Oops, we did it again…

After our first dog passed away almost two years ago, we swore we would never have a pet of any kind (read a little more about it here). Of course, that all changed when we adopted Jasmine, a Labrador Retriever, just over a year ago. And now, we’ve added another furry family member…


Meet Scooter, a little guy who weighs just over 12 pounds and is lightning fast on his feet. He looks like a pup, but he is actually about 2 years old. Even though Jasmine is almost five times Scooter’s size and weight, she is super gentle with him as they wrestle with each other; sometimes his whole head ends up in her jaws. They have become fast friends, though, and it’s a joy to watch them play with one another.

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Scooter was abandoned in a foreclosed home in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall of 2012. Naturally, we didn’t think too much about his pedigree; we assumed he was some type of Chihuahua mix mutt. After doing some research, though, it turns out that he is likely a “designer dog” known as an Italian Greyhuahua – a cross between an Italian Greyhound and a Chihuahua! He looks exactly like the smoky grey dog on the facebook page for fans of this hybrid.

Regardless of Scooter’s pedigree, our family loves him just the same. Hopefully he and Jasmine will enjoy many years together.


iPhone Halloween Costume

Following are some notes on how I made my son’s iPhone costume:
• Apple logo and “iPhone” text on back cut on Silhouette machine using Stampin’ Up silver card stock.
• Icon squares cut out of white cardstock and corner rounder used. My son drew the icons with colored pencils. The icons were attached to the foam core by using a large Xyron machine to apply adhesive to the backs.
• Used Illustrator to design and print out all text and graphic elements (bars, time, battery, etc.) on a black background. All pieces were then cut and glued onto the black foam core board with a glue stick.
• All circular elements (camera on back, circles on bottom front, red number circles on front) cut out with circle punches of various sizes.
• Covered front and back of costume with clear cellophane wrap to imitate the shiny surface of the phone. Attached cellophane with lots of black duct tape. (This also gives the added bonus of making the costume waterproof.)
• Shoulder straps made of 1-1⁄2″ thick grosgrain ribbon secured to costume with more black duct tape.

Something looks a little different here…

Hope you like the new look of this blog! I had been wanting to add a nice header to my blog for a long time. I liked the look of my previous blog template, but it did not allow me to add a custom header. Inspired on a whim for no particular reason this evening/early morning, I spent a few hours designing a new header in Illustrator. It’s almost 3:30am…my kids will probably wake me up in a few hours, but it was one of those things where I couldn’t stop once I got started. Now it’s done and I can cross it off my endless “(would like) to do” list…hooray!

Please do me a “favor”…

During our daughter’s birthday party, the kids had their own craft project to keep them busy, but I also prepared two easy projects for the moms to work on. The first project was a simple favor bag…


…containing a mini bag of m&m’s.


Following is a detailed closeup of the little bag. The scalloped square was mounted with foam tape to give it a little dimension.


Patterned paper: American Crafts
Celebrate/birthday cake rubber stamp: Paper Salon
Word Window/large slot punch – Stampin’ Up
Scalloped square punch – Marvy


The second project was a set of cone-shaped baskets for Easter. To make the baskets, I traced the outline of an 11″ dinner plate onto a 12×12 sheet of cardstock, cut out the circle, then cut the circle into four equal pieces. Each piece of cardstock could then be rolled into cone shapes and secured with double-sided tacky tape. Ribbon handles were attached with brads, and coordinating tags were made and tied on with embroidery floss. The project was fairly easy to make, but rolling the cardstock into a nicely shaped cone proved to be a little tricky at times. Following are photos of two sets of baskets that were made at the party:



Patterned paper: Paper Salon
Easter rubber stamp images (on tags): Paper Salon

A pretty “ugly” party…

Our younger daughter insisted on having an Uglydoll theme for her 5th birthday party. A quick search on the internet revealed that no Uglydoll party supplies exist, so I made a few wall decorations out of large sheets of colored paper that I purchased from Michaels. Each Uglydoll is about 15 inches tall.


The favor bags were decorated with tags featuring various Uglydoll characters:

A few school friends attended a smaller party in the morning and received favor bags that tied in with the party invitation (see previous post on March 5, 2009). The favors were packaged in a flat cellophane bag and a topper was stapled on:

Hello world!

Ever since a friend (studiopk.wordpress.com) e-mailed me a link to a single blog (shimandsons.typepad.com) about a year ago, I’ve been hooked on following blogs and finding new ones. The amount of inspiration on the web for all kinds of crafts is incredible…there are so many talented people out there. A scrapbooking pal (calonghorn.wordpress.com)recently started her own blog, and I thought, “Why not?” I wanted to start this blog to document my own journey in the world of paper crafts, graphic design and sewing. I hope that I will inspire others as much as others have inspired me.