Friday, November 30, 2012

Design Team Call

The design team call is open until December 2nd. 
The term is for one year with a total of 27 projects. 
Interested?? All the information is listed HERE.
You can contact me with any questions at 

Crafting By Designs Blog Hop - Favorite Season

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Hello Everyone, 

I would like to Thank you for taking the time to join our Introductory Blog Hop today.  Crafting By Designs is growing and the group is moving from a small ning network to a blog platform.  We invite everyone to stop by often to the Crafting By Design Blog and check out the large range of challenges.  

If you just happen to stop by today and are interested in our Introductory Blog Hop, go to the Crafting By Design Blog and start at the beginning to see all the great things our design team has created.  

If you are following the blog hop you should have arrived from

Our blog hop is showcasing each designers favorite season.  My favorite season is winter and the arrival of Christmas.  I enjoy creating cards and sending them out to family and friends.  It's the one time of year that I really touch base with them.  So for this hop I'm showing this year's cards that will be going out in the mail very soon.  

I started with this great stamp set "Cool Yule" from A Muse Studio.

I stamped each tree out in 3 different colors of ink and fussy cut them out.  I topped each tree with a gold sequin piece with a star rhinestone in the middle of it. 

I then stamped the sentiment up in the corner and added some Queen and Company twine to the bottom.  

Here's what I did with the inside.  I debated adding another sequin and star to the top, but I wanted them to fold flat.

Thanks again for hopping along today.  Please leave a comment for you change to win a new "Cool Yule" stamp set.  

If you missed any stops along the way, here is the complete blog line up.

START at Crafting by Designs -

Beth Pollock at Mossberry Cottage -

Chrissie Tobas at Harvest Moon Paperie -

Cindy Leek at Papers Pads and Pictures -

Doris T at Mom's Been Scrappin -

Julia Vazquez at Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia -

Rene vanWyk at Life in the Craft Lane -

Tammy Smith at Cuttin' and Stampin -


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Design Team Call

Design Team Call

The design team call is open until December 2nd. 
The term is for one year with a total of 27 projects. 

Interested?? All the information is listed HERE.
You can contact me with any questions at 

Would You Ever Guess - Gift Boxes

Hello Everyone,  Happy Wednesday to you.  Today at My Cricut Craft Room the Design Team is working on projects using cartridges in ways you wouldn't normally think of to create gift boxes.  I decided to use Cindy Loo, Art Philosophy and Teresa Collins December 25th cartridges to create some quick gifts for neighbors and co-workers.

I started with a cut from the Cindy Loo Cartridge.  I believe it's suppose to be a flower pot, but it looks like a great box to me.  Using my gypsy I can fit two on a 12 X 12 cutting mat.  

I put the boxers together together and flocked the turned down edges.  I didn't want the sides to be down completely flat so I tucked them down with 3D foam tape.  I chose to fill the boxes with peppermint and kisses.  I used some Jaded Blossom stamps and a 7/8" circle punch to add a little bit to them.

I used the Art Philosophy and December 25th cartridges to create a sign to put in the middle of the boxes.  I really like this particular label cut and tend to use it quite often.  I attached two signs to a straw, on the back it says "The Smith's" 

Here it is all put together. 

I hope this gives you an idea for a quick and easy gift.  They also make great table decorations for the lunch tables at work.  For more great gift box ideas stop by  My Cricut Craft Room and see what the other Design Team members are doing.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Design Team Call

The design team call is open until December 2nd. 
The term is for one year with a total of 27 projects. 

Interested?? All the information is listed HERE.
You can contact me with any questions at

Monday, November 19, 2012

CCR Exclusive Cuts - Holiday Cards

Hello Everyone,  today at My Cricut Craft Room the Design Team creates project with the Imagine or using Cricut Craft Room Exclusive cuts.  I decided to use the exclusive Holiday Card 13.  I love Christmas Bells.  When I saw the cut on line, I knew I just had to purchase it.  

Here's a picture of my cut screen.  I want you to see that I added extra leaves on the bottom and cut them out in a different color.  I used A Muse Studio Shimmer Gold to cut the base of the card.  I cut a pieces of Shimmer Sugar for the background.

After I cut the leaves out in evergreen and glued them on, I used Xmas Red Stickles to color in where the berries would be. 

When looking up close like this, I can see where I should have taken some time and colored the edges of the leaves with green ink to the white didn't stand out so much. 

On the inside of the card, I stamped and used gold embossing powder for the sentiment. 

This was a quick and easy card to create and I was able to cut, glue and emboss a nice stack of them for a card swap rather quickly.  I hope you are able to stop by Cricut Craft Room and enjoy some of the great card cuts that are available. 

For more great CCR Exclusive cut and Imagine projects stop by My Cricut Craft Room.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Design Team Call

Cuttin and Stampin Design Team Call

Do you want to show off your crafts? The Cuttin and Stampin design team could be the place for you!  We’re looking for a variety of creative, talented, and enthusiastic scrappers to join the design team of our brand new challenge blog launching
on January 6th!!
We will have a different challenge each week. The design team will be split into two groups. Each group will alternate weeks. Each member will be assigned a day of the week. For example, Sarah is on team one and will post every other Monday. I’m looking for two alternates, one for each team that can fill in when one of the regular team members is unable to post on their day. The alternate will only be asked to cover one day every other week.
Who We're Looking For
- 7 members to serve on team 1
- 8 members to serve on team 2
-1 of the members of Team 2 will also serve as team leader.
-1 team member will be in charge of flicker updates.
-1 team member will be in charge of posting pictures on pintrest
- Must have an active blog (at least one posts a week)
- Must be willing to create at least two projects a month for the Cuttin and Stampin Challenges and promote these projects and our challenges on your blog and other social media sites
- Must be willing to participate actively in our design team Facebook group (this is where all discussions will be
held and any other information will be posted)
- Post projects on time
- Comfortable working with products from A Muse Studio that I will be providing design team members to use on
some of the challenge creations (one even week and one odd week a month.)
Think you have what it takes? Here’s how to apply:
Send an email to with ‘Design Team Call’ in the subject line and the following
information in your application:
- Name and blog address
- A short bio (please include your favorite genre)
- Design team experience (preferred but not required).
-What teams you are currently on and if there would be any conflicts of interest.
- 3 photos of your creations that you feel best showcase your paper crafting style
-List what die cut machines you have, (cricut, cuttlebug, cameo, big shot………).

*If you’re interested in the Design Team Coordinator position, Flicker poster or Pintrest placement please also
tell us why you feel you are qualified for the position, and include any experience you may have. These are three
separate positions and I want three different people to fill them. I DO NOT want one person to carry the weight
of this group. I feel like I’m already asking a lot of you and don’t want anyone the feels overwhelmed or

The design team call runs from November 17th
through December 1st. Chosen design team members will be
notified by email no later than Saturday, December 8th.
Questions, comments, and concerns can be sent to

Can't wait to see all your submissions. 

Scrapbook Friday - Recipe Page Swap

Hello Everyone, 

Today at My Cricut Craft Room we are showcasing scrapbook recipe pages.  It was supposed to be for Thanksgiving, but I jumped Thanksgiving and made a page for a Christmas Cookie Swap.  

Hopefully everyone will forgive me and use Peanut Butter Cookies anytime of year. 

I started with a 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of Poppy colored card stock.  with it, I was able to cut a 6 X 6 square for the base, a card pocket 3 3/4" X 5 and a tag 3 X 4 3/4.  

For the pocket, I took the 3 3/4" X 5 and scored 3 sides 1/4" and cut the corners at a 45 degree angle. 
Cutting the corner creates a nice fold on the bottom of the pocket. 

I cut the tag from the Art Philosophy cartridge, cut a piece of white card stock to leave an 1/8" all the way around, punch a hole at the top and added some ribbon. 

I used the Baseball cartridge to cut out a bag of peanuts and some extra peanuts.  I cut all three layers of the bag and added one of the peanuts to the opening. There were only three peanuts in the cut, so I cut them twice.  I needed more peanuts.  

So here's the final pocket page. 

I had a lot of fun with it, other than it's not Thanksgiving.  For more great Thanksgiving Recipe page ideas, check out  My Cricut Craft Room.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Link Up Contest

Hello Everyone,

I'm having an afternoon Link Up Contest.  I'm trying out the new inlinkz

that I just signed up for and was looking for people to try it out and see if I've done everything right. 

So here's how it will work.  Just link up below and tomorrow I will use to pick a winner of a great A Muse Studio Prize pack. 

Thanks for all your help.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Spotlight Blog Comment Winner - Nov 2012

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I was was the S Design Team member at My Cricut Craft Room.  I was very honored to be placed in that position.  I place notes on Facebook and Twitter that if you stopped by and left a comment you would be entered to win some blog candy from me.

So here we are with 8 comments.  And the WINNER IS...........................................

True Random Number Generator 7 Powered by RANDOM.ORG
Number 7 is

I love your card Tammy! I really like that it is coffee related- my favorite drink! Mornings are just not the same without a cup of coffee. Great Job with all the details on your card.

Nadja, please contact me at with your mailing address and I will ship out your prize package right away.  

Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by and left lovely comments.  I will be giving out blog candy again next week.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Red, White & Blue - Card Creating Tuesday

Hello Everyone,
It's voting day and the design team at My Cricut Craft Room is creating cards in Red, White and Blue.
I crated a card that using the coffee cup off of the Love a Latte cartridge.
Here's a picture of the entire card.
For more ideas on Red, White and Blue cards check out  My Cricut Craft Room.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

This is the first weekend of the month and that means it's time for the My Cricut Craft Room's 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop.  Each member of the design team is using at least four different cartridges to create holiday projects. 

You should have arrived from SHARON'S BLOG.   

If you just happen to stop by, start at the beginning and hop along to see all the great holiday projects.

I chose to work with Walk in My Garden, Gypsy Wanderings, Kate's ABC's and Sweater Weather. 

My first project is labeling the pumpkin rolls that I make to give away.  I make about 40 rolls a year at Christmas along with many other kinds of goodies.  So I wanted a better way to label the pumpkin rolls. 

I used the Walk in My Garden bread bag and label cuts.  Then I used the Gypsy Wandering for the pumpkin and Celebrate.  I used From My Kitchen for the roll. 
I used some ribbon and just tied a bow around the top. 


I was trying to create a simple Christmas Card that went with a stamp set I own.  I started with a regular kraft card base and stamped it with a snow background and added some glitter.  After that I stamped on the scene and used heat embossing powder to set it.  I cut the three snowflakes from Sweater Weather and popped them up with foam tape. 

This picture is pretty bad.  The glare is keeping anyone from seeing the stamp, but it's a horse and sleigh with the words Dashing Through the Snow.
Here's a close up of the snow flake.  I used shimmering paper to cut both pieces of the flake. 

This last card didn't turn out anything like I envisioned.  I wanted to have a gingerbread house with signs pointing to the house.  So I started with a card I embossed with a snow plate from A Muse Studio.  Then I used Winter Sky Splash to color the top of the card to look like the sky meeting the snow. 
Then I cut the house from Kate's ABC's and used Ice Stickles to have a look of snow hanging on the roof, windows and yard signs. 
I added some bling to look like Christmas lights on the roof line.

Here's the full card. Another one that will need to stay in the trial an error bin. 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Your next stop is JESSICA'S BLOG
If you get side tracked along the way, here's a complete list of all the Saturday Stops. 
2.      Kathy S
4.      Nadja
5.      Miranda
7.      Lisa Chamberlain
9.      Lisa Carrier
13.    Owl About Kids

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Theme Day Thursday - Ornamental Iron 2

Hello Everyone,

Today is Theme Day Thursday and the My Cricut Craft Room design team has been working on projects that use Ornamental Iron 1 or 2 and/or  Paper Lace 1 or 2.  I really liked the Ornamental Iron cartridges so that's what I used. 

I have to say that I really like the look of the floating picture frames with the black trim.  I stopped by Joann's the other day and wouldn't you know it, they had two left on the shelf for 1/2 price.  Who could resist? 
I usually have a few on hand because I use them for all sorts of gifts.  The one gift I usually give at weddings is the frame with the couple's last name and the year.  But wouldn't you know it, I've never done one for myself.  I know one would look great on the wall with all the other pictures. 
I used black vinyl and all of my pieces were cut from the Ornamental Iron 2 cartridge. If you don't want to spend the extra money on transfer tape, try wax paper.  It works great. 
Here's the final picture that will go on the wall with the rest of my floating frames.
I have some black iron pieces form Home Interiors that have been framing the rest of my wall grouping.  Here's the picture hanging.  I don't think this is it's final spot, but I think you'll get the idea.
For more ideas using the Ornamental Iron and Paper Lace cartridges check out the rest of the design team's blogs by going to the My Cricut Craft Room.
Thanks for stopping by.