Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm a Guest Designer Today!!

Happy Tuesday!

I am so excited because today I am a Guest Designer over at Cooking with Cricut
This is one of my favorite challenge sites not to mention the great projects and ideas they have each week.

For my Guest Designer spot, I have created this Diva Card using one of my favorite cartridges, Pack Your Bags. 
I think it is one of my favorites because the images are all about travel. I love to travel and travel a lot for work, so I use this cartridge often when scrapping.

I find many of the cuts can be modified slightly for other purposes other than travel or beach scenes. 

Example, my card today features this gal with a drink in her hand. She could be strolling in the sun sipping lemonade. But in my case, I gave her a stylish purse and now she's a shopping diva!!

Hopefully she's shopping for scrapbooking supplies.


Hope this inspires you to use this cartridge for things other than travel related ones.

Here's How I did it...
Card base is standard A2 size cut using Elegant edges
Pattern is October Afternoon, all other paper is from my scrap stash
Scallop mat cut at 4" x 5.25" from Elegant Edges
Girl/layers cut at 5" from Pack Your Bags
Purse cut at 1.25" from create A Critter
Sentiment from MPS Pinka-licious stamp set
Ribbon is Stampin' Up
Stickles, chalk and doodles with my gel pen.

A new Award

Hey everyone- After being gone for over a week, I am trying to catch up on everyone's blogs that I follow. 

I just discovered I received this award Butterfly award from Chriss over at Scrappin' With Chriss and Lou.

Thanks Chriss!!

To receive this award, I need to:
Answer some questions,
Award this 'Butterfly Award' to 10 other bloggers,
Contact the 10 bloggers to let them know they have been given this award, 
I also need to show a link to the person who gave me the 'Butterfly Award'

Q1) Name your favorite colour?
Q2) Name your favorite song?
Time to Say Goodbye - Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

Q3) Name your favorite dessert?
chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting

Q4) What wizzes you off at the moment?
having to do things more than once or when my Cricut tears my paper

Q5) Your favorite pet?
My dog Molly

Q6) Black or White?

Q7) Your biggest fear?
That something will happen to my family

Q8) Best Feature?

Q9) Everyday attitude? 
It is always a good day.

Q10) What is perfection?
No mistakes today

Q11) Guilty Pleasure?
candy, candy, candy

Q12) When you're upset you?
talk to my monitor or self...but I like to think my monitor is listening.

Now I have to pass this award to 10 other friends, which is challenging itself. but here it goes... 











Have a great week!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday # 75 -Splash of Color

Hello- it's Monday.
I am just getting back from a long work week overseas. It was very productive, but now I am a bit tired.

The Fantabulous Challenge Me Monday this week is a Splash of Color- Use the color yellow on your project.

I have a new cricut cart I got a few weeks ago, Phrases, and wanted to try one of the phrases- that sounds obvious I guess-hahaha. 
The cart is great, and on each page there is a cheat code to let you know the minimum size the phrase should be cut to look the best. Some of the designs are quite detailed so anything smaller than 3" may not work or cut well.

So here is my Thank You phrase card with yellow.
Thank you to everyone who has been playing along with us over at FCCB. I am having a great time and hope you are too. 

Here's  How I did it....
Basic A2 size card base
Paper from my stash
Paisley cuttlebug folder used on brown mat
Thank You/Layers cut at 3" from the Phrases cartridge
Yellow brads from my stash and doodles with my pen.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Frightfully Delightful

I am back home after a long 9 hour flight. Thankfully we had no connections through the east coast cities or who knows where we would be today.
Today will be a day to catch up on some rest. 

Fall is around the corner and with that, I think of Halloween. Love the colors of this holiday and the quirky fun that comes with it. 

This card uses one of my favorite stamps from the BugBites All Year Round Stamp set. for this card.

 I really like how it turned out.

Here's How I did it...
All paper from my scrap stash
Card base and background mat cut 5" and 4.5" from Phrases
Bat/tree with layers cut at 3.5" from Simply Charmed
Tree embossed using distressed striped Cuttlebug folder
Moon embossed with Boo To You Cuttlebug folder
Face on bat from PKS Make a Monster Face stamp set
Sentiment from BugBites All Year Round stamp set.
Brads from my stash
Twine from the Twinery

Saturday, August 27, 2011

May Your Dreams Come True

Well, it is the weekend officially.
As you read this today, I am in a plane on a long flight home from Barcelona. 

I will post pictures when I get home.

In the meantime, here is a little card to cheer anyone up that might be having a bad day or just to say HI to a friend. The sentiment is perfect for how I feel while traveling t his week. I am very lucky to be able to have the opportunity to see other parts of the world and meet such wonderful people.

I actually has this card base with sentiment stamped for another card I was making months ago. Half way through my design changed and I had started over. So, I stuck this started card in my scrap stash.
So I pulled it out and finally decided on this cut from Once Upon A Princess cartridge.

Have a great weekend.

Here's how I did it… 
Base card 5.5x6"- picked this up at a local paper store already cut
Paper is all from my scrap stash
Fairy/layers cut 3.5"from Once Upon a Princess
Sentiment from My Creative Time
Ribbon from my stash

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #9 Relax!

Yeah, another Friday. With Labor Day Weekend here, it is time to relax.
So this weeks Cricut 360 challenge is to come up with a project that reminds me of relaxing.

Quite frankly being in my craft room is relaxing.
But beside that, floating on the lake ranks right up there.

This is a big card, coming in at 5x7. Kinda masculine as well. Could be a thank you card, birthday card, or anything for that matter.

Yup, using my favorite cartridge, Camping Critters.

Hope you will stop over and link up a project as well.

Here's how I did it...
5x7 base card from kraft paper
Pattern paper from American Craft
Duck and layers cut at 4" from Campin Critters
Twine from The Twinery
Sentiment from Pink by Designs Woodland Critters
EK border punch

Frosted Designs Friday Challenge - Ledger Paper/Notebook

This week is my last week posting as part of the Frosted Designs Design Team.

I have had an amazing time with this Design Team.  They are so wonderful and extremely creative. I will continue to follow and participate in the weekly challenges.

This week the challenge was to use notebook or ledger paper. Somewhat of a link to back to school. I do not have any youngsters in school anymore so I decided to use the ledger paper on a tag. The tag including the printing of the paper it is cut from is all from the Imagine More cartridge.
The more I play with the Imagine,. the more I like it.

Please join us with a project of your own at Frosted Designs.

How I did it...
Basic A2 card size
Paper is from my stash
Tag printed and cut at 4" from Imagine More cartridge.
Flower/layers cut at 2.5" from the Mothers Day cart
Sizzix Powdered Sugar embossing folder for red paper
Twine from the Twinery
Button from  my stash.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cm Traveler part 3

Wow – it’s Thursday already. This week is flying by.

Here is the final and part 3 in my CM traveler cartridge card set.

How I did it....
All paper from  my stash
Sun and shell/layers /layers cut at 3" from CM Traveler cart
Mat sized to 3.75" x 4.25" from CM Traveler cart
Sentiment on the fish  from My Scrappy Moms Furry Friends
Sentiment on the fishfrom MPS Punny-licious stamp set
Ribbon from my stash

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cm Traveler Part 2

Today is part tow of my three part CM Traveler post. For these two cards I used the sun and shell cuts from the cartridge.

I will be back tomorrow with the 3rd and final post in this series and maybe some pictures from Italy. 

How I did it....
All paper from  my stash
Sun and shell/layers /layers cut at 3" from CM Traveler cart
Mat sized to 3.75" x 4.25" from CM Traveler cart
Sentiment on the shell from My Scrappy Moms Simple sentiments stamp set
Sentiment on the sun from BugBites All  Year Round stamp set- can purchase it now on the left side of my blog
Ribbon from my stash

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CM Traveler Part 1

Hello Everyone.

I am traveling this week so trying to stay on top of all my posts I have scheduled. I am on a cruise ship so internet access is limited. Yesterday we were in the south of France-Monoco to be exact. It was very warm and humid, however, the coast lines and town are gorgeous. It is a "Rich & Famous" spot for sure.
Today we are in Italy.

This is part 1 of a three part blog post for a set of cards I made using the Creative Memories Traveler Cartridge. I have had it for a bit now, but could not decide which cut and what to create. I decided to create a set of small cards.

All the cards in this set measure 4" x4.5"

The cuts on this cartridge are all very simple, but so very cute.

I will be back to morrow to let you know how Italy was.

How I did it....
All paper from  my stash-except the large green dots paper which is printed on my Imagine
Sandal and Lemonade /layers cut at 3" from CM Traveler cart
Flowers on sandals from CM mini punch
Mat sized to 3.75" x 4.25" from CM Traveler cart
Sentiment on the flip flop cards is from My Creative Time Favorite Sayings stamp set
Sentiment on the lemonade card is from Scrappy Moms Simple Sentiments stamp set
Bling and stickles and ribbon from my stash

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday # 74 - Birthday Bash

I can always use more Birthday cards in my stash.

I have been trying to use my Imagine more and more. So this card is a combo of the Imagine and other cuts from my Cricut.
I think this is one of my favorite cards recently- just really like the soft and bright colors together.

Here's How I did it...

A2 card base with edge punch with EK border punch
Mats printed and cut on the Imagine from Imagine More cartridge
Bird/Layers cut at 3" from Birds on Parade, p. 63
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Simple Sentiments stamp set
Twine from the Twinery

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Another Birthday Card

Yup- another Birthday card today. working on building up my stash of those cards.
This one happens to be an easel card and I used my Imagine for this one to print the striped paper and the telephone cut. It is amazing what this Imagine can do.

So here is the card.

I printed the striped paper first and then I cut it to the size I wanted. 
The card when folded up is 5" square.
The phone is printed and then cut at 4"
I used only half of the printed sentiment and then added my own special birthday sentiment in the corner

When it is standing open, it displays the big Happy Birthday. It's hard to see in this photo but I used pink twine to wrap around the Birthday sentiment between the loops of the border. 
Lots of bling using my ircok around the phone and by the sentiment.

I am going to link this project up to the following challenges....

Here's how I did it.... 
Easel card measures 5" square when complete
Phone/layers printed and cut at 4" from Imagine More Cards Cart
Martha Stewart border punch
My Creative Time Stamps for sentiments
irock tool and gems
Pink twine from  my stash

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Birthday Wishes via Scooter

Hey everyone- it's the weekend. 

I have been super busy at work, but wanted to post this Birthday card I was inspired to make due to the Birthday Sundaes challenge this week which was to use at least 3 Brads. 

I have had these cute cupcake brads in my stash for a very long time so this was a perfect opportunity to use one. I also added brads to the tires.

I love this cut from the Sweethearts cartridge. She has that special birthday cupcake in her basket to deliver to a lucky birthday person.

Hope you have a fantastic Saturday - the days are getting shorter so fall is around the corner now  so enjoy the last of summer.

Here's How I did it...
All paper from my stash
Stripe paper from Lasting Impressions
Base of card cut at 4.5" from Wild Card 
Circle mat cut at 3" from George and Basic Shapes
Scooter/layers cut at 3"
Brads from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder on basket
Sentiment from MPS Everyday Occasion
Doodles with my gel pen and stickles

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #8 Back to School

The challenge this week at Cricut 360 is Back to School.

I love crayons  mainly because I love color. I always wanted the big box of 64 crayons when I was little. The biggest box I ever got was the 32 size. Now 64 doesn't seem so big, but then it was huge!

I found this cute box of crayons on the Simply Charmed cartridge. I hid the word crayon that was suppose to be in the oval. I then cut a second oval layer a bit smaller and stamped my own message.

The notebook paper is printed from the Imagine More cart and then I used a simple hole punch to make it look like notebook paper. 

Please join us over at Cricut 360 for a Back to School Party and link up your project.

Here's how I did it...
Basic A2 card base
Notebook paper printed on Imagine from Imagine More cart and then cut down to the size I wanted
Box of crayons/layers cut at 4" from simply Charmed 
Sentiment from My Creative Time My Favorite Sayings stamp set
Twine from the Twinery

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Winter Challenge Card

More than favors always has there weekly Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge and this week the challenge is to create a project using the Winter Woodland cartridge. This is one of my favorites during the winter season. 

I was designing this on my gypsy and realized everything was getting so small so I bumped it up to a 5x7 card. I used lots of pop dots to get some depth to the scene.

side view showing the layers

Here's How I did it….
Card Base is 5"x7"
Paper is all from my stash - mostly scraps!
Frame is 4.75" x 6.75" with shaped frame inside from Lacey Labels measuring 4.5"x 6.4
Cardinal/layers cut at 1.75" from Winter Woodland
Branch/layers cut at 1.5" from Winter woodland
Snowman/layers cut at 3.5" from Winter Woodland
Bunny/layers cut at 1.64" from Winter Woodland
House/layers cut at t 1.75" from Winter Woodland
Brown twine from The Twinery
Sentiment from Pink by Design Christmas Wishes Stamp set
Lots of stickles, chalk and doodles with my gel pen
Button brads and sitcker beads for eyes

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Boxes of Thread or is it Boxes and Thread?

Answer: Boxes and Thread.

I am back to concentrating on entering some things into some challenges today.

One of my favorite challenge spots to hang out is My Craft Spot and this week the challenge is to create a gift bag or box. Then there is The Paper Variety's challenge today to use threads on your project.

I know everyone is concentrating on Back to School but I just can't get into that. I don't  have small children at home so I just do not get all that excited about it.

So, I am onto thinking about fall and Halloween projects.

I have a few gift boxes to share with you. 

First up, is a box I did on my gypsy that I plan to will fill with a couple large pumpkin sugar cookies. 

I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cart and then took a shape from Paper Doll Dress Up for a custom window box top.
The threads on this project come from the cheese cloth I tore up into strips and wrapped around my little mummy, cut at 4/74" from Paper Doll Dress Up. 
The box top is 7.12" x 9.58" with the coffin shape placed on top at 10". 
This box top has a rectangle opening so you have to hide that first. 
The box bottom was cut at 9.41" x 7". I then glued a piece of clear acetate to the inside cover for a clear window and lined the bottom of the box with another piece of card stock for stability. 
this box would be cute with a Dracula or Witch on it as well. 
I should start working on those next.

My next treat box is for candy treats. I's my count box. 

The box itself is cut from the Happy Hauntings cart at 10"- a bit tricky to get it all glued together with so many little folds and tabs. It folds up to 3.5" wide by 6" tall.
I used the bottom for the top and the top for the bottom of the box because I liked the scallop top showing on the top.
Papers again are from my stash. 
Count and his batty friend are cut at 4" from Paper Doll Dress Up. 
The face is Peachy Keen and the Sentiment is from My Pink Stamper. 

Hope you get inspired to create your own treat boxes or projects with threads and link them up to these great challenge blogs. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ruff Day?

Not for me- I am having a great day, just will be a very busy day.

I am traveling next week for work again so trying to get stuff together around the house as well as all my work stuff in order not to mention blog posts for you all next week. 

So here is a shape card that I did for the Peachy Keen Face it Friday challenge

Here's How I did it…
Card base is using the dog house from Create a Critter welded together at the roof. Each house measured 3.42"
Dog/layers cut at 2.25"  from Create a Critter
Dog house cut at 3.57" X 4.46" from Everyday Paper dolls- cut it 4 times to get all the layers
Hydrant cut at 1" from Create a Critter
Sign cut at 3.67" from Pooh and Friends
Brad for his collar and nail on sign
Sentiment from MPS Punny-licious
Face from PKS Wide Eyed and Bush Tailed stamp set
Doodles with my gel pen

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday # 73 - Piece of Cake

This week the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday challenge is Piece of Cake.

How is easy is this. I know we could all make a card with cake on it in our sleep, right.
I decide to make it a bit more challenging and make a tri-fold card.
First I printed the paper on my Imagine.
Then I went to work on my Gypsy and chose the cake and cupcake from the Creative Memories Stork Delivery cartridge. I used the Shadow shapes to weld to the center rectangle to make the card base. After I sized and cut all the other layers I started gluing

Used the Divine Swirls embossing folder on the cake frosting along with lots of stickles

Sentiments inside the card are from My Creative Time's Wow! So Many Candles stamp set

Hope you'll join us this week with your creation at Fantabulous Cricut-It's a Piece of Cake!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Pink Stamper Blog Hop Project-Food Fare Friday Recipe

Tonight, Robin, over at My Pinker Stamper is hosting her monthly blog hop with her new Design Team.

Some really great projects by that team. Along with the hop, she is hosting a challenge which is to do anything that represents our style. 

I have been trying to scrap all of my favorite recipes and since today is Friday, I thought I would do a Food Fare Friday project for the hop challenge. 

This is an amazingly simple and good recipe from a good friend and fellow scrapper.She made it for us one year at a scrapbook retreat weekend.
Give it a try- it is yummy.

Here's How I did it....
Base is 8"x8"
Pattern paper is From Creative Memories and all others are from  my scrap stash
Boy/layers cut at 4" from Everyday Paper dolls.
Title is cut using my Sure Cuts Alot Program and a true type font.
Squirrel is cut at 1" from Camp Out and then flocked and has a sticker bead eye
Button brads for overalls and brown brads for recipe block.
A brown safety pin from my stash on the hat
Lots of chalk and doodles.

Cricut 360 Challenge #7 Let's Go Yee Haa!

Well, it is still Friday. I am excited because I am taking the day off. I have lots to do around the house, and maybe gets some projects done in my scrap room. 

So this Friday over at Cricut 360 the challenge is Let's Go Yee Haa- or in my case, try to find the cowgirl in me to create a project. 

I was searching my gypsy for a great cut to use and came across a tri-fold card with horseshoes on it in the Old West cartridge. Never noticed those few card templates there before.

I then I went to the Country Life cartridge and found this cowgirl singer. A match made for a Yee Haa card!!

I am pleased with how this turned out and like how the card folds up and links together on the front. 

Please head on over to Cricut 360-we are having our own little hoedown over there, so Join us!!

Here's How I did it...
So I sized the card o my Gyspy to measure 5.5" tall and then sized the horseshoes accordingly. Wrapped some twine around the short sides of the card to kind look like doors.- ok, that's a stretch, but it reminds me of barn doors.
Cowgirl/layers cut at 5" from Country Life- I hid the face so I could use PKS for her face
EK border punch on red strip of paper
Tag/layers cut from Once Upon a Princess
Sentiment from Scrappy Mom Designers Choice stamp set
Paper is all from my stash

Frosted Designs Friday Challenge - Animals

Yeah- it's Friday!!! 
This week over at Frosted Designs, the challenge is all about animals.

I came across a tutorial months ago for a small luminaria. So I thought this would be a great project for the animal challenge.

It used some boyish papers with a dinosaur. Each of the 4 sides is the same. This is not very big, about 4" tall but a perfect for a battery operated tea light to let light shine through the vellum windows.

I actually took the dimensions from the tutorial and created a template  on my gypsy so I could cut the oval openings all at one time. I think I still need to adjust them slightly. This now gives me the option to do oval openings, square openings, etc.

A great night light option for a baby boys room. 
The dino is from Create a Critter and I used the Divine Swirls cuttle bug folder on the vellum.

Please be sure to head over to Frosted Designs to see the other fantastic projects from the DT and link up an animal project of your own. I would love to see what you come up with.

Have a great Friday!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Throwback Thursday Challenge.

It is almost a week since I released my first BugBites stamp set. 
To see the whole set and to order, on the link in the right side bar or on the "Stamps" tab above. 

Now here is a card I am linking up for the Throwback Thursday challenge which is to use any retired cricut cartridge. I used the New Arrival cartridge.

I think this is a very cute baby card for a new baby girl.

Here's how I did it...
Basic A2 size card
Paper from my stash
Outfit/layers cut at 2" from New Arrival, p. 98
Scallop circle from Mini Monograms and use my hole punch inside each scallop for a lacy look
Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder and a cuttle bug border folder where I hand cut around the circles for a scallop border
Ribbon from my stash
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper Family and Friends stamp set
Button brad and doodles with my pen