12.19.2011

You Are My Favorite Card

Happy Monday friends! Just a quick card post today. I wanted to play with a new Unity Stamp Company set and my new Sew Easy. I have been desperate to make a card using the Sew Easy and The Twinery twine to see how they would work together. Turned out pretty nicely. I might be doing a video soon with a few tricks to make it easier, though.

Have a great day - only 6 days until Christmas!

12.17.2011

Emily's Back to the 80's Birthday Blog Hop

What's up dudes? It's Erin here. Let's all dig out our legwarmers, side ponytails, hair crimpers and bangles and take a trip back to the 80s! I loved the 80s. Actually, I was born in 1980. So you could definitely say I was an 80s girl.

When I was brainstorming this project, I remembered one of my favorite things about the 80s - Michael Jackson. He was (and is still) a HUGE pop icon and transformed music with hits such as Thriller, Beat It and Don't Stop Til You Get Enough. Classics!
I decided to go with a mixed media canvas. I found this image online and used the trace feature on my Cameo to create a silhouette cut out of MJ himself. I did a LOT of paint splattering with crazy bright colors and lots of little trinkets. My favorite is the truly vintage Cabbage Patch Kids puffy sticker pulled from a VERY old collection. So much fun! This one might even go up in my craft room. All stamps used are from Unity Stamp Company, including the Embrace Your Funky Self sentiment. I think it fits perfectly. I went over everything with sparkle Mod Podge, of course!
For this hop, I'm giving away a Unity Stamp Company itty bitty! I love my itty bittys. This one happens to be one of my favorites - so I thought I would share one with one of my followers who comments on this post :)
So turn up the Michael Jackson music, moonwalk around and then hop on over to the next stop on the blog hop the talented Miss Sarah (aka Pink Cricut). Have fun! If you get lost, just start at Emily's Blog. Happy Birthday Emily!

12.15.2011

Holiday Gift Bag & Tag

Good morning friends! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Christmas is ONLY 10 days away! Can you believe it? I can't wait! I put together a gift last night for my daughter's teacher. I included a gift card, so I used Emma's gift card die to create a holder just for that :)
I added some other goodies along with the gift card and made this bag out of a plain ole kraft gift bag I picked up at Target. I jazzed it up with Unity Stamps, of course! The tag is from a previous project.
Here are all the products I used for these two projects:


12.12.2011

Yes, Another Tag

So Friday, I forgot to post the winner of the Peachy Keen Faces! Sorry about that. I got a bit sidetracked when I received an email from Paper Crafts Magazine stating TWO of my cards were chosen for a publication! I *may* have done a happy dance or two that day ;)

Random.org chose....
Linda Harris! Congratulations! Please send me an email at erinleecreative@gmail.com so I can ship you out these fun faces.

Today, I'm posting yet ANOTHER holiday tag. This will probably be one of my last for the season since all my presents are wrapped up and under the tree! I am entering this one into the Unity Stamp Co Kit of the Month Challenge. Fun fun!

12.09.2011

Peachy Keen Stamp LFIF Challenge 29: Fabric Scraps

Happy Friday friends! As sad as I am to say, this is one of my last Design Team posts for Peachy Keen Stamps. WAHHHHH. BUT - when one door closes, one will open. I'm really looking forward to seeing a FRESH, new team for Peachy Keen Stamps (it could be you...just sayin) so be sure to get your application in. I can't wait to see what's next for me in the crafting world ;) I just want to thank Kathy and Angelica for EVERYTHING they have done for me as a design team member. I love those two ladies like they are my own family. Heck, they ARE my family <3

This week, the challenge is to use fabric! I love incorporating fabric into my paper art projects. It's a great texture combination, whether it be flowers, trim or strips. This week, I created a holiday wreath for my daughter's room. It's made out of scrap fabric, ribbon, a styrofoam wreath and of COURSE some Peachy ornaments.



12.08.2011

Tim Holtz Tag #1

Hey friends! I've been a little MIA recently...it's because I've been spending some quality time with Tim Holtz. HAHA yeah right! But really, I'm doing his tags this year. Each year, he does 12 Tags of Christmas and they are always SO amazing and inspiring. You see his tags and say WOW, that is beautiful! The detail that goes into his tags are insane. And it really makes for a super messy craft space.

Here is Tim's Tag 1.
Here is my take on Tag 1.
Quite a bit different, but that's ok - it's mine! I found the Noel in the Silhouette library and cut that with my brand spankin new Cameo on red glitter paper. I also just LOVE this new Pinecone die! You can create beautiful roses from it too. Who knew?
Maybe I will do a video tutorial soon on them. I'll be back soon with Tag #2!
Here's the rest of my supply list:



12.04.2011

Baby it's cold outside!

Ok, not really since I live in Dallas. It's probably actually still 40 degrees outside. But that's cold to me! It's rainy and dreary and dark. Yesterday was my birthday, and I had a great day. I got a Cameo! WOOT. It's sitting here staring at me on my table.

Anyway, to celebrate my birthday with my lovely blog friends, I'm giving away something you might be interested in. Since it's so cold outside....I'm giving away.....
Peachy Keen Stamps Winter Face Assortment Set! This set is so cute. Funny, when I went to find the image of the stamp set on the PKS site, I found my project I made a longggggggg time ago, but still one of my favorites. I used this stamp set for the Gingerbread's face.
So many great memories designing for Peachy Keen Stamps. Speaking of that, did you hear they are having an OPEN DESIGN TEAM CALL? Yep, it's true. I know MANY crafters have dreamed of being on their design team, so now is your chance. You can do this. Please please please don't say "I'll never get chosen." Cause how do you know? You don't. So give it a try! It's a great challenge. You all know how I advocate challenging yourself. You can find all the details on their blog HERE

So back to the giveaway.....just a leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about DECEMBER (other than my birthday of course) and I will pick a random winner next Friday, December 9. 

I made a little tag yesterday in front of the fire with lots of Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Unity Stamp love.
Just to add to my little stash. I love embossing that reindeer, it looks soooooo pretty in real life.

Have a great day!
Lots of love.

11.28.2011

Twine Ornament Card

Good Monday morning to you friends! Today I wanted to share a super simple card I made yesterday. I wanted to break from TAGS and make a card. I love my Unity Stamps and The Twinery Twine!

11.27.2011

Sunday Randomness

Hi friends! I wanted to show you a few things I've been working on over this glorious break spent with family and not in the office. I have my house all decorated and it smells of cinnamon with a fire in the fireplace. I've been wrapping presents and working on tags.
And having fun craft time with my daughter. Meet "Francer" the reindeer. This little craft project was very easy. A paper plate, a brown crayon, her hands cut out on brown cardstock, googley eyes and a Christmas craft ball. She loved it!
I hope everyone is a having a wonderful extended weekend. I'm off to the grocery store to make something delicious for dinner. I'm thinking crock pot French Dips? I found a recipe on Pinterest. Have I mentioned I LOVE my crock pot? It's true. Until next time....

11.23.2011

Santa Was Here Tag

Now that I'm wrapping up my 30 Cards in November challenge to myself, I've started working on some quick tags for my Christmas presents. I need to do a 50 tags in 20 days challenge! I'm trying to build up a collection so when I wrap, I can just grab a tag from my stash but so far my collection is 2. haha.

Last night, we put up our (real!) tree and I decided it looked a little bare with no packages yet. So....I made this easy little tag so I could start wrapping this weekend. (Since I'm done shopping, no Black Friday madness for me, thank you very much.)
Also, I am now using this extremely useful program from Inlinkz where I can link up and show you all the products I used for the project. Isn't that so cool? I love it!




Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

11.18.2011

Peachy Keen Kut Outs Blog Hop

Good morning sunshines! And happy Friday! Yahoo! Today, I'm posting a couple of cards I made using the *NEW* Peachy Keen Kut Outs. These are just so adorable, and perfect for the holiday season. You can cut out the dies with your Cuttlebug or Big Shot and then stamp away to your little hearts content.
I used the Gingerbread Boy set (die and stamp) and the sentiment is from the Oh By Golly! set. Ain't he cute??? 

There is another project and video for the Decorate Me Christmas Tree HERE

PKS will be drawing 3 winners. The winners will receive their choice of one (1) Peachy Keen Kut Out die and one (1) coordinating stamp set. Winners will be chosen amongst ALL comments left on all the blogs across the hop! PKS is also offering FREE shipping this weekend only 11/18-11/20 and an additional 5% off promo code - KUTOUT5 - which means customers will receive 15% off (promo code + everyday savings of 10% off)!

Your next stop is Miss Ruthie!




11.13.2011

New Peachy Keen Kut Outs

Hi friends! I had to create a project today with my new Peachy Keen Stamps Kut Out dies! They are so so easy and so much fun AND let's not forget - so adorable! I put together a quick video to show you how EASY they are to use. You can use them in your Cuttlebug or Big Shot. You can find all of the collections here.

11.11.2011

Peachy Keen Stamps LFIF: Recipes

Happy Friday friends! Here today to share Peachy Keen Stamps Let's Face It Friday Challenge. It's time to get in the holiday spirit and one of my very favorite things to do during the holidays is BAKE! I love it. It's so fun and YUMMY to share treats with loved ones. I made this card to give to someone that holds a recipe inside. I might do this for my Christmas cards this year as something different to send out.
Inside of card:
I used Peachy Keen Stamps Faceless Gingerbread Dolls and for the face, I used Snowmany Faces. Love that you can pair any face stamps to go with these precious dolls! The pie and sentiment are from Market Street Stamps.

11.10.2011

The Gift of Christmas Card

Hi friends! This is card #10 for my 30 Cards in November Challenge. I figured I better start working on Christmas cards so  that I can send out handmade ones this year (since I still have 20 more to go - gulp!). Today's card was made for the Unity Stamp Co Kit of the Month Challenge. I am desperately trying to find challenges to give me new layout ideas for all these cards! HAHA. This was a fun one that included a tag.
Recipe:
solid cardstock from Stampin Up
Echo Park patterned paper
Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month (sentiment and snowman)
Tim Holtz Winter Distress Inks
Promarkers
The Twinery Twine
Papertrey Ink ribbon
button from Michael's

11.09.2011

Market Street Stamps Paint the Town Color Challenge

Hi friends! Comin atcha tonight with a card made for Market Street Stamps Paint the Town Color Challenge. I love participating in their challenges! This one? Phew - toughie. I am NOT a purple gal. BUT I pulled out the Comforting Florals stamp set (for the first time ever) and thought they would be perfect for this color combo.
It looks navy in the picture, but I swear it's purple! The color is Stampin Up Concord Crush. Love this color. I also used my new Spellbinders Nestibilities (wonky rectangles) and The Twinery Twine in Honeydew. 

This is card #9 for my 30 in November Challenge - I'm making 30 cards for each day in November! Yay for keeping up with goals.

11.06.2011

Constant Companions Card

Hello friends. I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday night. I worked on a card today for a challenge Unity Stamp Co. is having...it's a coloring challenge using their new Brandy & Emma stamp sets. This one is called Constant Companions. The illustration may look familiar to you - the illustrator does drawing for Highlights magazine. Remember that mag? Loved that when I was little. These images are so sweet and bring back really great childhood memories. Anyway....enough sap, on with the card!
I am determined to get to know my Promarkers a bit more. I have been watching some tutorials on YouTube and playing around with coloring. It's a love / hate relationship but I am determined to conquer! Practice makes perfect, right?

For this card, I used Recollections Kraft cardstock, Sassafras Cherry Delicious patterned paper, The Twinery Twine in Denim, Glimmer Mist, Papertrey Ink ribbon and my Promarkers.

Thanks for checking out my card today :)

10.28.2011

Peachy Keen Stamps LFIF: Creepy Cute

Happy Friday friends! I LOVE me some Fridays! Super fun weekend ahead full of Halloween festivities. I'm going as Katy Perry - can't wait to rock the blue wig. HAHA!

Today I'm posting a creepy cute project since I'm all ready for Halloween. I mixed the new Uglies Face Assortment from Peachy Keen with the Retro Faces nose and mouth to create her cute face. The girl is from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge as well as the spiderweb cut.
I also used Unity Stamp Co stamp for the sentiment and My Creative Time's Banner Die for the sentiment tag. The patterned paper is Echo Park's Apothecary Emporium line. Hope you can join us this week for the challenge.

10.25.2011

Gingerbread Doll Card

Hola crafty friends! Posting a sweet lil card tonight brought to you buy Peachy Keen Stamps and Market Street Stamps. OHHH how I love these two stamp companies :) I wanted to get an early head start on Christmas cards, this is my first one for the season. I can't believe how close it really is when you look at a calendar. Hmmmm maybe I should start my list.... Anyway, for this card I used my NEW Market Street Stamp Sweet Lace background stamp, I love it! I colored in the blue on the background as well as the gingerbread girl with my Primsacolor colored pencils.

::thinks to myself I should put more of those on my Christmas wish list::

All the bling and the flower are from Creative Charms. AND did I happen to mention I'm a new Design Team member for this fabulous company? They make the CUTEST embellies at such a reasonable price! Check em out.
ALSO - I wanted to announce the winner of the $15 Peachy Keen Stamps gift certificate from the hop last week! Random.org chose....

Cassandra from Ctimz3.blogspot.com. Congrats Cassandra!

See y'all back here soon. Have a great rest of your week.

10.23.2011

I Believe in Pink Card

Happy Sunday friends! I hope you are relaxing and enjoying the day. Maybe even a little time to sneak away to your craft spot? I made this card last night with my Unity Stamp Co Kit of the Month. I love the set this month - it's all about breast cancer awareness. So lovely!
Recipe:
Stampin Up cardstock
Erin Lee Creative Cowgirl Up paper stack (patterned paper)
Unity Stamp Co Kit of the Month October 2011
Papertrey Ink ribbon
Glimmer Mist Black Magic
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
bling
flower embellie from New Zealand

Have a great day!

10.19.2011

Unity Stamp Co Kit of the Month Challenge

Hey y'all! Erin here. I'm posting a card I created last night for the Unity Stamp Co Kit of the Month Challenge. I love these challenges! I love my kit of the month sets so much. Little gems I never remember I had when I dig through a past kit. So fun discovering new stamps I have.

10.17.2011

Peachy Keen Stamps Blog Hop!

Hey friends! Welcome to my stop on the PKS Blog Hop. Ok! Here is the actual card I made for the hop. Isn't he CUTE? I loved coloring him with my Prismacolor Pencils and baby oil. So fun for Halloween! This lil goblin guy comes from the Goblin Greetings set.
I'm also going to post my project that I used for Let's Face It Fridays. This stamp set I used is from the all new Uglies assortment set. These crack me up. Perfect for your Halloween projects.
Head on over to the Peachy Keen website to get your shopping on. They are even offering a discount code during the hop!

Leave a comment on *this post* for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to use towards some of these new fun sets!

Next up on the hop is the oh-so-talented Miss Ruthie!

10.14.2011

Peachy Keen Stamps LFIF and San Fran Day!

Hey bloggies. Comin atcha today with Peachy Keen Stamps Let's Face It Friday. This week's theme is windy! I immediately thought of swirls and swirlies and this little monster came to mind. I used the new Uglies set, isn't his face awesome?
 Recipe:
Peachy Keen Stamps Uglies stamps
Market Street Stamps background stamp and Sweet Spooks Set
Unity Stamp (tree)
Distress inks, embossing tool and ink
Halloween twine and black lace
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch

I hope everyone has a FABULOUS weekend! I am off to San Francisco today and if I'm super lucky, I'm going to meet up with Emma, Katie and Liz...just a few of my special craft friends ;)

See ya on the flip!

10.13.2011

Sweet Spooks Card

Hellllllooooo out there in crafty blogland all! Today I'm bringing you a super sassy and spooky card using a whole lotta Market Street Stamps. I just absolutely adored this little skull cutie when I first saw the release of it. Ain't she cute? Love her flower headband. I am a BIG fan as you know of MSS background stamps as well. So fun to play with. What's even cooler is I didn't even use any patterned paper on this entire card. With background stamps, you can create your own. Am also loving my heat embosser these days as well ;) I used SU white embossing powder for the background and the sentiment.
Recipe:
Market Street Stamps: Sweet Spooks, Vintage Wallpaper and Vintage Music
Stampin Up card stock
Stick pin made by me
Lace and other trim (from my craft closet)

I am entering this into Market Street Stamps Block Party Challenge! So fun! Have a great day everyone.

10.12.2011

Warm Witchy Wishes Card

Just a quick card to post today, folks! I made this back on World Card Making Day. Just a fun, simple card based off a sketch I found online. I used a Spellbinders die, Echo Park's Apothecary Emporium stack, Peachy Keen Stamps Lisa Jean set and Halloween twine. 

Have a great day y'all!  

10.10.2011

Monday Sale Day

Hi bloggies! I wanted to let y'all know I am selling off the rest of my paper stacks. I'm making room for bigger and better things....soooo...I am having a sale on my two stacks - just $6 with FREE SHIPPING. HURRY! There are only a few left, first come first serve. They need loving homes (to eventually be cut up hee hee). Click HERE to purchase.

Here are a few lovelies that have been created with my paper, if you need a gentle push ;)


10.07.2011

SU Beau Chateau / Tim Holtz Die Card

What a week! I am exhausted, so thrilled it's the weekend. Got a few to-dos, but hopefully for the most part I can just have a little relaxation time at home. 

I created this card using my Stampin Up Beau Chateau stuff from my rep Barb. I love her because well, she puts up with me basically. Aren't the papers gorgeous? I also used my Tim Holtz Sewing Room die. Gonna definitely be one of my favorites for a while, love this die set. It comes with the dress form, button and cute spool. 
Also wanted to announce the random winner of my Rainbow Connection Challenge......

Miss Felicia! Congrats Felicia! I can't wait to see what you create with your prizes :)

I hope everyone has a fabulous, relaxing and stress-free weekend.

10.06.2011

Every Birdie Welcome Card

Hey gang! Just a quick and simple post today. I forgot to post this card I made a while ago. Super simple, clean and easy peasy.
I used the Peachy Keen Stamps Scarecrow Accessories set (who says the accessory set can't just be cute enough on its own? ;)), my Promarkers and some lace, twine and tulle.

Choose joy today lovelies!

10.02.2011

Yarn Wreath Tutorial

Sunday funday! I'm posting a tutorial today on how to make EASY yarn wreaths. I am now addicted and will probably be making one for every holiday. They are so easy, economical and the possibilities are endless with so many types / colors of yarn out there. I would say total time takes probably an hour, depending on how fast you can twist the yarn and how complicated your embellishments are.

Here's how you create one.
First, you will need a straw wreath. They come in different sizes, this one is a 10" from Hobby Lobby. NOTE: Leave the plastic wrap on! It is slick and is easier to twist the yarn around.
If you want just one solid color yarn wreath, you will need one bigger spool of yarn. I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $2.99. If you want to incorporate other colors, get 2 or 3. They also make yarn spools with various colors mixed in, like on my fall wreath so you don't have to worry about buying multiple colors! (See...easy so far.)

You will also need a few pieces of felt squares, depending on how many flowers you want (one felt square cut in half makes two big flowers), a thick piece of ribbon to hang it with and whatever else you want to use for embellishments.
To start, take the end of your yarn and knot it on the back. Start looping the yarn through the wreath over and over again.
Keep covering the entire wreath in yarn. Since I combined two yarn colors, I cut off really long pieces of each color and twisted them around together.

***I also found it much easier on my second wreath to cut off long pieces of yarn instead of using the entire spool of yarn, it seemed to get tangled when I kept it on the spool. 

Next, you will need to make your felt flowers. I have put together a picture tutorial on how to create these little beauties. 
You can embellish you wreath however you want! I have used burlap leaves, feathers, painted wood letters, fabric, Sizzix flowers, buttons...the sky's the limit! 
Here are two of my finished wreaths, a fall wreath and a ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK wreath. 
I hope you will try these - they are so fun! Have a crafty relaxing Sunday.