Friday, December 31, 2010

My Favorite Ten Cards of 2010

Here it is the last day of 2010! I am happy that I started a blog three months ago and have made many new friends. I am joining the bandwagon and sharing my favorite ten cards with you! Looking forward to seeing everyone's creativity in 2011. Happy New Year!

Choosing my Top 10 was very hard because I try to put my heart into each card. My talented friend, Vivi  asked if "Bringing The Tree" could be Honorable Mention. I love this one too Vivi! Thank you so much!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gold, Silver and White

Using sketch 1 of RAQ'S Sketch Challenge 12/29/10-01/04/11 and also the ad colors for Ad Inspiration Challenge #90 on the Cricut Messageboard, this is what I came up with. The ad color challenge is to use gold, silver, and white. I thought of a Martha Stewart paper pad which I have had for a long time. The double-sided papers in the pack feature the colors gold, silver, and white. How lucky is that!! I cut the flower from Cricut Paisley using the button feature on page 38. Sizes are 1 1/2, 1 1/4 and 3/4 inches. Used gold Stickles in center of flower. I did not add a sentiment at this time, but I think the card can be used for several occasions. A sentiment can be added later!

Welcome to the Strawberry Patch

Good morning! Welcome to my new followers! I enjoyed playing with the sketches at RAQ'S 12/29/2010-01/04/2011 Sketch Challenge. The card is 6 1/2 X 5 inches based on sketch 2. I used Home Accents for the welcome sign. I have had the DCWV Berry Street Farmer's Market stack for over a year. Looking at the strawberry paper, I thought it will be perfect for my MIL's kitchen which is decorated in a strawberry theme. I am sure this will be on display if I can find an empty spot!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter Cardinal

This is my card using Sketch 2 of RAQ'S Card Challenge 12-22 to 12-28 on the Cricut Messageboard. Card is 6 1/2 X 5 white cardstock. I have a stack of purchased embellishments that I never seem to use. With this card, I was able to use some scrap paper from the Martha Stewart Holidays pad and the coordinating embellishments that I bought December 2009 during clearance sales. The paper pad is so pretty with all the red birds and glitter pages. The red berries on this piece of paper have a pretty sheen which did not photograph too well. Holly leaves and the red bird is from the package of embellishments. The red strip is cut using the Martha Stewart embossed zigzag edge punch. A simple card without any Cricut cuts, but I do like the results.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Joy From My House to Yours

Hope everyone is enjoying a Joyful Christmas Day!
Just now able to share this Christmas card with you. The swirl tree from Cricut Christmas Noel is one of my favorite tree cuts...just had to cut it again using the green glitter paper. Window and the swag with bows are also cut from the same cartridge. I hand cut a piece of the acrylic packaging from a Cricut cartridge to cover the window opening. The window is cut three times to give chipboard effect. The red mat is embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. Joy label is a cut from Cricut Lite Lacy Labels. The Martha Stewart Holidays paper pack was a Christmas clearance purchase last year.


Merry Christmas

Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas filled with love, joy, and peace as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour! Enjoy the precious time with your loved ones!
Christmas Blessings to all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Stockings Were Hung

Hi everyone! Sharing this fun and colorful card using the stocking and phrase cuts from Cricut Winter Frolic cartridge. The stocking is cut 3 1/2 inches and the phrase is cut 1 1/2 inches. To add texture to the stocking, I embossed it with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes and Swiss Dot folders. Divine Swirls added texture to the scallop background which is cut at 3 1/2 inches using Lacy Labels. Inside sentiment Merry Christmas is cut 5 inches from Wild Card.   

Paper Playtime - #30 Anything Christmas    
Cooking With Cricut - Stockings and Stuffers   
My Sheri Crafts - Christmas  

Enjoy! Thanks for your comments!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snowlady for a Red Hatter

Just had to make another snowlady for our Red Hat Society Christmas party today! Recently I was the winner of Peachy Keen face stamps at the Grand Opening Launch of Flaunt it Fridays. How great is that!! I was so excited to receive the stamps this week and anxious to play! Thank you again ladies!!
This is my first time to play with face stamps so I stamped several times to get the feel of everything and to determine size of the snowlady. I enjoy the results and now I may have to put a face on everything!

Card size is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. An early Santa gift to myself is the Winter Frolic cartridge! I cut the snowman on page 29 using the regular cut and  shift on the layer feature at 3 1/2 inches. Cut the shadow in blue.
Cuttlebug folders are Sledding, Swiss Dots, and Divine Swirls. Martha Stewart punch is Swirling Lace.

Paper Playtime - # 29 Snowmen  --- Hope my snowlady is ok!!

Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your comments!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Favorite Santa Claus


Hello everyone! Glad you are here! I am sending a big "Thank You" to my new followers and to those who continue to encourage me with your visits!!
This week at Jitterbuggin' "Here Comes Santa Claus", the theme is to add a Santa to our card. No sketch and no secondary requirements! I chose my favorite Cricut Santa Claus which is the cut from Christmas Noel. He is cut 3 3/4 inches on regular cut and shift. The cane and lantern are cut at same size. I love the Santa Claus font! It is also from the same cartridge and is cut at 3/4 inch. Choosing paper always takes awhile for me---maybe I should not have a room full and it would be easier! My paper selection for the background of the card is from K&Company Susan Winget Specialty Paper. I chose one section of the beautiful sheet of paper and cut it! Yikes, I hated to cut it, but I love it now as the background on the card! For a simple accent I added an EK corner punch to the portion of the paper behind Santa.

Hope you enjoy Santa Claus! Thanks for your comments!

Paper Playtime Royal Court Winter 2011

Hello everyone! I am glad you stopped by today! I am so excited to share my good news with you! I have been chosen to be a Paper Playtime 2011 Winter Queen! Wow! This is my first time to be a member of a design team and I am thrilled to be a Queen!! It will be an honor to work with Janis and all the talented designers. We will have two teams and for the first time we will have a Paper Playtime King! How exciting!! A new challenge posts on each Monday. I encourage you to visit and participate in the challenges. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's creativity!
Here is the list of the Royal Court and their blogspots so you can visit their beautiful work and leave a little love!!

  1. JD -

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Red Hat Snowlady Purse

I had so much fun making this purse using a Red Hat Society theme for one of my friends. The purse is cut from Forever Young at 5 inches. Recently my friend Sharon sent me a Red Hat purse that she made and filled it with yummy cookies. I just love it and thought my Red Hat friends would like a purse too, maybe filled with a few trinkets or candy!!
The challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is Gifts Galore--make a handmade gift or gift package. This will be my entry for the challenge!
I wanted to also participate at the new Flaunt it Fridays 1st challenge which is the snowman cut on page 29 of Winter Frolic. Not having that cartridge I used Winter Woodland for my snowlady- page 47, cut 3 inches. Of course a Red Hatter wears red and purple and loves bling, so I used these colors for her hat and scarf and covered the snowlady with diamond Stickles. She really sparkles!
I just love it when I can participate in several challenges with my project. This week at Paper Playtime, the challenge is Snowflakes. Oh! I do need snowflakes for my snowlady!! The two large snowflakes are cut from Winter Woodland page 35, one is cut 1 1/2 and the smaller one is 1 1/4 inches. To add more snowflakes, I used the reverse cut from a Martha Stewart Snowflake edge punch. I added the stickles to the snowflakes and added a couple of red gemstones.To finish the purse, I wrapped shiny red tinsel around the handles and added the words "ooh la la" which were cut from Forever Young at 1/2 inch. Now can a Red Hat Lady resist this purse!!

Be sure to visit the great blogs for inspiration --you still have time to enter your project.

Thanks for your visit and I appreciate your comments.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jitterbuggin' Yummy Treats

Hi everyone and Welcome to my new followers! This is my card for Jitterbuggin' Sketch 27 - Yummy Christmas Treats! Sherri asked us to add our favorite Christmas treat to the sketch and add a little rickrack.
With limited Cricut cuts of food/sweets, I decided to go with the peppermint cut from Joys of the Season, cut at 2 1/4 inches. The pink and green labels are cut at 3 inches and the white label is cut at 3 1/4 inches using the Cricut Lite Cartridge Lacy Labels. I love this paper and I must be making a peppermint series since this is my third card with some of the same paper! lol If you have seen some of my work on Cricut messageboard, you may have seen the two previous cards. I do plan to post them later on my blog. Ok, back to my card, the green paper with the printed words was run through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. The labels are pop-dotted for more dimension.To add more candy, I use a Martha Stewart Candy punch and added the strip to the bottom of card. Hope you can see my tiny white rickrack----the only piece I could find in my treasure boxes! Yes! I love peppermint at Christmas and throughout the entire year!!

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for your comments!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cooking with Cricut 25 Days of Cricut

Cooking with Cricut is presenting 25 Days of Cricut this month. Join Melin and the Design Team each day of December for great holiday ideas, inspiration, and some free files. Today is Day 5--so hurry and check it out!

Bringing the tree - ACY

Having a little playtime, I used the pretty sketch chosen by Joy for the Santa's Slackers Challenge #13 on the Cricut Messageboard and came up with this card. I love the cuts from Cricut A Child's Year cartridge and have been wanting to use this particular cut on a Christmas card. Easy to pick this particular cut, but trying to choose paper was not so easy. K&Company Yuletide double-sided designer paper pack to the rescue, but now which page!! I chose the page with Santa, children, and the tree for my strips to compliment the Cricut cut. Following the sketch, I added a snowflake. Have you seen a green snowflake? Me either, but I thought green would be good!! To enhance the pretty green strip of paper with the snowflakes, I used the Martha Stewart Aspen Snowflake edge punch. Lots of inking.

Cricut cartridge: A Child's Year - girl, boy, tree on page 57 cut at 3 1/2 inches; snowflake on page 55 cut at 2 inches. Used a reverse cut from the MS punch for the center of snowflake.
Martha Stewart: Aspen Snowflake edge punch, ink

Santa's Slackers #13 - Follow sketch
Paper Cutz Challenge - #70 Use 2 kinds of patterned paper and any colors
Cooking With Cricut - #7 Beginning to look like Christmas - Decking the Halls
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats - Anything goes in December

This card will be mailed to a friend!! Hope she will enjoy it!
Thanks for visiting today! I appreciate your comments!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lacy Labels Hello

Hello! That is the theme for this week's challenge at My Sheri Crafts Challenge! 
My card size is 5 x 6 1/2 and I layered it with pretty paper from K&Company. I chose Cricut Lite Lacy Labels cartridge to make this card. I thought this would be a pretty way to say Hello! Label and all features of the image are cut at 4 1/2 inches. I started with 3 1/2 inches but because of the intricate cut of the hello layer, some areas of it kept breaking apart. I increased cutting size until I was satisfied with the results.
A corner punch was used on the corners of the background paper so the green would show. I embossed the green strip behind the labels with the Cuttlebug Cassie's Brocade folder. Pop-dotted the label to add dimension and did lots of inking!

Challenge: My Sheri's Craft - Challenge #33-Hello

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gifts for You

After we have enjoyed our Thanksgiving celebrations, many of us are busy with decorating, shopping and wrapping Christmas gifts. Sherri at Jitterbuggin' chose "Gifts Galore" as the theme for this challenge. We could use the simple sketch or not, but make a card with a gift theme, add bling, add a bow, and a cricut cut.
For my card, I am using pretty double-sided paper from K&Company Yuletide. I chose the present card feature on page 62 from Cricut Wild Card cartridge and cut it at 5 1/2 inches. Using the icon feature, I cut an inside liner for the card. The green dot paper ribbon is also on the icon feature. The poinsettia card is pop-dotted on the main card and will open up to reveal a secret message.
The tag is cut from Joys of the Season at 2 1/2 inches and lined with red paper for the poinsettia. A plain tag is available on Wild Card page 62, but I wanted to add a poinsettia to the tag. Sentiment "for you" is cut from Wild Card page 62 at 6 1/4 inches. Using a glimmer ribbon, I tied the tag to the present and made a bow. Gold Stickles was applied to centers of the poinsettias for a little more bling. Also added Stickles to the brad on the paper poinsettia flower--flower from Making Memories. Lots of inking!
The recipient of this will be surprised to receive two cards in one!

Jitterbuggin' -- Gifts Galore
Fantabulous Cricut - #38 Ribbon
Paper Cutz Challenge - #69 Anything Goes

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for dropping by! I appreciate and love reading your comments!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Peace

Hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving Day with family and friends!
The temperature in my area plunged from 80 degrees yesterday to 40 this morning.  Cold and raining..Brrr...
Thought I would share a Christmas card that was made earlier in the year.

This card was made using a sketch from RAQ'S Challenge 07/21-07/27. Some of you may have seen it on the Cricut Messageboard. The bluebird and sentiment are cut from Cricut Cartridge Winter Woodland. Trees are cut from Christmas Noel. I hand cut the three layers of snow and used the Cuttlebug embossing folders Snowflakes, Swiss Dots, and Divine Swirls.

Thanks for visiting today!

Another Stylish Blogger Award

This morning I received another Stylish Blogger Award from Charlotte at A Little Bit Of Detail. Thank you very much Charlotte for this honor. Charlotte is very talented and has a very cute blog! I enjoy seeing her work! Visit her blog for great inspiration!
Thanks again Charlotte!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Just a quick post to say thanks to all my followers and those who visit my blog! I appreciate your visits and all your wonderful comments. You make my day!!
May you a have blessed day!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award

Wow! I am so surprised to receive another blogger award this week! The Stylish Blogger Award was given to me by two talented crafters, Madison (Mad Crafter) at Funky Cards and Gigi at The Cricut Bug. I still feel so new at blogging and I am happy and humbled to receive this award from them. Madison, a talented design team member of  Cooking with Cricut has a great blog showcasing her beautiful work. Gigi is a very talented lady and her blog showcases that talent with her beautiful work. Thanks again to both of you!

In accepting the award, there are a few rules.
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 8 things about yourself.
3. Pay it forward to 8 blogs you have recently discovered.
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award.

A few things about myself...
1. I am a Christian and I am truly blessed.
2. I am a wife, mother of son and daughter, grandmother of 4 precious grandchildren.
3. I enjoy country living.
4. I am a fun-loving person.
5. I am a member of  the Red Hat Society.
6. I enjoy genealogy--have transcribed several cemeteries and obits for USGenWeb Project.
7. I started scrapbooking in 1997, cardmaking in 2009. Life has not been the same!!
8. I am loving blogging and making new friends!

Now to pay it forward to 8 blogs. This is hard to choose only eight - wish I could choose everyone!! I am truly inspired by so many blogs....such talented ladies! So many of you have encouraged me and left kind comments on my blog. I appreciate all of you!

Joy at Purtty Paperz
Larelyn at Handmade from the Heart
Peachy at Peachy Paper Crafts
Theresa (Treefrog)  Binky Blossoms
Sharon at Lady Bug Designs
BJ at My Place to Blog in Wyoming
Blue6366 at My Little Spot of Sanity
Cecilia at The Gift of Creativity

Now I will contact these ladies to tell them about their award!!

Thanks again Madison and Gigi for the award!
Happy crafting everyone!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving / Thank you

This week at Jitterbuggin', the theme is Let's Give Thanks. Sheri asked us to make Thank You cards. Rules include follow the sketch, add a cricut cut, and emboss something. This is Thanksgiving week and I am truly blessed and have many reasons to be thankful -- family, friends, good health! I am thankful for all my new friends in blogging land and my friends on the Cricut Messageboard!! Wishing each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

With the pretty Fall colors, my background paper has many words representing Thanksgiving....fall leaves, Family, Happy Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie, etc. And I had to cover most of the words!!
Card size is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
Cricut cartridges:
Walk in my Garden - Sunflower
Lacey Florals - Thanks and ovals.
Cuttlebug - Swiss dots on sunflower and Bloom and Dots on background mat.

Jitterbuggin' - follow sketch, cricut cut, and embossing
My Sheri Crafts - #32 Harvest / Thanksgiving
Fantabulous Cricut - #37 Thankful For
Gaby Abby Challenge - Thanksgiving
Paper Playtime - #26 Thank You

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate your comments!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Attitude Blog Award

Thank you Cecilia at The Gift of Creativity for passing this blog award to me! Cecilia is a very kind and talented person and if you have not visited her blog, please give her a visit. She does beautiful work!

This is my first blog award so I am quite surprised and I appreciate this! In accepting the award I understand that I am to list 3 things that make my blog or myself unique and pass it on to 5 other people.

Let's see - My profile actually tells you a lot about me!!
1. I have not been blogging very long and was apprehensive about starting a blog! Loving it now!! I am very appreciative of several people who encouraged me to start a blog. Thanks for all their help whenever I had a question!
2. I love making new friends! Through blogging many doors of  friendships have opened. I am so encouraged by visits and comments on my blog! Appreciate each of you!
3. I enjoy many crafts including cross-stitch, ribbon embroidery, scrapbooking. Now it is card making! Thankful for all my God given talents!

Now to pass along the award to 5 other people. Thanks to these ladies for all their encouragement!!

Sherri at Love, Laughter, and Creations
Sheri at My Sheri Cards
SueVan911 at Lifes Great When Bugged
Raquel at RAQ Creations
Carolyn at The Scrapping Cat

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Teddy Bear

I would like to say Welcome to my new followers and to all my followers Thank You for your support!!

Who does not like teddy bears? Sunday was National American Teddy Bear Day. Sheri at My Sheri Crafts asked us to add a teddy bear to our project this week.

Using RAQ'S Inspirational Challenge 11/17-11/23 sketch 3, I started with a 5 x 6 1/2 white cardstock card.
Recently I received a gift certificate to Paper Wishes from Fantabulous Cricut for the winning barn card entry in the challenge. I am using some of the pretty Hot Off The Press Floral Backsground paper pad that I chose. Thanks again Fantabulous Cricut and Paper Wishes! The paper is so pretty that I hesitated to cut it, but I am pleased with the results! Are you like me and have beautiful paper that you can not cut!!

My little pink bear is cut from Cricut Cartridge Christmas Noel at 2 3/4 inches. Ovals are cut from Lacey Labels. I used Martha Stewart Swirling Lace punch on bottom of the designer paper. I was delighted to find this punch on clearance last weekend!! To continue the dot theme, I embossed the white background with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots.

My Sheri Crafts - #31 Teddy Bears

Hope you enjoy my Teddy Bear!! Thanks for your comments!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Turkey Talk!!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my new followers!
This week at Jitterbuggin', Sketch 24, Let's Talk Turkey, the feature is the turkey! We are to follow the sketch, add a Cricut turkey, and add a button or two or three---
For my turkey, I used the Cricut Cartridge Create a Critter cutting it at 3 inches. To add dimension, I embossed the turkey with the Cuttlebug folders Swiss Dots and Houndstooth. Added a bow and eyes from my stash. Hmm, maybe this dressed up turkey does not realize what is for lunch!!
For the sentiment, I used Lacy Labels for Thanks and the scallop backgrounds.
Reminded of words to a beautiful Thanksgiving song we sing at church, I used the Script cuttlebug folder to emboss the background mat. May we all be reminded daily of our many blessings!!

I recently bought the pretty paper at HL...thought it would be perfect for this card, but almost covered it! Cannot see the cute turkey that is also printed on the paper!!

Jitterbuggin' - Turkey, buttons
BBTB2       - Give Thanks / Thanks
Frosted Designs - Thanks / Thankful
Paper Cutz -   Thanksgiving project--using buttons and bows
Gaby Abby Challenges with SEI - Fall/Harvest theme

Hope you enjoy! Thank you for your comments!

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Red Hat Treasures

Ooh La La !!

After winning a gift certificate to Ladybird Designs during a recent blog hop, I asked Sharon to make some Red Hat items for me.

I was so excited opening the box and was thrilled to see all my Red Hat treasures!

Look at this gorgeous card! Love the cat sitting in the Red Hat! SU Iridescent ice was used for the sparkles!! I must get some of that!!You know us Red Hatters love sparkles!!

The ornament is so pretty with all the red hats inside it!  I will enjoy using it on my Christmas tree!
The scrapbook pages are just darling! Love the little ladies and Sharon included the poem "When I Am An Old Woman". 

Oh, the little hat cookies were so cute and so yummy...shared with a Red Hat friend! Don't you love the little purse!! It is so cute!!
If you are a Red Hatter or know someone who is, be sure to visit LadyBird

Thank you Sharon for all my beautiful Red Hat treasures. Hope you soon receive my Thank You card!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Veterans/Troops Thank You

This week at My Sheri Crafts Challenge, we are honoring Veterans and Troops. I wanted to participate because my husband is a Veteran.

In honor of all Veterans for their service to our country and the Troops serving now to protect our freedom, this card is my Thank You! 

Cricut Cartridge:
Storybook - All cuts are on page 71. Thank you cut 1 inch; Accent/Blackout cut 2 3/4 inches; and Accent/ Frame on shift is cut 2 3/4 inches.

Cuttlebug folders: Swiss Dots and Measure by Measure for the star border

Star brads, pop-dots, and inking!

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Swirl Tree / Cuttlebug Acrylic Mat

'Up A Tree" is the theme Sherri chose for this week's Jitterbuggin' Challenge. I have almost been up a tree trying to choose a tree! Liking the swirl tree from Christmas Solutions Noel I decided to go with a winter Christmas theme. Along with adding a tree on the card, the challenge includes follow the sketch, add something yellow, and of course, a Cricut cut.

To add embossing to my background, I embossed a piece of acrylic--actually the clear packaging from a Cricut cartridge box--with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder. To add yellow, I cut a small starburst and placed on the tree. Adding a subtle hint of color for the appearance of a starburst, I inked the snowflake at the top of the tree with yellowish-gold ink. I thought that particular spot of the embossing looked good for the top of the tree! Edges of acrylic mat are slightly inked.

My tree is cut from Martha Stewart Holidays pack which was a previous Christmas clearance item. Love the green glitter page....cut it using pressure at 6 and multicut function on my Expression....cut beautifully! So much sparkle! Green corners are handcut. Using Martha Stewart snowflake punch, I cut a small length of white paper. Using the negative snowflake cut, I placed one on each corner.

Embellishments include 4 red circle-shaped gemstones on the mat and a little yellowish-gold gemstone on the star, plus some inking!

Cricut Cartridge: Christmas Solutions Noel - Tree cut at 4 inches and Starburst cut at 2 inches.
Cuttlebug Folder: Snowflake

Jitterbuggin' - Up a Tree
ABC Challenge - H is for Holidays
Anything Goes - Emboss It
Crafty Cardmakers - Dry Embossing
Fantabulous Cricut - Color Green and a Circle Shape (circle shapes in the embossing, paper and gemstones)

Hope you enjoy this card!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thank you Larelyn

Welcome to my new followers! Thank each of you for taking time to visit me today!

Recently I was fortunate to be chosen winner of Larelyn's blog candy at Handmade From My Heart.
This card is my "Thank You" to Larelyn!! She is very creative and has beautiful cards on her blog. I enjoy seeing all her work! Visit her blog for great inspiration!

Card is 6 1/2 X 5  white cardstock.
Using sketch 1 from RAQ'S Card Challenge 11-03 to 11-09, I chose these pretty K&Company papers to make my card. Rather than placing the patterned paper vertical as Sketch 1, I rotated the papers horizontally. I did not add a lot of embellishments - wanted the pretty papers to be seen!

Cricut Cartridges:
Storybook - Robin page 31 regular and shadow cuts at 2 inches. I used a pretty light blue paper for the bird.
Scallop oval page 49 is cut 4 inches.
Sentimentals -- Thank You page 79 is cut 1 1/4 inches.

Martha Stewart - fern punch and inks
Recollections gemstones

inside of card

Larelyn, hope you enjoy the card! If you will email me your snail mail address, I will get the card in the mail to you. Again Thank You for your kindness!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Autumn Days/CAC Owl

I am loving Fall --- well until all the leaves have fallen and then I have to rake!

This card is made using the sketch at Jitterbuggin' this week. The challenge is all about owls! The sketch is optional, but we must include a circle and a square somewhere on the card, add an owl, and a cricut cut.

The card is 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 cut from brown cardstock. I added layers using some pretty fall papers.

Cricut Cartridges:
Create A Critter - Owl is cut 2 1/4 inches using several papers; circle is cut 3 1/4 inches and again at 3 inches; Branch is cut 1 1/4 inches.

I handcut the corners to add a different paper on the square. Autumn Day is from my treasure chest but the included ribbon was not the colors I needed. I removed the ribbon and cut a piece of the paper and run it through the metal emblem. I like the look now.
Lots of inking and pop-dotted the owl!

Jitterbuggin' - Wise Guys - Owl
Fantabulous Cricut - Bird Bonanza
Cooking With Cricut - The Colors of Fall  

Hope you enjoy this one!! Thanks for your comments!

Bluebird of Happiness

Good morning! Today I am sharing my little bluebird of happiness! See all the bling! Hope the card will bring a smile!

I am excited to enter this card at a new challenge blogspot M.A.G. Challenge By The Page. Melissa, Adrian, and Gloria selected Cricut Cartridge Create A Critter page 45 for this week's challenge. Only circut cuts from the selected cartridge and page listed can be used on the card. Everything else can be embellishments. The choices on the selected page include a bird and alligator. When I saw the little bird, I knew that I wanted to make a bluebird.

Card is 6 1/2 X 5 white cardstock.

Create A Critter - Bird is cut 2 1/2 inches; Grass is cut 1 inch; Hearts cut 1 3/4 inches; and Smile is cut 1 inch in white and again in blue to offset it since there is no shadow cut for the word.

My Minds Eye Home Glitter Book - I love all the glitter on these papers... adds a lot of bling!!
Colorbok Textured Cardstock for the white.

Recollections gemstone for the eye and added a pretty blue flower.
Martha Stewart -- Edge punch and inks
Limited use of Cricut cuts really does challenge me and I enjoyed making this card!! Hope I have the cartridge for the upcoming challenge!!

 M.A.G. Challenge   Check out the challenge for all the fun!!

This card is made for a special friend! Hope she will enjoy it!
Thanks for dropping by today! I appreciate your visits and comments!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Scrap Queen

Good morning!  Welcome to my new followers! I wish to send a big THANK YOU to all my followers for your support, visits, and kind comments!! I appreciate all your comments! 

Now to my card using sketch 1 from RAQ'S Card Challenge 10-27 to 11-2!
I am enjoying the Cricut Lite Lovely Floral cartridge. Don't you like the words "Scrap Queen"? I have been wanting to add this to a card ever since I got the cartridge. So here it is!!

Card is 5 x 6 1/2 white cardstock. I used some of my favorite pages from K&Company. I enjoy how the papers compliment each other. First layer of paper is cut 5 x 6 1/2. The little squares are each cut 1 1/2 inches.

Cartridges: Lovely Floral
Frame2 cut 3 1/2 inches using the same paper as the background. I hand cut the paper inside the frame 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches using a complimentary paper.
Scrap Queen is cut 1 3/4 inches and Queen is again cut using same size of different paper.
The flourish is cut 1 1/2 inches. It is part of the Creativity cut--used only the flourish cut.

Martha Stewart - Embossed Pop-up Daisy Punch for the flower, cut twice and staggered the petals.
Added a pearl from my treasure chest to accent the flower. Lots of inking!

Bitten by the Bug 2 - Flourish from Cindy Lou. I do not have this cart, so I used Lovely Floral.

This card is made for a friend who makes beautiful scrapbook pages. I love her work! Hope she will enjoy the card!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkins for Sale

I have been having so much fun in the pumpkin patch! Gathered a few more and made another fall card using Sherri's pretty sketch from Jitterbuggin' Sketch 21- the Pumpkin Patch.

The card is 5 X 6 1/2 and has several layers of paper according to the sketch. Paper is from the two-sided paper pack that I used on my Fall/Window card. I just love this paper!! I needed a little farmer boy to help sell these pumpkins so he is from Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.

Cricut Cartridges:
Everyday Paper Dolls - Leaves cut varying sizes 1 to 2 1/2 inches; Farmer cut 2 3/4 inches
Paper Doll Dress Up - Fence cut 1/12 inch   Can you see the fence--I almost covered it!!!
Stretch Your Imagination - Pumpkins cut varying sizes 3/4 to 2 inches
Create a Critter - Wagon (oops I do not have the size), Flag cut at 1 1/2--- To make a sign, I cut off the flag part and handcut the background paper for the placement of the price.
Cricut Pooh Font Set -- font and numbers

Cuttlebug folders: Houndstooth-Fence; Divine Swirls-Pumpkins; Diamonds in the Rough-white background

Ink and lots of pop dots to create the layers. Added a little rafia bow.
Paper: Recollections Autumn pack

Jitterbuggin' - Follow sketch; at least one pumpkin; emboss something, any type/any way; include Cricut cut

Maybe I can find more challenges using Fall theme!!
Wow! Another great challenge to enter my card is Getting Cricky's Fall Blessing Challenge  Be sure to check out her great blog!! The challenge is Fall and she will be giving away a Cricut Cartridge Boys Will Be Boys!!

Hope you enjoy this one! Thanks for looking and I appreciate all your comments!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

FALL / Recessed window

I enjoy the results of a recessed window card and decided to try it again with a Fall theme. It takes me a long time to complete one of these cards, but I think the results are worth it!

A tutorial and video can be found at SplitCoastStampers for the recessed window card. I followed the cutting directions given in the video. The card was cut 5 1/4 X 10 3/4, scored at 5 1/4 and again at 5 1/2. The little created spine will help the card lay flat.

After a little blogging, I decided to incorporate several Cricut cuts and enter the card in several challenges. First I needed a barn. The challenge is to use the barn from the Cricut Old West cartridge, but I do not have that cartridge. I located this cute barn on Everyday Paper Dolls and cut it out to go inside the created window. Next I needed pumpkins and leaves for a couple more challenges. It was a lot of chirping going on as the Cricut Expression cut pumpkins and leaves of different sizes and papers. Why not add a tree and maybe throw in a wheelbarrow? The card began to take shape!!

Trying to think of a good title or sentiment, I glanced through a recently purchased Cricut Pooh Font Set cartridge. I found this on clearance for $15.00. Love those good buys!! One of the creative features on this cartridge is Wood and I thought this font would look good with my old barn/country theme.

Cricut Cartridges:
Everyday Paper Dolls - Barn cut 2 3/4 inches; Leaves cut in varying sizes 1 inch to 2 1/4 inches; Wheelbarrow cut 3 inches
Stretch Your Imagination - Pumpkins cut in varying sizes 3/4 inch to 2 inches: Tree cut 4 1/2 inches
Cricut Pooh Font Set - Wood feature -Fall - each letter cut 3/4 inch

Cuttlebug - Divine Swirls - Pumpkins;  Distressed Stripes -Tree
Paper - Recollections Autumn. I enjoy this double-sided paper which was purchased last year.
Versa Magic ink and lots of Pop-dots!!

BBTB2     -                Barn - Old West
Cooking with Cricut - #2  Pumpkins
Fantabulous Cricut  -  #32  Falling Leaves -- Use at least 1 leaf
Frosted Designs      -  Die Cuts

Hope you enjoy this card! Thank you for viewing and your comments are always appreciated!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Blog Candy Thank you

Sharing my good news of winning a Home Decor cartridge during the recent Cricut Cartridge Giveaway at Cuttlebug Challenge! This card is my Thank You to Maggie and the Design Team!

Have you heard the exciting news that Cuttlebug Challenge is having a name change party? Yes, that is right!
Now it is Passionately Artistic. Check out the blog for events going on. You will find great inspiration for projects and more tutorials. Also check out how you could possibly win the Designer's Calendar Cartridge!!

Now to my card--- Size is 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 white cardstock. I layered a piece of green paper to the front of card and then a layer of white using the Cuttlebug folder Scrollwork. I was so happy to find this folder during a recent shopping trip. Nearest Michael's and Hobby Lobby are an hour's drive from me, so I picked up several folders!!

Cricut Cartridges:
Home Decor - Flower cut at 1 1/2 inches using the main, shift, and shadow keys with  two papers. To jazz the card  up a bit, I added a flourish cut at 1/2 inch.
Wild Card - Thank You cut 10 1/2 inches.

Cuttlebug - Scrollwork
Martha Stewart -- fern/branch cuts; ink
Paper - DCWV, ColorBok

Again Thank You Passionately Artistic! Hope you enjoy the card!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another Fall Card

Hope you are having a great day!
We are now having some Autumn temperatures after so much hot weather. Guess that is why I decided to do another Fall theme card. I used one of the sketches that Carolyn designed for RAQ's Card Challenge. I previously made a card using the same stripe paper, but having an extra sheet, I thought it would do  good for the sketch layout!

Cricut cartridges:
Cricut Lite Lovely Floral - Doily cut 3 1/4; Used the font for the words..each letter cut 1 inch. This is my first time to use the font feature and I really like it.
Stretch Your Imagination - Leaf cut on silhouette and blackout
Wild Card - Sentiment inside "a little something for you" cut at 8 1/4 inch,  leaf cut at 2 3/4 and again 3 1/4

Corner punch, Martha Stewart ink
Paper:  Bazzill, Recollection, K&Company

This card is made for a friend as a Just Because/Thank You card. Hope she will enjoy it!

Birthday Presents

Using another one of Carolyn's sketches on RAQ'S Card Challenge Cricut Messageboard this week, I made a birthday card.
Also trying to use the colors for the Ad Color Challenge which are  purple, orange, lime, and white. I had to throw in some pink!!
White cardstock card  is 5 X 6 1/2 inches.

Cricut cartridges:
Stretch Your Imagination - Present -Regular cut and layer at 1 1/2 inches; Shift for the taller present cut at 2 3/4 inches.
Joys of the Season - Gift cut 2 inches

Cuttlebug: Happy Birthday and With Love (the floral border)
Martha Stewart: Rotary cutter-scallop paper, inks
Paper: American Girl, Colorbok-white, Colorbok Pearlescent-pink and purple

Enjoy! Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Silk Ribbon Flowers/ Recessed Window Card

I am so excited to post a new card. It has been awhile! Thanks friends for bearing with me as I have been adding some of my older cards to my blog.

Wanting to enter a project at My Sheri's Crafts this week had me considering what could I do with stitching. The challenge is stitch something on your project- it can be real or faux and manuel or machine. I love both cross-stitch and ribbon embroidery and have done many projects as my walls are loaded with cross-stitched framed pieces. Knowing I would not have time to finish a cross-stitch project in two days, I am incorporating silk ribbon embroidery on my card. Stitches include decorative spider web rose,  ribbon stitch, lazy daisy, decorative lazy daisy, and split stitch. I am really pleased with my little bouquet!

I followed a great tutorial at Split Coast Stampers for making a recessed window card. I needed a way to mount my stitched piece. This is my first try making this window, but I will probably do this again. My piece of paper was cut 5 1/4 x 10 3/4, scoring at 5 1/4 and again at 5 1/2 as instructed in the video. The two scoring lines make a little spine to allow the card to lay flat.
Rather than making a frame for the entire front of card, I chose a frame from Cricut Lite Lovely Floral cartridge, cutting one frame at 3 1/2 inches from K&Company paper and the same frame again at 3 3/4 inches from a glitter page of My Mind's Eye Home Glitter Book.

The butterfly is also cut from Lovely Floral at 1 1/2 inch for all the cuts. Flowers were cut from Plantin Schoolbook using  1 1/4, 1, and 3/4 inches. Pearls, gemstones on butterfly, ribbon and lace are from my treasure chest.

Cricut cartridges: Lovely Floral, Plantin Schoolbook
Paper: K&Company double sided paper, My Mind's Eye Glitter Book
Martha Stewart: Ink, Scoring board

I will enter this card in following challenges.

My Sheri Crafts    ---      Stitching
Cricut Cardz Challenge - #46 Anything Goes
Paper Cutz Challenge -   #63 Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge -     F - Flowers
Cooking with Cricut -     Love - Things you love or people you love...  This card has many techniques on it - I love making something with ribbon embroidery.

Hope you enjoy the card! I appreciate your comments.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Forever Young -- Dress Form

My very first card to post on Cricut Messageboard - May 30, 2010. This card was the beginning of my online posting-- got a little brave and joined the Cricut Community Message Board and participated in my first challenge.  I am so happy that I did! Now I have this blog and many new friends. I enjoy seeing all the beautiful work by all of you talented cardmakers and paper crafters!!

I saw a challenge to use the Forever Young dress form. I had fun using the challenge to make a Red Hat Lady's card!

Cricut Cartridges: Forever Young - dress form and hat
Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots
Paper: Paper Studio, K&Company for Red Hat Society
Gemstones, feather, and tulle from my treasure chest.

Hope you enjoy my Red Hat cards! This is all for now. We like to swap birthday cards so we do have several to make!!