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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Will Shoe Marry Me?

Hi ya friends,
Thank you so much for your well wishes :)I'm getting there. It would help if I remembered to put the ear drops in my ears! But I get so busy at school & then when I get home, that I forget :(
Well, today I'm heading off to my friend's wedding. I wanted to share the card I made for her (and her hubby to be). Actually, it's not really your traditional card, but one of my box cards :)
Here it is all closed up:

 Here's a closer peek at the decorations on the lid:

And here's what's inside!

What you're seeing is a glass slipper on top of a wedding cake!

Here are all the close-up peeks:
First the glass slipper deets:
I made the cake base with the largest tier of the 3D cake die from Sizzix (so you don't have to use all three tiers :) Then I took a Cheery Lynn Border die called Carnivale to form the sides of the cake then I adhered it to a doily. The glass slipper is actually made from plastic & I bought it for about 59 cents from Alin's Paper Co. It can be found it the Wedding section where they have all the party favors. I guess it's for filling with candies or nuts, but all I saw was cake!

I then added some pearls to it with my Viva Decor Pearl pen. I added a few blooms from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Here's a peek at other views of the glass slipper:
From the other side:
 From the back:

Here's a peek at each of the panels:
This sentiment comes from MFT Clearly Sentimental about Romance. I thought it was the *perfect* sentiment to go with the glass slipper :)
 I added an orange tulle butterfly to this one cuz it's her fav color. I used my Viva Pen to add little pearls to the flower centers.
 I will write my message to the couple on this panel.
 And the back panel.
All the papers are from MME's Follow Your Heart collection.
I don't know that the groom will think this card is for him too, but I did add the metal words: Best Wishes" for that masculine touch and I used lots of my "tools" to make this too ;)

While working on this cake box, I found a way to make it better! It was an "a-ha" moment, that really was more of a "duuuuh!" moment ;) Hee Hee! I'll work on the tute for that tomorrow & post it as soon as possible.

I'd like to play along at the following challenges:
Fussy & Fancy: Die cuts
Crafting for all Seasons: Anything but a Card
Inky Impressions: Anything Goes
Simon Says: Anything Goes
Everybody-Art: Wedding
Tip Top Tuesday: Anything but a Card

Thanks so much for sticking with me on this long post :)
I'm off to get ready cuz I can't be late!
Gotta Go!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

With Heartfelt Sympathy

Hello friends,
Good news- I can finally hear out of my right ear again. The ear medicine the doctor gave me finally started kicking in :) I haven't been feeling so great so I haven't been up to anything crafty lately. But I did have a sympathy card to make for one of my fellow teachers who lost his Dad earlier this week.
Here it is:
I really tried to keep it simple ---> emphasis on the "simple." Ok, so maybe it's not quite a CAS card, but it's pretty simple in my book :) The cut out detail was achieved with a MS anywhere punch called Caning Pattern. It was a little difficult to get every single one to perfectly match the one next to it, but I really liked the design it creates. The papers are K& Company Julianne. I added a bow, pearls, my Viva pen, & a flower from Recollections. See pretty simple!

I have a big wedding to go to this weekend for a good friend of mine & I've had this crazy idea swirling in my head for her card. Now, I just need some time to work on it before Saturday! Yikes!

Thanks so much for peeking!
Just a couple more sleeps & hurray it's the weekend!
Gotta Go!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blogoversary Winner!

Hi ya friends,
Sorry I didn't get to post this sooner. I was in urgent care on Friday with an ear infection & gall bladder ickies :( I'm slowly feeling better...very slowly... :(

Thank you so much for your comments :) Without further delay, the prize pack goes to:

HAPPY 3rd YEAR!!!! AWEASOME & HOLLY COW BATMAN what a package! I am already a follower and I really like hello kitty my self!!

Congrats! Please click on the "Email Me" button & I'll get it out to you. Enjoy! 
Thank you everyone!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Swiiiing!

Hi ya friends,
I'm so tickled you're excited about my blogoversary candy! (See previous post for all the deets :)
I've got a fun card to share with ya today. I made it for a little boy my Grammy used to take care of.
Here it is:
 This is a swing fold card. My very first! Here you see the card closed. I used MFT's At the Movies Die-namics set. The film reel is from T!m's line---> perfect size for cards :) the numbers were made with PTI dies & it's all on Shimmer Black cardstock.
This is an interactive card so that middle panel completely swings the other way when you open the card:
 Swiiiiing!

 Now the "back" panel is on the front...
 ...and the panel that was on the front of the card when closed is now on the back! Tah Dah! Magic!
I just luuuv these interactive cards :) and it wasn't too tricky to make, plus you get 2 cards from 1 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock. nice :) You can find a tute ----> HERE.

Thanks so much for peeking!
Hasta la bye-bye ;)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Blogoversary! Times THREE!!!

Hola friends!
Today marks a special day around the blog-o. It's my 3rd year blogoversary!!! That means 565 posts, nearly 400 followers (Wowee!), and over 228,500 hits ---> AMAZING! WOW! THANK YOU for all your kind comments & peeks at my crafty creations over the last 3 years.
      If you've been around my blog, you know I like THREE, 3 is a good number :) so I have some special blogoversary goodies all ready to go with the theme of Three!
    But first, sorry I meant to get this post up sooner, but the weather here in Southern California has been ever so icky! Lots of wind, rain & even threat of a tornado in Orange County! Ack! So that's why I was detained. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it cuz the freeways were so crowded :( even though I was driving my fabbie car:
The Hello Kitty Ferrari :) look at the cool exhaust pipes! Vroooom!

fortunately, my other means of transportation was standing by ready to bring me home:

I got home speedy quick! Awww, home sweet home ;)

 When I opened the door I had some lovely flowers waiting for me:
awww, so sweet!

Now friends, it's time to have some cake:

Pour a bit of the bubbly:
and open our blogoversary presents! Yaaaay!
Like I said before, being that it's my 3rd blogoversary, and you know I like 3, I thought it would be ideal to theme this blog candy with...3. So everything will be in sets of three! How 'bout a peek at some of that candy now :)

First up is Tool Time: My 3 Fav T!m Tools:
The inkssentials blending tool, Design Ruler, and the tiny attacher. Luuuuv these!

Now that you have some good tools, you're ready to stamp! Maybe you'd like 3 of these:
3 Magnolia Stamps! You're getting Tilda Spreads Love, Tilda in the garden, and the brand-spankin' new, special edition, Stamping Tilda :)

Now you've inked up these girls, so you're ready to start your cards. You'll need some of this:
Some of my fav pattern paper! You'll get 3 6x6 packs of My Mind's Eye gorgeous collections.

Your cards are made so now comes the fun part... embellishing them!

So let's add:
3 packs of pretty flowers in pinks, yellows, & white (to mist/color any color you'd like :)

and this:
3 packs of adhesive rhinestones of beautiful designs & swirls.

then:
3 packs of metal charms in flowers & butterflies nicely detailed.

Should we stop here??? Nooooo, go big or go home right?!

Let's add one of my fav, fav, fav things:
3 Viva Decor Pens in my top used colors: Opal, Cream, & Ice White

And to add some last few play things for your Tildas. How 'bout...

a few tulle butterflies :) You'll be getting 3 of 3 different colors in the larger butterflies and 3 of  6 different colors of the small butterflies.

But WAIT! You don't have to choose. You get it ALL!!!

Here's the whole prize pack:
While I would have luuuuved to have 3 prize packs, jet fuel is expensive these days :(

So, what do you need to do to win? That's simple!

1) Just leave a comment on this post. ONE please. It could be about anything or answer this question: As you know I kinda like Hello Kitty. (No, I'm not obsessed! ;p) What's your obsession or what do you just luuuuv?

2) As with any other blog candy I've ever offered, you DO NOT need to be a follower. Follow this blog only if you like the crazy crafty concoctions I share :) I am truly humbled by the followers I have, & I'd rather you follow cuz you want to, not cuz there's blog candy up for grabs. BUT... (yes, there is a but) if you are a follower, as a thank you & token of my appreciation, I'll add a special prize to the mix. I'll give you a hint: You'll die to get your hands on them :)

3)  You have until midnight (PST) Friday, April 20th to leave your comment.

As with the previous years, my beautiful assistant:
will use RANDOM.org to choose a winner. The winner will have until Sunday, April 22 to claim their prize or my beautiful assistant will choose again. This prize pack is open to everyone :)

Big THANK YOUs to everyone for THREE wonderful years of bloggy fun! Special Thanks to my blog friends who stop by regularly & leave sweet, encouraging comments & those who I've had the true pleasure of knowing since the beginning!

Here's to more lovely crafternoons!
Hugs,


Sadly all the pics today are not mine. I will post the links in a little bit. No, I don't actually own the HK Ferrari or Jet... yet ;)

Monday, April 9, 2012

He's Priceless

Hi ya friends,
Sunday was Easter Day, but it was also my oldest son's 18th birthday! There were times I was sure one of us wasn't going to make it to see that day, but fortunately we survived! This kid is a big reason for the gray hair I dye, & the many, many, many emergency room trips I made! I thought I would be getting a personal parking spot for a while :(  Did I mention that he was a 10 pound turkey at birth & I was in labor for 36 hours, & he didn't sleep through the night until he was 18 months old???!!! Ack! Well, that being said, he's also been my "Bones buddy" & my little basketball star. I will definitely miss watching him play (if he doesn't play in college) and our funny times when we get the giggles for no reason :) I guess I was right on the money when I named him Akoni~ which means "priceless" ;)

I was in Target & peeked at the birthday card section to check out the competition ;) wink & checked out the cards especially for 18 yr olds. It was so funny that they all mentioned the same thing ---> moving out! While I'm not quite ready for that, my son is definitely NOT ready for that! LOL!
Anyhoo, I didn't buy a card, I made one for him.
Here it is:
 I used MFT's At the Movies stamp & dienamics set. I stamped 18 on the dots of the pattern paper (which fit perfectly :) The film reel border is a Sizzix die.
 Here's a peek of the innies:
 It reads, "18 and the best is yet to come." The numbers & stamp are from PTI. I am very excited for the "next steps" my son will be taking in life. Graduation & college in the near future & whatever else he chooses. Hopefully they will be good ones that will lead him to a life of purpose.

I used this sketch from The Sweet Stop (who is also celebrating a birthday!):

I'll also be playing along in the following challenges:
Love to Create: Birthday
Stampalot Challenge: Birthday
Polka Doodles: Big Birthday
Just Keep on Creating: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for peeking today!
Gotta Go!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter

Hello friends,
Happy Easter to those who celebrate. This will be a busy weekend for me, so I wanted to share this card before I get going... to get some Jelly Bellies! Yuuum :)
Here it is:
Sorry, for the crazy lighting  :( I wanted to ink this little girl that I picked up last year (I think). It is called My Basket of Eggs from MFT.
Here's a closer peek:
 She's colored with Copics. All her eggs are Stickled for glittery goodness :) The papers are from the Picadilly collection from BasicGrey & the border is a Marianne Designs die.

I used this week's MFT sketch for my card.
I'll be playing along in the following challenges:
BasicGrey Challenges: Easter
Secret Crafter: Easter
Card Makin' Mamas: Easter
Raise the Bar: Cutesy Easter/Spring
Simply Create Too: Eggs/Bunnies
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: Easter/Spring

Have a great rest of the weekend!
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