Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just three words

Over at Operation Write Home they are putting a video together and request us to post what three little words we would like to convey of what Operation Write Home means to me.

Mine are Please Keep Safe

Here is a sign I made with my Cricut, the letters are cut from Winter Woodland at 1 1/2"

CRICUT CARD FAIRY 2nd BLOG Hop this Friday

Please come back on Friday for our second blog hop with candy at every stop.

Birthday Wishes for my niece and nephew

Alycia - if you are reading this BEFORE your card comes - STOP :^)
(You see my niece subscribes to my blog and I don't want her to see her card. Her and her twin brother will be 12 tomorrow and I made and mailed their cards today and they will get them tomorrow!)

Here is a tent card for my nephew Benjamin, I learned how to make this card last night on Momo's Ustream class. I never saw this one before. She showed us 4 diff card techniques and this one caught my eye.
I added strips of stickers to the top of the aperture. I hope you can see that.

Now for Alycia's card - (You better not be reading LOL)
I used the joy fold technique - also taught by Momo last night, I have done these before - but her directions and video was so easy to understand.

Here is the front

Here is the inside.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Welcome New Followers

I notice I have a few new followers. Welcome. Poke around, comment if you like, Search by a key word (on the right) subscribe to get the feed via email.

Each week you will see challenges that I participate in, weekly coupons from AC Moore and Michael's that I hope you can use. I do not live near a Hobby Lobby - but if you need that coupon, I can post it as well.

I reside on the east coast here in the United States and crafting has always been a passion of mine.
Please comment so that I may come visit your blog too. blogspot does not always let me know who you actually are. Strange that way.

Stay tuned this weekend as we are having a blog hop on Friday. See my side button on the right promoting Our Cricut Card Fairy Blog hop Friday - Sunday.

thanks and chat with you soon.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Male Birthday card using Cuttlebug Clockworks

I just got this in the mail yesterday and had to try it out - it is the new Cuttlebug Clockworks 5 x 7 embossing folder.
I embossed and sanded to show the white core.
Happy Birthday - no name from my stash
The office punch I used on the sentiment if from SU

I am entering this card in three challenges
Time - at Anything Challenge
Color scheme at Crafty Catz
and a Birthday card at Create4fun

Cricut Mission card using C&S sketch

This is for mission 659 - This woman was diagnose with cancer and she likes purple, pink, turquoise, & melon & she loves dragonflies. Coincidentally I used the dragonfly stamp last night and sorry to use it again so quickly. I used the sketch from Clean & Simple 105

Image from SU
Border stamp from Inakadinkado
Border punch from MS
Pearls from M's

Thursday, August 26, 2010

All I have seen

Created this card in memory of a young girl at the age of 14 who passed away on Wednesday. Her schoolmate friend is grieving and I want to send her this card.

I had bought this lovely stamp set years ago with the thought it would help me make the sympathy cards in a thoughtful way. The stamp set and inks are from SU! The border punch is MS and the rhinestones are from M's.

To help me create this card - I used the sketch and color theme at The Pink Elephant

With Sympathy

Created this card after my daughter told me of her friend's younger sister loosing a dear friend at the early age of 14. I cannot imagine what the parents are going through.

here is one Sympathy card I am sending.

To aid me - I used the Color Create challenge of lilac, yellow and mint.
Background embossed with CB folder
Inks used are SU, ribbon is from SU! and sentiment from a LSS store - labeled Heather

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Welcome New Followers

Thank you to my new followers.
I hope you enjoy this blog.
I post challenges that I enter, ideas and creations using my Cricut (I have an E) and Cuttlebug (CB), as well as blog candy and weekly coupons from Michael's (M's) and AC Moore (ACM).

Please leave comments so I may come and visit you too.

OWH challenge

I made this card last night I am gathering a group of friends Wednesday night to help make more of them to send to OWH (you see mine is the sample). When I saw this challenge I said "Great LO and easy for newbies". I kept it simple.

I am making 6 different samples for the team to create a bunch of cards for our "Card Birthday Party". I hope to make between 50 - 100 cards to send to Dixie for the troops/Heroes. I have the card stock cut for the various cards, so they just have to stamp and assemble. I'll be posting more tomorrow and through out the week.

Here is the card I created using the sketch at OWH Stars and Stripes
The cute ghost is a 1.00 stamp I picked up yesterday at Michael's I couldn't resist and thought everyone would get a kick out of him.
** It is a little empty at the bottom - going to add some bats - from a very old punch I have **

The inside sentiment is also a 1.00 stamp from M's I picked up last year or so.

Monday, August 23, 2010

BBtB2 Flamingo challenge

I don't know why - but I as soon as I saw this challenge - I thought of this bird with balloons. So I made it into a Birthday card.

Challenge this is for:
BBtB2 - use the Flamingo cut
Layout from Card Patterns
Theme Birthdays at Create4Fun

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Good Luck

A back to school card I am including in my next batch to OWH.

The cute image is from Michelle Perkett entering this in a couple challenges.
One at Stars and Stripes blog and one at Sunday Sketch and stamp

Saturday, August 21, 2010

AC Moore Coupons

Washer Pendants

Well I finally got this crossed off my to craft list - Washer pendants.
I went to the hardware store yesterday and bought three (I gave my niece Alycia one and didn't take a pic) washers. I like this one for the size.

Luckily when I got home I had the exact paper punches to punch the card stock to fit the holes of the washers. I learned this technique here and here.

I showed my sons and they thought I bought them! Cool.

I used Mod Podge to glue the cs to the front of the washer.
I then put a layer of Liquid Embossing to give it a glaze.
While it was still wet I added bling. Waited overnight and added another layer of Liquid Embossing.
At M's I could not find the satin cording but I found leather cording which I like better because it is thinner. Looked through my two drawers of beads and found these metallic ones.

I have entered this in Allsorts challenge - anything less than 3"

Friday, August 20, 2010

Crochet keeper notebook for patterns

This will be used to keep patterns I learn and obtain from either the internet or the Wed Crochet group.

The cover is actually pieces of chipboard that I cut from a Wheat Thin box. Perfect size. I took notebook paper and trimmed it to size and placed inside the covers.
I punched the binder ring holes with my Crop-A-Dile
I added a border using Martha Stewart punch.
Tied various yarn and ribbon to the binder rings.
Added a couple inked Tim Holtz Adage Tickets
Created my own hat pin and weaved it through a couple crochet flowers I made.
Added some pearls to the border strip. Attached the flowers to a Tim Holtz swivel clip.

Used my Cuttlebug to die cut the swirls and added mini pearls as accents.
Entering this in the Cuttlebug Challenge called "Be Inspired #97 Book it" and One stop Craft Challenge - not a card.

OWH Any Hero Card #4

Made my last OWH any hero card so it could be mailed today.
Used the sketch from Clean & simple #104
Ribbon from SU!
Border punches from MS
The inside was a message I wrote to a non specific soldier whom they dub as heroes.
I wanted to somewhat mimic the red white and blue and stars.

Looking for Copics?

Check out Die Cuts R US the Copic pre-order sale. It is in full swing and you will love the prices at their store:
Copic Ciaos: $2.99 each
Copics Sketches: $4.25 each
Refills: $4.90 each

Happy shopping

Hello - Any Hero card #3

I really hoped to get 4 cards done - well this is the third one.

It's for the Any Hero cards, where we right a message from home to be given to any hero.

I used the layout from Raise the Bar and entering this card at Penny Black at Allsorts in hopes to be on their design team. The card had to have a PB image and glitzy.

I used a PB image, the work hello is single alphabets stamps from Hero Arts that I have had for 20 years. The flowers are Prima and the prisma paper is by Colorbok. I embossed the base card with the Cuttlebug Stylyzed Flowers embossing folder.

Michael's 25% off coupon on Sunday

4 hour special coupon

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Feathers to heaven

My sister got a batch of chicks last Tuesday and "Sally" did not make it past 7 days. She was a cute little yellow chick, but she was not eating.

I made this card for my sister.

This helped me make this card using these challenges:
Raise the Bar - ABC challenge - looks like I missed the deadline.
and the color challenge at CRAFT challenge blog
Card stock and DSP from SU!
Ribbon from SU!
Sentiment from StudioG
Chicken from The Greeting Farm

With Sympathy

Made this card for a co-worker. His SIL passed from cancer at the age of 46.

Entering this card in a couple challenges.
Topic of card (sympathy) at The Cuttlebug Spot
and used the layout from Sketchy Thursday

Back ground embossed with Swiss Dot embossing folder
Sentiment from Heather
Used SU! punch to cut the label out.
Ribbon also from SU!
Swirl PP from K&Company

A sailing Thank You

I met a great group of ladies last night at the Wednesday Crochet gathering at a lady's home. It was my first night and I look forward to learning more about crocheting. (You may remember I taught myself how to crochet little flowers)
Anyway - to thank the lady I made her this card.

The paper piecing is from an old SB paper pad I had I think from Provo Craft
The scrap background (beige/cream) is actually textured wall paper.
I CB with D'vine Swirl embossing folder.
The brads are from SU!
Sentiment from Stampendous

Entering this in a few challenges
Paper piecing at AllSorts
Boats at Tuesday Taggers
And the sketch at Get sketchy

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

OWH Any Hero Card #2

getting there with my card grouping for Operation Write home.

Here is another one - base run through the Cuttlebug embossing folder.
I used a different Tim Holtz stamp and added a SU ribbon tab
A SU brad inside the clock in which I strung a pre-made office tag.
Sentiment is also from SU!
Entering this in the following challenges
Sentimental Sundays- use ribbon or lace
The Cuttlebug Spot - thinking of you
Anything Challenge - 3 layers

OWH Any Hero Card

On the fb page of Operation Write home they asked for any hero cards to be made.
So here is one of 4 that I hope to get done and mailed today if not tomorrow. Unlike the blank cards. Any Hero cards have a personal message from me to the hero. So they get mail as well.

Because my card could go to a male or female I kept the colors neutral on this one.
I used the Tim Holtz stamp on this and faux stitching. The sentiment is from Stampendous.

I used the sketch from Create4Fun to help me get this quick card accomplished.
At Pollycraft Monday - use of stitches
At Anything Goes wanted three layers - so this LO was perfect.