Monday, January 31, 2011

Spongebob Valentine's---Cricut Cardz Challenge #59

I actually have an early post today... Here is my entry into  Cricut Cardz Challenge #59- Child's Valentine's.
I love spongebob and so do my boys so when I was looking through the booklet this cut won my heart. Perfect for telling the boys I love them :)!
Spongebob was cut at 5" and the sentiment is actually from Simply Sweet..the "you" is the bottom half of the thank you, also cut at 5"

Giveaway Monday over at Tatertots and Jello-50$ to Wacky Kracker--a personalized stationary site. They have the cutest stuff. Go check them have until February 7th.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Shrinky Dinks

I bought a package of Shrinky Dinks today at Michael's and they are so easy to work with. I wanted to try and make charms for my son's Valentines's treats. They worked and the boys had so much fun watching them bake.
So I cut a heart out at 3" from Plantin Schoolbook and my son wrote everyone's name on them. I then put the decorated touch around the outside. In the oven at 325 for 1-3 minutes (ours took 3) and this is how they turn out! I can't wait to try something else.
I used my gypsy and had to cut the plastic out 2 times but the hole was already there because I used the charm cut.
I have already made the sour cream containers, filled them with candy hearts and now to attach the charm to the container. That is where I am now. So the completed project will be posted tomorrow.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chipboard Memory Book

front cover

 So a very good friend of mine's birthday is today...Happy Birthday Chris!! And for her birthday I wanted to make something nice that she would be able to use. I tried my hand at a Chipboard Memory Book and I think it actually came out really nice for being my first time.
I gave her the book today and I'm hoping she is going to fill it with pictures of her family!

 So on to a different note...I took on a VERY big project yesterday, to make 90 post it note holders for our school's Staff Appreciation Luncheon on February 9th. I wrote in my earlier post how easy they are to do....right...well I started thinking I need all the time I possibly can to get them done. And you know what???
I already have 24 95% done. I am making them very simple with a base color, pattern top layer, a thank you sentiment and maybe a bling but that is all. I will post pictures when they are all done.

back cover

Friday, January 28, 2011


So this is a quick post for today..I added to the Mickey birthday card and gift bag. My son's friend who is having a party tonight is going to Disney for the 1st time in March. Since he just celebrated his birthday right before Christmas he had already gotten everything! What do you get for an 8 year old?....Got it Disney dollars so he can buy what he wants in the parks and trading pins because anyone who has every been to Disney knows how much fun trading pins can be! If you havent traded pins at Disney let me know and I will fill you in :)
With that said I made a smaller gift bag for the pins and a money holder for the dollars....Hope he likes it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Post-it Note Holder's

I know I posted already today but here is the project for the day. I have been watching many you-tube videos for ideas and tips and I LOVE this project. It is so super easy...I had a blast making them and I want to make more...and more...and more. I'm not sure I know that many people that need post-it notes :)
Anyways I was at Target and in their $1.00 bin is a 6pk of gel markers. The post it notes I got were a 4 pack of purple,green,pink and blue. All the colors of the gel pens. The pack also came with a gold and yellow that my boys have snatched.
So guess what..I am going back to Target tomorrow to stock up on these pens and make more.
These are actually going to the boys school for teacher gifts...Appreciation for all they do on a daily basis. I know they will LOVE them.

cardstock dimensions--7 3/8 x 3 1/4 then score at 3 1/8, 3 1/2 and 3 7/8

This is the youtube video I got the measurements for the post-it note holder from. Check it out

Blog Award

I got a wonderful blog award from Liz at Tryin' 2 Scrap...Thanks so much. I love checking out your blog and seeing what you thanks again and pop on over to see her

In order to accept this award I have to list 3 things that make me different from everyone else, and nominate 5 other blogger's to receive the "My Blog has Attitude Award."

Here is my list:

1-I am a mom to 2 very active boys and 13 girls....chickens that is :)
2-I rather be crafting than cleaning...wait I'm sure that doesn't make me different from others right? OK for a different one...I HATE confrontations so I avoid them
3-I rather have more quality friends than quantity of friends. I value my friends and their friendships/opinions
Now on to my five picks for the MY BLOG HAS ATTITUDE! award...
Dawn @
Carina @
april @
margie @
Elsa @

Go check out their wonderful blogs...great ideas...and spread the love :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stuck on a Star

Happy Wednesday...hump day :)!
Only 2 more days till the weekend and what a weekend my family has planned...birthday party and basketball games.
Here is the card I made today and I made it for
The Paper Variety- Friendship Challenge.
This is the challenge:
Use the following quote (or another favorite) as the "theme" of your card, layout or other paper art.
Good friends are like stars….
You don’t always
see them, but you know  they are  Always there
This is the card that I came up with. I am actually going to send this to a really good friend of mine...I hope she likes it!
This card for some reason took me a lot longer to mind and the way I wanted it to look weren't matching. Finally after making a complete mess of my space and working with the layout over and over again I got it to work. Again not what I originally pictured but hey I think it came out pretty good.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

cupcake birthday

Hi is my post for today.
I made a birthday card for a friend today and I made it with my gypsy. What a cool gadget! The more I play with it the more I find out how cool it is and all the neat things it can do :)
So I went into our local Hobby Lobby first time going...I didn't even know we had one...I usually shop at Michaels and ACMoore and was quite impressed with the assortment of scrapbooking items they had. Many different things than Michaels and ACMoore. I got the cupcake paper there and thought it would work perfectly with my mental picture of what I wanted to make.
How come when I have a mental picture of my card...I go to make it..and it never comes out how I originally pictured? It usually comes out better :) Does that happen to any of you?
How do you design your layout or cards? Draw it out? Cut pieces and play with the layout that way? Please let me know...I would love to know...I am currently struggling with this and any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
The angle of my card and the way my camera took the picture makes my card look cockeyed...its not :)

entered in:
My Pink Stamper: Something Yummy
Cardz TV: Cupcake Challenge

Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentines for the kiddo's

So I am getting a head start this year and making the kids Valentine's. I thought if I started now I would have plenty of time for making, filling and labeling them. I was truely surprised at how long it actually took me to make and put these together.
I made the pillow box with the Wedding Cartridge and also cut the scalloped hearts from that cartridge. I inked with a bic marker around the red hearts and attached them to my pillow boxes. I found a $1.00 "happy valentines day" stamp at Michaels and used that to stamp all the boxes. We wrote to: each child's name and on the back wrote from: my boys. I really like the way they came out and I know the kids will also. Oh and by the way 2 pieces of candy fit in the pillow...a spongebob lick n stick and a package of conversation hearts. Even better!
And this is what I made for the teachers. I think this came out so super cute!! I cut the heart box from tags, bags, boxes and more and used my gypsy to cut the heart out. I filled this with chocolate nuggets that I covered in matching paper. I know the teachers will LOVE this!!

Box entered at Scrappy Mom's Stamps- Terrific Tuesday Challenge Sweethearts.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Week17 - TPV Sketch Challenge!

My boys played basketball yesterday and had an ALL-STAR game! They both played so well...scored a bunch of baskets..and had an all around great game.
The Paper Variety has a challenge this week for a layout. Perfect for me because I took great shots of the both of them. So this is what I came up with.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ooo- La- La Blog Award!

Ooo-La-La!! I got a blog award from Sheri over at My Sheri Crafts for MY SHERI CRAFTS CHALLENGE #40 - BLING! Thanks so much Sheri!!

Cricut Cardz Challenge #58- Snowman

So after a busy day with basketball games today and a basketball layout in the works I thought I would give Cricut Cardz #58 a shot.
I love this cool and cute snowman from the Christmas Cards seasonal collection. This also happened to be one of the first cartridges I got and being so new to owning a cricut I wasn't quite sure what to do with it so it sat forgotten.
Well it came out today and this is what I came up with. Hope you like it :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

M.A.G. Challenge & Paper Cutz Challenge

Here is my project for today.. This is for  M.A.G. Challenge by the Page challenge #11. The challenge is to use Tags, Bags, Boxes and more page #130. Since my son is going to a birthday party next weekend and I already made the birthday card, I thought I would make a matching gift bag :)
So what do you think?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's a Girl Thing

Hello everyone
This is the card I made today....
I was at ACMoore today and found this super cute paper- The All About Girls Stack by DCWV. LOVE IT!

Hope you like this...leave me a comment..I love hearing what you have say :)
Have a great day!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

So here is my card of the day.
This card is a thanks to ALL my followers for making my first couple of blog weeks so enjoyable.:) I have received great feedback and have overloaded my brain with the designs of amazing people! So thanks!!
This card is also being submitted to:
Claudia & Company's Challenge #71- Color!.
Stamping 411:Color Inspiration
colourQ challenge #68...
My time to Craft Challenge- 124 Spots and Dots!
I love the frog, he makes me "hoppy" :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2 Blog Candy's from Disney Dreamer Designs

I just wanted everyone to know that Disney Dream Designs is having not 1 but 2 give-a-ways this week. The first one is for the Love Struck Cartridge and the second is for the Cupcake Wrapper Cartridge. She is doing this awesome giveaway for reaching 400 followers and for hitting 20,000+ visitors. Way to go!! Make sure you stop by and try for these cartridges

CropStop: Challenge #2-Add Some Stickles

So this is the card that I am sending over for CropStop: Challenge Add some Stickles. This is my first time using stickles..
so much fun :)
I wanted to make this kitty for some time now so here it is. And she is stickles up on her collar, pillow and tiera.
She was cut at 3 1/2 and the X0's were cut at 1. Both from the Paisley cartridge.
Hope you like this

Also entered this at My Sheri Crafts Challenge #40-Blings

Monday, January 17, 2011

This is my card for today's post. I had a GREAT a Stylish award from Kristen @ craftin’withkristen and a Challenge top 3 button from Claudia & Company. Whoo Hoo (get it..matches my card..sorry :)) for a great day.
Anyways this is what I came up with for BBTB2's
birthday bash...bird or armadillo challenge. Since I dont own the Birthday Bash cartridge I used the owl from Paisley and I cut it at 3 1/2. I found the stamp in the dollar bin at Michaels.(another great bargain :)) and the tree branch is from the Pagoda Cartridge. That was cut at 4".
I had a "Hoot" of a time with this card (another bad joke..heheheh).
Hope you like this :)
Thanks SO much to Kristen over at Craftin’withKristen for my Stylish Award. This is my second award  today and you all are making me feel so GREAT about creating and what I have done already. I can’t wait to continue my crafting journey and create more cards!  But be sure to pop over and say hello to Kristen, leave a message and tell her Jessica sent you J
So here are the  requirements for receiving the award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 8 things about yourself.
3. Give the award to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered.
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their award.

Okay, here goes! First, the 8 things about myself
1.       I am happily married to my wonderful husband of 13 years.
2.      I have 2 boys, ages 10 and 7---They sure keep me busy J
3.      I just got my cricut the day after Thanksgiving and NEVER thought I would get this into it or be where I am today with it….I HAVE CAUGHT THE BUG and I LOVE IT!
4.      I was born and raised in New York..we moved to Kentucky for less a than a year and came back
5.      We have 13 chickens…they are our pets and we love them….Nothing like fresh eggs everyday.
6.      I grew up in the suburbs and now live in the country….waking up to the horses across the street and my chickens in the backyard is GREAT!
7.      I LOVE to read…nothing better than curling up to a good book
8.      I hate to admit this but I am addicted to reality tv….Survivor, Biggest Loser. Maybe not addicted but I love watching
Here are  8 blogs that I have recently found and love to visit
Thanks again to Kristen! You have made my day!

Claudia & Company-Challange Top 3

Die Cuts R UsSo I posted my Fun Purse Card last night on Claudia & Company's Challange and I was awarded a Top 3 button. Yahooooo!! I am so excited. Since this being one of the first few challenges I posted to I am so happy to have this card picked :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I just made this for Claudia & Company: Challange #70-Shape It UP!
The challange was to create something without using squares and rectangles. Thought this was a cute cut!
I cute this using my paisley cartridge.

Drinks on Me

So my husband took me out to dinner on Friday night and I had the most yummy martini- A Lemon Drop. I have had them many times at this restaurant but for whatever reason the one I had on Friday was the best! My inspiration for today's card. I hope you like it :)
So for my bargain of the day...Michael's has been running a clearance sale on cricut cartridges for $9.99. Needless to say I have spent not alot of money to add to my library but for that price how could you go wrong. Today I happened to go into Michael's and they put new cartridges on Clearance....Nursery Rhymes and Preserves. I haven't decided what I will create with them but I couldn't pass them up.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

What do you think about the card I made today for The Pink Stamper's Blog Hop. Since I have only boys, anything that I can make with Pink I LOVE!! I think there is another pink challenge out there too...maybe you will see this there also. I found it, The Paper Variety. It is up there also.
 This makes me think about spring and since it keeps snowing here anything that brings spring into the room is a GREAT thing.

Friday, January 14, 2011

After following Capadia Designs- Diane,  for the past week as a guest designer on Everyday Cricut I was motivated to step away from just the the cricut and try designing, welding and cutting with the gypsy. I used her basic idea and cut a rectangle with two welded hearts on either side. I did decorate alittle and I mean alittle, just to get an idea and I think I am going to make these for my older son's valentines. They are really easy and he can put a note on the front and candy inside the little bag that is attached in there.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

So here is the inspiration for my card today. To make a long story short I received a gift card to one of the nicest boutique stores in my area The Perfect Gift/ Get Heeled. Both stores being owned by a wonderfully sweet lady with a GREAT sense of style. So I usually go into the store when they have their Vera sales/new pattern releases, or when I need the "perfect gift". I went into the store looking for a new purse but totally fell in love with these shoes. Now since you dont know me or my style...I am a jeans, sweatshirt/sweatpants to dress up but do so very infrequently so my dress-up clothes lack. When I told my husband about these "so not me" but totally cute shoes he told me to get them. One of the ladies in the store said get them and wear them with jeans and a sweater. My girlfriend said get them..who cares if they aren't your style they will be fun to wear even if just once. So I got them! My husband is taking me out for dinner tomorrow and I'm wearing my new "so not me" shoes. :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I did it!! I posted my 1st ever card design on
Bitten by the Bug 2 's blog site. They were "showcasing" the wonderful designs from the Lyrical Letter's Cartridge. I never realized all the different things a cartridge could do! I do have to say that this card came out pretty good! Wonder what other's think?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mickey Mouse Birthday Card

So today I made a birthday card for one of my son's friends. He just found out they were going to Disney for vacation so I thought this would be a fun card to send. And who can resist the mouse? Not me for sure. I LOVE Mickey Mouse and Disney so here is to Daniel-- Happy 8th Birthday!
Oh yeah forgot to add that this was one of my $9.99 value cartridges...Simply Sweet. And how sweet it is. So many cute and cool options! I love it!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I actually have a few pictures to post tonight. I need to make Valentines for my kids class and was so excited when I found the pillow box cut on the Wedding Cartridge. So after playing around with the size I came up with a 5 1/2 inch cut which will be perfect for 2 small bags of candy. I will be able to whip these up in no time.
Super bargin today at Michaels!! The jukebox which is regularly 99$ was on clearance today for $9.99...Yeah!! I was so excited about that and after they just ran a clearance on cartridges for $9.99. They made out well from me..I was able to pick up 7 cartridges. That is the price for just one. So happy!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

So today I was inspired to create a card based on a picture I took from my window. The cardinal just looked so peaceful and beautiful. Here is what I came up with. I think it came out pretty good!
After trying to get my cricut to cut the tree (from Stretch your Imagination) without pulling up the paper I was finally able to get it to work. I cut the tree at 5 1/2 and tada...this is what I got. The red bird actually was cut from the Pagoda Cartridge and that was cut at 1/2 inch. Not a cardinal but the effect was there.