Let’s get this party started!

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Good morning crafty friends!  It’s Fabulous Friday time over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog, so I thought I would share a bit of inspiration here at SCS as well!

Birthday-cake-closeupThis cute stamp (available in clear as well) is called Let Us Eat Cake, and she is darling.  Perfect for young adults and grown ups alike, I think this stamp is pretty and cute without being “cutsie” (not that I think there is anything wrong with cutise as you may have already noticed).  I coloured her up with Copics, focusing on matching them to some Doodlebug paper.  I love the contrast of her black hair with all the bright colours – I am always a bit nervous to try curly black hair, but I think it was worth it for this one!The ribbons are from May Arts - a grosgrain/satin that is really fun, and my favourite eyelet.

Make sure you stop by the Tiddly Inks blog for more inspiration by the design team, and to check out all the new stamps (digi and clear) if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you can find some time this weekend to do something you enjoy – crafting or otherwise!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Celebrating with Tiddly Inks

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Well, my borthday is next week, so I thought I would celebrate a bit with Tiddly Inks!  It’s FabFF-closeup Friday, so the DT has some inspirational cards simply to get you inspired to craft!  No challenges, no pressure – just crafting fun!  And that is a perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

This little beauty is called Willow the Birthday Fairy, but what I love about her is that she would make an awesome Christmas fairy too!  Colour her up with some traditional Christmas colours and you can take her into different seasons – just like a good pair of shoes! I think my favourite part of her are the wings – just a bit of BG11 and C1 topped off with a bit of Stickles.  So easy, and lots of fun dimension.

Well, here’s to getting crafty this weekend  Don’t forget to pop by the Tiddly Inks blog to see all the great cards the DT cooked up for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Holiday Celebrations

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to be participating on behalf of May Arts in Spellbinders Product Partner Holiday Blog hop today. Spellbinders has teamed up with a variety of companies to showcase great product for all your holiday crafting and I get to share some ribbon fun!

In my family, one of the things that kicks off the holiday season is actually a couple of late November birthdays, including my mom’s birthday (a special 65th this year). So I thought it would be fun to share a little card that was inspired by some warm holiday colours right from the Spellbinders inspiration tag, but all about birthdays!  After all, just because Christmas is around the corner, that doesn’t mean we can forget about all those special people who celebrate birthdays around this time, right (can you tell that I might be one of them)?

Spellbinders-blog-hop-full-M y main inspirations for this card were the awesome A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader from Spellbinders and some of the beautiful DH01 1″ Dot Ribbon and one of my favourite new products – the 3/8″ Velvet Adhesive Ric Rac (yes, you heard me – adhesive and velvet)!  Talk about perfect for the holiday season.  So here is how the shaker card came together:

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Using paper of your choice (I used DCWV’s The Weekend Neutrals stack)cut out the largest die in the A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader set. I trimmed off the bottom scalloped edge of my cut to give it a bit more of a rustic look.

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Trim the end of your ribbon into a point for easy threading.  Don’t be too worried if your ribbon is wider than the cuts for threading – it will pull through and pucker nicely leaving some added texture! 

Step 3Process-3Coming up from behind the first cut, thread your ribbon and pull.

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Continue weaving through seven of the cuts. Trim your ribbon and use a dry adhesive to hold in place on the back side.

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Starting from the other end of the die cut, weave the ribbon up through the remaining cut. Adhere in place with a dray adhesive on the back side.

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Using a metal ruler and craft knife, trim out the middle of the die cut above the ribbon line leaving a 1/2″ frame.

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Flip over the die cut and use a liquid adhesive to attach a rectangular piece of acetate.

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Using craft foam or a foam adhesive, create a border around the acetate.  be sure that you foam is placed in about 1/8″ from the edge of your cut so it remains hidden when the card is viewed from the front.

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Prepare your card base by matting a 4 1/4″x5 1/2″ card base with a 4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of patterned paper.

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One the foam is secured on the die cut, add adhesive to the top of the foam panels and then fill with glitter and other small/thin embellishments.  Make sure to seal up those corners or your glitter will escape!! :)

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Place your card base on top and then flip over to ensure it is centered.  Leave to dry.

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Embellish away! I have fun hand lettering a little sentiment and adding some of the  the 3/8″ Velvet Adhesive Ric Rac for texture. The best part is that these cards make a little sound when you shake them – just like the sound of the crystallized snow as it falls!

Now here’s the important part!  Spellbinders is hosting a great giveaway to celebrate the hop, so you need to make sure you visit their page to find out all the details.  You must visit all of the tutorials over the next three days to be able to win, and entries will be open for 48 hours.  You also want to pop on by the May Arts blog because a certain Ribbon Lady may have told me that she has goodies in store for you too!  And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with some free crafty goodies for you!

Have a great time hopping!  Thanks for stopping by!

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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?)