Time to plan your boos!

The season to spook and boo is just around the corner!
You probably have some fun die cut silhouettes perfect for Halloween.
Use the amazing bling strips and brads from The Eyelet Outlet to 
jazz up your cards and creations!

Here, I took these two black bats to  Dazzing Dynamic Duo by adding
purple Bling strips. One small rhinestone adorns the Pumpkin brad...a little
glean on the orangy skin!  (Use a Mini Glue Dot!!)  And a few Mini Candy Corn (brads) 
never hurt a body during the Halloween season!

A ruffly bow ties in some more of the orange. 

Right off the brad line are these fantastic new Mini Spider brads.
Petite and cute, you will get a scream of delight from the recipient!
I electrified this jack o lantern by using bling strips and the Spooky Eye brads.

You can find both these terrific sentiments at Starving Artistamps.


World of Thanks!

I never have enough thank you notes.
So, when Pretty Cute Stamps came out 
with the darling The Write Stuff set, 
which included some words of thanks, 
I was delighted!

I used an old map for my background.
Don't you love the pops of red?

And the bling strips, from The Eyelet Outlet, just catch your eye...
as well as well as the smiling pen and globe!
Mark your way over to the Pretty Cute Stamps blog 
for more ideas using this amazing set!


Sweet As Can Be!

Hey there! Check out how Lovebug Creations' rumple ribbon
is as sweet as can be 
 is during the autumn season!

This set is from Pretty Cute Stamps: Bushels of Fun!
I love putting this smilie face on the happy apple,
because apples ARE FUN!

The 5 mm bling strips can be found at The Eyelet Outlet.
Be sure to add Micro Glue Dots ® to your craft shopping list.
They are great for securing your ribbon (or rhinestones) in just the right place!

Keep your eye on the blue, blue skies of autumn before the snow/rain/sleet/ grey start up!
But don't worry..there is also Basic Grey Rumple Ribbon for those days too!

Thanks dropping by today...if you want more inspiration this weekend,
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Something new to do!

 LDS Young Women Organization Logo - Torch with Text.jpg

About a month ago, I was asked to serve in the Young Women's Organization at church.  The Young Women are the girls who are ages 12-18 years old. What a time in a girl's life! And I'm so excited to be a part of this little group as they grow and learn and make choices that may impact them for a lifetime.  Specificially, I work with the Beehives...the girls who are 12-13 years old.  Though I will be with all of them each month too!

Last Wednesday night was the first time I was planning an activity for the Beehives. I wanted it to be fun but help the along with their Personal Progress.  It was also my daughter A*'s last week with the Beehive class as she was turning 14 and moving up with the Mia Maids. I asked her what she night like to do as there was nothing planned from the previous leader. She said "Hair stuff."  Oh boy!

As I thought about it, I knew that some girls would love fluffy things in their hair while others would detest it!  (My DD being one of those who detested it! haha) So...after thinking and searching, I came up with an activity that would help us learn more about the importance of having the Holy Ghost as a constant companion, get a goal checked off, and have some fun making hair pins!!

You can make colored bobby pins by using nail polish.  I asked each girl to bring their favorite color of polish if they had colors that matches outfits/favorite colors. I also brough my stash of  colorful polish!

We reviewed the Value Experience for Virtue #2.  (Which also tied in to the lesson last Sunday.)  I reminded them that when we are virtuous we can have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost is a gift we receive after we are baptized.  We all like gifts..and I have a gift for you!  Then each girl was given a package of bobby pins. Then, as they painted and glitterfied their bobby pins, each girl in turn read one of the assigned scripture verses listed in that experience.  Lucky for us, we had six girls and six scriptures to read.  As the girl would tell us the blessing for having the Holy Ghost in their life based on the scripture she read, I wrote a list on the board.

If your polish is dark, try painting a layer of white before the color.
It will pop!!

The girls got a kick out of designing their own hair baubles!
After we had read all the verses, I asked the girls to take look at the list of blessings.
I asked them, "Which of these blessings would YOU like in your own life during the next 12 months?
Of course we want all the blessings we can get. But some of these might be more important to you at this time of your life."
Then we went around and each girl chose for herself a reason why she 
needed the Holy Ghost as her constant companion...now. 

Most picked...increased  confidence.
Now, what 12 or 13 year old...or even 41 year old doesn't want increased confidence...
to know what you are doing is on the right track!

Typically, our meetings start late, end early...
But Wednesday, the girls didn't want to stop painting.  
We chatted about what fun thing we will remember from this last summer...
what we are looking forward to in this next school year...
and again...how and why we want the Holy Ghost in our lives.
Now, all that was left for them to finish this experience was to write in their journals
about what they had learned and about a time they felt the guidance of the Holy Ghost.  By Sunday, 3 out of the 6 had already done so!  

This Wednesday...JEWERLY...
But of course, there will be a twist to it!


A little throw back...

A little throw back post to get your revved up for the fall holidays!!  Whether you enjoy apples or pumpkins, Lovebug Creations will spice up your autumn crafts!

Sunny September days...are perfect for apple picking or
reading a book!

makes a great statement!

Using a sewing tool, I perforated one side to create a
bookmark that can be easily torn off and used!

Then comes the cool October nights...
do you have your boo-ing plans set up?  
Use Mama's Mesh to create all sorts of shapes.
Add interest by shading in the edges with daubers and ink!

Thanks for checking in on today's Throwback Post!
I hope these reminders will jog your mojo!
For more inspiration, please amble over to the company blog!


Eye on the Images!

Coloring in images can be such fun!  I really enjoy using watercolors as my medium.
After all the creative juices go into your image, keep the background plain so you can show off the images, colors, and your style!

I needed a few thank you notes for my son's birthday party.
I cut some Strathmore Blank Greeting Cards (which are watercolor paper) in half
so the card base measures 3.5 x 5 inches. This way, I could stamp the Yeti, from Big Hairy Hello, directly onto the card base and color him in!

Then I added a popped up, stickle-fied mountain range
for a little dimension!

Remember to add a little detail to the inside of your card too.
This foot print is such a fun one!

It is nearly time for visits to apple orchards...so be sure to pick up this new release!
Tomorrow is the last day you can pick Bushels of Fun (and the other August release sets) for 40% off!

I believe it to my core that you are going to find 2 MUST HAVE sets from this month's release!
What two sets are you putting into your bushel basket this month?

Thanks for dropping by today.
I hope you'll LIKE our FB page and post your designs soon so we can admire them 
and be inspired by YOU!

If you want more inspiration using Pretty Cute Stamps, 
lumber on over to the Pretty Cute Stamps Company Blog!

Cards for Nieces and Nephews!

If you have nieces and nephews,
just check out all the fun you can have when you create cards for them using
Eyelet Outlet brads, bling strips, and enamel shapes!

The little girls in your life will fawn all over these critters, appropriatedly named Fawn Brads.
Add bling strips and enamel stars because every girl is a princess at heart!
The heart brad behind the fawns is a new release as well.

Do you have a nephew who is into legos or building?
He will be wowed by your background construction using Building Block washi tape.
Just two rows of the tape and you have created a patterned element for a card!
This bulldozer is another new brad from the Truck Brad package!  
I added it to a metal ringed tag to get it more of an industrial feel.
But, who doens't love bling??  
(haha...okay, there may be a few nephews out there. 
But I'm sure you can think of how to slip it onto a card for some pizzaz!)

Please rumble on over to the Eyelet Outlet store and scoop up some of the newly released brads to impress your nieces and nephews!

Thanks for stopping by today!  
Feel free to amble on over to my blog,
Sunnyside Up...for more ideas and fun.


Bold Statement!

Let Rumple Ribbon from Lovebug Creations 
be the focal point on your card
by creating a large rumple bow!

Using two very different colors makes a bold statement.
Use similar colors to make a softer statement.

A fun, flirty, fabulous focal point!
Now, that makes ME happy!!

Thanks for stopping by today.
Be sure to check out the Mama's Mesh 
and Beautiful Blooms today too!

After that, check out some more of the fantastic inspiration from the creative team
at Lovebug Creations!