Friday, September 30, 2011

More Scraptastic Fun on a Card!

Here's my entry for the 4th Scraptastic challenge, which is simply to make a card. I figured what better card to create than one for a teacher, when using the September Too Cool for School kit?!

Used my Ultimate Crafter's Companion (of course) to make the card base as it makes it super simple....just find the half gate fold 12X12 line and you're good to go. I decided to round the edges and add the awesome jute and Fancy Pants chipboard banners to the top. Love banners!

Used this dimensional "snow" paint a friend had to write "teacher" on the awesome Fancy Pants blackboard sticker.

That's all for today. Watch tomorrow for new challenges at a couple of blogs...XOXO and the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog, and don't forget to tune in on Sunday for the new challenge over at Dream Valley Challenges Lots of great prizes in store!

Have a great night!

Fun with the Scraptastic September Kit Too Cool for School

Good evening! What a productive day I've had...5 DT assignments and 2 challenge entries later, and I feel fantastic! (The secret: hubby put a tv in Patryk's room, so now I use the morning to my advantage. I feel awful, but seriously, I can barely do housework with him up my butt!)

I was finally able to play with the September Scraptastic kit Too Cool for School for the second time, and it feels fantastic! Such a great kit! (Watch for a second post to follow this one, I made 2 challenges at the Scraptastic blog :) Yay me!)

The challenge: a list without any pictures. Here is what I decided to do, and the Fancy Pants Off to School paper featured in the kit had this handy dandy little "random notes" bit with 10 items, blank and ready for me to add to. Perfect? I think so.

All of the paper in the kit is used here...I punched a circle with a CM circle punch out of each sheet of paper, front and back, and arranged them around the list.
See that awesome chandelier? That's a mask from Hampton Arts, which I used in conjunction with my Shimmerz spritz in Treasured Hymn on the cardstock from the kit. So cool!

There she is! Stay tuned for another post, but the other projects will have to wait until tomorrow :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Giveaway Alert!!!!

I design for one of the most generous companies out there!

Crafter's Companion, to celebrate the release of the 6 brand new S.W.A.L.K. stamp sets, is giving away ALL 6 STAMP SETS to one lucky commenter on **this post right here.** Head over and post a comment for your chance to win this adorable set.

If you just can't wait to have them, CC is also offering up a all six and pay 49.99 (with each set costing 9.99, that's like getting one of the sets free!) Head over to the Crafter's Companion store to buy your very own S.W.A.L.K. adorableness today :)


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shocking Preparedness

Yes, I am doing a post showcasing the card I made for my soon-to-be 12 year old daughter. Whatever it is that is prompting this preparedness, I only pray that it's nice to be ahead. I'm **never ever** ahead...ever.

I saw this challenge over at the Wee Memories blog this morning on Facebook, and felt I just had to play along. I love the DT over at Wee inspiring. Jenny always has something cute to show off, whether it's a gorgeous card or a new stamp (can't wait for the new release of her stamps for The Craft's Meow!) but I hadn't had the time to play along in a while.

So here it is, my entry into their "use patterned paper" challenge. I used both sides of a sheet of Cosmo Cricket Earth Love - Remember for the cloud background and her dress. The ground is from a scrap piece of paper I had used to "mop up" a misted background that I thought looked like sand. It's much more shimmery in person! (Shimmerz Spritz in Treasured Hymn.)

She was cut from the Cricut Lite Playtime cart, accented with Stickles in Diamond and Cotton Candy.
Cosmo Cricket Earth Love Ready - Set - Chip! alpha and Bella Blvd. Sophisticates alphas make up the sentiment, the "12th" accented with Patina Stickles. Hand sewing.
That's it, hope she loves it :) Hope you all had a good weekend...I was able to not only make this card, but also a layout for a DT assignment due soon. Can't wait to show it off to you!


Super Crafty Sunday

Here it is, Sunday, and as usual I am still feeling as exhausted as ever. I really need to do something about that (like go to bed at a normal hour!) Mabye if I didn't get caught up in television I'd be ok. I've gotten pretty good about closing up the laptop for the night, but now I just turn on the TV and get sucked into some show and before I know it, it's somehow midnight. Tonight: early bedtime for sure! 4:30 comes quickly...

I've been meaning to share this page with all of you, but it's been so CRAZY BUSY around here. This week offers no relief either with 2 doctor appointments. Andraia had her first eye exam last week, and will get glasses in 2 weeks. She's so excited! We decided to go to the optometrist as she's been having problems with headaches now and then for the past 2 years, and the doctor thought it could be one of the possible causes. We've already cut MSG out of her diet (which actually seemed to eradicate them, until she started up middle school where they can choose their own lunches...something tells me she's been sneaking ranch dressing on her plate each day!) We'll see if the glasses help at all, they say she only has a slight problem but to try them out anyway. She's quite excited as she's been wanting glasses forEVer. I mean, this is the girl who bought a bunch of fake glasses at Claire's just to look "cool" (um, nothing like when I went to school and glasses were UNcool...)

Here's a layout of my 6th grader back in 2nd grade. I'm getting closer to being caught up HA...not really. I pulled out the new Scraptastic kit (I love all of their kits!) for this one, Too Cool for School, full of Fancy Pants amazingness. Love these papers (especially the glasses one!) I made it for the sketches4all sketch-a-thon (ending today, so get your entries in!)

I'm in love with the October Afternoon Mini Market alpha stickers they've been sending in these kits...and how cute is that chipboard heart? More Fancy Pants, of course.
The banner was made from the red jute contained in the kit and more chipboard stickers from Fancy Pants. It's hard to tell, but I affixed the pic to the page with my foam squares for some dimension :)
So that's it for now, but I hope to get LOTS done later in the craft room. I have no motivation for anything, and have decided to declare Sunday my true day of rest...although I do have to do laundry. I guess people around here need clean clothes to wear...what's up with that?

Monday, September 19, 2011


FINALLY I can post this. I completely spaced out last night, after madly decorating a tree to play a trick on a neighbor...we covered it in the tackiest Christmas ornaments we could find :) He was probably pretty mad, I wish I could have seen it, but he doesn't get home until at least 2am!

So here is the winner.......

Designing with Debbie said...

Thanks for the chance to win your awesome blog candy. I am a new follower and I am also following you on facebook along with the other two blogs. I have posted your candy to my blog:

Another pictureless creation, and lots of wedding pics!

The power is restored, as is my sanity :) As I type, I am sitting in the library for Patryk's first storytime, we'll see how this goes. He is at the age where they take the kids away from the parents into another room, and it's the first time he's away from people that he knows, so I'm curious to see what he has to say about it afterwards.

Here are a couple of great shots from the wedding we attended on Saturday. I couldn't resist sharing pictures of the little handsome man with all of you. He was so cute in his little tux!!!

He made his way down the aisle and upon seeing the number of people watching him, he threw himself down on the ground and started to "worm" his way to the alter....literally. It was adorable (although hubby didn't think so!)
He spent most of the time playing with the fake rings he figured out how to detach from the ring bearer pillow :)
My handsome them!
There was a "candy shoppe" favor center, where the kids and other guests could help themselves to treats such as Pixie Sticks, Tootsie Rolls, lollipops, and these wonderful wax gum lips. Cool idea, and we ended up with sooo many goodies!
There was also a photo booth set up (the wall in the back...those frames are actually holes in the wall set up for people to stick their heads in.) Next to the booth was a bureau full of dress up goodies, here are the girls dressed up fantastically!
Lastly, Rileigh was the hit of the dance floor! She is such a funny little dancer, so animated and crazy. I have a LOT of great dancing shots...of course including dress up gear!
Ok, to the layout! I made this yesterday just because. I ran out of color ink in my printer (although I shouldn't have, I'll never buy another refurbished cartridge again!!!!!) so I turned to the drawer of memorabilia and found drawings from one of Rileigh's many notebooks. I save them all to go through when I'm ready, tearing out the best of the best. I know she'll love looking back at these pictures and stories when she's older :)

I pulled out the September Scraptastic Too Cool for School kit, full of Fancy Pants Off to School goodness. I used Cards and Favorite Teacher patterned papers and some adhesive chipboard. The October Afternoon mini market alpha stickers also came in the kit.

The foam Thickers here are great, love white on any color background.

My favorite way to include items that I know she'll want to pull out and look at: a pocket. I then make a slit in the page protector, letting the stuff hang out so that you can just pull it out and slide it back in when you are done. Easy peasy!
Hope you like it, stay tuned for ONE MORE POST later this afternoon :)

Happy Birthday, Bucka!

For those who aren’t in the know, Bucka is what my children call my father.  **Backstory: Andraia was just barely 1 1/2 years old, and rather than say “Grampa” she interchanged the P and G and it came out “Bucka" and kind of stuck.  All the kids call him this, and I love it!**  Well, Saturday was Bucka’s birthday.  Another year older, another year the coolest dad ever.  As we had a wedding to attend that day, I will be making him a birthday dinner at some point this week (he went out for a day on the motorcycles with my mom anyway, so I didn’t feel so bad about not being able to see him.)

Sketch #6 in the sketches4all End of Summer Sketch-a-Thon was just too awesome to NOT complete, and I knew just the paper line: MME Lime Twist!  You’ll probably recognize the papers from my recent posts showcasing the items in the Scraptastic kit club August Summer Star kit.  I have a LOT of this kit left!  I used some scraps from layouts I’ve done to maximize what I have (translated: to leave the full 12X12 sheets I have left untouched HA)


Rounded the corners of my paper strips with my corner punch.  Twine came from the kit, as did the stickers.



There you have it!  I hope to see him soon to hand him this card Smile

Hoping to have power back soon, but I have another couple of posts I can do in the meantime to keep me occupied (thank you, Windows Live Writer!)  As I type, PSNH is out there wandering down the lines looking for the problem, currently right in my backyard, up high on a pole.  I’d say their 15 minute response time was pretty stellar!  Fingers crossed we get it back soon…I think I’m going insane without the internet and morning news!!!

Soooo beary cute…

Good morning, time for my post over at the Crafter’s Companion blog, and it’s all about Popcorn the Bear!  I recently received some Popcorn stamp sets, part of the new release now available over at the CC shop, and I am in love!  The images are so detailed and adorable!

I chose the Birthday Cuddles set, and after stamping my image, colored him with colored pencils.  After cutting him out, I mounted him to the doily and added some pretty flowers below him.


Dotted ribbon and the sentiment, so crisply stamped with the help of my Rock-A-Blocks (love how easy it is to transfer images without smudges!), complete the bottom.



Head over to the Crafter’s Companion store to pick up your own Popcorn the Bear stamps, or one of the incredibly adorable Popcorn Pals sets today!

I trust you’ve all had a great weekend.  We attended a wedding for my brother-in-law, and it was so much fun.  Our little guy was the ring bearer, stay tuned for some cute pics in a separate post.  We currently have no power…luckily I already had my coffee poured, but my oldest daughter is getting ready for school by flashlight!  I’m hoping they resolve it soon…no internet, so I’m putting Windows Live to good use and writing up these posts to have something to do in the dark…and using the laptop screen as a light.  C’mon Mr. Sun!!!  It’s been a loooong hour in the dark…

Have a great day, and watch for more posts.  I got pretty crafty yesterday Smile

Sunday, September 18, 2011

DVCB Challenge #16 : Buttons

Good afternoon, crafty friends! It's already been two weeks? Yikes! That means it's time for another Dream Valley challenge! This time around, we would like to see how you can use buttons. Card, altered project, layout...anything goes, as long as it uses buttons!

Our awesome sponsor this month is Digi's with Attitude, offering up a $10 gift certificate to their store (Canadian currency.) Their images are so fun and funky, you're sure to find an image to work with any theme.

I chose Movie Star Tween from DWA for my card. These images are perfect for my real-life tween girls. This one will be for my 11 year old who is doing AMAZINGLY well at school this year. We had a lot of struggles the past few years with getting her to do projects and assignments (I had to rush around doing most of the work for her at some points), and this year she's ahead!! I plan to give this to her when she completes a project she was assigned a week ago. It is due October 7th, but she's just about done, and she'll most likely finish up on Monday or Tuesday. It amazes me, the effort she's put forth this year to succeed, and I'm so very proud of her

I used my markers (nothing special, just "art markers." LOL 3 kids = no funds for Copics *yet*) to color her, blonde and blue eyed like my girl, and a simple peach crayon to do her skin. Diamond Stickles helped to make her really shine...earrings, dress, and the outline of the star she's standing on. MAMBI black and white flocked paper. American Crafts Remarks sentiment sticker. I like that it is sparkly and the colors go so well with the way I colored her! Cotton Candy Stickles, and random buttons/bling complete it nicely.

I just love the shine Diamond Stickles add to everything, no matter what color. What shall I do when I run out?!?! (Oh yeah, buy more...LOL)

That's it for my creation, head on over to DVCB and enter your own creation to win! You have 2 weeks.

Until next time!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

K-Cards: My New Obsession

So after learning how easy it was to make k-cards using my Ultimate Crafter's Companion, I'm now *addicted* to them. It's amazing how easy they are and how impressed the recipient appears so hard to make, but it's *super* simple.

I made this one for a neighbor's birthday. This is my favorite male neighbor who has the *cutest* great danes. We often take nightly walks together (because seriously, no matter how strong you are, it's tough to handle two huge pony-sized dogs solo) and I let his dogs out on the weekends when they work late. We share desserts, dinners, *everything*. He's just a great person, and I felt I had to make a super-special card this year.

I dug into last month's Scraptastic Summer Star kit (I have the September kit but haven't been able to play *at all* with it...waiting on photo paper which I hope to pick up today) which is full of MME Lime Twist Fly a Kite goodness. I adore the patterns on these papers! After making the base of the card using two sheets of cardstock contained in the kit and cutting in the appropriate place with my handy dandy craft knife, all that was left was embellishing the hell out of that star and adding some alpha stickers (*love* these white foam Thickers so much!) The chipboard, twine, and punched stars were all contained in the kit. Love the Scraptastic Club, they just include so many goodies!
So there she recent creation. I'm headed to a friend's house later this afternoon to play with some paper, a much needed little escape, but first I have to finish up my "real" work. Can't buy next month's kit without money! I wonder...will I get stuff done, or will we talk and drink too much mead together? Probably the latter, but I'm okay with that. Hope you all have a great day!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A nice day for a white wedding...

Good morning! I am preparing to head to a wedding....**CHILDLESS**...which is amazing! Don't get me wrong, I love kids at weddings. Watching them dance...hearing their laughter...watching them try to sneak sips out of the champagne toast glasses... There's just something about attending a wedding sans children. It adds so much to the experience for the parents of said children. It becomes more of a relaxing day, kicking back and watching two of the cutest people become husband and wife is your only focus.

That's precisely what I plan to do today. They are our neighbors, just the cutest couple ever, and I cannot wait to see them become Mr. & Mrs. I made this card for them using my Ultimate Crafter's Companion. It allowed me to not only score the card just right to be folded to this K-card perfection, but also cut out the shapes that make up the swing-out center of the card. I chose a pearly paper base with matching white pearl paper for the center. Awesome silver rub-ons I'd been sitting on for a looooong time, just waiting for the perfect project (and yes, the silver studs came with the rub ons), a strand of pearls, and a K & Co. rub-on sentiment made this a simple but elegant card. I really love how it turned out, and need to find a bazillion more of this rub-on so that I can make some of these for my Etsy shop! I just adore this card! The envelobox was also made using the Ultimate tool, *love* this addition to my crafting. Pearls, Imaginisce flowers, a Pink Paislee brad, and MM glitter alpha add just the right thing to the front.

In other news (which I should have shared yesterday, but I have a horrible cold and spent the day canning pickles, salsa, and pears so I was quite busy), the End of Summer Sketch-a-Thon has begun over at sketches4all. Yesterday was challenge #3, my day to post a challenge. Head on over to see the sketch that was the inspiration for this card, consisting of items from a WeScrap kit (Crate Paper papers & border sticker, Victorian Violet Distress Stickles, random twine, and Pink Paislee letters and trim.) Play along for some great prizes! Hope you all enjoy the day, off to shower and get ready for the wedding!