Monday, March 30, 2015

PGCB Blog Hop!

Hello, and happy "5th" Monday in March! This means that it is blog hop time over at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog!

Our theme was Party Decor...and if you've made it to my blog, you should have gotten here through Cathryn's blog. Just in case you, here is the line up so you can be sure you visit each blog and leave a comment...there is a pretty awesome prize from Unity Stamps waiting for one lucky hopper...hopefully it will be you!
Lucky enough for me, my daughters have birthdays very close together so we get to have big birthday parties. This year the new Cinderella movie was just released in theaters, so we had a fun party at the movie theater. BUT...I got carried away snapping pics of all the adorable little guests and failed to take nice pics of the party decor I spent several hours making :( So, instead...we just had a makeshift party at our house...with just the five of us so I could get the pictures I hoped to get. There is always room to celebrate more, right? is my second attempt to snap pics of the projects I made for the party (don't mind the odd green cupcakes...they were Watermelon flavored for this second "party" and were by demand of my littles with little contest from me...yum):

The banner was cut with my Cricut - I primarily used the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, some sparkly tool, and coordinating card stock. I loved the sparkle in the light blue cardstock, it reminded me of Cinderella's dress.

You can't have a girly party these days without a few pom-pom tissue flowers! These are fun to make...and to be honest, I've made several tissue flowers in multiple colors for various occasions and stuff them in bag in storage to use again. They fluff up beautifully each time.

And...the not so coordinating, but ever-so-yummy Watermelon cupcakes dressed up with the toothpick banners (that looked much better on the blue and purple cupcakes I had in the first party, sigh). I embossed plain white cardstock and then punched out several triangles, ran them through my Xyron, and sandwiched a toothpick on the large end. 

I had made a few gifts for each of the guests...first these adorable sparkly magic wands. They are a styrofoam star coated with spray adhesive and sprinkled with Martha Stewart fine glitter (I really love that stuff, it can make anything pretty). I then hot glued some ribbon to a dowel and simply dressed it up with glittery tool.

Then there were mice...lots of adorable felt mice. BUT, this one is the only Gus Gus we had left after the party (I originally made 16 of these cuties). AND...I really ran out of time to get to make more before this hop. But, if you're ever curious on how to make these, they are VERY easy and the kids LOVE to help with this one. Here is the link to the Disney site to were I found the idea...and I'm pretty sure we'll be making more very soon.

And, here is one of my little princesses modeling the guest gifts!

Thank you for letting me share my story with you...I hope you enjoyed the projects!

Now be sure to hop over to Amber's blog.

Also, just a is a pic of the incredible prize from Unity (and can I tell you...this is worth about $86!).

Be sure to follow the steps to be entered to win:
1. Comment on each of our blog posts along the hop
2. "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook

You have until Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at 11:59 pm MST to comment. We will announce the winner on Wednesday April 8th, 2015 at 9:00 am MST. 

Thanks for hopping! Hope to see you back next Monday for another fun challenge and more inspiration!


Monday, March 16, 2015

PGBC #76 - Shaker Cards


Paper Girl Cristine Redmond is challenging us this week by asking us to create a shaker card. I seriously love sequins and confetti right now, but I've never made a shaker card or pocket in my scrapbooks, so I was looking forward to the challenge.

I just started my 2015 project life album (blushing with embarrassment), but I've been wanting to add confetti as a shaker type look to my title page. I just recently got the new Fuse by We R Memory Keepers, so I had to give it a try to help seal in those tiny pieces and give it the effect I was looking for. This is the result - here is the cover page (I'll insert a family picture on this once we get one taken this year): 

And here is the reverse side of the page...I like how the shaker pocket added to my New Year's theme and everything coordinated perfectly.

It's hard to photograph the pocket when it's laying here's a close up by a window :)

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit. I hope that you will join us with this super fun challenge! Post your project to the The Paper Girls site and link up your project before midnight (MST) on Saturday, 3/28.

See you next week for our Paper Girls Challenge Blog Hop!


Supplies used: 
  • Project Life Items: Jade Core Kit; Pocket Page Protectors; Steel Dies (Cover Page)
  • Studio 29 Designs: Cards, 2015 circle, and washi from the December 2014  and January 2015 kits (Second Page)
  • Embellishments Various sequins, adhesive cork from DCWV, cork 2015 and fabric stars from the Freckled Fawn January 2015 kit 
  • Tools: Fuse from We R Memory Keepers and Steel dies with the Cuttlebug

Monday, March 2, 2015

PGCB #75 - Marsala

Hello! Happy Monday!!!!

We have an awesome challenge this week over on the Paper Girls Challenge Blog. Amber has challenged us to create something with the Pantone color of the year - Marsala. This is such a pretty reminded me of the color of Merlot wine. I did my best to find papers in my collection that matched...and so, of course, I had to make a wine inspired card!

Here is my card:

I couldn't resist to add a few hits of cork accents. I fussy cut the little corks in this adorable Unity stamp image just to add a little something extra. I love how it turned out.

This card layout was inspired by the Unity Stamp {be inspired} challenge card sketch. I am linking this project to this challenge as well.

I hope you will join us and try the card sketch challenge! Come visit The Paper Girls site and link up your project before midnight (MST) on Saturday, 3/14.

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies used: 
  • Cardstock: Colonial White & Vineyard Berry - retired (CTMH); Once Upon A Time & Cork Stack (DCWV); Craft Cardstock
  • Stamps:  Wine & F riends  (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Vineyard Berry - retired (CTMH), Tuxedo Black (Momento)
  • Copics: W1 & BG10 (for shadowing)
  • Embellishments/Tools: Blending Pen & Heart Embossing Folder (CTMH); Button (October Afternoon); Twine