Thursday, August 16, 2012

DYSU Blog Hop

Good morning everyone! Today, I am excited to be doing a Guest Designer stint on my favorite challenge blog, DYSU.  They are doing a blog hop in honor of one of the DT sisters, Meredith, who is leaving the team. 

Are you arriving from my talented crafty friend from Puerto Rico, Joan? I always marvel at how creative Joan is.  If you arrived here on your own, I encourage you to start from the beginning.

This week, I'm showcasing Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I colored this adorable seal with copics and then popped him off the page.  I put a nice thick coat of Glossy Accents on his ball. This was a perfect challenge for me as I have hundreds of buttons in my stash!

 Now off you go to see Mary.  And in case you get lost, here is the full list...
It's been a hoot being back with the gals!  Thanks DYSU.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Big Brother

Happy Saturday Morning,

Here is another little outfit I made for my "soon to be here" Granddaughter.
Morty, my kids' beloved dog, is going to be a big brother when the baby comes.

These new generation iron-on's are wonderful compared to the old ones that you had to seal on the edges.  Now they wash beautifully as long as you launder inside out and on gentle cycle.

The business card, is a joke for my kids.  They want the baby to call me Bubby, which is Yiddish for Grandma.  My Mom was "Bubby" to my kids and now they want me to be the Bubby. OK, I kind of felt like the name should be retired when my Mom passed, but they feel Bubby it is!

I have more outfits and things I've made, so if you like baby crafty things...keep an eye out for coming posts.
As always, I so appreciate your visiting me.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Creating for Baby

Hi Everyone,

I made a bunch of outfits for my "almost here" baby Granddaughter :)
This is a 4 piece set including a onesie, socks and headband.
I just love these giant flowers on little baby heads!

I sewed the silk flowers together then sewed them onto the clothing.  The large rhinestone on the onesie is sewn on for obvious safety reasons.  The smaller rhinestones are glued onto the socks with
 Fabri-Tac.  The headband stone was hot glued.  I put a nice soft piece of felt inside the head band, under the flower to keep baby's head protected.

I can just imagine taking a million pictures of my grandbaby in this outfit!
I'll be back soon with some more outfits I made.
Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Flowers for the Mom To Be!

Onesie & sock bouquet!

I made this arrangement for my Daughter-In-Love's baby shower. 

At first glance, they really look like roses. 
The onesies are from Carters that came in a pack of three adorable pink and white patterns.

Later in the week, I will post a tutorial on how to make this bouquet.

Off to work now.
Have a great day,

Monday, July 30, 2012

Showers of Love

Hi Everyone,

Today is the first day in years that I am posting a project just for myself.  With my Daughter-in-Love getting ready to deliver our first Grand daughter, I've decided to free myself up for a while from Design Team responsibilities.  I've been a DT member for 8 different teams for over 5 years.  I've loved every minute of it, but now I want to just create for my family for a while.  Also, I will be away a lot visiting with the new bundle of joy!

Yesterday, was the baby shower and I was so happy when my DIL asked me to make the decorations/centerpieces for the party.  She didn't want anything too big, but wanted baby pics of her and my son included in the design.  I surfed Pinterset (LOVE IT) for some ideas and this is what I came up with... She loved it!

The centerpieces are double-sided - with bows and photos on both sides. 

It made me cry as I selected photos of my son for these decorations.  Where did the time go????

Tomorrow, I will post photos of the onesie floral bouquet I made for Briana.

Have a great day. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Final TAWS Project

Hi Everyone,

Today is bittersweet for me.  This is my last project as a design team member of TAWS

It was a hard decision for me to make to leave the team. I have been so busy lately creating for my -- soon to arrive-- first grandchild!  To say we are excited is an understatement! There just aren't enough hours in the day to go to work, care for my family, create, craft, blog and still devote the time needed to be an effective, responsible design team member.

I have been creating with Alison (designer/owner), for many years, on several different blogs.  She has truly been a great leader and an absolute joy to work with. I know Alison's business ventures will continue to grow by leaps and bounds.  She has surrounded herself with an awesome team of wonderful,  uber talented designers that will help her reach her dreams.

For today's card, I used the Alphabet Soup set to stramp the # 50.  I heat embossed in white to make it really pop.  The paper rosette is cut from Tim Holtz' Alterations die.

I will continue to create and blog.  In fact, I am currently working on a new blog that will be a place for me to post only the projects I make for my grandbaby.  I will post the name as soon as it is up and running.

Please stop back often and say hi.


Friday, July 20, 2012


Hi All,

It's time for BE Inspired #7 at TAWS.


  • Okay.. now the fun part.. here it is.. I want you to look at the photo and 
BE Inspired.. 
  • Colors- Navy, Cream, Lt. Blue or Grey, Brown, (1 or all)
  • shape, the fun rays, the circle clutch latch, or a purse
  • take anything you like from any of the fun photos 
  •  Whatever inspires you when you look at this photo.. Go with it.. use it, and BE Inspired!! :)
  • You must use one of the Alley Way Stamps but don't worry if you don't have any we have freebies you can use in our Freebies section of the blog :) 

    Prizes.. It's great to have prizes for all the effort put into it, right? .. 1st place will be hand picked by Alison..
    You will receive 1 free stamp set of your choice, and a badge to proudly display on your blog.
    • Random winner.. we will have one random winner, who will receive 1 free stamp set of their choice, and a winner's badge to proudly display on their blog..
    -Feel free to upload your projects to our Creation BLVD. Flicker group for your chance to be spotlighted on the TAWS blog or our Facebook page where each month someone is randomly drawn for a stamp set of their choice!

      we can't wait to see how you are inspired.. :)

      I used the shape for inspiration.  The sentiment is from Fa-La-La.  The die cuts were made from Accent Essentials and popped with dimensionals.  I added Stardust Stickles for some glitz. 

      Have a great day.

      Wednesday, July 18, 2012

      Hi All,

      It's gotta be a really quick post today as I am up to my eyeballs in crafting for my duaghter-in-love's baby shower.  I'll be posting these projects as I finish them.

      Today I used Fa-La-La again for another Christmas card.  The ornament is just one of the wonderful images in this set from TAWS.  Colored with copics and stickles, this little ornament makes a big impact on the card.  Sorry, the picture really doesn't do it justice.

      Pop on over to TAWS and see what the other DT gals made for you today.

      Thursday, July 12, 2012

      Reindeer Food

      How adorable is this reindeer food poem.  It's from the Fa-La-La set from TAWS, again :)
      This is such a super cute set.

      The wooden tote is from AC Moore and only cost about $1.00.  I painted it white then covered it with reindeer paper.  The lines are very easy to trace and cut.  I used mini marshmallows as the reindeer food. 
      I think it makes a very cute little gift for Christmas.  

      I hope you go over to TAWS and grab this set.  It is so versatile!

      Have a great day.

      Wednesday, July 11, 2012



      Again, we are having Christmas in July.  This is my favorite sentiment from the Fa-La-La set from TAWS.
      Of course there are many other images and sentiments in the set, but I just love saying Fa-La-La!  HeeHee.

      I used this thick felt bird that I bought from AC Moore last year for $1.00.  It was meant as an ornament, but I loved it so much I bought several different shapes for my paper crafting.

      Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow.


      Friday, July 6, 2012

      TAWS Be Inspired Challenge

      Hi Everyone,

      I hope you had a great July 4th holiday. Today is a new Be INspired challege at TAWS. 
       Aren't these little matchbook notepads adorable? I love 'em.

      I used the new set Fa-La-La to decorate these. 

      This is your inspiration photo

      • Okay.. now the fun part.. here it is.. We want you to look at the photo and BE Inspired.. 
      • Colors- red, green, blues, pinks, teals, lime, (1 or all)
      • snow, outside, snowflakes, words, candy canes, trees, stocking, scarfs, holly, bows
      • take anything you like from any of the fun photos 
      •  Whatever inspires you when you look at this photo.. Go with it.. use it, and BE Inspired!! :) I can't wait to see what you come up with.. (let us know how you were inspired)

      • You must use one of the Alley Way Stamps but don't worry if you don't have any we have freebies you can use in our Freebies section of the blog :) 

      • Prizes.. we have to have prizes for all the effort put into it right?  1st place will be hand picked by me.. will receive 1 free stamp sets of their choice, and a badge to proudly display on their blog.
      • Random winner.. we will have one random winner, who will receive 1 free stamp set of their choice, and a winners badge to proudly display on their blog..
      -Feel free to upload your projects to our Creation BLVD. Flicker group for your chance to be spotlighted on the TAWS blog or our Facebook page where each month someone is randomly drawn for a stamp set of their choice!

        we can't wait to see how you are inspired.. :)

        This challenge goes until July 19th at NOON! TAWS Time! (MTN)




        Tuesday, July 3, 2012

        Baby Girl

        Hi Guys,

        I made this little favor gift  using TAWS sets Reel Time and Priceless Joy.

        These little bottles are from AC Moore in their party favor aisle.  And how cute are these duckie candies?

        I hope you go over to The Alley Way Stamps and check out the other great projects my DT sisters created today.

        Have a wonderful, safe July 4th!!


        Monday, July 2, 2012

        Christmas in July

        I know it's July, but it's never too early to start making your Christmas cards and gifties.
        This adorable snowman is from the newest set at TAWS.  Aptly names, Fa-La-La, I think you will love the images and sentiments in this set.

        I paper pieced the snowman's hat.  And colored him with Copics.

        I hope you go over to TAWS and check out the new July release stamp sets.
        I'll see you tomorrow with another Taws project.


        Thursday, June 28, 2012

        Day 3 Peek TAWS

        Hi All,

        We are on day 3 of peeks at The Alley Way Stamps.  
          Continuing, with my "anything but a card" theme,  I made a picture frame.  This cute little frame is from
        AC Moore and cost only $1.00. 

         This beautiful flamingo is from the set, Tropic Topic. I colored the flamingo with copics. From a second image, I coated the wing with Stardust Stickles and then  popped it with dimensional foam dots. The leaves, also from Tropic Topic, got a good thick coat of  Glossy Accents.  I love the new set Alphabet Soup, which I used for Florida and 2012.  Not only is Alison's font just adorable, it is so versatile. I forsee using this on many future projects. 

        The adorable subjects in my photo are my Daughter-in-Love and my Great Nephew.

        Don't forget we are still hopping.  For you chance to win a stamp set check out this blog entry for details.

        Have a great day,

        Tuesday, June 26, 2012


        I am your last DT stop on the hop

        Behind the Alley SNEAK PEEKS!!! 

        I can't believe it is almost JULY already!! WOW!!! 
        We are so excited to have 4 new girls join us.. and remember that means you get to see 4 more sneak peeks.. Yay!!

        It's Behind the Alley for the next 4 (weekdays) days..   There are 3  new sets from The Alley Way Stamps that you can buy on July 1st in our shop

        Who doesn't love free stamps?? Here are some things you can do for a chance to win one of the new sets. THREE people will win! 

        2-Comment on the DT girls blogs (below)
        3-Comment on the taws posts for the next 4 weekdays
        4-Post about it on facebook or your blog
        5-Like us on Facebook
        ( you can pick and choose which ones you want to do.. but the more you comment the better chance you have to win)   You have until June 30th to leave comments.

        Here are the DT blogs to visit

        I used the new set, Tropic Topic to make this adorable little shadow box.
        Wait until you see this is just the cutest ever!

        I sponge-painted the box.  The frame had the perfectly sized flat area for me to stamp the word monkey.
        After coloring and cutting the money out I attached it to the back wall using a piece of straw and glue dots!

        Now, go on back to TAWS a let us know which creation is your favorite.


        Wednesday, June 20, 2012

         I recently came back from a fabulous cruise vacation and can't get the sun and sea off my mind.  Luckily, two of the stamp sets that Alison, at TAWS, released this month are are fun, ocean themed images and sentiments.  This one is from Sea Mates.

        This cards has to be one of my favorites of all time.  We had a square porthole on the ship, but this is what my mind's eye sees when I think of portholes.

        Using Nesties, I cut out the porthole.  Then I colored some pearls in grey to look like those screws around the porthole.  I have some really cute sea themed charms in my stash, so I used the shell.  The sentiment is also from Sea Mates.
        The card bottom flips down before you can lift the front flap.

        I;ve submitted this to Tuesday Throwdown  - window cards
        Thanks so much for stopping by today.
        As always, I really appreciate it!


        Tuesday, June 19, 2012

        Ocean of Love

        Happy Tuesday!

        I just love this jelly fish.  He is so happy and goofy looking, right?  He is in the set, Castaways, from TAWS

        I colored him with copics and then put on a light coat of Stickles Diamond so he can match the background paper.

        This double-z fold card is very easy to make and is very dramatic in person.  Here is a great tutorial with
        all the measurements.

        The sentiment is from the same set, Castaways. 

        Thank you so much for stopping by today.

        Thursday, June 14, 2012

        Movie Night

        Hi All,

        First, I want to welcome all the new Design Team girls to The Alley Way Stamps.  I know you will enrich our group with your incredible talents!

        I used the newly released set, Reel Time , to make this cute microwave popcorn package wrapper. 

        It really is so easy to make these covers.  Just wrap your paper/cardstock around the popcorn package. 
        Use a nice strong adhesive tape to attach the ends. Take the popcorn out then  punch a hole in the center top of  both front and back of the wrapper.

        Run ribbon from the front hole through to the back hole. Slide the popcorn package back into the wrapper. The package bottom looks like this. 


        To remove the popcorn, just grab the two ribbon stands and pull...the package will rise up.

        I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial.

        Thanks so much for stopping by today.

        Friday, June 8, 2012

        Turtley Awesome!

        Hi All,

        I am loving the new set from TAWS named Sea Mates.  This set has so many adorable images with punny sentiments that just make you smile.

        I colored Ms. Turtle with copics and added some Stardust Stickles on her shell for some girly glitz.

        Have an awesome weekend.  Thanks for stopping by again today.  I so appreciate it!


        Thursday, June 7, 2012


        Hi Everyone,

        Well, this is a bittersweet post for me today.  This is my last post as a DT member at DYSU
        I have been with the team since Alison started it in December 2010 and have loved every minute of it. 
        Unfortunately, in order to be an active, responsible DT member, takes much more time than I am able to devote right now.  What with working, preparing for our first grandchild, crafting, scrapping for my whole extended family and struggling with a SLOW computer, I just don't feel as if I can keep up with my responsibilities to the team. 

        My DT sisters (current and past) at DYSU have been so supportive, fun and inspiring.  I will not say goodbye to these great gals, as I will still join in on the challenges and visit their awesome blogs.

        I will still remain on the DT at The Alley Way Stamps.

        Now, onto today's challenge...

         Our sponsors this week:

        The Digis showcased by the DYSU DT
        $15 Gift Certificate
        Winner's Choice of 3 Digis

        I used this adorable digi named Birdie's Birdhouse from Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps.
        I paper pieced the birdhouse, Birdie's bow and apron.  The rest was colored with Copics.

        I hope you will pop over to DYSU and check out the rest of the DT's inspiring projects.

        I'll be back tomorrow with an adorable card using one of the newly released stamp sets from TAWS.