Thursday, December 8, 2016

A little secret

I have had a little secret for a little while and now it's time to share it with all of you. As of the first of the year I will officially be a member of the DT over at Connie Can Crop.

 
 
There is always some thing happening over on Connie's blog including: YouTube Tuesday, Sketchy Saturday and Freebie Funday as well as monthly blog hops with lots of prizes.
 
Please drop by and check out this month's challenge and awesome prize: baby it's cold outside.
 
 
It sure is chilly here in Arizona, mid to upper 50's a whole lot nicer here than it is back in Michigan where we come from. Just saw a 40 car pile up on the freeway back there and happy as can be that I don't have to fight the snow and ice to get to work and back anymore.
 
I am looking forward to my new DT duties.
 

 
 


 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Advent Calendar

It is a little late to create one of these but it's never too early to think about next year, is it? I like to give credit where credit where is due, the original idea came from Jo Ann's Website.

 
 
My base is a 4 1/2" square of wood which I painted green.
 


 
Instead of using the pre-made boxes in the original directions, I cut 25 boxes with my Cricut using the Wrap it Up cartridge and the cut for the car box @ 7" (you know how cuts are in Cricutland).
 



 
 
All of the papers are from Craft Smith's Homemade Holiday and Timeless Holiday paper pads.
 
After assembling the boxes I cut the numbers with Cricut's Designer Calendar cartridge using the boxed feature and cutting @ 1.6 inches out of dark green vinyl. I also added some sequins to each box.
 
For each level of boxes, the boxes are glued together with a glue gun as you can see in the 2nd picture above. The bottom layer of boxes is also glued to the wood base but all of the other layers are just glued box to box but not the layers. That is so that you can take the upper layers off so that you can access the boxes to open them up.
 
I die cut 3 stars then scored down the middles and glued together so they form a 3D star.
 
Fill with candy or verses, maybe both.
 
The layers are:
 
Bottom 2 - 6 boxes in each layer
3rd row up - 5 boxes
4th row up - 4 boxes
5th row up - 3 boxes
Top row - 1 box
 
 
 



 

Friday, December 2, 2016

3 - 2 - 1 Challenge Jo's Scrap Shack #167

 It is time for a 3-2-1 Challenge over at Jo's Scrap Shack. You have to use 3 Colors, 2 Embellishments and 1 Technique on your project.


I had this beautiful wreath image from this week's sponsor, Robyn's Fetish to work with.

 
This week's prize is 3 images from Robyn's Fetish. 


 
 
My 3 colors are: white, red and green
2 embellishments: Stickles (red berries on wreath) and Glazed Dimensions (of the ribbon
1 technique was to take some transparent texture paste, color it with some green distress ink and apply to edge of my card with a stencil.
 
I used watercolor pencils to color the image, I used 3 different greens and then blended them together with a paint brush and some water. Then I fussy cut the wreath out and added the Stickles and Glazed Dimensions.
 
The sentiment is a stamp from my stash, stamped on white, layered onto red and adhered to the card face with foam pads. The wreath is also adhered with foam pads. I used some Craft Smith paper for the card base.
 
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until December 9th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of December 12th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sketcn - n - Scrap Sketch #68

It is sketch time again over at Sketch - n- Scrap. Since Christmas is coming I made another Christmas card. I love this sketch, it was a lot of fun to play with.

 
 
The card base is Kraft paper, the stripped paper is from Craft Smith, the other papers are all scraps from my ever growing pile of scraps. The flower is from my stash along with the pearls and sentiment.

I am entering this card into this challenge:
http://sketchnscrap.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, TX

I'm playing along with Sketch - N - Scrap #117 following this sketch.

I decided that this sketch was perfect for some of our long, long trip to Michigan pictures. We were on the road for a month, fulfilling my guy's long time plan to ride the Goldwing to Michigan and back.
For this sketch challenge I wanted to use pictures from our stop at the Cadillac Ranch which is just a hair west of Amarillo, TX on old Route 66. This was our 2nd time visiting the ranch, we had stopped on our move from Michigan to Arizona. For those of you who have never heard of the ranch, here is a link to go take a look see Cadillac Ranch.


There are still 6 or 7 Cadillac's with their noses planted in the ground for anyone who stops by to add their, "tag" to. And a pic of each of us, "tagging" one of them.
 
All of my papers are from SEI's June 2014 Kit of the Month. I cut the accents with my Cricut.
 
I am entering this project into this challenge:
 









 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Give Thanks Blog Hop


'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
Alice Walker...


Welcome to the Give Thanks Blog Hop! 

You should have arrived from Alicia's Blog or if you are lost start at the beginning Alicia's Blog. As we approach the holiday season, I think it is appropriate we should reflect on things for which we can be thankful. We can be grateful for the little things and we should be grateful for the big things. We should take the time to give thanks for all the persons and moments that make our lives so special. 
 
Sooooo, we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to our sponsor today.
 

Theresa is giving away a $20 Stampin' Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND  take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by November 30th. Email her at scrapsbygracie@gmail.com with your order.

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.

 That's it! It really is easy. 


Of course, we would love it if you became a follower too.

Comment buttons can be found at the bottom of the post (on most of the blogs).

 Now on with the hop!


I made two cards, first up this, Thank You" card.


And some Twist and Pop, "Thanksgiving" Cards.




Up next is Kim - http://katydidcards.com/
Here is the entire line up in case you get lost:

Alicia - http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue - http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Kim - http://katydidcards.com/
Lisa - http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/...
Amanda - http://salnclts76.blogspot.com
Connie - http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com/
Jearise - http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com/
CADC - http://cardadaychallenge.blogspot.com/
Theresa - http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com/


Thank you so much for stopping by!
Recipes:

"Thank you" card":

The center area was colored with a Gelato then I added some texture paste on the corners with a stencil. After the paste was dry I used a mini distress ink pad to add some color. Then I added some Imaginisce jewels and a piece of twine.

"Twist and Pop" Card:

I got the directions from: You Tube.

Turkey images from: Ewe - N - Me Printables.
I added some jewels to the sentiment panel to hide the glue dots under the vellum.
I added some twine to help hold them closed while they are traveling through the snail mail system.
The cards are a whole lot easier to make than they look, please give them a try.

I am entering these cards into this challenge:
Robyn's Fetish - 342 - Anything for Thanksgiving

Jo's Scrap Shack # 165 - Color Challenge


Today we have a color challenge for you at Jo's Scrap Shack. You need to use brown, green and yellow with a chance for a bonus prize if you use a turkey.



I was given the, "Christmas Presents" digi from Robyn's Fetish to work with so I got into my way, way, way back machine and found this picture from Christmas past (1956) and created a layout.

 
That's Grandpa with the half a head, my older brother behind the monkey and me.  
 
 

 After printing out the digi from Robyn's Fetish I colored the images with colored pencils and fussy cut them out. On the present with holly I added some red jewels for the berries, the middle present I added some pearls.

The tree is from Cricut's, "Winter Woodland" cartridge and I decorated it with some charms and brads from my stash. The background paper and green paper on the tree are from Craft Smith and the snowflakes are from Plum Purdy.



What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until November 25th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of November 28th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
 
I am entering this into this challenge:
 


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tear It Up

Today I have a birthday card that can be for a male or a female.
 
 
Recipe:
 
Papers - all from Quick Quotes, "Sweet Inspirations" including the card base.
 
The papers are all double-sided, the polka dot is on the reverse side of the red.
 
I tore the edges using 2 different edged paper tear-er devices and inked the edges with Tea Stain Distress Ink.
 
The sentiment is an old vellum sentiment that came with my Quick Quotes cardstock.
 
I added some read berries on the top and bottom of the opening edge as well as a few to the sentiment panel.
 
I am entering this card into this challenge:
 
 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Herbie's 1st Thanksgiving

The other day I saw the funniest little Thanksgiving bib and we picked it up for my guy's grandson's 1st Thanksgiving. You can't just send the bib, you have to send along a card so I made him a box card on a smaller scale.



 Here's a side view:


The other side view:


I put an action wobble on the turkey:


For anyone who has made a card in a box before, this one is a little smaller here are the measurements:


Cut cardstock to 7 1/2"x9 1/4". Score at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8" and 8 1/2". Rotate the cardstock to the left.Cutoff 2". Cut the 2" strip at 3 5/8" and cut in half lengthwise as above for the inside tabs. On the card base, score at 2 1/2" and cut down to the score lines. Assemble as usual.

DSP sizes are as follows:
5. 1/4" x 2" - one patterned and one white/neutral for the back.
1 7/8" x 2 1/4" - six of these.
2 3/4" x 1 7/8" - 3 of these.
Recipe:

Turkey, "Gobble, Gobble" and pumpkins cut from Cricut's Create a Critter cartridge.
Sentiment from a stamp set I have had for a few years from My Craft Spot's, "Happy Thanksgiving" set.
Scrolled bling is from Zva Creative.
Other bling from Imaginisce.
Little birds from Plum Purdy.
Leaves are a McGill punch.

I am entering this card into these challenges:

Retro Rubber Challenge - 51 - Thankful
Connie Can Crop - 52 - Pumpkin Spice
Robyn's Fetisch Challenge - 342 - Anything For Thanksgiving
DL Art - 192
Bitten By the Bug 2 - Anything Goes - Thanksgiving Project
Pile it On - 121 - Thankful - Thank you




 

Friday, November 11, 2016

"Corny" copia Blog Hop

 
Welcome to the "Corny"copia Blog HopThank you for joining us for a fun weekend of "Corny" Fall themed projects. Lots of fun and puns!
You should have arrived from Angela's blog . If not, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop. This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month!

 

One lucky winner will win a Fall themed card kit.

 
What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments. Winner will be announced on Wednesday 11/16/16 at Connie Can Crop. Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!
Fall Leaves Me Happy!! Hope it Leaves you in a Pile of Smiles!