Friday, February 26, 2010

Just Buggin Spring Blog Hop

We are having a Spring Blog Hop on Just Buggin to showcase some fun spring projects the design team has created. You should have ended up here from Hope's Blog, if not you can head back to Just Buggin and start from the beginning. I just had to use my new Easter Mini cart on this

project. This cartridge has some great images on it and Cindy has it at Stamping Scrapping for only $ 19.99. It has so many cute and fun images that are both Eastery and Springy. The pig is from My Community, I added some bunny ears from Paper Doll Dress up. His basket and eggs are from Doodlecharms. All of the other cuts are from the new Easter mini cartridge. I think the lamb and the chick are absolutely adorable.

Now, from here you need to head on over to Stephanie's blog to finish the hop. Hope you enojoy it!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bildmalarna Bling

The challenge over on Bildmalarna Blog is to create a project using a Bildmalarna image and some bling. I decided to create a card with this adorable little Tossa with Flower image. I colored
her with my copic markers of course. I used this great new paper from Basic Grey called Origins. The green, brown, and yellows went perfect with this image. I also added a little border using the Martha Stewart floral band punch. The flowers are from petaloo, the yellow one was actually white, but I colored it with my yellow copic so that it would match the card. The sentiment which says Thinking of You is from my favorite sentiment set, Label Accents and fits perfectly inside the nestie. We would love it if you could play along with us over at the Bildmalarna Blog. You could win an adorable new stamp Mimosa with Chickens.

Just Buggin- Emboss It

This week's Just Buggin challenge is to emboss your die cuts. I love using my cuttlebug along with my cricut. I decided to make a little gift bag from the new cartridge Once Upon a Princess.

This cartridge is full of great stuff. I cut the gift bag and then embossed it with my Cuttlebug harlequin folder and lightly sanded it to bring the pattern out a little more. This gift bag also cuts coordinating handles in the shape of bows which are adorable. I added a little bit of bling in the middle for excitement. Then I cut the sentiment and the gift. I embossed the top layer with my swiss dots folder. If you love die cuts and you love embossing, you need to get over to Just Buggin and show us what you can come up with!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just Buggin- Black and White

This week's challenge over at Just Buggin is to create a black and white project. You can mix in one other color if you need to. Of course, I needed to so I added a little bit of pink to mine. I cut the silhouette of the woman from Forever Young. I then cut one layer of her dress in pink so

that it would show through the cut out polka dots. I trimmed the dress with a little bit of frosted lace stickles. I used some leopard print paper from glitz that is black and white with a little bit of pink mixed in. On the side I added some black pom pom trim and some pearls. The sentiment ooh la la is also cut using from forever young using the tag feature and layered in black and white. I would love to see what type of black and white cricut creations all of you can come up with so come on over to Just Buggin and join us!!!!

Mardi Gras Madness

Our current challenge on Magnolia Stamp Lovers is to create a project inspired by Mardi Gras or carnival. I went with Mardi Gras and used the traditional colors of yellow, green, and purple. First I cut a mardi gras mask with my cricut from the cartridge Designer's Calendar, I cut it

large enough for my Tilda to sit on. I accessorized the mask with some feathers, sequins, and glitter. Then I colored my Tilda. I used Jam Tilda and finally I was able to use some of the bright primary colors I have that I normally don't use. I colored her dress in the different Mardi Gras colors and then added a little green jesters hat also cut from designer's calendar. Then I gave Tilda a strand of beads to hold and placed her on the mask. The front part of the easel card is a combination of black and white harlequin print paper and purple cardstock embossed with my cuttlebug fleur de lis folder. I finished the inside with some more harlequin print paper, some bright yellow cardstock, and some jewels. This was a really fun project and I had a great time making it. Be sure to check the Magnolia Stamp Lovers blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with as well as entering your own Mardi Gras themed project!!!! Laissez le bons temps roulez!!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Happy House Mouse Card

Our second challenge over at House Mouse and Friends is to make a project with the theme Happy. That seems easy enough doesn't it? House Mouse and his friends are no angry themed stamps LOL. Anyway, I chose the Happy Hoppers for this one. The name of this stamp is Bunny Hop and you can find it here. I colored these little guys with my copics, the brown bunny is a

combo of E35, E33, and E31, the one up at the top was done with W5, W3, and W1, and then the lighter grey one was colored with C1, C3, and C5. I colored the bed with a metallic gold gel pen to make it look like brass and used liquid pearls for the little ball accents. The edges of the image were distressed with some vintage photo distress ink. I added a sentiment from my favorite sentiment set Label Accents and topped it with brad made with my chatterbox easy brad maker and a button with a bow. Now, if you would like to join us with your happy House Mouse card, come on over and join us at

Friday, February 12, 2010

XOXO Goddess Cat

The current challenge on Just Buggin is to create a 3-D object. I decided to use the new Lovestruck cartridge and create one of the cute little mailboxes on it. I used a variety of

cartridges on this one. The mailbox itself is cut from Lovestruck. I used Bazzil swiss dots cardstock to cut the base. Then I added pattern paper to the sides. The goddess cat on the front

is cut from Paisley. I think all cats want to wear a crown and sit on a pink glittery pillow! On one side I cut XoXo also from the Paisley cartridge. The other side features the phrase love mew

which I cut from Lyrical letters and welded it together with my gypsy. The mailbox cuts at a great size to fill with candy when you cut it at fit to page with the 12 x 12 mat.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Some Bildy Inspiration

Bildmalarna stamps are making their way up the list of my favorite stamp companies. I love these little guys. We have a challenge blog called Bildy Blog where we are challenging and encouraging people to fall in love with these stamps and make something with them! The current challenge is to make a project inspired by this picture of my daughter's bedroom (just kidding). You can be inspired by the colors, the layout, whatever. I loved how graphic and clean looking this photo was, so that's the direction I went with my card.
I kept the layout basic and uncluttered just like the room in the photo. The stamp I used is Mimosa on the fence. I have colored her with copic markers and a little touch of atyou spicas for a little shine. The sentiment is from Just Rite and is cut out and mounted with nestabilities. We would love for you to join us in the is challenge. The prize is an adorable little stamp called Mimosa on bench.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Gift Box

For my Stamping Scrapping project this week, I have decided to make a Valentine's gift box. This box was cut from the cricut mini cartridge Lovestruck. The box cuts a really good size when you use the fit to page feature on the cricut expression, the finished product is a little over 4 x 6 1/2. This size is perfect for Valentine's goodies or as a box for cards. The box does cut a little heart out of the front. I put a small sheet of acetate inside the box behind the heart. If you have design studio or a gypsy, I bet you could change the heart to another shape and use the box for more holidays.

Now onto the materials I used to make my little goody box. I decorated it with Magnolia stamps from the new Raising the Ceiling/Right through my Heart collection that is available now for pre-order on Stamping On the top is Dangling Tilda, I have colored her with copic markers. She is hanging from the new stamp Elegant Heart Ribbon. I had to cheat on this one a little bit, to make it look like her hand is going around the ribbon, I cut the top part of her hand off and then glued it back on top of the ribbon. The other sweet little Tilda I used is called Love Sealing Tilda. She is also colored with copics. The shades of pink I used on both of them are a combination of RV10, RV13, and RV14. To finish the box off, I added some lace, a little heart embellishment (this is actually an ornament for mini Valentine's tree and I cut the string off the top), and a petaloo flower. Cindy has great deal on the petaloos, they are on clearance, so get them before they are gone. The final element to my gift box is the sentiment which comes from my favorite sentiment set, Label Accents, this set has a sentiment for nearly every occasion and is made to fit perfectly inside the nestabilities.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Scrappy Frogs Mini Mailbox Challenge.

I love making these mini mailboxes for Valentine's gifts. I usually make them for my daughter's teachers and fill them with candy. So, we decided to have a mini mailbox challenge on Scrappy Frogs to see how everyone else decorates their mailboxes. I made this one for my daughter, she loves Pigs.
I started with this cute little sentiment I found- hogs and kisses. I welded the letters together with my gypsy and used a pig head from Animal Kingdom as the O in hogs. I cut 2 more of the pig heads to cover the flag of the mailbox. I added googly eyes of course to give them a little more character.
One end of the mailbox has conversation hearts cut from the new valentine's mini cartridge- Lovestruck, the other end has another clever pig sentiment- Happy Valenswine's Day. I cut it out with a label nestabilitie and added some glitter hearts.

Now the other side has my favorite creation- Cupig!!!! Isn't he cute? I used the pig from My Community and added wings to him (the wings are from Lovestruck) and gave him an arrow from gypsy wanderings. I had a little bow for him too, but it was too wide to all fit on the mailbox. I am going to fill this up with some Valentine's goodies and give it to my little Piggy for Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Just Buggin- Love Ya

For this week's Just Buggin challenge, I decided to try a new type of card that I hadn't made before. It's called a wiper card. You can find a tutorial for this type of card here. So, the theme of this challenge is Love Ya- to create a Valentine's themed project. I used the adorable zebra

driving a card cut from the Paisley cartridge. The background is a new Cuttlebug folder that looks like mini conversation hearts. I sanded it to bring out the embossing. I placed this sassy little zebra on a pink a black road. Wouldn't it be fabulous if the lines on the middle of the road were pink? This is what the card looks like closed. I added the cute little conversation hearts that are on the love struck cartridge on the front of the

card and also on the little wiper that pops up when you open the card. I also stamped a sentiment and added some zebra striped ribbon. We would love to see your Valentine's Projects, so show us what you've made and join us at Just Buggin.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Magnolia Stamp Lovers- Buttons and Bows

Our current challenge on Magnolia Stamp Lovers is to use buttons and/or bows on your project. Buttons and bows can be so cute, so I knew I had to use a really cute Tilda on this project. This

adorable little Tilda is called Sweet Tilda and she will be available to order soon on Stamping Scrapping. I have colored her with my copics- R 85, R83, and R81 for her dress, E35, YR23, and Y21 for her hair, E02, YR000, E000, R20 for skin, and E49 for her shoes. The card base if from the cricut cartridge wild card and I wove ribbon through the scallops. I finished it off with various pink buttons and not really bows, but knots. I'm not super good at bows, so I went with the safer option and just did knots.

Be sure to check out the challenge and link your project, the winner will receive a Tilda with Roses stamp and a rose scented scent my cards!!!!