Tuesday, December 30, 2008

just wanted to say...

first attempt for the hero arts thank you card challenge (i plan on having another go at this one:).
both stamps used are hero arts; sparkle clear: just wanted (sentiment) and the poinsettia and birds design block (embossed clear on the red cardstock (hard to see in the pic)).

supplies used:
k&co. classic k mckenna mat pad
ek nostalgiques floral stick pins
silhouette (oval cutout)
archiver's cardstock
hero arts poinsettia and birds design block, sparkle clear: just wanted
yours truly card base
glue dots
pop dots
versa mark ink
ranger clear embossing powder
archival ink sepia

Sunday, December 28, 2008

first mobile post

let's see if this works!

Sent from my iPhone

Saturday, December 27, 2008

hero arts sketch challenge

card made using monday's sketch from the hero arts blog. basic grey and hero arts make for a great card;)

supplies used:
hero arts simple messages stamp
basic grey mellow papers & paper flowers
yours truly card base
fancy pants ribbon
some random flowers and buttons
silhouette used for diecuts

mini album

my first (completed) mini album for my mother-in-law's birthday present... definitely didn't want to give this away!! haha. i had a lot of fun making it and i was surprised at how good it came out;) i am the best at procrastinating, and i was putting this one together right up until we left for PA. sheesh:)

click on the photo to see it larger and to see pages individually on my flickr.

supplies used:
basic grey sultry collection
heidi grace bouquet decorative pins
imaginisce crocheted blossoms
american crafts remarks; whistlestop
target dollar bin stamps
office depot date stamp
bo bunny bodacious brads; wild berry
hero arts gems (flowers)
random buttons
bazzill floss and stitching templates
7 gypsies 97% complete tags
my mind's eye bohemia bliss transparent flower
mark richards gems
making memories garden party blossoms and buttons
office depot binder rings
we r memory keepers page protectors (cut to desired size)

Friday, December 26, 2008

one last giveaway...

... kath at all that glitter is having a giveaway. check it out here:)

flip ultra camcorder...

...GIVEAWAY! go here! now!

p.s. i'm home now... expect a lot of posts soon!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

another great giveaway!

sheetload shortcuts is having a great giveaway on their blog of a package of their frosted card bases... go here to enter! and check out their products here!

p.s. once i get home (i'm in pa for xmas), i promise to post some crafty goodness... i couldn't post much since some were presents and i didn't want someone to see;)

Friday, December 19, 2008

a HUGE giveaway!

worth $200 (and a second giveaway for letterpress blocks! how cool!)!! go over to daily art muse and sign-up! you have until 8pm est to do this... so go! hurry!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

the death of polaroid film

polaroid stops making film dec 31. this saddens me. go here and let's get them to keep making polaroid film!

just dropping in...

to post a photo for you guys...

lucky, i am, indeed.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

fabric giveaway!

check out three peas in a pod... they have joined with hip fabric to giveaway some awesome fabric! check out the store; there are some delicious fabrics there!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

candy container

here is a container i dolled up to go with the journal. i filled it with peppermint bark since that is one of kelly's favorite candies and they are in season right now, so they aren't hard to find;)

supplies used:
pm container (hobby lobby)
sei poppy papers and flower embellishment
bazzill paper
silhouette (circles and scalloped circles)
some random birthday stamp, probably hero arts if i had to guess
wonder tape

Thursday, December 4, 2008

christmas cards

so, i only have 40 xmas cards to make this year;) does anyone want to do a card swap?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

29 days of giveaways

a really talented, super cute lady, chrysti, is having 29 days of giveaways here on her blog. go take a look, the first giveaway looks awesome!

birthday present

oh, and look what i finally got in the mail yesterday...

my birthday present from my husband! isn't he the best?!?!
i am so excited. i've already downloaded the program that i can use to cut things i design in illustrator and gave it a whirl this morning with great success.

happy holidays acrylic card

thought up this card before bed the other night and had to get up to find my notebook so i wouldn't forget. don't you hate when that happens?? haha.

you really must see it larger... it's hard to make out. duh, it's clear;)

supplies used:
stamps: penny black; holidays, inkadinkado; snowflake
paper: mm fa la la; skinny stripe; bazzill; lily pad, clover leaf dots, archiver's; red
adhesive: pop dots, tombo; vellum adhesive
ink: versacolor; black, stazon opaque; cotton white, colorbox chalk; chestnut roan
acrylic: grafix; clear craft plastic

Monday, December 1, 2008

address labels

since deer are so cool this year, i decided to design the address labels for our xmas cards:

of course, that isn't our names or our address, but you get the picture. i really like the look of square address labels. really, i just get tired of the same ol' rectangle;)

anywho, if you are interested in some (either like these or you have an idea for a custom design), let me know and i'll see what i can do. i love graphic design.

j o y

joy letters for christmas. hopefully johnny will get the mantle up soon... these would look great there!

supplies used:
white wood letters (michaels)
paper: k&co. peppermint twist pack
diecuts: k&co. peppermint twist
mod podge

teal and green journal.

i made this journal for my friend's bday... i hope she likes it!

supplies used:
paper: sei poppy; string bikini, rattan, bazzil; simon, lilypad, generic white cardstock
mcgill 3" tab punch
mod podge
various ribbon
adobe illustrator (for lined pages)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

birth announcement

this is the birth announcement i sent out for lily. we had a "photoshoot" one morning and i got some great shots of her. that is where the photo came from on the card. she is so photogenic;)

supplies used:
paper: bazzil, yours truly; luxe cream, making memories; noteworthy audrey pink floral
ribbon, printer, photo

Monday, November 17, 2008

gauch alchemy

i recently ran across this really cool blog and they do super cool kits with all kinds of vintage-y goodness:) they even have gift subscriptions available for the holidays at http://gauchealchemy.etsy.com. cute cute cute!

Monday, November 10, 2008

coptic bound journal

journal triptych
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
this is my first attempt at making a coptic bound journal. it was interesting learning about it and such. thank goodness for youtube:)

supplies used:
white cardstock
paper: sassafras lass; harold and pals & daisy dots
embroidery thread
mod podge

Saturday, October 4, 2008

card set 2

card set 2
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
a card set i made for my friend kelly to give as a present... matter of fact, i hope they don't see this! haha.

supplies used:
paper: basic grey; sultry collection
cards and envelopes: yours truly a7; luxe white
ink: archival ink; sepia, colorbox chalk; chestnut roan
flowers and buttons: making memories; garden party
rhinestones: mark richards
punches: marvy; scallop oval, circle
stamps: hero arts; simple messages, just wanted
xyron create a sticker
various ribbons

Friday, September 26, 2008


i just realized a theme... when i like something, i really like it... like i'm obsessed with it. seriously... it's a problem.
for example, i saw this doodlebug paper in a magazine... flocked damask (!!!)... and i didn't care if we were going to get it at work... i wasn't going to wait. so i ordered it online within a week. and thank goodness i did because we aren't carrying it. sheesh;)
i knew when i saw it that i would use it for decoration in lily's room. her bedset is black and white damask, so i thought the pop of hot pink would look awesome. and it does;) i had bought the large mdf letter from work (50% off) and wanted to do something with it for her room and then i see this paper and it was fate. hahaha. scrapbookers are crazy, did i ever tell you?
anyway... i think this looks good on her wall. i still have a frame set to decorate too for the wall, so look out for that coming soon.

supplies used:
mdf letter: ek success; l
paper: doodlebug; flocked bubblegum, archiver's; black linen, paper co.; metallic silver cover
crystals: mark richards; 3mm black, large clear, ek success; precious finds black gems
ink: colorbox; charcoal
paint: making memories; asphalt
adhesive: mod podge, pop dots
punches: fiskars; oopsie daisy extra large, large
other: ribbon

turtle card

this was a thank you card for my friend kelly who i have mentioned before. she helped me immensely with the baby shower and she loves turtles, so even though i didn't know what it was going to be when i was making it, i knew at the end! my mother-in-law was in town and had her cricut expression with her and she was kind enough to let me play with it one night (my first time really using one). geez louise- i now have an itching for one, but the baybee must come first! right? right! :)

supplies used:
cardstock: bazzil, archiver's
diecut machine: cricut expression; walk in my garden cartridge
ink: colorbox; chestnut roan
pen: sakura glaze pen; black
clear acrylic: grafix; clear craft plastic
other: staples

just wanted to say...

this was the thank you card for the wedding gifts we received. i am obsessed with using the clear acrylic on anything... i think it is a nice surprise for those who aren't in scrapbooking/card making when they receive it in the mail. i mean, a clear card?!?! whodathunkit?

supplies used:
paper: my minds eye; 29th street market summer dress/blue sash
die cut: my minds eye; 29th street market fresh "beauty" flower
clear acrylic: grafix; clear craft plastic
stamp: hero arts; just wanted
ribbon: maya arts
cardstock: archiver's; jungle
ink: versa color ink; black
adhesive: tombo; vellum, wonder tape
other: staples

new stuff coming up!

so, just a forewarning... there will be quite a few new crafty posts after this one. i am finally getting around to editing photos of things i've made recently. so look forward to this blog actually getting some attention!
in other news, johnny and i did in fact get married... on july 10th to be exact. i am a thoroughly blessed little lady. and in baby news, we had the baby shower at my work, archiver's, which was a scrapbooking baby shower... a lot of fun i must add and lily's room is coming together quite nicely. i am definitely feeling the nesting bit of this pregnancy. it's hard to think that we are 21+/- days from finally meeting our little one! i am excited. and honestly, if she wants to come sooner, i won't mind;)
i hope all are well!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

the suspense is growing!

so the last post i make i say i'm going to post more and tell you all about the baybee and what do i do? make you all wait 3 weeks. shame on me.
anywho... the baybee is a girl:) and we've decided to name her lily. she is a busy bee here lately and makes her presence known. john really likes feeling her move around which is really cute. brendan likes to hug my belly and tell the baybee he loves her. man, i'm a lucky gal.
john and i are talking about getting married this week. it will probably happen thursday as we are both off. i wanted to have some sort of wedding, but really i just want to be married and maybe for our 1 year anniversary we could have something small. i am hoping to have a cookout and have everyone come over to celebrate. we'll see;)
i should really get my act together and get crafty, but my stuff is in disarray because john is trying to build an office/craft room in the basement so the baybee can be in the room across from us. let's just say i try and stay out of his way;)
i will post more when interesting things are actually happening.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


i don't post about my personal life much around here, but i wanted to let any wanderers know that today is the day that we will find out the sex of the baybee!
i think i will start to post more about my personal (boring) life as well as post more in general. i haven't been "crafting" too much lately... johnny has been working a lot and i can't get myself motivated to do much of anything when no one is around;)
i have however started on my first altered book which i will post the end result when i finish (will i know when i'm "finished"???)
i hope everyone is well!

Monday, May 19, 2008


this is my rendition of this project from the pink paislee blog. i loved the initial idea, but couldn't find all of the items she used. so i improvised!

i'll be sure to post the supply list once i come home from a day out with my son and his school at the zoo. i'm so excited!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

my first "jacked" layout

this is the layout i decided to do for the latest jacked contest.

click here to find out what i'm talking about.

the layout that was jacked is from one of kate's wonderful layouts. she is truly inspiring. this is fun:)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

kelly's calendar

Originally uploaded by qtips photo
coordinating calendar for kelly's card set.

supplies used:
paper: k & company; studio k paper pad
regular white copy paper sent through my printer
die cut: quick kutz; stacking squares
stickers: thickers; cardstock letters
random ribbon

kelly's card set

card set
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
my best friend kelly is the absolute best so i thought i would show her my appreciation by making her a card set.

did i ever mention that i love making cards?

supplies used:
stamps: hero arts; simple messages
scrappy cat; in bloom
paper: k & company; studio k paper pad
ink: archival ink; sepia
chalk: color box; chestnut roan
prescored cards: yours truly; luxe cream a7 cards
envelopes: yours truly; luxe cream a7 envelopes
embellishments: making memories; garden party blossoms and buttons, various ribbons
paper punch: marvy: circle, scalloped oval
xyron create-a-sticker

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Baby blanket

Baby blanket
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
i started a crochet baby blanket a couple weeks ago.
how cute and crafty of me;)

(sorry for the crappy picture, it's from my phone:)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

full of wonder

cogsmo two page layout
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
i completely fell in love with this paper and embellishment line from cosmo cricket when i saw it in the store one day. i ended up just buying the paper, the blackboard cutouts and the die cut paper... i could have bought the ribbon and the rub-ons and whatever else, but i had to practice will power:) i really enjoyed putting this layout together with two of my favorite photos of my bug;)

supplies used:
paper: cosmo cricket cogsmo; cogs, bandwidth
blackboard: cosmo cricket; cogsmo
die-cuts: cosmo cricket; cogsmo
ink: versa color pigment ink; black

it's a pirate's life for me!!

pirate two page layout
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
brendan's 5th birthday was a pirate extravaganza... treasure hunt complete with a treasure chest and tons of treasure, a pirate ice cream cake and a pirate piñata. it was def a wonderful day:)

supplies used:
paper: karen foster design; pirate collage
bazzil bling; silver
stickers: sandylion essentials; pirate
rub-ons: me & my big ideas; coastal- icons
pen: gelly roll; soufflé white

funny faces

funny faces
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
since i'm fairly new to scrapbooking i decided to do 8x8 layouts because it doesn't seem as intimidating as 12x12. throughout my observations, i've noticed that some will do half layouts... 6x12 and i thought it was pretty clever. i looked around for 4x8 page protectors or really any other size pages for my 8x8 album to no avail, so this morning, i decided to cut a 8x8 page in half and make my own;)

here is my first attempt at an odd shaped layout and i really like the contrast to the full pages when it's in the album; it keeps you guessing;)

supplies used:
paper: my mind's eye; bohemia- boulevard "family ties" harlequin/green
chalk: colorbox chalk- cheastnut roan
letters: american crafts thickers; daiquiri black
embellishments: fancy pants; harvest felt shapes

what a ride!

what a ride!
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
i've loved this photo of brendan since i took it in 2006 at our state fair. the top photo shows his face after getting off the "yo-yo" ride; SO funny!

supplies used:
paper: anna griffin
archiver's cardstock; turquoise solid
embellishments: bazzil chips; arrows
stamp: autumn leaves; journal circle
ink: versa color pigment ink; black
marker: zig writer; black
pen: gelly roll soufflé; white

massive update

i've done quite a bit more scrapping lately... i don't know what's gotten into me!
the next couple posts will be what i've worked on lately. expect a few;)

after getting our first ultrasound and realizing that my free days are numbered, i guess i've got a little fire under my butt. that and i've recently acquired some nifty details, etc. from work (archiver's). enjoy!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

easter card 2008

easter card 2008
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
here is another card i recently made. i used some products i wasn't familiar with, but it ended up coming out fine. my family seemed to like it;)

supplies used:
paper: bazzil; purple, yours truly; white scallop flat bar card
stamps: stampendous; hatching chick
chalk: color box chalk inkpad; lime pastel
stamp pad: versa color pigment ink; black
adhesives: zig 2 way glue pen, scotch permanent adhesive roller
embellishments: prima marketing got flowers; summer 1, mark richards; crystal sticker elements, stampendous fun flock; sunshiny yellow
pens: gelly roll; stardust clear, glaze pen pink

Monday, March 24, 2008

john's bday card

john's bday card
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
i love making cards... especially for my bf! this one i completely came up with on my own, but using techniques i just learned. i wish there were holidays every week so that i could make cards all the time.

supplies used:
adhesives: scotch permanent adhesive roller, pop-dots
paper: bazzil; chocolate brown, daisy paper; striscia & capri
embellishments: maya road chipboard scrolls
stamp pad: versa color pigment ink; black
paint: making memories scrapbook colors; wheat
chalk: color box chalk inkpad; chestnut roan

Saturday, March 8, 2008

sisters layout

sisters layout
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
one of my first layouts ever. i started this layout knowing i wanted to do some "weaving" of those ribbons... i loved the color combination with the flowers behind the photo. i remember picking up the ribbons at target and the flowers might be making memories, but aside from that, i don't know what i used;) i am going to have to start recording this stuff;))))

digital layout i.

digital layout i.
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
this is my first all digital scrapbooking layout. i really like the idea of digital scrapbooking, but would probably add some "real" embellishments to add depth and dimension if i were to put this in one of my scrapbooks.
the kit used is called "sun porch" by designer amy teets. you can find that kit here for free.

Friday, March 7, 2008

accordian book

accordian book i.
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
i just finished this card/book for my johnny. i initially wanted it to be done for valentine's day, but after finding out we are expecting and dealing with the nausea that comes along with that, i didn't get to finish it in time for heart day. i did however get it done in time for our 1 year anniversary which is coming in three days. check out my flickr account for more pics of the book.

ottie the octopus

ottie the octopus
Originally uploaded by qtips photo
this is my first attempt at a knit animal. i found a pattern online for an octopus and realized later that it was for crochet. at the time, i didn't really know enough crochet so i knitted one (basically bastardizing the pattern). haha. his name is ottie and he is still waiting for 4 more legs.


i've decided to make this blog to showcase my many creative attempts... whether in scrapbooking, knitting, photography or whatever. i hope you will enjoy my posts and please feel free to comment -- i need feedback whenever possible:)