Up and Away!

I’m back with some goodies to share with you! A few weeks ago, I started to make some party favors for a friend using this great idea I came across online.  The party theme is hot air balloons – so what’s a better party favor than these cuties…

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To start, I ordered a bunch of eos chapsticks in a variety pack from Jet.com.  I stamped the hot air balloons and colored them using distress inks and copics! After, I used a circle die cut to make the holes inside the hot air balloon:

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TA DA!! I will add some twine to the top of the cards so it will be easy to take and carry! I absolutely love these party favors and think it will be a hit with the guests =)

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Oh, and can I tell you all of these eos chapsticks smell delicious! So much so my scottie almost took a bite of out them!

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Sneak peek and a Smile!

Just thought I would share a preview of some mother’s day cards I am working on…

bowl1Every year I enjoy the process of making holiday cards…i.e. trying to figure out cute ideas and then mass producing it! The fun is in the planning and preparation I swear!  Here’s the throwback to last year’s Mother’s Day cards:

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Pretty darn cute! I love those little aprons…In the meantime, here are some cute smiling faces of my little rugrats!

IMG_20150419_120203Let’s get ready for some weekend fun!

OMG! Kristina Werner!

OMG OMG OMG! My card was featured in Kristina Werner’s February 2015 Mail Call!

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Do you see it? It’s the pink shaker heart card on the upper left corner! (see video at 6 minute mark) Woop Woop!  I am over the moon happy because I absolutely love all of Kristina’s cards, techniques, and stamp/stencils.

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TA DA – As you may recall, here is the card and previous blog post! When I first started stamping, I watched all of Kristina’s youtube tutorial videos and purchased all of the products she recommended for beginners.  Flash forward 5 years later and I am still watching her videos and purchasing her products!

Thank you Kristina for featuring my card in the February 2015 mail call! I am happy as a clam…

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Or should I say… Happy as two scottie pups!=)

Penguin Party!

I have been literally counting down the days for the Mama Elephant release! I love love love their stamps (as you can tell!):

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Even my Scottie loves to be a stamp model! lol.  I saw this version on Laura Bassen’s blog and knew I had to make a shaker card version!

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Aren’t these stamps so adorable?! I love that there are so many different images! Ugh. So cute!

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Can’t wait to make more dancing penguin cards! Shake shake it!

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!

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!

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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!

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!