Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Birthday cards

This weekend, we had four birthday parties to attend, but we only made it to three of them. Here is a Curious George pillow I made and the monkey card to go with it. The photo is a picture of the birthday boy and my little Hayden playing on our tractor trike. The pink card I made for one of Natalie's friends who just turned 6.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Since you asked...

Sweetktea, here is the side view of the easel. It's basically just cardstock, folded into a triangle. I made sure to fold a tab up and glue it to the inside of the easel, so there are a total of 3 folds (one on top, one in back and one in front which is glued to the inside). Then I used the half round slit punch (the kind used in gift-card folders to hold the card in place) to support the Valentine. (you can see the punch on the front view) Hope that helps.

Ooooo, Que Romantica!

Here's the card I made for my husband for Valentine's day. I also propped it up on "table tent"/easel I made with the help of my slot punch.

Everything but the red heart doily is from Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A whole lotta love on Valentine's Day

The photo is a bit fuzzy, but the greeting reads: "Sending a whole lot of love your way"
All paper, cardstock, stamps, ink, watercolors and tag punch are Stampin' Up! I also used Chrystal Effects to make the heart extra glossy. The cute background papers are from the Winter mini catalog available through the end of the month.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Packaging for Valentine Cookies

When I was first trying to develop my domestic "skills" as a newlywed (almost 12 years ago!), I turnded to Martha Stewart for inspiration. She continues to inpire me with her ideas. Most of the time I just absorb the ideas and hope I get the chance to try some of them. Well, as I was searching her website I found this terrific idea to package cookies in paper CD pouches. Brilliant! Hers were round oatmeal raisin cookies, but I figured it could work for Valentines as well. I think mine turned out just as good as Ms. Stewarts!
Front and back:

Swell News

I just ordered the "Swell News" stamp set. It came UPS on Friday and on Monday, my friend Jennifer told me she was pregnant! (I was the first person she told besides her husband!) I got the set because my sister Andrea is due to give birth to her first baby in about a month and my friend Bekki is also pregnant...so I figured it would come in handy. Here is a card I gave to Jennifer today.

Stamps, ribbon and watercolors are Stampin Up!; background paper is by MMI Colors by design (it's about 6 years old. I got it for a LO of when Natalie was a baby)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Handy Man mini Scrapbook in an "Altoid" tin

This was a stocking stuffer for my husband this past Christmas. It's a mini album of all the photos I took while he re-sided and painted our house last spring (before we moved). I ordered the empty tin from Oriental Trading. The acordian folded pages are also from Oriental Trading and they fit perfectly (only about half of the pages are shown.) I also put photos on the back side.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Manly-Man Thank you card

This is a card I made for Dan during the garage re-model at our house in Troutdale. The front library pocket has a tag in it with a message I wrote. In the inside, I "embellished" the word thanks with sawdust from the garage. (hard to see in the photo.)

All paper, stamps and ink are Stampin' Up!

Friday, February 02, 2007

You may be addicted to Scrapbooking if...

I can't remember where I found this, but it's pretty funny...because I am addicted to scrapbooking!

Warning Signs That You May Be Addicted to Scrapbooking by Nicole Humphrey.

1. If you write to the friendly folks at Cropper Hopper to suggest a 2000 square foot tote transportable only by tractor trailer... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

2. If you tried to bribe the school principal to let your unborn child have a graduation diploma early because you found the best page embellishments on sale this week...you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

3. If you use 40 rolls of film to capture those special moments at home during a 24-hour period... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

4. If you keep over half your supplies hidden in the trunk of the car while simultaneously hiding the keys from your husband... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

5. If you force all 45 members of your extended family to sit on Santa's lap at the mall because it would be a great scrapbook page... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

6. If you refuse to take your child to the emergency room without grabbing your camera first... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

7. If have tried to explain the benefits of skipping meals to save more money for scrapbook supplies... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

8. If you carry one camera for black and white photos, one for panoramic, one for 3-D photos, and one for color close-ups with you to the grocery store... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

9. If you're now wondering why you don't have a 3-D camera... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

10. If your idea of a dream date is a man who loves to hammer your eyelets and refill your Hermafix ... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

11. If you try to glue your child's tooth back into his mouth because you want a better "before and after" page ... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

12. If you refuse to take any more pictures, even at your daughter's wedding, because you need to catch up on the ones you have first... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

13. If you are considering hiring professional writers to do your journaling... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

14. If you think that you must take your scrapbook supplies with you for a romantic weekend away... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

15. If the only recipes you collect any more are crop snacks... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

16. If own 8 different tools that cut a perfect circle... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

17. If you have figured out how to scrapbook while driving your car... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

18. If your kids know the only way they can participate in anything is to agree to have Mom there taking pictures... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

19. If you believe Becky Higgins should have her own cable channel... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

20. If your career aspirations include selling punchies and paper piecings on eBay... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

21. If you think it makes sense to leave tags on new clothes because you are going to return them right after you take the pictures of your kids wearing them... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.

22. If you falsely report your child missing so that you can get the digital enhancements of how they'd look ten years from now from the police department... you may be addicted to scrapbooking.