Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hoot Hoot Whoo-Ray!

Gahh...I haven't posted in so long!! Almost a week! I don't think I've gone that long since I started my blog in March. I am really trying to get to my craft room and not having much luck. And I am soo sorry I haven't been around to comment...my real job is keeping me super-busy and then the holidays and family. I apologize and I am going to get caught up with everyone this week, I promise!
I had to make time to visit my craft room so I could use my new Twinkle Toes cartridge that I won from my dear friend Melanie of In Love With A Bug!! Thanks again, Melanie!! I LOVE it!! I used the adorable owl cut. I embossed her with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and Spellbinders Flowers plate. I attached each layer with foam tape for dimension and I attached her with a wobble so she really dances! For the background, I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities lacy squared die and embossed it with the Flowers plate. The background paper is from My Mind's Eye.
And I used the K Andrew Designs Owly Hoo stamp set. Aren't these awesome??!!
To purchase your own set of these fabulous stamps, or to see all of the K Andrew Design stamp sets available, click HERE!

I am entering this card in Pat of Pat Scraps blogaversary giveaway! Happy one year blogaversary, Pat!!

Here is a view from my deck today. Yep, snow. Big, fat white flakes. It's too early for snow :(

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

To Everything There is a Season and WINNER!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you are having a great day! I just have not been able to find time to enter challenges lately, or to visit everyone and see what amazing projects you have made. So today, I spent a little time in my craft room so I could enter two of my favorites, and I hope to visit your blogs tonight before the family arrives for Thanksgiving!
For this card, I used paper from My Mind's Eye. The bird in the tree was cut at 5 1/2" from Winter Frolic and I attached all the layers with foam tape to give some dimension. Isn't this image awesome? I just love it! I used a Fiskars punch for the leaf border. The label is a Spellbinders tag punch. I inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink. I added some crystals to the top right corner with my iRock and a black gem for the bird's eye.
I absolutely love this bible quote. The stamp is from K Andrew Design's Scripture Sayings set. Look at all the beautiful and moving quotes on this set:

Aren't they just incredible??!! To order your own set or to see the entire line of K Andrew Designs stamps, click HERE.

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
And now to the winner of the K Andrew Designs Winged Things stamp set from the Holiday Wishes Getting Cricky Blog Hop! Thank you all so much for hopping along with us and helping to welcome the new design team members! I offered an extra entry into the drawing for anyone who RSVP'd to the hop invite, so adding those entries with the comments left during the hop, there were 87 entries. I used Random.org to select the winner, and the winner is:

................................................(drum roll please).................................................

 

And #50 is...................................................................................................................


Yay, congratulations, Pam!! You are such a wonderful friend and I hope you enjoy the stamps!! I will email you :)

I want to wish all of my US followers a very safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends!! Bring on the turkey... :D

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Crawl Candy WINNER!

Hi everyone and happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a great day! I have a winner to announce from the Fantabulous Cricut Harvest Blessings Crawl! Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the hop! And what a great hop! There were some fabulous projects and I'm very honored to be part of such a talented group of crafters!

Now to the winner of my blog candy - a 6 x 6 Madison Avenue paper stack from My Mind's Eye. (I love this paper!!) Random.org chose as the winner.........................

And #49 is........................


Congratulations, Denise! I will send you an email or you can email your address to me at indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get your paper to you!!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow...I will announce the winner of the K Andrew Designs Winged Things stamp set from the Getting Cricky Holiday Wishes Blog Hop!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #87 - Thank You

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! It's time for another fun Challenge Me Monday at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!! The challenge this week is to create a card or project using the words "Thank You".
For my project, I used a mixture of papers from Fancy Pants and DCWV. The edge of the green paper was punched with a Fiskars punch. I embossed the pink paper with the Cuttlebug thanks folder. You Rock was cut from the Stamping Solutions cart at 1 1/2". The guitar is from Rock Princess, cut at 4". I added crystals to the guitar and a button with twine from the Twinery. Thank You is from the K Andrews Design Winter Wishes stamp set. Click HERE to purchase this set!

Now it's your turn! Stop by the FCCB blog to see all of the projects the amazing Design Team has come up with for this challenge! Don't forget to link your "Thank You" projects up as well!! I can't wait to see what you create!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge - Give Thanks

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 today is "Give Thanks". There are so many things I am thankful for I couldn't decide on just one, so my card gives thanks for everything :)
 
The paper is from GCD Ella Blue stack and the branch is from Sophisticated cut at 4". I attached each layer with foam tape for dimension. I added pearls and crystals to the leaves. I used my crop-a-dile to punch holes in the side and added ribbon.
The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set. There are so many beautiful quotes on here, I just love it.
Click on the picture below to order your own set or to see all of the awesome stamp sets available!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to link up your "Give Thanks" project at Getting Cricky! I can't wait to see what you create!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sherrie's A Grandma - Giveaway!

I am so happy for my dear friend Sherrie of Sherrie Scraps With Passion - she just became a grandma! Little Arya Averie arrived on 11/11/11! What an awesome birthday! To celebrate Arya's arrival, Sherrie is giving away a Once Upon A Princess cart!!
Click HERE to enter her giveaway and to see some absolutely adorable pictures of her grandbaby! Congratulations again, Sherrie!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday Wishes Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Holiday Wishes" Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this month's Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  In addition to Kristal and the Senior Design Team, we look forward to introducing you to TEN members of our NEW Junior Design Team (be sure to visit Kristal's Blog to see ALL of our "new additions"!!)...  Each of us, along with our Special Guest - Ellen from "a little bit of this...", are so pleased to have you here with us!!  Throughout the hop, you'll see NEW ideas for creating cards and projects with Kristal's stamps sets!!

If you've hopped along from the super-awesome and super-fabulous Shawn of Crafty Chics 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, Adopt a Classroom, 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.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:



Kristal's stamp sets are perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more...

PLUS -- this weekend ONLY - thru SUNDAY (11/20), our Getting Cricky Fans will receive 20% off their ENTIRE PURCHASE of K Andrew Design Stamps when they enter the discount code: cricky20!! Woo-hoo, what an awesome savings! Buy your stamps now to take advantage of this special promotion :)

For my project, I'm featuring the Winter Wishes stamp set! For more details or to make this set YOURS, please click on the preview:


Winter Wishes


K Andrew Designs


For my project I made a snowman and snowwoman winter wonderland shaker box that doubles as a gift holder!
The paper is from My Mind's Eye. The box was cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and I used my Gypsy to fit it to the mat. I also removed the square window and replaced it with a circle from George and Basic Shapes. I used the same circle, copied it and made the second a little bigger to make the frame around the window. I curved "Winter" and "wonderland" from Winter Wishes to fit around the frame, and then I attached the frame with foam tape. The "snow" on the inside is MS carrara marble glitter. The snowflakes are a MS punch and I added the pearls.
Once you remove the ribbon, the box opens to reveal two snowpeople ornaments resting on a bed of white felt!
I cut the snowpeople at 5" for the ornaments. I cut one shadow in cardboard, then attached another shadow with foam tape to give them some strength. I attached fishing line between the shadows to hang the ornaments. Frosty Kisses from the Winter Wishes stamp set finished them off. This was a fun project and I will definitely be making more to give as gifts :)

I have BLOG CANDY!! I am giving away a K Andrew Designs Winged Things stamp set!
 
All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is:
  1. Be a follower of my blog
  2. Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about Winter (and a way to contact you)
That's it! Easy peasy! I will announce the winner on Wednesday, November 23rd. There is still time to enter my blog candy giveaway from the Fantabulous Cricut Harvest Blog Crawl! Click HERE to enter before Sunday, November 20.

Now you can hop on over to your next stop: the super-fabulous and super-awesome Janis of Pause, Dream, Enjoy!......


Getting Cricky Blog Hop


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Getting Cricky Blog Hop Tomorrow!!

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week! It's almost the weekend - YAY!
I hope you will stop back tomorrow for the Holiday Wishes Getting Cricky Blog Hop! We will have lots of new ideas for creating cards and projects using Kristal's awesome stamps! Although you will see projects from several different sets, we will be featuring two stamps sets:


Coffee and Tea for You and Me



K Andrew Designs



Winter Wishes



K Andrew Designs

I will have blog candy to give away! Want an extra chance to win?? Simply RSVP to this post for an additional entry! I also have blog candy up for grabs from the Fantabulous Cricut Harvest Blog Crawl! Click HERE to enter!

I hope to see you back here tomorrow evening :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Link Up The Love Party - Thanks/Blessings


Happy Tuesday, bloggers! It's time again for another super-fun 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 some truly amazing projects!
Link Up Love Party: How it Works
  • Link Up Party runs from Tuesday 11/15 to Tuesday 11/22. Winners will be announced at the next link up party, 12/20.
  • 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 that has to do with THANKS/BLESSINGS.
  • 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
  • If you do not do the above your link will be deleted, because it's just not fair to those who work so hard linking up and showing love to the ones on the list. I have two moderators who will be checking this out to keep it awesome and fun!
For this card, I used the cornucopia from Paper Doll Dress Up and Kristal's Fall-O-Ween stamp set. I am also entering the card in the Cooking With Cricut Challenge #59 - Fruits, Cornucopia, Harvest Time.
And don't forget to stop back on Friday for the next Getting Cricky Blog Hop! You'll see lots of fabulous projects with Kristal's awesome stamps!

And on Sunday, we will have another fun Simply Sunday Challenge for you to play along with!!

I'd love for you to stop by the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog today for my Quick Tip Tuesday!

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to Link Up The Love and post your favorite Thanks/Blessings project below!!





Monday, November 14, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Harvest Blessings Crawl

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to A Mermaid's Crafts and the Fantabulous Cricut Harvest Blessings Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop! 

It's Fall and everyone at Fantabulous Cricut has decided to create projects to give thanks for our Harvest Blessings! Each Design Team member will be featuring an original Fall project that includes Brown, Orange and Red – along with at least one Cricut cut.

If you've come from visiting Larelyn at Handmade From My Heart, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE .

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at some of our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Harvest Blessings" project at FCCB!

For my project today, I decided to make Fall/Thanksgiving decorations!
I cut wood blocks in different sizes for my project. I thought about painting the wood, but I liked the natural look of the blocks, so I kept it. I adhered paper to the front with Mod Podge and then attached rosettes in the same color. "FALL" was cut from Base Camp in DCWV Fall Stack paper. I adhered the letters to the rosettes with foam tape. The two smaller smiley face leaves are from Create A Critter. These blocks are now sitting on my fireplace mantle :)
The turkey was meant to be a table decoration, but my Mom stole him to take to her office :) I cut him from Create A Critter at fit to page, which ended up being 8". I embossed all the different layers and inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in walnut. Most of the layers were adhered with foam tape to give dimension. I added googly eyes and cardboard to the back so he can stand. The tag on his hat is a Spellbinders Nestabilities die and the sentiment, "Happy Fall Ya'll" is from K Andrews Design's Fall-O-Ween stamp set! Click HERE to purchase your own set of these awesome stamps!!
I  have blog candy!! All you have to do to be entered to win this awesome 6x6 Madison Avenue paper stack from My Mind's Eye is:
  1. Be a follower of my blog
  2. Leave a comment on this post
That's it!! I will choose a winner on Sunday, November 20.

Now it's your turn! Let's see your Harvest Blessings projects!  Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project and be sure to use the colors Brown, Orange and Red as well!

Next stop… Marlene's blog, at Scrappin Cookie. Go and see what she has in store for you today. And when you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!

Happy Crawling!
                                                ________________________________

Beckie - http://justbcreativecrazy.blogspot.com/
Lisa F - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/ < YOU ARE HERE!
Melanie – http://melaniemakes.blogspot.com/
Suzanne - http://cricutcraftingrammy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guest Designer for Cutting Up With Class!

Happy Thursday, everyone! I'm so excited to be a guest designer today for my friend Jani of Paper Compulsions for her challenge blog, Cutting Up With Class! CUWC is a new challenge blog that uses SVGs for the weekly challenges every Tuesday. If you haven't already, please stop by and check out her awesome blog!
For my project today, I wanted to make something for my Mom and Dad's upcoming anniversary on the 14th. So, in their honor, I made this Love wall hanging.
I first cut the base in cardboard from Elegant Edges. I manipulated the frame with my Gypsy to stretch it out and thin the height so it was the right size for the letters. I cut the letters out at 3" from Base Camp using My Mind's Eye Paper. The white sparkly background paper is from Fancy Pants and the outer frame is from DCWV The Immortal Stack. I cut the frame twice and pieced the frame together.
I wanted to give the letters some depth, so I printed out several copies of the letter shadows and attached foam tape between each layer. I also varied the dimension using different amounts of tape on each letter. I attached the outer frame with foam as well.
I stamped "wind beneath my wings" from K Andrew Designs Winged Things stamp set on the L. Click HERE to purchase your own set of these awesome stamps! I topped it off with some Hobby Lobby ribbon and some gems and added a hanger to the back.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you will visit Jani of Paper Compulsions for her challenge blog,  Cutting Up With Class! Thanks again Jani for having me!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

All you need is love...and the WINNER of a K Andrew Designs Stamp Set

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far! I am so excited about the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog challenge this week: All About Books! Even though it's not my week to post (my first DT post will be next Monday) I had to join in on this one! As a writer who loves to read as much as craft, this challenge was perfect for me!
One of the reasons I wanted Kate's ABC's was specifically for this adorable girl reading a book! I cut the sweet girl at 2 1/2" and the bookshelf with Read at 2". I used a mixture of papers: K&Company for the background, Fancy Pants for the flowered paper; and My Mind's eye for the rest. I cut "Read" out in three different colors for some dimension, and I attached it with foam tape. I attached the girl with foam tape as well. The green ribbon is from my friend Jessie of Sugarlips Sassy Surprises!  The stamp is from K Andrew Designs Crafty Friends. I just love this sentiment and thought it was perfect for a card about reading since books are made from lots of paper (I am not a Kindle fan...I'm an old fashioned book lover!)
Look at all the awesome sayings on this stamp set!! Aren't they fun??!! Click HERE to purchase this set or to see all of K Andrew Designs stamp sets!
And now to the winner of the K Andrew Designs Coffee & Tea for You & Me stamp set from the Getting Cricky Blog Hop! I offered an extra chance in the drawing if you RSVP'd to my post about the Ustream/Blog Hop and I counted those entries first and then the comments on the hop. So random.org picked as the winner.............................................................................................................
 And number 10 is.............................................................................................
Congratulations Deb!! I'll send you an email or you can email your address to me at indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll get your stamps to you!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blog Hop Candy Winner!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you are having a great week! I'm sorry I don't have a project today...I can't seem to find time to make it to my craft room. Ugh.

I have a blog candy winner to announce from Rhonda and Amy's Birthday Blog Hop! I should have done this yesterday so I'm sorry I'm late. I will be announcing the winner of K Andrew Designs stamp set from the Getting Cricky Blog Hop tomorrow, so be sure to stop back for that.
The winner of the My Mind's Eye paper pack and Paper Studio Ribbon is.......................................
 And number 23 is...............
Congratulations, Linda!! Please email your address to me at indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get your prize out to you!

If you get the chance, please stop by the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog for today's Quick Tip Tuesday! I shared my tip for storing embossing folders and I'd love to hear how you store yours!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge - Tea Time!

Hi everyone and welcome to another fun Simply Sunday Challenge! The weather is getting cooler outside, so we're warming up with something hot! The theme this week is to create a project using a hot beverage...coffee, tea, hot chocolate..
For my project, I used stamps from the Coffee & Tea for You & Me stamp set. Click HERE to purchase you own set and to see all of K Andrew Designs fabulous stamps!
The background paper is from K&Company, and I used a Tim Holtz clock mask and some walnut distress ink to add the clock to background. I cut the tea kettle, cup, plate and cookies from From My Kitchen and attached them with foam tape. The background rectangles are Spellbinders Nestabilities dies. The crinkle ribbon is from my friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. I cut a clock from Tim Holtz paper and attached one of his clear tags to it with Mod Podge for the charm.

I am also entering this into the Cooking With Cricut Challenge #58 - Cookies, Clocks and/or Cookie Monster.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please visit Getting Cricky to see all the awesome projects the Design Team has made and don't forget to link up your Tea Time project as well! I can't wait to see what you create :)

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