Friday, May 31, 2013

Christmas Card #2

Hi again!  Here's the second Christmas card for this week.  Yet again, another cut from the Silhouette Store. I absolutely LOVE the way this one turned out.  I'm loving the colors too!

Have a great rest-of-the-weekend!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Christmas Cards Time!

It's Friday!  Woohoo!!!  Happy weekend to you!   Hopefully, you have some fun and wonderful plans.  Ours is pretty action-packed...well, for us at least!

As I mentioned last week, I'm catching up on my Christmas Card Catch up.  I have two cards to share will be coming later along with the winner of my blogiversary giveaway!  And you thought I forgot!  I need to verify a few things and then I will make the announcement later!

I found this adorable Christmas card kit in the Silhouette store.  I wanted to do sightly nontraditional colors for something a little different so I used greys, whited and pink.  I love the way it turned out!

Okay...18 cards down!  Woot!  How are yours coming along?

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mark's Finest Paper Scrapbook Challenge

Happy Thursday to you!  It's time for another Scrapbook Challenge over at Mark's Finest Paper!  This week, we're going to have fun with another Anything Goes Challenge...yay!  That means, you can make any kind of a page or layout that you choose.  It just needs to have a stamp somewhere on it.  If you use a Mark's Finest Paper stamp on your project, you'll get double entries towards the prize.  What are you playing for?

This gorgeous flower stamp is up for grabs again!  This is the last week for this beauty, so you should really enter if you're interested.  Entries have been low, so you have a great shot at winning!

So, there's a SUPER COOL place up in here Washington State that we've been to a few times.  It's called the Olympic Game Farm and it's one of those places that you can drive through, while wild animals roam free.  You can feed tons of different animals, and the majority of them come right up to your car!  Among other things, it's a place for retired movie animals.  They even have bears that will wave at you and smile...especially if you're throwing some bread their way!!

In the page above, you can see a buffalo sticking his head into our car window and taking a hot dog bun from my daughter's hand!  If you look closely at the bottom picture on that page, you can see his super slimy long tongue wrapping all the way around the bun!!

The page below shows an antelope eating a piece of bread from my son's mouth!  And in the bottom photo, you can see one sticking his head in my window and "giving me kisses."  We always have SO MUCH FUN when we go there!!

So, for these fun pages, I used a variety of goodies.  I've had some Bo Bunny animal prints papers I've been sitting on for years.  This seemed like the perfect use for them.  I designed my own title (Olympic Game Farm) with my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used three different MFP stamp sets; the new Marsh Birds set for the pink flamingo and the blue heron, the Be A Showoff set for the two peacocks, and the Zoo friends set for the adorable little elephant, zebra. giraffe and monkey, plus the two sentiments.  I colored all the animals with Bic Mark-Its

Don't forget, you have until next Wednesday at 8 pm EST to link up.  See you there!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Purple and Red Circus Tent Card

Happy Tuesday!  It's time for another edition of Purple Passion on MFP Speedy TV!  This week, I made a sweet little "Good luck on your new job" card featuring a Circus Tent cut from the Silhouette Store.  Instead of making the tent red and blue, I HAD to make it red and purple!!

The circus tent opens up to reveal the adorable animals on the inside!  I used two of the animals and some sentiments from the awesome MFP Zoo Friends stamp set.  This was a new release last month, and I'm excited to finally get to use it!

I used the Hello sentiment for the flag on top of the tent, and inside, the sentiments, Good luck on your new job, and We work for peanuts!  That was just perfect for the cute little elephant!  I tied the whole thing together with some blue twine.  Love it!  Hope you do too!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, May 24, 2013

Christmas Card Catch-Up

TGIF!!  Yay!  Are you ready for a nice long Memorial Day weekend?  Have you got any fun plans?  I was hoping to get outside a little but it's only 50 degrees and on the verge of raining.  Hopefully, the sun will peek out at some point!

So, as I mentioned earlier in the week, I need to catch up on my Christmas Card Catch-up!  I'm behind a few weeks, so it's time to catch-up on my catch-up...Phew...that's A LOT of catching up!  I decided to chose another card from the Silhouette store.   (I know, surprise surprise!)

The name of the file is just called Christmas Card, by Lori Whiltlock.  I love the simplicity...just a few cuts, and a little ornament, but it's very obvious that it's a Christmas Card.  I may just make a few more of these!

Have a GREAT holiday weekend!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mark's Finest Paper Weekly Scrapbook Challenge

Today's the last day to enter my blogiversary giveaway!  Please go HERE to enter.

Time for another MFP Scrapbook Challenge!  Woot!  In honor of Memorial Day, this week the challenge is to use red, white, and blue or something patriotic on your layout.  I'm super excited this week, because I've had some 4th of July pics to scrapbook for a while!

The prize this week is this gorgeous flower stamp from MFP...

Every year on the 4th, our whole neighborhood gets together and has a HUGE picnic.  It's our one time during the year to really connect with each other and catch up on life with our neighbors.  I really cherish the day, and we always have such a blast.  And speaking of blast, when it gets dark, we all pool our fireworks together (we live in an area where it's legal) and put on a great show!

The photos I used in my layout are all from 2008.  Told ya I've been meaning to scrap them for a while!  Ha ha!  I used the new release stamp set MFP Marsh Silhouettes for one of the sentiments and MFP All Postal for the other.  I also used VersaMark ink and the little cattails in the Marsh Silhouettes set to watermark my dark blue background page. Here's a closer view...

Although the cattails don't really have anything to do with the 4th of July, I stamped them randomly in a sort-of blooming fireworks pattern, and they look awesome!  I love it when I can make something work for a totally unintended purpose!

I hope you'll join us this week for the the challenge!  You  have until next Wednesday at 8pm (EST) to link up.  See you there!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MFP Purple Passion Column

Happy Wednesday and happy middle of the week!  Woohoo!  Only two more days til the weekend gets here!  I'm back for installment # 2 of Mark's Finest Paper's Speedy TV Purple Passion Column.  Phew, that's a long title!

So, here's a little Secret...this year, I have one of the really BIG birthdays is coming up...ugh.  It's one of the milestone ones that says, okay, no faking it're old!  Haha!  So when I saw the Marsh Birds stamp set from MFP's newest release, I had to laugh.  And I HAD to use the cute birds and sentiment on a card for one of my friend's birthday coming up soon.

I wanted to use some colors a little out of the ordinary, so I chose pink, green and a very light purple-ish/grey.  And then of course I had to use my signature purple to stamp the birds on!  The card says, "From one old bird to another..."  and then the inside says...

Happy birdday!  LOVE it!

Please tune in next week for more purple inspiration!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Super Hot Deal Today Only!

According to their website, today only, is offering a FREE 27 part course on getting your craft space organized!  This is normally a $49.99 class!  I just signed up and read the intro letter and it promises solutions whether your craft space is a tote on the kitchen table, or a dedicated studio.  Who can use some free tips on organizing all the crafty goodies we acquire?  THIS GIRL!  Go HERE to sign up!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Christmas Card With Vibrant Colors

Please go HERE to enter my giveaway!

Happy Tuesday!  I'm FINALLY back with Christmas Card Catch-Up.  If you're not sure what this is all about, you can read my original post about it HERE.  I counted back and realized I'm six Christmas cards behind schedule, so if I make two a week for the next six weeks, I should be all caught up!  Are you working on yours yet?

I found this adorable cut file in the Silhouette store a while back and have been wanting to try it.  I altered the file a little bit though...I LOVE that you can do that easily with the Silhouette program!  Instead of cutting the individual letters out of different colors of paper and placing them on a card (I knew I would NEVER get them all straight!) I stacked the two layers together and then used the negative,  I cut small pieces of green and purple paper to go behind each "HO" and then assembled the whole section onto it's card.  I LOVE the way this one came out!

Look for more Christmas Card Catch-Up soon!  I vow not to get behind this year!!

Remember, you still have two days left to enter my giveaway...and if you've already entered, you can share each day to earn additional entries!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, May 17, 2013

Free SVG Cutting Files

Please click HERE for my giveaway!  There's only a few more days to enter.

TGIF!!!  I haven't run this feature in a month or so, so I thought I would get you caught up on all the freebies floating around the web!

Little Scraps of Heaven is offering the cutest teddy bear in a pool...perfect for those summer layouts!  Happy downloading!


New file DAILY - 

Paper Piecings By Nikki offers a free file each day, and I must say, I'm surprised that the quality of them is so high.  A lot of companies that offer free files give you ones that are very simplistic, but Nikki's are not.  They're really great!  Once the day is over, the freebie file gets moved into a folder where you can purchase it for 50 cents.  All of her other cutting files are only 99 cents.  What a deal!  Today's free file the letter Y and a yo-yo.  (She's just finishing up an alphabet series.)

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie too!  Today's file is a set of two cute little marshmallows on a stick.

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is an adorable bear in a swimming pool...perfect for those summer layouts!

KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week!  KaDoodle Bug has lots of freebies to choose from this week!  There's a little bee girl that you can put your own face on (I bet Peachy Keen faces would be perfect!) and TWO different cut files (and matching digis) that would be perfect for the grad in your life.  She's also been rotating surprise freebies that change at random times. There's lots to look at!

New file every TUESDAY - 

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a set of vacation phrases.

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site!  This week we're being offered a beautiful flower background.  It kind of looks like roses to me.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a gift card holder that looks like a tool box, and says, "Mr. Fix-It" on it. Time to start thinking about Father's Day!

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe.  This week's file is star party glasses.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  On the blog this week is an awesome set of cut out place cards and an amazing Father's Day Card.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now.  Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  The latest free files include a Fireman's hat, a pear, a fancy photo corner and a frame.

Happy downloading and cutting!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, May 16, 2013

This Week's Scrapbook Challenge...Anything Goes!

Please click HERE for my giveaway!

Hello to you and happy Thursday!  Today is the beginning of a new Scrapbook Challenge at the Mark's Finest Paper ning site!  This week is a popular challenge...Anything Goes!!  Yep, you can do any kind of scrapbook page you would like.  The only restriction is that there must be a stamp used somewhere on the layout.  It doesn't even have to be an MFP stamp, but you get double entries if it is.

So...what are you earning entries for?  Why, this adorable flower stamp!  I wish I could win it!!

On my layout this week, I wanted to do a special page for one of my favorite photographs ever.  The pic I used is a silhouette of my daughter staring up at a sculpture.  When she was going to college, her and her friends used to love to walk all over the gorgeous campus looking for photo ops, and they really found one this time.  I love the way the sunset looks in the background.  I decided to mimic the colors of the sky in the photo with horizontal strips of cardstock.

I added a few vertical strips of paper for some visual interest.  On the light orange piece, I used a leaf stamp from MFP's new stamp set called Marsh Silhouettes.  I used VersaMark ink to give the cardstock a watermarked look.  It's very subtle, but adds a lot of visual interest.

I also used a sentiment from the same set down in the very bottom corner of the page.  I plan to use the white strip right above it for journaling.

Right beside the photo, I used the PEACE sentiment from another new MFP set, Marsh Birds.  I thought the word went perfectly with the gorgeous picture!

Don't forget to join us the week over at Mark's Finest Paper.  You have until next Wednesday May 22nd at 8 pm EST to link up!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A New Column for Mark's Finest Paper!

YAY!!  I have been asked to write a new column each week for MFP Speedy TV!  When choosing a theme to write about, I asked if I could just simply choose purple, and they said yes!!  I totally love the color purple and am attracted to it in almost any circumstance!  In case you haven't noticed (or if you're new here!)  I use purple in almost all my projects...even when I try not to!

So...HERE is where you can find my new column each and every Wednesday.  You can expect cards, projects and layouts using Mark's Finest Papers stamps, and you can always expect to find some purple inspiration!

For my inaugural project I decided to make a card using the MFP Be A Showoff stamp set.  I LOVE the peacocks in the set, and the sentiments are useful and all-purpose too!  I just used a variety of them right down the side of the card!

To get the sparkle on the peacock, I used Elizabeth Crafts Glitter Ritz and then colored it with Bic Mark Its.  The glitter goes on white (although you can get it in many different colors) and accepts the color from alcohol markers.  Since peacock feathers always seem to have a gorgeous sheen to them, I thought the glitter would be perfect!  I have a Glitter Ritz tutorial on how to use this awesome stuff, if you're interested in learning more.

There are lots of talented ladies over on the MFP ning site that are starting columns this week on all sorts of cool and interesting subjects.

On Mondays, be sure to check out...


On Tuesdays, we have...

Wednesdays are my column...

Thursdays continue a long-running series...

On Fridays, we'll have...

Saturdays will be all about being inspired...

And the week will wrap up on Sundays with...

I'm so excited to see all the work and info these talented women will be providing each week.  please, come and join us!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Super Hot Used Cricut Deal!

Please click HERE for my giveaway!

If any of you are in the market for a Cricut and cartridges, Becky from Buzzy Bee Designs is selling off all her Cricut stuff.  She has an Expression (that hasn't been updated, so it will still work with the old SCAL or MTC software if you happen to have it!) 36 cartridges, and tons of accessories priced at $300 plus shipping.    I know some of her cartridges are still new in the box and some of them are Cricut Circle cartridges!

You can take a peek HERE if you're interested!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Mark's Finest Paper Scrapbook Challenge

Please click HERE for my blogaversary giveaway!

Happy Thursday!  Welcome to the Mark's Finest Paper Scrapbook Challenge #14.  This week, we're doing a 1-2-3 challenge.  That means everything on your layout needs to be in increments of 1, 2, or 3.  Don't can mix or match.  For instance, on the page that's on the right side of my double layout, I used 1 picture, 3 borders, 3 embellishments, and 1 frame.  On the opposite page, I used 2 borders, 3 concert tickets, 1 embellishment, and 3 photos.

Here's the lovely stamp that's up for grabs this month!

So...a little more about my layout.  Last September we went to see a Dave Matthews Band concert at a GORGEOUS place in Central Washington called the Gorge.  Since Dave Matthews lives in the Seattle area, he always saves his best concerts for last every year, and performs on Labor Day weekend for three days in a row at the Gorge.  It's affectionately known as Labor DAVE weekend!

On my layout, I wanted to feature some photos from the day we were there, plus our concert tickets and parking pass. The pics are of my sweet hubby and daughter, and daughter's boyfriend   He and his mom are DMB FANATICS!  They go to all three shows every year, and stay and camp out for the long weekend!

I used a few different cuts from my Silhouette files for the notebook edge borders, the "tickets" and the music notes frame.  I used Quick Quotes papers and a few of their die cuts (the Miss Morgan collection) and solid color cardstock from my collection.

I used MFP stamps from the All Postal stamp set (the "wish you were here" sentiment) and the Be a Showoff stamp set (the "shake your tail feathers" sentiment and the feather image.)

I decided to start with plain cardstock for the base of my pages and then took the peacock feather stamp and ink in a coordinating color, and stamped the page over and over to create a patterned paper background.  I really like the way it turned out, and I'm sure I'll be doing this a lot more in the future!

Don't forget to come link your scrapbook pages up with us for a chance to win that gorgeous flower image stamp.  You must use a stamp somewhere on your layout to qualify, but it doesn't have to be an MFP stamp (although if you choose to use them, you'll get double entries towards the prize!)  You have until next Wednesday at 8 pm EST to link up.  See you there!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E