Monday, December 31, 2012

Jaded Blossom Guest Designer

I am a guest designer over at Jaded Blossom today!!! So fun!! Love their unique stamps!! 
Thanks so much to Michelle and Candace for the opportunity!

For my project I made the cutest little treat holder as a birthday gift for my mom...

I used a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from the Make A Wish stamp set on a tag from the Silhouette store. Tickled with Teal twine from Trendy Twine went perfectly with my color scheme as well as some Recollections pearls as sprinkles (EVERYTHING has to have sprinkles at our house :)). I used some Colorbox fluid chalk ink to add dimension to my tag and icing. My last couple details were a button and some doodling with a white gelly roll pen. 

I cut this little treat box (from the Silhouette store) so that I could fill it up with rockets, which are my mom's favorite candy. 

Make sure you check out the Jaded Blossom blog, they are having some amazing giveaways to celebrate their Birthday!!! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Goodie Bags

Hi!! Today I wanted to show you what I put together for Bria's playschool class. It was quick and easy.... so I didn't CRY when I saw the little ones ripping my bag toppers right off! :) Oh print and cut... what did I ever do without you?? ;)

I let Bria choose three animals from the Christmas Nights graphic set from Stockberry Studio. I printed them out then cut them with my cameo. All of the sentiments are from the Winter Wishes stamp set by Scrappy Moms. 

I used a couple different Peachy Keen stamp sets for my animals' faces. 

I think this is by far my favorite set of Christmas sentiments that I own. So adorable. I also recently received two more great sets from Scrappy Moms which were part of my crafty Black Friday shopping! I think I may do a haul video - there were a lot of goodies!! :) 

And that's it... super quick and easy. Plus, they were a hit with the kiddies! 

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons - Batgirl Ornament

Happy Wednesday, everyone!! It's Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons DT Day! Today I have a cute little project to share, but first I want to let you all know who the winner of my Christmas Giveaway was!! choose.... {DRUMROLL}
Becky from Becky's Craft Place who said... "
This is so cute! I'm on a non-traditional color kick right now, so it's just the kind of inspiration I love!"
Congrats, Becky!! I left a comment on your blog so please email me! :) 
Onto my project! 
My 2 year old recently found a Bat Girl costume in a holiday magazine and has been obsessed!! I went through a blog hop the other day, and was totally inspired by a project done by Sandra over at 365 Days of Cricut. She made little Supermen for a Christmas tree. This sparked an idea that may become a yearly tradition at our house. 

I put my own little girly spin on Batman...

I used the colors of the costume in the magazine as inspiration. The underside of Batgirl's cape is stamped with a lace background stamp by Pink BY Design, then heat embossed with gold powder. I made a bow from some tulle from the dollar store and black thread, then finished it up with some white details and a piece of new gold shimmer Twinery Twine. 

This isn't only an ornament for our tree... the back side (which I should have also taken a picture of...) has the year along with Brittyn's Wish List for this Christmas on it. I'm either going to add it to her Christmas scrapbook layout, or put it in her baby book. 
Make sure to stop over at the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog to see all the other great projects done by the DT!! I have seen a lot of them and they are awesome!! 

Gingerbread Treat Box

Hey everyone!! I have been wanting to make some little treat gifts for people for a while, but have always had a littel problem... I have ZERO will power, and when I get these treats into my home, they don't last long enough to make a project with... If you're friends with me on Facebook, you may know my baby has been showing symptoms of a dairy allergy. Since I'm nursing her, it means I've had to cut ALL dairy out of my diet - including chocolate! This means that chocolate now lasts in my house!! Hooray! :) 

I've had these candy stamps from Jaded Blossom for a while now, but as I said before, there has never been candy to use them with! 

I found this super cute little gingerbread house treat holder in the Silhouette store and knew it would work great for some little chocolate nuggets. 

First I used some Christmas cardstock to wrap my chocolates in, then I cut a bunch of little white circles with my cameo that I could stamp onto. Once I had all the circles stamped with my candy stamps, I glued them onto the chocolates. 

I used some Trendy Twine to wrap around my wreath on the door, then added a bow.  I also added some red satin ribbon to tie the treat box up. My treat box is big enough to fit 6 little nuggets in but of course you can make it larger to fit more. 

I'm linking this project up over at the monthly challenge at Jaded Blossom, then heading over to Great Grandma's house so the girls can give her this surprise! 

Have a great day and make sure to come back tomorrow for  Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons DT day!! 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Winter Blog Hop

Hi everyone!! Thanks for stopping by for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Winter Blog Hop!

If you came here from Melisa's blog, you are in the right place. If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit Lisa's blog.

For my project today used the Jolly St. Nick Cutting Files

Soooo many files in this set!! 

I used some pictures from Bria's second Christmas for this layout. These pics were taken before we went to see Santa! 

The pictures are supposed to be gifts in the sleigh, if you can't tell.... This layout didn't turn out exactly as I had pictured in my mind. Don't ya hate when that happens??  

This is such a great Santa cut... I added some white flock onto Santa to make him a little more realistic.

I embossed Santa's sleigh with a herringbone embossing folder, added some chalk ink and white stitching. All the ribbon I used on my gifts is from 3 Girl Jam. 

I made my title using some fonts in the Silhouette Software and added some ink, embossing and white stitching. 

I used foam stickers to add some dimension to my layout. Of course it wouldn't be a Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Blog Hop without some great candy!!!

For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog on our hop and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. Lisa will randomly choose a winner of the big hop prize on Tuesday, December 18. Only US or Canadian mailing addresses, please.

I have also been having my own giveaway on my blog this week! 

Check out THIS post for details!! 

Now head over to Barb's blog to see her project! 

In case you get lost, here is the lineup!! 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pink By Design - Anything BUT a card

For my GIVEAWAY click HERE!! 

Hey everyone!! 
So today is my last day as a Pink By Design Designer. This was the very first DT that I was ever on and I have been on this team for over a year and a half so it's a bit sad. I have learned SO much from my fellow DT members and my crafting has come a loooooong way in a year and a half. I am so lucky to have met a lot of the members, as well as the owner, Sarah. That being said, everything happens for a reason and I know different opportunities await me and I will meet even more great crafters!! :) 

Onto my project!! :) It's "Anything but a Card" day at the Pink By Design blog! Which is my favorite, since I LOVE creating layouts! I am super excited to show you this layout, which I did mostly using digital paper. 

The digital paper is from Peppermint Creative - and no, I don't own a wide format printer. Digital paper is great even with using a regular printer!! The title and gingerbread angel came from Kadoodle Bug Designs. I am SUCH a sucker for gingerbread people!! And apparently real gingerbread too, as I keep sneaking walls and roofs of my daughter's gingerbread village.... It's a good thing we have Sparkle the Elf around, who can take the blame! :) 

I used a combination of Pink By Design stamps for the message on the ornament: So Big and Old Time Christmas (which I am giving away HERE!!!) . The cute little ginger's face is from the Happy Lashes set from Peachy Keen stamps. 

I created my own embellishments using digital paper in the Silhouette software - which has become my new favorite thing to do! I am sooo in love with little epoxy circles! I also added a little twine bow in kraft twine from Trendy Twine. 

If you look really close, you can see that to add some detail to my printed paper, I used glitter paint on some of the snowflakes. In real life, this layout is super shimmery. I got this paint in the Peachy Keen store and love it. 

I hope you loved my layout as much as I do! Make sure you head on over to the Pink By Design Blog for more inspiration!!! ALSO - don't forget to link up your non-traditional colored projects below!!! You could win a $10 gift certificate to Pink By Design!! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Wishes & Gingerbread Kisses (Plus an Announcement!)

For my GIVEAWAY, click HERE!!! 
For my Pink By Design Technique Post click HERE!!!

Guess what?! I am now a member of the Cameo Creations Challenge Design Team!!! 

I LOVE to use my cameo and I know some of the ladies on the DT and thought it would be a great team to be on to learn some new things!!! 

Today is my very first day to post, and I didn't have a lot of time, so my project is pretty simple.

I used the print and cut feature (my favorite!!) on the cameo (after I used offset to add an outline) to create my little gingerbread girl. I used glossy accents on the bow, eyes, buttons and lollipop then added some trendy twine. This graphic came from the Dollar Graphics Depot and all the paper is from a Recollections Christmas stack from last year. 

The sentiment stamped on the inside of the card is from Scrappy Mom's Winter Wishes set. 

Make sure to head over to the Cameo Creations Challenge blog to check out the rest of the projects. Then make sure to link up your ANYTHING GOES Christmas Project for a chance at this prize...

ONE last thing!! I am also having a giveaway this week!!! 

For details on how you can win, check out THIS post!! 

Pink By Design - Coloring An Image

So glad you stopped by today! :) It's tip/technique day over at Pink By Design! The technique I played with was using Distress Inks to color an image!

Since I am waiting for StazOn re-inker to come in the mail and my ink pad is dry, I used a versamark ink pad with some black embossing powder for my image. It's important to use an ink that will not smear when combined with water.... Next, I stamped my Distress Ink pad on an acrylic block. I used a water paintbrush to pick up the ink off the acrylic block then colored my image. Distress Inks blend perfectly when combined with water, making it easy to get a shaded look. 

For this project I also used some twine from The Twinery, paper from Recollections, a Peachy Keen stamp, scalloped circle Spellbinder die, EK success border punch and a sentiment from the Christmas Wishes stamp set. 

I am celebrating Christmas by having a giveaway!!! For a chance to win a set of Pink By Design stamps (and some other goodies!!) check out THIS post!! 

Make sure to head over to the Pink By Design blog to check out the other techniques from the rest of my team!! And don't forget to link up your christmas project using non-traditional colors below!!! You could win a $10 gift certificate to the Pink By Design store!! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pink By Design Challenge - Use Non-Traditional Xmas Colors

Hi crafty friends!! This week is my team's week over at Pink By Design!! Our theme for the week is Christmas projects using non-traditional Christmas colors! The challenge starts today so make sure to get your projects linked up (link up at the bottom of this post!!). Winner gets a $10 gift certificate to the PBD store - which you WANT to win after all the great sets Sarah just released!!!

Here is my project...

I used some great digital paper from Lily Bimble and since the colors are pretty soft, I kept my card simple to make sure the prints stood out. I used pink embossing powder and a sentiment from the Old Time Christmas stamp set. My final touches to add some texture were a little bow made with 3 Girl Jam crinkle ribbon and some tiny little pearls. 

I will be linking this card up over at the 3 Girl Jam current Challenge. They have some GREAT prizes up for grabs right now!! AND Scrappy Mom's as well!

Speaking of prizes.....

'Tis the season for a giveaway!! In this little package there is a Old Time Christmas stamp set by Pink By Design, Fancy Pants rub ons, EK success and Sandylion embellishments, some twine from the Twinery, some red trim, and red and cream satin ribbon.

In order to be eligible for this giveaway please make sure you are a follower of my blog. Leave a comment on this post (make sure to leave a way for me to contact you!!) and I will choose a random winner. For an additional chance, like my Facebook page and make sure to leave another comment letting me know you did so. Spread the word for yet another chance - share this giveaway on FB or your blog and leave ANOTHER comment!! You have until Sunday night and I'll announce the winner early next week. 

Head on over to the Pink By Design blog to check out all the other great projects our team came up with!! Then make sure to get your projects linked up!!! 

Come back Wednesday and Friday for more Pink By Design projects!! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Owl Be Home For Christmas

Well not being able to take a little baby out in the cold has left us some spare time around the house... Not going to complain, it has led to a little crafting! :) 

This morning the girls and I made cards for Bria's preschool teachers!! 

Bria choose these little owl graphics from JW Illustrations and I had the perfect sentiment in mind to go with them! I used the print and cut feature on my cameo, then inked around the little white squares. I used some white embossing powder, a sentiment from the Winter Wishes set from Scrappy Moms and some faux stitching with a white gelly roll pen to finish it up. 

 Gotta run!! Off to get some more activities ready for the girls while they are napping!! :) 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Ice, Ice Baby

Hey everyone!! I just wanted to start this post off by saying thank you to all of you who continue to stop by my blog, even though it hasn't been super active lately. I know I haven't been returning the favor to a lot of you these days and I hope to get better!! I still try to get to a lot of my favorite blogs regularly but sometimes I don't have time to leave comments. I know it will get better once things settle down a bit around here. :) 

It is really cold here right now... too cold for the girls to go outside so they are going a little crazy. I feel so bad for them since it's hard for me to take all three of the kids out places right now. I've been trying my hardest to keep them busy in the house. Today we wrote letters to Santa and then did a little crafting!! Well, I crafted, they pretty much tore my craft room up. Whatever keeps them entertained, I guess. 

I have been wanting to use this graphic (from JW Illustrations) for a while and I knew this sentiment would be perrrfect! 

The sentiment is from an old My Pink Stamper set I have. I used my Martha Stewart snowflake punch for my snowflakes, a Peachy Keen stamp for his cute little face, some glossy accents on the ice and some American Crafts ribbon I have been hoarding. I used some sakura glossy pens to color the penguins face and a touch of Blush copic marker for some rosy cheeks. The rest of the paper is from a Recollections Christmas stack from last year. 

Make sure to come back this week, it's my team's week over at the Pink By Design blog!!! 

Have a great weekend!! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Greatest Joy

Hey everyone! :) I got to spend some time in my craft room yesterday and today and that makes me sooo happy! Of course I am in the mood to work on Christmas projects - who isn't?! - so I was soo happy to see that the theme of the challenge at Scrappy Mom's this week is CHRISTMAS! :) I am allll over this! 

I started with some pics from not last Christmas (because apparently I LOST all the pics from last Christmas, which is heartbreaking...). 

I started by making a tag using some cuts from a Recollections stack, the Damask background stamp by Pink By Design, some Distress Ink, ribbon, pearls and a little angel embellishment from the jewelry department at WalMart. 

I used my sewing machine to stitch some pieces of patterned paper in the background, added a little 'tag' under my picture with a cute sentiment from Scrappy Moms, some large forest green felt ribbon, letters embossed with gold powder and last, but not least, a 'JOY' tag made from Pink By Design stamps. 

Speaking of Scrappy Mom's... I don't know if you noticed, but there is a new badge on my sidebar!! I will be the Guest Designer over at Scrappy Moms for the month of February! I cannot wait to get to know another great group of ladies!! :) 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons DT Day!!

Hello Everyone!!! I know it has been a loooong time since my last post... :( I haven't been able to get into my craft room a lot since Taylah was born. Any spare time I do get is usually spent trying to sleep! I'm hoping after the crazy Christmas season passes things will slow down a bit and I can enjoy some of my spare time - especially since I did a lot of Black Friday online shopping for craft goodies! 

Anyways... back to my post! :)

It's Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons DT day! Love seeing all my teammates projects!! 

I made a layout for some pictures of Taylah for my project today! I just have to decide which pictures to add now! :) 

I used paper from the new Christmas Brights Digital Paper Collection and the Lady Bug Cutting File. The Christmas Brights Collection is SUPER versatile and can be used all year round! 

I am soooo in love with digital paper. I love that it's so easy to make sure everything in your project matches without running out of any paper! AND I have been printing like CRAZY and have yet to run out of ink with my printer, which was something I was worried about at first! 

I made the title myself using colors picked from the digital paper. I also added a simple flower and filled it in with some Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon pattern. I then added some glossy accents over the letters to add some dimension. 

I used some very simple flower shapes from the Silhouette store and filled them in with various patterns. Then I printed/cut and inked the edges using fluid chalk ink. The centers of the flowers have an epoxy sticker over them. (SO in love with epoxy stickers right now too!!)

I saved the best part for last... Isn't this an adorable lady bug? I know she's not conventional ladybug colors, but I like to get a little crazy sometimes! ;) I used a Peachy Keen stamp for her face and a touch of Blush copic marker for her cheeks. I used some green Martha Stewart glitter glue for the stem and a flower I had in my stash. Final details with a white gelly roll pen and that's it! 

Make sure to head on over to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon blog to see all the awesome projects! 
Then head to the Store to see all Lisa's great items released for the holidays!!