Monday, January 30, 2012

Etsygreetings Valentine Bloghop

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was a good one. Today I am participating in the Etsygreeting's Team Valentine Bloghop. The challenge was to make a Valentine's card to go with a gift from another Etsy Seller. This is the card I made
I finally got a chance to use my PTI Rosie Posie stamp set. I have seen quite a few people using Copic's with them lately and had to try it. I love the results. I also die cut the heart in the center so you can see the love you sentiment on the inside when it is closed. The polka dot patterned paper is from Amy Jaz Designs Fresh Start Kit. Tiny dots were embossed on top. A Hibiscus Satin Ribbon, small pearl and machine stitching finishes it off. These are the gifts I chose to go with it.
I chose these Rose Heart Bath Bombs from Elegant Rose Boutique because the heart shape matches the heart cutout on my card and the rose scent will compliment the stamped roses. The color also matches nicely too. I think these would make a great gift paired with my card to show a special lady in your life how much you love her this Valentines Day especially someone that loves to take baths like I do. Be sure to click the right arrow to take you to the Katie's blog which is the next blog in the hop and if you missed Sammie's blog which was the blog before mine click the left arrow. You can also see a full list of participants on the Etsygreeting's Blog by clicking on the heart. That's it for now. I hope your week is a great one and I will be back soon with more to share.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January Papertrey Bloghop

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week has been a good one. Today is the 25th of the month which means it is time for another Papertrey Bloghop.

This month the challenge was to pick our favorite project from 2011 then take it a step further by creating a second card that is inspired by it.
My favorite project of 2011 was this heart box. You can read more about it here

I took inspiration from the box and this is what I came up with

A Rose Heart Easel Card.

I started by cutting a heart from Vintage Cream Cardstock,then I cut and rolled the mini roses using Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst and Raspberry Fizz Cardstock. When I was done with that I hot glued them on to the heart. Next I added some cabbage rose seam binding and a cream button then I attached the heart to Vintage Cream Cardstock that I embossed with tiny dots. To finish it off I added a piece of digital patterned paper that I also used on the box, white baby pom pom trim and a sentiment from Think Big Favorites 11.
The card folds flat so I created this box to go with it since it is to bulky to fit in an envelope.

That's all for now. I look forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with on Nicole's Blog. I hope the rest of your day is a great one and as always thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

January Sketch For You To Try and More Hearts

Happy Saturday! I hope your week was a good one. It is a beautiful day here today. We just got back from a new dog park in our area. It was a lot of fun. I hope the nice weather will stick around for awhile so we can go back soon.
I finally got a chance to make something with this months Sketch For You to Try. I am no longer a part of the design team because I did not have time to fulfill the new requirements this year but I still plan on using the sketch once a month. This is the sketch

This is what I came up with

I shrank down the sketch to 4.25 x 4.25 inches to make these cute kid Valentine cards.
I started by stamping the images from Tiny Treats Valentine on circles that I diecut with circle Nestibilities then I colored the images with Copics. The girl card was made with patterned paper from the Simple Valentine Paper Pack,Hibiscus and Pure Poppy Cardstock. The boy card was made with Beautiful Blooms Patterned Paper and Pure Poppy and Kraft Cardstock. I embossed the back panels with tiny dots then finished them off with ribbon and buttons.
I was also able to finish the felt heart pincushion I talked about in the last post

This one was made by cutting hearts using Nestabilities Heart dies from Pure Poppy and Vintage Cream felt. I blanket stitched them together with red floss then added a loop of vintage cream ribbon. I finished it off with a Hibiscus Felt rolled rose cut using the My Favorite Things medium rose die.
Continuing with my 365 photo challenge I wanted to share this photo Emilia took of Sophie last week. It is hard to get a good photo of her because of how dark she is but I love how this one came out! She doesn't look like a killer(squirrels) does she?

That's all for now. I will be back next week for the Papertrey Bloghop. Until then I hope the rest of your weekend is great one!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend has been a good one. I went to get new glasses yesterday. The last time I went was a real nightmare so I put off going again as long as I could. This time I went to an eye store which included the exam. So far it has been a much better experience and I found out that the doctor I saw last time was crazy. I don't need plugs in my eyes. I am just glad I didn't agree with what he said. Hopefully this new prescription will be more helpful too since I have been having problems with dizziness again. I have to wait 7-10 days to get them but will post photos when I do.
Today I want to share a couple of new projects with you. I am really into hearts right now. I have been wanting to make an iris folded heart card like the other iris folded cards I made last year for awhile now and thought this was the perfect time to do so. This is what I came up with.

This time I used this template. The patterned paper is from the Candy Cane Lane paper pack I didn't add a tag this time. Instead I stamped the Love sentiment from Tiny Tags and added to the middle. I finished it off with sweet blush ribbon tied in a bow, a Hawaiian Shores button, and machine stitching.
Keeping with the heart theme I also made this.

I have been wanting to make a heart pincushion for awhile now too. I made this one with a a combination of fabric and felt. I started by piecing together three fabrics I had in my stash then I added ric rac that I made with the PTI ric rac die and Hibiscus felt. I rotated the fabric then cut the heart out with a Nestability heart die using my Vagabond. After sewing it up I added a loop of pure poppy satin ribbon to the top so it can be hung, then I attached a Pure Poppy bow and a white button. Finally I finished it off with some white baby pom pom trim. Here is a photo of the back

I hope to make more of these in different patterns and colors. I also have some ideas for felt ones too. I hope to make some of those soon and when I do I will share them with you.
One more thing I want to share with you before I go. Emilia and I have really gotten into using Instagram. I have challenged myself to take a photo a day to help document the year. If you follow me on Twitter you can see them there but I will also be sharing some of those photos here on my blog too. Today I want to share this photo Emilia took of our fur baby Lily. I love how it came out. I had just given her a bath. Unfortunately she doesn't stay that white for very long though.

That's all for now. I will be back soon with more to share. I hope the rest of your weekend is a great one and as always thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fresh Start Tea Cottage

Happy Friday! I hope your first week of the New Year was a good one. I want to start this post off by thanking all of you that visited and left such sweet comments on my year in review post. They really meant a lot to me. I also finally got my desks cleaned off, reorganized and put back together enough to start creating again. It was a lot of work but well worth it. It feels great to start the new year with a clean and organized work space and I am going to try really hard to keep it that way. I forgot to take before pictures but I hope to share a few after pictures soon. I am still waiting for a few more storage boxes to arrive first.
Today I want to share a project that I made with a new digital kit from Amy Jaz Design called Fresh Start.

This is what I came up with.

I started with the Tea Cottage template from Creations By AR. I cut the pieces out with my new Silhouette Cameo using SCAL 3 and papers from the Fresh Start digi kit. I have noticed that the Silhouette definitely cuts a lot cleaner than the Cricut. I embossed the fence with the Woodgrain impression plate then distressed it with Chai ink. I added white baby pom pom trim to the front of the roof and flowers cut from SCAL with tiny pearls added to the middles on the fence. I stamped the image from the PTI Tea For Two set cut it out then attached it to the front of the house.Finally I finished it off with a Satin Rose ribbon tied in a bow and a Harvest Gold button. I filled the house with Tazo Calm tea bags but you could also put other things in it as well. The slot at the bottom opens so you can pull the tea out.

Amy has also released these Fresh Start Journaling Cards
to go with the Fresh Start Digi Kit. They would be a great addition to Project Life if you are doing that so be sure to check them out.
That's all for now. I hope your weekend is a great one!