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Not So Mini Album January 4, 2016

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Well, here’s to 2016!  It got off to a rather rocky start for me.  I spent most of Christmas vacation sick, and I even missed celebrating Christmas with the family since I was down and out with food poisoning.  I did, however, make it to my sister’s baby shower two days later, so I got to see many of the relatives I missed two days prior. I know I have also been quiet on my blog lately, but I was busy with shower things that couldn’t be posted until after the shower.


Here’s a group shot of some of us before the shower (Jes was getting ready), so from left to right are Mark, Mom, me, Andrea.  Then, in front are Jack, Julia, and Emma.


Here is a good shot of the parents-to-be!  Can’t wait to meet the little guy when he makes his arrival in March!


This is a photo of the scrapbooking album I made for my sister, based on a YouTube tutorial.  You can find the first part of the tutorial here.  The cover is made using medium weight chipboard that I covered using light blue American Crafts scrapbook paper.  All the designer papers are from the DCWV Baby Boy stack.  The part on the left with the little “e” is a magnetic closure.  It opens a bunch of papers that will be perfect to add some larger photos to.  Many of the sections have pockets with tags, both large and small.


This is what many of the inner pages look like.  They open up to reveal four places for photos on the inside, as well as the smaller photo mats.  The adorable photo stamp sets are by MayMay and can be found here.


Here is a photo of a “clothesline” frame that my dad made.  People who came to the shower wrote down some well-wishes or advice for Jesyka and Mark inside the onesie.  Then, they hung it on the clothesline.  I cut the onesies from various colors of blue cardstock using a card file from the Silhouette store.

Not One Tooth, but Two! March 21, 2015

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This is my beautiful niece, Emma.  She has finally lost not one tooth, but two!  It seems like one of those front teeth has been wiggly for a loooong time!  Judging by the photo, it looks like she’s pretty happy that the tooth fairy will be visiting.

Emma No Front Teeth

Here is the card I will be sending her.  She loves to receive mail!20150318_212920_resized

The image is called Tooth Fairy Joy by A Day for Daisies, and it is printed on XPress It Blending Card because originally I was planning on coloring this with Copic markers.  Instead, I wound up using Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, with a little bit of clear Wink of Stella on the wings.  They worked amazingly well, considering this cardstock isn’t really made for use with water.  I accented it with Ice White  Viva Decor Pearl Pen, and then matted the image using a combination of Epic Black (my favorite black textured cardstock) and a piece I watercolored using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on watercolor paper.  The larger piece of Epic Black is embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The card base is Treasures Periwinkle 80# cardstock.

Baby, it’s cold outside! November 18, 2014

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I can’t believe the cold temperatures we had today… we actually got down to a low of 11 degrees today, which tied the previous record low of 11 degrees, set in 1880.  With the windchill taken into account, we were well below zero!  Brrr!!!  However, on the bright side, we didn’t get 12″ of snow like they did out in Grand Rapids!

So in light of our freezing temps, I decided to share a Hello Kitty quilt that I made for my sister in September as a wedding gift.  She is a huge HK fan, and she loves the quilt.


The quilt is from a kit so I basically followed the directions to piece it together.  This was also my first attempt at free motion quilting.  I know it isn’t perfect, but I’m pretty happy with how it came out.  I used a clear thread for the top because of all the white space.  I didn’t really want to use pink and have it all over Hello Kitty’s face and body… and I didn’t want to use white thread for the top and have that showing through on all the red and pink in the background of the quilt.  I think I may try more free motion quilting on my next project – it was fun to do! – but skip that clear thread because it was kind of a pain to work with.

20141116_203530_resizedThe ornaments were my latest project.  My parents are hosting a Christmas party for some friends.  This year the theme is Italy.  My mom found an ornament with an Italian blessing on one side and Buon Natale on the other side.  I created this version for her to give out as favors.  The ornaments are the disc ornaments, and I added vinyl and glitter to them.  I attempted to cut the blessing in vinyl but it was too much for such a small surface area.  The ornaments themselves came out quite pretty, and I will still be creating a tag to go along with the ornaments that will also include a print-out of the blessing.

Jack’s 9th Birthday Card November 1, 2014

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For today’s post, here is a birthday card I created for my nephew Jack.

Jack Birthday Card

For this card, I started with a base of Neenah Solar White Linen cardstock.  I used a cut file from the Silhouette store for the card base.  Then, I embellished the card using some cardstock from my stash for the sides.  The center focal point is Olive Brown Bag Kraft cardstock and Brown Bag Kraft cardstock, which I edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The Happy B*Day die is a Die-Versions die that was created as a fundraiser for Operation Write Home.  I made a similar card for my friend’s daughter Morgan, who also turns 9 this month, but I didn’t get a photo of it.  Both kids were very impressed with the fact that the card “flips.”  What fun to see them really enjoying their cards.

Anniversary Party October 1, 2012

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Last month, we put together a collaborative 40th anniversary party for my parents… we being my brother, sister, parents, and myself.  It was a success, and we all have some great memories of the celebration with family and friends.

Here’s Mom helping to put out Goldfish crackers as snacks for the guests.


This is also before guests began to arrive.  Out on the deck, we set up a “Pick & Play” with the record player and a bunch of Dad’s old vinyl albums — how fun since the little kids had no clue what a record is!  BUT…. They LOVED rocking out to The Animals.  As you can see Jack and Julia are dancing away.



Guess I should post an updated photo of myself… Here’s one of Bill and me that Jessica took.


Here’s a photo of Aunt Kathy, Kathleen, Uncle Mike, and Barb.  Kathleen & Barb are my dad’s cousins.  If you look closely at the tables, you can see the favor holders I made for the party as well as the photos that I transferred to wood.


Here’s the dessert table as well.  I had three larger photos that I transferred to wood on that table, two baby photos of Mom and Dad, as well as one of them both from (I think) the late 80’s.


Jessica’s boyfriend Mark did a great rendition of Rod Stewart’s Maggie May for the party.  He even inspired Jack to rock out on the electric guitar afterward!

A Weekend Full of Family September 5, 2012

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Well, we had quite the Labor Day weekend this year… my brother and his family came to visit, which is always a treat. I got in some good one-on-one time with all of the kids, which was a bonus.

Jack and I decided to make cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.  He loves to bake, which I think is great.

Jack mixing up cupcake batter

Filling up the cupcakes

And then, Miss Emma has really taken off and turned into a little artist.  She also received her prize from Cutter’s Creek, two packs of stickers and a pack of rub-ons.  The rub-ons are a little difficult for her to use, but she loved the stickers.  Here is a picture of what she created using one of the pairs of boots.

Emma coloring in her “Lady wearing tall boots”

Finished “Lady Wearing Tall Boots”

Emma said that the lady has purple hair to match her boots!  I love it.

The next day, we went to my Uncle Mike’s 70th birthday celebration at Stony Creek.  We had perfect weather for his party, and there was quite a turnout, including some out-of-town relatives whom I haven’t seen in years.

Danielle & Bill

Eric, Andrea, Emma, Jack, and Julia

Can you guess who the Birthday Boy is?








Emma’s Bookmarks August 8, 2012

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When my brother’s kids were here this past weekend, I had fun with the girls coloring pictures.  Both Emma and Julia are very into coloring in coloring books right now, and so we did that for hours!  I can always hope to have some crafting pals as they get older, right?  I was amazed with Julia’s coloring… and she’s only 2!  And Emma had a ball coloring in pictures of dolls in her coloring book.

Kim at Cutters Creek is doing a Kid’s Craft Challenge through August 18, 2012.  The challenge is to create a project using at least one product that Kim sells.  Well, one of the coloring books Emma was working on this weekend had a blank page where you could create your own bookmarks, so that’s her “project.”  Emma just turned 4 in May.

The bookmark on the left (use your imagination) is a mermaid.  She used crayons to draw the picture.  I love the big eyes with no eyeballs… LOL  She also used Baby Blue Stickles on that bookmark. The line at the top of the bookmark is supposed to be water, and the stuff at the bottom are the shiny fins for the mermaid’s tail.  Emma also did the bookmark on the right, but when I asked her what it was she replied with “I don’t know.”  She used Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles on that bookmark.  Sorry the photo is of the Stickles when wet, but I was afraid that 1) she wouldn’t let them dry and they’d get ruined and 2) I’d forget to take a picture of them before Emma left if I didn’t do it right after she put the Stickles on.

Fun with the Kids August 8, 2012

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My brother and sister-in-law came over this past weekend because he was standing up in a wedding. So while they were away at the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception we got to watch their kids. (I’m paying for it now because I caught whatever the girls had, but it was still worth it!)

On Saturday, our friends came over with their girls.  Every time Jack comes to visit, he asks whether Morgan is going to come over or not. Luckily, this time it worked out and they got to play.  Since it was so hot, Jack and Morgan ran through the sprinklers and played in a small wading pool.  Erin got a little bit wet in her wheelchair, and Emma was out for a short while — but she is not a fan of the sprinklers, so she didn’t last too long.  Julia was napping and missed out this time.


Jack and Morgan pretending buckets are hats

On Sunday, the boys (Dad, Eric, and Jack) went to the Tigers game.  Turns out, they missed the most exciting part — the come-from-behind win!  But it was a long day for them all, and it was probably better that they left early.  While they were gone, the girls stayed home.  While Julia was napping, Andrea and I took Emma to George George park to play on the swings and to feed the ducks.  When we got back and Julia woke up, we had a tea party.  The girls got Princess badges to wear.  They got to drink “tea” (which was lemonade) and eat a chocolate chip muffin.  Afterward, they made foam picture frames (as in they decorated a foam frame with glittery foam stickers).  We had a lot of fun.

Emma’s Four! May 16, 2012

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I can’t believe that my little niece is a whopping four years old this month!  We went to her birthday celebration last Friday.  She’s such a little doll… and she just LOVES the camera!

What a cool play set, right?  My brother got it for a song, although he and his father-in-law have done a lot of work on it to get it into good shape for the kids to play.  Glen also made the personalized sign that is on it, with all three kids’ names.  Very talented!  And it’s perfect because they all love to swing, and there is a swing for each one.

Here, the kids are eating a pre-dinner snack, on fairy plates of course!  We had a great grilled dinner… hotdogs for the kids, burgers for the adults… and a fresh fruit salad as well as a spinach salad with feta cheese.  Yum!  Anyhow, the point of this photo is to show Jack’s tooth missing.  He was very proud that he lost his first tooth, and it was the first thing he showed me as we walked in the door.

Okay, so this photo doesn’t have much to do with the birthday party itself; it was taken right before we started opening the birthday gifts… but look how flexible Emma is!!!  Future gymnast??

There’s the Birthday Girl with her cake — chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, of course.  She’s such a cutie pie… although she did decide to share her germs with all of us, since right after blowing out the candles, she sneezed all over the cake! LOL

Capes and Candy Covered Pretzels! April 1, 2012

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Here is a picture of my nephew and two nieces wearing the capes I made for them.

Bill and I babysat for the munchkins this past weekend while my brother and sister-in-law went to a wedding.  I made them all capes to use for dress-up following the idea and instructions from The Costume Box, an online class that can be found at Craftsy.  I LOVE that the capes do not really have a set pattern (I’m not a huge fan of using patterns if I don’t have to), and they were super easy to sew up and put together.  The capes are made out of different fabrics, and the patterns were chosen with each child in mind.  From left to right, Jack’s cape is made of a black crushed velvety fabric and is lined with a cotton fabric with a black and gray pattern.  Emma’s cape has ladybugs on the outside and is lined with small pink polka dot material.  Julia’s cape has purple ballerinas on it with stars and is lined with a lavender gingham.

My friends Chris and Cindy brought their girls over for dinner on Saturday, so we had five kids six and under running around the house — what fun! They were all very well-behaved, and the kids had a lot of fun playing together.  Before dinner (as incentive to eat dinner), the kids all rolled pretzel rods in melted white chocolate and then again in candy.  They were a hit!  Everybody ate their dinner and then had pretzels — and my brother’s kids repeated it in the morning so they could have another pretzel rod after lunch, before going back to Grand Rapids.

We all had a great weekend, and the kids were a treat to have and spend time with.  Hope we get to do it again soon.