Friday, November 29, 2013

PKS Celebrate Christmas Hop!

Welcome, and thanks for joining the Celebrate Christmas Blog Hop!  This is a combined event for current and alumni Peachy Keen design team members, which means that there will LOTS of inspiration along the way!  If you are hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from Janice's blog, Stampin' With Janice.  If not, make sure to head back to Kristi's blog so you don't miss out on a single project!  (I will also have a complete blog list at the bottom of this post!)  Peachy Keen Stamps will be providing an amazing Christmas stamp bundle to one lucky winner.  To be entered to win, you need to leave a comment on each blog post.  There will be 1 winner chosen to receive the Christmas bundle with a retail value of $150!!!  The winner will be announced Monday, December 2nd.  

I created a personalized shadow box for today's hop.  Once I finished paper piecing the gingerbread house, the project came together really quickly and I know that I will look forward to displaying for many Christmases to come.
I paper pieced the PK-1329 Sweet Home gingerbread house. I used kraft paper as my "base," and all of the patterned papers are from the Santa's Workshop line from Doodlebug Designs.  Unfortunately, they don't make it anymore, BUT there are a ton of similar lines out there.  I used this line for our advent calendar a few years ago, and luckily I still had enough left to piece this house.  I'm pretty excited that it will coordinate, but I'm also a big dork so...  
I will freely admit that there is NO way I would paper piece this for a card or even a scrapbook page - but it was completely worth it for this project!  Once everything was pieced, I added two layers of glossy accents to all of the peppermint and one coat to just about everything else.  I had planned to use some Stickles for the "icing," but I realized on Monday night that I was COMPLETELY out, so I improvised and used some Martha Stewart Glitter Glass Paint.  Luckily it worked out perfectly!  
The shadow box itself is 8x8.  I printed out the names using our regular printer.  I did use my Silhouette Design software to help get the sizing and layout correct, but you could just as easily use a word processing program.  I used two layers of foam tape to mount the house to the background paper, and added lots of rhinestones.  It took a couple of tries to get just the right amount of fake snow, which was a tiny bit messy, but mostly fun!  I'm so excited to add this to my Christmas decorations this year!

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

Peachy Keen Stamps is offering HUGE savings for Black Friday that will run the entire weekend through Monday! Visit their shop and stock up on the stamps you’ve had on your wishlist - you don’t want to miss it!  I have had my eyes on THESE super cute gingers for soo long.  With everything that happened last year around this time, I talked myself out of such a big project, but I think I am ready to tackle it!

Monday, November 4, 2013

EAD Designs Day!

Hello!  It's been a loooooong time, huh?  I've been busy and it's keeping me away from my craft desk - I promise to do a catch-up post some time this week.  Today I have a real live project to's a miracle.  
If you have read my blog for awhile, you may remember that I was on the EAD Designs Team for a long time - and I LOVE and MISS them greatly. Sadly, EAD Designs closed about a year ago, so you can no longer purchase their super cute stickers or wonderful vinyl.  I know some of you still have their items stashed away.  I have all of my EAD goodies tucked away in a binder, and I haven't wanted to use them because once they're gone they are gone - (I have issues - I still have stickers that I've had since childhood, but we don't need to delve into my hoarder like tendencies right now) BUT that's probably not the best solution.  

Luckily Amy got a bunch of EAD fans together and put together a fun opportunity to help inspire you to use some of your EAD products.  We will all probably end up using different products, but we are all using this week's STS Sketch.

Would you like a chance to win some EAD goodies of your own?  Leave a comment on each of the blogs listed below for a chance to win!  There are a total of FIVE prizes being awarded! The deadline to leave a comment is Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:59p Pacific.


All of these links will take you DIRECTLY to the correct blog post, so it will be easy peasy to leave a comment.  Can you believe some people post things on their blogs on a regular basis? Ha! (Crying on the inside.)