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Thursday, July 31, 2014

CardzTV - Queen For A Day

SNIFF SNIFF!!!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER CARDZ TV STAMPS!

I am so sad that my time as a CardzTV designer has come to an end!!!

It was such an honor to be working with Mary
and all the other amazing DT members!

The last challenge that we were given was
to create a Feminine Birthday Card using
3 Pattern Papers

So here is what I came up with:

I followed a recent sketch from Mojo Monday
and really loved how feminine this card turned out.

My papers all come from My Mind's Eye
Lost & Found Market Street 6x6 paper pad.

The crown image is from the Home Decor Solutions cartridge.
I cut the base image out at 1 1/2.
I also cut the blackout and shadow and layered them all together.
The crown is popped up on some foam tape
to stand out from the b/g paper.

My scallop circle is from Mini Monograms and I cut it at 4".
The circle was cut from George at 3" and the
scallop border was cut from Elegant Edges at 1"
I cut the banners freehand.

My ribbon is from Michael's as well as the flowers and flat back pearls.

The sentiment "Queen for a day!" is from 
CardzTV's "This N That" stamp set
and the inside sentiment is from "Happy Days"


I just used some scraps left over from the front to create the bottom border.
The scallop is from Elegant Edges, cut at 3/4".

I hope that you will join us for this challenge
and I will sure miss seeing everyone's projects :(

I am going to be linking this up over at
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything Goes challenge too.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!


Monday, July 28, 2014

BBTB2 - BEE-utiful Summer

Bitten by the Bug 2
Happy Monday!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Today over at BBTB2 we are starting
a new challenge all about BEES!!!

There are so many cute bee images on
so many fun cartridges,
it was tough to decide which one to use!

I haven't used the bee on the
"Just Because" Cards cartridge,
so that's what I chose!




My paper comes from Prima Marketing "Doodle Deux"
that I picked up from Hobby Lobby.
I used vellum for the wings of the bee and popped
the image up on foam tape.

I cut the scallop circle from Mini Monograms
and the circle from George.

The enamel dots are from Recollection's (Michael's)
and the sentiment comes from Craftin' Desert Divas
newest stamp set Lil Bit Buggie.

I even have a video to show how it all came together!


I am also entering this into Little Scrap Pieces.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas July Release Blog Hop!!!


Welcome to our fifth Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release blog hop!!!
Today is Day 2 of the Hop!
Hopefully you were all able to hop along yesterday
to see the FABULOUS projects everyone created!!!

I'm super excited to share with you in full the CDD July release stamps.
There are five new stamps that are being released
in the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and are available now for purchase!!!

So without further ado here are the latest stamp sets:


Gotta Wear Shades - you can purchase them HERE


Lil Bit Buggie - You can purchase them HERE


School Zone - You can purchase them HERE

 
All Star Sports - You can purchase them HERE


Blooming For You - You can purchase them HERE

HOW AMAZING ARE THESE SETS?!?!

We have a few specials for this Hop as well!!!
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.

Use code: JULY to save 20% off your ENTIRE purchase.
The mini stamp & sale will end Aug. 1, 2014.

Here is the free pattern with purchase: 

Here is the free mini stamp with any 2 stamp purchase:
 


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....


I LOVE this stamp from Tara's new stamp set
Lil Bit Buggie!
And naturally I pulled out the Walk In My Garden
cartridge for this sentiment.

I cut the flower at 2" with a shadow
and the bee at 2 1/2" with a shadow.
I used some yellow glitter paper for the wings and
added a Glitter Dot from Recollections to the flower.
I popped both of them up on some foam tape.

The hexagon comes from Accent Essentials.

My papers were mostly from my scrap stash,
except for the b/g paper.
It came from Ki's "Growing Garden"
6x6 pack I found at Wal-Mart.
Super cute paper pad!!!

The white ribbon comes from American Crafts.
I trimmed the corners off of the sentiment mat and
used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for the stamp.

Now...
Next up on the Line Up is the amazing Melissa!!!
Winners will be picked from a different blog each day,
so the more you comment the more chances you have to win!!!

And be sure to check out the
where we'd love for you to share
your projects using the CDD stamps.

Blogs on the hop today:


Friday, July 25, 2014

Cut It Up - Shape Cards FEATURING An Animal :)

Hey All!!!

Happy Friday!!!

I hope you are ready for another challenge today!
Our amazing Sarah has chosen a super fun theme too!
Here is all the info:

Cut It Up

Challenge #50
Shaped Cards with a Twist -
Must Include an Animal!

Sponsor:
$10 Gift Certificate

My Project:
Holy Moly, I first have to tell you that I am SUPER lucky
to have had my 5 year old pick out the image for my card today!
I knew the challenge was a shaped card,
but I totally missed the part about it
needing to feature an ANIMAL!
I seriously don't know how I missed that :)

Anyway, I knew I wanted to make a little boy Birthday card.
I also knew that I had some AMAZING paper
I wanted to used from My Mind's Eye called
Boy Crazy - a 6x6 pad.
Naturally, with this paper I wanted to put to use
my Robotz Cricut Cartridge because
they really were made for each other :)

So I had my son come in and pick his favorite image
from the cart and I really wanted him to choose a robot,
but he was set on using this Dog-Bot.
I am SO GLAD that he did,
because I would have totally had to re-do my card - LOL!!!
And a Dog is a Dog even if in Robot form right :)

Here is the inside:

I also used Art Philosophy for the shaped card and
arrow on the front.

I used CardzTV stamps for both my sentiments
"Going In Circles" & "This N That"

I also used some Enamel Dots from Recollections
on the front of the card.
Seriously LOVE these embellishments.

This was a super easy card to put together,
and I have a video to show you how I made it...


I hope that you will join us for this super fun challenge!
And don't be like me a completely miss using an Animal :)

I am also going to enter this in over at
Pause Dream Enjoy - Use 3 Different Pattern Papers,
My Craft Spot - Just For Little Boys
and Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Decorate To Celebrate - Pool Party!

Happy Wednesday!

How hot has it been where you are?

I swear where I am, everyday constitutes a
POOL PARTY!!!

And that is just what Decorate To Celebrate has in store
for this next challenge!

We want to see how you decorate for
these fun events!

My family has Pool Parties every Saturday during the summer,
so I decided to make a sign for my parents to put on
their back door...


I found this awesome phrase on the Pack Your Bags cartridge!
I cut it out of some heavy duty cardstock 4 times and glued them
all together to make a thicker faux chipboard.

Then I cut it and the layer function out of some fun pattern paper.
I added some flowers from Recollections, instead of the image's flower,
and cut the coconut image from the cartridge
to add more detail to the phrase.

The raffia is just glued on the back and
I tied a bow at the top for an easy hanger!

I think this turned out so cute and can't wait to show it to my folks!

I hope that you will join us for this challenge,
and remember you can always show off Birthday Party Decor too!
Just, please, no cards or layouts!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sneak Peek - School Zone

Today we continue the July stamp release over at
Craftin Desert Divas!!!
AND we have some exciting news to share with you!!!
Tara has added some lovely images from
Trina Clark to go with her sentiments!!!
These images will also come with a matching
SVG cut file that is FREE to you.

There are a few specials during this release as well!
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: JULY starting on Friday.
The free mini stamp & sale will end Aug.1, 2014.

So let's continue on with the sneak peeks!

Today is Day 3 of Craftin Desert Divas July stamp release!
Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek
at one of the five new stamp sets.
Then, on Friday and Saturday, 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 School Zone stamp set.

All of the new stamps are 4x6 and Made in the USA.
Stamps will be available to order on Friday.

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 project:
I used Create A Friend for my card.
The face comes from PKS Everyday Face Assortment.
The Trendy Twine color is Blueberry.
My paper comes from DCWV School Days Stack.

I LOVE this stamp that Tara came up with- it's so clever!
I used Color Box Frost White Pigment Ink to stamp it
on the black chalkboard.

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!!
Just click on the DT's blog page name to get to their blog.

The winners will all be announced in a few days
once Tara's blog resolves some of the issues it's been having.
The winners will be picked from a different blog every day,
so be sure to visit and leave comments.
Tara is giving you a few extra days to make comments :)

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sneak Peek - Lil Bit Buggie

Today starts the July stamp release over at Craftin Desert Divas!!!
AND we have some exciting news to share with you!!!
Tara has added some lovely images from
Trina Clark to go with her sentiments!!!
These images will also come with a matching
SVG cut file that is FREE to you.

There are a few specials during this release as well!
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: JULY starting on Friday.
The free mini stamp & sale will end Aug.1, 2014.

So let's continue on with the sneak peeks!

Today is Day 2 of Craftin Desert Divas July stamp release!
Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek
at one of the five new stamp sets.
Then, on Friday and Saturday, 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 Lil Bit Buggie stamp set.

All of the new stamps are 4x6 and Made in the USA.
Stamps will be available to order on Friday.

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 project:
I used the Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge for the
stamp shape card and the adorable little snail!
This image goes perfectly with the sentiment
"Snail Mail"
I used paper from Ki's "Growing Garden"
6x6 paper pad that I picked up at Wal-Mart.
The enamel dots are from Recollections (Michael's).
I popped up the snail and the sentiment on some foam tape
for added dimension.

Make sure you check out all the amazing projects
for this stamp set's sneak peek -
you will NOT be disappointed!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!


Christmas In July - Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party

Howdy Howdy!!!
Can you believe that we are already talking Christmas?!?!
Yup! That's right, Christmas in July!!!

And with this heat that we've been having,
snow is sounding mighty nice right now -
well, no, not really :)

But we really are celebrating
"Christmas in July"
for this new Linky Party!


Christmas really will be here before we know it,
so why not get a head start on some of your
projects and join us!

Our Lovely Sponsors:
One Stamp Set


$10 Coupon Code
3 Millimeter Diamond Chain


Here is my Project:
I used the adorable little snow bunny from the
Winter Woodland cartridge because it goes
perfectly with the sentiment "Snow Adorable" :)

Tara's Holly Day Punnies are FABULOUS!!!
Holly Day Punnies
You can purchase these HERE.

I used pink polka dot paper from Authentique and
pink glitter paper from ColorBok (Wal-Mart) for the bunny.
The b/g and mat papers are from My Mind's Eye
"Merry Little Christmas" 6x6 pack.
The glitter dots are from Recollections (Michael's).
The mat is also cut from Winter Woodland and it is
popped up on some foam tape, as well as the bunny.

I can't wait to see what Christmas projects you come up with,
I am looking for some early inspiration this year :)

Thanks for checkin' in!!!




FCCB - Soak It Up!


 Happy Monday!!!
Welcome to another Monday challenge
over at FCCB!!!


Challenge #220 Wet and Wild

This Weeks Sponsor
Winner will receive 3 Digis
~This Weeks Challenge~
Wet and Wild
Create a project related to water

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.
 Here is my project:
Seriously, I have been having SO MUCH FUN with
the Pack Your Bags cart!!!
If you don't have this one, I would HIGHLY recommend it!

So I made a 5x5 card this go around.
I used paper from American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray 6x6 pad
and American Crafts twine.
The water/wave paper is from ColorBok (Wal-Mart).
The other papers were just in my scrap stash,
I used some enamel dots from Michael's to balance out the tag.
The tag and the image are both popped up on some foam tape.
The sentiment is from Craftin' Desert Divas
Summer Lovin' stamp set:
Summer Lovin'
!!!LOVE!!!

So, who wouldn't want to be this soaking beauty
during the 100 degree weather we've been having?!?!

Come on over to FCCB and play along
with our Wet and Wild challenge this week!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!


BBTB2 Hoot! Hoot!

Bitten by the Bug 2
Hoot! Hoot!
It's Monday!!!

I hope everyone is gearing up for an awesome week!

Today over at BBTB2, my amazing design team sister Maureen
has come up with such a fun challenge!

OWLS!

We want to see one of those fabulous owls that Cricut has
created from one of the - can you believe - 45 cartridges!
Yes, there are at least 45 carts that feature an owl!
So it will be so fun to see the different ones you choose this week!

Here is my project:

I chose the owl from the Sugar & Spice Cricut Lite cartridge.
I haven't used this cut, so I wanted to put her to cute use :)

I used paper from ColorBok (Wal-Mart) for my b/g.
My corners were rounded with my
large corner rounder from Hobby Lobby.
My decorative corner punch is from Fiskars Sea Pearls and
the flat back pearls are from Recollections (Michael's).

And I am so excited about the sentiment!
Mary over at CardzTV has just released some new stamp sets
and this sentiment comes from the "More Critter Captions"
!!!LOVE!!!

So seeing as how there are so many owls out there in "Cricut-land",
come play with us over at BBTB2 this week!!!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CardzTV "Oh SNAP!"

WAHOO!!! It's Friday!!!

So happy that the weekend is here!

But before that gets started, we have a super fun
challenge starting over at CardzTV!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER CARDZ TV STAMPS!

We want you to create a Child's Birthday Card
using Buttons, Brads, and/or Bows.

I decided to create a more boyish card for this challenge
because I never seem to have one when I need one :)

So here is my project:
I used Birthday Bash to cut out this cute little gator.
I used some black brads for the eyes and
I inked around the edges with some
ColorBox Aquamarine Chalk Ink.

The sentiment is from CardzTV "This N That" set and I 
cut the mat using some zig zag scissors.
I also inked around the edges of that.

My ribbon is from American Crafts and my paper is from
DCWV The Birthday Wishes 6x6 stack.

 Here is the inside:
I printed out on some green cardstock the
"It's Your Birthday" from my computer,
then stamped the "Have a happy YOU day!" underneath.
That stamp is also from the This N That set.

I cut this mat with the zig zag scissors and 
inked around these edges too.

I added a scrap piece left over from the front
for a bit of an accent on the inside.

I think this turned out super fun for a little boy!

I hope that you will join us over at CardzTV for this
awesome challenge and can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dog Days of Summer


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!


Challenge #219 Day at the Beach

This Weeks Sponsor
$50.00 Gift Certificate
~This Weeks Challenge~
Day at the Beach
Create a project related to the beach

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
Sharon has chosen a super fun theme of
Dogs Day of Summer
just use a dog on your cards, layouts, or projects.

This is what I came up with by combining both challenges...



I used Create A Critter for all my cuts.
The glitter paper is from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby),
the water paper is from ColorBok (Wal-Mart),
and the sky paper is from American Crafts (purchased at Michael's)

I used my wave scissors to cut the top of the "sand".

The sentiment comes from Craftin' Desert Divas
Destination Fun stamp set.

I hope that you will join us for these fun challenges this week!

I am also going to be entering this into Exploring Cricut
for the Anything Goes challenge,
the monthly challenge over at DL.Art 

Thanks for checkin' in!!!



Friday, July 11, 2014

Cut It Up #49 - Under The Sea

Happy Friday!!!
YAY!!!

Hope you have all had a fabulous week!

Today starts a new challenge over at Cut It Up!!!

Cut It Up
Challenge #49

Our theme chosen by the amazing Tania is
Under The Sea

Sponsors:
$20 Coupon Code

Die-Version
$15 Gift Certificate

My Project: 
Seriously, I can't get enough of the Pack Your Bags cartridge!
I have LOVED every image on this one!

So my underwater scene is cut at 4".
My water paper comes from ColorBok (Wal-Mart)
and the b/g paper was in my scrap stash, 
so I don't have any info on it other than
I am pretty sure it was an open stock 12x12.

The twine is Blueberry from Trendy Twine (LOVE).
The sentiment comes from Craftin' Desert Divas
Destination Fun stamp set (also LOVE)

The scene and sentiment are popped up on some foam tape
and the top of the sentiment was cut using my
wave scissors from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby).

I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the stamp.

I hope that you will join us for our
challenge over at Cut It Up!!!
It will run until Wednesday, July 23 at noon

Thanks for checkin' in!!!