Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fanatical About Botanical at Moxie Fab World

I love the look of butterflies, bees, and flowers and so the new Fanatical About Botanical Challenge on the Moxie Fab World blog is right up my alley. 

For the butterfly, leaves, and flowers, I used an older Stampin' Up! set called God's Beauty to stamp out my images and then I colored them with Copic markers.  I used a page from an old gardening book I picked up at a thrift shop several months ago and I added a frame from My Minds Eye along the edges of the card.  I finished if off with a sticker sentiment from SRM Stickers, some sheer ribbon, lace, paper curls, twine and a wood grain button.
      Supplies -
        Cardstock, stamps: Stampin' Up!
        Ink: Memento (black), Colorbox (brown)
        Sticker: SRM Stickers
        Markers: Copic
        Frame: My Mind's Eye
        Ribbon: Offray
        Other: twine, button, book page

The challenge ends on August 8th, so there is still plenty of time to enter.....I might just have to make another card, too.

Hugs,
Amy

Monday, July 25, 2011

Princess Card with SRM Stickers and Cricut

I just love the new Princess stickers from SRM Stickers.  They are sooooo cute and my little girls are loving them.  For my card, I used the Quick Cards Princess stickers for the sentiment and the crown.  The princess is cut with my Cricut and Once Upon A Princess cartridge and I added a cute Peachy Keen face.  The paper is from Imaginisce.

      Supplies -
        Cardstock, ribbon, scallop punch: Stampin' Up!
        Pattern paper: Imaginisce
        Die cuts: Cricut with Once Upon A Princess cart
        Stickers: SRM Stickers
        Stamp: Peachy Keen Stamps
        Glitter: Stickles

You can hop on over to check out my card as well as a super fun princess layout from Kim Arledge on the SRM Stickers blog.  Thanks for visiting!!

Hugs,
Amy

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Many Thanks - Guest Designer at Card Patterns

Hello!!  I am so excited to share my card with you today.  I am the guest designer this week at Card Patterns because I was the Super 6 winner a couple of weeks ago with the card you can see HERE.  When I first saw sketch #125, I immediately thought of doing a window card and so here is what I came up with:

I cut out the window by welding squares on my Gypsy and cutting them out on my Cricut.  I also cut the butterfly and window box from my Cricut with the Martha Stewart Cakes (butterfly) and Freshly Picked (window box) cartridges.  The embossed background is an embossing folder from Tim Holtz and the twine is from The Twinery.  I added some texture to the window frame and the window box with a stylus....you can see a mini tutorial on how I do that HERE.  There is a piece of plastic in the window frame so it looks more like a glass window.

I inked all the die cuts as well as the embossed wood grain with some Colorbox Fluid Chalk and finished it off with a button and SRM Sticker


I hope that you can hop over and check out the new sketch at Card Patterns blog and join us this week.  Their sketches are fabulous!!


Hugs,
Amy

Friday, July 22, 2011

Trick or Treat??

With this cute decorated jar I hope that you said treat.  I love when it is so easy to decorate for the holidays and the new stickers from SRM Stickers make everything go quickly and it looks so fab.  I used my Cricut, some Scribble Scrabble papers and the new We've Got Your Sticker - Jack-o-Lantern from SRM Stickers to put together this fun Tootsie Roll filled treat jar for Halloween:

Have you seen the new releases from SRM Stickers yet??  They are all so fab and next week I have an adorable princess card to share with you that uses the new Princess Quick Cards stickers.

Tomorrow I have a super cut card to share with you as the guest designer on the Card Patterns blog....don't forget to check it out.

Hugs,
Amy

Monday, July 18, 2011

Christmas In July with My Craft Spot

Have you ever made your Christmas cards and tags in July??  I have and it is such a relief to get them done now and just reach for them during the holidays instead of rushing to get them done then when there are so many other things going on.  There is a new challenge at My Craft Spot this week that gives you the opportunity to get started on some for your Christmas celebrations.  I created this set of tags for the challenge this week.....

I used the Sweet Sentiments Set #2 from My Craft Spot as well as some of her traditional chocolate bakers twine. The tag is cut and tree are both cut on my Cricut.  I was going for a more rustic look so, I inked all die cut images and raised the tree up with some dimensional adhesive.  Here is a close up of one of the tags.....
      Supplies-
        Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
        Die cuts: Cricut with George and Basic Shapes (squares),
            A Child's Year (scallop square), Winter Frolic (trees)
        Stamps, twine: My Craft Spot
        Ink: Stampin' Up! (pen, stamped), Tim Holtz (distress ink)
        Eyelet: Stampin' Up!
        Dimensional Adhesive: therm-o-web

So, tell me.....have you ever started your Christmas cards and/or tags early.  How early do you usually start them??  I hope that you can hop on over to My Craft Spot and join us this week.

Hugs,
Amy

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Peachy Keen Guest Designer Week Winner

Thanks again to everyone who joined me for my guest designer week with Peachy Keen Stamps.  I have enjoyed getting to know you all better and really appreciate the comments and support you have shown to me.  I am so glad that you all enjoyed my projects for the week and I am also excited to see so many of you who have chosen to subscribe or follow along on my blog. 




I have gone to Random.org and had it pull a number and select a winner from all those who left comments on both blogs all week long and the winner of the Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment is.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................


Sanwanya


Congratulations!!  Please EMAIL ME with your shipping information and I will get these fabulous Peachy Keen Stamps mailed out to you.


I hope that your weekend has had a fabulous start!!  I know that it has for Sanwayna.  ;)


Hugs,
Amy

Pumpkin Spice DT Call - Thinking of You

I discovered a great new online store and their blog....there I found a link for a new DT call for Pumpkin Spice.  I thought I would throw my hat in the ring and give it a try.  The challenge for the DT call is to use at least two different paper lines from the ones below:

Bo Bunny
Cosmo Cricket
Crate Paper
Echo Park
Graphic 45
My Mind’s Eye
 
I used three of them.....Bo Bunny for the blue background, My Mind's Eye for the tree, and Echo Park for the grass.
      Supplies:
        Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (white, brown),
            The Paper Company (kraft)
        Patterned paper - Bo Bunny (blue), My Mind's Eye (tree),
            Echo Park (grass)
        Die cuts - Cricut with Everyday Paper Dolls cart
        Twine - The Twinery
        Stamps - Lawn Fawn
        Scissors - Martha Stewart
        Ink - Memento
        Markers - Copic (black), Colorbox (brown, green)
        Other - buttons, embroidery floss
 
I started out creating this card by cutting the tree with my Cricut and Everyday Paper Dolls at 3 inches.  I cut the tree twice (once in green and once in brown) and then cut the trunk out of the brown one.  I then inked them a little and adhered them together.  I added them to the Bo Bunny paper that I had stitched around the edges on.  I added the grass with two strips of Echo Park patterned paper that I cut with my Martha Stewart fringe scissors.  I stamped the banner, sentiment and birds from my Lawn Fawn Bannerific stamps and colored the birds with Copic markers.  I added some button flowers and finished it off with some twine.
 
I need to list my favorite paper company and I don't know if I can pick just one, but three of my favorites right now are My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, and Fancy Pants Designs.   

I hope you enjoy my card today and that you have a great weekend.  Wish me luck!!
 
Hugs,
Amy

Friday, July 15, 2011

Guest Designer Week with Peachy Keen Stamps Day 5

***So sorry this post wasn't up earlier......blogger was giving me issues****

Wow!!  Did that week go fast for everyone or just for me??  I can't believe that we are here on my final day as a guest designer at the Peachy Keen Stamps blog.  Thanks so much for the support that you have all given me during the week.  I would like to welcome the new friends here on my blog as well as those of you who have been here for a while.  If you haven't subscribed or signed up to follow my blog yet, don't forget to do that today so that you can continue to recieve updates when I post.  I had a great time sharing my projects with you and I have a card to share today along with a mini tutorial.  I used the same stamps on this card that I am giving away this week......Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment.  I also used the Lil Bugs stamp set on this card. 

My card measures 4.25 by 5.5 inches.  The flowers are cut with my Cricut and the Country Life cartridge at 4.25 inches.  I did enlarge the actual flower centers to 8.25 inches and the flower petals to 5.5 inches because I thought that the faces looked better on them.  Don't those Wide Eyed Kids Faces look so cute on these flowers??  I added some stitching with a black pen around the faces and some white pen accents on the petals and to accent the eyes and the chalked cheeks.  I adhered the flowers with dimensional adhesive over the stems.  I colored the bugs with my Copic markers and added some glitter to the wings.

I added some texture to the grass and petals with a stylus.  I have a mini tutorial on how I added the texture below.  I finished off the card with a SRM Sticker sentiment, some pen stitching, hemp twine, and a button.

How to create the texture on die cut images:
Step 1 - Gather your supplies.  You will need a small tipped stylus, an ink pad, and your die cut image.

Step 2 - Use your stylus to draw lines in the image going in a natural pattern.....like on this grass image, I went with the direction of the growth.  You will also want to use a softer surface and not a hard table to do this.  I am using a paper pad under my die cut image.


Step 3 - Ink the image to help bring out the debossed area as well as add dimension to the image.



I would like to thank Peachy Keen Stamps for giving me the opportunity to share my work this week on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog as a guest designer.  I would also like to thank you all for your lovely comments all week.  Don't forget that you have until tonight to get all of your comments in for the Wide Eyed Kids Faces Assortment giveaway.....details are below.

How to win:
   Leave a comment on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog under all of my posts this week as well as here on my blog under each of the Peachy Keen posts for the week and at the end of the week, I will randomly draw a winner for these super cute stamps.  That is a total of 10 entries if you leave a comment under each post on both blogs each day.  You have until the end of the day on July 15th to get your comments in.  I will draw a winner on Saturday July 16th.  Check back tomorrow to see if you are the luck winner.  Good Luck!!

Hugs,
Amy

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Guest Designer Week with Peachy Keen Stamps Day 4

Hello Friends, I want to welcome you back to day four of my guest designer week on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your comments.....they have given me something to SMILE about every day.  What a perfect theme for my next card!!  I used my Cricut and the Preserves cartridge to cut the fruit and the Dolly Dumplins 1 1/8" set which was the very first stamp set I bought from Peachy Keen Stamps.
This card measures 5 inches x 5 inches.  The fruit are cut at 2 inches for the apple and orange and 2.25 inches for the pear.  I stamped the faces, added some chalk and white pen accents and added them to my card with dimensional adhesive.  I stitched around the card in red with my sewing machine and added an SRM Sticker sentiment above the fruit.  I tied it off with a ribbon and button at the top along with some linen thread.  The paper I used is from American Crafts....isn't it perfect with these cute cuts??
There was a little flower that cut with the pear image and I added it to the top of the pear along with a button and some linen thread.  I love to create sketches and here is a free sketch for you that I created to go along with this card.  It would be awesome to see how you use it.  If  you do, please leave a comment under this post with you link so I can come and see and leave you some blog love.  You can also CLICK HERE to see more of my sketches.
Don't forget to leave comments for this weeks awesome giveaway - Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment......


How to win:
   Leave a comment on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog under all of my posts this week as well as on my blog under each of the Peachy Keen posts for the week.  At the end of the week, I will randomly draw a winner for these super cute stamps.  That is a total of 10 entries if you leave a comment under each post on both blogs each day.  You have until the end of the day on July 15th to get your comments in.  I will draw a winner on Saturday July 16th.  Good Luck!!

Come on back tomorrow to check out my last Peachy project for the week with a mini tutorial......you won't want to miss it!!

Hugs,
Amy

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Guest Designer Week with Peachy Keen Stamps Day 3

Hello and welcome back!!  I am here with day 3 of my guest designing week at the Peachy Keen Stamps blog.  I can't believe it is the middle of the week already....didn't we just get started??  At least I have two days left after today to share with you.  It has been so much fun reading your sweet comments and I hope to get a chance to visit some of your blogs to see what you have been working on.  I just love to blog hop and get ideas from other crafters, don't you?? 

Today I have created a card to share with you that uses the super cute little skunk and sentiment from the Skunk Cheer Up stamp set.  I recently started using Copic markers and I love how well they blend and shade.  I used them to color my skunk and flowers, plus a little white gel pen for highlights.  The card is cut with my Cricut and Gypsy Wanderings cartridge on the Gypsy.  I welded two 4.75 inch tag elements together and then cut the fame and lifted it off the card with some dimensional adhesive. 

I used some Viva Decor Pearl Pens to accent the black frame and then tied it all together with a ribbon.  Tip:  to get the skunk image to stand out of the card a little farther than the frame, I used a double layer of dimensional adhesive.

I also decorated the inside with the rest of the sentiment and some flowers at the bottom.

So, do you have someone in your life that this cute little skunk could cheering up??  I know I do.  ;)

Don't forget to leave comments for a chance to win this super cute Wide Eyed Kids face assortment giveaway:

How to win:
   Leave a comment on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog under all of my posts this week as well as here on my blog under each of the Peachy Keen posts for the week and at the end of the week, I will randomly draw a winner for these super cute stamps.  That is a total of 10 entries if you leave a comment under each post on both blogs each day.  You have until the end of the day on July 15th to get your comments in.  I will draw a winner on Saturday July 16th.  Good Luck!!

Join me again tomorrow for a fruity good time!!
Hugs,
Amy

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Just A Note with Cute Owls

Good Morning!!  If you are here from the Peachy Keen blog and looking for the giveaway post, please scroll down. 

I have another lovely stamped card to share with you today that was so fun to make.  I haven't pulled out this Stampin' UP! set for so long.....I almost had to dust it off.  ;)   I created this card based on the current CPS122 and PDCC89 as well as the Moxie Fab World Stamp It Cards Week Challenge

I stamped the owls, branch and wood grain background for my card. I wrapped a chipboard circle with this minty ribbon.  I finished off the card with a punched butterfly, embossing, and a button.
      Supplies-
        Cardstock, stamps: Stampin Up!
        Ink: Memento (black), Stampin' Up! (mint, yellow, sand)
        Sticker: SRM Stickers
        Punched butterfly: Martha Stewart
        Embossing: Cuttlebug, Quickutz
        Ribbon, chipboard: Creating Keepsakes
        Paper clip: Tim Holtz
        Other: button, hemp twine 
       
Here are the challenge photos:

colors: mint, buttercream, taupe

I am so excited to share with you that the Sunny Smiles Card from last week was picked for the Super 6 Winner at Card Patterns and for the Fab 4 at PDCC.  I am so honored!!  Thanks everyone for visiting and your lovely comments.

Hugs,
Amy

Guest Designer Week with Peachy Keen Stamps Day 2

Happy Tuesday!! I am back to share another project on the Peachy Keen blog today.  I am so lucky to get to join the very talented Peachy Keen Designers for their sketch challenge this week over on the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge blog.  I just love sketches!!  I have two little princesses at home that are Oohing and Ahhing over this fairy princess card and wand.  I used the Princess Face Assortment for both the fairy princess on the card as well as the face of the flower on the wand.  Aren't these colors so fresh and fun??  All cuts are from my Cricut with Once Upon A Princess cartridge.

Here is my card based on the sketch:

The fairy princess is cut at 3 1/2 inches.  I cut out her wings three times....once in white and twice in vellum paper.  I then added some glitter glue to the top layer of vellum as well as glitter to the flower centers.  That super cute sticker is from SRM Stickers.

I stitched around the background with my sewing machine and added some stitches to her dress with a white gel pen.  I put some chalk on her cheeks and add some more white gel pen to her cheeks as well as the shine in her eyes.  I wrote Happy Birthday on the pennant on her wand just like the wand I created below.....

The wand is from SRM Stickers and I filled it with left over Easter grass from my kids' Easter baskets to match the green wand the princess is holding on the card.  Great way to recycle, huh??  These tubes are so fun to create with.  I have filled them with candy and added a rainbow at the top.  You can see the candy filled rainbow wand in other posts here on my blog.

Here is a closer view of the pennant and flower at the top of my wand:

I scored and folded the flower to give it some dimension.  I also added another one of the super cute Princess faces from Peachy Keen Stamps along with a little chalk and white pen accents.  Hop on over to the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge blog to check out the fab sketch challenge and to see what the Peachy Keen Designers have done with it....after you leave a comment here and on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog, of course, for your chance to win this super cute Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment giveaway......


How to win:
   Leave a comment on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog under all of my posts this week as well as here on my blog under each of the Peachy Keen posts for the week.  At the end of the week, I will randomly draw a winner for these super cute stamps.  That is a total of 10 entries if you leave a comment under each post on both blogs each day.  You have until the end of the day on July 15th to get your comments in.  I will draw a winner on Saturday July 16th.  Good Luck!!

Check back tomorrow for a stinkin' cute card with Peachy Keen cuteness added in!!

Hugs,
Amy

Monday, July 11, 2011

Guest Designer Week with Peachy Keen Stamps Day 1

Hello everyone!!  Today is my first day as a guest designer on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog.  I bought my first Peachy Keen stamps about 3 years ago and I love the way that the Peachy Keen faces bring the die cut image to life.  I hope that you will join me this week as I share my projects and leave comments along the way to win some yummy Peachy Keen stamps.

Today I am going to share a card with you that I made with my Cricut and Create A Critter cartridge along with the Critters Faces Medium Set (cow) and  the Cutie Pie Face Assortment (sun).  I live in a very rural area and there is a dairy farm next door, so here is a card to bring a little of where I live to you:
Here are the cuts I used:
Create A Critter cartridge:
 -cow cut at 3 inches
 -barn cut at 1.25 inches
 -tree cut at 1.5 inches
 -sun cut at 1.5 inches
 -clouds cut at 1.25 and 1.5 inches

My World cartridge:
 -fence - four welded together and cut at 1 inch.

I added some embossing, ink and white gel pen to most of the cuts.  I also added some glossy accents to the sun.
I finished off the card with some hemp twine, a button, and a sticker sentiment from SRM Stickers.

Now for the giveaway.....how would you like to win a set of these adorable Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment??  Aren't they just the cutest??


How to win:
   Leave a comment on the Peachy Keen blog under all of my posts this week as well as here on my blog under each of the Peachy Keen posts for the week.  At the end of the week, I will randomly draw a winner for these super cute stamps.  That is a total of 10 entries if you leave a comment under each post on both blogs each day.  You have until the end of the day on July 15th to get your comments in.  I would love it if you wanted to follow along on my blog if you are not already, but that is not a requirement to win.  I will draw a winner on Saturday July 16th.  Good Luck!!

Come back tomorrow to see a fun flying sketch card with a bonus!!

Hugs,
Amy

Baby Shower Party Favor Tutorial with SRM Stickers

Here is a fun project that I am sharing over on the SRM Stickers blog today.  It is a fun tutorial on how to make a party favor for a baby shower or any other fun occasion you may need one.  What better way to tell your guests thanks for coming to a party than to send them home with one of these pretty little gifts.



What you will need for this fun project:
  • 3 x 12 inch strip of patterned paper
  • Cardstock oval shapes cut with die cut machine or punches
  • SRM Sticker Sentiments - Baby
  • Scoring tool
  • Corner Rounder
  • Ink
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Paper piercer and template
  • Needle and embroidery floss
  • Flower
  • Button
  • Treat bag
  • Strong Adhesive (Glue Dots, Scor-Tape)
Let's Get Started:

Step 1:
You will need to score your 3 x 12 inch piece of patterned paper at 2 inches, 6 inches, and 8 inches.

Step 2:
Next, fold on the score lines so that the patterned paper is showing on the outside, round the corners on the 2 inch flap, and then ink all the edges.

Step 3:
Take a paper piercer and a template to evenly pierce holes along the front edges and flap.  Use the needle and three strands of the embroidery floss to stitch in the holes.

Step 4:
Using a strong adhesive, secure the lace along the inside of the flap edge.

Step 5:
Secure the treat bag to the inside of the gift bag and adhere the flap to the front with a glue dot.  Layer the oval pieces together with a sticker on top and secure to the top of the gift bag with dimensional adhesive.

Step 6:
Adhere the ribbon, twine, flower, and button just below the oval pieces.  Add an SRM Sticker border to the bottom of the gift bag.

Enjoy!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Don't forget that I start my guest designing week at Peachy Keen Stamps today, so don't miss that post...you will have a chance to win some Peachy Keen stamps for leaving comments all week.

Hugs,

Amy

Friday, July 8, 2011

Celebration Banner Card

Good afternoon!!  I have a quick card to share with you today the I made with the lovely Bannerific and Sophie's Sentiments from Lawn Fawn.  I had a few small scraps that were just laying around on my scrap table and rather than throw them away, I just made a quick banner card with them.  This card is a 4 x 4 inch square.
      Supplies:
        Cardstock - Stampin' Up! (black, white), The Paper Company (kraft)
        Patterned paper - various scraps
        Stamps: Lawn Fawn
        Ink: Stampin' Up!
        Rhinestone: Creating Keepsakes
        Other: hemp twine

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Any Occasion - Inspired by Lawn Fawn Challenge
Moxie Fab World - Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!!  I hope you have a great weekend.  Don't forget to check back next week for my posts as a guest designer for Peachy Keen Stamps and your chance to win a fabulous Peachy Keen stamp set.  I will have 5 full days of Peachy Keen goodness to share with you.

Hugs,
Amy

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sunny Smiles - PDCC and CardPatterns

Hello!!  Today I have a card to share with you that I created from CardPatterns Sketch 122 and PDCC88.  The colors for the Play Date Cafe Challenge are so fun and I had the perfect paper to match that I picked up from the Crate Paper booth at the ScrapbookUSA Expo in Sandy, UT this spring.  This is a tall card that measures 4 x 9 inches (fits great in a business size envelope).  I love the super cute little fox and butterfly stamped images from My Cute Stamps.  I colored them with my Copic markers.  I am entering this card into the Moxie Fab World Stamp it! Cards Week Challenge, too.  If you are a stamper, you should hop over and play along, too.

      Supplies:
        Cardstock: The Paper Company (kraft), Stampin' Up! (white)
        Patterned paper: Crate Paper
        Stamps: My Cute Stamps
        Sticker: SRM Stickers
        Markers: Copic Sketch
        Punches: Stampin' Up!
        Scissors: Martha Stewart
        Pen: Zig
        Ribbon: Creating Keepsakes
        Button: Fancy Pants
        Other: hemp twine

I hand cut the clouds and added some pen stitching to them as well as the background paper.  The stamps are from My Cute Stamps (I also picked these up at the ScrapbookUSA Expo).

Here is where I got the inspiration for my card:



I hope that your week has started out great and that you will find some time to craft.....anything special you are working on right now??  I am getting my projects completed for my Guest Design Team spot at the Peachy Keen blog next week.....don't forget to stop by and check them out, plus a chance to win some yummy Peachy Keen stamps.
Hugs,
Amy