Monday, December 22, 2008

Simple Christmas Gifts

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This post is mostly photos because they show all te pretty details. So I wanted to come up with some quick gifts for my co-workers this year and I thought who doesn't need some adorable little monogramed notecards. I wanted to select each person's favorite color. I started out by pulling the patterned paper and then matching a solid color

All cards use the Friendship Alphabet from CTMH, a scallop punch, and the scallop border punch from Marth Stewart. White card bases and envelopes are from CTMH.

a monogram - Lavender Lace Cardstock and Ink - SU and the pattern paper is from the Ecleclique Stripe line from Chatterbox

p monogram - Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and Ink - SU and the pattern paper is from the Mellow line from Basic Gray.

r monogram - Cool Carrabean Cardstock and Ink and patern paper - SU

s monogram - Hollyhock Cardstock and Ink - CTMH and Boom-di-ada paper pack - CTMH

j monogram - Blush cardstock and ink - CTMH and More to Adore paper pack - CTMH

e monogram - Black cardstock and ink - CTMH and pattern cardstock from 5th Ave Sophia Floral line.

Here is how I did it...assembly line style. It took about 5 hours to do the 6 stationery packets.

Here is how they all look before I put them into their clear boxes.

Here they are all finished. I think they turned out great. I go the plastic card cases from PaperTrey Ink.

Well that is all I have for you tonight. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

A little peek

I wanted to stop in today and show you what I have been working on. It is cold and snowy/icy here so I hope you are all keeping warm.

I used CTMH new Key To My Heart paper on my daughters first birthday invatations along with the Nursery Bash stamp set. I have been dying to use this set for ages and have not found the time.

I just adored the little piggy's so I chose them and finally got to break out my prisma's and gamasol. I have also been dying to do this technique but when you are pregnant or nursing you can't, so...yep it has been a while.

One of my other new fun things is the majic of the clear glitter pen. I got to use my friend Susans durring a fun stamping day and I knew I had to have one. I spent the next month searching high and low, near and far, then one day I thought I finally I found one Archiver's, which is where she got hers, but nope I accidently bought clear gel pens. Oh no! My friend Patti a.k.a. the enabler said I can have one of hers as she had an extra. Then Susan said she had an extra pack too! Whoo hooo....lots of glitter pens. I was so happy to have friends looking out for my needs.
So anyway enough about how I got the pen and the addiction to said pen. I glittered up the cup cake after I did the gamasol and color pencils and topped it off with some liquid glass. I also added some liquid glass to their nose so it looks all wet and shiny.
I just love the way the card came out. It is fun, it is playful, it is perfect for my little one year old. Here is the card in all of its glory. I am so sorry for the bad angle. I just couldn't get the right lighting so I will see if I can get a better shot of it and repost.
One last thing that I did was used the Simple Stitches set to make it look like I had sewn on the card. I love how it looks and I was going back and forth on this set as I used to have one from Hero Arts and I never used it but now that I can see right through the stamps...well I was able to line it up and go to town. This set just went on my wish list.
Have a great day and if you are in the winter weather zone stay safe and stay warm!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Adorable little girls

I thought I would share a page I did when I joined CTMH. My girls and I had went to a local wild west town several years ago and I had them do a vintage photo shoot. They thought it would be fun to be saloon girls. They wore feathery dresses and waved guns in the air. My little one thought it was so fun. My oldest daughter just humored me.

When I saw this More to Adore paper kit I knew just the photo that I would use. I normally like use multiple photo's on my pages but every once in a while it is nice to showcase that special moment.

The great thing about this kit is that the base pages are all laid out for you so the brown paisley paper, the cream strip, and the pink striped paper was the base page. The coolest thing is that you really can't tell that it isn't multiple papers but one sheet which is nice if you don't like bulky pages.

I had some chipboard so I just covered it with blush paper and sanded the edges with the fabulous sanding files perfect for getting into every nook and cranie. I tied a little organdy ribbon around the A added a little tag for a cute little finishing touch.

Here is a cute little close up of a scalloped edge with the middle punched out.

I also thought it would be great to add journaling along the using the lines on the level 1 paper pack and some little flowers.

These little flowers called Just Blooms are so fantasic as you can dye them to match any color that you like. I just used some Antiqued Copper brads fro the center to add to the vintage look of the page.

Stay tuned for some more adorable cards and some great scrapbooking pages.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Paisley's Playhouse...where the creativity begins

I thought I would start out by showing everyone my studio.

I love it and have only had it for a few months since we moved into this big beautiful old house. I have moved around a lot and always managed to carve out a little nook to do my crafts. In my very first apartment I had a studio set up in my dining room it was a great little place where I could draw, paint (decorative painting or rosemaling on wood) and eventually scrapbooking. I would also cross stitch in the evenings after my daughter went to bed. I lived there for seven years. When I moved from that apartment I knew that I would always need a place to create. I had corners in dining rooms, living rooms, and once or twice have even ended up in my bedroom. I found though that if my space was out and about with the family I got a lot more done.

Back to my current studio. When we moved into this house I was planning a nook in one of my old haunts. My husband suggested I take this room I was like wow!

I asked him if he was sure as our original plan was to use that room as a study and just have a book shelve and a chair. He told me he would rather see it put to good use rather than just a spot for a chair and then he told me we would get a nice table to match the beautiful hutches he got for me for $20 (wait until you see these beautiful peices)

I was so happy to have a room all to myself right next to the living room and the light...very lovely indeed. I have never had a whole room before so you can imagine all the thoughts running through my mind on what to put where.

I have always thought it would be fun to have a colorful studio with color on the walls and black or white furnishings. Well those plans changed quite a bit once I saw those beautful floors and the fancy wood work. My hutches too turned out to be a very pretty cherry color so here is what I ended up with. I love the way it turned out. The table, you can't tell is two toned. It has a darker edge around the top and then the legs are also dark and the chairs have a dark wood in the running down the middle of the back. I never thought I would scrapbook on something so gorgeous!

Here are some other shots of my studio this is the computer area and I also keep my markers and tools within arms reach.
Here is one of the hutches.

This is probably my favorite part cause it is so fun and colorful and I can see all of my embelishments! If I can see them then I can use them.

Well there it is my creative space. I would love to see what your studio looks like. Leave me a comment and a link so I can check it out.

More later...I can't wait to show you a project straight from my playhouse!