Sunday, December 19, 2010

WOW! Thank you so much! Winners posted too!

Happy Sunday friends! 
First off, let me just say a big 'ol THANK YOU for visiting my blog for the Fantabulous Cricut Christmas Crawl.  I was truly touched that you took the time to visit me and comment on my project!  For the past week, my daughter would ask everyday - how many people came by today?  I was blown away that I had 62 comments (63 show up because I commented myself for a question) AND my goal of having 60 followers by Friday was exceeded!  Thank you again for stopping by!

And now - the winner of the Prima Flowers is :
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Margie said...
Beautiful bench! I collect old world santas!

Also - I have decided for my 2nd giveaway since ya'll were so kind to become followers and exceed my goal - I am giving away the Mother's Day Seasonal Cartridge!

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Angela said...

WOW! Your project is amazing. Great job on making it yourself with little expense. I love working with Mod Podge too.

December 13, 2010 7:58 AM

Margie and Angela - I will send you an email today to get your mailing address! 

Thanks again to all of you for coming by, I had a blast "Crawling" and hope to do something like this again soon!  Have a wonderful week!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Deck the Halls Crawl!!!

Howdy Friends! Welcome to the third (and MY first!!) Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!

In honor of the approaching Christmas holiday, we're having a "Deck The Halls" Crawl...each Design Team member will be featuring an original Christmas/Holiday-themed project that could be used to decorate and spruce up their homes for the Holiday Season!

If you've come from visiting Jean at you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE!

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Deck The Halls" project at FCCB!

How fun is that?

Now for my project - here is what I made!

I made this for my daughter's teacher for her Christmas present.  I was in a store one day and saw something like this that was a child's chair and was so stinkin' cute!  BUT it had a crazy price tag on it and I knew I could do something similar.  So I went to Michaels and bought a stool in the unfinished wood department (using a coupon of course!) and then used supplies I already had at home.  I spent less than $5.00!!  Here's how I did it:

I started by tracing the top on patterned paper.

Then I painted the sides and bottom (oh yeah, make sure you PRIME the wood first otherwise you'll be  painting several coats).  I used acrylic paint I had in my supplies.

After the paint dries - get out the Mod Podge!  I used the matte finish for this project.  Tip: put Mod Podge onto the backside of the PAPER (like glue) and then put it onto the wood.  It will help with the air bubbles by gluing the paper first instead of putting it on the stool.  Use a brayer or old card to brush out any bubbles that may be there.

Cut off excess paper with craft knife.

Ink the edges with Distress Ink.  I used Brushed Corduroy.

Tear a second piece of paper to coordinate with pattered paper.  Santa is actually fuzzy or flocked!

I then added paper trim to the bottom of the stool as an accent.

Finally, I cut the word 'BELIEVE' using the Hello Kitty Font Cartridge and the Holly image using the Winter Woodland Cartridge, then Mod Podged them to the stool after I inked the edges.

I put 2 coats of Mod Podge all over the stool as a sealer.  Now the stool is ready for little ones to wait for Santa's visit!

SO - for the PRIZE on my blog!  I am going to give away at least 1 prize - how about some lovely Prima flowers!  All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me if you have a special collection of some sort.  Mine is snowmen!  I love snowmen and they reside on my stairs from the day after Thanksgiving until the end of January (but the other decorations come down after New Year's Day!)

AND I'll give away a 2nd prize if I reach 60 followers by Friday, Dec. 17th! 


Now it's your turn! Let's see your Christmas/Holiday-Themed Decor projects! Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project!

Next stop... Jill's blog! Go see what she has in store for you today... And when you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!

Happy Crawling!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas - Days 6 through 9

Happy Saturday friends!!  Its already been a busy day and I'm finally in the studio spending some crafty time with my momma!  She came to play in the studio too!!!  We've got our Christmas tunes on and are having a blast!  I wanted to quickly share with you what I've been working on the past couple of days - I'm caught up with the 12 Tags of Christmas with Tim Holtz.  If you haven't been over to his blog yet to see this year's tags, head over there when you are done here and check it out!  VERY COOL ideas!  So, without further ado - here are my next few tags:

What do ya think?  I'm loving the tags this year - I'm thinking about hanging them on the tree!  I also think I might go back (after the holidays of course) and do the previous years tags to hang up next year!  Ambitious, huh? 

Well - 'til later friends!!  Make sure you check in back here on Monday for the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl and see my project and I'm thinking about a cool prize to give away for my first blog hop!!!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Get Ready for a Fantabulous Cricut Crawl....

....also known as a Blog Hop!! 

Howdy friends!  We are getting ready for a Fantabulous Cricut Crawl on Monday, December 13th!  Now, this will be my VERY FIRST blog hop, er, I mean Crawl  and I have an exciting project to share with you.  Here is a peek:

Let me tell you - this is a fun project!  And - it didn't really cost much to make either!  I would love it if you would come back and Crawl along with us, see amazing projects, and maybe win a prize too!  I may just have to give away something in celebration of my first Crawl - POSSIBLY might could give away 2 prizes if you bring a friend along with you too!  See ya'll soon!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Days 3, 4 & 5

Quick post for now!  Just wanted to share the next 3 tags I've finished!  Tim Holtz is genius with these fun techniques!  Check out his blog and play along too!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gifts Galore Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

Howdy friends!!  It is getting closer to Christmas day, have you finished shopping??  No?  Me neither!!  Maybe the challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut will help you get motivated to craft some gifts and packaging this year!  LOTS of cool ideas from the Design Team this week!!  The challenge is to create a handmade gift or gift packaging.  This week I decorated a couple of packages of gourmet cocoa for some simply 'sweet' gifts.

How cute are these??  I almost want to put these in my own stocking to open up and enjoy!  Hee hee :)  The best thing about the packaging (besides it being cute) is that I used ALL scraps!  **Not a single full sheet of paper was harmed in the making of the packaging ** ;)

Here's how I made these:
Wrap a piece of cardstock around the width of the cocoa package and cut to length, score and fold for a tight crease if desired.  Cut a rectangle decorative piece to adhere to cardstock, then cut out a tag to adhere to the decorative piece.  Cut desired image to place on the tag.  Stamp a sentiment and embellish!  Oh yeah - and I attached a chocolate dipped peppermint stick for stirring the cocoa onto the back!  Easy packaged cocoa gift!!  Have a Fantabulous Week!!  Please play along with us  - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge - ProvoCraft
Cardstock and Patterned Papers from stash
Sentiment Stamps, Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers, Tiny Treats: Christmas - Papertrey Inc.
Gems - The Paper Studio
Flower  -Prima
Button - stash
Sticky Doos Pop Dot - The Paper Studio
Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Mocha Mama - Quick Quotes
Ribbon and Twine - stash
ATG adhesive - 3M

Saturday, December 4, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Days 1 & 2

Howdy friends!! You thought I forgot about you, huh? I promise that I have not forgotten you! I've been busy craftin', scrappin', & creatin' in the studio!!! Just wanted to show you one of the many things I've been working on - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas!! I LOVE the tags and techniques he shares with us and I made it my mission this year to create all 12 - yep - ALL 12 tags. So, I thought I'd share the first 2 days that I've finished. Not sure if I'm going to give them away or keep them all to myself! Hmmm.....

So, you too can head over to T!m's blog and learn all kinds of new techniques too! The best part for me is trying to use what I have in my own stash and use his techniques to make the tags my own. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Quick Card and Embellish Challenge

Howdy Friends!!  Today is a beauty of a day outside and I plan on enjoying some of it!!  First, though I wanted to share a quick card I made last night.  I received a package in the mail from a message board friend filled with all kinds of eye candy!  One particular piece of paper sang out to me - make me into a card, pronto!!  So of course I had to listen and create!  This card came together very quickly using items that came from my mail package and a couple of pieces from my stash. 

Now, here is the interesting thing!  I had been planning on submitting to the color challenge for Embellish Magazine and realized that I had used all of the colors totally by accident (except for the green, but that was an easy fix!).  I plan on making some 'sweets' to give as a gift this Christmas to one of the teachers at my daughter's school, and thought this card would fit perfectly with it.  So, this card is my submission for that challenge - nothing like multi-tasking is there? :O)

I hope you enjoy this super 'sweet' card!

All scraps from my scrappy mail package/personal stash

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Thankful Challenge #37

Howdy friends!  We are winding up our week getting ready for Thanksgiving!!  Yummy!  This week the challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is based on Thanksgiving - something we are thankful for.  I am thankful for so much in my life with my family and friends.  I decided to let my friends in our Small Church Community know that I'm thankful for them.  We learn so much from each other in our faith and in our daily lives.  I am making small loaves of pumpkin bread for them and tying a small note around it to let them know that our family is thankful for them.  Here are the simple cards I made:

I used Tags, Bags, Boxes & More to cut out the rectangle for card bases and squares for the orange and white pieces.  Then I stamped the turkey image on white cardstock and used Copic Markers to color him.  I'm new to Copics, so I don't have any techniques yet - but they are fun to use!!  I then stamped 'Give Thanks' around the corner of the orange square and inked all edges, then finished up with a twine 'bow.' 

Here is the inside:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!  Please head over to Fantabulous Cricut to play along with this week's challenge!!!

Cricut Cartridge: Tags, Bags, Boxes & More - Provocraft
Cardstock - The Paper Studio, Bazzill
Patterned Paper - The Paper Studio
Brown Timber Ink - Staz On
Stamps (Give Thanks, Turkey)
Sentiment Stamp - Stampin' Up
Markers - Copic Sketch
Twine - Hobby Lobby

Monday, November 15, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge

Good morning friends!!  I've got several 'to do' items this week before we get into Thanksgiving next week, so hopefully I'll be able to share several of them before the kids are off!  Today I am sharing my entry for the Embellish Magazine challenge.  Using the color swatches below, we had to decorate a bag. 

Easy breazy - so I hope that you will play too and share your creations.  Here is the bag I came up with and I will be giving it to a dear friend for her birthday!

Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cartridge - Provocraft
Cardstock - Provocraft
Patterned Paper - The Paper Studio
Scallop Punch - Fiskars
Sentiment from Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers - Papertrey Ink
Embossing Powder - Creations Unlimited
Embossing Stamp Pad - Top Boss by Clearsnap
Rhinestones - Tulip
Jewel Flower, Ribbon, Trim - from my stash

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yummy Pumpkin Bread - Throwback Thursday

Howdy friends!!  I am finally sharing this project with ya'll - and happily found out that this challenge from Emma's Throwback Thursday challenge that she extended it a week!!  The challenge is to make something having to do with food, and use From My Kitchen if you have it (or an older cart if you don't).  I want to make Pumpkin bread for our neighbors this year for a small Thanksgiving treat, so here is what I'm using to package the bread in:

This packaging is based on the idea of the very talented Michelle Wooderson!  She creates gorgeous tags and packaging!  I used lots of scraps from my stash and a brown paper lunch sack to create the fun bag!  Thanks for stopping by today!!

From My Kitchen Cartridge - Provocraft
Brown paper sack
Cardstock - Bazzill, DCWV
Patterned Paper - The Paper Studio
Nestabilities Large Scalloped Octagons - Spellbinders
Stamp - Papertrey Ink
Ink pad - Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Twine - Hobby Lobby
Baker's Twine - Jillibean Soup
Pinking Shears

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday - 1st DT post!!!

Howdy friends!  Today I am so SUPER excited!!!  This is my first official post as a DT member of Fantabulous Cricut!!   Thank you to the gals over there for the opportunity!  So hang on to your hats, here we go........ (said in a Peter Pan voice!)

The challenge this week is to incorporate the color GREEN and use a CIRCLE on your card, layout, or project.  I immediately thought of a wreath and decided to adapt from a project I learned about at a local studio I love to visit, The Little Blue House.  The original project was Halloween, so I took some of the same techniques and applied it to my project.  Here is the full project:

I was at the dollar store the other day and came across this CIRCLE platter - yep, only $1!  I started gathering supplies from my stash to create the project.  For the circle embellie, I used an accordian fold techique for the larger circle, then layered on a second circle with paper, then black felt, and finished it off with 2 buttons and twine.  Super easy! 

Then I cut out the tree and letters using Lyrical Letters and Winter Wonderland.  I cut a rectangle piece out of a scrap of paper, then on a second piece of paper I cut just the Merry Christmas and inked it up, then pop dotted (official term!) so it gave some depth.  Then I distressed and inked away! 

The Merry banner is a strip of 2 x 12 piece cut in a banner shape, then added German Glass glitter around the edges, and also the the edges of the circle embellie!

 Finally, I took a few more scraps and cut out the holly images, used Glossy Accents for stability and glued them down.  Add a nice little ribbon of whatever you have at home and admire your project!!  I just love the sparkle and the fact that I only had to purchase the platter (remember for $1), the rest was stuff I had already!!! 

Thanks for stopping by today and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Cricut Cartridges Lyrical Letters, Winter Wonderland - Provocraft
Silver Platter - Dollar Tree
Vintage Christmas Paper Pack - Hobby Lobby
Black Cardstock - DCWV
Black Felt - Michaels
Buttons, Twine, Red Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Crop-a-Dile - We R Memory Keepers
German Glass - The Little Blue House
Distress Tool - Tim Holtz
Brown Ink - Staz On
Pop Dots - The Paper Studio
Glossy Accents - Inksentials

Friday, November 5, 2010

Revisiting Fall Tree

Howdy friends and Happy Friday!!!  Two weeks ago I shared a project using a tree cutout and canvas (click here to refer to orignal post), I was finishing up a second canvas and have finally taken a picture to share it.  Here is the finished project:

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to check in on Monday to see my very first Design Team Post for Fantabulous Cricut!!!  I cannot wait to share!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Moxie Fab - Tuesday Trigger

Howdy friends!!  It's been cold and rainy here today - kinda BLUE, which brings me to the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger: A Study in Blue.    Head on over to check it out and play along too!

I decided to make a Sympathy card for a friend who just lost her mom-in-law.  The colors worked perfectly for the card and I'm pleased with the outcome.

Cardstock - The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper - Sassafrass Lass Cherry Delicious
Scalloped Octagon - Spellbinders Nestabilities
Flowers - Prima
Border Punch - Fiskars
Crystal - Tulip
Tag - Tim Holtz
Ink - Staz On
Pearl Pin - Memory Makers
Flourish Stamp, Twine, Button - Hobby Lobby
Adhesive - ATG, Zip Dry

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Guess what?? I'm on a Design Team!!!

Howdy friends and Happy Halloween!!  I got the best news a few days ago - I'm on the Design Team for FANTABULOUS CRICUT!!!!!  How cool is that?!?!  When I received the email, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry - so I did both!  I'm a crazy emotional kinda gal!  This was the first time I've put myself out there and my dream came true!  I hope that you will come by often to see what this "Fantabulous" team has in store for you!

Well, I'm off to start getting ready for tonight!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jingle All The Way - Throwback Thursday Challenge

Howdy friends!  What an exciting week this has been!  My daughter's birthday was yesterday and thanks to her for challenging me to start this blog!  Exciting things are beginning to happen for me and I'll share that news soon!  My son is off for his final band competition this weekend and we are so proud of the hard work they've put in for their performance - "Tango"!  It is awesome - my son even gets to tango during part of the show!

Enough about that - let's move on to Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge this week!  The challenge is to create something for Christmas (or winter holidays) using the Celebrations cartridge or another older cart.  I still don't have the Celebrations cart!  Gasp!  So I used Very Merry Tags and Winter Wonderland to create this project.  Easy peasy folks!  I am making gift tags to use on presents this year - and some tags might even find their way to family members prior to Christmas - but only if Santa gives me the okay on that!!

Whatdya think?  Very simple , just cut out the tag and circles, stamp, and embellish!  Easy, quick, and cute project from leftover items!  Have a great weekend - we are going to enjoy volleyball, Fall Festival at school, Trunk or Treat at church, and mom-in-law's birthday!  Happy Halloween all!

Very Merry Tags Cartridge - Provocraft
Winter Wonderland Cartridge - Provocraft
Tiny Treats: Christmas - Papertrey Ink.
Papers - Bazzill, The Paper Studio
Brown Pigment Ink - Stampabilities
Curling Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Christmas Berries - Hobby Lobby
Jingle Bell - Hobby Lobby
Star Garland - Michaels

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

'Beware' of 'Spooky' and 'Creepy' Things

Howdy friends!  Today I worked on the Challenge Me Monday challenge at Fantabulous Cricut and I am excited with how my project turned out!  I went to Hobby Lobby and saw these cute signs that were screaming to be decorated!  (They were already orange with purple glitter!)  All I had to do was use my handy dandy Cricut Expression and off to work I went!

I used the Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge for all of the cuts, then I used Mod Podge to make it permanent.  I am very happy with the results!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Signs - Hobby Lobby
Mini Monsters Cartridge - Provo Craft
Papers - DCWV, Bazzill
Matte Mod Podge
Green Stickles - Ranger
Googly Eyes

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Music is Joy

Howdy friends!  It is almost Friday!!!  I have a busy weekend coming up with band, campout, Fright Fest at Six Flags, and church.  It has been a busy month all around and I'm ready to slow down a bit!  In the midst of all of the running around, I was able to make a fun project to share!

I wanted to create this project for the Challenge Me Monday at Fantabulous Cricut this week and I knew who I was going to create this for - this is for our sweet music director at our church, which is why you will see all of the musical references in the project.  Now - the challenge is to create something with at least one leaf and as always it must have a Cricut cut in it.  Without further ado......

DISCLAIMER: I must say that I this is not my original idea.  I learned about this project from my local Crafting Studio -The Little Blue House.  This place is adorable and they have the most exciting projects and techniques to learn.  One very creative, sweet gal named Lolly designed the tree cutout and made it in Sure-Cuts-Alot, then the owner, Miss Tracy - also so sweet and generous - taught us how to make the canvas.  Now, my original canvas is all fall colors and has the words "Autumn Blessings" on it.  I love it so much!  I really wanted to make more for friends - so they were very happy to cut out a few more trees for me to purchase and take home to get creative!  Guess what - you can purchase the trees also!! (click here to find out how you can purchase them too!!)

 The project you see is what I came up with on my own.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am currently finishing up another canvas, so stop by in the next couple of days to see it too!!

Burnt Umber paint - Americana
Paper - DCWV, Creative Imaginations, Sassafrass Lass, scraps from my stash
Tree cutout - Little Blue House (click here to find out how you can purchase them too!!)
Crystal Bling - Tulip
Black Soot Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
Twine - Hobby Lobby
"JOY" - Wild Card Cricut Cartridge

Friday, October 15, 2010

I'm Really Going To....

Howdy friends!  Happy Friday to you - I cannot believe its Friday already!!!  Well, I've decided I'm going to apply to be a member of Fantabulous Cricut Design Team!  I really want the challenge of putting myself out there and sharing with others.  I love to create and share with my family and friends and for a few years, they have encouraged me to go to the next level.  With the encouragement of my 10 year old daughter, I started this blog in the summer.  Now, its time to continue moving forward - so, I'm really going to do it!  I'll keep you updated and let you know how it goes!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Let the Baking Begin!!!

Howdy and Happy Friday friends!!  It is another beauty of a day here in Texas and tonight is Homecoming for my son's high school!  Can't wait to get out to the stadium and enjoy the evening!

I have been working on a challenge this week from Fantabulous Cricut and I am ready to post it.  The challenge is to create something having to do with baking.  I LOVE to bake!  I've been thinking of doing a cookie recipe book to give to my sisters-in-law (I have 3!!) for Christmas and this challenge came along at the perfect time.  The idea kind of started a few months ago when I attended a class that showed us how to make the 'bones' of this book.  The neat thing about the class was that it was intended to give you several options - a book, banner, calendar etc.  I took that same idea and made my own cookie recipe book with some of our family favorites we enjoy at Christmastime! 

Cereal boxes for chipboard (love that recycling!)
Variety of papers from my stash!!!
Fiskars Punch
Brown Ink - Stampabilites
Twine - Hobby Lobby
From My Kitchen Cricut Cartridge
Jewels - Tulip
German Glass Glitter

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shape It Up!

Howdy friends!  Hope your week has been going well - we've had beautiful weather here and the windows are wide open in my house!

Today Emma at My Creative Time brings us another Throwback Thursday challenge.  Use the Create A Critter cart, or something older if you do not have it,  AND the color orange and make a shape card.  Easy peasy folks!  Head on over to her blog to check out the video she made and see the other inspiring entries.  She has a cool Peachy Keen stamp set prize - you have until Saturday 6pm CST to upload your project to Emma's site!

Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge
Orange Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - K & Company
White Gelly Roll Pen
Black Stickles - Ranger

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Creepy Shadow Box

Howdy friends!!  SO sorry I didn't get back to post the other day - but hopefully this post will make up for it!

 I am a HUGE fan of Kathy from Paper Phenomenon.  She has the COOLEST projects EVAH - and she makes it so easy to recreate her projects.  She will offer 'kits' that you can purchase with all the materials for following right along - OR - she is so awesome, that she broadcasts on UStream of how to do her projects with your own stuff!  She even will provide you with a gypsy file or DS file for the project for FREE!!  How cool is that??!!  Check her out here.

So, onto the project:  Kathy showed us how to make a shadow box completely out of paper and hot glue - that's it!  Well, except for the trim and bling, that is,  but seriously.  Go check out her project which is the inspiration for my project!

If you want to see the recorded show - just click on the UStream button on her blog at the top left corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm enjoying being able to share my projects with you and I get so much inspiration from you too!!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Gift Certificate Give-Away at Papercraft Star!

Howdy friends!  Quick post here as I'm on my way to the school for mommy duty, then off to the gym!  May be back with another post later so check back this afternoon!

Anyway - I came across a neat site today called Papercraft Star.  They have some cool challenges over there that I would like to give a try so maybe you could come along and join me there too!  If you head on over you can check out an awesome giveaway - a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink OR My Favorite Things!  How cool is that?!? 

TTFN crafty peeps!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Pink Stamper Challenge

The challenge has been issued my friends - over at My Pink Stamper!  Create a Halloween card/project and upload it to her blog.

Ok - so for my entry I used some scrap papers from K&Company's Halloween Specialty papers, the Mini Monsters Cartridge, and some ribbon.  Easy peasy folks!!
You have the chance to win one of her fab stamp sets -My Spooky Puns!! Let me tell you, it is adorable!!!

Check it out!

So make sure you head over to My Pink Stamper, check out the cool project already there, and play along!!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Fall Ya'll

First off - just need to wish my Dad a big ol' Happy Birthday!!!  Love ya Dad!

Howdy friends and Happy Fall!  Today I made a Fall Banner for my mantle.  This was created for a challenge issued at Fantabulous Cricut!  They have a lot of neat ideas and inspirations, so you really ought to head over there and check it out!  Fun place to hang out! 

The challenge was to create a project with a gardening theme in mind.  When I think of fall gardening, I am reminded of apples, pumpkins, and leaves - hence the items on my banner!  It was a lot of fun to create AND I was able to use some recycled items as well - the banner pieces are made with cereal boxes cut on the Cricut!!  Yipee!  Cute and thrifty!  Without further ado.......

Have a super fabulous fall day!

Storybook, Everday Paper Dolls, Wild Card, French Manor Cricut Carts
Twine and Ribbons - Hobby Lobby
Papers - The Paper Studio, Bazzill
3D stickers - Jolee's
White Gel Pen
Vintage Photo Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Fall Floral Pic - Michaels

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More Moxie Fabulousness

Howdy peeps!  I am in love with the Moxie Goodness over at Moxie Fab World!  They are showcasing the current issue of PaperCrafts Holiday Cards and let me tell you it is to die for!!  Cath has lined up a week full of holiday challenges and today's challenge is All Wrapped Up!  Create a paper crafted gift bag, tag, box, gift wrap, etc. for the holiday season. 

I was SO EXCITED to see this challenge because I knew immediately what to get crafty with.  I made packaging for a Christmas gift, a small trinket or gift card will fit fabulously in this adorable stocking!

I created this as a gift in itself - something for the recipient to use in decorating for the Season next year! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Stocking Template - Papertrey Ink Timeless Template by Lauren Meador
Kraft Paper - The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper - October Afternoon
Twinkle Trim - Hobby Lobby
Twine - Hobby Lobby
Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
Holiday Pick - Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Moxie Fab(ilicious!)

Howdy peeps!  I just have to say that I adore this pic:
It is from Moxie Fab World - a really cool site to get LOTS of inspiration from!  They have a challenge called Tuesday Trigger.  This week's challenge is to create something from the above inspiration.  Let me just tell you that there are lots of great projects over there!!  So, here is what I created - what I thought of when I saw this Lipsylicious pic!

My name is Jennifer and I am a Polish Addict!  (Hi Jenn!) I have so many colors of polish it is ridiculous and I just can't help myself!  All the pretty colors just waiting to be shown off in a great pair of sandals!  Immediately after seeing all the lovely lip colors in the Trigger Pic I knew my polish needed to be scrapped.  Well - the idea is there, but not the pic.  I'm having issues with getting it to print, but in the meantime I'm off to a pedi to showcase another pretty color of polish!  Head on over to the Moxie site and play along - you have until Sunday September 19th!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hello Kitty Trick or Treat

Howdy friends!  I cannot believe we are well into the 2nd week of September!  I need to get the wreath and decorations out and get busy!!

Speaking of getting busy - Halloween is quickly approaching and I have several cards to make for friends and family.  My oldest niece loves Hello Kitty, so this card is inspired by that love!  Cardz TV is having a Halloween Challenge - make a Halloween card and post it to Mr. Linky on her blog by Thursday, Sept. 16th - its that easy!!

I loved how this card turned out because I was able to use all scraps from my stash AND I was able to use my newest purchase - Martha Stewart's Drippy Goo punch (40% at Hobby Lobby with coupon, thank you very much!!).

Paper scraps (please forgive me as I do not know all the manufacturers since these are scraps) - DCWV, Bazzill, The Paper Studio
Stickles - Ranger
Drippy Goo Punch - Martha Stewart
Gelly Roll Pen
Cricut Cart - Hellow Kitty Greetings

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Warm Up with Hot Cocoa!

Howdy Friends!!  Well, its probably still a bit warm to be having hot chocolate - but a girl can dream, right?!  I made this card for a challenge from My Pink Stamper.  If you head over there and check out her cool blog, you'll see all of the wonderful entries from so many talented peeps!!  She is giving away a "cool" prize so you might want to check her out!
Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge
Card Stock - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - Hobby Lobby Paper Pack
Stickles - Ranger
Pen - Creative Memories

Friday, August 27, 2010

I Want To Be A Princess....

Howdy all!  Happy Friday to ya - its been a great one here crafting and even had a lunch date with the hubby!

Emma at My Creative Time With Emma issued a challenge this week to do a project with a Princess. 
Well, I had one idea in mind but couldn't get it to work, so I put that aside and made a card instead.  My Fairy Princess card was created using the Once Upon a Princess cart, Die Cuts With A View glitter stack, Glass gems by Tulip and ribbon from Hobby Lobby. 

Have a super fab weekend!!

Happy Halloween!! - Er, Sketch Challenge

Howdy friends!  I'm getting in the mood for Halloween!  I've started some fun little projects to decorate the house and I am also working on cards to send. This card is inspired by a Color/Sketch combo over at Peachy Keen Stamps!  WOW - it is so awesome to see all of the cool projects people have come up with!  Head on over to PKS to check out the challenge and lovely work from the DT and participants - you won't be disappointed!!  You WILL be inspired!  TTFN friends!

Cardstock - Bazzill and The Paper Studio
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Tiny Bubbles
Cricut Cartriges - Mini Monsters (Cauldron), Holiday Cakes (Happy Halloween)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tropical Heatwave!

Howdy friends!  It has been H-O-T here in the great State of Texas!  But we got some relief yesterday with some rain and a cool front!  I found a great place to get lots of good information and just to have fun.  It is called Fantabulous Cricut and they issued a challenge on Monday to do a project with a Tropical theme.  All you have to do is use your Cricut for a part of your project.

Here is what I came up with:  I was relaxing in my studio, thinking "hmmm, what could be more tropical than a yummy beverage in a pineapple!!"  I found some fab papers and got to Cricuting!
Cricut Cartridge - Life's A Beach
Patterned Papers - Bella Blvd.
Cardstock - The Paper Studio
Stickles - Ranger
Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Stamp - My Pink Stamper
Ink - Dew Drops

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Clean and Simple

Howdy friends!  Its been awhile since I've posted anything, but now that the kiddos are back in the full swing of school I can spend a little more time creating! 

Today I made a card for the challenge over at Embellish Magazine.  The challenge is to use the colors Sea Foam, Kraft, Peach, and Cream.  I used some pieces I found in my stash to create my card - I love saving my pieces for projects like these!!  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great Wednesday!!

Cardstock - The Paper Studio
Flower Ribbon - Websters
Horse - Websters
Letters - Creative Memories
Twine - Hobby Lobby
Punch - Fiskars

Monday, August 16, 2010

Halloween Party Time!!

Howdy Friends!   Hope you are having a Marvelous Monday!  I've done my 'have to do' list this morning, so I'm off to my studio for some creative time!!  Speaking of creative time - have you seen what Emma over at My Creative Time For Me is working up for us??  A HALLOWEEN PARTY!!  Mark your calendars for September 6th - 10th; she has lots of fun and exciting events planned for us!  Click here to check it out!
Trick or Treat with My Creative Time

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Howdy friends!!  Today is my Anniversary! 15 years ago today, I was so blessed to marry my wonderful, dear hubby! 

As I was thinking about what kind of card to make, I searched through my Cricut Carts and came across the Nuts About U on the Create a Critter.  I KNEW immediately that is what I wanted to do - so off I went to my studio where I started grabbing scraps, bits and pieces.  Before I knew it - I had a card!

Now, here is where I LOVE multi-tasking projects!  While I was checking in on all the sites I follow, My Pink Stamper and her new design team had a DT post!  Great work as always!  At the end of her post, she invited us to make a critter/animal card to share.  Head over there and  check out all of the amazing work!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thursday!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

It's A Girl!!!

Howdy friends!  I'm super excited today to share this card I made for a sweet friend of mine.  She had a baby girl 2 days ago (she already has 2 boys!), and I was so happy to get to make a girly-girl card for the much anticipated arrival!

As luck would have it - I really needed to make this card and once I saw this sketch, I knew what I would do!  This card was made based on the challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps.  Head on over to PKS and check out the challenge and all the wonderful examples and entries!  Thanks for coming by today - have a Blessed weekend!!

Cardstock - The Paper Studio, Bazzill
Ribbon and Twine - Hobby Lobby
Cricut Cartridges - From My Kitchen, Everyday Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz Muse Tokens
Stamp - Inkadoo
Ink - Dew Drop
Dew Drops Embellishement

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sympathy Card

Howdy friends!  Today I worked on a simple card for the challenge at Cuttlebug Challenges.  The challenge is to make a sympathy card.  Now, this is not a type of card I typically think to make unless it is necessary, so this was pretty hard for me to do without making it too cutesy or froofy (is that a word??).   I used 2 cuts from the Ashlyn's Alphabet Cricut Cart, a piece of ribbon, 3 clear embellies (cannot remember the name!!), and a stamp.  Very easy, but took me forever to design!

Make sure you stop by tomorrow and see what I made for a sweet friend who just had her 3rd baby!  A girl!

Saturday, July 31, 2010


I worked on a card today for a challenge from Embellish Magazine.  Head on over to check it out and play along too!  They have some great challenges over there!  For this color challenge, we had to use brown, green, and pink.  I used my French Manor cartridge, burlap, and other odd and end embellies I had laying around.  Thanks again for coming by and I hope you play along!

Brown and Pink Cardstock - Bazzill
Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Grunge Key - Tim Holtz
Lock - Joann's
Pearls - Hobby Lobby
Glitter Mist
Paint - Tim Holtz Distress Paint