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/.

October 9, 2014

A2Z Scrapbooking WCMD Challenges 2 & 3

In my opinion, every day should be World Card Making Day! Just sayin.... :-)

I had never tried the die cut on the front of a card. I really like the way this turned out.
Challenge 2  - Anything Goes

Tree Die, Tree & Sentiment ~ Hero Arts - Stamp & Cut Christmas Tree
Inks ~ Hero Arts - Hero Hues: Punch & Shadow Ink: Field Greens
Self Adhesive Gems ~ Hero Arts Hero Hues: Red & Green
Ribbon & Star Gem ~ From My Stash

I am entering this in the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge White Out category!

Challenge 3 - Anything but a card
Love doesn't always have to be about romance right? Take this next project for instance. I started to trash this project and do something else because I wasn't happy with the way copics "bled" under the stencil. But, I kept pressing on and think it turned out pretty cute anyway!

What's not to love about M & M's! I added a bookmark to the tag to be used when all the yummy goodness is gone. I think I will go back and adhere the Love tag to the bookmark with foam tape. You can' tell by this picture but I added shimmer to the bookmark and tag with a glitter pen.
Tag & Sentiment ~ Hero Arts - Stamp & Cut Joy Tags
Ink ~ Hero Arts - Butter Bar Shadow Ink
Hero Arts Rain Dance Pattern Stencil
Twine ~ Hero Arts Craft Twine
Ribbon ~ Offray
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
Self Adhesive Gems ~ From My Stash

There is still plenty of time to enter the A2Z Scrapbooking World Card Making Day challenges! It all starts here! 
Thanks for stopping by :-)

October 5, 2014

A2Z Scrapbooking World Card Making Day Challenges

I spent most of the WCMD with my sweet mother yesterday so I am catching up on all of the inspiration from around the web!  A2Z Scrapbooking had 3 great challenges to inspire our creativity.

Challenge 1 ~ Use Aqua, White & Silver

Sentiment: Hero Arts Operation Write Home Stamp Set LP277
Aqua Paper: Hero Arts Pool
Silver Paper: Hygloss Metallic Foil Paper
Background: Hero Arts Rain Dance Pattern Stencil
Ink: Hero Arts Hero Hues Ocean
Die: Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Rectangles
Ribbon: Darice Metallic Shear Silver
Flower :Emagination Flower Punch & The Paper Studio
Silver Embossing Powder
Self Adhesive Gems
Star Brad
If you are searching for Hero Arts products, be sure and check A2Z Scrapbooking first for the best selection and prices!!
The next challenge is Anything Goes.....hmmmmm decisions, decisions. See you soon! 

October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day 2014

I know you have a lot of places to go and cards to see today so no details posted today. Operation Write Home asked us to make LOVE cards on this special day. I will post them later :-)

If you would like to help Operation Write Home with sending cards to our deployed military, click here for details on the current needs.  Click here or on the OWH banner at the top of this post to return to the hop lineup! 

The last one was created for the Words 2 Scrap By Paved with Paw Prints Challenge! They are giving away 2 of Sandy Allnock's oh-so-cute and must have stamp sets! Wish me luck 'cause I so want them!!! Click the link above and go have a peek!!

I hope you have a super duper crafty day!

Challenge #32 ~ Ocean Life

Hello and welcome to challenge #32 showcasing ocean life! For this card, I used the adorable Fintastic Friends stamp set from Lawn Fa...