Saturday, July 30, 2011

Design Team Birthday Blog Hop!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Today’s post is the card that I’ve provided to my design team for the Design Team Birthday Blog Hop 7/30-7/31.

I’m sure you’re all familiar with a standard blog hop - a long list of blogs, and you hop from one to the other leaving comments...

Well, this one has a twist. This should be a super efficient hop for you, the hopper...

We’re linking up design team blogs instead of the individual bloggers blogs...

So you only have to make 11 hops, and you’ll get to see 57 cards!

If you’re interested, go directly to the start at: http://vintageheartfeltdesigns​
There is some great blog candy to be had!!!

Here’s my card! I hope you hop along with us!

For this card, I used a cute rainbow stamp from Unity Stamp Company. I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils, and blended with odorless mineral spirits. I cut it out (very carefully!), and covered it with Glossy Accents. Glued it down onto my plain white cardstock card, added a sentiment from My Creative Time stamps, and some ribbon.

This is actually the other card I made to submit to the publication call from Papercrafts magazine - it was a sketch challenge. Again, it was my first try, so I am not disappointed - I just had to at least try! I always tell my girls, you never know unless you try!

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the hop!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Cricut 360 - Challenge #5 - Travel

It's Friday - which means it's time for another Cricut 360 post! This week the theme is, planes, cars, trains - anything that makes you think of traveling! Make sure to click over and link your post for a chance to win this weeks prize!

For my card, I had been dying to try out my newest Circle Exclusive cartridge, Pop-up Neighborhood. This plane caught my eye the first time I looked through the cartridge handbook, so I decided to use it for my card. I used some My Mind's Eye 6x6 stacks of paper for this card - I am SOOOO in love with those! They are the perfect size for making cards, and I don't feel like I am wasting paper that way!

I added some stitching on the plane, and around the edges of the card - also inked just the edges of the card in brown ink. The plane is pop-dotted from the rest of the card to add some dimension. I also cut the clouds from Pop-up Neighborhood. I reversed a couple of them, and skewed some of them a little, and changed the width and height so that they didn't all look identical. The sentiment is from Scrappy Mom's stamps - I stamped the first part, then cleaned the stamp and stamped the second part so they were side by side instead of stacked. Finished off with a bit of Baker's Twine along the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by - and make sure and link your own creations at Cricut 360 - can't wait to see what you create!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Paper pieced balloons

I am convinced that this is one of my FAVORITE images from Unity stamps! I am sure that I have used this more times than any other stamp! It is such a fun and perfect birthday stamp - don't you agree? I paper pieced this one on pattern paper, inked the edges, and matted it with a dark brown paper. The sheer blue ribbon on the side I stitched with a long stitch on my sewing machine, and gathered in to the ruffle. Added some buttons and a floss bow with a bit of bling in the center.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Oooohhh I am in LOVE with something NEW!!!

So...I was recently out helping clean out the closets and cupboards at our church, when we came across a bunch of little pieces of plain cream colored canvas. We were going to throw it away, when I thought to myself, maybe it would be fun to stamp on? And if not, I could always just throw it away later, right? Well, I pulled it out to try for this card, and I am SURE I will be using it a LOT more!!!

I also had just gotten my July KOTM in the mail a couple of hours earlier, and wanted to make a thank you card for my dear sister-in-law who came and rescued me earlier in the week when I had a migraine. She took me to the chiropractor, then took my kids home with her for the afternoon. Yep - I'm spoiled, and she's wonderful!!!

I stamped the image and sentiment from my July Unity KOTM on the canvas, then sprayed it with some Tattered Angels glimmer mist. Frayed the edges a bit, machine stitched around the edges of the canvas, and the edges of the card, and added a bit of bling with my Jolee's heat set tool. Finished off with these cool ribbon roses that I sprayed with 3 different colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer mist! (Another thing I have had for a bit, but not experimented with often enough to get good at! Have to change that now!)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #4 - The Great Outdoors

Hello, and welcome! It is time for Challenge #4 at Cricut 360! Once again - I had such a blast browsing all the great entries to last weeks challenge! Thanks to all who participated and joined the fun! This week, the challenge is to create something to celebrate The Great Outdoors. (Check out the bottom to see what you have a chance to win this week!)

I made this card for my husband's birthday - that's why it's so simple and manly! Those are some of the hardest cards for me to make, and I am always looking for ideas! It is amazing how difficult it is to be a girl and still make something that a guy would like! My husband loves getting outdoors, going for a drive in the mountains, camping, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing - you name it! And I am a total tree person - that probably sounds funny, but wherever we travel, I'm always noticing the trees and how cool they all are. So that's how this card came about - it's perfect for him!

I used Give a Hoot for the tree, tore some pattern paper for the bottom of the card, and used a sentiment from Scrappy Mom's Stamps. Finished off with a little faux stitching around the edges with my white gel pen. Also pop-dotted the tree from the background for a bit of dimension. you have it! This is the prize for this week! So make sure and head over to Cricut 360 to link up your project celebrating The Great Outdoors!!!

Unity Friends with Flair - Travel Light

Happy Friday - and welcome to another week of Friends with Flair! I seriously think this is one of my favorite days of the week! I love that the weekend is almost here, and I love visiting Unity Stamp's Blog to see what everyone has been up to all week! Make sure to stop over there to find out how to participate and have a chance to win some AWESOME stamps!

I made this card a while back for the publication call for Papercrafts magazine. I have never tried before, so I wasn't that surprised or disappointed that neither of my two cards were chosen, but I kind of figured if I didn't try, I would never know if I would have had a chance, you know? So, this was for the beating the winter blues section - to use the color blue. I inked up these stamps from Unity Stamp Co. for the first time - LOVE them! Used a Fiskar's corner punch, an EK success edge punch, and some pretty rosebud ribbon that I am in love with and will probably be using much more often!

Hope you had a good week - and have an even better weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Pink Stamper Design Team Call

Just for the fun of it, I thought I would make a card for the Design Team Call at My Pink Stamper. The challenge was to make a card with the colors green, brown, orange, turquoise, and one other color of your choice. I know how much Robin loves cupcakes, and I LOVE looking at (and drooling over!) all the yummy ones she has made and posted pictures of on her blog! So I decided to make a BUNCH of cupcakes with the colors of the challenge. I added the bright pink color as my optional color - I hope that the ivory cardstock doesn't count as its own color too, otherwise I picked 2 colors! (oops!)

I ended up making a tall card - it is 3 1/2 by 7 1/2. I used the border feature on Straight from the Nest for the cupcakes. I didn't have one of Robin's stamps that worked for the sentiment, so I used one from a set I had by Pink by Design. I ran the one layer of ivory cardstock through my Cuttlebug, pop-dotted the cupcakes, and matted it in brown. Other than that, I kept it pretty simple!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Scrappy Mom's Stamps Terrific Tuesday's Challenge - Preserves!

Whew! Talk about last minute!!! I made this card for this weeks Scrappy Mom's Stamps Terrific Tuesday's Challenge - to use Preserves cartridge. I'm so happy with how it came out!!!

The only cartridge I used was Preserves, so both the strawberries, and the background shape are from there. I cut the background shape from the label feature on the strawberry cut. Inked them, ran them through my Cuttlebug - leaving room for a Scrappy Mom sentiment - and wrapped some twine and added a bow. Inked the strawberries as well, and added a cute Peachy Face to them, as well as a little bit of doodling with my white gel pen.

Tacky Tuesday Challenge - Cool Treats!

Well...I have been wanting to do this for a while, and always seem to miss the deadline! This time is close, but I made it in time! I made this for Challenge #8 Tacky Tuesday's. The challenge was to make a project with a cool summer treat, and include the word "sweet" somewhere in the sentiment. I am also entering this in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - I Scream for Ice Cream!!!

My ice cream came from the Cricut Cartridge Straight from the Nest. I used lots of patterned paper! The background shape came off of the same cartridge. I inked the edges of everything, added some doodles, and a bit of bling. The little tag I made by just using a Fiskar's corner punch on a scrap of paper and the sentiment is from Scrappy Mom's stamps. Finished off with a little ribbon bow.

Sunshine and Twine!

The other night as I was laying in bed, trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep, my mind started to wander - as it often does - to what I could craft the next day! I was also listening to the rain outside, and our sad lack of sunshine this summer, so when this card popped into my head, it seemed like the perfect idea! Sad to say that it hasn't really increased the amount of sunshine we have enjoyed outside - but it helped get my mind off the rain!

This didn't come out exactly as I pictured in my head, so I might have to give it a try again another time, but that's okay! I cut a half circle to start with, ran it through my Cuttlebug, punched a LOT of holes around the edges, and tied short pieces of twine through each hole. The background has a bit of machine stitching around the edges, and I used a Fiskar's edge punch to cut a little "cloud" for the sunshine! Finished off with a sentiment, and the little butterflies from Scrappy Mom's stamps. Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #3 - Parents Day!

Good morning - and welcome to week #3 with Cricut 360! This weeks challenge is to make something in honor of Parents Day, which is July 24! Make sure and visit Cricut 360 to see what all the Design Team made, and link up your card for a chance to win this weeks prize (see the bottom of this post if you want to see what you are playing for this week!

For my card, since I am still limping along without my Gypsy, I thought it would be a good opportunity to make use of some of the cartridges that are pre-loaded on my E2. So, I cut this cute couple out from Cricut Decals, and the cute tag shape from Cricut Essentials. I added some Peachy Keen faces, a bit of bling with my Jolee's heat set tool, sentiments from Emma's My Creative Time stamps, some ribbon, a bit of doodling, and inking on the edges of almost everything. is what you have a chance to win this week! So get going on your own creations for parents day, and come join the fun at Cricut 360! Can't wait to see you there!

I am also entering this is the Peachy Keen Let's Face it Friday Challenge - to use patterned paper!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair and KOTM sketch challenge - SWEET!!!

Happy Friday, and welcome to another Friends with Flair!!! As always, click over to the Unity blog to find out how to join in and have a chance to win some wonderful red rubber! I am also adding this card to the Kit of the Month Sketch Challenge.

I used the March 2010 KOTM. Stamped it on a cut out oval along with the sentiment, then sponged some Tim Holtz distress ink over the whole thing. Did a bit of coloring with my Copics, then put Glossy accents on part of the gumball machine - just for fun! Inked the edges of everything, thendid some machine stitching to finish it off.

Here is the sketch I was going off of for the challenge:

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Patches of Pink - Red, White, and Blue challenge!!!

It's Thursday, and that means it's time for another Link-up party with Patches of Pink - and the montly Design Team post for July! This month, the challenge is to make anything with the colors red, white, and blue. It doesn't have to be patriotic, just use those colors!

To me, those colors just scream SUMMER!!! So...since I recently won 25 stamps from Unity Stamps, I decided to ink up my FAVORITE of the ones I received! I stamped it with Tim Holtz distress ink, did a little coloring with a red Prismacolor marker, attached a bit of bling to the center with my Jolee's heat set tool, and added some glossy accents for some shine. The sentiment is also from Unity Stamps, and I covered it with Glossy Accents as well. The edges of the main image I rounded with my Martha Stewart corner rounder, and the edges of EVERYTHING were inked with two different colors of Tim Holtz distress ink. To finish it off, I added a button and a bit of jute cord. is the perfect opportunity for you to go join the party! Go visit Patches of Pink and link up your red, white, and blue creation!

You are aging to perfection!

Good morning! Can't believe I missed ANOTHER day! Hello summer! Anyway, I really have been wanting to catch up on a couple of challenge - so this card I managed to get made last night for the Throwback Thursday Challenge over at Emma's My Creative Time. The challenge was to use either Just Because Cards, or Wild Card cartridges, and to incorporate dry or heat embossing.

For my card, I decided to use Just Because Cards, and BOTH heat and dry embossing! I cut the "sticker" icon out, ran the back part through my Cuttlebug, added some doodling, and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from one of Emma's stamp sets. Pop-dotted the circle from the rest of the card, rounded a couple of the edges with my Martha Stewart corner rounder, and finished off with some jute cord and a button. I kind of like how it makes a perfect and simple guy card - one of my BIGGEST challenges!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Strawberries!

Good morning! I can definately tell it is summer, because I am finding myself with much less time to craft, or blog for that matter! Feels weird not posting for a couple of days! Grandma's 97th birthday is this week, so I wanted to make a special card for her. I used the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger to get me started. Here is my card, and the next picture is the inspiration:


In particular, I was inspired to use a doily for the first time! I had never used one on a card - and I love how it came out! I think I will be doing that a lot more! I used one of my favorite Unity Itty Bitty stamps for the strawberry and the sentiment. I stamped the strawberry directly on the doily, colored it with Copics, covered it with Glossy Accents, and sprinkled it with just a touch of Martha Stewart coarse glitter. I did some machine stitching on the base patterned papers, then cut a frame using Cricut Essentials - which is one of the built in cartridges on my E2, and inked the edges of the frame and doily with dark brown ink. I stamped my sentiment, then sponged on some Tim Holtz distress ink in antique linen over the top of the sentiment and on the front of the doily, just to make it look a little more vintage. Added some stick on bling, and punched a couple of holes in the framed sentiment and attached it with Baker's Twine to the card. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #2 - Circle Thank you card

Hello - and welcome to week two and another great challege over at Cricut 360! Thank you to everyone who participated along with us and joined us for our first challenge - we hope you will join us again! I had so much fun browsing through all the entries - so much great talent and inspiration!!! This week, your challenge is to make a circle shaped thank you card. Here is what I made:

Because my Gypsy is on it's way to Provocraft to get replaced (insert sad face...) I was trying to figure out how to make a circle card. Kind of funny, but I forgot that there were cartridges that already had circle cards on them - and I didn't need my Gypsy to weld them together! (Hahaha...funny how easy it is to get stuck in a rut!) Anyway, one of those cartridges is Birthday Bash...and I happened to glance at my Scrappy Mom's stamps and saw the "Tons of thanks" sentiment...and just like that, I knew the elephant from Birthday Bash was PERFECT!!! I added lots of faux stitching on him, pop-dotted his ear for fun, and then couldn't resist, I put him on an Action Wobble! It was hard to get an action shot with the wobble, since the card kept wanting to roll away! So...I borrowed my daughters hand to hold it steady:

Finished off with a bit more doodling around the edges, and a bit of Baker's Twine on the side.

TONS of THANKS to you for stopping by today!!! Now...I want to see what you make - so go link up your circle thank you card at Cricut 360 for a chance to win this weeks prize:

Unity Friends with Flair and Moxie Fab World Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge

Happy Friday - and welcome to another Unity Friends with Flair! Head to the Unity Blog and read all the details! I also made this for the Moxie Fab World Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge - to make a card using stamping as the predominant element. Make sure and check it out as well! And finally, I am entering this over at the Unity Opportunity Challenge Blog - to use Ippity or Unity stamps and one of their encouraging quotes - I believe this one qualifies!

For this card, I used (of course!) Unity Stamps. I colored my image with Prismacolor pencils, then blended it with odorless mineral spirits. Went a little crazy with the machine stitching, but it was lots of fun! And see that fun little flower? I LOVE how that came out! I hand cut out some leaves from felt, and stitched down the center, and made the flower out of tear drop shaped dew drops! Added a bit of yellow felt for the center of the flower. I think it is SOOO fun!

Make sure and leave a never know if you will be the lucky winner of some fabulous random Unity stamps!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Simple Cowboy birthday card

Yesterday morning, as I got ready to leave the house for a busy day, I remembered I hadn't made a birthday card yet for my best friends oldest son - age 11 - and we were going to his birthday party after our other errands and appointments!!! So...ten minutes before I needed to leave, I sat down and started this one. Can't remember the last time I made a card in 10 minutes, but I actually DID it on this one! Not only that, but I'm actually VERY happy with how it came out!

The circle was cut out from Birthday Bash (I believe), the cowboy boots are from a Unity Stamp set I got recently called Brave Girl Boots, and the ribbon banners are just paper that I trimmed in strips with my paper cutter, and hand cut the edges. Punched two holes next to the boots, threaded some jute cord through and added a button for fun. Inked the edges of everything, and added a sentiment from My Creative Time.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Birthday Card for my niece!

Good morning! I hope everybody had a fun holiday weekend! I was so grateful for the sunshine we finally got to enjoy! 'Bout time for summer to get here!

Today I wanted to share a card I made for my cute little niece's 3rd birthday. I am especially proud of it, since I used my Cricut without my Gypsy (that is broken and going to be replaced soon!). So grateful for my E2...cause at least I had the screen to work with!

All cuts were from the Lite cartridge called Meow, including the tag. I added some wiggly eyes, some Baker's twine on the tag, and some faux stitching. I also pop-dotted the kitty from the tag for a bit of dimension. Finished off with a sentiment from Scrappy Mom's Stamps, and another sentiment from Emma's My Creative Time.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Moxie Fab Beautiful Borders!

We just got back from a wonderful family trip to Calgary Alberta, and yesterday was my first day home to play with my scrappy stuff! Oddly, it took me most of the day to come up with something - I was getting worried that I had been gone too long! But when I saw this challenge - Beautiful Borders at Moxie Fab World - I had just the nudge I needed! The challenge was to use borders in a new and innovative way.

I started off with my background page, and did some machine stitching around the outside. I then used the reverse side of my patterned paper (perfect match that way!) and cut a yellow border with a Martha Stewart border punch. The plain strips are the scraps that come out when you punch a border! I added some machine stitching to attach those as well. For the banners, I used another Martha Stewart border punch and cut each section apart. Matted them on felt, and hand cut a felt background. Did some more machine stitching to attach, added some Baker's Twine and a button, and glued them on my card base. Finished off witha sentiment from Scrappy Mom's stamps, and three little stick on pearls.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Cricut 360 - Date Night Invitation

Hello, and welcome to my first Design Team post for Cricut 360 - an AWESOME new challenge blog!!! To join in the challenge, and for a chance at the monthly prize, all you have to do is make an invitation of any kind (birthday, wedding, concert - use your imagination!) and link up on the Cricut 360 blog! Here is what you can win this week:

For my card, I decided to make an invitation for my husband - for a romantic date night! When you have kids, you learn REALLY quickly to treasure those opportunities!!! And it is something we try to make time to do as often as possible, knowing that we need to keep our relationship as a priority as well.

Anyway...for my card, I used the silhoette of the couple from Sweethearts cartridge. Inked the edges of the yellow shadow, and added some doodling, before pop-dotting from the background. I then cut the tag shape from Once Upon a Princess, and inked the edges of it as well. The sentiment is from a random stamp in my stash (possibly by Fiskars?) I used some felt for the banner, hand cut and glued down with Zip Dry glue. Added some Baker's Twine to the banner, and used some to attach the tag with the sentiment. Finished off with a litttle bit of doodling around the outside edge. 

Thanks for stopping by - now go link up your own invitation!!! Can't wait to see what you create!!!

Unity Friends with Flair - you hold the key...

It's Friday again!!! Welcome to Unity Friends with Flair Friday!!! Hop on over to the Unity Blog to see all the fantastic creations, and for a chance to win some fabulous stamps!!!

For this card, I used the May Kit of the Month, my Tim Holtz distress tool, and LOTS of Distress ink!!! Yep...went a little ink crazy here! Added some Jute cord for a finishing touch. Thanks for stopping by - make sure and leave a comment for a chance to win - and then link up your Unity project for another chance to win!