Monday, October 25, 2010

Autumn Gift

My little Jackson is the sweetest little thing I've ever known. He's always giving me little gifts of flowers and leaves and is generous with hugs and cuddles. When he gave me this beauty he was very diligent to let me know whenever it fell out of my button hole and suggested many wonderful ways I might be able to make it stay, like tape, and my favorite, just slowing down. I think I'll try to do that. As this gorgeous autumn season gives way to holiday chaos I'm going to do my best to just slow down.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Handmade For The Holidays Craft Show

I'm so excited for the second annual Handmade for the Holidays craft show! It's only about three weeks away. I enjoyed last year's show so much, all the talent and fantastic people. Christmas is right around the corner and there's nothing better than a handcrafted gift! The show is happening in Hot Springs, AR at ArtChurch Studio 9am-5pm and my husband and I will be there all day with brand spankin' new Papercut Kitchen goodies and a few old faves.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Scrappy Halloween!

Halloween is in full swing at Papercut Kitchen! You spend so much time figuring out fantastic costumes you need a fantastic place for your pictures. Premade mini album and page layouts are perfect for your spooky pics! Click any image to go to the listing.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Larkmartin & Co. Now Carrying Papercut Kitchen

I am so thrilled and honored to have my things in my first ever brick and mortar shop, and such a pretty lil' shop it is! Larkmartin & Co. is owned and run by the lovely Briana, maker of Larkmartin soaps that are absolutely to die for. You can come visit at 340 Ouchita Ave, Hot Springs, AR. When she opened shop she decided to share it with other local handmade artists and I'm completely thrilled to have my Papercut Kitchen flower magnets, paper bead bracelets, custom silhouettes and mini albums as handmade offerings to the locals! Last weekend was Larkmartin & Co.'s grand opening bash and we had a blast! Above you can see my wonderful husband in his handmade tie applique t-shirt mingling with the masses.

My flower magnets adorn the candle lantern and my paper bead bracelets in the basket.

Love the way my silhouette samples look on the wall! All ready for custom ordering! To their left is going to be a painted Larkmartin & Co. sign. Right behind the register!

My boys wore their tie tees to match Pappa and had a blast with the most delicious cupcakes and chalk drawing inside.

Larkmartin Soaps and home beer brewing kits.

There was even a henna artist on site for the celebration.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

To Have And To Hold In Bad Fashion And In Health

9 years ago today I walked down the aisle and tied the knot. But 15 years ago this Saturday I dressed in this shirt and a pair of wicked sweet red glitter vinyl Airwalks, grabbed some books and headed to the library courtyard to meet my future husband. I didn't know I was meeting my future husband, I didn't even know I was going to meet a boy, but there you have it. My freshman year, a week before classes even start and fate takes hold. It was a long and bumpy road but we made it to that aisle and I've never regretted a moment. Happy Anniversary to my Superhero!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Craft Room Eviction Notice

Dear Craft Room,

It has been a delightful two years having you, my first ever craft room. It seems like only yesterday that I sat in the floor, built your shelves and obsessively, I mean, lovingly filled every nook and cranny with scrapbooking supplies. But it seems our days of shutting ourselves off from the world, blaring music, and flinging paper are coming to an end. 9 months seems like a long time but I know from experience it goes so fast. But don't worry craft room, I will still be crafting away in the future Master Bedroom/Craft Room. It will never take your place but you have a more important job to do and I look forward to trading our crafting time for time spent with sweet little baby number three. We'll still have raucous times and quiet calm times but these will be so much more rewarding! I will never forget you craft room!

Forever yours,

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cupcakes, Tea and Domesticity

A look back at last week since I dropped the ball on posting the latest additions to my shop! It seems dropping the ball is a regular occurrence for me. I suppose it comes with the full-time mamma territory, especially when my honey has spent most of the summer away at youth camps. A week with two little boys, two dogs, and a frazzled Mamma for the 3rd time in a few short months can get pretty sticky pretty fast! In spite of it all the kids were kept clean, more or less, the house was kept clean, more or less, and I was very pleased that I was able to stick to my modest goal of listing new goodies daily! I have to cling to the little victories.

Large Flower Magnets by Papercut Kitchen

I added a bunch of different designs on these magnets throughout the week. You can check them all out at the Papercut Kitchen!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sneak Peak Sunday

I've been photographing like crazy today so I can add a bunch of new items to my neglected lil' Kitchen. I love making, I just don't always love the process it takes to get my goodies online! So here's a sneak peak to tide you over and hopefully I will have them all ready to start going into my shop tomorrow!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Papercut Kitchen Graphics: Church Website and Logo

I worked on this website for First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs, AR ages ago and can't believe I'm just getting around to sharing it here. I did a lot of the photography that was on the site. Since then it has been in the hands of the church, growing and changing according the their needs, but above is a screen shot of how the homepage was when I first set it up. Below is the logo that I designed for the church. I like the more modern approach I took with the traditional cross and flames symbolism of Methodism.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Art The Art Mannequin

Mr. Golden Curls, my little budding artist. He really is amazingly creative and artistic. He is always wanting to make things, always thinking of making movies, or how he can make robots out of paper that actually move, or costumes out of paper sacks and cardboard boxes. The picture above is a blackboard at our church that he spent a good chunk of time filling up with amazing drawings while I made signs for Vacation Bible School. When he gets focused on something he's unstoppable, just don't expect him to be focused on what you want him to be!

My boys may be getting big but they're still having important (to me) firsts, like brand spankin' new real live art supplies for the first time ever! A couple of weeks ago, while Pappa was gone at camp, the boys and I were suffering from some serious cabin fever. I decided it was time for a trip to Hobby Lobby for some new markers and to look for some little project for the boys to do.When we walked into the store Mr. Golden Curls declares "I know what I want and it's little!" Turned out to be a little art mannequin, which thrilled me to no end, and led to me spending a wee bit more to get him his first sketchbook, set of pencils, eraser, and blending stumps...mmmm, art supplies.

Do you see those drawing skills?! Not bad for a first attempt by a 6 year old!

Lil' Spitfire is nipping at big brother's artistic heals. At four he's already drawing things that are recognizable and loves to act things out on paper. So what starts as a picture of a guy with a thought bubble, words and all, may be reduced to green scribble when there's an unfortunate slime explosion set off by the bad guy. He loved these double sided markers with one side marker and the other side a stamp.

If my boys grow up to be bean counters finding happiness in computers, calculators and cubicles that will be fine with me, but it is nice to see some creativity sparking in their little minds!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Papercut Kitchen Graphic Design

On occasion I actually use that graphic design degree my parents are still paying for by graphically designing stuff, usually for my church. This is the first time I've ever been in a church where I feel my gifts and talents are used and I love it! I use design in all I make and do but it's not quite the same as doing some straight up design work.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Cheating Ways

Sometimes, when I seem to be absent it's because I'm having a sordid crafting affair with my church by making things like this...

or this...

or even this...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Super Sweet Creations On My Super Sweet Creations

My husband loves the cliche ugly Father's Day tie so this year I got he and the boys matching ugly ties tees...pretty cute for ugly ties eh?! I got them from Super Sweet Creations on Etsy. Can't go wrong with handmade!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Maesa's Miracle Militia

I was very honored to be asked to design a logo for Maesa, a ray of adorable sunlight who has been fighting Cystic Fibrosis and is in need of a lung transplant. This design will be used for fundraisers, t-shirts and soon, her first run to raise money for her transplant. Please feel free to post one of these badges to your own blog and link it to Maesa's website where you can learn more about her, her disease and how you can help. If you'll be in the Tahlequa, Oklahoma area this Saturday, June 12th 2010, read the press release at the bottom of this post to join the fundraiser run!

Third Cherokee Nation Chief’s Challenge race to benefit local girl

Tahlequah Daily Press


TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation will be hosting the third race in the Chief’s Challenge series during the Survivor’s Run on June 12, taking place at the Cherokee Nation complex, south of Tahlequah.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Maesa Kilpatrick, a local girl who has cystic fibrosis and is awaiting a lung transplant. Cystic fibrosis is a terminal disease that causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections.

Registration for the Survivors Run event begins at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. In addition to the 5K, there will also be a 1-mile fun run/walk. There is no registration fee for participants of WINGS Activity Club and those who have signed up as part of the Cherokee Challenge. Other participants must pay a $15 registration fee. A limited number of special commemorative T-shirts highlighting the 10 Cherokee attributes will be available on a first-come basis to 300 participants who have signed up for the Cherokee Challenge or are members of the WINGS Activity Club. The attribute that will be highlighted for this race is “nidvdayosgvna,” Cherokee for “determined or persistent.”

The Chief’s Challenge series is part of the overall Cherokee Challenge, a larger campaign to get families healthy and offer activities and training tips for exercise and active living. As part of the campaign, Cherokee Nation Healthy Nation is sponsoring a series of races and fun runs and walks, with a final challenge to race with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith in the Tulsa Run in October.

The Cherokee Nation’s Healthy Nation program will offer activities and training tips for exercise and active living, for everyone who wants to participate. The program will be hosting a series of nine races up until the Tulsa Run at the end of October. For participants who join the WINGS activity club, Cherokee Nation will pay the entry fees for each race. More than 400 participated in the first two events in Stilwell and Muskogee.

Visit for fitness tips, suggested training schedules and a complete list of activities

in the Cherokee Challenge.

Information: Lu McGraw, 453-5260.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Happy Mod Mini Album

I think I'm way too in love with this paper line, it's taking over and making me want to redo my house in this color scheme and style! Yesterday I showed off my Mod Recipe/Photo Storage box and today I'm on a roll and listing another new item to my shop, a mini spiral bound album out of the same papers.