Too Cute to Spook!

Now, as a mom of two little girls, I have to admit that there are some pretty serious advantages to having little girls – like having an excuse to make awesome Halloween themed hair bows even if they will only stay in their hair long enough for one pass on the monkey bars!

So what’s this mom to do when it’s orange and black day at school?  Well, create orange and black monster hair clips of course…and maybe a purple pair for the little sister too…

Okay, now while I will admit I was a little spooked out while trying to take pictures of these (the eyes kept following me), I love how they turned out.  If you would like all the details on how I created them, come on over to the Ribbon Resource blog today and I promise to let you in on all my little secrets (but really, not that many because these are so easy to make).

Thanks for stopping by!

It’s Baby time!

ribbon baby


I am so excited to share this post with you today!!  Recently, our very own Ribbon Lady welcomed Ribbon baby, and we have been waiting ever so eagerly to celebrate with this hop.  With two little (but growing) gals of my own, everything baby is still near and dear to me, so this project was all about fun with baby!


One of the first things I learned as a new mom was about something called “Taggie” toys. Everywhere I looked, toys, books and blankets had these little ribbon loops attached.  I had no idea what it was all about until my oldest got a book, and those tags spent tones of time in her mouth.  And boy was that a blessing, because instead of having to fish pieces of cardboard from board books from her mouth, I was simply throwing that book in the wash!  Alleluia!!

So when we decided to do the hop, I knew that I wanted to have some fun with ribbon tags.  I hopped over to the fabric store and picked up some flannel and had some fun cutting out random symmetrical shapes.  With a bit of adorable Twill Chevron ribbon and some of the Double Faced Satin in pretty new colours, my little monsters took shape.


Oh, and here’s one more secret about these little guys – they CRINKLE!!!  Yes, you heard me – give them a squeeze and they have that crinkly sound that babies (and apparently 4 and 5 year olds) love, courtesy of some cheese slice packaging slipped inside before I finished up the seams. It’s this crazy texture that I have to say I thought I would find annoying until I actually played with one.  And now, every time I pick one up, I can’t help but squeeze!!!

Everyone in my family (including the hubby) has a favourite!  And while I originally had a few new babies in mind for these monsters, I have to admit that I don’t think they are going to leave this house.  They have been adopted.  The good news is that I have more flannel where those came from, and there might be a few new monsters to join the clan!


Now, if you haven’t stopped by the other blogs today, you really need to get on that!  Our uber generous Ribbon Lady is giving away spools of ribbon from the baby collection to a lucky winner from those who take the time to comment.  Maybe satin and chevron isn’t your baby thing, but I have no doubt that you will find something that is.  So leave a comment, and then get hopping!  I’ll put in a good word for you! Here’s the line up for today:

May Arts Ribbon:

Other product:

  • Flannel
  • Thread
  • Felt
  • Stuffing
  • washed plastic packaging



Pop-Up Box Card Tutorial


I am so excited to share a new tutorial for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps with you today!  You know that I LOVE interactive cards, so it probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that I have been having so much fun playing with pop-up box cards lately.  I made one not too long ago for my youngest daughter’s third birthday, so I thought it would be great to create a tutorial for you, creating a pop up box card that folds into a standard A2 size (my favourite size for cards).

box-card-kimmie-closeupOkay, now there are all sorts of stamps and embellishments that work well with this style of card, but I am going to argue that this new set from Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps called Monster Hugs is just about as perfect as it gets!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coloured and fussy cut stamped images.  I used three from Monster Hugs.
  • Piece of 9 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cardstock
  • Piece of 3 3/4″ x 2″ cardstock
  • 2 pieces of 5 1/4″ x inch pattered paper (I created one in white so I could write a message)
  • 6 pieces of 2 3/8″ x 2″ patterned paper (I used 2 different patterns – 3 pieces each)
  • 3 pieces of 2 3/4″ x 2″ patterned paper.
  • Adhesive
  • Thin strips (approx. 1/4″) of clear acetate or coordinating cardstock

Now I know that sounds like a complicated list to start with, but it really is quite an easy technique.  Here’s a little video to show you how to pull it all together:

So there you have it!  I hope you’ll give this technique a try – you won’t be sorry!

Thanks for stopping by!


Hungry for some lovin’!

Over the next few days, the Design Team from Crop Chocolate is teaming up with on a fun Valentine blog hop and online crop.  Hop along through the DT blogs for some great ideas, and if you leave a comment, we will thank-you for the love by randomly giving away 2 WeScrap kits (thanks for donating these for our hop WeScrap!)  In return, if you head on over and visit their online crop starting Thursday morning, you will have the chance to win one of FOUR $25 Crop Credits from Crop Chocolate. I have already popped over there, registered and entered the first challenge (where there are chances at cropcredits, there are Scrappy Canucks!)

In the meantime, keep hopping along with us here.  If you need to start at the beginning of the hop, go visit Beth.  If not, I am happy to present (drum roll please), my happy little Valentine project….

Okay, okay – I know what you’re thinking – this monster doesn’t look happy at all!  And you’re right.  Here’s why:

That's right - he's hungry for some lovin'!

This ideas was actually inspired by an adorable project over at Giggles Galore awhile ago – the Tattle Monster.  They had used a tissue box to create a monster to take care of all the tattles in the house (for those of you with little ones, go check it out).  And while I love the idea of using the monster to tackle the tattles, I wondered how I might be able to get a bit more use out of him for my classroom.

So, my little mailbox monster was born.  Created to collect the Valentines that come my way this year, I thought the kids would have a blast feeding their cards to my little friend.  And when we are finished with Valentines Day, he can still collect lovin’ for the rest of the year.  I’m going to challenge my students to catch each other being loving and kind, and to write down what they see and hear on a note to give the monster.  Each week we will celebrate all the lovin’ going around!

So dig out an empty tissue box, cover it with some beautiful paper (like this Sassafrass Bungle Jungle, or perhaps something more “Valentine” like pink and red if you are so inclined) and you will be all set to go. I added the little flag to the back side of the monster with a brad so I can raise and lower the flag just like on the old fashioned mailboxes.  And then, let him loose!

Now, before you go, don’t forget to leave some lovin’ right here on the blog (sorry, I couldn’t figure out a way to make a virtual monster), and then head off to visit Amber and see what she has in store!  See you at The Crop at the end of the hop! ;) Thanks for stopping by today!