Archive for February, 2010

So, my sweet little babies are turning 4 soon. And it just breaks my heart to see how fast the time has gone since they were my little 5 lb wonders! But the show goes on, I just had to a momma moment.
This year will be our first party with their friends from preschool and should be interesting! I’m hoping the weather is nice enough we can play outside!
So I asked (silly me) what we wanted for a party. My sweet girl wanted hello kitty, and my little guy wanted monster trucks. We are not having two parties, one party with all their classmates.
Thanks to my latest version of photoshop from my very sweet hubby, and google image searches I found a few images to “borrow”. The girls in the class will get hello kitty and the boys will get monster trucks. With twins, everything has come in twos, and I didn’t want their friends’ parents to feel like they had to get two gifts. Make sense?
I know I could buy nearly everything but as a creative momma I really couldn’t do it. I may change that attitude when I attempt to make a pinnata. (spelling on that word??)

First the invites:

Then the outside

Pretty simple huh? Here’s what I did:
-open PSE create a new canvas 3×5 in, added the text in separate boxes so I could move and resize individually
-add my borrowed images, used the eraser tool to clean up images.
-created my own cupcake background using the cupcake shape
-merge all layers or flatten image, and add to a new 8.5×11 in canvas. I fit three to a sheet
-print, trim down to 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 in
-cut cardstock 6 x 4 1/2 in, score at 3 in, adhere to card

Now the Cupcake favors! Again, I could buy something but this wasn’t too hard to do either!

-first I decided the size I wanted to punch each image. I have a 1 3/8 circle punch that I can layer with other punches
-Open a new canvas, 8.5×11 in. And went into the basic shape menu, selected a circle, the size I wanted, and copied a bunch of these on the screen to see how they fit.

-Next I copied my image and pasted it onto the document with the black circles. This way I could use the shape as a template to re-size the image.
-Once my shape is the right size, I deleted the black circles and duplicated the layer that had the shape so I kept my re-sizing. Then filled the page.
-Print and punch out with small circle punch and layer

I need to find flat toothpicks, but these seem to be holding up just fine. The design repeats on both sides to hold the toothpick.

Actually pretty easy. The rest of the decor is lots of colors of balloons and streamers. I might make some of these coffee filter flowers. Don’t they look fun?
But first I need to see about a hello kitty and monster truck wheel pinanta. I’ll post my results later!


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This past year has been rough, not just personally but for also for our marriage. I’ll admit that we’ve both been difficult to live with. But with a fresh start to a new year, talking over a lot of things, we are doing better. By the way, we watched the movie Fireproof together. And if you are married, if you are struggling or just perfectly happy, see this movie with your spouse. It is powerful and can really help put things in perspective!

Anyway, it seemed appropriate to make a sweet valentine for my honey that looked at the good, bad, and the in between of our 15 years together. I’m keeping it real here!
My idea was to talk about what a real love story is all about.

First I covered 4 of the On Board heart book pages with the Sending Love DSP. Then added ric rac along the edges from my grandma stash of goodies.

Next I added a scallop envelope to the left hand sides of the book, a pocket on the right side for photos. These I added personal notes to describe a bit of that section of our life together.
Then I went into photoshop and made my story “headers”. I sized them to punch with my 1 3/8 ” circle punch. (The color isn’t right but I rolled with it!)

-starts with a cast of two

-follows the twists and turns of everyday life

-and has no ending


My husband loved it, and even got a little weepy reading the notes. sweet!

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Finally getting into the card making swing. Some of these are cases, or inspired by cards I’ve seen online, and some are my very own design! Yay me! (All supplies are Stampin Up)

Polka Dot Heart (with some of my new faves!)

-polka dot embossing folder
-heart embossilit
-basic black, pink pirouette (retired but I have lots), whisper white
-Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

XOXO- inspired by a few similar ones I’ve seen online

-Sending Love dsp
-triple heart punch, pinking hearts border
-pink pirouette, real red
-Define Your Life stamp set

Be Mine

-background paper is not SU, a scrap of paper I’ve been hanging onto for a couple of years
-chocolate chip satin ribbon,
-ticket punch
-chocolate chip, pink pirouette cs
-Holiday Best stamp set

I love

-retired paper, sweet always?
-chocolate chip, pink pirouette
-circle, oval, and scallop oval punches
-Things I love stamp set


-melon Mambo
-dazzling diamonds
-circle punches
-Things I love, and Teeny Tiny Wishes

That’s all for now!

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