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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hiding In My Craft Room-FREESTYLE!!!

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Hey All!!!!

It's SATURDAY!!! Wooo HOOO!!! What a week!!! Just a recap in case you missed anything:

~Finished decorations for my sister in laws baby shower! Its tomorrow!!!!! YEAAAAAA!!!!!
~Looked at QUITE A FEW homes! Hoping for something positive soon! Fingers crossed!
~Finally was able to become a Close To My Heart Representative! I even put in my Credit order AND a small additional order!! Look for haul videos next week! I miss doing them!!!
~Got a few cards for Cricut magazine entries done!

BUT, one of the most IMPORTANT things about today is that its time another Hiding In My Craft Room Challenge! Whoop Whoop!!! And guess what??? I think today might just be my FAVORITE challenge! Here's why:

Challenge : FREESTYLE
So anything goes!

So, since its ANYTHING goes, what did I decide to do??? Well, a card for a man! I NEVER do them! I had an idea a while back, and I never did it! Well, this week I found the time to! Here it is:

Cricut All Sports Cartrdige
The Paper Studio- All solid colors & Patterned Paper Stack
Pop Dots

I wish I could show you today what the sentiment will be! But I have to make it! I have the Teresa Collins Stamp maker and I want to make a BUNCH of sentiment stamps! I have quite a few in mind, just sadly, no time to do it! I guess if I cant get it done by this weekend, I could just print out one! But, call me odd, but I don't like using a printer for my sentiments! I want to use a stamp! Makes my card feel more real!!! The sentiment I was thinking of for this card would be something like "I know you'll have a BALL on your birthday" or something with a play on words with ball!

I hope you enjoyed my card today! I really wasn't much in the Easter Mood this week! I am really surprised at myself on that too! I usually LOVE making cards/projects for a holiday right up to the time it comes! I just couldn't do it this week! I think its stress :( Looking and bidding on homes has me BEYOND stressed right now! Its SO HARD to be at someones mercy! I have ZERO patience for things, and house hunting just proves it!!! AHHHHH! Please someone, tell me it gets easier???
OK, that's it for my "whoa is me" rant!!! Now its time to look at some inspiration so you can join the fun at Hiding In My Craft Room this week! Go check out my DT sister blogs! I KNOW you will love what they did!!! As a matter of fact, I think it will be time for another giveaway! On Sunday, my give away for the Cameo Blog Hop will end, so lets end this giveaway next Saturday...just in time for a new challenge!!!

How about a $10 coupon towards your purchase (of $30 or more) on my Close To My Heart site? All you need to do is:

~Follow My Page
~Like My FACEBOOK page
~Leave a comment on all of the Hiding In My Craft Room Ladies pages!

1. Laurie: Hiding In My Craft Room
2. Angela: Angela's Crafty Spot
3. Jennie: Jenscrapstoo
4. Jessica: Craftin' and Stampin'
5. Velma: SnowflakeDreams1

OK all, now its your turn to hide in YOUR craft room and create something that you can enter into our FREESTYLE challenge!! Good Luck!!

Hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I am OFFICIALLY a Close To My Heart Consultant!!

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Hey All!!!

So I have some exciting news that I have been waiting to share with you! I am OFFICIALLY a Close To My Heart consultant!!! I was a Stampin' Up Consultant for quite some time, and I have decided that I wanted to try something new! I already knew that I LOVED Close To My Heart products since I purchased the Art Philosophy Cartridge and ALL the freebie's that came with it!!! I told myself I would think about switching, and after some good long hard thinking on it, I took my CTMH consultant up her offer!!! SO EXCITED!!

I am going to fill EVERYONE of my blog followers in on something that is TOTALLY awesome right now at Close To My Heart! 

1. Are you interested in the Art Philosophy Cartridge? Wouldn't you just DIE if you knew you could get it for FREE? Well, guess what??? If you sign up with me before 11:59 PM on March 31, 2012, I can get if for FREE with your New Consultant Kit! And now I guess your saying, "Well, what if I already have the Art Philosophy Cartridge, what's in it for me"? How does $100 in free products sound in the place of the Cricut Cartridge????? SOUND GREAT???? It's called "The Philosophy Of Fun Campaign"! Interested???? Click HERE to sign up to become a consultant under me on My Close To My Heart website!

Here's everything you will get in your kit!
Here is the Art Philosophy Kit! Look at everything you will get for FREE!!!!
Here are some things created with the Art Philosophy Cartridge!

2. Did you know that if you spend $50.00 or more on an order that you can get a Stamp of the Month for $5.00? Here is the March Stamp Of The Month, its called POTENTIAL:

3. Did you know that I can help you get a FREE Idea Book from me??? Just shoot me an email and I'll tell you how!

4. Did you know that you can get a Workshop on The Go Kit for less than $30?? I will be changing up my "Making a Card in 15 Minutes or Less Using K & Company Products" to Making a Card in 15 Minutes or Less with the CTMH Kit on the Go"! I hope you will enjoy it! The first episode will be next week when my kit arrives and it will be using the Stella Workshop on The Go Kit!

5. Do you LOVE the above kit??? Well, look below! Host a workshop and you can get the Collection  One for $40!!! It has the WHOLE Stella Collection! And look at the Fashionista Stamp Set (D1504)! The normally sells by itself for $17.95! Look at everything else you will get for a few dollars more!!!

6.Ask me how you can get this SUPER ADORABLE stamp set!!!

7. Operation Smile-Did you know that your purchase you make with me helps a child smile??? A portion of the proceeds from EVERY My Acrylix stamp set sold is donated to Operation Smile, a worldwide medical charity dedicated to treating facial deformities such as cleft palates! Did you know that your purchase could do that?

8. Something from me personally...If you read my post yesterday about me doing the items for my Sister In Law's baby shower, you should know that I created her favor boxes and banner from the Art Philosophy Cartridge! Here they are again for your viewing pleasure!

 (please note, its just the BOXES that I used from Art Philosophy-Not the Animals!)

So was that enough to convinence you that Close To My Heart is an AWESOME company to buy from and work for???? IT BETTER!!! :D

I am SO excited to get my kit and all my goodies! I can't wait to do my haul video for it and my new video series! Please give my store a chance! Help me get started would you??? Check out my STORE and do some shopping!!!

OK all, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What have I been busy doing??? Well, I'll show you!

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Hey All!!!

I feel like it has been FOREVER since I have posted a "post" just because! I have had SO MANY projects due over the past 2 weeks due and I have also been in 2 blog hops! WOW! Can you say EXHAUSTED??? LOL! BUT, I would NOT change that for the world! I am LOVING every single minute of crafty goodness!!!

I am also so thankful for my followers! I have picked up about 40 of you over the last week, so WELCOME! Hope you can find some inspiration from my blog, or one of my blog friends!!!

So, I asked the question...What have I been up to? Well, I answered part of it above, and here is the rest of the answer! BABY SHOWER MADNESS!!!! My adorable sister in law, Kristen, is due in 2 months!!! Here shower is this weekend and I am FINALLY going to be able to talk to her again! lol! I am the WORST with surprises! I have BANNED myself from talking to her because I just KNEW I would give it away! Well, since the shower is this Sunday, I can FINALLY talk to her again!!! WOO HOO!!!!

Wanna see some things me and my other sister in law, Colleen (my event planning business partner!) have created for her???? I am going to start off with showing you the things I already posted about; The Invite and The Favors!

Here is the invite! The Baby's Theme is Jungle Jubilee! They have decided to be surprised at what they are having!! Boy, that HAS to be tough!  
 Here is the favors to go with the invite! On the back of the favors we have: "We're not LION, thanks for coming to Kristen's Shower"; "Thanks for MONKEYING around with us at Kristen's Shower"; "Hope you had TONS of fun at Kristen's Shower"; "So LONG, farewell, thanks for coming to Kristen's Shower"

Here is a picture of the invite and the favors! Don't they look TOO cute together???

Now, on to the new things that we finished up this weekend! Hope you enjoy them all! It took ALL DAY on Sunday!!!

 Banner for the new baby! Like the colors? Since we don't know the sex!
 Mom to Be Badge that I made for my sister in law to wear at her shower! I used Glossy Accents, My Big Shot, and My Cricut to make!
These are the blocks that we made to sit next to her as she is opening her gifts. Keep in mind, these stand about 3 1/2 feet tall! They were just a bit time consuming to make!

The next set of pictures are the centerpieces for the tables that we made for the restaurant! The four frames are going to go home with her so she can hang in the babies room!

The Cute Elephant Frame! Don't you just LOVE his little peanut friend??? 

The Giraffe Frame! The Favorite!!!

 Cute Lion Frame! Don't you just love the Sun with its Peachy Keen Face??
 Super Cute Monkey Frame! He's swinging on by with a banana to say "Hi"!

 Baby Carriage Centerpieces! Made from the Baby Shower Events Cricut Cartridge! We made them in green, blue, pink, and yellow!
Diaper Cake Pinwheel Centerpieces! We also made these in pink, blue, green, and yellow!

So, now you see where all my time has been spent! I also found out that you CAN submit to Cricut Magazine if you have posted, you just have to delete the post and pictures if they pick your creation!! Needless to say, I have sent in ALL the above items for their consideration! FINGERS CROSSED!!!

OK all, I hope to find you all Craftin' and Stampin'! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tip Tuesday at Creative Cutter Room-Cricut Craft Room Tips!

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Hey All!

Today it is my turn to give out some tips for Tip Tuesday over at Creative Cutter Room!!!

Lately, I am sure you all have figured out that I have VERY MUCH enjoyed creating videos on some of the things that may have been difficult to do on your own on the Cricut or the Gypsy, or especially if you are a newbie, (and have NO CLUE what Cricut Craft Room even is) the Craft Room!

I know that the Cricut Craft Room can be A LITTLE intimidating! Heck, I was VERY intimidated when I first strarted to try and use it! I remember thinking I would NEVER get the hang of this! But, then again, I thought that about the Gypsy as well! But, now, I'm a PRO :D! I promise you, with enough patience, enough practice, and a little help, you will ALL be pros at utilizing the Cricut Craft Room!

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the Introduction to the Cricut Craft Room video I have made for you!

OK All, hope you enjoyed it! Hope you will also go by the Creative Cutter Room and show some love!!! Tell them Jessica sent you!!!

Oh, and I hope to find you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Krafty Girls Challenge 4- For PEEPS sake!!!

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Hey All!!!

Welcome to Challenge #4 at Krafty Girls! Today's challenge is entitled "FOR PEEPS SAKE"! 

Info for the challenge is as follows:

"Create a card, scrapbook layout, 3D object, or home decor project for Easter"

Well, that was pretty easy for me! I was ready for some Easter Decorations around my house! And I wanted to make something easy and quick! Also, I wanted it to be cost effective! I am REALLY trying to stay on my budget from now on since we are back to house hunting again! ANY budget can make something awesome! You just have to put your CRAFTY BARGAIN SHOES on!! So, off to the local Dollar Tree I went! I went down the picture frame aisle and I grabbed a stand up frame. Then I went to the seasonal aisle and grabbed some Styrofoam Eggs on a stick and Easter Grass. And as I was paying, I saw a pack of foam stickers that said "Happy Easter" in multiple colors! SCORE! I paid, and back home to think I went!!!

I thought about it, and I thought about it....DING! I knew what I was gonna make! I knew I wanted to use my Cameo and a cut file that I have had for awhile. I actually made a video cutting the image I decided to use. Here is the video as a refresher!

So, I showed you how I made the item I was going with, so now, here is the item I created with it all!

****Linking up at Getting Cricky with K Andrews-Easter Project****
****Linking up to Little Scrap Pieces-Use Yellow challenge!****
****Wacky Wednesday-More Than Favors-Easter Themed****

Its cute, fun AND thrifty!!! YEA!!!

I hope you like my project!!! Now, I want you to go and check out the rest of the Krafty Girls! See what they created!! I KNOW you will love the projects!! Then, make YOUR project and link it up! There's ALWAYS a prize at stake!!! WIN IT!!

Thanks for stopping by!

OK all, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Made Especially For You-Challenge 8

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Hey All!

Its Monday! So that must mean another Made Especially For You Challenge!

Here are the details!!!

Week of March 26th - April 1st

Challenge: Create a card using the technique of distressed ink

Sponsor: Whoopsi Daisy -

Prize: The winner will receive two sheets of stamps

Sponsor Logo:

I decided since I have not made a card using K&Company Embellishments for a little while (since there is NOTHING new near me) that I would use some that I had on hand!!!

I hope you enjoy it!

 Front of Card

Close up shot of card so you can see the distressing!

K&Company Jubilee Mat Paper
K&Company Jubilee Die Cut Card stack
K&Company Jubilee Stitched Adornments
Best Occasions Metal Dots
Tim Holz Black Soot, Festive Berries, & Evergreen Bough Distress Inks
3D Thermoweb Dots

Now, lets see what you can do with some Distress Inks! Link them up to our linky party! You will have until Sunday to link up your projects for a chance to win!!!!

And don't forget about this month's lucky link-up! Throughout the month of March, you have unlimited opportunities to win the Spring Fever Cricut cartridge being given away by our awesome Sponsor Coordinator and Sketch Designer, Beckie from Just B Creative Crazy. Here are the guidelines for the giveaway:
- You will receive one entry for every card you enter in our weekly challenges (you can enter as many cards as you want for each challenge as long as they each have their own post on your blog)
- You will receive one entry for liking the Made Especially For You Facebook page
- You will receive one entry for every friend you get to link up to one of our challenges (your friend must let us know in their post that they have linked up because of you, otherwise we can't count it)

The winner of the cartridge will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday April 2nd. 

OK all, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'! 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Gettin' Crafty With The Cameo Blog Hop!!

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Hey All!!!
Welcome to the Getting’ Crafty with the Cameo blog hop. We’re all so happy to have you hopping along with us, so grab a drink and sit back and enjoy. There is a great line up with some amazingly talented ladies that are super excited to share their projects with you using their Silhouette Cameo.

We are so excited to offer some amazing prices from some amazing sponsors for this hop. You all are going to be so thrilled with the blog candy you could win. In order to be eligible to win the blog candy you must do the following:

1) comment and follow each of the blogs in the hop
2) Visit the sponsors Facebook page and/or blog and comment letting them know that Scraptastical Kreations sent you from the Getting’ Crafty with the Cameo Blog hop.

Easy peasy, right??

Here is the list of sponsors and the prizes you can win.

Please click on the name to visit their fan page.

Scraptastical Kreations - $25 GC
Silhouette America - $10 download card
Chomas Creations – Adjustable holder for the Silhouette
Jaded Blossom Stamps – Sweet Celebrations Stamp Set
Expressions Vinyl - $25 GC to EV
Oh! My Crafts – (2) $25 GC
Cut @ Home – Silhouette Heat Transfer Kit
More Paper Than Shoes – Paper roots Class Admission
Scrapbook Express – Silhouette Fabric Kit
Tara’s The Twinery Baker’s Twine – Twine Bundle Pack
Pink By Design - stamp set

So, you should of come from KRISTY, and then to me! If you are just joining us, make sure you start at the beginning and go all the way through!!! You wont be sorry!!!

Now, onto my project!!!

I decided I was feeling like I need Spring to get here NOW since we have had 80+ degree weather here in NJ this week!!! It may look like it was difficult to make, but I ASSURE you, it really wasn't!

Here's what I used!

~SCAL 3 Software
~SVG Cuts Playful Parlor
~Purple Card stock from Recollections
~Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
~My Creative Time Teeny Tiny Tags Stamps and Dies (the tag on the handle says "Welcome Spring")

I had SO much fun making this one, that I created it in a few other "spring like" colors and gave one to my friend at work and one to my Aunt! They LOVED them!!!

So, now its time for MY giveaway!

What is it you ask????

Well, I will be giving away:

A Cri-kits Silhouette Holder along with a gel pen kit of their choice (Regular and Neon, Metallic, Glitter, or Pastel) to one lucky commenter!

Now, how do you win???

1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Grab my button
3. Follow my Craftin' and Stampin' facebook page!
4. Visit all of my fellow blog hop blogs and let them know Jessica sent you!
5. HAVE FUN! Oh, and leave me some love, would ya??? :D

So, its now time to HOP!! Let me tell you that the line up for the blog hop is STACKED! There is SO MUCH TALENT, I think it' going to burst!!! This is going to be so much fun! Here's our lineup:

Kristy - <---START!
Jessica - <--- YOUR HERE!
Michelle - <---NEXT!
Nancy -
Amy -
Gabrielle -
Lisa -
Chris -
Lezlye -
Alma -

We would like to thank you all for hopping along with us, and we hope that you were inspired in some way, shape or form to create some of the fun projects shared with you today.

Hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hiding In My Craft Room-Hideous Paper challenge!

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Hey All!!!!

Its SATURDAY!!! So, you know what that means!!! Its time for another Hiding In My Craft Room Challenge!!!

Today over at Hiding In My Craft Room, we had to use some of our HIDEOUS paper!! Its a HIDEOUS Paper Challenge!!!  So let's take them and turn them into something beautiful or get a good laugh trying!

For me, I am SO NOT FOND of Paisley Prints. There is just something about it that I feel I can NEVER match you to ANYTHING! I bought a package of paper that was from Recollections and I seriously only bought the paper for 1 pattern that was in the package! I have been holding onto this paper JUST IN CASE something ever came up! Well, I have been holding onto it for about a year and a half! FINALLY something comes along!!!

Here is my card:


Recollections patterned paper
Word Play Stampin' Up Stamp Set
Banner Die Cuts-Jaded Blossom
Teeny Tiny Tags-My Creative Time
Stayz On Ink-Black

I decided that I would attempt to use the AWFUL Paisley Paper and make it into something BEAUTIFUL! Whats more beautiful than a Wedding card??? 

Thanks so much for checking in today! I hope that you check out my DT sisters projects!
See what they created!!! And then, use the inspiration from their HIDEOUS paper to create your own project then link it up with us at Hiding In My Craft Room!!! And I hope you enjoyed my project!

MY DT SISTER BLOG: 1. Laurie: Hiding In My Craft Room
2. Angela: Angela's Crafty Spot
3. Jennie: Jenscrapstoo
4. Jessica: Craftin' and Stampin'
5. Velma: SnowflakeDreams1
OK all, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Made Especially For You-Cartridge Review "Spring Fever Holiday"

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Hi All!

This is Jessica from Craftin' and Stampin' and today I am here at Made Especially For You to go over my cartridge review!

Today’s review is on SPRING FEVER HOLIDAY Cricut cartridge. I chose this cartridge because I am OVER winter, but still feeling in a "LOVEY" kind of mood! Here is what the cartridge looks like:

This cartridge is a SOLUTIONS cartridge and was a cartridge made for the Cricut Expression 2 release that you could purchase from HSN. 

It has a mix of images (lips, angel, cupid, hearts, etc) and phrases (love, sweetheart, xoxo, etc) from some of the more popular cartrdidges.  The Main Icon shapes are pictured below:

As you can see, there are images from Love Struck, Tie The Knot, Fabulous Finds, Pagoda, Sweet Treats, Mother's Day, Stamping, A Child's Year, Beyond Birthday, Pink Journey, Heritage, Wild Card,Wedding, All Mixed Up, Making the Grade, Printing Press, Doodlecharms, Mini Monograms, Alphalicious, Home Decor, New Arrival, Lyrical Letters, Stamped, Calligraphy Collection & Sweethearts. This cartridge took the best images from the more popular cartridges. Here’s a look at the Keypad Overlay:

The images are made to be easily created and a quick SOLUTION for you when you need to finish a project in a hurry. This cartridge is also a great cartridge because you have the best images off of 25 cartridges! Could you image how much you would spend if you purchased all of these cartridges?

There is no booklet for this cartridge seeing there are only 50 Images/Phrases.
There are NO Creative Feature Keys – Instead, you will just utilize just <SHIFT> and <NON SHIFT> keys to create your images.

I will tell you that I have already posted one of my FAVORITE projects from this cartridge, and here it is:

I made this image using the <LIPS> + <LIPS-S> cuts on the cartridge. It took no time at all to cut. I was able to make this card in under 10 minutes.
This cartridge is does not have what you think would be on it. You would think with a name like SPRING FEVER HOLIDAY that you would have lots of Spring images on it. Instead, you have a lot of love images, hearts, and love phrases. I almost feel as though this image has images for things you would DO during Spring (Mother's Day, Weddings, Spring, etc).

So, if you are looking for a cartridge that has some really great images on it, and a lot of variety from many cartridges, this is the cartridge for you!

I hope this Cartridge Review helps you in your projects you chose to make with it!

OK guys, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Creative Cutter Room Strolling Through The Park Blog Hop!!!


Welcome to the Strolling through the Park Blog Hop and Challenge with the
How about a fun hop and challenge?

Theme: Create a project incorporating something you would see in a park and must include 4 elements!

Visit each of the following 6 Design team members, find the required element from 4 of the DT members and submit your new project here or at the Creative Cutter Room for a chance to win a prize!

My required element is: Wet/Dry Embossing!

I had such a wonderful day the other day with my hubby and little guy just relaxing and watching the sky pass by and the trees blow in the wind last Sunday! I also thought that the way the sun rays came down into the trees were just BEAUTIFUL! I tried to recreate that effect with my button and ribbon! But, here is my impression of this past Sunday with my family!

****LINKING UP AT Papertrey Paper Dolls****

Can you find my 4 elements????

Trees are from Campin' Critters Cricut Cartridge. They were INKED them with Tim Holz Distress Ink Forest Moss. Then I ran them through my Big Shot with the Intro Pack of Sizzix dry EMBOSSING pad.
The leaves are from my Martha Stewart Punch. I used Tim Holz STICKLES to give them some added dimension.
I re cut the grass from Campin' Critters in green and EMBOSSED the grass with the Swiss Dots Folder
Little butterflies are from my Stampin' Up EMBOSSLETS
Epiphany Crafts Square Creater
Epiphany Crafts CHARMS
My Creative Time Teeny Tiny Tags & Stamps
Stampin' Up Garden Green Ink
Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration Ribbon
Button from Stash
Martha Stewart Twine
Thermo Web Pop Dots

Submit your new project for a chance to win a prize!


Challenge Starts today March 22 and runs until April 4, 1012!

You will need to collect 4 elements total and include each element on your project and then submit your project at the Creative Cutter Room!

Follow the rules then submit your new project here at the

Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Some Rules to keep in mind while playing along:

Project submissions must be new, no back linking

CCR must be mentioned in the description with a link back to here

Entry must fit theme to be qualified for the prize

Prize must be claimed within 2 weeks

Please link your project posting not just your blog

Please comment after linking

You have until April 4, 2012 to enter your project.

Here is the Line Up, 4 out of the 6 will have a required element:

Carri <----- START HERE!

Jessica <--- That's me!! YOUR HERE!!!
Georgiana   <----HERE NEXT

OK all! START hopping!!! I hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'! 

Creating Your Own Embellishments Using Glossy Accents

Hi All!

Today is my turn to host the Thursday Craft 'n Chat at Made Espeically For You! For my Craft 'n Chat post, I decided I would show you how to create your own embellishements out of Glossy accents!

I wanted to tell you how I came up with this....

About a year ago, I was going to volunteer for the Autism Speaks walk, and I wanted to make puzzle piece pins. Well, I did not have a Cricut Cartridge that cut out an image of a puzzle piece (which I would of cut out of chipboard and decorated). I did have a a puzzle piece punch that I knew I could use! So I punched out 5 puzzle pieces out of card stock of the same color. I adhered them all together (one on top of another) with adhesive. Then, I used the Glossy accents on the top and sides of the puzzle pieces. I let them dry on a piece of wax paper, for about an hour and then adhered a pin clip on the back and it was done!!

So, after making the pin, I thought, what about embellishments??? I tried it out with a circle punch to make a "button" in a particular color that I did not have in my button stash. And guess what? It WORKED!! So, I am going to share my technique with you! I hope you enjoy this video!

Thanks for allowing me to share this with you and the rest of the Especially Made bloggy friends!

Hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

The other day I was graced with

a fabulous award that I get to now share with

some of my new blog friends...

I received this blog award from

"Liebster" is German for "Dearest". The award is a "Share the love arrangement", given to inspirational bloggers with less that 200 followers.

Here's the to do list for any of the Liebster Blog Award recipients.

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented you the award .

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

I am happy to now honor some fairly new bloggers with this award . . .

I now present the Liebster Award to

Alice Brown

Please wear this award proudly at your blogs and be sure to follow the

instructions above to keep it circulating!
Ok all, hope to find you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Made Especially For You Challenge 7- 3 Buttons

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Hey All!!!

I hope you all enjoyed our first DT Team Up Blog Hop this past Friday with the Made Especially For You design team!!!! Thank you Digi Darla and Design Team! I had a GREAT TIME!!!

So, lets get to this weeks challenge at ME4U!!!

Week of March 19th - March 25th
Challenge: Create a card featuring three buttons
Sponsor: My Craft Spot -
Prize: Stamp Set-Friends and Neighbors-Inside and Out!!!
Sponsor Logo:

So, our challenge this week was to include 3 buttons! Well, I wanted to quickly show you my button stash....

Got the "Bag O Buttons" on my first visit to Hobby Lobby! The bottom container is from The Container Store (got it for $3!) and those are ALL the buttons I have acquired in my paper crafting career :D

Now, you ready for my card?

Cricut St. Patrick's Day Craft Room Exclusives
Buttons from Bag O Buttons
Wild Wasabi Card stock-Stampin' Up
Flower from Prima flowers
White Gel Pen
Jaded Blossom Luck Of The Irish Sentiment Stamps

The inside of the card says: "I may be Irish"!
I know St. Patrick's Day may be over, but I still knew I had to make my beautiful dancing girl! She is SO excited to have a pretty flower in her hair!!!

Don't forget you have from Monday March 19th until Sunday March 25th to enter your challenge! I know you all have 3 buttons lying around!!!

And don't forget about this month's lucky link-up! Throughout the month of March, you have unlimited opportunities to win the Spring Fever Cricut cartridge being given away by our awesome Sponsor Coordinator and Sketch Designer, Beckie from Just B Creative Crazy. Here are the guidelines for the giveaway:
- You will receive one entry for every card you enter in our weekly challenges (you can enter as many cards as you want for each challenge as long as they each have their own post on your blog)
- You will receive one entry for liking the Made Especially For You Facebook page
- You will receive one entry for every friend you get to link up to one of our challenges (your friend must let us know in their post that they have linked up because of you, otherwise we can't count it)

The winner of the cartridge will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday April 2nd. This cartridge will also be featured in our Do You Speak Cricut? Saturday cartridge review on Saturday March 24th.

OK all, I hope to catch  you Craftin' and Stampin'!