Monday, May 30, 2011

EAD Monday - Birthday Set

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you are having a fun weekend!  It's time for another EAD Designs Monday Hop!  If you arrived here from Jenn's blog, Double N Designs, then you are in the right spot.  If not, you can head back to the EAD Designs blog, so you won't miss out on a single project!  I have a super simple gift set for you today.  There have been a few family birthdays this month and at the very last minute I realized that I didn't have a card in my stash that was appropriate, so I thought I should start re-building my stash of cards.  I tend to send out birthday cards and thank you notes more than anything else, so it's always handy to have a few ready to go. 

This little bag is from the Silhouette Online Store and I wanted to try out a 3D item.  While the little favor bag isn't huge (4 1/2" tall, 3" across and 2" wide), I think it's plenty big for most occasions.  You could easily fit a gift card in it or some candy without any trouble.  I do still have to get used to the little score marks that the Silhouette adds to it's projects.  I will have a little review of the Silhouette later this week!

The next stop on today's hop is 
 I'm sure she has a fabulous project to share with you today!

Materials Used:

Will see you back here a bit later in the week!  
I am hoping (fingers crossed) to do a QUICK video this week showing how I heat emboss my stamped sentiments and a few other viewer requests!  

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"You Make me Melt!" Layout

Happy Wednesday!  I have another project using the brand new set of stamps from Scrappy Moms Stamps - Sun Kissed!  Officially, sneak peek week is just about over, but I still have lots more projects planned with this set!  This layout is super bright and colorful, which may not be for everyone, but I think it's perfect for summer pictures.  

If you haven't seen the newest set, check out another look at all of the fun sentiments that are included!  You can order them HERE!

I embossed the sentiment again...I think I may be obsessed.  

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
  • 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 yellow polka dot cardstock
  • 9 x 9 printed cardstock (DCWV Sweet Stack)
  • Photo Mats
    • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 (kraft) and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 (blue printed cardstock)
    • 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 (kraft) and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 (blue printed cardstock)
  • Popsicles - Silhouette Online Store
  • Tag Shape - Silhouette Online Store (Echo Park)
  • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps - Sun Kissed Set
  • "Summer" stickers - Recollections Travel Scrapbook kit
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • 3/8" Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's

I have a couple of quick things to share...

If you won one of the card sets from my 1000+ Followers Giveaway, they are on their way to you!  Thanks for being patient!  I really only wanted to make ONE trip to the post office with my 3 year old.  I thank you and the post office thanks you too!  :)

I updated the "About Me" page to include some frequently asked questions!  If you have a question that isn't answered, please don't hesitate to send me an email.  My contact information is also listed there!

There's still time to enter the EAD Monthly Color Challenge & the Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  I also added blinkies to my sidebar underneath my design team information, so you will always be able to find the most current design challenges!  

I think that's about it!  My husband's birthday is this weekend and my daughter is very excited.  She decided he should have a "baseball" party, so I'll try and remember to take some pictures of what a "baseball" party looks like to a three year old.  So far it involves a lot of balloons, streamers and a cake, of course. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!

Welcome to another Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  In honor of the newest Scrappy Moms Stamps release, Sun Kissed, this week's Cricut cartridge is Life's a Beach.  If you haven't played along with us - it's really easy (and fun!).  To play along - create a new project using a cut from Life's a Beach or a similar cut from another cartridge then link your project on the Scrappy Moms Stamps blog!  I hope you play along! 

Materials Used:
  • Tropical Drink - Silhouette Online Store 
  • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps - Sun Kissed set
    • Embossed using VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad & Opaque White Embossing Powder from Hampton Arts
  • Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
  • D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug A2 Folder

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Winners!

Alright...I never heard back from two of the winners from my 1000+ Follower Giveaway, so I redrew new names this morning!

Congratulations to 
Melissa said...

Congrats, your one of my favorites, I have been following for a great while now, I don't regret it not one bit!!!

Thanks so much for your great giveaways!

Joann said...
Congratulations!! I absolutely adore your blog. You are truly talented! Thanks for the chance to win some fabulous stuff!!
You both left email addresses, (thank you!) so I will email you shortly.  I will get all the card sets in the mail ASAP!

EAD Monday Hop!

Happy Monday!  It's time for another fun EAD Designs Monday Blog Hop!  If you arrived here from Jenn's blog, Double N Designs, then you are in the right spot.  If you hopped out of order, don't worry - just start back at the EAD Designs Blog, so you don't miss out on a single project!

I used a sentiment from the Paper Smooches/EAD Birthday Rub-On Sentiments set.  I love the polka dot Happy Birthday! 

I used my new Silhouette again for this one.  I welded two tags shapes together to make the card base.  The cupcakes are also from the Silhouette's online store.    I am still impressed by how cleanly the Silhouette cuts out tiny details.  All of the color cardstock I used for this card is the regular Michael's Recollection brand and it cut beautifully!

 Look at those little lines!!!  No tears...clean right angles - what's not to like?

Don't forget that there is still time to play along with this month's color challenge!

The next stop on today's hop is the very craft Liz from Liz's Paper Loft!

I never heard back from two of my winners last week's 1000+ Follower Giveaway, so I will be re-drawing in just a little while!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Splash" Layout

I have a super super simple layout for you today!  I used my Silhouette again and I am still getting used to the software.  I'm sure if you've used MTC, SCAL or even Design Studio, it would come fairly naturally, but I've only ever really used my Gypsy.  I'm so used to designing layouts in my Gypsy that I am having a hard time figuring out how I am going to translate my normal process to the Silhouette.  My layouts may be fairly simple till I get my bearings. I also have to get used to the fact that I don't have thousands of images at my disposal...well, I do (in the online store), but I can't afford thousands of images right off the bat. ;)

I used the "Sun Kissed" sentiment to accent my journaling space.  It is from the set by the same name!  You can REALLY tell that these are quality stamps, when the outlined font shows up so nice and crisp!  

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base (DCWV Brights Cardstock)
  • 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 patterned paper (American Crafts)
  • Photo Mats
    • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 (kraft) and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 (yellow)
    • 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 (kraft) and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 (yellow)
  • Swimsuit Clothesline, Journaling Space, and Ric Rac Border - Silhouette Online Store
  • "Splash" Silhouette software - USING my OWN font - I love that feature!!!
  • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps - "Sun Kissed" Set
  • Stickers - K & Company
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek - "Enjoy!"

Hi crafty friends!  I have another sneak peek of the Scrappy Moms newest stamp set, "Sun Kissed," and another project using my Silhouette!  I saw a similar project on Happy Life Crafty Wife, and when I saw a 3D strawberry box on the Silhouette's online store - I knew right away that I wanted to try it out.  

Wouldn't this be a cute favor for a birthday party or shower?  

For more inspiration - make sure to check out the Scrappy Moms Stamps Design Teams' blogs!

May Guest Designer: Melissa

Materials Used:
  • Basket - Michael's $1 Section
  • 3D Strawberry Box & Circle Tag- Silhouette
  • Red Cardstock - Papertrey Ink (yes, the Silhouette will cut it!)
  • Green Cardstock - K and Company
  • Swiss Dots Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder
  • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps - "Sun Kissed" Set
  • Green Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen

Friday, May 20, 2011

Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek - Sun Kissed

Happy Friday!!!  It's time for another Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek!!!  This newest set is perfect for summer cards and scrapbook layouts.  The Scrappy Moms Design Team will showcase this set for the next few days, so there is sure to be lots of inspiration to get you in the mood for summer!

This sentiment is too cute and I thought it would go perfectly with this little cutie that I cut out with my BRAND NEW SILHOUETTE!!!  I'm so excited!  This card is the first (and only) thing that I've made so far with my Silhouette, but so far I am really impressed. 

 I am not abandoning my Cricut...let me repeat...I am not abandoning my Cricut.  I will definitely still use my Cricut cartridges with my Expression and my super dusty Imagine - I love them, but I am really interested in some of the design flexibility that the Silhouette provides.  For now, I won't provide cut sizes like I normally do with my Cricut layouts and cards.  If more people start using the Silhouette and are interested in the exact dimensions, then I can always start adding them down the line. 

Don't forget that I am a guest designer over at Monique Griffith Designs today!  Head on over to her blog when you get a chance to check out my project...don't worry - it's Cricut related.  :)

I am also STILL waiting to hear from two winners from my 1000+ Giveaway!  If I don't hear from them by Monday, I will redraw two more winners!  Are you a winner???  If you're not sure, click HERE to view the winners!

Guest Designer at Monique Griffith Designs!

Monique Griffith Designs
Today is a special day for me because I am a guest designer at Monique Griffith Designs!!!  I absolutely love all of the designs that Monique and her awesome team put together week after week.  I first saw one of Monique's layouts last spring on Everyday Cricut and spent days hours looking through her projects.    I hope you will hop over to Monique's blog and check out my project!

Here's a peek:

Today also marks the start of a brand new Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek Week!!!  The newest set is very cute and PERFECT for summer cards and layouts.  I will have my first peek for you a little bit later today!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another Pooh Bear Layout...

Just in case you missed it a few weeks ago...the very sweet Jenny from PaperCut Creations invited me to help her celebrate her birthday by contributing a guest designer post to her blog.  Since it was such a busy week last week and I am gearing up for a big week next week...I thought I would repost the layout here too.  
If you can believe it, I actually still have ONE more Pooh Bear layout to work on for our Disney trip...Pooh and Friends are big in my house.  We have watched the preview for the new movie coming out this summer...oh, about 100 times.  In fact - I think that will be the first movie that we take Nicole to see.  As per usual...there is a plethora of stitching.  I had doubts about the tree, but once I finished I loved the way it turned out, so I guess that's time well spent.  :)

I actually just got the pictures for this layout, plus about 100 other pictures this week.  I spent the better part of Monday afternoon adding pictures and journaling to my layouts and then putting them into my albums.  No matter how much I love a layout (or wish it was completely different) - pictures always make them beautiful.  I've even gotten over my nervousness around journaling...who cares if my penmanship isn't perfect - some day Nicole can look at it and know that I wrote it.  I don't think she'll care.

Materials Used:
  • (2) 12 x 12 white cardstock
  • (2) 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 polka dot cardstock (DCWV Playtime Stack)
  • Photo Mats:
    • (2) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
  • Title "Mat" 
    • Red trimmed to 3.25" x 12 
    • Blue trimmed to 2.75" x 12
  • Journaling Box
    • Red trimmed to 3 1/2 x 5"
    • Blue trimmed to 3 x 5"
    • Kraft trimmed to 2 3/4 x 4 3/4"
  • Title sized at 1.75" from Cursive 101 and welded using my Gypsy
  • Pooh's Tree House sized at 8.5" from Pooh and Friends
  • Pooh Bear sized at 3" from Pooh and Friends
  • (3) Honey Pots sized at 2.25" from Pooh and Friends
  • (5) Bees sized at 1.5" from Pooh and Friends
  • Martha Stewart Scalloped Rotary Cutter
  • 3/8" Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Pigma Pen - Black 03
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain & Frayed Burlap
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Pearlescent Ivy & Copper
  • Martha Stewart Glitter - Crystal Fine
Speaking of guest designing...I am a guest designer on one of my FAVORITE blogs this Friday.  I am hovering in between super excited and super nervous.  I also got my Mother's present in the mail on Monday, but I haven't gotten a chance to play with it yet...I am hoping to get a chance to use it this afternoon.  Can't wait to share! 

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, May 16, 2011


***Click HERE for today's EAD Blog Hop***

Thank so so much to everyone that took the time to enter my 1000+ Follower Giveaway!  I got some LOVELY comments that made my day!  It's nice to know that you like seeing my projects.  I've said it before, but I will say it again - I would be doing all of this with or without the blog, but it's so nice to be able to connect with other crafty peeps.  I wish I could give every single one of you a prize, but for now, I will have to settle with giving away 5 prizes!

Your CHOICE of a Scrappy Mom Stamps Set and 4 colors of Baker's Twine 

Congratulations to:

dreenie said...

Congrats Lauren! I absolutely love your blog ! I love all your work !!! I look foward to each new post !! Thanks for the chance to win!

Set of 4 cards and envelopes!
Congratulations to:

Debbie said...

I think it's an awesome giveaway. Thank you so much.

LesleyfromWI said...

Congrats on all your followers and a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!

Scarlette said...

Congratualtions, Lauren on 1000+ subscribers! You are very talented and I just love your work. Good things come to good people. Here is to 1000 more!

Congratulations ladies!  
 I don't have email addresses for dreenie or Scarlette, so if you two could send me an email to claim your prize - that would be great!  Debbie - the email address you left isn't working, so if you could - please send me an email too!  Thanks!

EAD Monday Hop - Happy

Happy Monday!  It's time to jumpstart your week with a little EAD inspiration!  If you arrived here from the crafty Jenn's blog - Double N Designs, then you are in the right spot.  If not - head back to the EAD Designs blog!  I have been hoarding these little Gnome stickers for a few weeks and I am soo excited that I finally used them - love them!  
Garden Gnomes
I had so much fun working on the Cricut Circle challenge on Friday that I decided to try another sketch challenge.  For today's layout I used the latest Sketchy Thursdays sketch.  If you don't like participating in the current challenges, make sure to check out Sketchy Thursdays anyway - they have great sketches.  Even if I don't end up following a sketch exactly - it's always helpful to just look at some different layout ideas...otherwise I start to feel like I arrange my pictures exactly the same.  
Sketchy Thursdays Challenge

I really wanted to use the blue and white polka dot paper for my photo mats, but I didn't have enough on hand...oh well, they will soon be covered with pictures anyway!  If I am still not satisfied once I add pictures, then I will just add some additional stitching around the blue photo mats.  Hi, my name is Lauren, and I am addicted to my gel pen.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today!  
The next stop on today's hop is the very talented 

Materials Used:
  • (2) 12 x 12 kraft cardstock (Recollections - Michael's)
  • (2) 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 red cardstock
  • 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 white cardstock 8 x 10 yellow polka dot cardstock (DCWV - Playtime Stack)
  • 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 white cardstock and 10 x 10 yellow polka dot cardstock (DCWV - Playtime Stack)
  • (2) 1 3/4 x 12 white cardstock and 1 1/2 x 12 blue polka dot paper (MS Paper Pad)
  • Photo Mats
    • (3) 4 3/4 x 6 3/4, 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
    • (2) 3 3/4 x 3 3/4, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 and 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
    • 4 3/4 x 4 3/4, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "happy" sized at 1.25" from Birthday Bash, shadow welded using my Gypsy
  • "scalloped circled tag" sized at 3.5" from Birthday Bash
  • (2) "grass border" sized at 1.5" from Plantin Schoolbook
  • Garden Gnomes Stickerz - EAD Designs
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Pigma Pen - Black 03
  • Gems - Target $1 Section
  • Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
  • Buttons - Michael's

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

I will post the winners of my 1000+ Followers giveaway in just a little while!  Good Luck!