Monday, January 30, 2012

Puppy Birthday Party

Happy Monday, everyone!  I'm taking some time today to recuperate from a very busy weekend.  Yesterday was my youngest daughter's 8th birthday party, so I've been running around like a maniac trying to get everything ready.  I wanted to share the decorations I made for her party.  She wanted a pool party, so I limited the decorations to cupcake toppers/wrappers, table decorations, and treat bags.  We weren't allowed to hang anything on the walls, so a banner was out.  So, here's some pics from her party:

I used my Cricut Expression for all of these cuts. The poodle, cupcake, and bone are all from Create a Critter.  I got the party hat from Sweet Treats and the Happy Birthday from Once Upon a Princess.  I added ink, doodle marks, and little blue jewels to dress everything up.  I just noticed that some of my ribbon fell off of the Happy Birthday sign...oh, well.  I guess it didn't bother me at the time.  :)

For the cupcake toppers, I got all of the puppies from Create a Critter and the party hats from Sweet Treats.  The wrappers were cut from Life's a Party.

 All of the cuts in this table decoration are from Create a Critter except for the puppy's hat, which is from Sweet Treats.  I added ink, some stickers, some doodles, and some jewels to add a little umph.

The puppy and gifts in this table decoration came from Create a Critter.  Her hat and 8 candle came from Sweet Treats. A jewel, ink, and doodles were added here, also.

Here's a close-up of the treat bags.  I made the topper base from Art Philosophy, the puppies came from Create a Critter, and the hats came from Sweet Treats.  The paw print stamp came from Pink By Design's Furry Friends Stamp Set, and the sentiment came from Pink By Design's Big Thoughts Stamp Set.

Oh, and, in case you missed them, here are the invitations I sent out for the party.  You can learn more about them in this post.

Taylor loved all of the decorations and had a blast at her party.  From the looks of it, she really enjoyed her cupcake, too...LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a marvelous Monday!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Doggone Good Birthday

Wow!  I can't believe my sweet baby girl is turning 8 today!  I've been working furiously on the cupcake toppers, treat bags, and table decorations for her pool party.  I'll share those with you after the party, but I do want to share the birthday card I made for her today.  Here it is:

Taylor is having a puppy party, so I chose this cute little puppy from my Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge.  The card base came from Art Philosophy, and I punched the scalloped border on the patterned paper with my Stampin' Up Scalloped Border Punch.  The sentiment came from Pink By Design's Furry Friends Stamp Set.  

I also got the paw prints on the inside from that same stamp set.

Of course, I had to let her know who made it (like she needed the reminder).  The I woof you sentiment also came from the Furry Friends set. 

I hope you like my little card.  Taylor loved it, and that's all that matters! :)  Have a fabulous Friday, everyone! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

You're 'Stache-tastic!

Happy Monday!  It's my Design Team day over at Pink By Design, and I have a fun card to share with you today that I made using one of Pink By Design's newest stamp sets.  

This silly little guy came from the Lettering Delights Funny Faces SVG Set.  Isn't he fun?  I got the speech bubble from the 3 Thought Bubbles set in the Silhouette Online Store.  I stamped my fun sentiment and a mustache from the new Pink By Design Mustaches Stamp Set right in the speech bubble (which is a great way to add a sentiment to your card). I used the cute little mustaches from the the same set to create the background.  Here's how I did it:

First, I cut my kraft cardstock to 7' x 10", and folded it in half to create a 5" x 7" card base. Then, I gathered my stamps and my VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad.

Then, I randomly stamped the middle-sized mustache all over the card, making sure that some of the mustaches ran off of the card base so it would look more like a background.

Here's what it looked like all stamped...I just love how the watermark ink looks on kraft cardstock.

Finally, I went back and randomly stamped the smaller mustache in some of the "white space" left on the card.  I love having the different sizes of mustaches to work with.

To finish off my card, I embossed the lenses of the glasses with my Candycane Stripe Cuttlebug embossing folder, inked all of my pieces, and added a little strip of patterned paper and ribbon.  All in all, this card came together pretty quickly!

Well, I hope you like my project for today.  Don't forget that Pink By Design is having a Design Team Call right now.  The deadline is quickly have until January 25th to apply, so I hope you'll give it a try!  Visit this POST to find out all of the details.  We can't wait to see what you've got. :)

Thanks for stopping by...I'd love to read your comments!  Have a great day!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cameo Creations Challenge #1: Twisted Easel Valentine

Hello, again, everyone!  Today is the very first Cameo Creations Challenge over at Monica's Creative Madness.  Every other Thursday, she'll be hosting a challenge for all of you talented Silhouette crafters. I know a lot of you guys may have gotten a Cameo for Christmas or have one on its way to you. Plus, tons of you have other Silhouette machines.  I hope you'll stop by to get some Silhouette inspiration and join in on the fun. onto the challenge.  This week's challenge is to use your Silhouette machine (any model) to make a twisted easel Valentine's Day card using the colors turquoise, red, and pink.  Here's what I came up with:

Isn't this little cow adorable?  I just love her!  I got the cow from the Lettering Delights Sweet Nothings Gift Card Holder SVG Set, and her little pucker came from the Lettering Delights Lip Smackers SVG Set.  I got  the hearts from the 9 Hearts set in the Silhouette Online Store, and the flowers came from the 3 Flowers set in the store.  

Those sweet sMOOches and XOXOXO sentiments came from Pink By Design's Country Living Stamp Set.  I got the shape they're stamped on from the 5 Shape Set in the Silhouette Store.

To create the background (grass), I punched strips of green paper with my Martha Stewart Grass punch, then I adhered them in an alternating color pattern.  I embossed my cow with my Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, and added some black brads for her eyes.  Then, I layered all of the flowers using various colored brads, added some doodles and foam tape, and my twisted easel card was all done!  I hope you like it!  Here's a side view:

Well, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to Monica's blog to take part in our very first Cameo Creations Challenge.  You have until February 2 to enter...and you could win some goodies from this week's sponsor: Scrappy Mom's Stamps.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Penguin Pals

It's my Design Team day over at Pink By Design, and I have a really COOL card to share with you today. it is:

I got these adorable little penguins and the igloo from the Lettering Delights Eskimo Kisses SVG Set.   

I thought this sentiment from the Pink By Design Gratitude Stamp Set would go perfectly with my penguin pals.  I also added some hearts from the PBD Labels and Our Teachers Stamp Sets.  

I got the tag from this 4 Tag Set I found in the Silhouette Online Store .  Here's a tip:  when you're die cutting a tag for a project, why not just cut a whole 12" x 12" page of various tags?  I cut several copies of different tags out of white card stock.  Now, whenever I need somewhere to add my sentiment, I have tons of pre-cut tags to choose from.  They are easily customized to match my project by adding a little ink.

I added some pretty snowflake brads, some sparkly bling, ribbon, and doodles...and my card was all done. I hope you like it!

By the way, Pink By Design is having a Design Team Call right now.  You can get all of the information here. You have until January 25th to submit your application, so I hope you'll consider trying it out.  We'd love to see what you can do. :)  

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a terrific Thursday!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Puppy Birthday Invitations

My youngest daughter is turning 8 in a few weeks, so I've been busy making invitations for her party. She had a  Hello Kitty party last year, so she wanted a puppy party this year.  Here are her invitations:

These are A2 size invitations (5.5" x 4.25").  I got all of these cute little puppies and their gifts from my Create a Critter Cartridge.  The party hat came from my Sweet Treats Cartridge.  I got the sentiment from Pink By Design's Party Time Stamp Set.  The patterned paper is by Echo Park.

I haven't quite finished them...I still have to print out the inside of the cards and adhere them.  Then, over the next couple of weeks, I'll be busy making cupcake wrappers, treat bags, and table decorations.  I'll be sure to share those with you when I get them done.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fantabulous Cricut Top 5!

I haven't been entering many challenges lately, but I try to whenever I get the chance. I'm super excited that my Warm Wishes card was chosen as one of Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's Top 5 from last week!  YAY!  
Fantabulous Cricut

You can see all of the details about this card here.  Just thought I'd share. :)  I have a card I've been working on that I'll share with you soon.  I just need to fuss over it a bit more.  Hope you have a wonderful humpday! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I've chosen the winners of my Blogaversary Giveaway.  I'm a day late, but I always want to give you guys over in the States enough time to enter before I choose a winner.  Monday was over and done with here before it was over in the States. :)  

Anyway...on to the winners.  The first winner of the the PBD Dictionary Background Stamp and the PBD Crikey Stamp Set is a bloggy friend and long-time follower of mine:

The winner of the PBD Furry Friends Stamp Set is my new friend:

Congratulations, Sherrie and Wendy!  I'll be e-mailing you guys to get your mailing addresses so I can send these out to you.  Be sure to check your spam/junk filter just in case. :)

And, now...I have a fun announcement for you.  Monica over at Monica's Creative Madness asked me to be a member of the Design Team for a new challenge: Cameo Creations.  Every other Thursday, starting on January 17, we'll have a challenge for all of you who got a new Silhouette Cameo.  I hope you'll stop by next Thursday to see what we create and join in on our VERY FIRST challenge!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

You're Jawsome!

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today is my day to post over at Pink By Design, and I'm really excited about the card I have to show you.  And....guess what!?!?!  I actually made a little video!  YAY!  Anyway, here's my project:

I can already tell that this one is going to be one of my all-time favorites!  I really should make more Disney cards, because I always seem to really like the finished project.  I got the JAWSOME shark from my Best of Pixar Cricut Cartridge, and the light blue shape came from my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  The sentiment came from Pink By Design's Crikey Stamp Set.  I got the twine from Pink By Design's Divine Twine Sample Pack. The background came from Pink By Design's Bubbly Background Stamp, and I used a second-generation stamping technique to get a very subtle background pattern.  Here's a little video to show how I did it:

Here's a close up of the background.  It looks REALLY subtle here, but you can see it more easily in person.  I really like how it looks like water. :)

Well, I hope you like my little card and video.  I'm hoping to make videos more often so it will come more natural for me.

By the way, Pink By Design is having a Design Team Call right now.  You can get all of the information here.  You have until January 25th to submit your application, so I hope you'll consider trying it out.  We'd love to see what you can do. :)  

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Warm Wishes

What?!?!?! Two posts in one day?  No WAY!  Well, it's true, and I can't believe it!  I have another little card for you today.  Here it is:

This cute little cup came from my Winter Frolic Cricut Cart.  I got the card base and circles from my Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cart.  The sentiment came from Pink By Design's Tags and Treats Stamp Set, and the snowflake came from PBD's Snowflake Stamp Set.

Looking at this now, I realize that the layout is a lot like the card I posted earlier.  Ha!  I guess I'm in that kind of groove.  

I hope you like my little card...thanks for stopping by! :)

Life is Sweeter With You

Well, we're one week into the new year, and I've been able to keep my New Years Resolution of posting at least 2 projects a week so far.  LOL! was kind-of hard, too!  Life (and wretched cleaning) seems to get in the way.  I've also started to fuss WAY too much over my projects, I think.  Anyway...I have another card to share with you today.  This time, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a cute file I found in the Silhouette Online Store.  Here it is:

This cute little Happy Heart Cookie is from Silhouette. Isn't it just ADORABLE???  I changed the file a little to make it easier to cut, though.  I think the sprinkles and face were originally intended to be little pieces you glue on top, but I really didn't want to deal with all of those little guys.  So, I joined those cuts to the frosting layer so they would be cut out.  Then, I just adhered little scraps of paper to the back so the different colors would show through.  That was much less painstaking than gluing down all of those sprinkles, I think.

I added some pretty purple ribbon under the cookie, popped up the frosting with foam tape, and added Glossy Accents to the sprinkles to make them a bit more 3D (since I changed the original design).  I also added some black brads for the eyes and inked the edges with my Color Box Fluid Chalk Inks.  The tag came from a 4 Tag Set I found in the Silhouette Online Store.  I got the "sweet" little sentiment from Pink By Design's Say It Sweet Stamp Set.  

Here's what the inside looks like.  I cut an extra "cookie" layer so I'd have a lighter space for writing inside.  Oh, and I created the card base by creating a shadow layer in Silhouette Studio, creating a mirror image, and welding the two together.  

Well, I hope you like my little card.  If you'd like more information about it, or would like to see a video of any part, just let me know.  One of my resolutions is also to do at least one video a month, and I need some ideas.  So, if you have a question about something...please ask.  Then, maybe I can make a video to show you the answer. :)

Have an AWESOME weekend!