Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sorry for the long time, no post

Gosh, I'm sorry for not having any project to post today. I had that nasty cold for a week, and just when I thought I would be rejoining the land of the living, it left a really bad asthma attack on its way out. So I've been working on getting that under control this week. I'm so sick of the nebulizer and inhaler and kleenex....I just want to breathe and taste food again.

Today feels like it could be one of, if not the, last day on the machine. But I don't want to rush it so we'll see how the rest of the day plays out. I'm due for another treatment here shortly, which is why I'm up right now, and feeling good that it could be one of the final treaments. Yay!

Hope to have new projects again very soon, but in the meantime here is one of my faves from the past. Thanks for all the prayers, good thoughts and well wishes while I've been gone.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


...a Valentine for you! :)

Sorry I've been absent the past couple of days. I've had a horrible cold all week and it has pretty much kicked my butt. blah! But I did want to post with the new Valentine release from the Scrapping Cottage. I used the kitty peeker on this one. Isn't she sweet!

For my card base, I've used the postage stamp die. To make the base, take a piece of cardstock slightly larger than the twice the size of the die shape and fold it in half. Place the folded card on the die with the folded edge not quite all the way to the edge of the die and run through. Now you're ready to embellish!

Thanks for "peeking" in today. I'll have more to share from this adorable release as I start to feel better and have more energy for playing!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Who says you can't take it with you?!

Of course you can! Just put it in this adorable tiny little take out box! If you don't think this is stinkin' cute, well.....well, then I don't know what's wrong with you. LOL!

This super sweet little take out box is one of the latest Lifestyle Crafts releases. Finished size is no bigger than 2 inches! I embellished one with the smallest of the nesting tickets and hearts from the Buggy Designs, Build-a-Cupcake. I used heart shaped brads to fasten the box closed.

For second box, I made a wire handle like a real take out box (pardon it's bendyness, I don't have a wire straightener), and added the lips to one side of the box, and the strawberry/heart, also new this release, on the other side. I tied lace ribbon to the wonky handle. ;)

You can see the heart brad on one and the wire on the other holding them together. To add the "kiss" ticket after made the box, I punch a tiny hole and slit with the scissors then slipped it around the wire handle.

You can also put the box together this way, folding the outside "flaps" to the inside. Either way, this adorable box is a great way to present a small gift or sweet treat for someone special.

I hope you're enjoying these latest projects from the Lifestyle Crafts release. I'm having a blast with these versatile shapes and fun 3D boxes, bags and more.

Have a crafty week, blog friends!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Be Mine" Vintage Valentine

The new Cottage Cutz postage stamp die is one of my new faves. I love this shape! :) Here it is on a vintage looking card. I also used the heart shape from the heart locket die and the "be mine" stamp. The white rabbit image is a freebie digital design I found online and colored with copics. Pattern papers and polka dot brad on the ribbon are Making Memories.

Paper doily, pearls, buttons, ribbon and lace can add a vintage feel to almost any project, IMO. My motto for vintage is, add a little more if you think you have too much and then it will be just right! You can see I went a little nuts with the flowers, bling and pearls but I think it works!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WHITE challenge - win $25!

Check out this week's WHITE challenge at Queen Kat Design Blog. Can you do it? Make your project in predominantly white and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to the store. Woot!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lifestyle Crafts Love Release

Have you seen the new dies for the Love release yet?! Check out this awesome treat bag. It's so cool I can't even tell you. The finished bag measures a little bigger than 4x6. The strawberry is also from the Love release, 2x2 die size.

I used patterned vellum for the bag (I've had it in my stash for literally years!!!). For the gift card, which fits inside the bag when it's time to give the gift, I used a scalloped circle from the previous release, and a nesting heart.

I liked the vellum for this so the card can be seen through the bag! (Ignore the clip- it's only there so the card would stay near to top while I took the picture. LOL)

The message on the card is done in the Santa's Workshop font and the heart from the Build-a-Cupcake die by Buggy Designs.

I'll have more projects from this release coming soon, so keep a lookout! Super cute stuff. :) And check the store at Scrapbuggy for these dies and more. This week, take advantage of the free exclusive die offer - your choice! - with every order $100 or more!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

It's beautiful fairy Monday again!

For today's card I used my favorite of the Amy Brown fairy stamps by Queen Kat Designs, called Beautiful Dancer. She's so delicate and graceful, I love coloring her in dainty looking colors and adding sparkle and bling. I used papers from Basic Grey's Sugared collection (for you Nikki!) adding Prima flowers, pearls, rhinestones and antique lace.

I stamped the image in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and colored her wings with Atyou Spica clear pen. The teeny weeny bling on her antennae are i-rock gems by Imaginisce.

Have a sparkly week and do something crafty! Thanks for coming by the studio blog today.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Goodbye dear friend

Yesterday our sweet doggie, Miss Joey, went to heaven. We had gone to run errands and discovered when we got home that she had had a real bad stroke while we were away. I knew when she left with hubs that she would likely not be coming home. She did not. I cried and cried. I could tell by his eyes that hubs had cried too, but not so I could see.

Joey was sort of a 'rescue' dog, though we didn't get her from a rescue shelter. Lucky for her and for us too, we found each other before it came to that. Joey had been abandonded by a farmer who sold his place and left town, leaving her tied to the door at the vet's office. I had called about lab puppies for sale but they had all been spoken for already. But Joey, or Jo-Jo as they called her, who was about a year old, needed a home, and did we want to come see her. We decided to go check her out and took Jet with us, our black lab. They took to each other immediately and Joey came home with us that night.

Grace and Joey, 2005

Our first hunting dog, Jet, a black lab we got as a puppy, was getting ready to retire as hubs' hunting dog as he was getting up in years. Randy wanted to train another dog before Jet couldn't go with him anymore, which is why we had called about the puppies when we found Joey. His last hunting season Jet taught Joey so much that training her was a piece of cake. She loved hunting as much as he did. He was 13 when he said goodbye. Joey was almost 12.

Grace and Joey, 2008

Randy and Joey, 2008

Olivia and Joey, 2010

Mila and Joey, 2010

Grace told me today that she drew a picture of Joey as an angel dog, fishing. I had not even told her yet that Joey is laid to rest near her favorite fishing spot. :)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Heart locket shaker

Hey peeps! More Valentine projects coming at you using the new Cottage Cutz Valentine release by the Scrapping Cottage. For today's project I've used the heart locket die to make my sweet Valentine shaker box. I love making shakers and this was a fun one! In addition to the heart locket die, I also used the cupcake2 die for filler along with the seed beads. The bitsy hearts with the beads inside the shaker are the sprinkles for the cupcake. :) Use on a layout or card, or give to your sweetie with a box of candy.

The key charm has been in my stash for eons and I thought it was the perfect touch with the scalloped heart. To make the lacy look, I used my push pad and a large sewing needle, punching holes all around the outside in each of the scallops.

Thanks for checking out the studio today!

Monday, January 03, 2011


Seriously. I don't get the mustache thing. At all. But obviously it's popular!!

Mila, Olivia, Feliciano - Olivia had to have the fuzzy mustache she saw in the vending machine. Mila and Feliciano made their own from paper scraps. Love that! LOL

Feliciano gets his own mustache.

Grace got hers from a vending machine in the Fun Place at Walmart.