Sunday, August 29, 2010

Father Time Accents & Butterfly Magnets Tutorial


Recently when perusing Woman’s Day Easy Decorating Magazine, I came across a magnet set entitled, “Butterfly Cascade” by The HomePort Collections.  I was so inspired by the image of this product, that I had to recreate them, with the added challenge of using supplies I had on hand.  If you are interested, please feel free to download my tutorial by clicking here

The following links will take you to the products I utilized from  Enjoy!

Butterfly Magnets Supplies (

Father Time, The Accents, and Father Time Paper Pack by The Queen of Quirk

You Are Here Full Kit by The Queen of Quirk and Paislee Press

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, Pop!



This past week we celebrated my dad’s 84th birthday.  I had the opportunity to put together a lap quilt for him as a gift and thought using a print from Kitschy Digitals’ Calico Dream Kit would be a nice touch for his card.   iKari’s new date labels are versatile, so graphic, and fun to use.  We had some Boston Cream Cake and enjoyed spending time with him. 

Celebrate 84th Birthday Card Supplies

In addition to all of the lovely digital supplies, I used some UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) with my heat tool to give some dimension and shine to the middle of iKari's label which was layered on chipboard. A Close To My Heart white organdy ribbon was attached.  The scrollwork embossing folder and Cuttlebug were also used to make the dark blue border around the edges.

supplies used from

iKari Designs
Save the Date, Volume 5, Curvy Labels

Kitschy Digitals
Calico Dream Digital Kit

Monday, August 16, 2010

Continuing the School Theme


Elle’s Studio released a few sets of hybrid banner letters last week at  I used the dark pink set to monogram a notebook I put together for my second grader, Gwen. 

Monogrammed Notebook Supplies

I used a Bind-It-All to bind Gwen’s notebook which consisted of chipboard, cardstock, and printer paper that I cut to size.  A Cuttlebug embossing folder was used to give some dimension to the Cricut scalloped die cut that was placed under the Prima flower.   All other fabulous products from

Banner Letters Hybrid Kit by Elle’s Studio, Dark Pink

Card Couture, Volume 4, Rounded Rectangles by iKari Designs

Crystal’s {Back to Basics} Paper Pack by Creativity by Crystal

Cirque du Ciel Accent Pack by The Queen of Quirk

Knotty Girl Paper Pack by The Queen of Quirk

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Are You Ready for School?


Next week my little ones return to school.  The week after that, my oldest returns to her college studies.  I feel like this summer went by way too fast.  Luckily for me, Jake doesn’t return until September—it’s his last year of high school.  I think that’s more of the schedule I’m used to—school starting in September.  That’s how it was for me when I was going to school.  School consistently commenced the day after Labor Day.  My children going back to school always brings back memories from when I started school every year.  I was always so sad to see summer leave and was so anxious the night before school started. Most likely not at all sleeping, nervously biting my nails until dawn, worrying whether or not my teacher was going to be nice, were my friends going to be in my class, how much homework will we be forced to do, and hearing that dreaded sound of the alarm clock once I did worry myself to sleep—yuck!  Guess I’d better keep this to myself.  With all of those dreaded memories flooding back, I did have some good memories, too.  New clothes, new friends, lunch, and new school adventures!  Hence, the making of the card.  I love that chalkboard paper! 

The layout of the card is an oldie but goodie original—sweetly offset-- from the CTMH Card Confidence Program.  I paid quite a bit for this program about five years ago and didn’t really take advantage of it.  Hopefully, this will spark a new card making journey for me.  I’m going to try really hard to make one a month from the program and post a sample on my blog with the tag “CTMH Card Confidence Program”.  There are a ton of card patterns in there! 

Cherish These Moments Card Supplies

The ribbon for this card is from American Crafts, the white cardstock scalloped edge is a die cut from the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge, and everything else that is goodiness is from!  Clicking on the links below will take you to the exact product:

Kitschy Digitals Chalkboard Paper Collection

Kitschy Digitals You Are Awesome Minikit

Orchard & Broome’s Bleecker Street Paper Collection, Set 2

Creativity by Crystal’s The Playground Collection Element Pack

Good luck to you all this new school year!  Remember to cherish the good times by snapping some photos that first day but try not to embarrass them too much.  My older ones remind me of that often.