If you don’t have a smile… I’ll give you one of mine

This card is sooooo going to my good friend J. She’s been having some baby-blues… she and her hubby have had just about every conception problem under the sun, and the doctors are starting to talk about IUI, which means hormones, and lots of $moolah$…

I’ve been calling her about once a week to leave her a funny message, or sing her a funny song (out of key, of course… the only way I know how). I hope that this little pretty will brighten up her day!

For my inspiration, I used this week’s Sweet Sunday Sketch, and to follow through, I used today’s idea from 365 cards… which was to work a card all the way through… front, middle and back.

I started off with a plain ol’ white card, some grey paper with little grey dots (from Creative Memories), yellow cardstock, and some blue papers (the bottom one has a pretty pearly sheen that doesn’t come across well in the photo). The sticker is one I had in a stack from YEARS ago (at least 4 or 5), as well as the little memorabilia pocket. After I dug up the sticker, I KNEW it was what I wanted… and I knew that I had a smiley punch somewhere… After digging through 3 drawers, and finding an old business card holder and 2 different pairs of Fiskars paper Edging scissors… I found the smiley punch! Yup… I’m still not done organizing yet!

I trimmed off the square edges of the memorabilia pocket to make it round, cut a circle to fit (I don’t have a good circle cutter, and essentially did this freehand… any ladies have a suggestion of a good circle cutter to buy? I’m in the market for one…). I punched the smileys all in a row, and trimmed the smiley strip so it wouldn’t be behind the memorabilia pocket. I filled the pocket with blue and yellow smiley faces from my punching, glued it all together, and voila!

Oh, for the inside and back:

Nothing terribly fancy, just keeping it simple. : )

I’ll be posting moore soon!
CM

Some Light and Organization

So, about 3 weeks ago, I stumbled across this great blog – Lollychops. I L – O – V – E love her writing – her sweet, sincere personality makes her feel like an old friend… and she does some beautiful crafts!!

In one of Lolly’s posts, she put up some pictures of her craft room. It was totally eye opening. I thought to myself, “Wow, a craft room doesn’t have to be some dark, leftover corner of the house, hidden away so that my husband won’t mind the mess… it can actually be functional, organized, and well lit!?” Wow! Who knew!?

I started planning my “ideal” space it in my mind. Within a week, I pulled my husband upstairs, pointed out where I wanted things to go (I was swapping most of the furniture in two rooms to get better light and layout), and got his nod. This wasn’t the “okay honey, I’ll move all the big heavy furniture for you” kind of nod, this was the, “okay honey, I see that you are going to do this anyway, and I won’t object” kind of nod. Regardless… yay!

Thanks to some pent up frustrations, I had lots of energy to move around big bulky furniture. Day One was moving the big pieces. Day Two was swapping the closets. Days Three was organizing… so was Day Four… and Day Five… a week later I’m still fussing with the details, and I’m sure I will be for a while, but I LOVE it!!

Without further ado… I present… “The Workroom!”

TAH DAH!!

I cleaned off the table especially for the photo… but trust me, it didn’t look like that before, and I’m sure it won’t anytime in the near future. I try to keep it relatively clutter-free so that I can get my craft on without tripping over myself. Thanks for the inspiration Lolly! : )

Moore to come… soon!
CM

Easter!

As I was working on the Cricutters Anonymous Spring Themed Challenge, I thought, “Wow, guess I’m pretty inspired by yesterday’s inchie sketch, huh??

These are photos of this year’s Easter egg-dying with Little Moore, and my MIL. He had a blast… I’d seen in Parenting Magazine the suggestion to use whisks when dying eggs to help out the little ones, and it worked fantastic!

Anyway, for this scrapbook layout, I used the “Easter” from the “Designer’s Calendar” Cricut Cartridge (at 2″ tall), and the flower border along the bottom is the Garden1-s ICON from the “A Child’s Year” Cricut Cartridge (at 1 1/2″ tall). This cartridge was a gift from my MIL for my birthday, and honestly… I didn’t think that I would like it… but it has such great variety, it has probably become my most-used cartridge! :o)

To get the variations in color, I cut the flowers in multiple colors, stacked the colored flower on top of the green flower, used a craft knife to cut through BOTH layers (with a small mat underneath to protect my layout page. I took both off, glued on the colored flower (remembering which side was the back so I didn’t put glue on the wrong side), and tah dah!

Oh, and while I’m on the subject of Easter… here is the Easter card I sent out to the family this year:

On the inside, it read:

“I don’t want to sit on bunny’s lap,
He’s too big and scary!
I’m safer in my mama’s arms,
Where I’ll laugh and be merry!”

To create the card, I used the CARD on the “A child’s year” Cricut Cartridge. See, told ya that cartridge is handy! It has great little cards! :o)

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Easter crafts… Moore to come later…

Welcome Baby

When I saw this week’s Just Us Girls color challenge, I immediately thought of the card I wanted to make for my brother and his wife’s new baby girl (that’s right ladies, I’m a Tante!). But… part 2 of the challenge said that the card should be a birthday card… but a new baby card is kind of like a birthday card… it is a card for the day of birth… right?

Then I saw this week’s Inchie Inklings sketch, and it was decided. I was making a card for my new niece.

I got my supplies together…

– pink zig marker
– Fiskars scalloped scissors
– “Baby Things” Stamp from All Night Media
– Green and yellow Mat paper
– Purple & white cardstock
– Pink paper with cute dots (this is from the Creative Memories Romance Pack)
– Mounting squares
– Plastic Grid

I used the marker to ink in the part of the stamp I wanted, and stamped it on the white cardstock. It took a couple tries with each image to get the look I wanted.

Once I had a good image, I cut a 1″ piece of plastic grid from a plastic grid sheet (bought at JoAnn’s), centered up my image, traced with a pencil, and cut out the image. Once the images were cut out, I erased my pencil lines.

I used mounting squares to put my inchie squares on the green mat, cut the pink paper to size, and then used my Cricut to cut a 1 1/4″ label. I used the “bold” of the same pattern on the yellow cardstock as a background.

It still looked plain, so I added a scalloped border cut with Fiskars scallop scissors. I used plain ol’ DMC embroidery floss to tie up my tag, and the same marker I had used for stamping to write my sentiment.

I hope you enjoy it… and I especially hope that my niece and her new parents like it!

Moore to come later…
CM

Photo Backdrop

I decided I wanted something “nice” as a background for taking pictures of my work. Something simple, easy to store, and easy to make. I came up with using an old photo storage box (a cardboard shoe box might work too, but the photo storage box is made of thicker cardboard).

I took out the 2 small sides of the photo storage box… I did mention that it was an OLD box, right? This baby certainly has seen better days… and it will again now that it is being “up-cycled” to a photo backdrop! :o)

I put it upside down on my fabric (in this case some synthetic felt), notched the top at the folds (so it would fold up better, and glued down the flap with my glue gun.

I then cut in the sides of the fabric about an inch from the bottom of the box, stopping about an inch from the fold, and then notching it in (this will make it easier when I prop it up), and hot glued those flaps up.

All done! That easy! When I prop it up, I use the excess at the bottom as my table-cover, and tuck the flap behind. I suppose that I could have made the tops and bottoms of the backdrop the same, and just used an extra piece of fabric as the table cover… but then it might get lost in my workroom. As long as it is attached, they will stay together!

Now if only I had a backdrop for taking a picture of my backdrop… *sigh* I also kept the side flaps extra-long for any bigger projects, so that I’ll have plenty of “wiggle room” to take shots at different angles.

Oh, and it all wraps up neatly so it can get tucked away in my storage cubbies!

Let me know if you try out this method… I am considering making a larger one to photograph scrapbook pages, I just need to find a box the right size. I’d also love to hear what else you use as a backdrop when you photograph your beautiful works of crafty art!

Moore to come… soon! :o)

CM

An Overdue Thank You…

Every October, my brothers and I join my mother in Southern California for the local Relay For Life. We have done it every year now for 7 years… since my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The month leading up to the event, we collect donations. I’ve had the list of friends who sent in donations back in October of 2009 sitting around. It has moved from one place to another, but still it has sat, un-answered.

Today, I found the inspiration to do something about it, thanks in part to the Weekly Card Sketch over at Card Patterns. Using their sketch, I came up with a simple card using these supplies:
– Plain ol’ white card, bought in a value pack
– Pink textured mat paper form Matchmakers Matstack
– Green Polka-dot scrapbooking paper (that I’ve had for about a decade… hey, how old does scrapbooking paper have to be before it is considered “vintage?”
– Silver brads
– Pink ribbon (mine had cute polka dots!)
– Adhesive
– Thanks stamp (don’t know the maker)
– Ink Dots stamp pad (because I like the gel-quality of the ink for stamping on textured paper)
– Circle Stencil
– Scissors & Craft knife
– Polaroid POGO for printing the photo

I chose pink because of the Breast-cancer tie-in, and loved the contrast of the green and pink (and the photo I was using had pink and green in it – BONUS!). The green paper I found in my stash also had little white polka-dots on it, which tied in with the ribbon (DOUBLE BONUS!!).

I used my Polaroid POGO to print the image, and then cut it down from 3″ to 2.5″ to fit in my circle. I love the POGO because it is so quick and easy to use, especially when I still have my printer hooked up in the other room, AND the printer is out of ink (SIGH!). Nice that the POGO doesn’t use any ink, just special paper… at a cost of about $.30 a page, that is only about 2x as much as printing them at COSTCO. :o)

Keeping the design simple was great because I was making multiples. I made them assembly-line style, and it didn’t take much longer than just one card. I didn’t worry about imperfections from one card to the next, because I seriously doubt that two recipients are ever going to hold the cards side-by-side and compare the differences. Still, the basic measurements were the same. :o)

I’m so glad that I got this done, and I can finally check this off my “to do” list!
Now, if only I had some stamps…

Finish It Friday – Wedding Scrapbook/Guestbook

Okay, my title is a little misleading. It is now Saturday (practically Sunday!)… but YESTERDAY was my “Finish it Friday.” I decided to pick up a project that needed to be finished, and just “git ‘er done.”

I grabbed my wedding scrapbook. Mr. Moore and I got married back in August of 2006… so this poor scrapbook has been in the making for over 3 years now. Which, honestly, is about “par” for my unfinished projects (I have a quilt I made in the 7th grade that still has safety pins in it where it needs to be tied).

I spent a couple hours, did the last 17 pages… and this sucker is DONE!

We have a separate professional wedding album with formal wedding shots done by a professional photographer, and it is wonderful (only took me 2 years to get that baby ordered). 😛 The wedding scrapbook is a bit different. It uses all the photos from the disposable cameras we had at the wedding, includes parts of cards we’d gotten… AND serves as a “guestbook” of sorts.

Before the wedding, I made cards like this:


They are 4.5″x4.5″ pieces of black scrapbooking paper. On top, mounted with “old-timey” black photo corners is a 4″x4″ piece of white paper (you can’t tell in the photo, but I used paper with a pearly sheen to make it look more “fancy”).
On the pearly white paper is printed one of about two dozen or so open ended statements. “You’ll laugh a lot in life if you…” “The difference between men and women is…” “The key to feeling more rested and energetic is…” “You can be a good friend to someone else by…” “The key to spending less than you earn is…” “When thinking about if or when to have your own children consider…” “A funny joke or story is…”

Yup, all very open-ended, and about a variety of “life” subjects – money, love, children… life.

At the wedding, guests were invited to grab a card (or 2 or 3…) and fill in their opinion. They could sign them, or not. They then put them in a basket, for me to scrapbook together with the photos later (okay, MUCH later!).

Here is the result (drumroll please):

Tah Dah!!

There are tons of different page layouts. Some with just photos, some with just cards, most with both… I’d upload more photos, but Blogger is being finicky right now.

So, now I have a beautiful keepsake that my kids will enjoy for years and years… although they won’t be allowed to read it until they are at least 18. Um, there was an open bar at the wedding, and many of the cards are not exactly “G” Rated… : )

To begin…

I’ve been inspired by some of the wonderful bloggers out there. Their wit, their creativity, and their ability to stick with it! My goal is at least 1 blog post a week, about something that I’ve been up to.

To start… we just finished up our yard:

“We” being Mr. Moore, my wonderful husband and I… well… mostly Mr. Moore. I did the design, he approved it… and got to work. And only 2 years later, we have a yard!

Oh, I did do a little part of it…

Those are onions, with some leeks and peas in the background. Also, I’ve got some tomatoes, carrots, parsley, oregano, lettuce and spinach growing… all from seeds! I started them out in egg-crates, and transplanted them into the planter beds yesterday. Hopefully they will do well! I’m looking forward to some yummy garden-fresh veggies! : )

Well, that is what I’ve been up to lately… more later! : )