Friday, December 31, 2010

The Nicest Gifts Are Handmade! Thanks Mom!

In my world, Christmas isn't quite what it used to be.  It has become so commercial that I rebel at times.  I still make my own cards (see previous post) and many of my gifts (lots of homemade vanilla!).  Then along come this wonderful gift, handmade by my mom!    She took a small aluminum garbage can and tole painted it.  She uses hers for birdseed -- I might do the same!  Check out the picture of the painted scoop!  Yes, she painted that too!  Thanks Mom for making Christmas what it should be -- handmade!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

It's hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone!  I was thrilled to finally get into the spirit of creating digital cards!  Maybe I spent less time creating them digitally than I normally do with cutting and piecing by hand -- maybe not!  I just know that I had a great time making the Christmas card with lots of "stamped" layers.  Loved using blue as the base.  Also, the thank you card was something I decided to do at the last minute to thank family and friends.  Hopefully everyone appreciated them!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fun with new stamps - Birthday Card!

Okay, so if you saw my last post you know my sister's birthday is coming up soon.  So, I had to make a card!  It started with a collection of stamps that I bought from "Stamps of Life" (THANKS Stephanie!).  They are so much fun!!!  So the card started with this photo of horse tack (my sis loves "country" anything):
Thanks for taking this photo Teresa!

I used PINK woodgrain paper on the inside and stamped a "Stamps of Life" calendar to decorate the inside (along with some other fun items!):
I even added a fun quote from The Beatles (Dang, I spelled it wrong!  Too late now!)

And I had to decorate the envelope (one of my faves!)! I used a "Stamps of Life" birthday circle stamp and added some bling and adhesive ribbon!  Yippy!  Time to deliver it!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Halloween Cupcake Toppers!

My sister's birthday is at the end of October so.... in addition to her b'day gift, I'm giving her something fun for Halloween!  I made some Halloween toothpicks for her to insert in her cupcakes!  So fun to make!  One dozen.  Plus, I'm sending her some "batty" cupcake wrappers from a local craft store.  She will have a great time putting everything together.  I'll have to ask her send a few pictures of the completed project!

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Card, Newly Inspired!

Although I've made some cards for my Etsy shop recently, I haven't posted them in my blog!  I needed some inspiration to make something new so I surfed random, crafty blogs and I was off and running!  Thank goodness!  Things were feeling a bit stale.

So this card is the result of my efforts over the weekend.  What do you think?  It was fun to make as I layered a lot of elements.  I even dug up some supplies I haven't used in years!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Quadfold Accordian Album For Sale on Etsy

Check out my latest scrapbook album!  So fun!  It's compact yet can hold a lot of pictures.  Plenty of room for journaling too!   When it's folded it measures 12" x 6".  When opened it measures   24" x 12" (see fully opened album below:  24" x 18"!).  Check it out in my Etsy store:

    Inside unfolded:  pockets are decorated and some can be used for journaling.

Front and back of folded album

Inside of fully unfolded album (pocket fronts are face down). 24" x 18".


Back of unfolded album (front of album is on the right) 

Scrapbook For Sale -- Just Add Your Photos!

Just posted this album on Etsy!  It's a 12 x 12 scrapbook album ready for your pictures!  I even left a few empty page protectors at the back of the album for you to add more extras!  Please visit my Etsy store to view and perhaps purchase:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Birthday Shoebox

My niece's birthday is tomorrow so I decided to do something different for a gift box.  This idea started out as something completely different (a gift bag) and ended up as this:

This is a recycled shoe box!  I decorated it with a coordinating paper, added "Happy Birthday" (thanks Cricut!), brads, and some ribbon.  I laced it up like a corset and there you have it!  Hopefully my niece will appreciate it!  I know she will appreciate what's inside!  Happy Birthday Bre!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Custom Portrait Drawing from Fiverr!

Have you heard of  Me either until I saw it posted on Junkmail Greetings blog.  Go there and you can get all kinds of wonderful (some goofy) services for $5!  Check out the drawing I got from abbygailmpls:

And here's the picture I sent her:



I love it and hope to use it in an Easter gift!

New mini cards for Easter!

Don't you just love the beautiful green colors this time of year!?  I designed a couple of fun mini cards just in time for Spring and Easter.  Great to add to gifts, use as name cards, or even at a buffet for labeling food items.  Check 'em out on and enjoy!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Incredible handdrawn portraits by Drawworm!

You've got to check out Drawworm's beautiful handdrawn portraits by following this link!  I saw Kelley's work on and was blown away!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Enter this giveaway!

Use this link to be entered in a drawing for a bunch of great scrapbook supplies.  Thanks Genevieve and Gen's Scrapbook Kitchen!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Blog by Genevieve!

I'm a member of Etsy Greetings Group.  I just received an e-mail indicating that one of our members started her own blog, Gen's Scrapbook Kitchen.  Check it out 'cause she's doing a giveaway!

You have a chance of winning scrapbook paper, embellishments and more!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Spring is on its way!

As I'm looking at my favorite blogs and watching the weather, I realize that Sprink is on its way!  I love Spring but I'm not ready for Winter to end!  I love the cool weather and snow!

Back to Spring...  I just looked at the decor8 blog and went gaga for the beautiful photos she posted today.  I hadn't heard of Bloomsville but now that I have... I love the look!  Hope you have a few minutes to check it out!

Here's a little something to push us towards Spring, my Vellum Blooms recently posted on Etsy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I won another giveaway!

I can't believe I won another giveaway!  Recently I posted a giveaway from A & R Design Studio.  I was notified today that I won!  Wowee!!!  I feel so lucky and fortunate!  I needed a pick-me-up and this is just what the doctor ordered!  Thanks A & R!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Giveaway offered by A & R Design!!!

Who doesn't love a giveaway!?!  A & R Design studio is giving away the card and bookmarks you see here.  Hopefully one of us will win!  Please check it out and enter by 2/2/10!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I own a CRICUT!!!!

So I just celebrated my 30th birthday... again.  My husband TOTALLY surprised me with a CRICUT!!!  Can't believe it!!!  I feel so lucky to have a husband that really thinks about what I would like for a gift.  He's the best!

I'm looking forward to posting more cards in my Etsy store now that I've got a Cricut.  I haven't been doing anything with my store (no don't look... it's still Christmas-y).  Now I'm motivated to create, create, create!  I even made a couple of thank you cards on my Cricut and sent them off to my family.  Watch for my latest creations!  Yippy!

Monday, January 4, 2010

I won another giveaway!

What's better than Christmas and the New Year? Winning a giveaway!!! Yes, that's right! I won a giveaway from Bliss Think Ink!!! I was so excited when I got the news and then... I received THE package! Wowee! Check it out!

I received a bunch of beautiful handmade cards and a "kit". The kit was a nice surprise because Tia hadn't indicated that she would be sending it as part of the "mini correspondence kit". It has all kinds of embellishments like felt buttons, ovals and gingerbread men! There are bows and squares and so much more! I feel so lucky!