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Craftin’ with the Kiddos!

This card was super fun to make because I got to get my kids involved! I painted one of their sweet little hands and guided them each to make a print in the pattern that formed a heart.  I then used a stamp sentiment in the middle.  They helped me put together the card and pick out the paper and ribbon.   We made 4 of these for different occasions and people.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “craftn’ kiddos” pie with me!


Card was a 8.5×11 cut in half and folded over.

The handprints were made by using craft paint (the size of the hands to fit the card  are of a 3 and 4-year-old little girls who do have VERY small hands that are not of average size for their ages… I have very petite little girls.)

Paper: Brazzill Pink Flower Embossed paper

Ribbon: Celebrate It

Stamp ink: Close to My Heart – Cotton Candy

Sentiment: K. Andrew Designs – Coffee, Tea, You and Me


I wanted to make a thank you gift for dear friends for being amazing host and hostess during our recent visit and personal tour of Pixar while we were in Northern California for a quick trip! Yes! The one and only Pixar that has quite a stash of Oscars hanging around! Our friends are part of the Pixar family (employee) and tours are on an invitation only basis from an inside source.

The tour was amazing and the kids just loved every moment especially hitting the complimentary employee breakfast cereal rooms.  We got to have lunch among the amazing and creative minds of the Pixar family in the Pixar Cafe and had a chance to see how it buzzes with creativity during a work week!  I never felt so lucky as we drove through the security gates with special Pixar badges stating “A stranger from the outside”.  An experience that we will always remember!

My girls got to finally meet their “boyfriends”! They just love Toy Story!

Pixar Award Display! AMAZING!

How does one express a heartfelt thank you for such a lovely day to such great hosts?  Make them something to carry on their host and hostess with the mostess with a fun and creative flare thanks to another Bay Area creative giant. . . good ol’ Pinterest inspiration!

This is how I did it:

  • I found wine glasses at Costco for $1 a glass in a “party pack” of 12.  These glasses feel wonderful in your hand and they are perfect for both white and red wines.
  • Next I picked up some chalkboard spray paint and then taped the bottom of the stems with painters tape and then wrapped the goblets with paper towels securing with more painter’s tape.
  • I set them on a cookie tray covered in a few layers of newspaper upside down and sprayed the foot of the glasses with a few coats each.  I let them dry over night and TA-DA! You have a perfect surface for chalking up the guest list or cute sentiment for the party theme!

I added a bottle of bubbly Moscato wine that is in a pretty bottle (can be found at Trader Joe’s for under $10).

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “life is a party” pie with me!

Gettin’ Patriotic Chic!

In getting ready for our big 4th of July day one of my projects consisted of making shirts for a group of us that will be participating in a local Push and Pull’em parade.  The parade is a blast where you decorate wagons, strollers,  bikes, and even make homemade push items (my hubs made a Corsair plane that is always a hit)!

I saw this idea via Pinterest and took it a different direction. I am in the process of making 6 shirts and they are SUPER easy.  All you need is some Jumbo Ric Rack, Gerber daisy, bling and a hot glue gun.  I got the T-shirts at Target for $7!

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “feeling patriotic with a little chicness to it pie” with me

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My Pinkalicious Blog Hop Challenge (April)

Hi everyone!  Outside of dealing with terrible allergies or maybe it is a cold this weekend, I was able to hop along on Friday with My Pink Stamper’s Pinkalicious Blog Hop.  The challenge gave me a kick-start on my Mother’s Day project, since it was to make something for Mother’s Day.  So that is what I did!

If you have not noticed, I have been on a kick of making paper flowers using strips of double-sided scrapbook paper.  So I scaled it down and incorporated it onto a card!

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Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “getting ready for Mother’s Day with the thanks to a April MPS blog hop challenge” pie with me.


Cricut Cart: Mini Monograms (circle cut at 2 inches)

Cuttlebug: Swiss dots

Flowers: cut at 1/2 inch strips x 6 inches for the smaller ones and 8 inches for the bigger one(each flower had 6 strips)

Paper: K&Company Designer Stacker

Embellishments: Some extras I had lying around (not sure where I got them)

Ribbon: Crinkle Ribbon from My Craft Spot.

Stamp: My Pink Stamper- Happiest Moments (my personal fav right now)

Ink: Close to My Heart: Chocolate

More Spring Time Bouquet

I made two more sets of flowers recently using flower watering cans I found in the dollar bin at Target!  Woot, Woot… love me some bargain bin specials!

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1/2 inch x 10 inch strips of paper (used 7 strips for each flower)

Clock faces – Michael’s

Brads – Michael’s

Watering Cans – Target

Baker’s Twine – Stampin Up

Rustic embellishments – Michael’s

Tooth Fariy Money Holders

I am a “quasi” aunt to a very close-set of friends that have 4 children.  We all met and started dating our spouses at the same time (our husbands are Engineers and worked closely with each other).  They were a little more on the fast track than the hubs and I and married and started having kids a few years before the hubs and I said, “I Do”.

Last night I got a text that their oldest (who I met when he was just days old) lost his first tooth!  I had ordered the Tooth Fairy stamp from Stampin’ Up with this project in mind, just did not think I would have to execute it as soon as I did.  Luckily the little toothless guy lost it while his dad was not at home and wanted to wait to show his dad before he passed it off to the Tooth Fairy!

So today, I whipped out a few of these so I can hand deliver these on the sly by this evening!

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “having fun with childhood right of passage” pie with me!

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Easter is on it’s Way!

This week was the last day of our co-op preschool before Spring Break, so  I took a small break from the scrapbooks I am making and whipped out these quick goodie bags to hand out to the kids, moms and staff.   They were super easy and took no more than an hour to make 45 of them.   I used my Imagine to make the paper and cut the base of the top of the package from the scalloped square image that comes with the machine and I used one of my new Imagine carts that came in for the pattern.  It was sooo easy to be cutting out the paper and the base meanwhile using my Cricut to cut out the small flower from Walk in my Garden all at the same time!  LOVE MULTITASKING!

Have a great weekend and thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “gettin’ stuff done in the craft studio” pie with me!


Cricut Cartridges: Walk in My Garden (daisy cut at 1 inch) Imagine – Enjoy the Seasons for paper and Imagine stock scalloped square cut at 2.5 and folded in half

Small treat bags from

Paper: Imagine Enjoy the Seasons and Recollections pastel pink

Stamp: Happiest Moments – My Pink Stamper

Ink: Stampin’ Up Classic Black

Stickles – Lavender!