Saturday, February 26, 2011

Twisted Card #048 "FOLDS"

Hello Friends! It is time once again for Twisted Sketches newest card sketch. This week's twist is "folds" anyhow, anyway. For my take, I decided to make a card for my distant cousin's baby shower this weekend. She is getting ready to have her first baby, a sweet girl she plans to name Eden. So sweet. I am still struggling on what to buy for her, as I hear the nursery is overstocked with absolute girly sweetness. Not to mention, the baby already has enough clothes to wear for the first 5 years of life....if she could only manage to fit in 0-6 months for that long. : ) I think I will go out today and purchase her a "Hooter Hider." Have you ever heard of those? I had one with my youngest, and it was a pure Godsend. It basically is like a fabric apron that goes over the mama's neck to cover her up while breastfeeding. Doesn't the name just kill you? Talk about funny, I crack up every time I think about the name. :) As for the card, I thought it would be nice to give her something handmade with a little "extra." As most of you know, I love incorporating something functional into lots of my cards that can be taken off and used later. The functional embellishment on this card is a sweet little headband for the baby. See the flower and the fuschia yarn trim going accross? I basically slid it onto the cover of the card to have it serve as an embellishment too. I have been dying to make some of these rolled flowers for over a year now, and finally sat down to make my very first one and this is it. I am pleasantly surprised how easy and elegant it turned out. That dupioni silk is so gorgeous and easy to work with. Onto the delicious details on the card....

I started with an American Crafts pink 5X7 cardstock card. I then decided to use some Hambly goodness...oh how I love. The "onesies" paper is perfect for a baby card. The onesie are a funky green, and to give it a little more of a girlish look I decided to "x-acto" out the center of one of the onesies to reveal the pink cardstock underneath. I then took some pink paper and "folded" it into a little tutu to play along with the "folds" twist. I created lots of fun scallops with Hambly's Baroque Overlay and some Prima Flights of Fancy paper underneath. I also used a glittered paper strip from K Company's Carolyn Gavin Greenhouse collection. On top of that is Pink Paislee's Bayberry Cottage Ribbon Pleats. The title was created using the new American Crafts Forest Thickers & Colorbok's ooh-la-la glitter stickers. Lastly but certainly not least is the headband created out of hot pink/green dupioni silk, vintage fuschia yarn trim & the fabulous Webster's Pages Sparkler in the center.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit for the actual sketch and other fantabulous creations!

Have a wonderful weekend! Amy

Sunday, February 20, 2011

More Valentines...

Yeah, yeah I know Valentine's Day is over and we are all starting to focus on everything Spring...St. Patty's Day & Easter this way comes! I have been extremely busy and haven't had much time to sit down and devote any time to my crafting world in awhile. I thought before time slips by any further, I would share with you my Valentine's Mobile I created as well as my little Jack's Valentines for school.

The main part of this mobile was created using Making Memories Je t'Adore Chandelier Kit. For the amount of goodies packed into the kit, it was a great price. However, I wanted to give it some extra pizzazz. (Pizzazz? What a funny word. :)) With the help of some glamorous goodies from my cousins, I think the "chandelier" was a success. My scrappin' girls came over and we all created these to give that extra holiday flair to our homes. The glamorous goods that were added were the "big" crystal baubles, the dainty crocheted flowers and the felt lasercut hearts. I also added vintage red pom pom trim at the top. The photos I added are of my Jack dressed in his tux for my brother's wedding last year, my sweet little Sam in his red dupioni silk outfit blowing bubbles at the wedding, Jack sitting on my lap in my hot pink party dress, and the last is of my Frankie and I the day before we got married. Those were the days, so young and fresh! :)

I created these black, red & baby blue valentine's over at for Jack's classmates this year. Yeah, it was a major cop out not helping him create "homemade" valentine's. I know, shame on me but time got away from me as usual. To give them more of a personal touch, Jack wanted to give cards that represent something that he is growing more and more passionate about every day...his music. (He had his very first guitar recital yesterday, and did fabulous! Look out Justin Beiber!) He chose the "rockstar" guitar design and we were able to add a photo of him in his rockin' shades. He delivered them in clear envelopes, my favorite. Inside we put little "ROCK star" pins for each child. I created those, hey at least part of it was handmade! The stars were stamped and embossed in silver embossing powder to give them the extra shine!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous week!

Monday, February 14, 2011

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Sherri! You are the owner of a new Curly Q Handbag! Please e-mail me at with your full name & mailing address, and I will get it shipped out to you right away.
Sherri said... that's really cute. never seen anything created that way before!
To all of you that participated, I truly appreciate it. Thank you all dearly for taking part in my creative adventures. I consider all of you my friends, and I hope that we can continue to inspire, support & create for one another!

Happy Valentine's!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Twisted Card #046 "HEART" & Valentine Swap

With lots on my plate at the moment, I thought I would allow this card to play double duty as both my Twisted Card & for a Valentine Swap hosted on Tara Anderson's blog,

The card sketch this week is another fabulous creation by Anam Stubbington. The twist is "HEART" and you can see the actual sketch and other fantabulous interpretations over at

Here are the "sweet" supplies/details on this card...cardstock: American Crafts, Michael's; patterned paper: My Mind's Eye Lush Pink Houndstooth...also notice the cloud looking shape behind the heart? It is the "Lush" label they used at the bottom of the paper!, The Paper Company Red Starburst Translucent; acrylic: Creative Imaginations; sticker: Heidi Swapp Pink Damask; embossing powder: Ranger Embossing Tinsel , CTMH Heavenly Blue; punch: Martha Stewart Starburst, CTMH mini punch (to create the perforated fringe at the top); Cricut Indie Art Cartridge (for wings); stamps: CTMH Priceless Love Word Puzzle, brad: Making Memories; sugar pink DMC floss; black Staz-on; and the "piece de resistance" is the working heart lock with keys!

As for the Valentine Swap, it was lots of fun! Have you ever participated in a swap before? I haven't, this is my first one. I am sure lots of you have, but for those of you who haven't I suggest you try it out sometime. It is a great way to meet new people, and create for someone else. In return, you receive a creation from their heart as well. Jamie, I hope when you receive this on Monday, you truly enjoy the Valentine. PS, be sure to remove the heart lock and wear it proudly on a necklace! As for swaps, I have another one I am preparing for on It is a "Flea Market Swap" where we stuff lots of vintage goodies into a box for each person in our group. I can't wait to put these together for my partners, you know that I have tons of vintage yummies in my stash!

One last reminder, don't forget the drawing will be tomorrow for the giveaway! If you haven't already, be sure to leave a comment under the following post...

See you soon! Amy

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vintage Chalkboard Calendar #2

Hello My Wonderful Chicas! I hope all is well in blogland and in real life too! Today I would like to share with you my 2nd chalkboard calendar creation. A kindergarten teacher contacted me to create this for her classroom. I hope she will love it, as she has yet to receive it. If this snowy winter weather decides to cooperate, hopefully it will be in her pretty little hands by this weekend. I hope she adores it and that she will be the envy of all the other teachers around! As most of you know, I am a lover of vintage things so I thought I might share with you some of the vintage sweets as well as the other goodies included in this calendar...
#1 Tennessee license plate
#2 pencil (thank you Nancy for the fantastic idea!)
#3 Circus font patch
#4 vintage playing card
#5 wood block
#6 vintage red wood block
#7 Jillibean journaling sprouts
#8 8 ball off of a keychain
#9 varsity patch
#10 vintage boy scout patch
#11 vintage board game block
#12 vintage rummikub game piece
#13 1940's flint playing card (very tattered)
#14 vintage cream bakelite domino
#15 vintage flash card from my great Aunt :)
#16 wooden bingo ball
#17 vintage adding machine keys
#18 vintage porcelain numbers
#19 vintage wood checker w/CTMH rub-ons
#20 vintage wood lotto game piece
#21 vintage black wood domino
#22 vintage red vegas dice
#23 vintage enamel domed plate
#24 vintage cattle tag from the 1800's!!! (my latest find :))
#25 vintage red bakelite domino (a personal favorite)
#26 white dice
#27 aqua keyboard keys (how fun & unique!)
#28 old ruler
#29 button I created using Teresa Collins paper
#30 vintage wood bingo marker
#31 EK Success varsity stickers
The cupcake is Martha Stewart and all the months are created using vintage Scrabble, Anagram & Keyword game pieces. If you would like to see the first chalkboard calendar I created, check out my older post If any of you have some old child chalkboards to sell, let me know! I prefer the ones with all the old vintage imagery. They are extremely hard to find and I am alway on the lookout for more!
As a reminder, I will be drawing for the Star Handbag on Monday, February 14 so you still have a few days to enter! For all the details, please see the giveaway post at

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


So what girl doesn't love butterflies, bags & bling? In celebration of my 50th post, I thought it would be fun to do my first BLOG GIVEAWAY! I hope you are as excited as I am about doing this! The winner will receive one of my Patchwork Star Handbags. What a fun bag for you, your daughter or even a dear friend. The star is totally created from tons of vintage fabrics & ribbon. Also, the 3 buttons are removable as well as the whimsical star. It is a brooch you can take off and wear on a jacket, etc. There are so many things to look at, you will be pleasantly surprised! There are several ways to win...
1. Leave a comment. (worth 1 entry)
2. Become a follower, at the right. (worth 2 entries)
3. Post about this giveaway on your blog. (worth 3 entries!)
So, basically you can have up to 6 entries to win this handbag! (Those of you that are followers already, never fear! Once you leave a comment, you will automatically have 2 chances!)

I will announce the winner on Valentine's Day, Monday, February 14. What could be sweeter than that!

Hugs & Kisses! Amy

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blue Bird Hybrid Calendar

Hello Everyone! I would like to share with you my first "official" hybrid creation! What is hybrid you ask? Maybe most of you know, but I had not a clue what it meant until Julie Ann Shahin approached me to do a hybrid project for the debut of Ginger Scraps Street Magazine. Hybrid basically means the combination of both digital and actual hands-on product. For my first hybrid attempt, I chose to use the digital Joy Page Kit by Michelle Underwood. (Two Peas in a Bucket) Filled with lots of wonderful reds, silvers & aquas I knew this is exactly what I wanted. After printing out lots of the patterned paper and imagery I was ready to go. As for the actual project, it is a totally interactive magnetized perpetual calendar. I used a few different techniques to give it added dimension. I paper rolled all the edges of the scallops to mimic the feathers on the wing. I also did lots of fussy cutting on the digital images and put pop dots behind them. You really have to look closely at the calendar, as it is truly hard to differentiate the printed images from the real objects!

As for materials, I used a combination of scrapbooking product, digital as well as my signature vintage goodies. I think when you throw vintage items into the mix, it makes your creation that much more unique and valuable. Don't you agree? Here is a comprehensive list of all the goodies...Digital Supplies: Joy Page Kit by Michelle Underwood; Hybrid Supplies List: Paper: Teresa Colins Ty's: Sports Words, Prima Youth Collection, October Afternoon Vacationer Motel; Rub-Ons: Jenni Bowlin Studio Red Kindergarten Alpha, CTMH Love Letters, Hambly Black Stamp Alphabet; Tags: CTMH; Transparency: Creative Imaginations Clear Acrylic; Stickers: Jolee's All That Bling Blue Puffy Dimensional, SRM Clear Numbers, Making Memories Cheeky Shimmer Silver Alphabet, EK Success Pep Rally Embroidered, Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Red, Karen Foster Designs Clearly Calendar; Buttons: Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Style, assorted vintage; Charms: Tokens Number Pendant; Markers: Sharpie; Thread: Martha Stewart Baker's Twine; Floss: DMC Lime; Magnets: Hobby Lobby, Creating Keepsakes Heart; Stamps: Fancy Pants Designs Acrylic Create a Calendar; Other: Three By Three Magnetic Bulletin Board, Webster's Pages Bloomer, red Dymo tape, aqua keyboard key, Spare Parts mini bottle caps; Vintage Other: bingo markers/ball, key, offset letterpress, red die, Diet 7UP bottle cap, boy scouts patch, scrabble tile, bakelite dominoes, wood ruler, register keys & lotto game marker/card.

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