Wednesday, February 27, 2013

St Patrick's Day Card

Good evening!  I know I'm a little early with a St Patrick's Day card already, though it is only a few weeks away.  We got about 10 inches of snow from the storm that passed through here Monday night and Tuesday.  Add that to the snow we got last week and there's nearly 20 inches of snow out there.  We have snow piles at the end of our driveway that are seriously as tall as I am!  I can't remember the last time we got so much snow!!

I'm not used to all this snow and cold weather.  I'm ready for Spring to be here!  I think that was part of my motivation for making this card.  St Patrick's Day means the middle of March, which means Spring and warmer weather!!

This week over at Die Cuttin Divas they're hosting a Tic Tac Toe challenge.  Here is the grid we were given for the challenge:
I had a number of different ideas going through my head when I was trying to decide what to do.  Finally I decided to go horizontally through the middle and use gems, three pattern papers and stitching (faux) on my card.

Thanks for coming by to take a look and here's to warmer weather!!  

Solid cardstock from Bazzill
Pattern papers from The Paper Studio
Shamrock from Paper Doll Dress Up cut at 3.75 inches
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper's Happiest Moments set
White Sakura gel pen
i-rock gems

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Hello!  I mentioned a while back that I was working on a sewing project.  Well, I finally got it finished!  I'm still new to sewing (I just got my sewing machine for Christmas), but I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of it.  Thanks to Pinterest I have a few sewing projects I'm hoping to try out soon.  :-)

My sweetie likes to call our basement his man-cave.  All of my scrapping supplies are down there too though, so some of his friends like to give him a hard time about that.  LOL!  Anyway, he is a big MU fan and has added some MU decorations around the room.

I was at our local J's a while back a saw a blanket hanging on the wall.  I loved the look of the blanket, but had recently made THIS collegiate fleece blanket for us and didn't want to make another blanket (we have plenty of those around already!).  This is the blanket I saw at J's:

Since I really liked the blanket I saw in the store, I decided to make a smaller version of it to use as curtains for the 2 small windows we have in our basement.  I had a little bit of MU pattern fleece left over from the blanket I'd already made, so I just needed to buy some solid gold and black fleece.

I started by cutting out the MU logo that we wanted to be the center of the curtains, as well as the squares of gold and black fleece that I would need to make my checkerboard.  I sewed the squares together to create three rows.

Then I sewed the three rows together to create the front of the curtains.

To finish off the curtains, I used solid black fleece to make the back of the curtains and added a looped piece of fabric to the top that I could run the curtain rod through.  And voila!  Finished curtains!

I had to think my way through this project quite a bit, but I was so pleased when I got them finished.  They actually resembled the picture I had in my head for them, all inspired by that blanket I saw at J's!  The best part was how much my sweetie liked them and how neat he thought it was that I was the one who actually made those for him.  :-)

Thanks for coming by to check out my new curtains!!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thank You Card

Hello!  Have you been enjoying your weekend?  Now that we're past Valentine's Day are you already thinking about St. Patrick's Day?  It's only a month away!!  This is probably terrible to say, but just the other day I was driving with my sweetie and we passed a McDonald's.  I looked at him and said, "Hey, now that Valentine's Day has passed, it's time for Shamrock Shakes at McDonald's!"  LOL!!  I don't know what it is about those things, but I have loved them since I was a kid.  I rarely go to McDonald's, but I go a handful of times when they have Shamrock Shakes - I just can't resist!  :-)

Okay, on to some crafting....  This week over at Die Cuttin Divas, they're having a color challenge.  The challenge is to use white along with red, pink, and/or purple.  I don't feel like I use a lot of purple, so I decided to go with that color.  I opened up my Paper Studio The Basics and flipped to the purple section looking for some papers that caught my eye.  I came up with a fairly simple thank you card.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Solid cardstock from Bazzill
Pattern papers from The Paper Studio
Rose from Rock Princess cut at 2.5 inches
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps Everyday Greetings set

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Do you have any special plans for today??  My sweetie and I are going out to dinner tonight, but that's about all for me.  We're keeping it pretty quiet this Valentine's Day.  :-)

I decided to break out my Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge and make a Valentine treat for my niece.  This was my first time using this cartridge and I must say I was a bit intimidated by the pictures in the handbook.  I tried to pick a container that didn't look too difficult to assemble in hopes I wouldn't overwhelm myself when it came time to try to put the thing together.  So I picked the box with the flip lid.  One of the lids already had a heart cut out of it, which is perfect for Valentine's Day!

 The box turned out to be really easy to put together.  I just may have to try more of these containers!  I cut a scrap piece of plastic film and attached it to the inside of the lid so there would be a clear window into the box and so the candy wouldn't fall out.

As you can probably tell from recent posts, I LOVE the images from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.  I decided to pick some of those sweet images to decorate the box.

I filled the box with heart shaped Reese's and Dove candies.  I cut 1 inch circles in red and pink and stamped small sentiments on them which I attached to the bottoms of the candies with a glue dot.

I'm going to link this up to the "Be My Valentine" challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut.  Thanks for coming by to take a look and I hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day!!

Solid cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Pattern cardstock from We R Memory Keepers
Box from Sweet Tooth Boxes cut at 11.25 inches
Koala, frog, owl and monkey from Create a Critter 2 all cut at 2.5 inches
Circles from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 1 inch
Sentiments from My Craft Spot's Always & Forever set
Swiss dots embossing folder
Crinkle ribbon, twine and button from my stash

Monday, February 11, 2013

Ladybug Valentine

Happy Monday!  I hope your week is off to a good start!

This week over at Die Cuttin Divas they are having a sketch challenge.  Sketches really used to scare me, but I've really started to enjoy them.  Here is the sketch we were given for the challenge:

I had one more Valentine I wanted to make, so I decided to use this sketch for that card.  Here is what I came up with:

Thanks for coming by to take a look!!

Solid cardstock from Recollections
Pattern cardstock from My Mind's Eye Love Me stack
Frame from Elegant Edges cut at 3.5 inches
Ladybug from Create a Critter cut at 2.25 inches
Face from Peachy Keen Stamps Wide Eyed Kids assortment
Sentiment from My Craft Spot's Always & Forever set
Black embossing powder
i-rock gems

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Heart Belongs to You

Hello and Happy Sunday!  Have you had a nice weekend?  We are enjoying some pretty nice weather here this weekend.

Today I am sharing the Valentine card I'm going to give to my sweetie.  I got the wonderful pattern papers from my friend Missy yesterday and just had to put them to use.  Thanks Missy!!

I kept this card pretty simple since it's going to a guy.  :-)

I'm going to link this card up to the Queen of Hearts challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut.  Thanks for coming by to take a look!

Solid cardstock from Recollections
Pattern cardstock from My Mind's Eye Love Me stack
Heart from Gypsy Wanderings cut at 7.8 inches
Couple from Sweethearts cut at 3 inches
Sentiment from My Craft Spot's Always & Forever set
Black embossing powder
Black Sakura gel pen

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Birthday Balloons

Happy Wednesday!  I feel like I have been absent from blogging forever!!  I got busy last week (such is life, right?), then of course the Super Bowl on Sunday.  I started this week off working on a sewing project (I'm a newbie sewer so it takes me some time to think through those projects!!). 

Anyway, I am back.  :-)  I'm hoping to spend some time crafting this week to get starting on a few scrapbook pages and cards.  I also have an afternoon set aside with one of my good friends to get some scrapping done this weekend.  Very excited for that!!

I needed a birthday card for my sister-in-law.  I kept this one pretty simple and I'm please with how it turned out.

I cut the balloons from the Wrap it Up cartridge.  Instead of cutting all the layers, I only cut out the layers with the basic balloon shapes (I had to hide a few cuts on my Gypsy).  Then I took twine and glued it on the balloons for a fun pattern and texture.  I cut off the balloon strings from the Cricut images and instead used twine to make the strings and tied a simple bow which I tacked on to my card using a glue dot.

I added a birthday sentiment on the inside to finish off the card.  Like I said, it's pretty simple!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look and I hope you're all having a great week!

Cardstock from Bazzill and Recollections
Balloons from Wrap it Up cut at 4.8 inches
Twine from My Craft Spot
Sentiment from Scrappy Mom's Stamps Everyday Greetings set