Tuesday, November 30, 2010

One of the benefits of living in Utah

I LOVE their cardstock, and ribbon.  If you're in Utah, be there or be square!

Monday, November 29, 2010

FCCB Challenge #38 - Ribbon Challenge

OK - I know this is probably the LAST type of card you would expect to see on my blog right now considering the season.  Maybe that's why I chose to do this one - I'm entering winter and the holidays kicking and screaming this year!  I live in Utah and it has been SO cold for the past week and we have about 6 inches of snow at the moment.  There's no need to dream of a white Christmas - it's already here!  ;-)

The challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog this week is to use ribbon on your project.  I love this ribbon!  I think this card is the perfect example of how the right ribbon can make a project.

Cricut Cartridge:  Forever Young
Paper -  DCWV Citrus Stack
Ribbon - Michaels
Stamp:  Stampin' Up!

Friday, November 26, 2010

I got one!

Hee hee!  I joined in the insanity last night and went to my local Wal-Mart to see if I could get one of the Cricut Expressions that they had advertised.  Do you want to know how badly I wanted one?  I arrived at the Wal-Mart at about 9:50 pm, and sat down by the pallet where they had all the Cricuts and cartridges bundled up and stayed there for the two hours until the craziness began.  You know, if you can look past all the insanity and the bad that these sales can bring out in people, it can actually be kind of fun while you're waiting!  I got to visit with some really nice people, answer a lot of their questions about the Cricut, and I found a great local source for cheap Cricut cartridges.  Of the five of us that were there first we had it all planned out how we were going to help each other get the colors we wanted.  And I think the one dad in the crowd was glad to have people there who knew what they were talking about to help him know what to get for his daughter.

One of the girls I was standing there waiting with kept asking, "How are we going to know when it's time?"  I just told her, "Trust me, you'll know.  Just wait - when it gets close to midnight some customer is going to decide when it's close enough and will start grabbing and it will start a chain reaction."

Yep, that's exactly what happened.

By the way - there are still Cricut Expressions available online for the same price as they had in the stores.  Check them out here:  yellow, green, aqua, and plum - the price is up to $225 now though. 

Oh, and did I mention I'm not allowed to play with my Expression yet?  I have to wait until Christmas...  :-(

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award!

I am just tickled - I was nominated by two different people to receive the Stylish Blogger Award:  Elsa at CricutLvr and Kerry at Momma K Crafts.  Thank you so much!

There are some rules that go along with receiving this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this

2. Share 8 things about yourself

3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered

4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards

So, eight things about myself....

1.  I have been papercrafting for about 13 years and used to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
2.  I am a Food Network junkie.
3.  I have a MAJOR paper fetish, and am needing treatment.  ;-)
4.  I am originally from Canada.
5.  I teach Cricut classes at my local Joann.
6.  Red is my favorite color.
7.  I play the piano and love to sing.
8.  I pretty much love everything crafty/homemade and would love to be Martha Stewart when I grow up!  ;-)

Now eight blogs that I have recently discovered whose work I love:


FCCB Challenge #37 - Thankful for...

my husband.  Isn't he handsome?  What greater inspiration than the love of my life and the colors of this beautiful time of the year?  This is the time to remember all of the many things we have to be thankful for.  And after you do we'd love for you to join us in this week's challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.

Cricut Cartridges:
Font - Plantin Schoolbook
Border - Winter Frolic

American Crafts
Paper Pizzaz

Paper Punch:
Martha Stewart - Arch Lattice

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #36 - Achoo!

The theme for this week's challenge at  the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is - Achoo!  Get well, being sick, flu-bug types of projects.  Very appropriate considering we have certainly had our share of "bugs" around this house the past couple of weeks.   This is the only "flu-bug" I'd like to be getting this winter!

Create a Critter (ladybug and "bug"
Wild Card ("flu" and "?")

Quickutz - Polka Dots

Cardstock & buttons:


Fiskars Apron Lace

Glitter Glue - Studio G

Friday, November 12, 2010

A not-so-mini album! ;-)

As you have probably noticed my creations definitely lean more towards cards, but with the classes that I am teaching at Joann I have had to branch out a little bit.  One of the classes I am teaching is at the end of December, so right after Christmas.  Not really a time for Christmas projects, but we're all still feeling festive at that point, so what to do?  I decided to try my hand at making a mini-album, which as it happens, turned out to be more like a not-so-mini album (in my humble opinion).  I decided to go with a winter theme, so once again I pulled out my Winter Frolic cartridge, et viola!  Aside from the cover, there are 2 of each of the pages pictured below to make the album.

Paper - chipboard, DCWV, KI Memories
Ribbon - Offray, American Crafts
Embossing - Cuttlebug

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The father of a good friend of ours passed away a couple of days ago.  Something simple and tasteful was in order.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #35 - Shape/Color Challenge

Welcome to my first design team submission for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  The challenge for this week is to use the color green and a circle in your project.  So I decided to use a green circle!

The little peppermint was made using the Simply Charmed cartridge, and the "Sweet" comes from the Create a Critter cartridge.  The background was created using the D'vine Swirl Cuttlebug folder.  Cardstock from DCWV.

I need to spend more time at the Cricut website!  As I was looking for the link for the D'vine Swirl folder I noticed that they have a lot more Cricut Companion folders - Winter Frolic, Simply Charmed, Boys Will Be Boys, just to name a few.  I love these, but as luck would have it I haven't been able to get my hands on any of them yet.  I live in the area where so many papercrafting/scrapbooking companies are headquartered (Provo Craft for a start) and yet the local stores have the worst selection of Cuttlebug products.  So aggravating!
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