Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Fall Wreath

I absolutely love fall decoraing. Now I am not a big Halloween decorator, but that's because I'm lazy and you can't leave those decorations out as long as fall ones. But I do love fall decorating. I love all the different shades of oranges, yellows, and reds. Now Joanns Fabrics do carry some beautiful decorations but their wreaths always seem to be so expensive, even with a coupon. So for the past couple of years I have been designing my own. Here is one I did for my boss's wife who recently had surgery.

This is just a little fall wreath that she can hang frm her front door. Now similar wreaths like this are currently on sale for 50% off at Joanns ranging in price from $19.99 to $29.99 for this size. I was able to do this wreath for a whopping $5.85, give or take a few pennies.

How you may ask? Well the bare wreath was regular price $2.99. I was able to use my 40% off coupon which brought the price to $1.79. The flowers and beads were on sale for 50% off and they were $1.99 each. As you can see I used 4 which came to $3.98. Now the ribbon was from my stash. It is actually 2 different ribbons. The gold ribbon had a clearance tag of $.50 and the orange ribbon had a clearance tag of $.30. I guesstimate that I probably used about $.05 of the yellow and $.03 of the orange. Have you been doing the math? Well my husband loved this kind of math. You know the kind, the cheap kind.

Well I bought plenty of supplies. So yes, you've guessed it...I will be doing a few more of these this weekend.

Have a great weekend. I have a busy one ahead of me.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Same Ingredients...AGAIN!!!

See, this is what happens when you don't finish straightening up from one project to the next. Needing a quick "get well" card last night, I took the scraps that were leftover on my table and put together this little number.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Same Ingredients...Different Layout

Back-to-back posts!!! I know right (as my kids would say).

But did you see yesterday's post of the card I did for a swap on Splitcoast? Well at the time that I was doing all the cutting for this swap I couldn't remember how many I needed and my laptop was in the family room and I was upstairs in my craft room. So being the lazy person that I am, I decided to guess. Well you guessed it---I guessed wrong. I only needed 4 cards for this swap and I cut enough for 6 cards.

So as I was putting away all my materials that I used, (I am really trying to get better at that-got a LONG way to go though) I figured I would use the items that were already cut up anyway. And I came up witht hese 2 layouts. Hence the title of this post.

Now I have 2 more cards for my stash.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Swap...

I recently did a swap, wait I actually did TWO swaps this month. This is one of my cards I did for a swap on Splitcoaststampers. The swap was anyhting that had to do with "shoes". Now how could I pass up a swap about shoes? I purchased this stamp from a vendor at a craft show that passed through Chicago a couple of months ago. My new favorite thing lately has been embossing folders. I absolutely love them! They give so much character to cards. Now off to google-land to find some more, at a cheap price of course.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I am so pathetic! Yes I know...I have been missing in action for months.

School has really been keeping me busy (going back to complete my Bachelors) and with baseball with my oldest son this summer, that has really soaked up a lot of my time. But with fall just around the corner I can see my wheels starting to slow down just a bit. I'm starting to want to stay in on the weekends, it is getting a little chilly out there. So now I will be able to do more crafting. I'm still cleaning and re-organizing my craft room. I have done a few cards in the past couple of months and right now I am working on a diaper cake for my nephew and his fiance's baby shower.

So sit back, relax, and be patient with me. I promise I'll be back soon.

By the is a blog that I have been stalking for months. This lady is absolutely CREATIVE, but in a "sweet" way. Just go there, you'll know what I mean. This is one you will definitely put in your google reader.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I'm Ready for Spring

Aren't you? Well it sure is feeling like spring here in Illinois. We had some of the most beautiful weather these past coupleof days. Yesterday and today it even reached the middle 70s. Well I just had to break out a spring-inspired card.
As you can see I used my favorite paper from the Stampin Up Sweet Pea pack and I used the new Sweet Pea felt flowers. Now check out the ribbon-can you believe it? It is STRAIGHT!!!! And I did mean for it go in that direction to. I was so proud of myself.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Another Card...

Can you believe it - I am back again. Twice in one week!!! I wanted to share a card I did for a swap over on Splitcoaststampers. I came across a card like this during my blog hopping and can not find where I originally saw this. I have searched my google reader but have had no luck.

The only requirement was to use a flower image. So I choose my Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder and some "flowery" dsp. Don't you just love the layout of the card? I really like how the folds overlap each other. It was truly easy to create this card. Darn I wish I had written down where I got the idea from-I hate not being able to credit people for the wonderful creativity. If you know-let me know, and I will definitely update this post.
I really need to stop taking pictures in my cubicle at workas well. The lighting sucks, the background is ugly, oh I can go on and on...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Where the Heck Have You Been?

I am pretty sure that is what most of you are saying-LOL. And believe me, that is what I have been saying to myself lately as well. It's been a crazy first quarter, but I have so missed creating and blogging. I have done a few cards lately; I did two swaps and a baby shower card. Now ask me did I remember to take a picture...nooooooo...and they were some really cute cards.

But here is a card I did last night. I was just in the mood to create something and I have been coming across so many nice and simple cards lately that I thought I would put together a quick one.

I used my favorite paper of the moment, Sweet Pea. The stamp set is Vintage Vogue, another one of my favorites at the moment. I am a big hoarder when it comes to buttons, brads, and ribbon, so I was pretty pleased with myself that I used a felt flower, a corduroy button, and a regular button. I even played around with the new SU punch. You really need your muscles for the new punches. They are really heavy to me, or am I just a weakling?

I promise to be back real soon.