Wednesday, December 28, 2011

S&S Midweek Throwdown

Hey All!  There's a new Midweek Throwdown Challenge up on the S&S Blog and the theme this week is Thank You cards!   Dixie, one of our awesome OWH shippers, has passed on her shipping duties after 2 years and OWH wants to share our gratitude with her.  So get into your craft zones and make some Thank You cards to send to our Nations Heroes!!

Thank You for your Service
I absolutely love my new stamps from La-La Land Crafts!  This one is Saluting Marci.  Isn't she just adorable!  I also have Saluting Luka but have yet to color him.  Part of the proceeds from both Marci and Luka will go to OWH.  The papers are from a K&Company Americana Specialty Pack and the sentiment is from Saluting Marci.  I hand cut out Marci and then popped her with some dimensional tape.  A little distressing to the flag layer and a few brads completed this card.

Thanks for checking out my card and make sure you go play along!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Crafters!

Hey all!  Just wanted to squeeze in a little blog post for those of you cruising the internet these holidays.
Merry Christmas
I made this card for my mother.  I always love posting my cards and sharing them with all of you but had to hold off on this one since she's probably my best follower.  This card was so fun to make!  I started with a piece of SU Vanilla card stock and embossed my Hero Arts music note stamp.  I then took some Tim Holts Distressed Inks and distressed the background until the music notes popped.  I then clear embossed my SU Dasher and distressed to make him pop as well.  I used the OWH Star Burst tutorial for my dsp layer and embellished with some Making Memories hat pins and poinsettias.  Finished it off with some letter stickers to say Merry Christmas!!  Oh, and that little bitty cute button too!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!  Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Little Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation

Did you thank a teacher this Christmas?  I think teachers hardly receive the respect and gratitude they deserve for mentoring our children during the school year.  My daughter is only in Pre K but her teachers are so wonderful and she always wakes up excited to go to school.  She's learning sign language and better manners from these ladies and I am truly thankful!  I took some simple Christmas ornaments I found at Ikea and personalized them with each teachers name by using some Making Memories stickers that stay put!  I bought the little containers at Michaels and dressed them up with a little ribbon and stamping and filled them with chocolate.  They may be simple but the ladies loved them!

Friday, December 16, 2011

OWH Hero Arts SKIP!!

Hey All!  Have you enjoyed all the beautiful cards along the skip!  Our OWH gals are pretty amazing!  If you are lost or just happened to stumble upon my blog you can visit the beginning by skipping back to the Stars and Stamps blog.

OWH is giving away one of each of the Hero Arts stamp sets, and the 3 winners will be picked from all comments on all the blogs in the skip - the more blogs you comment on, the more entries you have! Winners will be drawn Sunday night!
I love you
Here's my card.  I used the Year Round Sentiments set.  I love this set!  My papers are actually from a Halloween pack I bought at Impress.  Never let the theme of the pack hold you back!  I added some stickles and topped them with glossy accents to add some much needed embellishment to my card as well as a few star brads!  
Close Up
Your next stop on the skip is Sandy at A Colourful World!  I know for certain she has whipped up something amazing for you!

Thanks for skipping by! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

S&S Sketch Challenge #99

Hey All!  We are almost on our 100th sketch challenge on S&S!  How cool is that!  My card for you today is for the OWH S&S Sketch Challenge #99.  Before I share that one with you I'd like to share the one I made for last weeks sketch!
Happy Birthday CJ
I had to skip on playing last weeks sketch #98 in order to make sure my step son received his birthday card in the mail before it posted online.  I added a couple layers to the card and skipped on using a circle but I am very happy with how it turned out.  The boy image is Birthday Josh from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.  Sparkles stamps are deeply etched and stamp perfectly..I only wish to own them all! =)

You're so special to me
So this is my card for Sketch #99.  I love the whole star burst paper effect but have honestly taken months to try it out.  (Haven't tried it yet? Tutorial Here)  I'm very happy with the detail it adds to the card!  Love the Sentiment?  Is from the new OWH Hero Arts sets.. CL582 Year Round Sentiments.  I absolutely love this set!  The sentiments are the perfect addition to any stash!

Sketch 99 Sample Card
My sample card for the challenge.  I used my CL582 Year Round Sentiments to create the background paper and for the sentiment.  Lots of dimensional adhesive to make my layers pop!

Well, thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

12 Days of Christmas

Hey All!

There's a special treat for you on the Crafty Contagion Blog..The 12 Days of Christmas by the Divas!  Hop on over to view some very inspirational cards!

4 Calling Birds
My card is pretty clean and crisp.  I stamped the tree, birds, and snowflakes and then embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I used some Tim Holts distressed inks to help create the background.  I cut the snow piles from some scraps and ran them through my CuttleBug.  I used some silver cording I had leftover in my stash for a little accent.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Toddler T-shirt DIY

Hey All!  So today I have a post for you unlike all my others...a sewing DIY.  My little girl seems to be stuck in a growth spurt and running low on clothes that fit.  My something new out of something old.
While we were still living in Seattle we went to a Storms game and received a few of their shirts for free.    Well, I can't quite send her to Pre K in a shirt that would serve her better off as a nightgown.  Time to get creative!

First, I grabbed two of the shirts and carefully cut the sleeves off.  I then cut and separated the fronts from the backs.  I took one of the back pieces and decided to crease and sew it wrong sides together every one inch.
Next, I gathered some freezer paper and a well fitting shirt and used this tutorial here to draft my pattern.

I then cut out all my pieces from the shirt trying to use the original hems.  Sew the front and back shoulders together.  Attach the sleeves and sew up the sides of the shirt.  Zig Zag stitch or serge to finish your seams.  Step back and admire your work!
The fronts still attached to the neck hole make perfect capes for the little men in your life as well!
(I promise you his socks are gray and not dirty!!)

Thanks for stopping by!  If you decide to make a shirt please share!