Thursday, February 28, 2013

Celebrate Your Day!


{Yay, This was selected as Honorable Cup of Tea at The Shabby Tea Room 3/4/13}

Hope you are having a Terrific Thursday!

Since I am closing out my Birthday Celebration Giveaway, I thought it only fitting to end with a celebratory card don't you???? You have until midnight tonight EST to enter!

Here is what I have to share today!

I started this card with piecing together the pink stripped, pistachio green, and marbleized pink patterned paper onto my cream card base.   I added a length of crochet trim to the top above my cream pennants. A few pearls and a pale pink paper rose was added for an embellishing touch.

In Tuxedo Black Ink, I stamped Celebrate Your Day from Paper Sweeties So Sweet of You sentiment set onto an oval frame. 

Inspiration for my card was found at The Shabby Tea Room - Pink Party.

I am also joining in at DL. Art - Thankful Thursday Linky Party

I am sad that the celebration is coming to an end, but two lucky commenters will get to continue the party on with their shopping spree! Click here for the details to enter my celebration giveaway! A big thank you to Paper Sweeties and DeNami Designs for their support and being wonderful Companies to Design for! They truly have wonderful products and first class customer service! 

See you tomorrow with my Paper Sweeties Inspirational Sketch Post!
Hugs and Blessings!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Kraft Journal - Vintage Dictionary Egg Topiary Tree Tutorial


(This is my second post...for my DeNami Designs Product Spotlight Blog Hop Post You can click here.)

It's my turn to do a tutorial for The Kraft Journal, and I thought I would share an Easter Home Decor Project I worked on. 

I was motivated by a very large bag of plastic Easter Eggs that I have moved around in the bottom of a closet for several years now. It keeps multiplying each year with every egg hunt my son attends. So I guess you can say this is an upcycle project as well! :-) I love to make Home Decor Projects and I love it even better when I can repurpose something! I am sure you may have these stuck in a closet somewhere too. 

Let's Gather Some Supplies!
The items from The Kraft Outlet
Plastic Easter Eggs
Foam Topiary Tree
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Royal Coat / Modge Podge Decoupage Finish
Paint Brush or a Foam Brush
Embellishments for your eggs 
      (I used)
  • Felt
  • Buttons
  • Paper Flowers
  • Patterned Paper
  • Lace Trim
Pot for tree

I am going to first apologize that I didn't have someone to help with pictures.

Here is a picture of some of the supplies needed to get started.
* Prior to starting, cut your Vintage Dictionary Pages into strips at various lengths tearing some of the edges.

With a brush, dab on the Decoupage Finish
Start working your Vintage Dictionary Pages into different directions smoothing down with your fingers and adding more Decoupage Finish on top as you go. Just channel your inner pre-school self! :-) This is not a project for those who don't like to get messy!!! Trust me the end result is worth it!!!
Repeat the process till you cover the amount of eggs needed!

Your Vintage Dictionary Page wrapped eggs! Waiting to be embellished! 
Now the fun begins, but I used several items to embellish my eggs.  My biggest go to item was the Natural Hemp Cord which I used to make my bows and is so easy to curl.  I created a heart border from Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock.  I used Canvas Fringe Ribbon as trim and Burlap to die-cut hearts.  All items were adhered to the eggs using a hot glue gun.
Waiting to go onto the tree! :-)
Next, I chose to paint my stem of the topiary! 
Using your hot glue gun, apply glue to the back of the egg and add to your tree and hold in place for about a minute.
After all of your eggs have been applied, it's time to add some 
moss as filler between your eggs. I also did this by using my hot glue gun.
I chose to use different variations of moss for visual interest. 
And The finished, Up-cycled Vintage Topiary Egg Tree! 
A close-Up!
I hope you will stop by The Kraft Outlet and pick up some supplies to make your own Vintage Topiary Tree!

I am joining in at Sunday{Fun}day #6 - Linky Party
Shabby Creek Cottage - Transformation Thursday

Let me know what you think! I sure did reduce that bag of eggs! 


**Also, tomorrow is the last day to enter my Birthday Celebration Giveaway! For more chances to Win a shopping spree at Two Fabulous Companies Click here!!!

Grass Border - DeNami Product Spotlight Blog Hop

Hello Sweet Friends!

Today DeNami Designs is spotlighting the Grass Border Stamp from the latest release in January. You get a 10% savings for one week only! It's also a Design Team Blog Hop and I am your LAST STOP on the HOP!  Hopefully you have hopped along the way and left a comment for your chance to win this stamp! If you are just wondering in, no problem, you can find the list below!
I started with stamping the grass border at the bottom of a white panel.  I stamped and paper pieced the Flower Bloom at different heights adding Aqua Boutique Buttons to the center of each flower bloom. Eggs from the Easter Stamp Set were paper pieced and placed along side the flowers in the grass. 
In the center of the card, Happy Easter was stamped in black ink. Some fun patten papers were pieced together at the top of the card and a length of Pink 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon was wrapped around the card front where the papers met and tied in a bow for a finishing touch.

 Now don't forget to leave a comment before you go! You could be the proud new owner of this stamp!!!

Also, tomorrow is the last day to enter my Birthday Celebration Giveaway! For more chances to Win some DeNami Designs Goodness as well as Paper Sweeties! Two Fabulous Companies Click here!!!
Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink - Blog Hop Marvelous Monograms


It's been almost two years I think since I have participated in a PTI Blog Hop! I am a little late to the party today, but none the less I am getting my card posted! 

I have had a request for some personal stationery, so I thought this might be a good trial. It needs to be flat for mailing, and easy enough that I can mass produce the design. 

Here is what I have today:

I started with a white card base onto which I stamped the flowers from Natural Beauties in various inks in hues of blues, reds, and oranges giving me a two tone look. The Limitless Layers was used as the focal point for Papertrey Ink's Ambassador Monogram Edition which was mounted on the Matstack 4 die-cut.

That's it for me! Short and sweet today! Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Making my stash work for me!


I have a little card for you today! I totally shopped the deeps of the stash on all this. I continue to try reduce, reduce reduce reduce. Sure doesn't seem to be going anywhere. *wink* 
I started with a Kraft Brown cover weight cardstock onto which I added my textured patterned paper joined with my white embossed Whisper White cardstock.  Where the pieces joined I added some beautiful lace trim that was in my stash that I picked up at an Etsy store, but is now closed. I wrapped a beautiful length of aqua gross-grain ribbon around the card front and tied in a bow and embellished with a red button, pearl, twine, and a tag with a Hello greeting stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink. 
A die-cut embellie by K & Company was added to the right of the card. I have a stack of these waiting to find a home! :-) Finishing touches include adding some beautiful flowers to the lower corner and pretty pearls scattered about!

Inspiration for this card was found at the following:
Papercraft Star - Make a "Hello" card.

My Craft Spot - Flowers
Shopping our Stash - Use Old Paper
Crafty Steals Blog - Use Your Spring Stash - Flowers (K Company Die-Cut and flowers on card)

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pin-spired With DeNami Designs

Hi Sweeties!

It's our second "Pin-spired" over at DeNami Designs Blog! Several of my DeNami Teamies today will be sharing their take on the inspirational photo! They can be inspired to create a project by the photo, the colors, the theme, the object shown, the layout of the photograph! The possibilities are endless and it will be fun to see how each design team member interprets their take and what they took away from it in their creation. 

Here is my creation:
and here is the inspiration photo:
As you can see, I was inspired by several of the elements in the photo, from the  colors, the shapes the layout! This was so fun!

I started with a white on white card base. The panel has had the various shapes strung with white sewing thread. The Thinking of You sentiment is from one of my favorite sentiment and go to sets which is the All Occasion Sentiment Stamp Set.

It sure was fun to create! Be sure to check out a few of my teammates who have created something fabulous with this "Pin-spired" photo.
You won't want to miss their takes! Their creativity is amazing and always inspiring! 

**Reminder of my GIVEAWAY....there is some DeNami Goodness up for Grabs click here.**

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Hugs and Blessing!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

So Sweet of You

Good Tuesday Morning!

{Woo Hoo Honorable Cup Of Tea at The Shabby Tea Room on 2/25/13}
I started with an Aqua Mist card base onto which my ink embossed panel using the letterpress technique was added. A punched border also in Aqua Mist was layered over a small panel of patterned paper adding to the lower right of the card front. 
In Vintage Sepia Ink, I stamped So Sweet of You from Paper Sweeties onto a whisper white label die-cut. I added three silver punched hearts to the sentiment panel inking the edges slightly with some aqua ink.  To complete the finishing touches of this card, I added some crochet trim and a length of brown seam binding which was finished off in a fussy bow adding a silver German Glass Glitter star to the center. 

I found inspiration for this thank you note from the current challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.
Use Aqua and Brown and add a Silver Element. 

Edit to note: I am adding this to Shopping our Stash: Use Old Paper - I saw Jessi's post and realized that the paper on the lower right is pretty darn old. So Old I am not sure when or how I got it, but I know I was living in Hawaii and it moved with me here. I am pretty sure I still have about three sheets of it. It multiplies! I was on a brown and aqua cardmaking kick for awhile. 

Well, that's it for my crafty break. I hope you have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Kraft Jounral - White On Kraft

(For The Ribbon Reel New Challenge Post/Card click here)
(For The Waltzingmouse Blog Party click here)

It's Monday, so it's another challenge at The Kraft Journal.  For today's "White on Kraft" challenge, I, created a card where I used the letterpress technique to impress white ink onto the Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock.   Next I stamped a white rose onto Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder and my heat tool to really make the flower pop off the kraft.  I added a little butterfly made of  Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock  to the flower adding a sweet tiny pearl to the center. 

I wrapped a length of of White Twill Tying Tape around the card front and tied in a bow further embellishing with a triple Black Baker's Twine bow, fancy white button and pearl.  The sentiment was stamped in Kraft ink onto white cardstock adding some lace trim and pearls to the bottom.  A final finishing touch includes a paper heart border added to the top. 

Please be sure to head over to the The Kraft Journal to check out the projects by the other gals.  We hope to see your White on Kraft Project in the gallery this week for your chance to be featured on our "Feature me Friday" post as well as be entered to win a $15.00 gift voucher from The Kraft Outlet store.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Ribbon Reel 47 - Celebrate Your Day

Hey there Sweets!

{Now a Big Woo Hoo for Miss Abigail being the Life of The Party at Drunken Stampers on 2/26/13}

It's another challenge at the The Ribbon Reel! Whew! Where does the time go?  Lenet is our host and the theme for the next two weeks is "Let's Ruffle" make a card using the colors in the inspiration photo and ruffles!
I started with a white card base onto which I have layered my patterned papers.  Next I added a length of Satin Pleated Pink Ribbon to the left side of the card front and followed by wrapping around a length of Liliac Seam Binding and tied off in a fussy bow embellishing with a pink button. 

The Stamps I used today are from Paper Sweeties. Abigail is dressed up using a gown from Dream A Little Dream.  A sentiment was used from the So Sweet of You stamp set. 

How about this beautiful inspiration photo?
let's ruffle
Please head over to The Ribbon Reel to check out the gorgeous projects by the other talented ladies on The Ribbon Reel Design Team.  We hope to see you join us in the gallery over the next two weeks for your chance to win some Ribbon Reel Goodness.

I am also entering this to Shopping Our Stash - They Say it's Your Birthday (papers from stash)
Drunken Stampers - Miss Congeniality 
Have a wonderful evening!

Waltzingmouse Blog Party - February

{I am beyond tickled, thrilled, honored, YOU NAME IT to have my card mentioned as a Trigger Target on the Moxie Fab Blog today! Thank you so much! I am beyond excited! AND AND AND I I just read that it caught the eye of the designers for the Waltzingmouse Blog Party! Wow! Thank You Again I am Humbled!}

Hi all! I am joining in for my first ever Waltzingmouse Blog Party! I can never seem to get my act together or I am just going in a 100 different directions, but for someone who totally and I mean totally adores this stamp brand it's about time I joined the party! I sure hope you can join too! You can get the details here.

The theme this month is to use doilies. Well if you visit me often then you know I am no stranger to using them on my projects, so I am going to ride this trend as long as I can because I LOVE using them!

Here is my Doily card!

On a cream card base I layered a beautiful patterned paper by Graphic 45. A portion of a doily was added to the right side of my card front adding a frame from Vintage Labels 10.  A few layered die-cut circles were added to the center of the label onto which the beautiful Prima Rose bloom has been added!  I created a fussy seam binding bow to top of the label further embellishing with more beautiful paper blooms.  To compliment the doily theme, a lace chain border was added to the top portion of the card.
I used Thanks from Say it Loud adding a doily peeking out below the sentiment banner. One last final finishing touch is adding a beautiful pearl button tied with a double twine bow.

That's it for me today, I hope you are inspired to play along with the WMS Blog Party!

I am also linking up with the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - I've a Notion
Sunday {Fun}day - Anything Goes Link Party
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Vintage / Shabby
I will be back later this evening for The Ribbon Reel's latest challenge! See you then!
Thanks for peeking in! I am so happy you did!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Paper Sweeties February Release Wrap Up

Hello!  Well, it's day 4 and the wrap up to this fabulous new release from Paper Sweeties! The stamps are in the store and I hope you have loads of fun shopping! 
I created a 5 x 5 card for my final project. I started with a Whisper White Cardstock base onto which I pieced together some pink patterned papers. I totally heart pink, turquoise, aqua and blues, so I tend to gravitate to them A LOT! 

Using a large scalloped circle die I used that to mat the darling Tea Kettle Image stamped in Hollyhock Ink by CTMH which was a gift in a prize pack I won. 
A length of white crochet trim was added to the top. Other embellishing touches include adding flowers and paper butterflies glammed with pearls to complete this card for a special friend!

Well, I am so happy you stopped by!  
Don't forget about our February Sketch Challenge which runs until the 28th! You will want to enter to win TWO FREE stamp sets from the Paper Sweeties Shoppe:
Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Paper Sweeties February Release

Hello my sweet friends! 

It's Day 3 of the Paper Sweeties February Release and that means the stamps are officially available and in the store ready to be shipped to get in your hot little stampy hands to whip up some wonderful Paper Sweetie goodness! 
Today I am using I'm Having a Tea Party focusing on the sentiment on this pretty little gift packaging. I am including a tea bag as part of the gift, but I created my own "tag" for the tea to give a special message. Special Friend Blend is from the Tea For Two set.  I customized the sentiment to fit the tag which was stamped on Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock.

#1 - Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #4 challenge - enter for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate

#2 - Paper Sweeties Fan Page Contest - like and share about our Fan Page ... when we reach 555 likes, one lucky fan will receive a $50 gift certificate

#3 - Comment on any February Paper Sweeties blog post for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate

#4 - Attend our February *new* stamp release event on Facebook -- one lucky person who attends and shares a project will win a $10 gift certificate (event runs 2/13 through 2/20)

Winners announced 2/21/13

Check out the Paper Sweeties Splitcoast Stampers Company Gallery
Visit the Paper Sweeties Flicker Gallery and upload your creations there! 
Sign up to receive the Paper Sweeties Newsletter to receive subscriber only discounts!
Free Shipping Today and tomorrow!!! 
Use coupon code: FREE SHIPPING at checkout to redeem your discount! 

Check out the designs from the other ladies - I know they are going to wow you with their talent! 
**Don't forget about my birthday giveaway that I have going on my blog click here** I have a giveaway going on too, so that gives you double the chance to win! Yay! Good luck!
Thank you for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with one last card for this month's release.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Paper Sweeties February Release Day 2 and a **BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY**

Hi there!  Happy Valentine's Day! It also happens to be my birthday! Stand-by for a little birthday celebration giveaway!

It's Day 2 of the Paper Sweeties February release! Debbie, the owner of Paper Sweeties, has come up with sets that are just too adorable! I am smitten I tell ya! I am featuring Abigail who is ready for a Tea Party!

The new set that Abigail is featuring here is called It's Tea Time complete with hat, dress, and shoes. The set also has three sweet sentiments included. 
I have stamped my own background paper on Lunch Bag Kraft using the tea kettle from I'm Having a Tea Party.  A length of Baby Pink Seam Binding was wrapped around the card front horizontally and tied in a fussy bow embellished with a button and twine. 

I hope you will visit the other Design Team ladies to check out their amazing projects. Just click on the ladies names below to hop on over to see what they have for you! 

In honor of my blog friends who stop by and sprinkle some love I thought my birthday would be a great time to give back by celebrating with a little giveaway
Now for the fun part....

How can you win? Well you could have several chances.

1) Just leave a comment ON THIS POST telling me what you like about the release so far! (easy peasy)

2) You don't have to follow my blog to win, but I sure would appreciate it if you would. For another entry, leave me another comment letting me know You BECAME a Public follower or ALREADY one.

3) Post a link about the giveaway on your blog linking back to this post and you may leave another comment with the post link.

I have the honor and privilege to be designing for some great companies.

4) Like Paper Sweeties Facebook Page and Let Paper Sweeties Know I sent you then leave a comment letting me know you did! 

5) Follow Paper Sweeties on Pinterest! Leave me a comment letting me know you now follow Paper Sweeties on Pinterest!

6) Visit and Follow DeNami Designs Blog come back and let me know you are now a follower at DeNami.

7) Like DeNami Designs Facebook Page and Let DeNami know I sent you then leave a comment letting me know you did! 

8) Follow DeNami Designs on Pinterest! Come back and let me know you did! 

That is 8 chances to win and be inspired. Who can't get on board with that? What could you win you ask? How about a shopping spree at Paper Sweeties or DeNami Designs! Who doesn't love shopping? I will have two lucky winners. One will receive a $20.00 Shopping Spree at Paper Sweeties and One will receive $20.00 Shopping Spree at DeNami Designs.

You have until Thursday, February 28th 11:59 EST to enter.  I will choose a winner via on March 1st. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner. 

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!