Sunday, June 22, 2008

I found my way back!

I can't believe it's been since April! I am sooooo sorry!

I've been working on several different projects and adding a few more skills to my crafting abilities. For instance, have you ever seen felt food?

These are just a few of the items I have made so far for my daughter to play with. I'm trying to avoid the menagerie of plastic food items that children seem to accumulate. She also has a couple more cookies, a banana and a cupcake. I'm working on a hot dog, a pizza, and some breakfast foods. She carries the cookies and cupcake around all the time and was actually trying to pick the chocolate chips off the cookie the other day. :-) If you want to see photos of the amazing things others have made go to flickr and search "felt food". There are some very realistic items on there.

I'll be adding new stuff over the next several days, so be sure to come back and visit again!

Happy Summer!

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Secret Sister Gift

I am part of the Secret Sister program at my church. I was partnered with a wonderful woman who has attended for years, serves in the nursery, and is a mom to two college-age kids. Over the past several months, I have surprised her with various things, including LOTS of chocolate. For Spring, I wanted to do something different. This is what I came up with.

I purchased the cute little bucket at Target. I also have a couple of them in pink. They were in the Dollar Spot, but weren't supposed to be. I didn't discover this until I checked out, but decided to get them anyway. I glued a peach colored ribbon around the bottom and made a tag with the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge on my Cricut. I attached the completed flowers to wooden skewers that I had cut to the length I wanted. I wrapped double-faced tape around the end of each skewer and held them upright as I filled the bucket with glass pebbles. The center of the flowers and the head of the butterfly are decorated with acrylic accents similar to Dew Drops. I found these in the floral section at Michaels and also covered them with Stickles.

The flowers are from this:

I found this at Archivers all the way in the back, on the bottom shelf, near the holiday paper and cardstock shelves. Aren't these beautiful? These are so much fun to play with. All you have to do is punch them out, crease on the fold lines, and layer them together with brads or other decorative items.

We are supposed to learn our Secret Sisters next month. I better get a couple more things done for her before then. :-)

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Easter Swap

I know, I know, Easter was LAST week. However, the swap I signed up for didn't require that the items be postmarked until March 31 - thank God! I finished these up on Thursday and am getting them packaged up to be mailed on Monday - March 31. Each of the ten participants in the swap will receive the two slide mounts pictured below, yes, I decorated the eggs on each one with my markers so they would look like they were dyed (for you non-scrapbooking type people, these could be affixed to a scrapbook page as embellishments and you can put a small photo in the frame or another type of embellishment). In turn, I will get back ten other items all with the Easter theme. I'm looking forward to seeing what arrives!

If you've never participated in a swap, they can be lots of fun if you don't overcommit. :-) Keep your contribution simple while still following the guidelines. I've got two more swaps in line for April and May. One is a papercrafting swap, the other is just with one person (whose name I received via e-mail today) for a Sister Shoebox Swap. We answered a short list of questions and submitted them to the swap hostess and were matched with another person who signed up. It's going to be fun to brighten someone's day with a box of goodies all related to Spring.

I hope you all had a blessed Easter!

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

3D Easter eggs made out of paper

Aren't these adorable? If you don't have an oval punch you could trace something to get the shape. I plan to use my Cricut to cut out ovals in different sizes. :-)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Finally . . . Pictures!

I've been meaning to post these for at least a few weeks. So, for your viewing pleasure . . . :-)

The banner I made for our church (unfortunately, I had to take three pictures to capture all of it with my pathetic little digital camera, one of these days we need to upgrade). All the images on the banner were made using the Paper Doll Dress Up, Stamped, and Zooballoo cartridges for the Cricut.

This is the mobile I made for the swap. It will be on its way to my swap partner tomorrow. It gets to go all the way across country to Portland, Oregon!

I received an order for another counting book (which led to another order for a counting book). This one is all girly and in pretty, sparkly paper.

I managed to get nearly eleven 12 x 12 pages done at the scrapbooking marathon last weekend. It was so much fun! It is amazing to see how much my daughter has changed in the last year. The photos I scrapped were mostly from before her first birthday. She is looking more like a little girl everyday and less like a baby. That's ok, though. She is very sweet and affectionate and loves to wave at people when we're shopping . . . or in the drive-through lane at the bank. :-)

A very happy birthday to my friend Snow White today! She doesn't blog, but I know she reads here on occasion. ;-)

I have received an order for some more baby's first year scrapbooks so I'll be keeping busy in the next few weeks as those get underway. I'll try to be better at posting here and keeping up with everyone.

Happy last week of February!

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

I'm back!

The last couple of weeks have been a little crazy to say the least. I need to get pictures posted of projects I've been working on and my mobile for the swap. I think it turned out really cool. I hope I can keep it from tangling during shipping. I was also asked to create a banner for an upcoming event at our church and it took up a lot of my crafting time last week. Thank goodness for my Cricut!

I'm off to an 18-hour crop this weekend with friends. It's Friday night and Saturday so I will hopefully be getting some serious scrapping (and chatting) done. I need to get caught up on my daughter's book.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

I'm the big old 3 - 6 today . . . it sure doesn't feel like it though. Big changes happen this year since I lost my "real" job this past December and I'm now starting my own business at home so I can be with our daughter. Life is moving at a different pace than it used to, but I like it just fine. :-)

Anyway, to celebrate my birthday, please visit theses two links. These sweet ladies need your help and prayers. Thanks!

For Kelli:

For Marian:

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