Monday, March 31, 2014

Second entry for the PKS release party

Hey everyone!  I started these projects weeks ago to link up to the Peachy Keen March release party.  Well Dang it didn't realize that time was up today!  So I am hurrying up to get them posted and linked before they expire.  If you guys have anything from the March release over at Peachy Keen hurry up and get them linked up and join the party!!

I used the adorable little chicks and the church as well as the sentiment from the March SOTM kit.  The sentiment is from PK-1375 Faceless Chickens.  I love these new stamps!! I can't wait to play with the chickens from the Faceless Chickens set.  I started a couple of other projects but in my true fashion didn't get them done.  I swear I am the Queen of Unfinished projects!

I apologize for the pictures.  My email is down and had to use only my phone...sorry they are not the best.

PKS March Linky Party entries

Hey everyone!  I started these projects weeks ago to link up to the Peachy Keen March release party.  Well Dang it didn't realize that time was up today!  So I am hurrying up to get them posted and linked before they expire.  If you guys have anything from the March release over at Peachy Keen hurry up and get them linked up and join the party!!

I used the adorable little chicks and the church as well as the sentiment from the March SOTM kit.  The sentiment is from PK-1375 Faceless Chickens.  I love these new stamps!! I can't wait to play with the chickens from the Faceless Chickens set.  I started a couple of other projects but in my true fashion didn't get them done.  I swear I am the Queen of Unfinished projects!

I apologize for the pictures.  My email is down and had to use only my phone...sorry they are not the best.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Animals at the Sisterhood

Good afternoon everyone, it's time for another fun challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters. For this challenge it is all about ANIMALS.  We are asking you to make a project with an Animal theme.  

I take my girls to the YWCA for a class called Dinosaur School.  The kids go to school downstairs and the parents go to school upstairs.  The idea is to teach the kids how to deal with their feelings, attitudes etc. and the parents go to school upstairs and get lessons on how to deal with their kids and their issues.  One of my twins is very STRONG WILLED to say it nicely.  So in effort to be the best parents we could and to offer them the best chance at life we decided to sign them up.  It is like a 16-20 week course, I lost track of the time.  My girls love it and they even give you dinner!! The course is free and I would definitely recommend it if they have one in your area.

In the course they teach them all about their feelings and how to deal with them.  They even made a calm down thermometer when they get angry.  It teaches them how to calm down.  One of the things they teach is to "Smell the flowers, and blow out the candles" which in turn means breath in and blow it out.  This is to help you calm down when you feel yourself getting mad.  My girls have really been talking about their feelings ever since they started this course.  Keep in mind they are four so when you hear one of them say "Mommy I am feeling very frustrated" it just makes you laugh.  They also play "Detective" to help them look for solutions to their problems.  Overall it is really a neat course.  Sad to say next week is our last week.

One of their recent lessons is to go into your "Turtle Shell" to protect yourself from hurt, anger and just to calm down.  Now the turtle shell is imaginary and a figure of speech of course.  You can either crawl into a turtle shell shape on the floor or go to your imaginary turtle shell to protect you. Sadly there are many kids subject to abuse, bullying etc so this tool is to help them cope.  My kids thank goodness haven't dealt with that yet but my one has lots of meltdowns and I think it is from not being able to communicate. 

So when they were telling me about this lesson I decided to create a Turtle box for them.  Something where they can keep pictures of things that make them feel happy, safe or calm.  I created this 3D turtle from a file I found by SnapDragon Snippets in the Silhouette Store. I enlarged it to 130% to make it the biggest I can. My idea behind this was for them to keep things inside whether it be pictures, little notes or items that they treasure. That way when they are upset or sad they can go into their Turtle Shell and find their happy place. 

I am happy to report that my daughter has made a complete 180.  Her temper tantrums have decreased by 90%, she is talking more about what makes her happy and sad instead of just freaking out.  Hopefully this tool I made with help her continue down that path.

I took the shape from the part that covers up the foot and made cut it into different sizes to make some decoration on the shell. I inked it up with some Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and used an eye from Peachy Keen Stamps teddy bear assortment set.  I have it stamped on both sides so it can look great either way.  My girls got a bit crazy with the spots but they love it!

                            



I hope you play along with our Animal challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sentimental journey

Happy Hump day everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the nicer weather we have been having.  I know we are.  In PA we had a horrible winter and even when the temps are in the 40's it feels like summer so I will take it!

Today starts another challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  Our newest Sistah' Diane is hosting a challenge with a theme of "Sentimental Journey".  We asked that you create a project making the sentiment the main focal point instead of the normal image.  I gotta tell you I love making cards like this.  We have a friend who is having a baby soon and I came up with this card for her baby shower.  I used the papers that matched a project that I made for her and the colors also match the theme she has in the nursery. I used paper from Stampin up! and a stamp from a company that went out of business.


I hope you come and join us in our Sentimental Journey at the Sisterhood.  Have a great day and as always, HAPPY CRAFTING!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

PKS February Release challenge

Hello Everyone! I just wanted to pop in to share with you a card I made with the Peachy Keen February 2014 SOTM set.  

I tend to struggle with simple cards because I overthink them.  Well this is my attempt at a simple card! lol The picture isn't the greatest since you can't see the different parts of the trees but it was gloomy out when I took it.  There is two more days to play along over at the Peachy Keen Challenge blog so don't miss out.  All you have to do is use a stamp from the February release and you can enter as many times as you want.  I have several more projects in the works and I hope I can get them done in time!

Happy Crafting!




Let's Hear it for the boys!

Hello there!  I don't know about you but sometimes I find it hard to create a card for a man.  Ribbon or no ribbon? Buttons or no buttons?  Honestly I think sometimes it's all about the paper.  If you have the right paper things just flow.  I had fun making these two cards for the new challenge I am hosting over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  The challenge is "One for the Boys" and we are asking you to make a masculine themed project.

For my first project I used the stamp from Peachy Keens SOTM July 2012 stamp set.  I created the card with a label from Too Cute By Jessica's LOT OF LABELS set by welding it in my SSDE then cutting it out.  I colored the little boy in with my Spectrum Noir markers.




I bought this stamp ions ago and have no idea who made it.  The sentiment is from a company that is no longer in business.  The papers are from October Afternoon.  The card is simple but I think it makes a statement.

I hope you play along with the challenge I am hosting over at the Sisterhood of Crafters! See you there! 

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Peachy Keen Challenge

It has been awhile since I picked up my markers and played with them.  I need to do it more often because #1 I enjoy it but #2 it is so relaxing for me.  It is my way of coloring as an adult!  What better stamps to use....my Peachy Keen Stamps! OMG I love them to bits and they are so fun to work with.

I decided to play along with their new photo inspiration challenge.  Right away the colors reminded me of Summer so that is what I went with.  I used the June 2013 SOTM set and paper from Cosmo Cricket.  I added Glossy accents to the starfish to give them some "pop".  Gotta go and try to get my card done for the February Linky Party!  

Happy Crafting! 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Heart filled with love!

I hope everyone is staying safe and getting ready/prepared for this mammoth storm that is heading our way.  This has to be the worst winter I have experienced since moving here 7 years ago.  My heart goes out to those who live by themselves especially the elderly.  Over here if we lose power we don't have heat or running water since I have a well.  Thank goodness we have a generator but still, with kids it is not fun!  So I am gonna just play with the girls and craft my little heart out if I get snowed in.  I just hope the heat stays on with how cold it is here.

It's time for another great challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  The theme is LOVE is in the Air.  Make a project or anything that has to do with Love.  It doesn't have to be Valentine's just based on love.  You will see a wide range of inspiration over at the Sisterhood to get your crafty gears going.

For my project I used some paper from Carta Bella, stamps from Paper Trey Ink and a 3D layered chipboard rose from Echo Park. I thought it would be nice to send this to someone in the mail.  When was the last time you sent a letter instead of a text or email? I know I am guilty about it so I am gonna surprise someone and send them this card to brighten their day.


Hope you all stay safe and warm.  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter Snowflakes Challenge at the Sisterhood

Good morning everyone!  Today there is a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  The theme is very fitting especially right about now! The theme is WINTER SNOWFLAKES. It can be any Winter themed project but it has to have some Winter Snowflakes on it.

I picked a paper pad and challenge myself to make some cards with just what I could find out of the paper pad.  I came up with these two cards.  The one with the penguin is actually so many layers then I popped up the image but it is hard to tell in the photo.  I think for just using paper these came out pretty good!  The pictures are horrible since the weather here has been dark and gloomy but I hope you can get the gist of it.  I gotta say I had fun challenging myself to just use paper!  I hope you play along and show us your Winter Snowflake themed projects!



Guess I had the winter blues...lol  That's the color that popped into my head when I thought of snowflakes!

Now hop on over to The Sisterhood of Crafters and play along.  Have some fun with us and get your craft on!  This challenge is being hosted by our talented Sister MICKI.