Monday, July 30, 2012

Clean Hands are Happy Hands!

Remember when we were kids, and we had to wash our hands in the restroom at school?  I used to make fun of the hand sanitizer requirements on the school supply lists.  But the older my little boy gets and (maybe) the more kids I have, I notice the need for hand sanitizer a lot more!! LOL!

So for a back to school teacher gifty, I wanted to decorate a big bottle.  I saw a really cute idea at Christmastime on Joy's Life and knew I wanted to do something like it; she does some really awesome stuff with vinyl.  Here's a link to that project.

And since it's "Anything Goes" at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog, I knew I wanted to enter my project there!

I used "My Community" Cricut cartridge for the hands, and I cut them without really measuring!  At first I thought they were too big, but then decided I'd use them anyway and curve them around the side like they were holding the bottle.  I think they turned out cute!  Especially with the Peachy Keen "Everyday Character" faces on them!  I used "Timber Brown" Staz-On ink.

I cut the letters with Cricut's "Cherry Limeade" Lite cartridge.  I love how they are different sizes and have a fun look.  Then I used a brown Sharpie to do a little faux stitching around the white background.

Don't look too close, or you will see the bubbles I left in that white background!  Lol!  I really need some practice working with that stuff!  But I have two more to do--for my daughter's 6th grade teachers!

Thanks for stopping by!  And I hope your hands stay happy!  Mine are from all the crafting I got to do this weekend; but that's another story . . .

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Popping" Birthday Card

Here's a card I put together this morning for a friend, and maybe I can hand deliver it since today is her birthday!  I used the sketch at the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog and, of course, my Peachy Keen Stamps.  You can find the challenge here.

My friend's favorite treat is marshmallow popcorn.  She melts marshmallows and butter, like if you were making Rice Krispie Treats, but puts popcorn in it instead of Rice Krispies.  And she doesn't really follow a recipe--she just lets her mood decide if she wants it more marshmallow-y.  (I wasn't sure if "marshmallow-y" was a word, but it is definitely in this friend's vocabulary! LOL!)

I cut the popcorn and circles with "Slumber Party" Cricut Cartridge, stamped their faces with Peachy Keen Stamps "Cherub Face Assortment" and "Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment."  They are so happy to be covered in marshmallow-y goodness (I used some Scribbles dimensional paint to make it look like marshmallow coating)!  The sentiment and ink are from Stampin' Up!

Hope you like the card, and if you want in on that challenge; you have untill midnight tonight to join.  Here's the link again:  PKS Challenge #27.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A "Colorful" Layout

I had a "scrapportunity" today (since I was "ignoring" the laundry, the dishes, the . . . fill in the blank, lol!), and I wanted to enter Frosted Design's Fabulous Friday Challenge this week, which is to use stamping.  The prize is a stamp set from Pink by Design Stamps!  I have a few of their sets, and I have to say, "I love 'em!"  They stamp well, and the sentiments are very clever!  I even used some for sentiments on this layout!

My youngest was only 16 months in these pictures and had gotten her first crayons for Christmas.  She knew right what to do and was engrossed in her artwork!  These were taken on Christmas Day (hence the other toys right around her, lol), but I thought they were too bright and happy, so I had to use patterned paper from My Little Shoebox, Bella Blvd., and Recollections.

My crayons were cut from Cricut's "Locker Talk" cartridge, and stamped with Peachy Keen's "Wide-eyed Kids" set with Stampin' Up! ink.

I added a little faux stitching and some details to the faces with my Sakura Gelly Roll white pen.

I also used some flowers from Recollections and attached them with brads from my stash.

My sentiments are from Pink by Design's "Simply Everything" set.  I used three that mentioned "colors."

Hope you like this layout!  I'm glad I had the "scrapportunity" to get another page done, and I'm glad I had an excuse to get out my stamps to use in my scrapbooking!  Here's the link to the Frosted Designs Challenge one more time:  Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge: Stamping.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fishy Gift Bag

I just love participating in challenges lately, even though I can only focus on a few at a time, lol!  This week's challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps Challege is to make a gift bag.  I have gift bags and have made a few, but this time I went all out.  And the challenge over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is to add some sparkle to your project.  I have a little stickles on the river and some "splashes" close to the fish on the tag.

A friend's little boy is having a fishing-themed birthday party soon, and I just got the Cricut "Campin' Critters" cartridge, so I put two and two together, lol!  But I think the eyes on those little critters are kinda funny looking, sooooo . . . what better way to "cutesy" up my little deer than to add a Peachy face??  I used the Peachy Keen Critter Faces Set A on this one.  He is so happy to have caught a fish in the glittery, cool river!

Other supplies I used are:  Bazzill cardstock, green burlap and wood grain patterned paper-Hobby Lobby (the Paper Studio,) Sakura's white gel pen, and Rangers Stickles.  The twine is from Wal-Mart, and I stapled it on with my Tim Holtz mini stapler.  I chose the sentiment from Pink by Design's "Simply Everything" set.

I think the little guy will love this gift bag, (and especially the gift inside!) and his mother will love it as she can cut it apart and put it in his scrapbook!

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Saturday, July 14, 2012

"On the Go" layout--Sketch Challenge

Here's a layout I want to share today.  I made it based on Frosted Design's Sketch Along Tuesday Sketch #45.  You can find that challenge here.  I even used elements from a scrapbooking swap I recently received back!  That made it go really fast, since the subject of my layout wasn't too happy this morning; I only had a few minutes to get this layout done!

This challenge isn't due until noon, Sunday, July 22, so you should check it out if you like this sketch!  Here's the challenge again: Frosted Designs Sketch #45.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Light Little Card

Here's a card I made for a couple of challenges.  I like to get a little inspiration sometimes so that all my cards don't start looking all alike!  LOL!

Supplies used:  cardstock-Bazzill, patterned paper-scraps from my stash, lamp stamp-Hero Arts, sentiment-Close to My Heart, ink-Stampin' Up!, and bling-unknown.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges that helped me throw it together so quickly:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #147--follow a plan to use at least one circle or oval, at least two different papers, and at least one embellishment.
Frosted Design Card Sketch Challenge #22--sketch.

I like the way this card came together; can't wait to send it to a friend to brighten someone's day!  Hope you have a nice day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gettin' Ready for Back 2 School!

I'm determined to not be such a procrastinator!  So for this week's Peachy Keen Challenge, I made a  Back to School card for my daughter's 6th grade teacher for the first day of school.

The Peachy Keen Challenge #25 is to make a card using chalk.  You can find that challenge here.  This was really challenging to me, because I've hardly ever used my chalks!  I love them, but they're one more of those items that get put away and not pulled back out for a while.  But I'm glad that was the challenge this week.  Maybe I'll use them again a few more times before I put them away again.

I used Stampin' Up! chalk for the rosy cheeks of my backpack (cut with Cricut's Locker Talk cartridge) and on the alphabet background (Stampin' Up!).  I inked it with Versamark watermark ink, then rubbed the black chalk on it to reveal the letters.  This was a new technique for me--I had read about it, but this was the first time I'd tried it.  I think it worked pretty well!

The other supplies I used are Bazzill cardstock, twine from We R Memory Keepers, button from  my stash, brads from Paper Studio, "ABC" stamp from TPC Studio, and of course the cute Peachy Keen Stamp from Wide-eyed kids set.

Now pull out your chalks and give it a go--see what you can come up with and enter it in the PKS Challenge #25 here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ahoy Mates! Sharing some swap items!

Happy Fourth of July!  We don't have much planned for today; most of our fun starts this evening with a potluck, Bible study, games, and fireworks at church.  I want to try a new crock pot chicken recipe, so I better make this post short and sweet!  Gotta get that thing started!  Lol!

Here are a couple of items I made for a swap for my fave site, It's a Scrapbooking Swap Thing.  They are trying to generate more interest, so you should "sail" over and take a look.  I say "sail" over because the swap items I am sharing have a nautical theme.

Here's the photo mat I made.  And a close-up of one corner shows a little banner embellishment.

The patterned papers are from Creative Imaginations' Nautical Line.  Have a peek at them here.

I signed up for two groups in this swap; here's my tag for group two.

And a close-up!  I pulled out my Stampin' Up! "By Sea" stamp set for this one.  That's one more thing I like about these swaps--I'll use more of my stuff and embellish my items more for them than if I'm just scrappin' and making one item.  If I make 8 or so items, it seems more worth it to "go overboard," lol!

Anyway, check out that swap site if you are interested; I love sharing my work with others and getting theirs in return!  They put up new swaps all the time!

See you soon!  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!