Friday, February 25, 2011

Birthday Card

Today I'd like to share with you a card I made using another one of the new My Pink Stamper stamp sets called "Spanish Sayings".  Here is a look at the entire set:

You can order this or any of Robyn's other great products here.  (There are nine other stamp sets to choose from just from the latest release!!) . 

So, on with today's project!  I decided to pull out one of my favorite "older" Cricut cartridges:  Doodlecharms.  If you don't have this particular cartridge, you really should check it out.  It contains all kinds of images that you will use throughout the year: birthdays, animals, holidays, seasons.


The party hat was cut at 3 1/2 inches. I ran the diecut through my Cuttlebug using a swirl folder.  I added some ink to the hat using Tim Holtz's Distress ink called Spiced Marmalde.  Then, I added some Stickles (Orange Peel) to the swirls. 

Little circles were adhered to the bottom to replicate one of the hats in the patterned paper.  And I cut off the top of the hat and added a circle there as well.  This would also be super cute with some colorful little pom poms (that you can buy in the craft section of Michaels).  Unfortunately, I didn't have any in my stash, so I used a 3/4" circle punch instead. 

Recipe

My Pink Stamper "Spanish Sayings"
Cricut Doodlecharms
Versafine Ink Pad in Onyx Black (another favorite of mine!)
Stickles
Cuttlebug & swirl folder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade)
Stickles (Orange Peel)
Patterned Paper by The Paper Studio ("Birthday Extravaganza" stack)
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Looking for a great paper trimmer?

Over the years, I have tried countless paper trimmers and each and every one of them either did not cut straight, or ended up tearing my paper (even after replacing the blade).  My latest purchase was a pink Cutterpede and although I haven't had any major issues with it, I've noticed it is hard for me to push down on the blade while trying to cut.

A few people have asked me which trimmer I like, and since I have been looking for a new one, I decided to do a little research online.  I managed to find one that seemed to get alot of great reviews.  It's called the Fiskars Premium Portable Paper Trimmer and it looks like this...
 

Last weekend, I happened to be at Hobby Lobby with some friends.  And to my surprise, not only were paper trimmers on sale for 40% off, they had this very one in stock!!  (Don't you just love it when things come together like that? :-)  So, I decided to buy it and test it out. (The regular price is $29.99).  The result?  I love it so much, I may name it! LOL

A few things I love about it:

First, it cuts straight! The blade is one that you simply run along your paper.  No need to apply pressure.  It also  has a fold out arm that measures up to 15 1/4" inches.  There  a line indicator which will show you exactly where you are cutting- and also a measuring grid that will be very useful for cardmakers. 

And one of my most favorite features of this trimmer...it has a safety locking mechanism that will hold the blade/cutting arm in place.  So, if you like to attend crops (which I love to do!), then you do not have to worry about cutting yourself when pulling your trimmer out of your bag.  

Two thumbs up for a great product!  If you're looking for a new portable trimmer, this is one I highly recommend!

Have a great day! :-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Post for February

Hi everyone and welcome to another fun project featuring one of the new releases from My Pink Stamper!
This time, I chose to work with Robyn's new "Sweet Baby" stamp set along with several cartridges including the new Cricut Baby Steps.  What a wonderful cartridge...and it works perfectly with this stamp set!!  In case you haven't seen Robyn's newest releases, here is a peek:

You can find a list of online retailers here.  

**Don't be afraid to think outside the box - My husband and I do not have children, but I think this would work perfectly for gift albums, tags for baby gifts...or maybe some pet pages of your "furbabies"!** 

All that said, on with today's project...or shall I say projectS!  I created both a girl and a boy two page layout.  I hope you like them! (click on any picture for a larger image.)


Page 2


And for those of you with a little boy...


Page 2 (sorry...apparently my page was a little crooked when I took this picture).


and a close up of the adorable sentiment I used for both layouts...


How sweet is that?!  I just love it!!

RECIPE

My Pink Stamper Sweet Baby Stamp Set
Cricut Lite B is for Boy (Title 1 3/4" ;  Toys pg one 2 1/4")
Cricut Lite Sugar and Spice (Title 1 3/4" ; Toys for page one - 2 1/4")
Cricut Baby Steps (Toys for page two (both layouts) 3"
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Ribbon by Paper Trey Ink (Raspberry Fizz & Pure Poppy)
Bazzill Cardstock
Patterned Paper - unknown

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the sweet comments you've been leaving.  I read and appreciate each and every one!!  Have a great week! :o)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wish you were here!

I had intended on getting this post up earlier today, but I'm afraid there was an unfortunate incident involving our vacuum cleaner and my cell phone charger cord.  I won't elaborate any further than that, because frankly, it makes me look bad. LOL  Luckily, I am married to a very patient man. 

Here is part two of my card holder series.  I think this one is my favorite.  Now, if you're not a Disney lover, you can adapt this same idea to any travel theme. 

A picture of the front:


Inside...


One pocket on either side...


Several envelopes put together to make pockets for the center...


And inside those envelope pockets...


Aren't these cards cute?  Well, can I share a little secret with you? They're actually homemade POSTCARDS!!

I found this cute free post card template online here and the thought occurred to me:  How fun would it be to make your own postcards.  Once you  mail them out, you have a storage booklet to keep your tickets and other small Disney souvenirs. Or, how cute would these be as autograph cards for the characters to sign?!

The "Wish you were here" sentiment is from the My Pink Stamper "Family & Friends" set and can be found at these online retailers.


Have a great day everyone! :o)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Looking for a last minute Valentine idea? :o)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! If you're looking for a last minute gift idea, this post is for YOU!!! It can house a gift card for that special someone...or just a sweet message from your heart to theirs.

Before I begin, I want to say that this was an idea I found years ago through my online travels. I can't remember who the originator is of this clever booklet, but if it's you, please let me know as I would love to give you credit!

On to today's project...

First, you will need one piece of 12x12 cardstock cut into (2) 6 x 12 strips. This will be the base of your booklet.

For the sleeve that goes around it, cut (2) 4 x 12 strips of cardstock.

Score all four pieces at the 5 1/2" mark and also the 6" mark.

What you have so far should look like this...


Overlap the two longer pieces of the blue cardstock and adhere them together.  Do the same for your sleeve strips.
 
If you'd like to add patterned paper to the sleeve portion, you may do so at this point.  The patterned paper will measure (2) 3 3/4 x 12".
 
For the inside center, I used one A2 size envelope.  I tucked the flap inside, decorated the front with patterned paper, and then tucked a little note inside.  This would be so cute with love coupons as well!  Or how adorable would this be for a teacher?!  You could put several envelopes inside...one containing a picture of your child with the teacher and another pocket could hold a handwritten note (or colored picture) made by your child.

 

Decorate the rest of your your booklet and use a brad to attach the sleeve around it.  I used a heart punch and then a nailhead brad to give it a masculine feel. (since this was for my husband). 



The stamped sentiment is from the My Pink Stamper Happiest Moments set

  
and can be found at any of these online retailers.

That's it!  Super simple & quick!  Hope you enjoyed this little project.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow where I'll show you another super cute idea using this same technique.. I think you're really going to like the next one even better. ;o)

**A few have mentioned wanting to purchase some of the nail brads I used for  my house card (and also this project).  If you are interested, you can find them here.**

Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Friday, February 11, 2011

My Pink Stamper Pink-alicious Blog Hop

Hi Everyone and welcome to the My Pink Stamper Pink-alicious Blog Hop!!

I'm sorry it's been awhile since I posted, but I have some new creations in the works and I will be posting more regularly from now on!  In fact, I have a really cute project on my crafting table right now...just waiting to be posted for all of you!  It will probably be up the first of next week so keep checking back. 

The challenge for this project was to create something using black and your favorite color.  I chose red with a little white thrown in as an accent.  I have to admit, I found this challenge a bit harder than others, mainly because I LOVE color, and lots of it! LOL  So, choosing a favorite was difficult for me.  But, here is what I created.  I hope you like it!  I finally got to test out my new I-Rock tool from Imaginisce (if you look closely, you can see that I added some rhinestones to the inside of the nail brads).  A little sparkle makes this girl happy.  :-)

**Click on any picture for a larger image**


Close up...


For this card, I used one of Robyn's awesome new stamps called "More Faithful Sayings".  It has a ton of fantastic sentiments on there.  In fact, I still have several more ideas that I plan on making in the near future.  So stay tuned!   :-)


If you'd like to order this stamp set (or see other great products that Robyn has available), just go here to find a list of online retailers. 

And finally, I have a great tip that I'd like to share with all of you.  Since I like to attend crops and my collection of My Pink Stamper stamps seems to be growing, I've been searching for some kind of storage method.  And with my sweet hubby's help, I think I've found it! Up until now, I just attached all of my stamps using a ring.  But this way is working much better for me. 

All you need is a reguar sized binder and some 5x 7 photo sleeves. (I bought my photo sleeves online at Staples.com -if you have it sent your local store, shipping is free.  It cost a little over $13 with tax for a pack of 50.  That will hold 100 stamp sets!!) . 

I cut a 5 x 7 piece of white cardstock.  Then, I took my stamp set and lightly adhered it (using removable adhesive) to my piece of cardstock.  Using a Word program on my computer, I typed out the name of the stamp, and taped it to the top. 


Then, I put the stamp in the photo sleeve.  After doing this to all my sets, this is what my new storage system looks like:


And no worries...I've already come up with a plan for Robyn's new 6x8 stamp set as well.  It's going to fit nicely in the front pocket of my binder!   :-)

Recipe for card:

My Pink Stamper More Faithful Sayings Stamp set
Cricut Lite Handyman cartridge (house - cut at 3 1/2")
EK Success Paper Shaper Heart Punch
EK Success Border punch
Cuttlebug Houndstooth folder
Basic Grey "Black Tie Collection for patterned paper
Papertrey Ink cardstock
Bazzill cardstock
Nail brads by Create Impressions
I-Rock & Rhinestones by Imaginisce
Stickles for hearts
Chalk by Pebbles, Inc.
Pop Dots for the house, the roof, and the hearts

Now, on to see what Shauna has created!  But in case you've missed anyone along the way, here is the entire list.  And don't forget to post YOUR creation for this fun challenge over at Robyn's blog!  We want to see what you make too!  Have a wonderful weekend!  























Reminder!

Just a quick reminder that the My Pink Stamper Pink-alicious Blog Hop will be starting tonight at 8 p.m. Central.  We hope you can can join us for this fun event!! :-)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New from My Pink Stamper!

In case you haven't heard, Robyn, owner of My Pink Stamper has released 10 awesome new stamp sets!!!  (I changed my blog background in honor of what I think will be my new favorite! :-)  Here is a look at each of them...

Boy Crazy

Fabulous Phrases

More Faithful Sayings

Music Speaks

Scrap-alicious

Spanish Sayings

Sport-tastic

Sweet Baby

Sweetest Cupcakes

Everyday Sayings (6x8 Stamp Set)

Look for some cute new projects from the design team to be featured soon (I'm already hard at work! :-) And if you'd like to order some of these, you can do so at these online retailers.

Have a great day everyone!

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