December 31, 2011

Vegas Baby!

Our 26th wedding anniversary was on December 27th.  Most years we go to Las Vegas for our anniversary, but this year there was just too much going on that we will have to wait till sometime in January, we love to go to Vegas.  So since we were not going on our anniversary I made my hubby this card.  It came out so cute, I love it and hope you think the same.

Wow, looking at it I used a lot of cartridges to create this card, well 5 that is a lot for me on one card.  The background starry night paper is from an outdoor stack I bought for making guy cards, but it fit perfectly here.  The "Vegas" is from the Tie the Knot cartridge and using Cricut Craft Room I welded the word "baby: from A Child's Year cartridge and sparkly glitter paper.  The Las Vegas sign is from the cartridge Destinations, I cut it in several layers using a shinny holographic like paper for the skyline, and pop dotted the sign.  The rode I cut using the My Community cartridge, it was a freebie I got way back when I got my first Expression, but there are so many useful images on it.
Then I chose the 57 Chevy from the Nifty Fifties cartridge because my hubby had one this exact color when he was younger....................oh so many many years ago ha-ha!  I even added a small heart sticker to the back fender.  This whole card fell together so well for me, you know sometimes you picture something in your head and it just does not work on paper, well this one did.  Yeah!
Here is how I finished the inside.  Although the outside of the card is a bit fun and I go with a mussy inside as my hubby does ever so much for me and probably 90% of the housework because I can't due to a spinal cord issue.  He is so wonderful and never complains, not even when I buy more stuff I "have" to have, LOL.
Well thanks so much for stopping by, would love to hear what you think of my card.
And a very very Happy New Year to all!

Challenges for this card
Tip Top Tuesday  Anything goes   ends - 1/3
Make it Monday  Always Anything goes   ends - 1/1
Party Time Tuesdays  Anything Goes   ends - 1/2

December 28, 2011

Baby Sweetpea

I am still playing along at the CDAC Progressive Challenge , it is so much fun and you can still join in, just click HERE.  This round I chose this adorable image from Just Some Lines , (tag "cdacpc9, JSL " .)   Every two weeks new images are posted for you to use, if you want to jump in it will only cost you $1.  
So I colored my image using my Copics, I am getting better however I am pretty excited about a couple of classes offered my Melissa & Kristy at Created from Color I can't wait as they are both awesome at using their Copics.  
I love this color combination, the background paper is from the DCWV Nana's Kids girl stack.   The flower I cut using the Flower Shoppe cartridge and spritz it with some Glimmer Mist and added glitter green brad to the center.  I made this card following the sketch this week at Mojo Monday , I love following sketches and each Monday, Mojo Monday comes out with a new 
sketch to follow.  
You can barely see it but I added some "stitching" with my white gel pen to the patch on her jammies.  You can also see the flower a little better here.  I distressed the edges of the image and the pink paper it is mounted on.
I also completed the inside, with a cut from the Fancy Frames cartridge, and left a plain piece for writing a message, not sure how I will use this card yet.  Anyone have any ideas???

Well hope you like my Sweetpea card, thanks for stopping by.

December 27, 2011

Baby"s First Christmas

Well I hope everyone had a very Merry Merry Christmas, boy was it ever busy around here!  There was so many special elements to this years Christmas that it just seemed like there was something going on every day & night for the last week.  I know I may have mentioned it in a previous post but here are a few things that makes this Christmas so special but yet very emotional & memorable.  First of all we have a great-granddaughter who will be celebrating her first Christmas, but to make it especially grand her Daddy who is in the Navy got to come home on leave to share in this moment.  My son-in-law came home on December 22nd and is retired from the Air Force after 24 years, my sons's 41 birthday was 12/22 and he is working in the oil fields in North Dakota but he got to come home.  So it was a huge homecoming for all, especially because in the up coming year, my son and daughter and their families will be moving to the Denver area,  my Navy grandson is going into submarines and another grandson is going in the Navy so not sure when we will have another Christmas like this one.
Sorry for the story, anyway here is the card you came to see.....................LOL
The image is from Pink Gem Designs, they have some adorable images be sure and check them out.  This one came both colored and uncolored, I tried to color using my Copics but I was having some trouble and running out of time so I went with the pre-colored one.  The colors were great anyways.  I printed it on white pearl paper and immediately sprinkled it with sparkle embossing powder when it came out of the printer than heated it.  I cut it out using the Make the Cut software, it is an amazing software that works with die cutting machines.  You can pretty much cut out anything, unfortunately I do not utilize it to it's full ability.  The tag that the image is mounted on using foam tape was cut using my Cricut out of white glitter paper, sorry I can't remember which cartridge.   The Merry Christmas was also cut from glitter paper using the MS Elegant cakes cartridge.  The white strip in the middle I punched using an Fiskars punch and ran red ribbon through it.
This card has a lot of sparkle to it, I used Christmas paper from a DCWV Christmas stack I got a few years ago.
I also finished the inside using several different poems and sayings and adding some of my own touches to personalize it.
I wan to wish each of you a very very Happy New year.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and take a peak on my card.  I would love to hear what you think of it.  Make sure you stop back in the next week as I have several cards to post that I had not had a chance to.

Challenges for this card
Make it Monday   Always anything goes   ends  - 1/2
Charisma Cardz  Anything Goes   ends - 1/4
Cinspirations   Anything goes  ends - 1/3
Mum's Craft Shop  Anything goes  ends - 1/3

December 21, 2011

Crafty Creations Blog Hop

Hi everyone, ready for a blog hop to get some inspiration for those thank you cards you have to make after the holidays?  Well this week that is what is going on at Crafty Creations.
So for my thank you card I made this snowman card using one of the images provided by A Creative Need.  I know that it is a very busy time right now so this challenge/hop will last for two weeks.
I colored the image using my Copic markers.  The sentiment is computer generated with a cute "snow capped" font that I found on line for free!  The top border I cut using the Winter Frolic cartridge and Cricut Craft Room.  Here is a close up of those letters that I added a bit of sparkle to the tops.
And the inside I did very simply so you could add a hand written message.
There are a lot of prizes being offered on the Crafty Creations blog so be sure and go on over and check them out.  There is even a few prizes along the way from the Design Team.  So go ahead join in and hop along with us.

Now remember to join us and post comments to the Design Team for the Blog Hop! You will be amazed at the talent we have on our DT.  If you get lost along the way you can always come back here for the next link.  
1. Claire
2. Deena 
3. Bernie 
4. Dawn 
6. Kaos 
7. Rudlis 
8. Jenni 
9. Donna 
10. Peggy 
11. Jaime 
12. Lindsey 
13. Donelda 
Have fun and hope to see your creations for this two week challenge.  Remember you have till Jan 3 2012 to enter the challenge at Crafty Creations.
Thanks to all for a wonderful year and for all of my followers and blog friends, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all.

December 13, 2011

Clean & Simple Christmas card

Hope everyone is well on their way to be ready for the upcoming holiday.  I know this year I am behind with getting my Christmas ready and mailed out.
Every year I make most of my Christmas cards the same, it is much easier for me that way.  Although leading up to making my cards I enter a lot of challenges so I end up with quite a few different ones, so this year I had about 18 different ones and made 22 of the same for the 40 I need.  So finally I finished my cards, I wanted to go for the clean & simple look because I liked this ornament stamp that I got from Stampers Best and wanted it to be the main focus because of all the pretty details.   Make sure you go by and check out Stampers Best if you are a stamper as they have some cute images, prices are great and shipping fast, what more could you ask for!
So here is my card.
This one I stamped and heat embossed it using red glitter embossing powder.  I made it in several different colors, but this one seemed to show the sparkle the best.  I also embossed the background paper with my Cuttlebug using the Mistletoe folder.  Since I embossed and used glitter is also fits into the challenge this week at Crafty Creations where I am on the design team.   Here is another version using a gold pearl embossing powder.
Then for the inside I had the first two stamps to fit along with the front of the card.
The small "merry & bright" stamp & the small ornaments stamp inside is from Gina K Designs and it matched great with my sentiment that I had.
Not a very good picture but here is a picture of some of the other colors I made, the blue one is very pretty and bright.
So I wish you all a very Merry & Bright Christmas and wonderful New Year.  Thanks so much for peaking in on my blog, would love to hear your comments.

Challenges for this card
Crafty Cardmakers  Use it 3 ways (heat embossed in multiple colors)  ends  1/8
Dream Valley   Christmas   ends - 1/7
Hooked on Crafts  Christmas   ends  - 12/24
Make it Monday   Always anything goes   ends  12/18

A little birdie told me....

I made this card using one of the images for this round at the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge.   the image is from doodle Pantry and I think it is so adorable.  cdacpc8, doodlepantry.    I love the images at Doodle Pantry they are so cute.  

I think it came so cute.  All the papers I printed  and cut using my Imagine and the Bubblegum Stripes cartridge, I just got this cartridge and love all the bright colored papers on it.  
I colored the bird (chicken or ducky???) using my Copic markers then covered it with Glossy Accents.  It is pretty simple, but I think the paper does all the work.  For the most part I am not very good at mixing patterns and colors but since I got my Imagine it has made that a lot easier.
I also used my little Jacome sewing machine (thanks Okie) for sewing the pieces together.  I always forget about my little machine, but I love it.  The "a little birdie told me" is a stamp from Gina K designs. 
I added a sentiment inside that I computer generated.

I was runnign out of time so all the papers are put together using repostionable tape and I will go back and sew them together.  I will post another picture when I get that done.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog, please leave me a comment so that I know you were here.
Challenge for this card
Make it Monday  Always anything goes   ends  - 12/18
Totally Paper Crafts  Anything but Christmas   ends  -  12/15
Corrosive Challenges  Anything except Christmas    ends - 12/24

December 9, 2011

Poinsettia Card

Hi, I made this card a couple of weeks ago and have just now had a chance to post it.
I had seen on a blog (sorry can't remember) that they used a flower cut from the Flower Shoppe cartridge to make a poinsettia, well I made it and had it sitting on my desk for about a month.  When a challenge was posted on the Cricut message board with a sketch that I could finally use this flower on I made this card.
I love the way it came out and I found the perfect background paper in my stash, even has the sentiment going perfectly up the side "Happy Holidays".
Here is a closer look at the flower, it is shimmery. I printed the paper using my Imagine on Cryogen White paper that has a mica like sparkle on it that shows through the printing.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and visit my blog.  I would love to hear what you think of my flower.

Challenges for this blog
Cute Card Thursday    Christmas    ends  -  12/14
ABC Christmas      christmas   ends  -   12/19
2 Sisters  Christmas   ends -  12/16
Crafty Hazelnuts  Traditional Christmas   ends  - 12/16

December 8, 2011

Blitsy - Check it out

Not sure if you have heard about this new on-line store but I just found out about it.  They have some amazing deals on crafting supplies weekly.
Here is a link to check it out Blitsy

Click here to sign up for the newsletter to receive emails about their deals. 
Just wanted to share this with all my awesome followers and friends, after all what are friends for we need to pass on deals to each other and enable them LOL

December 7, 2011

Puppy Pile of Presents

Hello all, I know that everyone is probably running around in circles trying to get everything ready for the Holidays.............they are fast approaching and I don't even have my Christmas cards done let alone addressing them and getting them mailed.
So our challenge this week at Crafty Creations will help everyone get that job one step closer.    The challenge is to create a Christmas card using a sentiment.
Our sponsor this week is Lily of the Valley:


And the prize is


So I chose to use this darling image from LOTV and colored him using my Copic markers.

Isn't he cute all surrounded by those presents.  I cut my presents out using the Snow Angel cartridge then ran them through the Cuttlebug.  After the Cuttlebug I heat embossed them using red & green glitter embossing powder, the embossing from the Cuttlebug did not show up too well after that.
The frame around the image I cut using the Elegant Edges cartridge.  I twisted a piece of white & red ribbon to make it look like a candy cane.  There is a lot of sparkle & glitter on the image but you can't see it too well.  I used some Sakura gel pens to highlight the presents.
Here is a closer look at the presents.   The label where the "Merry Christmas" was stamped is a Spellbinder.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are all enjoying ready for this special time of year and take a minute or two and join in this challenge this week at Crafty Creations.

Challenges for this card
So Artful Challenge  Christmas (red & green)   ends  -  12/15
Make it Mondays   Always anything goes    ends  12/ 10
Jingle Belles Rock   Christmas link party   ends  -  12/22
Crafty Anns  Christmas tic-tac-toe(glitter, presents, ribbon bow)   ends 12/15
ABC Christmas   Y = Yipeee Christmasy   ends  12/19
Penny's Challenges  Merry Christmas    ends  12/20

December 1, 2011

Winter Scene Stair Step Card

This is a pretty simple card looking back at it.  It would be a good card to mass produce for Christmas cards.  I think I will make more for my cards this year.
The whole card was made using the Imagine Snow Angel card.  I saw the background paper in the book and thought it would be the perfect backdrop for a stair step card.  I love making these if I can out all the pieces together right and this cartridge made it so easy.  The front two folds I ran through the Cuttlebug using the swirls folder and then sanded it to look like snow. ??
That is what is nice about printing the paper with the Imagine is that is makes it a white core paper that can be sanded.
Here is a side view where you can see how the pieces are put on.  I added some pearl pen to the "snow" on top of the buildings and a couple of the trees in the background.  Behind the house, I stamped a verse.
There was layers that could have been cut out for the snow people and the house but I chose not to cut them since the pieces would be layered on the card.  I embellished the snow people with some brown pearls.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all had a great week and having fun getting ready for the holidays.

Challenges for this card
Scrap Creations   Christmas    ends 12/14
Make it Monday   Always anything goes   ends  12/4
Squiggle Fly  Winter Wonderland   ends  - 12/4
Kaboodle Doodles  Bundle up for Winter   ends - 12/6
Hooked on Crafts Winter Wonderland   ends - 12/11
Polly Craft Challenge   Christmas Fun   ends  -  12/18