Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Birthday Bash

My daughter celebrated her Birthday back in March. We had a fun day playing at the dunes. I wanted to dress up her Birthday layout and found my inspiration within the pages of Creating Keepsakes magazine. The right page was taken from CK's June 2009 issue on page 57. I fell in love with the banner idea strung across the page. The base page was stamped to match the paper used in the magazine. I think it came out great. The pages are fun, playful and girly!

All product is Close To My Heart:
Colors: Honey, Crystal Blue, Twilight, Sweet Leaf, Tulip, Sorbet, Desert Sand, Bamboo, White Daisy
Stamps: Make a Wish, Journaling Jots, Fringed Phrases, Friendship Alpha
Paper: Emporium, Magic Moments, Perfect Day
Embellies & misc: brads, buttons, thread, ribbon, dimensional elements, sassy strands, scallop punches (fiskars, ek success)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

"O" Bear!

Anyone in the mood for some Bingo?? I'm hoping that my kids and their cousins will be in the mood for some Bingo this summer. We love going camping every summer. Our favorite destination is Lake Tahoe. These Bingo boards will be perfect for hanging out at the campground. I chose images that would be perfect for our adventure. Once all the boards and cards were stamped I used self laminating product to protect them. Easy project that should come in handy for my little campers!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Scrap Studio

I finished some final details in my scrap room this weekend. I'm not certain that it's complete and figure I'll continue to add more 'stuff'. Hopefully I can incorporate more character, but right now it's simple and clean and that works for me just fine! I always enjoy looking at other crafter's creative spaces and have been amazed by so many styles. I'd like to think my room is clean, modern and budget friendly. { I Love IKEA} Hopefully it inspires you and I hope to get busy in there too.

Click on My Scrap Studio in the right hand column to see slideshow of all the pics.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bella Card Workshop

I am holding a card workshop this week inspired by the Wishes card program. The card workshops in the Wishes book are simply fantastic. They allow you to make multiple handmade cards with minimal supplies and little money spent. The cards are perfect to have on hand for any occasion that may come up or create all of your Holiday cards in one afternoon.

This workshop uses the Bella papers, Endless Friendship stamp, Thank You stamp and Designer Ribbon Rounds in Creme Brulee and Hollyhock.

These simply elegant cards will be perfect to have for last minute occasions or to bundle up together as a gift for a friend or loved one.

Off to the Races!

I just wanted to share the Father's Day card I created for my Dad. He moved back to Illinois (his hometown) almost two years ago. One of the things he enjoys most about being back there are the stock car races. I thought this card would fit him well this Daddy's Day. I used the Bullseye template from the new Wishes book, but instead of the upper circle I cut it rectangular for a checkered flag.

All product is CTMH except ribbon:
Stamps: Little boys, Say it in Style, Classic Numbers, Boutique Numbers; B&T is old CTMH product; Big Brads; Ink & Cardstock colors: Clover Meadow, Holiday Red, Sunflower, Black, White Daisy {ribbon is Michaels}

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Blog Award

Thank you Carla and Tammy for the lovely blog award. I am surprised and grateful. My goal of having this blog is to inspire others and make them happy. Thank you again!

So here are the rules for this award:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here are my choices:



Creative Momma






Artsy Mama





Kelly Jo


These ladies are all so crafty and creative. They inspire me and I hope they will inspire you too. Congrats and keep blogging!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Simply Wrapped

I wanted to share these simply wrapped gifts. I enjoy wrapping up gifts for Christmas, Birthdays or any special occasion. My Aunt would wrap gifts in the comic pages of the newspaper and tie them together with thick colored yarn. I really like the idea of recycling too. These gifts were wrapped in brown paper and I tied them together with some fun, bright, polka dot ribbon. I simply stamped a frame tag and attatched it with floss to the bow. It's really simple, but not plain!

Stamp: Annotations, Ink: Bubblegum and Sweet Leaf {CTMH} Ribbon {Offray}

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


You may have noticed the Scrapbook and Share button on the right of the screen. If you have not had a chance to look at the submitted artwork your really missing out. Several talented artists have been submitting their artwork for scrabooking month. {May} Now is the time to vote for a winner and Close To My Heart is letting you judge! Simply go to scrapbookandshare.com and vote for your favorite finalist in each category. There are some amazing projects, maybe some will inspire you.

A New Nest

A few months ago I reported our discovery of a bird's nest with tiny blue eggs inside. Unfortunately, a gust a wind destroyed the nest and the eggs inside.
I am happy to report that a new nest has been discovered in the backyard. I will add that it is in the oddest of places too!

One morning I noticed some birds swooping in and out of the posts that support our above ground pool. A couple days passed and I continued to see them visit these posts. I really thought nothing of it and certainly would not believe that a bird could fit into the tiny opening.

Then our observant Beagle caught on to the invasion of her backyard. She started to paw the side of the pool and yelp at them. My husband and I decided we should investigate this further. Inside of two posts there were pieces of scraps and debris, but on the third post there was a beautiful little nest with four eggs inside. We decided to leave it alone and keep an eye on it.

These birds have outsmarted the weather, this was certainly a protected place.
I am happy to report that the eggs have hatched. Peeking through the crack we can see little feathery heads. I would love to catch a picture of the babies, but would not want to upset momma bird. What a cool experience for my kids, especially my daughter who just loves to check them out a couple times a day!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Thanks, Your a Star!

I meant to post this little thank you card last week. The colors were inspired by Jeanette's color combination last Monday. However, I used indian corn blue instead of the twilight. I also opened up my Wishes book for template inspiration. I used the Collage template and just loved all the layers.

Supplies: {all product is CTMH, punch is EK Success}
Paper; B&T magic moments, cardstock and ink colors; grey wool, white daisy, cranberry, heavenly blue, indian corn blue, stamps; star struck and thank you, clear button, denim floss (not ctmh)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Outdoor Layout

It's officially summer break! {YEAH} Summer makes me think of so many fun things, so many activities that our family loves to do. One of the biggest events we look forward to is camping in Lake Tahoe. If there is one thing you can count on in Lake Tahoe is an encounter with a bear or the story of another camper's experience. This month my club members with be making a two page layout with a great outdoors theme. I can't wait to experience some fun this summer, and maybe I'll snap a picture of a bear to scrap on these pages!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Last Day of School!

Today was the last day of school for my kiddo's and the last day of work for me! I can't wait to hibernate in my craft room now all summer long. Speaking of craft room... it has been under remodeling now since Spring Break. I hope to finish some last details and will reveal pictures soon.
I really enjoyed being a classroom aide this year and found the position to be very rewarding. The school I work at is also where my daughter attended fourth grade. It is a wonderful, well run school and has the best staff among other area schools. My daughter and I put together some little treats for her teachers and other school leaders to show our appreciation. These goodies were made with recycled Crystal Light containers. We simply decorated them, added a thank you note and filled with wrapped chocolates.

Supplies used: All Close To My Heart
Key to my Heart B&T papers, Stamps; checklist, thank you, Paper Flowers, Spring Brads, Creme Bulee ribbon, Inks; tulip, juniper, creme brulee, sorbet

Monday, June 1, 2009

Flowers, Ribbons & Curls!

One of my favorite things about having a little girl, is dressing her up. Even before my daughter was born I was buying darling little pink and yellow frilly dresses. After her arrival I would spend days just dressing her up and snapping pictures. She is quickly becoming a young lady now and prefers to pick out her own clothing and style her own hair.

The other night she came to me after her shower and wanted me to curl up her hair in sponge rollers. This is something I've done with her since she had hair long enough to curl. This was the first time though since she cut her hair shorter. In the morning we unrolled all of her locks to reveal a very curly style. {She described it as looking like a blonde version of Annie} We fussed it up a little bit and pinned a flower to the side. I couldn't help but snap a pic just as I would have done when she was my little baby. I hope she will let me dress her up for a few more years!

Speaking of ribbons, flowers and frills. Here is my little girly gift for one my customers expecting her 1st baby girl. I suspect she will enjoy dressing up her little darling as much as I enjoyed my little girl. I'm certain her daughter will be adorned in bling from head to toe daily!

Here is Mom~to~be with her gift. Doesn't she look fabulous!

Supplies: {all Close To My Heart products except some ribbon}

My Creations Cube, Daydream Level 2 papers, Cardstock and inks in the following colors: Blush, Creme Brulee, Lilac Mist, Sweet Leaf and White Daisy, Stamps: Girly Girl, Family Ties Children, Cupcake Sprinkles, Embellishments: white daisy mini medley, floss, green brads, corduroy big brad from Autumn Garden mini medley collection