Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Pink Stamper 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

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Hello Everyone!!

If you would like to enter the My Creative Suite Giveaway, please click HERE.

It's been a while since I posted something I actually made.  Don't get me wrong, I have not stopped crafting, I have just been slow at posting on my blog.  Hopefully I will catch up in the New Year.

Robyn over at My Pink Stamper is hosting a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway and challenge event.  Each day is a different project, a different challenge, and a different giveaway.  You do not need to participate in the challenges in order to enter the giveaways.  If you have ever read my blog, you know I LOVE Robyn's blog and stamps.  I thought I would participate in a couple of the challenges in order to get my craft and posting mojo going.  I am doing the Day 5 challenge, which is to make a gift card or money holder.

It turns out I made a few gift card holders for various secret santa gifts.  I altered the crayon box from Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More in order to make something that laid flat.


Here is the rest of the gift I made.  This was for a Secret Santa.  I made a movie date night box.  The bucket is actually a bucket of popcorn I covered in paper.  I also included two sodas, two boxes of candy, and a gift card for our local movie rental place.  Last, I wrapped in in cellophane in order to make it package like...and something they could open.  I made the bows out of paper.  Look for a future video for the tutorial.  




Supplies Used
Various Paper
Tags, bags, Boxes and More Cricut Cartridge
Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge
Popcorn Bucket
Soda
Candy
Stickles
White Gel Pen
Cellophane
Ribbon

Hope ya'll are having a fabulous holiday!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the My Creative Memories software!!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking and AWESOME Giveaway

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Hello Everyone!! 

It's been such a long time since I've posted anything on this blog.  I have been crafting some (especially during Halloween), but somehow the pictures never made it onto my blog.  I'm hoping to get back into the crafty/bloggy groove of things.  Here is my first attempt!

I was contacted a couple months ago by Liz from My Memories who wanted me to do a giveaway on my blog.  I was skeptical about it because I do not use digital scrapbooks and prefer making my own.  However, I thought I would give it a try.  

I got a download of the software to test out, and it turns out it is not so bad.  I found the software SUPER easy to use, and it was VERY user friendly.  My hesitations come from never digitally scrapbooking.  It was hard for me to figure out exactly where I wanted everything and how I wanted it to look.  However, I do think it is very nice software.  When you are done creating your "album" you can ask them to print and bind it for you, or you can export your album into jpeg files and use them however you please.  They have several you tube tutorials and information to get started using the software.  See below on how you have a chance to win the digital scrapbooking software for FREE!!!

Below is my first attempt at creating a digital scrapbook page.  I decided to stay with the Christmas theme (after all this is December).  A couple of years ago, my fiancee, my mom, and I took a trip to Disney World for New Year's Eve.  I had always wanted to see Disney World lit up for Christmas.  We spent New Year's Eve in the Hollywood Studios theme park where they have the dancing lights.  It is one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen and a memory I will never forget. Below is a SMALL sample of the pictures I took of the lights.      



Okay, now we get to the fun part...the GIVEAWAY!!  My memories has been kind enough to donate a free download of the complete My Creative Memories Suite software FOR FREE!!  Here are the ways to enter the drawing: 
  1. Go to the My memories website and browse through their digital scrapbooking packages. Leave a comment on this post telling me which one is your favorite and a way to contact you. 
  2. Follow my facebook page (click on the link to the right) and leave a comment on this post telling me you now follow me. 
I will randomly pick a winner on Monday, December 12th.

  
For those of you who want the digital scrapbooking software now, My Memories has not forgotten about you either.  They are offering a special coupon code that provide a $10.00 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software and a $10.00 coupon for the My Memories.com store.  Just enter the copy and paste the code STMMMS1268 at checkout for your discount

For more information about My Memories, please visit their facebook page or twitter page.  Good luck and be sure to check back for more holiday projects!!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Where I've Been

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Hello Everyone!

I know I have been MIA for a long time...I have been going through some life transitions.  In June, I started my very first "big girl" job as a mental health counselor.  While I was still figuring out my place and getting used to the schedule, I learned I had a cyst on my tailbone that had to be drained.  Once I healed from that, my fiancee ended up in the hospital for a cyst and had to have some longer term health care.  When my fiancee healed, I had to have surgery to remove the damaged tissue from my cyst.  Now we both are finally healed and ready to get back to a "normal" routine.

I think in starting a new job and with all of the chaos that has been going on, I have lost sight of things that I truly enjoy and that allow me to recharge my batteries.  So, I am going to go back to what gave me lots of happiness...my BLOG (for starters)!!  I have added a few new features...if you look to the left, I added a button for facebook and pinterest.  Also, I need to have time to start making new projects and getting back into a groove.  On Monday, December 5th, I am going to kick off my blog restart with an AWESOME GIVEAWAY you will NOT WANT TO MISS!!!

I also want to let ya'll know how much I appreciate you following me throughout my absence.  I really do love to craft, and I am happy I can share it with people who enjoy it as much as I do!  See ya'll soon!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Watch This Wednesday-Altered Paper Clip

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Hello Everyone!!

I promise I'm trying to craft more.  I am participating in a circle sister swap, so I have been working on projects for that, which I promise to post AFTER she receives her package.  Wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.

Anyway, onto today's tutorial.  I have had a clothes pin in my craft room for a long time.  I have always wanted to alter one, so I bought one...and then it just sat.  I thought this weekend was a perfect time to pull out that project.  I was trying to find a video that taught me how to take out the metal thing and put it back in; however, I could not find one...so guess what's in my video!!

This clothes pin is just going in my craft room to hold projects and/or pictures.  Hope ya'll enjoy!!



Look!! I even made a video!!






Supplies Used
Stampin' Up Solid Cardstock
Ta Da Patterned Paper
Clothespin
Stampin' Up Ribbon
Elegant Cakes Cricut Cartridge
Mini Monograms Cricut Cartridge
George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge
Paint
Mod-Podge

Hope ya'll enjoyed!! See you next time!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm Baaaaack!

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Hello Everyone!

Wow! What an exciting (and quick) summer it has been!  As most of you know, I have been MIA lately because my apartment was being renovated and my craft goodies were safely packed away.  During the summer, I have been keeping myself busy working, working some more, reading, and playing video games.  My new job is fabulous, but it's taking me a while getting into the groove of things.

Anyway, back to the craft stuff.  It took some time, but my craft room is finally set up and ready to use!!  Because of the renovations, the space in my room has been cut almost in half.  You will see I have a (new) washer and dryer in that room.  They also extended part of the kitchen to make room for the refrigerator, so there is not a lot of space.  However, I think I made it work (I hope!).

My dad's side of the family pitched in and bought my an E2 for my master's graduation.  I am so excited to be able to use it!!  Look for projects and videos posted soon.  One of my fiancee's employees built a stand for my Imagine and original Expression.  It's super cute!!  Special thanks to Maile Lee on the cricut message board for posting the directions.  It's fantastic!!

Here is a special video showing you my new (and improved) craft room!! Hope you get some new ideas and inspiration.  I missed all of ya'll and am super excited to begin crafting again!!!


Thanks for watching!! Hope to see ya'll A LOT more often!! 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thanks Mom Blog Hop Winner and Blog Award

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Hello Everyone!!


I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the blog hop.  It was a great success, and I hope you all took away some cricut inspiration.  I appreciate every comment that was left.  I do read all of them!! Now, onto my winner.  I used random.org to pick the winner. The winner is....






Dale said...






I left another comment in the wrong spot! Love your explosion box. Good luck to you.

CONGRATS DALE!!!! I have sent you an email with instructions on how to claim your prize!! Please remember that you have two weeks to respond to my email or I will have to pick another winner.  Again, thank you to everyone that participated!! This would not have been such a success without you.  Please remember to check the other blogs along the hop to see if you were a winner there.  Deb is going to draw for the big giveaway tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that. 
Onto the blog award...I want to give a special shout out to DeborahLindaJamie and Cassandra.  They have both given me the Versitle blogger award.  These are four awesome and talented ladies.  If you have not checked out their blogs yet, please go now!! They are amazing!! 


For this award, I need to list 8 things about myself and pass it on to 15 other bloggers.  Know that if you are not listed among the 15, please feel free to take it and say if was from me.  There is no possible way I could give an award to each one of you, but you each deserve it.  

About Me
  1. I recently graduated from graduate school and am a little nervous about being an "adult." I have been a student for 20 years, and now I'm going to know what it's like to have my evenings free (to craft). 
  2. I received an E2 for a graduation gift.  While I am really excited, my fiancee is not as we "do not have any place to put it." Don't worry...I'll find somewhere. 
  3. My family is all over the place, and I do not live close to any of them.  I love and miss them very much!!
  4. I am an X-Files junkie and will often watch it as I craft. 
  5. I am a Cricut Circle Member
  6. While I love to spend time with others I often need my own space to recharge
  7. I LOVE to do videos of my projects, but I do not have enough time to do them
  8. Gerber daisies are my favorite flower...especially when they come in multicolor bouquets
Recipients (Click on their name to view their blog...and become a follower)
  1. June
  2. Cricutbug
  3. Kim
  4. Sandy S.
  5. Charlotte
  6. Arlene
  7. Tina
  8. IRW Dana
  9. Got2bcrafting
  10. L.B.
  11. Nadia
  12. Angela
  13. Melissa
  14. JanJan
  15. Simply AJ
I hope you all enjoyed the hop!! Look for more projects coming soon!!




Friday, May 6, 2011

Thanks Mom Blog Hop

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Hello Everyone!!

Welcome to the Thanks Mom Blog Hop!! Thanks for joining us to enjoy the wonderful crafty inspiration in honor of moms everywhere from the talented designers in this hop.

You should have arrived here from Jenny's Blog.  If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go back to the start of the hop at Debbie's blog so you don't miss any of the amazing projects along the way.  Also, there is Grand Prize Blog Candy being offered, so you want to check out her blog to get all the details on how to win!!

I am busy graduating from my master's program and spending time with my family, but I didn't want to forget about my blog family...so here is the hop!! I know I've been away a lot with school and moving and such, but I enjoy crafting and really wanted to do something crafty.  You'll have to forgive the simplicity (sometimes, simplicity is the way to go), but I have limited resources as some of my stuff is boxed :)

I decided to make an explosion box for my mom.  I am going to fill it with pictures and special quotes of us.  I am SO EXCITED that I get to spend mother's day with my mom.  I live away from my parents, so I do not get to see them very often.  However, my mom is coming in for my graduation and I get to spend time with her.  I made the box for her to take with her as something small to keep and quickly see all of our pictures.  I found awesome instructions for how to create an explosion box here.  Be sure to check it out!!




Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper from Oops-A-Daisy Paper Stack from The Paper Studio
Mother's Day 2010 Cricut Seasonal Cartridge

I am also giving away some blog candy of my own!! I have a box of crafting goodies waiting to go to a good home.  To win, please leave a comment on THIS POST with an email/blog address that has a way to get in touch with you.  I will draw winners on Monday morning and announce it on my blog as well as send a personal email to the winner.  


Thanks for hopping along with us. Remember, if you leave a comment on every designers blog hop post, your name will go into the drawing for the Blog Candy that our THANK MOM BLOG HOP hostess, Debbie, is offering as a Grand Prize.
Next up on the hop , is the talented Cassie

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Missing in Action

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Hello Crafty World!

I am so sorry I've been MIA for the past couple of weeks.  I am moving, which sadly means most of my scrap room will be in boxes for the summer.  No worries, I still have my gypsy, cricut, stamps, and paper.  However, that does mean I will probably not get to do as many fun things on my blog.  I have missed my blog A LOT and will get things started again soon. 

I will share my awesome news first...some of you know (I think I posted it...) that I recently got a job as a counselor in a nearby town.  I am so excited to do a job I love and enjoy!  Also, my fiancee recently got a promotion!! There has been lots to celebrate in my family recently, and I am truely blessed.  As you may or may not know, my fiancee works at a residence hall, so our apartment is IN a residence hall.  This summer the hall is being renovated, which includes some major renovations to our apartment (like our own washer and dryer!!).  For the summer, we have moved to a different apartment, which is why half of our stuff is in boxes.  A pain now, but it is going to be worth it in August!

I am graduating from my master's program this weekend, which means I have to prepare for family to arrive.  However, I am participating in a Mother's Day blog hop this weekend.  be sure to look for my project because there will be some awesome giveaways (including one from me). 

Also, Robyn from My Pink Stamper is having a stamp release this weekend.  I am definately going to check her blog!! I am a huge fan of her stamps! If you have not seen/purchased them, you must give them a try. 

Also, don't forget that National Scrapbook day is coming up!! Robyn is also doing some wonderful things on her blog.  She will have a challenge every hour for 12 hours, awesome giveaways, and lots of fun videos and project with her and her design team.  Definately do not want to miss it!! While I will be busy graduating, I am going to try to jump in on some of the challenges later. 

For all of my new followers...I have seen, read, and appreciated every comment you have left.  I have not had a chance to visit/follow you on your blogs but I will soon!! When I get a quick second, I do try to look at your projects and you are all amazing!! I promise I will be catching up on my blog as soon as life slows down.  I really appreciate and love everyone who follows me, and I am excited to share my passion for crafting with you.  Thank you for being so patient.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Talk to Me Tuesday #6 - Cricut, Peachy Keen, and Pink!

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Hello Everyone!

Sorry for posting this so late. I have been busy these past few days. The good news is I have 2 papers, 1 presentation, and 1 exam until I graduate!! I'm so excited. I also recently accepted a full-time position where I am currently interning. It's been a crazy past couple of days. Also, I am in the process of moving (boo!), so I may not have as many crafty things for a little bit. This move is temporary, so I am going to be with limited crafting supplies...lets see how creative I get. Thank goodness for my gypsy  Onto the updates!! There are a lot, so I have sectioned them out for you.


Cricut
Speaking of Cricut, they have released some news recently. First, they have addressed the issues surrounding third-party software and Cricut. Click here to read the official statement from Provocraft.  Notice in the last paragraph they say they are going to update Cricut CraftRoom to provide customers with the ability to cut their own images!!  Side note: I have been beta testing the Cricut CraftRoom...and it is amazing.  You are going to love it!


Also, Michaels has a promotion going on for US and Canada residents.  If you are a US resident and purchase three cartridges from Michaels you get one free (from a selection)!  If you are a Canada resident and purchase two cartridges from Michaels, you get one free (from a selection)!  Also, Michaels is having a sale on cartridge this week ($34.99/US and 44.99 in Canada).  The selection of free cartridges are limited in quantity, so be sure to take advantage of this offer soon!! If you are a US resident, click here to view the promotion.  If you are a Canada resident, click here to view the promotion.

Peachy Keen Stamps
Peachy Keen just announced their new spring releases.  They are super cute.  You definitely do not want to miss these (there are stamp and FACE releases!!)  Click here to view.  

My Pink Stamper
My Pink Stamper is hosting her annual National "Pink" Scrapbook Day on Saturday, May 7th from 10am-10pm.  She will have a new challenge (with a give away) every hour.  I participated in this last year, and it was SO MUCH FUN!!  Sadly, I will not be able to fully participate this year, as I am graduating on that day.  However, I will be making the projects and uploading them later (generally she keeps her challenges open for the week for those who are busy).  Click HERE to see my projects from last year!!  

Look for my "Make Over Monday" post to show up later in the week.  I made a project...just been too busy to upload it I guess.  Check back for more fun soon!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tutorial Thursday #2 - Gypsy Imagine App: How to load a cartridge

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Hello Everyone!!

Here is a quick video tutorial on how to load an imagine cartridge on your gypsy. In order to do this, you will need to update your gypsy to make sure you have the imagine app and update your Imagine to make sure you have the latest update.

If you are not sure how to update your gypsy or imagine, download the Cricut Sync software. When the software is finished downloading, hook up your machine to your computer and follow the instructional prompts.

I hope ya'll enjoy the video. I'm sorry for the blurriness. I had difficulties getting the flip to focus on the gypsy screen. If ya'll have any suggestions, please let me know.

Watch This Wednesday #2 - Diaper Cake

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Hello Everyone!!

I wanted to do a quick post (complete with video tutorial) abut my diaper cake!!  Some of my coworkers and I threw a surprise baby shower for our boss and his wife.  We have been planning this for about a month, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a diaper cake.  I have seen them everywhere, but have never had the opportunity to make one.

 I looked at several different tutorials (I can't remember who's...google it) and meshed their tips and tricks to come up with my own method.  In my search, I had a difficult time finding a good video on how to make a diaper cake.  It would start off fine and then leave you to know how to finish it.  Therefore, I wanted to create a video that went from start to finish.  As you can see, I added a few extra toys between the time of the video and the shower.  I hope you guys enjoy!!





Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Talk to Me Tuesday #5 - Cricut Cake Classes with Jinger

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Hello Everyone!!

I wanted to do a brief Talk to Me Tuesday to share that Jinger Adams, the spokeswoman from Provocraft, will domonstrae all of the uses of the Cricut Cake.  This is a FREE online class available to everyone.  There are four classes to choose from :
         Wednesday March 30th 11am Mountain Time
         Wednesday march 30th 6pm Mountain Time
         Thursday March 31st 11am Mountain Time
         Thursday March 31st 6pm Mountain Time

Even though this is a free event, you still have to register.  Click here or go to the Cricut website and click on the Cricut Cake Class button. 

Also, be sure to check back tomorrow.  I have an awesome watch this Wednesday (complete with video) and a Tutorial Thursday you won't want to miss!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Talk to Me Tuesday #4 - Hello Thursday Cartridges

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Hello Everyone!!

I wanted to share the NEW March Hello Thursday cartridges.  For those that don't know, Hello Thursday is the third Thursday of every month when Provocraft releases new cartridges.  This month, provocraft released 4 full cartridge (including the new Cricut Circle exclusive) and 3 seasonal cartridges.  I wanted to post the pictures for the new releases (in case you missed them).  Click on the name of the cartridge to see the entire handbook.









If you would like to see projects made with these new cartridges...check out the Hello Thursday bloggers: Robyn, Tammy, Joy, and Melanie.  They are four awesome bloggers who bring their own, unique style to the cartridges.  I find inspiration from each of them, and they are definitely worth a second glance!!

I am planning on doing a video tutorial series on the new Imagine app.  Look for the first video on Thursday!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Makeover Monday #2 - Clock Wall Art

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Hello Everyone!!

Welcome to my second makeover Monday.  My friend made a tie clock and used the innards of a clock.  He was going to throw the rest away, but (in true crafty spirit) I convinced him that I could make something cool out of it.  I thought it would make a cool piece of wall art.

When my cricut circle cartridge came, I saw that it had some pretty cool phrases on it.  I thought that I would make something for my craft room.  Here are some before and after pictures.

Before: 


 After:



Supplies Used:
Recollections Solid Paper
The Paper Studio Patterned Paper
Wall Clock from Wal Mart
"Everyday Cricut" Cricut Cartridge
White gelly roll pen

I hope ya'll enjoyed my makeover Monday!!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the next "Talk to Me Tuesday."  I am also *trying* to record a video involving the new Imagine app for the Gypsy.  Look for that on a Turtorial Thursday coming up in the near future.  Hope to see ya'll soon!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tutorial Thursday #1 - Wine Glass Charms

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Hello Everyone!

I have a project for you!! Since I missed "watch this Wednesday," I decided to do a Tutorial Thursday to make up for it.  Maybe one day I will be on schedule again.

I wanted to share more of the fun things I made for my aunt's party- WINE CHARMS!!  We wanted to make wine charms that had traditional New Orleans icons.  I used four background colors (pink, purple, green, and gold) and transposed the leopard print (part of the party theme) and the icons.  These were so much fun to make, and they turned out super cute.  It did take a little bit to get used to; it was the first time I used shrinky dink paper.  Everyone loved them.  Below the pictures are step by step instructions on how to make them.  Sorry the pictures are so poor...they were taken with a camera phone.



Instructions
  1. Make an image on the computer.  I used word to create the image pictured.  These were 2 inch circles and they shrunk to dime size.
  2. Use ink jet shrinky dink paper (make sure it's ink jet and the sticky side is the on the printable side) and print your images.  
  3. Cut out your images
  4. Punch a hole in the image. 
  5. Place your cut out images on a cookie sheet lined with a paper bag
  6. Place in 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.  It may take shorter.  Watch them in the oven...they make some funny shapes as they shrink. 
  7. As you take them out of the oven, press them down so they will be flat.  If you need to, heat them up a little again so they are easier to mold. 
  8. When they are cool, place the silver connector ring (found in jewelry sections) in the whole. 
  9. Place beads of your choice on the wine charm (I would use earrings...these charms were difficult to connect) then the charm, then more beads
  10. Close the wine charm
I hope ya'll enjoyed the wine charms.  Shrinky dink paper is pretty awesome, and I am definately going to try to incorporate it more in my projects.  It work well in the cricut as well (so I hear).  You can also purchase paper to stamp and color.  

Don't forget to check out the new Hello Thursday cartridges from Cricut.  They are super cute!! You're not going to want to miss this one!!  



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Talk to Me Tuesday #3 - Stylish Blogger Award

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Hello Everyone!!

Sorry I have been out of touch.  I am JUST getting on the internet from my weekend in New Orleans.  I had a fabulous time, ad my aunt's birthday was a GREAT success!! I thought I would have some time to get on real quick and post some pictures, but I was incorrect.  I will have some projects for you the rest of the week, so no worries.

For talk to me Tuesday, I wanted to share some exciting new (for me, anyway) Angela from Scrap Till Ya Drop sent me a Stylish Blogger Award!  I am so grateful and honored!!  What a fabulous surprise.


For this award, I have to tell you 8 fun facts about myself...
  1. I love Reba McEntire's music.  I think she's fantastic!
  2. I have lived in 6 different states and moved 8 times. 
  3. I am a Jayhawk for life. 
  4. Crafting truly is my therapy.  It's my way to make time for myself 
  5. I love sharing crafts with others. 
  6. I would be lost without my cell phone - it's how I keep in touch with my family
  7. I believe there is a healing quality in music
  8. I love getting my hair cut!
Now, I have to send this to 8 wonderful bloggers
  1. Cassandra She just started her blog not to long ago...and it's fantastic.  I am so amazed. 
  2. Cricut Confessions We have done a few blog hops together, and she is amazingly talented.
  3. Cassie Phenomenal projects, and a source of inspiration
  4. Jessica A friend of mine who hasn't updated her blog in a while, but is talented none the less
  5. Cricaholic She makes beautiful projects with lots of provocraft products (not just Cricut)
  6. Lissa Marie BEAUTIFUL projects!! Lots of cards and various paper crafts
  7. LB Great cards and other school related projects
  8. Mrs. Green She and I have also done a few blog hops together, and she makes beautiful projects

Also, don't forget that Hello Thursday this month!! Provocraft is releasing new cartridges.  I wil do a special post showing the new cartridges when I can.  The Hello Thursday Bloggers (Robyn, Tammy, Joy, and Melanie) will have special projects made with the new cartridges up on Thursday.  Be sure to check out their blogs for more information. 

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    Talk to Me Tuesday #2-Gypsy and Imagine Update

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    Hello Everyone!!

    Sorry I missed the Makeover Monday.  I am getting ready for my trip to New Orleans on Thursday.  I promise I have a lot of fun birthday stuff to show you.  I'm also going to try and get some more St. Patrick's day stuff up for ya'll.  School kind of gets in the way of my crafty stuff sometimes.

    I wanted to do a quick talk to me Tuesday to let you know about the new Gypsy update to make the Gypsy compatible with the Imagine. You can now play with your Imagine cartridges and add patterns to original Cricut cuts.  There is a tutorial on how to use the Cricut Imagine app here.

    You will still need to plug in your Imagine cartridges to print and cut Imagine files.  Since there is so much content on an Imagine cartridge, they did not want to take up a bunch of memory on your gypsy.  From what I've read, this is really the only difference from cutting on your original cricut cutting machine.

    I have not downloaded this app yet...but I plan to soon!! I see a tutorial Thursday in my future.  Next week is spring break for me, so hopefully I can get some crafty stuff done and stock up so I can keep my blog more updated. Thanks for bearing with me, and I hope ya'll go update your gypsies.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Watch This Wednesday #1-Special Guest Designer Edition!!

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    Hello Everyone!

    I am so excited to be a guest designer for Crafting with Cristina.  She is currently hosting a St. Patty's Theme and green challenge.  Please click on the link to see what she and her design team members created AND to participate in the challenge yourself!!  I can't wait to see what all of you create!

    If you came from Crafting with Cristina, WELCOME!! Okay, so today is my very first watch this Wednesday...and of course I messed it up.  Today is supposed to be a day where I show a video or pictures about how I created my project.  Of course, I made this project and forget to video tape and take pictures...so it's going to be more of a read this Wednesday.

    My project is very special to me.  When I think of St. Patrick's Day, I think of my engagement.  St Patrick's Day has since had a little more meaning to me.  So, I created a picture frame to place one of our engagement pictures in! I hope you enjoy!!



    So here are the step by step instruction on how I made the frame.  
    1. Take a wooden frame (I bought mine at Wal-Mart), take the back cover off, and cover the front with a thin layer of Mod-Podge. 
    2. Place patterned paper on top of the frame and run hand over to smooth.
    3. Flip the frame upside down so your patterned paper is on the table and you are looking at the back of the picture frame. 
    4. Spread a layer of mod-podge on the corners of the frame and the back of the paper
    5. Fold the paper around the edge of the frame and glue onto back of frame. 
    6. To make the corners look good, fold them like you would when you wrap a gift. 
    7. Let it dry. 
    8. Use an exacto knife to cut the picture hole out of the paper.  
    9. I used the Birthday Bash Cartridge to cut out the letter and the letter shadow.  They were cut at 2 inches.  
    10. Glue the shadow and the layer together and place them on the frame. 
    11. I used Paper Doll Dress Up to cut out the shamrocks (2")
    12. Run the shamrocks through a Xyrom machine (or cover them with glue)
    13. Put the glue/sticky side in Martha Stewart "Peridot" glitter 
    14. Use Stampin' Up dimensionals and stick them to the sides of the frame. 
    Obviously you can replace my supplies for what I have on hand.  If you are confused or want more direction, contact me via comment or email and I will make sure to respond.  Don't forget to get St. Patrick's Day crafting and take Crafting with Cristina's challenge!!  There's a chance to win a Cricut cartridge!

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Talk to Me Tuesday #1

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    Hello Everyone!!

    Here is the FIRST talk to me Tuesday.  On tuesdays, I will be sharing various things going on in the crafting world.  Some weeks will be longer than others, but I will try to get some vital information out there.  Please let me know if there is something you would like to see!!

    Cricut News


    The Expression 2 is being launched on HSN April 26th at 12:01am.  If you haven't seen the new expression, check out Obsessed with Scrapbooking!  She has some great information on the new expression, the NEW Cricut Craft Room, and some fun cricut collectables.

    The Cricut Stampede is coming up in Dallas!  The event is March 18-20 in Dallas, TX.  There will be awesome Make-and-Takes, merchendise, and classes!! If you are interested in more information about this event, click HERE.  There are no longer payment options, but I'm pretty sure you can still register.  Additionally, the store will be open for a brief time for those who just want to shop.  I am not sure of the details yet, but I will let you know when I do.

    Copic News


    Copic is releasing new colors!!  There are 12 new sketch colors and 36 new Ciao colors coming soon to a retailer near you!!  Be sure to check here if you would like to see the new colors.


    That's all of the news I have at the moment.  If there is something you think I missed or would like to see on the next Talk to Me Tuesday, please leave a comment or send me an email!!  I will see you guys tomorrow for Watch This Wednesday.  This is going to be a special Watch This Wednesday because I am also a guest designer on Crafting with Cristina!  Be sure to check it out her blog as well for a special challenge.

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Make Over Monday #1

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    Hello Everyone!!

    Welcome to my first makeover Monday!!  Each Monday (or maybe we should just go with most Mondays...) I will post a project that I have made from something else.  It's like turning the old into new!!  I hope you will enjoy my projects.

    I have to tell you...it is very early on Monday morning.  My apartment flooded this evening (it's a long story, but yes everything is fine) and I used all of my towels to help mop up water.  Now I am in the process of washing all of my towels...so I apologize if I mistype something.  I'm quite tired.  Anyway, onto my project.

    I have been crafting A LOT this weekend.  My aunt is having her 50th birthday party in two weeks and I am making a bunch of crafty things.  Look for those on future posts...Her birthday party is in New Orleans, and we are incorporating the fleur de lis into the party theme along with pink and cheetah print.  I was asked to come up with a design for favor bags for the party.  I took some plain pink and black bags from Michaels and added some cheetah print paper, ribbon, and the scalloped circle with the fleur de lis as a tag.  We are using the Scalloped circle with the pink fleur dis lis elsewhere in our projects as well (if you have looked at my past posts you have already seen it somewhere).






    Supplies Used: 
    Pink and Black bags from Michaels
    Cheetah print paper from The Paper Studio
    Pink and Black Grosgrain Ribbon 
    Mini Monograms Cricut Cartridge
    French Manor Cricut Cartridge
    Twine
    iRock

    I hope you enjoyed my project!  Don't forget to check back tomorrow with Talk to Me Tuesday!!


    Monday, February 21, 2011

    After a long absence...I've been doing some thinking...

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    Hello Everyone!!

    First, I want to apologize for being MIA for a while.  I've been stressed with school and my internship and things.  Sadly, life happens and I stepped away from crafting for a little bit.  Also, I have been talking to my aunt about creating some crafty things for her birthday, so look forward to some of those things showing up on my blog soon!!

    With all of my down time lately, I have been thinking a lot about my blog and what I want out of it.  Crafting is my own, personal therapy.  I love being able to come on the computer and get inspiration as well as give it.  I see this as a little way of giving back to the crafting world.  With that, I know I don't keep up with my blog like I want.  I feel like I need a little motivation, so I've devised a plan >insert evil laugh here<  I like blogs that have themed days, like the Cricut Circle Blog, Emma's "Throwback Thursday" or Robyn's Imagine Wednesdays.  I wanted some themed days...so here are some I came up with...

    Makeover Monday: this is where I would take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.  This could be making crafts out of an ordinary object or making some kind of packaging or wrapping that makes something ordinary look even better.

    Talk to me Tuesday: this is where I would update ya'll about what's going on in the cricut/provocraft/crafting world.  This could be information about something coming up or a review of a product or just some fun crafty things I purchased recently.

    Watch This Wednesday: this is a day where I would do a video or detailed picture tutorial that demonstrates how I completed my project.

    And...that's all of got...what do ya'll think?  Is there something you want to see that you're not getting elsewhere?  Please leave lots of feedback!! I'm super excited about what's going to come next!!

    Talk to ya'll soon!!

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    My PInk Stamper Valentine Challenge

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    Hello Everyone!

    I decided to upload a quick project I made for My Pink Stamper's challenge.  She put up a challenge on her video for today, so go check it out!!  Robyn always has fabulous videos and cricut tutorials.  I thought I would make a cute valentine's day treat topper.

    For this topper, I FINALLY got a chance to use My Creative Time "You Had Me at Chocolate" stamp set.   I have wanted to use this stamp set for a while now, and I love it just as much (if not more) than I imagined!




    Supplies Used: 
    Stampin' Up Solid Cardstock
    Martha Stewert "swan" flocking powder
    White grosgrain ribbon
    Cricut "Birthday Bash" Cartridge
    My Creative Time "You Had Me at Chocolate" stamp set

    I hope ya'll are inspired to make something yummy for Valentine's Day!!  I'll be back soon for some more treats.  

    Welcome to my new blog!

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    Hello everyone!!

    I just wanted to say how SUPER DUPER EXCITED I am to have my blog updated!!   I LOVE all of the fun , new things we did and added.  I could not be happier with the way it turned out!!  Leslie over at Sweetie Baby's Custom Blog Design did all of the work, and she was fantastic to work with!!  If you get a minute, check out her blog.  She has awesome prices and is fabulous to work with!!  Hope you guys enjoy the new blog!! I will have new projects up soon!

    Saturday, February 5, 2011

    Think Spring Blog Hop

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    Hello Everyone!!



    Welcome to the Think Spring Blog Hop!  If you've come here from Paper Crafting Chic, you're in the right place!!  If you happened upon this post by accident, be sure to start at Creations with Kathryn to see all of the spring inspiration!  There are some warm thoughts and blog candy you don't want to miss!!

    If you have gotten the kind of weather I have, you need some spring thoughts!! We got a little over an inch of ice followed by a half an inch of snow.  My car was literally a block of ice, and I had to dig it out...it took me two hours to get my car halfway clear of ice.  The roads are just now getting clear and safe to travel on.

    For my project, I used my imagine!!  When I think of spring, I think of flowers and butterflies.  I immediately thought of this image on my imagine, and knew I had to make a card from it.  I am excited about the way it turned out.



    Supplies Used: 
    Stampin' Up Solid Cardstock
    Spots and Dots Cuttlebug Folder
    Imagine More Cricut Imagine Cartridge
    Stampin' Up Dimensionals

    Your next stop is Tina Time!  Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to think spring!!

    Happy Crafting,
    Lauren

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    Birthday Blog Hop Winner

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    Hello Everyone!!

    I just wanted to thank everyone who participated in the Birthday Blog Hop! I love doing blog hops because I get to meet new people and gain lots of creative inspiration.  Even though I don't reply to comments (since I can't reply to all, I don't reply to any), I promise I read and cherish every one.  I hope you guys find some kind of inspiration from my blog, and if you ever have any suggestions please let me know.

    I used random.org to pick a winner for the set of Pink by Design stamps, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."  I combined the comments from both days of the hop, and the winner is number 54!  Congrats CHIGNON!!!


    chignon said...

    I love it! Great idea to use on the water bottles too :) Your cupcake looks so delicious, now I have a hunkerin' for some cake!
    I found your email, so you have two weeks to respond with you mailing address.  I will get the stamps out as soon as I can.  Being in Illinois, we are experiencing some severe winer weather...so I have a feeling I may be stuck inside for the next day or two.  
    Thanks again to all who participated in the blog hop.  I will be participating in another one this weekend, February 5th.  The theme is think spring, which is good...maybe I can will away all of this winter weather.  I hope you all find inspiration and time to craft!!

    Warm wishes, 
    Lauren

    Sunday, January 30, 2011

    Birthday Blog Hop Part 2

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    Hello Everyone!

    Welcome to day 2 of Kreimer's birthday blog hop.  Today is her 25th birthday!!! If you haven't already, go back to her blog and give her some birthday love.  If you arrived here from Time2Create, you are in the right spot!!

    My aunt is turning 50 in March, and we were talking today about her birthday party in New Orleans.  She listed off a ton of ideas that she wanted to do..and, naturally, my response to each one was "that would be easy to make!" One of the things on my "to do" list is come up with something for the cake.  She wants a regular cake, but I immediately thought of this cupcake idea and had to try it (she needs a visual...right...)?

    The party is in New Orleans, so I kept with a fleur de lis theme.  She wants pink animal print, but I didn't have that on hand and all of my LSS were closed, so I had to give her a rough Idea with what I had.  She also wants to put water bottles in all of the hotel rooms, so I thought the medallion could be used for that as well.  Hope you like it!!



    Supplies Used: 
    Stampin' Up Cardstock
    Mini Monograms Cricut Cartridge
    French Manor Cricut Cartridge
    iRock gems

    Don't forget...I'm giving away the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun stamp set.  Leave a comment on both posts to double your chances of winning!!  Hop on over to TX Scrapper's blog for some more birthday fun!!

    Happy Craftin' 
    Lauren

    Saturday, January 29, 2011

    Birthday Blog Hop

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    Hello Everyone!!

    Welcome to Kreimers Birthday Blog Hop!!  If you came from Time2Create, you are in the right place.  If you happened to stumble upon this blog hop, be sure to go back to Kreimer's blog and celebrate from the beginning.  This is a 2 day blog hop, so be sure to check back tomorrow for more birthday fun and a second change for some blog candy.

    For today's hop post, I made a simple card.  I am also entering this in My Pink Stamper's "yummy" challenge. I loved this sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up for quite some time, and I finally got to use it.  I have LOTS of ideas for this stamp set, but this is what came out first.  It is pretty simple, but cute enough to give away and still feel proud of it.  This is also the first time I used flocking powder.  I used white flocking powder for the whipped cream part of the scoop to give it some texture.  Let's just say, I had fun...and this is not the last time I will be using flocking powder.




    Now onto the blog candy.  Today, I am giving away the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" stamp set from PinkbyDesign.  These stamps are amazing, super cute, and the perfect birthday gift!!  All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me your favorite birthday memory.  I will be picking the winner Monday afternoon.  Remember, you do not have to be a follower of my blog, but followers are always appreciated.

    Now, hop on over to TX Scrapper's blog to see some more birthday fun!!  Don't forget to stop back tomorrow and see what other birthday creations we come up with.

    Happy Crafting,
    Lauren

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    When Life Gives You Limes...

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    Hello Everyone!!

    I know I have been MIA lately, but it's been for good reasons.  First, I have been working with a designer to have my blog redesigned.  This was one of my new years resolutions, to update and build up my blog.  I have everything picked out and the designs I want.  Now I just have to wait a short while until my design can be complete.  I am working with Sweet Baby's Custom Blog Design and Leslie is amazing.  I'm super excited to see what she comes up with.  Stay tuned...

    Another thing I have been working on this week is my Etsy shop.  This is also one of my new years resolutions, and I am anxious and excited to see where this leads me.  It looks bare right now...I have been busy setting up the shop and connecting it with paypal and coming up with my policies and such.  My task this week is to fill my shop with my creations!!  Here is my first listing...




    Supplies Used: 
    Stampin' Up Solid and Patterened cardstock
    Stampin' Up Ribbon
    Preserves Cricut Cartridge
    Cuttlebug
    Pink by Design "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" stamps
    EK Success Punch
    Action Wobbles

    I will be creating more projects again soon.  I am so proud that I am accomplishing some of my New Years goals early.  Thank you for going on this journey with me.  If you have any advice or comments, please feel free to let me know.  I promise not to bite.  That's two new years resolutions down...now if I could just get to the gym...

    Happy Craftin' 
    Lauren

    Saturday, January 8, 2011

    Be My Valentine Blog Hop

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    Hello Everyone!!



    Welcome to the Be My Valentine blog hop.  If you came from, Crafty Scentiments, you are in the correct place!  If you have stumbled across this some other way, please head over to Wam Family to start from the beginning.  We have some very talented crafters hoping to give you some valentine's day inspiration so you can get a jump start on your projects!!

    I am super excited about getting a jump start on my Valentine's Day projects.  Since I do not have children, I wanted to create something more adult like that I or my fiancee would enjoy.  A friend of ours, with whom we are participating in a weight loss challenge, left a huge Hershey bar under my pillow for temptation.  However, it gave me the idea for this project! I thought that chocolate was best paired with wine, and that sounded adult-like. So, I created a wine bottle cover and coordinating chocolate bar cover.  I used my gypsy to help me make sure everything fit properly. Hope you enjoy!!





    Supplies Used: 
    Stampin' Up and Wal Mart Solid Cardstock
    DCMV Patterned Paper
    George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge
    Mini Monograms CricutCartridge
    Storybook Cricut Cartridge
    Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge
    Martha Stewert Punch 
    Gypsy
    Stickles
    iRock

    Your next stop is Tina Time so be sure to check out what she has created.  I hope you find some time today to craft.  

    Happy Crafting, 
    Lauren