Saturday, May 29, 2010

Creative Card: MPS Father's Day Challenge

The Pink Stamper has a Father's Day themed challenge going on right now, and the prize is a Cricut Expression - woohoo!  Now, I don't need an Expression, but my mom does.  (She doesn't know it yet, but she does!)  The new Gypsy update has made using the Sweethearts cartridge so much easier, so get ready - I will probably be doing a lot of projects with it.  

This card is for my husband (that's kind of obvious, right?).  I had actually planned to make one for my daughter to give him, but when I asked her what kind of card we should make for her daddy, she told me he liked princess cards, so I decided to save that one for another day.  :)

Materials Used:
  • Base trimmed to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (folded - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
  • Mat trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4 - K & Company "cut n paste" Mat Pad
  • Accent trimmed to 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 - embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots A2 Folder
  • Couple cut at 4" from Sweethearts (p 40)
  • Ribbon - 3/8" Red Grosgrain
  • Sentiment - "Happy Father's Day to my sweetheart!" printed using Lucinda Handwriting - printed, crumpled (evidently, crumpled up paper = masculine to me) and inked
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - coffee bean, pearlescent ivy, cosmic copper
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - maroon (skirt and shoes)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - white
Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Creative Card: Froggy {hugs}

Nicole from Canadian Nickel Scrap'n posted a cute frog card that she will be sending on to Lisa C.'s sister, Jayme, who has terminal cancer.  If you have a few minutes, why don't you try and come up with a cute or funny card (no get well cards) featuring a frog and send it Jayme's way.  For more information, click HERE!  I couldn't think of any funny sentiments, so I just left the card kind of plain.  There are soo many cute frogs on lots of different Cricut cartridges, but I am still partial to this little frog prince from Paisley.  He looks like he's ready to leap off the page to give you a hug or maybe even a slimy kiss.  Hope this brings a smile to Jayme!

Materials Used:
  • 4 1/2 square Easel Card (Nicole has easy to follow directions HERE)
  • 4 x 4 patterned paper - g.c.d. studios - "Cloisonné" 8 x 8 paper pad
  • Frog Prince cut at 3 1/4 from Paisley - embossed his tummy using Cuttlebug A2 Swiss Dots folder.
  • Ribbon - 3/8 pink grosgrain
  • Tsukineko Ink - Ivy and Pearlescent Olive 
  • Stickles - Cotton Candy
  • Gem - K & Company
  • To see my super easy method to line envelopes - click HERE

Creative Card: Bingo Birthday!

Today's card is for one of my favorite people - my sweet husband!  He's not really a "card" kind of guy, but I can't let his birthday go by without making him one.  I didn't use the Cricut at all for this one - what the what?  I know...  I was completely inspired by the "bingo" mat from the K & Company "Cut n Paste" Designer Mat Pad.  I typically don't share a lot of personal information on the blog - I tend to focus primarily on my crafty endeavors, but here it husband and I started dating when we were 17 and 18 years old and we got married 5 years later.  (He took me to my senior prom for goodness sake!)  I really did hit the jackpot the day he was born.  He is my best friend and I love him more than words can express.  Not many people can say that they "grew up" with their spouse, but I am lucky enough to have watched him grow into a man, become a wonderful husband and an even more amazing dad.  

OK...enough mushy stuff and on to the card!

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 red cardstock trimmed to 8 x 10 (folded to 5 x 8)
  • 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 mat from K & Co. "Cut n Paste" Designer Mat Pad
  • 1 1/2 x 4 3/4 accent from K & Co. "Cut n Paste" Designer Mat Pad
  • "bingo" game pieces - I embossed a scrap of the red cardstock used for the card's base using the Cuttlebug's Snowflakes A2 Embossing folder and then used my 3/4" circle punch to cut out 5 circles.
  • Sentiment: "the day you were born..." & "I hit the JACKPOT!!!" were printed on cream cardstock using the "American Typewriter" font.  I then trimmed down the paper, crumpled it up (that was fun) and inked the edges.
  • Ribbon - from Michael's
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Creative Card: Princess Card-Set

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I am trying to resist buying any new Cricut cartridges until my birthday in August.  (Keep in my mind my husband and my mom both laughed out loud when I told them my plan.  Little do they realize that they have just strengthened my resolve.  I also promised to not buy any new paper packs - somehow I think that might be more difficult.)  In the spirit of using some of my more neglected cartridges, I designed some shape cards using the Disney Princess: Happily Ever After cartridge.  I know that some of the Disney cartridges are a bit detailed, but there are some great images hidden in the booklet - you just have to do a bit of searching.  

I also did my first "paper-crafting" video - it was a bit trickier than I thought.  I actually think I had an easier time demo-ing the hair accessories.  Hope you enjoy!

Materials Used:

  • The dresses and their shadows were all cut at 4 1/4 from Disney Princess: Happily Ever After  (They won't fit in a standard A2 envelope, but they will fit in a 4x6 envelope)
  • Cuttlebug's A2 D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder
  • Tsukineko Pigment Inks - Platinum Planet and Pearlescent Orchid
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet

That is just a 99 cent gift bag from Target - but I think the dress really livens it up and my 2 year old identified each of the Disney princess' dresses, so I think they are pretty recognizable.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Garden Trellis"

On Fantabulous Cricut over the weekend, they posted a tip about creating your own paper lace.  I've been meaning to try this ever since I got my Expression and seeing their post jogged my memory.  I actually created a more intricate design using my Gypsy and the Storybook cartridge, but I think it may have freaked my Gypsy out a took 5 minutes (seriously) for it to "weld."  If I am brave enough to open the file again, I will try and do another layout using that design.

This "paper lace" is actually part of the argyle card from Wild Card.  Using my Gypsy, I turned the "aspect ratio link" off and used the "true size" button to stretch the image to 4 x 12 (not really 12, but as close as I could get without using my 12x24 mat).  I also used the Walk in My Garden cartridge (see...I really am trying to use my more neglected carts this week) to cut the hydrangeas and the flower pot.  The  hydrangeas are beautiful, but holy cow - it took close to 10 minutes to cut out the hydrangeas and the flower pot.  It's a good thing that I just changed my blade, so it was extra sharp to handle the teeny cuts.

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Flower Shower Cardstock Stack
  • Photo mats trimmed to 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "trellis" cut at 4" x 12" from Wild Card
  • trellis background - trimmed to fit (funny size because the trellis wasn't exactly 4 x 12) - embossed using my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots A2 Folder
  • hydrangeas cut at 3 3/4" from Walk in My Garden
  • flower pot cut at 2.58" from Walk in My Garden
  • "Spring" cut at 2.58" from Gypsy Wanderings 
  • "tag" cut at 3 1/4" from Gypsy Wanderings
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean & Pearlescent Ivy
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Rouge & Warm red

Monday, May 24, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Up"

As I mentioned in the post earlier, I may be behind the curve a little with this Up layout, but right now Up is big in my house.  It's funny and heartbreaking at the same time...I've probably seen it 10 times and I still cry EVERY time...EVERY time.

I'm not sure about the clouds...they may end up going once I add pictures.  What do you think?  Maybe it's the embossing that I'm not crazy about.  Hmmm...

Materials Used:

  • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Jewel Cardstock Stack
  • 4 x 12 patterned paper - ki memories Toy Box (I LOVE this paper - soo many cute designs, you may be seeing a lot of this.)
  • "dream" title and its shadow cut at 1 1/2" from Paisley
  • Clouds cut at 2" from Create a Critter - embossed with D'vine Swirls (I also inked them to make them silver lined clouds...I know - cheesy, but it made me laugh)
  • Balloons (25 in all) cut at 2 1/4" from Create a Critter (Don't have Create a Critter?  George and Basic Shapes has an almost identical balloon.)  They are all attached with pop-dots.
  • House cut at 4 1/2" from Winter Woodland
  • Tsukineko Pigment Inks - Sky Blue, Pearlescent Ivy, Galaxy Gold & Platinum Planet
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - warm red
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - white

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Creative Cards: Graduation Cards for the Younger Set

Two little ladies in my life are graduating from pre-school and one is graduating from kindergarten over the next few days, and I decided that cards were definitely in order.  I always liked receiving cards in the mail as a little girl - heck, I love getting anything in the mail that isn't bill-related.  :)  All 3 of these cards took just a few minutes and I hope they will each bring a smile to the graduates' faces.  

Materials Used: 
  • Card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (folded to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) - DCWV Flower Shower Cardstock Stack
  • Mat trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4 - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Accent - trimmed to 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 - embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots A2 Folder and inked with Color Box Liquid Chalk in maroon.
  • Ribbon - 3/8 Millenium Silver Zebra Stripe - The Ribbon Retreat
  • Zebra cut at 4" from Create a Critter - attached using pop dots
  • Stickles - lavender
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Silver
  • I made a matching ponytail holder for my niece who will be heading off to kindergarten in the fall.    If you'd like to make one, check out my video HERE!


Materials Used:
  • Penguin's shadow cut at 4" from Create a Critter - welded two together using the Gypsy
  • Penguin cut at 4" from Create a Critter
  • Penguin stamp set from Studio G (I stamped "cool" on the inside of the card)
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Sky Blue and Cosmic Copper
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

Materials Used:
  • Butterfly's shadow cut at 4 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess - welded two together using the Gypsy
  • Butterfly cut at 4 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess
  • Stickles - lavender
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - tourmaline
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Inch by Inch"

This is one of those layouts that was supposed to be really simple and take next to no time...and then it became a battle between me and the layout to salvage it somehow.  I started out thinking that I wouldn't do any "doodling" or "stitching" or inking of any edges because I've done that in almost every project for the last two weeks, but all the cuts looked so flat and I didn't have the right color glitter (shocking) to just glitter everything, which was my initial thought.  Oh well, in the end it turned out alright, but seriously does it ever bug you when something takes FOREVER, but it doesn't really look like it took forever?

The patterned paper that I used in this layout is from Martha Stewart, which is manufactured by EK Success.  I have a few an adorable paper pack - really bright colors and modern youthful designs, but all of the pages are perforated at the top.  I also bought a coordinating 6 x 12 border pack (the little navy strips with numbers are an example of the borders.) and again - they are all perforated, so then you are left with jagged edges.  I tried to run my nail over them to kind of smooth them out a bit, but I am still not 100% happy with them.  Do any of you have any suggestions?

Materials Used:

  • 12 x 12 bases from DCWV Flower Shower Cardstock Stack
  • Ric-rac glittered paper trimmed to 4 1/4 x 12 & 3 1/2 x 12 - Martha Stewart
  • (2) borders from Martha Stewart 6 x 12 border pack
  • Photo Mats - (2) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2, (2) 4 1/4 x 6 1/4, (2) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 & (2) 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "INCH" from Once Upon a Princess (Used the gypsy to weld)
  • "by" from Plantin Schoolbook (Used the gypsy to skew the letters and weld)
  • "inch" from Cursive 101 (Used the gypsy to weld)
  • (2) caterpillars cut at 2" from Walk in My Garden (I cut the top layer out twice, so I could create my own layers) - attached using pop-dots
  • (16) hearts cut  at 1 3/4" from George and Basic Shapes - attached using pop-dots (I used my gel pen to draw the "string" between my heart pennants)
  • Circles cut at 2 3/4 and 3" from George and Basic Shapes
  • Tsukineko pigment inks - cosmic copper & sky blue
  • Color Box Fluid Chalk - rouge
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - white

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Creative Card: "Aloha Invitation"

One of the current Bitten by the Bug 2 challenges is being sponsored by Peggy Loves Vintage.  The challenge is to choose one of the vintage images provided by Peggy and combine it with at least one Cricut cut.  I immediately fell in love with the little hula girl and I knew she would be the perfect addition to a summer party invitation that I have been working on.  (More party details to come over the next few weeks.)  Check out the challenge and maybe you'll be inspired by one of the images!  You have until June 1st to enter!

Materials Used:
  • Base of card cut using 2 rectangles from George and Basic Shapes that were welded together along with the word "aloha" which was welded and cut from Cursive 101 (I would love to tell you the dimensions, but hahaha, I didn't save it on my Gypsy - grrrr!) - DCWV Flower Shower Cardstock Stack
  • Mat - trimmed to 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 - K & Co. Citronella Mat Stack (it's on clearance right now at Michael's)
  • 2nd Mat - trimmed to 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 - K & Co. Citronella Mat Stack
  • Hula girl from Peggy Loves Vintage - Printed on cream cardstock to add to it's vintage feel.  I also used Martha Stewart Glitter Glue in Silver to accent the glitter that is already in the scanned image.
  • Flowers from pg. 90 of Walk in My Garden (3) cut at 1 1/4" and (1) cut at 1"
  • Red and White Ribbon - from my ribbon scraps 
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

For the printed invitation information, I used Microsoft Word.  I changed the paper size to 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 and entered in the information.  (I will be reprinting it with the actual party information when it gets closer to when I need to mail it out.)  I attached it to the card base using 2 pop-dots.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Ragamuffin"

Over the weekend I put actual pictures onto all of the scrapbook pages that I've worked on so far, which was great, but I must forge ahead with more layouts.  There are soo many pictures left, but it was definitely a good feeling to be able to flip through the pages INSIDE the scrapbooks.  Woohoo!

I got the Paper Doll Dress Up a few weeks ago by using my Cricut rewards and as soon as I saw Raggedy Ann and Andy - I knew I had to use them for a scrapbook layout.  I have a few pictures of my daughter in an outfit of her own choosing - red leggings and one of my old Hello Kitty shirts (which looks like a dress on her) - she definitely looks like a bit of a "ragamuffin," but she's the cutest "ragamuffin" that I've seen.

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Jewel Cardstock Stack
  • Accent Mat - shape cut at 13 3/4" from Storybook (I'm going to use the negative for another layout as a "frame.") - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Navy Accent - trimmed to 4 x 12
  • Journaling space cut at 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" from George and Basic Shapes
  • Photo Mats cut at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 from George and Basic Shapes
  • "Ragamuffin" cut at 1 1/2" from Cursive 101 and welded using the Gypsy
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy (doll and clothing) cut at 3" from Paper Doll Dress-Up - attached using pop-dots
  • Lollipop, Stick-horse and rocking horse cut at 3" (two times each, so I could layer) from Paper Doll Dress-Up - attached using pop-dots
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

Friday, May 14, 2010

Creative Card: Rainy Day

I worked on two cards this afternoon to close out "Princess Week."  Robyn at My Pink Stamper posted a color challenge this morning - use yellow, green and brown in a project.  It has been raining here most of the afternoon, so the little girl with her rain gear from Once Upon a Princess seemed appropriate. 

I tried printing out sentiments from my computer and then cutting little tags out using the "center point" and "fit to length" features on my Expression.  (I don't have a lot of punches, and now I see why it might be nice to have some for just this kind of thing.)  While not impossible, it did take me a few tries to get it right.  In fact, I messed up the "get well soon" and added a button to help cover up my mistake.  

Materials Used:
  • Easel Card (5" squared once assembled) - trimmed cardstock to 5 x 10 and scored at 5 and 7 1/2.  Trimmed another piece to 5" squared for the face of the card.  (Nicole from Canadian Nickel Scrap'n has a great easel card how-to video - check it out HERE.)
  • Mat cut at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Accent mats cut at 2 x 4 1/2, 1 3/4 x 4 1/4 and 1 1/2 x 4 (Embossed the brown and yellow cardstock using the Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots A2 Folder)
  • Sentiment printed from my computer and cut out using the tag feature from pg. 39 of Once Upon a Princess ("Shawdowed" it by cutting the tag out again a 1/4" bigger than I cut the sentiment.)
  • Yellow 3/8 grosgrain ribbon - from The Ribbon Retreat
  • Little girl and her outfit cut at 4 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess
  • Easel Mats cut at 2 1/4 x 4 3/4, 2 x 4 1/2, 1 3/4 x 4 1/4 and 1 1/2 x 4 (Embossed the brown, yellow and green cardstock using the Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots A2 Folder)
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
I liked the card soo much that I decided to make a similar card with a different color scheme.

Materials Used:

  • For the card base - see above (exactly the same)
  • Mat cut at 4 3/4 by 4 3/4 - DCWV Citrus Stack
  • Accent Strip cut at 2 x 4 3/4 (Embossed using Cuttlebug and the Spots and Dots A2 Folder
  • Little girl and outfit cut at 4 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess (Raincoat is from DCWV Citrus Stack)
  • Sentiment printed from my computer and cut out using tag feature from pg. 60 of Once Upon a Princess ("shadowed" it by cutting it out again 1/4" bigger than the sentiment)
  • Easel Mats cut at 2 1/4 x 4 3/4 and 2 x 4 1/2 - DCWV Citrus Stack
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Creative Craft: Tutu Hair Accessory

Here is a hair accessory that is fit for a princess! Not only can you make really cute hair accessories, but once you master this "technique" you can also make a sweet fairy wand for your local fairy princess.

As I note in the video, you can attach the "tutu" pouf to a ponytail elastic, a wrapped headband or even a ribbon lined clip!  If you are attaching the pouf to a lined clip or to the end of a fairy wand, you will want to use some hot glue.  Hot glue and tulle can be a bit tricky, so please take care as to not burn yourself.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Almost Perfect"

I worked on this two-page layout on Mother's Day during my daughter's nap and while scrolling through my pictures trying to decide on which ones to scrapbook, I was reminded of how quickly the time passes.  I saw a quote from someone once describing parenthood, and I wish I could remember who said it, but I can't..."The days are long, but the years are short."  Where did the time go?  How is possible that she is two?  This is why I should have started scrapbooking when she was a would have been easier to scrap pictures of my 4 mo. old when she was closer to 4 mos. old.


Materials Used:

Page One:

  • Green Polka Dot Paper trimmed to 3 3/4 x 8 1/4
  • Floral Paper trimmed to 3 3/4 x 12
  • Photo Mat cut at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 from George and Basic Shapes
  • Journaling mats trimmed to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4, 3 1/4 x 4 1/2, 3 x 4 1/4, and 2 3/4 x 4
  • "Almost Perfect" cut at 4 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess 
  • Castle cut at 2 3/4" from Once Upon a Princess
  • Flower cut at 1 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess
  • Crowns (from the frog prince found on p. 45 - use shift layer 1) cut at 5 1/2

Page 2:
  • Green Polka Dot paper trimmed to 3 3/4 x 6 1/2
  • Floral Paper trimmed to 5 1/2 x 12
  • Photo Mats (2) 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 cut from George and Basic Shapes
  • Frog Prince cut at 3 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess
  • Flowers (2) cut at 1 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Creative Card: Teacup

I had so much fun making the "fishbowl" card for National Scrapbook day that I thought I would try and "weld" another shape card using my Gypsy.  I made a few to give away as a set, but I couldn't find anything around the house that would make a cute package for them.  If I figure something out, I will update this post with a picture.

Materials Used:

  • Teacup is cut at 3 3/4" from Once Upon a Princess  I "welded" two images together using my Gypsy.  (Don't forget that you need to "flip" one of the images - so everything matches once the card is folded.)  
  • Flower is cut at 2 1/4" -the top two layers are attached with pop dots to give the flower a bit more dimension
  • Patterned paper from K & Co.
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean
  • Martha Stewart permanent pen - chestnut
I lined all of the envelopes...for directions - you can check out THIS post.  It's very easy and makes the card a bit more special.

Also - a big thank you to Liz from Liz's Paper Loft - if a ton of site updates just showed up in your dashboard, it is because I had messed up the settings on my site feed.  I think I fixed it this morning!  Thank you Liz!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "If the Crown Fits"

I'm sure that if you frequent a lot of Cricut themed sites, you have probably run across Everyday Cricut.  I was so inspired by their Saturday Designer's Post.  If you haven't seen Monique Griffith's blog MonkeyDoodle Cricut - you should check it out.  Her projects are beautiful - she has a great sense of color and utilizes every space in her layouts.  Since I'm so new to scrapbooking (about one month into it at this point), I'm not really sure whether or not I have found my "style" yet, so I made a compromise with myself - one week of super girly themed projects - but I had to try some new techniques.  (Roughly translated...I can't glitter EVERYTHING!)

"Scrap-lifting" did not come without a few consequences - I cut my finger open using my x-acto knife while trying to cut the cupcake out to accent the top of the journaling space, I had no idea how hard making little stitch lines would be and the layout took me a whopping 2 hours to complete.  Whew!  Trying out new things takes a lot of time!

Materials Used:

  • 12 x 12 base - brown cardstock from DCWV Cardstock Stack
  • 12 x 12 frame cut at 10" from Gypsy Wanderings  - DCWV Sweet Stack
  • Flower Mat cut at 8.32 from Storybook - welded along with the 12 x 12 frame - DCWV Sweet Stack
  • Accent Strip cut at +++ x 12 - DCWV Sweet Stack
  • Photo Mats cut at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 from George and Basic Shapes
  • Journaling Mats cut at 3 1/4", 3 3/4", and 4" from George and Basic Shapes - attached with pop dots
  • "If the Crown Fits" sentiment cut at 2" from Once Upon a Princess - attached with pop dots
  • Ice Cream Cone cut at 1" from Once Upon a Princess - attached with pop dots (please note that I think there was at some point a stem for the cherry, but it got lost somehow, so I drew the stem)
  • Cupcake cut at 1 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess - attached with pop dots
  • Balloons cut at 2 1/4" from Once Upon a Princess - attached with pop dots (please note that the balloons' strings tore twice when I cut them, so I decided to give up and draw in their strings)
  • "2" in crown cut at 2 3/4" from Once Upon a Princess (font) - attached with pop dots
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Turquoise jewels - K & Co

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Creative Card and a Quick Site Update

Before I get into the may or may not have noticed that I added a new feature to the site.  Right under the "about me" blurb - you can find a few stand alone pages.  I hit the 50 post mark last week and decided that I ought to start organizing my projects before I ended up with too many to manage.  I have organized all of the projects into four categories.  I hope this helps anyone looking for a specific project or just a little inspiration.

About Me - anything that is not really craft related
Creative Cards - organized by Cricut Cartridges
Creative Crafts - organized by type of craft
Creative Scrapbooking - organized by Cricut cartridges

On to the card...if you follow this blog, you may remember that I made a 40th birthday card for my brother-in-law as one of the National Scrapbook Day challenges.  Well...I really didn't like it (in fact I hated it) so I decided that I could do better.  Masculine cards may not be my strongest suit, but I thought it deserved another try.  I cut out the car three times from the Paper Doll Dress-up cartridge to create my own "layers."  It ended up looking really flat even with the different layers.  Since glitter didn't seem very masculine, I decided to try "stitching" around the car to give it a bit more interest.  I did have to add a bit of glitter to the flames on the 4 and 0 - only because I had my white pigment ink pad next to me on my work surface and I inadvertently flipped it over on top of one of the numbers.  Oh well - a little glitter never hurt anyone.

Materials Used:
  • Card cut at 5 1/2" from George and Basic Shapes
  • Car cut 2 3/4" (three times to create layers) from Paper Doll Dress-up - attached using pop dots
  • "4-0" cut at 1 1/2" from Sweet Treats - "4" attached with pop dots and "0" attached with zig 2-way
  • Red waxed thread - no idea - it was my mom's 
  • "Celebrate Today" from My Pink Stamper's "Simply Sweet Occasions" set
  • Tsukineko pigment ink - white
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - white
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - garnet

Friday, May 7, 2010

Creative Craft: Altered Notebook

This may seem like an odd Mother's Day gift, but stay with will all make sense soon.  My mom lives in another state and she and my dad are in the process of buying a new house.  I love decorating, spending hours in a fabric store and flipping through magazines looking for inspiration...well I come by this naturally.  My mom also loves all of these things.  I also love organizing things (see HERE), and my mom has been wishing that I was there to help her choose things and to help her organize, and while I can't get away for a visit right now - I can provide her with a vessel in which to organize all the odds and ends that go along with buying and furnishing a home.

You may also think that some of my paper choices are odd, but if you've ever lived in an older home, you have probably experienced the joys of other people's wallpaper choices.

Keep in mind that you could use this idea to organize a number of different things from a pretty notebook for school to a place to keep track of recipes!

Hope you enjoy it, Mom!  Love you!

Materials Used:

I'm not going to list a lot of specifics - depending on what size notebook and dividers you use, your dimensions, etc... will be different.  

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Creative Craft: Queen for a Day Flowers!

To continue my theme of coordinated gift packaging - here is an idea to spruce up flowers from the grocery store.  I don't know anybody that doesn't love getting flowers and this is a quick and easy way to make a last minute run to your local grocery store's floral department look a bit more personalized.

If you missed the "Queen 4 a Day" card instructions, you can check them out HERE!

Materials Used:

  • Plastic card holder (from the floral department at our local grocery store - check by the little cards)
  • Crown cut at 3" (twice, so it looks nice from both directions - used "flip" feature) from Once Upon a Princess - affixed both crowns back to back using double-stick tape and then attached the crown to the card holder using a glue dot.  I attached the tulle bow to the card holder using another glue dot.
  • "Queen 4 a Day" sentiment cut at 2.25" from Once Upon a Princess - attached using pop dots
  • Tag cut twice at 6" from Sweet Treats
  • Pink and white striped ribbon from my scraps
  • Yellow Tulle - from Michael's in their wedding section

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Creative Craft: Gift Bag Set

This is kind of "cheat" project, but by "cheat" I really mean no-brainer.  I made the Mother's Day card on Saturday for a National Scrapbook Day challenge and I decided to embellish a plain gift bag with the same images to make a matching set.  I even used scraps of paper!  (One day that scrap drawer might be more manageable.)

If you missed the card's post, you can check it out HERE.

Materials Used:

  • Mats cut at 4 x 8 and 3 1/2 x 8 - Paper is from K& Company's "Handmade" Specialty Paper pad and DCWV Sweet Stack - attached using "red tape"
  • Bird cut at 2 1/2" from Create a Critter - attached using Pop Dots
  • Scalloped circle cut at 3 1/2" and 3 3/4" from Create a Critter - attached using Pop Dots
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Pen - Tourmaline
  • Ric-Rac from my scraps

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Creative Card: Queen for a Day!

Every woman should feel like a queen for at LEAST one day out of the year and Mother's Day is a good excuse to make the women in your life feel special.  "Queen for a Day" is my theme for my mother-in-law's Mother's Day card, but this would also make a really cute birthday card!

I have seen easel cards on a few different blogs, but most recently Nicole from Canadian Nickel Scrap'n posted one and I thought I should get out of my card rut and try something new.  She has a really great video if you are interested in making one.  Make sure to check out the rest of her blog too - she has lots of great ideas and tips.

Materials Used:

Creative Scrapbook Layout: Once Upon a Time

For my first Mother's Day themed scrapbook layout, I chose to use my Storybook cartridge exclusively to show that you don't have to have a million cartridges sometimes a few great ones are better!  I chose to use lots of scalloped circles to play off the chrysanthemums on the Flower Shower Accent Paper.  I will be adding pictures of my mom reading to my daughter to this layout, but with a quick title change this could be a great layout for any feminine or springy pictures.

Materials Used:

  • 12x12 Base from DCWV Flower Shower Cardstock Stack
  • 10x10 Accent Paper - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Photo Mats cut at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 - Bazzill Basics Open Stock in Bouquet
  • Scallop border (3) cut at 2 1/4 and welded using my Gypsy - but you could just as easily cut 3 and put them together
  • Scalloped Circles cut at 2.37" and 3" - attached using Pop Dots
  • "Once Upon a Time" cut at 3" - attached using Pop Dots
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk in Dark Peony
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in White
  • Ice Blue Satin Ribbon (from my scraps)
  • Purple Jewel - K&Co. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

National Scrapbook Day 2010

This past Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and My Pink Stamper hosted a bunch of really fun challenges.  Since this is the first year that I've done any scrapbooking, I decided it would be lots of fun to participate.  I can report that it was LOTS of fun!  My craft room is not quite as neat as it was in the "tour" that I gave last week, so I will probably spend a bit of time today picking it up.  Not all of my projects turned out exactly like I wanted, but I figured I should show the good with the "bad."  Don't you hate it when an idea in your head doesn't quite translate to reality the way you hoped? 

If you have time, check out some of the entries on Robyn's site and do a little blog hopping.  There are lots of really great ideas!

If you would like to see detailed information on any of my projects, check out the links below:

please note they are in the same order as they appear in the slideshow

NSD Challenge #1 "Mother Dear, I Love You So"
NSD Challenge #2: "Getting Scrappy"
NSD Challenge #3: "Thinking Outside the Box"
NSD Challenge #4: "I Like You Least"
NSD Challenge #5: "Hey Dad!"
NSD Challenge #6: "Love My Color"
NSD Challenge #7: "Take Shape"
NSD Challenge #8: "Critter-licious"