November 30, 2010

Let it snow & Blog Hop giveaway winner!

Happy Tuesday!

Here is a quick card I made last night.
The snowflakes were cut from the Pooh and Friends cart. They were cut at 2", 1" and 3/4".
The paper is We R Memories Makers and DCWV.
The twine is from The Twinery and the sentiment stamp is from here.
I used Peachy Keen faces on the snowflakes, they were from the Happy Lashes Face Assortment.

Michelle at Scrappin with my bug made a super cute ornament with the same snowflake and some PKS stamps. Click here to see her project!

Ready for the giveaway!?!

I want to thank everyone who left me a comment. I read every single one and I wish that I could give everyone a stamp set! 

The winner is Pam!

Pam  2 days ago

Wonderful blog hop idea! So much inspiration all in one place. Thanks for the chance to win! I love Peachy Keen stamps!
Pam~ I emailed you! :)

Again, I want to thank everyone who took the time to "hop" with us! We had a lot of fun creating our calendars! Hopefully, you found some inspiration and are working on one for your family.

I have a card from the new Playtime cart and a exciting announcement tomorrow! I can't wait to share!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

November 29, 2010

Jolly Holiday's!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I was finally able to get a little "Black Friday" shopping in on Saturday.  My bestie and I hit up Wal-mart, for the coveted limited edition lite carts and the limited edition Cricut, and our favorite scrapbook store! We were able to get some things that we both had our eye on, super fun stuff! Luckily, we both like to share things which makes it nice and almost like getting twice as much. :)

So once we got home, I just had to break out my Jolly Holiday's cart and my PKS stamps and make a card!
I just LOVE that cart! I cut the cute little snowman at 3 1/2".
The paper is from We-R-Memory Makers and DCWV. The sentiment is from this stamp set and the twine is from here, both sites just happen to be having sales today!
The face stamp is from the new Peachy Keen stamp set PK-470 Happy New Year. Don't you just LOVE PKS!?!
You still have time to enter my PKS giveaway! I will choose the winner at 9pm tonight and announce the name in tomorrow's post.

 I hope you have a wonderful day! 

November 27, 2010

Advent Calendar Blog Hop!

Happy Saturday and welcome to the Advent Calendar blog hop!

If you have come here from Denise's blog then your are on the right track! If you want to start a the beginning of the hop, head on over to Angelica's blog  and start there, you don't want to miss anything.

My grandmother made me a advent calendar for my 1st Christmas. She made each of the grand kids one. I remember as a child looking forward to December 1st, so that I could not only get some sort of small treat each day, but it was a fun tradition that started the count down to Christmas. 

This is the calendar that my grandmother made me.

 Like I said, she made one for each of us, they got a little more elaborate as the years progressed, my brother's is super fancy, but I still think mine is the best. After all, I was the 1st grand baby, meaning that this was the 1st calendar that she made, and that has to count for something... right? :)

Anyway... so this year is my nephew's 1st Christmas and I have been doing some research on holiday traditions, including advent calendars. I love to know the history of things.

Did you know that the first Advent calendars were made by German Lutherans at the beginning of the 19th Century. At that time, they were very simple and consisted of lighting a candle each day or drawing a chalk line on the door to mark the 24 days before Christmas. The first commercial Advent calendars were produced in Hamburg in 1902.

There is even a German city called Hünfeld where, each year, they turn the town hall into a giant advent calendar! 

Absolutely beautiful, no? I just love when buildings are outlined with glowing lights, especially when it is done on historic architecture.

I also love the idea of traditions! I think that children especially love/thrive on traditions and I believe that it's really important to have family traditions.  

That's were this hop comes in! I hope if you gain nothing else from this hop, it is that you are encouraged to start a few new family traditions of your own. :)

I decided to keep my advent calender fairly simple. 
I made icicle boxes and attached numbers to each box. I found the template for the box here. I converted it in Make-the-Cut so that I could use my Cricut to re-size them and cut them out. If you don't have that option, you can print out the template, cut it out of a heavy piece of card stock, and cut them out by hand. 
They were fairly simple to do. I used the My Minds Eye "Holly Jolly" paper collection. The tags were made with coordinating Bazzil card stock. The tag was cut from page 58, of the Winter Frolic Cricut cart. They were cut at 2".  I used a 1" circle punch for the circles and the numbers were cut from a 1/2" set of Quickutz dies that I have.  I just happened to find the dark brown raffia at Michaels.

This is what they look like hanging on the tree. 
  I have filled all of the boxes with a little bit of chocolate goodness. Twelve of the boxes, the even numbers, also contain a small note.
Each note has a different family activity on it. 
Play Christmas music and trim the tree.
Make hot cocoa and take a drive to see Christmas lights.
Make popcorn and watch the movie "It's a wonderful Life".
Decorate Christmas Cookies.
Deliver Christmas cookies to friends and neighbors.
Make and deliver a meal to a family in need.
 Talk about what we are thankful for and spend time in prayer as a family. 
Read the nativity story. 
The best part is that you can tailor the activities to your family's needs or to what you would like to focus on, as a family, for the holiday season.
I hope that this hop has inspired you to start a new tradition of you own!

BTW - I purchased the feather tree at Michael's 3 or 4 years ago.

Ready for some blog candy?

As a thank you, for "hopping" along with us today, I am giving away a set of Peachy Keen, Happy Lashes, face assortment stamps!
For a chance to win all you have to do is:

1. Become a follower, if not already.
2. Leave a message under this blog post.

That's it! I will choose the winner via on Monday night at 9pm. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning right here!

My blog is the last one in the hop today. Below is a list of all the blogs...
just in case you missed a few.

Thanks so much for "hopping" along with us today!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

November 26, 2010

Advent Calendar Blog Hop Sneak Peaks!

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and for those of you who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, a wonderful Thursday!
Tomorrow is the Advent Calendar Blog Hop! I am so excited to see the advent calendars that everyone has created! I thought that it would be fun, if I showed a few "sneak peak" photos to get everyone excited about the hop!
Excited yet? I know I am!

Remember there will be a chance to win blog candy at each stop! All the fun starts here tomorrow at 6:00am eastern standard time. 

I hope you have a wonderful day!

November 24, 2010

Cricut Cradz Challenge #52

Happy Wednesday!
This is my card for this weeks challenge on the Cricut Cardz Challenge blog. The challenge is to create a Christmas card with just words, no images, and it can have any color or theme.
 I decided to use Make-the-Cut, so that I could use my new favorite font. 
The papers are from the DCWV "Tis' the Season" decorative stack and card stock stacks.
Now head on over to the Cricut Cradz Challenge blog and check out all the other design team members cards! Soak up some inspiration and play along with us!

Don't forget!

The Advent Calendar Hop is this coming Saturday!
There will 15 amazingly creative advent calendars and a chance to win blog candy at each stop along the way!
I hope you have a wonderful day and a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2010

Advent Calendar Blog Hop and a Baby Card

Happy Tuesday!

I cannot believe that we are two days away from Thanksgiving! I was going to post a really cute Thanksgiving craft project, but I have been having problems with my editing software and so I decided that I am going to save it for next year. I will also post it earlier in the month, so there is more time to make it, if you choose to.  

So no super cute craft project for today but... I do have a couple things to share. First, this Saturday I will be hosting a Advent Calendar Blog Hop! Have you ever wanted to make a advent calender, but just didn't know what to do or where to start? Well, then this is the blog hop for you! I have lined up 15 super talented and creative ladies and they each have created a unique advent calendar.
There will be blog candy at each stop, which means 15 chances to win! So make sure to mark you calendar! 

Second... I have another card to share. Today's card is one that I made for my SIL. One of her co-workers just had a sweet baby girl and she asked me, if I would make her a card. She requested that it have the colors pink and brown and she wanted me to use the giraffe from the Create a Critter cart.
 The plaid paper is from the DCWV Animal Crackers Paper stack and the solid papers are DCWV card stock. The giraffe was cut at 4".
I used the Fiskars scalloped boarder punch on the white card stock. The white organza ribbon was purchased at Michael's.
...and you know me, I always have to finish off the inside. :)
The stamp is from Joy's new stamp set called "Mother & Daughter Stamps". Have you taken a look at her three the new stamp sets yet? They are so versatile and because they are made with the highest quality photopolymer, they have amazing clarity every single time you stamp! It really does make a difference!

Tomorrow is a new challenge over at the Cricut Cradz Challenge Blog! 
I can't wait to show you my card.

If you are on Facebook and would like to RSVP for the Advent Calendar Blog Hop, 
please Click here.

 I hope you have a wonderful day!

November 22, 2010

Gingerbread Man

Happy Monday Morning!

I was going to share a Thanksgiving craft with you today, but I wasn't able to get the photos up-loaded and video finished in time. I will try and get everything finished up tonight and posted for tomorrow.

This is a quick Christmas card that I made.
The colors are a little non-traditonal but I like how it turned out.
The gingie is from the Smiley Cards cart. I used a PKS face from this stamp set and a little bit of twine from the Twinery.
 Have you seen Joy's new stamp sets? This stamp is from the set called "All Around Sentiments". You can buy it here. They are made with the highest quality photopolymer, which makes the stamp quality amazing.

I hope you have a wonderful day!See you tomorrow!

November 19, 2010

"Let's Face it Friday" Challenge #5

Happy Friday Morning!

Sorry that I have been MIA this week. I had a little bit of a "craft" overload and needed to take a break. I see that people talk about loosing their mojo, which has never really happened to me. (Which, is not as great as it sounds.) Sometimes I get so many ideas, that I end up feeling overwhelmed and I have a really hard time knowing where to start or what to do first. Which in-turn overwhelms me and stresses me out. So I have found that if I take a step back and remember that crafting is suppose to be fun, not stressful... it helps. So I decided to take a couple days off. I will be back next week with a few fun projects that I can't wait to share. :)

Anyway... on to today's new "Let's Face it Friday" challenge on the PKS blog. This weeks challenge is to create an invitation for a holiday party. This could be for Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, or even just a gift opening party!

I made an invite for a cookie exchange party.
 The papers are from the DCWV Tis' the Season decorative stack and the card stock stack.
 I used this graphic set from, I converted the cookie images in Make the Cut and cut them out on my Cricut. The red top note shape is from the Storybook cart.
I used Glossy Accents on the coolies to make them look like they have icing on them.
 I think this one looks yummy! :)
Last, but defiantly not least... I used the PK 500 Snow Cuties Face Assortment for the gingerbread faces.

The winner of this weeks challenge will win the Winter Frolic cartridge!

WooHoo! Now get busy on those invites ladies!! I can't wait to see what you come up with!
 I will see you on Monday with a super cute, inexpensive, and kid friendly, Thanksgiving project. :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!