Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sandra's Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop

Blog Hop
Happy Saturday!  I hope that you are hopping along with us today for Sandra's Butterfly Birthday!  If you arrived here from Jess's blog, My Scrap Diary, you are in the right spot.  If not, make sure to head back to Sandra's blog, 365 Days of Cricut.  

I am so excited to participate in today's hop.  Happy Birthday Sandra!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  I have a lot of pictures sorry in advance.

This post might be one giant excuse to bake a chocolate cake and buy myself some sweet spray roses...oh well.  The things I do for a blog post...  :)  I put together a few ideas for a vintage butterfly themed party.  I was thinking about a little girl's birthday party, but it would also be sweet for a bridal or baby shower.   
I decided on a simple tri-fold card for the invitation.  I wanted something that was simple enough to duplicate, but still special enough to set the tone for the party.
I printed the invitation wording onto white cardstock, and then added a mat of the coordinating patterned paper.  Of course, I also added another butterfly to the inside of the invitation.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the little butterfly is also glittered.
I also decided that the birthday girl might need a special crown for the day.  If this was for an actual party, I would make crowns for all of the attendees, but the birthday girl's would be the most elaborate.  
I have been wanting to make a cake banner for some time, and since I happen to be a little challenged when it comes to decorating cakes - this is PERFECT!  It turned out so sweet and cheerful - and it was super simple to put together.  I cut the letters out using my Silhouette and it happens to be the same font that I used for the invitation wording...I'm kind of picky that way.  I love that I can use any of the fonts on my computer with the Silhouette.  (Plus...look how perfect and teeny they are.)
I also made some ribbon wands that not only serve as a favor, but also become part of the party decor.  These were so simple...I am definitely going to file this away for the future.  All I did was tie a few satin ribbons to a wooden dowel, but before I tightened the knot completely - I added a bit of hot glue to the dowel.  I found the butterflies in the floral section of my craft store and hot glued them to the top.  So much easier than the fairy wands that I've made in the past, and they are still really cute.
I also made a sweet little favor box to fill with little candies or maybe a little bottle of bubbles.

The next stop on today's hop is the super sweet

Sandra's Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop List
Lauren (You're here)

  • Cake - 
    • Beatty's Chocolate Cake 
    • 7 Minute Frosting (I couldn't find the right recipe online, so this is mine.)
      • 4 egg whites
      • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
      • dash salt
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1/4 cup water
      • 1 tsp. vanilla
      • 1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)
      • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites, along with cream of tartar and salt until they reach stiff peaks.  In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar.  Bring sugar and water to a boil and let it continue boiling until it reaches 238 degrees.  (Try not to stir AT ALL.)  With the electric mixer on high, pour the sugar mixture in a small stream over the egg whites.  Add your extracts.  
  • Font - "Coffee Milk Crazy" (I think I found it on'm sure you can google it.)
    • Wooden Skewers (for cake banner)
    • Tabbed Banner (Silhouette Online Store)
    • Nested Butterflies (Silhouette Online Store)
    • Adjustable Crown (Silhouette Online Store)
    • Tall Favor Box (Silhouette Online Store)
    • Patterned Paper (K & Company - Sweet Nectar)
    • Cuttlebug A2 Victoria Embossing Folder 
    • Martha Stewart Glitter - Crystal Fine
    • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
    • Wooden Dowels - Michael's (Pre-cut, by the popsicle sticks)
    • Assorted Satin Ribbon
    • Butterflies (Set of 3) - Michael's (in floral section)
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fun weekend!

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!

    Hooray!  It's time for another Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  This is a good one, so I hope you can play along.  This week the challenge is to create a project using either Nifty Fifties or Camping Critters.  Both cartridges are super cute, but I don't have either one...and you don't have to have either one to play along either.  Just choose a similarly themed cut and link up your project on the Scrappy Moms Stamps blog - HERE!
    I always equate Barbie with the 50's, and I could have sworn that there was a similar silhouette on the Nifty Fifties cartridge, but when I went back to see what page in the booklet she was on, I realized...I must have imagined it.  There is a silhouette of a dancing girl in a poodle skirt, so I am going to say that my "Barbie-esque" silhouette is similar to her and call it a day...alright?  Alright!  
    I do think this silhouette would be ADORABLE if you were wanting to throw a vintage Barbie party.  As an aside...have you shopped for Barbie's lately?  Nicole asked Santa for a "princess Barbie," and he had a VERY hard time finding one.  When did Barbie become so trampy?  Even Barbie's "career" outfits were questionable.  I'm not going to tell you what the firefighter outfit reminded me of...I'll just let you use your imagination.  So anywho...if Nicole ever asks for a Barbie themed birthday party - she's getting a vintage Barbie party, and now I'll have a super cute image to use.

    Materials Used:
    • Card Base - 2 scalloped circles welded together using the Silhouette Design Software
    • Mat - Circle from the Silhouette Design Software
    • Girl Silhouette - Silhouette Online Store
    • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings set
    • Martha Stewart Glitter - Onyx (I used my Zig-Pen to apply a fine layer of glue to the die cut, and then glittered it.)
    • Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
    • Cuttlebug A2 Paisley Embossing Folder

    Quick Note - I updated my indexed "Cards" and "Scrapbooking" pages.  Previously, they were arranged by Cricut cartridge, but I switched things around and arranged them by category.  For example, this card would have previously been in the "Silhouette" card category, but now it will go in the "Encouragement" card category.  Hope that is helpful!  If you haven't ever browsed the pages before, take a look.  I have been obsessively indexing EVERY project that I've ever posted.  Yes, I am a little bit of a Type A personality...why do you ask?

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    EAD Monday Hop: "I'll be there for you!"

    Happy Monday!  I hope you are hopping along with the EAD Designs DT.  If you arrived here from the uber-talented Joanna's blog - Scrap-Making, you are in the right spot.  If not, head back to the EAD Designs blog to start at the very beginning!  

    The next stop on today's hop is 

    Hope you had a great weekend!  

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    Summer Art - Wk 6

    Week Six was lots of fun!  We made all sorts of puppet themed projects, so there was a lot of make believe happening at our house.  Overall - it was a success, but after last week's major could really only get better.  
    Doorway Puppet Theatre
    I saw a very cute doorway puppet theatre on Pinterest and I was inspired to make one with some left over fabric that I had in my craft room.  The best part about this project is that I had everything except the tension rod, so the total cost for this project was $4.  If you can measure your doorway and sew a straight line, you can make this.  You could probably also make a new sew version, but I wanted to make sure it could stand up to a little (or a lot) of play.  This took me about 3 hours to finish...with some "help" from Nicole.  It probably would have gone a bit faster without soo much help, but it is fun to have  someone think you are such a genius.  (I'm really soaking that up while it lasts.)

    Paper Bag Puppets
    These were really fun and simple to put together.  I found this group of 4 farm animals in the Silhouette Online store and then sized them to fit on the paper bags.  I cut out all of the pieces using my Silhouette and then Nicole put them together.  She even used my Cuttlebug to emboss some of the pieces.  She LOVES using it and then telling me how strong she is.

    Clothespins Dolls
    I have been looking forward to these all summer.  My Jama (my grandma) and I made these one summer when I stayed with her, and we had so much fun.  She bought me a kit that had all sorts of fun supplies and clothing patterns, but we went through the supplies so quickly that we had to go back to the craft store for more!  You can make the doll clothes out of soo many different things.  When I made them as a child, we used tissue paper - which works great!  I made some a few years ago for our Christmas tree using THESE patterns from Martha Stewart.  They turned out so cute and I would show them to you, but they are packed away with my ornaments.

    Nicole was little to young to do this by herself, but she had lots of fun going through my tulle and ribbon scraps to pick out their dresses. Of course she requested "princess" dolls.  Her requests started getting more and more complicated, so I distracted her with snack time.

    She also requested Smurf dolls.  We went to see the brand new Pooh Bear movie last weekend, and she saw a preview for the new Smurf movie...she's now obsessed.  :)

    Letter Activity

    I've been trying to pick out a few letters each week to practice with Nicole and this week we made it into a game.  I put all the ice cream cones and popsicles stickers into a pile and Nicole then attached them to the correct letter.  I've seen a few other letter games that I think we might try, so I'll let you know if any of them are hits.  

    Peachy Keen WINNER Announced

    Thank you again to everyone that left such nice comments!  Some of you left comments EVERY day - on EACH blog, which I know is time consuming - so thank you!  

    The winner of the Happy Lashes Face Assortment is:

    Houses Built of Cards said...

    Completely ADORABLE!!! GrEaT layout!!!

    Congratulations!  I have your contact information, so I will be emailing you shortly!

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Peachy Keen Guest Designer - Day 5

    Happy Friday!  I can't believe this week is over - it went by so fast, and I am definitely sad to see it end!  I have had such a good time and appreciate all of the sweet comments that you have left.  Thank you to everyone at Peachy Keen Stamps!

    This week I've taken you through a year's worth of scrapbook layouts; the only thing that I had left off was a birthday themed page.  I am so excited to participate in the Let's Face it Friday Challenge!  This week's theme is "Puns."  I decided to have a "won-DEER-ful" birthday celebration for the sweet deer from Create a Critter.  If you'd like to play along, you can find all of the details HERE!
    I don't care how many projects I do with the Create a Critter cartridge - I never get tired of it.  The Peachy Keen Critter Face stamps just push the "cute" factor up even more.  I have been saving this patterned paper to use for something special, and I decided that this week is awfully special, so it's the perfect time to put it to use.  I know that bright patterns aren't for everyone, but I love these - especially when paired with my favorite kraft cardstock.  
    All of the animals are dressed up and ready for the deer's party.  I added distress ink and white gel pen doodles and faux-stitching to EVERYTHING in this layout.  It is a bit time consuming, but I try to distress and doodle as I go.  Normally while my Cricut is cutting out the images, I ink things and put together what I can.  I like to have everything put together and ready to go once I start to actually put the layout together.  Sometimes I end up changing a few things around from my original design, once the cuts are in front of me.

    Don't forget that this week's giveaway from Peachy Keen Stamps is the Happy Lashes Face Assortment set!  

    All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post - for an extra entry make sure to leave a comment on the corresponding post on Peachy Keen's blog!  I will draw a winner on Sunday morning using and  post the results on Peachy Keen's blog and here on mine!

    Materials Used:
    • Sketch Inspiration
    • (2) 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
    • (2) 11 1/2 x 6 patterned cardstock
    • (2) 11 1/2 x 5 patterned cardstock
    • (2) Borders - 3 3/4 x 12 kraft & 2 1/4 x 12 patterned cardstock
    • Photo Mats: (4) 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 kraft & 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 green pattern, (1) 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 kraft & 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 green pattern
    • Journaling Space - 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 kraft & 5 1/4 x 2 1/4 green pattern
    • Title: "Brady Bunch Remastered Font" - cut out using Silhouette
    • Banners & Grass- Silhouette
    • (2) Logs sized at 1.95" from Create a Critter (make sure to flip one)
    • (2) Branches sized at 2.50" from Create a Critter (make sure to flip one)
    • (4) Balloons sized at 3.00" from Create a Critter
    • (5) Mushrooms sized at 1"from Create a Critter
    • (2) Presents sized at 1" & (1) sized at 1.50" from Create a Critter
    • Cupcake sized at 1.25" from Create a Critter
    • Party Hat sized at 2.50" from Create a Critter
    • Bird sized at 2" from Create a Critter
    • Squirrel sized at 2" from Create a Critter
    • Fox sized at 2.15" from Create a Critter
    • Owl sized at 2.01" from Create a Critter
    • Deer sized at 3.25" from Create a Critter
    • Beaver sized at 2.25" from Create a Critter
    • Peachy Keen Face Stamps - Critter Faces Set A Medium
    • ALL Patterned Paper - Ki Memories "Paisley Parade"
    • Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
    • Martha Stewart Dotted Scallop Border Punch
    • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain (EVERYTHING is inked)
    • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots A2 Embossing Folder
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Hampton Arts Glimmer Chalk (Cheeks)
    • Mini Brads
    • Pop Dots
    Thank you again for all of your sweet comments!  I hope that you will stop back in the future, if you liked what you saw this week.  I don't normally post 5 layouts in one week, but I always have lots of projects to share!

    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Peachy Keen Guest Designer - Day 4

    As promised, I have a Christmas layout to share with you today.  I dusted off my Paper Doll Dress-Up cartridge and got to work sprucing up Santa and his reindeer with some Peachy Keen Face stamps.  If you have been wanting to purchase some Peachy Keen Stamps for the first time or add to your collection - this weekend they are having a "Christmas in July" sale July 22nd, 23rd & 24th!  Make sure to check it out!  I have my eye on a set or two...or three.  ;) 

    I did have to cut out some images a few times, to create layers - it is a bit time consuming, but definitely worth it in the long run.  
    I will use the smaller rectangle for journaling - more than likely I will add another piece of white (or maybe kraft) on top of the pink patterned paper, so that the writing will show up.  It's a little hard to tell in the pictures, but I outlined the stars with diamond Stickles to add a bit of sparkle. 
    To attach the twine to the reindeer, all I did was run a line of gel glue and then attach the twine.  I did the same thing to attach the baker's twine to Santa's bag. 

    Don't forget that this week I will be giving away a set of the 
    All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on one or ALL of my posts this week!  If you'd like 10 chances to win, just leave a comment on each of my posts here at Lauren's Creative and a comment on each of my posts on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog!  You do not have to be a follower or email subscriber of either blog to win, but as always - I would love to have you!  I will draw a winner using and the winner will be posted Sunday, July 24th!

    Materials Used:
    • (2) 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
    • (2) 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 pink patterned paper
    • (2) 11 3/8 x 11 3/8 white cardstock
    • (2) 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 green patterned paper
    • Photo Mats
      • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 kraft, 4 3/8 x 6 3/8 white & 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 pink 
      • (3) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 kraft, 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 white & 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 pink
    • Journaling Space - 4 1/2 x 2 1/4, 4 3/8 x 2 1/8 & 4 1/4 x 2 pink
      • Title "Waiting for" sized at 1.80" from Cricut Winter Woodland font "Santa" sized at 2.93" from Cricut Wild Card 
      • Sleigh sized at 4" from Cricut Paper Doll Dress-Up (cut out 3 times - kraft, red & black)
      • Santa sized at 4" from Cricut Paper Doll Dress-Up (cut out hat and coat 2 times - red & white)
      • (3) Reindeer sized at 5" from Cricut Paper Doll Dress-Up
      • Moon & Stars sized at 3.92" from Cricut Paper Doll Dress-Up
      • (3) Sets of Stars sized at 4" from Cricut Once Upon a Princess
      • (2) Squares sized at 1.50" and (2) sized at 1.80" from Cricut George and Basic Shapes
      • Peachy Keen Stamps - Funshine Face Assortment & Critter Faces Set A Medium
      • Patterned Paper - K & Company "Secret Santa" 
      • Cuttlebug A2 Snowflakes Embossing Folder
      • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
      • Hampton Art Glimmer Chalk
      • Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
      • Stickles - Diamond 
      • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Carrera Marble (Santa) & Obsidian (sleigh)
      • Pop Dots

      Tomorrow I will be participating in the Peachy Keen "Let's Face it Friday" Challenge, so my layout won't post until 10:00 AM CST.

      Wednesday, July 20, 2011

      Peachy Keen Guest Designer - Day 3

      Happy Wednesday!  I can't believe the week is already halfway through.  So far, I've shown you a spring layout and a summer we have arrived in fall, which sounds lovely after weeks of 100+ degree temperatures here in Texas.  I am planning to use this layout for my daughter's first day of school pictures (she starts preschool in the fall), but you could definitely use this layout for almost anything!  

      See that red polka dot apple...that will probably be me on the first day of preschool, while Nicole will probably be more like the happy yellow apple.  Oh well...that's as it should be.  I did some more paper piecing for this layout, and I couldn't be happier with how those cute apples turned out.  I wasn't sure at first if I was going to add faces to my Faceless Fruit, but they looked so sad and lonely without a sweet Peachy face.  So...of course I added some little faces.  This time I used the Funshine Face Assortment.  Did you know those were the very first Peachy Keen face stamps?  

      Don't forget that this week I will be giving away a set of the 
      All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on one or ALL of my posts this week!  If you'd like 10 chances to win, just leave a comment on each of my posts here at Lauren's Creative and a comment on each of my posts on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog!  You do not have to be a follower or email subscriber of either blog to win, but as always - I would love to have you!  I will draw a winner using and the winner will be posted Sunday, July 24th!

      Materials Used:
      • 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
      • 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 white cardstock (top corners rounded)
      • 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 apple patterned paper (K & Company)
      • Borders 
        • 3 x 11 kraft cardstock (added scalloped edge using Martha Stewart Rotary Cutter)
        • 2 3/4 x 11 white cardstock
        • 2 1/2 x 11 green cardstock
        • 1/2 x 11 kraft (scalloped edge using Martha Stewart Rotary Cutter)
      • Photo Mats/Journaling Space
        • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 kraft, 4 3/8 x 6 3/8 white, 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 green (top corners rounded)
        • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 kraft, 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 white, 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 green 
        • 4 1/2 x 2 kraft, 4 3/8 x 1 7/8 white, 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 green (top corners rounded)
      • (5) scalloped circles sized at 2.25" from Birthday Bash 
      • Peachy Keen Stamps - Faceless FruitFunshine Face Assortment
      • Title "apple & EYE from Cricut Birthday Bash and "of & my" from Cricut Wild Card
        • "EYE" embossed using Cuttlebug A2 Swiss Dots Folder
      • Baker's Twine - Papertrey Ink
      • Buttons - Michael's
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens - White & Black
      • Hampton Arts Glimmer Chalk (cheeks)
      • Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils
      • Pop-Dots & Glue Dots 
      • Sketch Inspiration

      Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to check back tomorrow for a little Christmas in July inspiration!