Saturday, May 28, 2011

Let's BBQ!

Good Morning, Everyone!

Welcome to Luv Scrapping Together. I am thrilled to be in BugBites first ever Bug Hop,
Grillin’ & Chillin’ Bug Hop!
To celebrate the beginning of summer, Barb over at BugBites is hosting two consecutive weekends of Bug Hops.

This weekend it is all about the Grillin’, May 28-30.

If you've come from visiting Larelyn at Handmade from My Heart, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Grillin’ & Chillin’ Bug Hop, click HERE to start from the beginning.

Each designer along the bug trail is featuring a project based on the Grillin’ & Chillin’ theme. What’s more exciting is you can participate too by creating a project and linking it up over at BugBites for a chance to win a Big Prize.

But, there’s a twist. Your project must included at least one Cricut cut and at least one of the critters that have been hidden within some of the bug stop blogs. Be sure to visit all the bug stops to find all your critter choices.

While you are looking for the critters, be sure to check out the blog candy that each designer has to offer you. You don't want to miss out on any of it!

For my project I have created a fun summer layout.

Isn't this the cutest! I am not much of a scrapbooker but lately I am just having such a good time putting layouts together! For this layout I used an SVG file called Panda Picnic Party. You can puchase this file HERE. I used Accent Essentials for my scalloped sqaure to create a sky.

I added a hidden tag under one of the photo mats. The letters for my title was cut from the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge. I had intended to use the shadow feature for letters but realized that the shadow does not work right on this cartridge so I did some faux stitching instead.
Can you see the little weiners sizzling on the grill? For my butterfly I used Pooh and Friends Cricut cartridge. This is one of my favorite butterflies. There are some real hidden gems on this cartridge. You should check it out. I added a little stitching for a flight patterned effect. The "grass" comes from Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge but it really isn't the grass it is the sand! I used the hide contour feature on my Gypsy to hide all the little dips and grains of sand. I just liked the gentle curve and thought it made nice grass.
Here are a few more close up pics to see the detail.

I inked all my cuts with Ranger Distress Ink in Tea Dye and did a lot of faux stiching with my Sakura White Gelly Roll pen. I hope you liked it!

For my blog candy I am giving away a $10 Gift Certificate from one of my favorite on-line stores. Can you guess?

Yep! You got it! Peachy Keen Stamps is one of my absolute favorite stamp stores. I didn't use any on this project but if you look on my side bar you will see a label entitled "Peachy Keen Stamps." All my projects with a PKS is found there.

How you do win this, you ask?

Well that's easy! Just leave one comment under this post with a way for me to contact you if you win. You don't have to follow me but I I LOVE new friends. ;-)

You have until May 30th to leave a comment. I will use to choose a winner on May 31st.

Now get hoppin'!

Next stop… Amber’s blog, Amber’s Crafts and Stuff. See what she has in store for you today.
Remember, once you have hopped to all the bug stops, it's your turn to show us your Grillin’ & Chillin’ project.

Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project, include one of the hidden critters and link up your project over at BugBites by Midnight CST May 30 to be eligible for the big prize.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Enjoy the Moment

Hi Everyone, I hope you all are having a fabulous day. This is my second post for the day so scroll down to see what else I have posted.

I had 2 challenges in mind when I put this together. The first challenge is for My Craft Spot. The challenge this week is to make a shaped card. The second challenge I will be entering this into is for Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday challenge. The challenge was to use Life's A Beach Cricut cartridge.

Here is a side view to see the dimension:

Here are the details:

A Child's Year for the card base.
Life's A Beach for the drink.
DCWV Animal Crackers stack
Kraft Cardstock
40:31 Creations stamps for sentiment.
Color Box Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan
Ranger Glossy Accents used on the cherry
Baker's Twine
White Gelly Roll Pen

This project made the Top 3!
My Craft Spot

Flaunt It Fridays ~ Robotz

It's Friday!! Yay! That means it is time for a Flaunt It Fridays challenge. This week we are flaunting the Robotz cartridge and it is anything goes. If you don't have that particular cartridge then you can use a similar cut from any other cartridge.

I don't own the Robotz cartridge so my cut is coming from B is For Boy Cricut Lite cartridge and I did make this a birthday card.

Isn't he cute!

I am going to submit this card to Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge over at My Creative Time. The challenge is to use and older cartridge and the colors Green and Yellow.

Here are the details for my card:
Cricut Lite B is For Boy
My Creative Time stamps ~ Wow! So Many Candles
DCWV Animal Crackers
Action Wobble
Googly Eyes
White Gelly Roll Pen

Please take a moment to check out what my design team sisters have created over at Flaunt It Fridays. This is officially the last challenge for Flaunt It Fridays. It has been wonderful being on this team and I don't want you to miss out on the inspiration. We would love to see you participate this week so, go ahead and Flaunt your stuff!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Craftiest Mom Contest

Scroll down to see my FCCB Challenge Me Monday post! :)

Hi Everyone!

Do you remember this layout?

Well, I entered it into the Cricut ~ Official Page Craftiest Mom Contest. If you are on Facebook and would be willing to vote for me I wouild truly appreciate it. The voting runs from May 22 - May 30th.  You can vote once per day.

Here is the link:

Thank you, My Crafty Friends!!

Sent From Above ~ FCCB Challenge Me Monday

Good Morning, My crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It's Monday so that means a challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. This week's Challenge Me Monday is Blue Skies, use a cloud and the color blue somewhere on your project and, as always, your project must included a Cricut cut.

I created a card using the Baby Steps Cricut cartridge. This is such a cute cartridge!

For some reason I usually choose the girl cuts from a lot of my cartridges so I thought I would choose a baby boy this time.

Here are the details:
B is For Boy Cricut Lite ~ card base and layer
Baby Steps ~ sleeping baby on the moon
My Mind's Eye ~ Twinkle, Twinkle Little Girl
DCWV ~ Baby Boy Stack
Kraft Cardstock
40:31 Creations stamps ~ New Baby
Baker's Twine
White Gelly Roll Pen
The face was hand drawn

I used the sleeping baby cut on a very recent project that I posted over the weekend and I really don't want you to miss it so either scroll down or click HERE.

Stop on over at FCCB and see all the wonderful projects that my fellow designers put together for you. You don't want to miss what our guest designer, Faith Abigail from Faith Abigail's Designs, has created to inspire. It's a fun challenge with great prizes so play along with us this week!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sweet Dreams Layout

Good Morning and Happy Saturday.

Today I am so excited to share a layout I created. I used a sketch from Becky Fleck's Pagemaps. Not only am I using a sketch but several of the FCCB designers are also and we are all being featured on Scrappin' Saturday over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. Make sure you pop over to see what the other girls have been up to.

Here is the sketch that I used:

Here is my layout:

Here are a few more for a closer look:
For the face on my baby I used 2 different sets of Peachy Keen Stamps. For the eyes and nose I used PK-641 Princess Faces 1 1/8 for the eyes. I actually turned the eyelashes upside down so it looks like the eyes are closed. I also used PK-532 Simple Sallies 1 1/8 for the smile. The hais is hand drawn.

The stamped sentiments come from Pink by Design stamps Baby Love.

The Peachy Keen face on the moon is from PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment.

Other details:
Cricut Cartridges ~ Twinkle Toes for the background shape, Accent Essentials for my photo mat, Baby Steps for the baby, stars, small clouds, and title, Create A Critter for the moon, Pooh and Friends for the larger clouds. I used my Gypsy to weld the letters of my title together.
Cardstock ~ Bazzil, Kraft, My Mind's Eye Twinkle, Twinkle Little Girl, and DCWV Baby Girl stack
Ranger Distress ink ~ Tea Dye
White Gelly Roll Pen
Ribbon, buttons, baker's twine

I totally enjoyed putting this layout together and I hop you enjoyed it, too. Look for more layouts from me in the near future. I think I may have caught the bug!

Have a great Saturday!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Tigger and Ducky

Happy Friday!

It's time for another Flaunt It Fridays challenge and this week we are flaunting the Tigger and Ducky cut from Pooh Font cartridge. Oh My! I must say that this is one of the cutest cuts! Instead of making a card, I decided that this would make a cute plaque to put in a baby's room or toddler's room.

Psst... Lauren from 40:31 Creations is coming out with a few new stamp sets and this is a little sneak peak of one of the new sets. Don't you just love this sentiment! No date for the release yet but we wanted to get you a little excited. Here's a close up so you can see it a little better:

Here are the details:
Thin peice of wood cut 9" x 4"
Brown acrylic paint
Mod Podge
Patterened Cardstock ~ My Mind's Eye, Where the Heart is and Echo Park, Life is Good
Ranger Glossy Accents ~ used on the water
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Tea Dye
White Gelly Roll Pen

Go over and check to out how the rest of the Flaunt It Fridays design team flaunted this cut. We would love for you to play along.

For this month's Grand Prize we are giving away a $20 gift certificate to SCRAP BUCK sponsored by SCRAP BUCK. They are an awesome company. They have great deals and free shipping when you spend $20!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fluttering by...

Happy Monday!

Just wanted to post this card very quickly. I made it especially for Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge over at My Creative Time. The challenge is to use the Cricut cartridge Doodlecharms and the color Blue.

I'm also adding this to Make It Yourself Monday over at You Had Me At Craft.

This card was totally inspired by Kimberly's card over at My Craft Spot. She created a window card with a tutorial that I had been wanting to try. Make sure you go check it out.

Here are the details:
Doodlecharms for the dragon fly
Birthday Bash for the scalloped circle and circle
Peachy Keen Stamps ~ PK-490 Everyday Character Faces Assortment
DCWV ~ Baby Boy Stack
Diamond Stickles
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Tea Dye
White Gelly Roll Pen
Ribbon ~ Hobby Lobby
Sentiment is computer generated

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Happy Crafting!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Once Upon A Time...

Hi, My Crafty Friends!

Wow! Can you believe that Blogger was out of commission for so long! I had been wanting to post this card since early yesterday. I'm glad that I am able to post it now.

I made this card with 2 challenges in mind. Th first challenge is over at Scrappy Moms Stamps. The challenge is to use Once Upon A Princess or a similar cut from another cartridge. The second challenge is over at Whimsical Wednesday. The challenge there is a shaped card. This is my first time playing wtih them.

Isn't she just the prettiest little princess! I really had fun putting this card together. I think it brought out my inner princess! :)

Here are the details:
Paper Doll Dress Up for my princess
Winter Woodland for my card base
Patterned Paper from my stash
Peachy Keen Stamps ~ PK-560 Dolly Dumplins Face Assortment
IRock Gems
Yellow Stickles
Ribbon and Button from my stash
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Pop Dots

I can't wait to see what you all have been up to.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Praying for You

Hi, Crafty Friends! I'm on a roll today. This is post #3. If your would like to see what else I have posted today just click - Here and Here.

I am trying very hard to get to some of the challenges at My Pink Stamper for National Scrapbooking Day. This one is for Challenge #11- Use Pink, Green, and Black.

I made this card for a dear friend. I hope it is an encouragement to her.

I absolutely adore the way this card came out. Can I just say, "I LOVE Echo Park cardstock!" It is just gorgeous!

Alright here are the details:
A Child's Year for the card base. This is a tag cut.
Freshly Picked for the flowers
40:31 Creations ~ Say Something stamps
May Craft Spot ~ Petal Pink Crinkle Ribbon
Echo Park cardstock ~ Life is Good
Fiscars Punch
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Ranger Ditress Ink ~ Tea Dye
Stampin'Up ink ~ Blushing Bride
Recollections Pearls

I'd like to get a few more done today but we will see.

Happy Crafting!!

Congratulations Graduate

Hi there, I told you I would have something else to post for you today. :) If you would like to see what I posted earlier just scroll down.

I wanted to participate in some challenges so I created a card that I will be giving to my son later this month. He will be graduating high school. I hope he doesn't think it is too juvenile but I really don't have many cartridges with cuts for an older graduate. Besides I got to do some fun things on this card and using Peachy Keen Faces always brings a smile.

I am entering this card into My Pink Stampers National Scrapbooking Challenges. This is for Challenge #9 Glitz, Glam, Glitter.

Another challenge that I am entering this in is Peachy Keen Stamps Let's Face It Challenge ~ Banner Up. Make a banner or use a banner on your project and as always for this particular challenge use a Peachy Keen Face stamp.

And the last challenge that I will be entering is over at My Craft Spot. This a Monday challenge and the challenge is to Bling It Up! If you haven't played in this challenge yet you should give it a try. Kimberly has great products that she is giving away not to mention that she sells the most gorgeous Crinkle Ribbon and so much more.

Now onto my card:

Just a bit of a close up! :)

Here is what I did:

Cricut Cartridges ~ Everyday Paper Doll Dress Up for the boy graduate, Birthday Bash for the banner
Peachy Keen Stamps ~ PK-450 Wide Eyed Kid Assortment
Rcollections Cardstock
Silver Embossing Powder ~ I heat embossed the background. I would consider this my bling or glitz
Studio G stamp for the background
Versa Marker ~ I used this to edge some of my cuts and also add 2011 to my banner so I could heat emboss with more of the silver embossing powder
Baker's Twine
White Gelly Roll Pen

That's it for now. I am going to see if I can get a few more projects done today. Hope to see you soon!

Happy Crafting!

Teacher Feature ~ FCCB Challenge Me Monday

Good Morning Everyone! Hope you all had a fabulaous weekend and a great Mother's Day! I know I have not been posting much lately but hopefully I will have some things for you this week.

It's Challenge Me Monday over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and this week's challenge is Teacher Feature. Make something for a teacher and include the color red. Now I have to admit that this is not my favorite project. I have been feeling a little unispired lately and this card is showing it! Although it is something that could easily be put together at the last minute.

The details:
Cricut Cartridge ~ Simply Sweet- I used my Gypsy to weld the shadow of the letters.
Card Stock ~ Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby
Recollection Gems
White Gelly Roll Pen

Hop on over to Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see the what my fantabulous fellow design team. They have projects that will totally inspire you today. Then join us in the challenge.

I should have something more to show you later.

Happt Crafting!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Flower Shower

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Today's "Challenge Me Monday" over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is "Flower Shower." Use at least 3 flowers on your project and, as always, it must include a Cricut cut.

For today's project I have created a gift box. I had seen something simular out in the blog world but cannot remember where. There are just so many inspiring blogs out there that I some times have trouble remembering exactly where I have seen projects I have liked.

I used a double sided paper for this box so it would be pretty inside and out.

Here's a close up so you can see the dimension of the flowers:

And one more...

Here are the details:

Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More ~ Box
Gypsy Wanderings ~ Scalloped circle to create window
Kate's ABCs ~ Flowers
Echo Park Carstock ~ Life Is Good
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Tea Dye
Acetate for window ~ it's actually recycled cartridge packaging
Pop Dots for the middle flower

Head on over to Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see what my fellow designers have created to inspire you today and then join us in the "Flower Shower!"

I am adding this to Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge over at My Creative Time. The challenge was to make a 3D item using an older cartridge. Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More definately qualifies!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hug Me Frog :)

Wanted to post a a card real quick. It's beautiful outside and I need to finish planting my veggie garden.

I created this card for Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge. This challenge is to use anything on the Paisley cartridge. I don't own that cartridge so I went to Cricut Search to see if I had any images that would be similar and decided that this frog would be somewhat close.

Here are the details:
40:31 Creations ~ Say Something Stamps
My Creative Time ~ You Had Me At Chocolate stamps'
My Craft Spot ~ Toadally Green Crinkle Ribbon
Echo Park cardstock ~ A Walk in the Park
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder ~ Spots and Dots
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Peeled Paint
Baker's Twine
Whote Gelly Roll Pen
Googly Eyes

Thanks for stopping! Come back to morrow for a new Challenge Me Monday project over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.

Happy Crafting!