Aug 30, 2010

Episode 44: Drawing Faces

hey there friends,

I  had mentioned in my last post the results of my blog poll, and a good portion of you, almost 40% wanted to see me do a tutorial of drawing faces. I know I usually do my doodling on camera, so while I was away visiting my family out of town I brought my pens, some scrap paper, and of course my camcorder and decided to show you how I doodle my faces. I do so really simple faces, and I will make a valid effort in the future you to show you how I draw my faces as part of my episode tutorials.

For the photos of this episode, I thought I would share with you some faces, that I drew on past projects.

Remember that When you want to draw a face on an image, to you design Studio/ Gypsy to hide contour on the guidelines of the face portion. So that you're free to draw on them what you like

Aug 28, 2010

Saturday share

Hey friends,

I thought I would do a little saturday share. Its a beautiful day in western new york. And I'm heading to the jazz festival today with my parents (who I don't get to visit with nearly enough). In the car driving up to see them and I took a look out the window and even though I've lived in buffalo for the entire time I've been in the states - I never really look at it, and the city looks beautiful today in the sunny shy. Buffalo is usually know for its brutal cold winters but it looks so nice in the summer months, especially lake erie and the canada border, which you can see is only a skip away!

Just thought I'd share some hometown lovin from me to you!

Also the results of the blog poll let me know that a lot of you are interested in a drawing faces tutorial, so I'm going to start on that tonight and hopefully should have it ready by tomorrow!

Hugs my friends. And if the weather is nice where you are.. Go enjoy it!!
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Aug 25, 2010

Companion Challenge : Birthday Bash!

Hey Friends,

I hope you are all ready for another companion challenge. This week's challenge is to create a Project inspired by Birthdays. This could be a card, a layout, an altered item. Anything that you can make using your cricut.

This was actually a huge challenge for me. because out of all the cartridges I own I couldn't think of something that was birthday-ish. But then I remembered I had a Cut that someone had sent me from a RAK from "Flourish Cricut Lite" and it said Happy birthday, So I constructed a 2 page layout from that.

This week's companion is Abby. She made an adorable masculine gift bag with matching card using DCWV the guy stack. DOn't you just love her color combination, the pattern of the paper goes awesome with the Bloc Party Cricut Light Cartridge she used.

I love the combination of patterns and textures, with her card and bag. It gives it extra something and looks fantastic GREAT JOB!!

Also, I have my incredible amiga Momo who was able to whip something seriously last minute, for me . On Such super short notice. So huge HUGS to her!!  :) She made this awesome Card using Create a critter Cricut Cartridge. Can you believe how cute this came out!!!

I adore the white stiching around the border of the card, and how it goes together with the ribbon. I think we will all agree that she is great at picking out paper, and that's the hardest part for me

Ok now onto my project. I was inspired by my little brother's Birthday. He just turned 5 (yes I know HUGE age gap between me and him and I used to be the Youngest) so I created a fun layout using my favorite paper Basic Grey Offbeat, ( so sad it's discontinued). I also Used the A Child's Year Cricut cartridge, and all of the little boys are cut at 4.5 inches

I do usually have video for my companion challenge, BUT, I just uploaded a video yesterday :-P

Tomorrow though I will show another project I made with this theme!

The Prize for this challenge is KINDA huge in my opinion!!

Hannah Montana Cricut Cartridge

As akways there are a few guidelines for this challenge

1. Only one entry per person
2. Project based on orginality
3. Project must use the theme "birthdays"
4. Project made specifically for this challenge, no older projects allowed.
5. Must use at least 1 cricut cut, but it doesn't have to be from a cartridge, MTC, SCAL totally acceptable

Deadline for the project is Septemeber 1st.
Winner will be drawn using

Aug 24, 2010

Episode 42: Another Quick Halloween Card


I thought it was about time to get back on the video tutorial posting horse. So Mind my mistakes I'm still a bit rusty after vacation. Or at least I feel rusty.

I started out wanting to do the latest Mojo Monday sketch challenge, since it has litterally been forever and a day since I did one of their sketches

here is this week's sketch that I decided to use.

I had so much fun using the mini monsters cricut cartridge that I decided to give it another go. I used my Gypsy and the hide contour feature to hide the cuts for the face. I once again drew my own faces onto the pumpkins
The empty tag is for my Scrappy Moms a Haunting we Go sentment stamps. That I'm still waiting for, I was hoping the mailman would bring them today along with my new cricut cartridges, but nope. He brought me nothing but junk mail today.

anyhoo Enjoy the Video

Supply Credits
Designer Paper Prima Nursery Rhymes
Cuttlebug Skelton Scroll Embossing Folder
Pumpkins, Mini Monsters, pg 59, 60, 61 cut at 1.5 inches
Postage stamp tag, Gypsy Wanderings cut at 1.5
Eucalyptus Stickles
Signio White Gel Pen
Sakura Black Gelly Roll Pen
Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Darice Self Stick Gems
Hemp Cord
Designer Ribbon (Michaels)

Aug 23, 2010

Feeling Festive & Winner!

Hey Friends,

First of all I just wanted to thank everyone who participated in the Scrappy Moms Stamps, Blog Hop this past saturday. It was so much Fun. I hope everyone was able to take a look at all the design team and guest blog hoppers blogs.

So  the Winner of the Cricut Office Help Cartridge
draw by is
Pink Lady Scrapper!!


Please send me your mailing address so that I can get your prize out to you!!

Ok Now for the feeling festive part.

I recently Got my Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge in the mail ( Yes I caved, 20 bucks on ebay, so not too bad) and I created a bunch of really cute halloween-ish cards to mail out to some friends and family

I only stamped a sentiment on one of the cards, because it's going out in the mail first thing tomorrow morning, and for the rest, I'm waiting until my new scrappy moms stamps A haunting we will go, come in the mail.

supply 411:
Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge
Once Upon A Princess- Tags
Designer Papers: Prima Nursery Rhymes Pack -not halloween at all, but you wouldn't know :)
D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug Folder
 Pumice Stone Distress Ink

Fiskars Moroccan Boarder Punch
Signio White Gel Pen

I drew the faces myself

Aug 21, 2010

Welcome to Stop #2 of the Scrappy Moms Blog Hop

Welcome Blog Hoppers & Friends,

I hope you enjoyed the project Mel had to share with you, and Welcome to my Blog.

Here at my website I love doing scrapbook page layouts, and creating cards! I often show video tutorials of my creations and have web contests every other wednesday!

I was so honored to be a guest Hopper with scrappy moms stamps :)

For my blog hop project, I decided to showcase the Amusing Animals Stamp set by Scrappy Moms, their 1st ever stamp set, and one of my favorites. Punny Animal sayings are always great to add to your project, and the quality of the stamps is OH My WoW.  Since the moment I got these stamps I was hooked :)

I used this weeks Mojo Monday Card Sketch and Came up with This!!

Supply Credits
White Cardstock Base: Die Cuts with a View
Pink/ Cardstock Strips: recollections Cardstock ( Fiskars Scallop Dot Punch)
Kraft: Paper Trey Ink
Designer Paper: Carolyn Gavin Greenhouse
Stamp Set: Amusing Animals
Cuttlebug Folders: Skeleton Scroll, Polka Dots
Basic Pink Grograin Ribbon
Owl: Sugar & Spice Cricut Cartridge, Cut at 2 inches
Oval and 4 Point Bracket: Gypsy Wanderings
Frayed Burlap Distress ink
Signio White Gelly Roll Pen
** i drew the face on the owl free hand**

In Honor of this amazing Blog Hop

I'm giving away a Brand New Office Help Cricut Cartridge.

Friends are Elligible by Just leaving a comment on this page. I'll use to draw the winner
Scrappy Moms Blog Hop

Melanie @
Cristina @ (yep that's me)
Joanna @
Lauren @
Meighen @
Meriah @   *
Momo @
Nicole @
Tammy @
Next  in the blog hop is the lovely and talented Joanna

Thanks for visiting my friends

Aug 19, 2010

Feeling Much more Creative


I am slowly but surely feeling crafty again :) It mustve been all the mojo vibes you sent me. I really appreciate it. This is a not- so quick layout. Simple but I didn't have time to work on it as much as I usually would a project. So I had to do parts of it and com back to it.

I made this laout for Momo her challenge was to create a baby themed project. I know that I used animals for this but the real start of it is my daughter, and she's a baby :)
I Used create a critter for all the cuts, but do you notice the shell of the turtle?? I used the Hide Contour Feature on my gypsy to change the spots from a circle to a heart.

The animals I made to match the animals on my daughter's pj pants in the photo :)

She was 5 months here, Time flies, she couldn't even crawl and now she' super active! Sigh!

Supply Credits:

Designer Paper: American Crafts Everyday Pack
Yellow Cardstock: American Crafts Brights Pack
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch
basic brown grograin ribbon
Pink DCWV Neutrals Stack
Cb folders: Polka Dot, Argyle, Houndstooth
Stardust Stickles
Frayed Burlap Distress ink
Signio Broad White Gel Pen
Diecuts are made from Scraps

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Aug 18, 2010

Scrappy Moms Blog Hop this Saturday

Hey there Friends

I just want to let you guys know about the Scrappy Moms Blog Hop! It'll take place on August 21st, This saturday, and I'm a guest designer

The Blog Hop is to celebrate the Scrappy Moms Release of 2 new stamps sets! Yes two more! If you haven't checked them out yet, this weekend will be the perfect time to see all the amazing projects you can create with their very versitle stamp set. Not to mention super affordable.

I'm honored, as this is my first time participating in a blog hop

I hope to see you guys then!

Aug 17, 2010

ho-hum lost mojo!

Hey friends,

I hope you don't feel like I have forgotten about you all. Since returning from vacation I just feel out of it and not creative at all.

Not to mention that my blackberry grew legs and walked off with someone else last week! Which has contributed to my over all ho-hum funk that I have been in a lately.

Now that I have my replacement and a little me time to myself, I have slowly but surely trying to get back in my creative and posting groove, and I am working on Momo's current and last challenge. Hopefully I'll have those up soon. I probably won't have the energy to make a video tutorial until this weekend.

I posted a quick notice that if anyone is interested in having a q&a session please feel free to post your questions here on this post and I want to do a video on camera to let you guys know a little bit about me. I really have enjoyed those of you who take the time to email back and forth with me. I want us all to be friends <3

In the meantime please send me mojo vibes so I can get out of the slump that I'm in.. And until next time please enjoy my little sneak peaks of what I've been working on.. I've started a few things and so far finished none... But hopefully be winding them up soon :)

I miss you all. Hugs my friends


Aug 12, 2010

Back home :)

Hey there friends,

I am happy to say that I am back home now. Had some internet connectivity problems at our last hotel so wasn't able to post my challenge. I am going to do it today and extend the deadline!

I have such bittersweet feelings about leaving puerto rico! But thank goodness I had my camera working. I took over a thousand photos!!!

That's a lot of scrapping that I need to do. I'm going to try to take today and decide what pics I want to send to get printed and how I want to organize them into pages. I got a lot of really great landscape pictures :)

Yay for scrapping.

Otherthan that I'm quite worn out from traveling. We had a very long layover in atlanta and our flight home had been delayed. So I have some much needed rest time!!

I can't wait to start making projects to share with you and hopefully I'll be back into the swing of things by this evening

Until then please enjoy some photos I snapped from my phone :)

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Aug 10, 2010


I totally forgot to post this. I'm now wrapping up my wonderful vacation in puerto rico and will be home tomorrow night around 11pm est. Its a bittersweet feeling but cannot wait to get back to my crafting things, and get my photos developed :)

Once again I used Random.Org to pick the winner of my companion challenge, and the winner is

#4 Anne.

Congrats, and I loved all the enteries, I know it was soo short notice, but I appreciate everyone who enetered

Aug 9, 2010

Just wanted to share with you all

Hey friends,

After breakfast I will be drawing winners for my companion challenge and going back and commenting on all the enteries. I've been so busy but I have not forgot about you.

After a long drive through the mountains of puerto rico we are now on the west coast! And what is there better to see on the west coast but a sunset!!!

The view was soo breathtaking! I hope you enjoy the picture I snapped from my cell phone! Only a few days left then back home to the states!

Aug 8, 2010

Card: You're a good Noodle


I finally got my Scrappy Moms Amusing Animals Stamp Set in the mail, and they have some great sentiments that are made to go perfectly with Create a Critter.

I loved this "You're a Good Noodle" Sentiment, and decided to use it to make a more of a masculine feeling card.

Grey Cardstock- PTI
Designer Paper- Jillibean Alphabet Soup
Signio Broad White Gel Pen
EK Sucess Tag Punch
Polka Dot Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Bowl/Noodles/Chopsticks cut at 2 1/2 Inches
Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Distress ink
Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink (I used it to stamp my sentiment)
Scrappy Moms Amusing Animals Stamp Set

Aug 6, 2010

Episode 42: Girlfriend Altered Frame

Looking to join my latest challenge???
you can do so here

Hey There Friends,

I was contacted by Abbie over at Cricut Me That to be one of her guest designers on her First Fridays Challenges on her blog.

The theme is "Girlfiriends" in honor of National Girflriends Day on August 1 2010.

This challenge was open to interpretation so it could be anything. I thought I would give making an altered frame a try, since this is something I had never done before

I made the frame as a gift to my very best friend in the whole world  Here is a picture of us while we are on vacation. :)

Hope you enjoy

Supply Credits:
Folk Art Acrylic Paint in Wicker White
Fiskars Scallop Dot Punch
Bazzil Basics Ruby Slippers  (red) & Pine cone (Brown)
Recollections Cardstock (michaels brand) Pink & Cream
American Crafts Romance Designer Paper (discontinued, purchased at my LSS)
Self Stick Pearls from Joanns/Michaels
Signo Broad Gell Pen White
Forever Young, High Heels cut at 1.75, Large Flowers cut at 1.75 & Small Flowers cut at 1 in
Paisley, "Girlfriends" cut out at 3/4 inch used base shadow & black out features

Aug 4, 2010

Companion Challenge #3, Kraft Green Blue Orange (episode 41)


 I accidentally scheduled an additional companion challenge this month. I know this is not two weeks apart but since I'm on vacation, I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and continue with the extra scheduled challenge.

Being that this is extra, My prize is sponsored by me. a little bit of blog candy shown in the video. I will probably add a few more things to the prize that I purchase on my vacation. I decided to do something a bit different for this video. I show you how I designed the project in my gypsy, then show you the finished product. I wanted to complete a few posts before vacationing, I hope you all don't mind my little shortcut!!!

My Companion for this Challenge is Sarah from Pink Cricut

here is a little blurb from her "I am so super honored to be a Companion in Crafting with Cristina's Companion Challenge!  She has so many adorable projects on her blog--just check out her cupcakes and ice cream projects!  She asked me to craft something using the colors: Kraft,green, orange and blue.  At first, I thought about the sky, grass and sun--but wanted to think outside of the box.  Since, I just got Country Life in the mail, I thought it would be the perfect cartridge to make something with those colors!"

Make an original project using the Colors Kraft Green Blue Orange.

Supply Credits
All Colored Cardstock- Recollections Spice Market
Designer Paper- Recollections Friends Forever (Open Stock)
Kraft- The Paper Company
Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
EK Sucess Scallop Dot Border Punch (small)
Basic Basic Satin Ribbon from M's
Nancy Kubo Little Owls Graphic Set
Make the Cut/ Inkscape/ Gypsy
American Crafts Gold Gel Pen

To qualify for the giveway, you must:
****Link your project up below
****Your project must use the colors KRAFT, GREEN, BLUE & Orange
****Must be an ORIGINAL project made especially for THIS challenge
****Deadline for project will be Sunday @ midnight PST-- 8/9
****Last but Not Least~ HAVE FUN my friends!!

Aug 3, 2010

Companion Challenge Winner & Update


Sorry about the difficulty with the Youtube video, I forgot to make it un-private last night. Sorry. I've had a long day today, Have been awake since 1am, and had a little time on the beautiful beaches of puerto rico to enjoy time with my family.

Before I share some pictures, I just wanted to let everyone know the Winner of my Companion challenge

As Chosen by the lucky number is #4 Ayaris T. Congrats, you are the winner of the Xyron 250 sticker machine. Please email me your address information so I can have your prize sent out to you.

Now I leave you with some vacation pictures to enjoy

Episode 40: "Up!" Card

Hey There Friends,

I made this card inspired by one of my favorite movies "Up!" I really love the message of the movie "it's never too late to follow your dreams" and through the trials of being an adult, a wife, and mother, I am constantly worrying about my husband's and daughter's goals and schedules and I forget about myself.

I hope You enjoy this easel card - but also take some time today to think about what you want out of life and let those dreams take flight.

You all are in my thoughts as I am on vacation and I hope to check back here with you soon. Please enjoy the video