Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Personalized Easter Eggs....

Today is my day over on the Scrap-Mart blog and I created some fun personalized Easter eggs for my kiddos. Hop on over and check it out...

Scrap-Mart Blog

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Etsy finds...

I admit, I am NOT a big Etsy shopper. I rarely visit the site. I know, crazy right?! But, I decided that I wanted to find my niece some cute little burp cloths for Dax (due early June) so I headed over. Here's what I found...

Kristian does NOT like the color brown and most of what I was finding on Etsy was brown/blue. It was cuuute stuff but brown. Sigh. Then I saw this set. And it's not brown and I think it's superbly prices too. The set includes two chenille wash cloths, one burp cloth, one chenille bib, the toy rattle block AND the adorable little matchine bucket. I am so snagging this up for her. Anyway, the seller, EmmaGirlDesigns, has some great stuff in her shop and if you're needing some cute baby items or kid clothes you should check her out.

Now I just need to get to Babies 'R Us and get the carseat/stroller combo she wants and perhaps some diapers. Can't go wrong with giving diapers. hehehe


Monday, February 21, 2011

Birthday Girl...

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Here in OK it was beautiful and sunny and we spent a lot of time outside.

Today I'm here to share with you a fun card I made with my Loralie Birthday Girl stamp...

I started by cutting the card base from the largest of the Spellbinders Pennants and layered the largest Lacey Pennant on top. I again cut the largest of the Pennants this time using some October Afternoon Seaside papers and layered that on the Lacey Pennant. I stamped my Loralie Birthday girl image, colored with my Copics and paper pieced it then cut it out using my Circle Nestabilities. I stamped my sentiment and cut it out using the little pennant from the set and airbrushed it. Next, I tied up some ribbon and stuck a pin through the bow to hold my sentiment. This would also make a great shaped card for a kid, don't you think? My niece is expecting her first baby soon so I am going to use these Pennants to make a name banner for above his crib! Can't wait!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

JustRite Sketch Challenge

Good morning! Today I'm going to share with you a card I made for JustRite's sketch challenge....

I used some October Afternoon Seaside patterned papers and American Crafts cardstock. The white panel was embossed with the Woodgrain embossing plate from PTI. The flower, from the 3 1/4" My Garden Borders and Centers, was stamped and colored twice with Copics then layered up and I added some Flower Soft to the center. The sentiment was stamped the cut and layered using JustRite's Custom Spellbinders dies. The sentiment I used is from JustRite's All Occasion Nested Sentiments and Verse and it was layered over a frame stamped and cut from JustRite's Victorian Nested Frames and Occasions.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Have you heard????

The Button Farm and have teamed up together for a one of a kind creative collaboration! Together, they have created The Button Farm Club.

TBFC is a new monthly project kit club. Here's a peek at February's kit...

This is the front cover. Isn't it pretty??? Here's a few pics of some of the insides...

The store opened last Friday and by Monday morning the February kit was SOLD OUT!! How awesome is that?! More than 200 orders were taken in the first two days. Wow oh wow! Don't worry though, you can still sign up for the club if you're doing a 6 or 12 month membership and you will receive March's kit as your first month. March's kit is super great too! Angela is a fantastic designer!! I can't wait to share that one with you. ;)

So, you may be wondering what The Button Farm Club has to do with me? Well, remember I told you it was a collaboration between The Button Farm and Scrap-Mart? They have asked me to handle this new venture! Yep, I am the go to girl for questions, problems or well, anything to do with the club! I am super excited and so thankful for this opportunity. I get to work from home, except the one day a month when I'll venture to Scrap-Mart to kit and ship the monthly kits AND I still get to do the blog/design team AND travel to the shows. Seriously, it's a dream come true for me. It is a real blessing. Thank you for letting me share my excitement with you!

I'll be back with another crafty project tomorrow and will hopefully be able to reveal March's kit soon!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I made these cute little Hanging Heart Boxes for my kids this year!

To create this I simply cut 2 large (aprox 6") hearts with my Gazelle. Then I created a spine for them by cutting a 2x8 inch piece of cardstock and scoring 1/2" in on both sides on the 2" side. Next, I turned it and scored it at 4" on the 8" side. After all my scoring I snipped an upside down v shape at the 4" score line on both sides. This is what it looks like when you're done...

Once you have your spine complete you're ready to assemble your box. Simply add some adhesive along the 1/2" folds and adhere it to your hearts. Follow the line of the heart being careful not to let the spine stick out. Here's what it will look like when it's assembled...

Next you can embellish and stuff it! I added a cupid and love tag, both found in my Gazelle Funtime III software then created a handle with some ribbon. To finish it off I added a double bow and some flowers to the top of the tag. Here's what it looks like all stuffed with candy...

Believe it or not this was super easy to create and once you know how to work the spine, you can create these little boxes in ANY shape!

Thanks for stoppin' by today! See you again tomorrow!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair!!

Wow, it's been a while huh?! I'm excited to be able to play this week and I have two projects to share today!

First up is a layout I created using the new Lifestyle Crafts CHA release dies and Unity's August Retailer KOTM.

I cut two of the Houndstooth Borders from American Crafts Slate cardstock and added them to a white background. Next, I layered up some October Afternoon Report Card papers and stickers. I created a mixed title but cutting the Pennants Border and trimming off only 3 of the pennants. I stamped the '5th' using my Unity August Retailer KOTM. The apple and star are also from that kit but after stamping them, I cut them and adhered them to the pennants with AC This to That Foam Squares. The Blue Sky font with shadow was the perfect finishing touch for the title. I even had Seth help me with the journaling by having him write his name on one of the tags. Now we'll always remember what his handwriting was like in 5th Grade.

I also used some Unity stamps on this card I sent to the Boss Kut CHA booth...

This card was super fun to create! After making the standard sized (A2) card base, I added some fun layers. The chocolate and white layers were cut with my Gazelle as were the flower and flourish. The flower is one of the new Pop Kut designs that will also be available in die form soon. I inked the flower up then added some details with a pen before adhering it to the card front. A bit of ruffled ribbon, some pearls and my Unity sentiment, from the (top half) of May's Retailer KOTM finished the card off.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Shelby!

I had planned on sharing a card I made for Shelby today. But, before I got the card made, Rocky showed up with a store bought one. Normally this would annoy me but he was so excited because he found one that had princesses on it and it had a detachable door hanger she could put on her door. So, I smiled and didn't make a second one. But, I did make her a crown to wear today...and she helped...

Here she is sporting the crown we made! She told me what colors to cut the pieces in (I used my Gazelle to cut the crown, heart and 5) and where to put them on the crown. I stapled a piece of elastic to it then covered the staples with the flowers she picked out. She's very proud of it, which is all that matters. ;)

So, a BIG Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girl! Thanks for stoppin' in today! Join me tomorrow for Unity's Friends with Flair! I will be sharing a layout I created with the new Lifestyle Crafts CHA release, and Unity, of course! ;)


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oops, I forgot...

I forgot to schedule today's post yesterday! I headed off into town to have lunch with my best friend, Stacey. Then I did a bit of shopping and met back up with her at the salon. I got my hair chopped! I was a bit nervous but I really like it. It's kind of a shoulder length choppy bob with a slight arch downward in the front. Nice and sleek, no more curls. :) I'll try to get an updated pic in the next day or so...when my hair AND makeup are both done. hehehe

Then I got even more distracted when I got home. See, I am a BIG Dooney and Bourke fan and had found a turqoise one that had a patent leather look to it. Thought it'd be perfect for Spring and Summer. Rocky did NOT like it at all. Pooh. So, when Stace and I were getting our hair done we were looking up purses and I found the CA-UTEST Coach bag. Now, I've never owned a Coach, just Dooney, but Stace has like a thousand of them and swears by them. Anyway, while Rocky and I were cooking dinner last night I mentioned it to him and he wanted to see it. So, I pulled it up online to show him and he said "now that's more like it. that's you." Then he proceeded to tell my to buy it, from him, because he hadn't picked anything out for me for Valentine's Day yet. Yippee!! Here's a peek at it...

Isn't it purdy??? I LOVE it! Just LOVE it. And, it's BIG which is perfect for me! If I'm lucky it'll ship today or tomorrow and I'll have it before Valentine's Day! Yeah! Thanks baby!

Okay, if you haven't heard, the Midwest got yet another round of snow last night. Yeah, like 8+ inchec where we live. It's almost comical now, really. But, this is supposed to be the last of it and I hear we're supposed to hit 60 this weekend! Ahhhh, capris and flip flops, my fav. Speaking of hear, I hear the snow plow coming through the neighborhood now. ;)

Well, I'm off to work on some projects for Boss Kut. Cute little Valentines and a birthday card for my princess, who turns 5 tomorrow. My how time flies. Stop in tomorrow to see the fun card I am making for her.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winter Wonderland...

hardly describes what we in the Midwest are dealing with now. It keeps snowing and snowing and snowing. LOL! Here in Northeast Oklahoma we received more than 20" in some areas. Our schools have been out for a week so far and no end in sight. Sigh. But, that leaves me in my house to create, right?! ;)

Now that CHA is finally over I can share with you the projects I created for the Boss Kut booth. They released new dies, and digital files, called Pop Kuts. They are fun 3D images where only parts of the image cuts out leaving pieces you can pop up. Fun, fun. Here are the two of the projects I sent to them for samples...

This first one is an 8x8 layout of my daughter and niece. Aren't they cute?? hehehe The papers I used are from the Making Memories Just Chillin' Collection. I cut the tag with the Pop Kut butterfly in it then colored the butterfly with chalk and stickles.

Next up is a card...

This entire card was created in my Gazelle software. First, I drew the card base and added the score line for the fold. Then, I added a circle window to the front of the card. To get the proper size of the window I opened the flower and adjusted my circle before adding and cutting it. After cutting the card base I then cut the flower from glitter cardstock. Since the card base was black I added a white mat inside the card to help the yellow pop even more. The leaves where cut, popped and layered on the card front and a bit of ribbon finished it off.

I hope wherever you are you are staying warm. I'll be back tomorrow with a fun birthday card using the new Spellbinders Pennant dies.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenges

Papertrey Ink is nearing their Fourth Anniversary. Nichole has kicked off the celebrations on her blog and so far, it's been awesome! Yesterday they did a HUGE giveaway, The Ultimate Card Kit, with 22 stamp sets, 20 dies and more. Today, her stamp designers each designed a digital tag image and you can get them all FREE on her blog HERE.

Then, you can create with one or all the tag images and post a link to your blog or gallery post to their blog for a chance to win. This time, the winner gets to work alongside Nichole to create a stamp set! You tell her what you want to see and she does the drawing/editing and such. How fun would that be?! So, I played along and here's my (first) project...

A while back I purchased some of the PTI Clear Cardstock so I thought it would be fun to make a clear card. I cut and embossed a piece of kraft cardstock with my Scrap-Mart Exclusive Oval Square Label then ran my RV04 Copic Marker around the embossed edge. After that, I added some Illuminate Smooch Ink for shimmer. Next, I cut and embossed one of the new Spellbinders Heart Circles and layered that on top. Using Spellbinders Circles I cut a small circle and stamped the hearts and I love you sentiment from PTI's Mailbox Greetings stamp set. I LOVE that set. It's soooo versatile. Actually, you can scroll down to yesterday's post to see another card I created with that set. Anyway, back to this card. After printing the tags I cut the heart tag, by Lisa Johnson, out and colored it with my Copics (RV04, RV09, G21, G24, FBG2). The label layeres were adhered inside the card while I layered the heart tag on the front. It covers up the inside sentiment perfectly. ;) I stamped the hearts and xoxo, again from Mailbox Greetings, on a ribbon from Spellbinders Lacey Pennants die set then used some PTI Twine to tie it to the ribbon. I added an array of flowers to finish it off. Here's a peek at the inside of the card...

I love the way it turned out and plan on mailing it to my Mom for Valentine's Day.

I hope to make at least one more before the end of the challenge time at 7 am tomorrow.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

My favorite Christmas card...

***EDITED*** This post is being re-posted to share for Papertrey's Fourth Anniversary!

Hello! I hope you had a great Monday! I'm back to share with you my favorite card that I made the other day. Now, this is my favorite card from THAT day...not sure I want to label it my fav for the year. ;)

I started with a kraft cardstock base. After stamping the image, from Papertrey Ink's Mailbox Greetings, and coloring it with my Copics I cut it out using my Spellbinders Labels Eight. I added Flower Soft to the snow and the top of the mailboxes then stamped the sentiment on the lower left corner. To separate the image and sentiment, I added some ribbon and a bow. I love the simplicity of this card. Perfect for sending in a clear envelope! ;)

Yesterday, I received my new Lifestyle Crafts dies from the Black Friday release. New ticket dies, file folders, a fun stitching alpha and a mini pizza box (sorry, it's already sold out!)!! Today, I will be creating with them!! I'll be back tomorrow, see you then!



I finally got my new blog header up. I like it. It's not my normal as it has NO pink in it. hahaha But, I like it anyway. ;) No pink means I had to change my signature too. What do you think? Is orange my new pink? LOL! I am already working on next week's posts so be sure to stop in! See you then!