Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You're a Beautiful SOL

Don't fall over, but I'm actually joining a challenge!! I've been lurking for a long time viewing everyone's challenges and longing to join in, but I never commit. Well, this is the week!!! I'm going to attempt to link up to the Terrific Tuesdays Challenge with Scrappy Moms!

I've wanted to crack open the Scrappy Moms' Sweet Somethings Stamp set ever since I got it last month. So, I took the cartridge of choice for the challenge, Paisley, and feverishly hunted for a sentiment and image that would go together. Now I know a shoe would have been a really good choice for my sentiment of choice, "You're a beautiful Sole," but that was too expected. I still may do a Converse shoe at some point since my girls love wearing them, but I saw the Spanish word, Sol in this stamp so I went with it. I think it may be due to all of the RAIN we've had lately which is making me just BEG for some sun, but who knows?!

  • Yellow-orange flower shape cut from p69 of Cricut Paisley cartridge using the Button creative Feature and welded together to make card base on my Gypsy (thought this looked like a sun, but my older daughter said it was resembling a flower too much so I cut the petals into rays a bit)
  • Yellow center cut from p24 of Cricut Paisley cartridge using the Button creative feature shifted
  • D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder for front of card
  • "You're a beautiful Sole" Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings stamp set (without 'e' on Sole) stamped with black Versa Color ink and heat embossed using Ranger clear embossing powder and my Marvy Uchida heat embossing gun
  • Lemon Drop Scrappy Moms bakers twine
  • Yellow Stickles (brushed on center with a paint brush)
This card just makes me want to break into song - Jesse McCartney's song, "Beautiful Soul" that is!

"I don't want another pretty face
I don't want just anyone to hold
I don't want my love to go to waste
I want you and your beautiful soul"
Oh, yeah!!

Well, I'm off to link up! Wish me luck! And happy hump day, my fellow crafters! The weekend is not too far off now!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Decorating Easter Cookies!

I hope you all had a very nice Easter! Mine was pretty good, but I do admit I was pretty tired all day. Thanks to TX Scrapper Mom's lovely Easter Cookies post from Friday, I had this bug to make Easter cookies of our own with my daughters last night. My youngest helped with the baking of the Pillsbury® Funfetti cookies and then left us for the TV. My oldest stuck with me, though, as she is into baking. By the time we got the hang of decorating with the royal icing, the night was over! And with having to still put together the girls' baskets and eggs for their egg hunt, I ended up going to bed waaaay too late. But we had a lot of fun with these cookies, so I don't regret that time we spent together. Did I mention that the cookies taste really good, too? Yep, that added to their worth!! I placed half of them into Easter goodie bags and gave them to family today at our Easter luncheon.

I hope to get to some crafting this week, so hopefully I will get more posts in soon.

Have a productive and crafty week!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Card 2011

As promised, here is my Easter card that I quickly whipped up last weekend and sent out to close family and friends this past Monday:

  • Homemade portraits of my girls and our "Easter Bunny," Snuggles
  • Stampin' Up Well Scripted Stamp Set "Happy Easter"
  • Stampin' Up Watercolor Trio Stamp Set flowers and butterflies
  • Stampin' Up Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive ink/markers
  • Martha Stewart Punch
  • Crystal Stickles
This is not my favorite Easter card that I've done, but I like it's simplicity. And I'm just so happy that I finally got them done! I've never gotten this close to a holiday before I don't think- yikes! And to think Mother's Day is only 2 1/2 weeks away- double yikes!!

I hope you all have a beautiful Easter celebration this weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Tags

Time is just "hopping" by! I can't believe Easter is this weekend!

Here are some tags I made for gifts to the kids in my family:

I squeaked by with getting my Easter cards done on Sunday night and then mailed off yesterday - phew! That is so unlike me! I will post my card tomorrow.

Have a good Wednesday, my fellow crafters! See you again tomorrow (which is almost today already - yikes)!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Birthdays, Birthdays and More Birthdays!

I know I said I had a lot to post coming up and it's already 1/2 way through the week, so I thought I'd better stop hanging out on all of your blogs and get posting - LOL!

Spring is full of birthdays for me to celebrate, and that includes a usual combined birthday party for my Godkids. Well, 2 out of the 3 kids are my godchildren, but I pray for and give a gift to the one that isn't my godchild just the same!

There are so many fabulous kid cuts out there to make fun birthday cards. How's a gal to choose? Well, I usually let my wrapping paper do the deciding for me. Here are the 3 cards with their wrapped gifts that I gave this past weekend:

Dragonfly made firefly from Cricut Paisley cartridge
to match firefly wrapping paper, 10 from Lyrical letters

Snail and 7 from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge
to match snail wrapping paper

Butterfly from Create a Critter Cartridge,
3 from Once Upon A Princess

The Play-Doh tub was hard to wrap, so I thought solid tissue paper was the best option for it. I still wanted to use an insect of sorts to keep with my creature theme, though, hence the pretty butterfly.

All 3 cards had card bases cut from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge, were embossed with Cuttlebug folders, were blinged up with Stickles, and included the child's age that they were turning.

I must say I just squeaked by getting these done for Saturday, but even in my rush I really enjoyed creating. I have lots more to do with Easter and my younger daughter's birthday coming up so I best get busy!

Have a good downslope of the week!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thanks a bunch, Momo!!!

Wow!! I came back from Colorado and was so happy to see the followers I now have thanks to Momo's follower boost post last month! Thank you, Momo!!!!!

I'm so sorry that it's been so long since my last post. I've had a rough time getting back into the swing of things since coming home from Spring Break. Can you blame me? I mean, look at this piece of God's beauty that I got to visit:

This is a view from Twin Eagle campground, a place where my family and I hope to camp at in the very near future when we are in Colorado permanently. Ahhh, to dream . . .

I did manage to get in some crafting this weekend, so I will be adding more posts soon. I'm so behind on everything! I don't even have my Easter cards done yet - Ugh! But, all will be posted soon. I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! Have a good week!