Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Card Class on Monday

I am teaching a card class at Craft Fancy this Monday. If you are in the area there are still spaces, so call the store to sign up. Here is what we will be making.

Plus one more that I don't have a picture of yet. Hope to see you in class!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Cutest Thing I Have Ever Made

I made these baby booties last month for a gift and just loved how they came out, they are so cute and a super quick knit. I might have to make a few more for some other friends now.
I found the perfect rose buttons at the store and I love how they finished them off just perfectly. If you are on Ravelry you can find the pattern for free here.

I have been busy knitting up a storm lately but will have to share all of those projects after Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gift Wrapping

I am getting really excited for Christmas, it's hard to believe it is only 12 days away! I wanted to do something fun with my gift wrapping this year and saw a lot of cute ideas on the Internet. After many failed snowflake attempts that would make my Kindergarten teacher cry, I finally got the snowflake I was after thanks to this tutorial.

Top it off with some red bakers twine and it's finished. All I need now are a billion more snowflakes and I will be set to wrap everything once I get to my Grandparent's house for Christmas.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bits and Pieces

I am still in love with the September kit from SC, Back 40. I am using every last little piece of it and a perfect example of that is this layout.
How do you use up your left over papers and embellishments?

Monday, December 6, 2010

December Daily - Day 1 & 2

Today I started to put together my December Daily album and I wanted to share the first 2 pages with you.

This first page started out looking like this:
I realized this wasn't going to work for my day one and what I had to save. I went to the Preschool Christmas show for the girls I babysit for, and all I had from the day was the program from the show. So I swapped out the first page for an envelope that you can see here.
After doing this project for a few years I am not afraid of getting rid of a page and making it something else that fits my day better.

Here is day 2
I am making a few gifts this year and wanted to highlight that on day 2.

Are you doing a December Daily album this year? I would love to see what you have done so far, link me up!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Class Cards

Today was my first class of the month, Card Creations at Craft Fancy. Here is a look at the cards I made this month.

I had a lot of fun making these cards, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Feels like Christmas

My desk has been a mess the past two days working on Christmas cards.

This year I decided to make the cards different and use up my scraps of paper from my December Daily album. So far I have 4 done. I will share them all later this week!

Happy last day of November!

Monday, November 29, 2010

December Daily 2010

I can't believe it is time for this project again already, this year really did just fly by! I wanted to share my December Daily album foundation with you today. You can read more about the December Daily project at Ali Edwards' blog here.

This is my third year making a December daily album, you can see last year's album here and here. It is a lot of fun to do and I enjoy seeing it come together each year. I feel that each year it gets a little better so I have big hopes for this one!

First up is my cover, I used a book cover set from 7gypsies the album is 5x7.

Just a simple cover this year using some fun supplies I picked up this year. For the inside pages I picked up a bunch of patterned paper that I loved and decided to make those the base pages. I am still figuring out how I am going to work in the photos each day, but that is the fun part of this album.

Here are a few of the pages.

So there is a look inside my album, I can't wait to get started filling it in later this week!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fastest Page Ever!

By fastest page ever, I don't mean how long it took me to make it. I mean that these photos were taken on Monday night and here on Friday afternoon I have a completed page. This never happens to me!

So on Monday night we went to see Suburban Legends at the House of Blues, they were opening up for the Real Big Fish. Such a great show, we even talked with the guys from Koo Koo Kanga Roo who opened the show. They were so nice, and Bryan even talked about scrapbooking with his Mom, how cool is that?!

So here is the page, I was really inspired by Kelly Purkey's Vegas layout, I had a lot of pieces that I wanted to put on the page and her layout seemed perfect for this.
It was the best Monday night ever!

Monday, November 15, 2010


(This photo really has nothing to do with this post, I just felt the need for a photo here!)

I have been spending a lot of time the past few days coming up with ideas for the Holidays. I really want to make a lot of my gifts this year, and I am hoping that my sort of late start won't hurt me too much. I am planning on knitting a few gifts and also making some paper gifts too and I will share as much of it here as I can without showing everyone in the family what they are getting this year!

Also, starting on November 29th I am planning on doing a Holiday card tutorial every day that week on the blog. I am really excited about this and hope you will like it!

Are you planning on making gifts this year, if so, what are you making?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Listening: Jukebox the Ghost
Drinking: Water
Watching: the cars drive by
Wearing: jeans and a t-shirt
Wondering: if anyone will sign up for my class tomorrow
Thinking: about Christmas gifts
Planning: my to-do list for the week
Wanting: to take a nap

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Out My Window

Out my window it is raining, there is even ice involved at times...not ready for winter.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Random Wednesday!

I was going through my folder of pictures to blog trying to think of something to post today and found a few things I don't think I have shared yet.

This first card I made a few weeks ago and I know I haven't shared it with you yet. I am in love with stitching on cards and layouts right now.

This card I made last year, not sure if it was posted here or not, but it is cute so I thought I would share it again!
Then I found this layout that was one of my favorites from last year, lots of fun looking at old pages and cards. Reminds me that I need to print out some more Disneyland photos from this year.
Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Scrappers Give Thanks!

Happy November! I wanted to share a cool project with you all today called Scrappers Give Thanks. This year they are asking for people to make a 4x6 card to go into an album. These albums will be sent to children's hospitals all over the country. It is the perfect way to use your scraps and share your talents and love with others.

Here are a few that I made.
You have until November 20th to make and mail these out. I think I will be making a few more before I send mine on. Be sure to check out the Scrappers Give Thanks website for more details and examples!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tales from the Weekend

I went out to California over the weekend to visit friends and go to my 5 year college reunion. It was a great weekend. Shannon picked me up on Thursday and after a 3 hour trip home in crazy traffic and an incident at In and Out we made it back to her place to hang out. Friday we saw a community college production of Rent. Shannon's sister had a friend in the show. It was great, I forgot how much I love the music in that show. It has been in my head ever since!

Saturday was the homecoming game at CLU. We won 38-7! After the game we went to the alumni event and said hi to a few people from our class. Not too many showed up but I am still glad we went.

Then we drove to Malibu and had dinner by the beach. I miss the beach a ton!

Sunday we met up with my friend Jen and her sister Melanie and Jen's beautiful baby girl. It was so good to see them. Shannon and I wandered around Ikea for a bit and planned out our dream places and played with puppets. Which brings me to my question, is this a crazy dolphin or a shark?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Layouts and Stitching, Oh My!

I have been having a ton of fun using the Studio Calico kit for September called Back 40. The colors are wonderful and everything works so well together. I wanted to share a few more layouts with you today!
The first one is from our trip to NYC earlier this year, love how every thing just came together on that page.
For this next layout I went crazy with the stitching! Totally inspired by taking Amy's class.

I am getting ready to head out of town this weekend, mini book and camera in hand. Will have lots to share next week!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Photos from the Weekend

Saturday we went to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. It was a perfect Fall day. I took over 300 photos, it was that beautiful out! Here are a few of my favorites.
How was your weekend?