Thursday, January 31, 2013


Thank you for joining me today. Today, we have a great challenge happening over at Just A Scrappin'.

Challenge: Let's quilt. Make a card. LO or project with a quilt pattern on it. Don't forget to add embossing.

Stampin' Up Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Happier by My Minds Eye
Sentiment: My Creative Time - This and That
Ink: Memento (ME-601 Bahama Blue)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Textile
Ribbon: Michael's
Punches: Stampin' Up - Large Oval and Scallop Oval

Card Layers
Base: 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
Layer #1: 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (white)
Layer #2: 5 1/4 X 4 (Pink)
Layer #3: 1 1/8 X 3 7/8 (Blue)

Quilt Layers
All squares are 1 1/4 X 1 1/4 with a 1/8 inch border around them.

Adhere all of your squares to the base layer (in my picture, the pink). After you have all your squares attached, insert into the embossing folder, leaving the bottom 1 1/2" out.

When I first got the schedule of challenges we would be doing I was a little intimidated by this week's challenge. I actually make fabric quilts as another hobby, but could not see how to put them both together. I was extremely happy with how this card came out. I can see making another one in the future. It just goes to prove challenges are great ways to bring out more in yourself. Accomplish things you thought you could not do!

Thanks for stopping by my creation. Don't forget to stop by Just A Scrappin' to check out the other designers creations and to add a link to your newly created project!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Welcome back! I bet you will never guess what I found today........a new challenge!!! As you know I have blogs I check everyday, and at Cardz TV I found a new challenge.

Challenge: Make a Round or Square Valentine's card using the card feature from any cartridge(s).

I bet you are thinking this shaped card look awfully should! I used this same card feature yesterday to make the most adorable clown card. I really love the shape of this card and it was a square, so it was meant to be!!

Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge
Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge
Stampin' Up Cardstock: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pretty In Pink, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper: Ka-Z00 by K&Company
Banner Die & Sentiment: My Creative Time - Chocolate Greetings
Button: Studio G
Hemp: Hemptique Hemp Cord

Gypsy Measurements

Create A Critter 2 - All heights at 2.53 (PG 31)
(HeartBee) 3.09w (Very Vanilla)
(HrtBee-s) 3.09w (Basic Black)
(Layer) 1.85w (Pretty In Pink)
(Layer-s) 1.74 (Melon Mambo)

Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge - Page 31
Choose Card/Tag Creative Feature (Snail is the base key)
10.80w X 5.25h

Square #1 4.26w X 5.19h (Melon Mambo)
Square #2 3.68w X 4.48h (Patterned Paper - Hearts)

Square #2 is the square I also used on the inside. That heart was cut out of Pretty In Pink cardstock.

Love this little bee and I think it came out super cute! If you stop by, please don't forget to leave a comment -- I LOVE reading all of them and getting to know my blog visitors.

I am in the middle of getting my blog designed by the uber, super, amazingly talented Veronica @ VK Design Company. Veronica has been so nice and sent me sneak peeks. It looks AMAZING, by the way!!! I will be having some blog candy when it is all done. So please make sure to keep an eye out for that giveaway. On a side note, if you would like to have your blog designed, definitely contact her. She is awesome and I could not imagine a better design for my blog.

I also wanted to share something else with you. As you know from reading my blog, I have been trying to get my scrap room organized. Here are a couple pics of how it is going and of a little helper of mine named Oreo.

In the blue buckets, I have all of my House Mouse stamps, which I can't seem to unmount.
I have two empty. The two blue and one clear container house all of my My Creative Time dies and stamps. I have a few sets as you can see! The tall clear ones with green handles house all of my small Sizzix dies, 2 X 2 Cuttlebug embossing and dies, and the one on the top shelf holds all of my Cuttlebug Cricut Companion Sets.

My adorable little helper!!!

I got the shelf from HSN. It is made by Origami and comes fully assembled. All you do is slide it out and push down a latch in the back. Voila!! I did purchase the magnetic shelf liners for it as well.

I was a little long winded today, but I had a lot to share! Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to see what challenge awaits with the Just A Scrappin' Design Team.

Have a crafty day!!!

*****For any of the highlighted words, those are links you can click on to get to challenges or products I use. *****

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Welcome back! As usual, I was out in the blogosphere today and found a challenge! There is currently a challenge over at My Craft Spot. The challenge this week, Wish Big, anything birthday!

Cricut Cartridges: Birthday Bash, Teddy Bear Parade
Gypsy by Cricut
Cardstock: Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper: K&Company Confetti
Brads: Mini Brads, Brights - Recollections

Gypsy Measurements
Teddy Bear Parade Cricut Cartridge - All heights at 3.57
(TddyBear) 2.74w
(Layer) 1.95w - Only cut the ears, hide all other features

(Clown) 3.01w (Peach Parfait)
(Clown-s) 1.77w (Concord Crush)
(Layer) 2.75w (Pear Pizzazz)
(Layer-s) 1.77w (Very Vanilla)

Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge - Page 31
Choose Card/Tag Creative Feature (Snail is the base key)
10.80w X 5.25h

Square (Hit Shift Key with Card/Tag Creative Feature Illuminated)
Square #1: 4.51w X 5.50h
Square #2: 4.13w X 5.03h

As with all my cuts on the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge, I did not cut the black layer (TddyBear-s). I simply cut out two 1/2" circles and attach them to the back. For this cut also, you do not need to cut the nose, since you will cut this out in the layer with the poodle (Pear Pizzazz layer).

I also did not use the "flowers" that cut out as buttons on his costume. I instead used two mini brads.

I'm so happy with how this adorable little clown turned out. Not sure who he will go to, but it is always good to have cards on hand!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 25, 2013


Welcome back crafty cats!! Hope you are all having a great day. I am having a super day!! I came home and low and behold, there was a package with crafting goodness inside!!! I was inspired to make a project.

Over at Cardz TV, there is a new challenge going on. Make a card, layout or craft project using Red, Black & White ONLY!

Cardstock: Core'dinations Parisian Nights
My Creative Time: Be Mine Stamp Set, Stitched Scallop Heart Die Set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Cuttlebug: Block Hearts embossing folder
Ribbon: Michael's

Card Layers - A2 Portrait)
Base: 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 (Black)
Layer #1: 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (Red)
Layer #2: 5 1/4 X 4 (White)

For the sentiment, I simply stamped it on white cardstock and cut around it leaving a small border. I put it on red cardstock, then black, trimming around leaving a small border on each. For the Stitched Scallop Heart Die, I used the middle part that is left when you cut the die.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my creation today. Please make sure to leave a comment, I love to read them!!

Have a GREAT day :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Hello my crafty peeps! How are you doing today?!? Hopefully you are doing well. With temperatures in the negative with lots of wind, what better way to spend the day in the craft room? I should be organizing, but.....

I checked out one of my favorite blogs this morning, My Creative Time, and found a super fun challenge there.

The challenge was as easy as 1-2-3. Use (1) Bow; (2) Patterned Papers; (3) Buttons. How easy is that?!?! Sounds easy, but can be a challenge! I had a great time doing this card.

Stampin' Up Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz
Patterned Paper: Happier by My Minds Eye
Dies: My Creative Time (Lowercase Fun Dies, Tag Dies)
Buttons: Stampin' Up (Retired -- sorry!!)
Ribbon: American Crafts

Card: 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 (Portrait Style)
Layer #1: 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (Peach Parfait)
Layer #2: 5 1/4 X 4 (Patterned Paper)

Inside Layers
Layer #1: 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (Blushing Bride)
Layer #2: 4 X 1 5/8 (Pear Pizzazz)
Layer #2: 3 7/8 X 1 1/2 (Patterned Paper)

As with all of my crafts I make, I have fun while I am making them. Otherwise, why would we do this hobby?!? I had a lot of fun with this project. I even layered the tag die and trimmed around it freehand, which I always have issues with. I couldn't cut a straight line or write in one if my life depended on it. Add to that it is super cold here, shaking hands. I was pretty impressed!!

I think I'm addicted to challenges!!! I don't want help with it, just admitting my problem!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day :)


Hey all you crafty cats out there!

I was as busy as a mouse in my craft room today and I have a couple of projects I would like to share with you.

For some reason, I woke up in the middle of the night last night and could not get back to sleep. So, that translates into checking out blogs!! I figure its good use of time :) Anyhow, I went over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see what they had this week for a challenge. As soon as I read the challenge a card popped into my head. I just had to use my cut search to find the images I needed and wha-la, a card!!!

The challenge was to use something musical on your creation. I decided to use some musical notes and was super excited to find I had a cartridge with some of those! I bought the Hannah Montana cartridge when it first came out, but I don't think I have ever used it until today!!! It just goes to show, you never know what type of cut you will go looking for.

Hannah Montana Cricut Cartridge
Gypsy by Cricut
Cardstock: Core'dinations Parisian Nights
Stamps: My Creative Time - Just Simply Live (Alphabet)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Embossing Folder: Allegro
Other: EK Success small corner rounder (Yellow)

Card Layers
Start with a portrait style A2 sized card. (Black 5 1/2 X 4 1/4)
Layer #1: 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (Red)
Layer #2: 5 1/4 X 4 (White Embossed)

Gypsy Information
Quarter Note: 0.49w X 2.06h (Use the shift key on page 72)
16th Note: 0.76w X 2.06h (Use Shift on page 73)
2 X 16 Note: 1.06w X 2.06h (Use Daddy's Girl feature key on page 72)
Hearts: 1.542 X 1.12h (Use Daddy's Girl feature on page 70. In your gypsy copy the heart. On one copy delete the outer heart on other delete inner heart.

Whew, I know there is a lot of explaining on this one! I always want to make sure you can duplicate the idea behind one of my cards, so I like to give you LOTS of details!!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my musical creation!! Have a crafty day!


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

This week's challenge: Make a card, LO or project with snowmen on it. Use buttons and ribbon.

Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge
Cardstock: Core'dinations (Parisian Night, Chocolate Lovers)
Patterned Paper: DCWV Arctic Wishes
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Versamark Frost
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps (PK-520 Winter Face Asst); Sentiment: Cardz TV (Tiny Tidings)
Die: My Creative Time (Chocolate Greetings)
Copic Marker: Chrome Orange
Hemp : Hemptique Hemp Cord
Ribbon: Sweet Petites
Other: Snowflake Stamp (Close To My Heart); Button (Stash) Black Brads (American Crafts)

Gypsy Measurements
Snowman (Brown Layer on Blackout) 2.86w X 2.41h
Snowman (White Layer on Blackout) 1.96w X 2.41h
Snowglobe Base (Brown Layer) 3.93w X 4.25h
Snowglobe Globe (Blue Layer) 3.93w X 4.25h

This card was super simple to make. I really like the look I got from the versamark watermark ink on the blue paper. The frost color seems to make more of a sparkle.

For the snowman I cut him twice. Both times I cut him on blackout so I could add the face and brads.
I originally intended to wrap the ribbon around the bottom of the snowglobe, but it ended up looking super cute around his neck. Got to be warm out in the snow, right?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Head on over to Just A Scrappin' to check out the creations from other design team members. Don't forget to link up your newly created project for this challenge. We love to see what you create!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Hello my crafty folks!!

Yesterday when I was out looking in the blogosphere, I found another challenge that was mentioned when I entered into the Paper Playtime Challenge. The new challenge I found was over at Pause Dream Enjoy.

So, I hadn't intended on entering in on this challenge, but an idea popped into my head and I could not get it out!! I decided I had better make this before it drove me crazy!

Here are the supplies I used

To create this

The challenge has to do with desserts. I got to thinking.....what is a better dessert than chocolate?!?!? So, I then thought it would be really great to make a valentine using non-traditional colors.

As you all know, I love me some My Creative Time stamps and dies. I thought the new Chocolate Greetings would work super duper for this project. I also used some of my new favorite hemp from Hemptique. The hemp is actually a bow , it looks a little funky in the picture!

I'm going to use this tag on my son's gift for Valentine's Day.

Thanks for stopping by to see another project I have created. It means so much to have you all stop by and take a peek!

Stop by tomorrow for another project with the Just A Scrappin' Design Team.

I updated my project. It seemed like it was missing something. I added three little hearts from the same paper collection.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


So I was out making the usual stops at some of my favorite blogs and a couple of them combined to inspire me.

On My Creative Time they have "Scrapping the Little Things Mondays". Now, I am not part of Project Life and had no idea what it even was until yesterday. I decided it would be a good idea to take a couple pictures and scrap one page a week. My son is going to be 17 soon and I have NO baby pictures scrapped. I have a lot of pictures and a lot of supplies, we need to get them working together :)

The other blog I was looking at was the Cardz TV blog and there was a challenge listed from Paper Playtime. I've never done one of their challenges so I thought I would give it a try.

Challenge: Use some Brown

Patterned Paper: DCWV - The Guy Stack; MME - Blink of An Eye
My Creative Time Stamps: Cherish This Moment, Have Fun In The Sun
My Creative Time Dies: Stitched Curly Label Die, Tag Dies, XL Label Die, Stitched XL Label Die

I really love how this page came out. I'm sorry the top picture is covered, but it is to protect the GUILTY!!! My son was caught, as a willing participant, in a very hilarious pose with a very bizarre look on his face. It is absolutely hilarious, I can't help but laugh every time I see it. Although, I find it hilarious, not sure he wants it posted on my blog.

So, although I did not set any specific (numerical) scrapbooking goals, i.e. how many pages I would do or how many posts I would have per week, I do want to craft more. The organizational part of my resolution is in full swing. I purchased an Origami shelf to get things put away. I am finding things I did not know I had and some duplicates of things. Now, I am just having to rely on my son to move everything to where it needs to go.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Hey all! Thanks for stopping by today. Here is another challenge I entered into over at Cardz Tv.

Challenge: “Baby New Year” Make a card, layout or craft project for a new baby.

Baby Steps Cricut Cartridge (P65)
Cardstock: Core'dinations Soft Side Paper Pack
Patterned Paper: Momenta Baby Stack
Die & Sentiment: My Creative Time Chocolate Greetings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Other: American Crafts Bakers Twine, Button

For the toy, I cut all layers at 3.50", except the (toy-s) layer which I did not cut. I simply cut a small strip of brown paper and put it behind the face. I do this with the Teddy Bear Parade Cartridge a lot to cut down on my paper being used and not really being seen.

I thought this card came out super cute! I really don't have many baby cards made, so this is a good one to have and super easy to mass produce. Another really great thing, you can use this card for either a girl or a boy. Always good to have a gender neutral card on hand!

Thanks again for stopping by!!!

Have a great day :)


Hey gang!

I wanted to share a couple projects I created for some challenges over at Cardz Tv.

Challenge: “A Banner Year!” Use your Cricut to make a card with a banner using any cartridge(s), any theme and any colors you’d like.

Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge (P 59)
Cardstock: Core'dinations Parisian Nights Paper Pack
Stamps: My Creative Time - Anyday Bingo & Crossword (Letters)
Embossing Folder: Quickutz Polka Dots
Stampin' Up: Poppy Parade Ink; Small Heart Punch
Other: Hemptique Hemp Cord

I cut the banner and shadow at 1.00". This banner is on the Font Function in your handbook.

I love challenges like this because the card just came together when I was making it. I had no plan at all!

Thanks for stopping by, I love to have visitors :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Hello my crafty friends!! Thanks for stopping back by, I love visitors :)

I am SO excited to share my project with you this week!! I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with it.

This week's challenge: Use lots of snowflakes. Use Stickles or glitter, make it shiny!

My Creative Time: Embossed Gift Card Holder, All Around Accessories (Snowman), Just Simply Live (Die), Gift Card Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: DCWV Arctic Wishes
Other: Acrylic, Foam Tape, Red Sticky Tape, Martha Stewart Glitter (Crystal), Copic Markers

Instead of using actual snowflakes, I had the glitter in the shaker box act like the snowflakes. It also is super shiny!! Love sparkle :)

So, you saw my take, now head on over to Just A Scrappin' to see what the other talented members of our Design Team have come up with.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

JAS DT - Challenge #34: New Year, New Challenge

Welcome back, folks! I'm sorry the Christmas season did not pan out how I intended, but I had some problems with my back. As some of you know I have a lot of back problems and do get sidelined with it.

So, here we go into a new year!! I have made a few resolutions this year, two of which apply to my crafting. My two are 1) Craft more often and 2) Organize my scrap room! I think both of those are on most of our lists!!!

For this challenge over at Just A Scrappin', we are getting to try something new. Make a card, LO or project using a new technique or style of card that you have not done before. For example: Sewing, stamping, quilling, paper folding, etc.

Size: 5 X 5

Because I had some cuts left over from Christmas, I decided to do another Christmas card. I had two things on this card that were new to me. I have never made an easel card before (I know, SHOCKING) and I have not used hemp. It was really super simple to make the easel card, I will have more of these in my future!

Teddy Bear Parade Cricut Cartridge (Cut @ 4.25")
Cardstock: Bear (Core'dinations); Card Base (Colorbok - Earthtone Cool); Inside Mat (Certainly Celery - Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye - Vintage Christmas 6 X 6 Stack
Dies: My Creative Time (Vintage Stitched Label Dies - Banner; Chocolate Greetings - Banner)
Sentiment: Tiny Tidings - Cardz TV Stamps; Ink: Lady Bug Memento Ink
Other: Hemp - Stampin' Up; Button - Misc

Card Measurements
Cut a piece of cardstock to 10" X 5". Score card at 5" and 7.5" (Solid dark green)
Cut a piece of cardstock 5" X 5". (Solid dark green)
On the lower section of the front of the card, apply adhesive to the bottom 2.5" only. This will be where you will attach the 5" X 5" piece of cardstock. Line the 5" X 5" piece of cardstock up to the front and adhere. (Solid dark green)
Layer as you normally would. For my card I used patterned paper at 4.875 X 4.875

For the inside "stopper".
Cut a piece of cardstock at 1.125" X 4.875. On my card this is the solid dark green.
Layer a piece of cardstock 1" X 4.75. (Patterned Paper on my card)
Use pop dots to give the front of the easel card something to stop on.

I hope you enjoyed my card this week. I really enjoyed putting it together. I do have a few tips for you along with this card.

On the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge, you really do not need to cut out the black layer of the bear. I simply delete the bear, cut out the nose. Then I use my 1/2" circle punch to use for the backs on the eyes. This will help save you on black paper.

The other tip I have for you is for when you are using My Creative Time Dies. You really can mix and match so many of these. That is how I used the banner from Vintage Label Dies and the banner die from the new Chocolate Greetings. It gave a really nice layered effect. I was able to pick up some great deals on stamps and dies during the last sale. I am so in LOVE with these products.

I used to use My Pink Stamper as my go to stamps, and when she retired I was really nervous. But, I am so happy to say I have found a couple new companies, My Creative Time and Cardz TV that have become my go to stamps and dies!

Well, sorry I was a little long winded! I have missed posting and sharing my crafts with you guys. It stinks when your mind is ready to go, but the body is not willing or able.

Don't forget to stop by Just A Scrappin' to see what the other design team members are up to and to post a link to your own newly created project! Can't wait to see what you try for a new technique!!