You Are Boo-Tastic!

This year I decided to start early on my Halloween Cards.

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For seasonal cards, I find it easiest when  I pull out all my supplies that way everything is at my fingertips.

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Last year I bought most of these supplies and did not get a chance to use it! So glad I saved all my goodies.

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Here is my original card but I decided it needed more dimension and depth so I popped everything up and added some clear cardstock for the the circle window.

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Hopefully, I will have a ton of Halloween cards to share in the next few weeks! Have a wonderful labor day!

Thank You and Say Cheese!

I made this card for my bff in the hopes that I could convince her to use embossing paste! It’s so fun!

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For some reason, I ended up doing a camera theme for all these cards! Totally not planned.  So for the chevron background I colored the embossing paste with distress inks and carefully applied it to the stencil.

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I love how the embossing paste gives the card such beautiful dimension! Then I sprinkled on some clear glitter and allowed it to dry for about 30 to 40 minutes. The camera and sentiment are from the Silhouette store and the mini Polaroid is from Papertrey Ink.   For the sentiment, I did the same technique where I added layers of clear embossing paste to make it nice and shiny.

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For the final touches, I added a little wink of stella to the camera and enamels dots in silver and white! Embossing paste – you rock!

You Can Never Have Too Many Thank You’s

I made a series of thank you cards that I will be sharing for all the acts of kindness that I am lucky to witness in my life.

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For this series of  cards, I used this awesome chevron stencil from heidi swapp and my favorite color combo from Hero Arts shadow inks:

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I love that this stencil can be used for inks and embossing pastes! I also tried a technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire where you add layers of embossing powder to the sentiment.  I love the shiny look:

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Remember to take the time to thank all the loved ones in your life!

Oh Happy Day!

“Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof!” – Happy Happy Happy birthday!

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I used adorable patterned paper from Lawn Fawn for this card.  I love the heart garland!

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For the balloons, I applied a few different inks using my sponge daubers.  I have to admit now that I have my picture frame storage I am using a lot more of my embellishments (i.e. the white flower bling) for cards and projects. Such a great idea!

Thanks for visiting!

Hollar for Collars!

Sometimes you capture the perfect moment that pulls at your heart strings…

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Here are my little scotties napping on my lap and holding hands as we head home after a fun filled day!

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I made their cutie collars using my Silhouette!  These collars were very easy to make and look great on the pups!

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What can I say – my scotties are spoiled! Off to make them some custom shirts. haha! jk.

Scottie Selfie!

Even sleepy Scotties need to take a selfie…hehe!

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After a weekend filled with dog beaches, long walks, and doggie bakeries…My Scotties were super sleepy on the car ride home! lol! Caught them snoozing away on my lap! They are so sweet!

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I made several thank you cards for all the wonderful friends and family in my life! As you can see, I am still hooked on the Scottie nautical theme!

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I just love the little anchors and the sail boat! The Paper Smooches sentiment was perfect for these cards!

Thank you for all the love! Muah!

Chihuahua Mama!

If you are a chihuahua mama you are going to love this post!

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My dear friend is a proud mother of a little chihuahua and so I made her a few cute little things including this fancy birthday card.  For the card, I used the leftovers from my vinyl transfer cut out and used gold ink for the chihuahua.  (What can I say – leftovers are awesome!) For some finishing touches, I added a sprinkle of enamel dots and a little glitter heart for the collar. Next up, a must have chihuahua mama accessory:

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This canvas tote bag is wonderful!  It is very sturdy with pockets everywhere.  It also has a zipper to close the top which is great for traveling.  I found the little chihuahua from the Silhouette store.  I used flocked heat transfer vinyl which matches the velvet black trim of the bag.    For a personal touch, I monogrammed the back of the tote bag using a spring font from the Silhouette store.

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Isn’t the font so sweet? I just love the fun-happy feeling I get when I see it! A few months back, I purchased a canvas block art of a Scottie which I absolutely loved.  I found on Etsy this adorable chihuahua wood block art that can be placed on a book shelf or wall mounted.

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Tell me that the glasses and bow tie doesn’t kill you with cutenesssssssssss! Finally, I made a little canvas bag to put the artwork inside (which can be later used as a lingerie laundry bag!)

Needless to say, I can’t wait to make all of these things in the Scottie version for me! hehe!

Restoration Crafting

I was completely inspired by this post of Carissa Wiley’s craft room. Simply amazing!

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I have been storing my little stamping embellishments in this old spice rack (Remember this craft storage post):

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And though it has been great for saving space, I don’t remember to use these embellishments! (Out of sight out of mind.)  I found this frame and decided to do a little “craft restoration.”   The gold was actually pretty but it doesn’t match my craft space.

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I was so nervous to paint this frame because it was the first time I have ever done such a big project.  Supplies needed:  Paint can, brush, cardboard box, rubber gloves, and a paint stick.  I learned that you need to stir the paint before using it.  (Thanks Shawn!) Who knew?!

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For this frame, I painted two layers to give it a nice coat and coverage.  It took the first layer about 2 hours to dry and then I left the frame to dry over night after applying the second coat of paint.  I made a mistake and put a thumb print in one corner because I was too eager to get the project finished!

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Afterwards, my little helper screwed in little round hooks onto the back of the frame and wrapped wires around the hooks. (My Scottie is very crafty!) Here is a good youtube video on this!

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TA DA! My finished picture frame craft storage! I used little bags for my embellishments and small paper clips!  This is so cool! I can’t believe I made it all by myself! The last thing I need to do is get some saw tooth hangers and get it attached on my craft wall!

Looking forward to more craft restoration projects!

UPDATE:

Here is the picture frame craft storage mounted on the wall! I left some space between the second and third rows just in case I needed to clip on larger bags.  For now, it looks fantastic!

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You’re my First Mate!

I can’t believe summer is already here! Looking forward to lots of sun and water this year.  The following card was inspired by this adorable outfit from the Martha Stewart pet collection:

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And of course, my adorable little Scotties:

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It took me forever to put this card together and I struggled to find the right alphabet set for the cute sentiment.  Anyone ever have this problem?! The red striped pattern paper is actually from Martha Stewart’s Valentine’s day collection which fits perfectly with the nautical theme.

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Here you can see the dimension added to the card.

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I hand cut the banner for the sentiment and used my (beloved) silhouette for the boat and anchor.  Then a few sprinkles of enamel dots to finish up the card! Happy Sailing to all the Scotties!

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After completing the post, I couldn’t help but adding a few more finishing touches.  I thought the anchor looked a little lonely so I made a little lifesaver to keep it company. Then, I added some black stitching around the card and enamel dots to the water! Adorable!

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Drop Your Drawers – It’s Laundry Time!

Drop Your Drawers – It’s Laundry Time!

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This weekend, I discovered the joy of Silhouette’s Heat Transfer Vinyl!!! I purchased the starter kit which had a few sheets of vinyl and tools:

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I got my starter kit for a pretty good deal.  I don’t think I would recommend getting the starter kit at full price because you can buy individual sheets and get more for your money that way.

I do a lot of traveling and I needed a lingerie laundry bag to keep all my garments sorted in my suitcase.  So I went to some local stores and found these awesome drawstring canvas bags:

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I found these adorable lingerie sets from the Silhouette store and cut them using the smooth vinyl heat transfer sheets:

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After peeling off the excess vinyl sheets, I positioned all of the pieces together to figure out where I wanted everything to be placed on the canvas bag:

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To get started, you will need an iron, iron board, and a piece of fabric.  I recommend using a piece of fabric that is bigger than your project – that way you don’t have to worry about your iron accidentally making direct contact with the vinyl.  I set my iron on the “cotton” level and allowed it to warm up before I started applying the heat.

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For the best results, I did one piece of vinyl at a time.  I found that after 30 seconds or so of heat, the vinyl will transfer smoothly to the surface.  Be sure to move the iron back and forth, especially over the intricate areas, so that the corners do not lift.  If you are lucky like me, you will have a little helper who likes to do a lot of ironing!

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After peeling off the plastic, I usually run the iron over the sheet and the surface to make sure I got all the small corners.  Here is a close-up of the vinyl on the canvas bag:

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TA DA! The final result which I absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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For the back of the bag, I used some leftover scraps that I was about to throw away! Don’t throw away your scraps – you never know when a mistake will turn into something fabulous!

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Hope you enjoyed this post! Now it’s time to do laundry!

Blue Birds Smiling at Me…

I love this little bird.

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I made another series of birthday cards which I like to call “How Many Fingers Are You” for all the Spring babies!  For this card, I used embossing paste and glitter to create the raised hearts and added some light blue bling and white enamel dots.

Happy May!

Around the World

A dear friend of mine has the best job wherein he gets to travel the world…

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Over the years, I have kept all the postcards from all the different countries he has visited.

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I decided to keep a project life chapter for all the postcards and I hope that that one day I will be able to travel to all these wonderful places!

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I look forward to all the funny messages and stories my friend shares with me from abroad.  The other week I got a postcard from Perth Australia which had been all over the news!

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So lucky to have such wonderful friends! Safe travels!

Aprons on for all Moms!

I decided to do a little baking for Mother’s Day this year…

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Of course, it is craft baking!  I absolutely adore all things made by Lori Whitlock – she is so talented and creative! To start, I printed out all of the pieces so it would make the assembly process easier.

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I used two types of patterned papers for the aprons which I thought would be great for Mother’s Day with all the fun floral patterns.

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Originally, for the apron pockets I used colored card stock but it was really hard to see the Happy Mother’s Day sentiment.  After a few tries, I changed the pockets to white so the sentiment would stand out.

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I attached the apron pockets to the apron and made sure to push it down very firmly so that the pocket would stay in place.

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For final touches, I added the ribbon and utensils! Seriously, doesn’t the spatula just kill you with cuteness? I also love the rolling pin! *squeal*

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Like all great recipes, this card was made with lots of love! I can’t wait for Mother’s Day this year.  So excited to send these to all the wonderful mom’s in my life!

A Scottish Thanks!

I made this card for another Scottie Mom…

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There is a quote I came across that really struck a chord in my heart when I was making this card:  “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France.  I can say without a doubt, my soul has been awakened. Hope you have a lovely weekend filled with puppy kisses!

Gold, Glitter, and Green!

I have to say all the wonderful things about this beautiful gold ink is true…

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I picked up these goodies while I was out of town this week.  I was so excited that as soon as I got off the plane I ran straight home and started to craft! I thought using this ink would be perfect for the mama elephant challenge!

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I felt very inspired by the blue/aqua colors from this photo. And with Easter around the corner, I needed to make a few Happy Easter cards!

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I love this background stamp from impress rubber stamps.  The details are so beautiful and the gold is so rich and glittery.

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In order to give the Vellum that beautiful aqua color I took my hero arts tide pool shadow ink and rubbed it into the Vellum.  I love how it turned out!

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For this second card, I just added an extra layer behind to bring out more of the lovely blue/aqua colors.

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For the bunny tails, I used a puffy marker to give it some dimension!

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For this last card, I used a kraft card stock for a different look!

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Thanks for visiting!  If you haven’t tried the gold ink – I would definitely recommend it! Happy Easter =)

Chickies in Glitter!

Must have been the Saving Mr. Banks movie that I watched which gave me a Mary Poppins inspiration for this card…

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As you can see, I am still crazy about the embossing paste and glitter combo.  It looks so beautiful in real life!

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For some finishing touches I sprayed the clouds with a glitter mist and gave the chickies nose a little glossy accents.

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I love this stamp set Thanks for stopping by!

Smile! Hello Mom!

I was inspired to make a different kinda of card this week for my mom. She loves lots of embellishments and bling. Lol.

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I love all the fun colors! After this post I ended up adding a strip of the colored paper right above the “mom” sentiment which help give the card a nice balance.

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Hope this card adds a little pop of color to your day!!

Happy Anniversary Bunnies!

My friend asked me to make an anniversary card for her…

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She really liked the colors I used from Owen’s birthday bash and the Worst Day Ever card:

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I love the little bunny bottom hopping away on the inside of the card. Cracks me up.

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For this card I used a lot of my Project Life 3×4 pocket cards.  I have taken a little break from my Project Life and didn’t want all these cards to be forgotten!

Craft Corner

I love searching the craft blogs and seeing all the creative spaces of fellow crafters.  That’s why I wanted to share my craft space:

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I recently got this wonderful desk from ikea and I love how there are shelves to store stamps and paper.  Believe it or not, when I first started stamping I used to create out of a suitcase and worked on the floor! Flash forward 4 years later – I am building a small empire!  Love it.

Some Bunny Loves Paste!

Here is the first of many cards using my new stencils and modeling paste:

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I just love the new mama elephant stamp set! It’s so cute that it makes me smile ear to ear when I am stamping away.  For this card I used an awesome stencil by Heidi Swapp that I purchased at my local craft store:

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I love how the modeling paste creates the raised hearts.  I added a little sprinkle of enamel dots to tie in all the colors in the card.

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Adorable!

Happy Birthday Owen!

My best friend is having an adorably themed “Milk and Cookies” party for her son’s 2nd birthday!  I made these cute milk tags for the milk bottles:

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I heat embossed the “Milk” sentiment and glass.  To make the milk, I colored the cup with a white pencil crayon and then sprinkled on some distress glitter.   I totally love the red twine tied around the milk bottle!

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For some fun toppers, I made these “Happy Birthday 2″ using my fabulous silhouette!  I added some red pearls and then white enamel dots to give a little extra pop!

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Finally, I made a large birthday banner and cake banner:

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Viola! Here is the final package of all the birthday decorations! I loved making these goodies and had so much fun!

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Happy Birthday Owen!!!

Embossing Paste – I found you! (Sorta)

So of course, I could not resist the stencil and embossing paste craze that has hit the stamping world!

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But for the life of me, I could not find embossing paste in any of my local craft stores! (I drove to three different cities and still no luck!)  Finally, I read that modeling paste could be used as an alternative. So I got this at my local Michaels store for $6 (with a coupon!)

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So far, I have experimented with adding distress inks to color the modeling paste which is super cool!  The drying time for a thin layer is about 20 minutes and anything thicker is about 30 to 45 minutes.  I was hoping it would dry to white opaque-ish color but it’s not quite there.  I am still really curious to try the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste (hesitation is whether $15-including shipping- is worth it).

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Anyone have any experience with these pastes? Would love to hear your thoughts!