Friday, April 1, 2011

Another Shout Out

When I buy new stamping stuff, I typically don't run home and make something that very day with what I bought.  I need to take in my new things in order to gain inspiration to create with them.  But today was a different story!  I found this super cute die of a "Candy Bunny" and it was clearly a PEEP candy bunny and I fell head over heels for it.  It was only $3.99 and I thought that was CHEEP, CHEEP!  LOL

So, I also found some super HAPPY paper that complimented my bunny die perfectly.

Here's the card I created with this just today (and yes I used the same sentiment as I did on this card HERE but that was a "Chick Peep" and this is a real "PEEP"; plus, I didn't have my real PEEP die until today so...who knew?) and literally made this less than an hour ago, so it's hot off the press.  I plan to make several of these cards for my club members and a few to mail out.

This is the DP I also got today from Doodlebug designs called Sweet Spots and the little lavendar flower bling brad is also from a pack of Doodlebug Boutique Brads I got today.  The ribbon is some retired SU from a Ribbon Originals pack I had.  I know the card isn't very fancy but I thought it was sweet and showed off my PEEPS.

Here's the inside:

I also wanted to show you how much like the real thing these images are from the die so I googled "Bunny Peeps" and here are some pictures I found that really show how much they resemble the real deal.

Well, now that you are hungry for some little marshmallow bunnies that melt in your mouth, I'm going to go see what more I can come up with for my new PEEPS.

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

Or so Dory said in Finding Nemo.  She was such a cute and funny character for that movie and lately I've found myself saying that over and over when I just need to plow through and get things done.  My twins' birthday is coming up and I've had lots of stuff to do in preparation.  Not to mention, my youngest daughter's birthday was just barely 3 weeks ago so I just got through that whirlwind only to get ready for another.  In between I had a craft show that I was so excited about, and geared up for but some of my supplies that I had ordered way back didn't come in in time.  I've also taken on the role of Office Manager for my husband's business so I have lots going on.  I couldn't believe a week had slipped by without me posting.  I'm trying to be very faithful in my blog this time, though honestly I feel like I'm just journaling right now as I don't receive a lot (if any!) comments on my posts most of the time.  Sort of makes me feel like I'm just talking in myself.  HAHAHAHAHA!  What a funny thought!

So for today I want to share with you some recent projects I created using one of my all time favorite stamp sets from SU called Artistic Etchings.  As I've mentioned, I love vintage things and this stamp set fit the bill perfectly.  I also recall wanting an Eiffel Tower stamp just before this set came out as our family was planning to travel to Europe and Paris was one of our stops.  Next thing you know, SU came out with just what I needed.

Here's my first card and the more "vintage" of the two:
And for a more softer, yet clean look, I like this card:
Hope you like my projects for today...quick post that I know that some followers out there with busy "To Do's" will appreciate.  Take care and see you back here soon!

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Craft Fair - Hand Sanitizer Bottles

Craft Fair Project - Hand Sanitizer Bottles...super cute!

My friend Pam and I are going to be setting up a booth tomorrow at a local craft fair.  Most of the craft fairs I've done have always been around Christmas time, but one of the places Pam goes to at Christmas decided to host a Spring Craft Fair and she invited me to go with her.  THANKS PAM!  We have done a few craft shows together and we always have so much fun.  We talk and laugh and look at all the fun stuff other booths have.  I love hanging out with my gal Pam.

Anyway, I wanted to share a project I made for tomorrow's craft fair that I am super excited about.  I saw the idea for the kids hand sanitzer's on a blog I love to visit by Carla Brasher.  She is fabulously talented and I love that she shares her ideas.  She had a link to some other blogs and they had some other styles of sanitizers including monogrammed ones - I have created Monogrammed templates in my computer but for the sake of time I didn't print those and create those this time, but for a booth I'm doing in the fall, I'll make them for that if these sell well.

Anyway, here are the pics of my projects.  First is the boy and girl bottles.  My twins loved these and asked could I please save one back for them.  Then they picked their ribbon from my stash, lol.  See, I told you they were my biggest fans.

I used several different patterns of ribbon on these, but I thought these would photograph well (the sun isn't out today in my part of the country so this is the best I could get in the light I have.)

Next are the babies.  I originally wasn't going to have baby ones but then I remembered when my nephew was born almost 2 years ago, my sister kept a bottle of sanitzer in her diaper bag for the entire first year.  I think she still has a bottle in his bag actually.  So I thought these might be cute for moms of little ones so I made some boy and girl baby ones and a few "unisex" ones with a light green polka dot ribbon.  Sanitzer wasn't around when my kids were babies, but what great thing to have now.

Next is one I made with a great saying on it about the different kinds of hands we need to have.  "Happy Hands", "Working Hands", "Caring Hands", "Praying Hands" to name a few. 

I used several different colors and patterns of brocade ribbon I have in my stash for these.  Here is a close-up of the words.

All of these were super easy to make and I plan to crank out a ton more of these this year for different craft shows I'll be doing.  I'm thinking you can do so much with this idea.  Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fall...we can use hand sanitizer anytime right?  I had these printed on acetate from templates I created on my computer.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Come back and visit soon.  As promised...coming up in the next few days will be some projects using my new stamps and goodies from My Favorite Things.

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tin Roof.....Rusted!

If you see a faded sign on the side of the road that says 15 miles to the Love Shack....yeah, some B-52's it is!   Well, it was a great segue into what I'm posting today anyway.  LOL.  Today, I'm sharing some projects a la' tin.  or some tin containers that I have decorated.

First is a tin lunch box I created to hold my finished cards.  I also ordered some file folder type dividers that are just the right size for my box, from Oriental Trading.  They sell the boxes and the dividers to go in them.  They are great to use for a recipe box, card box and many other uses.  Actually, I ordered tons of these lunch tins because I got them at a really low price when I ordered them in bulk.  I have some really great ideas for these including a bunco kit, that I hope to make later this year and will share that with you when I get it finished.  In the meantime, here's my cardholder with my lunch tin.

I used a Simply Scrappin kit from SU to make this (not sure what the name was) and some decoupage (Mod Podge) all over it once it was finished to protect it from wear and tear and use over time. 

The next project is a little smaller and not as practical but much more YUMMY!  It's a holder I made to hold some lucious Dove chocolate candies.

First, I painted my tin with Making Memories scrapbook paint in a rose color.  Then I cut DP the length and width I needed for the base of my tin and for the lid as well.  I used S.E.I paper from their "Jolie's Chocolate" paper collection.  It's got hues of pinks and rose along with chocolate colors.  It has glitter on every page it's sooooo yummy!!!!  Anyway, I used a corner rounder to round the edges of the paper on the lid and then I finished it off with some Rose colored rhinestones around the edge.  I used wax paper neatley folded inside to hold the chocolates.  Finally I put a really big pink gerber daisy on top that I added a smaller flower and some Smooch that I painted on to give it some glimmer and another large rhinestone in the middle of the flower. 

So it's not the Love Shack but I guarantee if you make any of these projects and give them as a gift, whomeve you give them to will be feelin' the love.

Hope to see you back real soon!

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Shout Out from Yo Peeps

I love, love, love Easter chicks.  I think they are so much a part of what you think about when you think of Easter.  Mostly because they signify new life and that is what we received when Christ died for us on the cross, then rose again.  But just because they signify new life and the huge sacrifice Christ made on our behalf, doesn't mean we can't have fun with them right?  So check out this card to see if these twisted chicks are right up your alley.
I used the stamp set A Good Egg from SU for this set, along with some sunglasses from a retired set (can't remember the name but it's something about summer, lol).  I masked the 2 chicks behind the first and then paper pieced the egg "skirts" on the chicks.  I typed the sentiment using an open font on my computer and mounted it on some chocolate chip c/s and also used some dotted DP in So Saffron.  I used flower punch to punch out the flowers on the card and it really was as simple as that.  Here is a close up of the image.

And since I'm sharing this set with you I'm going to also share another card I made using this set.  With Easter right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy seeing these projects today.

I also masked the chicks on this card, but I made the chick in the forefront the star of the show here.  I used some Rose Red DP and Wild Wasabi DP along with So Saffron accent CS.  I used some Wild Wasabi stitched grosgrain and some Saffron brads.  I glittered up the main chick with some dazzling diamonds.

Hope you enjoy these chicks as much I did making them.  Join me later this week for more fun!

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Romancing the Cards

Victorian romance, though vintage, isn't something I've made a lot of.  As a matter of fact, I don't think I've made any Victorian anything.  But, the challenge for our shoebox swap was to create a card using the oldest stamp set we had and if we couldn't or wouldn' use it, we were challenged to sell it.  So, I perused the stamp shelves in my craft room and the oldest stamp set I had that I had never used was Toile Blossoms (retired SU).  I could hardly believe it!  I so love vintage stuff and could not believe that I hadn't used it but I hadn't.  I realized after much thought, that I hadn't used it because it's a Definately Decorative set, meaning it was created to be used for decorating walls and things in your home.  It's a great and beautiful set, but there just wasn't anything that came to mind in using it for me.  Anyway, when I decided to use it as a background stamp, I remembered that I had a sweet little girl stamp that also had a Victorian feel that I hadn't used so I decided to use them together to create this card below.

I also used French Script on this card and I've had it forever too.  I probably won't ever part with it because it makes a great background image.  Also on this card is some yummy velvet ribbon and some swirly organdy ribbon both in burgundy.  The card base is actually called Lavendar Moon by Papertrey Ink.  I thought it looked like a light wine color and went well with burgundy accents.  The little girl and french script are stamped in olive ink.  I used prima flowers and some pink colored pearl brads on the flowers.  I "aged" the card by distressing the edges of the focal images as well as sponging and curling up some edges.  Here's a close up of the flowers.

I used a bird punch I have from SU that has a leaf cutout in it as well.  Below is a close up of a silver charm that says "Cherish" that I put on the organdy ribbon.  The card is a little smaller than 5 1/2" square to fit in some square envelopes I have.

I hope you enjoyed my project today; I've been waiting anxiously to share it with you.  Later this week I hope to share with you some fun new projects using NEW RELEASES from My Favorite Things so be sure to visit and check them out.

God bless and Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 18, 2011

I almost forgot and one other thing!

I got so carried away yesterday with my snow family that I wanted to show you, that I almost forgot (well, I did forget actually) to share my St. Patty's Day card with you.  I used a heart punch to create a 3 leaf clover.

I used a stamp set called "Always" by SU and a large heart punch to cut out the hearts.  I have another flower stamp set that has a stem in it so I just used that for the stem of the clover.  The "Lucky" definition comes from a set called "Define Your Life" also by SU.  Card base is chocolate chip and a layer of Certainly Celery, then Wild Wasabi, and a layer of Prints DP in Certainly Celery.  I finished it off with some strips of wide chocolate grosgrain and a rhinestone brad.

I also thought I would share a sneek peak at a project I made for an upcoming craft fair I'll be doing with friend of mine at the end of the month.  

I found these little wooden boxes last year at the Dollar Tree for yep, $1. What a steal right?  I think decoupaged it with Mod Podge and glammed it up with some felt flowers, ribbon, and rub ons.  Easy peasy for sure!  I think this would make a cute pencil holder for your desk or a great way to give a friend some yummy chocolate.

And finally, my twins were browsing my blog ( I actually do have a fan club of 3 - my kids, lol) and they noticed that I had posted a photo of my youngest on her birthday.  They were a little bummed that I hadn't yet posted a photo of them, so I told them I would.  This photo is a little older, back last summer, and they've had their hair trimmed since then, but it's basically them.  Kaylan in the lighter pink is on the left, and Raegan in the darker  pink is on the right.  If you are wondering, yes they are identical and yes we still get them mixed up.  If their hair wasn't the EXACT same shade of red, maybe we would do better but even as their mom, I still get them mixed up if I'm saying a name quickly or if I just get a side or back view of them.  But it's fun having them and they are certainly a double blessing.  I don't know what I did to deserve the blessing of identical twin girls, but I'm forever grateful that He entrusted them to my care.

Well, that's all I have for you today. Tonight is my stamping swap group and I'm so excited to stamp with my besties tonight and fellowship with them.  I'll be back tomorrow to finally get to show you the project I created for tonight's stamping.  Have a great evening and be sure and check back tomorrow for creation to be revealed....

God bless and Happy Stamping!