Cricutters Anonymous

happy Friday y’all!!!

i am at my mom’s now and have limited internet access (last time my IT specialist/hubby stays behind).  Pez is SO cute – we met the family who bought our family’s plantation home next door and they have a little boy who is 2 weeks older than pez.  well BOY did they hit off!!!!!  they played together ALL DAY yesterday and she woke up asking for him first thing this morning.  so his momma (Gemi) called awhile ago and said brett wants to come pick up Hollyn on his 4 wheeler (a little kiddy one) and bring her back over here.  *squeal* how cute is THAT!  i had NO camera yesterday over there but i will get pics of them together at some point.

we are heading over to St Mary’s where his sister & brother go to school to see a Cajun Day thing they are putting on so i have to make this quick!

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I wanted to be sure and get my Cricut challenge project up – we have a new name!  Just Buggin is now Cricutters Anonymous and our current challenge is to make a woman themed project.  i did these tags for a tag swap i am in:

talk about super quick n easy – ALL of the pieces axcept the lower patterned piece were cut with the Sweet Treats Cartridge – i inked the edges and put them together – SUPER simple but OH SO CUTE!!!!

Gemi next door has been thinking about getting a cricut so i told her she MUST.  she said she is gettin’ one now so i can teach her how to use it while i am here!

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Double duty today!

hi all!

i have been extra productive lately as i am wearing MANY hats at the moment ACK!!  trying not to get over stressed & over tired as poor hubby is already there!  only wednesday and we need a weekend again already!  heee heee!

we have been trying to convince pez to sleep in – like until 6 at least – but she is having NONE of it!

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Have you gotten your subscription in for the NEW mini magazine Through the Craft Room Door? They have really been pouring in and i am excited about the things i have been working on for the first issue and the introduction of the exclusive website! you can get all of the info >>HERE<<

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IN ADDITION to the magazine Suzanne Dean has started a private online classroom called Color Me Creative and is offering some insanely extensive copics classes. if you want to learn the basics or your looking to become an expert there is a class for you and everything in between. I will also be adding some classes in the future too! for info on the classroom >>CLICK HERE<<

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i have TWO things to post for you today!  the first is for the Just Buggin Challenge that starts today – Challenge 28 is St Pat’s!  i decided to pull out my Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge and used a sketch from Page Maps:

i used a little studio g stamp for the shamrock clusters.  on the background i stamped with versamark.  on the darker strip i stamped with versamark, covered with heat n stick powder, heated it up and then covered them with studio G fine glitter – GORGEOUS and OH SO AFFORDABLE!  i have them in stock now and you get 24 little pots of colors for $6!!!!  the dark strip is punched with an EK Success border punch on both sides.

Rather thna cut out the little leprachaun paper doll i decided to just use 2 of his accessories as my focal point.  i knew i wanted them 3″ so i had to be sure an d hit the Real Dial Size button – otherwise they would hve been cut the size needed for a 3″ paper doll which would have been too small.

i inked the edges of the hat and usedViva Decor glitter liners in gold and hematite to accent both pieces.  i LOVE the dimension of these – not flat like usual!

i thought this little message was sweet – it is also a studio G stamp – LOVE these things!  i am NEVER without the perfect stamp no matter what i am doing!

i am going to send this to my mom i think :)

my next project is ALSO for a challenge!  I am sponsoring the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge this week and the prize is a $15 gift certificate to my store!  SO if you need those studio G items mentioned above or some other fun items be sure to enter the challenge for a chance to win!

here is my take on it – Clean & Simple:

the primas are from my stash & have been there for ages!  then i used a couple Martha Stewart punches and gave the whole thing a generous dose of Vanilla Breeze Smooch Spritz for MASSIVE sparkle!  (You can get 8 for the price of 7 right now at SCACD!)

Last i added a whole bunch of fun Yellow pearls using a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  LOVE THESE!

today is laundry and house clean up day (did you hear that????  my hubby just breathed a sigh of relief!!!)

i have been filming videos and will have several fun new things to show you PLUS the SCACD new release on friday so be sure you don’t miss a day!!!!!!

hugs

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Just Buggin challenge time!

SOOOOOO i am on a quest… quest to turn myself into a night person…….yep.  i figure it’s the only way to get some me time without my little *helper*  yeaaaa so last night i made it until 9:30.  ROTFL – i have a ways to go!  BUT i did lay around in bed until 6:15 today!  (suzanne probably just fell on the floor!)  i was not sleeping however since she-who-never-sleeps was up and in there with me before 5am but it’s a start.  hubby thinks if she sees me in bed not doing something fun & exciting without her she might finally give up and decide to start sleeping in the morning…….

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Introductory subscription prices are going on now for our new mini Mag – Through the Craft Room Door – this publication is PACKED with tips, info, projects, ideas & inspiration and Suzanne and I are SUPER excited to be bringing this to y’all!!!  the subscription includes a bonus holiday issue s well s access to an exclusive website positively brimming with good stuff!  there will also be coupons and contests with some really incredible giveaways we have been putting together!

get all the info and subscribe >>HERE<<

and a big thank you to all of you who have subscribed already!!

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we have a GREAT challenge going on over at Just Buggin this week – use the CARD feature on one of your cartridges.  i definitely DO NOT make use of this feature as much as i should.  i chose to use my Pagoda cartridge (some of you may recognize this from an earlier Pezzy post):

the card feature is a great way to make a quick clean & simple card.  when the card is cut the dragonflies are just empty cutouts so i decided to break out this amazing asian paper i got at the last CKC i went to.  it is almost somewhere between fabric and paper.  i put it on the inside of the card so it would show through the cut outs and then added another strip on the outside of the front.  i finished it off simply by adding a few pezabling and this cute little butterfly me & suzanne found at the CHA super show.

the paper is not double sided so i needed to dress up the inside of the card.  again i decided to keep it clean and simple!

so this is what the card pez decorated the other night looked like BEFORE she got to it!

and now i am off to bring her to school and get some videos done!g

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spring hopping with the bug! & a truffle too!

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hello!!!

who is ready for spring???  me FOR SURE!!  and so is the rest of the Just Buggin design team so we decided to hop right into spring with a spring themed blog hop!

i bet y’all had no idea i could get that corny did ya???  hahhahaha!

if you are hopping with us you should have arrived here via >>Samantha<< and her wonderful project.  if you stumbled onto the path by accident then you will definitely want to go start at the beginning on the Just Buggin Challenge Blog and see what the girls have come up with – GREAT stuff!!  PLUS some of them are giving away blog candy too!!!!!!!  and the prize on the JB blog is a guest designer spot!!

As for me i just couldn’t resist playing with my 12 x 24 patterned pad and creating another gift bag!
i cut the gift bag/purse using the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More Cartridge at 8.5″.  the large pad is a vailable at michaels.  it is somewhat different than the usual cardstock we all love to use – a glossy finish and somewhat thinner thn i prefer – but it works very well for large projects like this.  When you first peel it off the mat you have to be careful not to rip it and it rolls up quite a bit.  but once i put my project together it is perfectly fine and really quite sturdy!
the dragonflies on the front are the cutouts from a Pagoda Cartridge card i did (yes the one you got  sneak peak of yesterday after it had been “re-styled in the Pezza way” – her words not mine)  I covered the wings in lime green and fruit punch stickles and then ran yellow liquid pearls down the bodies.  i lined the front of the bag with grss green glittered skittles (of course – my fave embellie), stuffed in some tissue paper and tied it close with theis crazy polka dot glittered ribbon i ran across in michaels.  a really fun way to pack up a gift dontcha think???
This will be up on my etsy shop too!
i am thrilled you could join us for the hop and hope you enjoyed seeing all the fun stuff you can do with your cricut!
Hugs!
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i’ve got a secret……….

lots of them actually!

but first let me tell you how my day started – i know many of you get such a kick out of Pezzy’s antics…well you will like this one!

i am awoken by pez at my bedside telling me she needs a new pull up.  the first thing i see when i open my eyes is the clock 3:15 AM.  the next thing i see is her holding a bucket full of stuff from my craft room. *SCREECH*  i jump out of bed and take her to her bed and ask her what she was doing.  s i put her in her bed i see ink and paint on her hands and legs!!!!!!  my worst fear has happened!  i said (real calmly) honey did you play with mommy’s markers?  she said yes but i put the lid back on……

i tell her not to move and race down two flights of stairs.  admittedly the damage could have been lots worse.  my chair was covered in paint and glitter and the floor was covered in flower soft.  then i see it…..on my work area is a completed card for one of my DTs and the bracelet i made at CHA.  The card was covered in dimensional pearls and flower soft – DRY – so she had been down there for awhile:

 

she chose the card that uses what is quite possibly the most expensive paper i have ever purchased…luckily i had already taken my pics so you will see this one again soon when it is time….AND NO she did not go back to sleep……but she did take a nap!

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Susana has all of the new spellbinders IN STOCK NOW – YAY!!!  Be sure to check them out!  In fact she is getting new goodies in every day it seems – so much fun new stuff to see!  and for the icing on the cake you will NOT want to miss tomorrow’s post!!!!!!!

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ok so i have been sitting on some VERY VERY exciting news and i can’t stand it any more!  if you are from the cricut board you already know a bit about it.  i find i am increasingly disappointed with the papercrafting magazines out there.  and from what i read over and over on the message boards i frequent i am not the only one!  well  on our way home from CHA my buddy suzanne and i were discussing this and we have decided to take matters into our own hands!

we are starting our own publication!!!!

suzanne said it best on her blog this morning:

-You will be able to purchase a subscription in pdf format only or a paper AND pdf subscription.  The cost will be $20 and under for a year (not firm on pricing yet) with special intro pricing.  The first issue will go live April 1st and there after be May/June, July/Aug, etc plus a special Winter Holiday edition.  So you have an option to receive it online and print it yourself OR you can get the glossy mag mailed to you AND have access to it as a pdf file (pricing will differ of course for both options).  And with both you have access to the special website!  (INTERNATIONAL Customers–pdf file subscription offered only right now)

-It will feature EVERYTHING!  Reader input is important to us!  We will have guests who specialize in different craft areas in one section (our main focus is paper crafting though), we will feature craft rooms, there will be techniques & tutorials galore (w/ videos to match them on the website to further the teaching experience), we will feature ALL stamp/digi companies, ALL craft products and tools, and lots of photos.  There will NOT be a bias on what we use—we want you to know about everything out there that there is to know!  We will feature all readers and their abilities!  We will not have a DT, because we want different people doing their thing for each edition, so there will be great variety but we will ask for submissions and ideas.  Cricut, Slice, Big Shot, Cuttlebug projects will be featured, Copics, Prismas and watercoloring will be featured and most of all it will be FUN!  And yeah, there will be contests too :o)

so what do you think??  the whole project is a huge undertaking and somewhat nerve wracking but i am very excited about it!

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now onto my project for today!  our challenge over at Just Buggin is to use embossing on our cricut cuts!

Some of you may remember our adventures last summer when our two boys learned how to drive – of COURSE i had to scrap it!
 
i used the distressed wood cuttlebug embossing folder on the side tan piece above as well as the letters of my title:
 
i cut the letters using the Pooh Font cartridge (a REALLY REALLY good all purpose font cartridge with lots of options on it) and i went over the embossing lightly with a darker ink and the foam ink blending tool to make it stand out more.
 
now it’s YOUR turn!  come on over and check out the challenge as well as the other inspiration pieces by the DT girls!
 
and now i am going to go look for my sanity…..
 
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Just Buggin: black n white button fun!

what you DO NOT want to hear out of your 3 year old’s mouth when you walk back into the room….

“MOM!  don’t panic!  just be calm…….”

*hair on the back of neck stands up* “why might i need to panic?”

“oh……nothing….”

turns out she was playing an imaginary game where there was a loud noise and her imaginary entourage was panicing…….never a dull moment with this one SHEESH!

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BLOG CANDY ALERT – LAST DAY!!!

you will want to be sure to hop on over to the SCACD store blog and check out the amazing blog candy Susana is offering – in anticipation of the THIRD Elisabeth Bell release you could win a FULL sheet of release #1, #2 AND #3 – that’s alot of stamps!!!

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Design Team Call

Creative Inspirations Paints is having a design team call – do you like to shimmer?  Get more info >>HERE<<

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This week’s challenge over on Just Buggin is to use black and white and ONE other color – i love this look and don’t do it nearly enough.  i couldn’t make up my mind on just one idea so i made a set tee heee!

AND i made a sweet little box to package them up in!

this was SO easy and SO fun!  the cart used here – George for the panel and mat the stamped images are on – NEVER underestimate George and it’s simplicity!

the white pieces are cut with different border punches and then run through the cuttlebug with different embossing folders.  each has a ribbon tied around it and a few pezabling in one corner that matches it’s buttons.  this is mounted on a black card base.

all of the images are from two button bits sets from PTI – these are SO SO cute!!!  i had not used them yet even tho i had them for ages but i was inspired to pull them out after i saw them used several times in the latest issue of Papercrafts. buttons are from stash and probably either SEI or basic grey…

This set is up in my etsy shop!

i hope you can join us in the just buggin challenge!

hugs!

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Just Buggin': 3D challenge!

yes…it snowed again….so pezzy and i were out bright n early yesterday to shovel the walkway….again….

not only did we get snow we got 50 MPH winds to go with it.  so we got these amazing looking drifts of snow all over the place.

when i first went out to shovel the porch and walkway i looked across the street and it appeared the driveways were not to bad – we only got about another foot or so.  then i saw the end of MY driveway…

thats the top of my mailbox pole sticking up!  SOOOOO spent more of yesterdy shoveling.  we got an emil asking us to shovel the sidewalks out…yea i will get right on that…..so hubby is back at work today with my truck.  which means i need to dig out my son’s car because i gotta get OUT OF THE HOUSE!!!  so does pezzy – she wants to hit walmart – she has some stickers to *cash in* for rewards and i feel the need to hit a joanns or something!  i hear the new DCWV stacks are showing up at some of them!

we did get out yesterday and hit the local chinese restaurant for lunch.  i brought my camera of course!  snapped this pic in the parking lot

thats a large pile of snow…….

ok i promise no more snow pics!

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onto the fun!  i SO love my project for today!  the Just Buggin’ DT was challenged with a 3d design this week.  well i just got my amazing K&Co 12×24 patterned paper stack so the timing was perfect!  i decided to make one of the purses on the Forever Young cart.

isn’t it adorable?!!??!  first, here is my assessment of the paaper itself since this is a new thing for K&Co.  i can tell you i wish it was heavier.  when i first peeled it up off the mat (new mat so extra sticky – that did not help matters) the thin paper was very curled and i was scared it would not work as planned.  however i worried for nothing!  once i put it together it was perfect!! and BIG!  the whole purse measures 8 1/2″ tall and 6″ wide!  the *box* portion which would hold a gift is 5″ x 3″ and 2 1/4″ tall.  a  much more usable size than what i get when i use 12 x 12 paper for sure!

i edged the whole thing with Espresso adirondack ink and a foam blending tool.  the rhinestone swirl is from the CHA super show and of course lots of my glittered skittles as accents.  i also wanted to add a flower but i decided to try my hand at 3d for that too.  i cut the flower from Forever Young also and then followed the steps for grungepaper roses – YEP works on paper too – although grungepaper is probably better.  i decided afterwrd i wish it was bigger too but maybe next time!  the center is cinnamon stickles.  so how cute is this as a little gift bag???

i sure hope you can join in the JB challenge and be sure to head over there and check out what the other DT girls have done!  lots of inspiration over there!

i have not been to MY michaels in quite awhile but i hear these pads are available there now.  while at CHA i spoke with the rep for K&Co about the pads and he told me there were NO plans to make anymore this year – he said it was sort of a test and they were not expecting iot to go far.  he seemed surprised when told him how much us cricut folks would love more 12 x 24 options.  he told me he would see if it were possible to at least get one slated for christmas but they are already working on 2011 products.  SO if you hve this pad and love it or want to see more let K& Co kow how you feel!  email them info@wilton.com and let them know your thoughts!

cross your fingers pezzy and i get to get out of the house today!

hugs

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