Sausalito, California

Saturday, December 21, 2013

More Christmas Cards in a box!

I made the singing mice and now I thought I would try making the singing reindeer.  This card is for my son and his girlfriend. There are 3 of them with the sizzix Christmas tree in the background all decorated! 

Also made the card in the box with angels.  I made a couple of these cards for some girlfriends. The angels are on pinterest and I think they are on splitcoast too.  I used SU build a blossom punch, bow die from Dee's distinctively, a couple of circle punches and then for the wings I used velum and used memory box's butterfly die. 

Lastly, this is a birthday card for my boss.  His birthday was on the 18th.  I have made these cards a long time ago for other employers but I hadn't made on for Dr. Donnelly.  The stethoscope is actually a brad, so cute, from eyelet outlet.

I am still hard at work with my Christmas cards but should be done soon.  I better since Christmas is only 4 days away.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Season Birthdays

It has been a very busy holiday season with Thanksgiving and now shopping for Christmas.  I am not one that starts very early because I love the hustle and bustle at this time of year.  But the first of this week, my twin sisters had a birthday so I was busy making cards for them. My mom asked me to make a couple for her to give to them so here is the first one.  Connie likes minions so I made this one for mom to give to her.  They are adorable.  It is punch art and simple.  I saw it on pinterest (where else). Pretty straight forward using nestabilities circles and cuttlebug EF to emboss the bib on the overalls.

Chris has a dressform that she uses for a lot of different things. So I thought the Tim Holtz die would be fun to make a card for her. I used Graphic 45 paper which is another favorite of hers. Added some pearls and a prima flower.  I used sizzix EF to emboss the dressform.  I made this one for mom to give to Chris. Pretty, pretty!!

For both Chris and Connie I made the Pop N cut cards.  This one is for Connie.  A lot of punches and nestabilities for this little minion. Chris' card is SU's cupcake punch.  I used the paper doily for the tablecloth and the pop n cut die is the chair but I just cut off the chair and used the legs.  I am headed back to my craftroom to make my Christmas cards.    Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I saw this house on my way to my sister's and my mom's house in Yarmouth.  How cute for Thanksgiving! Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I am happy because my whole family is together this Thanksgiving.  First time in a long time, my sister and her husband from Florida, my brother from New Jersey and my other sisters that don't live as far away here in Maine and Massachusetts.   My hope is for everyone to have a safe and happy holiday today! 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Singing Christmas Mice

Love these punch art singing mice!  Had to make another card in the box with them. The card makes up so quickly especially when you made a few like I have.  The Christmas tree is in the background which is from Sizzix. The mice are all punches from SU. The ornaments on the side are also from SU both dies and stamp set.  The paper is from Carta Bella. Check out a closer look below.  Thanks for looking!


Friday, November 8, 2013

Christmas Cardinals in a box!

Fun to make!
Here is another Card in a Box that I made for the Christmas Fair.  The cardinals are from Spellbinders.  My mother loves cardinals so if this doesn't sell she is getting this card for Christmas.  In my previous post, I gave the link to Monica Gale's tutorial in making these cards in a box.  She did a great job explaining, although, she gave it in centimeters-but the measurements are also in my previous post.  The paper is from graphic 45 again, just love their paper.  I used MS punch for the holly and ivy and also for the fern punch.  Memory box die is the beautiful wreath and pretty tiny red pearls for the holly  on the ivy and wreath.  Thanks for stopping by.  My next project is a mini album.

Closer look with added holly & ivy

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Poinsetta in a Box

For the Christmas Craft Fair
Card in a box is my new passion.  My sister, Chris from showed me the tutorial from Monica Gale  It looks harder than it is.  I used the poinsettas from Spellbinders.  The paper is pretty red glitter paper from Michael's. The measurements on Monica's blog are in centimeters but Chris calculated them in inches which goes like this.  Cut 5 7/8inch x 12 inch cardstock and score on the 12 inch at 2 3/4, 5 1/2, 8 1/4, 11 inches then turn paper to the short side and score at 2 3/4 inch.  That is the basic box and then you can watch Monica's tutorial from there.  The paper I used to decorate the box is from graphic 45--very pretty!! Love that it closes and can be mailed so easily.  Can't wait to make another one!

Can you see the glitter?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Christmas Fair

My sisters and I are doing a craft fair in Topsham at the Cornerstone Baptist Church (Rte 196) on November 16th from 9-1pm.  We all have been working hard to get done everything that we have planned to do. I made these triangle boxes 2 years ago when we did the fair and they were a good seller.  They can hold candy or small gifts and with the bow at the top you can tie them to your tree.  Just love them!!!  You can choose from Santa, reindeer, Christmas tree and a penquin.  I have also made gift cards which you can check out below.

One size fits all!

Decorated inside and out!
I am in the process of making more Santa's pants and Mrs. Claus' apron.  They are so cute, of course, I first saw them on pinterest and had so much fun making them!  Just adorable!  Great for each place setting at the Christmas table or just for a cute decoration at a Christmas party centerpiece!!

Cute, cute, cute!
Back to work only a couple more weeks!  Thanks for stopping by and please join as at the Christmas Fair if you get a chance! Love to see you!  Had to end with my Japanese Red Maple out in front of my house.  It is so beautiful this time of year every year!!!
Japanese Maple

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy 30th Eric!

My little guy!
I think I always put this picture of Eric when his birthday comes around on my blog but it is my favorite picture of him!  He was celebrating his 3rd birthday in this picture. Tomorrow he will be 30! Where did the time go?  I put more recent pictures of him below but also wanted to share my card that I made for him.  It is a Pop n cut card created by Karen Burniston.  I love the chair and I used faux
leather paper for the chair.  I can picture Eric sitting there relaxing with his soccer ball and cat.  I hope he gets a "kick" out of it!

I used the spellbinders banner dies and spelled out "Eric Happy Birthday" and on the back of the chair it says "Relax".  I found some paper at Michael's that was a tiger print and used that for the rug.  He and his girlfriend, Lauren have 2 cats but I liked the cat with only one.  The flooring is a sizzix embossing folder which looks like hardwood and just sponged a little chocolate chip ink on it.  The front of the card is a picture of Eric and the bicycle die is from  Memory box which is Eric's mode of transportation mostly in San Francisco!  Throughout the card is little touches of Eric.  This was a lot of fun to make and create.  Happy 30th Birthday Eric!  We miss you here in Maine and love you very much!

On the Schooner on Casco Bay
Lindsey, Lauren and Eric!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy October!

I was outside this weekend decorating my wagon wheel for Fall! Here in the Northeast we are having an Indian Summer!  The weather has been fabulous!! Temperatures this past weekend were in the 60's and today and tomorrow are suppose to be in the 70's and may hit 80!  Who says summer is over!  The leaves are starting to change in the southern part of Maine so I used some fake leaves to decorate my wheel but they feel real--does that count!    October is also a birthday month in our family.  My son turns 30 in a couple of weeks.  I wanted to show what I made him!  He lives in San Francisco so I have to get it in the mail in the next couple of days.

Easy to make!
This is called a vertical TP (toilet paper) mini album by mysistersscrapper.  Check out her video for complete instructions.  I have a few of her mini albums and she has great videos to follow.  I used Graphic 45 paper for the album and the little button is from Tim Holtz.

Now this little guy is turning 30!
When you open up the album there are 6 sections to put pictures.  The sections are actually toilet paper holders flattened and then covered with paper.  There are tags inside to journal about the pictures. I put pictures of Eric as he was growing up.  I think he will get a kick out of it!

Side view

This side view shows the sections and you can put pictures on both sides which gives you places for 12 pictures and then on the inside and outside cover which will give you a total of 14 pictures.

The tags fits inside each section so that you can journal about the picture. I had a lot of fun doing this --hope you give it a try.  I made another one which is more feminine which I might save for my daughter.  Have fun!

Love SU flower buttons!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Christmas 2007 Disney Album

I have been working most of the summer doing this Disney album.  I have pictures from 2007 Christmas with my family--mom, dad, sisters, husbands, nieces and nephews as well as my son and daughter when we celebrated Christmas at Disney.  It was a blast!! I have made a couple of mini albums but this one was the one I couldn't wait to make!!  There is a great tutorial from my sisters' scrapper and it is called a vertical TP mini album. She uses paper bags  to make the pages.  There are about 4 or 5 parts to it but she explains it beautifully!  Check it out!  I used paper that I purchased at a convention this spring that was designed with Disney in mind and added Graphic 45 and Bo Bunny paper.  A new thing of mine which I do with my sisters are chunky charms and you can put these on the side of the album.  Getting into the jewelry making a little bit--a lot of fun to do!!  Check out my pictures below for the inside of the album. 
Inside the cover!
Lots of places for pictures!
Hi Donald!
Places to put tags and small booklets with pictures!
Opens up with more and more pictures!
Love the waterfall feature in the back of the book!
Great place for themed pictures!
My chunky charm on the side of the book!
One last thing to point out where you see Mickey's ears at the top of the pages is actually a big tag to put more pictures.  Just pull the ears and a tag comes out!  So clever!!  There are so many places for pictures --it is a great idea especially to give as a gift!  Had a lot of fun making this and can't wait to get started on another one!  Making a smaller mini album for my son for his upcoming 30th birthday!  Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Birthday Tags

Happy Birthday Lauren!
Happy Birthday Lindsey!
I decided to make birthday tags for my son's girlfriend, Lauren and for my daughter, Lindsey.  I used the same Julie Nutting's doll stamp for them. There is more bling on Lauren's tag and more embellishments on Lindsey's tag.  I used Bo Bunny paper, nestabilities, Dee's Distinctively, MS punch, sizzix, copic markers and SU punches.  It is hard to see but I made a chunky charm on Lauren's tag.  This was a fun way to end the summer creating to cards for 2 very lovely girls! Happy Birthday Lauren and Lindsey!!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fall Burlap Wreath

Front door
I am ready for fall!  I have been trying to find some time to make this wreath since the beginning of summer and wanted to make it a summer wreath with shells (bought a bunch at a gift shop) but just didn't have the time.  So this past weekend, it was raining on Labor Day so I began making it and ran out of burlap. Off to Michael's so that I could  finish it.  I used a 12 inch wire ring, and 2 rolls of burlap. On the back of the wreath, you can see that I secured it with tan pipe cleaners.  Some of the blogs I read used floral wire but I wanted it to blend in with the burlap.  I am not a fan of orange so I decorated the wreath yesterday with a gold, glittery bow(which I made myself), leaves from Michaels, and bittersweet from AC Moore. I kept the colors red and yellow with a touch of orange. The only instructions are to make loops through the wire wreath and I secured about every 3 loops with the pipe cleaners.  You can make it as full or loose as you want. The leaves can be hot glued but I secured the leaves with pins so that I can use the wreath again at Christmas time if I want. I really did like the way it came out.  It took me about 2 hours to make it altogether.  Check below for more close up pictures.  I have found so many great ideas off pinterest.  I don't know what I would do without it now. 

Bittersweet &gourd

Love this gold ribbon!
Closer look at the loops

Monday, August 26, 2013

Summer Babies

First time I used this bootie die
A couple of little girls were born this summer.  One's name is Charlotte Lillian and the other one's name is Julia.  I decorated the bag that the gift was in for Charlotte using the sizzix bootie die.  I used nestabilities to make it into a tag with the circle and scallop die.  So happy I could use pink!

For Baby Charlotte
For Charlotte's card, I found this template on pinterest and added some lace at the collar and around the hem with a white bow at the neck of the dress. You could make it so that it opened but I decided not to
and put the sentiment on the back of the dress.

Pretty dresses, little curls, Oh thank heaven for little girls!
For Baby Julia!
I made a funky fold card for our neighbor's who had a baby about 3 weeks ago and her name is Julia! I love the little sizzix baby head peeking out of the carriage.  The colors are pink and brown which I even used for the cute little outfit that I got for Julia!  I really matched everything for her right down to the curl on her head!
I really love making baby cards so I even made an extra one, which is below, to have on hand!  I saw it on pinterest and thought it was adorable! Thanks for checking this out!

Ready for the next baby!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tom's Birthday

Had to share this quick, cute Mickey card for my brother-in-law's birthday that was last Friday, August 16th.  He is an avid collector of all things Mickey. I thought he might get a kick out of this one because who doesn't love Mickey! I used nestabilities for the circles and SU punches for the sentiment. Like I said, "quick and easy".  Happy Birthday Tom!