Magical Birthday

It's been a while since I've created a child's birthday card and since Cardz TV is currently hosting a challenge for that very theme I thought I'd play along.  Of course it didn't hurt that SVG Cutting Files recently put on a Hello Kitty blog hop and one of the files released was Hello Kitty dressed up like Harry Potter.  

I thought this was a great cut so I decided to use it for my birthday card.  Now I realize it's not all cutesy with balloons and such hovering around but what's 'wizardly' about that?  Instead I left her there with her wand in hand (actually it's just a toothpick that I stained).

The stamped sentiment is from the Good Times stamped set.  And on the inside of the card the sentiment reads (in Harry Potter type font) "Have a Magical Birthday".

And now I'm off to enter this card in the following challenges:

Dear Santa

As Christmas in July starts winding down I decided to get a start on making some Christmas tags and I have to tell you this Santa file over at My Scrap Chick makes up quick and easy.  Not to mention the end result is one heck of a cute tag.  The sentiment is from the Cardz TV stamp set "Very Merry".

I've only made three of tags so far and for each one I've used a different "background" paper.  I had even given some thought to making one or two of them in non-traditional colors.  But then I got a little concerned about Santa's hat being red and how would that look....Right now it's still up for debate.

In the meantime though I'm going to run off and enter these guys into the following challenges:

Hiding in My Craft Room - ends July 26th

Die Cuttin Divas - ends July 28th 

Craftin Desert Diva's - ends August 3rd

Thanks Sew Much

I found this die cut in my stash.  It's one I cut out some time ago during one of Cricut's free previews and I cannot remember what cartridge it came from.  Regardless I knew this dress form was perfect for pairing up with Cardz TV's stamp set titled Sew Much Fun.

To create this card I added in some twine, memory thread and small button to cinch up and dress up the dress form.

Just another quick and easy put together.

Doubleclick Skittles Design Team

Ever hear of a little embellishment called the skittle?  I admit I hadn't heard of 'em until recently and now I'm pleased to announce that I have been chosen to be a part of the DoubleClick Skittles Design Team.  Carri creates her own wonderful skittles and offers them for sale via her blog an in order to help promote her Skittles Embellishment line she created her first official Design Team to help showcase ways to use them.

Our Design Team consists of the following members:                

Carri from DoubleClick
Georgiana from Carson’s Creations
Kymona from Kreative Kymona
Shirl from Creations by Shirl

Now today begins our first challenge; however, the design team will be posting their  projects on July 30! 

So what is the challenge you ask?  Create a project using ice cream.  That's, Head over to the DoubleClick website for more details.

We look forward to seeing what all of you create!

Challenge Dates: July 23 thru August 5, 2014
Challenge Theme: Ice-Cream

And while you wait for the team to post their first projects you can check out the Crafting with Skittles board on Pintrest for some cool ideas.  Members of our team will posting some of their favorite projects including ones they've created featuring skittles from DoubleClick.

Sweets of the Season

Well we've made to hump day everyone!  Today I'd like to share another Christmas in July card with you.  This one I made using an adorable gingerbread man from My Little Scraps of Heaven Designs.  When I cut this little cutie out for whatever reason my machine did not like my paper and kinda chewed up the trim pieces.  Problem was I had already cleared the file before I checked all my cuts and I had no idea what 'size' I had cut my file.  

So what did I do?  I rose to the challenge.  I grabbed my bottle of Tulip glitter dimensional paint and I painted on that trim.  After letting it dry it might not be as white as the original trim would have been but now I think my gingerbread man has a bit more character than he might have originally.

My sentiment that you see up in the top corner is from the Winter Candies stamp set over at Jaded Blossom.  

And now I'm running off to enter this little fella in to the following Christmas in July challenges:

Hiding in my Craft Room - ends July 26th (Laurie also has a blog hop going on this week with her DT showcasing their Christmas in July projects and it's all complete with blog candy)

Craftin' Desert Divas - ends August 3rd (Tara is also in the middle of a stamp release sneak peek 'party' that I promise you don't want to miss.  I know I'm anxious for the full release this Friday because there's some must haves on my list that I'll be grabbing.)

Die Cuttin Divas - ends July 28th

Back to School

Today's a two-fer Tuesday, and this afternoon I'd like to share a project I put together for the back to school challenge going on over at SVG Cutting Files.  A couple weeks ago they released these really cute Chibi kids as icons and I thought they were too cute not to have so I bought and used them.  Then I saw this adorable Kawaii pencil treat box and thought, "yep, gotta have it too".

So I used these files to create a new cover for a composition book.  I used the pencil chibi kid and then found a scrap of what looks like notebook paper that I stamped using a stamp from Fresh Squeezed Stamps.  Of course I couldn't stop there so I cut out one of the chibi kids as a crayon and used him to create a wrap for a bottle of hand sanitizer.

To wrap it all together I cut the pencil box out, wrapped a few nuggets of hershey's chocolates with some scraps of ruler patterned paper and viola - it a set of back to school supplies any kid would love to have. 

And with that I'm off to go enter this into that challenge I was telling you about.  Challenge ends August 14th.

I'm also going to enter this into the Challenge over at Red Carpet Studios.  The challenge is to create a project that features "a kid at heart."  Amusement parks, summertime fun, family get togethers.  Now I don't know about you guys but I always get excited when it's time to go school shopping and this year will be my last year as my sixth and last child is a Senior this year.  So yeah, I'm going to be like a kid at heart as we shop for supplies.  This challenge ends July 26th.

Jurassic Park Layout

Folks have we got a challenge for you this week!  The PDE Linky Party design team was challenged with creating a project using 3 or more different patterned papers.  Sounds easy right?  Perhaps for some of you, and certainly depending on the project your designing.  However, I admit it did not come as easy for first.

I chose to use this challenge to get some more of my scrapbook layouts completed from our trip to Universal Studios last May.  After all we're going back in November and it would be a shame to not have the pictures from our last trip done before taking new ones this go round. 

All of my cuts on this two page layout are from the Cricut cartridge Dinosaur Tracks.  My main papers are from the DCWV Kidosaurus mat stack.  I don't know if you can tell but other than for the main page and the picture mats I used patterned paper for the green portion of my mountains, the palms of my trees and the dinosaur tracks (faint polka dot print).

Now that you've seen my take on this week's challenge be sure to check out he other awesome designs our creative team have put together for you.  Then create your own project, link up and play along with us.  I can't wait to see what you create!