Darling Butterfly



Have a ton of Fun

     Hello there my crafty friend :) Do you know what time it is? It's Peachy Keen Challenge time and this week it's "Anything Goes"! Everyone's favourite challenge, right?  Well it's one of mine for sure, free to create whatever I want....oh ya, bring it on :)
     I was excited when I saw what the challenge was because I have gotten so many new PK stamps lately that I just knew I was gonna have fun with it. After much debate, (with myself, lol) I decided to use PK-223 Baby Elephant, it is sooo cute, I just love it. I thought maybe it would be cool to make the background resemble a baby's quilt, and used a variety of pieces from my stash, lord knows I have a ton of little pieces, I don't throw away much.  :)
     I used Memento tuxedo black to stamp my image, sky gray color box for the stitching and copics to colour this little cutie. I cut him out with a Spellbinders classic circle, used a Spellbinders lacy circle for a mat and popped my image on the "quilt". I added an "It's a Boy" charm with limeade We R Memory Keepers bakers twine and a couple buttons for embellies. I used CC-PK4X4-024 Happy go lucky elephant die to cut the "splash drops" and added glossy accents, to represent the milk from his bottle.
Copics Used:  C3: body, E000 toe nails, YR20 nipple, R82 tongue, B00 diaper pin, R20 ears and hooves, W3 for the shadow in front of him and some of the top section of his bottle. EK Success chalk for the cheeks! 

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Peachy Keen 23: Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: Punches and/or Dies
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge 90: Anything Goes
Wish Craft Cards ~Waste not Wednesdays: Week 24
I used old scraps of dp, buttons (rarely use them) the metal 
sentiment from 4 yrs ago and the felt diaper from 3 yrs ago   

     Thank you so much for dropping in to have a peek. Have a great day, big inky hugs my crafty friend! See you soon. If you get a chance please leave me a comment, and I'll pop over to see what you've been up to lately! 

Cindy   :)


It's finally here!!!


            YAY.... YAHOO.... YIPPEE....                             it's finally here..... Yup, today's the day to party!
Welcome to The Outlawz Blog hop!
We have  LOTS of prizes; so please read the directions carefully!

     This isn't just an ordinary blog hop! There are 8 blogs for you to visit. Each blog has either a tutorial on how to make something or a technique pertaining to paper crafting!
     Each blog has a prize, and there is a grand prize for one person who visits and leaves a comment on all 8 blogs, and becomes a new member of The Outlawz!
     To be eligible for the prizes, please leave a comment on each blog.  If you become a follower (of the blog) you will have two chances for that blog's prize!  Each blog has a different prize, so you will want to visit all of them! Let's get hopping! Have fun and good luck! 
     To win the grand prize for visiting all the blogs and leaving a comment for each one - go here and enter your name at the bottom of the page by clicking on the blue froggy to add your link.  Don't forget to join The Outlawz...you'll be glad you did :) 
     So like all blogs if you came here by chance and because you got an email from me, do yourself a favour and start at Colleens blog, you want to be in on all the prizes. And when your done the hop and you join The Outlawz, join in the challenges for you chances at even more prizes....this is one party your gonna LOVE!

Blog Hop Order

The Outlawz Host: Colleen Holmes 
CAS Host: Pryn Garritan
Greetings Host: Tina Gilliland
Color Host:  Teresa Arsenault
Sketch Host: Cindy Potentier  me :) 
Twisted Thursdays Host: Patricia St Martin
Copic/Promarkers Host: Darlene Lyons
Paper Ala Mode: Theresa Lee

How to make paper beads
     Back in May of this year I was looking for something on youtube and kept seeing a video for this pop up even though it wasn't anything to do with what I was looking for. I actually can't remember what it was I was looking for lol! Anyway, I finally decided I had two birthdays coming soon and this may be a great gift idea, what would be the harm :) I'm glad I did, I ended up making two, one for my aunt and one for my youngest sons girlfriend. 

 I cut my strips at 3/4" X 12" but you can cut them wider or narrower and shorter making different sizes of beads.

 I used double sided scrapbooking paper and rolled them with opposite sides up giving me two different colour beads. The video I saw and a few others I looked at, it appeared the maker was using 8.5X11 plain white paper not cs, and using specific markers to add colour to the strips before rolling. 
 I used a toothpick to roll the strips up and glue in place.
Coat 3X with diamond glaze letting dry completely between coats.
Instructions thus far...cut strips, roll and glue, 2-3 coats of diamond glaze, drying in between  coats, then decide how you will string them together. You can buy empty necklace rings at the $ store, just add the beads and any embellies you like, you can even add real beads if you like! Or try stretchy necklace cord, wire, string....whatever you prefer will work.  I used wire and made loops at each end making all the beads individual then hooked the wire loops together and added a charm in the centre for each necklace.  :) 
 My sons gf really likes skulls, seems to be the norm these days for these kids, so I found some of these skulls at the local craft supplies store here called Flim Flam. They have a lot of bead making supplies and their prices are fabulously cheap.

For my aunt's I saw this little teapot set and thought, omg that's so cute, she would love that, so I searched for the perfect shaped bead for it and found this pretty blue one to go with her green and blue necklace,  she loved it!! 

     You can even make earrings to match. My aunt and I started a pair when she was visiting last to go with her necklace but we didn't get them done and she took them home to finish. Unfortunately she has been to busy with work to get them done, so I've suggested she bring them back when she's down for the coming Canada Day long wkend. 

     The prize for my blog is a 1 year subscription to TTCRD Magazine which is ran by the one and only Colleen Holmes, creator and fearless leader of The Outlawz and one spectacular lady! TTCRD stands for Through The Craft Room Door and you can find the info for this amazing magazine here!

Thank you so much for popping by, I sure hope you take advantage of ALL the fun and join in the challenges tooo :)

 Big inky hugs my crafty friends!!
Cindy  :)


It's almost here!!!

     Are you ready to party? We are! Yet again we're partying at The Outlawz; this time we're celebrating you, our 2000+ members! The party is running June 24 - 30, and we'd like your help to get the word out. Of course, we wouldn't ask you to do this without offering something in return. There will be a prize for one of you! :D
In order to earn entries into our random prize drawing, you can:
1. Post our party banner in your blog's sidebar, then enter your blog's address into Mr. Linky. Here is the code to copy and paste...
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3. Create a video response to Jo's YouTube video. Make your video, then click inside the Respond to this Video box. A link will show up underneath the box that will allow you to post a video response. Follow the directions to upload a new video or link to a video you already posted. Then enter the address of your video in Mr. Linky.

You have until 12:00 am EST on June 28 to do one, two, or all! and enter your link(s). Good luck!

Go Here to enter your link for your chance to win!!! But hurry....the list is getting long already :) 


It's a Party

     Hey there, am I happy to see you! Why? Cause I wanted to let you know about the party that's gonna be going on starting June 24th and running through till June 30th, I guarantee you don't want to miss it!! Where? Over at The Outlawz, it's gonna be tons of fun, with games and lots of great prizes from our wonderful generous sponsors.
     What are we celebrating? We reached 2000 members, that's not only a huge accomplishment but a great reason to Party, not that we need a reason, LOL it's always a party over at The Outlawz. Great friends, fun conversations and lots of awesome prizes to be had in the on going challenges.
     This time the theme for the party is   "Where in the World!" We want to know where you are from-your country, state, province, street - or where ever your heart longs to be! We have members from all over the world and they would love to share where they are from with you! Won't you come share too?!?!
     So bookmark us, mark us on your calendar, set an alarm, write it backwards on your forehead or tie a string around your pinky...whatever it takes to remind you to come play and have a blast with us!  I was brand new to The Outlawz for the 1000 member party last Oct. This time around I'm on the Sketch Challenge team that runs on Wednesday's and I love it! 
     At this party we'll have an 8 blog "Tutorial/Technique"  hop, a crossword puzzle,  Bingo, a word scramble,  and of course each DT will have a challenge for you to enter showing us where your from. Doesn't this sound like fun? I think so and can't wait to get this party started!
    I wanted to add to links to this, really cool ones from over at The Outlawz but I am still having trouble with them, enough that it is giving me a headache, so I'll try again later! See you soon my crafty friend! Thanks so much for stopping by :) hugs

Cindy  :)

A "Peach" of a sketch

     The new challenge is up and it's a sketch this week. As soon as I seen it I went straight to work on my card since I don't have time to torture my brain this week, and with Father's Day on Sunday I am all set. Well almost, I was planning to make him a #1 dad frame, the one I was trying to come up with for last weeks challenge.  My hubby is having brain surgery on the 19th and I have a bunch of things on my to do list to get done and out of the way between now and Monday, so yes...I am early posting for the challenge!

     The plaid paper is from the 6.5 X 4.5 DCWV Tahiti Beach Stack I bought a few yrs back, I love the prints in this, I also have the 12X12 stack. DCWV is one of my fave paper companies. The blue paper is recollections and the yellow is a misc. piece from my stash drawer. 
     I made the "tie's" from pieces of ribbon and added pearls to the brown and cream tie's and gems stuck to a mini piece of wire I twisted, they are suppose to represent the "tie tacks" men use to keep the shorter end of the tie from popping out the sides. :) ( at least I think that's what they are for, LOL)  I had them all the perfect length to match the sketch but they started freying and I had to cut them down again, they took to long to start over. LOL
     I stamped the winner's ribbon on matching piece's of the blue and yellow paper and cut out the blue one by hand. Then cut out the yellow circle with a spellbinders circle die, and did the same for the small blue circle and stamped the sentiment in the centre from PKSC-05 May 2012 kit of the month. I used the same set to stamp the sentiment in the bottom right hand corner. :)
     I hope you like my card today and ty so much for stopping by. Please leave a comment and I will come see what you've been up to. Have a great day and happy crafting! Hope you have a great wkend, and everyone's special "DAD" gets treated right. See you all when I can, big inky hugs!!!

Cindy   :) 


You've been framed!

     It's another Peachy Keen Challenge and this time we were to create a 3D object using frames! We could upcycle, use a cheap dollar store one, die cut one, or use our creative imagination to come up with something totally unique!!
     I had two idea's I was working on but neither one of them felt right, and the more I tried to get them to come together nothing was working, it kept nagging at me. I finally had something going late last night after trying for days but I was really tired and decided to finish it when I got up. Thing is when I woke up I had a whole new idea in my head so I came straight to my CR and set to work.
     I told my sister that I would make one of my baby name frames for her grandson's 1st birthday, which isn't until March 2013. They have been going on a hippo/zoo theme for the nursery and I was going to do a large hippo, but when I woke up my mind had kind of expanded on it a bit LOL!!!
I had to take the picture without the glass in because I was getting to many reflections, seeing me and what was behind me in the glass doesn't make for a great pic, lol but it looks great with the glass in....honest.... LOL
     What do you think? I think it's way better than just a hippo in the middle don't you? I used my "Puffy Clouds" and "Wrought iron gate" memory box die's. The gate was cut 8X and I made little acryllic things to give them depth without using pop dots so they wouldn't show. At first I cut them out in grey then decided they blended into the hippo to much so I cut them again in white and glued on top of the grey one's so I wouldn't have to make those things again, LOL!

     I used a bunch of those acryllic things I made behind the boy and the tree as well. I love these 3D shadow box frames from Michael's, you can add so much depth to your designs. There is still room, the leaves of the tree don't touch the glass yet :)

    I made the hippo using the "Animal Kingdom" Cartridge and the PK-750 Animal Faces (sm) that co-ordinate with it. For the sun I used PK-M16- You are my sunshine, and PK-450 wide eyes kids for "Colton"  :) The grass was cut several times with a Cherry Lynn "grass border" die and over lapped. I cut the tree by hand then punched all the maple leaves with a small fiskars punch :}
     The outfit is a Jolee's sticker, I removed the arms, glued to white paper and cut out, drew on the red stripes on the reverse and reattached to the body of the sticker backwards so I could bend the arms. I made the neck and pop dotted the head off of it and added the hands, both from the "Everyday Paper Dolls" cart. Those little overalls are so adorable :) I made the running shoes using two circles cut from the smallest spellbinders circle die. I cut the rocks using "Plymouth Rock" from the "My World" cricut cartridge, I just hid the numbers that are on it, and a couple of the lines, as well as cut out twice.
     I added some little things for him to find when he's a little older, lol, like the pond, (if you look closely the hippo is standing in it ), the bird in the tree, (MS punch n stamp), the butterfly on the fence (small fiskars punch) and three ants (hand drawn) walking off with some of the hippo food that fell out of the little bag Colton is holding. :) He won't be able to find it probably but on the tree I drew a heart and put his parents initials in it, M+J, lol! I also added a tiny pop dot behind each of the hippo's ears to make them pop forward. And drew a couple birds flying in the distance :)
     I used several ink pads, markers and gel pens to add highlights, shading and edging here and there. I hope you like it, I have more baby names frames I made last yr and the yr before in another post herehere and here if you'd like to take a peek! :) I just realized there are two more I haven't blogged about that I made for my grand nephews :) Oh well, some other time....I am beat, this project has consumed my whole day!
     I'm so glad you came by to check out what I made for this week's challenge, I hope you like it and maybe you've been inspired to make your own for your kids or someone else's, they are fun and when they get older you can change up the theme for them, you are only limited by your imagination which I know is awesome, I've see your stuff....LOL! Take care, see you again soon I hope, please leave me a comment so I know you were here, I'd love to come see what you've been up to, bye for now my crafty friend. Keep your rubber in the ink!!! LOL LOL

Cindy   :)


Splish Splash

     It's a "Pool Party Bash"!  This weeks Peachy Keen challenge is Just cards and I have been trying to come up with a card for this adorable stamp! PK-M08 mini piggy tubby time, isn't it just to cute.
PK-M08 Mini Tubby Time
     I wanted it portrayed as a pool so I cut it out and layered it several times omitting the bubbles and covering the ones in front of the wash tub with a beach ball :) I thought about colouring the tub in different colours to make it look like one of those rainbow blow up pools but didn't want to change it that much!


I layered it several times so the right piggy would be stuck out in front of the left one and so the tub itself would stick out in front of both of them giving them dimension and depth. The umbrella is cut from my Shower Peepers die CC-PK4X6-005. I love the dies just as much as the stamps, and they can all be co-ordinated with each other so well. I used PK-150 Accessories Assortment One to give them sun glasses :) I was so happy their was a pair small enough, ty Kathy J!  :)
     I painted a round toothpick white to be my pole to my beach umbrella but couldn't find it when I went to add it, no idea where it ran off to, lol so I cut the centre out of a q-tip and used that instead :)  

     The very back scalloped circle mat is a quickutz die and the pink and top ones are the two largest spellbinders Peony dies. I used copics to colour my grass, tub, piggies, beach towels, umbrella and two bottom mats. I don't have blue so I used prismacolour pencils to do my sky. :)  I drew and coloured the splashes on then covered with baby blue stickles, added stickles to the water in the tub as well to make it glisten. I randomly added some "stickles puddles" of water on the grass. :) The beach towels are a See D's stamp, they were to wide so I cut some off of them. The patterned designer paper is a very old piece of BoBunny from my stash, (I hope I remembered that right, it's the only thing I didn't write down, I noticed the name when I was added the double sided tape) 
     I am so happy you had a chance to drop by and check out my latest PK challenge card, it took me forever to make this one, including starting several other cards, lol! I have some background for other cards ready now LOL! Let me know what you think. Thank you so much, hope you have a great rest of the week, keep the rubber in the ink and stamp, stamp, stamp!  

Copics used:  Piggies:  RV10, E21, E00 cheeks, R20
                      Grass: YG17, YG03, G17 colourless blender 0
                      Umbrella and pink and green mats : R81, YG03
Prismacolour Pencils used :  Sky  304, 364, PM-121 colourless blender
                                           Water: 305, 320     baby blue stickles

Cindy   :)