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January 27, 2015

OWH - January ODBD Challenge


Just a quick post today so I can link up my card in the Operation Write Home - January ODBD Challenge...Hero cards!  Here's the scoop from Kristie...

Now onto the first ODBD challenge for 2015. I always make sure to have my kids write thank you cards after receiving gifts. I know this isn’t a common thing anymore, but I believe it’s important for them to take time to thank everyone. And I think January is the perfect month to show our gratitude to all who serve our country. This includes our local heroes, as well as our deployed service members. So, the January challenge is to make an AnyHero card. And as an added challenge, write a personal note of gratitude in it and take it to your local police or fire department, someone in your community that works everyday to serve our country, or send it to OWH for our deployed service members. Here’s some inspiration from Julie on the ODBD design team.



I hope you will take a minute to link up your AnyHero card. Once 50 cards have been reached, Our Daily Bread Designs will cover the shipping expense for TWO boxes shipped to active military to send home to their families and friends!  Hope you have a wonderful day! 

December 28, 2014

OWH - ODBD December Challenge


This month’s challenge is to use Primary Colors on a card. Red, yellow, and blue.
Each month that OWH reaches the goal of 50 entries, ODBD donates up to two boxes of free shipping for our heroes–1 for 25 cards posted and 2 for 50. Definitely a win for our heroes, as well. My entry makes #48....only 2 more to go! Hurry.....go get your entry linked up! 
~~ Thanks for stopping by ~~

Challenge Up Your Life - #5 Kraft Cardstock

Enjoying some extra time off work for the holidays, I came across this awesome challenge blog. I had already told myself that I would try new techniques and accept more challenges in 2015. This is the 1st challenge I came to so here we go! This challenge is to use mostly kraft cardstock on your project. Being a crafter that loves the bright colors, this was definitely a challenge :-) 
 I added gold and clear embossing powder to the flowers for a little interest.
Paper: The Paper Studio - Sunbeam Meadow Kraft Paper Pack
Sentiment: Hero Arts - Messages with Flourish
Gold & Clear Embossing Powder
Gold Gems 

This little pig image is from the Craftin' Desert Divas -Just Pigcause stamp set

The deer and tree dies are from Impression Obsession. I think I will practice with black and white inks to give them a little more dimension.
There is still plenty of time to join the challenge. Hope you are having a crafty day!

November 30, 2014

OWH Red Friday Blog Hop Linky

In response to the OWH Red Friday Blog Hop, I created a Love card using some Idea-Ology Film Strip Ribbon. I have been hoarding it for a couple of years and after seeing Sandy Allnock's cute card, I thought I would try it out. 
Here's a peek at Sandy's card
It's made out of a stiff plastic like the real film strip and curled in this tiny container so getting it to lie flat was not an option. I had it laid out overnight with weighted items and it wasn't budgin' so I adhered it to the back with tape, colored my staples brown and added 1 to each side for stability. I stamped some little Peachy Keen faces directly on to the Bo Bunny paper using a Fiskar's stamp press and finished it off with a few Hero Arts gems.
I embossed the sentiment and matching hearts but apparently, this was not World Embossing Day. I tried 3 times on the sentiment, using the dust buddy and still couldn't get a clean sentiment. The hearts turned out pretty well though lol
Hope you will take time to visit the OWH blog hop participants. They have some really cute ideas!! 

October 22, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #18

Challenge #18 - Layer It!

I came across this challenge blog while visiting a Creative Lady named Donna and couldn't wait to get started on this challenge! I saw this badge on the CHAC Blog and thought....this is SO me!! LOL
I have so many supplies that I never use because it's not the right color or theme but I put my thinkin' cap on and got to work looking for all those supplies that I have neglected!
I chose some spooky, creepy spider paper & purple/orange stripe from the Graphic 45 Happy Haunting paper pad. I have had this EK Success web punch for 3-4 years and have only used it once but I knew it would make a perfect border. I finished it off with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.
The EEEK sentiment & spider are minis from Studio G which I heat embossed. I left the excess powder for that spooky effect. I added Range Tea Dye distress ink around the sentiment edges and Darice gems to the edge in hopes of bringing out the colors in the striped paper. The googly eyes on the spider makes him super scary don't ya think?
See those little white circles up there? I previously used all the pop dots and this is what is left. Instead of tossing it out, I used it on the back of the sentiment, as is, to add dimension! See....it pays to be a hoarder....never throw anything away 'cause you might just find a use for it some day!
I didn't have any black twine (whaaaat?) so I used some Clubhouse Crafts elastic cord (Wal-Mart) and colored it with a marker. I didn't have any black crinkle ribbon either (whaaaat) but I did have some white 3 Girl Jam ribbon which I colored with alcohol ink. It was messy but turned out just fine!

Well, I think I met the requirements of this challenge: 6 layers on the base and 3 layers on the sentiment and I didn't use any newly purchased items! This challenge closes November 2nd so there's plenty of time for you to enter! Visit the website here and see what else they have in store to spark your creativity!
Hope you have a crafty day!  

October 15, 2014

Creepy Cricut Creations Hop Winners!

Yes.....I said winnerS! Thank you for taking the time to hop with us in the Creepy Cricut Creations Blog Hop and leaving such nice comments! Christmas is right around the corner so in the spirit of giving I thought I would pick TWO winners! The 1st comment chosen by Random.Org was...... #37 Moknowsall

The 2nd comment chosen was #25 Sarah JB!

Treat #1
Treat #2
Please email your mailing address to me at msmith38652@gmail.com with your Treat # preference. 1st come 1st served :-)    Have a wonderfully crafty day everyone!

October 12, 2014

Stamp Organization

I was so tired of wasting time searching for the perfect stamp I decided to take a few hours and do what I had been thinking about for a long time. Little did I know that it would end up taking 3 weeks but I am soooooo glad I did it.
This is actually a storage box for photos. I get them when JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby runs the 50% off sale because they are about $40. I labeled each container with a #. I labeled the individual boxes with that # plus a letter.
 I grouped "like" stamps together so they are all in 1 place: trees/nature, birds, pets, nautical, christmas, winter.... sentiments are grouped together too: birthday, love, miss you, hello.....I have a section for boy stuff (trucks, 4 wheelers) and girl stuff (make up, shopping)......a section for food (cupcakes, ice cream, coffee, etc.   you get the picture :-)
 There is a picture on both sides of the box with the stamped images. I cut 4 x 6 cardstock pieces, placed all the stamps, used a big acrylic block and stamped as 1 big image.
 I always want to give credit to the manufacturers so I #d the images on the front and indexed them on the back. I used pink copy paper to keep the 2 sides of stamps from sticking together or getting mixed up.

I scanned the stamped cards 3 at a time. I put the box # in the margins. So, if I am looking for a horse, I know that I can find it in box 1J. If I need a frog, I can find them in 1M.
For rubber stamps or wood stamp sets. I just scanned the insert like on the left or scanned the whote set of stamps like on the right.
Look at the 6k picture at the bottom. Would you believe I had THIRTY different stamp set with stars? As you can see, I #d each widdle star and put the stamp set on the back of the card so now, all of my stars are in 1 place but I still know where it came from!
I now have 8 boxes of stamps with my handy binder so I don't waste any time when I need something in particular. Like I said, it took a lot of time but it was well worth it for my style of crafting. :-)
Now....it's time for me to get busy! lol  Hope you have a crafty day! 

October 11, 2014

Creepy Cricut Creations Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Creepy Cricut Creations Blog Hop!
Howling cats, and a big black spider,
Flying bats, some doughnuts and cider,
Smiling pumpkins can be seen;
The time is here for Halloween!
(by Karen McGuigan Brothers)

Crazy About Cricut and some crafty pals gathered around their cauldrons.....I mean Cricuts to create some spooky and fun Cricut creations!  This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented friends who are here sharing their ideas and creations. 

We have some AWESOME sponsors and giveaways for this hop!
Exclusive Mini Stamp set
Crazy About Cricut (Jenny)


is sponsoring this awesome set from Pretty Cute Stamps!

The Scrapbooking Queen is sponsoring with a Royal Prize pack from her store, http://www.royalcastleshoppe.com/!


DD's crafts is sponsoring with a brand new "Gingerbread" Cricut cartridge from Cartridges and More!

How do you win? Check it out:
*Just become a follower of each of the amazing blogs in this hop. 
*Leave each of them a comment letting them know what you loved (or were scared of) about their projects.

Please hop and leave your comments by 12 am Monday, October 13th.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday at http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now, prepare to be spooked!

My son is 24 now and it's been a looong time since we went trick or treating. (sniff) I have heard so much about Project Life I thought I would give it a try and hopefully catch up on my scrapbooking! Here is my attempt......All I have left to do now is the journaling.
Is this not the most intimidating pirate you ever saw.....in diapers?? The bare spots are for my journaling. I am going to write directly on the base instead of adding a mat.
Should have made the cat's eyes green.....duhhh. Oh well, I will remember that next time! The moon is acutally a mini book cover in the Artbooking cartridge. I flipped the image and tucked the binding part behind the photo.



Although it was very fun to do, I wouldn't say it was any quicker than the old fashioned way of scrapbooking. Maybe I need to quit reminiscing and get busy scrapping! lol

Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us ~ Here's a little "treat" for ya. (and no I will not smell your feet) Leave a comment and I will announce the winner on Wednesday! Good luck :-)
Vampire & "I Don't Bite" Sentiment - Cricut: Create a Friend
Spider Web Frame, Moon, Fence, Cat - Cricut: CTMH Artbooking
Face Stamp - Peachy Keen: Simple Simons
Papers: The Paper Studio: Trick or Treat
Bat Punch - Fiskars
Spider - SandyLion Essentials Sticker
"Trick or Treat" - Hobby Lobby: Halloween Crafts Stickers
Page Protector: The Paper Studio


If you get lost, or need to stop along the way, you can find the complete lineup athttp://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/.