Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Amy Jo's Birthday Bash and Blog Hop

Good morning, fabulous friends and welcome to Amy Jo's Birthday Bash & Blog Hop! We are so excited you could join us today to help celebrate Amy's birthday!

This is a very special unique hop as we were not required to just stick with one particular subject or theme. Amy asked us all to use any of her favorite things to create a card or project with that in mind. Some examples of Amy's favorite things are the colors black, white, and hot pink, along with anything Alice in Wonderland, she listed some of her favorite animals, etc!

If you arrived here from Lisa, then you are in the right place! If you just happened upon my blog today, please start at the beginning with Amy Jo because you don't want to miss out on the fabulous prizes that are being sponsored!

This is a two-day hop; however, we are only making one project. That should give you two full days to go through the entire hop and leave comments on each blog and become followers of each blog, if you are not already, to be entered to win some of our sponsored prizes! Some blogs may be offering blog candy as well so this is a hop you're gonna wanna finish!

 I work with Amy Jo on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team. Not only is she talented and creative but a really sweet lady. I have really enjoyed getting to know her. I am so excited to be a part of her blog hop and to make something special for her to help her celebrate her birthday. So here is my gift to Amy.
I started with a small Tim Holtz box and decorated it with 7 Gypsies Lillie 8 x 8 stack I got awhile back at Hobby Lobby.
I also used some Tim Holtz elements and other items from my stash like the see through clock and mini heart chalkboard. The flowers are rolled spiral roses from Art Philosophy cut at 3 inches.  
The papers are all inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  
This is the front of the box.
Words mounted on chipboard to make them hold up
You can also just barely see the glittered 3D butterfly behind the clock

Tim Holtz ticket closed 
Tim Holtz ticket open 
Please check my blog hop candy at the top of my blog.  I am hoping to have 500 followers by my birthday March 10th.  I am just a few new followers away from reaching that goal.  So if you are not a follower please become one or ask your friends and then leave me a message that you sent them to follow my blog. 
Thank you so much for joining us and helping us celebrate along with Amy! Your next stop is the talented Jessica

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fantabulous Challenge Blog Hop-100th Challenge

Woo hoo- It's time to celebrate the 100th Challenge of Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  I love the challenges, tutorials and all the awesome things going on at FCCB each week.  That I have am on the Design Team is a huge cherry on top of the sundae.  So to celebrate the DT  was asked to design a project using the colors of the FCCB banner- green, purple and turquoise.  I decided to make a craftin journal for Robin the creator of FCCB.  
I used DCWV Green Tea Paper and some glitter cardstock.  Added flowers from my stash.
Here is the completed Project 
Clamping the papers to the Composition book for good contact 
I used Cricut Everyday Cricut Cartrige
Caught the Bug 3 "page 22
Cricut head 3 " page 22
@ and FCCB letters 1 1/2 " 
I hope you will join us this week for the FCCB challenge.  We would love to see what you design.  
Don't forget to leave some bloggy love for Robyn too.  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"Time to Celebrate" Lasting Memories Challenge- First Birthday

Who doesn't like to celebrate no matter what the occasion?  Well this week it is time for the "Let's Celebrate" Challenge at Lasting Memories.  I was excited for this challenge as I have a ton of birthday pictures from November  when my granddaughter Kenzie turned 1 and in January when my oldest granddaughter turned 2.  I choose these pictures of Kenzie eating her first cake on the left and on the right having her first Pazookie(giant cookie) at BJ's with mom and dad. 
I used the February sketch from DCWV for the Stackaholic Challenge and 
DCWV Celebration Paper.  The rosettes were made with the Tim Holtz Rosette die cuts.  I also punched designs from the DCWV paper with a one inch punch and glued into flattened bottle caps. 
The cupcake is from Sweet Treats page 28.  The icing is embossed with Divine Swirl and the heart is glitter paper.  I used birthday stickers from my stash for the words.  
Page I am entering into the DCWV Challenge.
Shes a Sassy Lady- project with a picture challenge 

Second page of layout and journaling.
I hope you will join us for the  Lasting Memories Challenge this week and create a Celebration layout of your own.  Then link to the challenge before Saturday March 3rd.  
This is the sketch for this week but remember you do not have to use the sketch for the challenge.  You must use the theme "Let's Celebrate" to enter the challenge.  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Scrappin' for Kenzie's 1st Blogaversary Blog Hop

Welcome to the very first blogaversary for Scrappin' For Kenzie!

We're so happy you could join us!!
I have been looking forward to this hop.  I love working with  Michelle on the  Lasting Memories Design Team.  Also her daughter's name is Kenzie and my middle granddaughters name is Kenzie.  I can't wait to see what everyone created for the hop.  So Happy 1st Blogaversary Michelle and may you have many more to come.
Before I share my project I want to show you what an amazing talent Michelle is.  She made this gorgeous Tim Holtz Configuration box and posted it last week.
Link to More pictures
If I hadn't already done my project for the hop and had time this week I would have been using this for my inspiration as I love love love it!

If you came from Karen then you are in the right place! If you just happened to come across my blog or are just visiting then please start back at Michelle's blog, Scrappin' For Kenzie to make sure you see everyone's projects and don't miss any super creative ideas!

Overall Prize!
- 8.5"x8.5" K&Company Berry Sweet Designer Paper
- K&Company Berry Sweet Chipboard Stickers
- K&Company Brenda Walton Chipboard Stickers

To be entered to win the overall blog hop prize you must:
1. Be a follower of Scrappin' For Kenzie
2. Leave a comment on all blogs in the hop

For this hop we were asked to choose one project that Michelle from Scrappin for Kenzie has made from her gallery or facebook and make our own project using hers as inspiration. 

For my project I have chosen to scraplift this project from her:
This is a slider card that Michelle made I believe for Kenzie's first birthday

Here is my inspired project:
I decided right away to use her card as inspiration to make a layout for one of our zoo trips with the grandbabies.  The paper I used was DCWV Animal Crackers and DCWV Safari Kids.  I also used some scraps from my scrap pile.
The animals and title are all cut from Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge.
Here is the double page layout

I also punched out one inch circles and put them in bottle caps.  
Zoo time Letters from K and Company 
Cut sizes- Create a Critter 
Monkey page 46, lion page 57 zebra page 47 and elephant page 55 all cut at 3 inches
The giraffe was cut from page 48 at 6 "
Please check out my blog candy give away going on right now at the top of my blog.  I am really trying to make it to 500 followers by March 10th which is my birthday.  If you are a new follower let me know and if you send someone to my blog to be a follower let me know.  
Thank you so much for joining us in this blog hop to celebrate Scrappin' For Kenzie's 1 year Blogaversary!
Your next stop is Kimberly
Just in case you get lost along the way here is your master list ;)
Happy Hopping!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

23-Sweet Sassy Diva Invitation Challenge - Two Gender Reveal Invites

This week the challenge at Sweet Sassy Diva is to make an invitation.  I actually was asked to make a couple invites for my oldest daughter and son in law as they just recently found out  they are expecting their second child.  They were thinking it would be fun to do a gender reveal party so I made two different invites for them to choose from.  If you don't know what this is let me explain. You invite your family and friends to a party to reveal whether you are having a boy or girl.  Usually by cutting into a cake that is either blue or pink.  That way you share the joy of finding out the gender together.  
For the first card I used my Imagine and Baby Boutique.  
I embossed the white background with a Sizzix love folder.  
The prince and princess medallion were cut at 3 inches and pop dotted.  
I then found black and white paper and black with white polka dot ribbon in my stash.  

This is a mock up of the inside.  

The second card is made with my Imagine and the Nursery Tails cart.  

I cut the house page at 7.7 with my Gypsy to fit on my card.  
It was too wide and I didn't want to distort the picture so cut the sides to use and threw away the center piece.  I cut the girl and boy medallions at 2.5 at the same time. 
Here is the front of the card.   You can see piece that was cut out of center 

I also added a dress, oneside, and bibs at 2 inches to the inside flaps.  
The medallions are popdotted so they can be removed.  
I added some tiny blue and pink safety pins.  For this one they are asked to wear the medallion to vote for whether they think it is a boy or a girl.  
Hope you enjoyed my cards and ideas.  I can't wait to see what the rest of the DT makes this week for the Invitation Challenge.  

Monday, February 20, 2012

Two toddlers in the house means no crafting

I usually watch my 15 month old granddaughter but my just 2 year old granddaughter is staying with us for 3 days.  They had a crazy good time together today.  Was so fun watching them play together.  So glad I am ahead with DT projects, blog hops etc, as I will not be doing any crafting for a few days.  So much for challenges  this week.  So if you don't see me posting some days you know I will be running around like crazy after two little ones.

Don't forget my quest to reach the 500 followers mark  by March 10th.  I am 458 right now.

I want you to help me pass the 500 mark before March 10th.  
If you are a new follower  starting today 2/16 please leave me a message that you are a new follower.  If you are already a follower then find some of your friends to follow my blog and have them leave me a message that they are a new follower because they found out about my blog from you.  
Now to make it fun for everyone.  
On my birthday I will give away $10 gift cards based on the following criteria. 
1 card if I have 470 followers. 
2 cards if I have 485 followers.
3 cards if I have 500 or more  followers. 
I will do the drawing on March 10th  by random.org.  
I will keep this on the top of my blog until the drawing to remind you 
Thanks so much to all of you.  

Sunday, February 19, 2012

19 Lasting Memories ribbon challenge

This week at Lasting Memories the challenge is an open but you must add ribbon to your layout.  
Each of the DT members was sent some lovely ribbon for us to use by our sponsor May Arts.  
Mine was a lovely pink and yellow combo that is perfect for granddaughter layouts.  
This layout was done with DCWV Valentine paper and words cut from another page from the stack.  I love these pics of granddaughter Katie kissing her new sister.  
I  hope you will join us this week at Lasting Memories for the Ribbon Challenge.  We would love to see your cretions You have until Saturday to join in and post your layouts.  
I found this ribbon on the May Arts site.  I had bought some of this at  scrapbook convention and loved it but couldn't find it again.  Well here it is.  I will definitely be ordering some of this for cards and layouts.  

May Arts is giving away this great ribbon package.  

lI hope you will  join our challenge this week!!!! Super easy, super fun!!! If you'd like, you're welcome to use this sketch and link it up - but please remember, you have to follow our current challenge to be considered for TOP 3 and the giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Craftin!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wedding or Anniversary card with Love Struck

I made this card today for a couple challenges.  The rose paper came from my stash and was actually paper we bought when planning my oldest daughters wedding 6 years ago.  The little red roses are left overs from wedding invites.  I think I still have a couple 100 left.  I embossed the Love Struck Couples cut and then ran my Vintage Rose Tim Holtz pad over it to make the little hearts stand out more.  If I don't use this for a wedding I think I will save it for my daughter and son in laws anniversary in May.  
Entering this in the following challenges
Getting Cricky with K Andrew-Wedding Bells are Ringing 
BBTB2 -Couples Heart Challenge (Love Struck)
The Paper Variety- Leap Year Challenge 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Help me get to 500 followers

Last night I passed the 450 mark for followers.  So excited but you know what that means I am now getting close to the 500 mark.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have this many followers.  Since I have a birthday coming up in 24 days this is what I would like to do.  
I want you to help me pass the 500 mark before March 10th.  
If you are a new follower  starting today 2/16 please leave me a message that you are a new follower.  If you are already a follower then find some of your friends to follow my blog and have them leave me a message that they are a new follower because they found out about my blog from you.  
Now to make it fun for everyone.  
On my birthday I will give away $10 gift cards based on the following criteria. 
1 card if I have 470 followers. 
2 cards if I have 485 followers.
3 cards if I have 500 or more  followers. 
I will do the drawing on March 10th  by random.org.  
I will keep this on the top of my blog until the drawing to remind you 
Thanks so much to all of you.  

I am so flattered that I was scraplifted

A few weeks ago I was the guest designer at Passionately Artistic and you may remember  I made a  rolled rose wreath with Art Philosophy.  Well last week  Linda M.  emailed me and said she loved my wreath and that she wanted to make one.  So we chatted back and forth and a few days ago she sent me her completed project.  Isn't this absolutely gorgeous?  I love the colors and the big red bow.  
I am so flattered that she contacted me and used my tutorial.  It makes all the work and time you put into picture tutorials worth while.  Linda doesn't have a blog so I asked if I could share her beautiful wreath.
I would love it if you would comment on her wreath so I can share it with her.  
Thank you Linda .  Your wreath is stunning.     
Here is My Original Link  if you want to see the directions.  I give directions for cutting these with Art Philosophy and by hand.  Linda cut her roses by hand.  So it can be done.  Woo hoo!

Memories in Time "It's All Song Blog Hop"-Earth Angel Mini Album

Welcome to the "It's All SONG" Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this super-fun hop showcasing cards, layouts and projects that feature anything and everything about special songs in our lives!!   You'll find an array of ideas throughout this hop -- From decorations to gift ideas and more, we hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!!  Be sure to leave a comment at each hop stop to be entered in our Monthly Drawing (details available at http://memoriesintyme.blogspot.com)

If you've hopped over from Vicki -  http://mawmawsthoughts.blogspot.com then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email an d you'd like to join our FUN, then please go to Lynda's blog (http://memoriesintyme.blogspot.com) to start at the beginning...

For the hop today, I've created an angel wing album. I actually started this in a class in December at my local Scrapbook store with Lance from Rusty Pickle. I kept thinking about finishing it and then I saw the Song Blog Hop. I knew right away I would use the words from an old song "Earth Angel" to finish my album and give me a title. Here are the song words which I printed out and put on the pages.
Earth angel, earth angel
Will you be mine
My darling dear
Love you all the time
I'm just a fool
A fool in love with you
Earth angel, earth angel
The one I adore
Love you forever and ever more
I'm just a fool
A fool in love with you
I fell for you and I knew
The vision of your love-loveliness
I hoped and I pray that someday
I'll be the vision of your hap-happiness
Earth angel, earth angel
Please be mine
My darling dear
Love you all the time
I'm just a fool
A fool in love with you
The first two pictures are the cover and the back side. The rest of the pictures are the pages.
The cardboard was pre cut out and then we roughly painted with white paint.
The front page has strips folded to make it look more like wings out of the various papers we had in our kit.
We used Glimmer Mist, Chipboard, embelllies, lace, ribbon, and ink to decorate the cuts.
Title cut with Lyrical Letters
Hope you enjoyed seeing my book and it might give you some ideas for making a mini book.
Also linking to Cooking With Cricut Love Song Challenge

Also linking to the Flutter by Wednesdays =Anything with wings challenge
Blog Candy 
I am in  two  blog Hops with the group Memories in Time  this month- Today's hop  is  It's All Song Blog Hop.  If you missed the It's All About Love you can click HERE and leave a comment.   For my Blog Candy I will be giving a goody bag for a winner selected by Random.org. from these two  days. If you leave a comment each of these days (plus you are a follower you will be entered two  times.)  
Thank you again for checking out my project...  Now follow the links below and remember to visit all the stops for MAXIMUM ideas and LOTS OF FUN.

Decorate to Celebrate

Entering these items in the Celebrate the Occasion  "Diva Party" challenge 
For these projects I used my Princess Party cartridge.  
I made the shoe fit to page with pink holographic paper from Target.  
I cut the shoe double so it is lined but you could used double sided paper.  
I also made the castle invite, the place card, and the napkin ring to match.  
The silver paper is from the same stack.  
If you would like to see the shoe which I made before in zebra and red click HERE.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Layout challenges with new Mambi paper

While at Joanns last week I found the cutest new stack of Mambi paper by Me and My Big Ideas.  I knew right away it would be perfect for baby layouts.  Such cute prints and colors.  
So here is my first double page layout.  I used a sketch for both pages for different challenges.  

The left side is a Frosted Designs sketch.  
Here is a closeup of the banner 
The words were cut from one of the pages
This is the sketch

The right side of the page was a  Blog Quick Quotes sketch.  
Closeup of banner 
Blog Quick quotes Sketch 

Thanks for looking and hope you will leave a comment.