My Favorite Things – 2012 Part 2

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Do you have plans to usher out 2012?  We will be hosting the 2nd Annual Wall Family Dance Party.  Last year, the kids had a blast dancing around and being goofy.  I think we played Party Rock Anthem and I’m Sexy and I know It far too many times to count!  LOL!

I’m finishing up my favorites for 2012, starting with July.

First, I have the thank you cards and upcycled tin can bouquets.  They were so pretty and so well received.  

Next up was Carter’s 5th birthday party invitation.  He had a super hero themed party and it was such a great success and hit among the kids.

Lastly, I have the Passport Stamp Bingo game cards I made for a preschool fundraiser.  This was a crazy amount of coloring, but so cute.


I loved the pop of the brilliant blue and red of this card, plus the fun school themed papers.  A sweet back to school card.


My favorite in September was my mini-makeover in my craft room.  My fabulous husband made me this fabulous desk.


I was so excited to participate in a handful of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoast.  This was one of my favorite cards — the scallop rainbow makes me smile.

I loved the stunning-ness of this black & white card.  It was perfect for an anniversary card.

This was another card for the HYCCT challenges.  It called for a chicken image and this French hen image from Bugaboo was perfect.


December was a quiet month, but this was by far my favorite.  The snowman candy jars were just adorable and turned out perfectly for teacher gifts.  Definitely a successful Pinterest find!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you enjoyed my end of year wrap up!  I wish you a safe, happy & healthy New Year!


My Favorite Things – 2012 Part 1

Good Morning! As we approach the New Year, I decided to pull up my favorites for 2012.  I must admit, my pickings weren’t as plentiful as I had in the past, but I think I still managed to find a few cute things.  🙂  Today I have January through June.

This was for the Bugaboo Stamps birthday celebration and it is one of my favorite Bugaboo images.  It is just perfect for kid birthday cards.
Not only do I love how this card turned out, but it had so much meaning behind it.  I had my bilateral mastectomy in February and found out later that month that the cancer was gone.  Definitely a HUGE happening in 2012 for me!

This was my first project following my surgery.  It was so great to be back in my room and crafting.  I also love all of the pinks and dots.  Plus, who doesn’t love Stella?

I have two for April — I just couldn’t pick.

First is this adorable card using a By Lori Designs image.  I just really love the colors in this card and the sweet image.

Second, is this great pencil vase I made for my daughter’s teacher.  This was an upcycled tin can with pencils glued around it.  It was such a great way to give her a gift of flowers.

Again, I have two.

First, was the card I made for my radiation crew.  I finished radiation in May, which was the end of my cancer treatments — active treatments, not the surgery road.  This was a sentiment from Create with TLC, which was just perfect for them.

Second was a trio of cards for the There She Goes Mother of All Blog Hops.  I really love the Blessings set, especially the sentiments.

Hands down, my favorite from June was my invitation for my 40th birthday party.  It was also one of the big events in 2012 for me.  We had a fabulous party with lots of sweets.  It was such a great day!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with the second half of the year!

Snowman Candy Jar & Coordinating Gift Tag

Hi all! Welcome to day 4 of Bugaboo’s 12 Days of Gift Giving!  I have a really sweet project for you today.   Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy!

Although there is a collection for teacher gifts in each of my kids’ classes, I like to give something extra.  Something small, typically homemade and respectful of other faiths.  I saw this project on Pinterest and felt it was perfect for the teachers.

Isn’t that just adorable?  Wanna learn the steps to making one on your own?  Here we go!

Here’s what you need:

  • a terracotta pot (I used a 4″)
  • a terracotta saucer (I used a 3″)
  • a wooden doll head (came 9 to a bag for $4) 
  • glass bowl from Dollar Store or Michaels 
  • spray paint – white and color of choice for hat
  • window frosting spray 
  • paint & brushes for face, as well as a clean fresh pencil & eraser
  • buttons and ribbon
  • strong glue (I used E6000)
  • sticky tape & glitter or microbeads (optional)
  • mint candies
  • gift bag
  • Marshmallow Snowman – Candy Cane image & cardstock

Here are your steps:

  1. Soak the sticker labels off your pot and saucer, if needed.  Do this in advance as terracotta will take some time to dry.  Wash your clear bowl and thoroughly dry.
  2. Spray paint the doll head and pot white.  If you put the doll head on a wooden skewer and stick it in a box, it is a great way to paint and dry it.
  3. Frost the bowl with the frosting spray.
  4. Spray paint the (bottom of the) saucer your color of choice.  
  5. Allow your pieces to dry thoroughly.  I let them sit overnight.  A few tips — if drying outside in temperate areas, covering with a box will prevent anything getting stuck on the paint.   Drying on wax paper is also a great way to prevent your pieces from sticking to the surface.
  6. Using a new pencil eraser, dip it in black paint for the snowman’s eyes.  Paint them onto the frosted bowl.  
  7. Using a paint brush, paint on a nose and mouth.  Allow to dry.
  8. Glue your snowman head to the base.  Glue the “pom pom” (doll head) to the bottom of the saucer.
  9.  (I already glued my buttons on here)

  10. If you want, add sticky tape to the edge of your saucer.  I used Scor-Tape.  Roll in microbeads or glitter.
  11. Add a “scarf” of ribbon between the bowl and pot.
  12. Using Glue Dots, add buttons to your base.
  13. Fill your snowman’s head with mints.
  14. Top off with the “hat”.
    14. Print and color your image of choice.  Cut out with Nesties Labels and use ribbon to attach to gift bag.  
    I made six of these jars.  Here are three of them in the colors I used.
    I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are getting some great gift giving ideas for this holiday season.  This was a very economical gift — mine cost roughly $4-5 for each snowman — that was the cost of the pot, saucer, bowl, frosting spray, one can of spray paint (which I actually had on hand, but added the cost to give you an estimate.), the mints and doll heads.  Of course, I had a stash of paints, buttons, ribbon and microbeads and did not include that in the cost of the craft.
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Challenge Submissions
Crafty Sentiments Designs — Snowmen or Ladies
Shopping Our Stash — #80 Winter Holiday or Snow/Winter theme
Tuesday Alchemy — #43 Anything but a Card
Totally Stampalicious – Anything But a Card

Snowman Candy Jar
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Marshmallow Snowman – Candy Cane
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Certainly Celery
Other Stuff: microbeads, scor-tape, buttons, ribbon, supplies listed above.

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Emergency Chocolate Stash

Happy Monday all!  Yes, it is indeed a happy one!  My kids are both in school full days starting today!  Woohoo!  I love them dearly, but they need to be in school.  I can see the change already with just 3 half days in for my son.  They ease the kindergartners in with half days before starting full days.  He is loving it and my daughter is loving 2nd grade. I’m sure the homework will start this week, which should be interesting.  It is going to so weird for me to have almost 7 hours of time to do things and now be running to pick up children! I’m sure I won’t have any difficulty in filling that time!

I have a goal of walking each morning after dropping the kids off at school.  I managed to do so last Thursday and Friday, so I’m off to a good start. However, I still need my chocolate fix, so I have a stash on my desk.

I love the Ruby Chocolate images — I have many of the same sentiments as to chocolate and exercise.  LOL!  I upcycled a glass jar that had course salt in it and filled it with kisses.  It has a cork stopper that I added a “Emergency Chocolate Stash” label to it.  Very quick and simple, but it will fit in nicely on my desk — which if you read my blog regularly, you may see something a bit different.  I hope to have pictures of my new set up this week for you.

Challenge Submissions
Stamptacular Sunday — #180 Anything BUT a Card
Anything But a Card Challenge Blog — ABaC

Emergency Chocolate Stash
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Ruby Chocolate – Dirty Word
Paper: Gina K
Other Stuff: glass jar, punches, Nesties

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Superheroes to the Rescue!

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  I have a few of the great AKV Superhero projects I made for my son’s fifth birthday party.

First up is a trio featured for the goody bags.

Each goody bag had a die cut that said “Thank you for making my birthday super.”  In addition to the goody bag, each child received a “Official Superhero Certificate” to show that they completed superhero training.  The last was a test tube filled with SuperHero Energy Pills (aka Skittles).  The tag says “Eat 1-3 daily.  Warning: Eating more than directed a day may result in burnout of your superhero energy.  Use only as directed.”  I didn’t want the kids going home and getting hopped up on Skittles LOL!

Next up is a special tee for my son.

Late the night before his party, I was burning the candle at both ends to put everything together.  In my  crazy head, I remembered I had a plain white tee in my stash.  I used an iron-on transfer sheet and printed an AKV Superhero Cape image, which was personalized with a number 5.  After coloring it up, making sure to do the mirror of the 5 so it wouldn’t be backward on the shirt and then ironed it on.  Voila — a quick and simple tee for a very excited boy!

Challenge Submissions
Come and Get It Challenges — Anything but a card

Superheroes to the Rescue
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps AKV Superhero Cape, Stance, Shield and Run
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Pure Poppy, Brilliant Blue
Copics: E00, B28, R27, R24, B52, C5, C7
Other Stuff: iron on transfers, test tubes, gift bags

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Thank You Bouquets in Cans

Hi all!  Hope you have been keeping cool!  We’ve had lots of great pool days!  It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is passed already.  Having grown up in the Midwest, I was out of school the first week of June.  Here in NJ, my kids aren’t out until the 20th or so, which makes the 4th of July really sneak up on you!

Today’s challenge at Catch the Bug is Anything Goes.  I have the final set of school thank yous I did.  These actually went to five of the moms from my son’s pre-K who helped me out a TON during my cancer treatments.  We don’t live in the same town as any of them, so having people who were willing to pick Carter up or take him for play dates when we needed.  

I upcycled many tin cans again, wrapping them in designer paper and a pretty bow.  As I wanted to actually write something to each of the moms, I made a matching 4×4 square card.  If you are wondering why I have two empty cans, it is because two of my flower bunches went bad (ANNOYING!) before I was able to make up the bouquets (one day!).  This was taken prior to my getting yet more flowers.

Each flower jar says thank you.  The great thing with these is that they were super easy and I used up some of my 12×12 papers that have patterns larger than what I wouldn’t normally use on cards.

These were such a big hit!  Easy to mass produce and really lovely.

Challenge Submissions
The Paper Shelter — #71 Flower Power
Chocolate Coffee & Cards — #16 Anything Goes (entry #2)

Thank You Bouquets in Cans
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Flower Jar
Paper: Lovely Lavender (Gina K), Ocean Mist (Gina K), Hibiscus Burst (PTI), Creme de Menthe (Gina K), Sweet Mango (Gina K), Neenah Solar White, DCWV Pockets of Posie, K & Co Sparkly Sweet
Copics: R81, R05, YR15, RV00, V05, V15, RV21, YR02, Y06, YR82, BG53, R83, Y13, YG13, B02, R85
Other Stuff: ribbon, Nesties

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Bouquet in a Can #2

Hi all!  Again today, I have yet another “bouquet in a can.”  This bouquet went to the school nurse at my daughter’s school.  There are days that we could pull our hair out dealing with the Type 1 diabetes stuff, but the nurse is really good to our daughter.

Again, I upcycled a tin can and covered it with some simple red polka dotted paper and a band of ribbon.

I used the sweet Knobby Knees – Nurse image.  Again, I personalized it with the nurse’s name and added in a few rows of pearls.

Challenge Submissions
Moving Along with the Times — Anything but a card

Bouquet in a Can #2
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Knobby Knees – Nurse
Paper: Recollections, Pure Poppy, Neenah Solar
Other Stuff: pearls, ribbon, Nesties

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