Sunday, December 30, 2012

Send A Message

Hello fellow crafters,
Well, I'm not sure how to title this project, but as you read and see the pictures below, you'll understand why I named this post Send A Message.

Our friend has turned 60 and she is retiring from 42 years with the same company.  She's having a birthday/retirement party...get it 60*42... "Who's Counting Anyway"  I used the Jasmine cartridge for the lettering and welded them together in the Cricut Craft Room.
I'm a picture taker, not a professional by any means, and as most of you know from my comments about your beautiful scrapbook pages, I've often noted that I don't scrapbook. I have never done a single page **YIKES**
However, what I do with my pictures, I create a digital photo book online (I use Photo Center, very easy to work their site) and have the book printed.   You add the photos then you can add comments to the photos etc.

Being that I will not know many people at this party, and I'm taking their picture, there will be no way for me to add comments of what those party guests would like to say to Janel.  
So I thought outside the BOX...and came up with a DRY ERASE BOARD and putting the title of her party as the header on the board.  I bought some fun colored dry erase pens and I'm going to let guests write their own comments to Janel and have them hold the board up in front of them and take their picture then I can add it to the photo book. 

I think Janel is going to get a kick out of this...especially when she sees the board being passed around at her party and not really know what the heck that's all about LOL

I'm also entering this project into Docerela Creations Challenge #28 Use Number(s)   There's still a few more days to enter your project.  Click HERE to enter yours!

More to come soon....Happy New Year 2013!  May this year be the best for you and your families!

Chao for now, --C

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Tag

Merry Christmas Eve to all my crafty friends!  Just a really quick post today.  I made some sweet treats for some friends and neighbors. 

This really quick and easy tag is cut from Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  I sized it in the Cricut Craft Room and then also used the same cartridge to cut a rectangle out to fit in the center of the tag.

For my sentiment, I used MCT stamp Just For You from the Just For You stamp set.  Very super easy for a quick tag you might need for your last minute gifts.

Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas!  See you again soon here in blog land!
 Chao --C

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Gift

Hello my crafty friends,
I'd like to share with you today a gift idea I learned from Ruthie over at September Ninth, and her second day of My Creative Time 12 Days Of Christmas. 

Start out with a bottle of hand soap, or any kind of clear bottle doesn't have to be hand soap, I was even thinking you could do this with body splash etc.  But for this project, I chose the lime green, Cool Cucumber scented hand soap for my project.

Now here's a tip:  When choosing your soap bottles, think about the labels that are adhered to them.  These bottles, had a clear plastic sticker on one side and a paper sticker on the other.  The clear plastic sticker came off pretty easy, but the paper sticker was a little more stubborn.  We, I say, WE, because hubby helped :-) with the Goo Gone to get the sticker off.  I have to say I've never used Goo Gone just make sure you leave yourself some time to work off the stickers.  Once that's done this project is a breeze.
You'll need some transparency film you can get at your local stationary store or online, I bought mine on ebay really cheap.  Use Stayz On ink for your image. If you don't use Stayz On ink, you'll find the soap will be a solvent and remove any other type of ink you use.  
Cut a few  strips, measuring the size of your bottle, cut it short of course so it will fit.  The stamp I used for my image is from MCT It's a Magical Season stamp set.

I had a few that my stamp's very slippery on this can see in the picture above the last part of Season is a little 'thick' where it slipped a little. But I think it's still usable.  Once your image is stamped on the film, let it dry for a few minutes.  Then remove the spout of your bottle, and roll your film a little so that it can slip into the bottle.  Use the spout if you need to move it around. And place your spout behind the image.  Viola!  A great Christmas Gift!

Click HERE for Ruthie's post on this project.   Click HERE to view her video. 
That's it for today. Chao! --C  

Friday, December 21, 2012

Simply Crafts December Winner!

Ok, I have to say I really like Christmas....the decorations, the spirit, and yes, the presents. The whole thing just gives me warm fuzzies inside :-)  
You may have already seen my win from Emma at MCT, but I have to share with you another one...and yes, it feels just like Christmas getting presents in the mail!!!

Each month Simply Crafts Challenge Blog has a really simple challenge. Once a Month! No Pressure!   Come on and join them next month.  They will tell you what the challenge is and you post your project. picks a winner.  Easy, Cheesy, Right!

For December we had to use the reindeer cut from Doodlecharms.  This was my entry.  Again, remember, I was chosen by, so everyone has a chance to WIN!  That's the best part!

Click HERE to see the original post.

This months winner, won a stamp set from Peachy Keen. Yea!!!! 
Have a great weekend!!!!!'s almost Christmas!  Chao for now, --C

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Season's Greetings

Hello my crafty friends!   Oh, the weather outside is frightful.....Gee, it's really cold outside.  I'm in Arizona, and on the river, and it's NOT suppose to be this cold.  But then for me, anything below 70 degrees is cold LOL

Today, I'd like to share a quick and easy card for when you're in a bind and need something quick.  Although my card is for Christmas, you can do this for any occasion. 

I started with white card stock and added a layer of red textured paper.  Then cut a square from a patterned paper pad.  Cut a scalloped circle, or square, what ever suits you (this was actually the scrap piece from another project) punch holes on both ends, thread some ribbon.  You can stamp any sentiment.  This cute penguin stamp is from  MCT From Our Home To Yours stamp set.
Carri, over at DoubleClick - AKA Abusybee, always has some neat challenges she enters and sometimes, she twists my arm to enter them too....well, not really, lol, I just can't help to enter some of the fun challenges she posts on her blog.  So, today,....I'm entering this HOLIDAY card into Little Scrap Pieces Holiday Challenge.  You have until Friday to enter, click HERE for more details and to enter your holiday project.

That's it for today...keep warm out there and keep on crafting!  Chao! --C

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MCT 12 Days Of Christmas - WINNER!

Oh my Gosh! Oh my Gosh! Oh my Gosh!

You're not going to believe this....Miss Emma, over at My Creative Time had her 12 Days of Christmas blog hop for some SERIOUS Christmas Inspiration.  Emma and her DT did an AWESOME job. 
Along, with the hop, there was a PRIZE...not just any prize, the ULTIMATE prize. It was a collection of Emma's Favorite things.  So each day she'd announce what the prize of the day was on her videos.
At the end she choose ONE person to win all the FABULOUS PRIZES.
And guess what?......IT WAS ME!   Whoooo Hooooo!   Here are a few pictures.

Stamp sets including her new font set and also (lower case letters dies not pictured)  I already have the It's a magical season and From our home to yours stamp sets, so I'm sharing the love with my friend Shannon.  These will be her FIRST MCT stamp sets and I'm so excited she will have them.
Twine and embellishments from Liz's paper loft.  I'm so excited to get these I haven't used them before.
A couple of 6x6 paper pads.   Wheeeeeeeee!  I'm still so over joyed with Emma's gift of FUN! 
Here's a pic of all the fun!   Gotta go now...I have crafting to do  LOL   Thanks, again Emma!   --C


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Peachy Keen Queen Kathy!!!

Although I only own four sets of the Peachy Keen stamps, I have to say I just LOVE them.  I couldn't miss out on this challenge and had to pay tribute to Kathy, the Queen of Peachy Keen stamps.

So here's the skinny on today's challenge:
 Peachy Keen Challenge 47 :: Sketch Challenge :: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KATHY!
  • Design must be new, created specifically for this challenge
  • Must be a card or layout that follows the sketch provided
  • Link up by 12/19 - 11:59 pm EDT
  • Remember, you don't have to use our stamps to link up, but they are required to earn TOP PEACH!
For my card, I chose a 5x5 on lime green card stock.  The four blocks are from Recollections Paisley and Damask set. I alternated the two different styles in lime green in the block form.
The cupcake is cut from Doodlecharms cartridge.  I used plain white card stock for the base and the same lime green as the card for the frosting. And glitter paper for the candle and pop dotted it.  As for the Peachy Face, I used from the Happy Lashes Assortment.  I used red and  pink jelly roll pen to color in the mouth.
I had some lime green ribbon and some buttons for the final embellishments on this card.
 The sentiment is from a set bought from Joann's that fit the area perfectly. It's like the face is saying "YEA, IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!"
There's still time to get into the birthday challenge, click HERE for all the details.
That's it for today, Chao for now!  --C

Monday, December 17, 2012

Reindeer Poop

Hello all my crafty friends! 
Today I'm sharing a project for the December Simply Crafts Challenge Blog.  This month's challenge is to use the Reindeer from the Doodlecharms cartridge.  (there's still time to enter, check it out HERE)

So I had a thought in mind of what I'd like to do, then a co-worker asked if I'd make a Reindeer Poop treat baggie for her. 

I cut out "Reindeer" and two "P's" using the cricut craft room, caps cut at 1 inch and lower case at .681 inch and welded the letters for "reindeer" together.  I then cut two reindeer about 1.236w x 1.597h inches from the Doodlecharms cartridge and used them for the "O's".  I hid the cut face so I could use my Peachy Keen faces Critter Faces Set A Medium  using a boy and girl face and added a red bow. 

I colored in the eyes with white jelly roll pen, then when it dried I used Glossy Accents (I love this stuff) and to top the faces off I used sparkly RED glitter glue for their noses.

I then glued them to background cardstock and viola!   Glued the cardstock to a snack size baggie and again Viola!  Fill it up with candy, I used Peanut M&Ms (my fav), so this reindeer poops whismically! LOL    Quick and easy and super cute! 

That's it for today. Chao for now! --C

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Countdown To Christmas

My, my, it's been a long time since my last post...a MONTH.  All is well over here, have been trying to get everything all ready for the holidays...did some traveling for Thanksgiving and making card sets for family and friends.

I wanted to share a Christmas Countdown I made for my sister's kids.  Their Elf on a Shelf was writing the countdown on napkins....and I was like, "Nope, that's not gonna work" so this is what I made and was sent from their Elf's, "Mr. Mint" secretary from the North Pole *tee hee*

The base is 12 x 12 from Recollections Jolly and Bright I bought last year after Xmas sale.  Note: Santa is in a car and not a sleigh...well I had thought about that too but thought what the heck it looks pretty cool....well, my 5 year old nephew noticed it RIGHT AWAY!!!  Yikes!  I told my sister to tell him that's how he delivers presents to kids who don't have chimneys LOL  Guess it worked. :-)


Sorry these pics are a little blurry.  The letters were all cut from the Cricut Craft Room. I welded them together to make it easier to display.  I cut a white shadow layer and red textured letters. Then I used a white jelly pen and stitched all around the letters.

The numbers were each cut individually for the BIG COUNTDOWN.  I didn't have a lot of time, so I ended up cutting out little items from the same paper pad to add to each letter.  When you make the countdown, be sure to make two number 1's and two number 2's so you can have 11 and 22 as days. :-)

Here are more numbers.   I put magnets on the 12x 12 and magnets on all the numbers.  This countdown now proudly resides on my sisters fridge and the kids change the numbers each morning!

Hope you were inspired.  Have a great day.  Chao! --C

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful - MCT Designer's Challenge

Hello my crafty friends and happy Monday.

This is what I've been working on over the weekend.
My entry for MCT Designer's Challenge  This week's Designer is Miss Ruthie 

Ruthie chose for her challenge to make a large tag with the measurements of 4 x6 or greater.

For my large tag, I chose a 6x6 size.

I cut a piece of card board 6x6 then put a few layers of card stock for color and dimension, then layered the patterned paper.   I also use some sheer ribbon for the edges.
My squirrel is cut from Create A Critter.  I just love his blue tail.  I used a face from PKS Critter Faces in medium size in brown ink. I colored in his eyes with jelly roll pen, then used glossy accents to make them pop.  And speaking of pop, I pop dotted him so he'd stand out.

Sorry this picture is blurry, the acorns are cut from Doodlecharms and I used the background stamps from MCT Latte Set, these are the small backgrounds that come with the set, and stamped the tops of the acorns with brown ink.

The letters for Thankful are cut from the Jasmine cartridge and I welded them together in the Cricut Craft Room. I used kraft brown card stock and 'stitched' with white jelly roll pen around the lettering. And then I pop dotted the heck out it so it would stand out.

Now what would a tag saying I'm Thankful be if I don't say what I'm Thankful about. 

I used 20 gage wire and twisted a few inches around a pencil and then hot glued the Scallop & Stitched Circle die from MCT on each tag.  The great thing about using the cardboard, was I could easily insert the wire into the side of the cardboard and it 'stuck' without any glue.  I added what I was Thankful for.  Of course, I'm thankful for many more things, but these were most important to me.  

There are still a few more days to enter, click HERE for more info and to enter your project

That's it for today.  Chao for now. --C


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving - Docerela Challenge #24

It's Halloween night, and I can't believe how fast the holidays are already going by.

This is my first Thanksgiving card (a few more to come, so stay tuned) this card was inspired by the Docerela Challenge #24  Click HERE for more info and to enter your project into the have a chance to win a Docerela Stamp Set.

The challenge is to make a project using ribbon and a button - easy cheesy right!   So this is what I've come up with

This card is sized 5 x7 I cropped the right side edges so they're now curved. 

This cute little turkey was cut from Create A Critter.  I pop dotted him (sorry forgot to take of pic of side view) I used stickles to add to his "vest" buttons and also his layer of feathers.  His cute face is from PKS Critter Faces Medium Size. Colored in with jelly roll pens.  I used a Versa Pen to add dimension to his "vest" and his hat

I added a few leaves cut from Doodlecharms cartridge.  Placed along a sheer ribbon, glued them down and added a satin ribbon and a button

On the inside I stamped Happy Thanksgiving that I had in my stash of stamps. 

Well folks, that's it for today....stay tuned for more Fall projects.  It's finally cooled off here on the Colorado River and I'm feeling really crafty!!!  

Chao! --C

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ghost Poop! Halloween Treat

Well, my crafty friends, it's time to say this is my last post for Halloween and time to move onto Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

For my last Halloween Treat my friend, Shannon, asked I assist her with this idea she found on Pintrest. Being that I'm game for just about anything crafty I said I'd help her out.  This is her idea LOL

I used the gypsy to weld the letters for Ghost using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and Italicized them.  I moved the letters off set from each other for a 'scary' look.   I  use regular font for Poop and linked those letters straight.  I removed the center o from the O's since we were going to cover them up with google eyes.
We alternated the purple and orange for Ghost Poop just to spice it up a bit. 


 She had foam ghosts with sticker backs.  These worked really great to add to the label really fast.
Then we used two sided tape to adhere the label to the snack size baggie.
Then we added marshmallows and candy corn to the baggies.  We made 40+ of these.
Now here's the gig about these treat bags, they're for a baby shower party favor...themed Halloween. You're to come to the baby shower dressed in costume.  How fun is that!
The mom-to-be came dressed as a Pregnant Nun LOL
That's it for today, I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween tomorrow and your little ghosts 'n goblins have a safe evening out.  Stay tuned for upcoming Thanksgiving projects, can't wait to share them all my crafty friends.  Chao! --C

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Witchey Woman

I'm really excited to share with you a project that my cousin, Teri, and I collaborated on for a fun and entertaining Halloween project.

I made this card using the witch cut from Teresa Collins Chic n Scary cartridge.  It's a black card with the printed background paper from Recollections "Elegance" set.

The witch is cut at 3 inches
I used black background and covered it with vellum to set up the sentiment.  I actually printed this sentiment on the vellum using my printer.  Cool huh.   Then I added black jewels for a little "witchey BLING"

For the inside statement, I stamped Have a Spooktacular Halloween.  I thought the broom and witches shoes fit perfectly with this themed card for Halloween.

NOW, for the super fun collaboration....I made templates of the witchey woman at 10 inches, and smaller ones at 3 inches.  I also made cupcake pics using MCT scallop & stitched circle dies. Then used cuts from the Chic n Scary cartridge to add to the cupcake pics.  Remember the spider cupcake wrapper click HERE for that post.  Well, Teri, ended up using them as garland around the cake stacks.  You can see them in between.

The cake topper is made from the stencil I sent her (she's in California, I'm in Arizona, so we spend a lot of time on Skype dreaming up these ideas LOL  it's so much fun)
Cake Topper - made from Gum Paste - This turned out so cool....she put a few wires through the bottom of her legs to help her stand up right on the cake.  Can you believe how good it looks up there as the center piece. :-)

Then she air brushed some of the smaller stencils to see how they looked and then used some of her glitter dust on the other stencils. For a trial run using the stencils I made and collaborating on this I think this cake turned out great and I just love how the cupcakes look with the cake pics in them.  To see more of Teri's cake designs go to her website Cake Play Ground or click HERE

 I can't wait to make more cake pics...Hmmm, maybe for an upcoming bday for the office gal.

That's my post for today...I hope you enjoyed my post today.  We're hoping to do more collaborating soon.