Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Friendship Card

I have a friend who’s been going through a rough patch and while a card isn’t going to fix everything, it’s my small way of hopefully brightening her day and letting her know I’m there for her.


I went to my stash and chose die cuts from K and Co’s “Edamame” collection as my focal. I also had the adhesive scrapbook borders from the same collection.

The damask print background paper is from Recollections. I layered it onto a 5x7 card cut from heavy white card stock, then dry embossed a smaller white panel using my Cuttlebug and a Tim Holtz “Fancy Florals” Texture Fade embossing folder:

Dry Embossing

The large floral die already had a bit of glitter on it so I layered smaller dies in the center, added a self adhesive rhinestone, and added more glitter using iridescent Stickles:

Edmame Closeup

Used a couple more dies from the pack and a coordinating scrapbook border to finish up the card.

Edamame Corner

Edamame Flower

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Monday, February 27, 2012

BFF Open House LInk Party #42 Wrap Up and Features: The I Feel Pretty Edition!

Just to give you a little insight into how my brain works ( it’s a scary place…trust me), I love movies and musicals. So without even trying, I’ll associate something to a movie or a song. Iin the case of my title... one of my eternally classic favorites “West Side Story”.

OK, now that you’ve had a brief glimpse inside the inner workings of me, here’s why I felt that way after this week’s party. I dare you not to feel the same!

Katie, from Creatively Living knocked off  Pottery Barn’s faux dogwood Spring wreath in her even prettier version and definitely prettier price!

I think I’d just stand on my porch and stare at this. She even shows you had to make the Robin's eggs!

I don’t know who wouldn’t feel pretty wearing this gorgeous wrap from Caroline at Artfully Caroline:

Ruffled elegance!

Over at Sew Fantastic, you can see a beautiful headband that looks great on the cutest little model,  but I could also see a grown up version used for a bride.

Finally, Jenn over at Rook No.17 hit it out of the park ( I can be a girlie girl and use baseball terms too!) with this ab fab stamped silk flower pin tutorial.

Now tell me you don’t feel pretty just looking at these pretties! Thanks all for linking up and hope to see you again on Friday. Make it a creative week!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Seussims...Dr. Seuss Printables

With the birthday of  Dr. Seuss (March 2nd)  and the release of the movie “The Lorax” based on his book of the same name coming up, I thought it would be fun to do some Seuss inspired printables.

These are based on a couple of quotes from the late Dr. Seuss aka Theodore Geisel.

Think and Wonder-001

I used My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software and a free font I downloaded, appropriately called “Grinched”.

I love how timeless the stories of Dr. Seuss are, and the great memories we have of reading so many of the books with our son when he was little. Just the other day he tweeted that one of his college Professors started off class with a quote from Dr. Seuss. 

 I used a different background paper and the same font for this one: 


Thanks Dr. Seuss for creating so many memorable characters and a love of reading in so many children and adults!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”—Dr. Seuss

Thursday, February 23, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #42 and BFF My Vintage Bliss!

This was simultaneously such a short and long week! I feel like I blink and a week goes by, but here we are again already and time for another party.

This week I’m excited to introduce you to Jennifer from My Vintage Bliss as this week’s BFF. You saw Jennifer’s wonderful work earlier in the week since I featured her stunning ( and FREE ) Union Jack canvas from last week’s party.

Jennifer is married to a very supportive and understanding hubs who supports her endeavors  and they share their creatively decorated home with their fur babies. Jennifer loves to create on a shoestring and I’ll just let you see for yourself how good she is at it!

I am totally in love with these nightstands she made over. WANT!
And they go so perfectly with this shabby chic lamp:
And in case you missed her Union Jack canvas, I’m going to share it again because I just can’t stop staring at its complete awesomeness!
Jennifer’s a newer blogger but clearly a creative force so I can’t wait to watch her blog space for some future wonderful! I hope you’ll go and visit. You definitely want to see her studio so I'm not going to share it here so you'll have to go look! See how I am?

Now, whatcha been up to? Let’s see! Anything goes as long as it was made by YOU. Party On!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lucky 17 Printable

Haven’t had time to do much but there’s always time for a printable! With St. Patrick’s Day coming, here’s an easy one to share and add a little “luck” to your d├ęcor.

Lucky 17

I used a simple decorative background paper in My Memories Suite, and the font is called Emerald Isle.
Print. Frame. Done.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #41 Wrap Up and Features

Hi all. A little late in getting the features from Friday’s party posted but we had a great long weekend visit to our son’s college.

You all had a great party in my absence! I didn’t have a chance to visit everyone but here are a few things that caught my eye.

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, be sure to check out this perfect printable from Kristi at I Should Be Mopping The Floor:

She framed it and filled in the blank with dry erase marker on top of the glass so you can write down what's most special to you. I feel lucky she linked this up!

I keep seeing lots of British themed items in stores like Restoration Hardware and small boutiques. Jennifer Lynn from My Vintage Bliss knocked it out of the park with this Union Jack canvas:

Trust me, you will not beat the price!

If you’re not chocolated out from Valentine’s Day , Tiffany from My Crowded Kitchen shared these mouth watering Chocolate Ganache Cookie Bites.

I love Marimekko prints. If you’re not familiar with Marimekko, they are a Finnish design company that does amazing graphics on fabric, paper etc. You get so excited about the patterns and prints and then have a bit of sticker shock when you add up the yardage cost.  Lynette at Casa de Luna Creations shared her Marimekko design inspired curtains, fabric courtesy of Jo Ann!

Lynette’s curtains go perfectly with Katie’s pillow from Creatively Living:

Katie used yarn to spell out Love , and used the same yarn to outline the front of the pillow and make the fringe. Best thing is , she already had the pillow!

Thanks again everyone and hope to see you again on Friday!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #41

TGI almost F. Hope everyone had a wonderful and of course chocolate covered Valentine's Day! I'll be back with a new BFF next week so this week it's just the Party part. Now that Valentine's Day has come and gone, what's everyone working on? It's Spring already next month!

Let's see what great ideas everyone has for President's Day, St. Patrick's, Spring Cleaning ( yes...I said that!) and dare I say, even Easter? I blinked and JoAnn's went from Valentine's to Easter like that. It's not like much dust gathers between my visits there. Just sayin'.

 Anything goes as long as it was made by you. Papercrafts, cards, jewelry, scrapbooking, DIY, upcycle, recycle, road kill rescue, recipes, etc.!

I have a super busy weekend so if I don't get around to visit your links this week, please understand. I do try!

Party On!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Floral and Copper Birthday Card

I love it when a plan I didn’t have comes together. Like when two different companies whose products I love each come out with products that work together. Which of course means I have to get them because, well, they can’t be separated right?

I made this birthday card using a new stack from DCWV called Serenity, a Grand Adhesions pack from K and Co called Engraved Garden, and die cuts from their Edamame collection.

TAIC Copper Birthday

The Serenity stack has coordinating florals and other patterns and some of the papers have foil accents. I used a large and small version of the same foral pattern for the background and center of the card.

K&CO Engraved Garden

The Grand Adhesions dimensional word stickers are all in one piece so they’re super simple to use. Peel. Stick. Done. The letters look a little brassy in this pic but they are a gorgeous metallic copper.

TAIC Floral Close Up

I layered the butterfly die cut using dimensional foam dots and embellished with self adhesive pearls. This was one of those cards where less was more so I actually kept embellishments to a minimum which is a challenge for me!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Chocolate Lovers Day! Valentine's Mega Chocolate Overload Post

The best day of the year is here! Sure it's a day filled with flowers:

A nice early surprise from Mr. Chocolate who also found the perfect balloon for me:

Awwwwww. Love you sweetie! 

In ADDITION to those lovely treats, it’s THE chocolate holiday of the year! And if you think I’m alone in my passion for chocolate, think again!

Food Network magazine has devoted a whole issue to chocolate ( I've told myself they did it just for me) and Better Homes and Gardens has a month of chocolate ideas on their Facebook page.

If you’re looking for any last minute ideas for a decadent Valentine’s Day dessert here you go:
Brownie Rubble from Food Network

There's always a reason to have truffles. Food Network also has a great recipe to make them at home:

These chocolate covered strawberries are a Valentine's classic but with a little twist, chili !

And whose heart wouldn't melt with one bite of this molten chocolate cake?

These and so much more over at Food Network.

Of course there are some talented bloggers out there who have some tantalizing recipes to share. Visit Crazy For Crust for the recipe for this 100,000 Bar Fudge:

For another decadent fudge recipe, check out this Red Hot Oreo Fudge from Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life:

I featured both of these in prior link party highlights, but they are both so incredible looking, I don't think anyone will mind seeing them again. From Tonia at The Gunny Sack, these brownie peanut butter cupcakes:

Keeping with the chocolate peanut butter combo, these gorgeous cookies from Jenn at Rook No. 17:

Valentine's Day and Whoopie Pies. Nuff said:

Nutella Whoopie Pies from My San Francisco Kitchen

Chocolate overload? Is there such a thing?

Happy Valentine's Day 

Monday, February 13, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party#40 Wrap Up and Features

Thanks for another fun party! Not overlooking Valentine’s Day ( check back tomorrow!) but since it’s upon us and crafters are always ahead of the calendar, I’m highlighting some ideas that were shared that are perfect to get a jumpstart on Spring.

Welcome your guests with a very elegant monogrammed mat from Charm Bracelet Diva that looks like it came straight from Ballard Designs but for a fraction of the price:

I’ve seen these mini dress forms in stores for a pretty penny but Janet of All Trades shows us how to make them just as chic for a lot less:

You could even make one of these great sisal placemats from Donna at Loopy Loop Creations to go underneath your dress form:

And finally, this would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time of year. Check out this neutral and timeless necklace from Ellen at Creative Passage:

Hope to see you all again on Friday. Make it a creative week!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

School Spirit Necklace and Bracelet

I mentioned in my post about my field trip to Shipwreck Beads that I picked up some things for a specific project. We’re going to a parent’s event at our son’s college and I wanted to show my school spirit so I made sure to pick up some beads in his school colors. Most people buy a tee shirt. I make jewelry. I know…

TAIC Blue Crystal Bracelet and Necklace

When I make jewelry, I have a general idea in mind but my “process” is to gather up the stuff I think I might use and take it from there:

TAIC Jewelry Supplies

I had some gunmetal Bead Landing chain in my stash that I knew I wanted to use, two shades of blue fire polished crystal beads and these great crystal studded beads I picked up on my trip..

TAIC Blue Crystal

I made four sets of these with the light and darker blue crystals and the crystal studded beads, then attached them to some of the chain with silver jump rings.

TAIC Blue and Metal

I had two different styles of Bead Landing chain (Michaels) so I used both and doubled them up to give some more depth to the necklace.


The center piece is actually half of a clasp but I’ll use the other half for something else.

TAIC Blue White Bracelet

Although this looks like a necklace on my Premiere Prop Co mannequin form, it’s actually the bracelet I made to go along with my necklace. You can find a variety of these jewelry props at Michaels.

TAIC Metal Blue Bracelet

For the bracelet, I used more Bead Landing chain, crystals, bead caps and white off set beads.

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Disclosure: Premiere Prop Co provided me with props however, the opinions expressed are mine