Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Make It A Couch Potato Night

I wanted to share a project I submitted for the Papertrey Guest Star Stamper contest for August. I had *so* much fun making it. What is it? Well it's a little couch potato gift set I came up with based loosely on a popcorn bag. I don't have a pattern, but the base of the bag is 2 pieces of 8 1/2 X 10" Sweet Blush cardstock that I scored and adhered together with sticky strip. I seem to use this method a lot when making 3D projects like bags and boxes.

I staged my picture by making some popcorn and putting it an extra popcorn bag favor and tipped it over. My whole house smelled like popcorn ... yummy!!

Here's a picture of what the actual gift set would look like. Don't you love the polka dot couch?? I have so much fun when I use this set. I put the goodies (a bag of microwave popcorn, a large pack of M&Ms, and a Blockbuster gift card) in a cellophane bag I got at AC Moore in the candy decorating section. Embellished with ribbon and a cute little tag. Wouldn't this be a perfect gift for a friend that is recuperating from surgery, or a breakup ... or just going through a hard time? Or how fun would it be to make up some smaller popcorn bags for a Chick Flick night or a slumber party for your daughter and her friends? The possibilities are endless, really.

I emailed pictures of my project to my sister before submitting it and she said it inspired her to stay home from work, make some popcorn and watch TV ... lol ... totally cracked me up!! (You are too much, Joy!!)

Monday, August 17, 2009

CCC Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cupcake Craft Challenge 1st Birthday blog hop!

If you have just come from Pop's blog then you are in the right place! I am Sandy and all you need to do is leave me a comment to be eligible to win my blog candy and then you need to hop on over to Stephanie's blog and leave a comment there! Stephanie will then tell you which blog you need to visit next!

If you are not sure you are visiting the design team blogs in the right order you can go back to here and start from the beginning! There are 14 design team blogs in the blog hop and each one has some gorgeous candy to be won!

Don’t forget to enter this week's Cupcake Craft Challenge to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes that our sponsors have provided to help us celebrate our 1st birthday!

Good Luck with your entries you have until 8pm Saturday 22nd August to enter and the winners will be announced on the Cupcake blog on Monday 24th August.

In honor of my blog candy prize (a brand new Cupcake stamp set from Inkadinkadoo), I thought I'd change my blog banner to {Got Cupcake Stamps?} for this week ... what do you think?

Oh and for my card for this week's Challenge, I *had* to use Cupcake Riley. He is probably my favorite cupcake themed stamp of all times. I paired him with a fun little sentiment stamp I got at AC Moore with a coupon a couple of weeks ago. And let's face it, most times, a cupcake will definitely help. The cardstock, paper and ribbon is from Taylor's Cupcake Key Ingredients Kit. I added a little cupcake brad that my friend Holly gave me last year ... isn't it adorable?? (Thanks again Holly, I love these things but haven't allowed myself to use them until now!!)

Enjoy the blog hop and good luck!! There are tons of prizes to be won.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sketch and Color Challenge

It was Tammy's turn to issue the challenge over at the Cupcake Craft Challenge blog. I love the fun layout she came up with and of course I'm a huge brown and blue fan. (Great challenge, Tammy!!)

I needed to make a card for a friend who just built a new home, so I thought this image worked great. My friend's Mom is living with she and her husband, so that's what made me add the 3 buttons. I've had the ribbon forever and thought I'd finally use it. I think this card would also work as a congratulations card for a friend expecting a baby, so I made a couple of extra cards.

Stop by and see what the rest of the Design Team came up with, here.

Oh and next Monday is the 1 year anniversary of the Cupcake Craft Challenge blog so be sure to get in on the fun ... trust me ... you don't want to miss it.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Beach Themed Shaker Gift Bag

It was my turn to come up with a challenge on the Cupcake Craft Challenge blog and I chose a beach theme. I’ve wanted to make a shaker for a while, so I paired this retired Stampin Up stamp set called Shore Thing with some sand I got from the beach. The little sand piper image is my favorite from the set, so I embossed the birds then I sponged a sky and stamped some sand, which you can’t see it now that I put actual sand in the shaker.

I had intended to make a card, but when I got my patterned paper out, I had some scraps that would work great to alter a plain white gift bag. I love the layout I came up with, but decided to add the stitched chocolate chip ribbon and WOW what a difference that made. I added some bashful blue stitched ribbon to close the bag.

Oh and here’s a link to a great shaker tutorial on Amy’s blog, Prairie Paper and Ink. I will definitely be making more shakers in the future. They add a lot of fun to your project.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team came up with, here.

The Little Yellow Company is the sponsor this week and one lucky person will win a free digital image.