Friday, July 30, 2010

Creative Card: "This one's for you!"




Here's a quick card featuring another super sweet sentiment from the Scrappy Mom's new "For the Boys" set.  I used this cute glass for cherry limeade, but it would of course make a cute glass of lemonade or limeade or even iced tea.  Hmmm...it's too bad Nicole is napping because a cherry limeade sounds really good right about now!  As an aside, I would hate for someone to add up the amount of time/money/calories that I have used up on cherry limeades from Sonic, but it's a lot...  


Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Mat trimmed to 4 x 4" - K and Co. Citronella Mat Stack
  • Cherry Limeade Glass - cut at 4" from Cherry Limeade - attached with pop dots
  • "This one's for you!" Scrappy Mom's "For the Boys" Set
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon 
  • Button - from my stash
  • EK Success Border Punch - Dotted Scallop
  • Tsukineko Pigment Inks - Pearlescent Orchid, Sky Blue and Pearlescent Ivy
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Warm Red
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

Hope you are all finding ways to stay cool and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Would you like some more summer-y inspiration?

Check out Tammy's lighthouse card - HERE!

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    Creative Card: "You're Tee-rific"



    I have been in a creative "funk" since I've been home from Florida...I have diagnosed myself with "vacation hangover."  I don't think it's too serious.  Hopefully I will make a full recovery...QUICKLY!!!  I finally had an idea to do a tie-dye shirt using my brand new Watercolor Pencils and I figured I better take advantage of a little creative break through.  :)  

    This card features one of the brand new sentiments from the Scrappy Mom's "For the Boys" set.  This set is available for pre-order HERE!  I know that the "tee-riffic" is supposed to be golf related, but I don't have any golf related images to use...so I turned a seemingly sport related sentiment into one that could be suitable for non-sporty types.  (I would definitely fall into this category.)  I had planned on videoing a how-to for the watercolor pencils, but my camera is acting up.  Let's hope that this is just a little hiccup because it's a fairly new camera...please let it be a little hiccup.  Maybe my camera is depressed...it would probably rather be taking pictures like this:

    Playing on the beach...sigh.

    Materials Used:
    • Card Base - 6 x 11" (6 x 5 1/2" folded)
    • Mat - trimmed to 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 - DCWV Flower Shower Stack
    • Shirt from Once Upon a Princess (p. 43 - <pajama-s>) cut at 4.37"
    • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms "For the Boys" set
    • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Warm Red
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils
    • 5/8" Satin Ribbon
    • Mini-Clothespins - $1 section at Target
    Have a great day!


    Need some more inspiration?  Check out Scrappy Mel's super cute card HERE!

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Creative Craft: Fairy Wand How-To

    How many wands does Nicole "need?"  Evidently, A LOT!

    Today's craft was requested by a viewer/reader.  (Hi Amanda!!!  I hope this helps!)  These fairy wands are a huge hit in my house and guess what???  They are super easy to make.  (No really, it's a ridiculously simple project, but very cute!)  I made 20 of them as party favors for my niece's 5th birthday party, and they were a BIG hit!  IF you are making multiple wands, my suggestion is to make them assembly-line fashion.  I started making each wand one by one and I literally had a breakdown.  I couldn't believe I had agreed to make soo many wands.  Then...I calmed down (I mean, come on they're just fairy wands.) and realized that it would go much faster to work on one step at a time.  

    I also realize that I don't give any measurements in the video...this is intentional.  I can't tell you exactly how much ribbon you'll need because it is completely dependent on the width of your ribbon, the length and diameter of your wooden dowel, as well as how you end up wrapping the wand.  If you are making multiples, here is my suggestion - wrap one wand, then unwrap it, measure the amount of ribbon you used and cut all of the ribbon you will need for the wands.  



    To see how to make the "tutu pouf" - click HERE!

    Do you have a viewer request???  I would love to hear your suggestions - be it paper crafting or something else.  Let me know!

    Have a happy Monday!


    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    Introducing: 2 Brand New Scrappy Moms Stamp Sets


    Melanie and Tammy from Scrappy Moms Stamps have done it AGAIN - two more super cute stamp sets are now available for pre-order and don't forget that if you order more than one set, they combine shipping!  (Woohoo!)  I will be showcasing projects using both sets of stamps very very soon.  (I am still trying to get back into the swing of things after being away for a week.)  You can order the stamps HERE!



    Even though I haven't been in my craft room, check out what the other design team members have been up to...there are some really cute projects!

    Melanie from Scrappy Mel: "Broom Parking" & "You're a real Ace!"
    Momo from Made by Momo: "You are my True North" & "You Rock!"
    Tammy from Scrappy Critters: "Mind Your Mummy"

    See...I told you they have been busy. 

    Have a fun weekend!


    Thursday, July 22, 2010

    Winner!!!

    I'm home from my trip to visit my parents in Florida.  It was a success, so thank you to anyone who so graciously sent a few happy thoughts my way.  All of my worrying was for nothing - Nicole did awesome and we both had a great time.

    I am overwhelmed by the response to the giveaway - everyone left such lovely comments and I can't wait to get back into my craft room and start working.  (Even though I didn't get online much while I was away, I did have my Blackberry, so I was able to read everyone's comments.)

    Ok...onto the winner!
    I used random.org and number 64 won!

    Congratulations Anne!


    Anne said...

    Hi Lauren,

    I LOVE all your Once Upon a Princess projects!! Thanks for the great giveaway - I've been excited about this stamp set ever since it came out.



    Thank you to everyone who entered!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    Creative Scrapbooking: My progress...so far!



    If you are new to the blog, the above scrapbook layout was the VERY FIRST scrapbook layout that I ever made.  So far I have scrapped 80 plus pictures (only a million or so more to go).  Since I am traveling home from my vacation today, I thought I would share a quick look-back at all of the scrapbook layouts that I've done so far.

    If you would like more details on any of the scrapbook pages that you see, check HERE!  They are all organized by cartridge!




    Don't forget that I will be drawing a winner for the 100+ Follower Giveaway TOMORROW!
    (Click HERE to enter!)

    Have a great day!


    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    Creative Card: "You Shine"

    Here is another Disney inspired card!  Even though we are not heading to Disney World on this trip to Florida...I seem to have Disney on the brain.  

    This poor little card has been attacked by a two year old and a kitty - the two year old destroyed the Fairy Godmother's wand and the kitty chewed some of the card (at least it wasn't the front) before I could get a picture of it.  


    Needless to say...this card may become a sort of postcard.  Sad times!

    If you love the Disney images, but get frustrated by how intricate the cuts are...here are my top 5 tips:

    1. Have patience - sounds silly, but these aren't the kinds of projects to work on when you are in a rush.
    2. Make sure that you understand that the foundation layer (in most cases - black or some other dark color) provides an outline...your layers do NOT fit perfectly.
    3. Try and use a new blade in the Cricut or at least a newer blade - if your blade is dull, you are going to get more "rough" cuts and you won't be happy with the results.
    4. Have an x-acto knife or something similar handy to clean up any rough edges.
    5. Resign yourself the fact that you may end up cutting out some of the layers more than once because you aren't happy with the cut or maybe you end up tearing it trying to get it off the mat.  Just a fact...sorry.


    Materials Used:
    • Card Base - standard A2
    • Mat is trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4"
    • Accent paper - 2 1/4 x 4 (scalloped using my super old Fiskars Scalloped scissors) & 2 x 4
    • Fairy Godmother is cut at 4 1/4" from Disney's Happily Ever After
    • "You Shine" sentiment from Scrappy Moms Clear Stamps - Something Sweet
    • Patterned Paper - from K and Company - Amy Butler "Belle" 12 x 12 Pad
    • 5/8" Satin Ribbon - Michael's
    • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White


    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Monday, July 19, 2010

    Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!"

    I so wish that I could have gotten a better picture of this layout because the above picture does not capture just how glittery this page turned out.  (And...really, if you can't use glitter on a Cinderella project - where can you use it?)  I have always loved Cinderella - ever since she and I had a "moment" during a parade at Disneyland circa 1984.  She came over and talked to me - and I was enamored.  It obviously made an impression because  as I approach *cough* 30 *cough* - I still remember it with crystal clarity.  In a rather predictable turn of events, my daughter is also a huge fan.  She sings Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, but only with the proper accessories: her crown, her "bibbidi bobbidi boo" (which means her wand) and her "rella" dress (any tutu).  

    The little chipboard flowers are from a Disney Princess chipboard set - you can find it HERE and I've also seen it at Michael's.  It's super cute - all of the princesses are included (mine were apprehended by a certain 2 year old) as are all of the little flowers and hearts that you see on the page.  It would be a great alternative for someone who either doesn't own any of the Disney Princess cartridges or doesn't have the patience to cut out all of the layers. 

    Materials Used:
    • 12 x 12 base
    • 10 x 10 mat
    • Photo Mats cut at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 
    • "bibbidi bobbidi boo" is welded to an 8" circle using the shadow feature from Cherry Limeade
    • Carriage is cut at 4.25" from Disney's Happily Ever After
    • Chipboard flowers from Disney Princess (found at Michael's and Joann's)
    • Glitter Paper - DCWV Glitter Stack (letters, carriage and photo mats)
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    Here's how I welded the letters to the circle.  I also separated the letters and the coach's layers on separate pages because I used the "multi-cut" function to make sure that the glitter paper cut cleanly.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    Creative Card: "Poodles of Fun"


    Yesterday I posted a collection of my Once Upon a Princess projects, but I didn't want to leave you with just "re-runs," so I decided to make a new card using my favorite cartridge.  I used the "Gem" Feature on Once Upon a Princess to create the poodle's silhouette.  This is the first time that I've used the this feature, and there are lots of cute images from this little poodle to a cowboy hat.  They would all make really cute and VERY simple tags.

    Materials Used:
    • Card Base - 8 x 8 textured cardstock trimmed to 5 1/2 x 8 (5 1/2 x 4 folded)
    • Mat - 5 1/4 x 3 3/4" - K and Company "Handmade" 12 x 12 Paper Pad
    • Accents - trimmed to 1 3/4 x 4 and 1 1/4 x 4 (I embossed the black strip using the Swiss Dots A2 Folder and my Cuttlebug)
    • Poodle "Gem" and base cut at 4 1/4" from Once Upon a Princess
    • Tag cut at 1 1/2" from Once Upon a Princess
    • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Clear Stamps "Amusing Animals" Set
    • Standard hole punch: I centered the tag onto the poodle "gem" and then punched a hole through all three layers, so I had a place to tie the ribbon.  
    • 5/8" Satin Ribbon: I used a tiny bit of double stick tape on each "tail" to secure it exactly how I wanted it to the front of the card.
    • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Sharpie Fine Point Pen - Black
    Hope you like it!  Have a great weekend!

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Creative Projects: Once Upon a Princess



    Today while I am braving the airport with a two year old - I thought you might enjoy a little retrospective of the projects I've done (so far) with my favorite Cricut cartridge, Once Upon a Princess!  Beneath the video, you will find links to each project's original post.

    Hope you enjoy it and please think happy thoughts for me today!  To be more specific about the sorts of happy thoughts I am looking for...here are some examples: no tantrums while we are trying to get through airport security, no tantrums while on the actual plane (or if there is a tantrum, please let it be short) and please let the "prizes" and snacks that I have so carefully packed be enough to help tame my wild traveling companion.  


    Have a wonderful day!  
    Don't forget to check back - even though I am away from my craft room, I still have projects to share!

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Creative Giveaway!

    Ok...the votes are in and it's pretty unanimous.  You would like a "crafty" giveaway.  (I was the only one to vote for "non-crafty" and that was just so I could check the results.)

    I would like to say a big thank-you to all of you!  I appreciate your comments so much and I have so much fun sharing my projects.

    So...on to the giveaway!

    One lucky winner will receive:


    Here are the details:
    • Leave a comment under this post (please only one!) 
    • Make sure to leave a way for me to get in touch with you.  
    • You don't have to be a follower, but I wouldn't turn you away if you'd like to become one.
    • I will draw a winner on Thursday July 22, 2010 using random.org.
    Thank you again!



    Creative Cards: Sweet Summer Treats


    Today I have two super easy and super quick cards to share featuring some more sentiments from Scrappy Moms Clear Stamps!  It's so hot and humid here in Texas which may explain why I have popsicles and ice cream on the brain.  Hope you like them!


    Materials Used:
    • Base - standard A2 (trimmed 8 1/2 x 11 long ways - 4 1/4 x 11)
    • Mat 4 x 5 1/4"
    • Mat 3 3/4 x 4 1/2" - embossed with Swiss Dots A2 Folder
    • Popsicle cut at 4 1/2" from Cherry Limeade
    • "What a Sweetie" from Scrappy Mom's "Sweet Somethings" Set
    • 3/8" Swiss Dots Grosgrain Ribbon
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Coffee Bean
    • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
    • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Maroon




    Materials Used:
    • Card Base 5 x 8 (4 x 5 folded)
    • Accents are borders trimmed to 4"- from the Martha Stewart 6 x 12 Border Pack
    • Ice Cream Cone cut at 5" from Sugar and Spice
    • "Your too Cool!" from Scrappy Mom's "Amusing Animals" Set
    • EK Success Border Punch - Dotted Scallop
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • 3/8" Swiss Dots Grosgrain Ribbon
    • Tsukineko Pigment Ink - Cosmic Copper
    • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Rose Coral and Warm Red
    • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Pen - Garnet

      Have a wonderful summer day!


      Monday, July 12, 2010

      Creative News: Part 2


      So...the site hit 100 followers over the weekend!  I am so excited - I cannot believe the blog is only 3 months old!!!  I think a giveaway is in order!

      I'd like all of you to help decide what I should giveaway!  I have something in mind for each option - but I thought it would be fun to have you help me decide.




      I am heading out on vacation on Thursday, but I have posts planned for almost every day that I am gone - minus the weekend.  In the meantime, I am trying to get all of the household kinds of chores done before I leave.  (BOO!!!  I would rather be crafting.)

      Ok back to work!  Please vote!

      Creative Scrapbook Layout: "One Last Bottle..."


      I hope that you're not getting sick of the baby layouts, but the closer I get to finishing up Nicole's baby pictures - the more I really want to start scrapping current photos!  Honestly, I've got to catch up because I end up in tears after looking through her baby pictures.  (Where did that baby go?  Those first 6 months were pretty slow going, but I swear since then - we are on fast forward.)  Just in case the title isn't obvious...this is for a picture of my husband giving Nicole her very last bottle EVER!!!  This was a seriously happy event in our house - not only was I completely OVER sterilizing bottles, but Nicole was also OVER bottles - once she had a taste of real food - bottles were simply an inconvenience.

      As an aside, I definitely do not regret purchasing the Sugar and Spice cartridge earlier than originally planned - it has given me that extra bit of inspiration to finish those last lingering baby pictures.  Oh...and that cute font...I may have also picked up Cherry Limeade when I bought Sugar and Spice.  Whoops...did I forget to mention that?  :)

      p.s. I was inspired by Megan's layout from Above Rubies Studio.  You can check it out HERE!

      Materials Used:
      • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Flower Shower Cardstock Stack
      • 3 columns at the top - 3 x 6" 
      • bottom accent - 4 x 11 1/2"
      • Photo Mats trimmed to fit a 3 x 3 and a 4 x 6 
      • "one last bottle" cut at 2" from Cherry Limeade and welded with the Gypsy
      • bottle cut at 3 3/4" from Sugar and Spice
      • Patterned Paper - DCWV Nana's Nursery (Girl) Stack
      • 5/8" grosgrain ribbon - from Michael's
      • Gingham brad - I folded the little metal parts into the center and then attached it using a glue dot (hot glue would work just as well)
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
      Hope you have a wonderful day!


      Creative News: Part 1


      Lots to share, so I thought I would split it up over a couple of posts.  First - I would like to extend a big thank-you to Melanie from Scrappy Mel and Scrappy Moms Clear Stamps for awarding me the "Cherry on Top Award".  Not only does she create beautiful cards and scrapbook layouts, but she is also one of the two talented ladies behind Scrappy Moms Clear Stamps!  I am so thrilled to be a part of their design team!

      Here are the "rules" for this award:
      1. Thank the person who gave this award to you.
      2. Copy this award and put it on your blog.
      3. List three things that you love about yourself.
      4. Post a picture that you love.
      5. Pass this award onto five other bloggers.


      Here are mine:


      Here is one of my favorite pictures - she makes me laugh and touches my heart EVERY day!

      1. I love that I am a mom and most of all that I am lucky enough to be here for every moment - even the not so fun moments!
      2. I love that I am a crafty!
      3. I love that I keep my craft space obsessively organized, but somehow that doesn't translate to all areas of my life.
      p.s.  It is very hard to come up with things that you "love" about yourself, right?  It seems kinda vain. ;)


      I am passing this award on to these talented ladies:

      1. Abby from Scrapbookaholic by Abby
      2. Raven from Love 4 Stamps
      3. Dorcas from 4 Crafty Angels
      4. Theresa from Binky Blossoms
      5. Val from crafty go lucky
      Have a great morning...more later!

      Friday, July 9, 2010

      Creative Card: "Specially for You"

      It's that time of the week again...another Throwback Thursday Challenge from Emma at My Creative Time!  Her challenges are always fun and it's fun to blog-hop every week.  This week's challenge is to use an animal - preferably from Zooballoo.  I don't have Zooballoo, but I found this cute little squirrel from Disney's Happily Ever After cartridge.  Heads up to anyone out there that has this cartridge - there's also a cute little owl and a bird.  I don't know about you, but I think they all look surprisingly similar to the animals found on the brand new Cindy Loo cartridge.  How cute are those eyelashes???

      Materials Used:
      • Card Base - I welded the squirrel's shadow and an acorn using the Gypsy (see the picture below)
      • Squirrel is cut at 4.29" from Disney's Happily Ever After
      • Acorn is from Create a Critter
      • "Specially for You" from Scrappy Mom's Sweet Somethings set
      • Swiss Dots A2 Embossing Folder - acorn's top
      • Color Box Liquid Chalk - Rose Coral, Rouge and Warm Red
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
      Hope that helps a bit...


      Need some more inspiration???  Check out these projects:
      Joanna's Scrapbook Layout
      Melanie's Anniversary Card

      Hope you have a wonderful day!!!


      Thursday, July 8, 2010

      Creative Card: "Then Comes Baby..."


      Here is a pretty simple card featuring one of the beautiful sayings from the brand new Scrappy Mom's "Sweet Somethings" stamp set and a super cute baby carriage from Sugar and Spice (this is my new favorite cartridge).  

      Materials Used:
      • Card Base (Standard A2)
      • Accent Mat - Used my Gypsy to create a scalloped border using a rectangle and circles from George and Basic Shapes.  To see how - check out Emma's video HERE!
      • Scalloped Oval cut at 2.87" from Sugar and Spice
      • Baby Carriage cut at 3 3/4" from Sugar and Spice
      • "all because two people fell in love" sentiment from Scrappy Mom's Sweet Somethings set
      • Patterned Paper from K and Company "Amy Butler Belle" 12 x 12 Paper
      • Victoria A2 Embossing Folder - for the bottom of the baby carriage 
      • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
      • Tsukineko Pigment Ink- Coffee Bean
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
      • Ribbon and button from my stash

      Looking for more inspiration?  Check out these adorable projects from the 
      Scrappy Mom's Design Team:
      Tammie's "Diaper" Cupcake (think diaper cake on a smaller scale)


      Have a great day!  Make sure to check back tomorrow for another sweet card!

      Wednesday, July 7, 2010

      Creative Scrapbook Layout: "My First Sippy"

      Here is another layout using Sugar and Spice...look - I bought it a month early, so I might as well use it.  I have some pictures of Nicole using a sippy cup for the first time.  This was back when she was less mobile and I was able to capture most "firsts" on camera - it's harder now.  Quick note to any new moms out there - take lots and lots of pictures while your baby is not so mobile and before he or she develops an attitude about taking pictures.

      Another quick note - yes, I realize that the top border is a bit crooked.  It is due to the fact that I seem to be unable to use the Martha Stewart Rotary cutter.  I even have the little ruler that has a guide which is supposed to prevent you from cutting a crooked border.  After using it for a few projects recently (I've had it for well over a year, and never used it), I have come to one simple conclusion - I need to buy a plain scalloped border punch before I end up losing my mind.

      Materials Used:
      • 12 x 12 base
      • (2) Accent strips cut at 3 3/4" (Used the Martha Stewart Scallop Rotary Tool on one edge)
      • Photo Mats cut at 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" 
      • "My" and "Sippy" cut at 1.82" from Once Upon a Princess - welded using the Gypsy
      • "1st" cut at 1.82" from Winter Woodland - welded using the Gypsy
      • "Sippy Cup" cut at 4 1/4" from Sugar and Spice
      • Patterned Paper from Martha Stewart 12 x 12 paper pack 
      • "Journaling Tag" cut at 3" from Sugar and Spice 
      • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
      • 3/8" satin ribbon
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

      Monday, July 5, 2010

      Creative Scrapbook Layout: "1st Dollhouse"

      You may be asking yourself, "Where did she find this super cute dollhouse cut?"  You may even be thinking, "Gee, doesn't Sugar and Spice have a dollhouse cut similar to that one?  But that couldn't be a cut from Sugar and Spice...it's not August, yet."  Yes...it is a dollhouse from the Sugar and Spice Cricut cartridge.  I thought about not really mentioning the new cartridge and just skimming over the fact that I totally  broke down over the weekend and went searching for Sugar and Spice and B is for Boy.  I didn't find B is for Boy, but it's only a matter of time - I think I have a problem.  :)  If you are new to the blog...I had sort of, kind of made a promise to not buy any new cartridges until my birthday in August and I failed.  Oh well...better luck next time.  

      Materials Used:
      • 12 x 12 base
      • (2) Accent strips trimmed to 3 1/2" x 12" - ki Memories "Toy Box"
      • (2) Accent strips 1 3/4" x 12" (approximately - used scraps) - ki Memories "Toy Box"
      • (2) Photo Mats (triple matted to fit 4" x 4" pictures)
      • "1st dollhouse" cut twice at 2" from Cursive 101 and welded with the Gypsy - Martha Stewart 12 x 12 paper pack
      • "dollhouse" cut at 4" from Sugar and Spice - attached with pop dots
      • EK Success Border Punch - dotted scallop
      • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
      • 3/8" grosgrain ribbon 
      • buttons - from Michael's - attached with glue dots
      • Sharpie Fine Point Pen - Black
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

      Saturday, July 3, 2010

      Creative Card: "Good Luck"

      This card is for my oldest nephew.  He will be heading off to boot camp in the next week.  I know it's not very masculine, but I'm sure his mom will probably hang on to it.  :)  I'm also entering this card in the  Fantabulous Cricut Challenge's "Challenge Me Monday Challenge."  You still have time to enter a 4th of July themed project featuring a star.

      Materials Used:
      • 5" x 5" Easel Card: 5" x 10" scored at 2 1/2" and 5."  5" x 5" square for the front - check out Nicole from The Canadian Nickel Scrap'n's video tutorial - HERE!  
      • Square cut at 4 3/4" x 4 3/4." I welded 4 stars sized at .94" from George and Basic Shapes
      • Fireworks cut at 4 1/2" from Wild Card using real dial size
      • EK Success Border Punch - dotten scallop
      • Buttons from Michael's
      • 3/8" Gingham Ribbon from Michael's
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
      • Sharpie Fine Point Pen - Black
      Hope you have a great weekend!


      Friday, July 2, 2010

      Creative Scrapbook Layout: "Baby Blessings"


      It's Throwback Thursday challenge time again hosted by Emma at My Creative Time.  The theme this week was "baby" and the New Arrival cartridge.  I don't have New Arrival, so I used some of my oldest cartridges to complete a scrapbook layout.  While working on this challenge, I realized that I don't have very many "baby" type images at all.  Maybe it would be worth buying something like B is for Boy or Sugar and Spice to help me finish some of Nicole's baby pictures.   Hmmm...too bad I agreed to no new cartridges until my birthday in August.  Oh well...it's just another month away.

      Here is the picture that I will be using for this layout...I couldn't resist.  


      This was the first time I was able to hold her.  So precious...

      Materials Used:
      • 12 x 12 base 
      • Photo Mats: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 and 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 for an 8 x 8 picture
      • Accent Strips trimmed to 4 1/2 x 12 and 4 x 12
      • "baby blessings" cut at 3.20" using real dial size from Wild Card
      • "baby carriage" cut twice at 3" from Wild Card (trimmed away the "card" with an x-acto knife)
      • "baby rattle" cut at 2 1/2" using real dial size from Wild Card
      • "nightie" cut at 2 1/2" using real dial size from Paper Doll Dress Up
      • Patterned Paper - from DCWV Nana's Nursery (girl)
      • EK Success Border Punch - "dotted scallop"
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
      • Sharpie Fine Tip Pen - Black



      Thursday, July 1, 2010

      Creative Scrapbook Layout: Summer Fun


      Yet another scrapbook layout...I told you that I was on a roll.  This came together fairly fast and I can't wait to add some summery pictures to it.  

      Side note: I clearly need to be separated from my new Tim Holtz Distress Ink or at least get more colors - I think I have used it on EVERY single project that I have done since purchasing it.  :)  


      Materials Used:
      • 12 x 12 base - DCWV Cardstock Pack
      • Accent Strip trimmed to 4 1/2 x 12" - K and Company "Amy Butler Belle" Pad (bought at Joann's for $4.95 last week! I do realize that this kind of goes against my no new paper or Cricut carts until my birthday...oh well.)
      • 2 Photo Mats - 4 3/4 x 4 3/4, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
      • "Summer" cut at 2" from Winter Woodland (welded using Gypsy)
      • "fun" cut at 2" from Cursive 101 (welded using Gypsy)
      • Sand cut at 2.63" from Paper Doll Dress-Up
      • Paper Doll & Outfit cut at 4.71" from Paper Doll Dress Up
      • Sun cut at 4" from Create a Critter
      • Crab cut at 2" from Create a Critter
      • Sandcastle cut at 2" from Create a Critter
      • Starfish cut at 2" from Create a Critter
      • Clam Shell (light pink) cut at 1 1/4" from Create a Critter
      • Conch Shell (dark pink) cut at 3 1/2" from Paper Doll Dress-Up
      • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
      • Shells and Starfish embossed using Swiss Dots folder & Cuttlebug


      Creative Card: "Goody Goody Gumdrops"


      When I was little, my Jama (my grandmother) always had gumdrops or lemon drops in a crystal bowl on one of her side tables.  There is no telling how many little treats that I would sneak as a child...probably a lot.  I immediately thought of her when I saw "goody goody gumdrops."

      This card features a sentiment from the new line of stamps from Scrappy Moms - Sweet Somethings.  Melanie and Tammy designed this set with Cricut Cartridges in mind, such as: Sweet Treats, Paisley, and Once Upon a Princess.  There are many many possibilities even without those cartridges.  Plus, with Provo Craft coming out with so many new cartridges - I'm sure that there will be lots of brand new images that will coordinate perfectly with this set!

      Materials Used:
      • Card Base - standard A2
      • Mat trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4 - DCWV Sweet Stack
      • Accent trimmed to 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 - DCWV Sweet Stack
      • "Bowl" cut at 1.93" (using REAL DIAL) or 9.94" from Paper Doll Dress Up
      • "Gum drops" cut at .65" from George and Basic Shapes
      • Tag is from Gypsy Wanderings (I think) but I forgot to save the size...sorry
      • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings Set
      • 3/8" Saddle Stitch Ribbon - Michael's
      • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
      • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
      Have a great day!


      Need some more inspiration?  Don't forget to check out Momo's site for another project featuring "Sweet Somethings" Nicole from Canadian Nickel Scrap'n has a card featuring a sentiment from "Amusing Animals!"