Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.  I know I don't tell you all often enough but I really enjoy seeing you stop in to look at my projects and especially love it when you share your thoughts with me.  It's help me know that I'm on the right track (so to speak).

So today is another Cricut Cardz Challenge and this week our directive was to create a card using the card feature on any of the cartridges we desired.  Once again I chose to use the recently released Autumn Celebrations cartridge.  After all I've made a few Christmas projects so why not make a Halloween one now that it's right around the corner?

I cut my project at 4 1/2" tall.  My little monster was embossed using the swiss dots folder and his horns were "textured" using a gold embossing powder.

And now that you've seen my card take a peek at the others our design team created this week at challenge #90.  Then create your own and link it up so we can all see your creativity for this challenge.  C'mon - it'll be fun!!!!

My Little Hug A Bell Elf

Today I wanted to share a plastic canvas project that I recently finished with you.  This is just one in a long line of Christmas ornaments I've made for a couple of upcoming craft shows I'm doing in September and October.

Doesn't he have the cutest little face?

Review: Selah - Hope of the Broken World

I have once again been bestowed the honor of reviewing a great......I don't want to call it a product because it is soooo much more than that......for you.  Before I do that though I would like to offer my apologies for being late in doing so.  My hope is that even though I'm a couple days late my fellow bloggers will be enticed enough to want more.

With that said, I was provided with a copy of the newly released (as of August 23rd) CD by Selah.  The alubm is titled Hope of the Broken World, and features a variety of uplifting/inspiring songs.  Their first single being released is the title track and you can view the video here.  This song, along with two others on the album, were written by Jennie Lee Riddle who also wrote the Revelation Song.

Hope of the Broken World is an album that is full of messages that will bring you a hope and peace that is hard to find these days.  How can you miss with lyrics like these??

"Into my weakness, Into my darkness, Your Spirit's moving upon my heart and you speak the words 'Let there be light!'  Into my chaos comes your promise.  The new is rising the old is past on.  You are revival and making all things right."

Now combine lyrics/messages like that with music that (to me) sounds like a mix between Country meets modern hymnal/ballad melodies and you have a powerhouse collection of songs that only Selah can deliver.  And if you don't believe me you can sample their entire album as well as purchase a copy of your own here.

So what are you waiting for?  Watch the video.  Take a listen.  Purchase your copy today.  Then come back and tell me what  you think.

Baby Dreams

Today's card was made for a friend of mine who's due in a couple of months.  The idea to have baby dreaming about their bottle of milk just popped into my head the other day so I wanted to commit it to paper.  Then I thought it wold be perfect for using one of those action wobbles and thus I incorporated that into the card as well.

Each one of the cuts used are from Baby Steps.  I cut the sleeping baby at 4 1/4" and the hearts were all scaled to various sizes in Design Studio with the largest heart measuring 1 3/4" tall.  The smallest hearts were pop dotted and the largest has the wobble.  I had to trim a bit of the wobble along the heart's edge but that was easy enough to do.

I found the sentiment on the internet and fell in love with it.  It says, "Babies are a gift from heaven.  You must be special to have one of its angels."

Scarecrow Tins

I found these wonderful tin buckets in the dollar bin at Target and decided to bring a few home to alter using my new Simply Scarecrow cartridge.  It was a lot of fun deciding which images to use.  I really love the lady scarecrow with a close second going to the one who's having his hat taken away by the crows.

I cut all of my scarecrows at 3" and then cut the additional crows at 1".  As you can see I also tied some glittery Halloween ribbons to the handles to add bling.  What you don't see is that I added some circles to the bottom of the tins - this was to hide the bits of the price tags that were stubborn.

So there you have it.....another fun and easy altered project.  Perfect for the upcoming Fall season.

Little Red Schoolhouse

This week's Cricut Cardz Challenge was to create a back to school card and incorporate the 3 R's:  ribbon, rhinestone and red.  I was excited about this challenge because it was the perfect opportunity to use my new Autumn Celebrations cartridge.

Using my AC cartridge I cut the school house at 4 1/2" and used a rhinestone for the door knob.  I also cut the stack of books used on the inside of the card at 1 3/4" and used a piece of ribbon for the bookmark.  The "A+" is cut at 1" and is a part of one of the phrases from this cartridge.  As you can see I also used the color red on all of my cuts.

So now that you've seen my card why don't you join in on the fun, create your card using the guidelines mentioned above, and then link up over at challenge 88.  I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Snowman Ornaments

I know, I know, I did it again.  But I couldn't help myself since Michael's has their clear ornaments out for sale.  I saw these on the Holidays Crafts & Creations website and had to make some of my own.  When I made mine though I changed things up a bit as I'm sure you will when you make yours.

So remember the craze last year of using floor wax to get glitter to stick to the inside of the ornament?  Well that's what I did with these.  I started with the glitter and while that was drying I finished my other prep work.

I cut the eyes from George and the noses from Christmas Cheer.

I cut the top portion of the socks off and threw out the foot portion.  Cut slits around the sock on one end, fold up the bottom edge and using hot glue adhere it in 3 or four places around the ornament to hold the sock in place.  Take a section of ribbon and tie it around the sock to form the top of the hat.

Glue the eyes and nose on using a regular glue.  Glue a snowflake or whatever you want to the hat and viola - you're done.

Hanging with my Gnomies

Happy Wednesday everyone.  Today is Cricut Cardz Challenge day for this week's challenge we were directed to use fruit on our card using an cartridge/s and color/s we desired.  For my design team entry I chose to use apples as my fruit.

I just received the Freshly Picked cartridge in the mail (I cashed in some of my Cricut reward points for this one), and decided to give it a go for this card.  My gnomes were all cut at 2 1/2".  The apples and basket are from Doodlecharms and were scaled to a size that was comparable for my gnomes.

Now that you've seen my project for this week's challenge be sure to check out the other exciting entries from our Design Team - then create a card of your own, link it up at challenge #86 and play along with us.

Did Ya Hear? Did Ya? Huh?

Have an annoucement to make to your friends and/or family?  Here's a great way to do it if you're not able to break the news to them personally.

For the outside of this card I used the newspaper cut from Love You a Latte.

On the inside of the card I used Everyday Pop ups for the pregnant mom and the cloud from Graphically Speaking (cut at various sizes) to create the "call-out".

Hope you enoy this card as much as I did making it.