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adorable baby cards February 3, 2008

Let’s just say that I’ve been featuring some of my idols this weekend.  Remember, I have so many and I do apologize…I can’t get to everyone 🙂  I find something unique in everything I view.  I just had some extra time this weekend due to not having to work, so I thought I would play a lot.

Another idol is Lauren Meader.  I have been a long time follower of her work from way back.  I love her style and how she comes up with the most awesome stuff.  I also admire her from a mothering point of view….she is amazing!

On Lauren’s blog this week, she showcased the cutest onesie cards that you can view here.  She didn’t stop there.  She made a onesie bouquet for her friend who just delivered a baby girl.  My mouth dropped.  I had to try the onesie cards… I won’t even attempt the bouquet this weekend.  I am forever running to the store to buy a baby card (usually on the way to the shower or to see the new arrival…I’m so bad).

Here are the cards I made:

onesie baby cards

My friends baby shower is in mid February with a green Sweet Pea theme.  So I cut and mounted the retired hostess SU! set Event Full because it had a cute sweet pea image.

Sweet Pea Onesie Card:

onesie baby card sweet pea

Baby Girl Onesie Card:

onesie baby card girl

Baby Boy Onesie Cards:

onesie baby card boy  &  onesie baby card rockabye baby

I think I’m good for a while with these four cards.  And Lauren was so right.  Once you figure it all out, it doesn’t take long to make these.  You can find the directions in her blog post featuring her onesie cards.  And, congrats on PTI design team:)

STAMP SETS USED:  SU! Event Full, So Many Scallops, and Nursery Necessities

CARDSTOCK USED:  Papertrey White CS, Soft Sky and Certainly Celery Prints DSP, East Coast Prep DSP, Berry Bliss DSP, Soft Sky and Pretty in Pink CS.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Soft Sky, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Scor-Pal, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Crystal Effects (to peas and moons), Rhinestone stickers.

Happy Sunday!  And may the better team win.


M is for Morgan February 2, 2008

The other evening, I went to Michael’s Craft Store and my daughter decided to come with me.  This is a rare incident.  She is the total opposite of me.  She wants nothing to do with “crafts”, and she thinks that’s all I care about.  She can have a major attitude at times with me:)  How dare I think of things for myself…lol  Whatever!  Dahhhh!  As if!  She talks under her breath and walks away rolling her eyes.  I know I’m not alone in my experience right??? 

While at the store, she saw those wooden monogram letters.  She thought it would be “so cool” to get all the letters of her name.  After some protesting, we agreed on just the letter “M”.  I instructed her to pick out whatever  piece of Patterned Paper from the paper aisle that she wanted (just make sure it coordinates a little with your room…had to sneak in a little teaching on color combos).  For a brief moment, I thought she would follow in my footsteps.  Nope.  We got home and she asked me when I would have it done for her.  I let it sit for a while but started to feel really bad that I didn’t make it for her.

Here is the the wooden letter “M” finished for Morgan:

m is for morgan Busy, but so appropriate for a young teen girl.  I really like the way this turned out.  I first traced/outlined the letter on the patterned paper.  Cut out and adhere to wood.  I sanded all the edges with sand paper. 

Next, I used SU! Jumbo Outline Alphabet to stamp the name Morgan to the right of the letter.  I stamped it in Craft Whisper White, covered with White Embossing Powder, heated to set.  Filled in letters with Crystal Stickles (wow! the name turned out awesome IRL).

m is for morgan letters upclose

Next was all the flowers.  I used SU! Ginormous Flowers Stamp Set for all the flowers in this project since it kind of coordinated with the paper Morgan picked out.  I used an assortment of CS for this…it was fun to combine all sorts of colors that I wouldn’t usually combine.  Cardstock used was Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, and Lavender Lace.  I just used Versamark ink to stamp all the flowers on the cardstock.  I applied Crystal Clear Embossing Powder and heated to set.  Cut out each flower and attached to letter.  Added Flame & Cowboy Dew Drops to the centers of all the flowers.  For the bottom right, beneath her name, I added a single flower with some Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Wild Wasabi Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

m is for morgan flowers upclose

Finally, a happy Morgan who thinks her mom is “cool” at times 🙂

Happy Saturday.


getting to meet idols IRL

I will be leaving soon for CHA.  What excites me the most is getting to meet talented artists IRL. 

Let’s start with Taylor Vanbruggen blogging at Taylored Expressions.   Can you say IDOL??  Three things come to mind…Talent, ATC’s, and cupcakes.  I love how she showcases cupcake images.  I made this ATC to give to her.  The layout/sketch is from her blog featuring her Cupcake Challenge #1 and I made it into an ATC (tutorial from SCS created by Jen Del Muro…another idol).  I just made it SU! style 🙂 

atc for taylor 

Another idol I will be meeting is Carole Burrage.  She has an awesome personality.  I’m so impressed with her creations, her ability to make me pull out a dictionary and educate myself with new words when I read her blog/comments…just an all around sweet lady. 

Carole sent me this b-day RAK.  I love the coordination of this card.  PERFECT!!! 

 rak from carole burrage

You can say I am one with tons of idols.  I look forward (nervously overwhelmed) to traveling to CA. 

Thursday evening, I made the mistake of requesting at the salon to just color my hair back to its natural root color.  My hair grows extremely fast and it’s a lot of maintenance (and $$) to keep up with it.  OMW!!  There is NO WAY this is my natural color.  I am now a dark brown with some tints of warm red.  I have always had a plain ash color.  My little Ethan still is looking at me wierd.  I mean, it looks good.  I just can’t get used to it yet.   Maybe it’s denial.  


STAMP SETS USED:  All in the Family, Bitty Birthday, Short & Sweet, and Classic Backgrounds.

CARDSTOCK USED:  So Saffron,  Cutie Pie DSP, Purely Pomegranate, Shimmery White.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Purely Pomegranate, So Saffron.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Soft Subtles Brads Assortment, Ticket Corner Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Aqua-Painter, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Crystal Effects.

Happy Groundhogs Day!


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge part 2 February 1, 2008

Here is part 2 for Beate’s wsc#33.  I had to delay posting because I had to run to the pharmacy to pick up some migraine medication and wait for it to kick in. 

This past Wednesdays SCS tutorial that Beate made featured sour cream containers.

beate wsc33 part 2

No kidding!  It took 10 minutes to make BOTH of these cute containers.  I’m so loving the idea of combining the sketch with the tutorials.  I not only have a card, but I end up with a coordinating set every weekend:)

I used the same supplies as the prior post for my card that you can see –>here<–


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #33 part 1

TGIF.  The weather is so nasty outside here where I live.  Everything is covered with ice.  How about a card welcoming spring.

You can check out all the details to Beate’s wsc here.  This weekends sketch is fun.  I’ve been wanting to use black on a card for some time, so I put it to work today:

beate wsc 33

Here is an upclose pic of the sentiment and to show the Iridescent Ice that is hard to see in the pics:

beate wsc 33 upclose

Again, I’m playing around with the image/file sizes (I hope it worked again this time, but a tad smaller).

Now, head on over to the blogs of these talented ladies to see more creations with Beate’s wsc:

Cambria Turnbow

Charmaine Ikach

Jenn Balcer

Laurie Schmidlin

Lori Craig

Sharon Harnist

Stay tuned for Part 2 with will feature a sour cream containter.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful warm weekend:)

STAMP SETS USED:  SU! Garden Whimsy & Whimsy Jumbo Wheel

CARDSTOCK USED:  Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, and Pumpkin Pie Prints DSP.

INKS USED:  Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark.  Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers for sentiment.

ACCESSORIES USED:  black brads from Vintage Brads Assortment, Flower Fusion, Hemp Twine, Purely Pomegranate Dbl-Stitched Ribbon, Scallop Punch, Crafters’ Tool Kit (paper piercing tool and template), 1-3/8″ Square Punch, 1/16″ Circle Punch, Small Tag Punch (punched to make it smaller within the punch itself), Iridescent Ice Powder.