Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Celebrate the Occasion # 44: Christmas Shape Card

Hello everyone,

I would first like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year. This past year has been very good for my crafting. I served on a few DTs and shared a lot with you all. Thanks to all my followers new and old. Thanks for all the wonderful comments that you leave for me they are always inspiring. The last couple of months have been quite hectic for my and my family but I am slowly getting back into the swing of things so I promise to share more with you soon.

Let get onto this weeks Challenge from Celebrate the Occasion. We are still in a Christmas mood and we would love to see some cute Shape Cards. I thought I would made a snowman shaped card for the Challenge. I found two cute little guys and I couldn't decide between them. They are both cute, let me know what you think.

Side by side for comparison

What was used:
Cricut Hello Kitty Greetings
Cricut Winter Frolic
Cricut Gypsy
Heidi Grace Designs HG EG Jolly Cardstock
Cardstock: Recollections, We R Memory Keepers, DCWV Glitter, American Crafts Foil
Inks and Bling from stash
Background paper from DCWV The Homemade Christmas Stack

This project is also my last post as part of the DT for Celebrate the Occasion. I have served with them for a whole year and had a blast! We had a DT call which closes today so I hope you got your entries in. The new DT will be revealed on December 27. Good luck to everyone who submitted.

Happy Holidays and Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Celebrate the Occasion # 42: Christmas and DT Call

Hello everyone,

Its another week of Challenges at CTO and we a Christmas Challenge for you. Make any project with a Christmas theme but NO GREEN allowed!

Before I go into the challenge I must let you know that time is almost up for the old design team and we are looking for new gals and lads to join the new team starting on January 3rd, 2012. We would love for you to submit your projects so please visit Celebrate the Occasion and find out all the details on how to become a DT member.

For my project this week I made a hot chocolate holder and card set. This is a perfect little gift for the holidays for your kids classmates or a small token for your office buddies.


I am also entering my project into these other Challenges:
My Sheri Crafts Challenge: Decorate for Christmas
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #89: Present Time

What was used:
Cricut Winter Frolic
Sizzix Dots Embossing Folder in my Cuttlebug
My Pink Stamper Winter Punnies Stamp Set
The Paper Company Studio Christmas Phrases
DCWV The Winter Wonder Stack
DCWV Cardstock
Chalk Inks

Land O Lakes Cocoa Classics (my favorite!)

Please stop by at CTO this week see the other projects the DT have made and show us what you have created with our Challenge.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Celebrate The Occasion #40: Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone,

There is a new challenge over at Celebrate the Occasion. This week our Challenge is to make something for Thanksgiving, but you must use buttons. My family and I are not big turkey lovers so I usually make a chicken for our Thanksgiving dinner so I thought I would 'make' a turkey for this card so at least there will be one turkey done in my house this year.

What was used:
Cricut Create A Critter
DCWV The Ultimate Stack
Cardstock: DCWV and  Recollection
Buttons from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Chalk Ink

I hope you will stop by to see what the DT have created to inspire you and be sure to link up your projects so we can see your creations too.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Celebrate The Occasion Challenge #38: Veteran's Day

Hello everyone,

Its time for another challenge over at Celebrate the Occasion. Our theme this week is Veteran's Day.

I have often shared that I have three sisters who are serving in the British Army and have had their share of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were the inspiration for this card which I have made to celebrate all the women serving in the armies around the world.

This does not mean I do not salute all the men, brothers, husbands, fathers serving in the military, because I also have a brother in the military too.

I love the words on this stamp I think it was so appropriate for this card.

What was used:
Cricut Stand and Salute
The Paper Company Studio 'You Go Girl' Stamp Set
Cardstock: Recollections & Bazzil
Recollections Pink Camo (Green Camo in the background)

Help us show support to the vets. To all vets and families of vets THANKS for your service.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Celebrate The Occasion Challenge #36: Fall Theme

Hello Everyone,

My family and I have now moved into temporary housing in California. I am missing my old home and my friends terribly, but I am loving this CA warmth. We won't get our household stuff (and my scrapbook stuff ) until mid November. I am having weird withdrawal symptoms, but I am really excited because the home we will eventually move into will be walking distance to JoAnn's!

This project I made a few weeks ago for our weekly challenge over at Celebrate the Occasion. Our theme this week is Fall! I made my first shaker card for this challenge. The idea is you are inside looking out of a window with a oak tree outside and the leaves blowing about.

I used my Gypsy to make the base of the card and used strips of pop-dots to keep the layers apart so that the little leaves can move around when you shake the card.


I found the cutest little poem on line that I printed and put on the inside of the card. I found it here.

Falling Leaves
Little leaves fall softly down
Red and yellow, orange and brown
Whirling, twirling round and round
Falling softly to the ground

Little leaves fall softly down
To make a carpet on the ground.
Then, swish, the wind comes whistling by
And sends them dancing to the sky.

What was used:
Cricut Gypsy
Cricut Christmas Solutions (Window)
Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls (Leaves)
Cricut Paper Dolls Dress Up (Tree)
Recollections Basics Light Blue Paper
Cardstock: Recollections, The Paper Company

Please join us at CTO, see what the DT projects and wow us with your brilliance.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #34: Any Occasion (Red, Black and White)

Hello everyone,

There is a new challenge up at Celebrate the Occasion. This week's theme is Any Occasion but your project must be in the colors RED, BLACK and WHITE. As always there you have a chance to be entered into the prize drawing at the end of the month if you participate. Visit CTO to find out what the October's price will be.

I was heavily inspired by the May/June Issue of Papercrafts magazine for this card. I love the simple elegance of the card and I just had to make my own take on it.

What was used:
Me & My Big Ideas Sassy Paper Pack
Recollection Cardstock
Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly Punch
The Paper Company Studio Greetings Stamp Set
Red Satin Ribbon (1 inch)
Recollections Rhinestones

Please join visit CTO see the beautiful projects the team have made to inspire you and wow us with your creativity.

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Card

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share a card I made for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Celebrate the Occasion has Breast Cancer Awareness for their challenge this week but I also wanted to participate in the Link Up for Pink hosted by Celeste, Gaby and Yolie, I have had their button on my side bar for sometime now.
Click the link and join in too.

I made a tall card and cut the words on my Cricut using my Gypsy.

I am linking this card to:
Celebrate the Occasion: Breast Cancer Awareness
Touched By A Butterfly, Just Yolie and Gaby Creates: First Annual Link Up For Pink 
Create Me Pink: Pink White and Black Challenge

What was used?
Cricut Gypsy
Cricut Gypsy Font
Recollections Cardstock
Me & My Big Idea Breast Cancer Paper Pack
E.K. Success Chain Of Hearts Edger Punch
Ribbon from stash
Bling brad

I wanted to send out my support to all my sisters in the fight or have won their fight and love to the families of those who lost their fight. We should all do all we can to know more about this disease because it can easily be any one of us.

All my love XOXO
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #32: Any Occasion - Must Use Ribbon

Hello Everyone,

Its another Tuesday so there is a new challenge over at Celebrate the Occasion. This week you are challenged to use ribbon on your project and it can be Any Occasion. Remember you may have a chance  to be entered into a draw for a $25 Papertrey Ink gift certificate.

Since the challenge is to use ribbon, I wanted my ribbon to be the star of the card. The card is 5 x 7 inches. I started with a 48 inches of a 1.5 inch wide ribbon. Then I baste stitched the middle of the ribbon down the entire length of the ribbon, pulled the tread and gathered it to get the effect seen on the card. I used Fabric-tac glue to attach the ribbon to the card.

What was used:
Fabri-tac glue
DCWV Cotton Bloom Stack
Recollections Cardstock
Sunflower Yellow Rhinestones
Inkadinkado Thank You Words Stamp Set
1.5 inch satin ribbon
Fibers from my stash
Green Chalk Ink

Please visit CTO, see  all the inspiration from the design team and join us with this week's challenge. I can't wait to see what you create.

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hot Air Balloon Card

Hello everyone,

There has been a new challenge up at Celebrate the Occasion since Tuesday and the theme this week is Birthday but you 'must use a balloon' on your project. I made this simply card with a cute $1 stamp I found at JoAnns.

I love the effect of the three balloons. The middle balloon I cut out and up with popdots to have a little 3-D effect on the card. Here is a little close up of the balloons. It is a very simply card but I love the effect. My greeting is not as straight as I would have loved but it works.

What was used:
Recollection Cardstock
Martha Stewart Cool Colors School Days Paper Pack
Archival Inks in Banana, Aqua and Carnation
$1 Stamp from JoAnns
Ribbon from my local craft store

Now I have some big news to share:
I have been neglecting my blog friends and followers for the past couple of weeks because I am very busy trying to sort life out to move from MA to CA! Its crazy, scary, exciting and sad all together. I apologize for not commenting on your blogs and I have not posted on my blog as much as I usually do because we are trying to get everything sorted her.

I will still keep my post on the DT at CTO because I gave my word and luckily I can schedule my posts for when they are due so I am busy trying to make my projects and write my posts. I am not sure when I will have my scrap room set up when I get there, especially since I have two little ones I will really have to sort them out first, get them into schools, etc. I don't know what I am gonna do without my scrappy stuff for a month or two.

I hope you will bear with me for the time and I won't forget about you all and I hope you will still keep coming back to visit with me when my posts appear. The one constant in this move is that you all will be coming with me.

Thanks for all the love and support!
Thanks especially to My CTO DT members for understanding!

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Celebrate The Occasion Challenge # 30: Tall Card

Hello Everyone,

Its time for a new challenge at Celebrate the Occasion! This week's theme is "Tall Card" your card should be anything birthday but it must have a present on it. I made this card for my cousin (even wrote her name on the tag on the present).

Close Up Of Mouse


What was used:
Cricut Birthday Bash
Cricut Everyday Pop-Up Cards
Cloud 9 Designs Patterned Paper
Cardstock: DCWV, Recollections
Stampendous Twenty Something Stamp set
Fiskars Rope Border Punch
Brown Sugar Divine Twine
Burnt Sienna Chalk Ink

Please stop by Celebrate the Occasion see what the design team has made to inspire you and join in the fun. Remember you could be in for a chance at our monthly prize.

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Spotlight At FCCB!

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share that I am featured on Sunday Spotlight over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. If you would like to know me a little more please click HERE and see my answers to the questions I was given. This is a great honor for me to be featured. Thanks so much to the wonderful ladies that chose me for the spotlight.

I also wanted to say that today on 9-11-11, my heart goes out to everyone who had lost someone 10 years ago. There has been so much time but I know the hurt will always be there.

All the best.

Paper This And That Challenge: Welcome Autumn

Hello Everyone,

There is a new challenge at Paper This and That and this is my last month as part of the Design Team there. I would love to thank Jennifer for having me on her DT. I had a lot of fun with her themes over the past six months.

The theme this month is to create a project a Autumn/Fall theme project, but it must have at least one leaf on it. Here is the card I created from a pack of Fall paper I have had in my stash. Unfortunately I didn't keep the packaging for the paper and have no details on it.

What was used:
Patterned paper from stash
Sheer ribbon from stash
Recollection Cardstock
Gold Ink

 There is always a prize for playing along with Paper This and That and this month for joining in the fun you can win a small bag of mini clay roses. Please visit and see the beautiful job the DT have done this month.

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I Made Top 5 at FCCB Again!

Hi everyone,

I got my second top 5 at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog for my Animals Circle Accordian card. To see my full post click HERE. I am on a roll! 

Thanks Ladies for voting for me. I get to display this fabulous blinky on my blog!

Fantabulous Cricut

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blog Awards

Hello everyone,

I have been sent a few blog awards and haven't gotten around to posting them until now. I am so happy that these ladies love my work and my blog so much to take the time to pass these on to me. My sincerest thanks to you all.

 Thanks Carla of Carla's Cards

Thanks Natasha of Crafting with Natasha  

Thanks Shen of My Curious Crafts and Diana of DL Art

Thanks Esther of For the Joy of Creating.

What you have to do:
Irresistible Sweet Award: Share 7 random facts about yourself and share the award with 8 others.
Versatile Blogger Award: Share 7 things about yourself and share the award with 15 others.
Stinkin' Cute Blog Award: No rules just pass it on.
Butterfly Award: Answers several questions then pass it on.

Here 7 thing about myself:
1. I have not been home in 12 years.
2. I subscribe to 4 scrapbooking/card magazines. (One comes all the way from England).
3. I am on Weight Watcher (lost now 24 lbs, 31 lbs to go).
4. I have to exercise but hate it!
5. I taught Science to high school kids in England.
6. I love to dance salsa, I am ok at it.
7. My friends called me Energizer Bunny because I would never leave a dance floor until the music ends. That was years ago now.

Butterfly Award Questions:
Q1) Name your favorite color? Blue
Q2) Name your favorite song? Anything by Brian McKnight
Q3) Name your favorite dessert? Cheesecake
Q4) What wizzes you off at the moment? Silly People
Q5) Your favorite pet? I like dogs but don't want one!
Q6) Black or White? Black
Q7) Your biggest fear? Loosing my mom
Q8) Best feature? My family
Q9) Everyday attitude? Make today better than yesterday
Q10) What is perfection? A day in my craft room with no kids!
Q11) Guilty pleasure? Chocolate
Q12) When you're upset you? I scrap!

Here are my awardees alphabetically: 
I'll invite them to take one of the awards they want and past it along. 
Adrian of By Adrian 4 U
Carla of Carla's Cards
Celeste of Touched By A Butterfly
Diana of DL Art
Esther of For the Joy of Creating
Holly of Ribbons And Glue
Jayne of Jayne Designs
Jovan of Cards By Jovan
Nicole of Creative Delights By Nicole 
Laurie of Scraps By Sissy 
Luciana of Dilsaver Designs
Melissa of Moe Creations 
Missy of Quick Chick Designs
Natasha of Crafting with Natasha
Shen of My Curious Crafts
Terrence of Polka Dots And Paint

 I still can't believe that they piled up so quickly. I just want to say thanks to the ladies who shared them with me. Your cyber/blogland love means so much to me.

Thanks Again
Happy Scrapping!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Celebrate The Occasion Challenge # 28: Birthday, Follow the Sketch

Hello everyone,

Its time for your weekly challenge at Celebrate the Occasion! This week the theme is Birthday but you have to follow the sketch provided.

I really wanted to use this more lace for my project and I really wanted to use this Recollections printed cardstock I found in Michael's. The Elegance set includes 5 sheets of 5 different black and white paper (25 sheets) for $3.99, but I used a 40% off coupon with it. I love the thickness of the paper so you could actually use them as the base for your card.

What was used:
Cuttlebug Seeing Spots Embossing folder
Recollections Cardstock
Recollections Elegance Printed Cardstock
Recollections Floral Embellishments
Recollections Rhinestone Stickers
Black satin and cream lace ribbons
Happy Birthday Sticker

Remember that the prize for August is a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink. Please visit Celebrate the Occasion and get inspired by DT2 and share your projects to inspire us.

Happy scrapping!

Nuts About Sketches # 176

Hello everyone,

Its my last week on the design team for Nuts About Sketches. I have been very productive, completing 33 sketches in 6 months for this DT. I still hope to use Shawn Sketches and when I do I will share them with you here.

This week I used pictures of my little ones, except for the photo with them together, the pictures were taken 2 years apart. Now my son has celebrated is 4th birthday yesterday and my daughter will be 6 years old in a couple of weeks. The time has gone by so fast! 

I used the left side of the sketch for my layout.


What was used:
DCWV The Cotton Bloom Stack
Making Memories Spring sticker
Martha Stewart Custom Stamp Set for the title
EK Success Fastenator
Circle cutter

I am sharing a photo of my son blowing out the candles on his cake. My daughter chose the Valentine sprinkles for the top.

Please visit Nuts About Sketches and get inspired by the layout the rest of the DT submitted. I want to say Thanks to Shawn for choosing me for her DT, I can't wait to see what her new DT will do with her sketches.

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Animals Circle Accordion Card

Hello Everyone,

I have this idea for an accordion card and thought I would combine a couple of challenges in making it. I always like to support my girls over at Celebrate the Occasion on my week off and I thought that this would a perfect shape for my card. I have to admit I went a little picture crazy on this post but I am really proud of my card. I will have to try a square one in the future because this circle one doesn't easily stand my itself.

The scalloped circles are each 4 inches and they were welded together on my Gypsy then rotated on the page so that they could be cut. I used one of my new favorite carts for the images, Nate's ABCs. The trouble with a 4 inch working area is that the images have to be cut smaller to fit in the frame and that meant I had to cut at 1.75 to 2 inches and some of the pieces were so tiny that I could hardly see them on the mat so I had to use my markers to add details.

I am also liking the sun on each scene, which is made up of twine wrapped around a few times on a punched circle.


I am linking this card to:
Celebrate The Occasion:  Circle Shaped Card (Any Occasion)
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday: #74 'Birthday Bash'
Cricut Cardz Challenge: #89 'Its a Jungle Out There'
Patches Of Pink: Thursday Link Up Party

What was used:
Cricut Nate's ABCs (Images form 1.75 to 2 inches)
Cricut Elegant Edges (Base scalloped circles)
Cricut Georges and Basic Shapes (circles)
Cricut Once Upon A Princess (clouds)
Recollections Basics Light Blue Paper
We R Memory Keepers Cardstock
Divine Twine Green Apple, Cotton Candy, Lemon, Aqua and Orange
Buttons from stash

I hope you will visit these blogs and see the wonderful creations all the DT have made.

Happy Scrapping!

My Pink Stamper Card Donation for Breast Cancer

Hello Everyone,

I am making this card to donate to a Breast Cancer cause that Robyn of My Pink Stamper is hosting on her blog. She was contacted by a nurse, Kathy Mortl, asking for help to put a smile on the faces of ladies battling breast cancer. To know more about you can help out click HERE.

I really wanted the card to be very girlie so I pulled out my Pink lace ribbon. I am in love with lace ribbon.

What was used:
Cricut Stand and Salute
Cuttlebug Polka Dots
My Pink Stamper Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set
Making Memories Think Pink Paper
Making Memories Think Pink Sticker
Pink Ribbons (Satin and Lace)
Pink and Black Inks

Kathy needs only 1500, I am sure we can all pitch in and send them out. Mine goes out in the mail tomorrow.
Kathy Mortl
10261 N Sunnycrest Drive
Mequon, WI  53092"

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Made Top 5 at FCCB!

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to share that I got my first top 5 at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog for my Cupcake Easel card. To see my full post click HERE.

Thanks Ladies for voting for me. I get to display this fabulous blinky on my blog!

Fantabulous Cricut

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Nuts About Sketches # 175

Hello everyone,

Its time for another sketch over at Nuts About Sketches. Shawn has also chosen the ladies for the new DT starting in September. I did not reapply for the team so this means that my term is almost come to an end this month. I really enjoyed working with her sketches it forced me to be very productive with my scrapbooking.

This week I have continued the school theme. My daughter had a class photo taken so I decided to turn it into a page. I did not put that photo on the page when I took the picture because of all her class mates. There are three other photos on the page of her having fun in her class.

Her teachers and her friends wrote her letters and I wanted to preserve those, some of the messages were so cute. Years from now she can read them and remember her Pre-K years. One of my favorite message was from her teach Marc, he wrote "Dear Aliisa, I will remember how excited you were about: 1. Putting on your plays and 2. Everything!" This sums up my daughter perfectly!

What was used:
Cricut Accents Essential
Paper from my stash (had it for a while can't remember the brand)
Cloud 9 Designs Chipboard Alphas
Decorative Paper clips

Hope you will take some time to go the Nuts About Sketches and see the gorgeous layouts the ladies have created this week and show us what you have done with this sketch.

Happy Scrapping

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #26: Birthday Easel Card

Hello everyone,

Its time for another challenge at Celebrate the Occasion. This week's theme is Birthday Easel Card. If you haven't tried one before, this is the perfect time. I just love how easy they are to make and there are many U-Tube videos on how to make Easel Cards. I really like this one (Click HERE) by Split Coast Stampers. It is very easy to follow and you can really see how easy the technique is.

The other tutorial I used in making this card was a mini rose tutorial. I found the tutorial by Croping Queen (sorry she does not have a blog) for these roses, you can use any five petal flower. You can use a paper punch or your Cricut to create them. The best flower to use is the flower on Weddings Solution Cartridge because it is perfectly symmetrical but that is not totally neccessary. (Click HERE for tutorial). The leaves I just cut out by hand and added the details.

I will also be linking this card to:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #73 : A Piece of Cake

What was used:
Cricut Elegant Edges (Bracket frame)
EK Success Retro Flower Paper Punch (5 punch for each rose)
My Pink Stamper Everyday Life Stamp set
Martha Stewart Vintage Girl Paper Pack
Martha Stewart Modern Festive Paper Pack
Martha Stewart Modern Festive Chipboard Cupcake
Recollection Cardstock
American Crafts Stamp Marker: Cricket
Divine Twine Green Apple
Colorbox Cat's eye Chalk Inks
Bling from stash

I hope you will visit Celebrate the Occasion and see the beautiful Easel Cards DT2 have made to inspire you. Remember there is a chance to be entered into our August drawing for a $25 Paper Trey Ink gift certificate.

Happy Scrapping!
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