Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dear Santa........

Wow!!!  Three more days and it's Christmas.  Yes, how exciting is that.  Well, I have something more exciting news to share with you all.  On December 18, 2012, our daughter blessed us with a baby girl.  Ava Denise arrived at 8:30 pm weighing 5' 15".  She was 36 weeks, six days and 3 1/2 hours from being 37 weeks.  So, what this meant was she was considered a preemie.  Momma and baby are doing really good.  As a matter of fact, they are already home and getting settled in.  Some more exciting news was that I was our daughters additional coach and was able to see our first Granddaughters birth.  What a miracle!!!!  I will be leaving the day after Christmas to stay with our daughter for a few weeks, so my posts might be sporadic.  This picture was taken within a few hours after delivery.......

Now onto today's card.  I wanted to make another shape card.  This one is of Santa.  Enjoy!!!

For this card you will need your gypsy and the cricut cartridge A Quilted Christmas.  On page 30 of the manual, I cut everything out at 5 1/2".  I started out welded two Santa's together <Santa1> to form the card base.  This was cut out in white cardstock.  I cut this same image out in red cardstock and adhered it to the base card.  From there, I just started layering.  <Layer1> was cut in red.  <Layer1-shift> was cut in white.  I hid the eyes on <Layer2> and only cut the hands out in black.  <Layer2 - shift> was cut in brown.

After putting Santa together.  I put stickles through all the swirls.  This helped give Santa a decorative red coat.

For his bag of toys, I used Tim Holtz "Tea Dye" and distressed his bag alittle.

For his furry cuffs and hat, I used some white puffy by tulip and heated it up to help make it look like fur.  When I was finished I added a little clear glitter on top to help make him sparkle some.

Since I choose not to cut out his eyes, I stamped his eyes with Momento Tuxedo Black and took some pink ink to give him rosy cheeks and pink lips.
Challenges I've entered into:
Little Scrap Pieces - Santa Baby
FCCB - Shaped Card
BBTB2 - Santa Clause
My Craft Spot - Shaped Card
Die Cuttin' Divas - Holiday Spirit
Pause Dream Enjoy - December Celebration

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012


This morning I was reminded that a week from today is Christmas Eve.  Where oh where has the time gone?  Before you know it Christmas will be over and we will be celebrating Valentine's Day........  So I will save that card for then. 

But today, I would like to share with you another wonderful card.  This one is not your standard A2 card.  Nor is it a shape card.  This card is one that fits smoothly into a #10 envelope.  So let's take a look..........

   I started with a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of white cardstock paper.  Cut it down to measure 8" x 9".  Scored it in half.  This becomes your base card.  Then I cut a piece of red cardstock to measure 3 3/4" x 4 1/4".  Cut green cardstock to measure 3 1/2" x 4".  The pattern paper was cut at 3 1/4" x 3 3/4" and edges inked with Tim Holtz "Tea Dye".  These three mats were adhered together with my ATG gun.  I wrapped red ribbon around the layers and glued down.
For the Noel, I used the cricut cartridge Teresa Collins - December 25th.  I cut the image at 2 3/4" out of red cardstock.  I then adhered it to the layers with my two-way glue.
For the holly leaves, I used the same cricut cartridge.  This time I cut the image at 2 1/2" in green cardstock.  I glitter glued the leaves with green.   
 The berries were a separate image. They were cut at the same size (2 1/2") in red cardstock. I glued them down first on the holly leaves and then used my red glitter glue.  After everything was dried, I then glued the image down on top of the ribbon with Scotch Adhesive Dry Glue.
For the inside, I cut the same size mats as the front.  Except, this time I cut a piece of white cardstock and computer generated our saying.  I cut it down to the same size at the pattern paper.  Before adhering it to the mats, I used Tim Holtz "Tea Dye" and inked all over to give it the distressed look.  I also cut another set of the holly leaves with berries.  Did the same thing as I did to the front and glued it down with my two-way glue.  I almost forgot to tell you, I also inked around the edges of the main white cardstock base.(both front and inside).
Challenges I've entered into:
3 Girl Jam - Christmas Inspiration
DL Art - Anything with music
Go Fish - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel - Holiday Spirit
DYSU - Christmas
 Cricut Chirp - December Christmas
Have a fantastic Monday!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree!!!!

Wow!!!  I can't believe only ten more days before Christmas.  I hope to inspire a few of you with today's card.  But before we get started, crap your Gypsy and the following cricut cartridges:  December 25 and Elegant Edges.

White card base 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
blue mat 5 1/4" x 4"
White mat 5" x 3 3/4"
DCWV (The Glitter Christmas Stack) patterned mat 4 7/8" x 3 5/8" ** should be a little smaller than the white mat 
For this frame I used the cricut cartridge Elegant Edges.  On page 36, I cut the image <Bird1-s Oblong> at 3.85" in white cardstock.  Then I ran the frame through my cuttlebug using the snowflakes folder.

For this tree I used the cricut cartridge December 25th.  You will find this image on the third row ninth button over on the key pad.  I cut it at 3.25" out of silver cardstock from DCWV.

I strung rhinestones from Recollections to give the tree a little more glitter.

I covered the main star with a blue star button that I got from Hobby Lobby.  I needed to cover up the two little holes so I decided to add another rhinestone.

Before adhering the two smaller mats to the first two mats.  I needed to wrap some white ribbon around.  Then I foam taped the frame down and foam taped the tree onto of that.  Giving some dimension.  My finish touch was adding three silver pearls to each side of the ribbon.
Challenges I've entered into:
Creative Cutter Room - No red or green
Cardz TV - Dreaming of a White Christmas
Papercraft Star - A Christmas Tree
Ribbon Carousel - Holiday Spirit
DYSU - Christmas
Cricut Chirp - December Christmas
Thanks so much for stopping by......  Have a wonderful Saturday!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Bell

Today I wanted to share with you a card I made using Teresa Collins Cricut Cartridge December 25.  As you can see from some of my past posts I am in love with this cartridge.  But enough said.  Lets get onto today's card.

Card base is kraft cardstock 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
White glimmer mat (DCWV) 5 1/4" x 4"

Now that you have seen the card.  Here a few close-ups. 
There are two parts to this bell.  Both parts were cut at 3".  The holly was cut in green.  While the bell was cut in red and then in silver.  On the silver cut I trimmed away the bell part and the bow.
I wanted the bell to look more realistic, so I glued a red shiny button on the red bell before foam taping the silver bell on top.

With the bow section, I simply used two way glue and sprinkled some glitter on top.  This was done before adhering the silver bell on top.

Then I wrapped red twine around the top of the bell to hid the two cuts and strung another red button through the twine. 

Then I took both red ribbon and some red and silver rope ribbon and attached it to the card to help make it look like it was hanging.

For the holly I embossed everything in green to help give it some shimmer.

Then for the berries, I used some more red buttons.  Strung some black floss through the holes and ran some red stickles on top of the buttons.  These were glued onto the section where the berries would be normally.
Challenges I've entered into:
Ribbon Reel - Red,white,kraft, buttons, ribbon, & twine
FCCB - Bells are ringing
DL Art - Linky Party Anything Goes
Little Scrap Pieces - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
The Kraft Journal - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousal - The Holidays
DYSU - Christmas
Cricut Chirp - December Christmas
Thanks for stopping by...... Have a great day!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Santa Coming Down the Chimney

Hi Everyone!!!

Today's shape card is "Santa Coming Down the Chimney".  So let's get busy.........

You will need the following cricut cartridges to make this card:
A Quilted Christmas
Christmas Cheer
Joys of the Season
Note:  I used my Gypsy to make this card, so all measurements are based on that.
You will need to first start with the cricut cartridge "A Quilted Christmas". On page 29, I used the image <Chimney> sized it at 5", copied, flipped, and welded together in white cardstock to make the main base of the card. I then cut the same image again in red cardstock. 
I embossed the candles with the cuttlebug swirl folder.  This had to be done before attaching to the main base card.
After attaching, I used some gold glitter glue to accent the candles.
 Now you will cut image <Chimny-s> at 5" in a lighter red if you have it.  If not don't worry.  Attach "ONLY" the chimney to the card base. 
I used red stickles glitter to fill in the design.
Now for layers 1, I cut the first image in white.  Yes above photo as to the one piece and where it will be added for the card.  The bigger piece will be added just under your candles.  The second image was cut in green cardstock and the boots were cut in gray.
This is when you will attach your image from <Chimny-s> and then attached the boots.  Layer 2 of the boots was cut in black.  After gluing all pieces I lightly inked around the boots.  The other Layer 2, you will only need to cut the belly for Santa in white cardstock.  Again everything was cut at 5".
This is where the green garland will be glued.  I also decided to punch out about 20 leaves using the Recollections leaf punch.
This is a close up of the leaves. Then I used (4) very small red rhinestones to help give some character to the garland.
After everything was put together.  I thought it still looked plain.  So I chose to find a wreath.  You will find this one in the "Joys of the Season" cricut cartridge manual on page 66.  I cut the image <Wreath1> at 1.31" x 1.26 and hid all the lines.  I used the same green cardstock and the garland and inked the wreath with Dew Drop Pearl Ivy ink.  I also used the red stickles glitter glue to add red balls.  I finised it up with making a bow with red ribbon.  I attached the bow to the wreath with foam tape.  The wreath was also foam taped to the chimney. 
I still didn't feel it was completed.  I needed some stockings.....

So I chose to use Cricut Cartridge Christmas Cheer.  On page 94 of the manual I used the image <Stckg1>.  However, I hid all the lines and cut it out at 1" in gold cardstock from Recollections.
Now, I think it is completed........
Challenges I've entered into:
DL Art - December Holidays
DL Art -  Linky Party Anything Goes
DL Art - Anything Red or Green
Paper Playtime - Christmas Colors
My Craft Spot - Merry Christmas
Paper Pretties - Christmas Inspired
Cardz TV - Tis the Season
Papercraft Star - Gold on your card
Die Cuttin' Divas - Holiday Spirit
3 Girl Jam - Christmas Inspiration
Scrappy Moms Stamps - Christmas Time
Ribbon Carousel - The Holidays
 Cricut Chirp - December Christmas Challenge
I sure hope this shaped card helps inspire those that need a little extra inspiration.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Red Cardinal

Happy Tuesday!!!   Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.....  I sure did.  We spent it at home with friends and family.  Then finished the evening with our "black Friday" shopping.  This year we were only out for a couple of hours and home by 1:30 am.  I am so excited because I've once again completed all my Christmas shopping early.  Now all I have to do is wrap and send out gifts.

Since I didn't post over the weekend.  I wanted to share with you a card that I made for a friend of ours.  His wife asked if I would be kind enough to make a dozen or so Christmas cards for her employees at work.  Here is what I came up with......

Card base (white) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Mat (red) 4" x 5 1/4"
Mat (green) 3 3/4" x 5"
Mat (yellow) 3 1/2" x 4 3/4", cuttlebug (Swiss dots)
December 25th Cricut Cartridge

Poinsettia Frame - 3" (green)
Poinsettia - 3" (red x 2)
The frame was only cut once.  However, I cut the poinsettia's out twice, distressed ink them with Tim Holtz "barn door" and then foam taped them together and glued them to the frame.  I added darice "yellow" rhinestones to the center of the poinsettia's.  They too were glued on.
Here is a closer look.  I almost forget to tell you that I rotated the poinsettia's before adding foam tape.  I also took my tweezers and twisted the ends of the petals.
I took my memento tuxedo black ink along with my "Merry Christmas" stamp from Hero Arts and stamped in the middle area of the frame.
December 25th Cricut Cartridge
Cardinal - 2" (red, kraft, green)
I cut the cardinal in each color so I could got the images that I needed.  The cardinal was inked up with Tim Holtz distressed ink "barn door".   I glued a brown pearl sticker from Recollections on for the eye.  Glued the green holly and the red berries onto the kraft image.  Finished it by using red stickles to help accent the berries.
Here is another closer look of the berries.
For my final touch, I glued red rhinestones to the left corner of the card.
Challenges I've entered into:
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
DL Art - December Holidays
Crafty Creations - Christmas Is Coming
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
FCCB - Holiday Wishes
Paper Pretties - Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - Christmas!
Thank you for stopping by.  Have a fantastic Tuesday.......

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thank You Very Much

Afternoon Everyone!!!  Sure hope you all are having an amazing day.  We are currently cloudy and cold.  So, it's a good day to stay inside and get some crafting done.

But before I share my card with you, I'd like to congratulate the October Award Show winners from Red Carpet Studio.  Congratulations, ladies!!!

"Child's Play" Layout Category - Nancy

"The Birds" Category - Donemark

Circles & Polka Dots Sketch Category - Bev

Fall/Halloween Category - Shawn (Oh, that me....)
As my gratitude for voting for me.  I  am sharing this card with you.
Base card (Burgundy) 4 1/4 " x 5 1/2"
Mat (Colorbok "Sunset Glow") 4" x 5 1/4"
Cricut Cartridge Walk in My Garden (Page 100) at 3.52" x 5.59", 3.10" x 4.92" and 2.60" x 4.13" all cut in yellow cardstock from Recollections.  I inked all petals with Tim Holtz "Tea Dye" distressed ink.  Took my tweezers and twisted each petal to give more dimension.  For the inside of the flower, I used the cricut cartridge "Flower Shoppe".  On page 17, I cut approximately 25 of these flowers at 2.60" x 4.12" out of Cartulina from Recollections.  I glued each on in the center with Scotch Dry Adhesive glue.  The petals were cut out of green cardstock using the Spellbinders Foliage.  Each petal was inked and green glitter glue was adding down the middle.
I stamped my sentiment on the same yellow cardstock as the sunflower and inked the edges.  Attached the sentiment to some purple cardstock and then adhered it to the base of the card.  Took my green big marker, marked some decorative fillers, and glue dotted them onto the sign.
Challenges I've entered into:
Pause Dream Enjoy - Thank You
PaperCraft Star - Thank You
DL Art - Anything Goes
Again, thank you all for stopping by and voting for me this week.  Have a fantastic Sunday!!!  ~ Hugs, Shawn

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wow!!!  Can you believe it, next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day?  Where has the time gone?  Well, since I'm going to be busy spending my day with family and friends.  I thought I would share some turkey with you all now.  So enjoy!!!!

I started with my base card (cream) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I cut a dark brown mat at 4" x 5 1/4".  The orange mat was cut at 3 3/4" x 5".  The patterned paper is from DCWV "Everyday" stack and was cut at 3 1/2" x 4 3/4".  Everything was adhered to the cream base card with my ATG.

For the oblong shape, I used George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge/  The dark brown was cut at 4 1/4" x 3".  The orange poke a dots paper was cut at 4" x 2 3/4".  Again, I used my ATG to adhere everything to the base card.  Now for the turkey, I used my Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge.  You will find the turkey on page 61 of the manual.  Everything was cut at 2".  I inked the turkey, grass, and blue plate.  Then I foam taped this image onto the base card.

For the sign image.  I manually made everything around the stamped image.  I used Hero Arts Poly Clear stamp and stamped "Happy Thanksgiving" with Dew Drop Brilliance "Coffee Bean" ink.  Threaded think blue ribbon through my orange button and glue dotted it onto the sign.

Finally, for those of you that took some time out of your busy schedules and voted.  Thank you!!!  Today is the final day for voting.  If you haven't done so, please stop by Red Carpet Studio Challenge and vote for me.  All you have to do is click on the above link and scroll down half way.  On the right side of the page under Fall/Halloween card challenge is my name "Shawn".  Click vote.......  and thank you in advance.

Challenges I've entered into:
CCR - Thanksgiving (must be a turkey)
CardzTV - Attitude of Gratitude
DL Art - Anything Goes
More Than Favors - Thanksgiving
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Turkey
Simply Crafts - November 2012 Challenge
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Thanksgiving

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Saturday.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank You

Thank you all for stopping by today.  Over the weekend we had received approximately 14" - 16" of wet heavy snow and even made the news nationwide. I was shocked to hear from our friends and family telling us that we even made their local news.  They even gave a blizzard storm a name "Brutus".  So for those of you that had heard about our storm, everyone is safe.........!!!

And since I didn't share anything with you all yesterday.  I thought what better way to say "Thank You" for all your friendly and thoughtful comments you all leave me on my posts.  These card is for you.........

For the card base, I used the All Occasion Build-A-Card Pad that I had won from DL Art.  I wrapped red ribbon around the entire front of the card.
In my stash of goodies, I found a white and a red pre-made flower.  Inked up the white flower with black ink.  Through some thin ribbon on the back, glued together and then added a black button with a red rhinestone for the center.  This was glued on to the card with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.
These squares are also located in this Build-A-Card Pad.  All I did was find my stamp from Studio G and stamped it on front with red ink.  I used foam tape to attach it to the front.
Finally, I glued three more red rhinestones to the bottom left side of the card.
Again, thank you all for everything.  I am having a blast and love sharing what I create with you all.
**  REMINDER  **
TO VOTE!!!!!!!!

  Today, November 11th - November 17th, my creation will be displayed on Red Carpet Award Show page. This is where you all come in to play. The project with the most votes in each category will receive a customized trophy badge for their blog, along with their project photo permanently displayed on Red Carpet's display case! This is their new addition to the award show page. So, I'm asking you to please vote for me "Shawn" under the "Great Pumpkin" card category.

Voting ends on Saturday, November 17th, and voting is limited to one vote per person per day. So please stop by Red Carpet Studio to vote for my project! The polls will be on the sidebar of their blog.

Thank you in advance for your vote. Have a wonderful week! Stay warm and safe.


Challenges I've entered into:
Paper Pretties - Thank you card