Good Luck!

I made this card for my husband when he was flying off to a job interview.  This is a very transitional time in our lives.  Soon we will be packing up and moving, but not before he defends his PhD dissertation.  It will be a trying couple weeks for him upcoming, I will try to be as supportive as possible.  I went through the same process over a year ago.  And he was the most helpful and generous person during that time, I couldn’t have asked for more from him.

I’m entering this card in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.   This week’s challenge is a masculine card.  What perfect timing- I needed a card for my hubby!  It is my first time entering challenge, and I really like what they stand for- Clean and Simple!  I know I have a lot yet to learn about card making, but I am sharing the journey.

(Awesome green wall in the background.  Love that wall color in our living room!)


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My first Big Picture Class is over and my inbox is sad without a “daily drill” email

The Big Picture Bootcamp  from Big Picture Classes is over.  I will miss getting a reminder email every day with new “daily drill” to complete.   I stumbled upon the website a while ago, but this was my first paid class.  I loved it!  There were four different instructors with different topics- photography, journaling, page design, and some non-scrapbook crafts to get the creative spirit moving.   It was a good introduction into Big Picture Class format.  There were videos to watch from the instructor that were about 15 minutes long giving instruction and inspiration.  Also included in the class materials were pdf instructions and in some cases photoshop files for digital scrapbooking  (not that I utilized that portion of the class) a printable pdf file was also included for the paper scrapbookers.  A photo gallery was also set up for students to post their projects and discussion boards were available tool.  I liked the format of the class and I think I’ll be following some of the instructors blogs.  They were energetic and inspiring.

Pictures I’ve included here are of a celebration tree.  Which is meant to be decorated not just for holidays but in celebration of all of life’s moments.  I think this is a great idea.  My tree is made from branches that came down in the last wind storm we had.  The new growth at the end of each branch adds some wonderful character.  I just love the branches.
I am not sure how to explain and share what I took  from the other sections of the bootcamp.  I enjoyed all four topics this one seems the most tangible.  I really enjoyed the scrapbook page design drills.  Some things were new and some were great helpful reminders.  Overall, I think I will join in another Big Picture Class.  There was a minor technical issue which prevented me from seeing one pdf the first day but the support was very helpful and quick to respond and fix the issue.

Have you ever taken a Big Picture Class?  What is the next one you want to take?  Maybe we’ll take one together.

While I made all these projects myself, they were guided and inspired by the wonderful instructors of the Big Picture Bootcamp at Big Picture Classes.

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Just Because Card with a Cute Little Bear

Here is an “I Love You” card with images from the Create A Critter cricut cartridge including an adorable little bear.

This is a “just because” card to say I love you.  It is a cute fun card  I used the Create a Critter cricut cartridge to make that adorable bear and the I<3 U sentiment as well.

I am submitting this card to the Die Cut Challenge from Hiding in My Craftroom.  This is my first challenge submission.  One of the reasons I wanted to start this blog was to start participating in blog challenges.  They look like SOOOOO much FUN!!

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Happy First Birthday. A Card Even Her Mom Will LOVE!

A pink and yellow birthday card made using geometric medallions and sunburst Martha Stewart Punches.

I made this card for a sweet little girl who is turning one.   The card was a little late being mailed and even later arriving after it had to cross the Atlantic to reach her.   I figured if I was going to pay the the international postage, I should make a card even her parents would love.  Along with the card I sent some cute clothes.  I had a hard time picking just two outfits, it was so much fun shopping.  Someday I will have my own kids, but for now clothes shopping for a little one made me smile 🙂

Starting with a blank grey card, I used the Martha Stewart Geometric Medallion punch for the beautiful concentric circles in both pink and yellow.  The flower is made from layering a couple of the Sunburst punch with a little pink sparkle in the center.  And that is my hand writing for the “Happy Birthday”.

As I continue on this crafting journey I think I’ll invest in some stamps with common phrases like “Happy Birthday” and “Thanks” to give my cards more of a polished look.
What are your favorite sentiment stamps?

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Hello, I’m Allie.

I had a crafting resurgence recently.  It was the product of two things:  first I finished graduate school giving me more free time, and second I had a strong desire to add some homemade touches to my wedding.   During my wedding planning I spent more time at Michael’s than I had in the past five years.  I was inspired to create and found it to be an outlet I’d forgotten about.  I’ve followed some blogs and become addicted to pinterst and now I want to share my crafting journey.


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Will you be my flower girl/ring bearer? Can’t say no with these cards!

The cards asking the youngest members of our wedding party, two ring bearers and a flower girl.

The inside of the flower girls card, complete with girly embellishment.

The first handmade project I did for my wedding. Here are the cards I made asking the little ones to be part of our wedding party.
All of the embellishments are from Michaels, I had a great time shopping for these cards.  I used my cricket to cut out their names personalizing the cards for each of the little ones.