My First Night Light

I'm so excited to share this project with you.  For months I have been watching people post pictures of beautiful projects using glass blocks.  Well, I finally broke down and purchase a couple sets not fully knowing what I would use them for.
As you know from reading my post from yesterday our youngest daughter recently found out she was having a little girl.  Since they've already chosen a name I thought I'd go ahead and use my first block to create a night light for her room.
I cut this adorable girl bear with her angel doll from the Bubbles the Bear Sweet Dreams file on to some printable vinyl.  Then using one of the system fonts on my computer I cut out Ocean's name.
Before applying the vinyl to my block I prepared the surface by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol and allowing it to dry.  Once dry I applied the vinyl and then proceeded to spray the block with the first coat of Rust-Oleum brand Frosted Glass spray.  Let dry for 5 - 10 minutes and then apply a second coat.  Next, I sealed everything with one coat of Rust-Oleum brand Clear Matte spray.  Again I let it dry for 5 - 10 minutes.
I then added the light - which by the way is supposed to be on the bottom of the block - wrapped the block with ribbon and placed the light on the stand.
And there you have it.  My first night light.

There's a Bundle of Joy

Today I'm sharing a card with you that I made for my Grandma to let her know that she's going to be a Great - Grandma again.  This past week our youngest daughter finally announced her pregnancy (only a select few of us have known for a while) along with the baby's gender! 
Surprise - it's a girl!
For my card I used clip art from the Bubbles the Bear Sweet Dreams file from Marjorie Ann Designs.   The stamped sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn stamp set titled Plus One.  On the inside of the card I stamped the sentiment "on the way!" in pink ink and then stamped little hearts all over.
And now I'm off to enter my card into the following challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas - February's Sketch - Ends February 7th
DL Art  - February Linky Party - Ends February 28th

Valentine Treat Box

Happy Friday everyone!!  Cardz TV is back with a whole new set of challenges and this week begins the return of our 3D design team.  To kick things off we're creating a 3D treat box (or bag) for Valentine's Day.
For my 3D treat box I chose to use the Valentine Owl Box from Treasure Box Designs.  My stamped sentiment is from the Cardz TV Stamps set titled Love Ya.
And now that you've seen my creation for this week's challenge be sure to check out the fabulous designs my other team members created just for you.  You can check them out at Cardz TV, and then after you've been amply inspired, created your own 3D treat box or bag.  Link up.  Play along.  It's that easy.
You have until noon EST, Thursday, February 18th to add your link here and play along.  Please no backlinks.
Mary will chose a winner via and that winner will receive a set of Cardz TV Stamps.
Good luck, and I can't wait to see what you create.

Like You a Watt

Today I'd like to share a card I made using the Silhouette design Valentine's Love Light Bulb.  It's a PPbN creation and since it's Valentine themed it's on sale right now.
This cutie was perfect for pairing up with the sentiments from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Watt's Up.  When this set first came out I didn't think I'd really use it so I didn't purchase it.  But then a month later I changed my mind and added it to my stash.
Here's how I used the stamps on the inside of my card:
To finish off my card I added a couple of Pink Sherbet colored skittles from DoubleClick Connections.
And now I'm off to enter my card in the following challenge:
Double Click Connections - Use a Heart - Ends February 16th

DL Art - Valentines - Ends February 10th

Leinzlove Tear Bears - Color Red - Ends February 28th

Valentine Treat Holders

As we begin to close in on Valentine's Day I thought I'd share some treat holders I put together.  These are a sampling of what I'm giving to those who are participating in our secret pal swap at work.  Everyone knows that I love to craft.  And that means I can't make things for my secret pal.  So instead I make a little something for everyone around different holidays.
For this project I started with the Pocket Square Candy Holder from SVG Cutting Files.  Then I used the print and cut feature, and characters from the following Marjorie Ann Designs files I decorate my holders:
I then used sentiments from the recently released stamp sets from Jaded Blossom titled: 
And now I'm off to enter these treat holders in the following challenges:
SVG Cutting Files - Valentine Themed - Ends February 14th

DL Art - Valentines - Ends February 10th

Brighter Day

I have an encouragement card I'd like to share with you today.  It's been really rainy here in the Panhandle of FL - just like it's been in a great many places throughout the U.S.  Personally, I don't care much for the rain.  It always gets me down in the dumps a bit.  Kinda like winter and all this cold air.  My guess is because that means I'm cooped up inside rather than being able to be outdoors, running around barefoot, being active and basking in all that glorious sunshine.  And so.....
....I thought I'd take that rainy weather and turn it around.
I found this cute teddy bear in his rain coat, playing with his sailboat in a puddle and thought that's perfect.  This little cutie is called Bobby and His Boat, and he's a Marjorie Ann Designs creation. 
My sentiment is from the Rain or Shine stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas.  I have another one from this set that I used inside that says " when life gives you a rainy day, play in the puddles"  Isn't that perfect?
On the outside of my card I decided to be a little adventurous and I tried this new product I purchased called Goosebumps by Tsukineko.  It's a clear texture spray and mimics that wet look.  Of course I need a bit more practice as I was nervous the first time using it but I still think it turned out pretty good.
I also added a couple of Stream colored skittles from DoubleClick Connections to shake things up even more.

Puppy Love

This has been an exhausting week as I have been sick for the past five days.  Today I feel more human even though I'm still fighting through the ick.
So today's card is all about the quick and easy.  Last week SVG Cutting Files had their Valentine blog hop and this cute little puppy card or "Dog Letter Standing Card Shape" was one of the files.  Good news is that unlike past hops where files were only available during the hop, you can now purchase files afterward.  And if you're a cat lover she has one of those available too.
The stamped sentiment on the envelope is from the recently released Love Ya stamp set from Cardz TV Stamps.
And now I'm off to enter my card into the following challenge:
DL Art - Valentines - Ends February 10th