Monday, March 6, 2017

PGCB #123 - Luck of the Irish

Hello crafters!

I'm hosting the Luck of the Irish challenge on the Paper Girls Challenge blog this week! I'm challenging everyone to create an Irish or St. Patrick's themed project.

Here is the layout I created for this:

I cut the title, shamrocks, and the little worm using the Create a Critter cartridge from Cricut. and followed the instructions from a free sketch from Scrapbook Generation as my inspiration. All the papers were from my stash, no specific brand or feels nice to use up my supplies!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you'll join us for the challenge and link a project to the post before Saturday March 18th, 11:55pm MST. I'd love to see what you create!

Take care,

Monday, January 2, 2017

PGCB #119 - Confetti!

Hello, and Happy New Year!!!

I'm thrilled to be hosting the first challenge of the New Year for the Paper Girls challenge blog - I'm really hoping you'll join us! I'm challenging you to create a project that is inspired or using confetti! Yes - beautifully messy and unruly confetti :) You have until Saturday, January 14th to link up a project to the challenge - AND we have an excellent new prize structure that you won't want to miss!

Here are the cards I created for this weeks challenge:

I wanted to keep these cards in one layer so I could easily mail them, but still mimic the look of confetti. I used multiple colors of ink and dabbed the end of a pencil like a stamp and randomly stamped on my card - not caring much about pattern or placement, since we know genuine confetti doesn't care much either :)  To dress the card up a bit, I added a little gold pigment ink and some gold chevron washi tape. 

The sentiment stamp is from Fawn Lawn's Big Scripty Words set, and all the inks (with the exception of the gold pigment ink from Color Box) is from Close to My Heart.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope that you're New Year is off to a great start! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations on the Paper Girls blog soon!

Happy New Year!

Monday, November 7, 2016

PGCB #115 - Tag, You're It!

Hello there!

I'm hosting this weeks challenge with the Paper Girls - Tag, You're it! I'm hoping that everyone will join in on this challenge and create a project using tags. What is more exciting, however, is that the Greeting Farm is sponsoring this challenge! They are going to be giving a $25 gift certificate to their store to one random participant in the challenge - so, you should definitely link up with us! They are one of my favorite stamp companies - so I'm thrilled they were willing to sponsor us!

I used this challenge to kick off my own holiday tags! I really love to dress up packages (usually to hide my crummy wrapping job), but I really like how fast tags come together and how much you can personalize them too. Here are a few tags I was able to finish so far:

I cut these cut tags from Cricut Design Space in several different sizes and shapes, because I don't like people to get the exact same tag. I used Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather paper collection and chipboard stickers (which is pretty old at this point - gotta use up that stash, right?) and dressed up the tags with purple glitter paper from Close to My Heart. 

Two of the tags I used adorable stamped images from the Greeting Farm, Miss Anya Scarves (which I believe is now retired - but still cute as ever). I colored the images with Copic markers and used a little bit of foam tap to pop them up from the tag a bit. Here are a couple closer-up shots.

I'm glad you were able to stop by! Hope your able to play along with us Paper Girls and link up your projects with tags to our challenge!

Until next time! Happy crafting :)

Monday, August 1, 2016

PGCB #109 - Washi It Up

Hello and happy August!

I'm hosting the "Washi It Up" challenge with Paper Girls these next few weeks - and for good reason too! Summer months tend to be really busy, so when I get to squeeze in craft time, I'm always looking for ways to take short cuts and make easy projects. 

So - WASHI to the rescue! It has become one of my favorite "go-to's" for quick, fun, and easy projects. And, really, how many of you have at least a dozen (or maybe 5 dozen) rolls sitting around just begging to be used??? You don't see me over here bashfully raising my hand - I'm a washi horder!

So, naturally, in the midst of the craziness of summer, my mother had a birthday sneak up on me and almost pass me by (I can't believe I'm admitting this). So, I pulled together a quick little project for her (this probably took me less than an hour from start to finish - and it was SUPER easy to make), and I ended up with an adorable and super colorful picture frame. 

I found four rolls of tape in coordinating colors (these are all from My Mind's Eye Sweetest Thing collections - Tangerine and Lavender) and just started laying tape down on a wooden frame (I got these awesome wooden frames from Ben Franklin on clearance - they are made by Sierra Pacific Crafts).

I was inspired to make these adorable little flowers by watching this video on YouTube - and the feathers were inspired by seeing multiple projects on Pinterest. I embellished the flowers with gems from Pebbles, and they added just the right about of bling. 

I hope that this inspired you to use up those rolls of washi laying around! You have until 11:55pm (MST) on Saturday, August 13th to link up your project for a change to win a collection of goodies from us Paper Girls. I can't wait to see how you use your tape!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 20, 2016

PGCB #106 - Use Your Scraps

Hello there!

The Paper Girls are challenged this week by Michele to use up our scraps to make projects.

I have two bins of scraps; one for patterned paper scraps and the other for solid colored cardstock sorted by color. Organizing my scraps this way is really helpful for pulling together pieces for cards, especially since I typically use my scraps to die cut shapes and various elements.

Here is a card I put together all from scraps:

I tend to have bits and pieces of white cardstock left over after making card bases or journal cards for my scrapbooks, the left pieces are usually perfect to cut smaller cuts like circles, labels, etc. I also use my scraps to stamp and hand cut out images, like this adorable dragon from Tiddly Inks. And, it is inevitable that I have just enough patterned paper to make a statement to tie it all together :)

For this card I used the BluePrints 15 die set from My Favorite Things for the majority of the cuts, and the sentiment is from the Big Scripty Words die set from Lawn Fawn. 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you can link up a project using your scraps to our challenge before 11:59pm on Saturday, 7/2. 


Monday, June 6, 2016

PGCB #105 - The Great Outdoors

Hello, my Crafty Friends!

I am hosting a challenge this week with the Paper Girls and it's all about the Great Outdoors!

With the weather warming up, all I have been wanting to do is play outside! So - why not craft about it, too!

Here is the project I created - it's my Father's Day card for my dad since he loves to fish :)

To create this little scene, I used the adorable stamp set and coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn, Dad & Me and the Stitched Mountain Borders. The scalloped base and banner die for the sentiment are from the Blueprints 27 die set and the grass was cut from the Fresh Cut Grass die - both from My Favorite Things. 

To add a little pop of color, I sponged on a bit of blue ink behind the mountains and also a bit of gree ink around the grass. Then die cut each of my stamped images to create the adorable lake scene. The bears were colored in lightly with my prisma pencils.

I hope that you'll link up your Outdoorsy projects to the Paper Girls challenge blog before 11:59pm MST on Saturday, June 18th. I'd love to see what you create - AND - you might win a prize just for playing along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Growing In Unity Blog Hop!!!

Hello and happy Sunday! I'm hopping along with the other incredibly talented Growing In Unity girls over the last several weeks to give you another exciting chance to win! You should have arrived at my blog from Doreen O'Brien's blog.

Here is the fantastic line up:

  1. Patti La Bombard
  2. Amy England
  3. Helen Mazengarb
  4. Doreen O'Brien
  5. ME --> Brittany Morgan
  6. Teresa Godines
  7. Unity Blog
With school nearing to a close, I wanted to create a few cards for my kiddos to let them know what a great job they did this year. I couldn't resist using the Lil' Smartie Pants stamp - that darling lil' bird was perfect!

I colored the adorable bird with Copics then cut it out and popped it up with foam tape. I die cut the card base, circles, and pennants using the Blueprints 13 and 18 by My Favorite Things - and also popped them up using foam tape. The glitter heart gems from CTMH added just the perfect balance and touch. At the last minute I decided that the plain white background was a little too much, it was really bright and boring - so I toned it down by adding grey water color stripes for an interesting zebra stripe look (although I wasn't sure I was going to like it - and lucky I loved it, phew).

Thanks for stopping by to visit! Please don't forget to leave a comment AND visit all the other blogs in the line up for a chance to win! Click on the button below to visit Teresa Godines next!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!