Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pretty Cute Stamps SALE!!

Oh my goodness! This sale is amazing!! If you haven't already checked this out be sure to head over to the Pretty Cute Stamps store to check out the most super awesome sale - 50% off clear stamps. Get your favourites while they're still available!


Monday, April 17, 2017

FCCB #299 - Spring!

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!


Challenge #299-Spring
Make a project about Spring.

The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring a $25 gift card at

Amazon!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

For my project I've created a scrapbook layout using a heart background cutout from the Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut cartridge. There are so many wonderful backgrounds on this cartridge, and you could size them to create cards or layouts! I've had these wonderful photos of my daughter, Amie, for a few years and I figured this was the perfect time to scrapbook them! After all, what says spring more than butterflies and fairies! I based my layout on the February 2016 Sketchy challenge at the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. If you're ever looking for a starting point there are lots of great sketches and inspiration here!

I used my Distress Oxide Inks to sponge over my heart diecut in colours that matched the pretty BoBunny Butterfly Kisses paper. The cutouts in the diecut were lovely with images from the paper showing through. I added some CTMH stamps in different places and layered on some Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.

I love this gorgeous title from a Pink Paislee Take Me Away phrases foam sticker pack. I layered it over a Pink Paislee journaling card and added some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins and some CTMH bling.

I made a second page with the adorable photos I had from this photo shoot, so I thought I'd share this with you as well! I used a background page from the BoBunny Butterfly Kisses again and layered on lots of fun elements.

I love fussy cutting out images that are on papers and adding them to my layouts. These pretty Pink Paislee branch stickers looked awesome sticking out of the pretty mason jar. And, of course, I love adding SpiegelMom Scraps sequins! How sweet are these yellow flower sequins?!!

This lovely chipboard sticker is from the BoBunny Believe collection - I love the way it coordinates!

I added a Pink Paislee Take Me Away foam sticker title 'Lovely' and used some Stickles to add a bit of bling. Some Distress Oxide Inks add colour to a chipboard tag and a pretty purple ribbon coordinates with the inks and sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful week!! Don't forget to stop by the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see what all the other Design Team members have come up with - and enter your own Spring project using a Cricut cut for a chance to win!

Linked to:
DL Art - Thankful Thursday April Linky Challenge
Lasting Memories - #338 Spring Flowers
Clique Kits April 2017 Challenge
CSM Feb 2016 Sketchy Challenge



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Greetings!

Happy Saturday! I've got a bright Easter treat bag and tag as well as a few more cards to share with you before Easter.  These sweet digital stamp images from Pretty Cute Stamps were so fun to work with I ended up making lots of fun projects this week. Just check the last few days for more ideas on how to use the new March release stamps!

I always make a special treat bag up for my niece, Sydney, for Easter, and of course I wanted to decorate it! I took a gift bag and layered some papers on it before adding some images from the EGGSellent digi stamp set. Adding some foam dots on different areas always adds some interest.

I've been playing with my Distress Oxide Inks lately and had this tag in my stash just waiting for the right project! I used a stencil, adding some purple dots and used a bit of washi tape on the bottom before layering a sentiment from the digi set. Some pretty sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps  added sparkle to both my tag and bag. I absolutely love the little mini flowers <3

Next up, I made these three cards for my youngest daughter, Erica's, preschool teachers using the EGGSellent digi stamp set and colouring with Prismacolor and Hobby Colour Markers.

I used PicMonkey to layer the eggs, add the cracks and even colour the sentiment before printing them on a lightweight white cardstock.

I had some pretty Easter coloured papers in my stash and combined them to create a pretty card front. A few foam dots pop up different elements on the cards.

Inside, I used sentiments from the Pretty Cute Stamps Chocolate Bunny and Easter Blessings digi stamp sets. I print them all out of white cardstock at once and cut them out individually before using some Distress Inks to add some shading.

The last project I used the EGGSellent digi stamp set on was these quick and easy cards for some little family friends. Some pretty sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps adds a bit of bling! Aren't these colours beautiful?!!

I opened up a Project Life card (from the PL app on my phone that I had previously saved) in PicMonkey and then added the digital images from the Pretty Cute Stamps sets. By choosing the PNG version of each sentiment and image I was able to layer them, similar to a masking technique with traditional stamping. It really is very easy and fun! I changed the colour of the sentiments as well. When the stamps were layered as I wanted I printed them out, four to a page on white printer paper and glued them to my card bases.

Here's a look at the finished cards, with sequins and a bit of colour using coloured pencils on the bows.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!

Linked to:
SSS Wednesday Inspiration - Spring Color Inspiration
DL Art - Thankful Thursday April Linky Challenge
Word Art Wednesday - #278/#279 AG
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - photo inspiration
Always Fun Challenges - #1 AG
Let's Craft & Create - #124 Easter/April Showers/Spring



Inspiration Saturday!

Happy Weekend!! It's Easter this weekend, and this is the first year for a long time we haven't had a house full of guests for Easter Dinner. I will miss having everyone over, but I'm going to enjoy Easter morning with the girls, an Easter egg hunt, church and turkey dinner! Everyone else is travelling this year and enjoying some warm sunshine over the break. I might even get some crafting in ;) And, here's some inspiration for you!

1) Wilna Furstenberg has the cutest #springcoffeecup album post on her blog! I just love her style <3 She has a video where she walks you through making the album and she also has a challenge going on during April where you can share a coffee cup album you make! Check out her post for all the details.


2) I think Bookbub has been around for a while, but I've just discovered it! You can sign up to receive a daily email showing you what digital books are free from Kindle, Kobo, etc that day in the genre you choose! I love it - I just scan the email, choose the free ones I want and they automatically download onto my device and are ready to read when I have some down time.

3) Verve Stamps has an awesome FREE coffee printable available until April 17th! You can download the PDF or the individual digital stamp files HERE. The PDF is great if you just want to play around with printing the pictures and sentiments off quickly and using your coloured pencils or alcohol based markers on them. I just pop a piece of white cardstock into my printer without changing any paper settings! Then, I cut out the images and use them for cards. There's even a spot to link up your creations for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Verve store!

4) Gerda Steiner Designs has the cutest clear and digital stamps, and right now there's an FREE adorable Easter Bunny image - along with other cute FREEBIES in her store. You can sign up for her newsletter and be notified when a new free image is available as well as receive coupons. You can check out her blog while you're there and get lots of inspiration!!
5) I've been watching a lot of home decor and DIY videos lately, and I came across 4 Quarter Crafts who does some some awesome projects with dollar store finds. Here's a video on Earth Tone Spring Home Decor Crafts for you to check out!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend - and a very Happy Easter!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Kitty Bee Designs Challenge #92 - Easter

Hi Friends! I hope you've been having a lovely week so far! I've had lots of fun creating projects lately and here's one more for you!  It's time for the midweek inspiration for Challenge #92 over at the Kitty Bee Designs Challenge Blog - Aloha Friday!

Challenge #92

Super big thanks to our sponsor for this challenge:

 The Paper Nest Dolls - http://paper-nest-dolls.myshopify.com/


For my project I'm using the adorable Singing In The Rain Ducky digital stamp from Drawn With Character.  This little duck reminds me that even on rainy days we should appreciate the happiness! I coloured him in with Prismacolor and Hobby Colour Markers, which are alcohol based, and added some shading and a bit of colour to the raindrops. The bright rainbow colours in the Pink Paislee Take Me Away papers added the perfect Easter feel to my card. I even found a coordinating journaling card in the collection to add to the front.

I used my colorless blender pen to add a few polka dots to the little umbrella and boots and added Glossy Accents to the puddle. I layered a crocheted and paper flower and added it, along with a lovely green bow, to the card.

Inside, I used a sentiment from the Easter Cuties stamp set by Pretty Cute Stamps.

Some pretty sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps  finish off my card and add some pretty Easter bling!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out the Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge to see all the inspiration from the other awesome Design Team members - and enter your own project HERE for a chance to win!! Have a wonderful weekend!

Linked to:
SSS Wednesday Inspiration - Spring Color Inspiration
DL Art - Thankful Thursday April Linky Challenge
Word Art Wednesday - #278/#279 AG
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - photo inspiration
Always Fun Challenges - #1 AG
Let's Craft & Create - #124 Easter/April Showers/Spring
Moving Along With The Times - Birds/Feathers


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Rejoice Easter Card!

Hey crafty friends! I hope you're having a lovely week so far! I've been busy making Easter cards this week. Really, I think I have all this time to get my cards done and then bam! it's the last minute and I'm realizing I want to give out a whole bunch more cards... Last night I stayed up until midnight to get 8 cards done for teachers and friends! I'm not complaining though, I love making cards and they turned out cute. I'll be sharing those really soon with you. But today I have a card I made for my mother-in-law with the new Easter Blessings digital stamp set in the Pretty Cute Stamps store

I coloured in the lovely stained glass window and cross with my Prismacolor and Hobby Colour Markers, which are alcohol based, and then added some Glossy Accents to the cross to add some dimension. I think it would also look neat if you added the Glossy Accents to the windows instead!

I fussy cut around the Rejoice sentiment included in the set and added it to my layers of CTMH paper. I usually print out a whole sheet of all the images and sentiments at a time so I can colour and cut them out as needed.

Inside and on the envelope I added two more sentiments from the set, and stamped the Happy Easter from a CTMH stamp set in my stash.

I used some lovely coordinating colours of sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps and attached them using Glossy Accents. I especially love these little tiny flowers!!

Here's a look at the digital stamp set I used:
Easter Blessings
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day!

Linked to:
SSS Wednesday Inspiration - Spring Color Inspiration
DL Art - Thankful Thursday April Linky Challenge
Word Art Wednesday - #278/#279 AG
Always Fun Challenges - #1 AG
Let's Craft & Create - #124 Easter/April Showers/Spring
Mojo Monday Sketch #492


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter Cards Using Pretty Cute Stamps New Release!

I was so excited to see the cute new digi stamps Lisa from Pretty Cute Stamps released last week!! Just in time to whip up some lovely Easter cards!

I wanted a couple cards to mail out so I printed out the images and coloured them with Prismacolor and Hobby Colour Markers. The first card uses the bunny from the Chocolate Bunny Digital Stamp set. I used some CTMH paper that I've had in my stash and some pretty SpiegelMom Scraps sequins all together to create a rainbow of bright Easter colours!

This cute little chocolate bunny looks good enough to eat!

I used PicMonkey to change the PNG file of the Happy Easter sentiment from the Easter Blessings Digital Stamps to a lovely purple Spring colour and printed it off onto white cardstock. I love the font and the way it looks like a distressed stamped image!

Since I was sending this to my scrappy friend, Sandy, I wrote her a little note inside and added another digi stamp sentiment from Chocolate Bunny with Distress Ink sponged around the edges.

Ok, I would have to say this is my favourite stamp set this month - and my kids loved it too ;) The Bunny Conversation Digital Stamps just makes me laugh! I'm sending this to one of my sisters, as I know she'll chuckle when she opens the envelope. I added a few more SpiegelMom Scraps sequins for a bit of bling!

I used my alcohol based markers again and shaded in a milk chocolate and dark chocolate bunny, adding a bit of pink Distress Ink around the edge of the panel.

A pretty flower with a rhinestone pulls together the Easter colours.

Inside, I used the same sentiment as above, but printed in green this time. PicMonkey is really so easy to use - and if you have some PNG files its worth playing around with! You can change colours and change directions of the stamps themselves, as well as layer them!

Here's a look at the four new digital stamp sets released.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out these fun new stamps - and more - at the Pretty Cute Stamps store, and have a fabulous weekend!

Linked to:
SSS Monday Challenge - Make a Rainbow (I used a rainbow of colours)
FFC #183 AG
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper - AprilChallenge
DL Art - Thankful Thursday April Linky Challenge
Word Art Wednesday - #276/#277 AG
If You Give A Crafter A Cookie - photo inspiration
PDE Linky Party - AG w/ optional flowers