01 October 2012


So unfortunately my crafting gear is still packed up (half of it's over in our storage unit at the moment, bummer!) but I'll be blogging this month about Disney World over on my homemaking blog, if any one would care to follow along!! I'm posting tips and tricks of the trade about planning a trip to Disney :)

04 August 2012

We've arrived-ish

Hey all!
Just wanted to drop in and give a quick update.

We've arrived at our next post and waiting to move into housing. I'm excited to set up my craft space here- I bought a bunch of fun Ikea stuff before we left our last post!!

Things will be a bit quiet still, as we move into our new place. Also I'll be finishing up my Master's thesis while figuring out how to balance that with an infant :P

But stay tuned! Before you know it, I'll be back and posting regularly :) Thanks for stickin with me ;)

14 June 2012

dad's day dots

Hello there and happy Friends with Flair Friday!! Here's a quick card I made up for my father-in-law. 
(please excuse the poor lighting and iPhone photo!!) 
This card actually came together rather quickly as I needed an easy LO since I never know how long Baby E is going to nap ;) I'm super happy with the way it came out and definitely will be using this LO again in the future!!

To make it I just stamped the dad stamp from Unity's KOM "follow your own" a few times, then stamped a few colored ones and used a punch to cut them out, added a green paper strip along the bottom and a few gems! (the gems don't make it too too girly right?? hehe) Done! Great card to use up some scraps :)

Be sure to check out the great sale happening over at {Unity} all weekend long!!!

10 June 2012

father's day tools

Hey there! Baby E has been going through a growth spurt so she's been a bit fussy lately which means no crafting time for mamma. But today Daddy has been getting to hold her a lot, so I got to go whip up a few father's day cards! Gotta get them in the mail soon ;) 

(please excuse the poor lighting and iPhone photo!!)

This card didn't quite turn out how I'd imagined, but it's good enough. It's for my dad and features some The Twinery twine, Technique Tuesday tools, and a Unity KOM sentiment. I'll be back later this week with a card for my father-in-law!! :)

25 May 2012

May 2012 Papertrey Blog Hop- You Rock

Hey all! So I got a little chance to craft whilst Little E was napping in the moby. My mojo was a bit off today, but I wanted to play along over at PTI's May Blog Hop! So here's what I came up with!!

The inspiration photo had lots of bold patterns and a chartreuse, white, and black color scheme. I don't have too many PTI stamps, yet, so I didn't have too much to work with for this challenge... I ended up using a background stamp to great an argyll-ish pattern. I liked how the inspiration photo had a bunch of layered dishes, so I made my own layers with a frame stamp, some simple paper bits and cut circles, and layered on top the sentiment. Add in a sprinkle of green and black gems and there ya go!

All of the stamps ("Grunge Me" and "Fillable Frames #10 mini")and papers are PTI. The gems are Michaels.

13 May 2012

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Today is my first mother's day- yay! Little E is almost 4 weeks old. DH has been very sweet today- picked me up some Starbucks (decaf!), some roses, and I have a new waffle iron coming in the mail! Oh yes, and he's currently taking care of E while I relax a bit :) Love our little family!

So here's a spring/summer wreath that I made last week. I added on the little "mom" banner that I whipped up just using some paper scraps, circle punch, alpha stickers, and Twinery twine. I like to be able to reuse my wreath bases, so the pinwheels and banner are attached with pins!

I also spruced up our mantle a bit for the occasion- super simple stuff since I don't have as much time to craft right now with baby and since some of my crafting stuff is already packed since we're moving to our next Army post in the coming week!

I made a super simple banner for the plant using scrap paper, an SU! punch, some Twinery twine, Memento inks, and a stamp from Unity's April KOM.

I also made some little pennants for the decorative branches using again some scrap papers, Twinery twine, circle punch, and stickers.

Well,  that's about it for now... have a fabulous Sunday and Mother's Day everyone :)

04 May 2012

thanks FWF trio

Happy Friends with Flair Friday!! Little E is asleep in the moby wrap, which means mama got to do a little crafting. Woohoo! She's such a good baby- I so do love her :) Today was her first time in the moby, and she fell asleep within about a minute, so I think she must like the moby as much as I do ;) Anyways, I digress...

So I made a trio of cards using the Unity Kit of the Month Sketch Challenge May sketch :) They're fairly straight forward- I used this cute sentiment from last month's KOM "heart and soul." I used some Creative Memories patterned paper, PTI cardstock & buttons & edge die, Memento ink, and Spellbinders circle die, along with other buttons and gems from my stash. 

That's about it for today... gonna see if little one will sleep some more and let me work on Unity's NSD sketch!! Fun fun :)

30 April 2012

twice the Unity, twice the fun

So DH currently has Little E whilst she naps, which means I got a chance to make some overdue thank you cards for baby gifts! I decided to play along at two of the Unity challenges whilst I was at it!! 

{ please excuse the less-than-stellar iPhone photos! our camera is still buried somewhere in my hospital bag... }

{ KOM Sketch Challenge }
First up is the April Unity KOM Sketch Challenge... I rotated things around a bit, but I think you can still see the sketch in there!! :) The flowers are from April's KOM "follow your own," which I stamped with Memento ink, and I just colored them in with some Crayola colored pencils, nothing fancy. The sentiment is from Jan '11 KOM "to the moon & back," which I stamped with Memento ink. 

{ Unity Challenge }
Next up is the April Unity Challenge, which is a color challenge of off white, green, and pink! This card features the stamp "delight in the little things" which is a co-sponsor Simple Stories itty bitty stamp. I just can't get enough of that stamp :) I used some terry cloth behind the image tag, I thought it went well with the baby theme. It's actually scraps from some reusable baby wipes I made! I stamped the image in Memento ink, used a PTI die, the Twinery twine, and ribbon/button/cardstock from my stash.

20 April 2012

maternity leave

Hi friends! I just wanted to let you know that I'm on "maternity leave" hehe... this past Tuesday we welcomed our little bundle of joy, "Little E", into the family! Everyone is happy and healthy and we're enjoying time getting to know our daughter :) I'm a bit protective of our little one, so I can't promise any photos will be posted, but I hope to be back posting more regularly soon!
God bless- Shauna

07 April 2012

Easter mantel

Hey ya'll! I wanted to share with you our "He is Risen" mantel! AKA our Easter Mantel :) With baby ready to arrive almost any day now, I kept the mantel pretty simple... a cross trio, little banner, twine eggs, church photo painted by my MIL, glass cross, and pretty blue jar. On our "secondary mantel" (aka. top of our entertainment center, what we use as our mantel when we're in a home that doesn't have real a mantel) I also have a little crystal bowl with "Jesus" eggs :)
Here's a close up of the banner that I made with just some paper scraps, 1.25" circle punch, sticker letters, The Twinery twine, crop-a-dile, and two bamboo skewers.
I love my twine from The Twinery and used it to wrap a few pieces of cardboard that I cut out into egg shapes. I hung them from some decorative branches using twisty ties!

The Jesus eggs {below} were super simple too. I picked up a package of 6 kraft eggs, painted a little white spot on the fronts, then added gold stickers. Voila!
Here's some close ups of the rest of the mantel bits and pieces. May you have a truly blessed Easter weekend, and thanks for stopping by! :)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
-John 3:16 (ESV)

30 March 2012

thanks for being so sweet

Happy {Friends with Flair Friday}, ya'll! Goodness, I can't believe it's Friday- this was one of those weeks that just flew by for me. We're eagerly awaiting our little one's arrival, but I'm also trying to cherish these last few days/weeks of it being just the two of us ;)

So I had to make some thank-you cards for baby gifts and decided to play along at a few Unity challenges! Love me my Unity ;) They're having a great sale going on this weekend, 40% off!!!, so be sure to stop by their {store}!! This little card uses two KOMs- the sentiment (although not pictured on their site) really is from {Rockin it Unity Style} and the image is from my first KOM, now retired {Wherever You Go}.
This card uses the "door" theme from March Unity Challenge (yup! playing along twice in one month!) and the sketch from the Unity KOM Sketch Challenge. I flipped the sketch horizontally, and you can really see it when you open the door and see the sentiment!

Hope you enjoyed my card :) Can I just mention it's hard to get a good photo of a card with a flap that opens!! hehe... anyhoo, have a fabulous weekend ya'll! God bless :)

16 March 2012

baby carriage .:2 ways:. Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of my mini series! It all started because I love {this stamp} from Unity :) Today's card combines a few challenges as well! It's been a while since I've taken part in some challenges, so read on to see where I drew inspiration. Of course since it's Friday, I'm taking part in Friends with Flair Friday over at Unity!! Check out all the amazing creations there :)

This card is a bit more complex than {yesterday's Day 1 card} using this stamp. Actually, it kinda turned out to be a pain in the butt to make! But I'm happy with the end result, so that's all that matters, right? And it's for a great friend who I know will appreciate it :)

To make this card, first I had to pick out the color scheme- I went with contrasting blues to play along with Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #130, and I added in a pop of kraft. Next, I cut the papers down to size and cut out the window using a PTI die, to play along with the window/door theme for the Unity March Challenge. Then I used my stamp positioner thingy to line up the stamps correctly. Stamping the kraft window was the biggest challenge- I had to line up the stamp with the previously stamped carriages, then carefully take away the light blue paper so that I was only stamping on the kraft paper- neat effect, but it took a few tries to move the blue paper and not the kraft paper and stamp positioner! But once I got over that hurdle it was all down hill- adhered all the layers, stamped the sentiment, and added a few buttons! Ta-da!
Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing this stamp used in two quite different ways! One is a super simple application, and one's a bit more involved, but I like them both :) Have a fabulous weekend, friends!!

15 March 2012

baby carriage .:2 ways:. Day 1

Hey ya'll! SO sorry it's been a while- DH finally came home from his mini-deployment and we've had family in town for the past two weeks, so I've been spending time with the loved ones :) Not to mention getting the baby's room ready!! Coming down to the wire now, and I still have lots of cute baby projects to share hehe ;) Anyhoo, onwards to the card!!

I love {this stamp} from Unity, and today is Day 1 of a "mini-series" if you will... I have a few friends that are also expecting, and I've made cards to go along with their gifts, so I wanted to share! They both use this stamp, and here's the first card... Pretty simple- green/tan/brown, a few layers, some ribbon, scallops, and pearls- love it :)

24 February 2012

st patty's day wreath

DIY tutorial is posted on His Frugal Servant {here}
Hey all!! Happy Friends with Flair Friday! :D Goodness, it's been a while since I've gotten to play along with Unity, and did you see the exciting news?! They're having a DT call! Oh. my. goodness! Are you going to apply?? I'm thinking about it... we'll see!
So this wreath combines three of my favorite things- Unity, The Twinery twine, and St. Patrick's Day!! Being half Irish, it's a big holiday in our family :) I was really excited to see have some St. Patty's Day stamps in this month's KOM from Unity, so I decided to make a banner and stamp on some felt! I was super excited that it worked so well! I used my Stazon timber brown ink, and some random felt from my stash that I'd also used for one of the shamrocks in the wreath. I used some eyelets and cantaloupe twine to string the banner together and pinned it onto the wreath :) Fun!

18 February 2012

baby wreath

Hey all!!
So sorry it's been a while! With hubby away, I've been trying to get a lot of cleaning, organizing, Master's thesis work, and baby projects done! Not to mention getting the house ready for his arrival home again- so soon!! Anyhoo, I've had a lot of projects in the works, but hadn't gotten a chance to put finishing touches on a lot of them (or just haven't photographed them yet!).

But here's a project that I recently finished, and I'm SO excited to share- one of those things that actually turned out better than I imagined it! Hehe, and that rarely happens, so I'm super psyched! So this is a wreath for a baby's nursery :) There's a few fun features here too...
  • all of the flowers are removable, so the wreath and yarn-wrapped "baby" can be reused for future projects or customized to different genders. The flowers on the wreath part are pinned in place. The flower on the "baby" word is attached with thread, so you can just cut the threads to remove. All flowers are one piece, so if you remove them, they won't fall apart or anything ;) You could also attach the flowers to hair clips for a fashionable baby (or mama!) accessory!
  • the "baby" word is not permanently attached to the main wreath, so you can easily remove it and put it elsewhere in the nursery (ie. bookshelf, wall, etc) for added decor :)
  • the only materials are:: wool yarn, "styrofoam" wreath, felt, scissors, needle, threads, and pretty pins, straight bins, and hot glue (to secure the yarn ends of the "baby" word)
  • the flowers are from various tutorials around the web- all are made via cutting out some felt and stitching the petals together, super simple! if you google "felt flowers" you'll find a bunch of tutes :)

So that about wraps up this project... hopefully I'll be back here regularly as I {finally} finish up projects and get them photographed! I have so much to share- decor projects, cards, and more!!

18 January 2012

just checking in

Hey ya'll!

I'm still here!! DH was home for the holidays, but now he's back at his mini-deployment- boo! I've been keeping busy around here, and I'll be bringing you some fun projects soon! Here's just a few of the upcoming things I'll be sharing with ya...
- menu planning calendar, created from an old cookie sheet!
- nursery decor
- new ribbon storage solution
- and more cards and scrapbooking, of course!

So thanks for sticking with me, and I'll be back in full swing on here soon!