Monday, August 31, 2009

Celebrate One Cupcake at a Time!

I got this cupcake paper at Archiver's a few months ago and love it paired with the cupcake from the Darling Dots hostess set from the last SU! catalog. I used the same layout I used on this Thoughts and Prayers card, so the birthday card came together really quickly. In fact, I ended up making a few of them to have on hand.

The cupcake paper is layered on Creamy Caramel and then on Whisper White. The cupcakes were colored with Creamy Caramel (cupcake base), Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, So Saffron (cupcake tops), and Regal Rose (cherry). The inside sentiment says "celebrate one cupcake at a time" and is from Sweet Little Sentiments, another hostess set from the last SU! catalog.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Darling Dots, Sweet Little Sentiments, It's Your Birthday
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel
DSP: Doodlebug
Ink: Pretty in Pink
Markers: Creamy Caramel, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Regal Rose
Tools: 1 3/8, 1 1/2 and Scallop Circle Punches

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Baby Congratulations

I recently found out that a friend of mine was expecting, so I made this card to send her my congratulations. I've had this pregnant lady stamp from Michael's forever, but this is the first time it's ever seen ink!

I had a lot of fun with this card. I love the new Melon Mambo in-color! It's the only one I've ordered, but I got the cardstock, ink, DSP and matching ribbon so I'm set with it.

I'm running short on time right now, so I won't go into detail on the card. It should be pretty self-explanatory though. I have a few others I've stamped recently that I'll try to share soon as well.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Hugs & Wishes, Michael's $1 stamp
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP: Melon Mambo
Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain (I used the back side), Black Gingham, Black Eyelets
Tools: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Crop-a-dile, Scallop Edge Punch
Techniques: Paper Piecing

Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day Mini-Scrapbook

This mini-scrapbook was a gift for my DH’s first Father’s Day. I used 4x4 chipboard coasters as the backing for the pages and adhered my cardstock to the front and back of each one. I decided to use Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Basic Grey as my main colors so it wouldn’t be too overly girly, and then I was also able to incorporate some elements from the 2 Sweet Simply Scrappin’ kit.

The stamps are from various Verve Visual sets. I got Verve’s original Father Figure set several weeks ago to make the book, but then I had to have the others when I saw the new ones they recently released. Of course I really liked some of the stamps from each set, so I ended up with them all! And I know I’ll use them over and over for her other scrapbooks as well.

Since I was working with such a small space, I used limited embellishments on each page. I think they are all pretty self-explanatory so I won’t go into a lot of detail. The pictures are from her arrival in the hospital, some time at home with dad, and DH's recent master's graduation.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of them. I don't know if you can see it well in the picture or not, but she is holding his finger. I think she was just a little over a week or so old. The quote says "To her the name of father is another name for love." When I saw that quote, I knew I had to have that set!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Father Figure, Dad’s Day, World’s Best, Protector (all Verve Visual), So Many Sayings (SU!)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Basic Grey, Whisper White
DSP: 2 Sweet Simply Scrappin’ Kit
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Basic Grey
Accessories: Jumbo Eyelets
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Large Star Punch, Star Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8” & 1 ½” Circle Punches, Nestabilities, Chipboard

I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating Father's Day yesterday. We had a Father's Day "fiesta" at our house with DH's side of the family. We are taking our first road trip with our little one this week to see my parents and grandparents and will celebrate with them later in the week. My parents have been up to visit our little one twice, but it will be her first time meeting her great grandparents.

In case you're wondering about the scribbles on the last page - that's our little one's "signature".

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

4th Anniversary

Just a quick post with the anniversary card I made for DH. Today was our 4th anniversary. I didn’t have much time during one of my little one’s naps, so I’m glad my idea for the card came together as quickly as it did. I’ve had to buy some cards recently (I know – the horror of actually stopping in the card aisle at the store instead of just passing through), and I was glad to finally be able to make one.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Anniversary Birds (Verve Visual), Define Your Life, Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, River Rock
Ink: Riding Hood Red, River Rock
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta, Linen Thread, Basic Grey Button

Our little one turned two months old today, so I’ve included a picture of her from today also. I can't believe it's been 2 months already! She is growing so fast!

Friday, May 15, 2009

It's a girl!

Our little girl was born on April 11th (a few days earlier than we expected). She weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. She arrived via c-section after several hours of labor, but we are both doing great. It's hard to believe she is almost 5 weeks old already. The time is going by so fast! I will not be returning to work and am so thankful that I will be able to stay home with her and watch her grow. And she is definitely growing - she now weighs 9 lbs 6 oz and is 21 1/2 inches.

Sorry for the late update, but thanks for stopping by. I am working on her birth announcements with the limited spare time I have now, so I'm not sure when I'll have something new to post. Hopefully it won't be too long!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baby Boy Brag Book

Only 2 weeks left until my due date! Of course, I wouldn't mind if the little one decided to make an appearance a little early - I'm ready any day! Well, I'm not sure if you're ever really "ready", but you know what I mean.

Anyway, when the baby is born, my mom is coming to stay with us for about a week or so to help out. This won't be the first grandchild for my parents, but it's been quite awhile since the last one was born. Needless to say, they are very excited too. I know my mom will take lots of pictures while she's here, so I thought I'd make a little brag book for her to put a few in. I didn't think I'd be up to it that first week while she's here, so I figured I'd just make a boy one and a girl one, give her the appropriate one, and keep the other for a gift.

I started with the boy book first because I have just loved working with the Delicate Dots DSP that was available through SAB this year. I sometimes have trouble putting various DSP patterns together, but these just seem to go together so easily. If I do have a boy, I'm sure I'll wish I would have gotten more than one package! Anyway, I used the sketch that I used for these cards (here and here) and my beloved Nursery Necessities set.

If you haven't made one before, they are very easy. SCS has a good tutorial to follow. I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory.

Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for the girl version!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Nursery Necessities
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Whisper White
DSP: Delicate Dots
Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Jumbo Eyelets, Buttons (Wal-Mart)
Tools: Star Punch, 1" Circle Punch (waves under boat), Crop-a-dile

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thoughts & Prayers Birthday Card

This card uses the same sketch as my previous post (sketch challenge 206 on SCS). For this one, I used the Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP and Thoughts and Prayers again.

I stamped the flower image on a piece of Whisper White and then punched three 1 1/4" circles from the image. I didn't necessarily punch them out right next to each other, but I like how it looks like somewhat of a continuous flow after they were adhered to the card. The sentiment is from Papertrey's Mixed Messages set.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Mixed Messages (Papertrey)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
DSP: Parisian Breeze Specialty
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta
Tools: 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches