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Saturday, August 30, 2014

CardzTV Blog Hop - Merci Beaucoup!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Anything Goes Blog Hop!
I hope you were inspired by all the designers yesterday!
The 3-D team had some AMAZING projects!!!

You have probably gotten an awesome look
at all the things you can do with the new stamp sets
Mary has released too!

"Many Thanks"

"Summer Fun"

"More Critter Captions"

"Picture This"

You can order any of these stamps sets

Mary is also going to be giving away 2 sets of
CardzTV Stamps to one commentor
picked by random.org and
who is a follower of CardzTV.

If you have hopped here from 
you are in the right place!

And this will be the last stop of the Hop!

But if you want to start from the top here is the line up:

Now on to my Project:

I absolutely LOVE the "Many Thanks" stamp set!!!
It is a beautiful set of thank you sentiments!

I was so excited to use "Merci Beaucoup!" too!
I have a friend who went to France on her LDS Mission
and she has been such a wonderful friend and support to me
that I wanted to make her a card.

I cut the Eiffel Tower from Everyday Pop Up Cards and
the circle and scallop circle were cut from Mini Monograms.

My b/g mat and pink mats come from My Mind's Eye,
the paper I cut the tower out of comes from
Bo Bunny Isabella Collection
and the gray b/g strip comes from ColorBok (Wal-Mart)
Natural Expressions

The flowers are from Prima, and I added
pearls from Recollections to the center.
The silk ribbon was just in my stash.

I did pop up the sentiment and tower with foam tape
and inked around the edges of my mats with
Close To My Heart Slate Ink.

Thanks for hoppin' in!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

BBTB2 - Dressing Up!

Happy Monday!

One more day until my son starts Kindergarten!!!

Okay, enough about that...

Today over at BBTB2 we have a SUPER FUN challenge starting!

Bitten by the Bug 2

Dressing Up!
Use a dress or dress form on your projects!
How fun is that?!?!

My Project:

So I do love the Forever Young cartridge
and don't use it near enough,
but it was perfect for this challenge.
I also used Elegant Edges for the mat.
The mat is popped up on some foam tape
and the silhouette is also.

All my paper comes from My Mind's Eye
Indie Chic 6x6 paper pad.
LOVE these colors together!

My twine is from American Crafts and
the flowers are from Recollection's (Michael's).

My sentiment is from Craftin' Desert Divas
Say It Big stamp set.

Say It Big

You can purchase that set HERE.

I hope that you will join us over at BBTB2 for
this awesome challenge!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas - August Stamp Release Blog Hop

Welcome to our sixth Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release blog hop!!
We're super excited to share with you in full the CDD August release stamps.
There are four new stamps that are being released today
in the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and are available now for purchase.

**All stamps with images have a FREE SVG(digital cut file)**
This makes it so easy, you just cut out the image and then stamp on it.
The SVG cut file will be in the CDD Gallery
for you to download or after purchase just send Tara
an email at craftindesertdivas@gmail.com
to claim your SVG cut for the stamp set you purchased. 

So without further ado here are the latest stamp sets:

We have a few specials starting today!!
Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica
SVG pattern made especially for this release.
With a minimum 2 stamp purchase you will receive a FREE mini stamp.
 Tara will add it to your order.
Use code: AUGUST to save 20% off your ENTIRE purchase.
The mini stamp & sale will end Aug. 31, 2014.

Here is the free pattern with purchase: 

Here is the free mini stamp with any 2 stamp purchase:
Approx 3 x 2

Tara is giving away one stamp set each day
Too Cute by Jessica is giving away
$25 gift card to her store (regular priced items).

And now for my project....

Who can resist the Simply Moovelous stamp set?!?!
It is fabulous, I am so lucky to be working with it and
showing off the adorable sentiment "sMOOches"!
I used the cow from Create A Critter (LOVE)
and all my paper comes from Echo Park
"Head Over Heels" 6x6 paper pad.
The white enamel dots come from Recollection's (Michael's)
and I used Trendy Twine for the bow
at the top of the heart sentiment tag.
I did follow a sketch I found on Mojo Monday,
but decided to round the corners with my large corner rounder
from Hobby Lobby.

Next up on the Line Up is the amazing Shelly.
Hopefully you were able to hop with us yesterday :)
Winners will be picked from a different blog each day, 
so the more you comment the more chances you have to win.

CDD Gallery - We'd love you to share your projects using the CDD stamps.

Blogs on the hop:

Sat. 8/23

Sun. 8/24
Emily - http://molliemugsblog.blogspot.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cut It Up - Grandparents Day

Happy Friday All!!!

I am so looking forward to this weekend to start,
how about you?

Well, we have another challenge starting over at Cut It Up
and the most talented Cindy has chosen a super fun theme!
Cut It Up

Challenge #52
Grandparent's Day

Our Sponsors:
$20 Coupon Code

$15 Gift Certificate

My Project:

What a fun day to honor our grandparents and parents!
I actually don't have any grandparents left, they have all passed on,
but my kids have my parents and my husband's mom to wish
a Happy Grandparent's Day to!

So this is the little gift box I decided to make my MIL to
thank her for being such an AMAZING Grandma to my littles!
My FIL passed away before my kids were born, but
I still wanted to honor him with this box, too.

I decided to use the family tree and stencil phrase
"Families are Forever"
from the "Just Because" Cards cartridge.
Our family knows that we will see my FIL again,
and we truly believe that families can be together forever,
so I thought this would be a perfect way to include my FIL in this day.

The box comes from Life's A Party and I cut it out at 2 3/4".
All the paper comes from Close To My Heart, as well as
the embellishments (Skylark collection), except for the
rhinestones, they came from Michael's.

This box will be filled with Dark Chocolate
(my MIL's favorite)

I hope that you will join us over at Cut It Up
and show us how you celebrate
Grandparent's Day!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Decorate To Celebrate - Grandparents Day!

Happy Wednesday!!!

Hope you are all surviving the week!
I am still counting down til next Tuesday,
when my son starts Kindergarten - Can. Not. Wait!!!

But until then we have the all important day celebrating

And that's just what we are doing over at Decorate To Celebrate!
We want to see how you honor the grandparents in your life!

To be honest, I would not be able to be a mom
without the help of my parents and my MIL!

So today's project is how I am going to thank my
Mom and Dad!
They have 7 grand kids so I made this so they could
put a picture of each of them on here.
(Check back on Friday for how I will thank my MIL)

This is 100% Pinterest inspired too!
I have seen this type of board and pinned it to my Crafty Crafts
but haven't gotten around to completing it until now!

I really like how this turned out.

I started with an MDF board my husband cut and routed.

Then I painted it brown with some acrylic paint.
I used Mod Podge to adhere my cardstock
which all came from Close To My Heart.

The "grandkids" I cut from Lyrical Letters
out of turquoise cardstock (not vinyl)
and adhered them with my Zig 2 Way Pen.
I then put a top coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing.

The clothes pins were glued with Scotch Quick Dry
and the cardstock on the top of them was adhered with Mod Podge.

It really was an easy project to put together!

Here is what it will look like with some pics...

I hope you will join us over at Decorate To Celebrate!
And please remember that you can always
enter ways you celebrate Birthdays too!
(Just please no cards or layouts)

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas - August Sneak Peek Day 1

Hey All!!!

Today starts the August stamp release at  Craftin Desert Divas!!!
We have four new stamp sets in this release AND
Day 4 sneak peeks are going to be a larger 5x7 stamp set!
These images and sentiments will also come with a matching
SVG cut file that is FREE to you!!!

There are a few specials during this release we want to share with you:

Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica
SVG pattern made especially for this release.

Any minimum 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp.
Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.

Also there will be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using
code: August starting on Saturday.
The free mini stamp & sale will end Aug. 31, 2014.

Soooo, let's get started!

Welcome to Day 1 of Craftin' Desert Divas August stamp release!
Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek
at one of the four new stamp sets.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday, we will have a blog hop
with prizes each day.
There are some amazing creations being shared today
during this stamp release.
We also have some special guest designers who will be joining us. 

Today we are showcasing the "Simply Moovelous" stamp set.

We have (3) 4x6 and (1) 5x7 stamp sets.
 Made in the USA.
Stamps will be available to order on Saturday.

We hope you will stop by the  Craftin Desert Divas Shop
and the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group.
We would love for you to join us and share your creations
with us using Craftin Desert Diva's stamps.
In this group we first show previews, have giveaways, and much more!

Here is my sneak peek project ....

I used the Animal Kingdom cartridge for my cow,
although I modified the eyes a little bit -
jury is still out on if I like the look of them.

All my paper comes from Carta Bella "Giddy Up!"
6x6 paper pack.

My flowers are "Iced Got Flowers" from Prima Marketing - LOVE!
I added some small rhinestones to the centers just for fun :)

The ric-rac was just from my stash - not sure where it's from.

I LOVE the sentiment from this new set!
The font is FABULOUS!!!

Sneak Peek Giveaway!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs!
You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog,
but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning!

Tara will announce today's winner tomorrow.
The winner will be picked from a different blog every day,
so be sure to visit and leave comments.

Thank you all so much for joining us today and
I hope you will come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas - Back To School Linky Party

Happy Monday!!!
Welcome to another

The theme for this Linky Party is:
Back To School!!!

Our Sponsors are:
One Stamp Set

$10 Discount Code

Prize Pack

My Project:

How many of you know some kids that are just dreading
going back to school and have the "Backpack Blues"?
Well, I made this card with all those kids in mind :)
especially my 12 year old niece!

This fun sentiment comes from Craftin' Desert Divas
School Zone Stamp Set

You can purchase this set HERE.

The DT was so lucky to have some amazing products to
use from Clearsnap - a colorful ColorBox ink pad and some daubers.
I'm totally converted to the daubers!

So I inked around the edges of my base card and my blue pattern papers
with the fabulous blue ink from ColorBox.

I used the Recess Cartridge for the backpack.
LOVE this cut!!!

I also used paper from DCWV Grade School paper stack
and some other scraps in my stash.

The twine is Trendy Twine Blueberry - LOVE!
And the bling is from Darice (JoAnn's)

Here is the inside:
I kept it super simple, but inked around the edges of
the white cardstock mat and pattern papers with the
same blue ink.
Seriously, the daubers are FABULOUS!!!

I hope that you will join us for the linky party

Here is a video showing how my card came together:

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

FCCB & BBTB2 Weekly Challenges

Hey All!
 How is everyone doing after the nice weekend break?
Ready to start a new week and a couple of new challenges?

We've got a challenge underway over at

Challenge #24 Camp Out

This Weeks Sponsor

Pretty Cute Stamps
~This Week's Challenge~
Camp Out
Create a project inspired by the outdoors

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.

AND over at BBTB2
Bitten by the Bug 2
we have the challenge starting of
Let The SUN Shine In!

Create a project featuring a Sun!

So here is my card I created combining the two:

I used Campin' Critters for the fabulous outdoor scene
and the sun I cut from Accent Essentials.

My papers were all from my scrap stash,
but if I remember right, the blue is from a ColorBok (WalMart) paper pack
and the polka dot is from a DCWV pack.

I found some awesome wooden buttons to use
and some brown ric-rac to create a nice border
between the two b/g mats.

I've popped up the scene on some foam tape,
but the sun is adhered straight on the mat.
There is some great dimension on this card that
the camera just doesn't pick up.

Lastly, the sentiment - it's from CardzTV - and I know
I recently used this same sentiment, but I LOVE it,
so I used it again and it is perfect for this card!

I hope that you will join us over at FCCB & BBTB2
for these challenges!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas Daily Blog Post - What A Scholar!

YAY! for Saturday!!!
Did you all survive the week?
I am so happy it's the weekend!

I am so excited to be showcasing one of my favorite stamps
from Craftin' Desert Divas School Zone set -
"What A Scholar!"

I absolutely LOVE this stamp,
the font is fabulous!
It can be used for so many occasions during the
school year!

So here is the card I created using this sentiment...

Here is a close up...LOVE it!

My card is 5x5 and I used paper from The Paper Studio's
All Occasion pack (Hobby Lobby).

My little nerd (who I really think needs a tan) is from
Create A Friend - I LOVE this cut!
He is popped up on some foam tape
which gives the card some great dimension.

The yellow brads are also from The Paper Studio.

I inked around the edges of my papers with Tim Holtz
Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Super fun card!

And take a look at the rest of the AMAZING
sentiments on this set...

School Zone

You can purchase this set HERE.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!