a Happy New year

So many fun new Christmas goodies to play with!! I wish my photography was good enough to show case how much sparkle is all over this card!! The background is sprayed with Tsukineko Psst Sparkle shimmer mist, the "Happy" is generously coated with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder, and the "year" is covered with wink of stella. I.Love.Sparkle.

Well -- Talk to you next year!!

SUPPLIES
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Recollections
Stamps: Hero Arts "Deer 4x6"
Ink: Versa Magic; Purple Hydrangea
Dies: Simon Says Stamp; Bundle of Stitched Shapes, Happy
          My Favorite Things; Pierced Circles Stax
Embossing: Judikins Iridescent Sparkle

Challenges:


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Thank You Card Time!

Playing with some of my Christmas Gifts today! These days off have just flown by... 1 More day until its back to work. Which means it's time to pound out some thank you cards for all the fun gifts this season! This card includes a few new dies & I also got the Zutter Bow-It-All!

SUPPLIES
Paper: Glitz; Sunshine in my Soul
Stamps: Hero Arts; Heydey Sentiments
Ink: MementoLuxe; Rose Bud
Ribbon: Celebrate It
Tools: Zutter Bow-It-All, Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Dies: Simon Says Stamp; Bundle of Stiched Shapes,
         Spellbinders; a2 Scallop borders
         Spellbinders; Flower Silhouette Impressabilities

CHALLENGES
CAS(E) This Sketch



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a Quick Chirstmas card

Not much time for chit chat today, just a quick and simple Christmas card and its back to wrapping presents (my goal is not to have to wrap a one on Christmas Eve). Anywho, Hope you Like!

SUPPLIES
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: Unity; Magic of Christmas
Ink: Ranger Distress; Barn Door & Mowed Lawn, Perfect Pearl Mist
Dies: Spellbinders;Fleur De Lis Rectangles, Classic Rectangles Large
Misc Sequins

CHALLENGES
Simon Says Stamp: Bling
Unity: Monthly
CASology Silver
Pile It On Christmas




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a Baby in a... Stocking?

Here's the story of my brother Stephen. He was due on Christmas, which was exciting. Except that he didn't really feel like waiting that long. 20 days preemie, he was so small he actually fit into his Christmas stocking! He doesn't anymore though and turned out to be quite the little hell raiser!

So this page is made up mostly of DCWV Cardstock and some random solid colors from my scrap stash. I used a few different SVG cuts on my Cricut from Miss Kate Cuttables and put the whole thing together with my Kelly Craft Get-It-Straight Laser Square!


SUPPLIES
Cardstock: DCWV Jolly Whimsy Stack
Cuts: Miss Kate Cuttables; december 25th, candy filled stockig, merry & bright
Tools: Cricut Explore, Kelly Craft Get-it-Straight Laser Square

By the way!! Kelly Craft is having a phenomenal sale!!!
Buy a laser square, get a multi-mat free!
BUT TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!!
Click the image below to go to the online store and buy yours!
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O' Christmas Card, O' Christmas Card

I've been wanting to get more into coloring, I have all the stuff, I just don't do it much :( But today was the day. I think I did alright for my 2nd time?! I just love the cute reindeer from the Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer set! I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers on Mr. Deer and Copics on the tree, which I fussy cut and assembled with a Sizzix tag :) Hope you Like!

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SUPPLIES
Stamps: Hero Arts; Christmas Reindeer & Holiday Cheer
Ink: Encore Ultimate Metallic; Gold, Memento: Tuxedo Black
Embossing Powder: A La Mode; Detail Gold
Copic Markers: YG17 & YG07
Spectrum Noir Markers: EB3,4,5 & TB4,7,8
Sizzix: Tags, Scallop Combo #2
Misc Ribbon & Sequins

CHALLENGES
RCS #84 Elf
CAS On Sunday Sketch
Really Reasonable Ribbon Tag
Pile It On: Christmas Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge



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Happy Holidays

Here's another fun card from my Cricut Explore and SVG files! This is my 2nd or 3rd time playing with the explore. Overall I'm impressed, but I was a little disappointed today at its performance with textured card stock. It was having a really hard time cutting my sentiment, and I tried several settings. If you've found anything that works with with cricut & textured card stock, please do let me know.

Anywho, Here's what I did. First I cut out a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of white cardstock and stamped a falling snow background with assorted Hero Arts snowflake stamps. I then used a Spellbinders die to cut a window out ( I lined the die up with my Kelly Craft Get-It-Straight Laser Level to make sure it was centered well), which I then matted on a piece of cardstock cut out of a matching Spellbinders die one size larger. I then headed over to the trusty cricut to cut out this fun cup o cocoa and my sentiment.  I topped it off with some glittery fun on the whipped froth!
http://shop.kellycraftinnovations.com/BUY-A-LASER-SQUARE-GET-A-FREE-MULTI-MAT-LS12FREEMM12.htm

There also happens to be a great deal on the Laser Square this week, Get a Multi-Mat free!!!
 

 
 
 
 SUPPLIES
Stamps: Hero Arts; Snoflakes 4x5, Decorate your Holidays, Snowflake Trees
Ink: Versa Magic; Aegean Blue
Cuts: svgcuttingfiles.com; 'cup of cocoa', Cricut; Wrap it Up 'Happy Holidays'
Dies: Spellbinders a2 curved matting basics
Tools: Cricut Explore, Spellbinders Grand Calibur

CHALLENGES





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Sending Out Happy Thoughts!

Happy Wednesdays All! I wanted to create a bright and cherry card for a colleague who has fallen ill. I figured, what better than a shaker card. I wanted the emphasis on the gorgeous boquet of flowers, so I kept the rest of the card fairly simple. Embossed the background with a sizzix folder, used some embossing tape to glitter up the edges and then assembled the shaker.












I love this cut file from Miss Kate Cuttables, I've used it quite a few times, its the perfect bouquet! I embellished it with some Darice sticky back pearls.


SUPPLIES
Cardstock: Assorted Core'dinations 
Stamps: Hero Arts; Live Life
Ink: Memento Luxe; Rose Bud
Glitter: Art Institute; Pink Azalea
Emossing Folder: Sizzix; Stars & Swirls
Dies: Spellbinders; Big Scallped Circles Large
Cuts: Miss Kate Cuttables; flowerboquet svg
Tools: Cricut Explore, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Sizzix Big Shot

Challenges:
MFT Get Sketchy


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Unity & Spellbinders = A Merry Little Christmas

53 Degrees in Michigan today. At least we got 1 day of average temperatures!
So, I got some new Spellbinders in I wanted to play with today. This is from the Valiant Honor pack.
Classic A2 Card with Step Down layers made with 2 dies from the Valiant Honor and 2 from Curved Matting Basics A, I love how all these dies work together. My color choices came from the current Unity Be Inspired Challege;
http://theunitystampco-challenge.blogspot.com/2014/11/unity-be-inspired-challenge-nov-13-dec.html

SUPPLIES
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: Unity; Magic of Christmas
Ink: Memento; Tuxedo Black, Distress Markers; Barn Door
Ribbon: Celebrate It; Silver Glitter Mesh
Dies: Spellbinders; Valiant Honor, A2 Curved Matting Basics A
Tools: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Ranger Foam Squares
Misc: Perfect Peals; Rouge

CHALLENGES


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My Very First Shaker Card - Merry Christmas

This card was created for a fun challenge over at Cut it Up to use both non traditional Christmas colors and a shaped card other than a square or rectangle! Which was super fun because I'm a fan of the non traditional christmas colors, my white tree is decorated with pinks, blues, green and oranges! This was also my first attempt at a shaker card!! I didn't have any foam, which is traditionally used, so I just made a multi-layered frame with cardstock, here's what I did.

First I designed and cut out this image from miss kate cuttables. I cut out three background layers, two white and one transparency. I used the cricut design space to size and create the little frames to layer the shaker portion of the card. 5 layers worked for me. You could also just cut out one frame from some fun foam. And then cut the top chevron pattern.

On the white background layer I stamped some fun snowflakes and sentiments, before assembling the shaker card together with sequins and some flaked glitter. I then mounted the front of the card, onto a back white background layer by scoring and folding a flap on the back piece and adhering to the card.

SUPPLIES
Cardstock: Recollections; White
Stamps: Hero Arts; CL343, CL540, CL562, CL541
Ink: Hero Arts; Soft Pool, Brillance; Sky Blue, Pearlescent Orchid
Glitter: Martha Stewart, Flaked
Misc: Pink, Teal, and Silver Sequins and Twine
Tools: Cricut Explore
Cuts: Miss Kate Cuttables; Ornaments with Flourish

CHALLENGES
Cut it Up Non-Traditional
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday





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Happy Fall with Kelly Craft

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Yesterday was my day over at the Kelly Craft Blog. Here's my project!
For full supplies list and instructions please visit my post on the Kelly Craft blog here:
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an Amazing Birthday card

I love washi tape. I buy loads of washi tape. But I never actually use washi tape.
It never seems to fit where I want it or work out the way it was intended.
Until Now! I had seen someone make some fun Washi Tape flags previously and 
wanted to give it a try myself! I also just love this stamp from Simon Says Stamp.
I actually combined two stamp sets, that coordinated well, but needed to line them up properly, which is where my KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square & Multi-Mat™ came in handy!
I used the laser square to mark where I needed to stamp the fun dots border with the main stamp on the card. Then was able to remove it and stamp and stamp the little circles to go underneath.


After stamping the main sentiment I added a few starts here and there also from the fun stamp set! I thought about embellishing further with some glitter or glossy accents, but decided to keep it simple.
Hope you Like!

SUPPLIES
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp, Happy Everyday & Cupcake Party
Ink: Mementoluxe, Dandelion & Lilac Posies
Tools:
KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square & Multi-Mat™
Misc: Bakers Twine & Assorted Washi Tape



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December 25th - Merry Christmas


Supplies
Stamps: Hero Arts; Wallpaper Striped Background,  Lawn Fawn; Quinns ABCs
Ink: Ranger; Barn Door Distress Ink, Martha Stewart Glitter Marker, Hero Arts White
Misc: Gold Glitter, Perfect Pearls Yellow, Perfect Pearls Mist, Glossy Accents
Tools: Cricut Expression 2
Carts:  Teresa Collins December 25th, 3d Floral Home Decor

First I stamped the background image onto some vellum & adhered onto kraft card base.
I cut all the pieces from Cricut, as well as a matching circle which was cut from a piece of cardstock lined with Sookwang tape sheet to be glittered. I spritz the poinsetta with some perfect pearls mist then glittered a few of the edges with a paste I made from ritz ultra fine glitter and glossy accents. I stamped my image onto a fussy cut banner flag, colored in with a glitter marker, and covered with glossy accents for a dimensional effect.

Challenges



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Deviled Eggs: Southern Style w/ A Twist

Yummy Yummy in my Tummy!
These were for the work Thanksgiving potluck.
It was the only thing not on the sign-up sheet since I waited until 
the very last second to choose a dish, but, it all worked out well!
I was combining a few different concepts since there are so many
recipes and way to make devilled eggs. Here's what I came up with.

Southern Style Deviled Eggswith a twist

12 Eggs, Hard Boiled, Yolks Seperated
(if you want perfect hard boiled Eggs every time, see below)
 1/4 Cup Mayo +/- To your taste
1tsp Yellow Mustard
1tsp Honey Dijon Mustard
2tbs Sweet Pickle Relish
Salt & Pepper
Smoked Paprika & Dill Garnish

If you want to pipe, your going to need to use a mixer to combine all ingredients.
If you're going to spoon in, just mix well.
Garnish with Smoke Paprika and Dill

PERFECT HARD BOILED EGGS EVERY TIME
Use a Pressure Cooker!
I have an electric one. 
Place em on the rack with a cup of water beneath.
6 Minutes on High.
Pop in Cool Water for a hot minute, then peel while warm. 
Perfect. Every. Time.
 
 
 


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Happy Thanksgiving with Cricut


http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/2014/11/challenge-me-monday-236-sketch-challenge.html
http://colourq.blogspot.com/2014/11/colourq-challenge-267.htmlGobble Gobble. Today I was working with both a color combo and a sketch challenge!

I've been having a fun time playing with all my newly acquired Cricut images since subscribing to their image subscription. This one is from Create a Critter + a little Elegant Edges action!



SUPPLIES
Cardstock: Recollections; Simply Autumn Stack, Misc Solid Cardstock
Ink: Memento Luxe; Love Letter
Embossing Powder: Ranger; Rich Red
Stamps: Hero Arts; Celebrate Everyday
Tools: Cricut Expression 2

CHALLENGES



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Merry Christmas with Hero Arts

Well, We've dodged the snow bullet for today! Can't say the same for my friends up north in the upper peninsula, 3 feet of snow so far, yike!
As much as I love Christmas, I hate snow!!
Anywho, Onto Christmas. Here is another Christmas card, This one comes from a Muse.
http://musecardclub.blogspot.com/2014/11/muse-challenge-93.html

SUPPLIES
Stamps: Hero Arts; Celebrate Everyday & Branch and Flourish Tree
Ink: Memento; Bambo Leaves, Memento Luxe; Love Letter
Embossing Powder: Ranger; Rich Red
Misc: Assorted Gems

Challenges:
Muse Challenge #93
Hero Arts Holiday Challenge
a2z Scrapbooking Anything Goes



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Christmas Card with Cricut

Well, The radio has started playing Holiday music and the stores are all decked out. I guess 'tis the season! I could do without the weather though, 'Polar Vortex' is on its way, Yay!

So I finally decided to bite the bullet and subscribe to the Cricut Image Library. $9.99 a month for a ton of images, pretty good deal. Of course, Then your choices are that much more difficult LOL so I went with the first Christmas Tree image I find for today. Here's what I came up with;

1. Create an A2 Card Base in plain white cardstock. Round corners.
2. Cut a step down layer. I used Spellbinders A2 mat cuts.
3. Cut another step down layer, or in this case I cut a lacey background image from the
    paperlace cricut cartridge.
4. Cut another step down layer.
5. On the final step down layer, cut or place the desired image. I cut the image directly
    onto the layer and mounted on another same size layer of coordinating cardstock.
6. Embellish and Add Sentiment.

SUPPLIES
Cardstock: Recollections; O Christmas Tree, Foil Paper Pad, & Misc Solid Cardstock
Ink: VersaMark
Embossing Powder: A La Mode; Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Stamps: Hero Arts; Holiday Sayings
Dies: Spellbinders; A2 Curved Matting Basics A
Tools: KellyCraft Laser Square, Cricut Expression 2
Cuts: Cricut; Flourish (Paper Lace) & #28 & #29 (Creative Holiday Cards)

Are you familiar with the KellyCraft Laser Square? That's what I use to keep all my projects straight!
And, They're running a sale! Free shipping on all orders now until Christmas Eve!!



 CHALLENGES:
Pile it On: Special Occasions
Papercrafts: November Gallery Challenge "Gold"
Moxie Fab World: Christmas Tree
Fatabulous Cricut: Anything Goes
Hero Arts: Holiday Challenge





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Peace Joy & Love


Happy Election Day All!! While today's theme might be the ol' blue & red, that's not a good color scheme for a Holiday card! This card kind of reflects the holiday style in my house. My decor is more of the modern pinks/silvers versus your old fashion Red & Green. Not that I don't love it also :)

SUPPLIES
  • Paper: DCWV Jolly Whimsy Stack, Scrap Cardstock
  • Stamps: Unity Peace Joy Love 
  • Ink: MementoLuxe Rose Bud, Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold
  • Tools: KellyKraft Laser Square, Scotch Tape Glider
Challenges: Unity Be Inspired Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes 


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Mexican Fiesta!!

This was a fun Cricut project made using the Southwest cartridge. I had a Mexican themed dinner party and wanted to showcase all the fun treats!! Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktails, I mean, Come On!

I used the "Rock Formation" cut for a 2 inch page border, The "Desert Design" was used for my title background, with some arrows from the "Horse Shed" border. Matted all my photos on coordinating color card stock and Viola.

Your hungry now aren't you!



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My Love for Pocket Pages


While I haven't jumping on the project life bandwagon yet, because that is a lot of commitment for me, I do love organized pocket pages! Don't get me wrong, I do love traditional create a layout do it all from scratch scrapbooking, I also love the convenience of per-designed pocked pages! These were from We-R Memory Keepers, but I've seen a lot of great ones! They worked perfectly for trying to get in all these little wedding details into one two-page layout.




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Last Fling Before the Ring with Cricut






Quick little layout today with the Cricut Storybook cartridge. This is such a great cartridge for fonts, and the layout idea I had incorporated multiple different fonts in a "subway art" type fashion. So storybook was perfect for me to be able to choose assorted fonts to work with and cut at once.




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WEDDING!!

Sorry for the recent silence! For those who don't know, my little sister god Married!
And.... That's where I've been the last several months LOL

We did most everything DIY Home Made From Scratch, with love.

I'm no where near prepared to scrap the event, physically or mentally, but here's some photos of our craft creations for her big day!







And... I caught the Bouquet!!






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Happy Mother's Days: A Floral Card



My momma's favorite color & birthstone are both purple so that's where I went with this Mother's Day card. I wanted something simple and elegant, but with lots of fun layers & die cuts. 



I went ahead and cut my card base, layering pieces, and most of the die cuts. I went with a standard A2 card 1/4” downstep for layering pieces. 
 I wanted to mount some sort of dimensional die cut or embellishment on my 3 squares, and decided on Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch. If your not familiar, these are stamps & coordinating dies. After stamping and die cutting 3 of each desired size, I used a petal roller for dimension.

Put together the little postage stamp embellishments & begin Assembly


Then it was time to decide on a sentiment. I changed the sketch around a few times to compensate for sentiment placement. I ended up going with an embossed title on my go-to die, labels 14. 

Finally, I mounted the card onto its base & its ready to go! 



Supplies
·Cardstock; Recollections
·Stamps: Hero Arts, Celebrate Everyday
              Heartfelt Creations: Posy Patch
·Dies; Spellbinders: Labels 14, Rounded Squares
          Heartfelt Creations: Posy Patch
          Sizzix: Framelits Squares Scallop
·Punches; Martha Stewart: Name Unknown
·Ink; Tsukineko: Encore Ultimate Purple
·Embossing; American Crafts Zing Purple
·Ribbon; Celebrate It
·Equipment; KellyCraft Laser Level
                   Spellbinders Grand Calibur
                   Silhouette Pick Me Up Stick
                   Heat Gun
·Adhesives; Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
                   Ranger Glossy Accents
                   Scotch Advance Tape Glider

Challenges
 


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