Thursday, December 31, 2009

Woo Hoo!

Just found out that my Scalloped Santa card was a Top 3 pick over at Just Buggin'  Great way to close out 2009!   Happy 2010 everyone!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hoppy Holidays!

A happy non-traditonal card in traditional colors.  This was actually my design team submission for Chirper Challenge, but they aren't publishing before Christmas so I thought I would share.  American Greetings paper....punched the sentiment....and the little "hoppy" frogs are made and decorated with Paper Doll Dress Up!   Remember that real dial size really allows you to have fun with the accessories on the paper doll cartridges.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Had scraps leftover from a scrapbook layout (check out my other blog on Wednesday!!!) and had to use it.   I love the red/lime green combo.  Easy card as the ornament was chipboard....attached the paper...added some bling and a little piece of ribbon ....a red snowflake...and a stamped sentiment.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Branch Punch Wreath

I finally made a traditional Christmas card.  Actually, I realized I hadn't used my MS branch punch at all this out it came!   Used DCWV foil embossed with the Cuttlebug (first time I tried foil....and I LOVE it)  and made the wreath with the punch.  I cut out a 3" "O" to use as the frame.   Attached the bow, and that's it!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Heart Shaped Santa

I remembered making heart shaped Santas at school when I was a teacher.  Thought it would be a good project for this morning.  Using all George, I cut 2 3" hearts....cut the top off of one...and embossed the cut piece with Swirls.  Cut the rectange 2 at 31/2" in flesh...glued to the center of the heart and trimmed.   Used the triangle 2 cut at 2" for the hat....added a 1" circle (embossed)   The mustache is hand trimmed from the top of the heart.  Attached the beard and mustache with poppers...added some buttons....drew on a face.   Then I attached some ribbon for trim.  Paper is DCWV....cut the marquee and cut a circle out of the center.   Sentiment is cut from a piece of cardstock. 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Scalloped Santa Claus

3 challenges in one!   This card is for Frosted Designs (scallops), Just Buggin' (Christmas), anc Cricut Cardz (something that starts with an "s").  The Santa is made from a George 3" flesh circle, and red and white scalloped circles cut in half from Alphalicious.  Added a 1" George oval in pink for the nose.  Eyes are done by hand.....chalked the cheeks.  Glittered the hat....trim is a flower punch.  Added a button, some white doodles, and white dimensional paint on the beard.  Paper is DCWV........and a "Jolly" metal tag and rhinestone edging.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Santa Kitty

Used a great sketch for RAQ's challenge @ Cricut.  The little image is a digi stamp....which I made "tiny"..colored with watercolor pencils....and paint....and glitter....and stuck on stars and gems for good measure.  Drew the little kitty's face myself since I painted over it.  The squares are Nesties, cut on the cuttlebug.   Paper is K and Company.   Stamped sentiment.

Pringles Snowman Gift Wrap

Here's a quick and easy green way to wrap socks or underwear. Place them in an empty Pringles can. Wrap a piece of white paper around the can (It won't go all the way to the top, but it doesn't matter because the hat will cover it.) Now wrap white felt around the paper. Spray adhesive is great here! Cut a rectangle of fleece that will fit around the cylinder for a hat. I pinked little strips around the top edge. Flip up the bottom edge for a brim and glue. Gather the top with a rubberband. Tie a long strip of fleece for a scarf. Add wiggle eyes, buttons, and some rick rack for a mouth. I used my Cricut to cut out a nose.....folded the edge in and attached for dimension.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

You Rock!

Happy birthday DJ!   I've made several variations of the gorilla in boxer shorts because I have a lot of teenage (and/or young adult) men in my life.  I like how this one came out.   Animal Kingdom Gorilla is cut at 4"....guitar is cut from DCWV paper....boxer shorts are hand cut.  Paper is leftover Halloween diamond pattern and DCWV Rock Star stack.   "You" is Thickers and Rock is cut out of the paper.    Lots of poppin' and sharpie!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fore You!

Happy birthday Uncle Dennis!   Being the golf enthusiast he is, I had to make a golf card.   Used EDPD for the golfer and accessories, cut at 3". I tore a little piece of turf for him to stand on.   The golf balls are Doodlecharms snowball layers, embossed with Swiss Dots, reversed, and popped.  Sticker sentiment. 

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hippo Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Nina!  This little hippo is from ZooBalloo....cut at 3", shadow and layer.  The doodling is a scraplift from Ginny Thueson, who is the absolute best doodler I know. (check out her stuff here:  Ginny's blog.  My little hippo pales by comparison but she was fun to make.  Used paper and chipboard from a Colorbok set, lots of ribbon, lace, rhinestones.  Sentiment is computer generated in a circle and popdotted!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Warm Wishes

Loved the sketch on RAQ's challenge....last week!   Needless to say I'm a little behind, but a great sketch is a great sketch.  Here is my version.

Used Doodlecharms Snowman, cut in layers on white and pearlescent white.  Inked the cheeks and sharpied the face.  He's cut at 3".  The hat is PDDU, magician, cut at 1 1/4" RDS.  Added a strip of plaid.  The scarf is EDPD, cut at 1 1/4" RDS in plaid.  Added buttons.   The background snowflakes are from Winter Woodlands, added gems.  The sentiment is a generic stamp from last Christmas.  Attached some buttons and gem stones, MS snowflakes....and the paper was all scraps.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

To Have and To Hold

Just a little wedding card for Michael's cousin.  I printed the text in a circle....added some silver foil punched flowers in the middle. Layered it with grey.  The couple is PDDU, cut at 2".   The veil is polka dot vellum with a couple of rhinestones.  The paper is Colorbok......added some ribbon and rhinestones.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Wonder"-ful Snowfriend

This card was my DT creation for this week's challenge at Practical Scrappers.  We had to create a Christmas card.....not a very difficult task.  Hop on over and play along.......everyone is making Christmas cards this week.

This snowfriend is cut at 4" (much easier to deal with).   Added some dimensional paint and doodling to spruce him up.  Added some sparkly snowflakes and put him on a mat cut with my Nesties and inked.  Framed with some $1 Target ribbon. 

Monday, November 30, 2009

Little Pink and Green Snowfriend! Cricut Cardz #3 and Frosted Designs

The challenge at Cricut Cardz was to use pink and green on a favorite this was lots of fun!  At Frosted Designs, you were to use concentric shapes....which I did with the background (rectangles) and the mat (squares).  I used all scraps on this card...yeah!   The snowfriend is cut at 3 1/2" and I just take parts I like from each one.   I've also found that if you cut the hats 1/2" bigger they seem to do better.   His little face is a Peachy Keen stamp (which I forgot that I had......)  Added glitter, and ink, and buttons, and rhinestones......MS punch snowflakes with rhinestones (I didn't wait for the glue to dry....) and a computer generated sentiment.   The mat is embossed with Swiss Dots.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pumpkin with Flowers Birthday Card- Just Buggin'

Happy Birthday Jennifer! Used a sketch from the RAQ challenge on the Cricut boards....and lots of cricut on this one.Began with a 5" square card. Found some great background paper...cut it into a 4 3/4" square...divided it in half. Attached some ribbon to the center. Added a 3 1/2" scalloped square from New Arrival, which I embossed with the pumpkin folder but it doesn't really show up. I cut the pumpkin from PDDU at 3" real dial size....inked, embossed with the swirls folder, and doubled it with pop dots. The Flowers are the Daisy 2 cut from Walk in My Garden, cut at 1" and 1 1/4", shadow and regular...inked and added buttons for the centers. glued some to the front pumpkin and some to the card to get the dimension. Sentiment is "For You" from New Arrival.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pilgrim Turkey

Used DCWV Indian Summer paper for the background. Cut the turkey in brown, orange, red, and green from PDDU at 4" Real Dial Size.....then cut them apart, inked them, and pieced them together. The hat is Pilgrim boy, cut at 3" in black/cream...pieced.. Collar is cut at 3" and 4" Inked....doodled...and buttoned everything. Added google eyes. Sentiment is a rub on from Recollections.
This card featured in November, 2010 ScrapStreet magazine.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gobble, Gobble

Still working on Thanksgiving.......but I couldn't resist another turkey. He's pieced from Animal Kingdom....turkey cut at 5 1/2" in brown for the orange to get the feet layers. The head is the bird head feature, cut at 2 1/2" real dial size with an orange beak. Cut the waddle at 2 1/2" with the turkey head feature. Added google eyes. The "head dress" is Doodlecharms eggs cut at 1" shadow. The wings are the snail shell on Walk in My Garden, cut at 1" (green) 1 1/4" yellow and 1 1/2" orange....layered with pop dots between each color. Sentiment is from Animal Kingdom...cut at 1 1/2" Everything is inked and doodled....and pop dots here, there, and everywhere.

Quilted Turkey - Frosted Designs November Card Sketch

Love the November sketches at Frosted Designs! I've always wanted to try a quilt card so here goes...great way to use up scraps. Background paper is Recollections. The frame is 3 1/2 x 5, punched with the MS Leaf border/corner set. The squares are 1 1 /4" , punched around them with my little awl used for stiching punches. Made a border at the bottom of the card and backed it with brown to make it show up. The turkey is PDDU, cut at 2", layered and pop dotted the feathers, chalked, inked, and penciled the turkey.....layered the legs/feet. Sentiment is stickers.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Merry Little Snowmen

Got the new Snowfriends cartridge....couldn't wait to try it.  Love these little fellas, but they are cut at 2" and that is TINY!   Embellished them with pencils, sharpies, chalk, and glitter.  Added a little bling and a fuzzy pompon.   Really want to play with this cartridge a little more.  Snowflake border is MS punches cut on metallic paper with little jewels attached.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Doodlecharms Santa Card

I found a sketch I like for my Christmas cards, and the plan is one each day until I'm finished.  This one is DCWV paper on the outside....wrapping paper on the inside.  Cut off the bottom inch of the front to show the inside strip.  The sentiment is framed with the MS loopy punch set, computer generated, and doodled.  The trim is some Memory Maker's ribbon.  The santa is Doodlecharms, cut at 2 1/2" on flesh blackout, red and white layers.   I ran the white through the Cuttlebug with the Swirls embossing folder. Inked everything with Creamy Brown.    Glittered all the red and white....inked and chalked the cheeks and nose....added google eyes....popped the moustache.  Added a rhinestone button to the hat. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Frosted Designs Bling Challenge

Today is my sister's birthday and for her card I chose papers from a Colorbok set I found at Big Lots for $10!!   HSN leftovers, I'm sure, but I loved it!  Unusually, I used only papers from that set, and everything else came from that set too.   Added some blingy rhinestones, used nesties to cut the ovals, and computer generated sentiment.  No Cricut....that doesn't happen too often!  And since the challenge at Frosted Designs was to use "bling", here it is!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Turkey Lurkey - Frosted Designs Challenge and Just Buggin'

The challenge at the Frosted Designs blog was to use brown, teal, and orange and Just Buggin' wanted you to use some sort of cricut animal....even a created one. I combined these with a sketch from RAQ's challenge at the Cricut messageboard. Paper is DCWV Indian Summer and Imaginesce. Used the MS leaf edging punch (boy, am I going to have practice with those things.) Recollections rub-on for the sentiment and side leaves.

Now for the turkey.....well, I never cared for any of the Cricut turkeys, although I have 4 of them. This one is constructed from George Circles (head and body), George hearts (feathers), and George triangles (nose and feet - hand trimmed) The top of his head is from the rooster on Animal Kingdom - trimmed - and the waddle is from Animal Kingdom's turkey. I inked it all.....used a colored pencil to add cheeks and accentuate around the edges.........doodled...and sharpied the eyes.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Squirrel Friends - Just Buggin' #11

Kinda "punny".....really didn't mean to be! Easy little card made out of Recollections Autumn stack.....little 1 1/4" squirrels from Animal Kingdom (shadow/regular/layer)**sharpied/inked** some Target rub-ons *I love the $1 bins* and some little tiny Doodlecharms leaves (1" and 1 1/4"....cut twice...pop dotted...inked)

Blingy Christmas Elf

Merry Christmas.....well, it's early, I know.   But it's never too early to break out those Christmas scrappins'.  This card is supposed to be based on a sketch (I can never get a card to fit a sketch...   ughhh!).   It is DCWV 2008 Christmas stack patterned paper....trimmed out with those wonderful red "bling on a roll" rhinestones (a Tuesday Morning find....three rolls for $3.....WOW!)    Inside paper is American Crafts Christmas Party, cut into a circle with my MS circle cutter (I prefer that to Cricut circles....they come out "wonky" for some reason...)  Edged the circle with MS snowflakes...white for one version with some glittery sparkle in the middle and red metallic for the other one.  The package and the sentiment were some button tags from my stash.  The elf is PDDU, cut in metallic, at 4".   The details for him are somewhere in this blog under SWAPS or Cool Yule.   He's just the basic cut though with hand drawn face, doodling, and marker made stripes on his stockings!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall Get Well Card

I'm really starting to get into fall themed stuff, and I needed a get well here is the result!  The paper is Recollections 8x8 Autumn stack which I think is going to be my favorite this season.  Love the distressed edges.  I used a sketch from Mojo Monday (more or less), the frame from Pooh and Friends, cut at 3" **lesson here......never cut that frame so small**....layered it with pop dots and backed it with some brown striped paper.   The oak leaf is from Doodlecharms, cut at 2".   Sentiment is hand lettered/doodled and tied it all together with some pieces of DCWV chipboard - Green Stack- which was wasting away in the closet- and a little grey bow.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Auntumn Days

No more Halloween cards........let's move on to fall.  This card is from a sketch on RAQ's card challenge over at the Cricut messageboard.   I  used Doodlecharms for the basket, cut shadow/regular at 3".....layers in tan.....inked.   I enlarged the slits with an Exacto knife and added woven ribbon through it.  Little apples are Doodlecharms....cut at 1".....added ink and green acrylic paint for the leaves.   Attached with glue and layered with pop dots.   Added little buttons on the basket.  The pretty "shape" was one I had no cut for.....found one in my stash and drew a template.     Cutting by hand......yuck.....boy, do I love my Cricut.   Added some more ribbon, a bow, inked everything, and put on a rub-on sentiment.   Paper is DCWV Indian Summer. Ribbon is from Target's $1 bin.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Argyle cards

RAQ's challenge on the Cricut messageboard had this great sketch from Scrapfriends using an argyle pattern.   I made a Halloween (I know.....I said no more....but.....) and a Christmas version.  Easy to do when you use paper that is in squares.   Added some punchs, little PDDU bats, and ribbon to both.  Sentiments are stickers (Christmas) and rub-ons (Halloween)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Trick or Treat!

My last Halloween card (I think?)   I used PDDU for most of it.   The little witch is cut at 3"....then I  cut and pasted to get the side view.   Used Witch's hair, Witch's shoes, Witch's hat (star punch), Wizard's dress (backed in green to show the stars), and the Wizard's cape (cut at 2 1/2" instead of 3)   Face is hand drawn....chalked and inked a lot (green fingernails.......)    The broom is cut at 5 1/2"   Used my MS circle maker to cut a 3 3/4" circle....inked it....embossed with swirls in the cuttlebug.   Added some PPDU bats and rub-on sentiment.  Trimmed it out with orange ribbon and a button.  Here's a close up:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Far Out Birthday

On the cricut messageboard, there is a request from a little boy with cancer.   He wants to receive 10,000 birthday cards.  Here is the link; please send a card if you can.

This is the card I'm sending.   Used Everyday Paper Dolls Alien, cut twice at 3" and pop dotted together.  Inked, chalked, and "sharpied"   Cut the spaceship out of silver metallic, 2 1/2" real dial....sharpied.  Printed the sentiment out with the computer.....cut with decos....and inked.  Inside says, "Hope your day is really far out!"

Monday, October 19, 2009

From Your Mummy

I saw this cute little clip art mummy while browsing at the computer.....thought he would be easy to reproduce with the cricut.  3" George circle for the face....1" circles for the cheeks.   Nose is one of the snowballs from Doodlecharms, cut at 1".  I cut thin strips of white paper with some deco edge scissors, inked the edges, and cut strips to put on the mummy.  Then I took a cotton swab with ink and went over the edges again after they were glued for a little more impact.  Eyes are a sharpie; sentiment and spiders are little clear stickers from the Dollar Tree.   And of course, the inside says, "From Your Mummy!"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Witchy Cat

Tried a little bit of paper piecing today.  I'm gonna have to break down and get the's perfect for the way I craft.   Anyway, followed a sketch posted on RAQ's challenge on Cricut....orginally from pagemaps.  Used Heidi Grace papers...and the yellow is from the scrap drawer. 

Cat is made with Pooh and Friends hat (shadow, regular, layers(polka dots)...cut at 3"....inked and ribboned.   Head is George Heart (shift) cut at 4" and placed upside down.  Eyes are 1" heart and 1" oval (cut in two)   Cheeks are 1" ovals...inked and chalked and doodled.  Nose is a little heart punch.  Added some George Stars #2 and crescent moons.  Handcut the brackets.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Let It Snow! Practical Scrappers Punch Challenge

Well, I broke down and finally made a Christmas card.   I wouldn't have....but it matched the sketch challenge on RAQ's card challenge on the Cricut Messageboard....and it used punches which is what Practical Scrappers is using this here it is:   the first Christmas card of 2009.

Used Doodlecharms snowman:  cut shadow on regular and layers in blue metallic....cut brown twigs, cut regular white....and layers white.  All cut at 2 1/2"  Went around the edges with blue and green pencil...then silver metallic ink.  Attached the layered nose (ink, gel pen, and watercolors) googly eyes, inked cheeks, and penciled mouth.  Put on an orange ribbon knotted for a scarf...and a punched heart...and buttons.  The hat is the elf's hat from PDDU....cut at 3" and layered.   The paper is American crafts and it made this sketch easy!   Snowflakes are 2 Martha Stewart punches....layered....and button attached.  Sentiment is computer generated....cut with decorative scissors.....and inked with the silver.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Halloween Monster - Bitten by the Bug Challenge

The Challenge at Bitten by the Bug is to use the monster on PDDU.   I've always loved this cut, so I was very excited to start this one. 

Monster is cut at 3" once in orange and once in polka dots....layered together with pop dots.  Used white/purple circles for the eyes, purple circle for the nose, and (Are you ready for this????!!).....the magician's hair cut at 4" for his little hands.   I loved this cut because it gave him claws.    The bag is from PDDU, cut at 3"....doodled with a white gel pen.   I used black sharpie, white and purple gel pens, and some brown ink to finish my little hairy guy. 

The candy corn is Doodlecharms, cut at 2 1/2" and 3".   Paper on the card is Daisy D's....sentiment is handstamped (stamp from Target's $1 bin) and colored, attached with pop dots.  Added some tourquoise ribbon to the top and bottom.  The sketch for this card is from Pagemaps.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Spooky Fun!

Over on the Cricut message board, there is a weekly thread called RAQ's card challenge.  There are three sketches....just for fun and feedback.   Lots of nice people over there, and I try to do at least one sketch.  Here is my card for sketch #1:

Used the ghost from PDDU, cut at 2 1/2", 2", and 1 1/2".  Used Sharpie and silver ink from details; glued some flat and some with pop dots.  Used nesties for the sentiment frame.   Paper is Daisy D's and the spider webs are black translucent stickers from the Dollar Tree.   Sentiment is vellum.  Doodled with my white pen (I think that is my favorite scrap tool right now....)