Kid-o-Saurus Baby Decor!

Happy Wednesday crafty friends! We are halfway through the week and it's cold and rainy here in Southern Ohio. Perfect weather for a crock-pot full of homemade soup and crafting all day! 

Over the weekend, my friend had asked me to create some baby items for her to give as a gift to a friend. She said that the baby's room was done in dinosaurs, so immediately I reached for my DCWV Kidosaurus stack. 

I created some decor that the mom could use in the baby's room. 

This little picture frame is cute and simple, the little cut out sheets in this stack are perfect for creating paper embellishments. 

I also made this mini album out of paper bags. I love the little quote. 

Last, I made a banner with the baby's name. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 


Big Dreams, Bright Lights

Today is new release day over at Sweet Stamp Shop! I'm so excited that I was able to create a project for this new release! 

When I first saw this stamp set, I HAD to have it. It's seriously one of those "must haves" for your stamp stash! I always try to create something different since most stampers create cards.....
So I got out my stamps, paper, markers, glitter, etc and started playing...

I decided to make a mini album! I created this mini album with paper lunch bags, I call this a waterfall album. I knew I wanted to do this type of album to showcase the cityscape on different levels. 

The paper that I used is from DCWV's Everlasting Love stack. The elegant black & white scheme and the foils in this paper were PERFECT for this project! 

Be sure to stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today to see the full City Scape stamp set as well as another new release set! 


May Arts Earth Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to the May Arts Earth Day blog hop! If you came here from Jenifer Cowles blog, you're on the right track! If not, be sure to start from the beginning at the May Arts blog

For my project today, I wanted to share an Earth Day school project that I helped my cousin with. 

His project was to create a product about recycling/saving the earth. So we decided to use some recycled toilet paper rolls to make an informative "book" about saving the planet. Here is Rylan hard at work. 

I helped him with the design (since I'm kind of a pro with the tp rolls lol)

We added lots of lovely May Arts ribbon around a book binding ring. 

Here is Rylan with his finished project. 

Luckily, the teacher loved the project too and he got an A! I'm so happy that I could be a help! 

Be sure to hop through all of the blogs and leave comments along the way for your chance to win these lovely ribbons! 

Now hop right along and see what Dee Dee has in store for today! 


May Arts Ribbon Organization Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Arts Ribbon Organization Blog Hop! If you came here from Dee Dee's blog, you're on the right track! If not, be sure to stop by the May Arts blog, you don't want to miss a single blog in today's hop! The ribbonistas are here to share tips and tricks to help you get your ribbon organized! 

Before I joined the May Arts dt, I found this awesome hardware storage unit at a second-hand store for $25. I couldn't really pass it up, it's double sided and it even has wheels! 

In the past I was storing my ribbon in clear paint tins (at the bottom), but as I began collection more and more ribbon, my supply became too much to fit into the little cans. I now have containers with lids filling the empty circles that I keep some of my yardage in. 

Here's a view of my storage unit from the distance. Since joining the May Arts dt, I've accumulated quite a bit more ribbon, so this little unit will due until my husband can build me (a rather large) built-in unit for my craft room. A lot of my spools are in thirty-one totes for the time being. I highly suggest visiting second-hand and thrift stores for organization! 

Now hop right along and see how Erika Taylor keeps her ribbon organized! 

Don't forget to hop along all three days of this awesome blog hop for your chance to win 3 spools of yummy May Arts ribbon! 


Authentique Paper & Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Authentique Paper & Taylored Expressions Blog Hop! If you came here from Charmaine Ikach's blog, you're on the right track! If not, make sure you don't miss out on a single project and start at the beginning on the Authentique Paper blog. This blog hop will take place April 11-12, so be sure to check back tomorrow for more inspiration! 

For my project, I chose to use the Quatrefoil cutting plate from Taylored Expressions along with the "Cherish" collection from Authentique Paper. The die is the perfect size for cards, but I wanted to try something a little different, so I went with a 4x4 canvas (I had to cut off about an inch off of the bottom of my cut). 

I adore my grandparents. My mother raised my younger brother, sister, and myself as a single mother, and without my grandparents love, support, and help, I don't know where we would be today. I wanted to create something that I could give to them just to show them that I love them. Authentique Paper's new "Cherish" petite collection was the perfect choice. It's so elegant and has several quotes & phrases for grandma and grandpa. This beautiful collection went along nicely with this die. 

I chose to add a little extra dimension to my project, so I cut with the die on two separate sheets of paper. I wanted to use the positive as well as the negative shapes on this project. The possibilities with this die are endless, I know that I will be using it for several more projects in the near future! 

Taylored expressions is offering a coupon code on their dies during the hop! If you were inspired by my project today, be sure to stop by the Taylored Expressions store and pick up this awesome Quatrefoil Cutting Plate at a nice discount! 

Coupon code is good for 10% off ALL dies in the TE store, just use code TENOFFDIES during checkout
The offer is good from April 11, 2013 until 11:59pm CST on April 19, 2013. 
Code is case sensitive and not available to wholesalers.

Be sure to stop by ALL blogs on the hop today and tomorrow and leave unique comments along the way for your chance to win an AuthentiquePaper/Taylored Expressions prize pack! You have until Monday, April 15th at 11:59 PM PST to leave your comments. One winner will be drawn from comments on participating blogs. 

Now hop right along and see what Keri Michaud has crafted up today!

If you get lost along the way, here is the hop order for today:


Light it Up Blue Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Arts Ribbon Light it Up Blue Blog Hop! If you came from Dee Dee's blog, you're on the right track! If not, make sure you start at the beginning of the hop at the May Arts blog

Blue is the color for Autism Awareness, so to show our support today, the May Arts design team created a variety of "blue" projects specifically for this hop. 

I created a set of gift bags. 

I know my project isn't really centered on Autism Awareness, so I found stamps that had quotes that could pertain to the theme. 

I really liked this quote. 

These little bags are quick and easy to make and are great to have on hand for any occasion. 

Be sure to stop by all of the blogs in the hop today, leave unique comments for your chance to win these beautiful spools of ribbon! 

Now hop right along and see what Erin Thiem has in store for you today! 

Products Used:
May Arts Ribbon- 377-38-44, 441-78-94, AH03
DCWV- Juniper Breeze 6x6 stack
Unity Stamp Company- Quote Bundle Pack
Honeycomb midy bags


Inked Up Canvas Mini Album

It's my day to share what I made for my Imagein Crafts dt challenge project. I REALLY love this project. I have been anxious to make something with Purple. It's so hard to find paper with purple as a main color. Authentique Paper has done a fabulous job with their Remembrance collection, so I had to create something with it and my Imagine Crafts products (they coordinate soooo well with Authentique products!). 

Gather your supplies. You will need a blank canvas, I used a canvas book because I wanted to make a mini album, embellishments, paper, walnut ink, fireworks, dew drops. 

Begin spritzing your canvas. Get messy! This is the fun part because you can just go wild until you reach the look that you desire.   

I decided to add some stenciling, so I misted over my houndstooth stencil. 

After that, I sprayed a little more walnut ink & fireworks in various colors to get a nice blend. 

Next you will need some stamps. I don’t have many background stamps, so I chose a few versatile stamps to use throughout my book.   

Start stamping all over the place. It’s good to be random, especially if you are planning on covering up parts of your canvas with paper, photos, & embellishments. 

You can also add stencils to the inside of your book (if you do a book). This works on any canvas, I just love the idea of a canvas mini album because every page can be a new project in itself. 

Be sure to stamp with a darker color so you can see your stamped images. 

Once you are finished misting and stamping, take a heat tool and dry your canvas or if you don’t have a heat tool, you can let it air dry. 

Your canvas book will be different depending on the colors and stamps that you choose. Once it is dry, you can begin adding in the fun stuff to make your project come alive. 

Embellish and add photos and you have yourself one awesome project! 

I added photo mats to the inside and embellishments  I didn't add my own photos because I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep this one as a gift or not. It's always good to have a sympathy themed card or gift on hand. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Products Used:
Imagine Crafts: Memento- Pear Tart, Sweet Plum, Elderberry; Fireworks- Pear Tart, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly; Walnut Ink- Lilac, Willow
 Authentique Paper: Remembrance Collection: 12x12 Paper & 6x12 Components Stickers
Canvas Corp: Stitched Canvas Book
Petaloo- Flora Doodles flowers
Unity Stamp Company: SMAK Kit: Jan 2012
The Crafters Workshop: 6x6 Template – Mini Swiss Dot, Houndstooth 
May Arts: Various Ribbons