Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Stamping Chef Sketch Challenge

Click here for the March Mustache Madness Blog Hop.

This challenge the design team was asked to take a sketch and using one of The Stamping Chef's digis see what we could come up with. This was truly a challenge for me since there are so many digital stamps from The Stamping Chef that I love and wanted to use but in the end I found the perfect one.

Here was our inspiration.

and here is my project.

The little cutie on my card is called Growing Wings.

Thanks for stopping by today and head on over to see all our design team's inspiration and to join the newest Stamping Chef Challenge and if you're looking for an adorable, sexy, cute, cool, modern digital stamp then you need to check out the digital stamps at The Stamping Chef.

March Mustache Madness Blog Hop

Welcome to our March Mustache Madness Blog Hop hosted by me, Jearise from Lorby's World of Hops. Mustaches are all the craze now and we decided we needed to show off our mustachabilities through crafting and jump on the band wagon. We hope you enjoy all the fun and silly projects that have been made incorporating mustaches.

I have some cool mustache prizes to give away to one lucky winner. Just comment on my blog and become a follower or let me know if you are one already and you'll be in the drawing. How easy is that!

Now on to the mustaches and fun!

Here is the file I used to make my mustaches. I designed it as a svg file and if you would like it just let me know in your comment and add your email so I can send it to you.

 I used a svg set I designed to make the paper ties and mustaches for my kids to have fun with.

The neighbor girl came over to play and she decided to join in the fun.

Even the dog got in on the fun.

If you would like to get in on future hops, you can join Lorby's World of Hops on Facebook.
Thank you for joining us and please continue on to Tee's blog..

Line Up: Jearise -
Tee -
Lucy ~
Ashley -
Cicily -
Lynne -
Michele -
Mayra -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cards for Mom Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Cards for Mom Blog Hop" hosted by My Life in Arts and Crafts. This blog hop is to celebrate Jessi's (owner of My Life in Arts and Crafts) mom's birthday. The talented design team from My Life in Arts and Crafts has come up with some beautiful inspiration for you in celebrating this special occasion.

Please begin at Jessi's blog to view all the creations and to join the give away from My Life in Arts N Crafts.

Here is my celebration card.

I used the beautiful gold shimmer twine from My Life in Arts N Crafts Etsy store.

colored pencils and blender to color stamped image, background and boarder
background paper Once Upon a Springtime from Graphic 45
embossing on background paper with my Cuddlebug
half pearls from Miriam's Crafting Supplies
pale purple paper from Provo Craft cardstock

Thanks for stopping by today and check out the other twines, ribbons and much more at My Life in Arts N Crafts Etsy Store.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Bunny Box

I got creative this past week and used Inkscape to create a little bunny box for treats for Easter.

I used my Cuddlebug to emboss the paper and my Tim Holz Distress inks to ink the front and tail.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chalk N Stock DT

There are only 10 days left in the challenge at Chalk N Stock. If you use chalk for anything on your project, you are eligible to submit an entry. Just jump on over to Chalk N Stock March Challenge to join the fun.

Here is my inspiration for today.

This cute little fairy came from The Stamping Chef and I used chalk to color her clothing and to give the background a light blue tint. The half pearls come from Miriam's Crafting Supplies on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by today and hugs from Lorby's World.

DT Tuesday for My Life in Arts and Craft

Hello all!

I'm a little behind on St. Patrick's Day due to vacation time and away from my computer but I have to show off this adorable hat card I made.

The green burlap is from the My Life in Arts and Craft store. I folded over a piece to give it extra thickness and a fuller fringe. Here's a close up.
This is the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today and hugs from Lorby's World.

Friday, March 8, 2013

March Calendar Girls

Welcome to our March Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. Its absolutely amazing when you do a google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "March, gonna march you down the aisle".

The hop starts with the beautiful and very talented Janet at The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness!!!!

You won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!!

March Occasions We Wish to Share:
  • National Woman's History Month -  Janet
  • Irish American Month - Lisa
  • National Craft Month - Miriam

1 National Pig Day - Jearise
1 Peanut Butter Lovers Day - Amanda
3 National Anthem Day - Edwina
3 Peach Blossom Day -Anita
4 Hug a GI Day  - Janet
11 Johnny Appleseed Day - michele
12 Girl Scouts Day
12 Plant a Flower Day - Kimberly
13 Ear Muff Day -
14 Learn About Butterflies Day ~ Amanda
14 Popcorn Lovers Day - Lisa
15 Incredible Kid Day - Lisa
16 National Quilting Day - Lisa
17 St. Patrick's Day - Kimberly
18 Goddess of Fertility Day - Miriam
20 International Earth Day -
22 National Goof Off Day - Vicky
23 National Chip and Dip Day -
25 Waffle Day -Anita
26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day - Lisa
28 Something on a Stick Day - Jearise
30 National Take a Walk in the Park Day -
31 Easter - Amanda, Kimberly, Lisa, Vicky

Lynne will be going through her stash and sending one lucky winner a surprise package to someone that remarks and gives bloggie love on each of the participants. 

 I had fun with both my celebrations and there are stories behind each one.

National Pig Day

I have always loved piglets and always wanted one as a child. I think it had to do something with my mother reading me the story of Charlotte's Web and then seeing the animated movie. I cried when Charlotte died and I felt so sad for little Wilbert. I still love pigs but reality set in as I grew up and they don't stay small and cute they get BIG so I'll just look at cute pictures of them and visit the pig barn at the local county fair now.

I used the Animal Kingdom Cartridge and my Cricut to make bookmarks for my youngest two children. They have to read at least 10 minutes every night and this is a nice way to mark their spots in the books they are reading since they are starting to read chapter books.

I used scraps and the bookmarks are reversible.
I cut the bookmark out twice, once backwards, so I could glue the paper together to make it stronger. I then cut my pink piggie a little bigger than the piggie that is part of the bookmark. I had to cut the tail off the piggie underneath so it wouldn't show through.

Now for my other fun project that was just perfect for me. I swear my oldest son invented this day - National Something on a Stick day.

When my eldest son was a teenager, he use to joke that instead of having hotdogs on a stick (corndogs) they should put chicken on a stick. It was our inside joke when we would go to eat so in honor of him and his 28th birthday that was February 20th, I designed and made him this special card.

I made this picture large so you could read the outside of the card and after I finished the card I discovered I made a mistake. Can you find it? Oh well, just one more thing for us to laugh at.

Now the inside...
I created the chicken file and cut it out with my Eclips.

Your next stop along the way of the calendar is Lynne. Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on April 13, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Scrappy Frogs Green Challenge

It is time for a new challenge at Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog. This month is honoring St. Patrick's Day. The one day a year that EVERYONE is Irish. Scrappy Frogs is challenging you to make a project using Green!

Here is a little inspiration from me...

 This is a card I made using the file 4 Leaf Clover Trio Card from The Cutting Cafe. The green jute is from My Life in Arts N Crafts.

Thank you for stopping by today and hugs from Lorby.

This has been entered at the Craftin Desert Divas linky party Craft it up and Link it up Linky Party.

My Life in Arts N Crafts DT Tuesdays

Hi all,

I have to be honest. I was going to do a popper but then changed my mine totally and decided to do a St. Patrick's Day banner instead. I did a mini banner and love how it turned out!

The plaid paper on the shamrocks is actually some Christmas paper scraps that I had left over from a Christmas project. I love the paper so much that I just had to find something else to use it on. It's so versatile. I went from Christmas to St. Patty's Day with it.

I used green and white twine for the stringing and I used natural colored jute for the buttons in the middle of each shamrock.

The jute and the twine work perfectly on this project that I can't decide if I want to keep it and hang it up here at the house or take it to the elementary school to decorate the teacher's lounge? Hmm, tough one there.

Anyway, stop by My Life In Arts N Crafts Etsy Store to see the jute and twine I featured in my craft and to see the many more colors of twine and jute plus all the many extras to get your creative juices flowing.

Hugs from Lorby's World.

This has been entered in the Craftin Desert Diva's Craft it up and Link it up Linky Party.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Chalk N Stock Project - March Challenge

Good Monday morning crafting friends!

I would like to share with you today a St. Patrick's Day card I made for my Chalk N Stock design team. I love, love, love using chalks in my coloring and keep finding more and more ways to use them.

I used cream chalk to color my elephant on this card. I like the variation in greys on his body and pinks in his ears. I also used alcohol markers for his toes, the bird, clovers, and pot of gold.  Here are a few other views of the card.
The challenge at Chalk N Stock starts today and goes until the 28th so you have plenty of time to use chalk on any project since our theme is "Anything Goes."  Digital stamp courtesy of Bugaboo Stamps who also is the official sponsor of the monthly Chalk N Stock challenge.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Altered Frames from Krazy Crafting Crew Blog Hop

Brought to you by the Krazy Crafting Crew,
our independant hop team is bringing you ideas on how to alter frames, decorate frames or put decor in the frame instead of a standard picture.
If you have just stumbled upon the hop, Robin at Scrap and Chat will be your host today, or if you came from  you are in the right spot.  Please grab your cup of coffee or favorite drink, relax for awhile while browsing through the projects and get ready to win some blog candy!

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I knew what I was going to do until starting putting paper away today and then I found a frame kit I bought from Oriental Trading a few years back that needed to get done so I totally change what I had planned but I like what I came up in the end.

Here is what came in the frame kit.
I decided to add paper to it using Mod Podge. The paper I chose was from DCWV.
1. I traced the frame on the back of paper leaving enough on the side to wrap around the edges of the framed. I also left extra in the middle section to wrap around the inside.

2. Cut the corners like the picture so they wrap around without tearing. I forgot to do that on the inside and had a little rip. I'll show you in a minute.

3. Use Mod Podge to glue the paper to the frame and then use a bray to roll out the paper so you get rid of any air bubbles. You can see that I used the bray on the lower part of the frame but hadn't use it on the top yet in this photo.
4. Here is the frame with all the paper glued on.  You can see the small tear in the lower left corner. I turned this frame around and that became the top right corner so I could cover it with my embellishments.

I decided to use Distress Ink on the paper to give it a more rustic look.

Ta Da...The final project with embellishments.

I used green jute from My Life in Arts N Crafts to use in the buttons and the bow.

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