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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Skating Beauty

I can't believe it! I have made a card for some challenges that I am not on the DT for! It's been far too long since I participated in some of my favorite challenge blogs.  I combined Mojo Monday (Tall and Skinny), My Craft Spot (Polka Dots), Die Cuttin' Divas (Winter Fun), and Exploring Cricut (Blue, Cricut Cuts, Pattern Paper) into this one card.  I used Winter Woodland for this beautiful image of an ice skater - and can I just say that I am SUPER excited for the Olympics!!!! Ice skating is one of my favorites to watch, so I made this card with that in mind.  Anyway, my pattern paper comes from an All Seasons Pack from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby), the skater's outfit is from DCWV Linen Shimmer/Glitter stack, 
and my ribbon is from American Crafts.  The two circles are cut from George.  
I love the blue color scheme to this card - perfect for winter! 
Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

BBTB2 & FCCB Monday Challenges...

Hello! Welcome to another wonderful Monday of Challenges!!!  This week I have combined the two DT challenges over at BBTB2 and FCCB, although my card is not showing over at FCCB :)
Anyway, I have a friend that is going to have a baby in the next few weeks and I wanted to put a card together for her so BBTB2's challenge was PERFECT for this occasion!  FCCB's challenge is to Mix and Match 3 different pattern papers.  I used paper from My Mind's Eye and the cartridges Art Philosophy and New Arrival to put this together.  My video goes through how it came together, so I hope you will watch that!  And if you are interested in purchasing the Art Philosophy cart, you can shop with me over at molliesmotif.ctmh.com anytime!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

HIMCR #134 - Something For/About A Loved One

HIMCR Challenge #134
Something For/About A Loved One

Template Dreams
Template Dreams - $5 Gift Card

My Project:

Hello!!! How is everyone's Saturday going? I am hoping to have a very productive one :) But this week over at HIMCR we have a challenge that might take you away from being productive outside the craft room!  We want you to create a card or project for or about someone you love.  The DT had the opportunity to choose from some of the Template Dreams kits for this challenge and I just had to work with the "Nuts For You" kit! SO CUTE!!! The squirrel is so stinkin' adorable and the papers and embellishments are to die for!  So this is the card I came up with.  I am not good at, nor have patience for, "fussy cutting", so I kept it to a minimum with this card.  I did my best around the flowers and popped them up on some foam tape, but the squirrel, yeah, she got to stay in a straight edge square :)  I decided to cut the "nuts about you" stencil from "Just Because" Cards on my Cricut, and popped that up on some foam tape as well.  I think it turned out pretty cute and I am thinking I will give this one to my husband for Valentine's Day, along with a jar of some type of nut.  He would like that :)  Anyway, I hope you are able to join us for this challenge and be sure to check out the DT's projects - they are always amazing!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cut It Up Challenge #37 - Through the Woods

Cut It Up

Theme: Through The Woods (Anything that evokes wood, Wood-grain pattern paper or embossing folder, a die cut tree, or woodland creature, wood veneer...)
Challenge Starts: Januray 24, 2014
Challenge Ends: February 5, 2014 @ Noon EST

Prize: Stamp Set Winners Choice

My Project:

I decided to use the fun owl from Straight From the Nest cartridge and paper from DCWV Green Stack.  I also followed the sketch from Mojo Monday for the week and will be linking this up over there.  I will also link this up at Little Scrap Pieces for the Fun Friday Linky Party and Pause Dream Enjoy for the Friendship challenge.

I have a video to show you how it all came together...so please check it out!

Hope you will join us for this fun challenge over at Cut It Up and be sure to check out all the DT's projects for inspiration - they are all AWESOME!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Decorate To Celebrate Challenge #67 - Valentine Treat Bags

Can you believe that we are already prep'ing for Valentine's Day?  I can't, so I sure am glad that we have a challenge going on over at Decorate to Celebrate to help us get going!!!  Yep, that's right! We want to see all those amazing ways you like to put treat bags together for this "LOVE"LY holiday!  

One of my most favorite ways to put treat bags together is with some Hershey's Nugget Chocolates.  My first and foremost love in crafting is PAPER!!! and I LOVE to find fun, cute, fabulous paper and show it off! And this is the perfect way to do it.  Wrap those chocolates around with your favorite paper by cutting strips that are 1" x 3".  Use some good, strong adhesive and apply it on each end of the strip - wrap it around evenly, and WhaLa!  SO CUTE!!!  You can use any size cello bag you want, mine is, 3 1/2" x 6".  My topper is made by folding over a piece of 4" x 4" cardstock and stapling it to the bag.  Then just decorate that with more cute paper.  My heart image is cut from Cricut's Create A Critter 2 cartridge and my sentiment is from CardzTV "Happy Days" stamp set.  I used foam tape to pop the image and sentiment flag up off the topper.  SO EASY!!! I am planning on having my son give this to his preschool teacher next month, while I think of something else for the kids in his class :) 

Be sure to check out the other awesome treat bag ideas from my DT sisters over at Decorate to Celebrate - I'm sure there is something to get you inspired - and moving - before this holiday gets here :)
Thanks for checking' in!!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas - Shape Card Linky Party

Shape Card Linky Party

Too Cute By Jessica $20

Lovebug Creations $5.

My Project:
This Cupcake Shaped Card comes from the Something To Celebrate Cricut Cartridge.  There is a Card Creative Feature on this cart, and I LOVE it!  This adorable little cupcake card was cut at 5" but the layering is cut at 5 1/2".  The yellow frosting is cut with some glitter paper and looks FABULOUS in real life - this picture doesn't do it any justice.  I decided to emboss the underneath frosting with Divine Swirls.  The rest of the paper I found in my scrap stash so I am not sure where it's from, but I do love the pink polka dot as the wrapper.  I hope you will join us for our Shape Card Linky Party at Craftin' Desert Divas and please make sure you check out the DT's cards - they are AMAZING!!!

FCCB Challenge #194 - We Love Snowmen

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #194 Use a Snowman
Create a Project that uses a snowman!
This Weeks Sponsor
Jaded Blossom
Winner will receive the Conversation Candies stamp set

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

Be sure to visit the FCCB blog to view the other DT members' projects and to join in the challenge.

Here is my project for this week:

I used the snowman from Christmas Cheer and I have a video put together for you to
watch how it all came together!  
Thanks for checkin' in!!!

BBTB2 - Get Well Soon

This week over at BBTB2, it's my turn to host the challenge!!!  I decided that because it's winter, one of the things that we deal with is sickness - I know - NO FUN! But when someone does get sick, isn't it always nice to send them a little card wishing them well?  So I figured this is a great time to stock up on our
Get Well Cards.
My card was made as follows:  The flower was cut from Forever Young (flower2) cut at 3 1/2" and Elegant Edges scallop mat cut at 4". The paper is from My Mind's Eye Indie Chic 6x6 paper pad and Recollection's ribbon and flat back pearls.  The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's "Feel Better Soon" stamp set.  Super easy to put together.

I hope you will join us this week over at BBTB2 for our challenge!
Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

HIMCR Challenge #133 - CAS (Clean and Simple)

HIMCR Challenge #133
Clean & Simple

$25 Gift Certificate

My Project:
So, I just have to say how much I LOVED working with the paper I got from the Paper Temptress!!! The DT was able to order some for this challenge, and I couldn't be more happy with my choices.  First off, I LOVE the shimmer and shine to this paper - BEAUTIFUL!!! Secondly, it cut and embossed PERFECTLY!!!  What more could you ask for in paper, right?  Anyway, I decided for my CAS card to make a Valentine's card.  The sketch comes from Mojo Monday, so I will link this up over there.  I rounded all my corners though, using my large corner rounder from Hobby Lobby/Paper Studio.  I used Swiss Dots, Divine Swirls, and Doodle Hearts embossing folders.  My hearts come from the Sweethearts cartridge and my sentiment stamp is from a Fiskar's mini set.  I will also be linking this up over at Little Scrap Pieces.  I hope you are able to join us this week over at HIMCR for our CAS challenge!  Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

BBTB2 - Birthday Cards With Number/Age

Hello! and Welcome to another challenge hosted by Bitten By The Bug 2! This week we want to see all your cards/projects that feature a Birthday theme including numbers and/or the age.  I have created a fun little card for my nephew who is turning 6 at the end of the month.  I used the Birthday Bash cartridge, which is an AWESOME cartridge featuring cute animals holding numbers/ages.  I improvised a little bit with the shark, he is supposed to be holding a 5, but I stole the 6 from a different page and modified it to work with the shark.  So the shark is cut at 4", the 6 is cut at 2".   (Check out my Video to see how it all worked out).  I have the shark on an Action Wobble which makes it that much more fun!  The base card is even cut from Birthday Bash - another fabulous feature of this cart is the card/tag creative feature - some amazing options there!  The water paper comes from Colorbok paper I purchased at Wal-Mart.  I printed out the sentiment on my computer and used some We R Memory Keepers Baker's Twine to top the card off.  I hope you are able to join us this week over at BBTB2 for our Birthday/Age challenge!
I am also going to enter this card into the Fun Friday Linky Party over at Little Scrap Pieces and the Action Wobble Challenge of Unusual Pets - I think a shark would be an unusual pet, don't you?
Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

HIMCR Challenge #132 - Super Scraps Saturday

HIMCR Challenge #132
Super Scraps Saturday!!!

Prize - $6 Gift Certificate

My Project:
We, the DT, were lucky enough to try out some super cute digi images from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and this hot air balloon was so fun, I had to try it out!  Again, my coloring is so sad, I need so much practice, but that's okay.  I used my scraps, so I don't know where the paper came from, but the jewels are from Freckled Fawn.  Hope you are able to join us this week at HIMCR and use up some of your scraps!!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cut It Up Challenge #36 - White As Snow

Cut It Up

White as Snow (with a dash of color)

$20 Coupon Code

My Project:
Welcome to another challenge over at Cut It Up!!!

For this challenge we want to see white (in honor of winter/snow), but also add a dash of color.  I used this opportunity to make a Valentine's card.  When working with white mats, the best way to add texture/ dimension to them is to emboss!!! That's my personal preference anyway :) I used two embossing folders for this card - Cuttlebug's Floral Fantasy and Paper Studio's Medium Polka Dots.  My heart shape/image comes from Art Philosophy.  I hope you are able to join us for this challenge, I'm anxious to see how you make your white cards "pop"!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Valentine's Postcard

Every year I create little Valentine's for my nieces and nephews and I made this one with my 12 year old niece in mind...she's gonna love it!  Anyway, I followed the sketch for Die Cuttin' Divas challenge this week and will be linking it up over at 2 Creative Chicks for the "Anything Goes" monthly challenge.  
I have a video to show you how it all came together.
Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Decorate To Celebrate Challenge #66 - Snowflake/Snowman Decorations

I am so excited for my first post as a Decorate to Celebrate Design Team member!  And this year DTC has changed things up a bit - there is going to be a theme and you can either create a project with that theme, or submit any decorations you create for a birthday.  The first theme of the year is Snowflake/Snowman Decorations.  Let's celebrate everything wonderful about snowy nights, snowball fights, and even Frosty the Snowman with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more!  You have until 11:59 pm, Tuesday, January 21st to link up your projects and be eligible for your chance to win from our sponsor this challenge, Norma - Pink Bling Crafter!  
We are excited for the changes and hope you are too!

For my project, I decided I needed a Winter Centerpiece for my table, and came up with a Snowflake Bouquet.  I used Cricut Art Philosophy's snowflake1 and snowflake2 to create this fun decoration.  I alternated using some aqua blue paper, some solid and some with subtle patterns, and white cardstock for my snowflakes, cut them at various sizes and adhered them to some white floral wire.  My vase is filled with white batting for a snow effect and tied some tulle around it.  I think it turned out super cute!

Hopefully you have checked out all the other DT projects - they are fabulous!  
And be sure to link up your decorations, I'm anxious to see what you come up with!

Thanks for checkin' in!

Here's a close up of the snowflakes, you can see the aqua pattern paper a little better.

I will also be entering this over at Craftin' Desert Divas Winter Linky Party.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas - Winter Linky Party

Today is my Design Team post for Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party hosted by Tara of Craftin Desert Divas! 

Every other Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi-weekly linky party and you could win fabulous prizes!! 

This week's theme is WINTER!! The awesome sponsors this week are

KBD $15

Cardz TV - Stamp set 

Miriams Crafting Supplies: $5 Credit (not on ATG or Shipping)

Here is my Project:

Welcome to another amazing linky party over at Craftin' Desert Divas!  It's all about Winter this go around - and clearly that is more than applicable --- BRRRR!!! How cold is it where you are? It's been cold here, but we haven't had too much snow, which is a disappointment for my son - he is dying to build a snowman!  So I decided to create a snowman card to appease him until we get some more snow.  I used the Create-A-Critter 2 cart for this cute little guy, and what makes him cuter? He's on an Action Wobble!!!  I have a video to show you all the details of the card, so I hope you'll watch.
Thanks for checkin' in!!!

FCCB Challenge #192 and A Blog Crawl - Use A Sentiment

Happy Monday!!! It's time for another Fantabulous Cricut challenge!!!

Challenge #192 Use a Sentiment

This Weeks Sponsor

Scrappy Mom's Stamps

Winner will select a stamp set of their choice.

~New Design Team Announcement~

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and that Santa left you all some crafty love in your stockings! We are very excited to announce our new design team members.  To celebrate we are having a blog crawl, which is FCCB's version of a blog hop. 
If you get lost along the way, the lineup is listed below. Once you've done the crawl, make a project using a sentiment and add it below.

Amy HS The Stamping Tree
Emily Mollie's Blog 
Faith Scrapbooker PhD 
Heather Scrapping Runner Creations
Jackie Luv 2 Scrapp
Lynn My Cards N Stuff
Michelle Just a Nutter Papercrafter
Missy Quick Chick Designs 
Nikki Crafty Calamities 
Rebecca Crafting Misfit 
Elizabeth Unik by Yes
Cindy Creating with the Heart 
Pam Stamper at Heart 
Karla Creative Love Affair 
LB Cool Beans by LB
Jilliene Jilliene Designs
Joneita Create with Joneita

Here is my project:
I decided to pull out my Live Simply cartridge and use one of the cute little bird images for this card.  It is Bird1 and I cut it at 2".  My sentiment is from TPC Studio "Brush Stroke Greetings", and I stamped it with ColorBox Chestnut Ink.  My paper comes from Heidi Grace Designs 6x6 Sunshowers paper pack.  I embossed the bird wing with Cuttlebug's Birds and Swirls folder, the branch with Paper Studio's Wood Grain folder, and the yellow mat with Darice's Flower Frenzy folder.  My ribbon is from JoAnn's and my paper flower is from Michael's.  Maybe I am just too anxious for spring to get here, but this card cheered me up from some winter blues!  Hope that you are crawling along with us at FCCB and checking out the new DT members!
Thanks for checking in!!!

BBTB2 - National Hobby Month - Craft your Hobbies

Oh, it's good to get back to a routine and start crafting and creating again!!!  This week over at BBTB2 we have a challenge showcasing the fact that it is National Hobby Month.  Well, to say that crafting is a hobby of mine is a bit of an understatement, it's more of an addiction :) But I would say that cooking and baking is a hobby.  I don't love it like I do crafting, but I enjoy trying new dishes and continually perfecting the old ones. So for my project this week, I decided to do a mini album recipe book.  I have never done a mini before - I don't scrapbook - so it was fun to create one! I used the From My Kitchen cartridge for the tab pages and all the images.  I used my Zutter Bind-It-All to put the book together.  The pages are big enough to fit 3x5 recipe cards in the pockets.  The pages are cut from chipboard so it is thick enough and sturdy enough to hold up in my recipe book cupboard.  I hope that you will join us over at BBTB2 for our fun challenge this week and am anxious to see what all your other hobbies are!
Thanks for checkin' in!