Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lucky Turtle

Did I happen to mention how much I love Create A Critter 2.  What adorable images.  Since St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, I just had to make a card with the Lucky Turtle found on p. 38 of the Cricut manual.  I had some left over patterned paper from a St. Patrick's Day card from last year and wanted to use it up.

Materials Used:
*Card 7 x 5
*Cardstock by Recollections
*Patterned paper by Recollections Shamrocks
*Ribbon by Celebrate It! St. Patrick's Day
*Create a Critter 2 Cartridge by Provocraft (p. 38)
     -Lucky Turtle and Layers @ 3"
     -Icon and Phrase @ 2"
*EK Success Scallop Border Punch
*Green and Yellow Stickles by Studio G

Challenges Entered:
Cardz TV: Luck of the Irish

My first Mini Album!

Hi everyone.  I wanted to share a great big milestone for the average crafter in me.  I finally made my first mini album and I can honestly say I am now addicted to them!
I got the idea for this from a Facebook group called Play Along.  This is a great group full of wonderful ideas and you just sign up for what you'd like to participate in.  Many challenges don't have a time limit, some do, and there are usually tutorials for that challenge.
Ginger from My Sisters Scrapper led the group in a 5 video tutorial.  Ginger is an excellent teacher and I found the video's to be perfect to follow with lots of great ideas.
So here is my first mini album.  I chose to do a Halloween Mini (1st mini, I wanted to choose a very basic and easy theme).
Thanks for watching and if you're not part of the Facebook Play Along group, do so!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tic Tac Toe Challenge-Die Cuttin' Divas #104

What a wonderful challenge this week in store for all of you over at Die Cuttin' Divas. This week challenge #104 is a Tic Tac Toe Grid.  Choose any row and remember to have fun!

This week our Guest Diva is Diana from DL. Art.
Our sponsor this week is Leave a Paper Trail and they have kindly donated a gift certificate to the winner.

For my project, I chose to go across the bottom for the Tic Tac Toe grid (flowers, embossing, ribbon).
I also used A Quilted Christmas Cricut Cartridge and made my first Christmas Card for 2013!

My Card is a 5 x 7 card.
The flowers are from my stash that I got last year in the Dollar bin at Michael's.  I used the Metallic Collection by Recollections for the angel. 

The inside sentiment...
Be sure to check out Die Cuttin' Diva's this week to see more creations from the wonderful Design Team.

Materials Used:
*5 x 7 card
*Metallic's Collection by Recollections
*A Quilted Christmas Cricut Cartridge
*Ribbon by Holiday Time Dot String
*Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder
*Michael's paper flowers Nouveau Noel found in Dollar bin at Michael's
*Inkadinkadoo O Holy Night stamp set for sentiment

Monday, February 25, 2013

Puppy and Chick: Challenge #151

Good morning! Today's Monday! You know what that's another challenge over at Craft Your Passion. We have a wonderful challenge for you today.
Our sponsor for today's challenge is Birdie Brown. They kindly gave the design team 1 image out of 3 to work with today. All images are so cute and it was a hard pick, but eventually I decided on Puppy And Chick. So adorable...

Today's challenge is all about banners! Please include a banner on your project.  Remember, we welcome any craft project you would like to submit such as cards, scrapbook pages, ATC's, altered art.....ANYTHING!

As mentioned, I used Birdie Brown image Puppy and Chick.

Be sure to head over to Craft Your Passion to see other fabulous projects with images from Birdie Brown.

Materials Used:
*5 x 7 card
*Image Puppy and Chick by Birdie Brown
*Chocolate Baker's Twine from My Craft Spot
*Prisma coloring pencils
*Banner and font cut using Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge
*Glossy Accents

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Christmas Stash is Low Blog Hop: Up On The Housetop

Welcome to the My Christmas Card Stash is Low Hop!

It is our sincere hope that this helps to inspire you to get working on those Holiday cards early so as to reduce a little of the stress felt around the season!

You should be coming from Mary's blog but if you just found your way here please start at the beginning at Sarah's blog.

There will be 2 blog candies for this hop.

  1. There will be a stash prize given out randomly to 1 comment from all the blogs. So the more blogs you comment on, the better chance you have of winning!! You will have until Tuesday the 26th at 11:59pm CST to comment. Sarah will announce the winner on Wednesday morning.

2. The second prize will have a little more work for you to enter. Were going to have a little challenge for you to enter. 1st you will need to stop and comment on every blog. 2nd you will need to create a holiday card/gift tag/general gift giving paraphernalia and enter it at the inlinkz on Sarah's blog. You have a week to enter and you can enter up to 3 projects. The prize for this challenge is:

For my project, I chose to make a long card and I used Create a Critter 2 and Simply Charmed.

Wouldn't you want this cute bear on your roof?

Thanks for stopping by. In case you get lost along the way here is the whole line up:

 Materials Used:
*9 x 4 card (long)
*Patterned paper by Me & My Big Ideas
*Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge
*Create a Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge
*Cherry Red baker's twine by My Craft Spot
*Studio G Glitter Glue in red and icicle
*Recollections and Hero Arts stamps for sentiment
*Foam tape
*Cardstock by Recollections

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cut Up Up Challenges #13: Pinterest Inspired

Happy Friday everyone!  Today we have an awesome challenge over at Cut It Up Challenges. Today's challenge is called Pinterest Inspired. I am sure most of you are a "Pinner!"  If not I will give you a warning. This site is OVERLOAD addiction.  So many amazing ideas and a great way to keep them all safe instead of using bookmarks. For today's challenge you are to create a paper project that was inspired by something you saw on Pinterest.  Don't have Pinterest? Don't worry you can still play, just use inspiration from a fellow crafter or someone you follow in blogging world.  It is very important though, please give credit to the original source in your blog post by providing a link to their project.  Remember to use a die cut somewhere in your project.
For my inspiration, I chose to give my own take on a wonderful Patriotic card from a fellow Canadian Crafter.  I have been a long time follower of her and saw this on Pinterest and knew immediately that I wanted to do it.  Her name is Cindy and you can find her wonderful blog here.
Here is her original creation found here, and this is what Cindy created.

This is my take on her wonderful design. I used Create a Critter, Go Canada and Doodlecharms cartridges.

Isn't that just sweet!
This challenge starts today, February 22nd and ends March 6th.

Materials Used:
*A2 size
*cardstock by Recollections
*Patterned paper Blue Christmas by Recollections
*Create a Critter, Doodlecharms, Go Canada Cricut Cartridges
*Peachy Keen PK #754 Critter Faces Medium
*My Craft Spot Baker's Twine in Cherry Red
*White Gelly Roll pen
*Creamy Brown ink (inked RCMP hat)
*Stamp by Studio G

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Polar Bear Challenge-Die Cuttin' Divas #103

Happy Tuesday everyone.  It's another fantastic challenge this week at Die Cuttin' Divas. It could give you a great start to your Christmas Cards for 2013!
Our guest Diva this week is Katie

Challenge: Use a Polar Bear

For my project, I chose to make a Christmas Card (my first for this year) using A Quilted Christmas.  I wanted the sentiment to be a huge part of this card so I didn't put one on the front.

I added some sparkle to the card using bling, on the polar bear itself and used Glitter Glue on the patterned paper.
Now isn't that a "sparkling" little ticket....For more beautiful Polar Bear inspired projects, please check out my fellow DT sisters over at Die Cuttin' Divas.

Materials Used:
*A2 size card
*Cardstock by Recollections Neutrals & Spice Market
*Patterned paper by Recollections Blue Christmas paper pad
*Metallics(White & Gold) and Glitter cardstock (blue) by Recollections
*A Quilted Christmas (p. 66) at 3 1/2"
*Recollections border punch
*Studio G Glitter Glue
*Sentiment by Hero Arts
*bling (2)
*2 thicknesses of foam tape

Monday, February 18, 2013

Molly Fairy: Craft Your Passion Challenge 150

Good Morning everyone.  I hope you had a fabulous and enjoyable weekend.  Today we have a wonderful challenge at Craft Your Passion.
This weeks theme is All That Glitters so go ahead and "glitter"ize your project.  We have a wonderful sponsor this week, Stamp Fairy.
 For my project, I used Stamp Fairy image Molly Fairy.  She is so adorable.  I confess, my 2 1/2 year old daughter wanted to help me with this card.  She helped in picking the paper and decided that Molly should have brown hair and a pink dress.
So here is "our" card!
 I used our theme "glitter" on Molly's wings, her star wand, dress and hair bow.  I also added some Glossy Accents to her boots.
 The sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches #184.
The sentiment is perfect for missing that special someone!

Be sure to visit Craft Your Passion to see other projects by the fabulous Design Team and be sure to head over to Stamp Fairy to see some adorable images like Molly Fairy!

Materials Used:
*5 x 7 Card
*Patterned paper by Recollections The Sweetest Thing paper stack.
*Circle from George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge
*Scallop from Lacey Labels Cricut Cartridge
*Sentiment by Inkadinkadoo Thoughts for the Day and Hero Arts
*Studio G Glitter Glue
*Image by Stamp Fairy Molly Fairy
*Glossy Accents
*Prisma Colors
*Bazzil Cardstock

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Heart Warming Blog Hop- Bear Hugs

Love is in the air....
Welcome to the Heart Warming Blog Hop.

We're so happy you could join us today. If you arrived here from Miranda's Blog, then you are in the right place.  If not, start at the beginning here with Melanie's blog....we don't want you to miss any of the fun!
For my project, I used Create a Critter 2 and a My Pink Stamper stamp.

Next on the hop is Ashley.  Here is the blog line up in case you get lost.

Robin S.
Misses Crafty
Robin C.

Materials Used:
*A2 Card
*Patterned paper by K & Co Valentine's
*Cardstock by Recollections Butterfly Wings
*Create a Critter 2 (p. 30)
*My Pink Stamper More Punnylicious
*Twine from American Crafts
*Studio G Glitter Glue
*Glossy Accents

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Color Challenge at Die Cutting Divas

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Today we have a fabulous challenge over at Die Cuttin' Divas.  This week our challenge is a color one, using the colors white and pick either red, pink, and/or purple!

Here is the my DT project.  I used Simply Charmed for the hearts and paired with boy & girl Peachy Keen faces.

Talk about some heart love.....

Our Sponsor this week is Purple Cows.

Materials Used:
*Sketch from Mojo Monday Week 68
*A2 size card
*K & Co Valentine's
*Cardstock by Recollections
*Simply Charmed (p. 30) Hearts at 2 1/2"
*Plantin Schoolbook (p. 72) oval at 1 1/2"
*Peachy Keen PK#490 Everyday Character Faces
*sentiment Hero Arts
*Studio G Glitter Glue
*White Gelly Roll Pen

Challenges Entered:
My Paper Crafting #120: Hearts to You
4 Crafty Chicks: Pink & Red
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday: February Link Party
Little Scrap Pieces: Love is in the Air
Pinspired Challenge #3: Picture
BBTB: Heart or Cupid Challenge
My Craft Spot #86: For You Valentine
Exploring Cricut: Be My Valentine
Fantabulous Cricut #148: Be My Valentine
Scrappy Mom's Terrific Tuesday: Anything Valentine's

Monday, February 11, 2013

Stella Calendar Months February

Happy Monday everyone.  Today we have a great challenge over at Craft Your Passion Challenges.  This weeks theme is My Valentine and our Sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps.
For my image, I chose to use Stella Calendar Months February.  She is a hoot!!!

My husband laughed for a whole minute at this card from the sentiment to dear old Stella.
Be sure to stop by Craft Your Passion to check out other fabulous projects by the DT and also Bugaboo Stamps to purchase some wonderful images for Valentine's Day!

Materials Used:
*5 x 7 card
*Cardstock by Recollections
*Patterned paper by K & CO Valentine's
*Image from Bugaboo Stamps Stella Calendar Months February
*Glitter Glue for Wings (Studio G)
*Glossy Accents for heart

Challenges Entered:
Fab n' Funky: Valentine's with hearts
More Than Favors #80: Valentine's Day
Charisma Cards #5:Love
Cute Card Thursday #255: Love Struck
Go Fish Challenges 34: I Love You
Aud Sentiments: Adult Valentine's
2 Sisters Challenges #130: Hearts
All Sorts Challenges#193: Valentines
MY Sheri Crafts #103: Valentines
One Stop Craft Challenges #215: Love is in the Air
Sentimental Sundays #141: Love is in the air
Celebrate the Occasion #99: Anything Goes Valentines
Party Time Tuesday #107: 3 & 1
ScrappyMom's Terrific Tuesday: Anything Valentines

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The 14 Day's of Valentine's #14: Sweet

I'm back again today with my last kid Valentine!  I really enjoyed making this series and I hope you got some ideas from it.
The last Valentine today is make with the Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge and I paired it with a cute little Peachy Keen Face.

Materials Used:
Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge
Cardstock by Recollections
Peachy Keen PK#490 Everyday Face Assortment
Sentiments by Recollections and Hero Arts
Studio G Glitter Glue (red)
White Gelly Roll pen

The 14 days of Valentine's #13:Yellow Angry Bird

Happy Sunday everyone. I realized today that I had not posted my last 2 Valentine's for kids. Today I did another Angry Bird card, the yellow Angry Bird. I used my George & Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge and Pajama Crafters tutorial for the Yellow Angry Bird.
I love how this little bird turned out!

Materials Used:
*Patterned paper by K & CO Best of K & Company
*Pajama Crafters Yellow Bird instructions
*Sentiment printed from computer

Cut It Up Challenges is having a DT call!

Cut It Up Challenges is having a Design Team Call! 

We are looking for a few people who love to craft using die cuts (Manual and Electronic) and of course blog about it!
These include but are not limited to-
Big Shot
Any other electronic & standard die cutting machines.

All craft levels are welcome to apply!

Sound like something you would love to be a part of?

To learn more about this DT call, go to Cut It Up Challenges!!!

I have been a part of this Design Team since the start and I can honestly say, I've never had so much fun or made such great "crafting" friends as this group.  This is a group that you would LOVE to be a part of!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine's Day Blog Hop: Nuts about U

Love is in the air......

Welcome to the Valentine's Day Blog Hop. All projects today are Valentine's projects WITHOUT using the colors pink or red!   What a perfect way to get some wonderful ideas for Male Valentine's Day cards.
If you comment on all blog hop stops, you could win this wonderful grand prize sponsored by the wonderful Zannie Berry Scrapbooking.

If you've hopped along from Charity's blog, then you are in the right place.  If not, please start here at the beginning to as not miss any of the Valentine's Fun!!!

 For my project, I created a Valentine for my husband using Create a Critter and some Peachy Keen Faces.
I used Peachy Keen's Critter faces Med for the Squirrel and Character Faces Assortment for the acorns!
 I added some buttons and a little blush with my chalks....maybe he just got a little squirrel kiss!
 A close up of the 3 little acorns.
Next on the hop is Katie. Here is the blog hop line up in case you get lost.  Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
*A2 Card
*Patterned paper Bold Basics Stack by Recollections
*Cardstock by Recollections
*White Gelly Roll Pen
*Peachy Keen PK#754 Critter Faces Medium
*Peachy Keen PK#490 Everyday Character Face
*Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge
*Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Divine Swirls

Challenges Entered:
Peachy Keen Challenges 13-6: Anything Goes

Friday, February 8, 2013

Cut It Up#12 Animation Domination

Good morning.  Welcome to another challenge at Cut It Up!  This week, the theme is Animation Domination.  You are to create a project that showcases an animated character (ie: Hello Kitty, Batman, Winnie the Pooh, etc). If you do not have a Cricut cartridge or SVG's that have any of these type of characters, there are tons of free coloring book pages online that can be resized and used as a digi image.  And remember you must use a die cut.  This is our amazing prize for this challenge sponsored by Cut It Up!

A few weeks ago, I purchased the Best of Pixar Cricut Cartridge.  What adorable images this cartridge has.  My kids LOVE Pixar, and especially LOVE the movie Finding Nemo. For this challenge, I wanted to make a Dory birthday card.  We all love Dory (it is so hard not to).  I love how she can never remember Nemo's name so I wanted to focus this card around that.  Here is what I came up with.

Isn't she adorable!!!!
Materials Used:
*A2 Size card
*Cardstock by Recollections
*Best of Pixar Cricut Cartridge by Provocraft (p. 24) Dory cut at 3 1/2"
*Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge by Provocraft (p. 43) Seaweed cut at 2 1/2"
*Action Wobble
*Sentiment printed from computer