Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ten Things Eyelets

This week over at Practical Scrappers the team is working on Ten Things to do with that oldie but goodie, eyelets! Do you remember the first time you saw eyelets? I was at a scrapbooking expo and when you entered the vendor hall EVERYONE was hammering. It was SO loud, echoing through the hall, and I stood in line to try out this awesome new embellie...and left with my first hammer and tool kit. Weren't those hammers just the cutest thing? Everything I made for a while had eyelets on it. I had four different eyelet setting tool kits, each one better, easier, quieter than the last. Do you remember being the gal at a crop setting eyelets when everyone is quietly giggling and eating chocolate working? Then I moved on to brads and embellished brads and stick on sparkles...and my poor eyelets just languished away. Sad. Lonely. Forgotten. Ok, maybe a brief shining moment on top again when I got my Crop-A-Dile Eyelet , since it is the best eyelet setting tool I've ever tried (and I've tried A LOT, so quick, easy, and quiet), but overall just hanging out in the stamp room. Poor eyelets! I won't neglect you further!
So I was thrilled with the new Practical Scrappers topic. I decided to combine some of my newest embellies with my eyelets stash. I love how the standard sized eyelets are perfect for matting sparkles or enamel dots. If you have the larger eyelets then you can "double mat" them too! I did have the larger eyelets but the movers were headed up the stairs soon so I had to work fast. Lord knows what they thought when the home owner disappeared upstairs shortly after they started packing and started to machine sew something, lol. I had to dig through my stash container of odds and ends because I didn't want to mess up all the careful sorting we'd done for the movers. I used the sketch from Freshly Made for my quick eyelet creation. 

And in honor of Eyelets, I'm giving away some sampler packs form my own eyelet stash! I've got three packs (plus a cute handmade card) to give away. Sign up below and let's crush it!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Moving Day and Winners!

Good morning! Round here life is moving pretty fast. Yesterday was packing day. Above that's all my Stamp Pad storage towers getting black plastic shrink wrapped so I won't have to completely unpack everything once we get to Spokane! The black plastic may or may not be so that the driver cannot see any of my ...well...more liquid items that are not supposed to be going onto the moving truck, but who wants to move while toting a large basket of acrylic paint? 

Now everything in the house is packed and ready for the movers to come take it away. I'm fairly certain that now matter how much we've talked to the boys and explained what's happening and gone over the steps, that they had no clue we were actually moving. Yesterday I spent an hour with Gabe sorting legos to make a pile of special legos that would be packed in their own box. When he came home from school and saw the box he freaked out. He could not believe that the movers boxed his special legos and that they would be going on the moving truck! Max was similarly dazed and confused when he went to choose his afternoon costume form the dress up box. Every day after school he either puts on his jammies (ninja turtle costume jammies) or spend the afternoon as whatever superhero catches his eye. I saved Robin back so he'd still have his favorite costume but he was distraught that we had no dress up box. After helping Gabe and Max through their respective eye opening loses they started clamoring for a snack. I think opening the pantry to find the cupboard bare was the final jolt needed for them to grasp that this is actually happening, lol.

In any case, I will be missing my Stamp Pad, and especially the friends who filled it something fierce. I managed to sneak up there and whip out one last card before the packers descended and made that room tidier than it's been in three years. That'll be up on the blog Sunday, but in the mean time, here's the winners for this week's giveaway of SEVEN awesome but retired CTMH stamp sets. I did manage to keep the giveaway sets out of the packing boxes so I could mail them next week while we are waiting for the moving truck to deliver. 

Whatever you are doing this weekend, reach out to your friends loved ones and give them a hug. Stamp rooms can be rebuilt...but I'm always going to cherish the ladies who made my stamp room such a happy place. Thank you for an amazing dozen years, Stampin' Ladies!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop and Giveaways!

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.

This month we are focusing on scrapping our Valentine's stash, or at least stash that has to do with love.  I decided to dig deep into my stash of stamps that are spread all over the stamp pad as I get ready for the packers to arrive next week, and pulled out a beautiful retired stamp set from the Avonlea WOTG kit.
I also learned to hem my own jeans this week (thank you, Pinterest!) so I grabbed a strip of denim to accent my embellishment cluster at the top of my card. The papers are new (Ariana) but left over from my frame project last week. I used the cute slanted sketch from Retro Sketches this week.

We are thrilled to have Kiwi Lane Designs sponsoring this month!  

Kiwi Lane Designs creates templates that help take the frustration out of scrapbooking!  And one lucky winner today will get a border set and an accessory set from Kiwi Lane.  We are big fans of Kiwi Lane Designs and in fact have several members of our design team who either currently or in the past have been a part of their design team!  Details on how you can win this prize are at the Practical Scrappers blog! I'm giving away some stamps of my own at the bottom of this post!

  We recognize that this is a huge list for the blog hop and would love for you to visit as many as you can...but we are not making that mandatory to qualify for the prize at Practical Scrappers.  That said, many of the designers are offering prizes of their own so I do recommend seeing what you can get in on :).

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Now, for my giveaway! I'm cleaning out the stamp stash, so I have 7 new and unused CTMH retired stamp sets to share in this mystery bag giveaway! Hope you win something good!  
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

SN Pop of Red!

This week over at Stamp Nation the ladies are sharing cards with a Pop of Red! Mine is the Friends to the End card using my yummy new Verve stamps that I won over at Mojo Monday! I am the lucky sponsor for this challenge, and SN members have two weeks to enter and win! I'll have a bonus giveaway on my Blog tomorrow morning too - dontcha love the smell of blog candy in the morning?

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Friday, February 7, 2014

CTMH New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH New Product Blog Hop!  We will be featuring lots of yummy new goodies from the Spring Summer Idea book.  If you have come here from DANA'S BLOG, you are on the right path! Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!
When I got my inky paws on the new Idea Book I was in heaven over the paper packs, each one cuter than the last. Ariana was at the top of my must have list, and I knew just what I wanted to do with it. 
Look how pretty the Ariana Complements are! I love the texture and detail in these chipboard pieces. I layered them with the new Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles.
I built a sweet little album to suspend in the new Pennant Frame. It's full of flips and flaps, and when filled with pics of my sweet hubby it'll be perfect to hang in our bedroom after our move to Spokane. I'm linking up to the Heart To Heart Let Love Inspire You Challenge since this project was inspired by my honey, and the Paper Issues Fill 'Er Up Party since I filled this altered frame with a handmade mini album. 

Now "Hop" on over to HALEY'S BLOG to see her fabulous project! Be sure to hop to all the Consultants Blogs to soak in the new product ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get your new CTMH Idea Book!

Here are a couple more projects I have made using products from the new Idea Book...

Stamp Nation Ghost Stamping Peek

I'm sharing a little peek of this weeks new challenge over at StampNation. Catherine has a fabulous video on ghost stamping with white ink three ways on the group - too much fun! So much fun I had to do two versions

We had 6 inches or so of snow last night, so today I whipped up some banana muffins and a fresh batch of lemon curd. We're alternating between sledding in our culdesac and warm mugs of soup and tea....and perhaps a bit of papercrafts for me! Hope y'all are keeping warm!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Product Blog Hop

I'm so excited for the new CTMH Idea book launch! For this hop I chose one of my favorite new Stamp sets, Pick A Posey! I love the texture in the flower petals and leaves. 

I layered one of the smaller flowers in the set twice over the top corner of the larger stamped posy for more depth. It was so easy to line up and double stamp my big posy image using CTMH's fabulous clear Acrylix! And don't you just love this trendy Gold dot washi? I tore it in half lengthwise (it's so nice and wide!), then hand pierced the stitch lines at the bottom. I'm linking this project up to Sketchbook Saturday Challenge (even though I already posted one version of the sketch this week - it's just too cute!) and 

Don't forget to scroll down and check out all the fabulous new product creations from my sister consultants!


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