Friday, August 28, 2009

Let's Make an Accordion Fold Halloween Card with the Scor-it Scorebord

It's time for another Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Fab Friday TV Tutorial....and this episode is all about making this accordion fold card...using the Scor-it Scoreboard...

Wait 'til you see how easy it is to make this card...just in time for Halloween!

I know that there are lots of tutorials around for creating accordion folds...
and my personal little twist on this standard accordion fold is that you can create the card base for 2 of these cards..from one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock...and have them turn out as standard sized A2 cards... this is accomplished by adding the pumpkins on the edge of the card..which extends the size of the almost square scored card make it an A2 card!
(most A2 accordion folds require that you use a whole sheet of card stock to get one card only....or attach another fold.. via an extension piece of card stock)

You can see the complete list of materials and supplies for this accordion fold card at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog ...H E R well as this weeks "Be Inspired Challenge"

I hope that you enjoy this video tutorial...and that you'll create your own accordion fold card for a special occasion that may be coming up in your life!

To View Video Click here: VIDEO TUTORIAL ~ Accordion Fold Halloween Card

or view it below
PS..don't forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page to turn off the Playlist that you can hear my melodious voice!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to School Altered Desk Set: Cuttlebug Challenge #46 and Cosmo Cricket

I have been so busy lately and haven't had any time at all to sit and enjoy some card making...scrapping...or anything related to papercrafting...

I did have time, tho, to work on our Cuttlebug Design team project for this week for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's be Inspired #46: Altered School Items

We had the wonderful opportunity to work on this project using fantastic Cosmo Cricket products.... as well as the always fantastic Core'dinations Color Core Card Stock

This desk set includes a mail holder basket, notebook, magnetic To-Do List/note pad and pencil set, an index card organizer case, personal address book and pencil.pen holder....all created with Cosmo's "Boyfriend" papercrafting kit.

All of the patterns and colors in this kit were beautiful and wonderful...and when I saw the pencil patterned paper..I just knew it would be ideal for this "school" themed challenge.

I used black card stock as the primary base for each piece to mimic a chalkboard....and built each project...paper layers and embellishments on the chalkboard base.

So now that you've seen my desk set...come on over the the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to see what my Design teammates have come up with for this fun challenge!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Guess who's having a First Birthdy Party! ...and YOU'RE invited!

If you like birthday and fun... be sure to send some time at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog during the month of that you don't miss a thing!

There'll be prizes and projects, tutorials, challenges and we celebrate the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's FIRST BIRTHDAY!

So put on your party hat...and your party shoes...and join us...beginning September 1st...for a month long celebration!

*Invitation image created by: Digitalpenciltoo

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Fun Radio Show Interview Taking About What I LOVE Most!

I have been so busy lately that I forgot to share here that I was recently interviewed by Michelle Dyett-Welcome of Smart-at-Home Blog Talk Radio!

I cannot tell you how much FUN this was!

Imagine having the opportunity to talk to someone for half an hour about what you LOVE most! Scrapbooking and Card Making!

You can listen to my Radio Interview with Michelle H E R E

Michelle, of Smart-at-Home has a wonderful web site as well as this Radio Show, that has evolved from Smart-at Home, which is a home based business that was started by Michelle and her husband, Dwain, as a subsidiary of Smart Copy Designs Inc. (a copy writing business)
Michelle and her husband are also home-schoolers and understand the demands-economic, socially, religiously and by family- that are placed on parents.

They created their site as a means of supporting and informing the home-based business owner or home-schooling family.

Their web-site offers fun art projects, articles, product reviews, interviews, videos, how-to tips, homemade products and so much more to inspire, entertain and give you the kind of information we wish we’d had. They’re constantly adding new resources and are currently excited about the recent publishing of their book, "Excuse Me. Let me Speak" a child friendly workbook” that walks children through the simple steps they need to become confident, bold, professional public speakers.

I hope that you enjoyed the interview...and maybe even visit the Smart-at-Home web site HERE

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ice Cream Sundae, anyone? Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Be Inspired Challenge #45: Shape Cards

This weeks Wednesday Be Inspired Challange over at the Cuttlebug Challange Blog was to create a shaped card...using a shaped card template from Paper Popsicles...

I don't work and create with shaped cards often...but I'm always up for a challenge..and change of pace..and anything that might expand the possibilities for me and add a little zip and zing to my repertoire ....and this weeks Cuttlebug Challenge Blog weekly challenge did just that!
I have to admit that I got off to a slow start....but once the idea came together in my mind it was a matter of committing to colors..and then the fun began and this is what I came up with...

I used an assortment of Core'dinations card stock in different colors,embossed with my Cuttlebug and an asst of folders... then sanded to reveal the color core..all of which added texture to define each "flavor" of ice cream (and the cherry) as I layered the card stock...and trimmed it to fit the template...

Two things come to mind when I look at the finished card....

#1. Working with a shaped template to make a card was fun...and now with "digtal EVERYTHING" becoming so popular...this opens up a whole new world of card shapes..sizes....themes etc...beyond what our die cutting machines can offer...

#2. Using Core'dinations Color Core card stock and some different Cuttlebug embossing folders is ideal for this card...because I look at it and think of how boring and "flat" it would have been with plain old card stock.

If you're thinking that you might like working with shaped cards... come on over to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog HERE to see what my Design Team sisters created... you'll be amazed and in awe of the possibilties....and maybe YOU'LL even give this week's challenge a try!

Monday, August 17, 2009

We have a Winner!

Hi Everyone...

You know...when I first posted this blog felt like mid -August was SO far away!....

And here we are...with most of the Summer behind us already....

Firstly...thank you so much to everyone who visits my blog..and takes a moment to post a comment...your comments always inspire me...and I LOVE visiting your blogs as that I can steal a bit of inspiration...those of you who posted links to YOUR Cuttlebugged cards have awed me with your creativity...

It's now been almost 2 months since I was invited to join the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog design Team..(and thus this little celebration and this Blog Candy)

Being on the Design Team is an experience that I feel fortunate to have...the Team is a gathering of wonderful individuals who all bring such creativity and their own unique styles to every project we work on...and as each week passes... I appreciate this DT experience on a different and new level..

I do hope that you'll continue to visit me here at my blog...and also at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog...
Theres so many fun and inspiring things going on at the Challenge Blog all of the time...really super challenges..great prizes...oodles of ideas and inspiration...and lots of special events...
Betty and I alternate Fridays and bring you Fab Friday TV Tutorials...Betty in her sweet southern voice...and me in my big old NY accent!..
The projects in the tutorials are very do-able..for all matter what your skill level is....

Finally..thank you ALL..for the MANY ind words you've offered here on my blog.. and...for your congratulations on my DT position...

and FINALLY!!...

Thanks to everyone who commented to have a chance to win the Cuttlebug Candy...
Each person who commented was a assigned a number..(in no particular order.)..and a random number was chosen (by indicate who the winner is...and....

#61 is Raquel

Raquel said:

What great blog candy!!! Congrats on joining the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Design Team!!! That is such an honor!! Here is one of my favorite cards using the cuttlebug. Its an SFYTT sketch as well as a Color Throwdown Challenge. I hope you enjoy. I have also added you candy to my side bar here
July 21, 2009 6:48 PM


Please send me an email with your mailing address so that I can send your Cuttlebug goodies out to you this week!

Thank you again everyone for joining in on this Blog Candy!

I've already got something else in mind for my next Blog be sure to check in here to see it when I Post a that you'll have your chance to win!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tutorial Time!

Come join me at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog for an episode of Fab Friday TV where I will be making this wonderful little altered assignment pad...

Once you arrive at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog you'll see a list of supplies...and can watch the video tutorial that offers step-by-step instructions on how to create this 10 minute project!

So come and join me over at the Challenge Blog...

I think that once you see how easy it is to alter this little assignment pad...that you'll be stocking up on these affordable little pads so that you can make some of your own for back - to- school days...and for stocking stuffers..!

Oh! One other thing!...(I almost forgot to remind you!)...
The Cuttlebug blog candy winner will be picked at random this weekend... so if you haven't posted a comment to the candy post above...take a moment to do that that you'll have a chance to win all of the Cuttlebug goodies in the picture...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Be "Scene" the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog ~ Be Inspired:Challenge #44

What a fun Challenge this week at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!

I really enjoyed creating this card...and as always...enjoyed using various embossing folders for added texture and interest.
If you know me at all..or visit my blog already now that I am a HUGE Cuttlebug fan..I just LOVE embossing..and find myself wanting to emboss a little something on almost every card that I Cuttlebug and embossing folders truly get a workout here at my house!

As if I am not addicted enough to embossing... I now have an added enhance the original addiction...and this would be... Core'dinations card stock addiction...

The background card stock used on this card is from Core'dinations wonderful Whitewashed Collection...and even prior to has a beautiful weathered look...but once its sanded...the color core emerges and the magic happens!
(You KNOW that I was on line the other day ordering...or shall I say....STOCKING UP (in a MAJOR WAY) on a stash on Core'dinations cs... I found mine at HSN and QVC (yes yes..I know..I am an enabler)

The truck(SU Loads of Love) was stamped out on DSP...and the black lines darkened with a black Stamp n Write marker, The trucks chrome was colored with a fine point silver paint pen (Prismacolor).

I hand cut the trees..(also from Core'dinations cs)..embossed and sanded them as well...

Once I had all of the card elements prepped and created..I used OODLES and OODLES of dimensionals to put this 3-D scene card together..

I hope that you'll visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog HERE to see what my design Team sisters have created...the creativity will awe you!'ll also get to see many DT challenge projects that have used the wonderful Sakura Sticklers (Stickers) and Souffle Pens!

..and while you're there...steal a little bit of inspiration...and give this weeks challenge a try...and BE SCENE!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

What a Day! (I won!! I won!!)

Holy cow! What a day!

When I checked my email etc this morning on my computer..something wasn't right with my computer...
By was dead....or about 80% dead...allowing me to only access a few things

Gary spent most of the day trying to revive it... but after an entire day of's become apparent that I need a new computer...(hopefully tomorrow evening at this time I'll be back..with a brand spankin' new computer that will cooperate and do everything it's suppose to do...and then some! (I'll be looking for one that does laundry...and cooks..and makes beds!)

I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down at my barely alive.. and somewhat fickle computer... and found that I have some Internet access...(SOME being the operative word...because I can access some things...but not others)...

So what did I do??..Well..first I checked some emails and tried to respond to as many as I could...

Then...I fed my creative hunger..and started browsing some of my favorite blogs...

and....on one of my blog stops... I found out that I am the winner of the FANTASTIC blog candy at Jennie's Blog... "The Artistic Stamper"!

When I first saw Jennie's Blog Candy I was LOVING the seashell stamps...and started thinking of what I'd create with them..IF I was the winner...

Now..I'll have the opportunity to use them on some cards..and maybe a scrapbook layout...and some gift sets..and gift tags... and...and...and....

Thank you Jennie!

You've made a day that's been filled with computer problems and frustration...end wonderfully!

P.S..I can't copy and add a pic of the candy to this post because of my computer problems..but you can take a peek at it Jennie's blog

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Another CB Challenge .... some Embossing....Core'dinations and a FREE Digi Download!!

This week, the DT at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog were asked to use a digital image from MlamarreDesigns. ...some wonderful Core'dinations cs...and of course..add some Cuttlebug embossing......and this is what I came up with...

The Cuttlebug Embossing folders and Core'dinations card stock are a match made in heaven!..I am going to have to make a conscious effort to NOT emboss and sand every piece of cs that I use from now on! (I LOVE the distressed look that's achieved by lightly sanding the embossed Core'dinations and allowing it's color core to emerge!)

I am awed and inspired by what my Design Team Sisters came up with...and I'm sure that you will be too... so take a peek HERE to see some wonderful cards...and then make your own card and be sure to enter this weeks challenge!

The challenge this week is to create a project using the digital images shown in the Design team projects..

Need the images??...
No problem!
Everyone that leaves a comment at the Challenge Blog will get a download of the digital stamps to create YOUR card with :)

This challenge runs from today until Monday so be sure to post your comment at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog to get your free digi images!