Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mother's Day Card #2

I made this card for my dad to give my mom for Mother's Day. I cut the flower card at 6" from Wild Card, then again at 5" and 4" and cut off the back part of the card. I used Core Couture and DCWV Shimmer Stack paper for the flowers. The background paper is DCWV Mariposa stack. The butterfly was cut at 1" from Picturesque. I added swirly stamps on the flower petals and gems. The ribbon is from my stash, no clue where I got it.
I can't tell you how excited I was to use my Scrappy Moms stamps for the first time that I won from Tammy at Scrappy Critters! These stamps are so awesome! They make a clean, dark impression. Love it!

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
  1. Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #11 - Mother's Day
  2. Cricut Cardz Challenge #72 - Use a cart with a card feature and include a flower
  3. Cooking With Cricut Challenge #27 - Spring - flowers

Thanks so much for looking and have a great evening :)

Woo-Hoo! Thank You Elaine!!

I want to say a great big thank you to Elaine of Expressions By Elaine for the awesome candy I won from her during the Tax Day Blues Blog Hop! I was so excited opening the mail today to find all these goodies waiting for me. It makes it even more special because Elaine was one of my very first followers. If you haven't stopped by her blog, please do so - she is so incredibly talented and creative. Thank you again, Elaine :)

Crafting With Cristina Huge Candy Giveaway!

Cristina of Crafting With Cristina is having a huge giveaway of awesome crafting goodies for one lucky follower! She is adding to the grand prize daily, so be sure to check back everyday. So far, the prize includes:
  1. Scrappy Moms Stamps Set of winner's Choice
  2. E.A.D Designs Prize Pack
    •  Cameo Frames Vinyl Rubons
    • Peace in the Hood
    • Hootalicious
    • Garden Gnomes
    • Flower Doodle Vinyl Rub ons
    • Mother's Sentiments
  3. $25 Gift Card to Lettering Delights
  4. ....Coming Soon
  5. ....Coming Soon
  6. ....Coming Soon
  7. ....Coming Soon

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Theme Card

 
I haven't had a chance to make any projects the last couple of days, so I made time this morning to create a card in honor of today's Royal Wedding. I used Core Couture paper and cut the bride and groom at 3" from the Sweethearts cart. I used an EK Success punch for the bottom of the red paper. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and I made the rose out of Core'dinations Roy G Biv cardstock. I added pearls and crystals embellishments.
This was my first attempt at a double-slider card and I just love it! The top slides out to reveal "Just Married," cut from Sweethearts at 2", and the bottom is a stamp that reads "In honor of Love, May you blossom and flourish in your new life together. I used a Fiskars punch to round the corners on the sliders.

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
  1. Whimsical Wednesday Challenge #4 - project to celebrate the royal wedding
  2. Card Cupids - Create a card and use a punch
  3. Patches of Pink - Link-up Party
  4. Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Friday's 4: Anything Goes
  5. Paper Cutz Challenge #89 - Anything Goes
Thanks for looking and have a great weekend :)

Blog Award and Blog Candy Thanks!!

Happy Friday, bloggers! I have some people I need to thank tonight. I have been gifted with two blog awards from two amazing crafters. Paula from PVCreations2010 honored me with the Stylish Blogger Award and Rebecca from Buzzy Bee Designs honored me with The Versatile Blogger Award! I am so excited and appreciative to receive the awards from these talented women! Please visit both of their blogs to see their awesome, unique creations!
For more information on the Stylish Blogger Award, click here.
For more information on the Versatile Blogger Award, click here.

I am addicted to blog hopping and have been lucky to win some great prizes recently! From the Spring Blog Hop, I won the Crafty Card app for my iTouch from  Jennifer at the Crafty Card Gallery. This app is so amazing! There are so many wonderful, unique, inspiring cards on this app...I would recommend it to everyone! You can find it here in the iTunes app store.
Also from the Think Spring Blog Hop, I won a gift card from Michael's, one of my very favorite stores, from Anita of Crafts From Miracle's Table! This is such a great prize and I am so excited to go shopping!
From the Butterfly Blog hop, I won the  Scrappy Mom's All in The Family Stamps from Tammy at Scrappy Critters! This is my first set of Scrappy Mom stamps, and I guarantee it won't be my last...they are so great! I can't wait to play with them!

So thank you Paula, Rebecca, Jennifer, Anita and Tammy! I appreciate all of you so much!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sometimes it's the little things...

Happy Wednesday evening, bloggers! (Sorry - I had to edit my post...I was a day behind!) I hope you aren't being effected by the severe weather that is striking, and if you are, I am praying for you. We are under a tornado watch, no warning yet, but I have my laptop ready to flee to the basement just in case.

I haven't had time to make any projects in the last couple of days, but I just discovered something that may help those of you who leave comments for other bloggers and/or visit blog hops. If you are like me, after visiting so many sites, I get tired of typing my blog address over and over. I use copy and paste, and that helps, but sometimes I need to add an email address or I copy and paste something else and then have to retype the blog address again...

If you use Firefox, I just discovered a signature add-on you can install that has completely solved this problem for me, and will save lots of valuable time. Now after I type a comment, I just right click and I have the option of which signature (in this case, my blog address) I want to insert and voila...it's done! You can even use this for a block of text. Awesome!

I swear I am not getting paid to endorse this product or anything, and truthfully, I just installed it like fifteen minutes ago and only used it three times, but it made me so happy I had to share :) I found it in the add-ons under tools on the header. If you want more information, just let me know!

Stay safe and have a great evening everyone!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Straight From The Nest Cart Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday, bloggers and Happy 5th Birthday, Cricut! For those of you lucky enough to purchase one of the new E2 machines today, how about a Straight From the Nest cart to go with it? Head on over to Craft-e-Corner before midnight (CST) on 4/27 for a chance to win this awesome cart!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Blue the Dog

This is Blue. He was born from the Animal Kingdom cart, and he can't wait to attend his first birthday party! I started with 12x12 cardboard and used the fit to page option. That made Blue 11 1/2" tall.  This is for a spring birthday party, so I cut the first layer with Core'dinations Core Couture paper and the top layer with a light sparkly blue from the DCWV Linen stack. Blue's eyes are pearls and his nose pink. I really wanted to put a rolled up newspaper in his mouth, but I couldn't find any image like that on my carts, so I made a little flag instead. I wrapped a popscicle stick with Core Couture and used an EK success punch for the bottom of the flag. I stamped the happy birthday and then embossed it with Zing vanilla. The little package is a sticker. I used a white gel pen to highlight the definition on Blue. His collar is is made from Crystal Sticks gems.

Why does Blu have a dot on his tail, you ask? It's because he is not just a wall hanging...he is actually a game of pin the tail on the doggie!
So that Blue can hang around long after the birthday is over, I made the flag removable.
I am entering Blue in the following contests:
  1. Birthday Sundaes Challenge #6 - create anything for a birthday party (no cards)
  2. Whimsical Wednesday Challenge #3 - Spring home decor project
Thanks for looking...Blue thanks you too ("ruff ruff")!

Mom's Day Card for 2 Challenges

 
This is a card I made for the very best Mom in the world - mine :) I used Forever Young for the Mom and the flowers, Picturesque for the butterfly and swirls and Designers Calendar for Mom's Day. Paper is from K & Company (background), Core'dinations (flowers and clothes), DCWV (Mom's Day) and Colorbok (butterfly and swirls). I inked the edges with Tim Holtz distressing ink and the "I heart my mom" stamp is from a dollar bin I picked up I don't remember where. I added crystals to the butterfly (I just love Picturesque's butterfly!)
I am entering the card in the following challenges:

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - Challenge #57 - Mom's the word
Cricut Cardz Challenge #71 - Mothers Day using any cart

Thanks for looking and have a great evening :)

Campin Critters Cart Giveaway!

Happy Monday, bloggers! I hope you are all rested from the Easter weekend :) Have you seen all those cute cards and layouts using the Campin Critters cart and wanted to make them for yourself? I know I certainly have! Here's your chance to win this cart and other goodies! Head over to Sherrie Scraps With Passion...she is giving this candy away to one lucky follower! You might visit her site for a chance to win, but I guarantee you will stay because of her awesome, creative projects! Let her know I sent you :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter and Three Blog Awards!

Happy Sunday night, bloggers. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! I am sorry I'm behind thanking three wonderful ladies for gifting me with blog awards. I am so honored and appreciative to have been given these awards from such amazingly talented women! Please visit all three of their blogs and you will see what I mean!
I received the Versatile Blogger from Angie Kay at Angie's Cards and Scrapbook Page.  Angie's projects are so creative and awesome! For more about the Versatile Blogger, click here.
I received the BFF Award from Nancy at Crafting Passions. Nancy creates such gorgeous, unique projects! For more about the BFF award, click here.
I have been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award from Lori at Craftin' Blind. Lori's work is so beautiful and she is truly amazing and so inspiring!

The rules for the Stylish Blogger Award are:
1.  Thank the person who gave the award, and link back to their blog.
2.  Share 8 things about myself.
3.  Pass this award to 8 individuals. 
4.  Leave a comment so they can pass on the recognition!

Okay, eight things about me. Here goes...
  1. I am addicted to McDonalds $1 large diet Cokes
  2. I am an oenophile
  3. I survived eight years of Catholic school
  4. I love to travel and have been to 46 states, Australia, Japan, Canada and Mexico
  5. I'm a messy crafter as I'm doing a project (can't find the scissors, lost the stamp under a pile of paper...), but I have to clean everything up as soon as it is finished, just to make a huge mess with the next one (it's a nasty cycle)
  6. The only bones I've ever broken are both my big toes
  7. I've watched Friends so many times, I can recite the lines with the characters
  8. I absolutely love the ocean
The crafters I would like to pass this award to are, in no particular order:

Susan @ Cricut and Grasshopper
Loving Scrapper 101
Rhonda @ Rhonda's Place to Share
Cheryl @ Nana's Creative Place
Heather @ Heather's This and That
Sue @ Lost in Montana
Heather @ Heather's Ramblings

Thank you again Angie Kay, Nancy and Lori! Have a great evening everyone :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Good Friday and Earth Day!

Happy Friday bloggers! I hope you all are having a wonderful Good Friday/Earth Day! I'm having some serious computer issues so I am going to try to post this before it crashes again. This is a quick easel card I made using Core'dinations paper and Tim Holtz embossing folders in honor of Earth Day. I love the quote - "The goal of life is living in agreement with nature" by Zeno. I embossed it with vanilla powder and added a strip of pearls. Earth day was cut from the Designers Calendar cart and I used a Fiskars punch to make the stand.
Had to get that little plug in:) Okay, I had to post these pictures even though I'm so disappointed how they turned out. I was taking them through glass, trying not to scare the birds away and the lighting wasn't great. But out one of my windows was a tiny little hummingbird and out another a great big pileated woodpecker! So cool!
I am going to try to get to blogs to leave comments before my computer completely crashes. My laptop is on its last legs - at only three years old. How sad. Happy Good Friday :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Camper Birthday Card

This birthday card is for a very dear friend who loves to camp. The background paper is from ATC's Specialty Stack, and the blue and green paper is from DCWV Glimmer Stack. I used an EK Success punch and then ran the green paper through the Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz trees folder. The tree is from the Camp Out cart and I used my Gypsy to stretch it and thin it a bit. I cut a circle from George and Basic Shapes and used DCWV paper. The tree paper in the square is from DCWV's Green Stack. I used the Camp Out cart to cut the bear, picnic table and cooler. The RV is from Going Places and the sentiment from Base Camp.

I am entering the card into the following challenges:
  1. Getting Cricky With K Andrews Simply Sunday Challenge - Let's Get Campy
  2. Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #10 -- Follow the sketch, birthday
  3. Birthday Sundaes: Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Happy Wednesday, bloggers :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bunny Pinwheel Card

Challenge #56 this week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is "Bunny Hop" - create a project using a bunny or chick. When I started this card, I figured out how to make a pinwheel and it was okay, but it needed more sparkle. Then I got the idea of making it multicolored and oh my gosh, that was a bit trickier!

I used Core Couture paper for the blades and wrapped a toothpick with twine from Hobby Lobby. The bunny is from the Animal Kindgom cart, the grass from Plantin Schoolbook, and the flower from Cindy Loo. I used a Fiskars border punch along the top, with Core Couture paper behind. The background paper is from Colorbok Sorbet. I used a white Marvy gel pen to bring out the details of the bunny.

Have a great evening, everyone :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Winner of Cricut Luau Cart!

Happy Sunday, Bloggers! Well, I have some good news, and some bad news this morning.  The bad news first...okay, it is only bad news for me...  the beautiful new Cricut Luau cart will be leaving my house :( No more staring at it, longing to rip if from its plastic confines and slide that perfect little cartridge in my Expression, dreaming of the creations I could make. *Sigh*

But the good news - we have a winner! Before I announce who it is, I want to thank you all for your wonderful comments and for telling me your favorite Cricut carts and crafting items. I must say, I thought I had a pretty good stash of supplies, but after reading all of your favs, I realized I am sorely lacking! So now I have a nice long list of items to shop for on my next trip to Joann/Michaels/Hobby Lobby :)
On to the winner...after taking all of the comments and factoring in three extra entries for those who blogged about or posted my blinkie on their sidebar, Random.org selected..................... (drum roll please).............................

          TuttleTime said...
What a fun cartridge to give away! I am part Hawaiian so I am partial to anything related to beach or island. :) Had to stop by. I am a new follower. I love my Cricut and use the Create a Critter most often. Can't wait to look for some others, though.
Congratulations, TuttleTime! I will be emailing you to get your mailing address so I can send the cart to you!

Thank you all for following me and entering my giveaway. I'm nearing 300 followers so look for more blog candy in the near future :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Still Time To Enter For A Chance To Win Luau Cart!

If you haven't done so yet, you still have a few hours left to enter my giveaway for the just released Luau cartridge! Click here to enter before midnight ET tonight, April 16th. I will announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck everyone :)

BFF Blogger Award

I am so excited to announce that I have been honored with the Best Friend Blogger Award from Susan at at Cricut and Grashopper! Thank you so much Susan for gifting me with this award! Please visit her blog...not only is she incredibly talented and her projects amazing, but she is one of the nicest people I've come across in blogger-land!

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Post about award on your blog with a link back to the sender
2. Pass onto those who visit your blog and leave comments regularly.

Here are the awesome crafters I am passing it on to:
  1. June at Simply Elegant Paper Crafts
  2. Tami at Scrappin Rabbit Designs
  3. Lori at Reflections From Granny
  4. Trish at Trish and Treasure
  5. Monique at Unique Monique Gift Baskets and More
Please stop by Susan, June, Tami, Lori, Trish and Monique's blogs to see their fabulous work!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog Award Thanks and Spring Card for Three Challenges

Happy April 15th - tax day - bloggers! I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday. I have been so busy the last couple of weeks, I didn't get a chance to thank two very talented crafters -  Tami at Scrappin Rabbit Designs and The Crafting Misfit - for awarding me the Versatile Blogger award. Thank you both so much...I am so honored and appreciative! I hope everyone will stop by both of their blogs to see their amazing talent!

I have a card to enter into a few challenges today. For the background, I used double-sided paper from K & Co's Que Sera Sera stack, and used a border punch from EK Success. The flying bunny was cut from the Give a Hoot cart (he was originally holding a balloon that I cut off), using Core Couture paper in stiletto for the shadow and runway for the body. I had some cool holographic paper that I got from Wal-Mart a while ago, and I used it for the tummy. It really glitters!
I used green gems for his eyes and a pearl for the nose. The umbrella was cut from Forever Young and I ran it through the Cuttlebug with a Sizzex swirls folder. Papers from Core'dinations Roy G Biv were used for the background mat and I ran the top sheet through the Cuttlebug with an old Fiskars embossing sheet. I sanded the raindrops and then spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer from Tsukineko. The stamped sentiment reads "fly away home". A ribbon from Michaels and light green gems in a raindrop shape finish the card.

I am entering it into the following challenges:
  1. Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - Spring Fling Cricut Crawl - use the colors pink, green and yellow and include a Cricut cut;
  2. Celebrate the Occasion - Challenge #9 - Easter or Spring project using a punch;
  3. Whimsical Wednesday - Challenge #2 -  Spring card or project with April Showers Bring May Flowers theme, using an umbrella, rain boots, flowers or rain drops.
Thanks for looking and thanks again Tami and The Crafting Misfit! Happy TGIF :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy

Core'dinations Cardstock is having a design team call and since I love their papers so much, I decided to enter.
My first project is a Spring wall hanging. For the base, I cut the flower from the Forever Young cart at 8" on cardboard. I then cut it again with my favorite type of paper, Core Couture. This stuff is so amazing...it comes in beautiful colors with a a cool sheen of glitter. Gorgeous! And it cuts with the Cricut better than any paper I've found. I cut the images twice at blade depth 5, speed and pressure at 4 and it has worked perfectly every single time - even with really detailed cuts. I used stiletto for the background, runway for the main part of the flower, and white gloves for the center. I added dots of Spiced Marmalade stickles around the center and lime green raffia ribbon to for the leaves. For the sign, I used paper from Core Impressions Cosmo Cricket collection. I sanded it to bring out the wood grain texture. Then I stamped the quote (The Earth Laughs in Flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson) and embossed it with fine black embossing powder. I distressed the edges to give the sign a battered look and inked the edges and wood grain with Antique Linen distress ink. The clips holding the sign were leftover curtain hangers.
The butterfly was cut from Wall Decor and More, using Core Couture blue diamonds for the base and white gloves for the outline. I added pearls and light green gems. The hummingbird is from the Home Accents cart. I cut the shadow in white gloves and the bird with runway. I cut the bird again with photo shoot and cut off the swirls so the red would show. I added a crystal eye and pearls to the wings.
The smaller flowers are also from Forever Young, cut at 2" using Core Couture in classy, elegance and yacht club. I assembled the petals and then sprayed water on them. Once they were close to dry, I manipulated the edges to give it a dimensional look and added pearls for the center.

My second project is a birthday card.  I used Core Impressions Cosmo Cricket papers and lightly sanded them to highlight the texture. The middle strip of paper is from the Whitewash collection. I lightly inked the edges with Antique Linen distress ink. The quote was stamped with pigment ink and embossed with Craft Essentials copper embossing powder. I made the flower using Core Couture classy, with a button center tied with twine. The blue embellishment is from Recollections.
For the inside, I tore paper from the Whitewash Collection and cut happy birthday from the Base Camp cart, using classy for the background and Cosmo Cricket for the top. I added two gems to the tags.

My third project is a layout of my adorable niece. I used paper from Color Core Cardstock Roy G Biv Collection. The light pink doily in the background was cut from the Cindy Loo cart at 11". The picture mats were punched with a Fiskars border punch on Core Couture white gloves. I cut the Fashionista tag from the Forever Young cart, using Core Couture stiletto for the base and Black Magic paper for the top. I embossed both with the Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder and then sanded the Black Magic paper to bring out the beautiful pink core. The butterflies were cut from the Wall Decor cart, also from Black Magic, embossed with Swiss dots and sanded to bring out the core. I made the antenna with wire and pink beads and added pearls for the body.
The white swirl was cut from the Picturesque cart. I used different ribbons from Michaels.
The yellow flower was cut from Forever Young at 2". I used Ranger Prefect Medium on the edges of the petals and dusted them with brilliant gold Perfect Pearls to add sparkle.

My last project is a bookend. I used thick corrugated cardboard as the base and folded it in half. The black background is from Core Couture in black tie. In order for the back of the bookend to stay upright, I attached ribbon from Michaels to the sides with silver brads.

I cut four street lights from the Heritage cart at 5", using black cardstock from Roy G. Biv for the shadow, Core Couture black tie for the light and white gloves for the "light". I attached the lights to the base using 20 gage wire. I cut the arc de triumph from the Summer in Paris cart using Core Couture white gloves and adhered it to the base with wire. Paris was cut from Summer in Paris, as was the Eiffel tower at 5", using the 3D feature. I used Core Couture paper in black tie and red carpet.
As I was making this, the paper just glittered and I thought how neat it would be to add a light to make the tower sparkle even more! So I punched a small hole in the back and used a doll house light to make the tower glow.

I had so much fun making these projects! Good luck to all who entered the design team call and happy Thursday everyone :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My One Month Blogaversary!

Wow - I can't believe it has only been a month since I joined this wonderful world of blogging. Gosh, what did I do before I discovered blogging?! In that short period of time, I have become so completely addicted! I love meeting new people and visiting other blogs for inspiration and ideas. And I am so very thankful for all of my followers. If you haven't entered my giveaway for the new Luau cart, there is still time. Click here to enter before midnight ET on Saturday, April 16th.

I have a card to enter into a couple of challenges today. I used one of my favorite stamps from Sideshow Stamps. A few years ago I went looking for a good mermaid stamp and I fell in love with this one. I brushed the background with distress ink in weathered wood, tea dye and walnut stain. I embossed her with holographic embossing powder (you can see the sparkle in the smaller pic) and used watercolor pencils to color her in. The quote by William Shakespeare reads: "Once I sat upon a promontory and heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, that the rude sea grew civil at her song, and certain stars shot madly from their spheres, to hear the sea-maid's music." The papers were from my stock, I'm not even sure of the brands. I used the seeing spots Cuttlebug embossing folder on the beige paper and distress ink on the edges. The flowers were cut from the framework feature on Picturesque. Pearls from Joann's $1 bin finish it off.
 I am entering the card in the following challenges:

   1. K Andrews Getting Cricky with K Andrew's Simply Sunday Inspired Heart
       contest &
   2. Amber's Crafts and Stuff Challenge #5 - My favorite things

Mermaids and the ocean are two of my biggest inspirations and two of my very favorite things :) I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Getting Cricky Love Link Party!

The amazingly talented Kristal of Getting Cricky with K Andrews is having a "Love" link up party for all the brave girls who dare to be...

Too positive to be doubtful
Too optimistic to be fearful
Too determined to be defeated

I try to be three things so I love this party! If you haven't stopped by Kristal's blog, you should immediately - you will be inspired and amazed! And she has awesome giveaways :)

To join the party, follow the guidelines below and have fun :D

***Guidelines***
1. Follow EVERYONE's blog in the Linky Tool
2. Leave a comment
3. Add the link from Getting Cricky to your blog post (See Getting Cricky for the link)
4. Get ready for lots of new blog friends!



Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thanks To My Followers Old and New!

Thank you to all my followers, old and new! I wish I had a Luau cartridge to give each and every one of you! I will not be able to post anything for a few days. My nine year old niece is coming to visit and she demands my constant attention :) But I should have lots of new pictures for future scrapbook layouts! So to my new followers, I will try to get to all of your blogs just as soon as I can.

Instead of a project tonight, I wanted to post one of my favorite pics. A friend found this a while back and sent this to me. I have no idea where it came from, who created it or took the picture...but I just think it is adorable! Have a great week, bloggers :D

Monday, April 4, 2011

Cricut Cartridge Blog Candy!

I want to thank each and every one of the 91 people who are following me right now! I am truly thankful for you!

I planned on a giveaway when I hit 100 followers or on my one month blogaversary (4/13) but I just couldn't wait! (I'm like that at Christmas, too...I think I lack a patience gene or something). Anyway - since my blog is A Mermaid's Crafts, I thought it only fitting that the giveaway has to do with a water/beachy theme. I considered the Life's a Beach cart, but that one has been around a while and many people probably already own it. So...how about the just released, limited edition Luau cartridge! I just got it today and although I'm dying to play with it (there's that lack of patience again), I am saving it for one lucky follower!
To be entered into the drawing, all you have to do is:
  1. Be a follower of my blog and
  2. Comment on this post. It would be great if you told me what your favorite Cricut cartridge is or your favorite craft item...I'm always looking for any excuse to visit a craft store!
  3. For an extra three entries into the drawing, post about my blog candy and put my blog candy blinkie on your sidebar. If you do this, please leave ANOTHER comment here with a link to your post (so that would be four entries total into the drawing).
That's it! You have until April 16th and I will announce the winner on April 17th! Thanks again for following me and GOOD LUCK :D

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #54

Happy Monday bloggers! Gosh, it is storming here, lots of thunder and lightning, buckets of rain. I guess I probably shouldn't be on the computer :O

I have a card to enter into Fantabulous Cricut's Challenge Me Monday contest. The challenge this week is to create a project using an umbrella or hat. I used one of my favorite Tim Holtz stamps of a man holding an umbrella. I embossed it twice with black embossing powder and added Rock Candy Stickles to make the umbrella look wet. The background paper is from DCWV and I embossed it with Cuttlebug's polka dots folder. I cut the window from the Christmas cart on my Gypsy and adhered it with foam dots to give more dimension. The kitty was cut from Animal Kindgom. Kitty has a pink rhinestone nose and is happily dry and lounging on a pillow of white felt. The curtain is a ribbon stitched to create a ruffle (about the limit of my sewing ability!). I added an orange flower brad to the top of the window frame.

Okay, another huge crash of thunder so I'll take that as my sign to sign off! Have a great day everyone :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tri-Fold Easter Card

I am such a paper addict - one of the first places I head to in any craft store is paper. I love finding new styles and designs. On my last trip to Joann, I discovered Colorbok photo mat stacks. They are the perfect size to use for cards and the paper is so pretty! The yellow background paper with orange flowers is from the Sorbet stack. The others papers I used are from DCWV Mango Frost and some scraps I had from previous projects. The bunny was cut from Give a Hoot on my Gypsy - I stretched him a bit to fit the rectangle. The flowers were cut from the Forever Young cart. The circles and rectangles were cut from George and Basic Shapes. I inked the edges with Colorbox stucco and added gems for the bunny eyes and pearls for his nose and the flower centers. A small velcro dot holds the card shut.
 
I am entering the card in the following challenges:
Jitterbuggin Spring Fling - follow the sketch and it must be an Easter card with a Cricut cut
Paper Cutz Challenge #85 - Easter project using any colors
GAB Challenge #9 - color challenge using so saffron, real red and peach parfait

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