Saturday, February 27, 2010


Hello, I am back today with another birthday card. Our family has a few birthdays all around the same time. This time it was for my Brother in Law John. Im sure many of you have seen a card like this before, but I had not, and when I did, I knew this was the one for him.
He loves Oreo cookies and since I find Masculine cards more of a challenge , this seemed perfect to me. Its tough when you cant have all those frilly girl things that make cards so pretty.
Well, here is my plate of cookies. They were so much fun to make, I ended up with 3. I made these with my nestabilities, but you can do them with any circle cutter. Once the circle was cut. I ran them through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder to give the cookies a little texture. I punched the center ovals with the Stampin Up Oval and Scalloped Oval punches. The bottom punch is the plain oval, then punch a scalloped oval, and punch out the center of that one with the regular oval punch. Adhere them together and either write or stamp the word OREO in the middle.
I chose to stamp it with my Just Right Brayton Font stamps, as I thought this looked neater than my handwriting. I then used my bone folder to make the little line accents around the edges of each cookie.
Here is a photo of the inside. I cut out 2 smaller circles with white SU cardstock, and adhered them with foam tape to give the filling a bit of a 3-D look. The brown cardstock is Bazzills Bittersweet Chocolate. A fitting name, isnt it?
I think this would make great invitations to a childs party, or any type of casual get together.
Now that I have hopefully made you hungry, many thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Here is the card I made for my daughters sweet 16 birthday. As soon as I saw this image, I thought of Theresa Lauren~ carefree, happy and full of hope and wonder.
Of course, dont forget she IS a teenager, but that just makes me more aware of just how "typical" she is. Her favorite colors are pink and purple, so that was the color scheme. It is an easel card, which is my current favorite type of card style. Its just such a beautiful finished look, it will probably be my favorite for a long time to come.
The image is a digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil. I resized her to be big enough to fit the 6 by 6 inch card.
This is a view of the card opened up as an easel.

The carstock is Stampin Up, the patterned paper with the plaid has no name on it, and the floral is from a company called Stemma and the pattern is Charlie. I have had it quite a while. In fact when we used to go to a now closed scrapbook store in Wilmington, I used to let TT pick out a few sheets for herself. This is one of those sheets.

She is colored with Copic Markers. Her pretty pink satin ribbon is from Offray. Pink ink is Blush Chalk Ink.
Pearls are from Michaels and made by Recollections.
I used Stampin Up Crystal Effects on her balloons to give them a shine. Before that I used a White Sigmo Pen to highlight them a bit.

I had to computer generate the inside sentiment.
Below is a view of the whole inside of the card.

She was very excited to receive this card, and very happy to be "16".
Many thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Design Team Tryout

I have decided to try out for a Design Team for a wonderful stamp company called Artful Legacy. They make some beautiful stamps of quality red rubber. You can find them online here
Wish me luck!!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Happy Birthday today to my precious Theresa Lauren!! Its so hard to believe she is already 16 today! She has grown and accomplished so much already~ far above and beyond what the so called "professionals" told us to expect.
How very proud we are of you each and every day.
I am very blessed to have been chosen by God to parent this very special child of mine. HAPPY BIRTHDAY THERESA~
We love you more and more each day~

Sunday, February 21, 2010


And with that being said, here are the baby boy cards I promised you . They are made with the same set from Papertrey Ink, and the paper is once again Nanas Nursery from DCWV. This beautiful ribbon is celery twill from Stampin Up and it ties such a pretty bow, which holds its shape quite nicely. I also like SU's ribbon because you get such a good quantity on each roll, usually 15 yards. This is important when you are working on a project and have one of those little rolls from the craft store. You know what I am going to say~ it runs out right in the middle of your project. And if you are anything like me, your nearest craft store is about 40 miles away~ too long of a trip just to get ribbon. These SU ribbon rolls wont do that to you. Here are all 3 cards together~

All of the buttons are either from my yardsale finds, or from a couple of packages of Foof-A-La buttons that I have.
I love that little teddy with the button in his tummy. He reminds me of a stuffed toy from long ago.

These are cute easy cards to make. I have left the insides blank for now, but will stamp something when I am ready to use them.
I am beginning to be able to actually breathe again~yeah!!!!
Many thanks for stopping by.....

Friday, February 19, 2010


Today my post will be short, as the snow has proved to much for this warm weather girl, and I have been sick for the last 3 days. The post will be sweet, as I think these baby girl cards are just adorable and sugar sweet~ All the stuff from the baby girl books I made a few posts back was still out on my table, so rather than put it away, I made some cards. Its always good to keep the card stash well fed.
They use Nanas Nursery paper, SU cardstock and ribbon, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Nesties and my brand new stamp set. Its Baby Button Bits from Papertrey Ink. All I can say is its an awesome set to own. Easy to use and almost as cute as the baby thats going to get the card!!
All cards are A2 size. This one has also used Martha Stewart Chunky Glitter.

Two different baby sweet peas.
Next time I'll show you some baby boy cards with the same set. Off to take some more medicine and watch the Olympics with TT. Ice Dancing tonite should be good.
Many thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


We are still surprised it snowed here by the beach. But it was very pretty while it lasted. By the end of the day, most of it had melted away as our ground is not too cold.
It may be a very long time before we see this at my house again.

This little guy has never seen the snow, although with all that fur~ he is well protected!
Many thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day today!!! We went to my sisters and had a great dinner with heart shaped pizza, heart shaped little cakes, and all things red and white, which is our families Valentine tradition. We all must wear red or white and eat red and/or white food. Our parents started this, and although they were not here to celebrate with us this year, as they live in NY, maybe they can be here next year.
My niece even did face painting on me and made me into a beautiful butterfly, (although my face is blue- not red or white). I may have a picture of that to show you this week.
Anyhow, this is one of the cards I made for my DH. He is my frog prince after all. LOL. All the green cardstock is Wild Wasabi from SU. I will always love that color, although my stash is running low. SU ticket corner punch was used, along with SU crystal Effects on his crown, and SU certainly Celery ribbon. The stamp is from Penny Black and I got it from Michelle at Stampers Dream. He is colored with Copics. Sentiment is computer generated. Many thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

What????? Not here!

Well, I thought for sure I had seen the last of this!! After living my whole life in New York, we decided 5 1/2 years ago to leave the cold and snowy Northeast for sunny beaches.
And low and behold~ look what followed me! I live in the southern most tip of North Carolina, Myrtle Beach is my close neighbor to the immediate south. So when we would hear these VERY infrequent reports of possible snow, we laughed it off.
Last night was no laughing matter. This was what the front of my house looked like at about midnite. And the snow continued throughout the nite. We lost power during the nite, and my daughter became quite scared as she sleeps with a lamp on at all times. Not wanting to have her come into my room and have to sleep on the floor, I told her to stay in her room and we would keep the doors open. Her room is right next to ours.
Well before long thru my closed eyes I sensed flashing and blinking lights. My girl had found a weird type of flashlight near her bed and was putting it into action thru the hallway. I asked to please keep it on the low setting. She said ok. Minutes later, there was the red light from a laser pointer shining all over the place. Needless to say, we didnt get much sleep last nite. But had some laughs. And yes- it did get her into our room like she wanted~ I was out this late to take these photos as I had to let Madison, our 12 1/2 year old Lab out to do her business.
Here she is with her eyes closed as she didnt like getting the big wet snowflakes in them. She apparently forgot she lived in weather like this for more than half her life.
See my snowy dragonfly to the left?

One last shot of my bushes. Tomorrow I will show you some photos taken at 8 the this morning.
p.s. Thank you Miss Sharon~ as TT told me the laser pointer was something you had given her. LOL.
Many thanks for stopping by....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Hey everybody!! This is the card I made to go with the baby books from the last post. I made only 2 of these, though. The 3rd card will be different when the time comes. Its my current favorite style of card- the 6" by 6" easel card.
I will however most likely use this same adorable little bunny for card #3. She is from a Verve Stamp set from last spring called Practically Perfect.
The whole set is just so cute for both boy or girl babies. The little boy bunny is wearing a bow tie. I used Liquid Pearls for her necklace, and SU's Crystal Effects for her bow. She is colored with my Copic Markers, and cut with nestabilities. Nanas Nursery is the paper. Celery Ribbon is from SU. I stamped her twice, cut her out and popped her up for some dimension.
These 2 sentiments are from the newer Papertrey set Inside and Out Baby.

Have to keep this post a bit short today, as my my daughter is not feeling well. She came home early yesterday with some sort of stomach virus which seems to be going around here.
Now my Husband just called from work saying he is also not feeling well. Oh, where is Spring???
Many thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, February 6, 2010


From this....... To this.....
Three family members are all expecting little girls around now. So I decided to make all three the same book to go with their other gifts for baby. Its a book that Sharon taught in our class last month. I was also supposed to be there and help, but was stuck up in the mountains in a snowstorm. She did wonderful without me, and so did all the ladies.
What they made was a push me pull you book. You may have seen them around blogland ( my favorite destination!) and now you get to see my version. It is a four fold, and each section has a top and bottom pull out for photos or journaling.

I have also decided to add a ribbon closure to mine, as I thought this was a pretty touch.
No stamping here, but pretty just the same. I used my fav go- to paper for baby stuff- Nana's Nursery from DCWV. I have both the boy and girl versions and use them quite a bit. Usually when I buy one of these "stacks" of paper, I use it once or twice, and then it just takes up room in my art studio. But not this time.
Martha Stewart puunches were used. Seam binding and sheer polka dot ribbons, prima flowers and lots of baby themed embellishments, all of which I had in my stash.

Some more views of the inside, although I now realized I did not photograph them with the pull out pages visible. Sorry. When making baby books, I leave alot of room for photos, as all new parents love to see how different the babies look from one picture to another. I let their adorable little faces become the stars of the book.
Noww off to mail them to Colorado and Oklahoma.
Many thanks for stopping by....

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Anniversary!!!! TO ME~

Yesterday my Husband and I celebrated our #7th wedding anniversary~ Time seems to be whizzing by and we are enjoying every minute of it. We always go to a local restaurant for dinner each year. It is housed in an old fishing cottage that is 100+ years old. The furniture is lots of mix and match antiques, and the food is always superb. The same place each time, an anniversary tradition for us- although this year we had to shift gears a bit. We got dressed up, drove there, and saw it was all dark. My husband got out of the car and read a sign on the door that said they were closed due to inclement weather.
We were really bummed for a minute~ but then decided to make lemonade and try somewhere new. It is also a restaurant in our little town, but we had never eaten there before.
All ended well as we had a wonderful dinner, good wine, and lots of laughs. Anyhow, onto my card. This was the anniversary card I made for my DH. I had seen something somewhere that used this stamp from Unity and put a chipboard "U" in it. I used that great idea and came up with this card. I am very pleased with the way it came out, and my husband really liked it.
The red cardstock was from my stash and had little embossed hearts all over it~ how perfect! The card is a 6 by 6". Its matted with black SU cardstock and stamped with Real Red from SU. Chipboard letter was colored with Copics and glittered with Martha Stewart red glitter.
White scrap was punched with a Martha Stewart punch, as were the hearts on the inside. I used my last piece of black plaid ribbon purchased at Michaels for the bow.

Many thanks for stopping by...