Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday ~ Tag IT!

Hello and welcome to another Whimsical Wednesday Challenge. This week it is all about TAGS! Oh how exciting. I have only made one tag before and I so enjoyed making it. Unfortunately like many of my projects, there was no post or picture! So I asked Stephanie if I could join in this week. The only thing that you HAVE to include is BLING! Yep ~ that's it!
Well for my tags I made them super easy! A couple of weeks ago I did a project for a baby shower my Mom and I were invited too. The new parents are from out of state and they asked for no cards but really wanted to start a library for their baby. So I made my own wrapping paper and made a card/ gift card holder for the gift cards. They also wanted us to sign the books. So instead of easily signing the books I decided to make cute coordinating tags to personalize it!
I chose two of my favorite books my son has and still loves! So for my first tag I chose ladybugs. For my bling I just added some black glossy accents to the spots and antennas of the ladybug. i tried to make it child proof as much as possible.

The second tag the bling is the monkeys eye from Viva Decor pen!

Okay I know lots of pictures. These were real simple and just a little more personal.

Materials for both tags:
Cartridges ~ Zoobaloo and Walk In My Garden
Stamps ~ My Creative Time "All Star Baby" , Market Street Stamps "Burlap" , "Simply Stitched Borders" , Stampin Up "Blossom"
Extras: Twine from The Twinery, Viva Decor Pen, Black Glossy Accents, ink and chalk.

I hope you enjoyed my tags. Something so easy but fun to create. Please go over to Whimsical Wednesday's and see what my fellow design team members have created. I am sure you won't be disappointed, I can't wait to see.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Proud Mom!

Hello ~ I just wanted to update everyone on a project I was working on. My son, Ryan ,was graduating from Pre-School and I did Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge. I decided to make mini milk cartons for his class. I stuffed them all with mini M & M's.  Well I finished a few days before the "BIG" event and last Friday was graduation day! So I thought I would share the finished product and a picture of him in his cap and gown. I couldn't put the children's names on the caps, so instead I just put ~ FROM ~ Ryan. I just wanted to share with you all how proud we are of him! You can tell how proud he was of himself!

Don't forget tomorrow is Wednesday and Whimsical Wednesday's will have a new challenge up ~ hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cottage Blog Challenge #1

Hello and happy Sunday! I have ALWAYS admired Janice from Stamping With Janice. She does AMAZING creations not just with stamps but with Scrappin Cottage Dies. Well I hopped over to her blog the other day, she did this BEAUTIFUL card. So  I read her post to find out there is another challenge blog. This is their 1st challenge. Please go over to the Scrappin Cottage Blog to check out all the details!
So I really needed to make a Thank You card for a dear friend! She has helped me out tremendously lately and I just wanted to make her something cute and special. Well I sadly admit I only own a few Cottage dies and they all happen to be designed by Peachy Keen Stamps. Of course I would LOVE to own ALL of them but that is not in my budget. The ones I do have I absolutely LOVE!
So for this challenge we had to base our creations off of this beautiful photo. I definitely took the cuties route but I think you will see my idea. The color pink is so my friend and the photo screams pink! I used my Cottage Cutz Duck w/ Egg for my duck, Cottage Cutz Flowers for my leaves and the Duck Accessories Die for my umbrella. I also have been influenced by Donna from Popsicle Toes. She does AMAZING layering with foam, okay everything she does is amazing! So I thought why not try my Cottage Dies and foam! WOW! These dies are just incredible! Who would have thought you can use foam with these dies too! I LOVE it! So I cut my first layer of the duck with SU paper and the rest foam. It really made her pop! SO I decided to do the umbrella and bow in foam. I added some gems from my I-Rock to my umbrella.. NOTE: heat and foam DON'T mix! Lol. The stamp is from PTI ~ Handwritten Notes. The flowers I made from a previous project and had some leftovers! I hope you enjoy. Sorry if this has misspelled words, horribly written but the SUN IS FINALLY OUT HERE IN PA! I gotta go and embrace it! We have had nothing but RAIN for a month! Please go check out this new challenge blog... you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday ~ Back To Basics

Hello and welcome to another Whimsical Wednesday Challenge. This week it is back to basics! That means "NO" Cricut! Yep... NO CRICUT! I LOVE this challenge. I have truly only known the Cricut, so these challenges I find so fun! I know some of you can't believe what you are reading! So all you have to do is get your creative juices flowing (which I know you ALL have) use NO Cricut and you must add some "old school" embellishment such as a sticker, rub on or anything but NO Cricut!! Very easy!
So for my card I needed to make three cards for my son's Teachers and Principal!I decided to try my hand at a Z fold card! I made them all the same to make it fair! I used my Sizzix for my felt flower, my PTI die for my flower pot, some chip board letters, twine, ribbon, a brad, an eyelets and some clear plastic.I think this is  pretty "Old School"! I have a space for a note and the  other side for their gift cards.

PTI~ paper, felt ribbon,rectanglar dies
The Twinery~ Twine
Chip Letters~ Thickers
Misc. brad and eyelets

For the Back To Basics Challenge, our own creative Zeni over at is sponsoring this challenge! She is giving away a Cosmo Cricket Home Decor Lacing Set! Thank You Zeni!

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Creative Time ~ Throwback Thursday

Emma over at My Creative Time is having her Throwback Thursday but something extra special this time! This week she has asked us to use the Cartridge Doodlecharms! Well, again one of my favorites! You MUST include something BLUE on your creation. Well let me tell you how I came up with my card. My son is graduating from Pre-school this Friday! I am so excited but sad ~ where has the time gone! Anyway the other day I was sitting in my craft space playing along with Emma's stamp set My Little Firecracker. Along comes Ryan, always curious, and said he LOVED the stars and colors! He immediately asked if I was making him a card for graduating. I honestly never thought about it... I immediately said YES! Smart Mom, quick on her toes. Then he brought up that when we would go shopping or just be out we would count all the flags along the way and how much he LOVED to do that. I forgot about that and then Emma posted a day later about the challenge! I know it is not a traditional graduation card but for me it fits PERFECTLY for him! I have to say I LOVE how this turned out and just shows how Emma's stamps can be so versatile too! I decided to do an easel card. My very first one! I decide to use the star background  stamp for the top and use the little stars to use for accents. You can easily alternate the stars with two inks to give it a different  look! See how versitile these stamps can be for your project. You can make your own paper! Thanks Emma for such awesome stamps!

So I hope you enjoy and go check out this week over at My Creative Time for all the details... you ONLY have 1 week to complete your creation.

Cartridge: Doodlecharms
Paper: PTI and Bazzill
Extras: Star brads& eyelets, SU punch and inks, clear craft plastic( Thanks Stephanie), Zig embossing powder and foam to 3D star & sentiment

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday's ~ TAKE SHAPE Challenge

I wanted to remind everybody that Whimsical Wednesday's has another challenge up this week ~ TAKE SHAPE! How fun does that sound. Please head on over and check out the details here. The Design Team did an unbelievable job...AGAIN! They are so inspiring! Sorry so short and sweet but I am EXHAUSTED! My poor son and I have been up for 2 nights from his coughing! His allergies are on overload! I really hate allergy season...UGH! I promise to catch up with my commenting soon...hopefully tonight!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Peachy Keen ~ LFIF ~ Banner ~ Up

Peachy Keen LFIF is having a fun challenge this week! You must create a project using Peachy Keen Faces either in a banner or on a project that contains pennants.  Well this was perfect for me again! My Mom and I were invited to a dear friends daughters baby shower. Well since the new parents-to-be are from out of state they really don't want to ship  a ton of gifts. The want us to bring books for the baby's library and no cards! Say what... NO CARDS! Well unfortunately my Mom and I are not able to attend and how do I put gift cards in a book! So here is what i came up with;
 I made a note/gift card holder using my Sizzix die. Perfect... it fits the gift cards and a small note! I LOVE how this turned out! I also didn't like how colorful the books were so I wrapped them. I also didn't have cute baby boy wrapping paper so I decided to create my own. I didn't have plain white wrapping paper so I took butcher paper and stamped with my favorites PKS and MCT stamps!

Sizzix Die
Everyday Paper Dolls
PKS 531 Simple Sallies Face Assortment
My Creative Time  All Star Baby
PTI Background Basic Gingham
PTI Star Prints
PTI Banner Builder Collection
PTI Twine

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Do More With Less

Hello everyone ~  I have to make this short and sweet! I was introduced to this amazingly talented, creative, funny and versatile person just a few months age. Thank You Stephanie! Her name is Donna, from Popsicle Toes. If you have never seen or heard of her you need to go check her blog out! She is just INCREDIBLE! Well she is a guest designer for Do More with Less, another wonderful blog! Donna gives her secret out on how she gets her creations their AMAZING dimension! Thank you Donna!
So my son has a Birthday Party this weekend. I asked him what kind of card would you like me to make. Of course he said a dump truck! Ugh, another dump truck! I have to say I actually LOVED this dump truck! I made it very simple and easy... again a 5 year old is not going to care about it! LOL.
I used B is for Boy lite cartridge for the dump truck. My papers are PTI, SU and paper from my scrap stash(yellows). I used my Tim Holtz mesh embossing folder to give the dirt some texture. I also put these adorable gems for my tires! Thank You Stephanie ~ I LOVE them! My ribbon is from Micheal's and of course My Creative Time stamp set, Wow! So Many Candles . I hope you go over and check out both of these blogs... they will not dissapoint! Donna, Thank You for always being so kind, funny, inspiring and supportive!

I know the second picture is horrible but this camera is just acting up! Please don't forget that Whimsical Wednsdays is having a Birthday layout challenge this week... go over and check out what my fellow Dt's have created and the details. Also there is still time for the Royal Celebration challenge too.