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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Baby's Nursery Banner and Card!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I just wanted to share with you a banner that I made over the weekend for a friend of mine that is soon expecting her second daughter, Alana! 

I made this for her Woodlands themed nursery and I thought it turned out so super cute!  Before I blab out the technical stuff, here are some close-ups of the cute critters on each pennant!  I love this!  :)


Of course I had to put little pink 'girlie' bows on each of the characters (except the butterfly!)
(Sorry they are not the clearest pics!)

I only glued down the centers of the wing layers to give it dimension!  Isn't she cute? 

I got my inspiration for this from Christina from Creations with Christina. I used the Country Life cartridge for the banner pennants.  I used the solid font banner image (with Shift) on p.76 and cut it at 10.5".  I also cut each letter font banner at 10.5" too.  For the 'critters' I used the Create A Critter cartridge of course and below are the cut sizes:

Hedgehog & Butterfly - all layers cut at 2.25"
Owl, Raccoon, and Deer - all layers cut at 3.5"
Pink bows cut at 3.5" :)

I inked all the edges of the banner with brown ink and then used a brown satin ribbon as well as a creme sheer ribbon threaded together through the each pennant.  Then I tied individual brown bows in between each pennant. 

Now for the card......

Well, I had a hard time trying to figure out which 'critters' to choose for the pennant, so since I didn't use a squirrel, I used her for the baby shower card!  :)

(I was so excited about this card that I forgot to write down the cut sizes....sorry!)
Now for those of you who notice that the sentiment is NOT exactly what it says on the cartridge, well, to make it a 'baby' shower card, I altered it a little.  I trimmed off the "U" bottom part under 'about' and then used my Simply Sweet cartridge to cut the word 'baby'.  I added the pink ribbon and of course the pink bow with a touch of Stickles in the center (hard to see I know), and then some white gel pen accents.

On the inside I simply added (where the ribbon ends met) the 'acorn' accessory from the same page as the squirrel.  Then added some pink paper to write a note to Jeannie and baby Alana.

I hope you enjoyed this banner and card as it was so much fun to create!

Have a great day!

PS.....I can't believe I've hit 50 followers!!  Yay!
Thanks everyone!   :)

Shelley (Carley's mom)

Monday, May 23, 2011

CJToo's Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the CJToo's Birthday Bash Blog Hop hosted by my Design Team leader, Tracy from Craft Junkie Too!  Today is HER birthday and we're all helping celebrate it!  Happy Birthday Tracy!!!!!

Now, if you arrived here from Cheryl's site Cards by CG, then you are on the right track! --- but if not, simply click on the link below the button to start at the beginning! 

For my project today Tracy, I decided to make a card that is "just 4 you"! :)

I used the Create A Critter cartridge to create the sentiment and cut it at 2".  Under the sentiment, I used some scrap paper that I had where I had cut the wrong size banner on the Country Life cartridge.  I thought it would give a good solid background for the sentiment.  (Can't wait to post the banner I made this weekend too!  Come back and visit!)

I then used the Simply Sweet cartridge for the layers of the flower which I used the shadow of the image.  With 5 layers, I started the cuts at 2 3/4" on the bottom one and went smaller by 1/4" for each flower until the one on top was 1 3/4".  I curled each of the petals on the flowers by just using a pen and my fingers.  In between the flowers, I added some sheer fabric flower cut-outs that I had to add a different texture.

Instead of throwing it away, I used the center cut-out of the largest flower on the bottom as the center for the top, then topped that off with an orange rhinestone!  I inked all the cuts as well with brown ink.  Then I added a hot pink ribbon and some pink ric-rac on top, then added some accents with a white gel pen!


Then on the inside, I added some more pink ric-rac and some dots that I cut out with my hole punch. 

I really hope you've enjoyed your card Tracy and I hope you all enjoy it as well! 

The next stop on this Blog Hop is Kristy from Craftin On My Door  -- so hop over to see the wonderful project she has to share!


         =The BLOG HOP TRAIL=

                                                    Tracy <<<------The birthday girl!!)

                                                          Shelley <<<-----ME-----you are here!)

:-)  Thanks for visiting and don't forget to wish Tracy a "Happy Birthday"!!  :-)

Shelley (Carley's Mom)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Wreath on the Front Door

So I made this wreath awhile back, but thought......I can post about it too on here, right? :)  Gotta love a hot glue gun, some flowers, and a grapevine wreath!  This is my creation!  Have a great Thursday!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A giveaway....

Sherrie with Sherrie Scraps with Passion is having a great giveaway in honor of quickly approaching 600 followers!  She's giving away the Everyday Pop-Up Cards cartridge which has some amazing images on it!  Check out her blog and become a follower and leave her a comment to enter the giveaway!! 

Good luck!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy 59th Birthday to my Dad!

My dad's birthday was on May 10th, but we didn't get to celebrate until this weekend so I had made him this card which he loved!  He likes to fish and so this was perfect for him!

For this card, I used the Going Places cartridges and cut the card at 5".  Next I cut the 'fisherman' at 3" and then trimmed down the 'square' and rounded the corners.  I taped a piece of blue paper behind the "water' cutout to add some color.  Then I used the Create A Critter cartridge to cut the tiny fish at 1/2". I just stamped the sentiment with a MPS stamp and hand cut it out for the bottom of the card.  I added some silver eyelets (that you can barely see) then tied a bow from green bakers twine.

On the inside, I cut the same fish with layers at 2 1/2" and added some green paper.  I kept the 'water' cutout from the front and added it here to the inside, then finally I added some white gel pen accents.


CJToo's Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Good afternoon everyone! 

Just wanted to announce that coming up next Monday on May 23rd,  Tracy is hosting the CJToo's Birthday Bash Blog Hop in honor of HER birthday! Tracy and all the CJToo Crafty Designers will design projects to celebrate and she'll have some party favors (prizes) to give away as well.  How fun!  Check it out! 


I have a new Award! :)

Yay!  I've been nominated for "The Versatile Blogger Award" by Sandy over at Sweet Pea's Card Creations. Thank you Sandy!

•Here are the *rules* of this award:
•Kiss the ring of the person who nominated you by linking back to her (or his) blog in
  your post.
•Share 7 facts about yourself that probably no one but you and your dog cares about.
•Contact your nominees and let them know you've tagged them.
•Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers

Here are the 7 facts about myself:1. I am glad I am saved!
2. I am married
3. I'm 36 years old
4. I have a daughter who is 17 months old yesterday!
5. I have 6 dogs and a beta fish!  :)
6. My favorite color is Red.
7. I too would love for someday my hobby (crafting) to become my full-time job! A girl can dream, right? :)

Now, to pass this award on to 15 other bloggers!  Mine are in no particular order:

Thank you again Sandy from Sweet Pea's Card Creations!! :)

Shelley (Carley's mom)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Thank you "Berry" much Michelle!

I made this card for a dear friend of mine, Michelle. 
She is so sweet, caring, and encouraging......just a few of the many great things she is!  She always makes me smile and feel good about myself and I love her very much!  She recently gave me some scrapbooking supplies that she said she did not use anymore....I said, "No, you might use them sometime" and she just shook her head and said "Nope, you can have them".  She gave me a Fiskars organizing caddy on wheels that had NEVER been used!  And she also gave me a Provocraft eyelet setter tool kit which I was so excited about!  I had been wanting one for awhile and was about to purchase one!  I used it on my mom's mini album and it worked great!  I loved using it!  No hammering involved which means I won't wake up Carley while crafting!  LOL

But onto the 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card.....I used my Martha Stewart doily punch on the patterned paper I adhered to the red cardstock.  I used my Country Life cartridge to cut the strawberries and the "Berry Sweet" sentiment.  I cut the strawberry and its layers on the front at 2 1/2".  I recycled the cardboard from an oatmeal box to cut the sentiment at 1 3/4" - shadow included from one of the red cardstocks I used on the strawberry layers.  I used my white gel pen for accents, a brown satin ribbon, and pink rhinestones to finish off the front. 

For the inside, I just adhered a plain 5" x 5" sheet of green paper and accented around it with the white gel pen.  I then added a strip of coordinating patterned paper (from the front) to cover the ends of the ribbon and added a smaller strawberry cut at 1" - shadow included - and just added "seeds" with a brown marker.  I used recycled oatmeal box cardboard for the little strawberry as well. :)

Thank you again Michelle! You are 'berry' sweet!  :)


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My First CJToo Design Team Project - Teacher Appreciation!

First of all, I'd like to thank Tracy from Craft Junkie Too again for selecting me to be on her Design Team! 
Today we are posting our first projects for End of School Teacher Gifts for Teacher Appreciation! 

When she gave us this theme, I immediately thought of two elementary teachers that I go to church with and knew that I was going to create something for them.....but what?  Then I knew what I was going to use my old Enfamil formula cans for!!  This project!  I know you're thinking....what???  But I do have to admit that I save weird stuff like that for future projects.  My hubby just rolls his eyes when he sees a bag or a box filled with what he would call "trash"!  :)  I just like the idea of recycling items and making crafty things out of them!  :)  Hey, it saves $$!  :)  So for this project, I guess you can call it a School Supply Container.  The two teachers I gave them to yesterday were estatic about them and loved the goodies I filled them with as well. :) 

Like I mentioned, I used an old, clean Enfamil can or any formula container would work for this.  I first covered the outside with a green 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock cut in half and overlapped them.  Then at the seams, I covered them with 2 strips of black polka-dotted ribbon cut 5 1/2" each.  For the apples, I used my new County Life cartridge (which I lovvvve!") and cut them at 3".  For the blackboard, I used a white gel pen and wrote the above saying on just some black cardstock, and then just manually cut strips of a wood grain patterned paper to frame it.  For the "2+2=4", I used the Simply Sweet cartridge and cut them at 1 1/4" with the Real Dial Size on. (This cartridge doesn't have the "=" sign on it, so I used the "#" sign image and of course did some trimming!)

  On the other side, I found some clipart of an open book that said "READ" so I colored in some red & blue and cut this out with a blue cardstock shadow.  Then I used my Country Life cartridge again and cut the letters for "LEARN" at 1 1/4".  I cut these letters from some cardboard which came from an old Cheezit box!  :)  I inked the letters for added character with brown ink and added a couple of blue rhinestones.

 Inside, I filled the containers with pencils, pens, highlighters, and dry erase markers which they loved! :)

For the lids, I covered the Enfamil label with a red stitched circle cut from the Simply Sweet cartridge at 4 1/4".  I also cut the flower from the same cartridge at 2 1/2" and inked the edges with red ink.  I used the white gel pen to accent the stitches and to write their names then added a red rhinestone too.

I have the utmost respect for our teachers and know that they face many obstacles and situations as much as students do these days.  It takes patient and caring individuals to do this job and we should all show our appreciation for all their hard work that they do! :)

Have a great week!

Shelley (Carley's mom)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Whoo Hoo! I'm on a Design Team!! CJToo Design Team Member!

Good Morning everyone!

It's a very special day for me because I was introduced this morning as being a member of the wonderful CJToo Crafty Designers Team!  :)  Yay!  See my cool designers' button to the right!?!  :)
I'm so excited about working with Tracy and this group of talented ladies!  I want to thank Tracy for choosing me to be a member of her talented team!  

You can head over to Tracy's blog and check out the bio on all my fellow Design Team Members. You can go to -
Check out the other members below and stay tuned for the team's inspiring and creative projects in the days ahead (starting tomorrow)!  :)

My Mom's Mother's Day present! She LOVED it!

Well, I hope that everyone had a great Mother's Day and weekend!  It seemed rushed for me with my nephew's birthday party on Saturday and then all the visiting as well as church yesterday!  But I managed to finish my mom's present which by the way......was NOT a framed layout as I told you all a few days ago! 

Well, here's the story of how all that changed.......I hung out with my friend Robin (aka Diva) on Friday with anticipation of crafting in her craftroom that for some reason I had NEVER seen!!  OMGoodness why had I not seen this heavenly place before????  LOL  I guess because I've only been crafting/scrapbooking since last fall and well, I just had never ventured to her upstairs before!  Wow, I had so much fun and learned so much while being there.  (I know Robin you're probably giggling at me while reading this, but really I did have a great time and learned so much from you! Thank you!) 

So back to the how her framed layout didn't happen....haha.  So Robin had an idea of something to make her mother and well, yep, you guessed it....I copied her.  But not exactly of course. :)  She gave me the idea as well as the supplies needed mostly to created a mini chipboard album.  I had NEVER made one of these and was so excited about making one!!  Of course, I had no pictures with me to put in this album so it was a little challenging for me to begin creating something without having the pictures to put in/on it.  The really neat thing with this album is that she had these circular metal tins with clear lids that she suggested putting the albums in, then we attached magnets to the back of the tins so "MOM" could put it on her fridge to see at all times!  Great, cool idea! 

So I cut the circles, then picked out patterned papers and coordinating solids (because color coordinating is how I roll of course!  I do get a little OCD sometimes when it comes to that!), and glued them on.  Then she showed me how to use her HUGE hole punch :) and then I had a pretty little stack of circles for my album.  Well by this time, Robin was finished with her album, made her a card, and had already packaged it all up in a USPS box to be ready to send!  Ugh.  I had so much more work to do!!  I had to pick out pics, embellishments, ribbon/string to attach it all together, so that's what I did on Saturday evening. 

Well, I decided to print random mini pics of Carley from this year and cut them out.  Then started laying them all out onto the circles and deciding where to put, ribbon, string, buttons, brads, eyelets, rhinestones and so on.  Well, Robin did warn me that once you decorate them, the stack would get thicker and well my "pretty little stack" of 8 circles wasn't so "little" anymore by the time I finished.  :(  I think I got a little happy in the embellishing department!  Seriously, this stack was now WAYYYY to tall to fit into the cute little magnetized tin!  OMGoodness what was I to do with it now!!  I was seriously stressed until I found a nice little (but not as little as the tin obviously! lol) box that my hubby had gotten me some jewelry in.  So I thought....A-ha!  I can decorate this box to be the home of this very much decorated mini album!  Is calling it a mini album politically correct when it is ever so tall?? 

And don't worry....I didn't over-decorate the box either.  I just wrapped it in matching paper of course!  :)  And added a butterfly and rhinestones to the top of it as well as a matching bow!  Ok, I know, I know....enough talking about it already.  So here are the pics of it all!  And of course, I took a lot of pics because there were a lot of pages!!!  :)
Album and box

Creative Memories butterfly shaped paper button with rhinestones that I added to the box (after I took the above picture.)  :)

Cover of mini album

First two pages...

And so on...

The "C" monogram sticker I added intentionally for my mom's name "Cherie" but realized that it could be for "Carley" too!  :)

I know.....there's a lot of buttons....but I have so many of them and they are so cute!

Carley says "Peek-a-boo" from under the flower! :)

And so on...

Some of the buttons I have are old and I believe these buttons my mom actually gave me and she recognized them!  Cool!

The End....I guess I should have took a pic of how tall the "pretty stack" of circles was, but Mom didn't care how tall it was really......she loved every bit of it and said that she wouldn't take a million dollars for it!  So I think that meant she loved it, you think?  ;)

Have a great week!

PS.....that layout I did for my hubby's friend's wife....well, I heard she loved it too!  Whoo hoo!  :)  Oh, and last week when I was supposed to have Carley's pics made....well, there apparently was some miscommunication on dates and it's THIS Wednesday the 11th, so as soon as I get any sneak peaks (hopefully), I'll try to post them.

Shelley (Carley's mom)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to Someone Else's Mom! :)

Well I told ya I'd explain today!  :)  My husband was telling one of his friends he works with about me scrapbooking and making cards.  Well he was interested in me making something special for his wife since they have two small children.  So I went to work!  :)  I created this page layout for him to give to her on Sunday and I hope she loves it!  I was proud of how it turned out myself!

Like I mentioned last night, I once again used the Celebrate with Flourish cartridge to create the "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment on this layout.  I used the Creative Memories Delight paper, paper flowers, paper ribbon, and paper buttons for embellishments.  I used the m-o-m foam letter stickers as well, but cannot remember what brand they were.  I used the Sweet Treats cartridge to cute the tag and used the Cherry Vintage Bakers Twine from My Craft Spot to hang the tag and make a bow.  Below is a close-up of the tag.  The "you are the best" was stamped with one of the $1 stamps from ACMoore. :)

I used a black 12x12 frame from ACMoore to finish the project and viola!  :)  I can't wait to hear what she thinks about it!

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday!

Shelley (Carley's mom)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to my M-I-L!

So I finished the mother-in-law's card!  Yay!   My mother-in-law Nancy is a wonderful mom and mamaw and loves her family dearly.  You can always count on her to be there if needed and I think can do about anything! I totally respect her for all that she does!

Well......I really like the sentiment for Mother's Day on the Celebrate with Flourish cartridge (if you can't tell already - well look out, I have one more project with it too that I'll post tomorrow!) :)

On the patterned paper again (I know, I know), I used the Martha Stewart punch and my Creative Memories corner punch.  I also added some rhinestones to the center of some of the flowers for bling!  :)  I simply added some ribbon from my "small" stash (lol - I don't own much ribbon....seriously I need to get more!) and added some white gel pen accents to finish it off!

On the inside, I also added white gel pen border accents and a cutesy paper flower with a gold brad for some dimension.  To go along with this beautiful card, I got for her today a basket full of gardening goodies - some Miracle-Gro, gardening gloves, a garden flag with stand, solar lights for her flower bed, and a lovely red geranium hanging basket.  I think she'll love it!  :)  (Hence her birthday card I created on April 18th!)

Be back tomorrow for another Mother's Day project that I made for one of my husband's friends.....I'll explain tomorrow.  [I'll just have to hope that his wife doesn't see my blog until AFTER he gives her the gift on Sunday!  :)]  Oh.... and hopefully I can post my mom's gift as well......I keep forgetting to post her birthday card that I made for her a couple weekends ago too......will need to do that tomorrow as well.  :)   Thank goodness it's almost Friiiiiii-dayyyyyyyy! 

Shelley (Carley's mom)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Birthday "Diva" (aka Robin)!

So Robin's birthday was the same day my nephew's was, (Monday) but I knew she'd see her card I made her if I posted it.  And well, I didn't get to see her until this morning so now she has it and I'm excited to post it!  She always says the 4 major food groups are Chocolate, Dt Pepsi, Popcorn, and Pizza! of course she loved the Russell Stover chocolates I got her!  Mmmm!  She even shared.  But she also loved her card!  Yay!

(The paper flower on the bow is from Creative Memories.)

So for starters, last week I ordered my first My Pink Stamper set and I love them!  I just need to get me some good ink.  The ink I have did not show up well on this and I wasn't the happiest with that, but I'll get some more and hope that future stamped projects look better!  ;)  I used my Martha Stewart Doily Punch on the patterned paper.  Then I used my new Everyday Pop Up cartridge for the vase of flowers.  This cartridge has so many cute things on it.  The vase of flowers turned out so cute I thought, but wow were those some small pieces to put together!  :)  But once it all came together, it turned out beautiful.....just like Robin........aka Diva! :)

On the inside, I just used some ribbon I had so it wouldn't be so plain in comparison with the "flashy" front of the card!  LOL

Close-up of the "flashy" flowers!  :)  Gotta love glittler glue and bling!!

Have a great Wednesday!

(Having Carley's pics made today so I can't wait to post them!  She got her daycare pics back today as well and below is my favorite pose!  Love her!)

Shelley (Carley's mom)