Thursday, March 31, 2011

Birthday Cards - Part Two

Last time I was here I mentioned how far behind I was in sending out my birthday cards this year.  This doesn't count the fact that I have a lot of birthday's coming up in April.  Luckily, that little session of card making morphed into a super Cricut session since I found the lovely little border feature on my Doodlecharms cartridge.  I originally used the cupcake to recreate the card you saw last time, but wanted to use it in the border feature.  So I had scraps, lots of scraps which I had wanted to use and here is the result.

I have wondered since I started this session why it took so long for me to get going with my Cricut given the results I've had this week.  I think I was a little scared of the darn thing!  How silly is that!  I now know to check out my Cricut books more often to see what jewels I'm missing! 

So in addition to the cupcake border, I've now used the Doodlecharms border feature with packages, ice cream cones, and party hats.  Here is what I managed to come up with so far.  The borders were cut manually, not with the Design Studio software and I adjusted the size manually as well, they are 3 inches.

I used various papers that I had in my stash, some of which are a couple of years old! I also used the Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder on the party hat cards.

Imagine, Create, Enjoy!  Till next time.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Birthday Cards

Last night I was web surfing and checking out other crafting I went by my friend Tina's blog and saw the absolutely cutest birthday card idea.  Well I've been trying to do some family birthday cards for the last three months!  I've just been stumped on what to do for teenagers, and her post last night was my answer.  Here is my version of her CASE (Copy and Share Everything) card.

It doesn't follow her card exactly, instead I used my Cricut to cut the cupcakes and for the background I used a patterned scrap I had left over from another project instead of embossing a background like Tina did. I chose oranges and yellows for my colors.  The patterned paper is also in orange and yellows which is a little hard to see.  I think it turned out pretty darn cute!  This is for a niece's birthday.

Well then, because I had the Cricut out and was on a roll I decide to work on some manly birthday cards.  It is difficult sometimes to make them good looking and not try to bling them up!  So I found this option for borders on the particular cartridge I was using and came up with this next card.  I think it is cute and very simple.  I worked it a little more and added a couple of things to change it up.  One is for a young man (teenager) so I made it sports oriented.  The second is for a older man's birthday.  They were such fun and since I had cut a number of the cuts from the same page (never waste paper), my girlfriend took home a couple to make her own cards.  I used off white crochet thread and sponged it red and blue and tied the little tags around the packages after using grommets to glide the thread through.  I popped up the presents under each package with pop dots.  I mounted them on colored cardstock embossed with the StampinUp! Sizzix textures embossing plate.  The one that looks a little like garage type metal.  Then added the popped up birthday wishes oval on the front and added a Happy Birthday sentiment on the inside.  I'm looking forward to using this border idea for some occasions other than just birthdays. 
Until next time! 

Friday, March 25, 2011


I have so thoroughly enjoyed becoming a grandma!  My grandchildren delight me in so many ways and at the end of the day, I get to send them home to their parents!  However, I am thoroughly enthralled with my granddaughter.  I have raised and lived with men all of my married life.  My husband's daughter lived mostly with her mother, so needless to say...I'm used to being around men most of the time!  I love having a granddaughter...I get to buy her girly clothes, and jewelry boxes, and baby dolls.  Better yet, I get to make her a scrapbook with lots of girly things, flowers, and pink and purple papers, and flowers and cute little sayings about girls.  Madison Claire will be three here in another week and I have been working on her baby album for the last three years...or maybe I should say not working on it.  First I needed pictures from her mom and dad, then we!  I have done a few pages and below are a couple of pages that I love.  Madison or Maddy as we call her has a personality all her own and her mommy and daddy have done a wonderful job capturing those expressions, and I wanted to reflect that in a set of pages for her.  Here are The Many Faces of Madison Claire.

Well that's it for now...back to my crafting table! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Prayer Journals

A couple of summer’s ago I had the idea to make a prayer journal using
the composition notebooks sold in the school supply section at Wal-Mart.
My first attempt was a little plain, because I wanted to practice with
paper that I didn’t really care if I messed up. If I messed up then
I’d just rip it off and start over. It actually turned out nicely.

Since the first sample wasn’t too bad I made one for a girlfriend who is an avid journaler. She loved the gift and I’m sure has filled it up by now. In fact the two of us did a marathon session of making prayer journals for the youth girls at her church in the weeks that followed. That led to making a few more which I ended up selling at a couple of small craft fairs.

I had wanted to expand on the journal idea to include other uses but had not done too much with that idea until last fall. That’s when I took my journal making to a whole new level with an idea sparked by a fellow blogger. More on that the next time!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Hi there, welcome to Daydreams and Other Paper Stories.  I have watched my friends share their craft projects through their own personal blogs and have decided to join the crowd.  Hopefully someone out there will find something useful, fun, new, or unique when they visit these pages. Stay tuned!