Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Make it Monday #142

Hi ya friends!

It's time for Make It Monday again!  Last week just flew by.  This time of year always goes by so fast for me with the holidays and traveling, the cooking and baking, programs and volunteering at the kids' schools and playing in the snow of course!

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that our family moved from sunny South Carolina to windy Oklahoma back in August.  We haven't seen snow in a very long time...but this past weekend, that all changed!! We had our first snow here in Oklahoma and the kids were THRILLED!  Here are a few photos that I snapped of our snow play.  P.S. I crocheted both of their hats! :-)

Even Lucy got in on the snow action!

Now on to this week's make it Monday- this week we are being challenged to decorate kraft paper bags.  Here is my take on the challenge.

I am OBSESSED with this gold sparkly embossing powder.  I want to gold glitterize everything.  So of course I had to use it for this challenge.  I paired it with one of my favorite stamps from Irresistibly Ikat to stamp the background on my bag.  I did this to both sides so that it would be pretty from the back too.

Next I used one of the polka dot "project life" cards that I made last week and added a tree and sentiment from Polka Dot Parade #10.  So cute.  Matted that on some vintage cream and then pure poppy cardstock and adhered the whole thing to the front of my bag.  Finished it off with some pretty satin ribbon.  Voila!

Can't wait to pack this bag with goodies and give it to a friend!  I love this time of year!!

Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream
Ink: Pure Poppy
Stamps: PDP #10, Irresistibly Ikat, Polka Dot Basics
Other: PDP #10 Die, Gold Glitter Finish Zing Embossing Powder, Kraft paper bag

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MIM #141

I wanted to create some cards for my Project life and challenged myself to make them using mainly products from my fave stamping company, Papertrey Ink.  I also just happened to pick up some Zing embossing powder in the gold glitter finish on a recent trip to Hobby Lobby.  I am normally a silver type girl, but something about gold on papercrafting projects just makes my heart go pitter patter. So I combined the two and created this set of PL cards.

**I am linking this up with MIM #141 and hopefully this will count toward this week's challenge because I don't have the heat and stick embossing powder.  The rules for entering just said "glitter by embossing" so I think this will still work.  

I used a mix of stamp sets for these, but I used aqua mist, true black, harvest gold, and a little bit of hawaiian shores as the color scheme so that even with the use of a variety of stamp sets, they would still look cohesive.

Here are the cards individually:
 For this one, I used Gratitude Journal, Rosie Posie, and Rosie Posie Step 2. The photo just doesn't do this justice.  The gold glittery embossing on these roses looks so pretty in real life.

 This one used Gratitude Journal and Let Freedom Ring

 Polka dot gold sparkly deliciousness...this is just as a filler card, and I used Polka Dot Basics.

And last but not least, I used Wonderful Words: Together and Irresistibly Ikat.

To create the cards, I started out with some Vintage Cream cardstock that I trimmed down to size and then punched with the We R Memory Keepers 3x4 punch with the rounded corners.  Then I went to town decorating and embossing.  I'm excited to use these in my album and to add other little things- instagram photos, etc.  I'll try to remember to share the layout that I create with these.  

Back to the MIM challenge this week, I know I kind of bent the rules on this concept, so I am going to try to create a card using the clear embossing powder that I do have to see if I can achieve the result by heating it twice and I'll share the results from that later.

Have a great rest of your day!

Cardstock: Vintage Cream
Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, True Black and Versamark
Stamps:  Gratitude Journal, Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Polka Dot Basics, Let Freedom Ring, Wonderful Words: Together, Irresistibly Ikat
Other: Zing Gold Glitter Finish embossing powder, We R Memory Keepers 3x4 punch, Bubble Talk die (heart)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Make It Monday #140 Take Two

Hey Guys!
  As promised I'm back again with the second card I created for this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Nichole Heady's blog.

For this card, I used the actual die cut word hello from the background that I showcased yesterday. This was created by swiping the ink pads directly on the cardstock in a diagonal motion.  If you missed yesterday, the inks I used are Raspberry Fizz, Winter Wisteria, and Royal Velvet.

I started out with a Winter Wisteria card front. I stamped it with the coordinating ink using an image from Polka Dot Basics II for the background.  Then I added a white die cut circle (was a leftover piece from another project) and adhered the die cut Hello on top.  I finished the card off by die cutting and stamping some flowers from Mini Blooms and adhering them around the circle with dimensionals. I then took that base panel and trimmed it down a bit and attached it to an A2 size card of Royal Velvet Cardstock.

Cute and girly, and this one also came together really quickly- a very good thing because I've been so crunched for time over the past couple weeks.  And the best part is that I made very little mess! My table top was actually still visible even with everything I used still out! :-) That almost never happens!! Counting that as a win.

 Thanks for hanging out here with me today.  Don't forget to stop by Nichole's blog and check out the rest of the beautiful projects that others have created as well as the original challenge video!  Have a great rest of your day!


Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria, White
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, Raspberry Fizz
Stamps: Mini Blooms
Dies: Wonderful Words: Hello

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Make It Monday #140

Well since the last few days flew by and are a bit of a blur, I didn't get a chance to come back and post for last week's Make It Monday challenge.  I figured I better get on this week's quickly before time gets away from me again!

This week's challenge is to use ink pads to create a design.

I made 2 different cards from the same background that I created with this technique. I'm sharing the first one today and I'll share the other tomorrow :-).

Today's card is the simpler one of the two.

I created my background by swiping my ink pads diagonally across the cardstock and I love that it looks like dry brushing.  I used Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, and Raspberry Fizz inks.  I then die cut the wonderful words Hello from the background, being careful to keep the pieces for the e and the o.  I set aside the die cut word to use one another card and took my background with the negative image and adhered it at an angle on the card base.  I finished the card off by attaching the cut out pieces of the e and the o in the correct place within the negative image.

Quick and easy!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see my other card using the die cut!

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, Raspberry Fizz
Die: Wonderful Words: Hello die

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Just what I needed.

Good morning! It's a chilly one today here in Oklahoma.  Sadly almost all of the pretty fall leaves have fallen already- I didn't even get a chance to go take photos of them yet.  I suppose I should've known that with it being as windy as it is here that they wouldn't last too long.  I do love the crisp days, though.  Happy that sweater weather has finally arrived!
It's been a busy few days around here.  My mom came for a visit from Indiana- she arrived on Halloween and was able to Trick or treat with us and then stayed until Sunday.  It was a short visit, but we packed in a lot of fun!  I was really sad to see her leave, but I'm so thankful that she was able to come out for a few days.  There isn't a whole lot to do in the town where we live, so we did a lot of driving to get to the larger cities and more driving to get her to and from the airport. (the closest international airport is 2 hours away in OKC).  I think she enjoyed her visit in spite of all the car time.
Here are my kiddos on Halloween- Merida and Alice in Wonderland.

It's also been quiet around the bloggy because I was busy trying to learn a new skill. I taught myself how to knit.  I had a few failed attempts at this in the past where I just got frustrated and gave up.  I have more time now, though, since I'm staying home so I gave it another shot and I successfully completed a scarf. Hayley quickly snatched that up, so I'll have to make another one for myself.  I have my eye on the gaptastic cowl pattern that Dawn McVey has been using to make some beautiful scarves, but when I first looked at it, I didn't understand what the pattern was talking about, so I figured I have some more learning to do before I attempt it!  Since I was on a roll with the knitting success, I decided to try to learn to crochet too. Another thing I had previously tried to do and failed due to frustration.  But guess what?! I figured it out and I made a few projects! Thank you Youtube! I'm so glad to have finally accomplished my goal to learn how to do these things.  I've had yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks just gathering dust for months and months and I was finally able to put them to use and make something useful.  Here are the crochet projects that I completed (if you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these! Sorry):

My first attempt was a slouchy hat for my older daughter, Caitlynn.  It didn't turn out quite as slouchy as I thought it was going to, but she still likes it and I learned quite a bit doing it.  

Next I decided to try to make a flower.  And surprise, surprise, it actually came out looking like a flower!! I had some gray yarn left over and wanted to do a small project to try to use some of it up.  Now I want to make a bunch more of these!  This crochet business is addictive!

I was high on success from the flower and decided to take the plunge on a cute owl hat for Hayley.  And I DID IT! I am sure there are some mistakes, but it's a hat, it fits her, and it turned out the way it was supposed to. I'm calling it a success.  She LOVES it.  I just finished it this morning about 15 minutes to spare before we had to leave for school.  She was so excited to put it on and show her friends.  Makes my heart happy.  It took me most of yesterday and then the few minutes this morning to get it done, which is extremely slow compared to how quickly my friends do this- my friend Emily made 3 hats in less time than it took me to just make this one! I wish she was here to give me some lessons but she lives in Germany so I had to learn myself! 

Here is my happy girl wearing her new hat!

So I apologize for the silence here for the past few days! Having my mom visit was just what I needed, and I enjoyed doing something crafty other than making cards.  Not that I'm going to stop doing that- I am working on a card for this week's Make It Monday challenge at Nichole's blog and a couple other stamping projects that I'll hopefully be back to share tomorrow! Have a wonderful rest of your day!!