Graduation Card

Last weekend, I had the wonderful pleasure of celebrating my sister’s graduation. While working full time (often with business travel), raising two amazing kids, being a wonderful wife/sister/daughter/friend, she went back to school and received her Bachelors in Business Administration. Such an inspiration to her kids and our entire family and I was so thankful our whole family was there to celebrate her.

It also gave me a chance to get my Cameo out and have a little fun, and I whipped up this card for her.

Graduation Card

Here it is with a fun monogrammed envelope I made too.

Graduation Card and Monogrammed Envelope

This card was super easy thanks to the self-adhesive cardstock! I can’t imagine getting enough glue on the “Congrats” to get it to stick well (or on the monogram for that matter).

Pool-Ready Projects

It’s been a while since I shared a project or two, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy working on stuff. (I am a little late in sharing this post though.) In the first few months of the year, I was mostly working on the three projects below, for a week I spent in Scottsdale, AZ with my sister in honor of our birthdays (3 weeks apart). I obviously couldn’t share them before the trip (and have been working like a maniac since then) but now I can share!

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Little Blue Bird

Did you know that March is National Crochet Month? Well it is, and I’ve been enjoying a few new crochet projects! I’m determined to crochet more – but no scarves (unless specifically requested) as I want to break out and expand on the kinds of things I do. I’m currently working on a new throw blanket (great to work on while watching House of Cards), and just finished my first crocheted bag last night (pictures coming soon).

I also want to make more amigurumi (or stuffed animals). I had signed up for a few Craftsy classes and one of them is by the fantastic Stacey Trock – Amigurumi – Woodland Animals. Stacey is one of my favorite crochet designers and I love her FreshStitches blog. I’ve even made one of her amigurumi patterns before.

In the first class, we made this cute little bird.

bluebird

I LOVED the first class in this series! While I have been crocheting for a little bit, I learned some fantastic tips and techniques that made this little blue bird fast and easy. The tips I learned have already made their way into other projects and I’m feeling more confident to try new patterns.

Stacey even introduced me to a new crochet designer from South Africa (Heidi Bears) and I’ve picked up two of her patterns to make this year (the turtle and the hippo). I can’t wait!

Are you crocheting something fun this month?

Valentine Cards – 2014 Edition

I keep forgetting to post the Valentine’s cards I made for my niece and nephew this year. More fun with my Silhouette Cameo! (Ugh I need to take better pictures!) The envelopes are the ones with the big letters on them, and the cards are the ones with the layered pieces. Since I was boxing these up to send with a small present, I didn’t need to individually address them. Fun, huh?

Valentine Card 2014 - J

Valentine Card 2014 - K

Birthday Card

I got on a card-making roll this past weekend! Once I had all my supplies out and was making the Chinese New Year’s card, it was easy to whip out just one more card. This gives me hope that if I just plan in advance, I could probably make cards once a month for all the events going on that month.

Earlier this week it was my hubby’s 40th birthday! (Welcome to the Fab 40′s!) I, unfortunately, am out of town on a business trip so I wanted to leave him something to find on his birthday. (Boy, I sure hope he found it already. I left it in his lunch box, so if he didn’t find it yet it means he’s not eating the food I cooked up over the holidays to stock the freezer for him!)

Birthday Card

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I know it’s simple, but we both have simple design tastes, so I hope he liked it!