Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The great after holiday Crash of 2010..... Okay its not that bad really. I'm just exhausted after the mad frenzy of getting ready for Christmas. I had all this adrenaline, ambition, and motivation to just go go GO! But now the sleep deprivation has set in, and i'm completely satisfied with doing nothing. Yep, nothing. (Except breaking up toddler fights, potty training a stubborn girl, doing mounds of laundry, changing diapers, cooking diner, cleaning peanut butter of the wall.... you know the regular mom stuff. shtuff.)
I will eventually take post the pictures of all the wonderful little things I've been slaving over... hopefully sooner than I think!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


I made this joyful Christmas banner to hang on a lonely wall that is waiting for me to finish some shelves....
The gingerbread man shapes were cut using my Cricut Expression and the "In my Kitchen" cartridge.

 I did a brave thing (for me) and cut up some of my very favorite paper, October Afteroon's "Very Merry" paper collection. I love love love the pretty patterns and colors. 

Each gingerbread man is made up of one layer of Papertrey Ink kraft cardstock and one layer of patterned paper. The cardstock makes it sturdier. 

 I made the crepe paper medallions using party steamers... The letters were cut using the Country life cricut cartridge. They were glittered with german glitter glass. I had to use a lot of glossy accents to get that glitter to stick. 

I sewed seam binding ribbon to each gingerbread man arm and tied them all together in bows.
Voila, C'est fini! 

Is anyone interested in a tutorial for the medallion? 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Its the most.....busiest?....time of the year.

Its been pure madness around here. Madness I tell you!

I have a few projects completed, but have not had time to photograph them. My project list is STILL a mile long. Thats what I get for having the brilliant idea to do a "Handmade Christmas" and then waiting until 2 weeks before to get started. Typical me. At least I have some {little} helpers. ;) 

This is what my dinning room table looks like, since I don't have a designated crafting space things can get pretty messy. Okay, whatever, I'm the one who is pretty messy! 

Thursday, December 9, 2010


The kids and I have got the sickies..... I'll be posting more when we are healthy again...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sneaky peeky

So here's something i've been working on lately. I'm not yet finished, but here's a peek.

I wish I could capture with my camera just how sparkly these are. You'll have to take my word for it.

I also got my white Christmas tree up this weekend. I blogged about it, and you can find more pictures here .

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas bling

So here's yet one more Christmas card....
I'll post a non-Christmas card next time, to switch things
I made this one a couple of weeks ago. I haven't really been in a crafting mood as of late, but I need to get on it because I have a mile long list of projects to finish up!

Cardstock is from the DCWV neutrals stack...oh I hate that stuff for card, I was Just trying to use it up but now I regret using it on this card. Its so flimsy. Great for the cricut though...
The patterned paper is Jenni Bowlin and K&Company.

Stamps are from Papertrey Ink, Studio G,and you probably can't see the snowflakes stamped in Ranger Distress antique linen, BUT those are Inkadinkado. Other ink color is Ranger Distress Fired Brick.

All the blingy swirls are Michael's store brand (Paperstudio? Reminisce? I can't remember...)
I made that sparkly star by cutting chipboard (cardboard from packaging) and glittering it with this great chunky glitter from Joanns. You can find that glitter in the kids craft section, it comes in little tubes. 

The lace is a ribbon roll I bought on clearance at Walmart. The seam binding ribbon was bought from Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy. 

So after posting these pictures I noticed my lace ribbon is totally crooked...why didn't I notice that before I photographed it!? O well. C'est la vie. 
Also... I can't seem to get my tension ,on my sewing machine, correct for sewing on paper. I love the look but  i've the bobbin thread is always just sitting on top of the card instead of pulling through. Any tips?

Friday, December 3, 2010


I have a confession to make.... Umm... ya... Okay....soooooo....
 I spent the last 3 hours browsing quilting blogs. 
Yikes, I said it. 
I like fabric, I love patterns and colors and quilts and pretty things. I love fabric like I love patterned paper. You know how you have like...84million pounds of patterned paper? (yea me too.) Well I have a small fabric stash too. The problem is I don't really sew enough to justify my pile. 
My fabric pile (minus Moda precuts) Summer 2010. eek, it keeps growing

Sooo browsing all that inspiration I decided that I really only need 3 hours of sleep a night. (I mean, who really NEEDS sleep?...?...okay I do because if I don't sleep I get uber super duper grumpy, just ask Josh.) And then I can make cards, and banners, and home decor AND quilts and aprons and cute clothes for my kids. Yep. 


Oh and first things first I need to make this fabulous shower curtain I found browsing Moda's bakeshop.
Isn't that the funnest, girliest, prettiest, ruffleist, most amazing shower curtain ever? 
Okay, I'm going to be grumpy tomorrow, and I have way too much to do for that. Sooooo off to bed I am. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

...simply hello

Soooo.... I made this card a while ago with my gypsy and cricut. I can't remember what cartridges I used (sorry). I think I used accent essential, and.....? I'm sure you'll recognize the shapes.Everything was cut with the cricut... the card itself, the tiny bird, the flourish, the mats the sentiment is sitting on...okay I did say everything, silly me. 

The papers are all DCVW from I the mariposa and crafty stacks...If i'm remembering right.
I bought the crochet trim at Joanns, it was one of the "by the yard" laces. I inked it a bit with some Tim Holtz antique linen.

I stamped the sentiment (Papertrey Ink-mega mixed messages) and then used some Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Stickles over the top. I kind of distressed all the edges with my scissors, for a more tattered vintage look.

On the inside of the card, I used the flourish that you see on the front (before I adhered it to the front) as a mask. I made up my own glimmer mist with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink re-inker and gold perfect pearls. I just added a few drops of the re-inker and put a tiny scoop of the perfect pearls into a ranger mini mister, then filled with water. You can't see it in the picture but its really very shimmery. 

Lately I've been doing a lot more stamping (thanks to a PTI addiction) and so my poor little cricut is sorely neglected. I was looking through my cards and found this one, and it reminded me that I can make a whole card with just my cricut and still achieve that shabby or vintage look I love so much. I really need to take it out and use it more! I really do love that machine.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Waltzingmouse stamps challenge

I made this card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge... I love this challenge, but this is the first time I've been able to participate. Yay! 

The sketch

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV pink, PTI aqua, white | Stamps: PTI fillable frames, Peace be still & Polka dot basics II. Waltzingmouse Stamps music background | Ink: Colorbox rasperry, PTI frost white and aqua | Dies: PTI fillable frames and peace be still | Embellishments: RickRack from walmart, Rinestones by paperstudio, glitter from Joann's.|

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Joys of the season...

Its starting to feel more like Christmas. I think its the blanket of white snow that is covered everything on Sunday night. Personally, I haven't made (almost) any Christmas preparations yet. Cmon wasn't it just Halloween?
I did make a festive card for The Play Date Cafe color challenge this week

. I waited until last night to make this card, because this challenge was really challenging

. I wouldn't have thought to use those colors together on my own, but i'm actually happy with the way this card turned out. 

Well mostly happy. My wrinkle ribbon was a tad too wrinkly! Look at that funny
I'm too lazy a crafter to re-do it though.

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink kraft Stamps: Papertrey Ink Wreath for all season & 2010 Holiday Tags, Waltzingmouse Stamps sheet music background stamp set.
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink in pumice stone and walnut stain. 
Embellishments: K and Company Yuletide acetate snowflake flourish, Martha Stewart lacey label and MS Glitter, Crafty secrets Christmas scraps ticket, Seam binding, Star is made by me.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Glittery snowflake ornaments

I broke out my new plum Cricut Expression last night. You know, I had to test it out. I've been wanting to make these little snowflakes for a while, so thats the first thing I cut.

 I used the back of my 12X12 paper packs. Its a lightweight chipboard, about the same as a cereal box. I layed out all the snowflakes on my gyspy, that way I was able to fit 9-12 snowflakes per 12X12 mat.

I used some spray adhesive to completely coat both side of the snowflakes. It is so much easier than trying to cover them with a liquid adhesive.

Then I picked out some pretty colors of Martha Stewart glitter and went to town.

I decided to hang a few from my red chandelier, since I have yet to put up a tree...(or anything else)

I love how the sun catches all that glittery shine. I love glitter! 

By the way, I used the "When its cold outside" Cricut cartridge for these. If you'd like me to make you some, let me know and I can add some to my new Etsy shop. :) 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Santa Claus is coming to town!

 What a Jolly Santa! I just want to pinch his rosy cheeks.

The Play Date Cafe Challenge chose some beautiful pictures for this weeks challenge. Just look, wow.
Look at those itty bitty sucker pins! Love! Don't you just want everything in this picture? Or is that just the hoarder in me talking? eee.

I'm in love with this tree die from Papertrey Ink. And their 100% wool felt is so yummy too! 
Supplies: Carstock: PTI rustic Cream, PP: My minds eye
Dies: PTI, Tree and snowflake, Spellbinders, PTI  Woodgrain Impression plate
Ink: Colorbox catseye dune color
Embellies: PTI buttons, PTI button twine
, K&Company Yuletide scraps, K&Company Yuletide adhesive borders
Crafty Secrets Christmas Scraps, Joann's craft glitter

I love making cards with a lot of layers like this one. So fun, but soo time consuming. The K&Company Yuletide line is great too. 
I'm still not feeling particularly wordy. 
Waltzingmouse challenge card to come...

Colorful snowflakes

I used my favorite My Minds Eye paper on all these cards, don't you just love those colorful snowflakes?

Supplies: Cardstock: PTI rustic cream PP:My Minds Eye, 
Stamps: PTI 2010 Holiday Tags, and Holiday Treats
Dies: Spellbinders and PTI, Ink: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Plum pudding, colorbox dune
Embellies: Michaels Ribbon, Martha Stewart Lacey Label
Supplies: Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream, PP: My Minds Eye
Stamps: PTI 2010 Holiday Tags
Die Cuts: Spellbinders, PTI Ink: Colorbox Moss, Black
PTI fine linen Ribbon,  Mellissa Frances Mica Flakes, Joann's craft glitter

Supplies: Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream, PP: My Minds Eye
Ink: Momento Rhubarb, Maya Road Ribbon, PTI button twine, Melissa Frances Mica Flakes

Supplies: Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream, PP: My Minds Eye
Stamps: PTI Fillable Frames, Ink: Colorbox raspberry, lavender. 
Dies Cuts: Spellbinders, PTI FF and Peace be still dies
Ribbon: Crochet from Michaels, Wrinkle ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy,
PTI button twine, Embellies: PTI Button, Crafty Secrets Christmas scraps, 
Martha Stewart Glitter, candy ornament from hobby lobby

Supplies: Cardstock: PTI  Rustic Cream, PP: My Minds Eye
Stamps: Studio G and Waltzingmouse Stamps,
 Ink: Ranger Distress fired brick and crushed olive, Colorbox dune
Wrinkle Ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique, snowflake from hobby lobby

I don't have much to say today (whew!
I am planning on making a card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge...