Monday, April 30, 2012

The Paper Girls Challenge blog hop!

Welcome to The Paper Girls first ever blog hop!
We're so happy you're hopping with us!!

{First of all I want to apologize in case my post doesn't make sense! It's been a loooooonnnngggg week. I'm running on very little sleep, survived tornadoes, power outage, and now to top it off I think I have the flu. So I hope you can make some sense of this all!}

I love that we chose to make ATCs for this hop . I made several with a Spring theme:

My first one is very simple - I cut out some Webster's Pages paper, stamped "Spring time", added a die-cut butterfly,  attached a ruffle of washi tape at the top, and glittered the butterflies and flowers.

I'm starting to acquire quite the washi tape collection so I thought I could utilize that stash to make an ATC. I attached diagonal strips of tape to white cardstock, made a tape flower, added a tape banner, and then stamped the word bloom.

The last one is my fave:
I misted white cardstock with blue glimmer mist, stamped a brown branch, punched white flowers, added a yellow glittered center, inked the edges gray, and added 3 butterflies.
But I feel like it needs a sentiment. Or am I wrong? Let me know what you think!
Also linking this to Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge #137 which is to use your "green thumbs", meaning something planted or something green.

Here's a reminder of what you can win on the hop:
Man, I wish I was eligible to win. ; )
I love that monster paper!
And who couldn' use an adhesive dispenser??

Want to win? Get one entry for:
Extra credit:
Want to have more fun after seeing all of the inspiring projects? Join in! Link up an ATC created by you and you will get an extra entry for the prize!

International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs.
Here's the hopping order:

Thanks for playing and GOOD LUCK!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Paper Girls Challenge #6

It's my turn to host over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog!

I decided to use this photo for the challenge's inspiration:

Here are the projects I created:
For my card I used the colors as inspiration. I took a grey cardbase, yellow woodgrain paper, white homemade washi tape, and yellow dot purchased tape. I fussy cut some Authentique flowers and stamped a sentiment.

I went a little more literal with my layout.
I cut 2-inch squares of clear acetate, then cut 1 3/4-inch squares of Authentique Blissful paper. I adhered the clear squares over the paper (using spray adhesive) so they'd look like the frames in the inspiration photo.

I die cut a branch from the Straight from the Nest cartridge to help anchor my photo.

I hand-cut a banner and stamped my simple sentiment from a Unity/Authentique stamp:

I am entering the layout over at Stampin Sisters in Christ #135 which is to use something transparent.

I also tried to use this sketch from Authentique's monthly challenge:
I initially had hexes cut out but just wasn't feeling it. I stared at my LO for hours. Then I switched to squares and that's when it all came together. The title was moved to the bottom. I added extra squares instead of those hangy things. And added a branch instead of a bow. It's funny how one vision is transformed into something else. I was totally stressed about this project, but then making those few changes turned it into a layout that I finally love!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come play with The Paper Girls and the other two challenges!

Card Supply List:
SU Basic Grey cardstock
MME Miss Caroline All Dolled Up
Authentique Blissful 6x6
Unity Stamp Hello My Friend
Up & up printed tape
SU basic Grey ink

LO Supply List:
Authentique Foundations paper
 Authentique Blissful 6x6 papers
SU Basic Grey cardstock
Straight From the Nest cartridge
I-rock and stones
Unity Stamps Authentique co-branded stamp set "you + me= bliss"
SU Basic Grey ink

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Birthday!

As I was looking at the new SP& Company mini stamp set Father's Day Fun I noticed that I really liked the way the corner of the mustache curved up. So I played around with it trying to create a fun pattern. Here's what I ended up with.

I also used the dot and circle from All Zipped Up which are meant to be the grommets on the pocket. First, I stamped alternating rows of the mustache in green. A row of upside down and then a right-side up row. Just stamp until your card base is filled up. Ideally you won't be traveling like I was. I was working on my score board on a bed while my 2-year-old was jumping on the bed! I really miss my craft desk! But the imperfections just add character right?? ; )

After the green mustaches, I stamped the solid circle from All Zipped up in turquoise in between every other mustache.

Then I used the ring and stamped that in a slightly lighter blue in the other spaces. And that's my background for the card.

Then I grabbed some papers from the Echo Park Birthday Boy Mini Kit and cut a strip from the Stripe Paper. I used the back side which is blue with stars and adhered it toward the bottom of the card. Then I cut out a cupcake from the Journaling Paper and stamped Happy Birthday from All Zipped Up (while 2-year-old is still jumping!). Then some green and turquoise twine finish it all up.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I inspired you to look at your stamps in a fun and new way!

For more ideas visit the SP Stamps blog for daily inspiration!

Monday, April 9, 2012

SP Blog Hop!

Thanks for hopping along with us today! Welcome to my little stop on the hop!

This month's color is Lavender (Light Purple)!!! After you're done hopping around today, make sure you play along with this month's Lavender challenge (click here for details) for a chance to win some awesome SP and Company prizes!

Join us for our Release Celebration that is happening today and tomorrow on the SP Forum HERE.  You can talk to all of the designers, discuss projects and chit chat with other stampers! It's a blast and you don't want to miss out!

Don't forget that the random prize patrol is watching so leave a comment on every blog to be eligible for the prizes!! The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning something fun!

For my projects today I decided to go really clean and simple.
For my first card I wanted to show that this new Father's Day Mini set can be used for more than Father's Day cards.
 I stamped the striped tie onto some plaid lavender paper, fussy cut it and added to a little baby shirt that I cut. I added two little brads for snaps, and added a sentiment from Bold Sentiments I.

Next, I made an actual Father's Day card. I stamped all three ties onto the same plaid paper, cut them and adhered to my white card base. 
  I double-stamped the sentiment by first stamping in a lavender ink and then (after cleaning the stamp first!) restamped it in black slightly moving my placement so the lavender looks like a shadow.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win some prizes! 

Make sure you check out the SP Blog to see what Samantha did with the new stamps! And don't forget to hop around to each Design Team Member's blog - there are brand new projects with the stamps that came out TODAY to inspire you!

Here is the list of designers that will inspire you today:







Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy Birthday

For this week's SP&Company stamps DT project I made a cute little birthday card using the new Mustache Madness stamp set and papers from MME Miss Caroline Dolled Up.

This stamp set is so much fun and even if you don't like mustache humor you can still use it for other occasions! I chose to use the Happy Birthday sentiment - it's just so big and bold!
I used a couple sheets of that beautiful Dolled Up paper from MME to die-cut some balloons. I added some black and white twine for balloon strings.  And then cut out the corners of the card front with a scallopy lace punch and adhered on a white card base. Can you imagine getting balloons that looked like this?? How cute would that be? : )

Now for the inside I decided to use a pop-up die I have of a 3-tier cake. I thought that would be fun! And then I'd stamp another sentiment from Mustache Madness "Where's the Cake?"

So the cake looked great when I first made it. But then after the card is folded the cake gets smashed and just doesn't hold up very well. I think the problem is that I didn't use strong enough tape. I just used my tape runner when the directions suggested using  a strong tape like that red Sticky Strip stuff. I didn't think I had any. Turns out I did. So I will remake this using the stronger tape and see if it helps. I got this die on clearance and I think I might know why it was on clearance. But maybe the tape will work! We'll see....

Just so you know it's also driving me crazy that the cake doesn't match the balloons. I cut the cake first before I knew what papers I'd use on the front. I wish I didn't use that purple. Oh well! The next one will match : )

Thanks for stopping by and if you'd like more inspiration using SP&Co stamps head over to their blog at