Sunday, February 27, 2011

Christmas Cards??

Through all my blog reading I came across a new challenge site: jingle belles. The goal of this site is to make a Christmas card every week all year, so as to avoid that rush to get all your holiday cards completed. The challenge this week was "Text Me". I incorporated text using paper I picked up at Michael's. It was only fourteen cents. It has basic holiday words printed on the paper: Santa, ornaments, reindeer, etc.

The gold punch is a Spirelli punch that I then added red stickles to each petal of the punch. This is the first card I have made in a long time where I did not use my Cricut.

Swirls and Twirls

The challenge at Cooking with Cricut this week was Swirls and Twirls. Yesterday I went to Michael's and there was a sale on Recollections flowers, so I knew I wanted to use one of those today.

The  flourish was cut using the Sweethearts cartridge. I hid some of the smaller elements of the cut with my Gypsy.

Smile for the Camera

The Jitterbuggin' challenge this week was to create a shaped card. I am so amazed by the shaped cards people create. They are always so creative. Trying to create one of those cards myself always proves to be challenging. I generally just take a shape, duplicate it, flip the object and weld the two with my Gypsy. This summer I hope to be able to really explore more elaborate, creative shaped cards.

The camera was cut using the Create a Critter cartridge. Glossy Accents was used for the lens.

Sunglass Beautiful

Wow! It has been awhile since I have been in the crafting mood. Between being sick and being so busy at work, I just could not motivate to be crafty. I like this card a lot more than I did last night when I first made it. This card was completed with two challenges in mind. First, the goal of Cricut Chaos Challenge #7 was to use the Paisley cartridge. This is one of my favorite cartridges, but I wanted to try and use an image that I might not use otherwise.

 The sunglasses seemed to fit the bill. I used glossy accents for the lenses.

The second challenge that I combined to create this card is Challenge #48 Emboss It! at Fantabulous Cricut. The card base was embossed using a Quickutz folder, although the embossing is difficult to see in the picture.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Thanks to Pat at Pat's Scraps for awarding me with the Stylish Blogger Award. I am so excited to be recognized, especially on a week when I have not been motivated to scrap. This might just be the motivation I need. Pat's projects are very inspirational, so hop on over and check out her blog.

When you receive a Stylish Blogger Award. you should:  1) thank and link back to the person who awarded it to you, 2) share 8 things about yourself, 3) pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered, and 4) contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards.  

Eight Things About Me
1.  I have three furry babies - two dogs (Sydney and Katie) and a cat (Jack).
2.  I have two amazing nieces.
3.  I have an addiction to Michael's coupons. Every time I receive one I feel the need to purchase something.
4.  Edwin McCain is my favorite singer.
5.  My favorite TV show of all time is "Alias."
6.  I am a middle school media specialist.
7.  My husband and I like to visit different universities when we go on vacation.
8.  I am an author stalker. I like to have books autographed and have my pictures taken with the authors that I meet.

Eight blogs I would like to recognize:

A special thank you goes to the bloggers for always inspiring me.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cooking with Cricut Challenge-Hearts and Flowers

This card was inspired by a picture a friend sent me and fortunately it matched up with the Cooking with Cricut challenge this week. The goal was to incorporate hearts and flowers. I have to admit, I am rather tired of Valentine's cards at this point, but I enjoyed making this card. 

The flowers were accented with stickles and cut with the Sweethearts cartridge. The hearts were cut using George and Basic Shapes. The sentiment was cut using Paisley.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

If this is my mom, don't look at this card!

My mom recently reminded me that she liked birds and that she hoped she was getting one of the great Valentine's cards I had made. This week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut goes along with their Cricut Crawl and the theme is "Share the Love." The word "love" had to be somewhere on the project, so I thought this was a great opportunity to make a card for my mom.

Cricut cartridges used for this card:
Sweethearts: heart tag, used hearts on bird's wing
Four-Legged Friends: bird
Create a Critter: Love sentiment

Saturday, February 5, 2011

YBW-Thinking of You

This week's Wacky Wednesday Challenge at More Than Favors was to create a card using yellow, blue, and white. That was a nice change of pace from all of those Valentine's cards. I used my new cartridge, Sweethearts, to cut the flowers on my Cricut. The paper was again from my scrap drawer--I will eventually get that drawer down to a manageable size. The pearl stickers are from Recollections.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Different Kind of Valentine

This is my first card in several days. Oh, how I have missed my craft room. Tired tonight but really needed some down time. This card is for two challenges this week. The first is Cricut Cardz Challenge #60 where the goal was to make a Valentine's Day card for a man. The second is Jitterbuggin' which specified a Valentine's card with no red or pink. If you have read my previous posts, you know that I already created my hubby's Valentine. Well, I was not really happy with it, so these two challenges really inspired me to create something else for him. My husband is a math teacher, so a math-themed card seemed appropriate.

Cricut Cartridges used:

Printing Press: #1 (hide feature used to hide box)
Blackletter: + and =
Gypsy Font: me and you
Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More: heart
George and Basic Shapes: tag behind 1+1