Friday, December 30, 2011

On Your Day...

A scrapbook page for my baby boy, documenting the front-page headline, winning lotto numbers, local weather, #1 movie, and #1 song on the day he was born.

Background paper by Cosmo Cricket (Mr. Campy collection)
Cardstock by Stampin' Up (Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake) and Recollections (ivory)
Leaves and acorn embellishments by K&Co.
Font from ("It Ain't Rocket Science")
Chipboard letters by American Crafts
Mini Vintage Tag by Stampin' Up

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Festive Gift Wrap and Pinwheel Bows

Just wanted to share some adorable gift wrapping!

I had a special gift to wrap tonight; it was for a secret santa and my husband was the giver.  I figured if it was done with lots of pink and crafty touches, nobody would suspect the only man in the room!  

The paper is from Echo Park's holiday line from last year.  The pinwheels were created VERY easily with a little bit of folding, a little bit of cutting, a Glue Dot and a button.  I love how cute and easy this was to do!  That said, wrapping with quality cardstock is a nightmare; everything had to be scored and it was REALLY tedious!  Consider yourself warned!  

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas 2011

I was quite content to occupy myself in my craft room tonight while my husband had some daddy/son bonding time - he hogs the baby on the weekends since I get to spend the week with him.  :)

I downloaded A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Gauraldi Trio and played it on repeat while I wrapped presents and made a few gift tags.  That's my version of Christmas Bliss!

First of all, I want to share a How The Grinch Stole Christmas rag quilt I've made for my son for his first christmas; I've made a rag quilt for each of the babies in our extended families since my husband and I got married, so I had to make one for James, as well!  I'm really, really happy with how this turned out and I hope it's really special to him as he grows up.

I made a snowman gift tag for one of my mom's gifts; I saw this idea on Pinterest and absolutely LOVED it.  The originals are from Mari Designs on Etsy.  I modified them slightly by adding the top hat and using punched circles for the lumps of coal. 

I did a few really simple tags like this one; they're nice and easy but still quite pretty.

Lastly, I had to use my new Holiday Stocking die cut!  We're doing charitable donations in lieu of gifts for my brother and sister-in-law.  Since they're big cat lovers (and have three adopted cats of their own!) we decided a donation to the MEOW Foundation would be appropriate.  Instead of just a note in a card, I made a card to tuck inside of a stocking, and gave the stocking a cat-print trim.  Too cute, if I do say so myself!

Supplies as follows:

Rag quilt:  All fabric from Robert Kaufman.

Snowman tags:  White glossy paper from Canon (glossy photo paper); black and orange cardstock from Bazzil; Tangerine Tango ink by Stampin' Up; embossing folder from Cuttlebug; felt and snowflake button from craft supply. 

Basic Tag:  Tag die cut from Sizzix; cardboard from the recycling bin; ribbon from Stampin' Up; holly berry stamp from "Holiday Bingo Bits" by Stampin' Up; Garden Green ink from Stampin' Up; red marker and white opaque pen from American Crafts; Momento black ink; letters from Sweet Shoppe Alphabet by Stampin' Up.

Stocking:  Holiday Stocking die from Sizzix for Stampin' Up; cardstock (brown and ivory) from Bazzil; cat print paper from Max & Whiskers collection by Basic Grey; grosgrain ribbon from craft supply. 

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Baby Boy - Birth Announcement & Thank You Cards

Our sweet baby boy, James Alistair, made his safe (and VERY slow!) arrival on October 2, 2011!  He is, without a doubt, my biggest love and brightest joy.

I created his birth announcements in Photoshop with a picture I took of him at about 10 days old.  They were printed and mailed to our family and friends.

And of course, I had to make a set of thank you notes for the gifts we've received!  I was on bed rest due to medical complications for the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy so I created a bunch of these prior to giving birth; of course, they were all gone by time he arrived and another batch needed to be made!  I've created about 60 of these notes; they're easy to make in a batch and there's a little bit of variety to keep me from getting bored with them.  

Supplies:  All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.  Cardstock (Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White); Fox & Friends stamp set; Baja Breeze ink; 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Baja Breeze.  "Thanks" sentiment from Gel-a-Tins; Embossing folders by Cuttlebug, Sizzix, and Quickutz.