Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hello...remember me?

Hey...so it's been awhile.  This card was supposed to post, but I haven't really looked at the blog in awhile...so I didn't realize that it never posted.  Awesome.  Regardless, he is a super cute little elephant and he works PERFECTLY with the Scrappy Moms From the Inside Out Set.  Poor little guy...he looks a little sad. 
 I used chalk on his little cheeks because I wasn't sure if the pink Copics would really show up against the blue.  Now for the best part...look at the inside sentiment:
 So cute!  This is my favorite of the get well sentiments...and it's nice and long, so you don't have to worry about filling up the rest of the card. ;)  Here's another peek at the newest set - it's so useful!

So...where have I been?  My time lately feels like it's divided between home, school pick-up and drop-off and my doctor's waiting room.  I'm not feeling great, and sitting at my craft desk is just not appealing right now.  I AM going to have to force myself to get some crafting done in the next few days.  It may involve my daughter's lap desk and the bed, but whatever works, right?  I just feel like I am constantly playing catch-up around here.  I have one good day followed by two or three bad ones.  I only have 13 more weeks left, so the goal now is to try and make it through those last weeks...ALL of them.  (I will accept any and all positive thoughts...and if you want to include some positive thoughts that keep me out of the hospital and minus bed rest - that would be great too.)  Right now my doctor is keeping a very close watch on me and the baby.  So far, he is doing well...it's just me that seems to be really terrible at being pregnant.  I'm going back tomorrow (must remember to bring my OWN reading material because I have read EVERY magazine in the waiting room), so hopefully my doctor will have some good news for me OR we'll figure out what's next.  Ugh...sorry to be Debbie Downer.

Thinking of all of you on the East Coast - hope you are safe and sound!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Peachy Keen Stamps Color Challenge!

This is my second post of the day.  
If you are looking for my Scrappy Moms Stamps post, click HERE or just scroll down!  Thanks!

Hi Peachy friends!  Today marks the start of another Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge!  This week's challenge is to use the above color inspiration to create a project!  Easy peasy!  You can link up your project on the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge blog by 11:59 CST 10/17/12.  
I used a fun image and sentiment from this month's add-on set: Little Tweets Thanksgiving!  My little bird has kind of crazy feathers, but I think they suit him.

Don't forget that there is a Finally Friday Sale going on NOW at Peachy Keen Stamps!  You can find ALL of the details there!

Scrappy Moms Stamps October Releases!

Happy Friday!  I hope you are ready for some new stamps from Scrappy Moms Stamps!  This month there are TWO new sets releasing.  Today I am featuring sentiments from the "From the Inside Out" set.  I am so excited to show you this set - it's something brand new from Scrappy Moms Stamps.
Here's a peek at the inside of my card:
This set is filled with lovely sayings for the inside (or outside) of you cards!  I LOVE this...sometimes it's nice to be able to write a short note on the inside of your card instead of a small novel. 

I love this sweet little girl from Mo Manning.  You can find her HERE!  So cute!

Here's a peek at the other super cute set that is releasing today:
I will have a project featuring a sentiment from this set up tomorrow morning!  Until then - make sure to check out the rest of the Scrappy Moms Design Team Members' blogs for lots more inspiration!  As always - all sets are in stock and ready to ship!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Peachy Keen Stamps October Peeks! Day 2

It's day two of Peachy Keen Stamps October Sneak Peeks!  I have two projects to share with you today!  My first card features a cute squirrel from the new Stamp of the Month Kit and that sweet prayer is from one of this month's add-on sets.  This month's kit and add-ons are adorable (as usual).  If you love fall and Thanksgiving...this may become your go-to set.
My little squirrel, wagon, and sentiment are all from this month's Stamp of the Month kit.  
I stamped both images onto kraft cardstock and then added a little color using my Copic markers.

Make sure to keep checking the Peachy Keen Stamps blog ALL week to see LOTS more sneak peeks and inspiration from the design team.  The BIG Reveal and Release party is happening THIS Friday at 6pm CST.  You can join us on the Peachy Keen Connection for lots of chatting and challenges!

Just in case you missed it yesterday - I finally finished my step-by-step wreath tutorial.  (You can scroll down to see it.)  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Wreath - Step by Step

Finally!  This is the 3rd fall themed wreath that I've made in the last few weeks.  I managed to take a few step by step pictures!  I apologize in advance for their quality...some of them are fine, and some of them are not so great.  I tried...evidently I really need to work on my photography skills.
Steps 1 & 2: Wrap your wreath and take apart your fall picks.
The more yarn wreaths that I make - the faster that I get at wrapping the wreath.  This one took me 45 minutes...not bad at all!  
Step 3: Create small bundles of your floral picks.
I know...I just told you to take all of your picks apart, but it's so much easier to work with the smaller bundles than the BIG picks.  I create small little bundles by grouping the separate pieces together and then wrapping the wire around itself.  Once you get a few bundles made, you can start placing them on your wreath to get an idea of what the end result will look like.  Try to save a few pieces - just in case you need to add a few more once you start adding your leaves.
Step 4: Glue your picks to the wreath to create your base.
This part is scary...no way around it.  Once you hot glue those picks onto your wreath, they are not coming off.  Just remember that you are creating a base...you can always add more.  These are the first two that I glued down.  I continued to add a few more pieces to fill in the space.  
Here's what the wreath looked like once I got the majority of my picks glue down to the wreath.
Step 5: Prepare your felt
This is pretty self explanatory, but for some reason until I made this wreath...I was making a lot more work for myself.  For this one, I cut down ALL of my felt at once.  I used my die as a template and cut the felt down to fit.  Each sheet of 8.5 x 11 felt yielded TWO full size pieces and two more smaller pieces that I could use to cut out 2 additional leaves.  In total, each sheet of felt yielded 10 leaves.
Step 6: Die cut all of your leaves
This took me about 15 minutes to finish and I just piled them.  
Step 7: Add your leaves and try not to second guess yourself.
This picture shows the top (which later would become the bottom) about half way done.  There's not really a right or wrong way to do this...just keep adding leaves until you are happy with how it looks. You may find that it looks like it's missing something...you can always add a little pick here or there to help fill it out.  You DO NOT need that much glue on your leaves...just a dab.  It's also helpful to have a pencil or something similar handy to help avoid burning yourself.  I also found that if I didn't like how it looked...just keep adding stuff.  More is more.  ;)

I hope that helps and that you'll give this a try.  I am already brainstorming what kind of wreath I want to make for Christmas.  They're so much fun to make!