Tuesday, January 3, 2012

RCC challenge!!! SNOW!!!!

I have totally been on hiatus from the blogging world for the last 2 weeks!! I completely apologize....I was finishing up all my Christmas cards and crafts (I was sooooo late this year!! YIKES!!) and have now finally returned to normal!!! YEAH!! So, here is my New Year's Resolution: Be more faithful with my crafting and blogging! What do you think?

Here's my first project of the New Year! It's another challenge at Robin's Creative Cottage and we are working with her AWESOME stamps to create a project that has to do with SNOW (amazing...it is something that is lacking right now up here in Maine! A rare occurance for us in January!!!)

I used a sentiment from "A Snowman's Prayer" and also used some of my brandy-spanking-new Peachy Keen Corny Face Stamps that my hubby so generously bought me for Christmas!! :) They paired perfectly with the sentiment I chose from Robin's set! :)

Cricut Cartridge: Accent Essentials
Cardstock: DCWV
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: D'Vine Swirls
Stamps: Robin's Creative Cottage "A Snowman's Prayer" and PKS Corny Face Assortment
Ink: VersaMagic
Border Punch: EK Success
Buttons from my stash

Here's a close-up of the oh-so-cute sentiment!!! (I smudged the ink a little...oops!)

Thanks for taking a look-see!! Head over to Robin's Creative Cottage and link up your own project that has to do with SNOW! I can't wait to see what you all create!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Robin's Creative Cottage Challenge Day!

Here it is again! A challenge for Robin's Creative Cottage! Have you guys gotten these stamps yet? They are FABULOUS!! And PERFECT for those holiday cards/projects that we are all so busy creating right now!!! THUS, why I have been absent from the blogging world!!! AUGH! I am so busy trying to finish up those last minute gifts, projects, and cards! YIKES! What about you? Are you finding yourself stressed like myself!?!?!?! :)

Anyway, Robin's Challenge this week is to create a project that has to do with gift packaging...tags, boxes, toppers, etc! I decided to create a gift bag....here it is!

Cricut Cartridges: Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, Just Because Cards, Preserves
Cardstock: DCWV, Bazzill, Stampin' Up!
Sentiment: Robin's Creative Cottage Gingerbread Holiday Clear Polymer Stamps
Ribbon from my stash
Ink: VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Ink in Gingerbread

Now, that Popcorn box from Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More was Sooooo easy to put together! I can see myself using that more often! Loved it!! It was the PERFECT quick craft for a stressful holiday season! :)

I invite you all over to Robin's Creative Cottage to link up your wonderful creation!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

RCC Challenge!! Let it Sparkle!

Hey everyone!! I am so happy to be back for another fun challenge for Robin's Creative Cottage! This week's challenge is to create a project using glitter, sparkles, or bling!!! LOVE IT!! Of course, I had full intentions of making my card more 'sparkley' but all you crazy crafters know that sometimes your projects don't end up the way you envisioned them to start!!! :) Anyway, Here is my card! I used a SUPER CUTE saying from Robin's 'Gingerbread Holiday' stamp set, and Heat Embossed it with GLITTER EMBOSSING POWDER! The picture doesn't do this justice! It is so cute!

Cricut Cartridge: Christmas Solutions
Cardstock: DCWV, Stampin' Up!
Tim Holtz Brads
Stampendous Gold Glitter Embossing Powder
Gold Stickles
Signo Uniball Gold Gel Pen

And here is a close-up of the embossed sentiment! Still doesn't do it justice!! :)

I hope you get out all your bling today, and cook up a project to submit to our Challenge! We would LOVE to see what you can make sparkle!! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


So, I was supposed to post this yesterday.......my apologies! I have 2 winners to announce!

The first is the winner of a $5 gift card from either Michael's or JoAnn's (winner's choice) for spreading the word about Robin's Creative Cottage stamp release week! That winner....chosen by Random.org is.....

#8....Miranda! Miranda said,"CONGRATS!"

The 2nd winner gets the 'Gingerbread Holiday' stamp set, donated by Robin's Creative Cottage.....and that winner....chosen by Random.org is....

#27....Donna! Donna said, "Very clever use of the Naughty or nice saying. I love both sets, but guess Snowman Prayer is my favorite, and We are all a little flakly really makes me smile."

Miranda and Donna, please contact me within 14 days at mderosby @ gmail.com (remove spaces) with your mailing address so I can get you your goodies! Miranda, please let me know whether you would prefer Michael's or JoAnn's....


Friday, November 18, 2011

OH! It's a BLOG HOP!!!!

Welcome to my blog, Paper Maine-iac!!, for Robin's first "Stamp Release Celebration" blog hop!

Each Design Team member will be featuring an original project that includes one of the two new stamps sets available today for purchase on Robin's blog.

If you've come from visiting Linda's blog at The Paper Boutique, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along for our "Stamp Release Celebration", start HERE.

Remember to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration along with an amazing giveaway. Each blog will have one of Robin's stamp sets as a giveaway for one lucky winner. Then hurry back to Robin's Creative Cottage for the link up party where you can share your blog with all our viewers.

And now for my project...

Cricut Cartridges: Sweethearts, Paper Doll Dress Up, Preserves
Cardstock: DCWV, Stampin' Up!
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: D'Vine Swirls, Heart Blocks
Stamps: Robin's Creative Cottage 'Gingerbread Holiday'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Liquid Pearls in Linen
Martha Stewart Glitter Glue in Red

And here is the super cute sentiment stamp up close....the hearts are all separate image stamps included in the set!! :)

And since it is the last post of the release week, we can finally reveal the STAMP SETS available to purchase over at Robin's blog!

So, here's the BEST part of the blog hop.....ONE LUCKY FOLLOWER will win the a brand new GINGERBREAD HOLIDAY stamp set, donated by Robin herself!!! :) Here's what you have to do:

1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Leave a comment telling me which stamp set (Snowman's Prayer or Gingerbread Holiday) you like the best, and what your favorite stamp is from that set!

EASY PEASY! You have until Monday at Midnight EST to enter, I will draw a winner via Random Number Generator and post the winner on Tuesday!! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!! :)

Your next stop on the hopping trail...Patty's blog, CraftyKitten. Go see what she has in store for you today... And when you're done, make sure to head back to Robin's Creative Cottage for the link up party.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The last day of Sneak Peeks! BLOG HOP tomorrow!!!!

It's the last day of Sneak Peeks for Robin's Creative Cottage's High Quality Clear Polymer Stamps! We are again featuring 'Gingerbread Holiday' today and if you don't already love this set from the sneaks you saw yesterday....you surely will after today! the DT has some great stuff for you! Make sure you head to Robin's blog here and check them all out!

Here is my project for today.....

Cricut Cartridges: Simply Charmed, Preserves
cardstock: DCWV, Stampin' Up!, Recollections Vellum
Stamp: Robin's Creative Cottage 'Gingerbread Holiday'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Diamond Stickles, Martha Stewart Glitter Glue
Embroidery Floss

And here's the SWEET close-up!! :)

Make sure you come back tomorrow!!!! BLOG HOP!!!! And EACH of the DT members has a super awesome stamp set to give away, courtesy of generous Robin!! You do not want to miss this!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 3 of Robin's Creative Cottage Stamp Release!!!

For those of you that have come back after seeing my previous 2 days posts....WELCOME BACK!! And to those of you that are just stumbling on my blog today....WELCOME! And thanks for joining us for a super exciting stamp release week!! Today, we have a sneak peek of Robin's second stamp set....'Gingerbread Holiday'. can I just say that this is the CUTEST stamp set?!?! I could just think of soooo many possibilities for projects when looking at the sentiments and images! You will LOVE this set!!!

here is my project for today....

Cricut Cartridges: Winter Frolic, Cricut Essentials Digital
Cardstock: DCWV, Stampin' Up!
Border Punch: Fiskars
Sentiment: Robin's Creative Cottage 'Gingerbread Holiday'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Signo Uniball Gold Gel Pen
Embroidery Floss

here's a close up of the super cute sentiment stamp!!!

Please, if you haven't already, head over to Robin's blog and check out the fabulous projects from Robin and the DT!!! You can get an idea of what is on this set before the BIG blog hop release on Friday!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 2 of Robin's Creative Cottage stamp release!!!!

I'm back for day 2 of stamp release week! Oh, this is so stinkin' exciting!!! Did you have a chance to see all of the Design Team's projects from yesterday? You will have to head over to Robin's blog here and check out the awesome projects from today!! While you are there, make sure you head to the DT members blogs, leave them some love, and maybe even follow them so you don't miss ANY of the amazing talent!!

Today, we are also featuring Robin's 'Snowman's Prayer' set...I came up with this snowglobe scene!

Cricut Cartridges: Joy of the Season, Cricut Essentials Digital
Cardstock: DCWV, Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Robin's Creative Cottage 'Snowman's Prayer' set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Signo Uniball Gold Gel Pen
Embroidery Floss

here's a close up of the super cute sentiment!!

And one of the accent stamp I used on the snowglobe! Yes, this stamp is a part of the set, too! LOVE IT!!!! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by....don't forget to stop by tomorrow for a sneak peak of Robin's 2nd stamp set!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's that TIME!! Robin's Creative Cottage Stamp Release Week!!

I'm sooooo excited!!! I have been waiting for this week for a while now! YIPPEE!!! It's STAMP RELEASE WEEK for Robin's Creative Cottage!!! She has created 2 AWESOME sets of high quality, clear polymer stamps, and let me tell you....these stamps ROCK!

Her first release contains 2 sets of adorable holiday sentiments and accent stamps...and today, the uber talented Design Team has created some amazing inspiration for Robin's 'SNOWMAN'S PRAYER' set! You have to head over to her blog here to check them all out!

Here's my first holiday card of the season:

Cricut Cartridge: Jolly Holidays
Cardstock: DCWV, Stampin' Up!
Sentiment stamp: Robin's Creative Cottage "Snowman's Prayer" set
Punch: EK Success Border Punch
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

And here is a close-up of the sentiment:

Don't you just love the way the SNOW letters actually have snow on them! Love the details in this set!! Also, just so you are aware, the 2 snowflakes in the sentiment are not actually on the sentiment stamp itself...they are 2 of the accent stamps that you get with the set! You can place them anywhere!

Thanks for stopping by today, and please make sure you come back EVERY DAY THIS WEEK!!! I will have a NEW project every day that showcases these amazing stamps! And make sure you mark your calendar for FRIDAY!!! oh yeah, it's a BLOG HOP!!! and what's better than just a plain old blog hop??? a blog hop with a link-up and PRIZES!! STAMP SETS!!! What a week!! :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Challenge Me Monday!

For my EXCITING NEWS....and a small giveaway......click here!!!!

So, after the EXCITING NEWS that I posted Friday, I have some not so exciting news.....this is my last DT post for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog...sniff, sniff.
I am sad to move on, but so excited for my new opportunity with Robin's Creative Cottage new line of clear polymer stamps!! I will still be around though...as I will definitely be joining in on FCCB's challenges! I have loved my two terms with them, and will miss the DT girls!! :)

So, for my final Challenge Me Monday....the theme is "For the Birds" and we were asked to create something with a bird or something to do with a bird...like a birdcage. Here's my card!!!!

Cricut Cartridge: Birthday Bash
Cardstock: Bazzill DCWV
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
(that's it?!?! That's all I used for my card?!?! YUP!!!)

Thanks for taking a peek today...and make sure you are thinking about your bird project....and then whip it up, and link it to FCCB! I dare you!!! ;) and HAPPY HALLOWEEN, everyone!!!! ;)

Friday, October 28, 2011


I received the most wonderful, awesome, STAMP-tastic news the other day!!! Robin, the Creator of Robin's Creative Cottage and the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, is coming out with her own line of AMAZING CLEAR STAMPS!!! And she asked ME! to be on her very first design team!!! I am so excited about this endeavor, I can hardly contain it! I am glad I didn't get the news until a couple days ago, because I have had a hard time not leaking the secret!!!

Ok, so I have seen a sneak peak of these stamps and let me tell you!!! OMG! These stamps are fantastic!!! If you check out my left sidebar, you can see that we are having a Stamp Release Celebration from November 14-19!!! Pick up the blinkie that Robin created and SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!!

You can check out all this AWESOME NEWS over at Robin's Creative Cottage....we will be having giveaways and projects daily, bloghops, and CHALLENGES!!! Please, become a follower, share with your friends, and get excited about this release!!! I know I am!!

I am giving away a $5 gift card to either JoAnn's or Michael's (winners choice) to any of my followers who do the following:

1. Become a follower of my blog (if you aren't already)

2. Grab the blinkie and post on your blog about Robin's AMAZING STAMP RELEASE (leave me your blog addy...I'll become a follower of you too!)

3. Head over to Robin's Creative Cottage and follow HER BLOG too!

4. Come back to my blog and tell me that you have done all the requirements!!

EASY-PEASY!!! Giveaway is open until the end of the release....I will pick a winner on November 20th!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Purple People Eater!!

It's another Challenge Me Monday for FCCB!! This week's challenge is called "Purple People Eater" and we needed to use the color purple and create a project with either a bug or monster in it. Sticking with the Halloween theme....I decided to dig out my Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge and dust it off! Since I took these pictures, I have actually added some stickles to bling it up, and I like it better, but oh well! You guys get the pre-bling pics!! Here you go!

Cricut Cartridges: Paper Doll Dress Up, StoryBook
Cardstock: Recollections, DCWV, Stampin' Up!, Bazzil
Copic Markers
BugBites "All Year Round" stamps
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: D'Vine Swirls
Googly Eyes from my stash

Now, create your own Purple People Eater and head over to FCCB and link it up for the chance to win a FANTABULOUS prize!!! And while you are there, get some other inspiration from my super talented DT girls, and visit their blogs and give them some love! We all love comments!!

thanks for visiting!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Challenge Card #4

And thanks for sticking with me....for all those people that have seen all 4 of my posted cards today!! :) This is my 2nd Halloween card, and 2nd easel card, of the bunch...I created this card for the following challenges:

My Craft Spot
: Too Cute to Spook
Paper Playtime: Use Black, Orange, and Purple.

Cricut Cartridges: Hello Kitty Greetings, Happy Hauntings, Doodletype
Cardstock: DCWV, Recollections, Stampin' Up!, Bazzil
Copic Markers
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Punch

This was my first experience with COPICS!!! LOVE THEM!!! My hubby surprised me with a small set a few weeks ago, and I just haven't had a chance to work with them on a true project! I LOVE the way they make the cuts just POP!! It's hard to see without a close up picture, and I didn't take one...sorry....But if you saw the edging on SPOOK, up close, it is too cute! All of the yellow on the card, I outlined in a green copic and got a super cool effect! I can see this is going to be something I do a LOT of on my projects!

Thanks for stopping by tonight!

Challenge Card #3

And here is the first of 2 Halloween cards that I made for challenges....and the 3rd of 4 cards I have finished while on my staycation!! YAY!! I have made this card to enter in the following challenges:

Wacky Wednesday Challenge at More Than Favors
: Use Purple, green, orange, and black.
The Paper Variety: A Forest Creature
Cricut Cardz Challenge: Use an owl on your halloween project

Cricut Cartridge: Happy Hauntings
Cardstock: DCWV, Stampin' Up!, Recollections, K&Company
Sakura White Gel Pen
Queen & Co. Rhinestones

My husband thought I was soooo cheesy with my pun, but I thought it was cute! Boo on him!! :)

Thanks for looking!

Challenge Card #2

Here is my 2nd creation of the day! I designed this easel card to enter into the following challenges:

: Frog from Create A Critter
Cooking with Cricut: Anything Goes!

Cricut Cartridges: Create A Critter, Storybook, Sweet Treats, Birthday Bash, Doodlecharms
Cardstock: DCWV Lemon Flower, Recollections
Ribbon from my stash
Prima Flowers
Recollections Silver Brad
Queen & Co. Rhinestone
VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Ink in Gingerbread

Thanks for dropping by....I've got 2 more for you today! Stay tuned!!

Challenge Card #1

So, first, I apologize for posting all of these cards back to back, to back, to back....but I've been BUSY!!! I have had a wonderful vacation, and have been creating!! YAY! I updated my 'challenge blog list' and went to work...Here is my first creation and I am entering this in the following challenges:

My Sheri Crafts
: Think Pink Challenge
Celebrate the Occasion: Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge
I am also entering this into LINK UP FOR PINK linking party!!!!

Cricut Cartridges: Rock Princess, Car Decals
Cardstock: DCWV, SEI
Stock Ribbon
Copic Markers

I had so much fun playing with my Rock Princess cartridge for this! I think I'm going to give it to a TUFF GIRL co-worker of mine who is a breast cancer survivor! :)

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Challenge Me Monday #80 "Pumpkin Time"

It's Challenge Me Monday again!! And although I seem to be only crafting lately for my super FANTABULOUS design team days, I can feel that changing this week! I'm on vacation....a staycation....and I can see it being a very crafty one!! And I am so excited for that!!! Anyway, the challenge put before us this week is "Pumpkin Time" and we were asked to create something with a pumpkin!! I decided that everyone would probably go for the Halloween approach, so I decided to put a different spin on it....here it is!

Cricut Cartridges: Gypsy Wanderings, Disney Happily Ever After, Paper Doll Dress Up
cardstock: DCWV "Old World" Stack
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Distressed Stripes
decorative corner punch: Fiskars
Ribbon: American Crafts
VersaMagic Dew Drops Chalk Ink in Gingerbread
Signo Uniball Gold Gel Pen

What do you think? This style is very different from what i normally create, but I kinda like it! Quite 'vintage' looking!! :) and now it's your turn!! Head over to FCCB and link up your pumpkiny creation!! And here's to having a crafty week!! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog: A Pirate's Life!!

I had no idea what to do for this week's Challenge Me Monday over at FCCB!!!! The challenge this week is A Pirate's Life and I just didn't know what to do! However, after perusing my cartridges...I came up with this!

Cricut Cartridge: B is for Boy Lite
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! And DCVW
Ribbon from my stash
Tim Holtz Brads
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

So, the card turned out a little plain, but oh well! I'm giving it to my uncle for his Birthday....he won't notice the lack of BLING!! LOL!!!
What can you come up with for this week's challenge? Head on over to FCCB and see what the other lovely ladies on the DT came up with....and then link up your own!!
Can't wait to see what you create!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Challenge Me Monday #77, Back to School!!! (PIC HEAVY)

It's time for another Challenge Me Monday over at FCCB! And since my LAST DT project was admittedly not one I made fresh for the challenge....I've been able to get back into my craft room (newly organized!!) and create this AWESOME number book that I think I will give to my nephew for Christmas!! The challenge this week is "Back to School" and we were asked to create a project with numbers or letters in it! I bought some Acrylic mini albums on clearance for a $1 apiece at ACMoore a while back, and haven't used them at all! I thought that this challenge would be PERFECT to put them to use!! The mini album is about 6"x6" for the covers, and 4"x4" on the inside pages, so I was a little nervous at how the characters would look at such a small size, since they are so detailed. I was extremely happy with the final result! Even though they are detailed, and some turned out better than others, I was impressed with the cutting action of my E, and YAY! they actually look like Sesame Street Characters!! :) For some things that were just too small to cut out (especially Zoe's jewelry...) I used some Liquid Pearls. Here you go!

Big Bird made the cover...he actually looks like he's counting his fingers!

Super Grover


Cookie Monster

Prairie Dawn



Oscar the Grouch


Telly Monster

Count Von Count

Cricut Cartridges: Sesame Street Friends, Sesame Street Font
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!, K & Company, DCWV
Acrylic Mini Album
Assorted Liquid Pearls (Zoe's jewelry, Count's buttons, Telly's green eyes)
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Ribbon from the Target Dollar Spot

Thanks for taking a look today, and head over to FCCB to see what Back to School projects the rest of the uber talented Design Team has cooked up!! Get inspired and then create your own masterpiece and link it up for the chance to win a FANTABULOUS PRIZE! :) You have until Sunday night at Midnight to link up!!