Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Play Time ...

I received numerous gift certificates for my b-day a few weeks ago and I have spent them all! My husband got me a GC from http://www.papertreyink.com/. I have had items in my shopping cart for months, just waiting for me to buy them and this is what I bought:

Beautiful Blooms http://www.papertreyink.com/stamps_beautifulblooms.html,

Borders and Corners Monogram Edition http://www.papertreyink.com/stamps_bcmonogram.html, &

Trajan Monogram http://www.papertreyink.com/stamps_trajan.html

I have not used the monogram sets yet, but the Beautiful Blooms set is awesome. The main reason I wanted this set is b/c some of the stamps were made for the Cuttle bug scalloped flowers die set. The stamps are clear, so placement is almost perfect. For, example, on the card below, the flower and the leaf are made up of two stamps each. It almost looks TOO perfect, but I like it.
And here is another card using different flowers from the same set. The ribbon slide is also a cuttle bug die and placing the "birthday" sentiment on it was effortless b/c the stamp was clear and I could see exactly where I was placing it.

These are my first attempts with clear stamps, so hopefully my future attempts will be much better. Thanks for looking!

P.S. I altered the way I type my posts (proper capitalization now) b/c my DH said the post were too difficult to read the other way. I think he was right :).

Friday, February 22, 2008

Curious? ..... George

well, my baby girl is turning 5 in a week and decided that she wanted a curious george cake and party. do you know how hard it is to find curious curious george stickers? it's impossible ... until the day that i casually look over my shoulder while in line at the market, and there they will be, the elusive curious george stickers. mark my words, it WILL happen.

anyhow, we did find a curious george cake at lowe's foods (and ordered it). i have to admit, of all the things that i make, i have never made her a b-day cake. our tradition is to let her pick one from the book at the store. works for us and the cake is actually very good.

dd and i decided that we would make a monkey themed invite this year and this is what we came up with:

we searched and searched for banana eyelets (even on the internet) and could not find those either. so we went with jolee's stickers. $0.99 for two little bananas! we are both happy with the result. the tree is actually a cuttlekids die cut (dd's not mine) of a flower stem and leaves. it held up very well to the abuse it received. it takes a lot of leaves to make one tree and we made 10 invites. i could run two pieces of cheap card stock through at the same time. however, two sheets of SU's card stock would have stripped the gears ... trust me i almost did!

Oooooooooo... i got my paper trey ink stamps yesterday and will post pictures later today or tonight. i feel like a kid in a candy store!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Scrapbooker's Hangover

scrap-book-er's hang-o-ver [hang-oh-ver]


1. the disagreeable physical after effects of staying up much too late on consecutive evenings to indulge in the hobby of creating stunning page compilations in scrapbook albums.

2. execssive exhuastion and crankiness as a direct result of sleep deprevation due to #1 above.

[Origin: 2008, M.T. Bustin]

yes, i am suffering from scrapbooker's hangover and i am proud of it. i spent 3 days at wrightsville beach with the girls (hi jen!) scrapbooking my little heart out and staying up way too late. i have no regrets because, in my opinion, i created some of the best pages i have ever done.

this page is one of my favorites. it is of my dd's toes right after her first "big girl" pedicure. how sweet!