Monday, April 20, 2009

Belated Birthday Card...Oops!

My co-worker Jean is also a cardmaker and she always so gracious to make me a card for my birthday. I always try to do the same...until this year. I saw her birthday on the calendar and thought to myself, "Great, I will use spring break to make her card." Spring break came and card. Last week came and went...same story. I saw her in the hallway today and it hit me like brick wall! You know those moments?

I wanted to do something special for her and I hope this does the job. This was the first time I put acetate into my Cuttlebug. Why had I not done this before? No clue!! I also love this adorable doll set from Hero Arts. Too stinkin' cute!

Stamps: Dolls (Hero Arts), Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Acetate (The Paper Company), White (PTI)
Accessories: Copics, Prima Flower, Birds & Swirls (Cuttlebug)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday

Decided to post something while I am waiting for family to arrive. Liam is napping. Food is done. Mitch is driving back from the airport. Quiet time for me. Ah...

This will be Liam's 3rd Easter even though he is only two due to the way Easter is scheduled year to year. We started the morning with a mini Easter egg hunt. He enjoyed it...calling out the colors of the eggs as he found them scattered throughout the living room, then he hit the jackpot by the fireplace. The Easter Bunny had made a little scene with several things he had gotten in the past couple of years, so the jackpot was really not that big. All of it was new to him again. A couple things he got were Bertie the bus, a book about Easter, a brush for his animals, a Pooh bubble maker and a card from Ma'i and Da'i.

I feel in love with this vintage-type image when I saw it in Archiver's yesterday. I have never purchased a stamp by Northwoods, but I was throughoutly impressed by this one. All in all I was happy with the card except for a couple technical issues. The luxury cardstock did not seem to emboss well. (This was the first time I had dry embossed with it, so maybe better luck next time.) Also, I have been slowly collected Copic markers and didn't have any orange. What the heck was I thinking? I had to use markers to watercolor the carrot.

Stamps: Bunny with Carrot ( Northwoods), Polka Dot Background (SU), Sentiment - Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Snow (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Gina K. Pure Luxury White
Accessories: Labels 3 Dies (Nestabilities), Copics, Watercoloring with Markers, Glitter, Souffle White Pen (Sakura)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lots of Unity Inspiration

I broke out some of my Unity stamps for today's post. This one is Shine On, which was a freebie I got last month and also my submission for the SCS Sketch Challenge for this week.

Stamps: Shine On (Unity Stamps)
Ink:Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: DP (Basic Grey), Pirouette Pink, PTI White, Kraft
Supplies: Swarovski Crystals, Nestabilities Labels & Tags, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Sakura Black Glaze Pen
Techniques: Paper piercing, paper piecing, dry embossing

And a couple more before I head to bed...

Stamps: KOTM March (Unity Stamps), Dream Tree BG (Unity Stamps)
Paper: DP (Basic Grey), Kraft
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Black
Accessories: Large Rhinestones, Nestabilities Labels 4, Sewing Machine
Techniques: Distressing, stitching

Stamps: Shine On (Unity Stamps), Chandelier (Amuse Art Stamps)
Paper: PTI White
Ink: Black
Accessories: Martha Stewart Border Punch, Stickles Fruit Punch, Ribbon

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Flower Pens

As a frequent shopper at Archiver's, I am used to signing my credit card receipts with a fun pen from the floral bouquet in a little flower pot by the cash register. During my trip to the store today, I picked up a few groceries (enchilda night!!), bathroom trash cans (Whoever thought the cute metal trash cans with the foot petal were a great idea...think again...oh, I guess that would have been me!) and picked up supplies to make my own floral pen bouquet. Great for on my desk at work or in the craft room, by the phone or even a great
gift! (Mother's Day!)

Based on the quality and variety of materials available one could potentially make some spectacular creations. I may have to try some with glitter and various ribbons. ;)

Green floral tape
Silk flowers (I have some Lady Di silk roses in the basement for my spring decor that I maybe using soon, too.)
Bag of small smooth pebbles (At Archiver's, they used some sort of small bean. I was in the mood for the little pebbles. I would imagine anything small with some weight to it would work.)
Clear glass container (I have seen metal and terra cotta pots used as well.)
Pens (I bought Bic Stick pens. I do prefer RSVP, but this being at experiment .88 for ten pens wasn't going to set me back much.)
Scissors (Utility would work best.)

Monday, April 06, 2009

Liam's 2nd Birthday

Free Smiley Courtesy of

Our little guy turned two on Friday! How the time has flown! We had a fun birthday weekend with him at Grandma and Papaw Sweeney's on Friday evening and Saturday. On Sunday, we had a birthday bash with both sets of grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and some friends.

This was my first experience making a cake, which was a whole other story in itself. Thank goodness Loretta is a great cake maker and bailed me out with some great advice! This year he actually tried to blow out the candle. So sweet! He had to have some "birth-day cak" right away!

We are so thankful for the wonderful gifts that were given by his loving family and friends! I had never seen any Melissa & Doug handmade puzzles and toys until this birthday party...obviously, they are a hot item!

Melissa & Doug wooden tools and Elmer's paint markers w/book (the clean kind) - Grandpa and Nana Born
Melissa & Doug letter/word puzzle - Uncle Ian
Three Melissa and Doug puzzles & embroidered shirts - Grandma and Papaw Sweeney
Monkey Beanbag Chair - Aunt Loretta, Uncle Jeff, Nick, Kamala and Caden
Wooden Trains and Track - Aunt Shari, Uncle Dennis and Sergei
A Cool Outfit (Polo and Pants) - Cousin Heidi
Monkey Lantern, Coat for next winter, audio player - Great Aunt Ann & Uncle Rich
Thomas the Train in a Bath Boat - Christa and Caleb Knight
Two sets of pj's, t-shirt and a golf set - Jeanne and Brian Doan
Little Tikes Basketball Hoop, James the Train & Radio Flyer Tricycle - Ma'i & Da'i

The basketball hoop was literally a "slam dunk". He played for at least 45 minutes straight without stopping. He kept lining his cousins up like he was shooting free throws! lol! His little face was red from running around, jumping and shooting!

I have to say that there isn't a toy that he hasn't played with today. With all of these wonderful gifts I am going to need to sort through his toy box to a bit of toy rotating. ;)

Thanks again for making it such a special birthday! He had the best time as did we!!

Craft Show Experience

On Saturday my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece and I set up a couple of tables at the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette craft show, which benefits educating students in journalism. This past week was an absolute bear trying to get everything I wanted completed and organized not to mention the logistics of the entire weekend. (Packing for all of us for an overnight at my in-laws along with all of my cardmaking supplies and product to sell as soon as I got home from work, then rushing off to pick up Mitch at work on the way to the in-laws...not to mention throwing a birthday party for Liam on Sunday.) The week ended on a sweet note in the birthday party for Liam. The little guy is now officially two!! What an amazing journey is has been so far!

As I reflect on the show, I am both inspired with new ideas and also disappointed in the lack of actual crafts at a "craft show". One thing I learned from this experience is that bags of M&M's with a stamped sentiment go much faster than actual cards do. What the heck? How crafty is that? My strategy for the June show will be more things that people can eat and play with to accompany the cards. (pens, notepads, gifty items, etc.) I spent a decent amount of time prior to the show reading threads about craft shows concerning what people make, how they price, etc. I didn't really think that little trinkets were the way to open the sale to a card. I will be better prepared next time.

Onto my rant about craft shows lacking actual handmade "crafts"...there were several booths of beaders/jewelry makers as well as homemade preserves/candies/honey, candles, crocheting, embroidery, etc., but most of the booths were filled with items that were craft-like items (a lot of primitives/signs/furniture) that were not even made by the people at the booths rather imported from China or the like. This infuriates me for a couple of reason: 1) At a craft show one would expect the items to be handmade or hand"crafted". I guess at some point they have to be "hand" something not matter where they are made. 2) Given the current economic conditions, I will buy as little that is not made in the USA as well as from those who do not practice fair wages and safe working conditions. Not only because I want Americans to have jobs, but I am firm supporter of fair-trade and will not support the outsourcing of jobs for unacceptable wages in poor conditions just to save a buck or ten. I know that I buy things that are imported EVERYDAY and this supports the global economy, but frankly, I think our reliance on imports has gotten dangerous for other countries and ourselves.

Despite the appearance of things that had nothing to do with crafting at the show, there were some absolutely amazing crafters exhibiting their creativity and talent. My booth was surrounded by intoxicating soy candles ( Loretta and I had a little sniff fest!) and honey/beeswax products. There was also some beautiful blown glass, which I only found out after there was an ear-shattering crash on the floor after a table collapsed. I felt that in the pit of my stomach.

Here are a few of the cards that I made especially for this particular show. I didn't have much time to post them before. These were quick photos with the cards in the clear envelopes, so there is glare and a mailing envelope behind each card. I did not include many sentiments to make the cards more all occasion. I find it boring, so I doubt I will go that route next time around.

No details for these. If you have questions feel free to email me and I'll get back with you. :)

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