Saturday, April 18, 2009

What a wonderful week!

I'm back from a wonderful visit with my sister-in-love and her family and an overnight trip on the way home to visit with our daughter and her family. I love these trips. I get to re-connect with my loved ones and check them out personally to assure myself they are all okay. And they are! I came back with good news - my friend's youngest daughter is getting married in August - finally set the date and I'm thrilled. Her betrothed is a wonderful guy. I'm sure they will both be very happy together. I offered to make their wedding announcements and they accepted, so she and I sat down and designed her announcement! It's going to be really cool! She chose Baja Breeze and Close to Cocoa with accents of Whisper White and Chocolate Chip! What a combo!! I've got to order the supplies and get cracking! If she likes them, maybe she'll let me post a picture for you!

On to cards and bookmarks! This week at Cardmaker magazine, I was the host for an online challenge. So my challenge was to make a child's bookmark with a frog, lots of dots, and the word "friend" somewhere on there. Here's my rendition:

I used the frog from SU's "Unfrogettable" stamp set. The dots are from ACM (probably Cosmo Cricket, I think, but don't hold me to that), the ribbon is SU, and I stamped the letters using a little stamp set I found in the dollar bin at ACM, and googly eyes (Michaels). I used a 3/8 inch punch to punch out the letters and I used popdots to layer the letters and the frog. If you want to see more renditions, pop over here to the dotty froggy bookmarks at Cardmaker Magazine.

Tip of the Day:
I keep a container of baby wipes in my craft room. They're good for wiping my fingers after doing a lot of inking, cleaning my stamps, and cleaning the work area. I can also use them to do neat designs on my SU glossy paper. I'll do a short tutorial next Friday on baby wipes and glossy paper!! How's that for a teaser?!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Well that bookmark would be a hit with anyone, very cute!

  2. Thanks for helping keep kids inspired to read!

    I love the "sister-in-love" name. My MIL does the same for myself (aka daughter-in-love and her son-in-love!)

    I love all of your tips. How do you come up with a different one each time?

  3. That bookmark is darling! Be careful though..I read somewhere that something in baby wipes breaks down/dries out the rubber in stamps. I wish I could remember what blog it was on, I just know it was one of the SCS veterans..I'll let you know if I find it.

  4. Very Cute! Who wouldn't love the frog?

  5. Very cute bookmark! I love the bright colors.

  6. What a cute bookmark! I have this little froggy too and I love him!

  7. Adorable. I love the way you picked up the dot pattern with the "Friends" circles.