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MPS Christmas Card Challenge

My Pink Stamper just announced a Christmas Card Challenge.  I was so excited about this since I wanted to execute an idea I have been brewing up.  Most of all I am thrilled I get to kill two birds with one stone!  That is sooo my kind of project!

Both my girls are in gymnastics and we just adore their coaches.  It takes a special person to want to take on the challenge to teach a 2 and 3-year-old how to jump, tumble and balance… I call it “herding cats”.  Because of that I wanted to do something a little more than just give them a card or a “homemade treat”.   I decided that I will give them both Starbucks gift cards during the holiday.   They are both young college students that are being fueled by the sweet nectar of energy, so I figured they would appreciate a holiday theme gift card-card screaming a blissful cup of joe! 

So not only did I come up with a fun card, I made two of them and now I am done with that “holiday to-do” WAY ahead of schedule!  Yay!

Thanks for coming and having a piece of  “killing two birds with one stone” pie with me!

Recipe

Cricut Cartridge:  Love You a Latte (Cricut Lite) – To-go coffee cup cut at 5.5 inches (real size for 1st layer and then 5.5 regular size for the additional layers)

Cuttlebug: 

  • Snowflake
  • Swirls

Paper

  • Papertreyink – Christmas Prints
  • Die Cuts with a View – Shimmer Matstack (green and red) 
  • Recollection – Mat White Cardstock (full 8×11.5 cut in half and then folded in half to make the card)

Ranger Prefect Peals:  Biscotti – I used this on the snowflake embossed sheet and then used a wet wipe and lightly wiped it down to make it have an extra shimmer yet distressed look)

Ribbon: Baker’s Twine – My Craft Spot

Stickles: Frosted Lace – used on the Swirl embossing on the cup.

Punch: Martha Stewart’s – Traditional Scallops

Ink:  Close to My Heart – Holiday Red

Sentiment: “Warmest Winter Wishes” –  My Pink Stamper’s Winter Punnies

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Monday’s Made It Myself Halloween Party Invites

Sorry I had to cover the address and contact info... my house can only hold so many people! 🙂

Over at You Had Me At Craft, she has a challenge every Monday called, Made It Myself Monday’s.  This weekend I have been working on invites for our Halloween Party.  This will be the first Halloween party I have thrown in our new house.   Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Halloween and the other house we sold was in a neighborhood where the surrounding community would bus in the kids…LITERALLY!  We would have close to 300-400 trick-or-treaters each Halloween. 

This was sooooo up my alley, so I would spend the month decorating, make my big run to Costco for candy and on the big night, I would have an open house for close friends and family where I would make homemade mac and cheese or chili and pull out my COSTCO sized bags, a stool and sit at the door from 5:30-8:30 passing out candy non-stop.   It was so much fun!

Our new neighborhood does have its share of trick-or-treaters, but since we live on a cul-de-sac on a hill, we don’t get many of those little folks decked out as Tink or Spiderman.  So I am taking this in my own hands and throwing a party!

Thank you for coming and sharing a piece of “Made It Myself Monday” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cartridge:

  • Simply Charmed – Ghost cut at “Real Dial Size” 3 inches
  • Storybook – Marquise cut at 6 inches and 5 1/4 inches

Cuttlebug:  Spots and Dots

Paper:

  • Recollections Black Smooth
  • Recollections Orange Smooth – I printed out invite details and cut down to 2.5 x 2.5 inches (roughly)
  • Recollections Textured White – This is the base of the invite and was cut down to 7 2/3 inches wide by 5 inches in height.
  • Cloud 9 Seasonal – Jo-Ann’s

Ink/Pens

  • Sakura Med Black Jelly Roll Pen
  • Stampin’ Up Classic Black Stamp Pad
  • Stampin’ Up Pastels – Pretty and Pink

Ribbon:

Halloween Baker’s Twine (My Craft Spot)

Glossy Accents (for the eyes)

My Pinkalicious Blog Hop Challenge: Wildly Sweet Notebook

Last Friday My Pink Stamper had her monthly My Pinkalicious Blog Hop.  The theme was “school” that could not be a card or scrapbook page.  The ideas and creativity that came along that blog hop was AMAZING!  I have listed at least seven projects I want to do. 

In spirit of the challenge, MPS presented a similar theme for the challenge.  I just had my first chance to make my project last night since my “big” project just wrapped up yesterday.  I have been following the submissions and the creativity and ideas are equally inspiring.  There is a few “crayon wreaths” that I just adore and will make for a couple of teachers this year.

For this challenge, I decided to make my teenage neighbor, who is our baby sitter, a composition book with a my usual “sweet wild” theme. Yes… I know… If I were a contestant on Project Runway and Michael Kors or Nina Garcia were judging me they would be yawning on my same old theme… but I can’t help it, I LOVE animal print and cupcakes!   Since she is in High School, I assume she can use this for all the note taking that comes with the territory of being a high schooler.  I embossed the “cupcake” with the Cuttlebug Number’s folder to give it a more “school time theme”. 

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “blog hoppin’ challenge” pie with me.

Recipe:

Cartridge:  Rock Princess – Cupcake shadow and top cut at 4 inches.

Cuttlebug Folder: Numbers

Paper Punch:  Martha Stewart’s Ribbon Punch

Paper:  For base it was 9.5 inches long and 7.5 wide (I cut two sheets one for the front and one for the back). For the bottom front I cut 3 inch long and 7.5 wide and then punched and weaved ribbon through it.  For the spine it was 2.5 wide and 9.5 long.

  • Anna Griffin, Peyton Collection
  • Brazzil: Pinkini
  • Recollections: Mat Black cardstock.

Ribbon:

  • Celebrations: 2 inch black and white zebra stripe.
  • Celebrations: 1/2 inch black satin

Stamps:  My Pink Stamper’s Font-a-licious (I lined up upper and lower case letters and used the long and skinny “Rock Block” to form the name.

Stamp Ink:  Stampin’ Up Classic Black

Button:

Black Glossy Enamel for confetti on cupcake

ATG Gun

Trying out My New Cartridge: Wild Cards

I just got Cricut’s Wild Cards in the mail and I tested it out on making a quick card for some friends that just bought their first home.  I have to say that I really like this cartridge!  It has a ton of options to customize a piece of you into each creation!  It is worth checking it out.

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Wild Cards set at 7.  I first made the envelope on “fit to page” and then made the card based on that size.

Paper: Die Cuts with a View- Cotton Blossoms and open stock embossed paper from Michael’s (shrubs)

Stickles

Brads – Making Memories

Sentiment: My Pink Stamper

Ink: Stampin’ Up Early Espresso

I Feel The Love Call For Cards From Funky Cards

There is this amazing young lady from, Funky Cards,  that has an opportunity for crafters to make a special card for a person/family going through challenging times.  This is my contribution to her “I Feel the Love Project“.  Thank you Funky Cards for this amazing opportunity to touch such a wonderful little girl and her family. 

This project touches me especially since I was a nanny for a family, while in college, that had a little girl who was in treatment and recovery stages of having a brain tumor that came back twice.  She was 18 months when I started and I got to be a part of her treatment plans (PT/OT, removal of feeding tubes and central lines), learning to walk, sing, play, and most of all be in remission.  She is now almost 18 years of age!  Many special prayers and thoughts go to Marley and her family!

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridges:

  • Storybook – Scallop  (1 and 3/4 inch)
  • Walk In My Garden – Daisy Flower (2.5 inches)
  • Create a Critter – Monkey (3 inches)

Paper:

  • Die Cuts with a View – Glitter Stacker (flower)
  • Die Cuts with a View – Animal Crackers (both bases for the card – both 3 inches long and 4 inches wide)
  • Recollections  – Standard Neutral textured pack – Monkey (Can get at Michael’s)
  • Michael’s single sheet embossed paper – Leaf (Scallop)

Ribbon:

  • Animal Print – Michael’s dollar bin
  • Small Pink for bow – Michael’s dollar bin

Uni-ball White Pen from Stampin’ Up

Card Base – iCraft (packages of blank cards with envelopes in 8 packs I found in Michael’s dollar bin.

Stamps – Peachy Keen – Everyday Faces

Ink- Stampin’ Up – Classic Black

Thank you VERY much for visiting for a piece of life’s pie!