Saturday, June 26, 2010

Throwback Thursday #4 AND Creative Belli Blog #93

So, I created this especially for Emma's challenge, but I knew that somewhere I had read something about rub-ons.  When my patriotic card failed to meet the Bellichallenge Sketch outline, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this one met the requirements for Challenge 93!  Woohoo!  I love, love, love my Magic Splash software, these rubons, and my DoodleCharms cartridge!  I use it A LOT!  Check out Emma's blog here, the Creative Belli Blog here and the rest of my challenge entries for the week here.

Fourth of July Birthday Card

So, I got all inspired and wanted to do the challenge over at the Creative Belliblog.  But then I forgot to copy the sketch, and my card didn't even come close!  LOL....oh well, here it is, anyway.

Teacher Cards and the Peachy Keen Challenge

I love it when I can start with someone else's sketch.  It's never too early in the summer to get started on the Teacher Gifts for Back to School.  This challenge gave me the inspiration to create these fun cards using my Cricut Expression and the Doodlecharms Cartridge, along with some fun paper from the DCWV Grade School Stack.  Check out the other entries here.  Check out all my challenge entries for the week here.

Correction to my Inchies Post...

My picture was too big to fit!

Cuttlebug Challenge "Inchies"

I have to admit, I have never heard of the concept of "inchies."  My daughter and I were blog hopping, looking for fun challenges, when I ran across this one at the Cuttlebug Challenge site.  We finally decided to make a Tic-Tac-Toe game, using one-inch pieces.  We used our Cricut Expression with Sure Cuts A Lot to cut the letters on chipboard, then covered them with Stampin Up paper (red) and another paper that I can't remember who the company is.  We also cut the board out of chipboard and covered it with paper from the DCWV All About Boys stack.  We love the way it turned out!  Very fun!  We are going to include it in a birthday package for a friend who is turning 6 next week.  Check out the rest of our fun challenge entries here.

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge

I really like this color combination.  It worked out well.  I am enjoying doing these challenges--A LOT!  I have had to make a work that I can't actually USE!  This card is for a friend who is starting a new adventure!  Check out the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger, and check out my other challenge entries here.

Moxie Fab World Bicycle Challenge

This is the third time I have tried to post this, so I hope it works this time.  I entered a ton of challenges this week, along with finishing up summer school, getting ready to go to the ISTE conference in Denver, planning a Sabbath School lesson for today, and spending some time playing with my kids!  Whew!  I love my busy life, though.  Check out my other challenges here.  Check out the Moxie Fab World Bicycle Challenge here.  Have a fabulous week.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Throwback Thursday #3

Ok, so this is becoming my FAVORITE challenge!  I have to admit, though, I wasn't exactly excited when Emma included that little bit about the project having to be an *altered item*.  This is definitely NOT my forte.  But, what the heck.  I love PDDU and Emma's Dracula was so cute, and the Peachy Keen monster faces soooooooo adorable, that I had to give it a try.  Plus, Emma is my first-and so far, only-follower, so I had to show her some love for that.  Anyway, I love the Frankenstein in the PDDU cartridge, and I have saved some items to alter.  I'm not thrilled with the way this project turned out, but I still have time before Halloween to work on it.  I used an instant coffee jar that I washed and sterilized.  Wrapped it in a strip of Banana Core'dinations Textured cardstock, then added my 3" characters to it.  The tag hanging off the jar says, "Can I be Frank?"  on the front, and on the inside, "You are the ghoul of my dreams!!"  Think I might add some ribbon to the lid and something else.  Not sure what tho!

Nina's Moxie Fab Entry

My seven-year-old daughter Nina wanted to "do a challenge with Mama."  So, she made this card for a friend who is getting married.  She did all the cutting, gluing, embossing, etc.  The idea was totally hers. She loves chihuahuas, and she thought the idea of two chihuahuas finding each other was soooo romantic. Of course, I helped her out with the writing.  On a side note, for embossing, I really like the Sizzix Textured Impressions.  It only does embossing, but it works with all the cuttlebug folders, and it is about a third the price of the cuttle bug.  Since I have the Cricut Expression, I don't really need a die cutter.  If you are looking for an embossing tool, the Textured Impressions is a good option.  Check out the other entries for this challenge at

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge

Once again, I'm trying some of these challenges.  I'm not thrilled with all of my work, but I will post it all anyway.  It's a learning process!  This is the Tuesday Trigger picture over at Moxie Fab World.  Love that site.  I decided to use up some of my scraps to get this challenge accomplished.  I really love how it turned out.  Check out the other entries at

For Lo

My very good friend Loretta is getting married next month!  Exciting, I know.  She has been with me through many professional and personal ups and downs, and I so wanted to do something really special for her wedding--so I volunteered to make the invitations--320 of them.  It was a long process, but they turned out beautiful.  She was so happy with them.  Her fiance is a Texan, so she wanted to incorporate blue bonnets.  I found these stamps at Deadbeat Designs--love, love, love those stamps.  I hand colored them with SU markers.  I really like how the whole look turned out.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge

The trigger this week, which is the first of this type I have tried, is a great picture of popsicles!  Yummy!  And I love the colors too.  Since my MIL's 85th birthday is this week, I decided to do this challenge as a tribute to her.  I used my Cricut Expression (of course, can't live without it), to cut shrink plastic images from Doodlecharms.  I then painted these with MS glitter paint pens and shrank them.  I used some small chipboard squares, covered them with SU patterned paper and glued on the "Shrinky Dinks."  attached a bit of wire to some SU Rhinestone brads, added a bow, and voila! I really like how it turned out, and my MIL will love it, I'm sure.  If you happen to read this, check out the Moxie Fab site at

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Throwback Thursday Challenge #2 from Emma

I don't have Stretch Your Imagination, so I used Everyday Paper Dolls and Accent Essentials.  Since Father's Day is just around the corner, I decided to try something for my beloved father-in-law.  I used the stars Cuttlebug folder in my Sizzix Textured Impressions, then cut out the stars and used the white Martha Stewart paint pen.  The interior paper is from the DCWV All About Boys stack.  I used the red Martha Stewart glitter paint pen for the lettering.  I love how it turned out.  I have never made one of these cards before, but I will be making many more in this style.  I love, love, love how fun it is.  I finally organized my crafting space, and it's nearly summer vacation, so more will be coming!

Mother's Day Card plus My First Time with Fabric

I made the Mother's Day Card for my dh's daughter-in-law.  I really like how it turned out.  The ls tee is my first attempt at cutting fabric with my daughter loved how it turned out, but it came off, even though I used Heat 'n' Bond permanent.  Any ideas or hints would be welcomed!