Monday, December 22, 2014

Frosty! - BBTB2 Challenge

I have two posts up for today. If you are looking for my Cardz TV post, you can find it right below this post.

Hello my crafty friends! Happy Monday to you all. Can you believe Christmas is this week?!!! Yikes! I have wrapping to do along with cooking and baking yet to do as I'm sure you do too. So I will try to keep this short and sweet! 

It's time for our last BBTB2 challenge of the year and Mayra-our talented and oh so sweet design team sister has given us free range this week. It's an anything goes challenge for Christmas. So all you have to do is show us your Cricut Christmas projects! For our grown children we are giving a gift card to eat out. We have decided to focus more on the grandchildren now and since there are 20 in our immediate family, we just had to cut back. I might suggest to them all about drawling names for next year as I think that would be really fun. Anyway I'm supposed to be keeping this short! I decided to dress up their gift card and give them some candy to go with it. So I made a little stacked snowman!! I used the Cricut cart Life's A Party for my boxes. I have been wanting to make one of these forever and a day now, so to Pinterest I went for inspiration and here is where I found my inspiration from. The one difference is that I didn't seal up my boxes because I want to fill them. I used Doodlecharms for his cute limb arms as well. A Peachy Keen face, some embellishments and magnets hold this cutie together! Now all I have to do is fill it. lol And make 4 more! Yep, still got lots to do. lol I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy Christmas schedules to visit me, I so appreciated it and you! I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! Crafty hugs, Brenda

Bless this Home-Cardz TV Challenge

Hello Cardz TV Gallery friends! Brenda of Friends Craftin' with Friends here to give you my last post of the year. I know everyone is super busy this time of year finishing up those last minute things on your Christmas do to list, and trust me I have lots on my own list! So I have a CAS card for you today. Our son #4 bought a house and just got moved in. So I made him and our future DIL a card to congratulated them on their new house along with a little gift, some kitchen Christmas towels. For my card I cut my little house from the Cricut cartridge CTMH Art Philosophy as well as for the oval that is on the card that the house sits on and the pattern paper "ring" around the oval. The two Cardz TV stamps I used are "Count Your Blessings" for the outside and "Congratulations" for the inside of my card. Which I forgot to take a picture of, but it was just CAS on the inside as well. 

I want to thank all of you for all your lovely comments and for always checking out what is new on Cardz TV Gallery. I so appreciate you all for coming by each and everyday to check out the Gallery. I also want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! See you in the new year!!! Crafty hugs, Brenda

Monday, December 15, 2014

Silver and Gold

Hello my crafty friends, are you going in overdrive getting ready for Christmas? I hope not, I hope you are better organized than I am because yes, I'm in overdrive. I just don't have it together this year. Just got up our tree and can't find the star for the top, did get the swags in the windows and garage as well as the wreaths hung. That's about it so far. Not finished shopping yet either. I hope I can pull it all off because I feel like I am sinking. lol Hubby has been on the new drug for over a week now. So far the only side effect he has is a hoarse voice and a sore mouth. It got really sore this weekend, so sore he could barely eat, so he stopped his pills until we go to see doc this Tuesday. I'm sure doc will adjust his drug cause he told us it almost always has to be adjusted and he told hubby to stop the meds and call if he gets any side effects. So I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed and my prayers going that this drug will work miracles for him.

Well I'm sure you are aware that it is Monday and that means it is time for a new challenge over at BBTB2. Maureen is our sweet and talented hostess and she has chosen for us to use or make an ornament using Cricut die cuts. Well as you know I've already said that I'm not doing well with getting anything ready this month so I waited until the last minute to do this card. Then I was interrupted what seems like a hundred times! The phone rang non stop and of course no one can answer the phone but me, The dog has issues and I was cleaning up after her every time I turned around and I was just getting really frustrated. So this card is just kinda thrown together. I started out cutting my ornament from the Artiste cartridge out of silver and gold foiled paper. I dry embossed the stripes on the white and used some blue paper for a layer cause I love silver and blue together-not quite the blue I wanted, but was all I had. Now ask me why in the heck did I cut out a striped red bow?!!! I have no clue what I was thinking and I plead the 5th! I was just trying to get this card done and this is what happened. sigh The bow is a My Creative Time die. I used a SU sentiment that I heat embossed in silver and that is it folks. There is plenty inspiration from my design team sisters over at BBTB2 if you need some. I hope you will link up with us with a Cricut ornament, the simple rules are on the sidebar over at BBTB2

As always I want to thank you for taking the time to visit me, I always appreciate you, especially this time of year when everyone is so busy.  Crafty hugs, Brenda

 view from an angle

Monday, December 8, 2014

Card Keeper-continued

Hello Cardz TV Gallery Friends! Brenda here from Friends Craftin with Friends and I'm here to show you the completed, well except for a few touches here and there, card book I made to organize all my cards in so I can get them mailed off in a timely fashion. I bound my book with my Cinch. Now since it was for me, I used 3 separate smaller o wires that I had clipped off other projects to bind my book. I hate to waste or throw away good things that can still be used. lol  When I make another one I won't do that, but for myself it was ok. My wires also got out of shape because it was different wires, but that's ok too because it is mine. Please note this is going to be pic heavy. We will start with the front cover. I used chipboard and placed my pattern paper on it.  I used DCWV Celebration paper pad for my front and back covers. Can you spot my mistake?? Yes, don't ask me what I was thinking, but I put my apostrophe between the "d & a" instead of the "a & s". LOL I saw it when I was writing up this post, so I will fix that pronto! Isn't the vintage kids so cute?  I though this was the perfect paper for my cover. 

For my "date, name & event" paper, I just made this in Microsoft word and printed out on light weight cardstock. I also add some mitten and skate die cuts. Still need some sentiments on my strip for this month.

Here I used some die cut hearts and a hat and clover.

April has a chocolate bunny and some boots since it tends to be rainy in April. May has some cute daisies.

And from June to Dec. I need some die cuts yet. Will add them later. 

I just love how my card keeper turned out and plan on making some for gifts. The pockets will hold quite a few cards and now all I have to do is get them made and in their correct months! Then I can turn to that month and I will be ready to just put the card in the mail. I am considering putting a pocket on the inside of the front cover to hold stamps and labels for the envelopes. I hope I've inspired you to use Card TV stamps in a different way other than cards. Below is a list of all the Card TV stamps that I used and you can get them here. I want to thank all our viewers to visiting and leaving comments, this blog would not be here if not for all our viewers. We so appreciate you all!!! Crafty hugs, Brenda

Stamp sets used:

Sugar Rush
Count Your Blessings
Oct. 31st
Frankly Frightful
Fall Fun
Christmas Critter Captions
It's All About You
Trick or Treat
Just Saying
St. Patrick's Day
Easter Punnies
Easter Blessings
Think Spring

Monday, December 1, 2014

O' Christmas Tree-BBTB2 Challenge

Hello my crafty friends, I hope everyone had a fabulous and thankful Thanksgiving! We got our Thanksgiving Blessing in that the insurance company is going to cover hubby's new meds!!! How blessed we are!! Now I'm holding onto faith that Christmas will bring us the miracle of these pills working with little to no side effects. How wonderful that would be!

On to today's challenge at BBTB2, Jayne our sweet and talented design team sister has chosen for us to use a Christmas tree on our project today. Well after getting back home from our little VA Thanksgiving get away, I was tired and wasn't very creative, but it's done and I will share it with you all even though I'm not happy with how it came out. It is what it is. I used the AG Winter Wonderland for my tree. I didn't go by the colors that were in the book, instead opting for my tree to be green. My garland I cut from foil paper as well as my star and tree container. I used stickles on my candle flame.  A SB mat to sit my tree on sponged with gold ink, which doesn't look gold at all, so wasn't happy with that! My striped mat is from an SU Christmas paper pack from last year I believe and my Merry is a die from MCT and the Christmas is a stamp from MCT. For the inside, I put another striped mat in (both mats where die cut with MCT stitched rectangle) along with a smaller mat in which I stamped some pine boughs on. Want some more inspiration, then look no farther than my design team sisters, you will be amazed! Thanks for taking the time to visit little ole me, I do love your visits and appreciate them!! Crafty hugs, Brenda