Tuesday, August 31, 2010


This is a Thank you card that I invented all by my little self!  I think it turned out well.
It's a Thank you to my in-laws for watching our Fur Babies while we were out of town one night.  They stayed at the house, so I left this card for them like they were at a Bed & Breakfast.  Inside I attached 2 "room keys" and put a "king hat" (as my niece would say) on the top of the side that I wrote on.  I wanted it to feel regal. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Paper Birds

I saw these cool little paper birds on a blog that I follow.  This blog is awesome and full of neat projects, ideas, and how-to's.  She really puts a lot of time and effort into it.  This link has the tutorial, color pictures, and a template:  Paper Birds

Making the bird didn't take long.  I didn't follow the instructions step-by-step, but next time I will.  :)  Her instructions are to the point and don't have extra steps.  I really appreciate that!

The funny thing is that in talking with my mother-in-law this evening, she told me she saw some neat birds and thought she could make them herself.  I hadn't told her about this blog at that point.  Isn't it funny that we were both thinking of the same project!  I made this bird and printed the template/tutorial, so she can make some too.  Enjoy! :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

ECU Card

I made this as an "I'm proud of you" card for my husband, Clarence.  He's taking a night class at ECU and I'm really proud of him for doing that.  On top of working a very long day, he's taking Advanced Calculus!!!  What a whiz!!  I'll pass on a class like that, but I'll be his cheerleader for sure!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wedding Card and Shower Gift

My friends are getting married today!  I'm so excited for them!  And I'm excited for me too!  Carla is a friend that I made in Raleigh; we were neighbors.  She's marrying Mikey and they'll live Greenville.  So, she'll be my first real (non-familial) Greenville friend.  WOOHOO!  She likes to craft too.  So, maybe closer to Christmas, you'll see some of our creations that we'll make together. 

Here's what I made them for a wedding shower present and card.  The card was CASE'd off a design that my sister-in-law, Sarah, found and made as one of her first cards.  I invented the cake design by using 3 different size oval punches and I just clipped off the sides.  I stuck the layers together and traced it with Pearl Stickles. The tile coasters were stamped with the Stampin' Up! Medallion stamp and Staz-On.  I, also, added their initial on the bottom right corner.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Framed Scrapbook Paper for Art

I found some awesome Bo-Bunny paper at the Enchanted Cottage on Monday when my sister and I went.  As soon as we saw it, we knew it would look good in my craft room.  Anna suggested I frame it.  So, here it is.  I bought some cheap acrylic box frames at Michaels and framed them up.  Overall, each frame cost about 2.99, the paper around a buck for a grand total of $4 per piece.  Not so bad.  Next time, I'll find some bigger and nicer frames to put the paper in, but this will do in the mean time.  I put it on the big empty wall, but I'm not totally in love with it there.  I might move them tomorrow. :)

I had another helper today when I was taking these pictures.  This is Pedro.  As you can see he dressed up for the occasion in his tuxedo.
Pay no attention to the fact that he is almost stepping on my x-acto knife!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Toni's Birthday Card

I made this card for my sister-in-law, Toni.  It was her 1st birthday (in North Carolina).  :)  It's on a glitter paper background. 
Some days, I wish I had this many cakes to chose from.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The BIG Reveal...My Craft Room!

Isn't it AWESOME?!!!  I love it!  I took over our guest bedroom and made it my craft room/office.  I don't do much office work in here.  :)  I haven't decorated the walls yet, but I'll find the perfect pieces soon enough, I'm sure.

My husband's AWESOME mom, Nana, made these curtains for my room.  I ordered the fabric online and it turned out to be even more beautiful in person.  Then once they were made into curtains it was even more beautiful.  She made the window curtain and the panel for the door.  (I did sew the bottom hem of the door panel...I'm learning!!!)  Didn't she do an awesome job?!!

My Craft Room
My BEAUTIFUL curtain up close and personal

Cool piece of furniture that I store my stamps in.  The other side has drawers and the doors slide to cover the front.  Pretty cool!

A view of the door way that you walk into my room.  The curtain covering the closet door hides the shelves and litterbox.

My dedicated helper, Annie.  She lays on the rug while I craft.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shadow Boxes for Sophia and Cohen

My little brother and his family have made their way back to North Carolina and I couldn't be happier!  Now we won't have to catch a flight to see each other.  
With him he brings the newest little ones in our family, Sophia and Cohen.  I made these shadow boxes to go in their bedrooms in their new house.  I guess it's a house warming of sorts for 2 awesome little kiddos!

Sophia loves butterflies and her favorite color is "pupple".

I wasn't sure what to make for Cohen, but I wanted him to have one that could grow with him too.  So, I thought monkeys would work.  This one turned out way cooler than I imagined.  I bought the shadow box, but when I got it home I discovered it was even better than expected.  It had built-in interior frames, so you can layer.  I layered the grass, the tree, and a few of the monkeys.  It's so awesome in person.  (Of course, I'm a little biased.) 

If Cohen could talk, maybe he would say he likes monkeys.  I hope so! :)

More Birthday Cards

Here are a few cards that I've made to have on standby for C.  He likes to give birthday cards to the people at work and he always requests this stamp set.  :)  I like it too!

Shiny Red Balloon

 Here's another one:

Blue Balloon

Last one for this post:

Split Background

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another Thank You Card

Here's another card that started from a card that was demonstrated by the founder of Stampin' Up.  It's a pretty simple card that only uses a stencil, sponge or dauber and ink.  I added a Thank You stamp that was a great find at the Stamp Expo in Winston-Salem and pearls to finish my look.  So, overall, I feel that this card isn't totally a "CASE", since I turned it into an idea all my own.  :)

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Moo-chas Grass-ias

I LOVE these stamps.  Anna and I found these at the Enchanted Cottage.  I love that place!  It's slam packed full of stuff.  I'd venture to say you couldn't stay there all day and see everything.  They have too much to look at.  It's system overload when I go in there.  These stamps were begging me to buy them, so I gave in.  How could you pass up a stamp that say "Moo-chas Grass-ias"?  I can hear the voice of Will Ferrell impersonating Pres. Bush on SNL saying this every time I read it.  haha!  You can't help smiling!

Moo-chas Grass-ias

Here's another one.  I embossed the sombreros with glittery embossing powder and cut them out for this look.
Another Moo-chas Grass-ias

This next one is a favorite.  I used a masking technique to stack the donkeys on top of each other.

These donkey, cactus, "moo-chas grass-ias", and sombrero stamps are all made by A Muse Art Stamps.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Anniversary Card for the Seniors

My husband's parents celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary recently.  How awesome and amazing is that?!  I made this card for them with my new Stampin' Up! Owl Punch.

Happy Anniversary!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Butterfly Thank You Card

This card is a CASE card.  CASE stands for "Copy And Share Everything".  I've found this is a common practice with many blogs that I follow.  You see a card, project, or scrapbook page that someone else has created, you make it like theirs or you make your interpretation of it.  Sometimes you only grab pieces of ideas from it.  The more cards I look at, the more I can see that many of us stampers and crafters could easily come up with similar patterns, ideas, color schemes, etc.  There's only so much you can do with a half of a piece of 8.5x11 paper.  Right?  :)

I found this idea on a Stampin' Up Demonstrator website.  Isn't it fun?  I changed up the color theme and free formed the template for the mini envelope.  The mini envelope was the hardest part, because I kept making it too big.  That seems to be a theme for me!  I always get too big of portions for cards, stamps, paper and everything.  :)

Thank you card

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Birthday Card for 6 year old

This is a cute and fun little number that I whipped up for our niece that turns 6 in August.  I think she'll like it; I sure do!  It was fun to make!

Happy Birthday!

Flowers That Don't Die

Yesterday afternoon, Little Anna and I made some flowers for her friend.  We used double sided paper, green wooden florist stems, hot glue, scissors and the oval punches for the leaves.  The project was really easy and a lot of fun.  I got the flower idea from the Scrapbooks, Etc. October 2010 magazine that I received in the mail on Thursday.  How's that for timing!

Paper Flower Bouquet - Front view

Paper Flower Bouquet - Angled Top View
Paper Flower Bouquet - Close Up

In the beginning...

So, I wanted to be able to share with you what I've been doing in my craft room.  Sometimes it's during the day, late at night, and a few times it's been really early in the morning (like before 10am!).

These are 2 of the 15 Halloween cards that I made last Saturday morning when I couldn't sleep.  I was up at 5am!  

Halloween Card #1

Halloween Card # 2

Then, Boxer came in for the photo shoot...here's a few of those photos.

Boxer's Photo Shoot

Annie stopped by and Boxer wasn't so happy with that.  So, he reached out to tell Annie "hello".

"We were just talking..."