November 28, 2010

Penny Black and Greeting Farm

Happy Sunday all! Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Wanted to share batch 2 of Christmas cards. I love snowmen! I think they are my favorite holiday decoration because they are just so darn cute! And these stamps by Penny Black and Greeting Farm are no exception. I combined them with the "Snow Much Fun" collection from Three Bugs in a Rug to make these 4 really cute very nontraditional cards. I also used my iRock to give them a little bling. If you haven't tried the iRock from Imaginisce yet you really should. I've used it on cards, scrapbook pages and even gave my littlest ones play guitar a little bling. It's fabulous!

This first card is the Penny Black stamp. I love the big puff ball on his head and his cute smile. I used the Tim Holtz "Brackets" edge die on this one. I found the easiest way for me to get the paper to stay lined up on the die was to put a little adhesive on each corner of the card actually stick it to the die. It comes off the die easily and is cut off the card when you run it through your machine.

The next three cards feature the "Keep Cozy" set from Greeting farm. This is a great set and super cute. It has 3 snowmen, 4 sentiments and a snowflake.

November 25, 2010

Winter Wonderland Cards

Well Thanksgiving was a success in our house and I hope all of you had a wonderful day spent with loved ones. Now that we have that holiday out of the way it's on to Christmas! So here is batch one of Christmas cards. Unfortunately the pictures did not turn out as well as I had hoped, the embossing with my Cuttlebug just didn't show up. I used 3 different snowflake Cuttlebug folders and the Winter Woodland cartridge to cut out all the sentiments. They came out simple but pretty.
If you're shopping today, happy deal hunting, and if you think that black Friday is for crazy people make sure to enjoy the best left overs of the year. Thanks for stopping by!

November 22, 2010

Playing Catch Up

Well I have officially failed at my new years resolution to post consistently on this blog. Life, kids, work and school can be a little over whelming at times. Even though I haven't stayed on top of my posting, I have still been crafting (a little anyway). So lets start with the Halloween box. I used the Happy Hauntings cartridge to create this coffin/Frankenstein box. All of the pieces have little tabs at the bottom that slide into little slots in the top of the box. There are a few things I would change if I redid it, but for all intents and purposes I was pretty happy with it.
The next project I did was a set of winter themed cards using both the Cuttlebug and the Cricut. I used the Winter Woodland cartridge to cut all of the sentiments, nestabilities fr the scalloped circles on the "Winter Wonderland" card, and the small snowflakes with rhinestone centers are from Jolee's. My favorite is the "Magic of Winter" card. It was very simple but the stickles gave it just the right amount of bling, I've since added a few rhinestones to it as well.
I don't want too make this post too long so I will save the wedding layouts I did for another post. I also have another set of cards that feature Penny Black and Greeting Farm stamps that I am very excited about. If I don't get a chance to post again before the holiday have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the time spent with loved ones, we don't realize often enough how special it is. Happy Thanksgiving!

October 9, 2010

Halloween Cards

Hello! It's been a while since I've posted. Life is crazy as usual. I unexpectedly decided to go back to school at the last possible minute and although I'm doing it online, between that, the kids being back in school, work and teaching class it hasn't left a whole lot of time left. I also received some rather disappointing news that my Halloween box that was chosen by Cricut did not make it into their video. :( As much as I love my Cricut I have to admit I'm a little disappointed with Provo Craft at the moment. BUT enough venting on to the fun stuff!

Just in time for Halloween, some fabulously cute cards! This set of three cards features Basic Grey Eerie papers, Bo Bunny Whoo-ligans papers and cardstock stickers, Making Memories Toil & Trouble skull flowers, and some fabulous stamps.

This first one features a haunted wine label stamp and the skull flowers, both of which I love! I used three colors of Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Orange Marmalade, Dusty Concord) blended together and spritzed with water to give it that water color look. I stamped the image in black ink while the cardstock was still a little wet and got a kind of old mildewy look to it. Then I distressed the edges and inked with black

This second one is pretty basic. Lots of layers and the really cute Bo Bunny papers and cardstock stickers.The last card features the back sides on the Bo Bunny papers and some Inkadinkado stamps with some rhinestone embellishments. Hopefully before the weekend is over I will have a NEW Halloween box posted for you so be sure to check back! Thanks for stoppin by!

September 6, 2010

My Family Layout

Hello all! Hope everyone has enjoyed their long holiday weekend. I know we have. This weekend was my little ones 6th birthday and we celebrated with family in the sun. The kids played in the pool and we attempted to make a monster truck cake. It was the funniest thing, but he liked it and that's what matters. LOL
Now on to the layouts! I am always the one behind the camera, so pictures of me and the boys are rare. Even though I'm in these pics I also was the one taking them. They're fun though and they are some of my favorites. I did these layouts with the Scrapper's Edge monthly kit that featured the Fancy Pants "My Family" line. I LOVE this line! Scrappers Edge kits are great too. They always feature the newest lines, coordinating cardstock and embellishments and so much more. Check them out and subscribe today at!

August 18, 2010

Hot! Hot! Pockets

I can't believe it has been almost a month since I posted! Shame on me! Life around here has been hectic though. We moved into a new house, I had 2 classes to teach, plus all the normal day to day that comes with having a husband and 2 boys. Now on to the fun stuff!

My card class for the month is pocket cards. I did two different types, the diagonal double pocket with 2 tags and the criss cross card. I was really happy with how they turned out even if the diagonal double pocket one and I didn't get along so well at first (lol). You can find the tutorials on Splitcoast Stampers and the papers I used are listed under the cards. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for a special announcement!

Diagonal Double Pocket Card

Papers: Girls Paperie, Kraft Cardstock, Paper Accents Tags
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company, Fiskars, Autumn Leaves
Other: Prima flowers, adhesive backed pearls, ribbon

Criss Cross Card

Papers: Girls Paperie. Kraft Cardstock, Bazzill Dragonfly Cardstock
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company
Other: Prima Flowers, adhesive backed pearls, ribbon
My Cricut Halloween Box was one of the projects chosen by Provo Craft to be featured in an upcoming Cricut infomercial. One of the winners will be chosen to actually be in the video and we are still waiting to hear who that will be. More details to come soon!

July 27, 2010

"Easel" Does It!

Hello! It's been a while since I posted anything. Life is busy with working and having 2 kids out of school. Here are a couple of cards I made for my easel card class this month. I used paper from the DCWV stack The Natural, the butterflies on the first card and the sentiment are from Unity Stamp Co. The second card I used the deckled rectangle Nesabilities, but can't remember where the stamp came from. I'm doing examples for next months classes now, pocket cards and a photo wallet for Cricut class. Thanks for stoppin by!

July 3, 2010

Steppin Out With My Cricut

Time for another Cricut class this month and I wanted to try something new. I has already tried easel cards so I thought I would try my hand at stair step cards and I am sooooo glad I did. These cards turned out adorable! All of the cuts are from Create a Critter except the water on the "Splash" card (I did that by hand). I added some stickles, some pen accents and voila! Adorable kids cards. I thought they would also be a great way to present a gift card by just tucking it in to one of the folds. There are lots of pics below so be sure to scroll down. And have a wonderful, safe 4th of July weekend!
The dinosaurs on this cartridge are just too cute!
The cardstock colors for the little whale turned out perfect!
All of the little critters on this cartridge are super cute! This is definitely one of my new favorites!

June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

First off, happy Father's Day to all the wonderful fathers out there! I hope everyone is enjoying the day with their families. Although the husband had to work today I know we will be once he is home. Today I wanted to share the card I made for him. It's my first easel card I've posted and I am really liking these cards! The background stamp is from Hero Arts and of course I used my distress inks. The frame is chipboard that I painted with distress crackle paint and then rubbed ink over. The stamp in the frame is 7 Gypsies, I stamped it in copper and then over top of that in brown and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment on the bottom is Unity that I also embossed with clear embossing powder. I added the ribbon and Tim Holtz gears and voila! Have a wonderful Father's Day and thanks for stopping by.

June 9, 2010

Distressingly Beautiful

It's been almost a year now since I was introduced to the Tim Holtz Distress Inks and I still love them as much as I did in the beginning. I created these 2 cards using the inks and stamps by Tim Holtz and Rubber Stamp Concepts. The first is all Tim Holtz stamps. I used the Martha Stewart doily lace border punch for the border at the bottom. The second is stamps from Rubber Stamp Concepts and an EK Success border punch. I used gold embossing powder on the Paris sentiment. The images were stamped cut and distress with the burnt edge technique, then adhered with dimensional glue dots. Thanks for looking!

June 7, 2010

Unity Weekend

This weekend I finally got to play with my new Unity stamp sets. The "Moments in Bloom & Naturally You" kit is amazing. I love all the flowers and sentiments. I was so inspired these two cards came together really quick. The bright blue and purple of the first one is so bright and fresh. I stamped the flowers first in green on the card, then I stamped a second image in purple and cut out the flowers. I used pop dots to make them stand out.
The second card is trifold card. The front was embossed with my Cuttlebug. I used the same technique as the first card for the flowers, then I attached the little tag.

I wanted to keep the "beauty" theme going on the second flap so I used the "beauty definition" stamp and bordered it with a Martha Stewart punch.

The butterflies are also a Martha Stewart punch that I carried throughout the card.

May 26, 2010

Sugar Sweet Paper Treats Victorian Challenge

So the first challenge over at the Sugar Sweet Paper Treats blog was to do something with a Victorian theme. Let me tell you this was not an easy thing for me. Having 2 boys and a husband there are not a whole lot of girlie things in my house, let alone anything Victorian. Thanks to the other ladies on the design team though I think I fumbled my way through it pretty well. Since my wedding pages are one of the few girlie things I get to do I figured that was a good place to start. All of the patterned papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle. I made the flowers by cutting a scalloped circle, misting it with water, pinching it in the middle and ruffling it out. Then attached a Prima flower and pearl brad to the top of it. The scalloped border on the bottom is an EK Success border punch and the "Bride" title is from K & Co. It's not the MOST Victorian project ever, but for not being my "thing" I thought it turned out pretty good. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the other great projects on the SSPT blog.