Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Birthday Wishes!

Hey y'all! Hope everyone had a fab Memorial Day weekend & enjoyed some time doing what they love the most! Me, well, I am posting this crafty creation late due to some computer issues we experienced over the weekend w/our laptop. Please forgive me for being late & please take time to check out both the Your Memories Here Store & Pile It On Blog because this gift card/tag is pulling double duty for both my DT projects this week! The challenge this week at PIO is to incorporate sprinkles into your project using either an ice cream cone or cupcake. I chose to create a fun cuppie gift tag using a new Cricut cart that I picked up for....ta-dah, $10! The cart is all about cupcakes &, since I love baking & cuppies, it is perfect for me. Can't wait to create some more fun projects with it - I'm definitely thinking birthday banners, cuppie toppers, and invites...oh my! And if you own a Cricut & would love to get some great products for it & a great price, check out the YMH Store HERE. Not only does the store carry some great Cricut supplies, but also other ProvoCraft products like Cuttlebug...again, at great prices!

Pink Cardstock - Close to My Heart
Sentiment/Swirl Stamp - Studio G
Ink - Stampin' Up (white), Tim Holtz Distress (walnut stain)
Tag - Shabby Chic Designs
Ribbon - American Craft
Silver Twine - Stampin' Up
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Brad/Pearls - Stash

I also made sure to use some of my favorite paper products on my gift tag, Cosmo Cricket! You knew it was coming, right?! This particular Cosmo Cricket paper is available in the Hey Sugar Kit at the YMH Store & is chock full of fun goodies. I have literally been playing with it for months & have a ton of products left! You have your choice of 2 versions of this fab kit for only $10!! You must VISIT HERE to get your own! Also, that Tattered Angels cardstock is from the Spooky Memories Kit I purchased last September...yeah, still got goodies from it too & I have made several projects with it!

Whew! I am just so happy to finally get my project posted & hope that you like it! I would love it if you would visit the PIO blog & play along with our challenge for a chance to win a fabulous prize - all you need to do is add some sprinkles & pile on the challenges. Also, make sure to check out the YMH Store & YMH Inspiration Blog for lots of great crafting supplies & gorgeous creations from the DT gals. In the meantime, I'm gonna go work on some LO's I'm wanting to get finished for you this week. Until next time, Happy Craftin'!

I'm entering my cuppie gift card into the following challenges too!
PIO - You're the Sprinkle in my Life!
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration (inspired by the cupcakes to make a cupcake!!)
Catered Crop -FTR#13 (white, happy birthday, ink, pearls, die cuts, distressing)
My Graffico - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Wrap It Up w/Ribbon
Creative Card Crew - For a Diva
Catch the Bug - Bright Colors
Stamp Something - Something Sentimental
Creative Belli - Tool Shed (used a die cut...hadn't broke out my Cricut in awhile!)
Delightful Challenges - Tag You're It!
Bee Crafty - Little Ones' Birthday
 TCP - Photo Inspiration (inspired by the gorgeous bright colors!)
Card Makin' Mammas - Use Your Scraps (perfect challenge for kit leftovers!)
Tuesday Throwdown - DIY Embellishments (my DIY flower/cherry!)
Anita Be Stampin' - "Layer" It On Me!
Ladybug Crafts Ink - DIY Embellishment (DIY flower/cherry!)
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Flower Power
Crafty Ho's - Twine (used silver twine!)
PaperPlay - Blossoms & Blooms
Crafty Sentiments - Special Occasions
OLLCB - Happy Birthday
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Pink & Brown Color Combo

Friday, May 27, 2011

Take a Moment...

I'm back again my crafty peeps to share with you a card featuring one of my fave new stamp companies, as well as a sentiment that we should all uphold! This adorable little digi stamp is called Bird Cage & you can get yours HERE. It is designed by the fabulous Leah Cornelius who owns Heart Song Designs. The Heart Song Designs Store has an amazing selection of digital stamps that are simply darling...make sure to visit the store HERE. And, there is also the Heart Song Inspirations blog which features projects highlighting these delightful digi's - so check it out too!

Bird Cage Digi Stamp by Heart Song Designs
Coloring - Prisma Pencils
Sentiment - Mark's Finest Papers
Ink - Staz On
White Cardstock - Close to My Heart
Adhesive Rhinestones - Prima
Glitter Glue - Studio G
Ribbon/Tulle/Rhinestone Ribbon Buckle - Upcycled from Christmas Present (!)
Adhesive - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Patterned Paper/Gel Pens - Stash

Now, about that sentiment. I think it is a fabulous saying & is something none of us do enough, especially us ladies. We are always taking care of others but rarely doing anything for ourselves. The fact that we craft & make time for it is a big step unto itself, and if you are anything like me, it is one of your outlets too. So this weekend I want you all to do something other than crafting for yourself. Even if it is just for 5 minutes, take a few moments to yourself because you deserve it!! Thanks so much for taking a peek at my card today & I hope you like it...I'll be back this weekend with some more crafty goodies. Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone & Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my card into the following awesome challenges!
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes
My Graffico - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - 2 or more Stamps
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
The Kraft Journal - CAS
Clear It Out - Colors (used Prisma pencils & Gel pens)
Your Next Stamp - Sketch

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oh Happy Day...w/Cosmo Cricket Mini Decks!

Wow! Things have been a lil' crazy around here & I've not been feeling too well. Starting to feel a bit better & wanted to get something posted before y'all thought I'd disappeared! I love this LO...its fun, colorful, bright, joyful & most of all proves that you can use pink on a boy LO! LOL!  I took the challenge over at the Cosmo Cricket blog to use "bits n pieces" from their 6x6 paper pads, called mini decks, to create a LO. With the exception of the polka dot background paper, which is from the CC Joyride Collection, all of the other papers are from the 6x6 Upcycle pad - one of their newest collections. I love the Upcycle Collection...its awesome patterns & colors make me happy, plus those fun flowers are lovely bits from Upcycle too!

White Cardstock - Close to My Heart
Punch - Stampin' Up
Adhesive - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Baker's Twine/Journaling Pen/Adhesive Chipboard Word - - Stash

I love using my 6x6 papers on LO's. I know most use them for cards, which I do as well, but I have this weird guilt trip when I chop up gorgeous paper for small LO pieces. Go figure. Anyway, I love whipping out my mini pads & cutting away most of the time since they are perfect for this. It just allows me to use the majority of those 12x12 sheets for great LO backgrounds! And speaking of backgrounds, I love how this LO does the photo justices. Our son was soooo happy that day...the little guy in the photo, not the big kid...LOL! The lady in the pic is Denny Hamlin's mom. For those that may not know, Denny Hamlin is a NASCAR driver (he almost won the championship last year!) & also our kiddo's fave driver. When we went last month to Tx Motor Speedway, he was buying stuff from Hamlin's trailer & the lady helping him just happened to be Hamlin's mom! How cool is that?! TJ was ecstatic & she was so wonderful & down to earth. Just good people & it meant so much to me that she was good to my kiddo...bet she's a terrific mom! So I just want to say, "Mrs. Hamlin, YOU ROCK!" :0)

Remember, if you would love to get your hands on some Cosmo Cricket at a great price, check out Your Memories Here. There are 2 fabulous kits there filled with goodies for only $10 & you know you want one so CLICK HERE! So, now I am off to schedule another post for y'all this weekend. I hope you like my LO & I'll be back soon with some more Cosmo Cricket yumminess! Until then, Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my happy lil' LO into the following challenges:
Creative Scrappers - Sketch

Cosmo Cricket - Mini Decks Challenge
Catered Crop - FTR#12 (blue, stickers, twine, die cuts)
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger (inspired by bold summer colors)
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes
Paper Issues - Summertime (bright, sunny colors!)
CropStop - Complimentary Colors (hope i got this one right...lol!)
Scrapping the Music - Dream Big (inspired by the 2nd verse)
Lasting Memories - Going Floral
ScrapFIT - Stand By Your Man (our son & adoptive "son" above!)
EIC - Inspired by the polka dots in THIS @ Paula Art
Fresh Brewed - Anything But a Card

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wedding Shadowbox w/Your Memories Here

Whew! I am plum tuckered out after a long weekend...after both a graduation party & wedding, plus a movie date with my mommy in law before she headed to New York for work, I am posting this late so please forgive me! A busy weekend, but full of fun! So, I am back again this week with another frame for Your Memories Here...except this one is a shadow box & was quite the undertaking for me. However, I love how it turned out & I hope the bride & groom from Saturday night's wedding love it as well, because that's to whom it was given!!

Cardstock & Script Paper - The Paper Studio
Shadow Box Frame - Michael's (actually a t-shirt frame & LO's fit perfectly!)
Black & Gray Flowers - Recollections
White Silk Flowers - Michael's
Leaves - Wilton
Stickles - Ranger
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (walnut stain)
Adhesive Rhinestone Swirls - Joleene's
Adhesive Die Cut Scallop Border - Echo Park (for the record kit)
Adhesive - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Scotch Double Sided Tape
Vintage Metal Button - Stash

I absolutely adore Prima products & they were just perfect for this frame! I loved the gorgeous paper & the mini roses are so fabulous. You can get plenty of beautiful Prima products RIGHT HERE at the YMH Store so make sure to visit! The inspiration for this frame came from one I seen at Michael's. And if I can say so myself, I don't think theirs was as nice, plus they wanted $20 for it! I decided to create my own version & am so glad I did! And those cute little spiral green stems you see as accents? Those are simply the wire stems from the Prima roses! Yep, just cut them off, curl them around a pencil, stretch out a little bit, & adhere with some strong, fast drying glue. I really like the realistic look they give to the flowers, don't you? By the way, those cute rhinestone swirls, they are a new product from Joleene's I believe, well at least new to my Michael's, & are very dimensional & made out of resin, or something similar. Love that they were adhesive too. Very cool.

I had so much fun creating this frame for the YMH DT & for our friends...I can't wait to see what photo they add to the shadow box from their amazing & gorgeous wedding! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me again today & I hope you check out the YMH Store. There are always fab products at amazing prices up for grabs, with wonderful shipping too! And don't forget about the YMH DT Inspiration Blog...we'd love to have you come take a peek at what we've been up to. I am blessed to be on such a talented DT because those other gals' projects are so amazing! I'll be back soon with another fun project & until then, lots of hugs, blessings, and Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my shadow box into the following fab challenges!
Catered Crop - FTR#12 (red, brown, ink, die cut scallop border)
If the Shoe Fits - Black, White & a Splash of Red
My Graffico - Anything Goes
Paper Issues - Summertime (summer wedding, flowers!)
Top Tip Tuesday - Flower Frenzy
Penny's - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft - In the Garden

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hi Chickie!

(my post is actually a bit early today because i have a fabulous wedding to attend! so do make sure to peek at the PIO challenge when it goes live Sunday morning!)

Oh I am so in love with Heart Song Designs!! Last week for the Pile It On! DT I showcased one of Leah's fab digi stamps (you can check it out here) & I am doing it again this week! This digi cutie is called Chick Parade & you can grab it HERE. Her images are just so fun, cute & easy to work with...love them. I do hope you check her store out HERE & the inspiration blog out HERE! Okay, so this week at PIO our challenge is "Come Out to Play," and my little chickies are doing just that! I also loved using the playful patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety collection...definitely fun. This week if you play along with our Pile It On! challenge you could win a gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp...totally cool, huh?!

Coloring - Prisma Pencils
Cardstock - Close to My Heart
Patterned Paper/Orange Button - Cosmo Cricket (garden variety collection)
Punch - Stampin' Up
Ribbon - Offray (isn't it fab? found it in wal-mart's clearance section!)
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Pop Dots
Yellow Buttons/Baker's Twine - Stash

So what are ya waiting on? Hop on over to the PIO challenge HERE to play along - remember, all you have to do is create something with a "Come Out to Play" theme & pile on those challenges...you know you want to!! Make sure to check back tomorrow for my weekly Your Memories Here post...I think your gonna love the shadowbox I tackled this week using some gorgeous Prima paper!! Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges!
PIO - Come Out to Play
Mojo Monday - Sketch #190
Papertake Weekly - Fancy a Punch
Fresh Brewed - Photo Inspiration (chose to use flowers & the spring theme!)
Creative Card Crew - May Flowers
Top Tip Tuesday - Flower Frenzy
Crafts & Me - Punches
The Kraft Journal - Buttons & Bows
The Shabby Tea Room - Ruffled Up (ruffly flower ribbon!)
My Graffico - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Things with Wings
Clear It Out - Ribbon/Trim
Crafty Sentiments - Buttons
Penny's - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Buttons & Bows
Creative Belli - The Letter "S" (used striped green paper & summery colors!)
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Flowers
Your Next Stamp - Pop It Up!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Don't Let Life Ruffle Your Feathers!

Oh how I just love this new release from AiFactory!! As y'all know, I just adore all things nature & I do love me some birdies too, so when I was sent this set to play with I just fell in love! The name of this fab digi stamp set is This Little Birdie & you can grab it HERE for yourself. But even cooler is that there are 2 different versions of This Little Birdies, so if you want to check out both sets simply click RIGHT HERE!

Coloring - Prisma Pencils
Cardstock - Stampin' Up, Close to My Heart
Patterned Paper - KI Memories (i think!)
Ribbon - Fiskars
i Rock Rhinestuds - Imaginisce
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Pop Dots
This week at AiFactory Challenges our theme is A Nature Walk, so break out your crafty supplies & play along...we'd love to visit you & see what you create!! As always there is a terrific prize (this week it's the ENTIRE This Little Birdie set!) plus Top 3 honors up for grabs. Make sure to check back this weekend for a couple more crafty projects I've been working on all week....until then, Happy Craftin'!!

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges!
AiFactory - A Nature Walk
Catered Crop - FTR#11 (pattern paper w/flourishes, white, ribbon, all occasion card)
CropStop - Shadows
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Digi Day
The Paper Variety - Movie Inspiration (one flew over the cukoo's nest...lol!)
Kaboodle Doodles - Layers
Digital Tuesday - Thinking of You
The Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint - Favorite Color (one of my fab faves is teal, which is a variation of my absolute fave, green!!)
My Graffico - Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner (& the blog hop's extended!!)

And the winner is...Anna of MamawAnn's World! She was comment #5 who said this: "Beautiful frame. Just wonderful. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win." Yay you!! Shoot me an email (crystal beshear @ yahoo dot ca) & I will be sending you out the above candy...can't wait to see what you create with these fun mini albums!

Now for some good news for the rest of you crafty peeps...you still have a chance to win the amazing prizes up for grabs in the Goodwill Power of Work Blog Hop! How you may ask? Well, it has been decided that the blog hop is going to continue through Saturday with a winner being drawn on Sunday...Yippee! That means you still have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from CropStop, crafting files from PaperCrafting World, & a set of stamps from My Creative Time!! So, visit Dalis' blog, Stamper Girl, HERE to get started or you can simply click the blog hop pic above. You can also visit my blog post HERE! Now get to hoppin'...cause you have two chance to win by either posting on all the blogs and/or linking up with our Goodwill challenge!
Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lifting You Up in Prayer!

First, don't miss out on our Power of Work Blog Hop to promote Goodwill stores nation wide! It is going on through Monday & you don't want to miss out on my candy or the other fabulous prizes up for grabs so CLICK HERE

Oh, us Pile It On! DT members were blessed to play with some fabulous digi images this week provided by Heart Song Designs! The lovely & very talented Leah Cornelius, of Paper Blossoms, owns Heart Song Designs and you simply must check out her digi store HERE & the inspiration blog HERE. I have had the privilege of being on several design teams w/Leah and have always been amazed not only by her talent, but by her kindness & her faith in our Lord. She is one beautiful lady, inside & out, & I do hope you take the time to visit her store & blogs! For my card creation I used her adorable Hot Air Balloon digi stamp that you can get for yourself HERE.

Coloring - Prisma Pencils
Cardstock - MME, Close to My Heart, The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper - Sassafras Lass
Ink - Tim Holtz (distress walnut stain), KI Memories (blue)
Button - Cosmo Cricket (garden variety collection)
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Baker's Twine, Ribbon - Stash

So what are you waiting for? Hop on over to the PIO Challenge Blog to play along in our Funny Bone challenge for a chance to win something lovely from Heart Song Designs! And, make sure to check out the Heart Song Designs Store as well for some lovely stamps you are sure to adore.
Until next time, Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my card into the following fun challenges!
PIO - Funny Bone (now, while my sentiment isn't exactly funny, it is a play on words!)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
TCP Tuesday - Buttons
Tuesday Taggers - Something Old, Something New (old papers, new stamp!)
Fresh Brewed - Summer (used summer colors!)
EIC - Inspired by the summery feel, colors & flowers of THIS @ Bear Creek Design
The Paper Variety - Let's Get Messy (used distress inks)
Cupcake Craft - Something with a "C" (CAS)
Kaboodle Doodles - The "B's" Knees (used buttons & a bow!)
Stamp with Fun - Lace or Ribbon
Cupcake Inspirations - Inspired by those fab cuppie colors!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Goodwill Power of Work Blog Hop + an Altered Frame for YMH & Blog Candy!

Welcome to Goodwill “Power of Work” Blog Hop! You should've arrived here from Madison's blog, Funky Cards. If not, go to the first blog in the hop - Dalis at Stamper Girl! The first week of May is “the power of work” week for Goodwill, we want to end this week with a BANG. I want you ladies (and gents) to get inspired by items you find in a Goodwill store (or a store like it). Think of vintage clothing, laces, buttons, children’s table games, puzzles, old magazines or books. Goodwill has helped thousands of families and gave them the chance of a new beginning. To learn more about Goodwill and their efforts to help your community please visit them  HERE.

Our challenge to you is to use a Goodwill find in your project. Think of all the possibilities - it could be an altered item or some buttons or fabric from a vintage shirt. Through out the blog hop you will find fabulous inspiration from all those joining in the fun. What are the prizes you might ask? How about a $20 Gift Certificate from Cropstop.com AND 2 Cutting files or Digital Stamps by Paper Crafting World AND Emma Aguilar from My Creative Time with Emma has donated the “Just a Little Note” stamp set!  In addition to that, some of the ladies along the hop have some giveaways too!  And that’s not all - use code CTAA-01 for a 10% off your purchases from Cropstop.com.

You have 2 ways to get your name into the winning pot:
1. Leave a comment at every stop of the blog hop (12 stops = 12 comments), then GO BACK to Stamper Girl's Blog HERE and leave your NAME in MR. LINKY.
2. Leave a comment at every stop of the blog hop (12 stops = 12 comments) AND play with us with our Goodwill challenge. GO BACK to Stamper Girl's Blog HERE and leave your NAME (and the word "PROJECT") in MR. Linky. If you don’t have a Goodwill store near you, then try another store like Goodwill. This gives YOU 2 CHANCES TO WIN & You have until MONDAY to join in by commenting, creating, or BOTH!

Now, onto my project, a fabulous Goodwill find that is also doubling as my Your Memories Here DT project this week! I discovered a plain, brand new, ready to alter frame at the store for 99 cents...yep, 99 cents compared to the the $4 bucks it is at the craft store. I also found a brand new, unopened package of Wilton wedding style silk leaves for 27 cents! Woo-hoo! All other items I had on hand so not only was this project super duper cheap, it was super duper easy & turned out really cute...I just love it!! However, if you want to get this yummy paper for yourself, check out the YMH Store HERE! But not only does the YMH Store carry all things Prima, but also Tattered Angels products (such as the mist I used), Imaginisce goodies and much, much more!! Ya know, like the Cosmo Cricket yummies I love so dearly...hehehe!!

After painting the edges of the frame with some black craft paint, I Mod Podged a gorgeous piece of Prima paper to the surface. While that dried I spritzed some white silk flowers with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Vintage Rose. I absolutely love how the flowers turned out. Now, my flowers were on hand but the Goodwill does carry silk flowers too so make sure to check there first!

After the flowers & frame were dry, I hot glued the roses & some leaves to the frame. I cut some of the green wire off the flower/leaves stems, curled them around the pencil & added them with hot glue for more dimension. I finished off by drawing some swirls on the frame & using my Imaginisce irock tool to adhere the pink glimmer studs. If you don't have one of these, you must get one! I absolutely love mine! I just recently got it & this was my first time using it but it was so easy & the result was fabulous. I cannot rave enough about this product!

I haven't yet added a photo to the frame since I am still deciding on one. However, the mat I threw in there for now is simply the backside of the same Prima paper. So you can use 1 full size sheet of a pretty 12x12 paper & that's all you'll need!! Now, I must admit that while I was at the Goodwill, I not only picked up my craft supplies but also some books & a cool retro desk fan for our kiddo. It is a great place to shop around for great finds...just think of it as upcycle heaven! Also, I would love to share with you that Goodwill shares a special place in my heart. Where I live, they have a training center & employ those with various physical & mental disabilities. My little sister, who passed away nearly 11 years ago, was both physically & mentally challenged, and the most wonderful, compassionate & beautiful human being you could ever hope to meet. They trained her, she worked there for years, and she loved it. It was a wonderful place that does wonderful things for people from all walks of life. So please, support your local Goodwill...not only are you supporting those in need, you are supporting jobs & your community!

Now, back to the hop!! The next gal on the list you need to visit is the wonderful Melin at PaperCrafting World! Hop over there to continue the journey & don't forget to leave a comment on everyone's blog. If you need a little help, or get lost along the way, here is the full Power of Work Blog Hop list to help you along!

Blog Hop Linky List
1. Dalis - Stamper Girl 
2. Gaby - Gaby Creates 
 3. Maria Elena - Maria Elena World 
 4. Madison - Funky Cards 
 5. Crystal (THAT'S ME!) 
6.  Melin - PaperCrafting World 
 7. Helen - Helen's Craft Haven 
 8. Christel - One Scrappin' Sista 
 9. Roberta - Texas Scrapper Mom 
10. Vicki - Validation of Vicki 
12. Michelle - Inspiration Blooms

And now for MY blog candy...yay! I am offering up a couple of mini scrap books/albums to be altered that are NIP Studio K &  Basic Grey! They are either ready for some fun photos or add your own personal charm to them with papers & fun embellishments. Either way, these two books are cuties! All you need to do in order to be eligible for my blog candy is become a follower (if you already are...yay me!) & leave me a comment. That's it...no jumpin' through hoops on this gal's blog...LOL! I hope you decide to play along with the challenge (and visit the YMH Store or DT Inspiration Blog) so I can see what you create but first, let's get to hoppin' y'all!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Goodwill Power of Work Blog Hop Tomorrow!!

Just wanted to give y'all a heads up that tomorrow Pile It On! will be hosting the Power of Work Blog Hop to promote Goodwill stores nation wide!! Each person along the hop will be using an item purchased from their local Goodwill to turn into something fantastically crafty in order to help encourage shopping at your local store to benefit others. It is going to be an amazing hop with some fab crafters joining in, not just us PIO gals. 

There are also going to be fabulous prizes.....including a $20 gift certificate to CropStop, files from PaperCrafting World, a stamp set from My Creative Time, plus some other prizes at other hop participants! There will also be a code you can grab to get a great discount to CropStop too. Yours truly will be having blog candy as well...woo-hoo! So check back tomorrow for all the info. & to hop along with us - it's gonna be a blast! Hugs & Happy Craftin'!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day Cards & a New AiFactory Release!

Hey y'all! I'm back to share with you a pair of Mother's Day cards for the wonderful women in my life...my mom & mom in law! This week the challenge over at AiFactory is to create a Mother's Day project, so I whipped up these beauties using a couple of sentiments from AiFactory's Mother's Day New Releases. You can go HERE to get these sentiments, and some beautiful digi's, for your very own! Lately, I've been seeing a lot of cards featuring just sentiments & I always love how they look. So this week I decided to focus on just the sentiments myself, and I have to say I absolutely adore how they turned out...love them & hope you do too!

(btw, i need to give credit where it's due & i totally cased this card from Andrea @ Ewen Style. her card is gorgeous & the sentiment is just fabulous...thanks for the inspiration girl!)

Cardstock - The Paper Studio, The Paper Temptress
Patterned Paper - The Paper Studio
Ribbon - Michael's, Stampin' Up
Hat Pin, Beads, Pearls - Stampin' Up
Rhinestones - Prima
Flower - 
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

And this lovely little gem is the second card I created for the challenge. I love pink & brown together as a combo & it turned out even better than I had hoped. This one will probably go to my mom, while the other one will be for my mom in law, but then again, I love them both & might change my mind!

Cardstock - Bazzill, The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper, Ribbon - Stampin' Up
Pearls - Prima
Lace - Offray
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Die Cut Paper Trim, Hat Pin - Stash

Thanks so much for stopping by & taking a peek at both my card creations today...as always, I totally appreciate y'all! I will be back on Saturday with another fun PIO creation, as well as Sunday with a YMH project. And you definitely don't want to miss out on Saturday's post...because us PIO gals & friends of PIO are havin' a blog hop...woo-hoo! It's gonna be fantastic w/lots of fab prizes too! In the meantime, hop on over to AiFactory & play along with our current Mom's Day themed challenge...there are always great prizes up for grabs! Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my cards into the following challenges!
Catered Crop - FTR#11 (flourishes, polka dots, white, flowers, ribbon, sparkle)
Really Reasonable Ribbon - 2 or More Ribbons
Card Makin Mamas - For a Loved One
Paper Issues  - Party Time!
Tuesday Throwdown - Mother's Day
Speedy the Cat/Mark's Finest Papers - Use a Hat Pin
Southern Girls - Let's Hear It For The Girls!
Crafts & Me - Swirls (on both cards patterned paper & on the swirly, flowery pearls too!)
Digital Tuesday - Ribbon & Lace (You're Loved card has both!)
There She Goes - 3D Flowers
Creative Stamp Friends - Mother's Day
Design Dollies - Pink/Brown Color Combo

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Cosmo Cricket Cutie!

Can you tell my love for all things Cosmo Cricket runs deep? I have been so totally absorbed in their craft kits for some time now & find them so inspiring, as well as super easy to work with! So, for my Your Memories Here DT project this week, I decided to rock some of my leftovers from their special CC Hey Sugar Kit. I absolutely adore this kit & have soooo many leftovers! I mean, it is flippin' huge people & only 10 bucks...amazing price right? So click HERE to grab your own (you can choose from 2 different kit versions) & get to craftin'!

Buttons, Flower - Cosmo Cricket (Garden Variety)
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro
White Cardstock, Ribbon - Stash

Thanks so much for stopping by this beautiful Sunday! It's raining here in Oklahoma, something that is much needed + I just love the rain....smells amazing. I would love it if you hopped on over to the YMH DT Blog & check out some fab projects for great inspiration! And, don't forget to check out the YMH Store too for this fab kit & so many more beautiful products like Prima, Tattered Angels, and more! Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges!
Really Reasonable Ribbon - 2 Laces, Ribbons or Trims
Cupcake Inspirations - Inspired by the fab colors & "cutie" cuppies!
Catch the Bug - May Flowers & Bright Colors
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas - For a Loved One
Delicious Doodles - Teenager (teen 'text' talk!)
Southern Girls - Use Flowers

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