Month: November 2011

Crafty Creations Photo Inspiration Challenge

Crafty Creations Challenge this week is a photo inspiration challenge: And here is my card… Join us at Crafty Creations for the challenge! There is no right or wrong when it comes to a photo inspiration challenge; just be inspired and show us what you made! Our sponsor this week is In 2 Stamps! I used my Squigglefly image “Cottage Shelf“, colored it with copics and added a Cricut cut wreath using Joys of the Season cricut cartridge. I added a bit of holly and some red gems in the top left corner too.  I used the Cards and Things sketch #98  I am really pleased with how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by today!! I always enjoy your company! 😉  Deena

Old Fashioned Winter Wonderland for Squigglefly

The Squigglefly challenge this week is a Winter Wonderland.   We want to see winter weather, winter scenes, winter sports etc! I used a beautiful image by Inger Harding called Old Fashioned Winter Girl available at Squigglefly. I cased myself using a tutorial from a past Christmas for my card today! If you would like the full details with photos on how to assemble this card using the spellbinders nestabilities ( in the cuttlebug) follow this LINK. Wonderful fun challenges I’m entering with this card: Simply Create Too: Christmas Phindy’s Place: a sprinkling of snow Totally Papercrafts: Christmas Little Red Wagon: Christmas theme Stamp-n-Doodle: it’s snow time 4 Crafty Chicks: snowflakes Sweet Stamping: punches & dies Ellephantastic: weather related Crazy 4 Challenges: snow Stamptacular Sunday: anything Christmas Gingerloft: Christmas & winter Have a creative Monday!  Deena

Cricut Baby Christening Card

I have written a new cricut project tutorial for a Baby Christening card framed with soft ribbon.  Of course the framing technique could be used for many different card occasions, not just for baby’s christening.  Just change up the colors and the image!  You can see the full tutorial with step by step photos at CUSTOM CROPS.  They have fabulous projects there and always FREE for you!  I always appreciate your comments and questions if you have any!  Have a great day and I hope you enjoy the Custom Crops tutorial!  Deena Related articles Published! (

Giving Thanks

It’s time to give thanks!  It’s American Thanksgiving this weekend, and at Crafty Creations  we are showing our gratitude in many different ways with many different projects! I’ve followed the Stamp with Fun sketch for my card, and I was also inspired by The Shabby Tea Room ‘colors of nature’ photo inspiration challenge.  I loved the colors and I knew I had to use my “Apple Cider” digital image for this thank you card.  It just seemed to fit the occasion! I colored the image with copics in only 4 simple colors!  (E08 for the cinnamon sticks and E11 to lighten them a bit, and for the inside rim of the mug, YG93 for the mug, and R14 with a bit of shading in with E08 again on the apple.) The  background paper and red panel are from Cosmo Cricket Odds & Ends and the others are some scraps I had laying on the table.  For a simple embellishment I’ve tied a little bow with red crinkle ribbon that I purchased on Etsy. I hope those of you …

Squigglefly Sketch

This week Heather’s Headliners is challenging us to make some fun cards using Heather’s sketch and I thought I’d play along even though it isn’t my week for the DT samples.  I couldn’t resist! I used one of  Marlene’s new images available at  Squigglefly called “ Nerdy Boy Santa“.  I colored him with copics in colors similar to the background dp.  The dp is  Cosmo Cricket ‘Jolly by Golly’, and I matted it with Bazzill red, and white card stock.  The sentiment is Studio g. Join in the challenge at Squigglefly and don’t forget to use one of Squigglefly’s many fabulous images (you’ll find some of mine there too) for your chance to win a prize! Have a creative day! Deena     

Naughty Or Nice?

Santa wants to know if you’ve been NAUGHTY or  NICE?!  He’s making a list and checking it twice! O.k so we’re NOT ALL PERFECT! lol  Some of us will be getting COAL IN OUR STOCKINGS this Christmas!  But it isn’t going to be me!! Thank you to AUDREY GOODWIN who left this idea in her comment: “We need something for naughty people. Coal and switches, a little humor. Love your ideas already.” I really liked the idea of the coal as my Mom always teased us about that when we were kids! I sometimes worried I would find a big black hunk of coal at the bottom of my Christmas stocking!  Luckily, I never did! AUDREY please select any digital  image you like from my A Creative Need shop and e-mail me your choice.  I will send you the BAG Of Coal image and the image of your choice!  Thanks so much for your fun idea! I loved ALL your ideas, and I may yet use them too!  I decided that since there were only …

Orchids For Someone Special

Hello!! How is your weekend going?  I had a very satisfying,  productive day Saturday as I declared it an ‘unplugged’ day!  None of us was allowed to use/work/play on our computers or video game consoles, or I pods!  Not one video/computer game was played all day!  That’s really something in our house!!  No e-mails were sent, no internet shopping/surfing was done, not even blogging!  I even stopped myself from using my I pad to look up a recipe!  The boys helped their Dad outside with yard work and putting away the patio furniture, whittled some sticks, played, cleaned their rooms (which they do every Saturday) and tidied up the play room.   I cleaned up the house and taught my son how to use the washing machine to do his own load of laundry (for his Scouts badge).  We had errands to run, so we went out for a bit and they each got a book  that they then read later at home! Yay!  The best part? There was actually very little moaning or complaining about …

Baby it’s Cold Outside!

The Ways to Use it challenge on SCS this week is just what my title says…Baby it’s Cold Outside!  So anything wintry/snowy works! I used Deconstructing Jen’s great sketch for my card; I love it!  I used frosty blues and pale greens for a cool wintry look and colored my ‘Mr. Snowman’  image with copics and added FUN FLOCK  to the snow at his feet.  The top border is punched using an Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and I tied an SU! ribbon in red.   I added a sentiment to the bottom in red stazon ink.  The papers are from Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly  and I used Bazzill cardstock. ‘Mr. Snowman’ image is available at A Creative Need.   I am entering this card in these challenges: Deconstructed Sketch #28 Moving along with the Times– Let it snow! Crafter’s Companion– Let it snow! Make it Monday – anything goes Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!!  Deena

Crafty Creations is Recycling!

Peggy thought  we could use any recycled item we have hanging around our crafting tables or in our craft rooms.  Easy and good for the environnement right!  Right Peggy!!    I’m happy to say that I’m sponsoring this week’s Crafty Creations Challenge with images from A Creative Need!  I am blown away by the creativity of the team with their recycled projects!! They are aaaaahhhsome!!  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see what they all came up with and to play the challenge of course!  Here’s what I did using my brand spanking new image available as of today!  “Dear Santa”  I colored him with prismacolor pencils aiming for a well lived in, classic look.  The edges of the image are sponged with pumice stone ink and backed with a piece of recycled kraft paper from an old card.  Then I matted that with Chestnut glitter AC card stock that my son had bought for me last Christmas.  I recycled some broken brads by using crystal effects to adhere them to the …


I’m thrilled to have a cricut creation card published in CRICUT Magazine!    If you already have the December issue, you can see my project on pages 30-31  I had so much fun making this project!  I can’t show it to you here until next month, but this issue of Cricut  Magazine is filled with loads of  stunning ideas for the holidays, so it’s worth grabbing a copy!  I’m so happy to be a part of it.    Have a creative day! Deena