A House of Cards

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mission to Create...

Hey everyone!  Did you all have a great Memorial Day?  Ours was pretty low-key.  We grilled some hot dogs and hamburgers, played some games, and then had some quiet time in the afternoon.  Don't you just love those kinds of days?!

I wanted to come by and share a layout I made for the Mission to Create blog.  Sadly, this is will be their last challenge, but I am very honored that they asked me to participate in it.  I was given five concepts, and my mission was to create a project that used at least three of them.

Here are the concepts I was given:

Deborah - Sunshine & Lollipops
Jocie - Speech bubble
Nicole - Use at least 3 photos
Vanessa - Spring Themed
Roree - Make a flower embellishment 
And here is the layout I created using 3 1/2 of the concepts:

 I got in the sunshine of the Sunshine & Lollipops, the 3+ photos, Spring theme, and the flower embellishments.


 I added a lot of hand stitching and created the flowers using my Cricut Expression and Walk in My Garden cartridge.  That one is definitely a fave of mine! 

You can check out the layouts created by the Mission to Create team here.

Well, that's all for me tonight.  I will be back later in the week to share more.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I was surfing Pinterest the other day, and I came across this:

I absolutely loved the quote and knew I had to use it on a project.  So, that's just what I did. 

Here is a layout I did for the Ally Scraps blog:

 I used paper and stickers from Echo Park's Playground collection, along with Jillibean Soup's Corrugated Kraft alphas, Pink Paislee twine, and Cosmo Cricket buttons. 

The alphabet stamps are by Studio G.  (I got from Michaels, I believe.)

The top corner looked a little empty, so I added stitching and a short row of buttons and stickers. 

You can see a complete list of supplies and instructions on how to recreate it here

That's it for me tonight.  I should be back later this weekend or early next week to share more.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How about a little color...

Hey everyone!  I'm stopping by to share a project I made for Amy Heller's Color Splash! Challenge on the October Afternoon blog.  OA products are full of so many bright and wonderful colors, so this was a pretty easy challenge.  ;)

I created a pocket tag mini album (made with my Cricut Expression and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge) with a page for each member of my family.  The pockets are to hold our favorite photos from throughout the year.

When Amy originally shared the challenge with me, it was more about creating a monochromatic project.  I usually have a bit of hard time with monochromatics.  Not sure why, but I do.  So I decided to cheat a little bit.  I put together each page in a monochromatic scheme, but when the pages were put together, it was a rainbow of color.  

 Here are some close-ups of each of the pages:

I used a mix of products from Rocket Age, 5 & Dime, Modern Homemaker, Thrift Shop, Fly a Kite, and Farm Fresh collections. 

If you get a chance to play along with the challenge, stop by and post it in the OA Flickr Gallery so we all can take a peek.  ;)

Hope you all have a great evening, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cricut Winner!

 And the winner of the $150 Cricut.com credit is...

Glynis said...
Im so happy there is a Cricut Blog open to everyone! Love my Cricut!!

I added the blinkie and link to my blog http://northernscrapper.blogspot.com/ and already follow your blog and the new Cricut blog :O)

May 18, 2011 10:19 AM

Huge congrats, Glynis, and thanks so much to everyone who participated!  Glynis, please email me at drumph1 (at) mediacombb (dot) net with the email address associated with your Cricut.com account, and I will get you hooked up.  ;)  

Have a great day, and thanks so much for stopping by!    


Friday, May 20, 2011

Pebbles Inc and a Giveaway!!!

Hey everyone!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I know I am.  :)  I came by today to share some projects that I did recently for Pebbles Inc.  I am a guest designer on the Pebbles Inc blog today, and I got to work with some seriously cute products from the Happy-Go-Lucky and Ever After collections.  Perfect for any and all things girly.  (I'm sure you could use it for boys though too.  ;) )

I created two projects using the Happy-Go-Lucky collection.  The first, a layout:

I found these picture of my daughter picking flowers in the backyard when she was 2.    This collection was perfect for them!

 Boy, how I miss those days... 

The next project is a little tin and mini card set:

I just love the fun, happy colors in this line!

Next up are the project using the Ever After collection.  Perfect for any princess!

 I hand cut the banner from patterned paper and adhered it with pop dots to give it a little dimension.

And lastly, a card:

It makes me think of Cinderella.  Love that movie!

Now about the giveaway... 
 if you head on over to the Pebbles Inc blog and comment on the post with my projects here, you will be entered for a chance to win a Pebble prize pack.  Sounds awesome, doesn't it?!!  You have until Monday, May 23rd, at midnight (EST) to get your comment in.   

So that is it for me today,  I will be back next week to share more with you all.  Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for stopping by!!!   

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A gift 4u...

Hey everyone!  I'm stopping by to share a project that I made for Pink Paislee today.  My assignment was Creating with The Cricut.  I just LOVE my Cricut machine, so this was a fun one. 

I made a pillow gift box and created a bow to go on top. 

 I used the Wrap It Up cartridge for the pillow box, and the Martha Stewart Crafts Elegant Cake Art cartridge for the border strips used to make the bow.  You can see some tips on how to make the bow along with a list of supplies used over at the Pink Paislee blog here

 I added a quick and easy tag to finish it up.

Well, that's all I have to share with you today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The NEW Official Cricut Blog and a Giveaway!!!

Hey everyone! I have some exciting news for all of you Cricut lovers out there!….

 Provo Craft  is proud to announce the launch of the Official Cricut Blog!
This all new blog will go live Wednesday, May 18th

Already a Cricut Circle member? Then this means you get even more inspiration and more chances to win amazing prizes!

The Official Cricut Blog  will introduce artists and crafters to the benefits of the Cricut Circle. It will showcase inspiring projects designed by the Cricut Circle Design Team and provide a central location to receive announcements, promotions and updates on everything Cricut, directly from Provo Craft.

The Official Cricut Blog sponsored by the Cricut Circle will feature the following:
  • Inspirational projects using your favorite Cricut machines. The Imagine, Expression, Cricut Cake,   Cuttlebug, Yudu and more.
  • Hello Thursday Cartridge announcements.
  • Educational videos and tutorials directly from Provo Craft.
  • Occasional sneak peeks into the exclusive Cricut Circle Community.
  • Access to the latest Cricut.com deals.And much, much more!

And as part of the launch celebration, I have been given
$150 credit to Cricut.com
to give to one of my readers!
Here’s what you have to do to qualify for this fabulous prize:

***To help spread the word about the Official Cricut Blog, grab the ‘blinkie’ below and post it on your webpage, blog, facebook wall, etc. with a link to www.cricutblog.org . Then, be sure to become a follower of BOTH the Official Cricut Blog and my blog!***

We are so excited to share this great news with you and we look forward to having you join in on the fun!

You have until Sunday, May 22nd, to become a follower here and at the Official Cricut Blog.  And don't forget to leave a quick comment on this post to let me know you are in the running for the prize.  I will announce the winner on Monday, May 23rd.  

Good luck!


Hey everyone!  Told you I would be back soon.  ;)  I am guesting again this month over at Ally Scraps, and there are going to be lots of Echo Park Playground projects to share with you this month.  For my first set of projects, I made a couple of birthday cards.

First off is a little cupcake card.  Who doesn't love cupcakes?!  

 I cut out the banner from patterned paper and added a few letter stickers in between for the title. 

For the next card, I used banners again.  The colors in this Playground collection are so bright and fun, they are perfect for any kind of party theme.  (Or most any other kind of theme, really.  ;) )

This time I decorated a little chipboard cupcake by Maya Road to keep with the cupcake theme.

You can find a list of the supplies a used and instructions for both cards on the Ally Scraps blog here.  And if you haven't already, take a look around while you are there.  Ally Scraps has awesome guest with some amazing projects.  I love looking for inspiration there!

Well, that is if for me today.  I know I will be back towards the end of the week, so until then...


I want to thank everyone so much for stopping by and participating in the blog hop with us all.  You all left such sweet and wonderful comments, and they were so, very much appreciated.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Now onto the fun news...

I have a winner for the Rubber Charms prize pack, and it is...
Blogger Ashley Horton said...
I LOVE that you did your card in the shape of the rocket and that the little robot is behind the window...so clever!!
May 11, 2011 1:35 PM
Congratulations, Ashley!  Please send me your mailing info so I can pass it along to OA.

I will be back in a bit to share some new projects with you all.  See you soon!


Monday, May 16, 2011

A sketch for you...

Hey everyone!  Just stopping by to share a layout I did recently for October Afternoon.  I was asked to make a sketch for it, so I will be sharing that with you too.  This is the first time I have ever put together a sketch, so I hope you all like it.  ;)

Here is my sketch:

And here is my take on it:

I used strips of patterned paper mixed with hand stitching for the lines in the background. 

I replaced the butterflies in the sketch with buttons to mimic the rock wall we visited on our trip.  

You can see my original post on the October Afternoon blog here, along with a wonderful take on the sketch by Danni Reid. 

Oh...  and I wanted to let you all know, due to some problems with Blogger last week, October Afternoon is giving you all one more day to leave comments on the Rubber Charms Blog Hop posts.  You can comment on mine here and you can start the blog hop from the beginning here.  The winners will be announced tomorrow. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!