Good Luck Shamrock

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the second of our card challenges over at Cardz TV. This week we were tasked with creating cards for St. Patrick's Day.

For my card I used:

Doodlecharms for the jar.  I cut two layers.  The base/shadow from a gray shade of paper and then the top of the jar I cut from the protective film of an old cutting mat.

A Child's Year for the shamrock, which I covered in Martha Stewart Peridot glitter.

Sentiment from the Cardz TV Stamps set titled Simply Said.

I then adhered the shamrock to the base layer of the jar and stamped my good luck sentiment below that. I then covered that with the clear layer, and stitched the cuts together.  Add in a little baker's twine tied around the top of the jar and viola - I have a focal piece for my St. Patrick's Day card.

And now that you've seen my card you should check out the other fabulous designs our team came up with for this week's challenge.  Then create your up, link up and play along with us.

I can't wait to see what you create.

Race Day Memories

Last year I was bit by the 5K race bug and participated in my first ever mud and color runs.  My husband participated in the mud run with me and decided that running wasn't for him.  So now he sticks to lifting weights and being the photographer at any run I decide to participate in.

After several months though I finally made myself sit down and create shadow boxes of each event.  Just in time too because I will be participating in my first Spartan run next month, and that will kick off my year.  Not that there are that many races in which I'll compete but there are at least three: the Spartan, the Mud Run in May and the Color Run which will be in November.  Heck I might even find another one or two to squeeze in there somewhere.

But I digress.  This blog is about crafting and not my fitness journey.  (You can find that blog here.)

So for these shadow boxes I used two cartridges for three different cuts: 

I used the Track and Field (mini digital exclusive) for the runners in the top right of the two mud run shadow boxes.  In my husband's shadow box I cut off the "ribbon" part of the original cut and added some bakers twine to give it a little pop of color and texture.   Then for the "mud" splashes behind the runners I used the Home Décor cartridge.

For the color run shadow box I wanted to have the "splashes" of color like when they throw it on you as you go through the stations.  So using Home Décor I cut the same cut I used for the mud splashes but this time  I cut  it in two different sizes. The smaller ones I embossed with coordinating embossing powder/glitter from Stampendous.  I then pop dotted them on to the larger cuts and BAM, I got my pops of color. 

My husband had a great idea of hanging these on the wall in what is going to be our workout room (once our son moves out in a couple months).  This will also give me plenty of space to add more as I continue to run my races and maybe one day branch out to other fitness arenas......

For the Golfer - Masculine Card

Hiding in My Craft Room has this fun challenge going on this week where you make a project using 3 different designer papers.  This fun card fits that bill to a "tee".  And it makes for a quick and easy masculine card.

This was an easy card to put together because it used only one cut.....the golfer from Sports Mania.  And what golfer is complete without his funny print pants these days?  Well okay so not all of the big names where printed pants like they used to but I couldn't resist when I found this plaid paper with a print small enough to work.

The golf balls; however, are stickers from a Jolee's collection.

And the best thing about this card is that it can be used for a variety of occasions - birthday, get well, retirement, encouragement.  Don't you just love it when things come together quick and easy?

Recipes Scrapped With Love

I love being able to create gifts for people.  It's so much more personal than going out and buying a gift that anyone could buy.  Not to mention that it's an expression of how much I love/care about the person I'm making it for. 

Today's post is all about a recipe book that I made for one of my daughters, featuring recipes that I used to make for them when they were growing up.  Now before I share the pages I will admit that I personally do not eat this way anymore just because I've gone to a more plant based, as "close to nature" diet as I can.  (You can read more about that on my other blog - A Journey Into Fitness )

This recipe book was made over a period of weeks due to my crazy, chaotic schedule.  There's just never enough time in the day, but we've been cutting back on our weekend running around so I've been able to scrap a bit more here lately.  I picked up the album from Michaels and it's one of those 8x8 page sizes.  I love that it has the window on the cover because that allowed me to make "cover page".

But here are my other pages, along with the cuts I used and the recipes included.  I'm also going to enter this in the Hiding in My Craft Challenge this week where the challenge was to use 3 different designer papers. Mine are all from the DCWV mat stack Nana's Kitchen.  After all what better mat stack to use for a scrap booked recipe album?

Cartridges: From My Kitchen

Cartridges: From My Kitchen

Cartridge: From My Kitchen

Cartridges: From My Kitchen, A Child's Year

Cartidges:  Animal Kingdom, Graphically Speaking and From My Kitchen

Cartridge:   From My Kitchen

Cartridge:   From My Kitchen

Out of This World Birthday

Happy Friday and Valentine's day everyone!  I am so happy to announce that our Cardz TV Design Team is back in action after our holiday season break.  And this quarter you'll even see some new faces playing along with us.

For our first challenge we are creating birthday cards!  How fun is that?  Everyone has a birthday - young, old, male, female and everyone in between - so there's a lot of play room in this great challenge.  That means your imagination is your own limit.

I chose to what I thought was a fun theme for my card - out of this world.  And it makes for a great card for a guy of any age really.  

So what's the "recipe" you ask?  Well I used:

Space Party for the planet and the spaceship
Cricut Essentials for my circles

The purple portion of my planet I ran through my cuttlebug using the Spots and Dots folder.  After that I did some heat embossing using Stampendous' Stardust embossing powder to give my planet a little 'bling'.

The sentiment is from the Cardz TV Stamps set Up and Away.

And now that you've seen my take on this week's challenge be sure to check out the other fun filled designs our team has created for you over at Cardz TV.  Then create your own, link up and play along with us.  I can't wait to see how you rock this one.

Love Letters

Today I'd like to share with you the project that I made for my husband's Valentine's Day gift.  I found these wonderful little 3 in x 4 in paper bags at Michael's and just knew I had to have them.  Especially since they were on sale 50% off.  I loved the idea that they had the space for journaling on the bag and thought they were the perfect size for making tags and hoped they wouldn't be too big to fit in one of the mailbox tins I had.  After discovering that they weren't too big off to work I went.

I used a variety of cartridges on this project including:

Going Places for the globe
Create a Critter 2 for the owl, phrases and bee
Handyman for the hammer and nails
Paper Dolls for the moon and stars, and the weights
Graphically Speaking for the smiley face
Suburbia for the fan
Indie Art for the dice
Wild Cards 2 for the boat
Mini Monsters for the monster
TBBM2 for the tags

This is a picture of the front of the tags

And this is the back of the tags.  As you can see I printed different sentiments to coincide with the graphic on the front of the tag.

Once they were all put together I matched them up with the paper bag that also had the sentiment written on it.

Then in to the mailbox all but 4 went.  Throughout this week I've left one tag in different hiding spots (truck, lunch bag, bowling shoes, shaker cup) for my husband to find at some point during his day.

For my mailbox - I cut a strip of 4 x 12 paper, wrapped it around the box (cutting out a spot for the flag).  I then traced and cut out the pieces for the front and back.  The stamped sentiment is from Cardz TV Stamps snail mail.

Tomorrow I will place the mailbox - along with a Mine Craft Creeper plush (he's a huge Mine Craft fan) I picked up - in the front seat of his truck.......

Secret Pal Delights

Happy, happy weekend everyone.  I hope that your weekend is turning out to be as productive as mine has so far.  Of course mine's been productive out of necessity.  Since my week days are so busy with work, the gym, and taking care of the family I have no time for crafting these days, and so I have to fit it in on the weekends when I can.

This weekend I finished up some gifts I've been trying to make for all the ladies at work that are participating in our Secret Pal gift exchange.  Everyone knows that I'm crafty so I have to find a way to sneak it in so that my true secret pal doesn't know who I am.  How's that for crafty?  LOL

So I found just enough of these tube gems in my stash and decided to transform them in to my Valentine's Day gift for each of my "sisters".  I covered the bottom third of the tube with a valentine print paper.

Then I used Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 for the heart tag.  And the little bow cut out was the perfect fit for the lid so I adhered the cut to each lid.  Waste not, want not after all.....

The stamped sentiment is a combination of stamps from the Cardz TV stamp set "Snail Mail" and Fresh Squeezed Stamps set The Envelope Please.

And now I'm going to play along with the new 3D Valentine Challenge going on over at Cardz TV.  This new DT has really rocked out this week's challenge and I can't wait to play along with them.