Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cooking With Cricut Challenge #57

This week's Cooking With Cricut Challenge #57 is to use scarecrows, hay and/or crows in your project.  There are also several sketches available as an option to use with your project.  Here's what I came up with:

I used the Simply Charmed Cartridge for the scarecrow and my new Peachy Keen Stamps (I won) for the face and the stamped parts.  I sewed on some raffia for hay and then covered the stitching line with ribbon.  I'm really pleased with how this came out!

My 4-year old grandest daughter, Lexi, wanted to enter a card in the competition also.  Here is what she came up with.  She's just learning to 'sound out' words, so you can see "boo" that she has written between her scarecrows.

Thanks so much for taking a peek!  We will be entering this into the Celebrate the Occasion challenge "Fall".

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Adopt A Shelter Pet Blog Hop Challenge

Cooking With Cricut had an awesome blog hop this weekend to bring attention to shelter animals.  They also offered a link-up challenge as follows:

Now it's your turn! Link up your purr-fectly wonderful pet-themed project at Here are a few guidelines:

Must follow the challenge topic. Pet related or Have a "pet" type animal on the project.
Must be a NEW project for this challenge. No back dated posts please.
Must have a link back to this post on your blog.
Must link your project post through Inlinkz and not just your blog.
Must use your Cricut OR Other Die Cutting Machine in some capacity.
Must have FUN!
You may gladly combine challenges . . . we love to pile it on TOO!

You have until midnight on Wednesday, October 26, to link up your pet-themed project. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 28 during our weekly challenge winner's post.

This is my challenge entry using the Create-A-Critter cartridge, some stamps and stickles and an extra big brad from paperwishes.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge!

This week it's a color challenge! Halloween is almost our challenge is to use the colors orange and black! You are allowed to use one other color, so if you want to add a white ghost or green Frankenstein, or even yellow doesn't have to be a Halloween project - as long as you use the colors orange, black and only one other color!

I used the Sesame Street Seasons Cartridge for the pumpkin cut, my Martha Steward edge punch, some stickles and a set of stamps that I will be giving my Grand-daughter- Along with this card.  I also got her a Halloween scrapbook page set, so that she can scrapbook her Halloween experience this year.  These stamps are from studio g.  I'm hoping to win the K Andrews Fall-O-Ween set of stamps with this challenge entry!  *chuckle, chuckle*

I put the pumpkin on an action wobble - definitely makes it more "spooktacular!"
I used only black and orange - and yellow for the eyes and mouth - my camera decided to pick up other colors...hmmmmm.

To enter your own project:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Winner of Action Wobble Hop

Good Morning Scrappy Friends,

The winner of the Action Wobble Hop candy on my blog is.....(drum roll please)....
Brittney of Brittney's Cricut Creations.  I've emailed you Brittney and will get your prize out to you as soon as I get your address.  Thanks so much to all my new followers and for the super sweet/supportive comments you left on my blog this weekend.  You all inspire me...Thank you!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Welcome back to day two of the Action Wobble Blog Hop sponsored by the wonderful Haidee of Created 2 B Unique. There are Nine of us who have gotten together to showcase Action Wobbles! If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, you can start at Haidee's blog. Here is my project for today.
The rules of the hop were simple. Use pink, black and white in your design.   I stretched the rules a bit on todays card, since my granddaughter helped me.  We used some scraps cut in 1" squares for our bed quilt - glued them to paper and cut them out using the 'lacy label' lite cartridge - we then ran it through the cuddlebug with an allover design.  I used the 'Sugar and Spice' lite cartridge again for the monkey and cut it at 3". I cut the action wobble down a bit to fit the contours of the monkey.  Lexi wanted the card to say, "No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed". 

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing and talented Linda. Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop to be eligible for some delicious blog candy.  If you haven't checked out the cards from day one - please do so - you will be inspired.
I'm offering a bit of blog candy too. Become a follower and comment on my projects from both days and you will be eligible to win.

Paper pack from studio g and coordinating stickers - plus I will through in some more tidbits!  Remember to comment on both days and be a follower!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Welcome to Day One of the Action Wobble Blog Hop sponsored by the wonderful Haidee of Created 2 B Unique.  There are Nine of us who have gotten together to showcase Action Wobbles!  If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, you can start at Haidee's blog. Here is my project for today.

The rules of the hop were simple.  Use pink, black and white in your design.  I used the bottle cut from the'Sugar and Spice' lite cartridge and cut it at 3".  I placed the bottle on the action wobble and used the sentiment "Shake it up Baby" on the card.  This was super fun to do! 

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing and talented Linda.  Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop to be eligible for some delicious blog candy.  Come back again tomorrow for another action wobble card. 

I'm offering a bit of blog candy too.  Become a follower and comment on my projects from both days and you will be eligible to win.  
 This is a paper pack from studio g and a package of coordinating stickers.  I will also throw in some surprise tid-bits!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Gift of Papercrafting...

I wanted to share a few early morning thoughts.  Yesterday I posted my first shaker card and while that was exciting and special to me, I sort of passed over the most endearing and special moment of that experience.  Since I truly believe we are here to share our creative gifts - I think they don't always come in the form of a 'finished piece', but that they come in other forms as well.

I mentioned that my grandest daughter made her card first - but what I didn't explain was that this was a truly 'giving' moment for her.  She is 4, and in pre-school.  There is a boy in her pre-school who is having a hard time seperating from his mom.  Instead of getting easier, it seems to be getting worse.  At first it took one teacher to pull him away and sit on the floor with him - this week, we watched three teachers trying to get him in the front door of the elementary school, while the mother scurried away. 

Lexi watches this with tears in her eyes, feeling his pain.  Since I am the one who takes her to school each day, I hold her and explain, that he is just scared because he doesn't know anyone and that he doesn't know yet how much fun school is.  Lexi then hugs me and goes off to sign in and starts her day - seemingly not thinking more about it.

After school, we eat lunch and lay down for a nap - or a talk - or watch a movie.  Then, we are 'creative girls'.  This week we have baked cookies, made/canned applesauce, brought in the cabbage and broccoli harvest, painted with apple stamps we made ourselves and her favorite thing of all - go to the studio to make cards or scrapbook pages.

Making our shaker card was exciting for her, as we didn't get a nap that afternoon - she just wanted to talk about how we were going to do it, what colors she was going to use and finally we just gave up on the nap and got creative.  When Lexi's card was done, she asked for me to write the little boys name on a piece of paper, so she could copy it on the envelope.  Then she had me write in the card, "Feel Better"  "Your Friend" and then she signed it 'Love Lexi'.

Yesterday, she gave her card to her 'friend' and was so proud and happy that he told her it was beautiful and that she was his best friend.  When his mom came to pick him up, he was sitting next to Lexi in her cubby and didn't want to go. 

My point of this long winded piece, is that the gift of papercrafting is not just something we do for a challenge - or a card we need to get in the mail for a birthday.  In my case, it's teaching a grandchild how important it is to give of yourself and reach out to someone who may just need a friend - in the form of a card - or a plate of cookies - or just putting yourself out there. 

I'm very proud of my first shaker card - but not nearly as proud of the time I spent with a 4 year old girl and her gift to a friend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My First Shaker Card

I finally made my first shaker card. *Doing the happy dance*.  I'm really excited and proud of myself!

My granddaughter made her shaker card first - for a boy in her pre-k class.  He's been out sick with a cold and she wanted him to feel better.  So once we got her card made - and worked out all the bugs (glitter on the floor, in our hair and on our clothes)  We went on to mine.  This is what I came up with.

I used my Storybook Cartridge for the cuts and a little of this and that.  If your interested in making your own shaker card - I suggest you go to and check out their tutorials.  My sister, Linda, turned me on to their site and WOW have I been inspired.  Thanks so much for taking a look at my first shaker card attempt.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Link Up Love Party with K Andrew

The Link Up Love Party with K Andrew is a way to get to know each other and find new blog inspiration.  If you'd like to join in the fun you can go to Getting Cricky.  The rules are to post your favorite HALLOWEEN project that you've done.  This is mine - a card for my grand-daughter.

I think it's my favorite - not because it was a great work of art - but because my granddaughter just loved it and carried it everywhere.  Thanks so much for taking a peek!  Please link up your own project - and if you leave a comment with your blog address - I'll be glad to stop by and visit you!

Link Up Love Party: How it Works

  • Link Up Party runs from Tuesday 10/18 to Tuesday 10/25.
  • Grab the Getting Cricky blinky and post on your blog's sidebar
  • Be a follower of Getting Cricky
  • Create a new blog post that is titled Link Up Love Party with K Andrew. In your post, you must mention that the link up love party is a way to get to know each other and find new blog inspiration, mention my blog, with a link back to Getting Cricky
  • Post your favorite project that you've done in your blog for HALLOWEEN
  • Copy and paste the link up code into your blog post so the Inlinkz will show up on your blog
  • Spread the word so everyone can join in!
  • You must visit, follow, and comment on the 5 people before you AND the 5 people after you in the Inlinkz. It would be fantastic if you would visit as many as you can--maybe everyone? If you are one of the first 5 then you will need to blog the ones before you and a few more after--as long as it's a minimum of 10 near you in the link up
  • If you do not do the above your link will be deleted, because it's just not fair to those who work so hard linking up and showing love to the ones on the list. I have two moderators who will be checking this out to keep it awesome and fun!

Happy Halloween everyone!  Look forward to meeting some new faces!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Crafty Card Gallery - 2nd Sketch - Blog Hop Entry

Wow, that was a mouthful.  At the Crafty Card Gallery they are holding an awesome blog hop, using a design sketch!  Not only will you be totally inspired, but you have the chance to link-up your own creation.  I had a lot of fun making this card for the challenge.  I used the "WINGED THINGS" stamp set from K Andrews Design Stamps.  If you don't have a set (or two) of her stamps, you really must invest in one.  They are such high quality and stamp like a dream.

I made this card for a friend who is going through some medical issues right now.  I hope it will make her smile.

This is the inside of the card.
The perfect sentiment.

'Be Thankful' Color Challenge

The 'Be Thankful' Color Challenge is to use dark chocolate, Burnt Orange and Yellow in a design.  Using Sesame Street 'Seasons' cartridge, I cut out leaves in those colors, adding stickles and a "give thanks' sentiment (from my new Peachy Keen stamp set).  I found some papers in my scrap box that tied them all together.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Challenge Project - Throwback Thursday Halloween Theme

Creative Time is having a 'Throwback Thursday' Halloween challenge and asking you to use an older cartridge that has a 'card' feature on it.  I used my Wild Card cartridge and made the pumpkin card and hand wrote the sentiment "Happy Halloween from our Patch to Yours." 

The card was cut at 5".  Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yorky Friendship Card and a Winner

Many of you know that I am crazy for yorkies. We have three yorkies and a shorkie.  My grand-daughter loves when I draw her pictures that she can color and one day I found myself 'doodling' yorkies.  I came up with this picture of Trixie, our shorkie (shitzu-yorky).  Lexi and I each colored one and then I made mine into a card.  This is for my friend who has 12 tiny yorkies of her own!!!!

The winners of my Pink Tea/Coffee Cup Cozy's from the 'FIGHT LIKE A GIRL" Blog Hop -( chosen by ) are: (DRUM ROLL PLEASE)

Gloria from Girlia's Cards 

Linda Therrien from Linda's Creativity. 

Congratulations Ladies.  I'll get them in the mail as soon as I get your addresses.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cupcake/Bear Challenge at Cooking With Cricut

Cooking With Cricut has a challenge to incorporate a Teddy Bear, Cupcake or Cake in your project.  I came up with this birthday card and managed to use a Teddy Bear and a Cupcake in it.  I used the Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge for the cupcake and then dug into my scrapbox for some bright colors. 

I added some Tumbling Teddy Bear ribbon that I got at Paperwishes  and that's my card.  Hope you all like it!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Design Team Call at "Getting Cricky With K Andrew"

I just received my first set of stamps from K Andrew Design Art Stamps and saw that she had a Design Team Call.  I LOVE my new stamp set, "Winged Things".  I had three cards I needed to make this week for different friends/family members.  This stamp set was just what I needed.  Needless to say, I sent in my application to be considered for her fabulous design team.  I've got everything crossed hoping to hear something back soon!

Meanwhile, here are the three cards I made using my new "Winged Things" stamp set.  Thanks for taking a look!


My youngest grandest daughter is just a year old.  She is obsessed with the kitchen set in the playroom.  In this layout, I captured her feeding her baby (and baby bear, our yorkie) and cooking dinner/having a tea party.  I just loved all the expressions on her little baby face.

I used the Nursery Rhymes Cricut Cartridge in this layout and my Martha Stewart paper punches.  I tried to keep it pretty simple, wanting the focus on the many faces of Anna and how busy, busy she was.  She was at this almost a full hour - which I thought amazing for someone who is only a year old. 

I'm going to enter this in the 'Anything Goes' Challenge at Cooking With Cricut. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fight Like a Girl Blog Hop

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Here at Jens Digi Stamps we want to recognize the 2.5 million women who survived breast cancer,  Honor those that are standing up right now and Fighting Like a Girl we support you !   

Please take the time to get a mammogram....

About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

These statistics came from

I'm so pleased to be part of this hop.  We have a program here in Maine called, 'Buddy to Buddy'.  Each month we are to remind our 'buddy' to do a breast self-exam - each year we remind our 'buddy' to schedule her mammogram.  Here is my card to my 'Buddy', reminding her to schedule her yearly appointment.  Hope you like it!

There is lots of candy offered for this hop, but I have a little bit of my own.  I'm offering two followers a 'Breast Cancer Awareness' coffee/tea cozy, that I hand knit.  Please be a follower and leave a comment and I will draw a winner immediately after the hop.  

Your next stop on the hop is Tina Keller.  If you get lost along the way, here is the line up.

Tina Keller (next stop)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I Won Some Papercrafting World Digi's!

That's right, I won some Digi's from Papercrafting World.  Madison, from Funky Cards had a $10 gift certificate to Papercrafting World offered as a prize for the "Pocket Full Of Memories" blog hop and I WON!  *Doing a happy dance and singing*

My 4-year old grandest daughter and I, have had so much fun playing with our new digital stamps.  We've colored them in marker (crayola) and colored pencils (again, crayola) and even crayons (yep, crayola again).  I haven't had a chance to do "serious" coloring - but wanted to share a couple cards I made with colored pencils.

As you can see - I'm not the most talented coloring girl out there...but I can't tell you the fun I've had.  My grand-daughter and I are really getting good at coloring in the lines - and of course, stickling everything we can!!!   Hope you all enjoy!

BIG THANKS to Melin and Madison for the digi's!!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Hello crafters and welcome to The World Cardmaking day blog hop on this the 4th of October.

This is a 5 day blog hop with 10 different participants each day. If you arrived here from Erin  you are in the right place.  If you want to start at the beginning of today's hop, you can hop over to Gill and start from the beginning!   Hope you've enjoyed hopping so far.  Today is my day to share!

As it is World Cardmaking Day the participants of the hop are donating cards for charity. Plus in the line up each day you will find a UK crafting celebrity taking part among us mere mortal crafters !!!

On with the hop - if you have arrived here in blogger land and want to hop along then your on the right track and I hope you enjoy what you are about to see, not only from me but from all the participants - Remember to show each participant some love - there is some major blog candy offered along the way!

I made two cards for this hop, using House Mouse Stamps.  If you haven't had a chance to see them, you HAVE to check them out.  Not only do they offer some amazing stamps - but you can sign up to receive a daily "squeeek" from them in your email each morning!

After matting both stamps, I embellished with stickles. 

I hope you like what I've come up with. Now your next hop stop is Debbie T. where you will find another GREAT creation and lots of inspiration!
Thanks for hopping and hope you join us again tomorrow for another GREAT lineup of cardmakers!

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Kassidy, from Inking It Up Crazy asked a few of us to help her out in celebrating WORLD CARDMAKING DAY!  I am so honored to be a part of this special day - and to be included in such a GREAT bunch of cardmakers!  My project is BIRTHDAY and my 4-year old grand-daughter, Lexi, wanted to help.  She loves stickles and I think she did a pretty good job of getting them in the right places!  Here's our offering.

I used "Hoot 'n Holler" Lite Cartridge that I got from my local Walmart.  They had it marked down to $15.  I decided that I wanted to do something with fall colors that would be suitable to give a man.  I used some kraft cardstock and inked it all over with my versamark pad and a leaf stamp.  I embossed some green cardstock with my cuddlebug folder - to give it a wood grain texture.  I attached the three owls on a limb with some pop-dots to make it pop and then matted the sentiment and used pop-dots on that too.  Lexi loved adding the stickles and the bling.  She wants to give this to her Great-Grandpa for his birthday this month!  

Thanks so much for taking the time to look at our project.  

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