Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It’s OFFICIAL: The Christmas Season is ON!

I guess I should qualify that with, “at least for my little family,” since I won’t let anyone put up any Christmas decorations or play Christmas music or anything like that until after Thanksgiving. I know I am not alone in this. We have to hold firm to be able to enjoy each and every holiday!
The first thing on my Christmas to-do list is Christmas cards.


I procrastinated just a bit too much last year and we decided we weren't going to send out cards because it was one thing we could let go and not feel completely guilty. This year, though, I have been on the ball! We had pictures taken in October so we are ready to purchase a photo greeting card this year.
I think this is my favorite photo, but my girls kinda get swallowed up by the whole picture.

West-21 PSE Edit Lower Res copy

So, I’m thinking this one – love that my girls are still the focus!West-3613- PSE Edit lower res copy

Luckily, I just had a great experience making a custom photo book with Shutterfly so I knew they wouldn’t disappoint when I saw all of the gorgeous choices for holiday photo cards from this company. The prices are reasonable and I know the quality will be excellent because the photo book I just made using Shutterfly is amazing. Here are a few of my favorites:

How will I ever decide? 
I may just close my eyes and point—I really want to be on time this year! (It would be a first!)

Head over to the Shutterfly site and see what you can find!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

True Confessions

It’s true. I have a lot (a LOT) of unfinished projects.
I’ve been working on my unfinished project piles and have made some great progress, but still…

Remember this?
she-wears-flowers.com: Turkey Placemat Tutorial
I won’t lie…I haven’t even finished my whole set. Now, to be fair, I want about 24 of them so it will take me a while, but I actually only have 6 in my current set and only 4 are complete. Yep, it’s true.

 On the other hand, I received a sweet email from a reader named Kathy. Her friend wanted these placemats so she used my Turkey Placemat Tutorial to make a set for her friend. (What an amazing friend Kathy is!)

Just look at how beautiful her placemats turned out.
she-wears-flowers.com: Turkey Placemat Tutorial

And she finished the whole set!
she-wears-flowers.com: Turkey Placemat Tutorial
There’s still time. If you haven’t made your placemats for tomorrow, you can still get it done. I get some of my best work done late at night and up against the clock. Go for it!
I’m so grateful for creative projects (and plenty of them!) that keep me going. For my US readers,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Keeping it Simple!

This Valentine card
Smartie Pants 8

is the simple and quick(er) version of…
smarty pants
THIS Valentine card at TipJunkie.

To me, the original version has more pizzazz visually, but I had to work with the demands of my four-year-old! While I loved this card at first sight, after reading the tutorial, I wasn't so in love with actually doing the work. There is a beautiful printable if you want to use the Tip Junkie card, but it is not customizable and requires quite a bit of work. My version requires access to a Silhouette cutting machine which I know disappoints a bunch of you, but I can only do so much! So…this is for all of you serious procrastinators – or maybe for next year!

Smartie Pants 9
double-sided tape
“Smarties” candies
silhouette file (Includes graphic, pants, pants with tabs) HERE
(I think this link to a file will work – if you have Silhouette software installed on your computer. There is no preview available, so download it and then open from your Silhouette. Let me know if it works for you!)

1 - Print and cut your pants and pants with tabs on cardstock.

Print and cut the graphics part of the card changing fonts and colors as desired. I cut mine out of cardstock, but paper would be fine, too, since it will be backed in cardstock.

Cut cardstock for the background.
 Smartie Pants 1

2Glue the pants to the graphics page so it looks like the hearts are holding the pants up like clothespins.Smartie Pants 2

3 – Glue the graphics page to the cardstock background.
Smartie Pants 3

4 – Fold/unfold the tabs on the pants section with tabs to make them flexible.Use a small piece of double-sided tape on each tab being careful to only put tape on lower section of tab. Stick the pants with tabs to the pants on the card at the feet.
Smartie Pants 4

5 – Fold the tabbed pants over and continue sticking each tab under and onto the pants on the card. I found that it helped to stick something inside of the pants box to help push the tape down. I used a bone folder, but you can use anything that won’t stick to your tape.
Smartie Pants 5

6 – Your pants box should look like this:
Smartie Pants 6

7 – Put 2 “Smarties” in each pants box, sign the cards and you are good to go!
Smartie Pants 7

Happy Valentine’s Day all of you “Smarties” out there!

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