Thursday, November 12, 2009
Follow through our blog hop to get some great Holiday ideas! Whether you are looking for decorations, cards, gifts or just ideas...you have come to the right place!
This month, I created a challenge for myself. After seeing all the really cute ideas that the rest of the CC&M design team has been doing with this little castle album, I had to try it myself. But since it is so close to the Christmas season, what better thing to do than a nativity?
Here is the front cover. Terry sent me the album, but she also has the dies to match, so she die cut the pages for me so I didn't have to cover them! It went together SO much faster that way!! After getting the pages, I stamped the flourishes on the background. ("In the Garden" by Fancy Pants and Dot Flourishes by HeroArts) I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed it with Ranger gold embossing powder.
After tackling the front cover, I moved to the inside pages. This is an accordion album, so all the pages can be seen at once. I got all the die cuts (Nativity scene, wisemen and animals) from CC&M. All I did was add some Shimmerz, distress ink the edges and add some bling. I also used pop dots behind some of the die cuts because it added some dimension and gave the scene some depth. I then wrote a bible verse at the top from Luke 2:11.
The other side of the album is stamped, and I'll admit, isn't don't yet. I am planning on putting angels over there and also the words "Everlasting Father". This nativity scene folds up nicely for storage and can easily be kept from year to year. Or better yet, make one for yourself and then make another for a gift to give away to celebrate Christ's birth!
This is one last photo of the whole album laid out flat. (Sorry for the poor photo quality. The light isn't the best today because it is overcast and I was in a hurry. )
As part of our celebration, CC&M is having great sale. They are offering 15% off everything in their online store! Act quickly, this sale will end November 15. Make sure you enter this code: ccholidaybloghop1109 during checkout.
Also, as part of the celebration, we are giving away a FUN Christmas Card kit! Find out how you could win it by going back to Diecut Diva for the details.
So now it's time to hop along to Amber's blog! Be sure to leave us some comments too! We love to hear your feedback! Thanks for hopping by today!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Welcome to the first day of the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop, which will feature the Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Kit. We have 24 designers who will be creating wonderful pages to inspire you. Plus we all will be sharing some of our own delicious family recipes.
The apron, rings, Doodlebug paper and gingerbread man are all from this adorable apron kit. However, I blinged up Mr. Gingerbread using Liquid Aplique and some rhinestones out of my own stash of stuff. Also, the sticker letters are from my own little supply too. The scallop along the bottom is an American Crafts stamp from their new Shortbread stamp set. I stamped it in Versamark and then used American Crafts white Zing! embossing powder on it. The trees were cut from green Doublmates paper included in the kit.
I didn't take a separate picture of the recipe, but it is one of my family's favorites. It is my personal adaptation of the Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookie recipe. So here it is:
1 C. Butter
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. White Sugar
Stir in: 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. vanilla and a pinch of salt
2 C. whole wheat flour
Blenderize and then add 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal
12 oz. chocolate chips
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Also, here is another photo of the apron album:
This is done with more Doodlebug paper that is included with the kit. The best thing is that it is already cut to the apron design and just had to be adhered down to the chipboard!! That cute bowl die cut was included and I backed it with some white. I then used my glue pen and sprinkled some Our Craft Lounge Sparkly Fluff (Brown Sugar) to make it look like dough in the bowl. The star and spoon were buttons (also included with this fabulous kit) and I adhered those on the pocket of the apron. The recipe inside is a peanut butter cookie recipe, but I am not going to give that one to you, as most people who like peanut butter cookies already have a personal favorite for that!
Be sure to hop on over to Laura's blog to see how she decorated her apron. Also, be sure to check out what yummy recipe she is offering. Do you think she will leave us some samples? ;O) Thanks for hopping by! Be sure to go all the way through the hop and check out the inspiration that is being offered. Also, be sure to go to the Diecut Diva blog to find out about your chance to win one of these fabulous kits!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Welcome to the first day of the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop, which will feature the 8”x8” Treasured Family Recipes Kit. We have 24 designers who will be creating wonderful pages to inspire you. Plus we all will be sharing some of our own delicious treasured family recipes. This kit is just packed full of good things! I love Cosmo Cricket and this is got lots of the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird line...including the Elements AND Ready-Set-Chipboard! LOVE THAT!!!! What a great value!
This is a page from my album. I will confess, I am not someone who really enjoys cooking. So I wanted the focus to be on the Treasured Family part, not on my recipes. However, I did stick a tag with a recipe behind the photo. So it is included. Since I didn't shoot a second photo of the recipe, I will post it below. I used the paper and the tree die cut from the kit. I did use my In the Garden stamps (Fancy Pants) and Fern Zing! embossing powder in the upper right hand corner of my layout. I also used some dewdrops that I had on hand to decorate my tree.
One other thing I loved about this album (besides all the Cosmo Cricket paper and embellies...) was that the album is cut from black chipboard. I didn't have to paint it, cover it or anything! What a great time saving step!
Okay, here is my Zuccini Bread recipe:
3 C. flour ( I use whole wheat flour)
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 C sugar
1 C. oil (I substitute applesauce)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 C. Chopped zuccini
1/2 package of chocolate chips
Combine sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Blend. Sift together flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Add dry mix to wet. Mix a little at a time. Blend. Add zuccini and mix in chocolate chips.
Put in two greased pans and bake 50-60 minutes at 325 degrees.
Wasn't that easy. Sorry I don't have samples to share...BUT as part of the celebration CC&M will be having a great sale. For the next six days, we will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly, it is only for six days – this sale will end on Nov 14th. Make sure you enter this code recipebloghop2009 during checkout.
As a continuing part of the celebration CC&M will of course give away great gifts. Each day we will give away one kit. Here is the twist – go through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return to www.diecutdiva.com and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit. Help us also make this a great recipe swap.
Now hop on over to Cathy's blog and check out her projects and also her recipe!
Make sure you check back at Diecut Diva's blog tomorrow for the Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Kit Blog Hop. We will also have 24 designers who will be showcasing their great creations and sharing holiday treat recipes. Can't wait to see you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
If any of you live in the Treasure Valley and want to check out this great new place, here is the blog site. It's a new scrapbook store called "A Scrapper's and Stamper's Delight". Some of you will recognize that name because the owner also has a store in Twin Falls, ID. Now she has one here in the Treasure Valley too! We will be opening in the next few weeks, so check frequently for updates! Product is being ordered and the store is under construction....make sure to stop in and visit us and check out the amazing things we have in store there!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Well, when I thought about what I am thankful for, I didn't have to think hard. My kids are one of the biggest blessings in my life. (OK....DH ranks up there too....;o) ) Terry from CC&M had a new tag album that I wanted to experiment with. I chose to do a condensed version of a mini album, as this one only has a couple of pages. I am going to set it out on the entertainment center and it will be easy to flip from one page to the other, since it doesn't have very many of those!
Terry cut the pages and the chipboard for me so I didn't have to cut the colored cardstock myself, just adhere it down. (I highly recomment the Killer Red Tacky tape...and it is a killer price too!) Then I pulled out my Making Memories paint and brushed on a thin layer around the outside edge of each page. It really made a nice contrast! I took out a Hero Arts border stamp and stamped in it. Not only did it pull some of the paint off the dark areas, it let me stamp the image on the lighter cardstock. I also used hinges on both layouts and they made great embellishments. I also used a chipboard bracket frame and stamped on it, then added Matte Effects on top of it. It made a great adhesive to stick it to the page too! The letters are rub-ons from Making Memories.
On this layout, I used two colors of Making Memories paint to add some dimension to the page. On the left page, I used Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste Blackboard chipboard and painted it with the same colors. The background was stamped with a Hero Arts word background stampe and also the flowers/flourish is from Fancy Pants (In the Garden). The rub-ons on the photo is from Pink Paislee.
This was a fun project and just reminded me how special my little treasures are! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head on back to Diecut Diva! (Be sure to check out the special coupon code. You can use it for 15% off this week at Creative Cuts & More!)
Also, be sure to come back on November 9 & 10 for a Recipe Blog hop and also another CC& M blog hop on November 13.
Thanks for stopping in!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
So proud here!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Well, now to the projects...first up is this acrylic mini-purse bag. It's the perfect size to give as a party favor, to include some special Halloween goodies in or as a small gift for a special person. I used Ranger alcohol inks on the surface of the box and then stamped the leaf image (From Cornish Heritage Farms) in black archival dye ink. Then I blotted off the ink and it left the negative image there. After the inks had dried, I added some leaves (diecut out of metallic cardstock) on the outside of the box to "bling" it up!On this tuck and close bag (And guess what? They come in two sizes!) I again used alcohol inks. (Eggplant) However, I used it only on the backside of the box. On the front side, I used Timber Brown Stayz-On and stamped this wheat image from Cornish Heritage Farms. It is fun to look through the box and see both layers! One thing that I found very helpful when putting my boxes together was using the Killer Red Tacky tape that can also be found at Creative Cuts and More. It's got a killer price tag too! What a great bargain! They come in three sizes 1/4, 1/2 and 1/8 inch rolls. And the rolls are 36 feet long!!!! GREAT STUFF!!
Now for this project, I realize it looks like a strange one. However, I assure you that it was one of my favorite ones for this blog hop! It is a bat card! (Not to be confused with Batman...but it would make great birthday party invites for a Batman themed birthday!) The card was die cut out of black metallic cardstock. I stamped the flourishes on the wings with a Stampendous stamp and used gold embossing powder. I then used Versamark to distress the edges and added some embossing powder on top of the ink. I then took my finger and wiped away some of the embossing powder to add to the distressed feel of the card.
Here is another view of that fun little card. It fits perfectly in an A2 sized envelope too! I colored two rhinestones black and added them for eyes, and the little fangs came with the card. I stamped a tree image on gold cardstock and embossed it with gold embossing powder to make a little invitation folder. (Image is a background stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms...it is one of my favorites!)
Here you can see a view of the opened invitation card. This makes a great Halloween invitation or even a thank you for a Halloween-time gift. Another idea would be a comic relief card about going batty or an over-the-hill party. (Just a couple of random thoughts there...)
Thanks for stopping in and be sure to jump on over to Melinda's blog. She is one of our guest designers this month and she has some fabulous projects to share with you! Don't miss it! And be sure to check out the details on the blog candy....(It's a Halloween mini album which is a new kit from Creative Cuts and More!) Stop by again soon~ I will look forward to seeing you here!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Well, someone contacted me about doing an album for them, and now I am going to share it with YOU!! This is a little gift album that is going to be a "Gramma's Brag Book". It is race car themed. And...it is very fun. I used the Zutter Bind-it-All to put the book together after the pages were done. I haven't used my Zutter in a while...so I needed a little refresher course!
The race car and other paper pieces were hand cut. The patterned paper is all from Making Memories "Giggle Kids" line. The airplanes, frog and words are rub-ons from Colorbok's "Leaps and Bounds" line.
The patchwork paper is from Basic Grey's Lime Rickey line and the Polka dotted stars are diecut with a Sizzix Star die using Creative Cafe's blue felt sheet. I did use some acrylic pages in here...but I "recycled and re-used" them. The are actually cut from some old Acrylic Cropper Hopper envelopes (made to hold 12x12 paper) that were made out of this frosted acrylic. The envelopes were all ripped, but they were sure fun to cut apart and re-use them in this album.
Today is another hot one here in Idaho...and I have had a busy day doing this and that. I made zuccini bread for the first time today. I have a vintage Kitchen Aid mixer (that has been passed down to me from my Mom) and have the grater/slicer attachment. I put them to work today and grated one huge zuccini. I must say that after the bread was done, it tasted mighty fine with a glass of cold milk and topped with some butter. I will post some pictures of my KA mixer (since it is running fine and it is over 40 years old). At that time I will tell you the little story of how I acquired it, and why I know that there is a repairman here in town that does work on vintage KA mixers!! However, I will save that for another day.
Hope you have a great day. Stay cool where you are at!!!
Friday, August 21, 2009
1. My husband's family had a "reunion" camping trip. (With four brothers and a sister and their families and his parents.) I had to stay home and work. However, DH did bring a lovely gift home for me. Besides the dirty laundry. He was ill when he returned home. How is that a gift for me? Well...this virus kept on giving. And giving. And giving. All night long. Lovely.
2. My kids started brick and mortar school. A week-and-a-half ago. This is how my fourth grader and my second grader looked in the morning of the first day of school.
And here is how my second grader looked on the afternoon of that first day of school. (Pictured with adoring Daddy, of course.) Please notice the pale, sickly skin tone. The school nurse called us not long after lunch saying he was in her office. Throwing up. The stomach virus just keeps on giving.Well, he was plenty sick. Until bedtime. Then he slept like a rock. I, being the very dutiful mommy, slept beside him on the sofa bed in the living room. Or at least I tried to sleep. Until I got the stomach virus that kept on giving. And giving, and giving. Every hour it gave. And the next morning???? Well, I felt like I had been pulled through a knothole backwards. And pushed back through. (Do ya' get the idea???)
So three out of the four of us got this lovely virus. Now, hopefully, DD has avoided it and we will not see it again. Ever.
3. I have worked a lot of hours. Great for the paycheck, but I haven't been home much to "monitor" the things that need to be done. I have laundry piles the size of Mt. Whitney.
4. I made an appearance on the local noon-day show to help promote a non-profit here in the area where we live.
5. I have been working on scrapbook projects too. I even have new photos taken and edited. However, you will have to return another day to see them. That is for another post. I wouldn't want to send you into shock over my prepared-ness.
6. For all you golf lovers out there...I met Johnny Miller (PGA golfer and golf telecaster) at a fundraising event for the same non-profit I was on t.v. for. My kids thought that was just pretty cool...especially since they got to meet him too!
The kiddos love school and after fighting a mental and spiritual battle last spring while we were agonizing over the decision to put the kids in brick-and-mortar school....this seems to have been a great choice. I am picking up some day shifts at work which allows me to be home more evenings and still get work hours in. I am still looking at a full-time job somewhere, but those are hard to find right now. We simply keep trusting in God that He has it all planned out and is making the way for us. And I am enjoying the freedom I have while the kiddos are in school. After schooling at home for four years, it is rather an odd adjustment!
Have a great weekend! For those of you whose kiddos haven't started school yet...enjoy the last weekends before school starts!
Monday, August 10, 2009
BONUS: There is a coupon code listed over there for 15% off merchandise at Creative Cuts and More for anyone who visits the Diecut Diva blog. (Coupon is good through Fri., August 14.) And don't forget to also check there to see how to win some fabulous blog candy! Wowza! A new kit they are offering called "Sealife". It's an 8x8 album kit full of really fun stuff!!
I did a fun little acrylic tag album Tag # 05 for my project. (You can order this from Creative Cuts and More, and if you don't see them on her website, be sure to contact Terry to get it!) I know that some of the photos really don't show the acrylic very well, so please excuse my camera work. However, I assure you that it is a fabulous acrylic album!! I wanted to use some photos of my daughter. I chose fun summer paper from last year's exclusive Archiver's line by We Are Memory Keepers. The photo above is one of the front of the album. The large ring at the top has different ribbons tied on it. I also used flower punches to punch out the daisy shapes. The label, which I cut in half, I got from CC&M and used Doodlebug letter rub-ons on it. The word "Cute" is actually on the second page. The letters are from Doodlebug also.
On the left hand page, I designed this to cover up the adhesive that showed through from adhering the label to the front page. On the right , I used two different flower punches for the flowers.
On the left page the glittery letters are from Doodlebug. On the right page, although it isn't acrylic, it is a library pocket with a photo inserted. I used a the pocket and cut it to the shape of the tag album. The label on the front is the other half of the label from the front page of the album and the letter rub-ons are from Doodlebug. The flower sticker is from Adorn-it, and the little hinge on the corner of the photo is actually a photo corner/tab from CC&M that is folded in half.
The left page is the back of that library pocket, with a small pocket and tag adhered to it. The flower is punched with a Fiskars punch. (This pocket is one of a set of three. If you like it, contact Terry and ask her about it. Pssstttt....it is Accucut A1003.) The flower on the right page is blinged up with jewels from Doodlebug.
The left page of this layout is another library pocket and tag adhered to the acrylic page. I inserted an acrylic tag into the pocket and used Fancy Pants rub-ons to decorate it and the front of the pocket too. I placed the glittery letters "Fun" behind the tag on the back panel of the library pocket. The letters "girl" on the right page are from Making Memories and they are soft felt. The round yellow circle is decorated using Fancy Pants rub-ons.
The left page is decked out in a girly fashion using Bo-Bunny chipboard swirls and flowers stickers from Adorn-it. The buckle on the right page is from CC&M and is covered in Diamond Glaze, even though in this photo it's not very shiny.
Here is the back cover and the letters are Doodlebug rub-ons and the buckle is from CC&M. These buckles were a blast to work with. I know that you will be seeing them again on other projects!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little album! For more great projects and ideas, not-to-mention blog hopping fun, head on over to Kim's Blog and see what fun projects she has posted!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I did promise to post a few more pictures of the birthday album and here they are!
This is the cover. I used two different patterned papers from the Two Scoops line. Then I traced around a chipboard number "9" and painted it in with Hottie Pink Shimmerz.
In this photo, the pink rectangle is the backside of the library pocket. I stamped the background with a flourish stamp from Autumn Leaves, then stamped the brackets (Quickutz stamps) and then traced around the chipboard "9", again painting it with Hottie Pink Shimmerz. On the right page, the hinge on the top right of the page is a diecut from CC&M.
On this last layout, I used an antique label from CC&M to stamp Happy Birthday in. The dark blue strip along the bottom was stamped with a lino stamp from Prickley Pear and distressed with Tim Holtz Distressing ink. The letters are diecuts (Upper Case Block) from CC&M.
I want to wish all the blog hoppers a "Good Luck" in winning that fun blog candy that is being offered. Can you believe the card kits? If you want to check them out, they can be found here.
Thanks for popping by and come back to visit, as I always have projects to work on and photos to post! Have a great week!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I am excited to be able to post my project. I have been working on this little (6x6 chipboard album) for a while. It is a birthday album (yep...it fits right into the birthday theme of this blog hop...imagine that!) and is all done out of the Basic Grey paper from the Two Scoops line. I integrated the number nine into the album because that is how old my daughter turned this year! The Happy Birthday letters are die cuts from the Upper Block font. If you are interested in any of the fonts here, contact Terry at CC&M for details! Also, the ice cream cone is cut from metallic (rose) paper and shaded with a Rouge Cat Eye ink pad. The cherry on top of the ice cream cone? Doodlebug adhesive jewels. Yum!
This layout has several fun things I want to point out. First, the scroll/flourish rub-ons are from Basic Grey also. The tag is a library pocket and tag combo. I like to add those in my mini albums, and for those of you who have visited my blog before...you probably already know that! I used a Fiskars Border punch to create the lace looking edge on the pocket. Also, the brown nameplate is a diecut too.
Here I used a scalloped frame in metallic paper and used my circle punch to cut the circle to go inside of it. I used a cupcake stamp and a Happy Birthday stamp to embellish this page. The hinge on the top left of the album page can be found here. On the bottom right, I traced a number nine and painted it in with Wintergreen Shimmerz. I must say that every nine-year-old needs more shimmer!
The Happy Birthday is cut from the Recess font, and the pink cupcake is a die cut too.
I adhered the Library pocket to this page and blingedthe cupcake up with a bit of glitter! (After all, we are talking about an album for a nine-year-old!!)I also added a Basic Grey rub-on and some American Crafts ribbon to decorate it up! The letters that spell nine are cut from the Girly Girl font.
The swirl on the bottom left is one I fussy cut from some Two Scoops paper and the scalloped frame was cut from Pearlescent Florette paper. The ice cream cone was cut from brown and pink velvet paper. The Rouge cat eye ink added depth to the ice cream cone top.
And here, I used the Happy Birthday cut from Girly Girl and then added some Diamond Glaze to add some gloss to the letters. The flourishes down the center of the page is an Autumn Leaves stamp that I used with pink ink. It sure looks a lot like the pink flourishes of the Two Scoops paper! I couldn't have asked for a better match!
Please come back later in the week to see a few more photos of this album. I took a picture of all pages and would love to share a few more with you. But before you go, I have some exciting news! CC&M is releasing two new card kits! Each kit has enough product to make 12 cards! wowza! One kit is a Birthday Boy kit and the other is a Birthday Girl kit. Each kit is only $26.99, but it has $30 worth the product in it. Also, CC&M is offering an add-on kit that includes some Doodlebug Birthday stamps. For some extra savings, (a special offer for our blog hoppers) save 15% by using the coupon code: birthdaydt0915 at the CC&M store.
Now it's time to head on over to Carla's blog and see what birthday surprises she has there! Be sure to come back later in the week though and see those last photos of my birthday album! Thanks for stopping, I mean hopping by!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I will tell you that I haven't got all the photos in this little album...and I bet you are wondering why!? Well, because I haven't gotten them all taken, of course! I am planning on adding photos throughout the summer so that my DH will have a mini mini album full of our summer memories!
I found that the acrylic pages were difficult to photograph, so all you will see is the outline of those and the embellishments attached to them. The papers are from Cosmo Cricket's Lil' Man line, and they all coordinate so beautifully that it made choosing the paper easier because there was no guess work to know if it went together. The stamps are from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and the rub ons from Me and My Big Idea. The die cut images (hardware and hinges) and the tag album are from Creative Cuts and More and the acrylic overlay/ATC tag (of the ferris wheel) on the front cover is from Prickley Pear. Hope over there and see what a fantastic selection they have!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Here are a few last shots of one of my favorite current projects. This was such a fun and challenging project, that I think that is part of the reason I love it so much. I have other projects I like too...but this was my first real attempt at designing an album that had both chipboard and acrylic pages. I picked up this album at Creative Cuts and More. I also got the little tag and pocket with the window in it from there. It is a great way to add some variety and dimension to any album...as well as create a place to add extra photos or journaling.
Paper: Autumn Leaves, Stamps: Stampendous (flourish) and Gel-A-Tins (Trees), Prickley Pear (lino print on little library pocket)
I will be back soon with a little mini-mini album I just finished for my DH. It doesn't have all the photos in, because I will continue to add those over the summer. We still have some fun activities planned for our family, and plan to have photos from them to add to his album! Can't wait to see you back here soon! Thanks for stopping....
I do want to tell you about a blogger that is giving away some yummy blog candy. (Think cupcakes!) Hop on over to Kim's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win!
Also, check back here in the next day or two for some more pictures. I am trying to get a new album done so that I can enter the design team call for Cosmo Cricket. That is, if the computer cooperates at all!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This is an album I did several months ago. However, I had sent the photos to be submitted at a magazine, they weren't chosen. So I post them now on my own blog. I love this album. The acrylic pages were a fun challenge. This one definitely stretched me as a scrapbooker!
I ordered the book from Creative Cuts and More. The paper is from Autumn Leaves. The stamps? The tree stamp set is from Gel-A-Tins. And there is also some shimmery goodness from Shimmerz!
I will be back to post some more of this album. Why? Because I love it! Also, I am working on a mini-mini album using paper from one of my absolute favorite paper companies....Cosmo Cricket. How, I would love to be on their design team...and I am thinking that I might just apply!