Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spring is in the House

While it may not be spring outside yet, since we have over a foot of snow sitting in the front yard, spring has now began to enter the house. The only holiday's I decorate for are Halloween and Christmas. Other than that I may change my tablecloth, add a festive table runner and call it good. I cannot justify spending the time and money decorating for every holiday. Plus then you have to store all the stuff. I would rather have more room for my scrapbooking and quilting supplies.
However, after the long winter we have had with no end in sight, I was in need of some spring cheer to brigthen up the house, so I decided to make a Spring banner to hang on our fireplace. I am pleased with how it turned out.

Most of the embellishments I created myself either using the Doodlecharms cartridge or Make the Cut on my Cricut. The bird, butterfly and frog were in my stash from an old scrapbook embellishment swap I participated in.

Here are close-ups of the letters to show more details.

Have a great week everyone and here is to a spring!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bo Bunny Card Challenge

Every Tuesday, Bo Bunny hosts a card challenge where they provide a sketch and using Bo Bunny products, you create a card based on that sketch. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to work on these challenges more often. This week's challenge was this great sketch:

And here is my take on it using Bo Bunny U Bug Me! Arrows and Stars paper that I had been hoarding in my stash!

The stars are popped up with pop-dots:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wagon Wheels Finally Done!!!

I have been working on this quilt for a good friend's 30th birthday since October. Had I decided to start the quilt more than a month before her birthday it would have been better. But luckily, not only is she a great friend she is also a quilter so completely understood why it was late. In my defense though, I did have the top completed by her birthday, it just took me 3 months to get it quilted and bound (even though I did not work on it in December).

The pattern is Wagon Wheels from the Buggy Barn. Kristen loves the Buggy Barn patterns and style so the minute I saw this it I knew it was perfect for her. The quilt is not perfect however, but that is okay because neither are any of us. It is late, much like we are; it has a few flaws, but what person doesn't; and I am not completely sure it is square, but square is not our personalities, so it is perfect to me.

The other thing I really like about this quilt is I made it completely from my fabric stash and hers and I have enough fabric cut to make myself one, which is great since I love how it turned out.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Birthday Cards

While I enjoy social networking as much as the first person, I find that in the age of Facebook and e-mail, birthday greetings have gotten impersonal. Back in the old days, i.e. 5 years ago, if a friend or family member was having a birthday we thought nothing of putting a birthday card in the mail. Now it seems, that with Facebook reminding us the day of a friend's birthday, a quick e-mail or post on a Facebook Wall is all that happens.

Last year I did okay at mailing at birthday cards ahead of time, but since my Crafter's ADD was in full force, I always seemed to remember the day before the birthday which meant by the time I finally got a card made and mailed, it was a good week after a friend's birthday. So this year, I have marked birthdays in my daily planner so that I am reminded at least a week ahead of time of an upcoming birthday! So far this year I have been ahead of the curve and gotten all birthday cards mailed at least 3 days ahead of time.

This one was for a good friend. I used my Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder to emboss the pink card stock underneath the flower. The flower is my favorite piece of the card. I used flowers Color Me Crazy and used one of my favorite scrapbooking toys, Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. I used the Midnight Blue to spray all three flowers. The leaf is colored with Mistletoe.

This card is for my niece who is turning 9 this year. I used the Paisley Cricut Cartridge to cute the cell phone and Ipod out.

The same day my first niece was born, my second niece was born 7 years later. We are headed to her 2nd birthday party this weekend and she loves "Hello Kitty", so of course I had to make her a Hello Kitty card. I used Make the Cut to design and cut the kitty. The flower is from Bo Bunny.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and don't forget to take a few extra minutes and mail a birthday card to someone you love.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Teacher Gift's

These are the cookie bouquet's I made for Simon's pre-school teachers. I was aiming for 3 cookies each, but the cookie had a different idea!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Projects

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to start and finish projects before midnight the night before. I am doing fairly well so far, since I got Simon's pre-school Valentine cards made last month and I finished the rest of my Valentine cards last week. This weekend I need to finish Valentine's Day cookie bouquets for Simon's teachers and we will have another holiday in the book.

Here are the Valentine's Day cards I made:

Here are the Valentine's for Simon's classmates using the Robotz Cartridge and my Cricut Expression:

And the Valentine's I made for Simon's teachers. I was inspired by a card I saw in the latest Close to My Heart catalog. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Crafter's ADD

Reflecting on 2010 and all the great project ideas I had in my head and looking around my craft room seeing some of them partially finished, piles of fabric with patterns attached, stacks of scrapbook magazines with pictures being used as bookmarks, and only about six projects fully completed, I finally realized what my problem is. It is not that I don't have the time, the patience or the energy. It is that I have Crafter's ADD. For those who are not aware, Crafter's ADD is: Starting one project, get up to do something, see another project, do a little of that project, maybe go back to the first project, but realistically start a third project and so on. No wonder I cannot get anything completed! I am sure I am not the only one who suffers from this disease, but am one of many who suffer and are not sure what treatment to seek.
Upon realizing this flaw in my creative ability, I thought if I admitted I had a problem it would magically fix itself and I would be able to focus on one project until complete and then start another one, etc. However, it hasn't worked that way yet and we are 6 weeks into the new year and I have more projects than ever in my head, quite a few layout's started but not finished and even more quilt projects piled up and ready to go.
I decided part of my problem is that I get bored working on one project. I enjoy being able to sit down and quilt a few blocks while Simon is playing Lego's and then stopping to play and then going to gather paper for a new layout and then run upstairs to throw dinner in the oven and run back down to light saber and finally on the way up to finish dinner, grab some scrap paper to put a quick card together for a friend's birthday. By the time Simon is sleeping and I have time to head back downstairs, I need an activity that doesn't require much thought so I am likely to grab pictures and magazines and watch my favorite shows and find more sketches that hopefully someday I get around to scrapping.
To give myself credit, I have almost finished a quilt for a best friend, finally finished a three-block table runner that I started in October and am only about 5 layout's away from being done scrapbooking our Alaska Cruise we took in May of 2009.  
This may or may not be the year I find a cure for my Crafter's ADD. Follow along with me on my blog to see if I can get it under control.