Thursday, September 30, 2010

Baby It's Cold...

The seasons have changed in the Maritimes. Fall is rolling in and winter won't be far behind. I was at work today, and this cut was on my mind. So I came home, after my 12 hour shift, and made this card:

This cute little beaver is from Winter Frolic, and is my first cut from that cartridge. I cut him at 2.5 inches. The stamp is from Close to My Heart. The card stock is mostly Stampin Up and the patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye. Although it doesn't look exactly how it did in my head, I think it's still cute :)

Here are the challenges I am submitting this card for:
Raise the Bar - bundle up
CES Challenges - animal antics
Paper Pretties - animals or animal print
My Sheri Crafts - masculine card - my beaver is a boy, the colors are fairly masculine and there is no bling or ribbon- My husband agreed this would be an OK card for a man.
Splitcoast Stamper - sketch 300

A la prochaine...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bugs 'n' Hisses

It's Wednesday - and that means that it's Challenge day over at Cricut Cardz Challenges. It is team #1's week, but I couldn't resist participating - it is a Hallowe'en challenge after all and I just got Mini Monsters and some VERY cute stamps. Here is today's card:

I had never made a Z-fold card before, so I followed THIS tutorial of Mary's over at You Tube. It was easy-peasy! The witch and broom were cut at 2.8 inches and 2.5 inches respectively from my Gypsy. The paper is a mix of Stampin Up and Bazzil, and the patterned paper is Karen Foster from a couple of years ago. I bought the Stampendous stamp at a cute stamp store in town last week. I just thought the sentiment was perfect!! The buttons are from Basic Grey. I "confessed" to Janis today over at Pause Dream Enjoy that I had never used a button before, except on actual clothing. So I went to my LSS this afternoon, and bought some buttons. They add a cute touch.

Challenges I am submitting this card for:
Cricut Cardz Challenges - Halloween Z Fold
Gingerloft - halloween
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - stitching
Fantabulous Cricut - stitching
Stamps R Us - halloween

Hope you are all having a wonderful day :)

A la prochaine...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Creepy Crawly Critter

My auto post worked yesterday! It is always nice when something electronic works for me :) Today's post is a quick one. I am working evenings tonight and then am on call, so have next to no time. Here is today's card:

Isn't it cute?? This was a truly simple card to make. It was made with Mini Monsters, and I used the card feature with the spider. Cut her at 3.7 inches, so she would fit in a legal size envelope. The layers fit perfectly. the only thing that didn't cut out were the blacks of her eyes, so I used a hole punch. Isn't she adorable?

Challenges for today:

Paper Cutz Challenge - critter cut (a spider may be a bit of a stretch for a critter...)
S2G - spooky critter

Hope you are all having a great day!

A la prochaine...

Monday, September 27, 2010

An apple a day...

Today is the first day that I am trying auto-posting. We'll see how it works :) I made this as a gift for my son's teacher. I was hoping to get it ready for the first of the year, but it didn't happen. So I gave it to her for "Meet the Teacher Night". I totally stole this idea from Ruthie and I love it! His teacher loved it too. Here it is:

The apple is from Preserves, and the sentiment is computer generated. The instructions for the sentiment came from THIS tutorial - as did the embossing instructions. I love my Martha Stewart score board - the embossing would have been a challenge without it! The card box is one that Momo makes, here are her instructions HERE The paper is mostly from Stampin Up. The only thing I wish I had done differently is to make the belly band in a different color - like a creamy vanilla color. That way you could see the stem on the apple. All in all, I think it's really cute!

Here are the challenges I am submitting this card set for:

365 Challenges - sweet smellin'
Charisma Cardz - everything goes
The Treehouse - teacher gifts
Craft Your Passion - CAS
Scrap and Stamp - embossing
Stamp Insanity - embossing
Craftalicious Challenges - harvest/ fall

If this worked today, I will be doing the same thing tomorrow. Hope you all have a good one :)

A la prochaine...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Falling for fall

Fall is my favorite season of the year. Here is Nova Scotia it tends to be beautiful. Sunny, cool, clear and crisp, and the leaves can just be extraordinary! We spend lots of time as a family before the snow flies - going for walks, bike riding and going away for Thanksgiving. I love the smells, and the sights. With this in mind, I made this card:

The tree and leaves are from Sweethearts, which I just bought last week, after eyeing it for a while. There is a heart on the tree trunk, but I didn't want it, so I used the hide contour feature on my Gypsy to hide it. The stamp is from Stampendous - I ADORE that quote. I had to mask a few leaves and acorns that were above and below the quote, I didn't want them there. The paper is from my scrap boxes, and the ribbon is from Michael's. I am really happy with how this turned out - almost the same way as it looked in my head :)

The challenges I am submitting this card for:

Paper Playtime - autumn
Crafting with Christina Companion Challenge - red, yellow and orange and have leaves
Creative Craft World - autumn colors
Sarah Hurley Challenges - autumn
Everybody Art - autumn
A Crafty Little Place - include brown, green and orange
Creative Card Crew - fall
Craft Your Days Away - autumn doodles
Stamp It Crazy - free for all
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - season change

I am going to try something different this week. I am actually going to try to do automatic postings for Monday and Tuesday. I have to work 12 hour evenings those days, and won't have time to post otherwise, so we'll see how it goes. After all, I am not overly technical :)

A la prochaine...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Bird-day

My second post of the day! Isn't it amazing? I have been seriously slacking on my challenges lately, which I just LOVE to do, so with that in mind, I made a card that works for quite a few today. It was an easy card to make, and is an easel card... again, I know, but it fulfilled a challenge requirement :) Here it is.

So this little cutie is from Create a Critter - one of my faves. The scalloped circle and circle were both from Winter Wonderland. The sentiment - which I thought was PERFECT for this card is from Stampin Up, I can honestly say I have never used it before, and I have had it for 5 or 6 years. I am certainly going to be using it now :) I used Cuttlebug's Spots and Dots embossing folder, which I thought worked nicely with the pink patterned paper. The paper is a lot of Stampin Up, but a bunch of stuff from my scrap box too. I used 2 different stickles to bling her up - which were still wet when I took the picture - and another one of those sparkly brads from Close to my Heart. I think it is cute!

Challenges I am submitting this card for:

Cute Card Thursday - tweet and flutter
Pixie Dust - fur or feathers
S2G - birthday card with a critter
Polka Doodles - easel card
Aly's Sunday Sketch Challenge - sparkle and glitter
The Crafty Pad - embossing (dry or heat - I chose dry)
Papertake - animal magic
Little Red Wagon - glitter
Flutterby Wednesdays - anything with wings
The Sweetest Thing - sweet sunday sketch challnge #86

In other exciting news: Winter Frolic, Mini Monsters AND Sweethearts are now in da house!!! I am so excited. I got GREAT deals on all of them. I hope to play with them before Friday, when I go back to work.

A la prochaine...

Cricut Cardz Challenge #43

Welcome to my blog! This is my submission as part of Team #2 for Cricut Cardz Challenge this week. The challenge was to make a baby card using only white, yellow, orange and green. Here is what I came up with:

I know you will be shocked that I made yet another easel card :) I love those. The cartirudges I used were Lyricla Letters for the stork, and Gypsy Wanderings for the "sweet baby" and the marquis like symbol that the stork is sitiing on. I ran the whole back piece through my Cuttlebug, using my new spotted folder. The paper is mostly Stampin Up, though some is from my scrap box. The stamp is from Stampin Up as well.

I think I may have cheated a bit on this challenge - I did use black ink and a black pen for doodling. Hope that isn't serious cheating... On the whole I am pretty pleased with how this turned out. I hope you join us over at Cricut Cardz Challenges to participate in this challenge! I can't wait to see what you all come up with :)

A la prochaine...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

You're Invited...

This is a quick card I made up as a sample. I am making up a bunch of invitations for a family member, and this is one of the options. I want to make sure it is easy enough, and quick enough that I could make quite a few.

The paper is all Stampin Up, and so is the stamp, it is from a set called Close as a Memory, and is one of my favorites. The Cuttlebug folder I used is called Victoria. I love how classy it is. the ribbon is from the Dollar Store.

I hope you will join me tomorrow to see what I came up with for the new Cricut Cardz Challenge. It's a good one :)

A la prochaine...

A winner and an apology

I am so sorry for not posting this earlier this evening. My 12 hour shift, turned into an 18 hour shift - oh the joys of a nursing shortage and the lure of overtime :) Anyway, it is now 1 AM in my neck of the woods, and I am EXHAUSTED!! I put all 167 comment into and tried to figure out how to move over the little box so everyone could see it, but it didn't work and I need to go to bed. That being said, the winner was #14 Tanya - of Scrappin KY Momma!!

Tanya said...
Too cute!!! Love the HK.. the banner is also adorable!!! Gotta try these. Thanks for sharing. :) I'm also a FOLLOWER now :)

Thanks Tanya, and congrats for winning the stamp set! If you could email me with your mailing address, I will get the stamp set to you ASAP.

Thanks again for all the comments, and I really hoped you enjoyed our HOP. Keep your eyes peeled, we just may be doing another one in a few months ;)

I'll try to get a new card up tomorrow, until then, I am off to bed.

A la prochaine...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hockey Birthday

What an amazing weekend for my little blog. My very first Blog Hop, and all sorts of new followers. I was so thrilled to take part, and now can`t wait for the next one :) I will post the winner of Lots of Pun tomorrow. I have to work a twelve hour day tomorrow, and will probably not get a chance to post the winner till tomorrow evening.

Here are todays cards. About 3 months ago, my nephew had a birthday. I asked him what he wanted me to make for his card. He chose a hockey card - Sidney Crosby if at all possible... he grew up about 20 minutes from where I live - most kids in Nova Scotia are Sidney Crosby fans, no matter what hockey team they cheer for :) This is what I came up with:

So I made this card on my Gypsy, welding the "birthday" to the card base. The font is from Robotz, and the base from George and Basic Shapes. The Hockey Player is from Every Day Paper Dolls, and the number 87 is from Alphalicious. Super cute, isn't it?

So fast forward a couple of months. One of Andrew's friends has a party, and Andrew wants to give him a Montreal Canadiens card. Enter my wonderful Gypsy. I pulled up my old hockey card, that I had saved. I created a Canadiens emblem out of Cutting Up, cut it out of appropriate colors, and VOILA!! A brand new card for a different little boy. Here it is:

Easy peasey!! Those of you who are observent, will see that I gained some adorable Peachy Keen Stamps between the 2 cards.

Challenges I am entering these cards into:
Always Crafting - birthday card
Other Lovelies - letter C (cardstock and Canadiens)
Secret Crafter - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - birthday

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend, come back tomorrow to see if you won my giveaway from the blog hop yesterday :)

A la prochaine...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fall Blog Hop!!

Hi everyone and welcome to our Fall Blog Hop! I have never been in a blog hop before, and was so honored to be asked to take part. I hope you take the time to stop by all of the blogs for some crafty inspiration, and maybe a little bit of blog candy too. You have arrived here from Kim's beautiful blog. If you just stumbled onto our blog hop, start back at Ruthie's amazing blog, to see all the wonderful things we have prepared for you. I can't wait to show you what I have come up with.

I made 2 projects, both with my Cricut and Gypsy. They are my favorite crafting toys! So, first, a Halloween word book. I made it for my daughter to put some of her favorite Halloween pictures in. As soon as my son saw it, he said "mummy, what are you making for me?" I still haven't come up with anything yet...

This is primarily cut with Hello Kitty Greetings. The word "boo" is cut using Robotz, which I just love, and "fright night" is from Zoobaloo - an oldy but a goody. I used George and Basic Shapes for my rectangle to cut the base of the book. Everything was welded with my Gypsy (of course...) The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye and the cardstock is a bit of everything. The ribbon I found at Michael's.

So, project number two, is a fall banner. What I love about banners it that they can be so personalized, and you certainly don't need a Cricut to make one. the first one I ever made, I made with a paper trimmer, some patterned papers and my Sizzix for the letters. I have also seen beautiful banners made with stamped letters. Here is the one I made today...

I used a lot of different cartridges to make this banner. Create a Critter, Mickey and Friends, Paper Doll Dress Up, Doodlecharms, Preserves, Hello Kitty Greetings and Robotz... whew, I hope I remembered them all. The paper is pretty much all Stampin Up, and the ribbon is from Michael's. It has lots of images that to me scream fall. This was lots of fun to make, I think I will be making another one for Christmas.

So, now onto my blog candy. I will be giving away a Lots of Pun stamp set from Joy's Life. I won a set of these stamps myself, and have made a number of cards with them, some of them can be seen on my blog. I just love how perfectly they stamp, and how versatile they are. I think she is planning to come out with some more stamps, I can't wait to see her new ones! Here's what Lots of Pun looks like -

Aren't they wonderful? So how do you win you ask? Become a follower of my blog, and leave a comment below by Sunday September 19th at midnight. I will randomly select a winner on Monday. Simple, eh? Good luck every one! I know whoever wins this stamp set, will just adore them!

So, the next stop on our blog hop is the wonderful and talented Mary. I know she'll have something amazing up her sleeve, so hop on over and see what she has in store for you.

Here is a list of all the ladies involved in the hop, just incase you get lost along the way :) Thanks for stopping by! I hope you come again.

Michelle (that's me!)

A la prochaine...


I am so excited!!! Tomorrow is my first blog hop! I still have work to do on my projects, so I guess I had better get cracking, but I wanted to make sure to remind everyone :)

I will also have some blog candy, so be there or be square :)

Sorry about my lack of posts this week. I worked 4 twelve hour days at work, and they were... we'll say trying... I willl be better next week, at least I hope I will be :) See you all tomorrow!!!

A la prochaine...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Froggy birthday

I am enjoying a quiet afternoon by myself, hubby and munchkins are at the in-laws and I am working on my submission for next weekends Blog Hop! I can't wait!! But, before I finish working on those, I made this cute little birthday card. Paisley is one of those cute cartridges, that I have not used very much, and am trying to use more. I need to use the cartridges I have, rather than wanting more - at least no yet :)

The card doesn't look exactly how I imagined it in my head, but on the whole, I am peased with it. I used Joy's Life Lots of Pun stamps. Love them!! I pulled out my Cuttlebug folders, and used my Happy Birthday cartridge, and my Swiss Dots folder - on the frog's tummy. The sparly red brads are from Close to my Heart, I thought they added a nice little touch to the card. I used paper from my scrap box, which always makes me happy :)

The challenges I am submitting this for:
Cuttlebug Challenge - birthday card with at least 2 layers
Cute Card Thursday - play on words
My Time to Craft - jewels (I think my dazzling brads qualify...)

Hope you are all having a great weekend, I am off to do some crafting :)

A la prochaine...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Christmas Card and Day 3...

Today I decided to make a Christmas card. I usually make close to 100 cards a year to send to family and friends. I am trying to find something that I will want to make a lot of. I absolutely love how this card turned out, but it was a lot of work. Definately not something to make 100 of :)

This lovely stamp is from a company from Ontario called the Stamp Barn. I stamped it twice with Versa Mark and embossed it in gold. i then cut the stable part out, and pop dotted off the original, to give it a bit of dimension. I think it looks so neat! The "Noel" stamp and the stamp I used on the inside are from Stampin Up as is the paper and the edge punch. I also used some ribbon on the lower strip, that is holding the easel open, I just bought it at the dollar store. As you can see I made another easel card, my new favorite kind of card. I hope you guys like todays card.

Here are the challenges I am submitting this card for:
Crafty Ho's - peace
Crafty Cardmakers - glitter and sparkle
Cupcake Craft Challenge - books and stories
Simon Says Stamp - holidays
CES Challenge - christmas easel card
Card Creations by C - ribbons and bling (hopefully gold embossing and sparkly gold paper counts as bling...)

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend :)

A la prochaine...

Friday, September 10, 2010

My News and 30 Days of Creativity Day 2

I have a new card for today, but first, my exciting news. I have been invited to participate in my first blog hop!! Yay! It is hosted by Ruthie over at September Ninth and her "scrappin bestie" The Scrapbooking Queen. I am SO excited, and have already made one project for it. It is a Fall Blog Hop, and I am sure there will lots of amazing inspiration and some blog candy along the way, so I hope you all come to our hop on September 18th!

Now, on to today's crafty creation. I decided to do another easel card, I do love those :) Easy, yet so pretty. Here it is:

The butterfly and flower are both from Once Upon a Princess - love that cartridge! I also used the spots and dots Cuttlebug folder that I picked up today at my LSS - my DH would be so proud, I only spent $10 - we won't mention that I am thinking about going to Michael's tomorrow and picking up 3 new cartridges once they go on sale ;) The stamp is from My Pink Stamper, and the glittery brads are from Close to my Heart, I love the bling they bring to the card. I felt like this card needed some bling, but I tend to go overboard with the stickles - these dazzling brads were just the right touch. The pictures don't do them justice. The paper is a mix of Stampin Up and stuff from Walmart. I just love how this card turned out! Now I just have to pick someone to send it to - I do have someone in mind...

Challenges I am submitting this card for:
A Crafty Little Place - sketch
Craft Your Days Away - girly and glittery
One Stitch at a Time - blooms, butterfly and bling
Pear Tree Designs - animals(hopefully butterflies count...)
S2G - critter with spots and dots
Flutter By Wednesdays - pink with angel, fairy or butterfly
Fab 'n' Funky - anything goes, and they are having a DT call, so I figured I would throw my hat in the ring :)
Paper Pretties - brads or eyelets
Stampalicious - paper flowers

A la prochaine...