November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

May your day be filled with blessings.

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November 26, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Turkey

My parents were here over the weekend for the Birthday party- but that also meant craft time for Mom and I :) She had created an adorable Turkey for Thanksgiving using the Curvy Keepsake box... and she brought enough supplies to share!

Earlier in the day we discovered that there is a new crafter in our midst. My li'l man LOVED helping his Nana cut out the feathers for the turkey. She said she couldn't keep the Big Shot loaded fast enough for him. He cut out ALL the feathers needed for three turkeys! What a little trouper :)

After the kids went to bed we sat and glued our turkey's together while watching a movie. Whew! These little guys take quite awhile (so do not expect to mass produce them). But isn't he adorable :)

And here is a couple of side shots to get a better view of his wings and details:

Enjoy! And have a Happy Thanksgiving. May you be richly blessed.

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November 24, 2014

It's a Pony Party!

As you could probably tell from my daughter's birthday banner earlier this week, we had a My Little Pony fan in the house. A BIG FAN! So, naturally she wanted ponies for her party.

She picked an easy theme for me. There is a ton of My Little Pony stuff available at the store, so plates/cups/napkins were all an easy feat. But I still wanted to add the personal touch to her parties that I love so much.

Of course my tool of choice for creating would be MDS- you would never expect anything different from me I'm sure :) But before I began I needed to turn to the web for some clipart ponies to use in my creations.

Now, here I will insert a warning: If you search for My Little Pony images on Google, do not- I repeat DO NOT- do it with children in the room. I know this sounds like an odd suggestion, but believe me it is true. Apparently there is an unsavory adult following of this kid's show. Sad but true- and they have created equally unsavory images of said ponies on the web. It was by no means the majority of what was out there, but there was enough of it that I wouldn't want my child looking over my shoulder.

Alright, so now that I got that warning out of the way (and I got some cute images of each of the main characters) onto the invite:

For the background I used the cloud paper from the Sunshine and Sprinkles kit. I use the recolor tool go get the paper to match the pony colors better, and I thought that it added just the perfect touch to the card. I even tried to emulate the 'pun' from the show of saying everypony instead of everybody. So happy with this cheerful front.

For the back I played ALOT to get the pony images just how I wanted them. It took awhile (I'm picky) but it turned out just how I hoped. My other favorite element from this side was the My Little Elli header. For this I found the show insignia and added that as an element to the page. I 'hid' the Pony in the title using a freeform layer and coloring over it in white. Then I just added Elli in a cute font (and in three colors stacked like the original title) to finish off the look. Pretty awesome right :)

I hope you enjoy these ideas for your own party prep. And I highly suggest MDS for a creating tool- it is so easy to use and full of awesomeness.

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November 20, 2014

Christmas Countdown

Did you see the tiny treat boxes in the Holiday Catalog? And did you notice that they come 25 to a set- which makes them absolutely PERFECT for this:

Flipping through the Holiday Catalog I just knew I wanted to make a set of these for a Mommy & Me class. They are so cute and definitely doable even by the youngest of crafters.

I didn't want to use this year's set of countdown numbers though. I wanted a set that was a little more fun for the younger generation- and that I could print out from MDS so all they would have to do is punch and glue. Then I remembered the 25 & Counting set from a couple years ago and knew what I was going to do.

Didn't it just turn out adorable? My daughter is going to LOVE making the rest of this project, and I'll share the final set with you when it is done.

There is still time before December to make your own Christmas Countdown calendar too! Just grab a set of the boxes from the store, and either the stamp set from this years catalog or the digital version I used. I would love to hear what you put in your boxes :)

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November 18, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my little Girly! I've got a cute surprise for you when you wake up :)

And for those of you who aren't my daugher ;) I hope you enjoy the banner too!

It was pretty simple to make. First you start with strips of colorful DSP and string them together. Then, for the clouds and letters I inserted punches onto MDS pages, changed them to a mirror image, and then printed it out. That way when I cut them out the printed lines wouldn't show if it wasn't perfect. Then all I had to do was add a Rainbow Dash picture to the mix. She's gonna love it (I hope).

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November 13, 2014

Halloween Revisited

Okay. I know Halloween is already past. But I haven't had a chance to share this super cute card with you yet!

My mom sent it for the kids on Halloween. Isn't it just adorable? Elli was super excited to get the pretty card. My Li'l man on the other hand- he was just happy it came with a coin to stick in his piggy bank ;)

The outside was created of 'punch art' using oval punches and some leaves (I'm guessing the ears were just cut by hand).

Inside she had hidden a coin behind each of the ghosts on the left hand side. You could see the 'shiny' coming through their eyes :)

Now, even though this card is for Halloween, it could so easily be switched up for Thanksgiving (part of why I still wanted to share it). Here is what I would do- skip the jack o lantern face so the cat is just peeking over a pumpkin and perhaps make the cat brown instead. Then add a pretty fall DSP instead of the purple (I would recommend one from the Color Me Autumn set). Finally, write THANKS instead of Boo on the front.

Inside you could add some leaf images and a sentiment from the For All Things stamp set. Now you're all set!

What kid in your life wouldn't like a fun card for Thanksgiving :)

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November 11, 2014

Birthday Countdown

My little girly is at the age where she always wants to know how long until something is going to occur. How long until Halloween, how long until Santa... and right now the most pressing one- How long until my birthday??

She knows it is getting close, so to help her track the time I made this super quick countdown for her. Of course it uses the always wonderful MDS program. I was able to throw it together and have it printing out in less than 5 minutes (and that was even with two kids poking at me while I did it). Woo Hoo! :)

I left some of the spots colorless so that she could do her own decorating. Then, each night at super we can cover up one of the numbers with a sticker. What kid doesn't love stickers :) She's super excited, can you tell!

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November 6, 2014

Thankful Banner

When I saw the Grateful For Days simply created kit in the Holiday catalog I just knew I wanted to make something with it!

I decided that I didn't want quite such a large display (it has enough slots for 30 days of Thankfulness) but instead I just wanted a short banner for my fireplace mantle. Also, I wanted to dress it up a bit with pretty fall leaves (I love fall decor!!) and have a phrase like Thankful or Give Thanks on it.

So during naptime last weekend I got busy with my supplies. I was so blessed that both my kiddos took a REALLY long nap and I was able to get the whole thing done in 1 day. That never happens around here :). Here's what I came up with (click on the picture to see it larger):

For the leaves I used the Autumn Accents die for the Big Shot and all the colors of cardstock from the kit. Then I ran the leaves (but not the acorns) through the Woodgrain texture folder to give them a little dimension. After that I had a huge pile of leaves to decorate with :) Here is a bit of a detail shot of a couple of the pennants:

I decided on the phrase THANKFUL so that I could have some ornamental images on the ends to give it a little extra style. And I used MDS to make sure the letters were all the size I needed for the circle punch. I know I didn't 'need' to use MDS for this project... but what can I say. I'm addicted to it as you all well know, and it made it so much easier to figure out the letter sizing than just using a word processing program would have :)

I had some extra leaves over after I finished all the pennants, but I figured they just HAD to get used anyway. So I added them to the ends of the banner in a cluster. To attach them to the string I just used a small strip of extra cardstock, which I folded in half and glued together to the back of the 'pile of leaves'.

I figure I should also mention that I tried out the new Fast Fuse runner for the first time on this project. It took a little getting used to, but I was impressed with the results. Way easier than dealing with all that sticky strip, but feels much more secure than just using a snail tape runner. I highly suggest giving one a try :)

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November 3, 2014

Naptime Fun

I had some fun while my little ones napped this weekend. Can you guess what it will become?

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November 1, 2014

Diva Swap and Share

I had so much fun at the last Diva Swap and Share. It is always great to get together with these creative ladies and get my craft on :) Do you want to come too? Just join my team and you're in for a lot of fun!

The 'Share' portion of the meeting this quarter was all about Blendabilities. Now if you follow me often, you know that I am not a colorer. Please give me colored ink and a bold stamp... not some lined image and markers *shudder*. It is like a coloring book, and I guess I just don't like to relive that part of my childhood. BUT- and that is a big BUT ;) - There is SO MUCH more that you can do with with these alcohol markers! And even I'm thinking I need some now :)

Our group's leader, Patsy Waggoner, shared an awesome video with us about all the things you can do with the blendability markers. And then she shared an equally awesome swap that showcased two of the techniques from the video.

As you can see her card has no fussy coloring on it. So what did she do with the markers you may ask. Well, look a little bit closer.

See the snowflake? Those come in silver only. But she made it a beautiful blue to match the card, and then added a rhinestone colored blue as well. Pretty and an easy way to make your embellishments a little more specialized.

Now keep looking closer. See the ribbon. Yep- also colored with a blendability. It is just silver when you buy it. So ribbons are also colorable! Now I want you to imagine all the beautifully coordinated ribbons you could make out of the while lace and organza ribbons we sell. Are you feeling the amazing possibilities yet?

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