Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Creative Card: Right as Rain

Here is another card featuring the *BRAND NEW* Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings set.  This is one of my favorite sentiments from the set (although I think I may be saying that a lot about these stamps).  It would have been perfect for THESE cards that I made a while back.

Materials Used:


Creative Card: Scrappy Moms "Sweet Somethings"

Hooray!  Another set of Scrappy Moms stamps was just released and I know that you will love "Sweet Somethings" as much as I do.  There are lots and lots of great sentiments in the prettiest fonts!   

Materials Used:
  • Card Base - standard A2
  • Mat trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4 - DCWV Sweet Treats Mat Stack
  • Accent strip trimmed to 1 3/4 x 5 1/4
  • Cake cut at 3 3/4" from Once Upon a Princess
  • Tag cut at 1 1/4" from Once Upon a Princess
  • "You take the Cake" Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings Set
  • 3/8 Ribbon - Orchid
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
  • Martha Stewart Scallop Rotary Tool

Here's a peek at the newest set! 

Looking for some more inspiration?  Check out Joanna's projects HERE and Momo's projects HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: Oh Happy Day

This layout turned out a bit too pink (who even knew that was possible).  Oh well...sometimes that happens.  There is a whole lot of doodling and "stitching;" I thought it might help take away from how pink it turned out.  (Not so sure about that...this is definitely a layout that will benefit from some pictures.)  It's kind of fitting that I am not 100% happy with this layout because it's actually for some pictures of a zoo trip that didn't quite turn out like I had hoped.  Nicole and I went to the zoo last month and instead of wanting to look at the amazing animals (baby orangoutangs playing, elephants bathing and lions lounging), she wanted to see cows and ducks.  (COWS AND DUCKS???  We probably could have found some cows and ducks locally without trekking to the zoo.)  The climax of our outing was a temper tantrum on the train.  We never even got to ride the train because someone "couldn't want to ride trains." Evidently two year olds are not among the most reasonable of beings.  I tell myself (almost daily) that one day her stubbornness will pay off - it's just hard on me right now.  :)

This was the response I got to "Can you smile for Mommy?"

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Textured Cardstock Stack
  • Accent Paper - trimmed to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 - ki Memories - "Toy Box"
  • Accent Paper - trimmed to 4 x 12 - ki Memories - "Toy Box"
  • Photo Mats - (triple matted) for 4 1/4 x 4 1/4" photo & two 3 1/4 x 3 1/4" photos
  • "Oh Happy Day" cut at 5" from Wild Card
  • Sun cut at 5" from Create a Critter
  • Train cut at 3" from  Create a Critter - attached with 3D Foam Squares
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
  • Turquoise Brads - $1 section at Joann's

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: Sprinkled with Fun

Here's another scrapbook layout...I feel like I am really making headway through all of my daughter's old pictures, so I am going to try and make a big push over the summer to get caught up.  My daughter is in love with cupcakes, which probably isn't that unique, but I have a lot of really cute pictures of her eating cupcakes.  

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base
  • Accent strips cut at 4 3/4 x 12", 3 3/4 x 12" and 2 1/4 x 12"
  • Photo mats (triple matted - kinda crazy) for 4 x 4" and 4 x 6" photos
  • "Sprinkled with fun" cut at 3 1/4" from Sweet Treats - Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder
  • Cake Stand cut at 2 1/2" from Sweet Treats
  • 6 cupcakes cut at 2" from Sweet Treats
  • Scalloped circles cut at 2" and 2 1/4" from Sweet Treats
  • Patterned Paper from K & Company
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • "sprinkles" seed beads attached with Aleene's Tacky Glue
  • White accent strip scalloped using Martha Stewart rotary cutter 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: Home Sweet Home

Sorry that I've been absent for most of the week...I kind of lost my creative spirit this week, but I'm trying to get it back.  I started by cleaning up the craft room - I'm hoping by de-cluttering my craft space that I will de-clutter my head.  

This is my entry for Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge.  The challenge this week is to create a scrapbook layout using Doodlecharms or any other older cartridge.  I don't have Doodlecharms, so I decided to use Sweethearts.  If you want to enter the challenge, you have until Sunday at midnight.  For more details check it out - HERE!

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base - Bazill Basics "Bouquet"
  • "grass" 2 1/2 x 12" 
  • accent strip trimmed to 2 3/4 x 12 
  • Photo Mats - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "home sweet home" cut at 2.13" from Winter Woodland font
  • House cut at 5" from Sweethearts
  • Tree cut at 4.44" from Sweethearts
  • Cat cut at 2.05" from Sweethearts
  • Patterned Paper from - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • grass and striped paper scalloped using Martha Stewart Rotary cutter

Quick note about the site...if you have tried to use the "pages" (top left) to see my older projects and have noticed that the links were broken - they have ALL been fixed.  Unfortunately, the related post widget is broken, so I have taken it off for now. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Creative Craft: Covered Wipe Box

No paper crafting today...This project was so fun that I decided that I needed to share it!  All together it  took less than 45 minutes to complete from start to finish!  I have seen similar wipe cases in children's boutiques for as much as $30.00 and rest costs a whole lot less to make.  Even if you don't have little ones around, a cute wipe case like this would be great to have in your tote bag, car or even your crafting space.

Hope you like it!  

Materials Used:
  • Travel Wipe Case (I'm using a Huggies case)
  • Fabric (approximately 12" squared)
  • Quilting batting
  • Trim (approximately 4 feet) 5/8" or 3/8" - I prefer the 5/8" braided trim
  • Hot glue (I went through 3 glue sticks, so make sure that you have enough on hand)
  • Fabric Scissors

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blog Awards!

Wow!  I was surprised with two blog awards and I am so thankful - I have been having soo much fun (too much fun) posting some of my projects & exploring the enormously talented crafting blog community.

Big thanks to Melanie from Scrappy Mel for the Trendy Treehouse award!  Not only is she very sweet, she is also a stamp designer, so hop on over to her blog and check out her projects.  They are beautiful and you will definitely pick up lots of inspiration and tips.  Another big thank you to Sonia from Archiving Angel.  Sonia has lots of beautiful projects and great tips!  Make sure to take a peek!

I am passing both awards along to the following talented bloggers:
  1. Dawn from Dawn's Addiction - she is a seriously busy lady (mom, newlywed, photographer, crafter, blogger), but still finds time to be very very crafty!
  2. Val from Crafty Go Lucky - you must check out the super cute Minnie themed birthday party that she just featured on her blog.  So many great ideas!!!
  3. Dawn from Dawnica's Korner - she just started her blog and is already posting some great projects.  
  4. Savahanna from Tiny Creativity - lots of great scrapbook layouts!!!
  5. Tammy from Scrappy Critters - she makes beautiful cards and a stamp designer!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Creative Card & A Quick Note

Here is a super fast (seriously, I mean it - super fast) Father's Day card.  This one is for my dad - I looked and looked through my cartridges and couldn't find a cut that I really liked, so I decided to do something nice and simple.  As a bonus - I used up a few scraps from my overflowing scrap drawer.  If you watched my craft room tour, you saw it a few months ago...let me just say, "Not good, Lauren,  Not good."  It is much much worse...not better.  I am now thinking about separating my little scraps into plain cardstock and patterned cardstock in the hopes of not wasting paper.  
Materials Used:
  •  4 1/4 x 4 1/4 Easel Card - DCWV Flower Shower Cardstock
  • "Happy Father's Day" cut at 4" on real dial size from Wild Card
  • Lots of scraps from my scrap drawer - woohoo!!!
  • Cuttlebug & Swiss Dot A2 Embossing Folder
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper

"Quick-ish" note:  

I have gotten the question, "How do you have time to craft?" a few times, and I thought I would address it in one post.  First, you need a little backstory about me (I know...I hate sharing stuff about me on the blog - but this is important).  

In my previous job (heck, sometimes it feels like my previous life) I had lots and lots of deadlines.  I thrive on deadlines.  With that being said, once I decided to leave my job and stay home with my daughter, Nicole (I never mention her name on the blog, but I guess that's kind of silly), I was a bit lost.  I really like structure and routines and all of the sudden my life was ruled by this teeny 4 lb. baby who did not respect the schedule.  She did eventually get on a pretty decent schedule and once she started sleeping more (and I in turn, started sleeping more) I looked for ways to fill up my time.  I set out to make a new schedule for myself and give myself deadlines.  I had a laundry schedule and a housework schedule and an errand schedule.  You know what was missing from this schedule?  Any time set aside for me.  I felt like since I was lucky enough to be staying home with my daughter that I should be working ALL the time.  If I wasn't taking care of or playing with Nicole, I should be taking care of the house.  Let me just tell you, that's a lot of pressure to put on yourself.  Trying to be a perfect mom, wife, housekeeper,'s too much!  Things came to a head last fall when I had a bit of a health scare.  There were lots of unknowns for months.  That's actually about the time that I bought my Cricut.  I needed something that was just for me and paper-crafting seemed like a lot of fun.  

I have been blessed with a very very busy little girl that goes and goes and then SLEEPS!  I have given myself permission to use her nap time (not every nap time, but a few) to craft.  You know what I "should" be doing right now...ironing.  But I don't feel like it today and I finally figured out that the sky isn't going to fall down if I my schedule isn't followed perfectly.  I think it makes me a better mom to take some time out for myself.  Nicole probably won't remember that our house isn't always spotless, but she hopefully she will remember spending time with me.  I also realize that time is fleeting and I won't always have a little one that sleeps for a few hours every afternoon and I may not even be at home forever, so I might as well try to enjoy this.

This is my feeling - if you are a mom or human (or hopefully, both if you're a mom) - it is easy to feel guilty about setting aside time for yourself.  I honestly think it makes me a better mom and a happier person in general to do something that makes me happy.  So...go forth and CRAFT!  Or do something that makes you happy.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Creative Card: Paper Doll Dress Up Set

This project started with the "Bee's Knees" card - I made it last Friday and I liked it so much that I decided to make an entire set of cards with "paper dolls" dressed up as animals.  Hope you like them!  By the way...this may end up being my longest post EVER because I wanted to include pictures and video.  

Here's Part 1 of the Video How-to: (I couldn't manage to get it down to just 10 minutes)

Ok...on to Part 2 - are you still with me??? :)

Materials Used:

  • Card Base - two tags welded using the Gypsy and cut at 4.82" from Gypsy Wanderings
  • Card Front - tag cut at 4.82 from Gypsy Wanderings (added 2 circles from George and Basic Shapes sized at .27")
  • Dolls and outfits cut at 4" from Paper Doll Dress Up - attached with 3D Foam Squares
    • Bee - I added the wings from Create a Critter they're sized at 6" (every bee needs wings)
    • Dalmation - I added the polka dots by using George and Basic Shapes and then cut the outfit out once in white with polka dots and once in black without the polka dots
  • Scalloped Ovals from Storybook 
  • Sentiments from Scrappy Mom's Amusing Animals Set
  • Patterned paper from Martha Stewart - 12 x 12 paper pad & 6 x 12 border set
  • 3/8 Ribbon - Swiss Dot Grosgrain from The Ribbon Retreat & Saddle Stitch from Michaels
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper and Coffee Bean
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

Momo from Made by Momo posted a very cute card-set using Create a Critter - check it out HERE!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Creative Card: "Bone-Jour"

Doesn't every princess need a little dog to take everywhere with her?  I think so!  I combined two of my favorite cartridges - Once Upon a Princess and Create a Critter for this project and I really like how it turned out.  I think they were meant for one another.  :)  

Hope you like it!  

Materials Used:

  • Tri-fold Card: 6 x 9 1/2 inches - scored at 2 1/4" and 6 3/4" - DCWV Jewel Cardstock
  • Accent Mats trimmed to 2 x 5 3/4 inches and 2 1/2 and 5 3/4 inches 
  • Tag cut at 3 1/4" & 1.36" (for sentiment) from Once Upon a Princess 
  • Girl and outfit cut at 4 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess - attached with foam squares
  • Dog cut at 1 1/2" from Create a Critter - attached with foam squares
  • "Bone-Jour" and paw print from Scrappy Mom's Amusing Animals Set
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Maroon (for the dog's bow & sweater)
  • Patterned Paper from DCWV Citrus Stack
  • 3/8" Green Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
  • Green Embroidery Thread - for dog leash
  • Jewels - K and Company
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Pen - Garnet
  • Ribbon Punch - The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "We Love You So"

Today's layout is another pretty quick started out as a double layout, but I'm not sure about the 2nd page.  I have a quick confession...I almost broke down over the weekend and bought a new cartridge.  I went to two of our local Walmarts in search of the Cricut Lite cartridges.  Evidently it was not meant to be...neither Walmart had the new Cricut Lite cartridges.  In fact they had very few scrapbooking supplies in general.  I'm taking this as a sign that I should stick to the plan and wait until August for new cartridges.  Hmph.

"Companion" page...even though I'm not thrilled with how it turned will make the directions make more sense.

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 cardstock - DCWV 
  • Photo mats cut at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • Scalloped circle cut at 8" from Winter Woodland  & circle cut at 7.06" from George and Basic Shapes - I used 12 x 12 pieces of patterned paper - the scallop circled and plain circle were used on the "companion" page and the negatives were used for the featured layout.  I trimmed them down to 11 x 11, so I could get a 1/2" border around the entire page. - patterned paper from K and Company
  • "we love you so" cut at 1 3/4" from Winter Woodland - welded the font shadow together using the Gypsy and then cut out the separate letters.
  • Owl and it's shadow cut at 3 3/4" from Storybook
  • Owl frame and base cut at 3 3/4" from Storybook
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

Friday, June 11, 2010

Creative Card: Throwback Thursday Challenge #2

It's that time again - Emma from My Creative Time is having another Throwback Thursday challenge.  The challenge this week is to use Stretch Your Imagination and/or to use red, brown and blue in a project.  The clothesline and swimsuits (yeah...I think it's supposed to be lingerie and boxer shorts, but for my purposes - it's a tankini and swim trunks.) are from Sweethearts.  
If you want to join in the challenge, you have until midnight on Sunday to enter!

Materials Used:
  • 4 x 4 easel card (4x8 cardstock scored at 2" and 4" + square of 4 x 4")
  • Mats for the front of the card: 
    • 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 (embossed with Cuttlebug's D'vine Swirl A2 Folder)
    • 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 - K and Company "citronella" mat stack
    • 1 3/4 x 3 1/4 - K and Company "citronella" mat stack
  • Mats for the bottom of the card:
    • 2 x 3 3/4 (embossed with Cuttlebug's D'vine Swirl A2 Folder)
    • 1 3/4 x 3 1/2
    • 1 1/2 x 3 1/4
    • 3/4 x 3 1/4
  • Clothesline cut at 2.35" from Sweethearts (I originally designed this for a standard A2 sized card, but changed my mind after I'd already cut out the clothesline, etc... - so I trimmed the line to fit and attached the bow to the ends)
  • "Swimsuits" cut at 2.35" fro Sweethearts - attached with pop dots and then I glued the clothespins to the tops of each piece
  • "Just dropping you a Line" - Scrappy Moms Amusing Animals Stamp Set
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper and Coffee Bean, Moonlight White
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - maroon (for the red cardstock's edges)
  • 3/8" grosgrain ribbon - Misty Turquoise 
  • Red buttons & embroidery thread - from my stash - attached with glue dots
  • Turquoise jewel - K and Company
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
Thank you for taking a look!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Creative Card: "You're the Cat's Meow!"

Melanie and Tammy from Scrappy Moms Clear Stamps invited me to be a guest blogger for their brand new stamp site.  I am thrilled to be able to showcase a project featuring their stamps (this will be the first of many - they are super cute!).  Their 1st stamp set, Amusing Animals, coordinates perfectly with Create a Critter, but even if you don't have Create a Critter, there are plenty of sentiments (plenty = 23 phrases + 3 icons) that coordinate with older cartridges.

Materials Used:
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Creative Card: Purse Gift Card Holder

I actually started out making a completely different card today.  I was planning on making this purse from Paisley into a shaped card using the shadow feature.  I even cut all the pieces out and assembled it, but I wasn't that jazzed about it.  Looking at the purse gave me another idea - instead of just putting a gift card inside the folded card - why not make a gift card holder?  This turned out much cuter than the original and I think it may end up being my go-to "girly" gift card holder for the time being.

This is how I applied the "red" tape to the front of the purse to make a pocket for the card.

Materials Used:
  • Purse cut at 5 1/4 from Paisley (Used the hide contour feature on the Gypsy to hide the apple that goes on the front of the purse.)
  • Tag is from Accent Essentials, but I'm not sure of the dimensions - it was from my unused die cuts drawer
  • Patterned Paper - Martha Stewart 12x12 Stack (no was on clearance at Michael's a few weeks ago, so it may be kind of old.)
  • Terrifically Tacky Tape
  • 3/8 Satin Ribbon - Celebrate It from Michael's (no color listed)
  • Ribbon Punch from The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Me at 2!"

This layout came together in record time and since I am still trying to catch up after being sick last week, this is a very good thing.  Plus, after losing ALL of the comments on the blog yesterday - I have been in a bit of a funk.  (I know...I the grand scheme of things if that was the worst thing to happen to me yesterday things are pretty good - see I'm moving past it.)

I was inspired by a layout that Donna Mundinger designed for Everyday Cricut a few weeks ago.  (You can check out my inspiration page HERE) She used Graphically Speaking to do a similar border, since I don't have that cartridge I used the Gypsy and a few different fonts to design the "two" border.  Once I designed the border, I used some paper from the DCWV Flower Shower Stack and that inspired the rest of the images and colors.

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 Base - DCWV Flower Shower Cardstock Stack
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Accent - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Photo Mats trimmed to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
  • Journaling space was cut out of one of the pages from DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Mushrooms cut at 3" and (2) at 2" from Create a Critter (I left out the "face" layer)
  • Birds cut at 1" from Gypsy Font
  • Tsukineko Pigment Inks - Coffee Bean, Cosmic Copper and Pearlescent Ivy
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Dark Peony
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen (for the birds' eyes)
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots A2 Folder - mushroom stems (I accidentally embossed the wrong side on two of the mushrooms, but I just left it alone)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Create"

There was absolutely no crafting accomplished at my house over the weekend.  For the past two to three weeks someone has been sick in my house.  Finally last week, I finally got sick too.  I spent the weekend resting and trying to get better QUICKLY!  I'm definitely on the mend, and I am trying to catch up on housework, etc...that has fallen to the wayside while I've been playing nurse.  I did manage to sneak in a little scrapbooking on Thursday before I got sick.  I think this is one of those layouts that will be much improved with the addition of pictures - in this case pictures of my daughter painting.  Quick note - there was a LOT of glitter used in this project.  It seemed like a good way to tie the plain cardstock to the patterned paper and I think it was, but I started to realize very quickly that it was also going to be a little time consuming and also slightly crazy to glitter each little embossed circle.  

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Jewel Cardstock
  • (2) scalloped circles cut at 8 1/2" from Winter Woodland (p. 32) - ki Memories "Toy Box" 
  • "Create"cut at 3" using the font from Winter Woodland - I created my own "word art" using the shadow font feature and my Gypsy.  I then cut out the regular letters (minus the little cut-out details per the "hide contour feature). 
  • (5) butterflies cut at 2" from Once Upon a Princess (I used the hide contour feature)
  • Spots and Dots Cuttlebug A2 Embossing folder - "create" and the butterflies
  • Stickes - frosted lace (the butterfly's body)
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - garnet, tourmaline, turquoise, and fire opal
p.s. Another quick note - when I link to products on other sites, it is simply a way to let you know the exact paper or material that I am using.  It is in no way an endorsement of the store - I just know that I always appreciate it when a fellow crafters share what materials they use.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Creative Card: Throwback Thursday Challenge

Emma from My Creative Time is hosting her first challenge - "Throwback Thursday."  Emma will be spotlighting an older cartridge each Thursday and creating a new project with it.  This is perfect for me because as you may remember, I am trying to refrain from buying ANY new Cricut cartridges until my birthday in August - AUGUST (whew, that seems like a long time away).  This week Emma chose Animal Kingdom, but even if you don't have Animal Kingdom (I don't) - you can still play along. Just design a project featuring an animal - snails are animals too, right???  If you would like to play along, check out all of the details HERE!

Materials Used:

  • Snail shadow cut at 3" from Walk in My Garden (Welded two together to make a shape card.)
  • Snail cut three times at 3" from Walk in My Garden 
    • Dark Pink - for the base
    • Green to create separate layers for the head and tail - embossed using Swiss Dots A2 Folder (I also added a circle from George and Basic Shapes to give the snail a eye)
    • White - for the inside of the card
  • Snail's shell cut at 3" from Walk in My Garden - embossed using D'Vine Swirls A2 Folder
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Pearlescent Ivy
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Rouge
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Paper Flower - $1 section at Target 
  • Pink Jewel - K & Company
Hope you have a GREAT weekend!
See you back here on Monday!

Creative Card: Canadian Nickel Scrap'n Challenge

Nicole from Canadian Nickel Scrap'n is hosting her first ever challenge.  The prize is the new Summer Vacation Cricut cartridge.  All you need to do to enter is create a summer inspired project and post a link on her page HERE.

Materials Used:

  • Beachball cut at 4 1/4" from Create a Critter (used Gypsy to weld two together and "hid" the face using the new "hide contour" feature.) - solid cardstock from DCWV Flower Shower Stack and Jewel Stack & polka dot paper from Martha Stewart stack
  • Girl cut at 4 1/4" from Once Upon a Princess - attached using pop dots
  • Outfit cut at 4 1/4" from Once Upon a Princess (this is actually the "ballerina" outfit, but to make it a swimsuit, I didn't cut out the layer with her "tights" and didn't include her ballet shoes)  Embossed using Swiss Dots A2 Folder and the Cuttlebug - I then used my gel pen to make the dots white.
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper and Coffee Bean, and White
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk Ink - peony
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
Thanks so much for looking! 
Don't forget to check out the other entries!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: Busy Bee

My love of glitter was merged with my new found love of "doodling" (the little white dots) in this two page scrapbook layout.  It came together pretty fast once I chose the colors and papers.  If you are new to the blog, I started scrapbooking in April (the same time that I started the blog) and I have LOTS and LOTS of pictures to scrap.  So far I am really enjoying scrapbooking - in fact, lately I tend to prefer to work on scrapbook layouts versus cards.  (I thought you might want a break from the Sweethearts projects, although I am working on a few more ideas using Sweethearts, and then I promise to take a break!)

Materials Used:

  • (2) 12 x 12 bases 
  • Beehive cut at 8" from Create a Critter (I just trimmed it in half using my paper trimmer.  I also didn't include the base layer - I had cut it out, but I didn't like the way it looked with my color choices.)
  • Accent paper trimmed to 3 x 9 1/4 - Martha Stewart 12x12 Stack (sorry, no name)
  • Photo Mats trimmed to (2) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 & (1) 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 & 4 x 4
  • "busy" cut at 2 3/4" from Cursive 101 (welded using the Gypsy) - embossed using Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots A2 folder
  • "bee" cut at 2 3/4" from Winter Woodland (used the font's shadow feature and welded using the Gypsy)
  • (2) bees cut at 4" and (2) bees cut at 3 1/2" from Create a Critter
  • Stickles - blue
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - tourmaline (cheeks)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - white

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "The Perfect Pair"

Are you ready for another project featuring the Sweethearts cartridge?  I had so much fun cutting out the little couples - I think the only "people" I haven't cut from this cartridge now are the bride and groom.  (I'll have to come up with something to try them too!)

Materials Used:

  • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Jewel Cardstock
  • "Pear" cut at 10 1/2" from Gypsy Font - Martha Stewart Paper Stack (no name...)
  • Photo mats cut at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "The Perfect Pair" cut at 3.87" from Sweethearts - DCWV Citrus Stack
  • All 3 couples are cut at 4 1/2 from Sweethearts - attached with pop dots
  • Stickles - frosted lace (hard to tell from the picture, but lady in the pink dress is looking at her wedding/engagement ring, so I had some sparkle to her "ring" and cotton candy for the same lady's shoes
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper, Coffee Bean
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Creative Card: Girl on the Go!

I finally came up with an idea for a graduation card for one of the girls that I used to babysit for - she is graduating from high school!  (Woah!)  She will be attending TCU in the fall and their colors are purple and white, so of course I had to do a purple themed card.  (I don't have a Cricut cartridge with a horned frog.)  I am still loving the Gypsy update - so expect a lot of Sweethearts projects this week - thank you "hide contour" feature.  

Materials Used:

  • Card Base trimmed to 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 (folded to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
  • Mat trimmed to 3 3/4 x 5 - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Accent trimmed to 3 1/4 x 5 - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Girl on Scooter cut at 4" from Sweethearts
  • "Celebrate Today" - My Pink Stamper Simply Sweet Occasions stamp set
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - maroon and lavender
  • Jewel - K & Company
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - white