Monday, March 30, 2015

PGCB Spring Blog Hop - Celebrations

Welcome to my leg of the Spring Celebration blog hop with the Paper Girl's Challenge blog. You should have come from Michele's blog All About the Paper. We have a fabulous prize from Unity Stamps worth $86!  To qualify for an entry to win this prize you need to comment on each stop on the blog hop, follow our blog and "like" our facebook page.

Unity Stamps is our sponsor for this blog hop! 
Hop on over to their facebook page and thank them for their generosity if you don't mind! They have this wonderful prize pack of stamps for one lucky winner!

And here is a peek of the prize:



As you can see, the Paper Girls like to party. Over at my house the most important part of our birthdays is the cake. My kids always choose interesting subjects for their cakes and I do my best to try and pull it off. In the last two weeks I've had two birthday parties in my home. At the first party my son chose Spyro from Skylanders for his cake. His face is made with different colors of fondant and the horns are ice cream cones covered with yellow candy melts.

 At the second party my daughter wanted her cake to be a companion cube from the game Portal for her birthday party. The outside is also fondant and I piped the pink accents.  I decided to do something fun and bake heart shapes into the cake when you slice it. My daughter is really girly so she loved it.
 A view of the inside of the Portal cake.

Thanks for stopping by! Here is a list of the blog hop locations in case you missed one. Your next top is Karrie's blog.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Paper Girls Challenge #75 - Marsala

At Paper Girls we are working with this year's new Pantone color of the year, Marsala today.Looking through my supplies I came across the Tim Holtz distress stain in Aged Mahogany. It is a close match so I stained some swatches on some cardstock.

After it dried I punched out some hearts and popped them up over a patch I stained with TH Broken China. I love those stains. So easy just to swipe the color on. It was easy to stamp a bold sentiment over the top. This one comes from Stampin' Up Big on You.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Paper Girls Challenge #74 - Card Sketch

For the Paper Girl's Challenge card sketch up this week I made a birthday card for my sister. I used one of the photopolymer stamp sets I bought myself for Christmas called You're Wonderful. I couldn't wait to try my hand at coloring it in.Of course I decided to make a fancy one layer card with it. I stamped the sentiment first and then had to carefully mask it to get the flowers in the background. I love the effect though so it was worth the effort. I colored the flowers with my SU Blendabilities alcohol markers.

I just have to say that I love how this stamp set is designed. It has a lot of different phrases that can be stamped inside the banner portions of the stamp. Super useful and the flowers are really fun to color in. It was easy to build the spray of flowers match the sketch.

Go check out the Paper Girls Challenge blog for more fab interpretations and join us for this challenge!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Paper Girls Challenge #73 - Anniversary

Good morning! I'm hosting the challenge over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog today and the theme is Anniversary. I thought this stamp from Lawn Fawn was perfect for the theme. I love that is coveys love without having to make it girly so that I can actually give it to my husband and it's not all hearts and butterflies.

I stamped the globe onto vellum with StazeOn and carefully colored in the white space with my blendabilities. I was careful because the alcohol in the markers reacts with the StazeOn ink but they are the only inks that will not smear on the vellum.

I hope you are having a great day! To participate in the challenge go to the main blog post at The Paper Girls Challenge blog.

Monday, January 19, 2015

PGCB #72 Cork

Recovering from Christmas this year kicked my butt. I think the main problem is that my whole family cycled through the flu and it has taken me a long time to want to craft after all of that craziness. I'm glad to be back in the groove and I hope to have more fun stuff to share with you.

For the newest Paper Girl Challenge we want you to use cork on your projects. I fell in love with this moss heart and decided to work that into my project. It's super simple but it's really fun. I used cork Thickers but had to hot glue them onto the heart to get them to stay.  It's going to be part of Valentine's grouping in my front room soon but since this is the first project this is all I have for now.

Make sure to check out all the other Paper Girls projects on the blog and get crafting!

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Paper Girls Challenge #70 - Ornaments

 Thanks to a Russian blogger and Pinterest I knew exactly what I wanted to make for the ornament challenge! I fell head over heels for these ballerinas made by Stariy Chemodan's tutorial. The tutorial is all in Russian granted but I was able to glean enough information from the many pictures she posted that I was able to recreate some of my own. These lovely ballerinas are made from wire, napkins, sewing thread and watered down glue. I only had white napkins so I made use of my Mister Huey's Mint Julep ink and also Dylusians in Vibrant Turquoise for the aqua ballerina, and Dylusians in Bubble Gum pink for the pink ballerina.
 I made these with my 11 year old daughter and she had fun doing this. She didn't have enough patience for making the body but she loved dying the napkins and dressing the ballerinas up.
One last look at the pink ballerina. Visit the Paper Girls Challenge for more handmade ornament inspiration. I hope everyone gets lots of crafting time in this busy season!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SSInk: December Daily


It's really fun to compare how everyone's December Daily's are looking over at SSInk. I like to take a fairly simple approach just to make sure I complete the book and don't get overwhelmed. That's why I like using the Stampin' Up Project Life supplies. I bought the Hello December inserts and the Hello December Accessory pack just to simplify getting the supplies together this year. I love the red and gold foil alphabet stickers included and the cute wood chips and sequins. I'm really excited to keep putting this book together.

Above is my cover page that you see right as you open the book. I like having a family picture shown so you can see the change in everyone's growth each year.

I came across an idea to approach the December Daily through an alphabet rather than numbered by day over at RetroHipMama. Since this is my third year doing a December Daily I thought it would be fun to mix it up and go with a word or words that go with each letter of the alphabet this go round. I look forward to sharing more of the pages as I work on it. I will be printing more pictures soon and have my next few pages ready to post. Ta Ta for now.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Paper Girls Challenge #68 - Make a Thank You

I'm hosting at The Paper Girls Challenge blog today and I thought I'd have a little fun with the challenge. Thank You's are usually something we generally need to send out quite often, but some of mine sometimes have a hard time making it to the mail box. So, I thought I'd add an extra component to the challenge. I wanted people to make a Thank You but also post who they sent it to. This one is on its way to my mom. She really helped out a lot when I was moving and I thought it would be fun to surprise her with a card in the mail, even though we live in the same town.

Hop on over to see the rest of the Paper Girl's creations and link up your card too!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Paper Girls Challenge #67: Mixed Media

In September I was lucky enough to go to a scrapbooking retreat in Salt Lake City. I got to meet up with Michele Duffy one of my fellow Paper Girls design team members and we worked on our Mixed Media challenge projects together. It was so much fun chatting and she let me try her Gelatos by Faber Castell. They were really easy to use. I loved how easily they blended for the background. I also used them inside a stencil for the "Brush Your Teeth" part. The rest of the stenciled portion was using the Faber Castell india ink pens. Loved those! The ink easily went over the gelato background and didn't bleed through the stencils.

This sign is going to be framed and put up in my kids' bathroom as a reminder to be consistent with their teeth brushing. Ha Ha.

Make sure you link up your project at the Paper Girls Challenge blog. Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 20, 2014

PGCB #66: Anything Goes!


Good morning! There's nothing better than an anything goes challenge. This is one of my all time favorite pictures from this summer. I love the looks on Elliott's cousins' faces as he nonchalantly eats his jello. So I did something I don't often do on this page. I punched right into my background paper. I love the extra look of a layer without bulking up the page. I had added some images to my picture with A Beautiful Mess app before posting it to Instagram. I really lucked out that these My Mind's Eye papers matched so well with the colors I chose for the accent images. Anyway, I can't wait to see what all of you make for this challenge! Create away and link up at The Paper Girls Challenge blog.