Monday, January 31, 2011

EAD Monday Blog Hop!

Hooray it's Monday, which means it's time for another EAD Monday Blog Hop!!!  If you just arrived here from Jenn's blog Double N Designs, you are in the right place.  If not, you can always hop back tot the EAD Designs blog to start at the beginning!  This is my last week as a guest designer with EAD Designs and I have had so much fun!  Thank you so much to everyone at EAD Designs and the wonderful design team for being so welcoming!  Special thanks to Joanna, for inviting me!  

 I tried something a little bit different for this week's project.  I used my watercolor pencils to actually color on the Believe in Make Believe Stickerz.  Here are a few things I learned:  I should probably practice more (a lot more) with my watercolor pencils.  You should only use a teensy tiny amount of water to make the pencils work on the stickerz, and I should really practice a whole lot more!  


The next stop on today's hop is the super creative Amy T. from Tsuruta Designs!  

Materials Used:
  • Card Bases: Standard A2
  • Mats: 4 x 5 1/4 & 3 3/4 x 5
  • Tag Shape from Once Upon a Princess
  • Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder
  • Believe in Make Believe Stickerz
  • Papertrey Ink Ribbon - Leaf
  • Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron Pigma Pen - Black 03

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thank You Cards

Happy Saturday!  Sorry I've been MIA the last couple of days - I had a bunch of stuff to catch up on around the house and I haven't had much time for crafting.  I did have to come up with some thank-you cards in the aftermath of Nicole's birthday party.  I wanted to share a really quick and fun way to include your little one in the process.  Since Nicole cannot write her own thank you notes yet, I decided to have her paint some pictures to use as artwork for the cards.  She got some new paints for her birthday, so she was MORE than willing to help me out.  Not only does everyone get a little piece of art from the birthday girl - it also saved me LOTS of time.  I only had to add a mat, some ribbon, and a Scrappy Moms sentiment to complete the card. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  See you back here on Monday for another WONDERFUL EAD blog hop!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Party Plans - Part 3

Everyone survived the birthday party and the birthday girl had lots of fun!  Of course, I didn't take as many pictures as I had planned, but I think I got enough for you to get the basic idea.  Our dining room and living room are so hard to photograph.  There's just not enough light in either and to make matters worse - it was cloudy on Sunday afternoon.  My biggest tip for having a fun party is to do as much ahead of time as possible.  I try to have most of the decorating done a few days before the party and as much of the food prepared as I can.  Since you are all so sweet - I can tell you that I had a moment last week where I thought I had gone completely overboard, but when my daughter saw the dining room all decorated, she did a happy dance and told me how beautiful everything was.  That makes it all totally worth it!  Besides - I enjoy doing it or I wouldn't bother.  :)

Our party was at 3:30 in the afternoon, so I tried to keep the food pretty simple.  We had fruit, veggies and cheese & crackers.  Since the party was between lunch and dinner, I just wanted a few non-sugary things for people to eat.  (If any of you are looking for a good dip recipe, THIS one is soo soo good.)  To decorate the table I used a regular white tablecloth and made some runners out of some fabric by just ironing in "hems."  The fabric was $20, but I needed 3 yards of each for my dining room table.  I know that I will use the fabric at some point for another party or craft project, so I didn't worry about spending a little more than I planned on the fabric.

My very "down-sized" sweets buffet: Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Cupcakes & Marshmallow Lollipops

The marshmallow lollipops were a HUGE hit and were so so simple to make!  You can find instructions HERE.  (I used melted chocolate instead of candy melts, but I'm sure either would work just as well.  It's just that chocolate is a whole lot tastier!)

Minnie Mouse Cupcake How-to:  
I baked the cupcakes two days before the party and made the ears the day before.  You could even frost them the day before and then all you have to do the day of is decorate with the ears and bows.
  • To make the "ears" I traced 1 1/2" circles onto a piece of parchment paper and then turned it over.  (I don't think pencil lead and chocolate are a great combo.)  
  • Melt one bag of dark chocolate chips in a zip-loc bag in the microwave.  
  • Snip a small hole in one of the bottom corners of the zip-loc bag and start piping your circles.  
  • DO NOT STRESS OUT if they are not all perfect.  As long as they are mostly round - they will look great!  
  • I used Pull-and-Peel Twizzlers for the bows.  (Quick note: I tried to make the bows the day ahead and stored them in a zip-loc bag didn't work.  The bows either got stuck together or broke apart, so you need to make them the day of the party.)  
  • If you don't want to pipe chocolate circles, any small round chocolate cookie would probably work just as well.

I kept the mantel pretty simple...balloons, banner and some red polka dot ribbon tied around my candles.
If you missed parts one and two of the party plan posts, you can find Part 1 HERE Part 2 HERE!

Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments and emails about the first two party posts!  I hope that I've given you some good ideas!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!

Welcome to the 2nd Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  There were so many amazing entries into the first challenge!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge.  For this week's challenge, we are using Sweethearts.  If you don't have Sweethearts, just use a similar image from a different cartridge.  Melanie and Tammy will choose a winner using for a chance to win the newest Scrappy Moms set - "Love Notes!"  If you participated in the first challenge and participate in this challenge, you will have TWO chances to win!!!

I decided to do a simple scrapbook layout for this week's challenge.  I realized that I haven't worked on any layouts in over a month, so if I don't get a move on - I will never ever catch up!  

"Hey, Sweetie" is from Scrappy Moms Designer's Choice Set

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 kraft cardstock (Michael's Recollections Brand)
  • 11 x 11 patterned cardstock
  • Photo Mats: 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 and 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
  • "Sweethearts" sized at 2.25" from Sweethearts
  • "Vespa Girl" sized at 5" from Sweethearts
  • (5) Hearts sized at 1.5" from Sweethearts
  • Stamped Sentiments from Scrappy Moms Love Notes & Designers Choice set
  • All patterned paper from K & Company - Kelly Panacci Valentine
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Baker's Twine
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 03 - Black
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet & Florentine Gold

To enter your project in this week's challenge, visit the Scrappy Mom's Stamps Page HERE!

The party went really well and I should have pictures and a few more details posted tomorrow!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, January 24, 2011

EAD Blog Hop - Oz Valentines

Welcome to another Monday EAD Blog Hop!  If you just got here from Jenn's blog - Double N Designs, you are in the right place!  (Otherwise, you can hop back to the beginning at the EAD Designs Blog!  So far this is my most favorite Valentine's project that I've worked on so far this year.  The other day my daughter and I were walking through Target and she saw the boxes of pre-made character Valentines and asked for some.  I immediately said, "We can just make our own when we get home."  At that moment I realized that Nicole will always want the cheap-y pre-made Valentines (like any normal kid) and I will want to make them.  I decided that a set of Valentines using the adorable Wizard of Oz Stickerz from EAD Designs would be a nice compromise.  :)  You also get another sneak peek at the newest Scrappy Moms "Love Notes" set.

Of course I had to use my red glitter embossing powder for the sentiments!

I think he is my favorite of the set - the sentiment is perfect for him!

The next stop on the blog hop is Amy T. from Tsuruta Designs!

Materials Used:
  • Card Bases: 4 1/4 x 11 - scored at 5 1/2"
  • Mats: 4 x 4 1/2
  • Postage Shape sized at 5.65" from B is for Boy
  • Rectangle from George and Basic Shapes; sized at 2.77 (width) and 3.5" (height) make sure to remove the "link" on your Gypsy and turn on "real dial size" 
    • Cut 4 times in green plaid & 2 times in blue
  • "yellow brick road" from Disney Princess Dreams Come True and sized at 2.02 using "real dial size."
  • "Wizard of Oz Stickerz" from EAD Designs
  • Sentiments from Scrappy Moms "Love Notes" Set
    • embossed using Stampendous Embossing Powder - Red Tinsel (Opaque)
  • Patterned Paper from K & Company - Kelly Panacci Valentine
  • Red and White Baker's Twine
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Make sure to check back tomorrow for the Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"My Funny Valentine"

Happy Saturday and welcome to another day of Scrappy Moms Sneak Peeks!   I had so much fun decorating a gable box last week that I decided to make another one for Valentine's Day using the "Love Notes" Set from Scrappy Moms.  Of course this would be perfect to use as a gift box, but I think it would also make an adorable Valentine's mailbox for a little one to take to school.  


Materials Used:
  • Gable Box (Target $1 Section - they have them in white, kraft, red and white with red hearts)
  • (2) 4 x 12 pieces of patterned cardstock scored at 2" and 8"
  • (2) 2 1/2 x 12 pieces of cardstock
    • EK Success Dotted Scallop Punch
    • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • (2) 2 x 4 pieces of cardstock (to "bridge" the gap on the sides of the box
  • (3) Tag sized 3.75" from Twinkle Toes
  • Dog sized at 2.5" from Sweethearts
  • (2) Hearts sized at 2.75" from Sweethearts
  • Sentiments (My Funny Valentine, Hugs & XOXO) from Scrappy Moms "Love Notes" Set
  • Patterned Paper - K & Company - Kelly Panacci Valentine
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron Pigma Pen - 03 Black
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's
  • Tulle Ribbon - Michael's

Tomorrow is Nicole's party, so I will be taking the day off from Sneak Peeks, but I will be back with more projects starting on Monday!  In the meantime, I hope you check out the rest of our talented design team's projects!  There are LOTS of great ideas!  I have the links posted on the left hand side of my blog!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek: "Love Notes"

Welcome to another Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek Week!  Just in time for Valentine's Day, Melanie and Tammy are releasing "Love Notes."  There are 20 sentiments and two heart stamps.  This set is adorable and is available for pre-order on the Scrappy Moms site!  

Materials Used:
  • Welded the wagon and lamb from Create a Critter using my Gypsy (used the shadow feature).  
  • Lamb is sized at 3.35" from Create a Critter
  • Wagon is sized at 1.75" from Create a Critter
    • Embossed using the Sizzix Love Set folder
  • Sentiments: Scrappy Moms Stamps "Love Notes" Set
  • Baker's Twine
  • Adhesive Gems - Michael's
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 03 Black
I will have another sneak peek for you tomorrow!  Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Party Plans - Part 2

Alright...the party planning madness is coming to an end!  Today's video is LONG...but I show you 6 different crafty ideas!  I hope you enjoy the video and I will have another post next week with pictures of  the actual party.  

Materials Used:
  • Need Fringe Scissors???  You can find them HERE!
  • Tissue Poms - you can find Martha's instructions HERE and if you'd rather buy a kit, you can find those HERE!  (There are lots of colors...I just linked to the first one that I found)
  • Marshmallow Pops can be found HERE!
  • Banner: Scalloped Circle banner is sized at 4" from Birthday Bash and the wording is sized at 3" using REAL DIAL SIZE from Mickey Font (tag feature).  Do you want to see another "Minnie Mouse" type banner?  Check out Dawn's Addiction!  She did a Minnie Mouse party for her daughter and then reused the same banner for a friend's ladybug party!
  • Straw Flags: you can find the "Yippee" sentiment in the Scrappy Moms Designer Choice set
  • Minnie for "Pin the Bow on Minnie" was sized at 15.75" from Mickey and Friends
Check back tomorrow for a sneak peek at the newest Scrappy Moms stamp set!

Monday, January 17, 2011

EAD Blog Hop - "Hoot-a-licious"

Welcome to another EAD Designs Monday Blog Hop!  If you just got here from Jenn's blog, Double N Designs, you are on the right track!  If you are a big lost, just head back to the EAD Designs blog to start at the very beginning - that way you won't miss a thing!  I am having so much fun playing with all of the EAD Designs products!  Today I used the "hoot-a-Licious" Stickerz to create a few Valentine's cards.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

The next stop on the blog hop is

  Amy T.'s blog, Tsuruta Designs!

Materials Used:
  • A2 Card Base
  • Mat: 4 x 5 1/4" 
    • embossed using the Sizzix Embossing Folder: Love Set 
  • Tag Shapes are from Once Upon a Princess
  • Owl Stickers and Sentiments - "hoot-a-Licious" Stickerz from EAD Designs
  • Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
  • Ribbon
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Pigment Pen - Chestnut

I am going to try and film part two of the party plans later today. I will include how to make the fringe that you saw on the party hat!  
Happy Monday!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Party Plans - Part 1

If you "like" me on Facebook, you may remember that last week I asked if anyone would be interested in a video or a UStream class detailing some of the Cricut crafts and other things I am working on for my daughter's party.  I think 7 people said that they were interested, so I was a little nervous about doing a UStream, but I was motivated to film a video.  :)  Plus, I have spent the last couple of afternoons working on stuff for the party, so I will get a few blog posts out of it...bonus!

Today's video focuses on the invitation, party favors (favor bag pictured above) and the party hats.  Nicole was VERY specific about wanting party hats.  I tried to convince her to let me make Minnie ears like THESE for her party, but has to be hats.  

I say this in the video, but keep in mind that while I am doing a Minnie party, you could easily change up the color scheme and "icon" to customize the ideas for your own party.

Here's some that I came up with:

Baby Shower
 Brown/Pink or Brown/Aqua with a bottle or stork in place of Minnie.  I saw lots of cute polka dot party goods at Hobby Lobby and online in those two color schemes.
Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Party
 Hot Pink/Zebra with a high heel or martini glass.  I've also seen lots of zebra print party goods from plates to tissue paper.  (Can you tell that I made a lot of stops in my quest to find all things black, white and red?)
Pirate Birthday
Black, Red and White could stay, but you could switch out a pirate hat for Minnie.  I also saw lots of Pirate related items.

Ok...I could go on and on, but you get the idea!  Hope you enjoy the video!

Materials Used:
  • "Minnie Monogram:" Scalloped Circle is sized at 2" from Birthday Bash, Mickey Head sized at 1.5" from Mickey Font and the bow is sized at .48" from Mickey and Friends
  • Party Hat: Circle sized at 11.35" using my Gypsy and George and Basic Shapes
  • Favor Bag sized at 6" from Once Upon a Princess (You can fit two on one page of 12 x 12 paper)
    • I added a tag with a first initial, so I each partygoer will get the correct personalized bracelet.  Scalloped circle sized at 1.5" from Birthday Bash, Mickey Tag Font sized at 1.10" and the bow is sized at .46" from Mickey and Friends  
  • Ponytail Streamers: You can see the video HERE!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Turtle Love - EAD Color Challenge

Today I am so excited to be able to play along with the EAD Design Team!  It's time for their monthly color challenge!  Today's project is destined for a baby gift next month, but for now I get to enjoy it in my craft room!  It seems like these decorated gable boxes have been everywhere lately.  I can see why now...they are SUPER easy to decorate and you get a big payoff!  

I hope that you will give the Turtle Love Color Challenge a try!  Everyone that participates in the challenge receives a 25% discount at the EAD store and one random winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the EAD store!  

I obviously like these colors, since they match my blog!  :)

Materials Used:
  • Gable Box: Target $1 Section!!!! 
  • Patterned Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery Girl Stack and Bo Bunny Double Dot
  • Turtle Love EAD Stickerz
  • Scalloped Oval - Storybook (Forgot to save it on my Gypsy, so I'm not sure about sizes.)
  • Tag: Birthday Bash
  • Pop Dots
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Adhesive Gems - Michael's
  • Assorted Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm hoping (fingers crossed) to film a video tomorrow.  

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

1st Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!


Welcome to the 1st Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  This is going to be lots of fun, so I hope some of you can join us!  Melanie and Tammy have chosen Birthday Bash for the first challenge!  If you don't have that cartridge, any birthday related Cricut image will do!  You also don't have to include a Scrappy Moms stamp in your project!  I've had Birthday Bash for a little over a month and I haven't used it as much as I thought I would, so this was a perfect opportunity to use it!

I tried heat embossing with the correct embossing powder for the first time over the weekend!  I am completely hooked, so expect a few projects with heat embossed sentiments!  

Materials Used:
  • Card Base: 4 1/4 x 11 - scored at 5 1/2
  • Mat: 4 x 5 1/4
  • Patterned Paper 3 3/4 x 4 1/4
  • Cat & Cake: sized at 4.25" from Birthday Bash
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Simple Sentiment set
    • Versamark Watermark Pad & White Embossing Powder - woohoo!  It worked!
  • Raspberry Fizz Swiss Dot Ribbon
  • Adhesive Gems - Michael's Recollections brand
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

I've been working on a lot of crafty projects for my daughter's birthday, so I haven't gotten any scrapbooking done in awhile.  I think I may need to work on a few layouts VERY soon!

Happy Tuesday!  I can't wait to see all of the entries in the Terrific Tuesday Challenge!!!