Thursday, September 22, 2011

{Bliss}ful September Final Friday Giveaway!

Hi all!  Would you like to have another chance at Bliss?  Well, I'm happy to announce that this month's Final Friday Giveaway is the beautiful Bliss stamp set from this past Stampin'Up! Sale-a-bration! Soooo...if you love this stamp set and didn't get a chance to earn it thru Sale-a-bration, you can have your chance by leaving me a comment on this blog post.  {A quick note to my dear readers on Facebook, you'll have to go to my blog and leave me a comment here!}

Here are the rules {only enforced by the "Honor System"}:

1. Leave me a comment on this post by midnight Pacific Time, Wed, September 28th, 2011.
2. On your comment, please make sure to include a valid email address or a blog URL (where I can leave a comment or have a way of contacting you). For those of you that are uncomfortable with leaving an email in a post, you can write your info like this: yourname at emailaccount dot com.
3. One comment per person please. :)
4. Anyone can play - international visitors welcome!
Now, your comment can be about anything, but just for kicks and so that we can get to know each other better, how about you tell me about one memorable, funny, or happy thing that's happened to you this month?  For me, one very memorable thing that's happened this month that put a smile on my face was when Denver started cooing along with me to "You are my Sunshine."  It was the cutest thing ever and I'll never forget it!  Can't wait to read your comments!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Owl-oween!

Hi all!  How are you dear blog friends?  I know it's been a while since my last post!  I tell ya, I think time is a big enemy of mine these days because it doesn't seem to allow me to do everything I'd like to do in a given day.  Do you guys feel that way sometimes?  Well things have been quite busy on my front, which means that as a result, my blog has been somewhat neglected.  So sorry, dear friends.  I do miss you guys and keep wanting to share a bunch of things with you.  I know I'll get there.  It's just a matter of getting time on my side ;)

For today, I've got a fun Halloween post for you - how cute are those owls!!  I made these Owl treats for a Woo Hoo Demo Swap this past weekend.  Since I've found the need to try and maximize my crafting moments into the small windows of time I have, I opted for a quick and easy treat project that turned out pretty darned cute for how easy they were to put together!  Here's a close up of one of the treats for you:
I used the Two tags die to create my little "treat jacket."  What I did was start with a 3"x6" piece of Frightful Sight DSP, then folded it in half.  I then placed it onto the tag die so that the crease of the DSP was just above the scoreline on the tag die. Then, run it through your Big Shot.  For the front of my treat jacket, I punched out a Scallop Circle, then I stamped my adorable little Owl from the Warmest of Wishes Hostess stamp set {Holiday Mini}  in Basic Black and punched it out with the Owl punch.  Then, I adhered the treat to the inside and then tied up the treat jacket with the cute Scallop Dots ribbon in Basic Black.  Viola!  So easy peasy!  You can put a variety of Halloween treats in this little jacket.  For my sample, I had some extra Sugar Daddys that I had and used those.  What do you think?

Wanna see the rest of the amazing Halloween swaps I got?  Here's a look:
Now, aren't these just the cutest set of Halloween treats?  The witch's hat is actually an outlet cover - isn't that clever?  How do you like that tray that's holding all the treats?  It's super easy to make.. I used our handy dandy Simply Scored board to make it.  Just score a 12"x12" piece of DSP or Cardstock at 2 inches along each edge.  Then pinch the corners into triangles and use your Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the center of these triangles.  Cinch up the corners with ribbon and knot it or make a bow to secure.  Now you've got yourself a tray! Another quick and easy project that makes a great display for treats, cookies or really any baked goodie :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I will be posting this month's Final Friday giveway sometime tomorrow, too, so stay tuned for that.  Have a great night!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September Paper Crafters Sampler {Sneak peek!}

Happy Saturday, dear blog friends!  I've got a little sneak peek of my project for the September Paper Crafters Sampler issue, Backpacks and Bookmarks, which will be available on September 10th!
Enjoy your day!  Thanks for visiting ;)

Friday, September 2, 2011

quick {snapshots} of a delightful shower!

Hi all!  As many of you know, I'm not a scrapbook gal by nature, so any scrapbooking endeavor is quite a feat on my part!!  With that said, here's a page I put together with just a few snaps from Denver's Welcome shower that my dear cousin and friends threw last weekend.  It was so much fun!  I am so grateful to be surrounded by such awesome family and friends :) 
These 4 photos don't do it justice, but all the details and decorations were absolutely impeccable and the time spent with family and friends was priceless.  It was a lovely day!  Michael and I are so blessed to have our little Denver.  I am so in love with my family unit.  There we are in the last picture on the right.  I {heart} my sweet boys : )

Hope you all have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Wishes

Hi all!  I've got just a quick post today.  This Happy Wishes card is actually an anniversary card I made.  I think I need to start stockpiling anniversary cards because there are a bunch of them coming up that I need to send out!! For this one, I used the pretty Timeless Portrait DSP and got to use the Designer Frames Textured Embossing Folder for the first time!  I love the color combo and the cameo images on this paper - it's just gorgeous.  I also discovered that the medium oval from the Ovals Originals dies fits the Oval Frame embossing folder perfectly!  For the center of the oval, I stamped one of the flourishes from the Style Beautiful stamp set and then stamped "Happy Wishes" using the Fabulous Phrases stamp set.  I dressed up the oval frame with the antique brads and just a smidge of the black scallop ribbon...Here's the full card for you! 
This is a simple card design that's dressed up by the DSP!  Here's the recipe for you:
{Timeless Happy Wishes}
*Stamp Sets: Style Beautiful, Fabulous Phrases
*Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Timeless Portrait DSP
*Inks: Basic Black, Marina Mist
*Accessories: Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Antique Brads, Designer Frames Textured Embossing Folder, Ovals Originals die
What do you think?  Hope you like it.  It's a nice and simple sketch that can be translated into a lot of different cards for all occasions.  Just change up the DSP and you have a whole different look!

That's it for now...Thanks for popping in.  I'll catch up with you guys in a bit :)