Saturday, February 7, 2009

Craft Critique blog carnival

I just found this neat thing on - they are running a blog carnival & this is the post from their blog:

The Theme; Valentine's Day. We want to see your Valentine related crafty projects; paper, fabric, yarn, food, jewelry... whatever you've got to show off.

You just email us at with a link to your blog post (not the blog itself... and not JUST the post ok?). Do this before February 12th, 6pm Central Time.

Feel free to send in old posts, new posts or posts from your BFF's blog... anything goes... but it must be Valentine's Day or love themed and it must be on a blog.

We put together one amazing Carnival post of all the wonderful links you've sent us and show all OUR readers YOUR terrific blog!

You tell your YOUR blog readers about the carnival too! And wham... we are all one big happy, crafty, bloggy family!The Valentine's Day Carnival will run on February 13th. Because we get SO MANY responses for these carnivals we can not reply to each submission... but we will tell notify you via blog comment when the carnival is posted.Submit your entries to

I submitted - so should you!!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Mojo Monday 72 Contest entries

This is my first entry for Mojo Monday 72 - I used some scraps of Prestwick paper (SU). The sentiment is from Verve Stamps & the cupcake is from Hero Arts. I thought this would make a good birthday card for a dude!!

Second entry - a bit busy but my Mom will love it!! The butterfly is from TAC and the sentiment is from Hero Arts Cupcake set.

Here is the sketch we were to use:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Totally Tilda!!

A couple Tilda's for you to enjoy:

This one was made for the challenge over at Roses on Paper - the challenge was to make a Valentine's Day card (hence the sentiment), use roses (Bella Rose paper), masking (the trees and the shadow under her feet) and use a Magnolia stamp (or WOJ, Alota, Sarah Kay or R.A.M). This is Paris Tilda so I thought the sentiment "amour" fit well - might use this for my hubby's Valentine's Day card!

Another Tilda with a funky fold! I used my PRECIOUS Au chocolat paper from SU (retired) & had her perched on the circles.

Here is a view of it open - I should have taken one of it closed but it is gone to its recipient already. But when it is closed, you can see the inside DP and scallops. The large circle that Tilda is sitting on reaches to the edge of the DP. The dimensions of the card were 9 x 5, then folded back 1 inch. does that make sense??


I've seen several blogs that have this list going on - to highlight things you have done/accomplished in your life, so I thought I would too. I haven't done much travelling and I often feel left out of conversations when people are talking about vacation spots & it makes me sad, but I'm sure I've done some things others haven't...I hope!!! LOL So, here is my list!! Things I have done are in RED!!!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (I think I did at a Karaoke bar when I was reallyyy drunk!)
11. Bungee jumped - no way Jose!
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child - does a four legged child count???
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon - only thing that will make me run is if I'm being chased by a bear!
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person - several times!
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - is this possible???
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David - saw a replica in Las Vegas though!
41. Sung karaoke - see #10
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma - they don't want my blood because I have tattoos!
65. Gone sky diving - are you CRAZY?????
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - no way - DH is a catch & release fisherman! Thank God!
88. Had chickenpox twice--just once - thought you could only get them once???
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Silly Monkey!

These two cards are made using SILLY MONKEY - a brand new set from Simon Says Stamp ---> check out the link on the right!!! It is such a cute set with the big monkey, the monkey head, some leaves, a vine, some stars and a few sentiments! Heck of a deal for $14.99!!! Go check out their other sets!!!
I used my new Houndstooth Cuttlebug folder to make the background - kept it kinda simple.

This card uses the sketch from Mojo Monday 70 over at Verve Stamps. I am trying NOT to be a hoarder & I was/am definately hoarding this AU CHOCOLAT paper from SU (few years ago) - I love it so much, and it's almost all gone!! booo hooooooooooooo

Thanks for looking! don't forget to add your comment to the post at the top for a chance to win some blog candy!!!!! :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Valentine's Day cards

Although I've never really "bought" into the whole idea of Valentine's day, the children in my life have, so I have to play along for their sake!! I think that there shouldn't be just ONE day to tell people you love them - it should be EVERY day of the year! AND I find it too commercialized - it's a silly day!!!! LOL Anyway, here are some cards I made for my nieces and nephews, and friends of the family. This one is made from Victoria Case's "Monster Hugs" stamp - isn't he an adorable little guy??
This cat is a digital image is from squigglefly.

This pig is from a set from CC Designs at All that Scraps (I think it comes in digital too). I drew the cloud he is sitting on and filled it with Glittering Crystal 3D paint I got at Michael's. The hearts were punched from a One Sheet Wonder I did but never "did"...know what I mean?? LOL
Another using the same pig.
Here is a close up so you can see the cloud a bit better!
The background paper is more from the One Sheet Wonder I made using a variety of hearts and sayings from a the new Verve Stamps Valentine sets. The dragon is from High Hopes, and the sentiment is from an SU set called Happy Heart Day (oh how that saying makes me crazy!!!). His name is Huggable Hank - but I thought he looked like he should be holding a big heart!! That is the Marvy Mega scallop punch.

Here is a side view so you can see how it is all popped out.

This bunny is from the same set as the pig - there is also a bear in heart boxers. He is going to be for the boys' Valentine's Day cards!!! The sentiment is masked from an Easter $1.50 stamp from Michael's. The paper is from my scraps and the buttons are from my stash!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Digi Digi Digi!!!!

Ok, so the latest addiction is DIGITAL images & I have two favourite spots to purchase them - squigglefly and Victoria Case Stamps.....go check em out if you haven't already!!!
This water fairy is from Victoria Case - and is soooo beautiful. I printed her off a bit too large so this card is 6x6 - didn't realize it until I had her all coloured and she looked so pretty I didn't want it to go to waste!! I used my Twinkling H2Os for the FIRST time on her wings - I'm not totally happy with my first attempt, but it still shimmers. I will work on that technique for sure!!!

This little cutie is BEARY HAPPY, also from Victoria Case. The sentiment is from High Hopes, but it fits SO well with this image!!!

This image is from squigglefly & is part of a collection they are starting called Divine Bovine's - so if you like cows, or know someone who does (TRACY!!!!) go check em out!! I used Glittering Crystal 3D paint on the bubbles and the textile CB folder to imitate wallpaper! LOL

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