Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays

Hello Blogging World!

I apologize for my long hiatus from my blog.  I had a lot of personal issues these last two months that took my attention from this blog. I so missed posting but I didn't stop crafting - just not posting my work, lol.
My son, Ethan, is 2 1/2 years old and he is in daycare. I decided to make treat bags for the other children and I completed them today.

Robyn from My Pink Stamper, makes these bags all the time so I decided to try it. I cut the snowmen from Imagine cartridge, Snow Angel, at 2.0 & 2.1, left to right. I bought the cellophane bags from Walmart for $0.97. I bought three types if Hersheys Kisses and cut the tag at 4.25" by 5.5" and scored it in half. I used sentiments from two different Pink By Design stamp sets - Winter Fun and Vintage Holidays. When I saw "A taste of Christmas," I thought it was perfect for what I wanted to do.

I am really happy with how this turned out. I made 25 and it was super easy and relatively quick. I hope the kids like it - but of course they will - It's Chocolate!!!
Happy Holidays Everyone!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Birthday Surprise

Good Morning everyone!
 I hope you are having a good week. My best friend's son's birthday is this weekend. I am super excited because she is having it at a bouncy house and I think my two year old will really enjoy it. I made a card for the birthday boy a couple of weeks ago but it didn't excite me, so I made him another one. This one I like:

Recipe: Card base is Stampin Up Bermuda Bay cut to 5" X 7". I cut a 2.5" X 7" strip of white CS and stamped the background using Hero Arts Cling Dots with Only Orange ink. I used black velvet ribbon to blend the strip into the card. I cut my images using Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge. I cut the presents at 4" and the mouse in the present at 3.5". I just used my white gel pen to add some faux stitching - I resisted the stickles temptation since it is going to a boy, lol. I did use scraps of the shimmery CS that I used in my last card so there is some shine. All other CS are from Recollections. I stamped a Scrappy Moms sentiment in Only Orange and hand wrote happy birthday on the little tag that cut out with the presents.

I like the bright cheery colors since her son is turning four. I am entering it into Birthday Sundaes challenge #29, Ribbon Birthday Card. As the name implies, ribbon must be used on your card and a birthday type sentiment as well. The challenge ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday. Happy Crafting!

PS - Thank you, as always, for your lovely comments. I really appreciate it! It is such a nice feeling to know someone likes what I make. :-)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nate's ABCs Sympathy card

Good Morning everyone! I recently bought Nate's ABCs and it is such a cute cartridge! I love the little scenes in it. One of my close friends recently lost an aunt so I decided to make her a sympathy card using this cartridge.

Recipe: A2 card folded landscape using So Saffron from Stampin Up. Layer is from My Minds Eye, Stella & Rose, Hattie 6X6 paper pad. Image is cut at 3.5". Grass part is from Nana's Nursery, Baby Boy and the rest are from scraps in my stash. The stamp is from Stampin Up Teeny Tiny Wishes and I used Staz On Timber Brown ink. The butterfly by the sentiment is from Martha Stewart's 3 in 1 butterfly punch. I used Waterfall and Eucalyptus Stickles to accent the butterfly and the leaves on the plant. Ribbon is from my stash. The cut out for the eye on the snail was entirely too small, so I used a white gel pen instead. I also did a little doodling with it.

So that's my card. I really like it. I am entering it into a few challenges and contests for this week:
Celebrate The Occasion challenge #32 which is any type of card as long as you use ribbon.
Cricut Blog World Card Making Day Contest.
Paper Sundaes Challenge #88 which is Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. As always, have a great day!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lady Frankenstein

Good Evening Crafters! I have some exciting news - I was the July winner on which by the way can now be found at I received my prize and it contained cute clear stamps, flowers and an acrylic block to use with the stamps from Studio G. Thank you so much Mary!

The CCC challenge now runs for two weeks so I made this card for challenge #91. I had to participate in the first challenge since the big move! The challenge is to make a scary card using any spooky cut on any cartridge you choose. Here's my card:

Recipe: Card base is Black from Stampin Up cut to A2 standard size. Matte is from Recollection paper stack, Ravenhead Manor ( last year's Halloween stack).  Image is Frame 4 from Happy Hauntings cut at 5". The base piece another patterned paper from Ravenhead Manor stack. I inked all the black and the purple patterned paper in white Studio G chalk ink I bought from the dollar bin at A.C. Moore; I rounded all corners with my corner chomper on the 1/2" side. The bats are from a Cuttlebug die and I inked it with white ink as well. I used orange ribbon behind the framed image, added Orange Peel stickles to the top of the pumpkins and Black Diamond stickles to the streak in Lady Frankenstein's hair. I also outlined it with a white gel pen. The saying is from Stampin Up.

I think this card meets the spooky criteria, lol. I also like the classy, grown up feel to this card. I hope you like it. Challenge #91 will end on Tuesday, the 27th at 11:59pm. Thanks for stopping by! Happy creating!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Envelope Card

Good Afternoon! Two posts in one day, can you believe it? I made an envelope card that I want to enter into two challenges today. Birthday Sundaes challenge #26 is to make an envelope/ criss-cross card and Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge #31, this week hosted by Paula of More Than Favors, is to use the cartridge, Live Simply. I don't have Live Simply but I found a similar cut on the Cricut American Alphabet loaded on my E2 of a rabbit.

Recipe: I used Pink Recollections cardstock for the base. There is a link on Birthday Sundaes on how to make this card. I cut the bunny and all of its layers at 3.25" from different scraps I had from recent projects. I used DCWV Nana's Kids mattes stack for the patterned cardstock. I used green ribbon from Michael's $1 bin on the band. I used strips of the patterned paper on the inside card and stamped Happy Birthday using Stampin Up, Regal Rose ink pad. I added Cotton Candy stickles to the bunny's ears and tail.

Super simple card. I wanted the patterned cs to take the spotlight on this card. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I really appreciate the love! Have a great evening.

Gifts galore

Good Morning Crafters! Celebrate the Occasion has a challenge for the week to make a tall ( business envelope size) card for a birthday and it must have a present/presents on it. I love tall cards - so much more room to make a scene or cut an image larger than normal. Here is my card:

Recipe: Base is cut at 9" X 4" from Red Recollections paper. Mattes are 3.75" X 8.75" (Black Recollections) and 3.5" X 8.5" (patterned paper from stash). Image is from Imagine cartridge, Better Together, cut at 6.5". I used black velvet trim that I bought at a fabric store near my house for $1 for a huge spool - total score! I used Basic Grey buttons to dress it up with iridescent braid cord in the button holes. The Happy Birthday is a cling stamp (I can't remember who made the set and I am at work) I stamped using Black Staz On and colored it in with a Stampin Up marker in Real Red. Of course I had to use stickles, so I used a little fruit punch on the polka dots on the largest gift and accented the ribbon on the smallest gift. I think that's it.

I think this card turned out ok considering I went through a few trial and errors before arriving at the finished product, lol.  That's part of the fun of it, right? There is still plenty of time to join CTO for this challenge. It doesn't end until Sunday night at 11:59pm. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CCCC #30

Good Morning! I hope everyone's day is off to a good start. It is raining in NY and one thing we don't need is more rain after the Hurricane last week. Nature is sure giving it to us lately: an earthquake, then a hurricane and now remnants of a tropical storm. What did we do? I wish I could send some of this rain to Texas where they are having a major drought. Oh well, on to my card.

This week Meriah from Tattered Time is hosting the Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge on her site. She alternates weekly with Paula from More Than Favors. The cartridge chosen by their followers this week is Gypsy Wandering. I love a chance to use my Gypsy so I had to participate.

This card was very time consuming, lol. I cut the reindeer at 3.82 and the trees at: 4, 3.75, & 3.53. I used Chocolate Chip CS from Stampin Up. I flocked the trees different shades of green. I used Distressed stickles in Scattered Straw for the antlers and diamond stickles to highlight the swirl on the reindeer. I hand sewed the snowflake patterned paper (DCWV) to the turquoise paper (Recollections). That was my first time doing it and boy was it intense, lol. I love the look of it in real life. I corner chomped one side (to hide a cut in the paper, lol). I stamped Noel in Timber Brown from Staz On. Super simple but  a lot of time for elements to dry and then there was the sewing, lol.

I really love this card. I am going to save it to give to someone special at Christmas time. I hope you enjoyed my card. Please head over to Meriah's site and join in on the fun. You have until 11:59pm Sept. 11th. Good luck!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Paper Cutz Challenge #105

Good Afternoon Bloggers! This is a quick post to show you the card I made for Paper cutz Challenge #105.
The challenge was to make a project using things you would find on a farm. You could use any colors and it could be for any occasion. Here's my card:

This card is from Just Because Cards Cricut Cartridge, button #7. I cut it out at 5.75". I used Martha Stewart glitter on the talk. I inked up the little chick with Mustard Seed distressed ink and used my Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Black for the eyes. I outlined the wing and the beak with my Atyou Spica glitter marker for some subtle bling. Super simple.
Thank you for taking a peek at my card. The challenge ends tonight so if you have the time, please join. Have a great night.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birthday Bash Elephant

Good Afternoon Bloggers! I made a card last night to enter two challenges: Paper Cutz Challenge #104 and Celebrate The Occasion Challenge #26. Paper Cutz asked us to use only the colors: Turquoise, Red, Black and White and Celebrate the Occasion asked for an easel Birthday card. Here is how I married the two:

Turquoise, Black and White CS - Recollections. Red patterned paper is from DCWV Paper Stack 7. Ribbon and Rhinestones are from Michaels. I also used Turquoise Stickles on ear and tail.
I used Elephant from Birthday Bash cut at 3.25 inches. The circle I used my Martha Stewart circle cutter and it is also 3.25 inches and I stamped it with a Tim Holtz stamp to make the background. The red matte I used Elegant Edges Dots Oblong shadow cut at 5.25". The Happy Birthday stamp is from a cling stamp set that I can't remember the name of right now, lol. I also used Viva Decor Black pearl pen to make the eyes pop.

That's my card. I hope you like it. Paper Cutz challenge ends tonight at midnight but CTO doesn't end until Sunday night, so you have time to try your hand at an easel card. Have a great night.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Snow Angel

Good Evening Crafters! I am sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I wanted to, but it just never happened. I am enjoying my summer with my very active two year old though. I made a card a couple of days ago that I wanted to share with you.

I recently bought an Imagine and I bought Snow Angels to play with. I love the images on this card. I cut this image one layer (I am taking baby steps with the printing and cutting as I don't want to make a mistake, lol) at four inches. I also bought Elegant Edges which is what I used to cut the matte at 5.25" using DCWV Christmas Stack paper. The card base is Recollections and it matches the pink/peach of the girl's outfit. I used Viva Decor Pearl pen in Ice White to add the pearls at the bottom of the card. I also used stickles to 3D the pompom on her hat and Enamel Accents to all the white dots in the sleigh for dimension. I outlined the matte with my white gel pen and inked the edges of the matte. I stamped the saying from Paper Trey Ink.

I am entering this card in a couple challenges:
More Than Favors Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge #27 
The cartridge is Winter Woodlands or a similar cut from another cartridge. The sleigh I used reminded me of the sleigh on Winter Woodlands.
My Pink Stamper's Pinkalicious Blog Hop Friday
Make a card that represents you and your favorite thing.
I love Stickles, Glass Effects, Viva Decor pearl pens and glitter. They are my favorite additions to my projects.

That's it. I hope you like it. It is pretty simple. I find I am making simpler cards in the last few weeks. Time is of the essence :-).  Thank you to all my new followers! I can't believe I am at 50 followers! You all rock! Have a great night!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Blue and White - what a combo!

Happy Friday fellow crafters! I am so happy Friday is here. One of my close childhood friend's just celebrated a birthday and she is having a get together tomorrow, so I had to make her a card. Her favorite color is baby blue. Celebrate The Occasion challenge #23 is to make a card for any occasion using the colors - you guessed it, blue and white! What a match made is crafty heaven, lol. Here's my card:

My friend is a 70's chick at heart so Groovy Times was a no brainer. I chose the dress and cut it and all its layers at 3" and the boots at 2". It is an A2 size card. Base cardstock is a scrap, the white is Recollections and the polka dot is from Echo Park's- Dots & Stripes Candy Shoppe 6X6 pad. My sentiments are from Scrappy Moms' Sweet Somethings (Sweet & Sassy) and Simple Sentiments (Happy Happy Birthday). I stamped using Stampin Up's Night of Navy. I added Star Dust Stickles to the platform of the boots and the hem of the dress and sleeves. I used my I-rock and added bling to the hanger. I had trouble cutting out the hanger on the dress so I added the shadow and it needed something, lol.

So that is my card and I hope my friend likes it. Please check out CTO and play along if you can; you have until Sunday 11:59pm to enter. Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Monogrammed Bag

Good Morning Crafters! First off, I am the winner for challenge #83 on Cricut Cardz Challenge! I am entered into the drawing for July, YAY!!! I am super excited for my first blog win and so thankful to CCC for their great challenges.

Now on to today's business which is challenge #84. This week's task is to make a monogrammed card using any color and any cartridges you prefer. Now, I did not make a card but a gift bag to hold a gift card. I recently saw a tutorial on More Than Favors of Sarah, from My Pink Cricut on youtube, who made a treat box. You use one 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of cardstock to make it - with no cutting! Folding was a little tricky so I played the video while making it, lol. I recently went to Michael's, which is rare because there are not many in NYC, and Recollections now makes printed cardstock packs. When I saw the turquoise zebra striped print, I knew I had to make a treat box out of it.

Isn't that print fabulous? I also used a black polka dot from another patterned set from Recollections, a black and white, vintage looking set. I cut the print scallop at 3.25" and the white at 3.75" using Mini Monograms. I cut the L from Storybook at 2.5". I used Martha Stewart glitter and my Xyron to bling it out, lol. I colored a white flower with a Bic Mark It marker and used a pearl brad. The other two I used clear rhinestones from Recollections, I believe. I used my crop-a-dile to punch the holes and black ribbon from my stash to secure it.

I chose L because a friend of mine, named Lee, will be celebrating her birthday soon and I can put her gift in this bag. She loves bling and pretty so I immediately thought of her when I decided to make this project. I love how the glitter looks in real life! It is so pretty! So I hope you enjoy and forgive me for bending the rules, lol. The challenge ends Tuesday at Midnight, so you have time to enter. Take care and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pink Stamper Design Team Call!!!

Hello Fellow Crafters! Robyn from My Pink Stamper is having a Design Team call to showcase her awesome stamp sets. I don't have any yet but they are on the top of my when I get extra money I can buy list, lol. I tried in the winter so when the announcement came up, I said, "What the heck?! I'll try again," LOL. The rules are as follows: any project using these colors - orange, green, brown, turquoise and another color (optional) of your choice; it must be made specifically for this call and you have to have a blog for at least three months.  There are other rules that you can read on her site. Here is my card:

Card Base: 5.5" square card base with layers of 5.25" and 5".
Cartridge: Groovy Times. Image and its layers cut out at 4.25".
Paper: Stampin Up (Bermuda Bay, Green Galore), Recollections
Patterned Paper: Echo Park, A Walk in the Park; DCWV Citrus Stack
Ink: Ranger Distressed Inks in Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade
ETC: Irock gem and tool for eye; turquoise stickles for wing; buttons from
 my stash.  Ribbon is also from my stash. Stampin Up dimensionals.

I love the colors of this card! I just got Groovy Times and when I saw this image, I knew it would be perfect for the color scheme of this challenge. I used patterned paper to give detail to the image. I love A Walk in the Park paper pack so I used it in the image and for the 5" matte of the card base. I inked the edges of it with the Spiced Marmalade. The yellow in the card is patterned paper from the Citrus stack and I inked the edges with Mustard Seed. The brown in the card is a metallic brown from Recollections that is so pretty in person. I wish it had shown up more. It was pretty easy to make except for gluing all the layers for the image together. Totally worth it though. 

Thanks for looking and all the support in your wonderful comments. I appreciate it! I hope I am picked but creating is the best part of it and that's what counts! Have a great day!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

CCC #83

Hello crafters! I know, I know - I've fallen of the crafting wagon again, lol. At least a full month hasn't gone by. I've been enjoying summer with the family. I do keep up with the challenges though and Cricut Cardz Challenge #83 inspired me to make a card. The challenge is to make a card for a grandparent using any cartridge or colors you like. I chose Cindy Loo.

Recipe: Base is 4.25 by 5.50 using white Recollections cardstock. I cut Frame 12 from Cindy Loo at 3.5" out of sage Shadow by Stampin Up. I cut the flourish out of Pretty in Pink. I used my white gel pen on the frame and Cotton Candy Stickles on the flourish. I cut patterned cardstock from DCWV's Luxury Stack at 4 X 5.25. I placed the frame where I wanted it to be on the patterned CS and cut out a rectangle using an Exacto knife so the white could show through. I punched out butterflies using a Martha Stewart punch on the cut out rectangle and used the same Stickles to make their flight swirl (not sure what you call it so I am going with flight swirl, lol). I stamped Happy Birthday from a Paper Studio stamp set.

Super simple card but I think it turned out pretty and my grandmother would love it. I think the older generation sometimes prefer simple over bells and whistles. So that is my card. Please check out the challenge; you have until Tuesday, 7/19 midnight to get your project in. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My First Tag!

Good Evening Crafters! I made my first tag a few nights ago but this weekend was so hectic, I am just getting the chance to post it. I plan to enter this into three challenges this week, two of which end soon, LOL. Talk about cutting it close.

I created this tag in my Gypsy using: Tags, Bags, Boxes and More; Create a Critter, Plantin Schoolbook and Accent Essentials. Over at Cricut Chaos Challenge the cartridge chosen for challenge #22 was TBBM so that is why I used that cart. Tags are also the theme for Wacky Wednesday Challenge #42 at More Than Favors, which made me choose a tag to work with. At Celebrate The Occasion, challenge #19 is celebrating summer so the project must have a sun in it, so this gave me the idea for my scene.

I cut the tag out at 5.25" out of turquoise card stock I had in my stash (all papers are scraps except the sun). I cut the clouds from Create a Critter at 0.75 and 1.00 and used Icicle stickles on them. I cut the snail and all its layers from CAC as well at 2"; I used Glam Pink stickles on the snail. I cut the grass from Plantin Schoolbook at 1.12" and cut it down to size. I cut the sun at 2.18" from Cosmo Cricket's DeLovely 6X6 pack. I used Accent Essentials for the image and I inked it with Mustard Seed distressed ink. I also used a little Tumbled Glass around the edges of the tag. I punched out some butterflies using my Martha Stewart triple butterfly punch. I put Milled Lavender distressed stickles on the purple butterflies. So that is my tag!

I hope you like it and I hope you get a chance to play along. There's not much time though, LOL.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Father's Day

I can't believe it is the middle of June! This year is flying by. In honor of Father's Day, challenge #79 on Cricut Cardz Challenge is to make a Father's Day card using any cart and color scheme you like. I made a few cards to give out and here is one of my favorites:

I have been using pretty much the same colors all week - it is what is on my messy desk at the moment, lol. Plus, I like to use up my scraps. This is a 5" X 5" card cut from Paper Trey Ink Kraft cardstock. I believe the scalloped square ( SU Mellow Moss) is from Accent Essential cut at 5"; I don't have my Gypsy with me today to tell you for sure. I also inked the edges with Bundled Sage distress ink. I cut the hammer and screw driver from Boys will Be Boys at 4", including the circle background using the orange, yellow and silver found in this weeks projects. I got the Mr. Fix it Stamp from the dollar bin at AC Moore. I stamped it in SU Summer Sun. If you've been reading my blog, I am a huge stickles person so even though it is a man card, I had to use stickles! I used Mustard Seed Distressed Stickles on the screw driver. I honestly think I have every color of stickles made, LOL.

So that is my card. I am giving it to my step dad because he is truly a Mr. Fix it. If we have a problem or something needs to be done, he is the man to go to. If you have a great card you made, this is a great challenge to enter it in as there are no restrictions. I hope everyone has a great Father's Day with the special fathers in their lives. Happy crafting!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sweet Treats and Scrappy Moms Stamps

Hello everyone! Yay, another post in the same week. I am on a roll, lol. I am trying anyway. It is Terrific Tuesday Challenge time over at Scrappy Moms and the cartridge selected this week is Sweet Treats. This has to be one of my most used cartridges and one of my favorites so I had to play along. I tend to make a lot of birthday cards, so this is my go to cart. Here's my card:

The base is Early Espresso from SU cut landscape A2; the patterned paper is from K & Co. Birthday kit. I cut the sundae and all its layers out at 3.75". I used Recollections silver for the bowl and the other papers are Recollections too (except for the brown). I used Yellow and Orange Peel stickles to make the flame. I used Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch to make it look like the ice cream is melting on the card. I used the sentiment from Scrappy Moms' Sweet Somethings stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso ink.

I love how this card turned out. I didn't do too much but it worked because of the metallic of the bowl and the glitter on the flame. Now it's your turn to try your hand at using this fabulous cartridge to participate in the Terrific Tuesday Challenge. If you don't own Sweet Treats, you can use a similar cut from SVG or another cartridge. The most important part - is to have fun! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Celebrate with Flourish

Two blog entries in one day? Someone pinch me! I have been going through my least used cartridges and trying to use them (I told you I've been creating - just not posting) and I made a card using Cricut Lite Celebrate with Flourish.

I thought the elephant was so cute. I cut him out at 3" and the happy birthday at 2". I stamped SU green galore with Hero Arts polka dot in versamark and embossed with clear powder. I used lemon ice stickles on the flourish of the hat and on the elephant. I cut the ear out of Echo Park - A walk in the park paper. I used my irock to add orange gems - one for his eye and one to dot the I, lol. I had some ribbon in my stash I picked up from Michael's for a dollar last Summer that was the right color scheme. The turquoise paper is Recollections and the others are from AC Moore's brand. I think it is a fun summery card.

I am entering this card in Celebrate the Occasion (CTO) challenge #18. The challenge is to create a Happy Birthday card using a party hat. I made this card for a color challenge but I missed the deadline and through someone else I follow, IndyMermaid, I found CTO and this card is a perfect fit! This is my first entry with them and I am happy to play along. I need more challenges to motivate me to craft - and post. I hope more people are inspired to check out CTO. Happy crafting! CTO, thank you for giving me a place to showcase my card.

Card using Accent Essentials

I can't believe it has been over a month since I posted anything! So much for my resolution to be more of an active blogger this year. My world has been crazy busy! My son turned two, work is work and I am taking it all one day at a time. I have been crafting but I just haven't been posting.

I follow More Than Favors and she co-hosts a Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge (CCCC) where every week readers get to pick a cartridge to feature for the following week. This week's cartridge is Accent Essentials. This is one of the first cartridges I bought after I purchased my Cricut and it is one of the least used, so I decided I had to play along to get some use out of this cart. Here is my card:

I cut three of these using the regular cut, the shift and the shadow. I used a neon green, turquoise and orange - all cut at 2.25". The middle one I did faux stitching around and used paprika stickles in the cut out part. I had some scrap navy card stock that I cut at 3" and used a Martha Stewart border punch (something like scallop and dots) and adhered to the middle of a 4" X 9" card base of SU whisper white. I stamped a scrappy moms saying in Cajun Craze. I also used a Martha Stewart alphabet to spell dad and used the same stickles to make the dots. Very simple card and I got to use Accent Essentials, yay!!

I want to enter more challenges just to get my creative juices flowing again, so hopefully I will post again - soon! Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Flower card

Hello fellow Crafters! I have been M.I.A. due to being busy at home and at work. I am finally scrapbooking my son's baby pictures. I really want to finish the album before his birthday which is the end of this month. I am also making Mother's Day cards to give to the mothers in my life. Here is a card I made:

This is for challenge #72 over at The challenge asked us to make a card for mother's day using the card feature from a cartridge of your choice and it had to have a flower on it. I bought Life's a Beach a while back but I never used it so I decided to use it for this challenge. This is flower #4 I believe. I used the card feature cut at 5" out of white cardstock. I then cut the flower itself at 4.5" to cover the flower in the card. I used my gypsy to find what size I had to cut the flower to cover the flower in the card base. I used yellow and orange peel stickles to make it pop. The Happy Mother's Day stamp is from Stampin Up and the red bling is from Michaels. I stamped it in SU garden green to bring out the green of the leaves. It is simple but effective, I believe. I hope you like it. Thanks for reading and commenting. I will try to be more consistent but life has a way of interfering with your plans, lol. Take care!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Some Bunny Loves You

Hello Blogging world! I am so happy to be able to post again. I was away for two weeks and then I had to play catch up at work and at home. While I was away, I won two blogging awards from and  and a prize for a challenge at  Thank you all so much!  I am sorry I was away and I will post soon to accept both awards.

I made a card that I think is so cute for my niece for Easter.
I used the bunny with carrot image from Simply Charmed cut at 3.75". The card base is daffodil delight from Stampin Up and the matte is from DCWV Nana's Kids matte stack. The stamp I just picked up from A.C. Moore from the dollar bin. Here's a secret, I accidentally ripped the ear as I was taking it off the mat, so my bunny got a bow, lol. I think it worked out because it looks so cute. I used green and glam pink stickles for my final touch.

I am entering this card in Cricut Cardz Challenge #69 and Sugarsweetpapertreats April challenge. Thank you to all my new followers!  It was such a nice surprise to see so much activity while I was gone. Have a great evening!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge # 66

Hello Bloggers!
I wanted to post this since yesterday but my son is keeping me so busy and away from my computer.  Cricut Cardz Challenge posted this week's challenge on Wednesday.  It is to make a thank you card using the colors yellow, blue and white with a border cut from a cricut cartridge.  You are allowed to use any cartridge you want.  This is what I made:
I used a scrappy moms stamp from A Charmed Life, "Sew Thoughtful!"  It was my inspiration for making this card.  I wanted an image that would go with this phrase so I found a sewing machine on Heritage using my Gypsy.  It is such a great tool for finding what you want to cut without having to go through all the handbooks.  I cut the sewing machine from Heritage at 1.75" and it is popped up.  Card base is an A2 sized card (4.25" X 5.5'), the matte is DCWV from the Citrus Stack cut at 4" X 5.25".   The oval is 3.5" from Plantin Schoolbook and I punched one inch circles and glued them behind to make the scalloped border. I learned this trick from Kristina Werner aka Star of May on you tube.  I cut the scallop border on the tall ball function from Plantin Schoolbook as well at 1" which made it 6" in length so I just cut it down to match the matte.  I faux stitched the oval and the border in a blue sakura souffle pen and the sewing machine with a white sakura pen to go with the sewing theme of the stamp.  I also put a dot in each of the scallops bordering the oval.  This is the second card that I made with no stickles!  Next card, I will have to bling it up to even it out, LOL. 

So that's my card.  Thank you for looking!  Have a great and crafty weekend!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge #65

Good Morning Fellow Bloggers!
I decided to get back in the swing of things and participate in a challenge I came across yesterday on Cricut Cardz Challenge. It started since last week and it ends tonight at midnight. The challenge is to make a 9" X 4" card - aka a tall card - using any cartridge and color scheme you prefer. I chose to do a masculine card since my brother's birthday is coming up. This card also qualifies for Sugar Sweet Paper Treats March challenge so I will enter it there as well. The challenge is to use a cut you've never used before.

I used Dude! Cricut Lite cartridge and cut the skater at 3" and the ramp at 3.25". I recently got this cartridge so this is my second time using it. I used purple (I want to say Perfect Plum but I am not sure) cardstock from Stampin Up because I wanted it to look like he was skating at dusk. I hand cut a mountainous backdrop using kraft cardstock and colored the top with brown chalk for texture. I used a Scrappy Mom's sentiment from their stamp set called Designer's Choice, "Kick up you Heels." I treated myself to four of their stamp sets recently and I love them. I admire other stamp sets as well and plan to purchase but Scrappy Mom's stamps fits my card style so I started with them. I wish the picture came out better. I took three photos and this is the best of the three. I didn't do anything extra. I thought about using black diamond stickles on the Skate in the ramp just because I love stickles but I didn't do it. I still might before I give it to him.
So that's my card. I hope you like. Thank you for visiting and commenting if you do. Have a great day!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wacky Wednesday challenge... on Friday!

Hello Fellow Bloggers!
I came across a challenge on that a card I just made fit perfectly.  It is a Zoo theme - any animal that you would find in a Zoo.  I made this Lion card and it applies so I thought I would enter it, lol.
This super cute lion is from  Life's a Party cut at 3 inches.  I used orange peel stickles to outline all the bright orange parts.  The Just 4 You is from Create a Critter and I believe it is 2.75 inches.  I used turquoise Elmers 3D glitter glue on the 4 to give it that effect.  The background paper is from DCWV Glitter Stack that I have had almost from the beginning of my introduction to crafting a year and a half ago.  The card base is Stampin Up cut portrait length (the long way so the opening is at the bottom).

I like how it turned out.  I made it for a friend's son's birthday.  Thank you for looking/ commenting and have a great day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hello Kitty Birthday Card

Hello Blog world! It has been awhile since I posted. I've been sick and just concentrating on day to day. I stayed home sick these past few days and when I had the energy I made a few cards. My God Daughter's birthday is next Friday so I made her card today.

I think it came out so cute. I made a pedestal card because Hello Kitty cuts have a lot of little pieces that just cuts better at larger sizes. I cut Kitty 2 at 5.25" and all her layers. I cut the happy birthday at 1.75" so that it would measure 4.25" in width. I cut out the grass from last year's Easter cartridge to measure 4" in width. I did fit to length. I punched the butterflies with a Martha Stewart three butterfly punch in the colors I used for Hello Kitty. Of course I had to use stickles since that is what makes a card for me. I used fruit punch, stardust, dark blue, yellow and eucalyptus. It was a stickles fest, lol. I hope my God daughter loves it; she's a huge Hello Kitty fan. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I have a few more cards I will upload later.

Friday, January 28, 2011

More Than Favors Wacky Wednesday Challenge

Good Morning Everyone!  I live in NYC and we got over a foot of snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday and I had a snow day from work.  This is a record breaking winter for us and it isn't stopping anytime soon.  I am so over it and Spring is still a long way away.  Oh well...

I made this card Wednesday night to enter Paula's challenge on her blog.  This is the first time I am participating in one of her challenges.  It is a color challenge using the colors pink, brown and green.  I like color challenges because sometimes you have to pair colors that are not normally your style and have to find a way to make it your own.  I am a follower of Momo's and decided to give it a try as she is a designer for this week's challenge.

Recipe: Pink CS from Michael's cut using doily card from Wild Cards cart at 5".  Brown patterned paper from American Crafts cut out in a circle using Plantin Schoolbook at 4".  Flower from Pagoda cart cut at 3".  I used a pearl brad in the middle from Imaginisce and I decorated the card with Viva Decor Pearl pens in Ice White and Brown because I thought it needed more oomph, lol.  I did faux stitching all around the card and flower with a Signo white gel pen.  I so had to restrain myself from using stickles because I love stickles but this card has enough going on, ha ha.  Besides, second to stickles are my Viva Decor pens so I still had fun. 

I like it.  As I said this isn't a color palette I would normally choose, so I had to really work at finding something that I liked.  I tried and that is what is important, right?  I hope whoever reads this tries as well.  I will use this a s a just cause card so I will write a note on the inside.  Enjoy and thank you for looking and commenting.  I never realized how good it makes you feel when other people compliment your work until I started this.  So thank you for the confidence boosts!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Imagine Pink Challenge

Hi Blog World!  This is a quick note to say that I entered the card I posted yesterday in My Pink Stamper's Imagine Pink Wednesday challenge as well.  I do not have an Imagine and I just made this card the day before and it so fits the challenge, so I am entering it :-). Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cardztv Cupcake Challenge

Hello Crafters!  Can you believe two posts in two days?  I am trying to live up to my goals to be more active, lol.  I saw yesterday that Mary from Cardz TV has a cupcake challenge this week.  I love cupcakes - to eat and to use in card making!  So I went home last night and after I put the baby to bed I put the card together.  I designed it on my gypsy on my way home from work to save time.  Here it is:

Recipe: Base is chocolate chip by Stampin Up cut to a 4" by 9" card (to fit a business envelope). Matte is cut to 3.75" by 8.75" and it is a light yellow with darker yellow circles.  The cake plate is cut at 2", all cupcakes measure 2.5".  I ran the brown frosting pieces through my cuttlebug using the divine swirl folder and with the blue I used Swiss dots.  I faux stitched the hearts, accented the embossed area with a white gel pen and added stardust stickles (my absolute favorite).  I also used broken china distressed stickles on the cake plate rim.  I inked around the wrappers of the cupcakes so they could stand out and chalked the little lines as well.  Last but not least, I used epoxy stickers from K & Company to spell out Sweet.

I love this card.  It was so much fun to make using all the little tricks to make it pop.  I hope you like it.  I also hope you try your hand at making any type of project as long as it uses a cupcake and entering Mary's challenge.  It can be stamped or cut so this isn't limited to just us cricut users. Have a great day!  Thank you in advance if you leave a comment ;-)!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Robyn!

Today is My Pink Stamper, Robyn's, Birthday! I have been a follower of hers after a couple months of owning my Cricut and wanted to see what else I could do with it.  She has taught me so much and inspired me without ever meeting me.  I wish you all the best and much success!

She is having a challenge and giveaway in honor of her birthday to make a Birthday card and post it to her blog.  I want to participate even though I own one of the cartridges she is giving away already. I just want to celebrate with her. Here is my card:
Recipe: I used whisper white cs from Stampin Up for the base. It is actually a portrait cut (I cut it the long way so that the width is 4.25 and the length is 5.5) and then I turned it on its side so it opens to the right. I hope that made sense, lol. The background paper is from DCWV Christmas stack; it has a cloud like pattern with blue dots. It is really pretty in real life. I cut the rainbow at 2.75", the bird at 2.5" and the clouds at 0.75" (2) and one at 1". All cuts are from Simply Charmed cartridge. I inked around the edges of all the clouds with blue ink and used stardust stickles to outline the clouds as well. I also used yellow stickles on the yellow stripe in the rainbow and more stardust on the accent in the bird. It is really pretty in real life. The bird is popped up and everything else is glued down. The stamp is from a Fiskars Birthday sentiments stamp set.

I really like this card. I wish the picture did it more justice. Happy Birthday Robyn! (By the way, did you notice it is a bird for a woman named Robyn?) LOL!! Have a great day and thank you for visiting and leaving a comment! I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One of my favorite Christmas cards that I made

Two posts in one day!  Talk about living up to my New Year's resolution, lol.  I was just talking to my best friend and I remembered that I had wanted to share this card with the blogging world just because I liked it so much.  I made it the day I got the Gingerbread cartridge and New York was buried under 30 inches of snow - last week was crazy!  That's another story though.
Here's the card:

I used kraft cardstock from Papertreyink for the base; red cs is from a scrap pack I bought at target and the white was left over scraps from making all my Christmas cards.  The glitter background cardstock is from DCWV Christmas stack (not the one it is resting on, lol).  I punched it with an apron lace border punch and used a this strip of the red cs to separate the punch from the rest of the paper.  I believe I cut the candies at 2" each.  I will update if I am wrong :-).  I tried to stamp the Merry Christmas directly onto the kraft cs but I messed up - boo.  So I stamped it again on the same white cs I used for the candies and cut it with pinking edgers and covered up the booboo.  That is what crafting is about - fixing mistakes in a creative way, haha.

So that is it.  No contest or challenge.  Just a card that I made after Christmas on a snowy day to keep boredom away.  Funny enough, I think it is one of my favorites.  Thanks for reading and leaving comments!  I appreciate the love.

Happy New Year and MPS Color Challenge

Happy New Year everyone!  This year is off to a busy start in both my professional and personal worlds.  At least we made it through another hectic holiday season!  One of my resolutions for this year is to really get into this blogging thing, lol.  I started it, now I must keep up with it.

My Pink Stamper is adding two new people to her design team!  While I know the odds are against me because there are so many of you who are way more talented than I and have been doing this a long time, I still had to try.  It is a color challenge to use pink, green and brown (her favorite color combo) along with any other color you choose to make any type of project.  of course I chose a card because that is all I can accomplish these days, haha.

I bought another Winter Solutions cartridge - Gingerbread - because I won it for super cheap on ebay!  I love when that happens.  The recipe is as follows: pink cs from Michaels, green patterned paper from DCWV Nana's Nursery for boys, white cs from Michaels and some brown in my scrap stash.
I cut the house at 3 1/2 inches and same for the icing.  The snow I cut free handed and I used icicle stickles (I thought is was an appropriate choice :-)) on both the snow and the icing.  I printed the sentiment out on my computer and cut with cloud paper edgers then matted on the same brown cs and cut that with pinking edgers.  Super simple as I usually need it to be...

It is doubtful that I will make it but I had to give it a try and I always love her challenges and try to participate when I can.  I like the color challenges - it takes you away from your comfort zone.  The challenge closes midnight tonight so if you have the time, hop to it!  Have a great day and thanks for reading!