Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rockin' New Year Hop - Celebrate in Style

Welcome to the final day of the Rockin' New Year Blog Hop! I hope you have some wonderful things planned for this evening! My husband and I will be staying in and watching an action flick and a chick flick and we order in pizza! We'll probably just let the movies run in the background while we play dominoes! I am really looking forward to it! 

I hope you got here from Celeste's blog! If not, start at the beginning HERE at Carol's blog

Thanks SO much to Jenny for coordinating this hop! These ladies are so talented! 

White and pink plain card stock: Paper Trey Ink
Pink gems (on party hat): i-rock Swirls Stencil™ 
Stamp: Hero Arts™
Ink: Studio G™
Straw: from a delivery restaurant! :) 

I actually didn't cut anything with my Cricut on this one. The party hat is a scalloped bordered piece of card stock that came like that. I loved it and instantly thought, "party hat!". I embellished it with a brad and gem stones. I inked around the edges and popped it on the card.

I used a tutorial to make a party blower and thought it would be fun to attach it to the front of the card.

Lastly, I scored two lines on the pink paper for just a little touch of extra and skewed them in different directions! I hope you like it! :) 

Now head on over to the ever so talented and sweet: Dorcas' blog!

Remember to leave a comment on yesterday and today's post to win the cartridge! I will draw a winner on Monday to give people a chance over the weekend to comment. Make sure to come back and see if you were the winner! 


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rockin' New Year Blog Hop!

Welcome to our New Year's Blog Hop! 

This is such a wacky card, but I had a lot of fun with it! It looks like it's not lined up, but it opens from the martini glass... so the card is open and that's why it looks like that.

You should have gotten here from Celeste's blog. If not, start at the beginning HERE

Cartridges: Smiley Cards™, Graphically Speaking™, Cake Basics
My Mind's Eye: Lost and Found: Union Square
Glam Rocks in Mirror
Ribbon: Union Square Favorite Trims™, Union Square "Beautiful Day" Trims
Stickles in Christmas Red
Glossy Accents™

Here is a list just in case you get lost:
Court <<<----- You are here. :)
Gloria" Girlia's cards"

Leave a comment today and tomorrow (only one comment each please) and I will draw a winner for the Speaking of Fall Cartridge! Check back to the blog to see if you have won! Sorry, but this is only open to residents of the US. 

Now, head on over to my good friend Dorcas' blog


Thursday, December 23, 2010

2011 Imaginisce Design Team Member!

Hello everyone!!! I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been selected as part of the 2011 Imaginisce Design Team

I have been on cloud 9 and just couldn't wait to tell you all! 

I always consider these kind of successes to be about all of us - as I say - my grandmother was my first "follower" so for those that encouraged me from the beginning, share in the joy! 

I couldn't decide what to put up here as my first project so I just decided to show you what I created for my DT submission. 

Design Notes: 
If you look through the sparkle on the tree - the white parts - you can see the snowflakes underneath. This is a lot more apparent in person, but was hard to photograph. It was my favorite part of the layout! :)

Cartridge: Christmas Noel Solutions™, Cake Basics™ (scalloped circle)
i-rock and lots of Hot Rocks (from the) Compact™ - I admit it... I'm blinging everything!
Stencil for the flourishes: i-rock Swirls Stencil™
Sentiment stamp: MME Holly Jolly™
Embossing powder: a la Mode™
Sparkle: Pixie sparkle - for the red parts: on top of Studio G red glitter glue
Vinyl photo corners from EAD Designs™


 Next up we were asked to create a card... Of course I chose a shaped card:

Design Notes: I got the jingle bell from Michael's and you may or may not notice that I embossed the green background. I used clear embossing powder to create the shine on the red part of the flower.

Embossing powder: a la Mode™
Twine:  PaperTreyInk™


Lastly, we were asked to create something of our choice. My mom really liked my Autumn banner and requested that I make one for her that said, "thankful". This is now inside of her house. 
Imaginisce Apple Cider Collection™
Cartridge: Designer's Calendar™ and  Cake Basics™
Embossing: D'vine Swirls™ and Victoria

A few close-ups. Sorry the colors aren't quite right. It was raining this day too!

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a very Merry Christmas! I am really looking forward to joining in such talent and learning a lot from these really talented ladies!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Noel banner and super big news coming up!

Hello everyone!!!

I am SO super excited about things coming up but I can't tell you about them just yet... but I will be able to soon and I think you will be excited too!

I am sure you have seen my new blog background and I now have a blinkie! It's over there ------->. Please let me know if you put it on your blog. I would love to come see it and say hello! It was all done by the fabulous (and incredibly prompt) Yvonne! Thank you! 

Don't forget there is a blog hop coming up on December 30th and 31st - the Rockin' New Year hop! Of course there will be giveaways! 

Everything you see is from Pumpkin Spice except for the ribbons - which were off our wedding presents two years ago!

Cartridge: Winter Woodland
My Mind's Eye: Holly Jolly "Winter Branches", "Jolly Old St. Nick" (reverse side), "Deck the Halls" (all the scalloped circles)

Here are some close-ups:

She has the whole set of papers + accessory sheet HERE for $6.29! I love this paper and there is still so much left! Pop on over as she has extended the free priority shipping over $50! Use the coupon code "ShippedBySanta". She also has all of the My Pink Stamper stamps which is how I found her in the first place! Love them! 

I hope everyone is getting everything done! I still have a few gifts to wrap! Eek! I better get off the computer and get to it! Hugs to all!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Test 2 Signature



SUPER exciting news!

I have been selected by Peachy Keen Stamps to be a guest designer for a week!!! 

I can't even tell you how thrilled I am! They chose designers for a whole year to do this with a few week exceptions, so there are 46 of us that were chosen. My week is April 25-29th. 

You better believe I will remind you when it gets close AND they are giving me stamps to give away to one of YOU during that week as well! I'll choose those closer to the date!

Thank you for all of your support! I am so excited to have you to share the news with!

Here is the list of girls in alphabetical order:
Jessica K.
Jessica U.
Lauren D.
Linda L.
Liz N.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wrap It Up Christmas Cottage Shape Card

I haven't done a shape card in a while and I was missing it! 

There is a shape card feature already built into this cartridge, but I wanted to do mine slightly differently as I wanted all of the layers. So I did do this on my Gypsy, but you could get virtually the same effect by cutting the layers multiple times out of different papers.

Anyway, here it is! 

Cartridge: Wrap it Up
Paper: Pink and White stripes: Echo Park Paper: Be Mine™, (Teal) Core'dinations Nostalgia™, Brown: Echo Park Paper: Merry Christmas™, (White) Paper Trey Ink
Embossing: D'vine Swirl Emboss Folder
Pearls: Hero Arts self adhesive pearls™
Sickles: Waterfall™ from Artful Delight's November Kit
Glossy Accents
White Embossing Powder: A la Mode (I did not heat emboss it though - just attached it to the Glossy Accents

I made this for multiple challenges:
My Pink Stamper: Use two pinks, two blues, and black (I used a dark brown instead, but technically there is black ink inside for the sentiment!)
EAD Designs color challenge: White, teal, hot pink, and chocolate brown

I had a great time making this and I hope you have enjoyed it too! :) 


Saturday, December 18, 2010


You know what I love about these posts? I just have to write "Artful Delight December Kit" under the recipe and link it up! It's so nice just to link to one thing... Do you all use the links I link up? I was just wondering since I do it for you! :) 

Unfortunately, the December kits are sold out!!! But the add on is still available and you can win one over at Frosted Designs if you link up to the sketch by December 27th! 


Also, remember to play in the sketch challenge here at Artful Delight to win January's kit! 


Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Winter

Just a reminder that the Free Priority Shipping ends on the 19th! So use the coupon code "ShippedBySanta" to place your orders at Pumpkin Spice!
Paper: My Mind's Eye: I believe™
Ornaments: My Mind's Eye: I believe Glittered Adhesive Chipboard Elements™
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper: Winter Punnies™
Maraschino Twine from the Twinery™

I love love LOVED this I Believe Dots Glittered Paper. I just fell in love. I don't think you can see it, but every ring around the circle is glitter and there is glitter on both ornaments. It will probably show up in a few more cards before I am done! :) Everything in the I Believe line is just adorable and you can get the kit for $7.69! 

Have a great rest of the week! :)


Thursday, December 16, 2010


All things on this card were found at Pumpkin Spice except for the ribbon and the plain white card stock. Just click on the links below to take you to the products! She is having a special that you get priority shipping free for orders over $50! So hurry and get it because it ends on the 19th! Use the coupon code "ShippedBySanta" - how cute is that!?!

I made this to coincide with the Cricut Circle contest this week which utilizes a sketch. The two birds were moved to be in a cuter position and the sentiment was moved to be inside the wreath! :) 

Paper: My Mind's Eye: I Believe™
Sentiment: My Mind's Eye: I Believe: Glittered Cardstock Accessories Sheet™
Birds: My Mind's Eye: I Believe: Glittered Adhesive Chipboard™
Ribbon and white card stock: PTI™
Stickles in Christmas Red™


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Be Mine

*Scroll down to see my last Be Inspired Wednesday post for Passionately Artistic*

My first card using the new Be Mine collection from Echo Park Paper! I am so excited! I LOVE this paper pack!

I broke open the pack for Off the Wall Craftiness' challenge this week to use two pinks and a white. I added black because I just couldn't help myself!

This is the inspiration photo:

Paper: Echo Park Be Mine™
Sentiment and heart sticker: Echo Park Be Mine™
Ribbon from my stash
Pink Sorbet twine from the Twinery™
Adhesive: Glue Arts


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Final Be Inspired Wednesday for Passionately Artistic

This post marks the end of my design team term for Passionately Artistic (formerly the Cuttlebug Challenges). I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and am ready to move on to other projects. A huge thanks go Betty Bee who brought me onto the team and Maggie! Both of you taught me so much!

This week at Passionately Artistic we are giving you New Year's Celebration ideas! 

I chose to decorate a champagne bottle and I like the idea of going out with champagne! :) 

There is a lot going on with this Champagne bottle and I am going to write the tutorial... This is your final warning. :)

Card Stock: Cricut Consumables
Cartridges: Tie the Knot™, Wild Card™
Embossing: Love is in the Air set™, D'vine Swirls™, Swiss Dots™
i-rock and hot rocks from Imaginisce™
Stickles are "Waterfall" from Artful Delight's November Kit (one left!)
Glossy Accents
Ribbon from my Stash
Ink: Studio G™
White Gelly Roll Gel Pen™
Adhesive: ATG


I followed the instructions from Wild Card™ and cut all of the normal layers. *NOTE* The booklet is wrong. When you cut out the card base, it comes out backwards... so you have to flip all of the features to get them to fit properly. *End note*

I embossed the background with D'vine Swirls™ and the "cork" with Swiss Dots™.

I used Glossy Accents on the word "Cheers" as well as the black on the bottle. Unfortunately I had to take the picture when I could so there is still a little bit of "milky blue" that hadn't dried yet. But you still get the point I think. :) I also added the Stickles to the bottle to match the champagne glasses.

I used my Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the top and tie ribbon through to adhere it to the bottle. Now you have a thank you card attached to the bottle for the host/hostess! :)

I cut a piece of hot pink paper and ran it through the Cuttlebug™ using the Love is in the Air set™.

Next I adhered that to the bottle using my ATG.

I cut out all parts of the champagne glasses (shadow, blackout, base, layers) from the Tie the Knot Cartridge™. 

Next I glued them all together and added the Stickles. While that was drying, I used my i-rock (LOVE IT) to add bling to the bubbles. :) Lastly, I used glossy accents around the edges of the glass to give it some shine and did some white gel pen doodling.

I hope you enjoy this idea for what you can bring to a New Year's party! If you don't drink, remember you can always attach it to a sparkling Martinelli's Apple Cider bottle or Pellegrino! :) 

Now hop on over to the Passionately Artistic blog and see what the other ladies have made to inspire you! 


Echo Park Feature - Christmas Tag

I turned in a tag that could be used on Echo Park Paper's 12 days of Christmas countdown. They were asking for submissions and you wouldn't know if you were selected until it was posted! I am VERY excited to tell you that this morning I opened up their blog post and saw my Christmas tag using their Merry Christmas Line! 

THANK YOU Echo Park Paper for thinking my Christmas tag was good enough to be showcased! :) 

Echo Park Paper Merry Christmas Line™
Stamps: "To and From" are from MME: Holly Jolly Perfect Stamps™, "Merry Christmas" is Inkadinkado™ "Ornate Christmas"
Ink: Momento™
Adhesive: Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares™
Ribbon, buttons, and twine: PTI
Jingle bell is from Michaels™

Have a great Tuesday everyone! This definitely just made my week! 


Friday, December 10, 2010

Calling Brenda and Kendra to claim their prizes!

Well, I am super sad, but Peggy never claimed her Winter Punnies and Cuttlebug folder, so I am going to have to try to give it away again! 

I am super excited that chose Brenda! She gave me a blog award a few weeks ago! Thanks Brenda and now I get to send something back to you! 

Please contact me with your address at 

One of my Snowy Blog Hop prizes has been claimed, but Kendra still hasn't claimed hers! Kendra, please email me as you won the Wintertime pack from Echo Park Paper! 

Brenda said...

Great card. I actually have this cart and gonna cardlift this idea. Fabulous


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hot Chocolate Soothes the Soul

Another project made with the Artful Delight December Kit! I am LOVING this kit! 

Artful Delight December Kit
Stamp: My Pink Stamper: Winter Punnies™

Here is a picture of the December Kit. There is so much stuff it didn't all fit in the picture!

Here is the awesome sketch that Debbie made for us! Come play along with sketch HERE and you could win January's kit! What a huge prize! 


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Winners Winners!

WOO HOO! I am SO excited to announce the winners of these goodies! 

A HUGE thank you to my sponsors EAD Designs and Pumpkin Spice for providing such awesome gifts for you!!!

The winner of the EAD Designs stickers and Vinyl and the Winter Woodland cartridge is....

primpedinpaper said...

Very cute cards! I love that tree cut and the embossing looks great! Thanks for the chance to win. -Nicole 

Our winner of the Echo Park Paper Wintertime Paper Pack is......

~ Kendra ~ said...

First off, what BEAUTIFUL cards you've created. I love them! Thanks for making me drool over Pumpkin Spice's things..

Five favorite things from Pumpkin Spice:
Echo Park "Wintertime" Paper Collection
My Pink Stamper – Christmas Wishes Stamp Set
My Pink Stamper - Everyday Life Stamp Set
Cosmo Cricket - DeLovely - 6" x 6" Mini Deck (Paper Pad)
My Mind’s Eye "Holly Jolly" Paper & Accessories Kit


CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!!! Please email me your information so that I can get these goodies off to you post haste!!! :)

I've been trying not to make this blog too personal (isn't that somewhat-silly?), but my grandfather was just admitted to the hospital and I have been down in Monterey helping out the family. I had pre-posted a bunch of projects to keep you all entertained, but they are starting to run out! haha. So I just wanted to give you a heads up as to why I might not be getting back to all of your blogs from the hop or visiting you, or super active. Please don't think it's because I don't love you all! 

Thank you SO much to my followers - it's definitely providing an escape for me when I need it. I get your encouraging comments in my email and they are brightening my days! 

Hugs to all and give your loved ones an extra hug. 


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Snowflake Gift Bag

I made a gift bag for our godson's present that I will show you sometime soon. :) This is all made for Artful Delight

Here is a close up of the embossing and the Stickles and rhinestone.

Artful Delight December Kit
Stickles from Artful Delight November Kit (there is one left!!! Just click "November" in the drop down - and if you just like the color of the Stickles you can get that by itself HERE.
Embossing: Swiss Dots
Cardstock base: Paper Trey Ink (only because I already used up the card stock in the kit! :)

Here is a picture of the December Kit. There is so much stuff it didn't all fit in the picture!
This kit will include:

Echo Park Wintertime 12x12 Double Sided Paper

1 sheet Flurry
1 sheet Snow
1 sheet Berries
1 sheet Stripes
1 sheet Snowman
1 sheet Falling Snowflakes
1 sheet Red Swirls
1 sheet Blizzard
1 sheet Damask
1 sheet Frost
1 sheet Borders
1 sheet Journaling Cards
1 sheet Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate Die Cut - Flower

Additional Cardstock - Solid
1 sheet 12x12 Chocolate Cardstock from American Crafts
1 sheet 12x12 White Cardstock from American Crafts
1 sheet 8 1/2x11 Real Red Cardstock from Stampin' UP!

Accessories: (sizes of embellishments may vary per kit)

2 - American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Tradion Details (holly embellishment)
10 - American Crafts Silver Glitter Buttons
6 - American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Winter Blooms (Poinsettia embellishment)
1 package Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas Mini Banners
1 package Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas Jewel Stickers (120 pieces)
1 yard American Crafts Chocolate Ribbon
3 - Fancy Pants Tradition Journal Cards
1 bottle Stickles in Xmas Red
1 Chipboard Snowman
1 Chipboard Christmas Tree
3 Chipboard Snowflakes
1 package American Crafts Thickers - Sparkling in Cherry
7 - My Minds Eye Holly Jolly Brads
1 sheet Echo Park Wintertime collection Element Stickers
1 sheet Echo Park Wintertime collection Alpha Stickers

Plus there is a small add on kit - It will cost an additional $10
The add on kit will include:

Wilson Designs Snowy Wishes stamp set
1 sheet American Crafts 12x12 Chocolate Cardstock
1 sheet American Crafts 12x12 White Cardstock
1 sheet Stampin' UP! 8 1/2x11 Real Red Cardstock
1 sheet Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate Die Cut - Flower

Come over and play in the sketch challenge and win the January kit! 


Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 6 - Christmas Tags!

Good Afternoon! I hope you enjoyed this morning's post on tags over at Passionately Artistic! This is day 6 and I am the afternoon Tags post! :) This is my last post for the 12 days of Christmas series, but continue to head on over there for inspiration!  

My goal with this tutorial was to show a variety. A lot of times, I see something that I wanted to create, but I don't have the cartridge or the resources. 

Different Cartridges
Tie the Knot, Winter Woodland, Storybook, Gypsy Wanderings 
Using your Gypsy
I will show you how to make something truly unique with your Gypsy. 
No Cricut, No Cuttlebug, No Gypsy - just Scissors! 
Lastly, I will show you some tags that I did without any Gypsy, Cuttlebug, OR Cricut so that there should be inspiration here for anyone! :) 

Cartridge: Tie the Knot™
Base tag- 3.25"
rest - 2.5"
Stamper's Select White from Paper Trey Ink™ - heat embossed with a la Mode™ white
Martha Stewart Scandinavian Paper Pad ™ and Martha Stewart Winter Wonderland Paper Pad™
i-rock and bling by Imaginisce™
Glossy Accents
Pop Dots
Ribbon: Paper Trey Ink Saddle Stitch in Pure Poppy™


Cartridge: Winter Woodland™ - all images cut at 3.25"
Martha Stewart Scandinavian Paper Pad ™, American Crafts Glitter Card Stock™
Paper Trey Ink Button Twine™
Ribbon from my stash


Gypsy Fun making Tags!

Cartridge: Gypsy Wanderings™
Tag was cut at 3.75"
Snowflake and shadow cut at 2"
Accordion underneath the snowflake was cut at 1.5x12".
Martha Stewart Scandinavian Paper Pad ™Martha Stewart Winter Wonderland Paper Pad™
Button from Paper Trey Ink Vintage Holiday Mix™
Button Twine from Paper Trey Ink™
Jingle bell from Michaels


Another tag made with the aid of the Gypsy using Winter Woodland™
Cartridge: Winter Woodland™
Martha Stewart Winter Wonderland Paper Pad™Martha Stewart Scandinavian Paper Pad ™
Liquid Applique in White
White Gel Pen™
Saddle Stitch Ribbon in Pure Poppy from Paper Trey Ink™


This last Cricut tag was two images welded together. I liked the holes it created in the middle. I cut the flourish again to place it on top. I used my i-rock to add bling and I heat embossed the "To" and "From" with gold embossing powder. 

Tag from Tie the Knot™
Flourish from Storybook
i-rock and bling by Imaginisce™
Martha Stewart Scandinavian Paper Pad ™
Gold embossing powder by Filigree from Paper Trey Ink™
My Mind's Eye: Holly Jolly Perfect Stamps™

No Cricut, No Gypsy, No Cuttlebug - just manufacturer love. :) 

Sometimes we get so caught up in what a tag could look like on our layouts or cards that we just forget to use them as... well... tags.

I LOVE Echo Park Paper™ and the Merry Christmas line is fabulous. I just took these stickers, stuck them to card stock, cut it out, punched a hole on the the top, i-rocked some bling and tied a ribbon. Done. I am going to stamp a "To, From" onto the back. Easy Peasy. 
Echo Park Paper Merry Christmas line Stickers™
i-rock and bling by Imaginisce™
Gold bows were recycled off the top of a smoked almond package! (yay for up-cylcing!)

For this next one, I just took the My Mind's Eye: I Believe Chipboard and popped it out of it's little home. I added some green ribbon and - my favorite part - since it already has an adhesive back, it will stick right onto your gift! Done! AND it already is glittered - love that.
 Recipe: My Mind's Eye: I Believe Chipboard™

Next up we have the EAD Design Stickers. I had a bunch of fun with these. I stuck them to white card stock, cut them out, punched a hole in the top, added Stickles, and tied some twine at the top. 

The best part about EAD Designs is that this sticker set comes with cute little "To: From:" stickers as well. I put these on the back, but forgot to take a picture! So you'll have to go check out their website to see how cute the font is because I love it! 

Recipe: EAD Design Christmas Tags™
Stickles in Waterfall™ - the manufacturer pic looks like it is purple, but trust me, it's blue.
Stickles in Christmas Red

I hope this inspires you to make your own Christmas tags this year! 

Don't forget to leave me a comment and become a follower if you're inspired! :)