Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy St Pat's Day

Happy Monday Crafting Friends:-) What an icy morning drive to school. The roads were a sheet of ice. Ugh! Took forever to drop off my kids. I cannot wait until this weather is done. I welcome and early Spring. 
Yes, I've used my new favorite cart again, Simply Charmed. The layering is so easy. I submitted this card for the Cricut Cardz Blog Challenge. The theme is St. Patrick's Day with no shamrocks. I decided not use the cute leprechaun but go for the pot o' gold with a "Springy" background.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a creative day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hogs & Kisses

Here is my entry for the Terrific Tuesday Create A Critter cart challenge and Wacky Wednesday's farm challenge. I don't know if I've ever seen purple pigs on a farm or a pig wearing a dress for that matter;-) But, here she is giving out "hogs & kisses".


Happy Friday Friends! I'm so excited that it's getting closer to Spring:-) I've had my fill of cold and snow and am ready for grass and flowers! I have one card that I am entering in three blog challenges today. I try to do a different one for each challenge, but I'm heading into a crazy weekend and I think my card simply fit will with all three Monday challenges I like to participate in: Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge, Paper Playtime Challenge, and Challenge Me Monday. CCCC required using the Paisley Cart, PPC wanted us to use a cut that represented technology, and the Fantabulous Cricut Blog's Challenge me Monday wanted us to use embossing on our card. I couldn't find the perfect ribbon for my card so I "faked it" and cut a strip of cs to simulate ribbon. I like using at least three different textures on my cards so I made a "phone fob" with fibers and glass beads. Kinda fun:-)
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chick Power!

Good Day Crafters. I was so excited to do this months Tacky Tuesday Challenge. I've been waiting for the right challenge to use the chicken print from the Craft Fair set by American Crafts. I thought these chickens are just a stitch! We are supposed to use the chick from the Simply Charmed cart. I think it worked out great. Not sure if it's tacky enough. Or, maybe it is:-) I think this is my new favorite cart! I just love all of the cuts on this cart.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Espresso Yourself!

Once again I'm cutting it close to a blog challenge cut-off. Cricut Cardz Challenge is to use a cup image from any cart. There are actually a lot of cup images to choose from! I couldn't decide which to use so I settled on the one from Graphically Speaking. The cardstock and ribbon is American Crafts I bought from  I printed out the sentiment from my computer with the Unforgettable font I bought from Two Peas In A Bucket
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Feeling Groovy cupcake

Good Day Crafters! Today I'd like to share my attempt at using the Cricut Cake machine. I broke down and purchased one on Amazon a few weeks ago because my daughter is a big Cake Boss fan. She wanted a big birthday cake like Buddy makes. I tried to explain that take a HUGE kitchen and TONS of experience, both of which I don't have. But, like any parent, how can you say "no". I watched a few YouTube videos on cutting fondant and decided to give it a try. Let me just say it's not as easy as it looks. My first attempt was fairly sad. I cut out 49 peace symbols out of "tie dye" fondant for 2 dozen cupcake tops. These are going withe her to bowling practice. A few things I learned: fondant dries out FAST; don't roll it out more than 1/8"; don't make the cuts too close together because the next cut "smooshes" the previous cut. I'm sure there were a few other amateur things I did, but this was a trial run before I do her cake. I am taking suggestions from anyone who has had success with the Cricut Cake:-) 
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Simply Charmed Rainbow

Happy Friday to everyone! It's been a long overcast and foggy week so it was easy to find inspiration for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog challenge as well as Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. I finally broke down and purchased the Simply Charmed cart at Joann Fabrics because they were on sale for $35. I usually wait until I can find them for around $20 or less but, another challenge I like to participate in required the use of this cart. I have been wanting it since it came out anyway. I have a new favorite cart now. Maybe I'll let my CAC rest for awhile:-) The sentiment is from MPS set "Faithful Sayings".
FCCB's challenge is to make project featuring our favorite seasonal weather. That would be Spring for me! So tired of cold and snow right now! PPCC wants us to use the inspiration we see in a picture of Noah's Ark with a rainbow she has on her blog.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Check Out My Friend's New Blog

I am so excited that my friend Mary has finally started her blog, Mary - Just Cut The Paper. This woman is so super talented! I can't wait for you to see her creations! She was one of the people who inspired me to paper craft. She is going to be launching her new line of rubber stamps. I hope she'll let me do videos of her demonstrating them and maybe even let me give some away on my blog (hint hint). Please check out her blog often:-)

Wild about you!

Well, after one week after another of sick family members, including myself, I'm excited to get back to doing challenges. The first one this week is for Paper Playtime challenge. I don't know if you can see it, but there are animal prints inside each circle in the patterned paper. I think it is also hard to tell but, yes, the zebra is purple and white:-)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Thanks A Melon!

I was happy to be able to get another challenge card done in between school projects and taking care of a sick baby. He just wants to be held all of the time. It's so hard for him to sleep lying down. I hold him for as long as I can until I think he can breathe okay on his back. Poor little pumpkin. I was able to get a school display done of George Washington with my other son. Of course, I used my Cricut, but I had him glue everything down. The same with my daughter's Bulgaria display. I showed her how to cut the letters (no pics of Bulgaria on the Cricut, hmmm) and she put everything together. After that I was able to put together a card for Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge. I used the watermelon from the Just Because cart. I don't think I've ever used it before so I was happy to put it to use. The stamped sentiment is from a MPS set.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hearts A Flutter

This week's Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge is the theme "hearts a flutter". Momo's Tues/Wed Challenge this week requires the colors black, white, hot pink and a heart. Okay the hot pink is a stretch but let's see if I can get away with it;-) I used Hello Kitty Salutations, Textile embossing folder, and DCWV cs.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Purple Dino Valentine

Got all of my groceries this morning and filled up my car. Salt and shovels ready and a list of activities for the kids ready. The big snow is coming tonight and I think I'm prepared for a week of being shut in instead of one day. I was recalling when we were off of school in '79 for over a week because there was so much snow. I think I need to find those pics and post with whatever the kids do in the snow tomorrow. 
Here is my entry for three challenges. Cricut Cardz required a Valentine's Day card for a child, Crop Stop wanted us to emboss with folders or stylus in at least two different patterns, and Paper Playtime was an anything goes challenge. I knew I wanted to do a card for my son to put in his lunch box but, when I saw Crop Stops challenge I knew I had to do the T-rex from Create A Critter (just can't get away from this cart). I was able to use folders that I haven't used yet. I purchased them because I knew they would be great patterns for animals. The background you'll recognize as Traffic Jam. I used Tiny Mosaic and Tiny Bubbles on the dino. I couldn't find the exact sentiment I wanted to I used two stamps from Scrappy Moms, the word I wanted from each and stamped onto cs. It took a lot of restraint not to "bling" it up with Stickles or ribbon. My son wouldn't be too happy about that.

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