May 25, 2011

Get Well..................Sassy Nurse

This week at Crafty Creations our challenge is to make a GET WELL card.  These are cards we never think of till we need them so it is nice to have a few made up and on hand.   We have a great sponsor this week also,  Digis With Attitude, make sure you stop by and check them out there are some cute ones.   They gave the design team a couple images to work with and as soon as I saw this one, I knew I wanted to make her into a "Sassy Nurse".
This one I colored using my Prisma Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits.  I love using this coloring technique as I can blend better this way.  I am still learning how to blend with my alcohol ink markers.  Either way of coloring white is always a challenge, what I did here was use gray at the shadow areas and blend it out, I think I did pretty good.   I thought since I was making her sassy  that red trim on her dress and red shoes was the way to go.  I even gave her red nail polish.  The frame cut is from Stretch Your Imagination cartridge,  then I also added a very pale blue shading around sassy.   Background paper is from DCWV Summer Dreams stack from a couple of years ago.

The sentiment was computer generated and I added a couple of red shinny brads and pop dotted it.
Inside sentiment is also computer generated, I even thought it up myself.  I had one of those days where I was a bit witty, hardly even happens.  LOL  The nurse hat is from Everyday Paper Dolls.

I will also be entering this in the following challenges:
2 Sister Challenges - use a digi ends 5/27
Stamps R Us  - use a digital image or paper ends 5/29
Truly Scrumptious Challenge - anything goes ends 5/31
I Did it Creations  - anything goes ends 5/28
Make it Monday - always anything goes ends 5/29
Creative Card Crew - anything goes ends 5/30

What do you think?  How do you like my sassy nurse.  So glad you stopped by, but be sure and head over to Crafty Creations and play along this week.

May 23, 2011

Summer Grillin

This is a fun card, that I will add a sentiment to later.  I think it would make a great guy birthday card, also a Fathers day card.  Unfortunately I no longer have my Father to give it to. 
The card measures 6 1/2 by 5 inches.  When I was looking through my paper and found this BBQ paper, I knew what I wanted to do because it would follow one of the sketches this week for RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board.  The oven mit and spatula are from From my Kitchen cartridge.  I cut the spatula four times, once from silver foil like paper.  I stacked all the brown cut out together then cut the bottom part off the silver one and glue it on top.   The oven mit was also cut several times, and I added a thread loop when I was gluing them together.  I hung them bot using some colored cord.  The top blue strip was punch with swiss cheese punch and Cuttlebugged.
This shows the silver a little better and also the cuff on the oven mit.   The blue paper I used for the oven mit has some fuzzy dots on it. 
Here are the challenges I will be entering this card in
Aud Sentiments  - no sentiment end 5/24
Crafty Catz  - Anything goes  end 5/26
Pennys Challenges  - Anything Goes ends 5/25
Stampavie & More - Summer end 5/24

Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love to read you comments and be thrilled if you saw fit to become a follower.

May 20, 2011

A Lovely Simple Card

I had such a hard time putting this card together but in the end I am happy with how it turned out.  I guess I had a hard time because my mojo was a bit gone and my mind kept jumping around.  Yikes!
This card was made following one of the sketches this week at Raqs Challenge on the Cricut message board.

I cut out several things as I was trying to make a decorative frame around the card.  So here is what I did and I wish I had taken photos as I went along (I will try and remember to do that), I love using Stretch Your Imagination for its frames.  The loopy white area is one of the frames on Stretch Your Imagination but the center of it is rectangular and I wanted it to be oval so using my Gypsy I placed an oval shape from George over the rectangle and hid some of the cuts I didn't need cut.  When I do something I usually cut it from just plain inexpensive white cardstock  to see if it is what I really want.  I have a hard time just seeing it on the screen, I need the actual piece, I know the Gypsy is suppose to help you not have to do that to save paper but I still like to see it, plus having a cut out helps me pick out my papers to use.   I liked the way this one looked and liked the size which is 5 1/2 inch square so I decided to use this and started to look for papers.  Well still I am always trying things and playing around I took the frame cutout and covered it with Versamark watermark ink and sprinkled it with white pearl embossing powder and heated it.  I like the way the color looked so I found a paper that went well with the pearl look.   So in this case my sample cut was not a waste.  Of course they never are a waste as I have a tray I throw them in and then split them up and give them to my two sister-in-laws that I got into card making.  The love getting their packets now and then. :)  The background paper I chose is from DCWV Luxury stack, as it has a pearl like shimmer to it.
For the center oval I did the same thing, cutting it out of plain white paper till I got the size and shape I wanted.  The scalloped part was cut from Ashley's Alphabet , and the back part from George.  What would I do without good old George.   The center part I did cut out on an iovry pearl paper and then stamped it with a Gina K stampe from the Hugs & Paryers set and heat embossed it with Champagne Pearl powder.  The scalloped part again I covered with Versamark and covered it with the same Champagne powder, however I did it three times on this to give it a very smooth almost look of metal.  I pop dotted the oval to give the card more depth.  Here is a closer look.
Now I wish I would have given the frame an additional coat of powder.   I also saved the negative cuts (pieces left on the mat) using tacky drywall tape.  I will use it someday on another card.  Here is a picture of it on the tacky mess, I also prayed it with Glimmer Mist to give it a golden orange color.

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card.  I would love to hear what you think. Thanks

I will be putting this into the following challenges.
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Paper Play - Sparkle Galore
Paper Pretties - Flowers
Papertake Weekly  - Grow - Bloom

May 18, 2011

Sunshine - Best Friends

I am so excited about this card for a bunch of reasons..  First of all the May challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge where you have to pick a line from the Tic-Tac-Toe board and work those these elements into your card.  Quite a challenge, actually it was a challenge just picking which line to use.  LOL.    I chose the first row down for my card.
 I had not made an easel card in a long time so I was excited to try it again.
Folded the card is 5 1/2 inch square.   For my "sun shape" I used the hills and sun cut from the Country Life cartridge.  I just recently got this cartridge so this was my first time using it.  It has a lot of cute things on it.  Now I went WAY out of my normal comfort zone in that I used a variety of patterned papers for my hills.  I usually use more true colors for the objects but I am trying to force myself out of my box.  I think it turned out good.  I also used the new Cricut Craft Room on-line software for this cut.  The flowers were cut from the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge.  I love flowers so this cartridge is right up my alley.  I tried to use the Cricut Craft Room for the flowers but it would not recognize the cartridge :(.  I cut them several times in various sizes then sprayed them with Glimmer Mist and layered them together and added a brown pearl in the center.  Here is a closer picture of the flowers.
The stems are vine ribbon that I bought, it works great as the stems.  The "shine" was cut from Calligraphy Collection cartridge, and the grass along the bottom is from Everyday Paper Dolls.
The last thing I am excited about this card, is that I made it to send to my best friend from high school, hence the "best friend" stamp.  We had lost track of each other and had not heard from each other or talked for years, then we "ran into" each other on Facebook and she called me the other day.  It was great to catch up and at least know that now we can keep in touch.  She lives in Minnesota and I in Arizona so not sure when we will get to see each other so I wanted to send her a card to tell her I enjoyed talking and also to show her what I do.  So I added a small writing panel inside the easel card.

Although this is not one of Delicious Doodles images, which I absolutely love, I am always inspired my techniques, sketches and all the other talented bloggers out there, so I will enter this into there challenge.  I love to look at all my papers, cartridges and other tools to get my inspiration for a card.
This card also fits into the following challenges
Desert Island Crafts - chose 3 items
Anything Challenge  - Bingo ribbon/flower/die cuts
Scrappy Frogs - Anythings Goes (out of comfort zone)
Sew Many Challenges - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky Challenges  - Make your own flowers

Well  I am so glad you stopped by and I hope you like my card enough to leave me some love on my blog.  I would also be thrilled if you saw enough to want to become a follower.  Someday I will make it to 200 followers LOL

Poppies by Tiffany Doodles.

I am so excited this week to be the hostess at Crafty Creations Challenge and super excited that Tiffany at Tiffany Doodles agreed to be my sponsor.  She has some of the most awesome images, you really do need to go check them out.

Original Digital Stamps

I especially love her flowers so my challenge is, use a flower image, pattern paper and a ribbon somewhere on your project.  It does not have to be one of Tiffany's images but I am sure she would really appreciate if you did.  Hop on over to Crafty Creations and post your project as you could win your choice of 5 of Tiffanys images.  How cool is that.  Plus she is always coming out with new releases.  Also you will want to check out what our design team at Crafy Creations has come up with using her images.
I used her poppy image, as poppies are my favorite flowers and I am really trying to improve my alcohol marker coloring, be it Promarkers or Copics.

I printed and colored a second image so I could pop dot a couple of the poppies to give it dimension.  The label was cut using my Cricut and stamped with one of Gina K Designs stamps.  I thought the saying fit the image perfectly.  I also liked the way the polka dot ribbon looked with the stripes.  Here is a close up of the poppies, I love the way the colors came out.
I will also be entering this card in Tiffany Doodles Flower Power Challenge, you have till May 21th to post your card.
Another thing I wanted to point out is Tiffany has some of her images that fit perfectly if you want to cut them with your Spellbinder Nesties, which is what I did with this one.
Other challenges that I will enter this in
A Spoon Full of Sugar - anything goes
Clear it Out Challenge - use coloring mediums
Delightful Sketches  - Flowers
Paper and Such - Birthday   This is a brand new challenge blog make sure you check it out.
Well thanks for stopping by and be sure and head on over to Crafty Creations and post your project.  I would love to hear what you think of my poppies.

May 16, 2011

Blog Award

It is always such an honor that someone thinks enough of my blog/work to pass an award on to me.  And now to have this award passed on to me by two different people is unbelievable.

Thanks you so much to Bobby & Jill at The Cricut Couple who has some of the most amazing work out there in blog land and to Scrappin with Cricut that is also very creative and offers a lot of inspiration.

Here are the rules for the award

Here are the rules for the Cricut-tastic Award:

Your blog has been deemed Cricut-tastic. Wear this badge proudly on your blog and share it with your friends. Share this award with 10 people who you think have Cricut-tastic blogs. You also have to tell 5 Cricut related things about yourself.

Here are the 5 Cricut-tastic things about myself:

1. I love doing challenges especially sketch one.
2. I spend all day almost everyday in my room working on my cards
3. I am a paper addict, I think we all are LOL
4. I love using my Cricut & Gypsy
5. I have to be the slowest card maker ever!

I know we are all busy and sometimes it is hard to pass these awards
on and I understand, I also realize that some may have already received it but I like these blogs. (no need to do it again) But here are some blogs that I would like to pass this on
Daily Grace Creations
Mee Mees Creations
Going Buggy
Always Crafting
Created by Tatiana
Bling Queen Lv Scrapin
Touched by a Butterfly
Cards by Shelly

Thanks again to the Cricut Couple and Scrappin with Cricut.

May 15, 2011

Asian Themed Card

I love red & black together when making an Asian card, I just think it fits well.  This card was made following a sketch this week on the Cricut message board.
The Asian lady is Cuttlebugged using one of the folders in the Asian pack.  I ran it through on Core'dinations black cardstock with a red core.  I sanded it down to expose the red, but I wanted a brighter red then what came through so I rubbed a red ink pad over the raised areas to give it more color.  The background red paper I stamped randomly with some Asian themed stamps using my Versamark watercolor.   At Stamp TV the challenge was to make your own patterened paper so I will be adding this to their challenge.  I will also being adding it to the "Anything Goes" challenge at Penny's Challenges The fence was cut a 4 inches wide using Pagoda cartridge.
I added a couple of red & gold Dazzles to the fan and framed the lady with shinny gold paper.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed what you have seen here enough to leave me a comment, I just love to read them.

May 14, 2011

A Guy Happy Birthday

My grandson turned 18 on May12th so I made his this card.  It is rather simple but I think it came out well.
The upper part of the card is pearlescence dark blue that I Cuttlebugged.  Both papers are from Hot Off the Press Masculine papers.  The bottom I ripped then inked and rolled the top edge slightly.  The tag is from a K&Company tag pad, that I stamped using one of my Gina K Designs stamps.  Happy Birthday is a vinyl sticker.
The fun or special part of this card is the button.  It is made from paper, something that was in my SplitCoast Stampers newsletter.  There are so many fun things at SplitCoast Stampers, it is where I go if I want some ideas and inspiration.
Now the button, I cut five 3/4 inch circles using my Cricut and two 3/4 inch rings then glued them all on top of each other.  I then used my Crop-a-Dial to punch the two holes through all the layers.  I covered the whole thing with Tim Holtz Crackle Accents.  When it dried I re-pinched the holes so I could thread the rope through the holes. I also entered this card into the challenge at Stamp TV where you had to use two designer papers.  This also fits the challenge at Divas by Design, which is "anything goes" and Stamping with Denise, and Sew Many Challenges, Stamp Challenges all of which are anything goes.
There are endless possibilities for this technique as you can make any shape and color you need to match your project perfectly.
Here is a look at the inside.

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear from you and be even more thrilled if you liked what you saw enough to become a follower.

May 13, 2011

Kokopelli Birthday Card

I love the way this one came out.  Again my background paper was made using the shaving cream method I talked about in my last post HERE.  I made it following one of the sketches at RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board. 
 Although it is hard to tell the board paper is shimmery copper colored.  The Kokopelli is a stamp I got from My Heart Stamps 4 U, they have some great stamps and if you buy the unmounted sheets it is a pretty good bargain.  I stamped them and heat embossed them with copper embossing powder.  The circle I cut using George and I also cut the happy birthday label with George.  In Design Studio I put two small rectangles inside the larger one so I could feed the copper paper through the holes, I hope this makes sense LOL.  I doodled a bit around the turquoise circle using my white pen.

I am also entering this card into the challenge this week at Clearly I Stamp where the challenge is to use the color TURQUOISE.

Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment so I know that you have been here.

May 11, 2011

Mother's Day Card

This is the card I made for my Mother, but I know she checks my blog once in a while so I thought I would wait to post it.   Also this week at Crafty Creations it is "anything goes", so why not come over and join us, it can't be any easier then that.

The colors on this card are so so pretty in person and just could not get a good picture of it.  The Happy Mother's Day is computer generated and printed on pearl white paper and cut with my Spellbinders.  I struggled a long time with card as I wanted to make sure and so something that left a lot of the background paper
showing.   Here is the inside, also computer generated.

I made the background paper using shaving cream..............I learned this technique by watching a video on Gina K Stamp TV there are lots of fun different techniques there so be sure and check it out.   Click HERE to watch the shaving cream video. 
The only problem is that you can not duplicate it again.  I have a few pictures to share, it is a messy process but so worth it.
Here is my paper plate of colored shaving cream.
I used my Cricut mat scrapper to scrape the excess off the paper.  Here are all the pices of paper I made using this batch of shaving cream.  The light colored one is the first piece I made then I added more colors.
I tried adding a few other things, like the small piece at the top right hand side of the picture I rubbed some Stickles over it, but I am not sure i like it.  I had only 3 colors of ink when I made this so I was very limited, but since I have picked up some more. 
Thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoyed this post and will give the shaving cream technique a try.

May 4, 2011

Masculine Birthday Card

I tried so hard to keep this card male or guy like. I think I did OK, was a little worried about the ribbon, what do you think?

Did I pull it off?  The ovals were cut using my Cricut.  The paper are from Paper Wishes masculine stack.  Great papers in here I wish I would have ordered two.  I made this card following the sketch this week at Sweet Stop Sketches SSS206.  The "happy birthday" is a Sweet & Sassy stamp.  The bottom border is a Martha Stewart punch. 
I wish the color would have shown up better but the two round buttons at the bottom are like chestnut brown color.  The top button I feed the ribbon through the holes and tied it.  I Cuttlebugged the center oval.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like my card.

Happy Anniversary

My BFF and her husband will be celebrating their anniversary this weekend and the challenge/theme at Crafty Creations this week in anniversary so it worked out perfectly.  This weeks sponsor is Just Some Lines where there are some great digital images.  Now I kind of messed up and didn't use one of the images, when I read the challenge, I took just some lines as meaning to have some lines in your project.  Well dummy me it did not dawn on me till my card was completed what it meant, oops.

 So see the lines in there?  I felt bad but I am a very slow card maker and just did not have time to re-do it.  The "happy anniversary" is from Martha Stewart Elegant Cake cartridge, that I had my Cricut write or print using my Cri-Kits pens.  This works great for fine and skinny cuts that sometimes don't cut too well.  Once it was printed I colored it in using my ProMarkers.  The corners and the small hearts are Dazzle stickers.  I added the buttons to the buttons that I clipped the post off the back so they would lay flat.
Here is the inside that is computer generated.

Well thanks for stopping by and make sure you hop on over to Carfty Creations and join in the fun.

May 1, 2011

Birdcage Card

I had brought the Cricut cartridge Straight From the Nest a while back, it has a lot of nice features on it especially the corner feature.  I had not used it in a while but when the sketches came out at RAQ's Challenge this week on the Cricut message board, I went straight to this cartridge.  If you have a Cricut and your are looking for some inspiration or just have fun stop by and join in, there is a bunch of great ladies there.  I will tell you that I feel like my card making has improved ten fold since I started to do these challenges a year or two ago.  We love new people.

On to my card, the sketch sample had a birdcage on it and I knew I had the Mariposa DCWV stack that would go well with a birdcage cut, my problem was picking which paper from this beautiful stack.
  The card measures 4 x 8 inches, which if a fun size to work with, the only thing is I had to make an envelope to fit it.  Business size 10 envelope is a bit too long.  The birdcage is cut at about 2 3/4 inches and has 3 layers, a shadow, the cage and another layer that is part of the cage area, oh and of course the bird :).  The entire birdcage was cut from white cardstock.  The red part I colored using Distressed Ink Fired Brick and then sprayed it with Scarlet Glimmer Mist.  The shadow I sprayed with charcoal Glimmer Mist and the bird I inked it yellow, sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and then covered it with Glossy Accents.  I love Glimmer Mist, as you can tell so this has a lot of subtle shimmer.
The top layer of the cage kind of rolled slightly when I sprayed it so that is was the shape of a dome, which was kind of cool.  I cut the bar part across the opening (the bar the bird sits on) then when I glued that piece on top I glued just along the edges so it looks 3D and set the bird inside on the perch, oh yeah that is what that thing is called.  LOL

I "hung" the birdcage from a piece of gold chain like cord.  The corners were also cut from Straight From the Nest out of white and sprayed with the charcoal.  The happy birthday is actually a sticker, brackets around the sentiment were cut from Alphallious cartridge.   I struggled with what sentiment to use, I was going to make it a sympathy card to have it one hand but it just did not look right to me, so a birthday card is always safe and will always get used.
 I also linked this card up to Make-it-Monday  challenge, where every Monday there is an anything goes challenge.
Well I am so glad you came and checked out my blog, I would love to read your comment.