Monday, June 29, 2009

Challenge # 37--Celebrate Your Country

It's almost the 4th of July, and it's time to celebrate the birth of our country's independence. This week at The Cuttlebug Spot that's exactly what we are doing! Our challenge this week was to create a project to celebrate our country. I chose this week to scrap the 4th of July last year where the kids and I made some wonderful firecracker hats that we found in a Disney craft book. They had a blast making these and boy, were they the hit at the parade we went to--everyone asked where we got them!

I used my cuttlebug on this LO to create the flowers using the flower die for the cuttlebug, and I embosses them with D'vine Swirls. Also, I used my Nesties Label 4 to cut and emboss my journaling box. All of my paper is from the DCWV 2009 Summer Stack, and my alphas are from Making Memories (red and navy) and Pressed Petals ( light blue). I also attempted some sewing on the LO, but my machine was not cooperating with me when I created this.

Thanks for stopping in this week and have a wonderful 4th of July! We are off to State College, PA (weather permitting) to the wonderful fireworks display there that I so miss from when I was a student at PSU. Keep you fingers crossed for me for a dry 4th!


Monday, June 22, 2009

School's Out for Summer.......Cuttlebug Spot Challenge # 36!

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we are celebrating the end of another school year, beginning of summer. For my project this week I decided to do a layout from the my oldest son's last full day of school at their end of the year school picnic. This was a pic of him and all his "boys" in the cafeteria! All my papers in this LO are DCWV ( I mixed and matched between the new summer stack, and some from the 2009 spring stack). I used my bug to emboss my title with the Swiss Dots Folder, and I also used my bug to cut the journal box from my Nesties Label 4 dies (I did emboss the with the nesties too, but you can't really tell from the pic I took). Here's the LO:

Other things that are happening:

1.) I will be announcing the winner from the challenges I'm hosting at Just Scrappin after midnight tonight! If you haven't had a chance to stop in and play, there is still time. I got a lot of great prizes up for grabs! Just look for the challenges in the "June Buggin' Crop" thread under the Croppin and One Hour LO Contest section.

2.) The Free registration for the Jessica Sprague Photo Editing Class began today and runs through June 27th! Make sure you stop by and sign up. Class begins July 6th. And, nope you don't have to be online at a certain time every day to do this. Once you register the material will be online for you at anytime!

Well, I got to go get unpacked from our mini vacation to the Poconos over the weekend. But before I do, here's a pic I took at Bushkill Falls, "the Niagra of PA", of the hubby and kids, and one of the falls!

Thanks for stopping in!!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Our challenge this week at The Cuttlebug Spot is for that special day coming up with weekend--Father's Day! So to honor Dad, my kids and I came up with card for him. I had to let the kids help out on this one since it was for him. This was a very simple design; Green card stock for card base, white cardstock wrapped with brown ribbon to create the stripes; tan cardstock that I embossed with Argyle embossing folder; the tie I hand cut is 3-D and raised with pop up foam dots ( I also inked around the edges of the tie with green pigment ink); and the stamped sentiment is a Studio g stamp stamped on some light blue card stock.
Stop on by The Cuttlebug Spot and show us your creations for dad, grandpa, uncle for Father's Day!
Two more little side notes:
1.) I''m hosting a crop this coming weekend at Just Scrappin' ( ) come on over and join us!! Lots of fun challenges and prizes out there!
2.)Make sure you check out the blog bage I have on my side bar for the FREE, yep that's right FREE, Jessica Sprague photo editing class that begins on July 6th. The free registration begins on June 22nd and runs through June 27th! IF you ever wanted to get better at editing those photos and making the most of them here's a perfect opportuntity to do it at no cost! Check out the her blog for details!


Monday, June 8, 2009

70 Years and Going Strong!

June seems to be the month of weddings and wedding anniversaries and this week at The Cuttlebug Spot we are celebrating them with a wedding anniversary challenge. This came at a perfect timing for me asw my grandparents who are 94 and 93 are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on June 17th. We were supposed to be having a big party for them, but at their ages it's just too hard for them to get out of the house. I made 50 of these ornaments ( with the help of my mother--I designed and cut everything out, she helped with the assembly line process of putting them all together--THANKS MOMMA!!), they were going to be favors for everyone at the party, but instead we are just going to give them to my Nana and Grandpa to give to everyone when they come to the house instead to visit.

As for what I did, these are super simple ornaments to make. I cut the 6" scalloped oval on my cricut from the Storybook Cart. The base of the oranment is recycled cereal boxes which you can cut on the cricut without the deep cut blade ( pressure max, speed high, blade depth 6). Next, cut I cut my scalloped oval paper again, 6" on my cricut. I used my creative memories cutting system ( oval shape for a 3 1/2 by 5 photo) to cut the picture, and the photo mat. I embossed the photo mat and the backside of the the orament ( oval with typing) using French Script embossing folder. I added another small 2" oval on the front side that I also embossed with French Script then added some gold stickers for the "70 years". I added some pearl trim around the photo on the front side and typing on the backside to give it that little extra "pop" and a little white bow on small oval to top it off. Nice, elegant, and simple, and best of all cheap..... It cost us less than a $1.00 per person for a favor. I bought all the paper while it was on sale at my local Joann Fabrics last week when the paper was 6 for 96 cents, and some of it was on clearance for 10 cents per piece. The ribbon was 50 cents per spool and the peals were $1.00 each per container ( which I bought 6 of each, ribbon and peals, and only used 2 of each).

Thanks for stopping in and make sure you stop in at and give the challenge a try!


Monday, June 1, 2009

My Design Team Reveal!

I hven't yet shared my good news on my blog yet, but I was selected to be a member of the design team for The Cuttlebug Spot and I am absolutely thrilled! This card is my first design as a member of the design team. Nilda asked us to get out those stamps and color an image. I chose a 2006 Stampin' Up stamp which I fell in love with when I was going through one of my friends stamps trying to figure out what I wanted to create. I used my Craft Essential markers to color it in and then blended them out with a paint brush and some water. I also used my Swiss Dots embossing folder to emboss the mat of the image and used my Label 4 nestabilities that cut and embossed on my "bug".

Make sure you stop on in at and join in our on challenge this week. Thanks for stopping in and checking it out!



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