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Monday, June 28, 2010

Drew's Birthday Invitation!

Hi everyone, just thought I would post the invitations I made for my son's third birthday party before I get them in the mail - they turned out really cute! I chose the Lightning McQueen with the least pieces - still a lot of work! But super cute! He is a Cars fanatic! When I ask him what he wants for his birthday he always says "Car Cake" For this project I used the Cars cricut cartridge.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Beach Babes Layout

Here is my newest layout that I just finished up this evening. Gotta love those paper doll cartridges with the Peachy Keen stamps!
I made this layout for this week's challenge at The challenge was called "spots and dots" so used some polka dot embossed cardstock for my photo mats. I used the Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge for the kids and the Cuttin Up cartridge for the letters. I dug waaaaayyyy down into my paper stash for that background paper. I know my mom gave it to me years ago. Do you think it is possibly the first patterned paper ever made in a beach theme? Hope you like it!

One of a Kind Card

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the Heart 2 Heart challenge this week at

The task was to create a card using the CTMH colours buttercup, tulip and black. A few months ago I received "Be Yourself" as the stamp of the month. I actually never thought I would use it, but I really like how this turned out so I think you will be seeing more projects from this stamp set made by me in the future!. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the buttercup cardstock on the background of the card, which I then ran the tulip ink pad over to colour the dots. I used black ink to stamp the image then stamped another in tulip ink and cut out around the dress. I adhered the dress to the body with foam squares. I used my Creative Memories cutting system to cut out the ovals. The "one of a kind" sentiment is also from the Be Yourself MyAcrylix stamp set.

I made this card with my sister-in-law in mind who is having a birthday in July. I hope she will like it!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Throwback Thursday Challenge - Doodlecharms

Hi everyone! This week at Emma is having another Throwback Thursday challenge featuring an older cartridge. This week she chose Doodlecharms and the task was to create a scrapbooking layout. Jenae and I scrapbooked together this evening so she created a project as well. For mine I used the Santa and reindeer from the doodlecharms cartridge. The fonts were from Cuttin Up and Gypsy Wanderings. The scalloped photo mats are from Create a Critter. I also used a Critter Faces stamp set by Peachy Keen Stamps for the faces on the cute little reindeer. Hope you like it!

For Jenae's 6X6 layout she used the sandcastle from Doodlecharms and made this cute layout of her, her brother and her cousin playing in the sandbox at Grandma's house.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bon Voyage card

Hi everyone! I made this card for the challenge this week over at the Cricut Cardz Challenge Blog -

The challenge was to create a vacation themed card. This was my entry. I used the Gypsy Wanderings for the boat, Give a Hoot for the waves and Cake Basics for the "Bon Voyage" sentiment. Hope you like it!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dad Cookie Pail - Throwback Thursday Challenge

Hi everyone! For Emma's challenge this week at she wanted us to make or alter a 3D item using the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. I was so excited when I bought this cartridge and then it sat on my shelf for over a year after that. I finally started using it when I discovered the Peachy Keen face stamps - they are so cute!

I was planning on baking my Dad some peanut butter cookies (his very favorite) for Father's Day then thought I could cover an ice cream pail to put them in. He is a farmer so I decided to follow that theme.

I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge to cut out the man, his shirt, pants, hair and boots. I also used that cartridge for the cow. My Dad doesn't wear a cowboy hat so I had to get his baseball cap from Everyday Paper Dolls as well as the barn and the tractor. Hope this is ok! I used the Basic Cakes cartridge for the font on the lid of the pail.

Hope you like it! I know my Dad will at least love the cookies! He thinks I am obsessed with paper crafting because they didn't send me to kindergarten. HAHA.

Special Delivery Shadow Box

I have always wanted to make shadow boxes for my kids from when they were born. I got the perfect chance to start with the latest challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog

The challenge was to create a layout for a shadowbox, so I chose to do one for my middle son Drew. I used my Peachy Keen Stamps "Critter Faces Set A Medium" stamp set. I totally love these stamps. If any of you have the Create a Critter or Animal Kingdom Cricut cartridge, you should definitely look into getting a set. The images on the cartridges are cute already, but adding the faces just gives it even more cuteness (is that a word?)

I used the Create a Critter cartridge for all three animals and the title. I used Plantin' Schoolbook for the grass.

I added Drew's first pair of shoes! Sooooo cute - I can't believe his feet were ever that small! I even found the identification label for his hospital bassinet. Notice, they used a girl one and crossed out the word "GIRL" and wrote "BOY" - must have been a lot of boys born at that time, they ran out of boys cards.

Well, I love how this turned out, so I will be creating a similar project for each of my other two babies! Hope you like this one, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My 1st ATC Swap!!

This month I decided to take part in an ATC swap over at The Scrap Beach : I have never made an ATC before, for those who aren't familiar with it, ATC stands for Artist Trading Cards. We had to create 13 cards - one for ourselves and send them to the swap coordinator who would send us 12 different ones back from the other ladies in the swap. I can't wait to see their creations!

The theme for the month of June was June Bug, which we were allowed to interpret anyway we liked. I started with the 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" card base and covered it with patterned paper. Then I painted over half with crackle paint. The stamp set I used was Ambiance by Close to My Heart. Thanks for looking!

Hey Girl card

Hi everyone - tonight I have for you a card I created for the challenge at Cricut Cardz Challenge blog : The challenge was to create a card featuring shoes so here is my entry! I used Paisley and Ashlyn's Alphabet cartridges.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hat's Off to the Grad - Momo's Challenge!

Hi everyone! I found another blog that I absolutely LOVE! It is Made By Momo I decided to make a card for her Tuesdays challenge which was to create a graduation card. I don't know anyone graduating this year, but perhaps I can use it next year (or a year after that?) The cartridges I used were Locker Talk for the hat and Elegant Cakes for the sentiment. Hope you like it!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Buddies Scrapbook Layout

Hi again! Before I leave, here is another project I finished for the challenge over at The task was simply to create any scrapbooking layout using CTMH products. I have a very healthy stash of Close to my Heart products with my sister being my consultant and enabler :-) In fact I have made a few orders already this month while they are having their June Jackpot sale! There is a different special everyday in June! If you are interested find a consultant in your area and check it out!

Anyway, I used the Rough and Tumble My Reflections Level II paper pack, various matching CTMH ink colours and the My Acrylix stamp sets Little Boys, Flyin' High and Childhood Boy to create this layout featuring my son Drew and my nephew William who are two months apart and best buddies (sometimes anyway lol) Hope you like it!

Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge

Hi everyone! Here I am at 7:30 am just finishing up a project for the challenge at Normally, I am not functional this early but I got a call from my mom at a little after 5:00 saying my little sister had her baby girl! So before I head out for the 3 hour drive, I needed to get my project done!

Emma's challenge was to create a project using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge (if we had it, which I do) and the colours light blue, red and dark brown. When I first saw what the combination was I was kinda like "Yikes". I actually found some patterned paper from one of Jenni Bowlin's lines that used red and light blue - not really a common combination I don't think - but it turns out they do go nicely together! Hope you like it! Thanks for the challenge Emma!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Let's Get Sketchy

Hi again! Well I made a baby boy card today so I decided to make a baby girl one as well. I used the sketch for the week over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog and created this cute card! I used the Close to my Heart "Welcome Baby" stamp set, the Stitched paper line also by CTMH, and the Baby Pink and Cocoa Inks. I am not sure what is up with my scanner right now, because the last few scans I have done are really light in the lower corner - it's really annoying me!! Hmmmm.

Welcome Baby card featuring TIGGER!!!

Hi everyone! What a beautiful day today! I really need to get outside and get my flowers planted! But first, here is card I created today with two challenges in mind. I used the Pooh font cartridge to create the baby Tigger and his little ducky. I just noticed it doesn't show on the photo but I used the Welcome Baby from the CTMH my acrylix stamp set with the same name and embossed it with white embossing powder ( bottom right corner)

Fantabulous Cricut - The challenge here was to create a project following a baby shower theme. It seems like there is ALWAYS someone I know who is pregnant ( my little sister is due any day!!!!) So you can never have too many baby cards on hand, right?

The Sweetest Thing - I used the Sunday Sketch as inspiration for the layout of my card!

Hope you like my cute baby tigger! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #29

Hi everyone! I decided to do a project for the challenge over at The challenge was:

Now we are going to get cookin'! For our next challenge, Peachy Keen wants to see your favorite yummy summer BBQ or picnic recipe! AND we want you to feature it as a recipe card!

I chose one of my favorite barbeque recipes "Chicken Kisses".

I used the Peachy Keen Stamp sets

PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment (carrots, onions)

PK-570 Basic Paper Doll Face Assortment (potatoes)

PK-754 Critter Faces Set A Medium (chicken)

The Cricut cartridges I used were

Create a Critter (carrots)

Everyday Paper Dolls (chicken)

From My Kitchen (barbeque and recipe card)

The potatoes and onions were images I found on the web.

This project was a lot of fun - now I am actually thinking about making a recipe scrapbook! It would be so cute! Thanks for looking!

Ewe're One of a Kind

Hi everyone! Today my daughter (who is 6)and I have been creating in our craft room. I am taking part in Emma's first challenge over at
The task is to create a project using an animal image. Jenae decided she wanted to make something too! I used the Animal Kingdom cartridge for my sheep and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge for the grass. I used my new Peachy Keen Critter Faces for the large sheep then wished I had bought the small ones too because the faces were too big for the little sheep ( I am NOT a good artist lol). I used the Tiny Typewriter Alphabet by Close to My Heart to make the sentiment. You can't really see it in the photo, but I rubbed stickles over the grass cut out and over the top of the ribbon. Hope you like it!
Now for my daughter's project. On the front cover she cut out a drawing she made of our yorkie Parker. On the inside of the card she used Create a Critter to cut out the dog and then stamped a face on him with the PK critter faces set. Then she added a photo of him! She is so proud of her handiwork and I'm so proud of her! She hopes everyone likes it and she really hopes we win the challenge!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

More Challenges!!

Well I was bored yesterday and started searching blogland for more challenges to take part in since I've been having so much fun!!!I created this card with three new challenges in mind.

The challenge here was to use your favorite stamp. I used one from the first Close to My Heart stamp set I ever bought - Flower Child

The challenge here was to use bright colours.

This challenge was to make a card about what summer means to you. Flowers!!!

All three of these challenge blogs are really cool - you should all check them out! Can't wait to take part in more of their upcoming challenges!