A House of Cards

Friday, May 18, 2012

Some long overdue Pink Paislee

Hey everyone!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I am.  I've got some fun family time planned.  :)  Can't wait for it to begin!

I was going through my computer, straightening things up and cleaning things out, and I realized I have a few Pink Paislee/Heidi Swapp projects that I never got a chance to share.  I was out of town for a few weeks at the beginning of April because my mom was in the hospital.  (We had a bit of a square, but she is doing well now. Thank goodness!)  The projects posted on the Pink Paislee and Heidi Swapp blogs during that time, and but I wasn't around to post them on mine.

So here they are:

This first card set was made for the Pink Paislee/Clear Scraps blog hop.  You can see the original post HERE.

I received the Cupcake and Rectangle Send It Clear cards/envelopes, and I dressed them up with some items from the She Art collection, along with a few extras. 

I know it is kind of hard to tell from the photo, but I embossed the front acrylic sheet  with my Cuttlebug and the star embossing folder.

On the second, I made some balloons using the spool buttons from the London Market collection and rub-ons from She Art.

You can see a complete list of products used HERE

Next up is project for the Heidi Swapp blog.  I had a bit of a challenge for this one:  3 Products/3 Ways.  I had to use the Instaframes, Neon Tape, and Trimmings. 

Here is what I came up with:

I made a cover for a mini album.  I used the Tape as part of the backgound, created a flower with the Trimmings, and framed it with one of the Instaframes.  You can see the original post HERE.

The colors are so fun in the Sugar Chic collection.  Perfect for me, because my daughters are almost teenagers, and neon colors seem to be all the rage right now.  (I am having flashbacks to the '80s!  LOL)

Well, that is all I have for you today.  I will be back next week to share some more.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pretty Party Favors

Hey everyone!  Just wanted to come by and share a project that I made for the Crate Paper blog last week.

I thought it would be fun to create some fun party favors using the new Pretty Party collection.

I just love the mix of colors and patterns in this collection, some soft and sweet, some bright and fun, all coming together to make one beautiful line.

The favor itself is just so easy to make. 

Just think of the packaging from Minute Maid Juice Bars or those little packets sour cream you get at some restaurants.  A paper roll sealed at both ends in opposite directions.   

You can see my tutorial HERE, if you like. 

After that, all that is left is to decorate them. 

I used my Cricut Expression 2 and Once Upon a Princess cartridge to cut the flowers, and then I embellished the favors with tags, stickers, and chipboard in a birthday party theme.

They could easily be used for just about any type of theme just by changing the paper and embellishments, though.

Hope you enjoyed today's project.  Have a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

OA Scraplift challenge

Hey everyone!  Monday was challenge day on the OA blog, it was my turn to present the challenge.  I think that the girls on the OA DT are some of the best out there, and I just love the gorgeous work they do.  I thought it would be fun to do a Design Team Scraplift Challenge.

I had a really hard time choosing who to "scraplift", but a layout by Marcy Penner won out in the end.  She created a beautiful layout for a tutorial featuring a chevron background.  You can see the original post HERE.  I have had those chevrons in the back of my mind for quite some time, and I knew this would be the perfect time to try making some chevrons of my own.

This is what I came up with:

I created this card using a mix of papers and embellishments from the Farmhouse collection.  I just love the blues in this collection!

I cut strips from the patterned paper and layed them out in a chevron pattern.  I completed the look with some machine stitching.  (My projects just don't seem finished without some sort of stitching.  LOL)  

I created the flowers from Flower Sack die-cuts, Label Stickers, a Button, and some Sidewalks ribbon.  I finished it off with a Farmhouse chipboard bluebird and Washi Tape sentiment from the Cakewalk collection.  

You can see my original post on the OA blog along with layout by Marcy and the layout it was inspired by HERE.

Well, that is all for me tonight.  I will see you all again soon.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Crate goodies

Hey everyone!  It's getting late here, but I just thought I would stop by real quick and share some Crate Paper projects that I made recently.

I was shopping at Michaels and came across this cute wooden flower pot set, and I thought it would be perfect to use with Crate Paper's Pretty Party collection.

 I created some flowers for the pots using my Cricut Expression 2 and Sweet Treats cartridge. 

 I thought the little blue bird from the Chipboard Accents would nest just perfectly in one of the pots, so I opted for three flowers instead of four.

 Then I added a little tag for Mom, because I thought it would make a sweet little gift.

I was out of town over Easter, so I never got to share some little Easter baskets I made also using the Pretty Party collection.

I used my Cricut Expression 2 and Spring Cottage cartridge to cut out these adorable baskets and filled them with lots of Easter candy.

The Pretty Party collection is just so versatile and is one of my favorites.  I just love the happy color palette!

Well, that is all for me tonight.  Time for bed.  Hope you have a wonderful evening, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

October Afternoon's Thursday Sketch

Hey everyone!  Long time, no see.  I was out of town for a bit, and it took me a little while to get back into the swing of things once I returned.  But I am back now, and I have some projects to share.

I created a sketch for the October Afternoon blog's Thursday sketch post recently, and I made two cards to using the sketch as inspiration.

Here is the sketch:

The first card I made for the sketch uses the Sasparilla collection. 

Since I created cards for this sketch, I adjusted it a bit to fit my project.  I used the word and phrase stickers along with the card and die-cuts in place of the squares. 

I  just love the blues and greens in this collection along with the wood grain paper.  Gorgeous!

For my second card, I used the Sidewalks collection along with some of the new Washi Tape from the 9 to 5 and some leaf stickers from Fly a Kite. 

I used the sun, banner sentiment, flowers, and petals in place of the squares in the sketch and came up with this fun and colorful. 

Sidewalks is definitely a collection I am drawn back to again and again.  I NEED to stockpile that yellow gingham paper.  It is definitely a fave!

So it you get a chance to pull out your OA goodies and play along with the sketch, don't forget to post your project in the OA Flickr group.  We always love to see what you are working on using OA products!

I hope you enjoyed today's projects.  I will be back again this week to share more.  Thanks so much for stopping by.