Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!!

Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a blessed Easter!  We are fortunate to be having beautiful spring weather and were able to do our Easter egg hunt outside today.  We did our Easter dinner today so that we could celebrate with our extended family.  Tomorrow I will give my daughters their Easter baskets.  I decided to make them this year as they requested less junk in them so I did not need huge baskets to give.

I made each of these baskets out of a 12 x 12 piece of paper.  I made one similar to these last year and have a link in that post to a tutorial if you are interested, check it out HERE.  I have some "requested goodies" to fill them with and will put them by their place at the dinner table for them to wake and find  in the morning.  Then it will be off to Easter service at church.  Monday is my youngest daughter's birthday so I will need to transition gears quickly and begin to get ready for her birthday party.  Thanks for stopping by today.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PPPR Design Team day

Happy Wednesday my fellow bloggers!!  This week is spring break so not only do my kids have the week off of school but my husband does too and I have time off from teaching dance which means a bit more time for crafting!!  I want to take a moment to thank those of you who stopped by my blog over the weekend during the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons "Welcome Home" blog hop.  Also, a welcome to my new followers - thank you for adding me to your blog list!
Today is design team day for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.  I chose to make an Easter card using the basket from the "Hoppy Easter" cutting files set.  I turned the basket into a shaped card using my Silhouette Designer Edition software.

I also added a pink peep from the "My Peeps" cutting file set and hand-drew is face to look like a real peep.  I added some Sunflower crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl Jam and did some pen stitching to finish off my basket.  The finished size is about 5".  Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's projects over at the PPPR blog and also meet the newest additions to our design team.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Toad-ally Awesome" - 3 Girl Jam challenge

Happy Monday to you all!  Today I am sharing with you my project for the current 3 Girl Jam challenge "It's all about the green with ribbon".  Since it is past St. Patrick's day, I decided to go a different route with my green project.

I used some "Mistletoe ribbon" from the 3GJ  "Winter Bundle" along with a 3GJ vintage button.  Our challenge continues through March 28th so it is not to late for you to add your project!  One lucky winner receives a $10.00 gift certificate to the 3 Girl Jam store and a chance to be a guest designer for 3 Girl Jam.  So head on over to the 3 Girl Jam Challenge blog so you can link your "green" project up!


frog, grass and pond - Create a Critter
cardstock - Recollections
patterned paper - My Mind's Eye
sentiment - Cardz TV Stamps' set "Toad-ally Awesome"

Saturday, March 23, 2013

PPPR "Welcome Home" Blog Hop

***for the Cardz TV Stamps' "Good Times" blog hop please go HERE***

Welcome to the "Welcome Home" blog hop with the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team. This blog hop is dedicated to Lisa Norris, the owner of Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons' designs/store who has just moved back to the United States after several years living abroad. Each member of the design team has used some of the PPPR files to create a project with the theme "Welcome Home". I decided to make a set of tags that could be used when giving a neighbor a gift or plate of cookies or something else like that. You should have arrived at my blog from Jeanne's blog. If you didn't start the hop from the beginning you can head over to Lisa's blog to start from the top. For my project, I used the "Home Sweet Home" cutting files, "Layered Tags 1" cutting files and the "Christmas Brights Circles & Spots" digital paper to create my project. I did a print and cut for my project using my Silhouette Cameo. On 3 of my tags I added some Sterling ribbon from 3 Girl Jam and the other 3 I used twine from My Mind's Eye.


There is also some yummy blog candy -

along with a $15.00 gift card to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store.  

For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog on our hop and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter.  A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, March 26th. Only US or Canadian mailing addresses, please.

Thanks for stopping by today and hopping along with us.  I am the last one on the hop so you have successfully made it to the end but just in case you missed a stop or want to go visit one of us again I have enclosed the entire blog hop list below -

Lisa ~

Candace ~

Melisa ~

Ana Maria ~

Barb ~

Jeanne ~

Friday, March 22, 2013

Cardz TV stamps "Good Times" blog hop

Welcome to the Cardz TV stamps' "Good Times" Blog Hop!!  You should have arrived at my blog after visiting Rachelle.  If you missed out on the beginning of the hop, head over to Mary's blog to start at the top.  The entire Cardz TV stamps' design team is showcasing one of Mary's newest stamp sets called "Good
Times".  This is a great set of stamp sentiments designed with birthday celebrations in mind but as with all of Cardz TV stamps' sets you are never limited to a specific use - let your imagination have fun!

I chose to make a birthday card for my project because it seems like I can never keep enough on hand.  With 3 daughters, there is always some friend/classmate celebrating a birthday and the cards seem to fly right out the door once I have made them.  I had not used my cricut in awhile and decided to pull out my all time favorite cartridge, Create a Critter.

You can purchase your own set of "Good Times" sentiments at the Cardz TV stamps store HERE. Your next stop for the "Good Times" hop is Jennifer's blog.  Thanks for stopping by today!!

Here is the complete blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way :-)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Die Cuttin' Divas Guest Designer

Today I have a cute Easter layout to share with you that I made for my appearance as guest designer over at the Die Cuttin' Divas challenge blog.  The theme this challenge is to make a project with a bunny (or bunnies).  I used the "Hoppy Easter" cutting file set from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons for all of my cuts.  The patterned paper is from a Recollections paper pad.  I lay down some paper for photo mats but didn't adhere them since I am not sure yet how many pictures I will actually be using for this layout.

Now it's your turn - create your "bunny" project and post it over at the Die Cuttin' Divas BLOG.  Who doesn't love a bunny this time of year???

Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Treat

Hope your weekend is off to a great start.  I just wanted to pop in and share with you a treat I made to give to my girls for St. Patrick's Day.  My oldest 2 are dancers and don't want a lot of "junk" so I chose gumballs instead.  I found the rainbow gumballs at Target in the $1 bins.  My shamrocks are made from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons "Shamrock Faces Cutting Files".    I also used  some green polka dotted digital paper from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons' "Christmas Brights Circles and Spots" pack.    I did an offset for my shamrock base, flipped and then welded them together to make the topper.  I chalked the cheeks and glued onto the tops of the wrappers.  Thanks for stopping by today!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Birthday Cake Card - PPPR design team

Happy Wednesday!!  It is design team day for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons and I am sharing a card I made using the Birthday Panda cutting files set.  I made this for my middle daughter's friend - she turned 16 last week :-)  I love this set of files.  I have used several of the cuts from this set - the panda, the cupcake, the candles and now this great cake shaped card.

I cut the base layer for the cake twice so as to reinforce the strength of the candle.  My sentiment is from Cardz TV stamps "Simply Said" set and I added some sunflower ribbon from 3 Girl Jam.  Don't forget to head over the the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog to see the rest of the design team's projects.  And check out the newest release from Lisa -  Hoppy Easter cutting files, aren't these adorable?!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

You are my Hero!! - 3 Girl Jam DT

Happy Monday!!   I hope you have had a great weekend and that your week is off to a good start.  Today I am sharing an easel card that I made using one of the new 3 Girl Jam  Superhero Flair buttons.  The designs for these buttons are from Lisa Norris at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.  She is also the creator of the cute matching cut file I used on my card.  You can find the superhero svg here.  I accented my card with some gorgeous Holly Berry ribbon from the 3GJ "Winter Bundle" set.  For my sentiments, I used 2 different Cardz TV stamps sets - "It's all about you" and "Heart to Heart".

Thanks for stopping by today!!  Don't forget to check out the current challenge over at the 3 Girl Jam challenge blog.  Also, I wanted to make sure you know that there is a special going on at 3 Girl Jam right now - use the code VAC15 to receive 15% off your purchase.  Orders will begin shipping the 25th of March.  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

CTVS Challenge "It's so you"

Cardz TV Ch# 26 "It's SO You!"
Make a card, layout or craft project using YOUR favorite colors.
Starts: Fri, Mar 8
Ends: Thurs, Mar 21 @ Noon EST
Prize: 1 set of Cardz TV Stamps 

Here is my project for this challenge:

My favorite color is purple!!  I used a sentiment from  one of Cardz TV stamps newer sets "Simply Said".  

 My flower is a freebie svg from Miss Kate Cuttables and the frame I used on the background is from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.  I added some lavendar ribbon from 3 Girl Jam (color is witch's brew).   

Come play with us!  Link your project up at Cardz TV blog HERE.  

Friday, March 1, 2013

TAWS/3GJ Blog Hop - part 1

Welcome to the 3GJ/TAWS Cross Promotion Double Challenge Blog Hop!

The goal of this cross promo/double challenge is to introduce you all to 2 awesome companies, gather inspiration from both DT’s and have the opportunity to enter 2 fun challenges!

Here is a bit about TAWS for those of you not familiar~

The Alley Way Stamps is owned and operated and all super adorable designs drawn by Alison can check out her shop here~
Here is a bit about 3 Girl JAM for those who are unfamiliar ~

3 Girl JAM is owned and operated by the talented Julie K Bling and her 2 daughters. They make the most beautiful hand dyed crinkle ribbon.... you can check out her shop here~

Every 2 weeks TAWS have a new challenge based on a fun photo called "Be Inspired" and 3GJ has their own challenge using 3GJ Crinkle Ribbon

So for this challenge the DT's are using the inspiration photo, The Alley Way Stamps and ribbon from 3 Girl Jam

YOUR challenge will be to come up with a project using THIS photo, a stamp and ribbon.

Remember the photo is for inspiration ONLY....

~~~be creative, use your imagination and show us what this photo inspired you to create~~~

Need some inspiration?

We hope you will hop through the line-up and see all the gorgeous projects the DT’s have created.

Then at TAWS blog and the 3GJ challenge blog you will find out more about their individual challenges and have the opportunity to link up to not just one challenge but both challenges for the chance to win some awesome prizes!



We have broken both DT’s into 2 groups…one group sharing projects today and then the second group sharing projects on Friday March 8th.

Just for hopping though our mini hop both weeks, commenting on all the DT's projects

(this is part one of our Friday March 8th the remaining DT girls will have what TAWS calls Be Re~Inspired with even more inspiration)


entering BOTH challenges

~which will be easy to do.....if you don't own any TAWS they share a bunch of freebies HERE.

Your name will be entered to win a TAWS stamp set and a Bundle of 3GJ product.

***But that is not all!***

Each challenge will also be giving away a

TAWS stamp sets and a Bundle of 3GJ Crinkle Ribbon

SO there are LOTS of ways to be entered to win some awesome prizes!!!


Onto the hop...

You should have arrived at my blog from Stacey's blog  

Here is my take on the inspiration photo -

I used a TAWS freebie for my sentiment and the TAWS stamp set "get the point" for all the pieces in my banner.  My ribbon is "sunflower" from the 3 Girl Jam "harvest" bundle and I added a 3 Girl Jam vintage button in gray.  I was inspired by the colors of the photo as well as the banner that went across the top of two of the little characters.  I also used some wood grain paper at the bottom of my card which was inspired by the wood grains in the picture.

Your next stop on the hop is Kasia.  

Here is this week's lineup for the blog hop -






Scrappin Madge-


Nicole Elliott -

Kasia ~

Cheri Parish -


3 Girl Jam Challenge Blog~

Thanks for hopping with TAWS and 3GJ.

We look forward to seeing all your projects!