Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blogiversary Blog Hop and Giveaway!

I got an e-mail last week from a gal named Heather to be a part of a blog hop to celebrate her Blogiversary. At first I was a bit reluctant to participate, but after visiting her blog and seeing what she does with the money she makes selling her cards, I had to say yes. In a time where all you seem to hear and see is sadness, violence, and people hurting one another, it was touching to see someone reaching out to others. I will share her story in just a minute.

So I created a card using my Cricut Expression and the A Child's Year Cartridge. I also used the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge to create my flower. I added some glitter to her wand, and rhinestones to her wings.
I added flower stamens to the center of my flower and a bit of black twine behind it.

Heather had some connection through her church to a ministry called Sister Connection that works in Burundi Africa to bring hope and healing to the widows and orphans of the Civil War that happened in the 1990’s. One of the ways they do that is by building homes – at an incredible cost of only $600! They hire local builders, and purchase supplies locally as well, fostering a sense of ownership and pride within the community. In Burundian society, widows are viewed as outcasts, and have no one to advocate for them. The miracle of a new home is a testimony to the widow, her children, her community, and ultimately, to the country at-large. “Widows and orphans deserve healing, dignity, and hope!”

I would like for you to meet someone very special. Her name is Charlotte (Ndimurwanko Charlotte). She is the first recipient of a home through sales of Heather's cards. She has also committed to partnering with her as a sponsor for $30 a month to help provide her and her family with food, seed to plant, clothing, household necessities, medical care, and education assistance.
Charlotte has 3 married children, and she cares for 3 orphaned grandchildren. Her husband passed away in 1983. Her health is not good. This new home will help restore dignity and hope for Charlotte and her children. It is a true testimony of God’s love to the widow and orphan and a constant reminder that they are not forgotten.

To help Heather celebrate her Blogiversary, I am giving a bit of blog candy away! How about a full package of Teresa Collins Timeless paper, Teresa Collins trim, a Cuttlebug folder, a stamp, and a full distressing tool kit?!

What do you need to win this little prize package? Become a follower if you are not already and leave a comment telling me how you help people in your community or globally. On Sunday night at 9 P.M. EST, I will pick one winner randomly.

Be sure to visit these talented ladies' blogs!
Heather (Blog candy here too!: )




Michele - Me! : )

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hello Thursday!

Today is Hello Thursday! The day Provo Craft releases their brand new Cricut cartridges! I had the pleasure of working with two of them for this month's release, Paper Trimmings the new exclusive Circle Cartridge, and Cricut Stencil.

This first card uses the Paper Trimmings Cartridge. It is full of lacy borders, circles, squares etc. To see the cuts be sure to visit the Cricut Blog for pictures! The acorns also came from this fun cartridge! I layered my cuts and did a bit of glittering and embossing to my pieces. I added a satin bow and a tag that was cut from the Sentimental's Cartridge.

My next two projects uses the Cricut Stencil Cartridge. Again, to see the cut page be sure to pop on over to the Cricut Blog! This cartridge has such fun images that are intended for stenciling, and an airbrush system. But it is fun to use the "postive" images as well! For the title I used the "negative" space and used Colorartz airbrush system in pink.

The crown and wand were created using the "positive" images and glittering them up!

Oh! and the little cutie pie is my little niece, Katie. She is definitely a little princess who is headed for diva-hood! ; )

My last card uses the wood grain cut and muslin fabric to create the background panel for my giraffe. The giraffe was cut using the Everyday Pop-up Cards Cartridge.

And because even giraffes should have a little glitter......... ; )

Be sure to stop on by the Cricut Blog to see all of the fabulous new cartridges that have come out! You are going to want them all!!!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a special blog hop and giveaway!

Happy Halloween!

It is a rainy, windy, dreary day here in Chicago. Fall is definitely here, and you can feel that winter is right around the corner! And with it, is Halloween! I have a Halloween card to share with you today that I created for the Cricut Circle last year. It is a fun little card that uses the October 31st and Winter Woodland cartridges. The window was backed with a piece of vellum, so the the spider was just a soft shadow behind it. The branch was cut from Winter Woodland several times to give it extra dimension. I also embossed the branch with the Distressed Stripes folder and a bit of white acrylic paint. The leaves were rubbed in a gold ink after being crumpled and then flattened.
The papers are by Cosmo Cricket. The pumpkin was inked a bit with brown ink and glossy accents applied to the entire image. The sentiment is an old stamp of mine from Inkadinkadoo.

Off to get my rain gear on and head out the door this morning! ; ) Have a great day my friends!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween in Disney

Good morning to you! I hope you had a great weekend! I spent the majority of it cleaning, doing laundry, and sorting clothes. I did manage to squeak in a bit of crafting here and there though. I have this habit of NOT scrapping in order.......just another part of me that is totally disorganized and chaotic! ; ) I usually scrap what I am in the mood for.....what inspires me at that moment. And since Halloween is creeping up I thought I'd pull some old photos of my kids from 5 years ago. It made me a bit nostalgic to see how little they look in these pictures. How 5 years has flown by.........

We spent our Halloween at Disney World, which we absolutely loved! The kids loved dressing up, trick or treating there, the parade, and seeing their favorite characters walking around. I used my Cricut Expression and the Happily Ever After cartridge to cut the castle at 11" I used all of the layer functions for the castle as well. The title was cut using the Mickey Font cartridge.
I love popping up smaller photos with dimensional foam circles for added depth and interest.

My castle was dressed up with rub ons, sequins, and pearls.

The title here was also popped up.....and a couple of pumpkin stickers were added. Oh! And did I mention glitter was added to the stream? ; )

I have a busy day ahead of me! Work, therapy with Cort, dinner, know, the usual! Have a great day my friends!!!