Monday, December 12, 2011

My Snowman

I found this idea on Pinterest, I just love that site, and just knew I had to do it.  My kids and grandkids will be home this weekend for our Christmas celebration, I'm thinking they'll get a kick out of it...  my husband and I both did- LOL!.
Supplies used:
Cricut Everyday cart-  circles  4.5in, 3 in and  2.50
Snowman Friends cart - carrot cut ( real dial)
DCWV -  cardstock for the scarf  3in wide
Black & orange vinyl

So far no snow here in Minnesota, and  for now, this is what we get :)

Thanks for looking!
Merry Christmas everyone!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas block

I've been seeing these glass blocks all over the place and people have  done the cutest things with them. So when I came across them, on sale, at my LSS I  thought I'd see what I could do with it.
 The snowmen are cut out of the printable vinyl,  using the Snow Angel Imagine cart, and they were cut at 5 in. The letters are are cut at .50in using the Gypsy font and welded together.  I added glittered snow and snowballs to the glass block and tied a fancy ribbon , which I found at Michaels, around it .  I found the stand at the same LSS, Crafts Direct, that I  the glass block came from.... on sale also!   Gotta love sales!!!
The saying reads "Snowmen fall from heaven unassembled", its kinda hard to read in these pictures, that's why I posted in both backgrounds.  It was a quick and easy project, it would make a great present but... I think it will stay with me:)

I'm entering this in to a few challenges:
      Whimsical Design - Christmas/ Winter project with glitter
       Terrific Tuesday Challenge  - Christmas
       Wacky Wednesday  --  Christmas
Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stampin' Up Christmas Cards

 I am a fairly new Stampin' Up demonstrator and I recently started up a monthly card club.  We meet at my house on a Sat. afternoon, I like to refer it to as our "Ladies Time-Out", and with my SU product I show them how easy it can be to make your own cards.  I have snacks, a few giveaways, and everyone leaves with at least 4 cards, that they made themselves, and another little project  I've come up with.  I usually have between 8-10 people attend and so far its been a blast, it's great to be able to share something you love with others.

These are the cards we made last month, they just happen to be the Christmas cards I'm sending out this year.   

 The first 2 cards are from my favorite stamp set and designer paper.
       Christmas Lodge Stamps
          Frostwood   Lodge
        Cardstock & Ink  - cherry cobbler, early expresso and olive green,whispering white
           Dazzling Detail glitter
          Water Color pencils   
        Viva Decor pens - bulbs on tree
           Bakers twine for the bow                                                                                                  

For this card supplies used:
  Delightful Decorations stamp set
   Ornament punch
   Cobbler Red, Early Expresso, Very Vanilla
   Basic Pearls embellishments
   Red  Cobbler satin ribbon

Thanks for looking  and Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Redneck Wine Glasses

 This weekend is our annual ladies Christmas party.  It was started many years ago by my husbands grandma, Marge.  Grandma Marge passed away 2 years ago  but  it was decided to continue on in her memory. It also was decided that every year there would be new hostesses and guess who was chosen for this year.... 2 of my SIL's, a family friend, and I!!   We chose a wine theme so the games, prizes and even the gift exchanges all revolve around wine.  I came across this idea at our LSS, Crafts Direct,.and just thought this would be perfect for the party. You see we are all from "Up Nort" , "You Betcha",  Dont'cha Know"  ... and I must not forget
"Uff-DA!!" LOL   These Redneck wineglasses will be prizes  for our guests
They were easy and very inexpensive to make.  The jars are old canning pint size canning jars and the stems are small vases that I found at Savers for .69 ea.  Candlestick holders can be used, but I could not find any of those but I thought these worked great.  I  filled one vace with  glitter snow flakes and the other I used MS glitter. I then glued the jars to the vases using E6000 glue and let them fry overnight.  I then attached the buttons, ribbon and bakers twine.  For the lettering, I used the Mickey Font cartridge cutting the letters at .75in  and the numbers at .50in.  Everything I used was from my stash excepted for the vases.
And there you have it... beautiful  RedNeck Wineglasses

Friday, October 28, 2011

Flowers for Katie

Last Sunday my 22 yr old niece, Katie, had a Brain Aneurysm that burst,  by the grace of God, she was saved, and is still with us.  She will be in ICU for at least 2weeks and is expected to make a full recovery....God is Good!    In the ICU they are not allowed to have real flowers so I thought i would make some up for her.  I'm going down to visit her today so last night I whipped this bouquet up to take down to her.
 Red is her favorite color so I made sure there was alot of red.   I used the Flower Shoppe, Forever Young, and Enjoy the Seasons cartridges.    I hope she likes!

Please keep Katie in your prayers, she's got a long road ahead of her.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Male Bday card- CTO challenge #35

It's time once again for a new challenge at Celebrate the Occasion.    We are being challenged this week to make a male B-day card and it must contain  metal.  I wanted to try something different so here is what I came up with.
I've heard of people embossing pop cans so that is what did.  I cut up a can and used a 3.75x 3.25 piece of it and put it though the cuttlebug with a Robotz CB folder.  I gotta say, I really love the result!
The products I used for this card:
  StoryBook Cartridge
  DCWV Cardstock
  Stampin'UP-  Black & Whispering White cardstock
  Stampin'Up - "Perfect Words" stamp set
  Stampin'Up - black ink
  Fiskars "Happy birthday" stamp
  Robotz  CB folder
  Viva Decor silver liner
  Diet Mountain Dew can from my recycling bin
  The metal screw brads, wire and orange paper are from my stash

Cards for men are always such a challenge,  so are you up for it??  First,  head on over to CTO and get inspired by all the super talented designers, and then start creating. You have til Sun. the 23th to post your project.  We would love to be inspired by you :)

Thanks for stopping  and have an awesome day!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fight Like a Girl!! CTO challenge #33

Hello and welcome to another great challenge at Celebrate the Occasion.    Our challenge this week was to create a project for Breast Cancer Awareness month. 
This is the card that I came up with.
The products I used:
  Everyday PaperDolls Cartridge -  3.25in
  Blossoms Imagine Cartridge  -  pink paper
  Stand & Salute Cartridge - .50in pink ribbon
  Gypsy Font Cartridge-  .75 in
  Spellbinders Nestibilities-  scallop oval
  Cuttlebug Folder
  Viva DecorPearl Pens
  We R Memory Keepers Pink Floss
  Stampin'Up Whispering White cardstock
  Stampin'Up Dimensionals
  Peach keen EveryDay Character Faces

Thanks for stopping!  Make sure you head back to CTO's blog and  check out the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.
I'm also entering this in a few other challenges:
   Link Up for Pink Linking party
   My Sheri Crafts - Think Pink

And remember ladies... Do your monthly breast self-exams and get in for your yearly Mammograms!!!

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fiskateers Orange Blog hop!

                                     For the trick or Treat Blog Hop go HERE

Good Morning and Welcome!
  This is a stop on the Orange Blog Hop where members of Fiskateers, a community sponsored by Fiskars, is sharing their passion for crafting."  I am Fiskateer #6811 and am  proud to be a part of this wonderful community.
If  you have come from Marianne's (6701) blog , then you are  in the right spot.  If not, and you want to start at the beginning, go to  Debby's (2852) blog. and start from there.  There will be some awesome  projects and some candy along the way, so you will not  want to miss a thing.
 For my project today I made a petal card.  I found this at Splitcoasterstampers and they had a great tutorial on how to make it.

 I really love how this card turned. I wanted to have something pop out when it opened and I actually made it work....  I LOVE it when that happens LOL!
Recipe for card:
StoryBook Cricut cartridge-  4- 5in. scallop circles
   George & Basic Shapes    -   2- 4in circles
   Happy Hauntings  -  2 - 2in ghosts,  1.5 in. Boo
   K&Company Halloween cardstock
   Stampin'Up black cardstock
   Stampin'Up My Digital  Studio-  Happy Halloween sentiment
   Spellbinders Nestibilities-   2 scallop ovals
   Martha Stewart purple glitter
   Martha Stewart Scoreboard
   Peachy Keen Monster face stamps
   Fiskars paper trimmer
   My very own hand-crafted spring made from wire I found in the jewelry dept at my  LSS.           
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you liked my project and have been inspired so far.  Now it's time to head on over to the talented   Shannon (6394)  and see what she has created.

 But wait...  before you move on we have to have some blog candy, but I have a slight problem.  I was going to go pick up some goodies yesterday  but a Dr.'s visit in the afternoon ended up being an evening in the ER with my hubby, Kidney stones got the best of him but is doing better  So  the blog candy will be a surprise, we all like surprises, right??!!  Just leave me a comment and a way to get a hold of you ,   I'll pick a winner on Monday evening.

Have a great day!

Trick or Treat blog hop

Good Morning and Welcome to the Trick or Treat blog hop. I just love Halloween, as a child it was fun getting all dressed up , going out and getting all the candy lol. Now, as an adult I love giving out the candy and seeing all that excitement in the eyes of the little people.
For this hop we're making Halloween projects that pertain to those holiday treats.  If you just hopped from Elaine's then you are on the right track,if not, you'll want to head back to Angie's and start at the beginning.
I found my treat holder idea  at Splitcoaststampers. I just love this site, I get so many ideas and inspiration there and the tutorials they give are amazing.
 I actually made 10 treat holders  and each one is decorated a little different.  What's nice about these are you could decorate for different occasions.
Some of the products used are:
   Happy Haunting Cartridge
   Stampin Up cardstock
   Stampin Up "My Digital Studio"
   Martha Stewart "Drippy Goo" border punch
   Viva decor Red pen liner
   Test Tubes from my LSS
   Ribbon is from my stash

There are 3 great prizes being offered up and will be drawn Monday evening. You must leave a comment on each blog  to be entered into the drawing.

Thanks for stopping by,  now head on over to the super talented Wendy and see what she has created. 
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Birthday with Balloons - CTO #31

Hello Everyone!!  It's time once again for another new challenge at Celebrate the Occasion.  This week our challenge is to create a birthday project with a balloon on it.  Those two go so well together, so easy peasy, right?
  I'm really excited about my project and the reason why is.... I got to use my IMAGINE,  imagine that!!  I purchased my machine in early July.  I swore I'd never get one of these, but was convinced, so I started bidding on Ebay and we ALL  know how that goes...  I won!!!  So to make a long story short, I had to send the machine back 3 times. I received the 4th and it  WORKS!!
This is the first project I've made with it.
 Recipe for this card:  -
  Best Friends Imagine cart- background paper, girl & balloons
  Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Border Punch  -  grass
  Fiskars Tag Squeeze punch-  tag
  Stampin Up  "Create a Cucake" stamp set  -   sentiment
  Stampin Up Dimensionals
  Stampin Up Black ink

Come join us in the challenge!  First, go check  out the rest of the Designers projects, you'll be inspired!
Happy Creating!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Colors

 Oh... the things you can find on  Youtube!!
I came across this video  by Amanda Maue on how to make a gift box with a 12x12 piece of cardstock.. It looked pretty easy to make so I thought  I'd give it a try.  I really like how it turned out.

This is with it opened up, wouldn't it be cute to add some pictures to the squares?  I think there is so much you could do with this besides a gift box. I was also thinking it would make a great Fall centerpiece.

For this project I used the new Harvest Gathering cardstock by DCWV, the Flower Shoppe cart, Pop-Up Neighborhood cart, Old West cart. SU marker& ink, and the crinkle paper and ribbon is from my stash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I made this for a few challenges:
Love to Crop-  Fall Colors
Decorate to Celebrate-  Anything goes
My Craft Spot - Happy Harvest
Papercraft Weekend Challenge - Photo Inspiration

Thanks for looking!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Easel Card- Paper Playtime # 55

It's time once again for another new challenge at Paper Playtime.  For this week the challenge is to make an easel card.  For someone who makes mostly standard  A2 cards , it's really nice to make something  different.
I really need to challenge myself more often.
I'm not totally pleased with how this card turned out.  I stamped the sentiment on after I embossed it and...
well... as you can see,  not very good.  I didn't have time to make another card  so please do accept my apologies.

Supplies I used:
         The Floral Shoppe --  2.00 & 2.50 in.
         Cindy Lou --  frame  3.75in
         DCWV "Doodlin Around" stack
         American Crafts cardstock
         Stampin Up  "Butterfly Prints"  --  sentiment & butterfly stamp
                              Butterfly punch
                              Inks - Island Indigo & Chocolate Chip
        Tim Holts Alterations embossing folder
         RicRac ribbon was found in my stash

Don't forget to go look at the fabulous projects the other designers created.  You can also join in on the challenge, so start creating!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

School Days/Birthday

 Our grandson starts kindergarten on Friday and it just happens to be his birthday also.   He turns 6 and gets to go to school, how fun is that?  I saw this knapsack on  Campin Critters so I thought it would be fun to make and fill with some goodies.

The recipe for my project
          Campin Critters-  knapsack  11.25 in
          Robotz-     robot  2.75
          American Crafts-  cardstock
          SU-  sentiment and Red Cobbler ink
          buttons and book stickers I found in my stash.

I'm entering my project in a few challenges:
    Cooking With the Cricut  --  School Days
    Crafty Creations  --  Anything but a square
    Crafty Sprouts --  Get in Shape

Thanks for Looking

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Grandparents Day- CTO Challenge #29

Welcome to another new challenge at Celebrate the Occasion.   This week we are celebrating Grandparents day.     I don't have any living grandparents any more so I came up with a card that I thought would be fun to receive from  my own grandchildren.  If you're reading this          Derek ( my 20yr old son), I can wait!   I'll save this for you to send to me from my future grandchildren  LOL!!

Recipe for this card
    Cindy Lou cart
    Pooh & friends Font
    DCWV, Bazzill, and Stampin Up  cardstock
    Nestibilities-  scallop oval
    SU-  black ink and sentiment
    I-rock and gems
    SU  heart punch
    ribbon is from my stash
    Inside sentiment is computer generated

Make sure you check out all the talented designer's projects.  Please join in on the challenge, we would love to see your creations.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fall Blog Hop Winner

 What a fun blog hop, Thank you Kristin for putting this together, there was so much talent and inspiration at each stop.
  Thanks  to everyone who stopped and left such wonderful comments, they mean so much :)

The winner has been chosen by using Random Number Generator,    # 42 was picked
Kristi said...
Awesome job on the box, always love the boxes! kidshomelove at yahoo dot com  
Thanks again Everyone!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Circle Sisters "Happy Fall " Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fall Blog Hop with  my Circle Sisters!
You should be coming from the very talented  Roberta . If you've just happened to come across my blog please check out each of these talented ladies blogs. You will want to start at Kristen's blog for the beginning of the hop. So sit down, relax and come join us, you do not want to miss a thing.

Fall is my favorite season.  I love the cooler temps., the crisp feeling in the air, and the view around us is unbelievable.

I love the fall colors and I tend to use them alot in my projects.  So coming  up with a project for this hop was fairly simple, at least for the colors to be used was.
 I made a  Fall gift box , my son just left for college so I thought it would be fun to fill with some goodies and  send it  his way.

Recipe for this box:   Sesame Street Seasons cart-   Box  7.78 X 9.15
                                FlowerShoppe cart  -  Leaves  3.00 & 2.50 in  layered
                                Creative Critter cart  -  Acorn  2.00 in
                                Plantin SchoolBook   - Letters  1.25 in
                                DCWV Harvest Gathering  cardstock

                                SU markers and ink  -  shading and faux stitching

Now for some candy... what's a hop without candy, right??

Just leave a comment and a way to find you if you win.  You don't need to be a follower to win but I would really love it if you were.  I'll be choosing a winner on Monday evening.

Thanks for stopping! Now head on over to Renee's , another super talented Circle Sister, and see what she has created.
  Have a great day and have fun hopping!!

Here's a list of all the stops , just in case you get lost.
1) Kristen
2) Michele
3) Roberta
4) Mary
5) Renee
6) Carolyn
7) Gamma
8) Colleen
9) DoodleDiva
10) Kimbe
11) Lisa
12) Gonecampn
13) Momto2cuties
14) Scrapalette
15) Paper Memories (New Blog)
19) HappyScrapper64
20) Madylyn

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Round Shaped Card- CTO challenge #27

Welcome to another new challenge at Celebrate the Occasion.    Our challenge this week is to create a project for any occasion but it must be a  "Round Shape". 

I decided to celebrate friendships.   As my Grandma Tillie used to say " No matter how dented up the can, there's always a lid that fits."     My true friends are my lids in life, they accept and love me  for being me....flaws and all.    And that is the meaning of my nonperfect circle card.
The recipe for my card:
      A Child's Year cart- silhouette   3 in
      Groovy Time's cart  -  circle-  5.5 in
      DCWV cardstock
      Stampin Up stamp and ink- sentiment
      Bakers Twine
      Spots and Dots Cuttlebug folder
      Stampin Up marker - faux stitching
      Ribbon is from my stash

Now we want to see what you create, but first, go to CTO's  website get inspired by the very creative and talented designers and then submit your project.

Thanks for Looking and have a Great day!!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

August Sketch Challenge

It's time once again for Shannon's monthly sketch at The Scrapping Stamper. Every month she creates a new sketch and there is a team of us  that does our own take on it.

Here is my take on the sketch.
 Products used : StoryBook  cart
                         SmileyCards cart
                         Simply Charmed cart
                         Stampin Up scalloped circle Punch
                         Stampin Up Dimensionals
                         CuttleBug Swirl folder
                         Viva Decor pens
                         Buttons, twine and paper is from my stash

Thanks for looking and have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back to School - CTO challenge #25

Welcome to another fun challenge at Celebrate the Occasion.  This week its Team #1's  turn to be challenged  and we had to create a project for " Back to School."   Well... its been awhile for me but I do remember those days and all the excitement that happens around this time.... especially for the parents  LOL!
Anyway, On to my project

I  used an empty cartridge box,since I have a few of those laying around, and covered it with some Cosmo Cricket paper.  The pencils and apple  are cut with the  Locker Talk  cartridge and attached with pop- dots, to add some dimension.   Now, it just needs  to to  be filled  with the school necessities such as pens ,pencils, glue, erasers, etc. and off to school they go.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. I know you'll want  to be a part of this challenge so head on over there, check out all the other fabulous projects and then enter yours.  We sure would love to see it!

I'm also entering this in 2 other Back to School challenges - 
Scrapaholic By Abby
 My Sheri Crafts

Have a great day!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

"Cool off with Water " Challenge

Its time once again  for another  new challenge at  Paper Playtime.   This week we were challenge to create a project that has to do with  "cooling off with water."  I chose to do a layout and as you can see, it's  all about playing in the ocean.

I like to do 2 page layouts so I thought I'd show you both.
The recipe for the LO are:  Life's a Beach cart
                                         Summer Vacations cart
                                         Imaginisce "splishsplash"  paperline
                                         Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel pen
                                         Nestibilities small scalloped octogon
                                         twine  is from my stash

Thanks for Looking!  Don't forget to go check out what all the other designers have created, you'll be sure to be inspired.  

Friday, August 5, 2011

Berry Special

Here's a fun card I made up today  with my favorite fruit.  There is nothing better then sinking your teeth into a sweet and juicy strawberry.... Yummy!!

The recipe for this card is:
    Simply Charmed cart-  bowl of fruit ( 3 in.)
    Storybook  -  tag ( 1 in, 1.13in)
    Peachy Keen Funshine Faces
    twine & ribbon are from my stash
    Sakura white gel pen
    Stampin Up ink and marker 
    Imaginisce & A.C. - cardstock
I'll be entering this into a few challenges-
   Tacky Tuesday- Fruit or berries, must use the word BERRY
   Cricut Cardz Challenge -  Tuitti, Fruitti   use fruit
   365 Cards  - Sweet Treats, add at least 2 sweet treats to your card, one may be patterned paper

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When Nature Calls...

I just love the Creative Critters cartridge and I've just been waiting for something to use this cut for, that skunk is sooo cute!!  My SIL, Tina, may want to hurt me after she sees this but...well.... she loves me and  I'm her scrappin buddy  :)   Tina and I were were out in Boston for 2 weeks in June and this was taken at Chapin Beach in Cape Cod.  Why I took this picture, I have  no idea,  but I sure did have fun with it.
All the paper used is from Stampin Up and the bottle caps are from my stash.  I used Campin Critters cart, the skunk cut at 3.5in  and the sign is 4.5.
I'm entering this into 2 challenges - Tattered Times and  Scrappy Mom's Stamps

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Any Occasion - CTO Challenge #23

Its time for another new challenge at Celebrate the Occasion.  It's team #1's turn this week and the theme is
"Any Occasion" but it must be blue and white.  So this is the project I came up with.

 I  came across a video from Theresa at Scrappers Anonymous on how to make your own flowers so I thought I would give it a try.  The result was fantastic, it was very simple and they turned out beautiful.  Can you tell I'm pretty impressed with myself?  Theresa did a great  how-to video on this so go check it out.

This purse is cut  from  the Forever Young cart and I did  fit-to-page on a 12x12. When put together the purse stands 3.5 in., perfect for a giftcard, earrings, nail supplies, etc. and can be used for many occasions.
Other supplies I used were  --  DCWV Cardstock
                                                White ribbon from my stash
                                                 Fiskars gift tag squeeze punch 
                                                 MS Embossing powder
                                                 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
                                                 Stampin Up ink
Thanks for looking, now head back to CTO and see what the rest of  the DT has created and be inspired.  We woiuld  love  for you to come join in on the fun!!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Retirement Banner

We are having a retirement party for my dad next month and, lucky for me, I was put in charge of decorations.  I've been playing around with a few different ideas but here is what I came up with so far.

  Recipe for Banner--  Birthday Bash Cart-  Pendants-  9in
                                           StoryBook cart-    letters  2in
                                           Accent Essentials   pointed circle  3in.
                                           Stampin Up cardstock
                                           The ribbons are from my stash
                                            Martha Stewart Scoreboard

I also made a badge for him to wear.
 Recipe for badge
          NiftyFifties-   letters   .75in
          Accent Essentials-     circles  3.5 & 3 in,  pointed circle 5.5in
           Cuttlebug  Robotz  Embossing folder
          Stampin Up cardstock
           The ribbons are from my stash
           Martha Stewart Scoreboard

The Rossettes on both projects are 4 inches, here's a  link to the how-to video I used to make the rosettes. 

There's 3  Challenges I'm entering these projects in  the first  is My Sheri's Crafts- Party Favors #65,    My Craft Spot  - Emboss it! , and Paper Cutz challenge - Anything goes

Thanks for looking!