Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

Good morning!  We have another challenge at Die Cuttin Divas this week!  We want to see projects using your current or favorite school's colors!  This was tough for me, one because our current school is an elementary school and I don't think they have 'colors' yet!  and second because I never had a favorite school.  I went to private engineering school, not a big university.  SO I chose Michigan State since I have a friend who LOVES and went to state so I made her a birthday card!
I think she turned out so cute!  I decided just to make her shirt green instead of putting a big white S on it!  Don't over think this challenge too much!  We just want you to play along!  So link up HERE!

Accent Essentials cart
BBrat girl balloon sitter - Bugaboo Stamps
Copic Markers
Imaginisce - green flower
Accent Creative Designs - white flower
Recollections - brad
Rubber Stampede - black ink

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Sketch Challenge

Not only is today Tuesday but it's our FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!  All 3 kids in school full time!  Hopefully I can get tons of crafting done now!!!  Summers are so hard for me!  So anyway, today marks another Die Cuttin Divas challenge.  This week we have a sketch challenge with a twist!  The twist is a back to school theme, and of course you MUST use a die cut somewhere on your project. 
Here is the sketch:
 and my first day of school layout:
This is from September of last year.  My littlest's first day of preschool.  This at least makes me feel not so far behind!  It's a pretty simple layout but cute and to the point!

Tim Holtz - cardstock
Accent Essentials - hexagon
DCWV Grade School Stack
Queen & Company - bakers twine
TCP Studios - apple stamp
Copic Markers
Creative Memories 1" circle punch

Be sure to link up HERE with your back to school sketch project for a chance to win!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ginger Snap Scraps Back to School Blog Hop

Welcome to our Back To School Blog Hop with the Ginger Snap Scraps Design Team!

This weekend we will be featuring projects all about Back To School. Can you believe school has started!?

We hope you enjoy all of the great work this Design Team has done and find some inspiration.

My inspiration came from all sorts of ideas on Pinterest.  I have never made one of these neat little sticky note holders but OH MY they are so easy!  and adorable!  I'm always thinking of little random acts of kindness for my kids teachers.  I know they all enjoy non homemade gifts for end of year and Christmas but I do make little crafty things for just every day reasons!

Lyrical Letters Cartridge - #1 teacher
TCP Studios - pencil
Copic Markers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Crushed Olive
Rubber Stampede black ink
Studio G white ink
Queen and Company - bakers twine
Echo Park - This and That Charming
Button from stash

Now for some blog candy! We are giving away 2 $10 gift card to Ginger Snap Scraps! Just leave a comment here and let us know that you did the following:

Head over to Ginger Snap Scraps and follow the blog!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

Welcome back to another Tuesday Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!  This week is a COLOR theme!  We want to see yellow, orange, grey and purple in your projects....and remember, you MUST use a die cut!  Here is what I created!
I originally colored this flower at the Great Lakes Mega Meet back in May.  I took a beginner Copic class and the instructor had these flowers stamped and cut out (so I'm not sure what brand it is) for us to practice on.  I thought it went perfect with this weeks challenge!  Be sure to link up your projects HERE!!

Wild Card cartridge
Copic Markers
Making Memories (brads)
Studio G (sentiment)
Rubber Stampede (ink)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Baby Card

I'm back today with another fun card!  Another Tuesday means another challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas!  This week we want to see flight!  An airplane, glider or helicopter on your projects!  Just be sure to include a die cut and link up HERE!  Here is what I came up with!

I just bought this paper pack this weekend from the craft store!  I LOVE it!  I'm really loving these little stacks instead of the big 12x12 stacks I've been buying.  It's so much easier to coordinate papers and colors!

I'd also like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Bitten by the Bug 2: Fly Away!

K&Company paper stack
My Craft Spot - Inside and Out Set #2
Everyday Paper Dolls and Create a Critter Cartridges
Baker's Twine
Celebrate It! ribbon
OTC buttons
Rubber Stampede black ink

Monday, August 13, 2012

Making a Splash!

Today is group design team day at Ginger Snap Scraps.  The theme is anything goes!  I of course took this opportunity to create another layout!  Here is my oldest (now 9, then 4) at his second swim class!
Jillibean Soup  - paper, journal square
Sports Mania Cartridge - title
OTC - mini blue brads
1 3/4" circle punch

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #77

Good Tuesday morning!  Today at Die Cuttin Divas we have a sketch for you!  Along with the sketch we are celebrating National Kid Day so we ask that you add a child theme to your project!!  Feel free to interpret the sketch any way you want as long as you use a die cut somewhere on your project!  and link it up HERE!

I just love making birthday cards and love love using these digital images!  This card came together pretty quickly and I even got to color while watching the Olympics!  I printed off a bunch of different images and my kids sat with me and colored some too!!  Double bonus!!

I'm also entering my card in the Catch the Bug August Anything goes Challenge!

Accent Essentials Cartridge
Bugaboo Stamps - BBrat girl balloon sitter
My Craft Spot - Inside and Out Set #2
Copic Markers
DCWV The Celebration Stack paper
DCWV The Neutral Stack paper
Technique Tuesday and Rubber Stampede ink
Jewels from my stash

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ginger Snap Scraps!

I have a bit of exciting news!  I have been chosen for the Ginger Snap Scraps Design Team!  This is such a great group of crafters!  To celebrate, Ginger Snap Scraps is having a customer appreciation and everything in the store is 30% off TODAY!  They 'wheely' appreciate you!  So here is my wheely project.
I just love the color and papers for this card!  I inked all of the edges and pop dotted everything I possibly could!  I decided again to leave the sentiment off and just make it a card for any occasion.

Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge
Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge
Echo Park This & That Charming Collection
Doodle Twine in Tangerine
Melissa Frances - buttons
Studio G brown ink

Be sure to check out Ginger Snap Scraps and take advantage of her awesome 30% off sale!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Snow Fun

Yes yes I know it's July and practically 100 degrees outside but if you know me at all you know how behind I am on my scrapbook pages!!  and since it's the 5th Tuesday in July, it means it's ANYTHING GOES over at Die Cuttin Divas.  Ironically these are usually hard for me!  I almost find it easier when someone tells me what to make!  This is also my design team post for P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking.  and I LOVE creating layouts whenever I get the chance!
Slowly chugging away at these pages!!  I guess I thought making a winter page would cool the weather down a little!  It's still pretty darn hot here in Michigan!

Snow Fun title - P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking
Cricut Cartridges - George and Basic Shapes, Just Because Cards, Paper Doll Dress Up
Flower Brads - Making Memories
Snowflakes embossing folder
Echo Park paper
Ribbon and snowflake brads from my stash
I drew the face on the snowman myself :)

Our anything goes challenge doesn't get any easier!  All you have to do is use a die cut!  Submit anything, any theme, any project with a die cut HERE.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #75

Well this summer seems to be flying by for me!  July is over half over!  Even though my kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day (which is pretty late for most of us), I still feel like we don't have much summer left!  This week at Die Cuttin Divas we want to see your BEACH projects!  Sand, sun, ocean waves, crabs, sea gulls, buckets, shovels....anything you'd find on or at the beach, and remember you MUST use a die cut somewhere on your project :)
I just love using people on my cards!  My 2 favorite cartridges are Everyday Paper Dolls and Paper Doll Dress Up.  I LOVE the little people we can make!  I cut this girl from Everyday Paper Dolls and the beach ball from H2O.  I used PK-570 Basic Paper Doll Face Assortment (one of my new ones!!).  The kite is from Create a Critter.  I made my own background using the Peachy Keen PK-107 Cloudy Day stamp.  I think I'm finally getting the hang of it!  I used Memento ink.  I've tried a TON of different inks and this one seems to work the best.  I used D'Vine Swirl for the waves and Swiss Dots embossing folders for the sand.

Remember to link up your project HERE for a chance to win a Cricut Magazine!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ho Ho Ho!

I'm on this Christmas kick!  So I figured I might as well keep going!  This layout is from Christmas 2007!  I took all 3 boys (proudly in matching outfits!) to see Santa for the first time.

P.S. I Love you Scrapbooking Title HO HO HO
Lyrical Letters Cricut Cartridge (Dear Santa)
Oriental Trading Company Christmas Tree punch
Crystal Stickles
Fiskars Border Punch
White Gelly Roll Pen

I'd like to enter my layout in the following challenges:
My Craft Spot Challenge #63 - Christmas in July
Bitten by the Bug 2 : Christmas in July

Friday, July 20, 2012

Catch the Bug - Wrap it up with a bow!

Today is the last day of the week long Christmas in July extravaganza at Catch the Bug Challenge blog!  Today's challenge is to make a Christmas card and include a BOW on it!  This was no problem for me as I usually include some sort of twine or ribbon on the majority of my cards/projects. 
I used strips of paper from Echo Park for the background.  I originally tried going more red/pink but wasn't happy with my paper selection.  I just love this paper from Echo Park!  

Knobby Knees Chrismtas - sack - Bugaboo Stamps
Copic Markers
Crystal Stickles
Echo Park paper
Fiskars Tis the Season - sentiment
Corner Rounder
Ribbon from stash

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Catch the Bug Christmas in July THURSDAY

Here is my Thursday submission for Catch the Bug Challenge blog Christmas in July week long event!  Today they want your Christmas card to sparkle and shine!  I had fun with this one!
I used the Christmas-bells image from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colored it with my Copics and used Glossy Accents to make the bells glossy!  I added stickles to the berries on the bow and the bottom part of the bell.  The JOY stickers are from my stash and I finished it with pearl adhesives from OTC.  Pretty simple card!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Catch the bug Tuesday challenge

So I'm a day behind....but determined nonetheless to complete the week of Christmas in July projects for Catch the bug!  For Tuesday they posted a freebie (Tropical Santa) and wanted a tropical theme or to use tropical colors using the image.  This was a bit more tough than I anticipated!  So I kept with traditional colors I guess and went with the tropical theme as best I could! 
This image was extremely easy to work with!  I thought he turned out pretty cute!
Tropical Santa - Bugaboo Stamps
Copic Markers
D'Vine Swirl embossing folder
Stampin Up flower punch
Technique Tuesday ink
Bakers Twine
Jenni Bowlin - sun stamp
Creative Memories Oval Cutting System
Studio G - sentiment

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Crafting with Kids - Summer foods challenge!

I'm so happy my Nathan got to participate in another crafting with kids challenge!  He's preparing for a kids craft show coming up at our local library and has been making cards like crazy to sell there!  This week it's about summer foods and luckily enough we snagged this week's freebie from Bugaboo stamps!  He's been watching me 'color' and I've made quite a few cards for him using digital images and Copics.  So needless to say he's been itching to jump in!  (especially since I won't use my Cricut to cut anything for him (I think it's cheating!)

Lace Berry Digital Image - Bugaboo Stamps (freebie this week!)
Copic Markers
Stamps by Judith - sentiment
Rubber Stampede - ink
Echo Park paper
Corner Rounder

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Christmas in July!

I will admit I think about Christmas all the time!  Mainly because about 5 minutes after all of the presents are opened on Christmas day my 3 kids are already making their list for the next year....and they remind me of it at least twice a week!  I pride myself on starting homemade presents early and having my shopping done with plenty of time to spare.  My scrap booking pages however....those are lacking!

This week at Die Cuttin Divas's it's Christmas in July!  Make any Christmas themed project, be sure to use a die cut and link it up HERE!  Below is my scrapbook page!
I love how this turned out!  The title is from PS I Love You Scrapbooking.  Her die cuts are SO easy to work with!  and she has one for literally every occasion!  The stockings are from Gingerbread cartridge and the scallop background from Accent Essentials (my new favorite cart I think!).  I added some buttons and bakers twine to finish it off!  Really very simple!  Hopefully you are in the Christmas spirit and link your project up HERE!!

I'm also entering my layout in the following challenges:
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - Christmas in July

Sunday, July 15, 2012

More Christmas!

I have another Christmas card today!  This again goes along with Catch the Bug Challenge Christmas in July week long events!  and the Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July Challenge!  Today I followed a sketch.  I LOVE using sketches!  and this one was a great one to work with!
and my creation:
I used the image Knobby Knees Christmas - sack and colored it with my Copics.  The scallop background is from Accent Essentials and the sentiment from Fiskars Tis the Season stamp set.  I cut the stars with my Creative Memories Star Punch.  I polished it off by glossing up the collar and ball of the Santa hat with Glossy Accents and used some glitter on it!  Again a nice and simple Christmas card...and for someone who sends out close to 75, these are the kind I like!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Magical Christmas

It's Christmas in July!  Well at Bugaboo Stamps it is anyway!  I decided to play along in their week of Christmas in July challenges!  Being someone who makes all of her own Christmas cards, this is right up my alley!  Here is the card I created!
This first challenge is Cards for Kids.  and since I'm on this Harry Potter kick I decided to make a Christmas card featuring Harry Potter!  The image is Make it Snappy - Magical Christmas.  I used Copics, Echo Park paper and some twine from Jillibean Soup.  The star is from my stash.  It was pretty simple and I think it'll make any little kid smile :)

I'm also entering this card into the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge which is also Christmas in July!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #73

It's Tuesday which means a new Die Cuttin Diva's challenge!  This week we have a sketch for you!  You can rotate it, flip it, interpret it how ever you like as long as you use a die cut somewhere on your project!  Here is what I came up with!
First the sketch
And my card:

Die Cuttin Diva's is sponsored this week by Pattie's Creations Digital Stamps.  I was lucky enough to be able to use one of her images on my card!  I chose Thinking of You and LOVE how it turned out!

Digital Stamp - Pattie's Creations Digital Stamps
Copic Markers
Cardstock - Recollections
Auburn and Platinum stickles
Pearl pen
Bakers Twine
Ribbon - ek success
Button - Melissa Frances
OTC - adhesive pearls

Be sure to link up your project HERE for our challenge!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Harry Potter

My 9 year old leaves for camp in the morning for 5 days.  He chose the themed week of Harry Potter (he's obsessed with Harry Potter!).  From what I understand this camp goes ALL OUT.  They decorate the eating area like the Great Hall.  They have a sorting hat and the 4 houses.  He's been talking about this camp for months.  I quick made this card to hide in his bag so he could find it when he gets to camp!
I can't believe I was able to find a Harry Potter image!  It goes to show Bugaboo really does have EVERYTHING! 

Bugaboo Stamps - Har Repotter the chosen one
Copic Markers
Jillibean Soup pattern paper & twine
OTC adhesive pearls

I'm linking this card in the Catch the Bug Anything Goes Challenge

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #72

Welcome to our first Die Cuttin Divas Challenge for July!  Has this summer flown by for anyone else?!  I cannot believe it is already July!  With that, we would like to see your projects with red, white and blue!  As an added bonus feel free to use a Patriotic symbol!  Here is what I created :)
I took this opportunity to make yet another layout!  I'm getting there though, this is from 2008!  We had a huge block party that year and the kids had an absolute blast!  Every year we decorate our bikes for the parade and this particular year we rented a bounce house, pulled all of our grills into the road, had crafts set out at certain driveways and set up a couple of pools and a water slide!  I cannot express how much fun it was!  So I look forward to scrapping these types of layouts!  I hope you decide to play along this week in our challenge!  Be sure to use a die cut somewhere on your project and link it up HERE.

Supplies Used:
Jillibean Soup (paper)
George and Basic Shapes Cartridge
Blue stickles
ek success scallop diamond border punch
ek success photo corner punch
ek success blue ribbon
baker's twine
white gelly roll pen

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Bugaboo Birthday

I have a fun birthday card to share today!  Summertime in my family is jam packed with birthdays so I definitely want to work up my stash a bit!  I made this card for Bugaboo Stamps Catch the Bug Recipe Challenge (buttons, twine and sentiment)
I had a lot of fun putting this card together.  I just love this image - Theodore Birthday Sign.  I colored it with Copics, added some bakers twine, z flower and a button.  The red background paper is from DCWV the Celebration Stack.  Everything else is from Recollections.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #71

Happy Tuesday!  This week over at Die Cuttin Divas we want to see your projects with a summery fruit or vegetable!  I don't know about you but with this HEAT in Michigan my garden has taken off!  I mean it has literally doubled in size in just a few days!  I'm READY for some fresh veggies!  Here is my DT project!!

I went with a CAS card today.  I'll be honest though....I chose the sentiment first and had to find a fruit or veg that was a 'bunch'!    I just love this stamp!  I used Preserves Cartridge for the grapes and D'vine Swirl embossing folder for the background of the card.  I stamped the sentiment (Stamps by Judith) on vellum and heat embossed it.  Added some bakers twine and Peachy Keen faces! 
I hope you decide to play along this week at Die Cuttin Divas for a chance to win a great prize from our sponsor Ginger Snap Scraps!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another Tuesday Challenge!

You can tell summer has been busy when my posts are down to once a week!  Thankfully my kids like to craft with me so I can get a little time to make some projects!  This week at Die Cuttin Divas we want to see a project with the colors red, orange and yellow....the colors of the sun!  We have Bugaboo Stamps as our sponsor and they are offering 7 free digital images as the grand prize!  I am absolutely addicted to Bugaboo stamps!  They have new releases every Tuesday and a different free image every Friday!   I couldn't wait to incorporate one into my project!  Here's what I made :)
I think he turned out adorable!  I chose the image summer duck - ball and colored him with my copics.  I cut him out using a scallop frame from Accent Essentials.  This was the first time I tried to cut an image out with my cricut instead of just making it a square.  The paper is from DCWV The summer stack and the cardstock is Recollections.  I added 3 buttons from OTC and tangerine twine from Ginger Snap Scraps.

I would also like to enter the Catch the Bug Challenge: Stella Says Sketch

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

Happy Tuesday!  Today is a new day and a new Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!  With Father's Day upon us we are challenged with a 'man card'!  I decided to go with a shape card for this challenge!  I think it turned out great!
I cut the trophy from Sports Mania Cart and welded two shadow images together with my gypsy.  The trophy embellishment and DAD letters are from Sandy Lion that you can get from Circle B Enterprises (our wonderful sponsor this week!!!).  Don't forget to link up your project HERE for a chance to win a prize from Circle B! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

I'm getting a jump start on my Father's Day cards!  I had an idea of how I wanted this card to turn out!  I created it for a few challenges.  First the Peachy Keen Challenge #20 Just Cards.  I also created it for the Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge Father's Day.  And here is what I came up with :)
I think it came out cute!  I'm not thrilled about the crease in the center of the tie but I'm still happy with it!  I constructed the shirt, pocket and tie myself.  I may try to use a tie cut next time.  I cut the glasses from Groovy Times and used the Cornies Assortment from Peachy Keen Stamps.  The brads on the collar are from OTC.
I cut the inside sentiment from Father's Day cartridge since I do not have any Father's Day stamps.  The polka dot paper is from Jillibean Soup!  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #68

Welcome back to another Die Cuttin Divas challenge!  This week we have a sketch for you!  You can flip it, rotate it, make a card, layout, interpret it how you want as long as you use a die cut somewhere on your project!

Here is the sketch:
and here is what I created!

I think it turned out a little 'fall-ish' but totally how I wanted it to.  I cut the sunflower from Stretch Your Imagination cartridge (one I barely use anymore) and the adhesive pearls are from OTC.   The sentiment is from Studio G as well as the ink.  Be sure to link your project HERE for a chance to win an amazing prize from this week's sponsor Whimsy Stamps!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #67

Welcome to another Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!  This week is ANYTHING GOES!!!  How easy!  Make any project you like making sure you use a die cut!  I decided to make a set of coasters for my mom for Mother's Day.  I found a few tutorials on the internet on how to make tile coasters and after a lot of patience I think they turned out cute!
I started with 4 smooth ivory tiles from Home Depot and printed out my pictures on tissue paper.  I covered the tiles with a coat of Modge Podge.  CAREFULLY laid the pictures on the tile and put another coat of Modge Podge.  I think all in all I put 4 coats of MP on, letting the tiles thoroughly dry in between each coat.  I cut out the words from Home Accents Cartridge on adhesive vinyl and Modge Podged them again!  I topped the tiles with a couple coats of varnish and hot glued cork to the back.  I love how they turned out!  A new Christmas present idea!!

Be sure to link up your project HERE Blog for a chance to win an amazing prize!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Catch the Bug Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday!  I'm back today with a card for the Bugaboo Stamps Catch the Bug Sketch Challenge.  I am totally in love with this stamp!  Here is the sketch:
 And my take on the sketch:

 The image is Flower Jar from Bugaboo Stamps and colored with Copics.  The sentiment is from Peachy Keens PK-288 Skunk Cheer Up Set.  All of the paper is from DCWV The All Dressed Up Stack.  The scallop frame was cut from Gypsy Wanderings and popped with foam dimensionals.
 The inside sentiment is from Stamps by Judith
Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

We're back with another Die Cuttin Divas Challenge!  This week we want to see banners, buttons and/or birthday projects!  This week our sponsor is 3 Girl JAM.  Be sure to link up your project by Monday May 28th for your chance to win an amazing prize!

For my project, I decided to make a layout using all 3 of the b's!
This was a pretty basic layout to put together.  I LOVE using banners!  I think they are adorable!  I cut the pennants from Sports Mania, punched some small holes in them and weaved them with baker's twine.  I grabbed a few buttons from OTC for the ends.
I cut the balloons from Create a Critter and the number 3 from Sweet Treats cart.  I glossed up the balloons with Glossy Accents and added some Studio G sparkle glue to the number.  Then I just added a bit more baker's twine.  I used Cupcake Chain border punch from ek success for the cupcakes and topped them with adhesive pearls from OTC.
I actually made one of the picture mats a pocket to hold his birthday party invitations.  I save everything..EVERYTHING!  So I wanted them to be a part of his page!  And I'm not sure if you can see it but in the bottom right corner I also write their well check stats.  At 3 years he was 33 lbs and 39 1/4 inches!

We would love to see what you create that has buttons, banners and/or a birthday theme!  Be sure to link up HERE for your chance to win a prize from our sponsor 3 Girl JAM!

Coredinations Cardstock

DCWV The Celebration Stack
Create a Critter Cartridge
Sweet Treats Cartridge
Sports Mania Cartridge
Bakers Twine
Glossy Accents
Studio G Glitter Glue
EK success cupcake chain punch
EK success scallop diamond border punch
OTC adhesive pearls and buttons