Monday, November 30, 2009

Snowflake WW Card

I have to say Cricut has blown me away with the Winter Woodland Cartridge it has quickly become my favorite. For this card I used one of the snowflakes (I think number 4) and the card function at 4 1/4 inches. The card was cut on PTI's Ocean Tides Card stock and then layered with PTI's shimmer white, before I layered I ran the front of the card through the CB folder Snowflakes and inked the edges.

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Winter Woodland Cartridge
CB embossing folder snowflakes
PTI card stock, ribbon, white button, Merry and Bright additions stamp set and ink
SU scallop circle punch, silver cord
Snowflake brad (colored with PTI's Ocean Tides)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

OMGoodness Look what else I found today...

I was listed as number 5, you could not wipe the smile off my face if you tried;) and look at the great company I am listed with! (Insert Happy Dance Here!)

Top 10 Cricut Design Studio Blogs

Yes, you can still get the download you can find it here.

And the original post is found here.

I know, nothing like tooting my own horn BUT I AM EXCITED!

I have also used the same cut file to make these creations...

Moxie Fab Challenge Frame

Hey Chick!

There is a permanent link to all the .cut files I have designed using Cricut Design Studio under my blog header. I will keep my .cut files as FREE DOWNLOADS for all to enjoy.

Billy Baseball

I have broken out of the BOX, I have colored and I have used an image that I would not normally use. Thank you Amy for sharing such cute images with me, I can't wait to get working on some Lilly images for little J.

Product list...
Cricut Expression on Center Point Function
Cricut Winter Woodland Cartridge
SU Retired stamp set Have a Ball
SU card stock and SU Markers
PTI Stampers Select White Card Stock
Billy Image (thank you Amy)
Dimensional Dots

Saturday, November 28, 2009


I have watched our oldest create some cool pics using the following sites photo editing software (team pic below) so I had to go see what it was all about my attempt is shown below the team pic. LOL, Feel like going on a Picnik with ME? Take this link and enjoy all of the yummy photo treats.

Team photo before Picnik...

Team Pic after Picnik...

I have to say how very proud I am of L two years ago she gave up BB because she was teased about how good she was, last year she did not play. This year she is back out there doing her best, having fun and making us so very PROUD of her.

D's Picnik photo edit...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes

Thanks to my swapping friends SGC and CraftyCrunchyMama on SCS I have some images from the PTI set Holiday Button Bits. This Gingerbread is one of my faves the snowman and Santa are also ver CUTE! Wow, where to begin I really love the extras on this creation. First I put Crackle medium over the entire gingerbread and let dry, it turned out looking like it just came from the oven YUMMY. Next I took some pearlized puff fabric paint and painted on the details of the gingerbread man and put a few more details around the card. The tag was cut on the Cricut Expression using the Center point function and Winter Woodland Cartridge. No cookie baking this holiday here at our home DH's blood test did not change this time so his levels are still considered high. He will have to return in three months, if the levels are not sufficient at that time he will have to start insulin. He was also put on a blood pressure med this time around I tell you they might as well move the walmart pharmacy to our home!

Produt list...
PTI Holiday Button Bits, scarlet jewel buttons, ribbon and card stock
Bazzil Bling Card stock
Corner rounder
Cricut Expression
Winter Woodland Cartridge
Puff paint
Crackle Glaze by Ranger Ink

Meet Mr Vicious

You can tell our old man is still not feeling 100 percent but he is so much better then he was two weeks ago. He is starting to put on weight and behaving better inside the house. It is a must now that little J keeps her toys pick up for an old man he sure loves playing with the dollies LOL! Do you love his gray beard or what I have to laugh every time he comes up for a kiss.

I have a card done waiting for more sun to come out so I can figure out the best settings for a card pic hopefully get it up for you later today.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Season's Greetings cling vinyl

I had some learning to do with this stuff, then I was horrified when I realized the Names I mailed out to my friends children would not stick the way they were cut. (Don't worry I am making up some new goodies and these will be really cool)

So with the cling vinyl (does not have an adhesive back) it is supposed to cling on glass, mirror etc.

1) If you take it straight from the carrier sheet and place it on your cutting mat the cling side will face the outside of a window. So when you are looking in the image appears correctly.

2) If you take the cling and flip it before you place it on your cutting mat the cling side will face to the inside of a window. So when you are looking out the image appears correctly.

I thought it was just not clingy because I had paper fibers on my cutting mat and they transferred to the cling, not so there is a right and a wrong side to this stuff. The cut I am showing today was at 5 1/2" it is the plain cut and the shadow blackout button (yep, I should have used a color other then green for the shadow blackout because now the leaves don't show up well) the berries are some leftover bling I had sitting on my desk. This is sticky on the letter side so it resides on our back door so people can see it when the come in. I am going to be working on some for our big picture window, I should have the routine down on this stuff now.

I purchased my Grafix cling Vinyl sheets here

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Winter Woodland
Grafix Cling Vinyl red and green

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Winter Woodland Seasons Greetings

Cricut has a beauty of a cartridge in Winter Woodland, I am so blessed that my Sister is letting me use it I have been having a ton of fun. Next on my list is to give the 3d houses a try but for today I am showing you the cardnial, pine bough and Seasons Greetings sentiment. So very sorry I did not write down the cut sizes I do remember the bird was at 2 1/2 inches and the other cuts in the same ball park. There is lots of shimmer and sparkle on this beauty here is how I put the dimension on my creation.

1) inked up the snowflake CB embossion folder with PTI's white snow pad and embossed the card stock.

2) Next I applied shimmer mist in silver and let dry.

3) My next step was to place on some stickles and let dry. At this point I decided to stickle all of the embellies and the sentiment.

4) The Season's sentiment is glued to the card stock while the Greetings is elevated with dimensional dots.

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Winter Woodland
Cuttlebug embossing folder snowflakes
PTI, ink, card stock
glitter mist
dimensional dots
white gel pen

Happy Stamp Day!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Faith Sisters Downloads and Blog Train

Faith Sisters has a Friends of Faith blog hop going on today with prizes you can find more by taking this link Friends of Faith Blog Hop Train

They also have a free kit for faithbooking up today you get the download for free by entering the provided code at checkout Faithbooking kit freebie link here.

Last but not least Day 7 download kit for the 12 days of Christmas is posted (these keep coming so fast seems like I just completed one here is more. Not that I am complaining these kits are nothing short of WONDERFUL. You can get the download link by clicking here Day 7 kit

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Faith Sisters 12 Days of CHRISTmas Week 6

Here is my layout celebrating day 6 of the song 12 days of CHRISTmas. Day 6 is represented by 6 geese a laying these 6 geese represent the 6 days of creation.

If you have not taken the short trip yet to the Faithsisters site it is so worth it these amazing free digi kits are so wonderful.

Have a Happy Stamp Day!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Altered Legal Pad PTI Swap

Link to PTI card and Notebook swap hosted by Craftycrunchymama on SCS This round has just opened we would love to have you join us.

$8.00 Notebook swap, LOL! The swap girls are probably sick of me calling them the $$ notebooks but I find the exchange so ridiculous I can't get it out of my head. (A known paper crafter sells these altered notebooks on Etsy and people actually pay the $8.00 listed price...some people need a reality check don't they?) Okay, I have it for them...
Staples Receipt for 12 jr legal pads staples brand with two cuts and tax totalling

divided by
24 (the amount of cut pads you have in the end)
or 49 cents per 1/2 legal pad (this is your main cost for this project.
You then get two covers from a 8 1/2 by 11 standard piece of card stock we will use PTI's price of per sheet of $.18 (when you buy the 50 pack) so cost per project $.09
PTI's price for DP (1 8 by 8 sheet) $.22 and you can get 3 projects from 1 sheet so a final cost of $.07 so lets do the math for the cost of paper product used in this project...

.49 (notebook)
.09 (card stock)
.07 (dp)
.65 (total cost of paper product used per project)

**Note, I have not included price for any products other then the cost of paper**

There you have it my trip back to the reality of a Midwestern small town girl who would NEVER pay $8.00 for one stack of paper, now do you see my humor in it all?

Here is my finished altered notebook for this swap round *I will be replacing the pen with an RSVP brand pen* I donated some note pads such as these in October to the Nursing Home my friend was joking that I need a ball chain to attach the pens so they would know where they are LOL. I took her seriously thinking she was onto something here and wanted to figure out a nice looking way to attach a pen to this style of altered pad. Here is what I did...
save the bottom scrap piece of card stock
punch the outer card stock on the back seam with SU's slot punch
thread the card stock through then adhere to the inside back cover
place in the cut notepad
make two score lines 1/2" apart
attach the other end to the outside front cover
adhere your decorator piece of dp
there you have it a notepad with attached pen;)

Product list...
jr. legal pad cut in half
PTI scarlet jewel card stock, ribbon and ink
PTI stamp set Sweet Love
Bo bunny dotted dp
BasicGrey Bittersweet DP
SU slot punch
SU scallop circle punch
1 1/2" circle punch
Crackle Accents by Ranger
White Gel pen

Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Joy to the World

I used the Cricut Winter Woodland Cartridge and my PTI stamp supplies to create this beauty. Not original CHRISTmas colors but I am working with what I have and loved the church in the Cricut Winter Woodland hand book so I went with it and it led me to PTI's dotted DP. I completed covered the assembled church in glaze and let dry before placing on my card with dimensional dots. I also ran the assembled Joy cut through the Swiss Dot embossing folder before applying to card.

A challenge for you this Holiday Card making season try a non traditional color combo on your creation. If you take me up on this challenge leave a comment in this post so we can all see.

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Winter Woodland
Church cut at 4"
Joy/shadow cut at 2 1/2"
cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
PTI DP, Ribbon, Silent Night Stamp Set, card stock and ink
cross bead (hobby lobby)
Head pin (hobby lobby)
Dimensional Dots
SU word window
SU pretties Kit

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Away In A Manger

I just had to purchase this digi kit over at Faith Sisters created by Simply Susan Godfrey. It was a Rock Bottom price at $1.oo and I used it for my holiday blog skin. This is my first ever Purchase of a digi kit up til this point I have just downloaded the freebies;) Totally in love with supporting the TRUE MEANING of CHRISTmas in such a wonderful way!

I really took a ton of time on this layout and did some extra bling to it, what do you think? A few more tweaks I need to teach myself and possibly then I will be happy with it. Good thing for my digital walls NO HOLES only a few glitches if you stop by while I am swapping things out.
Thanks for hanging in with me this past weekend.
I will be back on Tuesday with a Card Creation to show, Happy Stamp Day!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Give Thanks to the Lord and more...

The highlight of last week for me was to brighten the days of the Nursing Home Residents, this is the third year God has blessed my life with the ability to do this. Little J was upset and crying because of the H1N1 she could not enter with me and had to sit in the car with Dad, she wanted to say, "hi" to the Grandpa's and Grandma's inside. Usually we go on Halloween and hand out the cards as treats they love the added bonus of seeing the costumes and are a bit confused when the girls are not there looking for candy and instead they have a treat to give. And giving is such a treat and leads me down the path to some thank yous here is mine...

and here are yours...
Thank you for your support and comments of my crafty adventures I really enjoy getting my blog posts and creations ready to share with you. Thank you to all the other crafty bloggers and creators out there that share and let me CASE ideas.
Thank you to my Sister Julie, she spoils me with crafting goodies all the time and with out the supplies I could not do such a donation so Julie Thank You for all of the Goodies!
Thank you to all the PTI swappers who graciously have swapped creations with me for going on three years now I love this and have totally enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of you and at the same time learning new thing. Thank you! Thanks to the girls that help out by hostessing on rotation, this is a huge job and I am so grateful for your help.
Thanks to Blogger for hosting my blog, how wonderful to have a such an outlet and for FREE. I tell you if you have not tried blogger yet get moving!
Thanks to God for blessing me with abundant creativity and wonderful beauty on this crafty adventure, thank you!

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sultry a Jr notebook tutorial

UPDATE...spoooktacular crop posted on the left has been postponed 'til tonight starts at 8 central and ends at 10 central. Click on over to get signed up they will be giving yummy Cricut products away. AGAIN this is taking place tonight, you must be signed up so take the spooktacular link now;)

I was asked for some measurements after posting my Bella Rose Altered jr. legal pad you can see it here.What you need...
Jr. Legal Pad Measuring 5" by 8"
1 Piece of DSP measuring 4 3/4" by 7 3/4"
1 Piece of matching DSP measuring 5" by 1/2" (to cover the branded strip of notepad)
1 Piece of card stock measuring 10 1/2" by 8 1/8"
7" length of ribbon
matching ribbon bow
sentiment stamp
tag 2 1/4" winter woodland cartridge
tag shadow 2 1/2" winter woodland cartridge
scotch brand tape
double stick tape
dimensional dots

1) score your card stock at 5 1/8" and again at 5 3/8" (this makes your spine)
2) adhere ribbon to back of dp with scotch tape
3) adhere dp to front cover of card stock with double stick tape
4) adhere dp to branded strip of notebook with double stick tape
5) adhere notebook to inside back cover with double stick tape
6) stamp sentiment on smaller tag then back with shadow tag and adhere to front cover to the left side on top of your ribbon strip (I used dimensional dots here)
7) tie a bow and place opposite of sentiment tag let dry

Simple and beautiful, have fun!

Product list for this pictured project
Sultry DP by BasicGrey
SU card stock
PTI ribbon, ink and Sentiment from Everyday Blessings stamp set
jr legal pad
black pen
binder clip
large paper clip
SU scallop circle punch

Happy Stamp Day!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

12 Days of CHRISTmas Day 4

You can find more on the 12 days of CHRISTmas free download mini kits at Faith Sisters these kits are totally amazing and fun to play with.

So here is what we have illustrated so far up to day 4...

4 Calling Birds represent Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
3 French Hens represent the fruits of the Spirit Faith, Hope and Love
2 Turtle doves represent the Old and New Testaments
A Partridge represents Jesus and the pear tree the Cross

Who would have ever imagined such a goofy song had such deep meaning to it, I can't wait to see what the upcoming weeks have in store.

Run and grab the free downloads while you can you won't be disappointed.

Have a happy stamp day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Faith Sisters 12 Days of Christmas week 2 and 3

Phew, now I am caught up on the 12 days of Christmas from Faith Sisters, you have to check this out in the end you will have 12 wonderful FREE downloads faith based on the 12 Days of Christmas. Does it get any better...I would have to say not! You can find more over at Faith Sisters.

All digital Free downloads from Faith Sisters and Nova Development Scrapbook Factory program.

Have a Happy Stamp Day

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Photo Card throwback

I admit between having no extra craft mojo and working on nursing home projects I have not had much time to create new cards to show so for today I am throwing it back to last year and PTI's Photo Card challenge, pic is of our little tea cup two years ago enjoying the snow.

You can see this years challenge along with a link to last years creations here at Nichole's Blog.
All products used are PTI except for the Pink Hedge Hog brads.

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Faith Sisters 12 Days of Christmas Week 1

What a wonderful Challenge you can find over at Faith Sisters they will be hosting a 12 days of Christmas Challenge with free digital download kits to go with each day. What a Glorious Gift this first kit is AMAZING and you can find it here...
Faith Sisters Pear Tree and I also have a blog link button in my sidebar, go check it out it is a wonderful site packed of YUMMY digi treats and challenges.
Challenge info found here
Here is what they have to go along with the Pear Tree Digital kit to show how it goes along with CHRISTmas (this is taken from there site).

This week's challenge is hosted my Susan Godfrey, from Simply Susan Designs and features the first verse:

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

I know, I had a hard time figuring out how a partridge and a pear tree could represent anything scriptural, so I was surprised to learn that you really can tie them to Scripture.

THE PARTRIDGE: The partridge in a pear tree is Christ Jesus upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them.

THE PEAR TREE: The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the Cross.

MY TRUE LOVE: True Love refers to God

For a limited time, you can download this digital mini kit for FREE