Darling Butterfly



Wedding Cake in a Box

I just entered this project into the Fave Crafts Jan. Blog Hop. I get their emails regularly and was intrigued by  one of the articles in the email I received this morning so I went to check it out even closer. Welcome to the FaveCrafts Blog Hop, where you get to showcase your work! This month’s theme is Love is In the Air! Show us your coolest Valentine’s Day crafts, handmade anniversary and wedding gifts, and other love themed crafts that you’ve ever made (or make something new and blog about it for the occasion!). We want to see your handmade cards, gifts, decorations, and anything else you’ve made that is crafty and lovey-dovey.  
This month we’re giving away a prize to one lucky blog hop participant. Here’s how it works: recently we started using the “like” feature on our blog hops, meaning you can click to “like” someone’s project, much like you would on Facebook. For this month’s hop, the person whose project gets the most “likes” will win a prize! So link up and spread the word so your project gets voted up! The winner will receive a Flip Pal Mobile ScannerVoting and submissions end January 21st at 11:59 PM CST. The winner will be announced here on the FaveCrafts Blog. 
Now this is a way cool prize, I would be so excited to have a scanner that works :) especially a portable one! How fab is that. PLEASE pop over to http://www.favecraftsblog.com/january-blog-hop-love-is-in-the-air-crafts-giveaway and vote for MY project, I am number 5 and all you need to do is "Like" my project. If you want to get in on the fun with one of your fab projects let me know so I can "Like" your project! If you get a chance to vote for me, THANK  YOU to the moon and back!!  :)
                                                            Blog Hop Button January Blog Hop: Love is In the Air + Giveaway!
     Hello my crafty friend, so glad you popped by today for a visit. I wanted to share the surprise cake in a box card I made for my cousin and his wife's wedding. I tried to make the whole thing with one of my prized possessions....spellbinders dies! I usually make roses for my cakes from scalloped circles, and a quilling tool but they didn't have roses in their wedding, so I used prima's to make the carnation looking flowers on the lid and two EK success punches for the flowers on the cake.
     The cake circles are cut with spellbinders circle dies, Lg. #6, sm #5, and Lg. #3. I used the #4 scalloped heart on the inside flaps, and the new Classic Petal edge/decorative insert edgeabilities dies to make the fancy edges on the sides of the lid. I then used Lacy squares and classic squares to make the sentiment piece on top of the lid. I did a tutorial on this cake in a box a few months back, you can go here to check it out if you would like to make one or a few, LOL! I love making surprise cakes in a box for all occasions, they are so versatile. I have to warn you though, there's quite a few pics :) lol

I recut just the edge die in white, ran it through the xyron, stuck in place then glittered it with white MS glitter.

      I hope you can leave me a comment so I know you were here so I can visit your blog to leave you some love. :) If you make a surprise cake in a box, or anything else you would like to be in it, please let me know so I can come see your creation! Have a scrap happy day, and bust out those spellbinders dies :)

Cindy   :)


Happy New Year PK Baby

     Hi there, I hope you had an awesome Christmas and thank you for popping by my blog today to see what I've been up to. I know everyone has been busy with family and shopping and planning etc. so now that Christmas is all over the focus is on ringing in the New Year.
  If you have frequented my blog you know how addicted I am to Peachy Keen Stamps and that I am working hard at playing along with their challenges as well. Their challenge on Tuesdays is normally a sketch challenge, and PK stamps aren't required, but for this time around they decided to make it a designer's choice except you HAVE to use your PK stamps. That's fine with me, I generally try to use PK stamps on all my projects for their challenges anyway. So here's my entry for their last challenge of 2011! I hope they love it as much as I do, the face makes the card :) Everyone that I showed it too wants one, especially my sister!  LOL
Peachy Keen Tuesday Sketch Challenge ~ Designer's Choice http://peachykeenstampschallenge.blogspot.com

I hope you had a fun time with family and friends over the season and all the best to you and yours in 2012. Please leave me a comment so I know you were here and I can visit your blog to see what you've been up to and leave some love :)

Cindy    :)



LFIF Challenge and my sons Christmas card

     Hello, so happy you popped by. I created a card for the Let's Face It Friday challenge over at Peachy Keen! The challenge is to use fabric scraps on your project. Can make what ever you want as long at it has fabric on it somewhere. I only have one wintery, Christmasy PK stamp, well it's my aunts and I am borrowing it :) I am going to have to replace it though, it's getting so well used and I adore this little penguin! LOL  When I made my card for the last Tuesday sketch challenge I went to PK to get the link to the stamp and realized the ball on the end of her hat was a bobber. I didn't remember that, because she came single, no pkging, so no pic of  her coloured up, therefore I forgot that little detail. She's been on my wish list since I first saw her.  The whole PK site is on my wish list, LOL!!!
     When I saw that bobber I had this idea to make my son a Christmas card with an Ice fishing theme. He is a fishing fanatic, and the first time he went ice fishing with his dad he was five. He loves to fish and goes every chance he can, even his wife goes along with him quite a bit, although I doubt she would be to keen on going ice fishing, LOL! Never know, she likes winter sports, unlike me, who hates the cold and what it brings....YUCK white stuff, uggg! We do not verbalize the name of the white stuff, that is swearing. LMBO!
     For his card we will let him think that the penquin is a male, shhhhhhh   LOL   To create my fabric enhanced penguin I stamped her twice, once on cs and twice on wide white ribbon that comes on a roll to make your own bows. I cut out the ribbon image once and glued it to the cs image, cut it out and coloured it in. Then I cut out the white area of the penguin and glued it on. The hat is cut from a felt ribbon, the scarf is from a piece of cotton and the vest is from a piece of material that was in my grandmothers old sewing basket, I don't know what kind of material it is, like the actual name of it, I don't sew and don't know all the material types, there's way to many to keep track of, LOL I should have just cut it from the piece of denim that was in there, I know it's name,  lol.The fur on her hat is Silver Ice stickles! I had some actual fur but it was on a wire and just wouldn't cooperate with me, LOL so I had to resort to stickles.

     I made the fishing pole by cutting the end off a green tooth pick, glueing on some jewellery wire and a green gem for the reel. I cut the igloo from white foam and drew on the pattern, and the snowy edge is also white foam, I added frosted lace stickles to it and the igloo for the snow, Silver ice stickles to represent the frozen lake, and baby glue stickles for the hole in the ice to catch the fish :)  I also made the bucket by cutting one bucket shape, sticking the fish stickers on it popping out the top, added a piece of white foam, then cut another bucket shape and glued it on top pinching the sides down to give it a rounded effect. Pieced a hole on each side and added some green wire for the handle.  I used a white gel pen to add some snow to the branches of the trees I stamped in the background, it wasn't working really well, but you can still see some snow on them. Added some Silver ice stickles for falling snowflakes, so they would be shiny.
     Hope you like my card, really hoping Peachy Keen loves it,  please leave me a comment so I can visit your blog and share some love on your recent projects. Have your self a scrap happy day!

Cindy  :)


Two more Christmas Cards

      Hi there, glad your here because today I have a couple more Christmas cards to share with you! I wanted to join in the Tuesday colour challenge over at The Outlawz and came up with these quick and easy cards. Well, one was easy, the other was a little more tedious than I anticipated. The colour challenge was to use Winter Amethyst (pale purple) white and Wondrous Blue (pale blue) LOL but I do love the fancy names for colours. The challenge came with a twist, which was to add sparkle, now that is right up any crafter's ally, if there is one thing we understand it's sparkle!!!! LOL
     For my first card I decided I wanted to use my quickutz (now lifestyle crafts) 4X4 snowflake die and my quickutz (Lifestyle crafts) Merry Christmas die, which came in the Jolly limited edition set. There are 3 snowflakes on the die and  as a set they look kinda cool. I had some premade blank cards from the $ store that come in a pack of 5 with envelopes and come in all kinds of colours. Each pack is one colour and the cards are really shiny on the outside. Now I don't use these cards the way they are and decorate them, because to me I would be wasting the pretty back half of the card. so I always use them as mats or as die cuts, cause I love how they cut out so nicely and the added shine is awesome.
     O.K. so I cut one of these cards in half, then made a slightly larger white card base. I took the blue cs and put it on top of the snowflake die that I positioned in the cuttlebug and ran it through. Then I turned it over and ran it through again with the sentiment die. I ran the white card base through the xyron to make it sticky and glued the blue negative to it. I took all the little bits out of the snowflakes and put them in the negative ones on my card, this was the tedious part. Then I dipped the edges in purple glitter, and poured white glitter over the snowflakes and sentiment giving me my three colours for the challenge, and my sparkle  :)
     So now I have the positive snowflakes and sentiments left over and decide that I really should make another card with them. I made a small card base and ran it through the xyron, stuck the snowflakes and sentiment on then covered in purple glitter, then added the white pearls to the snowflakes. Another set of easy peasy cards. I have a very close friend that totally loves the colour purple so this card has her name all over it, LOL   No her name isn't Merry Christmas, smarty pants, LMBO
     I just stumbled across a challenge site where it's Christmas all year round, the absolute perfect place for me to play, because I adore making Christmas cards. Maybe someday I can try out for their design team! WOOT!!


     Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you like what I shared with you today. And if you like the dies I used check out lifestyle crafts to see all their fun dies :)Please leave me a comment so I can come by your blog and check out what you have been making lately. Have a great day, hope to see you again soon, bye for now!

Cindy   :)

CAS Christmas Cards

     I love making Christmas cards, all kinds of Christmas cards. Fancy ones, plain ones, CAS ones, non traditional colour ones, full of stuff ones....LOL well you get the picture, I am Christmas crazy and card crazy so they go hand in hand!! LOL  I play along with all the wonderful members over at The Outlawz where they have a different challenge starting everyday and running for a week each. It's a fantastic way to build a hefty stock of all occassion cards. Being that it's December, my focus for the last while has mainly been Christmas cards, unless the challenge asked for a specific holiday or occassion.
     This weeks Sunday CAS challenge asked for glitter....a CAS card with glitter. EASY PEASY pudding and pie.....love it, and of course I was up for the challenge. LOL   I took a shiny blue card I got at the dollar store and cut it in half. I made a slightly larger white card base and ran it through the xyron. I took my provo craft snow flake (the one that comes with the embossing folder) and a sizzix sentiment die, lined them up and ran them through the cuttlebug. Unfortunately the sentiment didn't cut through properly and I had to cut it off. So I took the other half of the card I cut and cut it again, running it through 4X to make sure it cut through this time, LOL!  I cut it down to fit on the bottom half of my white card base that was all sticky. I stuck the two pieces to the white card base, added a rhinestone to the centre of the snowflake, then covered the entire card in white glitter.
      Now I had the positive snowflake and sentiment sitting on my table. I remembered I had a small card base left over from another day, so I ran it through the Xyron, added the snowflake and sentiment,  added a rhinestone to the centre of the flake and covered the entire card in white glitter. Quick, easy and CAS approved!!!  LOL


     Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today to see what I was up to. I hope I have inspired you to make something for yourself or someone you care about. Do you have all your cards made for Christmas yet? I know I don't, I always need another card for somebody at the last minute, so I love to have lots on hand. If you like these cards please leave me a comment so I will know you were here and I can drop by your blog to see what you've been up to lately. I hope you have a wonderful day, and you find some time to get crafty!

Cindy    :)


Stained Glass Angel Ornament ~ Tutorial

     Hi there my crafty friend, ty so much for stopping by today. I wanted to share with you a way to use the packaging we recycle from all those cartridges and dies we buy. If you are as addicted as I am you don't want to be filling up the land fill with all that plastic since it isn't biodegradeable.  I use the packaging in all different ways but this is my new favourite idea. Make stained glass ornaments and images for cards. I have previously posted quite a few posts using this technique.
     Today I am showing you how to do it. :)  First decide what you want to make (Card or Ornament?) and what image you want to use.   For this post I used my favourite angel stamp I bought a few years ago to make a tree ornament.  You may have tried the old stained glass method where you stamp on parchment paper and colour the reverse side than where you stamped. Same thing for this technique.
   What I used to make this ornament

 Take a piece of  the packaging and cut to the desired size depending on what your making. For this ornament I cut one large piece, and stamped the image twice.
 Cut in two, then turn over one of the stamped images and colour, then cut out.   Take the second stamped image and colour on the same side that you stamped the image on, cut it out.
 On one image cover all the areas in with co-ordinating stickles to match your marker choices. Set aside to dry.

When the stickled image is dry, glue the two pieces together, the stickles will be in the centre.  Add any embellishments you would like on the front and back of your ornament. Punch a hole in the top and add a string or ornament hanger.

     Thank you so much, I hope you like my idea and my ornament and you get an opportunity to make some of these. They work great on cards to, like this Christmas easel card I made, and this one.  I am working on a table ornament using this technique as well as another tree ornament!!  ;) But those are another post :)

Cindy    :)


Reindeer games

     Hi there my crafty friend, ty so much for dropping by. I made this card for the tuesday colour challenge over at The Outlawz. The challenge was to use the colours Silver, white and blue with a twist: add glitter or stickles. I love this colour combination for Christmas cards, looks so rich and warm.  
     I started with a MS blue card base that already had a white mat centred on the mat and thin double sided tape around the edges of it. I took off the top layer and poured on silver glitter to frame hte mat. Made a slightly smaller blue mat and another slightly smaller again white mat. Took the white mat and heat embossed my reindeer and a snow flake flourish in silver. Glued the two mats together and layered a white ribbon that had silver going through it on both sides with blue ribbon that was edged with silver glitter, wrapped around the mats and glued to the card. I also used silver to add the sentiment on either side of the ribbon. Tied a bow with a piece of the blue ribbon and centered.
     I hope you have the urge to run and make a card in this colour combo, it is very popular and every card a masterpiece! If you like what you see, please leave me some love so I know you were here and I can pop over to your blog to see what you've been up to and leave you some love. Bye for now, have  a craft happy day!

Cindy   :)

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #66

     Hello my crafty friend, ty so much for stopping by to check out my blog today. I just finished making this Christmas card to add to my stash and I followed this sketch from the latest Tuesday Peachy Keen Challenge #66. I love to combine my PK stamps with my spellbinders dies and other dies I have collected over the last four yrs. This is the sketch we were to follow....we can move things around and add others as long as we keep the main elements and they are apparent in our design.
The prize this week is this Valentine Cupids set that is just so darling. I hope they like my entry and I really hope Mr. Linky picks my number, LOL! Since Valentine's day is the next big card giving holiday I really could use this set, it's soooo cute!!!
Here's my card  
(close up pics below)

       I used PK-M21 Donna Rae Penguin for my main image, cause she's so so cute. I paper pieced the fur on her hat, her vest, and her arms.  The pockets on her vest, the fur on her hat and the sentiment sign are popped up.  The strings of lights are from a quickutz 2008 limited edition holiday set. (retired die, now lifestyle crafts) I coloured them and layered 2 rows, the top row is popped up. Her eyes and feet and light bulbs are covered with glossy accents. I used toothpicks for the poles of her sign she's carrying. I cut out a spellbinders Label 10 (love this shape) to layer her on, and I cut the bottom fancy edge off. After cutting it out and running it through to emboss I used a glue pen to go around the embossed edge then poured on silver glitter. The background designer paper is called Snowy Day by Sandylion sticker designs 2003. Really pretty paper and I'm almost out of it, hope I can find some more! The sentiment is stamped and then heat embossed in red. The holly leaves are cut from a quikutz retired die that has the bow, leaves and berries on the same die. I added red seed beads for the berries. I cut the spellbinders ribbon banner twice to make the banner appear longer, then cut the ends and tucked in under the popped up banner. Quickutz are now called lifesytle crafts and you can find their products here!  

    Thank you for dropping by and I hope you found some inspiration to get crafty today! If you liked my card please leave me a comment so I can swing by your blog, say hello and leave you some love. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, drop by again soon, I love visitors!!

Cindy   :)


My first Guest Designer spot

    Yay....I play over at The Outlawz and really love it there. Different challenge everyday, but that doesn't mean you have to knock yourself out trying to do them all, although I do, lol! Anyway, I was asked to be a guest designer for the Wednesday sketch challenges for the month of Dec. '11. WOW  what an honour, I was ecstatic when I got the msg. asking if I would like to, like to? LOVE TOOOO LOL. Thank you so much  to Sandi, Melanie, Pat and Trina for asking me to join them in making cards for my all time fave season!
So this is my card for the first week's challenge, Dec. 7th.
The Sketch 
My interpretation
My dancers close up...LOL!
    The prize for the challenges this month is two digital images from Michelle Perkett, so I made a card with one of her images for you. This stamp reminds me of a Christmas dance recital, and would be perfect for any little girl that has a recital, but it's also perfect for a daughter or niece card for a little girl that loves to dance or takes dance lessons. This little girl reminds me of the daughter of a girl I work with. I printed it 3X so I could pop up the layers of the skirt to give her some dimension and more interest. Used stickles on her skirt to make it shimmery and used an embossing folder from the Winter woodland set. It was perfect for this sketch as it gave me the wavy edges and framed the main image, awesome! :)
     Thank you for stopping by my blog today to see what I have been up to lately. I hope you have been inspired to create something fun, maybe even decided to use the sketch! Cool....would love to see what you've been up to, leave me a comment so I can pop by your blog and check it out. 

Cindy  :)


Baby's first Christmas

  I am totally going to make a couple more of these, it came out so cute. I want to make some with a bAby boy in blues and maybe some pale yellow and green ones to. Also with soothers in their mouths, that would be to cute. 
I was planning on using the PK paper doll stamps but the sizes were all wrong, so I ended up using the eyes from PK-496 but I had to ink up one eye at a time and stamp because I didn't think about the face size, was mainly trying to make the body the right size and just added the head, then I used the mouth/nose stamp from PK-576. Added some blue and white to the eyes and black and gelly roll pink to the mouth, a bit of chalk to the cheeks :)
   I cut the baby pj's from the everyday paper dolls cart, I did select just height on my gypsy to make it taller at one point. I was going for babies first christmas in her santa suit jammies. I cut the hat (paper doll dress up cart) out twice, once in each colour, and cut down the white, ran through the xyron then glittered. I used white acrylic paint on the feet, sleeves and neck line of the jammies, then on the feet I added red jelly roll pen dots, to look like the jammie's with the none slip feet grip dots. I glued a rattle in her hand, and used a digi stamp by Sandi Huggett from The Outlawz for the stocking. I printed it in pink and white then paper pieced it. The present is a 3D shaker sticker from wal mart, and I cut out the letters with a font set from quickutz...will have to look it up. The die cut is from Spellbinders, Labels 11 I believe, better look that up to! LOL


     Thank you so much for popping by my blog today to see what's new. I hope you like it and it inspires you to make something fun today. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think, I really appreciate you taking the time. Until next time, have a scrap happy day in the peachiest of ways!

Cindy   :)

Peachy News

     OMG.......are you kidding me? ! ? !  Being chosen to be on their DT would be the ultimate dream come true. Unfortunately I don't meet all the criteria :( Maybe next year!!! BUT.... nothing is stopping you from applying, read the post as it is exactly the same as the one on the PK blog or go to their blog. :)

We have a HUGE announcement that is SO bittersweet. As most of you know, our designers ARE our Peachy Family. We have had most of them on the team since our blog inception in 2009, with our Let's Face it Friday designers joining us in 2010. We adore each of them. ADORE. We have formed so many tight-knit relationships with each of these beautiful women, and absolutely nothing could change that for us!

However, with a new year and new products, we thought it would be a great time to offer the opportunity of designing with Peachy Keen to more friends! Our DT isn't going to be too far, though. First, they are friends. True, warm hearted, undeniable FRIENDS. We treat our team the same way we treat our family, and I think they would all agree. :) We will have alumni hops every quarter where you'll see the people you've grown to love and have been inspired by the last (almost) 3 years. We just couldn't let them go that easy!!! Lorie, Kim and Nikki will help with the new team transition and will remain on board as DT leads for next year. Lorie will remain our resident PK Connection Community Manager. She is SO good at keeping that place running!

So....what do you think? Would you LOVE to design with Peachy Keen Stamps?!?! We WOULD LOVE for you to apply!! Please check out the details below and get a move on it!

Term: Jan 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012

Benefits of designing for Peachy Keen Stamps: 

• Supply of our high-quality, clear, peach-tinted self-clinging stamps to get started

• 25% off any additional stamps or supplies from our store the length of your term

• Selection of NEW Releases automatically shipped to you

• DT badge to display on your blog

• Custom watermark to use on your Peachy Keen Projects

• Exposure with links on our websitePeachy Keen Blog, and features on ourFacebook page and newsletter

• Participation in Co-Hops & Cross-Promotions (Participation optional, but encouraged.)

What we're looking for: 
  • An active blog that you've maintained for a minimum of 6 months 
  • Positive attitude, team players, people who are willing to share feedback and communication within our Design Team (area designated just for DT members in our PK Connection) 
  • Support fellow teammates by visiting their blogs often & leaving feedback when possible 
  • You must have a camera with good photography skills (light & bright photos) 
  • Ability to meet deadlines 

Designers will be asked to: 

• Post 1 blog post every 6 wks on our company blog. {You are responsible for adding your watermark to your photos - we will be happy to help you create one or show you how to add one! We want YOU to receive credit for the art you create!}

• Create ONE project for at least 2 of our challenges each month. {we have weekly challenges that fluctuate between our face stamps and sketches.}

• Create ONE-TWO projects for our new release week with each new release (bi-monthly). {We will showcase your project on our company blog and ask that you simultaneously post to your own personal blog.}

THIS IS A TOTAL OF 2-3 PROJECTS PER MONTH (with a possibility of an additional 1-2 projects for a new release week)

• Maintain a current gallery in Splitcoaststampers {for Peachy Keen creations, please use keyword: "peachykeenstamps"}

• Upload your Peachy Keen Stamps' creations to our NING site, thePK Connection

• From time to time, we will ask for volunteer Designers to create projects for participation in cross-promotion of Peachy Keen Stamps and other papercrafting companies' blog hops and giveaways. This is optional and in addition to any other projects on our blog.

• Encourage fans of Peachy Keen Stamps to participate in our challenges and view our blog by promoting our links on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and any other outlet you choose. Social Networking plays an important role in our marketing efforts, so we ask that if you have a Facebook account or Twitter account, that you help us spread the word about our stamps.

If this sounds like something you'd love to be a part of, please send an email to: 

Angelica{at}PeachyKeenStamps{dot}com with a SUBJECT line of: PKS DESIGN TEAM CALL 
and include the following info:

1. Your full name, email address, phone number and a link to your blog {if you do not want to provide your phone number, please supply an alternate contact method.}

2. Your creative resume, if applicable.

3. Photos or links to 3-5 favorite stamped projects you've created. Peachy projects are great, but not required!

4. Any current DT's you are on or have been on. It is absolutely ok if you are on another DT, we just want to be sure everyone can commit to the DT requirements we have set up.

5. Why you think you think you'd be a great fit for PKS! This call is open to ALL paper crafters - we'd love to see what you've created! Please let us know any and all electronic cutting software you are familiar with and have access to (if applicable).

This call will remain open until December 23rd - 11:59 pm CST. It's open to EVERYONE including past design team members, however, each candidate will be weighed equally!

Thanks for reading and please share! We will be adding 8-10 designers. So if you'd love the chance, we'd love for you to apply! Please direct ALL questions regarding the DT to me (Angelica) and I'll answer them as quickly as possible. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

This is so amazing, I am happy for all those that are eligible to apply and very excited to see who wins one of the eight positions. Such fabulous news, I dream about being on their team all the time.