Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Get Inspired!

There's another new FUN magazine out - have you seen Paper Crafts Magazine's new special issue, called Get Inspired?  Each page of the magazine features an inspirational piece - a shoe, a cool mug, a blouse, or interesting piece of jewelry. . .and then four projects, inspired by that item.  It is so interesting to see how different designers interpretted the inspirational pieces. Here's one of my cards from the magazine, inspired by a really cool leafy votive holder. 

  (I have two other cards in this issue too! hooray!) You can see another one of them, here for a sneak peek! It's a magazine definitely worth checking out! AND the Paper Crafts Connections blog is giving away FREE ISSUES each day of the week - so be sure to stop by and check it out!

Monday, November 28, 2011

EAD hoppin'!

Sigh. . .I am sad to say that this is my last Monday hop with EAD Designs! It has been super fun designing this month, and I've had fun with the Monday hops! Today is especially fun, because as you are here hopping. . .I am at Disney World!!! (So I super super hope that this blog post is schedules properly! LOL!)

As you're hopping, you should have come here from Laura C.  If not, head on back to the EAD blog, and start from the beginning, okay!?

For today, I created a birthday card using Sweet Birthday Treats Stickerz, and Echo Park Little Boy patterned paper.  Isn't it a PERFECT combination!? (other goodies: Discount Cardstock, and Whisker Graphics Divine Twine) 

I'm telling you, every time I look at all the adorable Stickerz on the EAD website, (along with everything ELSE they sell) I see MORE that I just can't live without! They are ADORABLE.  And since I'm pretty sure you feel the same way, head on over and do some SHOPPING today - because with the coupon code, CYBER40, you get FOURTY PERCENT OFF!!!! Plus Stickerz and Rub-ons ship FREE in the US! HELLLLO good deal!!!! Eeeek! I wish I wasn't at Disney today. . .(okay, wait maybe not. . .but I DO wish I could go and do some shopping!)

Alright my friends, since I have oodles to pack and clean, I am going to keep this short and sweet today! This is the last stop on the hop for the week. Thank you for coming by! And thank you to EAD Designs for inviting me to participate in all the fun this month! xoxo

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

A fall card to share with you today, on Thanksgiving!!!! 
I am so thankful for my cute little family, my amazing friends, and my fabulous crafty habit!  
Thank you to each of YOU who comes by to visit me throughout the year! I hope you have a cozy, comfy day filled with food, and fun!  
The boys and I just dropped off my husband at a Thanksgiving half marathon, that he's running in, along with his sister. (Yes, they are completely insane!)  While they run their tails off, I think the boys and I will make something yummy to eat, and listed to some Christmas music! 
(I super-puffy heart Pandora at Christmastime!) 
Have a beautiful day! We are leaving in a few days for Disney World, and LegoLand Florida. . .so let the holiday madness continue! I'll try to schedule some posts before we leave!

(card goodies: all from Close To My Heart, except May Arts twine!)

Monday, November 21, 2011

EAD Monday Hopping!

Happy Monday! It's EAD Designs blog hop day! 
(You should have arrived here from Laura C's blog, 
but if not, head back to the EAD blog and start from the beginning!) 

These Monday hops are making the weeks feel like they are FLYING by! (Yikes!) Can you believe it's almost THANKSGIVING!?

Today I have a project combining the beautiful products from both EAD Designs, and Whisker Graphics.  (Be sure to see my previous post for more great EAD/WG inspiration, if you missed it!)  
This bag is THE cutest thing - a paper bag that looks like notebook paper?! GENIUS! I just love it.  I used EAD's Back To School Stickerz and created a fun little bag.  I think I'll put some hot cocoa packets, and a card in here for my little man's teacher.  

Well you've made it to the end of the hop for today! Thanks so much for coming by! Have a VERY happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hop with Whisker Graphics/EAD Designs

There just isn't anything much better than cute little bags. . . .and twine. . . .and stickers. . .throw in some fabulous paper, (and well, maybe some stamps and ink) and my life is pretty much complete.  For this reason, Whisker Graphics and EAD Designs is pretty much a BEAUTIFUL combination!!! Whisker Graphics sells these flipping' ADORABLE bitty bags (among other things. . .like terrific printables, twine, and paper goodies!!!)  And EAD sells stickers that work just beautifully with them!
 I created a card with a super secret (well, hopefully not TOO secret) gift card holder on the front of this card.  The Little Bitty Bags are the PERFECT size to tuck a gift card into.  You could use it as is - but I decided to put my bitty chevron beauty onto the front, tie it up with some of this FABULOUS Christmas twine, and add some stickers from EAD Designs! (Funky Christmas Tags, and Celebrate the Season)

If you're just starting here, make sure you get around to all of the other blogs participating in the hop!   One random commenter from the hop, will get the prize pack: a $25 EAD gift certificate, 15 yards of the original 12 Divine Twine colors plus 15 yards of Holiday Divine Twine, and an assortment of Bitty Bags and other goodies from Whisker Graphics. (And a lot of the blogs are offering some extra little goodies too!!!) So what are you waiting for!? Leave me a little love, and then hop on, my friends!!!! :)

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

do you hear that?

Is it totally bugging anyone else, that once again Christmas seems to have started even EARLIER this year!? The 24-hour Christmas music started up here, on like - November 5th, I think?! What the heck!? Remember when it started the day AFTER Thanksgiving?
Now, don't get me wrong - I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas music.  But I don't want to miss out on FALL FESTIVITIES (anyone remember poor old Turkey Day!) because I am already stressing about Christmas! At any rate, I made myself wait until November 15th.  And now, I have deemed it OFFICIALLY Christmas music season in my household. 
(But we made hand print turkeys this weekend, just to make sure Thanksgiving didn't get lost!)

If you are making Christmas cards this year, I hope you've started! It's time to get busy! If you read my post a few days ago, about ORDERING Christmas cards. . .then you KNOW I'm not sending out a zillion homemade cards, but I WILL send out SOME.  
Here are three Christmas cards I've made recently. .  . .

(Unity Stamps, and Bella Blvd patterned paper)

(Discount Cardstock, October Afternoon paper and Wild Card, pinwheel die from The Cat's Pajamas)

(Discount Cardstock, and Close To My Heart stamps)

Alright my friends, that's all I've got for ya today.  All those blog hops (and one more to come, on Friday) have my little blogging self, WORN OUT! It's almost the weekend, so hang in there! Thanks so much for coming by! I seem to have lots of new friends stopping by lately, (probably thanks to all these blog hops) - feel free to say HI! :) 

Monday, November 14, 2011

EAD Monday hop

{Click HERE for Paper Crafts Magazine's 365 Cards blog hop post, and click HERE for the TSOL/Twinery blog hop!}

WELCOME to the first stop on the EAD blog hop!  
In the past seven days, I have participated in FOUR blog hops! (And there's one more coming soon!)  How FUN to have so many friends stopping by my little ol' bloggity-blog.  I have had THE best time reading all of your comments. THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your sweet words.  It has been a FUN FUN week around here! And. . .the fun CONTINUES!!!! It's already MONDAY again, which means I am blog-hopping with the girls at EAD Designs.  Today I have the cleanest of clean and simple cards, although it sort of took forever to make! (But it was fun, so it's okay!)

Remember last week, when I told you how to lay your sticker down, sticky side up, and stick card stock pieces down on it? I did it again. . . .only this time, I had to hand cut the pieces, instead of hole-punching them.  So it took some tricky business to make it happen.  But I did. And that's what counts!  And although it's hard to see, I DID use a tiny hole punch, and added some tiny yellow dots as details. I used the stickers from the Flourish Dove Stickerz sheet.  I LOVE this sheet of stickers.  They are beyond BEAUTIFUL.  

Alright, my friends, you have some more hopping to do - so GET TO IT!!!! 

Note: Be sure to check back on the TSOL or The Twinery blog on Wednesday, to see if you are a winner. (There's still time to participate, if you haven't yet!)  Also, be sure to check the Paper Crafts Connections blog, and the designers blogs to see if you won a copy of 365 Cards, or the BIG prize on the PC blog!

winner winner chicken dinner!

I already mentioned how MUCH fun I've had during this past blog-hoppity week! And before I forget, in the midst of all the chaos, I owe you a WINNER of Paper Crafts Magazine's 365 Cards!

Thanks to random.org, the winner is:

True Random Number Generator  11Powered by RANDOM.ORG

And that means, my lucky winner is. . . .

Blogger reeree62 said...

Bright, fun card!!! Nice work...
November 11, 2011 10:17 AM

Hooray for you, reeree62! I just sent you an email - (be sure to check your spam, if you didn't get it!) 
And thank you, thank you, again to everyone who commented! I had so much fun reading your sweet  words! You certainly know how to make a girl feel FABULOUS! (Even if it WAS just to win a magazine! wink wink!)  If you'd like to go grab your own issue of 365 Cards, and you can't find it on the newsstands, check out Scrap and Paper Shop to scoop up a copy of your own!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Paper Crafts magazine Presents: 365 Cards Blog Hop

Eeek! It's here, it's here! I've been waiting for Paper Crafts Magazine's 365 Cards issue to come out for what feels like FOREVER!  This magazine literally has a card a day to inspire you throughout the entire YEAR! I will not soon forget the day that acceptance emails went out, and I found out that I had NINE cards picked up for publication in this issue!  I was walking on air for QUITE a few days! I am thrilled to participate in the 365 Card blog hop today, with a September card.
My card features beautiful Brilliant White card stock from Discount Cardstock, stickers from EAD Designs, a chipboard apple from October Afternoon's Schoolhouse line, plus lots of blingity-bling from Want2Scrap. And what card would be complete without a great big red BOW!? 

I hope you'll visit all the talented designers on the hop, for some month-by-month inspiration, and then head to the Paper Crafts Connection blog, (if you haven't already!) and leave a comment for a chance to win a spectacular prize!  Be sure to leave a comment on the designer's blogs too, because we'll each be choosing a random winner to have their very own copy of 365 Cards!

(*Comments must be posted by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, November 13th! Be sure to check back and see if you are a winner, and leave us a way to contact you!)

Thank you so very much for coming by today! I cannot explain how excited I am to be participating in a Paper Crafts Magazine blog hop! Eeek! It's so exciting! Please come back and visit me again! Happy hopping!!! xoxo

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    EAD November Color Challenge

    {Scroll down or click HERE for The Twinery/TSOL blog hop!}

    Have you seen the November color challenge over at EAD Designs! You NEED to participate, because everybody is a winner! Play along and receive a 25% off coupon... (how awesome is THAT!?) Maybe you'll be the winner and win a $20 Gift Card to the EAD Store! PLUS the winner of the color challege will be invited to be a EAD Guest DT. (just like me, this month!) The challenge runs through November 24th.  Head on over to the EAD Designs blog to link up your project!

    This is my card, using Discount Cardstock, The Twinery twine, and Funky Christmas Tags Stickerz from EAD.  A sheet of these Stickerz is only $2.50, and FREE shipping.  I bet you even have time to grab them now, and use them before the challenge is up! (Although you don't HAVE to use these stickers, or even EAD products to participate! Very cool, huh!?)

    Think about it! What have you got to lose!?

     (And scroll down if you haven't stopped by for The Twinery, TSOL blog hop!)

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    Christmas hopping! (TSOL and The Twinery!)

    Hey there friends! I'm having a blog-hopping WEEK!!! Today we're hopping with The {Stamps} of Life, and The Twinery!  If you are starting here, head back to The Twinery blog to start at the beginning! (If you've been hopping, you should have come here from Katrina Hunt!)

    I created a Christmas card to share with you today! I used TSOL's stamp set called Holly4Christmas.  This set is one of my FAVORITES.  The sentiments are sized perfectly, and the holly and ornaments are so fun to stamp and paper-piece.  I also used the stamp set called trees2build, for the branch and birdie. (Should I mention, it's another one of my all-time favorite sets!?) 
    Here's how I created this card:
    I stamped the branch, and then paper-pieced my ornaments from card stock.  I attached them to the card, using foam tape on the red ornament.  Then I carefully pierced holes in the card, and threaded the twine through, tying a tiny bow above each ornament. 
    Clean and simple is TOTALLY who I have become, and I LOVE it.  I love the contrast of the crisp sharp lines, and circular ornaments on this card.  I hope you like it too, and I hope you'll come back to visit me again!

    But NOW. . . .head on over to visit Jen Carter!

    And remember. . .
    As you make your way through the hop make sure you comment on each and every post. There will be 2 prize winners chosen randomly among the blogs:
    One winner will win 2 stamp sets  (winners choice) valued at $12.95 -total retail value: $26.90 per prize! from The {Stamps} of Life.

    One winner will win the Ultimate Color Sampler Pack ($25 value!) from The Twinery!!!
    The prize winners will be announced on The {Stamps}of Life and The Twinery Blogs on Wednesday November 16th. 

    Want to know more about The Twinery, and The Stamps of Life?

    Our twine is made from 100% cotton, it’s eco-friendly and made in the USA. Whether you’re gift wrapping, crafting or tying up baked goods to give to a friend, our baker’s twine adds a fresh, yet nostalgic look to any project at hand! Our baker’s twine comes in 14 delicious colors and is uniquely twisted against a bright white hue, creating an eye-popping burst of color and a creative embellishment! Our twine has lots of color which lends to a fun, candy-striped look. For creative ideas & more…visit OUR BLOG!

    We feature high quality, made in the USA, clear stamps and digital stamps/brushes for stampers, card makers and scrapbookers. Feel free to browse our gallery with more than 2500 samples using our stamps, watch our free how-to videos and join our club! 

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    EAD Blog Hop!

    I am so happy to be guest designing with EAD Designs this month! (Happy November to me!) This is the first of their Monday blog hops that I am participating in!  If you are just starting here, be sure to head back to the EAD Designs blog so you don't miss a thing!

    Today I'd like to share a card with you featuring their Stickerz called,  Fly Away With Me.  To create this card I peeled the hot air balloon sticker off the sheet, and carefully laid it sticky-side-up on my desk.  Then I used a hole punch to punch little yellow circles, and I carefully placed them on the sticky side of my sticker.  Then I stuck the whole thing down on the purple dotted paper, and trimmed around it.

    If you are new to EAD Designs, you really should check out their products.  These stickers are AWESOME.  Once they are stuck down, it is HARD to tell that they are stickers! They are smooth and beautiful to work with. Oh - and REMOVABLE.  So if you screw it up, you can totally recover the situation! (PHEW!)

    Thank so much for coming by today! 
    From here, be sure to hop over to Jenn and see some more fabulous EAD inspiration!

    (card goodies: patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, card stock - Discount Cardstock, Stickerz - EAD Designs, twine - The Twinery)

    Sunday, November 6, 2011

    a little Close To My Heart goodness

    Hello, hello! 
    Once a week (or so) I'm the resident blogger (tee hee!) on my mom's blog.  She's a Close To My Heart consultant, and I have quite a stash of CTMH product, thanks to her! She's been my supplier of all things crafty for QUITE some time, and she's been a consultant for QUITE some time. . .and I have reaped the benefits for QUITE some time! ;)

    Today I thought I'd share two cards that I've recently shared over there . . . if you click on over to my mom's blog, you can find all the nitty gritty details if you'd like!
    I trimmed these pretty flowers and the flourish from patterned paper on this first card.  the only stamping is the sentiment.
    and I LOVE the way the layout of this card came together.  i love using patterned papers together, and this is a great way to use up skinny little strips of paper.  I totally want to make more cards with this layout! :)

    Thanks for coming by today! I know I've been totally MIA the past week or so - between Halloween, the hubby's birthday, and LOTS going on, I have NOT been blogging, as you can see! BUT I have a LOT of posts getting prepped for the coming week or two - so hang in there with me! Lots of fun and excitement coming your way!