5.31.2011

Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge 53

I am participating this week in the Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge 53. I hope you can head over this week and join us! Challenges are a great way to push your creativity and try out new techniques. Plus, the chance to win a prize is always nice :) Here is another card to fuel my current doily obsession! In fact, I stamped right on the doily!

5.30.2011

Baby flower headband with matching card

Relaxation. Family. Grillin. Movies. FOOD. This is what Memorial Day weekend is all about! Love it. So sad to see it come to an end. I am getting some crafting time in today, a perfect way to end the extended weekend. I got a Big Shot for Mother's Day and I just opened the monster out of its box last night. I really wanted to get into making baby headbands so this is my first fabric flower with the Tim Holtz Floral die. It cuts fabric beautifully! Can't wait to get more.

I used the Baby Steps Cricut cartridge, Peachy Keen Princess Faces and Market Street Stamps Vintage Wallpaper background stamp for the card. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company's Kit of the Month. Isn't she cute? I cut out the flower on her headband from my Big Shot to make it match the actual headband. Lovin doilies these days too!

5.29.2011

Drink Umbrella Wreath

Good morning bloggies! Summer is HERE in Dallas - I forget how hot it gets here!!! I wore jeans out yesterday: big mistake. Today it shall be a dress. Yesterday, I created a festive summer wreath for my front door. I planted a lot of flowers out front and my door needed something bright and cheerful. I found this wreath on Pinterest and knew I had to recreate it. I am doing a picture tutorial, because while it seems easy enough, there are definitely a few tricks I learned along the way that it will make it a lot easier for you. And we like easy.

First, you will need a styrofoam wreath. I did both medium and large sizes, and got mine at Hobby Lobby for about $4. You will also need drink umbrellas. I found these at Hobby Lobby for $7, and used almost the entire bucket on the large wreath.
You will need to cut off about two thirds of the toothpick with some utility scissors, like this:
I didn't do this the first few and the toothpick was so long, it poked through the back side of the wreath. Ouch! It's easiest if you prepare all the umbrellas (cut off the bottom and open them up) first before you to start to poke them in.
I found this random plastic tool to poke a preliminary hole into the styrofoam after I broke off a few umbrellas. It helps get them in easier since they are a little fragile.
Start with filling in the center inside of the wreath. It takes about 9 umbrellas, depending on the size of your wreath.
Then, cover the outside edge of the wreath with umbrellas.
Next, you can start filling in the front of the wreath. You can vary the "openess" of each umbrella according to the spaces you need to fill. You can get different looks by how open or closed you make them. I used all the colors of the umbrellas, but you can use just a few if you wanted!

Lastly, I took some hot pink ribbon and hot glued it to the back of the wreath to make a loop hook for my wreath hanger. And here is the finished project. Cute right?!?!

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

5.27.2011

Peachy Keen Let's Face It Friday!

Ok, y'all. No excuses this week to participate in LFIF. Why you ask? Because it's anything goes! So break out those cute lil faces and stamp until your heart's content for your chance to win win win! This week, I made a card for my soon-to-be sister-in-law. She graduated nursing school so of course I had to use this cute lil nurse from Paper Dolls. I also used Retro Faces, they are a classic set - love them! The background paper is from my paper stack My Favorite Things. I am going to be running a special on my paper stacks here in the next few weeks so be sure to keep an eye out :)

I hope everyone has a great and spectacular and RELAXING Memorial Day Weekend! xoxo

5.25.2011

Cricut Circle Membership Winners!

Hi friends. Phew! I am finally caught up with laundry, unpacking and reorganizing. It's sooooo good to be home. It's sort of funny, now that I have my creative space back I'm not sure what to DO in it! Last night I heard crickets in there. But, I did get a project done for my Peachy Keen Design Team post on Friday. Here is a picture of my reorganization. I love it!
I have a few winners to announce for the 3 month subscription to the Cricut Circle! If you are a winner, please send me an email so I can get you your code. Congratulations!

jennyplace2
Sarah (I toot the flute)
Frank-LEE Speaking
SueNJ
Priscilla 

5.17.2011

Provo Craft Flowers + 3 month Cricut Circle membership giveaway!

Hello friends! Still a little jet lagged here, but trying to get back on American time. We had a great trip in the South Island and a really long trip home but I can't tell you how excited I am to be back HOME! Home sweet home. I am doing a total reorganization of my craft room this week, so I'm hoping to post a video soon as well as get back into craft projects!


Provo Craft sent me some beautiful paper flowers, aren't they so cool? I love them, and they will never die! BONUS - they are letting me give away a few FREE 3 month memberships to the Cricut Circle! How cool is that? If you want a chance to win, just comment on this post. I will be drawing Friday and will be emailing the winners on how to redeem them, no strings attached. Good luck!

5.02.2011

Winner + New Zealand Updates

Hi friends! Wanted to do a quick blog post to announce the winner of $20 worth of goodies from Sweet and Sassy Cakes from the Royal Wedding Blog Hop.....

Kim H.!!!!! Congrats Kim! Shoot me an email so I can get you connected. I can't wait to see what she creates for you.

I am packing up here in Hawkes Bay to head out on a 10 day adventure to the South Island of New Zealand. We will be traveling via campervan (what we in the States call an RV) which should be fairly interesting, considering I don't really camp. HA! However, the RV does have a shower and a heater so I should be fairly ok I think? I'll let you know how I handle it ;) We have a packed schedule but the sites we are going to see blow my mind online so I'm sure it's going to be even more amazing in person! A couple of our sites have wifi so maybe I will get to upload some pictures and do a few quick blog posts. Here is our campervan we are renting:
And here is our journey on a map:
A few destinations I'm excited about: Dunedin, Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Speights Brewery, Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge Railway, Te Anau Glow Worm Caves, Milford Sound Scenic Cruise, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, Christchurch and Kaikoura Whale Watch. Just a few things packed in!

I have also been busy the past few days creating some art pages in my Brave Girl journal so I can work on my Soul Restoration class while there is nothing else to do on the road besides journal. I am really loving this class, it's making me brave as a person as well as introducing me to some really fun, carefree art techniques with paint and mod podge. I am starting to also do a lot of vintage work which I am ADORING.
Alright, enough Erin ramblings. Hope to see y'all soon! Can't wait to get back to my craft room and start creating again. The floor is getting rather uncomfortable :)

Oh and p.s. Thank you to all of our past and present U.S. Military who have fought for our country and our freedom. You make us proud! xoxo