I am attempting to maintain a blog filled with random bits from my life and family as well as my adventures in crafting.

Monday, February 24, 2014

BBTB2 - Use a Cricut Cut as a Stencil

Hello!!! Happy Monday to all of you!!! 
Today over at BBTB2 we have a super fun challenge starting!  
Now you know I LOVE my Cricut and making cards, but one of the other things I love my Cricut for is to make other types of crafts including - Glass Etching!  Have you ever tried it before?  Well you can use your Cricut to create stencils for just this type of project!  

And that is what the challenge is - to use a Cricut cut as a Stencil.  

You can create any type of project, I decided to etch "Treats!" on this fun glass jar I picked up from Tai Pan for $2.  The cut comes from Birthday Bash, it's one of the phrases you can find on that cart.
I have pictures to show you the different steps I follow when I etch.

1.  Cut the stencil out on some vinyl and position it on whatever glass you are using.

2. Using a paint brush, cover the stencil with a good coating of the Armour Etch.  You can buy this at any craft store or online.  I bought mine at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% coupon.  Let it sit for 30 minutes or so then wipe it off with a paper towel - be sure to follow the directions on the bottle and take the precautions like wearing gloves and such :)  Peel off the vinyl and just use some water to rinse off any remaining "paste" (don't know what else to call it).  Dry off the glass and you're good to go!!!

3. My favorite step - Fill It Up!
Actually, my favorite step is eating the treats inside :)
Honestly though, this is one of the things I do for birthday gifts for neighbors and friends.  I just tie a cute little ribbon or some tulle around it and make a tag to add and it's good to go!  
But I think I am keeping this one for myself :)

I hope you are able to join us over at BBTB2 this week and be sure to check out all the amazing projects done by the Design Team!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

HIMCR Challenge #138 - What's Buggin' You?

HIMCR Challenge #138
What's Buggin' You?

Alota Rubber Stamps

My Project:
I was so lucky to be able to work with this cute stamp from Alota Rubber Stamps!  I used my Bic Mark It's to color it in and my paper all came from a Cloud 9 Design "Fiesta Gloss".  I used a couple of flowers from Michael's and used a Studio G stamp for the sentiment.  I am so anxious for Spring and this card reflects that, it's so bright and sunny.  I hope you will join us over at HIMCR this week for our challenge of What's Buggin' You?

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cut It Up Challenges #39 - Winter Fun (Blue & White)

Cut It Up

Winter Fun (Blue & White)

$10 Gift Card

Stamp Set

My Project:

I am loving the Olympics!!! So in honor of them AND how completely inspired I was watching Noelle Pikus-Pace win the Silver Medal in the Skeleton event I created this card.  I may even send this card to her, she only lives about 10 minutes away from me and we probably shop at the same grocery store, but I've never met her.  She was just so inspiring, her story and her attitude, just everything about her inspired me, and this is what came of it.  

I cut the sled from Stretch Your Imagination at 2" and popped it up on some foam tape.  The blue glitter paper I used for the snow is from Colorbok from Wal-Mart.  The blue and silver glitter polka-dot paper was just in my stash - not sure where it came from :)  I rounded the corners of the background mat with my large corner rounder from Hobby Lobby.  Then I used Art Philosophy for the snow swirl behind the sled (cut at 1") and the tag (cut at 3 1/4").  The stamp on the tag is from the True to Life Everyday Life Stamp set that is featured in the new Spring/Summer Close To My Heart catalog on page 20.  This stamp set coordinates with cuts featured in Art Philosophy.  

After watching Noelle win Silver I think the sentiment "First Class Fun" describes her and her victory perfectly!

I hope you are able to join us over at Cut It Up for our Winter Fun Challenge to use Blue and White on your projects...and be sure to check out all the Design Team's projects - as always - AMAZING!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

And if you are interested in purchasing the CTMH Art Philosophy Bundle or any other CTMH products, you can order them from me HERE!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Decorate To Celebrate Challenge #69 - 3D Flowers or Birthday

Happy Wednesday!!! It's time for another challenge over at Decorate To Celebrate and this time we want to see all those marvelous 3D Flowers that we all LOVE to make!  It's amazing to me that we can make paper flowers look so real and there are so many different styles out there - it's just fun to be inspired!

For my project, I created another centerpiece! This time with flowers instead of snowflakes :)  I filled my vase with fun river rocks and tied some tulle around it.  The flowers were cut at 3", 4", and 5" from the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge (found on page 39).  There are actually 6 different styles of 3D flowers on this cartridge, the cut I used was just a regular flat flower because I needed to make 15 of these centerpieces in a relatively short amount of time for a funeral luncheon.

The paper is what makes these flowers so pretty.  I used a 12x12 paper pack from Crate Paper that I bought at Michael's, but there isn't a "name" tied to the pack.  The whole pack is filled with beautiful flowery reds, oranges, pinks, and browns.  I attached a flat back pearl to the middle of each of them and I used one of my Bic Mark-It's to color some of them to match the paper.  Again, I just used some floral wire to attach the flowers to.  I really like how these turned out and the luncheon looked beautifully decorated.

I hope you are able to play along with us over at Decorate To Celebrate and show off your amazing 
3D Flowers!

You can always submit projects with a Birthday Theme too!!!

I am going to be entering this into the February Linky Party over at Everyday is an Occasion and over at
Just B Creative Crazy.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

If you are interested in the Art Philosophy Bundle from Close To My Heart you can order it from me 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas - Bring On the Glitter!!!

Bring On The Glitter!


The Robin's Nest - A packet from Regency Collection


My Project:

First off, sorry this is so picture heavy!!! I was trying to get my pictures to show how glittery this card really is, and it took more than one :)

Anyway, over at Craftin' Desert Divas it's all about the Glitter!!! I LOVE glitter paper so I was excited to be able to use some from the DCWV Glitter Mat Stack.  My niece recently turned 8 and was baptized, my family and I are LDS so this is a pretty big milestone!  My mom asked me to make a card for her for this occasion and this is what I came up with.  I printed the sentiment "I Like To Look For Rainbows" from my computer and I used this sentiment because it comes from a favorite Primary song that the children like to sing about Baptism.  The rainbow is from Create A Critter and I just used some white silk ribbon from American Crafts.  My sentiment on the inside comes from CardzTV "Happy Days" stamp set.

I hope you are able to link up with us over at Craftin' Desert Divas - we have some AWESOME sponsors!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

FCCB Challenge #198 - Sketch Challenge

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge over at FCCB!

Challenge #198 Sketch Challenge
Sketch is from Card Positioning Systems 

This Weeks Sponsor:
Be Wild and Free Stamp Set

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

My Project:

So my MIL asked me the other day to start working on some more birthday cards for her to give out to family throughout the year...I LOVE doing this for her, so of course I got started right away!  I was super excited to be able to use a paper pack I got for Christmas from Santa too - Carta Bella's Giddy Up! pack is so fun!  I have a niece that is totally into riding horses and so I made this card with her in mind for my MIL to give to her for her birthday in May.  That was long-winded :)

Anyway, I used Summer Celebrations for the lasso/rope (3") and just cut off the Yee Ha! that comes with it. I did cut the shift phrase at 2" for the YeeHa! in the bottom corner.  I also used "Just Because" Cards for the boot and cut it out on flip at 2 1/2".  The three rhinestones are from Michael's and were the perfect addition for this cowgirl card.  The inside of the card was pretty simple, just a white cardstock mat with the sentiment stamped in the top corner - the sentiment comes from a Fiskar's set.  I used a piece of the pattern paper from the front to dress up the bottom and cut the saddle from the Toy Story cartridge at 2".

I hope my MIL will use this card for my niece because I think it turned out super cute!!!

And I hope you will join us in the fun sketch challenge going on over at FCCB this week!!!

I'm also entering this card into CardzTV Birthday challenge.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

HIMCR Challenge #137 - Three Pattern Papers

HIMCR #137
Use 3 Different Designer/Pattern Papers

Die Cuts With A View
The giveaway is $100 in DCWV paper and we are having 3 WINNERS!

My Project:

Well, Valentine's has come and gone, but I wanted to make one last Non-Traditional Valentine's Day Card and thanks to DCWV's All Dressed Up Glittered Mat Stack I was able to pull it off!!! I pulled 4 different coordinating papers from this pack and let the paper do most of the work! This card was simple to put together and I have a video for you to see just how easy it was.  I only used one Cricut cut from George, the heart, but I did cut two of them :) 

Please join us over at HIMCR for our challenge to use at least 3 different pattern papers on your projects - so FUN!!!

I am also entering this challenge into Mojo Monday, Exploring Cricut, Die Cuttin' Divas, and Little Scrap Pieces.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

My Crafty Space

Hello! Happy Monday! Today over at BBTB2 we are having a different type of a challenge - but it's not really a challenge at all - we want to see where your creativity happens!  We all have some sort of crafty space and we would love to see yours! We, the DT, have all posted pics of our spaces so make sure you check out all of our blogs - some of them are AMAZING!!! 

So without further ado, I will walk you through my crafty space...

This is Command Central! 
I LOVE having pretty much everything at my fingertips!
We just converted a regular corner computer desk into my craft desk.

This is where I keep/organize my cardstock and mats.

 My cartridges, cutters, stamps, and finished cards are on this side of the desk.
Oh, and I rarely am in my craft room without a Diet Coke (today it was featured in my NFL tumbler). 
The best time I find to craft is when my baby is down for a nap (notice the baby monitor on the shelf).

All of my embellishments, i.e. buttons, brads, flowers, and bling, as well, as my adhesives, ink pads, and smaller stamps are kept in the AWESOME white plastic trays I get at Wal-Mart for .50 cents a piece! 
The cubby shelves are the perfect size for these trays.

The desk drawer is perfect for my tool kit, scissors, blades, and punches.

 Next to the desk is where I keep my ribbons, twine, tulle, and jute - it's a mess :)
My husband is still figuring out the best way to go about making me a ribbon holder, but this one works for the time being.

 The other half of the ribbon table is my where I do my embossing, binding, and laminating. 
My embossing folders and Spellbinders are kept in the wicker basket. 

Then there is the Changing Table turned Crafting Shelves.
All my pattern paper and packs are kept here.  
My acrylic paints, stickers, vinyl and various other crafting materials are here as well.

 Close up of the paper -
 and I don't have near enough of it :)

So that's pretty much it! It's not much, it tends to be a mess, but it's my space and I LOVE it!

Hopefully, you will join us in this week and share your space with us!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

HIMCR Challenge #136 - Super Scraps Saturday

HIMCR Challenge #136
Super Scraps Saturday

2 Cute ink

My Project:
Welcome to Super Scraps Saturday!!! Today we have the chance to show off some of the CUTE Digital Stamps from 2 Cute Ink and I was so excited to work with this Ladybug of Love!!! I am going to give this little card to my niece for Valentine's.  I used my Bic Mark-It's to color the image.  I framed it with the awesome heart frame from the Elegant Edges Cartridge and embellished it with a ruby red flower from Michael's. My paper was from my scrap stash, so I don't have the details, but I am pretty sure it was from a paper pack I bought a few years ago at Hobby Lobby.  I also cut some small hearts out and added them on the white cardstock with my Zig Glue Pen.  I did pop up the framed image on some foam tape so that there is a bit more dimension with the card.  I hope you will join us for our challenge and use up some of those scraps that have been lying around!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cut It Up Challenge #38 - Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

 (also at Etsy HERE)
Prize: $20 Coupon Code

My Project:

Hello!!! and Happy Friday!!! So glad the weekend is here, but honestly, do us Mom's really get a weekend? I tend to think not so much :) But what's great about today is that it's the start of another challenge over at Cut It Up!!!  So that will at least give you one excuse to get in your craft room over the next few days!

The theme is Valentine's Day, of course! We want to see all of your marvelous projects for this holiday that is in ONE WEEK!!!  

For my project, I used the Art Philosophy cartridge, 
paper from My Mind's Eye, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink, and a stamp from Close To My Heart.
The layout comes from Mojo Monday, and I will be linking this up over there.  

  I have a video for you to watch to see how this card came together.

If you are interested in any of the Close To My Heart products, please order with me HERE!

The February Stamp of the Month is yours for only $5 with a $50 order

You could also get one of the new embossing folders for FREE when you order 2 packs of bulk single or combo colored cardstock!

Take a look at everything you get in the Art Philosophy bundle for only $99!

Click HERE if you would like to place an order.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!