Tuesday, May 28, 2013

PInspired Challenge #10

It's time for Pinspired Challenge #10!  Check out the fun and colorful pin we are working with this week:
I used the bike image from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Bits set and added the flag using Papertrey Ink's Banner Builder set.  The colorful inspiration image reminded me of the My Girl paper from My Mind's Eye, so I paired the image with a few of the patterns from the 6x6 paper pad.  For the wheels on the bike, I used some flair from Bossy Joscie Flair.

Bossy Joscie Flair is our sponsor this month and the prize for this challenge is a $20 gift certificate to the Bossy Joscie online store!  Twenty dollars will buy a lot of flair, and Bossy Joscie has some awesome flair!  Make sure to stop by her store and check out what she has to offer.  Then, head on over to the Pinspired Challenge blog and play along with us!  You can see the rest of the design team projects there, too! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer Crafts

Since we are finished with school for the summer, the kids and I are going to get crafty.  We are going to be learning some new crafts as well as testing some of the tutorials I have pinned on Pinterest.  We went to Hobby Lobby yesterday to stock up on supplies, and our first project will be string art!  You can find the tutorial here:   http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/home-decor-crafts#slide-2

Here is an example of string art:
We have decided to skip the animal heads and use some other fun shapes.  I will post them here as soon as they are finished.  Until then, check out this fun pin-an instant fort using a box fan and duvet cover:  

We tried it last summer and it works!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pinspired Challenge #9

It's time for another Pinspired challenge! For this challenge, we are working with the gorgeous party pin shown above.  Our sponsor this month is Avery Elle and the prize is a $15 gift certificate to their online store!

Avery Elle offers a variety of clear stamp sets and matching (FREE!) .pdf and .svg cut files!  They also have a few free digital images offered on their blog.  I used one of their free digital images and  printed it out on vellum.  I added a few gold sequins and adhered the vellum to some dark pink cardstock.  To get the gold edge on the pink cardstock, I used my Versamarker watermark pen and drew a line around the edge of the cardstock and embossed the edge with gold embossing powder.  I finished off the card with a pink ribbon layered with a sheer gold ribbon.  Now I have a simple, yet fun and festive card perfect for a birthday!  

We would love to see what you create based on the pin above!   To play along, head on over to the Pinspired Challenge blog  for all the details.  While you're there, be sure to check out what the rest of the design team made!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pinspired-Crafter's Companion USA Joint Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pinspired - Crafter's Companion USA Joint Blog Hop!

If you came from Denise's blog, then you are right on track.  If not, you may want to start at the beginning of the hop with Annette.  Once you are finished here, be sure to stop by and see Jean's lovely card.  Don't forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win!

Just in case you are new to either Pinspired or Crafter's Companion USA, below is a short bio about both:

Crafter's Companion USA
Crafter’s Companion is a U.K.-based company with offices in Anaheim, CA and Northern England. Well known for our innovative paper crafting tools and accessories, our products are distributed and sold worldwide. Our most popular products include Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Tool, the Ultimate Pen Storage, embossing folders, and EZMagnetic Storage panels for metal embossing and cutting dies. Our staff prides itself on top-notch service with a 100% customer satisfaction philosophy. If we havve exceeded your expectations, then we’ve done our job!

Pinspired Challenge Blog
Pinspired Challenges was created by a group of girls that LOVE Pinterest and crafting.... We came up with the idea of the challenge in the latter part of 2012 and the challengeslaunched in January of 2013. Our DT, or as we like to call them, "Pin Heads" have scoured Pinterest to bring you some amazing inspirational pins. We will post a brand new challenge on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. You will have until Thursday of the following week to link your entry onto the challenge post. That's 9 whole days to play along!!!! Inspirational photos are for you to interpret anyway you want. You can take from the colors, the style or the technique - whatever floats your boat! You can also feel free to make any kind of craft you want as well, whether its a card, layout or altered item.

From May 3 - 5, both design teams from Pinspired and Crafter's Companion USA will be showcasing stamps from Sheena's A Little Bit Floral collection. You have TWO chances to win! You can hop around and comment on all of the blogs for one chance to win a gift certificate from Crafter's Companion USA (May 3 - 5, 2013), and for a second chance to win, you can play along with us!

Using the image above as inspiration, create a new project and post it using InLinkz on the Pinspired Blog. If you choose to play along, you have until May 9, 2013 to upload you project for a chance to win a gift certificate from Crafter's Companion USA. If you create and comment on the Blog Hop, then you have two chances to win!

I used the Magnolia stamp from Sheena's A Little Bit Floral collection.  Since the inspiration photo features mostly pastel colors, I chose to use pastels on my Magnolia bloom.  To get the soft pastel look, I embossed the flower with white embossing powder then colored it in using watercolor paints. I like that when a flower comes in stamp form, it can be any color you choose!  All of the flowers in Sheena's A Little Bit Floral collection are beautiful and the possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check out what the other designers made with these beautiful floral stamps!  In case you get lost along the way, there is full list of participants below.  We hope you will play along with us!  Remember that the InLinkz will be on the Pinspired blog!  Now head on over to Jean's blog and enjoy the hop!

Erica-you are here!
Mary Dawn
Stephanie L.
Stephanie S.