Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jillibean Soup and a video tutorial on ribbon bunching

Alright... I have to admit it... I am IN LOVE with Dutch Mustard Soup by Jillibean Soup. They are SO my colors! 

I only received two sheets from the set at CHA in February (I am not complaining at ALL) and so I have been hoarding it since then. I finally decided just to cut into it the other night and  I just love it! 


Cartridge: Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons™
Glossy Accents™
Ribbon: Offray™ 

I have received several requests on how to do ribbon bunching, so I made a video of myself doing this one for your viewing pleasure! :) 
Sorry! It's out for publication!!!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, AND My Mind's Eye???

That's right! All three of these fabulous companies are in the April Kit for Artful Delight along with chipboard from Maya Road, mini clothespins and so much more! 

Today, however, the Artful Delight Design Team was asked if we wanted to participate in the challenge reveal for the Paper Variety. Of our 4 person DT, two of them are on the PV's DT too so this is fun! :) Artful Delight is also sponsoring a bunch of the challenges there where you could win the kit including this week's challenge! So play along HERE and see if you can win because it is PACKED with goodness!

The challenge is a 1, 2, 3 Recipe Challenge!

My Combination is 1 Chipboard Die Cut, 2 Words, 3 Buttons! 

Cartridge: Creative Memories: Cheerful Seasons™

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I LOVE reading your comments so thank you so much for taking the time to leave them. And head over to the Paper Variety, play along, and hopefully win this kit! 


Monday, March 28, 2011

Just a Note

This is one of those cards that did not photograph well. Honestly, I think it is one of my favorite cards I've ever made and the sad photo does not show it. The colors are off and I tried to fix them, but it didn't work all the way :( Oh well, you will just have to take my word on it! 

The damask is flocking and is a gorgeous navy blue. 

The polka dotted paper is an olive green. 

I got everything on this page from Pumpkin Spice except for the silver embossing powder. 

Pumpkin Spice is the best place I have found for service, shipping, AND prices! So I am thrilled to represent them! Go check them out HERE

Paper: My Mind's Eye: Lush2: Navy Damask Flocked Paper™, My Mind's Eye: Lush: Olive
Cartridges: Creative Memories Reminisce Accents™, Cake Basics (rectangles done on my Gypsy)™

This also qualifies for the Cricut Circle challenge: just because. :) 

I hope you all are having a good start to your week! I have a bunch of posts coming up and even some videos so I hope you enjoy them! :) 


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jillibean Soup Spotting and April Kit Reveal!

There is still one more March kit left (that's the one that has Little Yellow Bicycle TWIG and Jillibean Soup's Spotted Owl Soup in it). 

Speaking of Jillibean Soup - I was EVER so excited that my card made with March's kit using Spotted Owl Soup was spotted and featured on the Jillibean Soup Blog on Wednesday. Thank you so much for that honor! This was the card they "spotted":

WOO HOO! I am SO excited about this month's kit at Artful Delight! Leeanne with the help of DT member Debbie have put together this super fun kit. There are more pictures on the blog HERE as it all can't fit. Given what is packed into this kit, I think it will go quickly so make sure to email Leeanne if you want to pre-order one. While you're over there - check out Leeanne's HUGE giveaway!!! 
this kit will include:
Pink Paislee - Hometown Summer collection 12x12 double sided paper
(1 each)
Heat Wave
Summer Fun
Fruit Stand
Sunnyside Lane
Green Acres
Neighborhood Pool

October Afternoon - Modern Homemaker 12x12 double sided paper
(1 each)
Cherry Pie
Canning Jar

My Minds Eye - Good Day Sunshine 12x12 double sided paper
(1 each)
Up Town
Out and About
Head in the Clouds

American Crafts solid cardstock 12x12 (1 each)

Embellishments - size and color may vary per kit

1 bottle - Jenni Bowlin Acrylic Paint Dabber - Seed Packet
22 buttons - Modern Homemaker collection - October Afternoon
1 package -Chipboard Pops; Hometown Summer collection - Pink Paislee
1 package - Expressions Cushies in Meringue - Pink Paislee
3 yards (approx.)- Twine in Peapod - The Twinery
4 feet (approx) - Satin Pleat Ribbon is Red - Maya Road
7 - Chipboard frames - Maya Road
7 - Laundry Day mini chipboard - Maya Road
3 - Alterable Canvas Flowers - Maya Road
7 - Wood Bingo Numbers - Maya Road
6 - mini clothespins - Canvas Corp
2 - Sweet Spots - Precocious Paper Etsy shop

You can order your kit HERE! I seriously cannot believe all of that goodness is coming to my door and it could come to yours too! 

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and I will be back with a lot of new projects very soon! :) 


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Paper with Pizazz Blog Hop!

Today is the Imaginisce DT i-rock Intensive Paper with Pizazz Blog Hop! We are showing you different ways of using your i-rock on paper! You should have gotten here from the Imaginisce blog. If not start there to join in the fun and find out what the prize is!!!

Hello out there in bloggy world! I find myself just so thankful. Sometimes it's easy to focus on the things that aren't going right in life, but right now I am just looking at all the things that I feel so blessed to be a part of. Being a DT member on the Imaginisce DT is definitely one of them. This group of ladies is SO encouraging and SO kind and my favorite - drama free! :) So thank you so much to Lori for choosing me and thanks to my teammates for making me feel so LUCKY. :) 

I also feel very blessed to be a part of the Cricut Circle. So I thought I would sport some love in my close-up preview. Did any of you know what I was making with this? It was tricky because I turned the photo upside down so that I could get the Circle logo somewhat right side up! Let me know if you have any questions about the Circle. I am happy to answer them to the best of my ability! 

If you guessed a banner, you were right! You can click on the photo to make it bigger.

My tiny lessons: 
  • Don't be afraid to mix and match your gems! 
  • Also, don't be afraid to mix and match your collection lines. This was made using Cottage Christmas and Apple Cider! :) 
  • If your i-rock is not setting the smaller gems in 5 seconds or less, then switch out the batteries. I hold it on the largest ones for about 10-11 seconds each. 
  • Sometimes the top gets a little loose after lots of use, so when it is is cold, screw it on tighter again by twisting it with your fingers.

Imaginisce Hot Rocks Compact in Pink, Black, and Clear™ (smallest clear gems)
Cricut Cartridges: Designer's Calendar™ and Birthday Bash™ 
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Argyle™ and Cricut Circle (can only be picked up at Circle crops and swarms)
Copper Eyelets
Ribbon is Offray
Glossy Accents


 Thank you so much for stopping by!

Now head on over to the fabulous Marielle's to see what she has created


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Pink Stamper - Layouts!

So this week, My Pink Designers are supposed to create layouts... Well I don't know how long you have been following my blog, but I have only done one layout and that was for a challenge. I am not a scrapbooker by nature. I LOVE to send my work in the mail to someone else. So this really was a challenge for me. 

Thankfully, someone who follows my blog had asked me to make a series of layouts for her since she liked my style. I agreed and she has been so much fun to work with! 

I feel such a great responsibility because they are the layouts surrounding her wedding. This one that I decided to do for this challenge was for her husband's bachelor party. I am trying to challenge myself to do more manly cards (and apparently layouts) so off I went and I am so thrilled that she loves it! :) The pictures are blurred for her privacy. 

I looked through my stamps and thought that "NOTE-ABLE" from Music Speaks™ was a perfect fit! So I put it right in the middle of the photos. 

Cartridge: Graphically Speaking™ (GREAT for all kinds of cards!) and Gypsy Wanderings™
Embossing Folder: Oh My Crafts Exclusive Everyday Shapes™(Apparently they are out of stock)
Cardstock: Core'dinations Nostalgia pack™
Imaginisce d-stress tool for sanding the edges of the Core'dinations layer (LOVE this tool)
Gem stone on crown: Union Square "Favorite" Brads
Ink: Colorbox in black

Whew! What a recipe list! :) 

Now for some close ups of different areas:

Page 1: 

 Page 2: 

Make sure to hop back to My Pink Stamper to see what she has done, what all of the other Pink Designers have done and also to play along in the challenge! :) 

Have a wonderful rest of your week! :) 


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Twists with Twine

This post is originally over at Betty Bee's Buzz where I am doing the Monday tutorial! So fly over there after you are done and get ready to play along in the challenge starting Wednesday - use twine! 

Honeybee Courtney Lee reporting for tutorial! 

I have been obsessed with twine recently. It's everywhere! So today I am doing a quick tutorial on how you can use it on your projects! This is the project I made for today! :) 

*Please note I give credit in my video for some ideas from a bloggy friend named Jenny at WeeMemories*
This is my friend Hazel's birthday card and it fits her to a T. 

Cardstock: kraft, Core'dinations (green), PaperTreyInk (yellow, brown, black), DCWV (light blue)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye: Stella and Rose: Hazel Collection™ (Do you like how I used "her" papers? :) I also used a bit of the Hattie Collection (blue and yellow paper)™
Twine: the Twinery in Lemon Drop
Cartridge: Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons™
Ink: Versamark
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Ribbon: Paper Trey Ink and ribbon from Betty Bee!
Glossy Accents

Please remember to head over to Betty Bee's Buzz and play in the challenge starting on Wednesday! You never know what Betty Bee has for a prize! I'm sure it will be some sweet honey!


Follow by Email! :)

A few of you have asked so sweetly if I could implement a feature where you can receive email updates with each blog post. 

I have just added it right above my "follow" button for the blog. There is a little space there to type in your email address!

If any of you try it, please let me know that it works! :) I have 3 posts coming up on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so it would be a great time to try it! :) 

Thank you so much for being interested and for supporting me! It means so much! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Sunday!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Echo Park Paper Winner!

A HUGE thank you to Echo Park Paper for letting me give a Playground collection kit to one lucky commenter. I really do consider it a huge privilege and honor! 

The winner is......

Jessica, I have emailed you to get your address to forward along to Echo Park! 

If you didn't win, but are still in love with the line (as I am), you can order it HERE at Pumpkin Spice! Try checking out with them. They have the best shipping prices and usually the best prices around anyway. When doing my shopping I always calculate the shipping into the total cost and Pumpkin Spice is always the cheapest - and she is fast too!

Happy Friday everyone! I get to pick up my husband tonight from the airport after he has been away for 2 whole weeks so I am counting down the hours!!! 


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patty's Day Fun with Imaginisce ***Giveaway alert***

Welcome to my blog version of "Click it with Cricut" with Imaginisce! If you haven't come from there, make sure you pop over to the Imaginisce Blog to see what Cari Locken has created as well! She is fabulously talented and classy to boot. I LOVE her work and am so honored to be her partner for this post!

As a redhead and someone who is more Irish than not, I LOVE St. Patrick's Day! On top of the fact that redheads can wear green like nobody's business (don't try to put us in most reds, hot pinks, or oranges... ever!), green is my favorite color and so I LOVE that for one day it is EVERYwhere! 

I wanted to throw some surprising things into the mix with these cards and this is one of them. I used the Halloween seasonal October 31st cartridge for this card. It's not just for Halloween! :) I simply cut off the stick that was coming out of the cauldron to make a pot at the end of the rainbow!
Happy St. Paddy's Day using OCTOBER 31st cartridge.

Cartridge used: October 31st
Imaginisce: i-rock
Solid cardstock from Paper Trey Ink and glitter blue layer from DCWV™
Sentiment from K& Co. 
Ribbon from Paper Trey Ink: Pure Poppy in Saddle-stitch™
White gel pen

Fold one A2 sized card (5.5"x4.5").
Cut the sparkle blue layer at 5 3/8"x 4 1/8".
Cut the Enchanted paper at 5 1/4" x 4".
Cut a piece of ribbon and adhere behind layers.
Cut the cauldron at 4.5" because you are cutting off the stick that is coming out of the top.
Doddle around edges with pen
Use the cauldron to choose the place of your rainbow and adhere Berrylicious canvas rainbow sticker to the card.
Use pop dots to adhere cauldron to the card and fill with Glam Rocks in Metallic Pearl.
Use your i-rock to adhere.
Add blue jewels to the corners and add your sentiment!

On this next one, I was trying to show you how versatile the lines are. All the brown paper is from the Cottage Christmas collection and the shamrock is made from the Animal Crackers line. Don't forget about using the paper collections to their full potential! Also, remember you can use all of the Cricut Cake cartridges in your Expression machine like I did here.  

Cartridge used: Designer's Calendar™and Cake Basics
Cuttlebug folder: Swiss Dots™
Imaginisce: i-rock
White cardstock from Paper Trey Ink™
Ribbon from my stash
Ink: Momento in Rich Cocoa
Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares™ and Glue Glider Pro with perma-tac™

Fold one A2 sized card (5.5"x4.5").
Cut the brown layer at 5 3/8"x 4 1/8".
Cut the Berrylicious paper at 5 1/4" x 4".
Cut a piece of ribbon and adhere behind layers.
Tie a bow and adhere using Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares.
Cut brown circle at 3" (mine was actually cut at 2.83" because I did it on my Gypsy)
Cut yellow polka dotted circle at 2.75"
Cut white layer at 2.75"
Cut clover at 2.75"
Run clover through your Cuttlebug™ using the Swiss Dots Emboss Folder™
Adhere together using foam dots to separate the yellow layer and the white layer to give it dimension.
Add your rhinestones using your  i-rock
Voila! You're done! 

Lastly, I didn't want to have a post without another shaped card. You do need a Gypsy so create this exact look, but using an eyelet setter and punching eyelets in the top to connect the front and back half will work just as well and will give you two cute bows at the top after you connect them with ribbon or twine! 
Make a Wish! using DESIGNER'S CALENDAR

Cartridge Used: Designer's Calendar on my Gypsy
Imaginisce: i-rock
Imaginisce: Compact in Crystal
Imaginisce: i-rock Swirls Stencil
Cardstock from Paper Trey Ink™
Gold Embossing Powder: Paper Trey Ink™
Charm from K & Co.
Ink: Versamark

On your Gypsy, weld two 4.25" shadows of the shamrocks at the top. Make sure they are aligned.
Cut base card out of white cardstock.
Cut another 4.25" shadow shamrock out of white cardstock and adhere to front.
Cut regular 4.25" shamrock out of the Berrylicious Collection: "Just Peachy"™ paper.
Remember that the real dial size is off so that even though they are both cut at "4.25" they layer properly.
Place the i-rock Swirls Stencil over the project and rotate it until you like where the swirls are.
Use your i-rock to set the clear gems.
Add tiny black gems from the compact in pink, black, and clear to places that you would like to highlight.
Heat emboss your sentiment.
Tie twine around the stem of the shamrock and add your "lucky" charm!

Thank you SO much for joining me today for the Click it with Cricut post. Remember to head over to the Imaginisce Blog to see the fabulous cards that Cari came up with and remember to leave a comment over there to win the Give a Hoot cartridge! 


I miss you so much!

Hello! I hope you have been enjoying all of my posts! I have just been loving your comments and really really appreciate them!

Welcome to those that have decided to "follow" me. I am so tickled pink that you have!

Artful Delight's March Kit - Only 3 left!!! 

Just a clean and simple card to let someone know you miss them!

I hope you all have a fabulous rest of your week! I have an Imaginisce post coming up on Thursday and hope you really like all of the green inspiration! :) 


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sympathy card using Little Yellow Bicycle's Twig embellishments

Well, I have been doing a lot of little details on my cards recently and I just had the craving to do a truly clean and simple card. 

I loved the butterflies that came with this Artful Delight Kit for March and really wanted them to stand center stage. The sentiment from My Pink Stamper's: Fabulous Phrases was a perfect match and voila! The card was done. :)

Ink: Momento in Dark Cocoa™
Cardstock: Paper Trey Ink™


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Imaginisce March Sketch Challenge

This was my husband's birthday card. He loved it. I was trying to make some of the lines that were considered a little more "girly" masculine. 

The Design Team is back to show you some inspiration and we all hope you join in this month's sketch challenge! You must also use 3 patterns, 3 colors, and 3 embellishments.

If you play along and win, you can win $75 in Imaginisce product! You have until the 25th!

Paper: Berrylicious™, Enchanted™, and Garden Party
Cardstock: Core'dinations™ and Paper Trey Ink
Ribbon from Betty Bee! (Thank you!) 


Friday, March 11, 2011

My Pinkalicious Blog Hop Friday! ***Giveaway Alert***

SOOOO super excited to be sharing with you on another My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop with  the My Pink Design Team!

You should have gotten here from Kassidy's blog. If not, start at My Pink Stamper's blog to join in all of the fun! 

We have some wonderful inspiration for you today! We wanted to "think Spring" and it felt so good to craft with warm, happy colors!

For my project, I knew I wanted to use My Pink Stamper's: Buggy Punnies "Cutie Patootie". When I nannied 4 children, I called Hope (3 years old) cutie patootie. She used to giggle and giggle when I said it. So when I saw that Robyn and come out with a stamp that said it, I was thrilled and had to have it! This card is going to Hope (now 7) because she lost a little spoon that went with her pretend tea set and I told her I would send her one that I had and wasn't using (a salt spoon) along with a card that I made showing "her" stamp! 

Of course, Echo Park Paper: Springtime was a perfect fit!

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Victoria
Ink: Momento in Cocoa™
Twine: Paper Trey Ink
Glossy Accents by Ranger™
Brown and White Cardstock: Paper Trey Ink
Adhesive: Glue Arts

I am SO delighted to announce that Echo Park Paper has generously offered to give away Playground to one of my lucky commenters! I don't even have this collection otherwise I would have used it for this post! It isn't even out yet so I really think this is a HUGE honor! Please leave me one comment only and I will send the address of the winner to Echo Park and they will send it to you directly. I will be choosing a winner on the 18th so you have a full week to get your comments in. :) THANK YOU SO MUCH to ECHO PARK!!! Please leave a comment on either their Facebook page HERE or their blog HERE to thank them for this opportunity! 

If you get lost in the hop, here is a complete list:
Courtney—Court’s Crafts <--You are here! :) 

You are now off to Kristal's blog. She is our guest designer this month and I want to thank her SO much for joining us on the team this month! Please make sure to leave her some extra love and wish her a warm welcome! 


Thank you card set

My husband recently had a birthday and needed to write a few thank you notes. So I thought - perfect! I'll use Artful Delight's March Kit which has some great manly colors in it to create some! I am very happy with the result and while he still said that it "had a bow on it", I consider it a compromise! :) I couldn't help it! But at least it's made out of rope! :) haha. 

Sentiment: My Pink Stamper: Fabulous Phrases™ (I used the first half of the phrase)
Ink: Momento in Dark Cocoa
corner rounder

Don't forget about Artful Delight's giveaway on their Facebook page! Today is the last day!

And make sure to come back this evening for the Pinkalicious Blog Hop! The Pink Designers have worked super hard to bring you some wonderful inspiration and I have an AWESOME giveaway for someone super lucky! 


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Hello! I have been MIA for a little bit. My husband's birthday was last week and he found out he had to go on an impromptu trip to Poland and China! So the rest of my week was spent getting him ready for that and a good portion of it was at the Chinese Consulate. He left on Saturday for two weeks and I am so lonely! But luckily a friend needed help with her kiddos so I have spent the week with her gorgeous 1.5 year old and their 7 week old son. It has been so much fun! 


This card is for my best friend's husband named Phil for his 27th birthday. He's just a big kid so he will love this! 

Designer's notes: I fussy cut the owl and 2 and 7 from the patterned paper that came in the kit. ***I have gotten a few questions about what fussy cut means (I love getting questions and helping out so ask me ANYTIME - You can always email me directly at the email address listed on the top right of my blog!) Here is the answer: 

Fussy cutting is cutting out anything with a pair of scissors that is not in a normal shape that you punch out. For instance, it is used a lot when stamping an image, coloring it, and then cutting out the exact figure - instead of using your Nestabilities, shape punches, or Cricut Center Point feature and cutting it out that way. So I used a pair of embroidery scissors in this case to cut out just the owl out of the pattered paper. If I had used a oval punch to simply punch it out, it would not have been "fussy cut". I hope that makes sense and thank you for asking ladies! 

I used Glossy Accents this time to make the line that twine was going to sit on to make the banner and that worked great! I got that tip from Jenny at Wee Memories

I also used the Glossy Accents on the party hat, balloon, nose, feet, and leaves. It definitely added a nice "pop" factor. 

Lastly, I bent the "Happy Birthday" stamp to fit the contour of the branch which worked wonderfully! 

Artful Delight's March Kit (only 4 left!!!)
Glossy Accents™
Cartridges: Birthday Bash™ (banner) and Straight from the Nest™ (branch) 
Cuttlebug Folders: Swiss Dots™ and D'vine Swirl
i-bond (cordless glue gun) from Imaginisce™ (to glue the rope to the card)
d-stress (sander) from Imaginisce™ (I sanded the blue edges of the banner)

This card also qualifies for the Cricut Circle's contest of a man card with three elements that they listed. I used distressing, twine and string along with two complete Cricut cuts (banner and branch).

I hope this brings you inspiration on doing boy/man cards which are hard for a lot of us! 

Don't forget to play along with Artful Delight's sketch challenge this month where you could win next month's kit! It's rumored to have papers from 3 different collections! Don't quote me on that, but I am really excited about the possibility! 

Also, Artful Delight is having a GIVEAWAY over at their Facebook Page (click on the link). Like them and let them know Courtney sent you over to say hello and good luck winning! Leeanne is always very generous! 


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Little Yellow Bicycle's Twig and Jillybean Soup Spotted Owl Soup

This is my first card made with the Artful Delight March Kit! I can't say enough about this kit! I just love it! 

This card is made based on the sketch by DT member Debbie! She is so talented! 

Artful Delight March Kit™(click on the link to take you to the full list of what's in it.)
Note: the mini alphas are not the same as those included in the kit. 


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Betty Bee's Buzz - It's a frame up!


Honeybee Courtney Lee

Today over at Betty Bee's Buzz we are showing you the frames that we made while at the Honeybee Retreat! We were each instructed to bring a project that everyone could do. I made the t-shirts which you saw on my EAD Designs post. This is Roe's project!

This is the frame that I did. I haven't ordered the pictures yet and can't print them, but I wanted to show you my frame too!

Thank you SO much to Roe for putting together this fabulous project and letting me dive into your gorgeous papers and fabulous flowers! 

Frame - from Roe
Paper: Roe's stack of DCWV Linen (I think)
Rosettes - from Roe! 
Stamp: from Betty!
Ink: Momento in Cocoa
i-bond from Imaginice™ (to glue the flowers to the glass)

The frame came from me cutting the mat that was included with the photo frame. I simply cut one inch off all sides. I did this because I was in love with this paper and wanted the paper to show after I put the picture in! 

I glued down the frame to the paper (I should have only done it on three sides so I could slide the picture in, but I forgot and glued it down on 4 sides so now I will have to use my x-acto knife to make a slit to slip the paper in!!! Silly me!!!)

I replaced the glass on top and used my i-bond and hot glue to glue down the flowers. 

Here is the picture that will be going inside:
From left to right: Kristi, Roe, me, June, Wanda, Betty

Don't forget to head on over to Betty Bee's Buzz to see what the other honeybees did with their frames while we were at our little retreat! Play along and put a frame on something or decorate a frame and link up so we can buzz by and say hi! 

***Don't forget to buzz over to the Imaginisce blog after you stop at Betty Bee's to see the Click it with Cricut post (giveaway there) as well as the March Sketch Challenge (giveaway there too)***