Wednesday, July 27, 2011

4th of July Tree

I have a local Ice Cream/Sandwich shop I love to go to, Eagle's Nest Sweet Retreat. It has green and white tile with a dark cherry mahogany  wood (not sure if that is what it is called), fireplace and a tree they decorate for different seasons and reasons.  This month is obviously USA, red white, and blue decorations. They have decorated it for Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Christmas. I am sure there are others I just cant think of them. I adore the idea because, well, you don't have to take the tree down, but also what a nice way to decorate.  Most of all, I love the ice cream, and the owners, employees. It is a great spot to hang out, free wi-fi, friendly service, great food, and it helps a local business.

Monday, July 18, 2011

For the Fallen Heroes

Good Monday all,
I have some cards I would like to share and some crafty news.  What a weekend, I stayed busy and was not able to get my cards finished for K Andrew's blog hop "For Fallen Heroes" until today.  I am mostly excited because I have been wanting to use K Andrew's stamps and hadn't gotten the chance until now. So I hope you will take some time and hop over to Getting Cricky with K Andrew and see what her and her DT have put together.  Before, showing my cards I want to let you know about a neat idea coming this fall a craft showing online, Craft channel is having 20 days of Cricut giveaways.  It is in week 2 of giveaways, they are giving the Cricut E2 away and not only one.  They are introducing the talents that will be showcased on the channel.  This is a way to see some new blogs and a chance to visit and see if there style is inline with what I want to do. I don't want to miss something that can help me express my self freely.  I hope you hop over and get the chance to win.  Onto my cards.
I think this card is so much nicer looking in person.  This is my first time using twine, not because I haven't tried, it is just so darn tricky if you are not naturally crafty. However, I learned by the second card that glue dots are your friend and hold the twine in place in the back.  I think I might try not to have it go all the way around but give the illusion by taping a small piece to the back so it doesn't make my paper lift. 
Paper-DCWV scraps
Stamp-K Andrew
Cappuccino Twine from the Twinery 
Cricut Cart-Straight from the Nest
they were cut at 2 1/2
Cuttlebug emboss a2 d'vine swirl
The card is a2 size for both cards 
I originally had the idea of using dog tags with this background but it was to plain for me, and I like simple design.  I apologize that it is so dark. I have my twine staying in place here but I learned that for me I better not glue anything until I am sure I like it. I spent way to my time trying to decide what I was going to use on this card.  But I am satisfied with the end product. Gotta say I was a lot less anxious on making these cards and although it might not be "perfect" I am posting them and I hope you enjoyed your visit today. 
Paper-DCWV scraps and the stars is from JO ANNs
Stamp-K Andrew
Cricut Cart-3 Birds on Parade

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Getting Cricky with K Andrew, Cards for the fallen Heroes

I am very excited to share about the blog hop by K Andrew she is such a talented blogger and so much more with some very adorable stamps sets.  I have the perfect stamp for this blog hop, being that it is one of hers, Freedom Isn't free. She is having a blog hop to collect cards that will then be delivered during Main's 4th "Run for the fallen." 
This hop is important to me because me and my spouse have both served. Although, we are no longer active Marines my husband has lost a friend during this war. We have friends that are in or have been to a war zone. We are blessed that our other friends have returned safely, but there are still more who are over in war zones and their life should be acknowledge so we do not forget how much men and women sacrifice for what is to meant to protect our country. 

(Taken in pieces directly from K Andrew's blog)
When: This Friday, July 15th beginning at 9pm EST (6pm PST) and continuing through Sunday...

"Run for the Fallen Maine is an organization dedicated to keeping alive the memory of our military heroes that gave their lives to protect our freedom since September 11, 2001.

To be delivered Sunday August 21, 2011. 

Where: Begins at Getting Cricky with K Andrew and includes the Design Team and a Special Guest...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cricut 360 Challenge #2

Hello and Thanks for looking.  I have not posted in a while, but that does not mean I have not been busy reading blogs and making some stuff.  I have the hardest time trying to decide what I want to do for a challenge, then I usually end up missing the deadline. Well I am happy to say, that I saw Cricut 360  had a  circle, thank you card challenge, and I have finished my card in plenty of time. I hope you enjoy, and go on over and check out Cricut 360 . I love to read comments and suggestions so please leave some. Have a blessed day, and Thank You.

You might notice I changed the wording to white, it made a huge difference. I used Hello Kitty Greetings and cut at 3 1/2. The circles are from New Arrival cut at, I think, 4, 4 1/4, and 4 1/2. I used DCWV paper and some glitter, glitter pens and little jewels for accents.