Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Few Big Things...

No really, these are just a few big items that I created to be used in the Momenta Booth for CHA :)  Because they are large in size, I had some issues with photographing them, but you get the idea!

I don't usually get requests for large playful decor, so these were a lot of fun for me!  I think I may even try some more soon!  :)

 I really love how the stars came out, these would be so cute in a little girls room or a play room!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sharing Some Kanban Projects!

I just realized that I am behind in sharing some of my latest Kanban projects!

I love this little guy...such a sweet image and those flowers are just so much fun!
This is a small card which would be perfect for a gift bag!
  Kanban Supplies:

And I have always loved Kanban's gold accents on their card sheets and of course their gold cardstock!  I used a small square to emboss the swirls into the gold cardstock before placing in the cup layers.  This card is just so pretty in real life, I wish you could see it!

 Kanban Supplies:

And lastly, something a little different for me - almost shabby!  Though it isn't much my style, I will admit that I like the look and think this one turned out well!  :)

Kanban Supplies:

Thanks for stopping by for a look!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wishing You Well

Hi everyone! 
Today I am sharing my first post up at The Twinery and I would love to have you stop by to see my full project!
(and leave some love too!)

Supplies Used: The Twinery Twine: Maraschino, Mandarin, Lemondrop, Peapod and Caribbean; Papers: Let's Party Pyramid Pad Momenta; Die Cuts: Samantha Walker, Rainbow Card Silhoutte; Stickers: SRM; Flair: Cuddle and Coo Momenta; Markers: Black, Creative Memories and Glitter Pen, Sakura; Adhesives: Wonderfilm, P K Glitz, Foam Circles, Recollections.

Today is also the last day to enter for a chance at the PSA Essentials Customized Stamp 
EXCLUSIVE to one of my followers!  Click HERE for details!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Life...How Sweet It Is...

Today I am over at the Samantha Walker Blog showing how to make these beautiful flowers using Samantha Walker's Spiral Flower Silhouette dies cuts!  

Samantha has several Spiral Flowers in her Silhouette Digital Die Store.  I am going to be working with the Spiral Marigold die cuts, but all of the Spiral Flowers will work the same!

 The Spiral Flower die cuts make these flowers so easy and they are beautifully designed!

Cardstock:  Kraft, The Paper Studio
Ink: Chestnut Roan, Cat's Eye Chalk Ink
Gems: Creative Charms
Marker: Brown Dual-Tip, Creative Memories

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hoppy Easter!

I have been playing with SRM Easter Stickers!  
I used a variety of sentiments, words, and decorative stickers from the Easter sticker collections to create a 'subway-like' print for the front of my card.   For the tube, I created a paper wrap and topped it with yellow ribbon and then used twine to tie on the "Easter Wishes" sentiment.

SRM Products: 
Quick Cards #52029 Easter
Say it with Stickers #39044 Easter
Express Yourself #42031 Easter

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern Paper: Making Memories
Twine: Blossom, The Twinery
Pearls: Creative Charms
Punch: Large Circle (Fiskars) and Square Maker (Creative Memories)
Ribbon: Yellow, American Crafts

You can check out the SRM Easter products HERE and you can purchase the SRM Tubes HERE!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

PSA Essentials!

For those that follow my blog, you know that last week I guest designed over at the PSA Stamp Camp Blog with PSA Essentials.  I had so much fun working with the projects and I fell in love with the Peel and Stick Stamps from my first  push...so when the opportunity came for me to join the PSA team, I was beyond thrilled and truly honored!

Libby has the sweetest announcement about me joining 
their team today, you can see it HERE!  

And don't forget...
PSA is doing an EXCLUSIVE giveaway for one of their CUSTOM STAMPS to ONE OF MY FOLLOWERS!!  All you have to do is head over to the PSA Stamp Camp Blog become a follower and leave a comment letting them know you are now following!

This is my custom stamp that PSA Essentials made me as a surprise.
One of the best items I have ever received - I still can't believe it is all mine! 
Now hurry and go enter for your chance at having one too!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Thinking of You

Hi, it's Jamie  and I am back with you today to show you a quick little trick I use to create backgrounds!  
1.  I start by choosing the background that I want for my card.
2.  Next I grab a template, a piece of scrap paper, my VersaMark ink, and my WOW 
     Embossing powder.
3.  I place the template over my background paper and then use the VersaMark ink to 
     cover over the template.  Remove the template and dust the ink with WOW 
     Embossing powder.  Note:  I place a piece of scrap paper down before dusting with 
     the embossing powder so I can easily pour the powder back into the jar.
4.  Shake off excess powder and then heat set!  That's it!  Now you are ready to add the 
     background paper to your project...easy right!?

Suzy West Skyline Grey Puff WOW Embossing Powder
Black Cardstock, The Paper Studio
Stamp: Dare to Dream Peel and Stick, PSA Essentials
Baker's Twine:  Maraschino, The Twinery
Template: Mini Cosmic Bubbles, The Crafter's Workshop
Die Cuts/Images: Buccaneer Cricut Imagine, Provo Craft
Punches: Corner Maker, Creative Memories and Border, EK Success
Ink: Charcoal, Cat's Eye Chalk Ink

Sunday, February 19, 2012

CPS + The Twinery

The Twinery is sponsoring the sketch at Card Positioning System today!  
Just look at this sketch - so many possibilities!  

I turned the sketch to the side then designed my card.  
You see The Twinery's Honeydew Baker's Twine?  I pulled out my crochet needle and crochet'd a few rows!  I often forget how much I enjoy crocheting...and I just love the look of it on this card.

Cardstock: White, The Paper Studio
Baker's Twine: Honeydew, The Twinery
Punch: Large Circle, Fiskars and Border, EK Success
Tools: Wind It, Purple Cow
Ink: Olive Pastel, Cat's Eye Chalk Ink
Other: Metal Sentiment, Darci

Be sure to stop by The Twinery Blog to see all of the amazing creations from the design team and we would love to have you join in on the fun!  Simply create a project based off the sketch above and enter your URL over on CPS' blog!

Friday, February 17, 2012

PSA Guest Designer + Giveaway! :)

Happy Friday Everyone!  Today I am Guest Designing with PSA Essentials!  I have been playing with the PSA Essentials Peel and Stick stamps and love them to pieces!  

Have you used the PSA Essentials Peel and Stick stamps?  They are all interchangeable and PSA has a little guide that makes it all so very easy!  Check out my tutorial below:

Here are a few sneak peeks of what I have been working on:
I have my full projects up at the  PSA Stamp Camp Blog!  I really hope you can stop by and have a look and while you are there, be sure to sign up as a follower!  

PSA is doing an EXCLUSIVE giveaway for one of their CUSTOM STAMPS to ONE OF MY FOLLOWERS!!  All you have to do is head over to the PSA Stamp Camp Blog become a follower and leave a comment letting them know you are now following!  Really, it is just that easy!

This is my custom stamp that PSA Essentials made me as a surprise.
One of the best items I have ever received - I still can't believe it is all mine! 
Now, I know you want one too!  
So head over to the PSA Stamp Camp Blog to follow them and leave a comment for your chance to win!  
Good Luck!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Crayon Hearts

Today I am up at the SRM Blog!  

I have a little tutorial for creating these little crayon hearts, and best of all the little trays are on clearance at Target so hurry over to SRM's Blog to check it out and then go hunt the trays down!  :)  

You can find my post here: 

SRM Supplies:
Quick Cards #52020 Teacher

Cardstock: The Paper Studio and Bazzill
Punches: The Paper Studio and Fiskars
Marker: Black Dual-Tip Creative Memories
Ink: Warm Red Cat's Eye Chalk Ink
Twine: Maraschino The Twinery

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Thank You + Wonderful Wednesday Sale!

I sized the "Thank You" tag to have a height of 1.25" and then printed it out on cream cardstock.  Once I had the tag printed, I centered the tag within the Twisted Metal Tags & Accents Spellbinders Die and cut it out.  I used the larger die to cut the background shape, inked the pieces, then assembled the card.

 Samantha Walker Supplies:
Twisted Metal Tags & Accents Dies - Spellbinders

Be sure to head over to JessicaSprague.com for Wonderful Wednesday where Samantha Walker has both the Orchard Harvest Word Tags Pack and the Party Critters Warm Paper Pack at 50% off!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

This year, Gannon's classroom is having a contest for Valentine's Boxes!  Gannon had four ideas in mind; an angry bird, a robot, a crocodile (where you would put the valentine in through the mouth...yikes), or a gumball machine.

Now...when Gannon said gumball machine we thought that it would be pretty simple.  Of course the more we talked about it the more he wanted it to actually function.  In his mind, when a classmate put their valentine in, he thought a gumball should come out!
I will admit, it is a CLEVER IDEA...but I am a crafter, not an engineer.  :)

We tried to figure it out - getting the entire family in on the discussion, but we couldn't figure out how to control it and I really don't think the teachers would have liked the gum in the classroom either.

So, we settled.  I made the spot where you put the money turn (yes, it was an easy way out for me)!  A little brad and some foam and I was a "rock star" over here!


We used cardboard pieces to make the main frame and bought a plant saucer for the top and spray painted them with a shiny red.  The cardboard frame is stapled to a square wood board at the bottom of the box so it would be sturdy enough to support the weight of the large glass bowl (we couldn't find plastic!) for the gumballs.  We hot glued a large wing nut on the top and then used the handy Cricut to cut the "gannon's gumballs" on each side and I designed a SVG cut for the money slot and door (attaching them on with foam). The 10 cent money sign was cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  We used Momenta's metallic paper pad for the silver and one of their rub-on hearts which is placed on the door.  The red lid is just sitting on the glass bowl (we used small cork pads to keep it from sliding) so the kids can get gumballs easily.

The photos show the gumballs in a ziplock bag which we used to get this to school!  :)

There were so many cute ones in the classroom, I can't wait to see who wins!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Momenta + The Twinery Blog Hop!

Welcome to The Twinery and Momenta Blog Hop!  

Today Momenta and The Twinery are teaming up to bring you lots of inspirations and a couple of great prizes along the way too!

If this is your first stop, you will want to go back to The Twinery Blog to start at the beginning!  You should have arrived here from Julie's blog!

Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite Momenta and The Twinery projects:
Last November I convinced Hannah and her girlfriends to do a photo shoot with me so I would have more pictures to scrapbook!  
We had so much fun :)

I hand cut the little banners along the bottom then used a glue pen to adhere the Pink Sorbet Baker's Twine, creating loops as I went and then attached little origami hearts I created from Momenta's Kaleidoscope Pyramid Pad Papers.  The Pink Sorbet twine matched Momenta's Kaleidoscope papers just perfectly!

Supplies used:
Stickers: Sassy, Puffy Word, and Puffy Flourish (Momenta)

 Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Cristal Hobbs!  
Be sure to leave comments on all the blogs and for an extra chance to win, you can head over to Momenta's Facebook Page and leave a comment letting us know you have hopped!

Happy Hopping!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Welcome Baby

This is one of the cards that was published in the August 2011 Cricut Magazine!  I used the Creative Memories Stork's Delivery Cricut Cartridge and some Caribbean Baker's Twine from the Twinery!

Cartridge: Stork's Delivery (Creative Memories)
Cardstock: White (Creative Memories)
Pattern Paper: Fabulous, Tone on Tone (Creative Memories)
Marker: Purple Dual-Tip Pen (Creative Memories)
Adhesive: Foam Squares (Creative Memories) and Hummingbird Tape Runner (Creative Memories)
Twine: Caribbean (The Twinery)

Cricut Cartridge: Stork's Delivery (Creative Memories)
Circle with Dashes: Boy1st w. Shift Lock - 5" and Circle with Dashes: Boy1st w. Shift Lock and Layer 1 - 5" (both Welded in Design Studio)
Circle with Dashes: Boy1st w. Shift Lock - 5" for inside of card
Boy Pacifier with Shadow - 3 1/2"
Boy Pacifier w. Layer 1 - 3 1/2"
Boy Pacifier w. Layer 2 - 3 1/2"
Boy Pacifier - 3 1/2"

Size: 5" Circle

Friday, February 10, 2012

I Have Some "SWEET" News...

I am joining the Sweet Stamp Shop! 


I absolutely love Nicole's images and I am thrilled to be joining such a fun group!  I am being announced over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today and would love for you to swing by and share some love! 

While you are there, be sure to check out the SWEET sale going on now through Sunday on Spectacle, Buddie Bee, & Hello Beautiful

Use coupon code HB10 in the Sweet Shop to get 10% off your purchase of any of these 3 sets!

I can't wait to start sharing these projects with you, I know you are going to love the images as much as I do!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Welcome to the Samantha Walker Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from Jennifer Evans' blog...
(If you are still laughing from her post then I know you are in the right spot!  8)  Clever, isn't she!? )

If this is your first stop, be sure to head over to Samantha Walker's blog to start at the beginning!

This Month, Samantha is giving away a set of Spellbinders dies…the Blossom tags and Accents set!  You are going to love these dies, they are all so beautifully designed!

To enter, just leave a comment on my blog during February 8th and February 12th. Winner will be announced on Samantha's Facebook page on Monday February 13th. 

For additional entries:
1. receive an additional entry for commenting on each of the other blogs in the blog hop. 
2. go here (www.samanthaleewalker.blogspot.com) and follow Samantha Walker's blog 
3. follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/samanthawalkerdesigns)
4. sign up for an e-mail subscription to Samantha's blog and you will automatically receive a link to a free SVG cutting file that you can download and use on your personal electronic cutter. Link will be e-mailed early next week.
To receive the additional entries, and get the link to the free SVG file, mention in your comment on Samantha's blog (www.samanthaleewalker.blogspot.com) that you have done so! 

WOW, that is 13 chances to win!   How awesome is that!?  
Now on with my projects...

Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite Silhouette designs!  I love-love this Silhouette design by Samantha Walker!  Isn't it gorgeous!?  

Cardstock: Creative Memories
Punch: Border (EK Success)
Baker's Twine: Maraschino (The Twinery)
Misc: Ribbon and Metal Hearts

My next project is my ruffled purse!  

I have seen several different versions floating around on Pinterest but I couldn't find a tutorial anywhere so I decide to create one for you!
This project would be a great beginner piece and even fun for the kids!

Purse: Messenger Bag from Joann's (BagWorks)

I started off with a plain messenger bag that I purchased at Joann's (in with the t-shirts and aprons)!

1.  Cut five strips of fabric 3" in width.  Cut the strips so that they are about 1-1/2 times (or more) in length than your project base.  Note:  As you ruffle up the fabric it will loose length and it is easier to make them longer and trim them before attaching them to the bag.  For the first four pieces the tops will be hidden under the other ruffles so all you need to do is fold the 3" strip in half (along the long edge) and put your sewing machine at the highest/tightest tension with the longest stitch it can make.
2.  Now for the fun part!  Feed your sewing machine the material as fast as you can (still maintaining a somewhat straight line) so that it 'bunches' up under the sewing foot.  This is what will cause the ruffles.
3.  Trim the ruffled piece so that it will fit across your bag the way you would like it to.  Start with the bottom ruffle and sew the ruffle on to the bag with a straight stitch.  
4. Repeat steps #2-#3, placing the second ruffle above the lower ruffle so that it covers the top edge.
5. Repeat steps #2-#3, placing the third ruffle above the lower ruffle so that it covers the top edge.

Continue repeating until you have all four ruffles in place.  With the last ruffle (ruffle number 5!), the top edge will show so you will want to finish it properly before making it ruffle.  To do this, take the last 3" strip and fold it so the pattern side touches and place a straight stitch along the top edge all the way down the long side.  Turn the piece inside out so the pattern side is showing (this can be tricky if your piece is long since it is a narrow tube!  I used an unsharpened pencil to poke mine through).  Once you have it turned back, repeat steps #2-#3, placing the last ruffle above the lower ruffle so that it covers the top edge!

Add spirals of fabric or rosettes to finish!  Easy and it goes really quick!

I hope you have enjoyed my projects, thanks so much for stopping by!  
Just click on the image below to head over to Karen's Blog!  Happy Hopping!
Click on the photo below to go to your next stop!
Karen Maldonado
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