Friday, April 29, 2011

Lime and red and birthday wishes, oh my!

Be prepared for lots of crafty posts this weekend... I've been a bit lame on the blogging end but I've been relatively creative in the craft room - so I've got lots to share!!

Today I want to start with a birthday card I did based off of the one I did a while back for SketchMania 30. unfortunately doggies at that card.. trust me.. it wasn't a treat for long - and since the event I've been meaning to piggy back off the card a bit.. Thanks to my wonderful friend Purnima (I'll be sharing more about her soon enough!) and her special day a long with Play Date Cafe's gorgeous color challenge I was able to create this card:

I'm not sure what it is about the picture quality... for some reason I couldn't get a very good shot - but you get the gist of the card :)

Fancy pants paper, EP paper, random buttons, twine, a marker, distress ink, black cardstock, white cardstock, Viva Las Vegastamps Miracle tape, Stretch your imagination cricut cart and diamond glaze.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SM #42

Hello everyone!! This week marks the first sketch for May! Hope you're working on getting last month's finished.. you have until the 30th :)

Starting with this sketch I'm going to pause on prizes - I'll still provide sketches for each of you to use as inspiration and we'll still have the girls helping out with examples, but prizes are hard to scrape together and everyone knows that no one is sitting pretty right now with things like gas and grocery prices!

Hope you will all still join me here each week and please feel welcome here! I love seeing how everyone interprets each sketch - it really is a great feeling knowing I can encourage each of you to craft!

(I'm posting this over at the Viva Las Vegastamps! Blog today.. be sure to check it out!! They're giving away blog candy and there are tons of great features all week long of various stamping techniques by the other DT members!)





Please post a link to your blog post using Mr. Linky :) you have until May 31st for this sketch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SketchMania #41

Welcome back!





Please post a link to your blog post using Mr. Linky :) you have until April 30th for this sketch - any links posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Altered Container

Here's more of my attempts at Shabby Chic:

This container is SO cool! It's an octagon shaped white box with a bottom and top. It's made by the Art Blanche line of EK Success and can be found @ in a set of three for 9.99 where retail is normally $26 on these things!

I handmade all the flowers using tons and tons of techniques I've learned! I also created a very vintage look using distress ink and older looking papers. All of the lace I've used is super old from an auction my grandmother won recently and was kind enough to pass on. After I had a wide variety of textures and builds of flowers I played with the construction until I found a look I was happy with... then glued like a wild woman!

This box is AWESOMELY shaped and so easy to work with!!!!! Wait and see what I do with the other 2 from the set!

Other products used: Mod podge, dictionary pages, distress ink, tons of different paper, muslin, beads, brads, wire, faux leaves, aluminum, alcohol ink, TH tattered floral die, SU butterfly die, buttons, satin, cotton, burlap, blank covered buttons, hot glue, jolees bling, stickles, a knob, dremel, lace, faux stamen.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SketchMania #40

Welcome to week 40!





Please post a link to your blog post using Mr. Linky :) you have until April 30th for this sketch - any links posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Newest Etsy Addition - Paper Butterflies

Check these babies out, available in my Etsy store (and more to come soon!)


Black and Pink:

and they're a really great size!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Everybody loves good deals..

and Crafty Steals is trying to get to 20k


so be sure to like them on facebook and follow their blog =)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Interest: GARDENING

So along with a new baby comes new bills.. and new opportunities for us to save money for those bills.. and this spring we are taking on GARDENING and CANNING. which are both FANTASTIC because being from this town I have lots of resources to pull from!! (Which is where the saving money comes in)

I did buy seeds, and I bought incubators to keep my seeds in until June 1st (after the first frost of course), but I'm getting a great fertilizer (or manure) from my best friend's parents who have horses; my dad has some fantastic fence laying around that I can secure my groceries with; and my Mother In law has opted to help out by teaching me how to can!! YAY!!!

This is what I have today:

this is what they started out like:

Be prepared to see lots of gardening posts, and lots of SB pages about gardening!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SketchMania #39

I cannot believe we've been doing this almost forty weeks.. just a couple months shy of a year!!

I hope everyone's been having as much fun as I have with this.

Enough with babbling and onto the sketch!

and the examples!

(with a wall hanging)

(with a card)

(with a 12x12)

(with a card)

Please post a link to your blog post using Mr. Linky :) you have until April 30th for this sketch - any links posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


We hit 100 followers if you didn't notice.. and ten ONE OH ONE!