Layout using Mint Motif stamps

Hello there!
I didn't mean to take a few days (more like a week) off from blogging, but my husband is on leave this week.  He does not get vacation time very often, so my design work took the back burner this week.  Today, I am showing a layout of my children using the School Basics set from Mint Motif stamps, found at i{heart}papers.  I can see myself using this set over and over on my children's school scrap book pages.  Do you see that pencil border?  I stamped the pencil repeatedly, colored them in with copic markers & then distressed the edges with ink.  That is one of the great things about stamps, is creating your own pattern paper.  I love incorporating my stamps onto my pages.

Materials used:
School Basics stamp set from Mint Motif
Kraft card stock
K & Co stickers
Distress ink
Sakura souffle pen
Micron pen (for journaling)

Gift Card holder using Mint Motif stamps

What do you get a teenager for their birthday?
Now that I have a teenager of my own, I can say, give them cash, or gift card.
My daughter has a birthday party to go to on Saturday, so I made a cute gift card holder, for the Target gift card we are going to give the girl.  I have had these Maya Road kraft envelopes for a while, which happens to be the perfect size for a gift card.  I love it when a project turns out the way it looks in your head.

1. Cut/emboss Labels Fourteen Spellbinders die
2. Take out a stamp from the Very Square stamp set from Mint Motif
3. Create background on the label, tie ribbon around the label.
4. Adhere to the envelope using foam tape.
5. Stamp sentiment from the Very Square Sentiments set, cut out with a Circle Nestabilities die.
6. Adhere to label using foam tape.
7. Wrap twine around the envelope, tie a bow.

Materials Used:
Satin ribbon
Maya Road kraft envelope
Spellbinders Labels Fourteen die template
Spellbinders Classic Circle small Nestabilities

Who gets a copy of Holiday Cards & More vol 5?

WOW, Thank You all for your wonderful comments!!

I hope you all found some inspiration to get a jump on your holiday projects.

The person who gets their own copy of Holiday Cards & More vol 5 is...


Grace, please email me your contact/mailing information at:

Blogger Grace said...

Oh wow! I love this project! The tags are great! My favorite tradition is reading the Christmas Story from the Bible on Christmas Eve, just before going to bed!

Paper Crafts HC&M vol 5 Blog Hop: 12 Designers of Christmas

Welcome to the 12 Designers of Christmas blog hop, brought to you from the fine folks at Paper Crafts Magazine.
This week Paper Crafts is celebrating the special issue, Holiday Cards & More vol 5, that just hit news stands.  This is the magazine issue that will get your creative juices started into creating some fabulous Christmas items, like cards, bags, tags, home decor and more!  What a better way to end this kick off week, than a blog hop with 12 never been seen before holiday projects.  Did any of you get the Go to Sketches special issue?  Well, you know how beautiful that issue what photographed?  That is exactly how HC&M vol 5 was photographed as well.  So each project really shines as you flip through this issue.  There really is something for everyone.  Cards, got them.  Bags, oh yes!  Gift ideas, so clever!  Tags, yep got those too!  Home decor, yep!  In one word this issue is awesome-sauce, it is my word for something beyond awesome.  Awesome with sauce on it, like chocolate sauce.  How can something awesome with chocolate sauce all over it be bad?  It can't.  
Do you have your copy yet?
(click on the cover, it will bring you to a site to purchase one)
Do you see that card in the right bottom hand corner?
That is MY card on the COVER!!!
Beyond elated is the way to describe the feeling.

Each designer was given a template, to create a never been seen before project.  I was given a template to make a box.   The box template I am recreating, is the Pink Holiday box (pg.88) by Leslie Webster.  To see that template head on over to the Paper Crafts Connection blog, they are sharing all three templates the designers are using today, with their readers. Scroll down below for the materials I used on my projects.

Make sure to go to each of the 12 designers blogs as well as the Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World blogs, and leave a comment.  Each blog has a give away!  So that is 14 chances to win!

Thanks to the handy dandy template I was given to use, this box was easy peasy to create.  Once my bottom & top part of the box were put together, it was time to fancy it up a bit.  I cut/embossed pretty glitter pattern paper from MME, using a Spellbinders Classic Lace Border Grand Borderabilities, and then glued it along the edge of the box (the top box).  I then adhered the same pattern paper to the top of the box.  To hide the crease, and because I love ribbon, I glued satin ribbon around the box.  Next, I stamped a music note label stamp (from GinaK) with memento ink onto kraft paper.   So after I stamped the image, I cut/embossed it with the Labels Sixteen, which coordinates perfectly with the stamp.  Is that not fabulous or what?!  Fabulous!!  Next, I distressed the edges a bit, then adhered the label to the top of the box using foam tape.  I have been holding on to this most beautiful package of Prima glittered holly pieces, so I took two of them, tied them together with satin ribbon, and adhered them to the label.  I realized I needed to add a sentiment, so I stamped a Merry Christmas sentiment (GinaK), then cut/embossed it using a Spellbinders Fancy Tags die template, distressed it a bit, added a few pearls & adhered it to the label using foam tape.  You cannot give away an empty box, so I also created some coordinating tags to go inside.  I hope you are enjoying this fun blog hop!  Don't forget to leave a comment to win.

Now I get to give away a copy of Holiday Cards & More Vol. 5.
Leave a comment answering this question:
What is your favorite Holiday tradition?
comments close Sunday Sept 19th at Midnight (MDT)
The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the Paper Crafts Connection Blog on Sept 21st
I will also announce who wins their own copy of HC&M on my blog on Tues.

Materials Used:
GinaK Designs stamps:  Lovely Labels 2 by Nina B. being released next week
Spellbinders S4-301 Labels sixteen
Spellbinders  S7-014 Classic Lace Border Grand Borderabilities
Spellbinders S4-235 Fancy Tags
Prima glittered holly
satin ribbon
My Minds Eye pattern paper
3L foam squares
kraft card stock
ivory card stock
Memento Ink
Distress ink
Kaiser Craft pearls

Sept Waltzingmouse Stamps blog waltz

I am playing along with the September Waltzingmouse Stamps blog waltz today.
This months theme is Halloween, how fun is that!  For my card, I used a few stamps from the Halloween Party stamp set.  I distressed the edges of ivory panel with some orange and black ink, before stamping.  To make those little hills, I cut some Cosmo Cricket pattern paper, and adhered it to the ivory panel, I then stamped the witch & brew pot images, in a nice black ink.  I didn't know what sentiment to add, so I didn't add one, but I may add one to the inside, once I figure out who I am sending the card to.  To finish the card off, I added some pretty satin ribbon to the panel & Kaiser Craft rhinestones to the corners.
To see more Halloween projects, visit the WMS forum to see the list of blog hop participants!!

Lawn Fawn Sept sneak: Cozy Christmas

I have been waiting the last few days to sneak this set from Lawn Fawn.
It is a super happy Christmas stamp set.  I love how all of the images are smiling!  My children always leave a note, cookies & a glass of milk for Santa on Christmas Eve.  We live in Florida and do not have a fire place, but it was too cute not to include in this happy Christmas scene.  To create this scene, I stamped all of the images onto ivory card stock, colored them in using Copic markers, cut them out, and then adhered them to the kraft card stock. To add dimension, I popped up some of the images using foam tape.  I cannot wait for the season to change just a little, meaning it dropping below 90 degrees, so I can start on my Christmas cards.
Don't forget to visit the Lawn Fawn blog and the rest of the design team to see how they used this set.

materials used:
Cozy Christmas stamp set from Lawn Fawn
Copic Markers
foam tape
ivory card stock
kraft card stock
brown pattern paper
memento ink

Lawn Fawn Sept sneak peek day #2

It is Day two of the September sneak peeks for Lawn Fawn.
It is Teeny Tiny Backdrops.
I used this fun music note background set & paired it with a sentiment and music notes from the Sophie's Sentiments stamp set.  I wanted to make this a feminine card, so I added a white fabric trim, a pretty prima flower, pink satin ribbon and called it good.  If you wanted to make this seem a little more shabby, you could distress the edges with a white ink.
For more sneaks and beautiful cards, visit the rest of the design team as well as the Lawn Fawn blog.  I believe Kelly Marie may be giving away blog candy.

materials used:
kraft card stock
white trim
Lawn Fawn Teeny Tiny backdrop stamp set
satin ribbon
Prima flower
Palette ink

Sept Lawn Fawn sneak of Harvest Season

Today I get to sneak a great new stamp set from Lawn Fawn, called Harvest Season.
I knew right away I wanted to used the cornucopia image & color it in with bright fall colors, and frame it somehow.  The easiest way for me to frame an image is to use Spellbinder Nestabilities.  Lawn Fawn stamps are clear photopolymer stamps, so I was able to cut/emboss my Labels Fifteen die first, then stamp my image.  I also, made a cut out in the yellow card stock using the same die.  To give the image some depth, the yellow card stock is popped up with 3d foam tape, as well as the leaves.  This set is the perfect whimsy/cutesy Thanksgiving stamp set.  If you don't like to color, the images are perfect to paper piece as well.  
For more sneaks an eye candy visit the rest of the DT, plus Kelly Marie may have some blog candy!

materials used:
Lawn Fawn Harvest Season stamp set
Memento ink
Spellbinders S4-291 Labels Fifteen
Copic markers
3d foam tape
kraft card stock
yellow card stock
yellow satin ribbon

For You

Happy Labor Day to my American friends.
The first Labor day was observed Sept. 5, 1882, and became a federal holiday in 1894.
To most Americans Labor Day means the end of summer, and the beginning of Football (NFL & college).  I am pretty sure a Nascar is raced on Labor Day as well.  Growing up, we always went to a parade, but I think most towns have forgone that tradition.  
We had a low key weekend.  I went to a co-baby shower on Saturday.  Most of the wives (all our hubbies work together) got together to celebrate two babies on their way.  Our host made some amazing food and I brought cupcakes from a local cupcakery.  Yesterday, my children and I stayed in our pajamas, ate not so healthy food, cleaned the house and stayed up pretty late watching scary movies.  Today, we are still in our pajamas, I am doing laundry, still cleaning and will head to the grocery store later to pick up some groceries for the week.  Star Wars is on in the back ground, I may change the channel, but the inner geek/70's child in me tells me to leave it on.  Not to mention my son is a big Star Wars fan now.
Well, I am sure you all didn't come here to listen about my boring weekend.  I have had this idea in my head for a while, so I am glad I was able to get it onto paper.  The sentiment is from the School Basics set & the flower border is from the Cake Shoppe set (both Mint Motif).  I cut/embossed the Prima Annalee paper using the Spellbinders S4-294 Lacey Cicles Nestabilities (to get the inside of the lacey circle cut out, use a standard circles die).  I added some ribbon, stick pins, and tied a little twine to one of the stick pins, to embellish the card a little.

Materials Used:
School Basics from Mint Motif (sold at i{heart}papers)
Cake Shoppe from Mint Motif (sold at i{heart}papers)
Prima Pattern Paper
Spellbinders S4-293 Lacey Circles Nestabilities
Ivory grosgrain ribbon
Little Yellow Bicycle flower stick pins
Jillibean Soup bakers twine
Palette ink
Memento ink

Weekend projects

Here are a few projects that I have made over the last few days.
Just for fun stuff, nothing for any design teams, just me being crafty.

First up is a Christmas card (yes Christmas), it is actually for a twitter craft challenge that Teri threw down.  To use 23 embellishments on your card.  I wasn't too creative with my embellishments, I just created a border with some bling.  Well I guess, if you throw in that the bling was clear, but I wanted them to be red, so I dyed them with a copic marker, then that is a little creative right?  The pattern paper and woolie are from the new Basic Grey Christmas line.  That cute little mitten is actually from the Nested Mittens set from Spellbinders, and the stamp is from Waltzingmouse stamps.

Next up is a layout of my daughter.
She is growing up so fast, or maybe I am just starting to realize college is closer than I think.  In just 4 short years she will be off.  Kind of crazy and sad all at the same time, this momma is not ready for that yet.  I am trying to keep up with her album now, while the memories are fresh in my mind,  it is just easier that way (for me).  This is a picture of her from this summer.
Stamps are from Technique Tuesday & Unity
Pattern Paper is from Kaiser Craft
Twine is from Jillibean Soup

All you need is LoVe

Happy Friday!
I am so excited for a 3 day weekend.
I have a dual baby shower to go to tomorrow, but I plan on vegging out all weekend.
Can you say, "mommy is sleeping in?" lol
Last night, I decided to sit down and play with my August Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Co.  I used a few other stamps from other companies too (but the focal images are unity).  Where I originally started with card, and where I ended up are totally different, but I love the results.  The text background, is from a little stamp from Prima, and the library card looking stamp is from Papertrey Ink. I stamped the library card stamp, distressed the edges with some Tim Holtz distressed ink & blending tool and then stamped the different images and sentiments in pink from Unity.  Before I adhered the library card to the card base, I added some Prima pattern paper, and wrapped some ribbon around the ivory panel.  I strung the buttons with some Jillibean Soup bakers twine, and adhered them down with glue dots.  If I were to change anything about this card, I would probably round the bottom corners of the card, just to soften it up a little.  Isn't that sentiment so true?  All you need is LoVe!  So, so, so true!  I wish more people would just allow themselves, to let their heart be filled with love, it is so much easier to be happy, than dwell on negative things.  Being sad, depressed, or negative is a recipe to be miserable.  So I will stick with love :)

Baby Congrats...and lots of talking lol

Lots of ladies are pregnant in my neck of the woods, so I need to make a few "congrats" cards to have on hand.  I am not drinking that water, you better believe that!  Sometimes I wish I was able to have more (medical issues), but really I am so happy with two.  I cannot imagine trying to get more than 2 children to all of their activities.  I have a 9th & 4th grader, I do a heck of a lot of transportation.  I understand the whole "mom taxi" statement now.  I don't know which is worse, getting up in the middle of the night with an infant, or being awakened hearing a text message go to your child's phone in the middle of the night?  Sometimes I wish I could turn back time to when my children were younger.  Younger children are 1000% times easier to raise than tween/teenagers.  I am convinced alcohol was invented for parents of teenagers. My teen is really good, but on those days where she gives me the "mom you are so stupid look",  it is best if I just walk away, preferably with an adult beverage.  I am positive my children think I am nuts, especially after I have those crazy moments.  You know what I am talking about.  The times where you unintentionally lose your marbles, and they just look at you like you  just landed from Mars.  The funny or not so funny thing about parenting, is everything crazy you thought about your parents, ends up happening to you. Whoa, who knew making a baby congrats card would bring all that up LOL?
Well I feel better now.  Hee!
I am off to go have a most fabulous lunch, I am drooling just thinking about it.
Have a fabby day!

materials used:
kraft card stock
ivory card stock
Bo Bunny pattern paper
Prima Flower
May Arts twine
foam tape
Papertrey ink stamp
Memento ink

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