Monday, May 20, 2013

Introducing Grayson

Hi everyone! I don't have a card to share today, but I do have a beautiful creation to share. This one is one of God's most precious creations! 

Grayson was born Wednesday, May 15. He weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces, and he was 19 inches long.
We are both doing great, and our family is filled with love for this precious baby! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Jot This Down - Skinny Notepads

Hi there! Happy Sunday, and Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers out there! Since I shared my Mother's Day cards already, today I am sharing a few notepads I made to put in with the gifts I gave for Mother's Day. Who doesn't love cute notepads? I know I definitely do...notepads, pens...I think I collect them. It must be a teacher thing. 

I used this Skinny Notepad Tutorial from Kim O'Connell at Paper Perfect Designs. Thanks, Kim, for this great tutorial! I had everything on hand to make these and with her simple directions, I was able to make these in just a few minutes. 

To make these notepads, you will need some Skinny Notepads from Papertrey Ink. You can purchase them in white or cream. I also used the Take Note stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I decorated my notepads by using some patterned paper and ribbon. I even did a little stitching around the edges and accented the circle panels with a pearl pen. I love how these turned out, and as simple as they are, I will definitely make them again when I need a little gift. 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Paper: PTI Cardstock, Echo Park Country Drive
Stamps: Take Note by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Ice White Viva Pearl pen, sewing machine, ribbon, MFT Mini Scallop Die-namics, adhesive, skinny notepads from Papertrey Ink

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi there! I'm sharing another Mother's Day card today. This one is for my mother-in-law. 

I used my Crate Paper Random papers. I just LOVE these papers! For my stamp set, I used the Vanity License Plate stamp set and die-namics from MFT Stamps. I have had this set for awhile, but this was my first time to ink it up. That's a shame, huh? I also recently purchased a few of the MFT ink pads, so I tried out the Razzle Berry ink on this it! It has really great coverage on clear stamps! Now that I look at this, I wish I had stamped a heart on each side of the "mom." Oh well...hindsight! I embossed my card background with the Polka Dots embossing folder and finished it off with some seam binding ribbon and a few rhinestones. 

Challenges I'm Entering:
Our Creative Corner - anything goes
Delightful Challenges - use items from your stash
Crafty Creations Challenges #221 - Something Old/Something New (the paper is old, and the stamp set and ink are new).
Sisterhood of Crafters - April Showers Bring May Flowers (in my DP)
Perfect Sentiments Challenge #78 - dry embossing

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Paper: Crate Paper Random, PTI Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card
Stamps: MFT Stamps Vanity License Plate stamp set and die-namics 
Ink: MFT Razzle Berry, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: sewing machine, pink seam binding, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, adhesive, foam tape

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mom of the Year

Hi there! I have a Mother's Day card to share today that I made for my mama.

She really does deserve the Mom of the Year award this year! She has gone with me to countless numbers of doctor's appointments and sat with me through all of that. She's put up with my whining and has been a big help as I have been preparing to have my own child. When I saw this sentiment, I knew that it was perfect for her Mother's Day card.

I used the Girly Graphic Tee and die-namics companion on this card. I cut the shirt out of cardstock and stamped the sentiment. My mama loves jewelry like I do, so I added some bling to the tee. My papers are Echo Park Country Drive, and I embossed the green paper. I added a Wonky Scallop border and did lots of stitching. I finished it off with some ribbon and a few stick pins.

Challenges I'm Entering:
Alphabet Challenge - Glitter and Gems
Coffee, Chocolate, and Cards #38 - for Mom
Cut it Up Challenge #18 - Mother's Day and Diecuts
Flutterby Wednesdays #239 - must have butterfly
Celebrate the Occasion #111 - Mother's Day
Ribbon Carousel Challenge #81 - celebrations

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

P.S. No baby yet! I'll keep y'all posted! 

Paper: PTI Spring Rain cardstock, PTI  Harvest Gold cardstock, Echo Park Country Drive
Stamps: MFT Stamps Girly Graphic Tee and Die-namics Companion
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Maya Road stick pins, MFT Wonky Scallops Border Die-namic, Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley embossing folder, PTI ribbon, Taylored Expressions Tiny Twinkles, sewing machine, adhesive

Monday, May 6, 2013

It's Your Birthday!

Hi there! I hope y'all had a good weekend! I am going to the doctor today for my 37 week check-up. I'm hoping for a baby soon because I am so uncomfortable!

Today is also my younger brother's birthday, so I whipped up a card for him.

I used Deconstructed Sketch #56 for the layout. I love Jen's sketches. I just recently printed all of her PDF pages of them out and put them in my sketch binder. When I got ready to make this card, I flipped through and found a sketch that worked with my image. 

The stamp I used on my card is one of the a la carte stamps by Taylored Expressions - It's Your Birthday. I love these little word stamps. They make putting together a card so simple! I used some new papers - All About a Boy by Echo these colors (and that chevron pattern, too!). I colored the image with Copics and used my Clear Glaze pen on the letters as well as some Stickles on the balloons and star. I embossed the background of my card and added some twine and silver brads to finish it off.

Challenges I'm Entering:
Stamping Sensations - embossing and texture (the twine)
Paper Creators Crafts #8 - for the boys
Aud Sentiments Challenge - birthday sentiment
Moving Along with the Times Challenge - one for the boys

Thanks for stopping by! 

Cardstock: PTI Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Echo Park All About a Boy
Stamps: It's Your Birthday by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: silver brads, twine, Stickles, clear Glaze pen, foam tape
Tools: MFT Clearly Sentimental Label Die-namic, Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder

Sunday, May 5, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays #100 & Mojo Monday

Hey there y'all! 

Is it just me, or is May incredibly busy for anybody else? I am on card-making overload over here! My grandmother's and my mother-in-law's birthdays are both the same week as Mother's Day. I have three Mother's Day cards to make. My brother's birthday is tomorrow, and I had three graduation cards to make. Geez!! This girl needs a break! I feel like I'm finally putting a small dent in my to-do list though. I just have the Mother's Day cards left to do. Oh, and did I mention I'm having a baby this month? LOL! I'm trying to get all of the cards done before this little boy decides to make his appearance. 

I combined a couple of challenges to make the birthday cards for my grandmother and mother-in-law. I decided to use the same papers on both since I already had them out.  I just love how these cards turned out. I want to keep them for myself. :) Does that ever happen to you? 

I played along in the CAS-ual Fridays #100 challenge which was a tic-tac-toe challenge. I had fun with this challenge! To the CFC DT - I realized after I made my cards, that a requirement was for them to be CAS. If you don't feel my cards are CAS, please feel free to remove them. :)  For my first card, I used this tic-tac-toe - polka dots, Kraft, punch/die. The card layout is Mojo Monday #283. I used Dots and Stripes papers by Echo Park. The background is embossed with the Seeing Spots embossing folder, and I did some stitching. The sentiment is from Big Greetings by MFT Stamps, and I added a blingy circle to it. I cut out a flower using the smallest flower in the Mini Royal Roses Die-namics from MFT and added some Royal Leaves that I cut with green felt. I added some hemp cord and more bling to finish my card off. 

For my next card, I used this tic-tac-toe challenge from the CFC100 Challenge - polka dots, square card, birthday. This card follows this week's Mojo Monday #291. LOVE this sketch! It allowed me to use the fun  Fishtail Flag STAX Die-namics from MFT Stamps. I used the Dots and Stripes papers by Echo Park again. The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, and I did a little stitching. My sentiment is from Big Greetings by MFT Stamps, and I added a blingy circle. I finished my card off with a bow. 

My cards also fit these challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge #78 - sentiment only
My Time To Craft #220 - sentiment as main focus
Stampin' for the Weekend - diecuts/punches
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon (2nd card)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Card One Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Dots and Stripes Soda Fountain
Stamps: Big Greetings by MFT Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Recollections blingy circle, Kaisercraft rhinestones, hemp cord, foam tape
Tools: Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, MFT Royal Leaves Die-namics, MFT Mini Royal Roses Die-namics, sewing machine

Card Two Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Dots and Stripes Soda Fountain
Stamps: Big Greetings by MFT Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Recollections blingy circle, Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon, foam tape
Tools: MFT Fishtail Flag STAX Die-namics, Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, sewing machine

Saturday, May 4, 2013

You Did It!

Hi there! I'm popping in with my second post for the day. I have posts scheduled over the next few days, and I needed to get this one in before the challenge deadline. :)

I needed another graduation card, so I created this one today using Tuesday Morning Sketches #196 as my layout. The image is from ConGRADulations by There She Goes, and the papers are Sweet Girl by Echo Park. I did some stitching and added a ribbon and Liquid Pearls. The sentiment was added on a little flag to finish my card off.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Cardstock: PTI Kraft, PTI Hawaiian Breeze, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Sweet Girl by Echo Park
Stamps: ConGRADulations by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Liquid Pearls, PTI Hawaiian Breeze ribbon, foam tape
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, MFT Sentiment Strip Die-namics, sewing machine

There's No Place Like Home

Hey there! 

A family friend and her husband recently built a new house. I know they were super excited to get moved in, so I put together a little gift for her and made this card to go along with it. 

The card layout is Deconstructed Sketch #99. I used the Day or Night stamp set by There She Goes, and I decided not to color it. Instead, I just did some sponging with some distress ink around the edges. The paper is Oliver by My Mind's Eye, and I did lots of stitching! I added the sentiment on a little flag and finished my card off with some pearls. 

Here are the challenges I played along with:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Die Cuts or Punches
Cutie Pie Challenge #43 - Lots of Layers

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Oliver
Stamps: There She Goes Day or Night
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen Distress Ink
Embellishments: Kaisercraft Pearls, foam tape
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Taylored Expressions Scalloped Eyelet Border Die, MFT Sentiment Strips Die-namics, sewing machine

Friday, May 3, 2013

Thank You!

Hi there!

I'm popping in today to share some little happies that I made for the labor and delivery nurses at my hospital. I've gotten to know them because I have to go twice a week to get the baby monitored, so I wanted to do something special for them. 

My original plan to make happies for the nurses was to fix up little gift bags of chocolates and other goodies. However, then I was put on bedrest, and I can't go shopping. Bath and Body Works was having a great sale on their soaps earlier in the week, and I remembered spying this idea on Pinterest, so I picked up some soaps. Who doesn't love B&BW soaps?! This was something super simple that I could put together, and it still has a lot of thought behind it. 

This idea comes from the Eighteen25 blog. She has printables like this for teachers or just the general ones that I used. I printed them out and added them to the soap bottle with some coordinating twine like she did. 

Thanks for stopping by today! :)