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!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chris' 500 follower giveaway!!

Chris at Get Inspired With ChatterScene is trying to reach her next goal of 500 followers and when she hits her goal, she's giving away a Luau Cricut cart!!  She's getting so close, go here to see the details of her contest and become a follower if you aren't already - you won't be sorry you did!  Good luck Chris, on reaching your goal!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Grandparents day cards

They will be late, but they're done!  :-)  And of course the grandparents won't care, but it still drives me nuts when cards are late!  I made these for the boys to give my parents, my MIL and my grandma!

All the card bases are 4x4, I cut the envelopes (not shown) using CTMH Art Philosophy cart.  I used Create A Critter cart for the animals, My Pink Stamper 'punny' sets for the stamps, all the paper/cardstock and ribbon is from my stash.  The twine on the squirrel card is from The Twinery.  I used the Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder and my Cuttlebug to emboss the background cardstock on the skunk card and the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder to emboss the top of the acorn that the squirrel is holding. I didn't have Happy Grandparents day stamps, so I hand wrote it as well as a little note to each, then my son signed them.

Have a great weekend and Happy Grandparents Day to all the grandparents out there!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

1st birthday party invitations - farm animal theme

I'm DONE!!  They went in the mail Tuesday morning, so everyone got them yesterday!!  :-)  I love the way they turned out, so cute and exactly what I pictured!!

I used the Pop-Up Neighborhood cart for everything except the '1', its from the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cart, I welded the card base together with my Gypsy, all the cardstock is Recollections and the sentiment stamp is from My Pink Stamper 'Sweet Baby' set.  The barn door is embossed using my Cuttlebug and the embossing folder 'Forest Branches'.

I printed the inside on cardstock with my printer then rounded the corners with my Fiskars corner rounder and added the pig!

Then I used a stamp from Hero Arts to decorate the envelope!

I ended up using the MS scoreboard and directions I found here, to make the envelope.  I had a comment last week on my post about these, telling me that the MS scoreboard had directions for a 6x6 envelope on it.  That was actually the reason I bought it and did try it but the envelope was HUGE, at least 6.5x6.5 vs 6x6 like it said, so it didn't work.  But luckily I cound the other directions and they worked perfectly and I didn't even need extra postage, just a plain 'ole stamp!

Thanks for stopping by!  Next I have to make his banner and thank you notes, so hopefully those will go much quicker then the invites!  :-)  Have a great day!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Spotlight Sunday at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog

It was about me today!!!  :-)  I was so thrilled to receive an email from Sabrina last week, asking if I would be the Spotlight Sunday guest on Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog today - of course I didn't hesitate to say YES!  I have recently started participating in a couple of challenge blogs, including FCCB, and its so much fun, I love challenges - they are great for inspiration!

I got home from work this morning and asked my husband to pull up Fantabulous Cricut as I was changing out of my work clothes - as soon as the blog came up, my 3 yr old started yelling "that's you mama, that's you!!" - it was so fun to read!

I want to thank Sabrina for all her kind words, I appreciated every one of them!!  If you haven't become a follower of hers, definitely do as she has some amazing projects!!  And if you haven't already, please head over to Fantabulous Cricut to follow it and participate in the challenges - its a lot of fun, the design team posts their fantastic inspiration projects each week with the new challenges, they all have so much talent to share with us!!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Some progress!

I've worked until the early morning hours most of the week and have made a good dent in making my son's birthday pary invitations!  They still aren't done, but I wanted to show you what they look like so far!

I have all the animals pieced together (which was so tedious with them being small and I'm making 28 invites!) as well as the card fronts. I just need to cut the card bases and make a final decision about where to put the "1" as well as if I will put an "Its a Party" stamp on the front or not.  In an effort to save time and not drive myself even more crazy with making these, no inking or other fanciness (other then embossing my barn door, couldn't help myself!) - so just plain and simple on these!  :-)

I used my new favorite cart, Pop-Up Neighborhood, to make everything on these cards!  The card base is cut at 5.75 x 5.75 and the animals at 1.5".  I embossed the barn door using the Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Forest Branches' to make it look like an old barn door.  Then I pop-dotted the animals up to give them some dimension! 

All the cardstock is Recollections from Michaels - this was my first time using this cardstock and I love it - it cuts beautifully in my Cricut and is very heavyweight!  It will definitely be my main brand from now on!

The inside will be easy, just need to add a layer then print the party details and add the little pig!  For the card base, I welded two barns together using my Gypsy, then removed the cuts for the door and window and cut it in Kraft cardstock.  Then I cut another barn in my barn red cardstock and applied it to the card base - it worked out perfectly to cut the base then another front, so my barn roof wasn't flat but I still had the shaped card that I wanted!

What's giving me the most difficult time is the envelopes!  :-(  I bought a Martha Stewart scoreboard this week, in hopes of being able to make the envelopes using a piece of 12x12 paper (or smaller) vs using my cricut where the envelopes would need a 12x24 piece of paper for that size. 

My cards are 5.75 x 5.75 but of course, trying to find a guide as to how big to cut the paper as well as where to score, is easier said then done.  I'm going to keep searching and hope I can find something online!

I'm at 15 days until the party, so cutting it really short and of course, I have to work all weekend.  :-(  So with any luck, I will get these finished up and ready to mail by Tuesday - I have a feeling that Monday night will be another late one trying to get these done since I won't be able to work on them again until after I get a couple hours of sleep on Monday morning after getting off work!  I will post the finished invite early next week, so come back to see it all done!

Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend, thanks for stopping by!