Monday, March 19, 2012

Baby {Love}

I've been saying for a few years now I'd love to have more babies. I adore babies. They're soft & snuggly & warm & YUMMY! I wanted to be a midwife for a while, just so I could have more babies, without being in charge of raising them. :)

Caring for babies is a breeze compared to raising children. Note that I say this now, since my youngest baby is 5. I'm sure I was singing a different tune 5 years ago, in the middle of the night. heehee

I have a few pregnant friends who are due to have their babies soon, so I've been case-ing baby cards on Stampin' Connection & found one I love. I wanted to do it as a convention swap, but decided I'd better just do one to see how much work goes in to it, before deciding to make 25 of them.

I'm so glad I did!

While this took time too much time to consider doing them as a swap, it turned out so adorable & can't wait to give it to my girlfriend with her shower gift!

Stamp Sets: Packed for Baby, Tiny Tags
Paper: Pretty in Pink, & Regal Rose
Ink Pads: Pretty in Pink, & Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Itty Bitty Shapes Flower Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Blender Pens

Thanks for peeking in! :)


Sunday, March 18, 2012


I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to go to convention this year! My mom has been a Stampin' UP! Demo for about 15 years & has gone to Convention many times. one of my favorite things to do when she came back was to go through all her swaps.

She's a bit of a swap-a-holic & takes no less than 500 swaps, but likes to take at least 1000. That number sounds overwhelming to these ears!

So far, I'm up to 80 swaps, with the hopes nothing I've made will be eliminated from the upcoming 2012-2013 Stampin' UP! Catalog.

Here's one I CASE'd just today. It was pretty quick to make & (I think) it turned out pretty cute, so I think this will be one of my swaps.

I used the new Summer Smooches DSP for this cute card. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by! :)


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Shoe Box Swap!

This weekend I was graciously invited to crash another Stampin' UP! groups shoe box swap. It was the first one I'd ever been to & I'm excited to report it was SO. MUCH. FUN!! Our hostess was the well know Stampin' UP! demonstrator Gwen Mangelson, from Gwen's Paper Expressions, who is one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met! I was thrilled to meet her & she was so welcoming. :)

I was so engrossed & tried to pay attention to every detail, I forgot to take pictures while I was there. :( I did get pics of the swaps I managed to get done before I left.

This first project was Gwen's. It's so cute! It would make for a great gift for a new neighbor, or a sister I Visit Teach, or even 3-D swap at convention! It took very little time to make & was quite creative.

The next one took the longest, but was so fun & inventive! I was very impressed! I glued two 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 envelopes together & added paper, stamps, & embellishments to turn it in to a mini-
album/purse/most adorable thing EVER!

We used the pocket of the envelopes to add pull out scalloped squares to put pictures on. Like I said, I was so impressed with this little project & once I found out who had put it together for us, I felt like I was practically in the presence of a stampin' celebrity! She's a member of the UStamp With Dawn and Friends design team.

I love this next card! It took a few tries to get the circles all going the way I wanted them to, what with my OCD about perfect spacing & all, but it turned out SO CUTE!

I enjoy simple cards. I think I over-do it sometimes, but this card fit the bill nicely. :)

Lastly, I made a little 3x3 Thank You card for Gwen, for letting me crash the party. Along with it, I gave her a really cute notepad holder.

I found a video on You Tube from How'd She DO That? that gave an easy tutorial on making these. I made a dozen of them for a Favorite Things party the night before & had some extras. They turned out really nicely.

You can find the tutorial here.

A tutorial for the flowers can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by! :)