Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best of 2011: Crafts

I wasn't planning on doing a craft round-up for the year, but as I was reviewing my cards and layouts, I realized that I worked on a lot of projects that didn't fit into either category. 

My daughter is trying to decide between Strawberry Shortcake and Fancy Nancy for her fourth birthday, so we'll see if I can manage to stay away from licensed supplies for a second year in a row.
I bought out our Target's supply of gable boxes last year, and made a few different versions.  This one is my favorite.
Sadly, this wasn't for an actual party.  I did get to enjoy the cake though.  ;)
I think I may do something similar for my daughter's teacher for teacher appreciation week.  
This project got more hits than anything else this year...so here it is again.  I still love it and can't wait to put it out again next fall.

I had plans to add some more to this hat, but ended up leaving it as is.  Maybe I'll change it up next year.
I really like this and I think that next year I may do something similar, but make pajama pants to go with it.
I was sad to put this one away when I took down our Christmas decorations.  It took A LOT of time, but I know that we will use it for many years to come.  
This project was so easy and I loved having it on our hearth for Christmas.  I filled it with some of our Christmas books.
This was a late edition to our Christmas decorations, but I am so happy to have it.  I think next year I may make a few for gifts.  

Whew!  This year was full of lots of ups and down in my personal life as well as my crafty life, and I can't wait to see what next year brings.  Thank you for continuing to visit my blog and for leaving such nice comments!  Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Best of 2011: Cards

Happy Friday!  I am back today with a round-up of my 10 favorite cards from 2011.  My goal for 2012 is to actually send out more of my cards.  My card stash is entirely too big!  

I really liked how this one turned out.  It's a standard sized card, but I changed it up a bit and there's a place on the inside for a gift card.

This card was for a blog hop.  The card was supposed to feature a scene, and for some reason I had the hardest time coming up with anything.  

I love shaped cards and I especially like how this little hippo turned out.  

I still really love this card.  It's hard to tell from the picture, but the little peas are popped up using pop dots.  Those little Peachy faces are so sweet.

I love the bright colors and I especially like the patterned paper...wish I had more of that.  

Another shape card...I think this was one of my first projects using Kate's ABCs. I searched and searched for that cartridge, and I haven't used it nearly as often as I thought I would.  Maybe I should dust off my Cricut.

I am still learning how to use watercolors, but I think this was my best effort from 2011.  I really want to make more time next year to work on coloring techniques.

I was so excited to try out the baker's twine pom-poms, but I think I ended up using every bit of red twine that I had on hand.  Oh well...I still think it turned out pretty cute.

This is my first and only attempt at a spinner card.  I can't wait to give it another try.  Maybe next year...

Hmmm...another shaped card. 

I thought this was going to be my last post of 2011, but I have ONE more "best of" post to share tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best of 2011: Scrapbook Layouts

Alright...it's that time again.  Last year I posted my favorite layouts and cards, so I decided I should continue.  I'm starting with some of my scrapbook pages and tomorrow I will share a few cards.  

Confession...I did not do as much scrapbooking as I would have liked in 2011.  There were some things going on in my personal life throughout the year that basically zapped my creativity for weeks at a time.  While it's fun to look back at some of my projects, I'm really looking forward to a new year and hopefully lots more projects.

This is my favorite layout of all time.  I created it for my Peachy Keen Stamps guest designer week, and it's one of those rare projects that turned out better than I had planned.

I worked on a few Disney themed layouts last year (I still have a few to finish) and this one came out the best.  While I love the characters, sometimes it's hard to fit them into a layout without it looking REALLY cheesy.  

This makes me miss my Imagine...a little bit.  

I tried a more modern look for this layout.  It also helped conserve my patterned paper.  ;)

I chose this one because while I love how it turned out, I didn't think I was ever going to finish it.  Not to be a huge downer, but we got some bad news right as I was in the middle of working on this.  (Kind of funny now, since the theme of the layout was "life's a beach.")



Sweet
Big Girl
Making Spirits Bright

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Monday, December 26, 2011

EAD Monday Hop: Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day!  If you need a bit of a break from all the festivities,  I hope you will hop along with the EAD design team.  If you are hopping along with us this morning, you should have arrived here from Joanna's blog, Scrap-Making!  I know that Christmas is over, but I have ONE more Christmas-y project to share.  I put together a quick thank you card using the super cute Tiny Twinies Christmas stickers.  
I hope you all had a lovely holiday.  I got a new camera that I have NO clue how to really use, so I will be doing a lot of research.  My husband is hoping to spend the day watching soccer matches, but I have a feeling that he will really be playing a lot of Pretty Pretty Princess, Don't Break the Ice and Go Fish with Nicole.  :)  

The next stop on today's hop is

Materials Used:

Monday, December 19, 2011

EAD Monday Hop: Dear Santa

Happy Monday!  Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away?  I've been busy playing nurse to a sick little one and husband, so I feel like I am a little bit behind in my Christmas preparations.  I hope you are hopping along with us this morning!  You should have arrived here from Joanna's blog, Scrap-Making!  If not, make sure to head back to the EAD Designs blog to start at the very beginning.  I have a cute Christmas project to share with you today.  Even if you don't have time to finish this for this year...it would be a fun project to tuck away for next year!
I saw THESE signs from Pottery Barn Kids and I really wanted one to add to our Christmas decorations, but I didn't want to spend that much on a wooden sign that I could easily DIY.  I found this wooden plaque at Michael's for $1.99.  I cut out an artisan shape using my Silhouette, and then traced it onto the wood plaque.  Once I managed to paint the red border, I added polka dots using the handle of a paint brush and distressed the edges with a bit of Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  You could cut out the words yourself in vinyl...or you could let EAD do it for you!  My Personalized Dear Santa vinyl is apple green, but you can get it in TONS of colors.
Personalized Dear Santa

The next stop on today's hop is 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Scrappy Moms Peek: Hooray for Birthdays!

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you are having a good week so far.  I have another sneak peek of the brand new Hooray for Birthdays set from Scrappy Moms Stamps!  I have been wanting to try making little paper "candles" for awhile, and I'm so glad I did.  It's a great way to use up a few pretty paper scraps.  I can't wait to try these on a birthday scrapbook page.

To create the "candles" I trimmed my scrap pieces to 2 x 4" and then ran a little bit of ATG tape down one end.  Once I secured the end, I just added a little piece of baker's twine to the top to create a wick.  Easy!  They at least fooled my three year old because she asked me why I used birthday candles on a card.  

Here's another peek at the brand new set!
Hooray for Birthdays!

Materials Used:
Nicole is supposed to have her first EVER school program tonight, but she's been sick since Saturday.  We have a doctor's appointment today, so hopefully it's just a cold and she'll feel better in time.  So...that's where we will be this afternoon at 1pm.  Think of us because it will take a lot of patience to survive the pediatrician's office in December in the middle of the day at what is normally Nicole's nap time.  Good times.  :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

EAD Monday Hop: Glass Etching

Happy Monday!  It's time again for a fun hop with EAD Designs!  If you arrived here from Joanna's blog, Scrap-Making, then you are in the right spot.  I tried glass etching for the very first time using some of EAD's wonderful vinyl.  You can find it HERE!  It comes in 12 x 12 and 12 x 24 pieces WITH transfer tape.
I had a little bit of trouble getting my design situated on the glass.  I think I probably would have been better off trying this on a flat surface first.  I originally tried to attach the scrolls and "S" in one piece, but I just couldn't manage to get the design in the right spot and maybe more importantly completely flat.  Since that didn't work, I ended up separating each piece, and I trimmed away as much excess as possible.  I have to tell you - all in all, I can't believe how easy it really is to do.  I can't wait to try it again.

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


Have you entered this month's color challenge?  You still have plenty of time to join!  
Link up your project HERE!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Scrappy Moms Peek: Cute as a Button!

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are having a good day so far.  I have another sneak peek of Dancing Circles from the Scrappy Moms Stamps December release.  I made a layout to commemorate my daughter's first sleepover at her grandparents' house.  I've never included an image stamp in a layout before, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.  (Plus, this little sweetie from Mo Manning reminds me soo much of my little one.)
I added the little button "garland" at the last minute.  I had everything all put together, but it was missing something and the "cute as a button" sentiment gave me the perfect excuse to add lots of buttons.  I literally just laid out my buttons in a random pattern and then started threading them onto a length of baker's twine.  I am completely out of glue dots, so I used a teensy tiny amount of hot glue (that wasn't all that hot) to attach the buttons to the page.  I started with the center button and worked my way to the edge.
Here's a close-up of the stamped image.  I think I've finally gotten the hang of coloring on kraft cardstock.  I ended up using my white gel pen, so the white would really pop.  I had been having trouble with the skin tone, so I ended up coloring that last and I didn't use any water to blend it.  I did add some chalk to give it a little more depth...but that's it.

Here's another peek at the newest set!  Don't forget that everyone who orders Dancing in Cirlces between December 9-18th will be entered to win a 1 1/2" circle punch and the coordinating 2" scalloped circle punch.

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
  • 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 October Afternoon - Sidewalks Collection
  • Photo Mats:
    • 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 (green) and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 (kraft)
    • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 (green) and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 (kraft)
  • Title 
    • 4 1/4 x 6 (kraft)
    • (4) 1 1/4 x 4" October Afternoon - Sidewalks Collection
    • "A Very Special Day" Silhouette Online Store
  • Stamped Image
  • "Cute as a Button" - Scrappy Moms Stamps Dancing in Circles Set
  • Buttons - October Afternoon - Sidewalks Collection
  • Baker's Twine
  • Brads
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

Don't forget to check out all of the Scrappy Moms Design Team blogs - we will all have LOTS of new projects featuring the two new sets over the next week!