Catching up

The move, along with the super nasty virus my computer recently had, have put a major damper on my online life! I have felt so disconnected from the scrappy world and I really don't like it! This feeling also made me stop and wonder if I have some sort of addiction! LOL!!
I am hoping this disconnectedness will end soon and I can start hopping around once again a bit more.
I also realized that it has been WAY TOO LONG since I shared some scrappy projects with you! (I also realized it has been way too long since I did something else, but more about that later!) This is a long post with projects from Jillibean Soup and Bo Bunny, the new Cricut cartridges. and some news about GCD Studios. Let's just say "You have been warned"!
First up I have some Jillibean Soup Christmas happiness to share using the Chestnut Soup Collection. I created this shaker ornament by re-purposing the sugar picks packaging. Before I glued the plastic top back in place, I filled the inside very carefully with the little beads. This was a tad tricky, but I finally got it to work!This is a card I created using the new Chestnut Soup Collection as well and the Santie image is from the Cricut Gingerbread Seasonal Cartridge. And don't you just love those mini jingle bells?!

My last Jillibean project is this altered frame I made. This was super simple and easy using the Chestnut Soup Collection and the Cricut A Child's Year Cartridge.
I also wanted to share with you about Hello Thursday. On the 3rd Thursday of the month you get to see previews of newest Cricut cartridges that will be coming your way. For those of you who are members of the Cricut Circle, you get to see them on Wednesday on the Cricut Circle Blog and in the Circle PDF magazine. Yesterday we had an amazing post on the blog showing incredible creations using the 9 upcoming cartridges.
Next up are my recent Bo Bunny creations. I seriously love the Noel Collection! These are the Christmas colors that really make me feel warm and happy! I created this ornament by covering a papermache ornament with patterned paper and then I embellished it with the trim and stickers!This card was created for a challenge to use a Christmas decoration on a card. I decided to craft my own ornament and attached it to the card to that it could be removed and hung on a Christmas tree.
Here I am lifting up the ornament to see the message below it!
Here is how I fastened the cord to the inside of the card. Just some simple tape will do the trick.
I wish I had gotten a photo of this hanging on the tree, but the day I took these photos I was in a hurry and just wasn't thinking! Can you forgive me?! LOL!!!
Next, a card with tons of fussy cutting (not sure if that is what I feel like I am doing when I cut things out, but that is what everyone seems to be calling it these days!!!) Anyway, lots of that and layering with my fave double sided foam tape...Scotch 3M. I seriously can not live without this stuff!
My final project for today is this ornament I made with the Winter Joy Collection! Love the greens and purples in this line! I got the ornament at Hobby Lobby and it came already filled with the fake snow! I simply added the rubons and trim and it was ready to go!
My final bit of news is to remind you to stop by the GCD Studios blog to check out their CHA Winter releases! They are sharing images as well as having some fabulous giveaways. Donna Salazar has designed 2 new collections and Melody Ross has designed another one as well! All of them are fabulous!!!


PS...If you have lasted this long you deserve to know that once I get settled into my new home, which will be some time in early January, I will be having a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY that you and all of your friends will not want to miss! So stay tuned!


Teresa Collins and Heidi Swapp

My computer is on the fritz...bad computer virus! I have been without one for over a week! Anyway...thanks to my sister I am sharing this with you today!
First up, I thought EVERYONE should know about the fabulous giveaways going on over at Teresa Collins blog! She started these on December 1 and they will be going on for 25 days! So you still have time to check them out! You can see all the details HERE!

Second up...Do you have a Yudu? Do you know what a Yudu is? Or maybe you have no idea what I am talking about! No matter you answer, you must check out this webshow hosted by Heidi Swapp on 12/8/10 using this super fun personal screen printing machine. You can check out her show HERE! She had a fabulous giveaway going on that day too, but since my computer was out of commission I wasn't able to get you hooked up for that.

I apologize for not having any projects to share today, but my time has really been limited lately due to our move/relocation and even more so by not having a computer! I am sure that 2011 will be moving a little slower! At least I sure hope so! LOL!!!!

Happy Holiday Hugs!

Joyful Peace

I love decorating for Christmas and I love creating my own decorations even more. For this project I was inspired to create a wreath for my home using empty ribbon roll spools. I used the fabulous GCD Studios Joyful Peace collection to create my project. Follow along below for all the details on how I created my wreath and the flowers that I embellished it with.
Here is a close up of one of the flowers.
Here is a detail of the Glimmer misting, distressing and layering of the papers.
GCD Studios
Patterned Paper - Joyful Peace Collection
Vintage Brads - Artsy Urban by Melody Ross
Gift Bags 4 - Homespun Chic by Melody Ross

Empty Ribbon Spools (enough to make it all the way around the wreath)
Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels in Gold
Scalloped edged decorative scissors by Fiskars
Scalloped circle punches Marvy Uchida
Distress Ink by Ranger
16 inch wire floral wreath by Hobby Lobby
Hot glue gun
Liquid adhesive
Permanent marker by Sharpie

Take an empty spool roll and adhere it to patterned paper with your favorite liquid adhesive.
Once the glue is dry, cut around the edge of the spool with the scalloped edge scissors leaving a small edge.
Ink and distress the edges.
Repeat this with all of the spools. Once all of the spools are finished, hot glue the back side of each spool to the wire floral wreath. There will be a small amount of space between each of them. On the front side of the wreath attach the layered scalloped circles between each of the spools to help cover the wire wreath.
To make the flowers you will need to create 3 petal templates. I drew mine on plastic packaging (the kind you have to cut with scissors to remove from the product) using a Sharpie. Make one larger than the other one. To create different size flowers just make the petals either larger or smaller as you desire.
Trace the petals onto the patterned paper.
Cut out all of the petals.
Cut out 6 of each size for each flower. Ink the edges of each petal.
Next lightly mist each petal.Use your fingers to curl the petal.
Repeat this with all of the petals.
Punch or cut out a small circle shape to use as the base for applying your petals. Attach the larger petals to the base first using a hot glue gun. You are also going to create some petals using the Melody Ross gift bags.
Use the larger petal template and trace the petals onto the gift bag using the Sharpie marker.
Cut out 6 petals from the gift bag.
You are going to scrunch the gift bag petals like you did the paper petals and then bring them to a point on the end.
However, since they will not hold their shape you will need to carefully hold them scrunched as you hot glue them to the center of the larger paper petals. And yes, the gift bag material will melt a little, just be careful not to use too much glue!
Next attach the smaller paper petals offsetting them with the other petals.
Create a center with a small scalloped circle and finish it off with a brad.
Create 3 flowers and attach them to the wreath. Apply the Gold Glimmer Mist for added shine and they hang and enjoy your wreath!

Happy Hugs!

Christmas Crafting

Christmas is right around the corner and making gifts for family and friends is something I enjoy doing throughout the year in preparation for the holiday season. The project I am sharing today was rather simple to create using an inexpensive notebook I picked up at my local craft store. I loved that this one had a ribbon already in place adding a nice touch to keeping the notebook closed as well as adding decorative accent to the embellished cover.

I used the Home Spun Chic Collection to cover and embellish the notebook. To create the front and back covers I laid the notebook down on the paper and traced around it creating two pieces, one for the front and one for the back. I added a half inch extra to this which was then wrapped around toward the inside of the notebook. Next I cut a strip to create the spine making it wide enough to cover over and overlap slightly onto the front and back covers. Once you have these pieces cut out, begin by gluing the front and back covers in place. Then glue the piece of paper for the spine in place. You might need to make a couple slits in the paper you are using to create the spine and tuck them down into the top and bottom edges to give it a nice clean edge. I finished it off by adding the felt flower, label, chipboard piece and letter stickers.

Patterned Paper: Home Spun Chic Collection/Home Spun Mod Flocking
Embellishments: Felt Flowers, Word Strips and Textile Tags
Other: Letter Stickers by Cosmo Cricket

Happy Christmas Crafting!

So thankful...

I truly have so many things to be thankful for this year! Despite all the craziness of moving, I have had time to stop and think about the many things that I am thankful for.
  • Danny my loving husband and best friend
  • My parents and for all their love and support
  • The rest of my family and for all their love and support as well
  • My health and well being
  • Danny's new job and my new job
  • The many new opportunities that await us
  • God's gracious and never ending love
Now I leave you with a sneak peak of a project I created that is being featured on the exclusive Cricut Circle blog today...
Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art
Accent Essentials
Gypsy Wanderings
Teresa Collins Giving Thanks, Blingage and Paper Girl Collections
Bo Bunny Cardstock

Happy Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!

Now I can breathe...

at least for a few weeks any way! The house is up on the market and now I only have a few weeks left at work. Then the craziness will begin once again as we try to find a new home and officially move. I will also be starting a new job in the new year. In between all of this, we will throw in the holidays for little added craziness! Ahhh...but we have so much to be thankful for during this transition in our lives and I am truly thankful for it all!

No on to some scrappiness...
Here is one of my recent Jillibean Soup projects that I created using the Monster Stew collection. My best friend Rachel shared these photos of one of her son's with me and they worked perfectly with this collection! Thanks again girl!!!
I had a blast playing with the new corrugated shapes (I love stars for boy layouts!!!)And the new sprouts and sugar picks added a great touch as well!!!Last but not least...Jillibean is having a fabulous giveaway going on until Thanksgiving! As you know they recently teamed up with Unity Stamps and released a fabulous collection of adorable stamps! Jillibean Soup is going to be giving a set away a day until Thanksgiving, so stop by the blog HERE and check out all the details! And good luck too!

Happy Hugs!