Monday, November 1, 2010

WMS Tag Challenge

I love WaltzingMouse stamps, and have been working on tags for her Christmas tag challenge. This has been extremely tricky, because I have none of her Christmas stamps or images! I used Free Spirit Boy to make this cute candy cane stripe, and then stamped the image and To/From from Rescue Remedies. A scored and folded 2" circle finished off the little details for me this time. This will be perfect on a small jar of peppermint sticks! Now let's see what else I can come up with!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Birthday

I really needed to make up a quick birthday card. But, didn't have the time or ambition to create something original. WMS sketch challenge was perfect for this week. Saw Mona's card and imitated it. Used WMS Labels 1, PTI Round and Round and Text Style II background. Papers are Always Artichoke and Almost Amethyst from SU. Cream is generic. Also used Artichoke, Eggplant, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel ink. Ribbon is all from my stash, and probably all purchased at Wal-Mart.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June WMS Blog Waltz

Today is the day of the June Waltzing Mouse blog waltz! This is my first time participating, and for the life of me I can't get the badge to display. Will anyone give me a pointer on how to get it on here? Thanks!!

The theme this month is boys! And am I ever surrounded by boys! Here's a quick card I made up using Free Spirit Boy and Free Spirit Additions. My son thought this would be the perfect card for him to use for a friend's birthday.

I pulled some textured cardstock from my stash, tore the edges and then gradually sanded more and more with each layer to let the white core show through. Also pulled in PTI Aqua mist for my skyline and surfboard. The other board is stamped with SU Pumpkin Pie.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

SA05 Inspiration Challenge

This week's challenge at Stamping Around was tricky for me. All I kept seeing were flowers, purple and yellow. I think I have 2 flower stamp sets in my entire collection, and I used one of them last week! Here is what I finally came up with:

I wanted to keep the flower in focus, but also pull in the plaid background from the photo. All papers were from my stash, the pattern is from DCWV.  Thank you was stamped with SU short and sweet.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Captain Rex

All my boys LOVE legos (including hubby).  And they love Star Wars. So, what happens when boy #2 decides that for his birthday he needs a lego Captain Rex birthday cake?...  Mom has to get creatively awesome! 

#2 was thrilled to have the "coolest cake ever Mom!!!"

I simply googled "captain rex lego" and found an image, then with ruler, pencil and a huge eraser, sketched an outline pattern.  I baked my cake, put on a thin crumb frosting and then the blue base frosting and put it in the freezer.  When it was frozen solid I placed my outline on the cake and with a sterilized quilting pin, pricked little holes through the paper into the frosting all along my lines. This created just enough guideline on the cake so I was able to then outline and fill in (using pastry bags and a small round tip) with my buttercream colors.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Daisy Days

Claire Brennan has created some of the most wonderful stamps out on the market. Unfortunately, I am not the proud owner of any... yet.  I just had to give this challenge a try, not only for the chance at getting my hands on some Waltzingmouse stamps, but to challenge myself to use some colors that I normally do not use... especially the sugar pink. 

I kept my card very simple, because I am trying to learn to use white space effectively.

Ink: PTI fresh snow, SU so saffron, mellow moss and regal rose
Paper: PTI kraft and SU so saffron.
Stamps: SU Definitely Decorative Daisy, PTI Damask Designs

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sensors, Bolts and Gears

I have so much fun creating with Lauren Meader's templates!  Unless I am making something specifically for me, girly things just don't fly in my testosterone-filled household. So, I create a lot of boy-geared projects. My four year old has claimed this one already! I had intended it for a gift card holder for an upcoming birthday party.... I guess I'll have to make another.

This little robot uses the In a Pinch template. I printed it out on SU Ballet Blue paper, and all his gears were created with Gable Green. I used various circle punches for all his gears and circuts.  A little wire on the front and top finished him off!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Little shadow box cards are so much fun to make. I love creating them for more of a little seasonal decoration. This grouping came together so quickly for St. Patrick's Day! Plan on seeing more of these as the year progresses.



Patterned paper is from DCWV. White, and black and yellow cardstock are from my stash, from no particular company.  I stamped the letters with Stampin' Up's Big Deal Alphabet and embossed them with silver pearl ep from CTMH. Used my distressing tool on the edges of the squares, and put dimensionals between all layers.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Origami Boat!

Papertrey Ink is one of my favorite stamp companies. This month they are celebrating their 3rd anniversary, and hosting some fantastic challenges! Today's challenge: create a project spotlighting origami! I modified the Perfect Matchbox template and made this cute little boat for the top. I can give this as a valentine to one of my boys without being accused of making it girly!

All papers used are from Stampin Up.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Messenger Bag

I am crafty. This statement sums it up.

My new messenger bag.

Nice large back pocket, twin front pockets, top zipper closure, and inside, a little hidden zipper pocket. I love it!
It can easily hold 12x12 scrapbook pages to take to a crop night.

I had a lot of help from this tutorial, but changed the dimensions to fit what I needed.
Outer dimensions are 15 1/2" wide, 13" tall and 3" wide.