Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I'm still eating....had lots of turkey today....had some pumpkin pie and a raspberry cheesecake....and I still have more to put in my tummy tonight...lol....aren't holidays great? Love it!
Are you going shopping today? Not us, we always avoid the Friday after, always! I don't like the traffic, parking, and being trampled over by rude people....I know....it's tradition and I used to do it all the time when I was younger...I was very much into tradition and all the crowds....but now that I have a little toddler, I'm much more cautious. I wait and then I hit the stores later in the weekend.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
What makes your life blessed? There are so many reasons to be thankful for....they can be big, important things...or just simply small, everyday things that keep us going....
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Felt snowflake by Hero Arts.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here is a close-up of the tag I made, I wanted to keep it simple because the amount of stamps I wanted to use had to fit on just one small area:
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here's a close-up:
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I've been busy making projects and keeping Chris entertained this Friday afternoon. It's been crazy....it took me several hours to complete this layout....lol! I'm going to submit this layout into the Hero Arts 2008 Holiday Contest! Have you heard about it? You can check out all the details and complete entry rules HERE. It's going to be a lot of fun, I can't wait to make a few more projects to submit. It's easy and if you're interested, all you need to do is go to their website and obtain the instructions! Hope you enter and have fun! It's a great way to get some Hero Arts goodies too! ;)
Here's a close-up of some of the stamps I used to include flourishes, leaves and snowflakes:
There's a little story behind this layout, you see....Chris loves, loves summer time! He cherishes the opportunity to play outside in the sun, with plenty of water, water, and more water! So when winter time hits and I start pulling out all the heavy clothing, coats, mittens, and hats....ay yay yay....he knows that 'cold' is no fun....oh yes, he's definitely a summer kid! Don't worry sweetie, summer will be just around the corner again!
These are really clean, fun, and easy to make! They are really tiny cards - approx. 4" x 2 1/2". They are great for enclosing inside a box of chocolates...for an added treat, tuck a gift card inside of it. Or, surprise your loved one by tucking a card inside their wallet or purse. Write a special little note that will make their day!
Here's a look at these trinket pins from Making Memories that I love so, so much....I seem to use them on everything:
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here is a close-up of the fun stamps that I used from Lizzie Anne Designs' Party Animals and Circle Sentiments Collection:
And here is the cutest little dog I've seen in awhile......isn't he just adorable? Also from the Party Animals collection:
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
But November, for me, is especially heartwarming because Christopher was born in this month....the very last day of the month to be exact....and I remember holding him in my arms and thinking how tiny he was....just a mere 6 lbs....so very little....
And now, he will be turning 4-years-old - the mark of a new milestone. Another milestone that will bring many more surprises for us! To mark the upcoming occasion, I thought I'd make a little something for him that is fun....he will like it! He will probably try to tear it up first! But if I know him better than anyone else, I know what he LOVES the most as far as Birthday cakes!!! I must say CHOCOLATE ranks #1 in his eyes!
So Chris, I present to you your chocolate cake with blue 'frosting':
No, it isn't shaped like Mickey Mouse or Yo Gabba Gabba, or the Backyardigans, or Lightning McQueen, or Go Diego...or any of those cartoon characters that you love.....for that would be some complexity for mommy to muster up.....lol.....but it is definitely made with you in mind and definitely with your favorite flavor too!
Here is a closeup of the trimming I did at the bottom of the cake, I used a circular border punch to create the faux doily:
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here's a close-up of the card - for the ornament itself, I first stamped the circle shape and then cut out individual pieces of assorted papers. I assembled each piece side by side to make it look like a multi-colored sphere...very fun!A look at the top of the decorated box:
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Here is a closeup:
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
How exciting!! I got word from the teacher that their little classroom will have a tree that is need of some fun decorations from the kids! Oh - and if the parents wanted to chip in and help decorate it, they certainly could too! So when I heard that I could help out with some yummy arts & crafts stuff for his school.....I didn't even hesitate.
Here's a closeup of the stocking:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here is a fun glimpse of another holiday card focal point:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I'm going to be really quick with today's post because Chris is home for the Veteran's Day Holiday so no school....that means lots of activities planned for the little guy. Today's project, I wanted to use a lot of stamping, plenty of circles everywhere (I love circles), and rounded corners!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I know, you're thinking that it is not even Christmas yet, but since I've already started rolling on my x-mas projects, (and I'll have more to show you within the coming weeks), I just couldn't help but dig out some of my Valentines Day products....so much fun!
For this layout, I wanted to concentrate on the following elements:
Keep it simple...clean lines...no fuss.
Use 2 major colors throughout the design - in this case, raspberry and chocolate...yum!
Use patterned paper to create symmetrical blocks.
I've had this little addiction with rub-ons lately, I'm not sure why! Below, I partially rubbed on these adorable flower stems directly onto the picture:
I'm trying not to be afraid of doing that....I know there's potential for mistakes...and trust me, I do make a lot of mistakes with rub-ons. I'm always afraid if I rub directly onto the photo, that if I mess up, I would have to start over again....but there are easy ways to correct little errors. If you goof up with a rub-on, you can use tape to gently pick at any unwanted pieces. This usually works. If that does not work and you don't want to start all over, try covering up the mistake. You can cleverly hide an error by using small embellishments such as a flower, brad, buttons, and even gems.
For the below photo, I used some new stamps from Stampin' Up:
Enjoy! And have a wonderful Monday!
Papers: Woodland Papers by Martha Stewart.
Rub-ons by Fancy Pants Designs.
Rub-ons by Holidoodles/Imaginesce.
Heart shaped gems by Hero Arts.
Clear Crystal Hearts by Prima.
Scalloped Edge Punch by Martha Stewart.
Love words heart, date stamp, and sentiment by Stampin' Up.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Scalloped edge punch by Martha Stewart.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
What I was trying to do with my House Shaped card was to utilize my stamps in a way that I never have before....especially on a card. I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use but I wanted to place them on the card in a more creative way.....so I thought it would be fun to first, design the house....then stamp each individual image....trim them, and place them, in this case.... 'on top', 'inside', and on the 'front' of the home!
I did quite a bit of brainstorming to see what I could come up with! It was so much fun working with this one!
Below, I placed 4 different images on top of the roof...Santa, two gift boxes, and a candy cane. Santa is definitely ready to slide down that chimney at any moment with his bag of goodies: