Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chicken Friends

Hello there!  Welcome to this week's PPA sketch challenge.  I hope you're ready for another great Pals Paper Arts challenge! Margaret Moody has a wonderful sketch for us, so get ready to play along.  You'll have a whole week to play along with the challenge, starting on Thursday, February 16th. Grab your supplies and I hope you'll join us.

I'm no chicken when it comes to today's card!  I thought the chicken would be a great focal point, and it fit the label framelet perfectly.  I really don't know what I did before the framelets, I just love them a lot.  The second background was fussy cut around the main framelet, and now after looking at, I should of done a better job.  Oh well.  This great chicken image and all of the DSP comes from the Beau Chateau DSP pack.  Using your DSP is a great way to get a focal image, you just gotta think outside the box!

I wanted something different for my scalloped edge border, so I came up with using the smallest label framelet as a scallop.  I snipped the main part off, and just used the edges, since you basically cut them in half, you get two for each cut.  I do love how they turned out, the pearls just add a perfect touch.

I am going to admit to cheating here, the DSP and accents are all pink pirouette, and the beautiful pleated ribbon is blushing bride.  Usually I try to keep to the same colors, but it worked for this card.  The trio of flowers are sahara sand, soft suede and pink pirouette punched out of the itty bitty punch pack.  A tiny pearl and a friends tag tied with baker's twine just finishes it off.

Since this is a square sketch, my card is a 5 x 5 square.  I like the look of the bigger cards, it shows off the pretty layers real nice.  So what do you think?  Grab your supplies and play along.  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Stamps:  Tiny Tags
Paper:  Beau Chateau DSP, soft suede, pink pirouette, sahara sand, crumb cake
Ink:  Soft Suede
Tools:  Big shot, label framelets, pleated satin ribbon, jewelry tag, bakers twine, itty bitty punch pack, basic pearls

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hand-made Party Decorations


Yesterday, I showed you one of these cute little labels.  They were made with the My Digital Studio software.  I realized that I wanted to use the Apothecary Labels to label the candy jars, but I didn't have that stamp set.  I immediately downloaded it and went to work.  This label is one of the larger sized labels in the actual stamp set, but I wanted it a bit smaller, so I sized it down to fit the second to smallest label framelet.  Perfect!  I printed all eight on one piece of paper in black ink, then cut them right out with my framelet.  Easy Peasy.

I went back into MDS to do the candy labels, I just typed names and printed it out on wisteria wonder CS.  The Circle Circus stamp was stamped on the ends, and voila, beautifully printed candy tags.  So what are we doing with these tags?  Well take a look:

We had a Candy Table at Mackie's party.  All of the candy and snack items were either white, black, or purple.  It was very fun!  The girls got their own bag to fill with candy.  It was a big hit!

We also made some hat boxes for table decor.  Very easy, just paint with black craft paint and decorate.

This was one of my favorite party favors, The Jones Soda Company, will make personalized labels for your special event.  I have always wanted to have these done, but Mackie's party's usually have a big invite list.  This year, we only had 10, so it was the year to do it.  There is also a sweet birthday poem that I had printed on the side.

This is just a few items that the girls took home with them.  It was a sleep over party, and I know they didn't get to sleep til around 4am.  But all had fun.

I hope you were inspired today to use your craft items for things other than cards or scrapbooking.  Just look around you, most things can be duplicated with just a bit of time and creativity, so step out side the box and have a ball!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pals February Blog Hop

It's the occasion of the year as the Stampin' Pretty Pals share some fabulous cards and projects featuring Stampin' Up!'s Occasion Mini and Sale-A-Bration products on today's Pals Blog Hop!

You've probably hopped over from Linda Fisher at  Linda's Stampin Loft, I'm stop number 28 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for paper projects showcasing Stampin' Up!'s Occasion Mini and Sale-A-Bration products from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track.

Today, I have a Happy Birthday Banner that I made for my daughter's birthday.  I made one for Tate for his first birthday and thought that it would be nice to have one to put up each year for Mackie's day.

I kept with the purple and black theme here, wisteria wonder is such a pretty color and is used for all of the party supplies that I made.  The brand new Paper Doily large sizzlits die was used for each letter.  I had originally wanted to make each letter different, but when you are making 19 individual letters, making all of them the same seemed the best idea!

The basic black base was flag cut at the end, embossed with the vintage wallpaper EF, and topped with a wisteria wonder dotted scallop ribbon boarder punch.  The paper doily was attached to the base, and a circle punch of First Edition SDSP was used as the background for the letter.  The letters are cut from the serif essentials alphabet bigz dies.

A little boho blossom punch flower was anchored on each pennant.

The pennants were attached to each other with ball and chain, (that's funny) and a victoria lace bow was attached to each pennant.

I needed a spacer between each word, and I had some half circles from the petal cone die left over, so I overlayed them with the paper doily that I trimmed down.  After this was done, I added a little wisteria wonder ruffled ribbon bow on each side.

This banner did end up being longer than the spot that I wanted to hang it, but we found an alternative spot, and it worked out well.  This project did take me a while to complete, so plan for extra time when you make yours.

I have another occasions mini project to show you tomorrow and more party hand-crafted items, so make sure you come back for more info on this gorgeous little item!  Hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Nancy Gleason, stop number 1 on the Occasions Mini  Sale-A-Bration Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!

  1. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin' Space
  2. Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements
  3. Emily Steggell at Stamping With Emily
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  5. Angela Richwine at Stampin' Away with Angela
  6. Sue Bendinsky at My Color Creations
  7. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki's Creative Corner
  8. Leah O'Brien at Leah's Stampin' Corner
  9. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Mike Funke at Stampin-Style
  11. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  12. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  13. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin' Blog
  14. Maggie Mata at MaggieMadeCards
  15. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair!
  16. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  17. Tricia Barber at My Stampin' Blog
  18. Ann Schach at The Stampin' Schach
  19. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  20. Kim Luithle at Kim's Stampin Stuff
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan
  22. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  23. Christy Q at Schnauzer Crafts Creations
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  26. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings
  27. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft
  28. Sandie Conner at Pretty Provisions

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mackie's Party

Hello there!  We have been very busy with planning Mackie's Birthday Party, and it went off without a hitch on Saturday.  I would love to share some pictures of the event with you.  Since there is so much to show you, I plan on breaking it down into different posts.  Our theme was a Purple and
Black party, so the Wisteria Wonder color fit right in.  Tomorrow is the Pals Blog Hop, and I will have some great party ideas to show you, so keep in touch over the next few days!

This was on our front door to welcome everyone to the party.  We had high winds, so I had to move it around to the inside of the door after the party started.  This is a big rosette, about 12 inches wide, the edge was punched first with the scallop border punch before scoring.

I made my own DSP by using the new SAB Fresh Vintage stamp set in whisper white and basic black, an M from the Serif Alphabet bigz dies.  I love this alphabet set, it is a borrowed set, and now I have it on my list.

Here are some little decorated glass bottles that I had made for drinks.  My sample had these embellished with ribbon, but in the end we went simple.  A simple scallop punch with a layered silver glimmer circle, and a circle stamped with the circle circus stamp set finished off the center.  The straws were black stripe and purple stripe paper straws.  The flag was made with the pennant parade stamp set and pennant builder punch.

Here is the small cake table, we had three cakes with all different flavors.  La Patisserie did the cakes and they were beautiful.  We chose to do Mac's initials on each cake.

Picture overload, I know!  This is a good stopping point for today, so make sure you come back for tomorrow's PALS Blog hop to see more great hand made paper crafts!  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Flower Fest Butterflies

It's time for another fabulous Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge! Join the PPA Design Team on February 2nd. You can't go wrong with this challenge - just add any red!

This definitely was a challenge, I pulled out all of my reds and tried to come up with a combo that I liked.  My "reds" that I decided on are Rose Red, Poppy Parade, and Real Red.  It seemed like a modern funky combo to me, so I went playful with some cute butterflies.

Here is that wonderful SAB Everyday Enchantment DSP that I cannot stop using!  It worked great as my background.  The butterflies were stamped with the Flower Fest stamp set and punched out with the butterfly punch.  Each butterfly got a bit of bling with a basic rhinestone.  The antenna's were stamped in the matching colors on the naturals ivory cardstock, and layered on real red.

The rose red flag was textured with the square lattice EF, and even though the baker's twine is Cherry Cobbler, it works here.  A white brad holds it together, and another basic rhinestone finishes it off.

This Thanks sentiment, is quickly becoming one of my favorites, it is from the Rue Des Fleurs stamp set.  I just love the font and the little flourish.

There you have it, a simple but elegant thank you card.  See, even a bunch of different reds go together well, so grab your supplies and play along.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Flower Fest, Rue Des Fleurs
Paper:  Poppy parade, rose red, real red, naturals ivory, everyday enchantment DSP
Ink:  Poppy parade, rose red, real red
Tools:  Big shot, butterfly punch, bakers twine, basic rhinestones, square lattice EF

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

MDS Free Download & PPA Peek

The MDS Express free 30 day trial is here.  Have you been curious about the new age of digital scrapbooking and card making?  I have to say that I am intrigued, and now with the new promo of being able to try the software out, it is a win, win!  Click HERE to go to my online store to take advantage of this great promo.
With the FREE 30-day trial, you’ll get:* Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
* Full design functionality.
* Exclusive artwork that comes with My Digital Studio Express—that’s $50 worth of content!
* Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets--and everything in between.
* Access to our professional print services.

For use beyond 30 days, purchase My Digital Studio Express or the My Digital Studio disc version.

And without further adieu, here is my sneak peek for this week's PPA challenge.  Come back tomorrow for the full reveal!

On a side note, I am sorry that my posts have been sparse lately, I am in the thick of party planning for Mackie's party.  I am busily making rosettes, petal cone treat holders, a happy birthday banner,  a very special simply adorned necklace, etc, and not to mention getting the desert table ready.  Whew I have been busy!  Don't worry though, I will share all of the creations that I come up with you when I have a spare moment.  See you tomorrow!
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