Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wee Memories #81 & Lawn Fawn CHA Contest

Squeeking in one last project for 2011! This week, the Wee Memories Challenge - #81 is about NEW. Celebrating the NEW Year, a NEW baby, etc., or in my case, using NEW crafting goodies. For Christmas, my sister got me Lawn Fawn Hats Off To You stamp set, and I am also using another NEW Lawn Fawn set that I ordered, Critters in the Forest. In addition to participating in the Wee Memories Challenge, I will be entering this card in the Lawn Fawn CHA contest. You can find the details here.

Whatever your plans are tonight, I hope you all have a great time, and be sure to be safe! We are ordering in Chinese, renting movies from Redbox and hanging out with the neighbors. There is nowhere I'd rather be than at home. Happy 2012!!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Say Cheese, Critters in the Forest, Hats off To You, Critters in the Burbs
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile, Royal Velvet
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, PTI Summer Sunrise, Ranger Milled Lavender, Ranger Tattered Rose
Other: Copic Markers, PTI Pinking Shears Die, PTI Royal Velvet Satin Dot Ribbon, Ink Blending tool, Sakura Stardust Pen, google eyes

Friday, December 30, 2011

A Year in Review - 2011

Looking back on all of my projects from the year is really fun for me. I love seeing how my style has changed, even in 12 short months. Karin of With an "i" for Paper is hosting a year in review blog hop! You can see more details here.

In no particular order, here are some of my favorites from 2011:

Little Bitty Birdhouse - PTI Little Bitty Bird

Easter Blessings - PTI Little Bitty Bird, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers

7 Gypsies Photo Tray - Various PTI sets

Mehndi Medallion Card - PTI Mehndi Medallion

You Color My World - PTI Friendship Jar Fillers, Happy Trails

Hello Chickadee - Lawn Fawn Critters on the Farm, Say Cheese

Penguin Ornament Buckets - PTI Winter Penguin

Gift Card Holders
- PTI Winter Penguin, Paper Smooches Hot Concoctions, Sugar Rush

Merry Christmas, Let's Party - PTI Holiday Lights & Tremendous Treats Christmas, Paper Smooches Chubby Chum Pals, Smoocheroos, Hang Ups, Swanky Snowdudes

Warm Wishes - PTI Damask Snowflake Dies, Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler

I hope you enjoyed a look back at my most favorite projects of 2011!! Happy New Year! :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge - 12.29 - 1.11

Woooo! I can't believe it is time again for another Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge! Time is just flying! I feel like I have been going 100 miles and hour for the last few weeks... I am itching for some crafty time... hopefully today :)

I love this inspiration photo. As a child of the 80s, and a lover of Rainbow Bright, everytime I see a rainbow, I smile. This new challenge starts today, December 29th and goes until January 11th. You can see all of the details here.

I used a sentiment and tiny heart from Word Salad, and a cloud from Sunny Side Up. Don't forget, you can play along even if you don't own any PS Stamps. They offer some super cute FREE digi images. Just print and create!

Here is my take on the challenge:

Stamps: Paper Smooches Word Salad, Sunny Side Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Enchated Evening, Plum Pudding, Royal Velvet
Other: PTI Double Ended Banner die

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

PTI Make It Monday - #46 - Tags

This week's PTI Make It Monday challenge - #46 - is all about making any die into a folded tag. I am all done my Christmas tags, but couldn't resist trying this technique, so I thought ahead a bit, and will probably use this for Mother's Day or something :) Butterfly Dreams is one of my favorite PTI sets, and I love layering it over the Signature Series Butterfly die.

And it is hard to pick up in the pictures, but I used a Sakura Stardust Pen for a little shimmer :)

Supplies (all PTI unless noted):
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, Dot Spot, Fillable Frames #9
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores, Georgia Pacific White
Dies: Butterfly, Signature Series Butterfly
Other: Copic Markers, Sakura Stardust Pen, Twinery Twine

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wee Memories #80 - Many Thanks

I love Wee Memories Challenges :) The new challenge is a 2 week challenge due to the holiday and the theme is Anything Goes.

I pulled out a bunch of my Paper Smooches stamp sets and used them to make a Thank You card. With the holidays fast approaching, you can never have too many thank you cards on hand :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Chubby Chums, A Little Lovin, Halloweenies, My Peeps, Santa Paws, Word Salad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White
Other: Copic Markers, Pop-Dots

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I scream, You scream...

Gift baskets are so fun to create, and they make fabulous gifts. For one of my best friends and her children, I made an icecream sundae basket. Her children and small - 6 & 3, but I didn't want to get them toys since I know they will be showered with them already this Christmas. Sometimes, consumables are the way to go... :) And besides, what is better than icecream?

I found a fun metal bucket and some cute polkadot bowls and then gathered up my toppings. To dress things up, I made tags using Papertrey Ink's Sweet as Can Be Stamp Set and Tag Sale #1 die. For the bucket tag, I used Winter Penguin, the Damask Snowflakes Dies, and the tiny icecream cone from Tag Its #4.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Sweet as Can Be, Winter Penguin, Tag Its #4, Paper Smooches Sugar Rush (for sprinkles on the icecream cones)
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Kraft, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Royal Velvet
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa, PTI Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy, Tea Dye Dyo
Dies: Sweet as Can Be, Winter Penguin, Tag Sale #1, Doily Details, Damask Snowflakes
Other: Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Royal Velvet Satin Dot Ribbon, Paper Smooches Twine, Rhinestones, Pop-Dots, Sakura Stardust Pen, Glossy Accents

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Chubby Chums Christmas

If you have visited my blog before, it is no secret that I LOVE Paper Smooches Stamps. They are my favorite, hands down. I was so excited to see the release of new Chubby Chums, with the addition of Chubby Chum Pals. The sets work so well together (as do ALL of Paper Smooches stamp sets!). I needed to make some gift tags for a few presents, and couldn't resist dressing up my packages with these cuties. Aren't they cute?

And now for a closer look :)

The Puppy - a gift for my son's teacher (Logan specifically asked that I use this guy):

The Cat - a gift for my best friend who is my son's Godmother. She is NUTS about cats:

And the Moose - a gift for my sister :)

They are sure to make Christmas more Merry! ;)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Chubby Chums, Chubby Chums Pals, Hang Ups, Lawn Fawn Say Cheese, Making Frosty Friends, PTI Holiday Lights, Tiny Treats: Christmas, Fillable Frames #9
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Pure Poppy
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, New Leaf
Other: PTI Tag Sale #5 die, PTI Pure Poppy Satin Dot and Black Gingham Ribbon, Copic Markers, Sakure Stardust Pen

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge - 12.15 - 12.28

Time again for a new challenge over at the Paper Smooches SPARKS Blog! This challenge will run from today, December 15th through December 28th. Here is the inspiration photo:

Goodness, can you believe that Christmas is just over a week away?!?! So much to do! This week's SPARKS challenge is a super fun one! My project is a very literal take on the inspiration photo. I always stuggle with gifts for the men in my life (well, other than my husband), and I need something else little to go with my mom's boyfriend's new Igloo cooler... BEER! Perfect :)

I bought a 6-pack of Kev's favorite beer and altered it. SO much fun to make!!

I used the Santa Paws, Alpahdot, Word Salad and Swanky Snowdudes Stamp sets along with some fun patterned paper, google-y eyes and sparkly noses. The twine you see is Paper Smooches NEW Twine. LOVE! The little foam antlers were in a 6 pack at Target for about $2. (on an endcap near the stationary if you need some *wink*)

Can't wait to see what this photo inspires you to create!! :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Santa Paws, Alphadot, Word Salad, Swanky Snowdudes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Pure Poppy
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Pinefeather, Christmas Prints PP
Dies: PTI Pinking Shears Die
Other: Paper Smooches Twine, Google Eyes, Pom-poms, Foam Antlers (Target), Polkadot Ribbon (unknown)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Wee Memories #79 - Happy Christmouse

This little card is one that I submitted to PC for an open call, but it didn't get picked up, so I can share it here with you :) It is a perfect fit for the new Wee Memories #79 Challenge - Holiday.

I used Paper Smooches Forest Whimsy and Santa Paws Stamp Sets. The cute little gnome can look like Santa in the right colors ;) This card is a little one, only 4" x 4".

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Forest Whimsy, Santa Paws
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White
Other: Copic Markers, Corner Rounder, Dimensional Adhesive

Friday, December 9, 2011

Merry Christmas, Let's PARTY!!

So now that all of the acceptance emails have gone out for the Papercrafts call, it is safe to show you my cards :) I will be sharing one with you today. I LOVE this adorable Monkey from Paper Smooches Smoocheroos set. He is my new favorite. I also used Word Salad, Swanky Snowdudes, Chubby Chum Pals, and Hang Ups from Paper Smooches, and Holiday Lights and Tremendous Treats: Christmas from PTI.

Off to clean my house... I partied all day on the Papercrafts Magazine Facebook page!! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Paper Smooches Smoocheroos, Chubby Chum Pals, Word Salad, Hang Ups, Swanky Snowdudes, PTI Holiday Lights, Tremendous Treats: Christmas
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Pure Poppy
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White
Other: Copic Markers, Sakura Stardust Pen

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gift Card Holders

I will be including some giftcards as gifts for the boys' teachers and my best friend for Christmas, and I made these little envelopes to put them in. I used PTI's Seed Packet die, their Winter Penguin Stamp set to make the patterned paper, and for the cup immage and sentiment, one of my favorite sets from Paper Smooches, Hot Concoctions.

These 2 are for the boys' teachers, and I will be entering these in the Colour Q - #114 Challenge.

The last one is for my best friend. She is not a Starbucks girl, and loves Dunkin Donuts, so that's what's going in her gift card envelope! :) I used the Paper Smooches Sugar Rush set for this one (for the donut) :)

Thanks for popping in today! :) Don't forget to get your entries in for the SPARKS Challenge! It closes on Dec. 14th at 11:50 PM Mountain time.

Stamps: PTI Winter Penguin, Paper Smooches Hot Concoctions, Sugar Rush
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: PTI Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Stamper Select White, Happy Spots PP
Other: PTI Seed Packet Die, Pure Poppy and Chocolate Bakers Twine, Copic Markers

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Warm Winter Wishes

In my teens and 20s, I NEVER drank coffee. I couldn't stand the taste. Since I hit 30, I have to have it all of a sudden. Because I love it so much, I want to share the love. I am including these with the boys' teachers' gifts this year. I bought travel coffee mugs, planning to dress them up. While browsing the Target Dollar Spot a few months back (I know, it's a HUGE shock right? *wink* ) I came across felt coffee cozies with the terribly ugly flower on the front. I picked up a few, and this weekend, decided to make my own flowers for the front of them using Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Blooms II #1 dies and PTI felt. I just snipped the ugly flower off and sewed my own on. Inside, I will put some shiny Christmas shred and a gift card to Starbucks.

Oh, here is the before picture... See how flat and unpretty? LOL!

Off to finish decorating my Christmas tree!! We got it on Sunday, but a Science Project took importance so now that that is finished, I am free to decorate :) Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge - #109

I just got some new Sweet Stamp Shop stamps (my first ones!) and when I saw that they were the sponsor of the new Play Date Cafe Challenge, I had to play along! :)

I used their adorable Gnomies set. They make me smile :)

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop Gnomies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Blak, Versamark, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: Berry Sorbet, Plum Pudding, Stampers Select White, Kraft, Dotty Biscotti PP
Dies: PTI Mat Stack 1, Mat Stack 5, Pinking Shears, Tiny Tags
Other: Berry Sorbet Satin Ribbon, Cream Twine, Copic Markers

Saturday, December 3, 2011

'Tis the Season to Party!

And so it begins... The Holiday Parties are upon us. We were invited to one next week, and I want to take a little something along as a thank you. I used Papertrey Ink's Wine Bottle Tag Die, Love Lives Here: Holiday and the Damask Snowflakes - all among my favorite holiday stamping purchases this year.

This little project fits the bill for a few challenges that I'd like to enter this week:

Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Wee Memories #78 - Anything Goes

Off to do some more crafting! :) Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted):
Stamps: Love Lives Here: Holiday
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: Pure Poppy, Stampers Select White, Christmas Prints PP
Dies: Wine Bottle Tag, Tag Sale #5, Damask Snowflakes
Other: Pure Poppy Button, Pure Poppy Bakers Twine