Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's a few cards I made for Valentine's Day...Unfortunately I didn't get around to posting them until now, so you get a two for one :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

in her momma's footsteps

Over the weekend, Lexi and I had a girls weekend as Daddy was out of town. I decided that was the perfect opportunity for her to make a card for her daddy.

She picked out the stamps (Tiny Treats: Valentine) and the colors. She had a bit of help lining stuff up, but did the hearts all by herself.

And, just to save it for posterity sake, I took a pic of the inside, too. She told me what to write and then signed her name. She messed up the first e (it's sideways) and re-did it so her name looks like Leexi. Ha!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

you blow me away {easy valentines}

This is the first year that Lexi is in school (preschool) and needing to have Valentine's for her classmates. I knew I didn't want the traditional cartoon character ones that you can pick up anywhere for cheap, but I wanted the Valentine's to be fairly inexpensive.

I searched high and low on Pinterest and nothing was smacking me in the face saying, "DO THIS!!" Ok, I take that back...I REALLY love the "I "Wheelie" Like You" that includes the Hot Wheels, but she has more girls than boys in her class and I didn't know what to do for the girls. So, we made a trip to the Dollar Store.

I saw these packs of bubbles....3 in a pack for $1?!? Awesome. And they had boy and girl colors (not shown is a pack with green, blue, and yellow), too. I threw them in my cart while the gears were grinding as to what I could have as a saying....

"you blow me away valentine!" PERFECTO!!! I grabbed some lighter weight cardstock (on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off..score!) and set up the wording. This kind of thing is not my forte, let me tell you. I think it took me longer to get this set up than it did to go to the store, buy everything and put it all together! ha!

Once I got it printed out, I cut them all to fit right over top of the existing label. I didn't want to make things more difficult than need be, right? :)

I'm thrilled how they turned out. And, even with buying a pack of 50 sheets of cardstock, it was less than $10 for the whole thing!

I asked Lexi if she wanted to write her name and she declined, so I wrote all the names. She did put the heart stamps on, though, after picking out her favorite color (PINK) to stamp them in! {Note: I used MTF Jotted for my text}

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


My niece's birthday is a few days after Christmas. I knew she'd get a ton of toys for both, so I figured I'd make something that my SIL would appreciate a wee bit more than toys she had to find room for! On Black Friday, I found some awesome flannel (you can't beat $1.49/yard!) and picked it up. I also grabbed a plain white shirt to go with it.

I used basically the same process as I do when making Lexi's pants...use her old ones as a pattern and make them longer or shorter. Since Brooke is two, she went shorter, but the rest of the pants are the same as Lexi is super skinny and could fit into a 24 month pant if she didn't have such long legs!

I love the final product. Unfortunately, the ribbon is just for looks (although it can be untied, it's stitched to the pants). One of these days, I'll learn how to use it as a draw string.

I cut out one of the smaller flowers to use on her shirt to tie it in to the pants. Pinned it to the shirt and sewed around it twice to make sure it would stay. I wish I could have these for myself, I love them so much!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

happy birthday!

And we are on to the FINAL card I made for Day #2 of the PTI Anniversary. This is a total first...four cards made AND blogged about! Wow. Anyway, my final image comes from Dawn McVey. I always love her designs and this is no different.

I was flipping through all my scraps and found this little gingham in my stash and knew it would be perfect with the Raspberry Fizz! On Mat Stack #1, I used one of the flourishes from Holiday Photo Finishers stamped four times. I love that set...amazing what you can do with it when it's not Christmas!

I added a bit of Raspberry Fizz grosgrain ribbon and a Ripe Avocado button to finish it off. Thanks for looking in to see what I made...hope you enjoyed my crafty time tonight! :)


My third card (I can't remember the last time I was this productive!), has an image from Maile Belles. I love her simplicity in her card making. Not only did I use her image, but I took inspiration from one of her posts in January.

I love the pops of color with the black image and ribbon. I used Dot Spot and Polka Dot Basics for my dots in Plum Pudding, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, and Spring Moss and a spare ribbon I found in my stash.


My second card for the Designer's Challenge was from Melissa Bickford. I decided to cut up the LOVE and make it 4 small squares instead of one large one. After just having done Heather's, I felt like I'd wind up with the same card.

Another simple card with no stamping! I die cut 2 flowers from Flower Fusion #3 in Summer Sunrise and Spring Moss and added a Hawaiian Shore button in the center of each.

Simple and cute....I'm having fun playing along! :) Stay tuned for more...