Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Fresh Start

A Gift from the Heart
This past Valentine's Day is definitely one for the books. I got to enjoy a delicious meal with my wonderful boyfriend (one can never go wrong with Chipotle), drink some good coffee, and watch a hilariously entertaining movie that was meant to be a sappy love story but turned out just awful (I won't name any names here but trust me, it was pretty bad.)

But even with all of that, what made this love day so special to me was this perfect gift that my soon-to-be toiled over, and that is my breathtaking logo and banner that you now see! Isn't it the bees knees?!

I was so speechless when he presented this to me. I feel like it captures everything that I've hoped that my blog could turn out to be, plus he added all of the unique touches that convey my personality so well. I just wanted to write a special post putting all of his hard work in the spotlight, that way you can all see this new brand and see how truly amazing my Shmoopy is! And yes, we do call each other Shmoopy.

So please, revel in the glory that is my fun new logo, and be sure to check out my Bryan Stifle's work on his website:

Until next time.


P.S. Yes, one component of this blog is Jesus, and I have a post in the works to convey that. So stay tuned!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

My Sweet Valentine

Cute and Easy Valentines
Happy Thursday to you all! I've had the privilege of being able to stay home for the past two days due to an unwelcome illness...but I see it as a blessing because I was able to get so much done, including these adorable valentines for Valentine's Day! We are 8 days way until the day of love, and if you're looking for something cute and homemade for friends, family, coworkers, or anyone else then you've come to the right place.
These are some different supplies that I used:
  • pretty card stock paper
  • stamps/ink
  • shape scissors (or, at least that's what I call them)
  • assorted ribbons
  • cute lollipops
The dollar bin inside Target and Michael's has become my best most of the supplies shown here I got from those awesome stores.
First, you will want to use your shape scissors (again, I have no idea what the proper title for these are) and cut your paper into whatever shape you desire.
Next, using whatever you prefer: it could be stamps; a quill pen; felt-tip marker; crayon; anything!, write (or stamp) your loving sentiment on the front of your valentine. If you end up using stamps, allow the ink to fully dry before handling.
Now, get creative! Personalize your sentiments in any way you choose. I wanted to add my own touches by adding some other ink color and an adorable die cut heart.
I then made tiny bows with my ribbon (which I scored from Target's dollar bin) and hot glued them on each card.
Lastly you will want to attach the candy of your choice to the back of each valentine.
And it's that easy! Now you will have something inexpensive, cute, and individually customized that is sure to impress anyone this February 14th! Happy crafting!