Friday, August 1, 2014

My Craft Spot Mini-Release: Speech Bubbles Metal Dies!


Hello crafting friends! Welcome to Day 2 of the My Craft Spot Mini-Release!! I'm still camping but return home today. It's bittersweet as I have only two weeks left of my summer holidays before I return to work. We've been so busy this summer that the time has flown by. I can't believe it's August already!!


Today, we are showcasing projects created with the NEW Speech Bubbles metal dies. These dies are just the right size for the My Craft Spot Banner Sentiments as well as a number of other sentiments too!! How perfect!! Last week, Miss Kate Cuttables had a free crab file available and I couldn't resist using him to create my card. Although you can't tell from the photos, I used Glossy Accents on the sunglasses. So fun!

To create the background, I cut three layers of the brown paper using one of the Fancy Edges metal dies. The speech bubble was created with the larger of the NEW Speech Bubbles metal dies and I stamped a fun sentiment from Cute Critters. Perfect fit! I decided the scene needed a little something more and so cut a cute little camera using Scrapping Life Cards metal dies.

BOTH NEW metal die sets are available for purchase at the My Craft Spot Shop!. PLUS, if you head over to the My Craft Spot blog to see what Kimberly and the other design team members have created, be sure to leave a comment for Kimberly for your chance to win a $15US gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop!!
 
Day 1 - Flowers - Daisy
 
Day 2 - Speech Bubbles

*The speech bubble die set is just the right size for all of the banner sentiments plus sentiments from a lot of the other stamp sets. How fun!

Day 1 prize:
Gift Certificate - $15

Day 2 prize:
Gift Certificate - $15

Also, Kimberly will pick a winner from customer orders for a $20.00 gift certificate. WOW!
Gift Certificate - $20


Thanks so much for visiting!! Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Craft Spot Mini-Release: Flowers-Daisy Metal Dies!


Hello crafting friends! I'm still camping and will return tomorrow so this is a pre-scheduled post. Before I left, I had LOTS of fun playing with the NEW My Craft Spot Flowers - Daisy and Speech Bubbles metal dies!! Today, the design team is showcasing projects with the Flowers - Daisy dies and tomorrow we'll all be back to share our Speech Bubbles projects. However, BOTH sets are available for purchase today! Just head over to the My Craft Spot Shop to get yours!


For my project, I started by embossing the white mat with a daisy chain embossing folder. I then used the NEW Flowers - Daisy metal dies to cut 3 daisy shapes out of my pattern paper. Using the same die, I cut some of the flowers in white and puzzle-pieced them into the pattern paper. I then used one of the bigger dies to create the larger daisy. (This was cut twice with the two cuts layered.) I used the metal dies for the daisy centers too - and embossed each one with a tiny Cuttlebug folder. 



After cutting a yellow border with the Fancy Edges metal dies, I assembled my card, adding a yellow jute string bow behind my larger daisy. I also used a little tag from the Jar Basics metal die set on which I stamped a portion of a sentiment from Tiny Tags 2.  I love the summery look of this card!

Please head over to My Craft Spot to see what the rest of the team has created to showcase the NEW Flowers - Daisy metal die set. PLUS, leave a comment there for Kimberly for your chance to win today's prize: a $15US gift certificate to the My Craft Spot Shop!!

Day 1 - Flowers - Daisy
 
Day 2 - Speech Bubbles

*The speech bubble die set is just the right size for all of the banner sentiments plus sentiments from a lot of the other stamp sets. How fun!

Day 1 prize:
Gift Certificate - $15

Day 2 prize:
Gift Certificate - $15

Also, Kimberly will pick a winner from customer orders for a $20.00 gift certificate. WOW!
Gift Certificate - $20

Have a wonderful day!! I'll be back again tomorrow with my project made with the NEW Speech Bubbles metal dies. See you then!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ballerina Poodle


Hello friends! This is a pre-scheduled post as I'm camping this week. The forecast called for a fair bit of rain so I'm hoping that's not the case!


This week, our challenge at My Craft Spot is "Just for Little Girls". When thinking about what to create, I knew I wanted pink and either a dancer or a fairy and finally decided on this fun ballerina poodle from Twinkle Toes. I used Cricut Design Space, Snipping Tool and Silhouette Designer Edition in order to cut the image with my Cameo. I did the same thing with the Elegant Edges frame behind my poodle's head. I embossed portions of my card with a folder from Stampin' Up. 


The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Tiny Tags 3 and I stamped it on a banner tag cut from Ribbon Banners - Straight metal dies. I blinged up my poodle with a pink "diamond" necklace and some little ear bows tied with baker's twine

Please head over to My Craft Spot to see the projects created by my incredibly talented design team sisters and to link up your own "Just for Little Girls" creation. I'll be back later this week with some more pre-scheduled posts that include a fun announcement you won't want to miss!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

You Amaze Me Card


Good morning! Today I am sharing a quick and easy card over at My Craft Spot and I'm sharing it here too.


Recently, My Scrap Chick had a fun little maze card freebie. In fact, when I checked this morning, the file was still free! I made some adjustments to the card to make it my own and love the way it turned out! 

I used some metal dies from the Scrapping Life Cards set for the funky arrows and heart. (I did trim the arrows a little bit.) Next, I cut out the letters for "you" and "me" using the Small Alphabet metal dies set. That's it! When I gave the card to my husband, he looked at it and said, "You puzzle me?" I shook my head, smiled, and replied, "Yes, you really do puzzle me." Oh well, I tried!! (Seriously, though, he does appreciate the card and it was fun to get a good laugh out of it too!! And I did remind him that I think he's amazing.)

Here are the die sets I used to create my card. They are available for purchase at the My Craft Spot Shop!

http://mycraftspotshop.com/catalog.php?item=152
Scrapping Life Cards Metal Dies
http://mycraftspotshop.com/catalog.php?item=62
Small Alphabet Metal Dies

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Soldier Box


My goodness! Life has been a whirlwind! We're still getting settled into our new home and fully enjoying the process. That said, we were invited to spend the weekend with friends at their cottage and jumped at the chance - not only to get away, but to spend time with good friends too! We had such a lovely time and have returned home refreshed and ready to face a new week.



This week's challenge at My Craft Spot is "Anything but a card". I decided to make a box! Originally, I was going to make an ornate box but saw this adorable little soldier boy at the Silhouette Store and was completely smitten! 



After assembling the box, I stamped the flag before attaching it. I used the ENJOY stamp from the Postage Stamps stamp set. 

Please head over to My Craft Spot to see what the rest of the design team has created - and to link up your own project for a chance to win this week's prize! Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!


HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

And happy 147th birthday, Canada!! We've got a fun day planned today - despite the weather forecast! (Rain, rain, stay away!) We will be going to the Keene (Ontario) Canada Day parade this morning and then attending an early lunch hosted by the town in the fire station. In the afternoon, we'll head to the pioneer village to learn more about our nation's beginnings through their living history demonstrations and wrap things up with a barbecue and swim with my sister and her family. Plus, we'll do all this wearing red and white to show our national pride! 


For those of you who don't know, the beaver is one of our national emblems so I decided to make a quick shape card using this fun beaver image from Scrappin by Kris. Before assembling him, I debossed the tail (using a chicken wire folder)! I then used My Craft Spot's Small Alphabet metal dies to spell out CANADA, adding a few white gel pen dots too. This was such a quick card to put together but perfect for Canada Day!



This week's challenge at My Craft Spot is "Patriotic". Wherever you are from, enter your patriotic project for a chance to win this week's prize!

Monday, June 30, 2014

O Canada


We've had a busy couple of weeks, finally moving into our new home on the 19th. We love our house - and it's been fabulous to get all our items out of storage! We're still working on getting settled but, as we're on holidays now, we are able to get quite a bit done. My goodness, it's a LOT of work!


It's "Patriotic" week at My Craft Spot. As I am a proud Canadian, I created a card to celebrate Canada Day (July 1). I haven't done any unpacking or sorting in my craft room so it was a bit challenging to craft - but it was also very fun to take some time to craft!! I used the Lacy Banners metal die set for my pennants and the circles. The pennants themselves were stamped with a variety of stamps from the Pattern Blocks stamp set.  I then stamped each of the white circles with letters from the Chunky Alphabet stamp set.


Once the banner was complete, I used some red jute string along the top to finish things off.

For all those of you who are celebrating holidays this week, I hope you have a fabulous and safe time with family and friends! If you've created any projects to celebrate your nation, be sure to link them up at My Craft Spot for your chance to win this week's prize!  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Cookies and a Winner


First of all, thank you so very much for all the wonderful comments you left last week during the My Craft Spot Stamp and Metal Die Release Party and Blog Hop.  Last week was ridiculously busy for me, with a commitment each night after work, and I so appreciated reading through your kind words.  This week is a bit less busy outside the home, but we move next week (FINALLY!) and I'm busy getting ready for that.  The timing is perfect as this is my last week at work before summer holidays so I'll have lots of time to dedicate to setting up our new home.


On Saturday, I volunteered at the annual local Autism Ontario yard sale. I had also agreed to do some baking for the bake table - although I really had no time in which to do anything extra in the kitchen.  My wonderful daughter spent the day with my youngest little guy making 11 dozen of her scrumptious signature chocolatey chocolate chip cookies.  I did manage to find time to quickly design some fun tags for her using a cookie image from Miss Kate Cuttables and filled in with digital patterns from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. (One of the many nicknames I have for my daughter is Betty. Her name is really Erin!!)


Finally, we have a winner!  A visit to Random.org resulted in the number 20 - Indy of Indy Designs.  Congratulations Indy!  You are the lucky winner of the NEW My Craft Spot Build a Birthday stamp set!! Please contact me with your shipping details so I can arrange to have your new stamps shipped to you (smallbitsofpaper at hotmail dot com).

Saturday, June 7, 2014

My Craft Spot Blog Hop!


It's the My Craft Spot Stamp and Metal Die Release Party Blog Hop!! Today, Kimberly is making the  FULL reveal of all her fabulous NEW products - and they are all available for purchase today too!  Yay! Be sure to hop along as there are prizes up for grabs at EACH stop along the way. Another yay!


For my project, I created a card for a friend and colleague who is retiring and used a sketch from Basic Grey for the layout. The NEW Time Clock stamp set was just the thing to create a card to mark this special occasion. When I first saw the sentiment used on this card, I was so excited for one of Debbie's courses is called Pursuit of Happiness. Too perfect!


The fancy little stamp next to my sentiment is one from the NEW Build a Birthday set. 


I also stamped a clock face using one of the NEW Time Clock stamps and cut it out with a die from the original Tiny Doilies metal dies set. The pretty black doily behind it is from the Tiny Doilies 2 metal dies set.  Between the clock face and black doily, I layered a ribbon banner which I cut using the Ribbon Banners - Straight metal dies.  (I did have to cut it in the middle to shorten it.)  I also added two pretty  flourishes cut from the Heart Border metal dies set.  The lovely rounded border was created using the original Fancy Edges metal die set.


The sentiment inside my card is computer-generated and then fancied up a bit with a little stamp design from the NEW Build a Birthday set.  As with the front of the card, I did some inking for a bit of a vintage look.  This card came together quite quickly and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.


I'm delighted to be giving away one of the NEW Build a Birthday stamp sets here at Small Bits of Paper.  (Thanks, Kimberly!) All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and I will announce the random winner on Monday.

Now it's time for you to hop on over to see the sweet, sparkly and wonderfully talented Karen at Kaleidoscopic Sparkles. And, if you missed something along the way, here's the full blog hop order for you:
Kate (me!)

Thanks so much for popping by!  Have a ridiculously amazing weekend!

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party - Day Five


Wow! This week has flown! It's already Friday and this means that it is Day 5 of the My Craft Spot Stamp and Metal Die Release Party!! Our set to showcase today is the NEW Build a Birthday stamp set. There are a number of great words and phrases that can be combined to create a number of great sentiments for birthdays (and other occasions, as seen by my project)!


My daughter recently got her driver's license. I made this card to congratulate her. I used a fun image from My Scrap Chick for the girl in the car. There are three different sizes of chevron/jagged border dies in the NEW Fancy Edges 2 metal die set. I used all three to create the patterned layer at the bottom of my card. 


The cloud is part of a Miss Kate Cuttables image set. I used two stamps from the NEW Build a Birthday set to create my sentiment and then popped on an enamel dot for some added fun.

If you haven't been by already, please head over to My Craft Spot to see the rest of the design team projects showcasing the NEW Build a Birthday set.  While you are there, leave a comment for Kimberly for your chance to win today's prize: the original Tiny Tags stamp set!

Thanks so much for popping by!  Tomorrow, Kimberly will have the full reveal of all the NEW My Craft Spot products AND we celebrate with a blog hop - with prizes at EACH stop along the way!