Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reindeer Card

Good Wednesday morning to you all!!!! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!!! 

Today I am sharing with you my Shop Pumpkin Spice card! I really like it for some reason and I hope you do too!!! 

The reindeer are embossed. It's kind of hard to see in this photo, but they are swirly. :)


We have our Shop Pumpkin Spice Blog Hop this weekend! The DT call will be officially announced then!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Use your Stickers!

I wanted to keep this little card clean and simple. I made it from some scraps of paper.

The Burlap and Buttercups challenge was to use your stickers! I thought this was a great challenge! Burlap and Buttercups posts one challenge a week and you have the whole month to participate in any of the challenges that you would like to! And you play for great prizes!



Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Love Spending Every Day With You

Whew! I definitely owe you some inspiration! I put family first this Thanksgiving and had a lovely time visiting with both my husband's parents (my co-parents as I like to call them), my parents, my grandmother, two of my cousins, and Peter (Hans' brother). We had such a lovely time!

Well you are going to get TWO cards today and one tomorrow and the next day! I'm re-vamping! :)

I made this for the Burlap and Buttercups Challenge of Yellow and Grey! All of the supplies with the exception of the ribbon and roses came from their November kit! It hasn't sold out yet so if you like it, you can find it HERE. :)


I also made this for the Cricut Circle Challenge of store-bought flowers. :)


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving and Imaginisce DT Call!

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL of you out there in bloggy-land! 

I also wanted you to know (short notice, sorry!) that Imaginisce is having a DT call!!! It ends tomorrow so make sure to get your entries in!! I had a FABULOUS time on the DT and loved those girls! While I won't be re-applying in order to make room for something new, I want to encourage all of you to! Cari is the new DT leader and she is ABSOLUTELY wonderful! Check it out HERE!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

From the Heart

Hello and I hope you are having a wonderful day or night! 

I wanted to share some inspiration with you that I made using the Lost and Found Two: Blush line! I picked up all the ingredients at Shop Pumpkin Spice. sssshhh... Don't tell anyone, but I happen to know that they are going to have some awesome Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales...

ALSO, they are having a DESIGN TEAM CALL! Check it out HERE for the details, but the final details and the link for submissions will be put up on the blog on December 3rd. 


The card was based on this sketch from Artful Delight:


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Easel/Gate Fold Card!

It's the My Pink Designer showcase today over at My Pink Stamper's blog! Head on over there to see what we created! The challenge was a "different fold" card. So I combined a gate card and an easel card to do both. I wanted it to look like windows so I used my Gypsy (I LOVE MY GYPSY) to put window into the card. Here is the picture tutorial on how I did it: 

FYI if you don't have a Gypsy, you can use Cricut Craft Room! Check it out and it's FREE!!! 

My card base was 8.5x8.5" before I cut it, so I did calculations on where I would need the window to go. Then I hid the outside of the window that I took from Kate's ABC's so that only the boxes cut out and not the whole window which would have defeated the purpose.

I taped the yellow polka dots to the white card stock base where I wanted them. Then I put the blade on 6, speed on high, and multi-cut on 2 to ensure that it got through both pieces of card stock. 

This is the windows so that there are frames around the windows. I cut them out of white and embossed them with the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Emboss Folder. 

This is what it looked like when I finished cutting it. I actually used the scraps of the 8.5x11" paper to create these. I love using my scraps! 

I cut of the bottom 2 1/8" x 4/25" from each side.

Next I embossed the window frames with the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Emboss Folder. I cut velum to the appropriate size and used a liquid glue to put it behind the window frames, but in front of the yellow polka dotted paper. Here you can also see the three patterned papers I had picked out for my inspiration for the project. :) 

I scored the lines appropriately (I can give you these measurements later if anyone wants them). 

I took one of the window pane cut outs (which was a double layer of card stock and therefore pretty sturdy) and put it on the back being careful to only put adhesive on the top half. 

I put a piece of card stock to fit the inside and stamped the sentiment so I could use it for a birthday card. 

Side view of the easel and the gate portion when open.

Front portion after it has been decorated! 


Don't forget to hop on over to My Pink Stamper's blog to see what the other ladies have done with this challenge! :) 


Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Wine Bottle

This week over at the Imaginisce Blog we were asked to inspire you with Thanksgiving ideas! I chose to decorate a wine (or sparkling cider for our non-drinking friends) bottle as a thank you gift for someone who is hosting. 

We are also showcasing the i-Top 2.0 in each and every one of our projects! I have to tell you, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 2.0!!! The improvements they made were SO thoughtful and exactly what we all wanted! I know you spent money on the i-Top 1.0 (I did too), but I have to say - UPGRADE! It is WELL worth the money. You will LOVE the changes. The grip is more ergonomic (it's closer together for those of us with little hands), it's lighter all together and now both pads have rubber so nothing slides around! I am very very impressed! 

Here is my project:

 I tried to d-stress the Kraft-Core on the i-Top Brad so that it looked like worn leather. I like the effect. :) 



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blog Hop Winner!

Whew! Sorry this is so late! A big thank you to Laiony for reminding me about it! It's been a busy weekend. I did get a new car though which is always exciting! I've been saving up -riding the bus for 3.5 years- and now I finally have my own car! I will have to get pictures. :) I love it. 

Anyway, stop back by in a couple hours to see a super cute project for Imaginisce using the brand new iTop2.0! I LOVE it! 

I am SOOO excited for my sweet friend Lezlye! I met her at a Crop for the Cure event that Monique Griffith and Wendy Lawrence put on and then again at a Circlet meet-up. She is just delightful and one of my biggest cartridge enablers! :)  She even came to my house a while ago so we could craft together! Go check out her blog HERE. She posts something new almost every day! 


Thursday, November 17, 2011

You Make My Rainy Day Bright

I. Also. Love. 3 Birds On Parade.

Haha! I'm SO sorry if two of the chubbiest cute blue birds in a row are too much, but I just love them! This was actually the first card I made and I made it for Shantaie

I won her blog candy which was 3 Birds on Parade and I have been having a lot of change going on in my life and it's been pretty hard on me. I'm a creature of habit. Husband got new job, new car (that's the fun part), moved out of our house in 5 days flat... just a lot for me. I know that we're right where we are supposed to be and change is sometimes hard, but there is SOOO much to be thankful for EVERY day. And when I won that blog candy I teared up and I wanted to let her know that on a rough day, her generosity was the thing that made me smile from ear to ear. 

Everything on this card came from Shop Pumpkin Spice except for the crinkled ribbon.

This also might be one of my favorite cards I have ever made.


ALSO, SHOP PUMPKIN SPICE now has Echo Park Times and Seasons, WINTER PARK, AND STYLE ESSENTIALS in stock and ready to ship for ridiculously good prices! Check it out!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day! 


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blue Bird Santa

Hello and welcome to the product swap with Glue Arts and Imaginisce!!! We were super blessed to receive some product from them and I used everything they sent me in this project! THANK YOU GLUE ARTS!

I was surprised how much I liked the "Raisen's". Since they were clear they really disappeared and gave just a slight amount of dimension. I really liked it! 

 Hmm... This one didn't show up as ell as I wanted it to. It's the Glue Glider Pro on the white, but I guess that's a good thing! It's invisible! :) 

Well, you all know how much I love Extreme Adhesive Squares so I was jumping up and down when these were attached to the back of a Glue Glider refill! I loved them!!!

 I just wrapped the extra back onto the clothespins and they were AWESOME at sticking to my paper! Very impressive for something so small! 

Finished product. I just love this little fat blue bird! He's SOOOO cute!

The U-Cut-It foam is really tall. Which is awesome because I LOVE the dimension it brings. It made his fake beard really look like he had just added it to his face! FUN! 


Be sure to hop on over to Imaginisce and then to Glue Arts to see what we have all made for your inspiration! I hope you enjoy! There are prizes up at BOTH locations! :)


Friday, November 11, 2011

My Pink-alicious Blog Hop and **Giveaway Alert**

Hello and welcome to the My Pink-alicious blog hop! You are in for a real treat today! We have all been asked to make either a mini-album or a scrapbook page. Well, this is definitely a challenge for me! I thought for a second about doing a scrapbook page and then thought, "I have never done a mini album!" So, here is my VERY FIRST mini album! **Caution, picture heavy post!!!**

I spy with my little eye...... SIX uses of My Pink Stamper Stamps. There are two pictures that are close-ups of the stamps, but why don't you see if you can find them all? :) 

I decided to make it a mini calendar album. I didn't have the first idea about how to bind one and then I realized my YourStory is in the storage unit 2 hours away from the move! So luckily my friend June taught me how to do the accordion thing to make it work over Skype. Now, I didn't realize that so much of the accordion would show so I wish I hadn't used the green. But oh well, I love it anyway!

You should have gotten here from Kassidy's blog. If not, start HERE at My Pink Stamper's blog!

I used My Pink Stamper's: Itty Bitty-licious™ all throughout this book! I LOVE the fact that these stamps are so small! They worked so well! Did you find all 6 of the stamps that I used? If you did, GO you!


Here is the order in case you get lost:

Courtney (Court's Crafts)<---You Are Here :)

The thing you can win today is..... 

The Twinery Sampler pack!
*photo taken from The Twinery*

The Twinery was so kind to send this to me for getting published with their twine! Since I already have a ton, I thought I would give it away to one of YOU! Leave a comment here to win! You do not have to be a follower. I will draw a winner in a week. If you want to win and you are international, I just request that you pay for a non-domestic shipping fee. It should be pretty inexpensive given that it's such a light package. :) 

Make sure you hop all the way through to My Pink Stamper's blog so that you can play along with the challenge! 

Now, don't forget to leave a comment for the giveaway and then hop on to Sharon's blog!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday

Hope you all are enjoying the Shop Pumpkin Spice Hop!!! Go to yesterday's post HERE if you haven't hopped and make sure to leave a comment on the Shop Pumpkin Spice blog where you can win $25 to the store! That's a LOT of goodies!!!

I am participating in another last minute challenge. It has to be up today! whew! 

So I made this quick card for a friend. It has to travel across the world and I realized it only has 5 days to get there and probably won't make it on time. So I made it a "belated" one just in case. I hope she likes it! It's clean and simple, but full of a LOT of love!

The challenge was to use a grid and it was a for the Paper Posies Kit Club.

Ugh! I didn't push hard enough with my stamp and left some blank-ish spots, so I went back with a pen and made little dots to kind of fill them in. USER error! haha. It's good to laugh at oneself. 

Here is my entry:



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Blog Hop and *giveaway alert*!

Hello and welcome to the Pumpkin Spice Blog Hop! Today we are showcasing Crate Paper!!! 

You should have gotten here from Lenae's blog. If not, start HERE at Pumpkin Spice's blog! 

I wanted to leave the sentiment on this blank as I thought it could be used as a "thinking of you", "birthday", "sympathy" or "thank you" note. So until the need arises, it will be blank. :)


Here is the sneak peek from June's kit for November! It's a Christmas card and treat box kit! Keep hopping along to see the sneak peeks and then June is last on the hop to show you a piece of the kit! 

Now hop on over to June's blog! Don't forget to leave comments on the way and also on Shop Pumpkin Spice's blog so that you can be entered to win the $25 gift certificate to Pumpkin Spice!!! 


Friday, November 4, 2011

Burlap & Buttercups Challenge

I found this new kit club called Burlap & Buttercups and it's super cute! 

They have a weekly challenge where you can play each week to compete for a $15 GC to their store. All of your entries are added up for the month and then they pick one winner. :) 

I am putting this in last week's challenge. It was to scrap at an angle... Well, how many projects/cards/whatever have you seen me scrap at an angle? Not many. SO this was a challenge for me! But I LOVE challenges! Wait until you see the one I show you on the 11th! Totally new for me! :) I better get working on it! haha. 

 A new challenge will be posted today. I made this card in 30 minutes flat! Boo-yah! 

Recipe (I will have to come back and fill this in later! I have to get this linked up! :) So if you have any questions about the products, then feel free to ask! :)

HUGS to all! A lot of you asked about the trick or treaters... Sadly, my Co-mom had to work :( So we didn't get to go up to San Francisco and hand out candy :( BUT we had a whopping 13 trick or treaters here at my parent's house! haha. 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween Wreath

Well, this was a last minute project that I made on Halloween! I was feverishly working in the afternoon because I had bought the wreath base and didn't want to hold onto it for a whole year before using it! 

So while it's now past Halloween, I thought you might still enjoy it!

I saw something similar to this wreath SOMEWHERE on the internet! I have NO idea where, but it had the same black wreath base and had rosettes. That's all I could remember about this when I was making it! But I had already bought the black background prior to seeing the inspiration. So anyway if any of you out there in bloggy world know where I saw my inspiration, please let me know so I can give due credit! Thanks! 

I made this for the Echo Park's Dots and Stripes Contest!