Thursday, December 20, 2012

Exploring Cricut - Tweet You

Hello! It is my turn today at Exploring Cricut and I have a thank you card to share with you. It is always helpful to have these done before the holiday. This is the image that my 7th grader chose this year and will be very easy to mass produce.


3 Bird images are very easy to layer and are so darn cute. I added some Stickles to the present. I also used a pen to add some stitching to the white layer. My white gel pen decided to run out; but no worries as Liquid Pearls was used for the large and small dots. 

Recipe:
A2 card base
Bird - 3 Birds On Parade 3"
Papers - DCWV and Bazzill
Sentiment - K Andrew Designs
Liquid Pearls, Xmas Stickles, Ribbon, black micro pen

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day:)

Annette

Monday, December 17, 2012

Exploring Cricut - Christmas Challenge

Hi! It's challenge time again at Exploring Cricut. For this week's challenge you are to create a project with a Christmas theme using your Cricut. I chose to create a Christmas card using the Holy Family from Winter Frolic.


I used one of the shepherds for Joseph because I never noticed that there wasn't actually a figure named Joseph on the cartridge. I also used a sandpaper block to rough of Joseph's robe. I then inked his clothing. I hid Mary's face with the gypsy and added a PK face. I think I would make her smaller than 3" as she seems a little larger than the other 2 figures.


The inside of the card has a sentiment from K. Andrew Design. 

Recipe:

A10 card base
Papers - Stampin' Up, stash
Joseph - Winter Frolic 3"
Jesus - Winter Frolic 3"
Mary - Winter Frolic 3"
Star - Winter Frolic 3"
Sentiment - K Andrew Designs
Mary's face - Peachy Keen Princess Faces
Swiss Dots Embossing folder, black ink, Copic Marker, white gel pen

Hope you decide to join in this week and thanks for stopping by!

Annette




Friday, December 7, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

Hi and happy Friday! I have a sweet bear to share with you today. This is one of Sonia's cuties from SKdigis. Isn't she sweet? If you would like to play with these digis head over to Sonia's blog and check out all her goodies. She even has some freebies:)


The bear and tree were done using the markers and the tree with sentiment was printed out with the computer. 

Recipe:
A2 card base
Bear and Tree - SKdigis
Sentiment - SKdigis
Twine, Copic Markers, Stickles and embroidery floss, googly eyes, snow pen

Entering:
Paper Playtime Christmas Colors
Docerela Creations Red and Green
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes
D.L.Art Anything Red or Green
Scrappy Moms Christmas Time

Thanks for stopping by and have a greart weekend!

Annette

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Exploring Cricut - St. Nicholas Treats

Hello! So glad you came to visit. Today is my day for a project at Exploring Cricut and since it is St. Nicholas Day I hid these in my girls shoes for this morning with some Hershey kisses inside. I really like how small these turned out. Perfect for those gifts like jewelry, candy, etc.


Now, I do not have a pillow box cut. But, with my gypsy I was able to recreate one fairly easily. For the middle of the box I used the Plantin SchoolBook card and hid the stitching marks that were down the side. I then found an edge from Elegant Edges and welded that to one side of the card. I did have to hide the cut out on this piece, but again, very easy with the gypsy. When it came to the edges I welded an 2 ovals on the top and on the bottom. I just centered the oval on the line for the card's top and bottom. 


I used a hole punch to add the brads. I also used Scor-Tape to make sure that the sides stayed closed. To open the box, I just attached a mini glue dot in between the brads for easy access. 


I inked up the hat from Joys of the Season and added their names. I can't wait for them to find their treats!


I hope you enjoyed this and don't forget to link your card up at Exploring Cricut by Saturday.

Recipe:
Pillow Box - Plantin SchoolBook, Elegant Edges 6 1/4 " unfinished, 
3 3/4" length when finished 
Hat - Joys of the Season 1.71"
Papers - K&Company, American Craft
Brads, tea dye ink

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

100 Years Young

Hello! I don't know about you all, but I am feeling like it is crunch time to get everything done before the holiday. Nutcracker began last week and until that is finished it is all consuming. I haven't had time to enter challenges but I am trying to keep up with visiting my bloggy friends. 

My parents have a friend who is turning 100 and I was able to squeeze some time in to create. I made this card for her using Lori Whitlock's cuts from the Silhouette store. It was so easy and as a newbie to the Cameo I definitely like that.


The card is the green paper and slips into the envelope, which is the pot. There is plenty of room for them to write a note to their friend on the green paper.


I really liked being able to use the software and my fonts to create the sentiment on the banner. The banner came with my software and I cut it twice so that I could use pop dots.


 I added some finishing touches like the buttons, twine and Stickles.



The "100" was cut with my Cricut using the Gypsy Font.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Annette


Monday, December 3, 2012

Exploring Cricut Christmas Card Blog Hop

Welcome to the Exploring Cricut Christmas Card Blog Hop! If you hopped from Emily then you are in the right spot. If not, hop back to the beginning so you don't miss a thing. The list is below if you get lost along the way!  Our Design Team has some awesome projects for inspiration and at the end you will be able to enter the challenge to show us a Christmas card. Don't forget to use your Cricut for the challenge. 



I found this cute little beaver on Winter Frolic. I hid his face cuts and used a PK Critter face. 

Recipe:
A2 card base
Beaver- Winter Frolic 3"
Papers - DCWV, American Crafts and scraps
Sentiment - K.Andrew Designs
Face - Peachy Keen Critter Faces
Brown pen, black ink, white gel pen , Diamond Stickles, Glossy Accents

Your next stop along the way is the very talented Ian.

Blog List:
Diana Boucher http://craftypeepdb.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by and hope you decide to create with us this week! Looking forward to seeing your designs:)
Annette

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Believe!

Hi! To get into the spirit of Christmas I thought I would share a blast from the past. These were taken in 2010 and I really like how this highlights the pics. It is still a tradition for the girls to pick an ornament the day after Thanksgiving, but we don't visit Santa. We do, however, watch him arrive in his sleigh with the trumpeters in front of him. I still think it is exciting! For those of you who still take their little ones to see Santa I hope this inspires you to create a page:)

Lyrical Letters doesn't have a shadow feature so I used my gypsy to make one.

I used embossing folders on the reindeer and sleigh.


Recipe:
Reindeer - Joys of the Season 3.58
Santa and sleigh Joys of the Season 1.94"
Believe - Lyrical Letters 1.51"
Shadow for believe - Lyrical Letters 1.67"
Present - Joys of the Season 2.45"
Trees- Joys of the Season 1.50", 2.70", 3.00"
Embossing folders - Cuttlebug Snowflakes and Swiss Dots

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Annette

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My First Silhouette Image

Hello! Well, I finally received my Silhouette last week and am slowly trying to figure it out. I did upgrade to the Designer Edition because I think it will be easier to work with SVG images when needed. So, I chose to work with another image from Sonia at SKdigis. I like learning how to shade with my Copic Markers, but I have to say this is really great to be able to color right from the computer. The shading was all done for me and I didn't have to cut these two out by hand. I love that! 


Sonia has a great tutorial on how to cut her images out with the Cameo. It was very easy to follow and greatly appreciated for this newbie:)


Recipe:
A2 card base
Papers DCWV
Stork - SKdigis
Sentiment - My Creative Time

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

You're A Deer!

Hi! Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving? I did and now it's time to think about those Christmas cards. This is another image from Sonia at SKdigis. Isn't he fun!! You still have time to enter the challenge and it is anything goes with one of Sonia's digis. She has some great freebies to play with too.


This will be a great thank you for the holidays that I can keep in my stash when needed:)

Recipe:
A2 card base
Deer - Skdigis
Sentiment - My Pink Stamper
Papers - Authentique
Copic markers, Stickles, Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette




Thursday, November 22, 2012

Exploring Cricut - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! It is my day to share at Exploring Cricut and I decided to keep with Monday's challenge theme of Thanksgiving. 


I created this card in the Cricut Craft Room. This is actually the first time that I have used this program and it was very easy. Every week there is a new cartridge that you can use for free and this particular week was Autumn Celebrations. If you have used Design Studio it is very similar and user friendly. 

I inked the image and then added Glossy Accents to the apples.

Recipe:
A2 cardbase
Papers - Scraps
Cornucopia - Autumn Celebrations 3"
Brown Ink, Glossy Accents, Buttons, Zots

Our challenge ends on Saturday and we'd love for you to join us. Have a blessed day with family and friends and thanks for stopping by! 

Annette


Monday, November 19, 2012

Exploring Cricut Monday Challenge

Hello Everyone! Time for the challenge at Exploring Cricut. The challenge this time is to create a card, layout or project with a Thanksgiving theme. You have until Saturday to enter and you must use an image from Cricut:) This is perfect for those last minute items needed for Thursday. 


I decided to create cupcake toppers. These came together super fast and who doesn't love that.  I included the recipe for the Cheesecake Pumpkin Cupcakes because I think these are the best. I have other recipes for these muffins and sometimes they come out too moist. These are more of a cake texture with a delicious filling. Some say they are a knock off from Starbuck's.  They are so yummy.


I hot glued the toothpick to the back of each topper. 

Recipe for Toppers:
Indian - Trick or Treat 
Turkey - Create A Critter
Xmas Red and Cinnamon Stickles

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Source Annie's Eats
Makes 24 muffins

For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

For the muffins:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree (see Note)
1¼ cups vegetable oil

For the topping:
½ cup sugar
5 tablespoons flour
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Note: A standard sized can of pumpkin is 15 ounces (just 1 oz. short of 16 oz = 2 cups). I only used one can and they were just fine. You could also freeze the extra if you decided you wanted a full 2 cups.

Instructions:

To prepare the filling, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 1½-inches in diameter. Smooth the plastic wrap tightly around the log, and reinforce with a piece of foil. Transfer to the freezer and chill until at least slightly firm, at least 2 hours. The mixture will still be somewhat soft but firmer.

To make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda; whisk to blend. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree and oil. Mix on medium-low speed until blended. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.

To make the topping combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Add in the butter pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. When done it should look like the texture of wet sand. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill until ready to use.

To assemble the muffins, fill each muffin well with a small amount of batter, just enough to cover the bottom of the liner (1-2 tablespoons). Slice the log of cream cheese filling into 24 equal pieces. Place a slice of the cream cheese mixture into each muffin well. You want to put the cream cheese lower than you think because it will rise a lot during the baking process. Divide the remaining batter among the muffin cups, placing on top of the cream cheese to cover completely. Sprinkle a small amount of the topping mixture over each of the muffin wells.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. These are so good warm, cold or room temperature.


Thanks for stopping by and remember you have until Saturday to join in the challenge!
Annette


Friday, November 16, 2012

Warm Winter Wishes

Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? Ours is busy with my husband's birthday and a full weekend of Nutcracker rehearsals. I have another SKdigis for you. I think I went a little crazy with the snow pen, but in my defense I really wanted it to look like the house was nice and cozy inside:) I love it during the holidays if we get a good snow and we can stay inside and hang out. That is the best!


The Authentique paper is double sided and makes it so easy to match up. I need to remember that when I am buying paper:) 

Recipe:
A2 cardbase
Papers - Stampin' Up, Authentique
House - SKdigis
Sentiment - My Cat's Pajamas
Snow pen, Stickles, Glossy Accents, Copic Markers, China Blue Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Entering: 
Crazy Us Crafts Favorite Color or Holiday Theme
CAS-ual Fridays Winter Project Featuring Blue

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Annette



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ice, Ice Snowman:)

Hi! Isn't it getting colder where you live? It is definitely getting chilly here. No snow like what the darling little snowman has below but before we know it, it will be here. This is another of Sonia from SKdigis wonderful creations. He's one of the four ice cube snowmen she has. There is a different sentiment on each of their banners. There is a Linky Party right now using any of her creations. 


The snow under the snowman was made with fine glitter and the snowflakes were with Stickles. I think I like the snow with more dimension more. 

Recipe:
A2 card base
Papers - Stampin' Up and DCWV
Snowman - SKdigis
Stickles, gems, glitter, Copic Markers

Entering:

Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Annette




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Merry Christmoose!

Hi! I have another Christmas card to share with you. Isn't this moose cute!! This is another fun digi from Sonia at SKdigis, I enjoyed working with it and hope you like it:) 


Recipe: 
A2 cardbase
Papers - Stampin' Up Jillibean Soup
Moose and Sentiment - SKdigis
Copic markers, twine, buttons

Entering:
Catch The Bug Things With Tails
Crazy Hazelnut's Christmas For a Man or Boy

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

No Longer A Tween

Hi! Today, my youngest has a birthday and she is no longer a tween. It is also her "golden" birthday and she thinks that is so cool. She is officially a teenager and while that is exciting to think about, it makes me feel sad too that she is growing so fast. My inspiration comes from her love of the color teal and turtles.


I used PK Corny faces for this cutie and even pulled out some old stamps from Stampin' Up for the confetti and the sentiment. 


For one of her presents I created this fun cupcake tag. I was in the Hallmark store with my Mom the other day and they have all of these toppers actually attached to the bag and they are really cute. Of course, I thought well I'm sure I could make that:)

Recipe:
A2 white cardbase
Banner - Birthday Bash 1"
Turtle - Birthday Bash 1.94"
Face - Peachy Keen Corny Faces
Grass - Paper Dolls for Everyday 3.27"
Sentiment - Stampin' Up
Confetti - Stampin' Up
Cupake Tag - Birthday Bash 4.23"
Black ink, Stickles, Copic Markers, Twine, White gel pen

Entering: 
Celebrate the Occasion Use a Cupcake
Craft Your Passion Clean and Simple

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a wonderful day!

Annette

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tis The Season...

Hi! Today I wanted to share a holiday card I made using SKdigis. Sonia has some new digis that are so fun to play with. Go check them out here.You might be asking yourself, "where is the green tree?" Well, my inspiration for this card came from seeing all the decorations that are out in the stores right now. While there are the traditional items, there are a lot of whimsical and very fun color choices to choose from. You can get a tree in probably any color you want now and some of them are really cute when they are all decorated. 


This digi has a few words from one of my favorite songs. I used my Copic markers to color them in fun colors and then used my snow pen and silver Stickles to give them some sparkle. The white card base is 5x5. The embossed paper was a win from Diana (DL Art) and I just love it. Hope you like my card:)

Entering:
Crafty Creations No Flowers
Christmas Stampin' Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas Contemporary 



Thanks for stopping by!
Annette

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Exploring Cricut - Happy Dog!

Hi! It is my day to share at Exploring Cricut and I whipped up this cute little dog from Birthday Bash. I attached him to a wobble for a little fun:) 



It is a little difficult to show in a picture his wobble, but you get the idea:)

Recipe:
A2 cardbase
Dog - Birthday Bash 
Sentiment - K. Andrew Designs
Wobble, Twine, various inks for edging

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hoot!

Hi! We have an owl that hangs out from time to time on our street and I just love when he hoots. We saw him hanging out on our neighbor's roof one time and had to do a double take because we weren't sure if he was real. 


I made this for my nephew, who loves owls, for his birthday. I have used this card shape for many different occasions like graduation, thinking of you, etc. Just by changing the papers and maybe adding accessories to it. It is a really a fun one to play with:) Hope you enjoy!

Recipe:
Owl  - Wild Card
DCWV and Bazzill
Stickles

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Exploring Cricut - Celebrating Veterans!

We are celebrating Veteran's Day at Exploring Cricut and hoe you join us. The challenge is to create a card, layout or craft with a patriotic theme for Veteran's Day. You must use the Cricut for your project and no back linking. You have until Saturday, the 10th, to enter your project.


I decided to create a card for my project and found these great cuts on a variety of cartridges. For the flag, I welded the stars in my Gypsy to a flag and just love how it turned out. I heat embossed the sentiment with red powder. I edged the mat in brown ink and used Stickles for her bows, sash and flag.

Recipe:
A2 card base
Papers - Stampin' Up and Authentique
Girl - Twinkle Toes 3.59"
Face - Peachy Keen Cherub Set
Flag - My World 1.35"
Stars - George and Basic Shapes 0.20"
Mats - Elegant Edges 4"
Sentiment - Pink By Design
Stickles, Embossing Powder, Chalk White gel pen, Copic Markers, Brown Ink, Black Ink

I hope you come join in the fun and thanks for stopping by!

Annette



Thursday, November 1, 2012

SKdigis November Challenge!

Hello! It is time again for another SKdigis Challenge. Are you ready to have some fun? Anything Goes at SKdigis, but remember you have to use Skdigis as the main image. Sonia has got some new digis for us to play with and they are adorable (as usual). Since it is the first of November, I chose to make my card with a pumpkin pie and a turkey.  


I was playing around with different card shapes and decided to do a type of swing card.


As you can see the circle floats in the middle of the card.


When the card is fully open you can see the cute little turkey on the inside. 


And of course, he had to wobble while he gobbled!

Make sure you go check out the awesomeness (is that a word?) of my DT sisters. I love how some of us chose the same digis and they all look amazing and unique:) Such talent! Can't wait to see what you guys create too:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I hope you all enjoy the festivities and stay safe. 


Thanks for stopping by!

Annette 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spooktacular Time!

Are you all ready like this sweet little mouse for Trick or Treaters to come? I personally wish the candy was not in my house because it is too tempting:) Hope every has a good day and has will power to stay out of the candy:)



Recipe:
A2 card base Birthday Bash
Orange glitter mat - Elegant Edges
Mouse - Happy Hauntings 
Sentiment - Bugbites
Stickles, ribbon

Entering:
Fussy and Fancy Anything Goes
Critter Challenge Color Challenge
Clearly iStamp All Tied Up (ribbon or twine)
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #89 Anything Goes
Pink Cricut Link Up Tuesday


Thanks for stopping by!

Annette 


Monday, October 29, 2012

'Dem Bone, 'Dem Bones

Oh, we are getting closer to the big night of Halloween! Hopefully the coast will be able to trick or treat peacefully. I am praying for a false alarm and this storm will blow over very quietly. I spoke to my brother who lives in Baltimore, right by the harbor, yesterday. He said that they were predicted to get up to 8" of rain and 40-50 mile an hour winds. This sounds mild compared to other areas. Again, prayers to all of you to stay warm and dry.

Well, the rain and cold weather made me shudder and I thought of this card I had made for a swap.  Isn't this paper too cute! It is all from a paper pack from Making Memories. The sentiment is from Barb's stamps at Bugbites. Perfect for my shuddering skeletons:)


Have an awesome day!

Annette 



Saturday, October 27, 2012

You Are My Sunshine!

Thank you to Lee-Ann Snappy Scraps and Nana My Crafting Channel for giving me this award! These are 2 of my fave blogs to check every day. Their work is awesome!!



Here are the rules:
Include award logo in blog post and thank the blogger who gave it to you & include a link back.

Answer 10 questions about yourself that you have made up yourself.

Nominate 10-12 bloggers for the award and contact them at their blog site to inform them.
So here are the ten questions about me that I made up about myself....which by the way was kind of hard...

1. Favorite color? Pink
2. Favorite animal? Bunnies
3. What is your favorite candy? Hot Tamales
4. What is your motto? "Try to look at the glass half full"
5. What accessory do you like wearing? Watches
6. Who do you enjoy spending time with? God, family and friends
7. What tools do you use the most when crafting? ATG gun, Stickles, Cricut, (still waiting impatiently patiently for my Cameo to arrive)
8. What season do you like the best? Fall and Summer
9. What is your dream vacation? Anywhere there is a beach
10. Famous person you would like to meet? Toss up between Annie Lennox and Ellen DeGeneres

11 people I nominate this award to:

Thanks again to Lee-Ann and Nana!

Annette

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Exploring Cricut - Pumpkin Project

Hello! How is everyone? I'm happy to share a project at Exploring Cricut today. I also had a helper with this one, my youngest daughter. This was super easy to create and I hope you like it:)


We started with a small pumpkin and used contact paper to add stars and moons all over the pumpkin. If you are using a real pumpkin, I would suggest wiping down with water in case there might be some dirt left. 



We used the "kiss cut" method when cutting the stars and moons (3 pressure, 3 speed and 3 blade). Once the images were placed she then began to paint the pumpkin black with acrylic paint. This only needed one coat. 


Almost finished. This takes barely any time to dry. The next step was to add Mod Podge. I had a glossy finish, but any will do. While the Mod Podge was drying fine glitter was added to the pumpkin just by sprinkling on.


I did let my Mod Podge dry for awhile before I added the bows and gems.


Thanks for visiting today and don't forget that you still have time to enter our challenge at Exploring Cricut.

Annette

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Halloween Cousin It!

Hi Everyone! Today I have a layout to share from last year's Halloween. My youngest wanted to be Cousin It from the Addam's Family. Don't you love when your kids come to you with these ideas and your thinking okay, how am I going to do that. Well, it definitely keeps me on my toes:) 


I enjoyed creating this layout and really liked that Barb at Bug Bites had the stamp sentiment that is in the Addam's Family song.  I was searching for the right road and decided to use the "s" from Lyrical Letters and I think it curved exactly the way I wanted for this project.

Recipe:
12 x 12 layout
DCWV Papers, scraps
House - Happy Hauntings 6.42"
Ghost - Happy Hauntings 2"
Walkway -Lyrical Letters width 3.76"
Gate  Happy Hauntings 4.05"
Happy Halloween - Happy Hauntings 2.35"
Sentiment  on Tree - Bugbites
Tree - Happy Hauntings 9.77"
Tombstone - Happy Hauntings (sorry didn't write the size down)
Owl - Happy Hauntings 2"
Twine, Trick or Treat sticker, Cuttlebug embossing folder for road


Entering:
Pause Dream Enjoy - Night Project
Pile It On - Any Holiday but birthday
Fantabulous Cricut - Halloween
Cut It Up - Eek! Boo! Ahh!

Thanks for stopping by!

Annette