Archive | April 2012

Saying Goodbye

I made a card for a friend who moved away earlier this month.  A pretty simple card.  The hardest part was lining up the walls straight for the house from the Close to My Heart stamp.

I used a card base from a collection I bought a Michael’s.  The cardstock is Stampin’ Up cream.  The pattern paper is Concord Crush from a stack of Stampin Up Designer Series Paper Patterns 6×6.  The ribbon is from CTMH (the color matches better than it appears in the photo) and American Crafts.  The stamped images come from CTMH Around the Block set.  If you’re looking at buying it, only buy it if it’s cheap.  The way they designed the house stamp makes it hard to line up those walls properly.  The sentiment on the inside is CTMH Chairs to You.


It’s not my favorite card I’ve ever made.  But I think my friend will appreciate it all the same.  She is the type who appreciates the fact that someone thought of her so I feel good sending it to her along with a nice long letter.


A new lovely for me!

Look what I got in the mail yesterday!  It’s she a beauty?

I love her!  She is meant to hold a cell phone.  See the inside how it has two pockets?  I could throw a debit card and my phone in there and be ready to go.  I just LOVE this little beauty.  If you want one, you can order a custom one here at Aubrey Plays on etsy.  She does the BEST work.  I’ve ordered multiple things here and I’ve been pleased with everything.

Life at Grandma’s

While we were visiting my in-laws this weekend, it struck me that my boys love to pull out the same toys each time they visit. I thought about how these toys are part of their history and my husband’s history as well. So, I thought they deserved a place in my family album. It likely won’t mean much of anything to them right now, but someday when they are men, it might.

This is a Lego set my husband had as a boy that he stored in a old shoe box that had once belonged to his sister.

I love how the box itself has evolved.  It must have once been hers – then theirs – then his exclusively.

Such a small detail but so precious all the same.

You can expect to see this in my Project Life album sometime.  Speaking of which, I’ve fallen terribly “behind” this year.  I don’t really believe in “behind” but you know what I mean.  Anyway, that February Funk that I get each year hit me particularly hard this year.  I recently realized that I took no pictures of my children (other than phone camera snaps) during the month of March.  You know I’m in a funk if I don’t even pick up my camera.  It was a hard season for me.  Harder than usual.  But I’m back to happy and that’s all that matters now.


Bookplates as a gift

Yesterday I was watching this video from Papertrey Ink about making a gift of bookplates. It reminded me that the last time I visited my mother-in-law she mentioned that she is forever loaning out books and not getting them back.

Since we are going to see them tonight, I thought I’d whip some up for her. However, I don’t own any of the fun products used in that video. So I created my own bookplates using what I have on hand.

First I typed up my words in Word. Printed them on printer paper and made sure they fit within the stamps I own. Then I printed them on Stampin Up White Cardstock. I pulled out my old giant Xyron and added repositionable adhesive to the back of the entire sheet.

Since my Stampin Up images I was using were not clear, I used my Stamp-a-majig to get my placement right. Then I used my Framelits Labels collection to cut out the big bookplates and the “for you” on the front of the crayon box. Additionally, I used my Decorative Label punch for all of the smaller ones. The stamp sets I used were Apothecary Art and Four Frames.

Eventually, I had to figure out how to package them. So, I used the Crayon Box on my Tags,Bags, Boxes & More Cricut Cartridge at 5 inches with Real Dial size turned on. (I have no idea if that made any difference in the final size.)

I covered the front with paper from a boxed collection from K & Company. It only declares that it is “150 Classic Papers” and gives code 524446.

I hope she likes it!

The gift has 23 bookplates in it. It would have been 24 with six of each style but I messed up royally stamping one of the large Apothecary Art images.

Before and After

I was going through some of my older pictures and found a picture of my son from January 2008 that made my heart sigh.  Do you do that?  Find pictures of your babies that make you stop and stare at them and remember how precious they are?  This was one of those moments for me.

Anyway, I decided to pull the image into Photoshop (I’m still working in CS3) for a little edit session.  I used an action I created from watching Erin Cobb’s Clean Color (levels, curves, etc.) and then I tweaked it with my Totally Rad Actions.  I.  Love.  Totally Rad Actions.  Just so you know.  I think they are the best thing to happen to Photoshop since Photoshop.  Here is my before and after for you.

Anniversary Card

I made an anniversary card last night with some of my new Stampin Up goodies and used up some of what I’ve got.  I love use-what-you’ve-got projects.

I used Groovy Guava (discontinued), Ivory and Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin’ Up, some random designer paper in size 6×6 that I got in a goodie bag back when Recollections was open here in LoCo.  I wish I could tell you who made it but I have no idea.  Groovy Guava ribbon.  Framelits from Stampin’ Up are Labels Collection and Adorning Accents Edgelits.  The image is Apothecary Art from Stampin Up (I LOVE this set).  And the sentiment is from a CTMH set Say it in Style.  I pulled out my 10+ year old set of Stampin’ Up pastels and literally wiped a layer of dust off the package to color the flowers and leaves.  Image

At the last second I added those little green pearls.  I bought them at a scrapbook convention awhile back and I have no idea who makes them either.  But I love them!