Saturday, September 29, 2012

Blog Hop Winner!

Happy Saturday!

I had 45 wonderful comments on the 
and has chosen comment #29 as my winner.

I love everything about this project...especially the paunchy owl! I am a new follower!

Congratulations, Marcia!
Thank you for becoming a follower
and for your super sweet comment!

Thanks to ALL OF YOU who hopped along,
we hope you enjoyed our fun owl projects.

We're doing it again in December,
we hope to see you there!

Friday, September 28, 2012


Did someone say new paper?

My Mind's Eye {All Is Bright}
cool sketch from Mojo Monday

I mainly buy 6x6 paper pads because they seem
to work so well for cards,
but I may have to cough up the dough
for the 12x12 kit of this gorgeous stuff.

All of the bits and banners are just made for fussy cutting.

And Michael's has some fun new washi tape -
LOTS of it.

This sketch was really fun,
here's a link if you want to play along:

Oh, and there's still time to leave a comment on the Owlsome Fall Blog Hop,
my winner will be announced tomorrow!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Gallery Inspired Challenge - Part 2

Yesterday I shared a card that was inspired by a fun new challenge over at
and today I'm sharing the layout that was also part of that challenge.

You can find the original layout that was chosen for me to interpret here.

So, yeah. The interpretation is fairly loose.
What I most wanted to capture was the texture and movement in the original
and I'm very happy with my results.

The arrows are enough to make you weep, aren't they?
It's a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop that I saw at Paper Issues

I'll go ahead and apologize in advance for all of the projects you'll see from me
that are covered in arrows.

My inspiration layout had gorgeous handmade flowers featuring Tim Holtz' Tattered Florals die.
You know I love flowers, but I didn't want them overpowering this page.
So I made these out of wax paper. 
Archival safe? Nope. But after running them through an embossing folder they gave me the texture I was looking for, so I threw caution to the wind and went with it.
(An update in a year to show how they melted to the page would be pretty funny, no?)

One tiny strip of the Amy Tangerine paper that I love so dearly
seems to accentuate the free, fun spirit of the photo.

I'm so glad I joined in this fun challenge. 
This is the first layout I've created in a few months and now my mojo is definitely rejuvenated.

I signed up again for the next round and can't wait to get started!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gallery Inspired Challenge

I love using challenges and sketches as a jumping off point,
especially for layouts.

This month over at there is a new challenge
inspired by the gallery full of wonderful work there.

The premise - lift any example of a card and/or layout in the gallery.
The twist - let someone else pick your inspiration for you.

I jumped in with both feet and let someone pick for me,
and I'm so glad I did! I never would have even attempted to copy 

Here's my interpretation:

The soft, beautiful Country Boutique papers from
Fancy Pants Designs are so easy to work with,
they practically speak for themselves.

I used a Studio G floral stamp that I've had forever and added some
Liquid Pearls for dimension.

Diamond Stickles on the tips of the roses add some sparkle,
and a few strands of twine anchor them to the page.

My trusty "A Good Life" stamp makes another appearance.
(Love that thing!)
And, of course, an arrow had to make its way on here somehow.

Check back tomorrow for part 2 of the
Gallery Inspired Challenge 
to see how I incorporated this awesome stencil from 
The Crafter's Workshop on my layout:
(Isn't it divine?!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

PTT # 87 Anything Goes!

*If you're looking for the Owlsome Fall Blog Hop please click here.

It's Anything Goes week at

Armed with some amazing paper from Fancy Pants, 
this spunky image from Crafty Sentiments,
as well as some an awesome stamp from Flonz
here is what I created:

Some washi tape, a charm,
and a Jillibean Soup label finish it off.

Cute, eh?

We'd love to have you join us!
to read over the rules and link up.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Have an OWLSOME Fall Y'all Blog Hop!

Welcome to Day 2 of the 
Have An Owlsome Fall Y'All 
Blog Hop!

If you arrived here from Julie's Blog, then you are on track!

 We are so happy to have you join us today!
The hop starts at Heather Lynn's blog so please start there.
 You won't want to miss out on any of these wonderful projects!
This is a 2 day hop and the line up will be different each day. 
Please start HERE  so we can send you in the right direction!

 Our first "Well Owl Be" Blog Hop went over so well,
we decided to do an owl themed hop 4 times a year!
Our next hop will be right before Christmas and
we hope you will come back and join us then, too!
One grand prize winner will win a Cricut cartridge and
a stamp set sponsored by Erica's Craft Room!
Thank you, Erica, you are so generous!
Please be a follower and leave a comment at all of the stops in the hop for the chance to win.
There will also be other blog candy along the way!

I wanted to do something a little different this time around,
and when I happened upon a scrawny little wreath at the Target dollar spot
I knew I had my project!

The owl is a pattern that I got from here.
Print, cut, emboss, piece, and done!
Isn't it cute?

A couple of flowers using Spellbinders Rose Creations
and Spiral Blossom One on top of some
dollar store fall leaves.

And a few sprigs of berries that I also
picked up for a buck finish it off.
An adorable fall decoration for under $5
that took about 20 minutes to make!

As a thank you for stopping by my blog I'm giving away some fall candy -
All you have to do to win is become a follower (if you aren't already) and leave me a comment.
Comments will remain open until Friday, September 28th
and the winner will be announced Saturday, September 29th.
Good luck!

22 pieces of 6x6 paper, 12 feet of assorted ribbon and 10 Prima leaves.

Now make sure to head over to Erica's Blog next.

Here's the lineup in case you get lost along the way!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kid Art and Blog Hop Reminder

TGIF, friends!

What a week. 
I think I have finally ironed out my daily schedule.
Who would have thought having kids at two different schools
would cause so much of a wrinkle?

It seems we (and by "we" I mean "I") are always on the run.

Well, I have been able to get some crafting done, and so has my daughter.
She's 11 and so proud of this recent card she made - I thought I'd share it with you! 

Isn't it cute?! I helped her get the mat straight, she did everything else by herself.

She made me realize that my Cricut really is fun and I should
dust it off and USE it.

Hopefully we can squeeze more crafting time in this weekend.

If you're around blogland this weekend,
be sure to join us for Heather's 2nd Hop!

Full of inspiring work and prizes,
we hope you'll hop by!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Elegant Christmas

Getting a jump on my holiday cards
and of course playing with my shiny new Spellbinders set - Ironwork Accents.

Such a fancy look and little effort required.
That's my kind of card!

Have you started on your holiday cards yet?

Paper is Prima - Alla Prima {Encaustic}
Perals are from JoAnn's dollar bin
The little wreath is fussy cut from Graphic 45
- Christmas Emporium {Santa Express}

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Inspires You?

People? Places? Sounds?

Today's card was inspired by cleaning.


Yes. I was organizing my Spellbinders drawer and got bit by the crafty bug.
Will wonders never cease?

As you can see, I used A LOT of them on this card.
My newest - and current fave - Ironwork Accents,
Fleur De Lis Squares, Postage Stamps, 
Spiral Blossom One, and Rose Creations.

The paper is Basic Grey {Little Black Dress}
and Bo Bunny {Et Cetera}.

A Basic Grey sticker for the inside, but it looks unfinished to me.
Perhaps a line a black pearls along the bottom?
Because bling makes everything better.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PTT# 86 Color Inspiration!

has a gorgeous color inspiration this week:

So pretty, isn't it?!

Here's my card:

And this week's sponsors:

Stop by and show us what you've got!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Party Time Tuesdays - Multi Fold Challenge

This week at Party Time Tuesdays
we want you to share your favorite multi fold card.

*In order to qualify for prizes, you must identify the name 
of the fold you used in your post.

I chose to make a recessed window card.
The tutorial can be found HERE.

This week's AWESOME sponsors include:

CLICK HERE for Party Time Tuesdays #85!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Did you win?

The full list of winners from the
Jen's Sunshine Blog Hop can be found HERE.

I'd like to thank everyone involved 
for making the hop such a
smashing succes!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Teacher Appreciation

This week at Party Time Tuesdays
it's all about teachers!

We'd love to see a card or gift (or both!) that
you would give a teacher to show your
appreciation for all they do.

And our FABULOUS sponsors for this week are:

Make sure you stop by Party Time Tuesdays #84
to see the beautiful design team inspiration
and to link up your project!