Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hollywood Stars Layout

Time sure does fly by. It's hard to believe that I haven't been designing or working in the craft industry for 6 months. When I went down to my scrap room to create the other day, it felt so good. It's kind of like exercising. You just need that release, ya know? I was digging through some old photo graphs and found this photo that we took in Hollywood when we went exploring the week after CHA a few years ago. Of course, I needed a photo with Brittney Spears! Who wouldn't? 

Heidi Swapp stickers are my new "go to" for titles. They are so easy and colorful.  I used my trusty plastic plate to make my large circle. My kids always laugh at me when I come upstairs for a plate!


You're the BALM!

So I made these a few months ago for Valentine's Day but a good friend of mind ordered some just for plan old "Thank You" gifts for some friends. I probably sound like a broken record but Core Tags are the easiest for this kind of quick gift.

Here is another, simpler version if you don't want to die cut the letters. I LOVE running my smooth Core Tags through the printer. Is super easy!  I print on a scrap piece of paper, then adhere the tag with some washi tape so I can remove them without tearing. Add some May Arts Ribbon and you are done. 


Teacher's RULE!

I love being able to combine my love of Lemongrass Spa and all things natural and my craftiness.  I took some Core Tags and these FUN Maya Road rulers to create a fun teacher gift for my son's teachers.  As you can tell, I love to use play on words. It makes life fun, I think!

Core Tags are super easy to use and colorful. I love that they have a sturdy metal grommet so they don't tear easily.  Cut out some letters with a die cutting machine and you have a quick and easy gift. 


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

GREEN Mason Jar Fun!

Colored Mason Jars are the bomb. These green ones are so festive for this time of year with St. Paddy's day right around the corner! These large ones are perfect for a Lemongrass Spa body spritz, sugar scrub sample and lotion!  THE easiest gift ever AND are super easy to make to order. 

A Core Tag and button, some May Arts ribbon and you are good to go!  Of course, personalizing it is key. 

Sorry for the different background but I wanted a good shot of the contents and was playing with backgrounds.  I save raffia from gift baskets that our family gets so I always have plenty on hand. 



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Look Who's getting crafty AGAIN!

I know I a little late posting this for Valentine's Day but now that life has settled down a bit, I am getting back on the blogging train. I have missed it so much!

You KNOW how I love my staches! So here are a few projects I made using Lemongrass Spa goodies. Why not give the gift of natural products?

This first bag, I actually made for CHA using Darice Washi tape. How cute is that tape?  I layered it on some white cardstock and then used some Couture Creations die cuts for the hearts. I LOVE using my computer to print on tags. I print on scrap paper and then line it up and run it through again. EaSy!

And girls love 'staches, too...right?!?!? This was for a friend's daughter. LOVE the tangerine lotion and body scrub!


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Something Blue Bridal Shower

One of my best friend's got married this summer and today I have some of the shower photos for you. We decided on the Something Blue theme and it was so perfect, especially since our dresses where a gorgeous blue.

First up, BANNERS! I know, right?  But it's true. They are super easy to make, take two seconds to hang, and just do all the work for you. I love love love them against the trees! This isn't the best photo so I took a close-up below, as well.

Here you can see the Core'dinations Whitewash Cardstock. After it's sanded, the blue comes right through! I flipped it over for the letters, cut them on my Silhouette and then embossed them.  A simple Spellbinder's die cut makes cutting these banners super easy.

And of course her very own Bride banner for her chair.  Some Canvas Corp premade banners make this easy with some Black Magic for the letters and Whitewash for the crown. I mean this is your excuse to crazy with the tulle so why not? My friend's mother-on-law outdid herself on this one, it looks like a dress!

The Something Blue sign.  I ordered this from Te Amo Charlie on Esty.  She has SUPER fast shipping and was so so easy to work with! On this table we also placed the Something Borrowed part of the shower. I made little signs for each table to keep the theme moving along. I ordered some Becky Higgins Project Life cards for guest fill out some "borrowed" advise for the bride and groom. Part of my gift to her (I am still working this part, LOL!) will be to put these all in an album and PL will make that super easy.

Now let's talk desserts!  These represent more of the Something Blue theme. Now, I cannot take credit for any of these desserts. I didn't make them, I am  SO not a baker. The vision that we had for this table is spot on. The vintage/shabby chic stands (thank YOU, Misty!) and the "SWEETS" board is a favorite of mine. I used some Canvas Corp burlap and Maya Road canvas tags and other bits and pieces of my stash. Again, thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration pieces on these cute little "save the date" cookies that Kate made.

The cool thing with the "Sweets" sign is that each one is on wires so you can bend them and make them any shape!

I have to tell you these were the BEST cupcakes. Kristie hit a home run on these after finding this on Pinterest as her inspiration. Blue velvet=YUM! I have to tell you....a burlap table runner might be the easiest way to dress up a table!

I love the vintage soda box crates I scored at a yard sale. We use them for tables around our fires but they were just perfect for this occasion.

The signs were just some Core'dinations Black Magic with a chalkboard marker. I cut kraft cardbases from Core'dinations in half for the tent card bases. Super easy and only takes a few minutes. Thanks to Kate for her nice handwriting!

Each table setting had a mustache and crown for some games and a fan from Te Amo Charlie with all the social media icons.  It was outside in July so we need fans! Each part of the shower had a sign explaining the station...Something Old...Something New...Something Borrowed...Something Blue!

Last but not least, the Something Old part of the shower was photos we gathered of Stacy and Mike throughout their relationship and lives. My Brother-in-law is pretty handy with wood designs so he created this black frame. We strung framing wire and hung the photos from it with little clothespins. Again, the fun vintage soda crates were perfect for the stands. Nothing like a trip down memory lane!

I think everyone can agree that a Bridal Shower is only as smooth as the bridal party putting it together!  We had the BEST group of girls and a fabulous  mother-of-the-bride and mother-in-law that helped it all come together. Please note these that photos are a courtesy of a bunch of ladies at the event. This was a total group effort!  Photobucket

Friday, October 31, 2014

Darice & Core'dinations Witch Hat

I looooove Halloween! And when I got my hands on this Darice paper mache witch hat, I knew it screamed the need for some  Core'dinations Cardstock.


  Torn Cardstock Witch Hat Supplies:
Step 1: Paint the top and bottom of the hat black just in case any of the base of the hat sneaks through. Basic black craft paint works just fine.

  painting panting inside

 Step 2: Tear different strips of Core'dinations ColorCore cardstock. Paper tearing never gets old! Core is great for this because the color core looks great. For tips on tearing our cardstock, view our videos here. Tear the strips, sand them with Sand it Gadget and white off with Dust Buddy. Using the Dust Buddy is important because it helps the adhesive stick.

  tear strips
Step 3: Adhere torn strips, rotating colors and patterns on the top of the hat and finish off with some May Arts Ribbon.


Step 4: Place on a pumpkin or other decoration.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cards Easy as 1-2-3

So, Brian's brother got engaged to one of the cutest, funniest, nicest girls I know and we couldn't be more excited! I get a sister in-law!!!!!!!! One that likes wine, loves my kids and takes good care of my brother-in-law so who isn't happy about that?  Of course, we had to make them a card. The thing that is great about this David Tutera line is that stuff comes together so quickly and Henry can help me pick out the bits and pieces without any cutting or fussing.

I mean and who doesn't let chevron? I think you can put chevron on anything and it looks good!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Using Cardstock for the Chalkboard Look

Yep, it's me again getting my crafty groove on. I couldn't be more excited to be taking time out to do the one thing that I love...MAKE STUFF! A few weeks ago this card was featured on the Core Blog:

Celebrate your next Birthday with a Core'dinations Black Magic card. With some simple sanding and heat embossing you can make it look just like chalkboard!

  Black Magic Birthday Card Supplies:
BM cu3

Step 1.   Begin by sanding the Black Magic cardstock first. It's important you sand BEFORE you stamp and wipe dust with Dust Buddy. Removing excess sand will help the clear ink pad stamp clearly to ensure a crisp image when you emboss.

  BM cu2

 Step 2. Emboss with Tim Holtz & Ranger heat embossing powder. I like to use my scraps because sometimes it takes a few tries to get a good image.

  BM cu1

Step 3. Add layers of Glitter Silk and more Black Magic along with embellishments.