Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Giveaway winner!!!

Using is the winner of my giveaway.....

Which means this is Chela Creates!!! Contact me at tracivee17 at yahoo dot com with your mailing address so I can send your goodies out ASAP :)

To everyone else...thanks for checking out my project and becoming followers to my blog!  I plan on adding more and more and more projects, so be on the lookout :)  Have a great day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Crazy About Cricut Halloween Hop

Welcome to the MONSTER MASH blog hop sponsored by Crazy About Cricut!  If you just happened upon my blog, you'll want to return to the beginning so that you can be entered to win the fabulous grand prize which is a Scrap N' Tote !!!

In order to be eligible to win this great prize, you'll have to visit and comment on each blogger's MonsterMash project and so here's the line up of blogs you'll be following...

I'm giving away a little prize package of my own as well.  To be entered, all you have to do is become a follower and comment on this post, one comment per person, please :) I'll pick my winner using Monday morning.  Here's what I'm giving away...

Now, onto my project...

Here's a list of the products used:

Bazzil cardstock-Tiara
Recollections Cardstock-Ravenhead Manor (Giveaway item)
Recollections plain cardstock-black
Michael's Celebrate It ribbon
black chalk ink
Stamped Cricut Cartridge
Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge
plastic spider buttons from JoAnn's (Giveaway item)
black staples
Orange peel Stickles

First I cut out all my rectangular pieces from the Stamped Cricut cartridge.  Then I crumpled each one up, flattened it, and then went over it with a black ink pad.  I wanted them to look kind of like gravestones and have a spooky feel to them!

Next, I cut the shadow pieces from Recollections black cardstock using my Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge...this font is just awesome! After cutting all the shadows, I cut the letters from the Ravenhead Manor stack and adhered them to the shadows. I popped all the letters up with pop dots and adhered them to the stone-like shapes.

After that, I started to assemble my banner. I did this by taking my spiderweb-like wired ribbon and stapling it to the back of each shape in an 'x' pattern. I used black staples because I had them and thought they'd look cool, but regular silver staples would have worked, too.

Finally, I adhered these little plastic spider buttons to the banner using glue dots. These spiders I picked up at JoAnn's last week. They are $5.99 for a huge bag of them and they come with four different sizes of spiders and three different sizes of bats. In my giveaway, I'm including a small bag of each, so be sure to enter! After adhering them to the banner, I filled in their eyes with Stickles and let dry.

Here is my banner as it now adorns my kitchen wall. I'm hoping my kids get a kick out of it when they wake up tomorrow morning :)

Thanks for hopping by to see my project! Make sure you leave me a comment and become a follower to be entered into my giveaway and for a chance to win the Grand Prize!

Just click on the monster to go to the next stop. Have a great day and a super spooky Halloween!

Crazy About Cricut Halloween Hop

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Someone's giving away a Paper Tower....

Check out this amazing Scrapbox Paper Tower giveaway over at Pink Cricut!  The Paper Tower is the latest and greatest addition to your paper storage needs!


HERE is where you can go to get the scoop on how to win this amazing product!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Come Hop With Us...

Crazy About Cricut Halloween Hop

I've been invited to be part of a blog hop and I'd LOVE to have you all stop by, so mark your calendars!
Date: October 15 @ 12 am PST – October 18 @ 12 am PST
You'll be starting at and the Grand Prize will be a  Scrap 'N Tote .  Also, each blogger may have her own giveaways as well (I know I will!).  I don't think you'll want to miss it!  What's not to love about great projects and cool prizes, right?

Here’s the lineup:

This is a great group of gals, so it should be really great...
I hope to see you all there!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Please help this girl's wish come true!

Last night, while I was blog surfing, I checked one of my absolute favorite blogs Paper Pastimes of a Scrapbooking Mimi and Tammy's latest post really struck me.  She made a card for a 9 year old little girl who has been stricken with cancer.  HERE is where you can see her post about this little girl.  Her wish is to receive lots and lots of get well cards.  Let's help make this precious little girl's wish come true!  Please send cards to:

Riley Philpott

206 Stanley Loop Rd

Winterville, NC 28590
Also, check out Tammy's cards over there (after you make Riley's card of course :)!  Her cards are AMAZING!  I'm sure you'll want to follower her blog because it contains loads and loads of inspiration.  It's my favorite place to go to look at cards. 
Have a good one!

Another Softball Layout

Here's another softball layout I recently completed.  This one is not based on any sketches or anything, it's completely original :)

Once again, the solid papers are Bazzill and the patterned papers are from a package of black and white patterns I picked up at Michael's.

The softball and bats are cut from the Sports Mania Cricut cartridge.  Both papers are Coredinations.  I inked the edges and pop dotted the softball.

The softball player is also cut from Sports Mania.  I cut her shadow out in Coredinations paper that was black with a white core.  I sanded the edges a little to make her stand out on my page.

I really love this embellishment.  The TEAM ribbon slider is made out of a heavier metal and came in a pack of three more ribbon holders.  It was attached to 2 more packages of ribbon slides, too.  All three packs (12 sliders in all) for a total of 3.99!  Not bad...I LOVE Tuesday Morning!

The softball word was cut from Sports Mania and the numbers are from Varsity.  I ran the word through my Sizzix purse with a Cuttlebug swiss dots folder.  I added the faux stitching on the numbers with a white gel pen.

This tag I made to slip behind her photo and holds the names of her teammates and coaches.  I know from experience that, as we age, we forget things we think we'll never forget.  I want her to be able to know and remember the people she grew up with.  I just typed it up in  a Word document and printed it directly onto the paper.  This tag fits so perfectly behind my daughter's photograph.

Once again...thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Softball layout

I've been trying to finish this layout for a couple weeks now. I had all the elements down, but just hadn't had time to finish the journaling on it. Finally...I'm done!

This is another LID challenge from the Cricut messageboard.  THIS is where you can find the sketch that I followed, but I won't be posting this layout there because we have a brand spankin' new messageboard.  I think I'll probably post this there.

The solid papers are Bazzill and the patterned papers are from Michael's.  They came in a pack of various black and white patterns and cost about 5.99 before coupon.  I think I need to start writing down the names of the papers I use.  I always think I'm going to remember...but my 30 year old mind just isn't what it used to be-LOL! 

The title was created using the Varsity and Hello Kitty Font Cricut cartridges.  The 'my' words were Cricut...but I just can't remember which cart I used.  Sorry about that!  Other carts used were A Child's Year (father/daughter image) and Plantin Schoolbook (scalloped border). 

I used Gypsy Wanderings to cut this shape out and the journaling is computer generated.

The banner I created using Celebrations.  I used some dimensional pop dots to make it stand out a little bit.

Thanks for stopping by to look! 

Time's almost up!!!

Check out a giveaway from PinkCricut and's not too late to enter! 


Friday, September 17, 2010

Someone's giving away a pink ATG....

Head on over to Tracy's blog, ---Jedi Scrapbooking to enter.  Make sure you sign up to follow!  Her layouts are great and will provide tons of inspiration for you!

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Special Day Layout

Hello all! Here's a non-traditional first day of school layout that I created to add to the Cricut message board LID challenge which can be found HERE. I chose to use these papers because they coordinate with the colors coming from the photograph. The patterned paper, smile brad, and rub ons are from Creative Imaginations Renae's House line and go PERFECTLY with my photo!  The glittery purple cardstock is Coredinations.

The title was created using the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge and welding an  A from the Holiday Cakes cartridge.  I cut the whole thing out first in a shimmery white paper, ran it through my Sizzix purse using a Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, and then inked the edges using lilac chalk ink.  I cut out the word special separately and added the white gel pen stitching.

The white rick rack is from Michael's dollar bins and the rub on, as stated previously is from the coordinating page kit by Creative Imaginations.  The journaling is computer generated.

The flower embellishment I created on my very own and I just LOVE how it turned out!  I cut the three flower layers from the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge and inked each layer.  I secured each layer with a pop dot and the center is a large brad that came with this page kit.  After assembling my flower, I added the tiny purple rhinestones to the petals.  The green vine is from Cindy Loo which I cut from green shimmery paper and added some gel pen stitching.

I didn't have butterfly gems to match my papers, so I made my own.  I used clear butterfly embellies (from Michael's dollar bin...gotta love it!) and colored them with a Bic permanent marker to match! 

Thanks for checking out my page!  Have a great day!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Gruesome Twosome Layout

Hey there everyone...I just finished this layout last night. It is my submission for the Cricut messgageboard LID challenge for the week of 8/21-8/27 and can be found HERE.  The sketch is from Scrapbooks Etc.

The papers used in this layout all come from the new DCWV stacks called Midnight Spell which can be purchased at JoAnn fabrics.  I got mine for a steal...they had them on sale for 9.99 and I used a Michael's 20% your entire purchase coupon so that I got these stacks for EIGHT bucks!!!  Yay!

This little witch was made using the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge.  I cut out the witch's accessories and added an apron from the pilgrim page.  I also cut the witch's dress a second time in green so that I could mimic the green ruffle at the bottom of my daughter's costume.  The orange accents are Stickles.

The headstones come from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.  I added the RIP using Sakura Glaze pens and some black Stickles for the eyes of the skull.

This was a rub on I got in Target's dollar spot last year around this time.  The dots are flat backed pearls.

The word gruesome is also cut from Cricut's Happy Hauntings cartridge.  I think I stretched the height a bit using my Gypsy.  The word twosome is from Cricut's Stamped cartridge.  This is actually the first time I 've used that cartridge.  I know it's not most people's favorite, but the font is really awesome for Halloween layouts.

Here is a close up of my journaling.  The shape it is on is from the Storybook Cricut cartridge.

Thanks for coming to check out my page!  If you have any questions about anything...don't be a stranger :)  Have a great day!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Better late than never!

Here is a layout I've been working on for oh...about three weeks now. I got stuck and had to leave it sit for awhile before I could come back to it...I'm goofy like that sometimes. There are times when I know a layout needs more, but I just can't figure out what. When I leave it awhile and come back to it, I end up coming up with an idea I'm happy with.

It's a layout of my daughter's first friend birthday party last year-what a crazy day that was!  I've used a little sparkly magic to block out her friends' faces in the interest of their privacy.  I thought it would be cuter than laying big white squares of cardstock over their faces before photographing :)

Most of the papers used came from the Peace, Love, Happiness by the Paper Studio which can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.  The pink flowery papers are from a smaller stack I recently picked up at Tuesday Morning for 2 bucks.  I'm not sure what brand though...


Here's the side that was for the LID challenge and HERE is where you can find the original sketch on the Cricut message board.  Once again, I had more pictures than the layout called for, so I improvised.  I cut file folders from the Fabulous Finds Cricut cartridge and fashioned little pockets to hold inserts that hold and extra photo and journaling.  The little embellies on the tab serve almost as handles so the inserts can be pulled out more easily.

This little slice of cake (as well as the die cut gifts) wwere cut out from the Sweet Treats cartridge.  I added some white gel pen to make it pop as well as a "cherry" rhinestone.  I attached the cake to the insert with a pop dot.

Banners seem to be all the rage now, so I gave it a whirl.  These pieced were cut from the Celebrations cartridge.  Very cute!!! 

The black, starry background paper was cut using the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge.

It's hard to tell in this photo, but the journaling lines and brackets are raised and glittery.  They came in a pack of rubons I picked up at Big Lots recently for $1.50.  I added the white faux stitching and rhinestones.

And here's my title.  The birthday word is a K & Company sticker.  The yellow blast shape is from the Batman Cricut cartridge.  I manipulated it into this specific shape using my Gypsy.  The font is from Hannah Montana.

Thanks for checking out my page!  Have a good one! :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cutest Pumkin in the Patch Layout

This is a layout I did for the Cricut messageboard LID challenge.  I've been waiting for a way to perfectly display these photos of my son from last year and once I saw the sketch, I knew they would be a perfect fit!  The sketch can be found HERE.

The striped paper in the background comes from a Heidi Grace page kit I found at Big Lots.  Actually, a lot of the elements of this page are Heidi Grace.  The rest of the papers, including the glitter paper come from the DCWV Bon Voyage cardstock stack.  I just LOVE the earthy colors of that stack!

I had a lot of fun but just a little frustration making the title for my page.  All of the words except for "pumpkin" are Heidi Grace rub ons.  The small letters kept moving on me so this was actually my second attempt at my title.  The first one came out cute, but the letters were all messed up so I had to go back to the drawing board!

I cut each circle out and inked the edges with a Chestnut Roan Cat's Eye chalk ink pad.  The brown circle was run through my Sizzix purse with a Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder.  Then I added the rubons, added the green felt Thickers lettering, and attached the Heidi Grace flowers with a coordinating brad.

I wanted to add more pics but since the sketch only called for two, I made my page a little interactive.  I added this tab so that we can flip to the other pictures.  The tab was cut from the Fabulous Finds Cricut cartridge and the 'loveable' chipboard sticker is from Heidi Grace.

Here's what it looks like when you flip to see the extra photos.  I always seem to get a lot of great shots and I would hate for them to get lost in the shuffle, so hiding photos like this in a scrapbook page is a great way to add them while not distracting from the original sketch. 

The scalloped border at the bottom was created using a little bit of welding and my Gypsy.  The green strip and the beige strip of paper were crimped using my Fiskars paper crimper.  I like the texture it adds.

Well, that about does it!  Thanks for checking out my page.  See you soon :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Please come vote for me...

Hi everyone!  I entered a contest to win a Slice machine.  The winner with the most votes for their layout wins.  I entered my recent fall layout.  If you don't mind, stop on by and vote for me :)  You can vote once a day.

Thanks so much!!!

Please vote HERE :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Giveaway winner!!!

Congratulations to Shelly who wrote "Have to love a give away! Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on the milestone! Here's to MANY more followers..."

I used for the drawing.

Shelly was lucky #7!!!  Congratulations!  I'll email you to get your information and I'll send out your goodies as soon as possible!
Thanks to all who entered my giveaway.  I hope to do more in the future, so stay on the lookout!
Have a great day everyone!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Creeping up on 100...time for a giveaway!!!

I started actively posting to my blog back in February and I am SO excited to finally be within reach of 100 followers! 

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I have some goodies to share with a lucky someone.  Here's what I have to offer:

One pack Tim Holtz grungeboard (dot textured)

One Martha Stewart Hearts & Flowers clear stamp set

One Martha Stewart alphabet clear stamp set

One Martha Stewart Dinner Party clear stamp set

One Martha Stewart New Baby clear stamp set

One pink Cutterfly scrapbooking multi-tool

Three spools of rick-rack

All you have to do to be entered in my giveaway is to sign up to follow my blog and leave a comment on this post.  On Monday, August 16, 2010 I'll pick a winner using  Please make sure to leave some kind of a way for me to contact you if you should win.  This can be an email address, or messageboard name, or anything...I just have to be able to tell you the good news :)

Good luck everyone!