Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Chic" Recipe and a Birthday Winner

Better late than never!

Hard for me to say, but I didn't even post my Die Cuttin' Diva card on my own site this week. I prepared the challenge post and added all the the Design Team's  projects (I even remembered Mr. Linky and all the links to the DT members), but didn't post my own card. Then I had a terrible headache yesterday and a Science meeting last night, which delayed me. So finally...

The challenge this week is a recipe...
feathers, flowers and/or fabric.
I tried to incorporate all three. I added a piece of black lace over the pink card stock to create a background and the feathers are draped over her blouse. It actually looks pretty neat in person. I like to feel different materials, so this card is perfect for the tactile person.

Here is my project...
Forever Young cartridge
pink, blue, and black card stock
black lace
pink flowers (cut from an edge punch)
pink gems

On to some more important information...
 Carri's Birthday Celebration Hop Winner is...
KTSimms said...

Super cute card! I am a new follower!

Please email me (coachfans at cox dot net), so you can let me know which cartridge you would like. 
Coming Soon...
The World of Dr. Seuss Hop          Spring Flip DT Hop

Stay Creative,

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happiness Always


Welcome back for another challenge at Made Especially for You. You might notice my card is slightly different than some of the other Design Team members. Although I teach and expect my students to read carefully, I must say "I didn't". Shame on me! I was suppose to use the sponsor's digi and I forgot. I loved how this card came out, so I asked if I could use them next week instead. : )

This week's challenge...
Stitching (real or faux)
I am finally feeling more comfortable with faux stitching. I think the pen I used this time made a big difference too. I have the straight lines, so next time I need to try curves or dots.

Here is my Design Team project...
Florals Embellished cartridge ~ bird2 (p. 63) cut at 2 1/2"
My Mind's Eye ~ Fine and Dandy paper stack
pink, cream, and blue card stock
blue ribbon
pink button
wiggly eyes
Martha Stewart pen ~ Sephia
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
My Pink Stamper ~ Punny stamps
brown ink

Other Challenges:

Coming Soon...
The World of Dr. Seuss Hop
Spring Flip DT Hop

Don't forget about my two small request...turn off word verification and sign-up for Linky. Go back for more information.

Stay Creative,

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy 18th Birthday


Today was my niece's 18th birthday party, so I had to make her a card for the special occasion. I wanted to make sure is was mature, but still fun. I hope she liked it (I know she liked what was in it! Who doesn't like money!?!?). I asked my sister what to get her and she said she could use money to help pay for her Summer classes since financial won't start until Fall term. I thought, "What a great idea." Well, after cake I asked my niece what she plans to do with the birthday money and her answer was "Spring Break, of course." I guess you're only 18 once.
My Mind's Eye ~ Fine and Dandy paper stack
Hannah Montana cartridge ~ 18 cut at 1 3/4"
brown ribbon
green gems
Cardz TV stamp ~ "Make a Wish" set
brown ink


I have a small request or two ~

1. Please consider turning off word verification. Commenting can become frustrating since the verification image is difficult to read at times. If you do not know how, just ask. I can post a message with directions.

2. Use the new Linky box (right side bar) to follow since changes are approaching quickly. I don't want to loose contact with my crafty friends! If I haven't signed up for yours, PLEASE let me know too. I will head on over and register. THANKS!

Lots of events approaching in March, so be sure to come back often.

Stay Creative,

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thankful Thursday Challenge ~ Purple

Good Evening,

Today has been a relaxing day and hopefully tomorrow will be fun. My niece is turning 18 and we are going to her birthday party. I am not quite sure how to celebrate an 18 years old birthday, but I am sure I will be looking for some ideas since my son is only 6 months younger than his cousin. Time sure flies by! I will say... I am THANKFUL that both of them have good heads on their shoulders and will go far.

Here is my Thankful Thursday project for DL.Art. I went thru the scrap box and chose a bunch of purples. I used the Seems a Little Sketchy layout, although I missed the deadline for submission. I really like how the purples look together.
purple scraps
Create a Critter cartridge ~ scalloped flower
Plantin Schoolbook cartridge ~ circles
Wild Card cartridge ~ Thank You (p. 49) cut a t 8"
purple felt rick rack
purple flowers
purple brad
purple gems

Other Challenges:

Don't forget to enter the Cricut Cartridge giveaway for Carri's Birthday Celebration hop. There is still time! Click here for your chance!
Choose One!
Hope you have a great night,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Monster Cat for CCR Challenge

Good Morning!
It's Thursday, which means a new challenge at the Creative Cutter Room. This week's challenge brings a card, but also a tip I learned. It sure is helpful when to get a suggestion before finding out the hard way. It sure does help save paper sometimes too. : ) 

As I browse thru my crafty friend's sites on a regular basis and see all the amazing shape cards, I do get a bit envious. I typically stick with my rectangular shape card base. For some reason, I just love the straight lines. For this challenge I wanted to use Elegant Edges (that would mean I would need to use my Gypsy to weld and that doesn't happen...not yet!) or Birthday Bash since the shapes are already done. Instead, I chose something completely...different (maybe even a little odd). 

I went with this MONSTER CAT. It took me some time to get use to looking at him, but he has finally grown on me.

Here is my tip...use heavy duty card stock to cut the body. Mine is a bit flimsy and he looks like a bobble head. Learning lesson there!

Theme: Shape Card
Create a new card using a shape no squares no rectangles!

Here is my project:

Mini Monsters cartridge
gray, black, white, and pink cardstock
My Mind's Eye ~Stella and Rose paper stack
Are you ready to create a shape card now?
Submit your new project for a chance to win a prize!

Two Acrylic Stamp Sets....One pictured above and the other a Surprise!

Challenge Starts today February 23 and runs until March 7, 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!

Some Rules to keep in mind while playing along:
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

Here is the Line Up You for some great inspiration:

Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Favorite Pet

Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.

Did you know February 21st is Love Your Pet Day? How about it is Responsible Pet Owner's Month? In honor of all our pets we have or have lost, we are thinking of you this week. 

Our new challenge this week is...Your Favorite Pet

Here is my project...
SEI paper ~ Park Buddies
Paper Pups cartridge
brown and white cardstock
wiggly eyes
Martha Stewart baker's twine
white gelly roll pen


Sponsor...Paper Piecing by Nikki

 If you want to see another one of my pet projects, check out this cube I made. My dog is just like one of the family members. We have had her for 4 years now and it sure doesn't seem like it.
Can't wait to see all those amazing projects that you make.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Can You Use Only 3 Papers?

Welcome back for another challenge at Made Especially for You.

This week's challenge...
to create a card featuring three different papers.
No more, no less!

Here is my Design Team project...
Dream Streets Papers
green core paper ~ edges slightly sanded
crinkle ribbon
yellow gems
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
Wild Card cartridge ~ Hi

This Week's Sponsor is...Julie from 3 Girl Jam!
The winner will receive a 2 piece bundle of crinkle ribbon.

Looking forward to seeing your projects this week.
If you missed my Exploring Cricut Guest Designer spotlight, PLEASE scroll down. I created a super cute birthday card for a 2 year old.

Stay Creative,

I am a Guest Designer at Exploring Cricut

Good Morning,

I am thrilled to announce that I am a Guest Designer for Exploring Cricut. I love these challenges since I get to use my Cricut Expression. There are so many different cartridges to choose from and there are always more being released. My wish list sure seems to be growing continually.

This week's challenge...Anything Goes!

I decided to make a personalized birthday card. I have never used this sheep cut, but he sure is cute. He came with the party horn, but I added the hat. What about those presents? I sure wish my name was on a bunch of gifts. : )
 I added the sentiment to match on the inside.
Cloud9 Design paper
brown card stock
Birthday Bash cartridge ~ sheep (p. 42) cut at 2 3/4" and sentiment
Celebrations ~ presents (p. 114) cut at 3/4" and hat (p. 104) cut at 1 1/4"
Plantin Schoolbook ~ Wyatt cut at 1/2" (shadow feature)
brown glitter
2 brown brads 
2 red buttons
brown embroidery floss
2 wiggly eyes
brown ink

Other Challenges:

 Can't wait to see what you create with your Cricut!

Take Care,

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Carri's Birthday Celebration Hop

What a great day it is today.

I am fortunate to be co-hosting a birthday celebration for one of our crafty friends. That means it is time for some cake, ice cream, balloons, presents, and LOTS of suprises. That's right..I have invited 9 other crafty friends to help celebrate Carri's, otherwise known as... Abusybee, birthday. We have all made her a surprise project (that she hasn't even seen yet), which gets unwrapped today.

In honor of Carri's special day, we are inviting you to hop along with us for the Birthday Celebration. Not only does Carri get some special birthday gifts, but we have some goodies for you too.

Here is my project...

Sentimental cartridge ~ the bee (p. 45) was cut at 2 1/4"

My Birthday Celebration goodie...

To be eligible to win the goodies you must:

1. Become a follower of each participant
2. Leave a comment at each stop
3. Deadline will be Tuesday, February 28th.
A Master List with all the winners will be posted on March 1st.

Here is Carri’s Birthday Celebration Hop

Now, hop over to Nitasha to see what she has for Carri's Birthday Surprise.
Happy Birthday Carri!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Personalized Valentines & a Birthday Hop

I made these Valentine's for a co-worker and her grandchildren. She LOVES them personalized. I wanted each of them to be unique just like their personalities.
Create a Critter ~ bird p. 65 cut at 2"

Create a Critter ~ cat p. 38 cut at 2 1/2"

Mini Monsters ~ Icky  p. 28 cut at 3 1/2"

Create a Critter ~ zebra p. 47


Guess what tomorrow is?
Carri’s Birthday Celebration Hop
Thursday, February 16th
Here is the line-up:

 Lots of great prizes will be given away. Here are just a few that I know about...crinkle ribbon, Cricut cartridges, stamps, a bow maker, and holiday embellishments.
Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!
Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.
Our new challenge this week is...a Color Challenge
The colors are red, pink, white, and black. Use at least two colors from the list provided.
Sponsor Bonus:
Use buttons on your project
Here is my project...
Live Simply cartridge ~ skunk cut at 2 1/4" (flipped)
black, white, and pink card stock
polka dotted paper
Cherry Lips crinkle ribbon
wiggle eye
black gems
My Pink Stamper ~ stamps
Fiskars scallop edge punch

Our sponsor:
$25.00 gift certificate

Can't wait to see all those amazing projects that you make,

Monday, February 13, 2012

The "Be Mine" Bear

Welcome back for another challenge at Made Especially for You. This week we were required to use the provided sketch and a digi (which I am STILL not very good at, but I continue to try!)

I have to share that this was not the first card I created for the sketch. I made another one, then realized I had to use the sponsor's digi. I am including it, so you can see how versatile this sketch can be. I am also hoping it will encourage you to enter our challenge. The submissions have been low and I would love to see more participation.

Here is my Design Team project...

My Mind's Eye paper ~ Lost & Found stack
light pink ribbon
brown card stock
Crayola colored pencils (teacher's favorite)
Lacey Circle Spellbinders
Love stamp ~ CardTV
brown ink

The Other...
My Mind's Eye paper ~ Stella and Rose stack
Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge ~ p. 54 cut at 1 1/4"
gold ribbon
gold gem

This Week's Sponsor is...

Looking forward to seeing your projects this week.

Stay Creative,