Sunday, November 22, 2015

#CampinCritters is for Christmas Too!

It's been so long since I have posted to the blog, but I had to post this fun project!  Have you ever bought a cartridge for only one cut on the cart?  Well Campin' Critters was my impulse buy for one cut and the one cut I wanted was the backpack with the sleeping bag on top.  Don't worry, I have found I love several more cuts once I got the booklet in my inky little hands!
We're having a Secret Santa exchange at work this year and I needed some special gift boxes.  I wanted my backpack to have a candy cane top instead of a sleeping bag, so I used American Crafts Holiday Red Suit paper for the peppermint roll on top.  I cut white paper to cover the oval, so that the side appeared like a candy. I used sticky Velcro at the seam so, the roll is a gift box too!  I used sticky Velcro in the side pockets and will add a little  Inside I put a roll of mints but it would be perfect for your favorite lip balm too!  Anything Goes challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog.
The backpack body is made with K and Company BW Evergreen paper.  I added ribbon instead of paper straps for the roll, some buttons on the side pockets, a sparkling buckle and American Crafts black velvet ribbon, and a sprig from Michaels.  I am entering this in this weeks Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog's Anything Goes challenge. 
Here are some dimensions for you:  I cut the box at 11 3/4" and had to hide some of the straps to fit in on the mat.  My finished backpack portion is 4 3/4" high and 3" x 2 1/2" wide.  With the roll on top the finished height is 6 1/2".  Side pockets are too small for a gift card, but I will put find a little something special to put in them!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 22, 2015


I love to watch Wendy Williams' Hot Topic segment and love her fashion sense.  Today she had on a fabulous dress which I knew immediately it was a Maggy London.  If you loved it too, find it at Nordstrom here.   It's available in regular and petites.  Gotta to love an engineered print dress with the petite in mind! 

#BabyShowerCard for Couple

Do you need a card idea for a couples baby shower?  I made this for some friends who are having a girl using AChild's Year, Suburbia (boy), and Art Nouveau (frame).  Now I have a card for both Mom and Dad!  Stamp is an old Angel Company Set.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

#WearItWell Wednesday: The Statement Coat

Perhaps because I live in the Midwest where the season change, and we must all bundle up, my favorite Fall/Winter Trends this year is the statement coat!  If we have to stay warm, we should still look fabulous doing so!  Statement coats stand out with texture, pattern, silhouette or color.  But how to wear it well? 
Start with a coat that makes a statement with fabric, texture or color, like this Fringe Hooded Wool Coat by Rebecca Taylor (photo above).  Eyelash like fringe adds great texture and warmth to this classic coat silhouette.  Pair it with solids in neutral for a glamorous look.  What a great way to wear Winter White!

The statement coat can also be about fabulous pattern, like this Alice + Olivia Coat at Saks Fifth Ave (photo above).  Pair this with solid coordinating colors and avoid other prints.  Keep the pant dark to length the look. 
Another way to wear a statement coat is to choose a coat with a statement silhouette like this Belted Boucle Cape by Jessica Simpson at Nordstrom.  This is my value pick for every woman! Pair these capes with slim trousers, skinny jeans or leggings and great boots!  For a more upscale belted cape, try Ralph Lauren's Belted Cape with leather trim at Bloomindales (pictured below). 

And finally the color statement coat can let you showcase your favorite color in outwear.   Pink lovers might like this Notch Collar Betsey Johnson Boucle Coat.  Pair your Color Statement coat with colors that work with it according to color rules and your coloring.  A stylist can help you with these color rules and what color looks best on you! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

#Artistry&Artiste Mash Up!

I just made my first card with the new Artistry Cricut Cartridge by CTMH and mixed it up with a card cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (also CTMH).  I love the swing cards (Artiste) and anything CTMH or Cricut!  The cake and present are from Artistry.  So here is a birthday card using the coordinating CTMH stamp set Framed (S1508) and some dew drops from The Robin's Nest for the candles on the cake! The square gems may be from Oriental Trading.
To make the inside "Happy Birthday" banner just stamp on the card stock.   Trim down to a length of 4" inches, clip the notch, distress edges and attach inside the card.  The "Have a day..." is also a CTMH stamp set that coordinates with one of their Cricut Cartridges, but for some reason, I have no label on this set. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

#BackToSchool for Juniors

Wondering what trends are big for back to school this Fall?  The jean jacket gets updated with moto styling. So start with a fabulous Moto Jacket at Nordstrom by Frenchi.  Also big this season, the Boho trend continues!  Layer the jacket over a printed V-Neck Swing Top by Chloe.  The boyfriend, and boot cut jeans are strong this season.  So, pair the pieces above with the STS Blue "Tomboy" High Rise Jean.  Add great flats like Vans Suede Slip-On Sneakers.  She'll love the Fossil 'Vicker' Drawstring backpack purse too!

Friday, July 24, 2015

#FrugalFriday: Petite Professional Suits

Need a petite professional look On Sale?  Try shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  Here is a great complete look from Nordstrom by Halogen, Plieone and Charles David.  This classic grey look also comes with a pair of trousers (photo with skirt above, with pants below).
Perhaps black (photo below) is your color of choice, then try another great look by Halogen, and shoes by Charles David.  Regular sizes are almost sold out, so be sure to order your petite suit soon!


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