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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge: Favors and Treats -- Let's Party!! :)

Happy Sensational Sunday, friends!! :)  After a very rainy, very stormy night, the grass seems a bit more lush, the trees seem to be standing a little taller, and the puddles are for jumping!! :)  And, it's one of my favorite days!!  Who already knows why??  YES!!  You are RIGHT!!  It's Simply Sunday Challenge Day over at Getting Cricky!!  This week, the challenge is to create a favor or treat -- This can be a party favor, a treat bag, a little something-something for your little one's lunch box...  Just use your CREATIVITY and show us your interpretation of the challenge!! :)

For this challenge, I chose to feature the "Splashtastic Summer" Stamp Art Set from K Andrew Designs...  I just love all of the FUN sentiments on this set!!  Whether you're organizing a pool party, neighborhood get-together, or just sending fun notes to friends, this set is so CHEERFUL and versatile!!
Now... there are certain stores I should be banned from -- For example, Wally-World has always been a great weakness of mine (who knew that going in for a loaf of bread would cost me $80???)...  The Dollar Store is another one (everything is ONLY $1!!  How can my total be $42.40???)...  My kids will definitely GROAN loudly if I say "I just need to run in to M's (or J's) for a quick minute!" (they know this means a minimum of one HOUR and possibly a week without milk  - okay, I'm TOTALLY kidding about that!!)...  There are OTHER stores, however, that are like a SNEAK-ATTACK on the kiddos...  Case in point...  I had pictures printed at Walgreen's for The-Girl-Child's graduation party invitations.  We ran in to pick them up; however, on our way to the door, the LARGE red and yellow (two colors that strike FEAR in the eyes of my kiddos) CLEARANCE signs caught my eye...  Ah, a sale...  Ooooooh, on SUMMER goodies!!  My kids haven't needed a sand pail for the beach in at least ten years, but when they are 75% OFF, you can't pass that up!!  What's this??  A Spongebob water gun??  Of COURSE we need this -- It's only $1.99!!  And LOOKIE here -- a large bag of FISH SQUIRTIES -- OH, what FUN (imagine this in my very best "Mrs. Doubtfire" voice please)!!  The-Girl-Child made me put EVERYTHING back except the fish squirties (and these were allowed only after much teeth-gnashing and begging...  And a little convincing that I could use them for a challenge!).  And so, to keep my promise that I would use them for something exciting, here is my Simply Sunday Challenge project...
I cut circles (using the George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge) from LIGHT BLUE cardstock at 3/4", 1", and 1.25" and from ROYAL BLUE cardstock at 1", 1.25", and 1.5".  I embossed the ROYAL BLUE circles with the Sizzix 'Splash' embossing folder.  I stamped my sentiment "Have a FINtastic day" with Stampin' Up!'s blue ink using the mix-and-match stamps from the "Splashtastic Summer" Stamp Art Set from K Andrew Designs.  I used my white Signo gel pen to outline the light blue circles and add a 'highlight' on each of the air bubbles.
I really wanted the bubbles to look like they were coming from the fishie's mouth, so I took a thin wire and wrapped it around a 1/4" dowel to create a spring...  I flattened two areas on my spring to attach the bubbles, then twisted one end into the fish where the water squirts from the mouth.  I found a glass candle holder that resembled a fish bowl, filled it with glass gems, and added a sheer ribbon around the outside.  I had so much fun making this that I think all of my other little fishie squirters are going to end up like this too -- I mean, who wouldn't just grin from ear to ear after receiving one of these fun little treats??? :)
That is one happy little fishie there -- I hope he brought a smile to your day and inspired you to create a fun little something for the challenge -- It really can be anything your heart desires -- A gift card holder, a lunchbox note/treat, a gift bag, a treat bag, a favor box...  Oh, the list goes on!! :)

So hop on over and enter the Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky...  We can't WAIT to see what you create!!

Dont' forget to stop by and see Kristal's NEWEST Stamps available for PRE-ORDERS-- reserve yours before they sell out!!  There are THREE brand new sets -- "Coffee & Tea for You & Me" (get your Java on!!), "Sympathetic Sayings" (a super-sized set!!), and "Winged Things" (an awesome Mix-N-Match set perfect for many occasions!!)...  :)

Coffee & Tea Mix & Match 

Sympathetic Sayings (Larger set)

Winged Things: Mix & Match (Bonus frame & images)

And finally, just a reminder that THIS Friday, August 19th is the Getting Cricky Ustream Event & Blog Hop!!  Each of us will be previewing the BRAND NEW Stamp Sets AND you'll get to 'meet' the NEW Design Team Members too!!  Woot-woot!! :)  To RSVP on Facebook for this event, please CLICK HERE (leave a comment mentioning that I sent ya and get an EXTRA chance in my Blog Candy drawing!!)

Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Until next time -- Have a FINtastic day!!


Sarah said...

This really is a cutie!!! And he does bring a smile. I love how 3D it is! Great job!

Lisa said...

Your post makes me laugh, Amy! How funny that your daughter made you put all the sale goodies back! I'm so glad you kept the fish squirties...this is the cutest most clever project! It so makes me smile!! You did such a great job - I LOVE this!! :)


Tami B. said...

Girl, you are so funny. I went to the big city today and went to both M & J's and walked out empty handed! Can you believe it?! I guess we get to have milk and bread both this week.
Looks like I'm getting my wish...we are finally going to be in a hop together, yayy.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super fun!


Cheri said...

This makes me want to have a party! Thanks for sharing such a creative project!

Doris P. said...

AMY - you are way to funny!! I love the fishie and his water container and most of all.. his bubbles!! way to creative and awesome!! Kristal's stamp set here - rocks!!

Kelly S said...

I absolutely LOVE this, Amy! What a clever idea. So cute!!!


Brenda said...

You did a wonderful job with that squirt toy. YOU are so creative and your stuff is so unique. Great job as always.
Brenda GCDTM-Sister
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Anonymous said...

Your project is toooo cute.

Kathy said...

Amy you rocked this challenge. OMG, I love it. I think you do such a great job with all your projects!
Hugs :),
Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM - Sister

GiGi said...

This is SUPER cute! And how can anybody pass up a great clearance sale like that! LOL!

Jenni said...

Your blog posts are so funny! I know what you mean about walking out of stores spending way more than expected! This little fish is just adorable! Love how you wired the bubbles!
Hugs, Jenni

Janis said...

Oh my gosh this just makes me smile! I love the bubbles coming up out of his mouth. :) Janis, Getting Cricky DTM - sister

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