Saturday, April 30, 2011

A bit of Spring for my window sill.

I have had this little wood bookmark/plaque for a few weeks that I wanted to do something with to put on my kitchen window sill. 

Being it was raining this morning and we now have 40 mph winds, I thought I would do something springy to try and encourage Mother Nature to please, bring spring to MN.
I was able to do this as well to fit the following challenges....

Here's how I did it....
Wood bookmark/plaque purchased for $1 from craft store along with acrylic easel for $.99
Paper scraps from my stash
Spring/layers cut 1.25" from Cricut Office Help, p.60
Flower border/layers cut 1" from SpongeBob Squarepants, p. 44
Extra flowers made using CM punch
Stickles and doodles with my pen

Just chicken in!

Hey everyone!
I haven't posted in a few days. My real job has had me quite busy not to mention everyday life. 
I have been working on a few things which you will see posted over the next couple of weeks.

It's a gray, rainy day here in MN so that means I get to scrap all day. Yeah!
There are so many challenges that I want to catch up on so we will see what creative juices are flowing today. 

I made the following card this morning for Patti and Linda's My Creative Sisters Challenge: Barnyard Theme and Delightful challenges.
 There is still time to get your country grove on and enter. 

Here's how I did it...
Base card is 4"x4" ( that is the largest size I could cut from this scrap)
All additional paper from my scrap stash
Chicken/layers cut at 2" from Country Life cart, p.44
Chicken/layers cut at 2.25" from Country Life, p.43
Embossed the green with Cuttlebug folder Distressed Stripes
Ek Border punch for top border
Chalked all edges, added doodles with my gel pen and some string from my stash
Sticker beads for chickens eyes
Sentiment is from My Pink Stamper Even more Punny-licious stamp set

Enjoy the weekend!

Hoppers Wanted

Wanted: Blog Hoppers to participate in BugBites first hosted Blog Hop!

That's right, I am going to be hosting my first blog hop the end of May. 

I am looking for approximately 20 bloggers that are interested in participating. 

To Participate, you will be required to:
  • make a project with the blog hop theme 
  • include at least one cut image on your project using your Cricut
  • promote the hop with a special designed blog hop icon on your blog
  • provide blog candy for hoppers that stop by your blog during the hop

If you are interested in participating, please leave a comment on this post by May 4,  stating you would like to participate along with a link to your blog and a way to contact you

Participants will be contacted by May 6 with further details.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It's all about Mom's

Yup-  now that we are past Easter, it is time to move onto the next holiday, Mother's Day.

There are several challenges out there using this theme so here is my card that fits the bill for the ones listed below. My mom loves birds so this was the perfect little birdie for this card.
The little bird is called The Happy Bird which is a Cottage Cutz from Peachy Keen. It works with my Cuttlebug to cut the layers. 

Jump on over to these blogs and join in on the fun.

Here's how I did it...
Basic A2 card
Floral paper is DCWV all others from my scrap stash
Cut the scallop circle from Gypsy Wanderings at 2.75" and embossed it with Divine swirls
Cut a large circle at 3.5"
CTMY Stitched Together stamp set to stamp and embossed the stitched border around the large circle
Sentiment from MPS
Ribbon from my stash as well as a stick pin for a little bling

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter - Part 2

As promised in my post yesterday, here are pictures of my little treats I made to take to my friends house for Easter. 
for the boys

for the girls
The treat boxes were for my friend, her kids, and her mom. I filled them with jelly beans and other sweets. My way of saying thanks for having us over for Easter dinner. 

I have to thank Saundra at Luv Scrapping Together for the inspiration. 
I cut my box file so the front of the carton measures 2" wide by 3" tall.
Sentiments were a mix/combo of parts of sentiments from Scrappy Moms stamps and My Pink Stamper stamps. The Hoppy Easter was a wood mounted stamp I had  in my drawer and the got eggs, I wrote.
Most of the cuts were cut at 2" from Create a Critter, Simply Charmed and 3 Birds on Parade.

The post-it-note holders were for my friend and her mom, they are both scrapping pals of mine.

I found the post it notes at Target in the $1 bin. The pencil cut is from Locker Talk. The paper portion slides into a 3.5" x 5" acrylic picture frame so it sits a bit at an angle.

Finally my Cake pops- well, what is left of them. I forgot to take a picture of all of them before they were eaten. These look pretty pathetic. Ears are coming off, eyes have already fallen by the wayside and one lonely little chick is all that is left. LOL- they look like something that the neighbor boy from Toy Story took apart.
This is what they were suppose to look like---I gave it my best shot. 
The bunnies were made with carrot cake and the chicks were made with chocolate cake. Though they didn't look the best, they did taste good. It was like being at the MN state Fair eating Easter cake on a stick--LOL!

Have a great week!

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #57 - Mom's the Word

It's Monday and now that we are past Easter it's time to look to the next special event on the calendar, Mother's Day. The FCCB challenge Me Monday challenge this week is to create a project with the word mom, mommy, mother etc on it.
Please stop over to see my fellow DT members projects. These ladies are so talented and I am honored to be on the team with them.

I found this doily stamp a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the right card to try it on. I embossed it in white on light pink paper. It is so real looking when it is embossed, the detail in this stamp is amazing.

Here's How I did it..
Card is standard A2 size
Paper and lace from my stash
EK Success border punch
Teapot/layers cut at XX" from Once Upon a Princess, p.61
Teacup/layers cut at XX" from Once Upon a Princess, p.62
Rose on the teacup and teapot from Once Upon a Princess, p. 60
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Happiest Moments
Scallop circle behind sentiment punched using CM scallop Punch
Sentiment punched using CM circle punch
Stickles added to teacup, teapot, and circle around sentiment
Pop dots and doodles with my gel pen

Hope you will play along this week and link a Project over at FCCB

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone. Hope you are all enjoying time with your families and friends.
It finally feels like spring in MN today. It is nice to see the sunshine again.

My hubby and I are headed to some friends for the afternoon. I got up early today and made some cute treat boxes ( inspored by my fellow FCCB DTM here) and filled them with jelly beans and other sweets for her and her kids.
Ok- the kids are all in high school or older, but you still need to get treats on Easter, right?
You can never to old for the Easter Bunny.
I also made cake pops. This was inspired by a Pink Cricut post. I did bunnies with carrot cake and chicks with chocolate cake. Boy,  are these time consuming but yummy.

I will post pictures of these Easter projects this week.

For today I have to share with you some cards I made for a card exchange I'm in.

I used the Doodlebug cards and envelopes. The cars are a tri-fold with the little window on the front so you get a glimpse of what is inside.

Most cuts are from Create a Critter, and the cow is from All Wrapped Up. 

Mini card sets like this make great mini gifts.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge - Birds and Butterflies

Happy Friday!!! I can' t believe it is Easter weekend. That means this Friday is even more Happy for me since my office is closed, so an extra long weekend for me- yeah!!

The Frosted Designs DT was challenged to come up with some inspiration projects using birds and butterflies to help you get the creative juices flying.
Well, my inspiration project is a a cute little card. Not the colors you would think of for butterflies and birds. Not to mention, the fluttering creature on the card  is a Bird-er-fly! Yes, I made that up. LOL!

Here's how I did it...
All paper and ribbon from my stash
Embossed Butterfly Kisses sentiment from Scrappy Moms Designer Choice stamp set
Bird-er-fly and layers cut at 2.25" from 3 Birds on Parade, p. 73
Stickles and doodles with my gel pen.

I hope you will join us this week and link up your Bird or Butterfly project. 

Don't Forget-- in two weeks you can join in the fun for the Frosted Designs Online National Scrapbook Weekend.

I have seen some of the things that are planned, and you don't want to miss a minute, so clear your calendar and get ready for a fun filled weekend of scrapping with the DT and your virtual friends.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Cards

I have been dragging my feet to get my Easter cards done. 
I just could not come up with an idea that I wanted to do.

After my workout at the gym, I was in the shower with a head full of shampoo and that is when the idea flashed into my head. 

These ideas come to ya at the oddest times, don't they?  LOL!
Now that I had an idea, I went into production mode and I'm happy to say my cards will go in the mail today. 
I used a cute Easter basket from the Easter Beasties svg set over at Lettering Delights. The whole set of svg's is on sale for only $2. Quite a bargain.
The felt bunnies. chicks, lambs, etc are from some packs of dimensional stickers I found in the Easter Card section at Target. I think they were $2.99 a pack. One with the subtle colors and another pack with the bright colors 
They worked great to add a little fuzzy to each card.

A couple of my baskets didn't cut correctly on the top so I covered them with a flower sticker or brad. Just  didn't want to re-cut for that little mistake
I am also going to link up to the following Easter Challenges...
Here's How I did it...
Card is standard A2 using all scraps from my stash including the little bit of ribbon on the basket
The Easter background paper is cut 4" square- sorry cannot remember the brand name
The green paper is cut at 4" x 2.5" and then punched with a Martha Stewart border punch
Cut the basket and all its layers at 4.25"
Felt embellishments from Target
Stickles and gel pen doodles on the eggs
Happy Easter Sentiment inside is from My Pink Stamper Happiest Moments stamp set

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Feeling under the Weather?

My Craft Spots Monday challenge this week is "Get Well Soon". 
I came across a new product out on the market,  Doodlebug create-a-cards and envelopes. There are about 6 different colors and more different shaped cards with matching envelopes. They are a base shell just waiting to be decorate. 

I have a Blog friend that has been a bit under the weather. So, I put together this card with one of the Doodlebug cards. 

I had an extra die cut from a previous card I made, so pulled it out, punched a border and added a sentiment. Boy, I really like my new stash of die cuts. Makes putting together a card really quick. The sentiment inside says Get well soon.

I have been working on others using these card bases so watch for a post about them later. 

Sentiment is from Pink by Design Spring has Sprung stamp set.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Itty Bitty Birthday Card

This week at Birthday Sundaes the challenge is anything goes and Celebrate the Occasion is a B'day Sketch and the Tweet Tweet challenge at Unity Stamps I was traveling on business this last week in Minneapolis. I found time to stop by the Archiver's store and found this new Itty Bitty Unity stamp. So I had to give it a whirl this weekend and the Birthday challenges fit it perfectly.

Here's how I did it...
Standard A2 card size
Papers from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Stamped the birds with brown ink and the sentiment in blue ink from Stampin Up
Epoxy flowers from Making Memories tied up with a bit of bakers twine
Chicks colored with Copic markers
Stickles added as dots on white circle for texture and sparkle

Have an awesome spring day!!

Vote for Me please!

 Hey everyone. Patches of Pink had an Easter challenge and is now taking votes to determine a winner.

Patches of Pink
Voting goes through tomorrow or Tuesday at noon (EST).

The project is my Easter wall art. You can see my post for it here.

I would so appreciate it if you could take 30 seconds and hop here, scroll down near the bottom of the post to see all the entries and vote for Me - #32!

Thank you all.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Crawl Blog Candy Winner Announced!

Fantabulous Cricut
Thank you everyone for joining us for the Fantabulous Cricut Spring Fling Crawl. I am overwhelmed by the support and kind comments you all left for me. How wonderful. 
I hope we can do this again soon.
I can't believe all the new followers and look forward to even more and reaching 300 soon.
Now for the big finish-- time to announce the winner of the 
Creative Memories Butterfly Pocket Punch 
And the winner is....

Jovan said...What a great card and the sentiment is prefect! 

Jovan- please email me at with your snail mail address so I can get the punch out to you right way. 


Do the Bunny Hop- Another FCCB Challenge Me Monday Challenge!

It's spring and Easter season for cards and projects. There are some great ideas and inspirations projects out there. 

This week Robin challenged the FCCB Design Team to make a project with a bunny or a chick for this weeks Challenge Me Monday

I wanted to do something other than the typical pastel colors. I turned to one of my new favorite carts,
Campin' Critters.  I also have been having fun using a new CTMH stamp set, Stitched Together. It has some fun stamps that look like sewn stitches.
Please join us over at FCCB and link up your project this week. 

Here's how I did it....
Standard A2 card
Papers from my scrap stash
Bunny/tree and layers cut at 4.25" from Campin' Critters, p. 57
Cuttlebug Embossing folder seeing spots for tree
Sentiment from Pink by Design Woodland Critters stamp set
Stitched border stamped with Close to My Heart Stitched Together stamp set
Ribbon from my stash ans stickles

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Treats

Here is another little Easter treat I put together this weekend. Found this tube at the local craft store for $1--what a steal. I bought one to see what I could do with it, but now think I need to go back and get more.

The biggest draw back on this project is that now I have an open bag of Hershey' kisses- I need to stay away from them!

 I had the following challenges in mind when putting this together. Our Creative Corners 3D Easter Project challenge and Paper Cutz Challenge to use buttons and bows.

Here's how I did it...
All paper from my scrap stash
Bunny cut at 4" from Paper Doll Dress up; doodled the outline of the bunny and added pink checks with a pink marker and pink stickles for the nose.
Egg basket cut at 1.25" from Lettering Delights Easter Besties
Scallop border cut at 2" from Easter 2010 cart.
Button and Jellie Bean twine on basket.
Baby Blue ribbon from my stash

Don't forget to fill the tube with your favorite candies!!

A Weekend Working on Easter projects

Hey everyone, it is Sunday night and I am typing up some posts for this week while watching the Amazing Race- love that show. 

It was cold and windy this weekend in MN so it was a good day to catch up on some challenges. 

I was working with scraps and tags this weekend. This is what I came up with for an Easter picture to decorate my living room. I am really happy how it turned out. it measures 8" x8.
The tags were purchased at the local craft store- I think there were 25 in a pack. 
I have had them for more about 2 years. The papers were all scraps from my scrap box. 
The Hoppy Easter sentiment was stamp I picked up recently for $2. 

The Daisy is a sticker, again in my stash for a very long time.  Originally there were three on the sheet, but this was the only one left. 

The felt butterfly I found in the Easter candy section at Target with the Easter card display.
I think this is the only newer item on this project other than the frame, that I have not had in my craft closet for a long time. 
It's kinda fun to discover those items I have not looked at for months. It's like going to the store without spending money! LOL.

I used 3 Birds on Parade and Simply Charmed Cricut carts to cut the chicks and bunny. The bunny face is from Peachy Keen.

I will be linking this little project up tot he following challenges. Be sure to check them out and play along as well. 

My Sheri Crafts - Bunnies
Patches of Pink- Easter Theme 
Wee Memories - Adorable 

Have a Hoppy Week!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

National Scrapbooking Day Online Crop - Mark your Calendars!

Frosted Designs is having their first ever 
Online Crop to celebrate 
National Scrapbook Day, May 6th - 8th! 
There will be games, quick scraps and challenges with plenty of opportunities to win some great prizes!! 
Mark your calendars... you won't want to miss any of the fun!! 
Please friend us on Facebook since we will also be playing there. 
Stay tuned for more details coming soon!! 
Feel free to grab the button and share the news on your blog! 
The more people who play along, the more fun we will have!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

FCCB Cricut Crawl- Still time to join in.

Fantabulous Cricut

It's not to late to join in on the fun of the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl this week.

I have some blog candy to give away, so click here to join in the fun.

Yeah- another blog award!!

Oh my gosh- Ashley over at Welch Creations gave me this new blog award.

This one is special since it is given to blogger friends. Thanks Ashley for thinking of me as your blogger BFF.
Ashley was one of my first followers and leaves me the nicest comments so I tag her back with this same award!
She has some great creations on her blog, so please check it out.

The rules for this award are:
1) Post about it on your blog, and link back to the sender, and thank them.
2) Pass onto those who visit you regularly and leave comments.

Here is my list of special blogger friends I am passing this award onto since they also leave me comments on a regular basis. I love reading all the comments I get I get from them.
Small Bits of Paper - Kate
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons - Lisa
Sarah's Stamping and Stuff - Sarah
Paper Maine-iac - Maquel
I wish I had more time to type so I could include everyone!

please stop by and see what these ladies have to share with you. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sand and sun can only mean BEACH.

I love all kinds of scrapping, but really find doing scrapbook pages and completing an album most rewarding. I just find that the times I actually work on my albums is during retreat weekends, which are far and few these days.

I have been working on my Disney Albums for the last 5 years! I am within a few pages of finally being completely done with them. About 7 years of annual years of Disney trips in fact.

So here and there, I have been working on these last pages so I can finally say they are done.

This 2 page layout I finished to feature some pictures from a Disney Cruise trip. 


This took me a lot of time because I kept adding pieces and layers. I do have to say, this is the first 2 page layout I designed on my Gypsy. I probably would not have attempted this were it not for the Gypsy. I don't have my gypsy with me right now, but  the cuts are from Life's a Beach cart. I love that cartridge.

I am really happy with how this turned out, Now onto the next pages.

Hippity Hoppity....

I had to travel out of town again for business. Before I left, I took 30 minutes to through together this card and am now up late at the hotel posting it. There are a few challenges out there using bunnies.

This is a mini 3"x 3" card. The secret to doing this super duper quick card is to have a stash of die cuts ready to pull out at any time. Fortunately, I had a bunny in the stash. It was a duplicate from the spring card post here.

The idea to have a stash of die cuts came from a post I saw at FCCB Quick Tip Tuesday's

When cutting a shape for a project, why not cut extra to have on hand. I started to do this and have a very mini stash started. So this morning, I grabbed some shapes and glues them down. 

What I have learned is I really need to build up this stash. makes it so quick and easy to make a quick card.

I am linking this card to the following challenges... 
How I did it....
Bunny and layers cut at 2" from Kate's ABCs
Frame and circle were left over pices from other cuts form other projects. 
Base of card is 6"x3" when folded is 3"x3"
Sentiment is from My Pink Stamper 
Inside sentiment says Happy Easter also from My Pink Stamper

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hoo's Birthday is it??

I am not sure HOO's Birthday it is today, but was inspired by a few different challenges to make this "Hootie" Birthday card.

If it is your Birthday- than I send you Birthday Wishes! 

The challenges had me following a sketch, being inspired by an image (pinks and stripes), adding a tag and using a cut from the Storybook cartridge.

This card is a bit larger than an A2,  but fits into a business size envelope just perfectly. 

I will be linking this to the following challenges...

Here's how I did it....
Card base using Lasting Impressions card stock cut to 8" x 8.25"; fold in half
All other paper is from my scrap stash
Purple scallop squares cut at 2" from Storybook cart, p.30
Circle center punched using CM circle punch
Owls/layers cut at 2" from Hoot "n" Holler cart
Hoot sentiment from My Pink Stamper Tweetie Hoo Puns stamp set and my own printed on my computer
Inside sentiment from My Pink Stamper Everyday Sentiments stamp set
Squiggle eyes and doodles with my gel pen

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Fling! Fantabulous Cricut Crawl!

Welcome to BugBites and the fifth Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!  

The DT at Fantabulous Cricut has decided to have a Spring Fling! Each Design Team member will be featuring an original Spring project that includes Pink, Green, and Yellow on it along with at least one Cricut cut.  

I am so excited, this is my first Cricut Crawl (a.k.a Blog Hop) I am participating in! I have always been one of the bloggers crawling along but now I get to be a stop on the crawl. 

What's really exciting, is you get to participate and share your "Spring Fling" project at FCCB and have a chance at a Grand Prize not to mention all the blog candy the DT has to offer on their blogs. You don't want to miss out!
You'll have to read this whole post to find my blog candy.

If you've come from visiting Audrey at Audrey's Cards by Design, 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, click HERE to start from the beginning.

For my project...I did a spring card with a cute cut from Kate's ABCs cartridge. 
Here's How I did it...
Card is 5" x5
The umbrella girl/layers cut at 4.25" from Kate's ABCs, p.37
All layers were chalked
Added stitch lines with the CTMH Stitched Together stamp set
Sentiment from Pink by Design Spring has Sprung stamp set

To thank you all for crawling over to my blog, I have some blog candy. 
Every spring project should have a butterfly on it, right? This punch was offered by Creative Memories for a limited time and is not longer available.
All you have to do for a chance to win this Creative Memories Butterfly punch, is be or become a follower of BugBites and leave a comment. 
I will draw a lucking winner on April 18.

Next stop...Dana's blog, "Imagine What You Could Do". Go see what she has in store for you today.

Once your done, it's your turn to show us your Spring Fling project!  
Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project along with the colors  Pink, Green, and Yellow and then link it up at Fantabulous Cricut.

Happy Crawling!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bunny Challenge

I came across a couple challenges, Jitterbuggin, ABC DT Challenge Blog  and Paper Cutz Challenge that require a bunny on a project. 

So this is what I did quickly before heading out to the theater this afternoon.
Here's How I did it....
All paper is from my scrap stash
Bunny stamp from CTMH Sensational Seasons, colored with Copic markers
Rounded the corners of some of the mats with my CM corner rounder
Flowers/centers cut from Kate's ABCs sized on my gyspy to .75"
Flower buttons from Making Memories
Green Bakers Twine
Inside Happy Easter Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Happiest Moments Stamp set

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pink Stamper Blog Hop Challenge

Last night My Pink Stamper had a blog hop with a challenge. I was traveling home from being in Florida on business so got home late and was not up to blog hopping. 

I caught up late this afternoon. The challenge is anything Birthday. 
Wacky Wednesday challenge is also about Birthdays and My Sheri Crafts has a challenge to use buttons. 

As I was trying to come up with an idea, I also came across A blog hop/challenge over at Creative Cutter Room. This
is what finally got me to my final design for tonight's Birthday card. Just so happens to be my DH's Birthday today as well- Happy Birthday!
 This birthday easel card has a little of everything, ribbon, stickles, chalk, a cricut cut, an svg cut, a wobble spring, and more.

You cannot see it in the photo, but the clown has a wobble spring so he wiggles back and forth. 
Here's how I did it....
All paper is from my scrap stash
Easel card base is 4.25" x 10" scored at 5" and 7.5"
Circle frame/layers cut at 5" from Elegant Edges, p. 60
Clown/layers cut at 4.25" from Lettering Delights Let's Play svg file set
Ticket for sentiment cut at 1" from Summer Vacation
Happy Birthday sentiment from My Pink Stamper Sweet Baby stamp set
May your Day.. sentiment from My Pink Stamper Everyday Sentiments stamp set
Sentiments stamp with Stampin Up Nights of Navy
Ribbon & buttons from my stash
Brown and Navy chalk around edges of clown and frame
Doodles with gel pen
Red, yellow, orange and clear stickles
Pop dots, and a Wobble spring on the clown.