Friday, February 26, 2010

Dy-NO-Mite Scrapbooking

First off - Thank you so much for being so patient with us
as we worked out our pesky Internet Explorer issue.
For those who contacted us about the issue
we are still working on the sidebars
but everything should be back in place soon

I've recently been on this kick of
reminiscing about the totally sweet ol' 80s
and how fabulously AWESOME they were.
okay so I was only 5 when it was all said and over
and a new decade rolled into town
but hey it counts right?

From the Cartoons, music, and shoulder pads
it was a to the max tubular time
well at least in the eyes of a child

even now you can't help but love the look?!
yes for those of you with your heads in the sand
the 80's are totally back - like for sure!
Even those beloved characters like
Strawberry Shortcake, and My Little Ponies
have made a bright comeback

I think it is too funny that of all the lunchbox charters
I could have chosen from as a little girl
I chose Alf
and as to prove that my hubby and are a perfect match
his first lunch box was also that cat eating lovable alien - ALF
and yes we still record Alf - he is our morning background noise
as the news always puts me in a fowl mood

All Digi Backgrounds are from Karli
as she is the most Retro lov'n gal I know!
and the frames are from the Kitschiest graphic designer
in Cyber space - Danielle Thompson from Kitschy Digitals

have a Retro Sweet Weekend~

Monday, February 22, 2010

What an icky blog right? I know! We are in midst of fixing Gnome-n-Birdy
- after it came to our attention that it wasn't loading properly
for our Internet Exporer friends.
Please bare with us as we work towards fixing the issue.
Thanks! Chelsea Ann and Karli

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Quirky Bean Bags?

What do you call these silly things?
Do you remember them?
I vaguely recall them from my childhood
They were filled with beans?
Well if I could sew
I think I would start making these guys
and filling them with rice
i've had a knot in my neck and shoulders all week
and a warm froggy or turtle would do just the trick I think

Winner of the Valentine's Day Giveaway is

now I'm off to sweet talk my hubby into a neck massage
or perhaps a long bubble bath will be less work ~ lol
oh how I miss the good ol' days of dating
Now when I ask for something
I get the roll of the eyes or called a nag
good grief
~ how did this happen? LOL

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Very Kitschy Sweet Valentines to You

I've got a bit of a holiday decorating bug
when I was a little girl my mom had this pencil tree
that she would decorate for all the holidays
from January to the end of December
the tree was always a happy reminder
of the holidays and seasons we most loved

I love Valentines mostly for its kitschy sweet
in your face ridiculous over the top cliche ways of saying
as my husbands clearly explained to me this morning
"why do I need to write anything in your card when Hallmark says it all?!"
In the 6 years I have been with my husband
I have only ever received 3 cards
and I'm a BIG sucker for cards!
In fact ALL I am expecting this year is a card
LOL I hope he doesn't screw up!
What is it about cards that makes us feel so good?
I love having an excuse to spend a good 20 minutes or so in the card isle
and don't tell me you haven't ever secretly purchased one for yourself!
or is that just me? (BLUSHING)

This post is meant to inspire you to look
at your card collection in a whole new light
especially those of use that love collecting vintage cards
but never know quite how to display and get the most enjoyment out of them
because honestly how many of us
just have them stored in boxes and drawers?

This first project is really fun and supper easy.
A great project for showers, parties, and holiday Decor
~ would be really cute in a nursery too!

To make your own garland using vintage cards you will need
Vintage Cards - Card Stock Copies preferably
Yarn, pom poms, large needle, scissors, extra card stock and tape

Simply cut out your cards, and laying right side down
tape a strip of card stock onto the back
(tape only the ends leaving the middle clear
to insert your needle and yarn)
Once you have all you cards ready simple string
your cards and pom poms
and finish by tying loops at either end
then evenly space your cards and pom poms
and your done! easy peasy!

VINTAGE VALENTINE GREETING CARD IMAGES CD Scrap Booking Paper Crafts From the 40's - 50's

For my Valentines Garland I used this really sweet vintage Valentines digital kit
from Daine of Saturday Finds
plus my own digital kit Rainbow Rosettes

If you're wanting to make something extra special with vintage cards
but don't have quite have what you need for your theme
Etsy and other online venues are a great source
Above are just a few of Diane's projects
using cards from her own personal collection
and because Daine is just as sweet as the artwork she creates
she is giving away a copy of her Vintage Valentines Digit Kit
plus some secret something extra special to one of our commenters!
Winner will be announced Thursday

Oh I just love working on my baby scrapbook
it will be a really sweet gift for my mommy dearest someday
One of the things I want to do is scan in the baby cards
from my own original baby book - what an extra special touch
and as I am a 80's baby there are some extra cute retro fun and colorful characters :)

If you're not a digital scrapbooker you can also use vintage cards
but you will most likely want to make copies on acid free paper and such
to ensure that your memories will last for years and years to come
This Vintage Ballerina Card is a perfect example
of how you can really use any themed card to fit your page
- This card had a lot of unwanted verbiage
but with the help of Photoshop magic
the words simply disappeared.
A simple and cute idea for paper scrapbookers
is to cover those areas with glitter or flocking
but I bet you were already thinking of that, right?

Digital Sources:
Love you Mommy
Herringbone Background: Erica Hernandez
Paper Hearts: Sweet Marie from yours truly (ittybittybirdy)
Vintage Cards: Saturday Finds Vintage Valentines Cards CD

Background: Gingham Trio from the Gnome Hut
Paper Hearts, Lace, and Frame: Sweet Marie from ittybittybirdy
Vintage Card and Trim Detail: Saturday Finds Vintage Valentines Cards CD

and those rad Valentines circles are from Karli's fab
Valentines Freebie!

Happy V-day to you!
P.S. Don't forget to comment
for your chance to win the very kitschy
Vintage Valentines CD from Saturday Finds!

Friday, February 12, 2010

seeing Rainbows

Chelsea Ann is seeing rainbows and sharing that colorful LOVE with us!

*new* digi paper kit. . . bright, cheery and JUST right to get you in the mood for spring!
go and get it HERE.

happy weekend and look out for our V-Day Post. . . it will be full of love, projects and *giveaways!*

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

K.R.F. V-Day Finds

So I was thinking it might get old saying
"Hey look at these Kitschy, Retro, Fun..."
so I'm trying out the acronyms K.R.F.
hmmmmmm, Yeah I think that maybe
this isn't such a good idea afterall
but given you all know what I'm referring to this time-
here you go ~ K.R.F. V-day flickr finds to sink your teeth into ~ ENJOY!

You know ~ if you haven't made it to the super market yet
and you don't want to explain to your little princess
that all they had left were Power Ranger Valentine's Day cards

or you just want to show off how
{"I'm the most original gal in this town"}
unique and awesome you are

or because Danielle's free kit is so amazing and you just know
your friends will cry when you say I love you
with a sharp looking panda and shy little fox Valentine

Well if you said
"hey that's me!" to any of the following
click here to jump over to Danielle's blog The Thompson Family Life
for your free download!