Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baby girl...

I put up a photo from each of the last 5 years of DD for her 5th birthday party, and when I received these pretty baby papers from Scraptales, I thought they would be perfect. I fussy cut one sheet and pop dotted it for a double layout. Very sweet and girly, just like my girl!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Had to send my mom over in K'zoo digging through old photo albums for a photo of my grandpa. I knew I could come up with something great with the TPC papers. She scanned a few and e-mailed them to me, and I just loved this one of him.

I did quite a bit of sewing on this, which I think really brings out these papers. They have a bit of a distressed thing going on already, so it was fun to rough up the edges...which is super easy if you sew it down first! The metal embellishments that coordinate with the papers were perfect here; I used a bit of some blue and white twine to make a fishing line. You can check it out at Scraptales.

Loving how this one turned out; it's going into my 'People We Love' album.

Also working diligently on my second quilt square for the swap. It's almost done, but still needs a border.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Project 12

I'm in, I'm in...hopefully just in time for this month! It's been a crazy month of birthdays, but I managed to get January's layout done tonight. Love the different colors of blue and orange for a wintery month. Found a random patterned paper in my stash and just went with it! Embellies are some cute buttons I found in the $1 rack at Michaels last fall; i popped the pin off them and added adhesive foam...cute. Shiny stitching around the photos...pain in my butt, but really adds a nice sparkle. If only the thread would not have broken 90 billion times...

Thanks for looking, now I just have to get 2010's project 12 done!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

New stuff...

Got a few projects done for ScrapTales... Working with this fishing line from TPC, which has some nice natural colors. I made a little treat box that would be great to fill for any fisherperson, a birthday, or Father's Day. Hoping to do a heritage layout with these papers if I can find some photos. There are cute metal embellishments that go with the line as well. I hooked (haha) a bobber to the top of the box, but didn't get a great photo of it...check it out at the store.

I love American Crafts for their bright colors and clean lines and papers, and this birthday line called Confetti is no exception. I made two layouts, one of my recent birthday, with some blocks and sewing. The other is of my daughter's first birthday last year...I finally broke down and got a EK scallop punch a couple of weeks ago, so I punched a bunch of scallops and stapled them to the edges. Makes for a very fun look! I did trim the paper down by a 1/16" so it would fit into my paper protectors with no problems. I also used one of the AC buttons...I keep buying them out of the clearance area, they are SO cute.

One of the sheets has some cute birthday sayings and art; I used them for embellishments (love to cut things out with scissors!) and title work. Also made a little birthday card with one of the textured sheets and a mini card on front.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Chairbackers...

I found this tutorial based off the Pottery Barn ones a few months ago: ValentineChairBackers.
Just had to make them, I thought they'd be super sweet at the girls' little table. I also am in love with sewing bags and such.

I even learned how to make a button hole on my machine! I think they turned out stupid cute. I made my own covered buttons as well, which is very fun. One fell apart, but I'll get it fixed. I think I'll let the girls play with them for awhile, then it will be a fun tradition every Valentine's Day. I save up any cards they get in the mail and put them in here so they can open all at once.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

That mom...


I'm 'that' mom. The one that makes Valentines. The one that sews heart pillows for Valentine's treats.

Found these cute zebra valentines at BunnyCake's blog...almost exactly the same as my daughter's t-shirt. Perfect day at the pre-school party!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

February Block!

Here is Kira's block! I added the white flowery fabric from my stash for the border. It still needs trimmed down another 1/2" or so, but it's done. I'm super happy with how it turned out; I've never done this kind of piecing (or this much piecing!) before. It came together nicely, and I love how the colors and patterns she picked work together...for a slightly nontraditional colored but super lovely heart! I hope she loves it, and I'm very excited to see what the other women have created as well.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quilt Block Swap

I joined a quilt block swap on the MI Natural Parenting Forum that I'm on. I'm super excited to have a little project to make each month. I just got the first set of pretty fabrics and I found an awesome pattern to make. It's a heart, which I thought was appropriate for February, and also for a group of people who have gotten together in the name of friendship and family! http://piecebynumber.com/candyboxheart.htm It's coming together very cute. I just need to find a little more fabric from my stash to make a border.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Grandma & Hoot!!

My Grandma turned 90 this december; she's just an amazing person. You would NOT know that she is 90; I'm pretty lucky to have her genes, and super lucky to have her in my life. I'm working with some BoBunny papers for Scraptales, and they were perfect for this photo from her birthday. She's just beautiful.

I also found this awesome calendar at OwlBarn. She has the cutest owl links, and this fantastic calendar. You can pick from a bunch of different owl artwork, and download your own calendar. I printed mine on photo paper, and I used more of these cute BoBunny papers. They were perfect since they are all double sided. I put a little stamp on the back of each page for notes. I might add birthdays from each month later on. I used my new Cinch to bind it. Super fun. It stands upright fairly well since the cover and back are a heavy chipboard.

Go--make one already!

It's a free download--so get some owl love for 2011!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

December Daily 27-31

Finished Album! Here's the last few pages. What an awesome project this has been. I'm already excited to get pages going for next year; my mom got me a Cinch, so thinking maybe I'll have finished loose pages, then bind them together at the end of the month (leaving me options to add full page photos, etc. It is fun to look through this already, and I know it will be even better when pulling it out next year. Good memories of a busy month!

December Daily 24-26

Christmas! 5 more pages.

December Daily 19-23

Almost there, 5 more. 23 needs a coffee label!

December Daily 14-18

5 more days!

December Daily 9-13

Next 5 days...

December Daily 4-8

Here's the next 5 days.

December Daily

Okay, December Daily Done. Got a little off the last few days, but it's all together now (minus one coffee wrapper)

Here's the album, title, and days 1-3