Thursday, April 29, 2010

Creative Craft: Memory Game Part 3 (The End)

It's finally done!!!  Woohoo!  I am really happy with how the final project turned out and best of all my daughter LOVES it, which makes it even better.  If you missed parts 1 and 2 of the project, you can check them out HERE and HERE.  Even if you don't have a need for a memory game - these would make darling gift tags or even ornaments.  In the video I mention that I will post a slide show of the finished images...I lied.  At the time it wasn't a lie, but after a bit of a drama with uploading the video I think the above picture will suffice and truthfully I'm tired.  :)  I hope you enjoy the video and if anyone out there tries this project, I would love to see pictures of how your project turns out!

Project Tips:
  • Realistically, I would say this project will take two days total to complete due to drying time.  I allowed the final coat to set up overnight before allowing my daughter to play with the game.
  • Set up the project "assembly line" fashion.  It takes between 8-10 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry depending on the thickness of the coats you apply, so if you have everything ready to go - by the time you are done applying your a coat of Mod Podge to your last card, your first card will be ready for its next coat.
  • If you are using card stock, depending on the weight of the paper, you will need to use 7-8 coats of Mod Podge to get a smooth finish.  (If there is ever a time to use cheap card stock, this is it.)  If you are using paper, it will take between 4-5 coats for a smooth finish.
  • If you use pigment ink or any other medium to add details or shading to your image, make sure to allow enough time for the ink to dry otherwise the Mod Podge will streak the ink.  (I know because I was a bit impatient and the shading on the ice cream cone got a little streaked.)
  • If you are using layered images, try and reduce the layers as much as possible. I removed any layers that would not be visible from the front.  (See image below)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Creative Craft: Framed Art


Just a quick, easy and SUPER CHEAP idea for framed artwork.  I needed something for my daughter's nursery that was cheerful and youthful without being really expensive.  It seemed silly to spend a fortune on something that she may or may not want in her room as she gets older.  While browsing in a local antique mall, I came across a couple of pages from an old children's book on sale for $1.  They were the perfect size - the whole page is approximately 11x14 and the image is 8x10, plus I love the vintage feel of the illustrations.

I couldn't find a mat that matched the colors in my daughter's room, so I bought a plain mat and painted it to match to give it a more custom feel.  I then added white polka dots (the back of a paintbrush works great!) and attached the page using acid free tape.  I found some wooden frames at Michael's on sale (even better) and that is it.  The whole project for 2 pictures came out to around $12.  I did have the paint on hand, but it's just the Folk Art acrylic paint that you can find at most craft stores for under $2.

So if you are brave enough to just rip pages out of a new book (I can't do it), go for it!  Or the next time you are at an antique mall or even a garage sale - take a peek at the books because you might find a treasure that would appreciate a new home.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Creative Card: Party Princess

So...guess what I got in the mail yesterday???  My Once Upon a Princess cartridge, which by the way was my Valentine's present from my husband and I was beginning to think that I was never ever going to get it!  (Note to self: next time do NOT pre-order a cartridge!!!)  I was inspired by Emma's very cute "I Love You" card at My Creative Time.  I wanted to make more cards last night, but I diligently started finishing up the Memory Game, so I will wrap that up by Thursday...hopefully! 
 
Material's Used:
  • Card base is a tag from Once Upon a Princess cut at 3.55 and welded using the Gypsy.
  • Mat cut at 3.55 from Once Upon a Princess; paper from DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Girl and Outfit cut at 4.75 from Once Upon a Princess (attached with pop dots)
  • Shocking Pink Polka Dot Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat
  • Turquoise and pink jewels from K&Co.
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Pens in Tourmaline and Turquoise
  • "hi" sentiment from My Pink Stamper's Simply Sweet Occasions
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in White
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk in Rose Coral
  • Tsukineko Dew Drop Pigment Ink in Cosmic Copper

Monday, April 26, 2010

Creative Tour: My (Our) Craft Room

Instead of showing a craft today, I thought I would give you a tour of my craft room.  I love getting a peek into other people's craft spaces to see how they organize everything.  If you would like to see more craft rooms, check out THIS slideshow on Martha Stewart's website.  You can also check out Martha's craft room and swoon!  There are some really great ideas!

I go into a bit of this in my video, but just in case my poor camera work keeps you from watching the whole thing - here's the story of my craft room:  I have only been paper crafting since November of 2009.  I saw an ad in the Michael's after-Thanksgiving sale for the Cricut and I started researching it.  I have always loved crafting, so the Cricut seemed like a fun addition to my craft tools and the price was right.  I headed over to Michael's after our Thanksgiving celebration thinking - "What crazy people would actually go to Michael's on Thanksgiving?"  Well, there were a lot of crazy "Cricut-ers" waiting in line outside our local Michael's.  I was completely overwhelmed when I got inside because I didn't know what cartridges to buy or if I would need other tools.  Luckily, there were some VERY nice ladies there that took me under their wings and told me what cartridges would be good to start out with and what other items that I might want.  Fast forward to Christmas and I had realized by that time that the little Cricut was great, but the Expression could do SOOO much more!  I had convinced myself that I should keep using the little Cricut and maybe ask for the Expression for my birthday (in AUGUST).  My dear devoted husband surprised me with the Expression for Christmas and it was waiting for me underneath my stocking along with a note that read: "Don't be mad at me.  I got a really good deal."  (Of course I couldn't be mad - I was too shocked!)  Once I got the Expression, we decided that our poor office that had recently become a dumping ground for our daughter's outgrown baby items should become our "hobby room."  We cleaned everything out and made room for my craft items and his guitar equipment.  So...that might be a lot of information, but that is how I got my very own craft room.  No more crafting at the dining room table.  I am a VERY lucky lady and honestly, the craft room is now my favorite place to be in our house.  It makes me happy to just be in it. 





As promised in the video, here are a few stills:
This is a close-up of my glitter drawer.  You can see my Martha Glitter Glue Pens that I use in a lot of my projects.  I have some Stickles too, but the Martha glitter is my favorite.  I also have a lot of regular glitter, which I still like, but it's a little messy for small projects.
The sitting area - this is where I write blog posts and spend many an hour looking online.  :)
This last picture shows my Cricut cartridges (I store them on an old DVD holder and I keep my paper trimmer, Gypsy, camera - basically anything my 2 yr. old shouldn't be playing with on the "counter" of the built-in.

My Pink Stamper Sunday Challenge


Robyn from My Pink Stamper posted a Scrapbook Sketch Challenge yesterday afternoon, and after all of the computer stuff that I worked on over the weekend - a little crafting was definitely in order.  Plus, I started looking at my scrapbook layouts and they were all starting to look a lot alike, so it's probably good to get out of my comfort zone and try a different page layout.

Here is what I came up with:

I changed the layout just a bit because I didn't have quite enough pictures to use. 

I'm not sure if it's obvious from the pictures, but I glittered a few of the dresses from the patterned paper with some Stickles as well as one of the yellow layer on the flower.  It had to be done - I have a theme going now - all glitter all the time.




Materials Used:
  • 12x12 textured cardstock DCWV
  • Patterned paper from Nana's Nursery (Girl) DCWV
  • "Sweet Baby" cut at 4 1/2" from Gypsy Wanderings
  • Journaling space cut at 2 1/2" and 2 3/4" from Storybook
  • Flower cut at 4" from Sweet Treats
  • Stickles: Cotton Candy and Frosted Lace
  • Yellow Jewels (on journaling space) from K&Co.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy 101 - Blog Award!


Melanie from Scrappy Mel gave me this blog award!  Thank you so much Melanie!  Check out her blog - she has really cute projects, so you are sure to get some really great ideas!

I am passing on this Happy 101 Award to the following blogs:

Pam at Simply Pam
Kim at Frost Me

When you get a chance - hop on over to all these talented ladies' blogs and check them out!

Here are my 10 things that make me happy!
1.  My sweet husband and daughter!
2.  My Craft Room!!! - seriously this is now my favorite room in our house
3.  Spending a lazy afternoon cooking
4.  Magazines
5.  New music from my favorite bands
6.  Dancing with my daughter
7.  Dessert of any kind - preferably something chocolate
8.  Organizing - I am a Virgo, so it's kind of a problem!
9.  Shopping at Craft-y Stores: i.e. Michaels, Joann's or Hobby Lobby
10. Blogging - either writing blog entries, reading comments on my blog :), and perusing other blogs!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Creative Update

I am going to try a few different layouts with the blog over the weekend, so if you check back and things look funny - I apologize.  I should have everything done by Monday!

Thanks & I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layouts: Create a Critter

I whipped out a few scrapbook pages a couple of nights ago using my new favorite Cricut cartridge Create a Critter!!!  The pages are super simple and due to the sheer quantity of pages that I need to complete - simple is kind of a necessity at this point.  Luckily the images on Create a Critter lend themselves to super simple designs.  Hope you enjoy!



Special thanks to my sweet husband who composed and recorded a special song just for me to use for my slideshow with only a few minutes notice!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Creative Craft: Memory Game Part 2


This may be one of those never-ending projects.  As I mentioned in Monday's post, I really want to use the Once Upon a Princess Cricut cartridge for the images on the memory game.  Well...it still hasn't shipped from the online vendor that will remain nameless.  I am set on using it, so I may be dragging this project out for another week or so.  If you need a recap of what I've done so far, check out last week's post HERE!

In order to feel like I am making some progress, I decided to cover the mailbox in some of the paper I used to line the back of the game pieces.  It's relatively simple - I made a few in Februrary for Valentine's for my nieces and it only takes a few minutes.  Decorated mailboxes were featured on a ton of blogs in January and February, but Robyn's post at My Pink Stamper is really simple to follow!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Creative Tip: Organizing Pictures

 

I've mentioned this before, but I have a TON of pictures to scrap and I get a little overwhelmed when I look through all of them.  I use Shutterfly to print all of our pictures - there may be more/better/easier sites to use, but Shutterfly now has ALL of our digital pictures from 2007 to the present.  Needless to say, I'm not moving them.

As I finish scrapbook pages, I have been uploading the pictures to a new online album that I cleverly named "scrapbook pictures."  I also rename the pictures based on what layout they are destined for, so the super cute pictures of my daughter in her yellow polka dot sunglasses are now called "Miss Priss."  They are destined for THIS layout.

Once I have enough pictures to warrant paying shipping or even better- the next time Shutterfly has a sale, I can order the entire album without having to shuffle through 70+ albums looking for the pictures I want to scrap. 

Hope that helps someone - not that anyone else has such a big back log of pictures to sort through.  :)




Creative Scrapbook Page: Zoo Fun

This is my first "double" page layout (this blog is so new that there are still a lot firsts yet to come).  We have a TON of pictures from different zoo visits, so I think I have quite a few more layouts with a zoo theme to complete.  Do any of you have any cartridge suggestions?  I was thinking about the Create a Critter cartridge.

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • 4 x 12 accent - DCWV Sweet Stack
  • Giraffe cut at 5" from Paisley
  • "Zoo" cut at 3" from Storybook and welded using Gypsy & embossed using the Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots A2 folder
  • "fun" cut at 5" from Paisley
  • ric-rac border cut at 1 1/4 and welded using Gypsy
  • scalloped ovals cut at 3 and 3 1/4 from Storybook
  • buttons attached with glue dots
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Pens in tourmaline and kunzite
  • Tsukineko Pigment Inks

Funny "behind-the-scenes" note - because I am so short (5'2") I couldn't get the camera up high enough to take a picture of both pages, so I climbed on top of a chair.  I didn't realize it until I was cropping my picture, but my super long and skinny toes made it into the picture.  Oh, the things I will do for a blog post.
Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Creative Craft: Ballerina Bow Holder

I found this wire dress form a few years ago at our local Home Goods store and immediately loved it.  I originally used it to display some of the bows and clips that I was selling at a local craft fair.  I had quite a few people offer to buy it from me, but I knew that I really wanted it for my daughter's bedroom.  After all with a mom that makes bows, a girl is bound to collect a few! 

I also think that this would make an adorable centerpiece for a party.  I've seen dress forms like this in all different sizes and colors at craft stores and discount stores alike, so if you are interested in making one - keep your eyes open!  A group of miniature dress forms outfitted with a cute tutu would look so cute down the center of a table at a birthday party or girly shower! 

Here's how to make it:

1.  Once you've determined how long you'd like your tutu to be, cut your tulle ribbon double that length. (I'm using pink tulle in the picture because I ran out of the silver a long time ago.)

2.  Fold the ribbon in half and make a little loop (see picture to left)







3.  Next thread the loop back from left to right through the wire. 










4.  Take the two tulle "tails" and thread them through the loop.  (You are essentially making a slip knot.)









5.  Pull the "tails" to tighten the knot and the above steps until you achieve the desired look. 












If you would like to use this as a bow holder, it is much easier to clip the bows to ribbon as opposed to the tulle.  I simply tied satin ribbon on every third wire.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Weehaw"

"Whee-haw!"  That is what I hear every time my daughter does something fun, dangerous or super fast - preferably all of the above if she has anything to say about it.  We had tried to teach her how to say "yee-haw," but "wee-haw" came out and it has stuck! 

Pennants or banners seem to be everywhere right now - from birthday parties to baby rooms.  They always look so cheerful, so I thought it would be a perfect accent for a carousel layout.  I couldn't be happier with how it turned out and I am sure I will use this technique for more projects.  Hope you like it!
Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • (2) 2 1/2 x 12 - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • 10 x 9 3/4 - Bazzill Basics "Bank Roll" - that name cracks me up
  • Horse cut at 4 1/2" from Paisley (It's actually a unicorn, but I cut it's horn off - I promise it was painless.) 
  • "wheehaw" cut at 1.32 from Cursive 101, welded using my Gypsy.
  • Triangles cut at 1.33 from George and Basic Shapes
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Victoria A2 Embossing folders (pennants & the horse's body)
  • Tsukineko Pigment Ink
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Pen - tourmaline & turquoise
  • Turquoise and Green Jewels - K & Co.
  • Embroidery floss

Creative Card: Embellishing Envelopes

So...here is my belated envelope post.  I hope you're not expecting anything earth shattering.  These are my feelings on envelopes...while I think it's nice to clue the recipient in to the fact that the card he or she is about to receive is homemade, I am not one of those people that spend a ton of time making the envelope look AMAZING!  I can't stand the idea of it being destroyed in the mail or putting the card and embellished envelope in another envelope to protect it.  I'd honestly rather spend the majority of my time making a beautiful card.

Here are 3 really fast and cute ways to jazz up your envelopes without spending a ton of time doing it.

Lining - I'm not sure if this is the "correct" way to line an envelope, but it works for me!



1.  Measure the length of the adhesive on the envelope's flap - for this envelope it was 4 1/2".
2.  Next, measure the length of the envelope from the adhesive to the bottom of the envelope - for this one it was 5 7/8".  Then cut your patterned paper accordingly.

3.  Apply double-stick tape (or whatever adhesive you prefer) to one edge of the patterned paper and carefully shimmy it to the
bottom of the envelope.  Once you're sure that it's centered, press it down, so it makes contact with the envelope.
4.  Apply double-stick tape to the top of the patterned paper and affix it to the envelope flap - right under the envelope's adhesive.






5.  Score the patterned paper using whatever means you like, so when the envelope's flap is folded over you are able to get a good crease in the paper as well.  For something this small I use a ruler and a bone folder. 





Stamping
This is probably the easiest and most self-explanatory.

Embossing

I normally use one of the Cuttlebug's border embossing folders, but the regular A2 embossing folders also work.

Center the embossing border on the edge of the envelope's flap and run it through your Cuttlebug.  Pretty easy stuff!







Saturday, April 17, 2010

Obviously No Envelope Post...yet

So...I had said that there was going to be a post about embellishing envelopes posted on Friday.  Well, there wasn't.  I overextended myself and I honestly just haven't gotten to it yet.  I will diligently post it on Monday.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Creative Card: Ice Cream Birthday Card

Ok...this is my last project that is currently featured in the My Pink Stamper's gallery.  I have been so thrilled to have my projects included and in case you missed it this scrapbook layout is also now included in her gallery here!  Woohoo!

Here is yet another card featuring a fun image from the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge.  I think that may be my favorite cartridge - I do love all things sweet and evidently glittery as this is another glittery project.  Like the cupcake card that I posted yesterday, I wanted to make this one gender neutral.  I think I accomplished it with this one - why are masculine cards so hard?
Don't forget to check back a little later today - I am finishing up a post on embellishing envelopes!



Materials Used:
  • Card Base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (Folded - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
  • Mat: 5 1/4 x 4 (DCWV Citrus Stack)
  • Ice Cream - cut at 3 1/2" using blackout feature (DCWV Citrus Stack)
  • 3/8" ribbon
  • Cuttlebug's Spots and Dots A2 Embossing folder
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Pens - turquoise, florentine gold and fire opal
  • My Pink Stamper's Simply Sweet Occasions Stamp Set

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Creative Craft: Memory Game Part 1

 
The original inspiration for this craft came from The Martha Stewart Show and after watching them use paper punches for the different shapes, I decided that the Cricut could probably do even better, but as I hinted earlier in the week - the Cricut is totally optional for this craft.  You could use paper punches like the inspiration project or even photocopied images - whatever you like! 
 
Don't forget to check back next week to see the finished game!  (Who knows...I may break down and film a video for it.) 

 
Materials Used:
  • Wood squares or rectangles from your local craft store - I found mine at Hobby Lobby (packaged 4 for 99 cents).  The original project used wooden squares purchased from Wood Works.
  • Patterned 12x12 paper (K&Co. - shown)
  • Mod Podge - I used matte for my project, but it comes in a few different varieties.
  • Sponge or Bristle Brush (whatever you like or whatever you have on hand)
  • Coarse grit sand paper
  • Bone folder to smooth out any air bubbles
  • Something to hold your finished game - I am using a mailbox that I found in the Target $1 section around Valentine's Day, but anything would work.  I think a little wooden box or a little bag would be adorable.

Let's get started:
  1. Using your sand paper, sand away any rough edges on the game pieces.
  2. Cut out rectangles of the patterned paper based on the size of the wooden game piece using your Cricut or a paper cutter - or heck, even scissors and a ruler. 
    • I used a rectangle from Cricut's George and Basic Shapes cut at 3 1/2".  Using the "Auto Fill" feature on the Cricut Expression, I was able to cut out 12 rectangles per 12 x 12 page.
  3. OPTIONAL: shade the edges of your patterned paper to give it a more "vintage-y" look.
  4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of a game piece and center a rectangle of patterned paper on the wooden game piece.
  5. Apply another thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the patterned paper.  Smooth out any air bubbles using your bone folder and let dry.  Repeat this step at least 3 times or until you get the look you desire.  (I wanted a thick enough layer to add a bit of sheen to the top of the game piece and so you couldn't feel the edge of the paper.)
 

Creative Card: Evolution of a Cupcake


This is another project that is currently featured in My Pink Stamper's gallery.  This cupcake from Sweet Treats was actually one of the first things that I ever cut with my Cricut.  In fact I used the card feature for thank you notes.  What a difference a few months makes.  While I still love the original card, I think the new version is even cuter!  It's a great example how versatile each image is on each of the cartridges.  I wanted to create more of a gender neutral birthday card.  I'm not sure that I completely achieved it, but I'm getting closer. 
If you are interested in learning how to line envelopes, don't forget to check back on Friday.  I am working on a whole post about different ways to embellish envelopes.

Materials Used:
  • Card Base: 8 x 5 1/4 (4 x 5 1/4 folded) - (Bazill Textured Cardstock)
  • Mat: 5 x 3 3/4 (K&Co.)
  • Accent: 1 3/4 x 3 3/4 (DCWV - Citrus Stack)
  • 3/8" Ribbon
  • Cupcake - cut at 4 1/2" using blackout feature.  (I also cut off the heart)
  • Scallop Circles - cut at 1 1/2, 1 1/4, and 1"  (layered with pop dots)
  • Flowers - 1 at 1 1/2"and 2 at 1"  (layered & attached with pop dots)
  • Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl A2 embossing folder
  • My Pink Stamper's Simply Sweet Occasions Stamp Set

  • Tsukineko Pigment Inks

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Creative Craft: Ponytail Streamers

 
Surprise!!!  I'm posting my first video!  I started typing out the instructions for making this very cute hair accessory (which is super easy) and the directions got soo long and so complicated that I decided it would be so much easier to demonstrate how to make it.  And, voila a video was born.  (I wish it were that easy.) 
 
Funny story, which will also explain why videos will be a rarity on this blog for the time being...my regular camera takes great video as well as still images, but I don't have video editing software that supports the type of files that that the camera records.  And...since we can't really afford to go buy a Mac which would give me the best and easiest means to edit videos, there will be no editing of any videos.  That means that I have to film a video from start to finish without stopping.  This is alright for projects like the one I'm showcasing today- super easy and quick, but not so great for projects that take longer than 10 minutes to complete from start to finish.  This would explain the above photograph and why I made 6 ponytail holders for my daughter over the last few days.  I was sure that if I filmed just one more time it would be perfect.  On the upside, it was fun to play around with the video and my daughter now has a summer's worth of ponytail holders.  I apologize that it's a little dark and a little blurry at times - I will try and get it together before I post another video!  :)
 
Materials Used:
  • Grosgrain ribbon - it helps to have a few different colors and widths, but there really isn't any right or wrong combination
  • Ponytail elastic
  • Needle and embroidery floss (2 strands) - really any kind of thread will work, just make sure to use 2 strands
  • Hot Glue


 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cricut Cake on HSN tomorrow!

Is it just me or is anyone else completely intrigued by the new Cricut Cake?  I don't think I need one, but it's kind of fascinating.  I admit...I do kind of wish that I "needed" one.  (Dear Provo Craft, please stop providing me with more and more ways to spend money...LOL)  I can't wait to see what new Cake blogs pop up over the next few months. 

Provo Craft will be on HSN tomorrow throughout the day (so check your local listing if are interested) showing off the new Cake. 

(Picture of the Cricut Cake from HSN.com)

Creative Craft: Spring Favor

This is another project that is currently featured in My Pink Stamper's new gallery.  (Woohoo!)  I used this favor box to hold a sugar cookie for Easter, but it would also make a really cute favor box for a birthday or shower.

You can't tell from the pictures, but I made the favors double-sided.  If I was doing it again - I would have only cut the flower's base for the back and called it a day.

                                    

Here are the materials used -

          Everything is cut at 3"
  • Flower 2 Favor box (Sweet Treats)- used DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • 5 pink flowers cut using the blackout feature (2 for each side of the favor and one for the tag)
  • 2 orange flower layers
  • 2 yellow centers - used DCWV Citrus Stack
  • 1 flower cut using the shadow feature (for tag) - used DCWV Citrus Stack
  • 1 leaf - for the tag (Accent Essentials)
  • Cuttlebug's Swiss Dot A2 embossing folder
  • Dew Drop Tsukineko Inks
  • Pop Dots
Quick Tip: To give the flowers more of a 3-D look, I "curl" the petals by placing the base of the petal between my thumb and forefinger and pulling outward towards the end of the petal.  (Similar to curling ribbon for a package.)

Creative Scrapbook Page: Pumpkin Patch

So...this is my first layout using my brand spankin' new Gypsy!!!  (Happy early Mother's Day to me, courtesy of my sweet husband - I am a very lucky lady.)  Despite reading some mixed reviews of the Gypsy, I am loving it so far.  I was able to use 3 different cartridges at one time for this layout, plus I cut out everything all at once - all of the layers all of the fonts - EVERYTHING!!!  If you don't Cricut, you might not appreciate it what a huge deal this is, but just trust me - it is. 

The minute I saw this Pumpkin border on the Happily Ever After cartridge I knew that it would be great for a scrapbook page, so I am excited to finally be able to use it.  There is obviously more glitter - no shock there.  (Please refer to previous posts to witness my glitter addiction.)

Materials Used:

  • 12 x 12 Base (DCWV - Flower Shower Stack)
  • Patterned Paper trimmed to 4x12 (DCWV - Flower Shower Stack)
  • Photo Mats trimmed to 4 1/4 x 6 1/4  and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 (DCWV - Flower Shower Stack)
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Pens in "tourmaline" (dark pink) and "fire opal" (orange)
  • Cricut Cartridges used: Cursive 101 ("patch"- welded using Gypsy), Happily Ever After (pumpkin border), Storybook ("the," "pumpkin" - welded using Gypsy, flourishes, and journal space)










Monday, April 12, 2010

Creative Card: New Home

I have been wanting an excuse to make this cute card since I first purchased the Wild Card cartridge and since my parents just bought a new house, it seemed like the perfect excuse!  This card took less than 15 minutes to make and that was even with my little one "helping" me in my craft room.   

Quick Tip: When using the "Fit to Page" button on the Cricut Expression, you can preview the size prior to cutting by pressing "ok."  (This actually works with all of your feature buttons on the Expression)  When I use the "Fit to Page" for a cut that has layers, I always figure out the size first, then remove "Fit to Page" and choose the correct size on the size wheel based on what the Cricut recommends.  That way I won't forget later and cut the layers out using the wrong size. 

Card Instructions:

  • 8x8 sheet of textured cardstock for base of the house card cut at 7 1/4 inches
  • The roof, window frame and potted topiaries are all cut at 7 1/4 (The layers on Wild Card are all based on the size of the card you cut). I cut out the topiaries twice to achieve a different color for the pots.
  • Tsukineko Dew Drop Brilliant Inks to shade  (I find that the small size is easier to use when shading little die cuts.)
Quick Tip: I don't always have the best luck using textured cardstock for die cuts.  If the cuts don't turn out quite as clean as I like, I have found that a bit of shading with ink hides many many flaws.  (I know there are a ton of other mediums to use when shading, but this is all I've tried so far.)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

My Pink Stamper Challenge - Pink, Green & Black


For today's MPS Challenge Robyn tasked her readers to use their Cricut and design a project using pink, green and black.  Since I just started scrapbooking, I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to try another page layout.  It's also the first time that I've used the Sweethearts cartridge, and while I love the images - I wish the layering was a bit more user friendly.  I also may have a glitter addiction.  I didn't realize how many of my projects include glitter, but there's a lot.   

Materials used:
  • 12x12 - from DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • 8x8 - textured cardstock from Bazill Tropical
  • 3 1/4x12 - black cardstock
  • 5 1/4x7 1/4 - black cardstock
  • 2 1/4x12 - DCWV Sweet Treats Stack (I glittered the light pink, turquoise and dark pink shapes - just in case there wasn't enough glitter.)
  • "Sweet" - Cut from Paisley at 1 1/2"
  • "Gumball Machine" - Cut from Sweethearts at - 4" (I used the blackout feature for the base)
  • "Scalloped Circle" Cut from - Gypsy Wanderings at 2 3/4"
  • LOTS and LOTS of Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Tourmaline (Dark Pink), Kunzite (Light Pink) and Turqouise
  • Black and White Striped Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat
  • Pink Saddle Stitch Ribbon (Scrap piece, so I don't know the manufacturer.)
  • Black and White Brad (K&Co.) 
  • Pop Dots


Friday, April 9, 2010

Creative Party: Pink Birthday Party


For my daughter's 1st birthday I chose Pink as the theme - like Shelby from Steel Magnolias - "blush and bashful."  This them was perfect for a birthday party, but I think it would also be a really cute baby or bridal shower. 
 

My goal for any party is to be able to be a guest at my own party.  That means the more I can get done ahead of time the better - from food to decorations.   

Invitation:  I bought invitations from a local invitation store and printed them myself.  You can find so many great fonts online and with some careful manuevering in a word processing program - they will look like they came from the printers. 


Decor:  I had been eyeing the Martha Stewart Craft Poms forever and a birthday party seemed like the perfect excuse to try them. The kit was nice because all of the materials were already put together, but I could have just as easily accomplished the Pom Poms on my own if I would have found the directions on Martha's website.  (Lucky for you - I found it today!)  The paper poms are so fun and easy to make that I decided to make lots (maybe a hundred) of paper flowers on a smaller scale to decorate the rest of the party.  I did one huge arrangement of "peonies"  for the beverage area, smaller arrangements for the tables and a wreath for the door.  It doesn't get much cheaper than tissue paper, floral wire and floral tape and you get a huge visual impact!  I used a simple white table cloth for the food table and bought a few yards of pink tulle to run down the center.  (I turned the tulle into a tutu for my daughter after the party.)  I bought varying shades of pink paper goods and flatware and picked up helium ballons in, you guessed it, varying shades of pink.



Menu: I tried to keep the menu pretty simple and include things that both adults and children would like.  I made all of the dips a week in advance to save time the day of the party.  Quick Tip: Even if you are buying things from the market if you arange them on a pretty white platter they will automatically look 100 times better. Ditch the plastic trays and no one will be the wiser.


  • Iced Tea and Pink Lemonade 
  • Fruit Platter with Raspberry Lemon Dip  
  • Vegetable Platter with Sundried Tomato Dip (from Barefoot Contessa Cookbook)
  • Chips with Pan Fried Onion Dip (sooo good, but it is not so good for you.)
  • Potato Salad
  • Sandwich Tray from local market
  • Yellow Cake with Strawberry Buttercream (Cake recipe is from America's Test Kitchen - you have to register to view - so annoying, but the cake is amazing, so totally worth it.)
  • Pink M&Ms (My daughter's birthday is in late January, so I took advantage of the Valentine's candy that was already in stores.)
kids table