Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry and Bright

Hi everyone,
I made it to Day 17 of the 25 Days of Christmas. I am in the home stretch now. I only need a handful of Christmas cards for Lily's dance teachers so cards for them will be next and I have a few ideas for how to handle the last few days and then I will probably take a short posting break after Christmas to recover from the holidays.

Yesterday, I had lunch with the Librarians' from the other school. BTW, have you guys watched the Librarians' TV show? Totally cheesy but I like it! It makes us look a little less dorky which is nice. I also took my kids over to play with their cousins and took their picture for their families Christmas card.

Onto my card today, I used Polar Pals and I promise this is the last of them. When I have a stamp set out or a paper pad out, I tend to make a bunch while they are taking up space anyway on my desk.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Scandinavian Christmas

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another Pause Dream Enjoy linky party. The challenge this week is North Pole. I used the Scandinavian Cricut cartridge.


 Here is my project:
I hope that you all are able to join in the challenge!
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Monday, December 15, 2014

More Polar Pals

Hi everyone,
I am posting this in advance and I know tomorrow I will feel great that I am not rushing around at 10:30 at night trying to post a project. I am using Mama Elephant's Polar Pals again with more Pinterest casing. Here is my project:

I tried to use Distress markers but they didn't really do the job for me so I used a combo of Copic markers and watercoloring using SU ink pads. Topped off with some stickles and sequins and I think it turned out so cute!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Polar Pals

Hi everyone,
I made it again just under the wire today for my project. I had a little holiday party with a few friends from work. I cooked lunch, we ate cookies and had a white elephant gift exchange. They we gossiped and hung out. It was super fun. Lily had a dance holiday party but came home around 5:00 so my time was taken up until Tyler came home and both kids were hungry so I had to feed them a light meal and then of course they wanted to try some of the cookies my friends made. They were happy to be home I think especially my boy who has been having a really hard time lately, especially with anger. So I bought him a journal that locks and gave it to him when I saw him yesterday at Lily's dance class. He told me today, that his father took it and then his father said he forgot where he put it and couldn't find it so he didn't get to finish writing his feelings and he was so upset that he didn't come home with it. I won't tell you what I think happened.

Anyway, they are happy that it is the last week before break and so I got to get on the ball and organize what we are doing next week.

Now onto my project. I used Mama Elephant stamps and I did some casing on Pinterest.
Isn't it just the cutest? The stamp set is called Polar Pals and I also have the dies which go with it. Thanks so much for visiting today.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Quick Snowman Card

HI everyone,
I barely got this card done today. Yikes. Super busy. I went to Lily's ballet class and then to Ulta and signed up Tyler for baseball. Then I went with my sister to the Scholastic Warehouse booksale. Oh, I forgot to mention that I also went to Barnes and Noble at 9am before I did anything else. Plus laundry and I did some cooking prep as I am having a small party tomorrow.

It's not my favorite card but sometimes you just got to go with what you got!
The snowman if from the Creative Memories Christmas cartridges
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Album #1

Hi everyone,

Today, I have an album that I made for fun, to try out a pattern in Kathy Orta's book. I don't think that this is the one that I am going to use for my holiday pictures so I will have another album to share with you later in the month.




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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Santa Paws

Hi everyone
I have a quick post today. Another Christmas card for my 25 Days of Christmas countdown.
I used Create a Critter 2 cartridge and Elegant Edges. It's a simple card but I like it! The sentiment is from CardzTv. Thanks for visiting today.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Baby it's cold outside

Hi everyone,
As I type this, I have to the realization that I am sick. I have been telling myself all day that I am not sick but a I sit here not able to breathe, I realize that yes I am sick and its the worst time of the year to not be feeling well. Last night, I met up with my friend from Grad school and her husband for dinner. They live in Arizona but come to So Cal once or twice a year. We had a great time catching up. Now on to my project.

I mad an S card and used my Bo Bunny paper that  I got on Small Business Saturday. My cut is from Create a Critter 2 and I also Elegant Edges. The sentiment is from CardzTv. I also used some stickles. I might add a few snowflakes too.

Thanks for visiting.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sparkle On

Hi everyone,
Welcome to another installment of my 25 Days of Christmas. Today's project is a new style of project for me anyway. I used iron-on vinyl to make a shirt for my daughter. This weekend she has a dance team holiday party and her team name is the sparkle stars. The hostess' will be supplying a tutu and she is supposed to wear leggings and either a black, white or red t-shirt. I decided to make it a little bit fun by making my own holiday shirt and it couldn't have been simpler.

I had to buy my shirt from Joann Fabrics because my daughter will not wear long sleeves and short sleeves are super hard to come by in the winter. The snowflake cut is from the Christmas cartridge and the wording is from Once Upon a Princess. I used Cricut iron-on glitter vinyl. It's expensive but many is it sparkly and cool.

All I did was cut the vinyl using my Cricut. I heat up my iron on its hottest setting and ironed over the spot where I wanted my images. I then placed the images on my shirt and ironed over it. I then peeled off the top plastic layer and it was done. I think it came out fabulous. I hope Lily likes it!

Thanks for visiting.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

FCCB Challenge #240 Anything But a Card

Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday...


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #240 Anything But a Card

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~This Weeks Challenge~
Create any project, that is not a card!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

Here is my project:
 
So sorry that this picture is not the best but I was under two deadlines to meet the FCCB deadline and my 25 days of Christmas deadline. Hopefully, I can keep posting projects. Today's project is the countdown calendar that I am using with my kids this year. It's a wood calendar from SaCrafters and I love it. I painted it and used Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium. The chimney, stockings, ornaments and trees, lamp and sentiment are also from Sa Crafters. I love the chimney. I used my MFT brick stencil and paste and then painted over it with white gesso. Once that all dried, I sprayed a slate colored Prima Bloom spray over it and it came out great.
 
The only problem that I had was with the boxes. They were cut from heavy chipboard and no matter what I did, I couldn't fold it small enough to fit in the boxes. I couldn't imagine struggling with 24 of these so I cut the boxes with my Artiste cartridge. Inside the boxes are mint Hershey kisses.
 
 
I had the busiest weekend ever and am still recovering. We went to a special Gingerbread event, had ballet and basketball practice and game, tumbling, a birthday party and a Christmas show that the kids sang in all in one weekend! Great fun but kind of glad to be at work to rest. Ha! That's not true because I have so much clean up and end of the semester stuff to do but at least it's reasonably quiet most of the day.
 
Anyway, visit me tomorrow when I will (hopefully) have another project to share with you all.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Have a Beary Merry Christmas

Hi everyone,
Welcome back to my 25 Days of Christmas. As I am navigating my first Christmas as a single mom so many emotional layers are being untangled. My 6 year old daughter is very disturbed by the idea that there is now no one to fill my stocking. I have tried so hard to reassure her that I am a grown up and that it's ok but she cried so sadly that I wouldn't have anything in there. So sweet but so sad. She also wants me to take her shopping to buy her father and his girlfriend and her kids Christmas presents. So sweet but I have to put on my big girl pants to help her do this of course.

Anyway, onto the project for today.
I used my favorite little cartridge the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge. I so hope that Provo Craft releases more lites they are some of my favorites and layer so nicely. I used a sentiment from CardzTV called Christmas Critter Captions. I think that it's a fun little card. Thanks for visiting today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for another fun project.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Snow One Like You

Hi everyone,
Welcome to another project in my 25 days of Christmas. I count down the holidays with various holiday projects I am working on. Today's project is a Christmas card that I made for Mary's CardzTV challenge but I rejected it because it was just Ok and I really like the card that I made yesterday much better.
I used the doodlecharms cartridge and created a little snowglobe card complete with snow. The rest of the layout is quite simple. I will see you tomorrow will another project!
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Friday, December 5, 2014

CardzTV Challenge Let It Snow

HI everyone,
My 25 Days of Christmas project today is for the CardzTV challenge. This week's challenge is to use a snowman or snowflake. Be sure to link up your project for a chance to win a set of CardzTV stamps.

I used this stamp set for my project this week:
I just love this stamp set. Great for winter and holiday projects! My project today uses one of my favorite cartridges Hello Kitty Greeting and one of my favorite snowmen. The paper is from Bo Bunny and I got the paper pad for 1.99 as a Black Friday special.

I also cut some sparkly snowflakes. Be sure to join in the challenge!
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Merry and Bright

Hi everyone,
Today is Day 4 of the 25 Days of Christmas. My project today uses my favorite crafting tool my Cricut. I would so love to get the Explore but I just can't justify it at this time plus I have two Cricuts already my E2 and my Expression. Plus I really do love my Gypsy so as long as that stays alive then I can live without it even though it looks like it cuts like a dream.

Here is today's project:
I used the Winter Frolic cartridge and some sparkly stickles. I think it came out so cute. Be sure to come back tomorrow for another holiday project! Thanks for visiting.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Santa Clause is Coming...

Hi everyone,

Today is Day 3 of the 25 Days of Christmas. I have been so lax in crafting lately. I usually just go to bed or watch TV or play with my phone after I put my kids to sleep. I use to craft about an hour a night but some of the fun has gone out of crafting and I am hoping that crafting for my favorite holiday will help bring some of that joy back. I pulled out a stack of Christmas paper pads that I have in my stash and my goal is to see how much of them I can get through with various projects.

Today's project uses the Cozy Christmas stamp set from Mama Elephant.
I used some sparkly sequins too. Thanks for visiting today!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Cozy Christmas

Hi everyone,
Today is the second day of my 25 Days of Christmas. This is where I post a project a day until Christmas. Then I give myself a couple of days off to regroup. I wasn't sure if I was going to do it this year because my life is just crazy but I am hoping that it will get me motivated to complete my holiday craft projects because I am woefully behind! I have only made like a handful of Christmas cards. I did do my photocards to send to my relatives and friends. I took the pictures myself which saved me a bundle.

This is my project for the day:
My projects for this seasons will be a mix of stamps, die cuts and machines, cards, home d├ęcor and more. Today's project uses the Cozy Christmas stamp set and dies from Mama Elephant. I love these stamps so cute and fun. The card is super easy and I used my copics to color it in.

Thanks for visiting today.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

FCCB Challenge #239 Beyond Red and Green

Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday...


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #239 Beyond Red and Green
Christmas project without using red or green

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My project:



I used the Winter Frolic cartridge along with the Martha Stewart Birthday cartridge for the letters. The paper is Bo Bunny. I used some stickles to brighten it up a bit. I hope that you all join in the challenge this week over at FCCB!
 
So did any of you do any shopping this weekend? I went on Friday, Saturday and Sunday very briefly and did not go to any of the malls but found some minor crowds but it was really not a problem and I got a couple of killer deals on gifts for my kids! Happy December!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

FCCB Challenge #238 Give Thanks

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 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #238 Give Thanks
Thank You or Thanksgiving Card

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Friday, November 21, 2014

CardzTV Color My Christmas Challenge

Hi everyone,
It's back to one of my favorite times of the month, a card challenge at Mary's CardzTV.

I am a proud design team member for her super fab stamps. The challenge this week is a color challenge, to use pink, red, green and white. Be sure to join in the challenge. The winner will receive a set of CardzTV stamps.

These are the stamps that I used for my project this week:


This is my card for the week:


Thanks for visiting and be sure to join in this week's challenge.
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