Saturday, January 28, 2012

A winner...... FINALLY!!

     Hello to all of my wonderful crafty friends! I am finally getting around to posting the winner from the blog hop. I am soooo sorry that it has taken me this long,  but I have had alot thrown on my plate this week.  :(
        I want to thank all of you for being so patient with me. I really appreciate all of my followers and wanted to thank all of my new followers from the hop. I really appreciate all of your wonderful comments and they really brighten my day.
  So I will quit yammering hehe and announce the winner.........
     Mr Random picked-------------
TracyJan 22, 2012 11:24 AM

I love your smash book! It is such a great idea to make your own book instead of buying one. I'm a new follower!

Thank you again to everyone for all of your wonderful comments.

Tracy if you could send me an e-mail to thecricutscrapper at yahoo dot com with your info I will get your prize out to you!!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Smash book part 2...

        Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good day today. My week is still going bout the same :(
I have a couple more pages to share with you today from my smash book. I wanted to embellish them a bit more and add a couple tags, but haven't been able to do much this week due to unforseen circumstances. I did go ahead and get a couple pictures just so I could show you a little more of it.
I had some bling-y ( is that a word LOL) flourishes and added a pape flower that I got from my stash. I have had them for so long I can't remember where I got them . That is another good thing about a smash book you can just use random things ...whatever you have on hand. I have some stamps that I rarely use and I think they would be perfect for some of the pages in this. :)

I didn't really add anything to this just the paper. It has flocking on it and is textured so I'm not sure wether I want to add anything to it other than a tag for the pocket anyway. I don't have a bind it all or other binding machine. So, I just used dthe rings and puched holes in all of the paper and the cover. I think I like it better this way, because I can keep adding papers to it :)
          I am going to try to go through all of the wonderful comments today while I am here at the hospital(I got wise and brought my computer with me hehe), and post the winner with the help of Mr. Random. Org.
    So if your a follower and left comments on my "Blends" blog hop don't forget to check back and see if you are the lucky winner of the cricut tool kit.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Smash book ....

Hello everyone. Sorry I have been absent for a few days. I really wanted to finish tweaking  my smash book pages and do a video for you so you could see it. 
   But as life goes things happen and you have to take care of them first. I have been at Hospitals and Doctor offices with my parents, and it will be a little while before I can make a video.
      Soo, I have a couple more pages for you to see today and I will post a couple more tomorrow.  Thanks for everyone being so patient.
I cut the inspire out of the gypsy wanderings and used the
cuttlebug folder "floral fantasy" for the pocket.

Aren't those flip flops just the cutest little things lol. I thought that the "be yourself" stamp
would go great with them hehe. I used th swiss dots cuttlebug folder and I think the stamp is from inkadinkadoo.  It was a Stampology set :) .....(sorry I will look when I get a minute and if it's not right I will fix it:) I also added some gems that I got from A.C Moore and added them to the tag. Love the gems I got them at the bargain price of just $1.
Thanks so much to all of my wonderful bloggy friends. See you back here tomorrow with a couple other pics and I will try to get the winner up for my Cricut tool kit. (Depends on how late I get back from the Hospital)


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blends Join Hands Blog :)

Today is the day!!

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful day so far. Thank you so much for joining us today! For Jessica's Blogaversary we were to pick one of her creations as an inspiration. I knew immediately what my inpiration was....
This wishing well she made for her sister's wedding. I thought "what a wonderful and sweet person she must be to spend so much time creating something like this for her sister". And, I absolutely LOVE wishing wells! This was the first time I had ever visited her blog and I am soo glad that I did. I have found a very wonderful Blend!

Smash books are all the rage now and I never really thought I would like one, until I was trying to remember the other day where I saw something that I liked and couldn't remember where it was!! Then I saw that Ellen over at Card Monkey had made her own.  So this is my version of a smash book with some inspiration from Jessica,

I was playing around with my distressing inks on this one lol.

Aren't these paper gorgeous!! I love the way this turned out, every page has pockets for a tag or other items.  I had several more pics to show, but I am going to keep mine short and sweet, because there are several "candy" pics to show you, and I know we all like to see the candy haha. I am going to have some posts here on my blog with the rest of the book, and the details of it. If I feel really courageous, I will make a little video to show you the book.:)
Now  This is the line-up and all the deets for the candy.
 Stephanie of Whimsical Designs is our Grand Prize Sponsor

One Random Hopper will be selected to win
the entire New Release of Whimsical Designs Stamps
This is a fabulous stamp set with wonderful and unique images and sentiments. You are
sure to find a sentiment to fit every occasion!!!!

Jessica also has  Julie K of A Little Bit of Bling and 3 Girl JAM
as an additional Prize Sponsor
 One Random Hopper will be selected to win the entire Valentine's Day Bundle
This ribbon is just gorgeous! I love the colors of it.

Jessica is offering not 1, not 2, but . . . 3 Unity Stamp Goody Bags to 3 lucky Hoppers!!!

Each bag is filled with 16 random Unity Stamps

Jessica is also offering 2 Lucky Hoppers
1 set (5 per set) of  her Handmade Corsage Pins
for you to use in your own creations

 For a final prize to a lovely Hopper   Jessica will offer one
$10 Gift Certificate to be used at
Pink By Design
For my prize, I am offering the cricut tool kit. It is awesome and I use mine all the time!! Just leave me a comment and be a follower!! Happy hopping :)
? ? ? How about THOSE PRIZES ? ? ?
And, there is SURE to be more
awesome CANDY along the way!!!
1 . Jessica - Jessica's Craft Shaque
2. Candace - Scrappin' 2 Lil Princesses
3. Luisa - Creative Designs by Luisa
4. Cindy - Tools of a Cropping Queen
5. Lisa - A Mermaid's Crafts
6. Beckie - Just B Creative Crazy
7. Julie - A Little Bit of Bling / 3 Girl JAM
8. Carri - Double Click Connections
9. Sonia - Cards, Crafts, and Kids Projects
10. Cindy - cre8ivecindy
11. Robin - The Cricut Scrapper (That's Me!!!)
12. Nataliya - Love Crafts Forever
13. Stephanie - Whimsical Designs

Now, for the Rules (pretty simple)

1. Hop along to each of the Hop Stops

2. Leave a comment and become a follower at EACH stop, if you aren't already

3. Stop back here and let Jessica  know what you thought about the entire Hop
and tell her which Project was your favorite

4. For an extra entry into the drawing for any of the prizes here, join in on the fun!!
Create a project by using one of Jessica's past creations as inspiration. Post about it on your blog, explaining which project inspired you, and leave  her another comment with the link to your project!
You will have until January 25th at Noon (EST) to finish the Hop and Link Your Projects.

5. For another chance to get some extra entries into the drawing for any of the prizes she is offering,
Just stop back to let her know how you did it...sidebar, blog post, FB share, etc.....(1 extra entry for each time you spread the news)


The winners will be chosen by Random and announced after Jessica has gathered all the comments and consulted with all of  her Blends!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

A little boy LO

  Good evening everyone! I am finally home from work :)  I would say TGIF, but I have to work tomorrow too :(   Oh well, I'm just glad to have a job hehe. I'm sure I can muddle through lol.
   For today I have another LO. I have to make a baby book for a friend of mine and the theme of the  baby room is caterpillar....and no not the bug!!  It is the equipment C.A.T.  Do you know how hard it is to do a book on just the Caterpillar brand lol. I have a few cuts from the Everyday paper dolls that have some cuts on it like the tow truck and a couple other things. I figured I could just use them, I couldn't find anything at the craft stores or in my cartridges hardly at all!  This is going to be really challenging.

         The book will be black, yellow and white since that is the C.A.T colors and I will still try to incorporate a baby theme to it, at least a little boy theme lol.  So... Creative Scrapbooking Diva's had a challenge going on that had several sketches with it and I really liked this sketch , so I thought I would use it for one (or more lol, they had alot that I liked!!) of  the LO's.

 Isn't this little dump truck just too cute! I got this cut from the B is for Boy cricut lite cartridge!!
I used some of my cuttlebug folders for some of the squares and inked over them for that sort of grungy look. I also cut some black squares and put them through my cuttlebug, because I am not sure wether I like that look or not and I may just put them over the inked squares lol. I'm going to run it by my DT hahaha (my girls) to see what they think. If I'm not sure about something I always get their oppinion.

Thanks for stopping by and I will try to get something up for you tomorrow if  I have time after work. If not I will see you back here Sunday for the Blogaversary Blog Hop, you won't want to miss it, we will be having lots of fun and some wonderful candy up for grabs.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentines LO

Hello all my wonderful friends. I hope you are having a wonderful day. I just got home from work and thought I would post another LO that I made.
      This one is a valentines theme. I inked all the edges with the Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink, and cut the scalloped circles from my Imagine.  I didn't put a title on this one either. I like adding my pictures first then deciding what my title is going to be. :)

Aren't those boxed chocolate just too cute!! lol
I am entering this in:
1. Creative Scrapbooking Diva's- P12 2011 Challenge
2. Celebrate the Occasion- Any occasion(must use polka dots)
Thanks for stopping by, I will have another LO post for you tomorrow.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Hello to all of my wonderful bloggy friends! Just wanted to share a LO I did with you. Over at the Creative Scrapbooking Diva's they have a challenge going on. They have Lo sketches that you can follow or make your own for a yearly review. I really liked the sketches and it's nice to be able to have something to go by for a LO. (I pretty much obsess about where I am going to put my pictures, embellishments, etc). Now all I have to obsess over  figure out is what papers I want to use hehehe.
   This is my LO that I created for the January sketch.
I got the little girl with the snowman cut from A child's year.  Not sure about the size. I had cut it out last year for a project and ended up not using it...sooo I thought it would be perfect for this LO. I have the perfect  pictures to add to this too. I have some of the girls from a couple years ago outside in the snow playing and building a snowman. 

Wasn't sure what kind of title I wanted to use, figured once I got my pictures down it would come to me lol.  If you get  a chance stop over at the CSD's site and check out the LO sketches. The challenge ends on the 20th so you still have a day or so to get cracking on your LO"s .
I am also going to enter this into a few challenges
1- My craft spot- "Snow much fun"
2. Fantabulous Cricket- "Snow theme"

 Thanks for stopping by and  I'll see you tomorrow with another LO.  Also, don't forget to stop by and HOP with us for Jessica's Blogaversary. It's gonna be lots of fun and there is some awesome candy up for grabs.  


Friday, January 13, 2012

Creamcicle fudge

   Hello to all my wonderful bloggy friends. I hope you are having a wonderful day today. It's cold here and we got a little bit of snow last night. So I am trying to keep warm lol.
     For today, I thought I would share my creamcile fudge with you. I made alot of candy over the holidays and posted some pics of them. I didn't get a pic of my creamcile fudge and someone wanted another order of it, sooo I remembered to take a picture of it this time hehe. I also had someone ask me for the recipe, I will post it after the picture. This is really a yummy version of fudge, I tried it last year and it was an instant hit with my family.
Doesn't it look delish!!
This is the recipe I used:
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
5 oz evaporated milk
7 oz. container marshmallow creme
1 bag of  white vanilla chips
1 tsp orange extract
yellow and red food coloring

Bring the first 3 ingredients to a rolling boil , boil for 4 minutes or until your candy thermometer reaches the soft ball stage. Take off  of the heat and add the marshmallow creme and flavored chips. Stir together until all is melted. Take out about a cup of  the mixture and reserve in a bowl. To the remaining fudge add the orange extract and about 6 drops of yellow food coloring and 6 drops of red food coloring.
Mix together and pour into a prepared pan. (I line mine with wax paper letting it hang over the sides so it will lift out easily,  you can use a 9x9 or 9x13 depending on how thick you want your fudge to be). Spread it evenly along the pan.
Take your reserved mixture and drop spoonfulls of it on top of the orange fudge. Take a knife and run it throught the white fudge to make a swirled pattern in the fudge. Let cool.
Slice and ENJOY!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Save the Date!!!

 Hello to all of my Crafty friends. I wanted to give you all a little heads up on a blog hop that is coming up. Jessica's blog-a-versary is coming up and we would love for you to share the special day with us. She is a very talented and wonderful lady. There will be lots of inspiration and fun along the way, so save the date. To learn more just read on she has tons of info about it and did I mention candy too lol.
Blends Join Hands Blog Hop - January 22

Hello BlogLand!
It is with great pleasure and TONS of excitement that I get to announce the upcoming
Blog Hop Celebrating my Blog Turning 1!!!

Yep, one whole year of blogging.

I know I say this a lot, but I truly feel blessed to have met some wonderful people (you) in this journey of blogging. I have gained so much knowledge about art which has always been my passion. And now, I see opportunities that I never would have imagined were possible!

I feel like destiny knocked at my door 5 1/2 years ago (that's when I met my dh), and just keep feeling guided down "the right path" every single day!!!

Thank You for being part of that!!!

Please mark your calendars and join in on the fun
on January 22, 2012!
I have invited my nearest and dearest Blends (Blog + Friends) to join
me in this celebration. Each Blend will take one of my past creations
and let it inspire them to create a new project!
I am so excited to see what they will be making and can't wait to "party"!

Please feel free to grab this button and display it on your blog to
encourage your friends to join in on the fun, too.

There will be some fun prizes up for grabs along the way, and just to give you a sneak peek at
some of the candy you could win, take a look at this . . .

I am offering not 1, not 2, but . . . 3 Unity Stamp Grab Bags to 3 lucky Hoppers!!!
It is with delight that Angela, of Unity Stamp Company
has agreed to let me share some Unity Stamps with my friends!!!
I had so much fun stamping the goody bags, with Unity Stamps of course, and
getting them prepped to go to their new homes!!!
I used Now and Always by Ippity to decorate the gift bags and to make the tags!!!
I am entering these Grab Bags into the Unity Stamp Co. Challenge - Gift Wrapping
I am also offering 2 Lucky Hoppers
1 set (5 per set) of my Handmade Corsage Pins
for you to use in your own creations

pins will vary slightly from those shown

For a final prize to a lovely Hopper
I will offer one
$10 Gift Certificate to be used at
Pink By Design

? ? ? How about THOSE PRIZES ? ? ?
And, there is SURE to be more
awesome CANDY along the way!!!

Look forward to seeing you there!!!

Keep Crafting