Date Night Jar

I wanted to create something special for my sister for her bridal shower a couple weeks ago. I found the idea on Pinterest to create a Date Night Jar with pre-written date night ideas on popsicle sticks. However, most of the examples I came across were in mason jars covered in generic construction paper. I wanted to create something a little more elegant that also acted as a decoration piece.

I picked up a vinegar jar and popsicle sticks from the Dollar Store, wrapped the jar in patterned paper, cut out the letters with my Big Shot machine, and attached a bow. For the popsicle sticks, I painted 3 different colors: white for $0-$5 dates with almost no planning needed, yellow for $10-$50 dates with possibly a little planning needed, and green for $50+ dates that need to be planned ahead of time like going to a concert. After the paint dried, on each of the sticks I wrote a date idea that I thought the couple would enjoy together based on the color of the stick.

I lined the bottom of the jar with some pretty lace I’ve had for awhile to raise the popsicle sticks a little bit and to dress it up. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I hope my sister and her husband-to-be enjoy it. 🙂

Date Night Jar

Date Night Jar Close-up

Watercolor Thank You Card

The Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors have been really trendy in the stamping world lately so I jumped on the bandwagon to give them a try. I embossed the adorable Wild Rose Bella Daisy Elephant stamp and started experimenting with the watercolors. I love their vibrance and how well they blend. This was actually my third version. It took awhile to learn (and I’m still learning) to control the water so the different sections of color didn’t blend into each other when they shouldn’t.

I enjoyed making this card because it opened up new possibilities of coloring my projects, and I was still able to utilize some of the massive stash of patterned papers I’ve accumulated over the years with this layout.

Watercolor Thank You Card

Scrapbooking #1

What the heck have I been up to?? Well, besides starting a new job, putting the house up for sale, and expecting our second child, I’ve stepped away from card making for a short period of time. However, I didn’t give up crafting altogether!

Sometime in December, I ended up developing every photo I had of my daughter. I had intended on just putting them in photo albums and calling it a day, but once I had them in-hand, I had the strongest itch to get them organized and scrapbooked. I’ve gotten away from scrapbooking in the past decade because I couldn’t keep up with my photos, and 12×12 page designs overwhelmed me. WELL, to scrapbook my daughter’s first year, I decided to try combining traditional scrapbooking with Project Life!

By utilizing the Project Life pages and designing the small inserts within each pocket, it was a lot less overwhelming, because I didn’t need to come up with 12×12 designs for each page. Now I think of the small, individual elements as a card design that I need to design with the rest of the page. It makes the process much more manageable.

I had a crafting weekend the first weekend in January, and was able to get through about 50 PAGES! I’ve been going back and tweaking them slightly, but I’m really happy with how everything is turning out. This also allows me to use stamps, dies, and stickers that I didn’t see useful for card making! I’m very excited I decided to expand my craftiness, and look forward to completing her first year scrapbook.

Here’s a sneak peak at one of the first 2-page layouts I did. Since they’re in the page inserts, they didn’t photograph the greatest, but hopefully you can get the point.

Scrapbooking with Project Life Inserts

Scrapbooking with Project Life Inserts

Thank You So Much Card

It’s 2015! I’m celebrating by going to an all-weekend craft event. Here’s a card I’d like to share before I leave for the weekend. This cute little monkey stamp from CC Designs was colored with Copic markers, and the tulips were topped off with glitter from the clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

Thank you so much card

Birthday Wishes

I love this angel stamp because it can be used for a birthday, confirmation, or baptism card, and maybe even for a baby card. You can’t tell in the picture much, but I used the Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on the wings and pink areas, and it adds a lot when you see it in person.

Birthday Wishes

Holiday Tags

I have Christmas supplies to last a few years, but I don’t have a lot of time these days, so I created a few holiday gift tags as a quick and easy project this weekend.

Holiday Tags

Supplies:
Fiskars What a Hoot to/from stamp
Fiskars Terrific Tags to/from stamp
Recollections Jolly Jamboree paper pack
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Fiskars 1-1/2 inch circle punch
Dooglebug lime green bakers twine
Sizzix Christmas Dots embossing folder
My Favorite Things Blue Prints 1 button die
Twine
Lime green jewels

Happy Birthday – SC #2

I’m particularly proud of this card design because I stepped away from my normal tendencies and tried something a little different. I stamped the adorable Penny Black Greetings stamp and Stampabilities Happy Birthday 10 stamp directly on yellow patterned paper from The Paper Studio, and colored it in with Ranger Distress Markers. Stamping directly on patterned paper is not something I’ve done before. I’m very happy with the results of this card, and plan to try this technique again in the future.

Happy Birthday Card

Supplies:
Penny Black Greetings stamp
Stampabilities Happy Birthday 10 stamp
Ranger distress markers
Staz-On Jet Black ink
The Paper Studio Simplicity paper pack
Uniball Signo white gel pen

*SC – Stamp Challenge: I am challenging myself to use every single stamp I own at least once.

Happy Birthday – SC #1

I have A LOT of stamps. A lot. Since there are possibly hundreds that I’ve never touched, I decided to challenge myself to use every single stamp I own at least once. This could possibly take years and years, but I’m up for it! Once I use a stamp, I put a piece of washi tape on it to mark that it’s been used as part of the challenge. I hope this will help me to stretch my stamps and think outside the box as I will no longer look to grab the same designs over and over.

The first stamp I chose was a rubber Happy Birthday stamp from Inkadinkado. I chose this one because my rubber stamps tend to get neglected and I’m very short on happy birthday cards.

Happy Birthday Card

Supplies:
Inkadinkado Happy Birthday stamp
The Paper Studio Simplicity paper pack
Mama Elephant Eggplant ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Versamark ink
My Favorite Things Dainty Bows die
My Favorite Things Blue Prints 1 die
Assorted gems
Studio G glitter glue
Stickles lime green
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen

*SC – Stamp Challenge: I am challenging myself to use every single stamp I own at least once.

New Personalized Stamp

I’ve been MIA since February with the birth of my first child, but hopefully I’ll be getting back into my crafty groove soon! Right before I went on my hiatus, I received a personalized stamp that I had ordered off of Etsy. I love how it turned out! Now I just need to start posting regularly since I’ll be stamping my website on the back of all my cards. 😉

Personalized Stamp