Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot - Happy Thanksgiving

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we're creating for Thanksgiving, featuring a Turkey. I have to say, this is my favorite card possibly ever, hence the multiple photos :)... I have been in a creative slump for a while and I feel like going crazy with projects since this creation. I'm in the middle of a move so this really stinks but my sketch pad is out and I've been coloring images like mad... Crossing fingers I get to use them soon! This Easel card is so simple but makes the card so special. When we spend time crafting a masterpiece, and share it, this really is the best example I've seen to share and enjoy the artwork for the recipient. Just love it. I made mine 6x6. I found several tutorials on YouTube and many featured on blogs for example. My image is a fun free little vintage gal riding her tom's found at The Vintage Workshop. I coated it 3 times with UTEE, then gently cracked after cooling and added ink for added distressing. My paper and Family stamped image is Prima, Cuttlebug: Victoria, Martha Stewart leaf punch, all other is misc from my stash. Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out the other DT works this week!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot - Challenge 54

Whew I can't believe the week is gone and I forgot to post this! Jeepers Creepers, LOL! This week at The Cuttlebug Spot, we made Halloween themed cards using green, purple and black colors. I had fun with K&Co stickers from last year, and some fun new paper this year. The background has little bats flying on it... I know they're hard to see but I love them!

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot - Challenge 53 - Trick or Treat

With thoughts of Halloween in our minds, The Cuttlebug Spot's challenge this week is to make a treat bag or wrapper. I found this little cutie on Splitcoast Stampers. I wanted something that would lend more flare from the contents bright colors then the decoration itself, as the goodies really are what we're all after anyways, right!?!? Cuttlebug's die/emboss set bats and spider went perfect with my EK Success Bat border punch. Simple, fun, super cute!
Our winner this week will enjoy a $20 gift certificate to spend as you wish with Oh My Crafts. Be sure to stop by and see the other DT work, as well as show us what you're up to!
Have a great week~

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot - We are Falling, challenge #50

Get out your fall goodies and make anything FALL themed this week with us at The Cuttlebug Spot. It's getting to be a bit nippy outside, the leaves are changing, the gardens are about to sleep for the winter... this is my favorite time of year. My card this week is a simple one. I used a printable stamp from The Cutting Cafe with my Maple leaf emboss / cut combo set. Add a ribbon and whallah... Be sure to stop by and have a look at the beautiful DT creations this week.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot - Ink Up with Challenge #49

Celebrating our 1 year anniversary at The Cuttlebug Spot, we're revisiting our challenge from that first week... INK UP your embossing folder. This is such a fun technique. I used The Apron Shaped Card from The Cutting Cafe. I think this is just too cute and perfect for all this harvest cookin' I'm doing! I used K&Co Lemon Drop paper and the new Moroccan Screen A2 Cuttlebug Folder to make this little card. Check out the other DT projects and play along this week!

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot - Challenge 47

Happy Labor Day :) This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we've had some fun making projects with a bird. I've used a cute digi stamp from Lily Boo's Boutique. While I was coloring it I wasn't quite sure how I would finish it up which is where the front of the card came from... just the image cut out. It opens backwards, left to right, which is sort of silly but also adds to the fun in the card. I printed a 2nd copy of the stamp, colored the foliage of the tree only, and embossed with the A2 Tiny Bubbles folder. You'll find A LOT of inspiration with the DT projects so be sure to stop by. I am really blown away by their talent week after week. Also, if you want to make your own card with a bird on it, we've got a very fun prize this week sponsored by our own Margie. A special little Cricut cartridge is waiting for you... Get craftin!

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Cuttelbug Spot - Challenge 46

Who's ready for school to start??? The Cuttlebug Spot is celebrating education with our projects this week. My son is starting Kindergarten, and as of this week has been accepted to the best place we could ask for him to start his schooling... and his teacher... well she's one of my best friends so it just doesn't get much better! My card is super simple this week due to limited time. The Cutting Cafe has this great "Just A Little Something From Me To You For My Teacher Stamp. 99 cent special and well worth it. I used the Cuttlebug A2 Diamond Plate folder. EK Success border punch ABC123. DCVW paper, misc ribbon and felt shapes.

Play along with us this week and create anything that is school or education themed. We've got a $20 gift certificate sponsored by Custom Crops this week for one creative participant!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cuttlebug Spot Challenge 45 - HOT

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot our challenge is to use the word HOT in some way on our project. This is a really great challenge for DT inspiration as we all had a blank canvas to start and we all created such different things. Love it!

My stamp is a super cute digi 'More Teddies' stamp from Lily Boo's Boutiques. My sentiment is my 'own' digi stamp, lol. Paper is American Crafts. Cuttlebug folders used: A2 Heart Block and Houndstooth.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cuttlebug Spot Challenge 43 - Sketch a week late

Last week at The Cuttlebug Spot, Aymee made a great sketch for everyone to play with. I am late putting it to paper but it is so much fun I had to make something for it... one thing I forgot was to emboss something! The one key ingredient... I got crazy with the adhesive and before I knew it I was done, I was happy with my project, and then I realized I didn't add any cuttlebug! Ah well... it's a cutie anyway. Thanks Aymee for the inspiration!

Somethin' else I had fun creating with is The Social Butterfly digi stamp set from The Cutting Cafe! I won this set as well as the Butterfly Backgrounds from Shelly's fabby blog candy a few weeks ago. I've been enjoying playing with them a ton. I just love this set and it came at the perfect time to use on Aymee's sketch! Thank you Shelly!

I used 2 newish totally cute Magnolia stamps in this small 8x8 wall hanging. The Watering Can and Tilda with Butterfly. Paper is Basic Grey Urban Prairie collection. Love this stuff!

This is the Sketch for the challenge

The Cuttlebug Spot - Challenge 44

The Cuttlebug Spot is creating invitations this week~ Invite to what?!?!?! Well anything think you like. We've got a great assortment of ideas for you this week from baby showers, birthdays, Halloween parties to apple pickin! I adore this little house mouse image. We've got transparent apples nearly ready to pick which prompted my card this week. My MIL loves them. I thought an invite to harvest with us would be a great way to get the fun started! I used the Script Texture cuttlebug folder this week. I love this folder especially for a card you know you'll be writing in. Sort of takes the message from beginning to end for me.

We've got a great prize this week sponsored by Oh My Crafts this week! They have tons of great buys happening... awesome prices on cuttlebug folders, cricut carts, exclusives for their site only, even pre-order sales! I am really excited about many of the new cricut cartridges coming out. I pre-ordered 2 weeks ago and they've already shipped! Go get 'em!

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot - Challenge 42

Happy Monday~ Today at The Cuttlebug Spot we're using our favorite new folder. Provo Craft was kind enough to send us some new folders to play with. I am very happy to show you Moroccan Screen today for my little Thinking of You card! I love this folder. I think it could easily be used for any type of card, both feminine or masculine. My stamp image is Tilda Picking Lilacs on K&Co: Amy Butler~Lucky Flowers paper (I adore her fabric... I am in real trouble now that she's makin' paper too!). I sanded the paper lightly to show the white core on Thinking of You.

Enjoy your week! Beeeeee sure to stop by and see all the beautiful DT work this week. You will surely want to play along with us also using YOUR favorite folder... old or new... we have a very special prize for one lucky crafter.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blog Candy Alerts...

Okay so I saw one, which led to another and oh my goodness there is A LOT of great candy in blog land right now! Here are a few to sample :)
Celebrating sweetness... and her recent dt position with Sugarnellie... be sure to stop by and see what Rowena has for blog candy :)
Scrap and Crap has some great blog candy just because :) Stop on over by Sunday. She has adorable cards also. A lot of creativity going on over there to inspire!

Penni at Lazy Cats Cards has some really fun "Popcorn the Bear" candy to giveaway... these little stamps are pretty darn cute.
Stampin Up! My Way is celebrating the launch of their 1st Northern Papercraft Retreat with a great candy giveaway... 36 copic markers!

Happy Birthday to Kristen at Kristen's Krafty Place! Look at these cuties... adorable! What fun candy for her birthday! lol
Nicole at Pink Nickels has some SWEET candy to giveaway... Berry Sweet collection by K and Co actually... which we all can agree is adorably sweet. Stop by and see what else she has going on! Congrats on your new DT's!

Whiff of Joy / Elisabeth Bell Fall Stamp Kit Candy!! This set includes 5 brand new, never before seen, main character stamps, 3 large accessory stamps, designed by Elisabeth Bell and 6 text stamps (in English). What fun :)

So Many Products, So Little Time ended up with two sets of these babies so on to blog candy land they go! Nice treat :) Thanks Jennifer.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cuttlebug Spot WINNER

Today was THE HAPPIEST day ever for Ashjoy :) She is the girl we're all jealous of for just winning The Cuttlebug Spots Jorney to 1,000 extravaganza of $1000 kindly donated by Custom Crops! Everyone do a happy dance for her. Congrats sweetie!

The Cuttlebug Spot ~BLOG HOP~ Challenge 40

Happy Monday everyone~ I am so excited to be back to normal... sort of! Well, at least having some supplies unpacked and the time to get back on track with our fun challenges at The Cuttlebug Spot! This week we're showcasing past techniques per each design team members choice in a BLOG HOP! I am excited to see what everyone chose and know I'll be inspired.

This week I chose to make a Pop Up Card using the tutorial at Slipcoast Stampers. I am an avid fan of these babies... I love how they present themselves when they're done.

All of my supplies are from the Basic Grey Lime Rickey collection. I think this set is so darn cute. I embossed the stem for my flower with Cuttlebug Border: With Love and the edge is Border: Frills.

Have fun with the Blog Hop.

Hop on over to Marcy's blog to view her project, and she will direct you to the next link. Click HERE!
This week's winner will receive an adorable set of clear stamps from our sponsor, katzdesignz.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Catching Up and The Cuttlebug Spot cards

I've been pretty hit and miss with the last 2 months of projects at The Cuttlebug Spot with our move. I thought I'd blog a quick re-cap for those that don't know where I've disappeared to and post a few cards that I made in the process after they were due of course!

We've lived in Portland, Oregon for the past 7 years. The end of May I had a potential oppertunity open up in our home town Sandpoint, Idaho. I was a little leary as it is a small town but we've wanted to move back for quite some time now. Anyhow... my hubby and I talked it over and decided if we could find a good lead at least for him we should have faith and move forward. He made one phone call and got the position he was inquiring about working from home in Sandpoint! Seriously it was nearly too much to take but we knew it must be "to be" and hit the ground running.

June 1st was our date when everything came together. We gave notices at our current jobs, child care, etc and started packing. My last day of work was June 12th. I flew out that night for my first business trip for 4 days, returned home to pack and load the truck only 3 days later. We did it though! We didn't have housing arranged but knew it would fall in to place. I started my new job June 22nd, we moved into our house the following week and haven't stopped since.

Back to scrappin! My room is still mostly boxes but I have kept out or found my core goodies to play with. Finding my cuttlebug plates was the biggest job. I had help packing the final boxes in my craft room for the move. My step dad, bless his heart, obviously didn't know what these babies were for as they were packed in 4 different boxes. It is all together now though. I have also found my camera :) and I have internet too :) (I know... that is big girl stuff, LOL) It feels like we might just be 'moved' now, mostly anyways.

I certainly haven't kept up with all the past challenges but I have 4 to post here. I look forward to getting back in the groove and creating / sharing with you all again regularly!

Challenge 34 ~ Anniversary Card

Challenge 36 ~ Celebrate Summer / Schools Out

**I can't find the following pics at the moment. I'll have to retake them and post tomorrow :) A minor glitch to blogging... invisible photos :)

Challenge 37 ~ Celebrate Your Country

Challenge 39 ~ The Inside Counts

LOVE - House Mouse style

For a friends 10th Anniversary, this adorable House Mouse image was the perfect choice. I received this image in a stamp swap some time ago. I think it is adorable! A bit of coloring, sewing, K&CoMpany paper and a Prima flower... whallah! It's all Happy Together :)

A Great Weekend on the Lake

Today we spent the day in Hope, Idaho on Lake Pend O'rielle on a house boat with my aunt and her man Bob. My Liam is in LOVE with Bob! Nobody really matters when he is around and when he is not around all we hear is "where is Bob?" It's super cute. We had a great day. I made a few cards while the boys swam and we all chatted. Thought I'd share a card and some pics of our day...

This is my favorite... Safety first!!!! Swim trunks last :) When we said it was time to swim Liam stripped down and made sure his life vest was "securely fastened", LOL. Too cute.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Win $1000.00 at The Cuttlebug Spot!!!!

It's good to be back and what a better way then with a fantastic CONTEST going on over at THE CUTTLEBUG SPOT! Hurry over and follow the steps to enter this amazing contest! We were trying to reach 1000 followers to the blog by the end of July but it seems word has caught on fast as we're near our mark and beyond! You could win $1000 gift certificate to Custom Crops! Thank you Custom Crops for hosting our blog with such a great prize.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot ~ Challenge 35

Get out your stamps and color with us this week at The Cuttlebug Spot! We have some new DT members to welcome and so many adorable cards this week you'll surely want to stop by! This week I had fun with this adorable Tilda. I am still getting 'used' to her sitting... and trying to make her not look like she is floating in the air... practice practice :) Cute all the same.

Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots and Spots and Dots
Cricut: Plantin Schoolbook, Mini Mono's and Lyrical Letters
Paper: Basic Grey
Stamp: Magnolia

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards ~ Sketch 34

Happy Monday~ Tanja has a great sketch for us to play with at JCBC this week. I am so lovin this new line from Basic Grey. The bee image is just adorable and so perfect for the season. Enjoy your week! Stop by and see the other DT cards. They are all fantastic :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

JCBC - Challenge 33

Our guest designer Vanessa drew up a great sketch this week at JCBC. I received this cute little Chitango stamp and saying in a swap. It fit so perfectly with the sketch this week. I used Colorbok Friendly Forest papers throughout. Thanks for looking, be sure to check out the other DT cards and give the sketch a go yourself.

U R Special... CB Spot Challenge 32

Happy Memorial Day~ This week at The Cuttlebug Spot our theme is to craft using Brown with either Blue or Orange. I found this adorable Owl ribbon in the perfect colors and knew it was a must have. Printed ribbon is a little tricky for me. You can't really tie a bow, twist, etc. I wanted to only see whole Owls also so the turn under not only made it work but added a fun texture to the card.
I used the Spots and Dots folder to emboss the "UR" letters, cut from cricuts Lyrical Letters. All papers and Vellum phrase is Colorbok~ Friendly Forest.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot ~ Challenge 30

Look Through Our Window is the theme this week at The Cuttlebug Spot.... create any card or project using a frame or window. My little Tilda is framed with branches showing signs of spring, taking shelter from the showers that brings it all to life. I really wanted her to be the focus of the card, yet be alive within it. This time of year I want to be out in the storm, clearing way for the new growth be it rain or shine. So rather then look into the window to see it all happening, to me this card is looking out the window being a part of the work to be done.

I am really inspired with the beautiful work all of The Cuttlebug Spot DT created this week. Surely you will be too so be sure to stop by and take a look around!

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards ~ Sketch 31

Happy Monday~ This week at JCBC I stretched the sketch just a bit to use this great sunflower cut with my Tilda. I adore this little lady and cannot wait for the real flowers to be in bloom! I needed some cheer in my head and craftroom... sunflowers is all I could think of! My sketch this week is a simple one but the ladies have really put it to work so be sure to stop by and see the other DT cards. Fabulous as always!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Greeting Card Holder

This little book was created a while back but never posted... I really am so proud of how it turned out from the idea phase to completion... I have a store bought one and knew I could make something similar with a special handmade touch for a special friend. I used my cricut for the scalloped backround for each month, Tilda's frame on the cover and the little flower to cover a boo-boo on June :). I should have added more of these throughout the book as it looks really lovely. The calendar months were made using MS Word. I forget what I searched for now but found the clip art, altered the color a bit and added the month and days with lines over the top. Each page is the same just with the month name change, and each opposite page has the image backround flipped so they sort of match. The front and back cover are chipboard covered in matching paper to give it a bit more strength, then all binded with my BIA... this tool is fabulous. This project was my first BIA use. I just love it. I kept the decor pretty simple as I tried to think about longevity and several uses versus frills. This one puts my store bought one to shame... need to make another one now! LOL

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steph's 10,000 hits CANDY giveaway!!!!

Steph has reached 10,000 hits and is rewarding all of us with a fantastic blog candy oppertunity! She is very talented, with many many inspiring projects.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot ~ Challenge 28

It's Tea Time at The Cuttlebug Spot this week~ Tea Bag Folding that is! There are numerous tutorials out there from written instuctions to video. I found youtube to be my friend on this one! This simple little card was one of several 'trail' runs... I don't seem to have the paper quite right yet so the pattern matches, but this one was the best so here you go! I am really impressed with the other DT works... I am always inspired by their creativity. Please stop by and give it a try yourself if you like! I know I wouldn't have tried it had this challenge not been sent our way. It sure makes a simple card more fun and seemed a perfect choice for the Cuttlebug Friend A2 folder!

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards ~ Sketch 29

Kristin has a really fun sketch for you to play with this week at JCBC. I think I may have gotten a little crazy with the circle's but it seemed to work at the moment, lol! Do stop by and see the other DT cards... and perhaps try the sketch yourself!

Stamps~ Penny Black
Paper~ Provo Craft Christmas Stack
Cuttlebug die for stars

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Passion For Crafts Blog CANDY

Debbie has THE most AMAZING blog candy giveaway I've ever seen... and a ton of really fab projects. She is celebrating 62,000 hits in her first year of blogging. Congrats to her (and the lucky winner :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

JCBC - Challenge 28

We have a lovely sketch for you to play with at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards this week. I love how easily you can make it simple or complex and still have a delightful result with your card! Amanda did a fantastic job.

This week I was happy to use my first Sarah Kay stamp... talk about super cute! You can find one HERE. I mixed this little lady with some DCVW Garden Party paper, a few skittles and stickers... I hardly ever use stickers but nothing else was quite right. I wanted to load this card with flowers, swirls, and whatever else I could find to match. My husband said... NO... keep it simple, keep it clean. "I would buy this card as is. No flowers!" LOL So this week I took it simple cutting the paper to embelish it a bit. He really had me laughing! Be sure to stop by and see all the great DT cards this week.
Paper- DCVW Garden Stack & The Luxury Stack
Stamp- Sarah Kay: Puppy Love
Stickers- K&CoMpany
Misc- skittles dyed with alcohol inks

The Cuttlebug Spot - Challenge 27

Welcome to a new week full of beautiful SPRING days... at least that is what we're enjoying! I'm a little late posting this week... really a little late with everything but when it's nice out I just have to enjoy it! They're calling for rain the rest of the week so we knew we had to enjoy the sun while it lasted!

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we celebrated CAKES or CUPCAKES!!! Yeap... we all know tons of people and they all have birthdays so this challenge is superb for just about everyone... especially with all of the fun cupcake ideas buzzing the craft world right about now! That is the path I thought I'd take but then I found this great paper piece idea and pattern at Normally I don't really pay much attention to these emails but something caught my eye last week so I started browsing. They had some really fun ideas and this cake was looking mighty tasty to me. I had to try it out. I was feeling pretty good about my card until I saw all the other DT cards this week! I still like it but WHOA the ladies have really outdone themselves this week. Be sure to stop by and also show us your tasty treat this week!

Paper~ DCVW Spring stacks, print and cardstock
Cuttlebug~ A2: Swiss Dots, Spots & Dots. Small 4 pk: Happy Birthday
Cake heat embossed with transparent powder.
Candles stickled with Yellow
"Happy Birthday" inked after embossing.