Thursday, November 29, 2012

Using the Cricut Expression Book at CCR

Thank you for joining us for our new challenge! We enjoyed looking at your Thanksgiving Entries. We appreciate you joining us and hope you will join us for this next challenge.
Theme: Use the Cricut Expression book By Cathie Rigby
Here is how the challenge works...if you own the wonderful Cricut Expression book you must pick a project from the book and recreate it in your own way. You must include a picture from the book for your re-creation.
If you do not have the Cricut Expression book you may select one of the Design Team Member projects and re-create their project. Please include a photo and link to the Design Team Member.
 Here is my Design Team project...

Here are images from the book.
(p. 76 - 77)

We have a special Sponsor today!
Close to my Heart representative April has generously donated:
Avonlea Workshops on the Go Scrapbooking Kit worth $29.95
Thank you April!! You can also visit April on her FaceBook Page HERE!
Be sure and tell her Creative Cutter Room sent you!
Challenge Starts today November 29 and runs until December 12, 2012.
Follow the rules then submit your new project over at the Creative Cutter Room!
Only entries that fit the challenge guidelines will be entered to win the prize!
To be eligible to win the prize keep in mind these rules:
Be a Follower of the CCR
Project submissions must be new, no back linking
CCR must be mentioned in the description with a link back to here
Entry must fit theme to be qualified for the prize
Prize must be claimed within 2 weeks
Please link your project posting not just your blog
One Entry per person
Please comment after linking over at the CCR

Here is the line-up for some great inspiration:
Looking forward to seeing your creations!
Stay Creative,

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A "Thank You" Challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy Diva Tuesday!
Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.
The Challenge this Week...Thank You
(be sure to include what embellishments you are thankful to own)
Here is my Design Team project...
I am thankful for my ribbon and brads. 

Wild Card Cricut cartridge ~ Thank You (p. 49) cut at 5 1/2"
Flower Shoppe cartridge ~ flowers cut between 1/2" and 1"
DCWV paper ~ The Gilded Orchard shop
gold card stock
white brad
Other Challenges:
I hope you will join us this week at Die Cuttin' Divas.

Stay Creative,

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Treat Bag Winner is...

Hello Crafty Friends,
It is time to announce the winner of the treat bags!

What an absolutely adorable treat bag topper!! I love the sweet owl and the pretty colors!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend :)

Congratulations Lisa!
Be sure to forward me your mailing address, so I can get these sent to you right away. Can't wait to see what you create.
Don't forget there is still time to win some festive ribbon. Be sure to leave a comment about your favorite holiday tradition here.
Take Care,

Sunday, November 25, 2012

1 Month 'til Christmas Hop

Hello Crafty Friends,
Today is the 25th of the month, which means it is time for our Christmas countdown. Can you believe there is only 1 month until Christmas? We have started our Christmas shopping (Yeah!), I have wrapped a few presents (but more to go), and I have some holiday cards already created thanks to this hop. 
I remember when I joined this group many months ago to get ahead on my holiday cards. I am so glad I had the opportunity and hope that next year we continue the trend.
 Here are my Christmas cards...
~ Die-Cut ~  
Tuesday Morning Sketch
 white card stock
pink papers (unknown brands)
Spellbinders ~ Beaded Ovals
1" circle punch
Gingerbread Cricut cartridge ~ tree cut at 2 1/2"
 ~ Digi/Stamp ~
Recollections candy cane stamp
Fiskars stamps ~ Christmas sentiment
Spellbinder ~ Label two
holiday paper
Barn Door Red ink ~ Tim Holtz distress ink
peppermint candy brads ~ Eyelet Outlet
red and green polka dot ribbon
white embroidery floss
Other Challenges:
Christmas Prize:
Just leave a comment about your favorite holiday tradition and a way to contact you. The winner will be announced Friday, November 30th.

Don't about the treat bag give away here. The winner will be announced tomorrow (Monday).
Here is this month's line-up...
If you are interested in joining in the new year (2013), just leave a comment. Can you imagine how many cards you will have by next December if you start early?
Now hop on over to see what Tara has made for this month's holiday cards.
Stay Creative,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hoot Hoot...Owl Treat Bags and a Giveaway

Hello Crafty Friends,
I have been admiring all those wonderful party favors over at Jaded Blossoms and decided I wanted to give them a try. I had some plastic bags I bought at the flea market when I did a craft show a while back, but did not use all of them. They are little bigger than what I want, but it works. I am going to visit the flea market this weekend to see if the lady is still there selling other sizes. I am hoping to find some smaller sizes, so I can make my students a special surprise before Winter Break.
Here is the toppper.
  I used Elegant Edges to create the frame by layering and folding it in half. Since there are so many choices on this cartridge, I can have a variety of tops for different themes/holidays.
Love this ribbon from Karen at Little Scrap Pieces! Thanks Karen!
Can't wait to fill this bag with some goodies! I was reading what an owl's diet consist of and I can say that it (rodents and insects) will NOT be stuffed in here. I think some candy might taste better!
Canvas Corp papers
blue, yellow, and brown card stock
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge ~ owl 3" and Hoot 1"
Elegant Edges ~ frame 5 1/2" & 4 1/2"
blue and yellow ribbon
brown button
cream embroidery floss
clear plastic bag (about 7" X 5")
Paper Playtime ~ Anything Goes

How About a Giveaway?
Since it is Thanksgiving and I am very thankful for all my crafty friends...I want to share some treat bags. Just leave a comment and a way to get in touch with you by Sunday night. The winner will be announced Monday, November 26th.
Hope you had a great turkey day.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanks 'Ole Foxy One

Hello Crafty Friends,
I just got back from picking up my son from college (after 4 hours of driving). He is home for the long holiday weekend. Yeah! Tomorrow we are going to the grandparents for turkey dinner and then maybe a little Black Friday shopping.
Before my retrieval trip, I worked on this project. Doesn't that fox look like a sly one? Of course, those eyes do make him look a little innocent...maybe even a bit cuddly.
It was the first time I used Wild Card 2. I cut the fox (p. 48) at 3". The fox is resting upon an embossed (Tim Holtz distressed) square with brown square brads in the corners. All the edges were inked too.
I cut "thanks" from Just Because Cards and added a brown velvet flower with a red button. The bow is white embroidery floss.
What am I thankful for? crafty friends...
How about you? What are you thankful for?
I used this sketch from The Sweet Shop, but didn't use a tasty treat....Ooops! I may need to use this sketch again, but add something yummy next time.
Other Challenges:
Stay Creative,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Challenge at Die Cuttin' Diva

Happy Diva Tuesday!

Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.
The Challenge this Week...
Here is my Design Team project...

The sketch I used is from 2 Sisters Challenge.
My Mind's Eye Papers
mustard yellow, white, and kraft card stock
3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge ~ bird and sentiment
blue gems
Here is a poem I found to share.
(Guess where we are going on Thanksgiving?)...
At Grandma's House
I like the taste of turkey
Any time throughout the year
But it never
seems to taste as good
As when Thanksgiving's here.

Could be it's all the trimmings
That are cooked with it to eat-
But I think it's
eating at Grandma's house
That makes it such a treat!

~Author Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate!

Stay Creative,

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Count Your Blessings" at Exploring Cricut

 Hello Cricut Fans,

I sure hope you enjoyed all my turkeys yesterday, especially since there is a new challenge at Exploring Cricut today.
The Challenge: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is America's preeminent day. It has a very interesting history. Its origin can be traced back to the 16th century when the first Thanksgiving dinner is said to have taken place.
In 1789, following a proclamation issued by President George Washington, America celebrated its first Day of Thanksgiving to God under its new constitution. That same year, the Protestant Episcopal Church, of which President Washington was a member, announced that the first Thursday in November would become its regular day for giving thanks, “unless another day be appointed by the civil authorities.” Yet, despite these early national proclamations, official Thanksgiving observances usually occurred only at the State level.
Much of the credit for the adoption of a later ANNUAL national Thanksgiving Day may be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. For thirty years, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day, contacting President after President until President Abraham Lincoln responded in 1863 by setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving. Over the next seventy-five years, Presidents followed Lincoln’s precedent, annually declaring a national Thanksgiving Day. Then, in 1941, Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.
 Here is my Exploring Cricut project...
The rust colored ribbon with gold trim brings out the feather colors along with the leaf buttons. I bought that ribbon last year, but Michaels had it on sale as a Daily Doorbuster yesterday (Sunday) for 70% off. Be sure to watch for more deals! Black Friday is coming soon!
pattern paper ~ scrap box
kraft paper and brown card stock
Create a Critter Cricut cartridge
rust and gold ribbon
yellow leaf buttons
gold embroidery floss
Spellbinders ~ Labels 5
"With Thanks" stamp
brown ink
Be sure to come back tomorrow for one more Thanksgiving card as part of the Die Cuttin' Diva design team. Then it will be Christmas card time! I am actually excited this year for the holidays. Can you believe I saw someone with their Christmas lights on last night? They were super pretty, but my thought is you wait until the Friday after Thanksgiving. What do you think?
Looking forward to seeing all the Thanksgiving projects you make this week.
Stay Creative,

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday was a Day for Turkeys

Good Morning Crafty Friends and Happy Sunday!
Yesterday was a fabulous day for making cards. After I took my daughter to get her haircut, I was able to work on turkey cards for a friend. She was concerned that I spent so much time making all these cards, but I told her it was well worth the time.
Let me share some information about each of these Thanksgiving cards.
  This card did not use the Cricut. I used a Spellbinder for the Lacey Circle, but the other pieces are stickers. The turkey was wearing a bow, so I added matching ones next to the sentiment. The background is embossed with Tim Holtz woodgrain folder. 
 This was the first time this season I used the turkey cut from Simply Charmed. I do not typically pull out this cartridge because of all the smiley faces on the images, but the turkey is perfect for the holiday. The stamp is from Card Tv and the papers are My Mind's Eye. 
 Here are a few others in a group shot.
The turkeys were cut from either Create a Critter or Thanksgiving cartridges. A variety of papers and embellishments were used to create unique cards.
 This is a sticker that I purchased either last year or the year before for 10 or 20 cents. It was one piece, but I cut the letters and adhered closer together to fit within the scalloped circle (cut from Elegant Edges). The papers are Cloud9 Design ~ Seasonal stack.
I used the sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday to create this pair. I just alternated the papers and colors.
Tuesday Throwdown ~ Thankful for You (3rd and 4th picture)
Cut It Up! ~ Buttons (2nd and 3rd pictures)
Little Scrap Pieces ~ Use an Animal (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th pictures)
Bitten by the Bug 2 ~ Turkey (2nd, 3rd, and 5th pictures)
Hoping everyone (in the United States) has a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Stay Creative,

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Exploring Cricut Design Team Day

Good Morning Cricut Enthusiast,

Today is my Exploring Cricut Design Team day. I made this cute birthday card using the  Paper Pups cartridge. The person receiving this card loves dogs and her favorite color is brown. No, this card is not for me...I didn't make it for myself, but I was happy to hear someone else was just like me. : )

My Exploring Cricut project...
kraft papers
Paper Pups Cricut cartridge ~ pup (p.95) cut at 2" and balloons
Plantin School Cricut cartridge ~ font cut at 1/2"
brown buttons
blue thread
paw print ribbon

Be sure to come back on Monday to see the new Exploring Cricut challenge. You will be thankful you did.

Stay Creative,

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Couple Non-Turkey Cards

Hello Crafty Friends,
I have been busy making Thanksgiving cards for the past two or three days, so I thought I would take a short break and make a couple other types. Then back to the turkey cards, so I can finish another order. Soon it will be all about Christmas!
Thank You Card
This stamp is from Scrappy Moms Stamps ~ Dancing in Circles. There are 14 different sentiments in the set.
pink cardstock
scrap papers
brown flowers
pink crinkle ribbon
pink flower
brown gems
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
brown ink
Happy Birthday
This sketch is from Seems a Little Sketchy.
Canvas Corp papers
burgandy card stock
Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge ~ cupcake (p. 27) cut at 2 1/2"
brown ribbon
burgandy and brown flowers
brown brad
burgandy gems
Hapy Birthday stamp (inside ~ not shown)
Hope you have a great weekend.
Stay Creative,