Wishing all people of jewish faith a very Happy New Year.
May the year ahead be sweet and bring you peace, health and happiness.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
When I saw the holiday planners on Michelle's blog (http://michellewooderson.blogspot.com/) it instantly got the wheel turning into my head as to how to adapt this to my current "baby-on-the-brain" state!! All you need is a 5X8 junior notepad and 2 sheets of 8X11 cardstock.
Her version is chic and embellished, you can find her tutorial and template here: http://michellewooderson.blogspot.com/2008/09/holiday-gift-ensemble.html. It can be adapted to so many occasions! :-)
My version is way more simple but I wanted to be able to carry this in my bag without worrying that it might be torn or damaged in any way. For the cover focal point and the accents inside I just used some cute baby gift wrap, and I used my sewing machine on paper for the 1st time. That didn't exactly go as planned since I sewed on the wrong side of the cardstock and my machine wasn't set right for paper obviously either!! (if you click on the pics for a larger version it will be obvious!!) But hey, that was a first ever attempt and this is how you learn... but I admit I was too lazy or impatient to do it all over again! ;-) LOL! I also added a bit of ribbon so that it would stay closed in my bag.
In the little pocket I tucked some custom notecards, made from white cardstock with a little piece of wrapping paper wrapped around and rounded corners. I made one for names (serious brainstorming going on there) and one for my list of essentials! Plus one for whatever I will soon realize I forgot to plan for! ;-) ...
This was a fun and quick little project (if you omit the time spent fighting with the sewing machine of course...) and Naomi already wants me to make one for her!...(but without the sewing! Phew!) :-D
This is not a very involved project on the creative side, but hopefully it will make my life easier nonetheless!! It's a journal I bought at Michaels for $1 and turned into a "to-do album" for the family.
I love to be organized but I am usually not!! The older I get, the more I forget things, and I hate lists (and sometimes misplace them!... ;-))
So I used little tabs with each family member's name to customize this booklet and have everyone's stuff in the same place (yes "baby" is written in pencil so I can erase it afterwards and write the baby's real name! ;-)). The tabs stamps are by Stampendous and you can find them here http://www.mylittlestampshack.com/catalog/item/5737001/5610981.htm. If you haven't visited Carrie's online store yet, it is time, she has a great selection of clear stamps: http://www.mylittlestampshack.com/
For the cover I just used a white label and stamped & embossed (for durability!) "to-do" to hide the original "journal" title.
Now let's just hope we actually do some of the things already listed in the booklet!... LOL ;-)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Yesterday I went to my 1st baby shower ever, it was fun and I had a good time. Don't get confused it was not MY baby shower, just the 1st one I went to. In France we usually celebrate a baby after his/her birth, not before. I don't know if we are more superstitious, but to us it seems weird to throw a party for a baby before the star of the show is actually here! The nice thing about the american way is that it celebrates the Mom! ;-)
The future Mom is expecting a little girl, and I got her a chocolate brown Sleepywrap (http://www.sleepywrap.com/, I got one for myself too but I'm not telling what color yet! ;-)), so I had to go with brown and pink, which is one of my favorite color combo, alongside the brown and light blue. I went to Babies R us this week-end and was surprised by the number of clothes with those color combos, very cute!
Anyway, a very simple card with no stamping. My Cuttlebug was giving me a very hard time and refused to cut anything (more investigation is needed...). Funny how I am always drawn to the polka dots embossing folder for baby cards... :-)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I made this baby card for my cousin and his wife who just had a baby girl.
The outfit I bought is green with cream polka dots, and I also found cute pink baby booties. That's where I picked the colors for my card. I heard the parents both don't like pink much, so I kept it just as an accent.
Did I ever tell you how much I love my Cuttlebug?... ;-)
ETA: For info, the little foot print charm can be found at Walmart (Wilson is the brand I think). It's a party favor's charm for baby showers, so you can find it in the baking/wedding/baby aisle next to the craft aisles. It comes in a pack of 6, all different colors.
Monday, September 8, 2008
This is a card I made for my niece who just turned 3 (Yes, oops, the bad aunt that I am sent the card late! :-(... but I guess "better late than never", right?...)
As you can guess the choice of colors was dictated by the age and gender of my young recipient! ;-)
The card in itself is a very simple tri-fold (one of the panel is a gift-card holder with slots) and the top layer was cuttlebugged and then I cut the windows in it and stamped on the card base. The top layer is raised with foam tape but it's hard to see that in the pic. I forgot to take a picture during the day and had to do it at night with the flash... :-S