Friday, September 30, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #14 Welcome Baby

This week the challenge over at Cricut 360 is Welcome Baby. The challenge is to use any Cricut cartridge to make a baby card, but use white, embossing, and pastel colors.

One of my favorite baby type carts is Baby Steps.
I embossed the white paper and then lightly rubbed over it to give a blue effect to the raised dots. 

hope you wills top over and link up a project. 

Here's how I did it...
Paper from my stash
Base card cut using elegant Edges sized to 4.25" x 5.5" on my gypsy
Baby clothes/layers cut at 3" from Baby Steps
Swiss dots embossing folder
Ribbon from Stampin Up
Button brads from my stash
Sentiment from MPS Sweet Baby Stamp set

Thursday, September 29, 2011

BugBites Magic Spells and Mistletoe Stamps sets are shipping now.

I have you had not placed your order for the the new BugBites stamp sets, you can do it now. 
I will be working all day tomorrow to get stamp sets shipped that have been order so far. 


Click here to order to start making those  holiday cards. I hope you enjoy them.

More great cards using the NEW BugBites Mistletoe stamp set

Good morning everyone. If you missed the big reveal of the BugBites Mistletoe and Magic Spells stamp sets, click here. 

You can purchase each set by going to the Stamps tab at the top of my blog. 

In the mean time, here are a few more fabulous designs from my guest designers, Sarah, Jessica and Carrie.



Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New BugBites Stamp Sets Revealed!!

Welcome back and yes, this is finally the post for the big reveal!!!

There will still be a few projects posted tomorrow from my guest designers. They have been just the busiest little bugs and have done such an amazing job. 

But now for what you and I have been waiting for. 

BugBites Magic Spells

 BugBites Mistletoe
Links to purchase the new Stamps and my previous stamp set, All Year Round, can be found under the "Stamps" heading at the top of my blog.

I hope you like them!!

BugBites Magic Spells Final Sneak Peak.

Yeah- today is the big day. I finally get to reveal both stamp sets and make them available to you today.
First I have a couple projects from my wonderful guest designers. 
Sarah and CallyAnn.

Oh my gosh- all the Guest Designers have done such a fantastic job with these stamps. I don't have words enough to thank them for helping me show you the possibilities. Thank you Sarah, Holly, and CallyAnn!


Let the ladies know that they did a great job by hopping over to their blogs to see the details on these wonderful projects. 

Back in a bit with the big reveal!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More Mistletoe Sneak Peaks!

Good morning everyone.

Jessica and Sarah are back with some more great cards featuring my new Mistletoe stamp set. 

I will be reviewing the complete stamp sets, Magic Spells and Mistletoe,  tomorrow.

in the meantime, check out what Jessica and Sarah did ...

 See you back here tomorrow!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Turtles and Ice Cream!

If you are not aware- I have been traveling the last few days and am in Cancun. The temperatures are very warm and we have had some rain, but the afternoon sun has been perfect for laying by the pool and on the beach. Even did some snorkling this morning.

But, the coolest thing of the trip was when the bellman told us of a turtle release earlier tonight right on the hotel beach. So, we took a detour from our dinner route to the beach.

Two turtle nests had hatched late this afternoon near the hotel beach resulting in about 300 baby sea turtles.

You can see the babies in one of two boxes of turtles brought  to the beach to release.
The hotel staff then let us hold the babies and place them on the beach so they could walk into the ocean.

Not every day you get to release sea turtles into the ocean. The sad part is that  maybe 10% of these baby turtles, if lucky, will survive to be an adult turtle.

The hotel told us there are about another 2000 eggs yet to hatch!

Now the night could not get any better unless it involved fondue and ice cream. Yup, your reading right. After dinner my husband and I splurged at a Hagen Daas  ice cream shop. They had what they call ice cream fondue.

Look at this desert- so yummy. 
Those are 16 mini ice cream balls in 4 flavors on the left, and apples, cookies, bananas and brownies on the right with strawberry sauce and warm milk chocolate for dipping. Oh my!!!

So sad when vacations end but you take home great memories like these.
I just had to share this with you all.

Have a great night!

More BugBites Magic Spells Projects from the Fantastic Guest Designers

Hey all, I am back with a second post today.
If you are looking fro my Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday post, Click here.

As promised, Sarah and Holly are back with a couple more projects and are joined today with some projects from CallyAnn of CallyAnn's Crafty Creations. 
All guest designers projects feature stamps from my new BugBites Magic Spells Stamp set. 
Just a couple more days until the big reveal of the entire set!

Be sure to jump over to each designers blog for details about their project and leave them a comment telling them what you think.


Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my projects from the Mistletoe guest designers. Then we are in the home stretch to the big reveal.

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday # 79 -Leaves are Falling

Happy Monday.  Monday's sure come quickly don't they. 

The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday challenge this week is to make a project with leaves on it in celebration of the fall season.
I think fall is beginning to be one of my favorite season. I don't like that winter is close behind it, but do like the feel and smell of the fall air, the fall colors and the great fall foods.

So my card for this challenge is quite simple. 
I found this cute pattern leaf paper the other day- it is so cute. 
I didn't want to take away from that so just added the maple leaves and a little sentiment.

Hope you will join us this week for a leafy fall project.

Here's how I did it...
Standard A2 card base
Leaves/layers cut at 3/75" from CM Cheerful Season
Textured Textiles and Divine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folders
Twine from Twinery
Sentiment from BugBites All Year Round stamp set

Sunday, September 25, 2011

BugBites Mistletoe Stamp set and Guest Designers

Here we are at day two of my guest designer sneak peak projects for the new BugBites stamp sets. 

Today, Guest Designers, Jessica from Chick-n-Scrap, Carrie from the Doubleclick Connections and I have some projects using the BugBites Mistletoe stamp set that will be available next week.

It is so fun to see what everyone comes up with. I am always amazed at the diversity of projects.  Please stop over and visit Jessica and Carrie and let them know what you think of their designs. 

More projects from Carrie and Jessica shortly.

And here is my little card.....

Here's how I did it...
Standard A2 base 
Paper from my stash
Lamb/layers cut at 3.75" from Animal Kingdom
Wreath/layers cut at 2.5" from Joys of the Season
Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder
Face from PKS
Ribbon from my stash
Stickles, chalk and sticker beads
Sentiment from BugBites Mistletoe stamp set

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Magic Spell Guest Designers

Good morning everyone. As you are enjoying your morning coffee, I hope you will take the time to visit my guest designer blogs today. 

They have been playing with my new stamp sets and over the next few days we will showcase their designs as we lead up to the big reveal of the complete stamp sets. 

So to start things off, Holly over at Ribbon's and Glue, and Sarah from Sarah's Stamping and Stuff have been playing with the BugBites Magic Spells stamp set. They have done an amazing job with these projects. 

Please hop over to each of their blogs today to get all the details on their projects and leave them a comment if you like what you see. 

Both ladies will be back in a few days with some more projects using the this stamp set.

Back with more fun tomorrow.

Friday, September 23, 2011

BugBites Stamp set give a way

Hey everyone. The day is almost gone. 
I have been busy creating in my craft room for some sneak peaks for my new stamps next week. Yes, I think they are finally going to be here. So just a few more days and then I can reveal them all to you. So hang in there with me.

In the meantime, the challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut this week is a Pirate's Life and the prize is my very own All Year Round Stamp Set

There are a lot of carts with Pirate things on.
So if you have not already gotten this set and want a chance to win it, get a pirate project together and link it up here. There aren't many entries so far so the odds are good right now.

You can always purchase it if you can't wait, just click the button on the right side of my blog.  

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fang - tastic it is my Friday!

Yup-it's only Thursday but today is my Friday. I am off work til Wednesday. Although I am already worried about all the work I have to do.

I am looking forward to tomorrow. Some shopping at the local craft store, crafting and lunch with a friend.

My Pink Stamper has a call for projects using her Spook-alicious stamp set and Peachy Keen has a fun sketch challenge going.

Oh- a little side note... congrats to my blogger friend, Sarah,  for winning the last Peachy Keen Challenge- Wahoo!!!

OK- back to my card...I put the two challenges together and out came my batty friend.

This was a fun challenge so you should all link something up.

Here's to hoping you all have a great fall weekend.

Here's how I did it...
Base card is 6.5" 3.25"
Pattern paper from Echo and Bazzill all other from my stash
Bat Boy/layers cut at 2.75" from Mini Monsters
Twine from Twinery
Google eys and glossy accents for mask and wings
Sentiment from MPS Spook-alicious stamp set

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A spooky Group

Well it is Wednesday- where do the days go.

I wanted to post this earlier today, but just did not get time. 

So here is a spooky little group wishing you a happy Wednesday. 

I couldn't help but use a sentiment from my new stamp set, Magic Spells which will be available soon!

Watch next week for the release and some great projects from some very special guest designers. Maybe even a few peaks this weekend.

You'll have to wait and see.

Here's how I did it....
Standard A2 card base
Paper from my stash
Monsters/layers all sized on my Gypsy at 1.92" from Mini Monsters cart
Cuttlebug folders; Divine Swirls, Seeing Spots, Swiss Dots, Moroccan Screen
Sentiment from BugBites Magic Spells stamp set

Monday, September 19, 2011

Finally a Challenge Project

Wow- seems like forever that I sat down and did a project to link up to a challenge out there.   
My Sheri Crafts has a challenge to use stitching on a project.

I took a break from my scrap retreat projects to give one of my new stamps sets some attention while being inspired for this challenge.

The sentiment on this card is from my new Magic Spells stamp set.
I am so excited about this set and the Mistletoe set. I can't wait to get them so I can make them available to all of you. Soon, I promise. 

Here's how I did it...
Standard A2 card base
Pattern paper from Teresa Collins and Cosmo Cricket
Pumpkin kid/layers cut at 3.25" from Mini Monsters
Drippy goo MS punch
CM tearing tool for grass along with my crimper
Face from Peachy Keen Make a Monster face stamp set
Sentiment from BugBites Magic Spells stamp set
Chalk and gel pen for stitching

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday # 78 -A Pirate's Life

Another Monday and time for a Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday Challenge.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty busy. I have been working on scrapbook retreat items. I still have a lot left to do. It was gloomy and rainy yesterday so I didn't feel so bad staying in my scrap room. 

So with the Pirate theme in mind for this weeks challenge, here is a birthday card.

I think it turned out kinda cute. 

I look forward to seeing what you come up with for this fun theme. 

Here's how I did it....
Standard A2 card base
Base paper is kraft paper and all other paper is from my stash
Bird/layers cut at 4" from 3 Birds on Parade
Tag cut at 1" from Once Upon A Princess
Mat embossed with Skeleton Scroll embossing folder
Sentiment from SMS Designers Choice stamp set
Twine from Twinery

Saturday, September 17, 2011

More Guest Designers and a Mistletoe Quick Flash!

Thank you to all of you that left a comment on quick flash post for my new stamp sets. 

Here is another teaser for the second stamp set I will be releasing later this month....
It is called

The following two designers will be getting the opportunity to play with this stamp set and design some projects to show you the days before the big release in a couple weeks.

Jessica from Chick-n-Scrap


Carrie from DoubleClick Connections AKA Abusybee 

Ladies- please email me your snail mail address so 
I can get the stamps and further details out to you. 

I wish everyone a wonderful fall weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #12 Native American day

Another Friday is here. Where do the weeks go. Can't complain, Friday is my favorite day of the week- well, perhaps Saturday is my real favorite.

The weather her in MN sure is feeling like fall with temps as low as the 30's in the evening. I even had to  put the slippers and wool sweater on in the house today.

So this weeks challenge over at Cricut 360 is to make a project or to celebrate Native American day which is September 19.

So this is what I came up with.

Hope you'll give this challenge a shot-- I know it is a real challenge but I know you all can do it!

Here's How I did it...

Standard A2 card
Paper from my scrap stash
Native American/layers cut at 4" from Thanksgiving cartridge
Mat embossed with Leafy Branch Cuttlebug folder
Sentiment typed and printed from my computer on kraft paper
Brads and ribbon from my stash
Chalk and pop dots

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest Designer's Selected and a Quick Flash!

Thank you to all of you that left a comment on my first quick flash post for one of my new stamp sets. 

First here is another quick flash for that stamp set....It is called

The following two designers will be getting the opportunity to play with this stamp set and design some projects to show you the days before the big release.


If you want a chance to play with my new stamps first, there is still time to leave a comment on my other quick flash post by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another Quick Flash!

Good Morning everyone!

I am in lovely Des Moines, Iowa today on business so trying to get this post up quickly before I have to head over to the office for meetings. 
It is a beautiful fall day here.
I hope you saw my Quick Flash post a few days ago. If not, you can click here to see it.

So today, I have another Quick Flash.

It's a another new stamp set!

It is in production now  and hope to be able to show it to you in the next couple weeks as soon as I get them from the manufacturer. 

Keep watching for more Quick Flashes over the next week. 

I am looking for a couple designers to give this set  a test run as well. 
If you are interested in trying them out by designing some projects using this new stamp set, please leave me a comment on this post with your email address of where to contact you. 

If you are chosen, I will send you a proof sheet of the stamps in exchange for you to design 2 projects that will be featured on my blog when I  announce the complete set. 

You have until Friday September 16 to leave me a comment for consideration. 
Projects will need to be completed by September 26.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday # 77 - Make Some Music

It's Monday and time for another Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday Challenge.

This weeks challenge is about Music. Make a project with a musical instrument or music note on it. 

I was so excited because I recently got the Quarter Note cartridge. I have been eyeing it for a while and finally broke down and ordered it. Not sure why or how often I will use it but here was my chance to use it the first time. 

I love the look of pink and black together.
I look forward to seeing your musical creations. 

Here's How I did it...
Standard A2 card base
Music note paper from Creative Imaginations
Pink pattern paper from Echo Paper
Music note/layers cut at 4.25" from Quarter Note cartridge
Sentiment from MPS Music Speaks stamp set
Twine from the Twinery
Doodles with my glitter gel pen

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Quick Flash!

Hey everyone--hope you are all enjoying the weekend. The weather in MN is very warm today- I guess this is one of our last summer days since the forecast is to cool down this next week. 

I just got back from Lake Tahoe last night and am heading to Iowa for a couple days on business tomorrow. So that is why my posts have been a bit hit or miss. 

So today, I want to share with you what I have been working on. 

It's a new stamp set!
It is in production as I write and hope to be able to show it to you in the next couple weeks as soon as I get them from the manufacturer. 

I am so pleased with this set and so excited for you to use it as well. 

Keep watching for more Quick Flashes over the next week. 

I am looking for a couple designers to give them a test run. If you are interested in trying them out by designing some projects using this new stamp set, please leave me a comment on this post with your email address of where to contact you. 

If you are chosen, I will send you a proof sheet of the stamps in exchange for you to design 2 projects that will be featured on my blog when I  announce the complete set. 

You have until Wednesday September 14 to leave me a comment for consideration. 
Projects will need to be completed by September 23.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #11 For a Heroe... Commemorating 9/11

Yeah it's Friday!!

And before I write anything more, I have to say Happy Birthday to my son. 
He turns 23 today. 
Where has the time gone! 

ok, now onto today's business.

We have another great challenge this week over at Cricut 360
This week the challenge is about commemorating all the heroes of 9/11.

9/11 is one of those days in our history that we all will remember exactly where we were and what we were doing on that day.  

The days that followed, I remember feeling proud to be an American.  These may be song lyrics, but it is true. 
How the country came together those weeks that followed was amazing.

It is an honor to create a card to remember the many heroes of that day, the friends & families effected and the lives lost.

So here is my card- patriotic colors of course.

Here's how I did it...

Standard A2 size card
Paper from Memory Keepers Yankee Doodle 6x6 stack
Medallion/layers cut at 4" from Independence Day Cart
Sentiment from MPS Freedom Rocks Stamp set
Ribbon from my stash
Stickles and chalk

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Trip photos- finally.

Who knew it would take me so long to get the photos from my great adventure overseas off the camera and posted. Well, better late than never.

So here are a few photos from the Mediterranean cruise I was on a few weeks back.
Liberty of the Seas- Our home for the week
Famous Casino in Monte Carlo- look at those cars!
Tower of Pisa
yes, everyone has to try one of those funny tower pictures.
Huge lemons in Sorento- they are known for all the lemons. This was in a candy shop that had lemon chocolate covered almond candies. Of course, I bought some!
Pizza making for lunch in Sorento-YUM!

Colosseum in Rome- Amazing!
Me and a colleague, Maria, in Rome by the Trevi Fountain

Throwing a coin and making a wish at the Trevi fountain- "more scrap stuff, please"

 St. Peter's Square in Rome

What beautiful places. I will need go back to each place and speed some time. The food, the architecture and the people are all wonderful.

Ok- so traveling again the rest of this week for work, so tonight I need to spend some time with Cricut so I have something to post the rest of the week.

I have been crafting but working on things for my scrapbook retreat that is coming up in October.

It is a Halloween theme so lots of fun "spooky" stuff. I will let you all in on it after the retreat. Can't let any of my secrets out since these ladies read my blog- at least I think they do.

Have a great day.