Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lovin' those stacks

Good morning!  And it has been a good morning - I've already been on my walk, it's a beautiful day, and it's going to be a HOT day.  Today is definitely going to be a great time to take some pictures to put in my "Splash" layout from my previous post.  And since it is going to be a beautiful summer's day I thought I would share another layout that I created for one of my classes that I teach at Joann.

If this layout looks slightly familiar, it could be that you're remembering my Hawaii layout from a couple of months ago.  What can I say - I like this layout!  I have to admit though, there's a moment after you have taken the time to assemble a big cut like the jar with the butterflies that you wonder, "Do I really want to cut this in half?"  I just really like the effect though.  And I love this paper.  I used the Lemon Flower Stack from DCWV.  They have been coming out with such beautiful stacks and they are becoming my "go-to" materials more and more because, well, I like them, but also because it's easy for me to put on a list of supplies for my students.  Instead of me or them having to put together an assortment of paper that all coordinates, the work is totally done for you!  You will also see that Robyn at My Pink Stamper had the perfect stamps to go too!  The sets that I used for this layout are Buggy Punnies and Spectacular Sayings .

Cricut Cartridge:  Kate's ABCs
Paper:  DCWV Lemon Flower Stack
Edge Punch:  Martha Stewart
Embellishments:  Offray (ribbon), DCWV (buttons), pearls (Recollections)

I hope you have a great day!  I am off to water my garden!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Pink Design Team - June

I am so excited to be joining with Robyn at My Pink Stamper and my fellow Pink Designers to share this month's project.  If you stopped by today on your own, be sure to head over to My Pink Stamper  when you're done so you can see all of the wonderful projects this month.  We were asked to create a project that was bright, fun, and of coarse using My Pink Stamper stamps!  As I was pondering what I would make, my mind kept going back to one cartridge that to me is the perfect example of bright and fun - Create a Critter!

We have a new park in town, and in it they have a really fun water play area for the kids that I know we'll be spending a lot of time at this summer.  I'm sure they'll make a splash!

After being cooped up during a long cold winter, and then a cold, wet spring, I feel like we need to just get out and play.  So Robyn's stamp "Live Life to the Fullest" from her Spectacular Sayings set was perfect.  And then to go along with my splash/underwater theme I used the "That's Fin-tastic" stamp from Even More Punnylicious - I just inked the "Fin-tastic" part.  Aren't the octopus and sea horse cute?  I can't believe I haven't used them before.  Add a scallop shell for some journaling and there you have it!

Stamps:  My Pink Stamper Spectacular Sayings and Even More Punny-licious
Cricut Cartridge:  Create a Critter
Paper:  Doodlebug Design (stripes), Provo Craft (orange floral), AC Cardstock, DCWV (foil)
Embellishments:  Offray (ribbon), Doodlebug Design (button), Stickles

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you would like to purchase My Pink Stamper stamps, you can see a complete list of retailers here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


The winner for the giveaway that I had during the My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop Friday is:

Carolee said...
Love your project and your blog! They are both so cute:)

Thank you to all those who visited and left such kind comments!  I hope you'll come back often. Carolee, I have emailed you - congratulations!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

No Cricut (GASP!) Creations

I know, this is very shocking!  It has been a LONG time since I've made a project that didn't involve the Cricut.  Well, I teach primarily Cricut classes at my local Joann, and I have been asked to start teaching basic card classes that don't use the Cricut.  After much pondering, I decided for my first class I would teach the accordion flower technique.  I also thought I would challenge myself and make all the cards from the same DCWV stack, which in this case is the Nana's Kids Stack.  If you have been to my blog before you'll notice these are a lot simpler than what I usually make, but that's because I'm gearing them towards beginner to intermediate crafters.  That said, I'm really happy with how they turned out!  I guess I should also confess that I didn't exactly stick to the stack (as it were).  I did have to use white cardstock, one sheet of violet cardstock, and one sheet of red.  I was pretty close though!  ;-)

Paper:  DCWV Nana's Kids Stack, Core-dinations (violet), AC Cardstock
Embossing:  Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl
Embellishments:  DCWV (buttons), Offray (ribbon), Fiskars (edge punch)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pinkalicious Blog Hop Friday! **GIVEAWAY**

Welcome to this month's My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop Friday!  I'm so glad you're here!  If you arrived here from Michelle's blog Meesh's Pieces then you've come to the right place.  If you arrived here on your own and would like to begin at the beginning, hop back to My Pink Stamper.  Then you'll be able to see Robyn's and all the wonderful design team members' projects.  And if you're like me you love a challenge, so be sure to go back to My Pink Stamper at the end and join in!

The theme for this month's hop is all about SUMMER!  Can I just say, I am so relieved that it is finally starting to feel like summer here.  It was a long winter, followed by a long, cold, wet spring.  But now the weather is starting to warm up, my children are out of school, and my garden is planted I can feel the relaxation that comes with the lazy days of summer.  Well, I have three young children and a yard full of weeds so it won't be that lazy - but you know what I mean!

One of my favorite things about summer is celebrating the Fourth of July.  To me it means spending time with family, parades, fireworks, and feeling very grateful for this wonderful country I live in.  I realized that it had been a while since I have played with my vinyl, and I found these totally adorable patriotic pinwheels at Joann, so I decided to make a patriotic centerpiece.  And since Robyn recently released a most fabulous patriotic stamp set called Freedom Rocks, I also had the perfect stamp to go along!  To see all of Robyn's fabulous stamps click here, and for more information about where to purchase My Pink Stamper stamps click here.

StampMy Pink Stamper Freedom Rocks
Cricut CartridgesGeorge and Basic Shapes (star picks), Winter Frolic (star border), Sweet Treats (scalloped circle in pennant)
Paper:  AC Cardstock
Vinyl:  Provo Craft
Edge Punch:  Martha Stewart (for accordian flower in the pennant)
Embellishments:  American Crafts (red ribbon), Michaels (blue ribbon)
Other supplies:  1/8" dowel, 3" foam ball, glass vase, red paper shred, pinwheel, flags

Thanks again for stopping by!  Your next stop on the hop is Alex at You Had Me At Craft.  I have also included a complete list of the blog hop order below:



Leave a comment and you will have a chance to win some super adorable embellishments by Doodlebug Design Inc called Jellishments!  Included in the prize are Birthday Boy, Birthday Girl, and Summer (how appropriate!).  I will pick the winner on Wednesday, June 15th.  Happy hopping!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Peachy Keen Let's Face it Friday Challenge

I did it!  I got my project done and ready to link in time - I'm so proud of myself!  Third time's a charm I guess.

The theme for this week's challenge is - there's no theme!  Just to use the cute Peachy Keen face stamps on a project of our choice.  Here's my creation:

Stamps:  My Pink Stamper Sweetest Cupcakes, Peachy Keen Wide Eyed Kids Assortment
Cricut CartridgesOnce Upon a Princess, Simply Charmed, Gypsy
Embossing:  Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl
Paper:  Doodlebug Design (strawberries), Paper Pizazz (gingham), AC Cardstock
Edge Punch:  Fiskars
Embellishments:  Doodlebug Design (button), Recollections (pearls), Offray (ribbon), Stickles, white gel pen, Diamond Glaze

MPS Color Challenge - Orange, Turquoise and Green

I love a challenge, and Robyn has a great one at her website today:  use orange, turquoise and green together in a project.  This would have been really hard for me had it not been for the Citrus Stack from DCWV.  Not only did they have all three of those colors in combination, but they also have all those different patterns that coordinate so nicely together. 

Apparently I'm craving sweets because both of my projects for today are quite decadent!  LOL!  And what more perfect stamps for the occasion than My Pink Stamper Sweetest Cupcakes set!  To see where you can order this set and many other fabulous My Pink Stamper sets click here

Stamps:  My Pink Stamper Sweetest Cupcakes, Peachy Keen Wide Eyed Kids Assortment
Cricut CartridgeSimply Charmed, Gypsy
Paper:  DCWV Citrus Stack, Georgia Pacific
Edge Punch:  Fiskars Apron Lace
Embellishments:  DCWV (button), American Crafts (ribbon), Recollections (pearls), Stickles, white gel pen, watercolor pencils

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thanks to the teachers

Tomorrow is the last day of school for my girls so I wanted to make a special thank you card for each of their teachers.  As luck would have it, they both chose the same card.  Hopefully the teachers don't get together and compare...  ;-)

Stamp:  My Pink Stamper Spectacular Sayings
Cricut CartridgeFlorals Embellished
Edge Punch:  Martha Stewart
Paper:  American Crafts, DCWV
Embellishments:  American Crafts (ribbon), DCWV (button), pearls, linen thread
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