Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!

Just a quick post to let you know about a chance to win a Pebbles paper kit over on my other blog. Head over for the details. Here's the link: http://ymhdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/10/paper-poll.html

Friday, October 23, 2009

Blog-aversary with Candy

Stephanie is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of her blog Where'd All My Money Go? She is graciously offering $100 to a lucky follower. Just click on the link to see for yourself.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Candy Wrappers

These little candy wrappers are a from a free cut file on the All Things Crafty and Delicious blog. I cut them on my Cricut at 6" using the SCAL program. The patterned papers are from the Studio 8 'tis the season collection and are available in my store. I also used some solid card stock and DCWV metallic card stock for the bands around the middle. I enhanced them with some embossing using the Cuttlebug embossing folders and borders (also available in my store). They were so easy to put together, a little adhesive and tie it off with some ribbon (after you've filled it of course) When I showed them to Kevin he asked "are those Christmas decorations?" and a light bulb came on! Yes, they would make great Christmas decorations (or any holiday, just change up the paper). Great idea honey!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Our First Batch

OK, Technically it's not "ours" the wine making is my husband's endeavor. I merely sample and provide the artwork for the bottles :)
The peach is the first variety to be completed. 5 gallons yielded 15 average size bottles and 4 magnums. It's a very crisp white wine similar in flavor and characteristics to a Sauvignon Blanc. The peach flavor is almost undetectable as this is a very dry wine. I'm not a wine connoisseur by any means, in fact I'm actually allergic to it (the sulfites). But I am able to take small taste tests and give Kevin my input. I think he's done fantastic for his first attempt, our friends and family will have to weigh in on their opinions.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Chocolate Box

Melinda trusted me (again) to try out one of her newly designed cut files. I just love that she does all the hard work and I get to have fun making her creations come to life :)

You can get the cut file by going to Melinda's blog All Thing Crafty and Delicious she has the download available there. That's also where the Cafe Box cut file came from.
For this box I used DCWV Sweet Stack card stock. The ribbons are 1" wide pink velvet from Fancy Pants and 1/4" light pink organdy from Hobby Lobby. The "knob" is a fabric covered brad from K&Co. and the chocolate bar is Hershey's ;) you can also fit a regular size Reese's cup pack in this box instead. This file is for SCAL and I used my Cricut Expression with a 12 x12 mat. I made the file as large as possible to fit on the 12 x 12 mat (which was actually about an 8"x12" piece of paper) so if you've got a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 that you just love, it would probably work.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cafe Box

How is this for a cute way to give some treats? This Cafe Box was so easy to make, if you have a Cricut and SCAL you can make one too. It was designed by the ever so talented Melinda. If you visit her blog All Things Crafty and Delicious you can get the cut file for FREE! Isn't she so awesome for doing that? And that's not the only file she has, there are tons (remember the cookie towers from a couple months ago? Yep, that's Melinda's talent again)
I was lucky enough to get to test a few cut files out for her and let me tell you, they are so easy to put together (I'll post the other one later). For my cafe box I used two different card stocks (for contrast) and just cut it out twice. I also embellished it a little with some ribbon, brads and a rub-on sentiment. The "window" is a piece of transparency that I ran through by Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I filled it with some colorful candies because it looks better filled.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dalenee's Debut

Here's a layout of my darling niece Dalenee and her first visit with my girls (her cousins). These photos were taken when she was just a couple of weeks old. I got permission from her mommy to show her off to you :) Marlee and Lilee just adore their new little cousin. I can see the slumber parties at my house in about 4 more years!
How 'bout that onesie she's wearing? Yep I'm the "auntie" that loves her so.
Now on with the page details:
The background paper is Me and My Big Ideas, the photo mats are Paper studio (pink polka dots) and DCWV mat stack (pink plaid) The chipboard "d" is Heidi Grace and the rest of the title was cut out of DCWV mat stack paper on my Cricut with SCAL in two different fonts. Then I chalked the edges of the letters for some depth. I found that "Dalenee" was a little hard to read in that patterned paper so I added some stickles and it made a huge difference! The little letters that spell out "cousins" is from Queen and Co. along with the little photo tabs on the bottom photo mat. The cute, pink, peek-a-boo tear bear was hand torn by me and embellished with some shimmer chalks and a tiny Prima flower. The ribbon and flower charm on the top photo are from my stash. I think that covers everything, but if you have any questions just let me know.