Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch

I am always in need of a birthday card- especially with as many nieces and nephews that I have! When I saw this weeks Card Patterns sketch, I knew exactly what I was going to do...
I love that this card can be used for a boy or a girl. The banner is from the border sticker collection from Pink Paisley and the lion dimensional sticker is by Recollections at Michael's- it came in a pack of 6 darling animals wearing birthday hats and the entire pack was only $0.99!!! I only have 2 stickers left... need to pick up another pack! I added some punched circles, stamped a couple Hero Arts stars, added a button and twine and viola!
Here's the sketch:

Hope you get a chance to play along! You have until this Friday, July 1st.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jingle Belles- "Tagging Along"

This week, the Jingle Belles are playing "tag team" with the chics over at The Order of the Opus Gluei. So, our crafty instructions were to make a holiday card and something to go along with it... like a box, bag, tag, etc. I'm always in need of a tag, so that's what I chose as my second project.

All the papers and chipboard are from Crate Paper- I love the colors! The ice skates stamp and die (which I have used over and over and over again...) are from Papertrey Ink. If I could only choose one stamp set for the winter, this "On Ice" set from PTI would be it!
I had fun tagging along... Can't wait to see what everyone else makes! :) 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Wanna Dance?

Hello, crafty friends! I have a layout today! This weekend was very productive in the creation department, so I got lots done and the inspiration was rollin'! I used this weeks sketch from Sketchy Thursdays, which I *loved*. In fact, I have two more layouts in the process using the same sketch... one for each of the boys. I hope to share them on Wednesday. Here's the sketch:
Here's my layout:
I had loads of fun doing this page- used some paint, tape, different borders, chipboard... Anna loves it- she wants to put it in her room. ;) It's of her and Stephen dancing at my cousins wedding we went to a couple weeks ago while we were at the beach. So fun...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

For *Dad*

I failed to post my Father's Day card and *toot* to my dear ole' dad last Sunday. It's been busy around here and I'm barely keeping my head above water. So, here it is, a week late, but better than never.  

My dad is retired and plays golf three times a week, so I thought this would be the perfect card for him!
The green is torn mulberry paper and the flag is cut mulberry paper. I drew the pole and used glossy accents in black for the hole. I stamped "DAD" with foam stamps inked in black. The inside was simply stamped "happy father's day" from Papertrey ink. He loved it!

I thought I would also share a recent picture of dad with my kiddos. He comes over for dinner when my mom is out of town. :) This particular night, we were playing "Simon Says" and he was cracking the kids up with his commands! It was a very fun night and my kids adore their Poppy!
Dad, you are the BEST! Love you lots!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Homemade Gifts are Great!

Happy Friday! I'm happy to see the weekend here! I wanted to show you a cute gift I made a friend for her birthday. I know I have shared one of these journals before, but this one is decorated differently. ;) 
I love personalized gifts. I think this little journal is even more fun with a family last name on the cover. The house and "happy" and "home" are from Studio Calico. The "take note" is Papertrey Ink.

The inside of the book has pages with the months, a spot to fill in the date and lines to journal on. I love to record the funny things my kids say in this little book!
I wrapped it all up in a cellophane bag with some paper shreds and ribbon. I tied on a Martha Stewart tag that I stamped and it was ready to give. My friend loved it! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Stationery

Hi there... hope you all have been staying dry from the wet weather we've been having! Just popping in today to share some of the new stationery designs that I just added to the web site. I found/purchased the graphics from a darling Etsy shop called Erin Bradley. You can find the stationery for sale in my shop here.

I think this is so fun for the preppy guy in your life...
These were a birthday gift for one of my girlfriends who loves owls! I also paired it with a note pad- she loved it!
The whale design was inspired by an adorable beach towel that my cousin had in Hilton Head while we were on vacation.
I made these for myself since I'm the camera girl in the family! It reminds me of an Andy Warhol print!

Enjoy... :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jingle Belles- All Bundled Up!

This week, the Jingle Belles have challenged us to get "all bundled up," or rather... lots of layers! I love to layer, so I think I'm covered on this card! I used the Basic Grey Jovial collection and added 3 layers to my card base, then topped it off with ribbon, twine, a hand cut felt heart, decorative tape, and some blue half pearls. I used chipboard letters to spell out the "you" in my greeting- also Basic Grey. I love this card... it warms me right up... just like a good friend would. Enjoy!

P.S. Sorry I have been MIA... got started on another big home project- stripping wallpaper hung in 1972 in my foyer. It's been a serious job, but I am almost completely done! Yahoo! Next up... paint colors! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jingle Belles Sketch!

Hello there! I have a Jingle Belles card for you today! Brace yourself... it's busy... and shiny...
 The cards this week have to be based on this sketch:
Let me tell you, I love to work off a sketch, and I really liked this sketch- looked easy and clean. However, the more I added to the card, the tackier it got! I mean, first the tree. Then the buttons- they looked "blah" so I added coarse glitter and some twine for garland. Loved the star (of course, it's plain!), but my sentiment lacked the tacky theme, so I added some half pearls. I should have used the sentiment "Merry & Bright"!

Monday, June 13, 2011

I'm Back! AND...I have a winner!

First, I wanted to let you guys know who won this cute, new spring owl from the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog hop...
The winner is CARRIE B.! Here's what Carrie had to say...
"Love the stuff that I have bought from you in the past! Would LOVE to win that owl! Thanks for the chance! I AM a follower! Can't wait to see what you have lined up for Monday!!! "
Her comment totally made me smile! :) Carrie, I have contacted you and will send your owl this week!

We have returned from a glorious week on the beach in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The weather was unbelievable, and we really had so much fun everyday cramming in loads of beach time! The kids had a blast finding treasure on the beach...
 Starfish and shells... even Wrigley found a starfish and a couple jelly fish... yikes- glad they were dead!
 My cousins beach wedding was beautiful. We all had a great time and the bride was stunning.
Just a few photo shares today. I am itching to craft! I made LOTS of new felties on the long drive down and I hope to get them in the Etsy shop tomorrow. Have a great night! ;)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Celebrating Today...

We are celebrating tonight! My cousin is getting married while we are here at the beach. I can't say that I have ever been to a beach wedding, and Anna is so excited that she gets to go! She has never seen a real life bride! ;) This is the card I made for the new, happy couple...

I love the soft colors and the ivory seam binding ribbon with a vintage button makes it a bit romantic, don't cha think? Enjoy your day... hope the sun is shining on you!

Stamp: Paper Smooches

Monday, June 6, 2011

Scrapping Everyday Miracles- Challenge #1

Hello, friends! Today is the first challenge over at the brand spankin' new blog, Scrapping Everyday Miracles! Be sure to check out the blog for some awesome inspiration!

Hopefully you had a chance to hop with us this last week and check out the DT and their awesome work. Each of the Design Team members made a layout showing what God is doing in their life, focusing on the little things....those everyday miracles!
My layout is of my daughter, Anna. She finds such happiness in the everyday, little things. She loves to swing, climb trees, gets giddy over finding a bug, she always brings her own sunshine. She is such a blessing!
Now it is your chance...

Little Things Challenge... What kind of everyday little things is God showing you in your life?

Don't forget our Scrap TWIST!
Please use computer journaling to journal and paint/mist. Computer journaling doesn't have to be just journaling that you print from your computer... it can embellishments that have pre-printed journaling on them. For example a sticker that has the perfect quote on it.... or a die cut frame that has something meaningful printed on it... so in short make it yourself or use something pre-made. The paint/mist is self explanatory and easy I think!

Link up your layout to the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog post by June 30th.... and you could win a prize from our lovely sponsor.... ME!... A gift certificate to choose what you like from my Etsy shop! Yay!

Not only can you possibly win some some of my cute felties, but from all of the layouts submitted for June's Challenges, the DT will pick their top 3 layouts.... and if you are our top favorite you will win a spot as our Guest Designer for August. FUN!

I can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Beach Bound!

Hello! First, I need to say WELCOME all new friends and followers to Crafty Paper Girl! I have loved reading all your sweet comments from the blog hops this week... it's been busy! Are you tired from hopping? :) I can't wait to visit all of your blogs too... but... I am going to the beach first. Hilton Head Island, S.C. is waiting for us to stick our toes in the sand.

I have a couple of pre-scheduled posts ready, so check back Monday when the Scrapping Everyday Miracles First Challenge goes LIVE! Ya-hoo! My Etsy shop is sponsoring the winner!

I'll draw the winners of both felt items when I get back... it'll give you something to look forward to. ;)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my beautiful mother's 65th birthday.The kids and I got to spend most of our afternoon with her, doing art, talking and eating ice cream! My mom is my very best friend and I am so lucky to get to spend so much wonderful time with her. In a couple days...a whole week with her at the beach... we leave Saturday!

My mom doesn't love anything as much as she loves her 12 grandchildren! This picture was taken 2 years ago on the beach. She is with all her granddaughters- since then, another has been born!
Mom and Anna having a moment this weekend... Anna said, "Mimi, you are the grandmother that I love the most." Mom has a very special bond with all three of my children, we are so lucky.
 I love you, Mom. You are a rock, an inspiration and the most wonderful friend anyone could hope for. Thanks for teaching me to be just like you. Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Scrapping Everyday Miracles first ever blog hop! If you are coming from Roulien's blog, welcome! If I'm your first stop, see below for the hopping map! I'm proud to say that not only am I their first guest designer, but I'm also sponsoring the first challenge! ;) More on that later!

One everyday miracle that sometimes, I take for granite, is the fact that my three brothers and I are so close. The best part, all of our kids love each other and get so excited to play and spend time with one another! It certainly makes life easy that 9 kids always look forward to seeing each other- and we get together a lot!

I love these pictures of Elan and his cousin, Daniel. Not only are they perfect playmates and cousins, but they are best friends! They rarely stand still long enough to get a photo taken, but I must have been quicker than they were!

So, now it's time to hop... there are tons of chances to win! All you have to do is visit each of the DT's blogs for inspiration, become a follower and leave a comment. There are RAKS to win along the way and if you leave a comment at each blog you could win our grand prize!!!
The Grand Prize is sponsored by Sweet Peach Crop Shop....
My RAK is this cute, bright felt owl to go along with that grand prize! Who-ooo knows, you might win both!

So, here are your instructions:

Click, Follow, Comment, Gain Inspiration, Repeat.

Here's your hopping destinations:
Amanda {you are here... the last stop!

Polkadot Door Blog Hop + Giveaway!

It's time for the second inspirational blog hop at Polkadot Door Designs! 
Look at this fantastic bit of inspiration:
This is what it inspired me to create:
This is a wedding gift for my cousin who's getting married next week. It's 8x10 and I am going to frame it in a black shadow box.
I made my felt nest using tulle, raffia, blue felt and cut strips of brown. I would *LOVE* for you to have one too! If you are a FOLLOWER and LEAVE A COMMENT, it could be yours!  Straight from my Etsy Shop!
Our sponsors for the Month of June are :
She is providing 3 tags to the winner of our Blog Hop!
Pinkpearlstudio is providing a digital download of scrapbooking goodies to the winner of the Inspiration Challenge!

Polkadot Door Designs is giving away a Scrapbooking kit to our June Featured Designer! Be sure to comment on your favorite project when you finish the blog hop at Polkadot Door Designs!

Here's your Hopping Map! Have fun, get inspired, join in!