Friday, October 15, 2021

Thank You, CIU Sponors!

 

We do love our sponsors and we are excited to share some cards we recently mailed to them.  We all chose sponsors from the past year and created cards for them using their unique designs!  

I was pleased to have the opportunity to share our appreciation with four sponsors: Hetty Clare, DRS Designs, Oddball Art Co, and Newton's Nook.  Each of these sponsors is such a joy and always inspires me to create something fun and exciting!

I'll start with this card I sent to Hetty Clare!   It features this handsome fellow called Pony Flower!  Leaf paper is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles and the sentiment cut is from the Cricut Design Space Library!  


Next, I'm sharing this more rugged type card I sent to DRS Designs.  I used the Cowboy Silhouette.  The sentiment was created in Design Space using font from Old West.  Stars were cut in the front and backed with scraps of Cracked Glass iDeco Foil and I inked the front with CTMH inks.


Next Oddball Art Co!  This fun digi stamp is from CCC#132 Cozy and Thankful Digi Stamp.  The paper is from A Bit More Time to Craft and is called Star Splash Mixed Media.  I finished it off with some embroidery floss, black cardstock, and some glitter stars cut on my Cricut!
 

...and now my card to Newton's Nook!  This fun stamp set is Newton Loves Coffee!  This stamp set gets a LOT of use at my house!  I have used only a portion of the stamps here to create this thank you!  The Thank You sentiment is a free digi stamp from Newtons Nook and I cut this and the layering dies using the Offset feature in Cricut Design Space!  


Be sure to visit Cut It Up and see all the wonderful cards from the team and celebrate our many sponsors!

Again, a huge thank you to all our sponsors this year!  We are excited to work with the amazing and talented people behind the beautiful papers, cuts, and digis!  It is truly our pleasure!

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Pink!


Our new challenge over at Cut It Up is Pink and our sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays. Every October I like to send my mom a card to remind her how proud we are of her!  She handled her breast cancer in such a stoic way never letting fear or anxiety get her down.  With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, it just seems the perfect time to remind her how strong she is!


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Material List:  

Copic Markers
Digi: Dandelion Wishes from Conie Fong
Conie Fong Dandelion (Inside of card) from Dandelion Wishes
Copic Markers
Gel Pens:  Pink and White
Pink Gems from stash
Studio G Glitter Glue
Adhesives
Cricut Cut:  Pink #M3F1B2 from Pink Journey
Cricut Print and Cut:  Pink Ribbon #M365AA


When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors.

This project is off to the following challenges: 

Creations in Pink:  AG in Mainly Pink
Colour Crazy:  AG hand coloured
Dragonfly Dreams:  In the Pink
TTCRD:  AG
WWODT:  AG 
little red wagon:  Girls just Want to Have Fun (Projects for girls/women)
The House that Stamps Built:  Think Pink (in honor of BC)

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Guest Designer at Tic Tac Toe


  So excited to be a Guest Designer over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  What's more fun than playing a game and crafting!  So, with no further adieu, here's the game board!    


Looks like fun, right! 

I chose the right column down:  Bird, Shades of Brown, and Snow/Snowflakes.  I think this will make the perfect card for my dad!  He loves birds and this makes for a sort of masculine Christmas Card!   

I encourage you to visit Tic Tac Toe Challenge, check out the inspiration from their talented team, and then share your take on this fun challenge!

 Material List

Cardstock:  DCWV Autumn Melody; ColorBok Sunset Glow; CTMH
Inks:  CTMH; Ranger Vintage Photo
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems
Adhesives
Cricut Maker
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Snowflake Cut #M4763E CTMH Art Philosophy 
Cricut Access:  Bird #M2554DD

 Sharing with these challenges:  
Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round:  S or T ~ S for Snowflake
Dream Factory:  The Birds
12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas Card
Beyond the Blue:  Layered Die Cuts
Die Cut Divas:  AG with Die Cut or Embossing Folder
The Paper Shelter:  Layer It Up
Shopping Our Stash:  Musical Notes (in background paper in stash for MANY moons!)
Let's Craft and Create:  Things with Wings

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Make it Punny

 It's time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Make it Punny.

I thought this would make a fun card to send to my nephew for Thanksgiving!  He is a math nerd and I know he'll laugh at this one...or he'll at least smile to appease his strange card-making aunt!  hee hee

    Material List 

Copic Markers
CTMH Inks
Cardstocks
Cricut Access:  Pi #M3B8C5 from Brooklyn Iron on


This card is off to these challenges:  
Challenge Up Your Life:  Pumpkins (6 total challenges)
AAA Cards:  CAS and Celebrate (Celebrating Thanksgiving!)
Colouring in Scrapland:  Colour Inspiration
Addicted to CAS:  Code word Autumn

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Flowers for Algernon at PoP

 As we meander a Path of Positivity, we are challenging you to Fall Into a Book!  Yes, that's right!  This month we want you to design a project influenced by a BOOK or STORY. Getting lost in a great book/story/poetry is a wonderful way to relax and find some positivity! 

 My journal page is a memory of a wonderful book I read in MS/HS called Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.  It is a thought provoking read about a young man, Charlie, with an IQ lower than average who meets up with a Dr/Scientist who makes him a genius for a short time.  

Algernon is the lab mouse who received the drug before Charlie.  Algernon's progression and regression basically predicts Charlie's future outcomes. 

This book has always had a profound effect on my thinking, so this challenge seemed the perfect time to journal it.

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   We'd like to hear your ideas at Path of Positivity.  Come share them with us!  

Remember, you may share any sort of artistic medium over at PoP:  writing, cards, journals, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, baking, needle crafts, etc as long as it is positive!  The theme is always optional.  

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Material List
Material List:  
Hello Digital Image from Ike's Art
Copic Markers
Cardstocks:  Familiar Refrain Patterned Papers Decosse's Dynamite Doodles; old piece of calendar page
CTMH Stamp in background  Retired
CTMH Inks
Adhesives

 Sharing with these challenges:  
Love to Scrap:  Anything but a Card (Journal page)
Allsorts:  I Love....  I love working in my journal and the book this page represents!
Critter Crazy:  AG with a Critter


Be sure to come on 
over to 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about our optional twist!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:


and


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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Sending Christmas Love


 Conie Fong has some adorable NEW digi bundles currently ON SALE!  This is Christmas Mailbox Gnome and Sentiment Bundle!  Aren't these guys cute out posting their packages!  

Be sure to visit the the Conie Fong FB Page for challenges and images:  HERE


Material List:

Copic Markers
Embossing Ink and Powder
Cricut Access:   Polaroid #M2761A88

I'm sending this card off to the following challenges:

12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas Card
Holly and Ivy:  Anything Christmas Goes
Unicorn:  Add Sparkle
CD Sunday Plus:  AG using a CD, USB or Digi Download
Allsorts:  AG w/Option of Nature
Fairy and the Unicorn:  AG Fantasy
Krafty Chicks:  All Occasions
Sweet Stampin':  Christmas in September
Colour Crazy:  AG hand coloured
TTCRD:  AG
 ABC Christmas:   T for Two (2 Gnomes)

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Miniature Organizer Tutorial


 Our new challenge over at Cut It Up is Back to School!  The idea is to follow a tutorial and then share it with us!  

So, the truth is I had a project I wanted to make and couldn't find a tutorial on just what I wanted!  I decided it would be easier to create it and make my own YouTube Tutorial!  I also used a couple of tutorials I had made before:  Wax Seals HERE and Dressing Up Die Cuts HERE!  


  

Now here is the Video Tutorial Feature for this project!



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Cardstocks:  Whimsy Board (Digital Paper), CTMH, We are 3 (Digital Paper)
Denim (My own digital paper)
Aqueenly Wax, spoon, and stamp from Amazon
Sewing machine and thread
CTMH Metal Studs (Retired)
Twine, Washi Tape, Scrap of denim, Scrap of Ribbon all from Stash
Adhesives:  Double sided tape, Fabric-Tac, Gorilla Glue
Cricut Access:  Rounded Ruffle Shape #M41FDA; Notebook Page #M3BA3B; Cowboy Boot #M3D6C8; Pocket #MC0BDB78
Cricut Print and Cut
 
When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors.

This project is off to the following challenges: 
WWODT:  AG
Creative Craft Cottage:  Anything but Square
Happy Little Stampers:  AG with Dies/Die Cuts
Let's Craft and Create:  AG + Lots of Layers
Die Cut Divas:  AG with a Die Cut or embossing folder
Everybody Art:  Anything but a Card
Paperminutes:  Anything but cards
Creative Knockouts:  Tic Tac Toe
Crafty Catz:  AG with optional twist Anything but Square
Crafter's Cafe:  Fab Color Combo  I like Blue/Brown combos!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Wheels


  It's time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Wheels!  Wow, there are lots of ways one can use wheels!  

I've chosen a wagon wheel for my project; I thought it would be the perfect western icon for this lovely PRE-COLORED cowgirl from Gecko Galz!  This Rodeo Queen is quite lovely, but I have to say I'm more taken by her horse!  He has such beautiful, soft eyes!  Looks like a Western Pleasure mount to me...or possibly even English Pleasure!  hee hee

I framed them out with some rustic flowers and added a few little blue gems!

    Material List 

CTMH Inks: Chocolate
Cardstocks:  Black, Kraft, and Whimsy Vintage Woods 
Twine from a Starbucks Bottle!  
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems
Flowers made from Polkadoodles Horace and Boo; Cut and Print on Cricut
Cricut Access: Leaf #M31F31 from Wild Card; Branches #M468D1 fro CTMH Art Philosophy; Wagon Wheel Silhouette #M12A23399 from Cowboy Icons 

This card is off to these challenges:  

Daring Cardmakers:  Circles Include circles (wheel, gems, pearls)
Die Cut Divas:  AG with a Die Cut or embossing folder
Crafty Animals:  AG with an animal
 

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Photography in Crafting



As we meander a Path of Positivity, we are challenging you to enjoy some Quiet Time and share with us how you do that!  

I really enjoy being outside and spending quiet time out in the barn.  I also enjoy photography and seem to feel very peaceful when photographing flowers, horses, barns and such.

So, I decided to make a Christmas Card with this photo I took back in April with the snow covering the new spring blossoms!  

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I framed my photo with Bubbly Circle Frame Doodle from Tindaloo.  Instead of coloring, I decided to try something different.  I pulled out all my shades of pink, clear, and gold glues/liquid pearls and colored in the circles using them!  

The sparkly pinks and gold made for a wonderful frame!   I added some black Stickles to the inside dots.  My sentiment is from Cricut Print and Cut.  A gold strip and bow finish off the card!  

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   We'd like to hear your ideas at Path of Positivity!  Come share them with us!  

Remember, you may share any sort of artistic medium over at PoP:  writing, cards, journals, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, baking, needle crafts, etc as long as it is positive!  The theme is always optional.  

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Material List
Photo of Pink Blooms from our Ornamental Crabapple Tree
CTMH cardstock (gold metallic and pink)
Gold Ribbon for bow
Pink Bead
CTMH Gold Glitz Glitter Gel
Liquid Pearls: Rouge, Petal Pink, Raspberry
Stickles Black Diamond
Studio G Glitter Glue Pink
Embossing Folder Cuttlebug 
Cricut Access:  Merry Christmas #M85697F9 from Season's Greetings
 Sharing with these challenges:  
Pearly Sparkles:  Pink, Pearls, and/or Sparkle
12 Months of Christmas:  AG Christmas Card option Add some Metallic (Metallic gold paper!)
Happy Little Stampers:  Christmas ~ Non-Traditional
Holly and Ivy:  AG Christmas
Merry Little Christmas:  AG Christmas
Creations in Pink:  AG in Mainly Pink

Be sure to come on 
over to 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about our optional twist!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsor this month:


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Sympathy Card

I had a question a while back on how I made This Card, so I decided to make a video with a card that's a bit different, but the same technique.  It's always hard to make a sympathy card, so I hope this give you some inspiration the next time you need one.  It's quick and easy to make; of course, you can use this technique/layout for any occasion!  

 Material List

Digi and Sentiment:  Garden Silhouette from Beccy's Place
Cardstock 
CTMH Inks
Gold Metallic Paint, water, and fan brush Adhesives
Cricut Access for Sentiment : #MB1C828
Cricut Design Space
 Sharing with these challenges:  

TTCRD:  AG
Inspiration Station:  Traveling Autumn Roads Photo  I was inspired by the colors
Crafty Calendar:  AG
Crazy 4 Challenges:  Let's Do Flowers
CD Sunday Plus:  AG using a CD, USB or Digital Download
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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Harvesting Kitties!


 Conie Fong has recently released some adorable fall digi bundles! This sweet digi  is from Pumpkin Kitties and is available HERE and currently on sale!   I have combined it with the Hello and Pumpkin from Cricut!   

Be sure to visit the the Conie Fong FB Page for challenges and images:  Conie Fong FaceBook Challenge.  There are different challenges: one for coloring and one for completed projects! 

Material List:

Digi Image/stamp: Pumpkin Kitties and Sentiment from Conie Fong
Copic Markers
Digital papers from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles:  A Taste of Summer
Cricut Access:  Pumpkin from ITC Posterboy Std Regular Font and then Offset 
Cricut Print and Cut ~ Hello from Hello Fall #M2B0B380A

I'm sending this off to the following challenges:

CD Sunday:  AG using a CD, USB or Digi download
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a critter
Colour Crazy:  AG hand colored
Stinkin' Inkers:  Pick Me Up
Crafty Gals Corner:  Hello Fall!
2 Sisters on the blog:  For a child (no baby or birth)
Crafty Animals:  AG with an animal


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Friday, September 10, 2021

Fall is in the Air!


 Our new challenge over at Cut It Up is Fall is in the Air!  Well, not here on the day I write this post!  haha  The high today is predicted is 95 degrees and the heat index is expected to hit 105 or higher!  UGH!!  That's too hot and muggy for me; it's good to be inside writing blog posts!  

I do look forward to fall, as it is definitely my favorite time of year!  I love to put on my boots and go out to the barn to hang with my horses.  I also enjoy hiking, really just walking, at the state parks and viewing the wildlife and leaves.  

That is what inspired this layout in my art journal!  I wanted some pages about what I love about fall.  This digi from Hetty Clare is so perfect and the paper from an old DCWV paper stack seemed to sum up my thoughts and feelings about Fall!


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Material List:  
Flower Boot Digital Image from Hetty Clare
Copic Markers
Cardstocks:  Text Design~ DCWV Autumn Melody from stash...probably retired!; Brown paper~ ColorBok Sunset Glow also from stash... and again, most likely retired!; Background for Boot~ We Are 3 Digi Wildflowers
Gold Paint for Splatters
CTMH Inks
Adhesives
Cricut Cut:  Leaves Wreath #MD72D7B CTMH Flower Market
Cricut Print and Cut

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors.

This project is off to the following challenges: 

Country View:  The Leaves Begin to Fall
Paper Funday:  AG with Twist~ Autumn/Fall
Simply Create, Too:  Fall Leaves
Inkspirational:  Autumn Leaves
Dream Valley:  Make it Digital
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday:  Flora and/or Fauna

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