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Monday, November 29, 2010

Put a little ribbon on it!

Our challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut this week is to use ribbon on our project.  My project is nowhere near original.  But, just because it is a scraplift doesn't mean it can't have my original touches.  I used a lot of stickles on this project.  Ribbon, of course.

Joys of the Season Christmas cartridge.  It is the only Christmas cartridge I own and it has been all I have ever needed.  I got Winter Woodlands this year because I liked some of the snowmen.  Martha Stewart Branch Punch and Snowflake punch.  Scrap papers.
Tis the season!  Join us at Fantabulous Cricut with a ribbon project of your own.  We have some GREAT prizes we are giving away!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vintage - Cricut Circle Blog

This is my card entry for the Cricut Circle Blog challenge-- Vintage.  We also had a sketch to work with and a designer inspiration. 

Used the From My Kitchen Cartridge - How vintage is that?!  Cast iron skillets, Teflon spatulas, tin measuring spoons, glass mixing bowl, all the things I saw my mother use.

Mixing Bowl
Measuring cups and spoon
From The Kitchen circle
Spatulas and a Cherry Pie

When we got stationed over here in Italy, my mom sent with me some old cookbooks and recipe cards that had how to cook from scratch.  That's vintage!  No mixes over here, you have to do it from scratch.  No preservatives in food.

I didn't want to cut up the recipe cards, they are valuable, so I laid them on the scanner, scanned them in, then cut them apart to make the background collage.  Stitched one or two of them on too for dimension, then added background for the little picture frames.

I've had these little picture frames for a long time.  Joy over at Purty Paperz sent me an RAK with some vintage papers, songs, lace and these little bronze frames. The peeks of the blue ribbon and the layered red, make nice accents. 

This card is actually going to accompany a gift of banana loaf bread to our neighbors.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cricut Card Fairy Flight Winners

I decided to pick three winners.   I hate having to pick the winner, I wish everyone could win. 
Random number generator picked, 12, 20 and 28.  Subtracted duplicates and the winners are:


Winners have been contacted.  If I have not heard from each of them in a week, I will redraw.

I'm very grateful to our Cricut Card Commander, Crystal, for working to get this hop in order.

If you are not a Cricut Card Fairy, please consider joining us.  It is one of the easiest ways to volunteer... and do something you love to do.  Mail influences a day like no other can. Just think of the last time you got something in the mail that wasn't a bill or junk mail.  It made you smile... maybe for a whole week and not just the day.

The vast experiences of the Fairies lend to some helpful mail as well.  Those who have been through or are enduring breast cancer, support each other.  Those who have had sick children, encourage the parents, and the children through the tough time.  Military members, families, children...... Even if one of the requests was for a lost pet..... the pet lovers among us united in grief support. You don't have to do every mission that is sent out, but the more fairies we have, the more likely it is that there will be people to pick up the slack.

Please email Crystal at  to join us or on the cricut message boards here all about being a Cricut Card Fairy.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cricut Card Fairy Flight

Welcome to the THANKFUL Cricut Card Fairy Flight. This month we are practicing being thankful for all the blessings in our lives. What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for the parents of my daughters-in-love.  Without the upbringing
that they each had, with their unique experiences, they would not be the 
perfect wives, that they are for my sons,

I've done over 300 missions with the Cricut Card Fairies and we are currently near 700 missions.  That's 300 volunteer missions created and sent.  600 prayers offered.  Many, many fairy friends and the chance to be part of something bigger than myself.

I am giving away a Christmas Seasonal Cartridge, if you are my winner you will have a choice of - Trim The Tree, Gingerbread Men or Winter Lace.  Since I am in Italy, I will have it sent directly to you from Custom Crops so hopefully your choice is in stock! :0)
or or

Flit along with the Fairies on our Thankful Tour!  If you came from  ScrappyJess  then you are in the right place.  If you were just visiting me and want to join, then you can start at our Cricut Card Commander's site here :Creating for Caitlyn The next stop on this Fairy Flight is: KarelJ's 

All the links are here in case you get lost in the middle which is where I am. 

My card inspiration is a simple Hot Chocolate pouch for which there are tutorials of all kinds on Youtube or SplitCoastStampers.  Mine is just one style of the many many out there.  This also completes my 2010 New Year's Resolution to try 12 different kind of folds for cards.

Joys of the Season and George and Basic Shapes Cartridges

My question for the hop is:  What part of the Thanksgiving meal is your favorite?
Mine would be the plate! Ha!  Gotta try a bite of everything and can't without a decent plate to put it on! 

Just answer the question as a comment in this post, that's all you have to do.  I'd love it if you became a follower, but it is not required.

If you'd like to join the fairies on our missions, please email our card commander or visit us on the Cricut Message boards here.  To win the Hello Kitty Cartridge Grand Prize, you must comment at every blog along the way.  Winners will be announced on Monday, Nov 22nd.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Emboss me

Practical Scrappers challenged us to use our embossing folders.  I have Sizzix and Cuttlebug folders, and I forget to use them frequently until I put the pieces together and go...... oh, I should have embossed that!!  One of the things I love about Practical Scrappers challenging us to use the supplies we already have.

I chose to do a monochromatic card for this challenge.

I embossed each layer... Divine Swirls, Swiss Dots, Swirls and Paisley. Popped and layered each one at least twice.  Put the tiny swiss dot ribbon and baby rattle charm on the Y and called it done.

My baby sister has 4 boys.  Her blog is 4 Boys is Joy.  So, Boy Joy  was my sentiment.

You know, since I started ignoring PC's FREQUENT cartridge releases and looking "practically" at what I already have to use, I've fallen in love with some of my cartridges again.  I find that I am really lucky, because the earlier cartridges (the ones they are retiring now) were FAR more packed with images and variances than the new ones are.... for practically the same prices.  DS lets me alter and join things so I can create a lot of the new things they are putting out, if I work at it hard enough.  I'm sure a gypsy would help me with this even more....... but, I'd rather go to Paris in the Spring so I'm saving my money! :0)

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Fantabulous Cricut challenge this week is "Achoo" or Get Well.  I've been pretty sick for the last couple of weeks so I thought this a great challenge.  I made two cards.

George, Paper Doll Dress Up, Walk in My Garden,Bazzill Papers. Cricut Papers. White Pen, Design Studio welding.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

One Hour Layout Challenge

Practical Scrappers is having a one-hour layout challenge today.  I will have to admit that being challenged by time was difficult for me.  We had the hint of using two pictures in advance, but I just couldn't decide until I saw the sketch.   With one hour to do the layout and an extra 15 minutes to take the picture and post it, I clocked in at one hour and seven minutes. 

These are my boys and their wives.  They are a lot of fun together, Cats and dogs/husbands and wives perfectly opposite but a cozy combination.

Paper Pups
Create a Critter
Eyelet Outlet Brads
Pooh Font
My Big Ideas Papers.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Question for my friends and I REALLY want to hear from you!

Do you feel like things are getting a little excessive lately?  I mean more than normal.
It could be just that I am oversaturated with Cricut stuff lately.  Something new is coming out every second and I don't have time to appreciate it or contemplate it. 

Layout pages are getting thicker and thicker.  I can't fit them in a book without them getting squished, so why are we doing that?

The same with greeting cards going off the pages and over the top so that special envelopes have to be fabricated if it ever was to be mailed.

Now, I've been pretty sick with pneumonia the last couple of weeks and my work has suffered because I don't feel good and some of this might be from that, but I was wondering if it was just me or do you feel the pull of the recession to a more simple decor?

Just wondering?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I'm thankful for project

This is Tom Turkey and Mr. and Mrs. Pilgrim.  The pilgrims can be found on My World. Or you can use the whimsical ones on Create A Critter or Paper Doll Dress Up.

Each character is holding a thank you charm and are dressed up with a cornucopia or pumpkin and wheat stalks. They have goody bags attached on the backs to tied over hungry tummies until it is time to eat.  Each character has room to write the name of the person who will be sitting there and they will get to take the memory home.  Thank you Practical Scrappers for letting me design for you.

I am also thankful for all the men and women who have served in the military and who will be away from home on this Unique U.S. Thankful Holiday.  I am especially grateful for one Army son.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I colored this Dragonslair digital stamp with colored with Stampin' Up Markers and added Eyelet Outlet snowflake brads for accent. The papers are DCVW Holiday assortment. I used Stickles to highlight the bear's hat, scarf, and snowflakes.
Published at Practical Scrappers 11/9/2010

The beginning of my Christmas cards! :oP

Monday, November 1, 2010


This is a fun little party favor I made for thanksgivng.

He is made from Create a critter and George cricut cartriges.  The treat box inside is made from Tags Bags Boxes and More.  His little beak holds a "thank you" charm an the back is left open for you to write on or assign a name, etc. 
The box is fille with little maple leaf chocolates and holds about 5 or 6 just fine, still allowing the box to close.


Create a Critter body shapes for the Turkey cut at 5 inches
inked with cat eye chalks and doodled on with white signo and black gell pens
Flower is a punch.  Box is cut at 5 inches from TBBM this is the surgar box. 
scored folded, glued and set aside. 

Put each of the pieces together the way that you want them to look.  The beak is two triangles attache to a square and bent to make a matching beak which holds the thank you charm. 

Imagine these set around the table for every place with someone's name on them, filling them with candy or cookies of your choice and having the little favor for people to take a way from your inner.  Such a thoughtful little memory and gift.

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