Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Leaf Wreath

Happy Tuesday!  Last fall I eagerly jumped on the yarn/felt flower wreath bandwagon.  This year I'm still on the yarn/felt bandwagon, but this one was even EASIER to make.  I found a fall leaf die to use with my Cuttlebug that made this wreath super easy to make.  I made this wreath as a present for Brandon's grandmother, and as happy I was to give it away...I was a little sad too.  In fact, I like it so much that my mom and I are going to make a couple more for ourselves to keep.  I also apologize for the lack of step by step pictures.  I had EVERY intention of taking pictures along the way, but once I sat down to actually start assembling the wreath - I became VERY unsure of myself.  That's the problem with a lot of my non-papercrafting projects...most of the time, I'm just winging it and I have NO idea how they will turn out.
I started out by wrapping the wreath (it's an 18" straw wreath...LEAVE THE PLASTIC ON!!) in yarn.  I have come to the conclusion that if you find a yarn that is thicker, maybe with some texture and varying color - you will like the end result so much more.  The thicker yarn and varying color adds beautiful texture before YOU even start embellishing the wreath.  I also thing that it helps hide the wreath's little imperfections.  Once you have your wreath wrapped, DISASSEMBLE your floral picks.  For this wreath, I used 5 floral picks from Michaels.  (When I bought them, they were 40% off, but I noticed that they are now 50% off.  If you want to make this wreath, head to your local Michael's before they run out.)  I know that the picks are beautiful as is, but they are much easier to work with AFTER you take them apart.  I arrange and glue all of the picks to wreath BEFORE I add any thing else...flowers or leaves.  This gives you a base to work with...and yes, it's intimidating to start gluing things on your wreath...but you have to do it.    
Once I recovered from my initial, feelings of self doubt...I started arranging and gluing the felt leaves to the wreath.  I used the cheap stuff again, and I'm not sorry in the least.  The felt sheets from Michael's are 29 cents a piece and you can see from the pictures that they cut beautifully.  I used 10 sheets total: 5 colors/2 sheets each.  Depending on your leaf die, you should be able to get anywhere from 8-10 leaves per sheet of felt.

My mom is coming over tomorrow and we're going to make some more wreaths...IF I can get it together, I'll try and take a few step by step pictures, so at least you'll get an idea of what the wreath looks like as it's coming together.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Monster Halloween!

***If you are looking for my Peachy Keen Fall/Halloween Blog Hop Post, click HERE!***

Happy Wednesday!  It's my day to post over on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog, and I have a fun card to share with you today.  I wanted to show you that with some fun Peachy stamps - you can create a Halloween card without necessarily buying any Halloween themed paper. 
When I first started paper crafting, I was NOT very picky about what papers I chose.  I would buy an entire pad of patterned paper - even if I didn't absolutely love everything.  Well...luckily I HAVE gotten more picky, so I don't feel like I'm wasting money on supplies that I don't use.  Even if I don't always have the latest and greatest papers, I ALWAYS have a supply of solid colored cardstock. By using the spiderweb stamp from the Spider and Web set as a background stamp - you can create your own Halloween paper in any color that you choose.  I know some of you are masters at using your stamps to create beautiful background papers...I tend to have a bit of trouble, but this spiderweb stamp is super super easy.  I PROMISE!  I used the In Stiches Face Assortment set for my little monsters.  This is another versatile set - I love using it for scarecrows, dolls and any of the Peachy Keen Stamps that have stitching.  
I decided to heat emboss my sentiment so it would stand out against the pattern and the textured cardstock.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Peachy Keen Fall & Halloween Hop

***If you are looking for my Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge post, click HERE!***

Happy happy Tuesday!  I hope you are hopping along with the Peachy Keen Design Team and Alumni for our Fall & Halloween Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Erin's blog Erin Lee Creative, but if not, make sure to head back to the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog.  I will also have the complete blog hop list at the bottom of this post.  There are some great prizes to win and a 24 hr. sale - I will have more details towards the bottom of this post!
I decided to create a fall themed project because it seems like I've been making a lot of Halloween themed projects over the last few weeks.  I found these cute wood grained gable boxes in Target's dollar section last week, and decided they would be perfect to embellish and fill with some fall treats.
I used two Peachy Keen sets to embellish my die cuts.  I used the In Stitches Face Assortment for my scarecrow's face and the adorable Cut Out Pumpkin Faces for my pumpkins.
I inked all of my die cuts and added faux stitching to almost everything...I can't help it - it's an addiction.  ;)

We will be giving away a total of $150.00 in prizes for this hop!  They will include:  1 $50 Gift Certificate and 4 $25 Gift Certificates.  Five stops along the way will be randomly choosing a winner from the comment section, BUT we aren't telling which five.  So...to increase your chances of winning - leave a comment on each stop along the way.  Winners will be announced 
Saturday, September 22nd on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog!

There is also a 24 hour sale happening RIGHT now!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the hop!


Blog Hop Order

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Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!

Happy Tuesday!  It's time for another Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  This week's challenge is to create a Halloween themed project with baker's twine.  Pretty easy!  I have had this cute little witch for awhile, but I haven't used her before because she was a true paper pieced image.  I think I am pretty spoiled because even though you piece most Cricut images - they all have a base image.  I decided she was too cute not to use, so I created my own base by welding all of the pieces together first.  It may have been a bit more work to start out, but it made piecing her sooo much easier.

I hope you will play along with the Scrappy Moms Design Team!  You can link your project HERE!


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Witchy Halloween Card + Reminders!

Happy Saturday!  I completely forgot about this little witch card that I made for this month's Peachy Keen Stamps release.  I posted her on the Peachy Keen Connection, but I guess I forgot to post her here.  I have been slacking on household chores today, so I can do a little crafting to get ready for next week!
I wasn't super happy with how her hair turned out, soo I added a little glitter.  Glitter fixes a lot.  :)
I also put her on an Action Wobble.  

I wanted to remind you that you have until tomorrow evening to take advantage of the Scrappy Moms Stamps End of Summer FREE shipping sale.  Click HERE to shop!
ALSO...there is a HUGE Peachy Keen Stamps blog hop Tuesday, September 18th!  You will see projects from the current design team as well as some from your favorite Peachy Keen Alumni!  Make sure to check it out - there are LOTS of prizes up for grabs!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Peachy Keen Stamps: Just Cards - Teacher!

Happy Friday!  A brand new Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge starts today!  All you have to do is create a card using the theme Teacher, be it for or from, or anything in between!  We'll be awarding "TOP PEACH" to the player who uses their Peachy Keen Stamps this week and our two runner ups will receive a badge to display on their blog!

I used two sets of Peachy Keen Stamps for my card today - the  In Stitches Face Assortment and August's Stamp of the Month set for my sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you will join in this week's challenge!

Just a quick note...I happened to read an article on Kevin and Amanda about google searching your blog's images to see if anyone is using your pictures, and I found some.  Guess what???  Two blogs that I read featured my fall wreath that I made last year!  (I'm not sure how I missed these.)  Jen from Tatertots and Jello featured it on her other blog "The New HomeEc" she contributes to for Babble.  You can see it HERE!  And...if that wasn't enough, Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime featured it as part of her 50 Amazing Fall Wreaths.  You can see that one HERE!  I was pretty excited (ok...ridiculously excited) to have my wreath included.  Woot!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Autumn Greetings

***If you are looking for Angelica's Fond Farewell Blog Hop, click HERE!***

Happy Monday!  It's my day to post on The Twinery's blog!  I hope you had a good weekend, and are in the mood for an fall themed project today.  I have been thinking about this card for weeks...well not this card exactly, but something using LOTS of twine and cut-outs.  
To create my twine background - I cut out a piece of cardstock that was 1/2 an inch smaller than my card front.  I then applied some ATG tape in a grid pattern across the entire piece of cardstock.  I tried two different methods to apply my twine.  Learn from my mistakes!  I first tried cutting each piece individually, but I quickly discovered that method was waaaay too time consuming.  My second method was much easier and faster.  Instead of cutting each individual piece of twine, I applied each line of twine WITHOUT cutting...until switching colors.  Once I covered the entire piece of cardstock, I took my scissors and evened up any stray pieces of twine.  All in all - it only took me about 30 minutes total.  I can't wait to try something similar for Christmas or maybe hearts for Valentine's Day!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Angelica's Fond Farewell Blog Hop

Thank you so much for joining the current and alumni Peachy Keen Design Team for Angelica's Fond Farewell Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Jennie's blog.  If not, make sure to head back to the Peachy Keen Stamps blog - you won't want to miss out on a single project today.  (If you get lost, I will have a complete blog list towards the end of this post!)

If you subscribe to the Peachy Keen Stamps email newsletter, you may have seen that Angelica is leaving her current position as the Design Team/Marketing Coordinator at Peachy Keen Stamps to accept a position at a printing company.  This is just our small way to thank Angelica for all she does for each of us and send her off to her new job in a Peachy kind of way.  Angelica is always there to offer encouragement and help WHENEVER I've need it.

Congratulations on your new job, Angelica!  They are soo lucky to have you!  I'll miss you - but never fear...I don't think you'll ever truly escape the Peachy Keen family.  Mwahahaha!  ;)  
For my project, I cut this little cat out of kraft cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and then jazzed her up with a sweet Kitty Face from Peachy Keen.  I also added some shading using my Copic markers.  To create the cat's ball of "yarn," I just wound a bit of baker's twine and then applied a little glue here and there to make sure it would stay put.

Peachy Keen Stamps is giving away 4 $20 Peachy Keen Stamps Gift Certificates!!! In order to win to have the best chance to win - YOU need to leave a comment on each stop along the way including the Peachy Keen Stamps blog! Four of the stops along the way will be randomly choosing a winner, BUT we're not telling which 4 until after the hop!

Thank you soo much for hopping along with us!

 The next stop on today's hop is 

Blog Hop List



Saturday, September 8, 2012

Scrappy Moms Peek: Trick or Tweet!

Hi crafty friends!  I have a quick shape card to share with you today...it was originally supposed to be my Terrific Tuesday post (although it looked a little different), but a bunch of things worked against me and I wasn't able to get it finished in time.  Oh well...now that the Goosebumps set has been released - I added a witch's hat and switched up the paper and sentiment.  Now my bird is ready for Halloween!  You still have plenty of time to join in this Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge!  Create a shaped card and link up your project HERE!
Just in case you missed yesterday's post...here's another peek at the new set:
Don't forget that Scrappy Moms Stamps is offering an End of Summer FREE shipping sale NOW through 9/16!  

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure to check out the rest of the Scrappy Moms Stamps DT blogs for lots more Halloween inspiration!


Friday, September 7, 2012

New Scrappy Moms Stamps & a Sale!

Happy Friday!  I hope you have all had a good week!  So...what do you think of the new set?  I think it's super cute.  I am so excited to finally be able to share these projects with you.  I've had them done for awhile, but I've been holding them back until this new release!  

I got the idea for these treat bags from Pinterest...so the first one is a bit of a scrap-lift, but once I finished the first bag...I put my own spin on them!  (You can see my original inspiration HERE!)
I'm really happy with how he turned out.  I found the mini brown paper bags at Michael's in the gift wrap section.  I did end up trimming them down a bit with my pinking shears.  Here's a quick step by step...
Measure (or eyeball) how much ribbon you need for your handles.  
Staple the ribbon to your bag to create the handles.
Ink everything in black...because black ink is "Halloween-y"
Adhere your pumpkin to the front and back of the bag.
Add your tag with stamped sentiment
Apply glitter glue 
I actually use one little pop dot to help keep my tag EXACTLY where I want it.  
Once I finished the pumpkin...I knew I needed to make more.  All I did for the mummy was lay out strips of cream cardstock in a haphazard pattern.  I did try to do it without inking the edges...but you REALLY need to ink the edges so the strips will stick out.  I used my circle punch to create little eyes.  To keep the bag from tipping over and to hide the stapled ribbon handle - I applied a rectangle of cream cardstock to the back of the bag as well.

I think the little Frankenstein may me be most favorite.  I used pieces of a few different SVGs to create his face...I'll add links in the materials section.
I used my Martha Stewart Glitter Glue in Obsidian.  I LOVE it because it has little flecks of silver glitter too, so it really sparkles.  What Frankenstein wouldn't want to sparkle a bit?

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  

Make sure to check out the design team blogs all week for LOTS more Halloween inspiration.
I almost forgot to tell you that Scrappy Moms is having an End of Summer FREE SHIPPING sale through 9/16/12!  It is a good time to pick up a set or two or four.  ;)

Materials List:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Peachy Keen Release Challenges!

Were you able to attend the Peachy Keen Stamps Release Party last night?  Even if you missed out on last night's fun - you still have time to play along with the challenges!  Michelle's challenge is to use 3 of something on a card or project.  Easy peasy!  The challenges will remain open until Sunday, September 9th at 11:59 CST.  

You can enter your project HERE!  You should also check out Michelle's inspiration project...it's so pretty!

For the second challenge - Jennie came up with a sketch.  You can see the sketch AND upload your project HERE!  Again...this challenge will also remain open until Sunday, September 9th at 11:50 CST.

I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

Make sure to head over to Peachy Keen Stamps to see this month's new releases!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Peachy Keen Stamps - September Peeks!

Happy Monday Tuesday!  I have a peek of a new fun Halloween stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps to share this morning!  (Just as an aside...this was all set to post yesterday, and I just assumed it did.  Haha!  I must have accidentally left it in "draft" mode.)  This entire release is adorable and is definitely getting me in the mood for fall.  Hurry up fall!  It's going to be 103 degrees here today, so obviously fall is just around the corner.  ;)
Because this "monster" should have posted yesterday - here is a bonus project for you to make up for the fact that I didn't post anything yesterday!  ;)
I embellished a simple (small-sized) brown paper bag to hold some little treats.  I did add a little white gel pen to the spiders' faces so they would stand out a little more - but even that didn't take very long.  You could easily make quite a few of these. 

Make sure to head over the Peachy Keen Stamps blog to check out LOTS more peeks from the Design Team.