July 30, 2014

Speedy Recovery Wishes

I made a quick card for someone who recently had a bad car accident and some surgery, and Dustin Pike's Dudley will hopefully not only bring him my wishes for a speedy recovery, but a little smile too.  He's just too cute, band-aids and all.



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July 24, 2014

Bicycle Box Card

I love making these box cards.  Up until now I've made them pretty much as they were originally designed by the artists, but this time I played a little with one - and ohmygosh these have soooo much potential!

I love this basic design by Lori Whitlock here,  but I wanted to change it up a bit, so I swapped the card base with one from SVG Cuts to get a little more of a square size with shorter and fancier box flaps.  I had to modify the two inner sections from Lori's to fit the new dimensions but it was so much easier than I expected.  I also added a picket fence (Martha Stewart punch) and some extra custom greenery layers and, oh wow!  You can have so much fun getting carried away creating your own little scene on these!







Some touches of Stickles and a few gems and it was ready for my biking peep.

Happy Birthday Mo!
{Muah!}


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July 20, 2014

No more Empty Nest feeling

Ever since my little family of baby robins flew the coop (or the nest under my deck) I've had that sad feeling every mom has when their little ones leave home.  I used to say hi and check on them each day, and I was even there for two of their first flights.  Sigh....I miss them.

But today I got a nice treat - I was standing by the pool when all of a sudden I saw something swoop towards me, and I instantly recognized that familiar loud buzz.  A Hummingbird just missed my head!  So I grabbed my camera and a seat on a nearby chair while three of them gave me a show, taking turns (and sometimes demanding turns) at the feeder.  Heehee!  I was so excited that they finally found it!


Ain't she a beauty?!!

Baby Robin #4 just before her first (wobbly) flight

And now I have birds to keep watch over again.  Happy mom.


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July 13, 2014

Did you see it?!!

The Supermoon was sooooo bright in my yard last night.  Of course I had to grab my camera!




There are two more Supermoons coming up this year so mark your calendars and grab your cameras - August 10th and September 9th.  I'm hoping that next month I can catch it when it is low on the horizon and looking huge.  But since my house is surrounded by trees I'll have to scope out the best viewing spot in town and set up there.

Hey local peeps - wanna come along and have a Hunting Supermoon/Pic Party with me?  LOL!!!


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July 8, 2014

What's a Typewriter Mommy?

As if my recent milestone birthday wasn't enough to make me feel a bit old, this week I found myself explaining typewriters, cassette players, record players and the pre-remote control and DVR days to my little one.  Sigh....   lol!

But it's all good, and my recent project was definitely worth any personally vintage feeling that I may have been processing.  This is from the SVG Cuts Good Day at the Office kit.  I absolutely love the design of this and how easy it all goes together.  Yep, Mary just blew my mind away - AGAIN! 







I made this as a gift box for the Money Rosette that I posted a few days ago.  It fit so perfectly and was a nice hidden surprise for my mother-in-law who didn't realize the typewriter was a box to open - gosh I wish I had a video of her expression when she did, priceless!
 

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July 7, 2014

Kirigami Birthday Card

Do you remember my first kirigami card I designed that fit 50 candles?  I recently decided to twist my brain in knots again and try modifying it to make a version that fit 70 candles.  A very special lady and her very special birthday are worth a little brain twisting, don't ya think?!  lol!

I was beyond thrilled when it worked on the first try, and this is what I came up with...



I put a fun sentiment on the front:



...a simple greeting on the inside by Kristen Magee  (I LOVVVVE how my Cameo cuts these tiny words!):



...and closed it all up with a slide-on wrap and a pretty bow:



I love the designs and colors in this KP Eclectic paper by K&Co.  It's the same set I used for my shoe pencil cup, and also for another project that I've just finished.  I can't wait to show you that one!


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July 6, 2014

Money Rosette

This is such a fun way to give the gift of money!  And you can change the gift value just by changing the combination of bills you use.



I found the instructions on Cathe Holden's blog here.  Fair warning though - if you give this a try be aware that with all the wires involved, taking it apart will be worse for the recipient than trying to open a Barbie Doll package, lol!


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July 2, 2014

Clothespin Flag Wreath

A friend found a pic on Pinterest of this project, but unfortunately after a lot of searching I never could find the original source.  So I decided to wing it since it looked simple enough, and it really was. I painted ninety clothespins and some wooden stars, and then clipped them onto a wire wreath frame - and voila!





I was a little concerned about what my hubby would think since he is not into the "re-purpose" kind of thing too much and this is displayed in our main entry, but he actually liked it.  Good thing too because me and my little one had fun making it and we were not about to take it down, lol!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July peeps!

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July 1, 2014

Note Card Set

I wanted to give my daughter's teacher a little note card set for the end of the year and I decided to use a pretty collage stamp by Stampin' Up and my distress markers.  I'm still trying to get the hang of them directly on paper, but I always seem to revert back to using my acrylic block like an art palette.  I'll keep playing with techniques though until I figure it out.







I added a little sparkle with some color coordinated Stickles on the butterflies (hard to see in the pics, sorry!), and then made a little wrap style box to tuck the cards in and tied it all up with a pretty crinkly ribbon.


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