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MPS- Card Donation/Service Project

My Pink Stamper just placed a call for card donations for an amazing cause.  Today while my little ones were sleeping I made a fun card to send along as well.  This card donation comes close to home since I have a friend that is my age and has a 2-year-old little girl and a 3-year-old little boy who was diagnosed with breast cancer so advanced it moved into her liver a few months ago. It was a miscarriage that brought the finding of her cancer.  The diagnosis is very grim, but she is one of the most amazing people I have ever met.  She was handed back-to-back heartbreak, yet she is fighting for her life in a manner  not many would think any person could.  The level of grace, self-sacrifice,  dignity and strength she has floors me and all those around her.   She has an amazing strength in the Lord and He is there delivering blessings of joy every day.  It is one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen.  

I decided to do an Ice Cream theme since it brings smiles to everyone AND from my understanding, most that under go treatment have a fondness for the treat since it is a soothing blessing to an upset stomach and a mouth full of sores that goes with that process. 

While making this card, I thought of my friend greatly and thought that there will be a woman receiving this very card that more than likely is just like my friend.  Those that battle breast cancer are the most amazing women I have ever met and I was honored to be able to participate in this service project. 

Thank you for coming by and having a piece of more of the serious slice of life’s pie with me today.

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge – Potpourri Bonus sheet with the Ice Cream Cone setting at 3.75 inches for both shadow and image.  I cut out the image twice for different paper for the cone and the scoop of ice cream.

Paper: Brazzil Very Berry Swiss Dots, Brazzil Pinkini, Brazzil Chocolate, Die Cuts with a View Summer Stacker, an old piece of scrap (pink and white checker paper have no idea who manufactured it.)

Ribbon Celebrations Michael’s Brand, Strawberry Cupcake Pink  Baker’s Twin from My Craft Spot.

Button – Random button I had in my stash (acrylic clear flower)

Cuttlebug Folder -Flower Blossoms 

Glossy Enamel – White

Sentiment – My Pink Stamper

Ink – Stampin’ Up- Early Espresso

MPS Blog Hop Challenge! Wildly Sweet Pinky Pirates!

My Pink Stamper announced a Blog Hop  challenge this past Friday during her fun Pinkalicious Blog Hop.   This was the first Blog Hop featuring the new MPS Design Team!  I have to say I had a great time hopping along it Friday night!  The talent is just amazing and very well-rounded in technique demonstrations and ideas!

I was actually excited about this challenge since it was a two-fold motivation of getting a kick-start on a pending project and participating in a challenge.  Believe it or not I had EVERYTHING to start this project on hand so I got cracking on this Friday night!

I recently volunteered to make banners and cupcake toppers for a daughter of a dear friend’s third birthday.  She gave me a theme and creative licence to run with whatever I wanted to do.  Once I saw the challenge posted by MPS, the light bulb started to glow!  I got to follow the challenge and combined my favorite color scheme (pink, black and “bling”) my favorite technique of incorporating animal print (I LOVE ANIMAL PRINT!) , my favorite Cricut project of creating birthday swag and one of my top fav Cricut Cartridges, Rock Princess – the creative possibilities that cartridge holds is unbelievable.

I just finished the project with two weeks to spare and in the nick of time to meet the MPS deadline.  The project was a bit larger than I anticipated, but I think it will be the perfect proverbial cherry on top for the birthday party!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing a piece of life’s pie with me! 🙂

Recipe (for the banner details, I used Design Studio and it was very complex in demotions and it would take two blog pages to break down, so if you want the exact info, I do have that information, please feel free to contact me directly or leave me a comment.):

  • Cricut Cartridge:  Rock Princess,  Mini Monograms (scallops and cupcake topper base; see cupcake topper base and layers) and Celebrations ( set at 5.5 for banner; find on page ).
  • Cupcake Topper:  Scallop from Mini Monograms set at 2 inches for base.  The next  layer set at 1 3/4 inches.

– Princess Rock Image: Skull Font was set at one and 1/4 inches.  

– Princess Rock plain cupcake image with cross-bones was from the image that cuts both cupcake and cross-bones.  I had to change-up the paper and the font size from each other so there was a bit of waste in that step.  The pink cupcake was set at 1 inch and the cross-bones were set at 3/4 inch.  I then layered them using a pop dot to elevate the cupcake from the cross-bones.   

  • Paper:  Recollections, Michael’s Open Stock embossed and textured paper (Pinkini, Ballet and Very Berry and Shimmer Cream).  Silver Glitter Cardstock from clearance rack at Target ( I used this behind the # 3 on the banner and cupcake “dots”).
  • Ribbon: All Celebrations (Michael’s brand) Hot pink and black 1/2 inch zebra print ( bow for banner),one and 1/2 inch hot pink zebra print (treading for banner), 1/8 inch black satin ribbon (bow for cupcake topper).
  • Accent Pen: Uni-Ball Signo- White (used for dots on scallops and smile on cupcake face)
  • Stickles Diamond (used as an accent on cupcakes on both banner and cupcake toppers and to outline the # 3 on the cupcake toppers).
  • Wilton Lollipop Sticks, Pack of 50 at 4 inches – Michael’s
  • Pop Dots: I used these to add dimension to cupcake toppers under the second layer and I added these to the 3rd layer to the banner.
  • Hot Glue Gun: I used a hot glue gun to attach lollipop stick to topper and to attach the small bow on the cupcake topper with the # 3 on it.

* Please note that I cut off legs and arms of the “cupcake man image” on the one on the banner as well as the one for the cupcake topper.

Again, thanks for stopping by and having a piece of life’s pie pirate cupcakes with me! 🙂

A Quick Get Well Card for A Blog Buddy

I have another blog (that is greaed towards my writing) where I have formed really great blogger relationships with. One of my dear blog buddies, The Idiot Speaketh, just had cancer removed from his head and then on Monday had to have his wisdom teeth pulled. He has a nickname recently pinned by his readership, “The Chipmunk Whisperer” due to the fact that while on his last vacation he had the real Alvin and the Chipmunks become very friendly with him.  Since he and his new friends now have “chipmunk cheeks” in common, I thought this would be a fun card to make.

I had to use the beaver image from Creat A Critter since I could not find a chipmunk image. 

Thanks for coming by and if you want a good laugh, check out The Idiot Speaketh’s Blog.

Recipe

Cricut cartridge : Create A Critter Set at 4 inches

Card Base: iCraft plain brown circle

Paper: Die Cuts with a View: Animal Crackers

Ribbon: ABC catalogue special from 4 years ago

Sentiment: My Pink Stamper  “Get Well Wishes” (on the inside)

Ink: Stampin’ Up Early espresso  and white gel uni ball pen

Thank You Berry Much!

I had to make a slew of cards the other night and I came up with an easy yet cute card that went super quick.  I may add this to my Christmas gift packs.  I got the original idea from My Pink Stamper in one of her tutorial videos making a cherry card and I have run with it since.  Thank you MPS!   If you have not had a chance to check out her videos, they are worth pouring yourself a cup of joe, adding a little “rat poison” (that is what I call my favorite creamers I tell my hubby that I am just taking off the bad years while I pour that into my cup of joe) and sit a spell and enjoy getting some neat ideas and tips. 

Recipe

Cricut Cartridge: Storybook  (scallop set at 2.5)

Cricut Cartridge: Mini Monogram (dot circle set at 1 3/4)

Paper: Fruit paper pack from Michael’s

Michael’s Textured open stock lime green and white paper

Card Base: iCraft blank cards from Michael’s Dollar Bin

Ribbon: Celebrations – Michael’s dollar bin

Stamp: Stampin’ Up Tart and Tangy

Ink: Martha Stewart’s Craft markers: Flamingo Pink and Lime Green

Stickles: Bubble Gum and Diamonds ( I used these to mark the seed marks on the berries and fill in the dots on the circle)

Punch: Fiskers Water wave

 

 

Using Vinyl as Stencils

I kind of came across this idea by a “forced” situation.    I originally purchased a saying to go in my stairwell via Ebay.  I had it up and all was well until about six months ago when the vinyl no longer was sticking.  Since we are wrapping up on our full remodel, I know that I put the vinyl down on new construction and paint (the vinyl was also heavy duty outdoor quality).  It should have been stuck amazingly well… too well.   I contacted the seller and that went nowhere. 

I decided to take things into my own hands and trace the outline of each letter/character myself with a pencil, peeled off the vinyl and then paint it by hand.  How hard could that be?   Famous last words . . .

It was not hard, just VERY time-consuming and a bit physically challenging since I had to have the hubs make me a platform I could use to place a ladder on so I was not reenacting any scene from Cirque du Sole while using a ladder. 

The size of the project is about 3 feet long and 18 inches wide.  It took about 5 hours to complete from start to finish (I broke it up in 1 1/2 – two-hour increments each day).  I used regular craft paint from JoAnn’s. 

The walls have a heavier “orange peel” texture to it so it made tracing and painting a bit more challenging than  if it wa a smooth wall.  I had to do some touch up with the base color of the walls, but all in all I am pretty happy on how it turned out AND  to be off the ladder in my 20 foot stairwell. 

What I am excited about is now that I have done this, I can now use my Cricut and make vinyl stencils (indoor quality does not stick as strong for easy peeling back off) and do more projects; one in particular is doing some wall designs for the playhouse we are building for my girls. . . more to come on that!

Design Call For My Pink Stamper!

Yes, even though I am a neophyte in this whole wonderful world of “blografting” (blogging about crafting – my total made up word).  I have decided that I would jump out on a ledge and apply for one of the coveted spots of the My Pink Stamper Design Team.  The competition is steep and I am in awe of the talent and passion I am finding as I dig deeper into the world of “blografting”. 

The assignment is to make a card or scrapbook page using my fav Cricut cartridge and the colors: orange, turquoise, green and brown.  Right now I am in LOVE with animal prints and that is a good thing since they are very much “in” right now. 

This week I was thumbing through the Hanna Andersson catalogue and it was full of the cutest clothes that were animal print. That inspired me to go out on a ledge and do a card incorporating animal print and flowers.

 

 

 

Recipe:

  • Card Base:  I lucked out and found blank 4×6 cards with envelopes in the dollar bins at Michael’s in sets of 8 so I have been using those as a base.
  • Paper: Anna Griffin  Peyton Collection (leopard print), Michael’s individual sheets for purchase (turquoise bubble paper), Die Cuts with a View Glitter Stacker (orange) and Die Cuts with a View Cotton Bloom Stack.
  • Cartridge: Walk in my Garden
  • Ribbon: turquoise grosgrain ribbon I got off Ebay years ago and a brown dainty ribbon I had in my stash I have for years.
  • Sentiment from My Pink Stamper: Simply Sweet Occasions
  • Stamp Ink: Stampin’ Up Early Espresso
  • Flower:  Daisy on “Blackout setting” at 3 inches for both flower and components
  • Leopard paper was cut 2.5 inches in height and 6 inches in length. 
  • Green cardstock from Cotton Bloom Stack was cut to 1.5 inches in height and 6 inches in length.
  • I did the “cheater” method with the ribbon attachment (taping the end of the ribbon to the back of the paper)
  • Dimensionals were used for the orange glitter flower and the smaller circle in the middle of the flower.
  • Hot glue was used to attach the bow.
  • I added a final embellishment of “bling” to the flower and ribbon. Self adhesive rhinestone strips by Recollections.

I had a blast creating something very simple that is super flirty, trendy and fun.  The cherry on top of this fun creation is that it will be mailed out next week to thank my sister-in-law for a ton of hand-me down books for my kiddos.

4th of July Party on a Budget!

I love to throw parties and when ever I can I will, but no matter how you slice it or dice it, parties can get a little out of hand in the price department.  I just hosted a 4th of July party where I had about 20 in attendance.  I made all my decorations with mostly what I had on hand already in my craft room and shopped the ads for the food.   We kept it simple with burgers and dogs.  For cocktails I found a really good pre-made margarita mix at Costco for $11 a bottle (Kirkland brand).  A friend over asked if I had Grand Marne on hand and she added a shot of that to each “rita” and WOW were they good!

 

 

I put American Flags that I got on clearance last year in this jar and added a tag I made from my Cricut Celebrations cartridge (3 inches). Paper was from Die Cuts with A View Summer Stacker

 

Label was made from Cricut Storybook Cartridge (2 inches)

I wrapped these tin pails I had from a previous party with some patriotic material I found at Jo-Ann’s at 75% off.  I also used this same material for table runners.

I made these stars from Plantain Cricut cartridge the star is 2 .5 inches and the layer star is 2 inches.  I added little “pom-poms” to the center and attached with hot glue to 2 inch white tin pails I had from a previous party.

I made the Pom-Pom by using a method I found online.  The only thing I did do, is I layered different colored paper to get the multi-colored effect.   They were so easy to make.  I did use zip ties instead of stapling the center.  That seemed to work amazing!

For my tables I wrapped the kiddie tables in brown butcher paper and then wrapped the star garland on both ends.  I cut the table runner to fit and taped down with painters tape.

Spreading the Patriotic Cheer One Gold Nugget at a Time

This 4th, I decided to move away from the traditional Red, White and Blue muffins I make and pass out to the neighbors for the 4th of July.  I found this idea on the Pink Stamper video logs and turned little take-out boxes into a patriotic treat anyone would love to grace their front door.

Supplies Needed:

Small to-go boxes ( I found these in a pack of 10 at Michael’s)

Bag of Hershey Nuggets

Scrapbook paper cut into strips 3 inches long and 1 inch wide ( I used the 4th of July themed paper from Die Cuts with a View Summer Stacker.)

Adhesive

Cricut Cartridge Celebrations (tag was 3 inches)

Cricut Cartridge Storybook (label was 2 inches)

String of stars to attach the tag to the box ( I found this on clearance at Joann’s)

Stamp was from The Pink Stamper collection

Ink was Basic Black from Stampin’ Up.