Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sunny Days Ahead

Happy Thursday!  It's our last week of summer vacation and even though I had big plans to do all sorts of things - we've ended up hanging around the house.  As much as I love having both kiddos home with me, I think getting back into a routine will be good for all of us.  I have another shaker card to share today.  I've had all of the pieces for this one ready for a while, but I finally managed to put it all together.  

I love these little hedgehogs from Penny Black.  They are so sweet (and super easy to color). 


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Shake it Off

Sorry if the title of this post has caused Shake it Off to get stuck in your head.  I know it's probably old by this time, but my seven year old discovered Taylor Swift this year.  (It could be worse regardless of what my husband thinks.)  I felt a little rusty posting yesterday and questioned whether or not my projects were really "post worthy," but I am going to shake it off. It may take some time to get back into the swing of things. Someone actually chose to "hide all posts" on Facebook, so that felt pretty good.  I can see how annoying it could be to see a post from me once every 18 months or so.  I'm such a spammer.  Clearly this whole blogging for fun is going really well. I'm very laid back. ��

Anywho - I jumped on the shaker card bandwagon last year and even though I am still slow at putting them together - the finished product always feels fun and extra special.  I bought Papertrey Ink's Shakers + Sprinkles kit last year, and loved it.  The kit was a great jumping off point and it was so nice to have everything I needed all at once. Plus, I tend to love everything that Betsy Veldman makes, so it was a win win. 

The kit came with some super sticky double sided foam, which in theory is amazing and I'm sure it is great for lots of people, but I was completely spastic with it.  I ended up wasting a quite a bit because I couldn't seem to place it on the card correctly or the shaker elements would stick to the sides, which drove me crazy.  I switched to plain old white craft foam that you can find at pretty much any craft store.  It is cheaper and overall I tend to have more success with the cheap stuff.  I love when that happens!  

 My second card contains two of my all time crafting loves - kraft paper and Peachy Keen Stamps.   Kraft paper for LIFE!  I have given up adding white faux stitching to everything, but if that trend ever makes a come back - I am all over it.  The Happy Lashes set from Peachy Keen specifically is my favorite set, but as of today, I don't see it for sale on their site.  I did see the Rosie's Favorites Face Assortment and it is very similar to the Happy Lashes set.  

I paper pieced the snowman's winter accessories and added a little bit of shading and color with my Copics.  Instead of sequins or micro beads, I used some clear tinsel glitter for the shaker element.  

You may notice in upcoming posts that some items such as paper or even a few stamp sets aren't available for purchase right now.  I really hope that isn't too annoying.  I will try to link to like items whenever possible.  I honestly haven't really bought a ton of craft supplies over the last year.  I do have some new (to me) stamp sets and I a bit of paper, but if you are expecting to see the latest and greatest stuff, this might not be the right place. Maybe I will inspire you to dust off some of your old supplies and use them in a new way or I may inspire you to unfollow.  (See...I'm totally letting it go.)  I have already posted more in 2015 than 2014, so I have that going for me!  

Hope you are having a great week!  We have one more week of summer before school routines start again.  Some days I am totally ready and some days I wish summer break would last a bit longer.


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Monday, August 10, 2015

Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String

Well, that was a very long break.  You may notice that I blew up my old blog design and simplified things a bit.  Even though I haven't posted, I didn't completely give up crafting.  I took an online Copic class, I made a ton of cards, I foolishly decided to sew the kids' panda Halloween costumes last year, I even made the wreath from Martha Stewart's Christmas magazine.  My daughter finished first grade and somehow turned 7.  My son turned two and keeps me on my toes.  I don't want to say for sure that I'm back and to expect lots of posts, but how about I am going to make a concerted effort.  I've missed this little blog.  Onto projects...real live projects.

Nicole had a birthday party over the weekend and I realized that I didn't have any gift bags on hand that would work.  I could have cut stuck a gift card in a birthday card, but I wanted something a little bit more special.

I bought little brown paper bags from Michael's years ago, and I still have a few in my stash.  I liked the way the first one turned out so much that I decided to make a couple to put aside for a rainy day.  These came together really quickly and can be as simple or as elaborate as you make them.

I went a little crazy with flowers on this bag, so it took a little longer than the others.  I will just save this one for someone extra special.  After I finished coloring and touching up a few of the lines that didn't stamp as clearly as I wanted, I added a few touches of glitter with some glitter pens.  I used a regular hole punch to thread the ribbon through the top.  I used to have a punch that was made specifically for this purpose, but it is either lost or it broke and I forgot about it.  I hate when that happens.

Starbucks gift cards seem to always be a big hit, so I know this one will come in handy.  To make this one a bit more special I used a border punch and topped it off with some baker's twine.  I again used Copics to add some color to the cups, but if you were really short on time - leaving them plain would be just as cute.  Since this paper is so thin, you can't really blend colors, so even if you don't have Copics - any marker will do.

This is gift bag is almost identical to the one I made for my daughter to take to the party.  I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Sugar Rush from Paper Smooches.  I added some extra sparkle with clear glitter, and a matching teeny tiny card to finish it off.  

I have really enjoyed trying out new Copic techniques, and some of my images haven't quite made it onto cards yet, so I decided that this sweet little hedgehog would look cute on a gift bag too.  I just popped it up onto a mat of patterned paper and attached to the bag - done!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teeny Tiny Cards = Teeny Tiny Baby Steps?

I actually played with stamps and paper this weekend! I actually started out trying to design a project with my Silhouette, but then I got overwhelmed and decided to bust out some stamps instead.  Not only did I use up some of my paper scraps, but I also feel like I got some of my crafty mojo back.  
I created a ton of teeny tiny cards.  I plan on using some of these for lunchbox notes, and the rest for gift tags.  I kept things really simple and had a blast.  I used a few Paper Smooches sets, a few dollar stamps, Copics, some glitter and Glossy Accents.  That's it!  I turned on music and shut the door to the office while the rest of the house napped or rested.  Heaven.  
They aren't fancy, but I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  I may never go back to making regular sized cards again.  ;)  
These little cards are perfect for all of my paper scraps that I just can't seem to throw away.  They were also a great first step towards papercrafting again.  I have to take a few more baby steps before I start trying to play catch up on the kids' scrapbooks.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Maybe some of these will inspire you to make some super fast teeny tiny cards.  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cartridges for Sale

I mentioned in my previous post that I was planning on selling my Cricut cartridges, and I did it.  They are ALL up on eBay (They are listed under my husband's eBay account because he has sold more stuff via eBay than me).  IF you don't mind them being gently used and linked* - go check them out.  Bidding ends Friday, February 31st at 7p.  

*I've gotten a few questions about what it means when a cartridge is "linked."  All of my cartridges were "linked" to my Gypsy (which is no longer for sale), which means that they cannot be linked to another Gypsy.  The cartridges themselves will work with your Cricut machines.  

I also put a link up in my "Shop" section of the blog.  Let me know if you have any questions!

This doesn't mean that I won't be using die cuts in my just means that I will be exclusively using my Silhouette.  Cleaning out my craft supplies is making me want to sit down and craft a bit. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Time for a new plan.

Hello.  Is there anyone still reading this blog?  Oh well...back to square one.  I definitely lost momentum once I got pregnant with Gavin and then EVERYTHING came to a screeching halt once I was put on bed rest.  Fast forward to now...the fog that settled over me seems to be lifting.  I feel lighter.  I'm not going to say that I am the same person; I'm not.  One not entirely unexpected consequence to our adventure in the NICU with Gavin, is that has taken months for me to process everything and mourn some of the things that will never be and rejoice in what IS.  I am so thankful that Gavin is doing so well - better than anyone would have ever expected, but I think I still am waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Maybe it already did.  Maybe Gavin being born at 31 weeks and spending all of that time in the NICU was the other shoe dropping, but I still catch myself looking at him and watching him; just waiting for some unforeseen complication to present itself.  I let worry color my world, and I definitely let worry affect parts of my life that I previously enjoyed...i.e. crafting and blogging to name a few.  Crafting felt like ONE more thing that I HAD to do, which clearly isn't right.  Crafting was fun - crafting was my outlet. All of the sudden design team deadlines felt like huge weights around my neck and blogs posts were CHORES to put together.  Why post a new project if NO ONE comments? When I first started my blog, I didn't get comments for months.  I remember my first "follower" and my 10th follower.  I wasn't blogging for anyone else, but me. Somewhere along the way that changed.  Design teams are so fun and rewarding, and I am beyond thankful for EVERY single team that I have served, but at some point for me personally, I think I lost my way.  Instead of crafting for me or my kids' scrapbooks - I was making cards that I had no intention of sending to anyone.  Projects that had no personal meaning to me - and I think my projects started to suck a little bit.  More importantly, I took myself almost completely out of my blog.  Instead of sharing a funny story or a little bit about me, I was posting a couple of pictures of a project and hitting publish.  I don't read blogs that do that...I may look at the initial picture on my blog roll, but I don't click on it.  I tend to religiously read blogs where the authors share something about themselves.  It doesn't mean that they are sharing EVERY little detail, but as the reader you see a snapshot of the author's life.  So, clearly it was a little hypocritical of me to be irritated when my blog wasn't getting comments.  If I wouldn't read it, why would I expect anyone else to read it? forward to now - I really do feel like the fog is lifting, and it started with an idea I had to make hats for babies in the hospital.  Gavin received several handmade hats during his stay and they made me feel happy and reminded me that I wasn't alone in my struggles.  Sometimes friends and family don't really know what to say when your baby isn't home with you right away.  Should they say, "Congratulations," should they send gifts?  Both answers to those questions by the way - are yes.  You should acknowledge it and help the parents celebrate the best you can.  That can be as simple as a congratulations or a card.  You may not get a thank you card promptly (or at all) because the parents are stretched so thin, but know this - they appreciate it.  Making hats for babies that I don't know and won't ever meet has helped me put all sorts of things in perspective.  The act of knitting is repetitive and it works for me.  It doesn't matter what kind of mood I am in - making hats for babies puts things in perspective for me.  I was VERY angry a few weeks ago about a problem we were having with our kitchen remodel and I sat down to start knitting a hat and within 10 minutes I was calmer and definitely had a better grasp on my feelings.  Busy hands - it works!!!  In the past - I definitely wouldn't have shared this on the blog.  I would worry that someone would read it and think that I was fishing for sympathy or praise.  Well...who cares?  Haters gonna hate.  LOL!  I am ONLY sharing this as a way to express one way that I am pulling myself out of this funk.    
I've learned lots more stitches my hats are cuter.
Making little hats has also helped remind me that I HAVE to take care of me too.  Crafting makes me happy or at least it made me happy.  I am definitely reassessing my crafting style.  I am making some changes.  I am getting rid of ALL of my Cricut cartridges.  I don't use them.  They have been boxed up for almost 2 years.  They will be up on EBay and I WILL link them here on the blog once they are up - just in case anyone is interested.  I WILL finish Gavin's baby book...even if I cry throughout EVERY single page.  I am using the Project Life Baby Edition, but I plan on personalizing it a little here and there with die cuts and stamps.  I will definitely try and post those on the blog.  From here on out - I am only going to post projects that I LOVE.  Soo...that's where I am at.   

Friday, November 29, 2013

PKS Celebrate Christmas Hop!

Welcome, and thanks for joining the Celebrate Christmas Blog Hop!  This is a combined event for current and alumni Peachy Keen design team members, which means that there will LOTS of inspiration along the way!  If you are hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from Janice's blog, Stampin' With Janice.  If not, make sure to head back to Kristi's blog so you don't miss out on a single project!  (I will also have a complete blog list at the bottom of this post!)  Peachy Keen Stamps will be providing an amazing Christmas stamp bundle to one lucky winner.  To be entered to win, you need to leave a comment on each blog post.  There will be 1 winner chosen to receive the Christmas bundle with a retail value of $150!!!  The winner will be announced Monday, December 2nd.  

I created a personalized shadow box for today's hop.  Once I finished paper piecing the gingerbread house, the project came together really quickly and I know that I will look forward to displaying for many Christmases to come.
I paper pieced the PK-1329 Sweet Home gingerbread house. I used kraft paper as my "base," and all of the patterned papers are from the Santa's Workshop line from Doodlebug Designs.  Unfortunately, they don't make it anymore, BUT there are a ton of similar lines out there.  I used this line for our advent calendar a few years ago, and luckily I still had enough left to piece this house.  I'm pretty excited that it will coordinate, but I'm also a big dork so...  
I will freely admit that there is NO way I would paper piece this for a card or even a scrapbook page - but it was completely worth it for this project!  Once everything was pieced, I added two layers of glossy accents to all of the peppermint and one coat to just about everything else.  I had planned to use some Stickles for the "icing," but I realized on Monday night that I was COMPLETELY out, so I improvised and used some Martha Stewart Glitter Glass Paint.  Luckily it worked out perfectly!  
The shadow box itself is 8x8.  I printed out the names using our regular printer.  I did use my Silhouette Design software to help get the sizing and layout correct, but you could just as easily use a word processing program.  I used two layers of foam tape to mount the house to the background paper, and added lots of rhinestones.  It took a couple of tries to get just the right amount of fake snow, which was a tiny bit messy, but mostly fun!  I'm so excited to add this to my Christmas decorations this year!

Thank you so so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy the hop!  

Peachy Keen Stamps is offering HUGE savings for Black Friday that will run the entire weekend through Monday! Visit their shop and stock up on the stamps you’ve had on your wishlist - you don’t want to miss it!  I have had my eyes on THESE super cute gingers for soo long.  With everything that happened last year around this time, I talked myself out of such a big project, but I think I am ready to tackle it!