Thursday, October 8, 2015

PCS October 2015 Release Blog Hop Day 1

If you came from Amber's blog, you're in the right place. If you stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps' blog, so you don't miss all the wonderful inspiration.

For this hop, we are sharing projects featuring the new stamps from PCS' October release that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps Store

My stamp set to share with you today is Warm Winter Wishes. I created 2 cards stamping the polar bear on both and using one of the sentiments from the same set. 
Here is a peek at the stamp set and all the fun images and sentiments that come in it.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store. For a chance to win, you must leave a comment on each blog. For EXTRA chances, just "like" Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps Mailing List.

A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Monday, October 12, 2015. All new releases will be on sale through October 13, 2015 and you can save even MORE by purchasing the October 2015 Stamp Release Bundle. 

Now it's time to hop over to see what Melissa created. And if you hop over to the PCS' blog, you can pick up this cutting file for free TODAY only!
Here is today's line up in case you need it:
Debbie **you are here**

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PCS Winter Sneak Peek

Hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! Pretty Cute Stamps is releasing some super fun images for you to create those holiday cards and projects.

Today I am giving you a sneak peek at a sentiment in the Little Carolers stamp set. When mailing Christmas card and even making several, it's best to keep it simple and the card without many embellishments to keep the cost of mailing the cards down.

I created this card that would be perfect for using up designer paper scraps and easy enough to mass produce. I used one of the sentiments in the set as well as 5 little notes that come individually, but I put them all on a block and stamped them all at once to create a background.

Here is today's freebie. Head over to the PCS blog for info on how to get this. Remember this is only available for free today. If you miss out, you can always purchase it in the store tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Blocks

With the beautiful fall weather we are having, it seems only right that the Cutting Cafe showcase fall projects this week!

We had several fall inspired files to work with this week and I chose Regina's Fall Word Shaped Card file to make my wood blocks. I cut the blocks, sanded, painted, then sanded again and then added designer paper to the fronts. 

Then I cut 3 of each letter spelling out fall and adhered them together, embellished the letters, and then glued them to the front of the blocks. My blocks are 3" x 3 3/8". I resized the letters so that they were 3.088" x 5.532 on my Silhouette so that they would fit my blocks. That is the beauty of cut files like this. You can adjust them for any project you want to create!

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

PCS Winter Sneak Peek Day 2

Today is the 2nd day of the Pretty Cute Stamps Winter Sneak Peek. Be sure to check out the blog and see how you can snag this cutting file for FREE! Today only though, so hurry over to the PCS blog.

Come back again tomorrow as I have a sneak to share myself and there will be another freebie to grab.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps Sneak and Freebie

Hurry over to the Pretty Cute Stamps blog for day one of the October sneak peeks and today ONLY you can pick up this free cutting file, perfect for your Christmas projects. 

Bethlehem Silhouette Cutting Files

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pumpkin Treat Box

It's my turn over on the Pretty Cute Stamps blog to post a project. Fall is definitely in the air here! I am loving the cooler weather this week esp since I have been canning all week. Fall is my favorite time of the year, so I wanted to create a fun fall project.

I had seen these fun self closing boxes on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make one. I found a tutorial on YouTube. They are so easy to create and the little pumpkin and sentiment from PCS' Thanksgiving Eats was the perfect size to accent the box.

I stamped the pumpkin on watercolor paper and watercolored it with Tombow's Dual Brush Pens. Inside the box is a yummy dark chocolate orange candy. Yum! And what a perfect sentiment to go with a food treat project.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BFB Ties That Bind

The next book I received from Blogging for Books to read is from one of my favorite authors Cindy Woodsmall. I love reading about the Amish and this had a completely different twist to it. It was about a former Amish guy Quill, who helps the Amish leave and enter the "English" world.

In the story, Ariana and Quill were best friends growing up. She doesn't understand why Quill left the faith and now helps others leave. Her world is turned upside down when she learns he is back to help one of her sibling leave.

This is the first book of a new series and it left so many questions in my mind that I can't wait for the next one to come out. You can click below to learn more about the book and author.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

PCS Monthly Challenge ~ Include a Button

Every month Pretty Cute Stamps has a card/project challenge where you can play along for a chance to win some prizes. This month the challenge is to use a button.

For my project, I created a card using the newly released Many Thanks (sentiment) and Bushels of Fun.

I colored the images with markers and colored pencils and popped up over the designer paper/button panel.

Here are the stamp sets I used:

Now we would love to have you play along! Check out the wonderful projects the rest of the Design Team created. You have until October 10th to enter your own project using a button(s) and Pretty Cute Stamps image for the challenge for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps September 2015 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to my first Pretty Cute Stamps' Blog Hop! If you came here from Joann's blog, you are in the right place. If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog.

For this hop, we are sharing projects featuring the new stamps from PCS' September release that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps Store. 

Today, I am showcasing the Many Thanks set for my project.I stamped the image in black onto designer paper and then mounted that onto kraft cardstock. That image panel is popped up onto my card base.

Here is a peek at the stamp set and all the wonderful sentiments that come in it.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store. For a chance to win, you must leave a comment on each blog. For EXTRA chances, you can also "Like" Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps Mailing List 

 A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Monday, September 21, 2015. New Releases will be on sale through September 22, 2015, and youy can save even more by purchasing the September 2015 Stamp Release Bundle.

Now it's time to hop over to see Melissa's darling project.

And if you hop over to the PCS blog, you can pick up this fun cutting file for free today only!

Here is the line up in case you need it:
Debbie: **you are here**

Thursday, September 17, 2015

File Folder Box

Regina has designed a fun File Folder Box Holder file for the DT to create with this week. There are 2 sizes (each with 4 different side options) that can be bought separately or one purchase for both.

I created a box using the larger size. This sized box will hold 6" x 6" paper pads. I made mine a little different than shown in Regina's youtube video (which I highly recommend watching before making) and will share some tips that helped me.

To begin with, the file didn't come to size for me, but that's okay because Regina includes a tip sheet that tells you the size each piece needs to be. However, my silhouette cutting machine won't let me add 4 numbers after a decimal, so I just copy and pasted each piece (except for the file pieces...forgot those so will have to redo) onto on page and then enlarged all the pieces paying attention to the bottom box piece so that the "height" was a little over 6". This way I knew not only would my 6 x 6 paper pads fit, but that all the other pieces would then fit to the box. (hope that didn't confuse anyone. LOL)

I also cut my base box out of brown cardstock rather than designer cardstock. Then I cut the pieces that go on the inside and layered them on the outside.

To add the label holder, I pierced it onto the cardstock and adhered with brads before putting the box together. I don't have a hole punch that was that long as Regina describes in her video. I haven't added a label yet as I haven't decided if I'm just going to fill it with 6 x 6 misc pads or by company.

Here is a view of the back. I was going to add the label on the back, but decided I liked it better on the front and will store my file holders that way.
This was a fun project to create and I can't wait to make more of them, esp ones to hold cards.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

PCS Blog Hop Starts Today!

Just popping in to let you know of the 2 day blog hop for Pretty Cute Stamps starts today. Be sure to check out their blog for today's line-up (I will be posting tomorrow) and to snag this fun cutting file which is only good today.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps Sneak Peek

This week is Pretty Cute Stamps' September Sneak Peek as well as a blog hop releasing their new line just in time to create your holiday cards and projects. I used the stamp set Gingerbread House to create this fun card.

I stamped the image onto kraft cardstock and then colored with Irojiten Colored Pencils. I gave the candy a sprinkle of glitter and added some white dots with a gel pen for extra whimsy. The "Merry Christmas" sentiment is also included in the set.
Be sure to stop by the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog to see what the Design Team has created with their sneaks today. You will also want to come back Thursday and Friday for our blog hop. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps Blog Hop coming soon

Bushels of Fun!

I am having "bushels of fun" playing with my new Pretty Cute Stamps! Today is my first day posting on the PCS blog as one of their new design team members.

Apple season is upon us and we have started working them, so I thought it appropriate to create an apple card using PCS' Bushels of Fun stamp set.

I stamped the apple and sentiment in black, then colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Then I just eyeballed it and drew lines with a light blue Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencil to make it look like notebook paper. Using a light brown Dual Brush Pen and an air art gun, I spritzed ink onto the stamped panel. Punched the top with a punch and tied on some jute string to finish it off.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Milk Chocolate Carton

This week's challenge for Cutting Cafe is all about milk cartons. The design team was challenged to use one of these 3 files:

I needed a goodie box to fill for a friend and wanted to keep it neutral, so went with a milk chocolate colored cardstock to create the Plain Milk Carton.

I covered the main part of the box with glittered chocolate dotted paper from Michael's and the top with a chocolate grid paper from My Mind's Eye. I added the taupe ribbon and then thought it needed a little something, so pulled out some VERY old rub ons I had from SU!. The clasp at the top to keep the box closed is also from SU! and older than the rub ons.
Now all I need to do is fill it with....chocolate! 

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps Challenge

Pretty Cute Stamps has a challenge going on right now if you would like to play along for a chance to win a gift certificate to their store.

Monthly Challenge

  1. This month's challenge is Any Card. So, create any card using Pretty Cute Stamps. A Pretty Cute Stamp must be used to create the project.
  2. Please link to your actual blog post...not to your blog.  If you don't have a blog, you can add a photo of your project to the current Monthly Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Cute Projects Facebook Group.
  3. You can enter as many different projects that follow the monthly theme as you want for more chances to win.
  4. The challenge will run for 3 weeks.  You must link up your project by 11:55 pm CST on Saturday, September 5, 2015.
  5. One random winner of a $15 Gift Certificate to the Pretty Cute Stamps store will be chosen. The winner will be announced before the next challenge starts on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Golden Birthday

Kinda scary that I've posted 3 days in a row. LOL! This summer has been super busy, so blogging got put on the back burner. But things are slowing down some, so hopefully, this blog won't be so neglected.

Sunday, my oldest (Benjamin) celebrated his "golden" birthday. He was 23 on the 23rd. I didn't get a picture taken of his gift, but everything in the box had gold wrapping or the word "gold/golden" on it. It was fun to go shopping for all things "gold". If you need any ideas, just let me know as I looked at pretty much EVERY single item in Dollar General going up and down every aisle and several aisles at the grocery store. Ü

In the box were 23 gold dollars, gold wrapped candies (brachs, resees, twix, ghiradelli, lindt, and ferrero rocher, golden round crackers, golden oreos (2 pkgs as I got one pkg at Dollar General and then went to the grocery store and they had golden birthday party flavored ones and he really likes those, so had to get those too), gold fish crackers, gold dial soap, and I'm sure there is more I'm forgetting. I could have gotten him glittery gold duck tape and gold bond lotion, but that seemed a little girly. LOL I also thought to get him golden french fries, but didn't have a way to keep them cold before I needed to come home the day I went shopping.

He likes cheesecake, so I made a new one called Rocky Road that I found on Pinterest. The only thing I changed in the recipe is I topped it with toasted pecans instead of almonds as he doesn't like almonds. Oh and I added a little cream to the chocolate topping to make it more of a ganache.

and here is the goofy bd boy...not looking at camera...

pushing cheesecake away so it's not in photo...

 and fake smiling...LOL

Rocky Road Cheesecake
Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degree F.
·         14 Oreos, crushed
·         3 tablespoons butter, melted

·         10 oz. dark chocolate
·         4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
·         16 oz. cream cheese, softened
·         1 ¼ cup sugar
·         ¾ cups sour cream
·         3 eggs

·         4oz. chocolate, melted
·         ¾ cup mini marshmallow
·         ½ cup Blue Diamond Salted and Roasted Almonds, coarsely chopped
To make crust:
1.    Crush Oreos to a fine crumb in a food processor or place Oreos in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to roll over and crush. Combine crushed Oreos and melted butter and mix to combine.
2.    Press Oreo mixture into bottom of pan. Place pan in oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

To make cheesecake:
1.    Place both chocolates in a heat proof bowl over simmering water and stir constantly until chocolate is melted; set aside.
2.    Place cream cheese and sugar in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment and cream on medium speed. Add in sour cream and beat to combine. Add in eggs and beat until combined. Turn mixer to low and gradually add in chocolate beat until combined.
3.    Pour cheesecake mixture over Oreo crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes (25-30 minutes for an 8 inch pan). Center should slightly jiggle when pan is tapped. Allow cheesecake to cool for completely. Cheesecake will slightly fall once cooled.

To finish with topping:
1.    Pour melted chocolate on top then sprinkle almonds and marshmallows on top of chocolate.

Friday, August 28, 2015

What Does the Fox Say

Shower number 15 was so much fun! (okay, so they all are LOL) I knew that somewhere along the line I wanted to do a "What Does the Fox Say?" baby shower. I decided I would do it for Amanda and when I was telling a friend of hers what the theme was going to be, she started laughing as Amanda likes to tease her and send her the WDTFS song to bug her. Love it!

For the invites I used a svg cutting file from My Scrap Chick called Fox Belly Box Trio.

Here are some photos from the shower. I apologize for some of the blurry ones. I was having issues with my camera. Not sure what was going on, but several were so blurry. For the food we went with a build your own trail mix. It was a huge hit.

I found these napkins at Hobby Lobby. I thought they were fox on one side and owl on the other, but 1/2 were fox and 1/2 owl 

I found these birch straws on amazon and thought they were perfect for our theme!

To hold the trail mix, I just cut down some little white sacks (not sure if I got them at Michael's or Hobby Lobby, just had them in my stash for awhile) and added a strip of designer paper at the top

To hold all the goodies we had to choose from to create the trail mix, I placed a paper doily in a turquoise berry basket or balsa basket. I made mini banners from the same papers used on the sacks.

  I also glued the designer paper to clothes pins to hold little signs

Right outside our church are 2 large hydrangea plants, so I got permission to cut a few blooms to decorate with. I thought they looked "woodsy" with my pine cones and tree slabs.