When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me, Lord." I am a believer that God created each one of us with a unique talent, therefore, use it well to serve Him.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Peachy Keen Tuesday Challenge

After I made the Coffin Halloween Treat box yesterday, I got more inspired to make another project.  I decided to do the Peachy Keen Tuesday Challenge #37 - Sketch with a Twist.  The rule is to create a new CARD, LAYOUT or any other craft project using the sketch provided and kraft paper.

I decided to make a scrapbook layout instead of the usual card.  Here's my take:

PAPER: Unknown DP papers and blue cardtsock, SU! Crumb Cake (Kraft paper), American Craft, Bazzill Basic Paper, The Paper Studio cardstock mat and doilies
STAMP: Peachy Keen Everyday Character Face
INKPAD: Memento (Black Tuxedo)
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Fiskar paper trimmer, ink blending tool, TH distressed inkpad (BLack Soot)
CRICUT CARTRIDE: Birthday Cake and Boys will be Boys
EMBELLISH: Karen Foster screw brads and assorted colored floss, Daisy D stickers, Autumn Leaves journaling note, Crafty Secret journaling note, another unbranded journalling note, MM rub-on sentiments and unknown anchors/brads.

Until next time!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pechy Keen Stamp - Let's Face It Friday!

I'm a big fan of Peachy Keen stamps. The first time I saw them, told myself "I gotta have some of those stamps! I bought a bunch and since then, I was busy creating projects with them.  Then this morning, I found their DT Challenge - Let's Face it Friday and started playing.

The rule for this week challenge is to create a Halloween treat containers using Peachy Keen faces.  The top 5 and the winner will receive the prize while runner ups will receive a fun badge to display on their blogs. This week's prize is a Tear Kitty die from Peachy Keen Stamps/CottageCutz, two round acrylic blocks and Snow Bitty Faces.

I'm having loads of fun and hopefully I can join the Tuesday challenge too... But wait, I should also start packing for our roadtrip.   I can squeeze it in, right!?   

Here's my entry: Coffin Halloween Treat Box

Hope the red drippy goo border made the box really bloody...
Paper: Bazzill Basic Paper, GP 110, CTMH and unknown red cardstock
Stamp: Peachy Keen Stamp: Everyday Character Face
Tools: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, MS edge punch (drippy goo & crackled), ink blending tool, TH distressed inkpad (Black Soot), Recollection pop-dots and tape runner
Cricut Cartridge: Happy Haunting
Embellish: Grossgrain ribbon, fibers, Prima flowers and googly eyes
Till next challenge/project!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Karlee's Challenge At The Pink Stamper

Robyn, is celebrating 5M hits of her site, The Pink Stamper.   Her BFF Karlee, came up with a challenge to add more fun over at site.  The challenge is to incorporate an ENVELOPE in any project. It can be used in a scrapbook layout, an envelope that goes with a card made or it can be any project with an envelope in it.  

I just came up with a simple old school design that includes a tag, an envelope and some silhouette images from Botanical Lite cartridge.  Then I added simple sentiments from Gina K Design and complement it with some fibers. 

Here's my entry:
Paper : K & Company, American Craft, Embassy and an unknown DP
Stamp: Gina K. Design
Inkpad: Memento
Cricut cartridge: Just because card and Botanical
Tools:  Cricut Expression, Gypsy, MS deep edge punch, Fiskar paper trimmer, 3L pop-dots and tape runner
Embellish: A bunch of green fibers

Cricut Cardz Challenge #43

Joining Cricut Cardz Challenge last week for their #42 challenge, made me think how fun it was to be in a circle of people who loves Cricut.  So I'm joining again!  Yippee!  For the next challenge, we have to make a card for a new baby using any cartridges and the colors should be green, orange, yellow and white ONLY.  Here's my take:

Paper: Debbie Mumm's, American Craft and GP 110
Stamp: The Company Paper Studio, Peachy Keens
Markers: Copic 
Inkpads: CTMH and TH Distressed Inkpads
Tools: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Fiskar paper trimmer, MS edge punch (Train), EK Success XL Paper Shaper (For Sale Tag), Ink blending tool, 3L pop dots and tape runner
Embellish: Rhinestone, ribbon, rattle beads and wooden embellishment

Until next challenge!

Pink Stamper Challenge

Here's my entry for Pink Stamper Challenge:

The Challenge is to make something with a BIRD on it. I made this card using SERENADE Cricut cart.  Just love that Pink Flamingo!

Paper: American Crafts, Embassy and Basic Grey
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Tools: Cricut Expression, Gypsy and Fiskar paper trimmer, pop-dots, tape runner, ink blending tool and distressed ink pad (Victorian Velvet)
Embellish: Ribbon, googly eye

Gotta go and make another card for the next challenge...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spring Bouquet by Flourishes

One of my favorite stamp line is Flourishes and the image used for this card is Spring Bouquet.  I love their images and the fact they uses high quality clear stamps, is a plus.  I honestly don't like the idea that I have to condition my stamps before using it.  Top reason is, I rip apart some of my well-loved stamps... 

Anyways, I made this card for a very special lady who's celebrating her birthday.  I didn't use too much embellish because I want to highlight the stamp image.  Took me hours to color it.  The image is one of my favorite amongst my collection.


Paper: Autumn Leaves, PTI and some unknown cardstocks
Stamp: Flourishes Stamp
Coloring: Copic markers and Stickles
Tools: Paper trimmer and EK edge punch
Embellish: Vintage lace, satin ribbon, Studio 18 rhinestone strass and vintage bottons

Today is indeed a productive day.  Thank you Lord for this hobby, makes me forget even for a little while our troubles and worries...

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall/Autumn Card Kit

I love Fall/Autumn as much as I love Halloween. Who wouldn't, right!? Colors are so vibrant everywhere. Two weeks ago, I made a whole bunch of cards with this theme.  I think these are one of the best cards I ever made. To note, I used long forgotten stickers and chipboards as embellishment and card sentiments. I so love this kit!

 Inque Boutique/SU! Stamps
 SU! Stamp/Jolees Quilled Stickers/ Autumn Leaves Chipboard
 Unbranded clear stamp from PI/The Paper Studio Stamp
 CTMH Stamp
CTMH Stamp

Until next project...

SWAK Card Kit

A dear sweet friend just celebrated her birthday and I wanted to send her a bunch of my handmade cards. The kit is consists of 11 cards with different sentiments. This is supposedly a 12-card kit from the 12 different SWAK stamp images... I unfortunately drop my inkpad on the last card.  I know, I'm such a big clutz.  Anyways, SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss) are stamp line released by Crafter's Companion.

These are A2 cards and kindda small so I don't have bigger space to add embellishment.  I was thinking of CAS theme.  Also, I stamped the images on kraft paper for a little vintage effect. Even if I feel really lousy today, it was yet another one of those productive days.  Rather than sit down and sulk in the corner, I opted to color these images and finish the project even if I wasn't feeling all that great.  

Have fun viewing the cards:


LITTLE MADAM (for change, I didn't color the skin)

STAMPS: SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss) by Crafter's Companion
INKPADS: Memento and CTMH
PAPER: SU!, PTI, GP, DCWV and some unknown DP
COLORING: Copic Markers
TOOLS: MS edge punches, Fiskar Paper Trimmer, 3L Pop-Dots and EK Success Herma Dotto tape runner
EMBELLISH: Assorted ribbons, MS bright large gemstone and  Prima flowers


Health Update

I don't feel well today. Symptoms last night and up to now are pretty bad. Glad that I'm getting refills of my prescription today. I can't cook, can't do much since I got up. Watching TFC though was helping a bit while trying to finish coloring the SWAK images. I am making this set of cards with the intention of giving it as a gift to a dear sweet friend. I hope I can finish it up soon.

Gotta go for now...

Cricut Cardz Challenge #42

I love my Cricut and my collection of cartridges. I love making Halloween cards so I said to myself, "Heck, I wanna try joining some Cricut challenges." Then I found Cricut Cardz Challenge blog  and their next challenge, which is #42, is to make a Halloween card using any card feature from any Cricut cart and using any colors.  Who wouldn't love Halloween cards, right?  I also get to try my new Peachy Keen stamps, which was a custom made stamps for Cricut carts. I'm so pleased with it.  One of the best stamps ever made...

So without further babbling, here are the cards that I made using Mini-Monster, Pumpkin Carving, and October 31st carts:

It was fun making these cards.  Hope I'll be able to post more before the day is done...

Paper: GP, Embassy, Recollection, CTMH, DCWV, Daisy D and K & Company
Stamp : Peachy Keen and Hero Arts
Inkpad : Memento, CTMH and TH Distressed Inkpads
Cricut Cart: Mini Monster, Pumpkin Carving and October 31st
Tool: Cricut Expression, TH Ink blending tool, MS edge punch (Drippy Goo)
Adhesive: EK Success Zig blue pen, EK Success Herma Dotto, and Pop Dots by 3L
Embellish: Ribbons, fibers, MS bright large gemstone, Studio 18 rhinestone strass, Prima flowers and Dress-It-Up Halloween bottons 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Found the absolute...

Couple weeks ago, I was on the hunt for SWAK stamps, which is being released by Crafter's Companion.  Since I was addicted to shopping and hoarding, I didn't only buy the complete set of SWAK but I also bought all the Popcorn the Bear stamps that I don't have and also this!!! 

Finally, I find a good adhesive and gooey remover for my Cricut mats.   I used to clean my mats with soap and warm water before spraying it with the  repositionable spray.  But then I noticed that by doing that, I really couldn't get all the fibers and junk off my mat.  But now, Crafter's Companion came out with a latest innovation that solves this dilemma.
STICK AWAY,  is an adhesive and gooey remover by Crafter's Companion.  It is so perfect for cleaning up your filty mat.  Just look at the gooey stuff that I scraped off my Cricut mat.  Yeow! But I was really amazed with how it cleaned my mat was after spraying it once.  The tackiness and junk turns into a jelly like form, which makes the scraping a breeze.  I hope I have enough more mats to clean hehehehe, but I'm way too cheap that up to now I'm still using the same mat that came with my Expression.
Can you see the difference between the side where junk had been scraped off and the side where it needs to be cleaned?  I'm so glad I found this STICK AWAY!  Do you know that I only waited 30seconds before I start scraping my mat?  So yeah, in a minute or two, your mat is already clear off its gooeyness.
I am giving this product a 5-STAR rating.  And guess what?  This product smells heavenly.  But please be reminded that we are not supposed to inhale the vapor of products like this and should be sprayed only on a well ventilated area.  This is also a highly flammable product and should only be applied where there is no exposure of lighted candles or heat.
Crafter's Companion STICK AWAY also came out with another product, STICK and SPRAY.  I so love it too.  I was using the 3M repositionable spray but it gets really sticky that my paper had completely adhere in the mat.  The tackiness on this adhesive is just about right and like STICK AWAY, your mat is all ready for you in just about 30seconds.

That's it.  I'm really going to bed now :-)....

BTW, I am not in any way connected or endorser of Crafter's Companion.  This is just a personal review based on actual experience.