What A Happy 2015 NSD!!!

I don’t know about you, but I had FUN!!

With the help and inspiration of some incredibly talented ladies from the Cricut Circle Message Board I completed FIVE layouts, SIX cards and ONE framed project~

I call that a good time.

And now for the winner of my Crafting With Negative Nelly: Use the Negative Portion of Your Cut Challenge.

Drumroll please….

Heidi~

Your layout is fantabulous! I posted in your Crafting with Negative Nelly over on the messageboard. Not good with links, but I’ll try. (; http://us.cricut.com/forum/cricut-community_postst182676_NSD-2015-Challenge–Crafting-With-Negative-Nelly.aspx

Congrats Heidi!

And thanks for playing along.

Email me with your information including your email and I’ll get your prize on the way to you.

A Not So Happy Girl~

Remember when I said this layout was for the 2015 NSD WWW Snackdown Challenge?

Well, it seems I got my layouts and challenges all mixed up.

That one was for the All Decked Out Challenge: Create a project with a beach or nautical element to it.

This is my WWW Snackdown Challenge layout~

Not A Happy Girl

And what can I say about the face Ashlyn is making as Holden steals a bite of her Mickey Bar?

It still makes me laugh.

And she is still fussing about it.

A close-up~

Not A Happy Girl Close

The best part is there was a cooler full of free Mickey Bars just a few feet away at the Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.

But, I guess they just wouldn’t have tasted the same.

To see more of my Disney 2014 album, click here.

I used~

Simple Stories Say Cheese and Say Cheese II Collections, Enamel Dots, October Afternoon Mini Market Kraft & Black Alphas, Thickers
Cricut Mickey & Friends for the Mickey Heads

A Little Banner Love~

I love a good banner.

Apparently I’m not alone, because Heidi chose them for her 2015 NSD Challenge: Just Hanging Around.

Fortunately for me, she said we could make them any size we wanted.

My card~

Panad Love

I used two of the Mama Elephant Pandamonium Pandas to hold my banner declaring their love for the recipient of my card.

A close-up~

Panda Close Up

Not only did I add a bit of color to my pandas, I even gave them a little sparkle using a Wink Of Stella.

Want to make a banner? Either big or small? Head over to Heidi’s blog to join in the fun.

I used~

Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamps & Dies, Creative Cuts, Pebbles Jen Hadfield Home Made 6×6 Paper Pad, Enamel Dots, Twine, Basic Grey Letters, White Gel Pen, Wink Of Stella and Copics

Think Pretty Thoughts~

And what’s prettier than unicorns?

I used this card by Jennifer McGuire for my NSD 2015 Challenge: Pin It! to recreate something you’ve pinned on Pinterest.

My card~

Think Pretty

Like Jennifer’s card I water colored the background and used stitched dies to create my blue sky.

Then I colored my unicorns and used pop dots, so they’re flying through the sky.

A close-up~

Think Pretty Close

After all of that I ended up stamping the sentiment crooked. Oh well.

It’s still cute.

Maybe not as cute Hartly’s version.

Think Pretty With Hartly

Want to join in?

Head to Colleen’s blog with your version of your favorite Pin.

I used~

Sweet Stamp Shop Unicorns Stamp Set, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Dies, Water Color Paper, Neenah Solar White Paper, Wink of Stella, Copics and Akashiya Sai Water Color Brush Pens

It’s Snack Time~

Are you ready to RUMBLE?!?!

Or maybe crumble is the better word for the Cricut Circle 2015 NSD WWW Snackdown Challenge hosted by Jenny Dennis.

Her challenge is to create any type of project about…..FOOD!

I love it, especially since our family even plans vacations around where and when we are going to eat.

My layout~

Snack

I chose an adorable picture of Hartly during her snack time at the beach.

This was way back when she was so scared of the water she wouldn’t get anywhere near it.

A close-up~

Snack Close

I used Crate Paper’s The Pier collection and simply had fun layering the various prints and embellishments.

I also added some Teresa Collins Wood Dots for a bit of dimension.

This picture makes me giggle, because now we can’t keep this girl out of the water.

Seriously, this child went swimming in the ocean THIS past weekend when the water temp was below 70.

Brrr!

I used~

Crate Paper The Pier Collection, Open Road Journal Cards, October Afternoon Mini Market Kraft & Black Alphas, Teresa Collins Hello My Name Is Wood Dots and Jewelry Box Thickers

You’ve Held Onto My Hand For A While~

But now I’m all grown up. Just remember you will always hold on to my heart, forever.

Awww….isn’t that sweet?

It’s also perfect for the card I gave my Mom for Mother’s Day.

My card~

Held My Hand

I used the Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamp and Die Set and closely followed Nichol Magourik’s coloring technique from this video.

I wanted to use my card for Erika’s NSD 2015 Challenge: Ready, Set…Emboss Challenge to use any type of embossing on your project.

A close-up~

Held My Hand Close

I simply used one of my long forgotten and a bit dusty Cuttlebug folders on the background paper.

I love the look and dimension embossing gives papers, so I don’t know why I never think to actually do it.

So, a big thank you to Erika for challenge me.

Head over to her blog if you’d like to join in.

I used~

Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Pebbles Jen Hadfield Home Made 6×6 Paper Pad, Cuttlebug Dots Folder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Copics

Just Meow-zing!!~

I think I’ve mentioned once or twice that Hartly and I are now watching coloring videos at nap and bedtime.

Last week we just so happened to watch Jennifer McGuire’s Copic Dot Coloring video, so it was no surprise that later that evening we had to give it a try.

My card~

Kitty

I really like this technique of adding texture and blending colors, but I do think I need to work on my feathering out colors.

But, that will come with practice and in time.

Mimicking Jennifer’s cards, I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dies to create a stitched outline on my layers.

This also means I can use my card for Maria’s NSD 2015 Challenge: Leave You In Stitches Challenge to make a project having either real or faux stitching on it.

A close-up~

Kitty Close

Would you believe me if I told you Hartly made me order all those My Favorite Things stamps Jennifer used on her card?

She insisted. He he.

Our cards together~

Hartly Dot Cat Color

Want to join in the 2015 NSD Challenge: Leave You In Stitches? Grab your needle and thread and head to Maria’s blog.

I used~

Some Odd Girl Clever Kittys Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles and Squares Dies, Pebbles Jenn Hadfield Home Made Paper 6×6 Paper Pad, Copics

Hello Love~

I love this picture of Hartly and her Nursery School Class!!

As in love, love, love it.

I only needed a reason to use it and Jenny’s NSD 2015 Challenge: Let’s Get Sketchy was the perfect one.

My layout~

Hello Love

To mimic the picture I used only black and white patterned papers for my background.

A close-up~

Hello Love Close

My photo mats and embellishments were my pops of color much like the balloons.

I love the diagonal feature of this sketch, but I would be too embarrassed to tell you just how long it took me to achieve it.

In case you couldn’t spot Miss Hartly, she’d want me to tell you that she’s holding a purple balloon.

And if that wasn’t enough to pick her out, she’d make sure you knew that she is the tallest in her class.

Apparently that’s a very big deal to her.

Oh, to be five years old again.

There is still time to join in most of the Cricut Circle NSD 2015 challenges, so make sure you head to Jenny’s blog and see the original sketch and her take on it.

I used~

Crate Paper Notes & Things Signed Paper, 6×6 Paper Pad, Ephemera Pack, Tags, Maggie Holmes Flea Market Paper and Embellishments, Kal Barteski Thickers, Papertrey Ink Sequins and My Mind’s Eye Washi Tape

Celebrate Today~

One of my favorite NSD challenges has and always will be the Timed Challenge.

I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because if given enough warning I get one totally uninterrupted hour to craft from the family. He he.

This year the NSD 2015 Challenge: Spring Into Action hosted by Jenny Dennis was no exception.

Not only did we have just one hour to create our project, it also had to have a Spring element to it.

My original plan was to make a cute and simple Spring card; however, I froze when it was time to spring into action.

After about five minutes of just sitting at my desk looking at stamps I decided to grab one of Hartly’s school pictures with the most beautiful bushes blooming all around her.

My layout~

Celebrate Today

Spring school picture…spring flowers…it works, right?

And then it was simply a matter of finding coordinating papers and embellishments.

Which you can see I had no problem with once I opened my October Afternoon Cake Walk stash.

A close-up~

Celebrate Today Close 1

I even grabbed that Unicorn stamp set that I was thinking I would use earlier and stamped away.

I thought the “think pretty thoughts went” perfectly with the feel of my layout.

Anyway, not too bad for a one hour challenge I think.

I used~

October Afternoon Cake Walk Collection, Sweet Stamp Shop Unicorn Stamp Set, Éclair Thickers, Teresa Collins Enamel Dots,

Not To Get Carried Away~

But you are kind of amazing.

Just sayin’.

Isn’t that just too cute?

And perfect for both a birthday card and Francine’s NSD 2015 Challenge: Show Your True Colors to make a project using the colors purple and teal.

I decided to break out my new Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens and give them a try.

Ella in process

Let me just start by saying these cute little Wplus9 elephants are my second attempt, since my first ended up in the trash can.

It seems I’m a bit impatient when it comes to letting paint dry.

I highly recommend watching Kristina Werner’s video here to learn the best way to use these pens.

My card~

Ella

There’s no shame in saying I think I watched her video more than once. He he.

A close-up~

Ella Close

But, it paid off.

I think I’m liking these Brush Pens a tad bit more than the Spectrum Aqua Pens.

For now.

Just sayin’.

Make sure you drop by Francine’s blog for a chance to win a FABULOUS prize!!

I used~

Wplus9 Unforgettable Stamp & Die Sets, Akashiya Sai Water Color Brush Pens, Watercolor Paper, Kraft Paper