Saturday, February 26, 2011

We Have A Winner!

Thank you so much for all of you that entered for the blog candy give away. It was so exciting to see all of the comments and new followers.

We decided to use the Random Number Generator. Oscar was tired and not being very cooperative in picking the names I put on the cards!

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 17
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So, that means our winner is: Ms. Jay!

She wrote, "Happy Blog Birthday1 I have been a follower for a while now. Love your projects. Thanks for the chance to win."

Yay, Yay, Hip Hip Hooray for you Ms. Jay,
If you email me your address, a package will be on it's way!

That's my lame attempt at the perfect cheer for all of you SNL fans, Spartan Spirit! It's late, and I'm tired!

My Mom and Laura were a little disappointed that they were not eligible to win. But, I give them stuff all of the time. For Valentine's Day, I made Laura a Tom Brady candy jar. She brought it to school and made her students say thank you to Tom Brady when then took a piece of candy!

Thanks again to everyone who participated. This was a lot of fun for me, too, so I'll be definitely giving away more surprises in the coming year.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

I've been busy sewing my Bitty Bags and decided to participate in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. The challenge for the Blog Hop is to use scallops.

So, this is what I came up with. The paper is from Bazzill and Bo Bunny, while the ink is from Memento. I made a tag for my bag using the Fillable Frames #5 Die, Nestabilities Standard Tag Die, and the Flower Fusion #1 Flower Die. The stamped image (the stem) is from Flower Fusion #1 Stamp Set and the border from Fillable Frames #5 Stamp Set. The flower and the scalloped tag is popped up using pop up dots. A little button and ribbon finished off my tag/bag combination. This is the perfect set to give to someone special for any occasion.

Here is a close up of the tag:

Don't forget, today is my first blogoversary! Yay, Woo hoo!! You still have time to enter for the my blog candy give away. Just scroll down for all of the details.

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Just A Reminder

Don't forget if you want to be eligible to win the blog candy for my blog birthday, you will need to sign up to be a follower AND leave a comment by 11:59 PM EST on 2/25/11!

It appears that I can't read a calender, my actual first blogoversary is on Friday, February 25 and not Saturday, February 26. But, all the rules as will be same.

I have been busy working on new projects for my Etsy shop, while fighting a nasty cold at the same time. I'm super psyched for these items and I hope you will be, too.

Make sure you check back on Saturday to see who the winner will be. Good luck to everyone, and thanks so much for being a part of Beth-A-Palooza!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hello Sunshine

Here is a quick card I made using Papertrey Ink's Fillable Frames #5. I have that song "Sunshine go away today, I don't feel like dancing...." by Jonathan Edwards. I was watching one of those Time Life Music Infomercials one night when I couldn't sleep and I'm still singing that song!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Fillable Frames #5
Ink: Memento, Versafine
Paper: Making Memories, Bazzill
Misc: Ribbon, prima flowers, fillable frame #5 die, half pearls, pop up dots

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for the Blog Candy Gift Bag Giveaway. You still have time to sign up, just check this post out.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy Blog Birthday and Blog Candy Gift Bag Give Away!

I'm very excited, my first blog birthday is only a week away! This is so much fun. I remember when I got my first follower that wasn't one of my friends or family members. Then, I had ten followers, woo hoo, and now 100 followers! It's just so totally awesome. I just love reading all the comments, it has done wonders for my self-esteem.

So, as a small gesture of gratitude to all of my faithful followers, I have made a gift bag of blog candy. I made the little bag, I call it my Bitty Bag. I love gift bags, but the paper ones don't store well and you can really only use it for gift giving. But, with the Bitty Bag, the possibilities are endless. You can put your lunch in it,use it a purse, gift bag, crafty stuff, or whatever your heart desires. The Bitty Bag Tag was made using the Everyday Button Bits from Papertrey Ink. I LOVE Papertrey Ink, and the cherries matched perfectly to the fabric on the bag.

Here is a close up of the tag:

Now, onto the good stuff, the bag contents! I wanted to put some of my favorite crafty things in it. But, I would need a large tractor trailer truck to accommodate everything, so this is just a sample of what I love to use.

-Eight (8) paper sack pouches, two of each color and of each style
-Twelve (12) of my handmade paper roses
-Four (4) handmade heart yo yo's
-One (1) of my handmade notepads with a matching cherry button tag
-Two (2) packages of rhinestone bling
-Six (6) little Martha Stewart doilies
-One (1) package of Hanna Stamps-Birthday Hanna
-One (1) wood mounted rubber sentiment stamp, "Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures"

To keep your strength up for your Beth-A-Palooza Craft-A-Palooza, there are some complimentary refreshments! One package of Twizzlers and one package of Peanut M&M's. Both a staple of my diet! Since I can't send you one of my famous cappuccinos, there is also a $5.00 Starbucks gift card, the next best thing!

Would you like to win this great Bitty Bag? All you have to do is be a follower AND leave a comment on this post. You will have a week to enter the contest. The deadline for all comments will need to be posted by Friday, February 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST. On the day of my blogoversary, which is next Saturday, Oscar will randomly chose a name from the list. Once a winner has been chosen, they will have 3 (three) days to send me their mailing address. If that person does not respond, another winner will be chosen. All followers are eligible, EXCEPT anyone who shares DNA with me!

Thanks again to everyone out there in blog land!

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My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Club-MFTWSC7

Thank you for all of your kind comments regarding my ugly card from yesterday's post. I really appreciate it, it's so sweet.

I decided to play along with the Wednesday Sketch Club over at My Favorite Things. You can see Kim's blog post here.

For my card, I used the Die-Namics Framed Greetings Set. The paper is from October Afternoon and Bazzill. I sponged some Tim Holtz Antique Linen ink on a little Martha Stewart Doily. Then, I attached a little heart yo yo with a tiny button that I made while watching Gone With The Wind. That is such a good movie, Clark Gable was a real hottie. I can see why so many women loved him! Sorry, didn't mean to get off the subject.

Stamps: My Favorite Things-Framed Greetings
Ink: Versafine, Tim Holtz
Paper: October Afternoon, Bazzill
Misc: Yo yo, button, pop up dots, half pearls, doily

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Ugly Card

I found this cool blog called Crap I've Made. She is really funny and has made some really neat stuff. Today's card is definitely not one of my better ones. I must have taken the front off, cursed at it, and thrown it in the trash like four times. I'm still not happy with it. It's not what I had envisioned in my head. So, here is the crap I made:

Paper: Papertrey Ink, The Paper Company, Bazzill
Misc: Beautiful Blooms die, half pearls, ribbon, doily, pop up dots

The flowers were cut using the Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blooms die. They are such pretty dies, and I ruined them by making these flowers! I added too much ribbon, too many pearls and the doily looks grey against the black polka dotted background.

Oh, well, hopefully my Mom will look at it and say it's just beautiful and it's the prettiest card she has ever seen. Thank goodness for Moms.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Welcome Spring Tree

I hope this card with coax some spring weather for everyone who has had WAY TOO MUCH SNOW this year. It sure has been a tough winter. My Dad is expecting temperatures in the 50's this weekend, so hopefully his snow will melt.

The stamps are from Stamps by Judith. The flower pot is masked on. I double stamped the little flowers and adhered them to the card with pop up dots. Diamond glaze was applied to all of the little flowers and leaves to give added texture. I embellished the card with some paper punch flowers, a doily and some polka dotted ribbon.

Stamps: Stamps by Judith-A Tree For All Seasons, small flower pot, double flower and leaf stick stampers
Ink: Memento
Paper: Bazzill, The Paper Company
Misc: Diamond Glaze, pop up dots, doily, copics, ribbon, corner punch, ms flower and leaf paper punches, half pearls, shimmer mist

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

One last quick Valentine before I have to go into work.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Limitless Labels
Paper: Bazzill
Ink: Versafine
Misc: Penny candy style jar, candy, half pearls, ribbon, doily, button, fabric yo yo, candy

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day with Wyatt

I made this for my Dad for Valentine's Day. He was always loved model railroading, and has set up a replica of Carson City, Nevada during the gold rush in my old bedroom. He has been working on these models since he was a very young man and it was something he and my Great Uncle Lisle, for whom Dad was named after, enjoyed together.

The penny candy style jar is one I bought at Halloween at Walmart and filled it with the little Snickers Bars. I stamped, colored, and paper pieced Wyatt the Conductor two times. One was used for jar and the other for the candy bar box. The train themed paper is from the Playtimes Past Collection from Graphic 45. A little bandanna ribbon, a few buttons, and some paper punched hearts completed the project.

This is the candy bar box made with a card box. The card box holds five Mars Bars perfectly.

Stamps: My Favorite Things-Wyatt The Conductor
Ink: Memento
Paper: Bazzill, Martha Stewart, Graphic 45, Bo Bunny
Misc: Card box, penny candy jar, paper punches, ribbon, nestabilities, buttons, pop up dots, baker's twine, half silver pearls, copics

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Paper Pouch Valentines for Your Favorite Supa Fan!

I saw these great baseball and basketball lollipops at Target and thought they would make perfect Valentines for my family. I used some of my paper pouches and decorated them with some pattern paper, doilies, and some embellishments.

For the Boston Celtics pouch, I printed a picture of my favorite player, Kevin Garnett. Love him!! The green shamrock paper was made using the shamrock from the Limitless Labels set from Papertrey Ink. I was working on them late last night, and I didn't have any wide ribbon to tie the bow with, so I improvised and used some fabric strips. I think that they came out just fine.

Paper: Bazzill, The Paper Company, Paper Pizazz
Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Limitless Labels
Misc: Fabric strips, paper bags, candy, MLB scrapbook embellishments, nestabilities, doilies, ribbon, clear pretzel bags

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Hot and Spicy Valentine Box and Valentine Nugget Box Tutorial

Here are the measurements for the Hot and Spicy Valentine box that was in this post.

The base of the box is 8 1/2 in. by 8 1/2 in. Score 1 1/2 in. on all four sides. The lid is 8 1/8 in. by 8 1/8 in. Score at 1 1/4 in. on all four sides.

Erin asked about the Valentine Heart Nugget box in this post. She wanted to know what the dimensions of the little box and lid that hold the nuggets. The base of the box is 3 3/8 in. by 4 in. Score 5/8 in. on all four sides. The lid to this box is 3 1/2 in. by 4 1/8 in. Score it on all four sides as well. I just adhered the lid of the box to the bottom of the top heart. I know that makes total sense!

I also like using the slider top for the nugget boxes, especially when using the clear acetate. The dimensions for the top for this particular nugget box are: cut your acetate 2 7/8 in. by 6 1/2 in. Then score it (along the long side, all measurements are in inches) 1, 1 5/8, 3 13/16, 4 7/18. I personally like to wrap it around the nugget box, and then use the sticky strip to make sure it is a good fit.

Well, I'm rockin' out to REO's hard to do air guitar and type at the same time! Keep on rollin'........oh, now roll with the changes

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

ULTIMATE Card Kit: Home Made House Gift Boxes Re-Post

Nichole at Papertrey Ink is sponsoring this wicked awesome contest. Check it out here. You have to pick your favorite project using Papertrey Ink stamps. This is the project I'm submitting. I so love these little houses and the stamp set. The posibilities are endless.

I orginally posted this on 12/9/2010.

***(Edit: The house is one of Lauren Meader's, My Timeless Templates. It is called Home Made and can be downloaded/purchased at Papertrey Ink. Click here for the link.)***

I made a whole bunch of these little houses while I was watching the Patriots play on Monday Night Football. It was a great game. I love these little house because they are functional, too. There is enough room inside to pack a present.

I used my Scor-pal to make the siding on the house. A Martha Stewart punch, combined with some Class A-Peels stickers from Stampendous made perfect little window dressings. Flower Soft was sprinkled and it looks like snow had just fallen on this little Christmas Cottage.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Homemade
Template: My Time Made Easy-Home Made
Ink: Versafine, Memento, Tim Holtz
Paper: The Paper Company, Papertrey Ink
Misc: Score-pal, flower soft, stickers, paper punch, sticky strip, ribbon

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Etsy Shop and a Tutorial Update

Just to let you know that I have just listed a few more bucket covers in my Etsy Shop. They would make a perfect Valentine's Day gift for that special crafter. I have more fabric to cut out, plus Mom and I are going to the quilt shop next week so I should be doing lots of sewing.

Also, I would like to publish the tutorial for the Hot & Spicy Valentine's Day box. Unfortunately, I threw the piece of paper away that had the measurements on it (or maybe Tedy hid it with the crocheted flowers and paper roses!, so I will need to take the box apart to take the measurements.

This was the first comments that I received on this post, from Mary:

What a cute idea! I would be interested in a tutorial on this. Mary

Thank you for the kind words, I'm so appreciative of the time that everyone takes to leave me a comment. I especially enjoy them when I've had a tough day at work, it's so nice to come home to such sweet comments.

Well, Mary, if you send me your address, I will mail out the tag I made for the post.

Thanks again, everyone, and thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More Valentine Paper Pouches

Here are some more Michelle Wooderson inspired paper pouches. You can find her post here with the directions. These are a little different, they use a different style bag and have two pockets. Bonus time! Double the pleasure, double the fun! I sewed the bags for Christmas, but never got around to decorate them! So, I decided to make them for Valentine's Day.

The paper is from the K & Company Die-Cut Valentine Cardmaking Pad. The pouch is decorated with some ribbon, a heart doily, and some of my handmade paper roses. It seems that my little girl kitty, Tedy, is quite fond of all handmade flowers. Not only have my little crocheted flowers disappeared, but I've finding my paper roses all over my apartment. She also has a thing for bows. She untied the big bows on front of the pouches. No wonder she is so tired, it appears that she had a busy night last night! The sentiment is computer generated.

I put little packages of M & M's in the front pocket and made a simple Valentine for the back pocket. I used the same paper as the pouch so it would match. My favorite little Martha Stewart doiles were adhered to the center with a couple of punched hearts.

The Valentine Card:

The finished product:

Paper: K & Company, Colorbok, Bazzill
Misc: Ribbon, paper roses, paper punches, m & m's, pop up dots, heart doily, doily tags, paper bags, sewing machine

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A Hot & Spicy Valentine's Day!

I'm super psyched about this post. This is something I've been working/plotting for what seems like forever!! This is great non-candy gift for someone special.

I bought an Oscar Mayer Lunchable, the nachos, cheese dip & salsa one. It comes in a big box. There is also a Capri Sun included, but I didn't use it for this project. I took it out of the box and created a box and clear acetate lid. But, when I adhered the lid tabs together, the sticky strip showed through, so I fastened it with some big heart brads. The ends of the brads had to be trimmed because they also showed through. Then I made a big tag for the top using punches, a doily, a cactus die cut, and my poem and it was done.

This is the Lunchable.

This is the box without the lid.

Paper: Martha Stewart, Bazzill, Clear Acetate
Misc: Paper punches, sizzix cactus die, doily, pop up dots, ribbon, brad, lunchable

If anyone is interested in a tutorial for this box. Please leave me a comment on this post. Also, if anyone is interested in a kit to make the tag with all of the embellishments already punched so all you have to do is assemble it, please also leave a comment.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Nugget Heart

I love the big heart boxes filled with chocolates for Valentine's Day. Especially the ones with roses on them, the bigger and fancier the better. I saw these cute little conversation heart boxes on Splitcoast and thought, can that be done with nuggets?

Now, I don't have the heart Nestabilities so I used my Cricut to cut my hearts. I have always loved the paper roses that you can make with a five petal flower paper punch. I, also, don't have those. I looked into buying some, but again my handy dandy Cricut came into action. I found that on the Preserves cartridge, they have both a five and six petal flower just like the punches. Bonus! Now, I can make them in different sizes. This is my first time making the flowers, so they are just trial and error. I've studied every one's tutorial, but I guess practice makes perfect. Needless to say, I'm still practicing!

Here is the inside, I made a little box to hold four nuggets.

Paper: Martha Stewart. Bazzill, Core-dinations, Target $ Spot
Ink: Memento
Misc: Cricut cartridges-Preserves & Plantin School book, silk leaves, heart stick pin, sticky strip, tacky glue, ribbon, nuggets, shimmer spritz

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