Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Memorial Day Blog Hop!  If you have just come from Dana's blog, Paper Memories then you are right on track.  If you've come here first please go to the beginning and start at Michele's blog.  A big thank you to Michele for hosting this patriotic blog hop :-)

My grandfather and my dad have served their country.  Also, my brother, Don is currently in the Navy and has been since shortly after high school.  I'm so thankful to all in uniform who do so much to make America so great!!

Okay on to my card :-)

A2 size card base in white.

MS Seasonal Cake Art Cricut cart- star border (I used the shift of this image-so it's just the scallops) @ 1" x 6", stars @2" & 1 1/2"

Cuttlebug folder- from the Retro Kitchen set

Stamp is Studio G, Oriental Trading Co brad, Marvy gel pen for white doodles, red organza ribbon by The Ribbon Boutique, pop dots.

Thanks so much for hopping along and spending some of your Memorial Day weekend with us!  Have a great weekend and stay safe.  Your next stop is Brenda's blog.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Impression Obsession: Black and White Challenge

Here is what I came up with :-)
Impression Obsession clear stamps from the set Celebrate (CL254) shop online here.

Cuttlebug embossing folder is Swiss Dot

White ink, Watercolor pencil (on the fruit topping), Glossy Accents to add shine to the fruit on top of the desserts, black organza ribbon-Ribbon Boutique, Marvy white gel pen for doodles, black Zig pen for doodles on the embossed white paper--I colored some of the dots black and then connected them :-)

I love how this came out.  Simple and kinda funky :-)  Thanks for looking.  Good luck to all in the challenge!  If you'd like to participate in this or future challenges visit their blog here.  The prize is $25 in store credit to spend in their online store!!

Fifties Birthday Card

My brother-in-law, Mark is turning 50 really soon.  So, I wanted to make a special card for him.  I hope he likes it.
A2 card base in Kraft.
DCWV - The Shimmer Stack - grey and green papers on the car
DCWV - Metallic matstack - green background paper

Nifty Fifties Cricut cart- car @1 1/2", '50' @ 1 1/4", 'th' @ 3/4"

Brown ink for the edges, distressed the brown paper with a Tim Holtz distress tool, Stamp is from Stampabilities clear stamp set Everyday Expressions, black bling on the wheels, glossy accents for shine on the windshield, MS black glitter glue on the '50', pop dots for dimension.

Thanks for looking!  Happy Birthday, Mark!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

I can't believe it's already time to say goodbye to this school year and my kiddos' teachers.  Their teachers are fabulous this year so I wanted to do something special for them.  They each have two teachers so I kept it kinda simple :-)

Front of the jar.
Top of the jar.
Back of the jar.

DCWV - The Sweet Stack - patterned papers

Anchor Hocking glass jars from Target.

Accent Essentials Cricut cart- scalloped squares @ 3 3/4",  Circles @4"
Alphalicious Cricut cart - Thank you @3"
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cart- tag @3"

Grosgrain ribbon from my stash, Stamps from Stampendous clear stamp set, watercolor pencils, Stampin Up blender pen.

I hope they like them :-)   Thanks for looking!

Graduation Card & Envelope

This card is for my niece, Emmalyn who just graduated college with a degree in nursing.  Yay!!  Her mom is a nurse, too!!
The cap card.
The envelope to match.

DCWV -Shimmer Stack- grey cardstock

Wild Card Cricut cart - cap @7 1/2", tassel @7 1/2", envelope and liner @7 1/2"
MS All Ocassion Cake Cricut cart- banneret @1 1/2", '2011' @3/4"

DMC floss #451 & #327 for the tassel, purple brad by Oriental Trading Co, purple heart buttons from my stash.

Just a note--the envelope seemed a bit small once I got the card together.  I think next time I will cut the envelope a bit bigger :-)

Thanks for looking!  Happy cutting!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award!!

Thanks so much to  my fellow Circlet, Cassie at Scrappin' Palace for honoring my blog with this award!!  Just click on the link above to view her awesome blog :-)  The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are to tell 7 things about yourself and honor 15 bloggers with this award. 

Okay, 7 things about me...
1) My oldest kiddo is starting Kindergarten in the fall.  Eeeee!
2) I can't wait for Sept.  My younger brother is getting married and all my immediate family will be there :-)
3) I'm going to Vegas in a couple of weeks to celebrate my 9th wedding anniversary.  YAY!!
4) I love watching Food Network.
5) My favorite candy is M&M's.
6) My favorite shows are Criminal Minds, American Idol and Survivor.
7) I used to be a staff accountant for JPMorgan Chase before having a baby and becoming a SAHM.

On to the 15 bloggers I get to pass this award on to :-)  Yay!

Time to pass on the love ladies :-). Thanks again Cassie!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

CC NSD Giveaway: My craft room

Hello!  I've been wanting to share pics of my craft room on my blog for a while.  I was waiting until it was cleaned up.  Okay, it's never cleaned up :-)   I mean seriously--it's alway a work-in-process on some project.  The Cricut Circle giveaway gave me the shove I was in need of!! LOL!  So, I did tidy up a bit.  I {heart} this room :-)
A shot of me at my desk...

My desk and cabinet with sliding doors.  It holds my ribbon, tools, stickles, chalks, mists, stamping blocks, bling and glue dots.  Stuff I use a lot. 

My other storage cabinet :-)  It has doors on it but I opened it so the glare wouldn't show in the pic.  The pink fabric bins I got at Target.  They hold extra adhesives, embellishments, wider spool of ribbon, red rubber stamps, items I can alter, tools I don't use very often (think paper crimper, punches, etc) and chipboard letters.  Basically things I don't use every day.  My paper I have arranged by stack at the top right, holiday stacks and single sheets of cardstock are on the left, and in the middle are all my solid papers with my 8x8 stacks on the left.  My idea books/magazines are at the bottom in magazine holders also from Target.

All the furniture is from IKEA.  Love it!  Love the fact that I have a room to call my own and I can just shut the door on it once I'm done crafting....

Thanks for looking!  Circle hugs!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Impression Obsession Challenge: Favorite stamp

Okay, I must say it was difficult to pick my favorite Impression Obsession stamp.  So much yummy goodness to choose from.  I finally ended up with this card:

DCWV - Citrus stack- striped paper

Impression Obsession stamps from the Birthday Cakes (CL203) clear stamp set.  You can shop online here. Or visit their blog to participate in challenges here.

Cuttlebug folders - Just my Type borders set

Gel pen for doodles, glossy accents on the flame and the top of the liquid in the glass for shine, watercolor pencils, and pop dots for dimension.

Thanks for looking!  I love comments :-)

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #7: Scrapbook page

DCWV - Nana's Kitchen - patterned papers
DCWV - Flower Shower stack - gold paper

MS All Ocassion Cake Art Cricut cart - Doily1 @ 8 3/4", Doily1 (shift) @ 7 3/4" (I cut this into a wedge and then also strips)
Plantin Schoolbook - audrey @ 1"

MS Photo corner punch, pearl bling.

Thanks for looking!  Happy cutting!

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #11: Pink, Green & Black

4" square card

Paisley Cricut cart- purse2 @ 2 1/2"

Cuttlebug folder - Retro Kitchen set

Sentiment stamp is from Stampabilities.

Black Zig pen for doodles, black & green bling, ribbon is Basic Narrows -Michaels, Stamp-N-Stuff embossing powder-blushing pink pastel-opaque, white pigment ink, pop dots for dimension.

Thanks for looking!  Happy cutting!

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #12: Kids Theme

4" square card base in Kraft

Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cart - trike2@ 2 1/2"

Cuttlebug folder - Diamonds in the Rough

Sentiment stamp is Cloud 9 from the set Simple Thoughts- Travel

Brown ink, inked & distressed the blue cardstock, silver bling, pop dots for dimension.

Thanks for looking!  Happy Cutting!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #10: Include a pet in your project

4 1/4" square card base in Kraft
The Paper Studio - solid blues
My Mind's Eye- Partytime - patterned paper

Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cart - dog @ 2 1/2"

Cuttlebug folder- seeing spots

Impression Obsession stamp from the Sentiments I set

Blue ink, distressed edges on the patterned paper, pop dots.

Thanks for looking!  Happy NSD!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #9: Glitz, Glam, & Glitter

4 1/2 " square card

Paisley Cricut cart - cell phone @3 3/4"

Cuttlebug folder - tiny mosaic text

Stamps by TPC Studio from the Text Tales clear stamp set

MS edger punch-optic dot, diamond Stickles, pink bling.

Thanks for looking!  Happy NSD!

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge # 8: Summer Themed project


Life is a Beach Cricut cart - chair @3", beach ball @ 1", pail/shovel @ 1 1/2"

Cuttlebug folder - mesh - debossed

Stamp is Cloud 9 from the Simple Thoughts-Travel stamp set.

Pop dots for dimension.  I tore the sand colored cardstock to create the top edge.

Thanks for looking!  Happy NSD!

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #6: Incorporate a tag into the project

This card is for my in-laws.  They will celebrate 50 years of marriage at the end of May.  Whoo-hoo! :-)

Wedding/Marriage Cricut cart - couple @ 3 1/2"
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cart - tag @1 3/4"
Plantin Schoolbook - '50' @ 1/2", 'th' @1/4" (used shadow feature)

Cuttlebug folder - swiss dot

Impression Obsession stamp set Sentiments I.

Congrats ribbon by Colorbok, black organza ribbon, pearl bling, pop dots.

Thanks for looking!  Happy NSD!

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #5: 3-D item

Kraft for base of box.
DCWV - Nana's Kitchen -patterned papers

Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cart- box cut @8 1/2"  (used fit-to-pg feature)
Accent Essentials Circut cart - scallop square cut @2 1/4"
Robotz Cricut cart - 5 cut @1 1/2"
All Ocassions Cake Art Cricut cart- butterflies cut @ 3/4"

Pop dots, pearl bling on butterflies.

Thanks for looking!  Happy NSD!

My Pink Stamper Challenge #4: Mother's Day Theme


Cake Basics Cricut cart - Filgree3 @ 4" (used plain base for the connected image)

Stamp is Inkadinkado from the clear set Spring mini.

EK Success edger/embosser punch, brown  and teal bling, pop dots.

Thanks for looking!  Happy NSD!

My Pink Stamper Challenge #3: Breast Cancer Theme

DCWV - Shimmer Stack - grey metallic paper
rest are scraps

Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cart - letters @ 3/4"
Cake Basics Cricut cart - doily4 @5" using the fit-to-length feature

Ribbon from Oriental Trading Co, Diamond Stickles, pop dots for dimension.

Thanks for looking!  Happy NSD!

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #2: Use Kraft cardstock

4" square card base in Kraft
DCWV - Sugar and Spice - green paper
Kraft cardstock, and scraps

Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cart - tractor @ 2 1/2"

Cuttlebug folder - Simply Charmed set

Impression Obession stamp set Sentiments I.

Brown ink, distressed edges on yellow cardstock,  inked bottom half of embossed Kraft layer, pop dots on back wheel and on the embossed Kraft layer for dimension.

Thanks for looking.  Happy NSD!

My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #1: Anything cupcake

DCWV- sweet stack - patterned paper

Simply Charmed Cricut cart - cupcake @3 1/2"

Cuttlebug folder - Seeing spots

Impression Obsession stamp from the Cupcake set by Leigh Hannan.

Brown bling, brown organza ribbon, white gel pen for doodles, pop dots for dimension.

Thanks for looking!  Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thanks MOM Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the THANKS MOM BLOG HOP. Thanks for joining us to enjoy all the wonderful, crafty inspiration in honor of mother's everywhere from the talented designers in this hop.

You should have arrived here from Chrissie's blog at If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go back to the start of the hop at Debbie's blog to start so you don't miss any of the projects. There is a Grand Prize Blog Candy offered so you want to start at the beginning and read how to participate to win.
This is the card I created for my mom.  I love how it turned out!!
5" square Kraft card base.

My Mind's Eye - Simply Delightful stack - patterned papers

MS Seasonal Cake Art Cricut cart- heart doily cut @4 1/4"
MS All Ocassion Cake Cricut cart- butterflies @3/4", flower2 @1 3/4", 1 1/2", 1 1/4", 3/4"
Plantin Schoolbook - mom @1 1/4"

Brown ink, pink pearl bling by Recollections, pink brad from Oriental Trading Co, lace trim from HL, Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer spray in Sparkle, pop dots for dimension.

I cut 3 layers of the letters in Kraft and glued them together to form chipboard.  The final top layer I cut in the patterned polka dot paper.  I'm sure I remember seeing this technique on the Cricut Circle blog on one of the DT's amazing projects--so thank you for this great idea.

I have one more project for you :-)

A2 size card base in Kraft.

My Mind's Eye - Simply Delightful stack

Cake Basics Cricut cart- frame2 @4" using the fit-to-length feature
Nursery Rhyme Cricut cart - M @ 1 1/4", om @ 1"

MS photo corner punch, Diamond Stickles on 'mom'. 

I used the same technique as described above to create a chipboard look for the frame and the letter 'M'.

Thanks for hopping along with us. Remember, if you leave a comment on every designers blog hop post, your name will go into the drawing for the Blog Candy that our THANK MOM BLOG HOP hostess, Debbie is offering as a Grand Prize.
Next up on the hop is the talented Suzanne at  Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!!!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

CC May Monthly Challenge: Tic Tac Toe

Use the chart below and combine three elements in a row-tic tac toe style on the project and include 2 Cricut cuts.

I created a card with the middle row across ric rac, ruffle, and bird shape.  I love how it turned out!
5" Kraft card base

DCWV - The Christmas Combo - brown patterned papers (using up scraps from the holidays :-)
Core'dinations - Cherry Cordial

MS All Ocassion Cake Cricut cart- cream frame @4 1/2", banner @1" and ! @ 1/2"
Simply Charmed Cricut cart - bird @2" using flip feature

Cuttlebug folders - swiss dot, birds & swirls

Brown ink, brown lace trim, The Paper Studio -spare parts ruffled ribbon, ric rac ribbon from Oriental Trading Co, square brown brads, pop dots for dimension. 

I sanded the embossed bird to allow the core color to show through.  I inked and distress the red side of the core paper.  I also applied brown ink with a makeup sponge to the ric rack to change it from cranberry to a red to match my project better.  I did the same thing with the primary red, ruffled ribbon. 

Thanks for looking!  Good luck to all in the challenge!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

CC Magazine Challenge: It's All About the Teacher

This challenge was a piece of cake considering I had to make teacher appreciation gifts for my kiddos teachers this week anyway :-)  Our challenge was to use 4 Cricut cuts.  I decided who doesn't love chocolate?  So, I made covers for some really big Hershey bars. 

DCWV - Grade School Stack - patterned papers
solids - scraps

Simply Charmed Cricut cart - scissors @2 1/2", glue bottle @ 2 1/2"
My Community Circut cart - crayons @2 1/2"
Lyrical Letters Circut cart - Thanks @ 1 3/4"

Thanks for looking.  Good luck to all in the challenge!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CC Wkly Challenge #31: Money or Gift card holder

I made this card for my niece, Grace who is graduating high school real soon.  She is a cheerleader so I thought a banner with her name on it would be cute.  I used her school colors of white, blue and silver.  I hope she likes it!

Inside:  the $$ holder :-)

DCWV - The Shimmer Stack - blue and grey paper

MS Seasonal Cake art Cricut cart - grad cap cut @2"
MS All Ocassion Cake Cricut cart - banner @1", money pocket cut @3 1/2"
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cart - year #'s cut @1"

Silver bling, pop dots for dimension, diamond Stickles on year.

Thanks for looking!  Good luck to all in the challenge!

First Communion card

Hello, I made a card for my nephew who is making his first communion this Spring.  It's just really simple...
DCWV - Simple Elegance - gold paper
DCWV - teal paper

Wedding/Marriage Cricut cart - cross cut @4"

Cuttlebug folder- moroccan screen

Pop dots for dimension.

Thanks for looking!  Have a great day!