Archive | November, 2013

Thank You Bee mini card

Happy weekend…I’ve been working on some cards this weekend (surprise!) and this one is for the Paper Smooches Sparks contest.


I love that little Paper Smooches bee! I used the “Thank you” sentiment from Folkal Points set and a hexagon shaped embossing folder. This is a Mini 3×3 card…perfect for gift giving. I love having some of these little cards on hand.


So I made a few! I added a little glitter glue to the wings and glossy accents to the eyes. I only adhered down one side of the flag, so it looks like it’s waving free. I hope this makes someone smile!

Linking up to the Paper Smooches challenge here.
And the Simon Says Stamp Thanks challenge here.

Stamps: Paper Smooches
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Hexagon
Other: Stickles glitter glue, white gel pen, white embossing powder
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Card class Inspiration card – Hope you Made the Nice List

I have been completely inspired by Jennifer McGuire in the 2013 Holiday Online Card Class. Take a look:


When you open the (uncommon) side-fold card, you will find…


A clever little saying….


“Ho, Ho, Hope you made the nice list!”


I tried a new technique on the “fur” by using Liquid Pearls and then adding Distress Stickles glitter in Rock Candy while it was still wet. I love the extra dimension it gives the card. The black band reminds me of Santa’s belt! Love that Paper Smooches stamp. :)

Supplies used:
Stamps: Santa – Santa Paws by Paper Smooches; Mistletoe – Hang Ups by Paper Smooches; Ho Ho Ho Sentiment – Grand Holiday Greetings by My Favorite Things
Color: Derwent Inktense colored pencils
Other: Liquid Pearls in Opal, Distress Stickles Rock Candy Glitter, Red Baker’s Twine by The Twinery
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Taste Test Tuesday — Take our Hot Chocolate Survey

hot-cocoa-challengeWe have an exciting Taste Test Tuesday coming up! It’s our Hot Chocolate Challenge and we want to hear from YOU.

In our research and testing, we’ve found more hot chocolate brands to try and that MUST be included in our challenge. We will be bringing the results to you soon! But for now, help us out by taking the SURVEY to tell us your favorite hot chocolate mix. And do you prefer marshmallows or whipped cream (or neither)?

Click here for the Hot Cocoa Survey. It’s only 2 questions and will just take a minute.
Thanks for your help and input.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Dose of Sunshine Monday — Pecan Tassies

Happy Monday! I’m SO excited for Thanksgiving this year. My very favorite day of the year is the day BEFORE Thanksgiving, because that’s the day my Mom & I spend the entire day baking, cooking and getting ready for Turkey Day. One of the things we make is homemade pecan pie. And my grandmother has a nice twist on pecan pie that I just love.

Announcing: a much requested recipe…my grandmother’s Pecan Tassies.


I’m over at Mom Endeavors with the full recipe and instructions; go check it out here.

Have you ever had a mini dessert bar for Thanksgiving? I think this would make a great addition to a mini dessert table spread, along with these Mini Pumpkin Pies. What else would you add?

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Home For the Holidays — Stripe Challenge

What do you think of lime green and pink for a Holiday card? I have another striped card for you today! This time, I tried my hand at wreath-making (on a card). I used the “Hang Ups” stamp set by Paper Smooches to create a wreath all my own.


Have you seen this stamp set? There are so many fun elements to play with!


So I used those pine needles and the holly/mistletoe elements to make a wreath! I love it.
Oh, and the little bird came from this set, too…He’s nestled right in the middle of the wreath — It’s like he made himself right at home!

The “Home for the Holidays” sentiment is from “Merry Motifs”


I used liquid pearls for the berries, and some distress ink for shading. Green glitter tape finishes it off! I’m kinda enjoying the change with the lighter Christmas colors.

Joining the Paper Smooches Stripes Challenge here.
Also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Challenge here.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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It’s a Big Deal card

This week the Paper Smooches Trend Watch Challenge was STRIPES! That’s when I had to get creative. I couldn’t find any whole pieces of striped paper in my stash, nor did I have a stripey stamp to use. SO…here’s my paper-piecing striped card.


This is from the stamp set by Paper Smooches called “Think Fast” and I have been anxious to try it out! Big red stripes of paper and a giant sub sandwich, ice cream, and clear embossed drink make up a fantastic card.

I used some Distress glitter on that ice cream cone to make it shine. And a little red stripe of paper for the drink.


Again, I used my InkTense Watercolor pencils on the sandwich and the cone. Those are quickly becoming my favorite pencils.

This is a fun set to use! I see some stamping with fries in my future. :)

Paper Smooches logo sparks

Linking up to the challenge here.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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How to sew Baby Burp Cloths

Have you heard?!? I am a grandma!! And when I found out I was going to be a grandma…the first thing I did was go shopping for FABRIC. These Designer Burp Cloths are so soft and beautiful. And every mom needs a stack of them.


I got all of these fabrics from JoAnn’s. They are thick cotten fabric on one side, and soft white chenille on the other. I whipped up a bunch of these in a single day.

Just look at how soft that chenille is.


To make your own, just cut out the fabric into rectangles. I made mine about 14″ x 9″. Put right sides together, and sew them up, leaving about 3″ on one side to turn the fabrics right side out. Then iron, and hand stitch the hole closed.

These are just like sewing up the Baby Blanket I shared a while ago, only on a much smaller scale. They are machine washable in cold water…and you KNOW that’s important!



Ok, I just HAVE to share a picture of my new granddaughter:


Isn’t she adorable?!? I’m completely in love.


Oh, and before I go…these make great baby shower gifts!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Paper Smooches Fall Leaves Card

Fall is a magical time, with its changing colors and falling leaves. I’ve known for a while that I needed to make a card about this time of year using one of my favorite Paper Smooches characters, the little monster! And of course, what would that little monster be doing at this time of year? Jumping into all those fall leaves, of course! So here is my card:


Oh, little monster, you are so cute!  For those of you familiar with this Paper Smooches stamp, you know that his arm is actually hanging straight down by his side. But for this card, I decided it needed to be raised up as if diving right into those piled up leaves!


So I stamped his body first, masking that arm so it didn’t stamp. Here he is with no arm! Then I stamped the arm separately and attached it facing up towards his eyes with a rolled up glue dot. Rolling up the glue dot makes it look a little like it’s popping up off his body. (So cute in real life… you may not be able to tell in these pictures.)

I also heat embossed the  outline of his body and arm with black embossing powder. It’s one of my new favorite tricks for getting a nice sharp line (and then staying in the lines when I watercolor!)

I made this card for the Paper Smooches Picture challenge, and here is the inspiration photo:

OCT_2013-2 inspiration photo leaves with droplets

Pretty! Those water droplets inspired me to make the background with distress inks, to sort of mimic that watery feeling.


Doesn’t that distress ink background make it feel just like a blustery fall day? I used some of the same colors as the inspiration leaves for my background and for my leaves, which I stamped onto patterned paper and cut out. Yes, I fussy cut ALL those leaves!! The rake is cut out with my neighbors Silhouette (thank you, Laynie and Kerri!!)

Since those leaves are somewhat magical, I added a bit of glitter to them.


Here’s a closer look at those magical leaves. :)

When I showed this card to my husband his response was, “MONSTER CUTE!” and “I think this is my favorite card you’ve ever made!” Well, at least I have one raving fan! Ha!

But I agree, it’s MONSTER CUTE!

Joining up with the Paper Smooches Challenge here.

Supplies used:
Monster-Falling For You (Paper Smooches); Tree branch- Fanciful Fall (Paper Smooches); Leaves – Fruitastic (Paper Smooches); Sentiment: Hello Sweetheart (Elle’s Studio)
Ink: Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, and Dusty Concord (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Burgundy (Stampin Up)
Paper: Simon Says Stamp Watercolor paper; Cardstock (Michael’s)
Other: Wink of Stella clear glitter brush; Glitter glue clear; White & black embossing powders; Silhouette rake cutting file;
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Exciting News — Paper Smooches Challenge Winner!

I have some exciting news: my card was chosen as a Paper Smooches Challenge Winner!


Paper Smooches is one of my favorite stamp companies…I think I just *may have more of these stamps than any other! I love how fun and happy the images and sentiments are.

Here is the card that caught their eye: (you can read more about it at my original post here)


And right now, Paper Smooches is having a Giveaway where you can WIN some Paper Smooches stamps of your own! Go check it out here.

I have another Paper Smooches card coming up soon! I’ve been working on a little fall goodie that I’m so excited to share…I’m using one of my ALL-TIME favorite stamps of theirs (hint: he’s a little monster). :) I should have it finished by tomorrow, see you then!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Batty For You card

I know it’s just after Halloween, but I had to get one more card in there for the holiday! Today I’m participating in The Alley Way Stamp Challenge.

Here’s the inspiration photo:

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I was inspired by the siding on the house, and those slats became the background to my card.


I’ve never used The Alley Way Stamps before, but just look at that cute little bat and sentiment!


I used charcoal watercolor on that bat and gave him some orange glitter polka dots with Stickles. I popped him up with foam squares.


I added some polka-dot and striped pumpkins. And that dark tree branch to mimic the decoration on the door. Check out the challenge here. I hope you had a great Halloween!!

Also linking up to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge – Anything Goes (Monday), and Anything Goes (Wednesday).

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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