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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe Scrapbook Layout

Created this Pineapple Upside-Down
Cake Recipe Scrapbook Layout to be
part of the recipe book for my daughter.

Every year for my Hubby's birthday which
some of you know is on Groundhog's Day
I bake him his favorite, Pineapple Upside-
Down Cake. I usually make it with a Yellow
Cake Mix sometimes box & sometimes from
scratch but this year I'm going to make it from
a Duncan Hines Fudge Marble (chocolate &
yellow swirl) mix.

I have the box mix & the pineapple slices and
need to buy the cherries.

I used the Cricut Preserves Cricut cartridge for
the Pineapple Slice & Cherry.

Hand calligraphy of the recipe on clear vellum
paper.


















Closeup:


















Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Cooking with Cricut Ch#70 Anything But a Card w/ Yellow & Polka Dots ends 1/31

Challenge #70: Anything BUT a Card with Yellow & Polka Dots


2. Craft Your Days Away unlim entries 6th entry ends 2/2
CYDA Challenge #37 ~ Distressing


3. Die Cuttin Divas ends 2/6
Challenge #50: Anything Goes


4. Hooked on Craft Challenges Ch#16 "Something Bright"
unlim entries 8th entry ends 2/4

my bright is the glitter
Challenge 16


5. Paper Playtime Anything Goes unlim entries 2nd entry ends 2/4

Ch# 66 - ANYTHING GOES & BLOG HOP!


6. StampInSistersInChrist unlim entries 3rd entry ends 2/4
create card/proj true to your style - show us who you really are!
Challenge #124 – Ph. 4:8


7. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 9th entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


Preserves Cricut cartridge
Pineapl3 3.63" x 3.5" outer part core'dinations Lemonade
Pineapl3-s 3.01" x 3.5" inner part core'dinations Tulip
Chery2-s 1.09" x 1.75" scrap piece of red core'dinations textured cardstock

Paper:
8 1/2" x 11" red cardstock
8" x 10 1/2" Martha Stewart playful blue paper pad yellow polka dot paper
7 1/2" x 2 1/2" doodlebug designs Kitchen Gadgets
core'dinations cardstock:
Lemonade, Tulip, scrap piece of red texture
vellum - clear

adhesive: foam, Scotch ATG, ZOTS small dots

Enamel accents white - used on Pineapple slice
glitter: gold, red & yellow
Tim Holtz Distress Ink walnut stain

Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine Card Pegasus Theme

Created this Valentine Card using a
Pegasus theme. Awhile ago I mentioned
I was looking for a Pegasus Cricut image.
Well, I still have not found one except on
Hannah Montana Cricut cartidge which I
do not have. The next best thing or should
I say the best of things is the Pegasus image
I'm using here which my daughter sketched
for me this past weekend & emailed to me.

Printed Pegasus on white cardstock & cut it

out.

I used the Rock Princess Cricut cartridge
for the shiny silver glitter wings. Used my
Gypsy and hid the left wing & cut two right
wings 8" x 5". Cut a slit in the Pegasus and
used foam to give the to wings a 3D look. Used
white glitter on the Pegasus. Beware of the
green color that
happens when using white
glitter on black.


Used Sky paper & embossed with Script
embossing folder. Thought about using a
Valentine heart or musical notes embossing
folder but wanted the Pegasus & my hand
written words to be the focal point so Script

came to mind.

Used a Spellbinders tag die, pink/white
ribbon & pink glitter hearts.

Hand calligraphy of "Yesterday" one of my
fav Beatles songs.


















Closeup of Pegasus:













Closeup of Script embossing:













Inside hand calligraphy sentiment words
You were my Valentine
"Yesterday"
Bee my Valentine
Today & Tomorrow
Always!

Love,
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"













Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Craft Spot by Kimberly ends 2/6
Monday Challenge - Anything goes!


2. Exploring Cricut
1 ribbon - white ribbon
2 Cricut cuts - 2 wings (they are cut individually)
3. 3 brads, jewels, buttons - hearts added to ribbon

New Challenge Monday!!!!

The challenge is called "Cricut 123 Choice". You can create a card, layout, or papercraft using at least 1 ribbon, 2 cricut cuts, and 3 brads, jewels, buttons. Any theme or colors are allowed.


3. Getting Cricky Simply Sun Ch Fantasyland unlim entries 1st entry ends 2/12

Simply Sunday Challenge - Fantasy Land!


4. Hooked on Craft Challenges Ch#16 "Something Bright"
unlim entries 7th entry ends 2/4
my something bright
- is the silver glitter paper wings
Challenge 16


5. One Stitch At A Time Ch#98 'Use a Digi' lim 3 non-image 1st entry ends 2/4
my Digi is the Pegasus sketched by my daughter


6. Paper Playtime Anything Goes unlim entries 1st entry ends 2/4

Ch# 66 - ANYTHING GOES & BLOG HOP!


7. Raise the Bar Ch#89 Pink, Silver, Ribbon & Tag ends 2/2

Challenge #89


8. Scrappy Moms-Stamps Terrific Tuesday Ch Rock Princess ends 1/30


9. Sentimental Sundays Ch#87 Dry Embossing & sentiment ends 2/4


10. StampInSistersInChrist unlim entries 2nd entry ends 2/4
create card/proj true to your style - show us who you really are!
Challenge #124 – Ph. 4:8


11. The Stamp Man 'Embellish It' Ch ends 2/9
using a Digi Pegasus stamp

The Stamp Man 'Embellish It' Challenge


12. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 8th entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


*** Pegasus Artist ***
**** my daughter ****

My daughter's comment when I emailed her what I had done with her Pegasus sketch:
"Nice. It looks a lot better than my simple drawing. I like how the wings are 3d while the rest is still 2d."


Rock Princess Cricut cartridge & Gypsy
page 75 8" x 5"
hid left wing and cut two right wings

Paper:
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Base white cardstock
5 1/4" x 8 1/4" Sonnets Sky paper
4 3/4" x 8" pink cardstock
the Paper Studio Solid Glitter cardstock - pink & silver
5 1/4" x 8 1/4" clear vellum

adhesives:
foam, Recollections red adhesive double-sided tape,
Scotch ATG, Zig 2 way glue pen & Zots small dots

American Crafts Glitter Gel Pen - silver - hand calligraphy of "Yesterday" sentiment
Cuttlebug Script embossing folder
glitter - white

heart embellishing -
not recalling how I made these, had them in a Ziploc plastic bag with my Valentine items

Sanford calligraphy marker - pink - hand calligraphy on inside sentiment words
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Tag Trio Two die
the Ribbon Boutique pink & white stitched grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bow Maker for sale at Creative Cutter Room

I ordered a new product, a Bow Maker,
from Cathie at Creative Cutter Room.

I always have trouble tying a bow & this
will make it so much easier & nicer.

Cost is $8 + $1.80 shipping. Cathie's
hubby has made them. It is varnished
so no chance of splinters. It comes with
2 pegs and there are slots to place the
pegs in for storing.

She is enclosing them in a zippered storage
bag in your choice of 3 colors: black, blue (of
course I ordered blue which is one of my fav
colors) or green. She is including 1 yd ribbon
with it as well.















Click on this link to go to her site, watch video &
order.

Bow Maker

Valentine Scrapbook Layout with Panda theme

Created this Valentine Scrapbook Layout
with a Panda theme because besides
Cheetahs my other favorite wild animal
are Giant Pandas.

Inspiration came from Feb Cricut magazine
Hugs to You by Jamie Greene page 100.
This Feb issue in my opinion is the best yet.

Used Pagoda Cricut cartridge for Panda image
and Paisley Cricut cartridge for the heart the Panda
is holding. Who would have thought that the Paisley
cartridge would have a heart image on it and it is on
a shoe image page.

Used Enamel accents white for Panda eyes. Used
gold glitter on the ears, nose & paws.
Discovered that
white glitter on black becomes green. Anyone know
why that is?
Inked edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink
walnut stain for a more realistic look. All the Pandas
I've seen the white part is never bright clean white.
Panda is holding a red heart with red glitter on it.
Attached a costume jewelry heart charm I found in
my jewelry box.


Used the Paper Studio Texture Red paper
as 12" x 12" base. Hobby Lobby sells many
colors of this paper and it has no texture you
can feel but has a pretty texture pattern.

Used Cuttlebug Oriental Weave Bamboo
embossing folder on gold glitter paper.

Used Martha Stewart (MS) Ruffled Heart
Punch Anywhere on the Page. Discovered
some time ago that I cannot punch glitter
paper with my regular punches since glitter
paper is thick but had no problem using the
Punch Anywhere on the Page style punch.
Teddy, my mixed breed Hound dog that
thinks he is part Cougar does not like some
noises like when using a punch like this since
you have to press down hard to get the punch
to work.

Used the hearts that were punched out from the
MS Ruffled Heart Punch. Yes, I had to punch another
for 2 hearts but I'll save the other gold image for later
use.

I'm going to print a photo of Hubby & I on vellum
paper & see what it looks like on the layout.


















Closeup of Martha Stewart Ruffled Heart
Punch Anywhere on the Page:
















Closeup of Oriental Weave Bamboo embossing:


















Closeup of Panda Cricut image with Enamel
accents white for eyes, gold glitter on the ears,
nose & paws, inked edges with Tim Holtz Distress
Ink walnut stain for a more realistic look (all the
Pandas I've seen the white part is never bright
clean white) holding a red heart with red glitter
on it & a heart charm. Discovered that white glitter
on black becomes green. Anyone know why that
is?


















Photograph of Giant Panda I photographed
at the Washington National Zoo.


















Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Alphabet Challenge Blog Z for Zoo Animals
Z for Zoo Animals


2. Craft Your Days Away unlim entries 5th entry ends 2/2
CYDA Challenge #37 ~ Distressing


3. Cute Card Thursday Ch#20 You're A Gem! unlim entries 1st entry ends 2/1

Challenge 201 - You're a Gem!


4. Docerela Creation Valentine layout ends 2/9
Challenge #6 (Valentine's Layou...


5. Hiding in My Craft Room HIMCR#31 Valentine's Day Project ends 2/3
untraditional Valentine's Project - my untraditional is the Panda theme

Valentine's Day Project


6. Hooked on Craft Challenges Ch#16 "Something Bright"
unlim entries 6th entry ends 2/4
my something bright
- is the gold glitter paper used
Challenge 16


7. Little Scrap Pieces Ch - Use red ends 2/2
New Challenge use Red


8. StampInSistersInChrist unlim entries 1st entry ends 2/4
create card/proj true to your style - show us who you really are!
Challenge #124 – Ph. 4:8


9. Tuesday Throwdown Ch#82 "So charming" ends 1/30
used a heart charm on the Panda's heart

Tuesday Throwdown #82

This week, our challenge is "so charming" (use a charm on your challenge entry).


5. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 7th entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


Cricut cartridges:
Pagoda & both 3"
Paisley (Button) (shift) 1 3/4" - heart that Panda is holding

Paper:

12" x 12" Base the Paper Studio Texture - Red
Hobby Lobby carries the Paper Studio texture 12" x 12" paper in many colors

cardstock: black, red & white

DCWV the spring matstack - hearts patterned paper 4 1/2" x 6 1/2"

the Paper Studio Solid Glitter - Gold

adhesives: foam, Scotch ATG, Zig 2 way glue pen, Zots small dot (used to hold charm)

charm - heart - costume jewelry I found in my jewelery box that I did not know I had

Cuttlebug Oriental Weave Bamboo embossing folder

Enamel accents - white - Panda eyes

glitter - gold - Panda ears, nose & paws
discovered that white glitter on black becomes green

Martha Stewart Heart Punch Anywhere on the Page

Stickles - Xmas Red - heart Panda is holding

Tim Holtz Distress Ink walnut stain - on Panda to give the Panda a more realistic look
have you ever seen how the white on Pandas is never a bright clean white

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Valentine MailBox Decor

Created this Valentine MailBox decoration
for decoration at home or a party or or for
party favor or for giving Valentine treats to
friends in. Can be for adults as well as
children.

Used Love Struck 2010 Seasonal Cricut
cartridge. Cut the MailBox & Flag at 11"
which makes the MailBox have 2" x 4 1/2"
side panels & it's 2 3/4" to the curved top.

Used red double sided adhesive to hold the
MailBox together 1/8" wide which is perfect
for the size.

Decorated sides with paper that I embossed and

hearts punched from glitter paper that I embossed.
Can be used as a decoration for home or adult or
child party or a container to place
Valentine treats
inside of and you cannot go wrong with Hersey's
Kisses.

MailBox with front opened:













MailBox with front closed:















Closeup of embossed panel:













Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Crafty Creations Ch#154 Anything But a Card Valentines for Kids ends 1/30

Challenge # 154 Anything but a Card

This week we are carrying the Valentine theme a little further but making it a bit more challlenging!

ANYTHING BUT A CARD VALENTINES FOR KIDS!


2. Decorate to Celebrate Ch#17 Valentine's Day Party unlim entries 1st entry ends 2/7

Challenge #17 -- Valentine's Day Party


3. Hooked on Craft Challenges Ch#16 "Something Bright"
unlim entries 5th entry ends 2/4
my something bright
- are the red glitter hearts
Challenge 16


4. The Cuttlebug Spot Box it ends 2/6

Box it


5. Whimsical-Designs "Love Is In The Air" ends 2/8
Ch#39 love theme not lim to Valentine home decor
"Love Is In The Air" Whimsical Wednesday Challenge...


6. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 6th entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


Love Struck 2010 Seasonal Cricut cartridge
3D MailBox 11"
side panels measure 2" x 4 1/2"
it's 2 3/4" to curved top

Paper:
red cardstock
pattern paper - DCWV the spring matstack 2" x 4 1/2"
the Paper Studio Solid Red Glitter

adhesives: foam (for hearts),
Recollections Adhesive tape red double sided tape 1/8",
Scotch ATG

Cuttlebug Decorative Hearts Folder 4 embossing folder
embossed the Red Glitter hearts on front & back panels

Fiskars scallop heart punch

Sizzix Love Set Heart w/ Flourishes embossing folder
embossed the pattern paper for side panels

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thank You Card with Valentine theme

Created this Thank You Card with
Valentine theme.

Used Bloom Lite Cricut cartridge
to create flower. First time using this
cartridge that has some wonderful images.














Closeup of flower petals embossed with D'vine Swirl
embossing folder, yellow felt center embossed with
Swiss Dots embossing folder, petals curled for 3D look,
layered with foam adhesives, red glitter (which looks
like gold) on petals & yellow giltter on yellow felt center:

















Closeup of Heart with Thanks! sentiment stamped,
Swiss Dots embossing & red glitter (which looks like
gold) on edges:













Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Bitten by the Bug 2 Bloom Dimensional Flower ends 2/5
6 petal flower row 4, key 10 - Flwr10
Bloom Dimensional Flower


2. Craft Your Days Away unlim entries 4th entry ends 2/2
CYDA Challenge #37 ~ Distressing


3. Diana M Larson DL.ART Thankful Thursday ends 2/1
ty card with some red yes & some glittery yes
JANUARY 26, 2012 **** THURSDAY*** THANKFUL THURSD...


3. Hooked on Craft Challenges Ch#16 "Something Bright"
unlim entries 4th entry ends 2/4
my something bright
- the red & yellow glitter
made using glitter paper
Challenge 16


4. One Stitch At A Time Ch#97 Round & Round lim 3 entries 3rd entry ends 1/27
my round image is the flower felt center & circles on the background paper
Challenge #97. 'Round & Round'


5. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 5th entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


Bloom Cricut Lite cartridge 2 1/2" Flwr10

Paper:
5" x 7" Base dk red cardstock
4 1/2" x 6 1/2" DCWV the spring matstack
3 shades of red cardstock, yellow cardstock

adhesive: foam, Scotch ATG & therm-o-web supertape
Cuttlebug embossing folders - D'vine Swirl & Swiss Dots
felt - yellow for flower center
Fiskars heart punch
glitter - red for flower petals & heart & yellow for flower felt center
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - antique linen
TPC Studio Greetings clear stamp - Thanks!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cheetah Card using something not intended for crafting

Created this Cheetah Card using
something not intended for crafting.

I used butcher meat wrapping paper.
When I shop the Sprouts grocery
store where I buy fruit, vegs & meats
they wrap the meat in the brown butcher
wrapping paper which is like freezer
paper that has a shiny side & a non-shiny
side. They place the meat which in my
case was Sweet Italian Sausage (am I
making you hungry?) in a plastic bag before
wrapping in the brown butcher wrapping
paper so when I went home I unwrapped
and thought what if this paper would look
cool if I embossed on the shiny side of it.

Stamped the sentiment on the ribbon. On
inside I'm going to write a note to my Hubby
and put the card in his backpack that he
takes to work.



















Cheetahs are a favorite wild animal of mine.

Bee-utiful furs are worn by
Bee-utiful animals
not by
Bee-utiful people!

Photographed this bee-utiful Cheetah
at the Kansas City Zoo using my 300mm
Canon lens & Canon T1i Canon camera.


















Entering this into the following challenges:

1. 2 Sisters Challenge Blog unlim entries 7th entry ends 1/27
Challenge #75 ~ Embossing


2. A Muse Studio ends 1/29

Stamping on anything BUT paper


3. Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe ends 2/2
entered Ch#1 and my Mail Digi Girl Card was selected as a Chalkboard Winner
both Ch #1 & #2 allow for use of any chalks & stamps
this time I'm using one of their
Stamp N Plus Scrap N Cheetah stamps I bought
chalk I ordered arrived Fri 1/27
future challenges will require use of their products only &
they have free shipping thru 1/31

Challenge #2 Direct to paper


4. Crafting When We Can Ch#10 lim 5 ch total lim 2 entries 1st entry ends 2/3
mine is the butcher meat wrapping paper I embossed on

Challenge 10

I hear you ask well you need to enter into our challenge this fortnight which is

SOMETHING NOT INTENDED FOR CRAFTING
this can be wallpaper, bubble wrap, foil, paperclips, even ribbon and buttons...
The more imaginative the better!

5. Friday Mashup
my new is the using of the butcher meat wrapping paper that I embossed on

FM#43 Try Something New!


So here is the "Mashup" Challenge :
  1. Make a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Or Make a project using "Something NEW in your stash". (Stamps, ribbon, pretty paper...anything!)
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project "using the Sketch & something NEW in your stash".


Paper:
5 1/2" x 7 5/8" Base white cardstock
5 1/2" x 7 5/8" core'dinations Brownie
Cheetah paper digitally printed on cardstock on my computer
butcher meat wrapping paper

adhesives: foam, Scotch ATG, therm-o-web supertape
Celebrate It Basic narrows white ribbon
Cuttlebug Animal Prints embossing folder
Fiskars corner rounder
Inkadinkado Bold Brights Blending Chalk - brown & white
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Sharpie - black used on edges of cut out stamped image

Stamp N Plus Scrap N Cheetah rubber stamp
unmounted, they put the sticky cling stuff on it so I could use it on my block at no extra cost
mounted on wood block cost more & I prefer the style that I can use on a block

TPC Studio Hugs & Kisses Clear Stamp - i love you

Valentine Card with Heart Circles and Rosette

Created this Valentine Card with a Rosette
using my new Spellbinders Nestabilities
Heart Circles die and Sizzix Tim Holtz
Paper Rosette die.

Added layers to the card & gave the
Valentine card a finished look on the
inside.


















Embossing inside of card:













Entering this into the following challenges:

1. 2 Sisters Challenge Blog Ch#75 Embossing ends unlim entries 6th entry 1/27
Challenge #75 ~ Embossing


2. Anything Goes Ch#59 To The One I Love ends 2/5
Challenge 59 - To the One I Love


3. Creative for Me Valentine's Day Card ends 2/8
Throwback Thursday Challenge!


4. Hooked on Craft Challenges Ch#16 "Something Bright"
unlim entries 3rd entry ends 2/4
my something bright
is the Heart Circles layer
made using glitter paper
Challenge 16


5. One Stitch At A Time Ch#97 Round & Round lim 3 entries 2nd entry ends 1/27
my round images are the Heart Circles, Rosette
Challenge #97. 'Round & Round'


6. Sentimental Sundays lim 3 entries 3rd entry ends 1/27
Die Cuts no punches (plus a sentiment)
Challenge #86- Die Cuts


7. The Paper Variety Fan Fold Embellishments ends 1/27

New Challenge!

Our next challenge is another fun one! Don't you love fun prompts? We all do! :)
There are so many pretty embellishments that you can buy to adorn your paper projects but it's so much nicer when you can make them yourself! :)

We'd love to see your fan fold embellishments!




8. The Pink Elephant ends 1/29
photo inspired me to make a Valentine card

The Pink Elephant - TPE 132

We hope you enjoyed our challenge last week and
sure hope you will join us for this week's challenge...

Photo Inspiration

Just let the photo inspire you to create any project any way you like!!


9. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 4th entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


Paper:
5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Base core'dinations Primary Red Smooth Texture cardstock
cardstock: 2 shades of pink, white
doodlebug design inc. bubblegum - sugar coated cardstock - glitter paper

adhesives: glue gun, Scotch ATG, therm-o-web supertape, Zig 2 way glue pen
Cuttlebug Heart Blocks embossing folder
Inkadinkado clear stamp - Love
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Sizzix Love Set Heart w/ Flourishes embossing folder
Sizzix Tim Holtz Paper Rosette die 2 1/2"

Spellbinders Nestabilities Heart Circles
used largest 4" die & 1 3/4" die

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Groundhog Birthday Card

Created this Groundhog Birthday Card for my
Hubby whose birthday is on Groundhog's Day,
Feb. 2. If the Groundhog sees his shadow &
gives us more Winter then I always blame the
extra Winter on my Hubby. Heehee.

Used Designer's Calendar Cricut cartridge for
the Groundhog image. Cut one image with
darker brown and another with lighter gray to
look like the Groundhog's shadow.

To set the scene I used:
Kraft cardstock for Base to give card a worn look,
blue cardstock for sky,
yellow cardstock for Sun & Sun's Rays,
a Spellbinders die for the Sun,
an embossing folder for Sun's Rays,
forest green cardstock for outdoors look,
added Woodland Friends paper for add'l outdoors look,
tore the edges of the paper for distressing,
put a brown bow from Christmas Dove Truffle Box on Groundhog,
and
added the Groundhog & Groundhog shadow


















Entering this into the following challenges:

1. 2 Sisters Challenge Blog Ch#75 Embossing ends unlim entries 5th entry 1/27
Challenge #75 ~ Embossing


2. Celebrate the Occasion Ch#47 Masculine B'day ends 1/30
Challenge #47


3. Craft Your Days Away unlim entries 3rd entry ends 2/2
CYDA Challenge #37 ~ Distressing


4. Craft Your Passion Color Bingo ends 1/29
my colors used are: green, blue & brown
Challenge 94 ~ Color Bingo
COLOR BINGO
Use any 3 colors going vertical, horizontal or diagonal.



5. Die Cuttin' Divas Ch#49 Buttons, Bows and/or Bling ends 1/30
I used a brown bow from a Dove Christmas Truffle Box
Challenge #49: Buttons, Bows, and/or Bling


6. Hooked on Craft Challenges Ch#16 "Something Bright" unlim entries 2nd entry ends 2/4
my something bright
is the Sun & embossed Sun Rays
Challenge 16


7. One Stitch At A Time Ch#97 Round & Round ends 1/27
my round image is the Sun made with a Spellbinders Circle die
Challenge #97. 'Round & Round'


8. Sentimental Sundays lim 3 entries 2nd entry ends 1/27
Die Cuts no punches (plus a sentiment)
Challenge #86- Die Cuts


9. The Kraft Journal Tie It Up Ch ends 1/29
Challenge 55: Tie it Up


10. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 3rd entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


Designer's Calendar 3" & 3.25" Groundhog

Paper:
cardstock:
textured brown for Groundhog,
gray to be Groundhog shadow,
textured green
2 shades of textured yellow
6" x 6" Base Kraft cardstock
the Paper Studio Woodland Friends

adhesives: foam, Scotch ATG, Terrifically Tacky Tape (to hold the ribbon in place)
brown bow from a Christmas Dove Truffles box
Memento Tuxedo Black in
Sizzix Tim Holtz Rays embossing folder
Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles
TPC Studio Greetings clear stamp - Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pixar Animation Scrapbook Layout

Created this Pixar Animation scrapbook
layout using a sketch my daughter
created for me before she headed back
to college where she is a sophomore
studying Art Animation.

Before she entered college in Fall of

2010 we saw Toy Story 3 and yes I
cried and it was so appropriate since

our daughter was heading to college.

We have seen & enjoyed all the Pixar
movies. There is a sequel to Monster Inc.
in the works. Summer this yr the animated
movie is titled Brave and is a first for an

an animated girl being the lead of the
movie.

Decided to cut the Pixar character/items
in black to look like
silhouettes from the
Best of Pixar
Cricut cartridge & allow the
sketch to be the focal point of the layout.


There are 9 Pixar characters/items. See
if you can identify them and look closely to
the far right of sketch for 9th item.



















Closeup of Sulley from Monster Inc.,
Violet from The Incredibles, and
Buzz Lightyear & Woody from Toy Story:









Closeup of Mike from Monster Inc.,
Nemo from Finding Nemo, and
Wall-e & Eve from WALL-E:









Sketch Artist:
My daughter who used black ink for sketching.

Her sketch idea was to have the Pixar characters
in a subway train with most of them reading a
book.

Closeup of sketch:









and if you have not figured out the 9th Pixar
item then look at the balloons on the background
paper and this represents the balloons from the
movie Up!

Entering this into the following challenge:

1. Craft Spot by Kimberly ends 1/30
robots, trucks, trains, sports, etc. - my Pixar characters are for boys as well as girls
Monday Challenge # 42 - Let's hear it for the boys...


2. Craft Your Passion Color Bingo ends 1/29
I interepreted the challenge to mean use at least 3 colors in a row
and I used all the Bingo colors & yell out BINGO!
Challenge 94 ~ Color Bingo
COLOR BINGO
Use any 3 colors going vertical, horizontal or diagonal.



3. Fantabulous Cricut Ch Me Mon #95 Label It ends 1/29
label other than plain circle - mine is the Film Negative Strip at top of layout

Challenge Me Monday #95

Adding a fancy label to your project is such a great way to add interest to the overall look. There are so many wonderful shapes on our Cricut cartridges that the possibilities are endless! This week, we’d like to see you add labels to your projects BUT you must use something other than a circle.


#95 – Label It!
Create a project using a label shape other than a plain circle (i.e., use a scalloped shape)


4. Hooked on Craft Challenges Ch#16 "Something Bright" unlim entries 1st entry ends 2/4
my something bright are the bright balloons on the background scrapbook paper
Challenge 16


5. More Than Favors Wacky Wed#63 Let's Get Animated! ends 1/31
Wacky Wednesday #63 - Let's get Animated!


6. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 2nd entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


Best of Pixar Cricut cartridge
Sulley1, Mike1, Violet, Nemo, Buzz, Woody, Wall-e, Eve all cut at 2" height

Mickey & Friends Disney Cricur cartridge
Icon Border shift - Film Negative Strip image p114 used as a tag
I wanted a Movie reel but cricut search did not find one & I did not
find one in looking at my cartridges, if anyone knows of one please
let me know

Paper:
12" x 12" Base the paper Studio Birthday Balloons
8 1/4" x 8 1/4" brown textured cardstock
1 3/4" x 7" sketch on white
2" x 7 1/4" black mat
black & white cardstock

adhesive: foam, Scotch ATG & Zig 2way glue pen
calligraphy: hand calligraphy Elegant Writer Fine Point black marker
Spool O' Ribbon white ribbon

Monday, January 23, 2012

CAS Chinese New Year 2012 Year of the Dragon Card

Created this Clean & Simple (CAS)
Chinese New Year 2012 Year of the
Dragon Card using a rubber stamp I
bought today at Michaels. Phoned
Michaels to ask if they had a Dragon
rubber stamp. 1st Michaels store did
not have but 2nd store here did and I
asked them hold giving them my name.
Glad that I asked them to hold because
it was the last one. regular price was
$5.99. Used a 50% JoAnns coupon since
they honor competitor coupons.














Entering this into the following challenges:

1. 2 Sisters Challenge Blog Ch#75 Embossing ends unlim entries 4th entry 1/27
Challenge #75 ~ Embossing


2. CAS-ual Fridays CFC36 Penguin Suit
max 4 tot ch unlim entries 2nd entry ends 1/25

CFC36

Welcome back to CAS-ual Fridays, The Clean And Simple Challenge!
This week we are celebrating Penguin Awareness Day which lands on January 20th.
Yep, it's a real day!
In honor of Penguins everywhere, we have a special challenge that we hope will inspire you.

Black & White

CFC36: Create a Clean And Simple Project that is only black and white.
*no other colors will be allowed-not even a speck*


3. Victorine Stamps unlim entries 1st entry ends 2/4
Victorine Originals-Anything Goes Challenge


Paper:
4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Base white cardstock

BasicGrey clear stamp - HAPPY new year!
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

quickutz embossing folder - bought clearanced priced
$2.99 (price label is on the embossing folder, it was
sold out of pkg) and do not know name of it

Recollections Dragon rubber stamp
Studio His & Hers self-adhesive gemstones - 4 mini black

Piano Music Happy Birthday Card

Created this Clean & Simple (CAS)
Piano Music Happy Birthday Card in
monochromatic colors of black &
white.

Was inspired by the Piano Card that
Laurie Wilson of Soapboxcreations blog
a Cas-ual Fridays DT created.

Used a Tim Holtz music embossing
folder and a Piano rubber stamp. Cut
out the Piano Keys stamped image.
Used Enamel accents on the Piano
Keys stamped piece to give the black
keys dimension.

Used foam adhesives on the cut out of
the stamped Piano Keys for a 3D look.


















View of card laying flat to show off the
Piano Keys stamping piece that is not
laying flat on the card:














Scrapbook layout I created some time ago of a
wonderful Elton John concert:














Entering this into the following challenges:

1. 2 Sisters Challenge Blog Ch#75 Embossing ends unlim entries 3rd entry 1/27
Challenge #75 ~ Embossing


2. Birthday Sundaes Ch#40 max 6 tot ch ends 1/28
Challenge #40


3. CAS-ual Fridays CFC36 Penguin Suit
max 4 tot ch unlim entries 1st entry ends 1/25

CFC36

Welcome back to CAS-ual Fridays, The Clean And Simple Challenge!
This week we are celebrating Penguin Awareness Day which lands on January 20th.
Yep, it's a real day!
In honor of Penguins everywhere, we have a special challenge that we hope will inspire you.

Black & White

CFC36: Create a Clean And Simple Project that is only black and white.
*no other colors will be allowed-not even a speck*


4. Party Time Tuesdays lim 3 entries 3rd entry ends 1/24

Happy Birthday Week! PTT#51-Happy Birthday Projects and Cards


Paper:
4 1/4" x 4 5/8" Base white cardstock
3 3/4" x 4 3/8" black textured cardstock
7/8" x 2 3/4" white cardstock - tag

adhesives: foam & Scotch ATG

Enamel accents: black & white
used black to give the piano black keys dimension
used white on parts of the Happy Birthday sentiment

Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Sizzix Tim Holtz Sheet Music embossing folder
Stampabilities Piano Keys rubber stamp
TPC Studio Greetings Clear Stamp - Happy Birthday!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Flower Pot Shaped Thanks Card

Created this Flower Pot Shaped Thanks
Card using Walk in My Garden Cricut
cartridge.

Used Kraft cardstock as my base for
Flower Pot Card.

Used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to give the flower
pot a clay pot look. Stamped Thanks!
sentiment. Added twine.

Used Spellbinders dies for Rose petals &
leaves. Used TH Distress Ink on the flower
petals & leaves. Sanded the flower petals &
leaves. Curled the flower petals & leaves for
a 3D look. Added the flowers & leaves with
gems for a bedazzled flower pot.


Finished inside of card by stamping a flower
and sentiment on inside.


















Inside of card:














Entering this into the following challenge:

1. Cardztv Ch#100 "It's June in January" ends 1/31
Summer theme - flower planting time is Summer as well as Spring


2. Craft Your Days Away unlim entries 2nd entry ends 2/2
CYDA Challenge #37 ~ Distressing


3. Diana M Larson DL.ART Thankful Thursday ends 2/4
thank you card, use Kraft paper, have flower & twine on it
January 19, 2012 ****** THANKFUL THURSDAY CHALLENG...


4. Sentimental Sundays lim 3 entries 1st entry ends 1/27
Die Cuts no punches (plus a sentiment)
Challenge #86- Die Cuts


Walk in My Garden Cricut cartridge 4" flower pot shaped card

Paper:
core'dinations Clover Patch - green for leaves
Kraft cardstock - Base - 4.95" x 4" shaped flower pot
Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Distressed cardstock - yellow for Roses

adhesives: foam & ZOTS small dots

BasicGrey clear stamps:
flower on inside (2 parts - flower & stem) &
sentiment on inside: just wanted to say THANKS

gems - 2 yellow to bedazzle flower pot
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations
TPC Studio Greetings clear stamp - Thanks!
used smallest flower & leaf die of 9 die set

Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
crushed olive - leaves
tattered rose - roses
wild honey - for clay pot look

Tim Holtz Sander

twine - green & white

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Birthday Embossing Resist Sketch Card

Created this Birthday card using a Sketch
from Victorine Original Stamps and
Embossing Resist technique from Perfect
Sentiments. I have been stepping out of my
comfort zone and learning more.

Decided to go with a Balloon Birthday theme.

Made Base 5" x 7". Layered with Birthday
Balloons paper. Cut the circle out of white
cardstock using Spellbinders die. Stamped
balloons onto white cardstock circle using
VersaMark embossing ink. Sprinkled with
embossing powder & heated. Used Distress
Ink to stamp color onto white cardstock.
Wiped off the balloon stamped image with
a paper towel. Stamped birthday sentiment.
Assembling card per the sketch using
vellum paper, circle & tag sentiment.














Entering this into the following challenges:

1. 2 Sisters Challenge Blog Ch#75 Embossing ends unlim entries 1st entry 1/27
Challenge #75 ~ Embossing


2. Craft Your Days Away unlim entries 1st entry ends 2/2
CYDA Challenge #37 ~ Distressing


3. Frosted Design ends 1/22 for prize or 1/26 for Top 3
Frosted Designs: vellum, acrylic or a transparency


4. Little Scrap Pieces ends 1/26
Winner and New Challenge Use Blue


5. My Sheri Crafts ends 2/3
my new is the embossing resist technique
MY SHERI CRAFTS CHALLENGE #77 - New Things


6. Party Time Tuesdays lim 3 entries 2nd entry ends 1/24

Happy Birthday Week! PTT#51-Happy Birthday Projects and Cards


7. Perfect Sentiments Ch PSC15: B'day Embossing Resist
unlim entries 1st entry ends 1/23
PSC15: Birthday Embossing Resist


8. Victorine Original ends 1/21
Victorine Originals Challenge #25 - Sketch Challen...


On to today's challenge, for this challenge we would want you to use the following sketch created by very own Laurie. You are able to flip and way you want as long as we can still see the basic sketch :)


Paper:
5" x 7" Base TH core'dinations Broken China cardstock
cardstock - light blue 1" x 3 1/2" - sentiment tag
the Paper Studio Birthday Balloons 4 3/4" x 6 3/4"
vellum - light blue 3" x 6"

adhesive: foam, Scotch ATG & ZOTS small dots
Marvy heat tool
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Circles 4 1/4"
Stampabilities Birthday Cupcakes clear stamps - balloons & Happy Birthday
Stampendous Stamp n Stuff Kaleidoscope Transparent embossing powder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink broken china
VersaMark embossing ink

Friday, January 20, 2012

Guest Designer for Raise the Bar and Ring in the New Yr Bday Card

I'm a Guest Designer, Guest Bar-Tender,
for Raise the Bar. Received the honor
when I made Top 5 in Ch#86 - It's
Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
with my Nutcracker Gift Bag & Pizzelles
entry.

Challenge this week at Raise the Bar is
Ring In The New Year (Use Circles).
Challenge #88

Used a Circle shaped card base for circle
theme and that was easy when I discovered
that the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge had
such a card
and no Gypsy welding was
necessary. Used blue for base to look like
the sky.

Embossed the Circle with Retro Circles
embossing folder keeping with the circle
theme. Used a Dabber on the embossed
image and broke the rule and dragged the
tip across the embossed image. Did not
like how much ink came out when I dabbed
the Dabber across the embossed image and
liked the result when I dragged the tip across
the embossed image. Has anyone else broke
this rule or discovered a way to prevent too
much ink from coming out?

Sized the balloons to be round and used
ribbons for ribbon ties. Stamped happy
birthday on the balloo
ns. Used white ink
on the balloons near bottom right edges &
on candle of happy birthday sentiment.


















Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Exploring Cricut ends 1/20
B'day proj using colors: red, blue, green, yellow & white
New Challenge Monday!!!!


2. Made Especially for you ends 1/22


3. Party Time Tuesdays lim 3 entries 1st entry ends 1/24

Happy Birthday Week! PTT#51-Happy Birthday Projects and Cards


Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge & Gypsy
balloons 2" x 2" (for circle shaped balloons)
Gifts Card/Tag circle shaped card that is already welded 9.98" x 5"
used Gypsy to hide the crease on the Card

Paper:
cardstock: red, green & yellow
core'dinations Baby Blue Smooth - chose this to be like the sky

adhesive: foam, ZOTS small dots
Hero Arts Days to Celebrate rubber stamp - happy birthday
Marvy white pen - on balloons
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
ribbon: red, green & yellow

Ranger Dabber - Sail Boat Blue
the instructions on the Dabbers indicate to not drag the tip
but I found that if I just pressed it over the embossed image
too much ink came out & liked the look of what I got when I
dragged the tip across the embossing so I broke the rules

Sizzix Christmas Set #6 embossing folder - Retro Circles

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Cap Shaped Card

Created this Clean & Simple (CAS) Winter Cap
Shaped Card using Winter Woodland Cricut
cartridge and cotton balls with some glitter.


















2 of my Panda plushes wearing my hats.
My blue Winter hat is one hubby gave me
couple yrs ago and it came with a scarf &
mittens set. My other hat worn most of the
time is my Justin cowgirl hat.














Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Cooking with Cricut Winter Warmies Ch ends 1/24
all about the way we keep warm (mittens, scarves, hot cocoa, etc.)

Winter Warmies Challenge


2. Whimsical Deisgns Whimsical Wed Ch "Anything Goes" ends 2/1
"Anything Goes" Whimsical Wednesday Challenge, Des...

Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge Cap 5"

Paper:
core'dinations Baby Blue Smooth
white cardstock

adhesive: foam, Scotch ATG & Terrifically Tacky Tape
cotton balls
glitter - white

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine Card with Polka Dots & Hearts

Created this Clean & Simple (CAS)
Valentine Card using Polka Dots paper
for Base of Card and Spellbinders Hearts.


















Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Celebrate the Occasion Ch#46 Any Occasion (must use Polka Dots)!!! ends 1/22
Challenge #46


2. Crafty Creations Challenge ends 1/24
#153- VALENTINE THEME


Paper:
Recollections cardstock:
polka dotted - pink & white - Pastel
solid pinks - 3 shades - Butterfly Wings

A2 size card 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

adhesive: foam
Inkadinkado Happy Days clear stamp - Happy Valentine's Day
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Heart - 3 stacked hearts

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spring Joy Robin Card

Created this Spring Joy Robin Card using
photos of Robins I had pleasure of seeing
and photographing in my backyard.

Sketches are not my forte but I was pleased
with my choices of paper & since I do not sew
I used a rick rack die to cut paper for the stitched
part on right hand side of card.

You can see the 1st 2 blog posts on these Robins at:
Robin Nest Scrapbook Layout - three blue eggs in nest

Robin Beaks Open Scrapbook Layout - 3 young Robins open their beaks with eyes closed


















Inside of card:
1. young Robin eyes & beak open
2. young Robin
3. young Robin 1st to fly out of nest
4. young Robin 1st to fly out of nest

2 other young Robins stayed in nest 1 more day
and flew out next day & again I was there to see
them fly out & will post these at another time.













Entering this into the following challenges:

1. Go Fish Challenge ends 1/31

Go Fish Challenge #9





2. One Stitch At A Time Anything Goes lim 3 entries 3rd entry ends 1/21Challenge #96.. Mini Collab...Anything Goes


3. Raise the Bar Ch#87 A Banner of a New Year ends 1/18
Challenge #87


Paper:
5" x 7" Base white cardstock
cardstock - red
core'dinations: white texture & VC KIsses (red)
Melody Ross designer collections artsy URBAN

adhesive: foam, Scotch ATG & Zig 2 way Glue Pen
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Sizzix:: Photo Corners Die & Rick Rack Die Sizzlits Decorative Strip
studio g clear stamp - title - spring joy