Saturday, February 28, 2009

Easter Box

Ah, it's the weekend! I am feeling better - finally! Rough week for the Miller family here.

Happy Saturday! Last week I stumbled across this adorable round top box template on Splitcoaststampers. It was their weekly "Try a New Technique" Challenge (TLC208). The template for this box can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
Don't be intimidated. It's really easy and super fun to decorate! The materials I used to decorate this are located at the end of the post.

I'm thinking of making these as my favors for my Easter dinner table. I can fill them with homemade cookies and candy as just a little treat for my guests.

I must tell you that the grass I added in this little box is homemade. Just take green cardstock, run it through your paper crimper, and shred or cut into little strips. It doesn't take much to fill these.

I'm off to brunch with some friends this morning! Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!
Materials used for this project:
Stamp Sets: A Good Egg (SU!) & Easter greeting from Stampabilities
SU! Designer Series Paper: Summer Picnic (retired)
SU! Ink: Only Orange, Black
Accessories: American Crafts ribbon, Nestabilities, green mesh

Thursday, February 26, 2009

friend to friend

Rough week! I ended up at the doctor Tuesday with a sinus infection. I just feel lousy! My little one made me a "Get Well" card at the sitters. It's so sweet! I save everything he makes. It will be fun to look back on it someday.

I am sorting through my rubber stamp collection, getting rid of ones I just don't use or no longer like. I stumbled across Pocket Silhouettes which is one of my favorites that I just forgot about. Ever do that? I think I need better stamp storage so I know what I have. I have all my holidays, birthday, and verse sets well organized, but then there are those all occasion sets that get piled on top of one another. Those need to be better organized.

The card I am sharing with you today utilizes Pocket Silhouettes and Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! I inked up my stamps in Basic Black and stamped them on Whisper White. I layered each stamped image on Pink Pirouette and Basic Black cardstock to really make it pop. I also layered the Raspberry Tart paper on Basic Black cardstock to make that stand out a little more. This was a really fun card to put together. I love black & white with bright colors!

Well my friends, off to work! Have a wonderful day and God bless.
All supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Designer Series Paper: Raspberry Tart
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Button Bouquet

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

10 Teeth on the Top, 10 Teeth on the Bottom

When the hygienist asked my son at his first dentist appointment how many teeth he had, he put out both hands - fingers spread wide, and said "ten" (see photo at the bottom of the first layout). Sure enough she counted 10 on top and 10 on the bottom. This woman was amazing. She talked to him so sweet and sang songs while she was cleaning them. When I made the appointment they asked if I wanted the pediatric hygienist. I never knew there was such a thing. I never went to one! Now I know and highly recommend one!!

I took Monday (yesterday) off for an "all about me" day. I had high hopes for all kinds of stuff I wanted to get done. Remember I mentioned in the last post I was fighting a cold? The cold won! I am down & out sick. The only thing I did was keep my massage appointment. It was heavenly. Oh well! It happens. The good part is she asked me if I work out. I was stunned. I have some much needed weight to lose. I replied that I do and she said she could tell by how tight my muscles are. That made me smile!

In the afternoon, I finished this layout I've been meaning to get done. I don't use stamps that often in my scrapbooking, but it worked out in this layout. The "way to B" is from SU! Just B set.

Enjoy the last week of February! I'll be back soon with another card creation. Hope you don't mind the scrapbooking pages mixed in here & there. Take care.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

you crack me up

A Good Egg is one of my all time favorite Easter stamp sets from Stampin' Up! It's so cute and I just love the saying "you crack me up". It also comes with a "happy easter" greeting too. You can have a lot of fun with this set and get creative with it.

I think I need to make a more masculine version of this card for my son for Easter. My idea is to include on the inside of the card some fun things he does that "cracks me up"! It will be a good remembrance to have. Today he slide into my husbands shoes and walked around in them saying he is daddy. He told me I have to call him and daddy, "daddy". I told him those were pretty big shoes to fill and his response was "yep". Does he sound like a 3 year old to you? He always puts a smile on my face!

I hope you are having a great weekend and getting in some scrapbooking or stamping. Thank you for stopping by & I'll be back again soon!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A Good Egg
Designer Series Paper: Spring Fling (retired)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Kraft, Whisper White
Punches: Scallop Circle, Ticket, 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1" circle
Silver brads
White grosgrain ribbon
Stampin Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser?

Is that how the saying goes? We only get better with age, correct? That is what I keep telling myself at least. I feel I'm getting smarter. Could it be? I do have days though where I feel like I'm losing my mind! Since having a child, I need to make lists and write things down. It angers me I have to do this because I never had to before! Is it because we are so busy and have 10 things going on at once, or do those babies really suck the brains out of you? I can't control it, so I guess I just have to deal with it.

I have a birthday coming up next month. I don't get overly excited about them. I truly enjoy being the gift giver but not the receiver. Even as a kid, I loved handing out cookies and goodie bags on my birthday to my friends.

So since I am tired of making Valentines at this point, it was a breath of fresh air to take out some different stamps from my stash! This one, Crazy for Cupcakes, will never go out of style!

I hope my cupcake photographed ok. I used Liquid Applique to make it look like it was really frosted. This was my first attempt with it, so if you have any tips or advice, let me know! The rest of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of this post.

My son is still checking his Valentines Day mailbox daily. He is so cute. This morning he told me there will be something in there when he gets home tonight. Oh boy! Luckily I had a little bag of Jelly Belly's to stick in there. Whew!

Enjoy your day! God bless.

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise:
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Fundamental Phrases
Designer Series Paper: Delicate Dots (free from Sale-A-Bration catalog and $50 order)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Black, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa

Punches: Eyelet Border, Word Window
White brads
Liquid Applique (Marvy)
White and blue ribbon

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cheep Talk

Talk is "cheep", right? I'm only kidding around!!! :)

I'm stuck at work today! While everyone is off and shopping President's Day sales, I am working. Oh well. Over the lunch hour I plan to hit Coldwater Creek. Everything is 25% off today!!!!

Back to Cheep Talk! It's one of the new Stampin' Up! sets in the current catalog. It's so cute! It comes with some cute sayings too! I love to pair up this set with the new Designer Series paper, Good Morning Sunshine. I just think they go so well together.

I made two windows on this card using Nestabilities for the big center square and the Word Window Punch on the bottom. The bird is actully stamped on the inside of the card. I mounted the corners that frame the square window on Stampin' Dimensionals. The saying at the bottom is only on the front of the card. I made it into a window by mounting the patterned paper on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Enjoy your day off and if you are working like me, don't work too hard! Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies for this creation from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Cheep Talk
Designer Series Paper: Good Morning Sunshine
Cardstock: Whisper White, YoYo Yellow
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Punches: Word Window, Corner
Gold brads

Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you are having a wonderful Valentine's Day!

I 'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted but my little one was suffering from a bad cold again this week. The evenings were just busy and tiring.

I was able to get done at the last minute this Valentine's Day card for my Mom. I am giving it to her this evening with a big bouquet of mixed flowers from my sister & I. I hope she likes it. She is one of my biggest fans when it comes to crafts. I always feel like I need to make her something extra nice. She was very crafty when we were kids and now she mostly crochets.

I hope your day is filled with love and happiness!

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!
Stampin' Up! (unless otherwise noted) Valentines Day Card Supplies:
Stamps: Love You Much
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Candy Lane
Punches: Heart to Heart, Word Window, Scallop Edge, Nestabilities
Ribbon: 5/8" Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Craft Ink: Whisper White
Stampin' Dimensionals
Pebbles Inc "I love you" rub-ons

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Hello There!

I am having so much fun with my new supplies from the latest Stampin' Up! Catalog! I hope you are too! Thank you to all my customers who are reaping the benefits of the current promotion going on, Sale-A-Bration! I truly appreciate each & every one of your orders!

Here is the little (3x3) card I made using the new Cherry Blossom Embosslits Die. I added a clear dew drop to the center of the blossom. The patterned paper is from the 6x6 SU! Prints Pack that is a retired hostess set. The little "hello there!" is from SU! Cheep Talk set. If you look closely I made my own tiny little dew drops under the saying using Crystal Effects. The bottom decorative edge was created using the new Eyelet Border Punch.

So many supplies, so little time! Can you relate??? I'm off to go get ready for church!

Enjoy your Sunday!

All supplies for this creation are from Stampin' Up! (unless noted otherwise):
Patterned Paper - SU! Print Packs (hostess - retired)

Cardstock - Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Stamps - Cheep Talk
Ink - Ruby Red
Tools - Cherry Blossom Embosslits Die, Eyelet Border Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Crystal Effects
Dew Drops

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thoughts and Prayers - Stampin' Up! New Set

Happy Friday!

I have received several e-mails about my mailboxes. I’m glad my idea was a hit! I have filled them twice this week. The first time they received homemade chocolate chip cookies with a handmade heart-shaped tag. The second time I gave my husband a Double Peanut Butter Reeses Peanut Butter Heart (he loves peanut butter) and my son received a little M&M guy filled with mini M&M’s. They are loving it, especially my little one. He would like something in there everyday. Too cute!

I received in the mail this week the much anticipated new Stampin’ Up! set called Thoughts & Prayers. I absolutely adore this set. The stamps and sayings are just beautiful. I used this set last night as I was watching Grey’s Anatomy. I also incorporated into my creation SU! Good Morning Sunshine Designers Series paper. This paper is also new to SU! and the designs on these papers are really unique. I decided to mat my patterned papers on black cardstock to make the colors really pop. They are so vibrant.

After I finished this card last night, I played a little with my new SU! Embosslits Dies I purchased along with my stamps. I never used these before. I made my first Cherry Blossom and was giddy like a little girl. It embosses and punches out the shape. The impression is so defined, just like the Cuttlebug embossing folders. I will post this weekend the card I am making with this die.

Any plans for the weekend? I hope to finish a scrapbook layout of my son’s first trip to the dentist. I will post it if I get it done, but don’t hold your breath! Saturday is going to be close to 50 degrees so I may take my son sledding. There is so much snow on the ground it will take days to melt.

Have fun & I’ll be back soon! Thank you for stopping by.

All supplies from Stampin’ Up! (unless noted otherwise):
Stamps – Thoughts & Prayers
Designer Series Paper – Good Morning Sunshine
Cardstock – Old Olive, Basic Black
Ink – Old Olive, Basic Black
American Crafts Ribbon

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Valentine Mailboxes

Happy February! We made it through January!

February is the month of love and I made my two Valentines their own mailboxes. My hubby & son will get little treats and notes from me throughout the month in their mailboxes. When the flag is up, they need to check it. They were very excited to be presented with these this morning!

The cute little silver mailboxes are $1 find from Target. I covered them in some gorgeous patterned paper from BoBunny. All is takes is a 4x12 piece to cover it all the way around.

I used Maya Road chipboard letters for their initials on the front and also covered them in the BoBunny paper. I made a little flag cover with the paper and used my SU! hearts punch, from the Love You Much Bundle, to punch out a small heart and stamp a message on it. I tied ribbons on the flag post, although I'm sure they boys don't care about ribbons. I think it adds a nice touch! :)

*Don't forget the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration starts today! For every $50 you spend you get to pick out something free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!

Have fun watching the Super Bowl tonight! Go Steelers!!!!