Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Challenge Chicks

The first Sunday of the month is Challenge Chicks day and I am late...but I didn't MISS it! Good thing Kelli challenged us all to making a "Missing You" card this month :)

Gosh, one is the loneliest number!  This card is kinda making me sad, lol!   Not sure if I created this with the idea that the little bird is missing another red bird, or if he's feeling left out the since the butterflies are leaving him behind!  Luckily a little gingham paper brings a bit of cheer!

The die cuts are from Memory Box, and the stamped leaves and sentiment are from Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees stamp set.  To play along with us, upload your creation to Splitcoaststampers using the keyword CHXAPR14 or link your blog to our Facebook page HERE.

Off to see what the other chicks made...

Monday, March 31, 2014

12 Kits of Occasions...My Spring Kit!

It's the last day of March and time for another kit with the 12 Kits of Occasions!  This month I am your hostess, and my kit is to celebrate spring and Easter!  Kara made this lovely collage of all of the kit goodies which included flowers, bunnies, Easter eggs, and lots of lovely papers from the Pebbles "Front Porch" collection.

Up first is a CAS card featuring the Horizontal Cover Plate from Papertrey Ink over a sheet of Soft Stone cardstock embossed with the Woodgrain Impression Plate from A Muse Studio.

Love these Nestie Eggs from Waltzingmouse Stamps and a sweet bird paper clip from Prima.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Spring Baskets."

Next up is a little watering can die and some mini flowers called "Perfect Petioles" from Memory Box.  You can use them alone or stack them up to make layered blooms!  The sentiment is from A Muse Studio's "Kindred Spirits" set and the tag is cut with PTI's newest Tag Sale die.

This card was inspired by a sketch by Jen Mitchell at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  I used my picket fence as my "horizontal" strip toward the bottom :)!

The tulips are from PTI's Flower Fusion #11 and the sentiment from Take Three:  Spring.  The mini leaves are from Memory Box, as well as the little bunny with his bitty cottontail!

The bunny from Waltzingmouse Stamps "L'il Buddies" is one of my favorite images and I paired him up with some more WMS "Nestie Eggs" and little printed epoxy dots from Heidi Grace.  Added glossy accents to the heart on the mini egg to match.  The sentiment is also from "L'il Buddies."

This last card is a case from Melissa Phillips way back in February 2010 when "Take Three: Spring" debuted at PTI.  I have always wanted the set because of her cards that release, and finally ordered it this past February.  Here is Melissa's original card...

And here is my version...

So there you have it!  A little bit of spring...we need it here since we got 8 inches of heavy wet snow on Saturday! A big welcome to my friend Karen Stein who is our special guest this month!  You can see the links to Karen's blog and all of the "12 Kitters" HERE.  Our blog  has a lovely new look thanks to the sweet stylings of Tracey McNeely!!  You will find my supply list there, as well as links to our Facebook and Pinterest pages.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hey everyone, it's my day at the Team Talk blog with a little inspiration with some of my fave Waltzingmouse Stamps sets for spring.  Come on over!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunshine Sketch

I have missed being a participant in the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and finally got a chance to play along this weekend.  This week's fun CAS sketch is by Jennifer Timko!

I bought the Hello Sunshine set from PTI in my anniversary order and have been wanting to use it.  So I used a bit "looser" interpretation of the sketch to make it fit!  :)

I stamped the rays from Hello Sunshine (as well as the "are my" from the set) and used the "You" from the new Phrase Play #1 die.

Instead of a banner, I used a mini polaroid frame cut with PTI's Framed Out #12 die.  The sun is made with a Buttoned Up #2 die, and 2 yellow buttons stacked on top of each other.

I'll admit, this CAS style is so difficult for me!  I kept wanting to try to add sequins or rhinestones, but didn't want to get glue all over the nice white cardstock that I didn't smudge!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring with the Challenge Chicks

Jeanne Streiff is our hostess this month, and she challenged us to make a card with some spring flowers!  Some cottontails may have invaded my garden, though...:)

I embossed the bunnies from Papertrey Ink's "Take Three: Spring" set in white on kraft paper.  Then I made my little spring flower swags with Wplus9's "Fresh Cut Floral" stamps and dies.  Always so much fun to play with those itty bitty flowers!  The background is made with My Mind's Eye Sweet Caroline papers and the new PTI Horizonal Stripes impression plate.

Your turn to play along! Post your creation at Splitcoaststampers using the keyword CHXMAR14 or link your blog post to our Facebook page HERE.

Check out these chicks, TOO...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

12 Kits with Renee!

Renee is our hostess for the 12 Kits of Occasions this month, and she sent us the most adorable kit featuring Crate Paper's "Bundled Up" Collection and oodles of snowmen, snowflakes, snowy sentiments, and sparkling embellishments galore!  Kara made this collage and I always love to make it extra large on my blog so you can see how jam-packed the kits are!

I absolutely loved this snowman from My Favorite Things when I saw him the kit.  I remembered wanting him long ago, and think I will be ordering him soon!  He was such fun to color, perfect for a beginner like me.  Added some teeny sequin snowflakes and a sentiment from PTI's "In the Meadow" set.

Next up, adorable die cuts!  First the mini snowman from My Favorite Things "Snowglobe" die set and a sentiment on a "Tilted Banner" die cut from Simon Says Stamp. The snowy hills are embossed with a Sizzix Dots embossing plate.

Then a large snowman cut with PTI's "Shape Up Snowman" die.

I added some teal brad buttons, and a scarf made with rustic ribbon...I am thinking it's either from Jeanne's Christmas kit, or possibly hoarded from Renee's kit from LAST year!!  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Alpine Christmas."  I also embossed the snowy hill with a Cuttlebug hexagon embossing plate and then stamped with little stars from the new WMS set "Gift Card It" to match the patterned paper in the background.

Last but not least...the pink vellum snowflakes.  I gasped out loud when I saw them!  Tons of fluffy pink and white vellum snowflakes came cascading out of the envelope onto my table.  I could only bear to use two here...

I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the A Muse Studio Woodgrain impression plate, and then cut a square window.  Layered 2 snowflakes over the top.  A silver sequins hides the dimensionals quite well :)
I really wanted the rosy pink to show, so I backed it with black cardstock.  So lovely!  Glad I have more...I think I will be buying some pink vellum at Michael's SOON!

Thanks SO much to Renee for this awesome kit.  I have oodles and oodles left!  I am continually amazed by the generosity of all of the 12 Kitters each month.

Be sure to check the 12 Kits of Occasions blog HERE for links to the other ladies' projects and a full supply list from this month's kit.  You can always find past inspiration on our Pinterest board HERE and our Facebook page HERE!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps Release Day Blog Hop

It's release day at Waltzingmouse Stamps!   Claire has released new products that are available now in the store HERE.  They are the Gift Card It stamp set, Gift Card it dies, Gift Card It Envelope die and the Funky Flower dies that coordinate with the previously released stamp set here, and Funky Feathers dies that coordinate with this set here.

We are celebrating with our traditional Design Team blog hop.  You should be arriving here from Claire's blog as I am the first stop on the hop!  You can always go back there if you get lost along the way.

For today, I decided I wanted to make an envelope out of something other than paper.  I made two envelopes with felt, then found this inspiration on Pinterest to take them one step further.

These cute envelopes were originally posted on Belle Maison in February 2013 for a DIY Valentine's Day project, with the original link by Gail on the blog Clever Charlotte here.  As I scrolled down the page of Belle Maison, I noticed a different felt project...

This one was called the 100 Hearts Garland by EJ from Toddlers Approved here.  The idea was each night after dinner for every family member to share something good they did during the day and add a heart to the garland.  It made me think of my girls and how much they have been fighting lately!  They are 8 & 10 years old and there is often some type of drama going on.  I decided to make a "Kindness Catcher" of my own using the new Waltzingmouse products!  

First I made the envelopes using the Gift Card It Envelope die, felt from an Etsy shop called Benzie Bazaar, and PTI's Heart Prints dies.

Next, I stamped the cards using the Gift Card It die, the vine from the Gift Card It stamp set, and the "Love Grows" sentiment from Vintage Garden-Seed Packet.

Next, I cut more hearts and wrapped a piece of twill ribbon around the card and glued it, leaving a long tab hanging down.  I attached velcro to the hearts and ribbon.

I will add a magnet to the back and keep the cards on the refrigerator. Now whenever I "catch" Eva and Claire being kind to one another, they will get a heart.  Eva already asked if she would get a prize if she got to the end first.  I told her the prize was remembering how kind she was each day!  Maybe I will think of a little something here and there :)...

 The whole little ensemble fit perfectly into the felt envelope.  

Instead of doing the 100 hearts project, we're starting small at our house...7 hearts, 1 for each day of the week!

PRIZE INFO:  One randomly chosen commenter from all of the DT members' blogs will receive a code equal to one free large stamp set, although you can use it toward whatever you want in the WMS store! You have until March 1st at midnight to comment.  The winner will be announced on Claire's blog on March 4th.

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting this week!  I've had such fun with this new set and coordinating dies.
Now on you go to LYNN'S BLOG...can't wait to see what she made!