Sunday, January 30, 2011

Shape card from Paisley Cricut Cartridge

I decided to participate in the color challenge for Wacky Wednesday over at More than Favors.  The challenge was to use the colors brown, pink and green.  I decided  to go with the boots on the Paisley cart that I haven't used in eons.  Because I used my neglected Paisley cart this card also fits the criteria for Challenge #44 over at Fantabulous Cricut Flaunt Fridays.

Momo's shape card really inspired me at More than Favors.  In fact, I loved it so much I created my own butterfly shape card too.  You can see my butterfly card here.

I used my gypsy to weld 2 boots together to create the card.  I used a scrap of patterned paper that is missing the info on who made it.  I've had it for a while and use it sparingly because I love it so.  Cardstock is all from DCWV.  I used my white Souffle pen (which is almost empty, another excuse to go shopping!!) for the stitching and some Stickles on the ladybug decal.

I always love to look at rainboots to see what new fun colors and patterns come out each year. I thought these were very cheery for a rainy day!


Butterfly Shape Card

I loved Momo's butterfly shape card.  It was made from Rock Princess, which if you have been following my blog you know I just won that cart and it arrived yesterday.  I couldn't resist scraplifting her idea.  Love it, Love it!

The grey, pink and grey glitter cardstock are all from DCWV.  Pearls are from Prima and the patterened paper is some I've had for ever and just found it as I was re-organizing.  I think it came from a stack.  I used my white Souffle pen for the stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!


Just can't decide

So yesterday I mosted my entry for the most recent Basicgrey Challenges and it's also an entry for the design team.  Well this was my 1st attempt.  I used dp from Mellow and I just can't decide if I like this one.  I think what is bothering me most about the card is the blue cardstock.   Maybe I should have distressed it so it wasn't so bright or used a lighter color.  I wanted to provide some separation between the patterened papers.  I'd love to hear you opinions on where it went wrong!   Let me know what you think.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Basicgrey Challenge #36 and Design Team Call

Basicgrey Challenges is looking for some new design team members.  To apply you had to submit entries for challenges #35 and #36.  Challenge #36 was called Flower Power.  They wanted to see flowers in our entries.  All DP is from Basicgrey Lemonade.  Stamp is one of my favorites and is from Inkadinkado.  The image is colored with colored pencils and the paper behind the image was debossed with CB Swiss Dots folder.  Beaded vines, cream flowers and centers are Prima.  Pink ribbon is unknown from my stash.  The pink flowers are homemade. 

I cut 4 - 1" circles, spritzed them with water mister and wad them up.  Flatten them back out and run a brad thru the center.  Pull each layer up to the center around the brad, nice and tight.  Once all the layers are pulled up then you can push them back out a bit to get the look you want.  After they dried I spritzed with Irridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.  Next time I think I will spritz with the mist before threading them on the brad.  Another option for sparkle is to put some glue on the edges of the flower and sprink some glitter on.  I'm going to try that on an upcoming creation!  These flower are also cute made with a scallop punch.  Sadly my scallop punches created a flower the size of a real carnation.  I didn't feel like cutting any smaller with my cricut though you could do that too.

And finally a peak at the inside!  I used a MS border punch

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak at my creation!  How exciting it would be to be selected as a design team member!  I love BG papers and have since they first came out.  I've still got some pieces from the original lines.

Should you be interested in seeing my entry for challenge #35 Dot and Spots, Click Here.


Woo Hoo!! Look what came in the mail today!

I won a cartridge and embossing folders over at Tutus and GlueDots from the wonderful Michelle Lanning.  Be sure to check out her blog as she is wonderfully creative.  Can't wait to see what she has to show us after CHA this weekend!

Thanks so much Michelle!  Can't wait to start cutting with this one!


Friday, January 14, 2011

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Happy Birthday

Happy Wed evening!  Hump day is nearly over!  I loved the color combo over at ColourQ.  They are so bright and cheery.  They remind me of something DD would wear.

I also loved the sketch at The Sweet Stop.  So I combine the two challenges this week and here is what I came up with.

All patterned pattern is an older MME line.  Image is from The Greeting Farm.  The sentiment inside the card is Hero Arts.  I don't know for sure who the maker of the sentiment on the front was from.  Flowers are Prima and Hero Arts.  Thanks for stopping to take a look!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cricut Valentines from "Handyman" cartridge

As promised, I finally finished the series of cards I was making for Valentine's Day from the Handyman cricut cart. 

I Dig You - I also used Plantin and Live Simply carts.  Butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.  Background paper is from American Crafts.  The rest is scraps of various manufactures.  To give the grass a little more dimension I used a green Copic marker to added more color.

It's really hard to get a good picture of this one.  For the level, I put stickles where the bubble's are and added white to each side of the bubble to highlight it.  All cardstock was scraps.

It's snowing like crazy here in the Midwest.  Can't wait to drive into work tomorrow and am supposed to go to Doane College where DS is participating in a honor choir.  The snow moved up the concert time from 7pm to 2:15p.  I'll have to see if I can get off work early as it's a couple of hours away.  Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by!


Hoo's Having a Birthday

Our little neighbor's boy is have a birthday on the 15th.  He will be 7 years old.  He's a really super sweet kid and we will be headed over there for a party next weekend.  I got him a gift card so I need a card that could hold it.   I made this card using the colors red, turqouise and white.  There's also a hint of grey that for some reason looks a little green.  I promise it is grey.  This color combo was the challenge over at More than Favors.  It was an interesting combo that wouldn't have occurred to me to use.  Also over at JUGS, the challenge was to make a lined envelope to go with our card.  Stamps used are Hero Arts and Inkadinkado.  Patterned paper is from a pack I bought eons ago and I couldn't tell you how made.  Cardstock is all various manufactures.  I added faux stitching around the front of the card and pearl dots from a 3-D paint writer.  Since it's for a little boy, I couldn't part with any of my real pearls.  I also used Hoot n Holler, George & Basic Shapes and Gypsy Wanderings cricut cartridges.  This might be one of my favorite cards.  I can tell you that I will be going back and adding a different owl to the pocket the giftcard is in.  It's definitely lacking pizzaz there.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Here's the card and envelope.  The white lettering is actually sparkled with stickles.

Here you can see the stickles.

Front of the envelope.

Inside of the card.  This red pocket is where I'll add a different owl.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Cricut Valentine Card

I am continuing with my Valentine's cards using the Cricut Lite Handyman cartridge.  I actually cut this hammer on accident (was day dreaming I'm sure).  So instead of wasting the cut I decided to come up with a little Punny phrase to go with it.  I ran cardstock thru one of my cuttlebug folders (the only one I have with hearts on it).  I had a package of Valentine chipboard shapes from Making Memories.  I coated them in glitter glue.  Nope not stickles but same concept.  Since this was for a card and I had big bottles of a few colors I decided to work on using them up.  

I still have a few more of these valentines to make.  I hope to get them all created and posted tomorrow.  We'll see how the day goes.  If it's snowing like they are predicting then I won't be going anywhere.  I'd love to know what you think about this series that I have been working on!  Thanks for stopping by!


Basic Grey Challenge - Dots and Spots

The Basic Grey Challenge was to include dots and spots in our card.  I decided to do a 5 1/2" square card for this challenge.  I used Key Lime Pie from The Lollipop Shoppe (I know it's an oldy but I love the bright colors) for my dots.  All of the rest of the cardstock used is basically scraps.  The image is from The Greeting Farm.  I love their stamps.  The rose flourishes were cut on my cricut using MS Elegent  Cakes cartridge.  The ladybug American Crafts and I used lots of stickles for some wonderful sparkle. 

 I've decided this year that I am also going to start trying out for some design teams.  What's the worst that can happen?  I'm just not selected and that's ok.  My new motto is nothing ventured, nothing gained.  So I am submitting this for DT consideration also.  Thanks to all who stop by and visit.  I would sure like to hear from you!


Color Throwdown #123

Here is my submission for the Color Throwdown Challenge #123.  I didn't have all of the colors listed for the challenge but I think I got pretty close.  I did have the cameo coral.  I ran cameo coral cardstock thru one of my cuttlebug folders.  I cut the frame and vine with my cricut and the Cindy Loo cartridge.  I hand cut the leaves, scored and curled them.  I smeared (for lack of a better description) my flowers on the ink pad before rolling them.  Rather than putting pearls in the center of each I used a 3-D paint in a pearl tone.  Lastly I cut a border with one of my EK success punches.

Thanks for stopping by to look at my project!  Hope everyone is having a good weekend!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Last Cricut Valentine

This is my last post for the evening.  I made this with the Cricut Lite Handyman cart again.  I cut the tape measure at 3".  I ran the white cardstock thru a cuttlebug folder.  Sentiment is computer generated.  All items used were scraps again.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  I'd love to read your comments!

Have a good night all!


Cricut Valentine Cards

I can't remember the last time I have had this much time to spend in my scrapbook room.  It's great.  I decided today to try creating a few valentine cards for guys.  I bought this Cricut Lite Handyman cart thinking I could do some layouts about my "handy" DH.  Well the cart has not been used.  So I got online looking for puns related to tools.  I found a few.  I've only gotten 2 of the cards done so far but I have 5 more planned.  I will work on more this week and might even get another done tonight.  I couldn't wait til the whole set was done though.  They are to fun not to share now.  I printed the sayings though I think this would be a great set for someone to create in stamps (hint... hint...).  The drills were cut at 3".  All cardstock is scraps that I a trying to use up.  The only way to get more at my house is to use up what I have :)

 I know what you are thinking.  These aren't very Valentine colors but you have to understand that DH likes his DeWalt which is yellow.  For those of you who would like to model the drill after a Craftsman can make it red and black!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look and make sure to stop back later this week.  The rest of them will different tools from this.  I'll try and sneak some red into those :)


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy Birthday - C4C68

The challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges was to "Celebrate Something".  I have been dying to try the Action Wobbles that I received.  If you haven't heard of them, you definitely need to check them out.  Go to for more info.  I got a few when they were sending out free samples.  I can't wait to order more after I use all I have.  When I got them, I really didn't think they would have much "Boing".  Boy was I wrong!  Once I got Minnie attached, it bounces around like a bobble head.  Too fun!  I decide to celebrate my sister's birthday that is coming up this month.  She will love the wobble in this card.  I wish I knew who made the Happy Birthday stamp I used.  It's a fun one that I have used often.  I'm thinking it must have been a $1 stamp from somewhere because I don't remember it being part of a set.  Ribbon is from American Crafts.  All cardstock is from various manufacturers and the patterend paper is some I found while re-arranging my scrap space this weekend.  I don't know who made it either.  There are some stickles on Minnie's bow and her eyes for a dash of sparkle.  Last but not least, I used one of my EK Sucess punches on the white mat.

I tried to take a picture of the Action Wobble.  It is basically a little plastic spring sandwiched between 2 sticky sheets.  One attaches to the card and the other to the item you want to bobble around.  What an awesome idea this was.  Wish I had thought of it :)

Have you used any Action Wobbles?  I'd love to hear what you thought of them!  Be sure to check out other submissions at Crazy 4 Challenges.


Hello Friend

My New Year's goal is too start REALLY putting my cricut and all of my cartridges to use.  I really good at collecting and not always so good about using.  So I made this card with the My Pink Stamper design team challenge in mind.  I really like how the card turned out but I felt like the pink was a little too red for the challenge.  If you roll on down to my next post you'll see what my finally entry was for the challenge.  I used the MS Elegent Cake cart for this one.  The stamp is a sentiment that I have had for eons and I can't tell you where it came from or who made it.   Sorry...   The green cardstock has a wonderful shimmer to it though hard to tell in the pictures.  The pink/red flowers were cut from and old scrap of Basic Grey.  The brown paper is from a stack that is really old.  DD and I just made over my scrapbook room and I discovered some long lost papers.  Aahh, but I digress.  I'll tell you more about DD and the end of this post.  I ran the brown paper thru my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  Here is the finished product.

So back to DD....  It is now OUR scrapbook room so you will start seeing some creations from her too.  She loves to see what is happening on all the blogs I follow and making cards for challenges.  She decided to start her own blog so she can participate in challenges too.  Her blog is Gurly Gurl and she is so excited watching and hoping to get some followers.  She will be posting her 1st challenge card tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!


My Pink Stamper Design Team Call

Hi all!  I decided to try out for the My Pink Stamper Design Team.  Robyn's challenge for the opportunity to be on her DT was to create a card using her favorite colors - Pink, Green, Brown and 1 optional color.  I chose white as my optional color.

Propped open so you can see how it opens.

How it looks closed.

I made this card using my gypsy, Smiley Cards, George and Basic Shapes and Forever Young carts.  I started with the HA-P B-DAY phrase from Smiley Cards.  I welded a rectangle from George to the phrase and this became the card base.  I cut the base out of white cardstock.  Then I cut the phrase again at the same size as the 1st but in light pink and with out the rectangle attached.  I cut the girl from Forever Young.  She is actually holding a purse and I think has a flower at her waist but I chose to hide those on my gypsy and not cut them out.  Sometime at this small size it can be difficult to get a nice, clean cut.  Also my cutting mat is on it's last leg.  I have a couple on order that I hope to have by the end of the week :) 

Now to put it all together.  I layered the light pink phrase right over the white.  I dressed my girl in her little green dress and added stickles to her pink trim and a rhinestone to hair for a touch of sparkle

White cardstock - Georgia Pacific
Light Pink, Dark Pink and Brown cardstock - DCWV
Green cardstock is shimmery but I'm not sure who makes it.  It came in a paper stack that I loved so much, I only have scraps left.
Pink cardstock (dress trim) - LYB

If anyone is interested in the .gypsy file, leave me a comment and I can send it to you. 

This was really a challenge for me.  Usually the only time I would use Pink and Green together is with flowers and leaves.  I am proud of how this turned out!  I would love to hear what you think too.