Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Doodlelious News!

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I was invited to join the Whimsie Doodles Design Team!!! I'm super excited as Melyssa has the BEST whimsical digital stamps. I've been a HUGE fan of their since they first started, so it's very exciting to be part of their Design Team.

If you've never used a Whimsie Doodles digi stamp before or if you haven't heard of them you MUST head on over to the Whimsie Doodles Store and see all the goodies Melyssa has. I LOVE them all!

I'm looking foward to working with all the new DT Ladies.

Be sure to stay tuned for my FIRST Whimsie Doodles DT Project on September 15th!! You won't want to miss it! In the mean while, I'll leave you with a few projects I've done using Whimsie Doodles digi stamps. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

FCCB Challenge Me Monday #75 - Sunflower Pot Card

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Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression, Cricut Cartridges(Freshly Picked, Plantin SchoolBook), Bazzill Cardstock(Carob, Quicksand, Yukon Gold), DCWV Cardstock(Green), American Crafts 'Garden Cafe' (Daisy's Diner, Clover Cantina, Cafe Iris - backside), Pebbles Inc. 'Twitterpated' Collection(Love You - backside(center yellow flower)), My Craft Spot(Golden Harvest Crinkled Ribbon), Jillibean Soup(Yellow Twine), Scrappy Moms Stamps(Sweet Somethings), Recollections Pearls, Saukra White Pen. Finished Card Size: 6" x 5-1/2".

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CLICK HERE to enter the My Craft Spot Stamp Party Release Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone in the Eastern Coast is doing well and are safe after being hit with the effects of Hurricane/Toprical Storm Irene. I, for one, was hit with the rain and winds, but THANKFULLY nothing serious. Some nearby cities were hit really hard and have some damages as well as flooding. I hope everyone stays safe during this time.

Onto this week's Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #75. This week its all about a SPLASH OF COLOR: YELLOW. Simply create a project using the color YELLOW.


Last week, FCCB had the honor to be sponsored by American Crafts. Not did they sponsor FCCB, but they were soo kind to send me some of their RECENTLY RELEASED "Garden Cafe" Collection - which I used for my Sunflower Pot Card. Aren't the patterns just lovely?!


The Flower Pot is actually from the Cricut Freshly Picked Cartridge cut at 5-1/4". I used Design Studio to weld two of Flower Pot shadows to form the card base. The leaves and "sunflowers" were cut several time to give the card some layers.


The edges of each "Sunflower" was inked in YELLOW. I replaced a smaller flower, with two ovals from Plantin SchoolBook covered in "Coffee Bean" flocking powder. I added three small pearls from Recollections(Michaels' Brand). I think it makes my "Sunflower" look more realistic.


This time I tried a new bow-tying technique for my "Golden Harvest" Crinkled Ribbon - available at My Craft Spot. I'm not too sure how much I like it. To it I tied a YELLOW inked tag with a sentiment from the SMS "Sweet Somethings" Stamp Set with YELLOW twine.


For the inside, I left it blank for a personal message.


Ok, NOW its your turn! Create a project with a SPLASH OF COLOR: YELLOW and link it up to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog by Sunday, September 4th 11:59PM EST for your chance to win this week's prize.



Friday, August 26, 2011

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party - Fabulous Shoes & Autumn Leaf

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the My Craft Spot "Stamp Release Party" Blog Hop!

The My Craft Spot DT Members have been cooking up lots of fun new projects and ideas featuring the 4 NEW Stamps Sets and 7 NEW Twine Colors. Each Design Team Member will be featuring an original "Stamp Release Party" project.

If you've come from Jenny's Blog, then you're heading in the right direction. If you just happened to come across my blog and would like to play along with our STAMP RELEASE PARTY Blog Hop, start HERE at the My Craft Spot Blog.

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! Don't forget to leave comments along the way because there are TONS of prizes along the way!

I don't have ONE, but TWO Stamp Release Projects for you today!

The first is a FABULOUS Witch Shoe.


As soon as I saw the "Witch Shoes" sentiment from the "Candy Corn Kisses" Stamp Set, I thought about the Ellen Hutson Shoe Template I had seen before.


The shoe measures approx. 6" wide x 4" high.


I gathered some "Smokey Black" Crinkled Ribbon - available at My Craft Spot - around the edges of the shoe.


For the front of the shoe, I made a small paper rosette topped with some "Vintage Black" Baker's Twine from My Craft Spot and "bones" from the Create-A-Critter Cartridge.


The inside of the shoe was lined with some Spider patterned paper from the $1 Spot at Target.


I tied a small goodie bag with some "Vintage Black" Baker's Twine - availabe at My Craft Spot - and placed it inside the shoe.


Here is a quick look at the back.


On to Stamp Release Party Project #2.



For my second Stamp Release Party project, I used the "Autumn Leaf" sentiment from the "Happy Fall" Stamp Set.


I fell in love with it immediately and knew I had to make some colorful autumn leaves. The leaves are from the Cricut Doodlecharms Cartridge cut at 1-3/8" using Design Studio. The acorn is from the same cartridge, and was resized using DS.


I gathered some of the "Pumpkin Spice" Crinkled Ribbon and made two small bows out of the NEW "Blue Berry Blue" Baker's Twine available at My Craft Spot.


Here is a quick look at the inside of the card.



If your still with me - which I hope you are - your next stop is Ally's Blog! If you should happen to get lost along the way, you can find the Blog Hop list over at the My Craft Spot Blog.

But Wait!

Before you go, I have some a Stamp Party Giveway for you!

A BRAND NEW, JUST RELEASED "HAPPY FALL" Stamp Set (sponsored by Kimberly from My Craft Spot)!


For your chance to win:

1. Leave me a comment here telling me what you think about my Stamp Release Party projects.

2. Complete the Blog Hop!

3. And let Kimberly know how much you've enjoyed this Stamp Release Party over at My Craft Spot.

You have until Monday, August 29th 11:59PM EST to leave your comments for your chance to win! I will announce the winner on Tuesday, August 30th (around mid-afternoon).

Ok, NOW you can hop on over to ALLY'S BLOG!

Thanks for joining us!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party Sneak Peek #4

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Hello Everyone!

I don't have a project for you today, Sorry! But I just wanted to let everyone know that today is the LAST DAY of our Stamp Release Party Sneak Peeks over at My Craft Spot. If you haven't already taken a peek at the projects created by the DT, I sugguest you do - they are WONDERFUL!

And don't forget about the giveaways!

Stamp Release Party Giveaways:

Each day this week, Kimberly from My Craft Spot will have a fun prize for ONE lucky follower! Then, on Friday, each stop on the Hop will be giving away ONE of the NEW Stamp Sets! That's a total of 9 Stamps Sets!!

For the most chances to win awesome prizes this week:

1. Leave a comment on each Sneak Peek post on the My Craft Spot Blog this week ( Monday thru Thursday).

2. Leave a second comment letting Kimberly know that you placed the orange Stamp Party Button on your Blog or Facebook. ( You can do this each day if you'd like!)

My Craft Spot

3. Come join us for the Stamp Release Blog Hop on Friday! Each DT Blog on the Hop will be giving away ONE of the NEW Stamp Sets!!


Be sure to check back in TOMORROW for the BIG Stamp Party Release Blog Hop! Now, head on over to My Craft Spot for more Sneak Peeks and your chance to win!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party Sneak Peek #3 - Happy Fall

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Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression, Cricut Cartridges(Plantin SchoolBook, Life's A Party, Stretch Your Imagination), Bazzill Cardstock(Mango, Quicksand), Bella Blvd 'One Fall Day' Collection(Borders n' Blocks - backside, Needle in a Haystack, Cute Cuts - backside), My Craft Spot('Happy Fall' Stamp Set, 'Harvest Wine' Crinkled Ribbon, 'Chocolate Truffle' Twine), Prima Flowers, DCWV 'Stitching' Rub-Ons, Cuttlebug Machine, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder(Swiss Dots), Momento 'Tuxedo Black' Ink.
Finished Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"
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Welcome to the My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party Sneak Peek #3!

Today we have another day FILLED with wonderful Sneak Peeks from the SOON-TO-BE RELEASED "Happy Fall" Stamp Set by My Craft Spot!

All week long, the My Craft Spot DT will be featuring Sneak Peeks from ONE of 4 NEW Stamp Sets and SEVEN NEW Twine Colors! Then on Friday, August 26th, we will have being a Stamp Release Party Blog Hop! There are TONS of prizes along the way, so you won't want to miss it!

If you happen to have missed Sneak Peeks #1 & #2, simply visit the My Craft Spot Blog to see all the GREAT projects created by the DT!

For today's sneak peek, I went with the "Happy Fall y'all" phrase from the "Happy Fall" Stamp Set.


When I think of a "Happy Fall", lots of warm colors and leaves come to mind. I used a cluster of warm colored roses with some fallen leaves tucked underneath. The larger rose is from Prima, but was orginally white. I dyed it orange and then inked the edges with some brown, orange, and red inks to give it a bright, crisp autumn feel.

The leaves tucked underneath are from the Cricut Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge cut at 1-1/2" and 1-1/4". They were given a brown ink around the edges and then crumpled into a ball to give them a dry, fallen leave look.


The smaller rose by the bow was also white. I used a cosmetic sponge inked in brown to add color to the outer edges.


For the bow, I used the "Harvest Wine" Crinkled Ribbon from the "Colors of Autumn" Set. I also used some "Chocolate Truffle" Twine  - ONE of 7 NEW colors. You'll be able find these and many more colors at the My Craft Spot Store.


Today's card was inspired by this week's Mojo Monday 205 Sketch.

 

To create the Zig-Zag Border at the bottom, I used the "Wild Thing" die-cut paper(pg. 46) from the Cricut Life's A Party Cartridge. After cutting the entire image, I treated like any other paper and simly cut off the piece I needed.


For the Scalloped Border, I used the Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge.



Ok, now onto some giveaways!

Stamp Release Party Giveaways:

Each day this week, Kimberly from My Craft Spot will have a fun prize for ONE lucky follower! Then, on Friday, each stop on the Hop will be giving away ONE of the NEW Stamp Sets! That's a total of 9 Stamps Sets!!

For the most chances to win awesome prizes this week:

1. Leave a comment on each Sneak Peek post on the My Craft Spot Blog this week ( Monday thru Thursday).

2. Leave a second comment letting Kimberly know that you placed the orange Stamp Party Button on your Blog or Facebook. ( You can do this each day if you'd like!)

My Craft Spot

3. Come join us for the Stamp Release Blog Hop on Friday! Each DT Blog on the Hop will be giving away ONE of the NEW Stamp Sets!!

This was MY last Sneak Peek for you before the BIG Release Blog Hop! But be sure to check back in at the My Craft Spot Blog tomorrow for ONE last Sneak Peek tomorrow.

Now, head on over to My Craft Spot for more Sneak Peeks and your chance to win!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party Sneak Peek #2

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Hello Everyone!

I don't have a project for you today, Sorry! But I just wanted to let everyone know that today is the SECOND DAY of our Stamp Release Party over at My Craft Spot. If you haven't already taken a peek at the projects created by the DT, I sugguest you do - they are WONDERFUL!

And don't forget about the giveaways!

Stamp Release Party Giveaways:

Each day this week, Kimberly from My Craft Spot will have a fun prize for ONE lucky follower! Then, on Friday, each stop on the Hop will be giving away ONE of the NEW Stamp Sets! That's a total of 9 Stamps Sets!!

For the most chances to win awesome prizes this week:

1. Leave a comment on each Sneak Peek post on the My Craft Spot Blog this week ( Monday thru Thursday).

2. Leave a second comment letting Kimberly know that you placed the orange Stamp Party Button on your Blog or Facebook. ( You can do this each day if you'd like!)

My Craft Spot

3. Come join us for the Stamp Release Blog Hop on Friday! Each DT Blog on the Hop will be giving away ONE of the NEW Stamp Sets!!


Be sure to check back in on Wednesday, August 24th, when I will have ONE more Sneak Peek for you before the BIG Release Blog Hop! Now, head on over to My Craft Spot for more Sneak Peeks and your chance to win!

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Craft Spot Stamp Release Party Sneak Peek #1 - Candy Corn Kisses

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Supplies Used:
Cricut Expression, Cricut Cartridge(Doodlecharms, PlantinSchoolbook), Bazzill Cardstock(Quicksand, Salt Dotted Swiss), Echo Park Collection(Flutter), Imaginisce(Let's Pretend), My Craft Spot(Pumpkin Spice Crinkled Ribbon, Orange Licorice Baker's Twine, Candy Corn Kisses Stamp Set), ZIG Black Pen, Misc - Lace, Button. Finished Size: 5.25" x 6"

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to My Craft Spot's Stamp Release Party Sneak Peak #1!
All week long, the My Craft Spot DT will be featuring Sneak Peeks from ONE of 4 NEW Stamp Sets and SEVEN NEW Twine Colors! Then on Friday, August 26th, we will have being a Stamp Release Party Blog Hop! There will be TONS of prizes along the way, so you won't want to miss it!

My Sneak Peek today uses a phrase from the NEW "Candy Corn Kisses" Stamp Set.

I LOVED the phrase and had a whole different project in mind for it. But it not being fully Halloween Season, I had to resort to Plan B - a Candy Corn Shaped Card.


The Candy Corn(pg. 122) was cut from the Doodlecharms Cartridge in several different sizes. See, the problem is I don't think this image was very well planned out. The base of the card was cut from the shadow feature at 18" . Using Design Studio, I welded the two shadows together and hid the remaining pieces.  The actual Candy Corn was cut at 19-3/4". I noticed that the bigger you went in size with this image, the more unproportional it was, which caused some issues when layering it all together.

For my three-loop bow, I used the Pumpkin Spice Crinkled Ribbon from the Colors of Autumn Set. Centered it off with an "Orange Licorice" - ONE of 7 NEW colors - Baker's Twined button.

No card of mine would be complete without some dimension! I simply cut out an extra Candy Corn layer at 19-3/4" and used some orange foam to create my homemade dimensionals before placing my final patterned paper layer.

Now, what is a Stamp Release Party without some giveways?

Stamp Release Party Giveaways:

Each day this week, Kimberly from My Craft Spot will have a fun prize for ONE lucky follower! Then, on Friday, each stop on the Hop will be giving away ONE of the NEW Stamp Sets! That's a total of 9 Stamps Sets!!

For  the most chances to win awesome prizes this week:

1. Leave a comment on each Sneak Peek post on the My Craft Spot Blog this week ( Monday thru Thursday).

2. Leave a second comment letting Kimberly know that you placed the orange Stamp Party Button on your Blog or Facebook. ( You can do this each day if you'd like!)

My Craft Spot

3. Come join us for the Stamp Release Blog Hop on Friday! Each DT Blog on the Hop will be giving away ONE of the NEW Stamp Sets!!


Be sure to check back in on Wednesday, August 24th, when I will have ONE more Sneak Peek for you before the BIG Release Blog Hop! Now, head on over to My Craft Spot for more Sneak Peeks and your chance to win!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

As seen on.....

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THE CRICUT CHIRP!


I'm so excited! My I {Heart} Ice Cream card was selected to be on the CRICUT CHIRP!

This card was orginally made for my FCCB Challenge Me Monday #69 DT project.

Full details on how I made this card are available thru the CRICUT CHIRP NEWSLETTER.

TFL!


Monday, August 15, 2011

FCCB Challenge Me Monday #73 - Chocolate Strawberry Cake Slice

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This week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is all about a PIECE OF CAKE! Simply create a project with a cake, cupcake or any other baked good on it. As always, there needs to be at least ONE Cricut cut on your project.

My PIECE OF CAKE was made using the Cricut Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge cut at 10.5".

Promise to be back with TONS more pictures and info.

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This Chocolate-Strawberry Cake Slice will also be entered into the following challenges:




Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #68 - Back to School Apple Shaped Card

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~*~  Similar card PUBLISHED in the Cricut Magazine August 2012  ~*~

This week's Sentimental Sunday Challenge #68 is all about SHAPED CARDS!

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This "Back to School Apple Shaped Card" will also be entered into the following challenges:





Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #123 Guest Sweetie - 3D Books

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I'm so excited to have been picked as a Guest Sweetie for Cupcake Inspirations.

This week's cupcake inspiration:

Loved the stacked books made from fondant - I think - and immediately knew what I wanted to do - 3D Books!



These open to reveal a hidden goodie.

Promise to be back with TONS more pictures and info!

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These "3D Books" will also be entered into the following challenges: