Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Celebrate Blog Hop January 4 & 5

Hello Everyone, 

I'm so excited. Over the past few months I've been working with an AMAZING group of women and we have created the NEW Cuttin and Stampin Design Team. 

 On January 4th and 5th we will be kicking off the new team with a Celebrate Blog Hop.  

The grand prize for the blog hop is a
$25 gift certificate for A Muse Studio products.  

On January 8th we will be starting our Weekly Challenges.  Each person can enter up to 3 times per challenge.  

So mark your calendars and come enjoy the fun. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shrooms and Blooms Blog Hop

Welcome to the Shrooms and Blooms Blog Hop

If you arrived here from Tara's Blog, then you are on the right track! If you just stopped by and would like to start at the beginning, please go to Jenn's Blog.

 We are so happy to have you join us today! You won't want to miss out on any of these whimsical mushroom projects!

One grand prize winner will win a the goodies pictured at your first stop (Jenn's Blog)! Please be a follower and leave a comment at all of the stops in the hop for the chance to win. There will also be other blog candy along the way! Make sure you return to Jenn's Blog and link up to be in the drawing for the goodies :)

For my project I wanted to create something I could use for the season as well as have the mushroom.  I have a Gnome Digital stamp set and kept seeing this great mushroom with a little snow on top.

I took the Gnome and gave him a little color with a star bling on the end of his hat.

I’m not great with flocking so I took some Star Dust Stickles and outlined the mushroom and the cloud for a little sparkle.  I used shimmer paper for the snow and cloud.  The blue background is from Basic Grey and the card based is Cherry card stock from A Muse Studio.

Here are the Copic markers I used

Now make sure to head over to An'Jenic's Blog Next.  

If you get distracted along the way, here's a complete line up.

1.     Jenn  <--- START HERE
6.     Tammy  ßYou are here
7.     An'Jenic   <- NEXT STOP
12.    Melissa
14.   Jenn <--- Link Up For CANDY 


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you and yours have a Very Merry Holiday Season, full of Peach, Love and Joy.  


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting Ready for Christmas - Crafting By Designs

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Hello Everyone, I'm here today with the Getting Ready for Christmas card challenge.  We hope that when you play along with this challenge throughout the year, when the season arrives, you will have created enough Christmas cards for everyone on your list.  

Today I took a stab at using my Copics and a Bugaboo stamp to create a very simple and easy card. 

I started with coloring the tree and then trying to cut it out.  

As you can tell, I'm really rusty on blending the darker and lighter tones.  Hopefully that will come with a lot more practice.  

I used a sage color card stock for my base and Basic Grey Eskimo Paper for the mat.  

I have to admit that this is not what I had envisioned when I started.  I printed the tree stamp to large so I had to turn my card base.  Then i didn't have room for a sentiment on the front.  So I went with a real basic stamp on the inside from the A Muse Studio Tis the Season stamp set. 


As you can tell I'm hooked on trees right now.  So the challenge to go along with this card is 

use a Tree on your card.

Make sure to stop off at Crafting By Designs to submit your creation.  I can't wait to see what you make. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cool Yule Winner

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are having fun and enjoying the Christmas Season speeding Joy, Peace and Goodwill.  I love this time of year when people actually try a little harder to be nice to one another.

The Smith house is still on the fence about doing the annual baking.  At first we decided that the time would be better served to purchase boxes of chocolates and spend more time with family.  Then hubby looked at me the other day and said "Well, you have to at least make a few runs of banana bread and some of those sugar cookies."

With the most sarcastic tone I have I replied, "Well if I'm doing that much I might as well do the whole list of goodies and not waist the money on boxes of chocolate."   Of course he would want me to bake the most time consuming items.  Then my son chimes in via text message and tells me it's not Christmas if I don't make him a pumpkin roll.  Giving him a store bought on in November "JUST AIN'T RIGHT".

So anyway, we'll see what happens.  If I post pictures of the kitchen in full on backing mode you will know that I decided that crafting took a back seat to backing.

I promised to draw a random winner for a Cool Yule stamp set.  There were seven people to comment during the Crafting by Designs Blog Hop.

And the Winner is: 

True Random Number Generator

#1 is : 
Love the card!
Those stamped trees are beautiful!

I want to thank everyone that stopped by during the hop and don't forget to stop by  Crafting by Designs and participate in all the different challenges.  We would love to see you there. 

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.