sweet heart...

There are a few things that I love to use over and over again in my projects- sheet music, doilies and hearts. 
Hearts, hearts and more hearts!

Well I've just found a new love- stamped sentiments that come with a die to cut them out! Ohhhh yessss... Tammy Tutterow's stamp & die sets are here
Also fresh off the press from her is this sweet heart die. There is almost no place a heart doesn't work! This one is the largest in a set of three and I know they're gonna be very well loved in my stash.

I layered it over a doily die from Tim Holtz and embellished the whole thing with leaves and tiny flowers from another new set- Bitty Posies. Aren't they just darling?
 ...but, the best thing ever is the sentiment! I love fussy cutting but let's be real- cutting around little letters can be a bit time consuming, not to mention a huge cramp in the hand. All you do with these is stamp, lay the die over the top and crank through your machine. 

Every time.

Now that IS sweet.


love, mom...

Gift cards are always fun to give to my daughter and now that she's a starving grad student she really appreciates them!

I wanted to give her the latest stash of cards in something other than an envelope so I whipped up a little altered Altoid tin.
Chalk paint sticks to everything- so it was no surprise that it worked great on tin; two coats was all I needed to completely cover. It took longer to let the paint dry than it did to complete the whole project.

For dimension between the layers of ribbon, rosette and punched circle, small pieces of chipboard are perfect.
Tammy Tutterow's Tiny Sentiments stamps from Happy Grams 3 are becoming very well-loved by me! They're a great size for just about any card, tag, pocket, etc. 

This one already had a cute button on the stamp but I couldn't resist adding a real one over the top of it; a few more buttons on a stick pin was the final embellishment. I love an excuse to stick a few buttons in wherever I can.
You can never have too much happy (or too many gift cards from your Mom!)


journaling on the fly...

My anniversary is coming up and The Mr. and I have a little getaway weekend planned. I wanted to be able to gather some of the memories from our trip without a lot of fuss- a kind of "journaling on the fly".

A little mesh bag filled with notebook, pen and a glue stick is all I am planning to take, along with my tiny Fuji Instax printer. There might also be a couple little rolls of washi tape thrown in for good measure. 
My notebook had heavy card stock pages that were completely bare. Some pretty papers and my work horse Tab Die Sets One & Two from Tammy Tutterow were all it took to add some interest to the edges. I pulled out some mini stamp sentiments to stamp random quotes on both the tabs and some of the blank pages.
I made a half dozen pockets from the Notched Mini Envelope, Tabbed Mini Pocket and Window Mini Pocket. They'll be perfect for tiny treasures- a business card from a favorite restaurant, little notes, fortunes from our cookies from lunch.
Some pages were left plain but others were very lightly stenciled using Tammy's beautiful new stamps from Stencil Girl. It looks dark here but the color is really just barely there, perfect for writing right over the top.
I love this design- it reminds me of cross-stitch.
Another glimpse at one of the tiny pockets tucked in between a page, just waiting for a little something.
This all-over leaf design is so cute!
I can't wait to fill it with snippets from our weekend's adventure!



sprinkles on top...

Have you heard the news? Tammy Tutterow has a line of stencils now with StencilGirl!... Shut the front door! Everyone can use a good handful of stencils in their crafting arsenal.
This week I had a great time playing with her stencils and stamps to make a sweet card.
Each time I find an old dictionary I immediately tear the pages out so they're available to use for projects. Acrylic paint quickly brushed onto a sheet is a great starting point for a background. After the grey-blue paint was dry I stenciled polka dots with some gesso and Tammy's Petite Posies
Dear Ruby, with it's script traveling in different directions was so much fun to stamp on top of it all.
One of her new stamp/die sets is Ice Cream Cone and I love, love, love this! The sentiment is darling and the stamp is oh, so cute. Layered over a piece of vintage embroidered ribbon and glittered up with some Stickles, this card totally makes me happy.
Tammy Tutterow- YOU are even better than sprinkles on top!




Each summer for the past 17 years has included a week at Girl Scout camp where I am so very lucky to volunteer as a Director. Our wonderful staff of adults and teenage volunteers is absolutely amazing and we could never pull off this feat without each and every one of them.

This year's theme is 'Neverland'... perfect, since we don't want to grow up! My co-Director and myself are giving each volunteer a small silver keychain with the tiniest little glass bottle of Pixie Dust attached.
This gift pocket felt perfect to present them in and it sure didn't hurt that they were so much fun to put together. I used Tammy Tutterow's Scoop Pocket die in a variety of "Peter Pan" green prints. The great thing about this steel-rule die is that I can cut several layers at once- very important when you've got 100 of these to put together!
I wrapped some jute around the pocket and tucked in a beautifully detailed feather die cut from red cardstock. The Tiny Sentiments stamp set- again from the wonderful Tammy Tutterow- is filled with darling little stamps that I know I will be reaching for over and over again. The 'To/From' stamp simply could not have fit this shipping tag any better and I love how it turned out with the brown ink. Each keychain will be wrapped up in some tissue paper and tucked into one of the pockets, along with a handful of Pixie Stix decorated to look like Tinkerbell's wand with glittery stars.
I can already feel the pixie dust begin to swirl.... this year is going to be magical!

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