Monday, December 31, 2012

FCCB Organize It Cricut Crawl

Happy Monday to all of you! Today is a special Monday challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - It's a Cricut Crawl! Yippee!!! :-) The FCCB Design Team has put together a fabulous assortment of "organizing" projects using our Cricut Machines. Please make sure you start at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to find out what the rules and prizes are!

My project is an interchangeable acrylic Post-It note holder. My goal was to use paper and cardstock that I already have, as well as my long time neglected Peachy Keen stamps.

First I cut my background papers to fit the 5x7 acrylic frame. I then sifted through my card stock scraps to find coordinating colors. I used my Simply Charmed, Create A Critter, PPDU, Cheerful Seasons, Summer Celebrations, and Independence Day carts to achieve a character for every month. After piecing them together I embellished with Stickles, PK stamps, and white gel pen. And whola! A Post-It note holder with added year-round interest:-)

The line up for our challenge this week is listed below. Please make sure you stop at everyone's blog. I know there are quite a few giveaways that you don't want to miss. Which brings me to mention my Valentine Embellie giveaway! Simply be a follower of my blog and post a comment that you are. How easy is that? An extra entry for those who bring a friend - just have them mention your name in their post:-) Your next stop is the fabulous Connie!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of my wonderful and creative followers, a very Merry Christmas
and an inspired New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holly Jolly Day

As I am sitting here writing up this blog post, the down pouring rain has changed to huge gigantic snowflakes! I am so glad I got two of my kids home at noon and my DH should be back from Madison and picking up my son from school. Ooo, there goes the power flickering. Not good. Fingers crossed.x

I used the Cupcake Inspirations challenge photo for this shaped card. I used the shadow feature on the Winter Frolic cart to weld two ornament shapes together in Cricut Craft Room. Next I printed and cut the layers using the Imagine Mr Frosty cart. The ornament layer was embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder. The silver top was cut separately using some Stampin' Up silver metallic card stock. I punched two small holes in the middle of the folded part and threaded some hand dyed ribbon and some Stampin' Up metallic twine. The sentiment is from Pink By Design's Christmas Wishes set.


Cupcake Inspirations - photo

Gingerloft - Christmas or Winter

Exploring Cricut - Christmas

My Craft Spot - Christmas Shaped Card

Celebrate The Occasion - Anything Goes

Die Cuttin' Divas - Christmas Spirit

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Fantabulous Challenge - Shaped Cards

This week's challenge is super fun! Make a card that's a shape other than a square or rectangle. For my card I used the Winter Frolic cart and my Gypsy to weld the shadow feature to make the base of the card. I then cut a single shadow to place on top of the card after I folded it in half. I then assembled the rest of the card as usual.

The cardstock is from Authentique's Festive bundle (I'm getting a lot of mileage out of this stack) and a little blue from DCWV Winter Wonder stack. For the little girl's face, I used the Hide Contours feature  on my Gypsy to eliminate the facial features. I stamped her face with PK-450 Wide Eyed Kids (I use this set a lot!) I then adhered the little girl to the base with an Action Wobble. I thought this worked fabulously with this card:-) The wonderful sentiment is from Pink By Design's Christmas Wishes set.

If you have never made a shaped card and would like to try, you can check out this Youtube video I found.

Make sure you check out FCCB's Monday Challenge to get full challenge instructions and see the rest of the DT's inspirations:-)

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Friday, December 7, 2012

White Christmas

Tonight was my daughter's high school Christmas program. What beautiful music. I am always amazed at how much talent there is in the high schools. Since I was home earlier than I thought, I decided post the card I made today. We are expecting our first snow tonight so I thought this was appropriate:-)

I used one of my new favorite carts, Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons. This snowflake has four layers. Each layer having more intricate detailing. I only used white and pearled white cardstocks to fit in with a few challenges this week. The top three layers are adhered to the fourth layer with foam adhesive then the entire snowflake is "popped" up with foam adhesive on the embossed layer. The embossed layer was done with Cuttlebug's Snowflakes folder. In order to see the contrasting layers, I inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I liked the softer look of the pearlized CS so I used White Opal liquid pearls instead of Stickles.


Cupcake Craft - all white

Celebrate The Occasion - Christmas (no red or green)

Creative Craft Challenges2 - white on white

Twisted Tuesday - white with snowflakes

Moxie Fab World - photo inspiration

Tuesday Throwdown - white Christmas

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Merry Christmas Snowflake

I seem to be getting a lot of Christmas cards make this week:-) I just love the variety of papers, stamps, and die cuts that can be used. Here is one I made for some challenges this week.

I used the large snowflake stamp from Iron Gate Stamps Snowflake set. The DCS is Authentique's Festive (yes, I have a lot of this card stock - gotta use it up:-). I "antiqued" the red, white, and green baker's twine with some Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink. The sentiment is from Scrappy Mom's Winter Wishes set. Did you spot it? Yes, Candy Cane Stickles!

The Stamping Boutique - holiday cards

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012


So glad you stopped by today! I want to share another card I made using my friend's new Snowflake and stamp set and the Knitting background stamp. I used the sketch from Mojo Monday to create this seasonal card. I embossed half of the cream background with the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder before I adhered some Authentique DCS and a strip of the stamped Knitting stamp. The diecut snowflakes are from Stampin' Up and  EK Success. The stamped snowflakes are from Iron Gate Stamps Snowflake set. Oh yes, a little bit of Xmas Red Stickles;-)


Simon Says Stamp - anything

Cute Card Thursday - snowflakes

Inspire Me Fridays - anything

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Warmest Wishes

This week's challenge at FCCB is all about that cold, fluffy stuff - SNOW! I printed and cut this cute snowman from the Imagine cartridge, Enjoy The Seasons. The layers were cut out separately so I could pop them up with foam adhesive for a more dimensional image. The embossed snowflakes are from Iron Gate Stamps. After stamping the snowflakes with white craft ink, I heat embossed them with Stampin' Up's Iridescent Ice. I added a few punched snowflakes with additional Stickles and some of my hand-dyed ribbon.

Please make sure you stop over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see the other Design Team's inspirations. Thanks for stopping by! Have a creative day:-)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Scandinavian Santa

What a beautiful day we had here! It was 62 degrees here in Northern IL! What a treat:-) Tomorrow they are predicting 66 degrees:-) Definitely not complaining, but it does make it hard to get in the Christmas mode. I was able to get most of the lights up outside. Found I was short a few because some seemed to not want to light up:-( I did manage to get this cute little santa card done this evening.

I used the Scandinavian Christmas Cards cartridge along with one of my favorite stamp sets from Iron Gate Stamps. The patterned cardstock is from Authentique's Festive pack. I did need to use a little Black Diamond Stickles for his eyes (needs a twinkle) and buttons.


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