Easter recap.

Posted by Michelle on April 23rd, 2014

Do you ever have one of those holidays (or special occasions) that just “sneak up” on you?  I’m pretty sure they don’t though.  I mean we see them selling things at the stores months in advance.  The kids are talking about the Easter Bunny.  Folks at work have scheduled time off.  The signs are all there that said holiday is coming, and yet we do not prepare.  I try not to let it happen, I try to be on top of things.  But sometimes, I’m tired, busy, preoccupied.  And lo and behold, it’s Saturday afternoon and the family is coming over for Easter tomorrow and I’ve got nothin’ but an Easter banner hanging.  Good thing I did that in advance – LOL

I had some goodies that I picked up at IKEA last month on our way to Disneyland, and I might have re-gifted some goodies that were sent to us for Easter – shhhh….  I grabbed some fun party bags from Whisker Graphics, a pack of Imaginisce’s Welcome Spring paper, and pulled all the diecut bunny tags I had to go with, and set out to do some super quick gift packaging.


We have a swap table at work and someone left a bag of vintage bows – like 1975 – the kind that you pull the loops apart and create the bow.  I totally swooped those up, and used them on my Easter packages.


I don’t do a lot of stamping, but I keep some basics on hand and use them every year – like this Happy Easter stamp from Verve.  My most favorite Easter stamp ever.




I was so pressed for time that I didn’t even do anything fancy with the patterned paper.  I cut it down from 6″ to 4″ and just folded it over as my bag topper.  So lazy, I know.


I wanted – in that moment – to get some placecards done too.  And I made quick work of these as well.
Same Welcome Spring paper pack, and coordinating diecuts.


I love using tickets.  Although my nephews didn’t really understand why I would use tickets.  They thought we were having a drawing or a raffle of some sort – LOL


This alphabet roller stamp from American Crafts is so great for personalizing things.  Especially for my daughter whose name is not the common spelling, it’s hard to find personalized things for her.  So I try to do a lot of crafty things with her name on it.  It’s going to be great for making Christmas tags this year!



I did not plan what was going in to the Easter eggs either.  Until Easter morning.  Yikes.  Fortunately I keep a gift box for the kids.  I pick up little things at Claire’s, and I save all the perfume samples I get from Nordstrom (free shipping all the time, and 3 free perfume samples with any cosmetic purchase), and found other random trinkets and of course candy, to throw in.

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How was your Easter?


Perfect Vacation.

Posted by Michelle on April 7th, 2014

We went to Disneyland for Spring Break.
We’ve taken the kids twice, and they don’t remember it, so taking them at ages 9 and 11 was just perfect.  And a lot more fun for us when we don’t have to worry about strollers, naps, and being afraid of Goofy – LOL.  Heck, we even got to sit while they ran off together without us.  It was a good time.  Better than good, actually.


My husband’s parents met us there, which was really fun for the kids.
So I’ve got a little card action for the kids to send to them which coordinates with the photo gift sack I made a while back.  All pieces (except the twine which is American Crafts) are from Imaginisce’s Perfect Vacation collection.

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Posted by Michelle on March 19th, 2014

Did you roller skate back in the day?  I actually did not.  I was too scared.  But all my friends in the ‘hood did.  I even would go with them to the roller rink – and not skate LOL
Anywhozzle.  I had this fun card published in the January issue of CARDs magazine.  I always love seeing what the photographer does, and this one with the roller skate in the background just tickles my fancy.  Yeah, I said that.

Happy Hump Day!




♫ You Make Me Happy ♪

Posted by Michelle on March 14th, 2014

TGIF – and Happy Pi Day!  I’m am hoping to get my pie on at some point today.
I’ve got a couple of fun things to share today – up first is a card that I had published in the January issue of CARDs magazine.  This card was featured in the die cuts section – I don’t do a lot of stamping, very very little actually, but I do love to add character to my cards with die cuts.


In other news, I’m excited to share that I’ll be designing for Fancy Pants this year.  One of my first cards in Paper Crafts magazine was a Fancy Pants card, so I’ve always had a special little lovie in my ♥ for the fancies.


Have a great weekend – and I hope you enjoy some PIE today!


Happy Easter – Card for my Son.

Posted by Michelle on March 11th, 2014

Yesterday I shared the Easter card I made for my daughter, and today I’m sharing the Easter card I made for my son.
Again I’ve used paper and embellishments from Imaginisce, this time working with their Welcome Spring collection.