Amy Tan + My Life

  I seriously can't get enough Amy Tan. I am so in love with her line from American Crafts. I love the paper, the little cameras, typewriter and sewing machine, and ever since I got the Silhouette machine which is sadly, no longer available-I have been downloading all the coordinating die files!! Awe--pure love!

 So, I was thinking about what I love about my life. I realized that much of the things in my life that give me the most pleasure, are the everyday occurrences. And, since this line from Amy Tan celebrates the often overlooked everyday objects that we use (and love), it was perfect!

Daily Love Album
Individual pages are "bound"
with a simple ribbon.

I added some stick pins over tape
inside a fussy-cut frame 

 a "love" themed page calls for silhouette's
and clouds reminiscent of the morning

 I could tuck some trinkets in the
kraft glassine envelope.

I love, love, love blogging in the morning.
I like to see new stuff in my google reader.
But, snail mail goodies also brighten my day.

Super cute foam stamp pop-up's

My little middle schoolers are fun to
chat with. Almost anything makes
them smile, which makes me smile too!

Did I mention that I love baker's twine

Every day after school I come home
and design. It's me time. Sometimes it's
fun to just stick stuff on a page.

A fun little stitched border of paper.

the sewing machine is just too cute

red wine, white wine....who cares!
me loveth the wine.

That cute little tree was cut from the silhouette
American Crafts has some awesome files for Amy Tan's line

Okay, when I say magazine I mean Paper Crafts
or Cards magazine. However, when I'm
done with the mag, I'm in the middle
of the Harry Potter series, which I LOVE

That's it for me!

amy tangerine (american crafts). (stamp, tree, index card, clothes hanger, clothes pin) Silhouette. baker's twine (pink paislee)

Amy Tan + Maya Road

  So, I got my hands on BRAND NEW Amy Tan yumminess from American Crafts. I also took out my extra big Maya Road bottle caps to make portable framed pictures for my precious niece whose shipping off to Afghanistan in about another month. They live in tents on a 13 mile base, and I figured that these would be light weight fun photos of her at my brother's wedding with her sisters, her mom and my mom (her grandmother).

the bottle caps are light weight, perfect for travel

I fussy cut the camera and safety pin from the patterned

.....even better, these two images can be downloaded to my Silhouette!

Cutting the hanger was a tad tricky

Brittany (in yellow) with her sisters, Jessica (left)
and Kaitlyn (right)

See ya soon with more fun projects using Amy Tan and my Silhouette

Some American Crafts Love.

  Hey there all. I've been playing with some American Crafts goodies for their recent DT call. I just LOVE this company, and I am so excited for their new Summer CHA 2011 lines to come out! I'd be even more excited to make the team, but we'll see. So, here are two layouts, a card and a mini album that I made.

"The Clouds will Part" Layout

"Cousin...Friend" Layout

"Bring on the Sunshine" Card

"Home Decor" Mini Album

the pink tinsel tree with vintage ornaments

Sometimes simplicity and fresh designs
are perfect to showcase a busy photo of a Christmas

Other times, patterned paper with a fun repeating
design work just fine!

Some of my shabby fresh style
thrown in!

"The Clouds will part" Layout
Patterned paper:(Hello Sunshine collection)American Crafts.
Stickers: (Thickers) American Crafts. 
Rub on's: (Dear Lizzie collection) American Crafts.
Accents: (Delights from Hello Sunshine collection)American Crafts.
Fibers: (Baker's Twine) May Arts.
Tools: (Border punches) Fiskars.

"Cousin...Friend" Layout
Patterned paper:(Dear Lizzie collection)American Crafts.
Stickers: (Thickers) American Crafts. 
Rub-on's: (Dear Lizzy collection) American Crafts
Accents: Clothespins.
Fibers: (Baker's Twine) May Arts.
Tools: (Starburst and Butterfly punches) Martha Stewart. (Border punches) Fiskars.

"Bring on the Sunshine" Card
Patterned paper:(Hello Sunshine collection)American Crafts.
Accents: Cabochon flower.
Rub on's: (Sentiments from Dear Lizzy collection) American Crafts
Fibers: (Baker's Twine) May Arts.
Tools:(Border punch) Fiskars.
Other: (Distress tape) Vintage Street Market.

"Home Decor" Album
Patterned paper:(Dear Lizzie Christmas collection)American Crafts.
Stickers: (Dear Lizzie Christmas collection, Assorted Alpha Thickers) American Crafts.
Rub on's: (Sentiments from Dear Lizzy collection) American Crafts.
Accents:(Metal embellishments from Dear Lizzie collection)American Crafts. (Stick pins) Maya Road
Fibers: (Baker's Twine) May Arts.
Tools:(Border punches) Fiskars and Martha Stewart.(Label dies) Papertrey Ink.
Other: (Distress tape) Vintage Street Market. (Album) Maya Road. (Silver doily) Wilton.
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