Monday, July 30, 2012

Imagine Monday!

Today my project for the design team is a card using the Imagine cartridge Better Together. To check out other projects using the Imagine, make sure to visit Erica's blog at

  • I used a A2 card base
  • I cut the patterned paper to 3 7/8 x 5 3/8 so that it would be just slightly smaller than the front of the card base. 
  • The lady carrying the presents is the cut from Better Together, and she is cut at 4 inches and attached to the card base using pop dots.
  • Before attaching the patterned paper to the card base, I wrapped some twine around the paper, and then used ATG adhesive to attach the patterned paper to the card base. 
  • I used Memento ink and a Happy Birthday sentiment stamp from the Scripted Year set from Pink by Design.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pink by Design Anniversary Challange #13!

Today's final challenge was to make a card using this sketch...along with using something that you find in your junk drawer, purse, cup holder etc...just not something from your craft room. I went searching and found some paperclips!


 Here is my take on the sketch! 
  • The card base is 6 1/4 x 5 1/2
  • The green layer is 6 x 1.5
  • The red layer is 6 1/4 x 2 1/2 
  • The squares are from a punch
  • Stamps are from Beary Merry Christmas 
  • The paper clips are my "junk drawer" items

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge #12!

We have made it to Challenge #12! For this challenge, you had to find something in your house that inspired you and make a project to reflect that! I knew right away that I would use my son Jacob as my inspiration. When I think of him the first thing that comes to my mind is he is a monkey! So here is my take on Challenge #12!

Here is Jacob holding my finalized card!

  • A2 Card base
  • Monkey cut from Birthday Bash at 3.5 inches and attached to the card base with pop-dots
  • Inside sentiment stamp is from Jungle Fever stamp set from Pink by Design.

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge #11!

Challenge #11 is to make a single layer card. When you think about it, this can be quite the challenge, as most of us are used to layering different papers and embellishments onto our cards. This means that this card needs to be full of different stamps to keep it all one layer. :)

  • A7 card base 
  • I started by using my Puzzled background stamp to stamp around the edges of my card base using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Next I used Memento Tangelo ink and the Orange stamp from Orange you Awesome stamp set. I also used one of the face stamps from this set with the tuxedo black ink. 
  • Last I stamped the sentiment from the Orange you awesome set in the corner.

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge #10

Challenge #10 is to make a project using an animal. Having just used the Jungle fever stamp set on my last challenge, I had lots of great ideas for animal projects!

  • I cut the elephant from the Cricut cartridge Birthday Bash at 3 inches. 
  • Patterned paper is cut to 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 to fit the front of the A2 card base. 
  • The elephant is attached using pop-dots 
  • The inside is stamped with a sentiment from PBD Jungle Fever stamp set.

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge #9!

The 9th PBD challenge is to make a project with Buttons! I love adding buttons to projects, as they can add color, texture, and just help jazz up a project. Here is my card using buttons!

  • A2 DCWV card base 
  • buttons from stash
  • Goody label die 
  • Sentiment stamp from Jungle Fever PBD set
  • Glue dots to adhere buttons

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge # 8!

Challenge #8 is to use ribbons or bows. The examples shown were to tie it in a bow, make a flower with it, scrunch it up or do something completely different. I choose to do something completely different....I choose to use only ribbon to decorate the front of my card!

I used a piece of red card stock cut to 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 and 3 pieces of ribbon all cut at about 6 inches. I ran my ribbon through my sticker maker to make them completely adhesive on the backside. I then wrapped them around my card stock and attached that to my card base.

On the inside I used a sentiment stamp from the Christmas Wishes PBD stamp set and used Lady Bug Red from Memento.

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge # 7!

I found the post for challenge #7!! Challenge #7 is to make a project that has a tag on it. Pretty simple as tags are so easy to add to a project. Here is my card using a tag.

  • Patterned paper cut to 3 7/8 x 5 3/8 and attached using ATG
  • Tag is a scalloped punch 
  • Stamps on tag is from PBD Labels stamp set 
  • Tag is tied to the card base using twine. 
  • The inside sentiment stamp is from PBD Rain or Shine stamp set

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge #6!

The 6th challenge is a sketch challenge! I love sketches as they automatically give me a place to start. What I loved about this sketch, is you can easily use it as a layout or a card. Because I love cards so much that is what I used it for. :)

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it: 

I used sold black textured card stock for the bottom piece and a Martha Stewart border punch. The pink zebra paper is cut at 7 x 3 and attached with ATG. The squares that the shoes are stamped on are 2 x 2 squares that have had their corners rounded. The ribbon is from The Paper Studio. All the stamps on this card are from the Designer Boots February stamp of the month set by Pink by Design. 

Pink by Design Anniversary challenge # 5!

The 5th challenge is to make a card or layout using the OMBRE technique. This is where you have colors that go from lightest to darkest. Here is my take on the challenge!

I started by cutting down my patterned paper to 5 3/8 x 3 7/ 8. I took my twine and laid it out from lightest to darkest and wrapped it around my paper. In the center I brought it together and attached it using a glue dot. I then made 3 circles using glue dots along the top of my card, and used 2 colors on each ones to make them look like lollypops. I used my pink twine to make the sticks for my lollypops. After securing all the twine to the back of the patterned paper, I attached it to my card base.

Next I stamped the banner and hand cut it from the same patterned paper that is used for the base. The banner comes from Everyday Banners, and the Have a Sweet Day stamp comes from Say it Sweet. When applying my ink for the have a sweet day, I used Memento inks Bahama Blue and Danube Blue to continue with the Ombre challenge.

For the inside of my card, I stamped it with a Happy Birthday stamp from the Birthday Birthday stamp set.

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge # 4!

The 4th challenge today was to make a project using a silhouette shape in it. I have never done a silhouette project, so had to really sit down and think about it to find something that would work as a silhouette. I quickly decided that I wanted to make a card for an upcoming wedding that we will be attending. 

I started by cutting out my dress from the Cricut cartridge Everyday pop-up cards at 4 inches. I then picked out some pretty patterned paper to place behind it and cut a black border to also go around the card. I attached the dress silhouette to the card base using pop-dots. I also stamped and cut out the banner piece from Pink by Design's Everyday Banners stamp set and stamped it with the Mr & Mrs. stamp also from the banner set. 

For the inside of the card, I used the "Congratulations" stamp from Pink by Design's Scripted Year stamp set.

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge # 3

The third challenge was to make a project using embossing. It could be either wet or dry embossing. Since I have been on a Christmas kick, I decided to keep with that and make another Christmas Card. For this card, I used a cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and the Pink by Design Christmas Wishes stamp set.

I started by cutting my solid card stock to 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 and embossing it with my cuttlebug. Next I trimmed the patterned paper to 2 x 3 7/8 and attached it to the embossed card stock. Before attaching these to the card base, I attached the ribbon to hid the seam and tucked the ends of the ribbon behind the card stock. For the inside I used Memento Lady Bug Red ink to stamp my sentiment stamp.

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge # 2

The second challenge was to make something for your favorite holiday. For me that is Christmas! For my project I used the brand new Christmas Tags Pink by Design stamp set and made up a set of 4 Christmas tags.

I started by stamped the Christmas tag onto some patterned paper, and then cutting the tags out by hand. Next I used a hole punch to punch out the little hole to run ribbon or twine through if wanted. The final step was to stamp the To and From onto the tags.

Pink by Design Anniversary Challenge #1

Hi everyone! Today is Pink by Design's 2nd anniversary! They are having lots of challenges today, and if you complete each one and link up your project you automatically win stamps!!! They also have a huge list of prizes that will be awarded to the winner of each challenge.

The first challenge was to make a home decor project using PBD stamps. I don't make a lot of home decor, but thought of this project right away! I started with a Bo-Bunny display board kit that I won at a crop earlier this year, and the creativity just kept on coming!

The board is 12 x 12 and each square is 4 x 4. I used stamps from Big Thoughts and This is life.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Card Sketch Tuesday!

My card today is using the card sketch challenge. This is what the sketch looks like....

And this is my take on the card! 

Items used:
  • A2 card base with corners rounded 
  • 2 patterned cardstock papers
  • solid green cardstock
  • ATG and pop dots 
  • twine 
  • memento ink
  • letter stamps 
  • Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge 
How to:
  • I trimmed the corners of my A2 card base using a corner punch.
  • I then cut the patterned card stock down to size and rounded the corners on both layers. 
  • Next I cut the banner pendants at 1 inch from the Birthday Bash cartridge and strung them on some red and white twine. 
  • I stamped them with the letter stamps, and then stamped the patterned paper. 
  • I attached the patterned paper to the card base using the ATG adhesive and tucked the ends of the twine between the card base and the patterned paper. The banner pieces are held in place using pop dots. 
I hope you enjoyed my card today! To see more projects by other design team members, make sure to check out Erica's blog

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Would you ever guess Wednesday!

Hi and welcome to WYEGW! Today for my design team post, I have chosen to partake in the WYEGW portion. This is when we only use cuts that are from a layer feature on a cricut cartridge. I choose to use the basic font feature from Cheerful Seasons.

  • I used a A7 card base and trimmed my patterned paper to be just slightly smaller than the front of the base and attached with some ATG adhesive
  • I cut the "just us" at 4 inches and ran it through my sticker maker in order to adhesive it to my card base
  • For the inside, I used a sentiment stamp from Pink by Design
If you would like to see other projects like mine, please head on over to Erica's blog to check out what the other designers have made for you today!

Now for the blog candy winner from last weekends blog hop! I was offering up a $10 gift card, and Erica has so graciously doubled the gift card amount to $20!  To pick the winner, I used and it picked comment # 27! Congratulations to Mary who said: "Mary July 8, 2012 9:49 PM I love your cards Samantha. Of course I am a follower!" Contact me at to claim your gift card to Erica's store!

Friday, July 6, 2012

July 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

Welcome to Erica's Craft Room
100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop Day ONE

You should have started at if not please start at the beginning

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's one year "BLOG-iversary" of our first 100 cartridge Blog hop!
A year ago the blog was kicked off with the first design team members and daily postings. It took 2 months to get ready for this hop last year. Now we bring it to you the first full weekend of every month.
Collectively the design team uses over 100 different Cricut Cartridges in their projects during the two days of this hop. Sunday the new members of the design team will be announced and some have even made a project to share with you!! What an exciting weekend!!

As special treat enjoy 10% off of your total purchase with Erica's Craft Room Store.
Use the code JULY to see 10% off of your total purchase (No exclusions)
on July 7 & 8. Also on Sunday there will be an exciting announcement!!!

I have used Celebrate with flourish, Cheerful Seasons and Live Simply in my projects today. 

My first project is from Celebrate with flourish, and is a fathers day card I made for my 3 year old son to give to my husband. 

  •  I cut out the #1 dad tag at 4 inches and layered it all together using my sticker maker. The card base is from a Recollections card base $1 pack from Michael's. 
  • I added the patterned card stock to the front by tracing the card base and hand cutting the paper. 
  • I then used a hole punch to punch out the circle that was already in the card base. 
  • The sentiment stamp is from the "Fathers Day" Pink by Design set

My second project is a very cute card using a cute cut from Live Simply!

  • I cut the toad/frog out at 3 inches and used my sticker maker to make each layer adhesive. 
  • He is attached to the front of the card base using some foam pop-dots 
  • The inside is stamped with a very cute sentiment from Pink by Design's "Go Green" stamp set.
My last project for you today is a fun Christmas card using a cut from Cheerful Seasons! I know you are all thinking it is early to be thinking about Christmas as it is only July, but it will be here before we know it! I am also going to be participating in my very first craft show in November, so I am busy working away on making a bunch of cards to have as inventory for that show!

  • I cut the sleigh out at 2 inches and attached it to my card base using foam pop-dots
  • The tag is from a die and stamp are from the set "Goodie Labels" from Pink by Design 
  • The snowflake is from PBD's "snowflakes" stamp set 
  • The sentiment on the inside of the card is also from PBD set "Christmas Wishes
  • I added the twine bow to the top of the label, and used silver stickles for the bling on the sleigh. 
  • The ink used on this card is: Lady bug, Cottage Ivy and Tuxedo Black from Memento and Silver by Color box
Now for a little blog candy!!  
I am giving away a $10 gift card to Erica's store! I will pick a winner using on Monday July 9th! You have 3 possibly ways to enter, please remember to leave a comment for each one for them to all count! 
  1. Be a follower of my blog (mandatory) - already a follower, just leave a note letting me know! 
  2. Like my facebook page - already like me, just leave a note letting me know (you can even stop by my page and say hi!) 
  3. Follow me on Twitter - if you already do, just let me know! :) 

Here is the entire line up in case you wanted to go back and check out a project again!

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