Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Sheri Crafts -- Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by today! I am so excited and yet a bit nervous!! Sheri asked me to be the guest designer at her challenge blog My Sheri Crafts this week. This is the first time for me to be a guest designer. Thank you so much Sheri for giving me this special opportunity!!
When Sheri told me this week's challenge theme was "All About Boys", I really got nervous!! What! No pink, lace, flowers, and all those things I love!! Ok, so it is Boys! I thought of my young grandsons and would you believe the first thing that came to my mind was a mud puddle!! Because I have limited Cricut cuts for boy/masculine themes and no mud puddles, I chose one of my favorite cartridges---A Child's Year!

It is the simple pleasures that often become our fondest memories!
The card is 5 x 6 1/2 white cardstock which is layered with a 5 x 6 1/2 piece of pretty stripe designer paper from Paper Pizazz Floral Backgrounds paper pad. Yes, I did say Floral! The boy with the dog is found on page 62 of Cricut A Child's Year cartridge..this is the shift key. It is cut at 3 1/2 inches. I also cut the shadow feature at the same size. The background mat is the card feature using the shift key and is cut at 5 1/2 inches from Brazzill paper. For dimension, I used pop-dots to mount the boy/dog image on the mat. Lot of inking! The phrase "Simple Pleasures" is from Country Life page 60 and is cut at 1 1/2 inches. I love that phrase and think it works well with A Child Year's cuts. The phrase is the only cut that is not from A Child's Year!

For the inside of the card, I used the boy/dog image on page 63. This was cut at 2 1/2 inches. I will be needing a birthday card, so I chose to use the phrase "Happy Birthday" found on page 71 of ACY. It was cut 2 inches.

I thought the little dog gift tag would be a nice addition to my gift. This is the tag feature found on page 62 and cut at 2 inches. (Notice the little dog in left hand corner on the inside of the card---it it the cut out piece from the tag.) The word "to" is found on page 74 and the word "from" is found on page 75. Each word was cut at 1/2 inch. For the tag tie, I used some blue fibers that was in a blog candy package from a sweet blogger friend! I just love it!

I hope you enjoy my "All About Boys" project!
Please visit My Sheri Crafts for great inspiration from the Design Team and enter your project in the challenge! Thanks again Sheri and Design Team!

Just a reminder about my 200+ Followers Blog Candy giveaway! I will be giving a $25.00 gift certificate to My Sheri Crafts online store to one of my followers! To be eligible, you must be a follower and leave me a comment on the Blog Candy post here or scroll down to the post. If you are new at my blog and would like to become a follower you still have time to be eligible for the giveaway. Just go the blog candy post and comment telling me you are a follower. The drawing will be held on March 3.
Thanks for your visits and your continued support of my work!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

200+ Followers Blog Candy

I am sending out a big Thank You to all my followers! I appreciate your interest in my work! Your comments are so kind and encouraging! You make my day!
I am so excited to say that in just a short time of blogging, my blog has reached 200+ followers! Wow!! To celebrate this happy occasion, I am giving away Blog Candy.
I will be giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to My Sheri Crafts to one of my followers!

Sheri has a great online store that sells Justrite Stampers, Inks, Paper/Cardstock, Embellishments, ATG tape dispensers and tape plus many more items to delight any crafter. These are quality items and can be found at a reasonable price. Many items are on sale now! Sheri is a delight to work with and she will try to order a product for you if it is out of stock.

To be eligible to win the gift certificate, you must be a follower of my blog! Also you must leave me a comment on the comment section of this post telling me you are a follower. Please leave a way to be contacted if you should be the winner.

I encourage you to visit My Sheri Crafts. Look around and see what you would like to purchase if you are the winner of the gift certificate. If you do visit, please tell me in your comment!

I will leave this open for a few days. The drawing will be March 3!

Also, I would like to share my good news with you! Sheri has asked me to be the guest designer at her challenge blog My Sheri Crafts on Feb. 26. I am so excited and nervous!! This will be my first time to be a guest designer. I encourage you to check out the blog for the fun challenges. You will always find great inspiration from Sheri and the design team. Join in the fun and submit a project!

A Thing of Beauty Award

Thank you Peggy at Daily Grace Creation for so graciously sending me A Thing Of Beauty Award! I am so happy and humbled to receive this award. Grace at Gracenotes For Today created this special award. Isn't it pretty? I love it!

There are some Rules of Acceptance for the Award!
1. You can right click on the award and save it to your desktop so it can be added to your blog.
2. Choose 5 worthy Recipients and list them. Give a reason why you think their blog or work is special!
3. Then list 5 things about yourself including one thing you enjoy about crafting.

One small request. It is not a rule but Grace would greatly appreciate a link back to her blog attached to the award badge when you display it on your site. Grace has kept the requirements few and simple so people will not feel it is a chore to accept the award. It is meant to be fun and encouraging! Since there are only 5 recipients each time, select them carefully and thoughtfully.

There are so many talented crafters and pretty blogs that I visit! Choosing only five was hard for me. This is my list of 5 worthy recipients.
Luv Scrapping Together   Saundra is so her work and her blog!
PauseDream Enjoy   Janis has a great looking blog and she is such a fun and talented person!
 Nonna's Craft Corner  Tanya has a cute blog, does beautiful work, and shares great tutorials.
Binky Blossoms   Theresa is so fun and talented and I love reading her posts!
 A Little bit of Detail   Charlotte does such pretty work with gorgeous details.
Oops, I listed more than one reason but if you visit each of their blogs, you will see why I chose them!

Now about me:
I am thankful for my many blogging friends. I enjoy spending time with my friends in the Red Hat Society. I enjoy flower gardening and seeing my flowers bloom.  I enjoy country living! I love to shop for crafting supplies---love paper!!

Thanks again Peggy for sharing this award with me! Thank you Grace for taking the time to create this award!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thank you Sandi and Patti for the Liebster Blog Award

I am enjoying all my adventures in paper crafting and so happy that through my blog many friendships are being made! I am so humbled that two very talented friends have awarded me the Liebster Award. This award is to be given to a person whose talent you admire and you would like to see their work receive more recognition. It is also a great way to recognize those who may just be starting a blog so their work may be shared with others.
Sandi at Sandi's Added Touch was so kind to give me this award. Sandi is so talented and has always been such an inspiration to me. I enjoy and love all her beautiful work. Visit her blog and you will see what I mean!
Patti at Patti-Lynn Creations also was so sweet to give me this award. Patti does beautiful work. She and her sister, Linda, have just started a new challenge, Creative Sisters Challenge Monday. Be sure to check out this new and fun challenge.
Thank you Sandi and Patti for this honor!
Now the rules are to pass the award on to three more bloggers! You can right click on the award and save it.
Sheri at My Sheri Cards , Sandy at A Little Piece of Heaven , Stephanie at Cricutmimi 
These talented ladies make beautiful cards and are alway such an inspiration to others. I am so happy for our friendships and each has been such an inspiration to me. Visit each of their blogs and you can see their beautiful work! You may want to show your support by becoming a follower!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Paper Playtime - Technology

Glad you dropped by today! It is Monday and time for another fun challenge at Paper Playtime! Our challenge this week is to use a Technology image. This could be a computer, phone, iPod, car, Robot, etc.

My card measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and was cut from white cardstock. I cut a piece of designer paper 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 from the So-So Sweet Paper pack by the Paper Studio and layered it on the card base. For the image, I chose the MP3 player on page 62 of Cricut Paisley. It is cut at 4 1/4 inches using a piece of blue paper from the Bazzill Basics Paper Pack. The image shift key and layers 1 and 2 were used to complete the player. The word jammin' and the music notes on the lower left edge of the card are also on the same page.
The white mat is from Colorbok and was embossed using the Cuttlebug Allergo folder. I attached an Action Wobble Spring to the MP3 and then attached it to the white mat to give it movement! This is my first time to use an Action Wobble and I think it is so fun on this card. I used Martha Stewart inking and pop-dots on the word jammin'.

Now, we would love to see your paper projects using a technology theme! Check out all the amazing projects by the talented design team for some great inspiration! We are happy to have Michelle's Scrapbooking & More as our sponsor this week!