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?


Hope we make it to October!  ;)

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

Friday, July 1, 2011

welcome to my very first blog hop!

If you're here from Two Crazy Crafters, welcome to the wee sheepie!  I'm not the world's best crafter, nor am I an excellent blogger; I simply try to have fun and like to share my successes AND failures - because more often than not my failures are pretty hilarious (ahem, please see my Easter, um, "wreath".  Sigh).  :)

To celebrate the upcoming 4th of July, Two Crazy Crafters decided to host a Patriotic Artist Trading Card blog hop, and as a "first-timer" I thought it would be fun to participate.  It's also my first try at making ATCs, and I loved it!  I used K & Company's Americana Tag Pad to start my cards, found at Michael's.  I love this pad, it was easier than starting with a blank white piece - I have a little stack that I bought at Hobby Lobby that's been staring at me for a month and I'm still wondering what to put on them.  ;)  Here's my first one:
Stars: Recollections Glitter Shapes
Letters: Making Memories Mini Shimmer Alphas
Ink: Martha Stewart
Dimensional view:
I was so pleased with this one that I had to try another one, which I like even better:
Inks: Martha Stewart (red); American Crafts (blue)
Star: Recollections Glitter Shapes
Stickers: Cosmo Cricket Made in America (cardstock stickers)
Foam pop squares to pop up the "pride" sticker
Stamp: Michael's dollar section
Dimensional view:

Thank you for stopping by, and Happy 4th of July, my fellow Americans!  I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!