Monday, December 28, 2009

A Magnolia Piggy Card

When I saw this Magnolia stamp, I knew I just had to have it. My daughter's nickname is Piggy, my blog is called Scrappy and Piggy, it was a no brainer! So, here is the card I made with this adorable stamp Tilda with piglet. Also, have you heard the news that is

now selling Magnolia stamps? Her prices are awesome!!!! For this card I used the Eskimo Kisses paper pack from Basic Grey. It has some great colors in it. Tilda and her adorable piggy are colored with copic markers. The sentiment is from Cindy's awesome new nestie friendly sentiment stamps. They fit perfectly within the embossed area of a nestabilitie. On this one I chalked the outside edge to make it look a little more layered. Be sure to check out the Magnolias at and while you're there, check out the sentiment stamps as well.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Santa's Card

For the current Just Buggin challenge, we needed to alter our die cuts with ink. I decided to take the stocking card and make it look a little more vintage. I did this with the help of some distress ink and a stipple brush. Brushing the ink on gives it a much more subtle look than applying the

ink directly to the die cuts. I brushed it all over everything so that everything that was white would have a sepia look to it making the card look old and vintage. The stocking is cut from Christmas Cheer and the holly is from Winter Woodland. The sentiment is from the new nestie friendly stamp sets. I actually stamped this on white paper colored with my E33 copic marker to make it blend more with the vintage feel of the card. My daughter liked this card so much, she decided to leave it for Santa. You can see the note she left to him on the inside.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Some Christmas Home Decor

Here are a few things I have made to decorate my house for the holidays. I have also given a few of them as gifts since they are so simple to do. This first decoration I made for the Just Buggin challenge where you need to make a gift for someone involving your cricut. I made this adorable little Hello Kitty wreath for my daughter.

I bought a styrofoam wreath from the Dollar store and wrapped ribbon all the way around it. I cut the Hello Kitty figures from the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge as well as the Merry Christmas. I added some pom poms to the little elves shoes and for the ball of her hat. On the other Hello Kitty, I used some little rhinestones for the buttons on her coat. I added a few decorative flowers and it is ready to decorate my daughter's door.

Scrappy Frogs has a Christmas home decor challenge going on right now. I have been addicted to making hurricane glasses for a while now. I saw this on a blog and knew I had to give it a try. Here are a few of my glasses that I have made and filled with various Christmas goodies. I have them on my mantle. These can be decorated for any holiday depending on what you want to fill them with. The best thing is that the most expensive one of them (the one with the lid and the cinnamon sticks in it) only cost about $4. To make these Hurricane glasses, you will need a few supplies- E600 glue you can find it in the jewelry department of Hobby Lobby and I think they have it at Wal-Mart too. You also need some glass candle sticks preferable from the Dollar Tree (they do have the same ones at Hobby Lobby, but they charge $3 for them) and various glass containers of different sizes you can find several of these at Dollar Tree too. The only thing I didn't get from Dollar Tree was the one with the lid, I got that at Michaels with a 40% off coupon. This is what the candlestick from Dollar Tree looks like. You just squirt the E600 all the way around the the

top of the candlestick and place the top layer on top. You can kind of move it around to make sure it's centered and then let it dry. I usually let them dry overnight. There you go, easy as pie. I also tried it with a brass candlestick from the Dollar Tree and that worked as well.

I like the way the brass looks with the red glass. The red glass piece came from Michaels. My final Home Decor piece was this ribbon tree. I made one of these a couple years ago with strips of paper, but I think I like the way the ribbon looks more. I chose 3 styles of coordinating ribbon

and cut it into strips. After you have it all cut, you fold it in half and start pinning it to the styrofoam cone. For the top I just made a couple of loops. I put some E600 around the lip of the flower pot and stuck the cone on top of it. So, those are my Christmas decor crafts, I hope you enjoy them.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Just Buggin Challenge time again. This time the challenge is to make a Christmas or winter holiday themed project with at least one cricut cut on it. I decided to use two of my favorite new winter cartridges- Snow Friends and Winter Woodland.

The snow girl is from the Snow Friends mini cartridge. I cut her outfit from the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses. I think the paper really lends a sweet look to the card. I cut the trees from another pattern in the paper pack and put them behind her. The trees are from winter woodland. It's hard to tell but the blue piece behind the trees and snow girl is embossed with a cuttlebug snowflake folder. The sentiment BRRRRR is also from Winter Woodland. That cartridge is full of great winter sayings. Can you see how I messed up on the BRRRR? It was late and I was ready to go to bed. I put it in the swiss dot folder backwards and actually debossed it. I touched the tip of a spica glitter pen in each little hole to make it look like polka dots. I would love to see you all participate in the Just Buggin challenges. It has really gotten me to start using my cricut more and more.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Candles

I created these adorable House Mouse Christmas candles as my Design Team project for Stamping Scrapping. They are very easy to do and make a really cute Christmas decoration.

I have seen this done a few different times on the internet and finally decided that I needed to give it a try. It's actually a very simple procedure. To get started, you will need a few basic supplies, plain white tissue paper, a white candle, ink, markers, a stamp, wax paper, and a heat

gun. The first step is to stamp your image on the tissue paper. If you look carefully you will see there is a shiny and a flat side to the tissue paper. Stamp and color on the shiny side. I stamped my image in memento and colored it in with copics. The tissue paper is thin, so I suggest putting a sheet of white paper underneath the tissue paper to protect whatever surface you are coloring on. After you are finished coloring your image, you need to cut it out (carefully the tissue paper is really thin) leaving as little tissue paper around the image as possible. Then get your candle and put a small strip of double stick tape on the candle where you want your image to be. Stick the image on and wrap wax paper all the way around the candle leaving extra in the back to hold on to. Then you get your heat gun and move it around melting the image into the candle. You will see the image get a little shiny the tissue paper "disappearing". Be careful not to overheat and start melting the candle. I haven't tried this yet on colored candles to see how it works, but I

think I will soon since it was so easy. I got my candles at the dollar store. My daughter loved this idea and she wanted to make one herself. She colored the little guy on the right with the all red hat. When doing this project with kids, I wouldn't let them hold the candle while it's getting heated. It can get pretty hot especially on the small candles since there really isn't enough room to get your hand out of the way. So, there you go some adorable House Mouse Christmas candles. You can purchase these and other great House Mouse images from Cindy at or

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Just Buggin Layers Challenge

I made this card for the Just Buggin layers challenge. The challenge was to use at least two die cuts and layer them together. (for instance, cut out flowers in two different sizes and layer them on top of each other, two snowflakes, etc) I think I kind of messed up on this one a little bit. I layered my mushroom on top of the shadow feature of the same diecut. When you use the shadow feature on your diecuts, it really grounds them and helps them to stand out against the background. For the main part of this card, I cut paper into squares and laid them out like a patchwork. The mushroom is from Tinkerbell and Friends. The sentiment so happy is from Stamping she has a lot of new sentiment stamps designed to correspond perfectly with the nestabilities.