Monday, April 30, 2012

Go to your happy place!

Good Afternoon!  There is an "Anything Goes" challenge going on right now over at the Simon Says Stamp blog and guess who their sponser is...Paper Smooches!  You don't have to use Paper Smooches stamps, but since I just so happen to have a "few" I decided to play along.  For my card I used the stack of suitcases from Get Outta Town and stamped the little hamster from Party Posse on top.  I then stamped the camera image from Perpetual Bliss on shrinky dink paper and shrank it (I actually looked up the correct use of the word shrank/shrunk) down so it is now the perfect size for hammy.  The background paper is a beautiful piece from October Afternoon's Boarding Pass collection.  I actually like that  piece so much that it kinda hurt my feelings a little bit to cut it up! : )  The inside of the card says "go to your happy place". 
Here is a close up of the camera.  Last time I used my shrinky dink paper, I had several people say they had never heard of it.  Would anyone be intrested in a tutorial for the shrinky dinks?  Let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by today!                                                                                                   

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Exciting News!

I know some of you have heard (thanks for the sweet comments!), but for those who haven't....Paper Smooches Sparks challenge blog just announced a new design team and I made it!!  I love Paper Smooches and I am very excited to have a spot on the Sparks design team.  Besides a new design team, the Sparks blog itself  is undergoing some changes.  Now there will be a new challenge every week! There will also be four different types of challenges-one for each week.   If you would like to check out the other new design team members and read about the new challenge schedule, click here......Are you excited now, too?!  See you at the first challenge! 


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the PTI blog hop! Anyone can enter this hop, but it only lasts for 1 day.  If you are interested in playing along, head on over to Nichole's blog to get the details.  The challenge for this hop is to use the following picture as inspiration:
I chose to make a gift card holder using my Seed Packet die. It is the perfect size to hold a gift card! For the opening I used the Mat Stack 1 die. I used my Rosie Posie stamp set to jazz up the front of the holder and added a sentiment from Little Labels.  I did adhere a piece of clear transparency to the inside of the  packet so that the gift card won't fall out the front.

Here is a picture of the holder with a gift card inside.  This particular gift card kinda detracts from the packaging, but it is the only one I had on hand.  Have a great day and enjoy the hop!                        


Monday, April 23, 2012

Sweet Dreams

The current Lawnscaping Challenge is to stamp a scene.

I feel like I have been prepping for this card for a week. I have been stamping, coloring, and cutting for several days. Finally, today it all came together. I made a counting sheep card using the sheep and fence from Critters on the farm. I stamped the numbers on them using Claire's ABC's. The stars are from Plus One and the moon is from Happy Haunting. I was going to use Claire's ABC's to stamp the sentiment "sweet dreams", but it was too large for the card. Then, I happened to remember the "may all your dreams come true" sentiment from Critters Ever After and decided to use that one instead.

Sometimes cards don't turn out like we envision them in our minds, but I am very happy with how this one turned out. It ended up exactly as I had planned. Thank you for stopping by today. If you would like to play along, head on over to the Lawnscaping blog!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Check out this photo from the Paper Smooches Sparks blog:

This photo was actually for a challenge back in January, but I really like the rainbow colors and they are perfect for the project I made today.

When I first saw the little worm in the Smarty Pants set, I imagined him as the very hungry caterpillar from Eric Carle's book. It worked out perfectly that I also had several Paper Smooches stamp sets that contained fruit images. I used the apple from Smarty Pants, the orange and strawberry from Wake Up and the cherry and circles (grapes in my imagination) from Sugar Rush. For the sentiment, I used Alphadot and Wake Up.

Since I was working with an idea inspired by a book, I decided to make a bookmark rather than a card.

What do you think? Does it remind you of the book? I hope my little reader will enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

The newest Paper Smooches Sparks challenge went up today and would you look at the inspirational photo Kim chose!

Aren't the colors in this photo fabulous?! I immediately thought of a rainbow and this is what I came up with:

I used my brand new set Eco Friendly and added the cute little face to the sun using Spring Fling. Super simple card, but hopefully it will brighten someone's day! Thanks for stopping by today!

All stamps-Paper Smooches
Rainbow die: My Favorite Things
Impression plate: Papertrey Ink

Monday, April 16, 2012

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

Here is the inspiration piece that Kim found on Pinterest for the current Sparks challenge:

I chose to use the color scheme as inspiration for my card. I used the milk shake image from Sugar Rush and added the cherry on top. I used Liquid Applique to give the ice cream some texture and added a dark red adhesive pearl for the cherry. Last, I stamped the straw again, cut it out and popped it up with foam adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sugar Rush by Paper Smooches
Heidi Grace patterned paper (from the Midnight Kisses line)
Papertrey Ink cardstock, button, and ribbon
Sizzix embossing folder
Copic markers

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hey Sugar

The Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge blog has issued a design team call. You can find all the details here.
I chose to use the following inspirational photo from a previous challenge.

Here is what I made using Paper Smooches Sugar Rush stamp set:

I used the color and the shape of the bracelets as my inspiration. The cup and straw are paper pieced using Echo Park's Summer Days line (the background paper is also from the same line). I made the little bubbles in the cup using Frosted Lace Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #31-coloring

The current Lawnscaping Challenge is to incorporate coloring into a project. This could include copics, pencils, crayons, inks, etc.

I chose to use my Copics, but before I show you my card, I want to show you my inspiration. I saw this cute little stamp by Imaginisce and thought the sand castle stamp was a fun idea.

So, I decided to use my Lawn Fawn castle (from Critters Ever After) and make it into a sand castle! While I think this is a fun princess castle image, I might just like it even better as a sand castle!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Other supplies:
October Afternoon patterned paper
Travelscapes (waves and sand) by Market Street stamps
Metropolis (clouds) and Wake Up (egg yolk used as the sun)by Paper Smooches

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lawnscaping Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Lawnscaping Blog Hop! I'm so happy you could stop by today! You should have come to me by way of Melissa Shea's blog. If not, you can start at the beginning over at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog.

This month's theme is all about Spring! The hop runs from Friday, April 6th - Sunday, April 8th! Now sit back and relax and be prepared to be inspired. We have lots of designers on this hop so we want to make sure you have time to see them all! You have the whole weekend to hop along.... Make sure to comment on all of the blogs because there are LOTS of prizes to be won! All the details can be found on the Lawnscaping home page.

For my spring card, I chose to make an "April showers bring May flowers" card. Here it is:

I used several Lawn Fawn stamp sets for this card. I used the postcard from You've Got Mail, the fence and lamb (made into a cloud) from Critters on the Farm, the moon (used as the sun) from Happy Haunting, the flash lines from Say Cheese for the sun's rays, and I used the raindrops, grass, tulips, and bee from the Gnome Sweet Gnome set . The bee might just be my favorite element of the card. I stamped him on some shrinky dink paper and shrunk down with my heat gun-now he is the perfect size for my card! (The sentiment is Papertrey Ink and the patterned paper is by October Afternoon.)

Next head on over to Eve's blog. If you've gotten off track, don't worry! Head on back to Lawnscaping to see the complete list of the hop participants and prize information!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!