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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tacky Tuesday Challenge #7 - Nice to SEA You!

Below is my entry in the TT Challenge #7...We were challenged to make a card using a sea creature and include the word "sea" in our sentiment.  I made this card as a thank you card for my family that I just visited.  I just love how the fish turned out.  I used the Create a Critter cartridge and some holographic (is that a word?!  LOL!) paper.  Not sure where I found the paper, but I love making accents with sparkly this case, I made sparkly fish scales.

The sentiment reads...
Fun and kind of challenge! :)  Enjoy and hope you find some time to get crafty.


I just love hops...because you get to see creative projects and get inspired to show off some of your own.  I have been invited to participate in the Scraps Blog Hop, where we are challenge to make projects using our scraps.  Should be fun!  Hope you can join us...More details to follow.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hula Birthday Card

My niece had a Hula Bday Party the other day, so I took advantage of my newly acquired (won on  a blog hop) Luau Cricut cartridge.  I had a lot of fun with this card.  For the hula girl, it was like putting together a puzzle.  Basically, the cartridge has two options.  One for cutting the entire girl out and another option is to cut her arms, legs (skin).  I ended up cutting out 4 get various colors.  I used plain white as the base, then a turquoise blue (to match the aloha print paper), then a beige for the skin, and black for the hair.  I am sure there was probably a simpler less cut way of doing this...but I was in too much of a hurry to think that logically.  LOL!  Nevertheless, I like how it turned out!

I cut out a 4 x 12 strip of paper and then scored it at 4in and 8in to make two flaps for a bi-fold card.  On the first inside flap, I added the same turquoise paper with a few cut outs that came with the aloha paper pack.  

 I love the way the blues all tied together...
Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of the inside of the card.  For the inside, I cut out the word "aloha" in 2 1/2 inches using the same Luau cartridge.  I used gold Martha Stewart Glitter to make the word BLING.  Then, I added a little "pocket" using a scrap of the aloha paper just the right size for some money..the best gift for a teen.  I like this card so much...I plan to make several more. :) 

Hope you are enjoying some fun in the sun! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Blog Hop Winners!





I have both of your contact info and will be emailing you shortly to request your mailing address.  Thanks to everyone who joined this hop and for the awesome bloggers who showed off their fabulous talent...which seemed to outshine mine...Hmmph!  LOL  What can I say?!  I have talented blog friendzzz!  Have a great week...Until next time!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

June To Do List

In preparing for the blog hop today, I found so many cool things that I was hoping to work on...but I only had time for one (Martha Stewart Glitter).  You can see my project at the "What's New?!" Blog Hop.  To help me organize what I would like to work on next, I decided to create a Craft "To Do" list each month.  I make lists for so many other things...this just made sense.  It's also just practical for me to post what I'd like to do...because otherwise I will just forget.  So here goes:

1.  Dora Thank You cards...My daughter's bday was LAST month, and I am extremely overdue in making those.  Thankfully, I only have 5 to make.

 2.  Martha Stewart Scoring Board.  My goal for this month is to learn how to MAKE my own envelopes using this board.  From what I can tell on YouTube, it should be fairly easy...but I am one who has trouble refolding a map...Let's hope I can figure this out.

3.  Purple Cards for a Cause...(Click icon above to check out the blog hop).  Domestic Violence prevention is near and dear to my heart.  When I discovered that there was a blog hop benefitting this cause, I had to participate.  My goal is to make 2 purple cards and envelopes before June 30.

4.  I also have a wedding and two birthday cards to get done for July.  Also, hope to fit some scrapbooking somewhere among all this, as well. 

It's a lot to get done for me with my schedule...but I am pretty determined.  What do you have planned for this month?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

What's New?!

Hi and Welcome to the "What's New?!" Blog Hop...where we were challenged to try something new (a new product and technique new to us) and feature it on our blog.  We have a great line up of brave and crafty bloggers:

****(There is a change to the blog list...)***
You are here: --> 1. Angie,
2. Jennifer,
3. Angela,  (Angela has been without power. Please proceed to Belinda's Blog)
4. Belinda,
5.  Heather,
6. Amanda,
7. Mary,
8. Crystal,

**Ok....YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN SOME GREAT BLOG CANDY...SEE BELOW...but you must leave every blogger a comment AND in your comment share a crafting technique or product that is new to you that you would like to try out.  It doesn't have to be one that we featured...**

Here's are the items I decided to try out:  First one- A Martha Stewart Glitter kit from Michael's...the word "GLITTER" and the butterflies caught my attention!  I have never tried the "glitter technique" before...I usually just buy glittery paper or Stickles. 

I also picked this cool Cricut cartridge that I won as blog candy during a blog hop from  She rocks...check her out!

These two products seem to define my personality.  Things that sparkle make me happy and being a Hawaiian living in Georgia, I am drawn to anything with a Hawaiian I was excited to try out both of these products for this blog hop.

The glitter kit included everything I could need to make the project, but I also bought the glitter trays to alleviate as much mess as possible.  The kit includes an instruction booklet filled with design ideas and tips.  Being a simple minded crafter, I appreciated the simplicity of this project...It brought me back to Kindergarten....only cooler!
I started with the Monarch butterfly chipboard.  Using the little glue tube, I put a small amount of glue in the middle of the butterfly and then spread it with the sponge included in the kit.  Then, using the "Orange Sherbet" glitter and tray, I sprinked the glitter on the butterfly.  I wanted to see the difference, so I took a picture of half with, half without.
When I saw what the glitter did to the butterfly, I was hooked.  The photos don't give it justice.  I love the way the butterfly sparkles in the light and when you pick it up.  I basically followed the instructions and made a similar card to the one in the book....
Although I am not very happy with this card design, I just loved the glitter effect...I then made another glittery card by incorporating my new Luau Cricut cartridge...I cut out the word, "Aloha" and added the gold and tourmalene glitter (I didn't even know that was a color...that Martha!).  I put it on white paper and Aloha print paper.  I like how it all turned out.  I will try the other Luau shapes soon.  I love the Hula girl and palm trees...
My friend's daughter, Ashleigh, was over to help....When she heard me "OOoing and Awwing" over the glitter, she begged to make a butterfly, too....
She went a "LITTLE" crazy with the at one point, I teased her about going all "Lady Gaga" on me...
This sparked an idea for a card...
Ash went nuts with the glitter and "Gaga'd" up the photo and the word "Gaga."  The glittery black on the red paper really looked pretty cool.  I think Lady Gaga would be so proud...especially when I walked into the bathroom and gasped to see glitter all over my face and shirt!  LOL...glitter is fun but messy...Have fun, my friends!

Ok, now's your chance to win some CANDY!!!!...well, blog candy that is:  
[ will determine who the winners will be.  Don't forget must leave comments at every bloggers site, mention what new product or technique you are intersted in trying, AND please leave a web or blog site where I can contact you if you win!]

FIRST PRIZE!  $20 Gift Certificate to:

THANKS FOR HOPPING WITH US....YOUR NEXT STOP IS the wonderfully crafty and awesome... 

(Don't forget to visit every blogger on the list above and leave everyone a comment...for a chance to win prizes.)

Friday, June 10, 2011

What's New Blog Hop...THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH

How many times have you jumped into a blog hop and said, "That's so cool...I want to try that some time." Then, weeks go by and you move onto other things...and miss out on trying a new product or technique.

...For this blog hop, we were challenged to open that NEW download, stamps, punches, markers, or Cricut cartridge...AND check out the web for cool NEW ideas and NEW techniques!

Join us this Saturday to see what we found! Nothing is better than a fun learning experience! Here is the blog list:

Start Here: --> 1. Angie,
2. Jennifer,
3. Angela,
4. Belinda,
5. Katie,
6. Heather,
7. Amanda,
8. Mary,
9. Crystal,

I will have blog candy!!!!!!  ....See you Saturday!