Thursday, March 31, 2011

Got the blues?

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today was a great mail day.  I received some of Robyn's newest stamps and couldn't wait to start playing!  And can I just say that they are the caaaa-utest?!!  There was one sentiment that sparked an idea as soon as I saw it,  and allowed me to "think outside the box" a little.  It's from the "Music Speaks" set. 

 As a child, I spent alot of time in and out of hospitals, so I couldn't help but think this would be so adorable to send to a boy or a girl...or perhaps even a Cookie Monster lover (like myself!).  After all, how can anyone NOT love that blue fur?? :-)

Here is my super simple card.  I hope you like it.


And the inside...


RECIPE

I cut Cookie Monster at 3 1/4 inches using the Sesame Street Font Cricut cartridge. (He's also popped up to give it more dimension.)  The sentiment for the outside of my card was made using the My Pink Stamper's "Music Speaks" set, and the inside sentiment was made using her "Everyday Sentiments" set. (these stamps are huge and work perfectly for the inside of cards!).  Both stamp sets are available for purchase here.

Paper is by Daisy Bucket's "All Wound Up -Jacob's Cords". And the stars inside the card were made using a small EK Success Paper Shaper punch.

Have a wonderful weekend!  I'll be cropping tomorrow night so I'll be working on some more new projects.  Oh, and I have one more thing to share with you on Saturday!  Hope you'll come by for another visit then. :-)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Need a laugh? :)

I heard this quote years ago, and although I'm not sure who the author is, I absolutely love it.  It goes like this:

"Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused."

Earlier I was going through my scraproom and came across the very first album I ever made.  And so I thought maybe some of you could use a good chuckle (even if it is at my expense!). LOL

These pictures remind me that scrapbooking is about preserving memories of, and for, the ones you love.  And if you're like me and have no children to pass down those albums to, scrapbook anyway!  There will be others who will love just seeing what you create.  Or do it for yourself.  Scrapbooking is such a fun creative outlet!  These pages certainly brought a smile to my face, and as you will see from the pictures, they are nowhere near "works of art".  But what they are, are "works of my heart". 

My first album was one made for our first dog, Dexter.  He was 8 years old when my husband and I adopted him from the Humane Society. He was the apple of our eye and we took him everywhere with us...including weekly trips to the ice cream shoppe.  He was one spoiled boy!!   And although he has been gone for many years now, he still holds a special place in our hearts.  I'm so thankful I have this album to remember him by!

So, without further ado, here they are.  Try not to laugh TOO hard! :)

My diecut/sticker phase...and it didn't matter if the stickers actually matched the theme of the pictures.  Stickers...lots and lots of stickers.  That was the key to a great page.

 

Then, I discovered decorative scissors and a love for templates.


Apparently I was a paper piecing lover even way back then!  Who knew that many years later the Cricut would make this so much easier? (and from the look of those crayons at the bottom of the page, I desperately needed some intervention!).  I'm so thankful to Provo Craft for creating the Cricut machine!!


And here is a picture of me...deep in concentration.  (Don't you just love my tongue sticking out? LOL) And how about my nicely "organized" table?  I guess there's no denying it... I've always been a messy scrapbooker!



Thanks so much for taking this walk down Memory Lane with me.  I hope you're having a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Post

Good morning everyone!  I was so excited to find out that our monthly design team assignment was to make a scrapbook page using any of Robyn's fun stamps.  Scrapbook pages are my most favorite thing to do! 

For my birthday, my Mom & Dad gave me the Disney Classics cartridge.  And from the minute I saw the cute Thumper image, I have wanted to create something using it. 

And so, instead of making your traditional spring layout using just an ordinary bunny...I decided to incorporate sweet Thumper into my pages.  Now, from what I understand, Thumper is officially a boy.  But I thought the bunny on page two needed a little flower on top.  So, we'll call her Thumpette. :)

I used two My Pink Stamper sets for this particular layout.  First, the "Happy Easter" sentiment is from the Happiest Moments stamp set.  The "You make me hoppy" and also the "Somebunny loves you" are from the Even More Punny-licious set.  Both sets (and more!) are pictured and available for purchase  here.
Click on any picture for a larger image...

Close up of page 1


Close up of page 2


RECIPE

My Pink Stamper Happiest Moments
My Pink Stamper Even More Punny-licious

Disney Classics cartridge
 -both Thumpers cut at 5"

George & Basic Shapes cartridge
- for grass...one oval cut at 7" and one at 5"  then cut in half lenghtwise)
- flowers 1" (page 120 of handbook)

Create a Critter cartridge
- Carrot (cut at 8".  The window, door and road I created myself.)
 - flower (page 2 of layout) - 8"
-sun (cut at 2")
-bee (cut at 2 1/2"

Designer's Calendar cartridge
-for both the word Easter (2 1/2") and 2011 (cut at 1 1/4")

Easter 2010 cartridge
-eggs cut at 1 1/2"

Other supplies used:
Patterned paper by Jillibean Soup ("Romano Cheese"--blue background paper), Fancy Pants Designs, Inc. (Love Birds Collection "Sweetheart") for photo mats, Reminisce (Hanging with My Peeps - for Easter eggs).
Bazzill cardstock
Inkssentials Glossy Accents (for dots on easter eggs, and also on centers of flowers)
Stickles ("Crystal"--used on the wings of the bumble bee as well as the cheeks on the sun)
Pebbles, Inc. chalk for various elements on page
Bic Mark Its (LOVE THESE!!) for tracing around flowers, carrot and lots of other elements to add dimension. 
Pop Dots

I hope you liked today's project!  Thank you so much for stopping by and for all the sweet comments!  Please know how much I appreciate all of you!

Now, head on over to My Pink Stamper to see what all my Design Team friends have made! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A very special request...

Last week I received some sad news about a sweet little boy going through something no child should ever have to face. It immediately touched my heart. I would like to thank Meredith for passing along this information to me. I am honored to share that information with you in hopes that we can help in some way to put a smile on his face.

Max Low is a 12 year old from Neola, Iowa. He has been battling cancer for half of his life. His doctors recently told his parents to enjoy the time they have left with him. His wish is to get 1 million cards. He has currently gotten about 23,000. If you would like to help Max get his wish, please send a get well card to the following address:

Mighty Max Low
C/O Greg & Bambi Low
PO Box 111
Neola, IA  51559

Thanks everyone! xo

Fluttering by to say hi...

Hello all my crafty friends! I hope you're having a nice week!  Before, I shared with you my "card swap reject", and today, I thought I'd share the card I actually submitted.  I hope you like it. 

For it, I used the My Pink Stamper "Buggy Punnies" which can be found hereThe butterfly is an image found on the new Cricut "Floral Embellished" cartridge (which is a wonderful cartridge, by the way!  Lots of beautiful, beautiful images!)


RECIPE

Butterfly - Cricut "Floral Embellished" Cartridge
Cuttlebug "Once Upon a Princess" embossing folder (came in a set of four)
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Zig Writer (in black)
Imaginisce I-Rock tool to adhere crystals

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop

Hi Everyone and welcome to March's My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop
The challenge this month was to make something using Spring colors (It was our decision on what Spring is to us).  And so I gave it some thought.  As most of you know, I'm not a pastel lover.  But I wanted to be true to the theme and try something I'd never done before.

 When I think of Spring, beautiful blooming flowers come to mind.  So, what I decided to do is take inspiration from my favorite kind of  flower - gerber daisies. I created this altered canvas with some muted spring colors like blues, a cheery yellow, and greens...but a little red thrown in for that vibrancy that I love about gerbers. :-)

According to my hubby, I'm usually my own worse critic.  But the truth is, I really love this.  I've had it on my table for several days now and each time I go by, it brings a smile to my face.  Would it be awful of me to change the title and keep it for myself? LOL  Robyn's "Plant seeds of kindess" sentiment (also from the "Everyday Life" set ) would work well too.

.Anyway, here it is.  I hope you like it! :-)

I painted the entire canvas a buttery yellow and created from there...

(Click on any image to enlarge)

And a close up of the cute sentiment.  I used the "If friends were flowers, I'd pick you."  It's from the My Pink Stamper "Everyday Life" set and can be found at any of these retailers.

Lots and lots of pop dots were used to add dimension...



And finally, how it looks hanging on the wall (albeit a bit crooked) LOL...


RECIPE

MY PINK STAMPER EVERYDAY  LIFE STAMP SET
Vase 4" (Real Dial size) - Paper Dolls for Everday Cartridge
Flowers- 1" - Walk in my Garden Cartridge
Grass - Plantin Schoolbook cartridge (fit to length 10", then trimmed slightly)
Bird - 1 1/2" - Create A Critter Cartridge
Clouds- 1/2" and 3/4 "-Create A Critter Cartridge
Patterned Paper (for tablecloth) is by My Mind's Eye "Stella Rose Collection" (Isn't it beautiful??)
Fiskar's Threading Water Punch (for bottom of tablecloth)
Pebbles Inc. Chalk
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Bic Mark It Markers (for around sentiment block)

Hope you like today's project!  Now hop on over to Agnes's blog to see what awesome project she has created!  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to go back to Robyn's blog to enter your creation for this fun challenge!

In case you've missed anyone, here is the entire list again...


Have a great day!! :)


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop is tomorrow night!  The fun starts at 8 p.m. (Central).  Hope you can join us!

I'll be checking in here and there throughout the weekend.  Tomorrow is my ahem...thirty-ish birthday so hubby and I will be out celebrating.  :-)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Best Fishes

Hi Everyone!

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted.  I've been feeling under the weather.  But, the doctor gave me some antibiotics so hopefully that'll do the trick!

 I wanted to share with you today a card I created.  We can call this my card swap reject, because that's pretty much what it is! I made twenty of these for a card swap I'm participating in...only to later decide that I didn't like them. LOL (Those who know me can probably tell you this is not surprising).  I chalked, I glittered and I STILL didn't feel the love for it . I think it may be the background colors I chose.

Anyway, the sentiment was too cute not to share. It's from the My Pink Stamper More Punnylicious stamp set and can be purchased through these online retailers.   

Hopefully you can use this card as inspiration to create something better.  ;-)

(Click on picture for a larger image)


Recipe

My Pink Stamper "More Punnylicous" stamp set
Fish Bowl scene cut at 3 1/4" (Create a Critter cartridge)
The dew drops/clear bubbles I bought from the floral dept. at Michaels
Circle punch for blue bubbles
Uniball signo white pen
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Zig Writer in chocolate (to outline diecuts)
Stickles in Crystal

Have a great day! 

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