Thursday, June 20, 2013

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #121

Good evening fellow crafters! How has your day been? Mine is great so far, today was supposed to be my day off but I have to go in to work for 4 hours in a little bit :( Before I do, wanted to share with you my project for this weeks' Make it Monday Challenge for Papertrey Ink.

I wanted to make another 3x3 Card set to add to my Etsy shop. I used a Kraft cardstock base and paper from Stampin Up's Subtles Collection. I also used all 10 of the matching inks and cardstock. The stamp sets I used are Papertrey Ink Pretty Peonies and Fillable Frames Additions #1. I die-cut the peony out of the vellum and stamped the image using Early Espresso ink. I then used some Clear Embossing powder to set the ink so that when I started to add color to the peonies, the ink would not rub off. I adhered everything together and Voila! Fast and easy, colorful card set!

That is it for tonight, need to finish getting ready for work and finish making a quick dinner for the family before I leave. I hate these 4 hour shifts, seriously, what the heck is the point?! LOL Goodnight everyone!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #120

Good afternoon fellow crafters! Happy Humpday! Hope you are all having a fabulous middle of the week! I on the other hand, slipped and fell in the shower this morning and twisted my ankle something fierce! It swelled up pretty bad this morning, but after taking some Motrin and having an Epsom Salt foot soak for about an hour, the swelling has gone down tremendously. Doing anything and everything I can right now to avoid going to the hospital, mainly because I do not have health insurance right now. I also just don't think it is too bad of an injury, although I did unfortunately have to call in to work today :/ My mother-in-law also took the girls to go swimming for the day (supposed to hit 104 degrees today, yikes), so I am trying to also stay off of my feet. Luckily for me, everything I need to get started on a project today is all within my reach here on my desk, so I decided to make a card for this weeks Make it Monday Challenge over at Nichole Heady's awesome blog.

This week Nichole is challenging us to make an Overlapping Ombre project. I am so glad she chose this technique, I love anything and everything about ombre projects! You would think it would be super easy to come up with a project, but the hardest part is finding just the right colors to create a perfect ombre effect. I have a dear friend who is going through a stressful, difficult overwhelming time right now trying to juggle family life, school, and a full work week. On top of that, her mother was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Although I cannot even begin to imagine what she must be going through, I wanted her to know that I am here for her and her family no matter what. So I made her a card just to let her know.

I used a Kraft cardstock base for this card. The Papertrey Ink Stamp sets I used are Pretty Peonies and Boutique Borders: Father. I used Stampin Up ink colors in Chocolate Chip, Gumball Green, Real Red, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, and Pink Pirouette. The card was fairly simple to put together once I did some test stamping and found the perfect combination of colors. I love the card and cannot wait to make more in different colors and with different sentiments. I think this would look lovely as a card set.

Thanks for stopping by, going to go be a lazy bum (not by choice, haha) on the sofa for a while. Have a great day everyone!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Papertrey Ink MIM #119 and School Projects

Good evening fellow crafters! I hope you have all had a fantastic week! I've been super busy working and making gifts and treats for the girls' school. Today was officially their last day of school! Insane how fast the school year went by, I became a bit emotional this morning comparing the photos I took of the kiddos on the first day of school and the last day of school. I am now super excited to start the summer vacation off tomorrow with my girls! I cannot wait to start the weekend, this is going to be the first Saturday that I have not had to work in a really, REALLY, long time. The last couple of months actually I have been working Saturday and Sunday, so haven't had much family time and I really miss it. We have lots and lots planned for this weekend, fun stuff and not so fun stuff like cleaning! (After this week in my craft room, it is a disaster!)

Tonight I wanted to share with you the card I made for this weeks Make it Monday Challenge over at Nichole Heady's blog. The challenge this week is from the lovely Dawn McVey, and she wanted us to create a project using Flagged Borders. For my project I wanted to create a welcome baby card.

For this card, I used a Grey Cardstock base and picked out some patterned paper from K&Company's Itsy Bitsy Baby Girl paper pack. To create the flags I used Papertrey Ink's Banner Die as well as Stampin' Up's Framelits Bitty Banners Die set. The Stampin' Up Ink colors I used were Pretty in Pink and Basic Grey. I also used Papertrey Ink's Wonderful Words: Baby Stamp set and die, along with one of their Fillable Frames dies. I used the Paper Studio's A2 Stripes embossing folder. I am okay with how the card came out. The only thing I think I would change is the use of the same patterned paper on the card as well as the small flags. I think it does clash a bit. Owell, whats done is done!

These are the projects I stayed up late this week a few nights to finish making. I made these Skittles Candy sticks for the girls classroom parties. I got the image from LemonSqueezeDesigns Etsy shop. As always my clear 1x8 bags are purchased from ClearBagsRUs Etsy Shop. I have also purchased the 1x10 bag size from ScrappyBeadsCorner's Etsy shop. Either size bag works fine depending on how much candy you want to put in them. The kids always love these favors! If you saw my last post, I made a ton of Wreck it Ralph favors for my nephew's birthday party, and I included some Wreck it Ralph Skittles treats as well.

For the girls teachers, we made these Teacher Money boxes. This project took me FOREVER. It was a big mess trying to fit everything together nicely with the dollar bills. After hours and hours of time and paper wasted trying to make a box to hold everything together, I was finally happy with my results. I LOVE THIS GIFT! And the teachers absolutely loved them! I used primary cardstock colors to create 20 different cards, each measuring 6¼" x 2¾". I used Microsoft word to print out the little "boxes" on white cardstock to mat on top of the colored cardstock pieces. I used a Hero Arts stamp set for the Apple on each card. I used Stampin' Up's Inks in Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, and Pacific Point. The girls and I came up with 20 Reasons why each of their teachers were great, and I wrote them down for them. (Mostly because they take too long to write, and I wanted to write in pen and not have anything mess up). After the 20 reasons were written down, I included one last card for the back of the pile for them to write a little note to their teachers. In between each card, we placed one $1.00 bill. I figured we would have spent $20 to $25 on a gift card anyway, so might as well just give them some cash!

I love how these turned out. This might be my go-to teacher gift from now on!

One last note, if you were ever a follower and participator over at the Paper Variety Challenge blog, you may have noticed that they have been away for almost a year now. BUT I am soooo excited to have seen today that they are BACK, except this time they have started a NEW challenge blog for PROJECT LIFE! It is called Week-2-Week Project Life Challenges and Inspirations and I am sooo super excited for this, I haven't seen any other Project Life challenge blogs so I think this is brilliant. When I found out last month that my local Hobby Lobby was going to be carrying the Project Life kits, I was ECSTATIC! I found out the stores would be carrying them mid-May, so I called daily for almost a week to find out when the products would arrive. I didn't get any signed editions, but I did get the Blush Edition Core Kit as well as the Big Variety Pack 1 of the photo pages. I didn't find the Blush Edition Project life album, but the store was having a 50% off sale on scrapbooks so I just picked up one big one that matched my kit. Plus how awesome is it that you can use the 40% off coupon on these kits?! SCORE!

I love love love all the project cards in this kit! My only problem is that it has been about 3 weeks since I've picked up the kits and haven't started ANY pages at all. I was even MORE excited to find out about Project Mouse and immediately bought and printed out all the Bundles available for Project Mouse. And now? It's all sitting on the table of my craft room untouched. So the thought of there being a challenge blog for Project Life is awesome, talk about a great motivator! I can't wait for the first challenge! Head on over to their new blog now and become a follower if you love Project Life, they are doing a giveaway for the Blush Edition Core kit!

Congrats if you have made it down to the bottom of this post. This is one of my longest ever! Thanks for stopping by tonight, I hope you all have a great weekend!