Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Captured Thank You

I have had this idea in my head for awhile now and finally decided to try it out. Baby 'L' has received his share of gifts from family, friends and even neighbors. I decided to capture a few moments of him playing with some of the gifts he received for Christmas to use for thank you notes. I added a cartoon effect to the original photo, printed it on regular white paper and then glued it onto colorful cardstock. On the back I applied the thank you note that I typed up on playful scrapbook paper. I decided to keep them rather simple, but think there are so many neat ways you could embellish them with the availability of all the wonderful cardmaking supplies.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Snuggle up with a good book

My little guy received this book, To Market, To Market from Santa this year. It has become one of his favorites. The size of it is great with big silly animal illustrations and the text rhymes. Just a warning, be prepared to snuggle up with your little one and read it over, and over, and over....wouldn't have it any other way.

Monday, January 26, 2009


Magnets displayed on a vintage tray turned wall hanging!

My friend Cortney showed me how to make these cute fun magnets. I have since made them for friends, family, and co-workers. The funnest part is customizing them to the receivers likes. There is a good chance your magnet collections will quadruple by the time you are done.

So, Let's get Magnety
{No, Magnety is not a word, but is fun to say}

Supplies needed.

1. Modge Podge - Matte Finish
2. Clear flat back glass rocks
{it is best to use clear with out a pearl finish so your image appears clear}
3. Round Magnets about 3/4" in dia.
4. Small foam brush
5. Fun Scrapbook paper
6. stickers, rub-on stickers (optional)
7. Scissors(oops, not pictured)

1. Select an area of your paper you wish to use such as a flower or fun graphic and place your clear rock on top. Trace around the rock.

2. Cut out your trace just inside your traced line. You can always place it on the back of the rock to see if you need to trim it down a bit.

3. With your paint brush apply a thin coat of modge podge to the front of your cutout. Lay your cutout on the flat side of your rock and smooth with fingers.

4. With your paint brush apply a coat of modge podge to the back of your cutout making sure the entire surface is well coated.

5. With the modge podge still wet place your round magnet in the center and allow to dry for 24 hours.

When viewing from the front, your graphic may appear fuzzy - just wait for it to dry and it will appear cute as can be.

Appears fuzzy before it dries. * Once your magnet has dried you can wipe the front and sides of your rock with a damp cloth to remove any extra modge podge.

Great for gift giving!

Will make your nose Dance!

During my Christmas travels, I headed down south to visit my sister in Southern Oklahoma. One afternoon, we decided to hit the town and go thrift store shopping in hopes of finding some hidden treasures and let me tell you my sister has found some good treasures. We did pick up a couple things and dropped into a little gift store that had candles and things. I came upon a soy candled called fruit slices and it smelled D-lish. The candles are made by Tracy, whom I met at the little shop. She was as sweet as her sweet smelling candles. You can check out her site at Small Town Creations. As a side note, one of my mom's favorite candles is pomegranate. Go ahead and make your nose do a little jig!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Customize it!

I will not be adding any new items to my Etsy shop for now. I will be taking custom orders. To view possible designs, take a look here. I am working on putting some of my designs on flickr, will let you know when it is up and ready. Feel free to email me at or send me a "convo" through

Lots of Handmade Love, Erica