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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Papertrey Ink Blog Candy

For those of you who LOVE PTI as much as I do, click here for a great give away!  Thanks to Moonlight Creations for the chance for great blog candy.

Yep, that's the new Wreath for All Seasons stamp set as well as new Fine Linen cardstock and Fine Linen Swiss Dot satin ribbon

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop

Its already the 25th and time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!  This months challenge was to use a technique that you learned from a fellow stamper.  The blog hop rules are located here

I had to think long and hard about this challenge.  I have learned a lot from fellow papercrafters through out the 5 years or so I have been scrapbooking, stamping, and papercrafting, but I couldn't think of a specific technique for this challenge.  Then, I thought of the wreath I just made for a gift and realized that I included a technique that I have been using a lot:  paper piecing from punches and/or dies.  Two of the PTI DT have used this technique recently.  Betsy Velman used it with for her monster here, and Dawn McVey used it for her flower here, which I was dying to turn into a sunflower.  The wreath was totally inspired by Dawn's here.

I used a branch wreath from Michaels and had to hot glue the leaves and flowers on.  I used some of those little beads on wire to give it a more rustic look.

Her is a close up of the paper pieced sunflowers that I made from the smallest leaf from the Leaf Prints Die Collection.  I used some Dark Chocolate Felt for the circles.  I thought that they turned out nice.  Thanks, Dawn, for the great idea!

I love paper piecing.  Here are some cute little Frankensteins that we made at a stamp club I belong to with Terri Knaapen:

Aren't they cute?  They were made with a paper punch from another company, but can totally be replicated with Label 1 from Spellbinders.  I tried to make a PTI version of this little guy. 

LOL!  He's made with Mat Stack 4 and the small Rickrack Border dies.  I'll use him for something fun for my kids, I just haven't decided what yet!

Well, thanks so much for stopping by.  Can't wait to see all the projects out there today.  Have fun hopping!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

DJ's First Day of Pre-School

My oldest baby, DJ, had his first day of pre-school last week Wednesday.  I missed it because I had to work, so I told my husband to take tons of pictures.  I now realize that my husband is a better photographer than me.  He took some super pictures of all the excitement.  Here is one of them:

Isn't he cute?  I can't believe he will be 5 in November and has started pre-school!  Time goes so fast. 

So, part of the reason that I am so excited for DJ to start pre-school is because it gives me an excuse to make some goodies for him to take to school.  I can't wait to make little Halloween, birthday, and Christmas treats for all the kiddos and his teachers.  Maybe I'll even let him help!  Haha!

I made a little card and gift for DJ to take his teacher on the first day of school.  It was a last minute thing since I've had no mojo for a couple weeks.  But, then inspiration hit and I ran to my scrap room to whip up a fun project.

Here is the card I made.  I used the 2/3 rule with the patterned paper that I snagged for FREE at My Time Made Easy.  It is downloadable paper that you can print off as many times as you want.  No hoarding it!  Thanks Lauren Meader for the freebie!  I also scored a freebie at Heather Nichol's blog.  That library card is downloadable and can be printed off as well.  You can also buy the stamp version of it at Papertry Ink.

Here is a close up of that cute library card.

Here is the gift I made to go with it.  No, I didn't make those apple cards.....but I sure wish that I did!  I found them at Michaels for $1.  I picked them up earlier this summer because I thought they were cute.  Deep down I just knew it would be a perfect teacher card in the near future!

Here is a blurry picture of the set together (told you my husband's a better photographer).  I do like how this project turned out since it was so last minute.  Thanks to Lauren and Heather for the awesome freebies!

One last picture of super cute Deej carrying his gift to give his teacher.  He was so excited and just loves school.  I'm such a proud Mama!