May 26, 2013

Share Your Hair

The past few weeks have been busy, but exciting. Last weekend, I spent the afternoon with a handful of adorable girlies from my elementary school, as we cut our hair to be donated to Locks of Love and the Pantene Beautiful Lengths programs. Two years ago, we gathered a group of girls to participate in this event. My hair was long enough again to cut for donation, so we rallied another group of girls to visit a local salon for a fun afternoon of sharing our hair. :)

As the girls started to arrive, a regular customer of the salon was finishing up with getting her hair done. She pulled a few of us aside to tell us how touched she was to hear what we were doing. She then shared that she was suffering from breast cancer and was going in for a mastectomy on Monday. It was such amazing experience for the girls to hear her story. It couldn't have been more perfect! (She's in the background of the photo below, waiting for her hair to set).

Our friend from Chick-fil-A also stopped by for some hair styling. She didn't have any hair to cut, but she had lots of fun pretending to style the girls' hair while they waited. Chick-fil-A generously donated some of the refreshments that we had for our girls. 

We called our campaign "Share Your Hair" this year, symbolized by a cute little cartoon girl with long hair. I was inspired by these cuties that I found on Pinterest and created a similar image to use on flyers hung around the building. Our science teacher came up with the idea of creating stickers that our girls could wear each day to advertise that they were participating. The stickers were a big hit. Every morning, the girls would come by and pick out a sticker to wear that day. it was cute to watch them pick out the hair color they wanted to don that day. :)

Along with the stickers and flyers, I made these thank you cards for the girls. You can see them on display on the refreshment table in the photo above. I created a bunch of flower clips using this tutorial and clipped them onto matching cards I made of little girls sporting short hair. The clips were super easy to make and really inexpensive since I had white fabric and felt on hand and lots of colorful buttons in my stash. A quick run to the craft store to purchase some clips and I was set.

To make the cards, I die cut ovals for the faces using the Oval Sizzlets Collection (the largest oval) with Apricot Appeal card stock. Then I created a template for the hair, which I cut using Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, and Summer Sun. I punched out the ears, using a circle punch, then adhered the hair with some Dimensionals. More circle punches for the eyes and the mouth (I used Basic Black and Pretty in Pink for all of them). Then, I just slid the clips right on the hair. Here's a photo of the card without the clip attached.

Of course, since not everyone loves pink, I made the centers of the flowers in a variety of colors - blue, yellow, red, purple... I didn't photograph all the cards, because I was hoping to get a better photo of the cards on the refreshment table, but I missed it. 

Our girls ranged from Kindergarten to 5th graders, plus we had a few parents and even a grandparent. Some of our girls were getting a real hair cut for the first time ever, while a couple of our girls had participated in our event last time. Our science teacher also came along for the fun and donated 14 inches of her hair! Together, we gathered 12 bundles and over 125 inches of hair to send in to the two organizations! All in all, I would call it success!

May 25, 2013

Naki and Nina's Double Dare Challenge 27

Hi there! It's time for another Double Dare Challenge!

Naki's pick this week is to use your favorite DSP
And my pick was to use some Rhinestone Jewels

Here's my card....

Here are the DEEtails:

Okay, so really, my favorite DSP is probably the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, but I thought it might be a little boring... Haha. So, I picked my next favorite (and boy, was this hard!). I love the Sycamore Street DSP (from Sale-a-Bration). The colors are bright, cheerful, and somewhat unexpected and the patterns range from simple to intricate and are just gorgeous. I haven't actually used this particular patter before, but I was excited to incorporate all the colors into a single card. I cut a piece of the DSP and wrapped some pretty Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon. Then I pulled out some Flower Trim that I inked up with some Calypso Coral. It's super easy to do - you just have to be willing to deal will stained finger tips. :) I added some Rhinestone Jewels to the centers (It might be a bit hard to see here...) When the idea for this card came, I thought I had some of the larger Rhinestone Jewels, but I couldn't believe it, I never got them! Guess they are on my list for my big order when the new catty comes out! Finally, I added some Summer Starfruit leaves punched from the Owl punch, and the sentiment from the new Hostess set, Banner Greetings. Love!

Don't forget to stop by Naki's blog to see her take on this challenge. Then pull out your favorite DSP and some Rhinestone Jewels to create your own card. Be sure to leave us a comment with a link to your card!

May 16, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge


Welcome to another fun week over at Pals Paper Arts! This week we have a great sketch from our Resident Artist, Margaret Moody!

The DEEtails:
The idea of a Summer Starfruit lacy doily was on my mind when I made this card. I created my own background using two images from Lacy & Lovely set in Basic Gray and Smoky Slate. Behind that piece, I added two strips of This & That Washi Tape and some Basic Gray card stock punched with the dotted scallop ribbon border punch.I love the look the layers create. Then I added some Summer Starfruit ribbon and my doily, along with a piece of Smoky Slate card stock stamped with the sentiment from Lacy & Lovely.

I'd love to see what you create with sketch! But first, be sure to pop over to Pals Paper Arts to see what the Resident Artists have cooked up! I'm sure you'll be inspired!

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

I know I posted a Mother's Day card last week, but you didn't think I'd be sending something to my mama that she would have seen in advance, did you? :) Of course not! So here's the real deal...

I ordered the lady a little something from Kate Spade. I loved the packaging, so I created a card to match. :)

I'm in love with gold embossing right now... Hehe! SU!'s gold embossing powder is a bit deceiving - it looks really dark and dull in the container, but once you add heat, it is just lovely! The Distressed Dots made a perfect background for my card, matted with some Poppy Parade to make it really pop! The purple isn't quite right (Kate Spade's purple is really vibrant), but it'll have to do... I added a strip of Rich Razzleberry along the bottom with the sentiment from one of my old retired favorites, Great Friend. Then I added some flowers from the Secret Garden set, coupled with some die cut Little Leaves. Perfect-o! 

Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mother! :)

Cupcake Inspirations Color Challenge

I'm here today with another lovely color challenge with the Sweeties from the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. I do love picking the yummy cupcakes for our challenges each week and this week's inspiration is no exception! Check out these delicious colors!

Our sponsor this week is Downtown Tape and they were generous to send over samples for our team. I've used these tapes before (on this card) - Skinny in the City and Blissful Bel-Air. I added the tape over some Whisper White card stock that I embossed with the Vine Street embossing plate. Then I added some pretty blooms from Secret Garden (Regal Rose), Fabulous Florets (Poppy Parade), and Perfectly Preserved (Elegant Eggplant). I added the sentiment from Oh, Hello, matted with some Poppy Parade card stock. I'm loving the bold colors against the crisp white!

Now be sure to pop over to Cupcake Inspirations and check out the other lovely washi tape cards from the rest of the Sweeties! Happy Sunday! :)

May 11, 2013

Naki and Nina's Double Dare Challenge 26

I promise, one of these days, I'll have my Double Dare Challenge post up on time! But for now, here's this week's challenge a little late...

Naki's pick this week is to use retiring product
My pick was to include stripes

Here's what I came up with:

Here are the DEEtails:

So, what the heck was I thinking when I picked stripes for the challenge today, because I just wasn't feeling in a very stripey mood! I opted for some diagonal stripes using some washi tape I got a while back from Japan. Then I added a Martha Stewart doily, some greenery using the Little Leaves Sizzlet, an Aviary bird cage and and a clay flower. The new Simply Pressed Clay and molds are quite fun to play with! I added a sentiment from Upsy Daisy. Both the stamp sets used for today's card are retiring - Boohoo :( Both are also stamped in VersaMark and embossed with gold - so lovely! :)

Make sure you visit Naki's blog to see what she made for this challenge! Then create your own card with stripes and your favorite retiring SU! product. Be sure to leave us a comment with a link to your card!

May 6, 2013

Crafts from the Past: Dot Art

Back in March, we hosted a fun event at school - Dot Night - based on the lovely book by one of my favorite authors, Peter H. Reynolds.

book cover of the story the dot, consisting of an illustration of a girl painting a giant orange dot, with the text the dot wirtten in the middle.  author name peter h reynolds is written along the outside lower right edge of the dot.

One of the tasks given to us to help promote Dot Night was to create a piece of art with a dot focus. I decided to make a large dot by rolling strips of paper. By the way, if you've never googled "rolled paper art," I totally recommend doing so. The image results are rather amazing. 

Here's my rainbow dot...

I bought a cheap frame and took out the glass, so the dot pops out of the frame. Here's a close up...

The art works were raffled off to help raise money for our Special Areas and Arts programs. The event was tons of fun and it was lovely to see all the amazing pieces of art from all of our teachers who insisted they didn't have a creative bone in them. :) 

May 2, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge

Hello! Today I've got a card to share for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge... And what a challenge this color combination is! It's a lovely color combo, don't get me wrong, but it was quite a struggle for me to figure out just what I wanted to do! I hope you'll play along though! It's always fun to play with friends :)


I got to work with my chevron stripes, using various DSP in the challenge colors. The cutting and pasting is tedious, but I love how it turned out. I'm still not sure that I'd do it again though! A ruffly flower using filter paper and a large white brad was a perfect compliment to balance all the color. I flanked it with some greenery from the Secret Garden stamp sent and the sentiment from Oh, Hello. I'm loving the crisp white against the bold color!

Now be sure to stop by the Pals Paper Arts site to check out the lovely creations that the other Resident Artists have made. Then link up your creation with this fabulous color combo!