April 29, 2011

Free Project Tote

with the purchase of a Scrap n' Easel check it out.  It is great for taking your supplies to a crop and the Scrap n' Easel will help you take your papers without them getting all bent up.  Here is a picture of the FREE Project Tote.
They also have a great tote for storing your Cricut cartridges.
Click HERE to go to the web site and check out their products, they are very well though out keeping scrapbookers or card makers in mind.   Also right now the Scrap & Tote is 20% off.   This sale with the 20% and the free Project Tote with the purchase of a Scrap n' Easel is through 5/31.

April 26, 2011

Two Hearts.............

............that beat as one.   This week at Crafty Creations our challenge is "white space", I love cards that have a lot of white on them so this one was great for me.  Although I would have liked to all white, I did have to make a wedding card and wanted to incorporate the wedding colors which are teal and brown.  Also our wonderful sponsor this week is Whiff of Joy, and I wanted to use something from them.  As they are in Europe and I did not have enough time to order, I picked up the phrase on the front of the card from them.  I sure hope that was OK, wanted to include them somehow.
The bottom heart cut with the swirls on it is from Straight From the Nest cartridge, and the top heart with the swirls cut out is from Stamping.  I Cuttlebugged the top heart with Swiss Dots and also the teal panel across the bottom.  The top of the card is very pearly white linen paper.  I embossed the criss-cross pattern using my Martha Stewart score board at 1/2 inch increments.  I then glued a small pearl at each cross point, I think it gave a very elegant effect.   The sentiment I printed on the same pearl linen paper which does not dry instantly so I sprinkled embossing powder on it as soon as it came out of the printer, then heat embossed it.  Here is a closer look.
The lighter colored hearts I found when I Goggled hearts and inserted it there because I thought it fit the saying.  I added a couple teal glittered brads to the sentiment panel.  The card is a 5 1/2 inch square card, which I am enjoying making this size more and more.
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Anchors aweigh

My grandson will soon be graduating from Boot Camp, or Pass in Review as the Navy calls it.  I made this card for his graduation following one of the sketches this week at RAQs challenge on the Cricut message board. 
I am lucky enough to be able to go to the ceremony at Great Lakes Navel Base just north of Chicago, so I wll get to hand this to him.
The card fits into a standard #10 size envelope, just a bit smaller so I may make an envelope.  The cuts are all from the Stand & Salute cartridge.  If you have anyone in the military this is a must have cartridge.  The dark blue is pearlesence paper that I Cuttlebugged with the stars folder.  The "United States Navy"  is an epoxy sticker.
Here are a couple of close up pictures.
The anchor on the anchors aweigh I cut from silver and covered with Crackle Accents, I think it came out pretty nice.
I don't always finish the insides of my cards till I know who I will be sending them too, but since I made this one specifically for my Sailor Recruit I did the inside.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The red frame, cap and globe anchor are all cut from Stand & Salute also.  Hard to see but the "world" I cut using blue holographic paper to make it look like water, I tried LOL.
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April 23, 2011

High School Graduation card

I have a grandson that is graduating from high school in May.  His school colors are black and silver.  I made it following a sketch this week at RAQs Challenge this week on the Cricut message board.  I am pretty happy with how it turned out, even though it has some bling on it I still think it works for a boy.
The congratulations grad and the cap are stickers I bought at Michael's.  I was pretty excited when I saw them as I knew they were the perfect colors for his card.  The bottom paper is from a school stack I got at Big Lots last year.  Sometimes you can find some pretty cool things at Big Lots. I used a ruler I found on clearance to cut the wavy edge, well actually it is torn using the ruler.  I Cuttlebugged the silver piece of paper with the "traffic jam" folder.  The stripe across the bottom is a black piece of ribbon with a silver piece of ribbon on top of it.
Here is a close up of the cap, it is satin with some bling on it.
Can you believe it is already going to be graduation time, the year seems to be flying by.
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April 20, 2011

A Little Cotton Candy................... wish you the best day ever!  This week at Crafty Creations  our hostess is Amy  and our sponsor is Whimsie Doodles where this adorable image is among the new releases.   Go check out this website as I am sure you will find something you like there.
Ok so the challenge that Amy gave us this week was to use one of the Whimsie Doodles images and 1. use some technique (stamping, sewing distressing etc) 2. embellishments (we all know that part is easy LOL) 3.  Designer or pattern papers. easy peasey right? So hop on over and join us, you might win some images.
So here is my card for this week, it measures 5 x 7 and the base is a cream color.
Isn't she just the cutest thing.  I am so please with how this came out.  The spotted paper is DCWV form the "All Dressed Up" stack.    I printed the images on Heavenly White paper that I got from Paper Temptress, it is very heavy and has an ultra smooth finish, my Copics and ProMarkers go down very smooth on it and it does not bleed through the back.  For this image I used both my Copics and my ProMarkers, I am just building my Copics and I have the full set of ProMarkers so I used the ones where I had the correct color.   In case you are wondering about the two types of markers, I love them both the biggest difference I guess I see in them in the colors, I think the Promakers are a bit brighter but you can tone them down with lighter colors.  Now I did have some trouble once with them smearing the ink from my printer on one kind of paper (can't remember which one) and when I tried my Copics on the same printed image it did not smear.  I do love the paint brush tip on the Copics, so I will continue to build my Copics and use them together.
WELL...............boy was that a side track, sorry.  Back to the card. LOL  My embellishment is the brads I used on her dress and on the sentiment area.  Technique, I distressed the edges of the border paper (darker pink) with my Tim Holtz Distress Tool I love this thing.
When I first saw this image I thought gee she is holding an awfully plain ice cream cone, what am I going to do with it.  Well my sister-in-law was here last week and I had the image on my desk and she said "How are you going to do the cotton candy?" is cotton candy, then I had this brain storm, I took a cotton pad (like the kind you use to take off your make-up) and I sprayed it with Snow Angel Glimmer Mist and it added just the right color of pink and added a few sparkly spots that look like sugar, unfortunately I can not find that color anymore and I love it.  Then I cut out the cotton candy shape from another image and glued the cotton to it and wrapped it around the edges and stuck the whole thing on top of the image.  Here is a closer picture of it.
I covered the bows in her hair with Glossy Accents and also added a small pearl to her shoe as a button, you really can't see it in the picture.
Well thanks so much for stopping by and hop on over to Carfty Creations and play along with us.

April 16, 2011

Pretty Easter Egg

I feel like I cheated a bit on this card.  When I Googled Easter eggs and this image came up sp beautifully colored I could not resist, so I printed it on photo paper.
I followed the sketch this week at Stamp TV, if you have never play along at Gina Ks be sure you check it out as you can win a set of her stamps and they are wonderful stamps.
Unfortunately on this one I did not have any of her Easter stamps to use.
I printed the egg twice and then just cut out the ribbon part and pop dotted it on top to do some paper piecing.  It is hard to tell in the picture but the corner in the upper left is a separate corner piece cut out.  The corner and the border along the bottom is cut from Straight From the Nest, this cartridge has some awesome cuts, and a corner & a border feature.  I used my Nesties for the oval & scalloped oval behind the egg.
Thanks for stopping by and a Happy Easter to you and your family.

Bunnie, Bunnies, Bunnies

Last week Sheri at My Sheri Crafts asked me to be a guest designer this week.  Yippee, how exciting to be asked twice in one week.  Well the theme this week is BUNNIES, any kind of bunny works, so "hop" on over and give it a try.  Also at Creative Inspirations Challenge the theme is EASTER so I have entered this there.
My bunny is cut from Celebrate with Flourish cartridge and is about 3 inches.  I love the scroll work on him but to dress it up a bit I covered him with Fun Flock, and I also covered the grassy background with Fun Flock also.  I didn't like the way the flower part looked that cut out so I covered it up with some Martha Stewart flower stickers.
Here is a close up of the bunny.
You can see the flock a little better here.  The background striped paper and the white paper are glitter paper.  The "Happy Easter" is cut from MS Season Cake Art cartridge, I added a little glitter pen dots to it.  I also added some epoxy sticker eggs at the bottom.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a very Happy Easter.

April 15, 2011

Earth Day.....Trees

Last week I entered in the challenge at Raise the Bar which was April showers, I was shocked when I was asked by Joni to be a guest designer this week.  WOW thanks Joni.  This was my first time posting on this blog so I was quite excited to hear that I was a guest designer.


Since it is Earth Day on April 22nd, the theme this week is trees.  Make something with trees.  I made this card using a tree stamp that I have and then added Flower soft to the trees.  Since it is also Spring I wanted to make the tree look like they were just beginning to blossom, with a few blossoms on the ground.

Iused some plaid paper from one of my DCWV paper stacks.  The brown paper off on the left was just a plain piece of brown paper that I sprayed with Tom Holtz Walnut Ink spray.  It is pretty cool, I just sprayed it on the paper and it colored it, but the best part is that is also gives it texture, it almost feels like soft fabric.  I used the Terra Cotta color on this piece and the ran it through my Cuttlebug using the diamonds in the rough folder.
Here is a close up of the trees.

I distressed the edges of the paper and added brads to the corners.  I also chalked the paper behind the trees to look like clouds.

Thanks so much for stopping by, please leave me a comment so I know you have been here, and I love reading them.  And thanks again Joni for having me as a guest designer this week.

April 14, 2011

Check this out

There is a 30% off sale on the Scrapin Easel, check it out HERE.  It is pretty cool to work with when you are putting together a project.  It has magnets to hold everything in place.  Even Melanie at Courtney Lane Designs loves this thing and she is the queen of scrapbooking.  Now I do not scrapbook, but I intend to use this to make cards, I think it is perfect for assembling cards as well as scrapbook pages.  Here is a picture of it.  The discount code is EASELME,  hurry and get your now this sale lasts until April 17th.  They are in high demand right now.  Great for going to scraps as you can store paper in it and protect it from getting bent.  Click on my sidebar on the right hand side to order, thanks I pay the same as you but get credit if you order through my link. :0)
There is also a video you can watch to see out this works.  It offers you a pretty big work area but yet folds up to be portable.   Check out the video HERE
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April 13, 2011

Our little baby girl................

well our youngest Granddaughter turned 16 on Sunday so I made her this card.   This week at Craft Creations Challenge our challenge was to make a card using paper piecing.  Our hostess this week is Jenni and she is sponsoring this week and provided us with these adorable images.  It worked out perfect as I had to make this card this week anyways.  This card will also be entered into the challenge at FantabulousCricut where we had to make something for Spring using the colors, green, pink and yellow, go check it out as there is also a Crawl this week and you can win prizes.
Our granddaughter is not a big fan of pink, which is your first thought when coloring a dress for a little girl, but she does love green so that is why this color was picked.  I printed this image and colored it three times.  I colored it using my Copic markers, I think I am getting a bit better, just have to keep practicing.   The first image in printed directly on the white oval that I cut using my Nesties, the second image is completely cut out and layered on top of the base image, the third image I cut out only the dress (top & bottom) and layered it on top, hence the paper piecing.  Paper piecing is the technique of cutting out part of an image and layering or stacking it on top of the original image.  This is very fun and easy to do and adds a lot of dimension to your project.    I placed a rhinestone flower in her hair that was clear in color and I experimented and colored it with my Copic marker and it worked great, same with the one on top which is a bit easier to see.
Here is a side view showing the layers and the dimension.
You can see the flower in her hair better also.  I also added a row on rhinestones for her belt.  I did the polka dots on the top of her dress with a darker color green Copic.
Just an FYI (most of you may know) but the Carpe Diem Store has the sketch markers  on sale for $3.95, they will show as $4.87 but when you put them in your cart they are the sale price.  I got several and they are great to deal with.  Oops sorry for the side track :) back to the card.  The background paper is from K&Company - The Best of Brenda Walton stack, I just love this stack of paper is has so many wonderful papers in it and a large variety.
Now for the front saying to make sense here is the inside of the card...........sayings are all computer generated.
I cut this from the Cricut cartridge Forever Young.  I colored in her hair and added some sparkly accents to the outfit.  I think it is a fun card and am excited about how it turned out.  Let me know what you think.
Thanks for stopping by I love visitors and followers :).

Challenge - Make it Monday   Always Anything goes  -  ends 9/11

April 9, 2011

Zebra Paper Card

I made this card for my grandson girlfriends whose birthday is today Saturday.  She loves zebra prints.  I found this paper in DCWV All Dressed Up stack.  I made it following the sketch at Stamp TV, I love doing the challenges at Stamp TV because you could win a set of her stamps and they are fabulous.

The strip across the top is made using a Martha Stewart punch and I glued a piece of ivory ribbon on top of it.  The happy birthday is a Gina K stamp, so that means I get two entries,,,,,,,,,,YEAH.  That is right is you use her stamps in your entry you get entered twice for that week.  There is very little Cricut on this one, just the scalloped oval where the happy birthday is stamped.
I even finished the inside of this one.
Thanks so much for stopping by, leave me a comment so that I know you have been here.  Have a fabulous weekend.

April 8, 2011

Showered with Blessings.........

I made this card for a wedding shower for my "niece to be".  It was created following one of the sketches on RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board, also I will enter it at this week challenge at Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge me Monday and also at My Sheri Crafts. Now the themes at both this week is April Showers and you are to create a card using an umbrella or hat or something do to with April Showers.  Even though this is not an April Showers as per rain but it is an umbrella for an April wedding shower. :).  I hope this is a valid entry.
The umbrella is cut from the New Arrival cartridge even though this ia a wedding shower, I liked it a bit better than the one on Sweethearts.  I place small pearls along the bottom of the umbrella, and I cut off the bow part that cuts and added my own bow.   The squares at the bottom were cut using good old George, love this cartridge for shapes and added a few stickers on top.  The oval at the top is from Lacy Labels and stamped with a Gina K Designs stamp.  I love her stamps.  I added a few hearts raining down from the umbrella.   The umbrella and white squares are cut from pearlesence white paper and embossed with my Cuttlebug using Swiss Dots folder.

A close up of the umbrella that shows the pearls better and also the brown pearls that added t the oval.  The wedding colors are teal and brown which are great colors to put together.
Thanks so much for stopping by, please leave me a comment and let me know you were here.

April 6, 2011

Blog Award

Thanks you so much Rachel at My Creations for awarding me this blog award, and I apologize for taking so long to post it.  I try to be versatile but mostly what I end up with is cards.

Well here are the rules for the award. 
1.  Thanks the person who gave you this award
2.  Tell 7 things about yourself
3.  Pass this on to 15 of your blog friends
Now I understand that 15 bloggers are a lot, as I think we are mostly intertwined in our own little groups and most the blogger I know probably got this already, so if you can't make 15 that's OK, because I don't even think I can. 

So here are 7 things about me:
  I am married to a wonderful man
  I love making cards
  I have a paper addiction and lately a cartridge addiction also
  I have enabled two of my sister-in-laws to become card makers LOL
  I am disabled and can not work so I have all day to work on my cards
  We have 6 grown children and lots of grandkids and a few great ones!
  I recently was asked to be on the Design Team at Crafty Creations

Now for the blogs I want to pass this on to.
Thanks again Rachel for awrds me this award.


Puddle Hopping Anyone?

This image reminded of being young (a long time ago LOL) and jumping in the puddles when the April showers came.  Isn't it cute.  The theme this week at Crafty Creations Challenge the theme is rain showers.  Our hostess this week is Melissa, if you have never visited her blog please go check it out, she is awesome at coloring with Copic markers.  The sponsor this week is Some Odd Girl and her images are unique and very adorable. Her is the one I chose to use for this challenge.

This image also fits into the theme at My Sheri Crafts which is April showers. 
I colored her using my Copics, I am getting a little better at it as I use them more, still no where near Melissa's talent.  Although you can't see it well in the picture, I covered the boots, and umbrella with Glossy Accents.  The puddle I covered with Crackle Accents to give it more a cracked water look.  I found this paper with clouds on it in my stash and thought it was perfect for this image.  I hand cut out an extra cloud and popped dotted it.  The hat on the right hand corner of the circle is a sticker and feels like a real rubber hat.  The rain drops are also stickers.

Other challenges I have entered this card in:
Crafty Catz  April Showers
Crafty Calendar  April Showers
The Paper Variety  April Showers
Raise the Bar  April Showers

Thanks for stopping by and stop by Crafty Creations and join in the fun this week.
Now I have to give a special shout out to my dear friend Melissa as this is her last week of being on the Design Team at Crafty Creations, we will surely miss her talent here, but you can bet I will visit her blog often and see what she is up to!  BIG HUGS M!

April 4, 2011

Thanks - A - Latte!

Another card where the paper did a lot of the work.  I like when this happens as it helps me to get a card done a little faster.
I made this card following of the sketches this week for RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board.
The saying I printed on my printer and then for the first time ever, I cut around it using my Cricut and the Stamping cartridge.  I was real happy that I was finally able to do this and have it come out centered,  Yippee!  I went over the letters with my ProMarkers to give it some color.   The coffee cup was also cut from Stamping, layered then covered with Diamond Glaze.  The background paper I Cuttlebugged and misted it with Glimmer Mist to give it some sparkle to match the coffee cups at the bottom that are glittery.  And I actually finished the inside, simple but it is finished.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you like my card.

April 3, 2011

The Paper did the work

on this one.  This is a pretty simple card.  The bottom part is just the way the paper is, loved the flowers so I let the paper do the work. 
The center strip in glitter paper that I punched with a Fiskars punch and wove ribbon through the slits.  The label shape on the top I cut using Cricut cartridge Storybook.   The bow I tied using the "fork" method.
Not a very good picture but here is a close up of the bow.
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