A House of Cards

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I thought I would share...

a little Provo Craft project I did last month. I was asked to make a Disney autograph book. I haven't used the Mickey and Friends and Mickey Font cartridges too much, and I am really not sure why. I really enjoyed working with them.

This book was actually a lot of fun to make. Time consuming, but fun. ;) I didn't realize how long it would take to adhere all those little pieces. The page shapes were cut out at 6", so it would be very easy to carry along on a trip to the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately I couldn't keep this one, but I will definitely be making another before our next trip to Disneyworld.

Hope you are all having a great week. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 8, 2008

More Christmas projects...

to share. :)

I was recently asked to be a guest designer for Cut Card Stock this month. They sent me a box filled with some gorgeous metallic cardstock and cards. These products were very easy to use, and they cut and embossed beautifully with my Cricut Expression and Cuttlebug machines.

For my first project, I decorated a mini album in a tin. This could be sent to a loved one as a card and then used as a holiday decoration. For this project, I used the Amythest Stardream Metallic, Morphing Mauve Curious Iridescent, Plasma Blue Curious Iridescent, and Cyber Grey Curious Iridescent for the backgrounds, the Malachite Stardream Metallic for the background letters, the Anthracite Stardream Metallic for the snowman background, and the Cryogen White Curious Iridescent cardstock for the snowman and snowflakes.

For my next project, I created a holiday card and matching gift box. For this, I use the Anthracite Stardream Metallic for the card base and box, the Ruby Stardream Metallic for the hearts, the Emerald Stardream Metallic for the holly leaves, and the Cryogen White Curious Iridescent for the card background.

I made one more Cut Cardstock project, but I will be back to share that one later in the month.

Be sure to check out the Cut Card Stock blog too. You can find more wonderful projects by Norma Kennedy and December guest designer Linda Beeson.

Lastly, I wanted to share a little toot. :) This month, my cards are featured on the cover of the December issue of Cards magazine. I just love this magazine, so I was very excited when Alisha Gordon emailed me to ask if they could use my cards on the cover. Such a dream come true.

Thanks so much for sharing my excitement and for stopping by. Hugs!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

every where you go. I just love it! Christmas is such a special and magical time of year. It just makes me happy. :) I think we are going to get a tree today. But I need to make a stop at the grocery store first so we can get some hot chocolate, marshmallows, and candy canes. We always love to sip on hot chocolate and play Christmas music while we decorate the tree. If we are going to do it, we need to do it up right, huh? ;)

Have you all started your Christmas cards yet? Recently, I was asked to create some Christmas cards for Right at Home Scrapbooking. They have put together a wonderful kit that can be purchased at their site. It is full of Scenic Route Garland Collection (papers, sticker sheet, and chipboard accents), Pink Paislee alphabet stickers, and lots of cardstock, buttons, brads, and trims. Here is one of the cards I made from the kit and a little sneak peek of the rest:
With the purchase of this kit, you will also receive photos and step-by-step instructions to recreate the five cards I made and will have lots of leftovers to make more. Click here to find out more.

Well, I need to go get ready to do some Christmas tree shopping. I hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

It's all about the challenge...

I had the opportunity to be the guest designer this week over at the Color Combos Galore challenge blog. What fun! I love color and I love a challenge, so I had to say yes (even though I had to make a layout ;) ). I got to choose two colors (the light blue and green), and then was given a selection of color combos. From that group, I got to choose one combo to work with. I decided on this one:

Color Combos Galore #97

For some reason, that pop of royal blue just caught my eye. I was a little nervous about it at first, but decided to challenge myself. I ended up really happy with my choice.

Make sure to check out what the CCG designers did with the color combo too. Tons of awesome inspiration! I hope you all get a chance to take the challenge too. :)

Next are my latest cards from the Sketch This blog. I just LOVE Janelle's sketches, and I am sure you will too. They always get my creative juices flowing.

Sketch This #74

Sketch This #75

Again, don't forget to check out the Sketch This design team came up with. I always love to see how everyone makes the sketch their own!

Well, in case I don't make it back before Thursday, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Try not to stuff yourselves too much. ;) Hugs!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

The November Lime Tart gallery...

is up! There are so many gorgeous projects in there, you won't know where to look first. I suggest getting you yourself a drink, plopping down in front of the computer, and settling yourself in for a real treat. Lime Tart gallery

Here are my projects using Lime Tart's November Full Tart to get you started:

Don't forget... you can purchase the Lime Tart kit in the US through Odd Bird Planet.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 10, 2008

It is getting close...

to the Lime Tart gallery reveal. Just a few more days. :) I am working with the November Full Tart this month. TONS of awesome goodies in this kit. Here is a picture of the Full Tart contents:

Can't get enough of this Basic Grey Urban Prairie. YUM!!!

Here are a few sneak peeks to tide you over until the gallery is up. ;)

Don't forget, you can purchase the yummy Lime Tart kits through Odd Bird Planet.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween is almost here...

but let's pull out the Christmas projects instead. ;)
These are some things I made recently for Provo Craft. Definitely gets me in the Christmas spirit.
For the wreath, I used the Joys of the Season cartridge. It is hard to tell from the photo, but everything is shimmery and sparkly. Lots of Bazzill Bling and glitter glue. Wish I could have captured that in the photo better.
Here are a couple of round gift bags/boxes. I used the Plantin SchoolBook, Accent Essentials, and Christmas Cheer cartridges for these. These are sparkly IRL too.

For this project, I was asked to make a gift wrap. All the ornament shapes are from the Christmas Cheer cartridge.

For this last one, I just made a simple box slide. Very quick and easy. I used the Accent Essentials and Christmas Cheer cartridges and the Charms die and Snowflake embossing folder (Cuttlebug) for the tag.
Well, that's it for me today. Hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Happy Saturday!

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend. It is a beautiful day here in Alabama today. Sunny and 66 degrees. Can't beat that! We had a soccer game to go to this morning. The last one for the season. Yay! Don't get me wrong... I love for my kids to play sports, but I am glad for the break. 3 nights of practice a week and Saturday games take their toll. I can't wait to not have to be anywhere next week. ;)

I have a few projects to share today. I made all of these using Lime Tart's October A La Tarte. Such a fun kit, loaded full of scrappy goodness. Lots of Webster's Pages (might first time using this paper) and some super cute Odd Bird Planet Stamps (gotta love the cupcake!).

You can check out the Lime Tart gallery to see some of the wonderful projects the design team came up with this month. Always such a treat!
If you are interested in purchasing any of the Lime Tart kits, you can check Odd Bird Planet (the U.S. distributor) or Lime Tart (Australia).
Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A big thank you...

to everyone for leaving such sweet comments. I really appreciate all of your kind words. Now on to the good stuff. I eeny meeny miney moed all of the names and the lucky winner is...

Tracy Durcan!

Congrats, Tracy! If you could, email me (check my profile) your addy and I will get a little something fun in the mail ASAP.

I will leave you all with a few sneak peeks of my Lime Tart projects for October. I got the A La Tarte to work with this month. Lots of Webster's Pages paper, super cute Odd Bird Planet stamps, and tons of other goodies. Yum!

And just a reminder for all the US girls... you can purchase the Lime Tart kits through Odd Bird Planet.

Well, I am off to bed. Hope you all have a good night!

Friday, October 3, 2008

I totally spaced...

and forgot about the challenge I posted. No one had a chance to play, but I still have a prize to give away. So I am going to make it easy on you... just leave a comment on this post, and I will randomly select a winner sometime on Monday, October 6th. That's all you have to do. ;)

So on to other things...

Can you believe it is already October? I just LOVE fall. It is my favorite time of the year. We have already started having some cooler temperatures. Nothing major, but for the south it great. We are already starting to talk about costumes for Halloween too. This is one of our favorite holidays.

I made a fun little Halloween Party Set not too long ago for Creative Cafe.

Lots of my favorite things here... buttons, ribbon, tags, felt, patterned paper, gems. Just perfect for Halloween!

I wanted to let you all know that they are having another giveaway over at the Creative Cafe Blog. All you have to do is link or post your best Creative Cafe projects that you have made with a comment about what your favorite Creative Cafe products are in the project. You will then be entered to win a spot in a new online class, "A Year with Mellie", with Melodee Langworthy. If you have not see her work, you are missing out! You can click here for details. Make sure to get your entries in soon. They will be selecting one random winner on October 10th. Good luck!

Hope you all have a great weekend, and I will see you again on Monday! :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

You all should head on over to...

the Lime Tart gallery! All of the new projects are posted and the gallery is full of wonderful goodies by the design team. Get yourself drink and a snack and sit back and enjoy the view! ;)

Here are my projects using the September Half Tart.

First is a layout about my daughter, Grace. Loved this teal and purple color combo.

Next, I made a candy treat bag gift set. Who would want some yummy chocolate in a pretty little package?!

Next is a set of decorated wooden hangers for a baby's room. I got the hangers a long time ago in the Target dollar spot and have been waiting for right time to do something with them. This kit was just perfect for that.

Last, but not least, is a card using the Heidi Swapp crystals in the kit. Using the crystals was a bit of a challenge for me. When I first saw them, I just thought of them dangling or hanging off of something. But, I started pushing them around, put them in a circle, and I all of a sudden saw a flower. I added the stitching (when don't I nowadays ;) ) and voila!

So now I have a little challenge for you... if you have the Lime Tart September Half Tart kit, show me an unexpected way to use the crystals. If you don't have the kit, show me an unexpected way to use a non-scrapbooking item on a papercrafting project. You can choose the type of project. I'm not picky about stuff like that. Cards, layouts, altered items... I like 'em all. And now for the good stuff, if you take my challenge, link your project up here by Monday, Sept 22 and I will randomly choose a winner for a gift certificate to Just Johanna's Odd Bird Planet Stamps (the US distributer for Lime Tart kits). Maybe I'll even throw in a fun, little box of goodies too. ;)

Hope you all have a great week. Happy creating!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We have had a fun couple of weeks...

NOT! The Sunday before Labor Day we were winding up the day, getting ready to rent a movie off of the iControl, and settle in for a nice quiet evening. My husband asked Harper to go put her scooter away, before it got too dark. Well, before you know it, I hear a child screaming outside (you know... the kind of scream where you can tell something is really wrong). Harper decided to ride her scooter down to the garage, started going too fast and wiped out. I guess she put hands out to break the fall, and in doing so, broke her wrist. So, now she is the owner of a very orange (almost fluorescent) cast on her right arm.

Kids... you just gotta love 'em! We have already been back for a check-up and everything seems to be healing OK. We go back next Friday, and we will see if the cast can come off in exchange for a brace. It is nice that kids heal so quickly.

Other than that, I have been trying to get over a cold that just doesn't want to go away. I have my husband to thank for that. Thanks, hon! ;) I guess it is just that time of year though, because I keep hearing about others being sick too. So if you have been, take it easy and get lots of rest!

In crafty news, I have been working on Lime Tart projects recently. I can't show you them just yet, but I can give you some sneak peeks. I don't think I will get in too much trouble for that. I hope not, anyway. I got to work with the September Half Tart. Here is a picture of the kit.

Lots of yummy goodness in this kit! It is so pretty and girly. I think my projects definitely have that sort of feel to them. Here are the sneaks:

The Full Tart and A La Tarte are full of wonderful goodies too. I can't wait to see what the other girls came up with this month! You can check out what the design team has been working on this month in the Lime Tart gallery on the 14th, or you can get a few sneaks over at the Lime Tart blog. If you like the kits, you can purchase them here in the US at Odd Bird Planet. Outside the US, you can purchase them from Lime Tart.

OK, it's time to go get the kids to bed (and maybe myself too ;) ). I think I've got you all linked up, so happy surfing! :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I am long overdue...

for a blog post, so here we go.

Not too much exciting happening in my neck of the woods. The kids started soccer last week, so now we have three nights a week tied up for practices. When games start it will go to four. UGHHH! I love for my kids to be involved in extracurricular activities, but it's hard when it ties up so much of our time. And from what I hear, it is only going to get worse as they get older. Guess I better just get used to it and enjoy the ride, huh? ;)

Today I have a few things to share. Do you ever use the same technique or similar supplies on cards? Well, I do. (Sometimes not even realizing it.) I made up my Sketch This card for this week,

and I was so proud of myself for not waiting until the very last minute. I sent it to Janelle and went about my day. Well a little later I was organizing some things, and I put this week's and last week's cards side by side.

Duh! I basically made the same card as last week. It had a different theme, but was pretty much the same. The layouts were similar, I tied the ribbons the same, the stitches were pretty much the same, the card shape was the same. Oh well... I guess when you like certain techniques, you tend to do them over and over, huh? So, forgive my oversight. I will try to change it up next week.

Well I need to get some chores and projects done today, so I better get my butt off the computer and get moving. Thanks for stopping by!