Another project in the works...

An old magnetic dry erase board... Cut off the boarder and peel the

white board from the backing... Apply magnetic dry erase board to

corkboard... Cover with fabric... Do some stamping...

And, well, I haven't gotten any further than that. But I have tons of ideas running around in my head... Can you guess what I'm making?!??!

I'll let you know next week when I get my internet back up and running at our new house!

If you ain't DUTCH...

...you ain't much!

This cross-stitch I made for my grandmother, who is Dutch, and very proud of it. I took all of the different components off a Dutch Sampler, and then made my own design from it. The little flower in the lower right hand corner is the symbol that is used on Dutch (delft) objects as a stamp of authenticity. I thought that was pretty cool!

Love Notes

This is not my creativy... but I thought I'd share. As I have been packing, I found these cards... that MY HUSBAND made for me! I must say, I never thought that my husband would make cards, but he really did make these. I took pictures of both the front, inside, and back to show you that he stamped all of them. I was also quite impressed with the fact that he used fancy scissors to cut them out, etc. Not bad for a man... :-)

My 24th Birthday card... 2001 (I love how he also wrote in purple ink!)

My Valentine's Day card - 2004

My Anniversary card from last year...
My husband is AWESOME! He told me once that he made the cards for me because he knows how much I love handmade cards. He also said that he was very careful to put the stamps away exactly where he found them so I wouldn't be able to tell that he had used them (and I would have known, too, had he not put them back in the right spot!)


Homemade Curtains

These are the curtains that I helped make for my kitchen/dining room last year (this was in our other house in Maryland.) My dear friend, Carrie, actually did all the sewing, but I did the cutting and stamping. The bigger curtains are actually made out of hand towels that I bought at the dollar store for $1! I thought it was a great idea to incorporate them into the curtains. Both sets are reversible as well. I love these, and hope I can use them in our new house! If not, I may be finding someone else to help me make curtains again! :-)

By the way, Janelle, I do keep busy, but not as much as I should or could! Without having kids to occupy my time, and my hubby working late hours these days, it gives me a lot of time to do crafty stuff. Now all I have to do is figure out a way to pay for all that I want! :-)


Painted Plaques

Here are some painted plaques that I made for Christmas in 2003 as well. I painted them, then stamped them and embossed them with embossing powder. The snowmen I colored with colored pencils on white paint.
All Flakes Welcome

Snowmen fall from Heaven Unassembled
Some of my best friends are FLAKES!!
Best Friends are sisters that God gives us in someone else's family!
(Again, I apologize for the picture quality!)

Picture frames

Above are picture frame gifts I made for my nieces and nephews (and sis-in-law) for Christmas a few years ago (2003). I bought $4 wooden frames at Hobby Lobby, and used paint, paper, and wooden embellishements on them. On the frames for the boys, I used green paper that actually felt like grass. I cut it on a diagonal, then just glued it on the frame. The embellishments were wooden baseballs, footballs, etc, and on this one, I used golf buttons. The Seminoles helmet was a keychain.

The Vikings helmets on these 2 frames I actually painted free-hand. I was pretty impressed with the results (if I do say so myself!)

This one I used purple velvet paper. I hand-painted the daisies on the paper, and used wooden flower embellishments on the corners.
This one I did a lot more hand-painting on. I painted the clouds, flowers, and lilypads. The dragonflies and frogs were wooden embellishments that I bought.
I painted the plaid background on this frame, then used fancy scissors to cut out the patterned paper. Again, I used wooden flowers to embellish the corners.
This frame I did just like the one above, except no plaid, and different colors.

I apologize (again) for the quality of the pictures, but I didn't have a digital camera then! :-) I was pretty pleased with how these turned out... this was my first try at painting!

Crib Notes

I made this baby card to match a friend's baby's nursery. It was decorated in Americana colors, with cows and barns. She did an awesome job decorating it!

Materials used:
Stamps: Baby Firsts, Too Punny, Riveting
White Cardstock from Walmart, Buckaroo Blue, Ruby Red, Night of Navy from SU!
Inks: Basic Black, Buckaroo Blue, Ruby Red, Night of Navy and Real Red from SU!
Plaidmakers from SU!, Marvy Super Jumbo square and shipping tag punches, twill tape (trach ties), Aged Copper brads - Spare Parts, and colored safety pins from JoAnn Fabrics.


You are... Like No Udder!

This is yet another card made with the "Too Punny" set as the focal image. I just think this little cow is "adora-bull!" The polka dots on the bkgd is the little inner circle stamp from Riveting. Letters are alphabet stamps from "The Little Classic Rubber Stamp - Mini's Alphabet set - Curlz." The cardstock is white from Walmart, Basic Black from SU!, Re-entry Red iridescent astrobrights (I got on clearance at Staples) and the silver is actually the back of the cover piece in the package of astrobrights paper. I used Basic Black ink from SU!, and Colorsnap fluid chalk ink in Warm Red. I used a Positively Pink SU! marker for the cow's nose and udder. Eyelets are silver from SU!, and I used the Marvy Super Jumbo and Mega circle punches. Enjoy!


Bug Me Anytime

I know the background of this card is a little crazy, but I can't do anything straight, so I made it crooked on purpose. I used the dots frame from Around and About for the lines, the big polka dots on the background are from Riveting, and the ladybugs on the background are from Little Layers. The focal ladybug is from Too Punny, and I used the sentiment on the red layer instead of with the ladybug itself. The squares are Marvy Extra Jumbo scalloped, then Super Jumbo, then Mega. Cardstock is White from Walmart, Real Red, and Basic Black (SU!), and some scrap textured red I had from somewhere else for the red square. I used Real Red and Basic Black ink, and used the markers in those same colors to go over the focal ladybug, just to brighten her up a bit. The white ribbon is from Walmart.

Best Fishes Birthday

This is the first little boy card I've made in a while. I love this stamp set called "Too Punny" and have been looking for occasions to use it. I masked the fish to add in the little (very top) of the birthday hat. I then colored it in with gel pens.

Stamp sets: Too Punny, Around and About, Birthday hat from Button Bear, bubbles and little school of fish~sea animals set I got about 12 years ago... have no idea who made it!
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, White cardstock from Walmart
Ink: same as above
Ribbon - Dots, Dashes, & Checks from Michael's, Eyelets - Making Memories (I think)


Aksana's Name

I made this x-stitch for my niece, Aksana. I know it's 18 months late, but when she was born I was a little backed up with x-stitch projects. I framed this one myself, and was thrilled to get the cool silver 5"x7" frame for $4.19 at Old Time Pottery. I have found the place to get my home decor for CHEAP!!! Anyway, enjoy my stitches!
Very simple, but I like it. Unframed above...
...and framed here. I love the font on the lettering!