Monday, February 21, 2011

Hugs!

Hi everyone and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and for those of you in the States, Happy President's Day :) Hope those of you who get today off are enjoying it. I have a really crazy couple of weeks coming up at work so I plan to rest today and enjoy some time off before the crazies hit :) I have a card to share with you today so I'll get right to it.




For my card today, I decided to cut out this adorable image from the Playtime Cricut Cartridge (I got this cart courtesy of Ebay and I'm SO glad I did!). I used my "hide contour" feature on my Gypsy to hide the cat and the little girl's faces and then used my Princess Face Assortment Stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps for their cute faces. I also used some chalk to add blush to their faces. After I put all the pieces together, I did some doodling with my white gel pen. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock. My DP is from MME. For some finishing touches, I added pearls, a bow (I love this new ribbon, it's from the Basic Basic collection at Michael's), and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. My sentiment is from My Creative Time's You Had Me at Chocolate Stamp Set. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I'm off to enjoy my day off :) Hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks so much as always for stopping by and I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Quick Happy Birthday Card

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! I'm sorry I haven't been around much this week, I've been swamped at work and I've also been feeling a bit under the weather (it usually happens when the seasons start to change, my allergies start acting up). I can't complain though, it has been gorgeous here the last couple of days and may even get up to 70 degrees today! I love spring! :) Well, last night I had a few minutes to spare so I decided to create a very quick birthday card using my Cricut.





I cut the cute little girl out using my Once Upon a Princess Cartridge. I did some doodling with my white gel pen and then put her together. I used the hide contour feature on my Gypsy to hide her face and then I stamped a face for her using my Princess Face Assortment stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps I also decided to cut out some balloons so I cut the balloons out from the Once Upon a Princess Cartridge as well. I hid the faces the Cricut would have cut and used my Wide Eyed Kids Face Assortment stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps for the faces. Next I created my card base using SU cardstock. My DP is from DCWV (Nana's Kids stack). I cut the frame out also using the Once Upon a Princess cartridge and adhered it to the card base with dimensionals. I then adhered the little girl to the frame, also with dimensionals. For some finishing touches, I added a double looped bow (tied with my Bow Easy), rhinestones, and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. My sentiment is from an old Hanna Stamps set. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I hope to get caught up on all my crafting this weekend so hopefully I'll have lots to share with you soon. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much as always for stopping by.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day - 3 Cards to Share

Hi everyone and Happy Monday and Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I got to spend some time in the craft room and I have three Valentine's cards to share with you today so I'll get right to it.





For my first card, I decided to cut this adorable couple out using the Sweethearts cartridge. The heart is also cut out using Sweethearts. Before attaching the dress to the image, I ran it through my Cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots embossing folder to give it some texture. Then, I put all the pieces together and did some doodling using my white gel pen. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock. My DP is from K&Co.'s new Valentines stack. For some finishing touches, I added a bow, pearls, and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. My sentiment is from My Creative Time's You Hade Me at Chocolate stamp set. I am also entering this card in the My Pink Stamper Blog Hop Challenge. The challenge was to use black with your favorite colors. What do you think?





For my second card, I decided to create a little scene card using the Sweethearts cartridge and Create a Critter. The tree is from Create a Critter. The couple is from Sweethearts. I used a Martha Stewart border punch to create the fence and then the flowers are also from Create a Critter. All measurements are saved in my Gypsy if you want them, just e-mail me. I created my card base out of SU cardstock. My DP is from K&Co. For some finshing touches, I added pearls and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. My sentiment is from My Creative Time's You Hade Me at Chocolate stamp set. What do you think?





For my third card, I cut out this adorable ladybug from the Birthday Bash cartridge. I used my "hide countour" feature on my Gypsy to hide the face and then I used my Princess Face Assortment face stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps for the face. I put all the pieces together and then did some doodling with my white gel pen. I also cut out a heart from the Sweethearts cartridge and adhered it with dimensionals to the ladybug's "hands." My card base was created using SU cardstock. My DP is from K&Co. For some finishing touches, I added a bow and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. My sentiment is from My Creative Time's You Hade Me at Chocolate stamp set. What do you think?

Phew, well, that's it from me today. If you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me :) I had a lot of Valentine's Day cards to make and I was way behind :) I hope you enjoyed my cards today. Thanks so much as always for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a wonderful Valentine's Day :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Love Bug

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! :) Friday is finally here, yay! :) This has been a very long week so I'm so looking forward to getting some R&R this weekend :) And of course, spending lots of time in the craft room :) Well, since Valentine's Day is Monday, I have a few more Valentine projects to share with you between now and then.





For my card today, I just had to cut out this absolutely adorable lady bug from the Create a Critter cartridge. Isn't he SO cute? :) I used my Gypsy's "hide contour" feature to hide the face the Cricut would cut out and then I stamped his face using the new Wide Eyed Kids Face Stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps. Aren't these faces adorable?!?! I then used my white gel pen to do some doodling around the image. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock (my card measures 4 1/2 by 4 1/2). My DP is from K&Co. For some finishing touches, I added a bow, pearls, and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. I cut the sentiment out using my Cricut (it is also from the Create a Critter cartridge). What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much as always for stopping by and I'll see you back here soon.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Facebook

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I created a Facebook page for my blog and creations. I hope to be able to use it to share sneak peeks, to chat more with you all, and to share our love of crafting. Hope you'll head on over and "like" my site (link is on my sidebar to the right of this post). Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So In Love - My Very First Scrapbook Layout

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday! Whew! Today's project was definitely a labor of love :) I spent hours on this, but I wanted the very first layout that I shared on my blog to be fun and as good as I could make it. I have been so inspired by Lauren over at Lauren's Creative. Her scrapbook layouts are phenomenal! I definitely used a lot of tips and tricks of hers in my 2-page layout today so thank you so much Lauren for the inspiration!

Here is the full 2-page spread (I really need to practice photographing these, I'm used to photographing my small cards :)



Close up of Page 1:



Close up of Page 2:



Close up of the tree and the couple:



Close up of girl on scooter:



My 12x12 craft cardstock is from Michael's and my DP is from K&Co. All other cardstock is from SU. I designed the entire layout on my Gypsy. I also used several different cartridges. The tree, the couple, and the girl on the scooter were all cut out using the Sweethearts cartridge. The corner embellishments were cut out using the Storybook cartridge. The "So In Love" was cut out using the font from Winter Woodland. The journaling tag was cut out from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More. My photo mats are matted for 4" x 4" photos and one 4 x 6 photo. I doodled on everything! :) I used my white gel pen and my black gel pen for the doodling. I added some Stardust Stickles to the hearts on the tree. The sentiment on the heart is from My Creative Time's You Had Me at Chocolate Stamp Set. For some finishing touches, I added some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts and a bow to the top of the journaling tag. If you want any specific measurements, please send me an e-mail, everything is saved in my Gypsy and I can get that for you. What do you think of my very first scrapbook layout? I have decided to enter this project in this week's Paper Playtime Challenge. The challenge this week was to use either cupid or hearts on your project.

I sure hope you like my project for today. Thank you SO much as always for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Sweet Love

Hi everyone and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a pretty low key weekend here, which was nice. I worked a little bit but mostly I got to rest, spend some time in the craft room, and watch the Super Bowl. I thought the commercials this year were hilarious! Hubby and I laughed so much. We're both Steelers fans (we lived three years in Steeler Country when we were in law school), but we both like Green Bay as well so it didn't really matter who won. It was a really exciting game, I had so much fun watching it. Well, I have another Cricut Valentine's Day card to share with you today so I'll get right to it.





For my card today, I decided to cut out this adorable skunk from the Birthday Bash cartridge. In the handbook, he's actually holding the number 7 but I was able to hide that with my Gypsy. I cut him out at 3 3/4". Instead of a regular balloon, I used my Sweethearts cartridge for the heart and made the balloon a heart balloon. I then put all my pieces together and then did some doodling with my white and black gel pens. I also added some chalk to his cheeks to give him some "blush." Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock. My DP is from K&Co.'s new Valentine's stack. I added pearls, a ribbon, a bow, dew drops, and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts for some finishing touches. I then adhered my skunk with dimensionals. The beautiful sentiment is from My Creative Time You Had Me at Chocolate Stamp Set (I LOVE Emma's stamps, the fonts are gorgeous and they stamp beautifully!). What do you think of my card?

Well, I hope you enjoyed my card for today. Thank you all so much as always for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a wonderful week and I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project! :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tiny Dancer

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! :) I hope you are having a wonderful day and have some fun plans for the weekend. Hopefully those of you with all the snow are starting to be able to dig out. Luckily, we didn't get the blizzard here, but it sure has been cold, brrrrr! Well, I'm excited to share my card with you today so I'll get right to it :)





Ever since I got the Twinkle Toes Lite Cartridge from Wal-Mart on Black Friday, I have had this card idea in my head. I finally had a chance last night to put pen to paper so to speak. I started by first cutting out this adorable stage. I sized it in my Gypsy and it was an unusual measurement to make it fit inside my 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" card. I don't have the measurement in front of me right now, but if you would like it, just let me know and I can get it to you (everything is saved in my Gypsy). Once I got everything for the stage cut out, I put all the pieces together and then I did my doodling with my white gel pen. Next I cut the dancer out (again, she was an unusual size, if you want the measurements, leave me a comment or send me an e-mail and I can get them to you). I used my "hide contour" feature on my Gypsy and hid her face. I then used my Princess Face Assortment Stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps to create my face. I used some chalk to give her cheeks some "blush." I then put all the pieces of my dancer together and then doodled around the image using my white gel pen. Next I put my card base together using SU cardstock. My DP is from DCWV Nana's Nursery Stack (both boy and girl stacks). I then adhered my stage and my dancer to my card base with dimensionals. For a finishing touch, I added some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. What do you think?

Well, I hope you enjoy my card today. Thank you all so much as always for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend! :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sneak Peek - New Sweet Pea Image

Hi everyone and Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I have a super quick post to share with you today so I'll get right to it :)




Isn't this image fabulous?!?! Today I have the pleasure of debuting a new image from Sweet Pea Stamps. This adorable image is illustrated by the incredibly talented Terra Bidlespacher. You can find the image, along with lots of other sneak peeks, HERE at the Sweet Pea Stamps website. I just fell in love with this image the minute I saw it. I colored the image with copics and then lightly sponged around the image with SU's Bashful Blue ink. Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock. My DP is from MME. I also added some dew drops and some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. I kept my embellishments pretty simple as I wanted the image to be the main focal point. What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today. Sorry to be so short, I have a crazy busy day ahead of me today. Have a wonderful day and thank you all so much as always for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sweet Heart

Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! Can you believe it's the middle of the week already? This week is flying by and I have so much to do! This is one of those rare weeks where I wish the work week would go by a little slower so I can get everything done :) Well, I've been in a Valentine card making mood this week so I have another V-Day card to share with you today.





I just love this sweet little lady bug from the Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge. I cut the lady bug out at 3" and used the "hide contour" feature on my Gypsy to hide its face. I then used my Peachy Keen Princess Face Assortment face stamp for her face. I used my white gel pen to do some doodling and a red SU marker to color in her lips. I LOVE my Peachy Keen face stamps, they just bring so much life to my Cricut cuts! Next I created my card base out of SU cardstock. My DP is also from SU. I used my Martha Stewart heart border punch on the top panel of cardstock. I then added a ribbon and a bow, some pearls, and some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts for some finishing touches. The gorgeous sentiment is from My Creative Time's You Had Me at Chocolate stamp set. Finally, I adhered my lady bug to my card with dimensionals. What do you think? I decided to enter this card into Momo's Tuesday Challenge. Our challenge was to create a card using white, black, and hot pink and at least one heart. I love Momo's blog, it's because of her that I got back into using my fabulous Cricut. Thanks Momo! :)

Well, that's it from me today. Thanks so much as always for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and for those of you in the middle of the blizzard, stay warm and stay safe!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I Woof You!

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday! I know a lot of you reading this are getting tons of snow right now. Stay warm and drink lots of hot chocolate :) We got some ice last night, but it looks like the roads are okay. The driveways in the subdivision are really icy, but the road looks alright. I'll be so glad when spring arrives! :)





For my card today, I decided to create another Valentine's Day card since I'm so far behind :) I used my Cricut again and I cut out this sweet puppy dog from the Sweethearts cartridge at 3". I cut him out using the Blackout feature and then used my Peach Keen Stamps Critter Faces set (Medium Size) for his face. I just love how much character these Peachy Keen faces give to my Cricut cuts. So cute! :) Next I did some doodling around the image and then I created my card base using SU cardstock. My DP is from K & Co.'s new Valentine's stack. I added some ribbon, a bow, a rose from Wild Orchid Crafts, and dew drops for some added touches. I adhered the puppy to the card base with dimensionals and then I added my sentiment (which is from an old Studio G set). What do you think?

I also wanted to announce the winner of my Sweet Pea Blog Candy. I used Random.org to choose a winner and the winner is . . . Ardilla. Congratulations! I will e-mail you for your address so I can get your stamps right out to you.

Well, that's it from me today. Thank you all so much as always for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and I'll see you back here soon.

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