Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Yearly Look Back 2014

It is New Years' Eve!!!  Can you believe how quickly the year can go by? It seems like we are here too quickly sometimes.  This is a time when I enjoy taking a look back and reflecting on the fun crafting of the last year.  Here are some of the projects I loved this year and my goals for the new crafty year!

My Favorite projects of the year...
The Adventure Book autograph book I made for our Disney trip in October. My husband and I dressed as Carl & Ellie from UP for the Halloween party so our daughter agreed this would make a wonderful way to capture autographs. 
A close second place is this Hot Air Balloon Card I made.  I loved the papers so much and it went together so well. Here are some of the other cards I made this year that I really liked...

Recycle Challenge Jump Rope Bear, Good Witch or Bad Witch CardWhen Life Gives You Trouble & Just be You Mirror Card.

One other project I loved working on this year included 4 different projects in the end.
For my daughter's dance recital I created 2 different cards (yellowblue) for each dancer in her 2 classes and one for her teacher. I also created a gift bag and pocket page layout using the fun dancers I created using various pieces form the Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge.
Finally, I think I found a great balance between die-cuts and pocket scrapbooking this year. I like putting the two together and plan on working on my albums much more this coming year. Two layouts I really enjoyed are the Double page Science museum and a dance class review spread.

It was sort of a light crafting year for me.  I hate to say I lost my mojo, but for awhile it felt like I had. I am happy to report it is coming back and I am working on some fun projects to share with you soon. I hope to post at least twice a week this year and get back into my scrap-booking both with Project Life and classic styles.

Hope you have a wonderful start to your New Year!!  

Links to all the projects here are in the post above.  I so welcome your comments and hope you will continue to join me in 2015!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

White Christmas with Die Cuttin' Divas

What is your favorite holiday song? Mine has to be "White Christmas" especially when it is sung by Bing Crosby and even more when I see the light snow falling out my window. This week at Die Cuttin' Divas we are asking you to create a project based on your favorite holiday song.
So does my card show "the tree tops glisten"?  I so wish the sun would come out a little for a better photo but with all the white on this card I am happy it turned out.  I layered all my tress first.
Once the trees were glued down I used pop up adhesive dots to add the children on right on top.  I knew that I needed them to stand out a little so a little extra touch of sparkle on my tress was just right.
I so hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season. Come and join us at Die Cuttin' Divas for this challenge.  It is the last one of 2014 and we will return the first week in January 2015. Have a happy day.

Oh yes - Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband today!!!

- Christmas Cricut cartridge - trees
- A Child's Year Cricut cartridge - children with tree
- Star Dust Stickles

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

O Christmas Tree with Die Cuttin' Divas

Good day to you and welcome to a new challenge with Die Cuttin' Divas. As we begin celebrating this winter seasons and holidays we thought it would be fun to get away...From those traditional red and green colors that is. This week the challenge is to make a Christmas card that has no red or green. Here is the card I made for this challenge.
I started by selecting the papers I wanted to work with and as I did the idea for a Christmas tree came to me with a fun yellow star. These papers all worked just right for what I envisioned in my head.
The final touch was the stamping. A simple sentiment and some falling snow finished off the look. I hope you will join us this week at Die Cuttin' Divas and create without those traditional colors.
Have a wonderful week and as always your comments just make my day!

- Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge - tree and stars
- Pink By Design Winter Fun stamp set - sentiment
- MS snowflake stamps
- Fiskars deckle Tear edger

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sketch Friends with Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy First Tuesday of December all. That means it is time for a sketch challenge with Die Cuttin' Divas. This week we were asked to use this fun and cute sketch by Carson's Creations.
I decided to find an image that match this fun digi from Stitchy Bear Stamps(our sponsor for this week).
I used another one of these sweet BFF Roundies last week only this time I colored it using a a photoshop program before printing and cutting with my handy Creative Memories circle cutter.
I went looking and found this sweet friends image and used the flatten feature with my Explore to print and cut these sweet friends.

I hope you will join us in our fun challenge this week at Die Cuttin' Divas.  Have a wonderful day as always.

- BFF Roundies digi stamp from Stitchy Bear Stamps
- Something to Remember Cricut Cartridge - flattened friends cut
- The Paper Studio embossing folder

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shape Card Crazy with Die Cuttin' Divas

Good morning and welcome to Thanksgiving week.  Tuesday means a new challenge with Die Cuttin' Divas and this week we are having  fun with shape cards. For my card  I started thinking about what I am Thankful for and one thing is my friends. I made this card to send to one.
I started with this great digi-stamp from our sponsor for the next two weeks at Die Cuttin' Divas. This is from the BFF Roundies collection at Stitchy Bear Stamps.
These can be printed and colored or colored in many computer programs before printing, but black and white fitted my purposes just right. I did add the circle around it and cut that on my Silhouette to make sure it was a clean circle.

Once I had my idea all I needed was to cut the cute Kitty out and piece it all together. I had it all put together and did not have any pipe cleaners, but believe me she will stand tall and not flop over once I add that.

I hope you will join us this week in our Shape Card challenge. As always a prize is up for grabs every other week to a random winner. The next 2 weeks our sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps.

- BFF Rounndies from Stitchy Bear Stamps - Link HERE
- Hello Kitty Greetings Cricut Cartridge - Kitty holding Balloon Card
- Glossy Accents on bow

Saturday, November 22, 2014

All About Winter Hop Day 2!!

Welcome to Day 2 of the All About Winter Facebook Hop with KaDoodle Bug Designs and Die Cuttin’ Divas? I am so glad that you are joining me again today. This hop is actually taking place on Facebook but I wanted to share my fun project on my blog as well.  To start at the beginning of the hop head over to the KaDoodle Bug Designs Facebook page.-
Today, I have this cute card letting my daughter know her Elf on the Shelf, Conner, will be here soon. I just loved the cute Elf Boy files from KaDoodle Bug Designs and knew they would work great for this card. I decided not to use the strips on the legs that he comes with to make him look more like our elf.
I also had to add some fun sparkle to his belt and shoe buckles. Isn't he the sweetest?
For his sign I cut out a basic frame and printed out some lettering.  I traced over the letter to leave an imprint on the black paper and used a chalkboard writer to trace over the letters.  I really like the handwritten look and a tracing fonts mixes it up a little bit so it is not my handwriting all the time.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Hope you will head over to Facebook and hop along with some great crafty friends of mine.
There are some fun prizes up for grabs as well. 
KaDoodle Bug Designs has a $20 Gift Certificate for one lucky crafter - Sweet!
Die Cuttin’ Divas has 2 rolls of Divine Twine from Graphic Whiskers
Die Cuttin’ Divas has a variety of buttons from As Cute as a Button
Leave a comment on each project and you will be entered to win one of the prizes. Prize winners will be announced on Monday on the KaDoodle Bug Designs page and Tuesday on Die Cuttin’ Divas 

He is the link to the Cool Beans By L.B. Facebook Page -  I would love for you to like my page so you can see more of my projects.

- KaDoodle Bug Designs - Elf Boys On sale HERE
- Stickles - Golden Rod
- Font I traced - Digs My Hart

Friday, November 21, 2014

All About Winter Blog Hop with KaDoodle Bug Designs & Die Cuttin' Divas

Welcome to Day One of the KaDoodle Bug Designs & Die Cuttin' Divas All About Winter Hop!! We have a fabulous two day line-up of incredible inspiration from some amazing crafters. We are so glad that you are joining us today and super excited to share all of it with you. 
This hop is happening over on Facebook so I hope you will head over to join in the fun. Your First stop both days will be at KaDoodle Bug Designs FB page (this is also a great place to go if you get lost along the way)
Friday and Saturday we will have a line-up of DT members from each team sharing some wonderful winter projects and we are hoping you enjoy them all. 
For my project I worked with the super fun and cute Christmas Cows file from Kadoodle Bug designs. I just love how sweet the cows are. They pieced together so easy for me (even if I did forget some of his cute spots)
I wanted him to be for a special gift I have for a little one who loves farm animals so I added him to a simple base and print and cut the sentiment to add on as well. 

How about some prizes?
KaDoodle Bug Designs has a $20 Gift Certificate for one lucky crafter - Sweet!
Die Cuttin’ Divas has 2 rolls of Divine Twine from Graphic Whiskers
Die Cuttin’ Divas has a variety of buttons from As Cute as a Button
Leave a comment on each project and you will be entered to win one of the prizes. Prize winners will be announced on Monday on the KaDoodle Bug Designs page and Tuesday on Die Cuttin’ Divas Challenge Blog.

Again be sure to head over to Facebook - here is the link to me... to follow along with the whole hop.

- KaDoodle Bug Designs Christmas Cows Buy Here
- Appleberry font
- We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Give Thanks with Die Cuttin' Divas

Welcome to another Tuesday with Die Cuttin' Divas. Last week we enjoyed your wonderful turkey projects and this week we will continue the Thanksgiving celebration with a Thanksgiving challenge.
I wanted a card that was simple and showed thanks.  I found this great "give thanks" cut on one of my go to carts - Designer's Calendar and the rest of the card wrapped around it.
I wanted to continue the leaf pattern in my embossing and found just the right folder to do so. The simple pearls were added for a little something extra.

I hope your family is all well and that you are enjoying time together this Thanksgiving season. Please join us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week for our Thanksgiving Challenge.

- Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge - Give Thanks
- Celebrate with Flourish Cricut Cartridge - pilgrims hat
- CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - card base and layer
- Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Victoria
- K&Company stick on pearls 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Let's Talk Turkey with Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy Tuesday everyone. Thanksgiving is coming up so soon so this week the Divas at Die Cuttin' Divas are talking turkey.
I love this cute teddy bear dressed as a turkey and had to put him on my card.  I found a round card, added a simple trim piece and got to work cutting out this cute bear. Once he was all done I decided to give his feathers a little stripe action.
And of course he needed to wobble because that is so what every turkey needs.
I hope you will join us in our turkey talk challenge this week at Die Cuttin' Divas.  Use a turkey on your project (and a die cut) and possibly win a fun prize.  We give one away to a random project every other week. Come play along.

- Teddy Bear Parade Cricut Cartridge - Turkey bear
- Gypsy Wandering Cricut Cartridge  - scallop circle layer
- CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - circle card 
- Cinnamon Stickles

- Action Wobble
- Pinstripe Embossing Folder

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Perfect Card Recipe with Die Cuttin' Divas

Welcome to Tuesday (which means a bug congrats for getting past Monday!!!). It is time for a Die Cuttin' Diva Challenge. This week we have a little crafting recipe for you to use:
1 Ribbon/Twine
2 Patterned Papers
3 Pearls/Gems
Mix and stir with a die cut added in and what do you get...
I got this cute little princess card  for a wonderful little girl I know. I actually started with this die cut princess that I had made a few weeks back but never used on a project. She was so fun that I went looking for papers and ribbon to make it all work with.

Papers - all from my random paper stash...CHECK

Put it together with ribbon and pearls...CHECK
A cute and fun card made with a great challenge recipe..I hope you will join in the fun. Our  current sponsor is Cricut Vinyl Supplies. Stop over and see what the other Divas made as some inspiration this week.

- Miss Kate Cuttables - Fairytale Princess in Pink
- All other supplies from my ever growing stash

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ghost Poop with Die Cuttin' Divas

Trick or Treat is around the corner (so looking forward to it) and this week Die Cuttin' Divas want to see your Halloween Projects. I really enjoy making some simple treats for my coworkers and when I saw this cute idea on Pinterest  I had to go for it myself.
Ghost Poop!!  How silly and fun right? (okay maybe a little gross as well but it is Halloween). You start with a bag of marshmallows and an easy bag topper.

Next, I used print and cut to place this cute poem onto some ovals. I found the poem on Pinterest and just tweaked it a little to make it about more than one ghost.
The final thing I needed was my ghosts which of course needed some google eyes. Now I have a bunch of ghost poop to hand out to some friends. I also am working on a different version of this that I will share in a few days.
I hope you will join us this week at Die Cuttin' Divas and share your Halloween Projects!

- Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge - ghost
- Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbion - 
- Google eyes from Michaels
- Font on poem is Janda Apple Cobbler

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Think Pink with Die Cuttin' Divas

This week at Die Cuttin' Divas we are thinking pink in honor of Breast cancer awareness we want to see your projects inspired by Breast Cancer.I wanted a card that said thanks for the support so I created this
I started with all my shades of Pink and embossed them with different embossing folders before placing them together on a card base.
I cut out the simple Thanks and added it on top of my pink. 
I gave the card to a friend to say thanks for her strength as even though she just got done fighting breast cancer she is always there for me.

I hope you will join us this week at Die Cuttin' Divas Think Pink- Breast cancer inspired projects!

- Creampuff font cut inside a Silhouette circle
- Various embossing folders