Monday, May 30, 2011

It's "Challenge Time" !

I just had the greatest weekend!  My husband and I decided not to go anywhere for the Memorial Day weekend.  So while my husband was working in the backyard (his favorite hobby), I got plenty of time in my scrapbook room (my favorite hobby).  So this week I will share with you some of what I created for a few of my favorite challenges that are going on right now.

First up is the project I had the absolute most fun making ever!  I am going to enter it into two different challenges:  the first one is the Cricut Circle Blog ~ May Magazine Challenge #1 : Imaginisce Sponsor Contest and the second is the Creative Critterz Imaginations ~ Father's Day Challenge.

The rules for the Cricut Circle Blog ~ May Magazine Challenge #1 - Imaginisce Sponsor Contest are: Use at least 4 Cricut image cuts from any cartridge and at least 3 Imaginisce products like their paper, I-top, I-rock, stickers, ribbon or any other product they produce.  ***The winner of this contest will receive the new E2 and a gift bag of product from Imaginisce.  HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!?!?!

The rules for the Creative Critterz Imaginations ~ Father's Day Challenge are: Use your Cricut Imagine and make anything Father's Day related; submit your entry and visitors will VOTE on their favorite.  ***The entry with the most votes will win the YUMMY Imagine Cartridge.  Wahoo...that would be a great addition to my new Imagine cartridge library!

So here is my creation...it's actually not a layout...it's a giant 12x12 Father's Day card for my dad.  He loves to go camping and the two of us used to always go fishing when I was little....some of my most favorite memories :)


Ok...where to begin...the main scenic layout (which includes the lake, the dock, the trees, the mountains and some of the grass) is cut from the Campin' Critters ~ Cricut cartridge.  This is absolutely the cutest cartridge!!!  The trail sign, the deer and the moose are also cut from the Campin' Critters ~ Cricut cartridge...like I said...too cute!  The clouds are cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge.  The rock is cut from the Old West ~ Cricut cartridge.  And the sun is cut from the Life Is A Beach ~ Cricut cartridge.  **Note that I used my Gypsy and the "Hide Contour" feature to remove the sun's face.




Now, in order to qualify for the Creative Critterz Imaginations challenge - you have to use the Cricut Imagine in your Father's Day project - here are the cartridges I used:  The blue sky background is printed from the Blossom ~ Imagine cartridge.  The clouds are printed from the Lori's Garden ~ Imagine cartridge.  The bright blue water is printed from the Blast Off ~ Imagine cartridge.  The light green for the tree tops, the grass, part of the fish and part of the backpack are cut from the Blossom ~ Imagine cartridge.  And the sand is printed from the Buccaneer ~ Imagine cartridge.

And in order to qualify for the Cricut Circle ~ May Magazine Challenge #1 : Imaginisce Sponsor Contest you have to use 3 of their products - here is what I used:  The crimson patterned paper in the background is Happy Camper ~ Don't Feed the Bears.  The orange patterned paper for the sun is Happy Camper ~ Fresh Air.  The brown patterned paper for the one mountain and the trees is Happy Camper ~ Gone Fishing.  The dark green patterned paper for the mountains, part of the fish and part of the backpack are Happy Camper ~ Fireside Fun.  The camper, two tents, camp fire, canoe, bird and squirrel are from Happy Camper ~ Fresh Air.  This particular piece of patterned paper in the newly released Imaginisce ~ Happy Camper collection is full of all kinds of fun images.  One of my favorite things to do...is cut out little images like these from a piece of patterned paper and use them as individual embellishments to decorate a layout or card.  Isn't my little camping scene just the cutest??  I also used my I-rock and added clear gems to the trail sign to look like nails; a clear gem for the eye on the fish; and a dark gem on the backpack to look like a button.  And one final Imaginisce product that might be hard for you to spot....flowers.  I had an I-rock embellishment kit which included a stencil, gems and flowers.  I took a couple of the green flowers from the kit and distressed them with Color Box ~ Chestnut Roan ink.  Then I folded them in half to look like bushes.




 A couple of other quick items to note:  I handcut some extra grass and mountains on each side of the scene to extend it all the way to the edges.  I added some faux stitching around the tree tops with my white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen.  The Father's Day trail sign info I printed out on my computer.  I added yellow Stickles to the spots on the sun and to the camp fire.  And of course what project would be complete without my favorite googlie eyes on the deer and the moose.

Well, that's it.  I sure hope my dad likes it (I'm putting some fun gift cards on the back - so that should help LOL).  Wish me luck in the Cricut Circle ~ May Magazine Challenge #1 : Imaginisce Sponsor ContestI would really love to win a new E2, not to mention the goodie bag of Imaginisce products!  Oh, and don't forget - if you want to vote for me over at Creative Critterz Imaginations ~ Father's Day Challenge click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay tuned for more Challenge projects this week.  See you soon.

~Cassandra

ps....there is a link problem over at Creative Critterz Imaginations....so my entry isn't up yet...make sure and check back there because I will put it up as soon as I can....don't forget to vote :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Final Day ~ Honoring the US Armed Forces...

Today is our final day this week of supporting our US Armed Forces.  Here is the last card....well actually it's the same card done two different ways.


For this first card: the card base and all the cardstock are from Recollections.  The yellow ribbon is from Paper Trey Ink.  The heart brads in the center of the ribbons are from Making Memories.  And the sentiment at the bottom of the card is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Thinking of You stamp set.

I had to make a new version of the card after I learned that it's not good to send a card to our troops that has little metal thingies in it (the government doesn't like that - oops).  So here is the newer version:


Once again, the card base and all the cardstock are from Recollections.  The red, white and blue strips are embossed with the Stars ~ Cuttlebug folder.  The ribbons are cut from the Stand and Salute ~ Cricut cartridge; with a simple star stamped at the center of the ribbon which is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Season's Greetings stamp set.   And the sentiment at the bottom of the card is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Thinking of You stamp set.

Well, that's it.  I hope you have enjoyed the focus of this week - Honoring our US Armed Forces.  I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend.  And don't forget to remember those who have served, are serving or will serve in our US Armed Forces and take a moment to thank them for all they do for us.

Until next time...
~Cassandra

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Remembering our US Armed Forces cont'd...

Our US Armed Forces fight for our FREEDOM every day.  Here's another card to thank them for that:


The card base and all of the cardstock are from Recollections.  The white cardstock is embossed with the Stars ~ Cuttlebug folder.  The star shape is cut from the Home Decor ~ Cricut cartridge.  The heart in the center is an old punch from my stash.  The "Freedom"  is cut from the Independence Day ~ Cricut cartridge.  There is a little penwork on the navy blue star with my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  And there is a small star stamped in the middle of all the embossed stars and that stamp is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Season's Greetings stamp set.

I have one more card for you tomorrow.  Until then...

~Cassandra

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge #32

Hi everybody!  I know that I promised another card in honor of our troops and the upcoming Memorial Day, but I had to take a slight detour in order to enter another challenge.  So stay tuned and I will be back with another card to support our troops.

And now..it's time for the Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge #32 - Sketch Challenge:

The Challenge:  "Use the provided sketch to create a project.  Feel free to turn it on it’s side, simplify or combine a few of the elements together for a card or home decor project, etc. You are welcome to create anything as long as we can see that you used the sketch as your inspiration.  Have fun!"  The project must also include at least 2 Cricut Image cuts.


I have a lot of birthdays coming up around me, so I decided to make a brithday card for a friend.  Here is my take on the challenge sketch:


The card base and all of the cardstock are from Recollections.  All of the birthday candles, the red scallop circle and the white circle inside the scallop are cut from the Birthday Bash ~ Cricut cartridge.  The Happy Birthday 2U stamps are from Technique Tuesday.  The little green brads are from Making Memories.  The black and white polka dot ribbon is from Michaels.  And of course the flames on the candles glisten with a touch of Star Dust Stickles.  Oh...and who can forget the awesome Martha Stewart ~ Drippy Goo punch

That's it for today...wish me luck in the challenge :)  And don't forget to stay tuned for more celebration of our Armed Forces.  Until next time...

~Cassandra

Honoring the US Armed Forces cont'd...

I'm back again with another card in honor of our US Armed Forces and the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.


The card base and all of the cardstock are from Recollections.  The "Freedom" and all of the stars are cut from the Stand and Salute ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added a little detail with my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  And the "Thank You" sentiment is from the My Pink Stamper ~ Friends & Family stamp set.

There you have it - another simple card to honor and support our troops.  See you tomorrow...

~Cassandra

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

THANK YOU - US Armed Forces

Memorial Day is in one week.  So to honor those who have served, are serving or will serve in the US Armed Forces.....this week is for you.

Whenever I see a call for cards to Support Our Troops - I always like to participate.  This week I will show you some of the cards I have made in the past.

I will start with my favorite:


The card base and all of the cardstock are from Recollections.  The "I *heart* the USA" is cut from the Independence Day ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added some detail and penwork with my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  The white cardstock behind the image is embossed with the Stars ~ Cuttlebug folder.  And the "Thank You" sentiment stamped around the edges is from the My Pink Stamper ~ Family & Friends stamp set.

That's it - I made all the cards I will show you this week super simple...that way I can quickly make 10-20 of them at time.  Hope you like it.  Until next time...

~Cassandra

Sunday, May 22, 2011

PKS - Let's Face It Friday Challenge: Organize It!

It's challenge time again....and boy is this challenge right up my alley!!!  This is the Peachy Keen Stamps - Let's Face It Friday Challenge.  And the theme is "Organize It!"  Being a little OCD myself...you don't have to ask me twice to enter this one LOL.

The challenge is to create any project with "ORGANIZATION" as the focus.  And the project MUST include the use of Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Faces stamps.  You can create chore lists, to do lists, storage ideas...the list is endless really.  Well, my choice is: storage.  I have been wanting to do this for months and now I have the perfect motivation (a PKS contest-YIPPEE)!

In my scrapbook room, under one of my tables, I have a 6 drawer rolling unit that right now is full of odds and ends, but I would like to turn it into a storage unit for my paper scraps....we all have tons of those don't we?!?!  So I have decided to separate my scraps by color.  Right now I am starting with just this one unit (I have future plans to get another one)...so for this unit I am focusing on the standard colors in the rainbow....Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple.

So what I have created are labels for each drawer - identifying the color of paper for that drawer:



To begin, I start with a strip of black cardstock and a strip of white cardstock - layered one on top of the other.  I added a little stiching around the white strip with a black pen.  Then I cut out the name of each color from the Cuttin' Up ~ Cricut cartridge: Cartoon font/shadow.  The shadow is cut from regular black cardstock and
the surface layer is cut from solid color carstock ~ both from Recollections.  I added more stiching to the colored layer with my white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen.

All of the flowers are cut from the Groovy Times ~ Cricut cartridge.  Each label has two flowers - the bottom flower is cut from the solid color cardstock, again from Recollections; and the top flower is cut from a double-sided patterned paper by Doodlebug Designs ~ Petite Prints; one side is polka dots and the other side looks like grid paper.

The face for the red flower is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Everyday Character Face Assortment:


The face for the orange flower is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Snow Cuties Face Assortment:


The face for the yellow flower is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Simple Sallies Face Assortment:


The face for the green flower is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Simple Sallies Face Assortment:


The face for the blue flower is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Snow Cuties Face Assortment:


The face for the purple flower is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Everyday Character Face Assortment:


And finally...put it all together and you have the the finished project:


Too cute if I do say so myself...LOL.  Hopefully this gives you the motivation to get going on your own crafting space.  Organization can be fun people!!!!  Now get moving!!!

Once again, stay tuned this week....in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday - I will be sharing some of the cards I have made in the past to Support Our Troops.  Until then...

~Cassandra

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog ~ Monthly Challenge

Time for the Cricut Circle Blog ~ May Monthly Challenge: Tic-Tac-Toe

First of all, I want to thank one of the Cricut Circle Blog ~ Design Team members:  Juliana Michaels.  She made the most amazing Spring Wreath and did a wonderful video tutorial on how to make the flowers she used.  THANK YOU JULIANA for teaching me something new.  It is from your inspiration that I have created my project.

By now many of you know that back in March my BFF's father died.  We had a memorial service for him here in Phoenix, but in a few weeks we are going to San Diego for his burial service at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary.   I made this to give to her mother after the service.  I've never made flowers before...but she loves "lumpy and bumpy"...so I really hope she likes it.  This was their engagement photo from back in the 60s....isn't it gorgeous?!?!


 
Now, onto the Cricut Circle Blog ~ May Monthly Challenge: Tic-Tac-Toe


The Challenge:  Create a project of your choice using the Tic-Tac-Toe board above to choose THREE challenge prompts in a row.  The project must include at least TWO different Cricut Image Cuts.

For the Challenge ~ I decided to use the bottom row of the Tic-Tac-Toe board:

   1.  Use a cut of a flower shape
   2.  Use a Cuttlebug Embossing folder
   3.  Any patterned paper must be printed with the Imagine

All of the flowers for this project are cut from the Mother's Day Bouquet ~ Cricut cartridge.  There are a total of 6 different flowers altogether. 
  

The largest rose (in the bottom left corner is cut from regular white cardstock and spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~ color: wheatfield.  The medium size roses are also cut from regular white cardstock and spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~ color: old lace.  The two large daisies are printed from the Lori's Garden ~ Imagine cartridge and the edges are lightly distressed with Color Box Chalk Ink ~ color: chestnut roan.  The medium white flowers are cut from regular white cardstock and embossed with the Swiss Dots ~ Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The medium and small pink flowers are all printed from the Elise ~ Imagine cartridge and the edges are lightly distressed with chestnut roan ink.  The small offwhite flowers are printed from the Imagine More ~ Imagine cartridge and the edges are lightly distressed with chestnut roan ink.  The third kind of small flower is simply cut from a cream colored cardstock. 


All of the leaves are printed from the Lori's Garden ~ Imagine cartridge and cut from the Mother's Day Bouquet ~ Cricut cartridge.  And a few of the leaves are also embossed with the Swiss Dots ~ Cuttlebug embossing folder.

All three butterflies are cut from the Cake Basics ~ Cricut cartridge.  The two white butterflies are cut from a beautiful white glitter paper from the Die Cuts With A View ~ La Creme' Cardstock paper pack.  And the third butterfly is cut from a soft metallic gold cardstock from the same collection. 

All of the pearl accents for the flowers and butterflies are from Recollections.  And the gems are from Doodlebug Design.


Ok, now my favorite part ~ in the upper right hand corner in the center of the 3 flowers are numeric brads from Making Memories.  This was always his special little message to her:  1 - 4 - 3  ~   I - LOVE - YOU.  Isn't that the sweetest thing ever?!?!

One last thing, the light brown mat behind the photo is cut from my new all time favorite Elegant Edges ~ Cricut cartridge.  I added some stiching with my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen to help the light brown mat stand out from the darker brown background.



Well....that's my project.  I have been working on it for the past 3 weekends and it has truly been a labor of love.  Sandi...I hope you love it just as much as I do.  I think it's my most favorite project I have ever created.  Love you!!!

Stay tuned for next week everyone....in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day ~ I plan to share some of my Support Our Troops cards I have made in the past.  Until then.....

~Cassandra

Friday, May 20, 2011

Graduation Week...the finale!

Well, I'm back with the third and final card for graduation week.  I think this one might be my favorite because it's simple - yet sophisticated.  This one is for a young family friend graduating from graduate school...what an accomplishment!


The shiney silver background paper and the glittery silver paper are from the Die Cuts With a View ~ La Creme' cardstock stack.  The shaped layers behind the cap and diploma are cut from the Lacy Labels ~ Cricut cartridge.  The graduation cap is cut from the Happy Graduation ~ Cricut cartridge; and I added a sparkly black brad from Making Memories and white DMC floss for the tassel.  I made another cute and simple diploma by rolling up a strip of white cardstock and adding red DMC floss.  The sentiment is from the Technique Tuesday ~ Simple Sentiments stamp set.  That's it...quick and simple, but yet sophisticated....I like it :)

Hopefully, in another week or so I will be finished with my project that I plan to enter into the Cricut Circle Blog Monthly ~ Tic-Tac-Toe  Challenge.  It's a very special project and it's taking some time because I am sooo OCD lol.  So stay tuned...you won't want to miss it.  Until then...

~Cassandra

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ask the Audience.....

Ok everyone, today I have a question for all you.  As of the time I am writing this post - I have 83 followers - not bad for only being 3 months old.  And even though I don't get a lot of comments, I do see the visit tracker click higher every day.  So my question is this, I was thinking that once I reach 100 followers I would have a giveaway ~ "blog candy" I think they call it  :)

So what do you think ?  Would you all like some "blog candy" ?  Let me know your thoughts  :)

~Cassandra

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD.....

There is a new Cricut Blog and it starts today!!!  Yippeee!!!  Go check them out www.cricutblog.com  I'm sure there will be contests, giveaways, educational product information/instruction and of course TONS of creative inspiration.  You don't want to miss it!

~Cassandra

Graduation Week cont'd...

Back again for card #2 for graduation week.  This time I decided to make a fun little card for a high school graduate in my family...hope she likes it.


The two background papers are from the SEI ~ Mimosa paper collection.  The pretty ribbon is from Paper Trey Ink.  The owl is cut from the Hoot-n-Holler ~ Cricut cartridge.  The graduation cap is cut from the Happy Graduation ~ Cricut cartridge; and I added a cute brad from Making Memories and some white DMC floss for the tassel.  My favorite part is the cute diploma....I just rolled up a strip of white cardstock and added some red DMC floss....too cute!  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Tweetie Hoo Puns stamp set.  And the scallop circle is an EK Success punch.

Well that's it....a quick and simple card #2.  Stay tuned for the final and more sophisticated card #3.  Until then...
~Cassandra

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's Graduation Week !!!!

Ok everybody...it's time to celebrate graduates of all ages.  So this week I decided to share with you three different cards I have made for the graduates in my life.

For the first card, I decided to enter the "Way To Go Graduate" Imagine Challenge over at Creative Critterz Imaginations.  For this challenge, you can make any project for a graduate using your Cricut Imagine machine.  Here is my entry:


The background alphabet paper was printed from the Hopscotch ~ Imagine cartridge; as was the apple, diploma and the "A".  The apple was cut from the Create A Critter ~ Cricut cartridge. **Note that I used the "Hide Contour" feature on the Gypsy to remove the face.  In it's place of course is a super cute face from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Everday Character Face Asst.  The graduation cap, diploma and ribbon were all cut from the Happy Graduation ~ Cricut cartridge.  And the letter "A" was cut from the Cuttin' Up ~ Cricut cartridge

For the graduation cap, I added a black brad and some white DMC floss for the tassel  For the ribbon, I added some yellow Stickles for that extra sparkle.  And the sentiment I printed out from my computer.

Well, that's the first graduation card for the week.  Stay tuned for card number two and three.  See you then...
~Cassandra

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Throwback Thursday Challenge!

It's that time again....time for the Throwback Thursday Challenge with Emma at My Creative Time.  For this challenge we are to use the Doodlecharms ~ Cricut cartridge and also incorporate the color blue somewhere on the project.  Here is my entry...



The card base is Kraft cardstock from Joann's.  The beautiful blue patterned paper in the background is from My Mind's Eye ~ Simply Delightful paper pack .  The basket is cut from the Doodlecharms ~ Cricut cartridge.  I did a little distressing with a brown Color Box cat's eye ink and also added a few brads from my stash. 

All the flowers are cut from the Mother's Day Bouquet ~ Cricut cartridge.  For the flower on the left - the patterned paper is from Die Cuts With a View - Nana's Nursery ~ Baby Boy paper pack; and the face is from Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Everday Character Face Asst.  For the flower in the center - the patterned paper is from Me and My Big Ideas ~ value pack paper pad; and the face is from Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Snow Cuties Face Asst.  And for the flower on the right - the solid paper is from KI Memories ~ Classic Prints paper pack; and the face is from Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Simple Sallies Face Asst. 

The sentiment I printed out on my computer and punched it out with a scallop circle punch from EK Success; the solid/patterned paper is the same as two of the flowers.  To make things pop just a little bit, I did stitching with both black and white pens.  I also added some chalk for the cheeks.  And I bent the flower petals up to give it some dimension.

Well, that's it for today.  Stayed tuned...this week I will have several cards celebrating Graduation time!  See you then...
~Cassandra

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Beautiful Birthday

Today I have what I think is a super beautiful birthday card for you....and it's super easy to make too  :)



One of my favorite things to do is cut out images on a patterned paper and then use them as 3-D elements on a layout or card.  If you look closely, you can see that I did that with the butterflies on this card.  The absolutely goregeous patterned paper is from SEI's ~ Chocolat paper pack. This collection is full of papers that are textured, embossed and kissed with glitter accents.  If you have never seen it...you must go check it out.

Anyway, I cut the butterflies out of another paper within this collection.  I added some simple pearl accents from Queen & Co.  And I bent their wings to help them pop off the page.  For the side borders, I cut two strips of the rasberry cardstock in this paper collection and used an EK success punch for the pretty borders.   The two scallop circles are also punches and the sentiment is from Technique Tuesday ~ Simple Sentiments.

That's it!  Super easy, but absolutely gorgeous in person (I don't think the picture really shows the sparkle and texture...still working on my blog picture taking skills).  Hope you like it.  See you next time...

~Cassandra

Monday, May 9, 2011

Get Whale Soon !

Hi everybody!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  I am still pooped from all of the NSD Challenges over at My Pink Stamper, so today I have a really simple card.  My dear sister-in-law recently had foot surgery and has been homebound for a little while, so I thought I would send this cute card to make her smile.



The whale is from my second all time favorite Cricut cartridge ~ Create A Critter.  The waves are from the Life Is A Beach ~ Cricut cartridge.  And the sun is also from the Life Is A Beach cartridge.  **Note that for the sun, I used the 'Hide Contour' feature on the Gypsy to remove the face.  And in it's place I used a cute little face stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Everyday Character Face Asst.  The patterned paper for the waves is from My Mind's Eye ~ Cool Spectrum paper pack.  And the sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Punnylicious stamp set.  In order to add a little extra something, I used some Star Dust Stickles for the tips of the waves, the tips of the sun and the whale's water spout.  I also curled the tips of the sun's rays to give it some dimension.

Hope she likes it :)   Until next time...
~Cassandra

Saturday, May 7, 2011

MPS ~ Challenge #9 - Glitz, Glam, Glitter

Back again...boy I'm getting tired...all of this crafting is wearing me out LOL.  For Challenge #9 over at My Pink Stamper we are to make a project using Glitz, Glam and Glitter.  So I decided to make a Bridal Shower card...I'm not sure I like it to much, but here it is anyway....


It's hard to see, but the high heeled shoes and the scallop circle are cut with beautiful glitter paper from DCWV ~ La Creme paper pack.  The shoes are cut from the Forever Young ~ Cricut cartridge.  The small accents on top of the shoes are little glitter flowers with a pearl in the center (these are little stickers I got from Michaels).  The scallop circle is from a Paper Shapers punch.  And the sentiment is from Technique Tuesday ~ Happily Ever After stamp set.  The border punch is Martha Stewart ~ Loops punch

Well, that's it for now...I may call it a night and start up again in the morning before we take my mother-in-law to lunch.  I hope you all had a great National Scrapbook Day.  Thanks for stopping by to look at my projects.  See you soon....

~Cassandra

MPS ~ Challenge #8 - A summer themed project

Ok.....back from dinner.  For Challenge #8 over at My Pink Stamper we are to make a Summer Themed Project.  So I decided to make a card to send to a friend of mine on the east coast.


The background patterned paper is from the DCVW - Warm Spectrums paper pack.  The sun's two layers are cut from the Life Is A Beach ~ Cricut cartridge.  **Note that I used the "Hide Contour" feature on my Gypsy to hide the sun's face.  The center of the sun is a Paper Shapers scallop circle punch.  And of course the cute little face is from Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Everyday Character Face Asst.  I added some Star Dust Stickles to the tips of the sun's rays and I also curled them up a little bit to give it some dimension.  The sentiment I just printed out from my computer.  And the best part of the card is the Martha Stewart ~ Drippy Goo punch.  Perfect for the Arizona summer.....where it's HOT HOT HOT !!!

I'm going to try to catch up on some of the challenges that I missed while we were at dinner, so I will keep posting tonight and maybe a little tomorrow.  See you soon!

~Cassandra

The Big No-No !!!!

Ok...so every scrapbooker knows that you should never do two things when scrapbooking.  One...is never eat chocolate while at your crafting table (don't want to get smudge marks all over your project)...so just move away from the table to eat the chocolate LOL.  And two....never have an open drink container on your table !!!!  Unfortunately for me....I wasn't playing by the rules....and I spilled my Coke Zero all over my crafting table....ruining my project for MPS ~ Challenge #7.  Grrrrrr!  So, I am going to skip that one for now.  Grrrrr!  But I will be back later.......Right now, my husband and I are off to take my mother out for dinner for Mother's Day, because unfortunately she has to work tomorrow.  So I will see you back here in a couple of hours.  Have fun...see you soon!

~Cassandra

MPS ~ Challenge #5 - Any 3-D item

Back again...had lunch so I'm re-engergized and ready to go!  Ok, for Challenge #5 over at My Pink Stamper we are to create any 3-D item.  I was going to skip this one, but I decided to give it a try.  I've always wanted to make these little wedding decorations....so here goes....

These are so super cute in person....if you get a chance - give them a try.  Both of these were cut from the Tie the Knot ~ Cricut cartridge.  Since I have been in a hurry to keep up all day long with the challenges LOL...the only thing I did to these was add a little bling.  The wedding dress has three small glitter flowers with a pearl accent in the middle of each flower (these were stickers from Michaels).  And then I added 3 smokey grey gems for the buttons on the tuxedo.  That's it.  I hope their cuteness comes across in the photo.

I'm skipping Challenge #6 for now....so hopefully I will be back soon with Challenge #7.  Until then....
~Cassandra

MPS ~ Challenge #3 - Breast Cancer

Back again.  For Challenge #3 over at My Pink Stamper - we are to make a card, scrapbook layout or 3-D item with a Breast Cancer theme.  This is good timing, because I just learned that one of our Cricut Cirlce members was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and a fellow Cricut Cirlce member posted a message requesting support for her.  So here is the card I made to send her my love and support...


The light pink background cardstock is Cuttlebugged with dots (can't remember the name of the folder right now).  The scallop frame is cut from once again my new all time favorite Cricut cartridge ~ Elegant Edges; there is a bright pink shadow and a medium pink frame.  The ribbon is cut from the Stand and Salute ~ Cricut cartridge.  The shadow is the bright pink color.  The top layer is the same light pink color as the background pink, but I added Star Dust Stickles to really make it sparkle.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Sportastic stamp set.  I also used pop dots for the frame and for the ribbon to give it some dimension.

Phew...I'm getting hungry LOL.  I am going to skip Challenge #4 - Mother's Day...since I am way behind and I have already made all of my Mother's Day projects.  So I am going to grab a quick bite.  See you again soon...

~Cassandra

MPS ~ Challenge #2 - Using Kraft Cardstock

Back again.  For Challenge #2 at My Pink Stamper - we are supposed to make a card or scrapbook layout using Kraft Cardstock.  Here is the card I made for a dear Cricut Circle friend of mine who lives all the way on the other side of the country (I will keep her name a secret in case she's watching)  :)



The frame is cut using the Kraft Cardstock from Joanns and is cut from my new all time favorite Cricut cartridge ~ Elegant Edges.  The cute little girl is cut from the Car Decals ~ Cricut cartridge.  The brad in the center of the flower is from Making Memories.  The scallop circle is an EK Success punch.  The sentiment is from MPS ~ Everyday Life stamp set.  And of course the project wouldn't be complete without some Googlie Eyes.  :)

Ok....I'm off for Challenge #3...running a little behind schedule...but boy this is kinda fun LOL

See ya soon....
~Cassandra

MPS ~ Challenge #1 - Anything Cupcake

Ok...the challenges have started.  The first challenge over at My Pink Stamper is - "Anything Cupcake".  So I decided to make a quick birthday card.


The cupcake is cut from the Baby Steps ~ Cricut cartridge.  The patterned paper is DCWV ~ Multi Dots.  The brad is from Making Memories.  I added yellow Stickles to the candle's flame.  For the purple  background paper - I used a Martha Stewart ~ Punch Around the Page Loops punch and I also used the Cuttlebug to emboss it with the cute dots (can't remember the name of the folder right now, but it's bigger than the Swiss Dots).  And the sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's ~ Sweetest Cupcakes stamp set.

That's it for now...stay tuned for more....
~Cassandra

HAPPY NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY !!!!

Good morning fellow crafters!  Are you ready for a great day?  Well, in case you didn't know, today is National Scrapbook Day.  And if you don't have any plans yet, I suggest that you head on over to My Pink Stamper ~ Robyn has a day of fun planned for all of us.  She will have lots of challenges and prizes...which means lots of ideas and inspiration from all those talented crafters out there.  So get up, get ready, and get crafting !!!!  Have fun and have a great day !!

If I have time, I will be back later to post some of my challenge entries.  See you soon...
~Cassandra

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day....simple and sweet.

Hello everyone!  As you know, Mother's Day is just around the corner...have you made your card already?  What?!?!?  You're getting a store bought card...I don't think so...get up and get crafting!  :)

I already posted the fun card I made for my mom earlier this week.  So today I want to share a sweet and simple card I made for my BFF's mother.  (btw---everyone, this is my best friend...Lisa)


This card was cut as a 5.5" square.  The beautiful sparkly, embossed background paper, as well as the paper used for the flower petals are from the My Mind's Eye ~ Warm Spectrum paper pack.  The super cute flower cut is from my new FAVORITE all time Cricut cartridge ~ Elegant Edges.  If you are a card maker...you ABSOLUTLEY have to get this cartridge...it is soooooo beautiful!!!  And the sentiment is from My Creative Time's ~ Mom You Rock stamp set.

This was a super quick card to make and that's because this new Elegant Edges cartridge is FABULOUS!  A must have for all Cricut owners!

Until next time...
~Cassandra

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog ~ Weekly Challenge #31

Gift Card Challenge ~ this week's challenge is to show our creative gift card or money holder ideas.  So with that in mind, I decided to do something a little different.  In my family, we are big movie goers . . . especially my mom (I don't think I would be too far off if I said she sees every movie that comes out LOL).  So since Mother's Day is this week and I always include a movie gift card on her special day...I decided to make this fun card....


This is actually just a one page card - cut as an 8.75" square.  All the cuts: the soda cup, the popcorn, the corn dog and the tickets are from the Carousel ~ Cricut Lite cartridge. The sentiment in the upper left corner is from My Creative Time's ~ Mom You Rock stamp set.  The fun border is a Martha Stewart ~ Punch Around the Page punch set (I can't believe I actually got it to line up right LOL).  And of course in the middle at the bottom is the movie gift card for my mom. 

This is soooo super cute in person...I hope it comes across in my picture....(even my husband thought it was great!). 

Have a great week everyone...until next time...
~Cassandra

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

More BLOG AWARDS.....yippeeee!

Hello fellow crafters!  As most of you know, the last couple of months have been a little busy for me.  And as a result, I've been doing my best to keep posting on my blog, but haven't been keeping up with the comments very well.  So, today I had a little extra time and I was working on getting some blog posts ready.  As I was doing that, I went back and reviewed the comments over the last two months and OMG....I had been given FOUR blog awards!!!!!  How super cool is that ?!?!  So here they are:

The first award is the LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD ~ given to me on March 14, 2001 by L. B. over at http://www.coolbeansbylb.blogspot.com/




The Liebster Blog award is given to bring newer blogs into the light. It's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise have been noticed and should be!  As recipient you must share the love and pass it along to others, as well as these four things:

1. You must post on your blog and tell a little about the award and
    announce your 3-5 picks.
2. Let those know you have chosen them.
3. Copy and post the award on your blog for all to see.
4. Have fun and continue to inspire

The 3 recipients I have chosen for this award are...

http://www.3catsandabug.blogspot.com/
http://www.thecraftymermaid.blogspot.com/
http://www.icameisawicreated.blogspot.com/

The second and third awards are STYLISH BLOGGER AWARDS ~ given to me on March 15, 2011 by Lauren over at http://www.allthingscrafty3.blogspot.com/  and on March 23, 2001 by Claire over at http://www.cricutydoodah.blogspot.com/




For this award, I have to tell you 8 fun facts about myself and I have to send this to 8 wonderful bloggers.

Fun Facts:
1.  I'm a reality tv junkie.
2.  My favorite ice cream is Rainbow Sherbet from Thrifty's.
3.  My favorite color is...actually I don't have a favorite color...it may
     sound silly, but I have always liked all the colors of the rainbow.
4.  Football is my favorite sport....Go Cardinals!!!
5.  I'm actually an Arizona native (which is rare...because no one is
     ever FROM Arizona when you live here LOL).
6.  I am the oldest of 2 children.
7.  I wish I could live at Hogwarts for a year :)
8.  And one thing on my Bucket List....is that I hope to someday visit
     ALL 50 STATES!



For this award, I am to list 8 things about myself and select 15 bloggers to honor with this award.  Since I already listed 8 fun things about me above...I will get right to the recipients I have chosen for this award...

http://www.thebugbytes.com/
http://www.scrap-obsessed.blogspot.com/
http://www.allthingscrafty3.blogspot.com/
http://www.mandys-scrap.blogspot.com/
http://www.withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com/
http://www.scrapaholicjen.blogspot.com/
http://www.carolinescraftography.blogspot.com/
http://www.thepaperfarm.blogspot.com/
http://www.thepaperfarm.blogspot.com/
http://www.thepaperfarm.blogspot.com/
http://www.thetulipcollector.blogspot.com/
http://www.thetulipcollector.blogspot.com/
http://www.janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com/
http://www.scrappinwithjc.blogspot.com/
http://www.hooscrafty.blogspot.com/

Pheeeww! Boy was that a lot of hard work!  I am still very new to the blogging world....so picking recipients for all these awards was really hard.  There is a lot of fabulous talent out there.  Some of the blogs I picked are people I have met thru the Cricut Circle who have become very special to me and whose work I very much enjoy.  Some of the blogs I picked because I love love love their elegant style and use of products.  Some of the blogs I picked were brand new people that I have just discovered and can't wait to see more.  And some of the blogs I picked are people with the most amazing talent, who share all kinds of different projects and continue to inspire me everyday!

So please go and visit each and every blog when you have time and leave them some love!  As a new blogger, I can tell you that each and every comment is so very meaningful.  I hope you enjoy these blogs and continue to gather inspiration for years to come.

Once again, I want to give a big THANK YOU to ~ Lauren, L.B., Claire and Brenda.  Receiving your awards was such a nice surprise and a wonderful honor.  My blog is not even 3 months old yet....so I am very much appreciating all the love and recognition.  Thanks again everyone!!!

Until next time...
~Cassandra

Monday, May 2, 2011

We go together...

like a fork and spoon.  My husband and I have been together for almost 14 years now.  Early on in our relationship, he gave me the sweetest card - which of course I have kept for all these years...


It talked about how perfectly we go together....like a fork and spoon, salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, etc.  It was so beautiful (he picks out the best cards!)

So the other day, as I was going thru my new Imagine cartridge books, I noticed the cutest image of fork and spoon....so of course I had to make my own card to give him in return all these years later...



The images are from the Better Together ~ Imagine cartridge.  So far I think the best feature of the Imagine is how you can print an image altogether as one flat image.  Or, you can separate and print out each piece so that you can layer them creating a dimensional effect.  For this card, I actually combined two different sets of artwork from page 4.  The fork and spoon are from the first image.  And the two background papers are from the second image.  (The pink background is just regular cardstock).  The stamps are from Technique Tuesday's ~ Truly, Madly, Deeply stamp set.

A simple card, but I love it!  Stay tuned in the next week or two...I got a few projects done this weekend - so I have lots to share.

Until next time...
~Cassandra
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