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Monday, May 1, 2017

Love Light Buttons + NON Share a Smile Challenge

Happy May!  As usual life has had me very busy allowing little time for crafting, but I'm so glad to be able to share the project I made  that's perfect for the Naughty or Nice May Challenge: Share a Smile.

I presented a very important lesson about the Love Light in the Montessori class I recently taught.  The lesson is about an invisible light we all have inside of us that shines so bright when we feel happy, loved, proud, and accomplished.  This is our love light and we can feel when it's shining so bright.  The kids loved the lesson and afterward I put my button making machine to work so everyone could make a button depicting what their own love light looks like. (Side note: my button machine was an awesome Christmas gift from my thoughtful husband! Thanks again, babe!)  I showed them the example I made (the first one shown) and they came up with their own perfect love lights. Aren't they great?! I love how colorful they are :) The kids were only three years old !

I hope this post has your love light shining and that you're able to join us in our NON Challenge this month! Head on over to the blog to post something sharing a smile and leave some comments along the way :)

Thanks for spending part of your day with me!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

NON #37 - Feature a Creature.+ Bugaboo Giveaway

Hello and Happy March!  Where I live, the weather is getting warmer and flowers are starting to bloom!  We had a few unseasonably warm days then it got pretty cold again; hopefully that didn't stunt their growth.  The animals are more active and birds are singing. Spring is around the corner!
We have a sponsor this month!  Our friends at Bugaboo will be giving the winners of this challenge a $12 gift certificate for free digital images! There are so many great images in the store. Unfortunately our printer was giving us problems so I didn't get to use one for this particular challenge. My teammates did though, so head to the blog and check them out!

The theme at Naughty or Nice Challenges this month is "Mad as a March Hare", so in order to join in the fun, you must use a critter on your card somewhere, regardless of how tiny (see below) or big you want to go. 

I made this card for some friends who just bought a new house.  Super cute way to welcome them to 
this new chapter :)  Got a sweet little lady bug in there because they symbolize good luck.

Neenah Solar White
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stampin Up stamp
Random Birdhouse Stamp From Stash
Barn Door Distress Ink
Shapeabilities Ribbon Banners
Black Textured Card Stock from Stash

You have until March 25 to compete in our challenge!  Remember that in order to be crowned Troublemaker, you have to follow the rules!!  

Thanks for spending part of your day with me!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Love is in the Air as Demonstrated by a Unicorn Farting Rainbows

Hello, hello!  I just realized I haven't posted in months.  Holy cow! It's hard to balance things as an adult sometimes.  

It's the month of February and Naughty or Nice Challenges has a wonderful challenge for you: Love is in the Air (with an optional color challenge).    I couldn't resist sharing this card. Technically I didn't make it, so I may be cheating, but it's too sweet and perfect for the challenge to not share. My son made it for his uncle who lives across the country because his uncle thinks unicorns are so great. It's so darn cute, creative and flat out hilarious that I just HAD to use it.  I know my kiddo is going to be thrilled when he sees that I put this on my blog for the world to see :)

A unicorn farting rainbows! Now that's flat out funny!  I hope you all got a chuckle out of this one. He'll be happy to hear any kind comments you have to make about it :)

Neenah Solar White Card Stock
Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper Smooches Spectrum Stamp Set\

Thanks for spending part of your day with me! Hop on over to the NON blog to see what the rest of my teammates came up with and to join us in our challenge.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Harry Potter + Naughty or Nice Challenge

Hi there :)

It's been SO long yet again. The fall always does this to me. The summer was unusually hectic as well, but every single fall for the past eight years has been incredibly hectic. But...I'M BACK!

It's a new month and the new theme at Naughty or Nice Challenges is to use a dies or punches!  I don't always reach for my punches, but I do use my dies quite a bit. I honestly don't think about my bin full of punches, but will have to make sure to dust them off soon....

We love Harry Potter and of course my son wanted a HP themed birthday this year :) I was stuck on a card but after some searching, I found a bookmark that the Artsy Fartsy Mama made and decided to CASE it.

This is very large! I folded an 8 1/2" x 11" paper in half to make a 4 1/2" x 11" card.  I used a die cut on Harry's glasses and the part of his scarf that is hanging down.  Super cute card that was a big hit with my kiddo :)  

Neenah Solar White
Red, ivory, yellow and black card stock from stash
Googly Eyes from stash
Paper trimmer
Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies--Small Circles
Spellbinders Borderabilities A2 Curved Borders Die Templates

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to head to the Naughty or Nice blog and join in on the challenge!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Naughty or Nice Challenge + Retro + Food and Drink

Ahhh crap. It's September.  Where in the world did the past 8 months go?! My son was even commenting about how fast the year has flown by and he's only six LOL

New month = new Naughty or Nice Challenge.  This month is FOOD and DRINK!  You've got until Sept. 25 to link up on the NON website, so get crackin'!

I thought circles would be a lot of fun for some reason and felt that retro was an awesome way to go.  I love the stamps I used with this card, but haven't used it until now.  I love all things retro and vintage, so obviously this screamed my name, so I just had to buy it. So rad.

Neenah Solar White Card Stock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
"Doris" by Riley and Company
Paper from Stash
"Beer and Wine" by Gina Marie Stamps
Stitched Circle Dies by Gina Marie Stamps
1" Circle Punch

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Naughty or Nice -- Your Number's Up! + DIY Dishwasher Magnets

Hi everyone :)

I've been away from the computer for so long! Summer break kept us very busy and being a stay at home mom, I didn't have much time in my craft room.  School starts soon so I should hopefully be back in the swing of things.  I know I've said that before, but I'm going to try even harder this time!

This is the mid-month reminder post for Naughter or Nice's Challenge:  Your Number's Up.  You have complete control over what you make as long as there is a number in there somewhere.  I went a different route this month and am very excited about this craft!  We always encourage you to be naughty or nice with the NON challenge, and I like to think this project is a little bit dirty (even if it is in the literal sense) LOL

I've been scouring yard sales for an old Scrabble game and happened to stumble across one for $1 recently.  It was missing 17 tiles but I rooted through the box to make sure it had exactly what I needed....and it did :) Squeal! I was so excited to get this project started!  My  husband or son always ask me if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty. so this project was a definite solution and has been on the top of my crafty to-do list for a long time.

Easy process from start to finish:

Pick out tiles to spell CLEAN and DIRTY
Hot glue them onto the Scrabble display
Hot glue a magnet to the back
Never get asked again if dishes in the dishwasher are clear or dirty (my favorite part lol)

They've been dropped a few times since my son and I made them a few weeks ago, and a couple of letters popped up, but it was a super easy fix.  I don't think I used enough glue the first time around, so I just added more and haven't had a problem since.

I've seen similar projects like this, but none using the little Scrabble tile holders. I'm really happy with the result and haven't been asked since if the dishes are clean or dirty <3

Thanks a lot for stopping by today! Don't forget to stop by the NON blog to enter your cards or projects. You have until the 25th of the month :)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

One Fancy Wiener Dog + Card Chain Challenge May 2016

Hi folks, thanks for joining me today!

From time to time I participate in the Card Chain Challenge and I must say, it's a lot of fun to do so! People from all around the world participate and send cards to each other. This month, the card I received was from a tiny island called Mauritius and had to travel across the Indian Ocean to make its way to me. How cool is that?!  This fancy dachshund of mine traveled across the world to land in Australia! I just love that it goes global :)

Each month there are four guidelines: sketch, specific materials, specific themes and specific colors.  You can choose to use as many guidelines as you wish, but you have to choose at least one. For this particular card, I chose three: sketch, colored pencils, and dogs.  

I used the long retired stamp sets from There She Goes Stamps to make the dog and the sentiment. I used Prismacolors to color in the tiny canine and his fancy clothes :)  I fussy cut the pieces, then paper pieced to create his super stylish look.  I also stamped the top hat a second time and adhered it with dimensional adhesive for some depth.

I love the look of vellum for many reasons and used it here to soften the background behind the dog. Adhesive shows through vellum very easily, so to avoid that, I just used tape behind the dog then attached him to the card base.

Wrapped some string around the bottom before adding the sentiment, on pop dots, of course, wrote a little note then sent him off on his journey :)

Neenah Solar White card stock
There She Goes Stamps--The Doxie with Moxie and Size Matters
Patterned paper and brown string from stash
Vellum paper
Prismacolor pencils
Dimensional Adhesive
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Thanks for stopping by today!