Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ronald McDonald House Birthday Card Hop

Well, hello there! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend thus far. Today I am taking part in a blog hop that will benefit children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Lubbock, Texas. I think many of us are familiar with, or have heard of this organization before, but if not, I am going to leave you with their mission statement.

"We provide families stability and resources so they can help their children become healthy and happy. We are the warm shelter in the storm. Whether their problems involve staying near and supporting a hospitalized child, how to afford staying together in another city while a child is undergoing treatment or even getting basic medical care in a vulnerable or rural community. We're here to help. We do this through the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. We have been providing these programs for almost 25 years since a group of community leaders came together to open the Ronald McDonald House in Lubbock in 1988. McDonald’s is a partner in care and provides, through local donations,14% of our operating budget. The other 86% comes from gifts from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations who support our mission."

Today's hop is sponsored by:

You may click HERE for a link to her Etsy store. :)

In addition, there will be TWO, yes, TWO prizes for this hop. There will be one "stash prize" given to one lucky commenter who comments on EVERY blog, and another prize of a stamp set and crinkle ribbon from the Etsy store chosen from people who mail cards. I will explain how you do that, next.

If you choose to participate in this with us, all you need to do is go to THIS BLOG and find the address of where to send your birthday cards for the kids at the Ronald McDonald House. If you send cards to the address listed in that blog post, you will be eligible to win the second prize of a stamp set and ribbon.

Here are some of the cards I will be sending to Sarah.

Below, you will find the entire line up, just in case you get lost along the way. 

Please be sure to stop by Michele's blog, next.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

"I Love Easter"

He Is Risen! Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you get the chance to enjoy this day with those you love the most.

Here is my Easter themed card today for Our Kreative Karma. :) I had a step by step pictorial for you all, but for some reason my computer is just not cooperating with the pictures, so unfortunately, I will just have to explain what I did without the pictures.

This is a 5.5 by 5.5 inch square card. The card base is green, with a 5.25 by 5.25 inch white layer. On the back of the white piece of cardstock, I divided it into quarters using a ruler and a pencil. Then, I divided those quarters into quarters. I did this so that I could try to get my circles punched as evenly as possibly. You could also do this with a Cricut or Cameo and avoid the measuring all together. Or, if you're REALLY feeling adventurous, you could just "eyeball" it.

After I punched my holes, I layed the layer over the card base and traced where my holes would be, so I knew where to place my embellishments. Add whatever you would like to the little peep holes, then add your top layer, but remember to erase your pencil lines first.. To finish it off, I added some yellow and orange embroidery thread, some faux grass I made just by cutting little slits with scissors, and some green bling.

I also decided to "fussy cut" some Easter eggs at the last minute from a piece of ribbon.

The carrots and duck are stickers I got on sale after Easter at Walmart last year. Chances are you can find something fairly similar this year, as well. Or, as I said before, make your own with a die cutting machine. :)

Hope you like the card, and I hope you have a blessed day!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss! We are so happy you dropped by to celebrate his birthday with us. He was a wonderful highly revered children’s author who many of us learned to read by. The quote below is taken from a Wikipedia entry about his life. I myself (Teresa)  am so thrilled to have had the privilege to teach about him during my years as a school teacher.

“In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. Accordingly, William Ellsworth Spaulding, the director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin who later became its Chairman, compiled a list of 348 words he felt were important for first-graders to recognize and asked Geisel to cut the list to 250 words and write a book using only those words.[33] Spaulding challenged Geisel to "bring back a book children can't put down." [34] Nine months later, Geisel, using 236 of the words given to him, completed The Cat in the Hat. It retained the drawing style, verse rhythms, and all the imaginative power of Geisel's earlier works, but because of its simplified vocabulary, it could be read by beginning readers. The Cat in the Hat and subsequent books written for young children achieved significant international success and they remain very popular today. In 2009 Green Eggs and Ham sold 540,366 copies, The Cat in the Hat sold 452,258 copies, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960) sold 409,068 copies—outselling the majority of newly published children's books.[35]”

For our hop we have several wonderful projects for you to enjoy. We are starting here at Three Scrappy Gals. If you have come from Pam's blog you are in the right place. If not please go to Three Scrappy Gals and start at the beginning. You don’t want to miss any Seusstical creations.


Hello, hello, hello! I feel like I've said that before. :)

I made some really simple cupcake toppers.  Since these essentially would get food/icing on them, they'll most likely be thrown out. These are very easy so they can be mass produced for baby showers or birthday parties for twins, or any type of occassion that has a Dr. Seuss theme. I got my inspiration for these from this picture. Truly all you need are two different sized circle shapes, scissors, glue, and something to stick into the cupcake. Now, these aren't going in actual cupcakes for me so it's truly okay that they're on the floor. LOL If you were to do this for food purposes, obviously keep it sanitary. :)

The inspiration behind these came from these pictures:

The shape of the tree top and the thing's hair is what I tried to mimic with the red circle by cutting random slits into the edge and then roughing it up a bit.

Thanks for stopping by!

We have some wonderful blog candy for you to win. Check the Three Scrappy Gals blog for the awesome prize! Winner will be drawn and announced on Tuesday March 5, 2013.

To be eligible for the drawing you must:
  1. Become a follower of each blog (if you aren’t already)
  2. Comment on each blog post
  3. Leave your contact information

Then hop on over to Melissa P's blog to see what fantastic project she has today.

Here is the complete lineup should you need it:

Melissa - (You are here)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

You Are My Sunshine for Our Kreative Karma

Well hello there! It's been a little while since I have done a blog post. I am finding it harder and harder to craft these days. When I finally have a moment to sit down and make something I have no crafty mojo. I am trying to get back into it, but it's definitely a process. So let me ask you all a question: What do YOU do when you have no mojo?

This is my first post for the Our Kreative Karma blog. All of the ladies who post there are very talented and wonderful people to boot. We love to share our love of crafting, as stress free as possible. There are no rules when it comes to doing what you love. This month's "theme" is love.

I created this cute little "you are my sunshine" card. It didn't quite turn out as I envisioned, but sometimes that's a good thing.

I used DCWV and Recollections papers for this card. It really was very simple. It is a standard card base with standard size layers. I took a yellow piece of paper and drew "rays" on the back with a pencil, and then numbered every other one so I knew what order they went in. Then, I adhered them down to the blue sheet, skipping every other ray. So really, you can get two cards from one sheet of "rays" if that makes sense. The sentiment is from one of the sheets of paper. I just fussy cut around it. I then went over all the rays with Close To My Heart's liquid glass, added some pearls, and did faux stitched around the outside with a white gel pen.

This is my take on the love theme. Hope you enjoyed my project! :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Feb. 9, 2013

Thanks for hopping along for the Valentine's Day Blog Hop. If you did not start at the beginning, please go to Suzanne's blog. You don't want to miss a thing. If you came to my blog from Robin, then you are in the right place. 

This hop was a bit of a challenge in that we weren't supposed to use any pink or red in our projects. I thought that would be simple, but I promise, I struggled with this so much! I wanted to add red soooo bad! :) I challenge all of you to create a Valentine's theme project without traditional colors as well.

I made a card with a black, white, and gray/silver scheme. This color combo always has a romantic/sophisticated feel to me. It is a standard A2 sized card, with a standard sized layer. I used a Fiskars scalloped heart punch to punch out seven (or eight) hearts out of a coordinating sheet of paper. I used foam squares to adhere two of the three hearts, and the one in the middle has dimension all on it's own. I used one heart as the base, and used the rest folded in half and glued together to give it a "bubble" type of shape. I hope that makes sense.

To finish it off, I stamped "be mine" using alphabet stamps from Close To My Heart, and colored the letters of "Valentine" with a silver sharpie. The letters were canvas, so they have a bit of texture, which is nice. I then tied some silver ribbon into a bow, and called this project done. I hope you enjoy what I have created.

Now, for some bloggy candy. The grand prize (pictured below) is being sponsored by Zannie Berry Scrapbooking. All you have to do to be eligible to win this prize, is to leave a comment on each of the blogs. Simple as that! Of course, we would LOVE it if you also became a follower. Hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.

Your next stop is Nancy

3 Melissa - * You are here *

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Gift For My Sweetheart Blog Hop

Welcome to the “A gift For My Sweetheart” blog hop!

Sit back and relax while you browse through seventeen unique, handmade gift ideas to give a loved one on Valentine’s Day. Each stop along the way has a gift they poured their heart into, but that doesn’t mean the project contains the traditional Valentine heart theme.

The hop started at Christine’s blog. If you didn’t come to my stop on the hop from Suzanne's blog, be sure to start at the beginning so you don’t miss anything.

For this hop we have two sponsors. In order to be entered in the drawing for the two prizes, you must comment and follow each blog.

Hot Berry Designs is offering a $10 gift certificate, and Scraptastical Kreations is offering a $15 gift certificate.

You have Saturday (2/02/13) and Sunday (2/03/13) to hop and leave a comment at all the blogs for your chance to win. The winners will be randomly chosen Monday (2/04/13) and will be
announced on Christine’s blog.

Wow, I feel like it has been a century since I have actually made anything, let alone posted on my blog. I am so sorry! I am going through a few minor "life adjustments" that have kept me away from the craft room. Plus, I'm just downright tired most of the time, but I am trying to get back into the swing of things.

So, my gift is sort of an "us" gift. My husband and I got married in October, 2011. The picture on this layout is one of my very favorites from our wedding day. I had forgotten I had this photo printed, but when I found it tucked away, I knew I had to use it with this paper. The paper is from DCWV and it's from the "Once Upon A Time" stack.

Nitty gritty:

  • Photo - 5x7, gray photo mat, 5.25x7.25, blue photo mat, 5.5x7.5. All adhered on foam tape.
  • Distressed the edges of all the paper
  • Stamped "scroll" design using stamp from CTMH's "Baroque Borders" stamp set in chocolate ink around photo.
  • Stamped "i love you more" using a SU wood mount stamp, added a banner end, and attached it on dimensionals so it looked like it was waving, so to speak.
  • Cut flowers using the "Flower Shoppe" Cricut cart; blue flowers are the "fun 4" cut at 1.5 inches, and the gray ones are "heart 2" cut at 1.25 inches. I added pearls to the centers from CTMH.
  • For an unexpected touch, I took an exacto knife and carefully cut the edges of the butterfly on the bottom left side under the picture. It was a flat image on the paper, but I wanted it to have some dimension. If you do this, just make sure you leave an area on the top and bottom so it is still attached to the paper. You don't want to cut if off entirely. I then adhered another color of paper behind it for some depth, but you don't have to do that. You could just use a shade that is close to the background color. Fold the wings up a bit, and you're good to go.

  • I adhered the layout to a piece of 12x12 medium weight cardboard for stability.

Note: the blue flowers are not as vibrant in person. In photos, they look like they don't match the shades of blue in the paper, but I assure you, they do. :)

Thank you for stopping by. Please go to Katie's blog, next.

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the complete line up:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

"Bling In The New Year" Blog Hop - 2013

Happy new year, everyone! I am very excited to see where life takes me creatively this year. I truly hope 2013 brings all the health and happiness you desire. Let's get down to business.

If you would like to start at the beginning of the Bling In The New Year hop (please do!) then click here. Otherwise, you should have  arrived from the lovely Vanessa's blog. I am the last stop on the hop, so if you have made it this far, thank you for stopping by! :)

There is a grand prize sponsored by Zannie Berry scrapbooking. This prize will be drawn on Monday using the random number generator. In order to qualify for the prize, please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop, AND become a follower. There's only 7, so this task is definitely doable. Make sure you stop by her blog sometime on Monday to see if you've won!

Here is the prize:

In case you got lost along the way, or you just want to see a specific  project again, here is the entire line up:
1. Suzanne - <-- Start here.

6. Vanessa <-- You should have come from here.
7. Melissa <-- You are here.

Let me just be honest. I struggle with the concept of bling, and I have no idea why. Having things be all blingy is totally not my "style."

For my project, I decided to make a mini album using this tutorial on Youtube. I won't bore you with all the details, because I don't think I can explain it any better than she does in the video. Essentially, for the basics, you need 3 12 by 12 sheets of cardstock, plus more if you want to go decorating crazy. It's really so super simple, but the results are fabulous! I fail as a photographer, though. Royally.

My project is what I would like to call sophisticated bling. Hey, I might have started something new, there! Should I copyright it? :P jk :)

Just in case you were wondering, all the papers I used are from Close To My Heart's Avonlea collection.

Here are some pictures of the inside. It's a flip and fold, so there's really no "right" way to flip or fold. :)

Please let me know if you try making one of these albums. I would love to see it.