Friday, February 13, 2015

Big Blessing

Greetings Friends,
I had a HUGE blessing show up the other day.  Tom's Uncle J owns his own printing company.  He was cleaning out his storage room and found loads and loads of paper, cardstock and envelopes that they no longer needed.  Aunt D emailed me and asked if I was interested in having it ... YES, PLEASE!!! She made a delivery to our house with boxes full of great quality stuff.

All of the paper went to the kids for all their doodling.  All of the cardstock and envelopes moved into the craft room for me to use. 

I am so geeked about this gift.  I am starting to think about starting up on my Zero Dollar Crafting Challenge again and all of this stuff will be a big help to stay on track with that goal.  I haven't picked a start date yet for my challenge - I need to take inventory of some necessities (adhesive, glue dots and dimensionsals) first, but hopefully soon.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bloom With Hope

Greetings Friends,
I spied a technique on Pinterest that I wanted to try ... coloring on a acrylic block with markers and using it as a background stamp.  Such a simple idea that gives beautiful results.   I did learn through trial and error to use the paper piercing mat under your cardstock when stamping with the block.  The mat has enough give to it that it helps get the full color off of the block.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

  • Bloom with Hope SU! Hostess stamp set.
  • Baja Breeze (retired) Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery (retired) and So Saffron SU! Markers.
  • Black StazOn ink.
  • Bashful Blue (retired), Basic Black & Whisper White SU! card stock.
  • Self stick jewels.
  • Bashful Blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (retired)
  • SU! Clear Block D

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Groovy Love

Greetings Friends,
Yesterday I spent some time in the craft room making Valentines for all the girls in my class at church. I like the haphazard punky look of this card.  It is my version of a card that I saw on Pinterest made by Sandi MacIver  Thanks for the inspiration Sandi.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

  • Work of Art SU! stamp set
  • Groovy Love SU! stamp set.
  • Loving Hearts SU! stamp set (retired - sentiment)
  • Bushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight SU! Classic Inks
  • Black StazOn Ink.
  • White card stock & Daffodil Delight card stock.
  • Itty Bitty Accessories Punch Pack.
  • Sweetheart Punch.
  • Self stick jewels.
  • Best Year Ever Accessories Pack (FREE SAB item - with $50 SU! purchase)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Family Fun Friday.

Greetings Friends,
The first week of January Emily was the VIP in her classroom.  Part of this honor was to fill out a big back pack poster all about herself.
It was a big project, but Emily is always up for something crafty so we hunkered down in the craft room and got to work.  She had all of the categories filled out but she wanted to dress them up with stamps.

Her favorite places:  Grandma's, Auntie's, The Cottage, the Zoo & School. 
  • Holiday Home SU! stamp set.
  • Fox & Friends SU! stamp set.
Things she likes to do:  Visit Parks, Play outside, play video games & play with Lego's
  • Nuts About You SU! stamp set.
  • Punch Art Lego's

Pics of her and our family.
  • Circle Punch & Heart Punch (for fish)

Things she likes to do at school:  Reading & Seat Work.
Her Favorite Subjects:  Math & Writing.
Favorite Books:  Pony Pals & Saddle Club.
  • Pony Party SU! stamp set (retired)
Favorite Songs:  Call Me Maybe and Let it Go.
Favorite Movie: H2O
Favorite Food:  pickles, hotdogs, ice cream, cookies, porcupine meatballs.
  • Snowflake Punch.
  • Large Oval Punch (pickles)
  • Word Window Punch. (hotdog)
  • Cupcake Builder Punch. (ice cream)
  • Circle Punches. (cookies & meatballs)
Emily worked really hard on her poster and was very proud of what she made.  She couldn't wait to show all of her friends at school.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine Pouch

Greetings Friends,
Last night was craft night for our girls group at church.  I have had this project files away in my memory for years and finally it worked out to make them.  The card is my stepped up version of one I saw on Pinterest by Paula Dobson  Thank you Paula for the inspiration.
Something I love about crafting with my girls at church is that I am able to use up a bunch of retired SU! product.  I used up all of my Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel Cardstock and put out a big bin of retired DSP that my friend Glenda donated to our group.  The girls had fun digging through all the pretty paper trying to choose one for their valentine pouch.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel.

  • Gorgeous Grunge SU! stamp set.
  • Extreme Elements SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Close to Cocoa Classic Ink.
  • Close to Cocoa, Early Espresso & Whisper White Card Stock.
  • Versa Mark Ink.
  • White Embossing Powder.
  • Bitty Banners Framelits.
  • Large Oval Punch.
  • Blossom Petals 2-step Punch (retired)
  • Sweetheart Punch.
  • Itty Bitty Accessories Punch Pack.
  • Happy Heart Embossing Folder.
  • 5/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon.
  • Best Year Ever Accessory Pack.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fin-tastic Valentine.

Greetings Friends,
Miss Emily loves mermaids so it came as no surprise that she wanted mermaid valentines this year.  So glad I picked up this mermaid stamp at the craft store earlier in the year, I knew it would come in handy.

As we were sitting in the craft room together coloring all the mermaids Emily said, "It's so much more fun crafting with someone else.  Let's turn on some music."   I found out my little girl likes to get her jam on while crafting. 

HEY - dance party in the craft room.  Woot Woot!!!   :)

I looked up some mermaid valentines on Pinterest and copied four different sayings for the front of her valentines.
  • Wishing you a "fin-tastic" Valentines Day.
  • Have oceans of fun on Valentines Day.
  • Splashing by with a Valentine Hi!
  • To the best Valentine under the sea.
I typed them up on the computer and printed them out.  A super quick and easy way to add a greeting to the front of her cards.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

  • Pool Party, Bermuda Bay & Whisper White card stock.
  • StazOn Black Ink.
  • Happy Heart Embossing Folder.
  • Best Year Ever Accessory Pack ribbon (FREE SAB Item)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Pie

Greetings Friends,
This past weekend Kimberly and I went on a retreat with the youth group from church.  Two full days of praise and worship, Bible lessons, tons of outdoor and indoor sports, horseback riding,  paintball, board games and oodles of food.  We had a blast.  The above photo is all the girls from our group.
I knew I wanted to make each of the girls a little pillow favor.  Candy is always my go to gifty but the biggest thing everyone forgets to bring along on these retreats is lip balm so I knew I wanted to toss one of those in to their gift. 

I was in the craftroom wracking my brain trying to decide how to package the girls gifts, when I remembered that I still had the Paper Pumpkin kit from November.  This cute cardstock pie.  Perfect.
I personalized it to our event, instead of using the included Thanksgiving stamps.  The girls liked their presents and all popped their suckers in their mouths right away.  :)

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Silly Saturday

Owen sure does love some M&M's

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wood You Be Mine

Greetings Friends,
The kids had a snow day today.  With Owen playing with his brother and sisters it gave me an opportunity to do some crafting.  I got a jump start on my kids classroom valentine cards.  Josh loves the new Wood You Be Mine SU! stamp set, so we had to make some lumberjack cards for him .... twenty eight cards to be exact.  Yep, I fussy cut all those little buggers.  Joshua is happy so that makes the extra time spent worth it.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel
  • Wood You Be Mine SU! stamp set.
  • Hardwood SU! stamp.
  • Baked Brown Sugar, Not Quite Navy, Mossy Meadow, Real Red & Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Early Espresso & Mossy Meadow Classic Ink.
  • Staz On Black Ink.
  • Baked Brown Sugar, Not Quite Navy, Mellow Moss (retired), Blush Blossom, Blushing Bride, Smokey Slate, Soft Suede & Real Red SU! markers.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Silly Saturday

Emily made some long hair to wear.