Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winners! CWC 25 Days of Christmas Crafting Fun

Happy Friday all! In case you didn't have a chance to make it over to the Cooking with Cricut site today, here is a list of winners of all those amazing prizes... Congratulations to the winners! Please visit Cooking with Cricut for instructions on how to claim your prize. All winners were chosen by

Week One Prizes

Spring Holidays Cricut Cartridge

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...
Pears are very yummy friuts! Thanks for the freebies. You all did a great job show casing the pears! I'll have to go back for the other later on a pay day :)TFS!

PCW $20 Winner

Edwina said...
These are beautiful! I love vintage items! Thank you so much! Edwina Brown
Quick Quotes $15 Gift Certificate

Nanette said...
Nice projects and great video. I never would have guessed it was your 1st video. I'm excited to go and try to make some flowers now.

Week Two Prizes

Quickuts Die Cut and Embossing Set 2

Lana said...
Love the projects and the freebies!!

Quick Quotes $15 gift certificate

marg0006 said...
Just adore all the great ideas. Thanks.

Quick Quotes Paper Pack Set said...
Thanks for all you share Melin!

PCW $20 Gift Voucher Download

Bunnyfreak said....
Thanks for details about Pazzles.

Freshly Picked Cricut Cartridge

Rae Ann said....
The layouts are spectacular! Your design team is REALLY good. Thanks again
for the downloads; I really like today's.
Happy holidays! Rae Ann O.

 Week Three Prizes

Quickuz Die Cut and Embossing Set 3 said...
So many wonderful projects. You are all a great inspiration.

Quick Quotes Paper Pack Set

Jessica said...

Just a few more days and Christmas will be here!!! Such lovely projects from the DT again. Thank you so much for this fun celebration!

PCW $20 Gift Voucher Download

Carolyn said...
All the projects are cute. I always love treat holders.

Grand Prizes!!

Ultimate Twine Sampler

Anna said...
Another wonderful day of projects and files. Thank you so very much.

CTMH - Gift Set

Yvette said...
These projects are soooo cute. Thanks for the chance to win these awesome prizes.

Cutters Creek Gift Certificate

Moments by Marla said...
Amazing!!! Your site, projects, freebies and all of the candy are amazing! I became
a follower and signed up for the newsletter. Thank you and I look forward to seeing what
is on here tomorrow.  

Congratulations again, and make sure you head on over to CWC to claim your prizes!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #66: Favorite project of 2011

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last Cooking with Cricut challenge for 2011! This week we are showcasing our favorite project of 2011. All you need to do to participate is create a "NEW" post talking about your favorite project (why it is your favorite, etc). You can create a link to the old post if the details are too lengthy.

I had a few projects in the running for my favorite and it was hard to decide between a couple of them. I ultimately decided on this one of my big guy, Cash.

I used George and Basic Shapes for the circle 'template' and the 'Big' in the title, and used Simply Sweet for the 'bone' in the title. The rest of the title letters are stickers from Bo Bunny's Zoology collection, as is all the paper!

I hope you enjoyed my favorite project, and can't wait to see all of yours!

I will also be entering this layout in the Whimsical Designs challenge for this week: Favorite Project or Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

I just wanted to take an opportunity to thank each and every one of you! I just started this blog a few short months ago (in August) and in that time I have gained 3 design teams, 78 followers and countless new friends, support and inspiration. It has been a GREAT year crafting wise and I am so grateful for your kind and encouraging comments, advice and ideas! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your friends and families, and I will see you all back here in 2012 with lots more fun stuff to come!

(Vintage Clip Art Courtesy of PCW).

Friday, December 23, 2011

25 Days of Christmas Crafting Fun Day 23: Nutcrackers, stockings and/orgifts

Welcome to Day 23 of the 25 Days of Christmas Crafting Fun!! Today's theme is Nutcrackers, gifts and/or stockings. I chose the gift theme, and decided to make a card with this adorable digi stamp from Paper Crafting World. This is my second time working with copics, and I think I fared slightly better than the first time! Here is my project:

The paper is from Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes collection. I got the chance to us my fun snow pen again to highlight the trim on Miss Bunny's coat. Here is a better look:

You can see the 'snow' texture a little better. And as mentioned above, she was colored with copics (still learning!)

Remember, there are weekly prizes as well as FREE cutting files, digital stamps and vintage clip art over at Cooking with Cricut. Make sure you head over to grab them! Just a reminder, in order to be eligible for the weekly prizes you need to be a follower of the blog. Here are some of the sponsors of the AMAZING things you can win this week: Quick Quotes, Pazzles, Paper Crafting World, The Twinery, Cutters Creek, and Close to My Heart.
Thanks for joining us, and I hope you found some inspiration today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cooking with Cricut challenge # 65: Poinsettas and Holiday Florals

Welcome to another challenge week at Cooking with Cricut! This week the challenge is to include poinsettas or holiday florals in your project. I decided to continue with the vintage Christmas theme that I have been loving so much this year with this project using Bo Bunny's Father Christmas line. Here is my project (forgive the picture quality, for some reason I just couldn't get a good photo of this layout!):
The paper used for the gold and red poinsettas is from KaiserCraft. I just loved that gold foil paper, and thought it would make a pretty holiday flower. I used the same technique on the flowers as I did in the Vintage Christmas Card- you can see more info about that technique HERE. Here is a close up of the flowers:

 The title is a sticker from Bo Bunny, and I used Elegant Edges for the background shape. Then I added some beautiful Vintage Christmas crinkle ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique. Hope you enjoy the project and thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to see all the beautiful holiday florals on your projects!

I am also entering this project in the following challenges:

My Craft Spot- Christmas tag
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog- incorporate a tag in your project

Monday, December 19, 2011

25 Days of Christmas Crafting Fun Day 19: Halloween or October Themed

Welcome to Day 19 of the 25 Days of Christmas Crafting Fun!! Today's theme is October, or non-scary Halloween. Halloween just happens to be my favorite holiday, so I enjoy doing a Halloween project even in the middle of December! My project today is a 12 x 12 layout and includes a darling digi stamp from Paper Crafting World. This is literally my first time working with digis AND copics, so be gentle, lol! I know it could be SO much better, but everyone has to have a first time, right? ;) Here is my project:
All the paper is from We R Memory Keepers including the chipboard and borders. I cut the scallops from Elegant Edges, and as mentioned previously the digi was colored with copics. I then added some stickles and a sticker! I also added some crinkle ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique. Here is a close-up of the sweet Halloween kitty (again remember- FIRST time, lol!)
Remember, there are weekly prizes as well as FREE cutting files, digital stamps and vintage clip art over at Cooking with Cricut. Make sure you head over to grab them! Just a reminder, in order to be eligible for the weekly prizes you need to be a follower of the blog. Here are some of the sponsors of the AMAZING things you can win this week: Quick Quotes, Pazzles, Paper Crafting World, The Twinery, Cutters Creek, or Close to My Heart.
Thanks for joining us, and I hope you found some inspiration today!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Penguin Christmas Tag

This was one of those projects where it should have been quick and easy, but everything I tried to do on it seemed to just not work out. I think I managed to salvage it for the most part, lol, and after spending so much time figured I had better post it.

(Just pretend you don't notice any mistakes, lol) The patterned paper is from SEI. I cut the tag from Plantin Schoolbook (I think- I had it leftover from a previous project) and the penguin and snowflakes are from Christmas Cheer. One thing I did try on this one that I really liked was my new 'snow maker' paint pen.  SO much fun! But you have to be careful, the paint can come out pretty fast at times, and then you have an overabundance of snow. ;) Here is a close-up of my penguin's snowy hat:

I added it to my sentiment, from Robin's Creative Cottage Snowman's Prayer collection. All you have to do is add some heat and it puffs right up and gives that really fun 'snow-y' texture. Definitely going to be using this some more!

Hope you enjoyed my project, I am also entering it in the following challenges:

Bitten by the Bug2- Christmas Tag
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog- add ribbon
The Paper Variety- Anything goes
Whimsical Designs- Tag
Frosted Designs- Ribbon

Thanks for coming by, hope you're all having a magical holiday season :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Robin's Creative Cottage Challenge #4: Holiday Treat Packaging

Hi and welcome to another fun challenge from Robin's Creative Cottage! This week we are creating Holiday Treat Packaging. There are SO many fun options for gift and treat packaging that I have been seeing this season, it was hard to choose.  I settled on this cute gift box because it is so versatile- you can fill it with any kinds of treats- cookies, candies, small gifts or even cards. And the options for decorating are endless. Here is my project:
I found the tutorial for this gift box at Split Coast Stampers. You can find it HERE. The paper and chipboard accents are from KaiserCraft. The sentiment background shape is cut from Elegant Edges and the stamp is from Robin's Gingerbread Holiday stamp set. These stamps are SO perfect for holiday gift and treat giving! (get your own set HERE!). I added some diamond stickels for a little more sparkle. And lastly, I added some tinsel string from Prairie Bird Boutique. I just love this for holiday projects. Here is another view of the project:

I hope you have enjoyed my project and I look forward to seeing all of your fun holiday treat packaging!

I am also entering this project in the following challenges:
Frosted Designs- Use glitter on your project
Whimsical Designs- Christmas/winter themed project with sparkle

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Design Team Announcement!

Happy Sunday everybody! I am simply thrilled to be able to announce that I have been selected to be a Design Team member for the lovely and talented ladies over at Pile it On! This is a super fun challenge blog that encourages you to participate in multiple challenges, and well, Pile It On! I can't wait to get started, and encourage all of you to visit the Pile It On blog and start stretching those projects to include as many challenges as you can!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Blog Makeover!

So you may have noticed my blog looks a little different- I got a blog makeover! I hope you all like it- I love it! Seeing as I am blog/computer semi-inept I enlisted the help of the uber-talented Chris over at Get Inspired with Chatterscene. If you like my blog look her up- her prices are SO reasonable, and she is great to work with! Thanks again for all your continued love and support! <3

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cooking with Cricut Challenge # 63: Sounds of the Season

Hello and welcome to another challenge week over at Cooking with Cricut! Our theme this week is to incorporate music into our project- showcase your favorite Christmas carol, or music somehow into your project.  My project is titled- We Wish you a Merry Christmas- I used one of our Christmas Card photos from last year. Here is my project:
All of the paper/stickers/borders are from KaiserCraft- I actually won this line and have been so excited to finally have a chance to use it.  The paper has a beautiful vintage quality- and I love anything vintage. Speaking of vintage, have you been checking out the 25 Days of Christmas Crafting Fun? Everyday Melin has some BEAUTIFUL vintage clip art that she is giving away for FREE! You must check it out! Anyway, back to my project, lol. I used Christmas Cheer and cut some images with the shadow feature at 1 1/4" from different patterned papers to create the border. Here is a close up of some of those images:

(You can also see most of my boxer, Cash, lol. We have since added another, June, to our family as seen in previous posts). The Merry Christmas portion of the title was cut from Joys of the Season.  I hope you enjoyed my project today. I wish I was able to do more right now, but this broken leg has really put a damper on that. I am crossing my fingers for two long more weeks when I will (hopefully) be told I can finally walk again. Cross your fingers for me too!! Can't wait to see what beautiful music-inspired projects you all cook up, and thanks for stopping by!!

I am also entering this project in the following challenges:
The Paper Variety- project inspired by Christmas Song or Lyrics
Amanda's Crafts and More- A Christmas or Holiday Layout

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cooking with Cricut's 25 days of Christmas and Crafting Showcase

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to make sure and let you know about a really fun, amazing and inspiring event going on over at Cooking with Cricut- you really do NOT want to miss this one!! It is the 2nd Annual 25 Days of Christmas & Crafting Fun Showcase, and it starts TODAY! (sorry for the late notice, lol- to say it's been a crazy day would be an understatement!). Here is what this fun event entails:
* Different Designers will be showcasing their projects for your creative inspiration.
* Will have a different theme and the themes will not ALL be Christmas or Holiday related. So be sure to visit everyday for creative inspiration you can use through out the whole year!
* We will be giving away FREE Digital Stamps, FREE Electronic Die Cutting Files and Other Printable graphics. There will be something for everyone. Please note: The freebies will expire at the end of their 24 hours and new ones will be available. You won’t want to miss them!
* We will showcase projects using your Cricut and Cricut tools.
* We will showcase projects using your OTHER electronic cutters too! Tools such as our Pazzles, Silhouettes, Gazelles and other electronic cutters. Along with all types of crafting tools and essentials.
* You will want to leave a comment for your chance to win one of our weekly prizes as well as one of our GRAND PRIZES!!!
* You HAVE to be a follower of this blog in order to win a prize, sorry no exceptions.
In addition to ALL that, several of our sponsors are offering discounts with discount codes for purchases during our event. 
This Week (Dec. 1st through December 8th) enter for a chance to win the following:

*Spring Holiday Cards Cricut Cartridge

*$15 Gift Certificate to Quick Quotes

*Quickutz Embossing Folder & Dies Snowflake Embossing Folder, Snowflake Die and Candy Cane Die (These will work in “Other” machines too :)

*$20 Download from

* Pazzles Craft Room 1 Year Subscription

* The Twinery Ultimate Sampler Pack

* Cutter’s Creek $25 Gift Certificate

* Stamp, Stamp Pad & Block Set

BE SURE TO VISIT OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORT THEM! Check out the wonderful prizes AND extra discounts available exclusively through us during this event!

And make sure you head over to Cooking with Cricut for additional information about the AMAZING prizes, FREE downloads and of course, to check out all the inspirational projects our design team has cooked up for you!!