Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Play date

On Sunday--which was much cooler than the previous few days--a friend of mine hosted a Stampin' Up workshop, led by accomplished demonstrator Karen Indendi. She taught us how to use chalks in a variety of ways on three lovely cards.




Friday, June 20, 2008

Candy


Part of my strategy to survive the wretched 107-degree heat involved driving 15 miles to Scrapbook Expressions, the nearest scrapbooking store (the only scrapbooking store, I should say). I call it my air-conditioned candy store because I'm always running around like a kid in said type of store! The kind owners also let my toddler run around the store -- she was as enthusiastic about the delicious papers and stickers as I was!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mobile -- little girl clothes

A while ago, some friends of ours sent us a beautiful mobile constructed of delicate wire, thread, and paper. As soon as we hung it in our daughter's room, we were all entranced by the way the air currents gently moved the paper -- it's like watching clouds move across the sky.

Some of our friends found the mobile equally fascinating, but had difficulty getting their hands on one -- ours had come directly from Denmark, where simple, modern mobiles are apparently all the rage. When our friends' daughter's first birthday rolled around, I decided that a mobile would be the perfect gift, so I tried my hand at making one. I knew I'd kick myself if I didn't make one for myself/my daughter, so I made two nearly identical mobiles at the same time.










The mobiles were a team effort -- my mom gave me the wire and tools; my friend gave me the paper (not knowing what I was going to use it for); and my husband helped me balance the mobiles and gave me pointers on their design. I then took pains to package the mobile so it could be wrapped and then safely transported.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

I have several fathers and grandfathers in my life, all of whom deserve special thanks on Father's Day (and every day, for that matter). This year, I led a mini card-making workshop for some friends from church. We made three different designs, two of which are specifically father oriented. The other could be used for any occasion.




Cupcake birthday

Ah, little girls ... sugar, spice, and everything nice -- including cupcakes. My best friends decided to go all out with a sweet treats theme for their daughter's first birthday party. Thus, I decided to go all out with sweet-treat-themed paper crafts.


These paper cupcakes are created around plastic Easter eggs and can open to reveal a treat inside.








I suppose I should explain why I made three cards for a 1-year-old: the top one is from my mom, who didn't have time to make a card herself; the middle one is from my 17-month-old daughter; and the bottom one is from me.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Cards by my mom

My mom says that I got her into stamping and paper crafts. She saw how much fun I had with some scrapbooks in college, and she decided to try her hand at a new creative outlet. She eventually worked for a rubber-stamp store and taught stamping classes. Thanks to my mom and her generosity, I can continue stamping and making paper crafts. If it weren't for her hand-me-downs and her desire to help me obtain new supplies, I wouldn't be able to afford this hobby of mine...

These are some of the beautiful cards that my mom recently sent me. I keep them all...

This one is on permanent display in my living room.







The big wedding project

In addition to asking me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, one of my dearest friends asked me to hand make her wedding programs. I was honored and soon became thankful that she had a six-month engagement!

It took me all six months to design the program, track down the right papers, have the stamp made, get the right inks, cut the paper, stamp the images, and assemble 150 programs. I then wrote a little story for the inside of the program, printed the insides, and put it all together.

As if that wasn't enough, I volunteered to make the thank-you cards and the cards that the favors would be attached to. Needless to say, this is a one-of-a-kind endeavor! I enjoyed the project very much and learned a lot about hand making a project of this size...















Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Little boy birthday box

Happy first birthday to my friend, Mr. S.L.! I had fun shopping for some clothes for the little guy, but I got home and realized I didn't have the right size box. Plus, I had some delicious retro paper that I wanted to incorporate somehow. Necessity + cool paper = invention:







Saturday, June 7, 2008

Easter

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In my case, the proverbial they could say that perceived necessity is the mother of many a paper craft. This year, not having a small Easter basket in my stash of gift-wrapping supplies, I decided to invent one out of paper. It worked pretty well, though it wasn't as stable as other woven baskets.



I also used some Stampin' Up rub-ons on plastic Easter eggs and was happy with the results.

I've been on a flower kick lately... It took me a while to part with this card.