Wednesday, July 5, 2017

613 Avenue Create #199 Anything Goes - Option Monochrome

Hi, friends!  I apologize that my post is a bit late for this month's Anything Goes Challenge at  613 Avenue Create.  The optional twist is Monochrome.  Sometimes things just don't go the way we plan them.  Oh, well.  Anyway, I created a masculine birthday card and here it is:
 I went with all patterned paper for this card, only stamping the sentiment.  I just love those two-toned shoes!  I fussy cut them and popped them up The sentiment is popped up also.

I have stamps with all those images except the pipe.  So in the future I may a similar background using my stamps.  I think that would be fun.

Be sure to show us your project and check out our winners for June.  You have a month to play along with us.

Card stock:  110 lb & 60 lb Recollections
Designer paper:  gift from a friend
Stamp:  Unknown
Ink:  Close to My Heart Chocolate

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #304-Patriotism

Welcome to another challenge at FFCB.  Our theme this time is Patriotism.  We want to see your project about patriotism in any country.  Our design team has been hard at work, creating some delightful inspiration for you.   

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To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Here's my project:

I used my Cricut Expression to cut the balloons in red, white and blue.  They are popped up with foam tape and have a coating of clear Wink of Stella which is sort of visible in this picture.  I love the curly tails on the balloons.  The blue looks a bit purple in this photo, I have to say, but it is blue.

It reminds me of the 4th of July, of course. This is a quick and easy just for fun card, no stamping involved -  just DP and Cricut cuts. Sometimes, that's all you need!

Card Stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb
Designer Paper:  My stash
Cricut Cartridge:  Celebrate with Flourish
Accessories:  Foam tape, Wink of Stella (clear)

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

613 Avenue Create #198 Anything Goes-Option Stamp with an Embossing Folder

This month at 613 Avenue Create we're challenging you to stamp with an embossing folder on your project. That's a fun technique that I haven't done in a while.  I remember being afraid to "mess up" my embossing folder when I was a newbie and heard about this delightful technique.  Of course, your embossing folder is fine, as I found out.  This is a great way to create your own colorful designer paper.  So here's my card:

You'll want to see the amazing inspiration from our Design Team.  And don't forget, you might have won last month's challenge.

We want to see what you come up with. Drop by and link up your creation.

Card Stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb
Ink:  Close to My Heart Gypsy
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix Uknown
Stamps:  Anna Griffin
Ribbon:  My stash

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

FCCB #302-Graduation and Winner of #300-Mother's Day Blog Hop

First of all, crafty peeps, I would like to apologize for just now posting the winner of my blog candy for the Mother's Day Blog Hop.  I put all the names in a hat (literally, since I don't have the random thingie). 

My blog candy winner is Sunshine Honeybee.  Please contact me at with your address so I can send your prize to you.  Also, since I am so late, if I don't hear from you in a couple of days, I will contact you on your blog.

Our challenge this time is to create a graduation project.  Our sponsor is

Dreaming Tree

The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

For this new challenge, I created a card for my neighbors' grandson, who is graduating from high school in Alabama.  I made a money holder since his gift was cash.  Here it is:

This is the inside:

Of course, I used his school colors, maroon and gold.  I decorated the inside with stamps and die cut stars. In the picture, it's hard to tell where the money is inserted, but it's above the maroon star on the right.  I should have put money in it when I took the picture. The graduate has received the card, and we were told he liked it. I've never made a money holder before, but I'm sure now that I will again. This was fun.

Be sure to enter our challenge.  Let us see what you made for graduation!

Cricut Cartridges:  Everyday Pop-Up Cards (grad cap) & Cricut Classic Font (congrants)
Dies:  Tattered Lace Everyday Alphas; Memory Box Hearts & Stars
Stamps:  Waffle Flower Congrats
Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

613 Avenue Create #197-ATG Option Create a Container

Happy today, fellow crafters!  Our challenge this month at 613 Avenue Create is to make an ATG.  The option is to make a container.  I decided to go with the option.  I saw a quick and easy video on YouTube for making a diaper fold treat holder.  Here's a link to the video.  And here's my treat holder.  I think this is a cute variation on the traditional tea bag holder.

I random stamped white paper to create the pattern of roses.  The lighting of the photo is a bit off so it doesn't show well, but it's pretty in real life.  (Are you like me?  I really missed using my MISTI - LOL!)  I used a punch for the label and stamped the sentiment.  Then I inserted the tea bag.  It will hold candy or any other small treat you'd like.

This is a great party favor or a perfect way to just give a small token to a friend or family member. You can, of course, use double-sided paper rather than stamping your own.

I hope you decide to join the challenge.  We love seeing your wonderful and creative projects.

Card stock:  Recollections
Stamps:  Close to My Heart Beautiful Day and With Love (both retired)
Punch:  EK Success
Inks:  Tsukineko Versa Magic Purple Hydrangea and Close to My Heart White Daisy

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #300 - Mother's Day Blog Hop

Happy Monday and welcome to our 300th Challenge! 

We are having a BLOG HOP to celebrate!

Challenge #300
Make a project about Mother's Day!

One lucky commenter will be chosen (from all blog hop comments on each blog, plus this one) to win this-

a brand new Cricut Explore! Courtesy of 

of Denton, Texas

The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring TWO $25 gift cards at


We also have:

And two $10 gift certificates to-

To qualify for the gift certificates, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

There is a limit of three entries per person.

Be sure to visit each Design Team member leave a comment and become a follower - those will be put into a drawing for their blog candy (if offered).

Here is our blog hop list for Mother's Day challenge #300!
Here's my Mother's Day Project:

Cricut Cartridge:  Everyday Pop-Up Cards
Card stock:  My stash
Bling & Baker's Twine:  My stash

I made the tea pot into a card by cutting two light pink images and gluing them together together at the top after adding the hot pink overlay.  I also cut the flowers and added bling to the centers.  I hand wrote Happy Mother's Day on the tag and attached it to the handle with Baker's Twine.

I actually collect tea pots so I enjoyed making this shaped card.  I may even make a few more later!

And I have a bit of Blog Candy:

Become a follower, if you are not already, and leave me a comment.  I will randomly choose a winner from the comments and send that person the blog candy.  I will announce the winner on May 10.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

An Easter Card

Hi, there!  It's the day before Easter.  This past 2 weeks, I have been quite busy making Easter cards for my family.  Usually, I only send a few.  But this year I decided to include my sisters and other adult family members - nieces and nephews.  I made a few duplicate cards to make it a bit easier for me.  Here's one that went to our grandson:

The image and sentiment are from Sunny Studio. Finally, I have the word "grandson" in a stamp set.  I sponged the background with Distress Ink.  The eggs are colored with Spectrum Noirs and then fussy cut.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a shadow under the egg carton.  This is a quick and easy card.

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Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Stamps:  The Good Egg (from Sunny Studio); Shadows (from Paper Smooches)
Shadow:  Paper Smooches 
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Wet Cement, Broken China Distress Ink
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LG1, 2; PL1, 2; CR1, TB1; LY1, 2; HB1, IG1, 2

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #298 - Easter

Our challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog this month has an Easter theme.  You'll want to click over to the blog and see the inspiration from our DT.  We hope you join the challenge so you have a chance to win a cool prize.
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To qualify for the prize, you must use at least one Cricut cut on your project.  If it's not obvious, please tell us which cartridge you used.  If you use a Cricut Explore, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.  And if your project is not a card, you will get two entries in the prize drawing.

I made a clean and simple card as is my usual style. This was fun to make and took very little time.

I'm making more Easter cards this year than I have in past years.  I will make multiples of some cards, something I don't do a lot.  But I need to keep it simple and time is definitely running out to get cards in the mail.  I'm looking forward to sending more happy mail than usual.  Do you send lots of cards for Easter?

All the cuts were made from snippets of paper I had in my scrap basket.  I just hate to throw away card stock and DP.  The clouds were actually cut years ago and saved!  How's that for being thrifty?  (Thrifty sounds better than hoarding - LOL!)

Cricut Cartridges:  Welcome Spring (umbrella); Art Philosophy (eggs); Artbooking (grass); Artiste (clouds)
Stamps:  Sunny Studio (A Good Egg)
Inks:  Broken China Distress Ink; Close to My Heart (Pear)
Card Stock:   Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

613 Avenue Create #196-Anything Goes-Option Spring

It's April and Spring!  This month at 613 Avenue Create we've added the option of Spring Has Sprung to our Anything Goes Challenge.  I'm so happy the season has changed, and the weather is improving for the moment, at least where I am .  The days are longer and the sun seems brighter.  All in all, Spring puts me in a happy mood.

I've made an Easter card for this month.  Usually, I only make a few Easter cards.  This year, I've decided to make more for family and friends.  Here's my first:

I actually colored the sweet little bunny for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge  (which just ended) and put her away until now.  This is something totally new for me.  I have never colored images in advance of making a card.  I rather like going into my special box and pulling out an already colored image.  I believe I'll do more of it in the future.  Thanks to Kathy R, I have a stash of colored images - yay!!

Of course, I used my Spectrum Noirs.  I lightly chalked the area around the image and rounded the corners.  I used a stencil to create the background with Distress Ink.  I inked up the sentiment and adhered it.  Finally I added some sequins.

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb and 60 lb
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LV1; LY 1, 2 & 3; PL1 &2; BG1, 2 &3; PP1; FS6 &8; DG3
Stamps:  Close to My Heart Sensational Season (bunny) & Say It in Style (sentiment) - both retired
Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black
Sequins:  My stash
Stencil:  Heidi Swapp

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 30!!!

Yippee!!!  This is the final day of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I made it through!!  It was both easier and harder than I thought it would be.  I still have a lot to learn about coloring with my Spectrum Noir markers, but I've learned that I learn best through using them.  How about that?!  There are definitely some color combos that I need to work on blending.  The lighter shades are easier than the dark ones.  I know paper matters greatly. So do inks. And, of course, I need new and more stamps to color - LOL!!

I discovered this darling free digital image of peeps for Easter  (here). I have wanted a stamp of peeps for ages, and somehow never got around to ordering one.  I added the bow tie.  It's from a Waffle Flower set called Congrats.

I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone to take part in Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I had my ups and downs, but overall I truly enjoyed it.  I do feel that my skills are improving.  I'm determined to keep getting better. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 29

So today is day 29 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  I colored some images from a Recollections stamp set that is years old.  I used another robot in this set once, I think.  Other than that, the set has just been on a shelf, unused.  I have been seeing the galaxy background on blogs which brought these images to mind.  I'd like to give that a try and use my space images.

These small images were cute and fun.  I definitely want to do something with them.  One more day to go, folks!!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 28

This darling little bunny in a tea cup is a free digi from Craftin' Desert Divias that I picked up a couple of days ago.  I'm not sure if it's still free, but you can check the site.  It's called Bunny Latte.  Isn't it the cutest thing?  I have entered it in Day 28 at the 30 Day Coloring Challenge - yippee!

I used my Spectrum Noir markers, then cut it out after dusting around the image with yellow chalk.  I just laid it atop the snippet of paper in order to take the picture. I believe the paper is digital paper that I used on another project some years back.
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