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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pocket Letter Heaven

Hey beautiful crafters!

I am currently in Pocket Letter Heaven. I do that. I get into something and then I ride that train until I no longer want to be on it and then I move onto something else. I'm currently on three rides 1. My planner and decorating it (More on that soon) 2. Bible Journaling (I'm obsessed with reading and journaling scripture and a small secret (I'm not uber religious) Yeah I'm just trying to find my place and I think scriptures will help! Plus I don't actually have a journaling bible so I'm just marking mine up at present but I'm learning. :) 3. Pocket Letters There is something so calming about making a special gift for someone else and in the process making a new friend that I can send goodies to and hear about their family and all that fun stuff. 

So here we are this week let me share with you all a Pocket Letter that I just made using the Sea Life Sentiments & Sip Enjoy and Relax Stamp sets from Pretty Cute Stamps. 

My mission on this one was to ONLY use scraps. I accomplished that and I love how it turned out. I pulled some of my favorite punches and my sizzix die cut machine and got to work. A Pocket Letter friend of mine sent me the diamond goodie and the cute little Polaroid in the bottom so that's where those came from. 


What are you all into right now? Are you catching any bugs or have you stuck with good old scrapbooking? We want to know!

Hugs my creative friends. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Shrink Plastic~I'm hooked

Hey friends! I have a confession. I'm totally obsessed with Shrink Plastic. No really! It's such a problem I don't even want to stop as I love it so much. 

So I also have another love...my planner. Do you all plan? I've found it such an addictive thing to do. I have three young kiddos who stay pretty active, along with volunteer stuff and work so I NEED something that keeps me organized. I recently found this amazing planning community and I decorate my planner and add all kinds of yummy goodness to it. 

So with that being said I grabbed the ADORABLE stamp set from Pretty Cute Stamps called Milk and Cookies and stamped it onto some shrink plastic. I colored in the images with my prismacolor colored pencils and then used my heat emboss tool to shrink them. Then I added a little bit of E6000 onto the back of the paperclip and glued those babies on! They still looked a little too plain for my taste so I added a bit of glitter glue (stickles) to the top on the blue section and the chocolate chips. 

I just love them. I need to make some stickers now and maybe something else uber fun! Ideas...ideas...

Hope you are all having a super creative day!


Hugs,
Raven

Book review~Stitch it Simple (embroidery & sewing book)

There is something so elementary about putting thread on a needle and moving it through fabric. Maybe it's the idea of joining two pieces of fabric together and creating something that can potentially brighten someone's day. Sewing reminds me of childhood and rec classes where we took squares and hand stitched them together. As fun as that was I've yet to look at basic sewing as an art form. Call me crazy because I can see the art form in quilting and embroidery just not sewing. Not until this little gem that is. 

I'm beyond baffled at how designer Anne Wilson takes mismatched fabrics and turns them into eclectic, functional pieces of art. What an amazing job she does at taking something so simple as a pillow and turning it into something you could actually put on display never mind the functionaly of it. Having a lot of the products described and necessary for each project I feel compelled to jump into my craft room ASAP. 

The only con to this read was the grammatical errors. I was an English major and so spelling and grammar are key when reading through a book. I can get hung up on an error for far too long and it takes the focus off of the fabulous content. Other than that this book is a true gem. 

I would absolutely recommend this book to any crafter or art enthusiast. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.com for my fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Hugs and Creative Blessings,
Raven 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Giveaway closed~ winner announced Planner Stickers and GIVEAWAY

***giveaway closed***


Hey beautifuls. I asked my handsome 12 year old to pick a number between 1-7 and he said he loves #4. Sooooo
Jessica Santiago you are our lucky winner. I will email you right now and send out your goodies this week!

Thank you so much everyone for your wonderful comments. They always make me smile. 

Hey beautiful crafters. I have a fun project I'd love to share with you. I am ADDICTED to my planner. When I say that I'm not talking some fun thing like I am in love with this thing. It keeps me more organized then I have been in years (dates back to college years and the times I used a planner). My life and times will consist of planners for the rest of my existence I vow to you all now. AND if that isn't exciting enough there is a huge planner society of creatives that decorate their planners and add tons of yummies to them. Yeah I dare you to search #Planner in instagram. You're welcome!

So without further ado I made some fun planner stickers that I can use to keep me on track. These will help eliminate the need to hand write everything. I used just some label sheets I had laying around the house and added the png into a the template for that specific sheet. Here look...

 Seriously are you as excited as me? ECK!!! 

So the oldest kid has Orthodontist appointments about even 6 weeks which is a regular. The coffee mugs I thought would be cute to use as "meetings with friends". Date night is pretty obvious (older file). The scissors represent when the boys should be getting their haircuts. I cut the girlies hair and my own but I can't do a mean fade like the Barber shop can. I digress! The balloons will be used for birthday parties, Girl Scouts is pretty self explanatory, the camping tents (older file) are to plan out our fishing/camping weekends and finally the cameo represents when I need to work on a cutting file project. I SUPER love this!!!!

If you have any questions and you'd like to make one similar please don't hesitate to email me or comment on this post.

Giveaway~ I also have a little giveaway for you today. I "accidentally" printed up two of these sheets of stickers so I'm giving one away. ;) Just leave a comment here with a way for me to contact you I.E. Your email address and I will pick a winner on Sunday April 26th and post it right here. So be sure to come back and check to see if you won; even if you don't check, I will email you. ;)

Hugs and Creative Blessings,
Raven

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Coffee!!!!

Hey friends! I wanted to wish you all a happy Sunday. I'm helping my sister do some stuff today and working on a few Pocket Letters so that I can send them out this week. What are you working on?

I have this super fun stamp set from A Creative Journey with Melissa and I thought it would be fun to make a swing card. So here she is...





Super cute right. I'm sending it out with my Pocket Letter! Hope you all have a great week!!!

All my love!
Raven




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps~April Blog Hop

Hey beautiful crafters!!! Welcome to our April blog hop for Pretty Cute Stamps.
If you came here from Larissa'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.

We are sharing projects featuring the new stamps that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps store

I was so excited to use this really fun Taco Time stamp set. The sentiments are super cute and the images are just too fun. I decided I wanted to make Cinco de Mayo gifts for family and friends. With that said I used the chile and the taco. 


 Baby girl is the only one that has her ears pierced (besides myself) so she is my model broken neck and all lol. ;) Isn't she a doll!

Both sets of earrings are colored using prismacolor pencils. They are so vibrant in person I wish I could have captured it.

Super fun news there is some fun Hop Candy for this blog hop...



For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and 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 Friday, December 19. 

ALL New Releases will be on sale through April 21, 2015, and you can save even more by purchasing the April 2015 Stamp Bundle. Schweet!

I hope you've enjoyed all of the fabulous projects this month. We look forward to seeing your wonderful projects so be sure to share them on the Pretty Cute Stamps Facebook page.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Doll Face

Okay so I'm addicted to my planner. I will be the first to admit it. But there is just something about having a functional planner that can make my life seem so much more at peace. I know whats going on with the kids and I know where everything goes AND to boot I can make it pretty. Everything is better with some glitter and pink added to it. 

SOOOOO...today's post showcases some really fun paperclips that I made using the adorable new stamp set from Pretty Cute Stamps called Matryoshka Mom


These stamps are just the cutest and when paired with some Prismacolors and pretty paper you have fun little gifts that you can give to neighbors as Thank you's or on Mother's Day to those special women in your life. 



I just love them. I hope you all enjoy seeing planner stuff because I'm addicted to it lol. Have a great week!

Hugs,
Raven

Sweet Heavens

Hi beautiful crafters! I'm so glad to be back into the swing of things. Our family has gone through some crazy things this last month and I've found the best thing to keep me sane is my planner.

In the month of March alone we had three neurology appointments, 2 trips to the Orthopedic surgeon, one nasty trampoline accident, one car accident, 4 trips to the ER, 4 broken bones and 4 seizures! I think we like the number 4. We are (as a family) so grateful to have March behind us and we look forward to the joys in store for April.

So today I'm sharing with you all some planner clips that really help to keep us organized.
I made these using the adorable new files called Donut filofax clip and Filofax planner Cupcake Clip. If you've seen my posts before you'll know that my Cameo doesn't cut the smallest details for some reason so these files have additional layers but I didn't cut them because my machine and me don't always get along. ;)

Without further ado...

I just adore them. I hope you all feel inspired to cut some paper clip cuties for your planner and be sure to tag #ppbnpaperclips if you do so we can like and comment on your projects!

Hugs and Creative Blessings,
Raven

Monday, April 6, 2015

Flower Power...Kinda

Hey beautiful crafters!

I was playing around with some cutie pie sentiments called Sentiments for All Occassions and made this little card. I am in need of a ton of Thank you cards so this is one of the first. I love the simplicity of it. 


Hope yall are having a great day. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pretty Cute Stamps March Sneak Peek~Brace yourself...picture HEAVY! ;)

 Hey beautiful crafters! I am soooo excited to show you all this project. So I heard about this awesome new thing called Pocket Letter Pals (Click on the link if you want to learn more). I was just thinking I really want some penpals. So, now I have an excuse. 

I was so blessed to use the cutie pie set called Forest Friends which will be available next week. 
 I wanted to keep the entire pocket letter flowing with the same theme Forest Friends. 

This pocket contains stickers that I made using Square1 fabric adhesive, Pretty Cute Stamps (awesome arrows & Forest Friends) and Prismacolor Colored Pencils. 

With the paperclips I used the same fox stamp and made paperclips out of them so they are smaller than the stamps. 

This is another set of stickers using the same materials as described above. 

Then I stamped onto tags using the same stamp set. 

And here I cut out the stamped sentiments and put 2way glue on them so that whomever receives this will be able to reuse them. Behind them I added page flags because I'm in love with my planner at present! ;)

That's all she wrote family! I hope you are all having a great week!!! 

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven