June 29, 2011


Thank you berry much for stopping by..................I made this card for the challenge this week at Crafty Creations,  this week by our challenge was to make a thank you card and is sponsored by
              Hop on over and take a love at the cute images there are

I chose to use this strawberry image from Doodle Pantry and the sentiment stamp is a Gina K Design stamp.
I am still just learning to use my Copic and Promarkers and had a heck of a time with these strawberries, I am still not real happy with them.  The leaves came out OK, but I just could not get the coloring and shading correct on the strawberries.  I covered them with Diamond Glaze and that seemed to help somewhat.
Here is a closer look of the strawberries.
Red is hard and it bleed out of the lines and I just could not get all of it off. I distressed the edges of the white & red papers with my Tim Holtz distressing tool.  I double edged the red checked and red with my Martha Stewart punch.  This scalloped edge is one of my favorites.
So glad you stopped by, but be sure and head on over to Crafty Creations and join in the fun.  It is an easy challenge and we can never have too many thank you cards on hand.

I will entering this card in the following challenges
Top Tip Tuesday for  ends 7/4
Bows and Berries  thank you/appreciation ends 7/2

June 27, 2011

Patriotic Sunflower

This paper was such a funny color for a Sunflower so I thought I would run with it, all and all I am pretty pleased at the end result, even though this was so so out of my comfort zone.  I am usually tend to use exact real life colors and hate that about myself.  The paper is from a DCWV Summer Dream stack from last summer I believe.   I made it following one of the sketch this week at RAQs challenge on the Cricut message board and the sketch this week at Mojo Monday, how lucky is that, that it fit both sketches with just very very minor adjustments.

What do you think?  Cute huh?  Also since it was nearly the 4th of July I thought it was the perfect time to use these colors and the challenge this week at My Sheri Crafts the theme is Independence Day or Red, White and Blue and I thought this would be a great birthday card for someone with a 4th of July birthday.  The happy birthday is a stamped sentiment that I heat embossed.
The flower was cut from Walk in my Garden (boy I haven't used this cartridge in a long time) and is almost 4 inches high.  The flower part is cut 4 times and layered.   I added white pearl to where there was small holes cut out of the red.  The white is white linen pearl paper, so I thought the pearls matched well.
So what do you think of my funky Patriotic Sunflower?  So glad you stopped by and have a wonderful weekend.
Other challenges for this card
Fantabulous Cricut   Red, White & Blue  ends 7/3
Squigglefly  Red, White & Blue  ends 7/3
Make it Monday  Anything goes  ends 7/3
Sentimental Sundays  Patriotic colors ends 7/2
Hooked on Craft   Show us your Flowers  end 7/3
Craft Us Crazy Red,White Blue or Summer ends 7/5
Paper Playtime  Red, White & Blue end 7/9

June 25, 2011

Animal Print Birthday

Well I have had this animal print paper in my stash for a while now and have always wanted to make a card using it and finally did it!.  It is from the DCWV All Dressed Up stack.   It follows one of the sketches at RAQs challenge and also the challenge this week at Sketch and Stash, I just found this challenge and think I will be visiting it often. 

The "happy birthday" is from the ZooBalloo cartridge., however it is not cut out.  I used my QuicKutz pems that fit perfectly into your Cricut and they are ballpoint pens not markers so they write a nice fine line.  I went ahead and colored it in with markers so it would be more solid.   The corners were cut from Jasmine, it seems this is the cartridge I go to when I need corners, although Straight From the Nest has some great one also.   The red panel I used my Cuttlebug to emboss it, I though this folder followed the animal theme.  I inked the two animal print papers with red ink so the edges would stand out a bit better.
The red Zig-Zag cut is from MS All Occasions cake art, love the cake cartridges for borders.    I also used my i-Rock to set rhinestones on the zig-zag, another thing I just had to have but barely use.

Thanks for popping in to take a look, leave me a comment so I know what you thought of animal print card.

This will also be put in the following challenges.
Sketches and Stash - sketch (stash used i-Rock and animal paper) ends 7/2
Make it Monday  - anything goes  ends 6/26

June 24, 2011

Thinking of You

I think this card turned out so pretty.  This was something I would never had put together myself, but with the help of the sketches this week at RAQs Challenge and the Ad Color challenge on the Cricut message board this card came together very well.
The color challenge was , green, yellow & blue and this paper worked perfectly for that combination.
I had a cut file set up in Design Studio to cut out the panels and I had problems with the computer recognizing that my Expression was plugged in, so I just cut them by hand and rounded the corners with a punch.  
Now today my computer is back to seeing my Expression, so I was able to cut our the flowers from yellow card stock.  

Thre is seven layers to this flower, I tried something new and  I inked all the edges with the same ink that I use to stamp the "thinking of you" and then sprayed them with lemon zest Glimmer Mist, I love this stuff, it really sparkles but hard to see in the picture.  Also the paper is very shinny and bright.  I then crumpled them up and stacked them using descending sizes gluing each as I go.  When they were all layered I added a skittle to the center.  They were still damp so I could fuss with the layer and get them to where I wanted them.
The background paper is from the Cafe Mediterranean stack, which has some wonderful papers in.

Thanks so much for stopping by, would love to hear what you thinks.

I will also enter this is the following challenges,:
Challenge Up Your Life  - Circle  ends 7/1
Scrapbook Sisterz - anythings goes ends 6/28
Everybody Art Challenge  - anything goes ends 6/27
Ruby's Rainbow  - Flowers ends 7/4
Deep Ocean - Flowers ends 7/4
Marks Finest papers  - Sparkle ends 6/29

June 23, 2011

Three Butterflies

I love the way the colors came out on this card.   I will add a sentiment later when I decide how to use it.  It was make following one of the sketches at RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board.  This challenge is one of my favorite places for inspiration because I love following sketches (in fact I find it hard to make a card without one) and all the ladies that participate are so talented and kind.  Check it out if you get on the Cricut message board, a new challenge comes out every Wednesday and it runs for a week, here is a link to this weeks challenge RAQ's Challenge, the only rules is to have fun and share your creations.
So here is my card.

The paper does most of the work on this one, the background paper is from The Best of K&Company, what a fabulous stack this is, it has 360 pieces of paper in it.
All the red parts are cut from plain white cardstock that I covered with red StazOn ink and then sprayed with scarlet Glimmer mist.  The fancy cut along the left side was cut from the Paper Lace cartridge, the butterflies are from Stamping and the swirl on the bottom is from Serenade.  The fancy cut along the side I wove a piece of ribbon through and then also squared off a frame with that ribbon on the card.
Here is a close up of the butterflies.

I added some Martha Stewart glass beads to the body of the butterflies to give some extra bling and dress them up a bit.
I am so happy that you decided to stop by my blog, I would love it if you left a comment, thanks

Will enter in the following challenges
The Stamp Man - butterflies & dragonflies ends 7/1
Crafty Calendar  - things with wings  ends 7/1

June 22, 2011

Roping Up a Birthday Wish

  Well this week at Crafty Creations our challenge was sparkle, bling it up, gems glitter etc..... Dawn our hostess this week got Wgas n Whiskers to be our sponsor and this is one of the adorable digital images they have.  They also have rubber stamps so be sure and stop by there web site, or better yet join in the challenge at Crafty Creations and you could win a prize.
Isn't he the cutest little guy?
 I blinged him up a bit by adding small red pearls as his buttons, a silver brad for the star, glossy accents on his scarf that I added dots to, glitter pen to his hat band and finally shinny silver rope.  I could not resist but have that rope go up and grad hold of the happy birthday tag.  I colored him using my Promarkers, there is the perfect denim color in their collection.  I am still learning to use alcohol markers.
  Here is a closer look so you can see some of the bling he is wearing!

I am so very happy that you stopped by, I would really like to read any comments you may have and if you really like what you see I would love to have you as a follower. 

I will also enter this in the following challenges
Make it Monday  - anything goes  ends 6/26
Southern Girls  - anything goes ends 6/27
Critter Challenge - sketch challenge ends 6/26 (flipped it a bit)
Hooked on Craft  - anything goes (their first challenge)
Teddy Bo Challenge  - Bling it on  ends 6/26
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes ends 6/28

June 21, 2011

Cricut Jammies.............

............or covers, but I like the way that Jammies sound, LOL.

Well sorry I have not posted in a while, we were on vacation in Las Vegas, had a fabulous fun relaxing time, but no big winnings to brag about :(.
My two brother-in-laws watched the place for us while we were gone because we live at an RV & Boat storage business.  When we came home I had the brightest surprise in my craft room.  I walked in (first thing I did when we got home)my craft room and this is what I saw.

For my Create

And for my Expression

Aren't they just the greatest..............., my sister-in-law made them for me.  Since they were watching the place she even came over and installed them.  I love love love the way she covered the buttons with the material and the way the flap in angled.  She is so talented and very quick. 
Now not to leave out my other sister-in-law, she cleaned up my craft room for me, I can't do a lot because of my disability so she got on her hands and knees and vacuumed under my desk, you know all those tiny pieces of paper that somehow :0 missed the trash can, thank you so much.  I got both of my sister-in-laws involved in this addiction so feel a bit responsible when their hubby complain about them spending money.

I love you two, Lydia & Josie!!

June 15, 2011

Indian Girl..............

I made this card for Crafty Creations where I am on the design team.   The challenge theme for this week is "Just Imagine" so let your creative juices flow and join in our fund.  Our hostess is the very talented  JuelMarie, stop by and have a look around her blog.

The sponsor she got us this week is

go have a look around her Esty store, this Indian girl

is a great example of what she has.

I colored the Indian using my Promarkers, at first I colored her using my Prisma Pencils and decided it was a bit to subdued so I colored another one.  I had bought this ribbon a very long time ago and never had an opportunity to use it and I thought it went perfect with this image.

I sued my deckled rectangle Nesties to cut her out.  I added the silver concho and some leather cord and beads to add to the southwestern theme.  I also blinged her up a bit with adding beads and rhinestones to her outfit.  A closer picture so you can see it.

Well this challenge runs from 6/15 through 6/21 so get your imaginations going and join us at CRAFTY CREATIONS.
So glad you stopped by.

June 8, 2011

Over the Rainbow.................................

..........that is the theme/challenge this week at Crafty Creations hosted by our fabulous Peggy.  She went out and got us a tremendous sponsor this week, Whimsy Stamps and we got to play with a few of Crissys line that fit into the theme.   So make sure you stop by Whimsy Stamps and look around, there are a lot of great images there.
So on to my card, I loved this cute little lion and was going to go more with the Wizard of Oz theme but took a little turn. LOL  It was suppose to on the way to Emerald City.  I even made a yellow brick road which I will use later on another project.
The rolling hills I cut from the new Pop Up Neighborhood cartridge, and I think I am really going to like this one, it is the fourth Cricut Circle cartridge.  I have for sometime wanted rolling hills on a cartridge.  I know there is some on Country Life but I love the ones on Pop Up.   I Cuttlebugged the brown hill and the light green hill.  The front small hill is suppose to look like flowers growing, not sure if I accomplished that or not.   The trees are actually part of the hills cut.   I added a few red pearls to the one tree to look like apples.
The background paper is cloud paper that I had and then I made the rainbow, using some reinkers and a sponge, kind of fun to do.  I even paid special attention to get the colors in the correct order.  I then sprayed it with Glimmer Mist to give it some sparkle, can't really see that in the picture.

The lion I colored using my Promarkers and Copics, I covered the flower with glossy accents and a brown pearl in the center.  The lion head I cut out twice and pop dotted one on top, then pop dotted the lino so it looks like he is standing in front.

Now I wasn't sure about the sentiment box, which is stamped, so it is on there temporarily.   I feel like it might cover up too much of the bottom layer.  What do you think?

Well I am really happy that you stopped by and I would super happy if you left a comment.  And make sure you stop by Crafty Creations and join in our challenge.  Who knows you could win the prize from Whimsy Stamps

Challenge entries
Bearly Mine Challenge - anything goes ends 6/24
Deep Ocean Challenge - anything goes ends 6/23
Crafts and Me  - stamp something ends 6/14
A Spoonfull of Sugar - summer ends 6/13
Sentimental Sundays  - inspired by a song ends 6/11

June 4, 2011

Lily of the Valley

As I child I remember my Grandmother growing Lily of the Valley and always loved how delicate they were.  And if memory serves me well I think they grew wild also.   I am so happy with how this card turned out, I just wish you could see it in person as it is much prettier than the picture.  I made it following of the sketches this week on RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board.
All the cuts are the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cartridge, I love the cake cartridges.  The "trellis"  or strip of purple across the back is a border cut that I welded two back to back using my Gypsy.  As always when I am designing or cutting something for the first time I always cut it from plain white cardstock to make sure I like it and  that it is the right size.  I know this may sound like a waste of paper, but they usually get put to good use.  If I don't use them myself I pass them on to my two sister-in-laws that I got started into this addiction.  In this case I took that plain white piece and covered it with  purple pearl embossing powder a couple of times and liked the way it looked so I found paper that would go with it.

Letraset, the makers of Promarkers sent me some samples of a couple products that they carry.  LetraTac, a re-positional Adhesive sheet and Safmat self adhesive Printable film.  Both have so many uses, I did use the LetraTac to glue the purple lattice like cut behind the lilies.  I though with the intricate cut that this would be perfect and it was.  Unlike running it through your Xyron there was no webbing of adhesive, loved this part.  It stuck great but I did add a few drops of random glue because when I had heat embossed the front some of the embossing powder got on the back and we all know that can mess with you adhesive.  So make sure you go to Letraset website and check out their cool products.

There is two Lily of the Valley cuts but they do not match up exactly like a shadow but that is ok, it is off set enough to make the bunch look bigger.  I chalked each set of leaves and each lily and then sprayed it with sealer so the chalk would not come off.
The lilies were cut from pearl white paper and since there are so many of them this is what I did to make sure they got attached to the correct place.  I took my Zig glue pen and put a dab of glue on each area where there was to be a flower, then as I removed the flowers from the mat I stuck them where they belonged.  Then after I was ready I glued them down permanently.  This seemed to work well for me.  I also applied Diamond Glaze to each lily.  The cut had an bow that cut with it but I cut if off and added my own ribbon bow.  I pop dotted the lily bunch and added some pearl strings that I had.
Here is a closer look of the lilies.
The "thanks a bunch" was computer generated and printed on that same white pearl papers as the lilies.
This card will be placed int the following challenges.
Creative Craft World - 3 or more flowers  ends 6/7
One Stop Craft Challenge - texture  ends 6/10
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - things of beauty end 6/8
Divas by Design - florals ends 6/12
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes/favorite ends 6/8
By the Cute and Girly  - In the garden ends
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Flower Power 6/6
Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge  - here comes Summer 6/30

Thanks so much for stopping by and I sure hope you like what you saw enough to leave a comment and/or become a follower.

June 2, 2011

Pink & Orange Challenge

This week at Crafty Creations our challenge was to use PINK & ORANGE!.  If you have never tried to put this color combination together it really is a challenge.  Also our sponsor this week is 2 Cute Rubber Stamps where she gave us these cute images to use.  Be sure you stop by and check out what she has, she had digis and rubber stamps.  So I needed a card for our great-granddaughter who turned 4 so I thought this cute image and the pink & orange color combo was perfect for her card.
I added some lime green but I think the colors came out nice ab=nd bright and cheery.  I colored the turtle using my Copics and Promakrers.  I had printed the image on Gina K Pure Luxury cardstock, which is very nice and smooth.
I outlined the flowers with glitter pen and added Glossy Accents to the flowers.  The bow I tyed and it came out OK.
  I added the two flip flop shoes, although they may not fit into the theme of the card, they were the perfect colors.
I finished the inside using a stamp and added four candles for the fourth birthday.

Challenges for this card
Scrappy Frogs - Birthday ends 6/11
KB Challenges  - Anything Goes ends 6/5
Party Time Tuesdays  - Anything Goes ends 6/6
Card Cupids - Ribbon/Fiber ends 6/5
DYSU Challenge - Orange ends 6/8
Catch the Bug - Bright Colors end 6/4
Also Ooh La La Creations is doing a design team call so i will place this card there to be considered for the DT.  They want a card posted that shows your style, that is very hard for me as I feel like I don't have a particular style as you can see by looking at my blog.  

Hope you like my card and be sure and stop by Crafty Creations and join in our fun.

Safari Birthday

I love to play along at Mojo Monday but I especially loved the sketch this week.  It is easier to make then it looks.  I just took two squares the same size from two different papers then cut them corner to corner.  Th paper is from DCWV Safari stack that I just got, it was a bargain, I got it at Marshals and is was only $5.99 for the 12 x 12 stack.

 I also sewed using the zig-zag stitch, had a little trouble with my bobbin, oops so there is a messy spot across the top.
The compas is cut from the Stand and Salute cartridge.  I covered the front with Crystal Effects, but messed it up a bit using my heat gun.  I guess it looks like the "glass" is cracked.  LOL

Also at Stamp Tv, the Mix It Up Monday challenge this week is to sew in your card so i will post it on the Stamp TV website.
Challenges for this card
Aud Sentiments - Sentiments/Male ends 6/7

Thanks for stopping by, if you like what you see why don't you browse around my blog for a bit and maybe you will see something else you like.