Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

Welcome back, all! Today is not only Halloween, but it is Create A Critter 2 Wednesday!!

This is the final card for Halloween, since today is Halloween :) Next week, we will start with some fall inspired cards.

Size: A7 (5 X 7)

Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge (P 55)
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Basic Black, Going Grey, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper: Studio G
Other: Googly Eyes

(PirtGost) 5.37w 4.25h
(PrtGst-s) 3.33w 4.25h
(Layer) 0.83w 4.25h
(Layer-s) 0.75w 4.25h
(Phrase) 3.95w 2.25h
(Phrase-s) 2.92w 2.25h

As you can see, I took full advantage of one of my last opportunities to use the googly eyes!! You can use them anytime of year, but I find I use them the most at Halloween.

Please join me next week for another super cute project from Create A Critter 2.

Don't forget to join the Just A Scrappin' Design Team tomorrow for another challenge.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Tag

Welcome back all! I was out lurking on some of my favorite blogs and found a few challenges. The great part is they all worked together well and I was able to make one project for all three!!!

I wanted you to be able to see all the cute ribbons on the top

Winter Frolic (P 37) and Bump In The Night Cricut Cartridges
Gypsy by Cricut
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Basic Black, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Boo Who Recollections Stack
Sentiment: Cardz TV - More Spooky Sayings; Ink: Tuxedo Black by Memento
Die: My Creative Time - Fancy Frame Die
Other: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Ribbon by American Crafts; 1/16 & 1/8 hole punch
Adhesive: Foam Squares by 3L; Scotch ATG; Tombow Mono Adhesive - Permanent


Winter Frolic
Tag: 5.94w X 4.02h (Delete Owl and Hole)
Tag Shadow: 6.83w X 4.02h (Delete Hole)

Bump In The Night -- 3.0h (Delete all lines)
Gomer: 2.85w
Gomer-S: 1.17w
Layer: 2.22w
Layer-S: 2.22w

I hope you like my little monster Gomer. I thought this tag came out super cute!!

Challenges Entering
FCCB: Create a Halloween project using black and orange

My Craft Spot: Little Monsters - Must have a monster on your card or project.

My Creative Time: Create a tag that measures 4"x 6" or larger. You also need to incorporate My Creative Time's stamps or dies in some way.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Welcome back, all! I was checking out one of my regular blog stops and found a new challenge posted at Cardz TV.

This week's challenge is all about Breast Cancer Awareness. You had to make a card for Breast Cancer Awareness, using any cartridge(s) and using any colors you’d like.

Here's my take:

Size: A2 (Portrait)

Pink Journey Cricut Cartridge
Gypsy by Cricut
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Patterned Paper: Me and My Big Ideas Breast Cancer Stack
Stampin' Up Ink: Melon Mambo; Sentiment: My Pink Stamper
Die: My Creative Time - Stitched Oval Die
Adhesive: Tombow Mono Adehesive (Permanent)

Ribbon and shadow were cut at 4.25"

Thanks for joining me for another crafty challenge!

Just A Scrappin' Design Team Challenge

Welcome back to another challenge with the Just A Scrappin' Design Team!

This week we were challenged to make a card, layout or project with the theme of cheerleading. Also, make sure to add some bling!!

Size: A2

Teddy Bear Parade Cricut Cartridge
Gypsy by Cricut
Core'dinations Premium Cardstock: Black, Blue, Browns, Yellow
Stampin' Up: Going Grey
Patterned Paper: Recollections Primary printed cardstock
Die: My Creative Time -- Stitched Oval Die
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper - Sport-tastic; Stampin' Up - Pacific Point Ink
Other: Studio G Gems

All layers for teddy bear and outfit cut at 4".

Thanks so much for stopping by. Make sure to head on over to Just A Scrappin' to check out what the other design team members have made and to add your own new project for this challenge.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Create A Critter 2 Wednesday

Welcome back! It is good to be back. This is my first post since I lost my kitty, Hambone.

It did feel really good to get back into the craft room today. As we continue on with our Create A Critter 2 cartridge, we are taking a look at something from the Christmas Holiday.

Size: A2

Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge (P 73)
Gypsy by Cricut
Stampin Up Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper: Jolly Jamboree by Recollections
Other: Ribbon (JoAnn's)
Adhesive: Foam Squares (3L); Tombow Mono Adhesive (Permanent); Scotch ATG

All cuts @ 4.25 h
(Ggrbrdmn) 3.72w
(GrbdMn-s) 3.72w
(Layer) 3.78w
(Layer-s) 1.43w

Next week we will have our final Halloween critter and then move onto some super cute fall creatures.

Thanks for joining me. Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to check out what the Just A Scrappin' Design Team is up to this week!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Welcome back! Today I decided to join in the fun over at Cardz TV.

For this challenge you had to create a card, layout or craft project for Fall or Halloween.

Size: A2 (Portrait Card - Opens top to bottom, not side to side)

Teddy Bear Parade Cricut Cartridge
Gypsy by Cricut
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Basic Black, Glorious Green, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede
Patterned Paper: K&Co Matstack
Stampin' Up Punch: Large Oval, Scallop Oval
Sentiment: Cardz TV "More Spooky Sayings"; Ink - Tuxedo Black by Memento
Other: Foam Squares 3L; Scotch ATG; Tombow Mono Adhesive (Permanent)


All cut at 3.75h
(TddyBear) 2.88w (Chocolate Chip) ***Delete belly cut and lines
(TddyBear-s) 3.28w (Basic Black)
(Layer) 2.05w (Soft Suede)

All cut at 3.75h
(Pumpkin) 3.43w (Basic Black)
(Pmpkin) 3.63w (Tangerine Tango)
(Layer) 1.97w (Glorious Green)
(Layer-s) 1.38w (Pumpkin Pie)

On this project I tried out my new Cardz TV stamps and I LOVE them!! You will be seeing more of my projects with these great stamps. I only have three sets currently, but will be building my stash.

Thanks for joining me! Have a great day!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

JAS DT - Blog Hop

Hello all! Some of my design team sisters from Just A Scrappin' decided to take part in a Blog Hop.

The team members that wanted to participate were paired up with another design team member and we switched boxes. You could put anything in the box, but the actual cost had to be under $15. You could only use what you received in the box, which was so much harder than it sounded!!!!

Here is what I got

Goodies in the box
K&Co Journal Tags - Brenda Walton - Olivia Rose Collection
Sew Scrapbook Hand Sewn Sticker Embellishments
8 X 8 Papers: 2 Textured (Tan, Rust); 3 Patterned; 3 Smooth (Lilac, Purple, Kraft)
8.5 X 11 Papers: Purple, Brown, Tan, Vanilla, Pink
Brights Mullberry Paper - 8.5 X 11
Rebecca Sower Handmade Sticker Collage
Other: 4 clothespins, 6 metal embellishments
Ribbon: 3/8" Brown, Peach, "Family"

Here is what I made

As you can see, I made four note cards and an 8.5 X 11 layout. It was really hard to not be able to use my go to supplies. I would have loved to have my Cricut or even my Cuttlebug for some dimension, but it is so good to have a challenge once and awhile :)

I will add some flowers to the front of the note cards now the challenge is over. It is so great to have little cards like this to send out in a pinch!

The scrapbook page I am going to mount onto 12 X 12 paper since that is what size my scrapbooks are. I may add a punch or something to the bottom of it. Everything looks so naked to me!

I really enjoyed doing this challenge and had a great time doing it. I was paired up with Annmarie and you can find her blog here .

Thanks for checking this out!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Just A Scrappin' DT - 3D Projects

Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by. While the Just A Scrappin' DT is on a break, there were some members, including myself that volunteered to do a project this week.

The only requirement was for it to be a 3D project.

Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge
Gypsy by Cricut
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Concord Crush
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper - Spookalicious; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Other: Purple Ribbon - Michael's; Red Stickles - Ranger
Adhesive: 3L Foam Squares; Scotch ATG; Red Sticky Tape - Various Sizes

I used three different cuts from the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge.

(3DGrave) 11.70w X 10.21h (PG 101)
(Grave1) 3.68w X 5.15h (PG 60)
(Bat2) 3.51w X 1.00h (PG 53)
(Layer1) 3.52w X 1.00h (PG 53)

As usual I deleted all lines on all of the cuts. On the (Grave1) cut I simply trimmed the grass and the crow to layer on the (3DGrave) cut.

I did not use the (Bat2-s) cut since I used stickles for the red eyes.

Also, make sure you stamp your sentiment and tie your ribbon BEFORE you assemble your box -- it could get rather tricky if you don't!

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to Just A Scrappin' to check out what some of my Design Team sisters have done.

Also, make sure to stop by on Saturday as some members of the Just A Scrappin' DT will be doing a special blog hop.

See you then :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Taking time off

Hello all. I'm going to be taking a week off. This morning I lost my eldest cat. As you might be able to tell, my cats mean the world to me. I just need some time.

I will return to posting as soon as I've had some time and am ready. I do have a couple posts currently scheduled.

I thank you for your patience during this extremely tough time.

RIP Hambone.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Welcome back! I was checking out Cardz TV today and there is a challenge!!!

I have had this project percolating in my mind for the past week and it feels so good to get it out on paper.

Challenge: Create a card, layout or craft project for Halloween using BUTTONS!

Size: 12 X 12

Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge (P 30 & 31)
Gypsy by Cricut
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Stampin' Up Ink: Tangerine Tango
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper
Martha Stewart Punches: Spiderweb border, Drippy Goo
Buttons: Basic Grey
Adhesive: Adhesive: 3L Foam Squares, Scotch ATG, Tomobow Mono Adhesive (Permanent), Zig 2-Way glue pen (Ball Point)

Gypsy Measurements
Frankenstein - All heights @ 6.0
(Frnknstn) Whisper White - 3.08w
(Frank-s) Basic Black - 3.08w
(Frank-Layer1) Basic Grey - 1.64w
(Frank-Layer1-s) Always Artichoke - 1.46w
(Frank-Layer2) Old Olive - 2.5w

Frankenstein Bride - All heights @ 6.0
(FrkBrd) Whisper White - 3.56w
(FrkBrd-s) Perfect Plum - 3.56w
(FrnkBrid-Layer1) Basic Black - 1.78w
(FrnkBrid-Layer1-s) Always Artichoke - 1.78w
(FrnkBrid-Layer2) Old Olive - 2.00w

"Happy Halloween" All height @ 3.0
Base: Tangerine Tango - 8.50w
Shadow: Cajun Craze - 8.65w

Photo Mat: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango - 4.5 X 6.5
Black Mat: Basic Black - 4.5 X 12
Stamp Mat: Cajun Craze - 1 11/16 X 1 1/8
Sentiment: Whisper White - 1 9/16 X 1 1/16

I hope you enjoy this page, I had a lot of fun making it! It was challenging with using the buttons as I don't usually use them. Ribbon is my go to embellishment, so this challenge was good since it took me out of my comfort zone. We all need to get out of that comfort zone once in awhile :)

I ended up using the button as a button on Frank's coat. I think it turned out super cute!

I also really love how it looks like they are both pointing to the picture.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Create A Critter 2 Wednesday

Welcome back to another "Critter Wednesday".

This week we are showcasing the "fangful" bat.

Size: A2

Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Recollections Boo Who (Orange); K&CO Spooktacular
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper - Spookalicious
Stampin' Up Ink: Perfect Plum
Adhesive: Scotch ATG; Foam Squares (3L); Tombow Mono Adhesive (Permanent)
Other: Plum Ribbon (Michael's)

The bat was cut at 2.5".

5 3/8 X 4 1/8

The sentiment I simply stamped and trimmed around it. I "winged" it a little, just like my little bat!!!

When making this bat I advise that you do not cut the layer for the "fangs". In hindsight, I would not cut this layer, but simply trim or punch a piece of paper to put behind the space for the fangs.

I hope you thought this bat was "fangfully" adorable, I sure did!!!

Join us next week for a Christmas themed project from Create A Critter 2.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"SSSooo SSSpooky!" Cricut Cardz Challenge #117

Welcome back! I hope you all are enjoying the Spooktacular Farst!

Today I'm here to share with you a challenge that I am participating in.

This was a really fun challenge for me because I have never made an s-card or z-card before. You all know I LOVE learning to do something new!

Size: A2

Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge (PG 42)
Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge (PG 53)
Gypsy by Cricut
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: K&CO - Jen Yanok Specialty Designer Paper
Stampin' Up Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum
Punches: Martha Stewart (Bats Border Punch; Fence Border); EK Success - Bats
Other: Purple Ribbon - Michael's Celebrate It 360; Googly Eyes - Michael's
Sentiments: My Pink Stamper - Spooky Puns and Spooktacular
Adhesive: 3L Foam Squares, Scotch ATG, Tomobow Mono Adhesive (Permanent), Zig 2-Way glue pen (Ball Point)

Gypsy Measurements
Pumpkin - all @ 2.5h
Pumpkin: 2.32w (Delete all lines)
Pumpkin-s: 2.03w (Delete cheeks)
Layer-s: 1.17w

Spooky - all @ 3.0h
Spooky: 3.40w (Delete all lines)
Layer2-s: 1.70w (Deleted eyes)

Card Scoring
Score card at 2 1/8; 4 1/4
Layers: 2 X 5 3/8; 4 1/8 X 5 3/8

On this card you would need to add extra postage because of the size it would need to be hand scanned by the USPS.

Thanks for joining me today. Join me tomorrow for another Create A Critter 2 Wednesday! We're going to check out another spooky Halloween character.

The "Spooktacular" Farst

Welcome back for another project!

I was so excited about Create A Critter 2 coming out, I totally forgot about Bump in the Night Cricut Lite Cartridge. So, I pulled it out and picked the cutest monster I could find....let me introduce you to the Spooktacular Farst!!

Size: A2

Bump in the Night Cricut Lite Cartridge
Gypsy by Cricut
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Concord Crush, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
Patterned Paper: Recollections - Monsters & Robots
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper - Spookalicious
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Foam Squares - 3L, Tombow Mono Adhesive - Permanent

Gypsy Measurements
Farst (Concord Crush) 3.78w X 4.25h
Farst-s (Perfect Plum) 3.20w X 4.25h
Farst Layer (Pear Pizzazz) 1.46w X 4.25h
Farst Layer-s (Whisper White) 1.37w X 4.25h

I would not recommend making this cut any smaller than 4 inches. I originally started out there, but could make it a little bigger and still have it fit on the card nicely. The pieces cut out nicely. With the Cricut if you do not make the cut big enough your cuts may look jagged or be very thin. If you have a cut you are doing and you are not getting the quality you want, check these things first:

1. Sharp blade
2. Sticky mat

If those are alright, then look at the image you are cutting. You may need to just make it a larger cut.

In the newer books, they will tell you on some images to cut at least 5 inches, for example.

Hope you have a spooktacular day!!!