Monday, September 9, 2013

Life is Special!

It's way overdue!!  Time to get back to crafting and blogging!! I've missed both so much!  I recently made a few cards to encourage some friends, and now I am sharing them with you.  First up is a card using the Renew line by Authentique. 

See that cute little blue bird?  I love him!  He is a wood veneer embellishment from Studio Calico. 

This next card also uses the Renew collection.   
And my last card is made from a 6 x 6 pad from My Mind's Eye.  There are so many people who I could say, "Thanks a Million!" to!  Not sure who I'll send this one to yet.

Well, "Thanks a Million" for stopping by my blog today!!  Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine Treat Bags

 I made up these Valentine treat bags to share with the caregivers at my father-in-law's nursing home.  He has been a resident at River Hills West in Pewaukee, WI for almost a year now.  The staff is very loving and compassionate to all of their residents, and we are grateful for how they care for each one.
 I used clear cellophane bags, Crate Paper's Fourteen paper collection, Love You More paper collection by Imaginisce and various washi tapes.  I found the heart doilies in the $1 section at Target! :)  The sweet little Valentine images are by Authentique.  See that cute little glittered cupcake?   That's from Martha Stewart!  I stamped the "thank you" sentiment on it.

I used my Cricut to make the scalloped circles and cardstock hearts.  So fast and easy!!  After adding  shredded paper and candy, my husband and mother-in-law handed these out to the nursing home staff.

Hope you had a "sweet" Valentine's Day!  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Authentique is quickly becoming one of my favorite scrapbook paper companies.  Their papers have a beautiful texture and weight that I love to work with, and they have great stickers and embellishments, as well.  These cards were made using Authentique's Festive collection.
This first card is almost an exact replica of Betsy Veldman's card made for the Scrappy Gourmet.  You can see it here.  Betsy's blog and the Scrappy Gourmet are both great places to go for inspiration!

 The next few cards were inspired by Betsy's cards, but I changed them up a little bit as I went along. The cute little felt Christmas tree on this card is by Making Memories.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I would love to have you leave a comment!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Many Thanks

I started my blog a few year ago to easily share my paper craft projects with friends and family.  I rarely share anything of a personal nature here, but today I'm going to do both.  For almost 8 months, my husband has been unemployed.  It has been a very difficult and challenging time for our family.  At times it has been very discouraging and frightening, not knowing what the future holds.  But through these past months, we have had the love and faithful support of family and friends. They have prayed for us, encouraged us, and some have even helped us financially.  So this post is to say "Thank You!" to our family and friends for all that you have done for us.  We are thankful and grateful to each of you who have shown your love to us in so many ways.
We also give thanks to our Heavenly Father for His love, care, and provision for us.  God's Word has been our constant source of hope and strength, and we would not have made it this far without it.  We know that God has a purpose for all that He does in our lives, and these past 8 months have all been part of His plan and purpose for our family.  We are thankful for God's leading, and Patrick is now starting his own business.  We appreciate your continued prayers as Patrick works to get his business up and running.
Crafting and blogging have fallen by the wayside these past 8 months, so a few days ago I got busy and made some fall cards.  I had so much fun combining some of my favorite paper lines including Authentique's new Thankful collection, Simple Stories Harvest Lane and Generations collections.
"Now thanks be to God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ" II Corinthians 2:14

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Just Wanted to Say Thanks!

Sometimes it's just nice to know that the things we do are appreciated.  My father-in-law is a resident in a very nice nursing home called River Hills West in Pewaukee, WI.  The nurses, CNA's, therapists, and all of the employees are wonderful.  They take such good care of Dad.  I made these little owl treat bags to show the staff how much we appreciate the care they give to him.
 I used a Sizzix die to cut the owl "head", then scored and folded it over the top of the bag.  A scalloped circle punch, a plain circle punch, and some buttons made up the eyes.  Last, a small felt triangle makes a cute "beak".  After stamping the sentiment on the bag, I added some washi tape to finish it off.
I would love for you to leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Beautiful Baby Card!

I needed inspiration for a baby shower card, so I chose this sketch from Page Maps' Card Maps section.  Page Maps has hundreds beautiful page sketches to get your mojo going!  They now have a link to their new Card Maps!  The card sketches are so cute!  If you enjoy making cards, check out their Card Maps!
Here's my version of the sketch:
I used My Mind's Eye Papers for this card.  Love the pink gingham!  The sweet chipboard baby stroller is from Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe collection.  For the "baby" banner, I used a Basic Grey mini stamp, cut it out, and adhered it to the stroller with pop dots.
A cute little card that came together quickly thanks to Page Maps card sketch!!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

For the Record

I love to pick up old binders from thrift stores and give them a make-over!  I just finished this cute binder to record my daily efforts to exercise, take my vitamins, read my Bible, etc.  Echo Park Paper Company has this pretty collection called For the Record.  It's bright, funky and fun!
You can do this with any size binder.  I simply take an exacto knife and strip off all of the vinyl cover.  That leaves you with three heavy chipboard pieces: front, back, and spine.  Then I carefully put the binder back together after covering all of the pieces with scrapbook paper.  I use Thermo-Web adhesive sheets to attach the covered spine, wrapping the paper around to the front.  The adhesive sheet adds strength.
It's fun to embellish the front of the binders.  I try to keep them fairly flat.  If I glue big flowers on the front and they get caught on something, they can easily get torn off, leaving a mess behind.  I used crochet lace, stickers and chipboard pieces on the front to add some texture and interest.  Here's a peek at some of the dividers.

The cute little tabs are from Basic Grey.  Love these!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!