Think Pretty Thoughts~

And what’s prettier than unicorns?

I used this card by Jennifer McGuire for my NSD 2015 Challenge: Pin It! to recreate something you’ve pinned on Pinterest.

My card~

Think Pretty

Like Jennifer’s card I water colored the background and used stitched dies to create my blue sky.

Then I colored my unicorns and used pop dots, so they’re flying through the sky.

A close-up~

Think Pretty Close

After all of that I ended up stamping the sentiment crooked. Oh well.

It’s still cute.

Maybe not as cute Hartly’s version.

Think Pretty With Hartly

Want to join in?

Head to Colleen’s blog with your version of your favorite Pin.

I used~

Sweet Stamp Shop Unicorns Stamp Set, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Dies, Water Color Paper, Neenah Solar White Paper, Wink of Stella, Copics and Akashiya Sai Water Color Brush Pens

You’ve Held Onto My Hand For A While~

But now I’m all grown up. Just remember you will always hold on to my heart, forever.

Awww….isn’t that sweet?

It’s also perfect for the card I gave my Mom for Mother’s Day.

My card~

Held My Hand

I used the Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamp and Die Set and closely followed Nichol Magourik’s coloring technique from this video.

I wanted to use my card for Erika’s NSD 2015 Challenge: Ready, Set…Emboss Challenge to use any type of embossing on your project.

A close-up~

Held My Hand Close

I simply used one of my long forgotten and a bit dusty Cuttlebug folders on the background paper.

I love the look and dimension embossing gives papers, so I don’t know why I never think to actually do it.

So, a big thank you to Erika for challenge me.

Head over to her blog if you’d like to join in.

I used~

Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Pebbles Jen Hadfield Home Made 6×6 Paper Pad, Cuttlebug Dots Folder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Copics

Friends Make Everything So Much Better~

As soon as I saw Colleen’s 2015 NSD Challenge: Tag You’re It! challenge to use a tag as a featured element on a project I knew exactly what I was going to do.

See Hartly and I have been watching coloring and card making YouTube videos at night instead of reading a book at bedtime.

Seriously, both of our coloring skill have improved. He he.

So, it’s no surprise that my card is totally inspired by Nichol Magouirk’s Bunny Birthday card.

My Tag You’re It! card~

Bear Friends

Do I even need to mention that I’ve also been watching Water Coloring videos too?

A close-up~

Bear Friends Close Up

And that is why I bought the Spectrum Aqua Markers and have been playing around with them.

I’m not sure I’ve quite gotten the hang of them, but hey there still cute.

Want to join in our 2015 NSD Fun?

Head over the the Cricut Circle Message Board or straight to Colleen’s blog!!

Because, Tag You’re It!!

I used~

Pebbles Jen Hadfield Hand Made 6×6 Paper Stack, Mama Elephant Carnival Cupcakes Stamps, Ella & Friends Stamps, Tags A Lot Creative Cuts Dies, Spectrum Aqua Markers, Papertrey Ink Sequins, American Crafts Twine, Kraft and Vellum Paper

Marching By To Say Congratulations~

That’s exactly what my little elephant is doing. I needed a little something to go with the DCWV Insta Prize I was sending out.

My tag~

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I started by coloring the adorable Ella from the Mama Elephant Ella & Friends collection.

I knew I wanted to pair her with the bold black and white pattern from the Jen Hadfield Home Made collection, but I also wanted to use the blue from it as well.

It helped to tie in my use of the Recollections decorative straw that held a simple Congratulations sentiment also from the Home Made Paper Pad.

A close-up~

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Then I simple added ribbon and sent my little Ella off on her way.

I used~

Pebbles Jen Hadfield Home Made 6×6 Paper Pad, Recollection Straws, Ribbon, Enamel Dots, Copic Markers
Mama Elephant Ella & Friends Stamps & Dies, Mama Elephant Tags A Lot and Peek A Frame Creative Cuts Dies

A Little Love Tucked Away~

Over Spring Break Ashlyn and Holden left the rest of us behind to travel with their classmates to Amsterdam, Paris and London.

Nice, I know.

Originally I was supposed to go with them, but life happens and I had to cancel.

Making this even more difficult was this would be the first time they traveled without any family.

So the night before they left, Hartly and I quickly made little love notes and tucked them into their suitcases to find.

Our love notes~

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We used several Mama Elephant Bear Hugs stamps and dies with the prints from DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes.

I love how a good pattern paper makes quick work of using my favorite stamps.

A close-up~

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The hardest part of our little project was sneaking our notes into their suitcases.

I’m not sure if you know or not, but four year olds are not very quiet. Or covert. He he.

But, we pulled it off.

It was such a treat to get an email from Ashlyn letting us know she found hers and that she loved us too.

Awww…

I used~

DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes
Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Bella Blvd McIntosh Enamel Dots, Ribbon

Welcome To The Gold & Cork Blog Hop with Tombow USA & DCWV~

Gold & Cork

It’s two days filled with gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK!

You probably came here from Jaclyn’s blog , but if you happened to just stumble across my blog make sure you go to the DCWV Blog to start at the beginning! Or better yet head to the Tombow Blog and catch all the projects from Friday.

I wouldn’t want you to miss a thing.

Insta Tombow

Guess what you get when you combine DCWV Insta Fun products, Tombow Adhesives and two snap happy girls armed with a new Instax camera?

Insta fun~

Insta Fun

It came as a bit of a surprise when Ashlyn asked an Instax camera for her birthday this year.

Little did I know that she and Hartly had secretly been using mine, so I gladly got her an adorable pink one to call her own.

After opening it those two had the best time taking picture after picture.

In fact I think they went through most of my supply of film.

So, I decided they needed an Insta Fun album to put all their pictures in.

A few close-ups~

Insta Close Cover

After cutting the various layers of my insta camera  out of papers from the DCWV Gilded Stack I used the Tombow Foam Tape to give it lots of dimension.

I love the thickness of this foam tape.

I’ve been know to double up on other brands to get the lift I like, but it wasn’t necessary with this tape.

Insta Close Camera

To keep my insta camera in place I used the Tombow Adhesive Dots that come in bright colors to adhere it to my cover.

Please tell me you’re just as excited as I am about that.

I can’t tell you how many glue dots I’ve lost or thrown away by accident thinking they were trash simply because they’re clear.

Insta Close Charm

I’ve managed to get several of the pictures added to the album.

The pages~

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I tried heat embossing a stamped image on to the DCWV Cork paper and I think it looks fabulous.

Just keep in mind to be gentle when applying heat to the cork.

As you can see their pictures are quite random, but I love that they’re out there taking them of things that interest them.

Friends

There will be more pages added to the album once I talk the littlest into it.

Currently she has them all displayed around the house. Oh my.

And now let’s talk about some PRIZES!!

To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015. Tombow will be giving away: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, NEW Tombow Foam Tape and everyone’s favorite the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue!

DCWV will be giving away: The DCWV Gilded Stack, a 4×4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

And if that’s not enough…I will be giving away a DCWV Insta Fun Prize Pack to one lucky winner here on my blog too!! Yippee!!

Your next stop is Latrice Murphy, so keep on hopping.

In case you get lost while hopping:
DCWV Blog
Jessica Pascarella
Britt Bass
Jennifer Priest
Jaclyn Rench
Sara Andrews~ that’s me
Latrice Murphy
Tessa Buys
Yolie Burke
Karen Jiles
Marie Browning
Karla Der
Lisa Lahiff
Tina McDonald
Tombow USA Blog

I used~

DCWV Insta Fun Kraft Album, DCWV Insta Fun Printed Cardstock, DCWV The Gilded Paper Stack, DCWV The Foil Cardstock Stack and DCWV Christmas & Winter Box Of Cards, DCWV Cork Stack

Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, Tombow Foam Tape and Tombow Adhesive Dots

Mama Elephant Purrfect Pair and Photo Bomb Stamp Sets

Blue Moon Beads Camera Charm, Tim Holtz Heart Charm, Kelly Purkey Alphabet Stickers, Bella Blvd Punch Enamel Dots, Studio Calico Badges, Amy Tangerine Washi Tape, Paperchase Ribbon and Twine, VersaMark and Embossing Powder

Insta-camera Cut file by Sarah Hurley

How Much I Love You~

Can you handle one more bear project from me?

I hope so.

A few weekends ago I spent the entire weekend having the best time with my scrapbooking friends at the Doodle Crew Retreat.

While I was gone my littlest, Hartly,  was extremely concerned she might forget what I looked like.

Thanks Dad!

It seems he tells her that all the time although he sees her several time a week.  Grandparents!

And since I didn’t let her keep the picture she snapped of me while I was in the shower that morning, I made her a card to show her how much I love and missed her.

My card~

Bear Card

I thought the bright colors and bold prints in the Fancy Pants Me-ology collection were perfect to pair with my Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps and Dies.

The inside~

Bear Card Inside

This was also perfect for the Cricut Circle Stashing Thru The Snow Challenge: Pick A Friend.

And my little friend was so happy to receive this card.

She even handed over her Leap Pad to let me make sure she had deleted those shower pictures. Shew!

I used~

Fancy Pants Me-ology Collection, Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Enamel Dots, Kraft Paper and Teresa Collins Ebosser

A Little Bear Love~

We have TWO big birthdays coming up in our house this week.

So, it was the perfect time to get the new DIY Project Stacks from DCWV.

To see all of them check out the new product reveal videos.

Luckily I got the DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes, since I just happen to need two boxes to hold the perfect gift for two sixteen year olds….cash.

Did you think I was going to say car keys? Ha.

All of the DIY Project Stacks are filled with fabulous patterns, vibrant colors and even templates for various projects.

Since I have the cutting abilities of a four-year old, I used my Brother Scan & Cut to scan the Take Out Box Template.

Scan 1

I cut it out of several of the papers from the stack.

Scan 2

Then it was a simple matter of scoring, gluing and decorating them.

My boxes~

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A close-up~

Bear Box Close

Can you tell I just got a new stamp set from Mama Elephant?

And I’m crazy about the bears in the Bear Hugs set.

So I also made a coordinating card using the patterned papers from the DIY Project Stack Flowers.

My card~

Bear Card

The bright colors and fun patterns made it so easy to stamp and cut my images and quickly assemble my card.

A close-up~

Bear Card Close

I think that star patterned paper is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

All together~

Bear Box Set

Okay, I think all of these stacks are quickly becoming my favorites.

Did I mention most of the papers are double-sided? Squeal.

Make sure you check out the DCWV blog to see all of the new releases from JoAnn Stores and to see what the other designers come up with.

I used~

DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes, DIY Project Stack Flowers from JoAnn Stores
Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Landscape Trio, Sew Fancy and Stitched Sky Dies
Teresa Collins Cut ‘n Boss, Brother Scan & Cut, EK Layered Heart Punch

Excuse Me…

This is Hartly.

It seems my Mommy has been quite busy lately with other less fun things like work, trying to keep up with me and those pesky teens and getting all her Fitbit steps in.

And since she left her new Mama Elephant Three Amigos stamped images just laying on her desk…

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He he.

I colored them.

I mean, I needed to make a Thank You Card anyway.

My card~

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I even used some of my own Disney Princess Stamps.

I added some extra letters just because I thought they’d look awesome.

And want to know what else I did?

I decorated the back of the card too!

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Personally, I think all cards should have a decorated front and back.

My handwritten sentiment~

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And since I thought it just needed a little something~

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I drew Olaf!!

Because it’s snowing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today.

I had lots of fun taking over my Mommy’s desk, supplies and iPhone.

Now I’ve got to run as I have to hide her ATG!!!

Hartly used~

Mama Elephant Three Amigos Stamps and Dies, TC Cut ‘n Boss (Actually, Mommy did that part.)
October Afternoon Sidewalks Paper
Crayola Crayons

You’re Pretty Much My Favorite Of All Time In The History Of Ever.~

Yep, that’s pretty much how I feel about this little girl.

All my children actually.

But, this is the littlest’s Hello 2015 album.

And this is the picture she chose for its start~

Smile Page One

Oh my.

However the next picture which I chose is just cuteness overload.

My little panda~

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I continued the panda theme by using Mama Elephant Pandamonium stamps to create a panda and sequin filled pocket to compliment my other card filled pockets and flair badge.

Page Three

The pages together~

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The DCWV Insta Photo Fun Pocket Pages, Die Cut Cardstock Cards and Mini Stacks make completing these pages so quick, easy and fun.

It’s a perfect way to let my four-year old help with creating her own album.

Now if she’d just return with my tape runner. Sigh.

I used~

DCWV Insta Photo Fun Album, Insta Photo Fun Pocket Pages, Insta Photo Printed Cardstock, Insta Photo Fun Diecut Cardstock Cards
Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamps cut with the Brother Scan & Cut, My Mind’s Eye Cupid’s Arrow Enamel Shapes, Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Sequins, Papertrey Ink Chunky Glitter, EK Layered Heart Punch
Handmade Flair Badges:
You’re Pretty Much Phrase by Lori Whitlock
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