Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Cutsey Pail, a Visit with a Friend & Some Birthday Wishes!

This is my third project made for the challenge contests going on over at Paper Crafts Moxie Fab World. You can see all my submissions here. They're asking you to make specific kinds of holiday cards/projects and link them back to their blog for a chance to win some fun prizes and to be featured on their blog.

I made this gingerbread cookie pail for the Fun & Cute challenge - to make a cute card/project! I thought this sweet little pail with Gingerbread men inside and out would fit the bill! I'm always looking for fun easy ways to give food items for the holidays. I got the pail at Michaels for $1.00 and decorated it simply with a stamped gingerbread man from Waltzingmouse Stamps . I cut the image with a Nestability oval and framed it with a scalloped Nestability oval. Then I just tied this pretty striped grosgrain ribbon from Stampin Up around the top. And look how perfectly it matched!

I also stamped the sentiment "Yummies for your Tummy" on a piece of More Mustard card stock and cut it with a Tags 5 Spellbinders, added a blue circle where it gets punched and punched dots to mimic the 'raisins' on the front of the gingerbread man. I hung in on the pail handle with a key chain that I got at Michaels. Of course then I just had to bake up a batch of real gingerbread men to pop inside the pail! (I'm afraid to say these guys are no longer available to be photographed!?!)

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps: Oven Fresh & Half Baked.
Ink: Pacific Point: SU, Butterscotch: Adirondack
Paper: Vintage Cream: PTI, More Mustard, Pacific Point: SU
Accessories: blue pail: Michaels, hole punch, Tags 5 Spellbinders, key chain: Michaels, circle punch, foam dimensionals, glue dots, Scor Tape.

I also wanted to share a picture of me with my cyber stamping friend Anne Harmon. We have known each other for quite a while on Split Coast (she's jdmommy). We are both on the DoubleDog Dare Challenge team (see my sidebar). We live fairly close to each other but had never met. We finally set a date and that was last night at a local 99 Restaurant.

The waitress was kind enough to take a picture of us - it was pretty dark in there as you can see! That's me on the left and Anne on the right.

Displayed in front of us are two cards to me - one from Anne herself and one made by her 88 year old mother! The little red box was my gift to Anne. You can see close ups below. We spent about 2 hours together and I don't think we stopped talking once!! We were instant friends and plan to get together again in the near future! ETA: Anne had on a red jacket so I'd know it was her when I came in - but she had taken it off in this picture!

It's my birthday this Saturday (9/5) Whoo Hoo!!! - so the cards Anne and her mother made me were birthday cards.

The one on the left was made by Anne and the one on the right was made by 88 year old Evelyn! Anne says her mother has a stamping room just like Annes and she stamps every day! I just love both of these. I thought it was so nice that she made a card just for me!
The funny thing is that I used the same Stampin Up stamp set on this box as Anne did on my card! With 2 rooms full of stamps - what are the odds of that? I made this box using one of Laren's Timeless Templates from Papertrey Ink and I made it RED because that's Anne's FAVORITE color!
I filled the box with red and white mints!

Here is yet another card that Anne had sent me in the mail a few days earlier. Don't you love the pink and grey with the black framing?!?!

And finally - (sorry this post is SO long but I have a lot to share today!!) Today I received these wonderful things in the mail from my other good cyber stamping friend and fellow DDC team member - Anne Harada.

Just look at this adorable card with the inchie cake popped on top of a cuttled panel. She also made this cute box (which may be an SU die?) and LOOK at the cute cake she made and had tucked in the little box!!! She used one of those battery operated votive candles and covered it with a scalloped circle on the top, wrapped the sides, added tiny punched flowers on the top, some silver Happy Birthday stickers and dew drops around the scalloped bottom - HOW CUTE IS THAT!!???!?!?! I'm just gonna have to try making some of these myself!! ETA: if you click on the picture you can see the details on the cake!

What a lucky girl I am - thanks so much dear friends, Anne and Anne! - and thanks to all of you for stopping by today


Janelle said...

What a fun post, Julia! Loved reading it all, but I especially love the gingerbread pail. Gingerbread cookies are one of my very favorite Christmastime treats!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow!! How adorable is that gingerbread pail!!! I've just got done posting a gingerbread creation on my blog!! TEE!! had some stamping fun with your buddy!! What gorgeous projects!! TFS!! HUGS

Lauri said...

How fun!! what a great dinner...and early birthday treat!! and oh lord I pray I am still alive and stamping and 88! How wonderful!

One4Joy said...

What fun to finally get together, girls! You look marvelous and I love both your cards and gifts. And that tote is just too cool, Julia! Thanks for the open shot, it really gives a great perspective on the scale of it.

And Annes' birthday cake is way wonderful. Keep on celebrating!!!

Anne said...

Oh I'm so excited that you like your cake Julia!! I honestly made 2 others before I finally picked one I thought might be "worthy"!!! Yay!!! Thanks for sharing those fun pictures with "our" sweetheart Anne!! Hey;, that's not red she's wearing, what's up with that!!! What a lovely gesture that her mom made you a BD card!! Happy Happy Birthday my dear Friend!! It's MY honor!!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

WOW! I'm so glad you thought to get a picture! You and red-lovin' Anne look like you were having a grand time, and how special that her mom made a BD card for you, too! Such beautiful birthday goodies from both of our Annes to a very deserving friend. I love those gingerbread cookies in the pail, too, Julia. What a fun, fun day you've had with more fun to come on Saturday, huh? HAPPY BIRTHDAY a few days early!

Joanne Travis said...

Thanks so much for sharing the pictures, it made me smile to see you two together! All of your cards and goodies are beautiful!
Hope your birthday is a very, very happy one!!

Joan Ervin said...

Whoohoo!!! Just look at the two of you have a great time....I am sooo glad you were able to get together and what beautiful cards and little red box you exchanged!!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday!!!! I love the card and cake Anne sent...she is such a sweetheart!!! Love your gingerbread men, too...makes my mouth water!!!! I sent you a little something today....hope you get it by Sat!!! Have a fabulous birthday, girlfriend!!!!!

Francie G. said...

Woot! Woot! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful pictures! I'm so happy that the two of you got together! Fun! Fun! I think your idea of all of us DDC girls getting together is a great one! I'm ready any time! Wonderful pictures, cards and gifts!

P.S. Thanks for your wonderful card and images!

Hugs, Fran

Crystal said...

WOW Julia this post ROCKS!!! What fun fun projects!!! Fabulous creations girl!

Claire Brennan said...

Brilliant post Julia - Happy Birthday!! and many happy returns of the day!!! I ADORE the gingerbread pail and the wee red box was just divine!!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Totally amazing creations. Happy Birthday!! Love the pail. I can smell the gingerbread!!

jdmommy said...

I love the gingerbread too! But even more, I loved the RED box and candies you took the timie to make for me!! Our time together went sso fast....we'll do it again, soon!! Happy Birthday again, GF! Enjoy your special day on Saturday!!

Helen F. said...

Great and FUN post, Julia. Love your Moxie Fab entry - the pail with the yummy cookies inside. Our minds are on the same wave link :oP

Cath said...

Thanks for entering the Fun & Cute Challenge!