Howling Fun!!~

This Saturday I took joined in True Scrap 6, an online, live virtual paper crafting event hosted by Lain Ehmann.

While I was busy watching and learning from teachers like Jennifer Gallacher, Nichol Margouirk, Noel Hyman and many others I decided to do a bit of coloring.

Multi-tasking at it’s best, right?

I colored several images, but I needed a little card to slip into a package I was sending.

And this little guy was perfect for it.

My card~

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I colored Tiddly Inks Spooking Pup, cut him and a shadow layer with the Brother Scan & Cut and layered various elements from the My Mind’s Eye Mischievous collection.

A close-up~

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Hopefully my howling hound will bring lots of Halloween happiness. He he.

I used~
My Mind’s Eye Mischievous 6×6 Paper Pad and Chipboard Stickers, American Crafts Halloween Stickers, Neenah White Cardstock, Ranger Kraft Tag and Tiddly Inks Spooky Pup Digital Stamp
Brother Scan & Cut

It’s A Spooky, Ooky, Haunted House!!

Eek!

Okay, maybe it’s not so spooky, ooky.

It’s more cute and adorable.

Recently I participated in a House Swap over on the Cricut Circle message board.

Why buy one house for the swap, when you can buy three just in case you need a back up?

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that.

Anyway, Hartly quickly claimed one of those extra houses and decided that it was time to decorate it.

It seems she liked DCWV’s new Halloween stacks from Joann’s as much as I did since she chose to use the Eek-a-Boo Stack for her house.

Hartly’s spooky, ooky haunted house~

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I used black corrugate sheets from the Fall & Halloween Corrugate Stack to give the roof a bit of texture and character.

What’s a spooky, ooky haunted house without a ghost hanging about?

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And can we talk about DCWV now having sequins? Swoon!

The pack includes black, orange, and gold sequins, but it also has gold stars and spiders. Woo hoo!

The spiders made perfect little touches for my windows.

A close-up~

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I kept the decorations rather simple, since I knew this house would be in the hands of a four year old.

Currently Cinderella is living in it with Prince Charming.

I think that means she likes it. He he.

A behind the scenes making of Hartly’s spooky, ooky haunted house~

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I used~

DCWV Eek-a-Boo Stack, 6×6 Eek-a-Boo Stack, Fall & Halloween Corrugate Stack, Fall & Halloween Sequins, DCWV Gems
Paper Mache House, Black Coal Ink, Adirondack Pitch Black Dabber, Paper Studio Flowers, Papertrey Ink Home Made Stamps
Brother Scan & Cut

It’s A Charming Good Time At The Book Fair~

So, step right in.

Once again the ladies over on the Cricut Circle Message Board have challenged and inspired me to get out of my comfort zone.

This time with a house, mini album and chunky charm swap.

Yes, I said a house swap!

And yes, I was extremely intimidated by it with its windows and peaked roof.

But, with a bit of trial and error this is what I made for my partner, Colleen~

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If you know anything about Colleen, it’s that she is head over heels in love with her new niece Kaylee.

So I thought a children’s inspired house and mini would be perfect for her.

I think she might have a picture or two of little Miss Kaylee lying around. He he.

Also perfect for my project was October Afternoon’s new Public Library Collection.

My house~

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There was no way I was attempting to hand cut the paper for the windows already in the paper mache house, so I used Papertrey Ink window stamps and the Brother Scan & Cut to cut them for me. Easy peasy.

Then I simply had fun layering all the stickers, chipboard pieces, buttons and brads in the collection.

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My Mini Album~

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Once again I simply layered the various pieces from the collection with other embellishments hoping to leave enough room for her pictures.

My chunky charm~

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Anytime you find a dancing bear on a ball you just have to add it to a children’s book themed project. Right?

Or at least that’s what I told myself. He he.

For the best tutorial on how to make a chunky charm, please visit this YouTube video.

She even shows you exactly what supplies you need.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little book fair.

I think I’ll go enjoy a good book. He he.

I used~

October Afternoon Public Library Collection, Paper Mache House from Hobby Lobby, Papertrey Ink Home Made Stamp Set, 7gypies Book Cover, Assorted Tim Holtz Embellishments, Spare Parts Flowers, Enamel Dots
Blue Moon Beads, Blank Slate Charms, Spare Parts Charms

Cards, Challenges & More~

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So many challenges, so little time.

But, I did manage to get a few more done.

Circleville NSD Challenge ~XO Three In A Row

The challenge is to choose any three items in a row on the tic tac toe board, either across, up and down or diagonally and create something with those items.

I chose bling, a die cut and a stamp.

My card~

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I love the Amy Tangerine Plus One Collection with those adorable cameras.

I used the coordinating die to create the Polaroid frame and the Brother Scan & Cut for my stamped cameras images.

A close-up~

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I wanted to add more bling, but I felt the paper was a bit too busy.

Sometimes less is more. Right?

Circleville NSD Challenge~ I’m So Embellished

The challenge is to use at least 3 different types of embellishments of your project.

My card~

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I used Crate Paper’s Oh Darling Collection for a Mother’s Day card featuring Ephemera, Chipboard Stickers and Sequins.

A close-up~

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I had a bit of fun layering all those pieces.

The inside~

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And finally, one last card.

It’s not for a challenge, but for a birthday boy.

My card~

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I used Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection.

Isn’t that race car adorable?

The inside~

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Can you believe I made three cards in as many days?

I can’t. He he.

I used~

Amy Tangerine Plus One Paper, Dies and Stamp, Twine and Freckled Fawn Enamel Hearts
Brother Scan & Cut to cut the Camera Stamp, TC Ebosser for the Polaroid Frame
Crate Paper Oh Darling Paper, Chipboard Stickers, Ephemera Pack and Teresa Collins Sequins
Crate Paper Boys Rule Paper, Ephemera Pack, BasicGrey Hey Boy Chipboard, Freckled Fawn Enamel Dots and Studio Calico Stamp

Lift It Up~

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Circleville NSD Challenge~ Lift It Up

The challenge is to take those stamped images and lift them up off the page.

Sounds easy, right?

Not for me!!

I haven’t learned to color with Copics yet and I am quite certain that I have the cutting skills of a preschooler.

But, I didn’t let that stop me from trying.

My card~

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I used the Brother Scan & Cut to cut the outer image of a Prima Doll Stamp out of several coordinating Glitz patterned papers.

I then hand cut various parts of the doll and used pop dots to lift them up.

A close-up~

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While it’s not perfect I think it’s a good start.

For a fabulous, detailed tutorial that shows you the proper way to do this technique and other lifting ideas check out Colleen’s blog.

I used~

Glitz Love You Madly Paper, American Crafts Ribbon, Prima Mixed Media Stamp, Heidi Swapp Stamps and EK Layered Heart Punch

It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day~

Want to know what makes my day a good day?

Finally being able to use these decorative shapes found in the DCWV Bohemian Sunrise Stack.

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You might already know that I am not a fussy cutter.

I try, but I’m never happy with the end result.

My cuts seem off.

Now with the Brother Scan & Cut I am able to run an entire sheet through and have perfect cuts.

The cuts~

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Yippee!!

And perfect cuts lead to cute cards.

My card~

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And that makes my good day even better.

I used~

Bohemian Sunrise

DCWV Bohemian Sunrise Stack
American Crafts Ribbon, October Afternoon Button, MME Enamel Dots

My Book Of Love~

Just in time for Valentine’s Day the ladies over at NoelMignon.com decided to have a Book Of Love Crop.

While I haven’t finished, I do have a nice little start to my own Book Of Love.

Cupid’s Arrow: Use arrows as a design element~

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This challenge gave me the perfect excuse to dig out my Amy Tangerine Templates and add a bit of stitching to my page.

A close up~

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I wanted all of my pages to be sturdy, so the base for each is a sheet of DCWV Corrugate paper.

Shades of Love: Use 5 colors from the inspiration picture~

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This is one of my favorite pictures of the kids, so it had to be included in this album.

A close up~

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I added bits and pieces from a Dear Lizzy Die Cut Cardstock pack since the colors were a perfect match for the color challenge.

Diamond’s Are A Girl’s Best Friend: Use 3 sparkling items on your page and a bonus if it features your own special jewelry~

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I used sparkly paper, sparkly twine and gems for the diamond challenge.

Is there anything cuter than tiny baby toes?

I think not.

A close up~

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Star Crossed: Use stars as a big part of your page~

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Since this is a Book Of Love, I thought it be okay to be a little mushy.

And yes, I still get stars in my eyes when I look at this man.

A close up~

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I layered several stars I cut with my Brother Scan & Cut along with several DCWV Star gems.

I’m hoping to work on several more challenges to complete my Book Of Love.

Feel free to check out the Noel Mignon Blog or Facebook Group to join in.

I used~

Corrugate Stack 12x12

DCWV Corrugate Stack, Noel Mignon Book Of Love Kit, Dear Lizzy Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, Amy Tangerine Capture Set and DCWV Gems
Brother Scan & Cut for the stars cut at multiple sizes