Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Father's Day Gifts

Oh yeah, this superhero theme is going to spill over to Father's day!  It started out that my son was obsessed with all things superheros but now I am just as obsessed as he is.  My baby's daddy (haha, yeah I am not cool enough to pull that off) is getting this card for father's day along with these:

Meant to hold this refreshing beauty (my best friend):

Oh beer, how I love thee.  Ok, back to the third love of my life:  my baby's daddy.  Third you say?  Yes, right behind my son and the beer pictured above.  Don't judge me, I'm from Wisconsin, I'm required to love beer (till death do us part).  It runs in my veins, I wish it ran through my home's water pipes.  In all seriousness, here is a super easy gift you can make in about 10 minutes (one minute to cut and glue and nine minutes to let the mod podge dry).  Just go to a second hand book store and buy some cool comic books, the cheaper the better (that rule applies to everything in life except beer).  Just cut pieces 4 inches by 4 inches and round the corners.  Glue to the back of cardboard coasters or even better some cheap ceramic tiles from a home supply store (I used cardboard coasters here). 

I'm pretty sure my hubby will be taking these to work.  While he works at a pretty cool place, it ain't cool enough to use these as beer coasters.  He'll probably use them for something boring like hot tea (see why he is third!).

I got a couple other ideas brewing (yes, pun intended) in my head.  See you soon!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Out of My Comfort Zone

Ok people.  I grew up a tomboy.  Sure I had the typical 1980's toys like cabbage patch dolls, barbies, pound puppies, my little pony, and rainbow brite, but those toys didn't see much action because I was too busy playing soccer, collecting frogs in the stream (which at the time I was convinced gave me warts), climbing through the swamp and over downed trees and of course watching ThunderCats.

I don't wear dresses,   I don't see the need to wear a lot of make up, my favorite shopping is scoring a bargain at second hand stores, and I don't understand why women insist on wearing uncomfortable shoes for the sake of looking good.  I love sweats, t-shirts, and my stinky dirty unfashionable crocs.

$5 Goodwill find BRAND NEW (no I don't wear them in public)
  It wasn't until after college that I took on activities that tend to be "girlie" like cooking, stamping, and now sewing.  With a spouse, a child, one dog, and two cats at home all of them BOYS, I feel outnumbered but I feel so. at. home.

 So today when I set out to make a girl version of my popular superhero banner,  it took a little bit more time and little bit more effort than usual.  Princesses, castles, and fairy tales don't come naturally to me.

 I'm so happy I got my inner princess to come out, because this is so stinky cute.  Those of you with little girls know that this "princess" thing is not going away anytime soon (just like my son's "superhero" thing).  

I made this using Papertrey Ink's Boxy Banners Dies.  I added pink and purple card stock to the back of each fairy tale picture.

I think this is so cute and is perfect for any little princess you have running around.  This cute little gem is available in my Etsy Shop

Of course, if you are like me, and this is too pink and "girlie" you can of course still stare at and admire (or buy!) my superhero banner.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Strawberry Love

As promised, here are the details on the gift that I made for my moms this year for Mother's Day.  This year was all about sweet juicy little strawberries.  Oh how I love a fresh picked strawberry.  The ones in the store taste nothing like the ones you can pick on a strawberry farm.

I can't wait to get back out there and pick those little gems this year, above is a picture of the strawberries in my parent's garden, my sister and I were picking out the ones that were ready to eat (we were eating them quicker than we could pick them).  I also finally convinced my 4 year old that strawberry jelly is not poisonous and will not kill him and in fact tastes quite delicious, it took a year but he now finally eats it without gagging (if you think I am joking, you are sadly mistaken).  That is one huge victory that I will take. I got to catch his gagging on camera because one day I will find it to be funny. Today is not that day. wink.

 Ok, back to the gift.  The moment I saw Papertrey Ink's Berry Basket Die, I knew exactly what I would be making the moms:  A strawberry gift basket filled with cards and gifts centered around strawberries.  I also knew it had to have a vintage feel to it once I saw Michell Wooderson's April Release Post.

I have never used digital scrapbook paper purchased online before but I decided to give it a try for this gift.  I scoured Etsy for hours for the perfect digital paper download until I came across this Ellah Rose Shabby Chic papers by Hellolovetoo and was instantly in love.     It is perfect.  It is simple.  I am definitely sold on downloading digital paper in the future. 

I made six cards for this gift.  Two birthday cards, two thank you cards, and two congrats cards.  Everyone always needs cards for these three occasions.  Here are the photos:

If you love the cards, you can buy them in my etsy shop, click here for all the sweet glorious details:  Vintage Rose and Strawberry Cards

In addition to the cards, I made the moms a small scrapbook in the same theme with the same paper that they could throw in their purse and use as a brag book for family and friends.  The book is filled with pictures of my son, printed in black and white (because it is so pretty with the paper) and the tags tell them when and where the picture was taken. Simple and cute.  You can't go wrong giving pictures to Grandma!

This little book is perfect for any occasion (and no occasion at all).  You can buy this cute little book from me for a STEAL in my etsy shop, click here for details:  Mini Vintage Scrapbook

 I'm off to go camping.  WOOT. WOOT.  See you soon!