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Monday, January 26, 2015

Felt Fun

Hey beautiful creative friends! I'm really excited to share a project with you today that I made for my girlies. I need to go back to the store and buy more felt because they used it all lol but here is a sneak peek on something I feel like I might be making a TON more of in the near future...

 I know the first two pictures are blurry but I really didn't want to tell her to stop playing so that I could get a good picture. ;) I knew you all would understand. 
 I used the files Dolphin & Killer Whale but I kinda wish I would have made...
a treasure chest
star fish
spongebob
a pineapple
cloud fish
a rock with a mermaid
Okay my less than stellar creative mind didn't think of those ideas they all came from that adorable little 8 year old playing with her new felt board. 
I hope you all enjoy our fun felt board. If you want to make your own keep reading for directions...

Purchase and download the Dolphin & Killer Whale sets (or any set you want really). Now what you when you import your svg files into your software is take out all of the smaller pieces. You won't need them. I kept only the main dolphin back "shadow" layer and the two pieces from the killer whale including the "shadow" layer as well as the upper killer whale cut. I used some really cheap scrapbook paper from one of those packs that you can buy at Michael's. It's really thin so this is a great type of paper to use for a template. Then I pinned the template down onto felt and cut around the outside. For the killer whale I just clipped a piece of the inside out then cut the rest. For the eyes I just used a black sharpie. I'm thinking "quiet book" so keep checking back to see what happens with that! ;) 

Happy Crafting Friends

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review~The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

The Berenstain Bears are always going on fun and new adventures but this time they are competing with one another. Every parent of multiple children knows what it's like to have your kids try to outdo each other and share their pride in their accomplishments. This was such an adorable read and a great lesson for the kiddos. I do have to mention that we've had Berenstain Bears in our house over 30 years and this book has a different feel to it. Every BB book has an underlined meaning and a great message. I've noticed most if not all of the previous books don't come right out and say what the message is; although the chalkboard on the first page is normally a clue to the message. This one felt different in that the message was repeated over and over. Normally papa or mama will do something that really helps the message sink in but they don't come right out and say it. The kiddos and I enjoyed the message and laughed about how similar the cubs argue like my kiddos. 


This was a good read although like I stated it felt a lot different than the previous Berenstain Bear books. 

I received this BOOK FREE from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers PROGRAM. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

Book review~The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter



The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter was such a fun read. I'm a romantic through and through and this book didn't disappoint. The plot takes place in an old home that is being gifted by a wonderfully quirky lady who wants to bring great things to the community. The main characters PJ and Cole both have different views on how they are going to win the house. PJ wants to start a b&b with an attached restaurant. Cole on the other hand wants to open a home for foster children in a transition period after they turn 18 and before they graduate from high school. 

I loved the main characters PJ and Cole who both had good stories and attachments to their beliefs. I really connected to Cole and his desire to start a helping home. I thought his views were noble and well thought out. PJ seemed to have a younger view on life in my opinion. Even though this was a Christian romance there didn't seem to be much religion in the novel but it was modest. It was clear that both of the characters were very young in mind and still working through their issues. I was very inspired by Coles story and his attachment to the children he is aiming to help. All in all, a fun read. 

 I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Release Blog Hop

Thanks so much for joining us for the January Release Blog Hop, where we are all sharing projects featuring the new stamps this month that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps Store.

If you came from   Larissa's blog, you are in the right place. If you just stumbled across this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog

For my project for the hop, I've used the super cute Be Mine stamp set. 


LOVE IT!!!


From the set I used the glasses, the uber cute heart and the adorable sentiment. I was trying to keep my card nongirly because it will be for the hubs I super love it, I hope yall like it too! ;) 

Blog Candy!! There is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store available to win! All you need to do is:
1) Follow and comment on each of the blogs. 
2) For extra chances to win you can LIKE Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps mailing list. 
A random winner will be chosen on Friday, January 23rd

Be sure to check the Pretty Cute Stamps Store to pick up your favorite sets - the New Releases will be on sale through January 27 , and you can save even more by purchasing the January 2015 Stamp Bundle Stamp Bundle! You can also pick up the SVG outlines for each of these stamps at the store!!



Now, you can head over to the next stop on the hop-  Dawn's fabulous blog. 

If you get lost along the way, here's the lineup!


Thanks everyone for stopping by! Hugs and Creative blessings!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Let's hang Einstein on the door...and a Sneak Peek at the January release!!!!

Hey  beautiful crafters.  I am so excited to share with you all two projects that I made for the super fun sneak peeks over at Pretty Cute Stamps...

First off I have to preface with saying, "I NEVER make anything for myself". Seriously, I just don't do it. But when I saw this stamp set I wanted it not only for me but for the whole family. We are a group of what we lovingly refer to as "nerds" and these nerds LOVE us some Einstein! 

So, first up is a super cute door hanging for my craft room. I KINDA LOVE IT! ;)



Next up I used the uber adorable Salt and Pepper set to make this 3x3 word bubble card. I love to write the kiddos and the hubs little notes and leave them around the house for them to find so I thought this was a perfect set for that. 


I hope you all have enjoyed my projects and please keep coming back we have peeks all the way until Wednesday which is the big hop!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Baby piggies

Hey beautiful crafters! I love piggies especially if they are baby sized! Don't you?
 
I'm so excited to share with you all a project I made using the uber cute baby pig file. I am currently enamored with quilts can you tell??? Isn't it funny how our likes reflect in our work? I just love that. I just love all of the new files Nikki came out with and I cant wait to see what you make with them! Have a great week!!!
 
 
 
Raven
 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Let's sew up some arrows!!!

Hey beautiful crafters! I am so excited to share a little project that I whipped up for my daughter this week. 

So the Santa Claus came by and gave baby girl a super adorable Barbie house with all the furniture and accessories. One problem...the blanket that came with Barbie's bed was less than stellar if I do say so myself. So off to the craft room I ran. 

I grabbed my favorite stamp set Awesome Arrows and some freezer paper. I used StazOn ink to stamp out my favorite arrow 5 times and then I cut it out. I ironed the freezer paper onto the jean-"ish" fabric and cut around the arrows with fabric scissors. Then I just peeled the paper off. It can be used again and again as a sewing pattern. 


I then put the two pieces of fabric right sides facing each other and stitched all around. Leave a 3" opening on the bottom middle of the pillow. Be sure to clip your corners at an angle so they don't have much bulge. Turn inside out and be sure to push out the corners. Now this little gem is Barbies and so it's stuffed with some left over fleece that I had from Hubbies Christmas slippers. I just cut the fleece into 2x2 squares and stuffed it up. Then I did a straight stitch around the entire pillow. I used the old "blanket" from Barbies original house and made a template for this blanket. Cut it out to match the pillow and Voila a new bedroom set for Barbie. Baby girl was very happy and I love that I got to use my favorite stamp set for sewing! Bam


Hope you guys had a great Holiday and that your New Year is safe and full of love!!!

All my best,
Raven

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December Pretty Cute Stamps blog hop

Hey beautiful crafters!!! Welcome to our December 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 had the great opportunity of using the adorable Rock On stamp set. Isn't it super cute!
The blog candy for this hop is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store. 
 
http://www.prettycutestamps.com/item_79/Rock-On.htm
 


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. 
 
New Releases will be on sale through December 19 and you can save even more by purchasing the December 2014 Stamp Bundle. Also, you will get a free stamp set with any 2 stamp minimum purchase during the sale.

I'm last on this beautiful hop so I hope you 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.
 
 

Ppbn Nativity gift

Hey beautiful crafters! Today I wanted to share with you a project I made using the adorable nativity set from PPBNdesigns. I made this for my mother in law. I hope she loves it.


After I made it husband said that maybe I could make the nativity scene a little larger. If I have time to get that done before Christmas I will be sure to post the picture so yall can see it. ;)

Hope you are having a joyous holiday season!

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven

Monday, December 15, 2014

Warm Fuzzies

Hey beautiful crafter! I am so excited to share with you all a sneak peek of the project I created for Pretty Cute Stamps

I had the privilege of using the ADORABLE stamp set called Warm Fuzzies.

Here is my project


I was going for a non-traditional Christmasish card. I super love the way it came out. This set and more will be available on sale this week. Wednesday will be our super fun blog hop so be sure to tune in. ;)

Hope you are all having a beautiful week!

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven