Monday, October 31, 2011

EAD Monday Hop: Believe

Happy Halloween!  I hope you are hopping along with the EAD Designs DT this morning.  You should have arrived here from Ashley's blog, Heart Hugs Designs, but if not - you can head back to the EAD Designs blog to start at the very beginning. 

 I have a Christmas project to share with you today...I cannot get Christmas off the brain.  Hopefully I won't tire out too soon because I have a lot of Christmas projects planned this year.
I put together a quick little "found" object to tuck in some little nook for Christmas.  The Christmas that I was pregnant with Nicole I started a little "Christmas library," and every year I add a book or two.  This year I am planning on adding The Polar Express, so I thought a little bell in "snow" would be cute.  (It also makes me think of It's a Wonderful Life, but Nicole's a little young for that.)  I know I have some brass bells somewhere, but I couldn't find them.  I decided to cut the bell out of grungeboard instead and I embossed it to give it a little shine.
I used the "believe in magic" sentiment from Christmas Sentiments.  I haven't looked at these in a few months and I had completely forgotten how many fun sayings are included in the set.  I used my favorite rub-ons...I will admit that I wish I would remember to branch out and try other colors besides black.  It was REALLY ridiculously easy to add this to my little glass jar and it is not going anywhere.  (As an aside...my jar is an Archer Farms spice jar from Target.  I love the spices for cooking...but I may be biased because I love the little glass jars so much.  The labels come off so easily and you are left with a really pretty jar.)
Just in case you also forgot about the Christmas Sentiments...here's a peek at the set:

The next stop on today's hop is the fabulous 

Hope you have a great day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 28, 2011

EAD + 2 cute ink

EAD Designs has a brand new co-branding partner - 2 cute ink.  There are some adorable images to choose from and there 10 sets being released today.  You can find them HERE on the EAD site.!  I used these super cute little angels for my project.

I know...I know...it's not even Halloween and this is my 2nd Christmas card in a week.  I bought some Christmas paper (Doodlebug Designs "Santa's Helper" and Echo Park's "Holly Jolly Christmas"...just in case you were wondering.) and now I have Christmas on the brain.  No...this snowflake paper isn't new - just because I have new paper doesn't mean that I can bear to actually use it. I have to work up to it a bit.  ;)
I cut this little angel's ponytail off, so it would look like a boy angel.  He's helping with the tree's garland.  

Make sure to stop by the EAD Designs blog to check out some more projects using the new 2 cute ink stickers!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Layout

I am still following my new scrapbook strategy - scrap current pictures FIRST.  I actually finished this layout one day after taking the pictures - woohoo!  Most of my layouts are fairly "cutesy," so I stepped outside of my comfort zone and did something a little bit different than last year's pumpkin patch layout
I ordered some new paper last week and I couldn't wait to use the Sidewalks collection from October Afternoon.  In fact - I like it soo much that it could explain why this layout is a bit sparser than normal.  I am having a hard time using it.
I am still crossing my fingers that Santa will bring me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas...we'll see.  Since, I still have the Silhouette SD - I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the large circle for the background...you may be able to use a circle cutter to achieve the same thing if you don't have an Expression or the Cameo.  (For those of you that already have a Cameo...I'm trying not to have Cameo envy.)

Materials Used:

  • (2) 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
  • Photo Mats
    • (1) 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
    • (4) 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • Circle sized at 10 3/4 from Cricut's George and Basic Shapes (I tried to cut it at approx 7")
  • "pumpkin patch" sized at 3.015 x 4.520 from Lori Whitlock via Silhouette Online Store
  • "tree" sized at 10.270 x 7.860 from Lori Whitlock via Silhouette Online Store
    • I "ungrouped" the tree, so I could cut the circles out of different cardstock.  I'm not sure exactly how many I ended up cutting.  I also increased the size to have some larger circles to mix in with the smaller...if you are scraplifting, just play around with it.)
  • "scallop" border sized at .755 x 12 from Lori Whitlock via Silhouette Online Store
  • "flag" shape sized at .795 x 3.305 from Lori Whitlock via Silhouette Online Store
  • "october" PilGi font 
  • "tag" shape sized at 4.250 x 1.015 (I'm using this as a journaling space) from Lori Whitlock via Silhouette Online Store
  • Patterned Paper from October Afternoon's Sidewalk Collection
  • Solid Cardstock from DCWV Brights Textured Cardstock Stack
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sketch Inspiration

My "shop" is now open for business.  Right now I am not taking custom orders, so once something is gone...it's gone.  I'll be adding to the shop here and there...it will kind of depend what kind of response I get.  If you have any questions about any of the items listed, please do not hesitate to ask.  If there's a card I've made in the past that you liked, but don't see it...email me - I may still have it, but just didn't put it in the store yet.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!

Happy Tuesday!  Can you believe that October is almost over?  Today marks the start of another Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  Today's challenge is to make a new project using the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge.  I don't own Doodlecharms, but it is a Cricut classic, so I'm sure a lot of you have it.  In fact after looking through the online handbook, I kind of wish I had bought it.  If you don't have Doodlecharms, I think Simply Charmed is very similar and would work just as well!   I found a similar cut in the Silhouette store and decided to turn it into a shape card...then I glittered almost EVERYTHING.
Instead of using my glitter glue, I glittered the pieces the old fashioned way.  :)  Sometimes I think it works better.  I also finally used one of the cute snowman faces from Peachy Keen's Happy Lashes Face Assortment.  It really is my most favorite face set so far.
You can find this cute sentiment in the A Holiday to Remember set from Scrappy Moms Stamps.

I hope you can play along with us!  You can link your projects on the Scrappy Moms blog!

I know I haven't been listing the cut sizes for my Silhouette projects - would you like me to start?  
Let me know!

Monday, October 24, 2011

EAD Monday Hop!

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend and are hopping along with the EAD Design Team today!  If you arrived here from Ashley's blog Heart Hugs Designs, then you are in the right spot.  I have a fun Halloween card to share with you today.
I used a new card kit from Lori Whitlock and Silhouette.  At first it felt like cheating to be able to just cut out all of the pieces and have a super cute card ready to go, but then I thought about it a bit more.  What really drew me to the card in the first place was the layout...so how is that any different then using a card sketch?  I decided it really wasn't - and instead of searching for shapes to go with the sketch, all I had to do was cut them out.  I used my favorite Halloween stickers for this one.
Kawaii Halloween

The next stop on today's hop is Liz from Liz's Paper Loft
 I know she will have something wonderful to share!

There are some new things happening on the EAD Designs blog - make sure to check them out!

Two for Tuesdays...check the EAD Designs Blog for tomorrow's deal & coupon code!

Materials Used:

Thanks for stopping by!  

Just in case you didn't notice...the blog got a little work done (nothing major) last week.  I wanted to clean up my sidebar a bit, so I got rid of a few things.  If you want to find me on Facebook or Pinterest, you just have to click on the little "F" or "P" at the top left.  I also got rid of my "video" page and replaced it with a "shop" page...NO I am not coming out with a line of stamps or anything like that.  I AM going to start selling a few of my layouts and cards from my blog.  I was going to list them on Etsy, and decided I'd rather just sell them from here.  As soon as the shop is ready to go, I will let you know!  My videos are still available on the site or on YouTube, but since I haven't been making any lately - I decided they didn't need their own page.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

EAD Monday Hop: Cheer Up!


Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I hope you are hopping along with the EAD design team this morning.  You should have arrived here from our talented guest designer Ashley's blog, Heart Hugs Designs, if not make sure to head back to the EAD Designs blog to start from the very beginning.

I have a fun shape card to share with you today.  I've had this cut file for months, and I had completely forgotten about it.  I've seen a few versions of this flower pot card, but I think this one is especially cute.
I paired up this fun card with a sentiment from the Random Sayings sentiment set.
Random Sayings
I've said it before, but if you haven't tried the vinyl rub-ons from EAD Designs - you are missing out.  Whether you try out a set of sentiments or a set of images, I promise you will love them.
  Psssst...you could participate in this month's color challenge and get a 25% coupon (or you might even be lucky enough to win the $20 gift certificate) and scrapbooking supplies ship free.  I'm not really enabling you...just providing helpful suggestions.  ;) 


While the flower pot serves as the envelope, it still fits into a standard A2 sized envelope.  


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

Materials Used:
  • Flower Pot Card - Lori Whitlock via Silhouette Online Store
  • Papers from DCWV and Bo Bunny
  • Sentiment - EAD Designs Random Sayings Rub-On Set
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Olive & Copper
  • Color Box Chalk Ink - Rouge & Warm Red
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Pop Dots
Hope you have a great day!
I have a couple of really cute crafty projects to share with you this week.  I hope you will check back!  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Buggy for Birthdays Blog Hop!

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are hopping along with us today!  Corri from BugLvr Cards is hosting this fun hop today in honor of her birthday!  Happy Happy Birthday Corri!  If you arrived here from Tammy's blog, Scrappy Critters then you are in the right spot.  Don't worry - I will have a complete blog line-up (with links) at the bottom of this post!  Corri is giving away a bunch of cuuutte prizes.  In fact if one of you wins the BEAUTIFUL Snow Day paper and embellies, and you don't want it - I would be happy to take it off your hands.  I'm super helpful like that!
I came up with a funny door hanger to use for a special birthday girl in your life...or for yourself.  
I was rifling through my embellishment drawer and found this cute cupcake sticker.  It's from an American Girl sticker set.  I decided it would be perfect and it saved me from having to add another die cut.  I decided that my little ladybug definitely needed a bit of sparkle...plus while I love this patterned paper - all of the colors are just a tiny bit off from my solid cardstock, so the glitter helps to conceal that a bit.  
I wanted the look of chipboard letters, so I cut out all of the letters THREE times and layered them.  I'm not sure why I didn't consider that it's a bit time consuming to layer all of those teeny letters.  They are all sized at around 1/2 an inch.  Oh well...it was worth it - they definitely look a little more substantial, but it probably would have been quicker to actually use chipboard letters.  :)

The next stop on today's hop is Trish from Techniques by Trish

Blog Hop List

Materials Used:
  • Door Hanger - from Lori Whitlock via Silhouette Online Store
  • Sentiment - sized at .5" using Brady Bunch Remastered font
  • Ladybug sized at 2" from Cricut's Birthday Bash
  • Funshine Face Assortment - Peachy Keen Stamps
  • Cupcake Sticker - American Girl Stickers
  • Adhesive Gems
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Fire Opal & Tourmaline
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain

Thank you so much for stopping by - hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Scrappy Mom Peek - Have a Cool Yule!

Happy Friday!  We are planning to go pick out pumpkins this weekend and to clean out the garage - you can probably guess which one I am most excited about.  I have another peek at one of the new releases from Scrappy Moms Stamps.  I used another fun sentiment from A Holiday to Remember - I just love this set.  
A Holiday to Remember
I have had this adorable little peeking snowman for over a year, but I just realized that I hadn't posted a project with him.  Instead of trying to color him, I pulled out some of my paper scraps and did a little paper piecing.  I think I will be saving this little package to hold a gift card for someone special.  I don't think I am fast enough at paper piecing to mass produce...maybe if I started working on it now.  

Hope you will stop by over the weekend.  Corri is giving away some VERY fun prizes...I'm not going to lie - I'm a little jealous of one of the giveaways.

Materials Used:


Thursday, October 13, 2011

October EAD Color Challenge!



Another fun EAD Designs color challenge starts TODAY!  Have you played along with us yet?  If not - you should!  Just for playing along you will get a 25% off coupon and one lucky winner will receive a $20 gift card to EAD.  Starting this month the winner will also be given the opportunity to join the EAD Design team next month as a guest designer for our November Color Challenge!  (How fun is that?)  

This month's EAD color challenge is so perfect for fall!  I made a pretty simple card using a fun set of "frames" from Lori Whitlock's Silhouette portfolio of shapes.  I actually just welded two of the rectangles together to create a card and then attached that to the pretty tag shape.  
I almost added the little turkey leg and the piece of pie to my cornucopia just to see if anyone would notice, but they wouldn't fit.  ;)  Here's a peek at some stickers that coordinate with this month's color palette.  

Be Thankful
These stickers are adorable and I already have plans for some of the other sayings in the set.  


I hope you will give this color challenge a try!  You can link up your project HERE on the EAD Designs Blog!

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Box Challenge!

Tamara from Happy Life Crafty Wife and Lori Whitlock are hosting a special Halloween Box Challenge. You can head over to Lori's blog to download the files.  The challenge ends today...so if you HURRY, you may have time to put something together!  There's nothing like working on things at the last minute, right? 
I decided to make a giant bow for the top of my box.  I blame it on seeing all of the homecoming mum making materials at Michael's...if you aren't from Texas, you probably don't understand that reference.  I'll just tell you that they are gigantic tacky things...that really have very little to do with an actual chrysanthemum. 

This year I seem to have decided that if I ink the edges of my projects in black, it automatically makes them better suited for Halloween.  ;)
This super cute sentiment is from the Scrappy Moms Bewitched set.  I love that carnival type font - perfect for Halloween.

Two posts in one day...that hasn't happened in awhile!  :)  In case you missed it earlier, if you scroll down I have Scrappy Moms sneak peek posted.