Thursday, September 29, 2011

Scrumptious! :)

Hi everyone!  Hope you are doing well!  I worked on a card last night and would love to share it with you today.  It uses the My Pink Stamper "Yummy-licious" set. (link is in red lettering if you're interested in a set for yourself....or a lucky friend! :)


Recipe

My Pink Stamper "Yummy-licious" set
Imagine More cartridge - background patterned paper
Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge - strawberry cut at 5"
Paisley cartridge - bumble bee cut at 2"
Stickles (sorry, no color name on bottle but it's clear with gold glitter in it)
Versafine Ink Pad (in Onyx Black)
American Crafts Ribbon

Hope you all have a very Happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A great tip!

The other day while working on a project, I decided to use this paper that I *love* but because it had glitter that comes off, my adhesive would not stick.  In fact, I tried several adhesives...all with no luck. Even my ATG was no match. 

Not wanting to throw out my pretty paper, I thought there HAS to be a solution.  And then it came to me...I wonder what would happen  if I put a thin coat of Mod Podge over it?  And so, using just a cheap foam brush, I put some all over my sheet of paper. 


As you can see from the picture, the Mod Podge is white when you first apply it - but it dries clear. 

I'm happy to report that IT WORKED!  The glitter is a bit more understated than it once was.  But, now it also has the most beautiful sheen to the paper as well.   (I'm sorry - I tried but I couldn't quite capture it on camera).   But it does work.  So if you have papers where the glitter keeps falling off, this might be worth a try.  I used the gloss finish and LOVE the results!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Vintage school themed layout

Today I decided to try something very different from my usual kind of layouts.  Basic Grey posted this sketch awhile back as a challenge.  I got busy and never got around to trying it until now.  I had in mind a cute  layout complete with a school bus, some apples, etc.  But, I really wanted to challenge myself.  So, I decided to try my hand at a vintage themed layout. 

I had fun with it and it gave me the opportunity to play with my Tim Holtz inks. (my hands are now covered!  This may be a one time deal for me...my first, and quite possibly last, vintage page. LOL).  I'm only kidding.  Sometimes it's fun to challenge yourself by trying something new.

Here is the sketch I used.  I didn't follow it exactly...but hopefully it's close enough.


And here is my layout:

(Click on picture for a larger image)

Recipe
Plantin' Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge
Basic Grey Recess Collection (paper is called "Elementary")
Prima flowers
Tim Holtz Ink

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Looking for cute Halloween paper?

If you love cutesy (which I do!), then you will LOVE this!  I found a K & Company paper stack at Michaels called "Spooktacular".  I believe it's an older collection - but it's adorable!!  All of the papers are double sided and there are THREE sheets of each design!  How awesome is that?!

Here is a peek:


And in case paper packs are not on sale this week, you may like to have a coupon. 


Enjoy! :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A great find!

I found a coupon online for 40 % off a Martha Stewart product.  So, I printed it out and off I went to Michaels.  I originally planned on buying the spider web punch around the page.  But when I got there, I found something even better! 

This...


Isn't it CUTE??  When I saw it, the first thing I thought of was Christmas ribbon candy.  I am just beyond excited and cannot wait to play with it.  I've already tried it and it works perfectly!! (sometimes using punches is a challenge for me with sitting down...but not this one! Yay!! :)

In case you'd like to purchase one of your own, allow me to enable you with a coupon. LOL

Happy shopping, my crafty friends!

Monster Bash?

In case any of you might be planning a halloween party, I thought it might be fun to make some invites for the occasion.  These will fit into your standard A2 size (invitation) envelopes.

To make the base of each card:

Cut one piece of cardstock that is 4 1/4 x 12".  On the side that is 12" long, punch your border for the flap.  Once you have done that, cut down the 12" side to 7 1/2".  You should now have a piece of cardstock measuring 4 1/4" x 7 1/2".  On the 7 1/2" side, score at the 2" mark (including the border).  Fold over.  You now have your flap.  Decorate as desired.

I glued mine down, but if you'd prefer, you can make your flap into a pocket and put it on the bottom.  Then, you can tuck your paper with the party invitation inside.  That way, the recipient can remove the information portion and put it on their fridge as a reminder.

Scaredy Cat:


Recipe
 Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge - cat cut at 2"
EK Success Border Punch


Recipe
My Pink Stamper Spook-alicious set
My Pink Stamper Sweet Baby set
Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge - ghost cut @ 2 1/4" (I cut off the ball and chain portion)
EK Success Border Punch




Recipe
Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge - spider cut @ 1 1/4"
Martha Stewart Border Punch


Hope all of you are having a nice weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Class act

When I saw this cute sentiment on the My Pink Stamper School Days set, the first thing I thought of was a "class clown".  Why did I think of that?  Well, it's mainly because of a boy I knew when I was in elementary school.

At the risk of embarassing myself, I'll tell you about the circumstances of how we met.  I'm sure any of you teachers reading this will find it almost inspirational.  When I was in grade 5, I had this habit of not wanting to do my reading homework for my teacher. And on almost a daily basis, she would threaten to send me to the principal's office.  (I was a very respectful child...I just hated homework.)  Anyway, by the end of the year, my teacher had still not followed through on her threats and I had yet to see the inside of the principal's office.  But come that following September, I found out she had exacted her sweet revenge.  For it was then, I learned that she had recommended I be put in the "low" reading group.  And for the next ten months, I was forced to sit beside a lovely boy whose favorite pastime was turning his eyelids inside out.  Ewww!  Still makes me cringe to this day.  Lesson definitely learned the hard way!!! LOL

So, in recognition of that traumatic moment from my childhood, here is my card. ;)  I hope you like it.


Recipe

My Pink Stamper "School Days"
Cricut "Wrap It Up" cartridge - clown cut @ 3 1/2
Echo Park Summer Days Collection (paper is called "scene")
Sassafraslass paper
Stickles
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Inkssentials Glossy Accents 
Colored rhinestones
Ribbon (by Nicole - found at Michaels)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Prize alert!

Just wanted to let you all know that Robyn has a wonderful giveaway going on right now over on her website.  It's for the Kate's Kitchen imagine cartridge...which I have and LOVE!!  So, if you own the CE2 or the Imagine...or even hope to one day...you may want to enter by leaving a comment! Good luck!


Oh, and if you have the My Pink Stamper Spook-alicious set, Robyn would love to feature some of your projects  in her online gallery.  Here is where you can enter your Spooky creations (deadline Oct. 15th).


Can't wait to see what YOU create! :) 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Pink Designer Post

Hi Everyone! 
For this month's design team post, we were given the following challenge:
Using the new My Pink Stamper Spookalious set, make a project using the colors green, orange, purple and black.

By the way, in case you haven't get seen this awesome stamp set, let me give you a peek:


 And if you'd like to order a set of your own,here is a list of online retailers.

So, here is my project...or should I say projects for today.  I hope you like them.  :)

First, a great way to use up those paper scraps that we all have in our stash!  I did not use any template for this layout.  I just placed the bigger strips where I liked them first, and then trimmed the other colors to fit.

(Click on any picture for a larger image)

Recipe for Layout
My Pink Stamper "Spookalicious" stamp set 
My Pink Stamper "Fontabulous" (for title)

Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch
Pop Dots
Versafine Ink Pad in Onyx Black

Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge
 Pumpkins - Two @ 2"
                          Five  @ 1 1/4"

Spider - One @ 1" (flip feature turned on)

Ghosts - One @ 1 3/4"
              One @ 2 1/2"  (flip feature turned on)

**I "freed" my ghosts by cutting off their ball and chain before adding them to my layout. LOL**

  And now for my card...


 I have several cartridges with ghosts on them, but I really wanted this card to be super easy - and for anyone to be able to re-create it...regardless of what cartridges they may have.  I thought a Pac Man kind of ghost would be fun and different, so I used two simple ovals and cut the bottoms off using decorative scissors.  I really love the way it turned out.
  
Recipe for Card
My Pink Stamper "Spookalicious" set 
Plantin Schoolbook cartridge (ghosts cut at 2 1/4")
EK Success border punch
Decorative Scissors
Stickles
EK Success Paper Shaper punch (hearts for bow)
Pop Dots
Versafine Ink Pad in Onyx Black

Now head on over to My Pink Stamper to see what awesome things my design team friends have created! And we hope you can play along too!  Until next time...have a wonderful week! :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A little teaser. :)

Once in awhile, you spot something that instantly inspires you.  This is that something for me. 


Can you guess what it's going to be? 

Stay tuned! :o)
  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Winner!

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to announce the winner of the My Pink Stamper "Boy Crazy" set.  Are you ready?

Drum roll please...

The winner (through random.org) is:

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) !!!

Congratulations, Samantha!  I will be contacting you shortly for your address!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments!  I read them all and appreciate them so much!

If you didn't win this time, be sure to stick around.  Lots of good stuff still to come! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You're my favorite card

Awhile back, someone we all know and love was nominated for the August YouTube On The Rise competition.  (I'll give you a hint: She loves PINK! :)  So, I decided to make her a card to celebrate this accomplishment.  I hope she doesn't mind me sharing with you.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  The television and the word "tube" are from the Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge.


For it, I used four different My Pink Stamper sets (which you can find here):

My Pink Stamper "Fontabulous" - for the "You" in you tube
My Pink Stamper "Friend-tastic" - "You're my favorite"

And on the inside it read:

From the heart
You are FABULOUS!
 (My Pink Stamper "Yummy-licious" and "Fabulous Phrases" sets)

Have a great day and don't forget about the Blog Hop giveaway.  I'll be drawing the winner tomorrow so there's still time!  Just leave a comment by following this link. :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Some info...

Good morning everyone!

I have been getting some questions about the Halloween mini album I made for our recent My Pink Designer post.  The mini album itself was not something I created.  It is a blank board book that you can buy from a company called Create & Treasure.  They come in a variety of fun shapes...and all you have to do is decorate them.  Super easy and super fun -and make great gift albums!  Here is the link in case anyone is interested:


They would also make an amazing gift for the scrapbooker on your Christmas list. You could put together your own kit for them - a book, some paper and some My Pink Stamper stamps (which I found worked perfectly for the size of this album). 

Have a nice weekend! I'm  so looking forward to spending some extra time with my hubby and our two doggies. Maybe we'll do something outdoors since it's a nice day outside.  (My husband just informed me that tropical storm "Lee" is coming.)  Talk about raining on my parade! LOL So, I guess we'd better enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. :) 

  See you next week for some more crafty fun! :)

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