Friday, December 30, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays/MSS Block Party Co-Challenge

This is my creation for CAS-ual Fridays/Market Street Stamps BLOCK PARTY!  For the Market Street Stamps challenge, the only rule was that I had to use a product from Market Street Stamps.  The challenge for CAS-ual Fridays was to use kraft and twine, so I combined both challenges to create this fun little card. 
Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
I love this sweet little snail!  The snail and sentiment are from Market Street Stamps Slow Movin' set.  I thought this little snail would look absolutely darling with a spiral twine shell.  After stamping the snail and sentiment on the card, I stamped an additional snail on scrap kraft cardstock and cut out the shell.  I placed the shell upside-down in my Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker so the adhesive would be on the top of the shell.  I wound the twine around the outside of the shell and worked my way toward the center.  I then adhered the finished shell with foam for added dimension.  Lastly, I rounded the bottom corners and added pink pearl embellishments to create the plump, rosy cheeks. 

Supplies Used
Twine: The Twinery (blossom)
Ink: Memento
Stamps: Market Street Stamps
Kraft cardstock: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiserkraft

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger: Stripe-tastic!

Today's card is inspired by Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger image this week (scroll down).  Isn't it fab?  I love the stripes and the combination of colors.

And here is the card that I came up with.  It is more of a literal translation using the same color palette as the photo trigger, but I mixed up the stripes a bit by adding the ever-trendy chevron pattern.  Because I wanted the chevrons to be the focus of the card, I chose a simple sentiment.  Celebrate is perfect for the upcoming New Year and would be equally fantastic as a birthday card. 
Paper is from Bazzill Basics, die cut sentiment is from my craft stash.  Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
I had planned on making a chevron card from the beginning, but I didn't quite know how I was going to put it together.  As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a chevron tutorial as I was doing some blog reading earlier today.  Jennifer McGuire posted a video tutorial on Studio Calico's blog today.  Yay for me!  Yay for you!

This tutorial is fantastic!  I ended up using this exact technique to make the chevrons on my card.  Because I wanted my chevron to cover the entire card, I cut each paper strip 1/2" wide, adhered them to two 6"x6" pieces of paper, and cut my completed stripes into 1" strips.  I had enough to make two cards.
Tuesday Trigger image
Thanks for stopping by today!  Come again soon!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Crafting With Natasha 1st Blogiversary 12/28-1/6

Welcome to the celebration! If you've arrived here from Amy E.:, then you are in the right place. If you just happened upon this post, please start at the beginning at Crafting with Natasha to join in. Each stop along the way has a "secret word" that you will need for a chance to win the prize. After you hop to each stop, you will need to email Natasha ( the answer to the "secret phrase". You have until 11:59PM EST on January 6th to enter to win. Winner will be announced on January 7th.

K&Co Smash Book & Accessories

Since we will be heading into the New Year, the theme for this blog hop is NEW.  I have created a fun New Year's greeting card using Cosmo Cricket's Social Club line.  This collection is perfectly suited for celebrating the New Year.

Here is my project:
Finished card size is 5 1/4"x5 1/4"
It sure looks like this couple is enjoying the New Year's festivities!  I absolutely fell in love with the olive print paper and used it as a backdrop for the the card.  

I stamped Happy New Year in black ink on a scrapbook element card and adhered with foam for added dimension. 

Sticking with the olive theme, I glued and glittered a red olive with some glitter from my kids' art stash. 

Lastly, I added a little extra bling by attaching three gold-tone brads to the upper left hand corner of the card. 

Supplies Used:
Paper, element cards, olive: Cosmo Cricket Social Club
Stamp and ink: Studio g
Glitter: something I found in my kids' craft box. :)

Thank you for stopping by!  My secret word is: FAVORITE
Your next stop is: Janet:

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Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Authentique December Sketch Challenge: Entry 4

Here is another card using Authentique Paper's Gathering collection.  This is my fourth card creation for Authentique Paper's  December Sketch Challenge.  Cards are to be based on the sketch below: 
Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2" (A2)
This card would be perfect for an anniversary or Valentine.  I love the burnt orange background on this card and the butterflies add a sweet touch.  I stamped "love you" (Fiskars) on the mushroom die cut.  The paper and die-cuts are from Authentique, ribbon is from Bobbin Ribbon and rhinestones are from my craft stash.   I used butterfly punches from Martha Stewart.
Thanks for taking a peek!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Authentique December Sketch Challenge: Entry 3

I am still having fun with my stash of Authentique paper!  This is my third card creation for Authentique Paper's  December Sketch Challenge.  When I saw this poppy paper from the Gathering collection I immediately fell in love.  Not only because orange is my all time favorite color, but because I also love poppies.  Every spring, California poppies spring up in my front yard and leave a delightful carpet of orange blooms well into October.   This paper deserved to be the star of a card.  

Cards are to be based on the sketch below:
"friends" Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
Wouldn't this be a fantastic card for your BFF?  I used the Bloom print and die-cuts from Authentique Paper's Gathering collection.  I lightly sanded the edges and surface of the printed paper to created a distressed look.   The ribbon is from Bobbin Ribbon, brads are from American Crafts and pearl embellishments are from Recollections. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Moxie Fab World Get Inspired by Fashion Challenge

I have been way into card challenges lately.  They have been able to give me that little spark that really gets my creative juices flowing (how's that for cliche?).  This card was created for Moxie Fab World's Get Inspired by Fashion Challenge.  The image we were to use as our inspiration is below.  While I didn't have a specific project in mind, I knew I had this really fun houndstooth paper that I have been wanting to use for a while.

My inspiration as provided by Moxie Fab World.
And my project....
"Share Your Smile"  Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
Isn't this card so happy?  I am getting ready to redecorate our bedroom and am borderline obsessed with the combination of yellow and gray.  I love combining patterns with similar color palettes.  I couldn't resist the gray, yellow and black houndstooth print from the Blissful collection from Authentique Paper.  I paired it with a coordinating floral print and die-cut, also from Authentique.  I finished the card by adding a gray bow (Offray), yellow pearl brad and and three antique silver brads from American Crafts.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Fun Winter Card from Guest Designer Marin

Periodically, my 5 year-old daughter Marin will design a card or other craft to go on my blog.  Really, she designs a lot of cards, but she is sure to let me know which ones should be posted.  :)  Marin was in a frenzy of glittery foam stickers one day and came up with this design.  We titled this card "Blizzard".  I wouldn't want to be caught in this snow storm, but the snowmen don't seem to mind! 
"Blizzard" by Marin.  Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
Merry Christmas from the both of us!

-Amanda and Marin

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Authentique December Sketch Challenge: Entry 2

I have been having a lot of fun with my new Authentique paper!  This is my second card creation for Authentique Paper's  December Sketch Challenge.  Cards are to be based on the sketch below:

"family" Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
This card was created using 6x6 paper and die-cuts from Authentique Paper's Splendid collection.  The rhinestones are Heidi Grace and the baker's twine is blossom from The Twinery.  I found the yellow flowers in my stash and am not quite sure where they came from. :)

Thanks for taking a look!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Authentique December Sketch Challenge: Entry 1

I have been a fan of Authentique Paper since I first saw their display at my local craft store.  I recently acquired a bunch of new Authentique paper in a giveaway from Discount Paper Crafts on Etsy and thought I would give their December Sketch Challenge a try.  Cards were to be based on the sketch below: 
Finished card size is 4 3/4"x4 3/4"
Wouldn't this make a great Valentine?  This card was created using 6x6 paper and die-cuts from Authentique Paper's Splendid collection.  The tissue paper flowers are Martha Stewart, ribbon is Hobby Lobby, and the rhinestones are Heidi Grace.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Echo Park Paper Holiday Card Contest Entry

This is my entry for Echo Park Paper's holiday card exchange.  We were asked to submit one holiday card made with Echo Park paper.  I created this little die-cut stocking using paper from the Holly Jolly line.  Such fun paper!  I machine stitched the top, heel, and toe and added rhinestone berries, punched holly leaves, and a baker's twine hanger.  That's it! 
Finished card size is approx. 5 1/2"x 3 1/2"
Closeup of the holly, stitching and hanger detail.
I die-cut the stocking using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I set the machine at 5 1/2".  I cut two white stockings, one plaid stocking, and the stocking layers.  I backed the plaid stocking with a white die-cut so the stitching wouldn't show.  I scored the top of the other white die-cut and attached it to the top of the stocking so the card would open up.   The leaves were punched using a Martha Stewart holly leaf punch and I adhered Divine Twine's baker's twine between the two card layers using Glue Dots

Thanks for taking a look!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Studio Calico Sunday Sketch Challenge 12/4/11

This week Studio Calico (SC) posted four card sketches for their weekly challenge.  I have never created from a sketch before, so I thought I would give all four sketches a try.  I have to tell you, creating from a sketch is WAY easier than creating from scratch.  Sometimes it feels like I sit there forever just waiting for the right idea to pop into my head.  Here are the four sketches SC posted on their blog this week: 
Below here are the four cards I created using the Field Guide pack from Studio Calico.  I should also mention that I won this pack in a Studio Calico giveaway a few months ago.  It is my first SC product and I love it!  Thanks SC! 

Thanks for taking a look!

"merci" Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
"these are the days" Finished card size is 4 3/4"x4 3/4"
"together forever" Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
"hi" Finished card size is 4 1/4"x5 1/2"

Friday, December 9, 2011

How to Get a Refund from Apple

This is a follow up post to my Nov. 14 post titled "How to Disable In-app Purchases on iPod, iPad, etc."  In my original post I stated that we were able to get a one-time refund from Apple for our son's accidental in-app purchases that totaled near $200.  Below I will include how we contacted Apple and how we got a refund. 

DISCLAIMER: This is how we got a refund from Apple based on our particular circumstances.  I cannot guarantee you will receive a refund from Apple. 

First, good luck calling Apple.  Each call my husband made was a recording that told us to go online and fill out the required forms.  I recommend just starting out online.

Within iTunes, click on Store and click on View My Account
Enter your account information
Scroll down and click "See All" under Purchase History
Copy the individual order numbers for the unwanted purchases.  Reference these numbers when submitting a claim through iTunes Support (Click HERE to go to iTunes Support)

Select product and model from the Product Selection tab.
Select  iTunes Store, App Store or iBookstore under "Select a support category" and click Continue

Under Issue Description, select iTunes Store account billing and fill in the required information.  You should be able to finish your request for a refund from here.

We were truthful in entering our reason for a refund.  My husband wrote under Details:
My 7 year old son made several unauthorized purchases for the DragonVale app.  Apparently, my iPod stopped requiring a password for purchasing materials through the App Store.  Historically, each purchase or update required a new typed-in password, but apparently that was not the case yesterday evening and this morning.

Apple responded and told us we would receive a one-time refund.  I hope this make sense, and more importantly, I hope this helps.  It is what worked for us.  Good luck to you!