Sunday, September 24, 2017

1st birthday

Happy September, happy belated Labor Day and happy Fall!
I started writing this post 3 weeks ago and never finished.
Although my grandson's 1st birthday was August 16th, we celebrated it Sunday, September 3rd. Here are a few pictures of Sir Bradley!
This picture was taken the evening of August 16th. Couldn't resist getting a photo of him making a mess of his birthday smash cake!

                                   The theme to his party was "Wild One", hence his t-shirt.

Balloons were EVERYWHERE!

                                                                 His birthday cake

                                                                Singing happy birthday

                                  What party isn't complete without a kids bouncy house?
                                    Here is the birthday boy having fun with Aunt Dana!

On to a set of cards I made that never got posted. Using Stampin Up's Daisey Delight stamp set, coordinating punch and designer series paper, I made these 2 cards. I saw on Pinterest how you can punch them out of pattern paper and fold in half to make them look like a Cone flower which is one of my favorite flowers! I have cone flowers in every one of my flower beds.

I left the banner at the bottom of each card blank so as to stamp a sentiment for whatever the occasion calls for.
That is all from me today. Although it is officially fall, we are enjoying some record breaking temps here in Chicagoland. The gauge in my car registered 95 degrees yesterday as I was driving to my sister's house to go swimming!
Enjoy the week ahead!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

wreath for all seasons

Happy August already! Or is it September? The weather this past weekend sure felt like fall! I stopped in my local Michaels Craft Store over the weekend and was amazed at all the fall and halloween decor being displayed! And here I sit, mentally making a list of what I need to pack for a quick 3 day trip to the beach this week!
August is a month chock full of birthdays! My card today uses a stamp set by Papertrey Ink, cardstock and pattern paper are from Stampin Up.

I stamped the wreath and flowers on white cardstock and dry embossed all 4 sides of the panel using my scoring tool. I adhered it to orange striped pattern paper, tied a turquoise ribbon around both pieces and adhered it to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Tempting Turquoise card front. I stamped "Happy" on a tag, added a turquoise gem and popped it up across the wreath. I stamped Birthday in the bottom right corner. I love these 2 colors together!
Thanks for peeking in - enjoy the week ahead!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thinking of you

Good Sunday morning! I'm sharing another card I made a few weeks ago while taking my stay-cation(stay at home vacation). Using the Avant-Garden stamp set by Stampin Up again -

I stamped the flower, stem and leaves on white cardstock and cut it out using a circle framelit. I adhered it to a blue scalloped circle die cut. I stamped another flower and leaf, fussy cut them, and popped it up on top of the stamped image. I added some Wink of Stella on the flower which you can't see in the picture.  I cut a  1 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of pattern paper from the Painted Blooms designer paper (Stampin Up) and adhered it to the left side of the card front.

I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner. I then glued the back of the card to a piece of matching blue cardstock which you can't see in the picture.
After I took the pictures, I added some crystal gems onto the circle die cut.

That's all from me today. Thanks for peeking in at my little blog! Have a great week ahead!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Love is in the air!

Good Sunday to you! I'd like to share another card I made as part of the 'assortment' of cards  I made last week. I'm sure a lot of you do this - go on Pinterest for ideas? Lately it seems I am not creative at all. I pick out a stamp set or a collection of pattern paper, search for it on Pinterest and look at all the cards and mini albums made with either stamp set or paper.
This card I took off Pinterest and changed it up by using a different color scheme. I used the Stampin Up Carried Away Designer Series Paper and Lift Me Up stamp set with matching thinlits. I used silver cardstock to cut out the hot air balloon and the heart was punched out from a scrap of silver foiled cardstock. It actually changes color and sparkles when you move the card this way and that way!

I plan to mail this card to the daughter of a friend of mine who got married a few weekends ago. A very sweet couple!
I've been missing my grandson these past few days- his mommy took him to North Carolina with her parents to spend a few days at the beach. Here are a few pictures she sent to me. Enjoy!

 His first airplane ride
I wonder what he is staring at?

It was a breezy day - look at his hair!

Thank you for visiting and your comments are appreciated!
Have a good week ahead~

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer time fun

I have been off all week and am finally spending my last day of vacation in my craft room making cards...lots of cards. I had planned on spending every day making an assortment of cards to have when I needed them. Plans changed... I had my grandson every day, all day. What a joy it was! Even better, my godson Aiden came and stayed over night! We had gorgeous weather here too. Here's a pic of the 3 of us spending time in the sunshine!

One more to share - at the zoo.

Here is a card I made for a friend celebrating a July birthday -

I took a panel of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin Up, dry embossed it, wrapped a ribbon around the panel, made a double looped bow and adhered it to the front of a white card.

Using the Avant-Garden stamp set from Stampin Up, I stamped the flower and foilage on to a stitched circle framelit die cut and adhered it to the embossed panel. 
I stamped the sentiment on a hand-made tag, sponged the edges and adhered it to the lower right corner.

Thank you for visiting and your comments are appreciated!
Have a good week ahead~

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Easter Express Mini Album

Good Sunday morning!
I'm sharing another mini album I made to journal my grandson's first Easter. I used Doodlebug's  Easter Express papers and embellishments. It's another new syle mini album for me. I got the tutorial from Ginger Ropp's Youtube channel-

The mini album measures 4.5" x 6.25".  The inside pages measure 4.25" x 6".

Here are a few pictures from the mini album.
This is the cover. I plan to journal the year on the banner -
Here is a view of the top of the album. It holds 5 pages, (each  piece of paper makes 6 pages each.) 2 of the 6 are pocket pages. And each of the 5 sections has a side pocket for photos and journaling.

I enjoyed making this pocket mini album - I was amazed at getting 6 pages from 1 12x12 sheet of paper!

We celebrated my son's first Father's Day a few weeks ago - here's a picture to share!
Enjoy the week ahead -

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Hi there!
I finally finished up the last of the mini albums. I tried something new with these 4 albums - at least new for me - I added some charms and a cute tassle to the spines on each book.

 I've seen this done on so many books but never had the nerve to try it. I'm glad I did as I was happy with the way they turned out. Each album had a different colored tassle along with charms that had a vacation feel to it. I'm sure I'll be adding more of these to all my albums!

I'm finally able to get back to making cards which I miss dearly. And, I'll be starting my grandson's First Easter album - better late than never!

And here is Bradley's 9 month picture -

Thanks for visiting - have a wonderful week ahead!