A Whole Latte

I went back and forth on this card, as well as the owl card (from my last post) on whether or not to use a pun. I wondered is it too sweet? too corny? too Lifetime Movie Network?? But then I realized that giving cards is meant to be sweet and yes even a little bit corny. Even the so-called sassy cards have a little geek in them. So I went forward with my punny cards. 😉

I Love You A Whole Latte: I made this with the help of my Cricut E and Make The Cut. I found a wonderful svg file from The Lady Wolf’s Blog. The paper for the card was made with the DCWV Handmade Christmas Paper Stack. I even pulled out my old Fiskar’s paper crimper to add some texture to the band on the cup.


Owl Always Love You!

Owl Always Love You Card

Once upon a time I ventured into the world of making custom handmade projects to sell, but experience has taught me that sometimes it is just not worth it. I much prefer to make things that satisfy my creative desires, and then do with the items as I please, whether that means giving them away or selling them. There is so much more freedom in doing it this way, rather than jumping through hoops to create that perfect custom birthday card, invitation or favor under the looming threat of a customer walking away because they can “get it for much cheaper at Walmart.”

Every now and then however, I will take on a special custom handmade project. Not sure what inspires me to do it but I suppose it has something to do with the alignment of the moon and stars. So, this week I went out of my box and made custom Valentine’s Day cards for someone. I am quite pleased with how they turned out and so was my customer. First try, no edits or do-overs, I love it when it works out like that!

This is the Owl Always Love You card. Oh, I cut the owl out by hand. Here is my video tutorial on it. It is my very first video tutorial.

Thanks for looking!

Snow Much Drama!

Pretty Trees

OK, so yesterday I was on my way home from work trying to beat the snow storm. It seemed to go from zero to sixty in a matter of minutes. The expressway was backed up and I decided to take a side road. (Which is normally a good idea in this weather because the roads that I drive are in a “high-end” neighborhood so they clear the roads better than even the main roads…but that’s another story).

Well, in the middle of the storm my driver’s side windshield wiper blade broke under the pressure of the snow. I called my BF to come and pick me up with a replacement blade but he ended up stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Pretty much every road, everywhere was a disaster zone, stalled cars and jackknifed trucks everywhere.

I tried to make my way home, with one wiper while looking out the passenger side to navigate the snow. HOT MESS!! I pulled over to clean off some of the snow, and not being able to see the lines or where the shoulder began I drove myself into a ditch!

While trying to dig myself out, a man in a huge pick-up truck came along and asked if I needed help. He couldn’t get me out of the spot but offered to give me a ride. With apprehension, I agreed to hop in the pick-up with a stranger named Bo. We spent over 2 hours driving around hitting dead ends and gridlocked traffic everywhere.

Eventually we made our way to a supermarket that was not too far from my friend’s house. Bo let me out and sent me on my way. He wouldn’t give me his address or email so I could send him a proper thank you, all he left me with were his kind words “May The Force Be With You!” So since, I have no idea who or where he is I say thank you BO!!! May God bless you for your kindness and I especially thank you for not being an axe-murderer!

BTW, about a half hour later I made it to my friend’s house. Then I waited another 4 hours until my BF finally made it there to pick me up. Almost two hours later we finally made it home at 2:00AM. FYI: The trip from my friend’s house to my house usually takes about 10 minutes.

What an ordeal! This morning we went out to retrieve my vehicle from the ditch. Shout out to my heros Steve & Bo and my shero Stacie!

Baby Girl

Happy Friday! Nothing too deep today. I just wanted to share a layout that I believe to be super cute!! Thanks to the yummy baby in the pics.

Have a lovely creative weekend and please be safe!

Supplies by Crate Paper, Sketch by Classy Coordinates “Sketch A Day” 2010

Pick A Paper Pack Challenge

Lately, I’ve found my work days to be very draining. So, last night to make myself feel better, I partook in a little retail therapy. I went to TJ Maxx! Did you know that they carry scrapbooking and craft supplies? Of course, discount stores are always a crap shoot, so you never know what (if anything) you are going to get. But wow!! To my surprise they had American Crafts 12×12 paper packs priced at $5.99. I must have caught the tail end of the sale because there were only a few left. I picked up 4 collections City Park, Dear Lizzy, Adobe and Celebration. As the cashier rang up my items I told myself that I really need to begin one of the challenges that I drafted out for myself. The size of my collection is really growing faster than my output. So, here is my challenge, it is very simple.

Select 1 new/unused Patterned Paper Pack that contains at least 40 sheets and create with the ENTIRE pack before the year is out. By the end of December the goal is to have nothing left of the pack (scraps included) that cannot fit into a small plastic sandwich bag. This is a no/low waste project. Scraps must not be thrown away, they must be saved and used in a project. Also, gifting sheets of paper away does NOT count, the paper must be used in a project.

Aside from the fact that my stash seems to be growing, this idea came to me because I have heard many of my scrapbooking and crafty friends say that they have tons of paper and have NEVER completed an entire paper pack. I know it can be done, so I am accepting the challenge.

PS: If you can identify with this and would like to take on the challenge, drop me a line I would love to hear about it!

photo by: Cohdra via Morguefile.com

The Snow Day Blues?

I spoke with a friend yesterday who was “snowed-in.” And she was upset that her office building was closed and that she would have to spend the entire day at home. (Huh?!) Her words to me were, “What am I supposed to do while sitting here all day?… I enjoy my job! At work I can get so many things done and my co-workers are so funny, I spend the whole day laughing!” (What?!?!, what is this enjoyment she speaks of…) I sooooo could not relate to what she was talking about, she was speaking a foreign language. I quickly explained to her that I would NOT, could NOT feel her pain.

After we hung up, I thought about our conversation and wondered could it really be that “normal” people can achieve such a thing? The lyrics from an old LL Cool J song keep popping into my head “I enjoy what I’m doing plus I’m paid in full.” Well of course that is true for someone like LL. But what I want to know is could this really be possible for “everyday” people, or was my friend just acting special?

Either way, I can’t think of a greater achievement. My hope is that one day I too will become one of those fortunate people who’s job is so fulfilling and satisfying that I would rather go to work on a snow day than stay at home.

This is a layout titled “Aysha a.k.a. the Multi-Tasker” Notice the stars in my eyes. *sigh* I guess I am still a dreamer.

P.S.: 5 Points to the first person that can name the song.

Good and Grey

Happy Birthday Mommy, Mommy it’s ya’ birthday!!!!

Even though January is a cold and grey month (snow is expected today), it’s a good month. I always know there are going to be some good days that call for a celebration. January is a birthday month in my family. Today is my mom’s birthday, yesterday was my great-grandma’s birthday and in a few weeks is my aunt’s birthday. For me, it is yet another opportunity to take a moment and appreciate how fortunate I am to have family that I love. Which is a verrrrry good thing because at times (especially during these grey days) I can get caught up in all of my “have-nots”. I am after-all just a work in progress.

This is a layout of my mom (in pink) and her sister shopping at a scrapbook store…Yes, they are both hooked and I will take the credit for that!

Supplies: Bo Bunny “Delilah” collection…mostly