Friday, September 30, 2011

Guest Designer Day 5 - Ashley's Scrappin Palace

Welcome Back!!!
I am quite sad that it is my last day here with you on the Peachy Keen Blog, but I have had so much fun this week. I thank you all for supporting me and coming back every day to see my projects.

Today is Lets Face it Friday!! Where you make a project for the challenge and it must include Peachy Keen Faces. 

This Weeks Challenge:
Leaves are starting to fall from the trees, and it's time to get inspired! Using leaves as your inspiration or Focal Point, create a project showcasing your Peachy Keen Faces and the autumn leaves! 
* Design must be new
* Project must include PKS Faces
* Link up by 10/13 - 11:59 CST

My project for this challenge is Layout that I put into a shadowbox and will add one of my Maternity Pictures into when we get them done in November. Enjoy!

PK-450 Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment
PK-640 Princess Face Assortment
PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment
8 x 8 Layout
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Photo Mat
4 1/2 x 5 3/4 Photo Mat Layer
Leaves @ 5, 5.35, 4.76, 4.88 using Straight from the Nest
Fall @ 1.82 using Straight from the Nest

Leave a comment under this post and I will choose a Random winner tomorrow (Saturday) morning for the Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment Set. 

Thank You for visiting me this week! I have had so much fun and I hope you have too :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guest Designer Day 4 - Ashley's Scrappin Palace

Happy Thursday!!!
I have been having so much fun making all these Peachy Awesome Projects. Me and my Fiance just had our 9 year anniversary a little over a week ago. I made him a card already but had the thought to make an "I Love You" card for one of my projects. I'm really happy about how it turned out. 

PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment
PK-640 Princess Face Assortment
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Card
4 x 5 1/4 Layer
3 3/4 x 5 Layer 2
EK SUCCESS Photo Label Punch
Boy and Girl @ 3 1/2" using Twinkle Toes
My Creative Time Stamps - Your my best buddy

Don't forget to comment on this post. You must comment on each one of my guest designer posts this week to be in to win Wide Eyed Kids Assortment

I will see you all tomorrow for my last day as Guest Designer and Let's Face It Friday Challenge!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Guest Designer Day 3 - Ashley's Scrappin Palace

Hello Everyone!!!
I can't believe it's already Wednesday! This week is going fast! So, there are about 6 people I know right now that are having babies right before or right after me. It is very exciting! I thought I better get a start on making baby cards. I just got some COPIC markers and figured I would give them a try with my amazing Peachy Stamps :). Hope you enjoy this card!!

PK-245 Baby Monkey
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Card
4 x 5 1/4 Brown Layer
3 3/4 x 5 Yellow Dot Layer
3 x 3 1/2  White Layer
3 1/4 x 3 3/4 Brown Layer
Cappuccino Twine from The Twinery
3 x 1/2 Banner
Studio G Welcome Baby Stamp

Please leave a comment under this post and on every post this week to be entered to win a set of Wide Eyed Face Assortment Set.

See you back here tomorrow!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guest Designer Day 2 - Ashley's Scrappin Palace

Welcome back and Happy Tuesday!!!
I am excited to share my project with you today. As some of you may or may not know I am expecting my first Baby in January and am trying to Scrapbook at the same time :). It is a very exciting time for me right now. My baby shower is coming up in less than a month and I decided that I want to make a specific 8 x 8 album for it. I will have tons of family and friends there and want to document it all. I made my first page based on the theme of the Shower and when the time comes I will put a picture of me in the photo spot. 

We are not finding out the gender of our baby until it gets here, so I'm trying to make it as gender neutral as possible without using Light Green and Light Yellow too much.  

PK-754 Critter Faces SET A Medium
PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment
8 x 8 Kraft Cardstock Base
7 3/4 x 7 3/4 Layer
5 1/4 x 4 1/4 Photo Mat
5 1/2 x 4 1/2 Photo Mat Layer
Title @ 1" using Don Juan
Monkey @ 3 1/2" using Create A Critter
Umbrella @ 3.59" using Create A Critter
Raindrops @ 5.81 using 3 Birds on Parade
Cappuccino Twine from The Twinery

Don't forget to leave a comment under this post and everyday to be entered to win the fabulous Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment!!! 

Stop back by tomorrow for more Fun!!! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Guest Designer Day 1 - Ashley's Scrappin Palace

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to Day 1 of my Guest Designer Week. I am Ashley from Ashley's Scrappin Palace. I am so very excited to be posting on the peachy keen blog. Let's get right down to business today. There are a few birthday's in September in our family and I love making everyone their own special cards. My first project is a Birthday card that I made for my Grandma using Wide Eyed Kids.

This weeks giveaway is The Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment 

PK-451 Wide Eyed Kids 1 1/8
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Card
4 x 2 Green Layer
4 x 3 1/4 Dots Layer
Cake @ 4" using Smiley Cards
Stardust Stickles
Yellow Ribbon
White Sakura Jelly Roll

Make sure you leave a comment under this post for your chance to win this awesome set of faces. You must come back and comment each day to be entered. You can leave a comment on my blog as well although it is not required. I will choose a random winner on Saturday. 

Come Back tomorrow for more Peachy Goodness!!! :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Winner Is!!!

Good Morning!
As I promised, someone will win the

In Stitches Face Assortment

This adorable stamp set is generously donated by

Peachy Keen Stamps

Now, Through the Magic of the Random Number Generator!

The Winner Is


Amy E

I'm sure you will enjoy this set. Please contact me through my email and I will get this out to you Monday. Thanks to everyone for leaving such wonderful comments.

Have a great day!
Jane - the Polka Dot gypsy

Friday, September 23, 2011

Polka Dot Gypsy - Day 5 "The Finale"

Wow! I can't believe the week is over already. Thanks to Peachy Keen Stamps for giving me this opportunity to share this week with you. I have learned so much and have met some truly wonderful people. So the time has come, bittersweet as it may be, to raise the curtain on the Grand Finale.

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love to decorate for Halloween. So, all the projects today are Halloween party favors and decorations. The projects are made to be as simple or as detailed as you want them to be with emphasis on quick. I have used Candy Monsters and Potted Flowers dies for cutting my projects today. These dies come with face stamps. If you do not have a Cuttlebug or Sizzix, Peachy Keen offers the stamp set, Halloween Sweet Folks. Just stamp, color and cut out your images. I have used the same cardstock throughout so that everything will coordinate.

Here is the first little candy corn cutie. He is resting on the nutty flower (nut cup flower) and is attached to a bundle of Pixy Stix. All of the pieces were die cut and glued together. The faces were stamped and colored. I used Prismacolor pencils to add color to the face.

Here's a pot of Pixy Stix. There's that nutty flower again! For the smaller flowers I used flowers cut with the Potted Flowers die cut set. The flowers and candy corn were layered and attached to the Pixy Stix. Then secured in the pot. A ribbon and bow was added.

I had to do just one more paper bag project. And this is a simple one.

Fold, decorate, add candy and tie it up! What could be more simple?

Candy Bar Wrapper Instructions


Small Brown Bag 4 3/4" X 8 1/3"

Front Panel
2 3/4" X 4 1/2" Black Mat
2 1/2" X 4 1/4" Yellow Plaid

Back Panel
2" X 4 1/2" Black Mat
1 3/4" X 4 1/4" Yellow Plaid

Inside panel
2 3/4" X 4 1/4"

Folding the Bag

Fold bag bottom over the bottom edge as shown.

Fold top of bag over the bottom as shown.

Now that the wrapper is folded, make the panels and attach to the front, back and inside of the wrapper.

Create your panels as desired. Below are the panels I used on this project. Happy Halloween was heat embossed. The candy corn and star strips are Reflections, Bling on a roll. Pretty easy to add a little sparkle to your Halloween project.

Attach panels. Be sure to attach the black ribbon before gluing down the front panel. Sandwiching the ribbon between the paper bag and the panel will help to hold the ribbon in place.

Here is a cute little treat bag decorated with the Reflections tape. Isn't that candy corn just adorable? You could use these for table favors and fill them with candy. What a treat!!!

No party would be complete without a centerpiece. This one is made from a paper mache witches hat. I painted the hat with black acrylic paint. The orange and purple dots were punched with the 1" punch. The candy corn cutie was attached with a tensil chenille stem.

And with much sadness, I share my final project. The Tic Tag Toe project is made with a purchased magnetic message board. The Candy Corn folks and the monster kisses were used as the game pieces with magnets attached to the back. A tag punch was used for the candy monsters background to give them stability. Reflection tape was used for dividers.The tape has a adhesive backing. I used the Tim Holtz mini paper rosette die for the border along the bottom and the nutty flower was used for embellishment.

I just want to remind you that I will be giving away In Stitches Face Assortment stamp set donated by Peachy Keen Stamps. To enter, leave a message here a the bottom of this post. Then hop on over to Polka Dot Gypsy and leave me a message. Tell me what your favorite project was for the week. Saturday morning I will announce the winner!

I hope you have gotten something to take with you this week. Something useful that you can pass along to others who love the craft as much as we do. For me, I am taking a week full of wonderful memories. Late nights finishing up my projects, trying to weed out the less important projects and trying not to blush as I read your wonderful comments. I've learned a lot this week and I am so thankful that I was one of the chosen to be a guest designer for Peachy Keen Stamps. This has truly been a week that I will never forget and I will treasure. I hope you visit my blog often.

Again I just want to say thanks and wish your next guest designer the very best. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects! But for now, I'm going to rest a little and then put up all my stamping supplies so I can start all over again.

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to check in tomorrow to see who won the stamp set from Peachy Keen.

Jane, the Polka Dot Gypsy

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Polka Dot Gypsy - Guest Designer Day 4

Good morning! Welcome to my fourth day as guest designer for Peachy Keen Stamps. Today I'd like to share some of my favorite things about card making. My first card is my most favorite to make. It is made from a small lunch bag and folded. The flap is tied with ribbon. I think I got the original idea from a SCS gathering that I attended many years ago. So this is not my original idea.

Open up the card to write a greeting on the inside panel.


5" X 10 3/4" Bag
Gingham Ribbon
Potted Flowers Cottage Cutz Die

Front Panel

4" X 4 7/8" Brown Mat
3 3/4" X 4 3/8" Pink Print
2" X 3 3/4" Small Brown Mat
1 3/4" X 3 1/2" Solid Pink
Scraps for Flower

Inside Panel

4 3/8" X 4 7/8"

4 1/8" X 4 5/8"
Scraps for rick rack and corner flower

Card Instructions

Attach double sided tape to the lower edge of the bag.

Notice the flap. It will be pulled over onto itself and secured.

Fold the flap back onto itself and secure with the tape.

Cut the lower edge of the bag at an angle to the first fold. I usually cut 1" from the edge to the first fold. I have marked dots on the bag for cutting guides.

Cut from dot to dot forming an angle on the flap.

Fold the opposite end of the bag to the flap fold.

Fold flap over the top to create the card base.

Turn the card base clockwise and attach the decorated panels.

I used the Cottage Cutz Potted Flowers for cutting the flower, stem and pot. The die includes three Peachy Keen faces. This card is very easy to make and goes together very quickly. I cut all my pieces with the Cuttlebug. The face was colored with Distress Inks. I airbrushed the shadows of the flower pot and leaves with Copic Markers. For the inside I used the Cottage Cutz Rick Rack die and the flower elements.
I used the Potted Flowers die cut to make two more fall themed cards using the same layout. One is vertical and one is horizontal. I wanted to show you the difference that the direction can make to your layout. I photoshopped "Thinking of You" onto the card so that I could photograph both layouts without making two cards. I usually don't put my text on a card until I am ready to use it.

I'm really having a hard time deciding which card I like the best. I like them both.

The next card is a variation of the flower die cut that I am using today. This time the flower has been layered onto a black, scallop circle. The flower is wearing the pieced pot on his head. Paper rick rack was added to the bottom. I chose some retro colors for this card which measures 2 3/4" X 4".

My final card for today is another version of the Potted Flowers die cut. Using Pink and black cardstock I cut and punched 3 flowers. I used the sewing machine to stitch around the edge of the card. For the face I used one of the faces from the In Stitches Face Assortment and Copic markers.

Now you know what I like to use for cardmaking. Here's a list of my favorite things:

1. I like to use black for my background, be it a card or a scrapbook layout.

2. I love die cuts and punches. These are my favorite go to tools.

3. I love to work with paper bags. My all time favorite card is the first one in this post using a paper bag.

4. Very seldom do I put a message or greeting on my card until I am ready to send it.

5. I love embossing folders. They rate right up there with die cuts.

6. I love to use polka dots.

Again I would like to thank Peachy Keen Stamps for donating the In Stitches Face Assortment. I'll be drawing a random name on Saturday. So make sure to get entered if you want a chance to win this fun assortment of faces.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post. Then hop on over to Polka Dot Gypsy and leave me a message and tell me what your favorite tool is. You know, that one thing you couldn't live without.
Today's post was all about my favorite card making things. I'm so excited about tomorrows post. I have been working on it from the very beginning. It's the grand finale. I hope you'll join me again for Halloween ideas.

Have a fantastic day! Jane - the Polka Dot Gypsy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Polka Dot Gypsy - Guest Designer Day 3

Good Morning! This week is certainly flying by. Thanks to everyone at Peachy Keen Stamps for giving me this opportunity. And to all of you who have left such wonderful comments, thank you so much. I am enjoying every second of my fifteen minutes of fame. Speaking of fame and stardom. Please give a wonderful welcome to the one and only, Miss Patty Cake!!! Today is all about her.

My first project is a visit to the "Great Pumpkin" exhibit at the fair with Patty. She's all dressed up in a yellow and green polka dot dress with an orange bow in her hair. I used colors in my layout to coordinate with her dress on a black 12" X 12" page. The black cardstock makes those colors really pop. I feel that the matting of photos is really important. Without a mat a photo can get lost on the page. So, if you're ever struggling with a layout, try a mat. It just may change the whole feel of the page. The color of the mat is usually a color pulled from the photo, a complimentary color or one with the same temperature. My main photo is one I took at the Canfield fair. I enlarged it and cropped it in a way that forms a page banner with room for my title. I always use my computer for journaling. I have really nice handwriting and have a background in calligraphy. But I prefer computer generated journaling. I used punches and die cuts to add a bit of interest to my layout. My style of scrapbooking is clean and simple.

The rosette is made using the Tim Holtz mini paper rosette die. The image on the front is a photograph of the sign over the pumpkin exhibit at the fair. I resized my photo and cut out the image with a circle punch. Then attached it to the rosette. I think this is a real prize winner!

And now, I'd like to introduce you to the bewitching Patty. She's all dressed up for Halloween. Her witches hat was made using the witch hat die from Sizzix. Miss Patty's beautiful dress is a "Copic" creation.

Patty's life is not always glamorous. Alas she has fallen upon some rough times. Please welcome Patty, the bag lady. I wanted to try a little stamping on fabric. I've been doing a lot of paper piecing, but now it's time for some fabric applique using the Patty Cake Jr stamp. For the applique pieces I stamped the Patty image onto three pieces of fabric. I used a fusible web to attach the fabric to the front of the bag. The scallop circle was cut with the Nestabilities scallop circle die. I ironed on the fusible web to the back of the fabric before cutting. I colored parts of Patty's body with Prismacolor pencils and added some ribbon and embellishments.

I used a circle template cut from cardstock to make the faux stitching around the inside of the scallop circle.

And here's a close up of Miss Patty in fabric.

Oh yes, tough times. I was quickly reminded of the importance of testing fabrics before applying heat for applique. Need I say more?

Most of the cards that I create have a lot of detail and take some time to complete. So, for my final project today I have created a a couple of small cards measuring 2 3/4" X 4". They are very simple and go together very quickly. For the card on the left I simply sponged on Vintage Photo Distress ink and dressed Miss Patty in polka dots. This was a very quick way to color this adorable ginger. For the card on the right I stamped Miss Patty onto printed cardstock, cut the image out and attached her to the card. Both cards use the same layout with ribbon along the bottom and both images were attached with pop dots. These cards are super quick and simple to make.

I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the many faces of Patty. I've shared them before, but never together.

The name of the stamp that I have been using is Patty Cake Jr available at Peachy Keen Stamps. She is my all time favorite go to stamp. If I am struggling with a card she can usually break the creative block. You've just got to love her. She's so darn cute!

As I end my third day as Guest Designer, I want to remind you that Peachy Keen Stamps has generously donated the In Stitches Face Assortment to be given away on Saturday to one lucky winner.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment here at the end of this post. Then hop on over to Polka Dot Gypsy and leave me a comment about your favorite stamp. I know you all have a favorite go to stamp. And you know what mine is. So come on over. I can't wait to find out what stamps you all like!

Wishing you all a very special day! Jane - the Polka Dot Gypsy