Sunday, November 13, 2011

Giving Back Blog Hop for Erica


Welcome to the Giving Back Blog Hop!  We wanted to give back to the person who has given so much to us!   So, this is in honor of Erica from My Cricut Craft Room. 

You should have come from Samantha's blog. If you are starting at my blog, you will want to start with Kat’s blog so you don’t miss any of the great layouts.   When you get done hopping, you will want to go to Erica’s Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/EricasCraftRoom)    and leave a comment on her page.   We will be randomly selecting someone from those comments to win blog candy.

I have a long list of things to be thankful for this year, but there are many reasons just to be thankful for Erica....I won't type the entire list here but my page showcases just a few of those reasons.  Thank you for everything you do Erica!  It does not go unrecognized or unappreciated!


The next stop on the hop is Pattie's blog.  Here is the entire lineup in case you get lost....thanks for visiting and be sure to pay a visit to Erica's page and show her some love of your own to let her know how much we appreciate her generosity and all she does for us!  Have a great day!

http://katscrapfever.blogspot.com                    kat schriber
http://papercrafteranonymous.com                  heather flaherty
http://pinkpolkadotscrapping.blogspot.com       melissa pinter
http://grammiejudys.blogspot.com                   judith ashmore
www.lezlyes.blogspot.com                               lezlye lauterbach
http://gscraptime.blogspot.com/                      gayle schrader             
http://suzyssimplecrafts.blogspot.com               sue-ann lovell

http://kleymanr.blogspot.com/                         rosa kleyman
http://cema1cema.blogspot.com                      christina bartels capps
http://www.funkycards.blogspot.com/              madison
http://micraftygal.blogspot.com                        patricia holloway

http://samanthascricutcreations.blogspot.com/  samantha sickles
http://manicexpressionsdesigns.blogspot.com/   ricki sholler tidd
http://sweetpsscrapbooks.blogspot.com/           pattie mcginnis
http://craftsbyamanda.blogspot.com                 amanda haynes
http://conniescraftycloset.blogspot.com             connie benford layman
http://craftyandgreen.blogspot.com                   tina ondrus keller
http://allmadebylisa.blogspot.com                     lisa
http://mississippihippycrafts.blogspot.com         enjoli collums
http://kccroppers.blogspot.com                        shelly lynn
http://www.creativecraftcorner.com                  karey
http://www.lauriecandoit.blogspot.com             laurie

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Time For Thanks

My Cricut Craft Room 100 Cartridge Hop

Hello ladies and gents...you should have made your way here by way of  Laura's blog and if not then you definitely want to go back to the beginning at http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/ so you don't miss anything!  Yep, it's that time of year again when we all turn our thoughts to the holidays.  Naturally most of us think of Christmas shopping and the stress that goes along with it, who we must purchase gifts for, will they love it, did I forget anyone....I absolutely love Christmas but I also tend to skip ahead and stress a little over all the parties and events and sometimes forget to stop and remember all that we have to be grateful for.  I believe that Thanksgiving should be every day of the year and I try to live by that but when we are really stressed and busy I know it is sometimes hard to think about what we do have instead of what we don't have or need to do, etc.  Especially in this world where everything is so materialistic it seems.  So to slow down and remember what is important I decided to create a Give Thanks banner to decorate for Thanksgiving day and leave it up for the entire month until then just as a reminder of all I do have to be thankful for and to take a moment to appreciate it.  I began with basic brown kraft paper for the banner pennants and cut at fit to page from the Teresa Collins Chic and Scary cart.  The paper I used for the font was from the DCWV Citrus Bloom Stack

. The white background of the paper was a bit stark in comparison to the kraft paper so I inked the edges with a Tim Holtz distress ink pad in antique linen.   I also inked the edges of the pennants with Staz On ink in Timber Brown for added dimension.  The font was cut at 4 inches from Lovely Floral.



I then embellished the pennants with some die cuts and Inkadinkadoo stamps using Tim Holtz distress inks in Frayed Burlap, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Antique Linen, and a few were done with the Staz On Timber Brown also.  I used Mini Monsters to cut the pumpkin at 3 in and the Pilgrim Bird was of course 3 Birds On Parade and he was cut at 4.25 in.  I have to give a special thanks to Shelly Lynn for the cute little leaves on the center pennant.  We exchanged these in a swap last month and although I have the same little punch I decided to use hers just because I loved the colors she chose and I appreciated the extra little surprise!  ;)








I apologize that my pics are not as good quality as normal, I am having issues with my laptop connection so I did most of this through my hubby's iPhone and my Blackberry so my editing software had to be eliminated.  I hope you like my little project and more importantly I hope that when it gets down to the last shopping trip of the season and people may be getting a little testy in the malls, I hope you are reminded of the little things we have to be so thankful for...like having people we love enough to go through all this for just to see their face light up on Christmas morning.  Happy Holidays everyone, I'm thankful for each and every one of you as well.  You should be moving on to Madison's awesome blog because I know she has something there you'll definitely want to see!  Have a great day! 
Ricki

In Case you get lost along the way here is the line up for today hop

1.My Cricut CraftRoom- http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com
2.Sharon- Sharon  http://simplysweetbysharon.blogspot.com/
3.Melissa http://pinkpolkadotscrapping.blogspot.com - - 
4.Holly  http://hollys-hobbie.blogspot.com/
5.Yvette  http://gammascreativecorner.blogspot.com/
6.Samantha http://samanthascricutcreations.blogspot.com/ - - 
7.Heather F http://www.papercrafteranonymous.com/
8.Suzy's Crafts http://suzyssimplecrafts.blogspot.com/ 
9.Tracy http://www.scrappininthewoods.blogspot.com
10.Heather S http://operationcricutdesign.blogspot.com/ 
11.Shelly http://kccroppers.blogspot.com
12.Laura  http://laurascraftsandmore.blogspot.com/ - - 
13.Ricki http://manicexpressionsdesigns.blogspot.com/
14.Madison http://funkycards.blogspot.com/ --NEXT--
15.Jen BowkerRanney -http://myimagitivity.blogspot.com 
16.Blog candy- http://ericasblogcandy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Eeek!!! It's almost Halloween!!!!

Hi boys and girls!  I am so excited about this post because I (like many of you too I'm sure) waited for what seemed like FOREVER for this cartridge even though I ordered it as soon as it was released!  Yep, you guessed it...Teresa Collins Chic & Scary.  You should have come here from Erica at Cricut Craft Room's blog.  If not, definitely check it out, you don't want to miss the other awesome work the other ladies have done today.  So every year we have a huge Halloween bash in our barn, and each year it seems to get bigger and bigger.  We try to add several new decorations each year also just to keep it fresh, we're big fans of day after sales!  I decided to make a little wall hanging that I will later attach a black sparkly ribbon to the back.  Alas, as I reached for my ribbon I realized I had run out of black so I decided to post as is.  I think you have good imaginations and can picture it on there.  ;)  I used the word montage from the cartridge, and glued all the negative spaces onto the orange background.  My little Tweezer Bee tweezers are invaluable for projects like this with tiny little pieces!  I trimmed the edges of the black paper before gluing so a bit so more of the orange showed around the border.  I then went back and used a set of clear Inkadinkado stamps that Erica was so kind to give me.  Instead of using ink however, I used the Martha Stewart glue pad and then sprinkled some of the Martha Stewart fine glitter in Onyx on top.  I then took a corner rounder and rounded the edges and that is it!  I normally take forever with my projects and this was literally done in about an hour, so that's how easy it was!  
I think it will be really cute in the lights after we are done decorating.  I love this cartridge and can't wait to make more projects, I hope all of you that bought it love it just as much!  Happy Halloween to all of you, be safe and have lots of fun!!!

Magnets!

Hello all!  Sorry it's been so long since my last post, I promise I didn't forget about you all!  So much has happened since I've posted last I wanted to share with you.  I contemplated long and hard before I decided to sell my pet spa.  It was an extremely hard decision for me as I started this business from the ground up and love animals dearly.  However, it was very hard to find quality help in our small town and the stress from doing it all was really taking it's toll on me.  So I decided to move back into the salon, as I worked as a cosmetologist and color specialist for years before branching out into grooming pets.  I am planning on attending school soon to further my education and not have to kill my back bent over the shampoo bowl either.  So having settled back into a routine again (somewhat, LOL) I wanted to create a quick post in regards to the little magnets I've made that have gotten SUCH a great response from everyone.

These are SO simple to make and fun to get children involved as well.  I had a little trouble locating the marble gems, I'm not sure if it's because everyone is making these or why but I finally found mine at JoAnns.  I prefer the ones that do not have a luster effect to them but you could certainly use those if you like.  
Next, choose your paper or I have discovered that cardstock or a thicker paper is actually preferred as the glue seems to soak through thinner paper as it dries.  
Due to the fact that each marble is not shaped exactly the same, I lay the marble over the design on the paper that I wish to put on my marble and trace around it with a ballpoint pen.  The line will not show and I trim on the inside of the line anyway so you could use whatever you like to mark it.  I chose to center my marble over some of the accents on the paper but simple patterns like a plaid or polka dot would be adorable as well, whatever ties in with where they will be hanging.
Cut your design out (again, on the inside of the line you marked so there is no overhang on the edge) and line up to see if you like the way it is centered on the back of the marble gem.
Then, I used some E-6000 and also Glossy Accents to glue the paper onto the gem and discovered that I preferred the Glossy Accents so that is what I used for the majority of these.  It dries much faster and doesn't smell as bad either, so those were my reasons for using it over the E-6000.  Others have also suggested that you may use a hot glue gun or even Elmers glue to adhere your paper, although I have personally not tried those as of yet.  Then just glue a magnet disc or I personally love the rolls of magnet at the craft stores and you simply cut whatever length you need for you project and glue it onto the back.  Tada!  All done!  SO simple it's crazy!
Here are some pics of the ones I've made so far....
Now keep in mind, you can also add any sort of embellishment you desire on the top of the gems.  I would personally choose some crystals, maybe paint some details to give additional depth, your imagination really is the limit here.  Oh, and people seem to go ga-ga over these so they would make great little handmade gifts or stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays and really don't cost much to make at all.  Everyone wins!  Have fun!
 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

100 Cricut Cart Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!  I unfortunately do not have a project to share today, but if you check back VERY soon I promise to make it up to you!  Please keep hopping and see what the other ladies have put together for you...oh, and BLOG CANDY!!!  You should have come here from..... Patricia's blog at http://micraftygal.blogspot.com/
If you did not please start at the beginning of the hop at
http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/




Next you should go to Rosa's blog at http://kleymanr.blogspot.com/


If you get lost along the way here is the entire line-up...


1.      My Cricut Craft Room http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com
7.      Patricia http://micraftygal.blogspot.com/  
9.      Rosa http://kleymanr.blogspot.com/  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

One happy camper!

Hi everyone!  Welcome back, I know my posts have been few and far between lately and I apologize for that.  I have had so much going on that I honestly have been struggling to get the few I have done and posted on time...I promise I will be better after next week when things slow down for me at least a little bit.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer.  Here in Ohio at least, it has really felt like it's winding down into fall the last week or so with temps in the 50's at night and low 80's during the daytime.  This time of year always makes me think of camping because I don't like to camp unless I can have a good bonfire to sit by...if it's too hot for a fire then what's the point of camping without marshmallows?!?  LoL!  When I was fortunate enough to be able to meet some of my crafty friends in person for the Cricut Circle Event at Kings Island Erica gave us all some ADORABLE Imaginisce paper that had yet to be released.  We decided we would take a day like Theme Day Thursdays over at Cricut Craft Room and share our creations all using the same papers.  I decided I was going to deviate from my usual cardmaking and make my first ever scrapbook layout.  I really wanted to add more Cricut cuts but I had an issue with my E2 that I believe is due to an update that I have yet to get done...please refer to above =)   
These papers were great quality and I really enjoyed the bright colors and the nice weight as I prefer the heavier cardstock the better.  
I used:
Papers: Imaginisce Happy Camper line, DCWV kraft paper
Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge
Darice Finishing Accents wood tag
Staz On Timber Brown ink
Pop Dot adhesive under the tag
Twine

I have to say I am pretty pleased with my first attempt at a layout although I am going to make time to update both my Gypsy and my E2 this week.  Both are great machines but I need to do my part and support their "continuing education".  ;)  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you all have a great rest of your week and don't forget to stop by for our 100+ Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop the first weekend in Sept.  You will see some amazing projects by some VERY talented ladies, I promise!  
Lot of love, Ricki

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I was supposed to do what???

Hi folks!  If you are anything like me, you need notes to remember things EVERYWHERE!  I mean everywhere, I am amazed how many notes and lists I have been able to fit into the notepad in my Blackberry.  Come to think of it, maybe that's why it runs so slow.  Hmm...anywhoo today is Imagine-ation Monday at Cricut Craft Room and I am one of the featured designers.  I decided to create a new chalk/magnetic board to store my many notes and reminders.

 


So sorry for the bad lighting and my shoddy camera work.  I had to apply many more layers of magnetic paint than anticipated and it was dark by the time I was ready for my pic.  :(  You however, can learn from my mistakes and know that when you use RustOleum magnetic primer you should apply many more than the recommended 2 or 3 coats.  I have 5 as shown and still am not pleased with the strength of the magnetic qualities.  I will more than likely be adding a couple more layers.  
I used:
Teresa Collins Baby Boutique cart
Rust o leum magnetic primer paint
Chalkboard Paint
pre-cut wood plaque
Duncan acrylic paints
Swarovski crystals
Mod Podge gloss finish
resin magnets purchased from JoAnns
 I began by painting my wooden plaque with the magnetic primer, I did not actually prime the bare wood first and that is perhaps where my mistakes lies.  I then used the acrylics to paint the colors onto the plaque, selected the 3rd layer from the invite on the Teresa Collins Baby Boutique on pg. 8, cut at 9in. and Mod Podged the cut.  I added another layer of Mod Podge directly onto the plaque and then layed the cut on top, being careful not to get any more Mod Podge onto the area that was to be painted with the chalkboard paint.  While the Mod Podge was still wet, I layed my Swarovski crystals in place as it can also be used a glue as well as a sealer.  Once sufficiently dry I applied the chalkboard paint in very thin layers to the center of the cut being careful not to cover the flourishes coming towards the middle.  I used 3 layers of chalkboard paint and was pleased with the results from that.    I am very pleased with the results other than the strength of the magnetic paint.  I will definitely be working on that since I love this and want it to be able to hold whatever papers I stick up there without worrying about it falling off and losing it.  Kinda would defeat the purpose, huh?  I appreciate everyone taking the time to check out my little blog, please follow and/or subscribe and as always, I LOVE comments!  I hope you have a great day today!     
 



Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Miss Ewe!

Hi everyone!  It's been a little while since my last post, I apologize but things have been a little crazy around here for me.  I had a great weekend and was actually able to attend the Cricut Circle Road Trip event held at Kings Island and met some of the wonderful ladies I met on Erica's Cricut Craft Room.  We had such a good time meeting each other in person, we learned so much from each other, and of course played with all kinds of fun products and the machines.  I was also fortunate enough to win an Imagine machine!  YAY me!  SO....you will be seeing some projects from me soon that will be done by the Imagine!
Now, down to business...it is time for my post for Erica at Cricut Craft Room for Theme Day Thursdays!  I chose to make pets my theme for this week and decided to choose a pet that was not so common.  
I used: Storybook, Country Life, and Gypsy Font Cricut Cartridges
Papers: DCWV stacks in Citrus Stack, Jewel Stack, and Taylor for daisyd's 
Bling: Stickles in Fruit Punch
Chalks: Inkadinkado in Soft Tones
I used my Gypsy to cut the sheep from Country Life at 3.15, the Circle and Scallop edge round are both from Storybook and they are cut at 5 and 4.75 respectively.  I used the Gypsy Font at 1.39 for the phrase and chalked around the edges of the scallop with deep turquoise and also used the shimmery white on the sheep's wool.  It's not really visible in this pic, sorry...a new camera is my next big purchase I think!  I hope you liked this, as always I LOVE comments and I am also going to share a pic from the Circle event before I say goodbye.  How did I forget to tell you I got to meet Cricut?!?  He was SUCH a showoff!
Have a great day everyone....and thanks for looking!  
Til next time!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Would you Guess Wednesdays!

Hello all, it's time for Would you Guess Wednesdays at Cricut Craft Room!  That means I create something for you using our Cricut products that you wouldn't expect to see.  This week I created a little wall hanging for my niece Kylie using the Cindy Loo cartridge, some fabric paper, and ribbon...



I haven't decided what picture I want to put in the little frame, so it isn't permanently attached just yet. 
The tan layer that is holding the images is actually a piece of fabric paper that I created using a technique I learned from Linda Matthews.  She is a textile artist I absolutely LOVE!  You can check out her tutorial on how to make it here.  I simply followed her guidelines, but added my own Angelina fibers in Enchanted Forest Flash and Gold Iris Mix.  You can Google Angelina fibers if you aren't familiar with them, and find more info and retailers all over.  These particular ones I purchased from Textura Trading Co.  The fibers that I used are also heat bondable, even though I only used the glue mixture to attach them.  There are SO many things you can do with these wonderful fibers!  I also sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter in Smoky Quartz on top while it was still wet.  
I cut the letter K out at size 7 and the frame was cut in size 3.50 & 3.75 and layered.  I offset them a little bit to show more of the orange layer underneath.  The flowers were randomly cut from larger to smaller and attached using glue dots and buttons, or some little brads my mother in law picked up for me.  I'm not positive what brand they were, sorry!  I inked the edges of everything with Staz On Timber Brown ink pad.  All papers were DCWV stacks that I had in my stash from the Citrus Stack and Garden Party. 
I hope you like my project for this week, I look forward to sharing with you again soon. As always, you can email me with any questions you may have at manicexpressionsdesigns@gmail.com and come back soon! 
Have a great day! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Congratulations!!!

Hi everyone, I'm so glad you joined us today for this super special blog hop.  You should have come here from Patricia's blog, is she a creative one or what?!?  I hope you left her a nice comment to brighten her day!  ;)  I would first like to say Congratulations to Erica and Mike, and the lovely little Miss Bella.  I wish them all the love a lifetime can hold, and I'm sending lots of love and happy thoughts to them on their big day today.  In celebration of love, weddings, and babies I have a very simple card I created especially for my friend who just brought a new little one into her family, and a picture I'd like to share from my own wedding.

  Welcome to the world, Wyatt!  I don't think she's following my blog, so hopefully it will still be a surprise when I give it to her!


 I used:
Best Images of 2006 Cricut Cartridge
Core-dinations papers in Weathered Tin and Klondike Blue
Heidi Grace papers in Bboy Decor/Stripe, Bboy New Arrival, and Bboy Dots
Prima paper in Breathe Collection
Colorbok Sticker Accents
Rubber Stampede Inks
Glossy Accents in Clear
Sakura Glaze Pens 

 We were married outdoors on June 19th, 2004 under an old maple tree at my husband's grandparents, and we had our reception in the barn on the family farm.  This is one of my favorites someone snapped when we didn't know they were looking.  ♥

I know everyone has lots of very special projects to share with you today, so I will not get long winded and let you move on to Rosa's blog next.  Please visit again soon and I hope everyone has a wonderful day, especially Erica and her family! 
Here is also a list of the entire blog hop lineup, so if you lose your way it will be easy to get back on track.  You certainly don't want to miss anything today!  As always, I LOVE your comments and please subscribe or follow me here and/or on Facebook.  Until next time!  Ricki  


29 Tammy Androsky http://crazycardcreator.blogspot.com/
30. Terry Meyers http://cricutcraftinterry.blogspot.com/
31. Tina Ondrus Keller http://craftyandgreen.blogspot.com/
32 BLOG CANDY


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My 1st Ever Blog Award! Yay Me!

I would like to start by saying thank you to my Mom & Dad, my fans, my producer....Oh wait, I don't have a producer!  Okay, daydream over...my wonderful friend Amanda gave me this award and I really appreciate her thinking of me!  You can see all her cute crafty things by clicking here Crafts By Amanda


There are a couple rules you must follow upon receiving this award.
1. Send a thank you to the person who nominated you and include their link.
2. To accept this award, tell 7 random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to at least 8 other awesome blog buddies.
 

7 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
:

1.  I did the hair and makeup on the set of The Hair Club for Men commercial that starts out "I've always looked up to my Dad, I just never wanted to look like him."  Yep, that was me...I also used to do pageant hair and makeup til some crazy lady wanted me to apply a full face (including mascara) on her 8 month old little girl.  I left and never did another pageant.  

2.  I LOVE black.  I always have and always will.  It always looks classy, makes you appear slimmer, and you never appear over or under-dressed.  The only drawback is that some of my four dogs go with me EVERYWHERE...like it or not.  I should own stock in lint rollers.  

3.  Up until the Christmas before last, I actually thought Cricut was pronounced "Cry-cut".  That's how little I knew about scrapbooking or papercrafting.  I had no interest whatsoever.  Odd huh?

4.  I absolutely love music and almost always have something playing at all times.  My tastes wildly varied from Conway Twitty and Hank III to Eddie Vedder and Sublime...there is no rhyme or reason <---like what I did there?  ;)...if I like it, I like it.  

5.  I made the move from working in Aveda salons to opening a pet spa three years ago.  I still have clients that ask me to do their hair even though I am standing amongst piles of dog hair as they pick up their pets.  I suppose that is a compliment.  LoL

6.  I always have at least one Blow Pop in my purse at all times.  It helps when I get a sweet tooth, and then the gum will distract me from whatever I want to eat that is even more unhealthy...at least for a bit!  =D 

7.  I am allergic to dairy.  No big deal for a lot of people, but I would rather have died than give up my queso blanco when the Dr told me.  Now it's okay as long as I have a substitute when I get a craving for pizza or something that just isn't the same without cheese.             

Okay, enough rambling about me.  AHEM...wakey wakey folks! 
 This award is going to the 8 following people.
Nikki Jones

 Kimbo West

 Sue-Ann Lovell 
 


Charlotte Simpson Cornett 

Micia @
  
Linda Kuniyoshi 

Lezlye Lauterbach-Hardwick

Heather Flaherty 
 
Thanks again to Amanda, you are awesomely sweet yourself!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Erica's 100+ Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop!

Welcome everyone!  You should have made your way here after visiting Nina's blog, if not please go back to Erica's page at http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com and get back on track. I guarantee you do NOT want to miss anything these ladies have put together for you!  We have all learned so much from each other over the last couple months, I am so grateful to have found Erica's page and met such wonderful ladies.  
Without further ado, I present my "Iced and Chilled" card I created especially for this June Blog Hop.
I used:
Cricut Cartridges: Winter Woodland & Storybook
Silver base and snowflakes: DCWV Stack
Frame: American Crafts Paper A LA Carte in Pumpernickel 
Borders: Bo Bunny glittery paper I had in my stash (not sure of the name, sorry)
Ribbon: Offray Metallic Silver
Bling: Swarovski Crystals
I cut a 5x7 card using my paper trimmer.  I then used my Gypsy to cut the frame from the Storybook cartridge on page 68 using the frame feature and cutting at 4.35.  I simply turned the center of the frame over to show the blue side when gluing to the card.  The snowflakes were cut from page 32 and 35 on the Winter Woodland cartridge using the main keys and shift and layer functions.  I cut them using my Gypsy also at 1.80, 1.56, and 1.33 respectively.  I used pop dots to give dimension between each layer and when adding them on the card as well.  I ran my ribbon through the Xyron Create a Sticker http://www.xyron.com (which is an AWESOME tool by the way!)  If you do not have one, then I suggest you run...(don't walk) to get one now!  I also added some Swarovski crystals to the snowflakes using mini glue dots to add a bit more "ice" to the look.  I chose to leave this particular card blank and will add a sentiment when I decide exactly what occasion I will be giving it away for.  I hope you like my creation, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know if you have any other questions.

As you can tell...my blog is very new, and I would love to reach 300 followers before the end of June.  If you would like to help me by following before you move on and suggest me to your friends I would be so grateful.  If I reach my goal of 100 followers by June 30th I will give away a FREE Cricut cartridge!  In order to qualify all you have to do is click the follow button on your right, and share our link with your friends on Facebook.  The winner will be chosen at random.  

Your next stop is off to http://www.scrappyemt.blogspot.com and I'm sure she has some special treats for you as well!  Happy Hopping, and I hope you remember to visit me often to see what new things I have to share with you!  
Thanks SO much!
Ricki  
 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Operation Write Home!

Good day to all, I hope you have all had some time to enjoy the gorgeous weather we've had today! I do not have a special card to share right this second, but I wanted to take a minute to ask if you could please check out Erica's blog at Cricut Craft Room.  She is trying to gather 1000 cards for Operation Write Home.  She's got all the details, so recruit your friends to help, share on your Facebook page, Twitter, etc.  The more, the merrier!  Any way to show appreciation for the folks risking their lives and sacrificing so much for us is always a great gesture, and I'm sure they will appreciate it beyond words.  Oh, and while you're there...follow her blog and let her know Ricki sent you!  I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day!  Be safe and enjoy the long weekend!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer's almost here! Yay!!!

Hello all, I am very proud to share my card I created for this week's challenge for Erica at Cricut Craft Room and announce that it was chosen as one of Mayra's favorites!  It was a summer theme and everyone knows how I LOVE summer so I felt this was a perfectly natural choice for me.
 I used:

Simply Charmed cartridge
Card paper: Bo Bunny
All other paper: DCWV stacks
Pop up dots under flower
Flower face was freehand using Marvy Le Plume markers

 Thanks so much to Erica for all the work that she does, and all the wonderful challenges that actually challenge me to better myself and continue to spark my creativity!  She is about 350 friends away from randomly gifting a Cricut Cake Mini, so get over there and add her asap and be sure to let her know Ricki sent you!  Have a great day and I hope there's lots of sunshine where ever you are!  
Til next time, Ricki




Thursday, May 19, 2011

You're all so "berry" sweet!

Yes...yes I do realize that was an incredibly corny title, and yet somehow I just could not resist!  This card was made for Erica at Cricut Craft Room for one of her challenges last week.  If you still have not added her then Go!  Do IT NOW!  She is such a wealth of knowledge, and I feel so fortunate to have found her.  As a bonus, when she reaches 1000 followers she is giving away a Cricut Cake Mini!!!  Be sure to let her know that Ricki sent you!  Anywhoo, we were to design a project using the feature buttons ONLY from any cartridge.  Sounds easy but it's harder than you think!    
 
I used:
DCWV Stack in Neutrals
Bazzill cardstock for the Strawberry and the background layer
Bo Bunny paper for the rounds under the berry
Country Life Cricut cartridge
Inkssentials Glossy Accents in black for berry seeds
outlined the "Sweet" font with Marvy 1122 Le Plume II marker

I ALWAYS look at a card after it's done and think about what I should have done differently to make it even more cute.  I'm not sure if it's because I never seem to have enough time to second guess myself as I go, or if I would ever be satisfied regardless!  I hope you like it though and don't forget to follow me!
=) Ricki