Sunday, May 21, 2017

Coffee House Sunday

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for visiting with me today! I hope you're all having a good weekend so far. Welcome to Coffee House Sunday. Grab your coffee and let's see what I found around the interwebz this week.

  • Finally the answer to your burning question about whether or not you should refrigerate ketchup
  • Be on the look out for those nasty little Seed Ticks this summer.
  • I have a low level Gluten allergy so I tried going gluten free for a while; but I was gaining weight like crazy! Apparently this is a Common Weight Loss Mistake 
  • This Peach Crunch Cake will also probably be a weight loss mistake; but one I think I'm just going to have to make VERY soon! 
  • There is a Rat Cafe in San Francisco...with REAL Rats! I am not even joking, people. I'll wait a moment for you to absorb that....
  • I still can't watch Robin Williams without feeling contradictory feelings of sadness and laughter; but I am glad he helped his daughter Zelda understand and become an advocate for Mental Illness 


I hope your Sunday is great!



Friday, May 19, 2017

Flowers and Buttons Birthday

Hi Everyone!

Hope you're all doing well on this beautiful Friday. Yesterday, I realized that I needed to make a card for today's post, and I didn't have a lot of time. (I never really seem to these days!) So, I challenged myself to make a card with just what I had on my desk. And this is what I came up with.



Super simple, doesn't really even need a lot of explanation. Have a great weekend everyone! I will see you all on Monday!

Challenges:

1 Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes + a Sentiment.
2.Through the Purple Haze: Anything Goes
3. Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Washi Tape Birthday

Hello Everyone!

So sorry for not posting on Monday. It was a busy weekend for baseball and then of course, there was Mother's Day and my daughter has been sick the last couple of days and well....you know...life has just been happening. I wanted to make sure I got something up for today's post to share with you, though.
Before I tell you about today's card, however, I must ask for forgiveness for this photo. I took it in a hurry this morning and boy oh boy...not my best work for sure! It's all lopsided for one thing. So sorry about that!


For today's card I decided to just create something super simple by making a background using washi tape. Normally, I use my washi tape in my Erin Condren planner and not very often on cards; but I decided to take advantage of the wide variety I have in order to make a quick card. I started with an X in the middle and then just added strips in alternating fashion until I had the whole piece of card stock covered. The background piece I started with was just a piece of white card stock cut to 5 1/4 x 4 when I finished the washi tape background, I adhered it to a Kraft card base cut to standard card size with a side fold. I decided to keep the rest of the card simple as well, and added the two flowers to the center with a pastel green brad (You can seen where I tried to cover a small hole in the flower with some white paint; but that didn't work out very well...🙄) Finally I added just a simple Birthday sentiment from Altenew underneath it.
That is it for today. Thank you for visiting with me and I will try my best to get back with another
post on Friday! Until then, have a great day!

Challenges:

1. Crafty Gals Corner: Add Flowers
2. Creative Moments: Anything Goes
3. Fab n Funky: Create a background (I used the washi tape)


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Coffee House Sunday

Good Morning!

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful moms out there! I hope you all have lots of fabulous plans today with your loved ones and babies whether this is your first Mother's Day or your 40th Mother's Day!
Did you all have a good week? Mine was good, busy as always; but that's the way I like it. Ok, shall we see what's picqued my interest this week around the interwebs? Great! Grab your coffee, curl up in your favorite chair and let's get started!


  • Have you heard about this $38 pizza you can get in NYC?  It takes  3 1/2 days to make and requires advanced reservations! Wonder if they throw in a free glass of wine?! 
  • Are you a multitasker? I know I am without a doubt...but apparently multitaskers are missing out on the One Truth About Life
  • Being an "Uncool Mom" is totally awesome. Not to mention the fact that I'd just like to come to dinner every night at this home! 
  • It's a perfect day to curl up with your mom and watch these heartfelt Netflix Movies!
  • I know we ended last week with a picture of a dog; but I just couldn't help myself because seriously? The dog on the roof?!?! 



I hope your Sunday is great!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Hello Everyone!

How are you? We finally made it to Friday! I hope you have all had a great week. Well, I have a lot to share with you today, so let's get started shall we?!

This week is teacher appreciation week and I have one last child in elementary school, so I decided to  do something a little more special. Now, it's not that I'm not appreciative of the teachers for my high schooler and my middle schooler; but once there is more than one teacher, it's just a little different.

Ok, so the first thing I made was this super cute note pad cover. Now, I originally had plans to make a cover for a 3x5 pad because I usually like those better. However, I couldn't find any 3x 5 post it notes.   So instead I made one for a 4x6 pad.




To make this project:
  • Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 9 5/8 x 6 1/4
  • Score on the long side at 4 1/2, 4 7/8 and 5 1/4
  • Fold along the 4 1/2 score line
  • Fold the 4 7/8 line back on to the 4 1/2 line (basically, you're doing a mountain-valley fold) and then fold along the 5 1/4 line.
  • Open it up and put some strong adhesive along the back side of the 4 1/2 line (the first one you folder) and adhere it down to the inside of the back of the note holder.
  • At this point, you can come down a couple of inches along the 5 1/4 and make a couple of slits so you can have a pen holder. I opted not to include this on my project.
  • Then you can decorate the front however you choose. 
Moving right along to the next project. This gift card holder with a little drawer built in for 10 Hershey nuggets was just too adorable not to make. You can find the instructions for this fun project over at "Frenchie Stamps" 





Next, I made a fun and easy washi tape bookmark. I intend to make some more of these soon. The possibilities are endless!


Finally, I made this stand up post it note holder. This is another project I intend to make a few more of as well because, again...cute and easy! I got this tutorial from Lyssa over at Song of my Heart




Then I put it all in these cute little basket I found at Hobby Lobby and wrapped it up and we gave it to her.

Phew...that is all for me today. I hope you all have a great weekend! Don't forget to stop by on Sunday for Coffeehouse Sunday!


Challenges:

1. Craft for the Craic: Anything Goes
2. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
3. Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
4. Making Memories Crafting: Anything Goes
5. Polkadoodles Crafting: Anything Goes




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blue Flower Beautiful Day.

Hi Everyone!
Sorry for not posting yet this week! It has just been a busy few days! So, how are you? Everyone have a good weekend and a good week so far? As I said, it's been busy; but it’s also been productive. I spent most of the last few days making projects for the teacher’s appreciation gift I gave to my son’s teacher yesterday. I will be posting all those projects on Friday, so stay tuned!


For today, however I will be sharing a CAS card I made using Altenew's Beautiful Day stamp set. I will mail this card to my mom for Mother’s Day. This card was actually designed a lot differently in my head than how it actually turned out. In the end, I scrapped my elaborate plans and just decided to just go with a simple one flower and sentiment design.
I love layering this flower. It makes having a flower with depth and dimension so easy!! I made a chart a while ago of ink color combinations that I like with this flower and when I want to use it, I just pull out my chart and half my decision is already made for me! For this flower, I used Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Cool Caribbean, and Soft Navy. I stamped the flower on a piece of 110# Neenah solar white card stock. I did a bit of masking with the leaves to get the desired arrangement I wanted. For the leaves, I used Willow and New Leaf ink from SSS. I added the sentiment in “Lipstick Red” ink from SSS. I rounded the corners with the ¼ inch corner rounder; and that pretty much finishes the card.

Challenges:

1. Aud Sentiments: Flowers and a Sentiment
2. CCEE Stampers: Flowers
3. Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
4. Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Coffee House Sunday

Hi Everyone!

It's been a very long time since I've done a weekly round up post. This time, however I'm going to do things a little different in order to relieve a little bit of the work it takes in putting this kind of post together.
I want to do a weekly post on Sunday's consisting of various articles, crafts, quotes and just things in general that have caught my attention throughout the week and that may inspire and interest you as well. In the past, I've called similar posts to this "Saturday Morning Coffee Cafe" but I've always had a hard time with that title...I never liked the way it flowed. So, this time I'm calling it "Coffee House Sundays" It was important to me to keep the "Coffee House" theme to the post because to me this is the perfect post to read while you enjoy a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning either in your own house or your favorite coffee shop. These newer posts will also be a little different because I'm not including as many photos. Honestly, those always took the longest!

Ok, so now that we have all that out of the way, are you ready to get started? Great, grab  your coffee and let's see what's been happening this week!


  • We found out this week that Prince Philip is retiring from public life at the end of this year. The dude is 96 years old, I think he's most definitely earned his retirement, yes? Not unexpected at all; but did you know that he and his beautiful bride (that would be the Queen) are actually related?!
  • I love a good Gin and Tonic. It's a great cocktail for a lazy summer day. However, this 154 proof gin might be a litle more than I could handle! 
  • Truth be told I was always team Jennifer when it came to pick a side with Brad, Angelina and Jennifer triangle. Sad for the kids involved that Brangelina fell apart, however; but hey it looks like Brad has quit alcohol...thank goodness we're spared that rehab story!
  • I just finished Fredrik Backman's new book "Bear town" You should read it too...
  • I intend to make a washi tape bookmark as part of my gift package for my son's teacher for teacher appreciation week. What are you doing? 
  • I buy those variety packs of chips for my kids lunches. However, no one ever wants to eat the plain potato chips. What to do with them? Make chicken of course! 


I hope your Sunday is great!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Brighten My Day

Hi Everyone!
Well, we made it through another week! I hope yours was a good one and if not, well...at least the weekend has finally arrived! We don't have a lot planned for the weekend except for a baseball game for my son tomorrow evening; and then church on Sunday and maybe a little shopping and lunch after. How about you? Anyone have anything exciting they're doing this weekend?


Shall we talk about today's card? As you can see, it is NOT a birthday card! I used Simon Says Stamps "Watt's Up" set to make this bright fun card. I struggled with what color to make the light-bulb (only a crafter would say that!) and this is actually the second version of the light bulb. I originally had it a much darker orange; but decided I didn't like that very much so I re stamped it and then used my YR04 Copic Marker to color it in instead. I actually cut out the image and then adhered it on top of the older darker image, which you can see as a small outline around the image. I used the sun rays stamp to create a "burst of light" behind the lightbulb. Of course, I added some shimmer with my favorite Wink of Stella pen. I cut out a small heart and added it to the center of the lightbulb as well. I used an embossing folder on the Simply Chartreuse (PTI) background piece. Honestly, I don't know what the design is called....it's one I picked up from Hobby Lobby a while ago.  I layered the card pretty much as shown and added the sentiment in black ink down in the corner.

I think that is about all for me this week. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I would love to hear about anything special you have planned and would like to share! Thanks for visiting with me today and I will see you all again on Monday!

Challenges:

1. Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
2. Crafty Girls Creations: Anything Goes
3. Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
4. Creative Fingers: Anything Goes
5. Jo's Scrap Shack: Anything Goes
6. Making Memories Crafting: Anything Goes
7. Polkadoodles Crafting: Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Best Birthday Wishes

Hi Everyone,
Thank you so much for visiting with me today. I have another birthday card to share with you today. I promise I’m going to be sharing a wider variety of cards soon. I just need a LOT of birthday cards! Like Monday's card, this one focuses on the sentiment. I added a bit of texture to the Fine Linen (PTI) card stock with the Swiss Dots embossing folder; but other than that, really tried to keep the sentiment the star of the card. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp “Best Hugs” set. I love this set because there are so many things you can do with it and such a variety of sentiments you can put together.


I took two photos so that you could maybe see the Wink of Stella clear glitter pen I added to the “Best” on the card. I love my WoS pen; but dang it’s hard to see in a photograph! After I stamped the sentiment, I added a row of small hearts in Teeny Bikini ink (SSS) and then added some glossy accents to each one for a little shine.  I wasn’t sure about this color combination: Enchanted Evening, Fine Linen, Berry Sorbet, Teal and Sweet Blush (all from PTI) but once I got them all together and finished the card, I have to admit they actually work pretty well together.


That is all for me today. Have a great day and I’ll see you on Friday!

Challenges:

1. Crafting By Design: Anything Goes
2. Crafty Creations: Anything Goes
3. Little Red Wagon: Time to Celebrate
4. The Crafty Addicts: Add a Sentiment


Monday, May 1, 2017

Wishing You the Best Day Ever

Hi Everyone!

I had every intention of posting this card earlier today; but the day just got busy and away from me. So, better late than never I suppose. It's really a simple card, so there's not really a whole lot to say about it. I really wanted the focus to be on the sentiment in the center. I used Simon Says Stamp "You Matter" set to stack up the birthday greeting. Since there were so many colors on the card, I decided to just keep it basic with a black ink. I added a little texture to the card by embossing the red background piece. I added some blue and red prima flowers for a final bit of embellishment along with a simple white faux stitching line.



Challenges:

1. Always Fun Challenges: Flowers
2. Artistic Inspiration: Anything Goes
3. Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
4. Make My Monday: May Flowers


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