Monday, February 28, 2011

puppy love

My son's teacher who also happens to be a good friend outside of school just got a puppy. She was so excited about this puppy and telling me all about how her girls were loving this puppy that I knew I had to make a card congratulating her on her new addition to the family. I haven't used the Four-Legged Friends cartridge very much (I think this was a black Friday walmart special this year that I picked up for cheap) so I pulled it out and found a similar cut to her dog. He was cut at 4" and the puppy love tag was cut at 2".
I was at Michael's today and picked up a 180 page stack of paper (KI Memories) so all the paper used is from that stack.
I'm not very good with the camera so my colors look off and the picture looks lopsided but I think you can get the idea. :)

And for great news...I got 3 blogger awards which I will post tomorrow! I was so excited to see them. It's always nice to get 1 but 3?!?! Makes my day :)
Also got a Challenge Top 3 from Claudia & Company's Recipe Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by
Until Tomorrow.....:)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Black or White? Happy Birthday Casey!

It's my son's 10th birthday today! It is so hard to believe that he is 10 already...the time has flown by!
For his birthday he REALLY wants the Pokemom Black video game...yes he is a big pokemon fan so when I went to get the game for his DS, guess what? it doesn't come out until March 6th. Bummer for both me and him. I preordered it for him so he is super excited that we get to pick it up next week and he can be one of the first of his friends to get it. I also made this matchbox for him to celebrate the Pokemon release. We put some money in it for him and I think he was more impressed with the box than the money :) Makes me happy! He thanked me a number of times for making it for him. I just love it when I get that kind of response!
(For those of you reading this and are unfamiliar with Pokemon, there is a Pokemon Black and a Pokemon White game coming out...the black version gives you a white legendary guy and the white version gives you a black legendary guy)

Entering this at:
Getting Cricky- anything A-Z

Saturday, February 26, 2011

2 Cards--Butterfly Birthday & Thanks

A very quick post for today. I made this butterfly birthday card for my husband's co-worker. My picture did not come out great but the card is black, white and purple.She loved it!

I made this thank you card in the beginning of the week and haven't had the chance to post it yet.

Until tomorrow......

Friday, February 25, 2011

Claudia & Company's 1st Ever Customer Blog Hop!

I am so excited to invite you to hop with us for Claudia and Company's first ever Customer Blog Hop! And my 1st ever Blog Hop! I am so excited to be a part of this!

Today Claudia and Company is celebrating all of US; their dear friends and customers and that includes YOU!

If you’ve just joined the fun, be sure to pop over to the Claudia and Company Blog to start the hop and get all the deets!

This is my addition to the "hop"! A super cute "hoppy" birthday card with the ever so Sweet Froggy digi stamp. I dont work much with digi stamps..I know alot of you I went searching to see how people use their stamps. I ended up just cutting him out..coloring him with my bic markers (not copic addicted yet..LOL) and pop dotted him up. I cut the flower out as well and added some yellow stickles to the pedals and green for the leaves and grass. A little inking around the outside of the paper..which is DCWV "The Songbird" stack and some eyelets in the corners.
Be sure and leave a comment on each of today’s fabulous posts to be eligible for the prizes that are up for grabs! You'll have until Monday, February 28, 12pm EST to comment. Winners will be announced on March 1, during their Release Day Showcase.

Here is the complete list of stops on the Hop! Thanks for joining us and happy hopping!

Mary J                  
Jessica --- That's Me :)

Thanks again for hopping through my blog! Please if you like what you see on my blog become a follower. I set a goal for myself this year to make one card/scrapbook page or craft item a day for the entire year. Do you think I can do it? I hope so!
Until tomorrow...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feeling Lucky!

Good Morning! I want to thank all my new followers and again thank Stephanie over at Always Crafting and Margie at Bella Bug Creations for having me as the Whimsical Wednesday Guest Designer. Make sure you go and check out the "I'm So Stressed Out" challenge! Their projects are amazing.
Here is my card for today. Are you feeling lucky? I made this card for Cricut Cardz Challenge Challenge #63. The challenge for this week is to make a card for St. Patrick's Day, using any cartridges or colors you'd like, but NO Shamrocks!

I got an award yesterday! Thanks so much to Jana over at Scrapper's Corner for this! You have to go check out her blog! She is so creative and new to the blogging world!
Here are the rules for the Liebster Blog Award.
1.  It is a blog award handed over to your favorite five blogs, that have less than 100 followers.
2.  The award is passed on to the five, by commenting on their blog and telling them that their blog is one of your favorites and this is how you are chosen for the Liebster Blog Award.
3.  The one who receives the award posts a link back to the person who gave them the award, and five of their favorite blogs (you can choose the person who sent you the award if you wish) with less than one hundred followers.  My five are:
Make sure you go and check out these very creative blogs! Thanks again Jana!
Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday Guest Designer :)

I am so excited that Stephanie over at Always Crafting has asked me to be a guest designer for this week's Whimsical Wednesday Challenge. Being so new to the blogging world her blog was one of the first I began following. Her work is truly amazing so go and check out all the wonderful and creative projects she has to share.!
This week she is calling it "I'm So Stressed Out!" I know we all have those kind of days....right?!?! For this challenge she wants any type of project but it has to include some distressing in it. This can include but is not limited to inking, tearing paper or whatever other kind of distressing technique you want to use. I have not tried any of these yet so I blog searched for ideas, googled distressing and everything came back to the ever famous Tim Holtz! Again I had not one item of his so off to Michael's I went (just an excuse to scrapbook shop) for some distressing ink. I came home with the ink as well as some paper stash in Retro Grunge. I knew I wanted to make something other than a card or layout and I had an Altoids container waiting to be altered so this is my "I'm So Stressed Out" project.
I used the paper and covered the front, back, sides and inside..distressing the edges with Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Peeled Paint Distress ink. I also tore a piece of paper, crumpled it and then layed it flat and inked. We just recently got a new phone book and it wass sitting in our recycle bin..does anyone use a phone book anymore?!...I took out a page of the white pages and cut 3 flowers at 2" from the Pagoda Cartridge. I crumpled them up, inked the edges and used my hot glue gun to attach to the tin. The pewter tiles are Making Memories alphabet charm that I hot glued also and inked as well. The butterfly was a charm I had in my stash.

So now it is your turn! Head over to Always Crafting and show us how you can distress. I can't wait to see what you come up with! I think distressing is my new favorite :)! You will also want to stop and visit Margie at Bella Bug Creations for some more inspiration. She has an amazing blog as well!

Thanks for stopping by and I would LOVE it if you become a follower here at  Chick-n-scrap :)
Until tomorrow....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's Your Birthday!


Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I can't believe that the day is almost over and we are almost to hump day!

My son's birthday is on Sunday and I originally made the Robot card for him that I posted last week. I showed it to him when I finished it and he loved it...but said "now I saw my card, it wont be a surprise". Guess what..another excuse to make another card. Here is it! I'm not telling him and he will get it on his birthday!

I have posted about how I am a BIG bargain shopper so this is one of my bargains...the paper is K&Company Spaghetti Designer Paper Pack. I picked this up at Target on clearance for $1.99. Then the matching stickers I got for $0.62! Nothing like a GREAT deal!

My card for today is a pocket/tag card. The pocket is 4 x 5 sealed on 3 sides. The tag was cut from George and Basic at 2 1/2. "Smile" is cut from the Paisley cartridge (p36) at 1" and the Frog also from the same page was cut at 2 1/2.

I am entering these for the following challenges:
Claudia & Company- Challenge #76 Recipe
Two Scraptastic Gals-CCCC #7 Paisley Cartidge

Monday, February 21, 2011

Question for you? and butterfly kisses

Happy President's Day! I hope everyone had a happy Monday!
My kiddos are home this week for their February break so I dragged them to Michaels looking for disstress ink. I haven't worked with distressing anything but have watched may videos and seen some amazing I found 4 different colors.To make it all better they had a 20% off your entire purchase coupon which I used :). I plan on working with them tomorrow so stay tuned to see what I come up with :)
I also found this paper kit that had the butterflies and matching paper on clearance for $1.99. It was 6 6x6 pieces of paper, the butterfly stickers and some other fun embelishements. I couldn't pass it up so I came home and made this. I am entering this over at 365 Cards: Day 358- Color Scheme.

Ok for my question to you...what program do you recommend/use....Sure Cuts ALot or Make the Cut? I see file downloads that use both, I wanted to get one but am unsure which I should get. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for coming to visit me today...until tomorrow :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pink, Brown and Cream...Thank you

Happy Sunday! I first want to send a BIG thank you out to all my new followers! I never thought when I started this blog that I would have over 70 followers in just the 2 short months since I began my scrapping journey. So thanks!!
I made another Thank You card today because like I said before you can never have enough thank you cards.
This card I am entering into the following challenges:
365 Cards: Day 357 Super Sketchy Sunday
The Ribbon Girl Blog: Colour Challenge #5

Hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday....until tomorrow :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Always Crafting- Whimsical Wednesday Challenge- Layout

With Spring hopefully right around the corner, I thought I would make a layout for something I can't wait to garden!!
I got the nursery rhymes cartridge when Michael's was having a clearance sale. For $9.99 I couldn't pass it up but when I got home I thought when would I use would probably just sit. And it has...until now :)
So I left spaces for 3 photo's which I will put int start of the garden...the progress of all my hard work...and our rewards.
I also made this to enter into the Always Crafting- Whimsical Wednesday Challenge. Stephanie's Challenge is a color challenge using the following picture.
So until tomorrow....have a great night!

Please check out my entry and Vote :) Papercraft Star challenge #33

I placed an entry into this weeks Papercraft Star Challenge #33. I would love it if you checked out my entry and voted for me if you like what you see. Thanks a bunch!

Tri-Fold Shutter Card- Valentine's Day

I know Valentine's Day was a few days ago but I still wanted to share a Tri-Fold Shutter Card I made for my Valentine...My husband :) This is the first time I have tried one of these cards and I am so impressed at how it came out! The best part about this card is my husband LOVED it...(I guess he wouldn't tell me he didn't like it right?!?!) I wrote in the card "you hold the key to my heart" cute :) I found the key and heart in the Martha Steward Valentine's collection.

2 Stylish Blogger Awards :)

Morning Everyone! Happy Saturday! I woke up today to find out I was awarded 2 Stylish Blogger Awards. The first one came from OmaGloria over at Oma's Crafts and the second one came from Rebecca at Crafting Misfits. Please go check out these very talented ladies!
So to accept this award I need to pass it along to 8  other Stylish blogs and list 8 things about myself that others may not know. Does that mean I need to come up with 16 things about myself? LOL..I have a hard time coming up with 8.

So here is goes:

1. Crafting is now my outlet. I love creating and sharing.
2. Sometime my mind goes blank and I cant come up with anything for a project...does that happen to you?
3.I am a bargain shopper. I dont like to pay full price for anything!
4.I spend alot of time volunteering at my boys school. I love it and they love seeing me there. Plus I get to know all their friends and their teachers better :)
5.My husband and I met on Valentine's Day... cute right!?!?
6. There just isnt anything on TV anymore worth I dont watch!
7. I have 13 laying chickens...they are our pets..and we hope to get more this summer!
8. Country living is the best!
9. I love to garden! Last year we had a BIG garden..this year it is going to be BIGGER!! Yahoo :)
10.I dont like tomatoes but I love ketchup & salsa..go figure
11. I spend alot of time on the hopping
12. I am a SAHM to two boys...they are my life!
13. My husband is so very supportive of my hobby.
14. I am the oldest of 3 girls.
15. I love to camp!
16. AND....I love hearing what people have to say about my projects....good and bad (I have never had someone say something bad). Please leave me comments. I love them!

 Thanks again to OmaGloria and Rebecca for this award!
Here is where I am sending this award..These very talented ladies deserve it! Go check them out!

1.Katieo @
2.Liz @
3.Patty @
5.Darlene @
6.Stacy @
7.Carolyn @
8.Lisa @
9.Brigit @
11.Nadia @
13.Dana @
15.Carina @
16.Andrea @

Friday, February 18, 2011

M.A.G. Challenge- Printing Press Letter "M"

This is my last post for today. I have been SO busy crafting today and every time I think I am done...another post about another challenge. Oh course I couldn't do every one that comes up but I love trying :)
Here is my entry for M.A.G Challenge by the Page. The challenge is to make something with the
Cartridge:  Printing Press
Page: pg.37
Here is a bookmark I made using MY FAVORITE paper.....Black Currant by DCWV.
Now I have my own bookmark and I dont have to use a piece of paper anymore.

Just a Note of Thanks

Here is card #2 of the day...another Challenge entry at:
365 Cards: Day 354-Thursday Sketch.
You can never have too many thank you here is another to add to my stack of not enough :)
Thanks for checking it out!

365 Cards: Day 355- Friday Sketch

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has exciting weekend plans..I know we don't which is good. We have been SO busy with the kids activities that a much needed weekend free is great!
I plan on spending alot of time today crafting and catching up on challenges so hopefully this will be the first of many posts today.
A very simple card I made for 365 Cards: Day 355 Friday Sketch. Sometimes simple is better right? I tried to curl my flower petals but I think I need some more work. Anyways I think it came out cute.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Let's Do Coffee

Morning! I know I can't function without that first cup of coffee..maybe second cup also so here is to COFFEE!
I know this is a short post but I have things to do today..unfortunately I can't play with my cricut all day. Maybe tomorrow :)
Anyways here is my card for today. I am submitting this to 2 challenges:
Papercraft Star  Challenge #33- Sketch
Cricut Cardz Challenge- #62--use an image of a cup

Hope you like this and have a GREAT day!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I'm Nuts and Bolts About You

I'm nuts about my boys and with a birthday coming up for one I thought I could take care of the birthday card and enter it into 2 challenges.
365 Cards: Day 353- Wednesday Challenge
Claudia & Company : Challenge #75--About a Boy
Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

365 Cards: Day 352- Tuesday Sketch

Happy Feb 15th .....
everyone. So we are all done with all the Valentine's Day projects, or at least I am, on to other SPRING like cards! I so can not wait for the nice weather!! We had alittle teaser for the past few days where the snow was actually starting to melt :). Then wake up today and it is 9 degrees outside..WHAT?!?! But good news, we are supossed to hit almost 50 in a few days YEAH!
Anyways here is my card for today. I was thinking Spring :)
Not sure what I think about it though. You know how sometimes you LOVE a project and others its just ok..well thats where I am today.
I am summitting this over at 365 Cards: Day 352- Tuesday Sketch.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I want to first off wish everyone a "Happy Valentine's Day"! I know with all the work I put into making TONS of valentine's for my kiddos and their teachers I am glad to say...It was a job well done. Everyone loved everything :)
So for my boys I decorated photo boxes for them and filled them with Lego mini figs, Mighty beans, Gomu erasers and of course valentines chocolate. They were so excited this morning when the boxes were waiting for them.
I'm entering this over at Creative Cutter Room: Love Notes (Boxes) Challenge

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Another Valentine's Day Project

Another Valentine's Day project...
I think I am Valentine's Day for my last project until next year I made this fold box/bag for my son's teacher. I LOVE these boxes/bags and I know she will also. They are super easy to make and can be made in any size. This one is a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and coordinating paper from K&Company's Valentine's Designer Paper pack.
I am going to enter this in the Creative Cutter Room: Love Notes (Boxes) Challenge. The Challenge was to create a Valentine Box Project for your kids or to give as a Gift.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Voting for Papercraft Star Challenge #32 & E.A.D Designs Challenge

Papercraft Star Voting has opened for Challenge #32. This is the card I made and would love it if you would head over to that blog and vote for my card. Thanks
Here is my card for today. A simple St. Patty's Day card for one of my "Lucky" friends. I am going to enter this in E.A.D. Designs: Feel' n Irish Color Challenge

Friday, February 11, 2011


 Yesterday Tami over at Tami's Craft Connection made the cutest box/bag. After seeing that I knew I had to make one also. I went to 1 of my favorite tutorial sites Splitcoaststampers and followed their tutorial for what they call a treat box. It was so easy and it turned out great I think. I used Black Currant paper (my favorite) and a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. My son came home and asked for this for his teacher valentine. If his class and teacher's gift wasn't already done she would be getting one of these. I'm thinking this one is staying on my desk along with the kisses inside :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

You did It!

Good Morning! I am finally stress free after the luncheon yesterday. It went so well and all the teacher's LOVED the post it notes and paper flowers I made. Mission complete!
Now I can get back to the card challenges and creating new cards.
Here is one I made for a good friend that just completed her treatment. Congrats to her on her clean bill of health and a much need vacation in her future :)
I am submitting this card to the following challenges:
Papercraft Star: Challenge #32- sketch
Crafty Creations Challenge #105- 3 little words
Hope you like this

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More Valentine's and a Blog Award!!


So for starters I have to send out a very big thank you to Chic Designs for this Stylish Blog Award!
Rules for this award are as followed :)
1) thank the person who gave this award to me and link it back to their blog
2) share 8 things about myself
3) pass this award to 8 other individuals that I have recently discovered
4) leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition!
Eight things about myself:
1.I love the springtime and excited about starting up my bigger garden this year
2. I always wanted to be a "taxi" for my kids....yup I am to baseball, soccer, swimming, basketball and friends. I wouldn't trade it for anything
3. I believe in Love at First Sight....I married him and will be celebrating 13 years this August
4.I love to shop the scrapbooking stores, I now have to start using all the items I buy :)
5. I am a BIG bargain shopper...nothing like a great deal
6. I am very active in my kids school...they told me I should get a job there. Thats how much Im there
7.I wish I continued playing a musical instrument
8. I love blog many very cool and new ideas out there.
Now for the 8 people i have discovered..
- ( That's where I got the sour cream container idea that I also made for post at a later date :))
Thanks again and go check out Chic Designs!
Now onto my project post....another Valentine's Day gift. Quick and easy which is what I needed today.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine's Teacher Gifts

Here is a quick post today...I found these plastic containers at Michael's and thought these would be really cute for teacher's gifts. I filled them with candy and decorated the outside with K&Company Valentine's Day paper. The chipboard stickers are Martha Stewart Holidays. I found they didn't stick very well so I had to use my ATG to get them to stick better. Does anyone else ever have that problem and if so what do you use? Or do you eliminate the problem all together and add adhesive of your own before you even stick them down? My only problem is im not sure what to put on the lid. Good thing Valentine's Day isnt until Monday...I still have time :)
Thanks for taking the time to look.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Criss-Cross Card- Immortial Love Paper

Hi all!! I have been so busy with all these valentine's days, and school PTO preparation projects that I haven't been able to enter any challenges in days :( Once Wednesday is over then it is back to serious card making :)
I thought I would give the criss-cross card a shot...I needed something to make to take my mind off of Valentine's Day stuff. Since I  recently picked up the immortal love paper from Joanne's not to long ago...that was my paper of choice. I am a HUGE twilight fan and I was so excited to see this paper. Joanne's is the only place that carried it around me I looked everywhere for it. I followed the Splitcoasstampers- tutorial and I love the way it turned out. I know just the person that is getting this card also. I know she will LOVE it.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Paper Flowers

On my daily search through the blogging world I came across these beautiful paper flowers on Paper Junkie's blog. Not only did she show these beautiful flowers but she made a you-tube video to show how so very easy these are to make. If you are looking for something easy to make...check out this video.
I made 5 today and I am going to use them as the centerpieces for the luncheon on Wednesday. They came out so great!

Pretty paper, Pretty Ribbon Giveaway

Lisa is going for 100 followers and is giving away some sweet candy.
 Go check her out at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Staff Appreciation Post-it Notes

I posted a few days ago about making 90 post it notes for the PTO Staff Appreciation Luncheon I am co-chair of. Well here is the completed post it's. I wanted something simple for both the males and the female's in the building...just alittle something to let them know that all their hard work is much appreciated. I have almost all of them 100% completed...just a few more tags and bling :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Another Daily Post----So Ready for Spring

I am so ready for spring! It is 18 degrees here, windy and blowing snow.....Go Away! Im looking forward to starting my garden and the warm sunshine so that is my inspiration for this other post.
This will be entered at
CropStop Challenge 5-Sketch
as well as
For Fun Challenges- the digi stamp is from Little Scraps of Heaven so cute! They have a free digi stamp download right now..ballet slippers. Go check them out.

Papercraft Star Challenge #31

Happy Friday!!! So looking forward to the weekend! I have been VERY busy with all the little projects I have lined up...valentine's for 2 classes...PTO luncheon posters, PTO thank you gifts (post it notes 90 to be exact) and then challenges.
Here is a card I did for Papercraft Star Challenge #31--create a card using a stetch. I made this for my husband's coworker for his birthday.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Made by Momo: Tuesday Challenge

I hope everyone is staying warm these days! They just issued another code blue here tonight. Temps are falling below zero...BURRRRR

Here is my daily card..A thank you joy fold  card (I love the way they come second in 2 days :))
I am entering this at Made by Momo: Tuesday Challenge--The challenge this week is to make something with the colors Black, White, and Hot Pink!!! BUT, there is a catch.... It must have at least one Heart!
Can you find my heart?
Thanks for checking out my blog tonight...happy crafting..till tomorrow