Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday

Good afternoon all my crafty friends!!  For all my American friends, I hope that you enjoyed your friends and family during the Thanksgiving holiday.  My family had a wonderful day filled with too many goodies for sure!! 

Today I have a birthday card to share using this fabulously adorable stamp from Stampendous. 

And here is the inside of the card:

Hope you have a fabulous day!

Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Marker Pop - Skin Tones
Corrosive Challenge -  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm Thankful For You

Uh Oh!!!  I just now realized this morning that I had no Thanksgiving cards made with all the hubbub that's been going on with the past couple of storms in the past couple of weeks!!! And, I just realized we're less than a week away from the big turkey!  YIKES!  So what did I do?  I did what any responsible housewife would do, that's what!  I made a card and blew off the loads of laundry that are literally screaming at me to get done ;)

I used the current weekly sketch at MFT for inspiration along with the stamp set from Pure Innocence called Turkey Time.  Just the cutest thing ever!

I used some very old My Mind's Eye dp that I had laying around and paper pieced her little dress with it to match.  The rest of her is colored in Copics.  The flower was layered with some flowers I had in my stash, which I added a button to, and finished it off with The Twinery twine in Flax that I picked up from the MFT store.  This little cutie and the sentiment were then distressed with some Tim Holtz Vintage photo.  I also whipped out my Fiskars Treading water punch to add a little something special. 

Well it's off to make some more and maybe do some  laundry ;)  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Card Makin' Mamas - Thanksgiving/Thank You
Guylou's Inimitability - Thanksgiving/Thank You
AUD Sentiments - Thanks
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studio - Thanksgiving/Thank You
Crafting For All Seasons -Thank You Cards
Simon Says Stamp - Thanksgiving/Thank You
Sisterhood of Crafters - Thankful

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mini Album Post Sandy

Hello my crafty friends!  It is soooooo good to be back on my blog and in my craft space, you have no idea!!!   The past two weeks have been quite a disaster here in Jersey being hit with the horrific and life threatening Hurricane Sandy only to be followed by a tremendous Nor'Easter this past week.

My family lost power as the eye of Sandy hovered over us.  I can honestly say that I was scared while the storm hit, bundling up the kids in whatever hats/gloves/scarves we could find and heading into the basement for safety with water and non-perishables. We continued bundled for 4.5 days; battling a 59 degree house day and night; living off pop-tarts and non-perishable items.  We lost our phone, internet and cable - cell phone towers were hit hard so calls were unable to connect or dropping when they actually did.  Thank God for my battery operated radio - it was a lifesaver and chance to feel that we were still connected to life. 

We are so lucky and blessed that that was the worst we endured here in my town.  

After Sandy hit and we braved the power outtage that time, we got hit with another storm only 2 days after getting our power back on - this one bringing a foot of snow and more flooding.  We then lost our power for another 3.5 days....reliving the craziness of the last week.  It has been quite emotional to say the least.

Anyway, I am finally able to sit down peacefully and create..much needed therapy lemme tell you!  We have a birthday party to go to this Sunday for my husband's cousin's daughter who turned 1 recently, and I thought I would make another mini album and stick a gift card inside it.  I used the tutorial from Marla over at Lake Avenue Design's YouTube video, which you can find by clicking here.  

Here is the front cover constructed with chipboard and covered in patterned paper.  There is also the side view tied up in some lavender gingham ribbon I had in my stash:

Here is what the album looks like as soon as you open it up:

Here is a shot of the album expanded and all the photo mats that are tucked into pockets can be used to hold wallet size photos.

Let me tell you, the directions were simple and so was this album to make - I did most of it in one day while the kids were in school.  They make such a cute little gift idea, don't you think?!

Only 20 minutes from our house is the actual shore where homes have been destroyed and our beaches and boardwalks were washed away. There are so many of us in Jersey that are now homeless, without food, clothing, toys for their children, etc.  My husband has quite a few friends that have been left with nothing.  A severe blow right before the holidays.   It makes me sad knowing that a lot of the places where I made some of the best childhood memories are gone for now until they have the opportunity to rebuild and restore what was lost.  So if you have some extra change laying around and feel it in your heart to give, here is a link to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.  I'm thanking you in advance if you choose to donate -it would be a tremendous help to those suffering the continuing, devastating effects of this storm.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Top Tip Tuesday - We're all hearts
MIM - Always Anything Goes
The Ribbon Reel - Crochet Lace/flower and ribbon/twine