Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beach Time and a New Contest

Hey there everyone; have you seen that we have a new contest up at Mountain Plains Crafters? This time it's all about the beach! Be sure to head on over to see what I and the rest of the Design Team came up with, and all entries must be in by tomorrow.

Speaking of entries, I'm sharing my dear friend Barbara's card here today so she can enter. We get together once a week for a night of crafty goodness, silliness, and coffee so I knew she had a tropical card to enter. Of course, I got the big doe eyes of "help me enter...puuuhhhleeeeeessssseeee". Since she doesn't have a Flickr account, blog or the like I checked with the DT and am posting it here for her!

Check it out:
Would you believe the palm tree is actually one of those tub stickers so you don't slip?? I love it when we get uber-creative!

Be sure to join in the fun and get your beachy cards in! Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July Already??

I feel like I simply blinked and June is over already! The first clue that this has happened is when people start yelling 'happy birthday!' at me, but still...summer, stop moving so fast!

For any of you reading this that knew it was my birthday and gave me a shout-out on social media/in person, thank you so very much. For everyone else, no worries; you can just give a bigger shout-out next year. ;)

I'm pleased to report that I successfully turned another year older and had a great time with family and friends. I even got some presents - woo! :D Hugs from my boy (and toys wrapped in his blankie; the kid is killing me with cuteness), bracelets from my crafting BFFs, gift certificates and, ah, liquid refreshments from coworkers and my gaming BFFs, and the 'go ahead' from my husband to upgrade my phone. Of course, then there's the crafty goodies I bought myself, but we won't mention those too

So, how about a party favor for all of you?? Those of you who have been putting up with following me for a while may remember that I run a Christmas in July sale in my Etsy store every year. It's almost that time again! This year the sale will be from July 10th through the 20th, and I happen to think it will be sweet...just for you my dear readers, here's a hint:

Enough to make you start loading up that shopping cart? What's on your wish list this year??

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Using Your Own Work as Inspiration

Good morning everyone! I'm so excited - remember the sweet Up, Up and Away card I made back in May? Well today it's up on the DeNami blog as this month's "inspired by" card! Eeee!!

I was invited to play along and come up with a new card using my original one as inspiration. Have you ever done that? Can we discuss how HARD that can be?? In the end I decided to use the ridiculously adorable giraffe and balloons again, but this time made him the star of the show. The end result is a soft, pretty, gender-neutral baby card perfect for a shower or to welcome the new little one.

Of course this time, I snuck some sequins in...hehehe...I used the Lemon Meringue and 4mm Crystal sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to jazz up the corners since I just must have my sequins fix! The giraffe and balloons were colored again with my Spectrum Noirs, but I made the giraffe a little softer to go with the card background and changed up the balloons a bit. Ok, so I couldn't remember what colors I used the first time since I didn't write them down.

The papers are from a MME 6x6 pad (gotta love those coordinating collections!) and the gray was shaped with the new Pretty Pink Posh stitched die. A bit of ribbon 'ties' the balloons to the giraffe, and I used the Ranger Diamond Glaze to finish them off again. Everything got inked edges and foam tape, then this card was done!

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm in the home stretch of my sister's wedding shower preparations, and I cannot wait to share everything with you when I'm done!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We Have a Winner!

In the whirlwind of crafting I've been swept away in for my baby sister's wedding shower, I nearly forgot to announce the winner of the itty bitty stamps from Unity! Using the magical, random number generator the winner is...

Dawn, you've won your choice of (2) Itty Bitty stamps from Unity for playing along with my Growing in Unity week! Please email me your stamp choices and your mailing address so I can pass it along to Unity.

I'll be back tomorrow with a special card post!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Floral Hoots

Good morning everyone! Time for another fun DeNami blog hop. Are you loving all of the beautiful blossoms? You should have arrived from Pattie's blog. If you just happened to wander in on this lovely morning, head on over to the DeNami blog for the full list of participants.

 Seeing as summer is blooming outside my window, I decided to be inspired by my backyard.

denami tree denami flowers denami owls pretty pink post summer card

I stamped & fussy-cut a bunch of the petit fours flowers and added them to the tree. A bit of Liquid Pearls for the middles was the perfect touch to those blooms.

Then I let the owls come out to play! I colored the cuties with my Spectrum Noirs and added them on with foam tape. I love the little guy hanging off the branch.

The 'hello friend' sentiment was stamped right on my layered papers and finished off with those fabulous mini sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Who wouldn't want to receive this from a friend??

Thanks for stopping by today! You're off to Tammy's blog now to continue the hop.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Growing in Unity Day 5 - Have Some Coffee

Happy Friday everyone - welcome to the last day of my GIU fun! I'm the Growing in Unity gal this week over on the Unity Stamp Co. blog, and I've had such a blast sharing my cards with you this week. Did you get your comments in for a chance to win your choice of (2) Itty Bitty stamps? The deadline is midnight EST tonight; any comments made after that will turn into a pumpkin. If you're new to my blog, I'd love it if you became a follower and join in the fun over on the Caffeinated Papercuts Facebook page. That way, we can keep in touch! :)

So I had to save this gal for last, as she's on her way to a dear sister-of-the-heart of mine on the West Coast. Hopefully she's hitting her mailbox today so I haven't ruined the surprise. Lynda, if you're reading this before the mailman gets here, shoo!

You may remember from Wednesday's post that I love the Angie's Girls line. When they came out with a Jen girl, I was excited, but a little bummed as my 'namesake' wasn't really my style. I snagged her anyway, but, well, I'm not a teacher. Now Kimmie here, I may have suggested on the Unity FB page that they misnamed her...

unity stamp co kimmie girl spectrum noir markers may arts ribbon

This is MY girl! The outfit, the hair, the coffee cup, the bracelet...yup, this is me.

The coloring was done with my Spectrum Noir markers and the corners inked up with the Distress Stain in Walnut. A bit of ribbon and May Arts pink raffia bows, and she was on her way across the U.S.!

No fussy-cutting this time, the ribbons gave me all the height and texture I was looking for. I did add a hint of sparkle to the heart on the coffee cup and shirt with my Spica pens. And no, no sequins! LOL

Thank you so much for spending the week with me. I hope you'll pop in again to see what I'm up to! Sunday is the monthly DeNami blog hop and I've got some great tutorials coming soon. Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Growing in Unity Day 4 - What a Pear we Make!

Happy Thursday everyone - welcome to Day 4 of my GIU fun! I'm the Growing in Unity gal this week over on the Unity Stamp Co. blog, which means I'll be sharing a project created with my Unity stamps with you every day. I invite you to come back each day and leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of (2) Itty Bitty stamps! Woohoo! If you're new to my blog, I'd love it if you became a follower and join in the fun over on the Caffeinated Papercuts Facebook page. :)

All right, today we've got something completely different - a CAS (clean and simple) card with no sequins. Yeah, I'm not sure how that happened either. I'd also like some applause for not going back and adding some later. ;)

unity stamp co make a great pear glossy accents chevron embossed card

And let the puns begin! I ran a second piece of white card stock through the Big Shot with my chevron embossing folder to create the background, making sure to stamp the sentiment first. (Trust me on this.) The pears I stamped on pear-ish colored card stock, then decked out with Glossy Accents and Distress Glitter.

I then let them dry a reeeeaaaaallllyyyy long time. We're talking overnight here, people. And no poking at it before morning to see if it's dry; been there, done that, got the fingerprints in a previous project to prove it.

Just look at that sparkle and shine! A bit of foam tape to hold it all in place, and you've got a really fun card for your stash.

Tomorrow is my last day as GIU gal! I hope you'll stop by, and in the meantime, Happy Crafting!