Fairy Day Blog Hop

Good day everyone and welcome to the Fairy Day Blog Hop!!  Today is Day 2 of the hop and if you came here from Jalisa at Patches of Pink then you are in the right place.  If you just happened on my blog today and would like to hop along with us and want to start at the beginning, go to Gill's Blog over at Creations by Gill.
The theme of this hop is Fairies as June 24th was National Fairy Day!  I have never really been into Fairies but having a 4 year old girl who likes them got me interested.  When Gill said she was hosting a Fairy Day hop I thought it would be so fun and maybe get me out of my box a little.   I was amazed at all the stuff on the internet as I did "research" for my project.  My daughter, Ava, last year loved this set of fairy wings that I got her and she insisted on wearing them for our family photos in October.  I have this gorgeous photo of her and thought this would be a good time to showcase my little fairy:-).
The colors are very similar to a layout I did before as they will be next to each other in the album..
 I added some sparkle to the title from a retired Stampin UP! set called A little Bit of Magic. The title was cut using a font on my computer and Make the Cut.
 My fairy was also cut using Make the Cut, I found her free to download here.
 I added some Stampin! UP Rhinestones to the stars to give them more sparkle
 This saying is also from the Stampin UP! retired set A Little Bit of Magic
I hope you enjoyed my layout.  It was fun to make.  I would love if you left me a comment and became a follower if you aren't already.

Okay everyone, if you have been hopping these last two days then you are aware of the hidden letters along the way on the hop.  My hidden letter is F.  Remember to collect all the letters from the hop (they will appear over the 2 days) and assemble to form a fairy related word.  Return to Gil's blog at the end of day 2 (today) and enter the Mr. Linky (not revealing the word) for your chance to win some blog candy.  Gil will contact someone at random who will then email her back with the word.  
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  
Your next stop on the hop is my very good friend Nancy over at Fancy with Nancy.

Mermaid invite

Happy Friday everyone!! This is a quick post to show the invite I did for my daughter's birthday.  She is turning 5 soon and each year we agonize (or she does) about what the theme will be of the party.  This year she decided she wanted the theme to be squinkies.  What are squinkies you ask? Well they are all the rage among the little girls.  Little plastic characters.  To see a photo, click here.  Since not too many adults know what they are and since we are having our big blow up pool and slide out for the party I thought I would make a "water" themed invite using the little mermaid from Life's a Beach. I fell in love with this little mermaid when I made my 4 little mermaids layout and my daughter was happy to let me go with that for the invites (whew!).

The You're Invited is from the Stampin Daisies line of stamps called Just the Basics. Did you know she is now taking pre-orders for some very cute new stamps coming out??? Check it out here at http://www.stampindaisies.com/2011/06/pre-order-your-stamps-today.html
 I stamped the faces with the Peach Keen Princess Faces which I love!  I then colored in her lips red and chalked her cheeks pink to give her a little color.
 The card flips open to reveal the information on the party inside.
I hope you liked my card!  Don't forget to check out Stampin Daisies new line of stamps.  They are just adorable!

Father's Day Card

Hi all!  I wanted to show everyone the card I did for my husband for Father's Day.  I love that we have a whole day that we can dedicate to Dad's!  It's so funny though, because I asked my husband what he wanted to do and he didn't really have anything special, just to hang out with us.  On Mother's Day we are all expected to go to a brunch or so it seems. I asked my husband if he wanted to do that and he kind of looked at me weird.  Why don't we have Father's Day brunches I ask?  Anyway, I think my husband is the best Dad!  He plays with the kids and they just love him so much.  He is always being silly with them or cuddling with them so I made him a card to show how much we love him.  We also made him this fun scrapbook page if you want to check it out, here.
Supplies Used: 
Stamps: Stampin UP! Pennant Parade and Fabulous Phrases, Inkadinkado Artstamp Large Alphabet, Market Street Stamps Hearts a Plenty Background Stamp
Ink: Stampin UP! Chocolate Chip and Marina Mist
Paper: Stampin UP! Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla, and Crumb Cake
Twine from the Twinery 

Mermaid Layout

Hi all!!  It's been rainy and dreary here so I was able to get a few crafting things done today.  I finished the other part of my mermaid layout.  I just love these photos and I didn't think much needed to be done with the layout so I kept it simple.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampin UP! Punched Posies (retired hostess), Stampin UP! Fine Flourish, Market Street Stamps Simple Joys
Paper: Stampin UP! Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, and Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Stampin UP! Pumpkin Pie
Punches: Stampin UP! 5 Petal Flower and Boho Blossoms

Be sure to check out my other blog for a fun Father's Day gift idea!

Sentiment Challenge

Hi everyone, it's me again!  Okay, I have a very fun challenge for you!  As some of you know, I am on the Stampin Daisies design team.  We are hosting a challenge and the winner gets to choose one of the new stamp sets she has coming out soon!

All you need to do is...
-Comment below sharing some of your favorite sentiments!  Easy right?  For instance, my favorite sentiment that I like to use on cards with owls is Whoooooo loves you?  I just think it's so super cute!
-Send your friends on over to comment as well!
 When we hit 100 sentiments (comments), we'll announce a winner (using random.org) at Stampin Daisies!
Don't forget, the winner receives an upcoming stamp set!!!

We have a Winner!

Hi Everyone!  This is just a quick post to announce the winner of the School's Out for Summer Blog hop.  I had so much fun with this hop and I loved reading everyone's comments about my sweet mermaid.  I used random.org to pick the winner and the winner was #36, Anne.  Here is what Anne had to say.

Very cute layout, Jessica! I love the mermaid and the photo of the girls is adorable. I'm already following. Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy. Funny, you and I use the same signoff (aliong with about a million others probably!) LOL 

Congrats Anne!  I'll be emailing you soon to get your address to send your new i-rock.

School's Out for Summer Blog Hop

Good day everyone and welcome to another blog hop sponsored by Nancy (Fancy with Nancy) and me!!  We are so excited for this one as it's highlighting a fun time of the year, SUMMER!!  The thing I look forward to most in the summer changes as each year comes. This year I was looking forward to NO SCHEDULE!  My daughter is starting kindergarten next year and we will be busy every day so I love that right now, we have nothing to do each day but play in the sun:-).  My project is a scrapbook page I put together with some photos that I have been itching to scrapbook since I took them last year. I just love the bright colors of the photos and the immense amount of fun the girls had on this day.  We have one of those huge blow up slides with a pool in it and one HOT sunny Sunday we blew it up and the neighbor girls came over to play.  They had so much fun and I caught this cute photo of them all together.

I just love this little mermaid from the Life's a Beach Cricut Cartridge, I added some bling to her flower using my i-rock.  Her face was stamped using the Peachy Keen Stamps Princess faces set, I used my chalk to color in her cheeks.
I cut out the title from Life's a Beach, added the "s" by welding with my gypsy and a 4.  I used the Stampin UP! Fine Flourish stamp on the yellow to add some dimenstion and inked the edges.
I stamped some flowers with versamark  to the background paper using an old hostess stamp set from Stampin UP! called Punched Posies. The larger flowers were stamped with the same set and punched out using the 5 Petal Flower punch from Stampin UP!  The little flowers were stamped with the Stampin UP! Fine Flourish stamp and cut out using the Stampin UP! Boho Blossoms Punch.
I added some orange buttons to the flowers to give them a little dimension

I hope you liked my "summer" project. Now, what would a blog hop be without some Blog Candy??:-) Today I am giving away an i-rock

All you have to do is to enter to win is leave a comment on this post and I would love if you became a follower if you aren't already:-). I will be picking a winner Tuesday morning.. Thanks so much for stopping by!!
You're next stop is Nancy over at Fancy with Nancy
Here is a list of all the blogs in the hop in case you need it:

Rainforest Cafe layout

Hi all!  What a hot, hot day we had here in IL.  These past few days have been hot and I can't believe that I have actually had the energy to scrap after a long day outside with the kiddos!  Everything is blooming, the animals are all out, it's such a fun time of the year.  I actually saw this hopping around my yard today!
It's literally as big as my hand and we had another one right behind it.  The kids thought it was hilarious!  We live near a wooded area and we here these frogs all night long out here.
Anyway, onto my project, last night I was able to work on some photos from my son's last birthday.  We had a big party for him a few weeks after his birthday but the actual day of his birthday we decided to take the kids over to the Rainforest Cafe as a special treat for lunch.  They loved it!  My daugther is constantly asking us to go back!  Anyway, here are the pages I did for the big day.  I followed the 2 page sketch layout over at Scrapbook Challenges to complete this.

For more info, see my new Stampin UP! blog I started a few days ago:-)  I will be posting my exclusive Stampin UP! projects there.  http://idratherbestampin.blogspot.com/

Happy Birthday to Me Blog Hop

Hello everyone!! First off I wanted to say a very big Happy Birthday to Dee!  I have learned from being in this blog hop that Dee is a very sweet, easy going person.  If you ever want to do a blog hop, do it with Dee as she is sooo easy to work with:-)
Anyway onto the hop, if you arrived here from Linda at the Fruit of my Hands, then you are in the right spot.  If you just happened upon my blog today and want to check out some cool projects, you can start at Dee's blog, Designs From My Heart.
Here is my project for the hop.  Dee told up we could make anything we wanted so since I am a little behind in my scrapbooking I decided to finish up a birthday page I had been working on digitally.  I used this weeks sketch from Scrapbook Challenges to do it.  I think it came out pretty cute.  I did the page in Stampin UP!s My Digital Studio using the new Celebrations pack.  I think, at the time, that these photos were taken with my phone so they are not the best photos.  I just wanted to document this day as it was a fun one!  I was soooo pregnant with my son at the time and this is just a few days before I had him!

Based on this sketch:

(I tweaked it a little on the photos as I only had 3:-))

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Your next stop is Gill over at Creations by Gill M.