Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Call for the Marker Ball!

Image from Stampin' Up! Blog
So you've heard about Paper Pumpkin...I've certainly mentioned it a few times. lol It's the fun little surprise by mail you can get for 20 bucks a month. The promotion for the bonus set of markers ends tonight at Midnight!! You don't even have to pay yet if you sign up; your card isn't charged until your first kit ships around the 11th. I have been having a blast with the kits, and it's such a fun element to be surprised by the contents when they come. Check out a few of the last kits we've received:
February 2014 - 4 gift bags and lots of embellishments. I added some flowers using coordinating card stock
March 2014 - 2 card styles, makes 4 of each with these gorgeous gold envelope liners
Aside from the slant on the sentiment, this is how the card was shown in the instructions.
I added a little piece of Baker's Twine and tied a bow!
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
December 2013
Fun Fact: Stampin' Up! just announced the 1 year anniversary of PP. They had a big celebration at the Riverton office complete with party hats, cake and cookies! Wish I could have been there! ;)
Image from Stampin Up! Blog
Oh and one more thing! Exclusive to PP subscribers, you can order select past kits!! You can get 4 of the complete kits, and refills of several past kits - paper and embellishments, stamps and ink not included. Click on the image below to view it larger!

Don't forget to sign up if you haven't yet, you don't want to miss out on all the fun!

Stampy Hugs,

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray!!

I recently ordered this card kit to check it out. The samples are so cute, I just had to have it! :) Aside from scissors, it comes with everything you need:
  • Card Stock and envelopes for 20 cards
  • Twine, clips, and adhesive backed die-cut embellishments
  • 3-piece Hip Hip Hooray Stamp Set
  • Clear acrylic block
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Basic Gray Stampin' Spot (mini ink pad)
  • Full-color instructional brochure
I stamped on my envelopes too, that's just how I roll...
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit - Item No. 134998 (English) $19.95
I made the 2 cards above with it so far, but the options are nearly endless, check out these samples. Just click on the image to enlarge it...

Totally adorbs, no? The kit is available in 4 languages as well, if you don't want English you can get French, German, or Spanish instead! Order yours today. Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Golden Birthday

Today is my oldest daughter's birthday. It's the 17th and she's 17, that makes this her GOLDEN birthday!! She had several friends over to celebrate on Saturday, and I had gold everywhere! I wish I had taken more photos, but this is a small sampling of how the dinning room table was set. She had snack chips, grapes, and lots of candies wrapped in gold set out for their enjoyment! I also added some shamrock garland and gold bead necklaces, but being the easily distracted dork that I am I didn't get another picture after the full set up was complete. 

While I decorated her cake I asked my husband to help out by making a "17" that we could mount on card stock and set on an easel, he did one better! He also printed out little miniature ones that we hung from streamers around the house, and before the night was over her friends were coveting them...we ended up putting them on jump rings and hanging them on both gold and green beaded necklaces! They looked like they were attending a convention. lol

It was a great party with just a few of her closest friends, I love my "G" dearly and hope she is still feeling special today at school. I gave her a one of a kind t-shirt for her birthday that she's wearing. It says "Lucky Today" on the front and has "17" in gold numbers on the back!

She didn't want me to take her picture this morning - sigh, but little sister was happy to smile!
I look forward to scrapping a special page or two with the party pictures soon, but to celebrate my "baby" here are some pages from the archives that I can share...

Happy St Patrick's Day!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine Castle

When I was a kid I always had to go over the top decorating my "shoebox" for Valentine's Day. I don't remember ever winning any contests, but I always had a lot of fun making my creations! Being a mom I have always been very involved whenever one of my girls needed to decorate a poster board, or any kind of school project involving paper and creativity! In 2012 I helped my daughter Sydney make a Valentine Village and sadly her sister didn't "need" a box that year since the teacher made them for the class.  

Last year we didn't get started early enough, and opted for just simple ones made with cereal boxes. I even had a fantastic idea that I was super excited about doing in the future, sadly I forgot what it was!!! Whoops, back to brainstorming we go, and a castle it is! It was a bit of a group effort too. Since Sydney doesn't need a box this year, she pitched in to help make her little sisters castle awesome!

I had a few containers set aside and we began the process last Sunday...

Step One - Materials

We used a cracker box, 2 stackable chips containers, and an oatmeal container;
Paper bags to cover the exterior of the castle;
102482 - $6.95
Real Red card stock for the trim flags, and hearts;
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder - to give the paper bags texture;
Woodgrain Embossing Folder - for the drawbridge;
Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink, to dab on the paper and make the texture pop;
119883 - $16.95
A couple of heart punches for decorations;
Metal wire for the flag hanger...I had this laying around;
And white glue and tape to put it all together.

Step Two - Putting it Together

I had to cut the paper in strips the width of the embossing folder, but left them twice the length. After running them through my Big Shot I just flipped them around and ran them back through. The dot pattern is random enough that you couldn't tell.
The embossed paper was inked to really show the texture

The chip canisters are upside down so the tops are metal, we put hearts on them! =)

The cracker box was cut so we could inset the oatmeal container. Once I had all the parts assembled we began gluing the paper on. It is totally pieced together.

The lid to the oatmeal container was removed and replaced with a cone we made. I stuffed it with leftover pieces of crumpled paper bag to make it more durable since kids will be lifting it off to put the valentines inside.
 Natalie put the lid in her backpack so she can close it up for the walk home after the Valentine party.
My husband helped her find some nice courtyard pictures to choose from and printed one for her to glue on. We considered connecting the drawbridge to a little "rope" or "chain" but since we wanted to leave it open Natalie decided she liked it fine like this. 
Here's a closer look at the little flags. We also used a little piece of Red Glimmer Paper and attached the flags with glue dots.
A couple more details...just little windows cut from the leftover border of the courtyard printout!

 Hope you enjoyed this, we certainly had a lot of fun putting it together!!

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