Monday, February 27, 2012

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Simply Sunday - Pirate Theme

Welcome to Simply Sunday with the Getting Cricky Design Team!

Today is the day that the Getting Cricky Design Team gets to show off some of the projects they have created with the wonderful stamps from K Andrew Designs.  Our theme for this week is Pirates.

For today's project I used the Sampler Cricut cartridge.  Earlier this month, the Design Team had a personal challenge where we all created one project each day but used the same Cricut Cartridge all week.  If you would like to see my projects that I created using the Sampler Cartridge you can look back through the posts from that week . . . or click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

I kept using the Sampler cartridge since I was on a roll with it for my card today . . .



I used the baby onsie cut and stamped the phrase "Party on the poop deck" on the front of it.  The phrase comes from the K Andrew Pirate Tales and Fish Scales.  I found a background paper that had a compass on it, which made me think of sailing.  I used the rope stamp from this same set to stamp the rope pattern onto a strip of paper that I placed to cover the seam of my two background papers.

On the inside I used yet another stamp from the Pirate Tales and Fish Scales stamp set . . . the pirate ship . . . and then I wrote "Welcome to the newest member of your crew!"

Make sure to stop by Getting Cricky to see what the rest of the Design Team has created, and you can even enter your OWN project into the challenge.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Surprise Blog Hop!!!!!!

Welcome the “Getting Cricky With It” Surprise Blog Hop for Kristal!!!

Today the Design Team is bringing you some very special projects created for our wonderful and amazing leader Kristal! Our term is almost over and we wanted to show her just how much we appreciate ALL that she has done for us this term. The projects that we will be sharing with you will also be sent to Kristal. We encourage ALL of her fans to join in on the fun as well! Be sure to add your card/project to the link below and then be sure to mail it off to her!

If you've hopped along from Sherry's blog then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)...

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America. You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:

For my project I used the Positive Thoughts stamp set, which is definitely one of my favorites.  If you follow my blog, you know I am a HUGE Disney fan, and when I first received this stamp set I started to see all kinds of possibilities for Disney themed projects with this set.  Here is a preview of the stamp set . . .


And here is the card that I created . . . . 

Kristal . . . you are a strong, brave and beautiful woman.  It takes a lot of strength to raise children on your own AND run a business, and I applaud you for doing both of those jobs so well.  I am honored to be a part of your Design Team and to share your wonderful stamps with all of my readers.

Now you can dance on over to your next stop: 

.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Winners!

I was so busy yesterday I forgot to post the winners of the Getting Cricky Blog Hop!  Sorry . . . here they are . . .


Michele Smith
and 
Rebecca White

Both Michele and Rebecca will be receiving a $25 gift certificate to Custom Crops!  Congratulations!  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Getting Cricky Blog Hop - Cabin Fever

Welcome to the "Cabin Fever" Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this month's Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  We have an EXTRA SPECIAL hop for you this month -- All week long, the Design Team has been featuring many of Kristal's stamp sets as well as an array of Cricut Cartridges, SVG cuts, and more in anticipation of the hop...  If you've missed out on any of the week, be sure to check out our previous posts for MORE THAN 100 CREATIVE IDEAS and PROJECTS as well as giveaways, promotions, tips, and tutorials!!

If you've hopped along from Ildi's blog then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:








Kristal's stamp sets are perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more...

For my project, I'm featuring the Owly Hoo Stamp set.







We have a friend of our family who plays hockey, and he recently suffered a concussion during a game.  He is going through a little bit of "Cabin Fever" since he cannot read, play video games or go to hockey for a while now.  To cheer him up my daughter and I brought him some of his favorite brownies, along with this card . . . 



The inside says "Hope you are on the road to a fast recovery!"  I used the road sign and arrow cuts from the Sampler Cricut cartridge because the Design Team was challenging ourselves to use just one Cricut cartridge for all of our projects this week.  Then added the numbers on the signs with my Owly Hoo stamp set.  I decided to make the signs have his hockey jersey number.

If you would like to see my other projects that I created this week using K Andrew stamp sets and the Sampler Cricut cartridge, you can look back through the posts from this week . . . or click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  

2/20/12  ****The contest below is now closed ****  2/20/12

Now for some blog candy!  How about some gift certificates to Custom Crops!  Let's play a game to enter to win . . . 

Those of you that know me know that my family created the website MyCutSearch.com and that I like to have everyone play a game with MyCutSearch.com in order to enter to win prizes.  Since my card has road signs on it, let's go to MyCutSearch and search the word

road

Then send me an email by clicking here or by using the Contact Us Page at MyCutSearch.com telling me how many Cricut handbook pages came up in the search for the word road.  Winner will be announced on Sunday February 18th, so make sure to stop back and see if you are the lucky winner!

2/20/12  ****The contest above is now closed ****  2/20/12

Now you can hop on over to your next stop: 
Kristan






Getting Cricky Blog Hop


Hello Thursday . . . and a coupon

Yesterday was Hello Thursday, which is the day that ProvoCraft announces the newest cartridges that it will be releasing . . . it is also the day that has my family waiting and wondering if we have just a couple of new cartridges to add to MyCutSearch.com or if ProvoCraft is going to swamp us with 10 or more cartridges for the month.

Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2



Like the name says, this cartridge if filled with 3 dimensional bags and boxes, along with tag and card cuts. I thought this little take out box was cute. This would be great for a party favor box for a themed party . . . Chinese lanterns hanging around the room . . .




Another one that I thought was cute was this dress bag.  Cut it in white and decorate it as a wedding dress for a wedding gift or bridal shower . . . or as a bride, decorate it in the colors of your wedding and put the bridesmaid gifts in it . . . you could even decorate it to just be a fun party dress for a Sweet 16 Party.


The other thing I really like is that ProvoCraft has even created a handbook with assembly instructions! You can find that HERE.

Garden Soup



Does Spring mean spending time in your garden? Then check out the new cartridge Garden Soup.  This cartridge contains images, phrases, a fun new Honeycomb shaped icon, borders and corner cuts and a seed packet cut.



Divine Wedding



Is there a wedding in your future? Even if there is not, you might want to check out Divine Wedding for the font feature or the fun flowers and flourishes that could be added to any project.

This cartridge is sold through Creative Memories.

Before you go . . . here are those coupons I mentioned in the subject line of this post.  You can go HERE to print them out.












One last thing before you go . . . make sure to come back tonight, or bright and early tomorrow morning, to check out the Getting Crickey Blog Hop.  All week the Design Team has been creating projects featuring the stamps by K Andrew Designs and one Cricut cartridge.  I picked the Sampler cartridge . . . If you would like to see my projects that I created this week you can look back through the posts from this week . . . or click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Greetings lil one

Have you ever sat down and looked through the handbook for just one of your Cricut cartridges, and then tried to come up with as many project ideas as you could that would JUST use that ONE cartridge and any of the stamp sets you already own?

That is kind of the basis for the theme of this week. I will ONLY be using cuts from the Sampler Cricut cartridge, and combining them with stamps from the K Andrew Designs stamp sets. Why? So many people look at a stamp set and see a "theme" and think that if they don't have a Cricut cartridge that fits that "theme" then they don't have a use for that stamp set . . . WRONG! This week several of the Getting Crickey Design Team Members are going to show you how many project ideas are out there from just one cartridge.

For today's card I used the baby wrapped in the blanket cut from the Sampler Cricut cartridge.























I used stamps from Owly Hoo and Winter Wishes to create my phrase Greetings lil one.  Since several of the K Andrew stamp sets are mix and match sets this allows you to combine them to create your own phrases . . . which also allows you to get more bang for your buck out of the sets!

I hope you enjoyed this card, and that you come back every day this week to see what else I have created!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baby Love

Have you ever sat down and looked through the handbook for just one of your Cricut cartridges, and then tried to come up with as many project ideas as you could that would JUST use that ONE cartridge and any of the stamp sets you already own?

That is kind of the basis for the theme of this week. I will ONLY be using cuts from the Sampler Cricut cartridge, and combining them with stamps from the K Andrew Designs stamp sets. Why? So many people look at a stamp set and see a "theme" and think that if they don't have a Cricut cartridge that fits that "theme" then they don't have a use for that stamp set . . . WRONG! This week several of the Getting Crickey Design Team Members are going to show you how many project ideas are out there from just one cartridge.

For today's card I used the baby carriage cut from the Sampler Cricut cartridge.



I used stamps from Owly Hoo to create the phrase "Baby Love".  Since several of the K Andrew stamp sets are mix and match sets this allows you to combine them to create your own phrases . . . which also allows you to get more bang for your buck out of the sets!

I hope you enjoyed this card, and that you come back every day this week to see what else I have created!



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Have you ever sat down and looked through the handbook for just one of your Cricut cartridges, and then tried to come up with as many project ideas as you could that would JUST use that ONE cartridge and any of the stamp sets you already own?

That is kind of the basis for the theme of this week. I will ONLY be using cuts from the Sampler Cricut cartridge, and combining them with stamps from the K Andrew Designs stamp sets. Why? So many people look at a stamp set and see a "theme" and think that if they don't have a Cricut cartridge that fits that "theme" then they don't have a use for that stamp set . . . WRONG! This week several of the Getting Crickey Design Team Members are going to show you how many project ideas are out there from just one cartridge.

For my cartridge I am using the Sampler Cricut cartridge, and I wanted to do something today that also said "Valentine's Day" . . .



I cut the image of the cityscape from some red paper with a red swirl on it, then I used some black and white glitter paper for the background and stamped the sentiment "Let's paint the town red" from the K Andrew Fashionable Friends stamp set.

I hope you have a great Valentine's Day!



Monday, February 13, 2012

Baby, Baby, Baby

Have you ever sat down and looked through the handbook for just one of your Cricut cartridges, and then tried to come up with as many project ideas as you could that would JUST use that ONE cartridge and any of the stamp sets you already own?

That is kind of the basis for the theme of this week. I will ONLY be using cuts from the Sampler Cricut cartridge, and combining them with stamps from the K Andrew Designs stamp sets. Why? So many people look at a stamp set and see a "theme" and think that if they don't have a Cricut cartridge that fits that "theme" then they don't have a use for that stamp set . . . WRONG! This week several of the Getting Crickey Design Team Members are going to show you how many project ideas are out there from just one cartridge.

For today's card I used the rattle cut from the Sampler Cricut cartridge.



I used stamps from Owly Hoo, Crafty Friends and Scripture Sayings to decorate the rattles . . . not exactly the first stamp sets you would think of when doing a baby card, right?  That is my point!  You can find SO MUCH MORE to use these stamps with when you look outside of the "themes" on the sets!

I finished it off with stamping the word baby, from the Owly Hoo stamp set over and over again.  Since several of the K Andrew stamp sets are mix and match sets this allows you to combine them to create your own phrases . . . which also allows you to get more bang for your buck out of the sets!

I hope you enjoyed this card, and that you come back every day this week to see what else I have created!



Sunday, February 12, 2012

Simply Sunday - Weddings and Engagements

Welcome to Simply Sunday with the Getting Cricky Design Team!

Today is the day that the Getting Cricky Design Team gets to show off some of the projects they have created with the wonderful stamps from K Andrew Designs.  Our theme for this week is Weddings and Engagements.

For today's project I used the Sampler Cricut cartridge.  If you own this cartridge then be SURE to come back every day this week because I will be making a new card featuring a cut from this cartridge and a K Andrew stamp each day this week!

To create this card, I used a stamping technique that I learned from the 1 2 3 Stamp DVD from Above Rubies Studio.



For this project I used 
red ink 
a heart shaped Cricut cut for a mask
the phrase "I do!" from the Owly Hoo Stamp set
some embossed red paper
black and white glitter border
the masking technique from the 1 2 3 Stamp DVD from Above Rubies Studio.

If you like this card, you should also check out the Subway Art card I made from several different K Andrew stamp sets.  

Make sure to stop by Getting Cricky to see what the rest of the Design Team has created, and you can even enter your OWN project into the challenge.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Creativity is flowing!

I wanted to let you know about the fun that is going on NEXT WEEK!

Have you ever sat down and looked through the handbook for just one of your Cricut cartridges, and then tried to come up with as many project ideas as you could that would JUST use that ONE cartridge and any of the stamp sets you already own?

That is kind of the basis for the theme of NEXT week. I will ONLY be using cuts from the Sampler Cricut cartridge, and combining them with stamps from the K Andrew Designs stamp sets. Why? So many people look at a stamp set and see a "theme" and think that if they don't have a Cricut cartridge that fits that "theme" then they don't have a use for that stamp set . . . WRONG! This week several of the Getting Crickey Design Team Members are going to show you how many project ideas are out there from just one cartridge.

Here are some of the Cricut cartridges the Design Team will be working with next week . . . each lady can only use ONE cartridge ALL WEEK.  I am linking the name of the cartridge to the Design Team Member's blog that is featuring that cartridge next week so that if you own that same cartridge you can check out all of their ideas!


Wall Decor and More
Country Life
Create a Critter
Disney Mickey Friends
Give a Hoot
Life is a Beach
Paper Doll Dress Up
Smiley Cards
Kates ABC's
Paisley
Best of Pixar
Art Philosophy (CTMH)
From My Kitchen
Nates ABC's
Locker Talk
Sampler
Everyday Paper Dolls
Straight From the Nest
Live Simply 
Simply Charmed

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Titanic

My daughter was VERY into anything that had to do with Titanic a while back . . . it all started after they were talking about it in school, and then she was reading a book about Titanic. So when the Titanic exhibit came to a local museum we had to go.


I included the boarding passes that we got went we entered the exhibit. Each one had the name and information of a real passenger from the ship, and when you got to the last room you got to read the wall to see if you survived Titanic.

In this layout I tried to show the strength of Titanic with the silver paper with diamond plate embossing near the top of the page, and the elegance with the gold accent at the bottom.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

chillin

Here is a layout of a random photo of my daughter just chillin on the couch.  I was having a really hard time putting this layout together, until I grabbed my Page Maps book and it all fell together.

If you have never used Page Maps before, they are so fun and easy to use! Basically, they are a sketch of a page layout and then the include a few examples and variation on that layout.  They are great when I need a little inspiration to get me going.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Crafting Deals!

If you are heading to Archiver's, make sure to bring this coupon for 30% off any one regular priced item.










Also, I wanted to tell you about a new product that I knew was in development but now I can share it with you since it is available for pre-order . . . the new
Scrap'N Easle-Ette!


This is perfect if you need a smaller more portable version of the original Scrap'N Easle for only $39.99!  
and pre-order yours NOW!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Group/Ungroup in My Memories software

Here is a quick video that I did that shows you how to use the Group/Ungroup feature in My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software. This function is really helpful if you have layered several elements and want to keep them just as they are, but move them to a different area of the page.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Love Subway Art Card

I decided to to a project I have been wanting to try for a while . . . Subway Art.  I started by grabbing all of my stamp sets and pulling out any words, phrases or images that might work for a  love theme.


Then I stamped the words I liked onto some scrap paper. I did not worry about getting really good clear impressions since I was only going to be using these to help me layout my project.


Then I cut all of those stamped images/phrases out so that I could move them around on a piece of paper and play with some different ideas and arrangements until I found one that I liked.


Now that I had an arrangement I liked, I could arrange the stamps on a card, with a center frame lightly drawn in with pencil so I could keep all of my images inside this fixed boundary.  How did I decide how big to make this framed off area?  I had already cut a frame image that I wanted to use for the finished project, and this penciled area is the same size as the inside of that frame.  I did not want to stamp all of the words on here and then find that some of them were covered by the frame I wanted to add.


Now I just took my clear stamp block and placed it on top of all of the clear stamps, pressed and poof! All of the stamps were on the block in the arrangement I wanted and I know the spacing will fit the finished project perfectly!


Ink them all up at once and stamp the words and phrases.  Then I marked up the two heart images I wanted to use with a marker and stamped those onto the card.

I then added a frame that I cut and embossed to create the finished project.




Not bad for my first shot at this kind of card.

For this project I used
Cuttlebug folder Victoria
K Andrew Designs stamp sets Scripture Sayings, Owly Hoo, Crafty Friends,Winter Wishes and Fall-o-ween

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hockey puck labels

My daughter plays hockey, and sometimes when the kids have a really good game the Coach will give them the Puck of the Game. I created these labels in the My Memories digital scrapbook software for some of the pucks my daughter has gotten. Once I had the basic template, I could just copy the image and change the words. I made one for her first goal ever, from last year, against one of the top ranked teams in our area. Then I made one for the First Goal of the Season, and made enough copies for the rest of the years she will be in this hockey program. Then I made the rest Puck of the Game.


Then I just printed them and cut them out, and I could add some tape to the back of the label and add it to her puck.





Friday, February 3, 2012

Night Life

I am finally getting some time to work on my scrapbooks again.  Recently I had been busy with some digital scrapbooks . . . one for my daughter's hockey team and one was a memorial scrapbook for a family who lost a baby.  So getting back into my craft room instead of working on digital scrapbooks on the computer has been nice.

Here is a layout that I just finished of some photos that I believe my daughter took.  She loved the colors in the fall sky.



I normally do not stamp on my scrapbook layouts, but the words Night Life from the K Andrew Designs Owly Hoo stamp set just seemed to work so perfectly!



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Friends stick together

"Friendships are like thighs . . . they always stick together"

I thought that this sentiment was so funny, but could not think of a good card to use it for and then all of a sudden I had the perfect idea . . . I cut some of the women from Forever Young.


The stamp sentiment is from the BFF set by Stampin On The Edge

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Decorative Switch Plate Covers

I found out the other day that a friend of mine is making and selling decorative switch plate covers.  She posted some pictures of them on Facebook and I knew right away that I had to share them with all of you.



































These are just a few that I thought were cute, but if you want to see ALL of the switch plates she has made you can go to http://coolswitchplates.com/