Sunday, May 30, 2010


Maybe a day late, but this is what I was working on for a couple of weeks. Frank and his new bride are expecting a baby boy, oh happy day! This is Marcela's first and she had never had any kind of shower, so her loving husband ask if I would help him with a couples baby shower. Couldn't resist, as it has been along time since my kids were born and over 12 years since my last grandchild made his presence.

The invitations were very simple as it needed to be less frilly since the shower was for couples. Did a very easy easel card and printed the invitations on the computer. Used some pastel paper for the mat and add a couple of baby die cuts. Each invitation was a little different, but Frank was thrilled with them, and couldn't thank me enough.

One of our fellow workers wasn't able to make it to the shower, so he asked me to pick up some diapers. Couldn't just give packages of diapers, so with the help of Billy we made a diaper cake. This was so much fun, it was even more fun with Billy's help, this was definitely a first for him. We sat around the table and rolled diapers and had a great laugh.

Added ribbon and a few other baby items to the cake to finish it off. The favors for the guests were baby booties. I started with pastel blue cardstock and stamped the paper with a stamp that I found at Ben Franklins in Reno, it was only a $1 (love the bargains). Was going to leave it pretty plain, but found myself coloring in the flowers with felt tip markers. Added a bow on top and filled them with mints.

Had a couple of booties that didn't fit on the tray, so I used one for the cake top and added one to the bottom layer of the cake. This was so much fun to do and Frank and Marcela loved everything, they were so impressed which made me feel good.

Am off to work, worked late last night as the computer went down and will be working an extra day next week, am sure I won't be doing much crafting. Hope everyone is having an awesome Holiday weekend.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Golden Butterflies

Haven't been around for awhile, have been working on an altered book, and also a baby shower. Will post the invitation, diaper cake and favors that I made for the shower tomorrow, but wanted to post this card for a couple of challenges. You know me I really enjoy doing challenges, but just haven't found the time.
It was my goal yesterday to make a new card, here it is. The sketch is from Our Creative Corner, thought this was a great sketch and they do give me a direction for the card. The picture isn't great, but the tiny butterfly on the left hand corner is dimensional. The paper is from the Mariposa Mat Stack by DCWV which was purchased at Joanns.
Gingersnap Creations just issued a new color challenge, to use burgundy, ivory and black. The center oval was created with my classic scallop die cut from Spellbinders, and then the inside oval, with my cutting system from Creative Memories. The gold butterfly is embossed to tie into the wonderful background paper. I also used VersaMark to stamp small butterflies on the background, unfortunately they don't show in the photo.
Crafty Creations challenge this week is to use your favorite stamp, well that is next to impossible, so a used one of my favorite stamp sets from K & Company. It is a set of clear stamps and has a great assortment of stamps, I should just leave it out all the time, it is used for a wide variety of cards.
Getting ready for work, will share some baby shower stuff tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day and weekend.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Where has the time gone, was just comment a few days ago that it was already May, now it is the middle of May and things around my home have been a little on the crazy side. Can't believe that I have been a member of the Gingersnap Creations Group for a year, seems like only yesterday that I started to blog. This is such a wonderful group of creative ladies and they give me inspiration each and every day. The Design Team is so supportive and they share such great and new techniques. Haven't had the chance to really be creative because of everything that has been going on. Some have been good, and others not so good.

Grandson's birthday, spent time with my school buddy Sandy. Car in shop for two days, and spent Mother's Day in hospital, the doctor thought I had a blood clot. Don't know why my leg was black and blue and swollen, but no blood clot, thank goodness. Had to keep my leg up and so couldn't really spend much time doing anything creative.

Wanted to do something for the "kraft" challenge at Gingersnap Creations, and had made this mini photo and souvenir album. It is made from lunch bags, can't get anymore "kraft" than that. Used 4 lunch bags, folded in half, every other bag can be opened so that you can put ticket stubs, or brochures in the bag and they are right there.

The cover is bright and cheerful, sunflowers are one my favorite flowers and couldn't resist using them. The title was printed on designer paper. Base of the cover is bright yellow with some yellow polka dot paper to accent. Cheated on this one, the sunflowers are stickers. Had some buttons and added them to the center of the flowers. Each page is decorated differently so that you can add pictures and a little journaling as you go. Made one for my sister Kay, and our friend Barbara when we went on our vacation in the summer of 2007. Used binder rings to hold the bags together and then added lots of ribbon to the rings to give it a really fun look.

Another one of my favorite blogs is The Pink Elephant. This weeks challenge #TPE66 is from Ella's Kitchen which is a recipe to use yellow, design paper and buttons, thought this vacation album fit right in. They have also started a scrapbook challenge on Thursdays. You can meet the design team this week. Know that I will be participating in these challenges as my scrapbooks have been left behind for awhile. Miss doing it with my girls, the creative juices just don't flow when it is just me.

Time to get ready for work. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.


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