Monday, March 30, 2015

FCCB Challenge #238 ~ Easter

Hello my crafty friends! I hope y'all had a great weekend! It's time for another fantabulous Challenge Me Monday at FCCB, so I sure hope you can join us for some fun & a majorly awesome prize!




Challenge #248 ~ Easter


This Week's Sponsor:

 
 
The prize is 7 digital stamps

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project & let us know which cartridge(s) you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

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 Here is my Easter card....


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Folk Art Festival"
PAPERMy Mind's Eye; Jillibean Soup; Recollections
STAMP SETMy Pink Stamper "Happiest Moments"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine with Sizzix folder 
RIBBONLittle Scrap Pieces
OTHERFiskars border punch; Recollections mini pearls; 3M foam tape
    
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Challenges:

DL.ART -  March Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Crafting Musketeers -  Challenge #23; ribbons & pearls
Crafty Ribbons -  anything goes with ribbon; 2nd entry
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #196; anything goes; 2nd entry
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #153; "Easter Wishes" (cross, bunny or eggs)
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #176; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; anything goes
Sister Act -  Challenge #99; anything goes 

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Thank you for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Angel Dog

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday! I haven't posted in a couple weeks because I got hit with the nastiest flu virus I've ever had. It lasted a full 3 weeks & I still have a cough but am feeling much better now. Today I'm sharing a thank you card I made for the home care/hospice vet who took care of my Lexi in her final days. When the time came to put her to sleep we were so fortunate & blessed to have it done right here in our own home. I thought this angel doggie image was so fitting & I knew I wanted to use this sentiment because it's one of my favorites.



 
Inside


SIZE:  5 x 7"
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Paper Pups"
PAPERWRMK "Friends Furever" cardstock; Bazzill cardstock
STAMP SETSScrappy Moms Stamps "Raining Cats & Dogs"; Craftin Desert Diva's "Animal Antics"; CTMH "Curlicue Frames"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Cranberry"
OTHERWRMK twill ribbon & fabric brads; Stickles "Star Dust" & "Black Diamond"


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  March Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
BBTB2 -  "Frame It!" (framed sentiment)
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Crafty Ribbons -  anything goes with ribbon
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #196; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #175; anything goes
Crafting From The Heart -  Challenge #52; anything goes


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Thank you for stopping by & have a great day!






Monday, March 2, 2015

FCCB Challenge #246 ~ St. Patrick's Day

Hello & happy Monday to all my crafty peeps! Without further adieu, it's time to introduce our new fantabulous Monday challenge at FCCB....



Challenge #246 ~ St.Patrick's Day


This Week's Sponsor
digiplayground.com


 
There will be 3 winners of $7 gift certificates!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and, if it's not obvious, let us know which cartridge(s) you used.


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Here is my project for the challenge....


 

SIZE:  5"
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Seasonal Soirées"; "Smiley Cards"; "Art Philosophy"; "Teddy Bear Parade"
PAPERCore'dinations; DCWV; Bazzill
OTHERStickles "Star Dust" & "Black Diamond"; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  March Linky Challenge; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Monday Challenge; "Just a Hint of Clover"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #172; anything goes
The Sisterhood Of Crafters -  Paper piecing and/or paper piercing
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #80; St. Patrick's Day or mostly green


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!




Friday, February 27, 2015

Stop & Smell The Roses

Hello my friends!  Happy almost weekend! For today's post I made a card for a family friend of ours who was in a very unfortunate accident a couple weeks ago. She's out of the hospital, but now she's staying at a rehab facility until she gets her strength & movement back. Roses are always a safe bet to cheer someone up, so I hope she likes this card....




Inside


SIZE:  5 x 7"
CRICUTCraft Room; Expression 2; Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Soirée Lettering" & "Small Talk Frames & Tags"
PAPERCTMH cardstock
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine; Anna Griffin folder "Rosa"; inked with CTMH Exclusive Inks "Whisper"
STAMP SETSCraftin Desert Diva's "Say It Big" & "Simply Said"; CTMH "Heartstrings" & "Curlicue Frames" 
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Cranberry", "Lagoon", "Whisper" & "Pixie"
OTHERMartha Stewart border punch; CTMH Extra Thick Twine "Pixie"; CTMH sequins; Sakura gel pen; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  February Linky Challenge; anything goes; 4th entry
Craftin Desert Diva's -  Linky Party; use ribbon; 2nd entry
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #195; anything goes; 3rd entry
Simon Says Stamp -  Monday Challenge; anything goes
Crafting By Designs -  "Thinking Of You" card
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #262; "Fancy Corners"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #172; anything goes


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Thank you very much for stopping by & have a great day!



Monday, February 16, 2015

I {Heart} You

Hello crafty friends! I hope you're enjoying this holiday weekend! I'm still recovering from my gallbladder removal surgery 3 days ago, but I'm doing pretty well. My husband has been taking wonderful care of me & my mom has kept us hooked up with meals, which has been a lifesaver. Anyway, I haven't been feeling very creatively inspired, but I was just putzing around in my craft room & came up with this card. I'm trying to get my Imagine machine working again & I managed to get it to print, but it still won't cut. At least I'm able to print out paper with it, so that's what I used for this card....




SIZE:  5.5" square
CRICUTImagine
CARTRIDGE:  "Berries & Cream"
PAPERCore'dinations
MANUAL DIESCuttlebug machine; Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts "Large Stitched Circle Stackables"
STAMP SETCraftin Desert Divas "Simply Said"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Pansy Purple"
RIBBONCelebrate It
OTHER3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  February Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Craftin Desert Divas -  Linky Party; use ribbon  
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Crafty Creations -  Challenge #282; "Owls, Hearts & Love"; 2nd entry
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #195; anything goes; 2nd entry
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #170; anything goes


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Thank you so much for visiting me & have a great day!




Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi friends! I don't have a project to post because I just had surgery yesterday, but I just wanted to say....




 Big love to you all!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

I Love You

Hello crafty friends! I hope you're all having a lovely weekend & not getting too soaked. It rained like a you-know-what here last night & we lost power for a good 12 hours, but it's back on now, thank goodness! I wanted to do this post last night but, of course, no internet! Grrr.

It's been a rough week for us here in the Martin house. We lost our sweet girl, Lexi on Monday night. As most of you know, she was diagnosed with a massive inoperable liver tumor over 2 years ago. She had been symptom-free the whole time, until last Friday when she started declining rapidly. By Monday we knew it was time to say goodbye. She could no longer walk & was extremely disoriented. We had our home care/hospice vet put her to sleep here at our house, surrounded by our whole family. She was by my side for 14+ years & was the love of my life. I'm devastated but trying to keep myself busy & distracted. You can see more photos of her & stuff on my Facebook page HERE

Lexi Annmarie Martin   5/11/00 - 2/2/15


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OK, now onto the crafting portion of my post. Today's card was made using a sketch from Joy at Obsessed With Scrapbooking. I think it's more summer-y than Valentine-y but I do love the colors....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Elegant Embellishments" & "Paper Lace 2"
PAPERCTMH 
STAMP SETCTMH "Wild About Love"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Desert Sand"
OTHERMy Mind's Eye enamel dots; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  February Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
Obsessed With Scrapbooking -  Sketch Challenge
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Challenge; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Monday Challenge; "H is For..." (hearts); 2nd entry
Heart 2 Heart -  "Home Is Where The Heart Is"; use CTMH products; 2nd entry
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #195; anything goes
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #359; "Crazy in Love"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #169; anything goes
Crafty Creations -  Challenge #282; "Owls, Hearts & Love"


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Thank you for visiting me & have a wonderful weekend!




Monday, February 2, 2015

FCCB Challenge #244 ~ Valentine's Day

Hello there! I hope you all had an awesome weekend! Yep, it's Monday, which means it's time for another FCCB challenge! I hope you can join us!



Challenge #244 ~ Valentine Projects

This Week's Sponsor
Digital Image from Kitty Bee Designs
Be sure to visit our sponsor!


Here is my project....



SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Create A Critter 2"
PAPERCTMH
STAMP SETMy Pink Stamper "Buggy Punnies"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
PUNCHMartha Stewart
OTHERCTMH Extra Thick Twine "Pixie"; CTMH Stuck On You Puffies (hearts); 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  February Linky Challenge; anything goes
Heart 2 Heart -  "Home Is Where The Heart Is"
Little Scrap PiecesSaturday Linky Party; anything goes
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #149; Valentine's Day (use at least 1 heart)
Simon Says Stamp -  Monday Challenge; "H is for..." (hearts)
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #168; anything goes
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #358; "Stamping Mad"
Crafting Musketeers -  Challenge #22; "Cute"


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Thank you so much for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thankful Ribbon Card

Hello friends! I hope you're enjoying a fantastic Sunday. My neck/arm pain has subsided immensely & I'm feeling so much better. I was actually able to make dinner & do some laundry last night without my husband's help & without too much pain. Anyway, today's card was a really quick & simple one. In fact, I didn't even use a Cricut machine (gasp!). I've been working on keeping my cards clean & simple, as I tend to get obsessed with details. It hasn't been easy but I'm challenging myself to do it & it's actually been fun to try something new.




SIZE:  A2
PAPERCTMH cardstock "White Daisy"
DRY EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine; Darice folder
WET EMBOSSINGVersaMark watermark stamp pad; CTMH embossing powder; Marvy Uchida heat tool
STAMP SETAvery Elle "Oh Happy Day"
INKBrilliance "Platinum Planet" 
RIBBONLittle Scrap Pieces
OTHER3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  January Linky Challenge; anything goes; 4th entry
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #194; anything goes; 3rd entry
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #167; anything goes; 2nd entry
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #77; Mother's Day (or for a female)
Dream Valley -  Challenge #98; anything goes; 2nd entry


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Thank you for stopping by & have a great week!





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Love You Tons

Hello, my fellow crafty peeps! I hope you are all having a fantastic week! I'm feeling quite a bit better these last couple of days (knock on wood). I had another fun-filled visit to the ER on Saturday night (pfft!), but they did give me a couple of new medications to try, which seem to be helping (again, knock on wood). I also have an appointment this week with a Physical Medicine specialist for some nerve conduction studies, which will hopefully get me some answers. Anyway, blah blah blah.... onward to the crafting! I recently acquired a couple of new Cricut cartridges & also picked up some new manual dies, so I combined them to come up with this little cutie patootie card....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2
CARTRIDGE:  "Valentine's Day"
MANUAL DIESCuttlebug machine; Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts "Love You Tons"
PAPERDoodlebug; CTMH
STAMP SETLawn Fawn "Love You Tons"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Slate"; Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
RIBBONLittle Scrap Pieces
OTHERCTMH Enamel Hearts; Fiskars corner rounder; Sakura gel pen; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  January Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #194; anything goes; 2nd entry
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #167; anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe -  Challenge #100; stitching (real or faux)
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "Have A Heart"
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #199; "Cheer Up"
Dream Valley -  Challenge #98; anything goes
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #77; Mother's Day or for a female
The Sisterhood Of Crafters -  Anything goes; must use new item


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Thank you for visiting me! Have an amazing day!





Friday, January 16, 2015

A Flakey Thank You

Hello crafty friends! I hope everyone's weekend is off to a fantastic start! I have to make this brief because I'm still suffering from this pesky nerve damage in my left arm & typing is extremely uncomfortable. Ahh, the things we endure for our love of crafting, huh? Unfortunately, I haven't been able to craft much at all because of my arm, but I made this card last week & wanted to share while it's still Winter & snowflakes are still relevant. I realize that bright pink snowflakes aren't exactly realistic, but just go with it (I'm medicated, lol)....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Charmed"
PAPERCTMH; Core'dinations; Bazzill
DRY EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine; Darice folder
WET EMBOSSINGVersaMark watermark stamp pad; Ranger embossing powder; Marvy Uchida heat tool
STAMP SETAvery Elle "Oh Happy Day"
OTHERThe Twinery twine; Viva Decor Pearl Pen "Ice White"; Sakura gel pen; Fiskars Paper Edgers; rhinestone snowflake from my stash; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thurs. January Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
BBTB2 -  Snowflakes
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #198; photo inspiration
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #148; "Let It Snow"
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #194; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #166; anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me & have a great day!




Monday, January 5, 2015

FCCB Challenge #242 ~ "Winter Fun"

Hello friends! It has been way too long since my last post, but I've been dealing with some health issues. I'm going to be fine once I have surgery next month. I swear I turned 40 & started falling apart, lol. Anyway, enough about that. It's time for another Challenge Me Monday at FCCB....
 
 

Challenge #242 ~ "Winter Fun"


This Week's Sponsor
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons

  
To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and, if it's not obvious, let us know which cartridge(s) you used.


I really focused on making this a simple card & not fussing with it too much. It's hard for me to be satisfied with a simple design but I'm learning. I have been obsessed with the color blue this holiday season & I love these particular shades of blue on this card....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Jolly Holidays"
PAPERDoodlebug; Recollections
RIBBONDoodlebug
PUNCHMartha Stewart 
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass; Stickles "Star Dust"; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday January Linky Challenge; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #354; anything goes
Divas By Design -  Final Challenge (blog closing); anything goes


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Thank you so much for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!






Monday, December 1, 2014

FCCB Challenge #239 ~ "Beyond Red & Green"

Hello & happy December to you! Of course, it's also Monday, which means it's time for another FCCB Challenge Me Monday....



Challenge #239 ~ "Beyond Red & Green"
 (create a holiday project without using red & green)


For this card I used my favorite cartridge of all time, "Art Philosophy". It really is a genius cartridge & every cut is useful. Even the font is outstanding. There is absolutely NO wasted space in this handbook! If you don't own this cartridge yet, the only way to purchase it is through a Close To My Heart consultant. My consultant is Diana Larson & she's fabulous! Click HERE to check out her online store. Ok, that's enough of my chit chat for one day! Finally, we arrive at my card....




SIZE:  5 x 7"
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Art Philosophy"
PAPERCTMH; DCWV; Core'dinations
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Darice folder
OTHERRanger Liquid Pearls "Baby Blue"; stars from my stash; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thurs. December Linky Challenge; anything goes
BBTB2 -  Christmas tree; Cricut only
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #147; "Oh Christmas Tree"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Cut It Up -  Challenge #59; Non-traditional Christmas card


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Thank you for stopping by & I hope to see your creations for the challenge! 


Friday, November 28, 2014

Let's Talk Turkey

Hello & happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there in blog-land! I hope you had a fabulous & yummy day! My whole family went to my Grandma's house for dinner. I made this card to wish her a happy Thanksgiving & to thank her for hosting dinner. I used several cartridges & I think they all worked well together. Of course, nothing says Thanksgiving like a teddy bear in a turkey costume! Huh? Oh well....I think he's pretty stinkin' adorable....




Inside


SIZE:  5.5"
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Art Philosophy"; "Create A Critter 2"; "Teddy Bear Parade"
PAPERCTMH; Lawn Fawn "Sweater Weather"; Core'dinations
OTHERStickles "Black Diamond" & "Platinum"; Smooch Pearlized Top Coat; Sakura gel pens; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday November Linky Challenge; anything goes; 5th entry
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; anything goes; (optional: use Lawn Fawn)
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #160; anything goes
BBTB2 -  "Giving Thanks"
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #191; anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me! Have an awesome weekend!


Monday, November 17, 2014

FCCB Challenge #237 ~ "Embellish Me"

Hello & happy Monday to you!  It's time for our Monday challenge at FCCB. I hope you can join us, or at least pop on over to see what awesomeness my DT sisters have created!


Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday!



Challenge #237 ~ "Embellish Me"
(use at least 3 embellishments)

This Week's Sponsor



For my project, I used one of the new Anna Griffin cartridges, "Elegant Embellishments". This is a really fun yet practical cartridge. There are a few card designs, some basic shapes & some word art. Here is what I created using one of the card cuts....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2
CARTRIDGE:  "Elegant Embellishments"
PAPERCTMH; My Mind's Eye
OTHERDoodlebug floral embellishment; Martha Stewart pearls; Viva Decor pearl pen "Ice White"; Fiskars corner rounder; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday November Linky Challenge; anything goes; 4th entry
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #158; anything goes; 2nd entry
BBTB2 -  Anything goes, Cricut required
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me! I hope you're inspired to check out our challenge! 



Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Belated Veterans Day Card

Hello crafty friends! I hope you are all having a fabulous week! I know I'm a little late, but I still wanted to share this card I made for my husband for Veterans Day. I couldn't post it until after I gave it to him (as he does occasionally read my blog, lol) & then I wasn't feeling well yesterday. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I'm so proud of my husband's service (82nd Airborne Div.) & so grateful for all the men & women who have served or are serving to protect our freedom. Happy (late) Veterans Day! 




Inside



SIZE:  5 x 7"
CRICUTExpression 2
CARTRIDGE:  "Artfully Sent"
PAPERCTMH; Recollections; HOTP
STAMP SETMy Pink Stamper "Fabulous Phrases"
EMBOSSINGVersaMark watermark pad; Ranger embossing powder; Marvy heat tool
OTHERDarice star gems; Sakura gel pen


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday November Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "We're Seeing Stars"
Heart 2 Heart -  No ink
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #158; anything goes


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Thank you so much for visiting me! Have a great day!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Peaceful Holiday Wishes

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are enjoying your Tuesday (hey - at least it's not Monday). Today I'm sharing the second card I've made with the new "Christmas Kitsch" Cricut cartridge by Anna Griffin. I know I just said this yesterday but this cartridge is amazing! The cards are all relatively simple & quick. This will make it so much easier to crank out all my Christmas cards for my family. Every Christmas my uncle's girlfriend orders 30-40 cards, my cousin orders 20 & my aunt orders 20-30. As if that doesn't keep me busy enough, I also make a lot of card bundles to give out as gifts. This is why I'm starting to make them so early. Last year I waited till the last minute & worked myself into a complete frenzy. Oh well - live & learn, right? Anyway, here is my card for today....




Inside


SIZE:  5.75" square
CRICUTExpression 2
CARTRIDGE:  "Christmas Kitsch"
PAPERCTMH "Snowhaven" paper packet
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass; Martha Stewart punch "Aspen Snowflake"; Viva Decor Pearl Pen "Ice White"; Sakura pens; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday November Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
Crafty Catz -  Challenge #253; anything goes 
Heart 2 Heart -  No stamping
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #188; anything goes


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Thank you so much for visiting me! Have a lovely day!