Saturday, May 29, 2010

JUST KEEP SWIMMING, JUST KEEP SWIMMING ...

HAPPY SATURDAY EVENING EVERYONE !
I finally finished my Momo's Challenge # 4 card. 
You had to use the colors white, orange, teal/blue
...or in other words...
Miami Dolphins colors. My husband loves the Dolphins, 
so this was a fun for me to do, and surprisingly
I found that I really like those colors together :)
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Friday, May 28, 2010

SWAP STUFF

Hi Everyone ! 
Here's a quick post of the AWESOME cuts I received from my fabulous swap partner Becky! This was my first swap and 
It was SO MUCH FUN !!!  
How great to exchange cuts from 
cartridges you don't have. GENIUS!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mary's Paper Cutz Challenge # 42

HELLO EVERYONE !!!
Today I'll share another fruity card I made with 
the Preserve Cart - I really love this cart BTW !!!
The challenge stated to use a button or hemp in your design , I did both :) The chip board buttons comes from a prize pack I won over at Trish's blog  1/3 Chicklet, Thanks Trish !  I'm really pleased with how it came together. I'm tempted to do 5 more and make a gift set out of it. What do you think ?
Since the base card is black I lined the inside of the card with 2 pieces of white card stock and punched the corners with one of my favorite MS punches. I forgot to take a picture of that. 
Maybe I'll do a video ??? :)
Hope all of you are having a great day and gearing up for
a fun Memorial Day Weekend !!!
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MY CRAFT ROOM

Hello Everyone and Happy Wednesday !
As promised I did a little video tour of my craft space. Hope you enjoy it and if you have any questions or even ideas for me about storage etc. let me know. 
I am thinking of re painting my room. 
Any suggestions on the color ? 
As always, I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS !!!
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

AND THE WINNER IS !!!!....

Happy Tuesday Everyone !!!
I am SOOO EXCITED to announce the 
WINNER of my very first give away for 
the Peachy Keen Critter Faces Stamps !
Drum roll please...

Juls said ...
"Soo exciting!! Love your creativity! 
Congrats on all your followers :-)   I was just making a card yesterday and wished I had these stamps to make it that 
much better :-) "

Congratulations Juls ! Enjoy your new stamps
and please send us some pics of 
what you create with them :) 
I have your email address and I will be contacting you so I can send you your PRIZE right away !!!
Thanks everyone for participating in the give away ! I hope I can do more give aways soon ! This was SOOO MUCH FUN ! 
As they say...
"it is better to give than to receive" :)

And once again, thank you ALL for visiting my blog and Face Book page and especially for leaving such nice comments. I look forward to reading them everyday, they brighten my day and inspire me to create more ! And I love visiting your blogs and seeing your amazing creations for even more inspiration !

The poll results are in also and they indicate that you would like to see my craft room ! I'll work on a video and post it as soon 
as I can :) 
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY !!!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

A TOTAL SCRAP LIFT and LAST CALL

Happy Monday Everyone !
I had to come up with a quick little "thank you gift" for eight super nice ladies who helped me learn the ropes at my recent Medical Assisting Externship. I might have mentioned that although I am a part time hair stylist, due to having asthma I cannot work around the chemicals anymore, so I decided to go back to school and learn another skill. I still do just haircuts in my home salon but I think I may try to find a job as a Medical Assistant to help PAY FOR THIS CARD MAKING ADDICTION I NOW HAVE !!! LOL !!! I just graduated a few days ago and I wanted to thank these ladies for helping me in the process.
I was searching for some ideas when I remembered that I had seen the cutest ever little purse card HERE @ My Creative Time with Emma. So I decided to "scrap lift". Check out her design and video! Thanks Emma for the idea ! 
I put some hershey's kisses in a cello bag and stapled them to the inside. They came together super fast and I think the ladies 
will love them :)
Also, LAST CALL for the Peachy Keen Critter Faces Stamp Set GIVE AWAY !!! The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight PST !!! I can't wait to see who wins!!!
CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS TO ENTER

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

A POLKA DOT BIKINI AND POLL QUESTION

Hello Everyone...hope all of you are having
a FABULOUS WEEKEND so far !!! 
I have a fun card from the Forever Young Cart to share with you as well as a FUN POLL QUESTION!  I found this poll do hickey thingy on Momo's Blog and thought this would be fun thing to try out on my blog. I try and film at least one video per week and it would be fun to know what you'd like to see next! I am so overjoyed that so many of you have decided to follow me and I want to make sure that I bring you great stuff!  Who knows, maybe I'll post a weekly poll and call it the "Weekly Poll Update"...LOL ! And wouldn't MORE GIVE AWAY's be great too !!!
Tomorrow is Sunday which means church and family day for me, so I'll be back with you on Monday to see what the poll results are and also...
TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE PEACHY KEEN STAMPS GIVE AWAY !!! Remember you have until Monday evening 5/24 midnight PST to post your comment and contact info HERE I will announce the winner as soon as I can on 
Tuesday 5/25 !!!

What Kind Of Video Would You Like To See Next ?
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Episode 10: A COMEDY OF ERRORS starring A PINK DOG

Happy Saturday Everyone :)
Today's card and video is proof that often the "unexpected" can be just as good as the "planned" :)  Enjoy a little chuckle on me:)
 Don't Forget that the Give Away for the Peachy Keen Critter Faces Stamps is going on through Monday 5/24 midnight PST. 
Details HERE


Oh ! and I almost forgot one last thing...I was working on this card to enter into a challenge and by the time I finished I was 13 minutes past the deadline to enter ! LOL ! Isn't the # 13 bad luck ? Luckily I'm not superstitious, LOL !
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Friday, May 21, 2010

A PLUM OF A CARD

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE :)
I love fruit !!! I love the look, I love the smell, I love the colors, I only wish I ate more of it!  I probably would be about 20 lbs lighter if I did!  Luckily, I have this Preserves cart to indulge in my love of fruit and not feel guilty that I'm not consuming it !

Don't forget, the GIVE AWAY for 
the Peachy Keen Critter Faces
is still going on !!!
Remember to leave your contact 
info when you enter

Details :
Base Card 4 1/4 x 5 1/2  ( A2 size)
Patterned Paper DCWV The Glitter Stack 
Yellow Layer 3 1/2
Beige Layer 3 1/4
Plum and all layers cut from Preserves Cart at 3 inches
Sentiment MPS Simple Sweet Occasions Stamps
Extras : Ribbon from Michael's, Stitching w/ Sakura white gel pen and black extra fine Sharpie
Bling and Stickles

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

I LOVE HEELS !!!

Hello Everyone !
While working on this card, I only had 2 things on my mind ...
1. Elvis's Blue Suede Shoes...in my case Blue Bling Shoes!
2. I Need To Shop For New Footwear !
What can I say...I love HEELS !!!... not for everyday though :)
Hope you like it :)

Don't forget...the GIVEAWAY for Peachy Keen Critter Faces is STILL GOING ON 
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS TO ENTER


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

MY FIRST GIVE AWAY !!!!

Good Morning :) I am so excited to announce my 
VERY FIRST GIVE AWAY !!!
I've been having SOOO MUCH FUN making and posting my projects, filming videos and most especially MAKING NEW FRIENDS and LEARNING from all of you TALENTED CRAFTER'S! 
 I JUST HAD TO CELEBRATE!!! 
I also recently noticed how many of you have chosen to follow me, GO FIGURE ! AND are always so willing to make such nice comments! They make my day ! I now have over 60 followers here, over 50 on my Face Book "You Had Me At Craft " Page and I have lost count on how many downloads and subscriber's there are on my You Tube Channel !  IT'S AMAZING TO HAVE SO MANY CRAFTY FRIENDS !
THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! 
So now to the GIVE AWAY !!!  First,  I will explain how I can do this. I recently purchased a set of Peachy Keen Stamps and discovered one of the stamps was slightly defective. I called Kathy over at Peachy Keen Stamps and she immediately sent me another brand new set !!! NOW THAT IS AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE!  Later I realized that one little stamp was STILL very usable. So I felt indulgent having 2 of exactly the same set. So I thought...I will pay it forward and give this 
BRAND NEW CRITTER FACES SET 
PK # 754 AWAY
  That's right ! It's the stamp set that goes along with
the Create A Critter Cartridge !
All you have to do is MAKE A COMMENT HERE ON THIS POST. You do not have to follow or subscribe to my blog, although I won't lie...I would love it if you did :) The more the merrier!
The deadline for posting will be Monday, May 24th at midnight PST. 
I will announce the winner Tuesday morning May 25th here on my blog and on my FB page. 
Good Luck and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you win !!!
Also, I must thank Kathy at Peachy Keen Stamps for her great customer service and of course,
for producing such adorable stamps !






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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

DO YOU REMEMBER ?

So I must be in a nostalgic mood lately as my mind seems to drift back to when I was a kid. Must be all this cutting, and coloring, and gluing...maybe that's why we all love paper crafting so much...it makes us feel like kids again!  
How many of you remember "A Barrel Full of Monkeys" ? Well this is where my mind went as came up with the design for this cute little card ! And can you believe it...more orange paper ! Go figure ! Oh, and I tried some major doodling here, it was fun :)

Details : 
Base card is 9 1/4 x 4 fits into a legal size envelope
Layer 1 is cut at 9 x 3 3/4, MS punch on all 4 corners, CAC cart
Monkeys and all layers cut at 2 1/4 with PK faces
Vine cut twice at 4 1/2, CAC cart
Barrel cut at 3 inches from Paper Doll Dress Up cart 
Sentiment cut at 2 inches, from CAC cart
extras : hemp, eyelets, black and white doodling
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I WON !!!

Trish over at her blog 1/3 CHICKLET had this amazing Prize Pack Giveaway and I was the lucky winner ! YIPPIE !
Thanks Trish , can't wait to try out all the wonderful goodies :) 
Be sure to check out her blog, she has super cute designs!


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Sunday, May 16, 2010

DUCKIE CARD and "ME" CHALLENGE

Hi Everyone :)
Today I challenged myself to come up with a card design using a stack of orange stampin up paper I had laying around. Who knew orange could be sooo cute? ! I liked it so much I made 6 of these! 
I used some techniques I've learned from watching other blogs and videos ! Thanks to all you "teachers" out there who share their talents and ideas !  I've learned so much from all of you :) I'm trying to pay it forward through my blog and videos :) 
Thanks for stopping by :)
Details :
Create A Critter Duckie Cut with layers cut at 3"
Forever Young Flower cut at 1"
Card Base is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 cut lengthwise and folded
Layer 1 is 5 1/4 x 4
Layer 2 is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4, corners punched w/ Martha Stewart punch
Stampin Up "hello" sentiment with 1 1/2" scalloped and 1" punch layered
Extras : Orange Ribbon, Hemp Bow, 1/16 eyelet, bling for eyes and flower

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

CARDS TV CRICUT CARD CH # 24

Mary over at Cardz TV has 2 challenge blogs that I recently discovered. I'm trying to do as many challenges as I can, I think they are really helping me develop better designing skills and it's fun to see what everyone comes up with :) Plus, there are prizes :)
This challenge stated make a card using 3 circles from any cricut cart. Easy, right? For some reason this one kept me scratching my head, go figure! But I think in the end I pulled it off... I think ?
 
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Friday, May 14, 2010

PINK STAMPER COLOR CHALLENGE

Green, Brown and Yellow...Hmmm... I wasn't sure these colors would work well together, but hey, I like it :) 
I'm glad I took a break from the cricut and did some stamping :)  
You never want to wear out a good thing, ya know ?! 
Oh ! And my first 4 x 4 card... I'm having a lot of firsts lately :)

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FLOWER CARD BOX SET PART II : MAKING THE BOX

Hello:)
OK. This video will explain how I made the cute little box with window that will contain the (6) A2 cards that I showed in my last video. Thanks again to Momo at Made by Momo for teaching me through her blog how to make the box !!! 
note : I was also in a nostalgic mood when picking the music for my last 2 videos. 
Can you guess where these music clips come music is from ?

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WHAT A DEAL !!!

Good Morning :)
 I was going to thru my emails and came across this amazing sale from OH MY CRAFTS ONLINE STORE. They have the Cricut Expression for $199 !!! with a coupon !!! Use the link to access the sale if you are interested, because I noticed it doesn't show up if you just go to ohmycrafts.com. I have ordered from there before ( I got my Gypsy from them)  and have been very happy with their service/shipping etc. I don't get paid and they are not my sponsor. I just wanted to pass on a good deal. Looks like they have awesome deals on carts too - oh sooo tempting...aaaa!!!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Made By Momo Challenge # 3 Card

Hello there.. 
I am entering this simple child/baby boy over 
for a challenge at Made by Momo Blog's . 
The  challenge is to make a child or teen birthday card! I used the Paper Doll Dress Up Cart and the Everyday Peachy Keen Face Stamps. Patterned paper by DCWV and regular card stock and ribbon.

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Flower Card Box Set pt 1 : The Card

Ok. Everybody. Here's Part 1 :
FLOWER CARD VIDEO 




Details :

Card Base - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 basic white card stock 
Pattern Paper - DCWV 2 x 4
Colored Paper - 3 x 4
Forever Young Flower # 10 cut @ appr 3 inches with all layers
EZ Success border punch
Stampin Up Corner punch
Stampin Up Whimsical Words Sentiment
Celebrate It Lime Green Ribbon
Colored Rhinestones

My next post will be Part 2 : MAKING THE BOX WITH WINDOW VIDE
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Good Morning Friends

Hi Everyone :)
I just finished my first boxed gift card set ! I'm really happy with it !
Thank you Momo over at Made By Momo's Blog. She did an awesome video on how to make a box that fits (6) A2  size cards and envelopes perfectly using the Martha Stewart Score Pad.
Thanks Momo !!! 
I got brave and decided to cut a window on the front of my box using my Gypsy, Cricut, some clear acetate sheets. The window shape is from the Gypsy Wanderings cart. The Flower is from the Forever Young Cart.
I will try and post a video later of just how I did that. 
Thanks for stopping by :)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Little Lamb Peachy Keen Ch #28 Card.wmv

HELLO AGAIN !
OK...here is the video I promised I would post. The card is for Peachy Keen's Challenge # 28. I used the Create A Critter Cartridge and the Critter Faces Set Medium PK 754 for both the lamb's face and the crescent moons. I think she came out sooo cute :)
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PEACHY KEEN CHALLENGE # 28

Good Morning Everybody :)
I made this card for Peachy Keens latest Challenge # 28. I think this is my first challenge with Peachy Keen, so I'm excited. They have the cutest stamps and I'd love to have more ! For this project I used The Critter Faces Set PK - 754 on both the little lamb 
and the moons.
I'll be posting a video of this project as soon as I have it edited. Thanks for stopping by :)
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Monday, May 10, 2010

A NEW FACE BOOK PAGE

Hello Friends
I decided it would be a great idea to create a 
SPECIAL FACE BOOK PAGE dedicated solely for all things crafty and to better communicate with all my crafty friends :)  
Frankly, I must admit, my non crafty friends are often preplexed by my crafty FB posts and my love of all things Cricut... 
CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT !? 
If you love creating things like I do, I would love for you to join me there and please feel free to continue to "be my friend" on my personal facebook page as well. 
My blog will always be my "other special place" where I post new projects, videos and hopefully soon some fun challenges and giveaways. Thanks again for stopping by :)
YOU HAD ME AT CRAFT

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Episode 5 My First Gypsy Project.wmv

HELLO :)
I finally felt well enough...I've been feeling under the weather lately, to create my first gypsy project and post a video here on my blog. Believe me, it's no fun to trying to craft and much less film a video when you are feeling dizzy and nauseous ! Anyways..here is my first attempt at designing and creating a project using my gypsy ! Enjoy and thanks for stopping my  blog :) 
By the way - this is a present for a surprise 50th birthday party so please don't re post or tag or facebook any part of this post, as I do not want to spoil the surprise for my friend :) I will be sharing it on selected sites that I know she does not look at. thanks :)


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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

To all the special moms, aunties, sisters, grandmas..to all the wonderful woman out there that do so much for others...
Happy Mother's Day ! 

made by Leelou
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Friday, May 7, 2010

YIPPIE !!! MY GYPSY ARRIVED !!!

Well once again I have to say I have the sweetest husband! This is what I got for an early Mother's Day gift from him.   
OH MY CRAFTS ONLINE STORE had a smokin deal ! They always have awesome coupons. For all you non-crafty people it's called a gypsy and it's basically the iphone of papercrafting. I am one happy MOM :) 
Once I get up to speed on using it I will post a video :) 
Thanks Again to my wonderful hubby :)
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A PARTY AND MORE GIVE AWAYS !!!

Emma's Birthday Giveaways!
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OH NO !!!

Some how I lost all my precious comments ! Has this happened to anyone ? I went back to the settings and clicked "show" but it doesn't restore them. I AM SO SAD !
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

SAVE ALOT OF MONEY

Hi all - I wanted to pass along a online store that I've shopped with and saved alot of money. They also have awesome give aways ! And best of all FREE SHIPING on orders over $35 ! WOW ! 
Just to clarify, I don't work for them, get paid by them or am sponsored by them. Just want to pass along a great resource to save you money while enjoying our hobby !  CHECK OUT MEMORY MISER ONLINE STORE
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Monday, May 3, 2010

MAY DAY

For Challenge # 10 and my final post for My Pink Stampers National Scrapbooking Day Challenges !!! 
Create something spring like with flowers. Once again these are out of order..BUT YES ! I DID IT ! ALL 12 CHALLENGES ! 
Funky spring colors, eh ?
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COLORS OF THE RAINBOW

For Challenge # 11 use the colors of the rainbow.

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EVER WONDER HOW TO USE A CROP A DIAL ?

Well, I sure did ? So I did a little investigating and found a great video tutorial from Tammy Mitchell at scrapspot.com.  I'm really glad I found this video, since at first glance this thing looks kinda scary ! Can't wait try it out though. Wish me luck!
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DO OVER

Since getting my Create A Critter Cart...did I mention I  love 
this cart ! :) I decided to re do the picture frame I made for my grand babies.  I think it's much improved :)

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ANOTHER GREAT GIVE AWAY

Shelly over a her blog  "Heart Strings" is doing a darling give away, her first actually !  Check her out, she is very talented, and maybe 
you'll win :) Here's the link SHELLY'S GIVE AWAY
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CH # 9 TAKE SHAPE

For this challenge you had to utilize a shape, so I decided to make this little fish bowl card. It reminded me of being a kid and always having a goldfish bowl. The gold fish never lived very long, but luckily the 5 and dime was close by and I could always get a new fishy friend :)


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CH # 12 CRITTER-LICIOUS

THE LAST CHALLENGE! I can't believe I did all 12 ! I'm not posting them in order, since I didn't do them in order, but you get the gist :) Anyway, you had to make a critter. Since I just received my Create A Critter Cart it sure came in handy!  It's an awesome cart, wish I had ordered it sooner :) Oh well, better late than never :)

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

WOW WEE!!!

My hubby brought in the mail and GUESS WHAT !!! I got my Create A Critter, Forever Young Carts that I recently ordered ! And...I got a free bonus cart, Love Struck ! Perfect timing , this will be great for the last couple of NSD challenges. But they will have to wait til tomorrow, I am sooo pooped :) GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE ! 
I HAD A BLAST !
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SPREAD THE WORD

Hey Everyone ! 
NSD has been fantastic ! But the fun doesn't end today. Don't forget to hop on over to CNS Create A Critter Giveaway ! for your chance to win another amazing prize !
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FOR DAD'S

Challenge # 8 Create something for Father's Day or 
something for a dad.

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MY COLOR

Oops ! I'm out of order here. I'll post # 7 next.
Anyways, Challenge # 8 Use a monochromatic design ! This was kinda fun. Brown is not my favorite color, but interestingly enough I had alot of brown stuff, so here you go.

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BE BACK SOON !!!

Well...I have to step out to do some errands with my hubby ! 
Hope everyone is having as much fun as I have been. I'll be checking back later and finishing more projects. 
HAPPY NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY EVERYONE !

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WITH A CHILD IN MIND

CH # 6 I think...Oh my goodeness! I've lost count ! Make something with a child or for a child . OH..how I wish I had my 2 little grandchildren close by, especially my 3 1/2 year old grandson Ethan. He would have loved to work on this project with me :) But instead, I decided to make a picture frame for them. My daughter's  nick names for her 2 little ones are the little monkey and little duckling. So this project goes out to them :)

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APPRECIATION (for a teacher or anyone)

Challenge # 5 was to make A Teacher Appreciation Card card or gift. Surprise, Surprise this cute little rounded gift bag or purse was ALSO from the Plantin School Book Cartridge ! Who knew ?! I guess I'll be pulling out this cart more often :) 
Since my kids are all grown and out of school,  I thought I'd just make this for someone really special who I REALLY REALLY Appreciate. Wouldn't you like to know who that is ??? Well, you may just be getting this little token of appreciation from me :)

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I LIKE YOU THE LEAST

Hmm.....
The # 4  Challenge in the MPS's National Scrapbooking Day 
was one for pause...
You were supposed to use your least favorite Cricut Cart. Well, mine was definitely "Plantin School Book" ..such a boring cartridge, I thought...what could I possibly do with it?  Well, I had really never noticed this cool "city scape cut" in it, so I cut it out with a shadow and it made me think of my son Jonathan who is serving a 2 years mission for our church in Chicago ! He'll be home in 6 months, I CAN'T WAIT TO GIVE HIM THE BIGGEST HUG EVER...but in the meantime, I will send him this little card from his dear old mom just before he heads for home :) 
The card is cut to fit a legal size envelope.
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THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

For MPS's Challenge # 3 
I decided to do something I've never tried before...
A SLIDER CARD ! This was definitely outside the box for me, it seemed so tricky, I was intimidated, but once I 
learned how to do it...
I LOVE IT ! I will definitely make more of these ! CLICK HERE  for a video tutorial :)

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Using Scraps

Hello Again !
For MPS's challenge # 2 you must use scraps ! Well, I'm also a quilter and quilter's LOVE SCRAPS!  So here's my interpretation of a quilter's card :) This was really fun for me, I felt like I was at the sewing machine too :)
 
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DEAR MOTHER

Good Morning Everyone ! 
Happy National Scrapbooking Day !
Here's my entry for MPS's "Dear Mother Challenge "
Wow! I even challenged myself - no ribbon and no 
white card stock !
Details:
Lime Green Base Card - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Decorative Paper - 5 1/4 x 4
Quarter Circle Accent Border -this starts out as a circle and you will cut it down later. Use "Accent Essentials Cart" Accent #6 cut at 5 1/2 shadow and then regular cut using 2 different colors. Glue together and place at lower left corner, trim the excess that extends past card borders.
Layered Flower "Accent Essentials Cart # 24s. Cut 3 different colors, (1) with shadow feature 3 1/2 (2) regular at 3 1/2 and (3) at 2 1/2, attach with brads and slightly curl upward like the petals of flowers.
Add sentiment to upper right corner. Enjoy :)
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