Sunday, May 29, 2011

M.A.G. Challenge

I told you I have gotten back in the groove.  I decided to give the M.A.G. Challenge By the Page a try.  I just got the Nifty Fifties cartridge so it worked out perfect.  The challange was to use only the images on the page that house the poodle.  I was doing so good and then as I am creating this post I realize I may have messed it up.  I'm still going to post it and we'll see if it will count or not.  What did she do to mess it up, you ask.  Well I didn't mess up the card per say but the rules, maybe.  I was trying to decide on a sentiment.  I thought Merci made sense.  I like to call this particular poodle a french poodle.  I have absolutely no idea if it is or not.  Anywho, I found the phrase Merci on the Create a Critter cart and cut it out.  I don't know if this will disqualify me or not.   Not sure if the rules apply to the sentiment.  I guess I'll find out.

I cut the poodle and background splat at 4"  I cuttlebugged the yellow splat and the pink background.  It's hard to see but I used stickes on Merci to jazz it up a bit.  I also added rhinestones to his collar.  Pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

Thanks for taking a peek!


Dream Valley Challenges #8 - Stamp Something

It's time for another challenge at  The challenge for the coming fortnight is to Stamp Something.  Pretty easy challenge this time around.  Break out your favorite stamp and show us what you can create with it.  Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  Here is my contribution to the design team. 

The stamp is from Inkadinkado.  I adore this bicycle and it always makes me think of summertime.  Patterned papers are DCWV's Linen Closet.  The plaid looking background is glittered.  I created the flowers and spritzed them with Glimmer Mists for some more shimmers.  I filled in the centers with a pearl liquid.  The pearly butterfly is from Prima.

I would also like to enter this in the following challenges:

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge # 54 - Here Comes Summer
Fun With Shapes and More #84 - Everything Must Sparkle (glittered patterned paper, glimmer mist, pearls)
Phindy's Place Challenge #57 - Summer Living

Ooops, I almost forgot to mention the sponsors for the Dream Valley Challenge...

Papermaze is a small, family mail order business based on a farm in rural Suffolk.

I have been making cards for years, cross-stitched ones at first until a friend introduced me to rubber stamping. Paper has always been my passion and would be the first thing I looked for in craft shops in my continuing search for something different. This led me to discover scrapbooking, so now I'm hooked on that too!  The idea for the website was born after the birth of our third child, and a desire to do something different from teaching, that would enable me to work from home. After months of research, we went live in October 2003.  We pride ourselves on our fast and friendly service. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or comments about our site.

You can win your self a wee £10 voucher for their amazing shop!

And secondly

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We are a small Scottish company dedicated to bringing you the cutest of stamps for all your card making needs! We are the sole online retailers for Sugar Nellie Stamps - with new designs being premiered regularly!  We are also adding many more brands of stamps to our catalogue for all you stamp addicts!

We can be contacted Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning's on 01343 548864 or by e-mailing  Come and visit our store in Elgin - Papercrafts Boutique for inspiration and info on crops, classes and local events.

You can win your own wee CHOICE of stamp from all their Sugar!

Hope you enjoyed my project!  Have a great day!



No, I'm not going anywhere (at least not that I know of :)  My son leaves tomorrow morning for Washington DC for a week with some of his classmates.  They are participating in Close Up.  I made a little card for him and I'm going to put it in his suitcase.  He'll find it sometime tomorrow.  I wanted to make sure he knew to have fun but to also take lots of pictures because I don't foresee any excursion to DC.  It would be interesting to see some of the wonderful old buildings, memorials, etc but there are other places I want to visit that are much higher on the list.  I used Groovy Times which was the cartridge selection for Cricut Cartridge Chaos #18.  Simple but effective for a 17 year old boy who probably doesn't have the proper appreciation for handmade...

Almost forgot, I also want to enter this in Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #61.  We were to create a project using at least one cloud and the color blue. 

Hope everyone gets to enjoy a long weekend!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Who doesn't like a cute little turtle?

I created a turtle shape card using my Cricut, Gypsy and Life's a Beach cartridge.  I welded together 2 turtles after flipping one to create the card.  I thought he turned out pretty cute.  What do you think?

His shell was cut from a scrap of paper from the FruitCake line by Basic Grey.  I used my white Souffle pen for some highlights and a black pen for stitching on the shell.  Looking back, I think that the only thing I would have done differently is not cut the eyes and used some googly eyes instead.  Next time...

I am entering this in the following challenges:

My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #9 - Shape Card
Scrappy Mom's Terrific Tuesday Challenge - Life's a Beach

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project! 


DT Call happening right now!!!

Be sure to go check out Dream Valley Challenges soon.  They are looking for a couple more members for their DT.  As one of the current designers, I have to tell you that these are a wonderfully talented and kind designers.  We represent a wide variety of styles.  You need not have previous experience as a designer and you won't need to make a special project.  All you have to do is link your blog so they can take a look at your blog and see your work.

On a side note, Graduation is over and I am finally back to crafting.  I've got some projects that I'll be posting later today.  I was able to do a few challenges!  YEAH!!!!  It sure feels good to be back at it.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Winners Winners Chicken Dinners

I have been sorting pics online that I need to print to finish my son's scrapbook next week before graduation.  I'm nearly cross eyed so decided to take a break and announce some winners.

Mother's Day Blog Hop - Random winner is #12 Sharon "Oh I really like your card!! The colors are great! :)  I'm your newest follower."
Keeping the Peace Blog Hop - Random winner is #24 Lisa "This layout is so groovy (that was the first word that popped into my head!) and I love the picture! Awesome!"

Grad Bash Blog Hop - Random winner is #5 Jazmin "Congrats on your son's graduation!  I love the banner and great job on the rosettes. I haven't made that leap yet! :)"

I'll be sending you an email so I can get your addressses.  Once I have all of them then I'll take the packages to the post office.

Thanks for all of your kind comments.  They are always appreciated!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge # 6

HAPPY MAY DAY!!!  It's time for a new challenge over at Dream Valley Challenges.  For the next fortnight we are looking for your creations with flowers.  That's it, just flowers.  Easy peasy!  Get to work creating something with flowers on it and link it up.  Here is my DT entry.

I used my Cricut, Cindy Loo cart and a cuttlebug embossing folder. The argyle paper on the stem is BG Lemonade.  The rest if scraps so not sure who made them.  Be sure to head over and check out the rest of the design teams wonderful creations. 

Our sponsor for this challenge is One Stop Card Crafts

"At One Stop Card Crafts we have a big range of ever changing discount making and card making craft supplies. 

We are always adding to our range of craft supplies which are ideal for making handmade greeting cards, do-it-yourself invitations scrapbook pages, altered items and much more.

Our card making craft supplies include free UK postage, our popular discount scheme and quick service means our customers keep coming back for more.

Our prices are very competitive and this & makes us an ideal place to buy your card making supplies online. Some of our new products include Petaloo flower layers, Ranger Glitter Glue and Martha Stewart Punches."

Prize - £10.00 voucher for their store

Can't wait to see all the wonderful creations you come up with!  Have a great Sunday!