November 30, 2010

................And through the woods Christmas Card Grandmothers house we go
----------oops undated link to card using the same cut----------
I have had my Cricut Christmas Cards cartridge for a couple of months now and have left in sitting on my desk because I wanted to make one of the these cards.  Well yesterday I finally got around to it.
I chose a blue snowy looking background paper.  I cut the rest of the card from pearl like cardstock.  Cuttlebugged the light blue frame with D'vine Swirls to match the background paper.  The "village" in the background I inked the edges of the building to give it more definition.  Pop dotted the carriage and horse.   This cartridge sure makes cards fast and easy.
Funny because I just stopped by at the Cricut Diaries blog and she made the same card.  Great minds think alike, but check hers out same card but different.  I may have to steal her snow idea and add it to mine LOL
Thanks for stopping by would love to hear your comments.

A Green version of my Christmas Card

Last week I posted a picture of my Christmas card in red & gold.  I like to make all my Christmas cards (50) mostly all the same so I don;t get confused from year to year LOL.  So here is a green & silver version of my 2010 Christmas card.
A refresher in case you don't remember the red one.
I will probably make several of both, but which one do you like better?
Let me know, thanks for stopping by.

November 29, 2010

Hello Teapot card

After winning my set of 148 ProMarkers from Enfys at Going Buggy I finally got a project made using them.  And I have to tell you I love coloring with them, they blend incredibly well and the color spectrum is vast, click HERE to see a color chart. 

 The image is a digital image from Whimpsy Stamps  if you are looking for some great digital images check them out they have some fabulous designers, they also sell rubber/clear stamps if you prefer that.   I colored the Teapot using Yellow, Soft Lime, and Primrose starting with the darkest on the outside then Soft Lime and finally blending back into all the colors with Primrose, finally I went over the middle area with the blending pen to make sure it was all blend and to remove a slight bit of color.  I used the same method for the rose/flowers using Mango, Peach and Oatmeal for the blending.  Now I had this beautiful Teapot colored and was trying to figure out what kind of card I wanted to use it on then at My Sheri Crafts the challenge this week was to make a "Hello" card, it was the perfect fit for this teapot.  The hello is cut from Cindy Loo cartridge.
I mounted the cut out teapot on a piece of peach paper and them cut around to leave a border.  The card is 5 1/2 inch square, and the green background paper is from K&Company.  I pop dotted the teapot to mount it on the card.
Here is a close up of the flower

I had a very hard time getting a picture that showed the true colors.  I covered the flower with Diamond Glaze.  You can't see it but I printed the image on Cryogen White paper from Paper Temptress it is so pretty it has a slight sparkle to it that you can see through the coloring.  This paper is great for coloring with alcohol ink markers, they blend very smoothly and hold the color so it doesn't bleed outside your lines, very slight blending out the back of the paper, but that was probably me adding too much color.  Still learning how to use these markers but am very please with how this one came out. 
Thank you so much for stopping by and I would love to hear what you think of my first project with my ProMarkers.

November 28, 2010

Stylish Blog Award.........Thank You!

WOW, I am so honored to receive this blog award and I could not believe it when I received it TWICE.  Thank you Charlotte at A Liitle Bit of Detail and Angel at Owl Bee Scrappin for thinking of me and awarding me this badge.  I sure hope you don't mind that I combined these two and pass it on that way.  I always am very delighted when someone enjoys my creations enough (and this case stylish) to give me one of these rewards.

Ok so this is how this award works, I love the part about telling 8 things about yourself as they makes it possible to learn more about each other.

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards
8 THINGS ABOUT ME.....................
1)  I am married to the most wonderful man that spoils me rotten
2)  I am unable to work because of a spinal cord tumor, however that made it possible to work on my cards all day :)
3)  I love making cards and have been for 15+ years and have a paper addiction LOL
4)  I have 2 grown children and 4 grown step-daughters
5) We have 9 grandkids and some great-grandkids
6)  I have a great-granddaughter to arrive in January (this will be the first from my children)
7)  We love to travel, and no matter where we go the road somehow leads to Las Vegas
8)  Love to sit out on our front deck in the evening and have a glass of wine!

Now for the bloggers I would like to pass this award to, some are not newly found but they are all fantastic and worth checking out:

November 24, 2010

Red Hot-Chili Happy Holidays

This will pretty much be my Christmas card this year.  It is made following a sketch at Mojo Monday.  I twisted it up a bit with the bow being at the top of the chilis.
I had bought this string of Chili stamp years ago with the intent to use it on my Christmas card, I means 10+ years.  Well finally it will make in onto my Christmas cards.  It is a Comotion Rubber Stamps stamp, they unfortunately are no longer in business.    It is stamped and heat embossed with Stampendous Red Dragon embossing powder, it is sparkly.   
The inside (not done yet) will say  "CHILI? Warm Holiday Greetings" I was pretty happy when I found that just last year I believe.  

Thanks for stopping by and would love to have you drop me a comment :).

November 23, 2010

Diamonds are a Man's best friend ?

This card went together very fast for me (about an hour) that in itself is amazing LOL.  Not much Cricut just the diamonds from George.
Lots of Cuttlebug, well some...........I Cuttlebugged the red & purple diamonds with Argyle folder and the background paper with a checked foldr that came in one of the sets.  The card is 5 x 6 1/2.  I thought it made a great male card.  Thanks for stopping by.

November 22, 2010

Sparkly Christmas Tree

This was a fast simple card but it has a lot of impact!  I made it following a sketch this week on RAQs Challenge.  This is one of those cards that wakes you up and says "wow I, didn't remember that cut being on that cartridge".
This card is 6 1/2 x 5 inches and the Christmas tree is cut at about 6 inches.  It is cut from Lyrical Letters cartridge.  In Design Studio I added a small box for the trunk and welded it to the tree.  I cut this from red paper and glittered it with Martha Stewart garnet glitter.  Yesterday I buried covered in glitter.  I had my fan on when I glittered Oops!, not too smart LOL.  I then mounted the tree on a piece of paper from My Mind's Mine Christmas tack that I got on Sunday at Michaels.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you like this simple fast Christmas card.  Anything fast tihis time of year is great.

November 20, 2010

Big Girl Panties

Thanksgiving day is my daughter's birthday and she will be 39, wow she is old,  not me LOL!  Although her card has nothing to do with the Thanksgiving theme (I am sure she will glad it doesn't) it does fit into "her" theme.  I made this card following a sketch this week at RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board, I thought the sketch fit into this perfectly or vice-versa.
The "outfit" is mounted a 5 x 7 piece of charcoal colored paper that has a slight weave like pattern on it.  The outfit opens for the card, which you will see later.
Now I bet you are wondering what does this have to do with a birthday, well once you see the inside you will understand.

I bought this stamp a while back with my daughter in mind.  It is a phrase she uses now and then plus it fits her personality.  Now isn't it cute how the cards goes with the stamp?
Using my Gypsy I set up the base for the card by using a rectangle from George and welding the panties from Paper Doll Dress Up.  Here is how it looked on my mat.

I folded it so the top matched just above where the panties are, I also cut out the same size panties from plain white(2) and red polka dot paper.  I trimmed the front above the panties to look like a waist line and glued on the black polka dot paper on the top and trimmed it the same.  After that I cut the oval using my Nesties to make the neck.   I glued the white ruffle ribbon on the bottom of the legs then glued the red polka dot pantie onto a plain white one to hide the ribbon I had wrapped around the corner.    The "buckle" is a button that I wove ribbon through then attached around the back and covered it up with the other plain white pantie.  The buttons are actually buttons that I cut the back off of and glued down the front.  Here is a picture before I mounted the card onto the charcoal paper and before I put the buttons on.
I just love how this turned out, I think it is so cute, and believe it or not it only took me about 4 hours total.  That is lighting speed for me.  LOL 
Well thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think.  Sorry if I bored you with all the details I am not very good at that part.

They Arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Promarkers (BIG smile)

I am still so exciting about winning a complete set of 148 Promarkers from Enfys at Going Buggy last week I can hardly believe it. Thank you thank you! :)  Well when they arrived yesterday it was amazing, now I am really overwhelmed look at this box of markers!.................
OMG, that is a lot of markers, now I have to put them all away in these handy little holders that Letraset Promarkers sent me along with my markers.
What a job, there are so so many colors and trying to get them organized into the correct color families was a feat.  Some look green but should be in the yellows, Oh my, I guess I will print up Promarker Color Chart and follow that.  If you want to see the colors click the link above.  Here are all the markers in the holders, now there are 13 holders and I have to figure out where to store them.

I kind of like the holders, they each hold 12 markers so when you are working on reds you can just grab your red holder.  Now let's face it, it may be kind of hard to have ALL 148 markers on your desk at one time YIKES!  They even sent me 8 extra markers, they were duplicates of some of the colors, I will have to contact them and see if that was an error and if I need to send them back.  Talk about sending, wow what fast service from the UK.  I won on Monday 11/15, they shipped them on Tuesday 11/16 and I received them Friday 11/19 that is impressive!  So if you want to order some you will know what kind of service you will get from Letraset.  You can also order them from Carpe Diem  that has them for $1.49 each.
Now keep this in mind that I need a lot of practice with coloring using alcohol markers but here is my first coloring job, it is not finished and I will put it on a card but wanted to show you the vibrant colors these markers have.  I love these markers they go on smooth and quick, now they are not refillable like Copics but with the price of $1.49 it is far cheaper to just buy another marker then to buy a bottle of refill.  Also when you get a new marker that means a fresh nib/tip every time.  Makes a lot of sense to me.  Without further ado...
Enfys at Going Buggy has some videos on coloring with the Promarkers, it appears may be I should watch them again and again.  LOL
If you are in the market for Copics, check out these markers, they are fabulous and a lot more inexpensive, you can get 3 of these markers for the price of 1 Copic, that means more colors in your collection :).
Would love to hear your comments and/or tips on coloring with these.
Thanks for stopping by.

November 18, 2010

WOW check out ths blog Candy

Boy Angela at Angelwood Crafts is giving away this fabulous blog candy for her birthday.  If you are a fan of coloring with Copics or Promarkers (can't wait till mine come) then you will love this package with all the stamp images.  Just take a look at it you will want to sign up for this one for sure.  Check out this pickture.
Here is a list of what is in it.

Magnolia stamp - Tilda With Birdcage
Magnolia stamp - Dangling Tilda
Magnolia stamp - Wedding Singer Tilda
Inky Impression stamp - Cowgirl Lili
Sweet Pea stamp - 1 stamp unmounted from Plate 21
Sugar Nellie stamp - Blossom
Bildmalarna stamp - Wedding couple
Paper Makeup stamp - Swirlie tree
K&Co Mat pad - Berry Sweet
K&Co cupcake embellishments
Cookie cutter button embellishments
Various colored stick on gems

November 17, 2010

Birthday Princess Card

One of our Granddaughters turn 17 tomorrow.  She thinks she is Papa's princess (well aren't all granddaughters princesses :) so I thought I would make her a princess card.  I made this card following the sketch this week at Mojo Monday, I love this sketch.   I sure wish the pictures would should the colors better.

The card base is a very pale pink, and the chocolate color is pearlesence like paper.  The crown is cut from Gypsy Wandering cartridge at about 2 inches and the birthday princess is from Birthday Cakes.  I cut it twice and layered them.  The top layer I covered with Diamond Glaze, the paper it self is Cored'nations glitter card stock and the glitter shows through the glaze.  I added some bling to the band on the crown and also along the top.
The bow I made using the "tye a bow on a fork method" and left it with some extra loops, also added some bling to the center of the bow. 
The inside I printed the sentiment on vellum paper and then immediately sprinkled embossing powder on it when it came off the printer (seconds are crucial for this to work) and heat embossed it.  Added a couple strips down the side punched with a Martha Stewart punch.
Thanks for stopping and by and remember I love your comments or if have any questions just ask.

November 15, 2010

148 Promarkers I WON!!!

What a fabulous wake up I had this morning........................I found out I WON this wonderful prize from Enfys at  Going Buggy and Letraset.  I am beyond excited I can hardly type.  I think 10 is my lucky number LOL.  I look forward to getting these.  I really want to learn how to color with the markers and make gorgeous things like Enyfs and also Melissa she is awesome at coloring with alcohol markers.  I have a lot to learn, I will be watching the videos that Enfys made.

Enfys at her Going Buggy is giving away a complete set of Letraset Promarkers, that is right an entire set 148 markers.  Bot would I like to get my hands on these.  She will also be doing some videos on how to color with them, she makes some amazing creations so I am sure we will all learn something from her videos.  Here is what you have to do to enter....................

November 12, 2010

My First Blog Hop...........................

I am very excited and scared at the same time to be participating in my first blog hop.  I have no idea what I am doing but with the help of my blogging friends I am sure they will walk me through it and I know it will be fun.

So for any of my followers or anyone that happens to stop by here are the ins and out of the blog hop called
Blogger Templates I think this is a perfect name for it since it will be during the holiday season.
Please join in our fun, it begins December 11th and runs through the 13th.  There are so many talented people in this hop that I am sure you will find a lot if inspiration along the way.  Some of the bloggers are even offering prizes.  
Here is a list of the very talented bloggers that are fearless leader Melissa Made  organized for this hop.  And her side kick and co-host Bobby at The Cricut Couple who designed out very glittery blog hop button!   

Melissa Made  You need to check out her blog she makes some fabulous cards her talent is in a league of it's own and she has got to be one of the best Copic marker colorers I have even seen, it is amazing.  She was very instrumental in me having a blog, she kept pushing and pushing LOL  

Love, Laughter, and Creations - Sherri is a very talented card maker and can be found weekly hosting her very own challenge blog at Jitterbuggin'.  Each month she gives out a cartridge - so make sure to stop by and participate!

She's A Sassy Lady - yup that's right - Sheila - Don't know Sheila?? OH my, you must stop by her blog - she has tutorials just about everyday on every project imaginable!  She'll also be celebrating her blog anniversary this weekend so stop by and check it out!

A Place For My Cards - Jeannie Phillips is an amazing artist - she has been featured so many times in The Chirp that I think I've lost count.  Her new adventure includes her very own store at Etsy where she sells handmade scarves and hats (maybe even some socks)!  They are GORGEOUS.  Of course her eye for color shows through in her knitting skills as well.

The Cricut Couple - Bobby and Jill are amazingly talented.  Did you see their entry for the Circle Blog monthly challenge?  Holy Smokes that creation belongs in a museum.  The Cricut Couple does fantastic things with paper - you won't be disappointed.

The Cricut Diaries - Summer and Jennifer will also be hopping - Their blog consists of the sweetest cards.  They know how to work that Cricut/Imagine, and the iRock for that matter.  Their styles are really different I think and you can tell the difference between Jennifer and Summer's creations - both equally beautiful.  You should stop by and see what they are up to with the Imagine!

Daily Grace Creations - Peggy and Donna are a mom and daughter team.  I love these gals - their closeness shows in each post with such inspiring work. I mean look at how sweet of a post this is.  So make sure to stop by and look at their amazing and inspiring cards.

Cardz TV - Mary is absolutely outstanding!  She runs two challenge blogs - Paper Cutz Challenge and Cricut Cardz Challenge.  Her own blog has awesome videos describing her card making and she offers several valuable tips for everyone!

More details about the hop and prizes to be won will be available as we get closer to the hop.  Come join us it will be fun!

November 10, 2010

That's a' Pasta Dinner

I love to cook and have an Italian background.  Now my Mom comes to spend the winter with us and we love to be in the kitchen together.   Well Saturday is my son-in-laws birthday and we are making him an Italian dinner.
So we put together an "Italian dinner card".  The card is 5 x 7 so I cut the table from A Child's Year at 3 3/4 inches.  This table had a person standing on one side and another sitting on the other side.  I did not want the people at the table so using Design Studio I moved the table as far to the upper left hand corner as I could so that the person standing would not cut out.  Then I took a square and placed it over the sitting person and welded it, that way the sitting person was inside the square and did not cut.  I cut it twice from plain white cardstock and I colored the legs with ink to make them look like wood.   I turned the table over and outlined the "table cloth" area from a checked piece of paper from DCWV Farmers stack cut it out and glued it on the front.  The two layers are pop dotted on the card, well one layer was glued directly onto the card and the other was pop dotted on top.  The background paper is from DCWV Green stack, I thought it looked like wallpaper with the brown on the bottom being the floor.

The plate of pasta(noodles as we called them growing up, pasta is a new thing LOL) and the glass of wine are epoxy stickers from K & Company.  The happy birthday is cut from Create a Critter out of glitter red & green paper to match the Italian flag and I added a small red star to dot the "i".
Here is the inside, I thought the saying was appropriate for the card.

Now the little doggie, isn't he the cutest little thing?  He was cut at 1 1/4 inches from Create a Critter.  His face is a golden pearl like paper, I covered the body with Stampendous Fun Flock.  I added the gogglie eyes and a brown pearl nose.  He is so furry and cute!  The reason that I put this dog at the bottom of the table is because my daughter & son-in-law have two Yorkies. 
Thanks for stopping by and I would love to read your comments.

November 5, 2010

Chirstmas Stocking Card

This week at Cricut Cardz Challenge, the challenge was to make a card using any colors, or any cartridge and make a Christmas card using something that started with an "S" so I made this card using one of the stockings from Christmas Cheer cartridge.  I liked the whimsical look of it. 
The white or the cuff of the stocking went through a lot to get were it is at.  LOL.  I cut it out about 4 or 5 times because I was not sure what medium I would use on it.  First I used Versamark ink pad then heat embossed it with clear deep impression embossing powder, then I did another one and put glue on it and added white flowers soft, and the next one I heat embossed with white puff embossing powder, none of which I was real happy with.  I then went back to the first one and added another layer of the deep impression embossing powder but sprinkled it with glittery powder while it was still hot.  Finally I then heat embossed it again using a white pearl powder and I finally liked the look it got.  After all of that it is pretty thick which is fine because it gives it dimension.  Here you can see it.  You can also see the small ornament that I also cut from Christmas Cheer and then applied Gloosy Accents all over it.
The background paper is from a DCWV Christmas stack from a couple of years ago.  The pink on the stocking and the silver on the ornaments is holographic paper that is very hard to photographic to get all the colors that is has.  I added a pearl to the tip of the stocking and also a couple of small pearls in the corners.   I also put Glossy Accents on the "tack" that hold the stocking up.  This card also follows one of the sketches on RAQs challenge this week.

Thanks for stopping by, any comments I would appreciate. 

November 2, 2010

Get Well Owl card - My Sheri's Crafts

 Hi, I made this card for 3 different challenges that I found I could tie into each other.  At My Sheri's Crafts you were to make a Get Well card to cheer some one up.  
The other two challenges are Jitterbuggin where you had to use an owl on your card and at least one circle and one square somewhere, then at Fantabulous Cricut you had to use some kind of bird.
This card is 5 x 7 so it is a bigger card, the circles are cut using George (of couse, my go to for shapes) then I Cuttlebugged them, the red one with Dots and the yellow one with Birds & Swirls.  I used one of my Martha Stewart punches for the red edge. 

The Owl is cut from Cindy Loo and pop dotted and added some gems with my i-Rock for his eyes.  This is the first time I used my Cindy Loo and it has some real cute images on it.  It is mounted on a piece of white vellum that I put on a brown square that I used a corner punch on.
The "get well" wish was stamped with a Sweet n Sassy stamp and heat embossed.  I stamped it on a label I cut from Storybook and then put brads on the ends.  The background paper is from DCWV Green Stack, but for some reason this card just does not "have it" to me, does it need more bling or do you have any ideas?  Let me know
Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear what you think.

November 1, 2010

Kanji Word..................Celebrate

I have not made an A2 (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) card in a very long time so this card looks so little to me.    I have had Pagoda for some time now but have not really used it much even though I like the Asian theme.  Inspired by Rachel on the message board who made a beautiful card using Pagoda I thought I would pull it out and give it a try. 
I used the colors for this weeks Ad Color Challenge which were, red, brown and white and the sketch is one from RQAs challenge this week.  I can hardly make a card anymore with out following a sketch LOL!  The background paper is from DCWV Autumn stack and the red square are glitter red.  The Kanji word means celebrate and if you look close the red underneath it the word "celebrate" is cut out, kind of hard to see but once you know it is there you can see it.  I added drops using my Viva Pearl Pen to the corners.

  The white circle is vellum, I Cuttlebugged it and the red square with one of the folders from the Asian Collection.  The silver thing on the bottom square is a metal brad that I thought fit the scheme of the card well.

Thanks for stopping by and would love to hear what you think of this card.

Miracle of Christmas Card

This came out so wonderful, I just wish that the colors would have shown up better.  I made it following one of sketches this week at RAQs Challenge on the Circut message board, and boy lining up all those squares truly was a challenge.
The blue background star paper was from a Winter stack that I got at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago.  I don't know about your but the three Wal-Marts in my area really seem to be scaling down there scrapbooking area.  Well I cut the star paper into 1 1/2 inch squares.  I tired my best to get them straight and spaced the same, I did OK for the most part.  The center scalloped ovals were cut from A Child's Year cartridge and measure about 3 1/2 inches.  The papers are so pretty the center is actually a very very dark blue pearlescent metallic that I get from Paper and More and so it the lighter blue behind it.  They have fabulous papers, they are so pretty, try their sample packs they ship for just a $1 and super fast.  Well the imagine is the center is from an older Stampin Up Christmas set that I stamped and embossed with a pearl embossing powder.  The sentiment on the bottom is from that Stampin Up set.
I pop dotted each layer.  Someone on the message board said that with the paper I used it made it look like a night sky window looking outside.    And I also did the inside very simply.
Thanks for stopping by and would love it if you left a comment.  I love reading what everyone has to say.