Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Useful Little Box

This week it's my turn to host the Crafty Secrets challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers. We are making useful, helpful things for our projects: gift card holders, gift bags or tags, recipe cards, bookmarks, clipboards, tissue box covers, magnets, grocery or to do lists, etc. Anything is fair game, as long as it's useful.

I chose to decorate this little earring box. The box is only about 3" x 2", and it was really fun to work on such a small scale.

I stamped directly on the bottom portion of the box with a vine stamp from CS' Art Blooms set. I decorated the top with dp, added stamped layers from CS' Sunflower set, then adhered the ribbon with red liner tape to finish it off.

Hope you have a happy Wednesday!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Cards

I am really looking forward to having my kiddos home for a long Easter weekend. One wonderful benefit of working from home - even though I have to work today and Monday, at least I still get to be here with them. :)

Here are a couple of the Easter cards I've made recently:

Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Easter Creative Scraps
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny - Shabby Princess
Cardstock - Coredinations - Core Impressions - Jilly Bean Soup (blue) & Chocolate Box (brown)
Ribbon - Michaels

Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Easter Creative Scraps
Stamps - Papertrey Ink - Mixed Messages
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Rusted Hinge
Patterned Paper - K&Company
Accessories - scalloped circle punch - Martha Stewart; circle punches - Creative Memories; trims - Little Pink Studio; glitter glue - Stickles; vintage button

Wishing you a blessed & happy Easter!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Keep Your Sunny Side Up!

It's a rainy, gloomy day here in Western PA, so we could certainly use this reminder to keep our sunny sides up!

Main Image & Sentiment - Crafty Secrets - Farm Fresh Creative Scraps
Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Down on the Farm set
Patterned Paper - DCWV - Rustic Stack
Accessories - tag; vintage buttons; paper piercer - Stampin' Up!; embroidery floss - DMC

Hope you have some sunshine in your neck of the woods today!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring is in the Air!

We had a burst of glorious spring weather on Sunday and spent the afternoon doing yard work while soaking up the sunshine and warm breezes. When we finally came inside, I headed to the craft room and made this spring-themed door hanger.

Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Birds & Botanicals Images and Journal Notes booklet
Tag - K&Company - Mega Tag
Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Fairyland set (bird's nest)
Patterned Paper - K&Company
Mulberry Paper - DCWV
Cardstock - Gina K Designs
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen & Vintage Photo
Accessories - sheet music & doily - The Little Pink Studio; ribbon - Basic Basic Simply Satin - Michaels; flowers - Prima; decorative brad - Stampin' Up!; vintage button (Thanks, Dad!)

Hope you have a little extra spring in your step today!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Such a Sweet Pea!

This week we welcomed a new neighbor to the block - our friends' little baby girl...their fourth girl!

Everybody is quite taken with this little sweet pea, although our son was a bit disappointed at first. On hearing the news that the baby was yet another girl, he turned his face to the heavens and wailed, "WHY does it always have to be GIRLS?!" then he promptly burst into tears. Poor guy! He certainly is outnumbered in the neighborhood. He's come around, though, and thinks the baby is very small and very cute. :)

Here's the card I made to welcome the new baby:

Cricut Cartridge - Country Life
Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up!
Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (pink); Core'dinations (greens); Bazzill (white)
Ink - Memories Direct - Ink Daubers
Accessories - border punch - Martha Stewart; ribbon - Offray; 3-D Crystal Lacquer; glitter glue - Stickles

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Laugh & Smile

Here are a couple of layouts that I "stuck" during the weekend scrapbooking retreat I attended a couple weeks ago. At the retreat, I just adhered the photos and paper, saving the embellishing until I was back in my craft room at home.

The patterned paper, letter tiles, phrase stickers and photo corners are all from a K&Company Scrappad To Go. I just inked and layered them to make them my own.

I just love these photos and the others that my hubby took of the kids at our annual fall photo shoot. He did a great job of capturing their personalities.

More layouts to come soon!

Thanks for stopping by!