Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Winter Fae TTCRD

It's time for another TTCRD challenge..............

Wait, we interrupt for a weather bulletin:  Wow, as I type this I'm thinking just how inappropriate this card is here in the midwest!  This past weekend we broke record highs for February!  Yep, the temps were in the high 60's and may have reached the 70's.  I was out in a t-shirt and flip-flops.  That just doesn't happen here in February or even March for that matter!  

Ok, well I'm sure we're in for more cold, so this card will again be appropriate!  So back to the regularly scheduled post!

As I was saying...it's time for a new Anything Goes Challenge over at TTCRD!  Our sponsor this week is Morgan's Art World.  Be sure to head over to TTCRD to see the inspiration from the wonderful DT and check out how you can get in on the fun !

Material List

Morgan's Art World Winter Fae
Cardstock/Paper:  CTMH Daisy White, Fundamentals, Crystal Blue, Gypsy, Dutch
Inks:  CTMH Crystal Blue, Gypsy, Dutch, Thistle
CTMH Mini Sparkle Gems
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems on snowflakes
Coloring:  Copics, CTMH Watercolor Pencils, Blending Brush
Cricut Cartridges:  Artbooking (for BG Stencil), Artistry, Artphilosophy, A Child's Year
Twine from Stash

My Background Technique

This technique is explained in a video tutorial coming up in the new Mar/April edition of the Through the Craft Room Door Magazine!  This magazine is packed full of great stories, informative video/and written tutorials as well as beautiful inspiration from an incredible design team!  Oh, and did I mention contests and freebies?

I'm sending this off to:
Morgan's Art World:  For the Ladies 
Outlawz Twisted Thursday:  Use Ribbon, Lace, or Twine
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge:  Monochromatic ~ Hues of Blue

Thanks for coming by today!  Please feel free to peruse my site and check out the other posts and pages.  Questions/comments are always welcome!    

Friday, February 19, 2016

It's a Leap Year

Yep, that's right…. a Leap Year!  When I was a kid I was told that Leap Years were the years when girls could ask a guy out on a date, to a dance or even propose marriage to him!  Wow, that was weird to me!  Of course, now, it's not so strange at all!

When I thought about that and knew I needed to use a frog in my Cut It Up creation this time, I had a good idea what I wanted to do.  To make it all the better, Bugaboo is sponsoring our challenge and I found Princess Charlie there!  She would be perfect for my idea!!  

I went into Design Space and found banners, hearts and my letters for the sentiment.  I arranged it on the card front and flattened it.  Then I flattened the frog from Create a Critter and cut him.  I imported Princess Charlie into DS, cut and colored her with pencils and Copics.  I embellished with some glitter and gems!  

I'm not sure if little Princess Charlie is feeling a bit disgusted or shocked at having to kiss that little love-struck frog!  

Material List:

Princess Charlie Image:  Bugaboo Digi Stamps
CTMH Paper/Cardstock:  Fundamental, Daisy White, Black 
Design Space:  Print and Cut 
Cricut Cartridges:  CTMH Artfully Sent, CTMH Artbooking, Create a Critter
Coloring:  CTMH Watercolor Pencils, Copic Markers
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems and Glitter

Now it's your turn to head over to Cut It Up and show us your Leap Year creation!  Remember, it must include a die cut and a frog!  While you are there, be sure to check out the inspiration from our Design Team and the prize sponsored by Bugaboo Digi Stamps!  

Thanks for coming by today!  Hope you have a wonderful Leap Year and make the most of our extra day.  Of course, a very special happy birthday to all of you who might be having a "real" birthday this February 29th!  

My Sweet Princess Charlie is also off to the following challenges:
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog:  Keep it Simple
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog:  Cute + Sentiment
In the Pink:  So cute and Pink!
ABC Challenge:  B is for B:  Bugaboo Stamp

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Band Camp!

This project was designed for Through the Craft Room Door Magazine Feb/Mar Edition! Our "assignment" was to make a project using a tutorial from a prior magazine!  To find out what techniques I used, you will want to subscribe to this wonderful publication full of inspiration/ideas/tutorials found at  

TTCRD also has weekly challenges with great prizes; we'd love to see you there!

I am sending this layout of my nephew off to: 
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge:  Monochromatic ~ Reds
Outlawz Color Challenge:  Monochromatic ~  I chose reds
Clear It Out Stash Twine
Pile It On Hand Made Embellishments:  Trumpet

Thanks for dropping by today; it's always great to have visitors!  Feel free to leave a question/comment and peruse other posts/pages.  Make yourself at home here!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Mirror, Mirror!

Well it's mid-February and time for the Path of Positivity mid-way post!  Our theme this month is Desire and in my first post I pondered this theme discussing the expression "your heart's desire" and that post went in several directions!  This post is a sort of part 2 taking us back to the apple in part one! ;)  

I was thinking about the apple and that led me on a journey to the fairy tale about Snow White and that wicked queen who desired to be "the fairest of them all!"  Now, this whole concept made me wonder about my own desires that lead to my goals....... 

Obviously, Queen Grimhilde (from Snow White) had very selfish desires and would go to wicked lengths to achieve those desires.  However, I want to take this in a little different direction, how many times do we set goals based on desires that are not our own?  Maybe they are goals set on the desires of society, companies, commercials, tv, stigmas, etc.  Are we looking in the mirror with desires of being the fairest meaning the upright, just person?  Or are we out to be the fairest meaning beautiful in the eyes of society's standards?  How far will I go to achieve those desires with either definition?  

Wow, the PoP themes always push and pull me in so many directions off the beaten path!  I suppose that is the purpose, yes?  

So, here is my synopsis on the desire theme:  I desire to set my goals in such a way to bring about the healthiest most positive outcomes for my family and little area of society ~ much like Snow White who worked hard to bring about fairness and peace in her little corner of the forest!

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How are you inspired by this theme?  We can't wait to see what your thoughts are!  Be sure to visit Path of Positivity and see how the rest of the Design Team interprets this idea!  You will also want to check out the great prizes from our sponsors Ike's Art, Scribbles Designs, Creative Bug Digital Snapshots and Deccosse's Dynamite Doodles.  

On to the details of my card!  

Ike's Art:  Snow White Image
CTMH Cardstock/Paper:  Kaleidoscope, Charlotte, Honey, Whisper, Ruby
Cartridges:  CTMH Artistry, CTMH Artfully Sent, Cricut Serenade
Embellishments:  Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems, CTMH Aqua Gems
Coloring:  Copics, CTMH Watercolor Pencils, CTMH Colorless Blender  

Thanks for visiting today!  Feel free to leave me a question/comment and check out other posts and pages.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Little Claire Silhouette Cat

It's time for another challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door!  Our challenges are always Anything Goes and this month Little Claire is our sponsor!  They are offering a generous prize; you can check that out as well as the other inspirational pieces by the talented design team at TTCRD!

I love this image called Silhouette Cat and Tree.  I decided to import it into my Cricut Explore Design Space under imported images.  Then I cut it from black paper.  I thought it would be fun to make it shiny by embossing it with PEARLustre Embossing Powder (Hematite).  I cut a sun from CTMH Canary cardstock to put behind it.  I popped the image with 3-D foam tape.

The sentiment is from the CTMH stamp set called You Are My Happy (retired) stamped in Ruby to match the Ruby cardstock.  I embellished my kitty with a little red bow from some scrap floss.

This image is just adorable and I'm sure you're going to love seeing what others on the team created with it!

Thanks for coming by to visit!  Make yourself at home and feel free to leave a comment/question, peruse other posts/pages, and visit TTCRD and share your creations there!  We look forward to seeing them!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cupid Strikes Again!

Cupid Strikes Again!!! 

Welcome to this co-hop with Die Cuttin’ Diva and Cut It Up. We are so glad that you are joining us today and super excited to share our inspiration with you. 
We will have a line-up of DT members from both teams sharing Valentine projects and we are hoping you enjoy them all. Our teams even had to play cupid and send their project to a fellow team member as a surprise. How is that for sharing the love!
How about some prizes?
Craftin' Desert Divas ~ 2 digi stamps of choice
KaDoodle Bug Designs ~ 2 $5.00 certificates

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon ~ $15 gift certificate
Cupid’s Rules…
1.  Make sure you are a follower on each stop along this hop.
2.  Leave a comment on each project and you will be entered 
to win one of the prizes. 
Prize winners will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14th.

For my project...
I created my project for Georgiana on the Die Cuttin Divas team.
I visited her site and noticed she is a teacher; so I decided to make her a key chain (for all those teacher keys!) using cuts from the CTMH Arts Philosophy Cartridge.  These cuts all coordinated with Dimensional Elements of chipboard.  

The scalloped oval is covered with paper from CTMH Kaleidoscope papers.  I then stamped Laugh (every teacher needs to laugh from time to time!) from the CTMH Love Life stamp set.  I embellished with sparkles.  The flip side is decorated with Kaleidoscope Complements.

The tag shaped piece is also covered in paper from Kaleidoscope and has a piece of Acetate Alternative to make a small picture frame for a photo or a small reminder note.  The little heart is from CTMH Kaleidoscope Assortment.  

I added some Base and Bling Jewelry pieces and some Pixie and Poppy Twine for decor!

I'm so happy you dropped by today!  

Your next stop is... Larelyn
If you get lost along the way, here is the line-up....

Thanks for spreading the love!

I'm also sending this off to Heart 2 Heart challenge where the theme is Two.  Here are two teams doing a blog hop together.  My project is made with 2 Dimensional Elements and 2 colors of twine!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mardi Gras at Cut It Up!

Mardi Gras is such a fun event for cards and decor!  Who doesn't love the bright party colors, beads, and fun?  We all know masks are a big part of Mardi Gras, also.  That's why when I got to choose the theme over at Cut It Up, I thought it would be fun to do a Mardi Gras theme using a masking technique!  So, that's the theme this time; you must use a die cut and a masking technique!  You will want to head over there and see all the great ideas by the Design Team and check out the prizes offered by our sponsor, as Cute as a Button!

I chose to use this image by Rick St. Dennis and use traditional Mardi Gras colors:  green, purple and gold.  To learn more about how I did the background on this card and my masking technique, please view the video below.

Material List:

Image:  Billy Goldenbells Elf by Rick St. Dennis
CTMH C/S and Paper:  Fundamental, White Daisy, Black, Sweet Leaf, Gypsy, Honey
CTMH Inks:  Citrus Leaf (retired), Thistle, Honey, Sweet Leaf, Gypsy
Embossing:  Ranger Princess Gold Powder, Versa Mark Ink
Bo Bunny Double Dot Jewels
Colored Penils 
Cricut Cartridges:  CTMH Artbooking, CTMH Artfully Sent, New Orleans Party

Little Billy is off to:
Inspiration Destination:  AG
Outlawz ~ Twisted Thursday:  AG w/Optional Twist - Add a Sentiment

Be sure you check out the other masking techniques over at Cut It Up!

Thanks for coming by today!  Feel free to leave a comment/question and peruse other posts and pages. Make yourself at home here.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Your Heart's Desire!

I can't believe it is already time to start thinking Valentine's Day!  What words come to your mind when you think about the holiday?  Love, hearts, passion, desire?  Desire is the theme over at Path of Positivity this month!

I saw this darling image from Scribbles Designs and couldn't help but think of the expression, whatever your heart desires!  Now, what I didn't know about this expression is, it takes its roots from Psalm 37:4.  "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."  

From here I started thinking about how desire is one of the first stories from the bible.....Adam and Eve and the desire for knowledge of good and evil.

Now moving on in history, we are reminded of Saint Valentine for whom our February 14 holiday is named.  He had a desire to see couples married in the church.  

So, there you are ~ a little history on desire and Valentine's Day!  You just never know what we'll be sharing here at ScrappyHorses!  ; )

Our Challenge this month is to create a project following the theme Desire.  How are you inspired by that idea/word?  We can't wait to see what your thoughts are!  Be sure to visit Path of Positivity and see how the rest of the Design Team interprets this idea!  You will also want to check out the great prizes from our sponsors Scribbles DesignsIke's Art, Creative Bug Digital Snapshots and Deccosse's Dynamite Doodles.  

Material list for my card:

Scribbles Designs:  Image:  Hearts Mason Jar
CTMH CS/Paper:  White Daisy, Kraft, Seaside
CTMH Inks:  Flaxen, Chocolate, Lagoon
CTMH Stamp:  In the Background 
Paint for Hearts:  FolkArt Metallic Pure Gold
Embellishments:  CTMH Burlap, Offray Ribbon, Offray Lace, Old Button from my button jar

My hearts are off to the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create:  AG with optional twist ~ Use something from your stash (old button)
Scribbles Designs Challenge:  Have a Heart
Outlawz Twisted Thursday:  Anything Goes

Thanks so much for coming by today!  It's always a great day when you visit.  Feel free to leave me a message, comment or question.  Make yourself at home and peruse other posts or pages if you like.