11/24/14

It's a Twofer - 2 Cute Ink - Fall in Love Kitties and Crafts 4 Eternity - Furry Friends

Hi there!

Welcome back - IT'S MONDAY! Are you ready to get this week started?

This week at 2 Cute Ink we're showing off an adorable design by Heidi that received tons of attention - FALL IN LOVE KITTIES and it just so happens to fit perfectly with our Crafts 4 Eternity Furry Friends recipe!

Just for joining the fun at Crafts 4 Eternity, you have the chance to win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs!


I printed the cats on Kraft card stock and colored with colored pencils without using gamsol...let me just say there is a HUGE difference in the 'types' of colored pencils on the market, some are much creamier than others and therefore cover the image much better. Meh...live and learn; I've had my pencils FOREVER but I now truly know the difference in how they work! LOL




I popped the heads of each cat up for some fun dimension, added glossy accents to the hearts and lots of doodling. The heat is cut twice, once from designer paper, once from Vellum and only glued down underneath the main focal point.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!

WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Fall in Love Kitties
Papers: PTI Rustic White, Raspberry Fizz, DP by Echo Park, vellum
Ink: NONE
Accessories: pink spica glitter pen, glossy accents, MFT pierced circle dies, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, colored pencils, white gel pen, Verve Visual Jotted Heart Die

Challenges:

11/16/14

Crafts 4 Eternity - Bright Colors

Hi friends! How are you?

We had snow Sunday, anyone else get snow? It was pretty, but super glad we didn't get too much.

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, our recipe is bright colors. Everyone can join this challenge, can't wait to see your creations. AND just for playing along, one person will win 3 images from Stamping All Day. Be sure to stop by the blog to see if you were a winner from last week and to check out all the fan creations from the design team.

I made a fun little set of 4 cards using an older Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge - I loved this layout so much, I used it again over the weekend. I'll be back to show those later. :D



I'm using up some SUPER old paper from Stampin' Up; sentiment is from Verve Visual's Treasured Words stamped in MFT Razzleberry; the flag was stamped with MFT's Linen Background with VersaMark.

Thanks for popping in; hope you can find some time to join the fun this week. Take care!

Hugs,

WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Verve Visual Treasured Words, MFT Linen Background
Papers: PTI Dark Hibiscus Burst and Simply Chaurtreuse, DP by Stampin' Up
Ink: MFT Razzleberry, VersaMark
Accessories: black Sharpie

Challenges:

11/10/14

2 Cute Ink - Color Challenge

Happy, happy Monday friends! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was very busy and very long, I have to return to work to get some rest. :D

Hope you'll take some time to join the fun at 2 Cute Ink, we have a fabulous fall challenge - we want to see your creations with orange, brown and yellow! AND be sure to follow Heidi's Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter - she's giving away free digital images and free is ALWAYS good!

For this challenge I'm using the adorable Happy Sunflower, just perfect for the color challenge. I colored the image with Copics and added some white dots as well as Copic dots to the center of the flower. The rest is totally CAS using Lil Inkers Stitches and Stripes cover up, some vellum, some glossy accents as embellies and MFT's Blueprints for the perfect scallop.


Thanks for stopping by; hope you can join the fun, we love seeing your creations!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Happy Sunflower
Papers: Misc. picture paper (super thin), PTI Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, and Orange Zest, vellum
Ink: NONE
Accessories: glossy accents, MFT Blueprints,Lil Inkers cover up die, white gel pen, Copics

Challenges:
  Cupcake Inspirations 286

11/7/14

Ribbon and Lace - Crafts 4 Eternity

Hello friends and HAPPY FRIDAY!!

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity our recipe is ribbon and/or lace - WHEW, glad there is an "OR" in there! :D Can you find my ribbon?

This week, one lucky participant will win 3 digital images from Crafts 4 Eternity - so go ahead, pull out that ribbon or lace or both and get to it!

I needed a masculine birthday card for my boss that everyone in the office could sign - this HOLY cow image is from Squigglefly and you gotta admit - it's pretty funny and incredibly 3D! Since I was going for masculine, I thought the simple addition of ribbon accented the card nicely and wasn't too girly - what do you think?



I cut the holes out with a craft knife, the rest is simple and straightforward. And yeah sorry...kinda looks like that sentiment was pooped out...yes? :(

Thanks for popping in - hope you have a GREAT weekend and don't forget to join the fun at Crafts 4 Eternity!

Hugs,

WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Squigglefly Cow Pack Digital Images
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, DP by MME
Ink: NONE
Accessories: Janome Sew Mini, PTI Kraft ribbon, Copics

Challenges:

11/5/14

Prickly Pear Stamps

Hi friends-happy hump day!! How are you?

I'm back with my last guest post for Prickley Pear Stamps-what fun I have had with their images. You can see all their stamps HERE, they offer both clear, red rubber stamps and LOTS of matching dies. And for fun, I've added each of my guest creations down below-a quick review at a glance!!

This week I went back to the adorable Butterflies 2 stamp set and used this quirky little floral image-I just love it! For a change of pace, I stamped the image repeatedly on designer paper, adding some subtle butterflies too. I accented each flower with clear Wink of Stella and added glossy accents to the center (yes, look at my previous posts, I apparently have an obsession with glossy accents and clear Wink of Stella...is that bad? LOL)!



The layout is MOJO Monday 370 (MOJO370). I finished it off with some chocolate twine and a butterfly charm...oh yes and some random Copic B32 polka dots on each flower. AND if you look closely at the flag, I clear embossed a portion of the large polka dot butterfly. :D Fun finishing touch!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a GREAT week!

Hugs,

WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Butterflies 2
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen and Aqua Mist, DP by MME
Ink: Versamark, MFT Hot Fudge and Sno Cone, Old Paper Distress Ink
Accessories: glossy accents, clear Wink of Stella,chocolate twine, butterfly charm, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, PTI polka dot border die, Heidi Swapp distressor

Challenges:

  MOJO370


Previous Guest Posts:







10/31/14

Crafts 4 Eternity - Tags or Tickets

Hi friends - happy Friday AND Happy Halloween! Any big plans for Halloween, for you or your little ones? We have a high school football game, so we won't be home.
From Millan.Net
BUT beyond Halloween, it's time for another fab recipe from Crafts 4 Eternity - tags or tickets! We want to see any project which has at least one ticket or one tag; one lucky participant will win 3 digital images from Crafty Sentiments Designs.

I went with a large tag from Memory Box and some fun, bright colors (Razzle Berry, Jellybean, and Lemon Drop from MFT Stamps). I stamped all the images in Unicorn White, then stamped the images again in these various colors offset slightly. I used a white gel pen to highlight the outline of the greenery and the edges of the flowers that were stamped in the Unicorn White as well as some dots randomly on the tag.


I then embossed a piece of MFT's Razzle Berry with a floral/bird embossing folder, cut a few scallop strips from MFT's Razzle Berry, Lemon Drop and PTI's Dark Chocolate. I also stamped those scallops with MFT's Linen background stamp. I tied on a big white organza bow and added a piece o the large tag.

Thanks for popping in; hope you have time to join this great recipe challenge, we always love seeing your creations. Have a GREAT weekend!!

Hugs,

WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT Linen background stamp, Verve Visual Bloom and Grown and Kind Words
Papers: PTI Kraft and Dark Chocolate, MFT Lemon Drop, Jellybean and Razzle Berry
Ink: Versamark, MFT Hot Fudge, Razzle Berry, Lemon Drop, Jellybean
Accessories: white gel pen, Memory Box Distress Tag, organza ribbon, PTI small scallop die

Challenges:

10/29/14

57 days? SAY WHAT?!?

It's true my friends - only 57 days till Christmas...I think I have 2 gifts bought to date.
From Millan.Net

How how about you? How many have you purchased?

Well my card this week for Prickley Pear Stamps makes me think of CHRISTMAS...although we've been enjoying some summer temperatures this past week - think 90 degrees! But alas, Christmas will be here soon and I need to get a few cards ready to go! I used this adorable snowman (Walter) from Prickley Pear and added a little birdie to his hand! The layout is Karen'ts Sweet Sunday Sketch #242 (layout below).

Some pretty paper, embossing, and lots of glossy accents finish this little guy off. I added a big ole button, some twine and decorated the inside too; stamped that little snowman with MFT's Kraft ink.

inside



Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT hump day and we'll see you again soon!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Snowman and Papertrey Ink Little Bitty Bird
Papers: Copic XPress It, PTI Dark Chocolate and Rustic White,DP By MME
Ink: VersaFine Black, MFT Kraft and Hot Fudge Hybrid Ink
Accessories: clear Wink of Stella, glossy accents, MFT Blueprints, white gel pen, Copics, snowflake embossing folder, misc. button, Lil Inkers flag die

Challenges:

  SSSC242

10/27/14

2 Cute Ink - Apple Time

Hi friends - I hope you've had a great weekend! Our was...interesting. Let's just leave it at that. LOL

Welcome back to another super fun post and image from 2 Cute InkHeidi has the most adorable apple image - not just for Halloween - it can be used for anything; cover it in sprinkles, color it to match an apple pie, etc. - you name it. But I wanted to try this amazing recipe I found HERE; Heidi's apple spurred me on to do just that using a Halloween theme - as if the apples were dipped in caramel. Yeah, caramel and apples - you had me at YUM!!

I printed the images and cut them out with MFT's Blueprint Tags, then colored with Copics. I cut a black piece for the back side of the tag - to hide all that coloring; and of course, another spot to decorate! :D I added glossy accents to the top of the apple and a few sprinkles on each tag.
green apple and dipping 'sauce'

5 little tags

back of tags




I kept the tags pretty simple, adding googly eyes for fun. :D I sadly could not find any 1/2 pint jars, but these little containers worked just fine; wrapped it all up in some pretty packaging and ta-da, a tasty little treat for my coworkers. LOVE the heath bits on top of the layers of cream cheese and caramel - tasty!!

Thanks for popping in; be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created!

Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Dipped Apple
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. white, DP by MME
Ink: NONE
Accessories: twine, MFT Bueprint Tags 1, Sharpie for doodling, googly eyes, cellophone bags from Wal-Mart

Challenges:
  Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - Something Scary or Something Sweet
  Dream Valley - Halloween
  Creative Knockouts - Halloween
  Cure Card Thursday - Trick or Treat
  Creative Corner Challenges - Halloween
  Delicious Doodles - Halloween
  Craft for the Craic - suitable for a child
  Wags 'n Whiskers - Stripes (bag AND back of tags)
  Kitty Bee Designs - Aloha Friday Challenge, Halloweeen
  Pumpkin Spice - Harvest or Halloween

10/23/14

Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes You Knew

This is completely non-crafty related! :D

Last night at parent/teacher conferences, the Communications teacher shared this article with us. The students (8th grade) were asked to read it, then star which items they wanted us to know about them, which items were most important.

I found the entire article A-M-A-Z-I-N-G...hope you'll take a few minutes to read!

by Rachel Vail, author of Unfriended

1. Respect me. I'm my own person, not just your kid. Sometimes I might have opinions that differ from yours. Sometimes I just want to be your baby. Respect me either way.

2. I still want to have fun with you, and feel like home is safe and happy. Smile at me.

3. I need to make some of my own choices, and maybe some of my own mistakes. Don't do my work for me or get me out of every jam. You don't need to be better than me at everything. Don't condescend; you don't need to impart your elderly wisdom on me if I have a problem. Please wait for me to ask for your help. If I don't ask for it, I might want to work it out for myself. Let me rant without offering advice. Sometimes that's all I really need, just to talk my way through something and for you to just listen to me.

4. Sometimes I'm going to be moody and annoyed and frustrated. You need to just let that happen (though you shouldn't let me be rude to you; that's weird and embarrassing). It might just be a mood or something might be going on that I'm not ready to talk about yet. If you hang around doing stuff near me and don't interrupt or try to solve it as soon as I start, I might feel comfortable talking with you about things.

5. Trust that I'll do my work. If I don't, you can help me manage my time, but wait until I'm not taking care of responsibilities to think I can't. Don't just assume I can't handle responsibility because of my age. Believe in me.

6. It feels really good when you ask me to teach you about what I'm learning or what I'm good at. You don't have to be awesome at computer programming to let me teach you some cool stuff, for instance. I have to be a beginner constantly. Show me it's OK to stay relaxed and present when you are struggling to learn something.

7. I don't like the drama either, and it surprises me as much as it does you. You think it's rough having this alien lunatic in your house? Try having it in your body, and you can't even get away.

8. If you don't like my friends, it feels like you don't trust my judgment or like I am stupid about choosing friends. Or both. Ask me what I like about them, or what we have fun doing together, or just to tell you about a new friend. Stay open-minded. Still, if you think my friends are being bad to me, I need you on my side that much more.

9. Sometimes I am completely overwhelmed and need to zone out for a while. I am not becoming a slug and will not stay in my room staring at a screen for the rest of my life. Maybe just for the rest of the afternoon.

10. I will fight you every step of the way if you make me do stuff I don't want to do (get some exercise, do my homework, write a thank-you note, practice piano, apologize to my sister, take a shower, wear deodorant... so many things), but you should probably make me do them anyway. I know I will feel better if I sweat and shower each day, and develop my study skills, and show up tomorrow prepared, and, and, and. I know! But please don't overwhelm me. I might not be able to do what I should right away. I might need reminders, later, which will annoy me completely. Remind me anyway.

11. Explain why I'm being criticized or punished. It feels scary if I don't understand anything beyond that you are mad at me. And sometimes what I need more than a scolding is a hug or a cuddle. Especially when I am more porcupine than puppy.

12. I need to have private jokes with my friends and not explain them to you. It's how we bond. You don't need to be involved in every aspect of my life to still be loved and needed by me.

13. If my social life gets to be too much, I may need you to force a little vacation from it on me. But most of time what I need is to work through how to navigate life online and with peers. Now is my chance to learn how to deal, with your help. Just shutting it down keeps me from learning how to build my life online with scaffolding provided by you. Stay calm and cool, let me explain what's going on, and talk things through with me. Ask more, tell less.

14. Especially if I've been feeling stressed, maybe you could just hang out with me. Go to the park or get an ice cream or have a catch, whatever; it feels good to just do something together without discussing or solving or teaching anything.

15. I like it when you think I'm funny. Or interesting. Or awesome. I actually do care what you think about me. Please find something specific you actually like about me because sometimes I can't find anything in myself to like at all. I might roll my eyes, but your words and judgments do matter to me, and I will remember them, the good and the bad. I will keep them with me like treasures even when I lose my keys and wallet and ID. Which I probably will. More than once. Sorry.

And bonus extra important thing you should know: The fact that my opinions on this and anything else might change tomorrow does not mean I don't feel them fiercely today. Keep up. I love you. Remind me you still love me, too.

10/22/14

Prickley Pear Stamps - Black Eye Susan * 3

Hi friends - welcome back to another little creation for Prickley Pear Stamps! This time I'm using one of their red rubber images - Black Eye Susan...and to spice up my life...and yours (HA!), I used it 3 times in different color combos. These cards are completely CAS (clean and simple) yet so sparkly IRL!

So grab a cuppa and settle in for picture overload!
From Millan.Net
Have you seen Jennifer's YouTube videos of coloring with sparkle? You can find it HERE and I followed right along with these cards. I used water color paper, distress markers and a clear Wink of Stella pen for coloring the flowers, highlighting around the image and word as well as creating the border around the main panel. I hope you can see the sparkle in this gorgeous image!!

I added distress marker directly to the edge of the main panel which is popped up on dimensionals; then a fine line underneath the main panel and color washed it out to the edges with the clear Wink of Stella.







Hugs,


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Black Eye Susan and Verve Visual Because of You
Papers: Strathmore water color paper
Ink: VersaFine Black 
Accessories: clear Wink of Stella, MME enamel accents, washi tape, Distress Markers

Challenges: