Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ThankYou Money Card

In a few weeks my husband and I are getting on a boat and going on vacation! I'm so excited for it. I really need this vacation. Even planning this vacation has been stressful (we were supposed to go on the Splendor - see John Heald's blog for more info). Well, we're still going on a boat, it's just not what we've been planning over the last nine months or so. Either way, one great part of cruising is all the people who are on the boat to help you have a fabulous experience. And of course it is customary to tip these people who clean the rooms, serve your dinners and make you cool towel animals. So I made a thank you money card!

I started out with an 8 x 6.75 piece of cardstock and scored it long ways at 3 and 6 inches. The front and back is 3 inches and the inside flap that holds the money is 2 inches. I snapped a little off the length of the inside flap and then rounded the corner.
For decorating the card, I cut up some fun colored paper. On the pink I used silver embossing to stamp the sun image which goes along with the ribbon I got from a cruise pack a few years back. The cap on the front of the card is from a wine cooler bottle. It's such a fun and unique add! Inside the card I used blue embossing to stamp thank you and I plan on writing a little note.

P.S. I will not be tipping $1. That's just ridiculous :) unfortunately, the single was the only bill in my purse!

P.S.S. Later this week I will be giving something cool away to my followers!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

CCF Blog Hop Winner

Good morning! Just wanted to post really quickly about the winner of the i-rock. Congrats to TeacherMom!

I will be emailing you and hope to send out the package today. And don't forget...you have to let me know when you use it! :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

CCF Give Thanks Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cricut Card Fairy Blog Hop. This month we are practicing being thankful for all the blessings in our lives. What are you thankful for? Do you stop daily and thank those around you for blessing you? Do you appreciate the small things in life? I sure hope so! With that in mind all of us fairies have put together some awesome THANKSGIVING/THANKFUL themed crafty items.

For my project I created a Thanksgiving card. I started with the rhinestone leaves that I fell in love with at the craft store. I put the rhinestones on some textured green paper and carefully cut around them to get what you see. I then taped some string to the back of them so that the leaves would look like they were falling. I haven't secured the leaves down, so they swing around. Which I think is cool! The background paper is From Recollections Garage Sale line. It has a great image on it that I want to use for another project and I loved this background for this project....I guess what I'm saying is Don't be afraid of cutting up paper and using it!!! For the sentiment at the bottom I embossed it with bronze embossing powder from Martha Stewart.





Before I get to the blog candy and blog hop list, I wanted to let you know about the Cricut Card Fairy Army. We get regular email requests from people who have friends or family in need of a card. Sometimes it is a sympathy card and other times it's a birthday card! If you are looking to send out some of the great handmade cards you make, contact Crystal to cricutcardfairyarmy@gmail.com.







Now for my give away! This weekend I will be giving away an i-rock and a pack of glam pearls. There are two conditions: 1) you must leave a comment on this post with a way for me to contact you. 2) if you win, I'd like to hear what you think of the tool (I don't have one...yet!). You do not need to be a follower to win the i-rock...however I will be having another giveaway soon to celebrate and thank my followers. So if you like my blog and giveaways, become a follower!

Now onto the rest of the blog hop where there are opportunities for inspiration, and blog candy. So make sure you hop all the way through, leave comments on every blog, and then a comment on Caitlynsmommy's blog when finished. She is the Cricut Card Fairy Army leader and will be giving away a BNIP Hello Kitty Greetings cart to a person that comments on ALL the blogs!
Happy hopping!

Here is the order in case you get lost along the way.

Caitlynsmommy http://crystalscraftycreations.blogspot.com/
ScrappingDeb http://tidbitsplace.blogspot.com/
AJoy713 <<--YOU ARE HERE
RachelMutchler http://trickut-rachelscrafts.blogspot.com
Kisatrtle http://www.kisatrtleskreativekorner.blogspot.com/
ScrappyJess http://scrappyjess.blogspot.com/
PennyLight http://lightwhimsy.blogspot.com/
KarelJcreations http://karelj.blogspot.com/
Shellie http://shelliescreations.blogspot.com/
GRKIDDO http://ginathorntonstamping.blogspot.com/
JamieFitzgerald http://www.jamieisacraftymomma.blogspot.com/
Iluvsnowmen http://wandaswhimsicalwonders.blogspot.com/
blondemommy26 http://blondemommy26.blogspot.com/
SherylGreene http://sherylscraftingcorner.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CWC Blog Hop Winners

Hello Everyone, THANK YOU ALL for your participation this last weekend in our blog hop. I was really excited to read all of your comments.

The winner of the Goose File is JustYolie from JustYolie, JustCreate. Please let me know if you would like the cutting file or image file. You can email me at: adrea dot travis dot 2008 @ gmail dot com.

The winner of the Calender Kit is Kathy from Kathy's-Krafts. I will need your mailing address. You can email me at: adrea dot travis dot 2008 @ gmail dot com.
Just a reminder, I will be participating in another blog hop this weekend. AND after that I will be having a giveaway for my followers. It was going to be to celebrate 50 followers, but we blew that out of the water this last weekend!!!



Sunday, November 14, 2010

CWC Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to From The Hills and the CookingWithCricut.com Holiday Blog Hop! If you've come from visiting Gaby at Gaby Creates, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our fun hop, you can go to CookingWithCricut.com and start at the beginning. Go HERE.

With the holidays fast approaching we are sharing some wonderful ideas and inspiration for your viewing and crafting pleasure! Each Design Team member will be featuring an original project made especially for this hop. Make sure to check out each DT member's blog. There will be prizes along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be some nice PRIZES with a few different ways to win at CookingWithCricut.com!

The card I made today features my favorite word of the season, "Joy". The ornament was cut at 3 inches from Winter Frolic. I used gold Stickles on the top for the hanger! I wanted the ornament to look like it was hanging so I put some string onto the card.

The green paper I used was textured, but I wanted something else added to it. So I used Shimmer Spritz and Pop Dots to make the letters stand out. The blue paper in the background is from Paper Source. I had the opportunity to visit one of their stores in Chicago this fall and thought this would be perfect for Christmas projects.






I have two things I will be giving away this weekend. First is the Christmas Geese Cutting File or Digi File from ScrapbookEden.com. Also up for grabs is a Calendar Kit that contains 999 pieces. If you are ambitious, maybe you can make it a Christmas gift...or you can make it month by month!

All you have to do to win one of these prizes is leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you. For a second chance to win, check out my post from yesterday and leave a comment there!

Now it's your turn! Let’s see your wonderful holiday projects. Be sure to try and include a Cricut or other die cut machine on your project and link it up at CookingWithCricut.com. Next stop...Cathie's blog, Creative Cutter. Go see what she has in store for you today... And when you're done, make sure to head back to CookingWithCricut.com and get entered to win!
Happy Holiday Hopping! Here is the order of the list:
1.CookingWithCricut.com – http://www.cookingwithcricut.com/
2.Abby – http://www.scrapbookaholicbyabby.com/
3.Gaby – http://www.gabycreates.com/
4.Adrea – You Are Here
5.Cathie – http://www.creativecutter.org/
6.Christel – http://www.onescrappinsista.blogspot.com/
7.Kristal – http://www.kandrewdesigns.blogspot.com/
8.Madison – http://www.funkycards.blogspot.com/
9.Kassidy – http://www.inkingitupcrazy.blogspot.com/
10.Jenna – http://jennasfavoritethings.blogspot.com/
11.Valine – http://www.maddstercreations.blogspot.com/
12.Dalis – http://www.stampergirl.com/
13.Brandilynn – http://www.createdbybrandilynn.blogspot.com/
14.Becky - http://www.bouncyflouncyfunfunfun.blogspot.com/
15.Michelle - http://www.mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com/
16.Melinda – http://www.scrapbookeden.blogspot.com/
17.Back to CWC

Saturday, November 13, 2010

CWC Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to From The Hills and the CookingWithCricut.com Holiday Blog Hop! If you've come from visiting Gaby at Gaby Creates, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our fun hop, you can go to CookingWithCricut.com and start at the beginning. Go HERE.

With the holidays fast approaching we are sharing some wonderful ideas and inspiration for your viewing and crafting pleasure! Each Design Team member will feature an original project made especially for this hop. Make sure to check out each DT member's blog. There will be prizes along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be some nice PRIZES with a few different ways to win at CookingWithCricut.com!

For today's post I used the cutting file Christmas Geese from ScrapbookEden.com. I thought it would be a touch of elegance if I used patterned paper. The gray and white paper are scraps from a wedding stack I had. The pink tie and hat are from Stampin' Up. To help the geese stand out I put them on a some squares that sit on a card that opens in the center. The sentiment below is from Pink Cricut's Christmas Wishes. I embossed it with silver embossing powder from Martha Stewart. It looks REALLY good...if you haven't already you should try heat embossing. It's so cool.

The card itself is from a 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. I scored it at 2 3/4 inch from each of the sides. It ends up being a really big card...I think it's perfect for adding a great hand written letter to a friend or family member who you haven't talked to in a while. Before adhering the square by gluing only the left side of it, I took a snowflake stamp and stamped red and silver snowflakes on the background. I think it helps bring together the red and silver accents used on the square.

Aren't those geese cute? Wouldn't you love to use them on one of your projects? Well, here is an opportunity to win it! Also up for grabs is a Calendar Kit that contains 999 pieces. If you are ambitious, maybe you can make it a Christmas gift...or you can make it month by month!

All you have to do to win one of these prizes is leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you. For a second chance to win, come back tomorrow and leave a comment on my second blog hop post! Also, if you like winning things I suggest you become a follower. I have more blog hops coming up and a giveaway planned for my followers!

Now it's your turn! Let’s see your wonderful holiday projects. Be sure to try and include a Cricut or other die cut machine on your project and link it up at CookingWithCricut.com.
Next stop...Cathie's blog, Creative Cutter. Go see what she has in store for you today... And when you're done, make sure to head back to CookingWithCricut.com and get entered to win!

Happy Holiday Hopping! Here is the order of the list:
1.CookingWithCricut.com – http://www.cookingwithcricut.com/
2.Abby – http://www.scrapbookaholicbyabby.com/2010/11/cooking-with-cricut-holiday-blog-hop.html
3.Gaby – http://www.gabycreates.com/
4.Adrea – You Are Here
5.Cathie – http://www.creativecutter.org/
6.Christel – http://www.onescrappinsista.blogspot.com/
7.Kristal – http://www.kandrewdesigns.blogspot.com/
8.Madison – http://www.funkycards.blogspot.com/
9.Kassidy – http://www.inkingitupcrazy.blogspot.com/
10.Jenna – http://jennasfavoritethings.blogspot.com/
11.Valine – http://www.maddstercreations.blogspot.com/
12.Dalis – http://www.stampergirl.com/
13.Brandilynn – http://www.createdbybrandilynn.blogspot.com/
14.Becky - http://www.bouncyflouncyfunfunfun.blogspot.com/
15.Michelle - http://mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/cooking-with-cricut-blog-hop.html
16.Melinda – http://www.scrapbookeden.blogspot.com/
17.Back to CWC

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holiday Baking

This weeks theme at Cooking With Cricut is baking. You know - holiday cookies, pies and cakes. For my design team entry I decided to bake some Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. (recipe from All Recipes) My work is having a Chili Cook off & Pumpkin Baking contest this week and I wanted to test out the recipe. (side note, I will probably use more pumpkin next time around)


The tent that identifies what I baked was cut using SCAL 2.0. First, I brought in the Baking Bear digistamp from ScrapbookingEden.com. I sized it to be 3 inches high, copied the image and then flipped it vertically. I then added a 9x8 inch rectangle and welded the images together. This creates a tent that is 3 inches high, about 10 inches long (including part of the bear image) and 1.5 inches wide. After cutting image I made three score lines at 1.5, 4.5 and 7.5 inches from the top.






I then took the bear image and cut two of them out of tan paper. Then ran them both through the printer so I would have the digistamp! I made two as a backup in case I didn't like my coloring. But I was pretty happy with how the first one colored, so I colored the back of the other bear. It created a cool front/back of the image! (p.s. did you see his little tail!)




I also printed out the title of the recipe on the tan paper and used a corner punch to create the shape. To finish it off, I used black Viva Decor Glitter-Liner. I wasn't sure how the tent would turn out when I first started this project...but I am VERY happy with it!

In addition to the tent, I made decorations to go into the cupcakes (is there a name for this?). All three images are from Create a Critter. The apple and pumpkin are cut at 1 1/2 inches and the leaf is cut at 1 3/4 inches. I cut extra sets of the original layer to serve as the backing. This allowed me to hide the toothpick.

I hope I've inspired you to bake along with us this week and participate in the challenge at Cooking With Cricut. Also don't forget the Bloghop we'll be having this weekend...there will be giveaways!









Monday, November 8, 2010

Thank You Card

Hello everyone! Here is a card that I made for the design team call over at Scrapmaster's Paradise (side note, have you seen that they have a stitching stamp set? that needs to come off my to-get list quickly). They provided a sketch and it needed to include a stamped image. For the flowered background, I rolled Stampin' Ups Fast Flowers wheel stamp. I then used Stampin' Up Markers to color them in. The popped up image, I embossed the flower stems and cut the flowers from the Birthday Cakes cartridge using a white pen for the center. The ribbon starts and finishes on the edge of the thank you stamp. It did require that I cut the ribbon more neatly than usual.

Supplies Used:

  • Paper - Stampin' Up
  • Flower Stamp - Fast Flowers, Stampin' Up
  • Ink - Stampin' Up
  • Embossing Powder - Martha Stewart
  • Cut Flowers - Birthday Cakes Cartridge
While you are here, don't forget all of the exciting things coming up (aka giveaways):
  • This coming weekend, Nov 13-14th, I will be participating in the Cooking With Cricut Blog Hop. We'll be celebrating the Holiday Season!
  • The following weekend, Nov 19-21st, I will be participating in the Cricut Card Fairy Blog Hop.
  • Shortly after I hit 50 followers, I will be having a celebration giveaway. I plan on doing it after the two blog hops. So, become a follower!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cooking With Cricut Wk 4

Hi Everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the sponsored challenge last week. This weeks Cooking With Cricut challenge is Leaves/Fall Foliage/Indian Summer. For my design team contribution, I made a card that uses the same Welcome Fall file from The Cutting Cafe that I used last week! I told you it has a great assortment of fall images and sayings. For tips on how to use their files with your Cricut, check out my new video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNo7TZjrIUk.

The leaves and the sentiment is from the Welcome Fall file. I didn't adjust the size on any of them...they just cut and printed perfectly the way that they were. If you haven't used their files before, there are some really good resources on their site. Also, I created a short video to show how I used them for this project.

When I saw how the leaves had the center cut I knew that I wanted to string them on a ribbon. I think next time I would place them a little bit differently, but I really think it worked well.

The squirrel is cut at 3 1/4 inches from the Create a Critter cartridge. I also used the flip feature to get him looking the direction I wanted. The acorns are also from Create a critter. The green background and dark brown cardstock is from DCWV Latte Stack.

Be sure to head over to Cooking with Cricut and participate this weeks challenge. Also, in a few weeks we will be doing a Blog Hop! It will be November 13th and 14th with a Holiday theme and giveaways!