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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Quick Father's Day Card with My Kitchen Cartridge


Need a quick Father's Day card idea to make with your Cricut?  Try this card with the My Kitchen Cartridge. The Just for you Dad is free today.  You can find my Cricut file here.  I am entering this in the Cut it Up Challenge #124 Picnic.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

SOS Tick Tack Toe for a Favorite Memory

I am using the Scrap Our Stash June Tic Tac Toe Challenge to get some pages done.  Along with the challenge I scrap lifted the paper color and page layout from a page in the Bella Blvd Booth from 2016 Scrapbook Expo, and made some modifications.  You can see the original page at the bottom of this post and their page had one photo centered.

The sticker and cuts say, "Grace for today, love forever."  Don't you love that little bow on the paper clip from BB?!

I got the circle cut file from the Cut Shoppe, as a plain circle with chevrons inside.  I pulled it into Design Studio and added the heart and love.  The small camera is from the Going Places Cricut Cartridge.  The title is made with amorie alpha stickers also by Bella Blvd.  I love that that they painted the bottom half and added the black stripe in the middle.  It has given me great ideas to embellish and color my stash chipboard letters.  My rainbow, is the use of the rainbow of colors and the puffy stickers are the "forever" under love.


For the second page, I used a 12 x 12 die from Die Cuts with a View that I have had in the stash forever!  The white die reminded me of the ceiling, and repeated the circle in the matching page.  Yes, I must always scrap a two page spread, unless it is the first or last page of an album!  The white ampersand it CTMH, and the Color and light were cut with my Cricut using Reminisce.

The original page at the Bella Blvd booth.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy Birthday with Summer School Challenge at Cut It Up Blog

If you are like me, you have a bucket list of techniques you want to try.  In fact I have a Pinterest Board just for that purpose.  So, when I saw this weeks Cut It Up Challenge:  Summer School:  Follow a Tutorial, I knew I had the perfect excuse to give one a try.  Here is my entry for the challenge using the Stamp TV Black Magic tutorial you can find here.  I can't get over Gina K.'s colors, but she has much better colored pencils than I do.  I had to try this technique because it reminds me of the folk painting I see at our favorite cottage in Palisades Park:  Balgownie (just south of South Haven, MI). The cottage is one of the oldest in the park and actually has the carriage house under the sleeping porch.  I sometimes wish that the folk painting will never painted over there.  


Along with my bucket list of techniques, I am in the midst of reorganizing and redecorating my craft room.  As I am working I have come across many items I had to have and haven't used.  I may have to use this challenge as a jumping off point and share my technique attempts...


One supply I have, are the flip card dies from Sizzix, and I needed a 5 x 7 card, so I pulled out my Anna Griffin Fantastic Flipcards cartridge.  If you're wondering what a flip card is, see the photo above, where the card has folds and cut outs that add dimension and interest.  I used an Anna Griffin die cut for the happy birthday sentiment.  

Supplies
Anna Griffin Fantastic Flipcards Cricut Cartridge
Anna Griffin Die Cut (Happy Birthday)
Cricut Machine
Black Card Stock
Silver Card Stock
Green Card Stock
White Pigment Ink
Colored Pencils
Mon Ami Gabi Green pearls
White Gel Pen
CTMH Tickled Pink Promotional Stamp Set (Daisy Flower)
Inkadinkado Wellspring Stamp Set (Flourish)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Joy Page with Creative Embellishments


Every time I see a page on Instagram or Pinterest lately that I love, I find it has an item from Creative Embellishments.  So, I checked out their site and did a little shopping for myself.  The order came quickly and had a few extra embellishments for free with my order.  I am trying out for their DT because I love their products so much!  Here is my first page with one of their chipboard circle embellishments.

Supplies
Rhonna Farrer Autumn Leaves (Red & White Paper)
Creative Embellishments Berry Wreath
Martha Stewart Snowflake Border Punch
Want2Scrap red rhinestones
Sparkle Burst Brad Karen Foster
Good Cheer Falling Snow by October Afternoon (Snowman paper)
Joys of the Season Cricut Cartridge


Monday, May 8, 2017

Step Outside Your Color Comfort Zone!


Yellow can be a difficult color to craft with and I don't keep a lot of yellow in my stash.  But one of my favorite perennials is my yellow tree peony (photo below) and I thought I would like to try an Anna Griffin card for Mother's Day with this yellow flower as inspiration.  I used Anna's Lovely Layered Cards Cartridge again and will put my sentiment inside.  Once again the darkest yellow needed some umph with distressed inks to pop and I didn't want to use a cream neutral with the yellow, so I added this small scale dot by Stampin' Up.  I am going to enter this one into the Fantabulous Cricut blog Mother's Day challenge as I see that you can enter 3 times.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mother's Day Challenge Entry


Have you ever visited the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog?  It is a wonderful source of inspiration and ideas for the Cricut machine.  They have reached a milestone of 300 challenges and have a great prize this time.  So, I am in on the challenge 300:  Mother's Day!
My card is made with Anna's Lovely Layered Cards.  Even the sentiment is from that cartridge.  So easy to cut and put together with fabulous results!  And I'll give you a great tip when you don't have enough contrast in your three colors of pink card stock try to sand the lightest color pink (hopefully it has a white core like mine) and add some darker distress ink to your darkest pink paper to make your flower pop.  I have two boys and therefore don't keep much pink paper for scrap books.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy National Scrap Booking Day!


Happy National Scrap booking Day!  I have been enjoying my Anna Griffin planner for making my quotes to live by album.  This one says, "A skirt should be tight enough to show you're a woman, but loose enough to show you're a lady."  The green flower is Anna Griffin, the pink corduroy button is Stampin' Up, the pink flower is Mon Ami Gabby, the scissor and tape measure are Lori Whitlock For the Record2, and the pink patterned tag is Crate Paper.  The Burda Style card is some ephemera a got from a craft event at the Burda sewing pattern booth several years ago.
I am entering this is Queen and Co's National Scrap booking day Challenge # 2 Flowers on their Facebook Page.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Share with Anna Griffin


Every Sunday, I make sure to visit Anna Griffin, Inc. Facebook page and check out the Sunday Share.  I am always inspired by the beautiful cards and scrapbook pages!  This week I shared three cards myself.  Above is a get well card I made with Anna Griffin products.  
I think that each AG item is actually from different card kits, or products and they all coordinate!  AG card kits are so generous that I have lots of extra items to make new cards!  I cut the doily with a die.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Page with Flower Market Cartridge


I have always loved Lilly of the Valley flowers, perhaps because they bloom around my birthday.  Add my love of these flowers, my new CTMH Flower Market cartridge and a challenge at Fantabulous Cricut blog and a page is done.  I am entering this in the Challenge #299 Spring at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog.  
The butterfly and Easter Eggs are Anna Griffin dies from a card kit.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My New Go to Cricut Cartridge is Anna Griffin's Fantastic Flip Cards


I recently purchased Anna Griffin's Anna's Fantastic Flipcards Cricut Cartridge and it has become my new go to cartridge for all of my card making!  Today I am sharing a special card I made for our local Music Booster's outgoing treasurer.  How can we thank these volunteers enough for helping our children better their music education and opportunities?!  I know I wanted a special card, so I made on with special supplies:  Anna Griffin and more!



Imagine my delight to see that Cut it Up Challenge blog is holding a Music challenge, just when I need to make this card for our Music Booster treasurer!  So I am entering this card in their 120 Challenge:  Music.  The card says, "with sincere Thanks" outside and "Our Deepest gratitude," inside.  

Supplies
Anna's Fantastic Flipcards Cricut Cartridge 
Anna Griffin Sentiments
Stampin Up Patterned paper (Gold X's inside)
Frances Meyer Black Letter Stickers
Moxxie Music In Me (Sheet Music paper)
Best Creations Glitter Gold Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Spartan head created from school mascot for Sycamore High School
Buttons


Sunday, April 9, 2017

CTMH Artfully Sent Thank You


I recently won a Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cartridge at It's Always Fabulous' Spring Crop.    At the crop I wanted to order another CTMH cartridge and Sue my hostess reminded me that I was so close to a hostess gift, that I should have a party.  So, now I have the CTMH Flower Market, some new ink pads, paper, stamps and some embellishments too.  This is a thank you to Sue for a beautiful day and many more that I can make with my CTMH supplies and tools.


The paper is also CTMH and I have had it in the stash for a while.  I just realized I forgot my "a."  Well the card is already in the mail.  Sigh.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I Love You Card


I love this quick card I made for Valentine's Day and am just getting around to sharing it.  To make the "love" pop, I backed it with pink paper.  But, I think an I love you card is perfect for any time of year, and this one was so quick to make!  This is made with Everyday Simple Cards on my Cricut.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Another Paper Doll with Anna Griffin and BoBunny


I have been stalking Anna Griffin's Facebook Page this month to see all the beautiful projects and hopefully win a grab bag item.  Each day she asks her followers to share what they have been making with the theme of the day.  I really wanted to share on 3-24-17 when she asked us to share our most amazing paper project, but my project wasn't finished.  So, I was motivated to finish my latest paper doll project made with a Harumika Style Starter Set dress form, Bo Bunny Paper and Anna Griffins Paper Tricks Embossing Folders.  Anna's Paper Tricks embossing folders were inspired by dress maker details, so why not make a paper dress?  The Harumika Dress form has a seam in the back for tucking in fabric and I wanted to cover the seam, so I pulled out a butterfly from one of Anna's card kits, added a Dew Drop from The Robbin's Nest, and colored the butterfly with some markers to pull together the color scheme of blue, green and yellow.



I started with Bo Bunny's Secret Garden Trellis because my craft room is blue and white with touches of Cricut green.  I have been obsessed with blue and white since child hood and wanted this color combo in my craft room.  I used my Cricut to a circle for the skirt at 11 1/2" and then cut out a portion of the circle from 12 o'clock to 2:00 o'clock with a center circle to fit over the dolls waist.

I made the pleated hem with Anna's Fancy Folded Rosette embossing folder, and the blue jabot at the center back of the skirt was made with Anna's Fancy Folded Banner and Corner folder (just half).  I cut the bodice from the scraps of the circle, and embellished it with rolled roses from MFT, Anna's card kit butterfly, CTMH bling, The Robin's Nest Dew Drop and Eyelet Outlet Jewels.


I am entering this is the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blogs Anything Goes challenge #297.  I love using my Cricut for getting professional results in my cutting projects and this time I used it to cut a perfect circular skirt!  I am also entering the Cut It Up Challenge #118:  You've Got Me in Stitches.  I used a gathering stitch to help me evenly place my accordion folded ruffle around the them of the skirt.  My cutting die used was the MFT Rolled Roses Die.  

Supplies
Bo Bunny 12" Secret Garden Trellis Paper
Anna Griffin Paper Secrets Embossing Folders
Anna Griffin Butterfly from AG card Kit
The Robbin's Nest Dew Drop
The Robbin's Nest Fleur Yellow Paper
CTMH 3/4" Sparkle Flourishes (colored green)
Eylet Outlet Sticky Back Jewels
Harumika Style Starter Set Dress Form
Ribbon 
Blue Card Stock
MFT Rolled Rose Dies
Cricut

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Anna Griffin Paper Dolls Please!


If I could ask Anna Griffin for one new product next year, I think I would ask for paper dolls.  I played with Betsy McCall as a child and every other paper doll I could get me hands on.  I still purchase paper dolls today.   This one is from a Tom Tierney book called, "Great Fashion Designs of the Forties:  Paper Dolls in Full Color." 

Supplies
Anna Griffin  Regal Braid Embossing Folder
Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishments Epoxy Stickers Maime
Tom Tierney Paper Doll from Great Fashion Designs of the Forties Paper Dolls
Stampin Up Rosette Die (scalloped edge in blue stripe)


Sunday, March 5, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Birthday Card with Anna Griffin


Every year I struggle to make a St. Patrick's Day birthday card for my brother who's birthday is the same as St. Patrick's.  There are not may paper crafting items available for the holiday and birthday on that holiday.  So, this year, I took a look at my newest Cricut cartridge:  Anna's Fantastic Flip Cards Cartridge and found an image perfect for the card!  I added the sentiment from Paper Lace 2, more Anna Griffin items and finished my card.  Be sure to check your HSN listings for Tuesday and Wednesday this week!    I often pre shop the event to avoid out of stock disappointments, so you can shop many new items now!



Supplies 
Anna's Fantastic Flips Cards Cartridge
Paper Lace 2 Cartridge
Anna Griffin  Regal Braid Embossing Folder
Anna Griffin For the Boys Die Cuts (Just for You and Punch's Whiskey)
AG card kit (gold shamrock)
AG Fancy Flips Card Kit (inside sentiment)
While Card Stock
Dark Green Card Stock
Lime Green Card Stock
Computer Printer
Pop Dots
Green Pearl
Ivory Pearls Want2Scrap

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Year a New Un Finished Object Done

So, I actually haven't made any New Year's Resolutions this year, but I do want to keep working on last years resolutions:  finish UFO's!  You may remember that back in June I hosted a Musical UFO challenge and posted my unfinished violin gift box.    Well, I finally finished the box, just in time for a our local Sycamore Music Booster Fundraiser:  A Note to Remember.








Sunday, January 8, 2017

What I Learned Hosting a Year of Challenges

This past year, I decided to host a weekly challenge all year long in an attempt to finish my UFO's or Un Finished Objects.  Every Sunday, except some December Sundays, I posted a Themed challenge inspired by traditional Wedding Anniversary gifts.  I had a few prizes and a few participants.  Here is what I learned from my year of challenges:

  1. Hosting a weekly challenge kept me accountable to others.  Knowing people were following my blog and Facebook group weekly, kept me working on my projects.
  2. Hosting the challenge helped me find a way to get it done.  I have had lots of things on my UFO and craft bucket list and the challenges helped me overcome road blocks.  For example, I have always wanted to make a quotes to live by album and started collecting quotes years ago.  It wasn't until this year that it occurred to me that I could make it part of my planner.  Now I have some of these quotes in an album format and I love my planner!
  3. Sometimes the best way to accomplish a goal is by helping others.  In my early years of being a stay at home Mom, I joined a Mom's group.  They had a speaker who shared that the best way to find a friend was to be a friend   I think this concept worked for getting my UFO's done too!   The best way to get my UFO's done was to help other's get their projects done.
  4. Put it on your calendar!  So, the weekly challenge kept me on task because I knew on Monday's I needed to figure out my next weeks theme and decide which project fit the theme.  I knew I had to start working on the project and write my posts by Friday.  I scheduled crops out of the house so I could get work done too.
  5. Creating and working on projects is more fun with friends!  The UFO challenge group on Facebook really helped to motivate me.  Thanks to everyone who participated and shared photos there!
  6. Better late than never!  Some of my posts were made after Sunday and that's ok because I kept working on the UFO's!
  7. It's OK if you don't finish them all.  Sometimes we don't have time for our projects.  They may be too large for our free time, or life may just be too busy.  I did not post for three Sundays in December, because I was just too busy with the holidays or was working on gifts.  I didn't want the recipients to see these gift photos on my FB or blog feeds.  And one of my biggest projects; a quilt did not get pulled out of the fabric closet at all.  
Posted above it my attempt to organize my craft supplies.  These ar all Anna Griffin sentiments for card making.  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fix Your Sizzix Big Short with a New Bearing


I have had several die cut machines and at some point, they have all broken.  I am not sure if it is just a function of age and use, or if I am making too big a sandwich.  My Sizzix machine is several years old and began cutting on one side only.  I found a couple of tutorials on how to fix your Sizzix online and asked my hubby to fix mine.  

So, he took the machine apart and found a broken bearing.  Upon looking for Sizzix parts online, I only found a site that looked Russian.  I was reluctant to purchase from such a site and took a look on Amazon for the same size bearing.  Here is the bearing perfect for the Sizzix Big Shot.  So, for $13.95 my Sizzix is working like it's brand new.  Thanks Amazon and VBX Bearing!
The first thing I cut with my repaired Sizzix?  A Spellbinders Tiered Multi loop bow.  

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