Thursday, February 24, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Card

I am entering this card in the following contest.

Cooking with Cricut - Swirls and Twirls (I used the D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder).

Always Crafting - Whimsical Wednesday Challenge. This week's challenge is to make something using some distressing technique. (I used Tim Holtz sanding block, to distress the Core'dinations paper that I had embossed using my Cuttlebug)

Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge Me Monday. This week's challenge is to use some embossing technique. (I used the Cuttlebug to emboss two of the papers on my card. One with D'vine Swirls and the other with Swiss Dots).

Cricut Cardz Challenge - To make a St. Patrick's Day card, but NO SHAMROCKS. (Since I don't own a cartridge with a leprechaun or a rainbow or pot of gold or any thing Irish, I was really challenged with this one. Finally, I decided to cut the mug from my Smiley Cards on my Gypsy, glitter it green for the green beer that people drink to celebrate St. Patrick's Day).

Mojo Monday - Make a card using the provided sketch. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Spring Card

I am entering this card in two challenges.

Always Crafting - Whimsical Wednesday Challenge. This is color challenge, using a picture that is posted on the website for inspiration.

Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge #47 Weather Forecast
Make a project featuring your favorite seasonal weather (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter).


I cut an 8.5" X 11" of vanilla cardstock in half. Then folded that in half to make the card.

I cut a light green piece of Core'dinations to 5.25" X 4".  I used the cuddle bug to emboss it, then sanded it lightly to bring out the core color.

The butterfly was cut at 2.5" from the Picturesque cartridge. I sent both pieces through my Xyron then glittered them with Martha Stewart fine glitter.

I added some Prima flowers and a bit of ribbon.

The "Happy Spring" stamp is from My Pink Stamper. I used Stampin' Up Early Expresso ink.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cup of Cheer

I am entering the following card in the following challenges.
Cricut Cardz Challenge - Cup of Cheer Challenge - This week challenge is to use a cup from any cartridge, with any color combination you like.

Cooking with Cricut - Emboss It - create a new project with some type of Embossing! Wet, Dry, or Faux.

I decided to use the cup from the Smiley Cards on my Gypsy because it is so cheerful. I used the D'vine Swirls for embossing.


I cut an 8.5" X 11" piece of vanilla card stock in half, then folded it in half to make the card. I then ran it through the Cuddle Bug using the D'vine Swirls folder.

I cut the coffee cup at 2.5". I decided to use a printed paper for the cup itself to give more personality. The paper is actually the background sheet that came in a set of stamps from My Pink Stamper. I never through anything away.

The "Enjoy!" stamp is, of course,  from My Pink Stamper. I used Chocolate Chip ink from Stampin' Up.

The ribbon was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Purse Recipe Boxes

I made these recipe boxes for my children, I am going to place inside the boxes all of my recipes that they call and ask for all the time. Plus I will include some others they may not have thought about in a while.

I got the idea for the recipe box from a You Tube video I saw by CupCakeCreations. The video was labeled Cricut: Scalloped-Topped Purse Demonstration using Accent Essentials Cartridge. I don't have the Accent Essentials cartridge so I improvised and used some cuts I found on my Gypsy.

I think the boxes turned out really cute. I am entering them in the MyPinkStamper blog hop challenge.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Easter Candy Box

My Pink Stamper Challenge for this week is make something with a Spring theme. So, I created this box to fill with M & M's for my granddaughter for Easter.

Front of Box

Back of Box


I used the Easter Seasonal Cartridge for this project.

I cut the box at 7".

The Easter Egg on the back of the box is cut at 3".

The grass on the front of the card is cut at 2.5".

The little pink flowers on the front are what was left from the decorative part of the egg cut.

I ran the grass cut through my Xyron and glittered it with Martha Stewart fine glitter.

I used Stickles to decorate the center of the flowers and the Easter egg.

I added some Prima flowers to the top of the box.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My First Award

Yay!!! My first award. I was so excited when I saw I had been given this award by Paper Panther and Rayna, Thanks! Be sure to check out their site at Purple Peeps Techniques. They have a lot of adorable projects. They also have some awesome videos.

Upon receiving this award I must...

1) Thank the person who gave this award to me and link it back to their blog
2) Share 8 things about myself
3) Pass this award to 8 other individuals that I have recently discovered
4) Leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition!

8 things about me ...

1) I am a Christian who loves the Lord and is not ashamed to say so. I give thanks to God for who I am and where I am today. I have been truly blessed in so many ways.
2) I have the best husband in the whole world, he is my absolute best friend. I have 3 grown children, a son and two daughters, who I am very proud of. My children have given me 5 precious grandchildren 3 boys and 2 girls. The range in age from 3 months old to 3 years old. They totally light up my life.

3) I have two yorkies that are like my little children. Both are females. One of them weighs 11.5 pounds, the other one weighs 2.9 pounds. They play together well and are very entertaining. I do spoil them a lot.

4) Besides paper crafting, I also love to crochet and knit. I may post some of those projects later.

5) Other things I like to do besides crafting are hiking, reading, and gaming (wii, gameboy, xbox, etc.)

6)I have a purse fetish like most women have a shoe fetish. I have a large collection purses because I can't resist buying a really cute purse when I see one.

7) I collect porcelain dolls and have done so for quite some time now. I have an extensive collection. Some are worthless, but I love them. Others are quite valuable. Perhaps I will post some pics of my dolls later.

8) Before becoming a college instructor, I worked as software engineer (computer programmer) for 10 years. I have always wanted to teach and I love writing programs, so my job suits me very well. My next biggest goal it learn to program the iPhone and write some apps for the App Store.

It was hard to decide on just 8 blogs to pass this award to. I follow so many blogs where there are a lot of talented people and I love them all. But since I could choose only 8, here are ones that I am passing this award to ...

1)  A Little Bit of Detail

2) The Purple Muse

3) Raechel's Cards

4) The Serendipitous Scrapper

5) Meesh's Pieces

6) Live Laugh Scrap

7) More Than Favors

8) The Beautiful Life

 Please go check out their blogs and give them some love. They are all extremely talented and assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's for a Man

With Valentine's around the corner, I have been in the mood to make Valentine's cards. Here is another one I made today.


The heart was cut from the Wall Decor and More cartridge at 4".

The letters were cut from the same cartridge. The B and M were cut at 0.75" and the rest of letters were cut at 0.5".

I cut vanilla stock 5" X 5.5". I then distressed the paper with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink, then stamped it with several different stamps using a darker color of Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I used a corner punch on the corners to round them off. I then inked around the edges with the same ink.  I really liked the way it turned out.

I cut the flowered paper stock at 5.5" X 6". This paper is from Stampin' Up. I punched the corners of this  paper and inked around it in red ink.

I cut the red card stock at 6" X 6.5". I then punched the corners and inked around it in black ink.

I cut the black card stock to 6.5" X 7". I also punched the corners of it.

I added some Prima flowers. On the red flower, I ran it through my Xyron, then glittered it with Martha Stewart fine glitter.

Finally I added some square brads to the corners.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Always Crafting - Whimsical Wednesday Challenge
Cricut Cardz Challenge - Valentine's Card for a man
Scrapbookaholic by Abby - All About Love
Cards for Men - Valentine's Card

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mini Albums using Gypsy Wanderings

I found this cut in Gypsy Wonderings. Push the Decor Tags button, then the Rabbit button, which is the second button on the fifth row. When I saw this I thought it would make a perfect mini album because it punches the holes for you. How great is that?  They were so easy to make, I ended up making three of them.

The album below was embossed with D'Vine Swirls and then I rubbed gold ink over it. I was not crazy about how it turned out, sooo....

On the album below, I used Core'dinations paper and I lightly sanded the surface to bring out the core color.  I like this album the best. I think it turned out really great.

Recipe for 1 album:

Cutting them at 4" wide will assure that the fit perfectly in an A2 embossing folder. So, all cuts are at 4" in width.

I cut 2 from dark brown Core'dinations papers.

I cut 10 others from various double sided paper I had in my stash.

The 2 outside cuts, I embossed with D'vine Swirls. I then sanded them lightly to bring out the core color.

I inked around all the pages with gold ink.

Stacked them together, the holes line up perfectly, and tied ribbons through the holes.

I punched a hole in the top right had corner and added some Prima flowers.

Very simple and quick to do. Hope you enjoy.