Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hello!

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was really nice and it was great  to have a few days to just hang out with my husband. We got most of our Christmas decorations up and even got some shopping done. No Black Friday shopping for me though. I just can't stand the crowds and craziness.

I've been busy working on some projects, Christmas and baby things. Also, my grand daughter's birthday is coming up so I've been working on some things for her too. Hard to believe she's going to be 3 already and she is very much into princesses! Anyway, one of the projects I've been busy with is for an upcoming blog hop show casing the newest Cricut Circle cartridge, Sophie. I hope you'll join us this Saturday to see what everyone created using this awesome cartridge. 
Thanks for stopping by!
 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Paper Craft Weekend Challenge- Use Your Stash

This past Saturday's challenge over at the Paper Craft Weekend Challenge Blog was to use your stash. I liked this one because I actually got out some stuff I haven't used in a while.
The card base is  41/4" by 51/2" dark brown paper that was in my scrap folder.The polka dot paper is cut 1/4" smaller than the brown base  and is from My Mind's Eye Stella Rose collection. The striped paper in the center is the back of the polka dot paper. A piece of cream card stock was punched with the Martha Stewart Arched Lattice border punch and placed under the striped paper. The ribbon is Vintage Vanilla crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot. The stamp is from an old set, which unfortunately, no longer had the company's name on it. It was stamped with Versa Magic Chalk Ink, Tea Leaves. The entire image was then embossed with two coats of UTEE. It was placed on a slightly larger piece of  green print paper, also from my scraps, then this was placed on another slightly large piece of cream card stock. This was then added to a brown  scalloped rectangle cut from a small Nestability. It is adhered to the card with Dimensionals from Stampin Up. The flourish is cut from the Cricut E2  Cricut Essentials cartridge. The pearls are from Recollections.
There's still time to create and post to the challenge blog if you'd like. They also had some great tips for organizing your stash . This was a fun challenge and it made me realize that I really need to use more of what I have. Maybe I'll make that a New Year's resolution, not to buy anything for a while but to use what I have. Yeah right!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Winter/Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Winter/Christmas Blog Hop Hosted by Paulette from Around the Block by Scrapalette.  If you're already following the hop, then you will have arrived here from HappyScrapper64 , but if you just happened to stop by my blog today, you can start at the beginning of the hop at  Around the Block With Scrapalette .
My project for today's hop was inspired by a sign I saw while shopping recently. The sign in the store was a simpler design with just a picture of a package and the sentiment. Still, I knew I needed to have one, because, I'm embarrassed to admit, I have been known to peek at a present or two over the years!
In the end my design ended up much more elaborate than the store sign and for once, it turned out just as I pictured it in my head!  The finished size is 12 X 14 so I had to make background paper to fit. I did this by alternating strips of lt and dk green card stock. At the seams I used a zig zag stamp and red glitter embossing.
The hand is from the Sentimentals cartridge. The original image was holding a card, which I simply cut out.  Some white lace was added to the sleeve cuff as was some small ric rac. A white button was embossed with gold embossing powder and a tiny pearl was added to the center.
The packages are from Jolly Holidays, pretty much used exactly as they are, except the top was cut from the larger package so that it could be "propped" open. All the images were cut twice and adhered together with foam tape for dimension. The letters are from the Elegant Cakes cartridge, welded with the Gypsy. They are cut in white then covered with Martha Stewart Crystal Fine glitter. For a fun final touch, I used a variety of white buttons to create a border. 
I also have some yummy blog candy up for grabs. To be eligible to win, simply leave me a comment on this post. Also, please be sure to leave me a way to contact you. I'll draw a winner on Tu, 11/8.
 Thank you so much for hopping with us today and I hope you enjoyed my project. Your next stop is Chris at Scrappin-Nanapuddin. Have a wonderful weekend!
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