Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 New Year's Day Blog Hop!!!

Make sure you come back tomorrow for a Gina K Designs New Years Day blog hop. All of the sets being used for this blog hop were designed by Melanie Muenchinger who is celebrating her two year anniversary as a stamp artist/illustrator for Gina K. There will be a ton of eye candy that you won't want to miss!

See you tomorrow,
Pam

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quick Update...

Just wanted to share some fun news. We, Jen and I received a nice little surprise today. Party Starters was featured on Amy Atlas' blog. Check it out! Amy Atlas is an amazing event planner in New York, who just recently worked with Oprah's O magazine. You can read all about that as well on her blog.

Happy Holidays everyone!
~Pam

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Party Starters has free shipping!


From now until Christmas we will have free shipping on all of the "Holiday" items in our Etsy store. Go check them out and grab a couple for those upcoming holiday parties! Our filled cakes make fabulous hostess gifts or treats for the office!

Happy Holidays,
Pam

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

missing

I apologize for my lack of posting anything here as of late. Right now I am engrossed in helping figure out a way to keep my kids school open. Most school districts are struggling budget wise and the economy isn't helping. All of my efforts right now are to figure out ways to keep the school that I went to as a kid and the school that my 3 three kids are and will be going to open. On top of that as you know Jen and I have started a company, Party Starters and are doing our best to get our name out there. With all of this I have had no time to play and create anything for myself. Hopefully I will be able to get my stamps inked up and create something to share with all of you here.

Please keep checking in, I promise I will be back!
Hugs,
Pam

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dream BIG!



My motto for the last 2 years has been to dream big, life is too short. I am so extremely honored to share with you all that my business partner Jen and I have been contacted by Alexis, the Editor of Martha Stewart's "Dreamers Into Doers" website. Our company, Party Starters, is being featured in the Martha Stewart newsletter this week and on the Dreamers Into Doers portion of the website as "Doer Of The Week"!

Let me tell you, I feel like I won the lottery after I talked with Alexis. Never in a million years did I imagine that I would be a part of anything Martha Stewart. What a complete honor for us! I have been a fan of Martha Stewart since 1995 when I started watching her tv program. Martha is the one who inspired me to stamp back then. I made all of my own hand stamped Christmas wrapping paper in 1995 (before kids). To tell you the truth I was so proud of those packages that I about died when people tore into them...LOL!

I have been called "Martha" by family members and friends a time or two and that has always been a compliment. Yes, Martha has flaws, but don't we all. I am so inspired by her drive to succeed and her passion for all things crafty, decorating, cooking, baking and gardening. I am in awe by the extremely talented people that she has working with and for her.

Its been a crazy but great week in Pam-land....and I can't wait to see what the future has to offer. I can definitely handle these big dreams coming true!

Here's wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving (in the USA of course). I have a lot to be thankful for!

Hugs,
Pam

Friday, November 13, 2009

CC&M Blog Candy Winner

Come on down Rhonda Miller, you are the lucky winner of the Creative Cuts and More blog candy!

Here is what Rhonda wrote:
bluepoohbear75 said...

Sounds like fun, I can't wait to hop along and check it out. I put the blinkie on my sidebar. http://bluepoohbear753.blogspot.com/

November 4, 2009 9:17 AM

Rhonda I will get your info to Creative Cuts and More and they will be in touch!

Congrats!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Quick Holiday Treats Apron Kit Tutorial


Just a quick post to give you some easy directions on how to assemble your Apron pages if you purchase the CC&M Holiday Treats Apron Kit.

In case you missed our blog hop yesterday please check out the link HERE. We had such a incredible amount of talent, 24 talented designers from all over the blogosphere, that created this album. Tons of eye candy, inspiration and hello...tons of recipes! After all this was Creative Cuts and More's MEGA Recipe Blog Hop. Please, if you have time check it out.
In your Holiday Treats Apron Kit you will receive red and green cardstock aprons, Doodlebug pattern paper cut to fit onto your red and green aprons as well as chipboard apron pieces. (plus a ton of embellishing goodies and extra paper!)


Step 1
: Attach one of your pattern apron pieces onto either a green or red apron. (I used Killer Red Tacky Tape in the 1/8" width)






















Step 2
: Fold your apron pocket up onto the pattern covered side. Either wrap the side tabs around to the back of the apron or simply fold them under and attach the the pattern paper side. (I wrapped mine all the way around and adhered with Killer Red Tacky Tape)




















Step 3: Once you have completely all aprons, sandwich a chipboard apron in between two cardstock aprons. (again I used Killer Red tape, it holds the best and once its stuck...its suck!)

Note: I punched holes in the side of my aprons to put rings in. If you do this you must punch each cardstock aprons (pocket folded up and attached) before you sandwich all of your pieces together!



Hope this helps and I hope you all run over to Creative Cuts and More to pick up both the "Holiday Treats Apron Kit" AND the "Treasured Family Recipe Kit". You have until this Saturday, November 14th to use the online coupon code: recipebloghop2009 during checkout to receive 20% off! Hurry these kits won't last long!

Thanks for stopping by,
Pam

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hop Day 2


Welcome blog hoppers to day 2 of the Creative Cuts and More MEGA recipe blog hop. Today you will find all kinds of inspiring albums made with the Holiday Treats Apron Kit! Plus we all will be sharing some of our own delicious recipes.

For my apron album I used just about everything included in the kit and added a few items of my own. For the front cover I used the stamp set " Something Sweet Set" from JustRite and I added a whole bunch of grosgrain & satin ribbon from my stash. I also used bigger rings then the ones included in the kit, because I simply made my album too fat...otherwise the album works just fine with the rings included. *EDITED* I will post tomorrow how to assemble the aprons for this album in 4 easy steps.

...and here is my recipe for today. You can click on the photo to enlarge it a bit. These cookie are really good, even though the ingredients sound a little strange. They are even better if you drizzle white or milk chocolate over them...Yummers!

In honor of the Mega Recipe blog hop CC&M is having a great sale. For the next five days CC&M will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly, its only for five more days-this sale will end on Nov. 14th. Make sure to enter this code recipebloghop2009 during checkout.

As a continuing part of the celebration CC&M will of course give away great gifts. Each day we will give away one kit. Here is the twist - go through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for all the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return HERE to DieCutDiva.com and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit. Help us also make this a great recipe swap!!!!

For now I am sure you are anxious to get on your blog hopping way. Now, click on over to the next fabulous designer in the hop Nathalia!

Die Cut Diva
Pam Smerker <----YOU ARE HERE
Nathalia Castelllon <---------Go Here NEXT

Dawn Lusk

Stephany Zerbe
Jennifer Hansen

Lisa Somerville

Lila Holgate

Kazan Clark

Rachel Hope Baird
Ellen Sosnoski

Cecilia Stricklin

Cambria Turnbow
Angie Pearl

Laura Davis

Noelle Reese

Holly Brown

Rachel Sztonyk

Deb Felts

Jen Johnson

Amber Hillman

Carla Mayfield

Cindy Lawrence

Chris Dickinson

Die Cut Diva

Monday, November 9, 2009

CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hop Day 1



Welcome blog hoppers, you are almost to the end our of amazing MEGA Recipe blog hop! If you didn't arrive here from Stacy Cohen's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hop starts at Die Cut Diva

I had so much fun creating this 8”x8” Treasu
red Family Recipes Kit for Creative Cuts and More. All of the samples that the Blog Hop designers have shared today have been amazing! I absolutely couldn't be more thrilled with this kit and the results! It makes a fabulous gift for loved ones in your family, a great shower gift for a bride to be...or a keepsake for yourself to keep your own families treasured recipes in. I know you will enjoy creating your own version of this cookbook.

So here are some of my pages:





Here is a recipe just for you from my collection:

Nana's Quick Chocolate Cake
Combine in a large bowl:
3 C Flour
2C Sugar
6 TBLS cocoa
2 tsp salt
Add:
2 Tsp vanilla
2 TBLS Vinegar
2/3 C + 1 TBLS oil
2C + 1 TBLS water

Beat well and pour into a greased 9 x 13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.


For the next six days, we will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly, it is only for six days – this sale will end on Nov 14th. Make sure you enter this code recipebloghop2009 during checkout.

Don't forget each day of our Mega Recipe Blog Hop, Creative Cuts and More will give away one kit. Make sure you have gone through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return to Die Cut Diva and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit. Help us also make this a great recipe swap.

Make sure you check back at Die Cut Diva tomorrow for the Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Kit Blog Hop. We will also have 24 designers who will be showcasing their great creations and sharing holiday treat recipes. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I can't wait to show you my Holiday Treats Apron recipe book tomorrow!

NOW, please head back on over to Die Cut Diva to leave a recipe/comment for our Mega Recipe swap and a chance to win one of the new recipe kits!

~Pam

Here is our blog hop list one more time:

Die Cut Diva
Jen Johnson

Lori Renn
Michele Kovack

Ellen Sosnoski
Kayla Dupont

Courtney Holgate

Sharon Harnist

Eva Dobilas
Noelle Reese

Joan Ervin

Suzanne Blickenstaff
Angie Pearl

Cathy Tidwell
Holly Simoni

Lila Holgate
Kendra Wietstock

Chris Penaflor

Holly Brown

AJ Otto

Stephany Zerbe
Lisa Somerville
Chris Dickinson
Stacy Cohen

Pam Smerker <------You are here

Die Cut Diva <-------Go Here Next!





Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Anyone up for some blog candy CC&M style??

The Creative Cuts and More design team, the "Die Cut Divas" are gearing up along with a bunch of super talented paper crafters from around the blogosphere for a Mega Recipe Blog Hop!! When you ask...Monday and Tuesdsay, November 9th & 10th! Since we have such amazing talent working this MEGA blog hop we need you to spread the word (that is where the blog candy comes in). Copy this blinkie and add it to your blog or your place on the web, come back, leave me a comment showing me where you put it and you are entered! Entered for what? Some fabulous Surprise Blog Candy from Creative Cuts and More!!! Yummers! So what are you waiting for....right click on the apple picture below, save it and then add it to your blog!
Thanks...

Since we are talking about recipes, I just wanted to show you real quick a cake that I made. Last month Party Starters had a theme contest. We asked people to give us unique themes for cakes and this is the one I chose..."Cookie Exchange Party". For all of those people who get together to exchange holiday cookies and recipes this cake makes a great centerpiece and favors! The hostess can print out her cookie recipe, roll it up into a scroll, stick one scroll in each cake slice box, then hand them out to their guests at the end of the party.
A big thanks to Wendy for the fabulous idea!

I won't be back until Monday for the Mega Blog Hop, so have yourself a fabulous rest of the week and weekend!

~Pam

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

CC&M & Caardvarks Blog Hop Day 3 "Table Decor"



Well we are onto our final day of the Creative Cuts and More & Caardvarks holiday hop. Please make sure that you have started from the beginning at Caardvarks, so you don't miss a single project.

For my table decoration I chose to make an "Advent Cake". This centerpiece can stay on your table through out the month of December as you count down the days to Christmas. Fill each "cake box slice" with candy, trinkets or a special note then let your loved ones open a slice each day. I always spend a minimum of $30 if not more to buy my three kids the cheapo advent calendars at the super market. Well this year...I can fill each box with enough goodies for all three kids and myself! Plus I can reuse this centerpiece each year.

Now some of you may or may not know, Jen Johnson and I own "Party Starters". This type of cake is our specialty! We work along with Terry the owner of Creative Cuts and More and if you see anything on her website that you love, but don't have the time to embellish, Party Starters can do it for you.

Please come on back tomorrow for another fun cake treat AND see how you can win some BLOG CANDY!!!

Alrighty...head on over to Die Cut Diva for another fabulous creation (from me LOL).
Thanks for stopping by!
~Pam

Here is your blog hop list again.


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Monday, November 2, 2009

CC&M & Caardvarks Blog Hop Day 2 "Pretty Packaging"


Welcome to Day Two of "A Very Merry Caardvarks & Creative Cuts and More Holiday Hop"!
THREE fun-filled days of holiday inspiration! Today we are sharing, pretty packaging. Tomorrow, home decor, centerpieces and holiday ornaments. If you came from Lindsay's amazing blog then you are right on track. If you came here first then please hop on over to the beginning to Caardvarks so that you don't miss a creative thing!

Here we go....
For today's project I used a Creative Cuts and More's cupcake box. The bottom half of the box was cut out of acetate and is a special request, just give them a call and they will make sure you get exactly what you want when you order. If you order now you can take advantage of a 15% off online coupon which is only good through November 4th, so don't delay! The coupon code is: holidayhop2009

This cupcake box is not only great for giving cupcakes, but our very own Die Cut Diva designer Holly thought it would be a great idea to use for a beautiful ornament. There is a piece of cardstock with a special cutout in it that allows the box to hold either a cupcake or round object in the bottom of the box, without it slipping around. Brilliant! For the embellishing, I used CC&M mini trees, rhinestones, some ribbon, a little wreath button and of course Killer Red tacky tape. Creative Cuts and More has the BEST price for Killer Red Tacky Tape, seriously the best super sticky tape EVER!! I punched holes in the lid, so that I could weave ribbon through it. The snow on the bottom of the box is just white cardstock torn in a wave pattern. I added the trees, topped each off with a rhinestone and voila!

Now you are almost finished, with our fantastic day two hop. Next scoot on over to Die Cut Diva. Here is our blog hop list again:

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Caardvarks
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Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow for more fun holiday ideas!
~Pam



Sunday, November 1, 2009

CC&M & Caardvarks Blog Hop Day 1


Welcome blog hoppers! If you stopped here first, please make sure you start at the beginning over at Caardvarks! If you have been hopping along, you are almost finished!

For my holiday card I used this beautiful A7 scalloped card with the new square window convertible die. There are so many ways you can decorate this card, but I decided to use some of Creative Cuts and More's cute little small snowflakes to make a spinner card. The snowflake is suspended by a piece of floss. Simply "wind up" the snowflake close the card then pop it in an envelope. When your lucky recipient opens the cards the snowflake will spin around showing off all of its sparkles.

Now its time to hop on over to Die Cut Diva, the home of the Creative Cuts and More design team to see some more amazing creations! Don't forget to make your way back to the beginning and leave comments for a chance to win some great prizes!

See you tomorrow!
~Pam

Go to Die Cut Diva NEXT

-then head on over to Creative Cuts and More (sign up for Newsletter): http://www.creativecutsandmore.com/

-then head on over to Caardvarks (leave a comment to let us know you've finished today's hop): http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 15, 2009

CC&M Blog Fall Hop

Hi blog hoppers! Wasn't Holly's project FABULOUS? If you didn't arrive here from the Creative Cuts and More Blog, you don't want to miss what our whole DT has in store for you! The Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop starts at Die Cut Diva.

Don't forget to follow the directions from Die Cut Diva's blog, because you have a chance to win a FALL ALL OCCASIONS CARD KIT. Plus you will also get a 15% discount off any orders for one week. (make sure you check out the fine print over at Die Cut Diva) Again the Coupon Code is: Octbloghop1509.



Here we go... for my projects I used Creative Cuts and More's newest die the convertibles box. This cute little box is the perfect size for a large cookie or a nice necklace or bracelet. The great thing about this box is that the window in the lid comes in a variety of fun shapes!



This fun little Chair Box (in Almond Cream) which is used for a name card holder works great not only for Thanksgiving, but any occasion!

Both of my projects were stamped with the "Weathered" back ground stamp from SU as well as "Favorite Occasions" stamp set from JustRite. I added Creative Cuts and More's small Turkey die which was cut from Chocolate Creme to both projects with a ribbon and of course some of Creative Cuts and More's Killer Red sticky tape to hold everything together. Seriously CC&M's Killer Red tape is the best and the least expensive you will find! SO...voila easy Thanksgiving table setting favors!

The Creative Cuts and More Design Team is hooking up with the Caardvarks Crew for a super fun mega 3 day event, so be on the look out for that the beginning of November 1, 2 & 3rd.

Also the Creative Cuts and More design team and some famous bloggers will be treating you to a cookbook 2 day Mega Blog Hop November 9th & 10th!

Alright now head on over to Kayla's fantastic blog to see her amazing creations! Thanks for stopping by.

Here is the blog hop list again:

Die Cut Diva
Holly Brown
Pam Smerker <-----you are here

Kayla Dupont <--------GO HERE NOW!

Rita Barakat

Lindsay Weirich
Ellen Sosnoski
Chris Dickinson
Tifany DeGough

Steph Zerbe
Angie Pearl

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Party Starters First EVER Cake Theme Contest!!

Jen and I are looking for some fresh, fun and funky cake themes to use for our Party Starters' Cakes. Themes for any occasion: birthdays, retirement, little kids, big kids, weddings, showers…you name it. We want something different, something really OUT there, we want a challenge!!!

Tell us what theme we should do our next cake in and if your idea is chosen we will send you one of our newest cake favor set for FREE! ***NOW since I am posting this on my personal blog and most of you are super crafty ladies I will make you a deal...If you are chosen as one of our winners and would prefer a set of our new cake favors plain to decorate yourself we will be happy to accomm0date. So spread the word...please!!

You have until Saturday, October 17, 2009 7PM MST (G-7) to enter! On Sunday, October 18, 2009 we will announce our winners…yes WINNERS! Jen and Pam will each choose a theme to play with. . Please spread the word, the more the merrier!

So here is how you can enter to win (ANYONE can enter)

-Become a fan if you aren’t already and leave a comment on our Facebook fan page with your cake theme idea

-Become a follower on our Party Starters blog if you aren’t already and leave a comment there
with your cake theme idea.

Thanks!!
Pam

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Baby Shower...on the farm


Thought I would share a custom order cake I made a couple of weeks ago. This cake was for a baby shower and you guessed it, the them "Farm Animals". The couple having their first baby both grew up on farms in Iowa, so it was fun to do something so personal. I loved making this cake and was almost sad to ship it out, but from what I heard the cake was a huge success and everyone loved taking a slice home as a favor. That makes all the work put into it so worth it!
Thanks Megan for your custom order!

Thanks for stopping by,
Pam

we have a blog

Hi All!

Just wanted to share that Jen and I have started a blog for our new venture, Party Starters. We have a store, we have a website and now a blog! If you get a chance check it out often, we will be giving away prizes in the near future and having lots of fun along the way!

Hoping to get my craft on tonight or tomorrow, so that I can post something fresh and new here...busy busy busy!

Hugs,
Pam

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Quick Card for WMCD


Just wanted to post a quick card I made using the WCMD sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. Now I have to bust a move on some DT projects. Hope you all have a fabulous day!! Check out my earlier post for info on places to check out today!

~Pam

Ingredients:
Sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You
Smile Sticker from Polar Bear Press
Flowers & Jewel from Prima
Cardstock & Brads from Stampin' UP!
Ribbon-unknown (sorry)
Swiss Dots embossing folder from Provo
Score-Pal

WCMD

Hope you are all getting your paper cutters out and your stamps a little dirty today. Why??? today is a special day for all of us card makers, its WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!!! I am hoping to get lots of projects done today, but before I do I will be checking out some of my favorite places....



Make sure to put Caardvarks on your list of places to visit on World Card Making Day! They will be featuring several card makers from around the world and having a major giveway! The celebration begins on October 3rd, 8am PST at Caardvarks!


Another place to stop is 2 Sketches 4 You. Creative Cuts and More is one of their many generous sponsors for our card making holiday. You are sure to have fun and find lots of inspiration with Kazan, Laura & their crew.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to share some of my creations this coming week!
Hugs and Happy WCMD to all of you, my blogging friends!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Caardvarks Thursday Sketch

We are on to day 5 of our sketch fest at Caardvarks. Here is the card I created using Heidi Van Laar's fabulous sketch. All of the products used on my card are from Studio Calico except for the card base. Check out Caardvarks for all of the details about our sketch fest and Studio Calico our sponsor!

On a personal note, Jen and I have started posting products and party ideas on our Party Starters website. We would love for you to check it out.
We also have a page on Facebook if you would like to follow us. I have a fan box over to the right on my side bar here.

Thanks so much for stopping by
~Pam

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sketches & Fall Kits


The smell of Fall is in the air and so is the chill here in Colorado. The perfect thing to do when its chilly outside....bundle up and play do a sketch challenge! So that is exactly what I did this morning.

Laura, from 2 Sketches 4 You has a great sketch this week and their sponsor is Creative Cuts and More. I have a few die cuts on hand from Creative Cuts and More so for this card I used their "straight frame" & "leaves set #03 mini". The stamps used are from Stampin' UP! and the pattern paper is from Studio Calico. Feels like Fall for sure!

Creative Cuts and More
has some great new fall kits available right now and one is up for grabs at 2 Sketches 4 You. I am proud to say I designed one of the new fall kits, the Halloween House Castle Mini Album. Go check them out!


Alrighty, I mentioned earlier that I used some Studio Calico paper well... Caardvarks is having a 7 day sketch fest sponsored by Studio Calico. We started on Sunday and will go until Saturday. There are prizes and a chance to be on the Caardvarks design team. Make sure you head on over to check out all of the details! Everything I used on this card was from Studio Calico except for the card base which is So Saffron from Stampin' UP!

Hope you have a wonderful day no matter what the weather is like in your neck of the woods.

Thanks for stopping by
~Pam

Sunday, September 20, 2009

and the winner is...

I can not even begin to tell you how much fun the JustRite blog hop was. I don't think I have ever had so much traffic or as many comments as I had this past week. Thank you thank you to everyone who stopped by and left me a little note. I really appreciate it! An added bonus, I was the mystery blog candy giver awayer...LOL! So here is the winner...

Congrats Summer Braxton! You are the winner of the Mystery Blog Hop prize from JustRite.

Here are your random numbers:

60

Timestamp: 2009-09-20 23:31:44 UTC


Summer Braxton said...

"love that pumpkin basket... so sweet"


Here is what will be getting from JustRite Summer. Have a blast playing!

JB 08650 - 2” Wooden Stamper

JB 08795 Holiday Demi Phrases

JB 08780 A Merry Little Christmas


http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=a2a61e4816&view=att&th=123d8852f9c8963b&attid=0.1&disp=inline&zw

7 Day Sketch Fest...ARE YOU READY!!!

Every day this week at 12:01 AM, PST, Caardvarks will publish a card sketch. You'll have until 7 AM PST the following morning to create your card and link us to it via Mr. Linky at the bottom of that post.

PRIZES

A group of prizes will be awarded to random Sketchfest entries including TWO of the same Studio Calico kits that were used in the Crew Caards, "Director's Cut", and this fabulous "LOLLIPOP GUILD" kit;


THE GRAND PRIZE
We are so excited to announce that we will be choosing a grand prize winner from the ones who complete all seven sketch challenges. The winner will be offered a position on the Caardvarks Crew Team for the new six-month term which begins November 1st! So...if you'd like to throw your name into the hat, be sure to complete all 7 challenges by the deadlines! At the end of Sketchfest, we'll ask you to email us to let us know you completed *all* of the challenges and we'll announce our new Crew Member by October 1st.


Sunday's SKETCH



*Sketch by Heidi Van Laar of Van Laar Designs

Here is my take on the sketch. Everything I used was from Studio Calico, except for the card base which is SU Chocolate Chip cardstock. This was my first time playing with a Studio Calico kit and I loved it! Not to mention Heidi's fabulous sketch and she has one ready for everyday this week! So make sure you check all of the details at Caardvarks if you want a chance at some fun prizes AND a chance to be on the Caardvarks Crew!

SOMETHING ELSE
OH an one more bit of news...don't forget to head on over to JustRite Stampers blog tonight to find out who the winners of the mystery JustRite blog hop candy are...it could be you!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

JustRite Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome Hoppers to day one of the JustRite Mega Font Hop! If you stopped here first please go over to the JustRite blog where are the fun begins! For those of you who have been hopping from the beginning hang in there we are almost finished. Can you even believe all of the fabulous font projects today? Tomorrow there will be even more, so make sure you check back in at the JustRite blog to see 28 more fantastic blogs.

I absolutely love JustRite's font stamps! There are limitless possibilities when it comes to using JustRite stamp sets and their fonts sets are no exception. I created one large stamp using 6 different stamp sets in 4 different fonts for my projects:

-Horizontal Wood Stamp "Impression size 1-3/8 x 3-1/2”

-Times New Roman 50 point

-Times New Roman 25 point

-Special Occasions 50 point

-Special Occasions 25 point

-Curlz 50 point

-Small Letter Set (a must have!)

As you can see in the photo I created the stamp by putting different Fall themed words randomly on the wood block in different fonts and sizes. This is a easy way that you can make fun pattern paper. The best part, JustRite is having a Font Sale! Receive 30% off font sets from September 17-24, 2009...how awesome is that! Just think of all of the fun stamps you can create.


For my little pumpkin basket I stamped each section either folding away sections or masking making sure not to overlap and stamp onto other sections. Once I completed the stamping I simply assembled the *"basket with handle". Edited to add:(This basket is a die cut from Creative Cuts and More) Easy Peasy! Wonder what I should fill this little basket with...candy is always good! Got any other different ideas for me??

The card I created to match the little basket was also super easy! I simply used the same stamp that I had created and stamped all over *"small tag #04". I think the way this tag is stamped it really makes a great focal point for the card. To finish off the project I added some Mustard ribbon, cute *mini leaves, a few buttons and some twine. Feels like Fall!

Don't forget to leave a comment, we have Mystery Blog Candy being given away! The Mystery is no-one knows which blog is the one that will be giving it away – nope not even us the designers! There are 3 Blog Candy prizes each day which will go to 3 random commenter's from three random designers blogs. So, to win some (JR Candy) go check out all the blogs, comment on as many as you can from the two day hop. You have until Sunday at noon EST to leave your comments. Good luck, the lucky winner may be YOU!!! You have 6 chances to win, check the JR blog on Sunday Evening to find out who the six lucky winners are!! Alrighty head on over to Karen Taylor's blog now and enjoy the rest of the hop!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Pam

Here is the list again:

JustRite Blog
Michelle Wooderson
Sankari Wegman
Heidi Blankenship
Eva Dobilas
Beate Johns
Sharon Harnist
Barbara Anders
Sharon Johnson
Deb Saaranen
Becca Feeken
Kazan Clark
Lauren Meader
Tammy Hershberger
Linda Beeson
Jenny Gropp
Lori Craig
Tanis Giesbrecht
Jenn Balcer
Lisa Somerville
Karen Maldonado
Pamela Smerker <-----YOU ARE HERE
Karen Taylor <-----GO HERE NEXT
Latisha Yoast
Julie Overby
Mary Pfaff



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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Caardvarks GCD Blog Hop Day 2


Welcome Caardvarks and GCD hoppers...what a hoppin' week this is huh? Did you all enjoy day one of our blog hop? If you missed out on it, please head on over to Caardvarks and check out the fabulous creations that were posted yesterday. As for today, Day 2 I am hoping you just came over from Jenn's blog. If you happened to start out here, at Paper Askew Studio then please click on over to Caardvarks to start from the beginning so you don't miss any of the fun!

Alright now that we have all of that out of the way here are my GCD creations using "Paris Nights" 21 sheet collection pack, "Shades of Black" rub-ons, and "Shades of Black" Epoxy Stickers. I made a thank you gift set which includes six 3 1/4" note cards with envelopes, six round trinket boxes, and a paper mache picnic basket box to hold everything together.

For the paper mache box I took a full 12 x 12 sheet of Paris Nights paper and tore it into strips then into smaller pieces. I used a decoupage glue to apply layers of paper to the box and then covered the entire bottom half of the box with the glue to finish. The lid was done using the same procedures.

I think this would be a great gift for a bride to be. She could fill the trinket boxes with candy or a necklace as a little thank you for the ladies in her bridal party. A little gift wouldn't be complete without a little note of thanks. The bride can use the note cards inside for just that. The bonus, the bride gets to keep the paper mache box for herself!

I absolutely love the Paris Nights set, it is simply gorgeous and the quality of GCD products is fabulous!

Now its time to head on over to Stef's blog to see what she has created.

Here is the list again:

Caardvarks

Kryssi

Nathalia

Jenn B.

Pamela <--You are here!

Stef <-------PLEASE GO HERE NEXT

Carrie

GCD Studios Blog


Other supplies that I used:
a paper mache box- found at Michaels
small trinket boxes - found at Target
#4 small tag- found at Creative Cuts and More
Clear decoupage Martha Stewart Glue- found at Michaels