Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Challenges are Just Opportunities Disguised

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you are having a great day! I was so excited the other day when I was looking for something in my craft room and came across my old Provo Craft Sew Crafty Mini sewing machine, circa 2003! I couldn't wait to use it! It only makes straight-line stitches but it looks so good on cards. I completely forgot I had it...it's been probably five years since I used it. Of course I couldn't remember how it worked, so I had to dig through my file of old instructions. But I found them and surprisingly, the batteries still worked! Once I used it, I remembered why I packed it away...the thing is so darn hard to thread! And the thread broke three times :( Don't look too closely at the stitching or you will see the places where it broke! It bothers me that it isn't perfect, but I didn't want to waste this pretty sparkly leaf paper.
I used paper from Cloud 9 Seasonal Stack for the top and DCWV for the rest. The flower is cut from Flower Shoppe - so love this cart! And the swirl is from Picturesque. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set. Click HERE to purchase your own set!

I used this week's Celebrate the Occasion sketch for the design of the card.

Recipe:
  • K Andrew Positive Thoughts Stamp Set
  • Provo Craft Sew Crafty Sewing Machine
  • Flower Shoppe - flower at 1 1/2"
  • Picturesque - swirl at 1 1/2"
  • DCWV Harvest Gathering Paper
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink
  • Colorbok Ink
  • Foam Tape
  • Recollections Gem Strip
  • Hobby Lobby Ribbon
I am entering the card in the following challenges:
 
Also, I have received the Butterfly Award from some friends and I am working on getting that post up. I wanted them to know how much I appreciate them thinking of me and how thankful I am! I will get the post up soon, I promise! Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a great day :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Life is Grand!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your week is starting out great! I have a card to enter into a few challenges today :)
The theme of this card is travel/relaxing vacation. Nothing says relaxing to me like a tropical drink by the ocean! I love this Tiki hut from Luau. The one thing I don't like about the lite carts is the lack of layers. This one had two: the hut and the roof. I didn't want the tiki mask or drink to be the same color so I cut it three times to get the different colors. I used a hole punch for the round balls on the front. The flower is from Flower Shoppe, which I LOVE! All of the flowers on this cart are so beautiful! I will definitely use this one often. I used a K Andrew Designs stamp from her Positive Thoughts set. $1 from each set benefits Storefront Shelter (Homeless shelter for children and youth). Click HERE to purchase your own set of these awesome stamps!

Recipe:
  • K Andrew Positive Thoughts Stamp Set - Life is Grand
  • K & Company Paper
  • Luau - Tiki hut at 3 1/1"
  • Create a Critter - Palm tree at 4 1/2"
  • Flower Shoppe - tropical flower and leaves
  • Distressed Lines Embossing Folder - hut roof
  • Tim Holtz Wood Grain Embossing Folder - tree trunk
  • Damask Embossing Folder - palm leaves
  • Colorbok Chalk - leaves and edge of flowers
  • Foam Tape
I am entering it into the following challenges:
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great evening :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Simply Sunday Challenge - Winged Things

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend! It's time for another fun Simply Sunday challenge at Getting Cricky! The theme this week is Winged Things.
For this card, I used my new Elegant Edges cartridge and Fancy Pants Design "It's The Little Things" paper from my friend Sherrie of Sherrie Scraps With Passion! Isn't the paper gorgeous? The flowers are from the same line. Thank you again, Sherrie! This cart has such fun shapes, I had a hard time choosing which to use. I used my Gypsy to weld two shadows together to create the base of the card, cut at 5". I attached the frame with foam tape to give dimension. The swirl is from Sophisticated, cut at 1 1/2" and also attached with foam. I added a strip of pearls and pearls on the corners and the flower centers.
I used a sheet of notepaper from the "It's the Little Things" paper stack for the sentiment and cut it with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Die. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink and attached it with foam tape. The sentiment, one of my favorites, was created with the awesome mix and match K Andrew Winged Things stamp set. I am entering the card in the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge - School Papers.

I love this stamp set so much, I had to create two cards!
For this card, I used beautiful handmade paper that my friend Diana of DL.ART sent to me! This paper is so gorgeous! The red paper has raised hearts and for the light pink, I embossed it with the hearts Cuttlebug folder. Thanks again, Diana! The red shiny paper which I used as the base and for the heart is from my friend Shen of My Curious Crafts! It is so sparkly and beautiful! Thanks again, Shen! I also used ribbon that my friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces sent to me! She makes and hand dyes this ribbon and it is so awesome! Thanks again Karen!
I cut the wings from Gypsy Wanderings at 2 1/2" first on cardboard. The heart is from George and Basic Shapes and I added a strip of crystals.
I used Spellbinders Nestabilities dies for the sentiment and added a few gems for decoration. I am entering the card in the Whimsical Wednesday Challenge - Inspiring Words.

All of the stamps I used today are from the K Andrew Designs Winged Things set. At least $1 from the sale of every set directly benefits the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Buy these stamps with pride, knowing not only are you getting a great product, but you are helping those in need!

Click HERE to purchase your own set of these amazing stamps and to see her entire fabulous line of stamps!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to stop by Getting Cricky and check out the other design team projects and then link your own project with a "Winged Things" theme!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Water You Up To

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend and those of you on the East coast are safe from Hurricane Irene.
I have a card to enter into a couple of challenges today :) For this card I used my new Elegant Edges cartridge that I won from my dear friend Sherrie of Sherrie Scraps With Passion! Oh my gosh, I so LOVE this cart!! It is my new favorite! There are so many fun cuts! Thank you so much again, Sherrie!! I welded the base of the card on my Gypsy. I thought the loops could be interpreted to be jungle leaves. The hippo is from Create a Critter and I flipped her, just to be different :) The paper is all Core'dinations Core Couture. I used a K Andrew stamp from her Splashtastic Summer set.

Aren't these sentiments awesome?! Click HERE to purchase your own set.

Recipe:
  • K Andrew Splashtastic Summer Stamp Set - Water You Up To
  • Elegant Edges - card at 5"
  • Create A Critter - Hippo at 2"
  • Core'dinations Core Couture Paper
  • Foam Tape
  • Hobby Lobby Ribbon
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Die
  • Colorbok Chalk
  • iRoc - flower crystal
I am entering the card in the following challenges:

Love To Crop - It's A Jungle Out There
Cricut Cardz Challenge #89 - It's A Jungle Out There

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great evening and those of you on the East coast - stay safe :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sweet as Pie!

Happy Friday, everyone! My thoughts and prayers are with everyone on the east coast in the line of the hurricane.
 
This is a short post tonight. I have a card to enter into a couple of challenges today. For this card, I cut the base from Wild Card. The peaches are from Just Because Cards and I used orange distress stickles to give them a bit of sparkle. The sentiment is from K Andrews Food For Thought set. Click HERE to purchase your own set.

Recipe:
  • K Andrews Food For Thought Stamp Set - Sweet as Pie
  • Wild Card - base at 5"
  • Just Because Cards - peaches at 1/2"
  • From My Kitchen - pie and rolling pin at 2 1/2"
  • Core'dinations Paper - Aqua and orange papers
  • DCWV - light blue circle paper
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder - orange circle
  • Swiss Dots Embossing Folder - pie pan
  • Swirls Embossing Folder - rolling pin
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Orange Marmalade - peaches and pie cutouts
  • Foam tape - pie, peaches and sentiment
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - circle for sentiment
  • Hobby Lobby Ribbon
I am entering the card in the following challenges:

Cooking With Cricut Challenge #48 - Peach
Celebrate the Occasion - Any Occasion Circle Shape Card

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great evening :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

So Many Hats So Little Time!

Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope you are having a great week! It is just flying by here. I can't believe it is almost the weekend again. Sheesh, where does the time go? Speaking of time...
Time is the theme of my card today. I started out with white card stock and then dabbed on Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Old Paper Distress Ink. Then I inked a Hero Arts stamp with Tea Dye Distress Ink and stamped it over the colors for a subtle background image. I used a K Andrew stamp from her Fashionable Friends set.
Aren't the sentiments fabulous?! At least $1 from every set sold directly benefits Cancer Angels. Great stamps - great cause! Click HERE to purchase your own set.

Recipe:
  • K Andrew Fashionable Friends Stamp Set - So many hats...so little time
  • Heritage - hat stand at 2"
  • Sophisticated - clock at 1"
  • Forever Young - flowers at 1" and 1/2"
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Old Paper and Tea Dye
  • Hero Arts - large stamp of clocks 
  • Hobby Lobby Ribbon - rest from my stash
  • iRock - gems
  • Foam Tape - to adhere hat stand and clock
I am entering this in the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge - Clocks and Time Pieces

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Decorate to Celebrate Guest Designer!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I am so excited to be a guest designer again for Rhonda and Amy's awesome blog, Decorate to Celebrate! Decorate to Celebrate is a super-fun challenge blog dedicated to showing off decorations for every celebration. I seem to get to a rut just making cards, so this blog forces me to get creative and think outside the card box :)

The theme for today's challenge is: dum dum da dum..................WEDDING, BRIDAL SHOWER, or ENGAGEMENT PARTY! 
My decorations are for a wedding party: bride and groom gift boxes, a paper lantern and a flower bouquet that can be used as a table decoration.
I cut the lantern from Tie the Knot and used the fit to page option, which made it 11 3/4". The paper is from the DCWV Luxury Stack. A whole bunch of these hanging around the party, possibly with lights would be so pretty!
The bride and groom gift bags were also cut from Tie the Knot, using Core Couture paper. The pearl decoration is from a K & Company sticker set that I found on clearance at Joann.
For the bouquet, I cut the base from Tie the Knot at 7". The pearl and diamond sticker is from the same K & Company sticker set. The flowers are from Forever Young, and I cut them at 2". I attached them to white lollipop sticks and added a pearl for the center and a ribbon bow. I used DCWV Luxury Stack paper for this as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and thanks again Amy and Rhonda for letting me be part of your fabulous blog! Don't forget to make your own decorations for a wedding, bridal shower or engagement party and link up at Decorate to Celebrate (http://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com) I can't wait to see what you create :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Have a Hoppy Birthday and Guest Designer Spot!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you are having a great day! I have a card to enter into a few challenges today :)
The pink and green background paper is from The Sasha Collection by Prima Marketing. I cut the flower from the paper and adhered it behind the froggy. The green paper is Core Couture and I used a MS punch. I cut the frog from Once Upon A Princes and attached him with a homemade wobble. I used "have a" and "birthday" from K Andrew's Coffee & Tea For You & Me set. Did you know Kristal has three new sets coming out soon? They are so awesome - must-haves! Click HERE for more info or to purchase your own set!

Recipe
  • K Andrew Coffee & Tea For You & Me Stamp Set - "have a" and "birthday"
  • Prima Marketing Sasha Paper Pack - pink and green background paper
  • Core'dinations Core Couture - green paper
  • DCWV - shimmery paper for the frog
  • Once Upon a Princess - frog at 2 1/2"
  • Base Camp - "hoppy" at 1/2"
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink - edges of frog
  • Colorbok Pink Chalk - edge of die
  • Spellbinders Nestability Die
  • Martha Stewart Punch
  • Handmade Wobble - 12 gauge wire
  • Hobby Lobby Ribbon
  • Recollections Pink Gems
  • iRock - crystal gems
I am entering the card in the following challenges
I am so excited to have been asked by Rhonda and Amy to be a guest designer again for Decorate to Celebrate! tomorrow! This such a fun challenge blog...it truly pushes me out of my comfort zone of making cards, the occasional scrapbook layout or wall hanging. Every two weeks they post a new challenge where you come up with decorations for a theme. It's so much fun and I hope you will drop by tomorrow and join in!

Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

1000 Sheets of Paper Giveaway!

Wow, that's a lot of paper! To a serious paper addict like myself, this is such a great giveaway! Head on over to A Thousand Sheets of Paper before Friday, September 23rd for your chance to win some great paper and awesome stamps as well!!

Picnic Card and K Andrew Stamp Set Winner!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your week is starting out great! I am hopefully getting caught up so I will be around to visit soon!
The challenge this week at Cooking With Cricut is picnic. For this card I used the adorable wolf from Campin Critters. He is calling his friends, very proud of himself for his gourmet meal of sliced watermelon ;)

Recipe:
  • K Andrew Splashtastic Summer Stamp Set - Click HERE to purchase your own set
  • Campin Critters - wolf at 4"
  • Camp Out - picnic table at 2 1/2"
  • Doodlecharms - plates at 1/2"
  • Preserves - watermelon at 1/2"
  • DCWV - tree paper, rest from my stash
  • Foam Tape - for wolf and sentiment
  • The Twinery - green twine
I am entering this card in the Cooking With Cricut Challenge #47 - Picnic
And now the winner from the Getting Cricky Blog Hop! Random.org selected as the new owner of a set of  K Andrew's Splashtastic Summer stamps (like I used above!).......
Sunshine HoneyBee said...
I've been a follower for awhile. My fav place to vacation would be Alaska. Went on a cruise & land tour there yrs ago and would like to return in a heartbeat. Thanks for chance to win giveaway. Melissa "Sunshine HoneyBee" http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com
Congratulations, Melissa!! You will LOVE these stamps! I will stick them in the mail to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great evening :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

You Are Brilliant!

Click HERE for the Getting Cricky Blog Hop
**There is still time to enter for a chance to win a set of K Andrew stamps!**

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend! I can not seem to get caught up. I feel like I am three steps behind on everything. Plus, I'm trying to update the look of my blog and it is taking me much longer than I thought. I am sorry I haven't been around much to comment...I will work on that soon, I promise!
I do have a project to enter into a few challenges. I saw this image on Campin Critters and knew I wanted to use it for something. It is a camping journal, but I adapted it as a back to school journal so a child can document all the important events throughout the school year. I used my Gypsy to change the wording from "Camp" to "School". I used K Andrew stamps from her Fashionable Friends set, You Are Brilliant, to remind the student how smart they are! $1 from every one of these stamp sets sold directly benefits Doorways for Women & Families (an organization helping those escape and survive domestic violence). Buy these stamps with pride knowing you are getting an awesome product and helping those in need!
I have left the inside pages blank for now, but you could add stamped sentiments or images, places for school pictures, the possibilities are endless! Plus, you can add pages as needed to the journal. I used a Nestabilities die for the clasp and attached it with velcro so it holds the book closed.

Recipe
  • K Andrew Stamp - Amazing You - Click HERE to purchase your own set
  • Campin Critters - journal at 7 3/4"
  • A Child's Year - crayons at 1"
  • DCWV - letter paper and pencil paper, rest from my stash
  • Hobby Lobby Star Ribbon and Orange Ribbon
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - clasp
  • Velcro - to hold book closed
I am entering the journal in the following challenges:
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful week :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Getting Cricky Ustream and Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Getting Cricky Ustream Event and
Blog Hop where we are showcasing three BRAND NEW sets of K Andrew Design's Stamp Art Sentiment Stamps!

All of the FUN will start RIGHT HERE at the Getting Cricky Ustream Channel at 9pm EST (6pm PST)...So please click on the link and Join the Getting Cricky Crowd (if you are joining us later, we invite you to watch the recorded version of the Ustream so that you don't miss out on ANY of the EXCITEMENT!)!!

If you're joining us after the Ustream, thank you!!  Each of us on the Design Team, along with our Special Guest - Amanda from Amanda's Crafts and More, are so pleased to have you here with us!!  What an exciting night of NEW RELEASES we've had!!  So let's get HOPPING so we can each show you what we've created using one (or more) of Kristal's NEW stamp sets!!

If you've hopped along from Becky then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America. And this weekend only, Kristal is offering FREE SHIPPING! Isn't that awesome?! But wait...there's more! Everyone that spends $20.00 or more will receive this FREE small stamp set:
Isn't it beautiful?! You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:
 

Tonight on the Ustream, you saw previews for THREE brand new sets!! Weren't they wonderful???

For my first project, I'd like to share the "Coffee & Tea For You & Me" set...

benefits Wayside House for Women

 
I know this is a coffee and tea set of stamps, but it has other non-beverage sentiments that are equally fabulous! For this easel birthday card, I used paper from the DCWV Playtime stack. I cut out the window from Elegant Edges and then cut a frame to frame the opening. The bird is from Sophisticated, and I stamped her with Ranger Perfect Medium and then heat embossed her with Holographic Embossing Powder to give her a nice sparkly sheen. I attached her with foam tape. The banner is also from Sophisticated, also attached with foam tape. I welded the base of the banner together on my Gypsy. The flowers on the banner are from a punch in my stash and I added small pearl brads. To show you how versatile these mix and match stamps are, I used "have a" and then for "great", I simply taped over the word "day" that followed, and added "birthday". I inked the stamps and then removed the tape to get this awesome sentiment! I stamped it on a the same design paper and cut another frame to surround it. I then lined up the paper so it matched the base and attached it with foam tape. I cut a couple of flowers from the paper and adhered them with foam tape to give dimension. I added pearl brads to hold the easel in place and added gems with my iRock.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
For my second project, I'd like to share the "Winged Things" set...

benefits E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS
Foundation

I decided to make a colorful wall hanging for this project. I used paper from My Mind's Eye (orange); Core Couture (red); K & Company (base of butterfly); and DCWV Performance Stack (the deep red, almost black). I cut the flower from Forever Young at 7" in cardboard first to give it some strength.
The butterfly is from Picturesque and I cut it at 2 1/2". I added pearls and only adhered it to the paper in the center so the wings look like they are in flight.
I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities die to cut the tags, and the clips are curtain hangers that I had in my stash. This set has so many awesome sayings, I had a hard time choosing which to use! I decided upon "If there were no change, there would be no butterflies". I also used the pretty butterfly stamp from this set. I added crystals with my iRock and inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink.

For my third project, I'd like to share the "Sympathetic Sayings" set...
benefits Camp Good Days & Special Times

For me, one of the hardest cards to make is a sympathy card. It is hard to know just what to say to someone when they have experienced a loss. This stamp set takes care of that with some absolutely beautiful sentiments.
I used paper from the DCWV Natural Stack for this one. I embossed the white paper with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (I don't actually know the name of this one, but I love it...it came in a set). I cut the paper into three strips and adhered it to a slightly darker pearl paper. I then adhered that to a light gold color. I used a Cuttlebug die to cut the tag and adhered it with Hobby Lobby Ribbon, and used the sentiment "Time heals all things". I added some pearl bling to the bottom of the card.

Okay, I know this was a long post, but if you are still with me...I have blog candy!! Though I love all of the K Andrew stamp sets, this one is quite possibly my favorite - it has so many awesome, fun quotes. So how would you like to win your very own set of Splashtastic Summer stamps?
All you have to do for a chance to win this fun stamp set is:
  1. Be a Follower
  2. Leave a comment telling me your favorite place to visit/vacation in the summer
That's it! I will pick a winner via Random.org on Monday, August 22nd.

Now you can hop on over to your next stop, Shawn



Thanks so much for stopping by tonight!

Getting Cricky Ustream and Blog Hop Tonight - Extra Chance to Win!

Have you heard the BIG NEWS???  Tonight, the Design Team from Getting Cricky with K Andrew is having another Ustream Event and Blog Hop to introduce Kristal's NEWEST STAMP SETS and the NEWEST members of the DESIGN TEAM!!  You definitely won't want to miss the release of THREE more Stamp Sets and all of the AWESOME Design Team creations using Kristal's newest stamps!!
So mark your calendars now, and join us for a fun-filled craft-inspired evening of FUN and FRIENDSHIP tonight, August 19th at 9pm (EST)/6pm (PST)...All the FUN will start at the Getting Cricky Ustream Channel and continue at Getting Cricky!!  See ya there!! :)

So hop on over and...  Join the Crowd at Kristal's Ustream Channel!
***Want an extra chance to WIN my Blog Hop Blog Candy for tonight's hop? Simply RSVP on THIS post for one extra chance!!

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

From One Old Bag To Another

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you are having a great day!
For my project today, I used Tags, Bags, Boxes and More to cut the bag. I always forget about this cart because it is only on my Gyspy. I really need to use it more...the bags are so cute! I used the fit to page option and forgot to see what the actual size was. I cut the cupcake from Sweet Treats and added glossy accents to the cake to make it shine. I used a K Andrew stamp from her Fashionable Friends set to top it off - isn't the sentiment adorable?! Click HERE to purchase your own set!

Recipe
  • K Andrew Fashionable Friend Stamp Set - From one ol' bag to another!
  • Tags Bags Boxes and More - bag cut at fit to page; tag cut at 1"
  • Sweet Treats - cupcake cut at 3 1/2"
  • My Mind's Eye - bag and cupcake paper
  • Core Couture - white circle, tag and cherry
  • Glossy Accents - cupcake top
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Die - for the background circle
  • Brads
  • Hobby Lobby Paper
  • White Gel Pen
  • Foam Tape - to adhere the cupcake
I am entering the bag in the following challenges:
Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget the Getting Cricky Ustream and Blog Hop this Friday! You will get to see the awesome new K Andrew Stamps in action! Each of the Design Team will be previewing the brand new stamp sets and you will get to 'meet' the new design team members!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Link Up Love Party With K Andrew!

Happy Tuesday, bloggers! It's time again for another Link Up the Love Party with K Andrew! The Link Up the Love Party is a great way to meet new bloggers and find inspiration from amazing projects!
Link Up Love Party: How it Works
  • Link Up Party runs from Tuesday 8/16 to Tuesday 8/23. Winners announced 8/29
  • Grab the Getting Cricky blinky and post on your blog's sidebar
  • Be a follower of Getting Cricky
  • Create a new blog post that is titled Link Up Love Party with K Andrew. In your post, you must mention that the link up love party is a way to get to know each other and find new blog inspiration, mention my blog, with a link back to Getting Cricky
  • Post your favorite project that you've done in your blog post WITH ONE thing you are grateful for!
  • Copy and paste the link up code into your blog post so the Inlinkz will show up on your blog
  • Spread the word so everyone can join in!
  • You must visit, follow, and comment on the 5 people before you AND the 5 people after you in the Inlinkz. It would be fantastic if you would visit as many as you can--maybe everyone? If you are one of the first 5 then you will need to blog the ones before you and a few more after--as long as it's a minimum of 10 near you in the link up
There are so many things I am grateful for but the love and support of my family is at the top! I am so blessed and give God thanks for them every day :)
I am linking my favorite project, one I did for the Christmas in July Blog Hop.Click HERE for details :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to Link Up The Love!! :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kick Up Your Heels!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you week is starting off great! The weather is beautiful here today...sunny, 76 degrees, low humidity. The air conditioner is off for the first time in months and the windows are open, letting the fresh air in! Ahhhh :)
Challenge #7 this week at Cricut 360 is Old West. For this card, I used the Old West cart, which I think I have used only once before. And I got to use new crinkle ribbon that my good friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces sent to me! She makes and hand-dyes this ribbon herself and let me tell you, it is incredibly FABULOUS! I am so in love with this ribbon! Thank you so much, Karen - you are awesome! :) I also used a K Andrew stamp from her Fashionable Friends set. $1 from every set goes to Cancer Angels to help stage 4 level cancer patients. Cancer Angels gives at least 95% of all monies raised to those in need. Click HERE to purchase your own set.

Recipe
  • K Andrew Fashionable Friends Stamp - Kick Up Your Heels
  • Old West Cartridge - Wild West at 1 1/2"; horses at 1 1/2"
  • DCWV Paper - Safari stack
  • Cuttlebug Forest Branches Embossing Folder - paper behind words
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder - brown background paper
  • Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink - brushed over branches embossing
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink - edges
  • Foam tape - wild west and horses
  • Metal brads - not sure of the brand
  • Crinkle Ribbon - thanks again, Karen!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to mark your calendar for the Getting Cricky Ustream and Blog Hop this Friday! I will have an awesome set of K Andrew stamps to give away!! :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Simply Sunday Challenge - Favors/Treats/Party

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend! I am so excited to share with you my first Simply Sunday Project as a member of the Getting Cricky Design Team! This week, the theme is Favors/Treats/Party.
My favors are for a Queen for a Day birthday party. Every woman should be queen for at least one day, right?! I made a magic wand and crown using sentiments from Kristal's Positive Thoughts stamp set. $1 from each set sold benefits Storefront Shelter, a homeless shelter for children and youth. What an awesome cause. I feel so good using her stamps - not only do I LOVE them, but they benefit those in need. Click HERE to purchase your own set!
For the magic wand, I used Core Couture paper (so sparkly and perfect for a queen!). I cut the pretty queen from Once Upon A Princess at 3". I added strips of glossy accents to her hair to give it some dimension and blue googly eyes. The wand is actually a drink stirrer that I purchased on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $1.25 for a dozen in assorted colors. I knew they would come in handy some day! I added three different types of Hobby Lobby ribbon and used my iRock to adhere the sparkling gems befitting a queen. I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities die to cut the shape for the sentiment, and used "A Queen is not afraid to fail" from Positive Thoughts. I inked the edges with Colorbok pink chalk.
The crown is also from Once Upon A Princess and created with Core Couture paper. I added strips of decorative ribbon and used my irock to attach the gems.
I used three different Positive Thoughts stamps: "Today is your day" for the birthday queen; "Attitude is everything" because a queen definitely needs an attitude; and "Whimsy is essential" because gosh darn it, it is! I used the same Nestibilities die for the sentiments, inked the edges with Colorbok pink chalk and adhered them with foam tape.
Did you know Kristal is releasing three new stamps sets? Let me tell you, they are AWESOME! Definitely must-have's! I am so excited for them I can hardly wait! You want to see them?? Get a sneak peak and all the details on Friday August 19th! Kristal will debut the stamps on a Ustream followed by a Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop! The fun starts on Friday, August 19th at 9:00 pm EST so mark your calendar - you do not want to miss this!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to head over to Getting Cricky and link your favors/treats/party project :)

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