Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crystal Ball Madness

Hi Everyone!!!

I'm so excited to finally share my surprise with you all.  As I have said in several of my posts, Georgiana with Die Cuttin' Divas had written to me asking if I would be interested in being a Guest Diva.  I promptly accepted her offer.  She later offered me my choice of upcoming challenges.  Since I love Halloween so much, I chose "Anything Goes".  That's right....  Today's challenge over at Die Cuttin' Divas is "Anything Goes".

So here is what I came up with........ "Crystal Ball Madness"!!!  This card is not only a Halloween card, but it is also a shape/shaker card all in one.

I started my project with Joys of the Season Cricut Cartridge.  On page 50 <Globe> I welded together the image at 5.5" in white cardstock.  I then cut another entire globe in black (base).  I finally only cut the <Globe/Layers> in sparkly orange.  All at same size. 

I used a sheet protector (cut twice, filled with black glitter, and glued together) to make the clear globe using the< Globe/Layers>.  For the thin orange, I continued to use the <Globe/Layers>.  I made one at 5.5" and put another inside at 5".  Then I only cut the outside liner.  This piece will be added to the base card with foam tape at the very end.
Here is a close-up of what the inside of your globe should look like after you cut your images.  I wanted to share this first, before explaining how to make it.  So let's get onto the card making shall we.....

For some of the inside images you will need Cricut Cartridge "Happy Hauntings".  On page 66, I used <Fence>.  It was measured at 3.96"/3.35".  I welded two together and flipped one so the birds were facing each other.   I cut it out in gray cardstock.  Then I cut the birds <fence/layer2> in black cardstock.  Of course you will have to flip it once and cut two images. 

On page 48, I cut the <Bat1> at .75", also in black cardstock.   No layers were used.  So, instead I used bright yellow rhinestones for his eyes and glued them on.  For the moon, I just used my Marvy Uchida circle punch and punched it out in white cardstock.  I apologize as I don't know the size.  I foam taped my bat onto the moon and just adhered the moon to the background.
 For this tree, I used October 31 Cricut Cartridge.  You can locate the image on the second row eighth over.  I cut it at 3.31" out of brown glitter cardstock.  There is no manual for this one, so the location is off the rubber mat.  The skeleton is from Jolee's Boutique (dimensional sticker).  I used green glitter from Recollection to help highlight the skeleton's eyes.  However, the pictures don't show it very well. 
Now, put everything together.....  This is what yours should look like.  I finished my with orange/white twine from Walmart.  Stamped "Happy Halloween" from Studio G in white ink.  One more important item, all my cardstock that I used was from DCWV. 
As you can see, I've been really excited to share this with you all.  I would love to hear your thoughts of my card.  So please feel free to leave me a comment.  And most importantly, don't forget to enter into the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Die Cuttin' Divas.
Challenges I've entered into:
Cut It Up - Halloween "EEK! BOO! AHH!"
DL Art - Linky Party
Little Scrap Pieces - Halloween
4 Crafty Chick - Happy Halloween
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
My Craft Spot - Too Cute to Spook
Pink Cricut - Link Up Tuesday
Red Carpet Studio - Pumpkins and Halloween

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mr. V

OMG!!!  Can you believe it?  Only three more days until Halloween and I still don't know what I want to be.  Heck I wonder if we'll get "snow" because that sure will play a big role on what I want to be.  Any hoot!!!!

Today's card is Mr. V.  I used my gypsy, however, you don't need it.  So lets get started, shall we:

You will need the following Cricut Cartridges:
Life's A Party
Paper Doll Dress Up
On page 38 of your manual from Life's A Party, you will see the <Tombston/card>.  I cut the card base at 5" in gray cardstock and the "door" which is the main tombstone cut on the same page at 4 1/2" in orange cardstock.  This cut was cut twice so I could use it for the inside of my card, also.  For the main tombstone, I took my Martha Stewart score board and scored several lines, sanded them down and inked them with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I also used the same ink to ink around the entire card to help give it a rustic look.    
   Here are some details of my card.  I used three different size bat buttons.  These were purchased from JoAnn's in their Halloween section.  I chose two different size rhinestones.  The red rhinestones are the smaller of the two.  The purple rhinestones were a size up.  They were glued on with Quick Dry Adhesive glue.


Now for Mr. V.  You will locate him on Page 28 of the Life's A Party manual.  All his pieces were cut at 2 3/4".  I started with the main body and cut it out in black.  Ran him through my cuttlebug using the Divine Swirl folder.  <Vultur-s/Layer> was cut in red and ran through my cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.  <Vulture/Layer> was cut in tan and inked with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.  Then I cut the <Vultur-s> out in the same gray as the card, light blue (single circle) and the oval in gray.  I foam taped him to the main card.

Here is a closer look of Mr. V.  I know you can't tell in the photo, but I used a white gel pen to dot the eye and finish it up with glossy accent.  I also marked his nose with my brown zig pen.
Now, for the Trick or Treat bag.  I used the PDDU cartridge.  On page 52 you will find this image <Frnksn-s/headwear>.  I cut it at 3" in the same gray cardstock as the card.  This time I inked it with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Outlined the "Trick or Treat" with my black zig pen.  Stored my bag underneath the beak of Mr. V. and attached it to the card with foam tape.

Here is where you will attach the other piece of orange tombstone.  I inked it up with more tea dye and then stamped "Happy Halloween" from Studio G.
Challenges I've entered into:
FCCB - Black and Orange
My Crafting Channel - Halloween
DL Art - Linky Party
Party Time Tuesdays - Trick O Treat
Crafty Creations Challenge - Halloween Spooks
More Than Favors - Halloween
Red Carpet Studio - Pumpkins & Halloween 

Don't forget to check back here on Tuesday, October 30th.  I have something to share with you all as Guest Diva at Die Cuttin' Diva.  My final craft before "Halloween".
But before I sign off, for those of you living on the East Coast we will be praying for a safe week for you.   Hugs ~ Shawn

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Can you believe it.....  Next week is already Halloween.  Are you ready for all those small, little and/or big trick or treaters?  Once again, depending on the weather, I'm sure my hubby will get all his toys out and displayed just in time for that first treater.  But for now, we will see.

In the meantime, I would love to share with you a few things:

First, just a reminder, please make a special note to visit my blog again this Tuesday, October 30th.  I will be sharing an awesome craft with you as the Guest Diva at Die Cuttin' Diva.  I am so excited, I just can't wait to show you all.  So stop make sure you stop by.......

Secondly, I was one of the 127 winners at LUFP.  I was selected to recieve 1 of the 4 scrapbook kits donated from Kaisercraft and each kit will also include a set of Marvy Uchida BCA Le Pens.  How exciting is this.   Thank you LUFP for putting together an amazing challenge........

Finally, today's card.  Featured by yours truly (lol)......  This "boo" card is another fantastic shape card.  So get your gyspy out and pull up PDDU cricut cartridge.  Ready!!!!  Well then, let's get started.

 Select <cstume> on page 49 of the manual and weld two ghosts together to form the base at 5".  Hide all outlines and the eyes before cutting the base out in black cardstock.  With another piece of black cardstock cut the ghost out again at 5" hiding everything.  Attached this to your base as it will cover the crease.  Now cut the same image at 4.60" but this time show everything and use white cardstock.  I used foam tape to attach it to the front of the base.  Finally, cut the same image again at 4.60" in white cardstock.  But this one you will need to hide all outlines and the eyes.  Now you can adhere it to the inside.  I used both white and black gel pens to doodle around the entire front of the card.

Then I cut a piece of white cardstock at 3/4" and stamped "Boo" from Studio G on top with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Used the same ink to outline and cover the top of the tag.  Manually cut using scissors to make the flag look at the end of the tag.  Attached it to the front of the card with Medium Zots giving it a bump out.


The spider is actually a button that I purchased from JoAnn's.  It came in a large assortment and included bats.  I glued it on the other side of the tag.  Glued on some small googly eyes and used my black zig pen to draw a line.  Hoping this would give the illusion that the spider was booed by the ghost.

Now this is where you will need to attached the other white ghost.  I decided to keep the inside simple.  So all I did was stamp "Happy Halloween" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  This stamp is another one of Studio G's.

Challenges I've entered into:

My Craft Channel - Halloween
Exploring Cricut - Happy Halloween
DL Art - Linky Party
Live Love and Scrap - Shape Card Sunday Button Up for Fall
 Party Time Tuesdays - Trick O Treat
Tuesday Throw Down - Halloween
Crafty Creations Challenge - Halloween Spooks
Now don't forget to mark your calendars and visit me again on Tuesday, October 30th.  I also will be posting tomorrow.  So stay tuned................... 
Have a wonderful Saturday!!!  ~ Shawn 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Another Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone!!!  Last Tuesday was my Aunt's birthday.  So we wanted to continue celebrating her birthday with today's dedication.  Here is the card that we sent to her:

The base card was Kraft cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" scored in half.  Your fold should be at the top.

The blue cardstock was cut to measure 4" x 5 1/4".  The strips were cut at 1" each.  I hand cut the banner part of each strip.  Adhered them to the blue cardstock and then trimmed off the extra from the top.  I brown inked all the way around the card.  Wrapped brown ribbon around.  For the sentiment I stamped Happy Birthday with brown ink and used Spellbinders Shapeabilities for the image shape.  Glued Brown pearls on image, brushed brown ink around entire image, and foam taped it to the card.  All cardstock except for card base is from DCWV.

Then I got my Studio G "Butterfly" punch and punched out eight butterflies from brown cardstock.  Sandwiched each one with foam tape and glued them to the card.  My final touch was take gold glitter glue and draw lines from the butterflies.
We sure hope she liked it and it arrived to her on a timely manner.  If not, it's on its way.......  In the meantime,  Happy Birthday, Aunt Pam!!!  We love you!!!
Challenge I've entered into:
DL Art - Linky Party 
Thanks for stopping by and sharing in this beautiful Sunday. ~ Shawn

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Basket of Pumpkins

Good Morning Crafters!!!

This week has been a much better week then last week.  And boy I am thankful.  My youngest daughter started her first job at Kohl's last Monday.  She was so excited when they called her and offered her the job that she couldn't wait to start working.  Congratulations Megan!!!

Tonight is another night of volunteering and that is why I'm posting my card early.  Since the weather has been changing daily.  I chose to design a basket shape card with pumpkins.  You will need your gypsy and the following Cricut Cartridges to make this card: Doodlecharms and Holiday Cakes.

So here are the pictures:   

First off, I selected the basket <basket> from Doodlecharms on Page 116.  I sized it at 3 1/4" hid all the outlines, copied it and then welded together to make my card.  I cut it out in kraft cardstock.  Then I made another basket in the same size and cardstock.  Adhered it to the shape card.  I cut the basket layers <basket-s> in a darker brown at 3 1/4".  I adhered the layers to the basket and stitched white lines with my white gel pen.

Then from there I went to my holiday cakes cartridge.  I chose the pumpkin on page 65 <spook4/font>.  I cut (6) at 1.32" and (1) at 1" using DCWV paper.  I glitter glued all the stems with green glitter.  Foam tape was used for the above pumpkins only.  Then on page 53, I cut <fall3> in light green cardstock at 1.15" and .80".  I adhered each one to the pumpkins and glitter glued the leaves and dotted with my white gel pen.

These remaining five (5) large pumpkins were glued into the basket.  I also decided to use the leaves on page 73 <falls5-s>.  Of course I only chose to use four (4) of them.  Arranged them in with the pumpkins and glued them down.  Again I ran some green glitter glue over the top of the leaves giving them some accent.

For my final touches, I used four (4) green rhinestones to cover the holes.  Used my brown zig pen to stitch lines as my final accent.
Challenges I've entered into:
Simply to Create - Pumpkins
Die Cuttin Divas - Pumpkins
TCP Tuesday #232 - Fall Shaped Card
Cardz TV- Fall or Halloween
DL Art - Pumpkin
Have a wonderful Saturday....... ~ Shawn

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness

Hi All!!!  Well, here it is Sunday and our weather is showing partly cloudy.  I wondering if it's going to rain or snow again?  We will see.......

Yesterday must of been my worst day of the month.  I volunteer for our AWHL kids hockey team with inputting stats for the game.  Well, before the end of the game (9:36 pm), I had lost all information.  The computer decided to shut down without saving.  Now I've got to re input everything and since I don't write everything down it's been a nightmare.  So needless to say, I've been working on trying to retrieve everything so we can get the game closed out.  But before this started, I had lost my wallet.  We did find it.  It was in the back seat of our car.  Then, I killed my phone.  Nothing like going to the bathroom while working at the game and watching your cell phone fall in the toilet right before you pull up your pants.  Called Verizon this morning and was informed that a replacement would be $99.00 even though I pay $6.99 a month for extra insurance.  So reminder to self, don't put your cell phone in your back pocket of your pants and to remember that the Droid Maxx has no battery removal.............  I sure hope this up coming week will be better.  Thursday night is going to be another volunteer night.  So wish me luck!!!!    

So since I can't really do anything more.  I thought I would get today's card up and posted.  Here it is:


You will need the following cricut cartridges (Pack Your Bags, Stand and Salute) and your gypsy in order to make this card.  First I started with the cartridge Pack Your Bags.  On page 37 of your manual, I used <Shirt> at 5 1/4" and fixed the angle of the shirt to make it straight and cut it out in white cardstock.  Then I copied it and welded to make the card.  I copied only the shirt and cut it out in pink cardstock. Layering it on the white cardstock.  Doodled around the shirt in white gel pen and stamped hope in pink.  At the bottom of the shirt I used pink glitter to doodle and help accent the shirt.

Now for the ribbon.  I used the cricut cartridge Stand and Salute.  On page 31 of your manual, I cut the <Ribbon> out at 1 1/4" in white cardstock and then again at 1" in pink cardstock.  Adhered them together and put a white heart brad through the center.  I then wrapped white ribbon around and glued a pink rhinestone on top.  Finished it off with tiny pearls and foam taped it on the T-shirt.

As a ruffle for the shirt I used my Martha Stewart Heart punch and put liquid white pearls around the hearts to fill in the holes of the hearts.
Here are few challenges I've entered this card into:
DL Art - Linky Party
LUFP - 2nd Annual Link Up for Pink
Cut It Up - Think Pink
Again thank you for stopping by and listening to another sad story.  I surely hope you all have had a wonderful Sunday.  Stay safe!!!  ~ Shawn

Saturday, October 13, 2012

3 x 3 Halloween Cards

Good Morning All!!!

Boy, it has been another busy week.  We finally got all four new tires installed on our truck.  Yeah!!! Then our daughter informed us that her front tire was low.  Another long story short, took it into Costco and was told we needed another new tire cause this one had a nail in the side.  Well, last night our tire came in and we got that replaced.  Sure hope we are done with tires for awhile cause eight (8) tires in a month is no good........

Now for some exciting news.  My 17 year old daughter was just offered a job at Kohl's.  She is so very excited and of course so am I...... Great job darling!!!! 

Tonight I'm off to volunteering for our local AWHL hockey team.  So, today's cards are small and very easy.  They are all 3 x 3 cards.  I got some of my inspiration from Simply Pam.  She has some great ideas. 

Here are the ones that I made:

Black Cat

Black cardstock 3" x 3"
Green Rhinestones
Pink Rhinestone (nose)
Silver Glitter Glue
Here is the second one:
Candy Corn



Black cardstock 3" x 3"
White cardstock 1" x 3"
Orange cardstock 1" x 3"
Yellow cardstock 1" x 3"
Studio 112 stamp faces
Momento Black Ink
Googly eyes
Black Spider Button
Black Zig Pen9
My third one is:
Mirror Mirror on the Wall......





Black cardstock 3" x 3"
Silver cardstock 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
Orange cardstock 1" x 3"
Yellow cardstock 1" x 3"
Computer Verse "Chiller" at 18" in red ink bolded
Multi sizes of red rhinestones
Momento Tuxedo Black
Cricut Cartridge "Fancy Frames" frame 11 (red, gray, silver cardstock)
And finally, my fourth and final one: (ribbon came off while scanning)



Black cardstock 3" x 3"
Gold cardstock 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
Corner punch
Green Dew Drop Ink
Cricut Cartridge "Holiday Cakes" Pumpkin @ 2 1/4"
Brown Ribbon
Cuttle Bug (Swiss Dots)
Here is the list in which I am entering these small cards into:
BBTB2 - Happy Fall/Pumpkin
CardzTV - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties - Halloween
Have a wonderful Saturday......  We are expected to have some rain, so we will see.   ~ Shawn

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cricut Magazine

Hi Everyone....

Today, I've decided to take a break from my cards.  So instead, I'd like to share with you an item that I won over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge.  In the beginning of September, I entered one of their challenges call "on the job".  After the challenge was over, I was informed that I had won.  I was so excited. 

A few weeks later, I received an email from Cartridges & More congratulating me on my win.  They gave me a choice of two different items to pick from: Cricut Magazine - October 2012 or Cricut Holidays Idea Book 2012.  Now keep in mind, I didn't know anything about either one of them.  So I went with Cricut Magazine - October 2012.   

Well, yesterday in the mail I received my prize winning.  Wow!!!  This magazine is amazing.  I am so glad I got it.  Here is a picture of the front cover:

Inside this magazine are several ideas complete with instructions.  The retail cost is $14.99.  If you are interested in purchasing this magazine please visit Cartridges & More.  I highly recommend giving it a try......

Thanks again Fantabulous Cricut Challenge for the amazing prize.  Have a great Sunday!!

~ Shawn

Saturday, October 6, 2012

These EYES are always watching you...

Happy World Card Making Day!!!! 

My last post, I stated "snow"...  Well, as of yesterday we were still receiving off and on snow flurries.  I know alot of you can't believe it.  Trust me, I would have thought the same way because I too lived in a state with hot temperatures (California - desert).  Thank you Canada for this cold front!!!  I also heard that our neighbor state North Dakota received 14" of snow.  Wow,  I'm glad we didn't get that much.

Anyway,  here is my card for the world card making day:

Purple cardstock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
Yellow patterned (Paper Patch) cardstock (4" x 5 1/4")
Eyes (Paper Patch) cardstock (3 3/4" x 5")
Googly Eyes (multi sizes)
Spellbinders Nestabilities (Yellow cardstock)
Studio G Stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Purple Glitter (JoAnn's) 
Foam Tape

DL Art - Anything Goes
Again, thank you for sharing you Saturday's with me.  I hope to have inspired some of you.  In the meantime, get back to scrapping!!!
Have a great day!!!
~ Shawn

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy Halloween (Cat Card)

OMG!!!  I can't believe it is already Wednesday.  The last couple of days have been an adventure.  We got one blown out tire and put the spare on, then went over to Costco to by four new tires.  However, they don't keep these tires in stock.  It would take 5 - 7 days.  Okay, so we paid for them and had them ordered.  Now yesterday, while driving up the canyon on gravel roads and over wood bridges (doing 20 mph) with no cell service, we blew out another tire with no spare.  Hubby walked up to a cabin home and asked to use their phone to call AAA.  Thank god for AAA "Plus" 100 miles of free towing.  Within the hour of arrival of tow truck we got our second flat tire.  Now we are talking three blown tires total with no spare.  Needless to say, we were able to replace all tires with used tires for $69.00 with no towing fees, until our new ones arrive.  Again thank god we had AAA "Plus" or our towing fees would have been over $200.00. 

Then this morning we wake up to our first snow day.  Yes, we are very excited, since we should have already had some snow.  Went back out to finish up some work we couldn't do yesterday because of sunlight.  When we got home we received a call from Costco stating that our tires are in.  Incredible!!!

So to help relieve some stress....  I decided to go ahead make a card and post it tonight.  Hope you enjoy it.


Black cardstock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
Fluorescent Green cardstock (4" x 5 1/4")
We R Memory Keepers (Halloween) (3 3/4" x 5")
Spellbinders Nestabilites S5-019 Hot Pink cardstock
Purple/White Twine (Walmart)
Studio G "Happy Halloween" stamp
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Glitter Glue "Purple" (JoAnn's)
Glitter Glue "Pink" (JoAnn's)
Jiggly Eyes (JoAnn's)
Glossy Accent (whiskers, cheeks and nose) 
White Gel Pen

Cricut Cartridge:
Trick or Treat (Lite) Cartridge (Walmart)
Fluorescent Orange cardstock <Cat> @ 3 1/2"
Black cardstock <Cat-s> @ 3 1/2"
Tan cardstock for cats face
Hot Pink cardstock for ears, cheeks, and shoes
Challenges I'm entering into:
Little Scrap Pieces - Ribbon or Twine
Pile It On - For A Child
Paper Playtime - Trick or Treat, Plus Die Cut or Punch
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
My Creative Time - Googly Eyes
As always, thank you for stopping by.  I surely hope the rest of this week will end on a happier note. 
Have a great evening!
~ Shawn