Sunday, May 20, 2012

Growing a baby is hard work ;o)

Well I thought I would come out of hiding *again* to give you another update!
I haven't been totally lazy, I promise. I do have several cards to photograph for the blog. I've also been working outside in my garden, adding perennials, adding flower beds, helping hubby with his veggie garden... etc. 
But most of all I've been busy growing baby #3. 


Girl #2 is due August 11th. Growing babies is a lot of work, so please excuse my laziness when it comes to updating this blog of mine...;o)
I will really really try and take some time to update with a couple crafty pieces. Hopefully soon...!
Thanks for sticking around. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sorry...

For neglecting this poor blog the last few months. Would you believe me if I said life took over? Because it did. I think I also burned up my mojo crafting like a crazy girl for the craft fair I posted about last. Well I've finally been feeling crafty again the last few weeks, and have actually made a few cards. I'm experimenting with different styles, and keeping things fun and fresh.
I'll get back to blogging and posting pictures of my creations (and maybe even participating in some challenges) in the next few days.
Thanks for sticking around, and thank you so much for the kind words and concern while I was MIA.

:o)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Blog Hop!


Welcome to my little stop along the Wee Memories Blog Hop! You should have come from Cathy's blog. So this week, at the Wee Memories challenge we are focusing on gifts, tags, and bags. I chose to make these tag sets. I tried traditional and retro styles for the tags, of course they're all a little shabby/vintage. 

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Eh, so we've had the sickies around here, a virus that apparently mimics influenza, I've been pretty miserable. Whining twice as much as my also sick kiddos. Hopefully we'll be over it soon, because I'm not sure if my house/chores can handle any more neglect! 



Oh, yes- next Saturday i'm attending and selling at my first craft fair. I'm pretty excited, except that I don't have anything ready. So I need to get crafting. A lot! Wish me luck. BTW...How much should I sell these tag sets for?




We are being sponsored by Oh My Crafts this week, so be sure to link up your creations before next Saturday to qualify for the prize! :) 
Now head on over to Giovana's blog to see her blog hop card! 


On a more personal, less crafty note...My first baby, princess Adelle, was born 4 years ago today. Time flies! My poor Adelle has been sick though, so we'll be postponing her birthday celebration to a later/healthier day...(which I feel a little guilty about, but what can I do?) 
I'm so grateful I have my special, spunky, loving, beautiful little girl in my life. I love her soooooooo much!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Free for all challenge

Hi friends, its time for another challenge from Wee Memories. This week we are doing a free for all challenge, so do anything you want! Really! 

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I made another Christmas card using stamps from Annabelle Stamps. I love the little wise men scene. So sweet! Their stamps are really fabulous and high quality- I just love working with clear stamps.



Annabelle Stamps is sponsoring the challenge and is offering a prize for the winner, so be sure to link your card or projects up before next Saturday for your chance to win! 

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Holiday Madness Challenge


Hi friends, its time for another Wee Memories challenge, this week we are doing a Holiday Madness theme
I know the photo on the badge shows a Christmas scene, but you can do ANY holiday...


I chose to make a Christmas card. Its actually my first Christmas card this year- yikes!! Last year when I was scrambling to get presents and cards done, I told myself that I would get them all done early 'next year'...ha. Well I guess I still have a little bit of time to get ready, but not much! How about you? Are you ready and set? Or will you be making gifts in December, like me? 


On this card, I used papers from Echo Park, stamps from Papertrey Ink, a bingo card from October Afternoon, and some ribbon. I love the non traditional color scheme, the brighter colors and the aqua.. but it also has red and green in there, so it totally still looks holiday festive. 
I really enjoyed putting this card together, the jar and label were stamped/colored last year and thrown in a little box with my Christmas embellishments, so it was pretty fast. Hopefully you'll be seeing more holiday cards from me next week. 


The sponsor for challenge #72 is Lawn Fawn! They are giving away a $25 gift certificate for their store, so be sure to link up your holiday cards before next Saturday for your 
chance to win this awesome prize! 


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Spooky Banner


Hi friends, Its been a little while since I've posted, but i'm back with a Halloween project for the Wee Memories' 71st challenge.


Can you guess what the challenge theme might be this week?....
Halloween! Sweet eh? I love Halloween, love it! Halloween and Christmas are my favorite holidays to decorate for. I haven't brought out all my fall/Halloween decorations yet, (they're in the crawl space, and I don't go in there....spooky!;) so I made this fun banner. I used papers from Papertrey Ink to make the double layered medallions and I used my Cricut to cut out the pumpkins and the letters. Its pretty simple to make, although the scoring and folding of the medallions might make your hands cramp, and your eyes cross...Maybe. 
Here's a trick to get all that glitter to stay on. I used spray adhesive and did two layers of glitter, then I sprayed some hairspray over the glitter to keep it from crumbling off. 


Are you feeling the Halloween spirit? ;o)
I'd love it if you visited Wee Memories and joined us in this challenge. This week's sponsor is Paper Smooches, they have adorable stamps and will be offering a prize to a special someone who plays along in this challenge... don't you want to be that special someone? You could be, just link up your Halloween creations before next Saturday! 

We'd LOVE for your to display our blog button on your blog.

Here's a peek at my Fall 'faux' mantle. I have acorns, chestnuts and pine cones in the vintage jars.

P.S. I'm gathering photography tips and blogs- and plan on doing some serious learning in the next few weeks (Maybe in time to get a new camera for Christmas? ;o)....) If you know of any great photography blogs or tutorials please oh please send them my way. :o)

ETA- The larger medallion is 6 inches across. I used four 3x8 paper strips for the larger ones and two 2x8 strips for the smaller ones. The patterned paper pad was 8x8. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Masculine Challenge

Again! I know its crazy, you've seen 2 Masculine cards from me in the last month or so. AND Three one layer cards...I like to live on the wild side...you know. 
Well It is my last week designing for the Shabby Tea Room and i'm also this week's challenge host. Simon says make a masculine card.



I made another one layer card with this awesome stamp I got at some stamping show, but I can't remember the manufacturer and can't find it online...bummer eh. 
The sentiment is from PTI. 

This challenge is sponsored by Heart Song Designs.
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Now hop on over to the Shabby Girls' blogs for more inspiration...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

One layer card challenge


Hi there! So, there's another Wee Memories challenge for you to
 play along with- make a one layer card. Yikes-for me that was really a challenge because I love layering and using tons of patterned papers..you know. Anyway, I used this stamp set from Papertrey Ink that i've kinda been in love with lately-Green Thumbs? I can never remember the names... So I just stamped the whole card because I'm not a white space kinda gal. I love the way it turned out.


Simple but not boring. I love those flowers..Sad thing is that after I was done stamping the flowers, I let my son (Gavin-2 1/2) play with the flower stamp while I finished up the card...Now I can't find my stamping block or flower stamp anywhere. True story. Sad story. :o(\

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If I can make a one layer card, so can you! So make your card and link it up before next Saturday for a chance to win a prize from Wilson Designs. Her stamps are too, too cute! 

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ETA- found my flower stamp and acrylic block! 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pink Wedded Bliss

Hi Friends, this week at The Shabby Tea Room we have a 'Pink Wedded Bliss' challenge... created a wedding or celebratory card with pink, black, and neutrals. 
Our Sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and I chose to use the heart digi stamp "I heart U". 
I also used some flower cabochons that I made with resin and clay. Papers are from The Girls Paperie and K&Company. Lace is from walmart and sentiment stamp is from Papertrey Ink. 


Now hop on over to the Shabby Girls' blogs for more inspiration...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Simply Sentiments Wee Memories Blog Hop

Its time for another Wee Memories Challenge Blog Hop! You might have found your way here from Cathy's blog. If you get lost at any time, please go back to Jenny's Wee Memories blog


The challenge this week is 'Simply Sentiments' sponsored by I Love It All. I Love It All is giving away a $20 prize package, so be sure to link your card up at the Wee Memories blog before next Saturday! 
Now head on over to Giovana's blog to see her blog hop card! 

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P.S.- I'll tell you about my project...Its not a card! Crazy huh?! I decided to make a little Halloween home decor. Eventually (hopefully before Halloween) I'll find a cute little frame to stick it in. I used some paper scraps from Cosmo Cricket, Papertrey Ink, and Crate Paper. The large subway sentiment stamp is from Purple Onions *seriously love those!!* The mason jar and pumpkins are from Papertrey Ink. I apologize for my awful pictures lately..I've been taking them at night *Gasp!* ;o)
Are you feeling ready for fall? I am! 


Sunday, August 28, 2011

You're a jewel!

Hi friends, I have a fun challenge for you via the Shabby Tea Room- use the color of your birthstone in your card or project. My birthstone is a diamond...nice eh? So that what pretty easy for me since a diamond is clear, I just used clear and white buttons. 


I also used a really cute polymer stamp set from this week's sponsor, Pink Persimmons. I've been eyeing a few of their stamp sets for quite a while, they are so vintage-y and cute!  They will be giving away a fantastic prize, so please play along for a chance to win. 

You can find more inspiration for this week's challenge at the Shabby Girls' blogs. 

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards 


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Back to school challenge

Its Saturday morning- that means its time for another Wee Memories challenge! This week the challenge is 'Back to school' 

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I created a fun scrappy card for a teacher...
 My daughter will be starting preschool soon, so i'm going to be a school-kid mom! Yikes, i'm totally nervous...!


I used papers from DCWV and October Afternoon, the stamps are all PTI sets. I've really been into paper piecing lately! Its so much fun. And I've been too lazy to bring out the copics...soo there you go! And I really adore mixing patterned papers, and paper piecing can make that really fun.

Your Next Stamp

The sponsor for the Back to School challenge is Your Next Stamp and they are giving away a stamp set, so be sure to play along by 9/02 for a chance to win!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Peachy pink

Hello- its Shabby Tea Room time.... This week i've designed a peachy baby card using the colors for this week's challenge- pink, peach, green. I also used a handmade cabochon flower for the challenge. 


Our lovely sponsor this week is Paper Pretties . I used their rocking horse image and transferred it onto vellum for a fun whimsical look. 
The papers I used are from Crate Paper, K&Company, and Recollections. The lace is Prima, the chipboard frame is from Tattered Angels, the wrinkle ribbon is seam binding that I dyed with glimmer mists. Buttons, and sentiment stamp are from Papertrey Ink.

Well I hope you make some time this week to participate in our challenge! 

(P.S The Shabby Girls have some more inspiration for this week's challenge!)

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Oh baby


Hi again there! Its time for the Shabby Tea Room's 75th challenge- Polka Dots! Create a card or project with polka dots.  Easy peasy. 
I made this cute baby onesie box using a template from this week's sponsor- Creations by Ar. They have a ton of really adorable templates which you can get as an pdf. file or a svg file to use with your cutting machine. I have a Cricut, but unfortunately never got the third party software necessary to cut using svg files. I'm pretty sure that ship has sailed now...(if i'm wrong PLEASE let me know!)



I used papers from October Afternoon, and Papertrey Ink, Prima lace, a cute little millinery flower, and a Melissa Frances rub on. 
Wouldn't this box be perfect for a baby shower? (x30)

I won't lie- I'm not the best at templates.... I once tried making Christmas houses with my Cricut, which should have been easy because they're basically pre-cut...Well it didn't work out so well. 
But this box was super easy to put together, even for the template challenged like me. 
Now I know that the other Shabby Girls don't have this problem because their projects are AMAZING!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Masculine Challenge

Hi Friends! You might already know this, but I'm now designing for the Wee Memories challenge blog. AND This week we are having our August Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from Cathy's blog, but if you got lost or want to start over just go to Jenny's Wee Memories blog and you'll find the yellow brick road there. Or the blog hop list.

This week's challenge is sponsored by Graphic 45, I love their stuff, and the new stamps they've been adding to their lines are sweet too! So if you like Graphic 45 be sure to play along 'cause the prize package is pretty awesome!  The challenge theme this week is (wait for it, wait for it.....) 


Masculine!  Sooo... I went of out my regular comfort zone a little bit and made this birthday card. For my Dad? His birthday is in December.. so I guess I'm ahead of the game this one time!
I used several papers from my scrap pile (mountain....Everest), some fun foam stamps for the word 'dad' and a purple onion stamp for the happy birthday portion. The rodeo type graphic was found online and printed...  I don't feel like i'm very good at making masculine cards but I actually like the way this one turned out! Victory! 

Now to keep going along the blog hop stop by Giovanna's great blog

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tea for two

Hi there! Soooo this week's challenge at the Shabby Tea Room prompted me to create this fun card! And guess what, the card matches so well with my favorite collection of books (Penguin Classics with embossed linen covers designed by Coralie-Bickford Smith....so pretty!) So I just had to photograph my card in front of the blue and green books...That, and everywhere else is an absolute mess- why do I always think home projects will be "easy, cheap, and fast"??? Yikes...not so. 


Anyway... If you're ready to play along with another fun challenge at The Shabby Tea Room, this is what you need to do- use the colors green and blue! (Rhymes!) And check out the beautiful inspiration photo below.


Pretty, right? 
Also, this week's sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and they have loads of cute digi images (I used the Tea for Two image on my card) AND they are giving away a prize to this week's winner!

Oh yes, and the other Shabby Girls have some really really beautiful cards this week! Don't forget to stop by their blogs and leave a little comment. 

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards 


ETA: Sorry for the technical glitch there...Its all better now! 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mixy Matchy


Hi crafty people! Today I have a fun, sassy card for you. I'm hosting this weeks challenge at the Shabby Tea Room and I thought it would be fun to use several different patterned papers in one card or project. I do this regularly because I just love that look. Check out the Shabby Tea Room for an amazing inspiration pic too! 


I used several different patterned papers on my card along with some fun buttons, DYMO labels, Thickers, and a digi stamp that I traced onto vellum with a green marker. The digi stamp is from this week's sponsor  Chi Chi Memories!  

Well Chi Chi Memories has a great prize, so be sure to stop by the other Shabby Girls' blogs for inspiration!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards 


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Spread your wings

Hi friends, its Sunday night- that means a Shabby Tea Room post (I know, i've been bad bad and those are the only sort of posts you've been seeing here lately... I've been pretty busy lately with home improvements and life...i'll tell you about it sometime.)

Anyway, this week we are using the colors PINK, GREEN, and YELLOW! 
AND Since this week's sponsor is Just Rite stamps, I was able to play with one of their new stamp sets-"Spread your wings". Its a gorgeous set with the oh-so-popular birdcage images. I love how my card turned out. 


Well I hope you play along for a chance to win an awesome prize from Just Rite stamps!

Now be sure to check out the Shabby Girls' blogs for more inspiration, they have some amazing creations this week!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards


Sunday, July 17, 2011

We all scream for ice cream!

This week's challenge at the Shabby Tea Room is to use a charm! 
What a fun and different challenge this is. 
I used a small heart charm that matches the mint green in the card. 


I also used that adorable ice cream image from Whimsie Doodles. Cute huh!?! 
I love how this card turned out. A little retro, a little shabby....just too cute! 

Now be sure to check out the Shabby Girls' blogs for more inspiration, they have some amazing creations this week!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Flower Power

Hi there! This weeks challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is 'Flower Power'...Use the colors from the inspiration picture along with a flower.


I made the pink flower with grosgrain ribbon, and the papers (Love Blooms paper pack) are from Stitchy Bear Stamps, this week's sponsor.


Now be sure to check out the Shabby Girls' blogs too!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz -  Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions of Me!

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards