Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sci-Fi Blog Hop (my first hop as host)!

The future: it holds a fascination for us. We sit and look at the stars and wonder what's out there. Many have tried to imagine what it would be like to reach the stars, to see that future. Those people created Science Fiction, a way to immerse ourselves in that imagining. Today we share with you a piece of our visions of this future time. Our hop starts here!

We have a great sponsor today! Scrapping with Lisa Designs will be giving a $20 gift certificate to the winner of our blog candy! To enter leave a comment on each blog, you are not required to become a follower but I'm sure it would be appreciated. Make sure to check out her files at!

I had a ton of ideas in my head for this hop; any excuse for a geeky project works for me! My hubby wanted me to make a scale replica of a borg cube, but I was not up for that challenge... So, I made two cards. At our house we are big Trekkers, not Trekkies (that title is for original series nuts, we like Next Generation, Voyager and such...) So, I had to make a Star Trek card:

The star background is a piece of wallpaper sample that I got from a book of discontinued Sherwinn-Williams wallpaper. The Star Trek image I found a png files which I converted to svg an cut out with Sure Cuts a Lot. I created the circle in the background from the basic shapes that they have already included in the software. The font used on the inside was found here and was a free download of a true type font. SCAL will cut out any true type font! The font is called, "He's dead Jim"! I heat embossed the Star Trek symbol to make it nice and shiny and added glitter to the word bright.

For my other project I made a rocket scene:

The rocket is cut from the Nifty Fifties Cricut cart at 5 1/2". I then curled it and added some fun foam underneath it to make it 3D. The flames are from the Scraptastical Kreations pattern "Backyard BBQ". I stretched out the flames to make them a little higher. I know, technically there is no fire in outer space, but it looks cool, right? The fun glittery orange paper was a present from my friend Jenny whose blog you will visit later in this hop! (Isn't she the best?) For the sentiment I used the negative image from the cutouts I made for the card above! Waste not, want not, right? In order to have a bright future, conserve!

Thanks so much for stopping on your trek through the galaxy. The shuttlecraft is waiting to take you to Ashley's blog.

Here is the full line up in case you get lost on this journey:

1. Miriam ~
2. Ashley -
3. Lucy ~
4. Maria -
5. Cally Ann -
6. Jenny -
7. Jennifer -
8. Lisa -
9. Jearise -

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mermaid and Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to our Mermaid and Friends Blog Hop. Who doesn’t like to step back into their childhood and remember the beautiful things they loved. Our first part was Fairies. We had so much fun, with that hop. Today, we have a lot of women wanting to show off their work. A lot of very talented women! So dive in and come take a swim with us!
Here is our line up:
  1. Pamela ~
  2. Nancy ~
  3. Jennifer ~
  4. Maria ~
  5. Tonya ~
  6. Tahi ~
  7. CallyAnn-
  8. Miriam ~
  9. Jenny~
Of course we have Blog Candy!
No hop would be complete without some amazing candy =) For this hop we have a $25 gift certificate for you to spend at Scrapping Bug Designs! ( She's got loads of very cute and adorable sets you are sure to love. Your total is for regular price, not sale price.

 Here are the rules...
For my project I decided to try out a style of card that I have been meaning to get around to making for awhile. I saw a tutorial awhile back here. I thought that this hop was the perfect excuse to use up the last little bit of blue body wash that had been sitting around not being used! Here is my card:

I had every intention of using a mermaid for this hop, but when I was looking through my paper to find something fun I found this in the Far East stack from DCWV. The koi fish on the paper called out to me and I knew that I had a stamp to match it. I decorated the top with blue lace (to cover up the mistake of my circle going off the edge... oops) and around the edge of the cutout I used a grey resin rose and some blue pearls in 5 and 12mm.

I used a framed circle on the inside of the card, and the stamp determined the size of the circles I made. I had thought of the idea of using the sentiment, "You're KOI and I like that," I even typed it up in SCAL, but then I decided the card did not warrant a punny saying. So, I ended up just leaving it blank.
Thanks for visiting my blog today! Now I must sent you swimming over to Jenny's blog.
Don't forget about the Blog Candy Rules!
Thanks for hopping!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hi! Welcome to the Welcome Fall Hop! I love Fall. The smells, the colors, the cooler weather, baking and the decorating! Something about Fall just makes us feel all warm and cozy!
So sit back and relax and enjoy the wonderful projects my good friends have made!

Start here at my blog!

Oh and have i got some AWESOME BLOG CANDY FOR YOU!

Tammy Smith- Amuse Studios $30 and $20 GC
Kreations by KimberlyRae-Handmade Apron ($30 value)
My Creative Time- It's A Surprise
KaBoodle Bug Designs- Autumn Fairies File
Jaded Blossom- Happy Owloween Stamp(new release!)
Donna Salazar Designs -Paper

So you can see you do not want to miss a thing!
Here is the awesome line-up!

3- Jenny~
7-Pam L.-
8- Candace
9- KimberlyRae
10- Sandra

For my project I made an altered clock. I used the Jack-O-Lantern file found here at Scrapping with Lisa Designs.

I like it a lot, so I plan on making different inserts for each season. Hopefully I'll be posting another pics with Turkeys in it after Halloween!

Hope you enjoyed all of the wonderful projects! Make sure you check back Thurs Sept 27 for the winners! Now head on over to Cindy's blog.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Scrapping with Lisa's Design Team Fall Y'All Blog Hop

If you are looking for the Talk Like a Pirate Day hop just scan on down through, it's under this one!

     Welcome to our DT blog hop featuring fall projects! You should have tramped through the leaves from Jearise's blog at:
     As a member of the Design Team for Scrapping with Lisa Designs I get to play with some great files. She has lots of really great fall files including Nuts 4 Fall.  I used that file to make a scrapbook layout that I will be able to use for some great pictures I plan on taking of my kids in the leaves in the next few months.

Here is the whole thing

Squirrel in a tree!

Sorry about the crazy eyes, they caught the flash. I used sequins and bling for the eyes.

Isn't this little guy adorable?

I used fall colored Trendy Twine and buttons on the bottom of each of the K & Company photo mats. I also used some fall colored ric rac to add a few accents. To do the clouds I made my own embossing folder using some clouds I cut out and then I sanded the raised areas to show the white inner core of the paper... Thanks for stopping by! Now, head on over to the hayloft at Anita's to see another project!

Talk Like a Pirate Day Blog Hop

Yohoho mateys and welcome to the Pirate Blog hop in honor of "Talk like a pirate day" today. Captain Lorby ( is head of these here ships and the captain of this ship and ye would be starting ur hopping aboard by vessel. My mateys have worked hard getting their ships in tip top shape for this hop so ye better stop by and see what they have done or someone along the way may make ye walk the plank. So grab ye eye patch and your best bottle of coffee, tea, or water and let's do some pirate hopping and talking.

Our Blog Candy for this event is a digital pirate stamp from Captain Lorby. To be in the drawing for the digital stamp, you must comment on ALL blogs and become a follower of Lorb's World.

You should have come from Lorby's World.

Ahoy matey, here is me project for this hop:

I used a stamp set from K Andrews Designs for the words and the skull. The stamp of the world I do not know the brand of. I got it used from a friend. Then, I added a little ric rac on the bottom for some waves!

On the inside I used my B is for Boys Cricut cart to cut a pirate. He is cut at four inches, thinking that he would fit perfectly in an A2 card. Apparently, that does not include his hat so I had to cut off the bottom of his legs... The sentiment is from the same K Andrews set as the words on the cover.

I thank ye for stopping by me ship and now ye is to journey on to Tee's ship.

In case the waters get you all turned around, here is the full line up:
  1. Jearise -
  2. L. Miriam -
  3. Tee -
  4. Ashley -
  5. Lucy -
  6. Sandra-
  7. Sylvia -
  8. Lynne -
  9. Lisa -
  10. Maria -
  11. CallyAnn-
  12. Jennifer-
  13. Katie ~
  14. Jenny~

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall in Love with Autumn Blog Hop

Welcome everyone to “Fall in love with Autumn” blog hop.

Let me just start with how much I fall means to me. Leave’s turning gorgeous shades of orange, red and brown. The sweet aroma’s of hot cocoa and mulled apple cider coming out of the kitchen. Anything to do with fall fashions, boots, sweaters and pretty scarves! Oh, I can go on and on! Well with that being said I have a treat for all of you today I have a group of talented ladies that can’t wait to share with you their fall wreath that they created for this gorgeous season. We hope to inspire you and “fall in love with autumn”! Enjoy!

There is blog candy given away for this hop. The grand prize is a $20.00 gift card to Michaels or Joanns! You choose! The rules are as follows; you must become a follower of each blog and leave a comment on every stop. Winner will be selected on 9-17-12

If you have strolled over from Lucy's blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened here don't miss out on any of the beautiful projects, go back and start at Lluvia's blog.

For my project I used both an SVG file and a Cricut Cartridge. I started with the Cricut Cartridge Ribbons and Rosettes. I cut 6 sections of the Bird3 rosette found on page 68 at 4 inches. Then, I added some fall leaves from the Nuts 4 Fall file that can be found at Scrapping with Lisa Designs.

That file includes a lot more, cute squirrels, nuts (of course) and a tree! Check it out. I dressed up the leaves by adding some brown with American Craft stamp markers. Then, to give the feeling of a birds nest and add some pizzazz I used the Orange Truffle twine from Trendy Twine and some copper colored ric rac. I am sorry about the quality of the photo. The colors are much more vibrant in real life...

The next pile of leaves for you to jump into can be found at Jillian's blog. Enjoy the cooler weather!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chocolate Blog Hop

Next to diamonds, chocolate is a girl's best friend and in some cases it may even rank higher than diamonds. This hop takes some neat approaches to chocolate so I hope you can take the time to hop through and see how these crafters expressed their love of chocolate.

You will start at Lorby's World ( but make sure you make it all the way to the end because Tee at One Scrap at a Time is giving away two files from The Cutting Cafe ( to one lucky winner. Tee will have all the details on how to sign up for the drawing when you arrive at her blog.

So get your box of hidden chocolate and enjoy the hop...

I made a card that could be used for many different occasions. It could be an invitation to a chocolate party, or a warning from a lady to her man, or a sweet card to go with a gift of chocolate...

The card is A2 sized and made with different shades of Stampin' Up card stock. I used the lightest brown that I had for the base of the card, the next darkest, cut 1/4 inch smaller on each side and embossed with a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder for the background of the front of the card. In case you can't quite see it, it's clocks. I then sanded the embossing to make it stand out a bit more. I used a darker shade of brown and cut our letters from the Cupcake Cricut cartridge (say that ten times fast).  I finished off the front with some Orange Truffle twine from Trendy Twine. 

On the inside of the card I used the center circle from a sheet of DCWV paper that was in the Sweet Stack. After cutting out the circle I distressed the edges and sanded the center a bit to give it a worn look. I was going to use that sheet to do a layout, but I really wanted to make a card... Then, I stamped the cake (Stampin' Up) and the cup of hot chocolate (Snag 'em Stamps) in VersaMark ink and embossed with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress powder from Ranger.

Thank you for coming today and now on to the sweetness that Ashley has in store for you.

Friday, September 7, 2012

September Calendar Girls

If you are looking for the Crazy Dog and Cupcake hop scan past this post or click here.

Welcome to our September Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. Papercrafts Presents 365 Cards magazine which is our inspiration for these monthly hops which thus became the Calendar Girls. The magazine has Creative Ideas for every day of the year: occasions, holidays, and celebrations including 42 unique holidays!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. The September unique holidays are:

National Sewing Month - Lynne
Classical Music Month - Lisa Woodward
National Blueberry Popsicle Month - Lisa Peters
3: Labor Day - Janet
5: Cheese Pizza Day - Miriam
6: Fight Procrastination Day -
6: Read a Book Day ~ Lucy
9: National Grandparent's Day - Kimberly
11: Patriot Day - Janet
12: National Day of Encouragement - Anita
12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day - Anita
13: National Fortune Cookie Day - Jearise
15: Make a Hat Day -
16: National Playdoh Day - Lisa Peters
16: National Neighborhood Day -
18: National Cheeseburger Day -Lisa Woodward
19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day ~ Lucy
21: International Peace Day - Jearise and Miriam
22: Autumn Begins - Janet
22: Elephant Appreciation Day - Kimberly
22: Okoberfest - Lynne
25: National Comic Book Day - Miriam
28: Ask a Stupid Question Day - Laura

The hop starts with Lynne ~ ( You won't want to miss a single calendar event not to mention the weddings, graduations, birthdays -- ok, you get the idea!!!!

The line-up for September includes:

Lynne ~
Lisa Woodward:
Lisa Peters:
Miriam -
Kimberly -
Jearise -
Laura -

Stop by and check out these holidays as I am sure you are going to want to remember these holidays and include them in your card making projects!!!!!

For my first project I made a card for National Comic book day. I was lucky enough to have a wallpaper sample that included some old Mickey Mouse comic panels. That made it easy... I was worried about what I was going to do for this one. I like this panel, it just reeks of happiness and joy!
The red outline was part of the wallpaper, so I went with the black, white and red theme in the embellishments I choose. The flowers are from a jar of Prima's Got Flowers. The centers and the little bling flowers on the other side are from a set of K and Company embellishments.

For the inside of the card I continued the singing theme and the center stamp says, "This songs for you". The four stamps on the corners say, "Beauty, Dream, Fly and Sing". 

My second holiday was Cheese Pizza Day. I found the perfect svg file at Images by Heather M. It's a pizza box! Good thing I used to work at Pizza Hut and know how to fold one. I used paper from a Tim Holtz stack cause, hey, why not? I've been looking for an excuse to use the paper... circles (pizza), stars have triangles as part of them (slices), perfect I say!


I made a slice shaped card using the super simple method of stretching a diamond in SCAL to the size I wanted it to be and cut it at the same time from the same 12 by 12 sheet of paper as the box. I then added the white paper on the bottom to make it easier to write a note seeing as how the other side of the paper was dark. I left it blank so it could be customized, but I was thinking a good sentiment would be, "Don't think I'm cheesy... but I love you...", or something along those lines.

I was on a roll, so I decided to make a project for International Peace Day too!  

Once again I took advantage of SCAL's awesomeness and cut the world out because the wingdings font has that as one of the keys! I made the background paper green so that I could use the negative space as the earth. So much easier than gluing all those little pieces.... The peace symbol is from Scrappy Dew's Groovy Palz set, which, appropriately, can be found in their Around the World section! The colors didn't come out too well in this picture. I made this with my daughter in mind and the top is all pinks and purples... (she's 6).

Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on October 13, 2012 for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop! Now, head on over to Lucy's blog to see what she has created!

Crazy Dog and Cupcake Hop

Welcome to our Crazy Dog and Cupcake Blog Hop!  What started out as a random idea for a blog hop turned into a funny theme!  We threw out some ideas on different "odd observances" in the up coming months ~ one being National Dog Day and the other Cupcake Day ~ everyone seemed to like these two themes so we put it to a vote!  Who would have thought it would have turned into a tie?! So we voted once more ~ thanks to Pamela's creative thinking, she put the two together.  What could be more fun than working with dogs and cupcakes!  So sit back and enjoy the fun and creative projects the group has put together for you today!
No blog hop would be complete without some fun blog candy to win!  Today we have a very gracious sponsor ~ KaDoodle Bug Designs is giving one lucky winner $15 in free files!  All you have to do to win the prize is:
Your line up today is:

Since I don't really have anything doggish I decided to focus on the cupcake. I have a friend who LOVES cupcakes! So, this card will be for her.

I stamped 4 cupcakes of unknown origin and 4 of a smaller one in each corner from a set of K Andrews Stamps. They were all stamped in silver Colorbox ink and colored with Crayola (someday I'll sharpen my Prismacolor pencils....) The wording is from the same unknown set as the four inner cupcakes and says, "Cupcakes Forever!". That and the swirls, also of unknown origin are stamped in gold Colorbox ink. There are gold Stickles on the sprinkles and the swirls, and orange Stickles on the center of the flowers in the smaller stamps and on the cherry. The whole front of the card was then sprayed with glimmer mist... so shiny! Last, but not least, some chocolate cupcake Twinery twine was added to the edge!
  Now it's time to grab your cupcake and Fido and head to the truly talented Edwina's blog.

Thank you for hopping along with us today!  We hope you have enjoyed our fun hop.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Toad"ally Love Halloween

     I just finished making a card with the Halloween Frog file from Scrapping with Lisa Design's! Here it is:

Is he a cutie?

Sorry that the picture of the inside is so terrible...

This card was kept simple with just a stamp of a spider web behind the piecing. For the title I cut out the words and then made a shadow blackout of them since I wanted to do use the same color for the sentiment as I did for the card itself. Hope you enjoyed seeing my card!

This file was last week's freebie! If you don't get her newsletter sign up so you don't miss any of her great FREE files! Hope to see you back soon!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ghostly Manor Layout

Just wanted to quickly share a scrapbook layout I made with the Ghostly Manor file from Scrapping With Lisa Designs. I enjoy Halloween and I wanted to have a few pages ready to put pictures on! So, here is the first one...

The house, ghosts, moon and sign are all parts of the cut file. I put this on and hand cut a road leading up to it. Of course, I then went to put the K & Company photo mats on and realized I hadn't left enough space. I got one on and the other I had to cut down. Then, I stamped and heat embossed the candy corn and tree. The pumpkins I tried stamping in orange, but they were too light to see, so I outlined them in orange Stickles. Then, in the top left I felt there was too much empty space, so I used black and brown Stickles over a stamp to add a witch on a broom. With a few pieces of ribbon as some finishing touches I was satisfied with my project! Now, it will have to wait for the pictures...