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January 26, 2015

I Love Cocoa Layout

I have been catching up on some of my layouts and am really enjoying using some fun files from KaDoodle Bug Designs.  I'm very happy to have been invited to join their design team, they have so many adorable cutting files to create with.  For my layout, I used the Hot Cocoa Bears cutting file.  My daughter has always been a huge hot cocoa lover, I think this page will be perfect for her.
The "coffee stamps on kraft" paper from Canvas Corp is from my stash and I layered it with some kraft core shattered card stock from Tim Holtz.  I think I have been hoarding these papers for a while now. A bit of washi was used along the edges and on the tag.  A couple of doilies from my stash added a bit of interest to the layout.  I tucked in a coordinating tag behind the photo mat with a chevron Trendy Page Dot and some Chocolate Truffle Trendy Twine, both from Annie's Paper Boutique.
Peachy Keen face stamps were used for the adorable little bears.  The sentiment is from the Scrappy Moms Just Sayin stamp set.  A few little touches of bling and a paper flower were added as finishing embellishments on my layout.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
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January 22, 2015

Trendy Twine Design Day

Today I have a fun project to share over on the Trendy Twine blog.  The trendy gals have been showcasing the gorgeous Cherry Cupcake Trendy Twine and the Biggie Candy Chutes from Annie's Paper Boutique.  It has been so gloomy in Northern California for the past week I wanted to create something that reminds me of Spring and warmth.
For my project I created this large flower from the Flower Shoppe cartridge and added a sparkly gem to the center.  The flower was tied to the top of the candy chute.
The twine was wrapped around the candy chute as an accent and then tied to the tag.  The tag came from my stash and was stamped with a sentiment from the Scrappy Moms Filled with Love stamp set.  I added some washi tape along the top and bottom of the tag and accented it with some pink sequins also from Annie's Paper Boutique.
Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out Annie's Paper Boutique for all of the fun products for Valentine treats!
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January 19, 2015

Baby Layout

Today I am very excited to share my first post as a KaDoodle Bug Designs team member.  I am honored to be joining such talented designers and look forward to playing with some amazing files from KaDoodle Bug Designs.
For my project, I created a single page 12x12 layout for a picture of my new nephew who was just born last month.  I used the Cutesy Zoo Animals (elephant) and ABC Blocks (title) files from KaDoodle Bug Designs. The clouds were cut from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 cartridge.
I used my white gel pen to add some faux stitching around this sweet little elephant.  Some Stormy Trendy Twine was wrapped around the photo mat and used for the bows.  A few scattered gems were added as an accent.
The "dream big" die cut is a coordinating piece from the Craft Smith Little One paper pad which was used for my layout.  I tucked in the die cut behind one of the clouds to give the appearance of a sun rising above the clouds.  The sentiment is from the Scrappy Moms Picture Perfect stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my first KaDoodle Bug Designs project.  I am looking forward to sharing many more creations with you!

January 15, 2015

Valentine Penguin Gift

Over Christmas I saw lots of gifts created with the idea of inserting an EOS lip balm.  With the holiday season I never had the opportunity to create one myself.  Now that things have settled down after the holidays I have been spending some more time in my craft room.
I think these make the most adorable gifts.  The EOS lip balm just opens up and is inserted into the hole and then closed on the back side.  I have seen these made with Snowmen, Santa and Reindeer noses.  For Valentines, there are some fun ideas with cupids, bears and flowers.  The possibilities are endless and they are super easy to make.
I cut the penguin at 5.5 inches so it is a pretty big size.  The hole for the EOS lip balm needs to be cut at 1.43 inches for it to fit properly.  I put my penguin in a large clear bag and tied some Peppermint Stick Trendy Twine to a scalloped tag with a sentiment from the Scrappy Moms Just Sayin stamp set.
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January 14, 2015

Crafting Inspiration Day 4

Hello this week the Trendy Twine design team is pairing up with the Fluerette Bloom design team to bring you some crafting inspiration.  Our crafting inspiration goes from Sunday, January 11th through Saturday, January 17th, please join us each day.  For my project I used the Anytime Pillow Box SVG cutting files for all three of my boxes.  One of boxes is an adorable purse and the others are regular pillow boxes. They are all perfect for some yummy treats.
I cut one of them in a smaller size to tuck in some money.  No treat is better than some cash, especially when it comes to my kiddos.  My pillow boxes were embellished with Cherry Cupcake Trendy Twine which coordinated perfectly with all of the red but also has the perfect touch of pink.  A coordinating doily was used to break up the patterned paper and I also added belly bands to the other boxes to break up the solid color.  Some fun embellishments finished off my pillow boxes and I tucked in a couple of small sentiments from Scrappy Moms Stamps.
To make this week a bit more fun, we have some blog candy to give away to one lucky winner:

To be eligible to win, here are the guidelines
Our crafting inspiration week goes from Sunday, January 11th to Saturday, January 17th.  All you need to do is comment on both the Trendy Twine blog and the Fluerette Bloom blog each day to be entered.  The deadline to enter is 10:00 pm Central Time, Sunday January 18th.  You must also be a blog follower to be eligible to win.  One person will win both certificates.  Good luck and have fun being inspired all week long! 

January 12, 2015

Hip Hip Hooray!

I have a fun and festive card to share today which is perfect for a winter birthday.  This was the second project I made with my new Explore.  Even though it's not perfect, I'm really loving my new cutting machine and all of its capabilities.  Plus the intricate cuts on the snowflakes have me sold on the Explore.
Olaf and the snowflakes are SVG files.  I incorporated some scattered sequins on the base of my card and added some Blue Berry Trendy Twine along the edge.  The sentiment is from the Scrappy Moms Dancing In Circles stamp set.  A small button with twine was added to the center of the sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

January 8, 2015

Valentine Bear Treat Box

Happy Thursday!  I have been enjoying my time off work and playing with my Cricut Explore. Unfortunately, reality will hit when I return back to work on Monday.  When I saw this freebie from Kadoodle Bug Designs I just fell in love with the sweet Valentine Bear.  I found an oversized gable box in my stash and created a fun treat box.  This gable box is great for larger size candy, my husband loves the Peanut Butter Snickers and those fit perfectly.  The gable box needed some dressing up so I added some heart papers to the box and attached the bear.
The tag is also from my stash and was trimmed down to fit a sentiment from the Scrappy Moms Filled with Love stamp set.  I tied the tag with some coordinating Cherry Cupcake Trendy Twine.  The tag was embellished with washi tape and layered with a heart, button and more twine.  The tag was attached to the gable box with a heart clothespin.  A couple of twine bows were the final finishing touch.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
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