Garden Delight

All things grow with love....that's what the tag says!   

This is something I put together for the upcoming Craft Show this weekend.  The gloves and shovel *match* and I just added a vintage tag and a bag of wildflower mixture and there you have it.  I think this is an absolutely darling gift.  The color is a bit brighter in person than it appears in the photos.  It's an awfully gloomy day here so this is the best I could do.  I only have 3 of these sets, wonder if that will be enough?  

Happy Spring...it  WAS here last week, but has since left us.  Mother Nature sure can be a tease!


Oh Boy!

Oh boy, is right!  Even though I'm a mom of 2 boys 
(and 1 girl, all adults mind you)  
AND we have 8 nephews (*only* 3 nieces  WOW, really?) 

I tend to lean toward making girlie cards more often than not.  Not exactly sure why I do that.  

These robots have been in my "stash" for a while. My thinking was..."this upcoming show might be a good reason to use this paper on some bright and boy-ish cards."  I really love the bright colors. Since I didn't use a sentiment on these cards they can be used for just about anything.  You'll see that I stamped "Mr. Robot" on the inside in orange for a little added flair.  

How about these adorable tags for that baby boy turning ONE?

Tags for bigger "boys" These tags have more of a vintage feel to them.  Father's Day, birthdays...you name it.  Tags are the perfect way to dress up a gift or just use as a card.  Remember, the back is blank for your personalization.  


Birthday for a Princess

What little girl turning two is NOT a Princess?   This card is for a friend of ours who has a grand daughter celebrating her second birthday this week.   I couldn't resist using the crowns, along with my favorite color combo of pink and brown.  My opinion....It turned out pretty sweet.

I took a pic from the side so you could see how I added the foam to make the sentiment and the number stand out.

papers:  card base, kraft, My Minds Eye
Stamps:  PTI, CTMH
Embelishments:  Pink swirls {recollections}
Ink:  Lipstick Red {Cat Eye}
Chocolate Chip {Stampin' Up}


How Sweet it Is

Can you believe I didn't even eat ONE of these PB Cups!  

I told myself recently...and I'll admit, I've said this in the past...but...I really, REALLY need to use some of the "stuff" I've purchased to make projects with.  Since I decided to do this craft show in April my thinking was, "I might as well make these adorable jars and containers up for those in need of something small to share with a friend or loved one."  

These "sweet treats" are filled with Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and M&M candies.  I just added a tag with a sentiment and a pretty ribbon for color to each one.  The "vintage" tags actually came from Staples.  They are the small price tags and worked perfectly after I added some ink and rhinestones.  Doesn't it make you excited for SPRING to be here?!  I know I am.

The M&M jars are smaller.  I added a bit of easter grass to the jar to keep the candy from moving around too much.  It isn't a *ton* of candy, but a good bit and the jar can be refilled or used on the desk for paperclips or push pins, etc...

View from the top...yum!


Stamps:  Verve  "Sweet on You" & Tag
Paper:  MFT,
Embellishments:  Recollections { Rhinestones },  Tags were cut using A Cut Above die, by Verve {Sweet Scallop}  Gingham Ribbons came from our local scrapbook store that recently went out of business.  Yes, I snagged it on clearance.  The shimmery ribbons came from Michael's.


Thinking Spring...as in Spring Craft Show!

As I was chit chatting with my friend Dawn this morning I was telling her that I was kind of in a creative funk.  She gave me the great advice to get on Split Coast Stampers or do some blog surfing for inspiration.  I thought I'd post a new entry and then get right on that search for inspiration....my focus is the upcoming Craft show in April.  I'll have a few more things to post before the April 2nd show.  For now...take a peek at these.

Aren't these the cutest lil things?  I have to admit I was a little disappointed in how they turned out in the beginning.  I put them away last night and now that I've had a break from them and a good night's sleep I kinda LOVE them.  How cute would it be to find this on your desk at work or stuffed in an Easter Basket?  I don't know what to call them...any suggestions?

Pretty Pastel Brach's Jelly Beans

I found a cylinder vase at Walmart for like $2 bucks that I'll display them in.  Should make for easy viewing on my table.

This is the bare tube...It's about 8" long by 1 1/4".  I snagged them at AC Moore for $1 each.  Gotta love those Dollar Spots..

These are just some extras I was playing around with.  They are Good 'N Plentys.  I covered them up...yep,  a little paper can make even the simplest $1 spot treat looks like a million bucks!

Sunny skies in New Bern, NC today.  I hope it is sunny wherever you are!



L O N G post....

I titled this post... L O N G so consider yourself warned!

Last weekend I took a short trip to Florida with Big Joe. His folks were there on vacation.  For us it was a *leisurely* little 12 hour drive.  These kind of trips are so special to me in many ways.  First of all, we get some quality time with family.  We don't get to see them often so it's nice to have time to catch up and be together.  

The other reason...for me is that I get to be with Joe..... in the car for hours on end...We laugh, talk, I take a few naps, eat snacks and enjoy coffee...listen to music and grumble about all those crazy drivers out there.  Did I mention that I take a few naps?  Most of all...it's the quiet time with just us two that means the world to me.  I am an "at home" wife, but our lives are busier than most would ever imagine.  So....yeah...I love "us" time.  

 The ones responsible for bringing my sweetie into this world....Mom & Dad Baes

The added bonus to the weekend was getting to see our friend Linda.  She is the mom of my dearest friend, Cheryl.  

Love this FACE!

Oranges galore...

While in Clearwater we were able to spend some quiet time and even got in a game of disc golf.  I was the photographer / cheerleader?  What do you call it when you say...."Good job, honey!"  I think it's a cheerleader of sorts, right?

My photography skills could use some help, but...I try.  I was trying to capture the "bridge"   

All done...18 holes of disc golf on a warm and beautiful day.  Who wouldn't be smiling?

  Cell phones come in handy sometimes...especially when you forget your camera.  

Later today I'll post a few fun projects I've been working on....  
Enjoy your day, it's the only one you'll get today!