Mom's Day Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  Hopefully you are here from Sigrid from Love, Scrap, Reflect, if not and you just happened upon my blog today and want to start at the beginning of this wonderful hop, you can go back to Nicolette's blog at Beyond Scrapin'. I am so excited for this weekend. I have a lot going on, LOL!  This weekend at our house we are having family and friends over to celebrate my sons 2nd birthday.  He is such a big boy now and I can't believe he is 2!  I also am in 2 blog hops, woo hoo!  This one for today is a Mom's Day hop.  It's funny, before I became a Mom myself I never really appreciated this day.  I just thought it was a day to give my Mom a present.  Now as a Mom, I love to be pampered, loved, and appreciated on this day;-).  I am lucky enough get to see my Mom, Grandma, and Mother in-law this weekend at the party so I thought I would make them all something a little special to celebrate their day!
These cards are based on the current sketch over at Mojo Monday.  I used all Stampin UP product for these.  The flowers are created from the Stampin UP! Flower Folds die in my Sizzix Big Shot.  The fabric is all Stampin UP! and the flowers can be removed to wear as pins.  I will be posting a video on Tuesday when I announce the winners of the blog candy on how to make these flowers.  Too much going on right now with the party to edit it but it will be done soon!

I have some exciting blog candy to give away this weekend.  This is a stamp set from Emma over at My Creative Time.  Emma makes the cutest projects on her blogs and she just happens to be one of the sweetest people as well.  She sells stamps on her blog that are just so cute!  This one is perfect for this hop, It's called So Grateful For You.

I am offering up two chances to win this.  First leave a comment below with a way for me to get a hold of you and if you want a second chance to win, stop by my blog tomorrow for a Disney/Pixar hop and leave another comment.  I would also love it if you became a follower:-).   I will pick a winner Tuesday morning using

Your next stop is Jamie at Glitter Stamps and Paper oh my!

Home Decor Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  Are you ready for another blog hop?  I sure am and I am really excited about this hop!  Making Home Decor items is a secret passion of mine.  One that I have not fully looked into yet:-).  I have made a few things for our home but not nearly as many as I would like!  I am excited to go through the blogs on this hop and see what the very talented ladies have in store for us!  If you have arrived here from Nicolette at Beyond Scrapin, then you are in the right place.  If not and you would like to start at the beginning, please start with Faith over at FaithfuleCreations .
Okay, onto my project.  For a while I have been envisioning some wood letters on the wall of my craft room. My husband keeps saying I need to put some up there since both my son and my daughter have the first letter of their name above their room.  I decided to put the word "CREATE" above the window.  I love making these letters as I get to choose one of my favorite things, paper, to put on them.  I love picking out the paper to put on them and then finding paper that matches.  Here is my project:

I had to keep the letters on the floor to take a photo of them.  This is the front view
 Another view
 The first three letters
 The last three letters
This project was so easy to make!  I bought the letters at Hobby Lobby, painted them all white (2 coats on the back and then one on the front and sides).  Then I traced out the paper for each letter. Attached the paper to the wood using mod podge.  Once that dried, I sanded off the edges of the letters for a smooth finish and then inked Stampin UP! Soft Suede around the edges.  I added a few died flowers, then glued the letters together using wood glue.  I still need to get the hooks on the back to hang it up (I think I will leave that to my husband to take care of this weekend.)  Once it's hung up, I will do another photo. :-)
Here's a quick video I did to explain the project:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Your next stop is Bonnie at A Scrap Above.

Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge #50

Today I thought I would try to get some Easter cards done, since I had already done the Mojo Monday challenge for this week I thought I would check out the latest Peachy Keen Challenge.  I love this sketch and the "twist" this time is to use metallic accents.  Here is my take on the card:

Based on this sketch:

I used the Cricut Easter 2010 cartridge for the grass and the egg. This is one of my favorites and I am hoping to cut out some more images from it tonight. I also used the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set from Stampin UP! along with the Well Scripted set for the Happy Easter and my i-rock to put the pink faux brads.  Lastly I used twine from the Twinery in Lemondrop, (of course!).

Two Challenges in One!

Hi all! Well today I hopped on over to the Market Street Stamps challenge blog to find out when their current challenge ends and found out it ends today!  So I hurried up to my craft room to start making something for it.  Then I realized this is going to be a HUGE challenge! This challenge calls for the use of certain colors, colors that I have never put together before. Anyway as I thought of what to make for it I thought I would head on over to the Mojo Monday blog to see if I could get inspiration off their latest sketch.  That helped tremendously and this is what I came up with.
I used my Twine again from the Twinery in Caribbean and my Market Street Stamps Simply Stitched for the "handmade" tag, along with Stampin Daisies for the "Smile" stamp.
 Based on this Mojo Monday sketch...
 and this color challenge!...

I just want to say I had a lot of fun with this stepping out of my color box:-)

Winner and a Few Scrapbook Pages!

Hi Everyone!  I had so much fun at the "Think Spring" Blog that Nancy and I decided to host another hop next month and then maybe even another one in June!  We were just amazed at all the talent out there and can't wait to see more!  Anyway, onto the winner of the Market Street Stamps.  We had over 700 comments throughout the different blogs and the winner actually came from Angelica's blog, Handmade by Angelica.  She is the creator of the Market Street Stamps and actually donated this set so I was happy to see that picked the winner from her blog:-)!  The winner is Stephanie K.  Here is what Stephanie had to say about Angelica's awesome tags:

What adorable tags! I just the bird and bird nest!  The twine was a perfect touch!  Thanks for sharing!

I will be contacting Stephanie shortly to get the stamps out to her:-).

Now onto a few projects. This past weekend I went away to go scrapbooking in Lake Geneva, IL.  I love to do this as it's so nice to break away for a day and get some scrapbooking done. The bonus is that I get to do it a beautiful city like Lake Geneva at a wonderful resort and I get to have some girl time!  This time I decided to work on digital pages.  It seems like every time I go scrapbooking I bring along soooo much stuff and then I get there and wish I would have brought something I hadn't.  So this time I thought I would just bring my laptop and express myself creatively through software!  I used the Creative Memories Storybook program for these pages and I loved how they came out.  I also have the Stampin UP! program called My Digital Studio which I absolutely love and Photoshop, but I haven't gotten into digital scrapbooking with that (yet).  I decided to just stick with one program this time and by the end I was really getting into it.  Creative Memories has these awesome packs you buy to add onto your software called Click and Fill. It is basically pre-made layouts and you just choose your embellishments and paper.  How nice is that?!  

Thanks for stopping by:-)

Mojo Monday Challenge 186

If you are looking for the Think Spring Blog Hop, click HERE.

Today I wanted to do a quick post on a card I created based on the latest Mojo Monday. Today is my son's 2nd birthday and even though this card isn't for him. I thought it would be nice to honor him with a post and showcase a birthday card!  I wanted to create a birthday card using my small banner stamps from Pink Persimmon.  I pulled up this sketch on Thursday night and just knew I had to create something based on it!  I just love it.  It has so much dimension to it and it called for my favorite thing, twine!  Here is the card I created:

Based on this sketch:
Supplies Used: 
Stamps: Stampin UP! Teeny Tiny Wishes and Valentine Defined, Pink Persimmon Banner (Small), Market Street Stamps Simply Stitched Borders
Paper: Stampin UP Real Red, Whisper White, Pacific Point and Bashful Blue, Stampin UP Celebrations DSP
Ink: Stampin UP Real Red, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, and Bashful Blue
Ribbon: Stampin UP! White Grosgrain and the Twinery Maraschino

Happy Birthday Carter!!

Think Spring Blog Hop

Good Morning and welcome to the Think Spring Blog Hop!  I am so excited to be hosting my first hop, along with my friend Nancy over at Fancy with Nancy.  I cannot wait to see all the projects everyone has come up with!
Spring is such an exciting time of the year.  I think my favorite thing that I look forward to in the spring is just watching the earth come "alive".  I love to see the grass go from brown to bright green, the leaves come on the trees, and the flowers peak their way out of the ground.  Every year it seems like our winters are so loooong here in Chicagoland that spring is such a welcome sign!  Everyone just seems to be a little nicer.  I also love the fact that I get to see my neighbors again! We are all stuck inside the house all winter, it's nice to get out and enjoy each other's company again.
Okay, onto my project.  I really wanted to make something that just embodied my thoughts on spring.  When I was little I used to draw pictures and they would undoubtedly be of the grass, a few flowers, a house, the sun, and maybe a few other additions.  I had that in my mind when I did this page with my little flower, grass, and leaves on this page. I used my Pink Persimmon Banner stamps again, I just love these and of course some twine from the Twinery!     I hope you enjoy this project and all the other projects to come, we have some VERY talented ladies on this hop.

If you click on this photo you can see the layout much better.
 I just love these banner stamps!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampin UP! Flight of the Butterfly, Jumble Alphabet, Build a Blossom (leaves), and Pink Persimmon  Banner (Large)
Ink: Stampin UP! Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, and Soft Suede
Paper: Stampin UP! Whisper White, Marina Mist, Old Olive, and Pretty in Pink
The fabric is from the Stampin UP Occasions mini and the ribbon is Stampin UP retired, The Twine is from the Twinery in Honeydew
Die: Sizzix Stampin UP! Flower Folds

So what's a blog hop without some blog candy??  I am giving away this oh so sweet stamp set generously donated by another hopper, Angelica from Market Street Stamps called So Happy.  I just love this stamp set, it completely screams spring to me:-)
In order to win this set you must leave a comment underneath this post, if you would like to have more chances to win this set, leave a comment at everyone's blog on the hop.  I will be picking a winner from all the comments so the more blogs you visit, the better your chances!  I would love it also if you became a follower.  I will pick a winner Monday morning so I will give everyone until Sunday night, the 17th to go through the hop.
Your next stop on the hop is my good friend Nancy over at Fancy with Nancy.  She is so creative, so hurry on over and she what she has for you today!  

Here is a list of all the participants in case you get lost along the way:

Winner of the Pink Persimmon Banner Stamps

Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by this past weekend for the blog hop!  I loved reading everyone's comments, it's just so much fun!  Anyway, onto the winner of the super cute banner stamps from Pink Persimmon!  Here's another look at them:

The winner is Liz, #9 as determined by, Here is what Liz had to say:
I love seeing layouts, it gives me ideas, yours is great I will definately go check out the sketch site!

Thanks so much Liz, I'll be emailing you shortly on the details for your stamps! 

My Heart Belongs to Daddy Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Heart Belongs to Daddy Blog Hop!  Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!  We are looking forward to some warmer weather here in Chicago mixed with a little rain but I don't think anyone cares about the rain as long as it's WARM!  Anyway, onto the hop.  Hopefully you came here from Pam's blog over at Scrapbook Flair.  If not and you want to start at the beginning, stop at Jen's blog, Creative Army Wife.  For this hop we were tasked with creating something "manly", LOL!  At first I thought I would do a card but I had a really cute photo from my husband's birthday last weekend that I wanted to scrap so I choose to do a layout instead.  Sometimes we get scared doing manly or boyish layouts as we aren't sure what colors to use but I find it best to use primary colors are they are so bright and really work well with either gender.  
If you have been reading my blog for a while then you know I LOVE to use sketches with my layouts and cards and I chose to use the sketch from this weeks Scrapbook Challenges, sketch 248.  Here is what I came up with.
I absolutely LOVE how this one came out.  I used only my stamps on this one, no cricut at all!  The letters were cut out after I stamped them with my Stampin UP! set, Schoolbook Serif Alphabet.  The cupcakes are from a retired Stampin UP! set called Big Bold Birthday, along with the "make a wish" saying, and the oh so cute Banner Stamps are from Pink Persimmon, a stamp company I just happened to find last weekend while I was searching online for some banner stamps.  The background paper is Stampin UP! Sahara Sand, the other solid colors are also Stampin UP!, Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, Real Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White, the patterned paper is from the DCWV Celebrations stack.  I thought it looked very manly:-).  Of course, I also added twine from the Twinery in Honeydew. All the ink colors are also Stampin UP! in the same colors as the paper.

Here is the sketch that the layout is based on:
If you are a scrapper, I recommend checking out their weekly sketch challenges.

Now onto some blog candy, Pink Persimmon has graciously donated these oh so cute banner stamps for my giveaway today!

I just love these stamps and banners are all the rage now in scrapbooking.  Just leave me a comment below and I would love if you became a follower if you aren't already.  I will accept entries until Monday night and draw a winner Tuesday morning.  
Onto your next stop, Jill over at the Scrapoholic.  I can't wait to see what she has made for the hop!

Here's a list of the participants in case you get lost along the way.

Jessica ~ are here:-)

Quick Birthday Card

Happy Friday everyone!  Well tomorrow is my husbands birthday so I decided to make a quick card for him this afternoon.  I find guys cards so challenging and I wanted to make this simple and not girly at all.  I hope I achieved that!  Since I do well with sketches, I decided to take a look at this weeks sketch over at Peachy Keen Stamps.   The sketch worked perfectly for what I needed.
Here is my card:

 I used a retired Stampin UP! set for this image called Big Bold Birthday and the dots are from the Stampin Daisies set, Just the Basics.  The paper is also Stampin UP! Marina Mist, Whisper White, and the DSP Celebrations.   The ink is Stampin UP! Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, and Cherry Cobbler.
I used my twine again from the Twinery called Honeydew.

Based off this sketch: