Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spaceship birthday card

One of my good friend's son/my oldest's best friend, is turning 4 this month, so I made this card for him!

All the paper is from DCWV - the print paper from 'All About Boys' stack, the cardstock from 'Amber Autumn' and 'Neutrals' cardstock stacks.  I designed the colors in the card around the background paper - I love it!  The spaceship is from B is for Boy cricut cartridge, the sentiment stamp on the outside is from My Pink Stamper 'Fabulous Phrases' set, the inside is from Hero Arts 'Birthday Messages' set and the spaceship stamp is from CTMH.  I inked everything using my Powder Puff chalking inks from Quick Quotes - love that ink!

I stamped the same spaceship stamp on the envelope in the green ink that I inked the card with.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Get Inspired with Chatter Scene - Magazine Inspired challenge
Bitten By The Bug 2 -  Masculine/boy themed Cricut project
Little Scrap Pieces - Copy Cat Friday Challenge: Anything Goes

My card was inspired by this card in Paper Crafts magazine- March/April 2011 edition.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pumpkin thank you cards

My mom and aunt got together and made us these beautiful fabric pumpkins (I can't get a good picture of them for some reason, the colors are much richer in person!), they gave us (my siblings and I) however many we wanted- I just love them!  My aunt is dealing with breast cancer right now so my mom has been getting together with her to work on fun projects to keep her mind off of it - they both love to quilt anyway - but they are trying other crafts as well, I just wish I lived closer so I could play too!  :-)  But it means so much to us that she used the little energy she has to make us something special!  So I wanted to send them both a thank you note, to tell them just how much we appreciate the pumpkins that are decorating our table for fall!! 

I used Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons for the pumpkins, DCWV 'Amber Autumn' stack for the printed paper, the cardstock was from my stash, DCWV card bases, ribbon from American Crafts and CTMH 'Thank You' set for the sentiment stamps.

I'm entering these into Challenge #60 Cricut Creations: Thank You Projects at Paper Playtime and Week 22: Made It Myself Monday weekly linking party at You Had Me at Craft.

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Follow your dreams...

I wasn't liking this card as I was making it but I kept with it and now that its all done, I love it!!  I showed my husband last night and his response was WOW :-), so that definitely made me feel better that I kept going and worked at it until I was happy with it!  I think it will make a perfect graduation card to keep in my card stash!

I used Locker Talk for the books, but because of the layering on the cart, I had to cut the books 4 times to be able to make them all different colors - I'm glad I did because I really like the way it looks.  I used Tim Holtz 'Pumice Stone' distress ink to ink them and make them look worn.  The card base is DCWV, the yellow star paper is from DCWV 'All About Boys' stack and the rest of the cardstock is from my stash.  I used a Martha Stewart punch on the bottom of the blue cardstock, twine from The Twinery and the sentiment stamp (inside & out) is from CTMH.

I'm entering this into Challenge Me Monday #85 - Book Lover at Fantabulous Cricut and Week 22: Made It Myself Mondays weekly linking party at You Had Me at Craft.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


I made this card for my brother and SILs anniversary today, they are celebrating 6 yrs together!

I used the Ambrosia stack by Basic Grey - I do love that stack, the colors are gorgeous, perfect for fall! The card base is from DCWV.  The heart was cut from CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cart and I used the coordinating stamp on it (the heart and squares underneath look blue in the picture but they are actully grey - not sure why they look different because all the other colors look right). The 'love' stamp is from CTMH. 

I used my new d stress tool from Imaginesce to distress the edges of the small squares, the heart and the orange rectangle in the middle. I used my Quick Quotes chalking ink to ink everything and once again, I'm so glad I got these inks- I love them! Then I used my Sew Easy to stitch the heart on the card, I'm really not liking it the more I use it, so I think I'm going to pull out my sewing machine and start using that instead - its been about 10 yrs since I used it, so I'll have to re-familiarize myself with it!

I layed two of the same papers on the inside, inked them and I used a stamp from My Pink Stamper 'Happiest Moments' as well a heart stamp from CTMH.  I used the same heart on the corner of the envelope.

 I was inspired by this card in Paper Crafts magazine, July/August 201 issue!

I'm entering this into the Magazine Inspired challege at Get Inspired with Chatter Scene.  There's still time to enter, so head over there to check out the details!

Chris is also hosting another challenge, to cut fabric with your cricut!  Go here for details!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween blog hop winner!!

I just wanted to thank everyone for stopping by and participating in my Halloween blog hop on Thursday - thank you for all your sweet comments, I hope we inspired you to make some fun halloween crafts!

I just did my drawing - out of 31 comments (one person left a 2nd comment to say she's following so that 2nd one didn't count) - it was...

Congratulations ANNA!!  I will contact you and get this shipped out tomorrow morning!

Thanks again for stopping by and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween blog hop!!

Good morning and welcome to our Halloween blog hop!  We have severalvery talented ladies who will be sharing fun Halloween projects with you today, to hopefully inspire you to create some Halloween crafts of your own!  If you just happened upon my blog, you are at the beginning, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the hop!  There will be some fun giveaways along the way, so be sure to hop by each of the blogs so you don't miss any!

For my project today, I made a BOO banner!  My son is having a trunk or treat at his preschool next week, so I wanted to make it to decorate my trunk!  I went fairly simple but I think it turned out pretty cute - my son loved it and that's all that matters to me!  :-)

I hung it on my mantle for now, so we can enjoy it until we need it for the trunk or treat. My bats didn't want to all fly the same way and with the ceiling fan on, they were all flipping around, as was the BOO, so excuse the pictures! I'm not good at taking banner pics - they are so not easy to photograph!

I embossed the BOO using my Cuttlebug and Seeing Spots embossing folder.

The ghosts and bats were both from Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cart, the BOO was from Robotz - I love that font!!  I used The Twinery twine to string the banner as well as hang the BOO from the banner.  All the cardstock was from my stash.

I'm entering this into Challenge #83 - Spooky Time (create a project with a ghost on it) - at Fantabulous Cricut challenge blog.

I do have a giveaway today, all you have to do to be eligible to win is be a follower of my blog, live in the United States and leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you!  I will draw the winner on Sunday morning, Oct 30!  I couldn't find anything Halloween related that I loved for the giveaway, so I picked up one of my favorite mat stacks instead - the colors are amazing!

Please go to the very talented  Chris' blog next - here's the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way!

Kim @ Kimberli's Creations -
Chris @ Get Inspired With Chatterscene -
Tracy @ My Scrap Escape -
Maria @ Creative By Design -
Susan @ Cricut & Grasshopper -
Renee @ I Came, I Saw, I Created -
Dana @ Paper Memories 4 U -
Lori @ Got 2 B Crafting -
Crystal @ Creations By Crystal -
Sis @ Paper, Craft, and Scissors -

Happy Halloween and thanks for hopping with us!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Creating Keepsakes convention

I went to CKC past weekend and it was awesome, I really enjoyed myself!!  I took 2 classes - 15 minute pages where we did 4 LOs in an hour and a Scrapbooking technique workshop where we did 10 LOs in 3 hrs!!  Or more like we were supposed to finish all those but no one did, I think I came home with one completed LO - it was just moving too quickly to be able to finish!  But the important part is that we learned all kinds of new techniques and we can finish the LOs on our own some other time.

Then I volunteered as a helper in 4 classes that Quick Quotes presented - the teacher was Lisa, she's their blog coordinator and such a great teacher!  Though it was a lot of running around over the course of 6 hours, I did enjoy getting to meet women who share the same passion as I do, as well as helping them and learning some tricks myself!

I also did a little shopping in the vendor fair but I didn't go crazy - there were so many people, that it was hard to really look at all the different products, so I only bought a few things that I couldn't live without, including these Powder Puff chalking inks that Quick Quotes make!!  After seeing everyone use them in the classes, I knew I had to have them.  Everyone raved about them, so I was sold and the $10 off coupon I had for them didn't hurt!  ;-)  And after using them last night, I'm so glad I got them!!

I hope to get pictures taken of everything I got and once I finish all the LOs, I will post those as well!  But the week is moving entirely too quickly and now with working the next couple of nights, it will be the weekend before I have any time to play!

So if CKC comes near you, I definitely recommend going!  I'm looking forward to going next year again and hopefully taking more classes!

Don't forget about my Halloween blog hop tomorrow - it starts here bright and early and there will be some fun giveaways!  See you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scary Halloween To You!!

I made a fun Halloween card today - I loved how it turned out!

The spider and spiderweb were cut from Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cart, the tag I cut from CTMH Art Philosophy.  I inked everything using my new Powder Puff chalking inks that I LOVE!  The spider web paper is from DCWV 'Amber Autumn' stack, the cardstock is from Recollections, the twine from The Twinery.  The sentiment stamps on the inside and out are from CTMH, as well as the cat stamp on the inside.

I covered the spider in Liquid Glass from CTMH, it gave it a fun look and made it stand out from the spider web.  I was trying to figure out how to make his eyes, nose and mouth stand out so I tried stickles to fill in those spots - its a little cheesy for my taste but since I will probably give it to my son for Halloween, I don't mind because it makes it a happy spider vs a scary one!

I'm entering this into the Cricut 360º Spooky Halloween Blog Hop and Challenge - it was a fun blog hop where you had to get the key word from each blog along the hop to figure out what the challenge was!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Don't forget about my Halloween blog hop, this Thursday, Oct 27 - it starts here!  Have a great week and I'll see you on Thursday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cake birthday card

I made this card for my SILs birthday next month, I won a Basic Grey paper pack from the Cricut 360 challenge blog awhile back and was dying to use it!  I found this sketch in my saved sketches - I really like it and think I'll be using it a lot more!

I love this print paper and wanted it to be the main part of the card and with all the paper being from the same stack, it all coordinated perfectly!  I used a black card base from DCWV, black hemp from CTMH, birthday cake stamp from CTMH, the scalloped strips and scalloped circle were both cut from CTMH Art Philosophy.  I inked the edges of everything with Tim Holtz 'Pumice Stone' distress ink.

I put a strip of the same patterned paper on the inside and stamped it with 2 sentiment stamps - the one on left is from SU and the one on the right is from Pink By Design.

Don't forget my friend Chris is trying to reach 500 followers to do a giveaway, she's having a magazine inspired challenge and a challenge to cut fabric with your cricut - stop by and find out how you can participate!  She always has so many fun challenges on her blog, I need to get busy and do them!

Also, Candy at Candy's Craft Corner is celebrating her 100+ followers and having a giveaway, so stop by and see how you can win!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Have the Hoppy-Est Birthday!

I made this card for my niece's 3rd birthday, thought it was perfect for her spunky personality! 

Instead of an envelope, I thought I would do something different and attach ribbon to the back and tie it to keep it closed, then she can untie it to read the inside! So it serves as his collar as well as an open/close on the card! :)

I used cardstock from my scrap pile and the ribbon I found in my stash - its hard to see in the picture but it has black, pink and green stripes, so it matched perfectly! 

The frog is from Create A Critter cricut cart, the sentiment stamp is from My Pink Stamper 'Buggy Punnies' and the inside sentiment is from Hero Arts.  I used my gypsy to weld two frogs together to form the card base then I cut another one in green to make the card front and another one in pink to make the inside pretty!

I'm entering this into the following challenges...
Bitten By The Bug 2 - Create A Critter frog challenge
Birthday Sundaes - Challenge #29: Ribbon birthday cards
You Had Me At Craft - Week #17: Made It Myself Mondays

Thanks to everyone who responded to my post about my Halloween blog hop - I have enough people now, its going to be fun!!  I will be in touch soon with more details!  :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Halloween blog hop

Happy Tuesday!!

I'm going to be hosting a one day Halloween blog hop on Thursday, Oct 27 - it will be small, just 10 blogs, but it will be a lot of fun!

So if you'd like to participate, leave a comment then click on contact me at the top of my blog and send me an email, so I can get a list together and send everyone an email with details soon!

Thanks and enjoy your week!  I've been working a lot lately, so not much time left to craft  :( - but after working tonight, I'm off until next Tuesday, so I'm really hoping to get back to crafting/posting on a more regular basis!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Butterfly Award

**Sorry its taken me so long to get this posted, I just noticed it was in my list of posts but I never hit post!!**
I wan to thank Amy at Amy's Crafting Space for giving me this fun award, so sweet of her to think of me!  Please stop by her blog and check out her beautiful projects - she's so full of inspiration and you won't be sorry for checking her blog out!

I also received this from Brenda at Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker - thank you so much!!  Brenda's blog is full of fantastic projects, she has such neat project ideas and great tutorials to go along with them - go visit her also!

To receive this award, I need to: 
answer several questions,
award this 'Butterfly Award' to 10 other bloggers,
contact the 10 bloggers to let them know they have been
given this award, and I also need to show a link to the
person who gave me the 'Butterfly Award'. 

So here goes...

Q1) Name your favorite colour?
Sage green

Q2) Name your favorite song?
I have so many but currently my favorite is Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

Q3) Name your favorite dessert?
Anything chocolate, usually I opt for ice cream! :)

Q4) What wizzes you off at the moment?
Being late is always a big pet peeve of mine, luckily there isn't much else that sets me off!

Q5) Your favorite pet?

Q6) Black or White
Q7) Your biggest fear?
Something bad happening to my boys
Q8) Best Feature?
According to my husband, my eyes :)
If you asked me, I would say its how organized I (usually) am!
Q9) Everyday attitude?
Just go with it!

Q10) What is perfection?
Being with my husband and boys!

Q11) Guilty Pleasure?
Mocha Frappe - they're SO bad for you but oh so good!

Q12) When you're upset you?
I'm supposed to pass this onto 10 other bloggers but its so hard to pick just 10 with all the wonderfully talented ladies out there- so I'm extending it to all my blogging friends, you ALL deserve it!
Hope you have a great Sunday!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hat thank you card

My parents brought the boys both a hat when they came back from vacation last month - a cowboy hat for my 3 yr old and a fedora for my 1 yr old - they both look adorable in them!  My 3yr old son promptly told them thank you but added "now I need a horse!" - and I found out last night when talking to my mom, that he will soon get his wish, as they are on the hunt for a pony for him to keep at their house!  These boys have them wrapped around their little fingers!!  My parents have an 80 acre farm with horses and cows, which my 3 yr old loves to visit, but all the horses they have now are too big for the kids to ride, so they want to get a pony that is just for the grandkids - they will all be super excited when they find out!

I went fairly simple for this card - both the hats are from Paper Doll Dress Up, the card base and envelope (not shown) are from CTMH Art Philosophy, the sentiment stamps are from the CTMH 'Thank You' set, the twine from The Twinery, the hemp (on the cowboy hat) is from CTMH, and the cardstock is all from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, September 30, 2011


I made this card for my sister's birthday tomorrow.  I used CTMH Art Philosophy and the coordinating stamps for the whole card/envelope!  I used DCWV 'The Green Stack' for the paper, as well as tan and white cardstock from my stash.  The cupcake stamp on the envelope is Hero Arts and the hemp that is holding the tag on is from CTMH.

I'm entering this into the World Card-Making Day challenge on the Cricut blog!

Monday, September 26, 2011

1st Birthday thank you cards

In keeping with the farm animal theme, I used the cow from Pop-Up Neighborhood again for the thank you cards.  The cards are 4.25 x 4.25, made with cardstock from my stash.  The grass is also cut from Pop-Up Neighborhood and the sentiment stamp is from My Pink Stamper.

Just a simple piece of white cardstock on the inside so I could write the notes.

I made a 4.5 x 4.5 envelope using my MS scoreboard (not picured).  I finished making the envelopes and writing them out last night while I watched a movie with my husband after the boys were in bed, so just need to address them and get them in the mail first thing in the morning!

Don't forget to stop by Chris' blog Get Inspired With Chatterscene to become a follower of hers and help her reach her 500 follower goal!  When she gets there, she's giving away a Luau Cricut cart!  She's amazingly talented with paper crafts as well as other projects and now she's doing blog makeovers - mine is a perfect example of her beautiful work!  Go here for details on getting your own blog made over!

I'm entering this into Made It Myself Mondays weekly linking party at You Had Me At Craft!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Candy at Candy's Craft Corner just got a blog makeover by Chris at Get Inspired With Chatterscene so she's having a fabulous giveaway to celebrate!  Stop by her blog to check it out and see all of her beautiful creations and then go see Chris at her blog to see how to get your blog a new look!

Chris is also having a 500 follower giveaway on her blog - she's giving away a Luau cricut cart!!  Go here for details on how to win!  She creates so many fun projects, you'll definitely want to become a follower and help her reach her goal!

I'll be back soon with my latest project, so check back later and have a great Saturday!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Criss cross card

When I saw this type of card as a challenge on Birthday Sundaes, I knew I wanted to try it.  I missed the challenge with all the birthday activities over the weekend and only was able to get the card half done but I finished it yesterday during naptime and do love the way it turned out. 

I did it a little differently, I didn't put the band across the outer part, I couldn't get it to look right with the gems I did down the center, so I left it off but I still think it looks pretty good!

The pieces of the card and base were all cut using my paper trimmer, the flower and tag on inside card are from CTMH Art Philosophy.  The hemp and sentiment stamp are both from CTMH.  The print paper is from DCWV 'The Green Stack' and the cardstock is all from my stash.  The gems I attached using my i rock.

I'm entering this into the Made It Myself Mondays Weekly Linking Party at You Had Me At Craft!

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, September 19, 2011

1st Birthday banner

I got this done last week, but we had a lot of overcast, rainy days last week so I wasn't able to get to take a good picture until today - its nice to finally see the sun though the rain was nice for a few days, we really needed it!  My son's 1st birthday party was yesterday, so its a relief to be done with that because they are always so much work with cleaning the house, making and decorating all the party goodies, then decorating - but it was a fun day, I always love to be surrounded by family and friends!! 

Here's his banner!

And a few close-ups...I used Pop-Up Neighborhood again for the horse, cow, tractor and chicken coop, Robotz for the font and shadow and Country Life for the banner pennants.

All the cardstock was Recollections - LOVE this cardstock!

I used blue cardstock with a green shadow and Denimn twine from The Twinery to string the banner.  Then I inked the edges of the pennants with green ink!

Now I just have to figure out the thank you notes and get those made in the next day or two, so I can get them in the mail!
I'm entering this into the Made It Myself Mondays weekly linking party at You Had Me At Craft!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great day!