September 26, 2012

Center Step Card Blog Hop ~

Hello and welcome to my 1st ever attempt at making a center step card! It only took 3 tries but I think I got it!! If this is new to you too....there's a great picture tutorial here and a video tutorial here.
There is a $20 gift certificate from our hostess up for grabs to Michael's or Joann's (who couldn't use that?) so be sure to comment on all blogs throughout the hop beginning with Ashley!

 Ummm yeah....this is how NOT to do it ~ Had to share my failed attempt
I think I got it this time!
 Ta Daaaaaa!  I left the misplaced embossing powder on there in hopes of creating a magic pixie dust effect but that didn't go as planned lol
 It's not perfect but that gives me a goal to focus on. For best results, I would suggest using a thicker cardstock
The witch and moon are from the Celebrate with Flourish Cricut cartridge and cut at 3".  The polka dot paper is from The Paper Studio Four Seasons, the sentiment is Inkadinkadoo Marker Sketch Halloween stamps, Viva Decor pearl pen, green embossing powder, gems, pop dots and ribbon are from my stash.
Speaking of stash, since Halloween is growing near, I would love to share some of my "treats" with one of my "sweet" followers so be sure to leave a comment. I will choose a winner on Sunday, 9/30/12 and announce it right here in this very spot.   
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left such sweet comments that made me smile. I'm looking forward to retuning the favor and visiting each of your blogs. Random.Org chose #26 which was Melissa! Please send your mailing address to

I appreciate the time you took to stop in today. Your next stop in the hop is Jamie!
If you need to start at the beginning....that would be our wonderful hostess ~ Ashley!
Thanks again Ashley for helping me step outside of my rectangular comfort zone! What's next???

September 21, 2012

Haunted Hop with Sean & Regina

“Haunted Hop”
Hi everyone!  Thanks for playing along in our September blog hop featuring cards and sentiments celebrating HALLOWEEN!
Scrapbook Stamp Society is our blog hop sponsor!  The overall winner will receive digi’s from our sponsor.  Please take a moment to visit them at
Some of the blog hop designers will be offering blog candy as prizes on their blog sites, so please do not forget to visit his/her blog (and leave a comment) to be eligible for bonus blog hop prizes!

I love Halloween......the beginning of fall, falling leaves and wonderful holidays! 
This is my 1st SIX layer card! I must say, it's one of my favorites! Can't wait to try this using different patterned papers. 
I love this DCWV self adhesive Glitter paper. I used pop dots after 3 layers so the next 3 would stand out a bit.  The super adorable witch digi is a freebie from Sherri Baldy Art She was colored with Spectrum Noir markers, fussy cut and applied with pop dots. Other products used include: Sticky Trims ribbon (1 strip of black and 1 strip of purple layered on top of each other), Stickles in gold and green, Fiskars Halloween Fun Stickers
I'm still learning the coloring techniques so don't look too long at this close up ~ LOL
Now it is your turn to blog hop with all of our friends!   
The rules are simple:
  1. Leave a comment on Sean's blog first (and become a follower to enter a chance to win the grand prize from Scrapbook Stamp Society)!  In addition, I am giving away some BONUS BLOG CANDY
  2. Visit each blog below for inspiration and leave a comment on their blog post to be eligible for bonus blog candy. The blog hop host/hostee offering bonus blog candy will indicate that he/she has a bonus blog candy prize so read their blog post carefully.  Each blog will have the name and blog address for the next host/hostess in line for the blog hop.  
  3. At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Blog Hop Grand Prize from our sponsor and select blog hop hosts for Bonus Blog Candy.  The deadline for leaving comments is Monday, September 24, 2012 at 8pm CST.   Winners of the Grand Prize and bonus Blog Candy will be announced Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina participants are as follows:
Sean Fetterman
Regina Hardy
Zenita Smith
Lori McAree
Angela Bonnano
Patti Gilliam
Michele Smith ----> YOU ARE HERE
Jennifer Restivo
Nancy Leppek
Nancy Mullins
Madeleen Field
Roxie Nitti
Linda Brace Drozd

******** BONUS BLOG CANDY HERE ********
Please become a follower if you haven't already and leave a comment. Random.Org will choose 1 winner on Tuesday, September 25th  and be posted right here on THIS blog post. 
And the winner issssssss......Donna!!!! 
Congatulations! Please send you email address to

Thank you for visiting today. Your next stop is Jennifer at the Crafty Card Gallery! Have a safe Halloween!!

September 15, 2012

Cut It Up ~ Anything Goes Challenge

Welcome to the very 1st challenge from Cut It Up!! I was so excited to hear about this site that encourages you to create using your die cut machine. My sweet mother gave me a Cricut Expression for my birthday (9/11) last year. I have used it a lot but I do not consider myself an expert by any means! There are many "hit and misses" because the settings differ depending on what type of material (paper, vinyl, fabric) you are using and how detailed the image is. (I have some "cheat sheets" under the "Good to Know" tab). Cut It Up challenges will give me the inspiration to master my machine!!! LOL
This challenge is "Anything Goes" so you can make anything as long as it has a die cut on it. The challenge is open to anyone and runs from September 7-19. There is a prize up for grabs to all who link up their project and some awesome ideas from the design team which you can see here.

My grandson invited me to have cookies and milk....for breakfast....with his kindergarten class so I started a layout for his scrapbook.
Gavin and his teacher "Miss Penny"
 I think it would be best to use a gel pen instead of a marker to outline. AS you can see the marker ink bled and it's just a mess....or I guess I could say I was going for the "rustic" look lol

Die Cuts Used:
Cricut - My World = 3"school house & 3" tree
Cricut - Plantin Schoolbook = 2" ABC & 3/4" grass
Cricut - Lovely Floral = 2-1/2" frame
Cricut - Block Party = 3/4" dog
Spellbinders - Labels Three & Blossom Two

Other Supplies:
Paper - TPS The Basics & Simplicity, DCWV Harvest Gathering & Latte
Colorbok - Glitsy Arrows
Ranger Stickles - Yellow
Ranger Liquid Pearls - Baby Blue
Peachy Keen Stamp - Everyday Character
Doodlebug Design - Twine
Spectrum Noir Markers - IG6, GB5, BT1, BT2, CG2
Pop Dots, Wooden Skewer (for the pencil),

Thanks for stopping by ~ I hope you will join in on the challenges so I can see your ideas too! I can't wait to see what they have in store for us next! Happy Crafting

September 13, 2012

~~ Halloween Fun Coming Your Way ~~

Hey everybody ~ Just wanted to invite you to join us for a Haunted Hop starting at 8:00 am cst on September 21st! Lots of great ideas to inspire you and "sweets" up for grabs!

While you are waiting for the fun to begin, please visit our sponsor 
 I will be giving away this "spooktacular" prize pack to 1 lucky "ghoul":

Mark your calendars, grab your favorite "brew" and sit a "spell". You'll be glad you did!
For updates and more tricks and treats as we approach the hop, visit the:

September 9, 2012

Fresh Brewed Designs - September Challenge

Welcome to the September Facebook Challenge hosted by Fresh Brewed Designs! Anyone can play along but you must use the digi images that will be emailed to you upon request. You can get more information here.   Thanks for stopping in today ~ See you again soon!
Welcome Pumpkin House image is from Fresh Brewed Designs
Spectrum Noir Markers: OR1, GB10, CG2, TN2, CT2, CT4, FS3, BT2, BT4, BT5, FS2, FS6
Studio G Glitter Glue on the fairy wings and shoes
Spellbinders: Romantic Rectangles
SP & CO Stamp: Bold Sentiments I
Images were printed on Cryogen Paper - gives it a sparkly look and helps prevent the markers from "bleeding"
Pop dots, ribbon, heart and flowers are from my stash
Happy Fall Girl image from Fresh Brewed Designs
Spectrum Noir Markers: GB5, OR1, GB10, FS2, FS3, FS6, BT4, BT5, TN2, PP5
Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tea Dye


Challenge #32 ~ Ocean Life

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