Just landed!

I have finally finished the baby announcements (!), all 100 of them, for my brother in law and sister in law, who just welcomed our new nephew to the family a couple weeks ago. As a gift, I offered to make some custom announcements for them. They wanted to go with bright colors and kind of a transportation theme, so I created several samples for them to choose from. The one they picked was this:
The front features a little hand-colored rocket with a baby boy touching down, and the sentiment "Just landed!".
The inside has an insert with all the pertinent baby info (created on my computer, in Publisher), and on the left side, there is a shallow pocket with brads to hold a wallet sized photo.

That's all I've got for you today...I have a few more work/school projects to finish up before I can really get down to all the summer goodness I have planned, so by next week there should be more to come. Thanks for looking!
Supplies: Cardstock (red, orange, white)-Papertrey Ink, (blue)-Bazzill; Stamps (rocket, tails, stars)-Sandy Lion, (letters, baby head)-Papertrey Ink; ribbon-Offray; Brads-American Crafts, Other-Prismacolor colored pencils; Ink-Versamark, Archival ink, Papertrey Ink


Hey Cupcake!

Hi there! Hoping everyone is having a terrific Tuesday. I am just popping in to say that I am still here...chugging away toward the end of the semester, which means lots of creative time for me! :) I finished classes on Thursday but still have a final paper and take home test to complete, as well as some work projects and I am still plugging away at those baby announcements, which are almost done...check back in a couple days for pics of those. :)

For today, I have just a quick share of a card I made for a friend. I wanted to use these adorable Pink Paislee papers I just got, and happened to find some $1 Studio G clear stamps with the same sweet treats theme, so I slapped this together. I liked it so much that I made a second, similar one, which is for sale in my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking!
Supplies: Pink and white cardstock, yellow dot paper, button: Papertrey Ink; green cardstock: Bazzill; patterned paper, blue trim: Pink Paislee; stamps: Studio G; pink ribbon: Creative Impressions; Other: colored pencils, Glossy Accents (on center heart-hard to see)


Spring is in the Air!

We have had a fabulous weekend so far...and it's not over yet! With lots of sunshine and temps in the upper 70's here, I am finally beginning to feel as if spring is really here to stay. Yesterday we made our first trip of the year to the farmer's market, although we didn't buy much: some organic local eggs, local honey, some tomato plants, wheat grass for the kitties and some fresh flowers. We also discovered that a little meat shop just up the street from us sells local organic rabbit and lamb at pretty good prices, so that is a trip we will make soon.

You notice I am using the word organic lately. What do you all think of that? I used to think, and still kind of do, that eating organic for most things doesn't make the slightest bit of difference in our health. On top of that, I've often wondered who can possibly afford it--milk at $5 for a half-gallon, eggs at $5 a dozen....just to name a few. In the grocery store, I buy organic when it is on sale, but I think I am catching the fever! Not to mention, when I am buying it fresh and local, eating better and supporting someone that I can see face to face, I can justify the cost. I'd love to know what other people's thoughts are: do you buy organic at the store? shop your local farmer's market? why? (or why not?) Let me know!

I don't have any crafty pics to share today, but in the spirit of spring, I have a few from our young garden.

I am off to make breakfast (eggs and cheese grits) and then it's strawberry picking for us! Happy Sunday to all!


New Baby Card

Just a quick post here to share a card I made today for my brother-in-law & sister-in-law who are expecting a new baby this week. (Hope they aren't looking!) I was really inspired by the layout of the card here by Kristina Werner. I added a few things to give it a bit more interest, but kept the overall look. I am very pleased with the way it came out...may have to make another one! :)
All stamps,
Cardstock, Dotted paper-Papertrey Ink
Button: BasicGrey
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (cream), Offray (blue)
Other: string, Colorbox chalk ink, Studio G pigment ink

Thanks for looking and come back soon for a peek at the announcements I am making them!


Easter EGGstravaganza!!

This has been a fabulous weekend!! Spring is finally here-we had temperatures in the upper 70s and lots of sunshine, perfect for preparing for and having our 1st (Annual?) Easter picnic. We are expecting a new nephew this week, so we wanted to have our get together early enough so that everyone could come.

We started the weekend on Friday, just J and I, by dying a few Easter eggs, the old-fashioned way with Paas and colored tablets.

The rest of the time was spent getting the house and food prepared for our event this morning. We had a semi-elaborate menu of: Tomato Caprese bites, fresh fruit, picnic ham, Greek lamb kebabs with tzatziki sauce, deviled eggs, garden salad, mini twice-baked potatoes, chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes. Yum-o! I kind of went a little overboard, but it was so worth it--if you're going do it, do it big, right??
Big jars of drinks: Orange Lemonade and Lime Rickeys Raspberry Coconut cupcakes (you've probably seen these on here before...)

We had baskets for all the kids, hidden throughout the house, an Egg hunt, and played a few games with prizes.

I made the stickers on custom jelly bean packets and this Egg hunt champ bow with this great stamp set from Papertrey Ink and used lots of pretty ribbons.Our Egg hunt champ, who won with 20 eggs.

Here's me, just being silly.
It seemed as though everyone had a great time and I couldn't have asked for a better day. Hope everyone had a great weekend!