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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Card Kit

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a great Christmas. Our family sure enjoyed the holiday! Peyton is still all excited about it all. She still sings Christmas songs and wants to watch all her Christmas movies. On Christmas Eve my entire family - minus my brother serving an LDS mission - went and saw Tangled. What a cute movie! Even Thong was laughing throughout the whole thing. I enjoyed it even more than Princess & The Frog. I can't wait to get it on D.V.D. And then on Christmas, we all got to talk to my brother who is serving a mission in Montana, of all places :). We actually all got to video chat with him through Skype. It was really awesome to see him. He left at the beginning of the year and has been greatly missed by everyone. But at least it is halfway over and he has one more Christmas to go before he is home again :).

Look how cute Peyton is in her Christmas Mini Mouse pj's. She was just starting to get into her stocking. The crazy white mutt is our dog Izzy :). Yep, I named her after Izzy from Grey's Anatomy. And then there is me in all my Christmas pj's glory!
Here is my next kit for my Etsy store, craftydork:

Don't you love the mini rosettes! I added them on after I thought I had the card finished :). I do that a lot!

And there is the finished kit! I made this kit so that all you need is a glue stick. The foam adhesive and Continuous Line are provided for you. I will have it listed on my Etsy hopefully tonight, so be sure to check it out. My favorite part about the whole card is the rhinestones in the middle of the rosettes. Thong and I went to a wedding of a friend a few months back where she had rhinestones in the middle of rose buds and it was so pretty! And now I want to put rhinestones in the middle of everything - not that I didn't want to before!

Here are the supplies I used:

Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket
Stamps - birdcage and bird Studio G; Happy Birthday and scallop circle Stampin' Up!
Inks - Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist Stampin' Up!
Punches - Scallop Circle, Scallop border Stampin' Up!; small corner rounder EK Success
Buttons and Bling - Stampin' Up!
Baker's Twine - my stash
Adhesive - foam Stampin' Up!; Continuous Line Glue Dots
Ribbon - Soft Suede polka dot grosgrain Stampin' Up!

I thought it would be fun to show you the next kit I am currently working on. I have been getting inspiration from all over the place. I knew I wanted to make a kit that had envelopes. Because of the size of cards I usually make - 3" x 3" or 4" x 4" - it is extremely hard to find envelopes that fit the cards right though. So until I can find some online or until I can find a template or die to make my own, I will make them without. But I do already have this cute little scallop envelope die that I first got when I originally purchased my Big Shot. I haven't really used it a whole lot though. When I have it has been to put a cute little envelope onto the front of normal 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. I decided to stick with my small card theme though and make a card to fit the cute little envelope! And can I just say, I love it :). I am working on getting all the pieces together.

Here is the finished card in the mean time though:

I absolutely adore this chair stamp! It is part of the newest set I purchased from Stampin' Up! In the words of Vallee Wright - a youth leader from when I was growing up - "Could you just die! Could you!" I know I could! :)

I will list the supplies and everything once I have the kit complete. So check back soon and come buy it on Etsy :).

Now the that holidays are behind us, I am going to start focusing more on starting the decorations for Peyton's 3rd birthday party. She wants a princess party. And then also, I am really super duper excited!!! I am getting the opportunity to teach at a local scrapbook store coming up in the next few months! I really could just die! I am so excited, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I really am! This will be my first teaching opportunity that didn't occur in my home or someone that I knew. A real class in a real store! I have absolutely no idea of what I am making or anything! So I will for sure get started on that very soon!

It is way past my bedtime, so I am off! Hope all of you are doing good and that you have had a wonderful holiday season! I am looking forward to New Years and a nice glass of wine!

Stay Crafty.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

7 More Sleeps 'Till Christmas!

Are you as excited for Santa to come as our house is!!! Peyton is bouncing off the walls with excitement. I am looking forward to how excited she will be Christmas morning opening her presents and seeing everything Santa brought her. Plus I am looking forward to seeing Tangled with my family on Christmas Eve, dinner of stuffed green peppers, green bean casserole and on and on and on.... :). Oh, I can't forget, can't wait to open Christmas pajama's! They are one of my most favorite things about Christmas!

I have been a busy little crafty beaver this weekend. Want to see what I have made! I was inspired to make this ornament from some that I have seen around online. I love it!

It looks so pretty on my tree :). I want to make more!

The pearlies are my favorite!
I made this by gluing several paper rosettes to a styrofoam ball. I made the rosettes from 3/4" strips of 8" patterned paper. I was using Crystal Effects at first {on a different ornament than shown} but switched to my glue gun. It was holding the patterned paper together a lot better. Plus I used the glue gun to holdthem onto the ornament as well. Then I used the glue gun to hold the pearls on too. I ran out of the half back pearls so I was using regular ones as well. I used them to try to cover up the big empty spots. But for the most part, I was able to cover them up by using 4" strips to make mini rosettes to fill in the holes.

Here are the supplies:

Stampin' Up! - Pearls, Brown Satin Ribbon
My Mind's Eye - Dear Santa Patterned Paper
Adhesive - Glue Gun

My shortest supply list ever :).
Here is the next thing I made this weekend! It makes me happy!

Although the tree isn't completely my style, I still love it!!!! I love the whimsical look of it. And I adore the tinsel plus the button and pearly ornaments. It's supper, super easy to make!

I was sad I ran out of buttons, so I will have to get another pack. I love these buttons from Stampin' Up! The assortment has really cute shapes and the colors are awesome! They are definitely a staple I want to continue to have.

As I mentioned, the tree was super easy to make. I again used 3/4" strips - starting with the left over ones from my ornament - and cut them down to 1 1/2". Then I ran my glue gun along the top of the strip and stuck it to the tree. I lined up the pieces to keep them as straight as I could. I curled up each strip at the bottom to resemble tree boughs. I glued on the tiny tinsel ribbon, buttons and pearls. That's it! Oh, and of course the bow on the top was glued on too.

I can't wait to do this again in some more vintage, shabby paper! It doesn't really match my Christmas house, but I don't mind :).

Here are the supplies:

Stampin' Up! - Pearls, Tinsel Ribbon, Buttons
My Mind's Eye - Dear Santa Patterned Paper
May Arts - Red Organza Ribbon

And there you have it!

I am off to bed. Hope you all are staying crafty! We have to finish Christmas shopping tomorrow, but I am hoping to get a few more crafties done before the weekend is over.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Cards and Tags Listed On Etsy - And A Few Other Things {Okay, A Lot Of Other Things!}

Hi Crafty Ladies! Hope you are having a great Christmas season and staying crafty. I have been trying to post this entry since Sunday but my Internet went out that evening. Then I tried again last night and fell asleep posting while watching Hawaii Five O! So 3 times the charm, right!

Also, Hello to all my new followers! I {heart} all of you!!!!! I love that you all come and visit :).
 I finally got some things listed on Etsy. I have been slow, slow, slow getting them listed for sure. But I can't wait to show you everything now!

As usual, this weekend, I didn't get all the crafting that I wanted to completed, but I did craft! So I am definitely not complaining :). I made a little flower frame for Peyton's room, some fun springtime cards {and of course they are teeny tiny}, a Christmas card, a gingerbread house with Peyton {and it's so not pretty! :)}, and finished my card and tag kits for Etsy. We also got to meet my brother-in-law's cute new lab puppy, went to a local scrapbook store called Heartland Paper, went to dinner at Spaghetti Factory, hung out with Peyton and my hubby, and watched the made for T.V. movie from the '80's', Alice In Wonderland! {I love this movie! And I was super excited to introduce it to Peyton!} I found it on D.V.D. at Wal-Mart for $7.50. I have been wanting to get it for the longest time. I miss made for T.V. movies coming on every year like they used to when I was a kid.

So I'll show you the gingerbread house first. It's scary, let me just warn you. Here it is in all it's glory:

For being crafty, this house was hard to make! Looks like I don't need a Cricut Cake! :)

Peyton did such a great job adding on the candy! And she helped with the frosting on the windows too! Too bad my skills aren't any better than my 2 1/2 year old's :).
These monkey pajama pants of Pey's are my favorite :)

Look how the walkway is just covered with candy! It's a candy cobbled road. Peyton has this thing where she doesn't like to look directly at the camera for some reason. She'll smile her biggest smile but look somewhere other than the camera.

As I mentioned above, I went to a local scrapbook store called Heartland Paper. I was sad to learn as I pulled up to it that it is going out of business :(. Stores like Micheal's, Joann's, Hobby Lobby, and Roberts {a Utah craft store chain}, seem to be getting the business. I admit that I like those stores a lot. So don't get me wrong. I am also a fan though of the little guy. I love mom & pop shop's and family owned businesses. LSS's are my favorite because I find more selection of supplies and things than at the bigger chain craft stores. The stores that try to carry a little of everything crafty, don't have as good of a selection, for sure.

Ah, sorry for the rant. I did end up getting a few fun things; ribbon and stamps and a die. Plus I got a darling shelf for 50% off. I'll post it at a later date :). I put my Stickles, embossing powders, loose glitter, and some fun other little things on it.

Okay, here are the fun things now, I promise!

I got this frame at Heartland. Peyton saw it and loved it and asked for me to make it for her room. How could I say no!

Take a look:

Gotta love that messy hair :). Peyton was insistent on me taking a picture of her with her frame. Look at that cheese!
Here are the supplies used:

Patterned Paper - Ooh La La and Boo! To You from My Mind's Eye
Cardstock - Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Chipboard Tag - Stampin' Up!
Punches - Scallop Circle, Large Oval, Scallop Border, 3/4" Circle, Itty Bitty Flower, Word Window Stampin' Up!; Butterfly Martha Stewart
Spritz - Olive Tattered Angels
Stamps - Punch Posies {retired}, Always {retired}, giggle sentiment {retired} Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Pom Poms and Rick Rack, brown and white baker's twine My Mind's Eye; Green Polka-Dot American Crafts
Brads and Bing - yellow brad All My Memories; Green Brad Bazzill Basics; White Bling Stampin' Up!; Pink Bling Heidi Swapp
Adhesives - foam Stampin' Up!; Continuous Line Glue Dots
Metal Flower - 7 Gypsy's {I have had this for about 5 years!}

It took me about a half hour to put together. So I was proud I made it so fast! Especially while watching my current guilty pleasure - besides Vampire Diaries of course! - Hawaii Five O. He he he! I love it! :). But the frame does look pretty cute in Peyton's room!

Before I made the frame, here are the cards I made:

I added the key on after it was completely finished, but I love it! The whole card has an Alice In Wonderland feel to me for some reason. I am totally in the mood for spring, can you all tell! I love Christmas time, especially with Peyton getting big enough to start learning about it. But I LOVE spring! And warm weather. And this paper just makes me want spring even more :).

I am loving Studio G. They come out with great clear stamp images as well as liquid glitter, loose glitter and other supplies that are only $1! Isn't this such a cute tiny birdhouse! It goes so well with the patterned paper.

Happiness is 4"x4" and Friendship as I said above is 2 1/2"x2 1/2".
Hello, my name is Leana Khouang and I am addicted to tiny cards! I can't help myself! :)
 Here are the supplies:

Happiness Card

Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight and Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Ooh La La! and Boo! To You My Mind's Eye
Stamps - bird in cage Studio G, Happiness sentiment and frame Stampin' Up!
Punches - Large Scallop Circle, Large Oval, Scallop Ribbon border, Itty Bitty Flower Stampin' Up!
Bling, Button and Pearls - White Bling Stampin' Up!; Pink Bling Heidi Swapp; Half Pearls Stampin' Up!; Button BasicGrey
Key - 7 Gypsy's
Ribbon - Orange and Pink Polka-Dot American Crafts; Baker's Twine My Mind's Eye
Adhesives - Crystal Effects, foam adhesive Stampin' Up!


Cardstock - Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Ooh La La! and Boo! To You My Mind's Eye
Ink - Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up!
Stamp - Friendship sentiment Stampin' Up!
Punches - Scallop Circle, Word Window, Scallop Trim border, Small Corner Rounder Stampin' Up!
Bling - Pink Heidi Swapp; White Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - May Arts

For both of these cards, I got the templates out of my current Paper Crafts magazine - the January/February 2011 issue to be exact. The Happiness card template was from the article with the silhouettes. It was the first card in the article. I loved the template so I new I would have to put my own spin on it with the supplies I had. The Friendship card was actually from one of the sketches in the magazine. Mine is a lot smaller than any of the samples though :).

This next card is also from a sketch from that same issue of Paper Crafts. I also put my own spin on it. It was supposed to have a pennant banner along the scallop border, but I did the ornaments in place of the pennant banner. And I just did them in one section instead of along the whole card. As you can see it's a pretty simple card for me :). I like the size of it it though! Final size is: .

Here are the supplies:

Cardstock - Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Red Polka Dot American Crafts; Green Patterned BasicGrey
Ink - Ridinghood Red, Soft Suede, Old Olive Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Larger Ornaments My Mind's Eye; Smaller Ornament from Tree Trimmings Stampin' Up!; Be Merry sentiment Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Brown Pleated Satin Maya Road; Baker's Twine My Mind's Eye

And finally! Lastly, here are the kits for Etsy :)

This is my fav of the 4 kits. I love the bright red with the splash of blue and the olive green!

Merry Little Christmas

Don't you just love the glass glitter!

Be Merry

I love birds, as I have mentioned before. But isn't this little Christmas Cardinal the cutest! I also have used him in blue for the tag set that will be posted a little further down.

Tag Kit

I had listed all the supplies in a previous post I had made about each kit. Click here, here, and here if you are interested in seeing the supply list.

And the last things I made this weekend were my Purchase & Exchange Swapp. I struggled with these tags! I had a hard time with placement and getting the stamped images to work. But I think they turned out pretty cute.

Once I give them to Marci and Amber then I will post the pictures. I don't want to ruin the surprise! :)

Oh, sorry, I lied. Here is the last card to show! I don't want to forget:


Cardstock - Very Vanilla Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper - Red Polka-Dot American Crafts; Green Pattern and Red Pattern {punched circle on small ornament} BasicGrey
Stamps - Large Ornaments My Mind's Eye; Small Ornament and Be Merry sentiment Stampin' Up!
Inks - Real Red, Soft Suede, Old Olive Stampin' Up!
Button and Bling - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Brown Satin Pleated Maya Road; Baker's Twine My Mind's Eye; Twine Stampin' Up!
This is quite the post, so I think this is deffinitely a good place to end :). Sorry if I went to long, but I hope you all like the projects. Hope you all are great and having a great holiday season!

Stay Crafty!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Silver & Gold - Finished My First Christmas House!

Yep, finally did it! It has been quite the work in progress to get this little house done! I finally just made myself finish it and I am quite glad that I did!

Thanks to Amber, I re-learned how to Mod Podge. I forgot from when I was a kid to get the paper partially wet and then apply it to the surface with a coat of Mod Podge already on. Then once that dries, you can add an additional coat to give it a nice finished look. This helps prevent the annoying bubbles that I have gotten so upset about before! It makes me excited to use Mod Podge again!

So here is the finished project:

I got some snow in a can to add to the houses I am making. i am not sure if I like it. It doesn't stay fluffy once it dries up. I think I need more than what I added to make it work right, but I don't want to add any more because it will cover everything up.

I made the wreath using the bird punch from Stampin' Up! It is just the branches. I formed them into a circle and glued them together. It was pretty easy, just a little time consuming because I had to punch so many out. But it really wasn't bad at all to make.

Isn't the chimney so cute!

The snow in a can ate the ink on the tree a bit, so I didn't add too much on.
So there you have it. Not sure how I feel about the snow in a can. But I will try it whenever I get my next house done too. It will be probably twice the size as this one, so maybe it will work a little better.

Here are the supplies used:

House - Hobby Lobby
Patterned Paper - red swirl, tan {on lower part of roof}, brown {upper part of roof}, paper used on wreath Stampin' Up!; Green and cream {roof trim} My Mind's Eye; green, cream and red trim {on roof}, scallop border around base of house and cream strip around base of yard, red polka dot on chimney BasicGrey
Ribbon - tan on wreath, tinsel on tree Stampin' Up! green on chimney May Arts; red pom and tinsel Michael's Crafts; baker's twine is my own stash
Fabric - Stampin' Up!
Bling - Stampin' Up!
Glass Glitter - Stampin' Up!
Adhesives - Sticky Strip and Crystal Effects Stampin' Up!; Pop Dots Glue Dots; Mod Podge
Punches - Scallop Trim border, Scallop border, Bird Stampin' Up!; Large Corner Rounder {to make the large scallop border} EK Success
Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Old Olive and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Up!
Stamp - Stampin' Up!

Well there you have it. Hope you all are having a great Christmas Season and that everyone is well! Off to take Peyton to see Santa at the mall.

Oh, and look! I linked up to some parties! I haven't done that for a little while. Make sure to check these out:

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Have a Crafty Day!