Thursday, September 30, 2010

Halloween "Art"

I mentioned a few days ago that I was working on a home decor project...well this is it.  I really like THIS Halloween wall hanging from Pottery Barn Kids, but I don't want to spend $59 dollars on it.  If I had realized how easy this project would be, I would have changed a few things.  Let me save you some time...
  1. If you decide to display your project behind glass, you can probably skip the Mod Podge. 
  2. If you decide to do an 8 x 10 project to frame, you can probably skip the canvas and just use a piece of cardstock instead.  (This will also save you from having to paint the background.)
  3. Because this project is soo ridiculously easy, you could use a bigger actual artist's canvas and emulate the Pottery Barn Kids project exactly - instead of being a chicken like me.  I thought I should start small, but there's really no need.
Ok...that should save you about an hour and a half!  :)

I am terrified of birds...that's all - just thought you might want to know.

Materials Used:
  • 8 x 10 canvas - Michael's (sold in a 3 pack)
  • Orange Acrylic Paint
  • "Happy Halloween" cut at 2.88 from Wild Card using real dial size
  • "Tree" cut at 8.03 from Paper Doll Dress-Up
  • "Fence" cut twice at 1.12 from Paper Doll Dress Up
  • 3 x 8 piece of patterned cardstock torn and inked 
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Mod Podge - Matte

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Favors

I decided to put together some treat bags for my nieces' Halloween presents.  I didn't want to just give them candy, so decided on some Momo inspired projects.  I'm sure most of you know Momo from Made by Momo, but if for some reason you haven't run across her awesome blog - check it out HERE
Each treat bag contains one decorated composition book and two pencils.  I found the little composition books at Target and the pencils are also from Target's $1 section.  While it might not be reasonable to do treat bags for an entire class, these would make cute treats for any VIP trick or treaters.    

Materials Used:
  • Decorated Composition Books - Momo's Tutorial HERE
  • Pencil/Lollipop Holder - Momo's Tutorial HERE
  • Stamped Sentiments from Scrappy Moms A Haunting We Will Go set
  • Patterned Papers from K & Company Tim Coffey Halloween 
  • Bats and Spiders from Paper Doll Dress-Up cut at 2" using real dial size
  • Cellophane Bags
  • Toppers - 
    • Base - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 - scored at 5 1/4
    • Mat - 2 x 4
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's
  • Ghost - Imaginisce Spooky Town Chipboard Sticker (Thanks Emma!)
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Obsidian
  • Jewels from Target's $1 section

Monday, September 27, 2010

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #37

I am having a major case of "mommy-guilt" today stemming from an atomic meltdown at a certain someone's Little Gym class.  My short-term cure for a case of "mommy-guilt" is to craft during nap time.  To challenge myself because I couldn't seem to get out of my head and think of something creative on my own - I decided to try Peachy Keen's sketch challenge.  I've done a few scrapbook sketch challenges, but never a card, so it was fun to try something new.  Here's a look at the sketch; how do you think I did?

You still have until Sunday, October 3rd to particpate, if you are interested.  Click HERE for more details!  

Materials Used:
  • Easel Card: 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • Mat trimmed to 4 x 4 
  • Smaller Mats trimmed to 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 and 2 1/4 x 2 1/4
    • attached using pop dots
  • Scallop Border cut at 4" using "Fit to Length" from Straight from the Nest
  • Party Hat cut at 2 1/4" from Straight from the Nest
    • attached using pop dots
    • Peachy Keen Princess Face Stamp (to make the face fit my party hat - I inked and stamped one part at a time)
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps Sweet Somethings set
  • 7/8" grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8" satin ribbon
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sharpie Fine Point Pen - Black
  • Gems - $1 Section at Target

Thanks so much for the suggestions about a craft light - sounds like I need to use a coupon at Michael's and get an Ott Light.  
Hope you are all having a great Monday!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Cricut-less Card & New Stamps!!!

For this week's Throwback Thursday Challenge, Emma chose to do a "Cricut-less" card.  The only guidelines this week were to leave your Cricut turned off and use patterned paper.  I didn't make cards before I had my Cricut, so this is definitely out of my comfort-zone.  I did manage to use my X-Acto knife without injury, so that was a plus!  It is super cloudy and rainy here today which is why the pictures are a bit dark.  Do any of you have any suggestions for a good work light?

This is my "pop-up" portion of the card.

Just in case you haven't seen the brand new Winter Wishes stamp set from Scrappy Moms Stamps - take a look!  Melanie and Tammy are currently taking pre-orders!

Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Mat - trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4
  • Image - trimmed patterned paper down to 3 3/4 x 5
  • "Pop-up" - trimmed another section of patterned paper to 3 3/4 x 5 and then used my X-Acto knife to trim away the sky portion.  Once that was completed, I scored it 1/2" from the bottom of the paper and a 1/4" from the bottom to create the "pop-up" feature.  To help hold it up, I used 3 pop dots stuck together.  (I know that there's probably a better/easier way, but the "pop-up" feature was a game-time decision.)
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Winter Wishes Set
  • 7/8" Gingham Ribbon - Michael's
  • Stickles - Frosted Lace
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Sweet Pea" Scrapbook Layout

Alright...since the Imagine and I are still in the early stages of our relationship, I decided that I should really make it work and try a double layout.  I have to tell you that this took forever.  (Forever = 2 afternoons)  I think I mentioned this in my last post, but I am so dependent on my Gypsy.  I like having a plan before I start a project, so I think without my Gypsy - I spend a lot of time hemming and hawing over what images to use and what size to choose.  Hopefully the Gypsy update will be ready in a few weeks.  

With all that being said, I do really like the images on Nursery Tails.  All of the little animals remind me of the vintage illustrations from Golden Books.  I decided to use some images from B is for Boy and Sugar and Spice to help round out the layout.  If you don't have the Imagine, but like the feel of this might try the little bunny from Winter Woodland and DCWV Nana's Nursery - Girl paper stack.  

The 4 x 6 photo mat is popped up using pop dots.  

The little sweet peas are from B is for Boy and the flowers are from Sugar and Spice.
Of course I inked everything and did lots of doodling...I can't help it!

I did learn that the Imagine images aren't colorfast...some of the glue leaked out and you can see where it's darker pink around the image on the bodice.

I wanted to take a minute and say hello to some new friends that found me after super sweet Angelica from Peachy Keen Stamps featured me on their Facebook page.  Welcome!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Confession Time...

Alright...I have a confession.  I ordered an Imagine last week and this is the first thing that I made with it.  Before anyone leaves a grumpy comment...let me answer some questions preemptively:  

1.  This is not going to be an "Imagine ONLY blog".  I will post Imagine projects from time to time - that's only because I've shared every layout and almost every card that I've ever made with you, so I can't see myself stopping.  
2.  Yes, the Imagine is expensive.  I was fortunate enough to have a birthday within a few weeks of the launch, so I used birthday money to help fund the majority of it.  My husband also "enabled" me...he said I needed it - no really - he did.  (I also evidently have an addiction to all things Cricut related.) 
3.  I haven't decided whether or not I love it yet or if I'm even keeping it.  We are still dating.  I will say that I sure wish the Gypsy update was ready because I am lost without my Gypsy.      
4.  Even if you are NEVER planning on buying an Imagine, as soon as they have the Imagine cutting mats in a craft store near you - BUY them and throw out your old 12 x 12 ones.  (Seriously...they are that awesome!)
5.  The print quality really is amazing - I was a bit skeptical, but so far I'm pretty impressed.  The coolest thing (so far) is that it resizes the patterns for you depending on what you are applying it to.  (Those flowers are from Sweet Treats and the gingham is the same print that I used throughout - just teeny tiny.

I inked all of the edges and did some doodling with my gel pen.
Look at that teeny tiny gingham!  
Thanks for listening!  If you have any questions about the Imagine, I will try to answer them...just let me know.  I should have another sneak peek of the brand new Scrappy Moms stamp set - Winter  Wishes for you tomorrow!  I'm also working on a really fun home decor project...if it turns out, I may do another one and film it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Dear Santa, Define "Good..."

I never sent Christmas cards before Nicole was born, but once she got here I couldn't wait to send out Christmas cards with her adorable little mug on it.  Of course, I didn't realize that she would develop a habit of scowling whenever she sees a camera.  Last year she had brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus and was over the moon... right up until it was time to have her picture made.  When I saw this particular sentiment from the brand new Winter Wishes Scrappy Moms Stamp set, I immediately thought of this picture.  

I promise that she was thrilled two seconds before this was taken!
This is a pretty simple layout, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I had originally wanted to use the plaid paper for the background, but I didn't have a full 12 x 12 piece of it left, so I used a plain 12 x 12 and just strips of colored and patterned paper to cover it up.

Materials Used:
  • (1) 12 x 12 cardstock base
  • (1) 3 1/4 x 12 - plaid cardstock
  • (1) 4 x 12 - plaid cardstock
  • (1) 8 1/2 x 11 - green cardstock
  • (1) 7 x 10 - flocked cardstock
  • Photo Mats
    • 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 and 5 1/4 x 7 1/4
  • "Good Tidings" cut at 6" from Winter Frolic using fit to length feature
  • (3) "Ornaments" cut at 4 1/2" from Winter Frolic
  • "Photo Corner" cut at 2" from Straight from the Nest (I got this idea from Sarah at Live, Love, & SCRAP)
  • "Tag" cut at 2 1/4" from Winter Frolic
  • "Dear Santa, Define Good..." from the Scrappy Moms Winter Wishes set
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet & Peridot
  • Stickles - Diamond
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"There's Snow One Like You!"

I have another sneak peek of the brand new Winter Wishes stamp set from Scrappy Moms!  I'm not sure that I will actually be able to send this card to anyone because my little one is attached to it.  She asked if I made it for can I say no to that?  She thinks that this little boy from Winter Frolic is Caillou.  If you don't know Caillou, he is cartoon character on PBS in the States.  Also, if you don't know Caillou - I am completely jealous of you because I am NOT a fan.  Nicole seemed to be thrilled with card, so I'll call it a success.  :)

Materials Used:
  • Card Base: Standard A2
  • Patterned Paper trimmed to 4 x 4 3/4" - Me & My Big Ideas" Kay - Oh What Fun" stack
  • Mat trimmed to 3 1/4 x 4
  • Boy on Sled cut at 4" from Winter Frolic
  • "There's Snow one Like You!" from Scrappy Moms Winter Wishes set
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sharpie Fine Point Pen - Black
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Sterling

I'll have another preview for you tomorrow!  

For more inspiration check out Momo's project HERE and Tammy's project HERE!  

Monday, September 20, 2010

"You're an Angel!"

Here is my first sneak peek of the brand new Winter Wishes set from Scrappy Moms Stamps!  The Scrappy Moms Design Team will be previewing these stamps all week, so you should probably start saving your pennies...they are adorable!

If I was making this card again, I might cut the wings out again a tad bit larger or choose a "princess" with a less pouf-y hairdo.  I would say a half inch bigger than the doll would work.

Materials Used:
  • Card Base: Using my Gyspy,  welded two clouds sized at 5 1/2" from Create a Critter
  • Princess cut at 5" from Once Upon a Princess
    • Used the Hide Contour feature to hide her face
    • Peachy Keen 1 1/8" Princess Face
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps Winter Wishes set 
  • 3/8" grosgrain ribbon
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sharpie Fine Tip Pen - Black
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Florentine Gold
  • Stickles - Diamond

Tomorrow I will have a more traditional holiday themed card!

Need some more inspiration?  Check out Melanie's super cute (and hilarious) card HERE!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Surprise!!! A blog makeover!

I have been wanting to do this for awhile and Erin at Designer Blogs came up with this beautiful design for me.  I LOVE it!!!  I hope all of you will love it as much as I do.  If you have been wanting a blog makeover, check them out.  Erin was wonderful to work with and they have tons of options!

All of my projects (yes, all of them) are organized into categories.  If you would like to see a scrapbook layout using Create a Critter, no problem - check out my Create a Critter layouts under the "Scrapbooking" tab.  If you just bought the "The Charmed Life" stamp set from Scrappy Moms, I have a whole section under the "Cards" tab dedicated to my Scrappy Moms projects.  

I also got a brand new blog button...isn't it cute?  I know that you were probably partial to my old blog button that I created in "Paint," (LOL) but this new one is super spiffy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you have a minute, take a look around! 

Creative Cards: Birthday Cards

We are attending a birthday party for two adorable sweet twins that are turning three this weekend!  I knew that I wanted to make them cards, but three year olds don't really care about cards.  From my own experience, sometimes it seems like little ones enjoy making modifications to the cards.  Nicole's favorite addition is normally crayon...evidently I just don't use crayons enough.  After she improves the cards, she'll say, "That's better.  See Mommy, I made it myself."  I decided to make two super simple, but cute cards for two of my favorite little ladies.  

Materials Used:
  • (2) Card Bases trimmed to 4 x 11 (I had scraps, so that's why I used this weird size versus a standard A2 sized card).  Scored at 5 1/2"
  • (2) Accent paper trimmed to 1 3/4" x 4 
  • "Poodle" cut at 3.5" from Create a Critter
    • Used the hide contour feature on my Gypsy to hide the poodle's face
    • Peachy Keen Princess Face Stamp (minus the eyebrows and nose)
    • attached with pop dots
  • "Cupcake" cut at 3.25" from Create a Critter
    • Used the hide contour feature on my Gypsy to hide the poodle's face
    • Peachy Keen Princess Face Stamp 
    • attached with pop dots
  • Sentiments from Scrappy Moms Stamps 
  • 7/8" Grosgrain Ribbon from Michael's
  • Jewels from Target $1 Section (54 for $ may want to take a look!)

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Creative Card: "There's a Scare in the Air!"

These little owls are all dressed up and ready for Halloween, but there not really very scary.  I have been on another Create a Critter kick lately, so I decided to use the owls...again.  I'm not really sure how to best explain how I created the ghost outfit for the owl on the left (you could tell that he was a ghost, right?), so I decided to take a picture of the image on my Gypsy.  It was really easy and I just used a few hearts from George and Basic Shapes to create the jagged edge of his costume.

Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Mat 4 x 5 1/4" - K and Company "Handmade" Specialty Paper
  • Branch is cut at 5" using fit to length from Straight from the Nest
  • (2) Owls cut at 2.25" from Create a Critter
    • (2) wings cut out at 1.24" from Create a Critter 
    • attached with pop dots
  • "Witches Hat" cut at 1.24" from Pooh and Friends
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms "A Haunting We Will Go" set
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Permanent Pen - Chesnut
  • Buttons from my stash
Did anyone else have fun watching the Cricut Imagine launch on HSN yesterday?  I loved seeing all of the beautiful projects featured on the set!  

Hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!