Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Guess what I got today!

I received my Winter Woodlands cart from Provocraft today! It came on the Fedex truck lookin for it's new home. But sadly....my house will not be it's new home! *okie tells everyone to say "AWWWW"*.

It's not that I don't want the cart. I love this cart! The font is awesome and the extras are just fantastic! But there is no room at my house for this poor Winter Woodland cartridge....

As luck would have it I already own this cartridge! Now what to do with this poor little cartridge that is lookin for a new home. When I was informed that I won I told Kerri, from Provocraft, that I already own the cart and to please allow someone else to win. She told me "nope, you won fair and square, it's yours". So you see I wasn't trying to be greedy. I actually wanted someone else to have a chance to get this awesome cartridge. And since it wasn't possible for Cricut to do a re-giveaway of the cart....well...I CAN!

That is right! I will be giving my Winter Woodlands cartridge away! As you might remember I was chosen to be a Guest Designer for Christmas With the Cricut and I will be doing my guest spot the second week of November. So stay tuned since that is when I will be doing the giveaway to help celebrate!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Winter Woodland.........I WON!!

I posted last week about how Provocraft is doing a give away of the Winter Woodland cart to celebrate it's 100th cart release...WELL I WON! Each week there are 20 winners. You still have time to win one for yourself also! This is week #3 of a 5 week giveaway!

Just check out the Cricut Celebrates Cartridge #100 post on the Cricut Messageboard for your chance to leave a comment and win!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Halloween Ghiradelli Boxes

I couldn't resist using my extra sheet of Pinecone Press paper to make some Ghiradelli Boxes! If you guys remember I made the .cut file for these back at the end of January as Valentine's Day boxes. The boxes will hold either 3 filled squares or 4 plain squares.

The GHIRADELLI SQUARES BOX - George and the GHIRADELLI SQUARES BOX - Plantin are still available for download. For instructions please see the My Valentine's Day Gift to my readers post. There are pictures along with the instructions.

I cheated a bit and used my Stampin Up Scallop Square punch for the boxes I made since my E is still cuttin scallop shapes a bit wonky *okie so dislikes wonky scallops*. The sentiments on the scallop squares are from the same sheet of Pinecone Press word block paper that I used on the cards I posted earlier. I used the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder on the box with the bats sentiment. It might be hard to see in the picture but should show better if you click on the picture and make it bigger. I also used a corner rounder punch on the flap of the box.

The only problem with making these boxes is that I want to eat the dang squares before I give them to people! *okie cracks up laughin*


I was able to whip out these six cards in no time! I found the layout idea in a Cards Magazine that my friend Scraparazzi sent me and couldn't wait to try it. I was at the LSS yesterday and ran across some Pinecone Press Halloween paper. One of the sheets was all word blocks and I knew it would be perfect for quick cards *okie loves quick.....most of the time....but she won't talk about that right now*. The great thing is that there were enough word blocks for plenty of cards and I will be able to share with my friend Linda!

You can click the pictures to see close ups of the cards.

I used Stickles to jazz the cards up some more for the main images. I used Prima flowers on some of the cards. They are from a Halloween set I got last year. Then on some of the cards I used smaller word blocks. I did use the Threading water punch on some of the card mats and then the Victorian blade from my Purple Cows Cutter on some of the others. On the image mats I used my Purple Cows cutter with the Deckle blade *which is totally okie's favorite blade by far*. I used the Signo Um-153 pen on the image mats and Stampin Up black marker for the stitching look on the green mat. For the card edging I used some white acrylic paint with a piece of sponge.

Skull Halloweeen card

There are times when I forget what all cuts are on the carts I have, I mean seriously how I am suppose to remember what is on every cart! *okie knows that no one else knows either so she doesn't feel so bad*. I wanted to make a Halloween card and I wanted a skull. I don't have Indie Art so I went and did a keyword search in Design Studio and found this really cool skull and cross bones on Paper Doll Dress Up and thought it would be perfect for a SKULL HALLOWEEN CARD

- Stamped and Paper Doll Dress Up are the carts used
- Patterned Paper is Bo Bunny
- Doodling is with Signo UM-153 pen and Stampin Up black marker
- Rhinestones for the eyes
- Studio G Halloween stamp for the sentiment

I used the Cricut markers on the skull...and hate it! But nothing I can do about it now. I think it had something to do with the paper, it absorbed the ink a little too well! I wasn't using Prism cardstock, that is for sure!

The file is set to cut 6 at a time and was designed on a 12x12 mat. On the skull mat you will want to put your white on the left hand side row of skulls and the black on the right. I hid some of the contours so I could have the black in the eyes and nose since I didn't see a feature like that on the cart. Oh the sentiment mat will actually work with several of the Studio G Halloween stamps!

Friday, September 18, 2009


Okay I admit I am stressing over this whole Guest Designer bit! I do have an idea for my craft project *okie thinks to self "yeah and you have had about 4 others also"*. I think it will be one that people will like and be able to use for a variety of occasions but for the GD spot it will be Christmas themed.

Now aren't ya curious?? *okie laughs evilly like only okie can*

I gotta start thinking about the other projects and what to do!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Want to win Winter Woodland?

Provocraft is having a contest for it's Cricut Messageboard readers and you can win Winter Woodland just by replying to the thread! If you would like to enter just click HERE!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Want to win a Gypsy?

Cutting Above is giving away two Gypsy's to help Provocraft celebrate the release. Hop on over there and check it out and sign up to win!

Monday, September 14, 2009

I was chosen to be a Guest Designer

For the blog Christmas With The Cricut. I agreed because at the time it sounded like a really cool idea and I was excited about being chosen and thinking what I could come up with for the projects. THEN...IT HAPPENED! They sent out the list of the other designers. I emailed Tammy at CWTC and I think I might have called her a few bad names in the email about putting me with the most awesome designers I know! WHAT THE *okie's words edited* WAS SHE THINKING? WHAT THE *okie's words again edited* WAS I THINKING? Now I am thinking "HOLY CRAP! NO MATTER WHAT I DO IT WON'T BE GOOD ENOUGH!".

So here is the line up for the month of November with a link to each Guest Designer's blog.

November 1-7
Christina (Creations with Christina)
Teresita (Teri Beri's Creations)

November 8 - 14
Barb (Snowman Lover's Paperie)
Shirley (Okieladybug's Scrap 'n More) you are already here....

November 15 - 21
Susan (Busy with the Cricky)
Jeannie (A Place for My Cards)

November 22 - 28
Monique (Monkey Doodle Cricut)
Mandy Ferg (The Polka Dot Spot)

Now seriously folks.........HOW THE *edited for the protection of okie's readers eyes* AM I SUPPOSE TO EVEN COME CLOSE TO SOMETHING HALF WAY DECENT WHEN I HAVE THESE FOLKS BEING GUEST DESIGNERS TOO?? *okie takes a deep breath before she falls out*

I will be using Winter Woodland and Mini Monograms on my projects. I have had some ideas running around in my head but nothing concrete yet. And even if I did...well I think it is against the rules to let you know! *okie cracks up laughin* So guess you will have to stay tuned to see what transpires!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Get Wild

Get Wild...It's your day This cut file will cut 4 cards at a time. You will need the following carts
Zebra - Animal Kingdom
Leaves - Stretch Your Imagination
Sentiment - Alphalicous and Wild Cards
of course you can change the sentiments if you wish or if you don't have the carts I used. It is set for a 12x12 mat But things should be easy to move around if you have the baby bug.

I love this card!! I found this hot pink zebra stripe paper at the LSS and got it for a card for a friend of mine and still had some scraps left over so thought I would use it on some other cards. I only made 3 of these so I will have to be very choosy about who I send them to.

The zebra head is from Animal Kingdom, the leaves are from Stretch Your Imagination, the "get wild" is Alphalicious and the inside sentiment is from Wild Cards.

I used the Tiny Mosaic Cuttlebug folder on the silver metallic paper.

I used Stickles to highlight the words and the leaves.

Here ya can see the dimensions where I pop dotted the zebra head and the sentiment on the front. I thought about doing happy birthday on the inside but I thought this worked out just fine.

Sunshine and Sunflowers

I went to stamp club Thursday night with my friend Linda. While I didn't get much accomplished I did actually get more than I usually do accomplished. Carol, the lady who heads up the group, had sent an email that she would be bringing sunflower stamps. I thought about my large daisy punch and how I could use it to make sunflowers. I did get 4 of these cards made.

The sunflowers are made with the EK Success Daisy whale of a punch and the centers are a 1" circle punch. I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder on the centers also. I am not sure what paper the gingham is but the green is Basic Grey. Both are some scraps that Carol had brought for use.

I used two flowers for each card, but I cut one in half and used it like that. I only pop dotted the full flower. I used the cuttlebug distressed stripes folder on the green paper for more dimension. The stamp was one that Carol brought. I didn't stamp anything on the inside because I thought this could be used for several different occasions and I didn't want to commit to using them for just one.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Feeling Under the Weather?

I have been wanting to use some of My Favorite Things stamps sets and I pulled this one out since I didn't have any get well cards. I am really liking the layering of the stamped images. There isn't much room for embellishment with this particular stamp set. I do wish the little dog looked like Lucy since my little Lucy is such a cutie but I guess I can't have it all!

I stamped on the blue for the background then I stamped on white. On the white I colored the dog and the flesh tone for the lady. I glued the white onto the blue. I then stamped on the yellow mica for the raincoat and boots. I glued the boots on and then pop dotted the raincoat.

I did pop dot the raincoat that I had stamped on the mica cardstock and I think it really made the card look so much better. I colored the ruffle of the coat with the white Signo gel pen as I did with the dots on the rain boots. I then used Stickles on them for a little glitz. I also used Stickles on the dog's little coat.

This is a close up so you can see the Glossy Dimensions that I used for the puddle and also made rain drops with. This shows the shimmer of the mica cardstock on the rain coat also. If ya haven't tried this stuff well...ya just don't know what you are missing!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's All Good

Lyrical Letters has some really neat sayings on it! This saying is on the LL cart and I just kept wanting to use it. I decided to make a card for my Goddaughter has started her freshman year at OSU. I am going to try and send her a card each week. I remember going away for college and even though I was only 45 minutes from home it always felt great to go to my little mail box and have a little note or card from someone.

The paper is K & Comapny Chocolate, or was that Chocolait...one or the other. I used stickles on the vine swirls. The flowers are layered and are from Michaels in the wedding department. I used a few skittles for embellies. I used the Stampin Up scallop border punch also. The flower centers are some brads that I used doodlebug glitter on.

The only thing I don't like about Lyrical Letters is that there isn't a shadow feature. I LOVE SHADOWS!!