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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A Lace and Gold Bridal Shower

This May, I’m going back to Kansas City to be a Matron of Honor for my friend, Jessica. Things have been a little crazy with work and the overtime doesn’t seem like it going to end anytime soon. With a freeze on time off, I’m not able to attend her shower or bachelorette party in March. So as a contribution, I volunteered to make her shower invitations. Jessica’s dress is going to be pink and the bridal party’s dresses are going to be gold. So to tie the two together, I decided to make a lacey, blushing bride/gold invitation for her.

While I waited for the location, I drafted up the template on Microsoft word and cut my card stock. The Blushing Bride card stock color is perfect. I used a standard 8.5×11 piece and cut it into 4 equal parts. Then I used the I Love Lace background stamp and stamped each base using Blushing Bride ink.

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Then I stamped my signature on the back of these bases.

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Once I got confirmation of the location, I printed the invitations on some 60lb Shimmer Paper made by Recollections that I purchased from Michaels. Let me just say…my printer hates you, Shimmer Paper. You may be pretty, but you’re annoying. Very careful, I ran each invitation (44 to be exact) through my BigKick and cut out each invitation using my Top Note Bigz Die. That wasn’t exactly fun either…but oh my…I LOVE how it cuts. You can’t see it too well, but there is stitching all the way around each piece cut by the die.

I took some gold Encore Metallic ink and antiqued the sides of each invite with gold to give it some more dimension.

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You can see the gold and “shimmer” of the paper as well as the stitching I mentioned better in this picture:

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Once this was done, I put the invite on the card base and decided I wasn’t happy. It needed more (because it’s never enough). So I grabbed a pretty border punch and punched each card base just on the sides.  It was worth it!

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I waited until the invites were received to post this because I didn’t want to spoil it for the bride. Jessica got the extra copies in the mail today and says that she LOVES them so I’m happy and fulfilled in every way with this project. I’ve been working in my 5 inch heals for her wedding to break them in and hemmed my dress today. So to get news that she loves these invites really makes me great about investing the time I did into these shower invitations.

Here’s the final card:

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This invitation is for display only – if you do not receive a hard copy, you are not invited – please do not crash the party! LOL!

Hope you all enjoyed this!

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? 😉

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

Zoo Babies

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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.

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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!