Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hello Hello-
Hope Everyone is doing well, I have been busy busy-crafting away, getting ready for the holidays, 
I recently finished these gift tags that I will be giving to my kids teachers, I made 4 different tags, 
5 of each- I love how cute they turned out and I know the teachers will too!!

I have a video that I posted at the end of this blog post sharing all the product I used to make these little beauties...

Let me know if you have any questions.. I will do my best to answer them.. Have a Great week!!!
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hello there-
Happy Hump Day Everyone!!- 

I am here today with another share, this time it is of a Teacher Gift that I will be giving as a Grateful for you around Thanksgiving time.

I will sneak them back to their mailboxes  in the office, it will be a nice 
surprise for them for sure..

I have made a video sharing the supplies I used and basically a" How to" over at You Tube-
If you have any questions, just let me know-
Also find me on FB for more crafty updates.
Thanks for stopping by today, Have a Great Week!- And a Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WooHoo!! My 1st Shaker Card-
Hello friends, I am here today with-yes, another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge entry-
I was a runner up last week with my baby card, but today I am sharing a fun Birthday card for the Anything Goes Paper Smooches blog, you can check out more here.
So like I mentioned, this is my VERY 1st attempt at a shaker card, and I think this little beauty turned out so darn cute..
I used the Party Pals stamp set for the main polaroid image, and actually it was a bit big for what I was making so I ended up stamping the balloon twice and cutting the second one out and adding it lower, closer to the bunny to fit in better.
The sentiments & that curly Q came from a few other set:  WooHoo is from Chubby Chums, Happy Birthday is from Birthday Buddies & the curly Q thingy is from the Bee Mine set.
I colored my images and added sequins from my stash...
I think my little birthday girl is going to love it!!
Thanks for stopping in today, and all the stamps I used can be found at the paper smooches store

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello Crafty Friends-

I am having fun using my scraps this afternoon &
I'm at it again trying another Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge...
I love the color inspiration for this week, and with the soft colors I couldn't help but think Baby!!
And I just became an Aunt again to another niece, so I got to make the card I needed for her..Yay!!
This card used the Paper Smooches Curly Clouds die as well as the Hello sentiment from Paper Smooches Bee Mine.
I just masked off the part of the stamp that said honey.
 I hope you like it and if you feel like giving this challenge a try for yourself you can see all the details here.
You can also visit the Paper Smooches store for the great products that I used here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hello there-
Happy Wednesday Everyone, I thought for today, 
I would share my Sept Project Life- I finally used the 
Flip Flaps that I bought from CTMH last year, and I am so 
happy with how they turned out, it makes a great interactive 
element in my album.
I hope you enjoy the video and don't forget to give me a 
thumbs up if you do, and also find me on FB for even more scrappy updates.
Have a Great Week!!
Thanks for stopping by-

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Celebrating WCMD 2014-
Hey there-
Just popping in today quickly to share a fun picture from the Scrappy weekend that I hosted this past weekend.
Yesterday I posted a card that I made, but I mostly worked on layouts, and I managed to get 4 done and I am happy to report am all caught up.
I am sitting down today to print my Sept. project life pics, & then I will get a jump on finishing that over this week.
You may recognize these ladies from previous crafty adventures with me, I love having girls to spend time with and share our crafty passion together...
Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Happy World Cardmaking Challenge-

Hello Hello, I am joining in the fun this year- and kicking it off right by hosting a scrappy weekend..
Woot Woot!
My girlfriends & I had a ton of fun and so many laughs...
I thought I would take part in a fun W & W sketch challenge and this is what I came up with-
I am in love with this little Simon Says Stamp birthday pig and used my W & W sentiment stamps to add the greeting..So cute!
Feeling like giving it a try head over to the W& W blog for more challenge details...
Have a Great Week!
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, October 2, 2014

HI there Everyone-

I am stopping in today with a Video that I made from my August Project Life share, it turned out super cute and now it's off to print September pictures..

I hope you like it & don't forget to follow me over on FB if you get a chance :)

Have a Great Week!

I will be crafting all weekend with girlfriends celebrations World Cardmaking Day! Woot Woot!

Thanks for stopping by-

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Switching things up a bit-
Hello there, I thought it would be fun to share a card I made this afternoon, 
believe it or not, this is officially my 1st "SCENE" card..

I am totally inspired by all the amazing projects I see online and I thought, since I love this
look so much-Why not give it a go..

Not sure why this type of card is very intimidating for me, but I know I can't be alone
in feeling this way...right? lol

So anyways, I used my "Paper Smooches Spookalicious" stamp and an old
Recollections Halloween set

I used distress inks to make the sky with drips of water for interest-

The base layer was cut with my Lawn Fawn large rectangles dies and I pulled
out my landscape trio die from Mama Elephant to make the hills.

I made two of these and I'm not sure if its because it was my first try at it or what... but it takes a lot longer than the You Tube videos I watch make it seem... lol
Never the less- I love them, and can't wait to make more scenes in future projects.. LOVE them!
Thanks for stopping in today, and have a great week!!
I'm entering this card in a challenge - fingers crossed!!
If you want to find the cute stamps I used, head over to: Paper Smooches
Have fun shopping "Woot Woot"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hello there-
Happy Wednesday!!
I have a fun little 8.5x11 size layout to share with you today & as you can tell by the looks of it-
It was was very easy to put together with hardly any supplies-

To begin with I stamped and die cut those snowflakes which are from Stampin' Up!, those were all done on white CS with Clear EP, I right justified the layout and after making & adding 4 CS banners, 
it was just a matter of adding my title. 

The title was made with a combo of alpha stickers, LF alpha dies & SU stamps-
Enjoy the ride was a stamp from CTMH...

I love the simplicity, and the color combination-
Well, thanks for stopping by today & don't forget to find me on FB.. :)
Till next week friends-

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Morning Friends-

Woo Hoo!!- I'm back as promised with a crafty share:

Today I am sharing a layout I made of my sweet girl turning 9 last year, this child melts my heart..

I was on a mission to use up that banner paper which I have had in my stash forever and a day-
literally...no joke
Any one else out there feel a small victory using up something that you have been looking at and flipping past for years.. thumbs up for sure :)

         This layout was based on what I call the "pocket theory".. lol, but yes anytime I use a strip of something and add a bunch of pics & embellishments behind it, I feel like they look like a pocket bursting with goodness, and I love that look. 

This layout is bursting with Beautiful Birthday Girl Bliss and I think it turned out so cute! 

As always I made sure to use a stamp or two on my project and the rest was from this n that-
Thanks for stopping by today & if you have any questions just ask...
Head over to my FB page as well and Like my page :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hello Hello Everyone!!!-

I'm back-Woo Hoo!

Well my kiddies finally went back to school this week, and I am just today sitting down to blog on my own and view other crafty blogs that I like to check out from time to time-

I have to say it was one heck of a summer, and yes although busy with a huge landscaping project I did manage to stay up to date with my PL and as a matter of fact, I am currently half way done with my August... I thought I would share what I have been working on...

Here's the before of our side yard, taken at the end of May 2014
And here is the After taken just over this past weekend- Yes Momma got a hot tub for her bday back in January, but do to the super cold weather and all the snow we had here, we couldn't start this whole project till May-
Now this side yard was the last of three projects that we completed, we started with replacing the railing and staining our bottom deck then we moved that big air conditioner(seen in the picture-that circular object by the house at the bottom)
We also had to build a place to move that air conditioner.. UGH, but alas it's done and beautiful..
All that is left is some landscaping and adding deck and patio lights-
We have already been enjoying it though-
Love it!
Here are a few more pics
Deck before:
Deck After:
And here is the wall we built in the back yard to put the air conditioner-
Well, thanks for stopping in today, I will be back next week with a Crafty share-
Have a Great Weekend!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hello There-
Geesh.. Remember Me?
It has literally been a month, and man it only feels like a week has gone by-
I have been up to my eyeballs with a landscaping project, so although I have been squeezing time in to craft, this blog has been neglected for sure.
I am not even going to say that I will be back next week, because at this point: who the heck knows how my week will turn out...

Well so enough apologies, I am sharing a 12x12 layout today that I made for Halloween last year, and I just love it.   I am in love with mists and sequins right now, so they make an appearance on nearly every layout I make these days-
I have also been on a altering kick lately so if something doesn't work for me with a project I make it so it does-

Case in point the title for this page, the word fright was made with puffy alpha stickers that were from a Christmas line, so they were bright red- I made them work by coloring them with a silver sharpie..
Quick fix, and all was good.  I am on a quest to use up packages of bits that I have only a few left of around here, and Alphas are no exception..

I don't buy thickers anymore because of the "What do I do with the left over letters" factor, and really I have enough font options between my alpha dies and my cameo that I can let the little stash of thickers I have dwindle..
I have even considered inner mixing fonts that are the same color to use them up-
So here is my share, I love the banners and the spiders cut with my cameo...
Thanks for stopping by today, and I HOPE to see you soon...
In the meantime, I hope this layout inspires you..

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello Everyone!!!-
Oh Boy, I've been a BAD blogger... sorry to say with my kids finishing up their school year and Summer here, I have let this little blog of mine get neglected... :(
I thought since I had some quiet time tonight that I would sit and get back in the swing of things.. LOL I hope... It's hard to keep on track like most of you know when the kiddies are home 24/7, but I intend to give it my best effort. 
So today's share is of a layout I put together after taking my kids to their 1st College Football game..
Big MSU fans in our family so it was only fitting that this be their 1st game.  They loved it and the weather was amazing; great day to celebrate Homecoming for sure.

I let the photos do most of the taking about the day, and I love adding memorabilia any where I can, so the tickets had to find a place on this page.
Not a huge fan of purple but it was an accent color added on the ticket stub so I went with it..

Great day all around-Well see you next week & thanks for stopping by..

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello there Everyone-

So sorry for my absence, but things have been so crazy here-
I thought I would share a layout of the 1st day of school last year, since the last day of school for this year is quickly approaching..
I am so looking forward to the summer-

This is a 12x12 layout and if you have been following my blog for a while, you know that I love tags and pockets on layouts-
This pocket like most of my pockets on pages is just a place that I use to ground my layers and its a great place for me to use up little bits of things, tucking them here & there.
I happen to LOVE all things related to school(office supplies) so this layout was so fun for me to put together-
I hope you like it & if you have any questions, just ask and I will do my best to answer them..
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hello Hello-
Happy May Day!! 
I am back with a layout share today- This one is a 12x12 page I made from my son loosing his 1st tooth last summer.
He was a nervous a wreck that the tooth fairy wasn't going to find him in Texas, since he lost it while we were on vacation.  Rest assured she made it just fine, and he was a whole dollar richer in the morning. 
This page was really just made with 2 sheets of card stock & a boat load of ephemera, and looks awesome considering it was so basic.  
Well, Thanks for stopping by today-
If you have any questions just let me know.
I will be back next week with more...
Have a great day & I hope everyone has a chance to be crafty this weekend celebrating NSD!!..

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hello Everyone-
Well, I managed to have a very productive week.. Yay!
I posted last week that I was going to give a go at using up a few piles of scraps that I couldn't bring myself to part with just yet. 
So here is what I came up with-
First up-I made 2 gift tags, 2 wine tags & this butterfly birthday card.
 Next- I made 2 masculine birthday cards
 And lastly- I made 2 of each of these beauties, the sentiments come from Winnie & Walter's digital cuts & their stamps and the Absolutely is a SSS exclusive die.
I am super pleased with all that I came up with, and it was a really fun challenge.
You can view the video here...
If you have any questions, just let me know..
Thanks for stopping by today-
See you next week-

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Good Morning-
Hello Everyone & Happy Wednesday!

Today's share is going to be a little different as I don't actually have anything crafty to share as of yet, but I wanted to pop in and blog about an issue I have with throwing away bits of this & that, more specifically scraps of paper from sheets that I just love..

Please tell me I'm not the only one out there who has left over bits from sheets of paper that they just can't part with, especially knowing full well that I can make something with each and every one of them.  Now I know there are a lot of you out there FREAKING out that I still have these and can't part with them, but I don't do this with every paper.. lol just the ones that I loved the color or design of.  Looking at this photo now though, it's very apparent that I love stripes & circles.. lol

So as you can see from the photo here(the teal cardstock not really what I'm referring too)-but that I have separated these bits into 4 piles, and I am hoping over the next week to make something fun & crafty with each pile- I will feel totally like tossing out what ever is left over after that of course.

Now this could be anything from a layout, card, gift tag, etc-but I am always needing little tags to keep on hand to tie to a last minute gift bag or bottle of wine, so for me this is a win win!!
Also- I really only want to give myself a week, two tops..if I don't set a time limit for myself these piles will sit here for months on my table.. Grrrr :(

I will also be pulling items from my stash of course, but the more I can use from these piles the better-the great part is they are all very gender & themed neutral so I won't have any trouble using what I create for a number of occasions.

Alright, so that's it for now- I will be back with what I come up with soon...Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by today & Have a Great Week!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello Hello-
Happy Wednesday Everyone-
Looks like I accidentally let last week pass me by.. Sorry I forgot to blog.. UGH!
My days have been quietly lately so I have no excuse.. lol
I thought I would post today a very recent layout that I completed.. This happens to be a 8.5x11 size and it's from the day my sweet girl got her braces..
I saw this circle background idea and I thought I would change it up a bit & make it cute yet simple.
I titled it " Your New Smile" with the Beautiful die cut from simon says as an extra ..

As usual I added my stamped element, and this one is from Jillibean Soup, the Love This was from one of their newest stamp sets that I picked up over at my Joanns.
Very happy with how it turned out, and the best part-my little princess likes it too!
Would love to hear your thoughts or comments...
Thanks for stopping by today..

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Friday Everyone!!
I am sharing a really fun layout that I showed on my YT video last week, and I just love it!  
It's from Valentines Day this year, and I scrap lifted this payout layout from Laura Vegas.. Love her stuff.   
This layout wasn't hard at all to put together & actually the hardest part was picking the papers that would coordinate with all the different colors in the valentines themselves. 
I also used one of my new Favorite products, photo overlays-man I love those things..
I used an overlay from Crate Paper, the DIY collection over my cute photo of my kiddos, and I love the pink & teal hue it gives to my B&W pic. 
I used up a bunch of old old product on this page...woot woot!! 
I hope you like it!
I will be back next week, I've got some pictures to start taking- honestly that is the one thing that I don't like the most about blog posts..
My craft space is in my basement & there are no windows in my room, so I will wait for a Sunny Day  and take a bunch, and then I will have them ready to go..
Alright so long for now...
Have a Great Weekend!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hello there-
Happy Friday Everyone-
I wanted to share that I have a new video uploaded over at You Tube if you want to check it out..

If you have any questions reg. the video or the products used, just let me know
Thanks for stopping by today

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello Everyone!!
Happy Thursday & today I have a fun card to share with you, it's a card that I have submitted for a guest designer spot to the Paper Smooches Call for April..

I made this card for a friend who has a BIG bday coming up, and I just know he is going to love it!

I used the PS Birthday Buddies stamp set, and I colored the worm in with my markers..

The dirt I made by just cutting some wavy pieces of brown card stock and then I added versa mark to the edges and heat embossed them with my brown embossing powder..Google eyes are a must for this image too...

I hope you like it & check out their fun blog here...
Thanks for stopping by today... See you next week

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hi Everyone!! 
I am here today with another layout, this one is a 12x12 share.
I so love the polaroid trend and this was my first real chance to give it a try on a layout.... Love the way it turned out-
This was scrap lifted from a layout I saw online somewhere, but sadly I don't remember where :(
I tend to save pics that I like, and if the photo isn't watermarked I don't remember usually...
I want to try and get better at writing names down if there is one...
Sadly Pinterest stuff sometimes is repined so often that you can't ever find the original post...
But anyways.. back to the layout-
So as I was saying, I saw a very similar idea online and loved it-
I was able to use up a bunch of old stickers & bits that have been sitting around my space for a while...
Woo Hoo!!
I printed my journaling on vellum and put it on the top n bottom of my polaroids, so cute I think
Well, I would love to hear your thoughts
Thanks for stopping by today-

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hello Hello-
Happy Friday Everyone, 
I'm back with another layout share, this one is 8.5x11 orientation and I just love it!
So a while back Stampin' Up! had a fun summer DSP collection, and I bought it for some of the pattern papers that were in the collection, never knowing if this cherry paper would ever get used..
I was so happy when we went cherry picking because I was finally able to use up the paper & some OA stickers that were in my stash for a while too.
We had such a fun day & I took a ton of pics, I decided to make a collage of photos.  As you can tell, this layout has very little embellishments, so this one I whipped out pretty quick.
Super Cute... "Cherry-Licious"!
Alright...Well here's wishing you a happy weekend, I will be back next week...
Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hi there Everyone-
I am taking a layout share break to show you a card I re-purposed for a Challenge at You Tube.
Over @ Patty Sandberg's channel she is hosting a repurpose challenge that I knew I had to enter-
I thought I would share with you a little background on this card pictured here:
A while back I would go to craft shows and sell my cards at local churches etc, but I then stopped that & was left with a huge amount of inventory, and I am slowly trying to work my way through my massive stash. 
Now I have only a handful of maybe 30 or so cards left, but let's just say in the years that have gone by, styles have changed A LOT!!  I mean I used a Crimper for goodness sakes in this card, when is the last time you have used that tool...? lol
So anyways- my niece's 4th birthday is coming up right around the corner & she loves Ballet, so I thought here's my chance to give this not so great looking card some new life...
 So this top picture shows the card before and the middle one shows the card dismantled and ready for a re-do.  I was able to re-use everything except I did toss the crimped paper & the pink, just because I really couldn't get it to work for me..
I was even going to re-stamp the ballet shoes and color them with my markers & then fussy cut and add with some dimensionals on top, but sadly I have since sold that stamp set on ebay...
So onto Plan B which was to do some shading on the image and add some bling & sparkle...
 Here is the final card, made into an A1 (rsvp) size and the inside already had a Happy Birthday sentiment stamped so I was good with leaving the outside sentiment free-
I pulled out & added two old patterned papers and that was it.. Way better than the 1st version: I think anyways...
Thanks for stopping by today- Hope you all have a great week!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hello there-
I am back today-from beneath the crazy crazy amounts of snow that we have here-literally
with another layout share. 
I have to apologize for this picture, the lighting is terrible.. :( I tried fixing it and it just wouldn't work...
So Sorry..
Ok, so I am sharing an 8.5x11 size layout that I made of my son learning to ride his two wheeler, and I have to say it is one of my 2013 Favorites for sure.
I printed my pictures in black & white because I knew that I wanted to use this bright paper collection.
If you have a specific question about what products I used where, I'll be happy to tell you, just send me an email..
Lots of different goodies went into this, and it came together pretty fast-
Well, alright- I'm off to try and stay warm & pray to the heavens above that my kids have school tomorrow.. enough already-really!
Thanks for stopping by today & have a Great Week!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hello Everyone-
Thought I would share that my January Scrappy Goal is complete!! Woo Hoo!
I used this old set of fabric strips, not even sure what manufacture these are from anymore, but I have been passing over them for at least 5 years.. Not sure why I hadn't gotten rid of them, but I was keeping them around for something... lol

So here is a pic of the strips and then the other pic is of the cards I made with them-
This went super quick and where ever I needed more color or strips I used Washi tape.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Paper Smooches... 
Would love to hear what you think...
Hope you are all having a great week! 

Don't forget you can check me out on Facebook @ cut it up creations & on You Tube @melissa0174
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hi there-
Happy Early Thursday!-
I meant to post this yesterday but I don't know where the day went ?, before I knew it; it was time for bed..lol
So Anyways, I have this 12x12 layout to share that I made from a race I did last summer, it was so super fun & aside from the bugs, the glow part was Awesome!
I ended up cutting up my badge to stagger the layers & the title was cut from a Kerri Bradford travel file & really there isn't much else that went onto this page except for a few stars.  
I think the color combination I picked went perfect with the theme, and I am really happy with the way it turned out.
I would love to hear your thoughts-
Thanks for stopping by 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hello Hello- 
I hope you have all been having a good week so far.. I am doing a great job at checking some crafty projects off my list this week. Woo Hoo!
Today I'm going to share a 12x12 layout that I made from a trip we took with friends last summer-
Who would have thought that you could bling out a lake page?
I decided to give it a try and I love the end result..
another thing I love is my Cameo-the title "the lake" was cut with my Cameo, and if you can't tell in the picture, these letters were crazy skinny and my Cameo cut them out beautifully... So happy with it!
This layout believe it or not, was probably one of the fastest layouts that I have ever created.. gluing down that skinny title probably took me the longest.
I of course as always, incorporated a stamp on my project and that piece of flair under the #4 was just a piece of patterned paper that I cut into a circle an added an epoxy bubble over top.. Viola'!
I would love to hear your thoughts-
and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me..
Have a Great week
& thanks for stopping by today

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My Brave Girl-

Hello Everyone, & Happy Wedenesday, I am back today sharing a layout I made of my sweet girl having surgery last summer.  It was a Crazy Scary day for her for sure, but she did great.  
I wanted to make sure I documented it in my 2013 Album, & the journaling talks about how proud I was of her that day.
This was the 1st time I made a layout using Hexagons if you can believe it, this was a huge trend not too long ago, UGH & here is me just doing it... lol FIGURES right?
I also want to mention that this layout is an 8 1/2 x 11 format & it was scrap lifted from a Jen Gallacher layout I saw on her blog a while back.
The papers were from an old Stampin' Up! collection and really this layout came together quick.
I would love to hear your thoughts or comments, 
Thanks for stopping by -
Also, if you would like I have a you tube channel that I just posted my Project Life December Daily 2013 video to, you can see it here.. Woot Woot!! I finished the whole year... & I've got to be honest I didn't think I could do it..you tube
Alright- See you next week