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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Wreath: Beware

This week on the Outlawz, we have an anything goes challenge. As it is Halloween, I have decided to make a Halloween wreath. The one I had last year, is old and ugly.  So here it is.....


I used a 12 inch foam wreath I got at the dollar store. I wrapped 2" wide strips of patterned paper around the wreath. Honestly, I just taped them to it. I bought some spiders and skeletons at the local grocery store and hot glued them to the wreath. The spider web is made of bakers twine from my stash. The black mesh behind the spider web is the mesh bag that the spiders and skeletons came in. The beware sign is cut from my Cricut ultimate creative series cartridge. The papers are scrap. It was very simple to make and I am quite proud of it.

Challenges:
FCCB: Home D├ęcor
CardzTV: Halloween
Exploring Cricut: Halloween
Craftin Desert Divas: Halloween
Die Cuttin Divas: Halloween
Created With Love: Halloween
Pinspirational Challenges: Halloween
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: Halloween
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl Jam: Anything Halloween with Ribbon
Docerela Creations: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it.

Miranda

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jack O'Lantern Kitten Peeker

I was able to spend a little time in my craft room today and came up with a very cute card. There is no stamping in this card. It's been a long time since I made a card strictly from Cricut cuts. But, here it is.....
I found a very similar vintage Halloween card. It was so cute, I CASE'd it. Here's the recipe

  • Purple Layer: card stock from Recollections
  • Black Layer: Generic Black card stock
  • Pattern Paper: K & Company Sleepy Tree Paper Pad
  • Pumpkin (yellow): cut from Cricut Craft Room Basics using yellow scrap paper
  • Jack O'Lantern: pumpkin from Cricut Craft Room Basics. Jack O'Lantern face from Ultimate creative series cartridge with square removed. Faced superimposed onto pumpkin so that it would cut out the face on the pumpkin. Orange scrap paper used
  • Leaves: cut from Ultimate Creative Series using scrap olive green card stock
  • Vines: curling ribbon from stash
  • Cat head: Cut from black card stock using Ultimate Creative Series. Whiskers drawn on with white glaze pen. Eyes drawn on with white glaze pen. Mouth outlined with grey oil pencil. Nose cut from scrap pink card stock.
  • Witch Hat: Base layer cut from purple card stock. Layers cut from black card stock. Cut using Disney Pooh and Friends cartridge.
  • Sentiment: computer generated and inked in Really Rust ink from Stampin Up.
  • Bat: sticker from stash.
Challenges:
FCCB: Purple and Black
Cardz TV: Ghost and Goblin Party
Paper Playtime: Buttons and Ribbon
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog: Bingo (Ribbon, Orange, Players Choice)
Craftin' Desert Divas: Halloween
Pinspirational Challenges: Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges: Frame It
DLArt: Pumpkin
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl Jam: Anthing Halloween with Ribbon
Cut It Up: Halloween or Day of the Dead
Sparkles monthly Challenge: Halloween or Colors

Hope you like it!

Miranda

Outlawz Saturday Paper A La Mode DT Inspiration

This week's challenge at the Outlawz Saturday Paper A La Mode challenge is "in the cornfield." We would love to see your scarecrows! For information on the project I created as part of the design team, click here.
Thanks,
Miranda

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Harvest

I"m having a creative slump, but I was able to make a card tonight. So, here it is....

Card base: Orange cardstock from Recollections.
Next Layer: Yellow Card stock from Recollections and embossed with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder.
Leaves: Cut from Ultimate Creative Series Cricut Cartridge. Veins on oak leaf added with brown Sharpie marker. Edges of leaf also inked with brown sharpie, then inked with Really Rust ink from Stamin' Up.
Image: matted on scrap brown card stock. Digital image from From the Heart Digital Stamps and is colored with a combination of oil pencils and sharpie markers.
Embellishments: Skittles from Double Click.

Challenges:
From the Heart Stamps: Monthly Freebie Challenge
Cardz TV: Pumpkin Patch
Craftin Desert Divas: Halloween
Craft Your Passion: Add some Embossing
Casology: Pumpkin
Pinspirational Challenges: Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges: Frame It
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: Halloween or Colors
DLArt: Pumpkin
Deconstructed Sketch: Sketch 123

I hope you like it!

Miranda

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"M" is for Maroon

This week at the Outlawz, there is a color challenge and it goes something like this.....Make a project in which the primary color begins with the first letter of your first name. The color can be in any language. If there isn't a color that begins with your first name, make a project in which the main color begins with a letter that appears no where in your name.

So, "M" is for Miranda and for maroon.  Here is my DT entry.
As you can see, it is an easel card. The card base is a maroon piece of shimmer paper from DCWV. The next layer is a piece of plain black card stock. The next layer is a piece of kraft of with maroon diamonds. It is from one of last years Christmas papers from Recollections. The image was printed onto a piece of maroon scrap paper. The image is another one that my nephew drew. All I did was some light coloring with sharpie markers. I also did some sponging around the edges with black ink from Studio G. (If you are unaware, Studio G products can be bought at Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc. They usually cost lest than $1) The RIP ribbon I had in my stash. The sentiment was a freebie from Create with TLC. I printed it onto kraft card stock and distressed it with vintage photo. I hope you like it!

Challenges:
Create with TLC: Show it off
Little Scrap Pieces: Anything Goes
3 Girl Jam: Fun with Digis and Ribbon
Docerela: Use Embellishment
Delightful Challenges: Distressed
Created with Love Challenges: Any Holiday
TTCRD: Anything Goes
Crafting Desert Divas: Anything with a sentiment


Have a great weekend!

Miranda

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Raggedy Scarecrow

Sorry I haven't been around lately. I have been quite ill and really couldn't wrap my head around much of anything. But, I am starting to feel a little better. I think because all I have been doing is sleeping, it's now 4am and I can't sleep. So I decided to try a simple card. It's a fall greetings card, but I am pleased with how it turned out.


The card base is an olive colored cardstock from Recollections. The next layers if a dark reddish brown. The images and sentiment were printed on plain generic white cardstock . The leaves were cut from the Cricut Classroom Cartridge: August and September which is free cartridge in the Cricut Craft Room this week.
There are 2 different digital images here. The background is from Elizabeth Dulemba and is called Passel o' Pumpkins. It is colored with sharpie markers. The Raggedy Scarecrow is this month's freebie from Birdie Brown. He is colored with a combination of sharpie markers and oil pencils. I sponged around the images with really rusk ink from Stampin' Up.
The sentiment is computer generated and sponged with Vintage Photo. The background paper brought out the greenish color in the ink. The 2 clear orange circles are called Skittles. I won them in a challenge. They are from Carrie-AKA A Busy Bee. She makes the skittles by hand which makes each one slightly different and she has a wide variety of colors and comes out with new colors quite frequently. I have fallen in love with them. She currently has her Halloween colors available. The color of the ones I used is called Sunset Orange. They are adhered with glossy accents.

Challenges:
BBTB2: Fall Leaves are Falling
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog: Anything goes
Crafting Desert Divas: Anything with a Sentiment
Die Cuttin Divas: Use Brown
Birdie Brown: Freebie Challenge
Delightful Challenges: Distressed
DLART: Pumpkins

I hope you like it.
Have a great day!

Miranda

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fight Like a Girl

October is breast cancer awareness month and I have thrown together a quick card in honor of those who are suffering with, who have survived, or who have lost their battle with breast cancer.
Card base is just plain generic white cardstock. The sentiment is computer generated and colored with a Bic felt tip pen. I got the image from www.letmecolor.com. It is colored with a combination of sharpie marker and oil pencil. The pink paper clip is from my stash as is the silver ribbon charm that says hope.

I hope you like it.

Have a great Sunday!

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
Cut it Up: Think Pink
3 Girl Jam: Fun with digis and ribbon
Craft Your Passion: Add a little charm
Craftin Desert Divas: Anything with a sentiment
Cardz TV: Breast Cancer Awareness

Miranda

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Trick or Tweet & Freebie

This week's challenge at the Outlawz is "Doodles." I am not much of an artist. I really can't even draw a sick figure. But, since I am part of this design team, I couldn't just pass it up. But, I did put it off longer than I usually do. Then, while I was at a store, I don't which one, I saw a Halloween poster that got me thinking. So, when I got home, I sat down with my graphics program, I "drew" my inspiration on the computer. And, this is the card that I came up with using my "digital doodle:"

The card base is a dark blue card stock from Michael's. I created clouds in the background by sponging ballet blue ink over pieces of paper that had been cut out with decorative scissors. The moon is a scrap pieces of cream paper cut in a circle. I stamped it with a French script background stamp from sweet stamps. I then inked the circle "moon" with vintage photo distress ink. The strip of paper that is acting as the "tree trunk" is a scrap piece of paper from DCWV (I think). The branch was cut from the Ultimate Creative Series Cricut Cartridge from a scrap piece of brown card stock. The birds on the branch are the digital image I created. It was colored with sharpies. Here's a closer look at the clouds.....

Anyway, I hope you like it. If you would like the digital image, please let me know and I will post it.

Challenges:
FCCB: Fall is in the Air
Craftin Desert Divas: Party
Created with Love: Halloween
An Inky Situation: Color Challenge
Little Scrap Papers: Anything goes
2 Creative Chicks: Halloween

Have a great weekend.

Miranda

PS....I have gotten a couple comments regarding the image I did. I thought I would go ahead and post it. Please do not post this on sites such as Pinterest, facebook, etc. If you are aware of someone who would like the image, please send them to my blog to get it. Other than that, have fun with it and I would love to see what you do with it if you feel like sharing.

Thanks,
Miranda