Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sweet Stamp Shop Grand Re-Opening

Hey everybody, I've got some fun news today -- Sweet Stamp Shop is having a grand re-opening event that starts TODAY! Head over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to get more details. I know there will be giveaways and discounts, and you don't want to miss their brand new website!

To help kick things off there are dozens of designers (including me!) that have created a project using Sweet stamps. Be sure to visit all of the designers blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the shop!

On to the project I'd like to share today.  I used 2 stamp sets on my card, Balloons and Happy Birthday. Both are great staples in my stash of stamps. Birthday cards are by far the type of card I make the most, and with these sets there are endless possibilities for card designs.

I stamped the balloons with various shades of Memento ink. I like that the ink impressions weren't completely solid with these balloons. It makes them look a bit transparent and the balloons overlap nicely. After stamping the balloons and sentiment I added some silver rub-on stars by Pink Paislee, give the card some shimmer.

Remember to leave a comment here for your chance at a $25 gift certificate to Sweet Stamp Shop. Head back to the blog to visit the other guest designers, and you'll want to follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook and Instagram to hear about all of the ways Nicole will be celebrating her grand re-opening this month! (Yes -- ALL MONTH LONG!) I'm so excited, aren't you!?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Paper Girls Party Decor Blog Hop

Good Morning, everyone! We are hopping at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog today, hope you will come join us! You won't want to miss it, we've got a generous prize sponsored by Unity Stamp Company! See all of the details below.

Have you noticed that many of the major scrapbooking manufacturers have added Party Decor to their product line ups?  Well, if you've got a little time and a little paper and other crafting supplies (ok ok, I have a LOT of paper).... you can easily make your own decor like I have here.

I put my Cricut to use to cut out most of the shapes in my party decor. The cartridge I used is called "Once Upon a Princess"

To make the teapot and teacups stand up, I just folded and adhered a little piece of card stock to the back to make my own stand. And then to make the garland I adhered punched circles and stars cut with my Cricut, sandwiching some twine in the middle. 

To turn the bow and crown into photo props, I just taped a wooden skewer to the back. This little holder was originally packaging for several rolls of washi tape. I simply chose some coordinating washi colors to wrap around it and now I have a cute prop holder.

And that's it for me today, I hope you enjoyed my projects!


Visit all of the blogs listed below for your chance to win a fabulous prize pack from Unity Stamp Company (worth $86!!):
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  3. Brittany M. -
  4. Amber S. -
  5. Michele D. -
  6. Erica B. -
  7. Karrie S. -
To be eligible to win, you must do the following:
  1. Comment on each of the blog posts along the hop 
  2. "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook
  3. Follow the Paper Girls Challenge Blog
For your chance to win, blog comments are needed by Sunday, April 5th at 11:59pm MST to comment. We will announce the winner on Wednesday, April 8th at 9:00am MST.

Enjoy the hop and good luck!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Paper Girls - Shakers

Hey everyone! I'm here with the newest challenge at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog.  Today Cristine is challenging us to create a project with a shaker.  If you're not sure how to do this, go to Cristine's blog, she has a little tutorial up to show you.

I took a look through my supplies and found a frame by Sweet Stamp Shop that I thought would work nicely as my shaker base and created this card:

It really came together much easier than I expected, so if you've never tried a shaker card I encourage you to give it a shot!  You've got just about 2 weeks to create your project and link up, hope I see you over there.

I haven't blogged much since December, but don't worry, I'm still crafting. I spent much of December creating my December Daily album. And then in January I started to do Project Life on a weekly basis. I have to say I am loving it. I resisted it for a long time because I thought it would be overwhelming, but I really enjoy writing down little stories of what we are doing in our family each week. Let me know if you'd like me to share DD and/or PL pages here, and I can do that.

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Paper Girls - Ornaments

Are you ready for something festive? I got my house all decorated early this year and even went in search of more Christmas items for my mantel and dining room. Love it! Well, if you are feeling as festive as I am, check out my challenge starting today at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog.

Here's one of the ornaments I created. I used a Cricut cartridge called Gingerbread. And sure, you can use it to cut out gingerbread cookies, but I think the shapes make for some fun decorations, in this case, ornaments.

You've got almost 3 full weeks to complete this one, entries are due by January 3rd.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Paper Girls - Mixed Media

A new challenge begins today at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog.  The theme is Mixed Media, so have fun with this one!

I've got several cool mixed media tools like gelatos, stencils, mists and gesso in my stash, but I honestly don't break them out very often.

To create my card, I first misted some watercolor paper with Mister Huey's mist (color: Sunset). I applied quite a bit and then used a paint brush to spread the color over the whole sheet.  After it dried, I used a couple of Teresa Collins stencils and Faber-Castell whipped spackle to create the white sentiment and hearts. After this layered dried I felt like I needed to add something so got out my Mister Huey's Opaque White mist. I had intended to just add some splatters of white but I accidentally spilled a bunch of mist right on top of my creation! I saw that the white was blending nicely with the color already on there, so got out a paintbrush and started to spread the white around until I achieved the look I wanted. I love how it turned out, even better than my original idea of adding splatters!

Get messy and join in on our challenge, won't you?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Paper Girls - Anything Goes

Today is the last day to link up to the current Paper Girls Challenge Blog challenge.  This time it is Anything Goes, so feel free to link up any crafty creation you've made in the last week!

Here's my layout:

The collection I used is My Mind's Eye Jubilee Tangerine. I snagged the whole collection at an excellent price at the MME warehouse sale a couple months ago. All of the patterned papers are from the 6x6 paper pad and then I just added some fun embellies, all on a white background.

Thanks for taking a look and get ready for the next Paper Girls challenge on Monday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Paper Girls - Back to School

Happy Labor Day, everyone!

Perfect time for a Back to School Challenge, don't you think? Maybe you'd like to create something to stick in your child's lunch box, or an encouraging note for his/her backpack. Maybe a card for their new teacher? Or a layout to showcase those first day of school pictures? Have fun with Erica's challenge at The Paper Girl's Challenge Blog!

I made a card using this fun set "Learning Curve" by The Alley Way Stamps. Just color up and cut out some images and layer them on. The patterned papers are "Dewey Decimal" by Lawn Fawn.

Hope you can join the challenge!