Monday, March 28, 2011

Baby Gift Fun...

Our good friends had a baby about 3 weeks before we had Madison. It's their 5th kid...4th boy...so they kinda have all the baby stuff they "needed" for him. Well...you can never have enough blankets...and I had something I wanted to try...so I went for it. But I'm first going to show you the card I made... I love the "Fox and Friends" set and I think the whale is my fave image. :) And add some layered punched images, and you have a fun focal point. The color combo is Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, and Marina Mist. Here is a close-up...
Love that whale! :) And then finally...here is the quilt I made...
Do you not LOVE the dino fabric! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! And have to say...again...I do NOT sew! This was a BIG project for me to do! (And just hoping it doesn't fall apart! :) I washed it a few times before I gave it to them and it didn't so hopefully it won't! :) ) But I had this idea to make a bigger scallop with the 5" scallop square die. And it actually worked!!!!! I just folded a fabric square in half both ways, and laid it so it only cut out 2 of the scallop sides. Then unfold the scallop square and you have about a 9" square!!!!! I LOVE LOVE the versatility and how well it worked! It worked out better than I thought it would. Then I just sewed all the scallop squares together and you have this fun rag quilt! Here is a bit of a close-up...
And I realize you can't really tell the size of the squares...but again..it's about 9" square. And here it is all wrapped up ready to give to them...
Now I need to make my own to keep! It was quite fun to make! The only hard part was giving it away!!! :) But that is also the fun part as well! : )


Hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Best Creation of the Year BY FAR!!!!

Have you ever had one of those special times where you go to create something and EVERYTHING goes perfect. It turns out just how you pictured!? Well...that's how this creation went for me. As soon as I saw this particular creation that is JUST how I felt. I knew it was perfection and just what I was picturing. And it is BY FAR the best creation I have made this year!!!! :) So are you ever lucky you came to visit today because I will share this creation with you...


Seriously...isn't she perfect?! :) We are in love at our house and so I just wanted to share. :) She was born March 15th. Her name is Madison Ellie. She was 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 1/2" long. She is a day old in this picture, and just as CUTE as EVER!!! Here is another picture of her a few days later...
Can NOT stop kissing those checks. :) And I am sharing this photo because I know you come to this blog for crafty things. :) Well...I wanted to show you this AMAZING quilt I got from my fabulous friend, Kelli! She used the Scallop Square Duo die (the one with the two scallop squares...one is about 3" and not sure the other but it is smaller) and her Big Shot to make this! I can NOT believe she did this for me and am in love with this quilt. (So is Madi! :) ) Here is a pic of more of the quilt... Don't you just LOVE it?! And the bundle inside the quilt....SO IN LOVE!!!! :) Anyway...this is why I haven't been posting lately. :) I am sure you understand! Thanks for visiting though and hope you enjoy!!! :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Decorate With Stampin' Up!...

First of all...let me just say...getting a new laptop is fun...but also a bit of a pain. Re-installing all your programs, getting all your pictures back on, etc, etc. AND...the kicker...finding out the pictures and documents that you backed up on an external hard drive from your old computer didn't REALLY backup. So pause for freaking out that your pictures from the last almost 2 years were GONE!!! Oh...and being 9 months pregnant so REALLY emotional about it all anyway!!! Well...THANK HEAVENS for a FABULOUS computer guy that we know that got them all back for me!!!!

Anyway...lately I have been doing a little decorating around our house. Painted our dining room a fun green. Doing green, black, and pops of bright pink. Well...this is a horrible picture...but hung a mirror and wanted something over it. So Stampin' Up! Decor Elements to the rescue! I LOVE this image of all the different welcoming words so hung this up...

Now the lighting is HORRIBLE in this picture. I will try to take it again so you can really see the green. I think I'm going to add a pink Upsy Daisy decor element to the corner of the mirror to add some pink there also. :) But in the mirror you may see something that you would like to see a close-up of. Well...here you go....
I sometimes have a hard time finding things in stores that fit what I want for a space. So once again...Stampin' Up! supplies to the rescue!!!! These FABULOUS frames are in the Decor Elements catalog and I think they get passed over. They are a 12x12 frame, have about 1" thick sides, and then a 4x4 cut out in the middle. They come all white. I just added some Basic Black Designer Series Paper (from the Neutrals paper stack) to the frames. Then used my BIG SHOT (LOVE this thing!) and some accessories to finish decorating. I cut out some butterflies and the words from Melon Mambo textured cardstock. Well...here are pics of each of the frames separately...
The flowers are the Paper Daisies that you buy in a pack. The Designer Series Paper behind the butterflies is what is actually "framed". It's from the Hostess Paper pack that you get FREE and it's in Blushing Bride. Then I added the butterfly (with some rhinestones!!!) to the glass of the frame...
To make the butterflies I cut out two of them and curled the wings a bit with my Bone Folder. Then adhered them together so they were 3-dimensional. Added the rhinestones and then just adhered them right to the glass of the frame.
Here is the fun flower/button/taffeta ribbon combo...
And that's it. It was pretty easy and so much fun to make!!! I hope you enjoyed this project. I have to admit....I love going into my dining room and seeing them. They make me happy. :)
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 11, 2011

So Sorry...

I need to apologize for my silence. :) My laptop died on me...something with the hard drive. There go all my pictures (luckily I had backed things up a month-ish ago so just lost the last month) and all that stuff. I just got my new laptop today and I'm super excited. So now I just need to get my programs and such back on here...take more pictures of my stampin' stuff that I need to show you...and I will be back up and running! Don't even know if anyone is around anymore...but I will be back soon! :) Oh...and yes...still pregnant...baby not here yet. If she isn't here by Tuesday though...the doc is going to help her out a bit! :) So Tuesday should be the day...if not before! :)

Hope everyone is doing well! I will have some fun things to show you soon!