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

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Scrappy Moms Create A Critter

This week http://www.scrappymoms-stamps.blogspot.com/ issued the challenge to use Create-A-Critter cartridge. This is probably the next cart I will buy - everything I have seen from this cart is awesome. So instead of using that cart, I used Simply Charmed. There is an adorable little bird that I hadn't tried out yet, so I thought it was close enough to participate in the challenge. I embossed the "grass" with Swiss Dots. I have a new little "hello" stamp that I absolutely love that finished off the card for me. Simple, but sweet.

Always Crafting Whimsical Wednesday Distress It

So this week our challenge from http://www.alwayscrafting.com was to distress our craft. I have to admit, I had to google what that entailed because I had never done it, nor had I really ever heard of it. But once I saw some tutorials on youtube and other blogs, I figured it out. I was amazed at some of the looks that were out there on distressed projects, it really is a cool aspect to crafting. There are a lot of fun distressing tools out there too, none of which I own at this point. So I basically tore my cardstock and used my fingernails on the edges of the actual card. I did use the D'vine Swirls Cuddlebug folder to add a bit more to the mat, it is a pretty simple card. The "thanks" is cut from Mini Monograms.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Always Crafting Challenge

The Whimsical Wednesday Challenge from Always Crafting http://www.alwayscrafting.com is a color challenge. The colors were picked from a picture posted on the blog. The colors that spoke to me were the green, yellow, and red/orange colors. It was a very cozy picture, featuring a room you could just cuddle up in a blanket and read for hours. Anyway, this card is what I thought up based on the colors. It's a cute little card and the birds/branch are from Home Decor.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Creative Time For Me Challenge

I think this is the first time I have done a challenge from Creative Time For Me. We were supposed to use the Walk in My Garden cart, but unfortunately that is another cart I do not own...yet. If we didn't have that cart we were just supposed to use a flower image of some sort. I used April Showers for the flower pot and ran it through the Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots. The flowers are from George. I absolutely love these flowers - they make me happy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

FCCB - Weather Forecast

So, another challenge. I love them, I admit. Our challenge was to create a project featuring any season of our choice. Well, I love Spring, and am excited for the warmer weather. We actually got a taste of high 50's these last couple of days, but now another storm in on it's way and will be dropping to the 30's again. Boo Hoo. Anyway, I not only love Spring because of the warmer weather, I love it because of the beauty. The flowers and tree blossoms, I love it. So I thought I would create a "beautiful" scene with an appropriate sentiment at the top. All the images are from April Showers and the tree I put through the Cuttlebug with D'vine Swirls.

My Pink Stamper Challenge

Robyn, the Pink Stamper, issued a challenge to use black and your favorite color/colors. This was a fun challenge for me because I received the Cuttlebug for Valentine's Day and I was able to use it for the first time on this challenge. I LOVE the Cuttlebug!!! Now I can start on my collection of embossing folders. YEAH!!! Anyway, I love pink, all shades, and I love flowers so this just kind of came together. Since I am fairly new to the Cricut, I have made a bunch of cuts that either didn't fit, or weren't exactly what I was going for, so I have a basket full of mis-cuts. I decided to go through it and see if I could use anything for this challenge and lo and behold, I did. These flowers are all from George, if I remember correctly, and the green paper was embossed with Swiss Dots. This was a fun card for me because it is totally my style - everything about it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Scrappy Moms and Cricut Cardz Challenges

Here is another card I put together for a couple challenges. Scrappy Moms challenged us to use Simply Charmed and Cricut Cardz challenged us to create a Valentine using blue, green, and white only. This is what I came up with. I have only had Simply Charmed for a couple of weeks and there are so many different cuts on that cart, but I liked the fish for these challenges. It turned out pretty cute.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Three Challenges with One Card

Okay, so this card applies to three separate challenges:

Paper Playtime - Use Hearts
FCCB - Use "Love"
More Than Favors - Make a Valentine

I used Home Accents for the hearts and "love"

I have to admit, Valentine's Day is one of my least favorite holidays, I have never really gotten into it, so these types of cards aren't too exciting for me. However, I love any excuse to use my cricut, so I put this together. The hearts are cut out of glitter paper and are really pretty, you can't really tell in the photo. Hope you like!

My First Blog Award

Okay, so I finally figured out what to do with this award. I want to thank Amber over at http://my3escrapbooking.blogspot.com for this award and the help to get it posted to my blog. However, I also have to thank Diana at http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com because she awarded this to me in January when I was so new to blogging, I had absolutely no idea what it was. So much thanks to both of you!

Anyway, upon recieving this award I need to pay it forward to 8 others and they are

Pam - http://pamspaperpassion.blogspot.com
Melanie - http://melaniemakes.blogspot.com
Brandi - http://scrappybrandi.blogspot.com
Deborah - http://scrappybeads.blogspot.com
Jillian - http://jillianbeancrafts.com
Anita - http://anitaandbugs.blogspot.com
Jess - http://basicjess.blogspot.com
and http://housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com (I don't know her name - sorry!)

I have been impressed by all of the work I have seen on these blogs, so please check them out if you haven't already.

I also need to share 8 things about me, so here it goes...

1. I am a wife and mother
2. I am a member of the LDS church
3. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Marketing
4. I am in a bowling league and love it
5. I just discovered crafting and love it
6. I am a movie buff and know random bits of useless trivia
7. I love Diet Coke w/Lime and last but not least
8. I LOVE DisneyLand!!!

Again, I want to thank Amber and Diana for there support and hope that you check out their blogs along with the 8 others that I really enjoy visiting.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Cuttlebug on Sale

Oh, I had to exercise so much self control to NOT buy the Cuttlebug last night. I was at Robert's Craft and it is on sale for $49.99!!! I couldn't believe it. I soooooo want the Cuttlebug, but I am sure it will be on sale again at some point :(

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My Pink Stamper Challenge

I was happy to see a new video and challenge on My Pink Stamper. Robyn challenged us to create something that makes us happy or something springy. I am excited for spring, I love the spring flowers and the fun colors - it all makes me happy. So I created a card that represents that. I used Simply Charmed for the flower and April Showers for the "Spring Fever".

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Paper Cutz Challenge

Okay, so I tooootalllly improvised for this challenge. We were to make a valentine card without using any hearts. I have two new cartridges, April Showers and Simply Charmed, and I love both of them. I think the squirrel is absolutely adorable from April Showers, so I wanted to use him and then the phrase "Nuts for You" came to mind. So I went through my carts to see if I had anything resembling acorns that I could work with, and I found the strawberry from Simply Charmed. It looked close enough, so I played around with how to make it look the most like a nut. I think it turned out okay. I was hesitant to show this card to my husband because I wasn't sure if I wanted to give it to him, but I wanted his opinion - he thought it was pretty great. I hope you like it!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Anything Goes Butterfly Challenge

I was able to use my new April Showers cartridge again for this challenge. I am really having fun with the different layering on that cart. Anyway, the challenge was to use butterflies and I thought I would make a fun "Thank You" card. If you would like to participate in the challenge go to http://anythingchallenge.blogspot.com/. Have a great day!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Almost a whole week!

Wow, it's been almost a full week since I last posted. I have been busy with life and family, but have been making some cards. I am working on some challenges and will hopefully have some pics uploaded later this evening. I was happy to see that I picked up a couple more followers, I was pretty happy to reach 27 and I was there for a while, which was fine with me because 27 is a pretty significant number in my family. Anyway, I do get excited when more followers come aboard my blog. The more involved I get with blogging and crafting, I sometimes get overwhelmed and discouraged, but I am definitely not going to give up - it is such a great "out" for me. I am just in the beginning stages and know that everyone else was at this point once too. The important thing is to have fun with it, which I am.

More Than Favors Color Challenge

Okay, so this card is for the More Than Favors Wacky Wednesday Challenge. I liked this challenge because it was a challenge for me. We needed to use the colors Yellow, Blue, and White and I rarely use those colors. But when I thought of blue and yellow a bird immediately popped into my head. I was super excited to use my new cartridge April Showers too. Please visit the More Than Favors blog, there are some fun things going on over there http://morethanfavors.blogspot.com/ .