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Well I wasn't actually going to craft today as we kind of had a late night last night at our school auction but I sat down at my desk to check email and my crafting facebook page and saw this post about the Market Street Stamps Block Party.  They have a really cute digi stamp they were giving away and I really wanted to get in on the action!  So next thing I knew, I was checking my Market Street Stamps to see what I could come up with, pulling up the current MOJO Monday sketch for inspiration, and printing out my new digi to color!

 The chick is the free digi this month, the backgound is a Vintage Wallpaper from MSS and the saying is also from MSS.  I chose red, yellow, and turquoise as I love this color combo!  The chicks were colored in with my copic markers.
Want to get in on the action?  Click on this link to get started!

Project Life

In December I heard about Project Life for the first time.  Since Scrapbooking is something I LOVE I'm surprised that was the first time I heard about it as it's not a new concept.  I have been looking for a new way to scrapbook as I typically feel overwhelmed by the amount of photos I have and the scrapbooking that I need to catch up on!  I did a great job keeping up last year on my albums (3 of them in all) but I knew I could do better and possibly make it more fun, enter Project Life.  My initial goal was to just scrapbook one page layouts and then fit the rest of the photos into slots.  I did not want to do a photo every day as that seemed like to much to keep up with up.  Then I read an article in Scrapbooks, etc about Project Life and how taking a photo a day gets you more of the everyday photos, photos you typically wouldn't take and I was sold.  I started this month and this is how my book looks from last week, since the project life pages have been sold out for a while I just used some I got at Hobby Lobby to fit into my book.  I'm not using the project life kit as I have tons of my own supplies and paper.

There is a photo of my daughter coloring, our Valentine Decorations, her treat we made, my kids doing a craft with Daddy, etc.  I LOVE this page.  These are things I normally wouldn't take photos of and document.  I am SO EXCITED to keep this going for the rest of the year. 

 Here's a layout I did for Valentine's Day that is the next page on my book.  I love that I didn't have to try to fit a million photos into it and I could just play with these two.
 I love this waffle paper from Stampin UP! All the other paper is Stampin UP! as well.
 I embossed the punched out hearts with my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and cut out the Valentine's Day with my Cricut Imagine using Plantin Schoolbook and Lyrical letters.
Thanks for stopping by!

More Disney Autograph Books

Well it's been 5 days since we've been back from Disney and I think I've finally recovered!  Ha, ha!  Before we left for Disney I actually had someone request me to make autograph books for her kids after seeing my post on the books I made for my nieces, click here to check it out.  I was so excited to have a paying order for something I made!  I wanted to make sure everything was perfect so she and I emailed back and forth on what she wanted and here is what we came up with.

This one was for her son.  I cut out the goofy image from the Cricut Mickey and Friends, using my Imagine to print out the colors, and the frame I think is from Mickey and Friends as well.  The words Easton are from the Cricut Mickey Font cartridge.  All the background papers are from my stash.  The book was bound using my Cinch.
 Here is the inside. I put 40 pages in there to be sure they had enough room for autographs and photos:)
 This was for her little girl.  All paper was printed using my Imagine and the Cricut Imagine Teresa Collins Baby Boutique Cartridge.  Princess Aurora was cut from the Disney Princess Happily Ever After cartridge and the colors were printed using my Imagine.  Here daughters name was cut using Mickey and Friends again.
 Crown paper from the Cricut Imagine Teresa Collins Baby Boutique Cartridge.
 This inside pattern is also from Cricut Imagine Teresa Collins Baby Boutique Cartridge.
Thanks for stopping by!  I had so much fun making these books and I hope the kids have a blast using them at Disney.

Happy Valentine's Day

Ever since I saw someone selling a cute lollipop holder die cut I knew that I could make one of those with my Cricut.  I thought Valentine's Day would be the perfect time to try it out.  Ava (my Kindergartner) and I discussed what we should make and she agreed this would be a good one for her to give to her classmates. I did two designs and this is what she decided on.  Her one real request was that she really wanted a purplish-pinkish heart in the middle, so we made sure to do that.
I made this solely with my Cricut Imagine using Cricut Craft Room Basics and the Hopscotch Imagine cartridge for the pattern and pink color. 
 I took two hearts and welded them together with a rectangle in the middle. I filled them in with a pattern from Hopscotch and cut and printed them with my Imagine.  I then cut out two more hearts for the center from the Craft Room Basics as well.  Here are how my hearts looked welded with the rectangle.

 Here's how the lollipop fits inside
 The back signed by Ava
 All ready to go in their bag!

Here are some more Valentine's themed projects I have made over the years.
 Heart decorations made with my Cricut


 Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful Valentines and feel the love and blessings around you!

Clean and Simple Challenge Guest Designer

Happy Sunday all and welcome to my guest designer post for Ashley's blog over at the Glamorous Side of Scrapping.  Ashley runs a Clean and Simple Sunday challenge over at her blog and this weeks challenge is embossing.  I needed a card for my good friend who has just let us know they are expecting their 3rd child this summer!  We are so excited for them!! They have two gorgeous girls and we can't wait to meet this latest addition to their family.
I made this card with my Imagine.  I wanted to use the cloud paper on the Best Friends cartridge for a while along with these cute balloons. I thought it would be a fun congratulations card!

Supplies Used: 
Die Cuts: Cricut Imagine Best Friends cartridge for the balloons and the cloud paper image.  Enjoy the Seasons cartridge for the banner.  The banner is stamped with a Taylored Expressions stamp from the Pennant Parade set.
The white cut is a pre-set image on the Imagine and it's embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder using my Sizzix Big Shot
The craft background paper is from Stampin UP!

Black, White, and A Splash of Color Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the Black, White, and a Splash of Color Blog Hop!  Ashley has graciously allowed me to be a part of her very fun birthday hop!  If you have arrived here from Teresa's blog at Scrappin Ts Place then you are in the right spot! If not and you want to start from the beginning, head on back to Ashley's blog at The Glamorous Side of Scrappin.
So, I lately I have been a little Teresa Collins obsessed!  She has such beautiful designs and I love how she incorporates a lot of black and white and then fuses in color.  This layout was inspired by her designs.  It's a photo of my daughter in dance last year.  The patterned paper was printed from Imagine using the Black and White cartridge.  The "Precious" sign is from the Teresa Collins Baby Boutique Cartridge printed on my Imagine.  The crown is a stamp from Stampin UP's Artistic Etchings set and the flower is Sizzix die with the center being from the Flower Shoppe cartridge.  The white border is a punch from Stampin UP as well.



Don't forget to follow and comment on all the blogs in this hop to be eligible for the prizes.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Your next stop is Jearise at Lorby's World.

Here's a list of all the blogs along the way.

Simple Sunday Card

Hi everyone!  Well it's Thursday here and my kids are bouncing off the walls as they are soooo excited for our upcoming trip to Disney!  Not to mention this weather has been so weird in Chicagoland.  Luckily, I've had some time to craft and update my the look of my blog!  I absolutely LOVE how it came out thanks to my good friend, Nancy who is a talented crafter and computer programmer, not to mention a great friend!
Today, I am posting a quick card I made yesterday.  Ashley, over at The Glamorous Side of Scrapping has a weekly challenge called the Clean & Simple Sunday challenge. This weeks challenge was to make a Valentine themed project and the prize is a new Smash book!  I have been hearing a lot about Smash books over the past year and I would love to try one out for myself so I thought I'd enter! It's been so long since I've made a card so I'd thought try one out.
 This was made with Stampin UP! Read Red paper for the base of the card.  The black patterned paper is from an Imagine cartridge called Audrey, the little crown is from the Imagine Teresa Collins Baby Boutique cartridge and the LOVE stamp is from B is for Boy.  The white paper is Whisper White and the ribbon is an old pack of ribbon I had from Heidi Grace.

I also used a sketch from Mojo Monday to make this card, sketch 226.  Thanks for stopping by!