Birthday fun – Part 1

My youngest daughter celebrated her third birthday last week so I was busy getting crafty!  In fact, I have so many fun projects to share with you that I thought I would put them into two posts!

When I asked G what kind of cake she would like, she was quick to answer – NEMO!  Now, I was pretty sure that meant a cake decorated with Nemo (as opposed to a fish cake ;)), but you never can tell with three year-olds! ;)  So, I decided to tackle my first ever underwater-themed layer cake and hope for the best.

This cake was completely decorated with modeling chocolate, and given that it was my first attempt at cake decorating, I think it turned out pretty well! It was also a lot of fun to have both of my girls and my hubby help out with the decorations. Modelling chocolate is so easy to work with!

Next up was a project a little more in my comfort zone – an interactive card!

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I recently saw a tutorial for this pop-up box card on Splitcoast Stampers, although I did decide to change up the dimensions a bit.  I thought this was a fun way to show off a few of these cute stamps from Whimsie Doodles Shellabration set, and would be a great way to keep the Nemo theme without having Disney knocking on my door! ;)

The only thing I don;t love about this card is that there are not many great places to write a message to the recipient.  This time, I decided to use the front panels in the “closed” version…

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…but I think next time I will include a pull tab feature instead – stay tuned…I sense a new tutorial on the horizon!

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All in all, I really love the way it turned out, and the best part has been the fun that G has had with the card so far!

Well, that’s it for part one!  I have a bunch more project from the party to share tomorrow, all inspired by and pulled together with awesome ribbons from May Arts! I hope you will pop back for some more party fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Card-fishThis card has been entered into Whimsie Doodles challenge – Seeing Spots! (bubbles count, right?) 

Blog Hopping fun with Faber Castell!

blog hop bannerOne of the things I love about paper crafting is that there is always something new to play with, and great products to experiment with!  Today DCWV and Faber Castell are joining up for a fun blog hop, teaming up textured products, including gesso, whipped spackle, canvas, chalkboard paint, gelatos, and more!

I decided to push myself right out of my comfort zone and create a mixed media wall hanging using only black, white and kraft colours!  If you’ve ever stopped by SCS before, you’ll know that I love bright and bold, so this was definitely a challenge.  But I was so taken with the textured kraft paper and the stencils from DCWV, and I thought they teamed up so well with the chalkboard paint and whipped spackle from Faber Castell (this stuff looked good enough to put on top of a cupcake)!

Hope-fullTo create this piece, I simply started with two of the DIY Wall Appliques from DCWV’s Domestic Bliss Decor line, and painted them with Faber Castell’s Chalk Board paint.  I then drilled a couple of holes at the top, popped some ribbon through, and then ran it down the back to hold the two pieces together.  Then I got working on the flower.

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The flower was simply created by laying one of DCWV’s new stencils on top of a piece of textured kraft paper from the Woven stack, and then layering some Whipped Spackle from Faber Castell on top.  I didn’t worry too much about creating an even layer as I loved the texture created by spreading the spackle across the woven paper.  Once I peeled up the stencil, I hit the Whipped Spackle with a heat gun (mostly because I am too impatient to wait, but also because it gave the spackle a bubbly texture), and then fussy cut around the edge, leaving about 1/8″ border to showcase the kraft paper.  I created a second flower so that I could fussy cut those petals, and then glue them on top of the full flower (only the inner layer of petals), and then hot glued the finished flower onto the wall applique.  I topped off the centre of the flower with a bit of the chalkboard paint, and voila – texture, texture, texture!

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Okay, now it’s time for you to continue hopping, and make sure leave some comments along the way because there are some great prizes to be won- Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV will be giving away $75 in product at the end of the hop. To win, follow the list below and leave a comment. Remember, if this is the first spot you found, make sure you go back and start at the beginning!  The hop will end at 5PM EST on Friday, March 28th. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 31st on each of the company’s blogs. For extra entries, follow Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV on twitter!

 

 

Craft your stash time!

It’s Saturday, so it’s krafty time with Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!  This week our hostess is STEPHANIE and she has a fun challenge – Stash It UP!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp that uses some leftover stuff in your stash!

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For this challenge, I decided to work with a set of pencils that I found in my crafty stash.  I have been hoping to use them for an altered pencil holder for awhile now, so this was the perfect opportunity! I thought that the little nerdy boy from the Smarty Pants set was perfect (really, all of the cuties from this set would be great), and I also decided to mix and match some leftover bits of two different Doodlebug stacks (I know – shocking right??!!).  All in all, I love the way this project turned out!

 

Now check out the wonderful creations by our Krafty Girls and special Krafty Guests featuring this week’s challenge!! We’re sure you’ll be inspired!! Then join us, play along and you could WIN!!

And don’t forget to check out all the great things that Kim has going on right now – challenge sponsorship on the Kit and Clowder community, Frugal Friday specials and more!

Thanks for stopping by!

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What is a primary colour again?

Primary-frontAs some of you might know, I am an elementary school teacher.  So when it comes to primary colours, I feel like I have this one covered (and covered and covered)!  So, I was pretty excited to see that the newest Tiddly Inks challenge is all about primary colours! These are often colours I use for contrast or to pull a colour palette together on a project, but red, blue and yellow are not usually my focus colours.  So, working on this card was a fun challenge indeed!

For this card, I used one of the adorable images from the Buggs Mega Pack.  I love the graphic nature of this cuties dress, and I thought it was a perfect fit with the bold yellow and red colours.

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I hope you’ll consider joining us for this challenge.  You have two weeks to complete and submit, and make sure there is at least one of the primary colours as the focus for your card.  I played this one tight to the rules, but remember – it’s a challenge to help you get creative – not to scare you away, so interpret the challenge in a way that works for you!

Thanks for stopping by!