Playful Penguin Gift Card Holder

With all the rain and cold weather that moved in yesterday we just might end up having a cold Christmas this year.  Of course the good thing about that is that I've been sitting in my craft room in my jammies, drinking coffee with the space heater going while I get the last of my gifts made.
Right now I want to share a gift card holder that I finished this morning.  For this project I cut the mug from the Cricut cartridge Everyday Pop Up Cards and George.  I welded two of the mug shapes together and then used George to create the slit for the gift card tag to slide into. 
To create my tag/card holder, I embossed the tag using one of my Christmas folders and then inked over it with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China.  To hold the gift card in place I simple adhered glue dots to the back and stuck it on the tag.
The penguin is from the Playful Little Penguins file at Too Cute by Jessica.  The stamped sentiment on the mug and the snowman on the tag are from the Simply Christmas set by Craftin Desert Divas.
And now I am going to enter this project in to the following challenges:
Christmas - Craftin Desert Divas - Ends December 21st
December Linky Challenge - DL Art - Ends December 31st
Anything Goes - Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Ends December 21st

You're a Mean One.....

I have to admit it.  Other than Rudolph and the Miser Brothers the Grinch is my all-time favorite Christmas character.  So as I had some free time I decided to create a Christmas shadowbox that was inspired by this T-Shirt I saw when I was at Universal Studios last month. 
And it all comes just in time for some great challenges that end this week as well.  (But more about those later.)  First let me tell you how I created my shadowbox.  I started with an 11 x 14 frame that I picked up from Michaels.  Then using Excel I created the line-up back drop on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white cardstock.
The Grinch cut out is from the Krafty Nook and the Ornament in the Grinch's hand is from the Cricut cartridge Simply Charmed.
To create the mugshot placard I simply cut a piece of black cardstock and had my Cricut Explore write the verbiage.  The Grinch and Who-ville Police Dept. verbiage I cut out from vinyl and adhered to the outside of the glass.  The font used in both cases is called Grinched and I downloaded it from
And now I'm going to enter this shadowbox into the following challenges:
Christmas Carol Inspired - Die Cuttin' Divas - Ends December 21st
     not necessarily a "carol" but it is one of my favorite Christmas songs....

Christmas Ornament Challenge - Bitten by the Bug 2 - Ends December 21st
Anything Goes - Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Ends December 21st
December Linky Challenge - DL Art - Ends December 31st

Elf,  (project inspired by the holiday season) - Red Carpet Studios - Ends December 31st

Bah Humbug Holidays

I absolutely love Christmas but I just could not resist these funny sentiments and perfect files to go with them.  So since today begins the mid Holiday challenge over at Double Click Skittles I thought I'd have some fun with these guys.
Both of my cutting files are from blogs hops sponsored by SVG Cutting Files.  That means the files are only available during the blog hops. 
The stamped sentiments on my wine tag and card are both from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Bah Humbug.  The inside of my card also has a sentiment......
... it's from the Naughty or Nice? stamp set by My Craft Spot.  The list cut is from one of the Christmas Cricut cartridges but I don't remember which one.
Now that you've seen my take on this week's challenge be sure to check out the other designs our team created for you and then create your own holiday project, link up and play along with us.  And remember, you can always buy your skittles here.

And now I'm off to enter this into the  following challenges:

Anything Christmas challenge -  SVG Cutting Files. - Ends January 14

December Linky - DL Art - Ends December 31

Elf,  (project inspired by the holiday season) - Red Carpet Studios - Ends December 31st

Creamy Hot Cocoa Recipe Page

Here in Florida we seem to be having a love - hate relationship with the weather.  One day it's "cold" and the next it's warm.  Today was a mixture of both depending on which side of town  you decided to be in.  A 30 minute distance between areas yielded at least a 5 degree temperature difference and I wasn't too happy about it as I am a warm weather lover.
Needless to say, cold weather leaves me drinking a lot of coffee, hot tea and/or hot chocolate.  So today I decided to make a recipe page using the Cute Cocoa Cups files from Too Cute by Jessica. 
I have to admit that I did some changing up to the file though.  I opted not to use the penguin that the file had for the stirrer and I also opted to use a pre-printed striped paper for my straw rather than using the pieces to create stripes that are in the file. 
For the 'froth' on my cocoa cup I used some Tulip brand glitter paint that I heat embossed to make it puffy.  (It doesn't show up too well in the picture.)  I also chose to use a rhinestone snowflake that I found in my stash for my stir topper.  I thought this would go well with the chipboard snowflakes I wanted to use on the page.
And there you have it.  A quick, easy scrapbook recipe page.

Jammin' Quiche Recipe Page

Hello fellow bloggers.  I've been on a little bit of a recipe album kick here lately as I'm attempting to get some Christmas presents completed.  This evening I'd like to share one of the pages I just finished putting together.
For this particular page I used this Chicken Little SVG cut file from SVG Cutting Files.  I don't remember which hop he came from or if he was just a freebie that was given to those who belong to their Facebook group or not.  The eggs though are from the Cricut Cartridge titled From My Kitchen.
The recipe itself is one that I've had for at least 20 years back when prepping several meals and placing them in the freezer for later use was really popular.  I used to do this type of meal prep every time I was pregnant and close to giving birth.  Of course I still try to do it now but the difference is that I plan healthier meals that don't go in the freeze.
And now I'm off to enter this in the following challenge:
Anything but a Card - Fantabulous Cricut - Ends December 14th

Elf Shoe Treat Holder

Hello my fellow crafty bloggers!  Welcome to a new PDE Linky Party Challenge.  This week we want you to pick a theme from of the three following choices:  
1.  3D - Make a 3D projects (tags count for this one)
2.  Fun Folds - think step cards, gate fold cards, etc.
3.  Mini Albums
So choose your favorite or, make them all.  Remember you can link up as many times as you want so long as you are not back linking.
For my project, I chose the 3D theme.  I found this great elf shoe treat holder at SVG Cuts and just had to give it a whirl.  It was pretty easy to put together - especially since they have a tutorial that shows you exactly how to do so.
The stamps I used for my treat holder are from the Jaded Blossom Elf Workshop and Elf Report Card stamp sets.  I love, love, love the candy stamps.  They always help with adding that finishing touch to the various treat boxes.
And now that you have seen my project for this week's challenge be sure to create your own, link up and play along with us.  I'm so excited and can't wait to see what you create.  Remember you have until December 15th to link up.
Before you do that though be sure you check out the other designs our team created for you.  I promise you're going to love them!

Now I'm off to enter my project in to the following challenges:

Anything Goes - DL Art - Ends December 31st

Holiday Inspiration with Elf - Red Carpet Studios - Ends December 31st

Rockin' the Ugly Sweater

Happy Monday everyone.  I am so excited and honored to be one of the Guest Designers for Jaded Blossom this month.  Be sure to check out the Jaded Blossom blog daily as there is a different designer slated each day.
Today I would like to share with you a card and treat box that I made using the Bah Humbug stamp set.  If you haven’t gotten your hands on this set you are so missing out.  These hilarious sentiments offer such a world of opportunity for some fun Christmas crafting.  Combine them with one of my favorite Christmas characters - the Grinch - and the fun never ends.

To create my card I used one of the Grinch files that I found from Krafty Nook.  The background paper and the frame are both from a Grinch mat stack that I have in my stash.  The paper I used for my sweaters though is from the Jolly Holiday mat stack from Recollections.

To create the treat holder box I used the popcorn treat box as well as the Ugly Holiday Sweaters - both from SVG Cutting files.  I have a "twist" though.  I wanted to tie the treat box in with the sweater so instead of using the pieces in the file to decorate the sweater I chose to use the print 'n cut feature on my Cricut and used another Grinch file I had from Krafty Nook to decorate the sweater front.
Thanks for stopping by! 

I'm entering this project in to the following challenges:

Anything Goes - DL Art - Ends December 31st

Holiday Inspiration with Elf - Red Carpet Studios - Ends December 31st

Christmas Colors - Hiding in My Craft Room - Ends December 13th