Tuesday, November 30, 2010

And the Bride Wore...Converse?

This past Saturday my best friend's youngest daughter was married. Her colors were purple and orange, which I thought a bit odd, but it worked. The theme, I guess, was Converse. As in the tennis shoes. Yes, the bride and the entire wedding party wore them. (Not the groom though, he wore his Air Force dress blues so that would have been a no-no.) Anyway, I discovered a new talent, flower arranging and bouquet making! I was at her house all morning Friday helping to make the bouquets (6 total), corsages and boutonnieres. Fortunately my daughter has done this before, so she knew exactly what to do. I have decided that I much prefer working with paper! The wedding was beautiful, the weather couldn't have been more perfect and everything went off without a hitch. Here's the card I made for them.
The shoe cut is from the Lite cartridge, Slumber Party. It was too perfect! The background paper is from the DCWV Fairy Tale Princess stack. The lace is Wright's. The label is from Spellbinders Fancy Tags set. The sentiment was computer generated. The jewels are from Imaginesce. The other papers and ribbon were scraps I had on hand.
I hope they like the card and I also wish them many years of happiness together!
Thanks for stopping by.
Maria

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My First Blog Award!

I guess I should check in my blog more often because I would have known sooner about this award. Thank you so much Christine at http://scrappin-nanapuddin.blogspot.com/ for sharing this it with me!
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Here are the rules to this award
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 blogs you have just recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award

So, 8 things about me:
1: I was born in Japan.
2: My mother is a naturalized citizen originally from Germany.
3: I am married to my best friend who is wonderfully understanding of my hobby!
4: My mom taught me to crochet when I was 7.
5: I taught myself how to sew in my early teens and used to make most of my clothes.
6: I love my kids and grand kids!
7: I have a toy poodle, Dixie, who is my constant companion.
8:I bought my oldest daughter a plum Cricut for Christmas. Now she can share in my obsession.

Here are the 8 blogs I would like to pay it forward to:
Inspired by color
Just Call Me a Crafty Frog
Scrap Happens
Kreations by Kim
Country Chick Creations
Craft Castle
Purtty Paperz
With Glittering Eyes
My Place to Blog in Wyoming

Thanks again so much. It really does mean a lot to me!
Maria



Sunday, November 21, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

After spending hours organizing my scraps this weekend, I had some time to actually create something. As for the scraps, I found a rolling hanging file holder. I was looking for something without a lid and this is perfect because it rolls right under my desk. So now my scraps are all organized by color in individual file folders and all is good, for now!

Now for the card... I made this with this weekends Circle challenge in mind. The challenge was to use a cartridge you own but haven't used. I'm happy to say, with the exception of some new ones, I don't have too many I haven't used at least once. Anyway, I went one better and used a stamp set I haven't used yet either.
The Santa is a stamp from Stampin Up's Jolly Old St. Nick set. I colored it with Copic markers. His hat band and pom pon were heat embossed with Ranger Seafoam White embossing powder. His mustache and beard were highlighted with a Twinkles Writer by DecoArt. The tag was cut from the Cricut Trim the Tree cart at 5". The top layer was covered with Holly Stickles. A button from the Michael's dollar bin was added with some Martha Stewart baker's twine. The sentiment stamp is from Scrappy Moms. It was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black then traced over with a Copic Glitter marker in black. The bottom layer of the card was machine stitched with red thread.
I enjoyed working on this card and I think I'm ready to start getting some more Christmas cards made!
Thanks for stopping by!
Maria

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Super Heroes!

This year, without any planning, Carter and Gigi ended up being Superman and Wonder Woman for Halloween. Carter's costume was store bought, but I made Gigi's. Sewing used to be my first love until I discovered the Cricut. I made all my kid's Halloween costumes every year and some for friends and nieghbor's children too! I thought I was off to a good start, getting the fabric and other supplies well ahead of time. But, of course, I waited until the last minute to start sewing. I quickly realized how out of practice I was! I actually had to cut out the top again and completely start over. Once I got into it though and started remembering some of my shortcuts things went a lot smoother. I think it came out pretty cute and she looked darn cute wearing it! I am definitely going to start sewing more though. Will just have to give up one day with the Cricut and dedicate it to my sewing machine instead.
Gigi and her big cheesy grin!
Thanks for stopping by.
Maria

Monday, November 8, 2010

Birthday Card for My Mom

My mom will be celebrating her 85th birthday this Saturday. She lives in FL, so unfortunately we won't be together but she knows I'll be thinking about her!
The paper is from Cosmo Cricket, the Pixielicious stack. I used the Gypsy to design and cut this card, I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of it! The pitcher is from Country Life and the lacy scallop circle is from Cindy Loo. The tag is from Gypsy Wanderings. I added some jewels from Tulip and put them on with the Tulip heat set tool.
Thanks for stopping by!
Maria

Monday, November 1, 2010

Going Buggy Promarkers giveaway

Hi all! Envys is having the most awesome giveaway, a full set of Promarkers! That's 148 markers valued at $330. Go to her blog http://going-buggy.blogspot.com/ for directions on how to enter.
Thanks,
Maria
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