Monday, October 24, 2011

Crafty Sprouts Halloween Week - GO HERE! :)

If you are looking for Crafty Sprouts Halloween Week post go here

This is my old blog but I have since changed the name of mine!~

Love Holly :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Old School Cartridges Blog Hop!

If you are looking for the Old School Cartridge Blog Hop then you have been directed to the wrong blog. This is my old blog but I have moved all my posts to my new blog. Please visit to see all my new posts and to become a follower if you would like! There are some great giveaways involved!

Thanks so much!

Love Holly

Friday, July 29, 2011

Birthday Card

**I am moving my blog to a new address please go there and become a follower (they did not transfer over). I will be posting a new giveaway starting this weekend for anyone that is a new follower on that site!**

Today our design team is doing one last project and we were asked to create a Birthday card that will be posted on Kassidys blog Inking It Up Crazy. I have had so much fun on this design team and am sad that our time is up! I have made lifelong crafty friends that I will someday (hopefully) meet! Thank you Kassidy for choosing me to be on your design team. What an amazing group of ladies it is made up of!

Here is the card that I made:


Simply Charmed
Cricut Essentials
My Minds Eye Hip Hooray Boy Surprise Paper
Misc white, red, blue cardstock
American Crafts Ribbon
White and black gel pen
Recollections button dimensional sticker
Atg gun
Action Wobble

The party hat is on an Action Wobble so it wiggles back and forth.

Hope you like it!

Love Holly

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Call Submission!

**If you are looking for the Christmas in July Blog Hop post please scroll down! **

Robyn from My Pink Stamper is having a design team call and this time I am going to try out. I am nervous and excited at the same time. The first time I ever visited a site to learn about the Cricut, it was her site that I visited. I love all the tutorials she has on the Cricut and she also has her own line of really cute stamps! If you haven't heard of her or would like to learn more about her stamps or your Cricut machine, please visit her site at

In order to get picked for her design team, you have to do the following;

Challenge: Make a card, scrapbook page, or other Cricut project with your favorite Cricut cartridge using the following colors......

(other optional color of your choice)... I chose Pink because it is my favorite!

For this challenge I chose to use my new Sweet Tooth Boxes Cartridge and I wanted to make a cupcake box because I thought it was adorable. I also wanted to show through this challenge that I am not afraid of trying new things. Usually I like to watch tutorials on how to make detailed projects like this but since it is a new cartridge I just made it on my own. The best part of the project is that an actual cupcake will fit inside the cupcake box. Such a cute idea for a birthday party!

Here is what I made:


My Expression 2
Cricut Projects Sweet Tooth Boxes Cartridge - Cupcake cut at 8"
DCWV the Celebration Stack polka dot paper
Chatterbox Chocolate Tweed Paper
American Crafts Ribbon
Scrap Pink Paper
Studio G Sweet Clear Stamps
(used sentiments I love cupcakes & Have your cake and eat it too)
White Gel Pen
Martha Stewart blank ink pad

I hope you love my project as much as I do. My dream design team would be to be on My Pink Stampers. Robyn is so sweet and I love the stamps that she produces!
Wish me luck! I know that I will be praying that I make it!

Love Holly

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's Christmas! Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to Recycled-Genius and the ...CHRISTMAS IN JULY Blog Hop!


If you've come from visiting Linda @, you're in the right place! If you've just happened to come across my blog and would like to play along with our fun hop, you can go to Jamie’s blog at and start at the beginning. We would love to share some holiday ideas with you today. Each Fabulous Inking it Up Crazy Design Team member will be featuring a project made especially for this hop. We have a very talented and creative team, so make sure to check out each member's blog. There will be some fun prizes along the way, so get to hopping!!!!

Today we are celebrating all things Christmas! I love Christmas so any day I can celebrate it is a bonus for me!

For my project I decided to use my new Paper Smooches Santa Paws stamp set. I just got it in the mail and I love it. I have a new fascination with gate fold cards so I made one to go with the stamp. So adorable. I don't know who wouldn't love this little Santa!


Paper Smooches Santa Paws Santa
Martha Stewart black ink pad
My Minds Eye I Believe patterned paper
The Twinery twine
White Gel Pen
Misc Red Card stock
White Recollections Card stock
American Crafts Elements Glitter Buttons
Cricut Essentials Cricut Cartridge
Atg Gun
Misc scalloped cut out

Hope you love this fun holiday card as much as I do!

Love Holly


Since its Christmas we cant do a project without a present! I am giving away the Cricut Christmas Village Seasonal Cartridge. To be eligible to win you have to be a follower and leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite thing about Christmas is. I will randomly draw a winner on Monday July 18th. Good luck!

Your next stop on the hop is the lovely and talented

Courtney @

Here is the order of the hop in case you get lost along the way.





Holly - THAT'S ME!



Happy Hopping! And Merry Christmas in July!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kassidy's Month Long Birthday Bash - Birthday Post

Its almost Kassidy's Birthday at Inking it Up Crazy! Kassidy has become one of my best crafty friends and I absolutely adore her! She is so creative and talented and it is a great privilege to call her my friend!

Today on her blog it is Birthday Day! You were to create something that is birthday related.
This is the card that I made for Kassidy for her birthday. It goes with the present that I am getting for her. I hope she enjoys it!


Cricut Cartridge Simply Charmed
Cricut Essentials Cricut Cartridge

Me & My Big Ideas Happy Birthday Paper
Echo Park Walk in the Park Polka A Dot Paper/Brown Paper
Scrap Pink, Hot Pink, Yellow, Orange, White Cardstock
Black and White Gel Pens
Misc Pink and Green button
The Twinery Pink Sorbet Twine (cant live without their twine)
ATG gun
Modge Podge

I hope that Kassidy has the most wonderful birthday tomorrow!

Love Holly

Friday, June 24, 2011

Walk in the Park Pinwheel

Tonight I felt the need to craft! I saw some amazing Pinwheels at the craft store and thought that I should give it a try. I have more I will be posting tomorrow but thought I would post my first attempt on here tonight.


Echo Park Walk in the Park paper (gorgeous!)
Misc Polka Dot paper
Twinery Twine
Glue Dots

Hope you are having a great start to your weekend! I know that I am!

Love Holly

Kassidy's Month Long Birthday Bash- Echo Park Day!

Today is Echo Park Day at Inking it Up Crazy! It is part of Kassidy's Month Long Birthday Bash and today I got to make something wonderful using some beautiful Echo Park Summer Days paper. I love Echo Park paper, it is one of my absolute favorites to work with. I am always inspired to make something utterly amazing when I pull out one of their stacks!

I also just learned how to make a gate fold card (see previous post - for first gate fold card and another card using Echo Park paper) so this is my second one and I love them! I dont know why I hesitated to make them in the past.


Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge
Core'dinations Purple Card Stock
Misc Purple Polka Dot paper, pink, black and white card stock
Echo Park Summer Days Paper - ice cream and polka dot
Ribbon from Target
White Gel Pen

Hope you think this card is as "yummy" as I do. It makes me want to have an ice cream asap. Now if only it would get warm and stay warm here!

Also dont forget to visit Kassidy's site Inking it Up Crazy if you haven't already and leave a comment. There are some great giveaways and prizes going on, you don't want to miss them!

Love Holly

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gate Fold Card - Paper Smooches Monster Love

Today I made my first gate fold card and it turned out pretty awesome. I used some Echo Park paper and my new Paper Smooches stamps and voila! I love it. I am going to give the card to my husband for our anniversary next month. I cant say enough how much I love my Paper Smooches stamps, I dont usually stamp and once I got them, I just cant stop!


Paper Smooches Falling for You stamp and sentiment
Scalloped paper I got at a garage sale-maker unknown
Misc Blue Cardstock
Echo Park Summer Days patterned paper
White Gel Pen

I tied the card shut with some Twine from the Twinery! LOVE ME SOME TWINERY TWINE!

Hope you enjoyed the card as much as I do!

Love Holly

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Operation Write Home: Love Challenge

Today is Operation Write Home Project Day!

. Kassidy from Inking It Up Crazy paired up with We R Memory Keepers to make and send cards to the troops that they can write on and send home.

Today there will be all different challenges and giveaways at Inking Up Crazy and the best part is that all the cards are going to be sent to the troops to use to send home!

For my challenge, I was asked to make a LOVE card. This wouldn't normally be a challenge for me because I love cutesy love cards. But I thought a lot about what a soldier would want a card to say that they sent home to family and this is what I came up with...

Card 1:

I love this sentiment it says Love You To My Core and it is from Paper Smooches stamps. I thought I would use it on both cards to emphasize how much love one person could feel for another.

Give a Hoot (earth cut out) Cricut Cartridge, Brown Recollections Cardstock, Paper Smooches sentiment, Stampin Up Chocolate Chip Ink, Martha Stewarts Bakers Twine, Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Paper, Paper Accents Tag, White Gel Pen, Misc Cardstock.

This card doesn't have the amount of embellishment that I normally put on my cards but I do think it turned out really well.

Card 2:

I love how this card turned out also. Not too cutesy to send home but it strikes a chord to whoever is receiving it.

Give A Hoot Cricut Cartridge, Togetherness Paper from Cosmo Cricket, Recollections Brown Cardstock, White Gel Pen, Paper Smooches sentiment stamp, Martha Stewart Bakers Twine, Stampin Up Chocolate Chip Ink Pad.

I hope you enjoyed my two cards that I am sending in. I think this is a great project to participate and I hope that whoever ends up receiving these card truly enjoys them!

You can participate too! Please visit Inking it Up Crazy to read the rules and see all the challenges! I am hoping to make as many projects as I can while my kids are running around!

Love Holly

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kassidy's Month Long Birthday Bash- Cosmo Cricket Day!

My friend Kassidy at Inking it Up Crazy is celebrating her June birthday with a month long amount of posts/giveaway prizes. She has asked some of us to do projects as well and I was thrilled to do this project using Cosmo Cricket paper. What is great is that I just got my Expression 2 which came with a Cosmo Cricket inspired cartridge called Just a Note installed on it! So I used both for my project. The cartridge and Cosmo Cricket paper. If anyone knows anything about me they know that I heart Cosmo Cricket. It is one of my favorite kinds of paper, I love the patterns, the colors and most of all the animals! This time using their paper I used more calmer paper than my normal love of everything bright and made a Fathers Day card for my husband. I used the fox cut out of a dad and a son and then I flipped the image to make another son since I have two boys. I think it turned out pretty cute!


Expression 2
Just a Note
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness patterned paper
White, Brown, red, pink, green and blue scrap paper
Paper Smooches Dad sentiment stamp (one of my favorite stamp makers)
American Craft brown ribbon
Stampin it Up Chocolate Chip brown ink

This is one card I know he will enjoy!

Love Holly

For more Cosmo Cricket project ideas check out Kassidys blog at Inking it Up Crazy and don't forget to enter all her awesome giveaways this month!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kassidy's Month Long Birthday Bash- Bakers Twine Day

My friend Kassidy at Inking it Up Crazy is having a Month Long Birthday Bash to celebrate her June birthday. There is a new post everyday with amazing giveaway prizes. Today's theme is Bakers Twine and I used my favorite twine ever from The Twinery. Check out her blog and don't forget to enter to win everyday for some amazing prizes!


Twine from the Twinery: Pink Sorbet, Carribean, Lemon Drop, Lilac
Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge: Alligator
Cricut Essentials Cricut Cartridge
Expression 2
Echo Park Summer Days Paper
Misc Cardstock: White, Pink, Green, Yellow
Core'dinations Purple Cardstock
Recollections bling: nose holes and alligator toe nails (faux pedicure)
Googly eyes from the Dollar Tree
White Gel Pen

Hope you enjoy my card! The twine looks great with all the bright colors of the Echo Park patterned paper! I hope that Kassidy has the best birthday month ever! What a fun way to celebrate your special day!

Love Holly

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bee Happy - A Paper Smooches Card using some of my favorite things!

I made a quick card today and I didnt even use my Cricut. GASP! I know! I have been drooling over some stamps lately at Paper Smooches and today while I was filling my cart I noticed that they have free digital stamps. I printed this cute bee and sentiment out on cardstock on my printer (for FREE) and then I made this cute card!

Recipe: I used most of my favorite things!

Echo Park Paper
- Summer Days polka dot paper
Twine from the Twinery - yellow and charcoal
Paper Smooches - Free digital stamps; bee and sentiment
Black, white, green misc cardstock
White Gel Pen, black gel pen
ATG gun
Bic Mark It - yellow marker (to color the bee)

Hope you love it as much as I do. I made it because my friend is having a really hard day and I thought seeing it would make her smile. :)

Love Holly

Monday, May 30, 2011

Just A Note Quick and Easy Card Using my E2

I recently did a swap with the design team that I am on and wanted to make a cute card to send along with it. I didn't have a lot of time (my husband is working overtime almost every day) so I chose one of the cards that is on the Just a Note Cartridge on my new Expression2 and made it in a snap! The Just a Note Cartridge is my favorite new cartridge, it was designed by Cosmo Cricket who makes most of my favorite paper lines... Anyways this is what I came up with...


Just a Note Cartridge
Pink and Purple Core'dinations Cardstock
Misc Green Cardstock
White Gel Pen
Misc Green Button
Purple Twine from the Twinery

I love how you can make these cute little cards on this cartridge!

Love Holly

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers Day Card #3: My Pink Stamper Challenge + Echo Park Paper Challenge

This is the first card that I made for Mothers Day using my new Expression 2! The cards got better as I made them but I still like it a lot. I just got Echo Parks new 6x6 paper stacks on Friday and then they announced a challenge for National Scrapbooking Day to use their paper in the projects that you make and you could win some of their paper lines. Also My Pink Stamper listed 12 challenges throughout the day on Saturday and for this one I used her challenge of using pink, green and black to make a card. I am not big on black for Mothers Day so I just used a black gel pen and hopefully that is good enough!


Cricut American Alphabet
Cricut Essentials
Echo Park Summer Days patterned paper
Misc blue cardstock
Purple ribbon from Target
Lilac Twine from the Twinery
Misc button
ATG gun
Modge Podge
Black Gel Pen

Hope you had an amazing weekend! You can see all the challenges by visiting

Love Holly

Mothers Day Card #2 - My Pink Stamper Challenge using Echo Park paper

Here is another card that I made yesterday for Mothers Day. My Pink Stamper had a challenge to make something mom related and Echo Park paper has a challenge to use their paper for National Scrapbooking day so I did both challenges while making my mothers day cards!
Here is card number two that I made. I used my new 6x6 paper pack from Echo Park called Summer Days. I absolutely love the paper its so summery and since it is still raining here, it makes me excited for nicer weather to come our way!

Cricut Cartridge American Alphabet
Cricut Essentials Cartridge
Echo Park Summer Days Patterned Paper & purple/green paper
Scrap purple paper
Lilac twine from the Twinery
White Gel Pen

Hope you had a great Mothers Day & National Scrapbooking Day! What an exciting weekend I had! You can check out all of the challenges at

Love Holly

Happy Mothers Day! My Pink Stamper Cupcake Challenge using Echo Park Paper

First of all Happy Mothers Day! To all you moms and future moms I hope your day is great and spent with the ones that you love! Being a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me! (that and meeting my husband) :)

Yesterday My Pink Stamper had a day full of challenges for National Scrapbooking Day. One of the challenges was to make something "cupcake" related. Echo Park is also having a challenge to use their paper while you craft this weekend. I needed to make Mothers Day cards so I did both challenges in one. On top of that I just got my new Cricut E2 so I used that to make this card!

Hope you like it!
Love Holly

Cricut Cupcake Lite Cartridge (scored this cartridge for $12.50 at Walmart!)
Patterened paper/pink and orange paper from Echo Parks Summer Days line (love it!)
Purple and Pink Core'dinations Cardstock
Purple ribbon from Target
White Gel Pen

This is my favorite card I made this weekend! I love it! You can check out all of the challenges at

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bulletin Boards - Spring Edition

YAY! So I did my final bulletin board for Hunters school (that is my parent job) and I am really glad how it turned out. Usually I have lots of time to cut out things to put up, this time I had 3 hours on a Sunday to get everything done. I just made everything really simple but cute.

Products Used:

Create A Critter: Chick and Egg, Flowers, Umbrellas
Spring Holiday Cards: Bunnies
April Showers: Welcome Spring, April Showers, Bring May Flowers
Coredinations Cardstock: blue, sparkly green, pink, yellow
Recollections Cardstock: brown
DCWV striped paper from the Celebrate stack
White Gel Pen
ATG gun

I only put up a few pics. Hope you like what I made!

Love Holly

Friday, April 1, 2011

With The Rain Comes All Things Beautiful Blog Hop

I am so excited to be a part of this blog hop! The theme is spring and I am so ready for Spring to begin~! If you got here from Inga then you are on the right track. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop then you want to start at Monica and hop from there.

For this hop I wasn't sure what to do. My five year old son complained that it always rains here and I told him that if it wasn't for the rain, there would not be any rainbows. This inspired the card that I ended up making. I hope you like it!

Products Used:

Create a Critter - Cloud/rainbow

DCWV Celebrations Stack - Patterned Paper

Core'dinations Glitter Cardstock - pink, orange, green, teal

Black Cardstock, White Cardstock

Black Gel Pen

Twine from the Twinery - Maraschino, Mandarin, Peapod (My Favorite Twine EVER)

Misc Orange Ribbon (found at a garage sale- no label)

Now on to the blog candy...

Who doesnt love Martha Stewart border punches? I know that I do... This one is perfect for all things SPRING! I will choose a winner on Sunday night with Please become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post and a way to get ahold of you if you are the winner!


Also, Monica at scraps2treasure is offering an over-all blog candy for those who are hopping along with us. She decided since the hop was about spring to to do a whole bunch of "spring flowers". To be eligible you must become a follower along the blog trail, leaving a comment on each and every blog. On Saturday she will ask her buddy Randy ( to select a blog number (from the list), and a comment number from that blog. Please make sure you have left a reliable way to contact you (email is best, in the safe format of **** at **** dot com ) so you can be notified by her personally. If you don't, she’ll have to select another winner.”

Love Holly

Next on the hop is my sister Amy

Yes that is right, she is actually my sister and I am sure she made something awesome!

Here is the lineup of the hop, in case you get lost!


Amanda -

Haidee -

Alina -

Kari -

Denise -

Ellen -

Lori -

Inga -

Holly - THATS ME~


Kathy -

Jessica -

Faith -

Stacey -

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Design Team Day! Use Your Favorite Cricut Cartridge

Its Design Team Day at Inking it Up Crazy! Today we were told to use our favorite cartridge to make something wonderful! I could never pick a FAVORITE because I love so many... but I do have a new one that I LOVE so I chose that one. The cartridge I chose is Birthday Bash! My oldest son is in preschool and his class had so many birthdays last month that I constantly found myself reaching for this cartridge.

Products Used:

Core'dinations Cardstock: Pink, Purple, Teal (glitter my favorite!)
Black Cardstock
White Gel Pen
Recollections bling

Its such a cute and simple card and it went with her birthday theme so I thought it was fitting to make! Hope you like it as much as I do! Now next on the design team hop is Sandee she is super talented and has made something wonderful with her favorite Cricut Cartridge!

Love Holly

Inking it Up Crazy Design Team Project Hop Line Up:


Jeanine: Http://

Holly: (You Are Here!)








I love being a part of this design team! They are so amazing!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Winner, Winner, Winner!

Wow I am so excited after the Polka Dot Blog Hop this weekend! I went from 94 followers on Friday to 185 friends!~ I am the real winner because now I can follow all of your blogs as well. Thank you so much for the amazing comments, I read and appreciate every single one! Now onto the prize winners... (These were chosen by and then I figured out that I really need a comment counter because I had to recount the comments so many times~)

Winner of the Sizzix Sidekick I am giving away because I reached over 100 followers is.... COMMENT # 83 CREATIVE DIVA I will be emailing you shortly!

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 116

Winner of the Cricut Cartridge Simply Sweet is... COMMENT # 27 CHERYL GAFFNEY. I will be emailing you also to get your address.

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 116

Again, I want to thank everyone that became a follower. If you left me your blog address I am going to follow you also. Cant wait to see all the new ideas and inspirations!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Polka Dot Blog Hop~

Today is very special because I am participating in my first blog hop! If you got here from Liz then you are headed in the right direction. If you want to start at the beginning, start at Inking it Up Crazy and hop from there! The theme of the hop is of course "Polka Dots" and if you know me you know I love all things polka dots! I have had this accordian album forever that came in a little tin so I finally decided to use it for something. I have no Easter decorations in my house so I decided to make them. The little rabbits I cut out from cardstock and then put them on action wobbles.

My First Video~ Action Wobbles in Action!

Products Used:
Accordian Album in tin (maker unknown I got the tin at a garage sale for cheap)
Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge (letters)
Everyday Cards Cricut Cartridge (circles)
K&Company Sleepy Tree Paper (rabbit cut outs)
Core'dinations Pink Cardstock (letters)
Dear Lizzy Blissful Bunny Spring Patterned Paper
My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup Zoo Cuties Paper
Basic Grey Olivia Paper
My Minds Eye Fine and Dandy Paper
Fancy Pants Love Birds Paper
Random Buttons
Action Wobbles (love them!) **these can be found at**
Twine from The Twinery (the best!)
Prima Flowers
White Gel Pen
ATG gun
Glue Dots
Recollection bling

Hope you love what I made! To go to the next stop on the blog hop, you want to visit Sandee and see what talented creation she has come up with! She is amazing!

To get to the blog candy... I only need to 7 more followers to get to 100 and then I am giving away a Sizzix Sidekick embossing machine! Today, because I am in my first hop I will be giving away the Cricut Cartridge Simply Sweet to someone who comments on this post AND that is a follower! Good Luck! Simply Sweet - To win leave a comment on this post and please become a follower of my blog~ Sizzix Sidekick to be given away when I reach 100 followers!

I will pick the winners of both prizes on Monday the 21st! Stay tuned!

Love Holly

Here is the order of the hop in case you get lost!










Holly THAT'S ME!~








Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Design Team Day~ Man Card

Today is Inking it Up Crazy Design Team Day. This week our challenge was to make a man card. I wanted to use a new cartridge so I opened Just Because Cards. I found a card that says "Catch You Later" I started with that but I ended up wanting it to say "You're a Catch." Lucky for me on the next page it had the saying "You're a Hoot." So I combined the two sayings to make my card. I also wanted a cuter fish so I used the goldfish from the B is for Boy Lite Cartridge. I added some wonderful Twine from the Twinery and an Action Wobble and tada~! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Products Used:

Just Because Cards Cricut Cartridge
B is for Boy Cricut Cartridge
Twine from the Twinery (LOVE IT)
Action Wobble
Brown, yellow and blue cardstock
Striped paper from American Crafts Metropolitan line
Basic Grey patterned paper
White Gel Pen
ATG gun

So dont forget to start at Inking it Up Crazy and check out the man cards that the design team made. I am so lucky to be on such a wonderful design team with some uber talented ladies.


You will be truly inspired!

Dont forget to become a follower. I only need 15 more followers and I will be giving away a Sizzix Sidekick embossing machine! You know you want it!

Love Holly

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy Thursday! A Quick and Easy Birthday Card

My kids got sick last weekend with the flu and I had to miss my Grandma's 80th birthday party. I finally got to see her last night and I had to quickly make her a birthday card. I just got Wild Card and so I opened it and made her a cupcake card. Normally I would take a lot of time to make her a card, just this month is hectic especially with my kids being sick. Anyways my Grandma loved the card so that is all that matters!


Wild Card Cupcake Card cut at 6 inches
Misc Scrap Cardstock: brown, pink white
White Gel Pen
Zig Pen

Hope you like what I made! The Wild Card cartridge is a great cartridge to have if you need to make a card without taking a lot of time to make it!

Love Holly

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Inking It Up Crazy Design Team - Layout Project

This week for our design team the project is a layout. This is my third layout ever! I would love to do more but first I need to get all my pictures in order. I have thousands of pictures! Most have not even been printed....

Anyways, back to my layout. I found some pictures of my first son when he was one. I used to take him to storytime and his favorite part was the bubbles. One of my favorite pictures ever is on this layout where you can see his smile stretch across his entire face. Oh how he loved bubbles! (and he still does)

Products Used:

Mini Monograms: bubble letters, frames around pictures
Birthday Bash: letters & "for"
Create a Critter: "love"
Twine from the Twinery (thank you Linda)
Misc Buttons
Mr. Campy patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket (whom I love)
White Gel Pen
Misc Cardstock: white, aqua, maroon, brown
Xyron, Mod Podge, ATG gun: adhesives used

I hope you liked what I made. Make sure you check out what the rest of the wonderful design team made at Inking It Up Crazy I am so blessed to be on such a wonderful design team and I cant thank Kassidy enough for choosing me! Check out the challenge for the week from Kassidy, you can participate and make a layout too!

Have a great week! I have a million projects to get done so I will be posting them as I go. Dont forget to become a follower. I only need 14 more to reach 100 and I will give away a Sizzix Sidekick~

Love, Holly

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Inking it Up Crazy - Design Team Home Decor Project

This week for the Inking it Up Crazy design team the theme was "home decor." I had never made anything for our house so it was a bit of a stretch for me. I remembered that my friend Brittany made some cute blocks that said "Boo" for Halloween. I decided to take that idea and make our last name on blocks instead. I had my husband cut 6 inch blocks from a 2x4 piece of wood and then I began to craft. I found a really cute line of paper from My Minds Eye, cut the letters from Mini Monograms on my Cricut and the rest was history. I love these blocks and now they are displayed on a shelf in our home for everyone to see.

To see the rest of the design team projects please visit Inking It Up Crazy and leave us a comment if you like what we have made.

Also dont forget that I only need 22 followers until I give away a Sizzix Sidekick. So if you havent become a follower yet, please do!

Products Used:

Mini Monograms
6 inch blocks cut from a 2x4
My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy paper
Lots and lots of Modge Podge
Misc buttons and flower
Brown Recollections Cardstock
Recollections Pearl Stickers
Celebrate It Valentine Blue Ribbon
Wood heart - Michaels
Me & My Big Ideas Embellishments (star)
Martha Stewart brown bakers twine
I also nailed the wood heart to the i block

Hope you like it!

Love Holly

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Exploring Cartridges with Kassidy~ Give A Hoot

Today I am exploring cartridges with Kassidy from Inking It Up Crazy I happen to be lucky enough to be on her talented design team and she asked one of us to explore a cartridge with her so of course I volunteered. She chose the cartridge Give A Hoot and I am really glad that she did because I bought it when I first got my Cricut because it has owls on it and I love owls. Then I never ended up making anything with it. This is a cartridge full of cute animals but a lot of the sayings are about recycling and saving the planet. I am all about saving the planet and recycling but did not know how to coordinate this with scrapbooking and card making. After being challenged to use it, I was really suprised at how versatile it is. I have many plans of camping, hunting and outdoor scrapbook pages that I want to make with it.

The first picture I posted is of our recycling can in our house. I wanted to make it kid friendly since I am teaching the boys about recycling and why it is important to recycle. I thought if I made it more interesting for them, then they would want to help out.

Products Used:

Give A Hoot Raccoon and "Recycle" Phrase
Post it Craft Paper (all the colors)
Clear Contact Paper
Elmers Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

It turned out great. I used the Elmers Craft Bond so it would adhere better and I used the contact paper so I could wipe the surface down if I needed to and so the cut outs would stay dry.

I wanted to show how this cartridges is so great in many different ways so I used the Earth cut out and some of my Changito the monkey stamps and made my husband a manly Valentine's Day card. I really love how it turned out and he liked it better than the red/pink one I made for my Valentine's Day post.

Products Used:

White Cardstock
Silver Celebrate It Holiday Ribbon
DCWV patterned paper
Brown Cardstock
White Gel Pen
Core'dinations Blue Glitter Paper
Stampendous Changito the monkey stamp
Stampendous Changito sentiment stamp
Star stamp (bought at a garage sale- not sure where its from)
Green, silver ink pads

on the inside I wrote "and you mean the world to me" I also cut around the monkey so I could slide the Earth behind him as if he were holding it up.

I am so glad that I was challenged to explore this cartridge. I put it away when I first got it because it wasnt what I was expecting. As I went through it I have so many ideas of future projects that I would like to make. I think over time that this cartridge will get lots of use and will become one of my most favorite cartridges. To see what Kassidy discovered about this cartridge please visit her site. I cant wait to see what she liked the most about this cartridge that neither of us has really used.

Love Holly


Monday, February 14, 2011

Inking it Up Crazy Valentines Day Design Team Project ~U Stole My Heart

Happy Valentine's Day! Today is our second project for the Inking It Up Crazy Design Team. We had to make something that was both red and pink. I had such a hard time picking a project to do and then I ended up throwing 4 different half done projects away because I didnt like how they were turning out. Finally I came up with a really cute idea but I didnt know how to fit in on a regular sized card so I just ended up making a really big card. :) While making this card I kept my husband in mind as the recipient (except for the colors) because we met on a blind date 11 years ago and he really did steal my heart. (I did make him a more "manly" card that I will have on here tomorrow)

Recipe for Card:

Create a Critter: Raccoon & red embellishment with hearts cut out
Plantin Schoolbook: Letters & black shape cutout
Making Memories Love Story Jigsaw Glitter Chipboard Shapes
Martha Stewart Bakers Twine
White Gel Pen
Black Gel Pen
Black Core'dinations Cardstock (my favorite basic cardstock)
DCVW Flower Shower patterned paper
Me & My Big Ideas flower die cut
Color Box white ink pad
Clear Alphabet Stamps: "my"
White Cardstock, pink cardstock
Recollections red sparkly cardstock

I hope you love my "U Stole My Heart" card. I had a lot of fun making it after scrapping so many other projects. It turned out just like I had envisioned it. I am really fortunate to be on such an awesome team of talented crafters. Please go check out the other amazing projects at Inking it Up Crazy and leave a comment there if you liked the projects that we made. Dont forget to become a follower of my blog because I am going to give away a Sizzix Sidekick die cut machine when I reach 100 followers. Happy Valentine's Day ~ I hope you spend it with the ones that you love!

Love Holly

Friday, February 4, 2011

Inking It Up Crazy Design Team - First Project!!!

I am so excited to have made the Inking it Up Crazy Design Team! Today we have all made our first projects and I am excited to share mine with you! For our first project we had to make anything that had to do with LOVE! I was inspired for my project by a pink button that was in a bag of buttons my mom gave me. From there I made a pig using Create a Critter but I made it too big for a card so I decided to make it into a scrapbook page. This is my second ever scrapbook page and I hope you enjoy it! When I think of Love, I think of my three boys (including my husband) so this page is really fitting to the theme of my project...

Recipe for Page:

Create A Critter Cartridge
Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge
Paper: DCWV Flower Shower Stack, Misc Solid Scrap Paper
Purple Sparkly Core'dinations Cardstock (my favorite paper ever!)
White Gel Pen
Misc buttons and heart accents
American Craft Ribbon
Spots N Dots Cuttlebug Folder - first time using my Cuttlebug!

Thank you for viewing my project! Now go back to Kassidy's page at and check out the rest of the design team! They are all really talented ladies and I am so greatful to be a part of the team!

Dont forget to become a follower of my blog as I am giving away a Sizzix Sidekick when I reach 100 followers! Have a great weekend!

Love Holly