Friday, December 31, 2010

Rockin' New Years Blog Hop! ~ Day 2

Good Morning, my scrappy Friends! Welcome to Day 2 of the Rockin' New Years Blog Hop! If you came from the Fabulous Roma's blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened  here and want to start the hop from the beginning then head on over to Carol's Sweet Creations.

I wanted today's card to remind you of the ball dropping in Times Square. I think it looks more like a Christmas ornament but I decided to post it anyway!
Here is what you need to make this card:
Cricut Cartridges ~ Plantin School Book, numbers, ball, rectangle ~ Wild Card, Sentiment
Gypsy ~ I welded the 2011 to a rectangle to create the base
Metallic silver cardstock
Solid Cardstock ~ Recollections
Cuttlebug ~ Tiny Mosiac Embossing Folder
Silver Stickles
Foam Tape

I am giving away an I-Rock!

To win this all you have to do is become a Follower and leave a comment with a way for me to contact you. I will use to choose a winner on Jan. 3rd. When you post a comment on yesterday's card and today's card you will have 2 chances to win! Just scroll down to leave a comment there if you haven't already.

Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Jeanine! Hop on over and see what she has for you today.

I wish you all a Healthy, Happy New Year! ~Saundra :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rockin' New Years Blog Hop!

Welcome to Luv Scrapping Together and to the Rockin' New Years Blog Hop! If you came from the super talented Roma's blog then you are in the right place. If you happened upon my blog you can start the hop from the beginning HERE.

Today I made a card that would fit in a regular business sized envelope. This is my first, actually. I really liked it and will be making more in the future.

Here is what is needed to make this card:
Cricut Cartridge ~ Simply Charmed - Bottle, Wild Card - Sentiment
Studio G stamp
DCWV Nana's Kitchen Mat Stack
Recollections ~ Kraft cardstock
Silver Cardstock ~ Target
Fiscars Punch
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder ~ D'Vine Swirls
Clear embossing powder
Ranger Embossing Ink
White and Black Gelly Roll Pens
Foam tape

Now! Who would like some blog candy? Today I am giving away an I-Rock!
All you need to win this is to be a follower and leave me a comment with a way to contact you. I will draw a winner on Monday, Jan 3rd!

Your next stop on the hop is the talented Jeanine! If you get lost you can use the list I have provided to get back on track. I wish you all a very blessed New Year! ~ Saundra :)

Saundra <-- That's me! :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Country Birthday

Good Morning Friends!

Hope you all are having a wonderful week! I wanted to share a birthday card I  made for my great aunt.
This is a 5x7 inch card.
Here is what I used:
Cricut Cartridge ~ Country Life
Patterned Paper ~ DCWV
Kraft Cardstock
Matha Stewart deep edge punch ~ I won this from Peachy Keen's Birthday hop :)
Green and White Baker's Twine
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Tea Dye
White Gelly Roll Pen
Foam Tape

It was pretty simple to put together but I like how it turned out.

I also wanted to remind you all about the Rockin' New Year's Blog Hop. It starts tomorrow and I believe there is some blog cand to be had!

Have a great day, Friends!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Just A Note

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got all the crafty goodies you wanted. My sons both bought ne cartridges, Cricut Lite B is For Boy and Twinkle Toes. They know what their mom likes! (They actually got help from their sisters :) )

Todays card is for the challenge over at Flaunt It Fridays. It's a fairly new challenge blog that features a certain Cricut cartridge cut. This week's challenge is to use the turtle from Create A Critter, one of my favorite cartridges!
Here's what was used to make this card:
Card size ~ 4.25 x 5.5
Kraft Cardstock for the base
Patterned Cardstock ~ DCWV Baby Boy Mat Stack
Solid Cardstock ~ Scraps form my bin
Cricut Cartridge ~ Create A Critter , turtle cut at 2.5 inches
Peachy Keen Stamps ~ PK-532 Simple Sallies 1 1/8
Sentiment ~ TPI Studios
Crinkle Ribbon ~ My Craft Spot
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders ~ D'Vine Swirls, Tony Mosaic
Decorate Edge Punch ~ Stampin Up!
White and Black Gelly Roll pens
Foam tape
Glue Dot 

Enjoy your day everyone! We are off to do a little after Christmas shopping. Hopefully the roads are not too bad from all the snow we received yesterday. Here's a picture from our back deck:
We rarely get much snow in North Carolina so we always take pictures when it happens! Stay warm everyone!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing you all A Very, Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Candy Bar Wrappers and A WINNER!

Happy Thursday, Friends!

Today I would like to share with you a simple way to dress up some candy bars. I am putting these in my children's stockings.
Cartridges used: Christmas Cheer and Smiley Cards
Scrappy Moms Stamps: Winter Wishes
White Gelly Roll Pen
Ranger Glossy Accents- I put this on the glasses and now all I can think about is the Beetles!
Red Bling
Cartridge Used: Paper Doll Dress Up
Scrappy Moms Stamps: Winter Wishes
White Jelly Roll Pen
Stickles: Christmas Red
Red and White Flock: Santa's Suit

All the paper used was from my scrap box. These are super quick and easy.

And now the winner, chosen by, of the Fantabulous Cricut "Deck The Halls" Crawl is...

Kate said...

What gorgeous, gorgeous projects!! I love the variety of coordinating papers that you've used for the wreath - and the word JOY really does sum up the Christmas season. Great job!

Kate, I will contact you shortly for your address.

Ok, I'm off to make some homemade fudge and Chex mix. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Some Christmas Baking

Hello Friends,

I thought I'd share what I was doing today.

These are just delicious! I probably gained about 5 pounds today!

I found this recipe on Our Best Bites blog.  Yep I admit it. I don't only follow papercrafting blogs! These girls have great holiday recipes as well as other things to make for your family.

Here's the cookie recipe:

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Recipe by Our Best Bites

1/2 c. butter-flavored shortening
1/2 c. real butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
optional: 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. flour, lightly spooned into measuring cups and leveled with a knife
1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
48 Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together softened butter, shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar for 1-2 minutes on medium-high speed or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla. Meanwhile, combine the baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the centers are set but still soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. Top each cookie with an unwrapped Candy Cane Kiss. Allow to cool completely, long enough for the Kiss to harden. If necessary, after the cookies have cooled, they can be placed in the refrigerator or freezer to re-solidify the Kiss.

Enjoy Friends!

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Card and A Secret Revealed!

Good Evening, my Bloggie Friends!

Tonight I wanted to share a card I made in honor of my selection as a 2011 Peachy Keen Guest Designer. All I can say is that I am so honored and so EXCITED!!! I have known for a week now and have wanted to share my news but had to wait for the go ahead. My guest design spot is scheduled for March 14 - March 18, so be on the look out for a whole week of postings.

Thank you, Peachy Keen Stamps for this wonderful opportunity. And I also want to thank Angelica for all the hard work she has put in to coordinating all of this.

Here is the card I made in honor of this opportunity.
Here are the details:
Peachy Keen Stamps: PK-521 Winter Faces 1 1/8 (I just used the eyes and nose), PK-547 Cutie Pie Face Assortment ( I just used the smile)
Cricut Cartridge ~ Jolly Holidays
Paper ~ Recollections and K&Company
Stickles ~ Crystal
White Gelly Roll Pen
Mini buttons
Fiscars Punch
Foam Tape

Thank you, Peachy Keen Stamps, for this wonderful opportunity!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

This is the list of talented fellow guest designers for 2011. Be sure to stop by and congratulate them.




















Jessica K.

Jessica M.

Jessica U.






Lauren B.

Lauren D.

Linda K.

Linda L.

Liz M.

Liz N.













Thursday, December 16, 2010

Birthday Mouse

Peachy Keen Challenge #42 Emboss It

If your are looking for the Fantabulous Cricut "Deck The Halls" Crawl click HERE.

Good Evening! I had a card planned for this challenge but when I found out it was Kathy, The Peachy Queen's Birthday, I changed it. Happy Birthday, Kathy. Your stamps have brought so much life to my Cricut cuts. I love using them. I hope your day was filled with all you had hoped.

There is a Birthday Celebration Blog Hop going on over at the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog. If you haven't visited today you are missing quite a treat. So hop over there after you veiw my card. ;-)
Sorry about the lighting. No sunshine here today :(
I just received the Birthday Bash cartridge in the mail yesterday and was anxious to use it.

Here is the list of supplies:
Card size ~ 4.25 x 5.5
Kraft Cardstock
Solid Cardstock from my scraps
Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge ~ This mouse is holding a lollypop but I trimmed it off so he could hold balloons instead.
Peachy Keen Stamps ~ PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment I just used the smile from the stamp. PK-754 Critter Faces Set A Medium I just used the eyes from one of the stamps. I had to ink one eye so that they would be closer together.
Cullebug Embossing Folder ~ Happy Birthday
Ribbon ~ American Crafts
White Gelly Roll Pen
DMC Floss
Foam tape
Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paper Bag Gift Card Holders

Good Afternoon, Everyone! And Welcome to my new followers! I'm so pleased to have you follow my blog. I hope you find this an inspiring place to visit.

If you are looking for my Fantabulous Cricut "Deck The Halls" Crawl post you can find it HERE.

Today's project is for Peachy Keen Stamps' "Let's Face It" Paper Bag Challenge. The challenge is to use a paper bag or lunch sack and a Peachy Keen Face. I decided to make 2 gift card holders for my niece and nephew.
This penguin card is for my niece.
The next card is for my nephew.
These were really fun to make and I know I will do this again in the future.

The Supply List:
  • Paper Lunch Sacks ~ I cut my sacks so that they measured 10 inches long
  • ATG or Glue Runner ~ You want to seal the pleats on the sides of the bags
  • Red sticky tape ~ this is used to make the pocket for the gift card
  • Solid Cardstock ~ Recollections and Papertrey Ink
  • Patterned Paper ~ K&Company "Peppermint Twist" Stack, Cloud 9 Designs "Harvest Holiday"
  • Cricut Cartridge ~ Simply Charmed
  • Peachy Keen Stamps ~ PK-521 Winter Faces 1 1/8 ( Boy Penguin and Santa), PK-754 Critter Faces Set A Medium (Girl Penguin)
  • Action Wobbles ~ I used these on the girl penguin and Santa
  • Cuttlebug ~ Snowflakes, Seeing Spots, and D'vine Swirl Embossing folders
  • Stickles ~ Stardust (Santa's hat and snow)
  • Martha Stewart Punch
  • Fiscars Punch
  • Ribbon
  • Button
  • Foam Tape
  • White Gelly Roll Pen
Peachy Keen Stamps has fun challenges every 2 weeks. If you have never played along, you should give it a try. There are fabulous prizes to win.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut "Deck The Halls" Crawl!

Welcome to Luv Scrapping Together and the third Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!

In honor of the approaching Christmas holiday, we're having a "Deck The Halls" Crawl...each Design Team member will be featuring an original Christmas/Holiday-themed project that could be used to decorate and spruce up their homes for the Holiday Season!

If you've come from visiting the amazingly talented Robin at Robin’s Creative Cottage, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE.

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs for one participant that submits a "Deck The Halls" project at FCCB!

How fun is that?

I have two projects for you today. The first project I have for you can be displayed on a mantle, shelf, or even hang on the wall.
I purchased these wooden letters at Hobby Lobby but you could also use paper mache’ letters. I decided to spell the word JOY.

Supplies needed for this project:
Wooden or Paper Mache’ Letters
Acrylic paint
Scotch Quick Dry glue ~ use this to adhere your patterned paper to the letters
Patterned paper ~ I used My Mind’s Eye “Signature Christmas”
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Tea Dye
Mod Podge ~ Use this to cover the letters to seal down the patterned paper
Cricut Cartridge ~ Winter Woodland
Stickles ~ Stardust, Baby Blue
Gelly Roll Pen
Foam Tape

For my second project I made a wreath.
You can put this together quickly.

Supplies needed for this project:
Styrofoam wreath base
Spray paint to cover the wreath base
Patterned paper ~ I used My Mind’s Eye “Signature Christmas”
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Aged Mahogany
Cricut Cartridge ~ Home Accents but you can find a leaf on many other cartridges
Straight pins
A beautiful bow ~ I found this gorgeous bow at Hobby Lobby. It was 50% off at the time.
Now, who wants blog candy? Today I am offering one lucky winner a package of some of my favorite crafting items. I use these often in my creations and think that others would enjoy using these, also.
To win these goodies all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you. You don’t have to become a follower but I’d be thrilled if you did! You have until midnight est., Sunday, December 19th. I will use to choose and the winner will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Now it's your turn! Let's see your Christmas/Holiday-Themed Decor projects! Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project!
Next stop is the super talented Sharon at Ladybug Designs. Go see what she has in store for you today... And when you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!
Happy Crawling!
This is the order of the Crawl in case you get lost:

1. Andrea
2. Angela
7. Elsa
8. Erin
10. Jamie
11. Jean
13. Jill
14. Jordan
15. Joyce
16. Kate
18. Leinad
19. Lori
20. Melin
22. Penny
23. Robin
24. Saundra You are here!
25. Sharon
26. Sherri

Friday, December 10, 2010

Blog Hop News

Happy Friday, Everyone! Sorry I haven't posted anything the last few days. It's a busy time of year as many of you know. I have been working on a few projects that I will be sharing with you next week.


I just wanted to remind you about the Fantabulous Cricut "Deck the Halls" Crawl coming up on Monday, Dec. 13th.

Fantabulous Cricut

The design team is working hard to being you some fantabulous decorating ideas using your Cricut machine.
Here's a little sneak peek of what I have been working on.

I also wanted to let you know about the Rockin' New Years Eve Blog Hop that will be happening on December 30th - 31st. There is a great line up of blogs participating and it is going to be all about celebrating. And there is going to be some blog candy along the way and you don't want to miss out on that.

Thanks for stopping by and as always thank you for all the sweet comments.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Gift Box

Happy Monday! It's time for another Challenge Me Monday #39 over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. This weeks challenge is all about gift giving. I decided to make a gift box for cookies.
I'm also adding this to the challenge over at Made By Momo. The challenge is to make some kind of gift holder.

Supply List:
Paper Mache' Star Box ~ Found mine at Hobby Lobby
Scoth Quick Dry Glue
Patterned Paper ~ Hobby Lobby
Fiscars Punch
Braid ~ Hobby Lobby
Acylic Craft Paint ~ Wine
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Aged Mahogany
Cricut Cartridges ~ Pooh and Friends, snowflake ( I used this to make my poinsetta ) ~ Tags Bags, Boxes, and More, tag
Scrappy Moms Stamps ~ Winter Wishes
Martha Stewart ~ gem

Make sure to go and see what all the other designers have put together to inspire you and don't forget to participate in the challenge ove at FCCB. The fantabulous prizes given away every week. Now who doesn't love prizes!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

And the Winner Is...

Happy Mom 2010!

Congratulations, Gina! I have sent you an email.

Thank you, Everyone, that commented and participated in the Christmas Card Blog Hop. I would like to remind you all about the Fantabulous Cricut "Deck the Halls'' Crawl that will be coming up December 13th.

Fantabulous Cricut

The design team is working hard to bring you some holiday inspiration. Hope to see you there!

~Saundra :)

I'm Here for You

Hi Everyone, I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Today's card is for Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #41. The challenge is to make an encouragement card. I don't have anyone in mind to give this card but it is always nice to have these cards on hand to let someone know you care. I was in the mood to color so this is a Cricut free card.
Here is the supply list:
Stampabilities ~ ACarrot Between Friends ~House Mouse Designs
Prisma Colored Pencils
Mineral Spirits
Patterned Paper ~ DCWV Baby Boy Mat Stack
Ribbon ~ American Crafts
Sentiment ~ Scrappy Moms Stamps ~ A Pinch and a Dash
Fiscars Punch
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Tea Dye
Foam Tape
Glue Dots

Thank you all for the sweet comments. I will be posting the winner from the Christmas Card Bog Hop later today. I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing Sunday.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Secret Santa Invitation

Hello Everyone!
Before I get to my card today I just wanted to thank everyone that hopped by yesterday. Jen (Simply Chic Cards by Jen), thank you for being so sweet and asking me to take part in the blog hop. And, I just want to say WELCOME to all my new followers.

Today I want to share with you an invitation I made for Peachy Keen's Let's Face It Friday. The challenge was to make an invitation to a party and to include a Peachy Keen face on the invitation.
Here are the details:
Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Cricut Cartridge: Paper Doll Dress Up
Peachy Keen Stamps: PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment
PK-754 Critter Faces Set A Medium
Scrappy Moms Stamps: Winter Wishes
Fiscars Stamp
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: D'Vine Swirls
Action Wobble
Fun Flock: Chili Pepper Red and Cotton Ball White
Martha Stewart coarse glitter ( I added this to the white flock to give some sparkle)
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Ranger Glossy Accents
Stickle: Christmas Red (on the reindeer's nose)
White Gelly Roll Pen
Back of invitation is computer generated

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Card Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Christmas Card Blog Hop! This is my first hop and I am very excited that you came for a visit. Thank you, Jen, for inviting me. If you came here from Karen’s blog The Busy Bug then you are in the right place. If you would like to start the hop from the beginning then just click HERE.

I have two cards that I would like to share with you today. The first card is made with a cute little mouse stamp that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. These mice are just too cute! It is a Stampabilities House Mouse stamp called "Cuddly and Warm."
Here is a close up to see the sparkle.
I used Prisma Colored Pencils and odorless Mineral Spirits to color in my little mouse scene. I used Accent Essentials for the marquee shape. The Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder was used for the background. Stardust Stickles for a little sparkle on the snow and the hats. Added some ribbon and snowflake brad to finish off this card. The sentiment if from Scrappy Moms Winter Wishes set.

My next card is made from Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge. The sentiment is also from Scrappy Moms Winter Wishes and it is what inspired this card.
Here is a close up to see the sparkle. :)
I used Winter Frolic for the tree and Create A Critter for the hearts. The background paper is from K&Company Pepermint Twist Stack. I trimmed the star from the tree and added a heart button threaded with some embroidery floss. A white gelly roll pen was used for stitching. The tree was embossed with the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. I added Christmas Red Stickles to the hearts and Cotton Candy Stickles to the ornaments. This was a simple card but I really like how it came out.

Now just for hopping to my blog you are going to get a chance win this collection of scrappy supplies.

All you have to do to win these goodies is to leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you. I would love for you to become a follower but it is not necessary to win these goodies. I will choose a winner on Sunday, December 5th.

After you leave your comment you are going to want to hop on over to Celeste’s blog CCs Cards. You don’t want to miss what she has for you today. And, if you got lost and want to get back on track here is the whole list of blogs participating in the Christmas Card Blog Hop:

1. Jen at jennyscards

3. Momo at madebymomo

6. Karen at thebusybug

7. Saundra at luvscrappingtogether  <--- You are here!

8. Celeste at ccscards

9. Jeanine at scrappinwithjc

10. Roma at romascards

11. Norma at pinkblingcrafter

12. Court at courtscrafts

Have fun hoppin'!
~Saundra :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Upcoming Events

Happy Tuesday, Everyone.

I just wanted to share some info with you all. Tomorrow, December 1st, I will be participating in a Christmas Card Blog Hop. This is my first hop ever and so I am quite excited. This hop will include 11 talented ladies and I hope you will join us. There will some giveaways, too, and you won't want to miss out!

Also On December 13 I woould like to invite you to the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl "Deck the Halls" Blog Hop! It is going to be filled with home decor items that you are just not going to want to miss and there are prizes! We all know how much we like prizes! Hope to see you all there.

Fantabulous Cricut

Have a Super, Fabulous Day!