Monday, November 24, 2008

Photo Shoot

So this weekend, I decided to try and take some pictures of the kid in his new shoes. This proved to be more difficult than I expected. Now that he's "crawling" (more like army crawling), he hardly ever sits still.

The last picture is my favorite! I was kneeling on the floor to take his picture and he decided to crawl up my lap to see what I was doing. I just love him to pieces!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Baby Shoes!

Okay, I am really excited about this project! Soft-soled shoes are all the rage for babies these days. There's lots of brands on the market and they range from $20-$30 each. This pair cost me about $4. I used an old pair of jeans that no longer fit, a fat quarter of flannel for the lining and some Toughtek® for the soles. The pattern is free on Tacky Living.

The fun part about making your own baby shoes (besides the cost savings) is that you can decorate them however you chose! I just love this little snowman from Kim Hughes' Heartwarmers set on Cornish Heritage Farms. Before assembling the shoes, I stamped the snowman on the denim vamps in Palette Noir ink. Once it dried, I painted it in with Tulip soft fabric paints. It took two coats of paint for the white to be opaque. Then once it was dry, I backstitched the outline of the snowman with some embroidery floss.

I absolutely love these and can't wait to try them on my little guy on the morning! Now I can't wait to make another pair.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fall Wedding

The last wedding we went to was the last weekend of September up in the Catskill mountains in New York. We were expecting a beautiful fall weekend with the foliage nearing its peak, but instead we got tons of rain! Luckily it did stop for the wedding itself, but there was lots of mud to clean up when we got home.

Given the destination of the wedding, I wanted my card to have a woodsy / fall feel.

So, I chose Always Artichoke, Copper, Vanilla and Chocolate Chip as my color scheme. I first stamped the leaves with VersaMark ink on glossy cardstock and let them dry. Then I brayered the artichoke ink over top. I love the results of this technique. It looks so slick. Finally, I stamped the leaves' outlines with VersaMark and embossed them with copper embossing powder. I also had to sand the hodge podge hardware to reveal the true copper color instead of the brownish patina that it had out of the box.

The layout is from the Fall to Layout #11 from the Clean & Simple blog. I really love these layouts. They are so easy to adapt.

I love how this card turned out as well. So what do you think? All three cards look completely different, but I think they matched the various couples well.

Now that I'm all caught up, I can tell you about my sewing/stamping project that I've been working on for the past week. Stay tuned for more!

Stamps: Lovely Leaves from Stampin' Up! (retired), sentiment by A Muse
Ink: VersaMark, Always Artichoke
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Copper, Very Vanilla, Glossy White all from Stampin' Up!

Accessories: May Arts ribbon, Copper Hodge Podge Hardware, Dimensionals
Tools: Plain circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Brayer

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wedding Two!

The second wedding on Labor Day weekend was for a college friend. The happy couple has already been to Disney World once and that was also where they were going for their honeymoon, so it only seemed right to use the Fairytale set from Doodle Factory at Starving Artistamps.

I stamped all the images on a square Fabriano Medioevalis folded card in Palette Noir ink and then watercolored them with my Watercolor Wonder crayons and an Aquapainter. I also used quite a bit of clear stickles on the roof of the castle and the horse's bridle. The horse is popped up on dimensionals as well to make the castle look farther away. I was going to color in the ground and sky, but I didn't want it to look overdone or childish and I didn't trust myself to know when to stop. ;)

For the inside of the card, I stamped the happy couple and popped up a heart from a Kim Hughes set between them. I used more stickles on the princess and I used Crystal Effects on the knight to make his armour really shine. ;)

I love how cute this card came out and I think it was perfect for this couple.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the conclusion of the wedding card trifecta!

Stamps: Doodle Factory Fairytale and Fairytale Sentiments set from Starving Artistamps, heart from Baked with Love by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Fabriano Medioevalis square folded card

Accessories: Crystal effects from Stampin' Up!, Icicle Stickles, Dimensionals
Tools: Paper snips, Watercolor Wonder Crayons from Stampin' Up!, Aquapainter

Sunday, November 16, 2008

So far behind...

I'm sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. One reason is that I haven't been stamping much. Sewing my little guy's Halloween costume got me on a bit of a sewing kick, so stamping has taken a back burner. I'm hoping to marry the two with my next project so I'll be sure to share that with you soon.

In the meantime, I have some catching up to do. We went to 3 weddings in September (two on Labor Day weekend) and I haven't posted any of the cards yet. I'll start with the first and most simple one.

Our first wedding was for a couple of board gaming friends here in Connecticut. Their wedding invitation was a simple, yet elegant white card with scrolly lavender accents. So, I modeled my card to complement the invitation.

This card was so simple, there's not much to say about it. Come back tomorrow for the second wedding of Labor Day weekend. It has a completely different feel to it.

Stamps: Reversed scallop circle image by Impress, sentiment by A Muse
Ink: Palette Noir, Almost Amethyst
Paper: Shimmery White, Almost Amethyst

Accessories: Retired wide organdy and sweet shop ribbon from Stampin' Up!, Dimensionals
Tools: Scalloped circle and plain circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Trifold Challenge Card

A couple weeks ago, I signed up for another challenge on the SSUS group. We were supposed to make a card with the layout from the trifold card on page 16 of the Holiday Mini catalog.

This was a fun fold! I decided to pull out my Crab & Company set from Stampin' Up! and make a Christmas card out of it. The front of the card was inspired by one of Lauren Meader's old Saturday Sketches, #35.

The card itself was made out of a piece of kraft cardstock that measured 11 x 5.5. Then I folded it into thirds. My Score-It made this task nice and easy! I colored everything in with an aquapainter and watercolor crayons.

Stamps: Crab & Company and All Holidays from Stampin' Up!
Ink: Palette Noir, Real Red, Basic Gray
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Basic Black, Kraft, Basic Gray, Real Red

Accessories: Kraft tafeta ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools: Watercolor Crayons, Aquapainter, Score-It

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

I made my little guy a pigeon costume this year for Halloween! He is the pigeon from Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! It was my first sewing project and I am thrilled with the outcome. :)

Monday, October 20, 2008


I signed up for the Halloween card challenge on the SSUS group only to realize that all of my Stampin' Up! Halloween sets are retired. Luckily for me, my partner was okay with my using contraband. So, that gave me the perfect opportunity to pull out my new Doodle Factory Halloween II stamps! I just love this line of stamps and really need to use them more.

I used a sketch from Lauren Meader this time. It's My Time's Saturday Sketch #06. I moved the scalloped edge to the right side so it could be the edge of my card, but that was the only change that I made. The card is 4.5" square.

I started by brayering a piece of glossy cardstock with the retired Pumpkin Patch spectrum pad and when that was dry, I stamped the haunted house on the background with Palette Noir ink. This gave me the railings for the house since they were too fiddly to cut out.

Then I embossed the haunted house on glossy cardstock twice and colored it in with my Stampin' Up! markers (Perfect Plum, Going Gray, Always Artichoke, So Saffron and Basic Black.) I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but I cut the house and moon out and popped them up with dimensionals. Then from the second image, I cut out the bushes and popped them up again. This gave it a pretty cool 3-d look. The ghost was also cut out, but I glued him flat on the background.

Since this is supposed to be a Wow! card, I decided it wasn't sparkly enough. So, the black layer is completely covered in Martha Stewart black glitter. It is really stunning in person. The spider web is flocked with Panda Black flock as well.

I really loved this card when it was all done. I hope my partner likes it too!

Stamps: Doodle Factory Graveyard Shift and Witch's Brew sets from Starving Artistamps
Ink: Palette Noir, VersaMark
Paper: PaperTrey white
cardstock, Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Glossy White
Accessories: Black Panda Flock from Stampendous, Black glitter from Martha Stewart, Black embossing powder and Heat & Stick Powder from Stampin' Up, Dimensionals
Tools: Brayer, Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Retired large corner rounder from Stampin' Up!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Mystery Image Swap

I guess it's been more than a week, but I finally sat down to make my mystery image card. I absolutely love the Charlie and Charlotte stamps from Whiff of Joy and they just had a new release!

Anyway, I picked up this fun & festive paper a couple weeks ago at the Scrapbook Clubhouse after hitting the outlets for some warmer clothes for the baby. They are from American Crafts and were just too cool to pass up. I added a little glitz with some stickles to kick them up a notch.

Charlotte was colored with Koh-i-noor pencils and gamsol. I then added red glitter and liquid applique to her hat.

For the layout, I thought it would be fitting to use one of Katharina's sketches since Whiff of Joy is her company. I started with Sketch #28, but obviously I deviated a little. That's what happens when you try to go from memory.

I hope my partner likes it! It's been super fun to see everyone's cards. Thanks for playing along!

Stamps: Singing Charlotte from Whiff of Joy, Season of Joy from Stampin' Up!, Clear Ovals from A Muse
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: PaperTrey white
cardstock, Real Red, American Crafts patterned paper
Accessories: ribbon from American Crafts, Red glitter, Ice stickles and black stickles, liquid applique
Tools: Dimensionals

Friday, September 12, 2008

My Turn!

It was my turn to host the Mystery Image Swap this month. It was much harder than I thought it would be to chose just one image from all of my fun new stamps. I finally decided to choose a Whiff of Joy stamp since I figured the other swappers might not own these yet.

To thank everyone for participating, I made these cute little 3x3 note cards with the puppy from the Charlie with Dog stamp. He's just so cute! (This is not the swap image by the way. Come back later this week for the big reveal with my sample.)

I also pulled out my new October Afternoon papers for these cards. It is just so pretty and dainty. I thought it was a nice contrast to the happy dog.

These were quick & came out really cute if I do say so myself...

Stamps: Charlie with dog from Whiff of Joy
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: PaperTrey white
cardstock, Pretty in Pink, October Afternoon patterned paper
Accessories: Pink taffeta ribbon from Stampin' Up!
Tools: Dimensionals, paper snips

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mystery Image Swap

It was time for another mystery image swap. This time, we got this cute little Changito monkey from Stampendous. He is so cute and summery that I just had to pull out the DCWV summer mat pack paper that I picked u at Joann's for half off. The colors are so bright and fun that they went perfectly with this little monkey.

I colored Changito with Koh-i-noor pencils and gamsol and then highlighted the circles on his water tube with stickles. I also put a little Crystal Effects on his sunglasses to make them shine.
I don't remember where I got the flip flop ribbon from, but t was just too fun to not use.

The layout is from one of Laren Meader's Saturday sketches during July.

I love these mystery image swaps. It's so much fun to see what everyone else does.

Stamps: Changito from Stampendous, Sentiment from A Muse
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Neenah
White cardstock, Basic Black, Summer Sunrise from PaperTrey Ink, DCWV Summer Glitter Stack
Accessories: Flip flop ribbon from ?, Crystal Effects, Ice Stickles
Tools: Koh-i-noor Pencils, Gamsol, Classic Rectangle Nestabilites from Spellbinders

Monday, August 18, 2008

First Doodle Factory Card

I got my blog candy from Tracy at Starving Artistamps this week and finally got everything mounted. Of course, when I sat down to make a thank you card with it, I drew a blank. So, I used a different Doodle Factory set. I'll just have to work my way up to the Great Outdoors.

I was inspired by this card from Natasha Trupp's blog. I just loved the way the cow's head peaks over the fence. Too cute! I love the polka dots too, but I didn't want to do a complete CASE. So instead, I applied a Taylored Expressions sketch instead -- sketch #24 to be exact.

That was fun and I can't wait to pull out some more Doodle Factory sets this week.

Stamps: Doodle Factory Country, Country Sentiments from Starving Artistamps
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid Ink, Stampin' Up markers in Green Galore, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Paper: Papertrey Ink white cardstock
for card base, Whisper White Cardstock, Basic Black, sweet Patterned paper from Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Black organdy polka dot ribbon from May Arts
Tools: Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Classic & Scallop Rectangle and Classic & Scallop Oval Nestabilities from Spellbinders

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Indulge me a little longer...

We also decided to commemorate the 6 month milestone (one month late) by getting some professional pictures taken. At 3 months, we went to Sears and I wasn't happy with the experience or the pictures. So this time, we went to Kiddie Kandids. I love the pictures that we got, the sales pitch at the end was very casual and low pressure and it was even cheaper than Sears. They gave me some referral coupons, so if you have one in your area and would like to try them out, let me know and I'll mail you a coupon.

Seven Months!

I can't believe another month has passed. My little guy turned 7 months old last Friday, so it was time to pull out another onesie and get some pictures. What a difference a month makes! Last month, he was barely able to sit up and needed one of us to help him stabilize. Not anymore!

If you'd like more information on how I made this onesie, see the six month post here.

I'm planning to stamp tonight, so check back tomorrow for some cards. :)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Greetings from Maine

Hi everyone! Our vacation in Maine is coming to an end. Unfortunately we had pretty gray and cold weather all week, but we still made it out to Acadia National Park at Schoodic Point in Maine.

It's mid-August and we've only had one day this week over 70 degrees! We actually had to go to the thrift store to get our little guy some long sleeved shirts, long pants and a jacket because we did not come prepared.

Did you see that I actually won the Great Outdoors blog candy from Starving Artistamps? I am so incredibly excited about that! All I can say is that I love Tracey's husband. ;)

It's been fun though. I leave you with a shot of our little guy in Grandpa's backyard looking out at the Atlantic Ocean.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

My advice

I went to a bridal shower today where we were supposed to bring marital advice for the bride. I never know what to say with these types of things. So, my "advice" was to make this pie often. It's my favorite. ;)

I typed the recipe and printed it out on Papertrey ink white cardstock. Then I stamped this cute pie from the Baked with Love stamp set. I love the Kim Hughes Collection at Cornish Heritage Farms. I colored the peanut butter top with Koh-i-noor pencils and the silver pie plate with a Zig Painty. The chocolate chip on top was stamped in VersaMark and embossed with Chocolate scented embossing powder from Gel-a-tins.

The recipe is from my favorite cookbook, Wanda's Pie in the Sky. Unfortunately, it is out of print. If you'd like to make this heavenly chocolate peanut butter pie, I've posted the recipe below.

Stamps: Baked with Love from Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Palette Noir Black
Card stock: Papertrey Ink White, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Zig Painty, Chocolate Scented embossing Powder
Tools: Heat Tool, Koh-i-noor pencils, gamsol

Choclate Peanut Butter Cream Pie
from Wanda's Pie in the Sky cookbook

For the crust:
1/4 cup sugar
2 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup roasted peanuts
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled

For the filling:
10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar

For the topping:
2/3 cup whipping cream
6 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 Tbsp corn syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the crust: combine sugar, chocolate and peanuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Thoroughly combine the graham cracker crumbs, and sugar mixture, and butter in a bowl. Press onto bottom and sides of a 10” pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and firm. Cool.

For the filling: in a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, and butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until combined. Whip the cream and vanilla in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold the cream into the peanut butter mixture. Spread into the cooled crust. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

For the topping: Bright cream to a slow boil over low heat. Remove from heat, add the chocolate and stir until smooth. Mix in the syrup. Allow to cool until it is beginning to thicken slightly but is still smooth. Pour over the pie. Chill until serving time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Great Outdoors Blog Candy

No, not here... Did you see the new Doodlefactory Great Outdoors set from Starving Artistamps? It is so cute. I love the little pine trees and the camper. Anyway, you can throw your hat in to win the Great Outdoors sheet and all four sentiment sets to go with it! Check it out here.

Whiff of Joy

I came across a new stamp company called Whiff of Joy. They have some really cute winter kid images coming out soon. When I found out that Katharina, the owner, was having a sketch challenge contest to find a guest designer, I just had to whip up a card!

The challenge was to make a card using this sketch. Since the new Whiff of Joy stamps are all winter related, I pulled out the Lily and snowman stamp from Pink Cat Studios.

I must be on a paper piecing kick or something because I paper pieced Lily's coat, mittens and boots and Tweet's hat from the flowered background paper and Frosty's scarf and hat band from the striped paper. Then I added Indigo flocking to Lily's fringe and ear muffs. I love how this looks in real life. Frosty is covered in ice stickles and his hat, eyes and buttons were colored in with a Black Sakura jelly roll pen. Since it was already so late, I didn't give the pen time to dry before adding the stickles and it bled a little. That was a bit of a bummer, but I don't think it is too noticeable.

Stamps: Lily and Tweet from Pink Cat Studio

Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid Ink
Paper: Night of Navy from Stampin' Up!, Natural White from Classic Crest, White Papertrey Ink, Snowflake Park Small Snowflakes and striped paper by Heidi Grace
Accessories: Indigo Flocking from Stampendous, Black Jelly Roll pen from Sakura, Ice Stickles, Navy craft seam binding from Martha Stewart
Tools: Aquapainter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Cuttlebug tag die

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Another Bridal Shower

Now that the anniversaries have past, it's time to think about the 3 weddings we have from August 30-September 30. Another bridal shower equals another card!

For this one, I thought I would incorporate a few of the Dirty Dare challenges going on at Splitcoast Stampers this week. This card fulfills four of them! Definitely fills Lauren's challenge, Sharon's challenge and Laurie's challenge. Kind of a stretch for Christine's challenge, but I'm going with it anyway.

The layout is Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday sketch #45.

I paper pieced the bella's dress to match the background paper. I didn't have any card stock that coordinated, so I made the mat by smearing the Oasis Green ink pad on a piece of white card stock. Perfection and if I hadn't told you, you wouldn't know the difference! The vellum layer is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals. I hid them behind the ribbon.

I think that's about it. I'm hoping to at least sneak in one more Dirty Dare card before the week is up.

Stamps: blingabella from Stamping Bella, sentiment and clear ovals from A Muse
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid Ink, Oasis Green VersaMagic
Papertrey Ink White card stock, vellum card stock, Manhattan Cocktail Dress Patterned paper from Luxe
Accessories: Ice Stickles, White Tafetta ribbon from Stampin' Up!
Tools: Watercolor wonder crayons, Aquapainter, Paper Snips, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tiny Miracle

Eric's newborn cousin had surgery earlier this week to fix a violent vomiting issue. She is okay now, but her parents have been through a horrible week of uncertainty and then surgery. I can't even imagine!

I wanted to send a note to Eric's aunt to let her know that we were thinking of them. I am not great at making Thinking of You type cards and feel like I never have the right thing to say. It's even harder with a baby involved.

I decided simple is best so I chose Natasha's Fall to Layout #6. I chose a few different patterns from the Almost Amethyst prints patterned paper from Stampin' Up and added a little ice stickles to some of the blocks to keep it from being too drab. I couldn't leave well enough alone, so I added some very thin black ribbon to the bottom that I've had forever.

I'm pleased with the card. It was quick and hopefully sends the right message.

Stamps: Baby Love from Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Palette Noir Black
Card stock: Papertrey Ink White, Almost Amethyst Prints Patterned Paper

Accessories: Ice Stickles
Tools: 1 1/4" Square punch

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


July is a big wedding month which means lots of anniversary cards! This week is both my parent's anniversary and Eric's parents. Since my stamping time is a little limited these days, they are both getting the same card.

When Emily had a free shipping offer at Stamping Bella a few weeks ago, I just had to place an order. These cute tiddly Inks kids were at the top of my wishlist. I used the gamsol magic technique again to color it in. I'm getting better at shading to add dimension instead of just blending all the color until it is totally flat!

The layout is from Taylored Expressions's Cupcake Challenge #25. I had to flip the layout since my main image was too tall and I forgot that it was supposed to be off-center. I'll have to try this sketch again since I think it would be cuter with more of the circles showing.

Stamps: kissieface and sentiment from Stamping Bella
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid Ink
Papertrey Ink White card stock, Regal Rose, retired Loves Me patterned paper from Stampin' Up!
Tools: Koh-i-noor pencils, Gamsol, 1 1/4", 1" 1/4" circle punches