Berry Thank You

It's time for another Skittles challenge over at DoubleClick Connections.  I hope you're as excited as I am for this challenge.  This time it's all about something juicy - fruit.  Yep, it's that simple.  Create a project that features fruit and you're golden.
For my project I chose to use this great strawberry shaped card from the Hello Kitty Cricut cartridge. To add some texture to the card I chose to emboss the berry portion.  Then I added a couple of the Grinch Green skittles at the top of the stem.
On the inside of my card I wanted to add a stamped sentiment so I cut a shadow of the strawberry just a tad bit smaller than the card.  I removed the stem and then inked with some red color. 
The sentiment is actually from two different stamp sets:
Count Your Blessings from Card TV Stamps and Say it Big from Craftin' Desert Divas
And now that you've seen my take on this challenge be sure to check out the other wonderful designs our team created for you.  Then after you've been amply inspired, create your own project and link up with us for your chance to win a set of skittles.  You have until September 2nd to play along.

Be Merry Gingerbread

It's time for another PDE Linky Party everyone!  This time we are showcasing projects that use either metal dies, punches or a combination of the two.  I chose to use the Martha Steward Drippy Goo punch for my project.
This cute little gingerbread is part of the Baking for Santa file over at Too Cute By Jessica.  I love these gingerbread because they're cute and they give me a reason to break out this punch for something other than Halloween. 
For this project I wanted to give the look of whatever gooey mess is being rolled out for the baking was just dripping from the rolling pin.  I punched out my punch, lined it up on the pin and then applied some Tombow glue and then sprinkled on some blue embossing glitter.  After that I heat embossed the area so that the glue would bubble up a bit and add some texture.
The stamped sentiment is from the Peace Joy Love stamp set by Lawn Fawn.
And now that you've seen my project be sure to check out the other fabulous projects our team have created for you this week.  Then take some time to pull out your dies or punches and play along with us.  We'd love to see what you create.

Beary Merry Christmas

I woke up early this morning and since I couldn't go back to sleep I decided it was a perfect opportunity to get some crafting done.  Especially since I'll be having to take a "break" soon so we can get some remodeling done.
I wanted to play along with the sketch challenge at Craftin Desert Divas one last time but go caught up with other things and never got it entered.  That's okay though because I still get to have the joy of sharing it with my fellow bloggers.
For this card I used the Wreath Bear cut from Treasure Box Designs.  This little guy is so adorable and was too irresistible to pass up.  I paired him along with a sentiment from the Holly Day Punnies stamp set and viola - I have a quick Christmas card.

So tell me, have you started on your Christmas cards yet?

Stop Scaring Me

I have a fun card I wanted to share with you this afternoon.  This cute little scarecrow is a new file over at SVG Cutting Files and I thought he was perfect for spotlighting on a Fall color themed project that I'll use in the current SVG Cutting Files challenge.
I cut him out at just under 3 inches and centered him on a circle that I cut from George and Basic Shapes..  I then used a sketch from a challenge that's going on over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge to create my card.
I chose blue and green as the color for my strips because this is one of my favorite color combinations and it's also the focus of yet another challenge that I'm playing along with over at Die Cuttin Divas
This is the inside of my card:
What do you think?  I thought it was cute and my husband actually chuckled so I must have been on the right path. 
The stamped sentiments are from the Peachy Keen stamp set titled Trio of Girl Ghosts.

Hooded Bear Cowl

Popping in real quick today to share a hooded bear cowl I finished loom knitting earlier this week.  I came across the pattern on Ravelry and was amazed at how quick and easy this was to put together.  It took just a little less than two skeins of Lion Brand thick and quick wool ease yarn.
With the cold weather on the horizon I thought it was the perfect time to start putting a few together.  My kids are too old to wear something like this now, but they'll still make great gifts for the younger nieces and nephews.
So now that I know how easy they really are to knit up I guess I need to get back to Walmart so I can buy some more yarn.....

Jack O Lantern Cracker Box

Happy Saturday everyone!  I thought I'd get some crafting done this morning before my son wakes up and readies himself for his move to Savannah.  You know, kinda take my mind off the fact that another child is moving away.  At least I'll still have four close by.
So SVG Cutting Files started a new fall colors challenge yesterday and since I'm always up for a good challenge I decided to play along.  The only "rules" to the challenge is that you have to use an SVG Cutting Files cut as the main focus and you have to use fall colors.
Well here's what I came up with.  I used the Pumpkin Cracker box for my project and used a variety of papers from one of the My Mind's Eye Halloween stacks I have laying around.
This is the back of my box:
Quick, easy and fun.  Oh, and you have until September 14th to play along.

Sore Today Strong Tomorrow

I have a few friends who are body builders and compete.  My third oldest son has recently gotten in to and will do his first show next year.  And my husband and I also like to lift weights.  All of that to say I was excited when I found this cut file over at SVG Cutting Files.  It's actually supposed to be a treat box but I didn't want the 'box' so I just cut out the flexing arm portion and used it on my card.
Even better yet I found a young lady that was de-stashing and had a set of Fitness Junkie stamps from Jaded Blossom for sale.  Yep, put the two together and you have a recipe for another great masculine card.
I think maybe I'll even enter this in a couple of the challenges over at Hiding in My Craft.  Just one last entry before the challenges end this weekend......