Wednesday, December 30, 2009

So Thankful

Hello Upsy Daisy blog readers!

It's been a while since you've seen a blog post from me and all for a good reason - two good reasons, actually. On May 1st, I become the mommy to these two precious girls you see here. My husband and I adopted them into our lives and our hearts. I love being a mommy and every day is an adventure with these two. Now when I get a spare moment, I try to spend some time creating. I think my poor girls are finally used to having a camera in their faces every second! :)

My layout today uses the beautiful "A Walk in the Park" papers. I've loved these papers since I first saw them and the colors matched my girls' 1st Thanksgiving outfits perfectly. (I also loved the little birds I cut out of one of the papers - perfect for twins, of course!) I used kraft cardstock for my background, a neutral that I find myself using a lot lately. And, I used my sewing machine to add a homespun touch. "A Walk in the Park" is perfect for your fall photos!


Monday, December 21, 2009

New Year Card!

I love the look of hand stitching on cards.
I help make the stitching easier I either use a push pin and
a mouse pad to *pre poke* the holes or I use my sewing machine
with just a needle and no thread to make the holes!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Soooo Worth the Wait

Hi everyone! My Upsy Daisy box finally arrived after two months of waiting but when it did, it was sooo worth the wait because the products are sooo yummy I had to play with them right away!

Christmas Outtakes

I first played with the Hot Chocolate papers and made this layout:

Journaling: Mommy held a photo op with Nat and Phil as part of her preparations for the family’s christmas cards. These pictures are the ones that did not make the cut.

UDD Products Used: UDD0155. Wintergreen,UDD0154. Tree Farm, UDD0152. Dash Away, UDD0151. Cocoa, UDD0150. Cinnamon Stick, UDD0153. Frosted, UDD193. A Little Birdie Told Me, UDD0123. Basic Brown Alpha

I topped my snowflakes with Diamond Stickles for that sparkly touch. For my title, I used the Classic Brown Alphabet Rub-ons and made alphabet cut-outs and die-cuts using UDD0153. Frosted and UDD0151. Cocoa.

I cut out the small trees in the UDD0154. Tree Farm and UDD0155. Wintergreen and raised them up with pop-dots to create dimension. I also adhered liquid pearls on my trees for added texture.

Altered Clear Packagings

I am always on the lookout for items to alter and so, when I bought my kiddos their briefs and underwears, I saved the clear packagings that come with them.

I figured these packagings can be used to box my christmas gifts to family and friends. I filled the smaller boxes with chocolates and embellished them with Hot Chocolate and Spirit papers.

I had a change of heart with the bigger clear packaging. I fell in love with this angel and got attached - - I just have to have it for myself!!! LOL. I thought of making it as an album/journal holder instead of making it as a gift box.

UDD Products Used:
UDD0159. Peace, UDD157. Joy, UDD0156. Giving, UDD0161. Thanks, UDD208. Chic Bebe Clear Stamp, UDD0082. Oodles of Doodles - Alphas Rub-ons, UDD0081. Applesauce Alphas Rub-ons.

Christmas Journal/Album

I have seen a lot of December Dailies and have always wanted one. Since I'm quite late for the "daily" documentation, I made this one in preparation for the highlights of the family's Christmas celebration.

The size of the journal is 4 inches by 7 inches since I took into consideration the size of the clear packaging/journal holder. Instead of using jump rings, I used these ball chains so that the journal will be less bulkier and can slide in the
clear packaging/journal holder easier.

The journal used papers from both Hot Chocolate and Spirit lines. This is the front cover of my journal:

On the other hand, these are the insides of my journal. As I mentioned earlier, I plan to document the actual celebrations of the family come Christmas time, so my journal here is still bare. I will use my scraps to embellish these pages later on.

Joy Love Peace Card

For my last project, I used the remaining portion of the UDD0159. Peace paper. After cutting out the big angel which I used for the altered clear packaging album/journal holder, I know that I have to use the left over for a card.

I topped the flourishes with Platinum Stickles and adhered cutouts using
UDD157. Joy. I used the topmost right printed portion of the UDD0159. Peace paper to cover the hole made by the big angel cut-out on the lower left portion of the card. The edges were distressed using distress inks and stitched together with the UDD0160. Play paper as matting.

UDD Products Used: UDD157. Joy, UDD0159. Peace, UDD0160. Play.

Whew!!! That was a rather long post, wasn't it? LOL. Just a little trivia: I made all these projects in two nights while the kids are sleeping!!! That's how excited I am to make my first blog post here in Upsy Daisy.

Hope these projects have inspired you to play with your Hot Chocolate and Spirit papers. May you have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Spirit

With the holidays fast approaching, it's time for a little holiday Spirit. Check out the great 50% off sale on right now!! What a great time to stock up on Spirit and Hot Chocolately goodness.

One of my favourite Upsy Daisy stamps is this very versatile round stamp from the Circle of Friends line. I added an Upsy Daisy rub-on in the centre and then little red rhinestones in each inner circle to create this fun embellishment.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

T'was the Night...

Are you getting excited yet??
Only 18 more sleeps to go before the Big Fella pops through the chimney...

 My cards are all done and ready to be posted off, but I still had time to create another one with the scrumptious  HOT CHOCOLATE  and  SPIRIT  lines. I love those papers a lot as they leave so much room for getting totally creative. Just cut some of the motifs out of the papers and turn them into embellishments - easy, peasy.

UDD Products used:
Papers: #UDD0161. Thanks; #UDD0154. Tree Farm; #UDD0151. Cocoa
Rub Ons: #UDD0077. Sweet Slumber-Boy

The card base was lightly sprayed with some Glimmer Mist (which matches the UDD paperlines perfectly), papers, rub ons and buttons added and there you have a last minute card. If you don't count the time the glitter glue needs to dry - this card took all but 10 minutes to put together.

Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas
Hugs and much love to you all and see you all on 2010

Kim x