Back to School

I know that some students down in the States have been back in school for a couple of weeks now, but here in Alberta, students do not start back until next week.  Having said that, the summer is over for us teachers, and I am in full “Back to School” mode.  So the timing with My Whimsical Little World‘s new Back to School release is perfect timing!

Paola has put together an awesome assortment of “Back to School” images for any type of project you might have up your sleeve.  I started with a card with an educational-themed quote, which I thought would be a great way to encourage a teen or tween in your life to make the most of their experiences this coming year.

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This card was created with a digi called Olivia and I think she is so cute!  I loved colouring up her hair.

My favourite project for this release was a set of cookie treat bags that I thought would be a great surprise in a lunch kit.  These two treat bags use digis called Supplies in a Mug and Alarm Clock.

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These are amazingly easy to make. I simply added the cookies to a sandwich bag and folded over the extra plastic and taping it in place.  I then grabbed some cardstock that was 3″ wide and as long as the diametre of the cookie, and then folded it to create a tent that was 1.5″ wide.  I coloured up my images and fussy cut each, embellished the paper and glued everything in place.  I then added some double sided adhesive to the back inside of the tent and placed the cookie bag on top.  Voila – it’s that easy (maybe this would be a good video tutorial for the coming months)!

Paola has been releasing new images over in her Etsy store every week, so make sure you take the chance to stop by and see what is there!  You might also want to pop by Amanda, Martha and Kimberly’s blogs to see the great projects they created with the release as well!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A little doodling fun!

Princess-fullIt’s Saturday, so I get to share a fun inspiration project for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps‘ weekly challenge.  This week, I get to be the hostess, and I am challenging you to doodle away!  I have to admit that I get a bit freaked out to freehand doodle on my cards, so I have a couple of tips.  If the idea of doodling makes you nervous too, either try doodling right after you have stamped your image (before you colour), so you don’t loose a whole stamped image if you dislike the doodling.  Or, simply pencil it in first – no one will know you practiced first (just remember to draw lightly)!

Princess-closeupThis week, I worked with one of the cute images from the Once Upon a Time 4 set.  I coloured her up with Copics (finally finding some purples that I actually like!!), and then used my Sakura marker to doodle in some lines and create a bit of a sentiment. I was quick and easy, and created a cute frame-look around the image without needing to emboss or die-cut!  That’s my kind of technique! ;)

Okay, now it’s your turn!  Create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp or another stamp, and include some doodling on it! Pull out those fabby stamps and play along! Have some krafty fun and join us this week!!

Don’t forget that Kimmie has LOTS of fabulous stamp sets on SALE in the FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS this weekend 30-50% OFF! There is also a HUGE new selection of paper pads including a whole new line by Wild Rose Studio!

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Ribbonista in the making?

Hope-fullOften times, I am asked about my style as a crafter!  While I am never sure how to answer that question, one thing is for sure – I am a bit of a ribbon addict.  There is something about the texture, colour and dimension of ribbon – the perfect choice can really take a great project and make it extra special!

If you’ve seen any projects here on the blog before, you will know that my favourite ribbon company is May Arts! Whether I am using some of my favourite chevron stripes or some of the beautiful crochet ribbons,  May Arts ribbons add a finishing touch to almost every project I create.  So when Betheny from May Arts posted about a design team call, I was oh, SO tempted to throw my hat in the mix.  So, here we go!

One of my favourite recent projects was a home decor project that teamed up  some chalkboard paint, a stencil, gesso and some black and white chevron ribbon (382-34-10). The ribbon in this project wasn’t only functional, but worked to tie together the balck and white together.

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This second project I decided to showcase was created as part of an “unconventional valentines”-themed tea party that I created this last Valentine’s day.  This project was particularly fun because I got to play with a variety of ribbons – including, 1.5″ Grosgrain stripes in TG34,  AX17 – 7/8” Satin Cut Outs (hearts) and 376-1-03 – 1 Inch Grosgrain / Satin Edge Ribbon. Created simply by covering some cardboard with paper and beautiful ribbon, who knew it could be so easy to have a cupcake stand to match any party theme!

Finally, because this is a position for tutorials, I had to include a project with a stepped out tutorial!  I chose an interactive card – another one of my favourites!

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Well, there you have it!  Three fun projects that I hope will get me into round two of this design team call. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Thanks for stopping by!

Beachy Keen!

Beach-cup-fullIt’s day two of the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps MAY previews, and we have some great new Moonlight Whispers stamps to share from a set called Beachy Keen!  This set includes two fun images and three great sentiments to get you stamping and creating fun summer project!

Beach-cup-closeupToday, I decided to colour up this cutie and use her on a teacher appreciation gift.  I found these some fun plastic glasses that are supposed to look like mason jars at my local dollar store and filled them with summer themed goodies, including some individual drink crystal packages and a couple of coconut chocolate bars.  I added a bit of chalk paper, some ribbon, and this great new stamp!  I think it’s a fun way to send anyone away on a vacation – teacher, coworker, student, etc.

Below you will find all the Krafty Girls who have goodies to show you today and while you’re visiting their blogs, be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky stamper is going to WIN a package of today’s stamps, and you do not want to miss out on that opportunity!

Happy hoppin’ and thanks for stopping by!

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