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Monday, April 30, 2012

Made Especially For You-Color Combo!

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Hi All!!!

Its time for another challenge at ME4U!!! And this week's challenge is a COLOR CHALLENGE!!!

Here is the details:

Week of April 30th - May 6th

Challenge: Create a card using the provided color combo (it's a fifth Monday, and also the last challenge of the DT term)

Sponsor: Di's Digi Downloads

Prize: Winner will receive a $10 voucher to the site

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I just cannot BELIEVE my time at Made Especially For You is over!!! I had such a GOOD time with my DT sisters and I learned SO much from them all!!! With all of the things I have going on in my life right now, I am unable to continue with all of the DT's I am on. I did tell Ashley that I will be trying out in the fall for that term!!!

I think its time to get on to my project now, dont you think???

For this last week in April, its a color challenge. Looks like we are dealing with the Kiwi Tones for this challenge! I REALLY was out of my element with these colors! I usually would not have picked these colors! BUT, I did have a great time working with them!

Here is my project!

Front of Card

Inside of Card


Machine: Cricut Imagine
Cartridge: Better Together
Ink: Black Stayz On
Stamps: My Creative Time Teeny Tiny Tags

I thought these colors on this cartridge were PERFECT for the colors of this challenge!!! Don't you agree????

Don't forget to enter your card at Made Especially For You!

OK All!! Hope To catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'! And thanks again Ashley!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

10 Minute Birthday Card!

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Hi All!!!!

Today I am helping out over at the Creative Cutter Room!!! How much fun will that be???

I decided I was going to pose 2 challenges to myself today. My first challenge was going to be using a cartridge that I have YET to use (of which I have about 20!!). And my second challenge was going to be to make it in 10 minutes or less! So, BEGIN THE CHALLENGE!!!

I went through my cartridges that I have not used yet, and I decided on one! I decided to use "Something To Celebrate"!

How adorable are all the images on here???? I must have looked at this cartridge for about 25 minutes before I narrowed my choice down to one image! I mean, did you know that they have Birthday, Baby, Wedding, Invite, Congrats, and super cute sweets on this cartridge? They even have the numbers so you can make number welded cards!!! SO COOL!!! But what to do???? Well,  I decided on using the Shadow card feature and chose the "Happy Birthday"!

Now to time!!! And guess what??? I did it!!! And here is what it looks like!!!!

10 minutes!!! DONE!! I put 2 challenges out to myself, and I did it!!!

CHALLENGE yourself!!! I bet you can do it!!!

Now take part in my challenge! I encourage you to!!! Leave me a message for me and tell me what YOU did!!

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

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hiding In My Craft Room-Mix It Up- Mother's Day Theme!

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Hi ALL!!!!

Its time for another HIDING IN MY CRAFT ROOM CHALLENGE! And guess what the theme and technique is today???

MIX IT UP-Mother's Day Theme

YEA!!! It's almost time for the holiday where mom's get to relax for 1 day of the year! One day where its not run here, run there, do this, do that, etc. I know I am REALLY looking forward to it!!! I already told my hubby that I expect to not cook, and I expect to not be running all over! He said "DONE"! WOO HOO!!!

Now, on to my project! I was in the mood to make something very dainty and girlie. I wanted to use LOTS of pink for this! I also wanted to have a kind of "repeat effect" with different colors. So, I came up with this!

Machine: None
Stamps: Stampin' Up, My Creative Time
Ink: Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Real Red
Paper: DCWV,Recollections
Tools: Tombow, handmade button, Small oval punch, misc ribbon, foam dots

OK! Now, remember to go back and check out the projects that the rest of the DT created! They are all BEAUTIFUL!!! Then, don't forget to link up your project at Hiding In My Craft Room!

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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I have OFFICIALLY hit 200 posts!!!

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Hey All!!!

YEA!!!! I have OFFICIALLY hit 200 posts!!!! THANK YOU to all of my friends and followers!!! YOU are the reason I have hit 200 posts! I WANT to post everyday for you! You DRIVE and INSPIRE me to do it!!! Thank you for changing my an AWESOME way!

I wanna also say that May 9th is my 1 year blogiversary!!! HOW EXCITING!!! I was hoping to have a Blog Hop the following weekend (May 5 & May 6)!!! What do you guys think??? How about LOTS of prizes too???? I will look for some sponsors also!!!

Do you guys like that idea??? I would LOVE to have some of my followers help me out with it! Leave me a comment if you are interested in being a stop on the hop!!!

I wanted to leave you with a FLASHBACK of one of my FAVORITE cards I EVER made!!! This is also a hint to my next video!!! Heeeelllllooooo TWISTED EASLE card! Oh, how I have missed you!!!! One of the first cards I have made on this blog :)

OK all! Please let me know if you would be interested in participating in my blog hop! ! I do have a few of my friends in mind that I am going to ask! I will be reaching out to you on Facebook and email!!!

OH! And if you are participating in "Bring Your Child To Work Day", have fun with your  kiddos!! I am enjoying with my buddy today!!!

One last thing! Dont forget about the DOTTY FOR YOU paper pack for $5 for a purchase of $35! Remember, this paper pack is for a LIMITED TIME ONLY during May which is National Scrapbooking Month (or while supplies last!!) Don't forget to ask me how to get it for FREE!!! I LOVE this paper!!! Click HERE to shop with me!!!

 Here are some projects I have made with this paper:

Also, you only have 4 MORE DAYS LEFT to order the April Stamp of The Month!!!! You can get it $5 when you order from me with a minimum order of $50 on my site!!! Shop with me HERE!!!

Crafty Hugs All!!!

Hope to catch you Craftin' and Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My turn at Exploring Cricut!

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Hey All!!

Today is my turn over at Exploring Cricut!!!

I am VERY excited to be creating another project for this blog! I am still new to this team, and I am excited to be working with the DT! They keep me on my toes with all their talent!!!

For today's project, I wanted to make something fun with my "Fun In The Sun Cartridge" for my Mother In Law's birthday!!!! You know, there are some pretty funny images on it!!!!

I saw one that I just KNEW would be pretty funny for a birthday card!!!

Check it out!

Front of Card

Inside of Card

Machine: Cricut Expression
Cartridges: Fun In The Sun
Stamps: Close To My Heart- Just a Number
Ink: Close To My Heart Cocoa & Lagoon
Paper: Dotty For You (Yellow Dots, Sky), Recollections
Tools: Foam Dots, Tombow

Fun card, huh??? I was chuckling! I kinda thought the girl on the tube was thinking "I feel like I'm a teenager again"! That's why I thought this saying was also funny!!!

OK all, Thanks for stopping by!!! Don't forget we have an Awesome "It's a Box" challenge going on!! Dig out your favorite cartridge containing a 3D box image on it, and enter it over at Exploring Cricut!!!!

Hope to catch you Craftin' and Stampin'!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Krafty Girls Challenge! Dear Mom Challenge!

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Hey All!!!!

Its time for another Krafty Girls challenge!!! And it's also the last challenge for this Design Team! I can't believe just how FAST this term went!!! I am so bummed!!! It was simply AMAZING being one of the first members for this team!! Thank you so much Jen and Maribel for allowing me to be a part of your team!!!

Now, onto our challenge!!! Our challenge this week is:

"Dear Mom"
Create a card, scrap booking layout, or home decor project for Mother's Day

So, I thought about this, and thought about this. Last year, for Mother's Day, I made my mother an Explosion Box. I think it was even one of my first posts on my blog! Here is a picture of last years Mother's Day project:

My mother told me that she LOVED the box on her desk at work cause it was a CONVERSATION piece! Well, that sold me! I knew I was making her ANOTHER box then!!

But what box???

Well, I have been seeing these boxes floating ALL around the internet recently! I NEEDED to make the Candy Dispenser!!!

So, here it is!!!

Just so you know, I did not put any candy in yet, because Mother's Day is still a few weeks away, and I don't want her candy to get stale or old!!!


Machine: Cricut Expression, Silhouette Cameo
Files:Silhouette Store Snap Dragon Candy Dispenser
Cartridge: Art Philosophy
Paper: Dotty For You, White Daisy
Stamp: Stamp set that came with Art Philosophy "Frames, Tags, & Borders"
Ink: Sunset
Tools: Hot Glue Gun, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Pop Dots, Bakers Twine Paradise Assortment, Sponge

So, if you are in LOVE with this paper like I am, check out some info on this paper below!!! Remember, you can only get this paper through May or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!! HURRY!!! It's only $5 with a $35 purchase on my Close To My Heart Store!!And don't forget to ask me how you can get it for FREE from me!!!

And, don't forget about the April Stamp of The Month!!! Isn't it AWESOME!!! Get if for $5 with a qualifying purchase! I can help you get this stamp set for FREE also!!! Ask me how!!!

Now, go and look at ALL the inspiration from the Design Team!!! You will LOVE their projects!!! Then, LINK IT UP at Krafty Girls!!! Always a great prize to be won!!!

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


Monday, April 23, 2012

Made Especially For You-Earth Day!

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Hey All!

Its time for another card challenge at Made Especially For You!!! And what a fun challenge we have this week! Here are the details!

Week of April 23rd - April 29th

Challenge: Create a card using a recycled material (for Earth Day! :) You could use old book pages, bottlecaps, newspaper, basically anything that has been used before and is now being re-used on your card

Sponsor: Jessica's Craft Shaque

Prize: Winner will receive a set of decorative corsage pins

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So, what did I decide to RECYCLE for Earth Day???? Well, my hubby is a HUGE recycling junkie! He has found ways to recycle EVERYTHING! And by everthing, I mean EVERYTHING!!! So what could I take from his recycling stash that would ALSO work on a card???? That required thinking...

BUT THEN...AHA!!! I had my OWN recycling stash!!! I remembered some things I held onto when I received some gifts from my hubby! He gave me a congrats gift that came with a cute ribbon on it, and then I had gotten a nice padfolio for work, and they had a nice off white piece of card stock, or at least it felt that way, inside it! Well, being a paper horder, I couldnt get rid of it!!!

Those were my two recycling items!!! So you wanna see my card???

So, now I want you to go and check out the rest of the design teams inspiration!!! We have one more post left! Then the new DT will start!!!

Make sure enter up your take on this project at!! still a chance to win the cartridge!!!

OK all! Hope to find you Craftin' and Stampin'

It's A Box Challenge-Exploring Cricut

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Hey All!!!

It's time for another Exploring Cricut Challenge!! This week's challenge is called IT'S A BOX!

Here is the details for this challenge:

"It's a Box"-Make a project of a box, container, or something with a box on it.  With all the cartridges having things for parties, it is unlimited the ideas!

I could NOT agree more! We have TONS of cartridges with super fun boxes!! I wanted to use my Art Philosophy Cartridge, but the idea of a box that I had could not be created with that least not at THIS point! I'll figure it out yet!!!

But, the idea...? What is the IDEA??? Well, here is the idea I had!!! you know what it is???? It's an APPLE!!! It's a box I made with a teacher in mind!!! How cool huh??? Don't you just LOVE that little worm with the Peachy Keen Face??? And how about that Faux Stitching???

Machine: Cricut Expression, Gypsy
Cartridges: Sweet Tooth Boxes, Create A Critter, George and Basic Shapes
Stamps: Peachy Keen Critter Faces Medium, My Creative Time Tiny Tags and Dies
Ink-Close To My Heart Olive, Black Staz On
Embellishments-White Gel Pen, Red and White Stampin' Up Baker's Twine
Tools: Tombow Adhesive, Scotch Quick Dry Glue, Bone Folder
Paper: The Paper Studio Red, Yellow, Greens and Black

Now, its time to check out what the rest of the super talented ladies made for their IT'S A BOX project!!! 

Once you are done checking out the Design Teams inspiration, submit YOUR challenge!!!

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

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Crafty Sunday and An announcement!!!

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Hey All!!!

Happy Crafty Sunday!!!

Today was MUCH needed for a crafty day for me! After my rough week, I needed some "me" time to clear my head of all the thoughts I have had going on since the miscarriage happened. I have come to grips with the fact that God must have a plan for me and my family. I am prepared to leave it in his hands now!

So, can I tell you that I had 5 cards that I had to create for this week? I have birthday's and anniversary's coming from EVERYWHERE! I always say that I am broke for the ENTIRE month of April, lol! But, I can honesty say after tomorrow, I have OFFICIALLY created a card for every single event for my friends and family for an entire YEAR!!!! WOO HOO!!! No more Hallmarks people!

Today, I made 2 of my 3 birthday cards for this week and 1 of my 2 anniversary cards for the week! I have a video on how I made the cards. Here is a picture of them first!

Challenges I am entering:
A & T - Sparkle and Shine
Crafts 4 Eternity - something new (Stamp Set)
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Embossing (on both, but can see on Blue card)
Fussy and Fancy - dies and punches
Just Some Lines - give a gift of flowers
Let's Ink It Up - Distressing (both cards have distressed edges with ink)
Lexi creations - punches or dies
Ooh la la - bold and bright (Pink one)
Stampin for the Weekend - sparkle and shine
Shelly's - anything goes
Whimsy Inspiration - punch or dies
Pile It On - Sparkle & Shine
Pan Pastle UK- Use a Flower
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge - Anything Goes
Stampalot Challenge - Happy Birthday
Stamptacular Challenge - Layer it Up
Sunday Stamper - Summer Colors

Here is the video instructions to make a Pop Up Card!

Die Cutting Machine: Cricut Expression
Cartridge: Art Philosophy
Paper: DOTTY FOR YOU, Sunset, Lagoon, Lime (Summer Colors)
Stamps: Just For You, Celebrations (with Art Philosophy)
Ink: Sunset, Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Lime, Versamark,
Tools: Heat Gun, Double Sided Tape, Tombow, Foam Dots, Clear Embossing Powder, Crystal Stickles, Flowers & Brad from Recollections

Can I just tell you how much I ADORE this Dotty For You paper??? Do you know you can get if for $5.00 with a purchase of $35.00 or more from my Close To My Heart online store??? And here's the thing, we are only offering it until the end of May, OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!! Don't take any chances, GET IT TODAY!! Click HERE to shop!!!

So, did I also say that I had another announcement???? I think I did!!! Guess what...???? I am officially a member of "The Cutting Cafe" design team!!! WOO HOO! I am on the regular video team. I will be making videos of all the projects I made for The Cutting Cafe! I am SO excited to work with all the women on the team! My first project is set for May 6th! It's gonna be too cute!!! And for all my friends out there that have a Cameo, you have GOT to see the awesome files they have!!! You can use them ALL for the Cameo, or you can print them out as templates and cut the items that way!!!! Check the site out! I KNOW you will love it!!!

OK, All!!! Hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hiding In My Craft Room-April Showers Bring...HOMEMADE FLOWERS!!!

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Its Saturday, so you know what that means!!! Its time for another Hiding In My Craft Room Challenge!!!  Here's the info for our challenge today:
Technique-April Showers Bring....HOMEMADE FLOWERS!!! Can be from layered punches, die cuts, rolled flowers!

This is a REALLY fun technique! Especially because I have a SUPER FUN cartridge that creates handmade flowers!! That's right, you guessed it, Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!

I decided I was going to make a video on creating this project!

So here is my project:

Front of card with homemade flower!

Inside of 3D box card


Cutting Machine: Cricut Expression
Cartridge: Close To My Heart Art Philosophy (Z1686)
Paper: Close To My Heart Dotty For You (FREE!! ASK ME HOW!), White Daisy (X5900)
Stamps: From Art Philosophy Bundle (Z1686)
Tools: Liquid Glass (Z679), Sponge Daubers (Z726), Bone Folder (Z1204), Tombow (1514), Ruler (Z1471), My Acrylix Stamp Cleaner (1778), Double Scrubber (Z1163)
Ink: Cocoa (Z2114), Lagoon (Z2195)
Acrylix Blocks: 1X3 1/2 (Y1002)

Here is the video with ALL the instructions to create this card!

Now tell me your NOT in love with the Dotty For You Paper???? If you are, and you are interested in getting it FREE, message me! I can tell you how!!

Here is a quick glance of this AWESOME paper! Remember, this is LIMITED TIME OFFER PAPER!!! HURRY!!!

And here is the April Stamp of the Month that you can get with a qualifying purchase of $50.00. Ask me how you can get this stamp for FREE!!!
Now, check out my Design Team sisters pages for some GREAT inspiration!!! Then, get working! Enter you project!!!

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

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tea Bag Dispenser using Dotty For You!

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Hey All!!!

OH Cameo! OH Cameo! Where for art thou' Cameo??? I know, its only been like a week that I played with it, but thats like a YEAR in crafting time!!!

I upgraded my Silhouette Store monthly plan to the $14.99 plan! WOO HOO!!! Guess who bought TONS of files??? THIS GIRL!!! Then, after buying some files there, I hoped over to My Craft Chick and bought her Pour Candy Box! I'll be making that this weekend! CAN'T WAIT!!!

OK, so what did I make for today??? A TEABAG DISPENSER!!! Using my FAVORITE paper right now, DOTTY FOR YOU!!!!

Machine: Silhouette Cameo, Laptop
Files: Silhouette Store- Snapdragon Snippits Teabag Dispenser File
Paper: DOTTY FOR YOU (ASK ME HOW YOU CAN GET IT FOR FREE!!!), Black from Recollections
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry Glue



Just an IMPORTANT REMINDER about Dotty For You!!!


Also, dont forget about the Stamp Of The Month!!!

So many good deal going on!!! Check out my online store HERE!

OK All! Hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!