Tuesday, December 15, 2009

On The 4th Day of Christmas....

my true love gave to me....4 Calling Birds!!
We are doing the 12 days of Christmas over at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!! I hope you join us for all the fun!! There will be TONS of inspirations too!!! Head on over!!

So, today I'd like to share with you an altered record! I thought it would be a fun "vintage" wreath! I picked up the record at my local antique shop for a quarter a piece!

This was super easy to make...and seriously took less than half and hour!!
First I cut a couple "extra" small branches off the back of my Christmas tree and hot glued them to the side of the record. The added some holly berries and some white flowers. I tied a HUGE bow and glued that under the holly berries and then added my "Calling Bird"! Tada!!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge "Festival of Lights" **ROSE Tutorial**

I hope you are all ready to learn how to make these fabulous flowers!!
Like I said before, they are super easy and really fast!!
You will need:
*Cuttlebug and folder of your choice

Yep, that's it!!
So, let's get started!!

1. Draw a spiral circle on your cardstock. I've used a sharpie so you all can see what I've drawn...please use a pencil so you can erase the lines. I have also marked a X where the Zot/GlueDot is to go for later.

2. Cut out the spiral and erase your pencil lines.

3. Run your spiral through the Cuttlebug. I've used Coredination Cardstock...so I've sanded my paper to give it a fun look.

4. Start rolling the outer part of your spiral all the way towards the middle like shown in the photo below.

5. Release the rose when you are all the way to the end to loosen it up a bit. This will give it a more relaxed look. Then Zot/Glue Dot it down to the bottom where I have marked with an X.

Told you it was super easy!!
You can create different size roses by making the spiral circle larger or smaller.
Hope you all enjoyed learning how to create these!!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask!! :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge "FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS" Blog Hop

So, for this week we have something really excited all planned out for you!! Stocked FULL of inspiration...are you ready?
Let's get started.....


Welcome to our First ever Festival of Lights from the fabulous team at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!

The party kicked off over on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog with a map of the participating Design Team , if you get lost on the way no worries, just check the DT off the map.

In addition to the fabulous projects, we have decided to make this party the most fun ever, by hiding 2 treasures along the hop!

Two "selected" Designers will draw a random winner from the comments left on her blog in the hop, But of course, it wouldn’t be a treasure hunt if you knew which blog is hiding the treasure, right?

The winner will receive a $30 gift certificate to Peachy Keen Stamps!

You will also get a free year subscription to Technique Junkie Sponsored by Pat Huntoon.

So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win, and add the Cuttlebug blinkie to your blog!!

Here's a list of all the participating Design Team members:

Cassie Larson
Cindy Royal
Karen Maldonado
Mel McCarthy
Maggie Lamarre
Nathalia Castellon
Shantaie Fowler
Terrie Bailey
Beth Ullman
Betty Brett
Meda Halmaciu
Danielle Wycough
Ingrid Danvers
Jackie Gallagher
Jenn Koss
June Houck
Ellen Sonoski

P.S. the more comments you leave the better chances you have at winning!!!

Okay, so for my project I decided to alter a candle holder I found at my local thrift store! A little bit of paper and twine and it's ready to sit on my table for Christmas...or any other occasion!
These flowers were super easy and really fun to make...and best of all, they took a couple minutes to put together!! Make sure you come back here Saturday evening at 6pm Eastern time for the tutorial on how to alter this candle holder!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Teresa Collins and Cuttlebug Challenge

Yep, you've heard that right!! Teresa Collins is our sponser this week at Cuttlebug Challenge!! She has such amazing "lines" out there and her work is just fabulous!! But that's not all...we also have the wonderful and fabulous Jamie Harper too!! So make sure you look at both Wednesday's post and Tuesday's post so see the gorgeous projects created by these two talented ladies!!

The challenge for this week is to create a "Thanksgiving" project...so here's what I made for my table!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you join us in this super fun challenge!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge #55

Hi everyone!! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!!
Can you believe the month is almost over?? How time flies!!

So, this weeks challenge over at
Cuttlebug Challenge is to create a project that has "your favorite" thing on it!! So, can you all guess what mine would be? lol...for those of you who know me I'm sure can guess right away!! Yep, FLOWERS!! I love putting flowers on my projects!!!

Make sure you go check out the rest of the cards by the design team!! This weeks sponser, My Favorite Things is such fabulous stamp company!! Their stamps are so amazing, and beyond fun to work with!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Wow...has a month really gone by since I've posted last!!

Anyways, I'd like to share with you all my card I made for the challenge over at Cuttlebug Challenges. I used the Diamond folder on the white cardstock...you can't really see it in my photo!

I hope you all join us in this super fun challenge!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dinosaur Banner Tutorial

Hello everyone!!
I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!!
It's been really busy at my house...still!!

But I wanted to share with you really quick my tutorial on how I made my dinosaur banner!! You can find it here on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!!

And for those of you who've asked (sorry, I didn't post this before)...I used the Paper Dolls Dress-Up Cricut cartridge to cut out all my little dinos and scenery!! I've tried to respond to a couple of your questions through e-mail...but my e-mail is giving me some troubles!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Be Inspired #48 Cards and Gift Bags

First of all, I'm so sorry for posting this late...it's been a really rough week!!
Yesterday was spent at the ER due to a back injury my husband flaired up from earlier this week! I am completely exhausted and scrapbooking had to be put on the back burner for the time being! Hopefully next week we can get back to normal..."hopefully"!!

Anyways, this weeks challenge at Cuttlebug Challenge is to create a card and matching giftbag/box to go with the theme you have chosen!

On October 6th we will draw a GRAND PRIZE WINNER, including a chance to be published in
from all entrants who have participated in the Challenges every week in September!!!
Don't miss one single day of the celebration - be sure to sign up as a follower/member; see all of the tutorials, videos, showcases, and be sure to play along every Wednesday!!
Play along, and invite your friends, too! When this month is over, this will be the greatest resource anywhere for magnificent party ideas!!
You can always come back to be re-inspired!! It is easy for everyone to participate in our challenges, even if you don't own a Cuttlebug. You can use a Big Shot, Sizzix, or any other embossing machine,
or even a rolling pin!

I hope you join in this awesome challenge!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Challenge!!!

The Cuttlebug Challenge Blog is turning 1 this month!!! So we are throwing a HUGE Birthday Party and want you to join in!! At the end of the month you will have created and entire "party in a box" for your next big event!!

First, you must choose your theme!!

My theme is dinosaurs...my youngest son will be turning 5 soon, they grow up so fast!!

So, here's the invitation I created! I chose to do a "postcard" style card because it was so thick!!

Make sure you stop by the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog throughout your week because we will be having lots of challenges, tutorials, videos, and prizes!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A New Look....

No, I'm not talking about my blog!! lol
Over the past couple days I've been working hard on a "new look" for my photos!! I'm NOT a photographer, so taking photos of my projects have not been easy!! The lighting has never been right, the backgrounds have been horrible...I just flat out don't have the slightest clue on what to do!! But after doing some research and the help of my scrappy friends I'm hoping that will all change!! I've been busy trying out new things with my camera throughout the house!! Where is the best lighting at certain times of day, what is the best color background, and most of all...a little "staging"!! I played around with this particular card for quite awhile, but in the end was very happy with the results!! Hopefully my upcoming cards will also look nice!! lol

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge & Cosmo Cricket

This week's sponser over at Cuttlebug Challenge was Cosmo Cricket!! I absolutely LOVE Cosmo Cricket!! Have you seen their brand *spankin'* new lines?? If not, you should head on over to their website and take a look!!

So, the challenge this week is to create a back to school set, gift set for a teen, for their locker, or for your desk, or as a gift to someone. I created a pen/pencil holder with a matching pen...and of course a little note pad!! The notepad was created using blank index cards. Now is the time to go get some, with all the "Back to School" sales!! I picked up 2 packages for .98!! I used my bind-it-all to bind it all together and VOILA!!

Also...the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog will be turning 1 in September!! So in honor of it's birthday we are throwing a HUGE birthday bash!! I hope you will join us...it will be LOADS of fun and stocked FULL of inspiration!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

School is almost here!!

Countdown: 6 days!!
I'm beyond excited to get back into my normal schedule!!
So, in honor of my son going back to school...I decided to make a "teacher" card!!
I'm sure I'll be handing this "thank you" card out very soon!! Hopefully this year we won't have so many meetings with the teacher after school!! ;)

I used Kazan's #33 Sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You for this card!!

Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Making Memories
Stickers: American Crafts
Button: Creative Cafe
Twine: Darice
Punch: Fiskars
Other: Pencil

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hoo's the little Cutie??

Happy Wednesday!!
Have you been over to
Cuttlebug Challenge today?? The challenge this week is extremely fun!! Create a scene card!! So here's what I came up with! I used one of the newer lines from Crate Paper and the fabulous pens from Sakura of America!! Have you tried these amazing pens? They are a "must have"!! I also used the White Wash collection from Coredinations...another "must have"!

thanks for looking!! :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Butterfly Flurries...

What an interesting weekend!! Whew...so glad it's over and we are all back to normal!! I hope each and every one of you are having a wonderful day!!

I had just a couple minutes to myself earlier today...doesn't happen much with the kids out of school so I thought I would take this opportunity to get my card done for the challenge at ICSketches!! My fabulous and dear friend Tricia made up the sketch for this week, so of course I couldn't pass it up!!

So, here's my card...you can't really see the embossing all that well. :( The wind was NOT cooperating with my and made it really hard to get a good shot!! But I used the wonderful Swiss Dots embossing folder for the Cuttlebug! And I've been having so much fun with these little "bugs"...made by The Paper Company!! They are on springs which gives them that extra dimension!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired #43

Hi everyone!!
Happy Wednesday!! I hope you all are having a wonderful week!!
Not sure if you have been over to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog this morning...there is a new challenge posted!! If you leave a comment on the post you will get a chance to download an image so you can play along with us!! These stamps were really fun to play with...I've never done a digi stamp before!!

Here's the tag I created...I love to hide little "things" for my husband to find just to say a little words of encouragement and let him know that I'm thinking about him!! Hopefully I will be able to sneak it in his truck early tomorrow morning!!
I used the fabulous Coredinations cardstock and also used my Scor-it to create the lines above the Swiss dot embossing folder!

Make sure you check back on Saturday over at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog...I will be showcasing some of my summer album with you!! The kids and I have had a lot of fun already and we want to share with you some of the fun things we have been doing!! Hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Let's Do Lunch!!

Okay, I must say...Cosmo Cricket had been "rockin" all these fabulous lines they are releasing!! I just LOVE this one...especially that adorable little toaster!! Reminds me of watching that super cute movie "The Brave Little Toaster"!!
Anyways, I made this card using the sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You!! Not sure if you can see it that well in the photo, but I embossed my brown cardstock with one of the new embossing folders that was just released....
Herringbone. Not sure if you've seen all the fabulous folders that are being released...but they are FABULOUS!!!

And then here is the card I made for the challenge on the Paper Popsicles Blog!! The challenge was to make a card inside and out with a sentiment! With all the holidays that are approaching...fast, I figured I better get a head start!!


Oh...I just found this out and wanted to share it with you all!!! Paper Popsicles is giving away a FREE digital stamp every Friday!! It's only available FREE (yes, FREE) on Fridays!! Isn't that super exciting!!

Okay, just a quick note...I'm thinking about doing a some YouTube videos/tutorials of my own but wanted to get some feedback from you all!! What are you interested in seeing?? The making of an entire card, a technique?? What's your thoughts?? Good or bad...I'd love to hear!!


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