Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Terrific Tuesday Challenge - Stand & Salute!

Happy Tuesday!  Today is the start of another Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  The challenge this week is to create a new project using the Cricut cartridge Stand and Salute.  If you don't have that cartridge, really any military or patriotic cut will do.  I used the little green army men from the Toy Story cartridge.  I tried to do a more masculine kind of card...and if you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that masculine cards are VERY hard for me.  I had planned on embossing the kraft cardstock with a star embossing folder, but evidently I just imagined having a star embossing folder.  Oops.  

You can link up your project HERE!  I can't wait to see all of your patriotic projects!

Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Mat trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4
  • Army men sized at 2.75 (that way they are just about 5.25" long)
  • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps Yankee Doodle Dandy Set
  • Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
  • Star Button - from my stash
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

I tried to design a scrapbook layout yesterday and NOTHING came to me.  I have a ton of layouts that I need to finish from our Disney trip, but I am completely uninspired.  I think it may be due to the fact that we have been working on our daughter's bathroom for what seems like a million years.  It was supposed to be an easy (ha) project involving taking out wallpaper, replacing faucets, and cabinet hardware.  It turns out that the builder put up the lovely 80's mauve wallpaper directly onto the drywall (because who wouldn't assume that mauve wallpaper would stand the test of time).  We had to prime the walls, skim coat the walls, texture the walls, and THEN paint the walls.  I did discover a hidden talent - I am actually  pretty good at skim coating and texturing walls.  Now that we are finally done with all of that - it's just the "fun" stuff left.  So anywho...that has been taking up a lot of my down time.  

Monday, June 27, 2011

EAD Hop: I Heart U!

Happy Monday!  It's time for your weekly dose of EAD inspiration!  If you arrived here from Jenn's blog, Double N Designs, then you are in the right spot.  If not, head back to the EAD Designs Blog, so you don't miss out on a single thing!

I totally embraced a few of my favorite items for my card today...kraft cardstock, white gel pen stitching and these Isabell's Umbrella stickers from EAD Designs

 I can always tell when I really like something because I have a hard time actually using them.  This would explain all of the unused stickers I have from childhood.  So many unused stickers...sad times.  ;)
I also wanted to point out that I added the sentiment using my Silhouette and one of my favorite fonts that I have on my computer.  This is seriously one of the best features and although I LOVE my Cricut too...it would never have been able to pull this off.  Just to give you an even better idea - this font is cut at 36pt.  

Your next stop on today's hop is

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I am hoping to get some scrapbook layouts done this week.  I have been having trouble coming up with anything lately, so hopefully my scrappy mojo will come back this week!  

Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Art - Week 2

Happy Friday!!!  This week's summer crafts were all inspired by Fancy Nancy Sees Stars.  The Fancy Nancy books are pretty popular in our house and we've been reading this one a lot lately at bedtime.  In the story, Nancy learns all about stars, so I decided to do a week's worth of star/nighttime inspired crafts.

Star Cookies
Nicole's favorite part of the story is when Nancy and her friend Robert bake star shaped cookies with sparkly sugar.  Of course, that was her first request.  Everyone has a favorite sugar cookie recipe, but this one is especially great if you are in a hurry or have impatient little ones because you don't have to refrigerate the dough.  This is the sugar cookie recipe my mom used when I was little and I still love it.

Roll Out Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
zest of one lemon (optional)
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 400.  Combine flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Beat in eggs, vanilla and lemon zest.  Add your dry ingredients one cup at a time, mixing after each addition.  Roll out and cut out desired shapes.  Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven and how thick you roll out the dough.

Homemade Glitter Play Dough

I wanted to make blue play dough with glitter to make it look like the night sky, but Nicole had other ideas.  You can find the recipe HERE.  Here's a quick tip about coloring the dough - if you want to take the EASY way out like me and only make ONE color, add the food coloring to the water.  This helps avoid getting too messy.  Adding the glitter was Nicole's favorite part...not surprising.  I had her pour the glitter over the dough and then I kneaded it in.  If your kids are older, they can probably do this part themselves.  Also...we used fine and course glitter - I would use CHEAP fine glitter in the future.  It's a lot more sparkly.

Stars in a Jar
I came across this idea on Pinterest and have been very excited to try this out.  The picture there is gorgeous, but we had a little trouble perfecting our splatters...there must be a technique for splatter painting.  Even though our splatters aren't quite as perfect as the original project, they still look really neat at night.  I can't wait to use this glow in the dark paint for something else.

Toilet Paper Roll Owls
This was another project that I came across on Pinterest and it has also got the BEST response from Nicole.  She had a blast making them and played with them for an hour or so after.  We used some patterned paper to cover up the toilet paper rolls, but you could also paint them.  Nicole tends to be a little impatient waiting for things to dry, so I decided paper would be fastest.

Letter Play
I also decided to choose two letters to practice this week to go along with our activities.  They were all really simple to put together and she seemed to have a good time with all of them.  My favorite was the watercolor "s."  I had Nicole paint lots of different colors using her watercolors and then we covered her painting up with the negative of the letter s.  I'm pretty sure Nicole's favorite part was using the glue stick.

Last week's Summer Art post wasn't very popular, and while I know not everyone has time to comment on every single post...I thought I would take a quick poll to see whether or not there is any interest in the kid's themed projects.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Great Friends are Hard to Beet!

Before I tell you anything else about this card...let me preface by saying that I know that these BEETS look like radishes.  I swear to you that they are in fact beets.  They were clearly labeled as "beets."  (It was actually a set - an eggplant and a beet.  Isn't that a bizarre combination?)  I was sucked in - they were on sale for $0.50 and even if I never ever use these radishes beets again - they made me laugh, so it was totally worth it.  Now I need to figure out what kind of card I'm going to make with an eggplant.  

You can find these funny stamps HERE!
Materials Used:

Alright - I am taking tomorrow off, but will be back Friday with my summer craft round-up for the week.  The kids themed crafts don't seem to be super popular, so I will give it another week or so.  I may stop posting here on the blog and only post quick pictures on my Facebook page.

p.s. Erica - if you are reading this...this card is dedicated to you and all of the darn beets that keep ending up in your CSA box.  :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek!

I am back today with another peek at the new Yankee Doodle Dandy stamp set from Scrappy Moms Stamps.  I keep noticing all these "make-your-own ribbon" type sets at Michael's and I think they are awfully cute, but I decided to make my own instead of buying one.  This was REALLY simple and even though I used a layered image from my Silhouette - you could easily recreate it with shapes from almost any Cricut cartridge or even punches.  To give it a little more dimension I "popped" up the blue scalloped circle and the kraft circle using pop dots.
Don't forget to place your orders before June 30th to take advantage of FREE shipping!

That's it for today...short and sweet, but before I go - here are a few reminders:


You still have time to enter the "Sweet Treats" Terrific Tuesday Challenge...link up HERE!

There's still time to enter...link up your project HERE

EAD is also sponsoring this week's Sketchy Thursday Challenge!
You can link up your project HERE!

I need to get some scrapbooking done this week...

Monday, June 20, 2011

EAD Hop - "Miss You Bunches!"

Happy Monday!  It's time for an EAD Designs Monday Hop!  I am the first stop on today's hop and I am going to be hosting the giveaway this week!  It's very simple to enter - just leave a comment at every stop on today's hop (including the EAD Designs Blog).  The winner will be announce next Monday, June 27th on the EAD Designs Blog!  This week I am giving away a set of the Stuck on You Stickerz!

I had originally planned out a little different card layout, but once I committed to this super cute (but kind of busy) patterned paper, it just didn't look right.  I tried to add some different papers - both solid and patterned, but nothing looked right, so I ended up keeping it simple and bright.

Thanks so much for stopping by - the next stop on today's hop is the super talented
Liz from Liz's Paper Loft!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Scrappy Moms Sneak Peek!

Happy Father's Day!  It's Day 3 of the Scrappy Moms Stamps June Release!  Today I used the super cute Yankee Doodle Dandy set!  I used the two stars from this set to create my own patriotic background paper by using Versamark Ink and clear embossing powder.

Don't forget - Scrappy Moms Stamps is offering FREE shipping on all orders through June 30th!

Materials Used:

Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Holy Guacamole!

Happy Saturday!  I have another sneak peek of the brand new Scrappy Moms Stamps June Release - "Good Eats."  For this card I combined two sentiments...

ALL Scrappy Moms Stamps are currently in stock and shipping is FREE through June 30th!

Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Mat - 4 x 5 1/4 (K & Company)
  • Avocado sized at 4.25" from Preserves
  • Angel Wings sized at 1.71" from Indie Art
  • Halo sized at 5.40" or (.72" using real dial size) from Paper Doll Dress Up
  • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps "Good Eats" Set
  • Peachy Keen Stamps - Funshine Face Assortment
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens - White and Black
  • Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
  • Button - stash
  • Stickles - Diamond

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Make sure to visit the rest of the Scrappy Moms Design Team's blogs for LOTS more inspiration!

 Just a heads up - I've enabled anonymous comments again, so you don't have to sign-in to leave me a comment.  A few weeks ago I turned them off because I was getting slammed with LOTS of spam and some not so nice comments.  For those of you that always say sweet things - thank you!  I read every single one and it always makes me happy!  It's fine to leave a not so nice comment or an obnoxious spam comment, but just know that I delete them...but not till AFTER I read them.  Okay, glad we had this talk. :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Art - Week 1

***If you are looking for my Scrappy Moms June Release post, please click HERE!  Thanks!***

In case you missed yesterday's post, here's a quick re-cap: I will be sharing a week's worth of kid-friendly craft projects every Friday this summer.  It's HOT here and unless we are swimming, then we stay inside in the afternoon and craft!
I've seen this project many many times, but I hadn't every gotten around to trying it.  I am so glad that I did...not only did it get rid of all of our broken crayons - they turned out super cute.  The hardest thing was taking the papers off all the crayons.  I used a flower cake-let pan that I've had for awhile and I was a little nervous that they wouldn't come out, but as soon as they cooled, they came right out.  We also used a mini muffin pan, when we ran out of flowers...worked just as well.

Egg Carton Caterpillars
Egg Carton
Pipe Cleaners
Paints/Markers/Crayons - whatever
Googl-y Eyes or Buttons
This was a special request from Nicole.  We watched a Blue's Clues episode about arts & crafts and Steve showed off his very own egg carton caterpillar.  Obviously this was not a very big request, and easily accomplished without a special trip to the craft store.  I punched holes on both sides of the egg carton, so Nicole could thread the pipe cleaners through for its legs.  They would have been cuter with googly eyes, but we didn't have any, so I improvised with buttons.  I've seen a few similar projects online made to look like the caterpillar from Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar - very cute!

Coffee Filter Butterflies
Coffee Filters
Water Colors
Pipe Cleaners or Clothespins
I was REALLY excited about this project, but Nicole wasn't that into it.  I'm not sure if it was the project itself or just an off afternoon.  I think we may try it again later in the summer.  I was envisioning lots of fluttering butterflies, but we barely got two.  Not to brag or anything, but I made the rainbow butterfly...I had a good time, even if Nicole didn't.  ;)

Button Frame
$1 Frame - Joann's
Glue Dots - a toddler's best friend
Shhh....this is Nicole's Father's Day present for her daddy.  She had a good time playing around with my button stash, and it was very easy.  We used Glue Dots, which are great to use with a toddler.  She can do it herself and there's no mess.  

There were also LOTS of paintings.  I hope this gives you some ideas.  Make sure to share any fun ideas that you have too!

Next week I am going to try to have a theme for our projects...I'll let you know how that goes.  ;)

Scrappy Moms June Release!

Happy Friday!  Today is the start of another week of Scrappy Moms Stamps sneak peeks!  This month Melanie and Tammy are releasing TWO brand new sets!  They are both in stock and ready to ship...and guess what?  Scrappy Moms Stamps is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders through June 30th!  

I LOVE these!  Not only are the sentiments funny, but all of the fonts are really great!

This one is perfect for any patriotic projects that you have...the 4th is just around the corner!

I'm not sure if this is legal or not, but I used my Cricut AND my Silhouette for this card.  Shhh...don't tell!  ;)  
Materials Used:
  • "Pretty Pretty Please" Card
    • Easel Card: 4 1/4 x 9, "face" of card 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • Mat 4 x 4 - DCWV Citrus Stack
    • "Pretty Pretty Please" cut using Silhouette & Brady Bunch Remastered Font - cut out once in red and once in lime green.  I then layered the extras to make the letters a bit more substantial.
    • Cherry cut using my Silhouette
    • Sentiment Mat 4 1/4 x 2 1/4 (kraft) & 4 x 2 (blue)
    • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Stamps Good Eats Set
    • Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps 
    • Button - from my stash
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • "Little Sparkler" Card
    • Standard A2 Base
    • Mat sized at 4 x 5 1/4 (Martha Stewart Paper)
    • Little Girl sized at 4" from Twinkle Toes
      • Peachy Keen Stamps - Happy Lashes Face Asst.
    • Circle Border - cut using Silhouette
    • Tag Shape cut using Silhouette
    • Fairy Wand cut using Silhouette
    • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps Yankee Doodle Dandy Set
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet
    • Baker's Twine 

Make sure to check out the Scrappy Moms Stamps Design Team's Blogs
 for LOTS more inspiration!

June Guest Designer: Sandra

Happy Friday!  I will have my first kids' themed Summer Art post up later this afternoon!  

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kids Crafts - Summer Art Projects

Who has already heard "I'm bored," from your children?  Well...luckily my daughter is too young to really know what "bored" is, but truthfully - I have felt like that the last couple of weeks.  It's already REALLY hot here, so the idea of running around outside is less than appealing.  In fact - if our time outside doesn't include some sort of shade or water - I'm not interested.  (I'm kind of a baby that way.)  

I decided last week to organize all of my kid friendly craft items and come up with some summer crafts for us to do.  I am really lucky because we have LOTS of built-ins through-out our house.  I cleared out a cabinet in our dining room (it's right off the kitchen and close to where we craft) to store the majority of our kid-friendly supplies.  If you don't have the space to dedicate a whole cabinet to craft supplies, a plastic container would work just as well.  The main thing for me was to have everything in one spot.  I was tired of looking around for things that I needed.

Here's a close-up of the top cabinet and a run-down of supplies (left to right).  I tend to pick up supplies here and there when I see things that are on sale.  I LOVE Target's $1 section for seasonal craft items and the regular craft stores put lots of fun things on sale and clearance.  
  • Magazine Holder: Felt, Tissue Paper and Paper Bags 
  • Coffee Filters, Glitter (down in front)
  • Jar: Wood Popsicle Sticks and Wooden Clothespins
  • Jar: Pipe Cleaners and Straws
  • Zip-loc Containers: Foam Stickers (arranged by season), beading "kit," silk flowers, ribbon & mini-clothespins
  • Adhesive Gems
  • Flower Magnet Kit 
This section is pretty self explanatory - LOTS of coloring books, paper, cheap cardstock, stickers and colors.  I keep all of Nicole's crayons in an old wipe box.  It makes it a lot easier for her to help me clean them up and that way I don't try and arrange them in rainbow order in their original boxes.

This is our "arts and craft" area.  We have an enclosed porch in the back our house, and this is where we do most of our "crafting."  The plastic table cleans up easily and I don't mind if she makes a mess.  I created the little ladybug art clips by hot gluing precut and painted ladybugs (Michael's) to clothespins.  I then attached them to some twine and hung them on the wall using Command Hooks.  Our fridge gets pretty full, so this is another fun way to display some of her masterpieces.

I organize some of Nicole's "everyday" craft supplies in this little caddy that I found in Target's $1 section.  (I think it was actually $2.50.)  I have a plastic plate to use for finger paints, crayons, markers, watercolors and brushes.  

So...now that I'm organized.  We can start crafting!  I have been compiling a list of crafts to try, and so far it has been a successful craft-filled week around here.  In fact - it has been so successful that I am scrambling to find MORE things for us to do.  

I will post a run-down of the week's crafts every Friday this summer...starting tomorrow afternoon!  I will try and let you know what went well...what was a hit and what totally bombed.  I'm trying to think of things that are EASY, CHEAP and FUN!  

Do you have some favorite summertime crafts?