Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Quick Thank You Card!

Here was a simple thank you card that I made during a card workshop I attend monthly.  No Cricut here (YIKES!!!); all the materials and stamps are from Stampin' Up! (except the Stickles).  This could very easily be made with the Cricut though.  I know Elegant Edges has a border that is similar to the punch (how do I know? Check back in a couple of days ;)) used for the top border and of course there are plenty of carts with scallops that would work for the sentiment.  Instead of stamping the image, you could always cut flowers out and hand doodle the little 'stems'.  I think the Cricut is so versatile for stuff like that...who needs stamps?!  (wait, what am I talking about?! I do!  LOL!).  Actually, I prefer sentiment stamps.  I feel like I can make almost any image with my Cricut but it seems harder to cut sentiments (even just a simple thank you) small enough to work for some cards.  Now don't get me wrong, I still do it, but I just think sentiment stamps are wonderful.

So, what are your favorite types of stamps?  You know I said I like sentiment stamps, but I also prefer clear acrylic stamps.  Stampin Up! stamps are very nice, but I hate that I can't see where I am stamping (and they're thinking a rubber clear mount stamp is comparable to the acrylic clear stamps...just ludicrous).

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


This is one of those duh moments…you know when you forget to take good pictures of a project you have made.   Oh well!  At least I happened to take some pics that it in them. 
My Aunt’s father (no, not my Grandfather, Aunt by marriage…hehehe, that is the first question I am asked) turned 85 on Father’s Day this year.  She and my Uncle threw him a big birthday bash at their farm.  So, I made a….take a guess….AN EXPLODING BOX, LOL!!  I know, I have been on an exploding box kick.  I just love them, they are sooooo versatile.  Man, woman, birthday, wedding, you name it, it works!!  I changed it up a bit though, this time instead of making it for pictures, I made it so everyone attending the party could sign.  This would serve as a momento for the guest of honor.  I mean, really, what can you give an 85 year young MAN for his birthday, other than a big bash of a party?   The theme was a patriotic theme.  He served in the Navy and is very patriotic; so I thought why not make the box patriotic?  Here is what I came up with (and the sorry excuse for pictures that I made of it)…

After he figured out what it was he really liked it LOL. In one of the pics you can see me (well, my arm) showing him what it was and how it worked. He was afraid to touch it because when he started to open it he was a little rough with it and all the ladies started hollering at him…it was quite comical J. I thought it matched the theme very well! The last pic is to show the theme so you can see for yourself (that is my Aunt, who I love very much, in the picture...she is one special lady).

Thanks for looking!  Don't forget to leave a comment for an additional chance to win the Blog Candy!  Good luck!

Monday, August 29, 2011

June Wedding - UPDATED w/ pics!!

May was a very busy month!  I had a good friend ask me to make some items for her daughter’s June 4th wedding.  I was honored that they would trust me with such a task and so of course I obliged.  I jumped right in and made the menus, programs and table numbers.  Her wedding was a beautiful and simple outdoor wedding with a rustic theme.  We started planning well in advance, but it came down to the wire with the final design and count.  I was scrambling to get everything done, but I did it and she loved everything; which is all that mattered!!  We opted to go with the Stampin’ Up! colors of Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum because they were a perfect match to her color choices, we added Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla as the neutral colors to accentuate the rustic theme.  Here is a pic of the beautiful couple and their wedding party…
As I said in my blog candy post...I can't believe I didn't take pictures!!!  I was so behind on getting them ready and when we got to the wedding I saw there was a need for someone to pitch in and help set up, so I went straight to it and didn't think about getting pictures.  However, the phtographer got some great shots of my creations.  I have emailed him asking if I could get digital copies, but until then here are links to the images if you are interested.  YAY!  He was kind enough to share pics - you rock Jeff Scott (owner of J Darren Photography)!!

I was very pleased with the way all of the items turned out.  The fans were a HUGE was sooooooo hot that day!  There didn't seem to be a cloud in the sky and it was 95 degrees (in the mountains no less!)

For her wedding card, I made an exploding box with a cake inside using the colors from the wedding.  She absolutely adored it!!  I did get some pics of it LOL...

I made the cake from a cut file that was based on the Sizzix Pop up Die.  Unfortunately, the original maker of this file had to take it down per request of Sizzix.  If you are interested in the file let me know in your comment and I will email it to you (shhhh!).

I hope you like my creations!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


This is my first ever blog candy!  Once again, I have been MIA.  Life just really gets in the way  so much lately.  But not to worry, I still find time to craft…I just don’t find time to always update my blog.  Since my last post I have made several projects, and sad to say, I did not make pictures of all of them *kicking the dirt and screaming”I can’t believe I didn’t get pics!*.   Throughout the week I will be posting details of those projects as part of this blog candy.  So, onto the candy!!  I am giving away a brand new Martha Stewart Crafts Seasonal Cake Art Cricut Cartridge

To be eligible for my blog candy, you must:
1 – Be a follower of my blog that lives in the US
2 – Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite time of the year is and what you would do with this cartridge if you won.  If you don’t have an email address attached to your posting profile, please make sure to include an email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win.

**For additional chances to win, leave a comment on each of my project posts and I will enter your name for each comment.

Winner will be drawn on Monday, September 5th  and will be posted by Wednesday September 7th