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, November 30, 2010

Cricut Cardz Challenge # 52

Another fun challenge at Cricut Cardz Challenge (#52)...  Rule is to make a Christmas cards with words only and no image.  You can use any cartridges and colors that you like.

Here's my entry:

 Sentiments "Season Greetings" was cut using Cricut Expression and Martha Stewart Seasonal 
Cake Cartridge
I punched some snowflakes using MS craft punch and added a border strip of snowflakes using MS edge punch. 
PAPER: DCWV and Bazzill
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Cricut Cartridge, MS edge punch, MS craft punch, PC paper trimmer and Zip Dry
CARTRIDGE: Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake
EMBELLISH:  Prima flowers, Dress-up Buttons (snowflake), glittered ribbon and Bling by Hero Arts

This is another fun challenge!  Love the colors that I chose for this entry...

Peachy Keen - Let's Face It Challenge #5

Peachy Keen - Let's Face It Friday Challenge for Week 5 is to create an INVITE for a holiday party.  Theme could vary from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali or even just a gift opening party.  Don't forget, Peachy Keen stamp faces must be included in every entry.  Deadline will be on the 2nd of December.

Here's my take...  I really enjoyed making this invitation:





PAPER: Recollection, The Paper Company, GP 110 white, DCWV, American Crafts and Momenta
STAMPS: Peachy Keen (PK755), Martha Stewart, Inkadinkado, Recollection and Hero Arts
INKPADS: Memento Tuxedo Black, Staz-On, Martha Stewart and Stampin' Up (Real Red)
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Cricut Cartridge, Sizzix - Basic Grey Embossing Folder and Zip Dry
CARTRIDGE: Create A Critter, Simply Charmed and From My Kitchen
EMBELLISH: K & Company (white tag chipboard), Prima Flowers (poinsettias) Dress-up Buttons (flower center), Baker's Twine, Pinecone and Berries from Hobby Lobby

Hope you enjoy viewing the invitation I made for this challenge...
Hugs to all!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So Grateful....

I was so touched when I received the Stylish Blog Award from two wonderful crafty friends, Tammy and Amy.  I am so honored.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank y'all for visiting my blog and leaving sweet and inspiring comments.  It is your visit and your comment that inspire me to create...  I am grateful for you all...
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards

8 Things I am sharing about myself:

1. I have OCD and I am raising two nuclear powered kids who has it too...
2. I'm a compulsive and impulsive buyer.  Shopping calms me down...  There was a time in life that I would shop with a friend practically every night.  Bad, huh!?
3. I have the worst bug virus. 1 Cricut Personal Machine, 1 Cricut Create Machine, 2 Cricut Expression Machine, 1 Cricut Imagine and 1 Gypsy.  They really eats up so much space in my craft room but I love those machines.
4. A copycat can ruin my day.  To some, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but for me it is the lowest form of robbery. 
5. My DH is Polish/Irish descendant.  He told me so many things about his roots that it became a dream for us to one day be able to visit Poland and Ireland.  Who would have thought that it's going to happen soon?  But for now, I'll be counting the days until we boarded the plane.
6. I don't eat beef.
7. I love to wear shorts, tank top and flipflops on winter cold days and it drives my DH crazy.  Don't worry, I really don't get sick even if I wear those.  What can I say, I love cold weather days...
8.  I don't drive and that keeps me from going out to shop.

Now, here are the 8 bloggers, whom I want to pass the awards.  These ladies are so creative and talented.  Their creations are great and very inspiring...  Check them out:

1. Joan Switalski
2. Erika aka CricutLove
3. Kim H
4. Amber
5. 4kids4
6. Tami
7. CA Scrapper
8. Jerosha Aretun

Thanks again for the award ladies.  Happy Thanksgiving to all and Happy Shopping too!
Hugs to all!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Another card for the day...

Another card I made today and it will be my take for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge # 34. Rule is to make a card using the sketch below:

I love the card I made.  It's simple and elegant and the colors.  I'm so pleased with myself "SMILING"...
PAPER: K & Company, Recollection, GP 110 white, DCWV and MS gold foil.
STAMPS: Flourishes Stamps
INKPADS: Versamark Dazzle Watermark
TOOLS: Cuttlebug machine, Sizzix - Basic Grey embossing folder, EK Success papershaper punch, Marvy Uchida heat tool, PC paper trimmer and ATG 
EMBELLISH: Bling, velvet ribbon 
OTHERS: Embossing powder

That's it for today.  I may go to sleep early or I will make another card for my daughter.  She's bugging me again to make a card for Daddy.

Nyt everyone!

I'm too inspired...

If yesterday was a bad card day, well today, is quite different.  I was very productive.  This is one of the three Christmas cards I made today.  It will be my entry to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #24 and Just Us Girls Color Challenge #60.

Just Us Girls Color Inspiration...
Here's my take to both challenges:
 Image and sentiments are from Flourishes Stamps.
PAPER: The Paper Company, GP 110 white, Core'dinations and Basic Grey (Jovial)
STAMPS: Flourishes Stamps white the Spellbinder Labels stamp is from Gina K Designs
INKPADS: Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up
COLORING: Copic Markers and at Spica copic glittered markers
TOOLS: Cuttlebug machine, Spellbinder dies, Sizzix - Basic Grey embossing folder, ATG and Zip Dry
EMBELLISH: Sheer ribbon, bling and Dress-up buttons

Hugs to everyone!

Not intimidate anymore...

After two months of trying hard to get over my intimidation with my Cricut Imagine, I am proud to share with you ladies my very first project. The card I made will be my take for My Pink Cricut Imagine-Nation Wednesday by Pink Stamper Robin.  The rule for this week is to create something for the sake of the challenge. Since, I haven't done much Christmas cards, I decided to make another card using my very own Cricut Imagine.

I am also joining the ladies at Daring Cardmakers: We Three Challenge.  The challenge is all about making cards with three elements on it.  So without further ado, here's my card:

PAPER: Recollection, GP 110 white
TOOLS: Cricut Imagine, Cartridge, PC Paper Trimmer, ATG and Zip Dry
EMBELLISH: Twines, half pearls, Dress-up buttons and brads

I better post this now...  Thanks for dropping by!  Hugs to all...

Bad Card Day...

Remember those bad hair day, well, today is a bad card day for me. I been working on this card all day and yet it didn't came out the way I planned it. The card is an entry for Cricut Cardz Challenge # 51 - Thanksgiving. Rule is you can use any cartridge you want and colors should be blue, brown, orange, yellow and white ONLY.

I couldn't cut my images right so I decided to just make two separate cards out of it. The pilgrim couple is my take for this challenge and rather than just throw the ship, I just made another card out of it... I wasted so much paper, so I might as well used up the die-cuts and make another card right!?
PAPER: Recollection, GP 110 white, DCWV and Bazzill
STAMP SENTIMENT: The Paper Company Studio
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Cuttlebug machine, Spellbinder dies, EK Success XL edge punches, PC paper trimmer and ATG

Hope the card wasn't too much of a disappointment...
Moving on to the next card challenge...
Cya later...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fantabulous Friday #36 - Achoo

I'm joining Fantabulous Cricut and my first take will be for Challenge Me Monday #36 - Achoo.  The rule is to make a card that has something to do  with being sicked or as simple as a get well card.  Here's my take...

PAPER: Unknown brand CS, Embassy, GP 110white and Basic Grey
STAMPS: Peachy Keen Stamps and Clear Art Stamp by Crafty Secret
INKPAD: Memento Tuxedo Black and TH Distressed Inkpads (Old Paper, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain)
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, ATG, PC paper trimmer, chalk and Ranger Ink Blending tool
CARTRIDGE: Everyday Paper Dolls
EMBELLISH: Bling and MS gross ribbon
OTHERS: Sakura white gel pen

That's it for now!  Thank you for dropping by...
Happy crafting everyone and hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Many thanks, IOU!

I've been careful putting up this card as an entry to 7 Kids College Fund Challenge # 8 - Give Thanks. Tab is a wonderful seller and been one of the most reliable retailers online.  I been buying my supplies from her stores for almost 3 years now.  And since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Tab will be giving away $75 gift certificate.  Awesome!  Rule is simple, just create a card, which must have any of the stamp image that she's carrying in her store.  Easy and cool, right!?  Hurry up and post your card before the 23rd of November

This card is also my take on  Cute Card Thursday Sketch Challenge 139.  Just simply make a card using the provided sketch below and post it before the 24th of November.  Just like with 7Kids College Fund Challenge Blog, this is also my first time to play along with Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog.

Here is a pic of our Christmas tree that I recently completed over the weekend.  I used this color motif as an inspiration for my card.  Quite unusual for me but,  I want something festive, bold and bright during the holidays and I want to reflect that in this card. 
Trying to figure out the layout of the card using the sketch provided by Cute Card Thursday and what mat I will be using to pop the image. I've used and colored Popcorn the Bear - All Wrapped Up.  The image is colored using Copic makers.
In the end, I opted not to use the die-cut mat.  The image is big already and I do not wish to fully conceal the sketch used.
Getting there...
I used one of the DP of The Black Currant - DCWV paper stack as my card based.  
There goes the final outcome after trying so many different things.  This card is a bit bigger than usual and there are all sorts of elements on this card and I love everything about it.
Sentiments are from Inkadinkado and American Craft.
I used a homemade snow fluff as a substitute to Flower soft.
PAPER: K & Company, DCWV and GP 110 white
STAMPS: Popcorn the Bear, Inkadinkado and American Crafts
INKPADS: Memento Tuxedo Black and TH Distressed Inkpads (Fire Brick, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Old Paper)
COLORING: Copic Markers
TOOLS: Cuttelebug machine, Spellbinder die (Fleur de Liz), MS edge punch, decorative scissors, ATG, PC paper trimmer and Cricut precision scissor
EMBELLISHED: Prima flowers, laces and trims, wired sheer ribbon, Dressed-Up buttons and Hero Arts bling

Hope you like my card!  Goodluck to everyone.....

Friday, November 19, 2010

For my Babe... my forever and my everything...

I am entering this card to Ms. Emma Aguilar's Throwback Thursday "Cricut-less" Challenge.  Woot! Woot! I am finally able to join her and her creative followers again.  Sometimes, it's really hard to push yourself when your muse suddenly disappears.  Well, thanks to my sweet darling daughter.  She was the one who pushed me to make cards.  Actually it was more of a selfish reasons since she really wants me to make her a card for Daddy. 
Going back to the challenge, the rule is so simple for this week.  She wants us to make a card entry that is Cricut-less, with some kind of a 'thank you' theme/sentiments and you gotta use old school tools.  Here's my take:
I used TGF Miss Anya Love stamp.  All these Miss Anya stamps are so sweet.  I colored the image with Copic then adhered the image to a die-cut doily mat.  I got the doily dies from MFT.  Then, I matted the image and diecut again on Wilton doilies. If you noticed the image is sitting in a sort of dried grass/leaves, which I hope represents the current season - Autumn. The dried grass/leaves was a homemade fluff (flower soft), which I will blog later..
Made the sentiments from a set of sentiments/words stamps from Stampendous. Then embellished the cards with some flowers, glittered ribbon and some flourish bling from Prima.
PAPER: DCWV, GP 110 white and some unknown CS brand
STAMP: The Greeting Farm and Stampendous
INKPAD: Memento Tuxedo Black
OLD SCHOOL TOOLS: Cuttlebug machine, MFT doily die, MS edge punches, PC paper trimmer and ATG gun
COLORING: Copic markers
EMBELLISH: Glittered ribbons, Prima flowers and Prima bling
OTHERS: Doilies and homemade fluff (flower soft)
Hope my Baby will like the card I made for him.  I misses him so much...SAD, SAD, SAD

The bugging is done...

Ahh, at last the bugging is done...over!  I finally give in to what my daughter had been bugging me for the last couple days.  She wants me to make a card for Daddy.  She actually wants me to make her a "Princess" card from the "Once Upon a Princess" Cricut cart.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find my mojo and my missing BG paper stack and Peachy Keen stamps makes me mad.  Well, that's the OCD in me getting PO'ed.  Good news, I actually found the PK stamps last night while making their card.  If one of my kid was the suspect to the missing BG paper, well this time, they're innocent.  My PK stamp was actually just sitting in my table, right in front of me, but wait, it was underneath my Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad.  How wild is that!  If I didn't use the inkpad last night, I wouldn't have found it even if I turn the my house and trash upside down.  Okay, no more babbling, here's the card I made.  I made a gate fold card for them, or sometimes been referred to also as Z card...

I used "Hay Ride" stamp from High Hopes.  I used this stamp primary because I want an image that has a little boy and a little girl together.  This is perfect for my kids who misses their Daddy big time.
I used bright colors and matted the image with bright sunny yellow cardstock to make the card more cheerful.  Their Daddy is missing the heck outta them.  Don't want to use any light colors that would just rub off loneliness and sadness to the father who is away from us.
Don't you like that sentiment!?  I do!!! He's the best Daddy ever!
Here's the inside of the card.  She wrote some loving sweet nothing inside and put tons of felt heart shape diecut inside.  She was so pleased.  She loves the card that we're sending to Daddy.  She wrote him a funny, sweet note.  Yeah, I know, it's the Father-Daughter thing - kindda sweet though and makes me smile!
PAPER: DCWV, GP 110lbs white CS and unknown brand cardstock
STAMP: High Hopes, The Paper Studio, The Paper Company Studio
INKPAD: Memento Tuxedo Black
COLORING: Copic Markers
TOOLS: EK Success XL edge punch, MS Score Board, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, PC paper trimmer, and ATG gun
EMBELLISH: Baker's twine, button from Foof-A-La
I think the card is not all that bad.  I am hoping that my muse is back so I can continue making cards to at least keep me busy and not think of the separation and the holidays.
Be back soon!