Designer Series Paper SALE October 1 - 31

Thursday, September 30, 2010

PAUSE DREAM ENJOY NOW ON FACEBOOK!


Abby over at Scrapbookaholic helped me create a group page on Facebook for Pause Dream Enjoy!  Yeah!  I don't know the direct link to it, but please do a search for PauseDreamEnjoy on Facebook and join the group!  I would love for you guys to post pictures of what you've made.  You can also share videos.  And if you know of blog hops going on this weekend, please post those too!

I have ordered WINTER FROLIC on line!!!  I can't wait to get it in.  Please go post all the pictures of projects you've made with this cartridge!  I think it would be neat to have the photo albums set up with the name of the carts.  Easy to find projects that way when you are looking for ideas, don't you think?

Hugs!!

Janis

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CCC# 44 - HALLOWEEN Z-FOLD CARD




Thanks for stopping by!  Today over at Cricut Cardz Challenge - we have begun our Challenge #44 which is to make a Z-Fold or some call it S-Fold Halloween card using any colors and Cricut cartridges we wanted.

  • Card base:  Orange Value Pack card (pre-scored for easy folding!)  The front cover is folded back onto itself to make the Z-Fold.
  • Background starry night paper from Karen Foster Designs, Biggie Bundle, Throughout the Year #3
  • The front panel background paper is cut @ 5 1/4" x 1 7/8"
  • The inside background paper is cut @ 5 1/4" x 4"
  • The pumpkin man (doesn't he look so happy?!) is from a Cricut Cut swap I did with a couple of ladies.  My ruler says he's 4".  I added a black button and some orange jute to him.
  • The grass came from my extra cut file.  I think it's from Mickey & Friends.  It was much longer than this, I just cut it long enough for him to sit behind.
  • Ribbon from Michael's.  I let the lighter flame barely touch the ends.  This hardens the ends and keeps them from fraying.  Just a second.  Don't go crazy and burn your ribbon up.
  • I used some Rub-Ons from Target's $1 bin to rub on "All Hallow's Eve" on the front panel.  
Hop over and join in the fun!  We'd love to see a Z-Fold Cricut Halloween card you make!

Janis

Monday, September 27, 2010

52Q WEEK 9



52Q Week 9 Question:
"Your Honey is throwing you a surprise Birthday Bash.  What do you hope the theme is?"
Maybe you would love a Luau, or a throwback to the 50's with poodle skirts and leather jackets, or maybe you love to bowl and want a bowling party... Whatever it is - that's your question for this week!  Thanks, Sheree, at CravinScrappin for suppling this question!!

I used MINI MONSTERS to create a Birthday Princes for my page.  She's on page 47 and cut @ 4 1/2 with Shadow also.  The phrase is cut @ 1 1/2" and again with the Shadow.  (I'm loving this cart!)

Make sure and leave your link below when you finish your project!  To see a list of ALL the questions we've had so far, click here.

Have a fun day!  :) Janis


CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE QUESTIONS SO FAR AND MY PAGES.

SUNDAY'S CAMERA ADVENTURE

LOL!  According to the email inquiries I've gotten, I got you ladies curious as to our Sunday adventure! Here's the scoop:
Augusta, GA was the host of the 2010 IRONMAN competition on Sunday.  IRONMAN is a triathlon.  They start swimming, transition to biking, then finish with running.
We walked about 3 miles of the course to watch the swimming and then transition to the biking.  Did I mention it was raining the whole time?  We were soaked when we got home.  Sloshy shoes, drenched hair and clothes.  hahaha  But it was really neat to watch these amazing athletes.
Here are just a few of the pics we took.
I chose not to capture the blonde wearing a sign on her butt that said, 
"IRONMAN you've got STAMINA... call me"
I was surprised they actually swam in that alligator river.  Are they crazy?  I just took pictures last weekend of an alligator in that very river.  Not me.  Uh-uh. No way. No how.


Our beautiful daughter, Bonnie.  Her sister, Kati, is a photographer with mad skills.  I took this picture of Bonnie and Kati worked her magic and got the people in the background all removed.  I don't know how in the world she does stuff like that.  I just love this picture.  Wet hair and everything!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

PAPER PLAYTIME CH#18 - ANY TYPE OF WATER ON YOUR CARD

Don't you just love Hello Kitty?!  She's so precious!  This is my submission for Paper Playtime's Ch# 18 this week.  The theme is "LISTEN TO THE RHYTHM OF THE FALLING RAIN."  But actually you can make any paper project using any type of water, snow, dew, frost, icicles, bubble bath, puddles, waves, etc.

Cricut Cartridge:  HELLO KITTY GREETINGS
Kitty page 54 cut @ 6" using Card Feature and silhouette.
All papers are from Recollections.
Have a rockin' Monday!



Janis

Friday, September 24, 2010

CREATE A CRITTER REMINDER BOARD


Hello all my bloggy friends!!  Here is a Reminder Board I made with Create A Critter.  I will hang it on our frig with post-it notes to scribble down things to remember.


Create A Critter p.37
Cheese cut @ 3 1/2"
Mouse cut @ 4 1/2" and used Shadow feature
Camera cut @ 3 1/2" and used Shadow feature
Phrase cut @ 3"
Papers from Debbie Mumm stack
Background paper 12"x12" attached to sturdy cardboard (from the back of a paper pack)
Orange paper cut @ 10 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Black strips cut and attached behind orange sheet.  I didn't have anything bigger than 8 1/2" x 11", so I just cut strips and laid them around the outside edges of the orange.  It worked out perfectly.
The post it notes can hang from the bottom strip.
I'll probably punch holes in the top with my Crop-a-dile and hang this on my frig with suction cups.
I was pretty tickled with out it turned out!
Hugs!


Janis


Thursday, September 23, 2010

HALLOWEEN DANCE CARD WITH HAPPY HAUNTINGS


My friend, Sharon, from MeeMees Creations, sent me some Happy Hauntings Cuts!  Yeah!  I love getting mail!  So I used the Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstien to make this card.  I felt like with that huge green ribbon it almost looked like they were at a dance. LOL
Kraft cardstock cut A2 size Tent Style
Background papers from $1 pack at Target
Skull and Spider in ribbon from confetti pack from Target for $2
Pop up Squares from Therm O Web to pop up Mr & Mrs Frankie
Enjoy!
I'll probably be doing some Halloween Minis this week.  
My friend, Sheree, over at Cravin Scrappin' has been emailing me great YouTube mini album finds.  I'm psyched now to make some minis!


Janis

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP

I think this image by Robyn's Fetish Digi Stamps is so precious!
Card base is Muted Orange from Value Pack 
(pre-scored for easy folding!)
Background paper is from DCWV The Stack 6 cut @ 5  1/4" X 4"
Ribbon from Michael's
Button from Joann's
Image colored with Crayola markers and crayons
Image edges inked with Colorbox inks

Janis

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CREATE A CRITTER JOY CARD


Good morning, Sunshine!
I wanted to switch gears this morning and make a bright and cheery Thank You card.
I chose papers from Karen Foster Designs, Biggie Bundle, Throughout the Year #3.
I thought this LadyBug paper was adorable and loved the soft blue with it.

My card base is Kraft cardstock cut in half longways in the trimmer to give 2 "tent" style cards.  This card folds at the top.
Blue paper cut @ 5 1/4" x 4"
Green paper cut @ 5" x 3 3/4"
Blue satin ribbon from Michael's
Purple rhinestone in blue flower center from Joann's
Blue flower rhinestone in JOY from my Mama's stash (thanks, Mama!)
Cricut cartridge:  CREATE A CRITTER
Ladybug page 66 cut @ 2 1/2" with shadow feature too (I love the Shadow feature)
JOY page 73 cut @ 1 1/2" and inked around edges with Colorbox black ink
Don't forget you have until next Tuesday, September 28th, to submit a MINI MONSTERS project on my blog. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THAT POST. It's not for a prize, just for fun.  Submit as many projects as you'd like to show all your creative awesomeness on what you've created with MINI MONSTERS.  A place and time to brag about YOU.  Plus, I'm anxiously awaiting that cart in the mail, and I want you to inspire me!


Janis

CRICUT CARDZ CHALLENGE #43


Isn't Little One here so sweet?!  This week over at Cricut Cardz Challenge we are to make a card for a new baby using any cartridges we'd like and the colors green, orange, yellow and white ONLY.

I made a card a little larger than the A2 size cards I usually make.  This card size is A6, and I followed the instructions the Martha Stewart Scoring Board provides.  Just start out with a piece of cardstock 9" x 6 1/4" and score @ 4 1/2".  This will make your finished card size 4 1/2" x 6 1/4".

The papers for this card came from several different stacks.  Here's all the info:
  • Orange background paper from DCWV Indian Summer cut at full size for front of card which is 4 1/2" x 6 1/4"
  • Dark green mat (textured) from DCWV Ultimate Year Stack cut @ 4 1/4" x 6"
  • Green & white polka dotted mat from DCWV Nana's Kids (embossed) cut @ 4" x 5 3/4"
  • Orange ribbon from Joann's
  • Prima Flowers - Multi Bright from Michael's with added green rhinestone in center from Joann's
  • Cricut Cartridge:  NEW ARRIVAL
  • "Little One" cut @ 2" page 110 in yellow and again in white with Shadow Feature
  • Baby page 97 cut @ 3" and face drawn on with Ultra Fine Tip Black Sharpie
  • Diaper cut in white and colored with Orange Stampin' Up chalk
  • The little baby is popped up with foam squares
I hope you hop over and join in the fun at Cricut Cardz Challenge this week!  Happy Hump Day!

:) Janis

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MINI MONSTERS CRICUT CREATIONS!


Okay, guys, I want to see all your Cricut Mini Monsters Creations!  I was so excited today to learn that I won that cartridge over on Cravin Scrappin's blog!!!  You have NO IDEA what a BIG DEAL this is to me!  So....  


I want to see all the projects you've created with Mini Monsters!  I need a plan.  I need a goal.  Or else I'm going to be cutting everything on every page out of pure excitement.  LOL


This is just for fun.  A chance for you to brag on your work.  You can post as many items as you like - the more the better!  There is no prize, just a place to share your ideas, projects, and inspiration.


So please go do a search and find all the MINI MONSTERS creations you've made and start adding them below.  I'll leave the button active for one week.  


I can't wait to see all your MINI MONSTER creations!  Yeah!  I'm so excited!  You guys are so talented out there!


Big Hugs,

Janis



FABULOUS FIND IN BLOGLAND!

Please go visit my sweet friend, Melissa, at her blog A PAPER JOURNEY.  She has given me permission to share a project she made recently with Mini Monsters.  Now here's a short, funny story.....


I have been drooling over wanting MINI MONSTERS and HAPPY HAUNTINGS for a while now.  I was trying to catch up on the blogs I follow this morning when I popped over to Melissa's blog.  I saw this most darling house that I can't wait to make with MINI MONSTERS when I get it.  But instead of a Haunted House, she actually made it as a "Welcome Baby" or rather "Welcome Little Monster!"  How CUTE is that?!  So creative!  Makes me giggle.  I love it!!


Here is one of the photos of this card, but hop over to her blog to see how it opens and everything.  It's awesome!  Make sure and leave her some comment love.  We all like comment love.  :)

WEEK 8 MINI ME BOOK 52Q



Welcome to Week 8 of 52Q MINI ME BOOK!  How are you guys doing with this?  I get lots of emails saying you are enjoying it.  I know most of you don't post your projects on my page, so it is nice to hear from you in email so I know I'm not alone in doing this. LOL  If you have any trouble posting your picks, just let me know, and I'll try to help you get it up if I can.

This week's question is:

WHO OR WHAT HAS LEFT FOOTPRINTS ON YOUR SOUL?

Can't wait to see what you create for your page!
:)  Hugs   Janis

Monday, September 20, 2010

GOODIES IN THE MAIL, NEW HALLOWEEN CARD, & BLOG HOP THANKS!

FALL BLOG HOP WINNER!!

Good morning everyone!  WOW!  The FALL BLOG HOP around here on Saturday was so much fun!  I hope you guys didn't miss it.  If you did, just hang on because we are going to do a HOLIDAY HOP in November!!  I'll keep you updated on that.

Now... what you've all been waiting for...who won one of these Halloween Mini Albums?
Album One:
Side One:


Side Two:


Album Two:

Side One:
Side Two:



Thank you all so much for hopping along with us, leaving such encouraging and sweet comments, and if you became a FOLLOWER of mine (and it wasn't even required), thank you so much!  

THE WINNER OF ONE OF THE HALLOWEEN MINI ALBUMS ABOVE IS....

PHYLLIS over at cutecricutcorner.blogspot.com!!  Congratulations, Phyllis!!  Let me know if you would prefer Album 1 or 2.  If you can't decide I'll pick for you and surprise you.  :) Please email me your address and I'll get your prize out to you right away!  You can contact me, Janis, at northrose@slowar.com.

As soon as I get an email from Ruthie with the list of all the winners from all the stops along the Blog Hop, I'll be adding that list to this post.  So feel free to check back here later on today to see if you won on another stop.  I wish I had about 200 of these Halloween Mini Albums to send to everyone of you who left me a comment.  But alas, I don't.  So I think I'll be doing another giveaway here on my blog soon.  I'm having just as much fun giving a handmade prize away as you guys are entering for a chance to win!

Thank you all again!  Every one of us on the HOP sure did enjoy all of your enthusiasm and comment love!  Crafting Buddies are the Best kinds of FREINDS!  :)  Big Hugs!!

Janis

AUTUMN BLESSINGS




This week over at PAPER PLAYTIME
Challenge #17's theme is:
AUTUMN
We would love for you to hop over and play along with us this week!
We are sponsored by
The above card is using one of Robyn's Fetish Digi Stamps - 
POPPY FAIRY.
I wrote a poem for the inside sentiment.
(You didn't know I was a writer, did you? 
And I mean writer as in journal, 
I write poetry, sometimes songs,
but no, not a published writer - 
then I'd call myself an Author. LOL)

The inside says:
May Autumn bring you
cool breezes
laughter at sunset
hayrides
apples to bob for
masks, candy, and giggles
smiling scarecrows
owl songs in the evening
quilts on the porch swing
a hand to hold
family feasts
memories to last a lifetime

Thanks for stopping by!  
I appreciate your comments and for following
Pause Dream Enjoy.
Blessings to you and your's!

Janis

Sunday, September 19, 2010

FRIGHTFUL NIGHT HALLOWEEN CARD


Oooooo    Scary!!

Here is another "tent" fold card.  It's still an A2 size, but the fold is at the top instead of the side.
Like this:

Textured orange background paper cut @ 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" from stash.
Jack-o-Latern face background paper cut @ 5 1/8" x 4" from $1 Halloween pack from Target.

RIP from Paper Doll Dress Up page 52 cut @ 3" Real Dial Size.
Trees from PDDU page 52 cut @ 2" and 3 1/2" RDS.
Ghosts from page 49 cut @ 1 1/2" and 3" RDS.

Boo!    :) Janis

Saturday, September 18, 2010

BLOG HOP!

Welcome to our Blog Hop!  So happy you hopped by!!
If you didn't hop here from Theresa's blog, CLICK HERE to start the hop at the beginning.  For a complete list of everyone in the hop, see a list of links at the bottom of this post.

MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A COMMENT ON EVERY POST IN THE BLOG HOP!  EACH BLOG WILL BE GIVING AWAY A PRIZE!

For my project, I decided to make an Accordion Mini Album.  This is a very easy album to make.  You do not need anything special really except your imagination and mojo.

I used a Cricut for my cuts, but you can decorate an album like this any way you like.
  • Start off with 2 pieces of  8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.
  • Cut each piece in half @5 1/2" so that you have four pieces of cardstock measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • Score each piece in the middle at 4 1/4".  Fold all pieces and give good creases.
  • Unfold each piece.
  • You will adhere the pieces together to form an accordion fold or "mountain and valley". 
  • For example, half of one piece will overlap half of the added adhered piece entirely.
  • You can add pattern paper, pockets, tags, ribbons, flowers.... anything you want to decorate your mini album!
Here is Halloween Album #1




And here is a second one I made with the same theme:




I used the Cricut to make the die cuts and tags, and this was so fun to make!

Please make sure you leave a comment on every blog along the hop.  Each of the blogs will be drawing a winner from their comments on their blog hop post for a prize. My prize is one of the Mini Accordion Albums shown above, so be sure to leave a comment here!!  Thanks for stopping by!  

Your next stop is Kim! 

And here is a complete list of all the blogs on the hop:

  1. Ruthie
  2. Theresa
  3. Janis (me - you are here!)
  4. Kim
  5. Michelle
  6. Mary
  7. Chris
  8. Nicole
  9. Joy

Have fun!  Hugs!! Janis

Friday, September 17, 2010

TRICK OR TREAT.... GIVE ME SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT

Hey!  I have a quick post for you.  Here's a card I made today with PAPER DOLL DRESS UP!  I used the "tent" fold on this one.  The fold is at the top instead of the side, but it's still an A2 size card.  Unfolded the card measures 4 1/4" x 11".  Folded it's 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Here is a side view so you can see what I mean:
I faux stitched around the moon and the black card base.  The other faux stitching on the background paper just came that way.

The background paper is from a Target Halloween pack with only 8 sheets of different Halloweeny patterns I got for $1.  Some of the papers (like this one) has shiny parts on them.  It's cut @ 5 1/4" x 4".

The sentiment "give me something good to eat!" was cut from another one of the papers in the pack.

Happy Moon is from page 53 on PDDU cut @ 3 1/2" Real Dial Size.

The Trick or Treat bag is on page 52 cut @ 2 1/2" Read Dial Size.  It cuts lines for the letters and I just went over that with a black sharpie.

ENJOY!

Don't forget the FALL BLOG HOP tomorrow starting at 8 in the morning EST.  Lots of prizes!  Make sure you leave a comment on my blog post!

:) Janis

CRICUT SEARCH SITE!!!


You can grab their button from their site (HTML code)!!

Have you discovered CRICUT SEARCH?  Thanks to my wonderful friend, SANDRA, I am now a CRICUT SEARCH fan!

This site allows you to enter a word for a cut you are looking for.  Example, I entered FENCE because I've been wanting a fence cut for a Halloween card.  The search will bring up all the cricut manual pages that have either the WORD fence or the IMAGE fence.  You can then click on the manual pages to get a closer look.

This is so cool.  I have more fences in the carts I own than I realized.  And what really surprised me, was one of the images it brought up, I thought was a railroad track in my manual, but now that the search has brought it to my attention, I see that you can use it for a railroad track or a fence.  It opens your eyes to other possibilities.

THIS IS MY FABULOUS FIND FOR FRIDAY!!

Have a GREAT day!

Now go do some searching! Oh!  Cricut Search also has a YouTube channel for video tutorials on how to use the site.  Coolness!

:) Janis

Thursday, September 16, 2010

AUTUMN SQUIRREL CARD


A2 size card
Cuts from GIVE A HOOT
Squirrel, acorn (accent) and leaf border all cut @ 1 1/2" from page 31
Orange mat cut @ 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Green mat cut @ 5 1/8" x 3 3/4"

Have a GREAT day!

:) Janis

PUMPKIN HALLOWEEN CARD


This is probably the last project I will post until early next week.  I'm not feeling 100% and I've got some other things I'll be busy with tomorrow and this weekend.... not trying to whine, I just don't want you to see no activity and forget about me. :)

This card was a challenge.  I knew I wanted to use certain elements, but tying them all together was a bit challenging.  In the end, I'm very happy with how it turned out.

  • Card base gray - cut so that it folds at the top.  Still an A2 size card.
  • The measurements for the 3 background mats are approximate.  I kept trimming slightly here and there to show a little more color.
  • Textured orange 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
  • Green 5 1/8" x 3 3/4"
  • Burnt orange 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Tree stump from CREATE A CRITTER RDS 1"
  • Pumpkin man from Cricut Cut Swap STRETCH YOUR IMAGINATION RDS 4"
  • Moon from PAPER DOLL DRESS UP RDS 1 1/2"
  • Black button and orange jute from stash
  • "Happy Halloween" stamped sentiment from Target (was in a pack of 4 for $1)
  • Green rhinestones for pumpkin man eyes (shimmery)
Have a safe and fun weekend.  DON'T FORGET THE FALL BLOG HOP SATURDAY HERE ON MY BLOG!  PRIZES TO BE WON - you must leave a comment on the Fall Blog Hop Post on Saturday to be eligible to win the prize!
Hugs!

Janis

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CRICUT CARDZ CHALLENGE #42



Such a cutie card!
I am so excited to be on the Cricut Cardz Challenge Design Team!!
Today the challenge is to make a Halloween Card using the Card Feature on any cartridge.  Hop over and see what the other Design Team members have created.  Get inspired and join in on all the fun!!
FRONT OF CARD:
  • Card base Shimmering Purple from Value pack pre-scored for easy folding!
  • Black ribbon from Michael's
  • Googlie eyes!
  • Orange background paper from Karen Foster Designs, Biggie Bundle, Throughout the Year #3 cut @ 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Cricut Cartridge Hello Kitty Greetings
  • Bat page 72 cut in black using Card Feature @ 3 3/4"
  • Bat cut in shimmering purple with Blackout feature and again in shimmering purple in Silhouette feature
  • Shimmering purple adhered with foam squares to top of card feature
INSIDE BAT CARD FEATURE:
  • Purple swirly paper inside bat cut with Blackout feature.  Paper from Cloud 9 Designs
  • "BOO!" printed from computer with Catchup font @ 44pt and inked around edges with Colorbox black ink
INSIDE

INSIDE TOP:
  • Starry background paper cut @ 5 1/4" x 4" from Karen Foster Designs, Biggie Bundle, Throughout The Year #3
  • Cricut Cartridge:  PAPER DOLL DRESS UP
  • Kitty page 52 cut @ 3"
  • Broom page 55 cut @ 3"
INSIDE BOTTOM:
  • Orange background paper from Karen Foster Designs, Biggie Bundle, Throughout The Year #3 cut @ 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Cricut Cartridge:  PAPER DOLL DRESS UP
  • Cauldron page 55 cut @ 3"
  • Sentiments printed from computer using Catchup font @ 20pt and edged with Colorbox black ink
What a fun card to make this was!  Isn't Halloween time fun!?!
Don't forget to pop over to Cricut Cardz Challenge and see what the other Designers have come up with and join in and play with us!  


Janis

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER WENT UP THE WATER SPOUT


I'm having so much fun making all these Halloween and Autumn cards!
Card base is textured orange from Value Pack (pre-scored for easy folding!)
Black mat (Recollections) cut @ 5 1/4" x 4"
Orange pumpkin paper (Karen Foster Designs Biggie Bundle Throughout the Year #3) cut @ 5" x 3 3/4"
Spider from STRETCH YOUR IMAGINATION (from Cricut cut swap)
Flowers from Calypso tin (Prima flowers)
Rhinestone from Joann's
Black ribbon from Michael's
Googlie eyes!!
The smile on this spider is precious!! (click photo to enlarge)
Hugs!  
Janis