Thursday, April 28, 2011


Here's another project for Jenn's Birthday Blog Hop.  You should have hopped here from Jill's blog.  If not, go back to Jenn's and start at the beginning.  There are lots of great projects.

The template for the birdhouse is from Nichole Heady at PaperTreyInk.  Its super easy to put together.  You can probably tell, I left one side open so it can hold a surprise for someone special.  I also added a base on the bottom that wasn't part of the original template.  It would be easy to dress it up more than I have also.  Add some flowers, a tag, and what not.  I had grand plans of making it really fancy, but it has been a REALLY long day today and I'm ready for bed.

The paper is K & Company from the Que Sera Sera pad.  The bird stamp is out of a set by Inkadinkadoo.  I used StazOn Timber Brown ink.  I also used some of the crinkle seam-binding ribbon I hand-dyed with Smooch Spritz. 

Before you hop on to see what Shelley has created, be sure to leave a comment for a chance at some blog candy.  Tell me if your birthday was today, what would be at the top of your wish list. 

I just celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago and got a couple of Fannie Flagg books.  I really want The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond's two books.  They would be at the top of my wish list.

Hope everyone has a great Friday!!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Butterfly Card

Here's another project for Jenn's 40th Birthday Blog Hop.  You should have come here from Jill's blog.  The butterfly is off of the Sentimentals cartridge.  I've had it for awhile, but this is the first time I've used it.  I actually looked at the butterflies on the Florals Embellished cart, but decided there were way too many cuts for my patience today. 

I stickled the darker layer on top and added an extra layer on the bottom to pop it up a little bit. 

I was thinking the butterflies would look really good on short dowel rods and put in the vase with the hydrangeas I finished up last night.  Might have to make them a little smaller though.

I've had so much fun reading everyone's comments, I've decided I'll do at least two blog candy sets!  Before you move on to the next stop on the hop, please leave a comment and tell me about the best birthday party you attended as a kid and don't forget to leave me your email if you haven't previously. 

When I was in first grade I went to one of my classmates' birthday party.  I remember playing the game where you drop clothespins in a jar, but have to drop them from your waist.  The neat thing about the party was the prizes they had for winning the games.  One was a goldfish in a bowl.  Another was a small turtle in a bowl.  Oh, how I really wanted to win that turtle! 

Next on the list is Shelley.  Be sure to see what everyone else has cooked up for today.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Birthday Bouquet

Okay, I was only going to do one project for Jenn's Blog Hop because those banners take for-stinkin-ever for me to get them just they way I like 'em.  However, I found some hydrangeas I had started on last week and decided I'd get them finished up for a "birthday bouquet" of sorts.
They were really fun to make.  AND  I got to use one of my favorite vases!  The vase is crystal and was given to my husband and I as a wedding gift. 

The hydrangeas themselves started as cut files from Penny Duncan Creations.  She has created cut files and YouTube videos with complete instructions for making these beautiful flowers.  Of course, I tweaked her instructions just a little for these.  I enlarged the files and used 2 inch Styrofoam balls cut in half.  I used the pink skittles in the centers.  You can tell on the dark pink one the glue isn't quite dry.  I tried using a glue gun to glue down the skittles, but it kept melting the glue on the back of the florets and everything would come unstuck.  I was too impatient to wait for the glue gun to heat up on the cool setting, which probably would have alleviated everything coming unstuck!  I did ink the edges of the florets with chalk ink, and used a stylus made for working with polymer clay to shape the petals and leaves.  I also added some stickles to the backs of some of the petals on the two really pale pink flowers.  I'll probably add stickles to the darker pink one before I decide I'm totally finished with it.  I had a grand plan to put these in a cute little window box-type container.  However, I didn't have any floral foam, and since I've been at Michael's twice today, I thought it was probably a good idea to come up with an alternative plan!

I'm seeing myself making these for Mother's Day.  A bouquet that doesn't wilt and have to be thrown away! 

To be eligible for blog candy, please leave a comment and tell me which birthday was your favorite and why.  One of my favorite birthday I was about 10 years old.  My birthday actually fell on Easter that year, which I thought was very cool.  My Granny Rowe made me an Easter Bunny cake totally from scratch.  It was sooo cute!  I think I had her make it a couple of times after that for my birthday as well.  My other favorite birthday was the 16th.  My dad and I were up getting ready to go take the big driving test.  My brother's Dad, my Favorite Uncle!, called to tell me I had a new baby girl cousin to share a birthday with!  I sent her a message on our shared day and told her she was my best birthday gift ever!

You should have come to see me from Jill.  If not, head back to her blog and check out her project.  After me, hop on over to see Shelley.  Hope everyone has a fantastic Wednesday.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


First and foremost, I'd like to wish my good friend Jenn a very,very Happy 40th Birthday!  I hope your day is absolutely fabulous.

Now, down to business.  Jenn is hosting a blog hop to celebrate this milestone birthday. if you are following the hop, you should have come from Jill's Blog.  You probably want to go back to Jenn's blog and start at the beginning.  I hear there's lots of good blog candy along the way, and I'd hate for anyone to miss the opportunity for blog candy!  I chose to make a birthday banner for her.  Hopefully, it will be in her hands today for her birthday as I mailed it out last week. 

As you can probably see, I didn't make a traditional birthday banner.  The number one song on Jenn's birth date was "Joy To The World" by Three Dog Night. 

The "world" cuts are from Cricut's Give A Hoot Cartridge.  I used MTC for the font.  I also made fabulous purple crinkle ribbon from seam binding and Smooch Spritz to string it all together with.

I wish I could've taken a decent picture of the whole thing.  If you could actually see the whole thing, it says, "Lordy, Lordy Jenn is 40!" 

I have blog candy, three colors of hand-dyed seam binding ribbon and several colors of hand-dyed skittles/dew drops.  Leave me a comment including your email address in case you win telling me what was your best birthday gift ever to be included.  The hop runs through May 2, so I'll wait until May 3 to choose and post a random comment for the blog candy.

Now, on to the next stop at Shelley's.  Have a great day everyone!