Thursday, August 20, 2015

pocket letter

One of the challenges at's Monday Craft Challenges back in June was to create a pocket letter. Since I wasn't in a swap I decided to design one for a friend to send as a gift to her. And, yes, I made this in June and am now just getting around to posting it!

Each pocket contains something that reminds me of her. Here is the entire pocket letter:

Pocket #1
Polka dot paper, fussy-cut flowers from another paper, stamped on vellum, and a Mod Melt hot glued to a gold paper clip.

Pocket #2
She is an artist and loves birds and dragonflies. Stamped on ledger paper, ink drops, glued on and distressed dictionary paper, stamped and fussy-cut dragonfly, Mod Melt frame surrounding stamped bird.

Pocket #3
This one was so fun to do. She loves coffee as much as I do. And I really wanted to use this "be strong" stamp somewhere on this project and I thought the coffee card would be perfect and funny. I stamped, colored and fussy cut each image and popped them with foam. The two top coffee beans were stamped and fussy cut. The bottom coffee beans were from brown cardstock cirlces. I cut them into more of an oval shape and creased down the middle.

Pocket #4
She can sew. And loves vintagey things. And lace. I stamped and fussy cut more images onto a woodgrain paper.

Pocket #5
Another fun one to make. I just love this stamp. And HAD to turn it into a shaker card. I used my Fuse tool to fuse the pocket closed after adding lots of sequins and confetti.

Pocket #6
She loves dragonflies. More stamping and fussy cutting here.

Pocket #7
She loves birds. And I thought this sentiment was fitting for her too. It is just stamped onto patterned paper.
And her name was made by gluing patterned paper to some chipboard alphas and edging with a black marker.

Pocket #8
More bird stuff. Washi tape. Feather stamped on vellum and fussy cut. Paper clip flag I made with paper and another Mod Melt.

Pocket #9
She plays instruments and sings. Wonderfully. I wanted to incorporate music into a card and thought this stamp was perfect. I fussy cut some leaves and hot glued a cabochon to a paper clip.

Whew. This was really involved but oh so fun to make!

Here are the stamps I used:

4. Vintage Handwritten (on background), sewing set is a discontinued SP and Company set 
8. Feather
9. Musical Butterfly (discontinued from SP and Company)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. And making it all the way to the end of the post!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 17, 2015

baby jack jack layout

The current challenge at The Paper Girls is Superheroes!

I've had these photos of my little one dressed as baby Jack Jack from The Incredibles that I've been wanting to scrap for years.

I used a sunray stencil to ink a yellow starburst onto my background. Matted my photos in black. Added title with stickers. Simple journaling card. And the only embellishment is the mask that went with his costume!

I don't know why it took me so long to do this.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrapping and please play along in our challenge if you get a chance!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

family layout

More of our family photos scrapped.
This time for the Unity sketch challenge.

Here's the sketch:

I followed it almost exactly.

Some close-ups of the stamps:

Unity stamps used:
Think Happy Thoughts

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

thanks a latte tag

I made a little tag for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.
The challenge theme is "coffee or tea".

 Now while they are both my two favorite refreshments, I was in the mood for coffee when I made this!

Unity's Vintage Handwritten (on background) and Thanks (from grab bag)
Crafter's Companion Journal Jottings 
Close to my Heart Treats of Friendship

Limking up to Simon Says Stamp's Work it Wednesday - Refreshments

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

family photos finally scrapbooked

I've had these family photos laying around for a year and a half now and am now just getting around to scrapbooking them! I decided to start playing along with's challenges too.

This is from their Lilac #2 sketch:

This was Lilac #1 from last week that I never got around to photographing in time.

My goal is to play along in the whole ten-week series. Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Monday, July 6, 2015

happy new baby

Our current challenge over at The Paper Girls is all about babies! So I whipped up this card since I suddenly know several preggos and I know I will need this card eventually.

 I'm in the middle of a craft room reorganization and I found these Authentique scraps. I'm not sure what project they were left over from but they were so cute I just had to put them on a baby card. Stamps are from Unity; clothesline is from Small Things Matter but I'm not sure what kit the sentiment is from.

I'm going to make up a few more of these in several colors to have on hand. :)

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Friday, June 19, 2015

homemade embellishments

I was reading the Scrapbook Steals blog and one of their craft challenges was to make your own embellishments. Sounded fun so here's what I made!

I used two of my fave colors (coral and kraft) and a sheet of Teresa Collins' You are My Happy paper to make these tags and embellies. I die cut some shapes, stamped and fussy-cut images (Dutch Mustard Soup), and then layered them all up.

Here's some close-ups:

I'm linking up to:
*Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - use your favorite technique/product - I used my fave colors and techniques (die cutting and layering)
*Scrapbook Steals Monday Craft Madness #18 - homemade embellishments
*Unity Stamps Friends with Flair blog hop

Friday, June 12, 2015

coffee thanks gift envelope

I've got one more coffee-themed project to link up to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.
I made a little gift sack just big enough to include a note and a gift card. It's always good to have these around. There's always a friend, neighbor, teacher, etc that could use one!

I used Unity's Coffee Side by Side stamp (which is on sale right now!) and colored it in with some bright summery colors using my Spectrum Noir markers.

Then just layered the image and some paper, die cuts, and twine on top of a kraft bag.

Yum. Those little cups all look so yummy. 

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

happy birthday dude

I needed a quick birthday card for a party my son's going to.

I used a couple Simon Says Stamp sets (Cupcake Party and Dude) and some scraps of paper to layer everything. I think it looks just masculine enough. And it's for a boy. Who will probably look at it for all of 0.6 seconds. So no stress. But it was still fun to make.

Have a great weekend!

I'm linking up to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge -  Make it Masculine

Friday, June 5, 2015

summer coffee lovers blog hop

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
 It's time for another Coffee Lovers blog hop! Check out the hop details here for more info and all the prize sponsors.

 My first project is a clean and simple card.


 I kept it nice and easy with this fun Unity stamp.
I colored the images with my Crafter's Companion colored pencils and blended with mineral spirits.

Aren't they so cute??

Thanks for stopping by today!