Lyla’s First Birthday

Hi, Everyone!!!

My daughter Lyla’s birthday party was two weeks ago and I honestly cannot believe I have not thought to share the event with you!  I even took a week off after this party to relax and get things done around the house! Oxymoron! I definitely got a lot done around the house but there was not a single day of rest or relaxation!

Let’s talk about this party, shall we? I’m a DIY person to the core. I seriously did everything I could possibly do myself for this party. The hardest part was deciding to do the party at all. My family works a lot. Most of them work 7 days a week and after 10 years of kids’ birthdays, I’ve learned not to try to work around their schedule. We knew that a few of my husband’s family members would come but only have a few close friends. So it was between a small intimate group or a large group-including all our neighbors who have grown to be both friends and family to us. My only daughter only turns one once right?!  Go big or go home, they say!


First things, first. The invitation. I’ve been wanting to learn handlettering for a while now. My wonderful husband got me and iPad Pro for Christmas and I decided to play with it to create an invitation for her. I went with a boho theme. My lettering is not too great here and I did this way before I started my lettering journey with and If you want to see my work/progress, I have a separate instagram account for lettering named Calygraphy 😜. I got 50 invitations printed at Costco (they only sell them in sets of 25).


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Next, I saved Starbucks frappe jars that my husband brings home from work, cleaned, and dried them. I gave them a coat if white spray paint and then blasted them with gold glitter paint. The brand I used was Krylon. Save yourself 40% at a local major craft store. I don’t buy anything without a coupon! I also got some large white feathers and spray-painted the ends with gold glitter as well. I got some silk flowers to arrange these. So many options here!

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I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut out the word “one” here and you’ll see some more things similar in later photos. I love my electronic cutting machine fire things like this.

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Let’s go ahead and talk about these balloons. Balloons are a huge waste of money, aren’t they?!? But you have to have them to add to the esthetics!  I wanted clear so I got a huge bag of clear latex balloons from Amazon. I cut strips of teal, white, and pink tissue paper to give them tassels.  You see the confetti in there? Yep…I punched circles using the same tissue paper and hand-stuffed 12 balloons before taking them to a local floral shop to have them blown up. 😱  I know…I’m either hardcore or somewhat over the top crazy about this decor.


My apologies if this is a bad picture. It’s a direct screenshot from a photo I posted on Instagram.  That’s my handwriting on those teeny tshirts!!! I made two for a neighbor who turned one in March and the gold one for Lyla to wear on her birthday.

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I learned a few things practicing handlettering since I created the invitation! 😜  This chalkboard is done using Chalkola markers. These markers are amazingly vibrant. So I’m going to have to say this…the company reached out to me and sent me these markers for free. First time that’s ever happened to me!  If you want some…click HERE. Enter the following code to get a 15% discount: 15OFFSTAR. It comes with a pack of metallic chalk markers that are amazing too!

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This is another quick project. I usually make a banner to display monthly baby photos but decided after walking down the aisles at Michaels that I wanted a frame. I had one sitting at home all busted up without glass on it-so I spray-painted it white and hot glued twine on them. I made a bunch of Pom Poms and tied them in randomness spots to the twine. Numbers cut using my electronic cutter and got photos printed at Walmart. The backing is just posterboard. Nothing too fancy. I actually have something hanging behind it that I didn’t want to take down…got lazy…hence the posterboard. 😬🙄

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My first day off work was supposed to be a shopping day. I waited…and waited…and waited for my husband to get home. If you know anything about residents-when they say they should be off by 1pm….don’t expect them to walk through the door until at least 5:30pm. This is at least true for my husband. Nevermind the numerous times I’ve been disappointed…I’m learning slowly not to believe him when he gives me a time. So while I waited…I decided I would make a wall arrangement of paper flowers. I used card stock and cut out petals. I tend to always tweak things I see – but the tutorial I watched can be found HERE. It turned out amazing-way better than I had envisioned!


Maybe you’ll believe me…maybe you won’t…but I spent 2 days on those cookies. If you ever wonder why decorated sugar cookies cost so much-its because it takes a lot of time and detail. Ok…so a few hours to bake them on one night…and at least another 5 to decorate them on another. Making royal icing and coloring them to your liking takes at least another hour. It’s no joke. It’s a definite labor of love.

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I spent another day baking just cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops. I made a cake just like this the week before in teal for Lyla’s smash cake photos. You can see it in the photo above below the paper flowers on the wall. So for the party-I thought I would make a pink one instead. I also baked vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with frosting in the same colors.

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These were simple and took little time compared to everything else I did. Gold cupcake liners for the win!

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Don’t look too closely-they are far from perfect. The stand is a Deflecto brand that is versatile. I found it on Amazon-there are lots of different options!  These cake pops were a huge hit with the kids and disappeared first!

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I also had a spread of savory appetizers which were only touched by adults and is nothing too amazing to share. But that’s a wrap, Ya’ll!  It was a full-house!  Hardly any room to walk at all and I was so happy with the outcome!  It’s also a relief that it’s over! Phew!

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I can’t leave you without a tease of Lyla and her cake. I hate to post a personal photo so I’ve tried to put a big watermark over the image (for the unwelcome who might try to save the photo regardless…you are trespassing and violating my wishes). I hope everyone else enjoys viewing my post and can get some wonderful ideas for their next party!


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Future Mrs. Banner

Two weeks ago, I wrote about making my friend Jessica’s bridal shower invites. Last week, one of the other bridesmaids asked me to make a banner to coordinate with those invites. I started with the same colors and incorporated as much as i could from the previous project. The only thing I did not add was the background lace image – I ran out of ink making the shower invites and have not ordered reinkers yet.

This entire project uses the Banners Framelits Die set. I used the largest die and cut out all the pieces for the base in Blushing Bride card stock. Then I printed the lettering on shimmer cardstock with an ombre fade text and cut them all in the next largest die. I used the same accented border punch and highlighted that with sponged Metallic Gold Encore Ink. I also tried to add some gold to the letters on each banner piece using a metallic gold marker, but you can barely see it. Here’s one of the banners up close and personal:

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Here are all the pieces together:

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I didn’t send and string or mounting materials, but you can really use anything. Personally, I’d use some twine and mini clothespins to hold them in place. I’m only sorry I can’t be there for the shower in Kansas City next week. I would love to be there to help make it a special day for Jessica, but I know it’s going to be fabulous regardless!

A Spring Berry Basket

So, I’m always looking for ways to save money – for ways around not having to buy expensive products when there is alternative. I have the Berry Basket Die on my wish list and told myself that I will buy it if and when it goes on clearance (which is probably never going to happen). I watched some videos yesterday and found that there are people out there, like me, who don’t want to buy it, but love the idea. I watched two videos and learned how to make the berry basket without using an expensive die. So I adapted my own version of it by incorporating what I learned from both videos. Credit information will be provided at the bottom of this post.

Lets get started, everyone! The first basket I made is using the directions from Elaine Jackson’s video, but I added the slits on the basket – and idea I got from Lourdes Collazo’s idea. Without confusing you, here are the pictures:

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Once assembled, you get this:

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I must’ve messed up somewhere because the top isn’t exactly level…but isn’t it adorable??? So I messed around last night and came up with my own template and instructions to make this. Here it is!

1)  Cut two strips off the short end of an 8.5×11 piece of paper that are 5/8” wide (easier than cutting a 1.25” strip in half as instructed in Lourdes’ video).

2) Turn the paper and cut two strips that are 3.25” x 9.75”

This is what your paper will look like once you’ve made all your cuts:

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3) Trim (the two thin strips to the right of the photo above): Score at 4″ and 8″ and punch/cut a scalloped edge, if desired.

4) Basket (the two thicker pieces at the bottom left of the photo above): Score at 3.25″ and 6.5″

5) Flip and score “center box” at 1/8” from the outside from the previous score lines.

6) Mark from the 1/8” score mark to the outer corners and cut off. This step is not required, but I think it gives the berry box a more angled look.

You can see what I mean in this photo – The bottom panel is cut and the top panel is not.

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7) Use a Word Window Punch and cut out basket slits, if desired on the basket pieces. I did this on the first basket prototype that I did, but opted not to do it on this basket.

8) Stamp the basket and assemble…then add any embellishments you wish and you’re done!

I decided to stamp some flowers using my Painted Petals set in Garden Green and Tempting Turquoise. I also punched a scallop edge on the trim and sponge-inked the edges and ended up with this:

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Assemble by lining up the center squares and adhering with a strong adhesive. You can use adhesive for the trim too, but a mini-stapler is great and gives it a rough look.

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OOOO….AWWWW…..isn’t it cute??? So glad I found those videos!

To give these clever crafters some credit, here is the info to the original videos and their blogs:

Lourdes Collazo:



Elaine Jackson:



Thank you ladies, for the inspiration.


Wears in Ohio

My sister-in-law Bethany and her husband Daniel visited us here in Ohio this past weekend. I copied her hashtag “#wearsinohio” for my title. Pretty sure she won’t mind – I’m not as clever as she is ;). So we celebrated her birthday the night they came and exchanged Christmas presents. They are pretty tricky to buy for – so my husband and I both got crafty and made them gifts this year – a special thank you for driving 10 hours to see us!

My son, Liam turns two tomorrow. Here’s a picture of Bethany with Liam:


This first project is ALL my husband’s idea.  I’ll just take the credit for taking the photos. Daniel and Bethany are both avid Kansas City Royals fans. So Stephen did a photo transfer of the Royals’ stadium on wood for them. I think it turned out great (even though Stephen wanted to re-do it multiple times because he doesn’t like the seams). I think the seams in the picture give it love!

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They look like they like it here, right? Notice they came in full blown Royals’ gear!


Bethany mentioned she wanted to learn how to knit while she was here, so we gave her some knitting needles and crochet hooks and I sewed these holders for her (inspired by a gift I got from my mother-in-law several years ago). I taught her how to knit on a 30 minute drive into the city and she started knitting like she has been doing it for a long time!

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Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook Holders

Last but not least, some stamping, of course! I made some more tile coasters using my Serene Silhouettes stamp kit. The background stamp is a Penny Black Letter background stamp. It was a quick and easy project. I sealed it with some project sealant and here you have it:

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Trust me….I’ve been wanting to post these since I first finished each project. I hate holding back!  I hope you enjoyed this post. And I hope Bethany and Daniel love their gifts!


Mini Treat Bag/ Alternative Card Holder

Stampin’ Up has a new item called the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and it is sooo cute. It’s a die that creates a mini treat bag along with other extra dies – like a heart, a star, some fun words, banner, etc. I have so many dies already and don’t want to duplicate my supply so I thought of a way to create my own mini treat bag without spending $39.95 on this thinlits die set. I feel kind of guilty about it – but at the same time, I can customize for any project size this way.

I got pretty clever over my lunch break today and drew out a template. The mini treat bag I created will hold a standard A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″)! What a fun way to give a card without an envelop! Or a cookie…or candy 🙂

Start with a piece of cardstock in whatever design you’d like. Trim the cardstock to 6.5″ x 9.5″. The the “long” side set horizontally on your scoring tool, score at 2.5″ and at 7″. Flip your paper to the “short” side (paper is set vertically now) and score at 0.5″ from the 2.5″ score line  to the 7″ scoreline made in the previous step (you can score through the entire thing but I don’t like unnecessary score marks on the finish project). Score again all the way through at 6.25″.  At this point, you should have a total of 4 score lines, two going each direction.


Here’s my template. You want to cut out the gray areas.

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What you end up with, is something like this:


Fold your 3 remaining score lines back, add adhesive to the bottom flap and to one of the side panels and you’ve got your assembled treat bag! I added a little extra by cutting a zig-zag design at the top with a pair of decorative scissors.



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You can add ribbons and sentiments, whatever you’d like. I used a die to cut out a heart and added a window sheet to this one (for a cookie or candy).


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!!  I had lots of fun making it!


Playing Catch-Up is a little Overwhelming

I’m pretty excited about getting this blog going. So I’m trying too do too much too fast and it’s giving me some heart flutters and butterflies. So, I’m really going to fly through these cards that I made. Some I made for fun, others for special occasions.

Stampin’ Up has retired all their wheel stamps. I bought some from a lady off craigslist and unmounted mine to make them flat for ease of use. That took quite a bit of patience since I had to peel the rubber off the wheels, then mount them to some clear foam. Stampin’ Up sells Clear-Mount Cling Foam sheets that you can buy to covert any stamp that you have into a clear mount stamp. To clarify, clear-mount stamps are stamps that cling to clear acrylic blocks for stamping (versus using a wood block). I used a gingham stamp that I converted from a wheel stamp for this card. The sentiment is from Label Love.

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At one point, I made it a goal for myself to make cards with every stamp set that I had purchased. My neighbor told me that she had stamp sets in her closet that had never been used. I didn’t want this to be me! I have to use everything I buy!  So I made this using a set called A Fitting Occasion for a friend who just recently got pregnant and is expecting her first baby..

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This card was very simple and sweet. I used a stamp from a set called A Round Array, which doesn’t seems to be retired now. I stamped the same image in 5 different colors. To make the embossed lines and dots, I used Stampin’ Up’s Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate. It just makes it so pretty! I also added some pearls to the center of the flowers to give it some extra umph.

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This cute card is another Hostess set called Nuts About You. It’s just whimsy and fun. I made it for my husband because I was bored. No special occasion required.

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My oldest son, Noah turned 8 this year. We’re in a new town and he’s in a new school so instead of throwing our usual house party and inviting everyone we know, he chose a few friends to come over for a game day. I made these invitations using a retired set called Make a Wish. I was so pleased with how they turned out!

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This next card, I used the Flower Patch set. I actually used an embossing folder as a stamp for the background.

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The next four cards were designed by my upline, Cindy Clements. We visited Kansas City in September and I just just missed one of her stamping parties, so she put together this kit for me to case the cards she created. The first one is a stamp from a set called For the Birds. The second card, from a set called Bloom with Hope.

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For the Birds

These two cards are made using a versatile set called Work of Art. The stamps are images of watermarks and it’s just up to you to create whatever image you want. I’ve seen lots of creative cards made with this set!

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I’ve made two wedding cards. One for a coworker of mine and another for Stephen’s coworker. The first is just heart cut shapes. I used a white Chalk paint to draw the collars and pocket. Black ink to draw the buttons and a small ribbon to make the bow. The white heart is just embossed and accented with pearls. Nothing too complicated.

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The second wedding card for my coworker was made using a retired set called Love and Laughter. I didn’t let it dry and smeared it a little. So I took a sponge and smeared the entire image intentionally to give it a wind-blown look. Oh well – I’m sure no one is going to complain that my card isn’t perfect, right? 😉

Love and Laughter

I made this birthday card using Zoo Animals. I cased this card from Pinterest and the original can be found here.

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This cute little guy…I feel like it’s a bug with giant eyes…but I guess you can see a frowning face too is actually made from a retired set called flower set called Pick a Petal. People really are just too creative – my neighbor actually made this one and I found a set on Ebay that I purchased because I love it so much. She stamped a few images for me to take home to make my own card.

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This is the Swallowtail. Just gorgeous. I stamped the image with pigment ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I sponged the image with some Rich Razzleberry ink to give it this effect. I really like sponging. I think it’s easy and creates such depth to an image. I’m posting other cards using this technique on other cards as well.

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My father in law loves to golf. So for his birthday, I cased this card from Pinterest. The original card is found here.

Golf Card

For Christmas, I got a 3 month Paper Pumpkin Kit subscription for my mother in law. Since I didn’t want to send her an email to announce what her gift was, I made this matchbox using my Envelop Punch Board and stuck it in there.

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These last two are two of my favorites. I made them early on with little experience and thought they turned out great. I again used my unmounted Gingham stamp from Stampin’ Up to create the fading background (just keep stamping without re-inking). then I stamped several hearts then punched them out and sewed them down with my sewing machine. The sentiment is from a set called Kind & Cozy.

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The Post Card stamp is so timeless and you can really do so much with it. The background is stamped with a set called Postage Due. I really don’t think you can make this card and give it a vintage feel without it.


I made this one for Stephen and his sister, Emily’s graduation. This set, called Pure Gumption is now retired and I’m really sad I didn’t get it. The great thing about this card is, you can change the colors and the embossing design for any graduate in mind…so easy to customize! I looked this set up on Ebay and they were trying to get $85 dollars for this set! Talk about price gouge. It was only about $13 if I can remember correctly!


Last but not least, this is the card I recently made Stephen for his birthday a few weeks ago. It too is a Pinterest idea and I cased it. The original card is available here. I changed it up a bit by making it an easel card – it props up and is held up by a sentiment popped up by a Stampin’ Dimensional. This is the first time I’ve done any card-tearing. Apparently it’s a technique that used to be very popular (may still be, I don’t know!)

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More to come! Just 4 more posts before I catch up!


Card in a Box

CARD IN A BOX. These are the coolest cards. It folds flat into a standard card size and fits in a regular envelope. When you open the card and stand it up, it’s a box with pop up sentiments!

I found the template on pinterest and you can get it here on a site linked to another crafter’s blog at

As you can see, the box is made from any cardstock. I used craft paper and decorated my white paper using whatever stamps I wanted. You can also tell, that I just used my extra pastel cardstock to add layering for this card.

The baby card is made using a stamp set called Zoo Babies. It’s such a cute set!  The sentiment is made using a stamp from the set Label Love:

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This flower set is made from a set called Flower Patch. Unlike the Zoo Animal set which I had to cut each character by hand, the Flower Patch set comes with a coordinating set of dies (Flower Fair Framelits Dies) that cuts the matching image. Can you say $$$???? Yes, I’m a sucker.

The smaller flowers are from a set called Petite Petals and also comes with a coordinating punch! Ugh…yes…I bought that too.

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I know these look complicated…but all it really requires is a a few measurements (for paper layering, folding and scoring). They are SOO easy to make and not to mention rewarding when you’re done. The recipient will think you’re amazing when you’re really not…lol.  OK…take the credit…it’s amazing!

If you’re interested in any of these items, please let me know! Or you can sign up with Stampin’ Up and place your own order, but please include me as your demonstrator – your business/credit is much appreciated!