Sunday, January 17, 2010

Birthday Countdown Calendar

A VIP (Very Important Princess) turned 4 years old yesterday. My granddaughter, Katelyn anticipated her big day with a little help from Grandma and Grandpa : ) I created this little "countdown" calendar for her and filled it with some gifts & treats. Some of the gifts were too large to fit into the (about 3" diameter) tin. Those I wrapped and numbered and suggested that my daughter tuck them away until the appropriate day arrived. Starting 10 days before her big day Katelyn opened her tin and found a message from us and her gift. My daughter, Sarah, was really wild about Advent Calendars when she was a little girl so I hoped her little girl would get a kick out of this variation of the countdown calendars her Mom enjoyed : )
I covered a cookie sheet with wrapping paper. I created a sign using my Paper Doll Cricut Cartridge. Notice the little birthday princess' dress was cut from the same wrapping paper : ) Each tin was decorated with ribbon around the sides of the tin. Each little tin has a removable cover that is glass so I concealed the contents of the tin by putting colored paper inside. It was really colorful and fun. I created each tin topper and added plenty of glitter! I placed a magnetic strip on the bottom of the tin so that it would cling to the cookie sheet. The calendar can be hung up on the wall by the hole on the cookie sheet handle : )
After seeing this countdown calendar I made for Katelyn, my friend, Diane said SHE wants one! for her birthday heeheehee Some "kids" never grow up!
Thank you for looking : )

Friday, January 15, 2010

My Cookbook

This and the following 6 pictures are the cover and index cards for a 6x6" recipe book I created for my good friend Barb. She celebrated her 4oth birthday today. Barb is one of the hardest working people I know. I thought a long time about a gift that she could really use. I decided to make a 6x6" recipe book and fill it with my favorite recipes. In addition I gave her coupons for 6 meals that I'll make and deliver to her and her family throughout the year. She really loved the gift and loved the first dinner I delivered to her today "Beef Stroganoff". yummmm!

Friends, I can tell you there is nothing more rewarding than blessing well deserving people!!

Happy Birthday Barb!

Papers are from "Bo Bunny"
"From My Kitchen" Cricut cartridge by Provo Craft
Lettering is the "Newsprint" font by Quick Kutz


Can you tell the blender is meant to be the "k" in Drinks? : ) heehee I hope I was able to pull that off. I wanted to integrate the vintage appliances as much as I could in these cards.


I love this apron : ) my sister gave me a couple of patterns to sew vintage (reproduction) aprons. I'm anxious to get my sewing machine out now. : )


I attempted to lighten the "Pepper Shaker" in my picture with Photoshop but I think I over did it. I wanted the picture to clearly show it was a salt and pepper shaker LOL!

Side Dishes

Oh oopie! the word "dishes" didn't make it to the picture. Hanging from the little cutting board that the "d" sits on it supposed to be the word dishes. Technical difficulties or blond moment? heehee you get the idea

Main Dishes


Monday, January 4, 2010

January 2010

I have decided to post my 12x12 calendar pages this year. I love Stampin' Up products and the calendars are no exception. I don't do much "scrapbooking" these days so working on a 12x12 calendar is especially fun! Go see my friend Lisa she will set you up with a calendar : ) you'll be glad you did!!

January is a really busy month in our family. We have several VIPs with special days:

My Dad and his wife will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary tomorrow, I have one niece, one nephew, two sister-in-laws, six! good friends with birthdays in January, one great niece, Macie Ann, and two very very special kids who both share birthdays on the 16th, Levi who will turn one year old and Katelyn Christine my youngest granddaughter who will turn four.

This year I will put the pictures of only a few special birthday "kids" whose birthday falls within the month so on this page goes, Macie, Levi and Katelyn. : )

Supplies used:

Winter Words and Winter Stripe patterned paper both by EK Success
Purple swirled paper is by Chatterbox
I used some YUMMY! Rub-ons by Heidi Grace (love rub-ons!) and embellished some of them with pearls from Kaiser Kraft

My Cricut got a work out with this "layout". I used "George" for the January font. "A Child's Year" for the skating kids sillouhette, and "Ever After" for the princess crowns.

My ribbon is by American Crafts
Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Laura Beth
Chris P.
Barb H.
Anne B.
Cheryl H.