Friday, December 30, 2011

Just a little late for Christmas...

Hello there.  Hope everyone had a nice Christmas or holiday.  I'm here with a holiday card, a little late for Christmas, but oh well, I think it makes for a nice thank you card or something.  I figure our Christmas tree is still up, I'm still in a holiday mood (unlike my husband who wanted to recycle the tree as soon as the last present was opened!).  Anyhow, I played along with The Play Date Cafe Challenge #112.
 And the Deconstructed Sketch #32.
And here's my red card...
 I used Yuki from Sister Stamps (thanks Eva!).  She's so cute, the hair on these images always reminds me of my daughter.  Anyhow, I used Papertrey Ink cardstock, stamped a text background and clear embossed it.  Then I was stuck for the longest time because I was looking for my Bow-Easy!  I swear I had put it in my ribbon drawer in this rolling cart under my desk.  So I thought my daughter had lost it because she likes to play with (and unravel!) all my ribbon spools.  So I made my son look for it, and told him to pull out the rolling cart in case it fell behind onto the floor.  And while he was conscientiously looking through all the drawers in the cart, I saw it sitting right there on top of the cart, oops!

After I stuck all the paper and ribbon down I thought everything looked a little too red, but oh well, too late, I stuck the ribbon down too well with double sided tape.  I might have to try this again with a different colored bow or patterned paper or something.

Well, I guess I will wish everyone a Happy New Year already.  I have to go check our sparkler stash now in case we need some more for tomorrow night.  Bye!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Are you a Belieber?

Hi!  I wanted to play along with TGF's Monday Fun-day #13 Sing a Song.  I decided to go with Baby by Justin Bieber.  My kids loved that song and would watch it on You Tube all the time so for a while they were Beliebers.  But there is a version of that song on You Tube that I like.  If you're interested, click the video.


On to my card.

I used My Guy Ian for Justin (before he cut all his hair) and Miss Anya Hats Off for the girl in his Baby video.  I used the Spellbinders heart circles (thanks, Cheryl!).  The hearts are so cute!!  I added some flowers too.  Sometimes I forget to use all the flowers that I have.  I added some stickles on them as well.

I decided to make a double z-fold card.  The tutorial is HERE.  I found more paper with musical notes and added the lyrics to Baby on it so yet another project with a musical theme.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 26, 2011

TGF Heart Journaling--week 23 (final)

Hi!!  It is actually the last week of TGF's Heart Journaling!  Wow, I can't believe I lasted all 23 weeks and I have a nice journal to show for it too!  This last week, we were to write a letter to ourselves about anything really.  So I kind of just stuck with the music theme and picked a song that I really like cause it's uplifting and encouraging. 

The song is Pink's Perfect.  I like it for it's message and it's a catchy tune, isn't it?  I had drawn concentric hearts on the background and colored them but they got kind of lost after I stuck the lyrics on.  I stuck some tiny hearts on too.

I had to use TGF's Stella with her love letter in her hands.  I just bought the stamp and I don't know why I waited so long to get her cause her hair is just so cute and sassy.  I am trying to practice more with my Copic coloring and the journal was good for that.

We actually made it to the mall today and it was super packed.  Good thing we just stayed for a little while.  Then I did my favorite kind of shopping--shopping for crafts and stamps!  Hehe.  Hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Hi!  Just wanted to share the rest of the things I made for Christmas this year.

This isn't anything really new.  It's kind of the same gift set I make every year for my kids' teachers.  But it's simple and I don't have to think too hard about what to make.  I made personalized notecards with envelopes and they are stamped with PTI's Teacher's Apple.  There is also a notepad and a Hello Kitty calendar.  The caddy is Lauren Meader's From the desk of template.  The stamp is Pure Innocence You Make the Grade.

All wrapped up to go.

Another calendar.  I had already wrapped it in cellophane before remembering to take a photo of it.  The stamp is Pure Innocence Girl Doctor.

I added the little heart on her clipboard.

Made a couple of Angry Bird calendars too this year.

And finally, here's a photo from our trip to see the lights in our city to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Birthday card #2

Hello.  I made another card for the TGF Farm Fresh Challenge Monday Fun-Day #12 which was to use kraft cardstock, buttons and twine.  And I used the Deconstructed Sketch #31, although I turned it sideways and moved the center rectangle over.
Anyhow, here is the birthday card using Later Skater Ian.  Maybe he's still too young for a 41 year old's birthday card, but oh well.  (Maybe I should have added some gray to his hair).  Used some Tim Holtz paper (I always seem to use this paper pad for boy cards but everything matches so well); Papertrey ink kraft, rustic cream, and enchanted evening cardstock, buttons and sentiment.  The 41 is cut from some sizzix dies.  Tried to make his skin tone a little darker with E13 for some shadows at his hairline, but still can't quite get the hang of blending without going too crazy and coloring out of the lines either.

Well, hopefully I can make 2 more Christmas cards before Christmas.  Eva gave me some cute stamps that I have colored, but haven't stuck them onto cards yet.  In case I don't have time to post anything else before Christmas, have a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TGF Heart Journaling--week 22

Hi!  It's week 22 of TGF's Heart Journaling.  The theme this week is music and to create a page based on your favorite song/tune.  Um, okay, I had just made one last week on music too so I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with this one.  I started going through You Tube and listing all the songs I love and basically I was going to just make a giant list of my favorite songs.  But then OMD's If You Leave from Pretty in Pink just popped into my head and that was my inspiration for my page.  I love that song and the movie because I was such a crazy Andrew McCarthy fan.  But you know the book that the movie is based on doesn't end the same as in the movie?  Talk about disappointed when I read the book after watching the movie.  Like what the heck?!  Andie doesn't live happily ever after with Blane?  Well, back to my page.

I used Miss Anya and My Guy Ian to represent Andie and Blane cause that's the way it should be.  I found some music paper and wrote some of the lyrics to the song and added stickers for the title.  It's a bit light.  I sprayed some shimmer spritz to make the page all sparkle-ly.  

A close up of the pair. 

I had a journaling partner tonight.  My youngest colored his Ian to "copy" me.  Hehe.  Then he cut and glued some papers and ribbon too.  He was really happy his page got some shiny spritz too.  Oh, and he even tried to distress his pages with my inkpad.  He makes me laugh.  I think he'll like that I posted his page on the computer.

On a side note, he really liked the little abc flashcards I made for him.  Though I think I should include more clear pages so we don't have to keep changing the pages around.  And should use alphabets without serifs.  You should see how he tries to make those finishing lines on the letters too.  It's too funny so I have to tell him to leave those out.  But it's a nice size for his little hands.  He asked me why he couldn't write on the cardstock itself.  Almost had a heart attack.  Um, cause Mommy worked really hard on those so please don't scribble on all the pictures.  I'll see how long that lasts.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 19, 2011

TGF 3rd Annual Customer Blog Hop

Hi!  After finishing up these 2 projects for TGF's Blog Hop, I've come to realize that I am kind of addicted to stamps, especially TGF stamps.  Hehe.  Okay, I will not babble on too much since there are lots of other blogs to check out as well.  I made something for both categories, Holiday and General.

First up is my Holiday card.

I recently acquired Hippie Anya!  She inspired me to make a "peace" card for the holidays.

But then I had to add Fleur Anya for "love" ...

and 80s Anya for "joy."  So great that these stamps could be turned into something Christmas-y.

My General project has been swimming in my mind ever since I made that counting book a while back with TGF stamps as well.  I thought I could make an ABC book too.  But I didn't make this into a book.  More like flashcards, I suppose.  My youngest has a hard time recognizing lower case letters so I thought this would be fun for him. 

All stamps are TGF.  I colored in just the part I wanted to emphasize.  I know, I have a lot of stamps! 

Some letters were hard.  Like "n."  I don't have Nurse Anya!  So I used Amelia's necklace.  V is for valentine, X for Xmas, and I turned the horse from McSplendid Farm into a zebra.  Though my kids will say it's a horse with stripes.  I'm also glad I had Sing for her ukulele, and Princess Anya is a queen.

I added all the cards onto a ring and also added a piece of clear cardstock to use with a dry erase marker.

I thought maybe my youngest could practice writing the letters too on the clear cardstock and then erase it.  (The blue one was out of ink).  The letters were cut out using PTI's alphabet dies.

That's it for me.  Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hello, I'm squeezing my Farm Fresh Friday Spy Day #11 in here before Eva's TGF blog hop post tomorrow.  This is actually a non-holiday card as we're going to be celebrating 3 birthdays over 4 days this year.  I'm thinking I will buy a bunch of cupcakes so at least each birthday person will have their own individual cake to blow candles for but yet we won't all be stuck eating 3 cakes for weeks on end.
I used Birthday Anya 2 that I won from a previous challenge.  I wanted to thank Marie and Jessica for their generosity in sending this to me as there was initially some confusion regarding the stamp I requested.

Anyhow, colored the skin with copics, the rest with colored pencils.  Added stickles to the cupcake frosting.  The patterned paper is from Echo Park, Victoria Gardens, used Papertrey ink green cardstocks and Bazzill gray cardstock.  The flower is a Beautiful Blooms die.

Bye!  Off to make another card, hopefully I can get the other 2 done in time!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

An Angry Bird Christmas

Hi!  What do Angry Birds have to do with Christmas??  I have no idea but they are everywhere, aren't they?  Just stick a Santa hat on them and they are perfect for the holiday season.  My kids and lots of other kids seem to like them a lot so I decided to make tons of Angry Birds!  I had first seen this post HERE on Jenny's blog about some Angry Birds she had made and she provides the link to the original source.  I just had to find my own way of making them with the dies/punches that I have.

So here's a photo of 47 Angry Birds made from just thin cardstock.  I chose thin cardstock so I could cut more than one sheet at a time and so it would move faster.  I used Spellbinders circle nestabilities for the bodies.  The beak is a cat/bat ear from PTI's Halloween sweet treats dies set.  The feathers on the head is from My Favorite Things daisy die.  The eyes are punches and the eyebrows are hand cut.  Yes, that was the most painful part.  Hand cutting all those eyebrows!  But without them, they wouldn't be Angry Birds!

So my 2 older kids and I decided that bookmarks would be the best to give away since they are older now.  And if I had just stuck these on a package with candy it would surely have been tossed away.  My daughter gave her class instructions not to throw them away.  Hahaha.  She also helped me with stringing on the twine and sticking the labels on.

A little close up photo.  The bookmark die is from PTI.

We tied on some candy canes with more twine and they were set to go.

I made Angry Birds for my youngest too.  He's too young to read so I decided to make ornaments for them instead.  And these are made from FUN FOAM!!  These came out so fun!  The green tag is PTI's Tag Sale #4 die.  We tied on some ribbon and bells, and added candy canes in the bags too.  My youngest kid's teacher dressed up as an Angry Bird for Halloween too!

So I am finally finished with the kids' stuff.  But I still have teacher gifts for my younger son's teachers to wrap.  Thank goodness I still have the weekend to finish up.  But I hate waiting til the last minute.

I have to share this photo of the pictures/cards my youngest made for his teachers.  He keeps requesting that I post his projects on my blog too.  Future blogger, I suppose.

Oh and if you haven't checked it out yet, I have been "spied" on TGF!  See HERE.  It's my first time ever being spied.  So if you've got time, play along please!

Thanks so much for reading and hope you're enjoying the holiday season!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

TGF Heart Journaling--week 21

Hi!  This will be a quick post because I still have to make something for my kids' classmates!  Between the 3 kids there are so many Christmas programs and parties to go to.  I think it will be a late night tonight!

Anyway, the theme for this week's TGF Heart Journaling (I can't believe we're on 21!) is to create a page on something or someone you love.  So I made this page for my hubby. 

I took Stamping Anya's head and bottom and Birthday Ian's hands and banner to create this fun and cute image.  I drew in the heart on her shirt too to match the love theme.  The background hearts are also from TGF and the letters are PTI's alphabet dies.  I wrote the lyrics to our song from our wedding.  We both love this song.  We both like "old" music or I should say music from a different generation.

I have to say I love this page.  I love the colors and the hearts and the song lyrics and the cute image.  I might try to recreate this for a card.  But maybe I have to make her hands look less manly.  What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hello Kitty calendars

Hi!  Anybody else scrambling to get Xmas gifts done?  Geez, I feel so rushed this year.  I think I procrastinated too much with blog hopping and Lego and not to mention some late nights fighting with my youngest.  This is the last week of school before Xmas break!  Where did the time go?? 

Anyway, I came across some cute Hello Kitty calendars on Jenny's (Sister Stamps) blog HERE.  I love that they were simple to put together cause I wanted to give some calendars out to the teachers but didn't want to make it too complicated since I was short on time.  And I had Sunghee's 2012 calendar template too which is pretty easy to use and so economical. 

Yup, I pretty much stuck with the same design except my calendars are a bit taller.  I used PTI's coaster board and wrapped it with some washi paper.  I haven't used my Hello Kitty sizzlits in a while so at least I got some use of it.  Then just added a small magnetic strip on the back.  These are all for my kids' Nihongo teachers.  Yes, they have 5 teachers for Nihongo. 

I also made 4 more cards using Sister Stamps Shimo-san.  The one I made earlier is HERE

A little close up.  The circle sentiments are all different and from Wild Rose Studio.  I added a mini Bath and Body Works hand gel too into a goody bag and called it a day.  I wanted to make a little memo pad too but there's just not enough time.

Thanks for reading!