Friday, April 29, 2011

It Came Already!

I'm super excited!  My New Cricut Expression 2 came via UPS yesterday! 

Here's a video introduction to the new machine!  It's really cool!  I can't wait to see what all it can do.

 Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Just a little over one week, May 7th, for National Scrapbooking Day, challenges, prizes and fun!! Join me here! Mark your calenders!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

happy mother's day

So I made this for Cricut Cardz challenge but missed the deadline by 45 minutes!!  GRRRR!!

Oh well, I will still need this card, but I can't say for sure who will get it.  My mother is probably my biggest fan and most loyal reader!  HI MOM!! 

The challenge was to make a Mother's Day card!  I did veer from my ABC cricut challenge, but I DID use a new PTI stamp set (another challenge of mine):  Bitty Background Blocks.  This is such a great versatile set!  I used it on the middle of the flower.

edit:  I was contacted and told that my card qualifies for a Mother's Day challenge over on Hand Stamped Sentiment blog! Thank you Genny! 

Here's what I came up with:

Flower and leaves were cut at 2 1/2" from Picturesque Cartridge
I LOVE this cartridge!
You can check it out here:  Picturesque Cartridge

Card Base: SU  Pear Pizzazz 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:   DCWV The Stack 4" X 5 1/4"   Melon Mambo 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  Crushed Curry,  Always Artichoke
Ink: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Wishes, PTI Bitty Background Blocks
Accessories:  Crushed Curry ribbon, Cuttlebug & Floral Screen embossing folder, SU window punches, Pearls, Cricut & Picturesque Cartridge

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Monday, April 25, 2011

I ordered it!

I'm so excited!
I ordered the New Cricut Expression 2:  5th Anniversary Edition!
It aired on HSN midnight CST which was only 9pm my time!
However it was available online even before that which of course is when I ordered mine!!

4 Cartridges come preloaded on it!!

It should be here by May 5th which is right before my birthday.
Happy Birthday to me EARLY!!

April PTI Blog Hop

I almost completely forgot about Paptrey Ink's blog hop this month!  So I quickly put something together.

Boys To Men

This month's blog hop is dedicated to all the boys and men in our lives! Now's your chance to create Father's Day projects, boy birthday cards and more to build up your stash! Focus on masculine color
schemes, fresh pattern combinations, understated embellishments and unique uses of images you may already have in your stash!

Since my husband is about to leave for another country and be gone for over three months this challenge was perfect for me.  To have some things ready to send him will be GREAT!!

Here's what I came up with:

Card Base: SU Soft Suede 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  River Rock  4" X 5 1/4"  
Other Cardstock / Paper:   White, Real Red 
Ink: Real Red, Soft Suede
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Wishes, PTI  Fly Away & My Hero, My Dad
Accessories:  PTI Airplane die, SU Real Red ribbon, hemp, SU punches

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

To see the other submissions go HERE!

ALSO, don't forget about National Scrapbooking Day!  May 7th! Less than two weeks away!
I'll be having challenges and prizes throughout the day!
I think it will be a lot of fun!
You won't want to miss it!

Happy Easter

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!  We did!  We kept it simple, just spent time as a family.  Then Sunday we went to church and afterward had friends over for an Easter dinner.  The kids played; the adults visited.  A perfect end to a really nice weekend. 

I am thankful for this time of year to reflect on Jesus Christ, his life, the Atonement, and the Resurrection.  I know I should think about it at all times but sometimes life gets so hectic and busy it takes a special holiday to help me remember.

Happy belated Easter!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Graphically Celebrating

On with my ABC Cricut Challenge!  Letter G!  I used Graphically Speaking Cartridge.  This cart has so much fun stuff!  I decided it was time to make a masculine birthday card.

Here's what I came up with:

Border was cut at 4 1/2".  I crinkled it a little and some of the little edges came off which I kindof like!
Circles were cut using REAL DIAL Size ON at 2 3/4", 1 1/2", and 1".

Card Base: SU  Night of Navy 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Always Artichoke 3 3/4" X 5", Really Rust 4" X 5 1/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper: DCWV The Stack
Ink: Night of Navy
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories:  SU punches, Cuttlebug & Brickyard embossing folder, Dusty Durango ribbon, Cricut & Graphically Speaking cartridge

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sweet as a Cupcake!

I just love this little cupcake!  Of course I love eating cupcakes but lately I've been addicted to watching Cupcake Wars.  I have a friend who makes gourmet yummy cupcakes and I keep asking her when she is going on the show!!!  So anyway, I just had to make a card using this yummy cupcake!  Maybe I will even send it to her!

PLUS, the cupcake image is cut from From My Kitchen Cartridge, letter F, next on my ABC Cricut challenge. 

I used the colors from last week's Splitcoaststampers color challenge:  CC318 So Pretty Pizzazz.  I got some time to craft today and went to check out today's color challenge and it wasn't up yet so I decided to just do last week's.  That's the great thing about SCS challenges.  You can do them any time!!

Here's what I came up with:

 I cut the ovals from the same cartridge using the cut to length features to match my stamp size. 
The white one at 2 1/4" long and the So Saffron one at 2 3/4" long.

I cut the cupcake at 3 3/4".

Card Base: SU  Pear Pizzazz 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Other Cardstock / Paper:  Pretty in Pink DP (from my scrap box), So Saffron, white, Pretty in Pink
Ink:  Basic Gray
Stamps:  PTI Cupcake Collection 
Accessories:  SU white satin ribbon, Cuttlebug & Swiss Dots embossing folder, Hologram glitter glue, Cricut & From My Kitchen cartridge

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Monday, April 18, 2011


The winner picked using is .....

#38  JustYolie

Congrats JustYolie!! 

Please contact me with your information using the Contact Me button at the top of my blog!!

Thanks so much to everyone for their participation and support!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Contact Me Glitch

For some reason some of my Contact Me emails have been going into my junk mail folder.  I think I have fixed the problem.  I will be working on answering all your questions over the weekend.  If I haven't replied to you my Monday please send it to me again as I don't know if I got to them all in time.  Some might have been automatically deleted from my junk mail folder.

Sorry for any inconvenience!  I love hearing from you!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Gone fishin

I made this scrapbook page for some great pictures we took last year when we went home (my home) to Arkansas and my dad took us fishing.  The kids LOVED it!  My poor seven year old still remembers that she didn't get a fish which she brought up when she saw the page!  We, of course, were doing catch and release.  My dad even caught a fish and tried to trick her and let her 'catch' it, but it didn't work.  It was the one that got away!  I don't know who was more upset my, then, 6 year old or my dad!  He tries his best to make everything perfect. 

My mom does her part!  I usually gain 3 pounds from her cooking when we visit!!! 

Oh, and I haven't forgotten about my cricut challenge!  Letter E:  Everyday Paper Dolls is the cart I used for the little fisher, the fish, and the water.  I used Cindy Loo cartridge for the letters.

I also used the Cuttlebug and Tiny Bubbles embossing folder on the 'water'.

Thanks so much for checking in today!

Don't forget to check out my blog candy going on right now!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blog Candy Giveaway!!

Sorry I'm a little late getting this posted!  CRAZY morning! 

Here's the blog giveaway to celebrate 300+ followers!!

A Stampin Up Stamp set: Bliss
A pack of 12 Pillow boxes in Stampin UP previous Bold Brights colors!

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing for this fun stuff is leave a comment on THIS post and be a follower or email subscriber.  NEW followers are always WELCOME here!

I will pick the winner and post it Monday the 18th.

Thanks for your support and checking in today!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Blog Candy Tomorrow!

I CAN'T believe that my little blog reached 300+ followers already!  All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I will get the blog candy giveaway that I mentioned pictured and posted tomorrow morning!

Playing with Felt

Okay, so I'm probably the last person in the crafting world to play with felt and I thought I would just buy some cheap felt at wal-mart!  Well, my cricut wouldn't cut it even on multi-cut and then I decided to try my PTI dies and when that didn't work I figured out it must be the felt!  It is, like I said, just some cheap felt in the kid crafts section. So I had to get out the big guns!  I used my Accucut, a professional manual cutter, which will cut ANYTHING, I think!!!

Here's what I came up with:

Card Base: SU  Pear Pizzazz 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  White 4" X 5 1/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU I Wish Simply Scrappin Kit
Ink: Melon Mambo
Stamps:  SU Bring on the Cake
Accessories:  Felt, Accucut, Flowers #16 die, scrap ribbon, brad

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

PTI and SU Color Comparison Chart

Papertrey Ink and Stampin Up Color Comparison

I have searched and searched and could not find a comparison chart of Papertrey Ink colors and Stampin Up Colors.  So, I decide to make my own.

I used a little color key ring I made of PTI colors.

And a cardstock ring I bought on ebay, but I don't think the lady sells them anymore and had to make my own with the new in colors.

The reason I wanted this is because I have all the SU inks and really like them, the storage, the style, and the colors and wanted to know the matches for my PTI cardstock.  However, I have been disappointed in Stampin Up's ribbon choices and LOVE PTI's variety and that I don't have to buy 15 yards at a time.  Anyway, I wanted more options for matching it to my SU cardstock.  AND because I have a serious ribbon problem but that is another story!

Here is how I did it!  See how SU Melon Mambo and PTI Raspberry Fizz are almost the SAME color!

So here are the color matches I came up with.  The ones that don't have a match well, they didn't have a close enough match.  I know that a lot of the SU colors are retired but that is what matches!  Also, these are only the colors of PTI cardstock that I have.  The newer releases I will add as I get them.

Papertrey Ink Color                Stampin Up Color

Dark Chocolate                           Chocolate Chip

Smokey Shadow

Vintage Cream                            Very Vanilla

Aqua Mist                                    Soft Sky

Lemon Tart                                  Barely Banana

Pure Poppy                                  Real Red

Rasberry Fizz                               Melon Mambo

Orange Zest                                 Pumpkin Pie

Summer Sunrise                           Marigold Morning

Ripe Avocado

Scarlett Jewel                               Bravo Burgundy

Sweet Blush                                 Pink Pirouette

Lavender Moon                           Pale Plum

Ocean Tides

New Leaf                                     Green Galore

Berry Sorbet                                Cameo Coral

Plum Pudding                              Perfect Plum

Spring Rain                                  Bashful Blue

Hibiscus Burst

Terracotta Tile                             Dusty Durango

Melon Berry                                Groovy Guava

Enchanted Evening

Spring Moss

Blueberry Sky
Pinefeather                                 Handsome Hunter

Fine Linen

Harvest Gold                              Daffoldil Delight

Hawaiian Shores                       

Royal Velvet                              Elegant Eggplant

Simply Chartreuse                      Kiwi Kiss

I hope someone, besides me, finds this useful or helpful.

If anyone is interested I do have this saved as an worksheet file and can send it to you.  Just use the contact button at the top of my blog.

Thanks for checking in today!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

National Scrapbooking Day! May 7th!

Hey all!! or  Hey Y'all!! as I have been known to say just a few times! ; )

I've decided to host on National Scrapbooking Day, May 7th, some fun challenges and prizes!!  My hubby will be leaving the country for several months (yes, I'm a military wife and can't say much more than that) so I can't go to a scrapbooking / crafting event that I like to attend so I decided to have my own!!  I hope you all will join me!  I'll have more details later.  Just mark your calenders!  One month from today!!!

Joyeux anniversaire!

Don't you just love it when things work out!  Well, my daughter's friend is having a Paris themed birthday party this weekend and guess what?  Destinations Cricut cartridge has an Eiffel tower image!  Starts with D!  The next letter in my Cricut ABC challenge and I don't think I had used this cart before!!!

So since I don't speak french I had to call my oldest who served a mission for our church in the West Indies and does speak french.  I wanted to make the birthday card just right for her Paris party!  Of course, it says Happy Birthday!!  But don't ask me how to pronounce it, but when my son says it, it sounds heavenly!
Here's what I came up with:

The Eiffel Tower was cut at 4".
I cut two and one in shadow, all in silver paper, and layered them with dimensionals to give it a 3-D look.  The top layer I embossed with Mesh folder.

Card Base: White  4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Other Cardstock / Paper:  DCWV Garden Party stack, Silver paper from Target,  Bravo Burgundy
Ink: None
Stamps: None
Accessories:  Cuttlebug & Mess embossing folder, Cricut & Destinations Cartridge, SU White taffeta ribbon, Computer for sentiment, SU punches, PTI edge die

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Almost 300 followers!

I can't believe that I'm only 8 away from 300 blog followers and have so many additional subscribed readers!! 

When I reach 300 I'm going to do another blog giveaway!  I just got an extra Stampin Up Sell-a-bration stamp set and will be including it with some other goodies!!

Thank you so much!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

CropChocolate Spring Challenge

The design team for were challenged to make a 'Spring' or Easter themed project. 

Here's what I came up with:


I only used White cardstock and paper from the makingmemories Spring Fling project paper pad that of course is from!!  The pad includes: 8"X8" patterned paper, alpha & number stickers, word & frame stickers, and die cuts.  I cut the butterfly from patterned paper BY HAND!!  I'm not the best with scissors to say the least! I used Hologram Glitter glue from to give it some sparkle!

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, Mega Mixed Messages, stamped using SU Regal Rose.

Thanks for checking in today!

Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm still here!

I thought I better let everyone know that I'm still here!  I just had a busy week last week from kindergarten round up to a kid's birthday and everything in between.  With a family our size things come up!  Who am I kidding with one or 19 kids, like the Dugger's on TLC, things happen!!  Family first!

Also, in our church twice a year we have what's called General Conference where we get to hear from church leaders via satellite.  It's on Saturday and Sunday; so my weekend was full of family and spirituality! 

I'm still here and have some fun things to share with you this week including a couple of new videos!!
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