Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Use Your Stash Blog Hop

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. You should be coming from Ann Marie's blog.

WELCOME! This month we are featuring buttons and flowers. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing two different cards in an attempt to use up my enormous supply of buttons and flowers.  I am serious!  I have so many, I don't even want to THINK about it! is my button card.

 I decided to try to use up my buttons in a sort of rainbow.  Do you know something crazy, though?  I have tons of buttons, but NO PURPLE ones!  LOL  So, I think this will be a great birthday card for one of my many nephews.  I even have enough buttons to make a couple more of these.

Now for the flower card!

I really like this one.  I'm still trying to figure out how to make my pictures look better.  I can't ever get them to look like they do in person!  It's so frustrating!  Anyways...I have waaaayy too many of these flowers, so I think I'll be making a few more of these cards, too.  :o)

Now hop on over to Michelle's blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Lovely Valentine

Last weekend I had a fabulous time at a retreat with some wonderful ladies.  I have to thank Melissa for putting this together!  I didn't get a whole lot done, but I absolutely loved what I did accomplish!  I plan on sharing pictures of my projects for the next few days, and I thought it would be fun to share the card I made for Valentine's Day for my sweetie pie.
I really don't like to use the traditional Valentine's color scheme...especially on a card that's for my hubby.  I used some fun techniques on this card that I'd love to share with you!  The first is the fabulous Rock Candy Crackle paint!  I really love this stuff!  It gives it such a cool, cracked glass effect!
Did you notice the large flower?!  I'm sure it's hard to miss!!!  :o)  I made that with my own little hands!  And I am so very proud of it!  I saw a tutorial on one of the blogs I follow...I wish I could remember which one.  I'll have to check so I can share it with all of you!  It just takes a Gluber and fabric!!!  It's so fantastically simple, but has a huge impact!!!
I hope y'all like it!  My hubby did, so that makes me smile.  :o)
Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the “Even Easier” Technique as shown on page 91 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 

We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit our challenge blog at where you can share your project and be entered in a chance to win great prizes.  You will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Tabby's Blog, you are on the right track! 

Because there are so many stamp sets that coordinate with the Art Philosophy cartridge, there are tons of options and projects that you can do with this technique!  It makes it so very easy to create beautiful things, too!  When I first saw the Just For You stamp set, I HAD to have it!  I love the bohemian feel of it with the stitched outlines and patterns.  Once you have the stamp set, it makes it easy to use your Cricut because the size is written on the acrylic backing right next to the stamp!  No guessing!!!  How awesome is that?!  So, I cut the flower out accordingly, and then stamped the stitched border.  Then, I stamped the petals alternating with Tulip and Sunset inks.  A wooden button keeps with the bohemian feel, and how can you say 'no' to the gorgeous chocolate striped ribbon?  I know I can't!  :o)

Supply List:  
  • Just For You stamp set (B1398)
  • Stella Paper Packet (X7147B)
  • Wooden buttons (Z1387)
  • Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1617)

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Rachel's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation. Happy hopping!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Stamp Of The Month

Alright, my friends...this stamp set is one of those must haves for nearly ANY occasion!  At least, that's how I feel about it.  :o)  I decided that it would be perfect for the Valentine's Day cards that I had in mind for my boys' classes.  Yes, I brailled them!!!  I love it!  Usually when I create things I love, love, love to use embellishments!  Well, this time they will be given to little kids who will take a quick look, grab the candy and toss the card.  So, only a tiny little bling, and ONLY because I have tons of them, so I won't be too sad.  I just hope one of the mothers notices.  LOL  Okay...enough talk.  Time for some pictures!

So this is what I will be giving to the kiddos.  I also made a cute gift bag for the teachers.  Check it out!

I did do a bit of distressing on this one.  I figure that teachers are definitely worth it!  Still, everything is cut with the Cricut, so it made it super easy.  I absolutely LOVE my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge!!!

Want to see some more projects made with this set?  Here you go!
This one was made by the fabulous Sheila Wilkerson!  You can check out her blog here.
Judy Faye made this card!  Isn't it cute?  Check out her blog here.
This card was made by the lovely Melissa.  Her lucky hubby gets to keep this one!  Check out her blog here!

I hope you enjoyed the work, and I hope it gave you some good ideas.  :o)
Until next time...happy scrappin'!