Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Challenges! Challenges!

There are so many challenges out there and there is probably a brand new blog started everyday devoted to them but I've had some questions about what challenges I participate in sometimes so I thought I would take a little time to put them down in one place to share with you and for ME!!! 


MojoMonday Sketch challenge is always a good place to get your week off to a good start!  And on the first Monday of the month there are prizes!!!!

I like to visit Splitcoaststampers.  When I have time you can find me chatting on the message boards!  Over there they post a new challenge everyday (sometimes two) from new techniques to color combinations to sketches for both cards and scrapping!  My favorite and the one I try to always do is posted on Tuesdays and it is a color combination challenge. 

Color challenges must be my favorite because I also like to participate in The Play Date Cafe challenges.  They post a new color challenge every wednesday and have sponsors that give prizes for the "Cup of the Week"!  Plus, they have a badge rewards to post on blogs for their top picks as well!

Another GREAT color challenge is The Color Dare!!  They feature Stampin Up colors (but of course you can substitute with similar colors) with a new challenge every Wednesday! 

Since I love to use my Cricut to make crafts I of course was exciting to find Cricut Cardz Challenge blog!  They post a new challenge using the Cricut every Wednesday.  If you have a Cricut be sure and check them out!  FUN! 

I'm in a blog group Paptertrey Paper Dolls!  We used to post a new challenge every Thursday but now it is only every other Thursday.   The challenge link is up for over two weeks and can be anything.  It just depends on the host!  This is not just for our group anyone can participate so please check it out!

JUST RECENTLY STARTED!!  RIGHT HERE on Hiding in My Craft Room challenges posted every Saturday!  With a montly GIVEAWAY for one lucky participant with up to 5 chances to enter depending on how many weeks in that month!  The schedule for the weekly challenges is: 
1st week: A Color Challenge
2nd week: Super Scraps Saturday (even though you have all week!) - time to use up some of those SCRAPS! I personally need this challenge for myself!!!
3rd week: Try a Technique Week
4th week: Mix it Up! This challenge will vary from week to week!
5th week: Freestyle! This week you can enter with ANY creation!  So be sure and link up for a chance to win!

Another challenge blog I found through a blogging friend is The Paper Players.  They post a new challenge every Sunday.  I don't do much if any crafting or blogging on Sunday's but you have 6 days to get your challenge posted.  The type of challenge varies from week to week. 
Here's their challenge schedule
Week One: Theme Challenge
Week Two: Colour Challenge
Week Three: Clean and Simple Challenge
Week Four: Sketch Challenge
Week Five: Anything Goes

There are of course so many more challenges out there!  And of course, I don't even get all the ones I listed as some of my favorites done each week, but it's nice to at least check them out!

Please feel free to post in the comments your favorite challenge/s and share!  I would love to see what else is out there.

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
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Be sure and check back tomorrow, probably late afternoon early evening.  I'm kicking off a challenge of my own with prizes!

Have a great crafting day!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

celebrate with Buttons! - PTPD Challenge

I finally got a chance after hardly any crafting last week to use my new PTI Blooming Button Bits stamp set thanks to Amy, a fellow Papertrey Paper Dolls blog group member, who had the challenge last time and challenged us to use a Button Bits set.  Well, I can't believe it but I didn't have one and just had to get one to participate in the challenge!  It was a lot of fun and I'm glad I did!  Thank you, for real, Amy!

Here's what I came up with.  I hope you like it.


Recipe:
Card Base: SU Purely Pomegranate 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Marigold Morning 4" X 5 1/4" 
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Garden Green DP, White
Ink: Purely Pomegranate and Garden Green
Stamps:  PTI Blooming Button Bits, sentiment from Fillable Frames #5
Accessories:  SU Punches, buttons, Basicgrey's brads, SU Purely Pomegranate ribbon, Cuttlebug & Swiss Dots and Stylized Flowers embossing folders

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Super Scraps Saturday!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  We did!  My oldest kids that are in college were here and we are hoping and praying that they don't run into any of that western weather on the way back. 

After all the Holiday festivities I finally got some time out of the kitchen and stores to do some crafting.  And boy did I need some down time after cooking, cleaning, shopping, and more shopping!  I found some great stuff at really great prices.  And got a big chunk of my Christmas shopping done!  YIPPEE!!  I was happy and relieved that a lot of stores had there sales available online.  I got some great new Cricut cartridges that I can't wait to share with you. I'm super excited!!!

I thought it would be fun to just rummage through by scraps and precuts to see what I could come up with.  I had so much, too much to choose from.  I really need to have more "use your scraps" days or challenges. 

I hope you like it!  Here it is: 




Recipe:
Card Base: SU  Soft Suede 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Both River Rock and Purely Pomegranate are 3 1/2" X 4 3/4"   
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Confetti Cream
Ink: PTI True Black, SU Soft Suede and Purely Pomegranate
Stamps:  PTI Wreath for All Seasons & Fillable Frames #9 
Accessories:  Spellbinders Nestibilities, Corner punch, SU River Rock ribbon

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and Blog Candy Giveaway!


I can't believe how fast this year has flown by and that it is almost Christmas!  Only 29 days 'til Christmas!  OH MY!!  I have so much shopping to do.  I'll be putting on my shopping gear and heading out tomorrow for some great Black Friday deals.  WOOHOO!

I really love this time of year, and I have so much to be thankful for! 

Here are 10 of the things I am thankful for (in no particular order):

1.  My Savior, Jesus Christ
2.  My Children (here I could list them separately!  Then my list would almost be done! LOL!)
3.  All my blog followers friends and thier continued support!

4.  That my preganancy is going well!  And that I'm not in too much discomfort or at least not anymore than can be expected.
5.  My extended family, that are always there for me!  Thanks mom and dad!
6.  Good books!  I love to read!  Well, at this busy time of my life I pretty much only listen to audible books.  I have a son that will tell me that's not reading!  Teenagers!
7.  Good food that will be on my table later today, and my table will be surrounded with my favorite people, my children!
8.  Long baths!  I got up early, turkey's in the oven, husband's home, and I'm going to go take a long, long, bath!  And read listen to a good book!
10.  My husband!  Who will probably after watching the kids while I take a bath will have to run the store hopefully not more than once this year for things I forgot!!!! 



Here is a blog candy giveaway to show my appreciation for your support and that I'm so excited that my blog is about to reach 40,000 visits! When I started my blog a little over a year ago it was so I could enter challenges and I just can't believe all the visit gets! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for all the support! 


All you have to do to be in the drawing is leave me a post on THIS comment saying what you are thankful for this year!  No need to be a follower to enter but new followers are always welcome!

Sorry, but I am only able to ship to US and Canada at this time.   And APO addresses!

I will pick and post the winner on Wednesday Dec 1st!  When I will be kicking off another giveaway! 

Winner posted HERE!
 
Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Good luck!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

You're a Hoot! - Hoot N' Holler Cartridge

Here's a card and video tutorial I made a few weeks ago!  I made it using the colors from Splitcoaststampers color challenge CC294:  Breezy Blushing Cake (Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, and Crumb Cake).  I made it back when I was having internet and computer problems.  I thought we had everything on our computers fixed but it took some doing getting my editing software up and running properly. 

I hope you like it!

Part 1 of my video tutorial is my thought process (scary!) of how I make a card using a color challenge, a brief exploration and preview of the cartridge, and cutting the image.




Part 2 of my video tutorial is putting it all together!





  Owl was cut at 3 1/4"


Recipe:
Card Base: SU  Blushing Bride 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front: Baja Breeze 4" X 5 1/4",  Crumb Cake 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU DP Blushing Bride
Ink: PTI True Black
Stamps:  Pink by Design "Go Green"
Accessories:  SU Word Window & Modern Label punches, Cricut & Hoot N Holler Cartridge, SU ribbon Originals, Stickles "Black Diamond"

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Snowman with Cap! - Play Date Cafe Challenge

Another great challenge from Play Date Cafe!  I'm a woman of very few words today.  Have another OB appointment in a little bit.  Enjoy it while you can!  LOL!


I used Stampin UP Real Red, Old Olive, & Tempting Turquoise.  I really like these colors together, surprisingly even for Christmas!


Snowman is from Doodlecharms!
I cheated on the snowman!  He was left over from another card.  He was either too big or too small, but PERFECT this time!  YES, I keep everything!  I think I have a problem!  LOL!

The hat was cut at 1 1/4" from Simply Charmed cartridge.  I only used the hat the layer 2.  At this small size the face really doesn't show up which was fine by me!  I didn't need it! 
Recipe:
Card Base: SU Tempting Turquoise 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Old Olive 4" X 5 1/4", Real Red 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Real Red DP, Orange for the nose, white, black
Ink: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise for sponging on the hat rim that was originally cut out in whiteStamps:  PTI Signature Christmas
Accessories:  SU Tempting Turquoise 1/4" ribbon, Real Red Striped ribbon, Pom Pom for the hat, Cuttlebug & D'vine Swirl embossing folder,  Cricut & Simply Charmed

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas Card - Gettin' Em Done!

Okay, I might be only "gettin' em done" one at a time, but Hey! one more down!  I had a lot of fun making this card.  AND I am so enjoying my FREE download of Christmas Solutions.  I hope you aren't getting tired of hearing about it and seeing it.  Just to let you know, in case you are interested in getting FREE downloads too, cricutmachine.com is selling the Gypsy for $115.  You have until December 31st to buy and register a Gypsy to get 5 FREE cartridge downloads in addition to the 2 that come with it. 

Here's the information:

Buy and register a Gypsy by Cricut by December 31 and receive 5 free cartridges downloaded to your Gypsy – PLUS Gypsy Wanderings and Gypsy font cartridges. Other cartridges include:

•Blackletter

•Tags, Bags, Boxes and More

•Christmas Solutions

•Indie Art

•Printing Press

All current gypsy owners included! Simply register your Gypsy and get access to all downloads.

Downloads will be available through a special update to your Gypsy starting November 1st.

New Gypsy cartridge downloads are easy! Simply connect your Gypsy to your computer and you'll automatically be prompted how to start. In just a few steps, you'll be able to download all images for all five cartridges! And with Gypsy, you'll have all the cartridge artwork and keypad overlays on your Gypsy screen, so there's no actual cartridge, handbook, or packaging.

Also, cricutmachine.com cartridges are amazingly low!  AND they are shipping FREE if your total is $200 or more.  Get some friends together and save on shipping!  That's what I did!  FYI, I'm not affiliated with cricutmachine.com, but tell them I sent you and maybe I can be!  LOL!!!

I found a really fun challenge for a Christmas themed card or project over on Really Reasonable Ribbon with PRIZES!  Be sure and check it out!
AND I finally used the Fun Flock I had to have probably a year ago!  Just be sure and turn off ceiling fans before working with it! 

Here's my card for today. 

Christmas Tree was cut at 3.75" high
from FREE download using Gypsy and Christmas Solutions cartridge.

Presents were cut at 1" and 1.5" high from Create a Critter cartridge.

Recipe:
Card Base: SU  Bravo Burgandy 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Certainly Celery 4" X 5 1/4" 
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Handsome Hunter, "Greetings of the Season" paper pack from Hobby Lobby
Ink:  Bravo Burgandy
Stamps:  PTI Faux Ribbon (sentiment)
Accessories:  Cuttlebug & Swiss Dots embossing folder, Stickles "Golden Rod", Wild Wasabi ribbon, Cricut, Gypsy & Christmas Solutions Cartridge and Create a Critter Cartridge, White Fun Flock

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Season's Greetings - Christmas Solutions

Trying to get this week's mojo on and doing a Mojo Monday sketch is the perfect way to do it.  Of course, with OB appointments EVERY Monday (and Thursday) until the baby comes.  My week officially starts on, I guess, Tuesday! 

Here's what I came up with.  It's kindof funky! I hope you like it!

Ornament was cut at 2.25" high.
The Crushed Curry (yellow) is not this bright in real life!

Here's a picture of how I placed the images on the Gypsy mat.  Then I just matched up the papers with the cuts.  I ended up not using all the layers.

Recipe:
Card Base: SU Rich Razzleberry 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Crushed Curry 4" X 5 1/4" (I made my own DP again), Handsome Hunter 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Confetti Cream
Ink: SU Handsome Hunter, Rich Razzleberry,
Stamps: PTI Faux Ribbon, Background Basics:  Christmas
Accessories:  Stickles "Diamonds", Wal-Mart ribbon, Cricut, Gypsy, & FREE download Christmas Solutions Cartridge, SU Eyelet border punch

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Cool Snowman - Gypsy Smiley Cards

I just keep finding these new (to me) challenges!  This card is for The Paper Players, which was to make a project or card using a snowman, and it is also for Papertrey Pals which was to use dry embossing.  I kept it simple but am pleased with the way it turned out.  I hope you like it too.

Here's what I came up with:

 Again, I made two!  Two more down!!!
And notice I'm taking everyone's advice and doing cards that can be late so we can include the baby in our family Christmas photo.
Thank you all!

 Snowman and layers were cut at 3.75" high.
There is a layer that looks like cute little buttons, but I decided to use real buttons instead.
Looking at it now I wish I had stamped a little checked background on the scraft and/or ran it through the Cuttlebug for some texture.  Oh well, next time!
I still think he looks Super Cool though and
"Warm Winter Wishes" is the perfect sentiment from him!
AND I must give a shot out to Papertrey Ink!  Their sentiments are wonderful and so many of them fit perfectly in punches!
FYI, I don't work for nor do I design for them! 
I'm just a fabulous and happy customer!

Recipe:
Card Base: SU Blue Bayou 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Soft Sky 4" X 5 1/4" 
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Real Red, black, white
Ink: Real Red
Stamps:  PTI Stocking Prints (sentiment) 
Accessories:  SU Oval punches, Buttons, needle and thread, Gypsy & Smiley Cards download, Cricut, Cuttlebug & Snowflakes embossing folder, SU Ribbon Originals "District"

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

WOOHOO!

I can't believe it! I got Honorable Mention over on The Play Date Cafe for last week's challenge!   Be sure and check out the other winners and this week's challenge.  It's a doozy!

And got this award:

Cream in our Coffee at The Play Date Cafe
You can see my submission and the details about the challenge here:  happy birthday card

I hope it doesn't effect my award but I don't even drink coffee!!!
SHHH!  Don't tell them!

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Happy Veteran's Day! - Stand & Salute Rerun

Tis the season.....  for my kids to get sick!  Which of course I can only last so long taking care of the little ones, staying up with the youngest, doing the "normal" mom duties before I start dragging BIG TIME!  Plus, I have my OB appointment in a little bit. 

I decided I would do a rerun of the card I made my husband last year to say not only "Thank you" for his military service but more importantly what he does for me and our family. 

He is in the military (Air Force) and to say he loves airplanes is an understatement.


Here is a video tutorial of how I made it. I hope you enjoy it!




Recipe:
Card base:  Stampin Up Night of Navy 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  White Cardstock 4 X 5 1/4
Other Cardstock/paper:  Red Christmas Paper from Target 3 1/4" X 5 1/4" - embossed using Cuttlebug Stars Folder, Silver Christmas Paper from Target (I got these last year at Christmas time in the Christmas decorations department), Black, Real Red
Stamps: Women of Life (sentiment only)
Ink: SU Night of Navy
Accessories:  Ribbon from $1 bin from Target, Cricut & Stand & Salute Cartridge, Cuttlebug & Stars embossing folder

Thanks so much for checking in today!

I also wanted to say thank you for all the great comments from Tuesday's post!  It seems to be unanimous!  So far anyway!  I have already made some of my Christmas cards that say "Merry Christmas" but I do think from now on I will make them "Season's Greetings", "Happy Holidays", ect.  Since they will probably be late!


Please, be sure to subscribe via email or follow my blog.  I have some upcoming giveaways that you won't want to miss!

Have a GREAT crafting day!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Merry Christmas Wreath - Christmas Solutions

My husband is working nights this week and so my routine is out of groove.  But I did find some time today to participate in this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  Plus, I couldn't resist to make SOMETHING with one of my new FREE downloads on my Gypsy!!!  I decided to be good and work on Christmas cards first using the Christmas Solutions Cartridge.

I made two!  YIPPEE!!  Two more Christmas cards down!  I do have a little dilemna though.  The baby is due Christmas day but my doctor will induce early.  I am hoping for about a week early.  My dilemna is this:  do I wait and have our family picture, that I include in our Christmas cards, so that the baby is in the picture, however, my cards will probably be late (not the first time that has happened!) or do I go ahead and just get a picture done sooner so that the cards are on time?  Two years ago my little girl was born on the 7th of December (induced) and we had our family photos taken on the 12th which was soon enough to get the cards out in time but this year!  What do you think? 

Anyway, here's what I came up with.  I hope you like it!



Wreath and layers were cut at 3" high on the Gypsy.
Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Floral Screen embossing folder.
On the bow I used a Zig Painty pen and traced the cut lines to give it a little more depth.

Recipe:
Card Base: SU Cranberry Crisp 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front: Always Artichoke 4" X 5 1/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU River Rock, Confetti Cream, DP from Greetings of teh Seasons Paper Pack
Ink: SU Cranberry Crisp
Stamps:  SU Teeeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories:  SU Bravo Burgundy Ribbon, Mini Gold brads, Zig Painty Pen, Cuttlebug & Floral Screen and Allegro embossing folders, Word Window & Modern Label punches (I've been using these a lot lately!!), Cricut, Gypsy & FREE Christmas Solution Cartridge

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Monday, November 8, 2010

My Gypsy is Updated!!

I spent most of my day, or rather, my "extra" or crafting time today updating my Gypsy and then looking at all the cool new images!  There's not much time left after all the normal stuff and my OB appointment!  Today the NST (non-stress test) went GREAT and then they did another test that I have NEVER had done before, they did an ultrasound to check my amniotic fluid levels which are perfect!  Apparently I have to do them once a week!  CRAZY!!  I would have already updated, but after last week's mishap with all our computers, my laptop, where I have my Gypsy sync software, wasn't quite ready on November 1st as I had hoped.

Clap With One Hand As You Design With the Other

Anyway, I am so excited to have the FREE cartridges on my Gypsy!  I have been wanting Indie Art and Christmas!  I already have Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More and already LOVE it!!  Not to mention the EXCLUSIVE Gypsy download Smiley Cards!!!!  Adorable!!  I hope to share something soon!  If I can stop playing and looking at all the new stuff!  And get to cutting!  LOL!

Here's the information: 

Buy and register a Gypsy by Cricut by December 31 and receive 5 free cartridges downloaded to your Gypsy – PLUS Gypsy Wanderings and Gypsy font cartridges. Other cartridges include:

•Blackletter



•Tags, Bags, Boxes and More


•Christmas


•Indie Art


•Printing Press


All current gypsy owners included! Simply register your Gypsy and get access to all downloads.

Downloads will be available through a special update to your Gypsy starting November 1st.

New Gypsy cartridge downloads are easy! Simply connect your Gypsy to your computer and you'll automatically be prompted how to start. In just a few steps, you'll be able to download all images for all five cartridges! And with Gypsy, you'll have all the cartridge artwork and keypad overlays on your Gypsy screen, so there's no actual cartridge, handbook, or packaging.

So be sure and download your free cartridges if you already own and have registered your Gypsy!!

I did a video tutorial a while back when the Gypsy first came out about updating it and the Cricut.  You can see it here:  Updating Cricut Gypsy

It's kind of a long process but sooooo worth it!!  FYI, I didn't have to update my Cricut because the firmware was up to date already. If you have any questions please feel free.  If I don't know the answer I will do my best to find it!

Thanks so much for checking in today!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

happy birthday card - Play Date Cafe Challenge

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!  I had this ready to post last night, all but the picture.  I was having some techinical difficulties with my computer reading my memory stick.  I don't usually do any blogging except for family updates on Sundays, but I didn't want this to wait until Monday.  So I am quickly saying Hi!, adding my picture, and then off to spend the rest of my Sunday with my family.  My husband is making the popcorn for a family movie and the smell is calling me!!!! 

I found out from a friend, Amber at Momma Scraps, about another great challenge over on The Play Date Cafe.  This is my first time participating and from what I can tell they post a different color challenge every Wednesday.  This week even includes a prize!  Here's the challenge (PDCC54):


I used Stampin Up Cardstock:  Peach Parfait, Certainly Celery and White.

Here's what I came up with.  WHAT NO CRICUT!!!! 


Recipe:
Card Base: SU  Peach Parfait 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front: Certainly Celery 4" X 5 1/4"   
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Certainly Celerly DP, Peach Parfait DP, White
Ink: Peach Parfait, Certainly Celery
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Wishes, PTI Floral Frenzy
Accessories:  Ribbon from Dollar Tree!, SU Word Window and Modern Label punches, button, brads from Oriental Trading Company, sponge

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving - Simply Charmed Cartridge

This week's color challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers, Peach Espresso Craze, is awesome.    Thank you Mary!  These colors are so warm and rich together.  Perfect for this time of year!!! 

Here is what I came up with:

Turkey was cut at 3 3/4".
I cut EXTRA turkeys, cut them apart, and pieced them together to make the different colored tail.


 Remember to keep Real Dial Size OFF so your pieces will be proportional. 
I forgot to turn mine off!  See my HUGE turkey wing!

Recipe:
Card Base: SU  Peach Parfait 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Early Espresso 4" X 5 1/4", Cajun Craze 3 3/4" X 5", Confetti Cream 3 1/2" X 4 3/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Summer Sun, Black
Ink: Early Espresso
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories:  Sticky Rhinestones, Cuttlebug & Mesh Embossing Folder, Cricut & Simply Charmed Cartridge, SU Word Window & Modern Label punches, Early Espresso 1/4" ribbon

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

To Bling or Not to Bling? - Mojo Monday

Thank goodness we have more than just a day to participate in MojoMonday Sketch Challenge.   This is contest week so head on over and give it a try!  You never know you might WIN!!  

Also, I found a fun challenge over on Cricut Cardz Challenge!  They post a new challenge every Wednesday "for those who love to make cards with their cricut"!  That's ME!!!   This week's challenge is to make a Christmas card using a cut starting with the letter "S".  Although my stockings are not a cricut cut my SCALLOPED rectangle is!  WOOHOO!
 

Back to Christmas cards!  YEAH!!!    I couldn't decide if I wanted to bling out the top of my stockings or not, but ended up not.  Can you believe it?  What do you think?  Did I make the right choice?  I can always go back and add it!!  These were pretty quick and easy and I might have to make more, like 10-12. 

Here is what I came up.  

The scallop rectangle was cut using my Gypsy and Winter Woodland Cartridge.
I set the size (REAL DIAL) to 4.75" X 3.25".   I know the scallops are stretched, and I probably could have found a better scalloped rectable but I kindof like it. 
 
Recipe:
Card Base: SU  Garden Green 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Cherry Cobbler 4" X 5 1/4"  
Other Cardstock / Paper:  White
Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Wishes, All in a Row, PTI Stocking Prints
Accessories:  Cuttlebug & Checkerboard Embossing Folder, PTI Stocking die, dimensionals (of course),  Cricut & Winter Woodland Cartridge, SU Word Window Punch, Fancy Pants All Fall Ribbon (I got a really good deal on a BIG spool of this so you will probably see more of it!!)

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Birthday card with Scraps!

While I was offline with computer problems this past weekend I used some of the time to clean up my craft room.  Where does all the bits of paper and debris come from?  I already need to vacuum again!


Anyway, while I was cleaning up my stamping table I noticed how much paper I needed to put away and decided to play around and make some cards using scraps.  I actually had the card base there as well. 

Here is what I came up with.  I am pleased with the way it turned out!  I hope you like it too!


 Scallop Circles are 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/4", 2".

 Here's how I made my flower:
First, I punched the shapes out, laid them on my Stampin Up Stamp Cleaner (you can use anything really), and sprayed them with water.
Then I wadded them up! I decided to add some solids as well in
Stampin UP Marina Mist & Not Quite Navy.

 
I let them dry for a bit then opened them up.  Be careful with the Design Paper it is a little more delicate.  You might even want to open these a little before they are completely dry.  Then just let them set out for a little longer to dry.

Then put the layers together.  I played around a little with them to see which ones I like together the best.  As you can see, I didn't use all my pieces.  I used glue dots to keep the layers together, used a crop-a-dile to punch a hole then used a brad.  You can also just adhere the layers together and use a button which is really cute!
Recipe:
Card Base: SU  Marina Mist 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front: Not Quite Navy 3 1/4" X 5"   
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU River Rock, Chocolate Chip, White, SU DP scrap
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy
Stamps:  PTI Communique Sentiments
Accessories:  Sticky Rhinestones, SU District Ribbon, Cuttlebug & Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder, Scallop circle punches, Silver Brad

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Cricut Magazine!

WOOHOO!  I'm back online!  My husband, a jack of all trades, figured out that we had a virus that somehow infected ALL our computers.   He ran some programs and worked on it A LOT.  I'm not sure what all he did but it works.  It is amazing how dependent I've gotten to my computer and the internet.  It is almost scary at how everyone depends on it to communicate.  I had several people at church ask me questions yesterday about did I get this email or that, and I felt so uninformed! 

Jen and Laurie you are both so right!  I did see the announcement about the New Cricut Magazine coming in January 2011 from Scrapbook Trends.  I was going to post it along with my excitment about it last week but well my computer pooped out!  Can't wait to see what is going to be in there!



I have some more things to share that I worked on this weekend including 2 New Video tutorials!  But of course I have another OB appointment this afternooon.  So it might be late tonight before I get back.  I now have to go twice a week for the 30 minute stress tests.  I had to do them with the last pregnancy too with NO PROBLEMS.  I guess because I was over 35.  Or maybe it was because my first two babies were C-sections.  Most doctors kindof freak to know that I had a VBAC after two ceasreans.  I've now had 4 VBACs!  I think I'm good to go!  Anyway, better to be safe than sorry! 

Just in case you are in my same situation wanting a VBAC, I found a lot of information, print outs, and support at http://www.ican-online.org/  International Ceasrean Awareness Network. 

Thanks for checking in today!

Have a great crafting Monday!

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