Tuesday, December 31, 2013

JOY Door Hanger

Good morning!  We're taking a little break over at Fantabulous Cricut for the holidays.  Instead of challenges, the Design Team members are each posting a holiday project on different days.  Today is my day - thanks for coming by!

As I was putting out my Christmas decorations this year, I realized we do not have anything hanging on our front door.  I knew right away that had to change!!

I saw a cute "Joy" image on the Create a Critter 2 cartridge where the "O" was a wreath.  I thought that would be cute as a door hanger, but I wanted my creation to be bigger than I could fit on one piece of paper through my Cricut.  So, I found a wreath image and a fun font and created this:

The wreath is from the Jolly Holidays cartridge and the letters are from Opposites Attract.  I cut the letters out 3 times, twice in heavy green cardstock, then once in the striped cardstock.  I glued them all together to make the images a little more sturdy.  I only cut the wreath out once (it felt pretty sturdy with all its layers, especially since the cardstock I was using was all pretty heavy).  Then I simply adhered the J and Y on the edges of the wreath where they overlapped a little bit.

The wreath image already had a small circle at the top which worked perfectly for me to hang my sign.  I simply made a loop of fishing line through the circle and was able to "invisibly" hang this on my front door.

Thanks for coming by to check out my project!  I hope you enjoy checking out each Design Team member's blog for a couple weeks.  Be sure to join us the first full week in January for the next fun challenge at FCCB!!

Pattern cardstock from DCWV's The Merry Christmas stack
Letters from Opposites Attract cut at 10 inches
Wreath from Jolly Holidays cut at 10 inches

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Snowflake Gift Bag

Good evening!  I thought I would share a gift bag I made to hold one of my mother-in-law's gifts this year.  I broke out my Tags Bags Boxes and More 2 cartridge for the first time.  I will admit, I was a little worried when I was looking at the books.  I wasn't real sure how easily I'd be able to put the box together!  Much to my surprise, the box came together really easily.  The extra book with the instructions was a big help!  ;-)

I cut an extra snowflake for each side of the box, that I covered in coarse glitter.

I also cut out the tag image and shadow, which I tied on to the box with twine.

A fun change from standard gift bags and my mother-in-law loved it.  Definitely worth the time figuring it out and assembling it!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Snowflake box from Tags Bags Boxes and More 2 cut at 10 inches
Tag and shadow from TBBM2 cut at 3 inches
Snowflake from TBBM2 cut at 3 inches
Cardstock from DCWV Shimmer Stack
Martha Stewart coarse glitter

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Tags

Happy Friday!  I'm enjoying a few days off work, spending some quality time with my sweetie.  But I'm also spending time "playing" and crafting!!

I thought I would share the Christmas tags I made.  These were pretty quick and easy to make, and the recipients of our Christmas gifts really seemed to like them.

The tags and their shadow images were cut from Plantin Schoolbook.

All of the images came from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge - there are so many adorable images on that cartridge!  I modified some of them in Cricut Craft Room, removing face cuts, for example, so I could use Peachy Keen stamps instead.

I added glitter and Stickles to most of the tags for a little bling.  Pretty simple, but a cute touch to Christmas gifts!

Thanks for coming by today!

Solid cardstock from Core'dinations
Pattern papers from The Paper Studio
Tags from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 3.5, 4 and 4.5 inches
Images from Create a Critter 2, all cut at 3 inches
Peachy Keen Stamps Winter Face Assortment

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope everyone is able to enjoy the holiday today!  My sweetie and I started celebrating last night with dinner and a gift exchange with his dad and step-mom.  Then we all went out to one of his aunt's house for game night.  So much fun and lots of laughs!

I thought I would share the Christmas cards we sent out this year.  I kept them pretty simple (I got a late start getting them made so I didn't want anything too intricate :-) ).  

I used a simple stocking image from the Simply Charmed cartridge - I used Cricut Craft Room to hide the face part of the image.

I embossed the red and green pieces of the stocking and added glitter to the white piece, then used pop dots to adhere my stocking to the card.

A Martha Stewart border punch, some red and green twine and a Pink by Design sentiment finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!!

Solid Cardstock - Core'dinations
Pattern Paper - The Paper Studio
Stocking from Simply Charmed cut at 3.5 inches
Sentiment from Pink by Design's Christmas Wishes set
Candy Cane Stripe and Swiss Dots embossing folders
Twine from The Twinery
Martha Stewart Aspen Snowflake border punch

Monday, December 16, 2013

FCCB 191 - Anything but a Card, Holiday edition

Happy Monday!  It's time for another fun challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut!!

Challenge #191 Anything but a card, Holiday ed.

Show us your holiday (non-card) projects. This could be holiday decor, tags, packaging and gift ideas...

I saw these blocks on Pinterest a while back, and I really liked this idea.  I decided to give it a try and create my own!

REVERSIBLE Give thanks Jingle bells block set. how cute!!

My sweetie helped me cut some spare 2x4 wood we had.  I cut two 6-inch blocks, two 7-inch blocks and three 8-inch blocks.  I used Mod Podge to adhere my pattern papers to the wood.  I also coated the paper with Mod Podge, to give it a little extra protection.

I cut my letters out of vinyl, then simply used transfer tape to place the letters on the blocks.  I sized my letters using Cricut Craft Room, playing around with the height and width a bit, so they would fit on my blocks.

Since I just got these blocks made, I didn't get to use the Give Thanks side this year.  They'll be stashed away and brought out next fall though!!

~This Weeks Sponsor~

Winner will receive the Trim the Tree Cricut Cartridge!

Be sure to visit FCCB and join in the challenge. Remember, you must use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project to qualify for this week's prize!!

Pattern papers from The Paper Studio
Letters from Lyrical Letters and Opposites Attract
Black and Brown vinyl
Mod Podge

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Birthday Bear

Happy Thursday!  Can you believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away??  Are you ready?  I'm not!!

I thought I'd share a quick birthday card I made for my sweetie's cousin's little girl who just celebrated her first birthday.

I kept this card pretty simple, adding just a bit of embossing, a little Stickles, and a little twine bow around the balloon strings.

The Teddy Bears on Parade cartridge has so many cute images.  I really need to use this cartridge more often!!

Thanks for coming by to check out my creation!

Solid cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Pattern paper from American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray Pad and my stash
Bear from Teddy Bear Parade cut at 3.5 inches
Swiss Dots and Polka Dots embossing Folders
Twine from The Twinery

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Baby Album

Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  It's still cold here - we might hit 40 by the end of the week....  I don't like how hot and humid it can get in the summer, but I'm not sure I'm really a fan of this cold weather either.  I'm sure glad we're not getting a lot of snow, though, that's for sure!

One of my good friends from college had her first baby, a little girl, this past Saturday.  I realized I didn't share the album I put together for her, so here's a few of the highlights.

I made a simple 8x8 album for her.  I wanted it to be as easy as possible for her, so all she would have to do is add the pictures.  I made a mat for a 4x6 picture for every page, but I didn't adhere it to the page.  I didn't want to limit her to having to use a landscape or a portrait picture.  And if she preferred to put multiple pictures on the page, I wanted her to be able to do that too.  So instead, I put the mats and a bunch of adhesive photo squares in an envelope for her, so she could use them as she pleases.

Some of the other pages I made were titled Family, Love and Furry Friends (they have a dog and a cat).  I also made a handful of embellishments for her, which she could use to decorate the pages if she wanted.

She has a Winnie the Pooh theme in the baby's room, so I made a few Winnie the Pooh images for the album as well.  I just hope I left the album simple enough that she is able to easily complete it, now that her days are filled with her new sweet bundle of joy!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sympathy Card

Hello!  I hope you have all had a nice weekend!  It was a cold one here for us, but it gave me a chance to do some things around the house - like finally get my Christmas decorations up!  I also had a few craft projects I wanted to work on.

One of the projects on my to-do list was a sympathy card for my project manager at work.  She recently lost her mother, who she was very close with.  I made this card so everyone on our team could write a note to her.  Our team is very close, and we are all hurting for her during this difficult time.

I got the idea for this card by doing a Google search and looking at images for sympathy cards.  I found a card that used this same bird image and I really liked it.  I embossed the background paper, framed the sentiment and popped it up, and added crinkle ribbon that I tied into a double bow.

I thought birthday cards for men were hard, but I have to say, sympathy cards are harder!!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Cardstock from Bazzill, DCWV and Recollections
Bird from Beyond Birthdays cut at 3.4 inches
Flower embossing folder
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps Everyday Greetings set
Crinkle ribbon

Monday, December 2, 2013

FCCB #189 - Beyond Red and Green

Happy Monday!  It's time for another fun challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut!!

Challenge #189 Beyond Red and Green
Create a holiday project that does NOT use red or green

This is great challenge - perfect for the holiday season that is now upon us.  Create any holiday project, without the colors red or green, and as always - use at least one Cricut cut!!

~This Weeks Sponsor~

Winner will receive the Polka Dot Sentiments stamp set

For my project, I made a holiday card using one of the cute snowmen on the Winter Frolic cartridge.  I used a Peachy Keen stamp for his face and added a little embossing to his hat.

I printed the background paper using my Imagine and the Christmas Wish cartridge.

Be sure to visit the FCCB blog and enter our challenge.  Remember, you need to use 1 Cricut cut to be eligible for the prize. Also, please visit our wonderful sponsor!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Solid cardstock from Bazzill, DCWV and Recollections
Pattern paper printed from Christmas Wish Imagine cartridge
Snowman from Winter Frolic cut at 4 inches
Sentiment from Hero Arts Holiday Sayings set
Face from Peachy Keen Stamps Winter Face Assortment
Swiss dots embossing folder

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Birthday Sketch Card

Happy Saturday!  Today is my dad's birthday.  I'm happy to be able to spend the day with him and the rest of the family!

I found a card sketch on Pinterest that I liked and used it as inspiration when I created my dad's card.

I've had the pattern paper for what seems like forever - it was in a Paper Studio pad I picked up a long time ago.  I've been wanting to use it for quite a while and finally did!

I always have a hard time with birthday cards for guys.  I stuck with primary colors, and I was especially thankful to come across this sketch for a little help.  Thanks for coming by to check out my card.  Have a great weekend!!

Solid cardstock from Recollections
Pattern paper from The Paper Studio
Tag from Tags Bags Boxes and More cut at 2.3 inches
Sentiment from TPC Studio's Greetings set

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday!!

Today is my brother's 40th birthday!  My sweetie and I flew out to Colorado to surprise him.  We decorated his yard and house in the middle of the night and showed up on his doorstep this morning.  So much fun!!

This is the card I made for my brother's birthday:

I found this card shape and sentiment on the Life's a Party cartridge.  I put some pattern paper behind the candle images for a little color and faux stitching on the sentiment.

Thanks for coming by to check out my creation!  Enjoy the holiday!!

Solid cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Pattern cardstock from American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray pad
Card shape from Life's a Party cut at 5.25 inches
Phrase from Life's a Party cut at 2.5 inches
White Sakura gel pen

Monday, November 18, 2013

FCCB #187 - Animal Crackers

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut!  This week we're looking for your projects that have an animal on it.

Challenge #187 Use an Animal
Create a project with an animal on it

~This Weeks Sponsor~

I decided to make a Thanksgiving card for this challenge.  I had a turkey image in mind when I sat down to make this card, but as I was flipping through the Create a Critter 2 booklet I saw this cute squirrel and I quickly changed my mind.

I added some faux stitching to my image, and finished off my card with a twine bow and button.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my creation!  Be sure to visit the FCCB blog and join in the challenge. You just need to use 1 Cricut cut to be eligible to win a prize from our sponsor!

Solid Cardstock from Recollections
Pattern paper from The Paper Studio
Squirrel from Create a Critter 2 cut at 3.5 inches
Fiskers Threading Water border punhc
Twine from The Twinery
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper's Happiest Moments set
White Sakura gel pen
Button from my stash

Monday, November 11, 2013

FCCB 186 - Ribbons and Buttons

Challenge #186: Ribbons and Buttons
Use at least 1 ribbon and 1 button on your project

Happy Monday!  It's time for another fun challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut!!  This week's challenge is Ribbons and Buttons.  We want you to use at least 1 ribbon and 1 button on your project.

For my project, I made a card for a good friend of mine from college who is expecting her first baby - a little girl - in a few weeks.  She and her husband are decorating the baby's room in Winnie the Pooh.  This was the perfect excuse for me to break out my Winnie the Pooh cartridges!

I used her shower invitation as the inspiration for this card.  The invitation had a white base, then yellow and pink layers, and had a strip of polka dots, and Winnie the Pooh, too!  So, I used yellow and pink as the primary colors for my card.  Instead of using polka dot paper, I embossed the background layer with my Polka Dots embossing folder.  I tied yellow crinkle ribbon around the card, and dressed up the bow with a twine bow and button.

I used my Imagine to color white cardstock just the right colors for Winnie the Pooh and his shirt.  I was able to find the RGB codes online.  Instead of using the print and cut feature on my Imagine though, I printed squares of color, then cut the image on my Expression.  Sometimes my Imagine leaves just a tiny border of white around the image when it cuts, and I didn't want that on this image.  

This was my first time putting one of the Pooh images together.  It was a little tricky to piece together, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.  My sweetie was surprised I had made it - he thought I had bought it!!

We have 2 great sponsors this week, so be sure to link up your project using at least 1 ribbon and 1 button (and of course a Cricut cut!) over at Fantabulous Cricut for your chance to win!

~This Weeks Sponsor~
7 Digi Stamps
Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my creation!

Cardstock from Recollections
Winnie the Pooh from Pooh Font cut at 3.75 inches
Polka Dots embossing folder
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper's Everyday Life set
Crinkle ribbon
Twine from The Twinery
Button from my stash

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Anniversary Card

Happy Saturday!  Is your weekend off to a good start?  I had a nice run with a girlfriend this morning - a cool, crisp fall morning.  It was beautiful!  Then my sweetie and I went to play golf - gotta get it in while we can before winter comes!!  I came home from golf and was able to finish up a card.

I made this card for my sweetie's dad and his wife, who are celebrating their second anniversary in a couple of days.

I found this dove on the Tie the Knot cartridge and framed it with one of my new Spellbinders dies - Lacey Squares.  I also added Glossy Accents to the heart.

The colors are from the colors of their wedding - black, cream and dark purple.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my card!

Cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Dove from Tie the Knot cut at 2.5 inches
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps Everyday Greetings
Twine from The Twinery
Glossy Accents

Monday, November 4, 2013

FCCB 185 - Anything Goes Cricut Crawl

Welcome to Scrapping Runner Creations and the Fantabulous Cricut Blog Crawl - FCCB's version of a blog hop!

This week's challenge is Anything Goes, so let your imagination run wild!  Create any project, using your Cricut, and link up over at Fantabulous Cricut by Sunday evening to join in the fun.  This week's sponsor is Blitsy.  They are giving away a bag of crafty goodness to one lucky challenge participant.
I created a banner for my brother's 40th birthday, which is just around the corner.

My brother lives in Colorado, and my sweetie and I are surprising him!  We plan to get to Colorado the day before his birthday, and in the middle of the night, we'll head over with his stepson to decorate his yard and front door with signs that he will find when he wakes up on his birthday.  Later that day, we'll show up on his doorstep!  I'll probably keep the banner to hang up inside, but if the weather is nice enough I may leave it on his front porch.

I had some great DCWV pattern paper in my stash that was black, grey and silver, which I thought was perfect for the occasion.

I used Birthday Bash for the flag shape.  The shape already had holes in it for the ribbon, which made it really easy!

And of course I had to incorporate "Over the Hill" somehow!  I found this tombstone image on the Life's a Party cartridge.  I hid the RIP and swirl that is on the top layer using my Gypsy, then I used one of the fonts on Lyrical Letters to spell out Over the Hill, welding the letters together so they would be easier for me to place on the tombstone.

Be sure to visit each of the Design Team members' blogs to see their projects.  If you get lost along the way, you can go back to FCCB blog or see the list below of all the participating blogs. When you are done with the crawl, go back to the FCCB blog and link up your project!  Remember, to qualify for the weekly prize from our fabulous sponsors, you need to have at least 1 Cricut cut on your project.

We are also opening up a DT call.  Please see the FCCB blog for more information!

Blog Crawl List:
Cindy - Creating with the Heart
Jackie - Luv 2 Scrap
Kim - Kim's Kreations
Amy HS - The Stamping Tree
Emily - Mollie's Motif
Heather - Scrapping Runner Creations
Lynn - My Cards n Stuff
Missy - Quick Chick Designs
Nikki - Crafty Calamities
Rebecca - Crafting Misfit
Michelle - Just a Nutter Paper Crafter
Catarina - Docerela Creations
Joneita - Create with Joneita
LB - Cool Beans by LB
Amy T - Crafting with Amy

Solid cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Pattern cardstock from DCWV
Banner flags from Birthday Bash cut at 7 inches
Circles from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 4.2 inches
BIG 40 font from Pooh Font cut at 3 inches
Tombstones from Life's a Party cut at 7 inches
Over the Hill font from Lyrical Letters cut at 1.5 inches
Black ribbon

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cupcake Card

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone's weekend is going well.  I had a nice run with a friend on a beautiful fall morning today.  Then I was able to spend a bit of time crafting.  All in all, a good day for me!

Here is a card I made today, to add to my stash.

The pattern paper is from DCWV's The Sweet Stack, and I found the cupcake and frame image on the Love You a Latte cartridge.

I added some faux stitching to the frame and popped up both the frame and the cupcake for some fun dimension.  I'm going to link this card up over at Die Cuttin Divas for their Anything Goes challenge this week.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my creation!

Solid cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Pattern cardstock from DCWV
Cupcake and frame from Love You a Latte cut at 5 inches
White Sakura gel pen