Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cleaning Up

Well, looks like we finally got some snow! My poor rhodies are quite confused, and I hope they don't decide to forget about giving me a pink show this year. Even the Georges were confused:
They sat at the window all morning, waiting for Santa to arrive. I don't think he came, but somehow, they got candy anyways.

I had a few minutes today between lessons, so I thought I'd put away all the Valentine craft things. Like these hearts that I started...I'll work on more of these throughout the year, because they were fun; I just need more practice.

I put all the Valentine card-making stuff away (sniff, sniff), and managed to get this card in the mail for my SIL's birthday. I used some of the "Beloved" (MME) paper and "Just the Ticket" (PTI) stamps, and a Kristina Werner layout:
I was goofing around with the inside, and Peter said it looked neato, so I kept it that way.
Now, on to the next project: making a pillow cover with yo-yos. I stitched up several yesterday during piano lessons, and a few today during Anastasia's doctor appointment. Now I just need to find a pattern for the cover.

Okay, time to go make dinner...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

Just a few hearty-pinky things today. Steve left for a week-long trip yesterday, so he left these for me (I think he made the card using some scraps from my wastebasket!)

New Cutterbees that I had to get, but I waited until today to use them!

And I bought a cute pink purse! Yay, Anastasia and Sophia are excited: this one replaces my Eddie Bauer gray one, which replaced my Eddie Bauer black one. They were very, um, practical and weatherproof, but not cute. I was so excited when I found this one...I'm not sure if it is totally cute, but it definitely has more color.

And I have been really enjoying my heart Nesties! I used them here to decorate the ribbon on a vase of flowers for my friend:

I made Ziggy a heart-shaped card, super-quick. And George made me some pink hearts, too.

I have to show a card...this one is Kristina Werner's design, I just swapped the colors, and followed her video tutorial (it is so much fun!):

And the heart garland...well, I was going to sew the felt hearts to a crocheted chain. So I crocheted a long chain, and after sewing on 3 or 4 hearts, I realized that I really had no place to hang a garland (!). So, this morning, I cut off the hearts and undid the chain, and just placed the guys on the foyer's sideboard:
Lousy photo, but there is no sun outside today, so there you go. Think I'll leave these guys up a while, because hearts are so cheery.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Heart Stuff

It must be close to Valentine's Day, because look what Anastasia found in the potato chip bag:

I bet that Nick Jonas put it in there just for her!!!

Today's card is a "tent topper" card, made with the little mouse from "Happy Heart Day" (Stampin' Up! ). I bought this set off of Ebay last month, and even though it is a retired set I still think it is cute, and not too outdated :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pink Stuff

Just in a girly mood today, I guess, but I felt like posting pink things. Here is Pippin, all snuggled on the laundry pile.

I made these cute boxes using a video tutorial by Angie. I used some old K&Co. Berrylicious paper, and unknown SU pink color (I bought it at Goodwill, and it had no name on it). The flowers were made with my favorite Tim Holtz "Tattered Florals" die (I love this die!). The sentiment is from Lockhart.

These boxes are about 3 x 3 on the top, and are a good size for treats, or...

...just the right size for some music flash cards! Peter is so thrilled to have them stored in there.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Seems like Henry is showing up in a lot of my cards lately. Well, he is fun to color, and he insists on sparkles, so that is even more fun.

I love putting him in this layout. I used it for Christmas cards, and here it is again. Really simple layout, and I get to use patterned paper, too.

The first one was done with BasicGrey "Nook & Pantry" dp, and the second one was made with October Afternoon's "Thrift Shop."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Feeling the Love...

I'm still having fun making Valentine's embellishments. Hopefully, these will make their way on to some cards. If not, I'll store these happy bits into the Valentine Box for next year.

I really enjoy making these happy, little pieces with no end project in mind. And adding glitter to unexpected places has become almost an obsession as of late. Stamping, cutting, gluing...I think the kids are getting annoyed with it :)

Here are some finished Valentines, made with my "One and Only" stamp set (American Crafts), using kraft cardstock and dp from American Crafts and BasicGrey. The BasicGrey (Curio) paper was a bit too bright, so I sponged Antique Linen distress ink over it (I may have added Vintage Photo, too).

Today I'm crocheting a chain for the heart garland. Hopefully I can finish that up tonight. Anastasia has a Valentine's Bunco party on Saturday, so I'd better get busy and make her heart headband, so she'll be properly attired for the occasion.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bits and Pieces

No finished projects to share; just bits and pieces, here and there...

Felt hearts, cut with my Nesties, will soon be a garland. Anastasia wants me to make her a headband with them, too. I started sewing the layers together, but it was too difficult for me, so I ended up gluing the layers together.

The Valentine's Inspiration Box is full of embellishments, waiting to be made in to cards.

And my desk is covered with this beautiful collection of My Mind's Eye "Be-Loved" paper. I love the colors in this collection!

Just Bits & Pieces, but they make me smile.