Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to all...

May you have a blessed and very happy holiday with your family and friends, and here's to a fantastic New Year as well!  :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Target Dollar Store Wreath = Sparkly Rosette Wreath

Happy holidays, and I am so sorry for not updating in such a long time!  To be quite honest I will be very happy when 2011 is finally over; it's been a roller coaster year and I'm ready to get off the ride.  I have been doing some scrappy stuff, and I recently created this wreath that I'm pretty proud of.  I love making rosettes and Tim Holtz has two pretty nifty rosette dies (plus a really easy rosette creating technique) that make creating pretty rosettes extremely simple. And if you use some beautiful sparkly glitter paper you really can't go wrong.

Here is the wreath before:

There were center rhinestones, but I took them off.  Trust me, they didn't add anything.  ;)

Ready for the after?  I used the two Tim Holtz rosette dies, my Martha Stewart scoring board, two Martha Stewart border punches, American Crafts POW! glitter paper, Bazzill Bling paper, Doodlebug Designs winter paper, and rhinestones, snowflake buttons, embellishments and stickers from Michael's.  Please forgive my terrible photography:



I wish I could show you the incredible sparkle this paper has.  It's a little bit thicker than normal paper, so I finally started going over the die cuts with an Xacto knife afterward, and OMG - be prepared to replace your cutting pads pretty quickly as well (although I suspect I may have gotten a somewhat defective die); mine are trashed after this.  This big silver rosette was one that I made with a MS border punch and scoring board; I wanted a little bigger rosette and these turned out beautifully.  If you use the dies you don't have to use two strips for your rosette, but for a bigger rosette you should use two strips or it's very hard to "pop" it down onto your glue.

Here's a link to Tim Holtz's video demonstrating his easy rosette-making technique:


He's also got a very cute rosette tree on his blog too: Tim Holtz - holiday rosette tree

Links to the items that I used:

Merry Christmas, everyone; I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday with your friends and family, no matter how you celebrate.  Peace, love and joy to you and yours.  :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween!


No, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, life just got very busy for a good while and I've got a LOT of updates and I'm going to be working on those soon.  :)  My sister-in-law's wedding was beautiful, I've had some very positive changes at work, I went to my first crop/retreat (which was small but really fun!) and we've been happily living life!  I've honestly not had a whole lot of time to scrap at all, but I did manage to make a neat Halloween banner for our fireplace.  I think we had a pretty cute Halloween display this year!

Papers used: Echo Park, Bazzill Bling; Cricut carts: Pumpkin Carvings, Happy Hauntings; Eyelets: We R Memory Keepers; Ribbon: Recollections Halloween (Michael's)

I used the Vampire font from Happy Hauntings.  Such a neat font!

I really like Pumpkin Carvings, but I have to admit that
this spider is my favorite cut from that cart.
Her red hourglass really pops!

This was a project from my stamping club, using basic black cardstock, Stampin' Up! Spider Web textured embossing folder and Wicked Cool clear mount stamps; it was fun to make and I love how it looks with my little faux candle in it (battery powered).  The cutest pumpkin in the patch had her picture taken by Bella Mia  Portraits, at the Dallas Arboretum.  :)

I hope everyone has a happy and fun (and safe!) Halloween!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

long overdue update #1: a sweet diaper wreath...

my apologies for neglecting my blog for so long - life simply got in the way.  Or I suppose I should say that I was too busy living life offline for a while and just didn't have time to update.  Either way, I'm going to slowly catch up, and apologies again to those who do follow me.  :)

One of the projects that I've managed to finish lately is this sweet diaper wreath; I found the darling little girl at Walmart and just love how she looked on the finished wreath:





Thank you for stopping by - I'm going to try to update more over the next few days.  I have pictures from my sister-in-law's bridal shower (it was great!) and some other projects I've been working on.  :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

time to Blog 4 Boobies! :D

I'm sorry that I've not updated in a long while - I have been very busy with my little family and getting ready for my sister-in-law's shower that is on SATURDAY, yay!  I finished the cupcake toppers and doughnut flags last night (OMG, those flags.  GRRR.) and I just need to finish the banner and I'm pretty much DONE.  It's a little anticlimactic, really; I was expecting to be working on stuff all the way up to Friday but apparently I'm more efficient than I thought.  I'm certainly a whiz at cutting out flowers now, oof.  ;)

Anyway, in lieu of a crafty post of my own I'm going to link you up to a blog hop for an excellent cause: Skipping Stones Design Blog 4 Boobies blog hop and fundraiser.  They have some great stamps on their site, and every card or project that's linked is up for auction!  Here are the specifics from their blog (copied and pasted with their permission):

IT’S  TIME TO STAMP OUT CANCER!!!!

Welcome to the second annual Blog 4 Boobies fundraiser!  

This is day 3 of a 3 day blog bounce(hop) where EVERY CARD OR PROJECT is up for auction!

Last year with your help Skipping Stones Design raised and donated $1108.99 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It is our goal to raise $1500 this year and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!  There are 3 ways you can join in on the fun(draising)

1. You can help by Going shopping! 
For every stamp set that you purchase during August 15th through the 23rd SSD will donate $2 to the Komen Foundation.  Stamping and shopping that you can feel good about !   
Click  Here to laugh at  some of our funniest stamps 
 
2. You can help by *Bidding! 
Another way you can help us raise money for the Komen Foundation is to *bid on a project or card along the blog bounce(hop).  YES! EVERY Single card/project along the blogs for boobies bounce is up for auction.  We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more.  Your *Bid  not only includes the card or project but shipping to your home as well.   * See how to place a bid for more detailed instructions. 
If you are the highest bidder August 23rd 8:00 p.m. mountain time then you WIN the card/project that you bid on.
 
 3. You can help by Telling Your Friends~
Help us spread the word about “blogs 4 boobies”  the more people that know, the more money we can raise!!!
If you have a blog feel free to  copy and paste part or all of our Blogs 4 Boobies posts.   
 
 
*”How to place a bid on a card/project”
Step #1
Find the comment section of the blog that shows the “Blogs 4 boobies” card or project that you want to buy.  *Please note you may only bid on the card/project shown in the specific “blogs 4 boobies” post. *Any bids not placed on the correct post will be considered invalid. 
Step #2
 Once you are in the “blogs 4 boobies” comment section fill in the dollar and cents amount of what you are willing to pay for the card/project.  We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more. Remember your bid includes shipping as well as the card/or project.  100% of the money your bid will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Step #3
  Next to your $ bid please type in your email address. During a silent auction bidders sign their name next to their bid. Typing your email address is the electronic equivalent of signing your bid.  Also it will help the blogger contact you if you are the highest bidder.
Step #4
Watch and wait.
Once you have entered your bid/comment sit back and wait.  If someone out bids you then you may bid again.  Bidding will continue until 8:00 p.m. Mountain time August 23rd
 
* Please note that the participating stampers/bloggers will probably re-post their Blogs 4 Boobies card/project on the 23rdof August.  When the blogger re-post their project  then the bidding will continue on the NEWEST post and that comment section.
 
 
“What do I do once I place a bid”
Watch and Wait
The “Winner of the Auction” Will be the highest bid (that includes an email address)in the comment section of the MOST RECENT blogs 4 boobies post at the end of the silent auction.  Please note that ALL cards/projects WILL BE REPOSTED on the 23rd of August.  The silent auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time on August 23rd . 
 
Things to keep in mind:
Near the end of the bidding you may not see bids as they come in. Most blog have a comment feature where the blogger must approve comments before they are published.  So bid high.  You might have the highest bid that is published, but someone might have outbid you in an unpublished comment/bid.
The blogger/designer will declare who has won the silent auction.  Skipping Stones Design will send you an invoice for your donation/bid amount.  Please pay that invoice as soon as possible, so the designer can get your card/project in the mail to you.
Remember 100% of your bid will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. 

Here is the list of today’s participants: make sure to check out Day 1 and 2 participants for more amazing designers,cards, and projects.

Day #3:

Rae Ann Barthel: http://simplyrae.blogspot.com/

Karen Baker: http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

Pam Hornschu: http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Ingle:  http://justjingle.blogspot.com/

Ria Johnson: http://craftyria.blogspot.com/

Mel McCarthy: http://melstampz.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Mino:  http://stephaniemino.blogspot.com/

Kandi Phillips:  http://kraftykandikrafts.blogspot.com/

Wendy Price:  http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com/

Julia Stainton:  http://bellepapier.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Taylor Usry  http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check out the other amazing designers from the past two days:

Day #2:

Teri Anderson http://terisplace.wordpress.com/

Ashley Cannon Newell http://ashleynewell.com/blog/

Karen Christensen  http://busybusyhoneybee.wordpress.com/

Jodi Collins  http://stampingalatte.blogspot.com/

Kimberly Crawford  http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/

Jen Del Muro  http://iheart2stamp.com/

Katie Gehring  http://katiegehring.blogspot.com/

Vanessa Menhorn  http://wingsofabutterfly-vanessa.blogspot.com/

Kryssi Ng  http://sugar-buffet.blogspot.com/

Taylor Usry  http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/

Sankari Wegman  http://sunnysankari.blogspot.com/

Day #1:

PaperCrafts Connections Blog (Renae Curtz):  http://www.papercraftsconnection.com/

Deb Felts: http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/

Michelle Giraudhttp://twisted-chick.blogspot.com/

Michelle Grosshttp://studiomsg.blogspot.com/

Wendy Jordan: http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/

Sarah Martina Parker: http://sarahmartina.com/blog/

Becky Olsen: http://lifeasathreeleggeddog.blogspot.com/

Barb Turpin: http://barbsboys123.blogspot.com/

Taylor Usry:http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/

Brenda Weaver: http://sweetpapertreats.wordpress.com/

Have fun bouncing from blog to blog.  Enjoy all the designs, and make a bid or two! This is a rare opportunity to take home a card(s)/project from your favorite designer, and fight the war against breast cancer!!!

Together we can make a difference!!!

I have to tell you - there's a stamp that made me bust out laughing when I first saw it and for that reason alone I really want it.  One of these:

 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ That stamp would have so applied to me several years ago when I had a larger chest than I do now.  My skater friends know exactly what I mean, hee!  :)

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

my sassafrass box arrived!

Sassafrass recently had a "box sale" and I was lucky enough to get a box.  It's my first one, so I was very excited to see what was inside:

Straight out of the box.  Fat Glass Chicken is thinking "whoa, that's a lotta stuff!"

Lots of paper whimsy flowers, and I love the two "vintage brooch" packages - I can put those to very good use:

Entwined blossoms and in-stitch blooms:
Scrapbook Steals recently featured the in-stitch blooms (I think it was eight or 12 packs) as a steal; now I just have more.  ;)

More paper whimsies:
These are going to be fun to play with!

Alphas and cardstock stickers:


Please pardon the messy table.  I'm slowly taking it over because my crafting area is an unholy mess again.  I JUST reorganized it and I need to do it again!

And finally, paper.  Kind of a lot of paper:



Not too bad for the price, really.  I think I can stop shopping now...HA!  Who am I trying to kid?  ;)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

a quick product recommendation...

The projects I'm working on for my sister-in-law's shower require a lot of glitter.  A LOT - I've actually used half of three bottles of Martha Stewart glitter so far, and I might have to use some more.  It just depends on if I need more flowers.  Anyway, I was at Michael's again today (no, I don't go every day, just ALMOST every day) and I found this:
The Imaginisce I-Rock Jewel Tray - and I bought two of them.  I know they're meant for I-Rock jewels, and I'll probably use them for that purpose too, but for glitter they're PERFECT.  I know that they won't work for some projects, but if your project is smaller than 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 it's fine.  The cap at the end helps you get most of the glitter out of the tray and back in your bottle without too much spillage everywhere, although if you're like me and should be nicknamed Calamity Danielle you spill anyways.  I was at the kitchen sink so the glitter explosion was minimal, although I do have it in my hair, all over my face and all over my clothes.  Anyway, for $4 they're a pretty good buy, so if you like to play with glitter you may want to check them out!  :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

creating a bridal shower...

I'm co-hostessing my sister-in-law's bridal shower on August 20, and while I don't want to give away my theme just yet, I DO want to share the invitations I created.  I promise I will link EVERYTHING when I post the shower pics afterward - I've downloaded some pretty printables that are really going to make the shower pop.  I'm so excited!  :D

Front of the invitation:
Card: Doodlebug Design Inc. Create-A-Card in Limeade Slim Filigree
Grosgrain ribbon and Recollections crystal from Michael's
Flower printable, cut out with my new CutterBee scissors.  Love these flowers, but oof.  I've got a pinched nerve from cutting them - see the papers off to the right of the card?  Those are the rest that need to be cut.  Blah.
Close-up of the flower, it's so pretty:
There are three different flowers, one with green, one with blue and one pink.  The green is my absolute favorite though.  :)
I just used plain paper inside for the text; the font used is Halo Handletter, and I inked the edges with Studio G pink chalk ink from Michael's:
Registry information was included, covering up the blue ribbon:
They go out in the mail tomorrow!  :D  Now on to my other projects, which include making four flower bouquets (using Doodlebug's Plain & Simple chipboard flower bouquet), banners, drink flags and placecards.  I'm actually learning how to use Photoshop Elements, and I absolutely love it - I'll never stop papercrafting because I just love the STUFF, but being able to go digital if I want to is always a good option.  :)  Happy crafting, and thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

so, do you smash?

I have a really wonderful friend who recently gave me my very own Smash Book.  What's a Smash Book?  Well, I can remember doing something like this when I was in middle school - like a combination diary/art journal that you carried with you and "smashed" random things in, like pictures, ideas, things you found and wanted to save.  K&Company released their line of Smash Books earlier this year and haven't been able to keep them in stock, so I was really happy to get one and absolutely love it!  Mine is the Doodle Red folio, rather appropriate as some friends still call me Doodle (I also named my red VW New Beetle DoodleBug):
I love that it comes with a pen that also has a glue stick on the other end, so easy to just start smashing away. There's a whole line of Smash accessories, but we wanted to add our own mods to our books so off to Michael's we went, hee (as if we needed a reason to go to Michael's, really).  I love these little envelopes, now I have a spot for coupons, tickets, etc.:
This little sticker seemed perfect for this page:
I plan to add more to this page (on the right), this is just the beginning:
My pages for shower and wedding stuff:
Upcoming Copics class!  :D
We found these great little envelopes that were themed "10 Things I Love..." about family, children, pets, travel, your life - absolutely perfect for our books, and they have little tabs in them that you can write on:

Each page is different, with some really fun designs:

There's a pocket on the back cover, but I added another one to hold my Copic marker sheet:
Last but not least, I do plan to have pages for our sweet Honey, she is so important to us; I was tickled and so happy that I found this sticker for my book!
This is a dog that avoids baths like the plague, despite being part Labrador, so I'll use the bathtime stickers somewhere else, hee.  Here's our sweet puppy:
Close enough for me!  :D  Thanks again, Dewana, for the wonderful gift, you are the best!  :D

And thanks to you for stopping by, have a blessed day!

Stamping Club

I recently joined a Stampin' Up! stamping club and I've really enjoyed it.  Not only is it a mini-girls night out, it's also a great way for me to learn new techniques and stamping.  Here's what we did at Sally's this weekend:


Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Punch: Butterfly
Coloring: Stampin' Pastels
I love the butterfly set, it's on my wish list.  Our next project - a yummy cake box!


Our last project was this sweet layout, to which I added my daughter's picture and stuck in my Smash Book (which is the reason for the odd look to the picture):


I LOVE my Smash Book!  But that's another post!  :D

Sally had an Open House on Sunday so I stopped by to check it out and came away with another beautiful card and sweet layout:


Stamps: Pennant Parade
Punch: Petite Pennant Builder Punch

I LOVE this layout - we made it using a new stamp set and punch set, both of which I ordered Friday night.  I'm creating the decorations and invitations for my sister-in-law's bridal shower and I think they'll be perfect!  I added the Making Memories glitz letters; this one isn't going in my Smash Book, I'm going to frame it for my desk at work.  :D  Our next project was a gorgeous card, using a great new (to me) embossing technique:


I inked one side of the embossing folder with VersaMark watermark ink pad (using a brayer), added the paper and put it through the Big Shot.  Once embossed I covered it with Melon Mambo embossing powder, tapped the excess off, zapped it with the heat gun and ta da! So pretty!  On the inside of the card I actually used bleach:


I really like this, and Sally showed me some other examples of using bleach on different colored cardstock; I can't wait to try it myself.  I was a bit worried that it would eat right through the paper, but I really didn't use that much.  :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

a not-very-crafty-but-fun-post...

Warning - this post isn't project related, because after walking with Honey (our dog) at the park and then hosing her down while scrubbing her giving her a bath in the back yard I spent the rest of the day going wedding dress shopping with my wonderful sister-in-law.  We drove all over the place, we had an absolute blast, we found HER beautiful, gorgeous, amazing brand new dress for half off, we found MY dress for $20 (yes, $20, and jewelry too - so I spent $35 total), and I found my new friend, Chubby Chicken:
Isn't he just the CUTEST?  :D  Look at his little pinch-butt!  He is entirely hand-blown glass, and I spotted him at Lula B's Antique Mall in Dallas.  It was love at first sight for me, but I actually left Chubby at first.  Yes, I walked out without my chicken, but I did have this lovely in my possession:
Such a pretty little pin, and I think it will be perfect in my bouquet - one reason we were at Lula B's was to find pieces just like this and also antique/vintage buttons for a wedding project we're going to start soon.  I have been sworn to secrecy and I can't say anything else, so I will explain why I just absolutely had to have my chicken.

Please take a moment to read this post (and note, there is profanity if you are offended by such things. I have a bit of a terrible mouth - I see you, family and friends, rolling your eyes, you can knock it off now - and I think it's funny, but I understand that others don't):

And that's why you should learn to pick your battles

I have never been told not to bring more towels into our house, but I suspect my darling husband could be close to saying that about anything scrapbook related.  Plus, 15 YEARS IS BIG METAL CHICKENS, so maybe five years (our anniversary is in October) is now fat little glass chickens?  I don't know, but Chubby wanted to recreate Beyonce's picture:


Not quite the same effect as a big metal chicken, but it'll do.  And we drove 20 minutes back downtown to get my sweet little guy because 1) I wouldn't stop talking about him and 2) okay, I really wouldn't stop talking about him.  Much to my delight, Chubby was still there AND I discovered that Chubby was marked down too - 30% off!  The Bloggess' post really struck my funny bone, and seeing this fat little yellow chicken just made my day - I immediately remembered Beyonce', started laughing and told my sister-in-law about the post.  I couldn't just leave a great reminder like that behind, now could I?  My husband is about to walk in the door, and what am I going to say to him?

FIVE YEARS IS FAT LITTLE GLASS CHICKENS!

Hope we make it to October!  ;)

P.S. I really love my husband, he laughed like I hoped he would.  :)