I am attempting to maintain a blog filled with random bits from my life and family as well as my adventures in crafting.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bitten By The Bug 2 Butterfly Challenge

I came across yet another blog with a challenge - you would think that this is all I do, search for blogs and challenges - and for the past week you would be right. (Today I finally did some laundry!) The Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge was to use a butterfly image. The Home Accents cart has a couple of fun butterflies and I played around for a while with different colors and paper, not knowing for sure which I liked better. As this one came together, it looked like a sympathy card, which I am unfortunately going to be using in the next few months. It breaks my heart to think that my neighbor is losing his battle with cancer, he is such a good man. His wife is amazing and this card will go to her. I need to find a stamp set with an appropriate sentiment and that will go in the upper right hand corner. I think it turned out really nice.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

More Than Favors Color Challenge

It's really scary how much crafting I have been doing - I guess I am officially addicted. I have been finding so many fun blogs and challenges too! And you guessed it, here is another post for another challenge! More Than Favors had a color challenge to use brown, pink and green. I had some fun bright paper that had the pink and green, but also orange, so I added an extra color to the mix. Anyway, the flowers are from George and I used stickles for the centers, I can't believe how much just a dab of glitter can make the biggest difference with crafting. I also love the pop dots, they give such great dimension. Fun Fun!!!

Scrappy Mom's Sweethearts Challenge

This challenge was to use an image from the Sweetheart's cart. Unfortunately, that is another cart I do not own yet, but is on my wish list. Instead I used the Home Decor cart for the heart and "love". If I had the cuttlebug (also on the wish list), I would have embossed something fun on the black mat. My wish list is quite long as you can imagine, I know that as time goes on I will acquire things here and there, but until then, I will definitely try and "make it work" (as Tim Gunn would say).

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Paper Playtime "Party" Creation

Here is my creation for the Paper Playtime challenge to make anything party related. I used one of the cakes from the Celebrations cart.

My Pink Stamper "Yummy" Creation

Robyn over at My Pink Stamper is going to be releasing a new stamp set this coming weekend and my guess is it is going to have something to do with cupcakes. She left a clue relating to her daughter, and I know from watching her videos that her daughter loves cupcakes, so that's my guess - we will see if I am right. Anyway, she wanted creations made of something "Yummy". I have made a few cupcakes already, so I decided to try the cake from the Celebrations cart.

Fantabulous Cricut "Neglected" Challenge

Now I have participated in two challenges that I technically don't qualify for. The Neglected Challenge was to use a cart that you haven't used in 6 months. Well, since I have only had my cricut for a month, I thought I would improvise and use an image from one of my carts that I have never used. This "LOVE" was cut using the Home Accents cart and since V-Day is coming up, I thought I would play around with it. You can't really tell, but the white heart and strip are actually out of a tissue-like paper with metallic flecks and threads throughout. It looks really cool in the light! Hope you enjoy - I love comments!!!

The Busy Bug

I am following a new blog called The Busy Bug and she is giving away a cartridge. Please head over to her blog and check it out! She has some really cute things going on over there!http://thebusybug.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cricut Cardz Snowman Challenge

Okay, so the challenge was to make a project using a snowman image. Well, as you can see there is no snowman on my card. Because I am so new to the cricut and crafting, I have not yet acquired a cartridge with a snowman. But I did find on my Home Accents cart an image that I think can pass off as a snowflake. So even though I technically don't qualify for this challenge, I still wanted to participate. I don't have any winter type stamps either, but if I did have a winter saying, I would stamp it next to the snowflake on the pink stripe.

Monday, January 24, 2011

My Pink Stamper Birthday Challenge

So for The Pink Stamper's Birthday today, she issued a birthday challenge. This is what I came up with using the Celebrations cart. Happy Birthday Robyn!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Paper Cutz Challenge

Here is my creation for yet another challenge! I love these challenges, they really help me to be more creative than I normally would be. The challenge was to use any colors/theme of your choice. I used some colors that I normally don't work with. It's a different style for me too. I used Mini Monograms for the little scallops. Hope you like it!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

cardztv cupcake challenge

So I found another fun blog with challenges! It's cardztv.blogspot.com. This challenge was to use any sort of cupcake image. I chose to use one of the cupcakes from the Celebrations cart. I also just bought a cupcake stamp set from Roberts and I was able to use the "Yummy" stamp from that. How fun!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

I came across another blog that does challenges, which I find to be a lot of fun. Anyway, it is fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com and the challenge was to create something with a "sweet" theme. This is what I came up with. I LOVE this cupcake from the Home Decor cart.

So I was playing around with my new Mini Monograms cart and thought that I would try and put together a 4 card gift set for a friend. This is what I came up with, but I am wondering if some of the monograms are a little too big? Any comments/suggestions would be much appreciated!

Trying to figure out the subscribe option

Boy, I have spent most of the morning trying to figure out how to add the subscribe link on my blog. I hope I have figured it out!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Here are a couple of cards I put together. Like I have said before, I am just using scraps and playing around with the cartridges I have. I used George for the flowers and Mini Monograms for the scallops. The stamps are from a stamp set I bought at Robert's Crafts.

Monday, January 17, 2011

I finished this card up today, it turned out better that I thought. It took me a while to decide what I was doing with it. I used the Home Decor cart for the flowery scallop.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Here are a couple more cards I put together. I think they turned out pretty cute. I know that they are super simple, but sometimes less is more - right?

Friday, January 14, 2011

My First "My Pink Stamper" Challenge

So I have been following the My Pink Stamper blog since before Christmas because I knew that I was going to be getting a Cricut. I wanted to see what I was in for and found some different blogs, but holy cow, Robyn is AMAZING!!! Anyway, I am now trying to become a crafter. This is my card for the Blog Hop Challenge. I am just starting out and don't have near the inventory of crafting products as I would like, but I am making do. I used the George cart for the flower and the Home Accents for the word "grow". I am loving the pop dimensionals - they are so fun and I am excited about getting more stamps - working with tiny letters and glue - not really my thing :P All in all, I think it turned out pretty cute.
I needed to make a card for a friend who just had a baby and a friend who has helped me out a bunch the last few months. These cards turned out great too. The images are from the Home Decor cartridge.

These are a couple of cards that I put together just with some scraps. My mom let me have her supply of paper from when she was on a scrapbooking kick. She will never scrapbook again, it's part of the OCD that runs in the fam. Anyway, I think these turned out cute too. I have already given one of them to a friend who was sick. I made her some cookies and wrote her a note. I think the tall one needs something else to finish it off, maybe a stamp!!!

This is another Birthday card I put together. It took me a while to figure out the cupcake from the Celebrations cart, but I did it and it turned out cute. I didn't really have a stamp to add to it, I think it could use one, but it still is cute.

These are the first two cards I did. They are really simple. I used my cricut for the words "faith" and "inspire". They turned out nice.

So, I have made a handful of cards and am going to upload them. I am just starting out, but some of them are really cute. I think my favorite is the Celebrate Birthday Card. It is so super cute!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 2011

Wow! It's 2011 and so far RJ has had croup and I have come down with a nasty cold and feel rather fluish. At least no hospital visits so far, just an urgent care visit last week for RJ. Other than that, I am finding success with my new little hobby of crafting with the cricut. I haven't made a scrapbook page yet, but I have made a handful of cards. Scott was nice enough to let me buy a base of supplies to start up my hobby, i.e. a stamp set, ink, envelopes, paper, glue, cello bags, etc. I am having fun with it. I tried setting up RJ's room for him to play in, while I crafted, but that did not go over so well. I guess I will while he is napping and at night. Of course, there are so many cricut cartridges that I want that would help me be more creative, but I will use what I have and see what I come up with. I need to take pictures of my cards and post them on here. After seeing so many crafting blogs, I don't see why I can't start one up myself. So this may become my crafting blog. We will see.