Birthday Latte

Today I have another birthday card to share with you.  One of my daughter's is having a birthday next week.  It's going to be a bit more difficult to celebrate her birthday this year since she's over in Africa with several other colleagues from the CDC.  They are all there working on the Ebola response.  Some are there for a brief time, but my daughter is there for a year, coming home for a short time once a quarter.  But she will be there on her birthday so we are sending a care package with some of her favorite things - including coffee.
So for her birthday card I decided to use this cute cat with his coffee cup that I obtained during the SVG Cutting Files Let's Stick Together Blog Hop from back in 2014.  Those files were only available during the time of the hop.
The stamped sentiment is from the recently released stamp set Coffee Break from Jaded Blossom.
I also used latte colored skittles from Doubleclick Connections.

Birthday Legos

I belong to a group called I Run 4 and last year I was matched up with my wonderful buddy.  His birthday is next week and he loves to play with Legos so I decided to make him a lego themed birthday card to go with his birthday gift that I'm sending to him.
To make my card I used the Building Imaginations file from Marjorie Ann Designs.   On the outside of the card I paper pieced but on the inside I used the print 'n cut feature using the clip art that's included with every file.
The stamped sentiment on my card is from the Craftin Desert Divas stamp set titled Say it Big.

Easter Cross

Today I have a quick and easy card to share with you.  I've never made a lot of Easter projects but this year I made several items and enjoyed them all.  For today's card I used the Cross of Easter card from My Scrap Chick.  However, since I have a pack of card bases I didn't have a need to use the one in this file.
For the stamped sentiment I used the Easter Blessings stamp set from Cardz TV Stamps.

Easter Bunny Treat Box

Welcome to another Cardz TV 3D challenge.  Today we are creating either a treat box or bag for Easter.
For my project I used the Bunny Display Box from the Silhouette Design Store.  It was a quick and easy one to piece together.  And I love the way that the designer made sure to complete the box by including the bunny's tail end for the back.
My stamped sentiment is from the Happy Days stamp set that you can purchase here.
And now that you have seen my take on this week's challenge be sure to check out the other projects that our amazing design team has created for you.  Then after you've taken in all that inspiration create your 3D treat box or bag and share it with us.
I can't wait to see what you create.

Easter Scene

Today I thought I'd do something a little bit different and create a fun scene/picture for Easter. I had a lot of fun playing around and creating this too.
So here's what I did.  I used:
  • the Mickey & Friends cartridge for the sun
  • the Easter cartridge for the grass, basket, eggs and grey bunnies; and finally
  • the Simply Charmed cartridge for the tree, birds, and baby in the bunny outfit
I ran the bunny outfit and my two little grey colored bunnies through my Xyron and then covered them with a bit of flocking to add some texture.  It doesn't show up well in the picture but you can see it in real life.

Then I decided to emboss the tree trunk to add a touch of a different kind of texture. 
And of course I had to cut a couple of extra Easter eggs to "hide" in the grass because what's an Easter scene without some hidden eggs?
Now I'm off to enter my project into the following challenges this week:
DL Art - Easter - Ends March 23rd
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Easter - Ends March 27th

DoubleClick Connections - Use a bunny, basket or eggs - Ends March 29th

Bunny Bakset

Happy Tuesday everyone.  I have a shaped card that I'd like to share with you today.  It's a recently released file from Marjorie Ann Designs titled Hoppy Easter.
I used a pre-embossed paper from a mat stack I found at Michael's as my card base.  The stack is called Embossed Brights from a company named Craft Smith.
On the inside of my card I used the Easter Splatter stamp set from Jaded Blossom.
And that's it, another quick and easy card. 

Ears To You

Today is day two of the Easter Facebook Hop featuring Easter files from Marjorie Ann Designs. 
If you haven't yet hopped with us you should come on over and join in the fun.  It all starts at the Marjorie Ann Designs Facebook page.
For today's project I chose to create a card using the Easter Friends - Owls file.  I always love Marjorie's owl files and this one is no exception.  They're always easy to piece together and come out looking adorable.
The stamped sentiment on my card is from the Jaded Blossom set titled Funny Bunny.
I also decided to embellish my card with a couple of Meadow Green skittles from DoubleClick Connections.
Now come on over to Facebook and hop along with us. 

Easter Facebook Hop

Marjorie Ann Designs is hosting an Easter hop over on Facebook today and tomorrow.  You should come on over and join in the fun.  There will be games and freebies along the way.  And the fun begins on Marjorie Ann Designs Facebook page.
For my hop project I created Easter treat boxes for the secret pals at work.  Since everyone knows I craft I can't make anything for just my pal so I create a little something, something for everyone.
To create these boxes I used two different Marjorie Ann Designs files:  Marshmallow Bear Easter Fun and Beary Happy Easter.  The latter of the two is a new file that is being released today so be sure to hop on over to Marjorie Ann Design's website and check it out.
The treat boxes are the gable boxes from Jaded Blossom.
My stamped sentiments are from the stamp set Spring Signs, also from Jaded Blossom.  This is a new to me set and is the first time that I have used them.
And now I'm off to enter my treat boxes into the following challenges:
Jaded Blossom - Something New - Ends April 2nd
DL Art - Easter - Ends March 23rd

The Runs .... Mud Run Layout

This past Saturday was my first OCR (Obstacle Course Race) of the season and it was so exhilarating to get back out there doing what I love to do.  This year will be an even better race season because I have been paired with my I Run 4 buddy, Conner, giving me even more motivation to get out there and get it done.
Since this was a recent race I have not yet gone through all the pics to print for putting together any scrapbook pages.  BUT, I do have a page from a race I did with my son that I'd like to share with you.  This is from an event we did in Mississippi and it was rather cold when we ran this venue.  It was my son's first time running in a Spartan Race and I was excited to share the experience with him.
For this page I used one of the always hilarious Poopeez files.  This one is called........wait for it.....The Runs......
When I first saw this file I busted out laughing so hard.  Of course when I looked at the file I immediately knew I could pull it off as a pile of mud out there running and so that's just what I did for this layout.
And now I'm off to enter my layout into the following challenge:
SVG Cutting Files - Crafter's Choice - Ends March 14th


Today I have a pop card that I'd like to share with you.  I love to create cards that are uplifting and encouraging.  However, creating a card to encourage someone with cancer is almost as difficult as creating a sympathy card.  Or at least it is for me.
For this card I used Everyday pop-up cards for the butterflies.  I don't mind telling you either that I had some difficulty figuring out the pop up for the interior.  I played around with it using scotch tape so I could position and re-position without ruining the card and once I basically had it figured out I permanently adhered it to the card.  It's still not "perfect" but it works.
I also chose to emboss the blue butterfly for the inside of my card.  To emboss it I used the ribbon texture plate from the Sizzix scrap pink kit.
The word 'hope' is from Home Decor and was coated with "bubblegum" glitter from Martha Stewart.
The ribbon used for the 'body' of the pink butterfly is from Stand and Salute and was also covered in "bubblegum" glitter.
The papers used for this card are from Me and My Big ideas.  It's one of their Mambi sheets specialty cardstock pads.
And now I'm off the enter my card into the following challenge:
Scrappy Moms Stamps - Cute as a Bug - ends March 7th

Home Tweet Home

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another Cardz TV 3D challenge.  This challenge is all about Spring. 
I don't know about you but I've had about enough of the cold weather.  I love being outdoors in the nice, warm sunshine.  After all there is a reason why I live in Florida.
For my project I used the Silhouette file 3D Birdhouse with Stand by Lori Whitlock. 
My stamped sentiment is from the Cardz TV Stamps set titled Birds and Bees.
And now that you've seen my take on the challenge be sure to check out the other exciting projects our design team created just for you.  Then be sure to create your own 3D spring project, link up and play along with us.
I can't wait to see what you create.

Easter Treat Cup

A couple weeks ago one of my crafty friends, Lisa Pontious, posted a project on Facebook that she made and I fell in love with it so much that I had to try it.  Fortunately she gave directions on how she made her treat cup holders.  Following her directions I sat down with my Silhouette and created my own version of her hatching chick.

For a first time attempt at creating a file in Silhouette it's not too bad.  Since I didn't have any Easter candy in the house I filled the treat cup with some skittles.
My stamped sentiment is from the Happy Easter set from My Craft Spot.  Unfortunately for us crafters they are no longer making/selling stamps.  But there are still other great companies out there that are!

Happy Easter

I have another Easter card to share today.  This one was created using one of the adorable Marshmallow Bears from the Marshmallow Bear Easter Fun file at Marjorie Ann Designs.  There are six different bears dressed up as lambs and chicks in this file and each one is just as cute as can be.
The stamped sentiment that I used on my card is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Funny Bunny.
Since I used my Creative Memories Serene photo mats for the background papers I decided to also embellish my card using skittles from DoubleClick Connections.  These are the purple twilight skittles.