Monday, December 31, 2012

Red Carpet Studio - Anything Goes Sweets Challenge

This weeks challenge at Red Carpet Studio is inspired by the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".

Our Challenge to you is to create ANY  project that has to do with sweets. You're not limited to either a card or a layout this week! You can make anything that features a sweet, or could be used to hold sweets, etc.

I went ahead and made this treat box:
It was pretty easy to make. I took a Ghirardelli chocolate box that Santa brought me and covered it in Recollections Bright and Jolly paper. I added some stickers I found in my stash and used the bows on twist ties that came with the box.

We really hope you will join us this week for our ANYTHING GOES sweets challenge. If you're the lucky winner you will receive a TOTAL BLOG MAKEOVER!!!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes

Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Create any type of project!!

Starts: Friday, December 28th, 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, January 3rd, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by Announced: Thursday, January 3rd late afternoon

For my project I created some last minute (literally) envelopes to put school pictures of my kids in for the grandparents and uncles to get for Christmas. Since this project was so last minute all I did was use my Cozy Christmas Lawn Fawn stamps and some embossing powder and twine.

I used red glitter embossing powder on two of the cards and I'm not impressed with it. I had a VERY hard time telling when it had melted and it still brushes off.

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Cardz TV Stamps
Prize: 1 Stamp Set of the Winner's Choice

Come play with us!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Celebrate The Occasion - Christmas Anything Goes

Can you believe there's only a week until Christmas! Well this week at Celebrate The Occasion we're getting into the holiday spirit and challenging you to make ANY project you want with a Christmas theme. So take this opportunity to make a last minute card, create a scrapbook layout or decorate a gift.

I made a layout featuring a 2008 extended family Christmas celebration. All of those little girls are my second cousins. Well, one of them is my niece and another is my daughter but you get the idea.

I used the Winterland collection from Fancy Pants along with Stampin' Up twine and kraft pieces from the dollar bin at Michael's.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Red Carpet Studio - Christmas Layout Challenge

This week at Red Carpet Studio 
we're taking our inspiration from the movie
"The Santa Clause" starring Tim Allen

Create A Christmas Layout

My layout documents an outfit that Grandma M sent my daughter for her first Christmas. It says, "Silent Night? you'll be lucky!" What makes this so great is that my daughter slept through the night for the first time on Christmas Eve at Grandma K's house.

I used the Bo Bunny Blitzen collection to make my layout.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy - Snow Challenge

This week at PDE we're asking you to create a project that features snow! For this challenge I got back to creating layouts. I don't have the photos developed for this one yet but I'm happy with my end result regardless!

For this layout I used the Echo Park Winter Park collection.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Celebrate The Occasion - Christmas With A Punch

This week at CTO we're asking you to create a Christmas themed project and use a punch. I made a card using a Martha Stewart punch around the page.
To make the tree I pleated three lengths of 2" wide paper; 9", 7" and 5". I used a needle and thread to hold the paper together.

Friday, November 30, 2012

North Pole Breakfast 2012

Today I'm going to share with you my family's second annual North Pole Breakfast. This was a big year for our breakfast because, not only did I keep up with a tradition, but our Elf on the Shelf made his grand debut.
I planned our party for the day after Thanksgiving.
Each of my kids had a festive place setting complete with fill-in-the-blank letters to Santa and special gifts. The gifts this year included a book; a coloring book, crayon and sticker set; paint with water; socks and a rubber duck (one was Santa the other a reindeer). We also received family gifts of a new Christmas movie (Prep and Landing) and Christmas Book (Oh, What a Christmas).
I made another Magic Mailbox this year. Inside was a letter from Santa reminding the kids to be good and asking them to fill out their wish lists.
 The letter also talked abut the special kisses we all received. The large candy cane kisses were from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. We then had eight brown kisses (chocolate chips) from the reindeer, one red kiss from Rudolph and three green kisses from the elves.
To eat we had Reindeer Hash (hash browns, eggs, ham and cheese in the crock pot),
Santa Belly Parfaits (vanilla yogurt, strawberries, granola and sprinkles),
and Candy Cane Milk (if you leave a candy cane in milk they start to dissolve and turn the milk pink).
I also set up a hot chocolate bar. My kids had a blast with this.
To add some festive detail I made this banner. I wanted it to say "Believe" but I didn't have enough "E's"! So "Wonder" it is!!

I hope you enjoyed this look at my families North Pole Breakfast 2012!

Pause Dream Enjoy - Use Your Stash Challenge

Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Ch#48: Forgotten Stash
Create any type of project using some of your Forgotten Stash.

I just love these use your stash challenges because I find so many things that I forgot I had! When coming up with a project for this challenge I found this Halloween kit that I bought at ScrapFest last year! Here is what I made with it.

StartsFriday, November 30rd 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, December 6th, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by Announced: Thursday, December 6th late afternoon

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Cardz TV Stamps
Prize: 1 Stamp Set of the Winner's Choice

Here's my project I created for this challenge:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stitched Card Blog Hop

Weren't the last three cards you saw just beautiful!! Those girls sure are talented.

If you're coming to me from Rebecca, then you're on the right track. If you've just stopped by and would like to see what everyone has created then hop over to Ashley. She also has all the details on how you can win a $20 Gift Card to Michael's or JoAnn's!

Here is my clean and simple winter card.

I used the Winterland collection from Fancy Pants along with some Basic Grey stickers and Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink and marker.

Your next stop will be

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Celebrate The Occasion - Thanksgiving (w/ 3 buttons)

This weeks challenge at CTO is to create a project with a Thanksgiving theme and three buttons. Before I show you my project I ask you to ignore the background and the fact that the bottle is almost gone! I forgot to take a picture before we indulged!

So here it is:
I used a Sizzix embossing folder on the brown layer which I then rubbed with my embossing ink pad and coated in antique gold embossing powder. The same powder was used with the CTMH "Thanks" stamp. My wine tag was then embellished with my required 3 buttons and some crinkle ribbon.

Come show us your Thanksgiving projects at Celebrate The Occasion.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Red Carpet Studio - Pet/Animal Layout Challenge

This weeks Red Carpet Studio Challenge is inspired by all those lovable movie pets. From Babe to Toto animals have been in movies as long as there has been movies.

This week we challenge you to make a layout featuring a pet or any other animal. I took this opportunity to scrap another Animal Kingdom photo. As with all of my Animal Kingdom layouts I used Bo Bunny's Zoology line.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy - Thank You Challenge

Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Ch#46: Thank You Projects
Create a THANK YOU Project.

For my project I made a stand-up pop-up card using this SplitcoastStampers tutorial.

I used the Close To My Heart Pemberly line to create my project. The stamp is also CTMH and I used black Zing powder to emboss it.

A little corn starch on the exposed back of the sticker takes all the stickiness away.

I used crinkle ribbon and resin flowers to embellish the front of the card.

StartsFriday, November 16th 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, November 22nd, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by Announced: Thursday, November 22nd late afternoon

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps
Prize: What a Fox Stamp Set

Come play with us!

Use It Tuesday - Ch 43 - Be Thankful
Shopping Our Stash - Ch 77 - Thank You or Thanksgiving
   for both of these challenges I used the Pemberly pack that I bought in March but loved too much to cut - until today
Tuesday Throwdown - Ch 124 - Thankful For You
My Sheri Crafts - Ch 98 - Give Thanks

Friday, November 9, 2012

Project Featured

Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know that my fall pillow box is being featured on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog today.

If you missed it here is what I created.

The details can be found in this post.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Crafty Creations Challenges - No Flowers

This week Crafty Creations is challenging you to make a project WITHOUT flowers.

This was an easy challenge for me, I'm not much of a flower person. This layout features first day of school pictures of my daughter from last year. She was quite the model!

I used the Little Girl line by Echo Park along with October Afternoon buttons, American Crafts ribbon and jewels.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Celebrate The Occasion - Up, Up and Away!

This weeks challenge at CTO is to create a project with some sort of flying aircraft on it (plane, helicopter, hot air balloon, blimp, etc.).

I went ahead and made a surprise pop-up card featuring an airplane.

My card open.
Card close.
Stamp, postmark and cancellation made using Lawn Fawn's You've Got Mail set.
The mailbox and letters are Lawn Fawn's You've Got Mail and the plane is Lawn Fawn's Bon Voyage. The boarder is a Martha Stewart punch.
The sentiment and Air Mail mark comes from Lawn Fawn's You've Got Mail. I fussy cut the green stamp to add under the slide.

Lawn Fawn Stamps
   You've Got Mail
   Bon Voyage
   Making Memories Passport
   Close To My Heart
      Outdoor Denim
   Distress Ink
      Tea Dye
      Jet Black
   Distress Marker
      Barn Door
   Stamp Marker
   Foam Squares
   Spool 'O Ribbon
   Hole Punch
   Circle Punch
   Corner Rounder

I used this Splitcoast stampers tutorial.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Red Carpet Studio - Clean and Simple Layout

This weeks Red Carpet Studio challenge is to create a Clean & Simple Layout. I made this layout featuring my daughter and Belle.

I love clean and simple layouts because they're so quick and easy to put together. So if you don't have much time this week but would like the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to The Paper Parade - you should join us!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy - Color Challenge

Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Ch# 44:  Orange & Brown
Create any type of project featuring ORANGE and BROWN.
StartsFriday, November 2nd 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, November 8th, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by Announced: Thursday, November 8th late afternoon

Here is what I created for this challenge:
This card really was simple to make. The brown cardstock is Bazzill Basics, the orange is DCWV and the patterned is MME Blackbirds. The focal point is a 7gypsies sticker mounted with thick foam squares.

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Dude Time Doodles
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Triple Stamp Card Blog Hop

Happy Halloween and thank you for joining us today for the triple stamp card blog hop. If you arrived at my blog via Kate then you're in the right place! If you just happen to stop by to see what I made today I encourage you to hop along with us and see all of the triple stamp cards featured today. You can start your journey with Ashley who also has all the details on the candy that's up for grabs.

I wish I could tell you the name of the stamp set I used on my card but it's a set I just found floating around in my stamp drawer with no manufacturer listed on it. To get the multiple colors on my leaf image I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers. In fact, I used the markers for all of my stamping.

This was my first triple stamp card and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I will confess that I probably won't make another one but that's just because math, precision cutting and I are not the best of friends!

Your next stop is

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Celebrate The Occasion - Fall

Our challenge to you this week at Celebrate The Occasion is to create a project inspired by Fall. I used BoBunny's gorgeous Forever Fall line and the Doodlecharms and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges to create my pillow box.

I used my Gypsy to weld the oak leaf onto the box. The opening is covered with a square I cut from a Ziploc bag. I used the leaf I cut out for the opening as an embellishment. I simply turned the paper over for a little contrast.