February 26, 2012


Ok so maybe Spring isn't here quite yet, I sure wish it were! As I type we are under a winter storm warning and will be for the next few days, boo. Well today is my design team day for SVG Attic and I'm bringing a little bit of Spring to my house with my project. I used the Fun Favors and Easter Elements sets to create this cute little candy holder.
Isn't it cute? I am loving the fun Spring colors. All the designer paper is from Echo Park's Springtime collection, in fact that little Springtime sentiment is the label from one of the sheets of paper :) It just happened to the perfect size for my candy dispenser. The twine is all from the Twinery and the rest of the paper is from Michael's.
So are you wondering what's inside? Well it is my favorite Easter candy...
Cadbury Mini Eggs!!!!! I always get so excited when they first appear at the store. My excitement has gotten a little smaller now that they make them for just about every holiday. I do refuse to buy them until Easter so it is at least still a special treat for me :) As I'm sure you can figure out the candy dispenser is from the Fun Favors set, the tulips and the grass are from the Easter Elements set.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend so far! Be sure to stop by SVG Attic to pick up the files I've used today and while you are there be sure to check out all the new sets for St. Patrick's Day and Easter, there just may be a super cute Peeps box that I have BIG plans for!

Happy crafting!

February 23, 2012

Muted colors...

Good morning and happy Thursday to you all! Today is another Design Team Thursday with My Thoughts Exactly. Today I have a project that I started making for another design team and then it evolved into something completely different than I was thinking. I added a few (ok maybe a lot) of MTE stamps and I just couldn't wait to show you, so I'm sharing it today. I used the Many Thanks set from MTE along with SVGs from several different places, I'll to list them as you look through the pictures. Now I must warn you the colors are much more muted than what I usually work with but I kind of like how it turned out.

The rainbow, clouds, and hearts are all from SVG Attic. The card design itself is from the wonderful Lenae of Sugar Gem. If you have seen a card like this before here or over at Sugar Gem then you know the image in the window rotates. Can you guess the colorless rainbow turns into?
Ok so that was a little obvious maybe. Neither of these pictures show it very well but the clouds and all the little grey hearts are glimmer misted. As the colors were all muted I kept the colored rainbow muted as well by using my watercolor pencils and blender pens to soften the colors. Are you wondering where the MTE stamps are yet?!? Well here they are!
OMG I just realized the scallop circle that rotates is the wrong way in this picture! If you had rotated the colorless rainbow to reveal the colored one the hearts should all be upright >.< Well anyway, all those cute little hearts as well as the 'thank you for being my rainbow on a cloudy day' sentiment all come from the Many Thanks set. I am sure you are all getting sick of seeing this sentiment but it is one of my favorites. I have been having a terrible week so far, nothing at work had been going as it should, and no matter what when I get home Mr. Crafty Rocket Science can always put a smile on my face. Here's a close up of the sentiment and the 'balloons.'
Those cute little clovers are also from SVG Attic. In fact all the little hearts on the front are from the cutouts in the clovers, I just couldn't throw them away. The twine is all from the Twinery.

Well that is all for me today. Don't forget to stop by Benedicte's blog and Kendra's blog to see what they have created today. Also be sure to stop back on March 1 for the March stamp release!

Happy crafting!

February 12, 2012

Conversation Hearts...

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It has been a nice relaxing one for us. I did a little, well actually a lot, of crafting. Today is my design team day at SVG Attic and I am in love with this project. It started out as a much smaller project and before I knew it there were 41 different elements cut out and assembled! So I won't make you wait any longer (be prepared for picture overload):

Well?!? This turned out better than I expected. The basket and little heart boxes inside are from the Heart Shaped Box collection, the roses are from the Be Mine collection, and the butterflies are from the new Valentine Elements collection. Each of the strip weaved in the basket and the handle are stamped with background stamps. The light pink strips and the handle are stamped with a SP and Company and the dark pink strips use a stamp from October Afternoon. Here's a look at a few of the heart boxes, any guesses of how many there are?
Here's a little close up of the roses and butterflies, there are 3 of each on both sides of the handle. Both are spritzed with glimmer mist (my new found obsession...).
There are 4 colors of heart boxes inside and each of them is stamped with conversation hearts from My Thoughts Exactly's Candy Heart Stamps. In case you are wondering each of the hearts has a different message on it, none of them are the same! All the little boxes are tied shut with Valentine Trendy Twine.
Here are all the kraft heart boxes.
All the pink ones.
All the read ones.
And all the white ones.
Ok did you keep count? Well there are 28 in all!
Have you asked what's in all those little heart boxes yet? I promise they are not empty, any idea how little they are? Well here is the answer to all of those questions...
Each heart box has a little dove chocolate heart in it. As you can figure out everything is pretty tiny for this project. The basket is approximately 6" x 6", the roses are about an inch in diameter, the butterflies are also about an inch, and the candy heart boxes are just under 2" big. I could never have imagined cutting anything this small before my Zing arrived!

Well I hope you enjoyed today's project. Be sure to stop by SVG Attic and pick up all your favorite files. Oh yea there just might be a 50% sale going on right now through Valentine's Day!

Happy crafting!

February 1, 2012

My Thoughts Exactly February Release Hop!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today is a super exciting day. As you may know My Thoughts Exactly released some oh so cute Valentine's Day stamps. Well today is the official release day and blog hop! If you have arrived from Jen's blog than you are on the right track! If you have just stopped by to see what's going on, you really want to start from the beginning. There is so much talent on this team that you won't want to miss a single project.

Before I get to my projects just a few details about these amazing stamps. They are all manufactured here in the USA out of 100% clear photopolymer. The price you see in the stamp store includes shipping and tax within the USA! Now for all of your international readers no fear because My Thoughts Exactly does ship internationally for an additional fee! Usually there are only one or two sets for each release this month there are SEVEN! That's right seven: Lovey Puns Animals, Lovey Puns Food, Candy Hearts, Candy Heats Add On 1Candy Heats Add On 2Candy Heats Add On 3, and Love Label! There are also several money saving bundles that you can choose from including an I Want It All Bundle. For today only, the day of the release hop, if you purchase any of the new sets you'll get the Love Label set for free! Ok have I blabbed enough yet? :)

I made four cards for today's blog hop, I know that's unheard of for me, but don't get too excited they are all fairly simple ones. The first two are very girly, like me, and inspired by projects I've found on Pinterest :)

 I used the Lovey Puns AnimalsLovey Puns Food, and the Love Label for this first card. The 'I love you', love heart, and 'xoxo' stamps are all from the animals set. The plain heart inside the small heart cutout can be found in the food set. I used the love label to create the circle doily looking thing on the top.
The second card uses the Lovey Puns Food set for the sentiment. I used an October Afternoon stamp for the doily and the whole card is spritzed with glimmer mist. I think this might be the first single layer card I have ever published on my blog. I need to do more of these simple cards. They are so fun and fast to complete.

Ok so there you have two very girly cards, I thought we needed something for the gentlemen in our lives as well. When I first saw the design for the Lovey Puns Animals set there was on word that really stuck out to me...HOPPY and HOP! The funny thing is I was not thinking animals at all!
I total had beer in mind! My father is an award winning home brewer so I knew exactly what I would be using HOP and HOPPY for :) Of course I added a little Trendy Twine to the card and created a fun little beer paper with an old Stampin' Up! image I found. So you may have noticed on my FB page that I did a major cleaning of my craft room this weekend well let me tell you I found things I didn't even know I had! Perfect example this beer stamp, I also found multiples of some stamps sets >.< But all is right in my craft world now, I'm all organized and all my stamp sets are now alphabetized! Yes, I may be a little OCD.

For my last card I found this awesome sketch over at Card Positioning Systems and thought it would make a fun beer card.

I created a frame using Make-The and changed the circles out for a square and a heart. I colored the beer glasses in on this card and used stickles to accent the foam (it's kind of hard to see in the picture but it's there I promise).

Well that about does it for me today. Your next stop will be the ever talented and one of our newest design team pals Kendra! Now be sure to check out all the blogs on the hop and leave lots of love, the stamp fairy will be picking one lucky commenter from ALL the comments on all the blogs on the hop to win an I Want It All bundle!!!

Just in case you get lost here is the complete list of blogs:
Benedicte - Her blog is in French but there will be an option to translate once you get there
Jen - You were just here
Jessica - That's me
Kendra - You're next stop
Kim - Or Guest Designer this month, you'll get to see more of her work at the end of the month during the DT's break

Happy Crafting!