Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Granny a Day in May

I'm committed.  I'm doing it.  I'm making a Granny a Day in May.  
Melissa over at Hooked on Handmade has organized a little group and since I was tossing around 
the idea of doing this very thing for the month of May, I decided to take the plunge 
and join her group--nothing like a little accountability to keep you on track, right?

I already have my colors picked out and a few squares completed
(umm, let's just pretend that one in the upper left isn't there--no idea what happened to that poor guy)

 My kids may go unfed, the laundry may stay dirty, but by golly I'll be 30 granny squares closer to a blanket by the end of May!  

If you would like to join in on the Granny Square fun, hop on over to Melissa's blog up there and check it all out.  Hope to see you there!

Angry Bird Crochet

Last week was school vacation week, so I sort of took a mini vacation myself to spend it with the kiddos.  Lots of rainy, chilly days meant lots of lounging, reading, Mario Kart races, Sky Burger competitions (yup, we're a little addicted), and visits with friends.  It was a good week.  But now it's time to get back to work around here.

There's nothing like the panicked hunt for the Bomber Bird plush to throw a crafty mother into a last minute creative frenzy.  
Thank goodness for people like The Itsy Bitsy Spider
She saved the birthday of one very happy little 8 year-old.  All my middle asked for was the Black Bomber Bird (Angry Birds) plush toy for his birthday.  An easy-to-please request, except that he made his wish known a wee bit late for shipping and NO local stores had this bird in stock.  Yikes!  
A quick search online turned up Itsy's super fab pattern. She has patterns for all the AB's and even a pig, so check her out.  I know my boys are going to want the whole collection!

A few hours (and some tv time with hubby) later and here he is:

 And the Birthday Boy couldn't have been more pleased:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Scraplifting: the sincerest form of flattery

This month, the girls at Scrapbook Heaven are doing a little light lifting.  The DT has chosen some of their favorite projects from The Gallery to scraplift.

I chose a fresh and funky page by Lilith.

 I love the white space, the clothing tag, the ink splatters, and the mixed layers of ephemera.
Here's my take:


A cute little Paul Frank clothing tag was the perfect accent for this page about my smiley little monkey, and using an old kit from Making Memories made this page go together in a snap.

I absolutely love the soft, feminine, vintage style of this card by Beatriz:
Bety has an amazing ability to layer items onto her cards without letting them get too busy or overwhelming. I just love her style!

Bety has an amazing ability to layer items onto her cards without letting them get too busy or overwhelming. I just love her style!

With three boys, I don't usually get to go all-out soft, pink and girlie. It was fun to try on this feminine vintage style.

If you want to play along with us, check out the crop, and then upload your lifts by April 30th for a chance to win some prizes.

Monday, April 4, 2011

creatively productive happiness!

Happy Monday!  I have a few projects from the weekend to share with you today.  

 A frame:
Papers from Scrapbook Heaven April Kits, Stamps from Stampin' Up!, Rosette Die from Tim Holtz for Sizzix

A little art journaling with office supplies--reinforcements and circle labels:
Flowers from Prima, Butterfly Punch from Martha Stewart
Doodles and Watercolor Crayons:

A layout for Paper Craft Planet's Scrappy Sunday challenge.
Product from Scrapbook Heaven's April Kits
 A card for Clean and Simple Challenge via Paper Craft Planet
Product from Scrapbook Heaven's April Kits
I {heart} creatively productive weekends!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Reveal Time!

Happy April Fool's Day!  I'm not really into this silly holiday.  I wish I was, it would be kind of fun.  But the most clever trick I can come up with is to mix up the bags of cereal in my kids' cereal boxes.

So let's get onto the April Reveal at Scrapbook Heaven, shall we.

Here's a look at the kits:

 If these kits don't put a smile on your face and a spring in your step, I don't know what will.

So here's what I came up with:


Made with scraps from the Elite and Petite kits (alpha letters and bg paper are not in kit)

Thanks for looking!