Sausalito, California

Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Goodies!

I am loving these cute little coffee cups (4 oz) for Halloween.  I made these for our trip last weekend to New Jersey for my grandnieces!!  How cute are these??  Good news you can use this idea for any holiday or special occasion!  Still using my Halloween collection from Echo Park and some of my dies from Sizzix and the cute pumpkin foam stickers form Michaels.  If you want to make this cute coffee cup holder - check out the link below. Dawn does a great job with her instructions!  Love her videos!

The back of the carrier
Bats at the top of the straw!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Surprise 60th!

This past weekend was a lot of fun in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.  My sister-in-law is turning 60 next month and since some of her sisters  and some of Hal's (my brother) sisters were down for a Patriots vs NY Jets game, Charlotte's daughters gave her a little surprise birthday party.  The folio and card in the above picture were made for Charlotte from Graphic 45 Couture collection and Authenique collection.  I found some pictures to put in the folio and I know Charlotte has a lot of pictures of her daughters, grandchildren and husband to add to it.   I know it is early Charlotte but Happy Birthday to the best sister-in-law!  The weekend was a blast!

Waterfall in the middle
Jill & Cindy
Flaps on both sides
Patriots won!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Campfire Birthday!

"Take a Hike" paper collection by Bo Bunny was the perfect paper for this birthday card for my son's birthday.  His birthday is today! He loves to hike and camp where he lives in California and what a perfect place to explore.  This is a 4-panel, pop up card!  Mostly used stickers from the sticker sheet that came with the collection and a sizzix tree die on the inside of the card.

Love the way it came out and I hope he does too!  Eric just got a rescue puppy this past weekend and named him, Oscar!  Can't wait to meet him in person.  Oscar is part black lab, shepherd and boxer.  Happy Birthday to you, Eric!  Love you!

Adorable Oscar

Friday, October 6, 2017

Halloween Book/Card

This is a layered book/card that I created for Halloween to send to my son for Halloween!  The idea came from Heartfelt Creations.  They, actually, have the book/card already done and you just have to decorate but I made this entire book/card myself.  I used Spellbinders nestabilities ovals for the openings on each of the pages.  Besides the front and back, I have 2 pages inside.  Each page is decorated with dies, stickers, cut aparts from the paper collection  and stamps.  The paper collection is from Echo Park, called "Happy Haunting".  I love the bright purples, greens, oranges and yellows.  Love the designs which are perfect for Halloween!  Each page has a sentiment on it and, of course, decorated for Halloween.  This book/card would be easy to fold and send in 5 x 7 manila envelope.  Check it out...

Used stamp set from SU on the right page
Stickers on the right and gothic gate on the right
Elizabeth Craft bat in front of the moon, spooky!
Haunted House for the last page!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Heartfelt Anniversary!

Love Heartfelt Creations cards and this die is from them.  They make such beautiful cards! I made this card for my sister and her husband's 12th Anniversary which was yesterday!  This die makes such a lovely gatefold card!  The sentiment on the front  is something I had in my stash and the vine is a die from Memory Box.

The inside of the card I used dies from Stampin up with a glitter background--so pretty!  Love this bundle from Stampin up called Special Reason.

Happy Anniversary Connie & Russ!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Halloween Bridge & UFold Cards

Bridge Card
Bridge cards are fun to make especially when it is Halloween!  Love using my Halloween dies from Sizzix and Tim Holtz! The pumpkin is a foam sticker that I found at Michael's which I thought would be great for cards! The paper for both of these cards is from Stampin up and  Authenique.

Found the perfect Halloween sentiment for this card on Pinterest!  "May the blackest cat you've ever seen bring you Good Luck this Halloween!"

UFold Card
This card is a UFold card and I used more of my sizzix dies.  I added some googly eyes to the spiders which is always fun to do!!  This black cat is from sizzix  and it holds the panel down which says "Happy Halloween".  When you close the card the panel comes up which is shown below and on the back is another great Halloween sentiment for this card.  The paper I used I have had in my stash for so long that I cannot remember the name of it.

Card closed to mail
This sentiment in the picture is easier to read.  I have started early with my Halloween cards I think I might send more out than I usually do!  Halloween will be here before you know it!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gender Reveal Card

My niece's Gender Reveal Party was yesterday and I gave her this card to celebrate the news of her pregnancy.  I used my NEW Marianne Creatable giraffe die which I am in love with!!!  It is soo stinkin adorable!  All Marianne Creatable animals are so cute, may need to get another one for sure.   I want to thank my sister, Chris, for the template for this card.  She has made a few of these "onsies" which are so cute!  For the trim around the arms and legs, I used my nestabilities scallop circles.

The inside of the card with the sentiment I also used a Marianne Creatable baby feet die.  So with all the anticipation we did find out that Emma and Dylan are having a baby girl!!  Some cute pictures below of the happy couple and decorations at the party!  Andrea you did a great job decorating and congratulations to you and Renn also!!

Love the banner!
The Reveal!

Friday, September 8, 2017

30th Birthday Girl!

My daughter is 30 today!!  Where has the time gone!  She was born on the first day of school for my husband's school and he hasn't let you forget it.  I wanted to make her a small "mini album"/card for her birthday and I saw this on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect.  Here is the tutorial for this type of card/album.


The paper collection is from Photoplay called Girl's Night Out.  Loving this collection because of the colors and party type stickers!  Perfect for birthday celebrations!  Check out some of the pictures of the card/album below. Also below is the link to the self closing box on the right.

Profile Lindsey
Another Celebration
Soccer Lindsey
I also made the self-closing box for Lindsey's gift.  It is pretty easy to make and it is cool the way it can close itself.  The instructions for this type of box is below.  Dawn does a great job with the instructions for this box. Check it out!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Boss' Birthday Card

My daughter asked me to make a card for her boss' birthday.  His wife is giving him a surprise party this week and I thought since he is a chef how cute it would be to do a punch art chef.   I saw this on pinterest and knew this would be perfect for him.  Love making the Z-fold type which worked great for a kitchen complete with stove and cupboards.  The punches are all from Stampin up including the birthday cupcake.

Here is a closer look at the stove with a pot and frying pan on top.  I had to make a little shelf with salt, pepper and dill.  This was a fun card to make and I love the way it came out!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Witch's Brew U Fold Card

This is my first U fold/Bridge card!   Love this type of card!  My sisters gave me this type of card for my birthday last month so they inspired me to make one for Halloween!!   Did some punch art for the cauldron with some bubbles, not to mention the witch in the background and the broom in the foreground.  The Jack O'Lantern is from Michael's--it's a foam sticker which I thought was pretty cute and easy to use!  Look below at the picture and you will see what is in the cauldron!

The witch has added some eyeballs, spiders and frogs!  I love how this card folds up and can be mailed!  Looking on Pinterest I found the perfect sentiment for this card!

Love this!
When the card is closed up--can't see the ingredients in the cauldron which is perfect!!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy making these types of cards!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


This is just a quick post to showcase this birthday card for a high school friend.  He loves football and goes to our alma mater, Thornton Academy's Football games.  I used Stampin up's balloons and Elizabeth Craft's "Happy Birthday"!  Of course, I had to use Thornton Academy's colors maroon and gold!    Let's check inside...

For the goal posts, I used Stampin up's dress form and just cut out the dress foam part.  The football is from Elizabeth Craft and the leg is punch art using punches from Stampin up.  Check out this card that I found on Pinterest that inspired me to make this football card.


Love using stuff I have to make something other than what it was made for and this is an example of that so thank you for showing me this card!  Love it!  Happy Birthday Chuck!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Birthday Bowling Ball

Here is the picture of my brother in law's birthday card.  He has taken up bowling this summer along with my sister, Chris and my other sister Connie and her husband, Russ.  Mark and I have gone a few times but they are really the good about going each week.  I have made quite a few double Z fold cards and this one I can add to it.    We celebrated his birthday at a restaurant called Marco's in Lewiston, Maine.  It is a great Italian restaurant - so good!!  Closer look at the card below where you can see Mickey's hand holding the balloons!

Happy Birthday Tom!

Because I turned 62 on August 11th, I was able to get my Senior Pass for the National Parks at $10 before they go up to $80 on August 28th.  Either way, it is still a great deal because it is for a lifetime. But now I have my own!!  We went to the Kangamangus and stopped at the Ranger Station for my pass and they were so great there.  Our trip yesterday consisted of Cog Railway,  Eagle Mountain House,  North Conway Scenic Railway and LL Bean in North Conway!!  Along the way we saw the Mount Washington Hotel.

Beautiful scenery
Mt Washington Hotel nestled in the side of the mountain~

Cog Railway

On their way up to the top!
Coal burning trains use 1 ton per trip!
Eagle Mountain House
North Conway Scenic Railway
Stopped traffic on the way home were these cute ducks!  People had to get out of their cars and move them to the side of the road.  They were about a dozen of them and they were so darn cute!

Together again!