Monday, September 19, 2011

Diaper Cake

Hello blogger friends!  I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post.  Not that I'm a daily/weekly or regular blogger, but it's been far too long since I've done anything crafty to share. 

One of my son's soccer coach and his wife are expecting a little girl in October and I decided to make them a diaper cake.  I've seen a few pictures on the Internet and decided to give it a try and just do my own thing.  I am VERY happy with the end result and hope they like it!

I used 66 (yes, sixty-six!) Huggies #1 Diapers, each diaper individually rolled and wrapped in a rubber band.  In the center on the bottom layer is an 8 oz baby bottle (filled with candy for the mom).  I used a larger rubber band around the bottle and the rolled diapers (3 layers deep).  A rubber band was used for each layer.  The middle layer (2 layers deep) and top layer (1 layer deep) has a 4 oz baby bottle in the center (filled with more candy!).  I took the tops off the baby bottles and will give them separately to the parents.

Around the bottom layer of the cake, I folded a fleece receiving blanket and then wrapped pink polka-dot ribbon around it to keep it together.  The ribbon is secured with Terrifically Tacky Tape and it seems to be holding good.  Originally, I used Scor-tape but it wasn't holding the blanket/ribbon together.  The top two layers just have ribbon wrapped around them (to hide the rubber bands), and then I embellished these layers with fun things; rattle, socks, slippers, lotions, onesies, wash clothes, etc.  I tied ribbon around some items and then tied the item to the polka-dot ribbon.  For the socks and slippers I used pins to attach them to the diapers.  For the topper, I used 4 bibs and accordian folded them together to make a flower, tied a rubber band around the bottom part and fussed with the top to make it look like a flower, then stuck the bottom portion in the middle of the cake in the opening of the 4 oz baby bottle.

The cake is sitting on a cardboard circle (hand cut from an old box) and covered in wrapping paper.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email - I'm always happy to answer any questions you may have.  ~~  ~~
Thanks for stopping by.

Toodles,  Jude

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Onesie Card using SCAL2

Along with a diaper cake that I made, (will be posted on Monday!), I made this cute little onesie card to give to the parents-to-be.  I can't recall where I got the svg file from, but I'm guessing it's from

All paper items used were from my stash. The Butterfly embellishment is from Basic Grey felt stickers "woolies".  The sentiment stamps are PTI "Mega Mixed Messages".

Toodles,   Jude

Monday, August 8, 2011

Birthday Card using PTI Iconic Images exclusive stamp set!

Hey there! I hope you're enjoying the summer months.  It always goes by so quickly.  I manage to keep busy by chauffeuring my son to all his events, which usually leaves less time for crafting/cardmaking.  :)  It seems from reading many other blogs, people do less crafting during the summer time too - guess we all have the same motto "family is always our number one priority"  ... as it should be!

I always start to panic when I see school supplies in the stores.  It's a sure sign that school is around the corner, which brings Fall.   As much as I enjoy summer, if the truth be told I really look forward to the Fall and the change of seasons. :)  It looks like we're finally getting a reprieve from the heat and humidity.  One of the many beautiful things about Fall.  Yay!

On to the card details ~ The above card was created with a few new goodies that I purchased recently.  I bought a few Die-namics flower dies from My Favorite Things at CHA and was playing with them.  It took me several attempts to roll the mini rose how I liked it (not too tight, not too loose), but I think in time and with practice I'll get the hang of it.  I just love how the rose turned out!

Goodies used ~

Cardstock:  PTI-Berry Sorbet and Blueberry Sky; Neenah Solar White
Stamps: PTI-Iconic Images (vase & flowers), Damask Designs (background on blue cardstock) & Signature Greetings (sentiment)
Inks: PTI-Berry Sorbet; VersaColor-Bamboo & Atlantic; VersaMark Frost (background on blue cardstock)
Felt: PTI-Vintage Cream
Misc: Ivory pearl, Fiskars punch (lace?)

Thanks for stopping by.
Toodles,  Jude

~ This card was posted on the following blogs:


Monday, July 11, 2011

Flip Flops fun card

Happy Monday!  I'm actually really happy that it's Monday.  This past week was filled with a lot of fun activities, including a soccer team pool party Saturday (at our house with 45 people!), but it was CRAZY busy.  As I said, lots of fun things going on but this week should be a little slower so I can catch up on all my sleep and house work ... and maybe do some more crafting! 

Through my Brazilian girlfriend, I met her sister-in-law, who has been staying in Wisconsin with my girlfriend's family for the past 2 and a half months.   She is a wonderful lady and we have had so much fun together and we have become good friends too.  She has taught me some Brazilian Portuguese.  :)  As some of my readers may know, our son plays competitive soccer (with my Brazilian girlfriend's son) and as a result we have been invited to go to World Cup in 2014 in Brazil.  So, our goal is to save, save and save more in hopes of going to Brazil in 2014!  I also need to start learning to speak Portuguese!!!

Anyway, Joyce, is leaving to go back home to Brazil tomorrow and I wanted to make her a fun going away card.  This isn't your typical going away card, but I got the idea of making something fun for her since she has bought numerous pairs of flip flops while staying in the U.S.  Hopefully she will get a "kick" out of this card.  I thought it cute how it turned out. 

Here are some step-by-step pictures of how I made the card:

1.  The flip flop die cuts are from "Life is a Beach" Cricut cartridge, and are welded together.  Card base layers cut at 5.53"W x 5.77"H.  Patterned paper layer was cut at 5.02"W x 5.11"H.

2.  Cut three 3/16" holes (cut with my Crop-A-Dile II) and then pull doubled ribbon through the top hole (twist ribbon so shiny side shows on top); cut the ribbon in half and pull each piece through the side holes on the flip flops (with shiny side or ribbon facing up on both pieces).

3.  Trim the ribbon on the back and then adhere the loose ends to the score-tape.

4.  Adhere the patterned paper to the black shadow layer of the flip flops (I used Glossy Accents).  Score the green layer of flip flops near the top and then add score-tape above the score line.  Assembly bottom and top layers.

5.  Completed card!

Please feel free to email me at if you have questions.  Thanks for visiting!

Toodles,  Jude

PS  Entering this card on You had me @ Craft - Make It Myself Mondays and Dittle Dattle.  Click on the links and check out all the fun things people are making!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fun & Elegant Dress Card

I've seen a few dress cards over the past few months and wanted to make one today for a girlfriend's birthday since she's all girlie!   I'm very happy how it turned out and hope she likes it!

I used my Gypsy, in shadow feature, and cut out 3 dress cuts from Gypsy Wanderings (the dress was 3.54 W x 5.08 L).   I decorated the top layer with different types of ribbon (secured by score tape starting from the bottom up), stamped small white flowers randomly and then added some pink bling.

The second dress layer was adhered to the back of the top layer so that the ribbon ends didn't show in the back.  The third layer of the dress was scored near the top of the dress and then score tape was added just above the score line and then this piece was adhered to the back of the top layer.  Does this makes sense?!?!?!

Goodies used ~ 
  • Cardstock - PTI Sweet Blush (dress)
  • Ribbon - PTI Raspberry Fizz Swiss Dots & Grosgrain 5/8"; Michael's misc. pink flower ribbon
  • Stamps:  PTI Stamps - Around & About,  small flower;  PTI Signature Greetings, "Hope your Day is Fabulous"
  • Ink - PTI Raspberry Fizz (for sentiment); ColorBox Frost White (small flower)
Thanks for stopping by.

Toodles,  Jude

P.S.  Added my card to Craft Junkie Too's T.G.I.F Linky Party - check it out!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sympathy Card - masculine or feminine

A neighbor friend of my son's mother passed away so I made this card for my son to give to him.  It's a very sad and long story about this 12 year old boy who has experienced more in life that any one person should have to endure, especially an innocent child.  Thank the good Lord though that he's now in a loving home and living a somewhat normal life.

Goodies used ~
  • PTI Ripe Avocado base cardstock
  • Misc white cardstock, Hero Arts Silhouette Grass stamp, embossed with clear embossing powder
  • Ranger Distressed Inks used in background - Old Paper, Weathered Wood, and Scattered Straw
  • PTI Background Basics text stamp used in Ranger DI Antique Linen - the picture doesn't really show the text as it's very subtle.  I've since made some cards and used the DI Pumice Stone with a different Script stamp and think it looks WAY better  :)
  • Ribbon used is PTI Enchanted Evening
  • Martha Stewart Butterflies punched from PTI Enchanted Evening cardstock and copper pearls added
  • Inside stamp is from Unity "with sympathy"  - I LOVE this stamp set and sentiment! Inside cardstock is PTI Rustic Cream
  • I also distressed the edges of the outside layer.
Thanks for stopping by.
Toodles,   Jude

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day Frame with vinyl "DAD" using SCAL

Hello All,

I'm SOOOO happy it's Friday - it's been a crazy and hectic two weeks!  I won't bore you with all the details, but we had some house renos going on the last two weeks, plus the last couple weeks of school is always chaotic as I volunteer at school events, and then soccer tryouts and soccer camp started this week too.  Yada, yada, yada !!!

Today I finally had a chance to work on a Father's Day gift using vinyl.  Denise over at has done several projects using vinyl and picture frames and I love how they looked so I wanted to do something to give to my DH from our son.

I had some trouble with the small vinyl detailed pieces, likely because I was working with too small of a font, which was due to the smaller size of my picture frame (8"x10").  Also, the words "dedicated, awesome & dependable" were near impossible to use (too small of a font used) and were frustrating me so I decided just to write on the glass with a blue Sharpie!  I also had my son sign his name to personalize it.

Behind the glass I used white cardstock as my husband will likely hang it in our unfinished basement, which is where is office is.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Toodles, Jude