Monday, July 21, 2014

TCP Tuesday 271-Anything Goes!!

Hi all! Just swinging in with a card for the new TCP Tuesday Challenge! This week, the theme is “Anything Goes!” So I hope you can get stamping and join us!



Here are the Details on how you can join in on the fun:
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on the TCP Blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button on the TCP blog. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES271. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use of a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen at random from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and this Blog.

Here’s my card, I used the brand spankin’ new set SimpleBlooms, and the Framed Up 2 CutUps on my card. This card has a story, actually. I actually made this to submit to the Spring ’15 issue of CardMaker, along with one other card. I made the cards before the deadline, wrote up all the forms, located all the manufacturers, etc. Then, I guess I NEVER EMAILED IT IN. Seriously, Noelle?! Blonde moment! The worst part is I didn’t even realize my mistake until a few weeks after acceptance emails went out. I knew CardMaker sends you an email whether or not your card was accepted, so I emailed Brooke to ask her since I never got acceptances or rejections. LOL! ;) She was like, “I don’t remember seeing any submissions from you….” Well, I guess that would be because I NEVER SENT THEM! Every now again, we all get a “what was I thinking” moment, I guess this will be mine for the time being, haha. So, the great news is I’m writing this post in the car on a road trip. I didn’t have much time to craft before I left. So, here’s a cute card all ready to go-just gotta blog it! Everything works out in the end, right? ;)

I was busy working on my new and improved studio these last weeks before the trip!  ***squeak! I can’t wait to show you a full tour on Craft Storage Ideas in a few more days. It was a huge amount of work, and while the cost wasn’t exorbitant, I still spent a few hundred dollars putting it all together. But I LOVE the way it turned out! Can’t wait to show you!! :)

So, back to the card. This set makes the prettiest and EASIEST cards ever! Stamped my flowers in a few pastel colors. I added a simple birthday sentiment at the bottom (from Simply Said).


A sweet bow at the top, accented with a button and this was ready to go! Hope you like it.

Have a fantastic day, blog friends! :)


Friday, July 18, 2014

Unicornly Yours-Birthday Card for Shelley


Hey all! Just popping by with a card for my little sis (and co-editor at Craft Storage Ideas) Shelley!
Shelley loves unicorns! I don’t know if you remember this, but I had a fun Unicorn Bridal shower for her about a year and a half ago. It was such a hit, and so fun to put together.
I have a Paper Smooches project in the current issue of CardMaker Magazine! I actually have another card in this issue as well. But the Paper Smooches one is on page 44. Check it…. You likey?
One of the perks of getting published is that you sometimes get free stamps! Kim was generous enough to let me pick a few new things for this publication. Thank you, Kim!! I had to get the unicorn set “Spectrum.” I also got a few other fun things! But I KNEW I wanted to make my sister’s birthday card with this set. I went with a really soft color palette on this. I wanted to use sequins, but in the end used some of these Candi Dots I have instead. I flipped them over so you didn’t see the silver foil stripes on them, and added some teeny rhinestones as an accent.
I used the TCP Circus Panels CutUps for the sentiment, and a few more rhinestones for good measure. There is no such thing as too many rhinestones, right?

I sure hope you like my card. Thanks for popping by! J

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tween Boy Room Makeover #2

Hi all! So sorry that vacations, races, and renovations have kept me from blogging much in July. I am missing you all! I do have a new post up at CardMaker blog today!  Check it out if you can! :) 

Just thought I would swing by and show you my middle son’s room, though. We did this “tween makeover” during Spring Break. He had a lot of say in the design of the room, and I love the things he chose. It’s a lot more sophisticated from the “flying saucer room” he’s had for years! This is a #2 post because his brother had his own Tween makeover right here. 


We started out using this duvet cover he picked from IKEA as our jumping off point. We selected the gray color to match the stripe in the duvet, and I really like it. It’s a warm gray, that I would say has some pink in the undertones. Which keeps the room from feeling too cold, and I like that. It’s also a relatively light shade, which helps keep the room from feeling too small. I found that large metal “C” at a boutique/antiques shop. It was only 10$! SCORE!


We knew the Lego table would be a big part of the room as well. Had I been buying the plastic drawers for this purpose, I would have picked much smaller drawers. But we had these stashed in our basement, so decided to use them and save ourselves some cash. Besides, how organized is really going to stay anyway? I like things pretty, but I am also a realist! ;) The labels were a free printable download from here.


The vinyl was ordered right here, and I love that we could get the colors to accentuate the room perfectly without getting the bright primary “Lego colors.” I didn’t have my Silhouette Cameo then, or I would have been able to cut them myself! ;)


One of my favorite parts of the room was the valance. I wanted to bring some whimsy into the room, some “kid” energy. This pennant valance was SO easy, cheap, and I was surprised at how quickly it came together! The fabric pieces were fat quarters from Joann. The buttons I had in my stash, they are vintage buttons. The ribbon was also from Joann. All I did was create a triangle pattern, cut two pieces for each pennant. Stitched the right sides together, flipped right side out and pressed. Then I just stitched the pennants to the ribbon and added buttons. I just tied these to the curtain rod we already had from his old valance. Do you like it? I think it’s my favorite part of the room. My son loves it, too! J





 Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Monday, July 7, 2014

TCPTUES270




Hello, hello!! Hope you all are well, I got a wild hair this weekend, and instead of crafty time, decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio instead! Our old desktop computer finally died, and so the need for our giant computer desk, and the need for me to share my tiny room with kids and files, suddenly disappeared! :) So, I bit the bullet and started working on a project that I knew would be overwhelming to say the least. Clearing out aallllll my supplies, and repainting was step one. I went with a cream on the walls, which is so uncharacteristic of me, I'm usually such a color girl. But the room is tiny and has no window, so I figured the lighter, the better. I'm also repainting the bulk of the furniture I'm using in there a high-gloss white. The piece de resistance will be the craft table hubby is building for me! It will also add the pop of color the room will need, and you will never guess what color-it's NOT blue! Shocker, I know! ;) I look forward to sharing the room with you when it's all done. But, I'm guessing you are here to see a card or somethin'. ;)


Today is the beginning of a new TCP Tuesday challenge! We have a fabulous sketch for you today, brought to you by the fabulous Hostess, Wendy! :) Here are the details for TCP Tuesday: 
  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted here on this blog as well as on our Splitcoaststampers forum and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button below*. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES270. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required to use of a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen at random from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on Splitcoaststampers, Facebook page and on the TCP Blog.

Here is the sketch:

Alma is offering a FREE Cutable right here, for this challenge. So you can cut all the layers out on your Silhouette (if you have one), or there is a PDF version that you can print and cut. I used the PDF this time, but I actually *did* just order a Silhouette Cameo! I'm so excited! But it's not here yet, soon though..... ;) My other website, Craft Storage Ideas offers bundles and deals on Silhouette products EVERY month, with our discount code: STORAGE.

Here's my card again, I used "At Your Service" for a fun birthday card! :) This is a large card 6" square.

Here's a few more shots: 



I hope you like my card! I had a lot of fun making it. I have several buds with July birthdays, so I bet this will be gone before ya know it! ;) Also, don't forget, we also have a Summer Blog Hop going on at TCP right now, too! You can link up on the top of the sidebar here.




That's it for me, have a fabulous week! :) 



Monday, June 30, 2014

Big NEWS! (and sorry for my absence...)

Hi friends! Things have been nutty in my little corner of the world recently, I just finished teaching 3 weeks of theater summer camps. So much fun, and also a massive amount of time spent! Great kids, great co-workers, great program, but I am not used to being gone from home 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. So, I have missed you, life sure gets crazy sometimes. I scheduled lots of things for you to see, but I have not been around the blogosphere at all. :( I am so grateful to be off work in July, this will be the first month I haven't taught theater all year. I am looking forward to some summer fun with my boys! :)


But today is the day that my BIG announcement goes live! I have been invited to join the CardMaker Magazine blog team!  You could have knocked me over with a feather when I got the email. I hadn't even been looking to join any new teams, but *this* was an opportunity that could NOT be passed up! :) I'm so excited, my first post will be later in July. :) I am super excited about our team and the posts I will be writing.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Recent scrapbook pages


Hi friends! I am just swinging in with some prescheduled posts. Here are some recent scrapbook pages for your viewing pleasure. ;)

These are all from way back in 2011, I am ALMOST done with 2011 photos then I can move on to 2012! WOOT WOOT! :) I am hoping to do some more scrapping in July, when I will not be teaching. Looking forward to a whole month off! We will be taking a few little trips, too. That will also be fun! :)

These were from Ian's 11th birthday party, he had a skater theme. I had bought this scrap pack from Tuesday Morning a while ago, it was perfect for this party! It will also work well now that Ian is a teenager. :( The right hand page is a pocket page.



A few more pages from the same collection of papers, etc.




This next LO is from an event I used to run for my kids school, it was a western style event.




This is from one of Collin's races:






That's all for me today! Thanks for stopping by! 



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

1st Birthday Bag and Tag


Hi all! Just wanted to fly in and show you this cute gift bag and tag I threw together for my nephew's first birthday! I can't believe he's one already! :)

Time was of the essence (as usual) when making these! The negative from the numbers plate was an extra piece I had laying around. I just matted it and attached it to a kraft bag with glue dots. 

The tag was a pre made kraft tag, I used my "Your Number Is Up" stamps from TCP and the coordinating die, quick and cute! 

I tied it all together with some Divine Twine in turquoise and red. :) 

That's all for me, have a wonderful day!