Getting an Early Start!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I always, always, always, wait till the last minute 
to make my Christmas cards and projects.
Not this year!

I've made some fun goodies with Creative Charms!
Check them out!
(Maybe looking at Christmas stuff will cool me off 
from all of this Texas heat!)

Here's my small gift box. I topped it with a
Creative Charms - Vintage Velvet Poppy
Fill it with yummy candy or jewelry!

Here's my little snowflake.
The kiddos can make these to add to the tree
or give as a special gift.

And here's a full shot of the ornament box.
It can also be filled with treats or hung on the tree.

The Happy Holidays sentiment is a Creative Charms Christmas Dimensional Sticker.

To order your yummy Christmas craft goodies 

please visit the Creative Charms Store.

And I'm giving away some Creative Charms & Really Reasonable Ribbon goodies to the winner of the Gifting Challenge that I am hosting at Do More with Less

If you've made a newly created gift bag, gift tag, gift container, or a gift box please link up {HERE} to be eligible to win.

Do More With Less Guest & Challenge

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm so excited to Guest Design today at Do More With Less. Yvonne Yam is an awesome designer and I'm such a big fan of her crafts.

 I always like to dress up my bag handles. I either use ribbon, beads, felt, fabric, or anything that I can get my hands on.

I used Pink Crochet Lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon on the bag handles and the pillow box.

Wanna Win a Prize?
Link up a newly created Gifting creation onto the Do More With Less blog by Friday July 15th to win a prize pack combo of Really Reasonable Ribbon and Creative Charms

I'd love, love, love for you all to visit Do More With Less and leave me some comment love.

I'd also love if you play along in the 
challenge for a great prize.
Comment & Link up by clicking HERE!

Happy Rainbow!

Monday, June 27, 2011

I'm baaaacckkk! The girls and I took a short mini-vaca for some R&R. It was nice to take a small break and get refreshed. Now I gotta clean house, do laundry, and get back to crafting. :)

By the way...Don'tcha just love Rainbows?
Everytime I see one it always makes me smile.

I won a spot in {Jennifer Mcguire & Kristina Werner's Online Summer Card Camp 2011} so I will be making lots & lots of cards during the next 4 weeks. 

This is my card for week 1.

I'm also linking up at the {Embellish Rainbow Color Trends Challenge}.

Here's a close-up.
I made a rainbow out of "Happy Faces".

I also used rainbow colored striped paper from Echo Park. I popped up the journal sticker, added twine, a button, and "happy" sentiment.

I've got a couple of more new projects to share this week. I'll be back on Wednesday with a new design. Now I gotta hop over and check out your blogs to see what you've been creating while I've been gone.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer!
I sure am!

Card Supplies
Cardstock (Stampin Up!); Patterned Paper (Echo Park - Life is Good); Smiley Face Embellishment Stickers (Jolee's); Journal Label (Studio G); Happy Sentiment Sticker (Momenta); Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon); Button (Pebbles)

I Gave Up Dieting!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I wanted to pop in today to share a FUN project that I recently made.

I used the Creative Charms Deal of the Month called:

"Patriotic Burst"

I found this cute postcard at Borders bookstore and dressed it up with Creative Charms goodies. I'm going to hang this funny in my craft room. Aren't the large red and white polka dot brads adorable?

Patriotic Burst - 225 Piece Deal of the Month
Each Deal Contains:

Red Vintage Jewels - 12 Pieces
White Vintage Jewels - 12 Pieces
Blue Vintage Jewels - 12 Pieces
Red Gradient Jewels - 76 Pieces
Blue Gradient Jewels - 76 Pieces
Red Gem Garden - 12 Pieces
White Gem Garden - 12 Pieces
Blue Polka Dot Brads - 6 Pieces
Red Polka Dot Brads - 6 Pieces
18" Red Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon

Everything for Only $ 6.99

What a Great Deal!

Also, all of the "Simplicity" products are 70% off until July 9th. Hop on over and order yours today.

(print from Matte Stephens shop on Etsy)

We are headed out later today for a mini-vacation so I won't be blogging again until next week. I'll catch up to visiting all of your wonderful blogs when I return. Have a great week!

Happy Papa Day!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Papa Day!

This blog post is dedicated to my Wonderful Dad!
He is the BEST PAPA in the world.

Hope you all enjoy this project that I made for him for Father's Day!

I used fun Really Reasonable Ribbon for this project. Please hop on over HERE to check out all of the products with details on how you can order the June Ribbon Club of the month. You've gotta get some of these ribbon yummies!

"BBQ In A Box"
Add Dad's Fave BBQ Sauce and Utensils to a Kraft Box
Decorate the front with a cupcake liner & embellies.

Add your fave BBQ Utensils, embellies, & ribbon!

Easy Peasy and Oh so fun for Dad...or Papa. :)

Dad has been a SUPER DUPER support system for me and my girls. He can FIX anything, knows EVERYTHING about cars, offers the BEST ADVICE, always makes us LAUGH, is a GREAT DANCER, and makes the YUMMIEST chili and BBQ. He has also won 1st place in Chili Cook-Off Competitions. He's the BEST!

(Here's Rachel with Papa & Nana)

Hope you and your family enjoy Father's Day!

Etsy Inspired Tribute

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Today starts a fun challenge, but it brings and end to one of my FAVES in blog land. It's the very last Etsy Inspired Challenge. For details please read the EIC post today.     

Before I get to that I wanted to let ya know about this week's shop and my project. We are featuring "Homes & Weddings". They offer stylish wedding and party decor.

I was inspired by this item & all of the yummy cupcakes that fellow DT member Savannah has been featuring on her blog.

My project - "Cupcake in a Box"
I love to bake & whipped up more cupcakes.
(tip: for more fluffiness add butter to store bought cake mix).

The kraft box is from Michaels & the chipboard cupcakes are from goodies that I received from Glue Dots. I added a doily to the box for more fun. They yummy ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. And a popsicle stick is holding up the chipboard in the cupcake..whew.. :)

I have had sooooo much LOVE for the Etsy Inspired Challenge and the concept of it. It has always been my all time FAVE!

These ladies are not only talented but they have been great cheerleaders, offer great crafty advice, and are so super sweet & understanding of family commitments. I [heart them] them all to pieces.

Ashley & De are two wonderful design team leaders. Thank you both sooooo much for all of your kind words and support.

Also sending hugs to Jackie, Emily, Kerry, Ruby, Carole, Sherry, Joy...and my two dearest EIC buddies Savannah & Virginia. I'm such a geeky fan of their work. :)

Since this is the very last EIC Challenge I'd love for all of my bloggy friends to enter. You have 2 weeks to create a project. The due date is - July 1st.

Two prizes this week:
Shop Prize - Business Card Holder from Homes & Weddings
Special Prize - Mystery Grab bag of prizes from EIC sponsors.

Away We Go!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's Challenge Day at Really Reasonable Ribbon!
Please hop on over there for all of the details.

I'm also off for summer & have more time to play in
the land of the Moxie Fab World!

Here's the "Rainbow Bright" Tuesday Trigger!

Challenge - Hand-written Sentiment/Journaling

The DT got to play with gelly roll pens from Sakura
Journal Junkies should check out their fab products!

The cutesy Felt embellies are from Pebbles.

Here's a close-up of my journaling

Have a Creative Day!

Friendly Smile & Pubs

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Dear Daughter Rebekah is home from college for the summer. Woo Hoo!  Gotta hurry and post this so we can get our fun day started.

The UPS guy knocked on my door a couple of days ago. I tore open the box...and immediately created this page. The paper is from my winnings from SRM Stickers. Love this new paper by Bazzill called Grandma's Feather Bed.

I used the fun Sketchy Thursdays Sketch

"Friendly Smile"
Sarah & Talia have been friends with Rachel since elementary school.
All the girls are in high school now.
I hope their friendship lasts a lifetime. :)

Love this hand sewn tag by Amy Tangerine

I also have several projects in the June issue of Scrapbook News & Review. 
Lots of goodies in this issue. Check it out. :)

And Scrapbooks, Etc. has picked up one of my projects too!
Will let ya know when that one hits. Woo Hoo!

Have a Great Week!

RRR & Flower Soft Blog Hop

Monday, June 13, 2011

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon and Flower Soft Blog Hop. You should have arrived from Gina's Blog.

My two projects include the RRR - June Ribbon Club Assortment and some fun Flower Soft Ultra Fine STRAWBERY Sprinkles.

Flower Soft is not like flock or glitter. It is not static and can be poured directly from the jar onto your project. It offers a fun pop of color, texture, and dimension to your crafts.

If you are having a Summer Party - How about making these cute cards for each of your guests? They will surely bring a "SMILE" to their faces.

And I also dressed up some kraft bags.
So perfect for adding festive straws, candy, or other treats.

Remember the hop starts at the Flower Soft Blog - HERE

and ends at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog - HERE

And now please hop on over to Dina's Blog next and make your way back to the last stop - the RRR Blog. You will have a chance to win not one....but FOUR AWESOME Prizes. Winners will be announced on June 20th.

Happy Hopping!

The Marketing Diva!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

 I have a bloggy friend who is a "Marketing Diva".

Yes, yes...she loves to suggest products to me.
Then I run to the store and go crazy mad and buy it all.
She first got me started on SRM Stickers....Now I'm hooked.

Now she is having a challenge on her blog that features:

Here's my card using the "Bicycle" stamp.
(I'm not good at coloring so I love stamps that don't
 necessarily require coloring)

I used Stampin Up! Tempting Turquoise Ink to add color to the bicycle.

I also added some red Jute ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

I was inspired by this on Pinterest

Who is this Marketing Diva?

It's my bloggy friend - SWEET Virginia Lu

P.S. She even told me where to buy the stamps (at Michael's).

And...she told me to use a coupon. LOL

You gotta just love Virginia.
I wonder what product she will have me try next? LOL

And check out her blog and challenge when you have time.
She's a card making DIVA!

My credit card company thanks you Virginia.
Gotta get more of these Hero Arts Stamps.

(P.S.S. - Do I need to make the project pics smaller on my blog? I kept the ones on this post bigger. Please compare to the size of the ones on the post below this one? What do ya think?)

Gift Card Holder Goodies!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

We are sooo enjoying our first week of summer vacation.
I've been making all sorts of new projects.

I love to show crafters all of the different ways to use ribbon.
Today I dressed up some gift card holders with some fun Really Reasonable Ribbon

 You can make your own envelopes out of kraft cardstock or you can buy some pre-made ones. The ones I used are from Maya Road.

I also added other fun elements like chipboard, buttons, twine, and of course ribbon. These envelopes are perfect for sweet little notes or gift cards for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations.

RRR Products used on this project are:

Don't forget to enter the Blog Candy & Facebook giveaway at the top of the RRR blog. To enter click HERE.

And check out the June Ribbon Club Assortment.

This fun red, white, and blue assortment is perfect for all your Patriotic and Summer projects. Join today and your first assortment will contain 8 fun styles and a total of 15 yards of ribbon as shown above.

Have a great week!

Little Pink Elephant!

Monday, June 6, 2011

I've been wanting to make something with this cute chipboard elephant for a while. Finally got my chance!

I pulled out my Stampin Up! ink and stamp and made the "For You" sentiment. The stamp is from the "Happy Everything" set. And the fun ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I'm playing along with WPlus9's Color Cue:
(love the colors this week)
Rachel and I are off to see the new X-Men movie. We've got so many summer movies on our "must see" list. Woo hoo! :) 

And if you have some extra scrap supplies lying around be sure to hop over to the Nikki Silvils blog to see how you can help others in need. :)