Easter Friends

Today I have my last Easter project of the year to share with you.  The card is new but the basket I made a couple weeks back and decided to use as a "prop" with my card.  They both were made using the same Easter Tweets file from Marjorie Ann Designs so of course I had to.
As you can tell the basket is paper pieced while the chick on my card is print 'n cut.  That's one of the things I love about the files from Marjorie Ann Designs.  Every one comes with clip art in addition to the piece files.
For the card though I also used one of the ornate card bases from SVG Cutting Files.  I think that this base file adds elegance to the overall look of the card. 
For the basket itself I used the Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2.
The stamped sentiment on my card is from the Best Friends stamp set by Jaded Blossom.
And now I'm off to enter this in to the following challenges:
Any Holiday - Hiding in My Craft Room - ends April 4th

Easter - Jaded Blossom - ends April 4th

Oh Happy Day

Happy Monday everyone.  Today I have a project to share that can be used for a birthday, graduation, or even the holidays even though it does not have a specific theme to it.  And therein lies the beauty of its versatility.
To create my project I used the Saving Up file from Marjorie Ann Designs and the tube holder box is from SVG Cutting Files (I used only the box portion).  They have many tube holder boxes using both the round and square tubes that you can purchase from Jaded Blossom.
Since my project is themed around money I thought I'd fill my treat tube with money and it fits a quarter in the tube perfectly.  So who wants to guess how many dollars worth of quarters fits nicely in the holder?
And finally, the sentiment on my card is from the Happy Days stamp set by Cardz TV Stamps.

Hippity, Hoppity

Today I have an Easter card that I'd like to share with you.  I created this one using one of the designs from the Silhouette store.  This one is Design ID #57047 by Sarah Bailey.
My stamped sentiment is from the Happy Easter stamp set by My Craft Spot.
And now I'm off to enter this in to the following challenge:
Any Holiday - Hiding in My Craft Room - ends April 4th

Coloring Easter Eggs

Hooray it's Friday!  I've been waiting for this day all week!  It's just been a very long one and I'm ready to have no commitments for a couple of days. 
And it's also time for another Cardz TV Cards challenge.  This week we're creating Easter cards.  Use any icon/symbol or whatever so long as the theme is Easter.
For my card I chose to use this adorable bunny that is part of the digital Cricut cartridge Seasonal Characters.  There's only like four or five characters on this cartridge but they're all as cute as can be.
My stamped sentiment is from the Happy Days stamp set from Cardz TV Stamps.  And now that you've seen my take on the challenge be sure to check out the other cards our team has created.  Then after you're filled with inspiration create your own Easter card, link up and play along with us.
I can't wait to see what you create.

Happy Birthday, Fiesta Style

When my youngest (of six) turned 17 last December we took him to dinner at his favorite place - Pepitos.  You see, like me, my son loves to eat Mexican food - even if it is Tex-Mex.  Since we have been dining at this particular location for as long as we have we have built a relationship with our server - Ted.  Every time we go we would request him and then wait until he had a free table for us to sit.  There have been times when we've waited an hour to be sat in his section, but it's always worth the wait because he is that good to us.
So it was no surprise that when the guys brought out the birthday dessert (some kind of fried ice cream in a flour tortilla bowl and loaded with chocolate drizzles and whip cream), put the sombrero on Nathaniel's head and then sang Happy Birthday, Ted would take it one step further and have some fun.  I'm just glad I was smart enough to whip out my phone so I could capture it.
Of course it wasn't until I saw this new Fiesta Bears file at Marjorie Ann Designs that I thought about scrapbooking the pictures.  These bears are the perfect compliment for these pictures.  Then I also decided to do something a bit different and I used stamps on my layout.  These are all from the Picture That set from Craftin Desert Diva's.

Crawling in the Mud

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Today I have a layout that I'd like to share with you.  This one is another page in my mud run album featuring a picture from the Spartan Sprint I ran with my son last October in Kiln, Mississippi.  I was so excited when I came across this and a couple of other photos that I didn't even realize existed.
For this layout I chose to use a couple of different files.  I used the Mud Run file from Little Scraps of Heaven for the wall.  Then I also used the Mud Run file from Marjorie Ann Designs for the boy, girl and splats of mud.  

Initially, the girl was used for crawling through a tire and I thought that would be the perfect cut for crawling out from under a wall like we're doing in the picture.  And since I wanted both a boy and a girl I copy and pasted two of everything except the girl's pony tails.  How perfect is that?
After putting my wall together I decided to use one of the Spartan stickers from my stash to 'decorate' the wall similar to what Spartan does.  (Look closed at the picture and you'll see their Spartan painted on the wall.)  Of course mine turned out a bit more oval since my boards are spaced farther apart but that's okay.
And there you have it.  Yet another of the many mud run scrapbook pages for filling my album.  Heck I'm almost ready to being a new album.  And not a moment too soon as I currently have two more runs scheduled for May and June........

You Inspire Me

Anyone who has followed my blog long enough knows how much I love a good Mud Run/Obstacle Course Race.  So it should come as no surprise that when this awesome Mud Run file was released by Marjorie Ann Designs last week I was all over it.
This is the first project I've made using the file (I have a layout coming soon) and this is a birthday card I made for my daughter who turns 25 this week.  She was the first of my children to want to get out there and try this sport with me and she's come back for more this year already.  So it seemed only fitting that I create a birthday card with this theme for her.
The file originally had a boy climbing the wall but with the beauty of these things all I had to do was load the girl holding her statue, delete everything in that file except her hair.  Size her hair to match the boy's hair in the boy climbing the wall file.  Ungroup everything and then select all and regroup then size to what I wanted to cut for the card.  That might sound daunting but I promise it's easy to do.
My stamped sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Fitness Junkie.

Wedding Favors

Today I have a quick project to share with you.  My oldest daughter is planning her wedding so when I saw these cute boxes in the Silhouette store I knew I had to make a set to see if she would like to use these as favors for the wedding.  Needless to say both she and her fiancĂ© loved them.
There was really nothing special that I used or did to these.  The design itself does all the work.  The only thing I did do was change out paper for vellum to use for the veil cut.
The Bride box is Design ID #73084 and the Groom box is Design ID #73083.

You're Eggs-tra Special

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Today I have another Easter card that I'd like to share with you.  This one I  designed by following the sketch that you'll see at the end of my post.  It's one I've had in my arsenal for a while but have not used until now.  I guess I was waiting for the 'perfect' card.
For today's card I used the file My First Easter Egg Hunt from Marjorie Ann Designs. 
The sentiment is from the stamp set Happy Easter from My Craft Spot (which has recently closed for business.)
The skittles I used are from DoubleClick Connections. Sadly it looks like I picked my colors to coordinate with the papers too well because you can't see where the one begins and the other ends in the picture.  I used a shell pink, meadow, and purple twilight.
And this is the sketch I followed for this adorable card.

Easter Eggs

So I found these cute little plastic eggs at Michael's and thought they'd be a fun alternative to the traditional Easter basket.  After all my kids are grown and at they're ages who wants paper dolls, toy cars and stuffed animals?  Well maybe the stuffed animal.  Mind you I only picked up eggs to do for those who still live in town near me - trying to mail chocolate for a minimum three day journey could get messy.  LOL
Using my printable vinyl and cuts from both Cricut and Marjorie Ann Designs I went to work.  The bunny with the egg is from the Seasonal Characters Cricut digital cartridge.  The bunny with his bunny peep is from You're Eggstra Sweet and the chick with the lamb is from the Easter Tweets file - both by Marjorie Ann Designs.
I then used one the Cricut cartridge Baby Steps to cut the names for each of my eggs.  Here I have to tell you that I'd never placed vinyl on a curved surface and must say that it was challenging.  Even now you can see where I have a bubble on one of the eggs trying to lay it out smoothly.......oh well, something tells me that my child won't be that concerned given all the chocolate inside that egg.
And there you have it.  My quick little Easter goodie treats.

Color Run Layout

Marjorie Ann Designs released this new AWESOME Color Run file the other day and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to sit down and play.  I can't begin to tell you how excited I am that some of the wonderful ladies who are talented and create SVG files are beginning to try their hand at files for sports such as this.  I have been waiting for over a year to find something like this I could use for scrapping my color and mud run memories and slowly but surely they are being released!!
For this layout I used almost ever cut in this Color Run file.  Most I paper pieced, but the title at the bottom of the page I did as a print 'n cut.  Every one of these were easy to put together and they cut very well - even down to the smallest 'splats'.
I ran this race last July 4th with one of my best friends and was thrilled that we were able to run it together.  I had some issues though as I had tweaked my knee in the mud run I ran the last week of May prior to this race.  So for this one I had to do a bit of walking because the impact of running would cause my knee to burn.  But Millie was great and hung with me every step of the race.

It's Good to be Bad

I have a quick little card to share with you this morning.  It's another in my villain series and this one features that delightfully evil character from the Little Mermaid, Ursula.  The file is from Too Cute by Jessica and is from her cut file titled Villains.
My sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled V is for Villain.

You've Got a Friend

Thank goodness it's Friday and time for another Cardz TV card challenge!  This week we are celebrating the fact that Spring is right around the corner.  That's right it's almost here - just one more week and it's the first official day of Spring.  So in honor of Spring make a card for any occasion but give it a spring kinda feeling.
For my card I chose to use a background full of colorful flowers.  After all what is more grand than that look of all those beautiful colors while the bees and butterflies congregate?  I also used this adorable baby from the Super Hero Girls file by Marjorie Ann Designs.
My sentiment is from the Cardz TV Stamps set titled Just Saying.
Skittles were my choice of accent for this card and they are from DoubleClick Connections.
Now that you've seen my take on this week's challenge be sure to hop on over to Cardz TV for more inspiration then create your own card, link up and play along with us. 
I can't wait to see what you create.

Thinkin' of You

Today I have a card to share with you that I created using the Happy Spring Girls file from Marjorie Ann Designs.  I love how cute these girl are with their big, dark eyes.  One of these days I'll learn how to draw and do those eyelashes so that my eyes can be even cuter.
My stamped sentiment is from the Cardz TV Stamps set titled Just Sayin'.
Quick, easy and terrifically adorable friendship card.

For My Friend

Happy Monday everyone.  I didn't get much crafting done this weekend as we were in Atlanta with our oldest daughter and her fiancĂ© for our Spartan Sprint.  We had a lot of fun even though the course was tougher this year than it was last year.  Lots of new obstacles that gave us a run for our money, but now we're talking about going back in October for the next level race....
But enough about races, how about a quick and easy card today?  Today I have another one I created using the wonderfully fun Poopez files from SVG Cutting files.  For this one I used the Dope-pee file.  I just love the look on his cute little face.
My sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Best Friends.
I also used some yellow skittles from DoubleClick Connections.

When Things Get Sticky

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy card that I'd like to share with you using the Forever Friends file from Marjorie Ann Designs.  I thought this little boy dressed up as Pooh Bear was too cute to resist.  And since he was holding his trusty jar of honey I thought that having a bit of the honeycomb printed paper in my background would be ideal.  Then I realized I still had enough scrap of my baby Pooh print left that I could follow a sketch I had in my idea file and thus my card was born
The sentiment on my card is from the Lollipops Galore stamp set by Jaded Blossom.

For an Awesome Friend

I am pleased to announce that today I am a guest designer over at Die Cuttin Divas.  And today we have a sketch challenge just waiting for you to come join in on.  You'll find a picture of that sketch at the end of this post.
But first I wanted to tell you a bit about my card.  To create this one I started with a card blank from the DCWV Solstice cards and envelopes boxed set.  I then chose this precious baby dressed up like Eeyore to use as the focal point for my card.  This adorable cut is part of the Forever Friends file from Marjorie Ann Designs
Luckily I also had a scrap of this equally as cute baby pooh and friends paper hiding in my stash.  Combine those elements together and you have a great card in play. 
To finish off the card I had to have a sentiment, and it had to go inside a circular shape.  Well what better for something like that then one of the candy stamps from Jaded Blossom?  This particular one is from the BFF Candies stamp set. 
Finally, I had to have some kind of bling to go in the upper left corner of the card.  This was perfect for using some of the Eggplant colored skittles from DoubleClick Connections.
And now here's that sketch I promised so you can play along too.  Create a card with any theme following this sketch and then link up and play along with us.  As you can see I turned my card over on it's side for my interpretation on the sketch. 

Flying By

Happy Monday everyone.  Today I have a fun card that should provide some warm, spring like happy thoughts.  After all it is now the month of March and that means we're even closer to warmer temps and longer, sunny days ahead.
This cute little girl out flying her kite is from the Marjorie Ann Designs Happy Spring Girls file.  There are two girls in this set and they are both just as cute as can be.  Not to mention easy to piece together.  Although I do have to admit that for whatever reason I had difficulty with the eyes on both of my girls this weekend. 
My stamped sentiment for this card is from the Cardz TV Stamps set titled Up and Away.  On the inside of my card I used the clipart of the title, Happy Spring, which also comes with this set.
Oh happy day!  The closer we get to Spring the more excited I become!!

Capture the Good Times

All last week SVG Cutting Files was providing their fans with sneak peeks of a new line that was to be released on Friday.  This new line is one that requires a good sense of humor.  It's called Poopeez and boy are the files down right funny and cute.  So far 40 characters have been released and I definitely got in on some of the action.  Having raised four boys who are pretty well known for their poop jokes I knew that several of these were must haves.
My first project though was created pretty much on a dare (if you will) from my husband.  He really liked this particular set of characters and was quick to declare that he knew I wouldn't use them for anything.  Well of course I had to prove him wrong.
And so I give you the Pooparazzi.  Now the great thing about these guys is that depending on the colors you use you really have no idea what the original "intent" is.  Instead you just think they're a group of comical cartoon type characters.
Knowing what they are though I couldn't help but use this sentiment from the Craftin Desert Divas stamp set titled Capture the Good Times.