Friday, September 23, 2011

New Lawn Week #2

Hello Bloggers,

I'm updating my lawn progression a day early as I will unavailable tomorrow.  I tried taking the pics in the same location as last weeks so you could get a feel for how much progress has been made.  Today we're getting  tons of rain, but thankfully most of the seed has germinated, so it's not getting washed away.  Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Birthday Journal

Hello Bloggers,

I've finally completed the journal for my niece for her birthday next week!  I thought I would quickly share before packing it up and sending it off in the mail tomorrow.  I made the journal entirely and bound it with my Bind-it-All.  I colored up an image with my Copics for the cover, included lots of sparkly bling and popped a flower in the corner and voila (sounds easier than it was).  It was fun to make and I hope she likes it.  Enjoy the rest of your week; only two days left 'till the weekend!

The image is a from Tiddly Inks, my favorite site for digi's.  The paper was from Making Memories, the English Garden stack which I got on clearance from

The stamp set for the title is from Autumn Leaves and is call "Between the Lines".  I believe this was also a clearance item from Wal-Mart which I purchased a few years ago.  I colored them up my Copic and Atyou Spica markers and of course had to add some Stickles for sparkle.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Lawn Week #1

Hello Bloggers,

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend so far.  Today I thought I would share the progression of our lawn that we had put in last Saturday.  My plan is a weekly update to track the progression of the lawn growth.  We've had virtually no rain this last week, so my husband has been furiously trying to keep up with the watering and because we have a well, we're limited on how long we can keep the sprinklers running.  Stay tuned for further updates...

I'm referring to these as "grasslings"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Lawn

Hello Bloggers,

I hope you all are enjoying your week so far.  Tonight's post is non-craft related.  Last year we had a particularly hot summer and our lawn took a beating.  In years past, it has always come back in the spring, but not this year.  We decided to have a most of it reseeded this year and this past Saturday, they came and spread the seed.  We also had the whole lawn aerated for the first time. 

Check out the machine that they use to spread the seen, quite unusual.  I hope to have some crafty projects to share in a few days, until then, enjoy the rest of your week!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Diamond Fold Birthday Card

Hello Bloggers,

I've been inspired over the last few weeks by a couple of my favorite crafters who have been creating cards utilizing different folding techniques.  One in particular really struck my fancy and I decided to give it try.  There's a wonderful tutorial over at Creations with Christina on how to create the card.  My share for today is a birthday card for my hubby whose birthday is tomorrow.  I know, you're thinking a bit childish, but Barry (that's my hubby) LOVES monkeys!  I got the Changito Bday stamps by Stampendous on clearance months ago knowing I wanted to use it for his bday (I'm surprised I remembered I had it, lol).  It was fun to make and came together quite quickly.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and please take a moment tomorrow to remember all of those that lost their lives 10 years ago on 9/11.

I use the My Minds Eye Six by Six paper stack.  The collection is "Away We Go".

I liked how Christina used vellum for her sentiment, so I decided to do the same.  The monkey was colored with my copics, cut out with my Nestabilities and I used Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink to shade the background.

There's not a lot of room in the card for a sentiment, so I stamped, colored and cut out "Happy B-Day" from the stamp set and adhered them inside the card.

Monday, September 5, 2011


Hello Bloggers,

I hope all of my U.S. followers are enjoying their Labor Day.  My goal for this long weekend was to complete a project that I started, and am embarrassed to say, over 8 months ago.  I finally finished it!!

A good friend of mine had a baby in January and I wanted to make Brianna a "Name Sign" for her room.  Here is the final project, though long in coming, finally finished and I'm loving how it came out.  When I first saw the "Once Upon a Springtime" papers from Graphic 45, I knew I wanted to create this project using them.  How could a project not be fabulous using these wonderful papers!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

The blue flower spray is from Prima and the gold butterfly is from Lindy Stamp Gang.  The bunnies are cut from the paper line and the little paper butterflies are punched from a Martha Stewart punch.

Fussy cut of the flowers and mouse from the paper line.

I used my Silhouette to cut the name.  I LOVE how the Silhoutte cuts are so detailed.  The pearl swirls are from Prima.

I got the shadow box from Dick Blick Art store.  I'm lucky to have a store only 20 minutes from where I live.

I used Tim Holz corners and Picket Fence crackle paint for the finish.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's Been Forever!!

Hello Bloggers,

Well, it's certainly been forever since I've posted.  Though the summer for most folks is a time for relaxation and fun, for me, it's the our busiest time at work.  I've finally made the time to do some crafting as there are a couple of birthdays on the horizon and of course Halloween is just around the corner.  How fun are all those beautiful Halloween papers and stamps. 

Tonight I'd like to share a couple of cards I've completed.  I've been practicing with my copic markers and am having such a fantastic time.  My plan is to post at least a couple of times a week.  I have tons to share, just need to find more hours to share it!

I followed a color challenge in the latest edition of PaperCraft magazine for this card.  The image is You-Are-On-My-Mind from TiddlyInks, of course colored with my copics.  The papers are from  Papertrey Ink as is the twine.  I used the Notebook embossing folder from Tim Holtz and the button is from Making Memories.

This darling image I found from a blog I visit,  Amy had the link to this little digi; she actually is Cinderalla colored with my copics to look like a good witch.  Amy has some wonderful copic techniques on her blog and I've learned a lot from her.  The spider and spiderweb are stamped and embossed with a Martha Stewart stamp I got last year at T.J. Max for $1.00.  It was part of a invitation set, but for a buck, is was worth it.  You probably recognize the drippy-gooey punch from Martha, the papers are a mixture of last years stash and some new K&Company papers from this year.

Links to digi stamps
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