Friday, August 30, 2013

My Sweetheart

Hello everyone!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I am SUPER ready for this weekend, because on Sunday we get the keys to our new house!  My husband is taking next week off of work, and we're going to clean and paint and all sorts of stuff like that.  Then the rest of the month will be doing some changes at a slower pace, and then we move in at the end of the month.  I'm so excited to have my very own, big, scraproom again!  I have some big plans for decorating and organizing it, and since I know how much crafters love organizing their stuff, I'll make sure to share my progress as I go.  :)

Today I have a pretty clean and simple card that I made with a set of dies that I've had for a few months and have been itching to use.  It's the Heartbeat Border Die set from Lifestyle Crafts.  I cut the heart and the beat out with red cardstock, then put it onto a white cardstock mat.  The heart is on my very thickest pop dots. 

I decided that I wanted a little more red, so I put that on a mat of patterned paper from a Paper Studio stack.  I stamped my sentiment from Jaded Blossom's Simple Sayings: Valentine's Edition.  Then I put the whole thing onto a white card.  I decided it just needed one more touch, so I put three little gems in the top left corner.

This card is being entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp- Anything Goes
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Just because bird

Good morning!  Today I have a fun summery card to share.  I've been super busy this week working on finishing up my second album of my childhood album series (I'm up through my fifth birthday now) but of course I had time to make a card to enter a few challenges!

I cut the bird using the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge.  I love that he's wearing flippers that match his inner-tube!  I also cut a sun from the Doodlecharms cartridge.  I think that's my very favorite sun of all of my Cricut cartridges.

I wrapped some ribbon twice around the bottom of the card- I'm loving that look right now- and then tied a little knot on it.  The sentiment is stamped from a Paper Studios sentiment set.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas- Just Because 
Exploring Cricut- Cricut Choice
Bitten by the Bug 2- Let’s Get Wet
Fantabulous Cricut- Heat Wave
Red Carpet Studio Challenges- We bought a zoo  
Simon Says Stamp- Anything Goes            
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Bee or bear?

Have you checked out the Teddy Bear Parade Series going on at My Crafting Channel?  If not, you should.  Each teddy bear will have its own linky party, and we can link up new or old project using that bear.  Anyone who plays along with the entire series will be entered to win a prize.  I would love to have been able to do that, but unfortunately I have a few things going on in life that just make me too busy to be able to.  :(  I will definitely be playing along with things I've already made, and probably making a few new things using some bears that I've been wanting to use for awhile but just needed to have a motivation to use.

Anyway, today's project that I have for you is using the bee bear.  I made him back when I first got the cartridge, but didn't take into account that his antennas would make him too big to put on a regular A2 card, so he's been just hanging out on my memo board waiting for me to use him.  A few weeks ago Lettering Delights had a freebie bee hive bag, and I thought that this would be a perfect chance to use the bee bear also.  :)

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Just a note card

Today I'm sharing a simple card that I made. I used some 6x6 paper from a Recollections stack for the card mat, and then I used some paper from the SNAP 6x6 pad, cut with my zig-zag border punch, to put along the bottom.  You can barely see it, but I like the touch.

The writing paper is from a 6x6 MME stack.  I punched it with my notebook punch to make it look like it was out of a notebook.  On the backside of the paper there was a big pencil, which I thought was cute, so I cut it out and put it on some foam squares.  I used some Fruit Punch stickles on the eraser and then when they dried, I put Glossy Accents over it.  I stamped the paper with a sentiment from Jaded Blossom's Simple Stories and then added two star embellishments from my stash as accents.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges: 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Back to School    
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Silhouette Challenges CH#4 "Shaped Card"

It's time for another Challenge over at

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Ch# 4 Shaped Card
Begins: Thursday, August 1
Ends: Saturday, August 31
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Prize: $10.00 GC

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Prize: $15.00 Amazon GC

There's still plenty of time to play along at this month's Silhouette Challenges challenge.  This month, we're all making shaped cards!  I decided to make my shaped card using the "Get Well Dog" file from SVG Cutting Files. I made my shape card by taking the blackout shape and creating an offset.  I then made a copy of the offset, and then another copy that was mirrored above.  The two copies I welded together and cut in white cardstock.  The original offset I cut in the blue patterned paper.  I did this because when I welded the shape, it would have taken some of the top of the dog's head off.  This way, I adhered the blue over the white cardstock and it has a complete shadow.  I guess I could have just done that with the blackout too, now that I think of it.  Oh well, I like blue.

The thing that always trips me up with shaped cards is that I struggle with how to embellish them.  I feel like when I want a shaped card, it's because I love the shape so much!  So with this pup, I decided to make it a girl and I gave her a bow made of trendy twine. 

The sentiment stamped inside is from Jaded Blossom's "Puppy Love" set. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a good week.  I'm still coming down off of my birthday high.  One of my favorite presents this year is the Martha Stewart butterfly punch that my husband got me.  I've already used it on two layouts, and yesterday I was punching butterflies out of all of my scraps and the idea for this card came into my head.  I think I've seen home decor pieces that were similar on Pinterest or somewhere.  It reminds me of the boards people make when they collect real life butterflies.

For the card, I punched the butterflies out of paper from the Simple Stories SNAP 6x6 pad.  One of the yellow ones has Crystal stickles and two white pearls.  I wanted one of them to stand out.  All of the butterflies' wings were bent up and they were adhered with liquid adhesive only on their back, for a bit of dimension.  The background paper is from an Authentique 6x6 pad and the whole thing was adhered to an A2 card.  The inside of the card has my one left-over yellow butterfly in the bottom corner, but I didn't take a picture of it.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
All That Stickles- The Great Outdoors
Craftin Desert Divas- Anything Goes
 Paper Playtime-Use Pearls
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Monday, August 19, 2013

MP3 Monkey

Hi friends!  Today is a very special day- it's my birthday!  I'm going to spend today doing all sorts of things I love- eating my favorite foods, watching a movie while snuggling with Sophie, maybe even some scrappy shopping.  I recently bought myself my very first iPod (up until now I'd been getting by with off-brand mp3 players) and when I saw this file from SVG Cutting Files, it was too cute to pass up.  I thought what better project to post on my birthday than a birthday bag?

I used the MP3 Monkey cutting file, cut at roughly 4 inches.  I drew on his mouth with a gel pen, and used some ink to give him a little pink on his cheeks.  I also found a couple of pieces of scrap paper in my scraps file that I thought matched the bag well, and then I found this chipboard frame and thought it complemented the colors nicely.  It's amazing how something that comes together relatively quickly (the longest part was picking out the colors to put onto the cameo mat!) can make a plain, old gift bag look so much better.

This bag is being entered into the following challenges:
SVG Cutting Files- Anything but a Card
Little Scrap Pieces- Anything Goes
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Miss you lots

Happy weekend!  Today I've got a fun monochromatic card to share.  A few months ago I got the "Delicate Doilies" stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps, and I've had it in my head for awhile to layer them up to do a card like this for awhile.  In fact, I made one about a month ago, but the colors I picked didn't look right, so I scrapped the card and kept mulling over the idea.  Then, I got a few new stamp pads last weekend (two of which were teal) and I realized that now that I had four teal ink pads, I could do it in a monochromatic way.  They range from a pretty green-ish teal all the way to a dark blue teal, which made for nice contrast with the doily stamps.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I layered the stamped page onto a piece of patterned paper from Recollections, and added two Recollections gems by the sentiment.  Then I put it on some teal-ish cardstock for the card.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Monochromatic
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lightening Bugs

Good Wednesday morning, friends!  Today I've got a summery card to share.  When I was little, I always loved to catch fireflies with our little butterfly nets, so when I saw the Bug Catcher file at Miss Kate's Cuttables, I knew I had to get it.  I put the file on my Cameo mat and decided that I wanted the jar to be a bit wider, so I just resized it to where I wanted it.  That's one of the things I love about the Cameo!  I put a line of silver Stickles on the lid of the jar and I put diamond Stickles on all of the fireflies' rumps to make them sparkle.  Two of the fireflies are on foam dots, and the rest are adhered down flat.

The background paper is from a MME 6x6 pad (of course, because I have a jillion of them!) I cut the yellow circle out of  a piece of Recollections patterned paper and then stamped the sentiment from Jaded Blossom's Simple Sayings.  I kind of thought it looked like a full moon, plus it brings in the yellow from the fireflies.

The washi tape along the botton is from Target.  Sometimes I don't like washi tape that is clear, so I put it on plain old computer paper and then cut it out and adhere the whole thing down.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Cut it Up Challenges- What’s Bugging You?
 All That Stickles- Anything Goes
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Monday, August 12, 2013

hey girl

One of my favorite challenges to participate in is the Wednesday challenges at Simon Says Stamp.  This week, their challenge is to use Triangles.  I spent quite awhile going through my supplies looking for triangles- embossing folder?  nope.  stamp?  nope.  misting mask?  nope.  Finally, I found this background paper from the Amy Tangerine "Yes Please" 6x6 pad and an idea started to form.

I've been using the "Sisters" mini kit from Echo Park to complement some of my scrapbook pages of my childhood.  I knew that the tile "girl" was on there, and I wasn't super sure that I was going to use it on a page, so I thought since it matched the color of the background paper so well, why not use it on a card.  It made me think of the popular "hey girl" meme out there, and so I pulled out these white American Crafts letter stickers and used them to make the sentiment on the card.

To add some embellishment, I used two strips of ribbon and then used another piece to tie a knot in the strips.  I layered it all on some brown cardstock and then it was done!

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

3D shoe

Remember about a month ago when SVG Cuts did a promotion where you could download a free SVG from their site and then get a gift card just for making the project and sending them a picture of it?  They had a phenomenal response to it, and I thought "Oh junk, that means they'll probably never want to do it again."  But I was wrong!  This time, the SVG was a super cute shoe.  It was harder to put together than the purse, to be sure, but still fun and something different than my usual cards and scrapbook layouts, plus I love free stuff and I have a nice long wish-list from SVG Cuts, so it was a win-win all around.
First I cut the actual shoe out of black cardstock.  I like to try to figure out how to assemble things on my own, but this one had a lot of pieces so I'll admit to watching Mary's tutorial video about assembly.  Once I had the shoe all pieced together and drying, I cut the insole and the outside panels from a piece of black patterned paper I found in my stash.  It's really old, you guys, but I think it made an interesting shoe pattern.  For the flower on the top, I used some raindrop shaped stickers to make the petals and a piece of bling for the inside of the flower. I think overall it came out pretty nice.  I'm hoping these kinds of promotions keep happening, for sure.

There's still a little bit of time left on this promotion.  If you'd like to participate, check it out here.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Back to School Panda

I've got another back to school card today!  My sister is starting her second year of graduate school, so I wanted to send her a back to school card that was cute but didn't have to do too much with kid types of stuff like crayons or buses.  So I picked this adorable panda from Lettering Delights' Kawaii Kalendar set.  I love the glasses- so cute! 

For patterned paper, I used two scraps from my 6x6 SNAP pad.  I layered the pink on top of the teal so that their stripes lined up.  This card needs to be able to go through the mail, so for embellishment I went simple, with a grouping of three gems in the top corner. 

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Cameo Creations- Back to School
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back to school!

It's almost time for back to school!  Today I've got a very yellow card to share with you.  :)

I cut the school bus from oldie-but-goodie Doodlecharms using a scrap from the Basics pad from Hobby Lobby.  The bus doesn't have circles in the middle of the wheels, so I used a quick hole punch and punched it from the same patterned paper.  I layered it onto a piece of yellow paper from the Snap 6x6 pad and a branding strip from an Amy Tangerine 6x6 pad that looked like a road to me.

In the top corner, I stamped a sentiment from Jaded Blossom's Simple Sayings stamp set and underlined it with a piece of yellow washi tape that I cut into a banner.

This card is being entered into the following challenges: 
2 Creative Chicks- Anything Goes for kids  
Bitten by the Bug 2- School Bus
Craftin Desert Divas- Back to School
Paper Playtime- Lots of Yellow  
Jaded Blossom- Back to School 
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

My Scrap Chick blog hop

Welcome to our "My Scrap Chick!" Blog Hop!
This is a 2 Day Hop.
We are on Day 2!

There are only a few stops on this hop each day, and you are going to love the projects you see.

My Scrap Chick is giving away a 
$20.00 Gift Card

Silhouette Challenges will be giving away a
$15 My Scrap Chick Gift Card

Just leave a comment on this post and each blog hop post for both days to be entered to win.

I am today's final stop!  I hope you've enjoyed hopping with us for two days!
Here is the entire list of stops for day 2:

Theresa @ Scrappers Anonymous 

In case you missed Day 1, here is the entire list of stops.
Kristin @ Paper Creations by Kristin
Barbara @ Craft Me This

I made a card using the awesome easel cards available at My Scrap Chick.  For this one, I decided to use the square easel card.  I decided to go with some green cardstock, and some blue and green patterned papers from my stash.  

I also used the FABULOUS Doodle Flowers file from My Scrap Chick.  I have loved these flowers since the first time I saw them.  They are so intricate, but the Cameo cuts them beautifully!  I put the pink one directly onto the paper, then used thin foam squares on the purple flower and then thick foam squares on the orange flower for dimension.

I also added a few blue gems from my "bling drawer" in the bottom corner to bring in a little more of the blue from the patterned paper.

I also used a stamp from a Pink by Design stamp set called "Grow" that is flower themed.  If you can't read it well from the picture, it says "let us be grateful to those who make our souls blossom."

I hope you enjoyed hopping along with us these last two days!  Make sure you commented on all of the blogs for a chance to win the gift cards, and stop by My Scrap Chick and check out all of their awesome designs!

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