Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Make A Wish- February My Pink Stamper Design Team Post

It's that time again! It's the time when all of the fabulous design team members over at My Pink Stamper make projects for your creative pleasure. I must admit, this month's challenge was quite a challenge for me.

Our challenge was to make a project and incorporate as many My Pink Stamper stamps as possible. I was pressed for time to get this project done, so I took a previous project that I made for Christmas, and reinvented it---birthday style. The tag on this project pulls out to reveal a gift card. {I gave one to my 15 year old nephew for Christmas and he asked "Did you make that? It's so cool." A rather flattering comment from a 15 year old boy!}. You can see my Christmas version here {there's a how to video on the Christmas version}.

I told you before that this was quite a challenge for me. I didn't want to throw stamps on just for the sake of saying I incorporated the most stamps in my project, but I wanted each stamp to be well placed and a purposeful part of the project. So, I managed to incorporate 3 stamps. {The stamps are from the Everyday Sayings and Family and Friends stamp sets.}

I did however challenge myself with the color scheme as well. I used red, teal blue and yellow to create a card that's perfect for a little boy {or girl}. I used the Everyday Pop-Up Cards Cricut cartridge to cut the present and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge to cut the tag. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Don't forget to head over to My Pink Stamper to check out all of the design team projects! You're sure to be inspired!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We Have A Winner Folks!

I hope you are having a fantastic week.  I've been on the go all week long!  I worked today and again tomorrow. 

I used Random.org to choose the winner for the My Pink Stamper Invitation Only stamp set (from last week's blog hop).

So without further ado, the winner is

Well...I'm not "big" for Valentine's Day so I treat it like any other day...I'll go to work and curl up on the couch with my dogs and watch "GLEE." :D

Congratulations Tammy!  I will be contacting you to get your mailing information!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Heart Full Of Thanks Valentine

Valentine's is one of my favorite times of the year...right behind Christmas!  I was married to by wonderful husband just before Valentine's day in 2001.  We spent our first Valentine's Day together as a married couple.  On top of it being a very sentimental and dear time of the year for me, I am a sucker for hearts!  I always have been.  When I was a little girl, my room was decorated with hearts....and I'm sure you've noticed that I use hearts quite often in my projects.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I would share a quick Valentine's Day card with you.  This is a very versatile card.  It's not too frilly, and not too lovey-dovey, so you could really use it for anyone!  It would make a great teacher card or a card for a friend or even a parent.

I love using Kraft card stock {Crumb Cake from Stampin' Up in this instance} with red.  Such a great look!  I think Kraft card stock gives a totally hand made feel to any project.  It's also a great neutral base for any project.  It goes with anything!  It's the little black dress of your crafting stash.

The tag came from the Tag It Kit from Lifestyle Crafts.  This set of dies is a lot of fun...and comes with traditional dies along with digital images that you can use with your digital die cutting machine.  Be sure to check the entire set out at Lifestyle Crafts and use coupon code GLITTER to get 20% off your entire order!

So what are you waiting for?  Dig out your card making supplies and get to craftin'.  You still have time to make a special card for a special someone in your life!

I know a lot of you shared your Valentine's plans with me on Friday's post, so I thought I would share mine with you.  My husband and I don't usually do too much for Valentine's Day {probably because our anniversary is just 4 days before Valentine's Day}.  This year we'll be spending Valentine's at home.  I have a very special dinner planned for him {a special treat that I only make a few times a year}.

So wherever you are, whatever you're doing...I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Totally Sweet Birthday-My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop

Are you ready for lots and lots of Cricut inspiration?  Tonight is your night!  Join me and the other My Pink Stamper Design Team members for the monthly My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop.  {To start at the beginning, be sure to visit My Pink Stamper.  Then go back there at the end to participate in this month's challenge.}

This month's challenge required the following elements {and I must say, it was a bit of a challenge}.
*A pink ribbon
*The color red
*A circle
*More than one My PInk Stamper stamp

I have a video walking you through the entire creation of this card.  So be sure to check it out!  I have also posted the entire blog hop order below for your convenience.

Now, how about a giveaway?  {I know I was a little behind on last month's giveaway, but I'll do better this month...I promise.}  I will be giving away the My Pink Stamper Invitation Only stamp set.  To enter to win this fabulous prize, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me how you plan on spending your Valentine's Day. 

From here, you'll head to Chelle's blog to see what she's created!  Have a wonderful time hopping along!  

{As you're hopping along, I'm currently on a little getaway with my husband to celebrate our 11th anniversary!  I can't believe that such a wonderful man chose me to be his wife!  I am beyond blessed to call him my husband!}


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ribbons, And Paper, And Glitter, OH MY! 2012 Winter CHA Highlights

Last week, I had the privilege of going to my very first CHA Trade Show.  I have always "watched from the sidelines" as other craft bloggers and companies reported from CHA...and I have ALWAYS wanted to go and be a part of the action.  A couple of years ago, my friend Breanne and I went to the CHA Super Show and had a blast.  I was thrilled to go to the CHA Trade Show and see (and touch) all of the newest products in the paper crafting industry.

I have put together some highlights from my trip.  I wanted to show some of the great paper lines, crafting products and tools that I saw while in Anaheim.  I'll comment on the photos in the collages below by working left to right, top to bottom (just like you would read a book).

Konichiwa from Basic Grey (Asian themes and those cute little Asian girls were showing up all over the show).  I also found a couple of great paper companies that I have never heard of before.  Glimpses by Signify Pink makes some fabulous paper and party supplies.  I also loved the Asian themed line by Grant Studios...actually, on second thought, I loved all of the paper by Grant Studios.  The final picture in this collage is an adorable little doll, collaged with the Konichiwa papers by Basic Grey.

These projects were all at the Lifestyle Crafts booth....and were all made by me!  I can't believe that my projects were on display at one of the largest crafting industry events in the world!  WOW!  If you haven't seen all of the new products released for CHA by Lifestyle Crafts, you can check them out here.  FABULOUS new products.  (Use promo code GLITTER at Lifestyle Crafts' website to get 20% off your order!) 

One of the best parts about CHA is the opportunity to see all the products that you hear about (and see online) in person.  I was really impressed by the Pow Glitter Paper by American Crafts.  The glitter really doesn't come off...and it doesn't feel like traditional glitter...but has all the shine you could ever ask for.  I'm also excited to try the new Glitter Dust...coming soon to a store near you!  This spray adds some shimmer to your paper projects (well...actually any project) without warping.  Can't wait to get my hands on some!  I also stopped by the Copic booth and got some tips on Copic coloring.  It really was easier than I could have imagined, and I can't wait to have some of these fabulous markers in my stash.  I mean, who doesn't love to color?  I was also impressed by WOW Glitter Embossing Powder.  Did I mention I like things with glitter?  Especially when the glitter sticks on the project and not my skin!

The Cricut booth had some fabulous projects on display!  And Vanna White made an appearance for Lion Brand yarns.  I also saw Tori Spelling debuting her new jewelry line.  I fell head over heals for some of Lawn Fawn's stamps....LOVE those chevron pattern stamps!  And would you look at that paper collection by Heidi Swapp?  Can you say FABULOUS?

I saw this new little gadget by Imaginisce.  I wonder if it actually works.  It cuts and seal ribbon at the same time, preventing it from fraying.  Genius idea...if it actually works.  I'll have to test it out.  I may be too impatient to wait for something to warm up just to cut a piece of ribbon.

I also met the so super sweet Kami.  She also designs for Lifestyle Crafts.  I've been admiring her from afar for so long.  She is super talented!

My final bit from CHA...and the best advice I could give ANY future attendees.... BEWARE OF THE ROLLING SUITCASES!  Seriously, these things are everywhere...and they are dangerous!  But, I wish I would have had a rolling tote of some sort.  My bag was very heavy by the end of the day!