Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Bunny Pop

It's been such a busy weekend, and I should be baking pies, but I just had to get into my craft room and make something for Easter.  I really haven't had a chance to create anything this year, and I was just so inspired, or should I say challenged.  Yesterday, before I ventured to my craft room I looked for some challenges to give me inspiration, and I found lots to do with bunnies and Easter, and I thought I would make a basket with a bunny.  I used a similar bunny design for my recent scrapbook pages, so I just recreated it in a larger version.  I decided to make one for my sister, Sally, who is hosting Easter dinner tomorrow, and it is also her birthday on Tuesday.  So, she gets an egg-shaped Tootsie Pop bouquet.  I just punched a bunch with my blossom punch, and doubled them up.  Photo just can't do it justice.  Even my husband said he was impressed, and he never says that!
I made the rabbit from assorted oval and circle punches, and used the large scalloped oval Framelit for the body.  I attached it to a box that I made that was 3" X 4" X 3".  I used some retired specialty DSP that was a heavier paper, and ideal for the basket to make it sturdy.  I used the same paper for making the flowers for the pops.  I made a couple more for the grandkids, and they were really pretty quick to make.  All four done from raw idea to finish, less than an hour and a half.
So, for my inspiration, I used the Late Night Stamper's challenge to 'Make it 3D", and CAS-UAL FRIDAYS challenge 96 was "Funny Bunny", and it could not be a card.  Just Add Ink challenge #159 was to "add a bunny" to your project, and Papercraft Star challenge was to "make it Easter".    I think my basket qualifies for all of these challenges. 
I got the Easter eggs colored yesterday, when I had my granddaughter, Emily, here to help.  We tried an Egg Spinner gadget to color the first eggs.  Lot of mess, and not nearly as pretty as expected, so we reverted back to the good old food coloring in a cup.    Turned out pretty nice, didn't they?  Now I better get those pies made tonight. 
Have a fun Easter, and God Bless all of you.
Mary Alice

Friday, March 29, 2013

Crosses of Hope CAS

Keeping it clean and simple is kind of a problem for me.  I just enjoy blinging it up so much that even when I attempt simple it ends up more elaborate than I intended.  This card is a great example of that.  I was making cards for a craft sale, and I knew that I wanted some religious cards that could be used for any occasion, and so I took out my Crosses of Hope stamp set.  I have not used the set much, because I am always trying to improve on the beautiful simplicity of the
crosses in this set, and make them a little more special with added embellishments.  In this case, I added butterflies from my new stamp set Papillion Potpourri.  I used a butterfly inside as well as a sentiment from God's Blessings (retired).  I also tried a new technique that I found here on using the Framelits to add embossing to the card.  This worked great for framing the cross. I added a few beads and rhinestones to the cross and butterflies for the challenge at Less is More to use beads.  The Pink Elephant Challenge wanted Clean and Simple cards this week, and  I guess that this is about as clean and simple as I can do. 
You can see here that I just could not leave the simple card alone.  For the next card I added an embossed layer for the background, and some floral butterflies.  I framed up the salutation, and gave the whole card a stepped up, but still simple look.   I took the embossed ovals that I made with my Oval Framelits, and trimmed them and added a Midnight Muse backing for a framed look.  Did you notice the saphire rhinestones, I did those by coloring my SU rhinestones with a blue Sharpee permanent marker.  I can match rhinestones to any project that way.   Hope you enjoyed the cards today.  You could adapt these cards to an Easter card by adding a different greeting.  Have a nice Good Friday, and a Happy Easter, too.       Mary Alice

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hello Baby

Hello, Baby, I'm back!!  I feel like it's been forever since I had time to get into the stamps and do something creative.  I have been very busy over the past week.  My dear father-in-law passed away last week, and we had so many activities to deal with, but also family that came from out of town and stayed with us for a week.  The fact that he would have turned 94 years old on Saturday says that he lived a long, happy life, and we could all celebrate that.  It was nice to take the time to look at old photos, tell stories, and visit with family and friends.  I am glad that things are winding down now, and I finally feel like I have my life back on track. 
So, while my granddaughter napped this afternoon, and my husband was out running errands, I took a little time for myself.  We have a craft sale coming up next week, and I knew that we needed to make some cards for the sale that fit certain occasions.  I decided to start with baby cards today.  I decided that I would make something generic, or gender neutral. 
I used a layout that I found at the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #203, and the colors from the photo inspiration at Just Us Girls Challenge #181.  I think the card turned out cute, and took no time at all to make a few.  I used the stamp sets Baby Bundle, Sweet essentials, and Stacks of Wishes.  The paper is from my retired stash in shades of So Saffron, Certainly Celery, and Pumpkin Pie. 
I hope to spend time this evening making more cards, so I hope you stop back tomorrow, and see some more. 

Mary Alice

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Betsy's Birdie for a Birthday

I made this card recently for a masculine birthday card.  I wanted to try something monochromatic, which is just not my usual style.  I turned out really cute, but photographed really badly, so I was not going to show it off.  Today I thought about trying to remake it to my liking, or to try to rephotograph, but decided that I like things the way there were, and you would all get the idea.  I used the bird from Betsy's Blossom stamp set, and the salutations are from Bring on the Cake, with a little cake inside from Happy You.  The paper is Summer Smooches print with Not Quite Navy and Island Indigo.  A little birdie told me that there is a birthday boy who will need a card on Easter :) 
Hope they like the birdie card over at Papercraft Star Challenge #137 this week.
Come back again tomorrow, 'cause I am heading back to the craft room.
Mary Alice

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday Scrapbook Club Class and all day ScrapAThon

Scrapbook Class
Saturday, March 23
10:00 to 12:00
Come join us for a scrapbook class on Saturday, and make two 2-page layouts.  This is my Easter pages, and Debby has a fun layout with an outdoorsy theme.  We will have everything cut and ready for you to assemble.  You do not need to bring photos for class, you can add those later.  All supplies will be provided.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 20,  so that we can have kits prepared for you.  We will provide rolls and coffee.
All Day ScrapAThon
Noon - ??
Come for the scrapbook club class and stay all day, or come later just to scrapbook.  Bring your photos and personal equipment and work on getting those photos into a book.  Don't let your photos spend their life in a computer file.  Print them, and enjoy sharing them in a book.  Journal their story, and celebrate the event forever.  You will need to supply your own equipment for this event, howerver, you may borrow anything we have, such as stamps, punches, Big Shot and dies.  Just let us know in advance what you would like to use or borrow, so we can bring it along.  RSVP by March 20. 
Please bring your own beverage and a snack to share. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Dress Up Favor for a bridal party

Here comes the bridal party
Today is the big bridal shower, and I have a lot to do, but I wanted to show these favors to you.  These are for the bride and her maids.  I have not seen the dress, but heard that it had big flowers down one side, so I thought I would attempt something like that for the bride's favor.  The bridesmaids are wearing black, and each got to choose their own dress, so I made each of the favors different.  I sure hope the bridal party likes them.
I had to show off the back of the brides dress, too, because I added a big bow and a flower to the back to glam it up a bit.  And, I added exagerated gems to the dress, just to bling it out a bit.
The wedding invitations asked the guests to come dressed in black, white, or gray, so I guess I have an excuse to go shopping.  I shopped last week for a dress to wear to the wedding myself, and ended up bringing home two dresses.  I did the same thing last fall for my nephew's wedding, and I do not regret my choices. (and I said yesterday that I do not have a closet full of party dresses, but I lied!)  If you have dresses in your closet that are new, and fit you well, you will find the occasion to wear them.  If you do not have dresses in your closet, you say "I don't ever wear dresses", and you end up wearing pants.  I always feel more festive, feminine, and sometimes sexy, in a dress.  The best part about buying new dresses, now that I am retired, is they are all just for fun, not for work.  I will admit that I shopped at JCPenney's, and the prices are very reasonable.  Now, if I can just find a pair of comfy, yet sassy shoes to wear to the wedding. 
I have my granddaughter, Emily, who is 8 years old, as my helper today.  She is on spring break, so I am lucky to have such good help.  First thing to do is fill all the favors with Dove Chocolates.  Then, I think I will have her do some fancy folded napkins, or better yet, I might haver her make some napkin rings.  I have an idea for them that just hit me!   I guess you will have to come back again, to find out what she made.
The Crafty Boots Challenge this week was for SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING BLUE.  This time I made a new party favor using the Dress Up die, that I borrowed from my friend, Kay.  If you did not see yesterday's post, I gave information about making the dress favors here.  Hope you all think they are cute, and they are simple to make.  
Stop back tomorrow!

Mary Alice

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dress Up Garden wedding

I wish I could have a closet full of pretty party dresses, but I don't.  So, I guess I will have to settle for a table full of pretty party dresses.  I used the Dress Up die to cut all the dresses, carefully cutting the shoulders so I could hinge them.  I then added a little 1 1/4" square box between the two dresses to make a little candy favor box the right size to hold 3 Dove chocolates.  The idea for this project came from Mary Smallidge, who showed off her project at our recent demonstrator's meeting.  Thanks for the great idea, Mary.

I can't wait to enter these in the challenge at Crafty Boots this week.  They are looking for Wedding Related entries "something old, something new, something borrowed, or something blue, and I hope these qualify.  They are for a bridal shower "old" tradition, and they are a "new" design, I "borrowed" the Dress Up die from a friend, and some of the dresses are "blue". 
I am so excited to show these off at the bridal shower tomorrow.  I'll have to share a photo later, when the table is set.  I have over 20 guests coming, so I made a whole bunch of favors, and they were soooo fun.  I spent one whole evening cutting the dresses, another to decorate them, and finally a third to make the boxes and glue them.  I think the best part was decorating each one of the dresses differently.  I used paper called Everyday Enchantment DSP (retired), and the prints are delightful on both sides of the paper, giving me a nice variety. 
As I was making some of the dresses in duplicate prints, I thought that my sisters will probably recall all of the times that we dressed alike.  I am not just talking about as little kids.  I remember buying the same boots as my sister, without knowing it, and another time the same purse.  But, the best was the year that Pat and I were both pregnant at Eastertime.  We were both avid sewers, and chose to sew something new for ourselves for Easter.  Funny thing was, that when we arrived at Easter dinner, we were kind of wearing matching outfits.  We had selected the very same floral fabric to make our blouses, but different shirt patterns.  We had also chosen the same color for our pants, which were green.  And, we both purchased light blue to make another pair of maternity pants, and another print fabric for a blouse that was exactly the same.  For those of you who sew, you know how odd it would be to go into a fabric store and choose the same 4 fabrics for the same 4 pieces as your sister.  We live in a big city, and we actually lived about 30 miles apart, and yet we both chose to shop in the same store.  So, it should be interesting to see which sister chooses which dress for their candy favor.   
I am getting excited about the big shower tomorrow, but I think I will have time to share another piece.  So, come on by tomorrow.
Mary Alice

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Domestic Goddess needs a shower

I have been busy preparing for a bridal shower that I am hosting on Friday evening.  I have been so busy doing housework, some really deep spring cleaning.  I even washed all the china and crystal and polished the silver, and cleaned the diningroom cabinets inside and out.  I rearranged all the serving pieces, which is something I have wanted to do since I bought my new buffet 4 years ago.  I finally have all the cabinets in order, and so now I can spend the last day baking and decorating.During naptime today, I slipped into the craft room to tidy up after all my shower projects, and decided I would make a shower card for the bride, before cleaning up.  I wanted to use some of the dresses that I had cut with the All Dressed Up die.  For this card I used an idea from a previous shower card that I made using the Domestic Goddess DSP (retired). I love all the appliances, and the retro look.  I made a little housedress (like my grandmother wore), and a fresh apron (that I am sure was starched, and kept special for entertaining).  I added a couple potholders, and a message of love from the Petite Pairs stamp set.  I know that Lizzie will love this, because she is a real Domestic Goddess. 
I used the layout from the Try Stampin' On Tuesday challenge #109 to keep me on my toes, and when I got all done and posted the photo, I realized that I had forgotten to put on the ribbon, so I went back, finished the card, and photographed it again.  (Nothing like make a simple challenge more of a challenge!). 
My little granddaughter woke up just as I finished up the card, and I wanted to get a photo ready to blog.  To keep her quiet, I looked for something to feed her and found a little chocolate bunny that I had purchased when buying candy for the party, that I was hoping would be in a basket in a couple of weeks.  With camera ready, this was just too cute a photo opportunity to pass up.  I gave her the chocolate rabbit, just as her Uncle came in the room.  He showed her how to bite the ears, which she hesitated to do.  I never give her chocolate, so I don't know if she's had it before.  She was really pleased when she finally ate some.  Uncle asked her for a bite, and she immediately put it to her mouth, thinking that she was not about to share.  She bit off as much as she could, and quickly shoved the rest in her mouth.  She was a mess in the end, but very pleased with herself for eating all of it.  Mom and Dad better get their own Easter basket. 
Stop back tomorrow, and see what else I have been making.  Hint: table favors                Mary Alice


Friday, March 8, 2013

Amazingly Fun Card


I had a little time to create a card this afternoon out of some Amazing Family stamps that I have been dying to use.  I did a little experimenting with the beautiful filigree scallops, so that they fit withing the oval, and after playing around with the spacing, I am quite pleased with the results. 
It is such a shame that my camera cannot capture the colors and textures to their true potential.  I used a palette from the CAS- Colour and Sketch Challenge #15, but from the photo you would not believe that the colors are Rich Razzelberry in the printed paper, or Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery.  You will just have to take my word for it.
How about this one? Can you tell that we had Blueberry Pancakes?  Why do the colors come out so good in this photo?  
Little Miss Owl is really enjoying the big girl food now that she has a mouth full of teeth.   
You all enjoy your weekend, and hope you find some time for yourself to craft. 
Mary Alice

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Card Club Class
Sunday, March 10
3:00 - 6:00
There is still time to join us.  Just leave a comment and let me know you are coming. 
More information for class was given here. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


POSTPONED - Watch for rescheduled date and time.
Thursday, March 7, 6:30 - 8:30
Cost $8.00
We will be making 3 beautiful cards, one of them an Easter card, and one 3D Easter basket project (shown above).  We will have everything prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble.  All supplies will be provided. 

Class will be held at 101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes.  Please contact for directions.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Oh, Hello.....You're Invited

 I have been working on invitations for a bridal shower for my niece this week.  It's funny how you start out with a lovely idea, and end up with something entirely different.  I had seen a card made with the Dress Up die cut wrapped with a doily for the skirt.  When it came to the doily wrap, I was not quite satisfied with the doily that I had, so I went in search of new doilies.  After checking 3 stores, and finding nothing to my satisfaction, I decided to emboss the dress, and I used the Fancy Fan EF to give it a frilly effect.  I agonized over how I wanted to make the oval portion.  Use the oval or label Framelit?  Cut out or layer over?  Pumpkin pie or Calypso Coral?  How could I still incorporate the doily into the card?  Paper flowers or ribbon flowers?  I finally bought some little roses to save me time. I sure spent a long time agonizing over this card.  You know, my niece is a special person to me, and I wanted Lizzie's invitations to be very special. 
After wasting much time, I finally came up with my final sample on Thursday evening.  Everything was cut, and ready to assemble, but then I decided I wanted to emboss the rose background paper, so off to the Big Shot for a little more work. I was ready to assemble, but was not satisfied with the crowded look of the layout.  I decided to switch from vertical to a horizontal layout, and it finally all came together.  That was until I added the rosebud!  They were too bulky for mailing, so I came up with an idea.  I would take them to the iron and smash them flatter.  I headed for the ironing board, and laid out 8 rosebuds to smash.  When I hit them with the iron, the stuck to the iron plate!  Oh, no, too hot!  I grabbed a brown bag and cleaned off the iron plate, and turned down the temp.  I thought I needed an ironing cloth, but there was nothing handy in the laundry room, and I was on a mission to get the job done.  I checked the trash and grabbed a used dryer sheet thinking that it would be suitable to use.  Smashed the rosebuds covered with a dryer sheet and immediately knew my mistake as I watched the dryer sheet shrivel and disappear beneath the iron.  Wrong move again!  (Did I mention I worked as a seamstress for a number of years, and know better than to do any of this?)  Wanting to get the burned goop off the iron plate fast, I quickly rubbed it on the edge of the ironing board cover to scrape it off.  Immediately I realized that I had just ruined the board cover, which I had just bought about 6 months ago (first new one in about 10 years).  I grabbed a wet towel and proceeded to try to clean the board cover, and the iron plate as best I could.  The iron had cooled down enough that I could proceed to smash the rest of the rosebuds, and they did flatten out enough that I was able to slip them into the envelopes without much difficulty.  
I decided to add a recipe card to the envelope to cover the roses and rhinestones, along with a note asking the guest to bring a favorite recipe to the shower for the bride.  I think I will make up a game to go along with the recipes, maybe asking guests to guess who brought which recipe.  
They are all stamped and ready to mail today, and I can move on to the next project, my swap cards for Monday's demonstrator meeting.  
Sure hope the swap cards go off without a hitch.  
I think I will share my cards this week on the Pink Elephant Challenge where the theme this week is ANYTHING GOES.  This sure meets their criteria.
Stop back again and see how that goes.  

Mary Alice