March 28, 2012

Creations, Etc. "Go Green" Challenge

I must admit that I have become a little concerned as to what the world will be like 10...20...30 years from now. There are many warning signs all around us that we need to "clean up our act" and do what we can to save our natural resources.  I created this layout to remind me of the beautiful places I have been in hopes that 100 years from now, it will look just the same...if not better. 
Thanks for stopping by ~ If you have a minute, hop over and see Monica at Creations, Etc. This is a great group of friends sharing their ideas and unique projects! We would love for you to join us!













Go Green Layout Recipe:

Green Cardstock - DCWV Immortal Love (PS005-00116)
Cricut Campin' Critters Cartridge (2000933)
Cricut Lite Wildlife Cartridge (2000165)
Spellbinders Die - Labels Four (S4-190)
Spectrum Noir Marker - DG2
Studio Glitter Glue - Green
Stickles Glitter Glue - Star Dust
Offray Ribbon - Camoflage CG Olive (169647)
Staples Gel Pen - Green/Black (13135)
Darice Ink It Up Dye Ink - Khaki Green (1027-14)
Hobby Lobby Natural Jute
The Paper Studio - Spare Parts Silk Flowers
The Paper Studio - 1-7/8" Circle Punch
Pop Dots




March 24, 2012

Religious Card


I have a light box and 3 lights but my pictures still turn out pink. If you have figured out how to solve this problem, please let me know! Maybe I need to change the setting on my camera :-) Have a wonderful weekend everyone ~ 




Supplies Used:
Purple Cardstock
Heart Paper - The Paper Studio Daydream Doodle 975300
Offray Ribbon - Light and Dark Pink
Spellbinders Die - Picot Edge Circles S4-345
Changeables Stamp
Hampton Art A La Mode Dye Ink - Lavender SP7102
Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen - White K908
Darice Jewelry Designer - Cast Cross Asst 1970-56
Clubhouse Crafts Elastic Cord (to attach the cross) SUL89001-13
Creative Memories Fabulous Storybox Paper (card interior) 647028
The Paper Studio Stickers
Viva Decor Pearl Pen - Light Green

March 19, 2012

Win a One Year Subscription to Paper Crafter’s Library

This past January Paper Crafter’s Library celebrated our first year anniversary – and in that time we have established ourselves as the THE all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters with the largest {and best} online library of video tutorials on the internet. From beginner through to advanced, covering product instruction, techniques and project ideas for stamping, card making, scrapbooking and altered art – we have something for everyone! We’re proud of how far we have come, and we’re hoping you can help us spread the word! That’s why as part of our first anniversary celebrations we have an exciting new contest which we are running for the next 9 months – where we will be giving away a total of 18 ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIPS to the Paper Crafter’s Library – each valued at $200! We will announce 2 winners on the first of EACH MONTH – starting on April 1st, and ending January 1st, 2013. For more details: http://blog.papercrafterslibrary.com/win-a-one-year-subscription-to-paper-crafters-library-with-our-fan-badge-contest/ or click on the badge located on the left sidebar 

March 16, 2012

Wand Scanner - for photos and more

I sooo need to get one of these!  I haven't shopped around yet but it is about $75 on Amazon. Please let me know if you have used it and what you thought about the quality. I have a scanner on my printer but the lid would fall off if I opened and closed it as many times as needed for all the "pre-digital age" photos lol

                                        
VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner - Ever want to put all of your pictures on your computer but didn't have the time to sit there and scan one after the other? Ever thought of buying one those scanners but you don't have any room in your office to store it? Then the VuPoint Solutions “Magic Wand” Portable Scanner is perfect for you. The VuPoint Solutions "Magic Wand" Portable Scanner allows you to scan the documents that matter the most to you, and back them up on your computer. Do you have those documents that you've had for a while and you're afraid that they're going to rip or even get lost one day? We'll now you can scan them and keep them safe. MODEL: VPSPDSST410WM. Features: Scanner for color & monochromatic images, documents, magazines. Sensor: A4 Color Contact image Sensor, Resolution: Standard Reso: 300x300dpi (default) High Reso: 600x600dpi, External Memory: Support Micro SD card up to 16GB (Micro SD card not included), File Format: JPEG, LCD: Scanning status display, LCD Display Size: 0.787” x 0.59”, Auto Power Off: Off/ 3 minute/ 5 minute, Scanning Speed: A4 Size: high resolution with color ≤ 28Sec, High resolution with mono ≤ 14Sec, Standard resolution with color ≤ 8Sec, Standard resolution with mono ≤ 4Sec. White Balance: Auto, USB Port: USB 2.0 high speed, Power Source: 2xAA Batteries, Battery Life: ≥ 200 min. Includes: USB Cable, 2xAA alkaline batteries, Pouch, User's manual. Dimension: 10” L x 1.2” H x 1.1” W. Weight: 0.47 lbs.
http://www.amazon.com/VuPoint-Solutions-Portable-Scanner-PDS-ST410-VP/dp/B002R0BFAA

March 12, 2012

Creations, Etc. Altered Project

The challenge is to alter something that you would never think of altering. I chose to convert a Px bottle to "Mommy's Medicine" and filled it with mini M&Ms! All moms need chocolate right??? 




Supplies Used:
The Paper Studio - 4 Seasons Patterned Paper
Offray Self Adhesive Ribbon
Foam Flower Stickers
Flower Brad
Viva Pearl Pen - Cream
Martha Stewart Metal Rim Tag
Spectrum Noir Marker - BP2
Stickles - Cotton Candy
Pop Dots
If you have time, please visit my friends at Creative, Etc. via this link:  
http://alwaysforever.ning.com
There are some awesomely talented ladies with unique ideas and challenges!! 
Thanks for stopping by ~~ Until next time... (hugs)

March 11, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I received the Liebster Blog Award!!!  
Wow! I took the leap of faith and jumped right into my 1st blog hop this weekend! Little did I know it would also bring my 1st blog award!! Thank you Lisa LeMay at ScrapNooker for making my day a little brighter today! What a wonderful surprise that was! 

"Liebster" is German for "Dearest". The award is a "Share the love arrangement", given to inspirational bloggers with less that 200 followers.

Here's the to do list for any of the Liebster Blog Award recipients.

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you the award .
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

There are so many awesome crafters out there, I hate that I can't give this to every one of them. Alas, this is the list of people I have chosen to give the award to: 

Evila       http://www.frenchconnectiondesigns.blogspot.com/
Sam         http://scrappingwithpirkie.blogspot.com/
Brenda    http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/
Michele   http://chelescrafts.blogspot.com/
Brenda    http://www.friendscraftinwithfriends.blogspot.com/

Copngratulations to these wonderful and extremely talented crafters! I really hope you all find as much inspiration and enjoyment from their blogs as I do!!! Just when I think I have seen every product or technique, I see something new and have so much fun learning through my www friends! Thanks for all the awesome ideas you share ~ Have a wonderful day everyone!

March 10, 2012

Easter Hoppin' Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the Tangled Webs of Tangwen's Easter Hoppin' Blog Hop! In this hop, you will see different projects featuring the holiday that is hoppin' right up on us EASTER!! We hope that you enjoy our blog hop today!
                                                                       

This hop is sponsored by Ginger Snap Scraps, an online store run by stay at home mom Cori Wagner. 

Ginger Snap Scraps

The store will be opening in April!!  Cori is giving away a $20 gift card to the store to one lucky winner.  
You must be a follower of Ginger Snap Scraps, the blog and Tangled Webs of Tangwen in order to win the $20 gift card. Ginger Snap Scraps will carry Cricut products, Echo Park, Lawn Fawn, The Twinery and many more popular brands that you love!

While you were out hoppin' around the sites, I found this great giveaway hidden under a shrub! For this weekend's blog hop, Tangled Webs of Tangwen is giving away this great Easter themed paper pack!

To enter to win this pack, make sure you are a follower of Tangled Webs of Tangwen, leave a message at the Easter Hoppin' blog hop post letting her know!

If you get turned around while you are doing all the hoppin' around here is the list to get you going down the right path again!
1. Missy - http://www.tangledwebsoftangwen.blogspot.com/
2. Barb - http://www.bugbites411.blogspot.com/
3. Cori - http://www.createdbycori.blogspot.com/
4. Lisa - http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com/
5. Angie - http://www.scrapmaniac.blogspot.com/
6. Bonnie - http://www.scrap-n-away.blogspot.com/
7. Michele - http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/


I am the last stop on your Easter Hoppin' Blog hop today ~ I'm so glad you could join us! For today's project, I made a treat box with the Cricut "Life's A Party" cartridge. I added 2 rows of ribbon from the Hobby Lobby Easter ribbon asst. and the flowers were adhered to the top with a CTMH Twinkle Brad - Jolly 21220. I applied an egg sticker to the interior of the lid to hide the brad posts. And last but not least, I filled it with yummy Hershey's kisses! 





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FYI: This was my 2nd post ever as a blog hop participant! In honor of this moment, I would like to give away some BLOG CANDY! These are the buttons I used on Saturday's card. It's not much but I wanted to do a little something to say thank you for hopping along with us today. You do not have to become a follower but that would be sweet if you did! Leave a comment here and check back Monday for the winner announcement. (psst...if you hopped with me yesterday, this is your second chance to win) Have a great day everyone!




March 9, 2012

Easter Hoppin' Blog Hop

Welcome to Tangled Webs of Tangwen's Easter Hoppin' Blog Hop! In this hop, you will see different projects featuring the holiday that is hoppin' right up on us EASTER!! We hope that you enjoy our blog hop today!
                                                                       

This hop is sponsored by Ginger Snap Scraps, an online store run by stay at home mom Cori Wagner. 

Ginger Snap Scraps

The store will be opening in April!!  Cori is giving away a $20 gift card to the store to one lucky winner.  
You must be a follower of Ginger Snap Scraps, the blog and Tangled Webs of Tangwen in order to win the $20 gift card. Ginger Snap Scraps will carry Cricut products, Echo Park, Lawn Fawn, The Twinery and many more popular brands that you love!

While you were out hoppin' around the sites, I found this great giveaway hidden under a shrub! For this weekend's blog hop, Tangled Webs of Tangwen is giving away this great Easter themed paper pack!

To enter to win this pack, make sure you are a follower of Tangled Webs of Tangwen, leave a message at the Easter Hoppin' blog hop post letting her know!

If you get turned around while you are doing all the hoppin' around here is the list to get you going down the right path again!

1. Missy - http://www.tangledwebsoftangwen.blogspot.com/
2. Barb - http://www.bugbites411.blogspot.com/
3. Cori - http://www.createdbycori.blogspot.com/
4. Lisa - http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com/
5. Angie - http://www.scrapmaniac.blogspot.com/
6. Michele - http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

I am the last stop on your Easter Hoppin' Blog hop today ~ I'm so glad you could join us! Have you ever wondered why we color and hide eggs on Easter??? Me too so I looked it up! Long story short.......
Easter Origins
Easter originates from the Saxon festival of Eastre, in 5th century AD, when spring was celebrated as a time of rebirth and fertility. Eggs and rabbits became symbols of this celebration.
Christian Adaptation
Christians adopted the egg as a symbol of Christ's resurrection. Eggs were eaten in the Easter meal to signify the end of Lenten fasting since animal products were not eaten during Lent.
Egg Hunting                
Many cultures hunt eggs to symbolize a new life or good luck to the finder of the eggs. Another belief is that egg hunts originated in 17th century Europe when pagans were forced to hide their eggs to avoid being persecuted by Christians for practicing other religions.
Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs may have originally celebrated sunlight and the bright colors of springtime. One Greek Orthodox legend says a Roman Emperor proclaimed he would believe in the resurrection of Jesus when his eggs turned red, prompting a miracle before his eyes.

Now that we have increased our knowledge base....here is my card creation for today. With storms in the area and power stuttering, I had to come up with something quick! (can you imagine crafting by candlelight? lol that may be a great challenge some day)



Supplies Used:
Purple & Lavender Cardstock
Cricut Plantin Schoolbook (grass)
Hobby Lobby Easter Ribbon Assortment
Hobby Lobby "Happy Easter" stickers
Hobby Lobby Buttons - Dress It Up:  My Little Chickadee #1301 & Bunny Hop #1299 
(If you have never used buttons on your projects before you should try it! There are so many cute ones on the market and they even have a handy $7 tool that cuts the little back thing a ma jig off where you sew it on your fabric so the button will lay flat) http://www.joann.com/favorite-findings-button-shank-remover/prd17142/
The Paper Studio - 2 Seasons Patterned paper (not shown - I used the Easter egg paper on the inside of the card)
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FYI: This was my 1st post ever as a blog hop participant! In honor of this moment, I would like to give away some BLOG CANDY! These are the buttons I used on the card. It's not much but I wanted to do a little something to say thank you for hopping along with us today. You do not have to become a follower but that would be sweet if you did! Leave a comment here and check back Monday for the winner announcement. (psst...check back Sunday for a second chance to win)




CTMH Owl Card

I received a wonderful package from a blog hop win from Jann Schott at



I couldn't wait to use these Close To My Heart Pair-A-Phrase stamps so I made a little card. 



Whoops, my stamp wasn't perfectly straight on my acrylic block but I think it still turned out cute! Here is the list of supplies I used:
Close To My Heart - Pair-A-Phrase Stamp
Close To My Heart Ink - Dutch Blue
Hampton Arts Dye Ink - Pink
Spellbinders #5 Lacy Squares Die
Viva Pearl Pen - Light Green
Paper Studio Pattern Paper & Textured Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers: TN2, TN7, CG2, CT2 (only my 2nd attempt with markers - yeah, I've never seen an orange owl either lol)
Prismacolor Pencil - White
Stickles - Star Dust
Offray Ribbon - Satin Saddle Aqua
Dress It Up Glitter Dots
~~~ Believe in who you are because there is only one YOU in the world ~~~ 








March 5, 2012

Cards for Soldiers - Creating cards that they can send home to loved ones

If you haven't heard of Operation Write Home, you should really check this out. They are always in need of cards for the soldiers to use helping them keep in touch with their families and friends. At the moment, they are asking us to create Mother's Day cards for the active duty men and women to send home to their mother.   You can visit their website here  http://www.operationwritehome.org/index.html or click on one of my link buttons on the right. Why not do something good with the hobby we love!! The site has tutorials and live webcasts as well as freebies so take a minute and let me know what you think! To the men and women who are, and have, defended our country....THANK YOU!

Craftaholics R Us Challenge #28

Challenge #28 ~ Beach The beach IS my happy place so I was more than willing to be a guest designer for this week's challenge!...