Monday, January 31, 2011

Paper Playtime Digital Monday

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Well today is the day the the new digital design team over at Paper Playtime gets to show off our stuff.  I will say that at first glance digital stamps intimidated me to death...I wasn't quite sure how to size them , how to make them work and pretty much the whole concept of how to incorporate a digital stamp to my projects, but with alot of practice and alot of trial and error... I feel I have finally mastered these little crafting jewels.

So on to my digital project for this month.. I used the sweet little bird from DOODLE PANTRY for this card.. I felt the need to do something bright and colorful. Can I say I am so ready for SPRING to arrive. Don't get me wrong I like Winter but I am a SPRING TIME kinda girl...

So on to my project :

Card Details :

5 1/2 x 5 1/2 Card Base
5 1/4 x 5 1/4 Pink Mat
5 x 5 Yellow Mat
4 3/4 x 4 3/4 Patterned Paper (K & Company Sweet Nectar)
Happy Bird -Doodle Party
Spellbinder Dies - Ovals
Colorbox Chalk Ink - Chestnut Roan ( all edges )
White Satin Ribbon
Teal Paper Roses (Recollections) - Micheal's

Please stop by and check out all the design teams projects for this month. There is alot of inspriration to be found along the way.  Also stop by and check out the sponsors websites for some great digi stamps that you can use in your next project. CLICK HERE to go to the sponsors page.

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Saturday, January 29, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

Just wanted to share a quick card with you guys...I think it turned out really cute and took NO TIME to make.

So on to the card :

Card Details :

A2 Size 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Mat size 5 1/4 x 4
Patterned Papers ( K & Company Valentines 2011) cut @ 3 3/4 x 2
Ribbon - JoAnn's
Bunny - Simply Charmed ( pg 34 ) cut @ 3 1/2 inches
Design Studio to hide contours on the face
Peachy Keen Stamps ( Everyday )
Stickles - Pink
White Signo Pen
Black Signo Pen
Heart Shaped Bling - Micheals $1 Bin

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Digital Delights - Thursday

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Quick little post for you today, I have had sick kids this week and crafting has been at a minimum....Well more like at a complete STOP !! But thats what we do as mothers when our babies need us...

Still wanted to share a card I made for Digital Delights earlier this  week, using the Claudia the Cow stamp, the moment I saw this sweet little cow, I instantly fell in love with her... She screams SWEETNESS

So on to my project for this week....

Card Recipe:

5 1/4 x 5 1/4 (BASE)
5 x 5 (Metallic Silver Mat -American Craft Cardstock)
4 3/4 x 4 3/4 ( Patterned Paper )
3 1 /2 x 3 1/2 (Black Mat)
3 1/4 x 3 1/4 (Silver Mat) - Embossed w/Hearts Cuttlebug Folder
Claudia the Cow - Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Prima Markers
Red / White Stitched Ribbon - JoAnn's

Well I think that is everything.... Please go by and visit DDLL, Wendy has some great stamps on sale this week and you don't want to miss your chance to get these stamps... So hurry over before they are gone forever...

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

Well its time again for a new card challenge over at CRICUT CARDZ CHALLENGE.  This week the design team was asked to do a Valentine's Day card for a child, using any cartridge and any colors.  This challenge was so great for me because I love to tell my kids how much I love them, and Valentine's Day is really a special day in our house...

So on to this week's card.. I made this special little card for my newest Valentine.. RAEGAN
I used the Twinkle Toes cartridge and of course I had to glam it up just a bit... :0)

Card Recipe
Card Base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2  (RED)
Mat 4 x 5 1/4 (WHITE)
Striped Mat (K & Company Valentine Paper Stack) 3 3/4 x 5
Twinkle Toes (Dancer # 5 / Shoes Dancer # 6) cut @ 3 1/2 inches
Ribbon - JoAnn's
Red Glitter Paper
Peachy Keen Stamps ( Happy Lashes Face Assortment )
Muti-Colored Rhinestones
I Love You Stamp - Micheal's
Color Box Chalk Ink - Lipstick Red

Well that's all for today... Please come by Cricut Cardz Challenge and take a look at the other design teams members cards they sure will inspire you to make a Valentine for the little sweeties in you life.

Also don't forget to link your project to the challenge so I can stop by and see what you have been up too.

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Monday, January 24, 2011

PAPER PLAYTIME - Challenge # 35

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Well its time for another PAPER PLAYTIME CHALLENGE, this week the theme is PARTY.  For this challenge I decided to use my new DCWV CELEBRATION paper stack... If you haven't had a chance to pick this stack up...RUN and go get one.  It is really a great stack to have in your collection for those moments when you need a quick Birthday Card...

Now on to the project....
I chose to make a birthday card... My nephew David is celebrating his 13th birthday this week so he will be getting this cute card from me... :0)

Close - Up
Card Recipe :

Card Base 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 (TEAL)
Mat 5 x 5 (WHITE)
Striped Mat 4 3/4 x 4 3/4
Simply Charmed Cake ( page 74 ) cut @ 3 inches
Lacy Labels ( hello label ) cut @ 4 inches & 3 1/2 inches
Lots of Stickles (love me some stickles....)
My Pink Stamper Stamps ( Family & Friends ) for the Happy Birthday Sentiment
NEW ADDICTION :Action Wobble behind the cake... It is so cute wobbling all around ( if you havent had a chance to get some of these they are really great) CLICK HERE to find out more about Action Wobbles 

So I think that is it... I hope you will stop by over at Paper Playtime and join us for the PARTY...
Also while your there, stop by and check out the other design team members projects. They have some wonderful ideas for your next PARTY....

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Friday, January 21, 2011

FIF Challenge # 8 - Give A Hoot

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Well it's time for another challenge over at FLAUNT IT FRIDAYS.
For this week the design team was asked to use the BEAR and TRASH CAN cut ( page 61) from the Give A Hoot cartridge.  I will say I had to literally knock the dust off this cartridge to use it... lol
I think we all get so many cartridge in our collection that we forget about some of the older cartridges...(They need our LOVE too !! ) :0)

So on to my project .... I wasnt really quite sure what I wanted to do with this cut for several days.. I pondered a card, a tag or maybe even an altered item...but nothing really sparked my creative juices...
Then I went into my youngest daughters room.... TORNADO ALLEY !!! I was truly shocked to see the mess... Let's just say I was fit to be tied... But on a positive note... I knew what to do with cut...

So here is what I made with this cut ... A simple reminder that I can just hang on the door to remind my daughter that she need to CLEAN HER ROOM !!! :0)

Clean UR Room Door Hanger

Close - Up of Bear
( I used black brads for his eyes)
ANd in my world Trash Cans are covered in GLITTER.. :0)

Project Recipe :

Give A Hoot Catridge Page 61 Bear and Trash Can cut @ 3 inches
Locker Talk cartridge Door Hanger Page 68 cut @ 10 1/2 inches
I used Recycled Cereal Boxes to cut the Door Hanger cut 3 times
Then I used Black Coordination Cardstock to cover the front in back
Coordination Cardstock - Magenta Layer key ( cover front & back )
Black Brads for the Bear Eyes
Random Rhinstones (various sizes)
Black Letter Stickers (Stickabilities) 1 1/4 GUTS - Hobby Lobby
Stickles - Cotton Candy

Well I think that is it for me today... I hope you have enjoyed my project  I think it turned out FLAUNTABULOUS !!!! So hop on over to Flaunt It Fridays and join in on all the fun... Also stop by the other design team member blogs and see the incredible projects they came up using this cut. Dont forget to upload your project to the FIF blog so I can come by and see how you FLAUNT IT !!!  

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Digital Delights by Louby Loo Bonnie

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Well here is my first project for DDLL as a design team member.  I used the cute little digi named BONNIE to make the sweetest little birthday card ever.... Isn't she just the cutest.. The card went together in a flash.. From start to finish the card only took me about 20 minutes to totally complete.  That's one of my favorite things about DDLL stamps, they are all so cute the possiblities are endless... The hardest part is figuring out what papers to use..

Sweet Little Bonnie
wishing someone a HAPPY BIRTHDAY :0)

I also added a few butterflies (Martha Stewart) and bent them in the middle to give a 3D effect
And you know me we had to have some BLING !! (Flower Centers)
I colored Bonnie with Copic Markers (still learning the technique but getting better!!) :0)
And the pattered paper is from the DCWV Spring Stack (2010)
Happy Birthday Sentiment is also from DDLL
White Card Base cut @ 5 1/4 x 5 1/4
Pink Mat cut @ 5 x 5
Pattern Paper cut @ 4 3/4 x 4 3/4

So I think I did pretty good for my first DT project and can't wait to do the next one...DDLL stamps are so addictive the possibilities are truly endless...

So jump on over to DIGITAL DELIGHTS and pick up some of these wonderful digi stamps.

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Monday, January 17, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

I have been dying to tell you my exciting news. I have been chosen to be a DESIGNER for Digital Delights by Louby Loo.... I could hardly believe that I was chosen and truly sat looking at my email dumb-founded...ME !!! I kept saying they chose ME !! Let me first start off by saying THANK YOU to Wendy for choosing me. Secondly I am truly honored and humbled to be apart of such an amazing group of designers. The funny part of all of this is that I have been "a stalker aka follower " of most of the design team for quite sometime and now I get to be apart of this amazing group :0) Who would have ever thought?

As part of the design team I want to bring " my thinking outside the box" concept and focus not only on cardmaking but also on other ways we can use our DIGIS in various projects. Also for my followers who love my "quirky" brain I will have some great ideas for you too. So stay tuned and check back often this is going to be alot of FUN !!!

Lastly when I started this blog several months back.. I never thought it would take me anywhere..(Gosh that sounded like something out of Forrest Gump)..LOL   but no seriously I would have never thought that this  tiny piece of the blogging world would bring me so much JOY !!! But it does every single day.  Your comments and support are so appreciated by me.  Also the amazing friendships with people all around the world that I have made through this blog will last me a lifetime.  Thank you so much for your friendship it mean alot to me !!!

So check back often the PARTY is about to begin... New look, New Concepts and a NEW way of THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX....


And remember LIFE is about the JOURNEY so make it the BEST journey possible !! :0)

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

Gosh it seems like so long since I have posted a project for CCC...but finally the design team is back in action and ready to inspire you all.
For this weeks challenge we were asked to make a card using any cartridge and any theme...but using the colors red, black and white ONLY.. My favorite color is red so this challenge was right up my alley...

For this challenge I went back to one of my favorite cartridges CREATE A CRITTER
I used the sweet little kitten on page 38.

Card Recipe

Standard A2 size card 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Mats cut @ 5 1/4 x 4 - 5 x 3 3/4
Top Note Cut ( using my Imagine ) cut @ 3 1/2 & 3 1/4
Kitten cut @ 2 3/4 plus layers
Scalloped Oval cut at 1 3/4 - 1 1/2 - 1 1/4 (CAC page 65 ) phrase key
Black Signo Pen
Quik Kuts Embossing Folder (Large Dots)
Patterned Paper ( from my stash )

I hope you will hop on over to CRICUT CARDZ CHALLENGE and play along with us this week. I would love to come and see what you came up with using RED BLACK AND WHITE...

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

FIF Hello Kitty Blog Candy Winner !!!

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Life has been crazy here in the deep south..SNOW & ICE STORMS !!! Who would have thought that my yard would look like a winter wonderland... Well with all that craziness I forgot to choose the winner for the FLAUNT IT FRIDAYS HELLO KITTY BLOG HOP...  I would like to thank each and everyone of you who came by and hopped with us this past weekend. It was truly and honor to be apart of such a talented group of crafters and my creative sure did get a boost from their amazing projects.  Also BIG SCRAPPY SMOOCHES AND HUGS to those of you who left such sweet comments on my project.. I really appreciate it. It is what makes this blog work and what gives me the motivation I need somedays to create... LOVE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU !!! So before the internet connection goes down once again ...Let me announce the winner. I used to choose the winner.

The WINNER is: Bonnie from

Bonnie said :

Hi Melissa
WOW.. I love the HK frame, and that paper is a MUST! Your plate is too cool, I love etching with my cricut!
I am already a follower of your blog
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C
Thanks so much BONNIE... :0)

I will be contacting you shortly

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Friday, January 7, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

Welcome to the Flaunt It Friday's  Hello Kitty Blog Hop. If you are here from DORCAS than you are in the right spot. If you just arrived here and would like to start from the beginning please go directly to the Flaunt It Friday's blog by clicking on the link

For this week's challenge we were asked to flaunt the Hello Kitty with Airplane on Page 65 from the Hello Kitty Greetings Cart.

I chose to do ALTER the dollar wooden frames that you get at Micheal's so love these little wooden frames they make the best little gifts...and one of my favorite things to give

For those of you that follow my blog you know that I was blessed back in November with my first Granddaughter Raegan Elizabeth so I felt the need to make a frame for one of the 10,000 pictures of have taken of her over that last 6 weeks..
( She already has the Paparazzi after her....THAT WOULD BE ME !!!) LOL!!

So this is what I came up with
You can never go WRONG with those colors !!

 Here's a Close-Up of the HK (she is all BLINGED out in her little Plane !!

I used Black Glitter Paper for the cut along with PINK embossed pattered paper for the PLANE
The background paper came from the PARIS NIGHTS stack by GCD
I cut the plane @ 4 inches

The banner to the side of the plane came from CHRISTMAS CHEER cut @ 3 1/2 inches on FIT TO LENGTH. wich gave it an 1 1/4 width size.

Close -Up of her Name

Hello Kitty Font cut @ 1 1/2 inches shadow and font


For my next project I chose to use the adorable HK on page 30.  I use this cut all the time when I need a super cute cut for a girl layout or card

 It works everytime and SCREAMS SWEETNESS AND GIRL !!! Don't cha think???

For my second project I chose to GLASS ETCH my sweet little HELLO KITTY
  I know glass etch ??? Who would have thought ?? huh ??


For those of you who have never tried glass etching...all I can say is...

It is TOTALLY ADDICTIVE...once you learn how you will be glass etching EVERYTHING !!! LOL

 I have giving a little tutorial on the process..but it does take some time to get the hang of it..My best advice is to  buy some inexpensive items and will soon be a
And your friends will be so impressed...That you made it yourself !!

So on to the project:


I purchased and inexpensive plate from Wal-Mart
for $2.50 the round plates were less expensive but I was so Digging the
 I also purchased the matching SQUARE CUP !!
Cool huh??

 Next I design HK and all her layers using DESIGN STUDIO
(Note you have to hide all the contours in the layer pieces and only use what you need to build your HELLO KITTY)

Place a piece of vinyl on the mat and cut your design
**new mats work the best in holding the vinyl**

Should look like this when your done cutting
Weed out the parts of the vinyl that you want to etch
Place Transfer tape over the vinyl making sure to fully adhere the tape to the vinyl
Remove all AIR BUBBLES !!!!
Place vinyl on BACK SIDE of glass plate and remove all AIR BUBBLE !!
I used a wooden spoon but you could also use a credit card
Once it is adhered down GOOD remove the transfer tape SLOWLY making sure the vinyl doesn't lift from the glass
Place painters tape around the vinyl 
(because the etching cream may run) 
Should kinda look like this (all taped off)
Apply Etching Cream making sure to get in the lines of your design
** be very generous when applying **
Think coats work the BEST !!
Should look like this when applied
Set the timer for 10 MINUTES
The bottle says 6 to 7 minutes but I have learned that 10 minutes gives you a DEEPER ETCH
*** the thicker the glass the longer you might have to etch **
Rinse your project over Running Water
removing all the etching cream from your project
Remove the tape and vinyl from you project
Wash your project throughly with soap and water
Dry completely

Now look in amazement and what you just created !!!

This is the completed Project


Close -Up of Plate
It was so much fun to do and I hope you will give it a try!!

I also made a matching cup using the HK Flower on page 47
using the same etching process....

Close -Up of Cup

So this is a blog hop and no blog hop would be complete with out some BLOG CANDY Right???
So my scrapping bestie Kendra aka SCRAPPIN CRICUT has donated one of her fabulous extension cords for your cricut or your gypsy... I have one of these and it is the BOMB !! I can use my gypsy on one side of my scraproom and cut on the other side without having to fumble with that SHORT cord that comes with our gypsy....I also use it with my design studio cord and it has made my life so much easier.

Three ways to earn an entry for the blog candy
Leave a comment in this post (one entry)
 Become a follower of my blog you don't have to become a STALKER but if you would like click the followers tab on the RIGHT HAND SIDEBAR (one entry)
 If your already a follower THANKS...but let me know and I will give you an extra entry

 I will choose the winner on MONDAY January 10th and post it here


** DON"T FORGET **Love Always stamp set sponsored by Pink By Design. The grand prize will be on Sandra's blog! You will have all weeked to complete the hop and we will draw the winner sometime on Monday or Tuesday 
You must leave a comment on everyone's blog to have a chance to win the Grand Prize Giveaway which is the

Thank You so much for taking the time to hop with us for the Flaunt It Friday's Hello Kitty Blog hop we can't wait to see how you "Flaunt" your Hello Kitty this week at FLAUNT IT FRIDAYS.



Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Thursday, January 6, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

Just wanted to share some super exciting news with all of you.  I have been asked to be apart of the design team for FLAUNT IT FRIDAYS.  Yeah for ME !!! I was so suprised and truly honored to be asked to be apart of such a talented group of crafters and paper artist.... I have loved the concept of FIF from the start and now I am apart of all the FUN !!!  If you have never visited FIF you need to go by and check them out.  They have a new challenge every Friday using a particular CRICUT CUT..and the object is to FLAUNT the cut anyway you would like too...

The more out there and over the top the better !!!

It really is alot of fun seeing what everyone comes up with. And if you don't have that particular cartridge FLAUNT WHAT YOU HAVE, just keep it in with the theme for that week. 

So I invite you to stop by and play along and FLAUNT your creations right along with all of us.
It really is a BLAST !!!

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Monday, January 3, 2011

Paper Playtime Challenge FACES

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Gosh it seems like so long since I have posted a new project been so super busy with the holidays and the kids being out of school for the last 2 weeks, that there just hasn't been much time for crafting....

But I am finally back in the swing of things and have dusted off the Cricut and pulled the paper and adhesive back out and I'm ready to start creating once again..

I have so many new and exciting things to tell you about but will keep that for later on in the week... But it is really exciting and I am busting at the seams to tell you ...So come back to find out what the big SECRET is...

So on to this weeks Paper Playtime Challenge FACES...our sponsor this week is PEACHY KEEN STAMPS.. Gosh I so love their stamps they have to be some of the best stamps on the market.. if you have never used them I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them too you... They are excellent quality and the face images take you projects from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY !!!

PEACHY KEEN STAMPS website  take a look you will want them ALL !!! (LOL)

So on to this weeks project

I have been doing so many cards that I have almost forgotten how to do a scrapbook layout so for this week I have challenged myself to do a layout...

I love how it turned out and the PKS were the icing on the cake for this layout...Like I said it took it from ordinary to Extraordinary...all with the use of their awesome stamps..

Close -Up of the cute baby girl

Close - Up of crawling baby

Layout Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge - Feeling Groovy cut @ 2 1/2 inches
Cricut Cartridge - Sugar & Spice - Bottle and Teddy Bear cut @ 2 1/2 inches
Cricut Everyday Paperdolls - Baby cut @ 7 inches and Faces cut @ 3 inches & 5 inches
Photo Mats outside mat cut @ 6.5 x 4.5 inches and inside mat cut @ 6.25 x 4.25 inches
White Signo Gel Pen
Black Zig Pen for Faces
Black Cat Eye Ink Pad
DCWV Patterened Paper (Spring Stack 2010)

Coordination Cardstock - Love Portion
Coordination Cardstock - Lime
Peaxhy Keen Stamps (PK-490) Everyday Faces Face Assortment

I hope you will stop by and play along with us over at PAPER PLAYTIME....The other design team members have given you lots of inspriration this week and fun new ways to use FACES in your projects, so please come by and visit with us awhile... Also post you project to the challenge link so I can come by and be inspired by your creativity too.

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps



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