Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Apple Of My Eye

Hi!! So Sarah over at Pink Cricut is having a little Sew Easy Link Up Party! I thought I would dust mine off and give it a try - since I've only ever used it once. I got a sewing machine for my birthday and now I kind of turn my nose up at my sew easy... :( Anyways, here is my layout...

I used a K&Company stack by K&Company (Carolyn Griffith?) as well as some regular kraft cardstock. I also used some Peachy Keen faces (Happy Lashes) and a Pink By Design stamp (1st smile). The journalling card was a stamp I have had forever... not sure of the brand. I used my sew easy for a touch of stitching and also my white gelly roll pen for faux stitching. 

My title didn't stand out very well so I outlined it using a red Glaze pen (by Sakura).  I cut these apples from Create A Critter. 

My buttons are basic grey and I used regular hemp cord for the bows. 

I hope you like this layout!! I can't believe these pics are from over a year ago already!!! Time sure flies!! 

Back tomorrow with another layout!! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Winners, Winners, Chicken Dinners!!

I'm back with winners from the Girly Birthday Blog Hop!!! 

The winner of the $15 Pink By Design Gift Certificate is..........

#42 smyiow said...
Happy Birthday! Your shadow box turned out gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!!


The winner of the $20 EAD Designs Gift Certificate is.........
#8 callyannc said...
                                                     Thanks for the fun hop! Happy Birthday to you!!! TFS CallyAnn
Thanks you so much for hopping with us! I will be contacting you both shortly! 

You BAKE me Happy!!

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Hey Everyone!! It's my post day over at Pink By Design Stamps!! I decided to to a little tutorial on how to make easel cards. If you want to check it out HERE is the link!!

I made a set of easel cards using the Kitchen Puns stamp set by Pink By Design as well as paper from the DCWV stack, Nana's Kitchen. I also used the Love You a Latte cart (LOVE!!). Here is my set...

These are how the cards look when they are closed.

And here's how the cards look when they are standing up. 

AND here are a few close-up so you can see them better... 

I used the Love you a Latte cart for this card, as well as the Princess set of Peachy Keen stamps.

On this card I used the Love You a Latte cart as well and added some fine glitter as icing. I also used some pink crinkle ribbon from the Pink By Design store. 

I used a doily from the dollarstore, twine from Pink By Design and a Recollections pearl from Michaels. 

I hope you like!!! Be sure to check out my post over at Pink By Design!! 

PS - I'll be back later today to announce the winners of the prizes from my blog hop last week!!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

We heart FALL!

Hey everyone!! Just a little project today along with some pics from a little fall photo shoot I did with my girls yesterday...

While we were in Florida my mom looked after our house and animals for us so we brought her back a Pandora charm as a thank you. I thought I would break open my Forever Young cart and try making a little purse gift bag for the charm.

It's very simple, but I think it's pretty. The paper I used was from the Garden Stack by DCWV. I used a Recollections brad and some cream ribbon to add some details. 

And here are my favorite pics from our Fall photo shoot! I hope I get to scrap these right away... I have lots of ideas!!

Hope you enjoyed my post today! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Candace's Favorite THINGS post!!

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Hi everyone!!! First off I wanted to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday!! It was a great day!! I even got a new little sewing machine to use in my craft room! Look out Martha Stewart!! LOL My daughter is home sick from Playschool (and it's only the second day!!!) so I doubt I'll get to do much crafting today so I thought I would do something a little different in this post! Who here misses Oprah?? I know I do... and I will miss her favorite things show this Christmas!! I decided to put a little Scrappin' 2 Little Princesses spin on Oprah's favorite things show! I'm going to list my Top Ten Crafting MUST-Haves for me!!!! These are things that I use the most, and wouldn't be able to craft without!! I'm going to start off by saying that my Cricut and Gypsy are obvious ones, so I won't include those. Onto the LIST!!

#10. Scotch ATG gun - Of course it's the pink one! Once I got a case of replacement rolls from The Tape Depot for cheap I started using this baby on EVERY project!!

#9. Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Vintage Photo & Frayed Burlap) - using this on edges of papers and die cuts with a cheap makeup sponge from the dollarstore can totally take a project to the next level!! 

#8. ZIG 2 Way Glue Pen - I started using my Cricut a LOT more once I discovered these babies! I can't believe I used to use a GLUE STICK to put all my cricut cuts together! Messy!!

#7. Fiskars Paper trimmer - This one is a little obvious... But honestly, there was a time when I scrapbooked just by using scissors and "eye balling" everything!! 

#6. Pearl embellishments - My FAVORITE embellishment!! It adds such a "rich" look to projects and you can get them super cheap from the dollarstore and Michaels sales.

#5. Kraft cardstock - Thanks to Lauren at Lauren's Creative, this has become a staple in a lot of projects. I love how it's subtle, but still adds that little something that's missing sometimes. Add some white faux stitching is like the cherry on top!! :) 

#4. Sizzix Texture Boutique & Embossing folders (Divine Swirls) - Another great investment!!! I am in love with adding texture to certain layers in a cricut cut. It can make a paper look so FANCY!! 

#3. Peachy Keen Face stamps - SOOOOOO Cute!!! I have been going through a phase lately and my PK faces have been collecting a bit of dust but once I have been itching to get them out and "peachifying" everything again!! I love a plain jane cut can become ADORABLE by stamping a little face on it!! These are sooo addicting! 

#2. White Gelly Roll Pen - I think I can also give Lauren from Lauren's Creative credit for this addiction (can you tell she's my IDOL??? :)) I would love to add white stitching and doodles to everything if I had the time!!! 

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST..... (drumroll please!!) 

#1. Pink By Design stamps
First off, I want to make something clear!! These are NOT #1 on my list because I am a part of their DT (OR because I am being a brown noser!!!)!!! I do not love these stamps because I'm on their DT - I am on their DT because I love their stamps. I honestly LOVE these stamps, and I have since I discovered them! There is RARELY a project that I do that doesn't have a PBD stamp on it somewhere. My collection of PBD are where I get inspiration for a lot of my projects!! These are my ultimate addiction!! 

I hope you enjoyed my list of favorite things!!! Please also remember that I have a blog hop going on right now with a lot of great prizes being given away!! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


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HELLO Everyone!!! I am SO happy you have decided to hop along with all my friends and I!! This is my first time ever hosting a blog hop and I am SUPER excited!! It's also my birthday today! I would normally never make a big deal out of my own Birthday but as I have gotten older I'm learning a few things.... Sometimes being a mother means we do everything for everyone else, and rarely anything for ourselves. After doing some work on myself these past 6 months I have come to the realization that in making sure we take care of ourselves, we are better able to care for others. That being said, I am giving myself the gift of the company of many fellow bloggers who love crafting as much as I do! 

**Feel free to comment on post but the collection for the prizes is closed**

Onto the Hop!!! We have two amazing companies who have agreed to sponsor our hop today...

Who have offered up a $15 gift certificate to their store for one lucky hopper!!! 

And EAD Designs....

Who have offered up a $20 gift certificate to their store to another lucky hopper!!! 

To be eligible for these two prizes, please make sure to leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop!! You have until Thursday the 22nd at midnight to leave your comments. I'll choose two random winners and announce them shortly after the hop is over!! 

Now onto the project! :)

The theme of the hop is GIRLY!! If you follow my blog at all, you know I love all things girly. Which worked out well, since I had two little girls! :) 

My craft room is super bare at the moment so I wanted to make something to help add some character to my walls. I used a shadow box that I picked up from Ikea for about $8. 

I used some paper from the Gabrielle collection by BoBunny to cover the mat of the frame. I used some felt flowers that I made and combined them with some Pink By Design stamps (Bingo set) and some Recollections pearls and little plastic roses to dress up the 'Adore' title. 

The cameo as the main feature is a vinyl rub-on from the EAD Designs Cameo Frames set. I added some little pearls to the rub-on for a little dimension and detail. 

I also added some lace along the side (that I picked up at a thrift store) and some more homemade felt flowers and Recollections accents. 

Cameo Frames set by EAD Designs

Bingo by Pink By Design

I hope you like my project!! Hop on over to Glora at Glora Crafts, I know she is going to have a great project to show you!!! 

Candace  from Scrappin' 2 Little Princesses (You are HERE)
Glora from Glora Crafts (Your NEXT stop!!)
Sarah from Pink Cricut
Jenny from Crazy About Cricut
Michelle from Scrappin With My Bug
Candace from Paper Crafts By Candace
Ashley from Scrappin' Pink Piglet
Elizabeth from 217 Creations
Emily from Create Serendipity
Paula from More than Favors

Make sure to leave comments on all the blogs to win a prize!! And I would love it if you became a follower as well!! Happy Hopping!!! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

EAD Designs Color Challenge

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Hi Everyone!!! It's MONDAY!!! And my little girl starts Playschool today!! So bittersweet.... I know she is going to love playing with all the kids. It'll be good for me and her. I'm still a little worried about her allergies while she is there, but I'm sure it will be fine.... Take a look at how excited she was this morning!!

Such a big girl...

My project today is using EAD Designs stickers. I have a lot of these stickers and I like them so much I couldn't bring myself to actually use them!! They're having a color challenge over at their blog right now (only a couple days left!!) and I just received these Halloween stickers from them so I thought I would use them to make something to help decorate our house for Halloween.

I made a framed picture to put up in the house. Bria hasn't seen it yet but I know she will love it. 

I took the picture/mat out of the glass to get some pics without glare.
 Along with the EAD stickers, I used a Peachy Keen dotted stamp and some orange ink to pattern the mat in the frame. I also used Birthday Bash and twine from the Pink By Design store to make a banner that says 'Happy'.

The haunted house, fence and tree in the scene all came from the Mini Monsters cartridge. 

The black sky background paper is from a new Recollections Autumn stack. Love this paper. (If you want to see the rest of the paper in this stack, check out my haul video)

I am also entering this into the Link Up Party over at You Had me At Craft!!!

I hope you like!! I have another small project to show you tomorrow! I've been spending a lot of time in my craft room lately, and I'm realizing that I don't think I could EVER be sick of it in there!!!! 

I ALSO wanted to remind everyone that TOMORROW the Girly Birthday Blog Hop starts here, in honor of my Birthday!!!! Great Prizes from EAD Designs as well as Pink By Design!! Don't miss it!!! 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Another Baby Girl!

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Happy Sunday! Yesterday our family went to visit my husband's sister who just had a baby girl. That makes 4 little girls in 3 years for my husband's family! FUN!!! Here is the card I whipped up for new little baby Emily.

I made this card for the music note challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut. It has been sooooo long since I have had the chance to make something for a challenge!! I miss them! Bria starts preschool tomorrow so I'm hoping that will free up a little time for me!!! Fingers crossed!! 

I cut various sizes circles out using my cricut and Gypsy Wanderings cart. Then I embossed, inked and stamped them in various ways. The sentiment 'A baby is a little bit of Heaven on Earth" came from the Baby Love set by Pink By Design. 'Loved' is from the Labels set, also by Pink By Design. I used Recollections pearls, paper from the Linen and Lace stack, and a button from my stash. The twine is also from the Pink By Design Store. Oh, almost forgot! My music notes stamp is the Distressed Music Background by PBD. I used the Martha Stewart lace border punch and Frayed Burlap Tim Holtz Distess Ink. 

Hope you like!!!! See you tomorrow!! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Quick Little Card & Our Holiday!

Hi, hi!! As I had mentioned yesterday, it was my Dad's birthday! I bought the Dude! cart a while back because my family really loves quadding and there are a few different ATVs on this cart. About 4 months after buying the cart, I was finally forced to use it!! 

I used the Candy Cane striped background stamp from the latest Pink By Design release because I thought it would kinda resemble tire tracks if I used black ink... I think it looks pretty neat! Totally different spin on what the stamp was designed for! :) Love it when that happens... As I had mentioned before, the quad is from the Dude card. I used a Martha Stewart border punch along the black layer and a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment (embossed with white powder) from the Scripted Year sentiment by Pink By Design. 

If you watched my haul video from last night, you might remember me mentioning EAD Designs. They are having a great little giveaway right now! They are just releasing some new product that is definitely worth checking out!! 

I also wanted to share some of our fun pics from our trip to Florida!! If you're not into the personal stuff, I won't feel bad if you stop reading now. :) 

Florida 2011!!! 

Bria LOVED the dancing part of the parade! 

Brittyn spent a lot of time in her stroller... but was such a good sport about it!! 

Loved pool days!! 

Love my baby...

Hugs for Chip! Or maybe Dale? Not sure! LOL 

Bria was tired, and not feeling Pooh...

Sisterly love... ahh. Makes my heart sing! 

First character we saw was Pluto! 

Bria was ADORABLE with Tink. She chatted Tink up like they were long lost BFF's! 

Let the memories Begin!!! (Guess this should have been at the top.. ;))

And that's all I'm sure you want to see. It was a GREAT trip, but we're all super happy to be home!!! I missed all of you! :) 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Haul from my Holiday!

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Hey everyone!! 2 posts in one day! I'm trying to make up for the last 2 or 3 weeks when I was too busy to post much!! This video is of the goodies I picked up while in the US last week. Please keep in mind this is only my second video... When watching it back, I see a couple blunders (but I'm not telling you what they are... ;)) and am learning from them. Take a peek...

I also wanted to remind everyone about my blog hop starting on September 20th here!! I can't wait... I have 2 great sponsors - Pink By Design and EAD Designs. Two of my favorite companies!!!! Make sure you come back for the hop! :) 

Cute Memories

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Hi Guys!! I'm happy to be posting my first project in a while today! This was a CRICUTLESS layout!! I thought I would never see the day! :) 

These pics are from when Brittyn was only weeks old (yes - I am still super behind...) 

The background houndstooth patterned paper, along with the white with black striped paper (actually chipboard) were from a Teresa Collins mini album kit. I inked around the edges of the chipboard with black ink. The title was a rub-on from a Paper Lace kit that I had and the little rhinestones were from Michaels. The pink lace at the bottom is from a thrift store and the black stitching on the bottom of the pics is from EAD Designs. 

Hope you like this simple and elegant layout!! I did some major shopping when I was in Florida and I'm hoping to put together a haul video for you all soon! Today is also my Dad's birthday so I have to find time to whip him up a card before I see him for supper! Wish me luck with that! :) 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Home Sweet Home!!

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Hello!!! I'm finally home!! After being gone for the last 2 weeks to a weekend Bachelorette Party and then straight to Orlando I was super happy to sleep in my own bed last night. I was also so happy to be reunited with all my craft supplies last night! It was my day (thanks to Emily for switching me or Monday) to post on the Pink By Design blog and I had to make my project last night after we got home. This is the card I made...

This card is going to be for my best friend, who is getting married in February on a beach in Mexico. 

I picked up this "plastic" clear paper when I was in the states and wanted to try it out. I think you could really do some neat things with it. I was so tired last night apparently I missed one word when I stamped the sentiment...  I'll have to try to fix that today. (It's also a lot easier to read in person...)

If you'd like to see how I stamped on the plastic check out the Pink By Design Blog

I have a lot of projects on my to-do list so stay tuned!! Once I get our luggage unpacked and organized I will definitely be spending a lot more time in my craft room!!! (And I can't WAIT!)

For any of you who may have forgotten, I am hosting a blog hop on from the 20-22nd! Make sure to come back and check it out, there are tons of super talented ladies in this hop and to top it off Pink By Design and EAD Designs are sponsors so you know there will be great blog candy!! 

I hope you all stop by again soon!!!!!