Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tags For You

This is the last week for the Tags Everywhere Challenge
Here is my sample for this week:

I used the Envelope Punch Board to make this card. The polka dot paper I used was the cute paper that came in the April Paper Pumpkin kit. It was intended to be a decorative wrap for the frame but I cut it down for some projects. The size of this piece is 5"x5."

Here is the front of the card, the heart die cut heart was also in the April kit. The heart shape holds the flaps in place. See the top photo for the inside of the card. It was the perfect size for one of the tags. 

There are so many fun ideas! Head over to the My Pumpkin Challenge for more creations. The Design Team has some amazing samples and don't forget to check out the folks who have linked up to share their creations too!

Thanks for stopping by! Next Wednesday we begin a whole new Challenge!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Did You Say Queen?

Indeed she did. Queen Isabella of Castile to be exact, not to be confused with Queen Isabela of our household. This is how it went down, "Mom, what am I wearing to my wax museum (this) Thursday." Me, "Say what"? "Don't you remember mom, I told you."

Famous last words.

Hmm, I bet she told me about this project, but it must have slipped my mind. I will take the blame for this, but the 11 year old inside me silently blames Isabela. Sigh. For this wax museum, the students had to pick a historical character to research and then dress in costume for their presentation. The students lined up in the hall and they would give a brief description of their character and guests would try to guess who they were.

So, Tuesday night after her volleyball game we hit the thrift store and the party store for a costume. I was not going to pay $60 for something she was going to wear for one hour so we dug deep at the thrift store. We found a dress that will do the job, a brown shirt to wear underneath and some gaudy material to make a cape. Wednesday my Grandma sewed the cape for us. We borrowed a petticoat and some shoes from mom. All we needed was a crown. It takes a village right?

You do what you can with what you have on hand. Thankfully, I have lots of craft goodies we can transform, for the crown at least! I drew the crown on a lightweight cardboard and painted it with a metallic craft paint I had in my craft room. Then we embellished it with some Stampin' Up products. Champagne Glass Glitter, 2 way Glue Pen, Champagne Glimmer Paper, and some punches helped transform cardboard into a crown fit for a Queen.

I am pretty sure Queen Isabella did not have black painted nails!

I know this is the first of many last minute projects. What a fun way to remember the last days of 5th Grade. Next year she moves on to Middle School and she will probably have much more complicated projects! I would do it all over again and I think I work best under pressure! Not pictured is the bowling pin she had to paint and decorate to look like Queen Isabella as well. 

Fun times I tell ya! I bet all parents have lovely stories similar to this one. Any tips for me? Maybe you have a story to share? I would love to hear them! 

Have a great weekend everyone. Tomorrow we are having a Minion Birthday for my little Queen! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Not All Black & White

Are you ready for another My Pumpkin Challenge sample? I am having so much fun with the Paper Pumpkin kits. Do I sounds like a broken record? I think I confess my love for Paper Pumpkin every week. I can't help it, I love these kits.

I think that black and white is such a classic combination. That was my inspiration for my sample this week. I added a pop of color with the hearts that came in the kit. The photopolymer stamps make it really nice and easy to line up your image!

Show us what you have created with your Paper Pumpkin kit! Head over to the My Pumpkin Challenge: Tags Everywhere to share your creation and see what the Design Team has made this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tag - You Are It!

I was very happy to see all the extra tags that came with the April Paper Pumpkin kit. The kit was already amazing, so I think the extra tags were a bonus!

The My Pumpkin Challenge this month is Tags Everywhere and here is my sample.

I made a mini card with two tags that I sewed together with bakers twine. I used the Paper-Piercing Tool to punch holes along the edge so I could bind the card together. I used the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack to punch the heart, then I used a needle and bakers twine to fill in the heart shape. The "hello" banner at the top was from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.


Show us what you have been creating with your tags. We would love to see. Share your creations at the My Pumpkin Challenge or stop by for some inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kawaii Box - Review

I think I have mentioned my obsession of subscription boxes before. Each month I get a Paper Pumpkin, an Ipsy Glam Bag and a Birchbox. My Man gets the Birchbox Man and Loot Crate and my son also gets a Loot Crate each month. The adorable box my daughter has been getting is a Kawaii Box. We all look forward to our surprises each month.

Today I thought I would share my daughters Kawaii Box from Super Kawaii Pop.

My daughter is 10 years old and she loves this box. As you can see from the photos it is full of goodies. She loves the squishies and has been keeping herself busy with everything in the box. She writes notes on the stationary and has a pencil and eraser collection that she organizes in the pencil pouches/box. The first two boxes also contained some sticker flakes!

In the April box she got: from the top, a cute mouse pad, some interactive Japanese candy, a barrette for her hair, an eraser stamp and a cute floral pouch. 

I must admit, this box can appeal to a wide range of ages. It allows my daughter to be creative and to explore new things that we would not typically find at our local store.

I love to see her excitement when she opens her Kawaii box. I guess you can kind of say this is her "allowance" each month. The deal is, she must do extra chores to keep getting this gift each month. She is on the verge of not getting the May box because she has not kept up her end of the deal. I bet this weekend she makes good on her promise. ; )

Here is the breakdown:

  • You can pay for single box or a three month subscription. 
  • It is $20 per box (totally worth it!!)
  • It is run by the sweetest young lady, Emy and her business card features her adorable pug
  • This box is a winner in our books and I recommend it for the cuteness factor alone!
  • Super Kawaii Pop website:

If you are looking for something new and fun this would be a perfect gift. Check it out, besides the Kawaii Subscription Box the shop also sells many other Kawaii items.

Do you subscribe to any fun boxes, bags or kits? I would love to hear what ones you receive each month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Pumpkin Challenge: Tags Everywhere

I never know what to expect when I get my Paper Pumpkin box each month. Each month I am pleasantly surprised, happy, excited and ready to create! Did you get your April kit? If not check out this Stampin' Up video to see what you are missing! Did you know, if you are currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can purchase past kits and refill kits? If you had a favorite kit that you wish you had more of be sure to check it out!

This month the My Pumpkin Challenge is Tags Everywhere! The April kit contained plenty of pre-cut tags ready to be embellished. For my sample, I cut the printed bellyband into a 3x3 card. I also used some of the gold remnants from the March kit to add some sparkle to this card.

What did you make with your April kit? We would love to see your creations. Be sure to head over to the My Pumpkin Challenge and share or for some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Simply Sketched Sympathy Note

Sympathy cards are not always easy to create . I try to remember that everyone appreciates kind words and thoughts. Sending notes to let others know you are thinking of them is a classic tradition that I hope never goes out of style.

I used the Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set. It is such a lovely stamp set. It is only available while supplies last as it is on the retired list. The embossing folder and water coloring with an aqua painter helped tie this card all together. 

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the new My Pumpkin Challenge for May!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Easy Peasy Birthday

I do not think I will ever tire of the Pool Party and Real Red color combination. I almost titled this post a Real Red Pool Party but luckily I re-read that and changed my mind. Whew!

This card came together so easy. Don't you just love when that happens?

The Designer Series Paper Stack makes it so easy to put a card together, but nobody will ever know because the patterns are stunning and they look like a million bucks! I added an embellished tag and the card was done.
Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack #132996
I hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Welcome, Baby

I enjoy making cards to celebrate babies. I am so happy I had a reason to make one! At work, I like to say April showers bring May babies, or at least one baby. We had a baby shower last week for one of my coworkers. He and his wife are expecting their first baby, a lil girl. She is expected to arrive around May 20th. We also tried to guess when we thought the baby would arrive, I picked May 17th. I will keep you posted. I am so happy for them! Here is the card I made:

It is my classic, go to baby card. It is always hit! Another coworker bought the parents-to-be the book, What to Expect the First Year, and he had everyone sign it on different pages and give advice or wish them the best! That was such a great idea. We also got them some bath items and a gift card! I cannot wait to meet their new bundle of joy!
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