Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pink by Design Guest Designer Post :)

Greetings everyone!

I am super excited to be included as one of the guest designers for Sarah's Pink Cricut blog.  Sarah has been a huge help over the past 6 months or so that I've had my Cricut and has put up with my endless questions and e-mails - thanks Sarah! :)  Not only that, but I L-O-V-E the stamp sets she creates.  The sheer quantity of sentiments and the creativity Sarah puts into each one cannot be rivaled by any found in your everyday craft store.  I am a huge fan of this stamp line (couldn't you tell?)! :)

Once again, the pictures of my project:

And the recipe:

- Gypsy
- Cricut Cartridges: "Create a Critter”
- Pink by Design Stamps: “Be Mine”
- Peachy Keen Stamps: “Happy Lashes Assortment”, “Critter Faces – Medium”
- Black and Red Stamp Pads
- Standard Colored Cardstock (Value Pack) (yellow portion of bee)
- k-i Memories Designer Paper Pad “Funky Paper Pad II” (12 x 12) (solid pink hearts)
- DCWV “The Natural Stack” (12 x 12) (black glitter portion of bee)
- Gartner Studios “Cruise Voyage Collection” Stack (12 x 12) (patterned paper glued to mailbox)
- Origami Love Notes kit (paper used for the base of all 4 flowers found on the mailbox)
- Stickles: “Cotton Candy”, “Christmas Red”
- Martha Stewart Crafts’ Scoring Board
- Paper Cutter
- Scissors
- Pink ATG
- Adhesives

As you can see, my card was inspired by the sentiment I chose from the Pink by Design “Be Mine” stamp set.

How to Recreate My Project:
1.  I took a 12 x 12 sheet of red patterned paper from the Gartner Studios “Cruise Voyage Collection” stack.  I folded the paper from edge to edge of the mailbox and marked it with a pencil.  Using my paper cutter, I trimmed the paper along the lines I had drawn. 
2.  I cut the paper a second time from the base up to the rivet in order to allow the flag to move.  I used my scoring board to fold this portion in order to make it easier to cut.  I attached the paper to the mailbox using my pink ATG.
3.  I cut the base of the bee from black glitter paper found in the DCWV “The Natural Stack” at 1.86” wide and 2.5” high.  The yellow portion of the bee was cut from standard cardstock (like that which you find in a value pack) at 1.52” wide and 2.5” high.  I used various adhesives to attach the two parts together.  I used Peachy Keen Stamps’ “Critter Faces – Medium” to stamp each bee’s face. 
4.  To create the flowers that adorn either side of the mailbox and the flag, I cut paper I found in an “Origami Love Notes” kit I had.  The flowers were cut at 2” wide and 3.56” high.  The hearts found in the center of each of these flowers were cut from light pink paper from the k-i Memories Designer Paper Pad “Funky Paper Pad II” at 1.5” wide and 3.73” high.  I used Peachy Keen Stamps’ “Happy Lashes” faces to decorate a few of the flowers on the mailbox as well as “Cotton Candy” and “Christmas Red” Stickles to decorate one of the flowers. 
5.  I cut the flowers on the front of the mailbox using paper from the “Origami Love Notes” kit and standard white cardstock at 2.5” wide and 7.94” high as well as 1.75” wide and 5.56” high.  The sentiment was stamped from the Pink by Design “Be Mine” stamp set using red ink. 
6.  I attached all of my cuts – including the small red hearts that were sent to me by Lisa over at Honeybearz Designs (thanks Lisa!) – using various adhesives, including my ATG.  And – voila! – my finished project!

The project I shared for my guest post was one that I had a lot of fun with and one that was definitely a learning experience.  It was a bit more complicated that my previous altered item project since it had some moveable parts (like the flag) that couldn't be covered but once I figured out the little nuances I was able to create something that I truly loved - so much so that I ended up creating 4 ADDITIONAL smaller ones for my family!  (You can find those pictures in a separate post following this one.)

If you made it this far, you deserve a reward...right?  How about your own PINK BY DESIGN STAMP SET?  I'm giving away the "Crop 'til You Drop" set seen here:

Please leave a comment with a way to contact you if you'd like to win this set.  I would also love it if you became a follower - I try to keep this blog updated as often as I possibly can and I always love having feedback :)  Entries close on Friday, March 18th at 11:59pm and I will have my winner posted on Saturday (though if you provide me with an e-mail address I will contact you there as well). 

Thank you for visiting and thank you again to Sarah for including me as a guest designer!

~ Ashley ~


  1. Cute! I made that same bee for a card yesterday. Thanks for the chance to win!


  2. Awww such a cute card =) Loving it.

    Hugs from Lilli =)
    l.a.nikolaisen at gmail dot com

  3. Love the mailbox & the little bee is adorable!
    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

  4. Cute project. I just got a few of these mailboxes so thanks for the recipe. I am already a follower. Love the bee

  5. Congrats on the Guest DT spot. I love the the mailbox. I too love Sarah's sentiments and would love to add another set to my stash. TFS and the chance to win.

    Christel a.k.a. Scrappin' Sista
    askscrappinsista (at) hotmail (dot) com

  6. I was just looking at the mail boxes the other day at michaels. I want to make 2 of them for my grandchildren. Im sure they would just love getting little notes. ...Dawn RI

  7. Ashley, your mailbox is so cute! Love the happy bees :) Glad to meet you, now I'm going to go poke around your blog a bit!

  8. Adorable mailbox! I LOVE the stamps you used!


  9. What a cute project! I can't believe you have only been using your Cricut since Aug! I've had mine since Oct and not nearly as crafty!
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    kmcorzatt at netscape dot net

  10. This project is adorable. Congrats on being a guest designer as well. I am a new follower and would love it you were a follower over at
    as well. Here's hoping I win. I love Sarah's stamps as well and would love to add this to my collection.

  11. Congrats on the guest DT spot :) Love the little mailbox. It's too cute. Such a fun idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Erika.Seever at

  12. Loved your guest design spot at Pink Cricut. I'm so glad you posted a link to your blog. I've enjoyed looking thru your projects. I would love to win Sarah's stamp set. I LOVE these stamps. papermemories4u at yahoo dot com

  13. I just love your cute mailbox! And those bees are precious! I am a new follower and thanks for the chance to win!
    booger1 at

  14. Super cute mailbox! And I love the stamp set....thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Darn, forgot to leave contact info...camkevhed at yahoo dotcom.

  16. Hi Ashley!

    Congrats on being a Pink By Design Guest Designer! The mailbox that you decorated is definitely cute, cute, cute! I am now a follower of your blog as well!

    I have been taking Spanish in school for years now and I LOVED my Spanish teacher in high-school!



  17. I love the mailbox you made! So cute with that smiling bee. Thanks for sharing!

  18. This is so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Super cute mailbox!! Love that bee!! Thanks for the chance to win. Just became a follower.
    reissfam10 at aol dot com

  20. Your mailbox is so adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!
    kbmarie86 at gmail dot com

  21. Love those mailboxes! That bee is very cute! TFS!


  22. Oh that bee ... eeeek!! He's darling!! What a lovely mailbox. Very cute!

    WomanInACrystalCase @ Gmail dot com

  23. Congratulations on your guest spot. I love your mailbox! I just became a follower.

    Luvscrappingtogether @ gmail dot com

  24. Adorable! So glad to have found your blog from Sarah's! I am your newest follower. Your project is beautiful! And how sweet of you to do a giveaway!


  25. Great projects tfs.

  26. Tina M
    The pink mailbox is adorable! Would love the stampset, thank you for the chance to win.

  27. Love the mailbox...what a great way to give someone a little something! Thank you for sharing your blog and ideas!

  28. wow I would love this stamp set! It is adorable...I love your blog!

    dwasher at insightbb dot com

  29. oh, how super cute is your mailbox. I love everything about it. I picked up a bunch of the mailboxes at target and made my first one about two weeks back. SO much fun. I totally agree with you about Sarah's stamps. I love them too. I have a few sets but I have to say that I ALWAYS run to the simply everything set...they always seem to work with what I need. Congrats on being a guest designer for Sarah today.


  30. I love your mailbox, it's Adorable! Thank you so much for the chance to win the stamp set! Have a Great Night!

    CreatingACraftyLife at gmail dot com

  31. What a cute project - love being introduced to such creativity!! I'll be back for sure!

  32. I love these little mail boxes. Nice job making it even better!

    nginerd at gmail dot com

  33. Very cute!! I'm now a follower. I can't wait to see what you post next! :)

  34. Congrats on the GD spot!!! Your project is super cute Ashley. Love it. New follower here. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!!

    simplycricutting at

  35. Found you through Pink Cricut. Love your project! Excited to start following your blog!!!

    Thanks for Sharing

  36. New follower, just came over from Sarah Pinkcricut on facebook. Your mailbox is just adorable. thank you for sharing and the chance to win.

    dobiemom09 at gmail dot com

  37. Loved having you as a guest designer on Pink Cricut and now I am following you! Thanks for the chance at the great stamps!
    happiqueen at aol dot com

  38. Congrats for being the guest designer I just joined your blog tonight and already like what I see. Thanks for giving us the chance to win the stamp set.

  39. Very cute ~ I just love those little mailboxes. Great guest designer spot and thanks for the chance to win the stamp set.


  40. great project... I am a new follwer... Congrats on your Designer spot....

  41. Your little mail box is adorable! I love the little bee! lindagk23ataoldotcom

  42. Awesome Valentine container! Love the bee. I'm a new follower. TFS.

    stacy at mycraftingtime

  43. Cute projects! Would love to win those darling stamps.

  44. I've seen these mailboxes everywhere, but your directions made it a lot less intimidating... Thanx!


  45. That is such a cute idea...Love the mailbox, would love to make those for my son class next yr but I would need to make about 30 lol..but it is adorable..

  46. What a cute idea Thanks for a chance to win
    poochietoo at gmail dot com

  47. Your mailbox is adorable! Would love to win those stamps. Thanks for the opportunity! Shea

  48. What a darling mailbox. So fun to read your profile. I have to agree, crafting is addicting and therapy at the same time. Looking forward to checking out more projects on your blog.

  49. That is so cute!! I am a new follower. I am fairly new to scrapbooking but also very addicted and if I hit the lottery I would buy my own Michaels store and maybe a Joann's too!!!
    Happy Crafting!!!