Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Party Drinks

Halloween party season is upon us!  I love a good Halloween party, mostly because there is lots of candy.  I received a sample of American Crafts new Halloween collection which is available exclusively at Target.  I immediately fell in love with the apothecary jar labels and decided to make some spooky Halloween party drinks

Halloween Party Drinks

Jazz up your Halloween party drinks with some spooky labels and some basic food coloring.  I simply peeled the existing labels off of the drink bottles and replaced them with the apothecary labels from American Crafts.  

I started with bottles of water, which I think look pretty good all on their own.

Set up a custom drink mixing station at your party and let your guests watch the color magic happen right before their eyes.  

Entertaining for kids?  Add a straw with a spooky topper.

I love the details and the fonts on each of the labels.  Save your used bottle for next year's Halloween decor! 

Happy haunting! 


Friday, September 27, 2013

Masculine Hello Card

I probably make more hello cards than any other type of card.  The simple sentiments on a hello card make them suitable for almost any occasion.  There are currently a host of challenges happening over at Moxie Fab World.  I made this masculine hello card for the Ready-Made Embellishments challenge.  

Masculine Hello Card

Ready-made embellishments makes card making so fun and easy.  I gathered a bunch of embellies from Pebbles' From Me to You collection and made a little collage on a really fab hello print. 

I used several ready-made embellishments on this card: chipboard die cut, chipboard alpha stickers, Polaroid frame, and a mini envelope.  It is kind of hard to tell from the photo, but the alpha stickers have gold foil letters.  They are super cool!   

You have until Oct. 21 to play along with the Moxie Fab World ready-made embellishments challenge

Good luck and have fun! 


Pebbles From You to Me collection

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Washi Tape Mason Jar Kid Craft

My 7 y.o. daughter loves to get into my craft supplies.  Without a doubt, she always goes for the washi tape first.  I let her play around with some tape one day and she ended up wrapping it around a mason jar where she was going to store her special keepsakes.  I thought this was a fabulous idea, so I had her put together some more washi tape mason jar kid crafts to showcase on the Doodlebug Design blog

Washi Tape Mason Jar Kid Craft

I gave my daughter my stack of Doodlebug washi tape and told her to go nuts!  The only suggestion I gave to her was to make sure the tapes coordinated on each jar.  I think she did a pretty good job! 

With a little help from mom, we also made some cute drinking straws by adding washi tape flags.  These are easy to label and would be a fun addition at a party. 

This jar was her favorite.  My daughter could be the star in her own Pinkalicious story.  I love how she meticulously cut each strip of washi tape instead of tearing them.  Be still my crafty heart! 

Help me make my daughter's day by leaving her a sweet comment.  Thanks so much! 



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gingham Hello Card

Good day!  I was enjoying some time in my craft room this past week and created a CAS gingham hello card with patterned paper to play along with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge

Gingham Hello Card

I am gaga for gingham!  I knew this gingham print would make a fantastic card base.  Adding a couple of small embellishments really lets the gingham be the star of the show. 

I framed the sentiment with a Polaroid frame tag from Pebbles' new From Me To You collection.  The frames fold over and have adhesive on the inside which makes it really easy to insert patterned paper or photos. 

Have a happy day! 


Pebbles Inc. From me to You collection

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Peekaboo Halloween Cards

Although Halloween is more about candy and costumes than cards, I LOVE to make Halloween cards.  There are always so many fun papers and embellishments to choose from.  I made a trio of peekaboo Halloween cards using Doodlebug's current Halloween collection.  

Peekaboo Halloween Cards

These square Doodlebug create-a-cards come with a die cut window in the front.  I thought it would be fun to put a little character on the inside of the card with just a bit of his face showing through the window.  

I kept the outside of each card fairly simple and created a little scene on the inside.  This little mummy isn't so scary after all! 

I stitched a piece of patterned paper to the inside of each card and created the scenes with characters, stickers, washi tape, and a variety of other Doodlebug embellishments. 

What is your favorite Halloween craft? 


Supplies: Halloween Parade collection Create-a-Card (Doodlebug)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Scottie Dog Christmas Card

I was fortunate enough to have several projects published in Paper Crafts magazine Holiday Cards & More Vol. 8 it was really hard to pick just one to share on my blog!  I am a sucker for shaped cards so I thought I'd share my Scottie dog Christmas card.  

Scottie Dog Christmas Card

This little fella was really easy to put together.  Did you know you can make a card from just about any shape?  Just cut two of the same shape and adhere them together near the top.  I also score the back piece so the card opens up a little easier.  You can find links to the Scottie dog cut file and jacket pattern below.  

There's still plenty of time to pick up a copy of Holiday Cards & More Vol. 8.  Only three months until Christmas!

Happy crafting! 


Scotty dog Silhouette file
Scottie dog jacket pattern

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Teacher Thank You Card

I had a little more fun in the craft room yesterday and created a CAS teacher thank you card.  I probably give more thank you cards to my kids' teachers than any other people.  Not only are they great for personal notes, they make great gifts, too.  

Teacher Thank You Card

I combined some Doodlebug papers and stickers with some Pebbles washi and rub-ons to create this CAS card.  This card would be easy to mass produce to give as a gift set.  I am linking this card up to CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC114: Back to School.

Thanks for stopping in today! 


Supplies used

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Layered Vellum Rectangles Card

It has been a while since I have participated in a card challenge!  Now that the kids are back in school I have some more time to craft for fun.  For this week's Moxie Fab World In Transition trigger, I made a layered vellum rectangles card.  

Layered Vellum Rectangles Card

When I saw the trigger image, I immediately imagined layering vellum rectangles.  I took a literal approach and adhered a variety of vellum strips to a dark gray card base.  

The idea for the layered vellum sentiment was inspired by this week's CASE Study Challenge #157, so I'll be linking up there, too. 

                                                                                                    In Transition Trigger
You have until this Sunday, Sept. 22, to link up your card to the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger challenge.  Go ahead, give it a shot! 

Happy crafting! 


Monday, September 16, 2013

Scrapbook Supply Mystery Box Sale!

I have been cleaning and organizing my craft room for the past few weeks and am now ready for a scrapbook supply mystery box sale!  I have put together 7 USPS medium flat rate boxes that are packed full and ready to ship.  

Scrapbook supply mystery box sale

If you are interested in purchasing a surprise box, please e-mail me first at ( 

This is how it will work:
  • Boxes are all different and all random – all boxes include a bunch of 12"x12" patterned paper and may include: 6"x6" lightly used paper pads, cardstock, stickers, stamps, embellishments, twine, ribbon, etc.   I am not going to take photos of all the product in each box (thus the term “surprise boxes”), but I promise there will be a lot more than $40 worth of product in each and every box. A lot more. Some of the product is brand new in its original packaging. Some things have been opened and I’ve used a small portion (letter stickers, rub-ons, etc.).  Stamps are either new or gently used and I believe all stamp sets are complete.  Brands include American Crafts, Doodlebug, Hero Arts, GCD Studios, Echo Park, We R Memory Keepers, and other name-brand suppliers. 
  • The cost is $40.00 per box (which includes flat rate USPS shipping which is now $12.35) If you are local you won't have to pay shipping and we can arrange for you to pick up your box.
  • US Shipping only (sorry international friends – it just gets too complicated (and expensive) to ship these boxes)
  • I will accept payments by PayPal only (or cash if you are local)
  • Please e-mail me if you’re interested  I will sell them on a first come, first served basis. 
  • The boxes are packed and taped and ready to go, so as soon as your payment hits my PayPal account, I’ll print your label and ship off your box!
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions! 

Thank you!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pebbles Blog Hop Winner!

And the winner of this week's Pebbles Inc. blog hop is....
Houses Built of Cards said...
Awww...what an adorable gift bag! LOVE the fun banners!!!
Congrats, Heather!  Please send your full mailing address to popperandmimi at gmail dot com and Pebbles will get your prize pack right out to you! 

And a HUGE thank you to those of you who left kind comments.  You left me grinning from ear to ear!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I Heart Nerds Card (RCC 85)

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  With the kids back in school, there's more time for mom to play!  The theme for this month's Ribbon Carousel Challenge theme is Back to School.  

Geek chic is oh-so-trendy and these glasses and I {heart} nerds sentiment makes for a fun back-to-school card.  All of my supplies are from GCD Studios Special Delivery collection.

You can easily add dimension to your cards by layering patterned paper with foam squares.  I tucked the cross-stitched heart brad under some patterned paper to add more depth to the design. 

There are three rules to be eligible for the prize:
1.  You MUST use ribbon or twine on your creation.
2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month.
3. You must add  a NEW project  to the inlinkz on THIS post and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery.

Have fun and good luck! 


Supplies: GCD Studios Special Delivery collection

Monday, September 2, 2013

Pebbles Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway (and FREE gift bag die cut file)

Hi there!  I am super excited to be sharing my first Pebbles DT project with you today!  I love making gift bags and the versatile Pebbles Basics are perfect for creating a gift bag for any occasion.  Check it out: 

I die cut the bag and embellished it with washi tape handles, foam Thickers, and a variety of banner flags.  I made the washi tape handles by adhering two pieces of washi tape together.  Easy as pie! 

Pebbles Basics Chips come in a variety of colors and have different sentiments, but the best part is that the reverse sides are solid colors making them even more versatile.  I trimmed some chips and used the back side so I would only have thank you sentiments in my banner.  

I layered the banner flags with foam and sweetened the it up by adding some Candy Dots.  Yum!  

FREEBIE!  Click HERE to download a FREE .studio file for this gift bag.  (You need to have Silhouette Studio software to view the file.  If you are having trouble downloading or accessing the file, please send me a kind email and I will work out the kinks.)

GIVEAWAY!  Leave me a comment letting me know your favorite way to use washi tape and you will be entered to win Pebbles Basics paper, 2 sets of Thickers, Clothespins, Chips Tags and washi tape--A prize worth $50!  Score!  You have until Friday, Sept. 6 to leave a comment.  I will announce the winner on my blog and FB page on Saturday, Sept. 7 so be sure to check back!  

Earn BONUS entries (up to 2) by becoming a blog follower and following me on Facebook.  Please leave a separate comment for each follow.

Here's a full list of the blogs, along with a fun peek at each designer's projects...Visit each blog, leave a sweet note and in some cases enter to win a Pebbles giveaway. Once you've stopped by each site, head back over to the Pebbles blog and enter to win a collection of Pebbles Basics products worth $200!

Amanda Coleman (me!)- Paper Gift Bag | Becky Williams - Cutest Little Minnie Scrapbook Layout Candace Zentner - Celebrate You Card | Emily Spahn - My Guy Scrapbook Layout Eva Pizarro - Fresh Market Scrapbook Layout | Holly Gagnon - Time for Tea Juliana Michaels - Gift of Love Scrabook Layout | Kathy Martin - Carolina Scrapbook Layout Kim Jeffress - Happy Birthday! Card | Kim Kesti - You Make Me Smile Scrapbook Layout Laurel Seabrook - Teacher Gift | Marjan Pel - Birthday Scrapbook Layout Nina Yang - Paper Gift Box | Patricia Kumfer - Pebbles Basics Cards Renee Zwirek - Hello Happiness Scrapbook Layout | Samantha Taylor - Lunch Box Cards Suzanna Lee - Make a Wish Scrapbook Layout | Tiffany Hood - Baby Gift Wendy Antenucci - Celebrate Together Scrapbook Layout | Wendy Sue Anderson - Paper Gift Bags

pebbles hop

Thanks SO much for hopping by today! 


Pebbles Supplies