Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

I just wanted to say a quick thank you to those who have gone before who have made it possible for me to live like a live.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice and I honor you.  I hope that everyone has a lovely Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Keep Calm and Eat a Cup Cake Gift Card Holder

I'm sure that you all know by now how much I love the new Keep Calm and Carry On Stamp Set. This is just one more thing that you can make with this darling stamp set.  I'm sure that you will continue to see more projects made with this, because I love it so much!  Here is a kind of effective picture of the inside of the gift card holder:

I just made a little pocket, so now you can see my Einsteins Bagels gift card tucked inside.  A fun little gift for so many different occasions. The Keep Calm and Carry On Stamp Set will be available June 1st with the release of the new catalog!  

Saturday, May 26, 2012

DIY Lolly Wreath Tutorial Using Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper

I am super excited about this project!  I think that it turned out super cute!  This wreath is full of brand new products that will be released on June 1st!  This includes: Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper, Summer Starfruit Card Stock, and Midnight Muse Card Stock.  Ok, now onto the tutorial.

I started by Bending two hangers to form my wreath shape.  Then I made a bunch of lollies using my Simply Scored.  To learn how to make these lollies click HERE.

Here is the back side of my wreath.  All I did was use some hot glue and some card stock to attach it to my hangers.  Isn't it crazy that even the back looks pretty?

This is a super close up so that you can see that I used a ton of hot glue.  Here are some more close ups to the front of my wreath... so that you can see just how darling this Comfort Cafe Paper is:

Here's one last shot of this wreath.  I am excited to hang this up!  It is so bright and fun.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

French Vintage Card

I love France!  I know that many of you already know that I speak French and I adore this place... and this stamp set (Artistic Etchings) is the very first stamp set that I ever had.  I decided to make just a fun and simple every day card.  This is a quick card that will take only a few minutes to make!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Comfort Cafe Sneak Peek

I am so excited for the new catalog to be released!  Isn't this a fun card?  The new catalog items that I have used to make this card are: Midnight Muse Card Stock, Midnight Muse Ink Pad, Summer Starfruit Card Stock, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper, Apothecary Accents Framelit Dies, and    The Layered Accents Stamp Set.   I can't wait until June 1st when all of this will be available for order! Wahoo!  Here is one more view of my card... It's a little crooked, sorry!

Wouldn't you love giving this card away?  I am super excited to give it to someone!

Monday, May 21, 2012

This Is Me: Kind of Klutzy

Ok, so this picture says a lot.  I am a klutz... yep I fell and scraped up my hands.  And I did it in front of people I knew!  I shared a little while ago that I was training for a half marathon this Summer, and I was on a 7 mile run... and well I think that you can figure out the rest.  In this picture is my sister Lisa (she was getting ready for Prom on Saturday), and my cousin Sara.  Here's a close up of my scraped up hands:

Kind of gross right?!  When my dad saw my hands he laughed and said "I thought that you were out of this phase".  Yep, that's right I went through a phase in college when I fell a lot.  I thought that I was past that... I guess not.

I added this picture just for fun. I just happen to be eating string cheese... now I think that you all might know too much about me.  Stay tuned for another craft project tomorrow.  Hopefully my hands won't be as sore then :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On Treat Pocket Sneak Peek

Introducing the Carry On Stamp Set!  I am seriously so excited about this stamp set!  It is just so cute!  I embossed this phrase and I think that it turned out pretty fun.  I also used Gum Ball Green Card Stock, Summer Starfruit Card Stock, Comfort Cafe Card Stock, and Gum Ball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Such a fun example of what you can look forward to on June 1st when the new catalog will be released.  I really loved how this turned out.  I think that it will be super cute thinking of you gift!  Here's one more view of it:

As you can tell I am so excited about this new catalog!  I hope that you are as excited as I am.  Don't forget that our current catalog is about to go away... Don't forget to order what you want now!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

DIY Flower Girl Crown With the New In Colors

 This flower girl crown turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself!  It is made out of our new In Colors: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, and Primrose Petals.  These will be available June 1st.  I will also include a tutorial on how to make this crown on June 1st as well to celebrate the new catalog release.  Click HERE to find the tutorial. 

 As a little hint I made this flower girl crown out of a hanger... a fun little upcycle project.  I love that this could be darling for a wedding, but also this could be a fun project for a little girl and her mom :)

Here is a picture of the back of this crown.  Kind of cute when you can see it all huh?!  Can you tell that I am kind of proud of this?

Are you wondering about my cute model?  This is my super cute little cousin Alex that helped me out.  So, thanks Alex for your help!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Introducing Raspberry Ripple

Hello everyone!  Happy Friday!  Doesn't it feel good to get here?  I have no idea why Mondays seem so much harder. Any way, I am super excited to share another sneak peek card!  This card introduces one of our new in colors Raspberry Ripple.  Included in this card (all of which are new products that will be available June 1st) are: Summer Starfruit, Layered Labels Stamp Set, Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies, and Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper.  This card is fun because it could be for almost any occasion.  i love cards like that!

I am super excited for all of the new products!  I hope that you are beginning to get excited about June 1st too!  Don't forget that our current catalog is going away, so make sure that you don't miss out!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party Meets Apothecary Art

Here is a fun, simple and bright card.  I really love Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder together... such a great combo.  Once again this card is super simple and easy to make.  It would be super easy to swap the layers and change it up a bit to fit your own style.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Paper Sphere Guest Post From The Crafty Blog Stalker

Hello everyone!  Remember me?!

My name is Katie and I blog over at The Crafty Blog Stalker.

Ashley is a very dear friend and has allowed me to share ANOTHER of my fun projects with you. 

 Have you seen these Paper Spheres?  I recently saw one at a woman's show and thought it was absolutely amazing.  It was made out of plastic not paper and was actually a lamp!  But when I saw the price my jaw hit the floor.  The largest one was $100! 

A couple days ago I was Pinterest and I found this.

I was so excited that Instructables offered a tutorial.   I had a hard time opening their template but I did find another pdf download template that I could open.

I printed out the template and then traced it onto chipboard so I could easily use it over and over again, and chose my Designer Series Paper (sorry guys, this one is retired but I am sure any of the current papers would look FABULOUS!) 

 Traced and cut out by hand 25 shapes

I immediately started trying to assemble and it really is like a great big jigsaw puzzle.  I tried for what felt like 3 days (but in all reality was about an hour) to put this THING together.  I was getting very, VERY frustrated because I couldn't get it to work and I thought I was following the tutorial but it still wasn't working.  So I got up and walked away.

I let it sit for a couple days and then sat down to try again.  It still took me a while to figure it out but I got it!  YAY!  So while Instructable's tutorial is great I am going to add a couple tidbits so hopefully you wont get as frustrated as I did.

Just a warning: This is a difficult project.  I will try to answer questions where I can but it really just takes playing with it and figuring out how it all goes together.

Following the tutorial I made my base.  (I actually did mine in two sides and then connected them together instead of building from the bottom up).



Holding the base on my lap I put the next row around the base.  I did that to both bases.

looking in

Now this is where it gets a little confusing.  If you look at the pieces you will see that each side of the piece slopes in a different direction.  For the first several steps assemble all the pieces going the same way.  The next row you are going to want to turn the pieces over so they slope in the opposite direction and assemble the next row.  In the next picture I tried to show you the direction of the pieces by using these signs < > as the direction of the piece.  Only do this to one base because this is the center most row.

Put the 2 bases together, connect the tabs, and you have a sphere!

After all of the time I spent being completely ticked off at this project I was so glad that I figured it out!

I hung it the corner of our family room where the kid's computer sits.  I love this fun paper sphere!


If you liked this project you jsut might like some of my other projects and I would love fo you to stop by The Crafty Blog Stalker!

Yellow Felt Flower Scarf
The Best Homemade Ranch Recipe

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tiny Tea Cup Meets Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit

Hello everyone!  Today I decided to start my post with my project.  I think that it does a lot of talking for me.  I know that it might seem like I am dong a lot of tea cup cards right now... and it's true!  They are just so cute!  

This card is especially fun because it includes a sneak peek of our new in colors Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit that will be available June 1st!  I also wanted to get the Tiny Tea Cup Stamp in at least one more time before it retires at the end of May.  So, if you love this little stamp as much as I do, then you had better order it quick!

Here is one more view of my card:

To make this card you'll need:

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Cruise Is Over

I just wanted to drop everyone a little note saying that I'm back!  Best Cruise Ever!  I will post some awesome pictures very soon.  I still wish that I was there!  Oh well... just yesterday I was looking at beaches that looked like this:

Oh well... I'll go back soon right?  That's what I have to keep on telling myself.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Cup Cake Cup Cake Topper!

Ok, I couldn't resist the play on words... a cup cake cup cake topper?!  It just made me giggle to write that... take that all of my English teachers that said that repetition was a bad thing!  I love this little cup cake topper.  I think that it's fun and whimsical.  Here's a pic:

I used the Cup Cake Builder Punch and the matching Create A Cup Cake Stamp Set to make this little topper.  Once again it was super easy, and it took about 4.2 minutes to make!  I think that this could be a darling addition to a birthday party, or a fun project to make with kids.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Vintage Crown Cup Cake Topper

I am sure that you can guess that I am on a cup cake topper kick.  I think that this is such a fun and easy way to add a little something to a birthday party or a shower.  I love that they can be so easy to make as well.  Here is my latest cup cake topper creation:

Wouldn't this be perfect for a princess birthday party?!  

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Top 5 Favorite Projects

Is it bad to have favorite projects?  I just think that some turn out so much better than you imagined and some... don't.  So, today I have decided to share with you my top 5 projects that I love the very best: