Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Scrapcetera's "Thankful" kit

What a perfect name for a November kit! Thankful, family, blessings...this kit just flowed for me! I'm at a stage where I AM so thankful for my family, especially our newest little addition, and I was definitely able to celebrate these things with the November kit from Scrapcetera.

One of the first things I made was this altered canvas. (yes, I may be addicted to them now, for those of you who saw my Celebrate. Create. canvas.)I used the bookprint paper from Lily Bee, the dictionary paper included in our kit, and then 5 smaller sheets I tore out of one of my husbands old books. (Shh! Don't tell. ;) ) and I loved the "begin and end with family" rub-on quote from the add-ons, that I had to showcase it somehow! So this now sits in our entryway. ;)

A close up of the quote and the flowers. I used a CuttleBug quilling kit to make them out of some of the Lily Bee paper.

Next up is this one about my 3 blessings. No, the Lily Bee rub-ons aren't that crummy, I wanted a more vintage vibe so I scratched off portions of the letters with my fingernail.

And last but not least is our little pumpkin head. That's what Josh calls McClain when he wears this hat. I just love it, and can't stop making him wear it. ;) These orange and blue papers were just the ticket for this LO.

Well that's all for me! I hope y'all check out Scrapcetera's kits. It's a new kit club and t=both October's and November's kits have been PACKED with patterned paper, and all sorts of embellishments! Go check them out! ;)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Winners wanted


Winners have been found. Thank you, and your boxes will ship soon!

Hey everyone! Just want to let you all know that I still have not heard from 2 of the 3 Gypsy winners. Here are the 2 I've not hear anything from:
tmail said...

Congratulations! I absolutely love the new blog!

Marlene said...

Love the blog, hello...I just got my Imagine and am new to Cricut. Need all the help I can get on figuring all this out. Pick me, I think I need a gypsy.....

So tmail and Marlene, you have until Friday, Oct. 15 to contact me with your address. If I haven't heard anything by then, I'll re-draw more names on Saturday. ;) And if anybody "knows" either of these two, please let them know that their Gypsies are packaged up and ready to be shipped! ;)


Monday, October 11, 2010

An altered pumpkin

Hi all! Just popping in to say hi and share my latest altered project. Yes, I'm just now pulling out the Fall and Halloween decorations. We're a little behind around here. But I'm super excited about this little goodie. I it at Michaels the other day for $1, and knew just what I wanted to do with it.

Here's how it started out:

And then how it ended up:

I used Echo Park's Happy Halloween line, and handcut each little sliver of the pumpkin. I inked all the edges, pieced it together, added the little sign, and topped it off with some ribbon. Fast, fun, and best of all really affordable!

Well, that's all for me! A little quickie to start off the week!
Hope you've had a great start to YOUR week!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

And the winners are....

Well, now isn't this just exciting! Not only do I get to giveaway a Gypsy, or two Gypsies, but I'm giving away THREE Gypsies! And thank you all for your kind words and gracious comments.
Now without further ado, the winners are.....
tmail said...

Congratulations! I absolutely love the new blog!

Marlene said...

Love the blog, hello...I just got my Imagine and am new to Cricut. Need all the help I can get on figuring all this out. Pick me, I think I need a gypsy.....

Jodie R said...

Congratulations Deanna! What an honor!

Congrats ladies!!!! If you'll email me at DeannaMisner(at)Gmail(dot)com I'll send you your brand new Gypsy!!! :D :D :D

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Some cards for ya!

It's been Finals week over at the Nook and making a set of cards was one of the Finals. This set has a wedding theme even though it doesn't look like it. The challenge had to do with the old adage, "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue."

my something old...Jenni Bowlin paper from 2007

something new...Bella Blvd. "One Fall Day"
(from my Scrapcetera kit)

something borrowed...
(artifact couldn't be scrap related)
so I found a heart shaped diary key in our junk drawer

and something blue...
also from the remnants of my Scrapcetera kit
The fifth card you see up top is a wedding card, which was also a part of the challenge. I found a Celtic cross online and printed it off. Then I ruffled some paper behind it and popped it up on Pop Dots. I guess you could say I made my first hybrid card with that one! hee!

The twist in this Final was that we also had to be creative with the sizes and shapes of our cards. We had to make a perfectly square card, a circle card, a traditional 5.5 x 4.25 card, a shaped card, and then a card size/shape of our choice.

So there you have it. Some cards for ya! ;)
Hope you've had a great Wednesday!

Monday, October 4, 2010

One of the best 'Family' weekends ever!

(If you're here for the Gypsy giveaway, you can find that post here.)

It really was! This weekend kicked off a 10 outdoor festival in our city, and there was A LOT to see and do, so much so that we didn't get to do everything we wanted to because we were so worn out. (That's a good thing) Here's our weekend in pictures...I did the best I could despite the poor lighting at times. ;)

First was Friday night. We went to the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival down by the river. We took a blanket, jackets, and a picnic dinner, and just hung out enjoying the music and each other. It was soooo nice!
on our blanket

J with the kids...wish I'd had a tripod or handed
over my camera. :(But since it's a manual focus
I didn't feel right asking a poor stranger.

Then on Saturday we had soccer games, where my fashionista decided that it was so bright she had to wear shades--literally. This from the same girly who told me she needed "to wear a necklace to practice so I'll look boo-tiful." She cracks me up! And she's so quotable! But I'll save that for another post.
Later in the day, after watching our football team finally edge out a win, we headed back downtown to ride the hot air balloons. It was too windy to ride, but we stayed around for the Balloon Glow. I'm so glad we did! I've always wanted to ride one (it's on the bucket list), and even though I didn't get to I was so impressed with their enormity and their beauty. I want to ride one now more than ever!

(My new favorite picture. ;) )

And even this little guy enjoyed the outing!

Sunday we were going to do the Ronald McDonald Children's Festival since that charity is near and dear to our heart. But honestly, we were so exhausted from all the loading, unloading, walking, and just going going going, that we opted out. We needed to rest. So Sunday was a nice peaceful day at home.

In all, it was a WONderful weekend, a great way to kick off the Fall. Now I need to light some seasonal candles, decorate my house, and bake a pumpkin-something that's yummy! ;) I love Fall! It's my favorite! :D

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Celebrate. Create.

Wow! Thank y'all for the many comments and kind words about the Cricut Circle DT! I'm soooo excited to be on the team, and to tell you the truth and little intimidated by all the talent on the DT. I'm just so blessed to be a part of such a great group of gals and an amazing community!

Today, I thought I'd share my Launch Day project with you. This is actually an 11x14 canvas that I covered with bookpaper--my new love. I plan on hanging it in my scrap room--thus the title Celebrate Create.

I came up with the title and the journaling because one day in Sunday School, of all places, we were asked to describe a time when you felt the most "you". I immediately thought of the times I spend with my scrappy friends cropping, because they "get" it, they "get" me. And I feel most at ease, and the most "Me" I can be when I'm scrapping or creating. Thus the journaling. And if it sounds a little Dr. Seuss-ish, that's because 1. I spend my days with pre-schoolers and 2. I am an Elem. Ed. majoring emphasizing in Children's Lit. It just so happened that all this journaling was swirling in my head when Jana told us about the Circle Blog's Monthly Challenge. So that's the background story behind this piece.

Anyway, thanks for letting me share. And thank you again for all the sweet words! Oh and if you haven't yet, be sure to comment on this post to be entered to win a Gypsy!!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

It's here! It's here!

It's FINALLY time for me to tell you! I've been holding on to this secret for quite a while now and I'm about to bust! WAY back during the middle of the summer I was asked to be a part of the design team for the brand new Cricut Circle Blog! Of course, I said YES! I'm SO STINKIN' EXCITED about it!!!


TODAY IS THE DAY the Cricut Circle blog goes LIVE! Even though the Cricut Circle is an Exclusive Membership, the Blog will be open for EVERYONE to view until October 10th. This Launch Weekend is super special with lots of inspiration and giveaways! Today is the DT Reveal Day, and boy are you going to be impressed! I'm so in awe and totally honored to be a part of this team, because let me tell ya, it's STACKED with amazing designers and has incredible leadership! You'll want to come back tomorrow as there will be giveaways ALL. DAY. LONG!

In case you haven't heard or know about The Cricut Circle here's a little more information about it:

The Cricut Circle is Provo Craft’s affinity program. Provo Craft launched the Cricut Circle on July 1, 2010. The Circle is a place to Inspire, Educate and Create. This program enables crafters to see Provo Craft products first, be involved in specialized focus groups and surveys, receive special pre-launch specials on select Provo Craft products, a private blog and message board for Circletes to foster a special crafting community. Additionally, Cricut Circle members will enjoy 4 exclusive cartridges—one each quarter, instructional webinars and double reward points for purchases on

The Cricut Circle is available for annual or quarterly installments. To purchase a membership to the Cricut Circle visit Annual memberships are $274.99 and quarterly memberships at $79.99.

And because Provo Craft is so super generous, here's the giveaway I've been teasing you with! Provo Craft is letting every single DT member giveaway a GYPSY on her blog! How awesome is THAT?! Can you say generous? WOW! Sooo, leave me a comment here on this post telling me what you think of the Cricut Circle blog, and you'll be entered into the drawing!
You have until Friday, October 8th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain to leave a comment. I will then place everyone's name in a drawing and announce the winner on Saturday, October 9th, 2010.

Thanks for letting me share my fun new news with you! I'm super stoked about it! Hope you all have a GREAT weekend, and enter to win LOTS of prizes over at the Cricut Circle blog!