Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Guest Designer for Inking it up Crazy

Good Thursday Morning and welcome to my "Guest Designer" post. Today I'm honored to be a guest designer for Kassidy at Inking it up Crazy. Happy Birthday Kassidy! It's her birthday this month and she's celebrating all month with wonderful giveaways. The theme for today is "My Pink Stamper" and Kassidy will be giving away a set of the stamps, so you'll want to make sure and stop by her blog also.


When I saw this stamp in the "Everyday Life" set from My Pink Stamper I knew I wanted to use it on this card. One of my very good friends loves tea and when I saw this teapot cut in the A Childs Year cartridge I knew the image and stamp would be perfect together.

The paper pack is from the K & Company Classic K Bailey collection. It's one of my favorites, I've used it on so many projects.

The teapot is cut at 10" using the tag image on page 67. To cut the lid of the teapot I used the "Icon" button and cut at 7".

The teacup is cut at 3 1/2" I cut it a second time in coordinating paper and cut the teacup and saucer apart and layered them.

I used Colorbox Cat's Eyes brown ink to ink all the edges.

The pearls on the teapot are from a Prima swirl that I cut apart and added to the bottom of the teacup and the lid of the teapot.

The teapot tag is cut at 1 1/2" and stamped with the "Thinking of You" stamp from Everyday Occasions from My Pink Stamper

The small teapot charm was covered in Glossy Accents and then matted with the polka dotted paper. It's tied to the brad with a small piece of cream sheer ribbon.

The ribbon is from my stock and the antique brad in the center of the bow is from Spare Parts by Paper Studio.

Inside the card I cut the mat at 2" and the cream mat at 2 1/4" and stamped "When I count my blessings I count you twice" from the "Everyday Life" set by My Pink Stamper.



Thank You Kassidy for having me as a guest designer today. I hope everyone enjoyed the card and tag.

Have a Scrap Happy Day!
Dana

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Blog Hop

Happy Memorial Day and Welcome to the Memorial Day Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Jamie's blog. There are so many talented ladies in our blog hop today. You'll want to make sure you started at the beginning of the blog hop so you don't miss any of the fun. Michelle at Green Girl Scraps is the first stop on our blog hop so make sure you start there and see her great project.

Memorial Day is about remembering those who served our great country and my Grandpa and several Uncles, many cousins have served. My husbands family has also had many family members that have served and we have friends and church members that have fought for our country. We are very THANKFUL for all of them and even more thankful when they come home safely. Most recently my husbands cousin has arrived home safely to his wife and small children. Their sacrifices are never forgotten.

The card I made today is in recognition of all those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf. This isn't my normal type of card and at first I really didn't like it when I was putting it together, but now that it's done it's growing on me.


I really liked this card base from A Childs Year on page 42. I cut the card base in white but wanted the outline to be in red so I cut it again in red. If my Gypsy had been in my scraproom it would have been easier to do it on there. But when I cut it in red, I didn't need the whole card cut, I just needed the top so after the Cricut cut the top portion of the card I pushed the stop button so I didn't waste my red paper. I then cut the blue star paper at 5 1/2".

The boy and girl image was cut at 3 1/4" for the base and the top layer.

The banner at the top reminded me of the flag banners I hang on my front porch during Memorial Day. The banners were cut at 3/4"from the Independence Day seasonal cartridge.

The ribbon is from my stock. The red ribbon has white stitches on both sides and I added blue ribbon to the top.

The stamp set is from Sarah at Pink By Design. It's the Animated Greetings set. The stamp actually says "You're My SuperHero". I wanted to use it for Memorial Day so I "masked" the Super part of the stamp. I punched them with a Marvy punch and then matted it with blue. I really like the way you can take one of the great stamps from Pink By Design and alter it to make it exactly what you need for any given project.

This is our front porch on Saturday. It's been very rainy and gloomy so the picture isn't very bright. I fly the banners on Memorial Day and the 4th of July. On the left side of the porch is a gazebo that is cut off in the picture, but it has a porch swing and my husband and I enjoy swinging there every evening.


Now on to the fun part of the blog hop. Everyone loves goodies so I'm giving away the Cricut Lite cartridge Cupcake. It can be used for more than cupcakes. It has some great images. Become a follower and leave me a comment telling me your a follower and I will pick a winner on June 2.


Be sure to follow along the blog hop by going to Cindy's blog at In Love with PAPER.
Here is the complete list so you can start from the beginning and not miss any of the wonderful projects.
Michelle
from Greengirl Scraps ---- Beginning
Laura from Laura's Piece of Paradise
Kristin from My Fantabulous Life
Rexann from I Be Circled
Jamie from My Amusing Life
Dana from Paper Memories ---- You are Here
Cindy from In Love with Paper
Brenda from Happy Scrapper 64
Roberta from Tx Scrapper Mom
Renee from I came, I saw, I created

Have fun blog hopping and Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cricut Fun Cups

When I joined the Cricut Circle I received the Everyday Cricut Cartridge and I LOVE it. It was one of the main reasons I joined the Circle. I've really enjoyed so many wonderful things about the Circle since then but it was the main reason I joined in the beginning.

I wanted to make something fun with it and I had seen these cups at Wal Mart. It's about the only store in my small town. So if you don't find it at Wal Mart you have to travel 60+ miles to Des Moines where there's a better selection of stores. The cup is insulated and has a twist on lid with strong plastic straw. It's a very durable cup and the other one is a brighter green with a plastic belly band around it.


So I took my Everyday Cricut cartridge and found the Cricut Circle head that I wanted to add to the cups. There are so many great images on this cartridge. I'm sure I'll be using it alot. There's also some crafty phrases I want to add to my scrapbook room walls.


Both cups are green so I wanted to use pink vinyl on both of them. I cut several different sizes for the cups. The only vinyl that I had access to was the Cricut vinyl that Wal Mart carries. You can order permanent adhesive vinyl on line but it didn't work out for me to do that right now. So I just used what I had on hand. So far I have hand washed my cup several times and I haven't had any problems.

This first cup is a bit busy. I think I got a little slap happy in slapping so many circles on it. But it makes me happy every time I use it.
I really like the Cricut green color of this cup. I decorated it for a blog giveaway for the Mother's Day blog hop I was in. I used the inside circles of the Cricut symbol to add to the embossed circles on the rubber grip.
And both cups have the added surprise of a Circle head around the opening for the straw.
It's so quick and easy making these cups. I want to make one for my niece and put pink crowns on it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NEW OFFICIAL CRICUT BLOG


Have you seen the new Official Cricut Blog? It's going to have so many great new projects and ideas. Today you get a peek into Jingers scrap room. Let me tell you, she has so much cardstock. It could make a girl giddy with so much wonderful cardstock in one place. Go to Cricut Blog and enter to win $100 in Cricut.com credit. And if you go to Royal Things and become a follower you can win $150 in Cricut.com credit there too. Be sure to grab the Cricut Blog blinkie too.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Cricut Circle blog is having a National Scrapbook Day giveaway and we have to take a picture of ourselves in our scrapbook rooms. I'm in my scrap room in the basement. I love my happy place, it's pink, black and white. My favorite colors. I'm working on cards at my crop island. I found the cubes on clearance at Target a few years ago. It's the perfect height for me to stand and scrap. The drawers have lots of ribbon, border punches, stamps, ink pads, stickles and adhesive. The wall of closets behind me have scrap supplies in 2 closets and 2 have holiday decorations. I like a place for everything and everything in its place. I scrap better when everything is put away and organized.
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Versatile Blogger award

Thank you to Tami at Scrappin Rabbit Designs and Lauren at All Things Crafty for a wonderful award. If you haven't been to their blogs yet make sure you stop by and say hi. They both gave me the Versatile Blogger Award.

According to the award I have to tell 7 things about myself and then pass the award on to others. So my 7 little known things are:
1. I just received my Cricut Expression 2 tonight and I've been making some fun things.
2. Pink is my favorite color.
3. I LOVE Mocha Frappe's from McDonalds. We don't have a StarBucks so this is as close as I
get.
4. I HATE all other foods from McDonalds. :)
5. I'm a Cricut Circle Member and love it.
6. I used to sell scrapbook supplies and I really miss it.
7. Roses are my favorite flowers. Especially pink roses.

Now to pass this award on to other wonderful bloggers.
Pink Cricut
Scrappy Jess
Crafting Cricut Mom
Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker
KBiendesigns
Monique Griffith Designs

There are so many other wonderful blogs out there and soooooo many talented women. Just click on my profile and you will find all the blogs I follow. Please check out the blogs that I follow and you'll find more deserving women.

WINNER of Thanks Mom blog hop

THANK YOU all for joining in the Thanks Mom blog hop. It was so much fun reading all the comments and also hopping along with you all. So many talented ladies out there.

Now on to what everyone wants to know. I had to adjust the numbers for the people who were actually followers. We went from 32 to 24 possible winners. So thru Random. Org the winner of the giveaway is:
Dale Morin
Anonymous Dale Morin said...

Great card. I just became your newest follower. Great blog candy too.
http://daleleemorin.typepad.com

Dale please contact me at papermemories4u@yahoo.com and I'll get your prize out to you right away. If I don't hear from Dale in 1 week I will pick another winner.


Thanks for playing along and hope everyone had a scrappy weekend.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Thanks Mom Blog Hop



Welcome to the THANKS MOM BLOG HOP. Thanks for joining us to enjoy all the wonderful crafty inspiration in honor of mother's everywhere from the talented designers in this hop.

You should have arrived here from Jami's blog at the Paper Farm. If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go back to the start of the hop at Debbie's blog Deb's Eclectic Thoughts to start so you don't miss any of the projects. There is a Grand Prize Blog Candy offered so you want to start at the beginning and read how to participate to win.

Today I have a card I made for 2 very special friends. They both have kids the same age as my kids. I say kids but their all adults now. But they have always loved and prayed for my kids as if they were their own. It's a great comfort when you have friends that pray for you children. We can all use extra prayers.
We're all very good friends but their personalities are somewhat different. So I made one design for both cards but changed them to fit each woman.
Both cards started out with the exact same cardstock and patterned paper. But they have very different looks just by inking the papers of the first card.


Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage Photo works perfect with the K & Company paper for the distressed card. Using the inker and rubbing it in circular motion added so much depth and aged the paper perfectly. I used the same technique on all the papers for the distressed card. On the brighter card I left all the papers untouched, the lace and Cricut cuts are the exact same.
Here's all the papers, lace and cuts from the Cricut inked. It's hard to believe that the same lace was used on both cards. Just by inking the lace it totally changes the look of the lace.

The card base is Kraft cardstock cut at 4 3/4 wide x 5 1/4 tall. I used the cuttlebug folder Textile on the cream card stock. I rounded the edges on all the papers. The cream paper border above the lace is cut with the Cricut using the Elegant Cake cartridge, it's on page 65 and cut at 1/4" and inked. The sentiment is from My Pink Stampers "Simply Sweet Occasions" stamp set. It's stamped on a cut from the Mother's Day cartridge cut at 2 1/2". The sentiment is popped up with Pop Dots and I added buttons with glue dots.

Two very different looks with the same papers. I really like both looks, which one do you prefer?


A blog hop wouldn't be complete without some blog candy. Become a follower and leave a comment to enter to win. One comment per person please. Please leave me a way to contact you. The winner will be picked on May 10th.

Thanks for hopping along with us. Remember, if you leave a comment on every designers blog hop post, your name will go into the drawing for the Blog Candy that our THANK MOM BLOG HOP hostess, Debbie, is offering as a Grand Prize.

Next on the hop, is the talented Claire at Cricuty Doo Dah.

If you've missed anyone along the way you can start at:

Debbie at Debs Eclectic Thoughts START HERE

Brenda at Happy Scrapper 64

Dawn at Scrappyrn-scrappyrn

Chrissie at Chatterscene

Cindy at In Love with Paper

Suzanne at Cricut Crafting Grammy

Paula at Owl be Scrappin

Maria at Stamp Cut Create

Robin at Scrappin Delta Diva

Heather at Houses built of Cards

Jami at The Paper Farm

Dana at Paper Memories -YOU ARE HERE

Claire at Cricuty Doo Dah

Jenny at Scrap with Jenny

Lauren at All Things Crafty

Cassie at Scrappin Palace

Stefani at Styles by Stefani

Heather at Paper Crafter Anonymous

Darcy at Time 2 Create

Kelly at Kbiend Designs END OF BLOG HOP

Don't forget to leave a comment and become a follower to win my blog candy. One comment per person please. And Thanks for joining in our blog hop.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Thank you Helen

A very late Thank You to Helen at Crafting Cricut Mom. She had a giveaway in January for reaching 600 followers and I was the very fortunate winner of some great blog candy.



I had bought these cute little mailboxes at Target in the dollar section last year. I knew that I wanted to decorate them for my adult kids for Valentines. But I didn't have any valentine patterned paper. So it was perfect that Helen sent me a very Valentine inspired giveaway.
I added a glass heart and a couple flowers that I had in my stock. I also had the double heart bling and it fit perfect on the back of the mailbox.
I used the Martha Stewart heart punch to the paper on the front and the band that wraps around the top is punched on both sides.
I filled each mailbox with their favorite candy. I wanted to make a card for them too but I ran out of time. But I think they were happy with the candy.

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