Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

From our house to yours.  We want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas!!!!! 

This is the view from the inside left panel................

Merry Christmas!!!!!!



Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge - Base Card
* White Cardstock (5 ½ x 11) - page 35 - Card Feature
* Settings (5" & pressure, blade, & speed "4")
George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge - Insert
* Red Cardstock (5 ½ x 5 ½ )
* Settings (Over 2 5/8; Down 2 3/4 - Center point)
* Circle (3 ½)
* Square (4 3/4)
Red Cardstock (4 3/4 x 4 3/4; 2 x 1/1 4)
Packing Tape
Hole Puncher
Pop Dots
Verse (measurement should be 4 ½ x 4 ½ )
"Merry Christmas" - (5/8 x 7/8)
Envelope (8 ½ x 8 ½; scored at 3 1/4 all around

Sure hope Santa was nice to all and you all received goodies..........  Thanks for visiting us on this very fine day.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Giveaway

Wanted to share this amazing giveaway opportunity with all of you!!!!  It's truly amazing.............

Sunday, January 1, 2012

♥ My Annual End of the Year/ Christmas Giveaway!!! ♥

♥♥♥ Post will stay on top until end of giveaway! Please scroll down for newer posts! Thank U! ♥♥♥

Well, it's that time of the year again! Time to make someone's Christmas extra special!! (i love doing that!) And start the new year off right!!  Let's just get to it....

What do I have to giveaway this time? Well, how about this!!

~ A $150.00 Gift Card to Michael's Craft Stores

I could of just stopped right there, but did I?? Of course not!!

How about this too??!

~ 1 Copic Air-Brushing Starter Set System

~ 1 Copic Color Swatch Book
and finally....

~ 36 Copic CIAO Marker Set!

To qualify for the giveaway you must do the following. (I will check after picks my winner)

1. Leave a comment here on this post
2. Spread the word about my giveaway. Leave a link to my giveaway on your blog. No blog, let me know how you will spread the word!

For a second chance...
3. Either become a friend (follower) of my blog or subscribe to it (already do, then your halfway there!)
4. Keep your fingers crossed!! ;)

This is open worldwide and will stay open until January 1st, 2012! I will announce my winner a day or two after that!! Good luck everyone and Have a wonderful Holiday and may this coming year bring you all lots of happiness, great health and peace and love!

Hugs to you all...
If you are interested in entering go to Creating from the Heart.  Good luck everyone!!!!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Michael's Coupons

For two days only.  50% any one regular price item, so enjoy!!!!!

Also, enjoy this 40% any one regular price item valid Tuesday December 13, 2011 through Saturday, December 17, 2011.

Poppies at Play: Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Poppies at Play: Printable Christmas Gift Tags: This is what the tags look like. You can print them from the Scribd attachments below. Christmas Tags 1 Christmas Tags2

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Ornaments

Sure hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  I apologize for not blogging lately.  I happened to of taken on a few two many projects during this time of year.  Then our oldest daughter decided she was moving.  So needless to say, I've been a little preoccupied.......

Any how, this year we decided to make Christmas ornaments and send one different one to every family member.  I think next year, we will have to start in January and make a few every month until Christmas.  Here is a few examples of our ornaments:

This ornament was made for my oldest daughter.  I apologize for the poor quality of the picture.  We were in a hurry in taking the picture before she left.

This ornament was made for my daughter's boyfriend.  His favorite color is blue.  Again I apologize for the poor quality of this picture.

So this is how they were made.  I purchased the ornaments from Michael's - "create your own ornament".  We swirled in some "Pledge Floor Care Finish with Future Shine".  Any extra pledge just pour back into original container.  When you have completely covered the entire inside with the pledge, then pour in Martha Stewart glitter.  Cover the opening with a tissue/paper towel and shake.  Again pour the extra glitter back into the original container.  Put cap back on and decorate the outside of your ornament.  We used rhinestones, glitter glue, and sharpie markers (snowman face and buttons) to finish the outside decorations.  All you need is a little imagination.........

Thanks for stopping by.  If you should decide to make some ornaments of your own, please share.   We would love to see what you have come up with.  Have a wonderful Monday!!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Football Shaped Card

In just a couple of weeks we will be celebrating my Nephew's 10th birthday.  So since he is such a big football fan, I decided to make a football shaped card for him.  I was quite impressed by how it turned out.

Recipe for "Football Shaped Card":

Cartridge (Life's a Party):

Card - SocrGlas @ 5 1/2" Fit to Length
Kraft and white cardstock - shift/card - SocrGlas @ 5 1/2" Fit to Length
Black Eyelits
White Ribbon
It's Your Birthday stamp
Coffee Bean Dew Drop

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Envelope Mini Album Series

Hi Guys,

You've probably been wondering where I've been.  Well, let me tell you.  I've come across an amazing blog by Kathy Orta called Paper Phenomenon.  She is awesome.  I love her tutorials.  I wanted to try something new this year for christmas.  So I decided to make a build a page album for my Sister-In-Law and her family.  They came her to visit us for the first time in July and I used all the photos that were taken and applied them to my album.  I know she's not a follower so I'm okay to share my photos with you. 

This first photo is the front cover of the album.  Keep in mind you can use what ever you want.  I chose to use a 5 1/2 x 8 clipboard from Studio 18 that I purchased from Michael's.  It also came with a memo pad and pen, but I didn't have any use for either one of them. 

This second photo is the beginning of my album

This photo is what the album looks like from the side.

Finally, the next few photos are just some ideas of what you can do with your album.

If you are interested in learning how to make this album, please visit Paper Phonomenon.  I am so excited to send this album off and it will arrive to them just in time for Christmas........

Once again please feel free to leave comments.  I look forward to sharing more of these albums with you in the future.  Have a blessed evening.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  First off, I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your busy schedules the last couple of weeks.  Your votes meant alot to me.  Unfortunately, I wasn't selected to move on as the top 15.  But that is okay.  During this voting process, I was able to appreciate and learn alot.  I was amazed by all the fabulous talent and couldn't believe I was included with them.  So for those ladies moving on, Good Luck!!!!!!

In the meantime, here was my next card.  We had to use either Flags or Banners and the word "happy" somewhere on our card.

I know, I know.......  It's way to early to start thinking about Valentine's Day.  But heck, we were already thinking of Christmas in June.  So anyhow, here is how I made it.  I first got inspiration from viewing the gallery over at Split Coast Stampers.  I took a piece of gray cardstock (10x5x5) and scored it at (1.25, 2.5, 4.25, 6, and 8.25).  This was the card base.  I cut several hearts including scalloped hearts using Doodlecharms and George and Basic Shapes ( 1, 2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 3 1/4,  and 3 3/4).  I used Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More to cut a tag (3/4 x 5 1/2).  Then I used Tie the Knot to cut  the lips at 1 1/4.  Stamps I used were "I Love You", "Happy Valentine's Day", and "XOXO".  Finally added some gingham ribbon (red & black), brads, red and white gel pens, and rhinestones.  Sure love the way it came out.  

So again I want to thank you all for voting for me.  However, don't stop voting because one of those ladies could still use your vote.  Here is the link over at Practical Scrappers. Good Luck Ladies!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Since yesterday I was feeling a little blue.  I decided I needed to change things up today.  So instead of making a standard card, I made a picture frame.  The sad thing now is I have no grandkids to fill it with.  So I think we are going to send it off to the In-Laws or better yet just keep it and put our furry friends in it.  Anyhow, this is what it looks like:

This is the view from the front.

These two pictures are of the side view.


First off, I used the cricut cartridge Happy Hauntings.  I cut the 3D frame at 5 1/2" and adhered only the sides and bottom together.  Leaving the top open so I can slide a picture in it.  I used Kiwi Fine Weave "Magic Mesh", stamped Happy Halloween on white cardstock and inked it up with black ink, and added yellow rhinestones.  I cut orange cardstock 1 1/2" x 10" scored lines every 1/4", glued ends together, attached two black circles to each side.  On front I attached a white button with a yellow rhinestone.  Finally I added a bat die cut with rhinestones and inked around the orange with black.
As a final reminder, please don't forget to vote for me over at Practical Scrappers today and tomorrow.   If you didn't already know, you can vote everyday (hint, hint).  If you have already voted today, "Thank You".   If you haven't yet done it, please take a few minutes and do so.  It means a lot to me.  As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful day.......

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hope everyone had a great day off yesterday for "Columbus Day".  For my Canadian friends "Happy Thanksgiving". 

Today's post is very simple.  Our weather here has been very dreary.  Our mountains have received snow which is good for the ski resorts.  But, I simply haven't been in much of a mood to scrap today.  So, hopefully I'll get out of this funk before to long.  Anyhow, here is a card I made a couple of weeks ago.

Finally, all this week I will be reminding you to please vote for me over at Practical Scrappers.   If you didn't already know, you can vote everyday (hint, hint).  If you have already voted today, "Thank You".   If you haven't yet done it, please take a few minutes and do so.  It means a lot to me.  As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful day.......


Monday, October 10, 2011

Card Contest Finalists Round Two

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  I sure did, especially when I received an email for Practical Scrappers stating, "Congrats!  You are a round two finalist!  We've got another stunning round of cards!  We will be going down to 15 cardmakers this week which means five will be eliminated.  The voting process and timeline is exactly the same this week and is outlined on Practical Scrappers".  

So as promised, here is the card that I entered for round two.  The topic for the second round was Fall (anything fall including Halloween) and you need to use twine (any type...bakers, etc).


Burnt Orange cardstock (5 1/2 x 4 1/4)

 Green cardstock (5 1/4 x 4)

Patterned cardstock (5 x 3 3/4)

Green cardstock (4 1/8 x 1)

Gold cardstock ( 3 3/4 x 5/8)

 TPC Studio Stamp "Happy Thanksgiving" - Dew Drop "Lady Bug"

Leaf Rhinestone - $1.00 @ Micheals

Fall Leaves by Ashland - $.99 @ Micheals

Twine - Red, Green, Gold

Florist Wire - Gold & Red

Foam Tape

Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive



So, in order to advance into the next round, I again will need your help.  I would love it if you could vote for me again by leaving a comment in the comment section by going to this link at Practical Scrappers.  You have until 11:59 pm (Central Time) on October 13, 2011, to vote.  I entered my "Happy Thanksgiving" under the name of "Shawn Box".  As I have always stated at the end of every post, "Your comments are greatly appreciated". 

They have already asked us to complete our card for round three.  Unfortunately, I won't be sharing it with you until I'm notified on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at which time it will be posted regardless. 

Finally, thank you for following me and for you knew followers "Thank you" for joining.  God bless!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Heart Challenge

Happy Wednesday All!!!!  Can you believe it we are already half way through the week.  Elizabeth Mae is having a challenge this week "Heart".  This weeks challenge is a easy one and is sure to get your mojo going.  Use a heart on your project, any colors, or theme you'd like.  Link it up for your chance to win some free digi's.  I know..... it's early to start thinking about Valentine's Day.  But why not.......  So with no further ado, here is my card.

Recipe for "I Love You" card:

Card - 5 ½ x 4 1/4
Mat (solid) - 5 1/4 x 4
Mat (print) - 5 x 3 3/4

Cartridge (Paper Lace):

Base/shadow - I Love You @ 4"
Image - I Love You @ 4"
Font/shift/celebrate @ 1, 3/4 & 1/2


Finally, all this week I will be reminding you to please vote for me over at Practical Scrappers.   If you have already done so, "Thank You".   If you haven't yet done it, please take a few minutes and do so.  It means a lot to me.  As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful day.......

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Today I decided to try two different blog challenges.  But before I introduce you to them, I would like to share my card with you.  Here it is.........

I made this card as a standard A2 card.  Cut two (2 x 2 5/8) squares from patterned paper.  Used cricut cartridge George and Basic Shapes to cut the circles at 2 3/4 (green) and 2 1/2 (gold).  Added green twine, Rhinestones, stamped the word "fall" using Dew Drop - Lady Bug, and finished it up using glossy accents to a fall leaf from Ashland.


So now onto these two fabulous challenges: 

First, over at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom, there is a wonderful challenge going on with GREAT candy for the winner!   Here is a sketch by Julia Stainton:

Julia Sketch


The second challenge that I chose to enter my card into is over at The Shabby Tea Room.  It is another  fun week of inspiration and creativity here in the Tea Room!  This week Melissa is their fabby shabby host and she has chosen the theme of 'A Shabby Autumn' along with this beautiful photo for inspiration ...

... and Melissa asks that you create a card or project inspired by the photo with an autumn or fall theme!  Easy peesy, right??!!??

Note: Because we are sponsored weekly by wonderful businesses who have graciously donated products and in the interest of fairness to all participants, any entries that do not follow our simple challenge rules will remain in the gallery but will not be eligible for the weekly prizes. Thanks for your understanding and participation!


Finally, as a friendly reminder, if you haven't already done so.  Please don't forget to vote for me over at Practical Scrappers.   As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful Tuesday.......

Monday, October 3, 2011

Criss Cross Card

Today I decided to share with you my criss cross card.  It was very simple to make.  First I'll show what my card looks like, then I'll finish it up with the recipe on how to make it.  So here we go......

This picture is the finished card.  On the back I added a piece of black cardstock (5 1/2 x 2 1/2) scored at 1 3/8.  Attach the 1 3/8 to the back of card and you have added a stand.  How easy is that?  Now, for some more picture....

Here is just the card without the insert.  I used black cardstock (4 1/4 x 11) scored at 5 1/2.  I then took one of the folds and made a diagonal cut from one corner to the other.  Save the other piece cause you will need it.  I used two different patterned papers from DCWV "Lemon Flower".  Cut them to first measure at 4 x 5 1/4 and then cut them in half to make two triangles.  Attach the pattern paper to each black triangle.  Line up the detached black triangle to the side of the card that doesn't already have the triangle attached.  Adhere it to the attached triangle down at the bottom only.  When you have that completed then add ribbon and then attach the side to the card.  You should have an opening where the two triangles met.  For the flower I used a natural colored flower from Recollections and colored it with Bic Markers "Stone Grey".  I attached a big yellow brad and finished the flower with glossy accents. 

For the insert, I decided to do something very simple.  Sorry the insert turned when I scanned it into the computer.  I cut a 4 x 3 3/4 yellow cardstock.  Rounded the corners.  Added a piece of ribbon as the pull tab and adhered it with a flower brad.  Now its ready for my sentiment.  I might still add some more things to it (i.e. flower stamps, rhinestones).  But I won't do that until I get ready to send out.

Finally, the finished card with insert.  If you have any questions regarding how to make a criss cross card and don't quite understand how I made it.  Please feel free to visit "Youtube".  All I did was a search under "Criss Cross Cards" and several videos come up.  Good Luck!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Card Contest Finalist Round One at Practical Scrappers

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  Of course our weatherman was wrong with our forecast over the week.  We had nothing but great weather.  Today however, has been a different story.  We've been mostly cloudy all day with thunderstorms.  No big deal!!!!  Just more time to scrap and less yard work.

Any how, I received some very exciting news via email over the weekend.  I was chosen as one of the top 40 finalists at Practical Scrappers!  In order to advance into the next round, I need your help.  I would love it if you could vote for me by leaving a comment in the comment section by going to this link at Practical Scrappers.  You have until 11:59 pm (Central Time) on October 6, 2011, to vote.  I entered my "Explosion Box" under the name of "Shawn Box".  As I have always stated at the end of every post, "Your comments are greatly appreciated". 

They have already asked us to complete our card for round two. Unfortunately, I can't share it with you until I'm notified on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at which time it will be posted regardless. 

Finally, thank you for following me and for you knew followers "Thank you" for joining.  God bless!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

CR84FN Color Challenge

Welcome back to Monday!!!  Again I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  We ranged in the temperatures of 87 degrees all weekend.  Great time to weed out all the plants before fall truly arrives.  According to the weatherman, our high temperatures are about to change tonight.  We are expected to receive thunderstorms.  So hang on East coast, if our weatherman is right, it might head your way.

In spirit of fall, I once again chose to enter into another challenge by CR84FN.  They have asked us to incorporate the colors (yellow, orange, and brown) into our project. 

Please use the 3 named colors: as your MAIN colors***
Orange, Yellow, Brown
This is my card:

Brown cardstock (5 1/2 x 4 1/4)
 Orange cardstock (5 1/4 x 4)
Yellow Tree Die Cut 

TPC Studio Stamp "Autumn Harvest" - Fall/leaf
Dew Drop "Coffee Bean" and "Tangelo"
Brown Ribbon
Well, I better get this posted since my computer is starting to act funny.  I wonder if that means the thunderstorm is arriving.  We shall see.......  Until then, thank you all again for following me.  Your comments are always greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful evening.....

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mojo Monday 207

Happy Sunday All!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend.  Here is the card that I chose to enter into the Mojo Monday 207.

Friday, September 23, 2011

September Challenge - Photo Inspiration

It's finally Friday and I've once again decided to enter into another challenge.  This one is with Whimsie Doodles.  Welcome to their first of their new monthly challenges! This month, they are asking you to create a project that takes inspiration from the photo below. Your project could use the colors, theme, a single element, etc. from the picture.

Photo by Sally J. Shim. Used with permission. Original post HERE.

They can't wait to see what you create! Just link up to two (2) of your NEW creations, that have been created for five (5) or fewer other challenges, in the InLinkz tool at the bottom of their post. Please make sure it is a DIRECT Link, as they may delete any non-direct entries. If you are posting on a blog, a link back to their challenge post would be greatly appreciated. When posting in online galleries, they would love it if you could use 'whimsiedoodles' as a keyword. This challenge will close on
Sunday, September 25th at Midnight

One (1) lucky winner will be drawn at random to win a FREE Whimsie Doodles image, of their choice, from their  September release.  Good luck all!!!!! 


So now let's get down to business.  Below is the card that I just made within seconds of this post.

I made this card as your standard A2 card using black as the main card.  I matted it with orange and then again with patterned cardstock from DCWV "the Fall Stack".  Added some black ribbon, orange buttons and black rhinestones.  The moon was free hand.  While the witch was an old die cut that I received several years ago and can't remember where I got it.  See how easy this was........

This card sure will be a sender for a family member or friend.  Thank you all again for stopping by.  I always appreciate all your comments as they are always welcomed.  In the meantime, have a fabulous Friday and a safe weekend!!!!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy Thursday!!!!!!!

Today I decided to enter the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge.  They have DRS Designs sponsoring this week.  Of course they are very excited about it.  If you're not familiar with DRS Designs you simply must check out their wide variety of stamps.  They are also a huge contributor to Operation Write Home.  They also have a really fabulous sketch to play along with.

Here's the sketch....

How to participate...

* A new challenge will be posted every Tuesday Morning, you have until the following Sunday, 8pm (EST) to create and post your entry. You may either post your entry on your blog or you may post to an online gallery.

* Please link your entry in InLinkz directly to your entry not your blog. Leave a comment, too.

* If you have any questions about the challenge or a "How'd they do that?" question for my design team, please email me.

* There is a weekly prize, I have a wonderful list of sponsors who are graciously and generously donating prizes. The winner will be chosen at random, with one exception that is explained below. The winner will be announced on Monday.

* One of the challenges per month will be judged by me and my design team. There will be a winner selected and 5 participants will be selected for the Top 5 category. The winner will receive the prize of the week from the sponsor and the Top 5 will receive a Top 5 badge for their blog.

* Their last and most important rule... have fun with this! And if you've had a great time, tell your friends about it.

Since some states, fall has already started to show up.  I chose to focus my card on fall.  I used kraft cardstock as the standard A2 card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4).  I used "the Fall Stack by DCWV" patterned paper cutting a 5 1/4 x 4: 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 from two separate designs.  Then I used the "Simply Delightful by My Minds Eye paper and cut a 3 1/4 x 4 square.  Finally I cut an additional square 2 x 2 3/4 out of regular cardstock.  Used my fiskars scallop border to cut around the patterned paper (2 1/2 x 3 1/4).  Stamped the word "Fall" and a "leaf" on the regular cardstock ( 2 x 2 3/4).  Adhered everything to the main card and finalized it all up by adding recollections pearl stickers.  Here is my "Fall" card:

Once again your comments are greatly appreciated.  Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules to view my blog.  Have a wonderful Thursday!!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy 21st Birthday

Well, Lisa is off enjoying Washington DC and will head back home to Austria later this week.  Sure will miss having her around.  In the meantime, last friday, September 16, was our oldest daughter's 21st birthday.  Instead of making her a standard birthday card this year.  I decided to try and make her an explosion box.  I got the idea after searching up "explosion boxes" on youtube.  I watched a video from Mrscrappy1970.  However, he did not give instructions on how to make this explosion box.  So needless to say, I really liked the colors and decided to make my own using something similiar to his.  I also plan on entering my explosion box into the CR84FN38 Color Challenge.

Please use the 3 named colors: as your MAIN colors***
Bright Pink, Black and Gray
The beautiful color graphic was created using photos courtesy of Leslie at a creative mint
So here is what I came up with.......

This lid was made using black cardstock (7 1/8 x 7 1/8). 

This is a side view of the explosion box.

This is what the box looks like inside.

This is a closer look of the inside.

Here is a view of the birthday cake with the inside panels.  There is a total of three panels per side.

This is a view of the second panel where my daughter can add pictures of her 21st birthday adventure.

This is the final panel for more pictures.

Another view of the entire explosion box.

I will not be listing all that I did to make this explosion box.  However, if you are interested in knowing how I made it.  Please feel free to drop me a message and I promise to get back to you with the details.  As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!!!!!!!