Friday, January 28, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop ! 

We are so glad to have you hop along with all the participants and enjoy all the inspiration we have for you from the counterfeit kits we made this past month. 

You should have arrived here from Susanne's Blog .  If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go back to Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog to start so you don't miss any of the projects.

This Blog Hop is specifically to showcase the ROLL THE DIE Mini Challenge offered at Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.  What is the ROLL The DIE CHALLENGE? Well, the host on the blog have some hand made dice they use to give us inspiration to create a project for the challenge from the kit we put together from our stash at the beginning of the month. It is a genius idea! 

This month the Roll of the Die Challenge was ...
 C= Card, Inspiration=Fashion, Embellishment= Bling

And now for my interpretation of the Roll the Die Challenge. Drum roll please....

My "CARD" is made from die cut paper from Hello Sunshine by Cosmo Cricket as the base and layerd over a white blank card. I cut off the right side front of the card about 1 inch so that the lace border I added shows up really well.

My "FASHION" Inspiration was bold prints and lace.  It will be all the rage this upcoming Spring according to the 2011 fashion websites I checked.  Loved the look of adding a lace border made from Martha Stewart Laced Doily border punch to the bold printed pattern paper on the card.

My "BLING" Embellishment is shown on the hand made flower I created by layering a felt flower and crochet flower and then placing a black GLITTER Dome as the center of the flower and the shiny pearl pin.

The sentiment "Be Happy" is a Scenic Route Chipboard piece. This card was so easy to put together since all I had to do was "shop" from  MY January Counterfeit Kit   and follow the Roll of the Die Mini Challenge ingredients.

Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a little comment so I know you stopped by. Hope my intrepretation of of the Roll the Die Mini Challenge encourages you to try to make your own card using the challenge ! Happy Blog Hopping !!

Next stop on the hop is Gabrielle's Blog.  Just click on the link and it will take you right there.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

You Are My Sunshine !

My adorable granddaughter, Bianca, celebrated her 8th Birthday in December.  She was so excited to turn the big 8.  Funny, how all of a sudden little girls start to look more like young ladies.  She looks so grown up in her birthday picture.

This adorable layout was made using the items from my kit I put together for the January Counterfeit Kit Challenge hosted at Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.  You need to check out this Blog if you have not done so already and play along with us each month.  The February challenge should be out soon!

Bianca is one of those little girls that is happy no matter where she home, at school, visiting friends, going on a trip, in the car, sitting on the couch...she is our little ray of sunshine all the time!  When I saw the "Little Miss Sunshine" tag from Cosmo Cricut in my January Kit, I knew it was perfect for her birthday layout.

Love you lots to our very own " Little Miss Sunshine" brighten all of our lives.  Hugs from Nonny !

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yipee....It's CHA Sneak Peak Time

I love to find out what each of my favorite manufacturers have in store for us with their new releases. 
Since I am not going to the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show this time, the best I can do is keep up with their sneak peaks they post the days before the big show. 

For the next few days I will post the products that I find and think are MUST HAVES ...well atleast for me !  Leave me a comment of the things you like too.

Today, I found some really great products from one of my all time favorites Maya Road .

 Kraft head is spinning will all the ways I can alter these!

Kraft Scroll Frame Journaling Spots fun !   Hmmm...I see a Krafty theme here.

And these wooden buttons are so awesome !

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WOW...I'm the Guest Reporter on Craft Critique today !

I am so honored to be the Guest Reporter on Craft Critique today!  I submitted a report on Martha Stewarts Scoring Board a while back and was excited to learn it was selected to be posted today.

For those of you unfamiliar with Craft Critique it is a crafters blog with craft product reports made by real crafters. It has their opinions of the products along with pictures of them actually using the product. It is a great place to check out a product if you are thinking of purchasing something crafty.

Check out my article here Debbie's Craft Critique Article

Happy Crafting everyone !

Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Contest Entry

Jinger Adams, Provo Craft spokeswoman, is having a Card Contest for her HSN January 20th show. 
I had the supplies you needed to use...Anna Griffin papers, etc plus two the cricut carts, Don Juan and Wall Decor and More so I thought what the heck.....I will enter.

Below is the card I made.

Front of card
Inside of card

Back of card
trying to show you the mylar overlay that is on top

Side view of card to show dimension of card
 I wish you could see the textures on the card better. The Leopard print is flocked, the dark pink is glossy and then there is the transparency overlay that is black flowers and clear.  The Enjoy is cut on cardstock and then has Glimmer mist on it to sparkle.  And the Anna Griffin flower is velvety and puffy and oh so gorgeous.

Well, I had fun making it anyway whether I win or not.  Have a wonderful day everyone !

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Product By PC...Yudu Cardshop

Have you heard about the new Provo Craft Product yet?

Bascially it's a mini Yudu with pre-made screens to make cards with Yudu ink or pigment ink. Kinda cool !

It says the retail value is $59.99. And includes the YuduCardShop base, 1 pre-printed Thank You screen,
1 bottle of ink, 1 dauber and 1 pigment ink pad and an adhesive mat.

Heads Up if you are interested.....there is going to be a special on HSN on January 20th for this Yudu CardShop but I haven't seen the bundle yet or pricing.

There are also other pre-printed screens available for purchase.  Here are few images I could find of these.

Check out demo if you want to learn more at

What do you all think of this?  I am kind of liking it and interested in seeing one up close and personal.

Monday, January 10, 2011

And the Blog Candy winner is....

First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by during the Valentines Blog Hop. I really enjoyed reading your comments about my Valentine cards. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the Poodle card...probably because of the crown :)  LOL

Drum roll please.. the Random Generator picked # 28 as the winner of the Stickles Blog Candy
{I'd post the Random Generator but I couldn't get it to copy for some weird reason, sorry}  

CHERYLANN aka Prinkles 
 Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...
Cards are so cute, love the poodle, too cute.
Cherylann (prinkles)
January 8, 2011 11:19 AM

I will be sending Cherylann an email to get her address to send her blog candy.  I hope she enjoys the stickles...they are so fun !  Now get making those Valentines everyone !

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Be My Valentine Blog Hop with Blog Candy too !

Now that we are well into January, our thoughts will soon turn to how to honor those we LOVE on Valentines Day.  To help inspire you, some talented crafters listed below are hosting a Be My Valentine Blog Hop on Saturday, January 8th.  Come hop along from blog to blog and get inspired to start working on your own Valentines projects.

1) Wamfamily Creations With Kathryn Start of Blog Hop
2) Craftyscentiments Crafty Scentiments
3) Lechristina3 All Things Crafty
5) Buggin Out Paper Crafting Chic
6) SamaraGugler Hybrid Artist-Samara Gugler
7) NicoletteSimpson Beyond Scrapin
8) Lissa So Many Crafts, So Little Time
9) CraftyCreations The Crafty Creation Spot
10) JenniferHawkins2 Confessions of a Scrapaholic
11) LisaKnight Cricuting with Lisa
12) Scrapincovers Cricut Crafty Clare
13) Scrapsbygracie Scraps By Gracie
14) CroppinMomma Croppin Momma Designs
15) ScrapHappyDeb Deb's Electic Thoughts - YOU ARE HERE
16) ScrappyJess Scrappy Jess
17) Iluvscrpn Ink and Paper Creations
18) Txscrappermom Tx Scrapper Mom
19) Scrappin Nanapuddin Scrappin Nanapuddin
20) Octoberbeauty Macy Bella Designs
21) JavaJen Java Jen Creations
22) Oni's Wife Crafty Baskets
23) Scrappin'Place Scrappin' Place - End of Blog Hop

MY BLOG HOP CARDS:  Valentines Day always has me smiling and wanting to make cards for those that I LOVE.  I made the following three cards  for some special people in my life.

 I used the gorgeous new BE MINE Collection Kit from Echo Park...I really like all their paper lines :)  And of course, I couldn't resist using my Cricut to cut out the adorable animal shapes from Create A Critter cart. It is a little hard to tell in the pics but some of the elements are popped up and make the cards more dimensional.  I also plan on adding a little stickles to jazz them up before I pop these in the mail the first of February.

Thanks for stopping by...if you will please follow my blog AND leave me a comment about my Valentines cards by Sunday, January 9th at MIDNIGHT, I will pick one winner to receive the following Blog Candy prize.  Winner will be announced on Monday, 1/10.  {I extended the deadline because some people told me they do their blog hopping on Sunday afternoon and I didn't want anyone to miss out}.

Yes, you could be the proud owner of the limited edition 3 pack of Stickles in
 lovely Crystal, Silver and Black to add some shine to your valentines projects.  Isn't that yummy ?

Be sure and check back throughout the month for more VALENTINES inspired projects.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Don't you just love a Challenge?

I sure do love a challenge !  Some very clever crafty girls named Beth and Meridy have started hosting a Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. They locate one of the wonderful monthly kit clubs offered by various companies, and select a kit for us to "lift". The premise is that we use the selected kit as inspiration to "shop" our own scrap supplies and get creative in creating our own kit to use.  I LOVE this idea !!!

Here is a link to the January Counterfeit Kit Challenge if you want to play along.  The first kit we are "lifting" is the December Jenni Bowling Kit below.
Below is my attempt to "lift" the Jenni Bowlin kit.

Digging through my stash was fun and when I ran across Cosmo Crickets' Hello Sunshine paper, I knew I had found the base for my kit. I just love the happy colors of red, yellow and green with black accents. And I loved adding my own spin to it with some Heidi Swapp Green Bling and some Jenni Bowlin Bingo Alphas.

Unfortunately there were a few elements I didn't own from the Jenni Bowlin kit, so I decided to "repurpose" a few things I did have for my kit.  First, I layered some Prima yellow flowers and added a black glittered dome buttons in place of the Sassafras flowers.

I also didn't have any of the Maya Road black doily transparencies but I did have some fun Martha Steward doily tags. Here is how I changed them up to use in my kit. It was so easy to do too!

And while I did have some of the Maya Road pins, they weren't green so I changed those too by using a Green Copic marker.
There were also some wonderful pinwheels from Studio Calico that I needed to replicate too...In my stash I found a great tissue paper with green print on it to use and I had the yellow twine already.  They were so easy to make.
And I want to thank Erin Carpas for sharing her file so I could make the wonderful Month Bingo Cards that were a replica of the Jenni Bowlin one's used in the kit.

There was also an Add On Kit of other embellishments in the challenge that I needed to replicate.
Now here is the Add On Kit I put together....I love all the pieces I gathered from my stash.

I didn't have any of those gorgeous silk flowers in the Jenni Bowlin kit but I decided to build my own flowers.
I used some large black felt flowers from Queen & Co. I layered them and then added a red crocheted flower and a domed glitter piece to the center.  I love how they turned out.

 The other pieces of embellishments are either from Jenni Bowlin, Scenic Route, 7 Gypsies and Luxe Designs.  And of course, I did have a wonderful sticker set from Sassafras to use just like in the Jenni Bowlin Add On Kit. 

Now, I am ready to start using my newly created kit.   I have just the Mini Album project in mind too.  Check back later this month to see what I made.

Be honest, over the years many of us have collected so much stuff we could never use it all ourselves.  I challenge you all to join us in the monthly challenge. Let me know if you like this idea.  Hope to see you posting your kit soon on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My 2011 Wish ...

May we all have a happy, healthy and properous New Year in 2011 !


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