Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aloha Friends!

It seems like forever since I've posted on my blog!  So sorry.  Life has been non stop the last couple of weeks. Our family went on vacation to Niagara Falls for one week.  That was an adventure to say the least.  We came home, unpacked, did laundry and repacked to go on vacation part 2!  We shipped out the kids and my husband I went to Hawaii! I mentioned this upcoming trip on a previous post to read about it, click here.
Gabe and I on the Maid of the Mist

My husband and I on one of the coasts of Hawaii. Beautiful place!

Since we've been back, we've been trying to catch up and re-adjust to life as "normal" whatever that is. :)  Yesterday, my oldest (at home) started high school soccer.  He will be attending a high school that is a good half hour away.  So...we are driving out to Elyria, OH everyday, hanging out for a few hours and driving back.  I'm trying to find things to do in the area while we wait: school supply shopping, park, etc.

So...where are my crafts, scrapbook pages, cards, etc?  I hope once the kids get back to school, I can get back in the groove.  One of my older sons is getting married in November and I've got invitation to make so I need to get in the groove real soon!!!! YIKES!!!!  Time is flying!

Well, friends, thanks for stopping by and for not pulling the plug on me yet. I'll be back real soon.  Hugs to you all!!!!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Welcome Home Soldier

Our "soldier" is home We are so proud of him! Here is the card I made for his homecoming.

I honestly cannot tell you where all the card stock is from because I've had it in my stash for a long time. I believe the patterned paper is from an old DCWV stack. I used the Cricut Stand and Salute cartridge. The star brads are also from my stash. I'm glad I'm finally letting go of some of my stuff! I'm such a hoarder!

The cute little star tag is from my recent purchase from Papertrey Ink. I'm really liking these cute little tags. I must tell you they are little! The sentiment stamps are tiny. I almost threw one away until I stopped to look at what it was, oh my! Good thing I didn't. I would have been very sad. I wasn't thrilled with the color of my red ink pad but i let the thought to do it again go away, ugh! I'm the queen of taking things apart and redoing them.

Thanks for stopping by today! I've been a little busy with the kids home from school so I haven't been paper crafting much :(. I have been crocheting quite a bit though. I think I'll post a picture of the little critters I've been making. Come back again soon to see them! Hope I peeked your interest!


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Friday, July 1, 2011

50th Birthday scrapbook and Penned challenge

Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by today!

Today I have for you my finished 50th birthday album in video. I thought it would be easiest to share the pages with you if I made a video rather then take tons of pictures of my pages. For the scrapbook, I used Creative Memories Celebrate 8x8 album kit. My first intention was to make and bind my own album using these pages but then changed my mind and bought this pretty coverset from my consultant. I love this cover and there are hearts embossed on the spine too. The scrapbook is pretty much all CM products with the exception of a few Cricut cuts.  If you are curious about my 50th birthday surprise, check out this post here.

Since this week's challenge over at Getting Cricky with K Andrews is to use pens, I am entering this in the challenge. I used my Cricut markers to draw the paisleys. The paisleys are from the Paisley Cricut cartridge. They had such cute detail to them that I thought using the markers would show off the design.

I hope you enjoyed my album video. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!

Scrappymama Elaine

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Flip Flop Birthday

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Today I made the cutest card for my sister's birthday. I made it with the challenge over at K Andrews Simply Sunday Challenge in mind.  The challenge is to use a face in your project.  I used the Peachy Keen Everyday Faces.  They are soooo cute!

Cricut Cartridge Cheerful Seasons
Peachy Keen Everyday Faces Stamp set
Stampin' Up! Basic Black ink
Cardstock from my stash
Red ribbon from Joanns
Patterned paper is from Creative Memories, I believe :)
Bling on flip flops are brads I picked up at Big Lots
Martha Stewarts Border punch (I picked up recently at TJMaxx.)
Tiny Tag and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink (my newest purchase. Love it!)

Don't look too closely. I have some glue residue on the flip-flops and my alignment wasn't exact.  I use to stress over these things but I'm learning not to sweat the small stuff.  Only you and I card-makers will notice these small flaws.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Your support and comments make me smile!

Hugs and TTFN,


Hi everyone!

I have a quick video to show you of some of the goodies I purchased from PAPERTREY INK.  I follow Creations with Christina and she uses a lot of their products on her projects.  They always turn out so beautiful so I finally gave in and ordered some products.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I used to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I try not to buy too many stamps because I already have an abundance but these all work well together and have a unique function. In other words, I couldn't resist.  What's one or two more sets?

I'll make sure to post my projects as I use these new toys!  I see a mini album in the future.  I'm a little intimidated by them even though I have all the tools to make one.

Here goes:

Hey! Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs and TTFN,

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Crocheted Flowers and a swap

Hi everybody!

First let me take care of some business. If you've been following my blogging journey then you know that I had been chosen to be on the Getting Cricky Design Team and I was super excited to have the opportunity. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I am no longer on the team. I want everyone to know that I totally support the Getting Cricky Design Team and Kristal Andrews! I will still be playing along with challenges, blog hops, Ustream and playing with the new stamps she just released.  They are currently hosting a blog hop this weekend.  Why not go check them out here?

Now on to my post, my hands were busy this week making lots of little crochet flowers for a swap I am participating in this month. They were so easy to make that I checked out a book from the library on patterns for making different flowers.

For the swap I had to make 16 identical "girlie" cuts. I ran out of the patterned paper so I decided to make a few in another patterned paper.  I hope that was ok!  I just love this purse from the Cricut Paisley cartridge. They came together so fast. I used brads for the center of the flower that I picked up at Michaels. The brads are made by Recollections. I also used the Cuttlebug to emboss the flap to the purse.

The swap is hosted by the Scrappin Sista.  The link will take you to the tab on her blog that deals with Swaps.  She hosts a different swap every month.  This is my first time participating in a swap.

Did I do good?  I think so.  Thanks for stopping by and hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  I've been busy trying to make my husband feel like the king today: breakfast, car wash, bike ride, dinner and homemade cheesecake.  PHEW! I'm whooped!

TTFN, Elaine

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Graduation Cupcake Toppers

My darling son graduated from 8th grade last week from Bethel Christian Academy. I am so proud of him. He was the class Salutatorian and gave a great speech. He also had an opportunity to lead the audience in a couple of Praise & Worship songs by singing & playing the guitar. This was the first time he did this and boy did my heart swell in addition to my eyes :)

Here is a picture of our handsome young man.

Well, enough bragging about my son. On to my post. We had all the 8th graders over for a celebration. Rather than buy a sheet cake, I decided to make cupcakes. I made these quick toppers by using the autofill feature on my Cricut Expression. I used the Locker Talk cartridge and cut them at 2 inches. I used the Sakura white gel pen to outline the caps. I used the Xyron sticker maker to put adhesive on the back of the tassels, assembled, taped the toppers to toothpicks and stuck them in the cupcakes. Super easy and fast! I think they look good! They were also good in the tummy :)

Thanks for stopping by.


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

End of year Teacher gifts

Hi everyone!

Here is a quick post on what I put together for my kid's teachers. I made a total of 5. These reusable cups are very popular these days. I picked up the cups at Bed Bath and Beyond. They were a two pack for $7.99 and of course I used a coupon. :) I bought some of those Crystal Light wanna be single serving flavored iced tea and lemonade. Stuffed the cups with crinkled paper and tea mixes, placed in a cello bag, made a gift tag/card of the same cut, tied it on with curling ribbon and viola! Quick, easy teacher gift!

I used the Cricut Locker Talk cartridge and vinyl.

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think, I truly enjoy your comments!

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Vintage Vibe? Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky with K Andrew

Happy Sunday to all my wonderful blog followers and guest!!

As part of the Getting Cricky Design Team, I get the privilege to showcase my creations on Getting Cricky with K Andrew's blog along with my own post.  The thought of that brings a smile to my face!!! 

Today's challenge was to create something with a "vintage vibe".  I don't do "vintage".  What does that even mean?  Well, I went to the dictionary.  Dictionary.com had a lot of definitions to offer mostly related to wine but I found two that helped: 1. of lasting interest and importance; classic 2. old-fashioned; dated

Here is my take on this challenge.  (BTW, this is what I love about Getting Cricky's challenges: it's open to my interpretation.)  Another craft that I love is crocheting.  Crocheting is a craft that has been around since like, FOREVER! Actually, I looked it up and it has been around since the 1800's.  If that's not vintage, I don't know what is!!!  Anyway, My aunt taught me some basic stitches when I was a little girl and it has stayed with me since.  I had this awesome idea to crochet some flowers.  At the time, I didn't know what I was going to do with them but then it hit me - glue them to some flip flops!!!  What a great idea!  So I headed to Joanns and picked up some variegated cotton, flip flops and the cute buttons.  The buttons were actually part of a Kids Camp Flip Flop embellishment package.  The package included the smiley faces, buttons, and some 
rhinestones.  I'll get alot of use from the extras.

I decided to wrap the cotton around the straps but I didn't think it would stay in place so another idea came, see if you can crochet it.  Did some searching and sure enough I found some instructions on how to crochet the straps. Super easy too!

As I was playing around with the size of the flower, I made a couple of different sizes.  I glued them together , added the smiley face and thought, ah, ha! a brooch!  I found a brooch pin, hot glued to the back and stuck it to my floppy hat.  Now I'm all set with my summer wear!!!

Well, I survived the "vintage" challenge.  I truly thank God for the way He enlightens me with what I consider clever ideas.  It blows me away when I can come up with an idea that I didn't see anywhere else.  To God be the glory!

Make sure to stop by Getting Cricky with K Andrew's blog and check out the rest of the design teams' creations!  They are some gifted crafters. Why don't you consider making something with a "vintage vibe" and link it up to her site.  She always has the best giveaways too!. 

Let me know what you think of my fun flip flops and brooch.  Now to decide if I start wearing them now or save them for our trip to Hawaii!!!!  Can't wait!  

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Graduation Card and Surprise Getting Cricky Stamp set #4 release!

Hello my bloggie friends!

I just got home from running/walking a 5K! PHEW! I'm whooped!  Didn't get a chance last night to schedule this post but better late than never, right?

First, let me start with this super easy and quick card I made early this morning.  We are going to a graduation party later today and I needed a card and I needed it quick!  Fortunately, I had already laid it all out in my Gypsy so it was a matter of cutting and putting it together.  It literally took me 10 minutes to put this card together.  Amazing how the right colors, cardstock and cuts and not alot of frill can still produce a great card.
Blue/white double-sided card-stock from my stash
DCWV Dots & Strips Card-stock
Cricut Cartridge-Locker Talk
White Sakura gel pen
ATG glue gun

Now for the surprise release of Stamp set #4: Food for Thought:

I say surprise because this was a last minute brain child of Kristal's.  This woman is so amazing! I don't know how she does it all!!!!  Actually, I do know how she does it.  The Bible says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13.  I'm sure she would agree that her strength comes from the Lord.

This set is so awesome because it is great for those sweet, little, love notes some parents like to leave in their kid's lunch boxes.  (I'm sorry, but, I'm not one of those awesome parents.)  It is also a versatile set that can be used on many projects.  Stop by her blog and check out how to get your hands on one of these sets or to order all 4.  She is offering a bundle discount and free shipping (limited time) on all preorders.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to come back tomorrow for my Simply Sunday Challenge post.   Have a great Saturday!

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Friday, June 3, 2011

Getting Cricky with K Andrew Stamp set #3-Freedom Isn't Free

Happy Friday!

It's Friday and today K Andrew from Getting Cricky is releasing her third set of stamps called Freedom Isn't Free. So many of us either have someone in the military or know someone who is serving our country.  I personally have two sons in the military.  My oldest is in the Army and currently in Iraq.  His wife and children are excited because he will be home in June. Our next son is in the Air Force and is stationed in Japan.  My daughter spent a short time in the Navy but was released due to an injury.  So you can see why this stamp set is near and dear to my heart.  It is also very near to Kristal's heart since her husband also serves in the military.
My older sons, so proud!!

These sentiments are appropriate any tine of year.  We don't have to wait for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day to express our gratitude to the men and women that serve our country so we can be protected and experience the freedom we have here in the United States.  Stop by Getting Cricky and check out the story behind the set, how to order and don't forget for a limited time Kristal is offering free shipping and a bundle discount.
I hope you have a great weekend!  I think we may have one more set to preview on Saturday.  Kristal works fast and got another set put together.  It's another goodie!!!!  Be back tomorrow,  k?

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Thursday, June 2, 2011

What's on my desk?

Christina from Creations with Christina asked us to do something different.  She said: go get a camera and take a picture of your craft desk without cleaning it first!! AHHHH!!!!.  Then.... post the picture on her blog.  Really?  It was clean a few days ago but not anymore.  I've been shopping for end of year teacher gifts so my bags are on my desk.  I also recorded a haul video (here) so needless to say, my desk is a mess again!!! Ugh!!

Such is a crafter's life, hee, hee!  Come back tomorrow to check out the third stamp set released by Kristal  from Getting Cricky with K Andrew.

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine.

Getting Cricky with K Andrew Stamp set #2 Preview and a TJMaxx Haul video

Good day friends!

It's Thursday and today K Andrew from Getting Cricky is releasing her second set of stamps called Positive Thoughts.  If you have seen or read Kristal's blog, you know that she is a very loving and encouraging person.  These sentiments are straight from her heart.  Didn't she do a great job!  I know I can use these sentiments over and over again, on cards, on the outside of envelopes, scrapbooks, etc!!!!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, she is currently accepting preorders and offering, for a limited time, free shipping.  She is also offering a bundle discount if you order all three sets.  $1.00 from each stamp set will go to a charity.  This set will contribute to Storefront Children's Shelter.  To learn more about Kristal's new stamp sets, the charities that will benefit and how to order, just click here to jump to her blog and let her know that Scrappymama Elaine sent you.  

Now for my TJMaxx Haul video.  Recently I read about someone finding some great deals on scrapbooking paper packs at TJMaxx so.....I had to pay them a visit.  This is what I found:

I will be in a different part of town tomorrow that has another TJMaxxs, so I will be perusing the aisles for some more finds!  I'll keep you posted.

I'm in Cleveland OH and we are having beautiful weather.  I hope you are too and enjoying the sunshine God has sent out way!

Let me know what you think of Kristal's new stamps.  I can't wait to use them and show them to you on a project.  Also, I finished my project for this Sunday's Simply Sunday Challenge.  I can't wait to show it to you!!!  Make sure to come back and tell your friends too!

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Getting Cricky with K Andrew Stamp Set Preview and Pre-orders going on now!!!

Hi friends!

As most of you may know by now, I have the privilege of being on the Getting Cricky Design Team.  Kristal Andrew is the author of this blog and let me tell you she is an amazing, talented, generous, and caring woman!

She has just designed and is in the process of taking pre-orders on her 3 new stamp sets.  These sets are full of sensitive, funny and touching sentiments.  You WON'T be disappointed!

Today, I have the privilege of showing you the first of these sets called Fashionable Friends.  When I first saw the sentiments, my wheels started turning of the different ways I can use these stamps in addition to which Cricut cartridges would work well with this set: Forever Young and Paisley will definitely work!  Of course, these stamps are not designed to be specifically used with the Cricut.  There are so many other uses for these sentiments.  Let your imagination fly with it!

Currently, Kristal is taking pre-orders and for a limited time pre-orders ship for free!!! In addition, Kristal will be donating $1.00 from every stamp set to a specific charity.  Isn't that awesome?  Told you she was generous!!!  Head on over to Getting Cricky with K Andrew and learn more about how the stamps are made, the charities that will benefit, the online retailers and how to place your order.

As soon as my stamps come in, I will be creating and posting my projects for your viewing pleasure.

I hope to post a haul video tomorrow and I'm working on my post for this coming Sunday's Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky, so make sure to come back again soon.  If you missed last Sunday's challenge, click here for my post and here for the Getting Cricky post so you can read all about it and play along.

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Sunday, May 29, 2011

"Lead the parade with our banners" and Simply Sunday Challenge @ Getting Cricky with K Andrew

Hi everyone!

It's my first assignment with the Getting Cricky with K Andrew Design Team.  I'm so excited!!!!  This week's challenge is to create something with a pennant or banner. 

Psalm 20:5 says "When you win, we plan to raise the roof and lead the parade with our banners. May all your wishes come true!"  (taken from The Message a paraphrase of the Bible)

God did something amazing in our lives a couple of months ago and when it happened all I wanted to do was "raise the roof" and a banner to give God glory.  It was something only He could do!  On top of that, the timing was incredible.  Our life has been very difficult the last few months and so for God to send this ray of Sonshine was glorious!  Things are getting better day by day and I must remember that God's banner over me is love and I must continue to celebrate and raise up a banner!

Now for my project:

This was easy for me because I am currently working with a young lady from my former church who is graduating from high school.  I am known by my church friends as the "go to person" when it comes to scrapbooking, cardmaking, etc.  Anyway, my young friend asked me if I would help her make some trifold displays for her graduation party.  Of course I said "YES!"  It blesses me when I can be a blessing to someone else with the talents the Lord has given me even if I don't consider myself talented :) 

I had all these elaborate plans for her display (mini albums, layouts, embossing, you name it) until she showed up with her pictures, LOTS of pictures; three trifolds full of pictures!  Since it is "her "graduation party display I guess I should let her make all the decisions concerning her displays.  Imagine that!  LOL! I keep telling her mom that :)  She cropped and laid out her pictures and I squeezed in some embellishments.  Pennants was the way to go with a few rosettes here an there. 

trifold of her friends
Cricut cartridge used for this trifold:
Cricut Birthday Bash

paper rosettes
Cricut cartridges used: for this trifold:
Cricut Gypsy Font
Cricut Gypsy Wanderings

trifold of her family (this was the first one I made)

We have one more display to finish. That one is titled "Through the years"  I will probably make a banner across the top since there will be quite a few pictures for that one too!  This girl knows how to raise a banner to her friends and family! Congrats Mariah!

Sctotch Dot Adhesive
Printed Cardstock: g.c.d. studios Eye Candy (isn't that a fun name?)
(This paperpack was purchased at Big Lots. $5 for 24 double sided textured cardstock)
Solid cardstock is from my stash of paper that I have accumulated through the years.
Brown ribbon from Michaels
Hemp cord from Big Lots
Background paper on "Friends" display is wrapping paper I picked up at Michaels.
It matched perfectly but a pain to cover the board.

So...how did I do for my first assignment? Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to stop by Getting Cricky with K Andrew's blog to take part in the challenge and to see more creations by the design team. Also, "raise the roof" and your banners!!!

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Simply Sunday Retro Dad Card

Hi everyone! Over at Getting Cricky with K Andrews' blog she has two challenges going.  The one ending this week has a "Retro Dad" theme.  This is my take on it:
Supplies used:
Cricut cartridge Sentimentals (all cuts except the word "Dad")
Cricut cartridge Beyond  Bithdays for the phrase "DAD"
Printed paper from Creative Memories
DMC floss white
Silver button
Grey cardstock from my stash
DCWV Metalic paper
ATG gun

I made this card for my darling husband because he is a "First class dad"!  Sadly, my dad is not with us anymore but I am thankful for my heavenly Father who promises to always take care of His children! The best card I can send Him is to tell you how wonderful He is!!!

Hope you like my card.  Head on over to Getting Cricky with K Andrews' blog and check it out! There is tons of inspiration to be found there!

 TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Sunday, May 22, 2011

*Getting Cricky with K Andrew*: Products: Stamps

My friend, Kristal, from Getting Cricky with K Andrews will be releasing her very own *Getting Cricky with K Andrew*: Products: Stamps next month.  Check out her blog for information on her stamps (cost, shipping, retailers, release info and more.)

I personally can't wait to get my hands on them to get busy creating.  Be sure to come back in the near future to see what I create with the new stamps.

Thanks for stopping by.  I have a craft room to clean up so I can get busy designing.

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bee Happy for me!

I recently applied to be considered for the Getting Cricky with K Andrews design team and it was announced last night that I was chosen! I'm so excited! This is my first time being a part of a design team and I believe this team is a perfect fit. I love Kristal's blog because she is funny, inspirational and "a no fuss" kind of creator. She puts me at ease with her challenges and attitude. I hope I, too, can share in the same way with my blog and as part of the team!

I hope you will follow my journey as part of this team and join in on any upcoming blog events. If you are not familiar with her blog, click here and check her out.

Now for my card...I made this card and it was so super fast and easy. I cut the bee from the Cricut Sentimental cartridge. The printed paper is from a DCWV stack. The black ribbon is by Offray from Joann's. The sentiment is from a stamp I've had for many, many years. I used a white gel pen to color the small bee's wings and a gold metallic pen on the big bee's eyes and antenna. Easy, peasy! Hope you liked my quick card and exciting news.

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Link Up Love Party hosted by Getting Cricky with K Andrews

lHi everyone! K Andrews at Getting Cricky is hosting her monthly Link Up the Love Party running from today (5/17) thru next Tuesday, (5/24).  The purpose of the party is to help us bloggers find new inpiration, share encouragement, show off some of our own creations and make new friends in the blogosphere..  Isn't blogging fun!  It's become a hobby to show off my hobby!

To participate in the party, click here to get the rules.  Kristal is giving away to TWO participants a full year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine. Winners will be announced on her blog on May 25th!  Best wishes if you decide to party with us!

One of the party games is to post one of my favorite blog post. Hmmm....let me think....I got it!  Recently, I made a basket of Cake Pops for the teachers at my son's school (Bethel Christian Academy).  The reason this is one of my favorites is because I came up with it all by myself.  Most of my inspiration comes from you, my blog friends. This one just evolved on its own and I am very proud of it.  I won Top 3 on the "My Craft Spot" blog challenge.
Click here to go to my post on this project.

I hope you choose to party with us!  Don't stress, just have fun with it! Here are the links to those who are partying so far:

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Washington D.C. Here we come! (not a craft post, just a proud moment)

Hi, happy Sunday. I had planned to post this on Friday but was having issues with blogger. Then, I was away from Internet access and now this is my first chance. Hope it works. I downloaded an app for my IPAD that allows me to post to blogger. Wish me luck here goes!


Hi everyone! Just had to take a moment and brag about my son, Gabe. Today we are driving to Washington D.C. for the ACSi (Association of Christian Schools International) National Spelling Bee! Gabe took 3rd place in the regional bee and now he and 41 other spellers from around the United States will compete on Saturday morning. Isn't that exciting!? This young man has been competing every year since first grade. Every year he has made it to the district level and has been to regionals one other time. How thankful we are to God that on his last year, he goes all the way! God has gifted Gabe in incredible ways. I wonder what is next! We are proud of his accomplishment, and if he wins, praise God! If he doesn't, praise God anyway because he got to go.

Thanks for letting me brag on my boy! I'll let you know how he did and will post layout pictures of the bee.

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Teacher Appreciation-Flowered Cake Pops in a Basket

Hi everyone!

Just a quick post to share with you the teacher appreciation goody I put together.  I think it turned out so cute! Better than I imagined.  I cut the flowers (3 1/2") with my Expression using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge.  I slipped the wrapped cake pops in the center of the flowers and stuck them in a basket that had a foam block in it covered with Spanish moss.  (p.s. I bought the basket, foam block and spanish moss at the dollar tree, shhhh, k?) There are 25 cake pops in the basket. 

I cut the hand from the Sentimental cartridge at 6".  I used a little bling on the card to give it some sparkle.  I taped the card to a wooden skewer and stuck it also in the basket.  What an awesome edible flower arrangement with card and all!

I will be entering my creations in the following challenges: Fantabulous Challenge Me Monday #59 Teacher Feature.  The challenge is to make something for that special teacher and it must have the color red in it.  The next challenge is My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #7 Bling It Up - that challenge is self explanatory. I found another challenge this qualifies for.so I entered: More Than Favors-Wacky Wednesday #38 - Anything Goes!

Make sure and let me know what you think. Your comments make me smile :)

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Monday, May 9, 2011

Scrap n' Easel giveaway at Getting Cricky

Hey everyone! Stop by K Andrews' blog and check out her giveaway. She is giving away a Scrap N Easel by Contain Ya Crafts. Stop by K's blog and check out the details.

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all my blogging friends!

If you are a mom, I hope you are being honored and blessed today by someone!

Enjoy this video from this Muthahood to yours.

Here is another one from Anita Renfroe:

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Monday, May 2, 2011

Fabulous and 50!

I have two childhood girlfriends turning 50 this week so I made them this card. By looking at my friends you would never believe they are 50! At different times in my life they have been my best friends!  Even though life has taken us to different parts of the states we still stay in touch, thanks to Facebook.  Technology is great! It has allowed me to make lots of new blog friends too!  Ok, back to the card.

Cricut Paisley Cartridge
DCWV Dots and Stripes stack for patterned paper
DCWV Glitter Mat Stack for word and "50"
Recolletion flower for sandal
All other cardstock is from stash
Darice small foam squares
Xyron Sticker Maker and Adhesive
Ribbon from Joanns
White Sakura Gel Pen

I hope you are inspired by this cool, fun and simple card.  I am trying to remind myself to keep it simple.  I can make beautiful and still be simple.  Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the Getting Cricky with K Andrews Simply Sunday Challenge. Check out her blog, it's awesome!

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Oops! It's almost May-need to post my Scrapbook Challenge page for April

Hi Everyone!  Happy last day of April!  I almost forgot to post my page for the Monthly Scrapbook Challenge over at Christina's blog Creations with Christina.  If you are not familiar with her blog, you need to check it out.  She has tons of videos on projects she makes with her Cricut and other products she uses.  She is a very talented person.

I was able to attend a weekend crop recently and dedicated the time to scrapbooking my adopted daughter's "placement" scrapbook.   Since she is adopted, we don't have a "baby" book.  I decided to create a "first year" book which will cover from the time she was placed with us to her finalization.  After I complete this book then I will do a "Destiny" themed book which will include: school, sports, birthdays, etc.  I think you get it the picture. 

DCWV paper stack (old)
Cricut cartridge Straight from the Nest
colored cardstock from stash
Scattered flourishes are from the leftovers from the tree image
Xyron Sticker Maker and Adhesive

So? What do you think?  I am very pleased with it.  Love the phrase "Welcome to the Nest".  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! It's going to be sunny here in Ohio (which has been rare) so we will have some outside time today. Soccer game later.

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mother's Day Cards

I've had a lot fun making these adorable cards! Have you ever had a design idea in your head but no time to sit and make it.  That was me but yesterday I had the chance to sit and get these from my head to my Gypsy and then cut on my Cricut E. 

This first card I made for my mom and mother-in-law.  All the images are cut from the Cricut Straight From the Nest cartridge.  I made the shaped card on my Gypsy.  The printed paper is from DCWV Glitter Stack.  Love this stack!  The flowers and bling are from Michaels.  I believe I found the "Mom" charm at Big Lots (I'm not 100% sure about that.) Foam squares from Darice. DMC Embroidery floss and a cute matching button. The colored cardstock are from stash I've had forever! This card fits a standard A2 envelope.

 This next card I made for my sisters. I used the Cricut Paisley cartridge for this one.  This cartridge has some really awesome images for the teenage girl or young adult female or any cool chick, like my sisters. Love them!
The printed papers is from DCWV Glitter stack.  I also used the Cuttlebug to emboss the flap of the purse.  Bling is from Michaels and ribbon is from Joanns. Oh, yes, the scalloped edge was cut using Fiskars scallop border punch.  I also used a white Sakura gel pen to doodle around the card.

I love the way they turned out!  What do you think?  Thanks once again for stopping by.  Thanks for all the great comments too!

TTFN, Scrappymama Elaine

P.S, I just entered these into two challenges: My Crafty Spot (mothers theme) and Fantabulous Cricut (use three flowers).  How fun!