For the love of PINK!

Welcome!  If you are hopping along on the right path, you should have arrived here from Beckie’s Blog.   If you didn’t arrive here from there, please take a moment to go back to the beginning and start at my good friend Gill’s blog, Creations by Gill M.  She is one of the most talented women I know!  Today is ALSO her birthday so be sure to leave her some birthday bloggie comment love!

Even though it’s Gill’s birthday, I just wasn’t feeling like anything birthday themed and she DID say anything goes.   If you read my blog regularly (or have read it more than once or twice even), then you know that Verve stamps are my all time FAVORITE of favorite’s right?  Well, a new contender is in place for that spot.  The uber-talented Kristal Andrew has come up with her own stamp line and a portion of the proceeds of EACH set sold are donated to charity.  Ridiculously cool right?  I know…I know some important people!

Anyway, I just received Kristal’s stamp sets a few days and FINALLY had a chance to play with them.  For this project, I used a sentiment from her Positive Thoughts set.  I really struggle with pink…even with three girls it’s totally not my favorite color (in fact I kind of shy away from it so don’t even ask me how I wound up signing up for this hop LOL).  At any rate, I’m really thrilled with what I created…

Supplies Needed:

A2 Card base
4 x 5.25 background mat (here I used Be Mine  paper by Echo Park)
Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendants
Spellbinders Classic Squares Large
Pink Flat Backed Pearls (from ??? bought  from Craft Warehouse)
Adhesive (ATG, foam squares, scotch tape)
Glue Gun (with glue duh)
Scraps for Spellbinders cuts (stash, Be Mine collection, Colorbok)
Stamps (Positive Thoughts by Kristal Andrew)
Ink (Tim Holtz Black Distress Ink)
Mulberry Flower (I Am Roses)


I nested the fleur de lis pendants with some classic squares, stamped the sentiment using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in black, and adhered the piece to my background paper from Echo Park.  I then added some lace and a bow tied with my hideously ugly bow board and hot glued a flower in the middle.  Eazy peazy lemon squeazy.   I’m so sorry but I’m so far behind on getting blog candy out, I don’t have any to offer for this hop.  If you don’t want to comment on my project for that reason, don’t worry I won’t ever know lol!

Your next stop along this hop is Valerie from Canonbury Creations.  She is wicked talented so you will definitely want to make sure you check her out!  As usual, if you get lost along the way, you can check out all the For the love of PINK participants below:





 Lisa P




 Faith <<you are here>>

Valerie – <<GO HERE NEXT>>

Jenn P –

(I designed Jen’s new blog…lemme know how you like it)

Lisa G



Debbie T




Jen R




*Breaking News* Deadline extended!

Remember this HUGE basket of goodies I’m giving away?  Well…since there was a Canadian Post Strike and we’re still no where close to having reached the fundraising goal (at last report we have collected about $200 and I KNOW we can do better than that) , I have decided to extend the deadline for an EXTRA two weeks!  If you haven’t yet made your purple themed card and written an encouraging note inside, please take time to do so NOW!  Send your card(s) to the address posted in the left side bar under Cards for a Cause and remember…you get an extra entry for EACH $1 donation you include with your card(s).  If 100 readers would send $10, we’d meet the goal!  Not all basket contents are shown in this photo either.  In addition to the things I have purchased for this basket, check out this incredible list of sponsors:

 Robert’s Crafts – 4 Cricut Cartridges, Leather Purple 12 x 12 Album, Thickers, ABC Stickers, Mat Stacks, 8 x 8 paper stack and MUCH more
My Creative Time – Race for a Cure stamp set
 Kristal Andrew – Fashionable Friends stamp set
 Erin Lee Creative – My Favorite Things paper stack
Pink By Design – Stamp Blocks and a mystery gift
 Verve  – Believe stamp set
KaDoodle Bug Designs – $25 Store Credit
 Photocentric – Teresa Collins Stamp Storage Album
 Peachy Keen Stamps – Ballin’ Bunnies stamp set
 Treasure Box Designs – BOTH face stamp sets and a $25 Store Credit
  Our Daily Bread Designs – Porch stamp set
 Kallio Kalleidoscapes – Floral paper pack
 September Ninth – Happy Lashes stamp set
Scrappin Mamma – Hand beaded stick pins
Vintage 53 – earrings, photo holder, necklace
Creations by Gill – purple beaded necklace

Remember, we still have 3 ADDITIONAL prizes not including the Big Deal basket too!  100 readers donating $10, that’s all it takes!  Maybe you can ask your friends and family (even if they don’t scrap) to make a donation in your behalf and you can have even MORE extra chances to win!  If you haven’t already sent your card and donation, there’s still time!

Black and white and red all over.

No…it’s not a newspaper; it’s my first toilet paper roll mini album I made as a Father’s Day gift for my Daddy.  This album is SUPER simple, as it is intended to just be a brag book for him.  The album is four toilet paper rolls, with four “extra” pages, one inside each toilet paper roll so it holds a total of 9 photos as designed.  It’s my first and I’m really thrilled with it actually.  I hope that my Daddy enjoys it…who am I kidding…of COURSE he will!

The interior pages all have either a metal gear, key, star, or other brad to help them stick out from the edge of the album so my Dad will realize there are interior pages.

This is a close-up of the inside from cover.  Once my embellishment dries, I will use my pick up square to remove the extra adhesive.  The paper is just stuff I have in my stash…from Joann’s open stock options.  I used 2 Spellbinders dies on the front, one is a from the Classic Circles Large set, the other I don’t know by sight and am too lazy to go figure out which one it was lol.    The stamps are from the Dad’s Day set by Verve (now on sale) at Shop Verve.

My favorite part of this album is the compass charm on the front (beading/jewelry department at Michael’s).  It says focus on the top and I think it’s the perfect symbol of my relationship with my Dad.  When life is falling apart around me, often a conversation with my Dad can put it all back into focus for me!  It’s one of the things I love the most about him…his ability to help me maintain focus without invalidating my feelings or thoughts on any given subject.

I will absolutely be making more of these albums in the future!  I decided to attempt my own album after viewing some of the toilet paper roll mini albums my beautiful and insanely talented friend Emily from Create Serendipity made.  She has details on how she creates her albums as the main post right now!  But, in case you miss it and want to see details on how she creates her tp albums, please check out this post.  Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.

Red White and Blue Hop Winner

Congrats to one of my newest email subscribers!  Babe, you have won the red white and blue bling I decided to give away for this hop.  I will be in touch via email to get your mailing address.

These Colors Don’t Run!

But if you mixed them together you could get a great shade of purple lol.  Today’s hop celebrates US Independence and is all about the Red White and Blue.  You should have arrived here from Jamie’s blog, Glitter Stamps and Paper Oh My.  If you did, then you are hopping along on the right path!  If you just happened to come across this hop somewhere along the way, please take some time to visit my great friend Nicolette  at Beyond Scrappin and start at the beginning.

A friend of mine’s daughter is going to Japan and wanted to give an album to each of her host families so my friend asked if we could trade albums for sewing lessons.  Fabric REALLY scares me, but I said yes!  She got some paper and wanted them “patriotic” and so I decided it was also the PERFECT thing to use for this hop….well the first one I created is anyway.  The second album hated me and I had to redo the covers over and over…and to quote Forest, “that is all I have to say about that.”

This is an 8 x 8 album full of pictures of my friend’s daughter and her life here in the US.  Mom says she was thrilled to receive the album and excited to be able to give such an incredible gift to her host families.  I take it that means she loved it?!?!?

The paper used came from a package my friend gave me and I don’t remember the name of the package.  I want to say the maker is K & Company but I’m not certain.  The ribbon is from my stash…I think I got it at Wal Mart and the bow is tied with my hideously ugly bow board!

I don’t have a picture of it, but I will be offering some red white and blue bling as blog candy.  This hop is all about celebrating being loyal patriots.  So, to be eligible to win you must leave a comment on this post and be a loyal patriot of my blog.  This means you must be an email subscriber.  To subscribe by email, please look at the right sidebar on my blog.  See where it says Subscribe?  Enter your email address and hit the sign me up button.  This next part is CRITICAL…you must THEN check your email (including our SPAM folder) and CONFIRM your subscription or you won’t show up on my list of subscribed readers.

Your next step along the way is my good friend Anita at Anita and Bugs.  Her and I have grown quite fond of each other through our participation in various hops together and she has incredible talent so be sure to check out what she has for you.  And, in case you get lost along the way, here is the entire line-up:

1. Nicolette-
5. Pam-
6. Linda-
8. Sandra-
9. Brynn-
10. Jamie-
11 Faith-
12 Anita-
13. Sigrid-
14 Bette-

Purple Fantastick Creations Guest Designer

Kari and I have so much in common it’s scary sometimes and recently she sent a shout out on Facebook asking for guest designers.  I responded and she picked me…she actually picked me!  YAY!  She asked us to do either a Father’s Day or Wedding themed project.  Well…this was easy because I have made my Daddy a card every Father’s Day since he became my Daddy and a friend of mine’s daughter was just married so I had a need there too.  Enjoy this short break from all things purple:

For details about this project, please visit Kari’s blog!  And, if you aren’t already following her and like what you see, I’m sure she’d LOVE to have some new followers!

Brave Girl Boots

There’s this scene in the movie Last Holiday where the SUPUH fine LL Cool J is flirting with co-star Queen Latifah and he asks her something like have you ever had a smell so good it triggered a memory…something close to that anyway and I couldn’t help but think that SAME kind of concept held true for the card I bring you today.  Only the question would be “have you ever pictured a project that came out 10 times better than you had planned?”  I have had that happen a few times…this is one of those times.

Supplies Needed:
A2 Card Base
5.25 x 4 inch mat
Scraps for nesties shapes and boots
Spellbinders (no I don’t remember which one)
Sports Life SD Card
Unity Stamp
Versafine Ink
Glossy Accents (spur, sole, and boot accent)
Adhesive (tombo mono adhesive and ATG)

If memory serves, the cowboy boots are cut at 3.5.  The nesties are one of the label options and the stamped sentiment is from Unity’s Brave Girl Set that I purchased when they had that ROCKIN’ sale a few weeks ago.  I applied glossy accents to all the black areas of the boot and filled in the top of the boot with stickles.  My eCraft drew these beautiful lines for me that made stickling and piecing a cake walk!!!

This card is so fitting because leaving a domestic violence situation often requires some super-sized brave girl boots.  I hope these paper ones will be just what someone needs to keep steppin’ forward!  Thanks for stopping by!