Published May 31, 2008
Here’s a super-quick anniversary card I made this last weekend. I realized (too late) that my daughter’s birthday was the same day as my aunt & uncle’s 19th anniversary. They were so nice to travel all the way from St. Louis to visit for my daughter’s birthday, and they sacrificed their whole anniversary to be at a 2yr old’s birthday party, so I thought the least I could do was give them a card.
I made this in between preparing massive amounts of food, so I quickly grabbed my favorites (shocker) – the blueberry kitchen cards & hot pink Doodlebug paper frills.
I didn’t even have time to take a good picture of it. I think I really need an anniversary stamp – I never thought I’d use it, but this is the 2nd time I’ve had to hand write the word anniversary. I used the clear birthday builder to make the word happy. I’m really glad I bought that set- I use it much more than I originally thought.
Published May 30, 2008
A Muse , Paper Tree Creations
Here’s another quick birthday card I made this weekend. My husband’s grandmother’s birthday was the day after my daughter’s. Unfortunately, after being out of town for work, and then hosting lots of family and friends for my daughter’s birthday (and ALL those cupcakes!), I had little time and creative energy to spare. I came up with this quick card using my favorite kitchen blueberry, grass, and hot pink Doodlebug Paper Frills. These seem to be my go-to colors recently!
I also recently got the chair and lamp stamp, and was dying to use it!
I’ll be hosting another class at The Paper Tree in Manchester NH on Monday, June 16th at 6:30pm. We’ll be making 5 A Muse cards and practicing our Copic marker techniques. I hope you can join us! To sign up for the class, call Michelle at The Paper Tree: (603) 624-8800.
We have two dogs in our house- one is a West Highland Terrier, and is so good with kids. I saw these cupcakes on the cover of a Family Circle magazine this spring, and just HAD to make them for my daughter’s birthday. She calls our dog Jo-Jo (his name is Bailey, but for some reason we have given him this nickname), and she was SO excited about her Jo-Jo cupcakes!
These weren’t that hard to make- just time consuming. But, the kids loved them, and that made it totally worth it. I think it was making 24 of them that set me over the edge
Half of a marshmallow was used to make the snout part, then cut a mini marshmallow diagonally, dipping it in pink sugar to make the ears. Mini M&M’s made the eyes, and Raisinets for the nose. The best part was the tounge. I took strawberry Starburst, rolled them out with a rolling pin, then cut them into quarters. You pinch into the shape of a tounge, and use a knife to make the line in the center. I used whipped icing and a pastry bag to make the fur. This was really my first time piping icing, so I was pretty happy there were no major catastrophies. Luckily, the magazine had step by step instructions with pictures- I totally need visuals when I’m attempting food projects!
Follow this link to the instructions, plus instructions for other puppy cupcakes!
Published May 28, 2008
A Muse , Anything but a card
Here is what I’ve been so busy doing these last couple of weeks…. I was inspired by the banners that Linda from A Muse posted on her blog, that I decided to make one for my daughter’s birthday.
She literally squealed when she woke up and saw it hanging in the kitchen on the morning of her birthday- which was the best thank you ever!
These were so easy to make with the new A Muse polka dot papers. I just cut a sheet into quarters, then marked off the center of one edge, using my paper trimmer to make a triangle. I then used the scraps and my scallop edge on the paper trimmer to make the scallop edges. I punched holes at the top and used ribbon to string up the banners.
Here’s a couple of pictures of the stages…
Tomorrow I’ll post some pictures of the best part- the cupcakes!
Also- I’ll be hosting another class at The Paper Tree in Manchester NH on Monday, June 16th at 6:30pm. We’ll be making 5 A Muse cards and practicing our Copic marker techniques. I hope you can join us! To sign up for the class, call Michelle at The Paper Tree: (603) 624-8800.
Published May 27, 2008
A Muse , Paper Tree Creations
Here’s a card I made for my daughter’s 2nd birthday which was Memorial Day. This was inspired by a card Elena did recently. I loved her idea of putting the number in the lower corner to make it more personal.
I paper-pieced the skirt, and used an American Crafts chipboard flower to mount the 2, and then added some stickles for some sparkle. I’m not used to using such a large image on my cards- I think that will take some practice.
We had a great party and wonderful weather- she couldn’t have had more fun!
Published May 18, 2008
Here’s a birthday card I made last week for Jenn Shurkus’ birthday. She is a huge margarita fan, so I thought this stamp would be perfect for her.
This weekend was the CK convention in New Hampshire. It was my first time attending, and since I’m more of a card maker than a scrapbooker I decided to take some classes to see if I could get some ideas. It was exhausting all those classes and shopping! I’m not sure if I’ll take classes again. Most of them were fun, but not really my style. But, there was one that was based on the book Hip Handmade Gifts which I loved.
I’ll try to post some of the projects we made soon. I did get some fun stuff – mostly lots of my favorite American Crafts paper. I didn’t see as much fun stuff as I thought I would, but I still managed to spend some $$!
I did find a discount scrapbooking booth that had some fun Heidi Swapp stuff for $1. I got these awesome hot pink fuzzy rub-ons. I’ve never really used rub-ons before, but I couldn’t resist these colors and designs. Of course, there IS a reason they are only $1! They were a PAIN to place. It took about 20 minutes and still didn’t come out perfect. The backing paper was completely shredded when I was done. Still- aren’t they too cute??
Published May 12, 2008
Here’s an ATC I made for an A Muse swap recently. Not my favorite, but I think I had used all my creative energy on the Memory Box one!
I added some Diamond Glaze to her paper-pieced dress, and some stickles on her purse for a little shimmer. I also colored in some Doodlebug Paper Frills with my Copic markers to color coordinate.
Published May 11, 2008
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope all of you Mom’s get some time to relax and stamp today!
I was playing around with this idea that I had in my head, and tried several different ink combinations for the letters. You need to use a light colored ink, so it won’t show through the nest. I wanted it to seem like it was sitting on the “O”, but that didn’t come out exactly as planned. I still don’t think I got the exact right color, I would like the light blue ink to be a bit darker. But anway- here they are! Let me know which one you like best!
Have a great day!
Published May 9, 2008
This is another card I made for my upcoming Summer themed class at The Paper Tree on Sunday May 18th from 1-3pm. I hope you can join us for some fun while we make some A Muse cards and practice techniques for coloring with Copics!
I wanted to have a wedding card, but wanted it to be more elegant than my usual.
I used an ivory colored pearl background paper and ivory cardstock to create the main image. I colored the image in with Copics, and then used glitter on the bottom half of the cake tiers.
Here is a close up of the sparkle and pearl background paper…
If you’d like to join us, call Michelle at The Paper Tree to sign up! 603-624-8800. I hope to see you there!
This is a card I designed for my upcoming Summer themed class at The Paper Tree on Sunday May 18th from 1-3pm. I hope you can join us for some fun while we make some A Muse cards and practice techniques for coloring with Copics!
This is a fun card for a BBQ, Father’s Day, or even just a quick note to a friend to see what’s up. As you can see, I used some shading on the BBQ image with my Copics. And, I’ve used Heather’s favorite orange and blue color combination again! I keep going back to that, but it’s a great combination for summer.
I popped the BBQ and the apron on foam dots for some more interest.
At first, I created this card……but my husband told me the bbq’s looked like eyes staring at him. Yikes! So, I came up with the version above instead What do you think?? Now that he said that, I can’t seem to get it out of my head LOL!
I also used my Copics to color in my Doodlebug Designs Paper Frills to perfectly color coordinate – one of my favorite tricks.
I hope you can join us next Sunday! To sign up for the class, call Michelle at The Paper Tree: (603) 624-8800
Thanks for visiting!