Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ice Cream and Sweet Treat Shaker Cards

Good morning crafters!  Today I've been playing with Queen & Company's Sweet Treat Kit.  This kit came with dies, pop-up foam, acetate, stickers, rhinestones, and assorted "pops" (the cute little balls inside my shaker cards.

I think interactive cards are just so cute and kids just love them, of course!  I created these three cards using some 6 x 6 papers and leftover bits I had lying around.  Scroll down for a closer look at each card.

I used retired Close To My Heart papers for this card.  These were actually small samples that were hole punched and on a key ring.  They came in a package I received when I became a consultant.  (I never did sell any, I just wanted the discount for myself!)  But I never like to throw away perfectly good paper and was able to recycle the samples into a card :)  

After die cutting the two parts for the cupcakes or ice cream, it's really quite quick to put the elements together.  The kit only comes with six foam elements, but you can order refills or just use paper to create the cupcake or ice cream.  I am entering my card over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the challenge this week is Birthday Wishes.

I added sequins to this shaker card, along with some of the rhinestones that came in the kit.  Gotta love a sparky card, right?!

I am also entering my cards over at Allsorts Challenge Blog where this week's challenge is to use at least two dies.

Thank you so much for stopping by :)



Monday, August 29, 2016

Family Fun

Happy Monday!  I can't believe September is almost here!  With August almost gone, I quickly created today's scrapbook page using Stuck?! Sketches August 15th sketch challenge.  The picture is of our family playing Monopoly.  Our daughter decided that it would be more fun to play the game with stickers stuck to our foreheads.  The kids were cracking up the whole game.  I decided to take a quick selfie.  You can see in the picture what our son thinks of selfies.

I used Basic Grey's Lime Rickey collection and Jolees Boutique 3D Monopoly Board Game Stickers on my layout.  I sprayed the paper with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Ink Spray.
I also used a few embellishments from Imaginisce's Animal Crackers collection.

Have a great week!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Birthday Fun

Happy Friday fellow crafters! Today's ultra girly layout is of Lara's 6th birthday party.  It was her first big birthday party and we invited her whole class to an indoor playground.  It was shortly after starting Kindergarten, and, three years later, she is still close friends with the little girl next to her in these photos.

I used this week's challenge over at Sketches In Thyme, as a jumping of point for my layout.  I used so many older supplies in this layout.  Love it!  

Update: My layout was featured this week over at Sketches in Thyme!  So happy!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Turning 12

Good morning, crafty friends! Today I have a layout of my son turning 12 years old.  He decided that he'd like to try paintball with some friends for his birthday.  They had a blast teaming up and shooting up the opposite team, but they were not prepared for how much those little pellets hurt!  By the end of the day, a couple of boys decided that they'd had enough!  But all in all, it was a big "hit".

I always have a harder time scrapping boy pages, but I think this one turned out pretty well.  I think tearing paper is a good way to break up a guy page.  It's tough to tell in the picture but I also inked up those white torn papers with brown chalk.  Wooden stars are another easy embellishment that works for guy pages, too.  I just love the "No cry zone" sticker I found for this page.  Perfect!

Hope you are having a great week!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Good times

Good afternoon!  This scrapbook layout is of a trip I took to St. Croix with friends last month.  It was such a beautiful place and we spent the week exploring the island or relaxing at our beach house.  In this layout, you can see the gorgeous view we had from the pool.  

Because this month's challenge over at another freaking scrappy challenge is to use a souvenir in your layout, I used a map of the U.S. Virgin Islands that I cut out of a pamphlet I picked up at the airport. St. Croix is the largest U.S. Virgin Island and has about 50,000 people living there.  It is a very laid back place, and very spread out with lots of curving roads.  Also, even though it is a U.S. territory, the people drive there on the left.  

I created the tag using Distress Inks and some stamps I borrowed from my bff, Stacy, who also invited us to St. Croix with her.  You can see her in the pool photo above, too :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Update: My layout was a winner over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge!  Thank you so much!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Make Today Amazing

Today's layout is of my darling daughter.  The photos are of her crazy hair day at school last year.  We sprayed her hair with all kinds of temporary colors and added pipe cleaners and hairbands to her hair.  She was so excited to show it off at school.  

It's hard to believe that the summer is almost over and the kids are getting ready to start their new school year on Wednesday.  Where did all the time go?!  Seems like the summer break just gets shorter and shorter!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Today's layout is of my nephew being born.  Since his dad was on deployment at the time, I got to be in the delivery room with my sis for her C-section.  It was the coolest thing ever!  And she was a rock star! I was also able to FaceTime with my brother-in-law, so he could see his son being born from far away.  You can see his face on the phone in the picture. 

I used one of my favorite embellishments on this page, Prima Say It In Crystal bling.  I just love how big the rhinestone swirls are.   I used a Tim Holtz stencil which I sprayed with ink on the background paper and faux stitched around the circles with a Black Copic Marker Multiliner Ink Pen.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DIY 40th birthday Las Vegas Style

My husband recently turned 40, and boy did we have a great time celebrating the milestone!  Because he loves Las Vegas so much, I decided to make it the theme for his party.  Here are a few ways I decorated our house.  

This was my favorite decoration that my daughter and I worked on.  We painted three very large boxes white and red, and then added black paper circles on the sides to make them look like dice. 

For the dining area, I punched holes in playing cards are strung them up with some fishing line so they looked like they were floating above us.  I also made some tissue flowers and adhered a playing card to the center.

The large black background (which was awesome for photo ops) was created by gluing three black plastic tablecloths together and then gluing playing cards all over them.  You can get both things at the dollar store.  It's just a little time consuming.  I also die cut the words Happy OMG 40th Birthday and adding them to the center of the tablecloths.  I also hung playing cards from the light fixture, hutch, and garland.  

Decorating the table was easy.  I added some cards and beads from the dollar store, added some cards to a $1 frame, and added a funky hat from Party City. 

For the door of the bathroom, I added this funny sign.  The picture is from the movie This Is 40, I just added my husband's face to it.  Hilarious!

Inside the bathroom, I created these funny signs on my printer.

 A few more playing card garland for my windows. 

 This fun baby picture garland was inspired by a Pinterest post.  You can find it on my 40th birthday party Pinterest board, along with lots of other great ideas.  It turned out so cute!  My mother-in-law loved it.

For the entryway, I made some cherries out of red balloons and paper.  The signs were purchased at party city.  I laid a felt poker table cover over the top, like this one here. 

Then I made him a gift basket full of lottery tickets (he won $50!) and added some margarita cuts with poker chips, cards, and dice.

A friend of mine made him this amazing cake, which read "Damn, you are old."  

And of course, we have to have champagne to celebrate.

I typed up this tasting menu so everyone would know what they were trying and we could have it as a memento of the party.  The best part of the party was a video another dear friend of mine made, of people wishing him a happy birthday and showing pictures of him growing up.  It was a wonderful mix of sentimentality and hilarity, and even my husband had tears in his eyes when he watched it. 

And lastly, I had to scrapbook a few pictures of the family before the party started.  Because once people started coming over, we were having too much fun to take many pictures!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, August 15, 2016


Good morning!  Today's layout features a picture of my daughter and her friends at an annual moms and kids camping trip.  I used a sketch challenge from Sketches in Thyme, as inspiration for my layout.

I used the gorgeous Bo Bunny Butterfly Kisses Collection Pack for my layout.  I love the soft beautiful pinks, blues, and greens, as well as the floral and butterfly patterns.  Perfect for my girly layouts!

Have a great day!

Update - I was featured at Sketches in Thyme for my layout! Made my day!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Shark Week Kickoff Party! (It's a holiday at my house!)

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing pictures (and a scrapbook layout) of an annual holiday at my house - Shark Week!!!  Be sure to read all the way down for lots of ideas on how to decorate your house for a killer party.

Our family goes nuts over Discover channel's annual Shark Week programming.  Sharks are just such amazing, powerful creatures and we love watching and learning about them.  For the last couple of years we have hosted a Shark Week Kickoff Party on the day it starts.  Such good fun!

To decorate our house, we put blue cellophane over all of our downstairs windows.  When the light hits them, it creates an underwater feel and tints the house in blue.  It's a pretty inexpensive way to create a big impact.  I also added some Nemo and Spongebob characters to the windows, as well.  I created them using my Cricut Expression. They have since come out with a newer version, the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine. I used the Best of PixarSpongeBob Squarepants, and
Life is a Beach cricut cartridges.

To keep my die cuts in good shape, year after year, I laminated them.

No party is complete without some themed cupcakes.  These Sprinkles cupcakes were for the adults.  Their gluten free Red Velvet cupcakes are to die for!

My daughter made the cupcakes for the kids.  Da dum...

I made an area for the kid snacks.  Grapes on skewers were labeled seaweed, goldfish were labeled shark bait, and large pretzel rods were labeled driftwood.  The "take a bite" napkins were purchased from Oriental Trading, while the Gummi Blue Shark, 5 Lb were bought from Amazon.  They were a big hit with the kids. To save a little money, I purchased the tablecloths, cutlery, and utensils at the dollar store.  

Another great thing to buy at the dollar store are the inflatable sharks and fish.  I hung them up on the walls, as you can see in the picture below.  The "jellyfish" were created by adding ribbon to shower caps that I collected from hotel stays.  I hung them up with clear fishing line.  I also blew up and hung tiny balloons to mimic bubbles. You can find them here - Qualatex 5" Balloons, Diamond Clear Jewel - Pack of 100

The sharks on the wall were a vinyl decoration purchased from Amazon.  It can be peeled from the wall and reused. You can find it here - RoomMates RMK2558GM Finding Nemo Sharks Peel and Stick Giant Wall Decals

My sister got me this cool Fierce Vinyl Shark for the party, as well.  Vinyl decals are another great way to cheaply decoration your walls, while having a huge cool factor.

No party is complete without a watermelon shark.  You can find the directions on my Shark Week Shark Week Pinterest Board.

You can purchase some netting for your table from the dollar store, along with bags of seashells.

Ocean water for the kids (Kool- aid). 

Blood in the Water for the adults. (Citrus flavored Vodka, Blue Curacao, Sweet and Sour, pineapple juice and grenade on top).

Create a scene along your walls with crepe paper and die cut sea creatures.

Think you are safe going to the bathroom?

Nope. This guy's waiting for you. (Shark Toilet Topper Peel 'N Place Party Accessory)

No party is complete without photo ops!  These were bought at Oriental Trading.

And finally, don't forget to document your event with lots of photos and of course, a scrapbook layout!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you love Shark week as much as we do, please let us know in the comments section.  And if you have another great idea for next year's party, please share it with us :)

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