Baby Shower fun

DSC07345The great thing about being in big families, is sometimes you’re not the only one going through something new, like a pregnancy.  My cousin Jessica is also expecting and is due in June, and on my husband’s side of the family, his cousin Jenny is due in May, and his cousin’s wife Bethany is also due in June.  So since his side of the family is pretty spread apart, we had 1 baby shower for the 3 of us.  It was a lot of fun and a little less pressure from the spotlight that is pregnancy.  This is the card I made for Jenny as she’s having a girl.  And I made a very similar card for Bethany, who is having a boy.



Stamps: Baby Tees (wheel converted to clear mount stamp), Ciao Baby!

Paper: Regal Rose & Pretty in Pink, Marina Mist & Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Ink: Regal Rose, Marina Mist, Basic Gray

Accessories: Stampin Write Markers – Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink; Aquapainter, 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon (retired), Marina Mist 1/8″ taffeta ribbon, subtles designer buttons.

For their gifts I made them diaper cake owls, which I later found out that Jenny had owls in mind for her little girl’s nursery theme. How perfect! I love how the owls turned out. They featured lots of necessities for baby to create all the owl’s features. I found the idea on Pinterest (where else?) and made a few tweaks of my own to create more useful supplies for the eyes and better looking eyebrows.



Baby Shower invitation

DSC07113Once in awhile, my friends ask me to make their wedding invitations, and my friend Alice loved theirs so much, that she wanted me to also make her invitations for a baby shower she was hosting for her sister.  I was excited to tackle this project, though fighting a huge energy decrease from my own pregnancy.  At the time we were coming up with a design we didn’t know the gender or genders of her twins to be, so we came up with a very neutral and festive color scheme of silver and white.  I used our Shimmery White cardstock since it has great weight and gives a great sparkle to add to the silver theme.  I embossed the baby tees image with Silver embossing powder and added a simple strip of White organza ribbon to the top.  Embossing x40 definitely took a lot of time, but I was really happy with the results after only sacrificing 1 embossed image (ALWAYS use the embossing buddy, it really is your friend!)


Stamps: Baby Tees wheel (converted to clear mount flat stamp)

Paper: Basic Gray, Shimmery White

Ink: Versamark

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, Silver embossing powder, Heat tool, Whisper White organza ribbon


Its been too long!

I must apologize for the lengthy absence in blog posts… I think the last one was in August! Yikes!  Well here’s what you’ve missed and it may shed some light onto why I haven’t been posting.  I am pregnant! I have about 5 weeks left before we welcome our baby boy Andrew (who I have dubbed Andy-OD) home.  I plan to post some photos of stamping projects I’ve done over my long absence, but first here are some little relevent tid-bits for what’s going on with Stampin’ Up, and some fun baby photos.

DBWS_Main-ad_Paper-Pumpkin_NAPaper Pumpkin!

Stampin’ Up announced this great new monthly project that comes to your door for $19.95/month.  Its a surprise each month, except for the first month, because your first kit will be the same regardless of when you join, and you get a free acrylic block that will be used on all future projects.

Click here to see a flyer!

When you join Paper Pumpkin at, be sure to choose me as your demonstrator while you’re signing up!  I’d love to help you out with your kit with different ideas each month if you like!

Here’s what you get in your very first kit, regardless of when you join!


For just a while longer, Sale-a-bration time is now!  Sale-a-bration started in January and ends March 22!  If you’re new to Stampin’ Up or just don’t remember, during this sale, you get free products from a special brochure for every $50 that is spent!  Here’s a link to the brochure.

And if you’ve been thinking of joining Stampin’ Up as a demonstrator, now is definitely the time, as your $99 spent on the starter kit, now gets you 25% more in your starter kit ($156.25 worth of product that is completely customizable by you!)  Join up at my website: by clicking Join Now!



Andy-OD at about 12 weeks!

Before I wrap up this blog post, I want to give you a peek at me, the nursery and little baby Andrew 🙂  Enjoy!


Me at 34-1/2 weeks

Comfort Cafe & Itty Bitty Banners Sneak Peek

I have to say, this is one of my favorite cards that I’ve made with the new sneak peek goodies. This is not made with a die, but just punches… square and corner rounding. And then is finished off with an Early espresso button and some Pool Party bakers twine.


Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners

Paper: Pool Party, Midnight Muse (new in color), Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP, Soft Suede

Ink: Midnight Muse

Accessories: Sponge, 1″ Square punch, 1-1/4″ Square Punch, corner rounder punch, Scallop border punch, 3/4″ circle punch, dimensionals, pool party Baker’s Twine.

Fabulous Baby Pennant

I made this card for my SU upline Kristin who had a baby shower last weekend, but I missed out on the fun since I was having a great vacation in Colorado 🙂

Stamps: Pennant Parade, Fabulous Phrases

Paper: Not Quite Navy, Regal Rose, Naturals White, Very Vanilla

Ink: Regal Rose, Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Pennant Punch, shimmer mist, linen thread, handheld punch, dimensionals

Diaper Shower Card

Friend and Co-worker Donna is having a baby in November and for her “Sprinkle” (Shower for her 3rd baby for the bare necessities), I made this adorable diaper card that is inspired by a sample in the Idea Book & Catalog.  I embossed the diaper shape with the Perfect dots embossing folder and for the card, I used the eyelet punch along the top and made the banner with a stamp from the Hostess Level 3 set Occasional Quotes and decorated the front with the Trendy Trees stamp set.  I cinched the diaper closed with at star designer brad (now retired).

Here’s a template to download: click here

Cute as a Bug

I couldn’t wait to use this stamp set for a baby card 🙂 And I love how cute it turned out too!


Stamps: Love Bugs (Hostess Level 1), Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Green Gable, Bashful Blue, Naturals White

Ink: Green Galore, Brocade Blue, Markers- Perfect Plum, Lavender Lace, Bashful Blue, Green Gable, Close to Cocoa

Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch