Sunday, January 31, 2010

Be My Valentine

Gosh, is it really February tomorrow?!?

Where has all the time gone?

Anyhow, I realized I better get going on the cards I want to send out this year.  I have a few books that I get some great inspiration from.

Here is my inspiration photo:

And here is my take on it:

Here is another one I finished today:

I saw a pic of this online somewhere and couldn't find it, if anyone knows whose it is I will gladly give credit and link it back! :)

Stay tuned.......more to come........

I am linking up to:



Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dalgetty's Gift

Becca, my best friend, has a friend who got married a few weeks ago.  She wanted to get them a personal gift and asked me to make a sign for her.  It was so easy and practically free, so I thought I would share it with everyone.

A few months ago I saw a stash of stuff on the side of the road marked free and sent my boyfriend to go pick it up.  Along with some great frames, there was a really UGLY shelf.  I tore the shelf apart and used the pieces to make signs.

I painted this one a glossy black and used my Cricut to cut out the letters.  I used glossy Mod Podge and gave it an extra coat to seal the whole thing.  I added a ribbon to hang it by gluing and then stapling the ribbon to the sign.

I think it is just adorable!  A gift any couple would be happy to get!

I am linking up to Frugalicious Friday.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Super Easy Valentine Decoration

Making this heart garland was one of the easiest craft projects ever!

I used my cricut and cut out hearts in different sizes and shapes.  To attach them to the string I used Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  I just squeezed a line of it and laid the string in the glue.  That is pretty much it.

I got a little carried away with the length, so I couldn't get a pic of the full garland.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

We've Got A Winner!!!

So I didn't specify (sorry!) but I should have asked the followers to leave a separate comment.  So I went through and made sure to give each of my followers an entry that had not already left a comment saying they are followers.  And, for the life of me I can't figure out how to get the shot of the number generator so I  can show you guys!  Anyway............

The random number generator picked #2.

Comment #2 was:
Amy from The Lemon Cottage!

Congrats Amy!  Email me your mailing info and I will get this off right away so you can enjoy it before the holiday passes!

Thanks to all who entered.  I promise there will be more giveaways coming soon!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Just a Reminder

Hello all.  Just a reminder that my giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight!  Comment, follow, and tell your other bloggy friends! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Scrappin' Away

Here are the pages I finished featuring my good friend Caron's wedding this past summer.

Once again, I used my trusty Creating Keepsakes books featuring Becky Higgins.




Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Life for a Jar Candle

Ok ladies, lets be honest, we have a few about a million jar candles with teeny bits of wax left in them that we can't bear to throw away.  (Oh, am I the only one?!?!?)

Anyway, on my quest to declutter and decrapify in 2010 I decided to get rid of the things I never use, almost empty jar candles fall under that category.  I put this particular one in the trash and walked away, then immediately turned around and dug it back out. (hey, it was a fresh liner!)  I decided that this jar deserved a better life than a landfill somewhere!  Here is how I did it:

First to clean out the wax, I filled a sauce pan about halfway with water and put it on medium heat.  I put the jar in the water and watched till the edges melted and the wax just popped out.  Unfortunately this particular brand glues the wick holders to the bottom of the jar.  To get the super duper sticky stuff off I put it back in the water and then it wiped clean with a paper towel. (Of course I forgot to get pics of this part!)

Anywhoo, after the jar had cooled, I measured the rim and used my handy dandy circle cutter to cut a circle out of cardstock.  I glued the cardstock to the bottom of the jar.  Then, just for fun I cut another circle out of some cute valentine paper and placed it in the bottom of the jar.


Now the jar is filled with my sharpies and is lovin' it's new lease on life!

Monday, January 18, 2010


One of my goals for 2010 is to get all most of pictures put into my scrapbooks.

I thought it would be fun to share my layouts with you all!

Two of my essential tools for scrapbooking are these:

I can't tell you how many times I have gone to these wonderful books and come away with great ideas!
I bought both of mine through ebay a few years ago, and in doing research for this post, discovered that they are WAY overpriced now (like $70 bucks each!)
But, if you shop Joanne's and bring in a coupon, you should be able to pick one up for less than $10 bucks!

Becky Higgins did a great job making 'recipes' for page layouts.  She even shows a few variations on each page she has designed!

Anywhoo, on the the layouts.

Oh, how I love my family and friends!  Anyway, hope you all have a happy Monday!

One more thing.......does anyone out there in blogland know of a great vellum tape that will not show up when used with textured cardstock?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Givin' Away a Little Love

Love wasn't put in your heart to stay,
Love isn't love till you give it away!

With the wonderful little holiday coming up,
I have decided to share the love.

I am hosting my very first giveaway!
I will be giving away a set of the adorable wooden blocks pictured,
cut, sanded, painted, papered, and pretty-fied by my own two hands!

This project was absolutely free and super easy.
I cut a 1X2 (leftover from a previous project) into various lengths,
then used scrapbook paper, ribbon, and stickers I already had on hand.

The rules are simple:
1 entry for commenting on this post
1 entry for becoming (or being) a follower
1 entry for blogging about this giveaway (send me the link)

I will close the giveaway at midnight on January 22,
Then the winner will have time to enjoy the prize before the Valentine's Day!

I linked to Finding Fabulous 
and to

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special
and to Making the World Cuter:
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and here


and here

Decor Mamma

and here

and here
The Girl Creative
and to Poppies at Play

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sneak Peak

Well, hello there my bloggy friends!  I have been busy reading this book.  But not too busy to work on some projects.

I am giving you a peak at two of the projects I have been working on.  Just a tiny snipet, nothing too revealing.

Yep, that's it.  Just some shots of the fabric involved! 

Stay tuned.  I hope to be finished with at least one in the next few days!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Finishing a Five Year Project

So I bought a ready to sew blanket at Jo-Anns about five (yes FIVE) years ago.
It was not in colors I wanted, but it was about three bucks so I couldn't resist.

I started it right away, and then got distracted or lost interest...
fast forward to me 'purging' my sewing stash and finding it....
about twenty minutes later it was done.

Still not colors, or patterns, I really like but my dog, Dewey, loves it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Giveaway

So this super cute blog is hosting a giveaway of awesome organic diaper bags.

I don't have a little one, but a few of my friends would love one of these!
The only hard part would be deciding who gets the bag.

Check the blog out here:
Design Dazzle

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Thank You Cards

OK. I will admit it. I am TRULY a slacker when it comes to sending out thank you cards.

As part making 2010 one of the best, most productive years ever I am putting forth serious effort to get thank you cards out in a timely manner. Here are the first two of the year.

Friday, January 1, 2010

After Christmas Special

I received this great book for Christmas from Natalie.
As I was browsing, I found a super cute table runner I just had to make! I just loved the stars, and the mish-mash of christmas-y colors.
I went through my fabric stash and found some great prints I forgot I had!
I LOVE when that happens!
A quick trip to Jo-Ann's and I had everything I needed.

The Backing

The Finished Product

P.S. I linked up over here:

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Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

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