Monday, December 30, 2013

Picking Up the Pieces Vol. 7: Christmas Goodies!

I'm baaaack!  I've been in a major funk since coming back from the east coast.  Not quite sure what to call vacation Christmas blues?!  Maybe a little bit of both.  It was so hard for me to get back on Hawaii time after being on vacation for 2 weeks on east coast time, but nonetheless it's time for another edition of Picking Up the Pieces!

I got some pretty sweet stamps and dies for Christmas and will be playing along with a couple of challenges. The first is for the December Avery Elle Challenge using this sketch

Here is my card using the Thanks A Bunch set....

Avery Elle Thanks A Bunch, Avery Elle Laurels. Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Green Hills and Butter Bar and Orange Soda, Memento Inks in Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa and Peanut Brittle, Echo Park Every Day Eclectic Paper Pad, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mat Dies, Lawn Trimmings

It took me a couple of tries to get the spacing and ink color combinations right, but totally fun because the possibilities were endless in building a fab bouquet!  The colors were inspired by the last Pinspired Challenge seen below...

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and looking forward to the New Year!  I know I am!!!

Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Picking Up the Pieces Vol. 6 No Scrap Left Behind!

Hello gang!  Today I want to share a little project I made for all my coworkers that cost me less than $4/ea.  I kept seeing these great Starbucks cups that were reusable and knew I had to do something with them!

Most of my coworkers are coffee drinkers and our boss recently purchased a Keurig Machine for our department. I filled each cup with 3 Keurig coffee pods perfect to get a good start to their day!  I personalized them using Lawn Fawn's Cole's ABCs die that cut felt like butta!  Added a few embellishments from my stash and voila!  Love that it's personalized and used up scraps of felt.  I think they'll like it!

Hope this inspires you to make somethin' crafty for your friends and family!  Homemade gifts are the best in my book.  Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Picking Up the Pieces Vol. 5: Making Tags

So I was on a mission to use up all my scrap pieces of holiday pattern paper (you may recognize seeing them in this post) and realized I had enough to make a stash of tags! Tags are perfect to jazz up that special gift, turn into a quick card or just to have on hand for when you need them quickly.

Recognize the paper from the treat bags?  I used Lawn Fawn's Tag You're It Dies to quickly put these together.  I also had some scrap glitter paper that I couldn't bare to throw away, they made perfect reinforcers for a little touch of bling!

 Above is my favorite tag using an origami tree cut from a half circle and folded to create the layers...super fun!

Lastly are these sets that allowed the paper to speak for themselves AKA my laziness kickin' in.  But honestly I did like the simplicity of it for those none fru fru peeps in our lives!

All right, that's it for me!  Hope everyone is surviving, crossing off things from the to do list and getting ready for Christmas.  MAHALO for stopping by!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Kitty Bee Designs Mid Inspiration for Christmas Challenge

Happy Aloha Friday!  Welcome back for my mid inspiration post to get your creative juices flowing with Kitty Bee Designs.  How are your Christmas cards coming along?  Since I'm on my east coast trip I had to quickly finish them up before about a rush!

Here is my sneak peek for the week...

This has got to be my most favorite card of the year! I hope you'll go check out the full card at Kitty Bee Designs and while you're there, check out the rest of our design teams creations.  I guarantee it'll make you smile!

And that's a wrap!  Kitty Bee Designs Team will be going on holiday for a bit, but we'll be back in the New Year with a lot more adorable images so stay tuned!  Meanwhile feel free to browse around the Kitty Bee Designs Etsy Shop for clear and digi images.  Perfect to give as a gift and/or keep for yourself!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Picking Up the Pieces Vol. 4...Treat bags for Christmas

Aloha everyone! I'm back again with another paper pieced project this time as a treat bag.  My friend Kel (Scraps and Photograffs) introduced me to the Bo Bunny Elf Magic Collection and I fell in love with the tone on tone papers!  I'm such a sucker for them and got a whole bunch to make these fun treat bags for the kids to pass out to their classmates.

Juju loves blue and Noah loves Red so they made perfect treat bags to hold the Christmas day cocoa, butter mints and a chocolate covered marshmallow!

My fabulous E-Clips cut out the bags and I made some quick tags with a scallop circle.

We added the ribbon for handles or if they wanted to hang on their Christmas tree.  I say "we" because my mom ended up helping since I had to make a total of 37 bags!

I've been crafting like a mad woman all weekend long trying to get projects complete for the kids' classmates, teachers, coworkers and family coming in to town tomorrow!!  Stay tuned for more blog posts on these.  I'll be leaving for the east coast on Tuesday for my brother in law's Doctoral Commencement, but rest assured I have a fabulous line up of scheduled posts and will be blog hopping regularly. 

Anyone have any travel plans for the holidays?  Praying for mild winter weather while everyone is traveling.  Have a happy Monday and MAHALO for stopping by.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Aloha Friday Kitty Bee Design Challenge #14

Happy Aloha Friday!  I can't believe this is our last challenge for the year!  It's been an amazing ride from summer til now and hope you've been inspired to create somethin' cute.  Here's my little sneak peek for this week's Christmas challenge...

I promise it's darling and can hold gift cards or money.  I'd love it if you hopped over to Kitty Bee Designs Blog to check out the complete project and see the rest of the design teams creations!

Here are a few of my Kitty Bee Design faves from this past year...

The bears are just adorable! I had to choose a paper pieced one as well....

And here's one hanging out...LOVE it!!

There are soooo many more adorable images and you can check them out at Kitty Bee Design Etsy Shop where you'll find over 80 more images in digis and clear cling stamps.

Mahalo for stopping by and have a FABULOUS weekend!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lawn Fawn Love and a tiny detail tip

Happy Wednesday!  We are almost to the weekend...YAY!  As much as I want the weekend to come, the time is flying by super fast and the list of things to do grows longer each day!  Isn't that always the case around the holidays?! 

I have another Lawn Fawn card that I wanted to share using their stitched leaves die...

Can you see the little negative heart shape?  That was totally random when I started gluing the leaves...thought it was pretty cool!  I almost covered it up, then thought to leave it as a little special somethin'.  The idea was to make a heart shaped pile of leaves.

The leaves are also inked up to define that outer heart shape using Memento Luxe Ink in Rhubarb Stalk. 

I LOVE Lawn Fawn's alpha sets because there's a font for any occasion and so easy to use as they all lineup!  Sally's ABCs is my favorite font from Lawn Fawn and I added some Lawn Ornaments for bit o' bling.  Love that the sequins are mixed and in varying sizes, but you can also alter them....
**Here comes the tiny tip**
See that little light blue sequin at the top left?  It was actually the size of the bottom right light blue sequin, but because I thought it too big, I took my punch and cut it down to size!  I did warn ya it was a tiny tip...hehehe.

All righty...gotta go cross things off my list!  Have a great day and mahalo for stopping by!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Getting Yeti for the New Year!

 Interested in having your project featured in the next Lawn Fawn CHA catalog...check this out!

Ok so I'm not really getting ready for the New Year, but this card is!

Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs, Lawn  Fawn Yeti Set Go, Lawn Fawn Happy 4th, Lawn Fawn Hats Off to You, Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas, Lawn Fawn Circle Stackables, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic markers, DCWV Glitzy Glitter Matstack, Wink of Stella in Silver

I used Lawn Fawn's Cole's ABCs to create the word strips on glitter paper and then stamped out the yeti using a mask for the top hat.  The rocket is from the Happy 4th set and his little bow tie is from Sweet Christmas.  I think he's all jazzed up and ready for a fun

Mahalo for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Picking Up the Pieces Monday Vol. 3

Wow...Monday already!?  Hope everyone has recovered from the turkey/food coma and ready to start the week.  As Christmas quickly approaches I've been trying to get a bunch of projects done.  Today I have a cute little paper pieced tag using Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Forest tree stamp and die...

The tree stamp was inked up 3 times on Lawn Fawn Fa La La pattern paper and then adhered with foam tape for a more layered look.  The base of the tag was die cut with a top fold to create a card-like tag to write a message on the inside.

Added some multicolored sequins and Lawn Fawn Peppermint Lawn Trimmings and there ya have it!

This will be entered in Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes! and Lawnscaping Challenge: Tags

Mahalo for stopping by!

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