Thursday, June 23, 2011

Baby Cards Blowout . . . featuring Baby Button Bits

Happy Thursday . . . sorry if that title sicked you out . . . as I thought about it, using baby and blowout in the same sentence never brings to mind good things (Ew!)  I think I have been a mom too long . . .  but anyway . . . 

Today I decided to post a few of the baby cards I have made recently.  I have decided that the cards I use most often are baby, birthday and thank you - so I plan to make most of my cards fall into these categories if possible.  Practical eh?  Yeah, that is me lately!


This first card was made with a set called "Baby Button Bits" (Papertrey Ink).(well, okay, all the cards I did for this post are)  It has been around awhile.  It was designed to work with buttons perfectly and I adore it!!!  I thought the black and yellow "bee" colors would be cute and the sentiment really makes it a baby card.  Sometimes I like to go back and work with some of the sketches I never had time to get to on the Mojo Monday blog . . . and this is one of them!  It's an awesome site to find layout ideas!  If you have never checked it out, GO!  You'll love it!

This second card kind of goes a little overboard on the pink, but hey, when else can you get away with that?  If someone's having a baby girl, generally they are darn excited to see that much pink! *grins*  I used MOJO175 sketch for that card.  

Last but not least, I made this lovely card using the same stamp set, and using a patchwork technique challenge from Splitcoaststampers.  I really LOVE the look of patchwork and I love that it uses up scraps in your scrap drawers (I have 4 drawers of scraps, so really, I *need* to use this WAY more often).  This card again features non traditional baby colors, but is all baby!  I am almost sad that I will have to give it away one day -- I really like it!  It also uses that gorgeous bakers twine that is oh so trendy right now in paper crafting!  Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful day and have some time to get inkspired!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wishing You a Fabulous 4th!

I know it has been forever since I have blogged.  I have found the majority of my spare time sucked up with having two babies 14 months apart.  But Baby M is 15 months old now, and I am starting to find a little bit of time to pursue my hobbies again.

  I am going to make some efforts at back blogging some of the fun stuff I have been up to . . . since ultimately this blog journey is for me to remember, and you get to come along for the ride.  

So today, I have a card for you that I stamped this morning.  I have a few more cards I have stamped recently that I will upload over the next couple of weeks to share with you.  I stamped using a new Pure Innocence set that I  got from My Favorite Things.  I have always been a sucker for the Magnolia images and these new, somewhat similar images did not disappoint . . . they are similar in that they are fun to color and fun to paper piece.  This set is called "Little Firecracker." 

Stamps:  Little Firecracker (My Favorite Things)  Paper:  Liberty Stripe (BoBunny), Liberty Freedom (BoBunny), Night of Navy (SU!), Solar White Classic Crest (Neenah)  Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)  Accessories:  Pure Poppy Buttons (Papertrey Ink), Navy grosgrain ribbon, swarovski crystal, diamond stickles (Ranger), sewing machine (Singer), white thread, copic markers.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Patriotic Rag Wreath

As I was blog surfing I came across this idea (I always find SO many things I want to make), and knew I just had to make one, so I did!  It was so simple to make and I think it is just SO festive! (I do need to pull some threads off it though -- OOPS).

I used 6 of the fat quarters that you can buy at JoAnn's (wait for them to go on sale for $1 each if you have the time) and then the ring I used for the middle is one that I found in the section with the mirrors, googly eyes and felt (also at JoAnn's).- it is just a plain gold metal loop.  I know they sometimes carry them in silver too -- either will work since you don't see it.

I used these instructions HERE   

HERE is another example of the wreath using an actual wreath form.  

Hope you are having a fun summer so far and that you are almost all prepared for the 4th this year!  Happy 4th!