Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LOVE Card Banner

Happy Tuesday!

Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.

Our new challenge this week is...Anything Goes!

These are the best challenges since you get to choose the colors, cuts, embellishments, and the layout/sketch.
K&Company paper ~ Amy Bulter Lotus paper
cream cardstock
April Showers cartridge ~ banner cut at 1 1/4"
Hannah Montana cartridge ~ LOVE cut at 1/4"
crinkle ribon from Karen at Little Scrap Pieces
pink buttons
cream craft thread

Our Sponsor...
Lots of exciting news coming soon...Design Team announcements, upcoming Blog Hops, and another giveaway (I only need 20 followers to reach 800!).

Can't wait to see all those amazing projects that you make,

Monday, January 30, 2012

Winner of the Pin Giveaway

Good Evening,

I am so glad that my beaded pin pictorial was a hit and many people have decided to make their own. Don't forget to share your creations here.

Here is a new card I have started. I still need to add a sentiment, but I love these embellishments that I won at Fantabulous Cricut from Creative Charms.
 I also included a two-tone pink pin. With this one, I added beads to the bottom half of the pin so no one would get poked. I used Mod Podge again. 
Additional Materials:
K&Company paper ~Smitten stack
3GirlJAM ribbon ~ Cherry Lipstick

It is now time to announce the lucky winner of the 5 sets of beaded stick pins.
19  Michele F. said...

Fun card Georgiana!! Monchromatic are not always easy to do .. .and you did fabulous!! I would say my fav colors at the moment are pink, aqua and black. (I think I am taking after my daughter. :-) )

Please send me your mailing address (coachfans at cox dot net), so I can forward your pins. Please give me a day or two, so I can make your preferred colors. : )

Lots of exciting news coming soon...Design Team announcements, Blog Hops, another giveaway (800 followers is only 20 away!)

Until tomorrow,

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Making Stick Pins with Beads Pictorial

Have you seen all those fabulous pins attached on cards and layouts? What about the challenges that require pins to be included? Are you wondering how to make them?

Today, I would like to share a few tips to help you get started.
First, you will need to purchase a variety of beads. I would start with a couple bags to see if you will like working with pins/beads. Then remember, more beads you have the more combinations you will be able to create. I always get mine from Hobby Lobby when they have them 50% off. 

Our beads (my daughter and I share) are separated by color theme for the most part. It makes it easier to choose the colors to match the project.
Next, decide on a color pattern. With Valentine's Day approaching quickly, I will be working with silver, white and red
I chose some beads and now will layer them on a stick pin. The pins can be purchased at any craft store or Walmart. Remember to put the bead you want on the top first and work your way down. Do not add beads to the end of your pin. You will need room to attach the pins to your project (I like to attach mine into the bow.).
After I create the pattern I place the stick pins in a holder, so they can be glued. I have this small ribbon spool that is the perfect size. I prefer not to use my good pin cushion because I do not want to get Mod Podge on it.
I use an old paint brush to apply the Mod Podge. My husband asked why I had such a horrible looking brush (I think he wanted to throw it away and get me a new one.) and I had to explain it is just for glue. Be sure to apply glue to the top of the stick pin and in-between each bead. I then push down firmly so the beads will adhere to one another.
Don't forget to wash your brush while the pins are drying. Be sure to save this "glue" brush to make more pins!

Almost dry after 20 minutes...I did use a lot of Mod Podge!
Now they are done!
After they are completely dried, I wiggle them free carefully and transfer them to my pin cushion until they are ready to be used.
Don't forget about my pin giveaway.
The deadline is January 29th and the winner  will be announced on Monday, January 30th.

Have fun making some of your own. The possibilities are endless with all the colors, shapes and sizes of beads that are available. Please come back and share what you made. I would love to see them.

Stay Creative,

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to our AP

Good Morning,

Today is our school's assistant principal's birthday. Here is the card I made for her. It was very simple to make, yet pretty.

Making Memories paper
black and white card stock
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
Happy Birthday sentiment from stash
red crinkle ribbon from Karen at Little Scrap Pieces
red gems
black and white button

Looking forward to the weekend,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Buttons, Bows, and/or Bling Challenge

Good Morning,

It is a Terrific Tuesday! Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new card.

Live Simply cartridge ~ mushroom
GCD Studio papers
green cardstock
green crinkle ribbon
yellow button
green gems
My Pink Stamper ~Itty Bitty-licious
green ink

 Our Sponsor this week...

Can't wait to see all those amazing projects that you make,

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Birthday in Blue with Pin Giveaway


I am glad you have stopped by today, especially since I have a new card to share. I looked at my list of challenges last night and highlighted all the ones I thought I could "pile on". I am quite pleased that I used 9 different challenges for my one birthday card. Yippee!!
DCWV paper ~ Winter stack
white and blue card stock
Birthday Bash cartridge
"Just Because" Cards cartridge
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder
stick pins with blue and white beads
blue ribbons
white button
blue ink pad

Celebrate the Occasion ~ polka dots
Party Time Tuesdays ~ Birthday
Little Red Wagon ~ 2 Different Ribbons
Whimiscal Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
2 Sisters ~ Embossing
Allsorts ~ Needles/Pins
Little Scrap Pieces ~ Blue
Birthday Sundaes ~ Birthday with sentiment
CPS ~ sketch

How About a Pin Giveaway?
Although it is not my birthday, I thought it would be fun to giveaway 5 sets of stick pins to one lucky person. Just leave a comment and share your favorite colors. I will announce the winner next Monday, January 30th.

What are your favorite colors?
Mine are brown, blue and green.

Stay Creative,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Design Team News

Good Morning,

I have fabulous news to share with everyone.

I have been selected to be a Design Team member for Creative Cutter Room. I am super excited to have this new opportunity. I am looking forward to the new challenges, the hops, and working with a new team. Our first challenge will be February 9th and I already have a bunch of ideas floating around in my head. I can't wait! Yeah!

Here is  the card I submitted.
Colorbok paper ~ Flea Market stack
brown cardstock
Counrty Life cartridge ~ pitcher (p.60) cut at 3"
Sweethearts cartridge ~ Love (p. 34) cut at 3/4"
brown and blue flowers
blue polka dot button
pink craft thread
pink heart stick pins
 Martha Stewart heart edge punch
Glossy accents

Here are the new team members:
DT Coordinator
Team 1:
Team 2:
Hope you will join us on February 9th for our challenge.
Stay Creative,

Friday, January 20, 2012

Big Hugs!

Off to a great start this weekend and hoping the rest continues to be productive. I did take a stack of school work home with me,  so I could get my planning done for the next 4 - 6 weeks. That leaves me time to craft and hop in the evenings during the week.

Valentine's Hedgehog
Martha Stewart paper ~ In Key and Heart pad
white and black cardstock
Live Simply cartridge ~ hedgehog cut at 3" 
ribbon from stash
white heart brad
Martha Stewart heart edge punch
Fiskars scalloped edge punch
Glossy Accents
CardTV stamp ~ "Encouraging Thoughts"
Versafine Blank Onyx inkpad


Have a great night,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Have a Hoppy Day

I owe the creation of this card to Diana of DL.Art. Why do you ask? I received a My Pink Stamper DVD and two sets of stamps from her 1 year blogoversary prize pack. Yippee! Or maybe I should say, "Ribbit Ribbit!"

Well, my daughter and I watched both of the Cricut Fun videos in just one night (I think it was about 2 hours full of projects!), so I decided to use Robyn's style for a new card.
Heidi Grace paper ~ Daisy Dear
black and white cardstock
Create-a-Critter cartridge ~ frog (p. 24) cut at 2 1/4"
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
ribbon from stash
blue floral embellishments by Martha Stewart
My Pink Stamper ~ That's Punny-licious
Versafine Onyx Black ink

Thanks again Diana for all the goodies that helped make my froggie card.

Stay Creative,

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thanks Squirrel

Good Morning,

Happy Tuesday! Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new card.

We have created projects for...
Squirrel Appreciation Day
Winter Woodland cartridge ~ squirrel (p. 57) cut at 3"
DCWV ~ Nana's Nursery Baby Girl stack
craft thread
wiggly eye
glitter embossing powder

The sponsor this week is...

Can't wait to see what you create. If you use there are four pages of squirrel images. So many choices!

Take Care,

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cards for a Friend

Just a quick note tonight to share a few cards I made today. I had fun making them and I sure do like how they turned out. I am still trying to incorporate cuts that I haven't used before.
Pagoda cartridge ~ fan (p. 64) cut at 2"
Wild Card cartridge ~ Just Because (p. 39) cut 4 3/4"
Walk in My Garden cartridge ~ wheelbarrow (p. 107) cut at 1 3/4"; flower shadows (p. 82) cut at 1/2"; Thanks (p. 124) cut at 1/2"
Serenade cartridge ~ butterfly
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
My Mind's Eye paper ~ Lost & Found
Heidi Grace paper ~ Daisy Dear
DCWV paper stack ~ Cafe Mediterranean
K Andrews stamps ~ Time Heals all things
brown and pink flowers
cream and pink flower ribbons
pink, green, and beige gems
brown flower button

Clear It Out ~ Thank You with ribbon (middle card)
Cardz TV ~ 3 R's (first card)
Twisted Sketches ~ (first card)
I have one more I need to make, which will include a lighthouse (Life's a Beach cartridge).

I sure wish Blogger would be more cooperative. I have tried posting and leaving comments numerous time this weekend, but MANY times it has been unsuccessful (blank white screen). I hope it is resolved extremely soon. Please do not think I have forgotten about you!

Is anyone else having trouble?
I can only hope it is not just me.

Until next time,

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Busy Week Ends with Many Challenges


This past week was extremely busy since it was the end of the second quarter at school. We have been working on the American Revolution, Algebraic Equations, and Energy. I had to cover all the skills and get the papers graded, so crafty time was very limited. Bummer! I am glad to end with a three day weekend.

Happy Birthday Little Man
Nate's ABCs
Celebrate the Occasion ~ Child's Birthday

How Sweet
Sweet Treats
CPS ~ Sketch

Happy Valentine's Day
Jolly Holidays
Paper Playtime ~ Cricut Cut/Recycled Item (ribbon was given to me froma co-worker after she opened her candy box)

Princess Door Sign
Kate's ABCs and Once Upon a Princess

Happy 21st Birthday Nephew

Hope you have a great weekend,

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

For Your New Home and a Winner

Good Morning,
Happy Tuesday! Today brings another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas and what better way to celebrate than with a new project.

Our new challenge this week, silver, and white.

I made this card for a friend who just moved into a new house.
Kate's ABCs cartridge ~ house (p. 46) cut at 2 1/4"
Wild Card cartridge ~ sentiment (p.75) cut at 4"
Me&My Big Ideas paper
blue and silver cardstock
blue and white flowers
silver brads
silver gems
white and silver ribbon

This week Pat from Pat's Scraps is sponsoring the challenge.

Now onto the winner of the Birthday Celebration Hop. selected... Jillian.

Please send me an e-mail with your address, so I can mail your goodies.

Can't wait to see what you create,

Monday, January 9, 2012

Man Card

Hello Crafty Friends,

When I found out the upcoming FCCB ~ Challenge Me Monday was a masculine card, I was almost hesitant to accept the spot. I do not make too many cards for males unless they are under the age of 10 years old (They love everything you do!), so this was a bit of a challenge for me. I was determined to give it a try. Isn't that the purpose of a step outside your comfort zone?

I knew I had this workshop/saw paper, which I saved from Father's Day last year and I have been wanting to use it. It was just a matter of piecing it together. 
Father's Day Cartridge ~ Man Card cut at 2 1/2"
Sizzix ~ Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder
brown and rust cardstock
silver cardstock
saw brads ~ Eyelet Outlet
silver gems

Good luck with the challenge this week. Can't wait to see what you make for the man in your life.

Stay Creative,

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Thanks with a Favorite Color

Hello Crafty Friends,

I wanted to share a new card I created and I have to say I really like it. I used my favorite color, which is brown, and I tried making distressed flowers. They look good, but I am not sure how they are going to fit into the envelope. This card just may have to stay on my shelf. : )

DCWV ~ Natural stack
Forever Young cartridge ~ flower #4 (p. 67)
brown and gold brads
K&Company gold medallion
brown Inkadinkadoo ink
Fiskars "thanks" stamp
water ~ for scrunching petals

Have you stopped by Fantabulous Cricut today? I am the Sunday Spotlight Guest. How exciting! It is not quite being published ina magazine (which is one of my goals this year), but it sure is great being recognized.

If you haven't entered the Die Cuttin' Diva Birthday Celebration Giveaway, please do so today. The winner will be announced on Tuesday when the new challenge is posted.

Hope you have a great day,

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Thank You, My Student

Hi again! 

It has been a busy, but productive day. This morning I did a little hopping (saw some cute banners for a pediatric unit), finished this card, and then went to the crafty stores to get a new i-rock since mine didn't work any more. The only reason I bought another one...I received some gems and stencils for Christmas that I wanted to use. If it breaks or burns out again, I don't think I will replace it.

 I made this card for a student who gave me a beautiful picture frame yesterday as a late Christmas present.
Making Memories ~ Black and White pad
blue and white cardstock
3 Birds on Parade cartridge ~ flower bird (p. 49) cut at 1 3/4"
Spellbinders ~ Lacey Circles
Winter Woodland cartridge ~ circle cut at 2 3/4" and 2 1/2"
black and white flowers
blue and silver gems

Here are the goodies I picked up today.
 DCWV paper pads ~ $3.97 each (regular $14.99)
Martha Stewart Valentine's pad ~ 40% off coupon (regular $4.99)
Studio G paper pad ~ 60 cents
embossing powder  ~ $2.21 after 40% off coupon
green and black flowers ~ .97 cents (regular $2.99)
white flowers ~ $1.19 (regular $3.99)
ribbons ~ 40 cents to $1.00
Scrapbooking magazine ~ $1.27 after 40% off coupon

Joanns is offering 20% off for teachers this weekend. Who could pass up shopping?!?!

Take Care,

How About Some Cocoa After Skating?

Good Morning,

Although I live in Florida now, when I was younger and lived in Massachusetts I used to ice skate when the local ponds froze over or friends and I would go to the ice skating rink. I don't remember ever being very good at it (I liked roller skating much better!), but it was a popular winter sport. I am sure it had to do with the cold weather. I probably wouldn't stay out long enough to get good at it since I prefer warm places. What I do know, hot cocoa was and still is the perfect way to warm up. 
Colorbok paper
Joys of the Season cartridge ~ cup (p. 51) cut at 2 1/2"
Winter Woodland cartridge ~ skate (p. 51) cut at 1 3/4" and year cut at 1/2"
white glitter
brown gems
rust colored embroidery floss


I am glad my children have had the opportunity to try ice skating a few times. We have been to Ober Gatlinburg when they were younger, our city brought in a portable ice skating rink for the holidays a couple years ago, and we even went on a cruise that had a rink.

Have you ever been ice skating?

Stay Creative,