Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winners from challenge #34 - Flower Power!

Your handmade flowers were all gorgeous!

We have a winner (randomly picked) from last weeks challenge!
I had so much fun looking at all of last weeks projects - thanks for joining the fun!

Congratulations # 2 - DIANA L.

Be sure to grab your challenge winner button on the left side bar and email me with your address so I can mail your prize! 

Design Team Top 3 (or 5) Picks:

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Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rolled Paper Christmas tree gift bag

Hey everyone,  I have a fun project to help you use up all of those leftover scraps of Christmas cardstock!  I hate to throw away the scraps from all of my favorite Christmas papers, so this made me feel better!  :)

The box was cut at 8.82 inches from the Wrap it up cartridge.  It was slightly bigger than the Cricut mat, but you could cut it at 8.5 inches and be OK too.  I used the hide contour feature to hide the tie on this bag.  The star is from the Winter Frolic cartridge cut at 7.24 inches.

I cut the bag a second time at the same size, but scooted it to the side of the mat so I wouldn't waste paper.  I cut the handle and side off to make a green front to my bag.  Then I cut another slightly smaller (12.08 by 8.67 inches) from a tan patterned paper.  This gave me a better background for the fun tree.

Here is a side shot of all the papers rolled up.  I inked them with walnut distress ink, and then inked just the ends with a darker brown ink.

To make the paper rolls, I trimmed paper scraps to a variety of widths and about 1 1/2 inches tall.  Then I ran some adhesive down one edge of the paper and rolled the paper around a skewer up towards the edge with the adhesive.  (Hint: thinner cardstock and patterned paper are easiest to roll!) 

The sentiment is from the 'Tis the Season stamp set.  The tag is from an older Quickutz die I have.  I also used Vintage Cherry bakers twine for the little bow and Vintage Chocolate bakers twine for the tree trunk (wrapped around a piece of cardstock)

I made all of the rusted wire accents by winding the wire around a skewer and threading buttons in between the twists.  For the jump rings (attaching the star to the tag) I wrapped the wire around the skewer a few times and then cut through all of the spirals at once.  This way I ended up with a few perfect circles.

It was a bit time consuming to roll all of the papers, but worth it!

I have entered it in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge # 89.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Challenge #35 - Christmas through the Window

I have two posts today!  Scroll down or click HERE to find out who won the Thanksgiving giveaway prize!

It's time for another Monday Challenge!  I love window cards and can't wait to see all of your creations! 

This weeks Challenge:  Christmas through the Window!
(create a Christmas card or project with a window)

Inspiration from my very talented Design Team!:

I love the fun shape of Aymee's cute card!  The reindeer is just adorable!

 This is the back of Aymee's card! How clever to put a sentiment on the back and leave space to write a message!


I love all of the amazing details in Bobby's gorgeous card!  Don't you just love how this card looks like a house?!?!

The inside of Bobby's card is even more fantastic than the outside!  I love the crinkle ribbon curtains!

 I love the heat embossed snowflakes and the glitter Candy used on her adorable reindeer image!

Aren't the Christmas lights just the perfect finishing touch for the inside of Candy's card?!?!

 I love all of the fun papers Marlene used on her gorgeous card!  

 Don't you just love the fur on her Santa coat?!?!


These projects were made using:

Stamp Sets
 'Tis the Season
Jingle all the way
Merry Christmas

Scarlet Red

Bakers Twine
Twisted Lime

Seam Binding
Snow White
This weeks Prize:

Link here for a chance to win!

Have a great day!

Thanksgiving Giveaway WINNER!!!!!

I so much enjoyed reading your sweet comments and all of the things you are thankful for!  I am so thankful for all of you and wish I could give this prize to each one of  you.  :)

But, since I have to pick just one . . . . 
The winner is:


Congratulations Kathy! 
Be sure to send me an email with your mailing address and the stamp set you would like me to include with your prize.

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving weekend!   

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Giveaway!!!

I love Thanksgiving!  It is one of my favorite holidays filled with family, good food, and a chance to reflect on my many blessings.   I am so thankful for my loving family, God's blessings in my life, good health, the beauty of this earth, all of my crafty friends and this fun paper crafting hobby.

I thought you might enjoy this video about finding things to be thankful for in our daily lives:

produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

I am also thankful for all of you!!  Sooooo . . . I thought I would do a giveaway to show my gratitude.  ;)   

 To enter: 

How easy is that?!?!

 The picture below shows the Merry Christmas stamp set, but you will be able to pick your favorite My Craft Spot stamp set if you win!

Winners will be announced Monday (November 28th) after Thanksgiving weekend!

"A grateful heart . . . comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives. . . . Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love." - Thomas S. Monson

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Winners from challenge #33 - Easel cards!!!!

Your easel cards were all awesome!!  I have a confession - I have never made an easel card!  You have inspired me and I will have to give it a try!  :)

Tomorrow I have a Thanksgiving Giveaway planned!
We have a winner (randomly picked) from last weeks challenge!
I had so much fun looking at all of your easel cards - thanks for joining the fun!

Congratulations # 9 - AmandaB

Be sure to grab your challenge winner button on the left side bar and email me with your address so I can mail your  Happy Fall stamp set!

Design Team Top 3 Picks:

Be sure to grab the html code for your Top 3 button on the left side bar!

Have a great day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Challenge #34 - Handmade Flower Power

Hello my crafty friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I love handmade flowers so I am so excited for this weeks Monday Challenge!  

This weeks Challenge:  Handmade Flower Power!
(must include at least one handmade flower somewhere on your project)

Inspiration from my fabulous Design Team!:

Don't you just love Marlene's beautiful Kusudama Flower?!?!  What a beautiful arrangement!

The patterned paper and all of the 'extras' add so much to these flowers!

I love Kate's gorgeous glittery flowers and her pearl accents are so pretty! Wow!

Soooooo beautiful!

I love how Jayne placed her beautiful flower in the center of her snowflake card!  What a fun twist of spring and winter together! 

I love all of the layers on her Gorgeous flower!

I absolutely love Amber's ribbon flower!!  So pretty with the rhinestone in the center!

I have never made a ribbon flower that looked this awesome! Check for instructions on Amber's blog!

These projects were made using:

Stamp Sets
Jingle all the way
Inside & Out #2
Sweet Sentiments #1

Sky Blue
Hot Pink
Vintage Vanilla

Bakers Twine

Peppermint stick 
Twisted Lime

Seam Binding
Pine Green 

This weeks Prize:
Christmas Eve Crinkle Ribbon

Link here for a chance to win!

You still have today to enter the Easel card challenge!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thoughts for Sunday - Unselfish service

I haven't done a "Thoughts for Sunday" post for a while, so I thought I would share this link to a video I found about how important it is to serve those around us in the little day to day things.  
Yesterday I attended the funeral for a neighbor who died of cancer.  He was a wonderful person and so willing to help everyone he came in contact with.  Many years ago we were finishing our basement and he came over to help us connect the electrical wiring to the box but wouldn't let us pay him.  At that time, we didn't know him very well, but so much appreciated his help.  As we listened to people speaking at his funeral, we found he had done similar things for many others. It's the seemingly small acts of kindness, serving and loving those around us, that makes life beautiful.

Click HERE to watch "Love thy neighbor".  I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did!

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Bell shape card - Believe!

I love the Polar Express book and thought it would be fun to make a bell shaped card with the word "Believe" on it.  This card went together so quickly!

 The bell is from the Christmas Solutions cartridge.  I cut two of the shadows at 4 inches.  Then scored a line about 1/2 inch from the top of one of the shadow cuts and folded on the score line.  I ran a line of adhesive above the fold and stuck the two shadows together.  This makes a card base that folds at the top.  (No Gypsy or welding needed!)  Click HERE for a video showing this technique on a Halloween card.

I cut the bell shape and layers at 4 inches from this fabulous gold paper from a DCWV Christmas stack.  I inked all of the edges with a metallic gold ink pad then used dimensionals to pop the center layer of the bell up a bit.

The stamped "Believe" is from my new Merry Christmas stamp set.  I used Cranberry Crinkle Ribbon for the bow and a button from my stash.  For the tag, I stamped the sentiment on cream paper, inked the edges with gold, and then matted it with gold paper.  I had to ink the edges of the gold paper to so that it would match everything. 

Overall, a pretty easy card to make.  Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Snowman cookie bag

I still have a few projects from the blog hop that I promised to post instructions on, so here is the snowman cookie bag!  Ally sent me these fun bags and I though they were the perfect size for a couple of homemade cookies.  (The bag is 7" tall by 4" wide.) I first stamped snowflakes all over the bag with Walnut distress ink and inked the edges.

 The cute snowman and all of his layers were cut at 3.5 inches from the Snow Friends cartridge. I tied Baby Blue Bakers Twine around the bag.  The paper is all from Crate Paper. The Green patterned background is 3 1/4 by 4 3/4 inches and then I matted it with the blue patterned cardstock.

I used the snowflake stamps from the White Christmas stamp set to create a background pattern on the bag.  The sentiment is also from this set.

The face stamp is from Peachy Keen (Everyday character face parts)
I hope you are having a wonderful week with lots of time to craft!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Winners from challenge #32 - Gobble 'til you wobble!!

I had so much fun looking at all of your cute Thanksgiving projects!  Thanks for joining the fun! 
We have a winner (randomly picked) from last weeks challenge!

Congratulations # 11 - CarolynG
Be sure to grab your challenge winner button on the left side bar and email me with your address so I can mail your prize! 

Design Team Top 3 Picks:

Be sure to grab the html code for your Top 3 button on the left side bar!

Have a great day!