Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Bosom Buddies" Mini Book & Genuinely Jane Studio's GIVEAWAY and offer!

**Giveaway extended to 10/7/11**

Well, do I have a treat for you today!!  Today I want to share a great project with you that I recently made. My dear friend and fellow blogger Susan has relaunched her blog and business.  Susan is a scrapbooker and mixed media artist who has been on numerous design teams in the scrapbooking industry, including the paper and embellishment manufacturer Moxxie.  She has been published in several on-line and print publications and enjoys teaching altered arts and techniques.  Her boyfriend Mark is a career military man and master cabinetmaker.  He has long been in the woodworking and wood crafts business and counts among his clients AC Moore and Michaels.  Mark is the brains in this collaboration, Susan the creative juice and cheerleader.  They are located in rural North Central Missouri and is owned and managed by Susan and Mark.  Her passion for scrapbooking, altered arts and mixed media coupled with his talent, experience and love for woodworking, including ownership of a custom cabinet business made this a perfect partnership.  All of their mini books are made of  Quality Hardwood Products for Scrapbooking and Altered Arts and more importantly
So onto my project.  I decided to use the square book w/heart cutout.

This is what it starts out like:

And this is what it looks like now:

I used:
K. Andrew Designs "Fashionable Friends" and "Amazing You" stamp sets.

These wooden mini books are great!!  You can finish them however you want.  You can paint them, stain them, crackle paint them, add paper or ink to them.  They can be embossed and stamped.  The possibilities are endless.  Once you have decided what you want as your base, you can then decorate them like any other mini book on the market.  As you can see above, I added papers (Eco Park), tapes, grommets, some bling, Stickles, paper flowers and ribbon, chipboard, I even stamped my favorite sentiments made by K. Andrew Designs on my pages!!

**So because I love Susan and her products and because I want to help her relaunch her blog & business to the fullest, for the next week (9/27-10/4) Susan is offering 10% off your total sales over at Genuinely Jane Studios.  All you have to do is go to her blog CLICK HERE and check out what mini books are up for sale right now (scroll down some on her blog to see the Etsy shop) or just go directly to her Etsy shop CLICK HERE

Just leave this code in the comments of her Etsy shop.  


In order to make this fun for everyone and to give Susan a chance to be seen, we will be giving one lucky winner one of Susan's beautiful, hand crafted, wooden mini books!!
(I have decided to add a few extra things, but I'm gonna keep what they are a supprise!!)

All you have to do is:
1) Leave a comment on this blog with how you would decorate your mini book!
2) Leave a comment on Susan's blog welcoming her back into the blogging/business word!!
3) Follow The Craftin Mama on FB and let me now that you are.
4) Follow Genuinely Jane Studios on FB or Twitter @  GJStudios and let me know that you are.
5) Let your friends know by posting on your blog if you have one!

Winner will be chosen next Tuesday October 4th SATURDAY OCTOBER 8TH by RANDOM.ORG
Good Luck to you all.
I really want to thank all of you for stopping by today and for taking the time to check out Susan and her awesome mini books!!

Until next time, Happy Craftin!!


Happy Happy Hump Day!!

Hello to all my crafty friends!!  Hope your having a Happy Happy Hump Day!!  Today I want to show you the quick little card I made this past weekend for my niece for her 8th birthday.  She's a little Tom Boy and loves all the things little boys like!  She had a rock climbing party with all her friends but in the past she has had a reptile party.  There is a company in our area that brings all kinds of reptiles, bugs and snakes!!!  Being that she loves all of those types of things I knew that a card with a snake on it wouldn't bother her at all, as a matter of fact she loved it!!  So here is the "You go Girl" card that I made for her.

This snake is soo cute and I just love how it pop's on the stripped backround!
I used DCWV and Stampin up paper, the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge to cut the snake @ 3", some ribbon and for the sentiment I used my favorite stamps Fashionable Friends by K. Andrew Designs!!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a Happy Happy Hump Day!!

Until next time, Happy Craftin!!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Fall Treat's" Simply Sunday Challenge

Well it's Sunday again and you know what that means!!  It's "Simply Sunday" Challenge time again over at Getting Cricky!!  This week's theme is Fall Treat's.  This one stumped me a bit and I was really not sure what I was going to do!!  I was talking to my hubby the other day about the challenge and told him that I did not know what I was going to do and before I knew it he, was thinking out loud and giving me a bunch of idea's!!  He is so cute my man, when I woke up yesterday he had 2 empty baby food containers on the counter, I asked what they were for, how come he didn't throw them out and he told me that he saved them for me for my challenge, he told me that I could turn them into a coffin and have worm's crawling out of it or turn it into a treasure chest with candy in it!!  I just love the way men think!!  He has such a good heart and was really trying to help me.  Anyway, even though he had some really great idea's I did not use the containers and decided to take a simpler route and make a card and a layout. 

First is my card: SWEET & FUN

I made this card using the Mini Monsters Cricut Cart.  The Pumpkin is cut at 3 1/2" and his hat is at
 3 1/4 ".  I used Stampin up paper, my new Martha Stewart Drippy Goo edge punch, some Halloween paper and ribbon and to finish off the card I used K.Andrew Design Fall-o-ween stamp set.  Kristal donates $1.00 of every stamp set she sell to it's own charity, for the Fall-o-ween set it goes to Adopt a Classroom.  Kristal took a long time to research all the different charities out there and she chose ones that she hold's very dear to her heart.

Now here is the Layout: TRICK OR TREAT!!

For the background I used a paper that I found at Target, the background to the photo frames are from DCWV.  The Cauldron was cut from the Mini Monsters Cricut Cart at 4" and the sentiment again come from K. Andrew Designs Fall-o-ween stamp set.  I wanted to have a little fun so I used my Hubby's idea and added some Gummie worms just to take the photo's!!  Oh yeah, lets not forget the Stickles on the bubbles!!

Please make sure you visit all the wonderful Design Team members to see their wonderful Fall Treat's projects and don't forget to check out all of Kristal Andrew's stamps sets. 
I hope you all have a Simply great Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time, Happy Craftin!!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Batty Halloween" Layout!

Hello to all my Bloggie friends, hope this day finds you well!!  I had a few minutes to be in my crafting room yesterday which gave me the oppertunity to finish a LO that I have been working on!!  Very simple, not too many color's.  I recently went to my local Dollar Store and found a bucket of foam Halloween stickers and thought to myself, "Can I do anything with these that won't look tacky?".  So I sat at my workspace and thought for a little while, went through the container to see what shapes were inside and then decided to use all the Bats and 1 Flying witch, then I cut the fence  from Mini Monsters Cricut cart 2 1/2" and the Tree (can't remember which cart I used).  I also used my Stampin up mister to add the spooky purple sky affect!!

I will eventually add a photo in the black square.
(I have to wait untill Halloween to get an updated photo)

My sentiment is from K. Andrew Designs Fall-o-ween stamp set.

CLICK BELOW LINK to check out her stamps!

For someone who really is not a big fan of Halloween, I think I did a pretty good job!!

**While I have your attention, I want to mention that my Dear friend Megan Gravener of Above Rubies Studio just launched their Affiliate Program.  Just click on this link: <a href="">Webmasters Earn Money Here!</a>
Sign up is free and it gives you a chance to earn extra $$$$!  Just tell her I sent ya!!
Thanks for stopping by. 
Until next time, Happy Craftin!!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WINNER! Getting Cricky Blog Hop WINNER!

First of all, I want to appologize for not posting the winner of the Getting Cricky Blog Hop winner on Monday night as promised! I have had nothing but mahem here and I just do not have enough hours in the day!!  So let's not waste anymore time, the Winner of my blog candy is:

I am cleaning up flower beds and planting my fall bulbs. Starting my Halloween And Christmas cards. Also preparing for some of the craft fairs that have started.
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com


 Please email me at with your info.  You have 2 weeks to contact me!

Thanks to all that came and did the hop with us!  I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of Designers and to have such wonderful Bloggie friends!!

Happy Craftin to all!!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Link Up Love Party" Fall/Halloween

Hello everyone, hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday!!  Tuesday??  That's right, it's time for the Link Up Love Party over at Getting Cricky.  The Link up Love Party is a great way to get to know other bloggers and to find new blog inspiration!!  This weeks theme is Fall/Halloween.  I really do like this time of year, the weather starts to change and the kids start getting excited about Halloween.  I'll miss summer but all goods things do come to an end!!  As you know this weeks theme is Fall/Halloween, so I decided to make a Fall card. 

The backround images are stamped using Stampin up "Fall Foliage" stamp set and the "Fall" sentiment is stamped using K. Andrew Designs "Fall-o-ween" stamp set.  I embossed the word Fall on the leaf using Barouque Burgandy embosing powder.

I hope I have inspired you to create something Fall related, something you can send a friend just to say "Happy Fall".  So please take a few minutes and visit Kristal at Getting Cricky and Link Up some Love!!

Thanks for stoping by and Happy Craftin!!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Welcome to the Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this month's Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  Each of us, along with our Special Guest - Heather from Heather's Crafty Blog Space, are so pleased to have you here with us!!  Along the way, you'll see NEW ideas for creating Fall & Halloween cards and MORE with Kristal's stamps sets!!

If you've hopped along from Faith's blog then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)...

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:

**Get 20% OFF on all stamps by using this code:**


Kristal's THREE newest stamps sets are LARGER sets -- perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more...  For more details or to make one these sets YOURS, please click on the preview:

Fall-O-Ween benefits "Adopt a Classroom"

Winter Wishes benefits "Adopt a Classroom"

Scripture Sayings benefits "Good Samaritan Health Center"

For my project, I'm featuring the Fall-o-ween set.

"Coffee & Tea for You & Me" benefits Wayside House for Women

"Winged Things" benefits E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation

"Sympathetic Sayings" benefits Camp Good Days & Special Times

"Fashionable Friends" benefits Cancer Angels

For this weeks project I had to step outside of my comfort zone!  I am not a big fan of Halloween but once I sat down and started, I could not stop!!!  Please note that all of  Kristal's stamp sets (some are shown above) are interchangeable, this means you can use any stamp from one set and match it with another stamp from one of the other sets!!!  And for all of you joining us for the Getting Cricky Blog Hop, Kristal is offering 20% OFF on any of her sets, just use this code at checkout: 20ILDI

Isn't she just the cutest spider you have ever seen??
I used Stampin Up paper for the base and for the shadow image and for the white spider web I used a glitter paper.
I used my Mesh embossing folder for some texture.
I cut the image @ 4 1/4" from Cricut's Mini Monsters cartridge.
Peachy Keen stamp for the eye's.
Eeek! from Kristal's Fall-o-ween stamp set.
Purple stone brad from K&Co.

This was just a qick card I made using scraps and Kristal's stamps!!
The spider is too cute to scare anyone!!


I have some blog candy for one lucky winner!  Just a little something for one lucky winner to get your Halloween/Fall juices flowing!! 

 All you have to do is:

1)  Leave me a comment on what you are doing to get ready for fall. *REQUIRED*
2) Become a follower of my blog and leave me comment that you are.
3) Follow me on Facebook (Click here) and leave me a commet that you are.

That gives you 3 chances to win!!  The winner will be chosen on Monday (9/19) by
Good Luck to you all!!

**Also don't forget to to check out Kristal's stamps and use discount code 20ILDI to get 20% OFF!!**
I hope you have enjoyed today's creations and I hope that I have inspired you to
"Step out of your comfort Zone"!!

Thanks for playing with us this week!  Happy Craftin to all!!


Getting Cricky Blog Hop


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

***Reminder*** Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Hello, I hope you are all doing well.  Today I just want to remind all of my wonderful bloggie friends that the "Getting Cricky" Blog Hop is this Friday night at 9 pm est time. 

Please be sure to join us in all the fun.  Not only will you have fun but you will get to see some of the most talented artists and their wonderful projects.  Ohh yeah..not to mention a great offer to all that play along with us!!!

Hope to see you Friday, Happy Craftin!!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Too Cute to Spook" card

Here is a quick little card I put together using stamps from K. Andrew Designs.  I cut the cute little pumpkin out of the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge @ 2 1/2".  The backround paper is from a pack of Halloween scraps that I had laying around and as I stated before, the sentiment is from the Fall-o-ween stamp set from K. Andrew Designs.  Her stamps are made from the best quality Clear Photo Polymer and not only that but for every set she sells she donates $1 to it's own specific charity!!  Please visit Kristal and take a look at her stamps. 

Hope you have enjoyed my quick little creation.  Until next time, Happy Craftin!!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Candy Winner!!

As I was checking my emails today, I came accross one from Sandra @ 365 Days of Cricut.  She left me a comment on my project for the Simply Sunday Challenge over at Getting Cricky!!  She also let me know that I had won her Blog Candy!!  I had to read the email a few times before it clicked!!  I really fell in love with what she was giving away as blog candy on 8/27/11 for the
 Summer Halloween Blog Hop and figured let me try.  I'm usually sooo busy that I don't really enter tooo many giveaways but on this day I thought oh just go ahead, you never know!!!  So I entered and low and behold I WON!!! 
This was her message to me:

Sandra 365 Days Of Cricut has left a new comment on your post "Halloween "Simply Sunday Challenge"":

This is so cute!!! Congrats you won blog candy on my blog!

And this is what I won:

I can't wait to get them.  Hope you are all well and like always Happy Craftin!!!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Halloween "Simply Sunday Challenge"

Hello friends, hope you are doing well.  "Kick up Your Heel's"...Today is "Simply Sunday Challenge" day over at Getting Cricky and the theme is Halloween.  I have to tell you, Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays.  I usually just put up a few decorations, I buy candy and watch the kids enjoy the day.  This challenge made me really think, I really had to dig deep, into that deep creative zone!!  But I think I pulled it off.

I used Stampin Up confetti paper for the base of the card along with paper that I had from a Halloween kit for the backround.  I cut the Witch and the broom from Cricut's Mini Monsters cartridge @ 4 1/2" and 3 1/2".  I used Paprika, Lavender and Glam pink Stickles.  For the sentiment I used Kristal's Fashionable Friends stamp set.  Did you know that for every set she sells she donates $1.00 to it's own specific charity.  I know that you can't tell from the picture but I made my own action wobble and the witch actually moves!!

So please stop by Getting Cricky and play along with us in the "Simply Sunday Challenge".
Have a great Sunday and Happy Craftin!!!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Love" Layout

Here is a little something I whipped up the other day.  I just love...hehehehe...this paper.  As I was putting this LO together I thought how nice this would be with an updated picture of me and my husband!  I guess I'm gonna have to make him take me out so I can get dressed up and we can take a picture of ourselves!! 

I'll be sure to show this again once I have that updated Picture!!  Happy Craftin!!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

"BIG DAY" at Above Rubies Studio

WOW... I cannot beleive it's been 21 days since Megan Elizabeth of Above Rubies Studio announced her "21 day's of Giveaways"!!!  And tonight is the night, DO NOT forget about her LIVE Show tonight at 9:30pm EST - To join the Chat (GO HERE) at 9:30pm for instuctions to join the chat!!  Once at the Above Rubies Studio website, when the time starts getting close, she will post a link to the webstream.   I am soo excited for Megan and all the new and wonderful things happening in her life!!  Today, if you visit her site you have a chance to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE !!

It includes:
  • The New Cricut A to Z Second Edition
  • Cricut Cards for Every Occasion DVD
  • Paper Layerz by Megan Elizabeth Pack of Paper
  • Paper Layerz DVD by Megan Elizabeth
  • Candi by Craftworks
  • Cricut Magazine
  • and a few other SURPRISE goodies!
To win today’s GRAND PRIZE at Above Rubies Studio – just head to her site and leave a comment in today’s Post! Make sure you tell your friends to join us at the LIVE Show tonight!!

Have GREAT day and we hope to see you later!!!

Happy Craftin all!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

"Bosom Buddies" Mini Book & Genuinely Jane Studio's

Hello everyone, today I have a treat for you.  My dear friend and fellow blogger Susan W. has jumped back into her business full steam!!  Genuinely Jane Studio's produce Quality Hardwood Products for Scrapbooking and Altered Arts.  Susan is a scrapbooker and mixed media artist who has been on numerous design teams in the scrapbooking industry, including the paper and embellishment manufacturer Moxxie. She has been published in several on-line and print publications and enjoys teaching altered arts and techniques.  Her boyfriend Mark is a career military man and master cabinetmaker. He has long been in the woodworking and wood crafts business and counts among his clients AC Moore and Michaels.  Mark is the brains in this collaboration, Susan the creative juice and cheerleader.  Located in rural North Central Missouri, Genuinely Jane Studios is owned and managed by Susan and Mark.  Her passion for scrapbooking, altered arts and mixed media coupled with his talent, experience and love for woodworking, including ownership of a custom cabinet business made this a perfect partnership.  I also LOVE and use their product's and want all of you to see just how wonderful they are!!  Below you will see what I have done with the square w/circle cutout mini book.

This is what it starts out as, comes complete with ring:

They come plain and unfinished made from ¼” red oak lumber. All edges are sanded to prevent splintering and splitting.  You then can add any type of finish you desire including paints, stains, crackle finish and ink's. You can emboss them, add stickels, the possibilities are endless!!!  

And this is what I did to it:

You can add all kinds of embellishments!


Chipboard, paper!



You can stamp them!

I used one of my favorite stamp set's by K. Andrew Design's, Amazing You!

Like I said, the possibilities are just absolutely endless!!  I added Eco Park paper to all of my pages first and then inked all the edges.  I added all the photo's, embellishments and stamped sentiments after. 

So just for all of my wonderful followers, Susan and I are offering a special.  Stop by  Susan at her blog at   Check out her Etsy shop towward the bottom of the blog, or go directly to her Etsy, and in the comments section when ordering, use code ILDIROCKSGJS1 to receive 10% off of your total order. 

Please beleive me when I tell you, if you are looking for a good, quality product to express your creativity, you will definitely want to check Susan and her mini books out!! 

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for taking the time to visit Susan.

Until next time, Happy Craftin!!!