Saturday, December 17, 2011

KinderStampO's Ornaments, Ornaments, and More Ornaments Blog Hop - December 17th & 18th

Holiday Greetings Wonderful Visitors!

Welcome to KinderStampO's "Ornaments, Ornaments, and More Ornaments" Blog Hop!  Whether you are already a follower or new to my blog, WELCOME AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Get ready to see 24 unique, creative, and fun ways to decorate your tree with all of our ornament creations!  You should have arrived here from Kari's blog, Purple Funtastick Creations.  If you get lost during the hop or need to view the entire line-up, please visit Jess at KinderStampO.  Make sure you read this post til the very end so you can learn about some of the wonderful prizes up for grabs ;)

I grew up creating ornaments with my family as a child.  Of course, there were the fun paper doves and stars we created in school, but my mother used to create fabric pinecones, macaroni angels, and painted glass ornaments with us as children as well.  It has been YEARS since I've had an opportunity to create something I can use to decorate the tree, so I jumped at the opportunity to participate in Jess' fun hop. 

I chose to create an ornament that was a play off of an explosion box.  Explosion boxes have been all the rage as of late in the crafting world, and I had always want to create one, so I thought "Why not?  Who says it can't be an ornament as well?"  I researched "mini explosion box" and found a wonderful tutorial by Shannon at Stampin' Sentiments that was not only informative, but extremely simple to follow.  Following Shannon's wonderful directions and examples, I created an ornament I am extremely proud of and absolutely love.

So, without further ornament!

Pretty little ornament!

Loving these little snowflakes!

Open it up...

...and there's a message inside!

Sorry about the smudge on "Happy Holidays" - blame my busy little fingers!

Supply List:
* KinderStampO's "Vintage and Traditional Holiday" Stamp Set
* Imaginisce "Cottage Christmas" Cardstock in "All That Glitters", "Winter Woods", and "Christmas Countdown"
* Post-It Craft Paper in "White"
* Imaginisce "Snowflake Glitz" Metal Stickers
* Imaginisce "Holiday Garlands" Ribbons
* Ranger Adirondack Earthtones Pigment Ink Pad in "Pitch Black"
* Crop-a-Dile
* Martha Stewart Scoring Board
* Paper Cutter
* Bone Folder

This was so much fun to make and I am feeling inspired to create several more versions - it was easy, quick, and looks great!

As promised...there is BLOG CANDY!

I will be selecting one winner from my blog to receive this one-of-a-kind ornament created by YOURS TRULY!  (with a non-smudged sentiment inside, lol)  I may even include a fun treat inside ;) (it is an explosion box, after all!).  Please leave me a comment by 11:59pm on Sunday, December 18th in order to qualify.  I will give you a bonus entry if you become a follower or are already a follower :)  Please, please, PLEASE leave me contact information with your entries - it makes it much easier to contact you if you WIN! :)

ALSO - every comment you leave on all of the blogs will qualify to win you the GRAND PRIZE stocking being offered by Jess.  Some of the names being featured in this awesome stocking are Lindy's Stamp Gang...KinderStampO...Karlas001...Helmar...PYMII...and Unity Stamps.  With prizes like NEED to enter! :)

Your next stop is Sandra at 365 Days of Cricut.  Thank you for visiting, and once again HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Color It Monday - Dark Purple, Light Purple, Pink, Oh My! :)

Hello faithful followers!

Welcome to another installment of "Color It Monday" over at the KinderStampO blog.  This week's colors were:

Dark Purple, Light Purple, and Pink!
I love the color combination that Elisa chose for this week.  To me, it is fun and festive and SCREAMS to be used in a holiday project.  So, I listened to those little holiday cheers and decided to make something fun, festive, and season of my own:

Can you guess what these are? :)

Ding, dong!

Supply List: 
* KinderStampO "Vintage and Traditional Holiday" Stamp Set
* Cloud 9 Designs "Seasonal" 12 x 12 Paper Pad
* DCWV "the Street Lace" Cardstock Stack
* Standard Purple Cardstock (light and dark)
* "Jolly Holidays" Cricut Lite Cartridge
* "Purple" and "Cotton Candy" Stickles
* Pink and Purple Twine
* Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
* Tombow Adhesive Runner
* 3-D Zots

 I actually made 11 of these tags for a tag swap I am in - so I am hoping the other ladies who receive these tags love them as much as I do! :)

Thank you for visiting!

~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sketchy Wednesday - "You Are Such a FABULOUS Friend!" Card

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Welcome back to my blog!  Today I am featuring my Sketchy Wednesday project featuring KinderStampO stamps!  I will only be sharing pictures in this post (bit of a busy week!) but can share the supply list if anyone is interested - just let me know!

This week's sketch was:

My card was inspired by my good friend Juls (who also happens to be an art teacher - so she totally appreciates my creativity, lol! :)).  I had a bit of a rough weekend and Juls was there for me when I needed her the most, so I wanted to create a card to thank her for her support :)  Without further ado...

This was on the inside of my card! :)
I hope you enjoyed my project! 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!  Enjoy your family and friends during this wonderful time!

Thanks for visiting,
Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Color It Mondays - "Welcome Home" Thanksgiving-Themed Card

Happy Monday!

Welcome back to another project featuring this week's color combination for "Color It Mondays" at the KinderStampO blog!  I am psyched to be participating this week - I absolutely loved the color palette and was super excited to use it in my project!

This week's color combination:

And my project!

Supply List:
* KinderStampO "Greetings From Home" Stamp Set
* Imaginisce "Apple Cider" 6 x 6 Paper Pad
* Brown Cardstock
* Post-It Paper in "Sand"
* Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "Vintage Photo"
* Tim Holtz Philosophy Tags "Cherish"
* Target Bargain Aisle Fall-Themed Ribbon
* Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
* Tombow Adhesive Runner
* 3-D Zots

Thank you for visiting!  Come back on Wednesday to see my project for "Sketchy Wednesdays"!

~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sketchy Wednesday - "Feliz Navidad"

Greetings all!

Welcome back to another installment of KinderStampO's "Sketchy Wednesday" at my blog!  This week's sketch was:

I decided to flip around the elements of the sketch a bit from a vertical card to a horizontal card and used my "Vintage and Traditional Holiday" stamp set to create a fun and whimsical Christmas card - here is the end result! 

Supply List:
* KinderStampO "Vintage and Traditional Holiday" Stamp Set
* Imaginisce "Cottage Christmas" Cardstock - "Swirly Snowflakes", "All That Glitters"
* DCWV "The Street Lace" Cardstock Stack
* "Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art" Cricut Cartridge
* studio G Ink Pad in "Dark Red"
* Stickles in "Frosted Lace" and "Xmas Red"
* Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
* Tombow Adhesive Runner

Hope you enjoyed today's project!  Can't wait to show you more of my projects using KinderStampO's stamp sets!

Have a great week!
~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Monday, October 31, 2011

Color It Monday - "Keeper of My Heart"

Hello wonderful followers! :)

For those of you who celebrate this...HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  Be safe when out and about tonight - I will be enjoying the festivities from the comfort of my home with the hubby, his sister, and her fiance, so it should be a great night :)

As promised, I am back this week with TWO projects!  The first will be my project for this week's "Color It Monday".  The color scheme for this week's project was:

And this is my project:

Supplies List:
* KinderStampO "Vintage Love" Stamp Set* Colorbok Paper, Stickers, & Punch-outs in "Earth Tones"
* Post-It Paper in "Sand"
* Cricut Imagine Machine
* "Nursery Tails" Imagine Cartridge
* Light Blue Twine
* TPC Clearly Better Ink Pads in "Chocolate"
* ZapDots - 1/2" Squares
* Mini Glue Dots
Hope you enjoyed my project! 
Take care! :)
~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sketchy Wednesday - "Cookies for Santa" (finally!)

Hello all,

Finally!  My post for the last Sketchy Wednesday at the KinderStampO is finally going up!  It is going to be a pretty "bare bones" post - I am still sick, so I am sitting out this week at the KinderStampO blog, but will be back next week with TWO new projects.

The sketch was:

And my project:

Supplies List:

* KinderStampO "Vintage and Traditional Holiday" Stamp Set
*DCWV Textured Cardstock in "White"
* Imaginisce "Cottage Christmas" Cardstock - "Swirly Snowflakes"
* American Crafts Specialty Paper - Pearl in "Green"
* Post-It Paper in "Sand"
* Imaginisce "Cottage Christmas" Sticker Stackers - "Happy Holidays"
* Imaginisce "Cottage Christmas" Metal Stickers - "Snowflake Glitz"
* Imaginisce "Cottage Christmas" Ribbons - "Holiday Garlands"
* Green and Red Twine
* Sizzix BigShot
* Sizzix "Create-a-Bow" Die
* Martha Stewart "Punch Around the Page" Punches in "Snowflake"
* Fiskars Corner Edgers in "Rounder"
* TPC Clearly Better Ink Pads in "Black"
* Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
* Mini Glue Dots

Thanks for visiting!

~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Friday, October 21, 2011

Coming soon....

Hello bloggy visitors :)

Thank you for those of you who left kind notes on my previous blogpost (that's you, Linda!) - I appreciate the support.  I'm sure you're wondering why my post still hasn't is not by choice...but because I am sick :(  I guess I knew it would happen with the stress and all...and with the sickness that seems to be sweeping through the teachers at my school...but I am not 100% and have not had a chance to write my post yet as I am either huddled under a blanket and/or sleeping when not at school.  We're headed out to see my family this weekend (yay) which makes it even more difficult to pull a post together!  So I promise that by Sunday night (if not sooner -- we'll see if I can commandeer the computer at my parents' house...) I will have my "Sketchy Wednesday" post up :)

Thanks for being patient with me...bit of a crazy time right now, but eventually I will get it all done! :)

Take care,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sketchy Wednesday Post Will Be a Little Late....

Hello wonderful bloggy friends :)

The title says it posting featuring my card for this week's Sketchy Wednesday will be a bit delayed.  It was a pretty horrible day today, and I have many items to complete before heading to work/school tomorrow.  Unfortunately, work comes first (as much as I wish it wasn's so!).  I will have my post up no later than Wednesday evening/night, so please come back and visit to check it out!

Off to get everything done!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sketchy Wednesday - "you warm my heart"

Greetings all!

Welcome to my submission for this week's "Sketchy Wednesday" over at the KinderStampO blog!  I have realized over the last few weeks that my crafting and projects have greatly improved since I joined Jess' design team.  I am willing to challenge myself more with the design aspects of my projects as well as try new techniques and materials.  This is due in large part to the support of Jess and my lovely DT sisters - thanks ladies for pushing me out of my "comfort zone" and onto bigger and better things!  You're all fantastic! :)

I am excited to share this week's project with you.  This week's sketch was a bit more of a challenge for me in that I was having a bit of a difficult time locating materials to support the sketch.  I had to be creative when following the sketch for this particular project and I am truly proud of the end result.

This week's sketch was:

And my interpretation of the sketch:

A bit closer up...I used my Stickles to create that fun trim at the bottom of the center portion!

I got a bit creative when selecting the sentiment from this card...take a look at my supply list and see if you can figure out what is so special about it!
Supplies List:

* KinderStampO "Vintage Love" Stamp Set
* The Stamping Boutique "Pumpkin Pie" Digital Stamp
* DCWV "The Street Lace" Cardstock Stacks
* Cloud 9 Designs "Seasonal" Paper Pad
* Standard Yellow Cardstock
* ProMarkers: Colorless Blender (PM-121), Sienna Brown (PM-65), Light Umber (PM-172), Orange (PM-16), Cream (PM-23), Pale Vermillion (PM-14), Spanish Orange (PM-123), Yellow Orange (PM-15)
* Stickles in "Purple"
* Dress It Up Buttons - "Country Cats"
* TPC Clearly Better Ink Pads in "Black"
* Tombow Adhesive Runner
* Mini Glue Dots

Yes, you read that right - I used Jess' "Vintage Love" set on a Thanksgiving-themed (or fall-themed, if you'd prefer) card!  This just goes to show the versatility of the stamps that Jess creates.  You can take a stamp from one themed set and use it in a completely different context on a project - and it works!  Yet another reason why I L-O-V-E my KinderStampO sets!

That is all for this week's project.  Expect to see a project for this upcoming "Color It Mondays" from yours truly! :)

Take care, and thanks for visiting!

~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Friday, October 7, 2011

"Operation Julie's Smile" Blog Hop!

Welcome to the "Operation Julie's Smile" Blog Hop -
a benefit for the lovely and talented Julie Ranae Murray!

I am so glad that you joined us on this amazing blog hop for Operation Julie’s Smile.  If you came here from Lindsey’s blog, then you are in the right spot.  If not, you may want to start from the beginning at the Sweet Stamp Shop’s blog and take your time.   You have ALL WEEKEND to hop with us and win prizes! 

A few notes before we begin...
  • With a blog hop this large (120 blogs in total, yay!), there could be a break somewhere in the chain, so please bear with us.  A complete list of blogs on the hop is posted on the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog.  You have a complete weekend to get around to all the blogs to be eligible for prizes by leaving comments.
  • We have over $2500 in prizes donated by the very generous companies.  A complete list of sponsors is listed on the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog.  Prizes will be drawn from the blog comments left on all blogs and from the PayPal Donation list, so you have many chances to win!
What is Operation Julie's Smile?

The creative blogging community is coming together this weekend to help one of our friends, Julie Ranae.  You may know her as the Design Team Coordinator for many wonderful companies from bakers twine, die cuts, rubber stamps and more.  What many people don’t know about Julie Ranae is that she has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime due to medication she had to take as a child.  It was in her plans to think about having all of her teeth  replaced at some point in the next 5 years, a decision that was pretty easy to plan out.  But then it happened…she chipped her front teeth on a weekend a month ago. The dentist told her there was no way to save them & that it was his recommendation that she give in and have them all her teeth removed soon, but for that day, they needed to get her front teeth done so her gums could begin to heal. He said he would 'work out payments with her to have ALL this work done'...but when she called to make her appointment for the first step of impressions, they told her the amount of money that was needed and that the 'payments' applied only to the two teeth that were extracted that day. Her husband Paul was with her & that too, was his understanding as well. So this is how she has found herself in this situation…Needing at least $4000 to get started and another $3000 to finish the process…a total of $7000.

Nicole Rixon, owner of Sweet Stamp Shop put together this benefit after finding out about this situation and before Julie Ranae knew it, it took flight!

Because she is an event organizer by trade, she has taken on the job of organizing all of the blogs in this hop as her way of ‘working overtime’ for what she needs, the same as if she were able to work overtime at an outside job to pay for the work to be done.

It is the goal of all of these generous friends & sponsors to help make this situation more do-able for our friend so that she can share a brand new smile with all of us soon.
If there is anything you can do to help with a financial donation, there is a donation button ready for you to click.  On my blog, it is located on the right-hand sidebar of my page, underneath the "Operation Julie's Smile" button.  Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500.

Please consider donating to help the wonderful Julie Ranae out - she is a fantastic crafter, a wonderful friend, and someone who DESERVES a wonderful smile to match her great personality!

Now, onto my project for this hop...

I wanted to create something fun using my Unity stamps - I am in a love affair with those stamps right now - so I decided to create a bright, cheerful tag using one of the adorable stamps from the "Total Cuteness" set.  Add some fun adorable saying from Pink by Design's "Go Green" set...a little bit of ink and glitter...AND VOILA!  A tag that is a "HOOT"!

Love, love, LOVE this fun little owl from the Unity "Total Cuteness" stamp set!
And this saying is too perfect from Pink by Design's "Go Green" set!

Supplies List:
* Unity "Total Cuteness" Stamp Set
* Pink by Design "Go Green" Stamp Set
* Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Tags - 5" Size
* DCWV "The Colorful Life" Cardstock Stack
* Patterned Cardstock Scraps
* Fiskars High Density Pigment Ink in "Navy Blues"
* Stickles Glitter Glue in "Cotton Candy"
* studio G Glitter Glue in "Orange"
* Scotch Double-Sided Tape
I hope you enjoyed your stop here on the hop!  The next stop is Angie’s blog.  Make sure you leave a comment here before you go so that you can have a chance at the amazing prizes up for grabs and if you can, please make a donation so we can help bring back a new smile for our friend.
Hope to see you again soon!
~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sketchy Wednesday - "Fly with Wings a Flutter/There's only one like you"

Welcome to another edition of KinderStampO's "Sketchy Wednesdays"!  I am so excited to share my sketch-inspired project with you today.  This week's sketch was a lot of fun - especially since I got to play with my Unity stamps, buttons, ribbon - and of course my KinderStampO "Friendship" stamp set :)

Jess' sketch for today:

And my project:

From the KinderStampO "Friendship" set

From the Unity "Total Cuteness" stamp set

Supplies List:
* KinderStampO "Friendship" Stamp Set
* Unity "Total Cuteness" Stamp Set
*DCWV "The Street Lace", "The Colorful Life", and "The All About Girls" Cardstock Stacks
* Green Ribbon (from the bargain bin at Michaels')
* Dress It Up Buttons - "What's the Buzz?"
* TPC Clearly Better Ink Pads in "Black"
* studio G Ink Pad in "Purple"
* Tombow Adhesive Runner
* Zots 3-D Glue Dots
I am loving the combination of Jess' awesome stamps and the fun Unity stamps...I know Jess is a huge Unity fan (she's the one who inspired me to start purchasing them) so I'm excited to see how else I can utilize her stamps with that great line of image stamps :)
Thank you for visiting!
~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sketchy Wednesday - "Let It Snow" Tag

Hello all!

Thank you for your patience concerning my post for today.  As I said in my post last night, this week has been crazy busy so I appreciate your understanding regarding the delayed post!  Now, onto "Sketchy Wednesday"! :)

This week's sketch was:


And my interpretation of the sketch:

Thank you to my DT sister Elisa Kamerdiener for editing and brightening my project photo - it looks GREAT!
Supplies Used:
* KinderStampO "Vintage and Traditional Holiday" Stamp Set
* Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Tags - 5" Size (courtesy of Jess :))
* 3 x 5 Squares of Patterned and Solid Paper
(courtesy of Jess - she sent each DT member a set of small paper scraps that we can use on our projects - I love the colors of these papers because they are beautiful and/or fun - but it means I don't have the names or brands, lol)
* Imaginisce "Cottage Christmas - Happy Holiday" Sticker Stackers
* Martha Stewart Holidays "Scandinavian Ornament" Stickers
* Imaginisce "Cottage Christmas - Holiday Garlands" Ribbon
* "Xmas Red" and "Blue" Stickles
I was feeling kind of "tag-ish" this week - so I created a second Christmas tag to share with you. My "festiveness" was inspired by Jess' "Vintage and Traditional Holiday" stamp set - if you're looking for a fun yet traditional set of stamps for your holiday cards, you should definitely purchase this set. What is fantastic about it is that Jess has included multiple versions of the same sentiment but in different fonts - perfect depending on the type of card or project you're creating.
Thank you for visiting!  Can't wait to share more KinderStampO inspiration with you over the next few weeks!
~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"