Sausalito, California

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas is Coming!

I got my Christmas cards done and mailed!!  Love Stampin up's "Hearts Come Home" bundle!  I made a bridge card with it.  Navy, white and Gold were my colors for Christmas this year.  I did make a few with silver instead of gold which was pretty too! The sentiment for this card is on the back which gives you plenty of room.  I made a regular 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 size card also, which is pictured below.  Also below, are some pictures of our first snowfall here in the Northeast - 4 inches of snow in this one storm.  The first snowfall is always the best --so pretty. 

Love this one too!
Our Christmas Tree!
First snowfall of the season!

Let the snowblowing begin!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Birthday Girls

December Birthdays
First time, I think, I have made two different cards for my twin sister's birthdays!  I am so proud of myself because I usually make the same card for them.  Elizabeth Craft owl die is so cute, I decided to use it with an autumn theme because Chris and Connie's birthday is December 2nd which is actually autumn but then, winter is right around the corner so I made a winter theme for the other card.  Clever, right? 

Closer look at the front of the card

Back of the card
For this card I used a scenic platform type card.  The leaves are from Lawn Fawn which is stitched and the acorn is from Impression Obsession.  I made the tree free-hand which was easy because it is just a limb.  The Giant ladybug is from Sizzix which I haven't used in a long, long time.

Framed box card

Inside the box card
How cute is this stamp set from Stampin up???  I just love it!  The penquin and snowman are adorable!  I used Lawn Fawn  stitched hillside and mountain dies for the background.  This type of framed box card is fun to do too!  Happy Birthday Chris and Connie!  I am lucky to have you in my life!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Craft Day

Loving Tim  Holtz/Sizzix House/Church die!  This was our project on Wednesday for Craft Day with 4 fun ladies!  3 of the ladies had not done any papercrafting and they did great!  We didn't break out the wine because everyone was so focused on their projects.  I wish I had taken pictures of them working but I forgot.  Tim Holtz has a tutorial on this die, putting the house together and then the steeple because they are different dies.  I love the little bell in the tower!  And the wreath is perfect!  My one tip is to use good heavy cardstock, not chipboard but 110 pound cardstock!  We did add a tealight inside with vellum on the windows and it is beautiful!! 

 I was ready for them with a paper tablecloth so glue didn't get on the wood table.  I did die cut the church and steeple for them so they just had fun with the glue/scorpal tape. They had to add design paper to the roof and steeple also the trees on each side of the door.  The wreath was just a sticker from Michael's but it was a great wreath!
One of the ladies finished church!

How cute is the bell!
Christmas themed
I made these little paper coffee cups for the ladies and put their accessories in them such as the bell, trees, wreath and tealight!  These were fun to make and only took me the night before 1 hour to make all 4 of them.  I will add the link to the tutorial below for these fun coffee cups.  Couple things I did different was to add panels inbetween each score lines (she stamped) also I added a circle to the base of the cup to cover up the layered paper strips.  (I hope this makes sense to you)  Have fun!  Welcome to the Christmas Season!! 


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Happy Baby Girl!

My niece's baby shower was today and here is the card I made her!  It is a tent card using the Teddy/Panda bear and giraffe dies from Marianne Design.  The rocking horse, bottle and diaper pin dies are from Impression Obsession.  The paper collection is from Echo Park.  I took a picture from the side of the card and the back which shows the sentiment.

From the side

Cute baby feet!

Here are some pictures from the Baby Shower today.  My sister, Andrea, did a great job decorating for the party!  The cake was done by a friend of the father's mother.  She did a wonderful job using fondant.  My sister made the bottle and onsies cookies.  The due date for the baby is January 23rd and it won't be long before we find out her name!   It definitely was a fun day!

So pretty!

Little guests

Soups, casseroles, meatballs, Mac&cheese

Love it!

Who doesn't love a stuffed animal!

Gifts galore!

Thanks for coming!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Fun!

Place Holders
Last Saturday, I had a little craft day with my friend's granddaughter, Chloe.  I will show you at the end of this post what we made.  We had a lot of fun but my friends, Anna and Lynne both contracted me to make them these place  holders for their Thanksgiving dinner.  The total was 26 for both of their families and I just finished them this morning!  It is a box with a card which I will post the video instructions below.  I showed them this birthday box in a card and they were thrilled that I would make them.  I used different paper collections for these cards and I used dies from Lawn Fawn and Impression Obsession. The leaves from Lawn Fawn are stitched leaves which are so lovely.  The pine cones I got at Michaels which were the perfect size for these boxes.

The box is measured 2x2 which is plenty of room for a small gift or candy like Hersey's kisses.  I actually counted 14 Hersey's kisses would fit.  The instructions are below but I made a platform for the box - so instead of cutting out the 2x4 rectangle I cut it so that it made a little stand for the box.  I did it just so the card stood up a little better.  My only suggestion is to make sure you use thick cardstock for the base.

Here are some more pictures of the Gift box in a card - I took them a little bit closer for viewing.

Sentiment is from SU

Closer look at the top of the box

Love the little pinecones
On Craft Day, we made little turkey favors out of toilet paper holders and pinwheels using We R Memory Keepers punch board.  The turkeys were made with a series of triangle cuts starting with the head. It was a success for all!!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Plain turkey

Decorated turkeys

Chloe's Pinwheel

Christmas Pinwheel

Friday, November 10, 2017

File Folder Album

For some reason I like making mini albums with file folders.  I think it is so creative plus there isn't as much cutting except to layer the album pages.  The paper collection is from Bo Bunny called Juliet which I have pretty much usedit all with the other projects that I have done this fall.  The video for this cute file folder album is below.  Try it out, it is really easy and fun to do!

Here are some more pictures of the inside and the back of the album.  You can stand it up too!

Pockets on the inside
Pockets on the outside

Additionally, I made a sympathy card  and I used Tim Holtz's dies and Stampin up dies and paper. This was a simple but very pretty card.  Love Stampin up flower die - really makes this card!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Birthday Flag Fold Card

Happy November everyone! It was a challenging week.  We had a terrible wind/rain storm that left 400,000 people without power.  We were lucky that we only lost power for about 16 or 17 hours but some people are just getting their power back today.  Thank you Central Maine Power employees!! So with the power being out, I still was able to work in my craft room and I am loving my  new Marianne Creatable Panda Bear die!! I have the giraffe which I have used for a baby card and this is the first time I have used the Panda Bear.  This type of card is called a Flag Fold Card which I have had saved on Pinterest for quite  a while and just got around to making it.  The link is below for this type of card.  I have seen a few on Pinterest with more flags on the inside which I am going to have to try also.


There are 5 flags inside this card.  Graphic 45's Safari collection is the paper that I used along with some dies and punches.  The stamp set is from JustRite stamps.  I haven't decided who to give this to yet but there are a lot of birthdays coming up! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween Box Cards

 Here is the last of my Halloween cards. These are shadow box cards which fold flat to mail.  It is also the last of the Echo Park "Happy Halloween" paper collection.  I pretty much used all of it with all the Halloween cards and treat cards I made!  Love the colors in this collection!  The tutorial for this type of card is below. Give it a try it is fun to make!!


Here is a picture of the inside of both of these cards with a little Halloween joke to put a smile on your face.

Inside of the card on the right

Inside of the card on the left

Another Halloween type is a screen card which I think is a type of accordion card.  There is no right side of the card because I decorated both sides of this screen card. These type of cards are fun to decorate - check out the pictures below.

One side of the card

A closer look

The other side of the card

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Treats

Now, these test tube Halloween cards are so much fun to make!  Halloween M&M's work great for these test tubes.  The test tubes don't hold a lot but that is fine because I  made them for a bunch of adult friends and they don't need a lot of candy!!  Right???!!!    I have almost used up all of the Echo Park collection that I bought  about a month ago, making cards, boxes and these treat cards.  There is a great sticker sheet and cut aparts that come with this collection and I have used it all up along with my Halloween dies and punches. Here is the  video  for these treat cards which is found at


I forget the lady's name that does the video but she does a wonderful job explaining how to make these treat cards! Below is a picture of the inside of the card.

Added a cute Halloween joke!

The ribbon says "Boo"
Here are the boxes with handles that I made for the trick or treaters on Halloween night!  We don't get a lot of children so I made 5 of these cute boxes.  The link for this box is below and is found on Splitcoast Stampers.  I didn't add the flap--just a handle!  Again, I used the Echo Park Halloween collection!  I have to thank my sister, Chris, for Elizabeth Craft's bat die - it was perfect with this collection! 


Closer look at the side

New Die from Impression Obsession!

I am ready for Halloween night now!  I have one more Halloween card to show you which I will do soon! Love using all my Halloween dies, punches and stamps!!!  Thanks for stopping by!