Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Detailed Rolled Rose Valentine Wreath

  
Last week I was a guest designer at Passionately Artistic sharing my Valentine rolled rose wreath. I wanted to post this on my blog too but didn't get a chance till now as things have been so crazy with Blog Hops,  Design Teams, etc.  So here it is.  
 Today I am sharing   a project for Valentines Day.  Recently Provo Craft came out with an Art Philosophy Cart that is amazing.  I love making the rolled flowers. There are three different rolled flower shapes on the cartridge which I used to make this wreath.  The cuts are found on page 68, 69 and 70.  I cut them at 2.75 inches so I can get 16 on  a page.  If you don't have a Cricut keep reading and I will show you how to make the same flowers without a Cricut.  
So here is my finished wreath.
Closeup of roses and ribbon.  
Another closeup. 
This wreath started with a 12 inch straw wreath which I wrap with ribbon.  
This is what the cut shapes look like when they are cut out.  
For this wreath I used double sided K and Company paper.  
You will need a Quilling tool which cost a few bucks at your local craft store.  You catch the edge with the prongs and roll the flower to form the rose.  
In this picture I am showing if you roll away from you what the three roses look like and if you roll towards you what they will look like with the same paper.  
Now if you don't have a Cricut you can hand draw the shape.  It doesn't have to be perfect.
I also love to make these with book pages or dictionaries I get at the Dollar Store.  When I hand cut book pages I do three at a time.   
Here are some finished flowers from scrapbook paper, book pages and dictionary pages.  The size depends on how loosely or tightly you glue them.  These are so cute on cards, layouts, altered crafts, etc.  
Here are a couple other examples I made using the same technique.  
Another wreath made with double sided Christmas paper but could definitely be left up all year.  
A rose covered press board monogram. I made these for gifts and they were a big hit.  
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Entering this in My Craft Spot  Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas- Anything Goes 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Congrats to the 4 winners for Cricut Craftin Grammy Blog hops this month

It is time to announce the winners for my three Blog Hops for January.  I so wish I could give  blog candy to everyone who stops by and comments.  Please know I greatly appreciate you all. 
 I  used Random.org and had all the little boxes saved but wasn't able to get them to post.  Just when you think you know how to do things something happens or blogger doesn't cooperate.  Please believe me that I did use Random.org to make it absolutely fair.    
For the All About 70's Blog Hop Jan 13 there were 15 comments and the Winner of a surprise goody bag is #4 - Brenda said Love, love your 70's layout Suzanne!  It is way out groovy.  Congrats Brenda.
For the Cards for Kids Valentine Hop January 24 there were 30 comments and the Winner of a surprise goody bag is #9  Marlene said ADORABLE cards!  Love you made Twisted Easel Cards.  I'm sure the kids will have soo much fun opening these.  I'm so glad to be doing this Cards for Kids Valentine's Day Blog Hop with you.   Congrats Marlene.


And last but not least my blogaversary Cricut Friends Blog Hop.  I totaled up all the comments for both days on all the blogs and there were 1
24 comments.   The  Winner of a $25 Gift Card is number 75. Day one from Jennasa- Love the card it is super pretty.  I especially love all the bling you added.   Congrats Jennasa.  


 I also added another Winner for my blog hop.  I was so thrilled by the response to the hop that I decided to give a second prize  a goody bag #  1179- Debbie said on Michelle's blog- I am a follower from yesterday.  This card is so cute it must be so nice to be able to make cards for young children.  Thanks for the inspiration.  Congrats Debbie.  


So Brenda, Jennasa, Marlene and Debbie please email me your snail mail address so I can send out your goodies.  Jennasa I will need to know if you want your gift card for Michaels or Joanns.  You will have until 2/14 to respond.  

FCCB 3 inch Valentine

It's Monday again and time for another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge.  I for one can not believe that January is almost over.  I guess I am having too much fun as time is flying by fast.  
This week the challenge is to make a 3 x 3  Valentine.  
This is the card I designed using Elegant Edges and Rock Princess. 
I used Bazzil cardstock and a scrap of music paper you can see behind the rose and inside.  
These are great cards to make to use some of your scraps.  
The card was cut at 3 x 6 inches and folded.  I then cut the frame on the front two times in white at 3 inches and the shadow layer in pink one time.  I pop dotted the white frames to give it more dimension.  
The Rose is from Rock Princess page 49 and was cut at 2 inches.  There are four different layers.  I added Stickles and some twine.  
I used a $1 stamp on the inside and a little rose and heart from 
K and Company Valentine embellishment bag.  The heart is pop dotted.   
I hope all the DT projects have inspired you to join us this week for the FCCB challenge.  
All the DT inspiration is posted today and you have until Saturday to enter.   I can't wait to see what everyone creates for this cute little mini Valentine challenge.  Happy Craftin.  



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Blue and Yellow layout for two Challenges

Trying to catch up on some odds and ends pictures of granddaughter Kenzie.  
For the left side I used a sketch from Frosted Design and for the color scheme I used a challenge from Cooking with Cricut.  
This is my double page layout.  
Recipe
Elegant Edges page 23 cut at 6 inches for scalloped circle and shadow
Border from page 23 cut with Gypsy 11.5 x 2.6 inches 
Paper Green Tea stack by DCWV  
Added ribbon, buttons and a flower from Michael's dollar bin.  

Challenges I am entering this layout in 
Cooking With Cricut- Anything but a card with Yellow and Polka Dots
Yellow ribbon and mats/ Blue polka dot paper for mats and polka dot paper for "Kenzie" 
Frosted Design Sketch- Love this sketch.  Quick and easy and multiple pictures. 
Other side of Double Page Layout 

Lasting Memories Trash Challenge


Wow is all I can say about last week. I made it through my very first Blog Hop for my one year Blogaversary (thanks to all my Cricut Friends)  and was so blessed.  So many wonderful ladies participated with their wonderful creative projects including many of this great Lasting Memories team.  Thanks so much ladies!  Also a big thank you to all of you who stopped by and left your lovely comments which so encourages us all.  We wouldn't keep going without you.  

Last week you all rocked out the "Recipe Challenge". How fun to get new layout ideas as well as some great recipes.   It is so fun to see what everyone creates.   I can't wait to see the entries each and every week.  

Now onto this weeks challenge at Lasting Memories.   We're asking you to "Trash Those Layouts"!!! What the heck does that mean?? We want to see how you use your scraps or maybe even recycled items on your layouts. Should be interesting!! Can't wait to see what you create!! Come back tmw for our DT Inspiration post!!! Happy scrappin'!!!

I had so much fun with this layout.  I have had this cute little picture of my oldest granddaughter for awhile.  This is a picture of her having her first Chinese Noodles for Mommy's birthday dinner.  Hard to see but she has a chopstick in her hand. 

 I had a piece of 8 x 8 cardboard from a packing box. 
I tore off most of the top thin paper layer leaving some torn pieces on.  The pieces I tore off I crumpled  and then laid everything out and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist.  I used Suede, Blue Bottom Jean, and Pomegranate.   I cut 2 tiny strips off the piece once it dried.  I used Tim Holtz paper for my background.
Then I laid everything out and moved it around till I liked it.  I used twine for the bow.  Some leftover chipboard letters I also sprayed for the yum title.  Th  I had a e Katie letters were from a Tim Holtz letter page.   I have used alot of the letters so was surprised when I found the letters to spell her name.  The strips on the bottom are ATG used tape that I misted and wrote on with a Sharpie.  

Hope you enjoyed my layouts!
We also have another awesome giveaway this week!! Elizabeth is hosting this weeks prize, check this out!!!
I don't know about you but I can never get enough Tim Holtz goodies.  
Also, if you need a little more inspiration, try out our sketch from PageMaps!! Just a reminder - in order to qualify for our challenge/giveaway, you MUSTfollow our challenge!! You're welcome to incorporate the sketch WITH the challenge or if you'd like to just use the sketch, please do and leave us a comment so we can come and see what you did with it!!!
Love this sketch because it makes me think of Spring and I love multi photo layouts. 


So lets see those "Trash" layouts this week and join us at Lasting Memories for some fun.  
Happy Craftin!

Now if you missed the blog hop you still have through tomorrow the 30th to leave comments for the blog candy.   Click here to the beginning of each day 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Blog Hop Day 2 January 28


Cricut Craftin Friends Blog Hop 
Celebrating Cricut Craftin Grammys 
1 year Blogaversary
Wow I can't wait for Day 2 as Day 1 was so awesome!
We're so happy you could join us for this  hop celebrating the one year blogaversary of Cricut Craftin Grammy.  I have asked a few of my Cricut Messageboard friends as well as my Design Team friends (Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, Lasting Memories and Sweet Sassy Diva )to join her in this two day Blog  Hop.  The participants are allowed to share anything creative they wish to share using a Cricut (or other die cut machine if they do not have a Cricut.)  I want to give a super big thank you to all the wonderful ladies who are participating and helping me celebrate.  Also a Big Big thank you to Amy Voltz who has helped me get everything together and made my darling blog hop button.  
Overall Blog Candy 
I hope you will hop along with us and leave comments along the way.  For the overall blog candy you need to leave a comment on each blog each day. If you leave a comment on all the blogs both days your name will beentered into the Random drawing twice.  The random winner will receive a $25 gift card from their choice of Michaels or Joanns.This is a TWO-DAY hop, so be sure to check out both days so you don't miss anycreativeness. Because there is a large number of participants. I  will give you until January 30th to post your comments for the two days of the blog hop.    Thanks for joining us!

So let's get hopping!! This is the beginning of the hop with Suzanne's Blog  so welcome and let's get hopping.

For the hop today, I've created a Valentine gift box and card. This was my first time making the shoe but one of the reasons why I bought the Princess Party cartridge.  (Besides that I will need it for my 3 Princess granddaughters.)

The shoe was made from the Cricut cart Princess Party and was cut at 7.5 inches which is the largest you can cut it with 12 x 12 paper.  The zebra paper I used was from DCWV Textures and Finishes stack.
The roses were cut at 2 inches from Art Philosophy and the Love phrase is from the Phrases  Cricut cart page 36 at 3 inches.  I then added MS punch leaves , gems, Stickles, Glossy Accents on the leaves and ribbon to finish off my project.
Thank you for checking out my project. I am entering this in the following challenges
Passionately Artistic Linking Party
Craft Junkie Too- Linking Party
The Cuttlebug Spot- Box It Challenge
Bitten By the Bug 2- Dimensional Flowers
Shes a Sassy Lady- Make Anything and link


Now on to my Cricut Messageboard friend Cindy's project for today.  Cindy does not have a blog but wanted to help me celebrate.  
The scrapbook page is from when I went to New York City: 
Gypsy Font was used for the words, then welded on the Gypsy.  I used white 
cardstock. with leaf applied to the paper before cutting.  
Lamp post:  Heritage cart
Cityscape: Paper Doll Dress Up cart
The paper is from my stash.  

Now follow the links below and remember to visit all the stops for MAXIMUM ideas and LOTS OF FUN!!

Suzanne
Also posting for Cindy who does not have a blog

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge
Blog  Friends
Lasting Memories
Message Board Friends
Sweet Sassy Diva Blog Friends


Thanks for hopping and hope you will come back to see me again.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Blog Hop Day 1 January 27



Cricut Craftin Friends Blog Hop 
Celebrating Cricut Craftin Grammys 
1 year Blogaversary

We're so happy you could join us for this  hop celebrating the one year blogaversary of Cricut Craftin Grammy.  I have asked a few of my Cricut Messageboard friends as well as my Design Team friends (Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, Lasting Memories and Sweet Sassy Diva )to join her in this two day Blog  Hop.  The participants are allowed to share anything creative they wish to share using a Cricut (or other die cut machine if they do not have a Cricut.)   I want to give a super big thank you to all the wonderful ladies who are participating and helping me celebrate.  Also a Big Big thank you to Amy Voltz who has helped me get everything together and made my darling blog hop button.
Overall Blog Candy 
I hope you will hop along with us and leave comments along the way.  For the overall blog candy you need to leave a comment on each blog each day. If you leave a comment on all the blogs both days your name will be entered into the Random drawing twice.  The random winner will receive a $25 gift card from their choice of Michaels or Joanns.This is a TWO-DAY hop, so be sure to check out both days so you don't miss any creativeness. Because there is a large number of participants. I  will give you until January 30th to post your comments for the two days of the blog hop.  Many of the bloggers will be giving blog candy on their blogs so make sure to read their directions to enter their drawings.
Thanks for joining us!
So let's get hopping!! This is the beginning of the hop with Suzanne's Blog  so welcome and let's get hopping.

For the hop today, I've created .......I used the monthly DCWV sketch for this layout and am entering it in the January stackaholic sketch challenge. Everything on these pages except for the pictures and the piece of twine came from the DCWV Heirloom Stack.  I inked the edges with Quick Quotes chalk.  The words Family, sweet and the xoxo were from a page of tags in the stack.  I glued these to a piece of chipboard, cut them out and inked them.  I used Elegant Edges for the Scalloped squares for the banner.

Again all the words came from a page in the DCWV Heirloom stack.  I cut "You make me Happy" into pieces.  
Closeup of banner.  

Here is the DCWV sketch.  



Thank you again for checking out my project...  Now below you will find the project my Cricut Message board friend  Cindy made to  help me celebrate.  Cindy doesn't have a blog so I am posting it here on my blog.  I hope you will leave her some blog love too.  This is Cindy's A2 card:

The background paper is K and Company:  Susan Winget Nature Stack
The Packages are cut from Celebrations, Christmas Cheer, Doodlecharms, 
Gypsy Wanderings and Jolly Holidays. 
Happy Birthday Stamp:  Close to My Heart Celebration Stamp SEt
Package Papers:  Assorted Papers that I have in my stash
Cuttlebug folders used:  Swiss Dots, Candy Cane, Moroccan Screen, 
and one more that I can't remember the name.  
 

So now you can leaver your comments for Cindy and I then follow the links below
and remember to visit all the stops for MAXIMUM ideas and LOTS OF FUN!!


Suzanne
Also posting for Cindy who does not have a blog

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge
Blog  Friends
Lasting Memories
Message Board Friends
Sweet Sassy Diva Blog Friends


Thanks for hopping and hope you will come back tomorrow for Day 2.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Get Well Card using Art Nouveau Butterfly

I am so excited about my Blog Hop tomorrow that I got a lot of crafting done today so I could enter some challenges.  I figured that would keep my nervous energy focused. 
 So here is one of the projects I did today.  
Recipe
Art Nouveau butterfly page 53 cut at 4 inches.  I did a lot of extra layering and pop dotting on this.  
Get Well Soon Cut from Phrases page 42 at 3 inches  
Cuttlebug Butterfly embossing folder
DCWV paper Chateau Lavendar 
Seam binding colored with Glimmer Mist
Ribbon and gems 
Challenges I am entering this card in 
Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge- Get Well Cuttlebug Challenge 
Die Cuttin Divas- Button, Bow and Bling
Frosted Design- Card sketch 
Flutter by Wednesday- Embossing with butterfly, fairy or angel

Cricut Craftin Grammy's Cricut Friends Blog Hop Jan 27 and 28th

Hello all my crafty  friends-  I am so excited that tomorrow is the first day of my blogaversary blog hop. 
This is my very first blog hop that I have organized and I am so excited at all the wonderful crafty talented ladies who are in the lineup.  There will be many members from the Design Teams I am on including Fantabulous Cricut Challenge , Lasting Memories and  Sweet Sassy Diva.   I also have friends from the Cricut Message Board who are the ones who encouraged me to start blogging a year ago.  For some it is their first blog hop.  
I hope you will join us their will be lots of blog candy and lots of fun!  
So hop on by for the next two days.
Happy craftin!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It's a Beautiful World Sweet Sassy Diva Scene Challenge

Hello Sassy Diva followers.  This week the DT was asked to create a scene of any theme.  I was organizing  a big pile of pictures and came across these adorable pics of my eldest granddaughter Katie at the park playing with her dad and then at the lake where we all went to feed the ducks.  For my scene I decided to use the Cricut Cartridge  Give a Hoot which I had not used yet even though I have had it for quite awhile.  I took pictures while working on the layout but they have seemed to disappear.  I do have the recipe however.
Here is the complete two page layout 
The paper I used was an old stack by We R Memory Keepers called Rainbow.
For the first page the sun was cut from page 64 at 4 inches for all 3 layers.
The squirrels were cut from page 52 at 4 inches.  They are one piece and I cut them apart to place the picture in the middle.  
The grass was cut from page 65 at 1 1/2 inches (cut 5 times to cover both pages)
Beautiful World was cut from page 36 at 3 3/4 inches and cut apart so I could use title on both pages.
Used MS flower border punch and green ribbon from stash
Squirrels and sun embossed 
Punched out flowers (Fiskar punch) and hand cut flowers from paper to add to grass

The tree was cut from page 67 at 5 inches and embossed.   There are 3 layers. 
Bird nest page 36 cut at 1 inch.  
Duck and pond cut at 3 inches.   
Closeups
Many of the edges and embossing are chalked with Quick Quotes Chalk Blue Hawaiian and Green Envy 
Hope you enjoyed my layout and will come back all week to see the "Scenes" that the other DT members create.  We always welcome your comments.  Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January 24 Cards 4 Kids Valentine Blog Hop



Hi, everyone! Welcome to the Cards for Kids Valentines Day Blog! If you have come from [insert previous blog name and link here], you're in the right place. If you're just joining us, please go to Faith Abigail's blog at http://www.faithabigaildesigns.com/ and start at the beginning.

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show someone how much you love them. So this year, let's send a little love to those that need it most!

Each of us has created a Valentine's Day card for a sick child and we're asking you to do the same! Simply, create a Valentine's Day card, link it to this blog entry (link-up will remain open until February 7 at 12:00am) and mail it to:

Faith Abigail
10621 Fuller Ridge Circle
Charlotte, NC 28270

On February 10th, all of the card's will be collected and donated to a local children's hospital. Please include a small message inside your card. Envelopes are not necessary.

Now, what would a blog hop be without prizes! We have some amazing prizes donated by some very talented and generous women and lots of ways to win!

Krystal Andrew @ http://www.gettingcricky.com/ has donated one of beautiful Valentine Stamps sets!


Nicole @ http://thetwinery.com/ has donated The Ultimate Color Sampler Pack featuring fourteen gorgeous colors of twine!


Monique @ http://monkeydoodlecricut.blogspot.com/ has generously donated FIVE of her fantastic Cricut Kits: The Simple Life, Toy Story, The Stampede,  Mom and Me, and Catch a Wave.

All winners will be chosen by random.org. In order to win:

- Be a follower of Faith Abigail Designs @ http://www.faithabigaildesigns.com/ (one entry)
- Like Faith Abigail Designs on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/faithabigaildesigns (one entry)
- Leave a comment on this blog post (one entry)
- Leave a comment on each of the designers blog post (one entry each)
- Post about this blog hop on your blog, website or facebook and link back to this post (one entry each)
- Create a Valentine's Day card, link it to this entry and mail it to the provided address. Please create and link as many projects as you'd like! (TWO entries for each card submitted!)


For my Blog Candy I will draw a random winner for a little goody bag after my Blog Hop this weekend.  In order to win- please leave a comment, become a follower of my blog and enter a card in the Blog Hop Linky and send it to Faith.


All three cards are twisted easel cards which are 4 x 8. Directions The bee and frog are from the Paisley cart.  

I found the little heart pins at Target in $1 section and they can be removed and worn.  

The truck from Boys Will Be Boys.  
Little hearts are leftovers from MS punches I saved in a little jar.  
Also posting this at Shes A Sassy Lady- Valentine challenge
My Craft Spot- Lets Her it for the Boys Challenge 





Thank you for checking out my Cards for Kids Valentine's Day card!  I am last on the list so you are done checking  out all of the wonderful projects that our designers have created!  Hope you will join in and make some cards for these precious kids. 
Also I hope you will come back on the 27th and 28th to help me celebrate my blogaversary with my Cricut Friends.   Would love to see you.  
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