Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sweet Magnolia's "Family" Challenge

I happily came across the amazing blog, Sweet Magnolia Rose.  Mistyrose has a wonderful challenge that is closing on April 1st.  The challenge is to create a Family themed item - LOVE IT!!!  Family is my favorite topic (as if you can't tell by my posts). :)

Sticking with the 'Family' theme, I had my little helpers make it a family card.  We made a Fish card because as a family we love to go fishing!!  My little boy 'helped' put the blue circle through the Cuttlebug to emboss it.  My little girl 'helped' ink the edges of the card (she picked the color and didn't want any ink on the top). :)  My little boy 'helped' stamp the top sentiment (hence the blur).  My little girl 'helped' me stamp the bottom sentiment.  We had fun!!!!

I can't remember where I found the card base, I do know I welded two together on my Gypsy to make it a card.
Fish - Camp Out cut at 3.0
Stamps - Pink by Design Simply Everything stamp
Embossing - PC folder, I'm not sure of the name

Make sure you go over to Sweet Magnolia Rose to enter a project! :)  Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Scrapbookaholic By Abby Challenge

Wow, It's Monday!!!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!  This weeks challenge over at Scrapbookaholic by Abby is to create anything Spring! 

Is it just me, or does it feel like Spring is taking a LONG TIME to get here?!  My children feel the same way.  As they were running around the house (screaming and yelling) this card idea came to me.  I started off by trying to think of something for Spring Fever.  With my little ones running in the background I started thinking about how they have cabin fever. **Lightbulb!**

As much as I wish we had a cabin, we don't; but we love to go camping.  I thought that this would be a fun card for either a boy or a girl. :) 

A2 card
Cabin was cut at 2.0 from Camp Out
Letters were cut at 1.0 from Old West
Sharpie (fine tip) detail on the letters
The embossing folder is an old one so I don't know the name of it (I do know that it's a PC one though)
Light brown ink pad to make the embossing stand out

Abby is sponsoring the giveaway for this challenge (thanks Abby).  She'll be giving away a 6x6 SEI paper stack and SEI assorted ribbon (I wish I could enter). :)  So make sure you create anything Spring for the challenge.  You'll want to hop on over to Scrapbookaholic by Abby to see what the other DT members have created and to enter your project!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Have a wonderful and creative Monday!!! :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Decorative Tiles

 I've mentioned before that for my MIL's family reunion they have an auction to earn money for the next year.  They ask people to bring items to auction off; so to help the cause I've made a few decorative tiles.  These are 12 x 12 tiles with vinyl lettering.  I can't remember what size or what cart they are from.  I just wanted to share. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Non-Cricut Scraps Cards

I spent some time at my in-laws house lately.  My dear MIL has been scrapbooking for years and had a lot of stickers and borders and other things she wanted to use up.  Of course, I told her I would help her make some cards.  So here are some cards made without a Cricut or anything, just from scraps.  Sorry - I won't be able to tell you what any of the brands are. :)

I hope you are able to craft a little today (maybe even use some of those scraps)!! :)  Have fun!!!!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

FIF Birthday Bash Bunny Blog Hop!

HELLO FRIDAY!!!!!!  Anyone else in need of a Friday?!  I'm so happy you're here (both you and Friday)!

Welcome to Flaunt It Fridays Birthday Bunny Bash Blog Hop!!! :)  I hope you came after visiting Amanda at My Scrappin Obsession.  Didn't she do such a great job?!  She's so talented!!  If you just happened to visit my blog for the day, make sure you start at the beginning at Flaunt It Fridays. :)  You'll want to make sure you visit everyone and leave a comment at all of the blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize - a Peachy Keen Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed assortment!  YEAH!!!

On to my projects! :)

The first one isn't the prettiest thing, but I love the idea (I'm sure a lot of you can make it look even better). :)  This is my way of keeping track of annual events such as Birthdays and Anniversaries. :)

I kept this one super simple.  I used Create A Critter for the Bunny as well as for the present.  The ribbon and the frame were from my stash, I'm not sure where they came from.  I did use some flocking for the bunny (just to add a little bit to it).

I'm sure most of you are much better at remembering to send cards to family for Birthdays and Anniversaries!  After school started, I saw a bunch of these 3x5 card holders on sale for less than a dollar.  They've been sitting in my 're-porpose' box calling my name. :)  I came up with this idea to help me keep organized.  I printed off all of the annual events on 3x5 cards.  I also made the labels for the separators for each month and one for addresses (because I can never find them when I need them).  Very simple, yet very helpful.  It makes it very nice to be able see what is coming up within the next month and making the card a little early to get it sent on time. :)

For my second project we were supposed to make something using a different cut from Birthday Bash.  Looking through the images online, I found a cute little snail that was holding an envelope. It inspired me to make this card.
 I used Base Camp for the card shape (to look like a stamp).  The snail is from Walk In My Garden, and the grass is from Paper Doll Dress Up. :)  I inked around the grass, the snail and the base paper to give a little bit of dimension.  The stamped message is a My Pink Stamper stamps.

Enough of my jabbering!!!  I do have a small surprise for one person.  All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me how you keep the important annual dates organized; I'd love to hear!!!!  You don't need to be a follower friend, but I love friends! :)

Your next step is Carley at The Real iCarley.  You will LOVE what she has in store for you!!

If you get lost, here's the line-up:

1. Flaunt It Friday's

2. Sandra

3. Lisa

4. Sheandra

5. Pam

6. Stacey

7. Glenda

8. Sharon

9. Amanda

10. Me <------This is me

11. Carley  <------- You're Next Step!!

12. Jenny K

13. Laurel

14. Corri

15. Monica

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you leave a comment on every one's blog for a chance at the Grand Prize!! :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Guy's Card and Winners

Ok, I'll share the winners first.

The winner of my anniversary post is:

Rhonda Emery!!!!  She said:
happy anniversary you look so pretty.
my loves are my family, granddaughers,
crafting, my cricut and of course friends like you from the blogging comm.

The winner of Jen's Birthday Blog Hop is:

ShersL84bed!!!  She said:
Beautiful card Celeste. I love the purple paper with the white flowers.

Smiles Sher

Thanks ladies!!!  I'll be getting in touch with both of you to get your addresses. :)

On to my card.  :)  I made this for a Conservation Officer that came to talk to our Scout group.  He was AMAZING!  He really got the boys involved, and covered all the stuff we needed. :)

All of the images were cut from Camp Out.  It's an oldie, but goodie!!! :)  I can't remember sizes; I used my Gypsy to size them to fit perfectly.  The smoke/cloud with thank you was done by hand. 

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Make sure you come by tomorrow, I have something fun for you!! :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Scrapbookaholic by Abby Challenge

Happy Monday!!  Can you tell I'm super excited about this?!!!!!!!!!  This is the very first Scrapbookaholic by Abby Challenge!!  WAHOOOO!  This week the theme is 'Pick Your Own Holiday' (think of the possibilities)!  You can find several ideas for holiday by clicking here or any other website that shows national celebrations in March.

For this challenge I went with Johnny Appleseed Day!  Depending on the website you look at it can either be March 11 or March 18.  Nobody knows the exact date of his death so they don't know exactly when to celebrate the day.  I love this time of year because you know the beautiful blossoms are coming out which means that we get to eat (and can) yummy apples!!  So, in celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day I made this card. :)
The card is a normal A2.  The apple is from Preserves cut at 3.25 (I tried some of the doodling/stitching - what do you think?).  I found this phrase and just wrote it on a scratch piece of paper.  The background paper is from Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety stack.  This actually leads me to the sponsor of the challenge this week . . .Cosmo Cricket!!!

Make sure you stop over at Scrapbookaholic by Abby to see what the rest of the DT has created.  While you're there, check out all of the details for the challenge!  Thanks Cosmo Cricket for sponsoring the giveaway this week!!! :)

Have fun crafting and thanks so much for stopping by!!! :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jen's Happy Birthday Blog Hop!

If you're looking for my Spring Forward Blog Hop scroll down or click here to go to it.

If you're here for Jen's Happy Birthday Blog Hop - You're in the right place!!!!!!  WAHOOOO!!! :)

I'm so excited to be a part of Jen's blog hop.  I hope many of you know Jen at The Purple Scrapbooker, if not - you really should!!  She's so amazingly talented; I'm so honored that she let me be a part of her Birthday Blog Hop!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN!!!!!!

I hope you are here after visiting Denine at Pumpkin & Spice.  If not, that's OK - just make sure you start at the beginning with Jen at The Purple Scrapbooker (you're not going to want to miss anything)!! :)

When Jen asked if I would be a part of her hop, of course I said YES!  I also asked her a few questions about her favs (favorite treat, favorite movie, etc).  Well, one of her favs is the color purple (of course), but another fav is the movie Steel Magnolias.  So to help Jen celebrate her Birthday, I wanted to make this card **I didn't get into town so Jen won't get this card until next wee; sorry Jen!**  Yes, the flowers are supposed to be Magnolias. :)

The card fits into a legal size envelop (I think it's around a 9x4).  The branch and flowers are from Gypsy Wanderings cut at 2.5.  I cut the flowers out twice so that I could layer them.  I inked one set of flowers (purple around the sides and yellow in the middle) to give a little bit of color; and what is a flower without a little pearl in the middle?! :)   I used an older stamp set for the sentiment and used a MS border punch for the top and bottom of the sentiment.  The butterflies are layered stickers; I just wanted to give the card a little more color and a little something else. :)  Here's a picture of the flowers.  I used homemade pop dots to pop them up a bit and curled the edges of the top layer.  I liked the effect. :)

To help Jen celebrate her Birthday I have a small present for one lucky person.
I loved this little stamp and everyone loves a little bit of bling!!! :)  To be entered, all you need to do is leave a comment (only one comment per person please).  I'll pick a random winner on March 15.  You do NOT have to be a follower friend; but I'd love to have you visit any time!!! :)

Well, now that you've seen my card for Jen's Birthday the next step is to go visit Cheryl at Cards by CG.  You will love what she has in store for you!!!!!!!

If you get lost, here's the line-up:

Celeste - www.ccscards.blogspot.com<---- You are here
Cheryl - www.cardsbycg.blogspot.com  <------ You're next step!

Thanks again for stopping by.  A big thanks to Jen for letting me be a part of her Birthday!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Forward Blog Hop

Hello my wonderful friends!!!!!!!  Welcome to the Spring Forward Blog Hop.  


I'm so happy you are here!!!!!  I hope you are here after visiting Carrie at Double Click Connections - AKA A Busy Bee - I know, she's amazing isn't she!!!!!!!  I just love her work!!  If you happened to stop by here first, make sure you start at the beginning of the hop with Lora at Notes from the Scrapbooklady!  You'll want to stop by all the blogs and leave comments to be eligible for the main hop candy. :)

This hop is themed around Easter or Spring.  Well, I did a little bit of both. :)  For those of you that know a little about me, I often 'craft' with my little ones.  So, for the first project I went for Easter themed and had a 'little' help.  Every year we do a scavenger hunt for my little ones **by we, I mean me - I get to create the hints because hubby can't rhyme to save his life**.  :) LOL!  This year I decided to let my little ones help (and they didn't even know it).  

I printed off eight egg shapes (using word) and had my little ones color them.

We then cut out the eggs (with child friendly scissors of course).
I also created and printed off the hints and put them on the back of the pretty colored eggs.  Now they're ready for me **Easter Bunny** to hide. :)

My second project was a fun little Easter/Spring card.  

This beautiful little chick was cut at 2.5 along with the egg.  The nest was cut at 1.5; all images were from Create a Critter.  The background paper was a single that I had, so I don't know the brand; the rest of the papers were scraps.  The stamp is an older one, so I'm not sure who made it (again, sorry)!  I put some flock on the belly of the chick (for added dimension).  I also added some Glossy Accents to the beak to make it shiny.  Now what is a card without a little bit of bling. :) 

I love to be in blog hops because I get to give things away. :)  Since I wish everyone could win, I decided everyone could.  I've decided to give everyone a PDF copy of the Easter Basket hints and the eggs to color.  Click here to download it. :)  I know most of the hints are fairly simple (for younger children), but I am more than happy to help anyone think up some rhymes for your own scavenger hunt.  If you'd like help, just leave me a comment asking for help.  I hope you enjoy these!!

Now that you've seen my projects I'm going to send you on to visit Karel at One by One the Flamingos are Stealing My Sanity.  You'll love what she has in store for you!!!!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

If you get lost, here's the line-up:

Celeste B. at
http://ccscards.blogspot.com/ <-----You Are Here!!

Karel at http://karelj.blogspot.com/ <--------- Next Step!!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011


I'm so excited!!!!!  I tried having this post ready before my anniversary (but that didn't work). :)  I'm so happy to let all of my friends know that I am now part of the Scrapbookaholic by Abby Design Team!!!!!!  Make sure you stop by Abby's blog (click here) to see the rest of the DT!  There will be lots of challenges and hops coming up; along with some amazing sponsors.  Go check out the rest of the DT!  Thanks again for the opportunity Abby!!!!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Guest Post on The Purple Scrappbooker

I am so excited!!!!!  Jen at The Purple Scrapbooker let me do a guest post on her blog today.  I'm so excited (yeah, you'll hear me say it several times)!!!! The only thing Jen wanted was something with the color purple.  After some thought I decided on this card. :)

This one was a lot of fun to make.  I have all of the info over on Jen's blog (click here to visit Jen).

Before you run away, I just wanted to share one more thing. :)  Today is my anniversary!!! :)  Six years ago I married this wonderful man!!!! (Isn't he handsome!!!)  I'm so thankful for everything he's done for me (and our little ones) and the great years that we've had (with many more to come)!!!

In celebration of my anniversary and the opportunity to do a guest post on Jen's blog, I'd like to give away a copy of a clean romance novel called 'Catch the Morning Star'.  It was written by Ruth Davidson, who happens to be my wonderful Aunt (love you Ruth)!!!  You can check out more about her books by clicking here.  Her books are beautiful and clean and make your heart smile!  Just leave a comment here telling me about your loves and I'll pick a winner on March 14.

Again, big thanks to Jen!!!!  I'm so happy I got to do a guest post!!!  Thanks so much!!!  
**Don't forget to go check out the directions for the card at Jen's blog, The Purple Scrapbooker!**
To my hubby - Happy Anniversary my LOVE!!!!!

To everyone - Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!  I'm really glad you did!!! :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Flaunt it Fridays DT Post

I LOVE FIF!!!!  These are so much fun; and always such a challenge (in a good way).  This week at Flaunt It Fridays the challenge is to use the little ballerina dancer on Twinkle Toes.  She is adorable, but unfortunately I don't have the Twinkle Toes cart.  In place of the dancer I used my trusty Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge with the little dancer. 

Isn't she cute?!  She was cut out at 3.  I used a PK Princess face for her (of course) and just used colored pencils to brighten up her cheeks and lips. :)  I added a bit of bling to her waist (because everyone needs bling). :)  The word 'Dance' was cut from Ashlyn's Alphabet cartridge at 1.  The rest of the phrase was printed off on my computer.  The phrase is one that my family and I live by.  We dance while we do chores and we really love to dance for fun too (anyone else play 'Just Dance 2' on the Wii?)!  I used my Crop-o-dile to punch holes and add the eyelets that the ribbon went through.  Like most times, I can't remember where the background paper came from (sorry).

Make sure you stop by Flaunt It Fridays to see what the other DT members have created.  We'd love to see what you make for the challenge so make sure you link it up!!! 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, and make sure you DANCE like no one is looking!!!! :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Snappy Birthday Pampa!!!!

Hi Friends!  I hope everyone is doing well!! :)  This card was made for my Dad's Birthday. 
  Sorry about the shine, it is very shiny paper and I just couldn't get the light to work with me. :)

My little ones wanted to help make a card for 'Pampa' (and of course, I let them).  My son picked out the crab (because, according to my son,  Grandpa likes red just like he does).  My daughter picked out the blue and brown paper (because it's pretty).  My son started asking what my Cuttlebug does (even though he's used it several times); so we decided to send some brown through it to make sand and add dimension. :)  My daughter wanted to make the whole crab sparkle with Stickles, but I convinced her to just do the cheeks.  The crab is from Create a Critter and was cut at 3.5 (I think) and the stamped phrase is from My Pink Stamper (love these stamps!!!)

I'm so glad you took the time to stop by!!! :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Just a Note

Hi Friends!!!!!  I hope everyone is doing well!!! :)  I've been crazy busy!  I'm a scout leader (it's OK, you can laugh), I volunteer for my Church as well as helping with my daughters class. :)  I'm really going to try to stop by and say 'hi' to everyone! :)

Here's a card I made for my neighbor.  She lost her Mom and has been going through a rough time.  I just wanted to let her know that we were thinking about her and her family.  I made it more as a 'Just a Note' instead of a 'Sympathy' card.

The flower type thing is from Home Accents.  I cut it at 3.5 using the shadow, blackout and the normal cut. :)  I wanted to keep it sort of elegant/flowery to fit my neighbors' style.  What is a card without a little bit of bling. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by; I'm really glad you did!!! :)