There’s Nothing Like Snow Fun

Hi everyone! It’s true isn’t it? There’s nothing quite like snow fun. Although with the warm temperatures we’re experiencing this winter, we haven’t had the chance to enjoy much snow. Fortunately, we did get a light blanket of white on Sunday, and this week on the Glue Arts blog, we’re having lots of snow fun with our product partner, Little Yellow Bicycle.

So even though it hasn’t been very wintery outside, I can hang up my snowflake and just pretend.

This little snowflake is fun and easy to make. Something you could do with your kids, too. Simply cover the front of a wooden snowflake with Glue Arts adhesives and add your favorite paper. Trim around, embellish, and viola! A sweet home decor project to add some festive cheer this month.

For a complete supply list and step by steps, please visit the Glue Arts blog. Leave a comment while you are there for your chance to win this week’s fabulous prize, Little Yellow Bicycle’s Brand New Saturdays collection!!

Along with our Glue Glider PRO handle and your choice of our new PRO+ Cartridges! High Tac, Perma Tac, Repositionable orExtreme Tac.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Celebrate

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. We had a first for us yesterday. First snow of the season. I didn’t think it was going to happen this year, with how warm it has been. Life sure can be crazy sometimes. Nik wore shorts to our day at the lake on Friday, but last night, we get snow. Go figure.

So today is Monday, and time to share a new stampy project for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. This time, I have a sweet, girly girl birthday tag made using the newly released Tulip Fairy red rubber image.

As many of you know, I am a sucker for polka dots, so I used lots of them here on my birthday tag. Combined them with a bit of wood-grain for one of my most favorite color combos, pink and brown.

My little fairy got some paper piecing, as well as a bit of color using Copics. She is fussy cut and tucked behind a strip of ribbon. I added foam adhesive behind her shoulders to give some depth and dimension.

Stamped a Vine Flourish at the bottom of the tag and then tied the tag with lots of pretty lace and trim. Added a rub on sentiment and a pair of vintage buttons as the final touch.

For more great stamping projects, be sure to visit the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp blog today. The rest of the team has some beautiful things to share with you. And thank you so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a wonderful day.

Beach Retreat

Some of you may remember that I recently got to sneak away for a long weekend in Myrtle Beach for a scrapping retreat at the beach. I had such a great time with my girlfriends. How lucky I am to have such people in my life. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in such a long time. I even got a bit of crafting in…….amazing for me at a crop. I usually blab too much to get anything done.:)

We stopped off in Wilmington along the way to have lunch at the most quaint little spot along the riverfront.  It was warm enough that we were able to dine on the back deck and enjoy the scenery.

Then it was off to Myrtle for 3 1/2 days of scrappy happy at the beach.

All told I made 7 cards, a wall hanging, and started a mini album. Considering it was possible I would accomplish nothing, I thought this was pretty good. I’ve shared a couple of the projects with you all already, but here’s one of the cards I made using leftovers from our recent Glue Arts partnership with Simple Stories. I do love this Year.o.graphy line.

Life is sweet, indeed! Especially life at the beach. Can’t wait for Scrapping at the Beach Retreat 2013!

Thanks for stopping by everyone. Wishing you all a wonderful day.

Lake Walk

Hi everyone! Happy Friday to you! It’s SUCH a happy day today.  I’ve been looking forward to this day all week. Of course it is Friday, and the start of the weekend, but it’s not just any weekend. It’s a very special loooong weekend. Almost a mini-vacation kind of weekend. Because not only do my kiddos get both Monday and Tuesday off, but today is a half-day, as well. Sigh………what bliss!

We’ve got big plans for today. Mr. Pete is heading over to his buddy’s house this afternoon, leaving Missy Nik and I free to go on a little mommy/daughter date. We’re stopping at Panera’s for lunch, and then it’s off to the lake for a long walk and leisure. Nik will sketch on the pier….

Her passion.

While I plan on doing some stitching. An old passion of mine.

I began embroidering when I was a wee little thing. Used to stitch all the time, but I’ve gotten out of the habit. I want to pick it back up again. Made this little pillow with leftover fabric this week. It has put me in the mood for more.

I just love simple days like this. Hope YOUR day is wonderful, too! Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. See you all soon.

Family Portraits

Hi everyone! I’m here today with a layout I made recently for CHA featuring both of Donna Salazar’s new collections, Botanique and Storybook. I’ve also got a few ideas to share for creating your own custom accents and embellishments using basic supplies like patterned paper and stamps.

With all the fabulous images in Donna’s papers and coordinating stamps, you don’t need much else to create beautiful projects. Here I simply added a bit of cardstock, lace, and a few gems to make this lovely page of my two favorite sweetie-pie girls.

I started with a base of dark brown cardstock and pretty patterned papers. I tucked in some strips of kraft cardstock that I punched with a scalloped border punch, and then added a block of watercolor paper from the new Mix’d Media Stax. If you look closely, you’ll notice I gave the watercolor paper a custom look with a combination of Branch stamped images from Donna’s Art Gone Wild collection of rubber stamps and Smooch Spritz.

To get a gradation of color on my stamped images, I did some second, third, and even fourth stamping. The bottom right corner received the darkest images, while the top left corner got the lighter images. As the color fades with each stamping, you create a sense of depth and dimension, like a field full of flowers fading into the background.

I also created more custom embellishments with Donna’s stamps for this page, like a border of Cotton Lace down the left side, and the gorgeous hanging Chandelier at the top.

Other key page elements came directly from the patterned papers. That stunning photo frame is one such feature. I fussy cut the frame and then layered it on some kraft cardstock. A bit of machine stitching adds further definition to the design. The gorgeous title work also came from my favorite sheet of Botanique paper.

The butterflies are more elements cuts from Donna’s Spring in Bloom Artistic Paper and colored with Candleglow Smooch Spritz. I layered them on die cut canvas butterflies and bent their wings up for instant depth and dimension.

A few added gems and a journaling strip complete my page, and I love how it turned out. Creating my own embellishments using just patterned paper and stamps is one of my favorite ways to dress up my layouts, and better yet, it’s budget-friendly, too! And who doesn’t love that?

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Prickley Pear February Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!! Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day yesterday and that your Sweets were sweet to you. We had a quiet, but very nice day here at our house. Nik easily and readily agreed to be my Valentine, but Mr. Pete was a bit reluctant until I told him there was chocolate involved.  Boys! ;)

Over the holidays this past year, I received the most wonderful package of scrappy goodies from my sweet friend, Yvonne, all the way from sunny Singapore. She put together such unique and fun items in the most delicious neutral color palette with lots of browns. Delicious browns….exactly what I like. Sigh….

That girl just “gets” me.

This week, I dove into Yvonne’s kit to create a masculine themed birthday card for a friend of mine who just so happens to have a birthday coming up shortly. And I used the fun sketch for our new Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps sketch challenge that starts today. I hope you all will come and play along with us. Here is this month’s sketch.

I combined Yvonne’s kit and the newly released Gears Clear Stamp Set and matching Gears Die for my card.

Aren’t the new gears just perfect with that sketch? And so perfect for a masculine card, too.

The Gears come in three different sizes. I die cut all three shapes and then had fun mixing and matching the stamped images. There are so many to choose from in this set. I added some gears directly to the card base, while others were popped up on foam dots for dimension.

You can see I did some masking and misting on the card background. Yvonne sent a piece of punchinella, so I played with that here. Taped it to the right side of the card and then misted with brown ink. Such a fun technique that I don’t do near enough.

I don’t often make “guy” cards, but this one was a ton of fun. Thanks so much for all the goodies, Yvonne!

And thanks so much to all of you for stopping by! Come play along with our Prickley Pear February sketch for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate at the Prickley Pear Web Shop. Have a great day everyone.

Ways to Show I Love You

Hi everyone! Happy, happy Valentine’s Day to you! I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing today, that you are surrounded by the love of those most precious to you.

 

This week on the Glue Arts blog, we are showcasing special ways to show your love.  And in my family, nothing says I Love You quite like chocolate. Every year for Valentine’s Day, I make sure to get a bunch of chocolate for my two sweeties, and this year, I decided I wanted to find a way to present the goodies in a special way. There’s nothing easier than creating a fun wrap for an old recycled jar, like I did here, and filling it with your favorite sweets. And yet something so simple like this can turn the ordinary bag candy into something better, bigger, and way more grand.

I created the band with some old wool fabric and several strips of patterned papers.  Tied lots of pretty trims around the middle, including several I received over Christmas from my sweet friend, Yvonne. (Thank you, Yvonne!)

Added a scalloped circle die and a flower to the bow, and created a stitched heart pick from some remaining wool fabric and a wooden skewer. Dressed the jar with a few mini butterflies I die cut and stamped. That’s Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps’ Mini Butterflies Clear Stamps and matching Die again. Do love those guys.

And I do love YOU, too!

For the full supply list and step-by-steps, pop over to the Glue Arts blog. There’s lots more lovely projects to see, as well as a prize giveaway. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!