Monday, February 27, 2012

EAD Hop: Thoughts of You

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend!  I was able to get a little crafting done, but mostly I did nothing...which is good, but not exactly productive.  Here's hoping for a more productive week!  I hope you are hopping along with the EAD Designs DT this morning!  You should have arrived here from the fabulous Julie from Julie's Open Window.  If not - make sure to head back to the EAD Designs blog.  You don't want to miss out on this week's giveaway!
Here's my card for today's hop.  I am trying out more of a CAS style card.  I have noticed that most of the cards that I really like are CAS style, which is funny because that's not really what I normally end up creating.  I used one of my favorite sticker sets from EAD Designs - Cute Transportation.
Cute Transportation

I am the last stop on today's hop!  I hope you enjoyed it!

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Peachy Keen Release Party!

The Peachy Keen Connection
I hope that some of you were able to join us this morning for the Peachy Keen Stamps Release Party over on our Ning site.  If you missed it, no worries - you can still play along with two new challenges for a chance to win some of the newest stamps...and you will also be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Peachy Keen.  If you enter both challenges, that's TWO chances to win!  All entries need to uploaded to the Peachy Keen Connection site by Monday at 8am. 

Challenge #1
Create a project using at least two different patterned papers 
Upload your card or project to the Peachy Keen Connection - HERE - using the key words MARCHRP#1. 
Here's my card - I LOVE the "thank you" sentiment from the Gnomegrown set.  I'm sure I've said it before, but I send out more thank you notes and birthday cards than anything else, so it's always nice to have some different sentiment stamps.  This one is large enough and pretty enough that it could be the main image on your card.  

Challenge #2
Create a project using ribbon and bling!
Upload your card or project to the Peachy Keen Connection - HERE - using the key words MARCHRP#2.
I didn't have enough of the ribbon I was planning on using, so I substituted twine...twine is kind of like ribbon, right?  I have a confession...I completely messed up this little gnome, but I was able to salvage him.  I tried coloring the wheel black and it DID not work all.  The black bled all over and I honestly wanted to cry.  I had already spent an hour coloring him, so I really didn't want to throw him away.  I stamped the image again, and this time I ONLY colored the wheel (gray this time, instead of black) and the little bars (? not sure what to call them).  I then just paper pieced him together.  Whew!  It worked and unless you really study the image, you can't tell.  :)

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Card #1 -
Card #2

Hope you will try at least one of the challenges!  
Can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Peachy Peek!

This is my 2nd post of the day.  If you are looking for my Peachy Keen Challenge Post...scroll down!
It's a Peachy kind of day on the blog today.  I have a little sneak peek of the brand new March's Stamp of the Month kit from Peachy Keen and some of the add-on sets.  The new releases will be available for purchase tomorrow - Saturday, February 25th!  Also...we are having a release party over on the Peachy Keen Ning site Saturday from 10-11a (CST).  Hope you will join us!  There will be prizes, challenges and some fun crafty chatting.
I created a little house for my gnome.  March's Stamp of the Month set is adorable - and besides the cute gnomes, there are some REALLY fun face stamps and some adorable little plants and flowers.  Everything but the little bitty gnome is from the Stamp of the Month set...he's from one of the add-ons.  
I really wanted to use the little circle of daisies for a wreath, and while it was a bit too big for the door - it fit perfectly around the little window.  I'm back to zero days without a crafting related injury...I sliced my pinky open with my CutterBee scissors while I was working on this wreath.  Who says crafting isn't dangerous?  ;)

Here's my sweet little gnome that was peeking through the door.  I paper-pieced her dress and hat, and then colored the rest of her with my Copics.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will join us tomorrow for our release party!

The Peachy Keen Connection

Peachy Keen Challenge - 3D Object

Happy Friday!  A brand new Peachy Keen Challenge starts today on the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog.  This week's challenge is to create a 3D object with a weather theme.  I had kind of a tough time with this one, but I can't wait to see what you create!
My daughter is constantly asking us when she gets to go to school, so I decided that it would be fun to come up with a little "today is..." board.  I laminated mine using my YourStory, but you could always skip that step completely.  
I used the adorable In Stiches Face Assortment from Peachy Keen Stamps for all of my weather elements.  (Sorry for the funky pictures...I couldn't find a great place to take pictures of this one.  I ended up in our kitchen, but it doesn't have the greatest lighting.)
Apple = School  
The rainy cloud has a sad face because if it's raining that means that Nicole doesn't get to play outside at recess.  Bless her heart...she gets so grumpy, but then feels bad because she says that the trees and grass need rain.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you can play along with this week's challenge!  Make sure to check back at 7am EST today for a peek at this month's new releases from Peachy Keen Stamps!
The Peachy Keen Connection

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Before I forget...I finally found a good setting to cut my Papertrey Ink cardstock on my Silhouette Cameo.  I increased the blade to a 7 and it worked PERFECTLY.  No need to double cut or anything.

Monday, February 20, 2012

EAD Designs Hop - You're so kind!

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend, and are hopping along with the EAD Designs DT this morning.  You should have arrived here from Julie Ranae's blog, Julie's Open Window...if not, make sure to hop back to EAD Design's blog, so you won't miss out on this week's giveaway!

I have a super simple card to share with you today.  I am still trying to get back into the swing of things.  I've been trying to put our house back together after having wood floors installed, and we all managed to get sick again.  At some point, I assume I won't catch every single bug my daughter brings home from school...right? 
Thank you soo much for stopping by today!  

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Monday, February 13, 2012

EAD Monday Hop: Owl Love you Forever!

Happy Monday!  I hope you are joining the EAD Designs DT for this morning's hop!  You should have arrived here from Julie Ranae's blog, Julie's Open Window.  If not, make sure to head back to the EAD Designs blog, so you won't miss out on a single project.

I have a fun bookmark to share with you today.  We've been reading a fun book called 365 Bedtime Stories.  It belonged to my dad as a child, and he read it to me and my brother as we're reading it to Nicole.  There is a story for every night of the year, so I need something to help us keep our place in case we read something different one night.

I used the very cute Feathered Friends Stickerz from EAD and Isabell's Umbrella.

The next stop on today's hop is 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bon Voyage Luggage Tag

Hello!  I have a super simple luggage tag to share with you today using the brand new Mini Messages set from Scrappy Moms Stamps.  I don't have any trips planned in the immediate future, BUT I still thought it would be fun to make something to add to my suitcase that would make it easier to spot.  I thought I was being really smart to buy a red suitcase, but evidently a lot of people had that same idea.  Here's another look at the one of the newest sets:
Mini Messages

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Have a great day!  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Scrappy Moms Sneak Peeks!

Shhh...this card set is a present for my mom.  I don't think she'll look at this today, but if she does...SURPRISE, Mom!  Scrappy Moms Stamps is releasing two brand new sets today.  I made a set of four cards using the brand new Mini Messages set from Scrappy Moms Stamps.  Before I show you my's a peek at the first set!
Mini Messages
I have to tell you...I am in love with my Copics.  I know that my coloring isn't perfect or anything, but it's so fun.  My favorite part of using watercolor pencils is blending the colors and by using Copics, I get to skip to my favorite step.  I think I have colored EVERY image stamp that I own in the past week or so.  I now understand why all of you stampers out there end up with soo many stamps.  I have had to remind myself a few times that I should not order any new stamps right now.  

Even though it's not my week to post the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge...I decided to play along anyway.  This week's challenge is to create a project inspired by the photo below!  You can link up your project HERE!
photo credit: North Hill Produce
Scrappy Moms is also releasing another adorable set: Owl Occasions!
Owl Occasions
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Hope you have a great day!  If you have made it this far in the post, I figure you must be a regular blog I right?  I posted this on my Facebook page, but in case you missed it...I have updated the Cards, Crafts and Scrapbook pages on the blog.  There are linked pictures of almost EVERY single project that I've posted.  I hope that this will be useful to you - I think it will be a lot easier to navigate.  Let me know if you like it!  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

EAD February Color Challenge

Happy Thursday!  It's the start of a brand new EAD Designs Color Challenge!  Have you played along with us yet?  If's why you should: just for playing along - you get a 25% off coupon to use in the EAD Designs store and one lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate and a guest designer position for the following month.  Pretty cool, right?  
For some reason I thought this challenge was harder than normal.  I must not use black and white very often because I had NO patterned paper to use.  (Weird, right?)  Since I didn't have any patterned paper to use...I made my own using a background stamp from Peachy Keen.  

My fellow DT member Liz from Liz's Paper Loft is REALLY good at using black and white in her projects, so I'm sure she will have something FABULOUS to share.  Her black and white projects always look so elegant and chic...I'm not sure I accomplished that today.  :)
Vintage Treasures Stickerz
Wouldn't those stickerz be cute with the For the Record paper collection from Echo Park?  I kept thinking...I should have ordered that 6x6 pad last month.  ;)

Have a great day!  I will be back tomorrow with a peek at two new sets from Scrappy Moms Stamps and even though it's not technically my week to play along with the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge - this challenge was too fun for me to pass up!  

p.s. Remember last week when I said that posting might be a little light this week?  I don't know what I was thinking.  I still have a ton of "extra" projects waiting to be posted.  Unfortunately NONE of them are layouts...someone may need to force me to stay in my craft room until I get a couple of layouts designed and completed.  Any takers?  

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

*cards for Sebastian* You are my Hero!

I first read about Sebastian's story on Amy T.'s blog, and couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a card that might help brighten Sebastian's day.  Sebastian's teacher, Ms. Brown, posted Sebastian's story on her blog with a special call for cards to encourage Sebastian during his latest hospital stay.  I want to take just a minute to get up on my soapbox...hold on...

Ok...THANK YOU Ms. Brown and all of the teachers out there that actually make a difference in their students' lives.  I know that it is easy to get beaten down by all the bureaucracy, the crummy parents, and less than understanding administration, BUT for those of you that keep in mind that you are imparting much more than multiplication tables or correct grammar - thank you!  I LOVED school for the most part, and was so lucky to have a hand full of teachers that really cared - not just about for the material they were teaching, but for me.  As a parent, I am TERRIFIED of sending Nicole to school because there are not enough of the Ms. Brown's out there to help me look out for her.  Ok...I'm stepping down from my soapbox.  Onto my card...
I VERY quickly snuck into my craft room to use my Silhouette this morning before the work crew showed up to continue working on our new floors.  It's not the fanciest card, but I think Sebastian will like it...what little boy doesn't believe that he is a super hero?  Sebastian does sound pretty super, so he's already more than half way there!  

You can find ALL of the info about Sebastian, as well as, mailing info on Ms. Brown's blog HERE!
Amy T. is also giving away a $25 gift certificate on her blog to help encourage you to send a card.  You can find the link up post HERE!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to the first Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge of February!  This challenge is a super easy and very fun should play along with us!  All you have to do is incorporate a heart into your project...pretty easy, right?  

I made these heart boxes for Nicole's preschool Valentine's party.  I only had to make 13 of these, so if you have a lot to might want to simplify.  I will say that if you make these in an assembly line fashion...they really don't take too long.  Here's how I did it...
  1. Cut out 13 heart boxes using my Silhouette Cameo
  2. Assemble the boxes.
  3. Watch Nicole use my Cuttlebug to emboss the hearts.  As she finished...I attached them to the boxes.
  4. Cut out and assemble the critters using my Cricut Expression and Create a Critter.  (I still love Create a Critter and I especially love how easy the layers are to put together.)
  5. While my Cricut was working...I cut out the stamp shadows for my sentiments using my Silhouette. 
  6. Stamp faces and sentiments.
  7. Embellish die cuts with my gel pen and glitter glue.
  8. Cut all of my bakers twine.
  9. Attach bakers twine to the box for the little handles.
  10. Attach critters and sentiments to the heart using pop dots.

Sorry for the kind of funky pictures...I couldn't figure out how to get a good picture of these, so I ended up hanging them on my cupcake holder.  Incidentally...that's what I'm using to hold my baker's twine right now.  The long term plan is to use a peg board, but this is working in the meantime.

I hope you are able to play along with us!  You can link up your project HERE on the Scrappy Moms Stamps blog!

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