Thursday, January 28, 2010


Welcome to my blog!  I have been thinking about starting one for awhile now.  I follow many and have been inspired by many wonderful crafters out there.  I would like to "track" my progress and creations.  I am often working on so many crafts at the same time, that I feel like I don't ever finish anything.  Hopefully, this will help me track my accomplishments.

I am a busy mother of two - my son is 15 and my daughter is 10.  I work full-time outside the home and work full-time when I'm at home keeping up with the many activities of my children.  I try to find time "for myself" to craft, play on the computer, or just veg, but for those of you with kids, you know that time is often hard to find.  Just because I'm not busy enough, I have also been my daughter's Girl Scout leader for the last 6 years.

I hope you come around often and get to know me better through my crafts.  I look forward to receiving any comments you have to help me improve.

The first craft I am going to share with you was inspired by Robyn, "My Pink Stamper".  My daughter watched one of her videos with me where she altered some $1 Target mailboxes, and decided she had to have one for Valentine's Day.  Luckily, our Target also had the mailboxes, so not only did we make one for her, but one for her teacher as well.

This is the mailbox we made for her teacher.  The pink heart paper is something I found in "my stash".  It is Stardust Hearts Pastel Pink by Making Memories.  The red ribbon is 1/4" real red Stampin' Up grosgrain ribbon I got from Barb at Snowmanlover's Paperie.  The front of the mailbox is a heart I cut on my Cricut Expression using the Beyond Birthdays cartridge and some leftover red cardstock I had around.  I used Xmas Red Stickles by Ranger to "bling up" the heart.
Finally on the back I used some paper I had leftover from a craft project my daughter did for school last year.  I believe the paper was Me and My Big Ideas.

My daughter is a "girly girl".  If it's pink, it sparkles, or it shines, she has to have it.  For her mailbox, she chose the pink mailbox that she then proceeded to cover with more pink.  The paper she chose came from a paper pad called The Basics by The Paper Studio.  She loved the polka dots, but wanted them to shine, so once the paper was attached to the mailbox, I covered all the dots with liquid glass by Close to My Heart.  It made them really shiny and gave them just a slight bit of dimension (I hope you can see it in the photo).  The ribbon around the back of the mailbox is 3/8" cocoa Close to My Heart grosgain ribbon.
On the front and back of her mailbox, I used my Cricut and Accent Essentials to cut the scalloped circle, the heart, and the heart shadow.  The paper is cocoa cardstock from Close to My Heart, pink paper from The Basics paper pad again (to match the polka dots) and some random white cardstock.  I added some liquid glass to the pink heart, filled it in with Star Dust Stickles and added some white dots with my Inkssentials opaque pen.

The finishing touch my daughter had to have was a pink happy face on the side.  She loves the Peachy Keen Stamps I won in a contest from Robyn, "My Pink Stamper".  She said it made her smile; you can't beat that.  The face was stamped on the same pink paper I used on the heart and cut using Accent Essentials.

I have some other crafts I've finished recently that I'll be posting soon.  Please let me know what you think of my blog so far and check back for some other creations.


Brens Designs said...

Welcome to the world of Blogging. Love your mailboxes.

Lolliscraps said...

Nice mailbox. Love the glitter on the heart!

Leanne said...

Your blog looks great! I signed up to follow you and would love for you to come follow me to! Just click on my name and it should take you to my profile page where you can then click on my blog createdbyLeanne (this is just in case you have never followed anyone before) I love the mailbox they are so fun to do!! Your daughters teacher will really love it! Look forward to seeing more projects from you! Beware the blogging world is very addicting!!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! I'm new to blogging myself, but I am finding that so many people have just lovely work posted in theirs-so I am getting a lot of ideas as well. I signed up as a follower, if you get a chance stop by my blog and take a look at some mailboxes I did for my nephew and a friends son: Happy Crafting!


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