bday

my SIL's bday is coming up and there has been a collective gathering to get her a new fabulous purse from Coach. but in addition i'm working on a few goodies to give her as well. here's one!

I'm going to finish the matching bookmark.

I'll be back soon with the recipe for it all!


we bought our house 10 years this coming November. 10 years. astounding. in those 10 years we've made wonderful friends with our neighbors. we are very lucky to have both right across the street. i've made this card to give to each Mom respectively.

Basic Recipe:

Cardstock: SU! Close to Cocoa, Making Memories DP

Stamps: SU! Warm Words, Acrylic Stamps from Inkadinkadoo (the small flower in between the words), inside sentiment Happy Mother's Day from the $ bin at Michael's

Ribbon: SU! Chocolate

Embellishments: Making Memories swirl clip, Making Memories small brads

Doggie Mom

so my SIL and my great friend/neighbor/amazing babysitter Brina are mother's. not in the traditional sense but in the furry sense! my SIL has a gorgeous bulldog and Brina has 2 great danes. so...i've made this card to give to each of them.
Basic Recipe:

Cardstock: SU!'s Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Loves Me - DP

Stamps: SU! Warm Words, Pawprint is from Inkadinkadoo

Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, Pixie Pink

Embellishments: SU! Pink Grosgrain ribbon, Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder

Inside sentiment reads : Happy Mother's Day - stamp from the $ bin at Michael's

Friday, May 11, 2007

Just Because

my cousin has been very supportive and encouraging about my new craft. she's a total doll and i love her tons. she's got 2 great boys and her youngest is about 4 months older than my oldest so we have a lot in common and we try to get together about once a month to visit and catch up. i'm seeing her next week and i've made her some notecards...just because. stamping...just clean, simple and elegant.

Basic Recipe for Notecards

Cardstock: Brocade Blue and Very Vanilla, SEI DP purchased here the color is called Kitchen Tiles

Embellishments: SU! 1 1/4 " circle punch, Cuttlebug die cut letters

I plan on making her a matching jumbo paperclip bookmark tonight. I just ran out of steam last night!

Hope everyone is having a creative day!!!