Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 12 Templates Of 2010

First off thanks for all the sweet comments about my favorite cards of the year, they really meant a lot to me. I had so much fun sharing my top 10 cards I thought I would do the same thing for my 3D projects since you all know how much I love making templates. Once again I had a hard time keeping it at 10 so I ended up with 12. You can click on the titles under the photos and it will take you to the original posts with all the information about them.

In no particular order

Beautiful Butterfly Box

Little House Of Love Box

Spring Flower Pins Gift Packet

Mother's Keepsake Shaker Box

Mini Cupcake Pincushion With Matching Box

Polka Dot and Flowers Notecard Set

3 Piece Cupcake Presentation Set

Sweet Treat House Box

Whimsical Teapot Box

Winter Star Box

Hanukkah Candy Gift Box

Sparkling Winter Sled

Which is your favorite?

The best thing about seeing all these projects again is it reminds me that my craft purchases, especially my Cricut and SCAL are actually being used and all the money I spent on crafty stuff this year was not a waste. I hope your last day of 2010 is a great one and I look forward to sharing more with you in 2011.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 10 Cards Of 2010

I saw this on Leigh Ann's blog and thought it would be fun to do too. Turns out I was to late to participate in the bloghop but decided to post it anyways. It was hard to pick just 10 so I added 4 honorable mentions.

In no particular order

Quilted Whimsical World Card

Celebrate Card

Quilted Heart Of Love Pop Up Card

Love Card

You Take The Cake Card

Beautiful Birthday Bookmark Card

Happy Happy Joy Joy Card

Gingham And Flowers Apron Card

Wonderfully Whimsical Welcome Home Card

Friend Card

Honorable Mentions

Vintage Decadent Dahlias Card

A Day At The Beach Card

Fly Away With Me Card

Cupcake Girl Card

I hope you enjoy your last few days of 2010 and the New Year is a great one for you!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

December Papertrey Bloghop

First off thanks for sharing all your squirrel stories with me in the last post. Thankfully she has not let me anymore presents since then. I also hope all of you that celebrated Christmas yesterday had a great one. This was Emilia's first time celebrating it and she loved it. Rich went all out with the presents. She definitely was not disappointed. He even surprised me with a Papertrey Gift certificate. We were not suppose to get each other big gifts but he did it anyways. All Emilia and I got him was a record so I am feeling very guilty now even though he told me not to. I am sure I will have no problem spending it though. He also surprised both of us with an IPad. It is for all of us to use. Overall it was a great day and I feel very blessed.
Today it is time for another Papertrey Blog Hop

This month the challenge was to Use scraps of wrapping paper, parts of
holiday cards, recycle gift tags or bits of ribbon on a paper crafting project. Even though Christmas is over there is still a lot of winter left. Emilia has usually gotten to go sledding by now but it has been dry as a bone here so this is what I came up with.

The flower in the middle of the sled was made with ribbon Rich used to wrap our gifts. Below is a video showing how I made it. The sled was made using Lauren Meader's Hanging Holiday Sled Template. I ran the Kraft pieces through my Cuttlebug using the PTI Woodgrain Impression plate then I distress it with Chai ink. The base was made from Pure Poppy Cardstock. The sentiment on the little tag is from the On Ice Set. A snowflake covered with silver glass glitter finishes it off. Here is a photo of the sled hanging too.

I hope you will give these flowers a try too and if you do I would love to see them so send me a link. I am ready to start making Valentine things now so I will be back to start sharing them with you soon until then I hope your last week of 2010 will be a great one and you enjoy the video.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas Pure Innocence Style

Happy Monday everyone. I hope yours started out better than mine did. Our dog Sophie decided to bring another dead squirrel into the house and I found it. It almost scared the life out of me. I was totally freaking out but knew I could not leave it until Rich got home from work so I got the pooper scooper put it in there and got it out. It took a lot of courage but I did it. I am still traumatized by it though. This is the 7th squirrel she has killed now and the second one she has brought into the house. You would think those squirrel's would learn to say away by now but they don't they keep coming back. On top of that my PTI order did not arrive today like I was hoping it would. I read in the forum that people in California got their orders already but nothing here. It doesn't make any sense since my order went in before midnight. Hopefully it will be here tomorrow and Sophie will not bring anymore squirrels in.
Today I wanted to share with you a card I have been working on all weekend. I started with Mercy's sketch from last week. This is the sketch.

This is what I came up with

I have been wanting to use this PI digi image from Heather Ellis for awhile now and since Christmas is Saturday I thought it was the perfect time to use it. I started by resizing the image then printed it out on Neenah Solar White cardstock. After that I colored it with Copics and added red stickles and silver German glass glitter to the tree. The background paper is from this digi paper pack. Berry Sorbet Grossgrain ribbon was added to the middle section. The stars were cut with the smallest Nestibilities star die then covered with Silver Vintage German Glass Glitter from this Etsy shop. I finished it off with some Simply Charturse Cardstock and machine stitching. I am also entering this in the Moxie Fab World Glitter is Glam Challenge too. That's all for now. I hope the rest of your week is a good one and you have a great Christmas if I don't get a chance to post again before then. As always thanks for stopping by and have a great night.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cupcake Wednesday And A Color Challenge

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the holiday season.
It is time for the final Peeps challenge of the year and it is my turn to host again. This time I decided to do a color challenge. The colors I chose are
Red, Green, and Purple
This is what I came up with

Inside you will find this

I started with PTI's Favor Box 2 die using SU Lovely Lilac Cardstock. I am so sad they discontinued this color, if anyone has some extra that they don't want anymore let me know I would be happy to buy it from you. After I cut out the box. I pieced together tiny squares of cardstock from the Tinsel and Twig Paper collection then I stitched them together on my sewing machine to look quilted. When I was done with that I backed the inside with some Simply Chartreuse cardstock to cover up the stitching. The flower on the front was cut from white tissue paper and the second size Beautiful Bloom #2 die then I sprayed them with purple chalk glimmer mist. When the layers were dry I put them all together and attached a pearl brad in the center then scrunched and fluffed the layers and attached it to the bag. The ornament was made using this tutorial and some Pure Poppy Cardstock. I stamped the images with Versamark and embossed them with Heat and Stick Powder then I added Martha Stewart silver glitter. 3 buttons and some bakers twine finish it off.

Emilia and I also baked cupcakes again. This time she chose Vanilla with Coconut buttercream frosting. I came up with 2 kinds of decorations to go with them. The first one would be great for a holiday party. I stamped the tree image and sentiment from The Tiny Treats Christmas set then colored it with Copics. After that I made a medallion from more of the Tinsel and Twig Paper. Finally I added a scalloped circle cut from more Lovely Lilac Cardstock then I attached a stick to the back and tied it with a piece of green ribbon.

I also made some fondant Christams Tree and decorated them with tiny sprinkles too.

If you would like to join us for the color challenge I would love to see what you make so be sure to link it up here. That's all for now. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope the rest of your week is a great one!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Star Of The Show

Happy December! I hope you all had a good weekend. We are already on day 6 of Hanukkah here. It is hard to believe it is almost over. This year Emilia decided she wanted a Christmas tree too and to open presents Christmas morning so that is what we are going to do. After Rich and I got married I was so excited to finally get to have a Christmas tree. I decorated it with all Winnie The Pooh ornaments and put it up for years. Eventually I got tired of doing it so I stopped. Now that Emilia wants a tree we decided to do it again for her. Unfortunately Rich got rid of the other tree we had when we moved to this house 5 years ago so I bought a new one from Home Depot for $39.00. As you will see I got what I paid for. It is not very big but will do for now. Emilia didn't want to do the Pooh theme again but did allow me to put Santa Pooh at the top. The ornaments are from Martha Stewart and are unbreakable which is great. I had a hard time getting a good picture of it but here it is.
She is really enjoying it and I have to say I am too. Even though Rich and I don't like this time of year we always love to see her happy.
Today I also wanted to share this with you.

It is Lauren Meader's Star of the Show Template. I love this box. You may be seeing a lot of this one. I already have other ideas for it. This one is for the holidays though. I originally started making it for Mona's color challenge last week but didn't get it done in time I also didn't end up using another brown and added silver instead so it would not have qualified anyways. I really like this color combo though. The base of the box is made with Lauren's free 12 days of snowflakes digi paper
. The top was made with PTI Pure Poppy cardstock . The polka dot star was made from the PTI Beautiful Blooms Paper Pack. I also used PTI Kraft Cardstock for the bottom of the box and the mat on top. To finish it off I tied a piece of white grosgrain ribbon around the middle then added a snowflake that came with my SCAL program that I added Martha Stewart Silver glitter and a red button to. Inside you will find this

Homeade Fudge. Here is the recipe if you would like to try some. I have been told it is like chocolate heaven.
That's it for now. I will be back to soon with more to share. Until then I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Perfect Presentation Holiday Gifts Bloghop

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend. Today The Perfect Presentation Design team is sharing ideas for holiday gift giving. This is what I came up with

I started by using the new Winter Sleigh SVG file. I cut the sleigh out of PTI Pure Poppy Cardstock and the blades from Dark Chocolate. After I assembled the base. I ran the side panels through my Cuttlebug using the FLEUR DE LIS embossing folder then I added some brown mettalic rub to give it an aged look. Next I added some green flower soft to the top edge so it looked like a garland then I added tiny pearls that I colored with a Copic sketch marker to resemble holly berries. When I was done with that I added a piece of seam binding and a spring moss button. To finish it off I added clear glitter to the blades to look like ice. I filled the sleigh with a bag of coconut sandwhich cookies then I added a tag from this SVG file that I resized and then stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment on from the original Mixed Messages set. The sleigh could also hold many other small gifts as well and it would also make a great center piece on your Christmas table.
Here is the recipe for the cookies if you want to try them. Both Rich and Emilia love them. This is what they look like out of the bag put together

Be sure to check out what Leigh Ann and the other design team members have come up with too.
And our newest member Susan Welcome to the team!
This project also qualifies for the current Embellish Magazine Challenge as well.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and your week is a great one! As always thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and The November Papertrey Bloghop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope your day has started out to be a great one even if you are not celebrating this holiday. There any many things in my life that I am thankful for like having a roof over my head and food to eat but the thing I am most thankful for everyday is my family including my fur kids. They are everything to me so today I am even more thankful that we can all be together. I am the one that does the cooking now and have for awhile. I don't mind it though because I like to cook. My mom,dad,sister,niece and her father will be over later to eat with us. I hope those of you that celebrate this holiday will enjoy time with your family today too.
In the meantime it is time for another Papertrey Bloghop.
This month the theme was to design a holiday tag or two using all of our favorite goodies.
This is what I came up with

I have been wanting to use Dawns's Ice skates from the On Ice set for awhile now and thought this was the perfect chance to ink it up. I started by cutting a tag from this cut file and this digi paper then I stamped snowflakes from The Rustic Snowflakes set and embossed them with white embossing powder. After that I sponged on Antique Linen Distress Ink to give the paper a vintage feel and to make the snowflakes pop. When I was done with that I added a piece of aqua polka dot digi paper to the bottom and around the opening at the top. I die cut and stamped the ice skates on Stampers Select White Cardstock then I added silver glitter to the blades and painted Angel Wings Shimmer on the boots. Next I put the 2 together punched a hole than tied a piece of silver cording in a bow. Finally I added some more silver cording on the back to make it look like they are hanging. To finish it off I stamped the sentiment from Fillable Frames 9 and added a piece of pink seam binding from this Etsy shop and baby popcorn trim from this Etsy shop. I also created some packaging to put the tag in using a med glassine bag. I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Sizzix dots embossing folder then folded down the top half and added some more polka dot paper and a button. I also stamped another snowflake and embossed it from the back.

I had a lot of fun making this tag and hope to make more of them in the future. I am also looking forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with now. You can see the list of all the participants on Nicole's blog . As always I am very grateful for your visit and thankful for you stopping by.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Alexandra

Today is my niece Alexandra's 15th birthday. I don't know where the time has gone. I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. She was suppose to be a Christmas baby but decided to come 5 weeks early and almost shared my fathers birthday which is tomorrow too. Thankfully everything turned out okay after her birth and she has become a beautiful young lady who is a very talented writer and pianist. She also still loves Hello Kitty so in honor of that I made her this card

I started with this cut file using PTI Hibiscus Burst,Harvest Gold,Stampers Select White and Black cardstock. After I was done piecing her together I resized the doily shape in this tag set to 5" making it look like a flower. When I was done with that I cut another circle from Harvest gold cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder than attached it to the middle of the flower and added kitty. To finish it off I added some liquid pearls. I also created a circle card base in SCAL to attach to the back. I was going to add some glitter to the bow but she came to get it early this morning and I didn't have time. She still liked it anyways though. That's it for now. I will be back Thursday with my Bloghop project. Until then I hope you have a great start to your week and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cupcake Wednesday and a Challenge

Happy Wednesday everyone. Hope you are all doing well. Since I last posted It has snowed here a couple of times and is still cold. It is suppose to be back in the 60's tomorrow though. I also spent way to much money on the new Papertrey Release again. I was really hoping that my order would be here this week but I finally got a UPS notification this morning and it won't be here until next week now. I really wish they would send all orders USPS since it is faster. Were the rest of you enabled as much as I was this month?
Today I wanted to start off by sharing the cupcakes Emilia and I baked on Saturday. This time she chose the Choc 'n' Cherry. The topping is fresh whipped cream with chocolate shavings and a cherry on top. Both Rich and Emilia give them 2 thumbs up.

I was trying to figure out what kind of packaging I wanted to go with them then I saw the current Embellish Magazine challenge
This is what I came up with.

I started by cutting down a pink lunch bag. Next I cut 2 6" circles from Raspberry Fizz Polka Dot paper then attached them to the front of the bag and cut the bottoms off. After that I used an oval Coluzzle to cut out the handles. I decorated the front with some Black polka dot ribbon and a doily cut file that I stamped with the cupcake image from the 2008 PTI Anniversary Set.
I put one of the cupcakes inside a clear bag,tied it with a piece of sweet blush satin ribbon then added it to the purse.

As you can see the cupcake fits perfectly inside the bag. You could actually get a few more in there too.

That's it for now. My niece's birthday is Sunday so I have to work on a card for her now. I will be back to share that you all then. In the meantime I hope the rest of your week is a good one and thanks for stopping by.