A Short One

Well, after my two long rambling posts this week, I am going to give you a break! A super short post. Here's my card for CPS Sketch #206. Short and "sweet"!

Supplies Used: Unity Stamp Co. Rubber Stamps, Kaisercraft Rhinestones, Nestabilities Circle, Rectangle, Scalloped Rectangle, Paper Piercer, Melissa Frances Kitschy Kicthen Patterned Paper

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A Lesson in Simple

This week Card Patterns is celebrating their 2nd anniversary by having a blog hop. What I like about their blog hop compared to others is that you only have to visit one blog a day. Usually on a blog hop by the time I hit the 4th one, I'm scrolling down and looking quickly (like when I am in Google Reader, I just scroll with my finger on the down arrow until something catches my eye). So with their blog hop I am actually taking the time to read the entire post and look at the card. A card that DT member, Tracy, made particularly caught my attention. It was a clean and simple card with bright colors. Here's what caught my attention and really got my wheels turning -- she put three buttons on her card. She only tied twine onto one of them. I seem to think that if I do something to one element on the card, I have to do it to ALL of them. Apparently not. Who knew. Add to this "stunning" realization an article that I read on the Paper Crafts blog by Go-to Gal Jessica Witty and I was ready to tackle a card. My card is still not perfect. It's still actually a little busy. But let me show you a short list of what I would have done originally.
  1. The background of the card was originally the words "sweet pea little peanut" across the whole thing. Talk about BUSY
  2. I was going to replace the background with patterned paper (instead I opted for a solid piece of cardstock)
  3. I was going to stitch around the whole square with words, instead I just did zig zag stitches in the corners
  4. I only added two scalloped circles instead of doing all 3 that way
So, even though my card is still not quite where I pictured it to be and is still a little bit too busy...I think I can call it a cleanER and simple card...or a not quite so busy and simple card...or a not quite as much card vomit on this and simple card. Take your pick. And thank you to Tracy and Jessica for getting me back on track!

Supplies Used: Little Me by Unity Stamp Co., Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, We R Memory Keepers Ribbon, Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch, Sewing Machine, Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday patterned paper
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Do You Love Winnie the Pooh?

If so, this blog post will probably put you over the top in cuteness! (Warning: This post has a lot of images)
I needed a birthday gift for a little girl turning 2. So I decided to make her a little gift set. I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby and decided to make her a little tote bag. It was super easy to make because the fabric was already in blocks for me.

I then bought enough of the matching fabric that I used to line the inside of the bag

And I made a matching fabric rag letter alphabet. To add a little variety, I also bought some cute yellow bee fabric, since Pooh loves honey.

After I finished those, I was done...except I still had 4 blocks left of the Pooh fabric. So I decided to make two little matching decorative pillows. They are small -- maybe she will use them as pillows for her dolls or something. I'm not sure, but I thought it would be a great way to use up the rest of the fabric.

And here is the complete gift set.

I'm having a hard time wanting to give it away! But since (as somebody asked in the previous post) this is not for me (no baby on the way or anything!!), I'll let a sweet little 2 year old enjoy it instead.
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A Teaser

I have been working on a project for the last week or so now and I am just about ready to share it with you! But first, I have a card that I made using the Limelight sketch with the product focus of string.

The fabric on this card was also used in the project I have been doing. Here's a little peek.

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Sometimes a Card Just Won't Do

Can you believe that I said that?? Well, you know sometimes you feel like you should do more then just send a little card...so I sent a little card and some delicious (if I do say so myself) homemade cinnamon rolls! Sorry the picture is so bad. My battery died so I used Jon's BlackBerry. It doesn't take very good pictures.

Supplies Used: October Afternoon Patterned Paper, Our Daily Bread Designs rubber stamps, Labels 4 Nestabilities, American Crafts lace, button, Fiskars Threading Water border punch
And if you want to make some delicious looking cinnamon rolls (with a bread machine, they are so easy!), you can find the recipe here.

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Simple Little Valentine's

Happy Valentine's Day! Somehow today just sneaked right up on me. My nieces and nephews Valentine's gifts are still sitting here in the boxes, ready to be mailed. I haven't made a card for my husband yet. And last night, it hit me. I needed Valentine's for the kids at school today. So I made these Valentine's really quick. There's nothing but a little bit of stamping and paper piecing on them. But the kids are only 4 and 5 years old, and they will appreciate the candy that I tied to them more then anything, so I think it will be okay. :)

I made 13 of these. I used Unity Stamp Co. City of Love, Sweet Affections, and Stuck on You. The paper is Kitschy Kitchen by Melissa Francis.
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What's Shakin'?

How cute are these salt and pepper shakers?? Another perfect Valentine card! I made this card using the CardPatterns sketch #101. I've been on a roll with these challenges this past week! My blogging will probably slow down again here pretty soon because I have some sewing projects that I have to get done for a birthday gift. You'll get to see those soon too, though. :)

Supplies Used: Rubber Stamps (Unity What's Shakin'?), Patterned Paper (Melissa Francis Kitschy Kitchen), Accessories (May Arts ribbon, Making Memories brads, Nestabilities rectangle and scalloped rectangle)
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Everyone Is a Star

Here is a valentine that I made for one of my nephews. I used the current Get Sketchy sketch.

Supplies Used: Rubber Stamps (Unity a pocket full of...; friendship, love, miracles), Patterned Paper (Cosmo Cricket Material Girl), Accessories (Nestabilities Circles and Scallop Circles; American Crafts lace)

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Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens...

These are a few of my favorite things! Here is another valentine that I made. This time I used the sketch from Limelight with the added challenge of using a red embellishment. I am running out of challenge blogs to do this week, so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Supplies Used: Stamps (MFT Framed Greetings), Patterned Paper (Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather), Ribbon (May Arts), Die Cut (MFT), Chipboard (Basic Grey Sugared)
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Sweet Valentine

Here's a card I made for CPS Sketch #203. I used the Mitten Weather paper from Cosmo Cricket. I really loved that paper for Christmas and it works great for Valentine's too, apparently. :)

Supplies Used: Patterned Paper (Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather), Rubber Stamps (Unity Stamp Co. Perfect in Every Way, Another Sweet Day), Ribbon (May Arts), Sizzix Die (Tim Holtz Scallops), Corner Rounder (Creative Memories), Ink (Memento Rich Cocoa)

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Dreaming of Spring

Yep. I'm another one of those that was hit by a lot of snow this week. I'm pretty sure just about everybody is. Anyway, even before this snow, I was ready for spring! While I was snowed in, I made a card for the CardPatterns sketch #100. I tried to make it just a little bit springy. Only a few more months, right?! :)

Supplies Used: Rubber Stamps (Unity Stamp Co., Rain or Shine), Patterned Paper (Basic Grey Nook and Pantry), Pearls (KasierCraft)

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