Monday, February 22, 2016

February STOM - Balloon Animals & H2H Party Animal Challenge

OMG if this isn't the most adorable set ever!  So fun for chilren of all ages!  Feburary Stamp of the Month, S1602 Balloon Animals, is 13 fun images and will only be available until February 29th (one extra day this leap year)!  With a qualified purchase of $50 you can get this fun set for $5 or $17.95 at the regular price.  Be sure to click on the graphic for a larger view:

Heart 2 Heart Challenges weekly challenge this week is "Party Animals".  Now aren't these just the cutest "party animals"?  Here is my standard size card for this challenge.  The first picture shows:

Next picture is full frontal view:

Finally the inside of the card:

Papers:  Kaleidoscope Paper Pack; Black and White Daisy Cardstocks;
Stamps:  S1602 Balloon Animals; D1653 Happy Everything - Operation Smile; D1529 Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday
Inks:  Pear, Gypsy, and Black Exclusive Inks
Embellishments Z3124 Purple Heart Enamel & Glitter Duos, Paradise Assortment Baker's Twine (Ret.)
Other:  Liquid Glass

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ready for Leprechans

Valentine's Day is gone and the season of Leprechauns is on it's way.  This year we are going to be ready for those little buggers.  Last year my granddaughter Mikayla came up with her own trap but didn't catch one.  So this year we decided to try SVG Cuts Leprechaun trap -- The Gold Coin Inn. This is a super template because you can get the .pdf for this free from Martha Stewart or buy the SVG files.  I'm lazy and I love my Cricut Explore and SVG files are so easy to import into Design Studio once you figure it out.  So here's my little Inn.  Click photo to see larger.

Here's the side view.  This is about 10 inches tall.

And last, here's a look at what's inside--the lure--gold coins!  So the Leprechaun will see the gold coins and climb up the stairs (still figuring that out).  When he reaches for the gold coins (hanging from the ceiling, he will fall in) and get stuck in the box.

Papers:  Clover Meadow (Ret.), Ponderosa Pine (Ret.) and Colonial White Cardstocks;
Inks:  Sign was printed on deskjet colored printer
Embellishments Various from Hobby Lobby
Other:   Ek Success Border Punch; SVG Cuts Gold Coin Inn SVG File; SVG Cuts Celtic Knots SVG File; z3021 Scallop Embossing Folder

Hope you are getting ready for those little Leprechauns this season.  And if you catch one, let me know how you did it.  Happy Crafting!


Monday, February 15, 2016

What's Black & White & Red All-Over?

Why it is this weeks Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge with Color My Heart Colordare Challege!  This week you get a two-for!  The color challenge is Shades of Red, White and Black.  Sounds like a valentine to me.

For this, I took last week's Pals Paper Arts sketch and used it for this challenge and here is what I came up with:
Same card but it shows a little of how the inside of the card is decorated (to carry the theme of the front of the card).  I haven't figured out what saying will appear.  But don't you love the snarky little saying in this stamp set?
Papers:  La Vie En Rose Paper Pack, Black, Pomegranite and White Daisy Cardstocks;
Inks:  Black Exclusive Inks
Embellishments Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim; z3090 Red Enamel Gems
Other:  Cricut CTMH Artistry cartridge
I hope you will join in all the fun this week for these challenges!  Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Heart 2 Heart Favorite Paper Challenge

 This is the second challege for Heart 2 Heart Challenge this month - create in your favorite paper.  It is so hard to choose a favorite paper, don't you think?  Usually, the paper that I'm currently playing with is my favorite paper and since I was still creating in La Vie En Rose, I had to do one more.  The technique is pleated skirt fold from Splitcoast Stampers.   The first picture shows the gold embossing on the greeting and I think it shows the pleating a little better..
Next is a little better angle on the card:

This is the inside of the card:

Papers:  La Vie En Rose Paper Pack, Black, Pomegranite and White Daisy Cardstocks;
Stamps:  C1637 Stamps of Approval; C1641 Springtime Wishes; B1410 A Friend Like You (Ret.) (Stamps shown below)
Inks:  Pomegranate, Fern, and Black Exclusive Inks
Embellishments Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim; Z2012 Gold sequins; Z3203 Treasured Puffies
Other:  Cricut CTMH Artistry cartridge
B1410 A Friend Like You (Retired)
Please join this weeks Heart 2 Heart Challege and strut your project in your favorite paper pack!  Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's Day Mailbox

Monica Wihongi, from CTMH teaches you how to make an adorable handcrafted mailbox for Valentine's Day.  This video came from My Craft Channel where you can find a lot of fun papercrafting projects and techniques videos. While you are out there, check out some of the other fun projects from Close To My Heart!

This cute little mailbox is made with the La Vie En Rose paper pack.  Perfect little mailbox for Valentine's Day!

Happy Crafting!


Monday, February 1, 2016

February Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Week 1

This month I have been asked to be a guest designer for the Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  I am deeply honored!  The first week's challege (seeing how February is the 2nd Month of the year) the number 2, or second or something in reference to that.
For my response, I was creating a card for the birth of my Neice, Kylara's twin sons, Orion and Kevin who were born 12 weeks early by an emergency C-section.  The boys are now 7 weeks old and may be able to go home in the next 2 weeks or so.  We have all been praying for the continued health and progress of these beautiful little guys.
This is the card I created to welcome Kevin and Orion:
The next photo shows the dimension of the card from a side view:
And this next phot shows the inside of the Card:
Papers:  Georgie WOTG kit; Peacock and White Daisy Cardstocks;
Stamps Georgie Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp Set; C1612 Shower Flowers (Congrats)
Inks:  Peacock and Black Exclusive Inks; B68 Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker
Embellishments x7203c Georgie Complements; x3092 Georgie Assortment; x3089 Grey Enamel Gems; True Teal grosgrain ribbon (ret.)
Other: Spellbinder scallop and square dies
Georgie Stamp set:
C1612 Shower Flowers Stamp Set:
Here are those beautiful twins who soon may get to see the outside of the hospital when they get to go home.  Kevin is in green and has just hit 5 lbs (they were both just over 2 lbs when they were born).  Orion is almost 5 lbs. 
Happy Monday!  Craft something special today!
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