Nov 30, 2010

Episode 68: Just for you Icecream Card & a Winner

Hey Friends,

Just wanted to share another Sneak Peak that I made for the Scrappy Moms Stamps Simple sentiments. I just LOOOOVE these stamps. They are so great for everyday cards, and this one is no different. You can mix and match the sentiments with any sort of image! Love it

I created this fun card using some Scraps and my Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge. I hope you Enjoy it

 Also in the video I announced the winner of my last Companion Challenges, Thanksgiving 2010 Cricut Cartridge chosen by

#16 Gigi The
Gigi, go ahead and send me your mailing information so I can have your prize sent out to you

Have a great day!

Nov 29, 2010

Episode 67: Birthday Wishes Card

Hey Friends,

I did take a little break from Posting during the thanksgiving break, but I'm back now :) I have a few videos that I recorded here and there and will be posting them this week

I just got my Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge in the mail the other day, so I jumped at the chance to use them with my new Scrappy Moms Stamps "Simple Sentiments" there are some super cute sentiments that go PERFECTLY with Birthday Bash. I love the variety of Birthday Sentiments on there.

I hope you enjoy the video!!

Nov 27, 2010

Saturday Share & Black Friday Recap

Hey There,

I hope all of you had a fantastic thanksgiving. I seriously Gobbled well not until i wobbled, but until my pants felt a little uncomfortable hahaha. I was a very full little mama after dinner at my grandmother's house. She's the best cook in the world.
Seating for 14 and the Kids Table

Usually everyone brings something to help out with the cooking, this year I brought desserts, I made Cinnabon Bread and What my grandma calls "Cristina's Pie" I have yet to come up with a name for it. It's one of my homemade- no bake creations.
We never have enough pictures together, and I'm supposed to be working on a scrapbook for us, so I always jump at the chance on holidays.

Well like Thanksgiving traditional I got up at 2:30am in the morning, after getting maybe half a wink of sleep (my baby girl was being very cranky) and I shopped till about 7am. I actually did very good and spent alot less then I intended. I made somewhat of a video that you guys can see below. This year was the first year I didn't have anyone to go with so I thought I would make it fun and record somethings.  I litterally got out of bed, threw on a sweater and coat and left the house, so excuse my 2am looks lol.

** advance warning, if you are easily Nauseated by Lousy camera work, this video you might want to skip****

What I bought, i included the prices if I remembered offhand

Target- Christmas tree 30 , 3 PJ sets $5 each  ,  Toaster $3, Hand mixer 3, Disney Princess Kitchen set $40, Bath Towels 1.62, Leapster Video Game $15, DVDs $2.99
Walmart- Brother Sewing Machine 50,
Christmas Tree Shops, Acyrlic Frames .69 cents, Votives $2.29, Tape $1, Good Scissors $2, Shatterproof Ornaments $1.99, Ornament hooks $1,
Joanns, Fleece, Thread for sewing machine (buy one get one), Wrapping Paper $2.99 (huge roll)
Michaels, Clear Ornaments to decorate, red embossing powder, Snowflake Stamp set,

That's all that I can remember at the moment, but I know I bought alot more things.

Then after shopping and hiding the presents from our daughter, we had black friday dinner(basically thanksgiving again!) at the family in laws, and this time I made sure I didnt eat too much.  I made mac and cheese which everyone loved. When we got home we cleaned up the living room and set up our christmas tree, which afterwards our daughter decided she was going to knock over. Thank goodness we opted for a fake tree this year. I could just imagine the pine needles on the hardwood floors. eeek!

Please feel free to share your Thanksgiving stories here, or any of your black friday purchases. I love reading and responding with you guys

Nov 24, 2010

A few announcements

Hey there friends,

I just wanted to do a quick post on some of the things that I have coming up this month.

My Ustream Class will be on Dec 3rd, at 10pm EST this month we are creating Christmas Scrapbook page layouts using winter frolic cricut cartridge, class will be one hour long.

For my Card Swappers, I *think* i have everyone's card sets, and I will go through them on video so non-swappers can see your creations, and then I will swap them out and return them to you all. Feel free to post pictures of the cards you recieve from the swap on your site, as a thank you to the creator.

I will probably host another swap again in 2011  :)

My Design Team Call is currently going on. Please refer to the announcements>>>> over there>> in order to apply. Deadline is Decemeber 5th, and Team will be announced Dec 10th.

I am hosting a Homemade Christmas Blog hop with 9 other fantastic crafters. We will be making Gift ideas, home decor and of course Christmas Cards.

I designed a grab-able blinkie, in case you need a reminder and it's now located on my side bar

>>>>>>>over there>>>>>>





Dorcas, http://www/


Lauren B,


Lauren D,


New Scrappy Moms Stamps

It's that time again! Sneak Peak Time!!! Scrappy Moms has just released another fantastic set of stamps called " Simple Sentiments" They are meant to be the companion to the the Everyday Greetings Stamp set. A collection of fantastic everyday greetings for your cards.

These stamps will be available for purchase tomorrow and starting Thursday Scrappy Moms will be offering a free shipping sale for Thanksgiving weekend!!!!
Here is my first sneak project!! I made this quick card set using Sugar & Spice Cricut cartridge. Makes a fantastic last minute gift!

Nov 22, 2010

Episode 65: Bee's Knees Birthday Card

Hey There friends

Before I get started with Today's video I apologize for the quality of my last video. I was struggling trying to find the batteries for my FLIP and just using my webcam in the meantime, and the lighting just came out horribe. Sorry for those of you who had a difficult time watching my last project.

I have my FLIP up and working again, and the quality of this video is great

Alright, so I've been working on a set of Birthday Cards for my Grandmother, She wants to send some handmade cards out to her friends for their birthday cards and asked me to make a few. SO you'll see a few of them over the next few days because they have to be ready by thanksgiving. (not all of them will be videos)

Scalloped Circle cut from Sugar at Spice at 3 inches
Bee cut from Give a hoot at 3.25 inches
Sentiment "you're the Bee's Knees" from Scrappy Moms Amusing Animals

Inside of the card, I used Everyday Greetings for the "Happy Birthday" and
The tiny Bee Stamp is From Papertrey ink Flower Garden Sentiments (one of their 5 dollar sets)

Enjoy the video

Nov 21, 2010

Design Team Call!

I am looking for 3 talented Designers for my 2011 Challenge Design Team. Crafting with Cristina hosts 2 challenges per month which Design Team Members will  design projects for. ( Challenges will be given plenty of time in advance so you have time to complete them)

This will be a 6 month Commitment to the design Team Starting January 1st, through June 31st. Provided all goes well I will have a design Call in June for the second term

Scrappers, cardmakers of all skill levels are welcome to apply, as well as international scrappers. Though be advised, my challenges are sometimes "difficult, and challenging" and sometimes require lots of thinking outside the box. Please familiarize yourself with some of my past challenges before applying.

All Design Team Submissions must be entered no later than Midnight, (Pacific Standard Time) Sunday December 5th, 2010.  The Design Team will be notified via e-mail by December 9th, and announced on my blog December 10th

If you have never been on a design team before that's ok: but make sure you read all the commitments before applying. :)

Design Team responsibilities:
  • Create a layout or card (or any other crafty project) based on the given challenges bi-weekly.  There is only 2 challenges per month
  • Submit a picture of your project 2 days prior to the bi-weekly challenge. You will be given the challenges a month in advance so that you can work on them ahead of time. You can submit the entire month's projects( 2 challenges) one at a time, or all at once.
  • Design Team members will also be able to submit ideas for challenges as well.
  • Share in the task of showing blog love to any and all entries. Everyone always loves getting comments so it would be great if you can visit participant’s blogs and comment on their entries.
  • Promoting Crafting with Cristina on your own blog. You should post your weekly creation and link up to the main site.

Interested Parties Should email the following information to with Design team Call in the subject line

Must be 18 years or older.

1. Name Address and Photo of yourself. I will be using the photos on my page when announcing the design team.
2.A little information about yourself, who are you? How long have you been scrapping/crafting?
3. Are you part of any crafting message boards? Cricut? 2peas?..etc. If so, please list those usernames
4.Your blog address.** Design Team must maintain an updated blog during a course of the Design Team Commitment**
5. Do you currently Design for anyone? If so please list. Please also list any past design teams.
6. Have you ever participated in a Companion Challenge? if so, please list the challenges. If not, please complete the current challenge along with your design team submission.
7. What can you bring to my Design Team?

Please note: if you do not make the Design Team you will have the opportunity to apply to be a guest Designer. Spots are available on a first come first serve basis, starting Mid December 2010.

Please submit no more than 5 photos of your current crafting style. Include your best photos of your favorite projects. My challenges include altered objects, layouts and cards, please do your best to showcase your talent!!

If you have never participated in a Companion Challenge, you must complete the current challenge along with your application, but still no more than 5 photos

All Design Team Submissions must be entered no later than Midnight, (Pacific Standard Time) Sunday December 5th, 2010.  The Design Team will be notified via e-mail by December 9th, and announced on my blog December 10th.

Thanks and Goodluck to all that apply.

Any questions please email me using my contact form

Nov 20, 2010

Saturday Share

Hey Friends,

It's Almost thanksgiving. WOOHOO.

So In honor of the thanksgiving spirit, I am putting up a little bit of a blabber post about thankgiving along with my normal share post today

Every Year my family goes over to My grandmother's house, and I always sit near the mashed potatos. Any of you out there that REALLY know me, know that I have a somewhat obsession with mashed potatos and gravy. LOL I love it.

I love thanksgiving because it's a chance that I get to see ALL of my family that I don't get to see often save for holidays. I also loving catching up with my cousins and seeing my family from out of town. It's the best, and now that my daughter is walking, and starting to talk I feel that she can really begin to socialize with the family. Last year she was passed around the table like of like the food, she was alseep the ENTIRE time. This year now that she is one she will be able to partake in the feast.

Another reason I love thanksgiving is for the turkey. I am not a chef by any means, and the only reason decent food gets put on the table every night is because I am excellent and following recipies, but I dont trust myself making a huge dinner for any more that 4 people, and ESPECIALLY not making a turkey. My grandparents always get a huge turkey and I love having turkey leftovers because it makes dinner really easy for a few days.

Alright I think that is enough of Thanksgiving excitment.

Now for my regular "share post"

This week I have beeeen soo busy making things for my ETSY, as well as local orders. I've been mass producing wrapped and decorated hershey bars, stocking stuffer items and Christmas cards! I have gone through about a million rolls of atg tape!

This week we have been taking time to REALLY set up my daughter's room. We've been getting her more toddler furniture, and trying to get all her toys consoldated to one section of her room instead of their former location ALL OVER THE HOUSE. She also has an impressive stash of toys underneath my Craft Table, which she usually plays with while i'm making something. Isn't that funny!!

Here is a picture of our current progress

I'm going to take a wild guess and say by the look on her face that she likes it!! We are still trying to transition from "baby" to "toddler room" but I think we have a good start already.

Earlier this week. I also took it upon myself to rearrange our entire living room. It started as just moving the sofas to sweep and mop underneath them ( hardwood floors) and vaccuming the area rugs, but then I decided to just move everything, even the entertainment center and computer desk.Yes it was alot of work and that's basically all I did that day.

Yesterday Was my crop night at Michaels and it was fantastic to go see my crop friends because I missed last month when i was stuck at home with a horrible flu :( I was also able to stock up on some fun things: I finally got a martha stewart score board, and using a 50% off coupon it was only 10 dollars :) I also got the K& Company Secret Santa Paper Pack , an ek success border punch (scallop diamond), a Fiskars Paper Crimper, and a few ribbons. I did really good because most of the items were on sale for 40% off

Alright I think I'm going to end this post, with a photo i made for my Grandparent's 40th (RUBY) wedding anniversary, which is today

used smiley cards for the base
mother's day 2010 for the flowers
wild card for the frame shape
once upon a princess for the tag
sentiment computer generated " god gave you two a special love to share... because he knew how much you'd cherish it. P
 Embossed Vellum with White embossing powder and Prima "Recital" Stamp
Pattern Paper Brenda Walton Madeline

I could chat forever, anything you want to blab out, feel free at the botom of this post.

Nov 19, 2010

Episode 64 Poodles of Fun Birthday Card

Just wanted to quickly share this video I recorded last Saturday when I was getting ready to go to my Niece's 2nd Birthday Party <3

I'm sorry for the crappy video quality, I'm going to be doing videos with my flip again now that I bought new Batteries for it. :)

The Sentiment reads : Hope your Birthday is Poodles of fun and is from Scrappy Moms Stamps Amusing Animals Stamp set

Nov 17, 2010

Companion Challenge #11: Gift Cocoa

Hey Friends,

Woah it's wednesday already!! Geez! I always say the week goes by fast, but it does for me!!

Welcome back to another companion challenge. This one is a Christmas Challenge , kind of.
So as you know alot of the stores are staring to carry their christmas inventory, And I saw what I can only describe as" Decorated Hot Chocolate Packets" and I decided to make my own version.

So the challenge for this week: Find a creative way to gift some cocoa using your cricut! This can be any sort of decorating for gift giving, as long as it includes some hot cocoa mix!!!

My Guest Designer for this Challenge is Jess from My Scrap Diary. Jess not only created 1 way to gift some hot chocolate but 3!!

Dont you think she did an amazing job. The 3rd cocoa project is on her site!!

And her is my project and video
cup cut from Winter Frolic at 4 inches. I used the shadow feature as well. Sentiment from Scrappy Moms winter wishes reads " Cocoa warms the heart"

This is an easy project to make multiples of very fast. Perfect for co-workers or stocking stuffers, even to have as an"extra gift" for unexpected holiday visitors. I was up pretty late last night working on the extras ( Hey, Dr. Oz said that procrastination is GOOD for you :-P)  I will post the picture of all of them when they are all decorated.

Nov 15, 2010

Stickerz and Vinyl week Winner!!

Hey there,

It took me a while but I finally got the winner from Stickerz and Vinyl week!!

The winner of the E.A.D Designs Prize pack is

Lori Gallion Jandeou:

wrote:What a wonderful set of note cards!!! Wonderful idea for a quick and easy gift. Thanks so much for sharing this week! ~lori


If you could please email me your mailing info, I will get your prize out to you.

If you are still waiting for a prize pack from me, don't worry it's coming!! I usually try to do all my mailing all at once so SORRY for the wait !!!!

Guest Designer on Gaby Abby Challenges

Hey Friends

I just wanted to share a card I made for Gaby Abby Challenges with SEI

This challenge was to create a fall/harvest theme project.

I used the SEI Moonlight Collection to create this super cute card. I spritzed the diecut with water, then went ahead and crumpled it. In order to give it some texture, I then gave it a quick shot with my heat gun, then put some glossy accents on the leaves .

The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms The Charmed Life Stamped set The tag is from Once Upon a Princess

I hope you like it

Nov 13, 2010

Saturday Share

Hey Friends,

This week has just flew by. I can't believe it's Saturday already.

Some highlights of this week:

On Monday our main computer took a major big crash. It was custom built and everything. So we are looking to get parts for it so Ryan being the techy that he is can fix it at work.

My Daughter has taken to trying to break dance since we were watching a dancing show on T.V, and now every moment she tries to stand on her head and dance. Silly baby :)

Can you believe how close to christmas it is getting?? As you can see I've already been working on some of my christmas cards. And I'm going to try this week to get some stock up on my Etsy :)

I have been planning for black friday and getting pumped to go Christmas shopping. I cannot wait at all. I've seen some great deals so far!!

So in case you were wondering I do have a  Crafty wish list going. I am posting this in case any of my family come and check on it

Cuttlebug (Yes i don't have one, and my sizzix texture boutique doesn't diecut)
Chomas Creations Embossing Kit
B is for Boy cricut lite
Hoot n' Holler Cricut lite
Your Story Photo bundle from HSN
Wall mountable white shelves (to store all my cricut carts)

And that's about it!! I probably am going to buy the Your Story wayy before Christmas because Momo told me I HAVE TO HAVE ONE :-P She's such an enabler.

This week I am going shopping for My giveaway items, so look out for that some time this week.

So this week I leave you will a poll, so i can help improve my site for all of you. If you have another suggestion, PLEASE leave it as a comment or email me .

Nov 12, 2010

Stickers and Vinyl week Day #5

Hey Friends,

This feels so sad that this amazing week  has come to the end. I really hope you found some ideas how to use your stash of Stickers Vinyl, rub-ons..etc I really did try to come up with some sticker inpiration, or if anything I at lease enabled you to go check out E.A.D Designs and their adorable stickers ;)

Want to win? All you have to do is leave a comment on every post this week. 5 posts equal a max of 5 entries. the winner will be chosen at the end of the day on SUNDAY

Today, I made my own sentiment using two stickers from Family and Friends Sentiments There was a sticker that said "happiness" and one that said "joy" so I put them together, and used my black pen to try a "&" to make my own sentiment :)

Today I also used my very old and never used Prima Recital Clear Stamp to make my own pattern paper as you will see in the video. I hope you enjoy my project

 Card size is 5x7. Used my brand new MS Circle cutter for the first time with this project and it's fun and easy to use
the Inside of the card, i used winter frolic to cut the tree at 3 inches, and stamped my scrappy moms winter wishes stamp "happy holidays"

Enjoy the video

Nov 11, 2010

Stickerz and Vinyl week day #4

hey Friends,

welcome to day #4 of stickerz and vinyl week, and today I created a gift bag and a set of 4 matching cards to go with it. This is another great idea that you can use your stickerz stash up easily. Stickerz are a fast way to make a matching set very fast.

Want to win? All you have to do is leave a comment on every post this week. 5 posts equal a max of 5 entries. the winner will be chosen at the end of the day on friday.

For Today's project I am using the Super adorable Woodland Friends Stickerz  by E.A D Designs they are tooooo stinking cute. I cannot believe how fast this came together. I hope you enjoy my project and video.

I even used the stickerz on my envelopes to make them match. Super cute!! Enjoy the video

Nov 10, 2010

Stickers and Vinyl week Day #3

Hey Friends,

I hope you are having fun! I am really enjoying using stickers in my projects now. I hope I am showing you that it is possible, and not only that, EASY to use your stickers and vinyl rub-ons along with your cricut projects. The Most important thing you need to do is measure whatever sticker, rub-on, etc that you are using .

Want to win? All you have to do is leave a comment on every post this week. 5 posts equal a max of 5 entries. the winner will be chosen at the end of the day on friday.

Ok here is my project, I know i've been making alot of cards. I'm working on something "non-card" for tomorrow  :)

Birds in Bird Cage, Winter Frolic pg 58, 2.5 inches
Label, Just Because Cards pg 45 3.5x3 inches REAL DIAL SIZE
Tag Feature Once Upon A Princess pg 68, 1 inch
Stickers: EAD Designs Friends & Family Sentiments (2.50)

Nov 9, 2010

Made By Momo Ustream Blog Roll from 11/8/10

This is the second post of the day. Make sure you scroll down if you are looking for Stickerz and Vinyl Week Day #2 Post

Stickers and Vinyl Day #2

Hey Friends,

I hope you are enjoying my stickerz and vinyl week. It has been fun to think of different ways to use them in my everyday crafting. And I'm really enjoying the E.A.D Designs products

Want to win? All you have to do is leave a comment on every post this week. 5 posts equal a max of 5 entries. the winner will be chosen at the end of the day on friday.

For today's project, I really wanted to create a shape card, since i haven't made one in FOREVER. Also the main image is a E.A.D Designs Fall Harvest Stickerz-132 and yes it's included in the giveaway for this week :) Today's tip to use up your stash is mount it on some cardstock and pop it up :)

Hope you enjoy my project and video.