Tuesday, April 1, 2014

OWH Sketch # 218

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #218

Hello!  What a lovely sketch this week at Operation Write Home.  It took me a while to piece this one together, but I love the bold colors.

Here's the sketch:


and here's my version:

The balloons are from Cricut's Birthday Bash cartridge.
The paper is Recollections
Happy Birthday is a dollar store stamp
I also used the Happy Birthday and Polka Dot Cuttlebug folders

I love bold colors for birthday and kids!

Hope you have a great week!

God Bless,


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hey there, Chickie!

Hey there, chickie!  Card


I hope you are having a great week.  Mine is very busy with the kids home for Spring Break.  We're off to take a mini vacation tomorrow, so I wanted to post this card before leaving.

I combined a few ideas for this card.  Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge #217 and their Midweek throwdown Color Challenge (Purple and Yellow), along with Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's #203 Bye, Bye, Birdie and Exploring Cricut's Crafter's Choice - 1 Design Paper, 1 Cardstock challenge.

The sketch:


My card:

The chick cut is from Create A Critter Cricut cartridge, and the faces are from Peachy Keen Stamps.
The Design paper is from Michael's and the rest of the supplies are from my stash.

I hope you have a wonderful week and are looking forward to some Spring weather. We, unfortunately, can't get above 30 degrees.

God Bless,


Monday, March 17, 2014

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #202

FCCB Challenge #202

This week's  FCCB challenge #202  was the color GREEN... How fun.

Here is my card.  I used Operation Write Home's Sketch # 216

The paper is from my stash.

The Oval is from Ashlyn's Alphabet

The Bear is from Peachy Keen Stamps

Coloring is watercolor pencils

Thanks for looking!

God Bless,


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Operation Write Home Challenge #216

OWH Challenge #216

Here is this week's Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #216:


and here is my card:

The stamp is from Peachy Keen stamp set on sale from Valentine's day.  I just used another sentiment.
I ran the white card stock through the Big Shot with a Cuttlebug polka dot folder.
The Design Paper is from an old Bazzill Paper pack.
I colored the image with watercolor pencils.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

God Bless,


Thursday, March 13, 2014

FCCB #201 - Sketch

This week's Fantabulous Cricut Challege Blog #201 is a sketch

I learned to pay attention to the sketch with this card.  Let me show you what I mean...

Here is the sketch:

and here is my FIRST card

I originally stamped right on the design paper, but thought it looked awkward, so I added another layer.  

Here's the SECOND version:

Then I realized this card didn't have all the elements of the sketch.... I had forgotten the border strip behind the circle in the sketch.  

Here is my THIRD version:


I used smaller polka dots because the large dots just looked weird with all the layering.   Maybe not to you...

The elephant and circles are from Birthday Bash page 38.
I cut the elephant at 2 1/2"
I cut the circles at REAL DIAL SIZE Blue:2 1/2:  and red 2 3/4"
The circles on the elephant page were related to the Card/Tag for this cut, and sometimes they don't come out the size I want it to unless I use REAL DIAL SIZE.

So that is how my card evolved.  

The third version is going to be entered into the FCCB sketch challenge.  

Have a good weekend.  Stay warm!

God Bless,


Sunday, March 9, 2014

OWH Challenge #215

Hello!  Today's Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #215 came together quite nicely.

Here is the Sketch:


And here is my card:

I tried a stamp today, which is odd since I'm a Cricut gal, but I used February's Peachy Keen stamp of the month set to make this cute mailbox.  I don't have any markers, so I used watercolor pencils and blended them with a little water.  I'm thinking of getting some Spectrum Noir markers because I'm not sure how serious I am in coloring.  And Copics are way too expensive.

I'm off to see what everyone else has made for the challenge,

Take care and God Bless,


Saturday, March 8, 2014

My New Favorite

A New/Old Favorite

I finally bought the Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge!!!  I know it's been around for a while, and may seem like old news to you, but it's new to me  and has become my new favorite cartridge.  I coupled it with Peachy Keen stamps to create this cute card.

I CASEd the card from one I saw on Pinterest.  The ice cream sundae came from the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge.  The faces are from Peachy Keen everyday faces stamps.

Thanks for looking!

God Bless,


Word to Scrap By - challenge #3

Today's card come from a challenge blog named

                  Words To Scrap By

This unique challenge blog uses saying, lyrics, or any written word to inspire your cards.

This Month's Challenge

This month's inspiration comes in the form of quotes from a few favorite movies.
  • There's no place like home. (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
  • The stuff that dreams are made of. (The Maltese Falcon, 1941)
  • Here's looking at you, kid. (Casablanca, 1942)
  • May the force be with you. (Star Wars, 1977)
Your challenge is to make a card inspired by one of the 4 quotes listed above.

I used the There's No Place Like Home quote.

Having moved from NY to Chicago in 2012, I've felt homesick on and off the past year and a half.

These cards were made with intentions of writing back home and for OWH soldiers wanting to send a note home.

I didn't put a sentiment on the card because I didn't think it had the room, and because I couldn't decide what to put on there.  I thought of:   from my home to yours, thinking of home, love to home...
nothing really caught my attention.

Here's the card.

I used the April Showers Lite and Once Upon a Child cartridges for this card.  I also ran a few things through my Big Shot for dimension. This is the first time using gel pens to add dimension to the card.

Below is the first card I created, but I thought it had too much detail.

I noticed everyone was stamping their cards on this site, I'm going to try that in the near future...  

Take care and God Bless!


Fantabulous Cricut Craft Challenge - Pick a Holiday

I created this cute Easter card and thought I should enter it into the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #200.

It's a cute chicke!

All of the paper is from Recollections at Michael's.  I used the Easter Seasonal 2010 download in my Cricut Craft Room for the chickie, Ashlyn's Alphabet cartridge for the scalloped frame oval, and welded Happy Easter from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

Have a good one!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FCCC #200 Pick a Holiday


The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #200 is to pick your own Holiday.  For my card I used Spring Holiday Cards.  This card cut is meant to be used with St. Patrick's Day.  I love how versatile these cards are.  I made a classic green and yellow card for my mother a few years ago.  Today I was in a colorful mood and this super cute Glittery Tie Die paper from Michael's was on my mind.

Here's my card...

The rest of the papers are from my stash.

It's cute and simple, but sometimes simple is better.

Thanks for looking.

God Bless,


Monday, March 3, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge #214 and some other cards


Hope you've been crafting and keeping warm!  I'm not even going to talk weather, but I will say I've made some stuff and would like to share it with you...

This week's Operation Write Home Challenge #214 came easier than I thought. 

Here's the sketch:


and here is my version:

I was looking through my scraps this past week and pulled some papers from a small card stack. I decided to use those papers to make the card for this challenge.

The striped and stars papers were cut at about 1.5 to 1 inch strips.
The stars were made on the cricut - George and Basic Shapes
The twin is from Michaels and I don't like it since it looks like it's frayed ... note to self - don't go cheap

I made 8 of these cards and they will be used as Any Hero mail.

On to more cards.  I found this cute design paper in an old DCVW card stack... I mean, it's from quite a few years back...

The scissors image was free online, but I forgot the source.  Just type in free sewing images and this will come up.
I also brought out the sewing machine to give it an authentic look.

The design paper for these cards looked like counted cross stitch, so I outlined the main design I wanted to emphasize and sewed around the edges to give it more texture.

Operation Write home has great tutorials and inspiration. A while back they had a tutorial on how to use a 6x6 card stack all at once.  

I'm very slow at making cards, but I decided to give it a try.  I used a 6 x6 stack from My Mind's Eye to create these cards, and to my surprise, I came up with several cards.  Here they are!

I can honestly say that I made more cards at one time than I ever made before, which is AWESOME.  But I only used about a third to half of the stack... must keep at it in the future.

These two cards popped up along the way when I found some interesting paper...

Last But not least...  

My daughter loves to color and she wanted me to hang with her to color for a while.  Well, I thought this would be a good time to bring out an old favorite of mine from my childhood.

Does anyone else remember this Light Up Drawing Desk?  It had a tone of Disney images to copy and color.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it....

Here it is, still in the original box (a bit beat up over the years) from the early 80s!!!

We took turns on the desk and these are the cards I came up with:

I love the polka dot paper with Micky Mouse.  Just had to share an old memory with my girl.  And she loved it!

Thanks for stopping by,

God Bless,


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

OWH Chalenge #213

Hello!  This week's Operation Write Home Challenge #212 was a Clean and Simple card that used up your scraps.  Well, I'm so far behind on cutting up my scraps, I used two 6 x 6 Design papers from My Mind's Eye and some scraps I had to make 24 amazing cards.

Here's the sketch:


And these are some of the cards I made with them:

I had so much fun making these cards!  The sentiments were cut from a Cricut Solutions Cartridge- Stamping.  The hearts were from my stash.  And the flowers were stamped and colored with watercolor pencils.  One day I'll try copics... maybe when I win the lottery and can afford them and take a class too!

God Bless and have a great week!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards

I created some interesting cards today for the family.

I wanted to make a fun card for my darling daughter, and this is what I came up with:

It was my first attempt at an easel card.  I made a tri-fold card before and it came out good, so I decided to give this a try.  I really like how she can put in on her dresser and see the entire card.  I noticed some using Brads to help hold up the card, and thought it was brilliant.

This is a side view.  She loves the color orange, so I had to go with that color

I made this one for my hubby.  He's out of town this week (and next), but he will eventually get it.

This is another card I made with by just cutting paper. It's last year's Bazzill Valentine card stock.   If you noticed my cards don't have a lot of dimension, it is because I like to create cards for Operation Write Home.  It's a wonderful organization that utilizes crafters to create A2 cards to send to troops overseas to write on and send back to their families in the states.  They also have A TON of videos, tutorials, sketches, challenges, blogs, etc.  Since they send so many cards overseas and don't want them to get damaged or returned for over the limit weight, we minimize the dimension of the cards.  You should check them out, perhaps subscribe to their blog, they are so inspiring.

I'm going to enter the Fantabulous Cricut Craft Challenge this week and hope for a goodie!

Have a great weekend and ENJOY MONDAY if you have the day off!

God Bless,


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tri-Fold Card

On this week's  Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog their Thursday Tutorial was on creating a tri-fold card with your cricut.  It was quite interesting and inspiring!  So inspiring, I decided to try one myself.  Sheila does a great job getting it started on the Gypsy and I created mine in the Cricut Craft Room.

 Here's my card.

I used the following cricut cartridges:

George and Basics
Birthday Cakes
Creative Memories - Divine Wedding

I'm going to enter this into the Exploring Cricut Challenge.  The challenge was to use 2 different cuts and blue paper.  

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Operation Write Home #209

This week's Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #209 really got my mojo working.  Here's the sketch:

and here's my card:

I used the Stretch Your Imagination cricut cartridge for the gift.  The cake is a dollar store stamp that I colored with watercolor pencils.  I also ran the white through my big shot with a Darice folder.

I remembered to show the inside this time!

On a side note, my girlfriend recently bought me a heat embossing tool.  I decided to give it a whirl.  I was just playing around a bit. I think this card turned out neat.

The butterfly was a pre-cut by Creative Memories.  I sponged some red ink on the embossed part of the butterfly before adding glue and powder.   I think I may have either added too much glue/embossing powder or overheated the butterfly to get the colors the way they are. It was fun playing around with this card.

Thanks for looking,