Friday, April 6, 2007

Bridal Thank Yous

These are a set of 12 thank you notes I made to match the other items I'm giving the bride-to-be. I think that giving thank-you notes is such a great gift because it's something she can use right away.

I packaged the cards and matching envelopes along with a matching pen into a 6X6 page protector (where I cut off the edges). Then I adhered the protector to cardstock with sticky strip and decorated it. To keep it closed, I used a large glue dot.

To make the matching pen, I simply cut a piece of coordinating deco paper, rolled it up and inserted it inside the barrel of the pen. I also added a little celery ribbon to the cap.

SUPPLIES: Simply Sweet & Curvy Verses stamp sets; Petals & Paisley deco paper; So Saffron, Close to Cocoa & Chocolate Chip card stock; Basic Brown ink; 2 way glue & Dazzling Diamonds; page protector; certainly celery narrow organdy; glue dot & glue stick.

(Click to see glitter detail on dresses)

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Baby Announcement

This is my youngest daughter's baby announcement. I was saving it into the computer to send to someone requesting baby announcement ideas when I thought I might as well post it here. I made it last summer.

SUPPLIES: Paisley background stamp; So Saffron, vellum, Whisper White & Regal Rose card stock; Cameo Coral ink (stamped on So Saffron) and Regal Rose ink (to dye the organdy); white narrow organdy & pink gingham ribbons; double hole punch; 1/8" punch; & square punch (1 3/8, I think!).

My husband is a very talented artist (OK, so I'm biased, but check out his work for yourself: Anyway, he sketched our daughter while she was sleeping, I scanned it and printed it in black & white along with the words directly onto the Whisper White cardstock. Lining them up so that her face would show through the square hole was tricky, but once I got it, it worked beautifully.

Now, imagine making about 65 of these!!! Good thing (I think) I was on bedrest for the last two months and I knew it was a girl! I had everything made ahead of time except her name on the vellum (took until the day she was born to decide) and the printed white parts (because we needed her to be here for that!). hee. . . hee. . .

I have beautiful sketches of our other two children that I used on their announcements, too. If I can unpack their albums, I'll scan those and post them here too. But they're not quite as elaborate.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Advice Book

For the upcoming bridal shower, I made some advice and prayer cards for the guests to fill out. We'll put the cards into an album, and this will be part of her gift.

Another Name Frame

I just finished this gift for a bridal shower I'm throwing in about 10 days. I hope the bride-to-be likes it!(Click to see detail)

SUPPLIES: Petals & Paisley deco paper; hodgepodge hardware; Certainly Celery wide & narrow organdy ribbon; So Saffron & Old Olive cardstock; Basic Black ink & journaler; Certainly Celery ink; 2way glue & Dazzling Diamonds; sticky strip and dimensionals

Blog Candy WINNER!

The winner of the Blog Candy is . . . . # 7 (chosen randomly by my sweet hubby!!).
Angel W. said...

I love this coaster box I recently made. I didn't use chipboard coasters, but rather cork coasters so it was very sturdy. I just gave it away. It was so hard to do!

Congrats (& cute project)! Please contact me with your snail mail and I'll send out your package. YAY!

(Sorry it took me so long to post the winner -- I was doing dinner with the "fam.")

More stamped projects to come. . . .

Monday, April 2, 2007

NOW it's time for blog candy!!

YAY! WOOHOO! I've hit 1000 thanks to all of you (well, about 3 or 4 of those last few hits may have been made by me checking the counter tonight! LOL). . .

Now, I want to know what handmade and/or hand-stamped project you are MOST proud of? Do you have a picture of it (link to it in your comment if you’re blog savvy)? : ) Or email it to me at (If you can't post a link or email a photo, just describe it in detail for us in your comment.)

I’m curious to see what all you love to make and/or stamp – is it cards? scrapbooks? decorations for your home? your children (hee. . . hee. . . )?

I’ll RANDOMLY choose the winner by Wednesday 5pm EST.

P.S. I've already had several people sign up for my "Stamps in the Mail" program. Make sure to check out that post below for the details and email me right away if you want to be included in Round 1.

Blog Candy Details

Here's the blog candy I put together:BLOG CANDY INGREDIENTS: 4 hodgepodge ribbon holders, 4 hodgepodge swirly paperclips, 12 barely banana punched flowers, 12 brocade blue punched flowers, 2 feet of pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon, 2 feet of certainly celery narrow organdy ribbon, 8 tags (close to cocoa & deco paper punched from SU tag punches, large and small), stamped & "glitterized" mini composition book. Whew. . .

What is blog candy?
Some have asked me (including my husband!) what "blog candy" is, so for those of you new to the idea, here's a quick explanation: Blog candy is some sort of "goody" offered up to blog readers. It's usually offered when the blogger's count gets to a certain number, but can also be at any time. I've seen some bloggers need advice and offer up blog candy for it. Other times the blogger asks a question and chooses the best answer, but it can also be a random drawing. I guess you could say, "blog candy" is like offering a "door prize" for visiting the blogger's site! :)

In this case, I am celebrating the momentous event of reaching 1000 hits on my blog. I'm so excited to join this great blogging community, and hope that you all are inspired as I go along my stamping adventure.

Now, I haven't hit 1000 YET. . . . SO, as soon as I do, I'll post a question. Keep checking back, since it could be today . . . or tomorrow . . . or the next day . . .

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Blog Candy Anyone?

Hello all!

I can hardly believe I am almost at 1000 hits. Thank you for your support of my new site! To honor this upcoming event (will probably happen in a couple of days), I will offer blog candy.

Let me work together a package and I'll post it soon.

This is just OH so much fun! :)