Tuesday, January 31, 2012

More Cupid

Today's card uses a lot of things that I have been showing you here on the blog lately. All from my stash, nothing purchased recently. The cupid cut is from Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge and doodled with a black pen for some definition. The pink ribbon is from the Martha STewart Valentine's ribbon pack. The dp is from Crazy Love by Bo Bunny. The doily is the same doily from Wilton that I showed you before except I cut out the center of it and I really liked the look it gave this card.


Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge, cut at 3.0

Doily from Wilton

Pink ribbon from Martha Stewart

Crazy Love by Bo Bunny

Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobbler cardstock

Candy Cane Stickles from Ranger

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cupid Notebooks

I was really disappointed in myself last year that I didn't buy the Cricut cartridge Lovestruck. It now goes for a crazy amount of money on Ebay. However, after looking through some of my many cartridges, I found that Sweethearts had this fun and super easy Cupid. I cut him out at 3 inches and doodled a bit because he seemed to get lost without it and added candy cane stickles to his heart and bow. I used scraps of blushing bride and cherry cobbler cardstock and scraps of "Crazy Love" dp from Bo Bunny and made some fun notebooks. These notebooks came from PaperTreyInk but if you are on a budget or unable to get these, you can buy notebooks from the Office Supply store (come in packs of 10) and have the copy people cut them in half and voila, you have pretty much the same thing. I also used the PTI stamp set Take Note.
Notebooks from PaperTreyInk
Crazy Love DP from Bo Bunny
Take Note Stamp set from PaperTreyInk
Cherry Cobber and Blushing Bride Cardstock from SU
Heart Border Punch from SU
White gel pen from Ranger

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Free Bird Blog Candy HERE

Last week's winner was Sheila aka She's a Sassy Lady. Please email me with your address so that I can mail your prize to you. This week, I have another Free bird paper pad from Authentique to give away. To win leave a comment on this post. For extra entries you may comment on each post until I select a winner in two weeks on February 10.

Have a good weekend!

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I am almost a month in and am still using my stash. Hope to do a post near February 1 to update you all on how I'm doing and how you are all doing on some of your goals. We all fall off the wagon now and again but we have to remember to pick ourselves up and continue where we left off. As I was looking through my stash for some Valentine like paper...guess what I found. A completely, new never used, 6x6 Bo Bunny paper pad called Crazy Love. I also found some Martha Stewart ribbon that I bought who knows when! So exciting to shop from my stash for these projects.

Now, I will say that I plan on using this paper pack QUITE a bit so be prepared. This cut is from the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge. I totally messed up on some doodling so I covered it with black stickles. The doiley was also in my stash. I had found these in the baking aisle at Joann's and I believe that they are made by Wilton. I just used half of it for this card. So those of you who don't score the dollar spot doilies at Target (I got some of those around here somewhere from last year), check out the cake baking aisle at your craft store. I bought a pack of these for 2 bucks and there are a ton in there.
Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge (cut at 3.5)
Bo Bunny "Crazy Love" 6x6 Paper Pad
Wilton Doily
Martha Stewart Valentine Ribbon
Heart border punch from SU

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dog Gone!

Here is the card that I am using for this week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut. The challenge is to use a label. My label is from Elegant Edges and my dog and bowl are from Create a Critter. The paper is retired SU from my stash. The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper. I did a lot of doodling but I think the card needed, thanks for looking!
Create a Critter and Elegant Edges
DP from SU
Ribbon - Paper Trey Ink
Grey, Black, Kraft and White Cardstock
My Pink Stamper

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Best Fishes

Wow, two Princess cards in a row. A huge feat considering what a pain these are to cut. This card is for my niece Kayla who just turned 3. She will now be the same age as my Lily for next 5 months. She got a ton of toys for Christmas but since she will be starting to take dance with Lily, I bought her all the dance gear she needs to get started. The fabulous, gorgeous dp is super glittery and is from my stash - I got it when a scrapbooking store was going out of business and at this point, I just have bits and pieces of it.
Cricut cut at 4.0 Dreams Come True
Bazill and SU cardstock
Midnight blue stickles
White Viva Decor pen
Pink Stamper "More Punnylicious" stamp set

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sale-a-bration & a Discount

Stop and Scrap is continuing their pre-orders of CHA new releases. Today, it's Bo-Bunny. If you decide to order from them, be sure to use code HEART for a 12% discount.
I made today's card for the Cricut Circle blog challenge to create a "get well" type project. I have to say I am so surprised that I havent' used this Once a Princess cart more often. I was intimidated by paperdolls but this was just so easy to cut. She was cut at 3.5 and I used Peachy keen stamps for her face. The cardstock piece she is propped up on was cut with Once a Princess alos. The dp is retired SU and the sentiment was printed from my computer.
Once Upon a Princess Cartridge
DP from SU
Princess Faces from Peachy Keen stamps
Orange stickles
Swirls cuttlebug folder
White gel pen
Marina mist ribbon
Cherry cobbler & Marina mist cardstock

SU Sale-a-bration starts today! For every $50.00 you spend, you get to pick a free gift out of the Sale-a-bration catalog. There are exclusive stamp sets and paper as well as embossing folders and other fun stuff to choose from. Check out the catalog on my sidebar. While you are there, be sure to get a look at the new Occasions Mini catalog.

I am not sure if I will be continuing my SU demonstratorship. I tend to be my best customer and spend what is necessarily in terms of minimums to stay current and I am trying to scale back my spending. So I am offering a 20% discount until the end of sale-a-bration while I mull it over. You have to email me to take advantage of this offer, US customers only and tax and shipping will be on the amount before the discount.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Lie about your age

I am sharing a card that I made for my bestest cousin's 40th birthday. I can't believe that she's 40! It feels like we were just at school together, playing basketball and talking about boys. Anyway, I didn't want to make an over the hill card. That would be harsh, especially as I am only 18 months away from turning the big 40 myself. Instead, I made this Belle card using the Dreams Come True Cricut cartridge. It was difficult to cut this sucker and I had to cut a couple of pieces more than once and I totally gave up on the eyes and used blue stickles for them even though I know that Belle has brown eyes. I got this fabulous glitter dp from a scrapbooking store going out of business many moons ago.

Cricut cut at 4.25 Dreams Come True
Wow, So Many Candles - My Creative Time Stamps
Stickles in yellow, diamond and midnight blue
Bazzill and SU cardstock
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Easy Mini Book

Today, I am sharing a super fun and practical idea from Dawn McVey. I have this problem every year of what to do with old Christmas cards, especially the ones with pictures. I hate throwing them away and then they get thrown into a box and are pretty much lost forever. Dawn shows on her blog to make a quick mini book with them. I have to tell you that this project took exactly one hour, maybe a little less, to complete. I used what I had in my stash and was a great way of using up old Christmas DP and embellishments. Some of the cards that I get have letters in them so I made a little pocket to store them. Basically, you hole punch your cards (I used my cropadile) and create a cover using chipboard, cardboard and I imagine that you could use boxes from Christmas for your front and back covers. Cover with you dp (I used a glue stick), then add ribbon or book rings to bind it together and embellish as much or as little as you like.
Ski Slope DP - SU
Medium weight Chipboard
Bookrings from Office Supply Store
Kraft cardstock
Retired felt snowflakes - SU
Thickers - American Crafts

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thank you Girl

Today's card uses the same layout as the card before, except I used this lace scallop border punch from Martha Stewart.

Greeting Card Kids Stamp set from SU
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP
Border punch - Martha Stewart
White satin ribbon - SU
Square scallop nestabilities
Holly Embossing folder - Sizzix
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Copic Markers
Diamond Stickles
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Authentique Pre-orders

Stop and Scrap is now offering pre-orders of Authentique's new line (s). Use code HEART for an extra 12% off.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Penguin holiday thank you

Today, I am sharing another thank you card using holiday stamps. It's nice to get some extra miles out of these.

Cat's Pajamas - Poochie Christmas
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP
Holly embossing folder - Sizzix
Scallop border punch - SU
Fiskers Pinking Shears
Rose Satin ribbon from stash

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Stop and Scrap Discount Code

I have partnered up with StopandScrap.com so all of my blog readers get a 12% discount using the code HEART. This is on top of the already discounted prices. They are taking pre-orders now for CHA new releases and you can combine your orders so that you don't have to pay shipping for each of the pre-orders! Be sure to visit them and this code is good until they tell me the promotion is over!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Snowman Wishes

Hi everyone! For all of you who were lucky enough to enjoy a holiday yesterday, I hope that it was a good one. We mostly hung out at home but I did go to an Indian casino on Sunday to celebrate my cousin's 40th birthday. Had a total blast but now it's back to the grindstone.

Today, I am sharing a card that I made for the Fantabulous Cricut challenge to make a card with a snowman on it. I used a generic sentiment that I thought I could convert to a holiday card.

Don't forget that I have blog candy below. You may comment on each post until I use random.org to pick a winner next Friday.
Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge cut at 3.75
SU DP Ski Slope
Cranberry and Baja Breeze Cardstock
Diamond Stickles
Modern Edge & Scallop border punch
Sentiment from PaperTreyInk

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Poochie Thank You


Holiday Style Wrap Pack & DP from October Afternoon

Cherry Cobbler cardstock from SU

Scallop punch from SU

Poochie Christmas from Cat's Pajamas

Scallop rectangle from Nestabilities

Sincere Salutations from SU

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Such a Deer

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in last week's resolution post. I LOVED reading all of your posts, they were fabulous. I will eventually be getting to everyone and posting Comments, which is one of my goals that I did not list. A lot of us have the same goals so hopefully you all can check in with me now and again and let me know how you're doing. I will be trying to post monthly updates...but...I am happy to report that I did complete the first week of Project Life and read a book. However, I did fall off the eat healthy wagon - totally my husband's fault but I will just have to get back on the horse. I am giving away this fun Authentique 6x6 paper pad called Freebird Poised/Warmth. To win leave a comment on ANY post between now and Thursday, January 26 and I will post the winner on that Friday.

So the winner of the box of scrapping stuff is Lisa's Creative Niche! The winner of the stamp set is Fusiafscrapping. Please email me with your address so that I can mail your prize to you.
Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey
WE R Memory Keepers textured cardstock
Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge
Rose satin ribbon from my stash
Inksentials white gel pen
Kraft and espresso SU cardstock
"Go Green" stamp set from Pink by Design

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

You're Tree-rific

Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP
Tree cut at 3.5 from April Showers Cricut Cartridge
Scallop Rectangle Nestability from Spellbinders
Espresso and Pear cardstock from SU
Pink buttons and twine from PTI
Rose satin ribbon from my stash
Scallop punch from SU
Go Green stamp set from Pink by Design

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Disney Magic

Today, I am showing a scrapbook that I made for a co-worker. She has young children and they go to Disneyland often enough that they have plenty of pictures. I used Kathy Orta's envelope scrapbook tutorial from Paper Phenomenon to make this album. I also used my Cricut for some of the character cuts and paper from Creative Imaginations. I am submitting this for a Design Team call at Just a Scrapping.

Creative Imaginations Disney Paper
Red Duck Tape
Black envelopes and cards from Michaels
Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge
Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge
Polka Dot ribbon from SU

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Snow Bunny Flopsey Thank You

Today's card uses an MFT stamp set called Snow Bunny Flopsey and the Holiday Style October Afternoon dp.


Snow Bunny Flopsey from MFT

Holiday Style DP from October Afternoon

Copic Sketch Markers R27, E27, E57

Stickles Xmas Red

Cherry Cobbler Cardstock

October Afternon Holiday Style Wrap Pack

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Snowbunnybella thank you

Today, I am pulling out another neglected stamp set a fun Bella Stamp that I haven't used in forever. It was really fun pulling out all of my winter stamps to make these thank you cards. We don't get snow where I live and most of my vacation has been gorgeous spring weather about 75 degrees. Don't hate me but the weather has been absolutely perfect!

Snowbunnybella from Bella Stamps

Eskimo Kisses Paper from Basic Grey

Sincere Salutations from Stampin' Up

Pink Stickles

Copic Sketch Markers

WER Memory Keepers Textured Cardstock
I am linking this card up to the Pink Cricut site. She's asking for us just to link up what we are working on...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Resolutions and Blog Candy

It's a new year and a time to resolve to do better. My first resolution is to read more. I am a librarian for goodness sake who does not read! It's really ironic because I used to read A LOT! I am talking about reading every single book in my branch library growing up. Working in a book store while going to college so that I could have books to read and then becoming a Librarian because of my love of books. I don't know exactly when it happened but my life really just got in the way, along with crafting, having kids and a husband and taking care of a home. So this year it's getting back to basics. I am challenging myself to read AT LEAST 12 books this year. That's only a book a month and considering that I am an exceptionally fast reader, I hope to read more. I will be taking on some reading challenges to meet this goal.

My other resolution is to use my stash except for basic supplies such as adhesive and I give myself permission to buy Cricut cartridges. However, I have a ton of paper and stamps and other embellishments that I really need to start using. Plus, I went WAYYYY over budget last year on crafts and I really need to rein it it. I hope to last until summer, we will see.

Project Life...I have resisted but I have gotten just so far behind on my scrapbooks that I am missing out on recording these moments that I can't get back. So I am attempting Project Life. I don't expect to take a picture every day but I want to take about 6-7 pictures each week and then do layouts here and there for events that warrant it and do mini albums on vacations or outings that I really want to focus some attention to. I will be using my stash! I have been so tempted to purchase items for this project such as a date stamp - I have a PTI calendar stamp set that has months and dates, plus some Justrite product that I have hardly used and possibly other things in my stash that would work. I was tempted to buy journaling cards. I can very easily cut up cardstock and add some scrap dp to it. Doing it this way makes it easier to journal on the computer and print it out and then cut it up. I am even using my own page protectors - CTMH 12x12 protectors that have broken up into 4x6 pockets which I had in my stash.

A really good way to use up my stash so I can justify buying more stuff! For example, I have two huge DCWV 12x12 paper stacks on Fall - I hardly do anything Fall like here so why the heck do I have all of this paper! I will be using it to make scrapbooks for colleague Christmas gifts and hopefully use it up. See what I mean? Impulse buying to the extreme. I liked it, bought it and now i don't know what to do with it. I will be showing you guys how I am using my stash and my Cricut for this project.

Get healthy which means eating out less, and cooking more. This is a hard one because I drive 50 miles a day for work but I need to just plan better. Also, get out and exercise more. My husband bought us bikes and still hasn't put them together and that would be a fun way to get out and exercise. I need to lose the baby weight from having Lily (um...she's 3!) and those 20 lbs are not going to magically disappear, I know because I've been saying abracadabra for 3 years and it hasn't happened.

So those are my resolutions. How about all of you? Please leave a comment on this post with a blog post regarding your resolutions. If you don't have a blog then leave a comment with your resolutions. I will chose a winner using random.org next Friday and will send the winner a box filled with fabulous crafting supplies. I have a ton of really awesome crafting stuff that I don't have room for and I would love to give some away. That's another thing - I hope to do more spontaneous giveaways for regular blog readers especially since I am moving to bi-weekly giveaways.

If you got this far - then you rock! Thanks for listening and hope this year finds you all healthy, happy and improved!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter in the City Thank You

Today's card is a thank you card and uses some neglected MFT stamps. I used the holiday style paper from October Afternoon and did some paper piecing.


Winter in the City by MFT

Holiday Style DP by October Afternoon

Copic Sketch E27

Cherry Cobbler Cardstock

Sincere Salutations stamp from SU

SU Scallop Punch

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