Bunny Banner

So I have to admit that I was really excited to share this project, until I started photographing it...

Why are banners so tough to photograph? I'm still wavering on what photo's to use as I write out this post, maybe I'll just use them all...hmmm (make sure to click on them to enlarge!)

Anyways... Today's project is a little "vintage-y"then I'm use too... well at least for me. I usually do cute and cuddly for easter, but I thought I would try and be different for a change, so here we go...

My banner was started with the help of MDS! It's true! I used My Digital Studio to create a little bunny stencil. I used the download: Chocolate Bunny Stamp Brush, and printed it out in several different sizes, cut him out and Voila! - a stencil!
I sponged daubed my bunny onto pieces of 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon in Soft Suede ink. I made his fuzzy little tails out of White Bakers Twine. I made smaller banners using the Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon. Using a hot glue gun, I folded over the tops of the banners to make a little seam that I could thread my twine through.

I secured my banner spacing and also attached the fun Gold Sequin Trim by using mini clothes pin at the top. The twine and mini clothes pins are actually from the fun Sale-A-Bration Item: Heartfelt Banner Kit.
To finish my banner off, I grouped everything together, on either end, behind Very Vintage Designer Buttons.

Thanks for checking out today's project! I hope you like it! Check out more photo's below.

Don't forget...
Sale-A-Bration ends on Monday. Make sure to place your qualifying order by then!

Have a great week-end and happy creating as always!

Easter Shadow Box!

 O-my-goodness! I think I'm going to design a most wanted poster for my energy! Where has it gone!?! Is anyone else missing theirs too?

My usual work/craft time is at night, after I put the boys to bed, but the last few days I've been crawling in right after them... Anyways, last night I forced myself to stay up, so I could share today's project with you!

An Easter Shadow Box! I love creating these as MDS makes it so easy to do.

Although my design incorporates a ton of different elements, majority are from the downloads: Everything Easter and Blossom Abound. Perfect for Easter art!
My main colour theme is Crisp Cantaloupe, Barely Banana, Pistachio Pudding and Soft Sky and instead of black I used Soft Suede for outlines and other key components.

I made my design to fit into an 8.5 X11" shadow box frame, which I purchased in a 3 pack at my local big box craft store. The reason for the shadow box is because I actually make my picture "3D" after it's printed. To do this, I print my design several times, cut individual elements and layer them using Stampin' Dimensionals. In today's sample, I need six printed copies. One for the base and five to cut.

I also add "in real life" product to help my design pop. I used, Rhinestones, Pearls, Brights Candy Dot along with a Brad Base and Very Vintage Designer Brad.

Well, I hope you liked today's project, I'm sorry the pictures aren't the greatest... I'll try and take a picture of it on the next sunny day. My light box doesn't have much room to it and really limits my picture positions, but hopefully you get the idea! Make sure to click on my photo's for a larger view too!

Have a great day and please see below for a complete list of digital supplies!
Happy Creating!

    _Designer Kits/Blossoms Abound - embellishments - flower 8
    _Designer Kits/Blossoms Abound - embellishments - flower 1
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - embellishments - basket color
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - embellishments - chick color 2
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - embellishments - bunny chick egg color
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - embellishments - bunny color
    _Designer Kits/Cheerful Treat - element flower 3 (re-colored Gumball Green) 
    _Designer Kits/Finest Simplicity - embellishments - cloud
    _Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments - small flower 1
    Brads/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl large
    Brads/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl large
    Brads/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl large

    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - happy easter
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - basket
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - chick 2
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - happy spring
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - bunny chick egg, 
    _Designer Kits/Everything Easter - bunny
    _Designer Kits/Be Brave - pattern 6
    _Designer Kits/Be Brave - pattern 1
    _Designer Kits/Be Brave - pattern 2
    _Designer Kits/Blossoms Abound - plant kindness gather love
    _Designer Kits/Blossoms Abound - flowers
    Big Bold Birthday - circle pattern
    Storybook Friends - lamb
    Today and You - it's the simple pleasures,
    Bliss - butterfly

    Basics/1.25 Square Punch
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Hello Perfection - designer series paper - 4
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Finest Simplicity - designer series paper - 2
    Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Finest Simplicity - designer series paper - 6
    Basics/1.25 Circle Punch

On The Go!

So after holding my friend's newborn the other day, I just had to go down memory lane and see my boys as babes again. Along my journey I found this digital page and realized that I never shared it!

This page is of my "baby" Matthew, when he was just born. I love this page as it features one of my most treasured photos of daddy and son. I snapped this photo of them, while I was still on the operating table. I love it because when my first son was born, Daddy and him were placed in another room while the doctors finished with me. We didn't get a chance to snap those first few moments until 45 minutes later. But here daddy and Matthew were able to stay by mommy's side the whole time.

I also love this page as it's designed with the digital download: On The Go! Another favourite of mine! It's perfect for boys, as it has cars, trucks, tractors and much more! Check out my supply list below for the few other items I used.
Have a great day and Happy Creating as always!

    _Designer Kits/Downtown Grunge - embellishments - frame 1
    _Designer Kits/Downtown Grunge - embellishments - frame2
    _Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments - frame 1
    _Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments - car

    _Designer Kits/One Great Year - embellishments - wednesday
    Staple & Stitching/Vanilla - Simple Stitches line
    Staple & Stitching/Vanilla - Simple Stitches line

    Sprinkled Expressions - just the way
    Little Additions - string
    Day in the Life - march

    Basics/1.25 Square Punch
    Extras/Petite Pennant Punch
   Alphabet & Numbers/Timeless Type Junior Uppercase - m
   Alphabet & Numbers/Timeless Type Junior Numbers - 7

Thank You Baby!

Hello and happy Friday!

Today I got to meet my friend's newest addition and O-mi-goodness he is so adorable! He is only 4 days old and so tiny! Apparently my boys were once that tiny... but I can't remember them that way... sniff sniff...

I decided to make my friend some thank you cards as I knew she didn't have a chance to create any before he arrived.

She had mentioned that she really liked the new stamp set: Baby We've Grown, so I was really excited to see that it was available as a digital download!

The baby booties and pacifier are from the "Baby We've Grown" download  and the "Thank You" is from the Glimmer Kit.

In order to get just the booties and just the pacifier, I utilized the stamp crop tool. (love this tool!)

Once my design was completed I printed it onto Naturals White cardstock and cut it down to note card size: 5" X 3-1/2"

To finish my gift off, I  bundled the 20 cards, 20 envelopes and 20 postage stamps together with a beautiful ribbon.

Thanks for checking out today's creation and have a wonderful week-end!

Happy Spring!

Happy 1st day of spring....or not...
I don't know what you woke up to this morning... but here in London ON, we woke up to snow!!! Are you kidding me!?! Apparently...  Mother Nature didn't check her calendar. Well, luckily I did, so here is a spring card to kick off the season!

Today's card uses the fun and colourful "Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper". I love the colours and patterns in this paper and even though they're not your typical "pastel-y" spring colours, I think it still works.

I used the coordinating cardstock: Costal Cabana, Tangerine Tango and So Saffron.

My Image is from the stamp set: For the Birds, and is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede Ink. I coloured my image with Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Crumb Cake markers. I then cut out my image, using the "Chalk Talk" framelits.

I accessorized my card with my all time favourite: 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon. I manipulated it with knots, cuts and distruction! Lol! But seriously... I did!

Last but not least, I added little cardstock flowers that were created with the Punch Pac , and accessorized them with pearl accents.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great first day of spring!
Happy Creating!

Golden Bunny

Have I mentioned that I LOVE easter!?!
I do, and I'm actually quite happy that it's later this year. Sure... it means waiting longer for it to come, But... it also means more time to make easter crafts!!! So, I really hope you like it too, because you're probably going to see a lot of it on my blog for the next little bit! (Sorry!)

Today's card is kind of different...
Not your typical card... But there was motive behind it.

I was visiting with a couple of demonstrator friends the other day. While unpacking my order, one of my friends noticed that I had ordered the Gold Sequin Trim.

"What are your plans for that" she asked

"Not really sure" I replied  " I haven't seen much done with it, besides using one sequin at a time, but I thought it might be fun to work with..."

"oh. I didn't order it. I couldn't see a way of using it without it being tacky..."

I had to chuckle, as it's kind of true... besides dancing, figure skating and maybe some fancy dresses, sequins don't exactly have a grand elegance to them. But it got me thinking...

"Could I make a card with the sequin trim, in full form, without it looking tacky?"

Well... I'm always up to a challenge and I think I did it. But ultimately, you're the judge. What do you think?

I created my card on Naturals Ivory cardstock. (Love this paper!)

I found a bunny silhouette image on-line and traced it out onto the front of my card. Then with a lot of glue dots, I attached my Gold Sequin Trim along the image.

Don't press your sequin trim onto your glue dots, like you normally would. Instead, use your paper piercer to lift up the glue dots and place them along the image's line. I found this much easier and gave better accuracy when it came to placing my trim.

To finish my bunny off, I added a bow made out of the 7/16" Natural Trim.

My easter greeting is from the stamp set: Delightful Dozen, and is stamped in Soft Suede Ink.

I hope you like today's card. I really wish you could see it in real life, as it is REALLY hard to photograph sequins. I'm just not sure my photo is showing the unique beauty of it, that I see...
Let me know what you think and have a great day!

Bunny Bag!

Hello and welcome back from the week-end! Did you get any creative time in? I didn't get much in as I'm feeling a little under the weather, however... I did find my craft desk and craft room floor! Lol I tend to make a mess when I craft...

So... did you know that the Mini Muslin Bags from the Holiday Catalogue carried over to the current Occasions Catalogue? I'm so happy they did, however... I haven't seen too many things done with them since Halloween and Christmas. So, I decided It was time to bring out the Easter in them! Introducing: Mr Bunny treat bag! How cute is he!?!
To make Mr. Bunny, I had to rip open the top 2 seams of my bag.  This made the bag taller for the ears and released the tie rope.

I cut out a "V" shape from the centre, top, of my bag to create the ear shapes.

To fill in the ears and nose, I created stencils out of scrap pieces of cardstock and sponge daubed them in with Blushing Bride and Strawberry Slush Ink. I drew on his mouth with a Basic Black marker. His eyes are Basic Black Candy Dots, which I attached with Tombo adhesive for extra strength.

Then you simply fill him with treats and tie a bow around his ears, using the tie rope! Once I had my bow tied, I tugged and pulled at his ears to position them outwards!

A few tips:

- If you are using the new style of Stampin' Up! ink pads, which are juicer, then give your ink some time to dry... or it will smudge easily


- Watch how low you place your Bunny's mouth... If you place it too low, it will disappear once you fill the bag.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day, and don't forget: there is only 2 weeks left of Sale-a-Bration!

You're How Old?

Hello Everyone! Did you survive the snow yesterday? SIGH... Is Anyone else a little frustrated with mother nature? Tuesday was beautiful and everything was melting... and then wednesday comes and... SNOWSTORM! Ugh! It totally botched up our plans for the day!

Well today I'm sharing a cute and funny birthday card! I don't usually like to give birthday cards that pokes fun at ones age, as you never know if the recipient is sensitive to it, but in this case It's more of joke than an insult. The card is for my friend Marja and she is the "baby" of our group of friends. The rest of us are in our 30's, 40's and 50's but Marja is lucky enough to still be in her 20's!
When I first started my card, I was making the pom-poms for the tops of party hats... but it just wasn't working. I then remembered how my friend Anne and I were talking about these cute little guys, just that morning, and thought..."Why couldn't I make them 3D with pom-poms!!!

I saw these super cute guys on pinterest. They're created using the stamp set: Simple Stems! Is it bad that I want to buy this stamp set, JUST to stamp these guys?

I created my pom-poms with the twine from the Sale-a-Bration Item: Sweet Sorbet Accessory Kit. I love this twine. The eyes were created out of Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock and were punched out using the Owl Punch. My greeting is from the "Just Say'n" Bundle, and is stamped in Black Stazon ink. The DSP is from the Sweet Sorbet DSP pack, which is also a Sale-a-Bration item. Everything is mounted on Basic Black cardstock and a Whisper White Note Card.

I think my little guys turned out cute and my son thinks they're funny (I might just make a few for him to play with)! If you need help making the pom-poms, check out Heather Summer's great tutorial!

Have a great day! and happy creating as always!

The Construction Gear!

Welcome back for my third and final post on my son's construction birthday party.

Yesterday I shared my construction crew's outfits for the "job site". I gave them a hat, supplied them with "tools" and a tool belt and before they headed home, I made sure to equip them with a few essential materials to construct at home! I designed their tool belts to be their goody bags, so I just couldn't resist making their goodies co-ordinate with the party theme!

First off, I made sure that every "worker" received a "Worker's Manual". I created the labels for them with the Bday Under Construction download, Hello Perfection and the font: Boston Traffic. I then glued my labels onto little note pads from the dollar store.

Next up, I gave them "screws" to build with. I designed the screws using the various punches available in MDS. I lined them up in a row and printed them out. I then rolled the print out around a package of markers.

To ensure accuracy, I made sure to equip my little "workers" with a "measuring tape" (lollipop). You know... measure twice, cut once... or something like that ;) I created my measure tape with the Bday Under Construction download, punches and Basic Black eyelets

Last but not least, I supplied them with a box of "nails" (chocolate) to go with the hammer on their tool belt. I made the nails using various punches in MDS. I measured the sides of my box and used the square punch to create the correct size wrapper.
Well... I think my "workers" were fully prepared for the "job" and they looked pretty darn cute too!
All of the kids had a great time and I had an absolute blast planning it all! What can I say... My Digital Studio makes it so easy to do!

The Construction Crew!

Thanks for joining me for Part 2 of the Construction Birthday Party!

Any good construction site requires a good construction crew and I definitely made sure my little"workers" were prepared for the party!

To start off: every worker requires a hat... I had planned to buy them from my local dollar store, where I have purchased them in the past. But when I went to go get them, they were sold out! I was so disappointed! I checked out local party stores and found some, however...they were 3 times more expensive for a cheaper quality...so I refused to waste my money on them. I was really, really, really disappointed that there wasn't going to be any hard hats at the party.

But I wasn't willing to admit defeat, so I set off to design one out of paper. Luckily I still had one from the dollar store kicking around my house so I used that one as my model and inspiration.

Each hat required 3 1/2 sheets of cardstock with a lot scraps left over. I used Daffodil Delight cardstock and sponged the edges with Crushed Curry ink. I assembled them with sticky strip to ensure they would hold together.

What do you think? Does it work? I would have loved to add little MDS tags to them but I ran out of time... I had the design of them planned out, well before the party, but ran out of time to construct any. At the last minute (the night before) I decided that I needed to do them and finished assembling them the morning of the party. MDS is quick and simple but I LITERALLY ran out of time!

The next thing they needed was a tool belt. Do you remember seeing this picture on my Facebook page? Well I just couldn't make a tool belt for them without any tools in it! So I designed tools in My Digital Studio with a lot of punches and the punch editor tool. The ruler is a stamp from the Storytime download and the bandage is from the Patterned Occasions download (Hmmm...I think this was a Sale-a-bration download...)

I then printed them onto Iron-On Transfer sheets and applied them to my fabric before sewing them up into tool belts / treat holders.

Funny enough, my fabric is actually a canvas drop cloth that you can purchase from the hardware store. You get a ton of it for a cheap price!

As you can see the "workers" looked adorable! Even my sister! (Her daughter didn't want to dress up, so she did! Thanks Angela!)
Do you think I could get the birthday boy to wear it!?! Nope! it just wasn't going to happen! But I did manage to snap this pic the next day with his tool belt on...I'll take it!

Have a great day and join me tomorrow to see what I filled their tool belts with!
Happy Creating everyone!

The Construction Party!

Hello everyone! I'm sorry for the late post today... I'm recovering from a very busy, but very WONDERFUL week-end. My baby (sniff sniff, wiping away tears over here...) turned 2 on Friday and we had his birthday party on Saturday. None of my family lives in town, so from Friday to Sunday we had 6 adults and 3 children under 1 small roof!

As you know from this post, or if you follow me on Facebook, I've been planning a construction party for Matthew. Well, I'm happy to report that construction went according to plan and all of the "workers" had a great time.

I was able to design everything for Matthew's party using the digital download: Bday Under Construction! I absolutely LOVE this kit! I made invitations, signage, decor, a banner and party favours with it! I wanted to do so much more...but ran out of time. Hubby even ordered the cake :( He knew that with everything I wanted to do, I just wouldn't have time to make one... he was right, but don't tell him I said so!

Here is part of the banner. (Sorry, It's really hard to get a good picture of the full thing) I made the central sign with the Bday Under Construction kit and the font: Boston Traffic. I also had that sign on my front door to greet the guest! I tied my banner together with twine. I thought the twine gave it a nice construction site feel to it as ribbon seemed a little too fancy.

My older son received a toy crane this year for Christmas and it fit perfectly into the theme. I used it as decoration and added some fun signage to it!

For all of my decorations, I printed them at a local print shop onto 100lb cardstock. I then cut everything out and taped them together, so everything was 2 sided. It was a bit of a tedious process, but a lot easier then trying to align everything for double-sided printing. Everything looked so professional and was a fraction of the cost of (crappy) store bought stuff!

I also decided to make some fun signage for the adults... I just couldn't resist. I made the porta-potty sign using the characters from the download: All Time Fav. How fun is that! The adults had a good chuckle!

I created the "STOP" sign with the punch editor tool. I converted the hexagon punch into an octagon.

Well, I do have more to share with you, but since I've already bombarded you with a TON of photo's in this post, I'll share the rest tomorrow.

But for now, here's a little peek on what I'll be sharing... I couldn't forget supplies for the construction workers!

As you can see the "Construction Crew" had a great time!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek into Matthew's 2nd Birthday Party!

Happy Creating!

A Three in One Card!

MDS, Sale-a-Bration, and Sewing... What more could you ask for in a card? An awesome program, Free Product and working with "In Real Life" product!

Today's card is for those of you who like simple graphic style cards.

I started my card in MDS using the Sweetest Dreams Frameables download. This download is adorable and I can't wait to explore it more. SO many possibilities, I just know it!
I designed my card on an 8 1/2" X 11" page size, allowing me to have 4 copies of it on one sheet (I'm a perfectionist...I start over A LOT). Once printed I trimmed my card front to 3 3/4" X 5".

To make sewing easier, I first pierced in all of the holes I needed, using my Paper-Piercer and Stampin' Pierce Mat. This allows your needle to go through easier and your sewing lines to be more precise (I'm a perfectionist...).

To sew in my shapes, I used the fun, new twine from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue. I used 1/3 of the twine's thickness to sew with...  if you allow your twine to unravel a bit, you'll notice that it separates into 3 strands made of several smaller strands. I used one of those 3 strands. Does that make sense?

I then mounted everything on Smokey Slate and Whisper White cardstock. I really love the simplicity of the graphics along with the detail of the stitching. I hope you like it and that it inspires you to try mixing you're mediums together.

Have a great day and as always... Happy Creating!

Happy, Happy, Happy...Cutting!

Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing a card that you can create with the Starburst Sayings Bundle. The bundle contains starburst framelits and matching stamps!

My card base is a gatefold card, which I then cut using the Starburst Framelit. I made sure each fold was a little bit within my framelit to allow for a hinge on each side. I then used my Circle Framelits to help layer my card.

I think this is the thickest card I have made in a LONG time as every side has cardstock, DSP, and embellishments!

I used: Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron and Very Vanilla cardstock.

I stamped with Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, and So Saffron Ink.

The DSP is from the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper Pack and I embellished it with pearls!

I only used 2 images from the set: Starburst Sayings and "HAPPY" is from one of those stamps! Yes, I did A LOT of cutting! The word "Birthday" is from the stamp set: Fabulous Phrases.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and make sure to click on my photo's for a larger view. Have a great day!