I have seen many blog posts over the last few days where folks are picking their favorites from this past year. So I am jumping on that band wagon!! most are picking their top ten, Here are my Top Ten, in no particular order!! Other than this first one of the snowman, this is my Favorite from 2010! (If you click on the photo, it will take you to the original post)
Mary over at SVGcuts.com has created another super cute svg set!! The Snowman Village set is oh, so cute and easy to piece. I chose 4 of the 16 different snowmen and snowwomen in the set. I made the Classic Snowman, Fisherman, Pirate and the Snowy Potter. (I am a HUGE Harry Potter Fan! LOL) I will tell you a few things you might want to know, these snowmen are HUGE if you cut them as created, like somewhere around 6 inches or more assembled. If you would like to put these on a card you need to resize them smaller. It is easy to resize in either SCAL or MTC, so that is no problem. I ended up laminating them and putting magnet material on the back and making Snowmen "Action Figures" for my little one to play with. (I am not allowed to call them paper dolls, since he is a boy, per my Husband LOLOL) I also used googly eyes, I really love googly eyes! :-) Also, you might want to glue the googly eyes on after you laminate them! (I had to do eye surgery on Snowy Potter with my mat knife.) This set also includes an "extra" which turns the snowmen into boxes which are super cute and I will be making some of these! You get a lot for your money with this set, this is a definite BUY!! have fun creating!
Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you and your Family(s) have a fabulous Holiday and that 2011 is the best year ever for us all!! So far we have had a wonderful Christmas, Jeremy received a John Deere Power Wheel Ride on Tractor from Santa and he is Loving it!! (I hope He learns to steer soon! LOL) We are eating our Holiday meal with my Grandmother (she will be 86 on her birthday in March) and all of our family (I think there will be about 50 of us and that is no where near the whole immediate family) Yesterday was Gene and my 24th Wedding Anniversary and we had a very nice day, it was very busy since I was way behind this year (it is hard to get things accomplished with a toddler) but we pulled it together and had a great day! Thank you all for all of your support this year and I have big plans for 2011!
I bought a huge roll of kraft paper at my local Independently owned Office Supply store and decided to wrap all of my Christmas gifts in it and use some wire edged ribbon I bought at a yard sale this summer. Since I was using kraft paper I decided to make my own gift tags. I made a dozen of the Santa face tags, these are from Treasure Box Designs, I made 5 of the Christmas Tree tags, these are from SVGcuts.com (this is actually from their Christmas Bags and Boxes but if you import the tree box lid and the scallop pieces, then use the basic shapes in SCAL2 to get a triangle sized to fit the box top so that the scallop pieces will fit, then delete from the mat the box top and you have your tag pieces) I was able to get 5 tree triangles per sheet of 12 x 12 paper. The snowman is a file that was in my Christmas folder but there is nothing to tell me where it came from so... I wish I could give credit where it is due, if anyone knows who made it please let me know. These are super quick and fun to make and everyone is commenting on them, my Sister said she is whiting out the names and reusing them next year! LOL
i am very pleased to announce that I was chosen to be a part of Super Joy's Design Team over at www.joyslife.com. This is such an exciting thing since I think Joy ROCKS!! (I am also excited to see that Jin from Under a Cherry Tree is also a member, I love Jin's work and blog) ((Oh yea, and it is Jin's fault that I am loving Lettering Delights now too)) I have some exciting things planned for 2011 and one of them is that I am doing something Christmas every month on the 25th, I read this idea on a blog somewhere and the idea has stuck with me especially since, right now, I need about three more weeks before Christmas! LOL Next year I hope to be finished earlier and get to enjoy more of the Fabulous Christmas Season plus my little one will be older and we will probably have even more commitments than we have had this year. I do have a few more posts before the end of the year, I am posting my final Design Team project for Craft Junkie Too on Wednesday, it has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the CJT design team and it has been a lot of fun as well. I will miss Tracy and the other Ladies. I will leave you today with a photo of my little one, He is a funny little guy and makes life ever so much more fun!!
This is a fun Christmas card, made with the SVGcuts.com "Christmas Cuddly Friends", some PaperTrey Ink paper and the patterned paper is a digital paper from Design House Digital's Jen Allyson and her "Merry Little Christmas paper Collection". The Santa is cut at 4 inches, the digi paper was resized in Photoshop CS3 to 5 x 5 inches (doing this shrinks the graphics to make them for proportionate for cards) I cut the tag from SCAL2 basic shapes collection (comes with SCAL2) the Ribbon is from Norfolk Floral Wholesale (50 yards for $10) the button is from my sewing stash and the twine si from PaperTrey Ink. I inked the edges of the tag and the sentiment is from Our Craft Lounge's "Reindeer Kisses" stamp set. Let me know what you think via a comment! Thanks and Merry Christmas!
I have seen many cards on other blog that featured Sentiments and I decided I wanted to make one so I went to my stamp collection and picked one out. The Sentiment stamps (this is three different stamps) are all from one set of PaperTrey Ink stamps. The paper is a manilla cardstock from a ream from Wal-mart and the red is Archiver's Cardstock, the ribbon is from Dollar Tree. The brocade paper is from DCWV. I am liking the way it turned out so now I want more sentiment stamps that are larger so I can make some similar cards next year!!
I am not sure if I am sending Christmas cards this year or not, I love so many of the ones I have created that I am not sure if I can part with them!! LOL This card was created using Lettering Delights new svg set "Merriment" and the BEST part about it is that they are offering it for FREE!!! (Free is always so great!) I also discovered that if you resize you digi paper in Photoshop, it shrinks it down so the pattern is more size appropriate for the smaller card size! WOO Hoo, this was a fantastic discovery for me (I am sure I am the last to know this, but just in case, I thought I would share my major discovery) The card base is PaperTrey Ink paper in Hawaiian Shores, then a white mat (Walmart paper by the ream) then the patterned paper is digi paper from the Free digi kit at Design House Digital, you receive this kit when you sign up for the newsletter. The snowman is from the Merriment svg collection from Letter Delights and the sentiment is from Our Craft Lounge, the scalloped mat on the sentiment was punched from a Stampin' Up punch and the ribbon is from Norfolk Floral Wholesale (this is another great tip, if you have a floral supply store in your area, go check out their ribbon, I got a 50 yard roll of white satin 5/8" ribbon for $10, this is a steal!!) The snowflake I cut out of iridescent paper and it is from SVGcuts.com "Christmas Cookie Party" svg collection. The jewel in the center is an IRock jewel and I set it with my IRock. I hope y'all like this card, I really love the way it turned out! let me know what you think, comments really brighten my day!!
I created both of these cards last year using the Stampin Up stamp set "Loads of Love" and "Loads of Love Accessories". I used the same papers from an old DCWV paper stack and just switched them up a bit. The ribbon is from Stampin Up and the Merry Christmas is from one of my vast stamp collection. I used Glossy Accents on the trucks to give them the look of a car's clear coat. These cards turned out super cute and they were fun to color with my Copic markers.
I made this cutie patootie card using the Treasure Box Designs "Cocoa Cafe" set from the Village Series, this is #3 in the Village Series. I used scrap paper from my scrap basket and some twine I picked up at Wal-mart. The sentiment is from the Scrappy mom's stamp set "Winter Wishes" (This is a MUST have set for Christmas cards). I did a little inking around the edges and the background mat is from the basic shapes in SCAL2. I hope y'all like this card as much as I do!!
I was asked to give a organizational tip or two and I have had a very hard time with this! LOL I am organized, I have to be because of where I live, we have no craft stores so supplies have to be bought in advance. The first tip I have to make a gift list, I have a master gift list and I buy gifts and things to make into gifts all year long, when I find things on sale. That leads right into the second tip, the picture is of some aluminum water bottles that I found on sale and a glass ornament (plus the supplies I used on the glass ornament) that I bought after Christmas last year, cheap! I try to find things like this all year long and store them in my closet in the craft room, then when a Birthday or Christmas rolls around I have the raw materials to create nice, inexpensive gifts! Happy Holidays Everyone!! I will be back later to show you some more of these ornaments and tell you about the glitter I am using, it is a combo of two different ones and the effect is gorgeous!!
I think this card turned out so well! I used Make-the-Cut software, my cricut, the embossing tool and mat from Cri-Kits.com and Lettering Delights "Trim The Tree" graphics file to create this card. The card is 8.5 x 5.5 and I cut the large ornament at 3 inches, the wide ornament at 2.5 inches and the long ornament at 2 inches. I used the metal and embossing tool and mat from Cri-Kits.com to emboss the insides of the ornament and then cut the ornaments out with my Cricut and the standard blade. I double matted the card using a piece of dark red cardstock from Archivers and a piece of white cardstock embossed with the Cuttlebug snowflakes Folder and my Cuttlebug. I also created mats for the ornaments and used AC Cardstock's foil (different colors), I also used the AC Cardstock in silver foil for the hangers. The sentiment is from Our Craft Lounge's "Reindeer Kisses" stamp set and the mat is Spellbinders "Label #4" set. I hope y'all try out the Lettering Delights graphics to create cricut files, they are easy, fun and inexpensive!
Yes, I am one of the crazies that goes out on Black Friday, in fact, we go out before midnight on Thursday night and return home sometime Friday morning! While out I was able to grab one of the new Cricut Lite Carts at Wal-mart, the Jolly Holidays Cartridge. I used it to make this card of the Snowman decorating his Christmas tree. I used a piece of scrap DCWV paper for the background and if you notice there is a silhouette of Santa in his sleigh and the reindeer! The rest of the paper used was from my scrap basket. The sentiment is Scrappy Mom's from the "Winter Wishes" set and I used some Stickles on the ornaments. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, the button is from my sewing stash and the twine is from Papretrey Ink. Happy Decorating Everyone!!
This card was created using SVGcuts.com "Winter Bliss" Collection. I used several cuts from this collection, the window, the icicles, the children. The background paper is a digital paper that I printed and the snow is torn white paper. The sentiment sign, I made using a basic shape from SCAL2 and I layered two different ones and used some twine and made it look like a picture hanging on the wall. I think this card turned out right nice, even if I do say so myself! LOL.
mari has one week to email me or I will pick a new winner! Congrats and Thanks so much to everyone for all of the lovely comments. You all have no idea how much reading the comments means to me! Please keep them coming!!
** links have been edited to include the link to the cut file by KAndrew Designs, This card is featured as the example!!! I was so thrilled and honored to see that!**
I just love this card, it is so stinking cute!! I used a KAndrew Designs file out of the November Grab bag available at Visual Art By Chris. The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms "Winter Wishes" set and the papers are from my scrap basket. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and I used my Bow Easy to tie the bow. The button is from my sewing stash, The faces are from Peachy Keen Stamps, the twine is from PaperTrey Ink and I colored the button with Copic markers. I created the tag in SCAL2 after I measured the sentiment so I could size it to fit. I pop dotted up the Gingerbread man holding the heart and the sentiment. One more note of interest, my Cricut Expression just does not like to cut tiny stuff and the frosting on the Gingerbread men is tiny, I tried and it just didn't cut well so I hand drew it on with a snow pen and then puffed it up with my heat gun. (Like the marines say, Improvise and Overcome! LOL)
Links: KAndrew Designs Gingerbread Men cut file KAndrew Designs Scrappy Mom's Stamps PaperTrey Ink Peachy Keen Stamps
** Note: The Scrappy Mom's stamp set that I used is out of stock until Dec. 8th
I love the way this card turned out!! The Poinsettia is a Penny Duncan cut file (available for free from her blog) and I cut it out with my Cricut, sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and assembled the flower and it sat on my shelf for a month! I just had to get a vision, LOL. I wanted to make a simple but elegant card and I think this fits the bill. I used Kraft paper as the card base, cut A2 size. Then a layer of white shimmer paper and a a layer of red paper with some texture. The fancy mat is the Fleur De Lis mat from SCAL-E Files Blog (also free) and the sentiment mat is from Spellbinders fancy Tags set. A small gold ribbon and Merry Christmas sentiment finishes off the card, oh yea, and I added Stickles, I am loving my Stickles! (I have a whole Sand Bucket full of Stickles!) Merry Christmas Everyone! (I love to say that, this is my favorite time fo the year!!)
Links: Penny Duncan Creations SCAL-E Files
I meant to post these cuties on Thanksgiving but time just escaped me! These two are from My Scrap Chick (who has 70% off of $25 through today), they are part of the Fall Treat Boxes Collection. They are fun and easy, if you do not resize they are on the small size but with an expression are easy to make larger. They are perfect table decorations.I didn't do anything special to them and I used scrap paper to make them! I hope everyone had a Fabulous Thanksgiving!!
I am so shocked, first the My Scrap Chick thing and now two wonderful fellow Bloggers have given me the Stylish Blogger Award!! Thank You so much Gloria from Oma's Crafts and Kristal over at Getting Cricky with KAndrew Designs. There are a few rules with this award so let's see if we can follow them! LOL I completed the first one by Thanking the folks who gave me the award and linking to their blogs.
To accept these awards I have to do the following:
1). Thank and link back to the person who awarded me
2). Share 8 things about myself
3). Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that I have recently discovered
4). Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards (I copied and pasted the above rules from Kristal at Getting Cricky.)
2. 8 Things About Me. 1. I am a Military (US Coast Guard) Wife (although we are retired now)
2. My Husband and I are raising our Grandson.
3. I am a NC licensed Escort. (Vehicle)
4. I LOVE British Murder Mysteries.
5. I must read everyday, I love to read.
6. I also love to cook and bake, I have even catered professionally, in the past.
7. I studied Art in College (didn't finish:-(
8. I am a Christian and proud of it!
3. 8 bloggers that I want to reward!
1. Krikut Krazy: Tangee has a fabulous site and she is a really funny sweetheart!
2. Touched by a Butterfly: Celeste is a wonderful Friend, a fabulous Mom and a Fantastic Crafter with a huge heart!
3. Creative happenings: Brandi makes some beautiful things and she really loves her Husband!! :-)
4. Low Country paisley: Paula is the nicest lady and she makes beautiful things, I get lots on inspiration from her!
5. Rita's Country Creations: Rita makes the most beautiful altered frames, I hope to be on the receiving end of one one day! She is also parenting her cutie Patootie Grandson too.
6. Shoshi Platypus: Shoshi makes some beautiful things, even when dealing with some Physical issues she is always upbeat and such a pleasure!
7. Wendy's Crafting Times: Wendy makes the most Amazing Bookatrix Cards!! These are so incredible, I want to make one but, frankly, I am intimidated! They are incredible, check it out!!
8. Tammy's Creative Tidbits: Tammy makes some beautiful stuff, always has a new idea or project, she blog is a great place for new inspirations and ideas!
Again, I want to Thank the 2 Ladies who were so kind as to think enough of me and my blog to give me this award and I hope y'all visit the blogs of the Ladies that I am giving the award to. I enjoy visiting these blogs, these Ladies create some beautiful things! Have a Fabulous Thanksgiving, I do have a post planned for tomorrow, in between all of the Turkey dinner prep. I am cooking the entire meal, but I have made the Cheesecake, made the rolls and cooks the sweet potatoes, so it isn't too bad! LOL
I was checking out the My Scrap Chick site this afternoon and realized that my Santa Face Card is featured on their website in the New sections in the Holiday ideas!! Woot Woot! I am so excited! I LOVE LOVE LOVE My Scrap Chick and this is such an honor!! Woo Hoo Here is the link, after you get there scroll almost to the bottom and look at the Holiday Ideas http://www.myscrapchick.com/new.htm
This is a simple card with lots of impact, The stamps is from Inkadinkado, I bought it last year after Christmas on Clearance. I double matted it the bottom mat is the same paper and I embossed it with the Tim Holtz bark embossing folder and distressed it with Tim holtz Distress ink, then a black mat, then the stamped image, also distressed and colored with Copic markers. I colored the image with light colors to mimic watercolors and I used my Irock to add some stars. The sentiment is from Scrappy mom's Stamps, "Winter Wishes" stamp set. I feel like the black mat adds a lot of impact, I love the way this card turned out.
This Advent Calendar from SVGcuts.com is so cool! I loved making it, it is a little challenging but nothing that is not do-able! I used papers from my stash, lots of Stickles , some Glimmer Mist and my Cuttlebug to complete this project. Y'all need to run to SVGcuts.com and grab this set and get to work, I can't wait for December 1st so my little one can start opening the doors and getting the treats out!!
(just so ya know, I have since the photo, retied the bow! LOL)
The Creative junkie Too Design Team theme this time was "I am Thankful...", I am Thankful for a lot in my life, one of the biggies is our 21 month old, very active, little boy, so this was for him. (Not to mention for all of the Turkeys in the World) . I really like the way this one turned out, it is fun, cute and was fairly quick (which I need with a 21 month old very active little boy!) I used Sure Cuts A Lot 2 to make this entire banner, the scalloped rectangles are from Penny Duncan, the inside rectangles are from the Basic Shapes library, sized to fit. The pies are from my vast SVG collection but I do not know where I got it and the Turkey is from Treasure Box Designs “I’m Cooked” Collection. The papers are from DCWV and Bazzill, along with some scrap paper. The font I used is called “A Truer Blue” and I liked the child like quality of it. I hope y’all enjoy my Thanksgiving Banner and have a wonderful Blessed Thanksgiving!
This super cutie of a card, I created using the Cricut cartridge "Winter Frolic". I love Winter Frolic, it has tons of really cute images on it. The tree papers are Bo Bunny, the background paper and the tag are from the 6x6 Kaisercraft "Christmas Carnival Collection" paper pack and the rest is from Papertrey Ink. I used my white gel pen for accents and some Stickles on the Christmas bulbs. The sentiment stamp is from Craft lounge's "Sea-sons Greetings" stamp set. I think this card turned out really cute and clean, I am into cute and clean looking! LOL (apparently I am also into bling!! LOL)
This is a tongue in cheek kind of card and I love it!! I just love this clothesline of Santa's clothes, so I got the idea to show Mrs. Claus' very busy life! if she is anything like me and my life then those clothes would be drying on the line of Christmas Eve and Santa would be sitting in his robe waiting!! LOL
I used SCAL2 and SVGcuts.com cut files from the "Santa's North Pole Workshop" set to create this card. The background, clothesline, poles and clothes are all from this set as well as the Mrs. Claus inside.... that's right, this one is all done inside as well! Most of the time I write a personal note inside and do not really decorate the inside except for a strip or two of paper (maybe). Mrs.Claus' face is a Peachy Keen stamp from the PK-480 "Christmas Character Face Assortment" set, I colored the glasses with a white gel pen and gave her rosy cheeks with a Copic marker and then did tiny white dots with the gel pen. I used my Cri-Kits pens to create the sentiment (it took me a good day of thinking about it to come up with the sentiments! LOL) I used both Diamond Stickles and Candy Cane Stickles on Santa's Clothes as well as my Irock and some clear gems to accent the snowflakes. The papers are shimmer papers from Archivers (The Paper Company) and the stripe is from a Kaisercraft stack from last year. The snowflake background paper is a digital paper that I printed out from Sanqunetti Designs from www.mygrafico.com, this is from the "Jolly Days Paper" set. The label and mat for the label is from the SVGcuts.com "Christmas Cookie Party" set. I hope you like the card! Leave me a comment letting me know what you think and remember each comment on all post made in November gives you a chance at the $20 Gift Certificate from SVGcuts.com, the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!! (I realize this is self serving, but what can I say, I really LOVE the comments! LOL)
I am a self employed Wife, Mother of one grown daughter and we are raising our Grandson. I have lots of hobbies and finding time with a 2 year old is a challenge. I try to craft and make cards at least several times a week, I am not always successful. I also garden, do housework, love to cook, am into photography, reading, stained glass, basketry, scrapbooking and computers.