Friday, May 25, 2012

An Exciting New Venture!

I'm so excited to announce that I FINALLY joined Stampin' Up as an Independent Demonstrator!  I have been part of a SU club for quite some time now and many times have been approached to join, I just never took the leap.  Well, Stampin' Up has such a great joining offer right now that I just couldn't pass it up - I knew this was my time to join!  Soooo, if you're looking for some cutesy projects or just want to purchase SU projects, just click on my link to the side and be taken away to my personal SU website!  And what's even more exciting is the new catalog goes live next week on June 1st!  I've already perused it several times and my-oh-my there are sooo many cute new items that I just must have!  I can't wait to get my hands on some of the beautiful new stamps and start creating!  And the new In-Colors are to die for! 

So I haven't had much time to be crafty now that I'm a mommy of two, however I had a couple of "have-to" projects that needed to get done.  One of them being teacher end-of-year gifts for my son's preschool teachers.  It was a bittersweet ending to my oldest's year at school as this was his last year of preschool (sniff, sniff)!  So I found this super-cute tutorial for a back-pack gift box that I found to be perfect for his teacher gifts!  The template and tutorial can be found on this cutesy blog:  She gives step-by-step instructions on how to make these cuties!  I'm posting pics of mine, however I do apologize as I only had time to snap pics with my smartphone, so they're not the best pics!  But I hope you enjoy them anyways:)

Hope you like my little backpacks and be sure and stop by my Stampin' Up website:)


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mojo Monday 240

Happy Hump Day,everyone!  Just a couple more days to the weekend - woohoo!  Here is my take on this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  Again, I am killing two birds with one stone, completing the sketch and making a Father's Day card:)  As I have said before, My Mind's Eye is my absolute FAVE paper line every!  So, I have used several different MME papers here, along with a canvas tag I bought here locally and a coordinating MME button.  I used twine for the ribbon to kind of tie in with the canvas banner.  I am really pleased with how this card turned out!  I have to say I think I impressed myself even:)  Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 157

Hello, again!  Me here, with another challenge card!  So excited that I've been managing my time to get a few cards done with the boys both home with me:)  So this time around it's Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge 157.  I used this sketch opportunity to make a Mother's Day card for my MIL.  I used Bazzill cardstock and patterned paper from a previous Key Ingredients monthly kit.  I believe the patterned paper is from Basic Grey.  The ribbon also came from the KI kit and the flower was my own.  The jewel in the middle came from our local craft store.  I just love sketch challenges as they really help me with the creative layout part (which I have no talent at!).  Hope you enjoy my latest creation!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mojo Monday Sketch 239

Well, I finally got around to doing this week's Mojo card!  It's been such a challenge to find time to be crafty now that we have TWO little ones in the house! I had to come up with my idea, collect all my supplies one evening and then today I stole just enough time to put it all together - it only took me three days to make one card - lol!!  I used this week's Mojo sketch to make an anniversary card for my parents who will celebrate theirs next week.  I used Bazzill cardstock, Stampin' Up patterned paper and frame stamp.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the satin ribbon came from  I embellished the frame stamp with some teeny tiny pearls I got from our local craft store.  I used ink from Amuse Studio - I love their ink pads because they are more like a chalk ink, so the color is rich and smooth.  As usual, I inked everything up first before putting it together - I just love distressing:)  Now if I could just find time to get started on Baby Andrew's scrapbook - he's 8 weeks old tomorrow, so I better get crackin' on it!  Have a great week everyone:)