Saturday, December 31, 2011

December cards: Bundled Buddies

I promised I'd have these cards up on the blog by the end of the weekend and I'm trying to follow timelines. I am doing better and I'm actually working ahead on some projects. I have to admit, this has been my favorite paper line and stamp set for the fall/winter catalog. These cards basically put themselves together.

I started with a Grey Flannel base for this card used spring iris and heavenly blue cardstock accents. The chocolate and white twine is Martha Stewart. For all the cards I used a blending pen to add twilight, spring iris, heavenly blue, and crystal blue coloring to the little animals clothing. I also used a snow pen to add a little fuzzy to the cards. To get the other accent colors on the animals (fur, ears, paws, beak, etc.) I used watercolor pencils. the patterned paper is from the Wonderland line. Other accents used are opaques, chocolate and white ribbon, and various other ribbons from my stash.

Friday, December 30, 2011

December cards

Hey all! In case you're wondering where the December cards are, they are almost finished and ready to publish. I did a bare bones cards this month so that everyone could color the images to their liking and not because that's the way I did it. After all, I'm not perfect and I don't have all the answers. I can't wait to share them with you because they are super cute. We used the Wonderland paper and Bundled Buddies stamp set. I have to admit that is my favorite stamp set right now because the little woodland animals are just so super cute! Hopefully they will be here by the end of the weekend!!!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Exploring Cricut Daily Project: Happy Birthday

I am in charge of today's daily project so my idea is for a birthday card for someone other than a child. (Not that it couldn't be for a child)

I started off with a cranberry base. I cut the cake on the plate from the cartridge From my Kitchen. The cut was made at 4" on Heavenly blue, sky, chocolate, and vanilla cream to get all of the different layers.

The font is from Calligraphy Collection and it was cut at 3" from another red cardstock (not sure of the name may be cardinal). I used my Gypsy to weld the letters together before cutting and adhered the title over the piece of cake.

This card was very simple and could be blinged up quiet a bit, but it was made for someone that prefers simple. Thanks for viewing my project! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and took tons of pictures to scrapbook!!! Til nex time, Happy Scrappin' Emily

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tree Challenge

Today's challenge at Exploring Cricut was to create a card, layout, or paper craft using a tree from any cartridge. I decided to create a Christmas layout (single page for a frame). My tree came from the Art Philosophy cartridge as well as the font.

For this project I used the Believe paper, and the Holiday Wishes stamp set.

The upper portion of the layout has 6 strips of paper alternating between the plaid and the stripe. These are cut at 1.5x3. I then cut out "Merry Christmas" using the font on Art Philosophy. The size was 2".

The bottom portion of this layout has a plaid piece that is cut at 5.5x11; the stripe piece is cut at 6x11.5. The photo is 5x7. After cutting the tree using the Art Philosophy cartridge I stamped it using the Holiday Wishes stamp set with topiary ink. I used Diamond stickles for the green leaves and Candy Cane stickles for the red birds.

This was a very simply stated layout and very easy to complete.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Exploring Cricut Daily Project: O Christmas Tree!

For my project this week I decided to try my luck with a design I had seen on another card by Jen Rubio. She created a Christmas tree out of 4 hearts. It looked complicated so I wasn't sure it would turn out, but here it is and I'm pretty pleased overall. Still a few kinks to work out before it's sendable.

I started with a base of 5.5 x 4.25, then layered topiary cardstock and the plaid from the Believe line (both CTMH). I then cut 3 hearts from the Art Philosophy cartridge (now my all time fav) at 2"and 1 heart at 1". I stamped each with a stamp from the set "Mad About You" (CTMH) with topiary ink (I think it makes the perfect Christmas green). I cut a small brown (chocolate - CTMH) piece for the trunk, added some sparkles, a little puffy snow on the edges of the tree and almost finished.

To finish it off and give it an outdoorsy feel I cut 1 circle at 2.25" and cut it in half and 1 circle at 1.5" and cut it in half also and then layered to make snowdrifts. These circles are also from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

What I thought was going to be a complicated card turn out to be not so hard after all.
Happy Crafting All!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Exploring Cricut challenge #4

This week's challenge at Exploring Cricut is to create a card, layout, or other paper project using a sled or sleigh from any cartridge. For my project I used a little boy sledding down a hill from the Winter Frolic cartridge.

I cut the image at 5" along with all the layers. The card base is 5x7, and the white part of the base is cut free hand.

cardstock: royal blue (company unknown), white daisy, holiday red, topiary, desert sand, grey flannel, archival black (ctmh)
Markers: face (copic E00, E11, E13), eyes: moonlight, mouth: blush (ctmh)
Stamp set: Snow Flurries (ctmh)
inks: colonial white, brown bag (ctmh)
cartridge: Winter Frolic
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Exploring Cricut Daily Project: Card Box

Today for my Exploring Cricut project I decided to do a card box. For this project I used Storybook cartridge for the font, and Christmas cartridge for the snowflakes.

The box is 6x6

Measurements for the paper:

cardstock base: 5.75 x 4

pattern paper: 5.25 x 3.5

cardstock layer: 4.75 x 3.5, then rip off about a .25 to .5 in

border layer: 5.75 x 2.5

I cut the word cards at 2.5 inches with the base shadow.

The snowflakes were cut using the Christmas cartridge and I cut them at 2". I used 2 large snowflakes and one snowflake on each side and in the center of each snowflake I put a sparkle.

Materials used:

cardstock: topiary, holiday red, sweet leaf, white daisy, and colonial white (CTMH)

pattern paper: Believe (CTMH)

Embellishment: sparkles (CTMH)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Exploring Cricut Challenge: Turkey

For this weeks challenge we were asked to create a page, card, or paper project using a turkey. My turkey comes from Doodlecharms cartridge. The base image was cut using desert sand cardstock then layered the white and black (all CTMH). All images were cut using the Gypsy with a height of 2.65

I then cut the phrase "Give Thanks" from the Thanksgiving cartridge at a height of 1.5 with black cardstock.

The base is Honey cardstock and the pattern paper is from the Olivia line (all CTMH).

As a finishing touch I sponged cocoa ink around the drumstick so that it would pop.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

November Card Workshop

I recently had the November card workshop where we made 6 Christmas cards. I have to admit, Christmas is my all time favorite time of year. I love the smells, the sights, and the music. In the hustle and bustle of this season it's so easy to lose the true meaning of Christmas. So before everything starts going haywire, let me be the first to say Merry Christmas. I hope I don't offend anyone with the word Christmas, but that's what the season is truely about so I refuse to be politically correct with this holiday.

For the cards we used the Believe line of pattern paper and the Christmas Love (D1492) set.

This first card is my absolute favorite. I started with a white card base then layered on Topiary cardstock that I had dry embossed earlier, then holiday red cardstock that was prepunched with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch. a Piece of ribbon(not sure of the manufacturer) and a bow of the same ribbon. Chocolate and white cardstock were layered with one of the stamped sayings from the set and a topiary button to complete the card!

This card starts with a holiday red base, then add a scalloped square using the striped paper and a fancy square (both images were cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge). The Christmas tree image was stamped on using topiary ink and holiday red ink, some sparkles were added along with a white stamped Joy!

This card starts with a white base, then layers 4 strips of pattern paper. I aheared the ribbon to the chocolate piece before attatching it to the card. The oval was cut using George and Basic Shapes cartridge and a stocking was stamped on the oval and a gift on a canvas badge button.

For this card I started with a holiday red card base. layered the pattern paper, added a piece of jute, a couple pieces of ribbon and the banner pieces cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.

This is probably my next favorite card for this month. It starts with a sky base, layer the pattern paper in 3 different sizes to resemble gifts, add a piece of ribbon and a rhinestone brad for a bow on top. This card is supper easy, but I love it!!
This card also starts with a white card base although you can't see the base. I cut about an inch off the outside edge before adding the cardstock. I put the chocolate cardstock flush to the folded edge then added the holiday red and topiary. I stamped the saying with vanilla creme ink and added a pretty gingham ribbon.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Exploring Cricut Daily Project: Happy Boo Day

This project was very simple to create. I started with a basic layout using Mischief pattern paper from Close to My Heart. One of my best friends little boy had a birthday in October so this was a page I intend to give her the next time we get together. It will either be for his birthday or for Halloween, she could use it for either.

Besides the Mischief pattern paper, I also used cardstock in black, red barn, sunset, and desert sand also from CTMH.

The title Happy Boo Day was cut using the Alphalicious cartridge and it was cut at 2 inches in Sunset.

After adding the title I then cut out the pumpkins from Stretch Your Imagination, also at 2 inches. I cut each image three times, 1 in sunset, 1 in sunny yellow blackout, and 1 in topiary also in blackout. I cut off what I didn't need and layered the rest. The yellow blackout was adhered to the back.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Advent Box

I decided to try something a little different this year. I added a special project to my workshop dates. My card group got together this past Friday to create Advent Boxes and I have to confess I thought they turned out super cute!!!

The box itself was super easy to create. We started with a white box and covered all sides with pattern paper from the Believe line (CTMH). For added dazzle we put pom pom ribbon and red sparkles on the front of the box. These were also from CTMH.

For the inside of the box (we had 24 cards to decorate). We covered each card with a 3x3 piece of pattern paper, added a 2x2 piece of cardstock (sky, holiday red, sweet leaf, or topiary). We cut 24 big circles and 24 smaller circles and stamped them with numbers 1-24. then before adding the circles to our cards we added a paper "ribbon" which came from the zip edge of the pattern paper. Then for the finishing touch each person added their own traditional advent projects for each day to the cards. Super cute!!!!
Monday, November 7, 2011

Exploring Cricut Challenge #3

The challenge over at Exploring Cricut this week is to use leaves and an acorn from any cartridge. They do need to be in Fall colors. For my project I used the leaves and acorn from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

The card base is 5.5 x 4.25
The blue leaves paper(CTMH) is 5.25 x 4
Chocolate cardstock (CTMH) 3.25 x 2.25
Colonial White cardstock (CTMH) 3 x 2
The 3 orange strips are .75 x 3
Embellishments: opaques, chocolate/colonial white grosgrain (CTMH)

The acorn was stamped with chocolate ink using the 2nd generation technique. The leaves have the awesome texture because of the way they were stamped. I inked the entire stamp with Sunflower ink (which is a yellow), then used a tissue to dab on some goldrush ink, to finish it off I used autumn terracota with another tissue to dab the ink just on the edges. This technique gives you a lot of bang for just a little bit of extra effort. Hope you enjoy my card! Don't forget to post your project to the Exploring Cricut blog. I always look forward to seeing everyone's ideas!!!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Exploring Cricut Project #2

This project was created for a special little girl who is truly a princess. She is my best friend's littlest angel and she will be turning one soon so this is a goodie bag for her.

All cuts are from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge which I thought was very appropriate.

The bag was cut at width 11.45 inches, height 6.41 inches (I used my gypsy to get it to that size. I'm sure you could do the same with "fit to page")

The handles are part of the same image as the bag so automatically cut to the correct size.

The crown was cut at width 3.64 and height 3.0 again using my gypsy to get this size.

materials used are

pattern paper: Sophia (CTMH)

cardstock: Blush and Pear (CTMH)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October card class

Due to having obligations at my real job, card class for this month had to be postponed. I struggled with ideas for this month, but for the most part I'm really pleased with what I was able to come up with.

For these cards I used

Pattern paper: Dreamin' (CTMH)

Cardstock: Goldrush, Pacifica, Colonial White, Bamboo (CTMH)

Ribbon: Colonial White twill, stitched ribbon from Honey collection and brown striped(CTMH)

Embellishments: glitter brads, yellow brads, opaques, natural hemp, and bronze glitter glue (CTMH)

stamp set: Harvet Happiness and other fall stamps for sayings (CTMH)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

I recieved this from a great friend, Lori, who is a co-design team member at

As a recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award, there are 3 rules to follow…1. Thank the person who awarded you.2. Tell 7 things about yourself that your readers may not know.3. Award 7 other bloggers with this award.

Thanks Lori, you're the greatest!

7 Things I haven't mentioned

1) I drive entirely too fast.

2) I'm always running late, hense #1

3) Ella is my first Pomeranian and the first dog we've had that is truely mine

4) I teach special education to middle school and high school students and love it on most days.

5) I collect Cherished Teddies (not so much anymore cause they take up room that I could use to store all my scrapbooking stuff!

6) At one time I wanted to be an attorney

7) I'm a special aunt to 3 great babies (ok, one of them is 4 and no longer a baby)

7 other blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award(in no particular order)

1. Diane:

2. Sharon:

3. Lezlye:

4. Sara:

5. Diana:

6. Kim:

7. Leah:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Challenge #2 Celebrations cartridge

This week's challenge was to use the candy from the Celebrations cartridge. Here's my project!

The card base is 5x7.

Topiary (CTMH) is 4.75x6.75

Stripe (CTMH) 4.5x6.5

Holiday red (CTMH) 4.25x4 and 4.25x2

Ribbon is from Michael's

Candy cut @ 2 in. using Sweet Leaf, Holiday Red, and White Daisy (CTMH)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Daily Project: Mischievious Elf

Hi everyone! I'm so excited about my project for today. I'm normally a card girl so in the spirit of creating out of the box I decided to try something new. This is not the project I started out to complete for today, but I'm so glad I switched gears. I'm a teacher so normally I threaten anyone who wakes me up before 10:00 on Saturday. Kinda hard to threaten yourself. I woke up at 8:00 with an idea running through my head and was so excited, I couldn't go back to sleep. Guess I work better under pressure, but I won't share that with my boss. So after working on this picture for 2 days and a great deal of tweaking, here is my creation for the week! Happy Scrappin'

This project is definately easy enough for anyone. I started with a piece of White Daisy cardstock (CTMH), cut to 8x10. I created my own "SmootchSpritz" using spray pen, White Daisy reinker, and pearl paint (CTMH). While this was drying I set off to start making all the cuts.

The sleigh was cut at 2 in from the Winter Woodland cartridge. I used Grey Flannel, White Daisy, Topiary cardstock (CTMH), C1, Y17, and Y15(copics) along with 3 red sparkles.

Inside the sleigh is the head of an elf cut from Jolly Holiday cartridge and 1.5 inches. I used White Daisy and Sweet Leaf cardstock (CTMH) and E00, E11, E13, R20(copics). I also used Fun Flock in Cotton Ball White (Stampendous) on the Elf's hat.

The Reindeer is from the stamp set I Believe (CTMH) and is stamped with Chocolate ink (CTMH) and I used 1 red sparkles for his nose. The gold thread that is connecting the sleigh and reindeer is from my stash, not sure of the company.

The house was cut at 2 inches from the Jolly Holiday cartridge. I used Holiday red, White Daisy, and Black cardstock(CTMH). I also used the Fun Flock in Cotton Ball White on the snow.

Yes, that's Santa on the roof. He was cut from the Jolly Holiday cartridge at .75 inch. I used the Holiday red, White Daisy, and Black cardstock (CTMH)

The frame is from Wal-Mart.
Monday, October 10, 2011

Design Team 1

Recently a friend asked me to be a design team member for a new blog she was creating called, Exploring Cricut. We were asked to create a card, page, or other paper craft using square3 and 2 flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge. Since I'm a CTMH consultant this project was fairly easy for me. Hope you enjoy the card I made and it inspires you to creativity.


Colonial White cardstock for Base, square3, and 2 flowers; not sure of the color of the yellow cardstock; blue pattern and the circle pattern are from the Emporium paper line; sweet leaf ink, sparkles from Hero Arts.

All cricut cuts are 2.5 in.

The images from the cartridge are square3 and the flowers are flower7 which go with the stamp images that come with the cartridge.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Christmas Pictures

Yesterday Ella and I had our pictures taken for our Christmas cards. For those who may not know me, Ella is my dog not a child, though I refer to her like she is a child quite frequently. This is a tradition that we started when she was a puppy 6 years ago. We go to Redmond Photography here in Maysville cause I can't imagine that anyone could get better pictures of Ella than Lee. Here are a few of my favorites.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Home

I have a friend that recently moved into a new house. Once a month I try to send her diaper coupons since she has two little ones at home. Since I love making cards I usually try to make a special card to send the coupons in. This is the latest creation. I used CTMH: Roxie and the flower was probably Making Memories. The stamp set was CTMH, Welcome to the Neighborhood, and the bling in the center of the flower is Hero Arts.