Sunday, October 31, 2010

Calendar Swap

I participated in a calendar swap on SCS. We had to pick our month/theme and do a double page LO with one page having a calendar on it. When I get this swap back I will have three complete sets of calendar pages. I decided to do three spots so I could give two as Christmas gifts and keep one for myself. I did two Disney themed sets and one general themed set.

So, here's what I came up with for my pages:


This set is for September. I used the Cars Cricut cartridge. I didn't add photo mats to this set so it could be customized.


My set for May. I used the Cricut Tinkerbell cartridge. I also didn't add photo mats to this set.
My January set. I used two CM punches for the snowflakes. The base cs is navy blue.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my projects. Check back because I have a few more swaps to share that I used my Cricut on.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Non Sweet Treat for the Sweetest!

I can't believe October is almost over! This year has just two months left! ahhhhhhh! Oh well, nothing you can do about it. Let's talk Halloween treats. Myself and a few friends are doing Weight Watchers and those treats can sure rack up the points. I thought I would make my friends a non-point treat.


I used a digi stamp from Deedee's Digis called 'Sweetest Treat' to make this post it note holder. You can usually find holiday themed post it note pads in the $1 aisle at Target and that's where I got this one. Target also had Halloween rub-ons (cat, pumpkins, spider) that I used on the coaster part.

I usually have a hard time finding adhesive to stick the ribbon on paper that will hold. I knew the Xyron Create-A-Sticker would work but didn't want the ribbon to have adhesive on the whole length. I finally figured out how to add adhesive to only the middle part of the ribbon.
Here's what I did:
I measured out how much of the ribbon I needed to have adhesive. In this case it was 8 1/4" out of 23.75". Laying the ribbon flat with dotted side up, I folded 7.5" of one end back over the ribbon and 8" of the other end back over the ribbon. The dotted side is inside now (see photo below).

Next you insert the ribbon into the Xyron making sure it is stacked evenly. Slowly pull ribbon through keeping it evenly stacked as you do. (see photo below)

Below you see it run completely through. This technique worked beautifully. You may get some sticky residue on the edge of the rest of the ribbon but you should be able to rub it off. I ran my fingernail along the edge of the ribbon before taking the plastic film off and that seemed to help.

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenges: #114 Sweet Treats

Fab 'n' Funky: #45 Things that go bump in the night (Halloween projects)

Stamp Something: use digi stamp

Teddy Stampers: #22 anything goes

2 Sisters Challenge blog: #10 anything goes

All Sorts Challenge blog: #75 spots and stripes

Pear Tree Designs: #23 halloween

Paper Playtime: #22 Halloween

Crazy 4 Challenges: #C4C60 halloween

Sweet Stampin Challenge: #49 anything but a card

Flutter By Wednesday: #127 anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my treat project and learned a new trick. Remember, always browse the $1 aisles because you never know what you'll find there. Before you leave, be sure and say Hi and let me know what you thought of today's post.

Happy Haunting!

Michele

Monday, October 25, 2010

Critter Challenge # 37

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I worked on swaps all day Saturday and participated in the mini-VSBN on SCS. The main VSBN will be Nov. 5th & 6th so try to join us! So, it's Monday and that means another fabulous challenge at the Critter Sketch Challenge blog. Continuing this month is another wonderful sketch to play with.

Our sponsor for October is Meljen's Designs and there are soooooo many adorable images it is sometimes hard to decide. You can find them all at Whimsy Stamps here.


I chose Meljen's digi stamp - Stuffed Elephant. There are a couple of new or expectant moms at my church so I made this card for one of them.

The cardstock is Cool Caribean and the dp is some I've had in my stash for a long time. It is a light green color but doesn't show up in the photo well. I colored the image with copics (B02, B95) and used the colorless blender to lighten up the cheek circles and toes. The inner tag is punched with the SU tag punch and I matted and free hand cut the outer tag mat. The word "baby" is from SU's All Year cheer II set. I colored a white brad with copic marker G14 and added stickles to it. I had some ABC blocks in my stash and put them on top of the buttons and then added the white ribbon and popped up the image and tag with dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed my card for the Critter Sketch Challenge. Stop by and play with us for a chance to win a prize. Don't forget to visit the rest of the DT for some fabulous inspiration!

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments: #13 - baby related

Stamp Something: use a digi image

Meljen's Designs: #30 anything goes

Copic Creations: #37 colorless blender techniques

One Stitch At A time: #36 Any Celebration


Friday, October 22, 2010

Deedee's Digis Thankful Thoughts Blog Hop

I think Fall is my favorite season. I mean you have the crisp cool air, beautiful rich colors through the trees and one of my favorite holidays - Thanksgiving. Though we should be thankful every day for our family, friends and all things that have been provided to us, this time of year really seems to bring it front and center. Not only is it a time of thanksgiving, it is also a time of giving. As you reflect on what you are thankful for this season, how about giving to those in need.
I am so glad you are hopping with us today for Deedee's Digis Thankful Thoughts Blog Hop. Deedee's design team has some wonderful projects to share with you so be sure you visit each stop along the way. You are sure to be inspired! If you just came from Melissa's blog, you are on the right track. If not, you can start the hop at Crafting with Deedee's Digis, start there by clicking here. Deedee has a special blog hop only free digi for you!

Now, onto my project. I always browse the $1 aisle/bins at Michaels looking for items I can alter/revamp/redo. I hit it a few weeks ago when everything was 60% off in that aisle! Among some of the items I got were a few 5x7 journals (these weren't on sale but were less than $2 ea).


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I used SU paper (Bella Rose) and a verse from Deedee's Digis Words of Thanksgiving set. I cut the tags with my Cricut and added the red satin ribbon. Now check out the flowers! The flowers were made using 4 prima flowers each. I found the tutorial here to make them. One tip, use tacky glue that will hold quickly or it will take forever. The flowers I used were pink but I sponged them with Rose Red ink. This was a quick and easy project that would make a great gift.

Here's how the hop works:
To participate, visit each of the participating designers' blogs to see a fun project using one of Deedee's Digis, and leave a comment on their post for a chance to win a free digi of your choice from the store! You have until 12 noon ET on Sunday to comment. Each designer will choose a winner Sunday evening. All winners will be announced on the Crafting with Deedee's Digis blog Monday. Be sure to check back then to see if you have won! Your next stop is Robin's blog.

Here is the blog hop line-up:

Crafting with Deedee's Digis (start here)
April
Ceal
Darsie
Deedee
Jerusha
Kathy
Kelly
Lawren
Melissa
Michele(me)
Robin
Sandy

Before you go hopping off, be sure to leave a comment here to win a free Deedee's digi of your choice. Again, you have until 12 noon Eastern time on Sunday to comment. Thanks so much for hopping through today.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Deedee's Digis Blog hop is Friday, Oct. 22nd

I hope you will join us Friday, Oct. 22nd for Deedee's Digis Thankful Thoughts Blog Hop. The first stop will be at Deedee's Digis here. There will be a specil "blog hop only" free digi and each participating DT member will be giving away a digi of your choice. Be sure to "hop" on by!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Bah Humbug! or is it...

It's Monday everyone so that means a fabulous new Critter Sketch Challenge! Thank you to everyone who joined us last week. I have to say that I designed the sketch last week and it was so fun to see everyone's projects using it. You gals are FABULOUS! Ok, so October is sketch month for the Critter challenges. We also have a new sponsor for this month. It is Meljen's Designs. Melissa gave the DT some adorable images to work with and I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to use. If you haven't seen the images from Meljen's Designs, you just have to go check them out. They can be found at Whimsy Stamps.

So onto to the challenge. Like I said, all month will be sketch challenges. I love, love, love sketches. That's half the work of card making, I think. Someone else has done that for me, woo hoo! I decided to use the adorable, but grumpy looking, Gruffy Little Gnome from Meljen's Designs.


I used my copics to color the little dude and think I did a pretty good job. I just may be getting the hang of those things. The dp is from Paper Studio's All Seasons stack, the ribbon is SU. Ok, so then I came to the sentiment. Hmmm, he really looks like he is saying "Bah Humbug" but I didn't have a stamp for that so I went with a not-so-obvious-by-looking-at-him sentiment, "You make me smile". (See, I think he is really grinning behind the very high turtle neck he's wearing. ) The tag had me discovering another reason why I am loving my copics. I did not have a red brad so I took a silver one and colored it with my cardinal (R59) marker. Ok, gotta get me s'more of those markers.

Be sure to check out the other Critter Design Teams' projects for this challenge.
thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment to say hi!
Michele

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Critter Challenge #34

Hello, hello! I finally got around to making a card for Critter Challenge #34, which just happens to be a sketch that I designed. The sponsor for October at the Critter Sketch Challenge blog is Meljens Designs. Melissa creates the most adorable images and she gave a few to the design team for us to play with this month. It has not been difficult at all to play with her designs. I just hope I can do them justice. You can find her digi images at Whimsy Stamps.

Now, onto the challenge. Like I said it is a sketch challenge and the sketch is one I created. It is so exciting to see all the wonderful creations made using it.

For my card, I turned the sketch sideways to fit the image. The image I used is called Country Pumpkins. I colored it with copics and sponged Mellow moss around the edges. The cs is SU kraft, mellow moss, and real rust (I think). The leaves were some I had punched out a while back. The dp is from CM and the yummy chocolate ribbon is SU. The sentiment is from SU Gobble Gobble. I'm so happy I'm starting to get the hang of using the copic markers. I just need more colors.

Be sure to pop over to the Critter Challenge Blog and join in.

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky: #43 use digi image
Cute Card Thursday: #133 make your own embellishments
Sew Many Challenges: anything goes
Stacey's Curtain Call: #50 color challenge
Kaboodle Doodles: #41 fall colors
Copic Creations: #36 color orange
Charisma Cardz: #40 autumn colors
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my card. Be sure and and say Hi!
Michele

Oh Please Let It Snow!

This is for my first post on the Crafting With Deedee's Digis blog. I used the digi set called Let It Snow which can be found here. Deedee has such great images to work with. I also used Deedee's Monday Challenge which was a sketch. You can find out more on the challenge here.


I used watercolor pencils and glitter for the image. The snowflake and striped paper is from Paper Studios' All Seasons paper stack. I also used SU Bordering Blue cs. The base cs is from some paper I got a closing of a LSS. It has a slight gray color to it. The ribbon is some miscellaneous ribbon I have. I used the top line of the sentiment for the front and put the rest of it on the inside.

This card also qualifies for the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky: #43 use digi image
Totally Papercrafts: theme - the great outdoors
Glitterbabe's: 15 -anything goes but must have sparkle

I am so glad you stopped by to visit today. Be sure to leave a comment and say Hi!

Michele

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Marking His Word

I recently helped plan and attended a ladies 1 day retreat for the ladies at my church. My responsiblity for it was anything crafty. I made bookmarks as a gift for all the ladies and put together card kits for a card we made during the day. Today I am showing you the bookmark. Add Image

All paper is from Hobby Lobby. I used the CM cutting system for the top shape. The cross stamp is from Hobby Lobby I think. I embossed it in gold. The ribbon is also from HL. The bottom of the bookmark has the date, Encouragment (theme of the retreat) and church name. On the back side is a scripture reference we used throughout the day, Jeremiah 29:11.

I am so glad you stopped by today!

Blessings!

Michele

Friday, October 1, 2010

Welcome to the new members of Critter DT

I just wanted to welcome our new members to the Critter Sketch Design Team. October 1st marks the beginning of a new term for the design team and yes I am staying on. Woo hoo! I have had a wonderful time serving on Melanie's design team and look forward to this new term. You can check out the design teams' blogs by clicking on their name on the left sidebar.
There is lots of fabulous inspiration coming your way for the Critter Sketch Challenges!

You Are My Sunshine!

I am so excited about this card! I LOVE how it turned out and I love what I figured out and accomplished in Photoshop to create it.


I used a couple of Deedee's Digis for it. The sunflower, jar and sentiment in the label are from the "My Sunshine" set which you can find here. The label on the jar is from "Handmade with Love" set found here. There is one sunflower in the jar in the set. In Photoshop Elements, I cropped the sunflower, flipped it and added it to the other sunflower in the jar. I added the label and the sentiment inside the label. I then colored it all in photoshop including the highlights and shadows. I printed two and cut the flower top and label off one copy and popped up with dimensionals on the other one. So, now you know why I am so excited about this card. The best part is I don't have to do it all over again because it is saved and can be printed as many times as I want.


This is for a few challenges:

One Stitch At A Time: anything goes
Mojo Monday: #158 Square or round sketch
Crafting with Deedee's Digis: harvest theme (these sunflowers were harvested for someone special)
Stamp and Create.com: #5 use pearls or gems (I used gems)
Anything Goes: #18 going round in circles
Digital Tuesday Challenge: #78 a card to say Thank you with (mine doesn't say Thank You but it could be for someone to thank)
Creative Card Crew: use flowers



I hope you enjoyed my card today! Be sure to say hi!