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

This project was linked to:

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Simple and easy stamped flower Get Well card, non-Cricut

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend and a great Memorial Day celebration.  It was very warm and humid in the Milwaukee area.

MY SIL had surgery so I made this simple card for her.  I used Liquid Pearls that was in my stash and I wasn't overly thrilled with how they turned out as they left a little point.  After I took the picture of my card, I used a pencil and lightly rolled over the tip and that helped smooth them out a little.  I've seen several bloggers that have used Viva Decor Pearl Pens and am anxious to buy some on my next shopping spree!

Goodies used ~ PTI Berry Sorbet cardstock, older misc. cream colored cardstock, Inks: PTI new leaf and Worn Lipstick (Ranger Distressed Ink).  The stamp is from PTI Everyday Button Bits.

Have a great day!

Toodles,  Jude

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Another Vintage look Black and Cream purse card

This was the last purse card that I made.  I was just "okay" with the end result.  I'm happy with the purse card itself, it's mainly the flower that I'm not overly thrilled about.

I tried creating a flower from PTI paper using the same method that Lisa Johnson provides on her blog, Poppy Paperie.  Click HERE to see the direct link to her instructions for making paper poppies.  I love what she created making these cute little flowers, I think that it was just "me". :)  Lisa is one VERY talented lady!

Thanks for stopping by.

Toodles,  Jude

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Teacher Thank You card ~ Bushel of apples

I'm on a blog roll! You don't see me for a month and then "poof", you can't get rid of me!  lol

I made this card a long time ago <last June!> and just kept it in my stash.  I'm having a vague memory of entering it in a blog challenge, but not sure where.  I never posted it on my blog so I have no record of it!

A girlfriend went through my "stash" wanting teacher thank you cards and she loved this card.  Before sending it off to a good home, I thought I should at least post a picture of it on my blog ... mainly so I have a record of it <one of the many things I love about a blog!>

Sorry I can't provide any details of the Cricut cartridges used because it was so long ago!

Have a great day.

Toodles,  Jude

Friday, May 27, 2011

Vintage look Black and Cream Purse Card

This was my favorite purse card that I made!  The paper I used was from the DCWV, LA CREME Stack.  This paper was tricky to work with. Two pieces glued together made it thicker, and more sturdy - almost like a thin chipboard.  The mostly black with cream pieces have black flocking which is really cool.

If you have any questions, send me an email or leave a comment with your email address so that I can get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Toodles,  Jude

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pink Purse card

Hi again!

Here is another card that I made for my girlfriend for her to give as a teacher thank you card.  It's definitely not your typical thank you card! Apparently the teacher she is giving this card to is very  "Girlie"!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you have a great day!

Toodles, Jude


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thank you card for Violin teacher, using SCAL2

*** UPDATE:  I entered this card on Alex's YOU HAD ME A CRAFT Made It Myself Monday's.

Wow, I can't believe it's been a month since I've posted.  Once the good weather comes, I typically spend most of my days outside puttering in the yard (weeding, planting, mulching, mowing, etc.) so that's what I've been up to.  Plus, I really haven't made anything exciting to share with you up until today.

A girlfriend asked me to make several teacher thank you cards for her.  I got all excited and was motivated to hit my craft room almost immediately.

The first card is for a violin teacher, which I created using SCAL2.  I found an image from the Internet and cleaned it up.  I had this image in my head of how I wanted the card to look like and I must say that I was more than pleased with this card.  When I showed it to my girlfriend, I thought she was going to cry, she loved it that much! 

(pouch on left side for gift card)

If you have any questions on how I made the card, please don't hesitate to send me an email.

Thanks for looking.

Toodles, Jude

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Any Occasion Flower Card, non-Cricut

It's finally beginning to feel like Spring in the Mid-west.  The past week was nasty; cold, hail, wet snow, and freezing temps!  My poor daffodils took a beating.  Be GONE Winter!  HELLO Spring!  :)

This past week I made five cards for different occasions; two were sympathy cards, one get well card, one Easter card and one birthday card.  I started off making one card and liked it so much that I decided to use the same card for all five occasions and then just changed my sentiment accordingly.

Goodies used:
  • Papertrey Ink (PTI) cardstock; Sweet Blush (card base), Ripe Avocado (matting), Rustic Cream (stamped and heat embossed layer)
  • Stamp is Penny Black "Fireworks" and heat embossed with Stampendous "Blushing Pink" embossing powder
  • Ranger Distressed Inks used; tattered rose, victorian velvet, pumice stone, and bundled sage - LOVE this product!
  • Lightly stamped Script Stamp (Inkadinkado) with DI - pumice stone
  • PTI Ribbon Spring Moss and PTI button with Rustic Cream twine 
Thanks for stopping by to visit.  If you haven't already, don't forget to leave me your blog address so I can come and visit you!

Have a great weekend.

Toodles,   Jude

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ribbon Shelf made from Foam Core Board

Hope everyone is having an awesome day in Blogland!

I've been itching to organize my ribbon and when bloggers post pictures of their craft room reorganized my ears perk up (and my eyes bulge with envy!) as I'm always curious how people organize their goodies.  I consider myself an organized person and definitely craft/scrap better when my "goodies" are organized.  I used to store my ribbon in four picture-storage type boxes (grouped by color families) and every time I wanted to use ribbon, I had to open each box to see what ribbon I had on hand and then decide what I wanted to use.  Let me tell you, it was a pain!  :)

Finally, when I saw that Denise over at created a ribbon shelf from foam core board, I decided to give it a try.  I bought the foam core board at Wal-Mart.  Denise used white foam core board and my Wal-Mart didn't have enough pieces of white (3 x 20"x30" needed), but they had ample sheets of black, which fit in better with my craft room decor anyway!

If you're interested in the tutorial, Denise has them posted on her website.  Her directions are very clear and I had absolutely NO problem following them.  I will say though, when using the black foam core board, my excess glue showed a little where it seeped through when I was putting the pieces together.  I'm the only one who sees it so it really doesn't matter. :)

Here are some pictures of my completed project:

It appears sturdy enough to attach to the wall, so that's what I'll likely do with it.

Total cost of the foam core board - $12.  Creating this myself - PRICELESS!

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment with your email address and I'll be happy to try and answer them.

Thanks Denise for sharing your talent and awesome project with us!

Toodles, Jude

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Happy Birthday card using Paper Pups, Cricut

This is another card I made for my son's birthday ~ given to him by another of his fur-sisters!  He has two fur-sisters, Lulu and Roxy!

All of the die cuts are from the Cricut cart. Paper Pups, with the exception of the fire hydrant and the green paper with the paw prints (both are from DCWV The Pet Stack).

The base cardstock is PTI "Pure Poppy" and miscellaneous scraps of paper were used to cut out the dog, the dog house, and the sentiment.  For the dog house, I embossed the white cardstock layer with my Cuttlebug folder Distressed Stripes, and then inked it lightly with Ranger's Antique Linen Distressed Ink.  The base cardstock was also embossed with the Fiskars "Paws" texture plate.

I also used Stickles for the party hat, which was from Paper Pups.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment was also from Paper Pups.


Happy Birthday "Best Buddies" card for Boy, using Cricut

The above card was made for my son's birthday ~ given to him by one of his fur-sisters!  LOL

The image was cut from A Child's Year Cricut cartridge, along with the shadow feature (PTI Dark Chocolate).

I used ink blending techniques with different colored Distressed Inks to give the background layer some shading and color, as well as around the outside of my boy/dog cutout. I then stamped used Background Text Styles (PTI) with chocolate brown ink.  I LOVE this look!  I stitched around the outside of this layer with a tan colored thread.

To do the sentiment, I used an embossing pen to write the sentiment (it's not very straight though!) and then and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I also stiched the sides of the brown cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Manchester United Soccer Jersey - customized!

My son is a huge ManU fan and his 12th birthday is on Friday (he's an April Fool's baby!) so I made this card for him.  Hopefully he will like it! 

I've made a couple similar cards for his friends' birthdays; FC Barcelona card and Brasil card

This card was created in SCAL2 and customized with our surname and his actual jersey number on the back of the jersey.  The ManuU crest was hand drawn.  The red cardstock is PTI Pure Poppy. 

Here are some pics ~

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Toodles,  Jude

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dragonfly Male birthday card

Wow, I'm on a roll with posting!  I think this is the most I have posted in one month!  LOL 

I made this birthday card for my BIL, who is celebrating his birthday at the end of this month.  It's a super simple card.  I'm just "ok" with the end result, but then again, I rarely get over the top with making masculine cards anyway.  Making girly things are SO MUCH MORE FUN!  Don't you think so?

IMO, this card looks much better in person than in the picture ~

Goodies used:
  • All card stock used is PTI; card base - Rustic White, matting - Enchanted Evening (used pop dots for dimension)
  • Background Woodgrain stamp is PTI; Dragonfly stamp is miscellaneous from my stash; and sentiment is from PTI Button Bits
  • Ribbon is PTI Enchanted Evening
  • The dragonfly and sentiment were stamped with Distessed Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint and Marigold)
  • Distressed inks around edges with Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Toodles,  Jude

Monday, March 21, 2011

Get Well Card for a Boy - Throwback Thursday's Challenge with Emma

Happy Monday! ... well, hope it's a happy Monday for you.  So far so good here.  My son went back to school today. He was off sick again for part of last week.  It appears he had a relapse with the flu.  There are a ton of kids off sick at his school.  He was feeling better by the weekend, but I made him stay home and take it easy all weekend.  It was a good thing too as he had lots of homework to catch up on!

One of my son's soccer friends (Austin) had emergency surgery on the weekend.  They thought he had the flu, but ended up with a bowel blockage due to scar tissue from a previous surgery when he was little.  Thank the good Lord that he is doing well and they caught it before things got worse.

This is the card I made for Austin:

Goodies used:
  • The AUSTIN font is from Cricut Old West cart (shadow feature) and was welded to a 4"x6" box using my Gypsy.  The card stock is PTI Dark Chocolate.
  • I layered the name again (regular font from Old West) in the stars patterned paper and welded "get" "well" "soon" (Cricut Calligraphy Collection shadow feature used) to the name.  I used foam tape to adhere this layer to the brown layer.  The stars paper is from DCWV The Guy Stack.
  • Then I created a separate layer in blue, for the "get" "well" "soon" again. This paper was scraps from my stash
  • I added a piece of dark red patterned paper (DCWV The Guy Stack) behind the brown name and taped it to the inside of the card.
  • The inside is coordinated with the stars patterned paper and PTI kraft card stock.
  • I inked the edges with Distressed Ink Tea dye, added metal stars and some cool gold circle clip (not sure the proper name of this embellishment, but I think it's cool!).  Oh, I added faux stitching along the edge of the card too.
I'm happy with the results and hope Austin likes his card.  We're going to visit him tonight in the hospital.  Apparently he will be in the hospital for the entire week and then no school the following week.  Poor boy.  He's a great kid and we're looking forward to seeing him.

If you haven't already left a comment, please feel free to leave me some love and then leave your blog address so I can stop by and give you some love too!

Toodles,  Jude 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hawaii Word Book {work in progress} Page 13 and 14

Happy Spring!  It's raining here today, which I'm loving because the rain is washing away the snow and cleaning things up from winter.  Spring and Fall are my two favorite seasons.  Spring is special because I love when all things start to come to life - trees, plants, flowers and the birds are singing! I {heart} flower gardens!   The Fall is beautiful because of the colors.  We live in an area where a lot of trees change color.  Eventually the trees lose their leaves, but it can be breath-taking when all the leaves are changing colors from oranges, reds and yellows. 

I'm moving along with my Hawaii Word Book and have completed pages 13 and 14 (and started working on pages 15 and 16 too!).  After I took the pictures (below), I added my doodling around the outside of each page (consistent with previous pages).  The background paper and embellishments used on both pages (green & white felt loops and various shaped brads) came from the collection "Summer Fun Summertime" from Queen & Co.  I purchased several different kits from Generations Crafting.  They have great prices on kits and clearances items (papers too) if you're looking for deals!

Page 13 below ~ for journaling I used a Stampabilities stamp that has loops to coordinate
with the felt loops! (I cut the journal paper in half and used the other half on page 14)

Page 14 below

Pages 13 and 14 together

Thanks for stopping by to visit.   Hope you have an amazing day and a great week!

Toodles,  Jude

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hawaii Word Book {work in progress} Page 11 and 12

I'm finally getting around to working on my Hawaii Word Book again.  I am having SO much fun with this project.  I was in a little slump with crafting, other than the odd card here and there and then I ordered some new paper kits from Generations Crafting and now I can't stop!  (I actually used some of the paper in pages 13 & 14 so you'll see them soon when they're completed.)

If you're not familiar with the blog/website, Creations with Christina, you have got to see the mini album she is working on.  It's for her son and it's SO adorable!  Christina is very creative and I "borrowed" some of her ideas and incorporated them in to the next two pages. 

Page 11 includes a mini album within this album.  I love all the ribbon used on this page.

Below is a close-up picture of the mini album which holds several
pictures and journaling.  I love this idea!

Page 12 below (I added some doodling on this page after I took the photo)

Ribbon layer was created by adding tape to the back of the ribbon
and them randomly folding the ribbon so it's layered.

Pages 11 and 12 together ~

In case you're wondering, the partial letter "O" that appears on page 12 on the right side will be covered with paper once I complete the Word Book.  I thought it would be easier to cover them all at once and then coordinate the colors. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at

Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Toodles,   Jude

American Flag card - US Citizenship

Hey there!  I made this card last month when my Brazilian girlfriend became a U.S. Citizen.  It's a pretty simple card, but I wanted to ensure it resembled something very American, and what's more American than the U.S. flag!??!? lol

Goodies used:
  • Cardbase is PTI Pure Black and red layers are PTI Pure Poppy. Square on flag is PTI Enchanted Evening.
  • The U.S. flag is from the Cricut cartridge "My World".  I modified it a bit using my Gypsy and shortened the flag pole.
  • The stars and "Way to Go!" are cut from George & Basic Shapes; stars cut on remnants from some off-white glitter paper.
  • I Inked around the edges and added doodling around the flag.  
As I said, pretty simple!  Thanks for stopping by.

Toodles,  Jude