Saturday, January 30, 2010

Easy Valentines Card

I was inspired by a card I found in the January/February 2010 Paper Crafts created by Kalyn Kepner.  Kalyn's version had many details like mounting the hearts with foam tape, stitching on the card and a few buttons and I LOVED it but since I am sending mine off in the mail I wanted to keep it extra simple.  I used kraft cardstock for the base, ribbon from Maya Road, and the patterned paper is from a Basic Grey Lemonade 6x6 pad.  I used my Slice to cut the hearts and the "xoxo".

I am really pleased with the final look.  I find it to be extra simple and not over the top, which is what I was aiming for since I am sending this off to my in-laws with pictures of my girls.

Friday, January 29, 2010

CHA Favorites

I have been stalking some of my favorite scrapping blogs all month for sneak peeks of the new lines they would be releasing this week at the CHA-W convention. There is so much out there to buy but Cosmo Cricket has my favorite lines so far! I hope I can get the Joyride Paper Crafting kit soon, it is adorable. Jenni Bowlin has managed to come out with another stunning line, Homespun. The page was designed by one of my favorite bloggers, not only for her amazing talent but also a fellow military spouse, Stephanie Howell. If you haven't checked out her blog you really should. I love her style! Finally, have you seen the new line by Elizabeth Kartchner? She worked with American Crafts to come out with a beautiful spring line with adorable papers and embellishments. This is definitely on my gotta have list!

If you want to see many other products being released this spring you should check out the Creating Keepsakes Blog and the Paper Crafts Blog because they posted some great videos on their sites.

Sorry there are so  many links but I didn't want to add photos and violate any copyrights that are in place.  Wanna share your favorites?  I love reading comments!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Catching up

I have seriously neglected my blog! We haven't been busy or away, I just have put blogging off to the side for a bit. I have been rather productive as far as completing some projects so far this month. I finished making a calendar for my dad and I put together a diaper cake for a friend who just had a baby boy.

This was my first attempt at making a diaper cake and I was in a hurry while shopping so when I got home I realized two things. First, the diapers had a pattern on them. I bought diapers I would use on my own babies so avoided the ones I knew would be totally plain white. Using the patterned diapers just added an extra step in assembling this project. Secondly I learned that attempting to shop with a screaming toddler makes planning things out in my head impossible. I ended up with a bunch of stuff that didn't coordinate the way I had hoped.

You can see the finished diaper cake below. I covered the diapers in a solid cream fabric and then wrapped the outside in some Martha Stewart ribbon. I used the fabric because the diapers clashed with the ribbon and everything else I bought. It was fairly easy to finish but I am pretty sure I will not be making another diaper cake in the future.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy Anniversary James!

James and I have been married for 7 years! Time sure does fly by. We have had ups and downs, highs and lows but we have managed to survive. Of course the greatest blessing of all has been the births of our beautiful daughters. I am thankful that we have chosen to spend our lives together. I love you always and forever.

This is a little blast from the past from 2001.