Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wintery Birthday Card

Hello my blogging friends.  How is your week going?  Mine is wonderful.  Just wanted to show you a card I made for my friend.  Her birthday is in the beginning of December so I thought I would use the Damask Snowflake die from Papertrey Ink to highlight the sentiment. 

I like the way it looks like a little rustic package!  Hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Create! Blog Challenge: New Year Card

Hello everyone!  Just wanted to share a card I made for the Create! Blog Challenge.  Hope you like it!
 Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

New Meaning to the Phrase "Money Tree"

Hello everyone and Merry Christmas!  Hope you are enjoying your holiday!  Just wanted to pop in and share a gift I made for someone this Christmas.  I wanted to give money but wanted to dress it up so that it wasn't in an ordinary envelope.  I was blog surfing one day and came upon this post and thought it was super clever.  So I went with it!!  I made it rather quickly and didn't embellish too much. I do think it turned out cute though!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed holiday!


Salt Dough Ornaments & Rustic Packaging & Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

Hello everyone!  I wanted to share with you some salt dough ornaments Emma and I made.  This was my first attempt at making them so go easy on me, teehee!  I have seen these all over the internet and thought I would give it a try.  These were made for Emma's teachers, family and friends.  I love making something handmade for people and this was the perfect little touch!

I used a can to cut out the shapes.  I did purchase cookie cutters to use but they were to small to put the greeting on so I decided to go with a plain circle.  The greetings on the ornaments and tags were stamped from Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favorites #9 set.  I used Chocolate Chip ink from SU! and the ribbon was from my stash.  I was going to go with jute twine but decided on this delicate ribbon to give it more of a shabby feel.

For the tags I used the Damask Snowflake Die from Papertrey Ink and die cut the snowflakes from the Rustic Cream Cardstock.  I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and tied a couple bells onto the snowflake tags.  The tiny brown bags were from my stash.  I think I bought them at Pat Catan's. The tags were originally made for my Christmas presents but I didn't end up using them.  I went with a red, white and kraft color scheme instead.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Disney World Surprise!

Hello my blogging friends!  As I had mentioned in the last post, my husband and I surprised Emma with a trip to Disney World!  We have been planning the trip since around March or April and finally surprised Emma on November 16th.  We told her that Mike (my hubby) had an eye appointment in Buffalo, NY for a follow-up to his lasik surgery.  Emma didn't think anything of it since she had gone up there a few times already for his appointments.  We picked her up from school and drove to Buffalo which is about an hour and a half from where we live.  We told her that before we went to the appointment we were going to eat at The Cheesecake Factory.  It is one of our favorite restaurants and such a treat to go to since we don't have one near where we live. 

The staff was very helpful in the big reveal!!  The host had caught the whole event on tape as the waiter brought out a special suitcase with Emma's name on it.  It was filled with all sorts of Disney goodies and in the bottom of the suitcase was a special book titled "Emma's Big Surprise."  The book was hubby's idea, he came up with it in his tree stand a few days before while he was hunting.  It was a picture book that revolved around Emma's day. It started with a picture of our house, followed, by school, Mike's truck, The Cheesecake Factory (all of which looked familiar to her at this point) next was a picture of an airplane and finally DISNEY WORLD! 
The Suitcase

Inside of Suitcase

One Happy Little Girl!

 Mike kept telling me that Emma is going to jump out of her skin when she finds out she is going to Disney!!  I kept telling him not to get too hung up on the reaction since it may not be the kind of reaction he is hoping for.  Turns out, with the video tape rolling and all of the staff all gathered around and people in the surrounding tables that knew what was going on the reaction was not as great as Mike had hoped.  Emma was a little shy since she was being taped and kept looking up at all of the people watching her because she was not sure what they were doing.  Emma unwrapped some of the presents and in the interest of time I had her skip right to the book at the bottom of the suitcase.  Mike was sitting next to her and started reading it to her.  She was not sure what to make of it especially once she got passed The Cheesecake Factory page and onto the next page which was the airplane.  Up until that point, the book was exactly how her day had gone.  Once she flipped the page and it read she was flying to Disney World she still didn't quite understand.  After we told her that we were leaving after our meal and going to the airport she was excited.  Then the next thing ya know, she started to cry because tomorrow she was supposed to be the "helper" at school.  Priorities!!  We told her that her teacher knew all about the plans and was playing along so that she didn't think anything was unusual about the day.  After we told her that, all was well!

Our trip lasted a week and we had a wonderful time.  It was exhausting, but it was well worth it!  Emma celebrated her sixth birthday while we were in the Happiest Place On Earth!  I don't think we can top that next year!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Burlap Wreath

Hello my blogging friends!  Sorry that I haven't posted in a while.  My husband and I took our daughter, Emma, on a surprise vacation to Disney World!  She had no idea whatsoever!  I will have more on that in another post, I promise.  I just wanted to share with you a wreath that I made for an auction.  My sister, Beth, is the Executive Director of the Center for Family Unity in Jamestown, New York and she asked me if I would make a wreath for an auction that they are having for her center.  The agency that she works for helps to prevent child abuse, so I was totally on board to help out!

I have seen tons of these wreaths all over the Internet and thought I would try it out.  Turns out, it was a lot of fun, time-consuming, but fun!  I started with a 14" foam wreath that I wrapped in canvas.  I have around 264 4x4 squares of burlap in this baby, but who's counting?  The little rosettes were made with canvas and I stitched some pearl buttons in the centers for some added interest.  Hope you like it!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Leaves Colors Embellish Challenge

Hello everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I decided to play along with the Embellish Magazine Blog: Leaves Color Trends Challenge.  The inspiration for the project is below.
 This is the card I came up with.  It is very simple and clean.  I cut the leaf out of felt by hand (yes, that is supposed to be a leaf, he he) and attached it to the button twine with a tiny safety pin.  Hope you like it!

First, I must apologize for the lighting on this card.  I was running out of natural light so I turned on my kitchen light and it looks a little dark.  On the card above I used Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke and Elegant Eggplant ink from SU!  The stamp set is Day Of Gratitude from SU!  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Little Labels set.  The cardstock is Crumb Cake from SU! 

Here is another version of the card above.  I showcased the sentiment differently on this card.  I like the matted effect and the way it looks anchored with the button twine.

 Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great week!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Papertrey Make It Monday: Reverse Applique

Hello everyone!  Things have been a little hectic around here lately.  Just popping in to share a card I made for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge.  Better late than never, right?  Hopefully you all have enjoyed your weekend.  Mine was a busy one but I got a lot accomplished.  Hope you like the card!

The first attempt at this card was stitched on the sewing machine, YIKES!  What was I thinking?  I can hardly sew a straight line let alone go around a snowflake for goodness sake!  So, I did the next best thing....stitched with a white pen!  I used one of the Damask Snowflake Dies from Papertrey Ink and also the Peace Die from the Wonderful Words: Holiday Die Collection.  I ran the tiny snowflake (SU!) and the Peace die through my Xyron and then covered them in Lily White Glitter Sugar Coating by Doodlebug.  The background paper is from My Mind's Eye.

Just wanted to share a quick picture of my daughter Emma.  We were playing around outside today and she let me take some snapshots of her.  She was really enjoying herself and I had a lot of fun too! It is hard to believe that she will be turning six this month!
I was playing around with the antiquing and contrast buttons in my photo editing software.  Not sure if I did in correctly but I like the way it turned out.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Another Fall CARDS Challenge Card!

Hello everyone!  I wanted to make another quick card for the Create: Blog!  I used the Cricut Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge to cut out the little leaves.  I also used the Houndstooth Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!  to add some dimension to the leaves.  Hope you like it!

I also made another card but added a little striped detail above the sentiment.  Take a look!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Come back again for another project!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Create: Fall CARDS Challenge

Hello everyone!  I decided to play along with a challenge over at the Create: Blog!  The challenge was to make a fall card.  Seems pretty simple, right?  Well, I had so many ways I could go and I decided to do a clean and simple card with no distressing or sponging!  Hope you like it!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  My day was jam-packed with errands and what not ALL DAY LONG!  Seriously, there were not enough hours in the day!  In between running errands and my MOPS meeting this evening I made a quick card for the Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop,   Hope you like it!

This is the inspiration photo.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tiny Quilt For A Baby Girl

Hello everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  This is a card I made for a friend of mine.  Please don't look too closely at the sewing!  I am in need of a lot of practice, he, he!  Anyway, I love this paper from The Paper Studio from the Sweet Pea collection.  The buttons were from Hobby Lobby and I thought they colors were perfect!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink: Think Big Favorites #5
Paper:  Very Vanilla, The Paper Studio: Sweet Pea
Inks:  Sorbet-Close To My Heart
Tools: Sewing Machine
Accessories:  Button Lace Trim (Hobby Lobby), Felt

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Papertrey Ink: Make It Monday

Hello friends!  I was making some cards today and decided to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge Layered Mats & Frames.  This card literally took me five minutes to make and I love the way it turned out!  Hope you like it.
 I used the Loves Lives Here Die inside of the Mat Stack #2 Die.  I used the Linen Impression plate to emboss the Melon Berry die cut and used the 1.75 Limitless Layers circle die to punch out the polka dot paper behind the butterfly cut out.  It fit perfectly!  The patterned paper is from K & Co.  The ink used was Chocolate Chip and the sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #3.  The button is also from Papertrey Ink's Spring Mix Vintage collection and the linen thread is from SU!

Thanks for stopping by!