Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Friends Are The Sunshine (and sometimes offer you a discount, too!)

Here is today's post. I promised a surprise that had something to do with my new favorite product - baker's twine. But not any baker's twine. This happens to be from The Twinery - and if you go there and use the discount code CRICKY25 at checkout, you can get 25% off your ENTIRE ORDER! So go to www.thetwinery.com and pick up some of this great twine. It's perfect for any gift or craft project! Special thanks to The Twinery for offering this discount to my readers! Hurry - the code expires August 4th!
I used the maraschino baker's twine in today's card which also features paper from Bo Bunny's Sun Kissed collection.

I know exactly who I am going to send this to!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Many Thanks

Today was a busy day! But, I am thankful for it. So, I made a "Many Thanks" card. I used a variety of papers from companies including JilliBean Soup, Cosmo Cricket and Bo Bunny. My new favorite product is the colored twine that I used to thread through the button.
Come back tomorrow and I'll have a surprise for you regarding this new favorite of mine!

Happy Monday evening. Time for a margarita out on the deck!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello and Happy Birthday

Just two quick cards today. The "Hello" card I made with papers from the Kitchen Spice collection by Bo Bunny. You can see all the papers in that collection here.

And in the masculine "Happy Birthday" card, I used paper from the Mama-razzi collection, also by Bo Bunny. You can see all the papers in that collection here.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

SB Layout - Antiques and Garden Show

I posted a couple of months back about going to the Chicago Botanical show. Well, I finally got around to doing a layout of some of the great things I saw.
The paper and the chipboard stickers are from Bo Bunny's Sophie line. The lettering are American Crafts Thickers. They were originally covered with white fabric and I colored them with a sharpie so they would match the layout.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Housewarming Bucket

A good friend of mine moved into a new house a couple of weeks ago. I had dinner with her last night, and I took her this little bucket of goodies. It was so easy to make! I picked up the clear bucket at Michael's. Then I used some rub-ons from Bo Bunny's Kitchen Spice collection to decorate the bucket. That's a great use for rub-ons - decorating something clear. Then I made some quick confetti by cutting some strips of the Kitchen Spice paper and folding them and curling them.
I made my "home" tag by cutting a square for the house part and using a scalloped paper punch to create the "shingles" for the roof. The paper from the tag came from Bo Bunny's Delilah collection.
The last thing to add were the brownies!

Happy Friday! The weekend's here!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sending You Happy Thoughts

Here is a quick greeting I made with paper from Bo Bunny's Sophie collection. I just love the vibrant colors. I embellished the design with magenta stickles.

Not complicated! Just easy peasy!
Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Grocery Bag Album

Finally, I have some projects to show. I have been creating and scrapping like crazy with all the pictures that I took from vacation and some other fun stuff that I had done months ago, but just hadn't gotten done.
Have you ever wanted to make an album or a book, but didn't have one handy? I created this album by cutting and folding a brown grocery bag to fit my needs. There are lots of ways to make an album, but I liked this way because I could use something that I already had in my pantry.
This album was to capture the memories from our trip Up North in early July.
I kept the handles in - they are actually nice to have and they keep the original functionality.
Most of the paper I used comes from Bo Bunny's Flower Child and Roughin' It collections.
There are not too many pages, but just enough to be able to fit the number of pictures I had. That's another great thing about creating your own album - you can customize it to fit your needs.
Inside front cover:
Next page where I journaled about when, what and who:
Page dedicated to the nature shots I took right outside the cabin door:
And, that unfolded into a whole new spread:

The next page was about what I read while on the trip:
And I "stickled up" the design of the paper:

And the last page was dedicated to Carson's water skiing abilities. He loves to ski; doesn't matter if it's cold, rainy, wavy - you name it, he gets in the water!
Hope you are having a great Wednesday! I'll be back tomorrow with some more Bo Bunny stuff!
p.s. - if you are interested in how I made my album, let me know. I might be able to throw together some instructions!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Festa Italiana, Here We Come!

I'm tagging along today on Carson's business trip to Milwaukee's Festa Italiana. There's lots of food and entertainment and it's held at the Summerfest grounds, which is on Lake Michigan. I'm looking forward to it, but it's gonna be a hot one. Today the temp is topping out at about 90.
I'm going to take my Flip and my camera. We'll see what I can capture.
I've been working on layouts from my mom and dad's move and our Wisconsin trip a few weeks ago. I'll have new stuff to post soon!
Happy Thursday!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Movin' On Up!

Today, I will be saying goodbye to my childhood home. It's moving day for my mom and dad. Yep, that's right. They are "movin' on up, to the eastside, to a deluxe appartment" - well, not exactly. It's a ranch style home that was built just a few years ago.
The house that I will be going to for the last time today was the one we moved into when I was 6! I was excited about kindergarten, and the new house with STAIRS and a swimming pool. There are many good memories that I will be leaving behind.
I'm going out there today to help with the moving truck and the loading of the furniture. I am going to take some pictures, which will be perfect for scrapping about "This Old House" -
Stay tuned!
Here is a quick birthday greeting that I pulled together using a yellow patterned October Afternoon paper, and black and white polka-dot K & Company paper, some American Crafts ribbon and a few birthday stamps.

Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Retro Inspired Happy Birthday

We're back from Up North and we have plenty of mosquito bites to show for it. We did some water skiing and boating. The weather was cooler than it was at home - so it was pretty nice. We saw lots of wildlife - foxes, weasels, snakes, turtles, fish, and deer. It's good to be back home. Today, I am planning to do the mountain of laundry that we brought back with us and do some prepping for our house guests that will be arriving on Thursday. Mom and Dad will be spending a couple of nights with us as they get their new home in order.
Here's a retro inspired happy birthday card. I used a variety of products including 7 Gypsies tape, a Tim Holtz journaling tag, a graphic from a Graphic45 paper, background paper by Graphic45 and a swatch of fabric from those upholstery books I snagged.

I'm enjoying some music from my Mac today by logging into my Pandora account. If you've never tried it, Pandora is a website that you can go to and create your own personalized radio station by selecting artists or songs that you like.
I'm planning to scrap the pictures of our trip later this week. Hopefully, I'll have some fun layouts to share.
Have a great Tuesday!