Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guest Designer Today!

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I've been MIA... I have moved twice in the last month - once for work, and then my home - it has been crazy doing that on top of the Holidays!  I am meticulously unpacking my new craft room, so I hope to start posting again real soon!

In the meantime, I am a guest designer on Crop Chocolate today - please visit and come back and let me know how you like my project!  Be forewarned... this was the first video I ever made... and I was so nervous!

Crop Chocolate - Guest Designer Julie

Enjoy - And Happy Holidays to you all!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

Tomorrow is my Dad's birthday!  I know he has enjoyed all of the handmade cards I've made him in the past, so I couldn't let this occasion go by without making him another one:
I still think guy cards are tough, but as long as you can pick your own colors for cricut cuts, you have options!  All my Dad wants for his birthday is for the whole family to go out to dinner - I wouldn't miss it for the world :)  Have a great day!

About this card:
DCWV Light Blue Card Base
Mats - White CS (stash) & Blue Glitter Paper is from DCWV 'Doodling Around" (Corner Chompers around both edges)
Presents - Cricut Cut from Birthday Bash cut at 3.5" using Bazzill Bling CS
Stickles - Lime Green, Waterfall, True Blue, Cinnamon & Platinum
Sentiment - The Paper Company

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stitching Challenge

Wow... It's been a while since I've posted!  It's been tough to craft lately - we are in the process of trying to see our house, and my realtor told me that I had to pack all of my crafting stuff away to make the room look less cluttered.  It is a lot of work pulling it all out and setting things back up again, so I've been taking a bit of a break.  That said, I was assigned a challenge to make something with stitching on it.  The stitching doesn't have to be real, which is the only reason I was able to participate:)  Here's what I came up with:

It's a simple 4x4 card, and it helped me get my stuff all set up again, so hopefully more good stuff will be coming soon!

About This Card:
Papertrey Ink Brown Cardstock Base
Patterned Paper - MME Laundry Line
Solid Cardstock - Papertrey Ink Ocean Tides
Ribbon & Pearls - Stash
Butterfly - Making Memories Paper Reverie
Sentiment - My Pink Stamper Summer Vacation
Stickles - Cinnamon 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Babies are Here!

Hi everyone!  It has been a literal Baby Shower around me lately... in the last 3 weeks, 4 babies have been born to close acquaintances - 3 girls, and one boy.  As I prepare to make my rounds and visit these little bundles of joy, I have some cards to make.  I only got one done tonight, and here it is:

This is for my boss who had a baby girl.  My boss isn't the real cute/babyish type, so I wanted to make her a card that was a little more elegant.  I've been itching to make another shaped card, so I got that out of my system with this one.  I used the Florals Embellished Cricut cartridge and welded2 of the shadow features together to make this card.  I hope she likes it!

About this card:
All Cardstock - Bazzill Bling
Florals Embellished Cricut Cartridge - Cut at 4"
Burgundy Stickles
Bling/Pearls, Ribbon & Sentiment - Stash

Friday, August 19, 2011

Challenge Time!

Hi Everyone!  I have some good news :)  I was accepted into the Focus Group for Crop Chocolate, the one I told you about in my previous post!  I am very excited to be a part of this group!  We were already given a challenge to participate in, so I wanted to share my entry with you, and wanted to show you how YOU can play too!  We were given this photo:
We were asked to design a project using this photo collage for inspiration, that contained 75% of materials purchased from Crop Chocolate (see sidebar).  Here's what I came up with:

As you can see, I focused on layout and basic elements for this card I entered.  Here's what I used:

All of the cardstock came from a Crop Chocolate (CC) grab bag (with the exception of the white base & the white tag I stamped/colored).  Here's what I used:

1.) Upper left corner - Bo Bunny a gift of Love/Coral Dot mounted on Basic Grey Indian Summer plum wine.  I used Gina K luxury white for the tag/stamp base - the stamps (inkadinkado & KI & Co.) and copics I used to color were mine. I cut the tag from Spellbinders Labels 4.

2.) Upper right corner - American Crafts City Park/Hyde Park mounted on Echo Park Be Mine/Lipgloss Stone. I ran the top layer through my cuttlebug using my swiss dots folder.  I mounted on them a Sassafras Paper Whimsy/Flower Child and put glossy accents on all of the petals & stem.  The button in the center is a Making Memories paperie button from the poolside collection. - All CC :)

3.) Lower left corner American Crafts City Park/Lakeside park mounted on the reverse side of itself.  The twine was from my stash, and the brad is from Making Memories Paper Reverie Noir collection.

4.) Lower right corner - American Crafts City Park Fairmont Gardens mounted on the reverse side of itself.  I ran the top layer through my cuttlebug using the d'vine swirls folder, then mounted Making Memories Metal Butterflies to it. - All CC again :)

NOW - Here's how you can play along... My friend Paula at Scrap Addict's Attic is using the same photo collage as inspiration for a challenge on her blog - please click through to her blog and play along... you'll be amazed what you come up with!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Focus Group Entry

Hello everyone!  This week I decided to enter to become a member of a focus group for Crop Chocolate (CC).  CC is a website that offers 1 deal at a time, multiple times throughout the day.  What makes them extra special, is that you can hold numerous items in your cart and have them shipped all together to save on shipping.  I stumbled upon them 2 months ago, and it has become my favorite site for deals - click the link in my sidebar to check them out - tell them 'Crazy4Cocoa' sent you (yep... that's me)!

Back to the topic here - CC is forming a focus group and asked people to enter by creating a project using 4 elements from crop chocolate.  Here's my entry:

The 4 elements I used from CC were the patterned paper (Echo Park Splash), the whale's eye is a Basic Grey brad from Oliver, the aqua trim is from the Fine and Dandy line and the Blue button is from Making Memories.  I'll let you know if I make the cut!  If I don't, there will be a new focus group forming in 6 months, so there's always next time :)

Additionally about this card:
Navy Cardstock Base - Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening
Whale - Cricut Cut from Splish Splash Lite Cartridge cut at 3" using Bazzill Bling Cardstock
Sentiment - My Pink Stamper Punny-licious Set
Stickles - Turquoise & Waterfall
Twine & White CS - Stash

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Nesting!

So this is the first time I ever entered something I made into a challenge.  It was actually a challenge that I hosted on the Cricut Message Board, so I HAD to enter, right?  The challenge was to make something that had a Bird, a Button and Blue on it, and here's what I came up with:

I'm going to send this card to a friend of mine who just got married and moved into her new house - Hope she likes it!

About this card:

Kraft Cardstock 5x5 base
Patterned Cardstock - My Minds Eye Laundry Line Collection
Cricut Cuts - Straight from the Nest Cut at 2"
Solid Cardstock Chocolate Brown & Ocean Tides - Papertrey Inc.
Spellbinders - Lacey Ovals
Crystal Flourish - Recollections
Sentiment - Hampton Ink
Stickles - Turquoise & Cinnamon
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Buttons - Stash

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pool Party!

As I mentioned in my last post, my Mom watched my daughter, my niece and my nephew one day last week. Being the WONDERFUL Grandma that she is, she threw a little pool party (for a 4-yr. old & 2 2-yr. olds) complete with baby pool, sprinkler and popsicles!  I made this card to send to her to thank her for her wonderful hospitality last week:

I recently cleaned and organized my craft room, and it has made it so much easier to throw together these little cards.  Now, can I keep it that way...?

About this card:
Card Base - Papertrey Ink Cardstock in Hawaiian Shores (5x5)
Patterned Paper - Echo Park's Splash Collection
Spellbinders - Labels One
Cricut Cut from Pack Your Bags at 2.5"
Sentiment - Pink by Design Summer Vacation
Ribbon - American Crafts
Stickles - Orange, Lime Green, Black Diamond, Magenta, Pink & Turquoise
Stash - White Cardstock, Bling & Googlie Eyes

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Positive Reinforcement

So, my Mom watched my 2 year old daughter for me today while I was at work.  She also watched my 4 year old niece - and they both got a VERY GOOD report card from Grandma for sharing and playing so nicely together all day!  My niece, Danielle, is really into Littlest Pet Shop and Zoobles, and I guess that's what they played with all day.  I want Danielle to know that my Daughter, Jocelyn, really appreciated her sharing her toys today, so I threw together this quick card for her:
Danielle will be so excited to get mail from her cousin!  I hope it encourages her to continue to share her toys in the future as well.  Can't hurt, right?

About this card:
Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye - Laundry Line
Elephant - Cricut cut from Create a Critter cut at 2" on Bazzill Bling
Ribbon, Twine & Bling - Stash
Tag - Hand cut from Bazzill Bling
Stickles - Pink
Sentiment - Pink by Design Jungle Fever clear stamp set
Rounded corners using Corner Chomper 1/4"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Playing With Some of My New Things

I hope everyone is having a great week!  In the not too distant past, I've received various summer-themed elements, and I've been so anxious to put some of them together into cards.  Here's one that I came up with tonight using a new cartridge, new paper and a new stamp set:

 So sorry my pictures aren't good... Maybe I'll get a nice digital for Christmas - I just use my cell phone right now.  Anyway... I scraplifted the layered background idea from a friend (If you recognize it, Thanks!) I like that I can use this card for a pick-me-up or a birthday... but for now, into my stash it goes!  Have a sunshiney day everyone!

About this card:
5x5 Card Base - Kraft Cardstock (stash)
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye "Fine & Dandy"
Sun - Cricut Cut from "Pack Your Bags" cut at 3" using Bazzill Bling cardstock
Sentiment - Pink By Design stamp set "Summer Vacation" on Bazzill Bling
Spellbinders - Label 4
Stickles - Yellow & Orange Peel
Stash Bling

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My First Anya

Ok, so I am in AWE of anyone who can color all of these beautiful Anyas, Tildas, etc.  with Copics - they are just gorgeous!  My husband is an artist, so this would come naturally to him.  Not the case for me...

I decided not too long ago that I was going to give this art form my best shot - so I bought a decent collection of the markers, started collecting the stamps/Memento Ink/Neenah Cardstock, and watched a TON of Youtube videos, and here is my first REAL attempt at coloring with Copics:
While I know she's not perfect, I am very proud of her and will definitely use her on an upcoming project.  I love the highlighting effect of the stickles!  Maybe you'll spot her in an upcoming post... Keep an eye out!  Now I'm excited to color everything I can get my hands on... I even find myself pondering my daughter's coloring books... Do you think I need help?  Thanks for looking - Have a great day!

About this project:
Flutter Anya (Memento Ink/Neenah Cardstock)
Stickles: Fruit Punch & Turquoise
Copics: Oops I forgot to keep track!  I'll remember to do that next time :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another 'Sweet" Award!

I would like to thank Dana from Dana's Crafty Corner for this awesome award! Thanks so much - I am truly honored. As part of this award, I'm to post 7 things about myself and pass it on to 7 bloggers.

7 Things About Me:

1.) I love roller coasters
2.) I believe in ghosts
3.) I can't drink a drink if it has ice in it (sensitive teeth)
4.) Throw me some Junior Mints, and you can have anything you want!
5.) If I could go back and choose another career, I'd want to become a Private Investigator
6.) I don't listen to much music (unless Veggie Tales counts) - I listen to audio books while I'm driving alone
7.) If napping were an Olympic sport, I'd be GOLD, baby!

7 Bloggers to pass this on to:

As I have said before, I'm relatively new to this, so I will start with one dear friend who deserves this, and will add to the list as I think of people.

1.) Jamie at J-Bears Home

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Replenishing My Stash

Hi Everyone - Happy 4th of July weekend!  Isn't it great that the 4th fell on a Monday this year?  I just LOVE 3-day weekends!  My "extra cards on hand" stash got hit pretty hard last month, so I am in the process of replenishing.  I've been VERY anxious to try out my new Florals Embellished Cricut cartridge, and I LOVE it!  I really enjoy making 4x4 cards - they're small enough to make quickly, they're big enough to get the "wow" factor, and you can make an envelope for them out of a regular sized piece of paper.  Here's the one I made last night:
The card uses 3 of my favorite papers, which I'll specify below.  The cut is mounted on the card using Pop-Dots, to give it some dimension.  This cut is 7 layers thick, so it may not have needed it, but I wanted it to have that extra pop!  I left the inside blank so that they can be used for whatever occasion comes up at the last minute - all I need to do is stamp a quick sentiment inside, and I'm ready to go:

I love how summery this card looks - guess that means that I need to use it soon!  Happy Independence Day!

About this card:
Base Cardstock - Papertrey Ink (8x4)
Cricut Cut - Florals Embellished using Bazzill Bling cut at 2.5"
Patterned Paper - My Minds Eye "Fine & Dandy" Line
White Cardstock, 3D Dots & Twine - Stash

Monday, June 27, 2011


Thanks to everyone who jumped with us this weekend, and WELCOME to all of my new followers!  I have drawn a number for my Blog Candy winner:

Comment # 25 was Rockinrobin721!  CONGRATS ROBIN!!!  Here's what she had to say:

Robin - Please send me your mailing address, and I'll get your stamps out to you soon!

I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL & SAFE holiday weekend (full of crafting too)! :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Welcome to the June Bug Blog Jump!

Hello Jumpers!  Thank you for deciding to jump along with us today!  This is the kick-off post for our hop.  We have 15 fantastic blogs lined up for you to browse through - take your time... our posts will be up all weekend!  Also, be prepared to leave a little love on each blog... you just might win yourself some BLOG CANDY!  Yum...

If you started somewhere in the middle of our lineup, then you arrived here from Jana at Simply My Crafts - I can't wait to try her idea with some of the things I have laying around :)

Our group started out back in February on the Cricut message boards doing a 'Secret Leprechaun' swap.  We had so much fun, we didn't want it to end once St. Patrick's Day was over.  We quickly threw names into a hat again, and produced the Bashful Bunny swap and once that swap ended, we voted for yet a third round - the Jumpin June Bug swap.  We don't only shop for each other, but we also aim to inspire and support each other as friends.  This is really a talented group of Ladies, and we have all become so close!  This is the 2nd Blog Hop our group has hosted to showcase our talents and hopefully we will inspire each person who hops through with us this weekend.

Here's what I'd like to share with you today:


We were asked to share a craft that had a summer theme / element to it.  I had seen these coin envelope mini albums for sale in a catalog a few months back, and of course thought, "I can make that"!

I knew almost instantly that I wanted to use the Citrus Stack from DCWV - It has the best summer colors in it!  I considered buying the envelopes and embellishing them, but opted to cut my own out of the Citrus cardstock, using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut Cartridge for both the envelopes and the tags.

I cut 5 envelopes out of 5 different paper patterns.  These 5 envelopes became the inside envelopes. I trimmed the upper flap off, and used my ATG gun to tape them together, one on top of the other, back-to-front style.  I ran a strip of tape down the bottom half of the center of each envelope, and also across the bottom, so that the tops would open like an accordion.

Once I had the inside of my album assembled, I used my Gypsy to design & cut a slightly longer cover envelope, one that could wrap around the 5 inside ones.  I sewed a button on the closing side to anchor any string that would be used to close it, if desired.  Finally, I used my ATG to adhere the longer cover around the 5 envelopes, and the album is complete!

I used one the the Tags from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More to cut 5 tags out that I decorated and mounted pictures on.  This album is for my daughter, Jocelyn, to document her Summer 2011, so I used 5 pictures of her that I've taken so far this summer.  This is a quick little album that I can pull out anytime to show people briefly what she's been up to so far :)

 She was a Flower Girl in a wedding...

She played in the ocean...

She rode the Merry-Go-Round...

She jumped through the sprinkler...

 She rode the Clydesdales at Busch Gardens, VA...

Supplies Used:
DCWV Citrus Stack
Distress Inks - Broken China, Scattered Straw
Bakers Twine
Ribbon, buttons, flowers, stickers, flourishes - stash


Since we're in Summer Crafting mode, I thought I'd offer some stamps that could be used to help that cause:
This is the Coastal set of 13 clear acrylic stamps from Inkadinkado - These images are very versatile, and can be used on almost any summer project!

I included 2 pictures of my daughter riding rides at amusement parks in my album - she LOVES the rides!  I actually had 2 other pictures of her on rides that didn't make the cut for this project!  To qualify to win these stamps, please:

1.) Become a follower if you are not already
2.) Leave me a comment on this post and tell me - Do you like amusement parks?  If so, what is your favorite ride?

I will draw a winner on Monday, so please check back to see if you are a winner!

Ok... enough time here... let's get you on your way.  It's time for you to visit Rhonda at Heart2hand's Highlights - Wait till you see what she has to share with you - she is SO talented!  Here's our lineup for the weekend - Please share this hop with your friends and invite them to jump along with us:

My Little Corner <-- You are here :) 

Wishing you a day fulled with sunshine & inspiration!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Yeah - A post without a robot!

In already posted my hubby's Father's Day card from me, but I made this card to give to him from our Daughter.  I'm excited because, while it's VERY simple, it's my first easel card.  Here's the outside of the card:

And when you open it and stand it up, it looks like this:

Hubby recently got a new job, and needs some 'personal touches' for his desk, so with that in mind, I made this for him.


About this card:
Card Base & Layers: Papertrey Ink
Nestabilities: Labels 1
Star Brad & Blue Button - Making Memories
Twine, Silver Brads, Blue Ink & Silver Stickles - Stash
Stamp Sentiments - Studio G

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I Need An Intervention... And Robotz Rehab...


You're thinking, Oh No She Didn't... Well, YES I DID - Another Robotz card!
I warned you that this was the month of 'Male Occasions' in my family, and I promise that now that this card is finished, I will put this cartridge on moth balls for a while :)  It is just so perfect for these men in our lives...

Father's Day is Sunday, and my hubby is not only an awesome Dad, but he is also quite the handy-man, so he's getting...

I forgot how much fun using patterned cardstock for a card base was, and I especially like how the glitter finish on the cardstock resisted the distress ink. I also mounted both cuts on 3D-dots, which really gives this robot a fantastic look.  I know hubby will like it because I put a cut on there for him - he loves looking at all of the little pieces and how they fit together.

I hope all of the Dads have a wonderful day this Sunday - let's all do our part to make it special for them!

About this card:

Cardstock Base - 4x8 (halved) from Nana's Kitchen
Robot Cut - Cricut cut from Robotz Cartridge cut at 2"
Tag - Cricut cut from Paper Lace cut at 3.5" wide
Embossing Inks - Spicy Marmalade & Broken China
Sentiment - Studio G Clear Stamp
Silver Brads - Stash
Stickles - Black Diamond, Silver, Orange, Waterfall & Lime Green
Sticky Gems - Stash

Ok seriously... Girly non-Robotz projects are coming soon!  (I can hear the collective sigh of relief already...)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Stylish & Cricut-Tastic!

I am honestly humbled - 2 dear fellow crafters have chosen me to receive 2 very cool awards.

The first award came from Cindy at My Lazy Crafternoon:

To receive this award the rules to be followed are:

Step 1 - Make a post linking back to the person who gave you the award.
Step 2 - Share 8 random things about you.
Step 3 – Award 8 recently discovered bloggers with this award.
Step 4 – Contact these bloggers and tell them they have won the award.

8 Random Things About Me
1) I hate mustard, but can't eat a McDonald's hamburger without it
2) I wear a size 10 shoe
3) I am the oldest of 4 kids
4) I love birds - if something has a bird on it, I have to have it - however, I would never want to have a bird as a pet
5) I love the smell of pickles
6) My favorite childhood movie is Goonies
7) I still use the same hair pick I used to tease my hair with in High School
8) Leaving a comment on my blog will MAKE MY DAY!

I am so new to blogging, that I don't have enough people to forward this to.  I will start with these talented ladies, and will reserve the remaining spots for future new-found blogs.

Janice at My Little Craftin Corner
Amy at CoveofCreativity

OK - Secondly, Pat from Pat's Scraps awarded me with:
By receiving a Cricut-tastic Award...

Your blog has been deemed Cricut-tastic!  Wear this badge proudly on your blog and share it with friends.  Share this award with 10 people that you think have Cricut-tastic blogs. 

You also have to tell 5 Cricut related things about yourself. 
  1. My hubby bought me the Baby Bug 1.5 years ago - who knew what he was starting!
  2. I now own the plum expression
  3. I find assembling layers of cricut cuts very therapeutic, and try to put at least one on every card I make 
  4. Any time I'm in my craft room working, my hubby refers to it as "Cricutting"
  5. I am afraid to try chipboard or vinyl in my Cricut - I hate to waste, so I haven't tried yet for fear of failure
Again, I'm lacking 10 new people to share this with, but I will add to the list as I meet more new friends on here :)  For now, I'd like to share this award with the following:

Heather at Paper Crafters Anonymous - She always has the cutest Cricut cuts on all of her cards :)

Ok - Thank you so much Cindy & Pat for thinking of me for these awards.  This community is awesome!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

More Robotz

Well, it is like the month of cards for men around here, between family birthdays and Father's Day coming up.  Looks like it's time to whip out the Robotz cartridge again and see what fun we can have:
I made this card for my brother for his birthday.  Again, I used Paper Lace for the background and welded the shadow feature to make a card.  My brother is a mechanic, so using this quirky guy seemed like a good fit for his card!

Card Base - Paper Lace cut at 4"; Cardstock - Papertrey Ink
Robot - Cricut Cut from Robotz cartridge cut at 4" (Bazzill Bling & stash paper)
Sentiment - Paper Lace cut at 2" (Bazzil Bling & stash paper)
Sprockets - Robotz Cartridge cut at .75" & .50" (Bazzill Bling & stash paper)
Silver brads, Black Diamond & Lime Green Stickles

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Purple Rain...

Ok - it has done nothing but RAIN around here lately... You would think that would mean I would have gotten more cards made, but unfortunately it didn't.  On a brighter note, I just got a nice new collection of Cricut Cartridges for Mother's Day/Birthday, so I was able to play a little bit...
Sorry my camera is not that great... But here is a card I made for my Mom to thank her for the cartridge she gave me - Paper Lace.  This cartridge is AWESOME for card bases/journaling squares/photo mounts... Once you try it, I bet you go back to it many times!

Card Base/Sentiment/Lace - Cricut Cartridge Paper Lace cut at 4"x4"
Cardstock Base - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock Lace - Bazzill Bling
Cardstock Sentiment - Bazzill Bling
Ribbon / Bouquet Sticker are from my stash
Stickles  - Lime Green & Yellow

Friday, April 29, 2011

Birthday Week - Part 2

Ok - the card I made this week for my Daughter's 2nd birthday (which is today) will probably surprise you a little.  It looks like a card for a boy!
My daughter LOVES robots!  We just bought her the latest Veggie Tales movie for Easter, and there is a robot bunny in it, and she just wants to watch it over and over...  She calls them "Ba-Dots" - so I made her this card, and sure enough as soon as she opened the envelope a big smile crossed her face and she yelled "Ba-Dot!"  So, I didn't get to be all pink and cute with her card like I would have wanted, but this one couldn't have been more perfect.

This was my first time using my Robotz cartridge - I thought the layers looked intimidating in the booklet, but if you make the 'Ba-Dots' big enough, they're really quite easy.  Thanks for looking!

About this card:
DCWV Yellow Card Base
Robot18 Cricut Cut, Cut at 4"
Number 2 - Robotz Font
Bazzill Bling Cardstock
Candy Cane Stripes Cuttlebug Folder - Robot Body
Stickles - Orange, Silver & Black Diamond
Black Pearls - AC Moore
Ribbon from my Stash
Happy Birthday Stamp - KI & Co.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Preparing for Birthday Week

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope everyone has a fun weekend planned, and that The Easter Bunny brings everyone their favorite goodies!  This week is big for me - My Hubby's birthday is Thursday and my Daughter turns 2 on Friday.  This being a Holiday weekend has forced me to start their goodies a little early, so that's exactly what I did last night.  Here's the card I made for my Husband's upcoming birthday.

He thinks Cricut cuts are so neat, so while I needed to keep this masculine, I also was 'allowed' to put some cute into it since it is for him.  Right now, I am totally loving the look of Baker's Twine on cards - My twine order hasn't arrived yet, so I found some Sugar 'N Spice crocheting yarn at Michael's that looks like the twine, and used that for the bow and background on this card.  The inside of the card reads Hap-Bee Birthday, the saying that came with this cut from Birthday Bash.

Thanks for looking - Have a Blessed Easter Weekend Everyone!

About this card:
Card Base - StudioG
Scalloped Circle - Spellbinders Nesties/Papertrey Inc. Patterned Paper Distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Cricut Cut - Bee from Birthday Bash cut at 4" on Bazzill Bling cardstock
Sugar 'N Spice Crocheting Yarn
Stickles - Black Diamond, Lime Green, Waterfall & Yellow

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thanks for Hopping! Blog Candy Winner Announced!

Hi Everyone!  I want to thank everyone who hopped through our Bunny Hop this past weekend.  We had SO much fun!  For most of us, this was our first hop, and it was a HUGE success and confidence booster for us - we are so grateful for your kind comments & new followers!

Ok... Let's see who will be the new owner of the 9 new Stickles colors...

Tiara said:
"Julie, these place cards are adorable! I love them...and I love how your mom still hides you an Easter basket every year! My baskets aren't hidden, but I still get one each year too and love the fact that we're never too old for certain traditions! Thanks for organizing this and can't wait to see everything! My favorite embellishment? I'd have to say flowers, ink, bling, and of course STICKLES!!"

Thanks Tiara!  Please contact me with your shipping address, and I'll get your new candy out to you!

Thanks again everyone & stay posted... I'm sure this won't be a first for our group of talented ladies!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Welcome to the Bashful Bunny Blog Hop 4/16 - 4/17

WELCOME to the Bashful Bunny Blog Hop!  This is a first for our group of ladies, so might I add 'Beginner' to the title as well :)  You have arrived at the opening post of our blog hop, but if you started somewhere in the middle, then you have arrived here from Jana - Isn't she SO creative?

Our group started out back in February on the Cricut message boards doing a 'Secret Leprechaun' swap.  We had so much fun, we didn't want it to end once St. Patrick's Day was over.  We quickly threw names into a hat again, and produced the Bashful Bunny swap.  We don't only shop for each other, but we also aim to inspire and support each other as friends.  This is really a talented group of Ladies, and we have all become so close!  We designed this Blog Hop to showcase our talents and hopefully inspire each person who hops through with us this weekend.

We were asked to create something with an Easter / Spring theme, and I chose Easter!  Easter is a HUGE EVENT in my family!  I am 37 years old, and I still go to my parents house for dinner every Easter Sunday, and they STILL hide an Easter basket for me!  I think it's adorable :) My Mom always outdoes herself with her cooking - so yummy!  She also goes to great lengths to make sure that the table is properly set and decorated beautifully (we usually have around 14 people).

I created place cards for my Mom's Easter dinner this year.  My Mom will be thrilled that I'm helping her add a personal touch to her table, and people won't have to shuffle around wondering where to sit for the meal.  To make each card base, I used Lacy Labels and welded the shadows together in my Gypsy.  I then used the layer of each individual label to decorate the fronts of the cards. Here is a sampling of the place cards I created:

This is the place card for my daughter.  The chick cut is from Simply Charmed.  I used Bazzill Bling & My Minds Eye cardstock, and embellished with Distress Inks, Stickles and Rhinestones.  I don't have nice handwriting, so I just used my label maker for the names.  I need to find a better way to get names on these in the future!

This place card is for my husband.  I learned that Easter is a very hard holiday to make 'manly'!  For his card I used the chocolate bunny cut from Gypsy Wanderings, Bazzill Bling cardstock, stickles, Distress Ink, Black Pearls and 1 lonely googlie-eye :)

This card is mine!  It's my least favorite - I feel like the yellow frame got lost on the background, so I need to re-think the colors next time.  The bunny cut is from Create-a-Critter and again I embellished with Distress Ink, stickles, pearls and rhinestones.

I imagine the dinner settings looking something like this:

I hope this helps avoid seating confusion next weekend, and I hope everyone will take their card home with them as a small token from the day.  I love personal touches for the Holidays!


Now on to the fun stuff!  I chose to give away one of my FAVORITE embellishments that you just can't have enough of - STICKLES!!! Ranger came out with 9 new colors recently, and I love them so much, I want you to have them too!
The new colors are: Lagoon, Tropical Tangerine, Glam Pink, Paprika, Mystic Green, True Blue, Firefly, Thistle & Midnight Blue

Here's all you need to do: 1.) Become a follower of THIS blog & 2.) Leave me a comment on THIS post (and any others if you are so inclined).  Tell me - What is your favorite embellishment?  Or, what did you create to make Easter extra-special this year?  I will draw a random winner after the close of the hop Sunday night, and will contact you for your shipping information.  Easy, right?

Ok, now HOP TO IT!  We have a great lineup for you this weekend! 

Here's the order for the Hop... Please visit everyone and BE INSPIRED...  Kathy at Skrappindiva's Musings has something wonderful she'd like to share with you...

Julie @ …My Little Corner <---You are Here :)
Kathy @ Skrappindiva’s Musings <--- NEXT STOP
Terri @ Planlady19
Cammi @ Cuttin-Up
DeeAnn @ Scrap Occurs

Thank you for spending your time with us!
Have a Happy & Blessed Easter!