Thursday, October 28, 2010

Minnie Ears & Bow Making!


I finally made some time to re-film how to make a bow using a bow-form.  Hopefully, even if you don't necessarily need to make Minnie ears - it may still be helpful to know how to make a bow!  Let me know if you have any questions!


Helpful Links:
Source for Ribbon & Bow Maker: The Ribbon Retreat


It will be back to "regular" programming tomorrow (hopefully)!  I have been in a creative funk most of the week, which was capped off by my Imagine passing on to the great craft beyond.  

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cutting Fabric with the Cricut


Change of plans...I was going to post a video for how I made Nicole's Minnie ears.  (Even if you don't need Minnie ears, I filmed how to make bows.)  I went to edit the video and I need to re-film how to tie the bows.  So...I decided to go ahead and post how to cut fabric with your Cricut.  

I also tried out my applique stitch on my sewing machine to make this shirt even more durable.  I have a feeling that this one may be in heavy rotation for awhile, so I'm hoping that by sewing the applique on it - it will last awhile longer.  It's not perfect, but for my first try and pretty happy with it.



Tips for Cutting Fabric 

Pre-wash any fabric that you want to later be able to launder.
Use a new (or at least VERY sticky) mat
Dedicate one blade for cutting fabric
Set your blade depth to 6 & multi-cut to 2
Choose images that aren't TOO intricate


Also on a personal note...can we have a moment of silence for my Imagine?  I killed it (by accident) today.  He wouldn't turn on today and according to PC the power supply inside the machine was probably fried.  Of course this would happen just as I was warming up to him.  They are sending me a new one, so hooray for PC!!!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Tutu How To

I finished Nicole's Minnie Mouse costume over the weekend and since the majority of voters said that they wanted to see a tutu video how-to - I went ahead and filmed it for you!  It turned out super cute and she loves it, which is the best part!  If you need a last minute Halloween costume, this may be the way to go for you!  You could use a tutu for a fairy, a ladybug, a butterfly or a bumble bee - just add wings!  You could make a floor length tutu for a princess costume - just add a crown and you're done!



This was her tutu from last year...she was a flower fairy.

Materials Used:
  • 1" Non-Roll Elastic 
  • Tulle (If you can find it - buy it on the spools.  It will make your life a lot easier!)
  • 1 1/2" Double Face Satin Ribbon

Do you need a fairy wand to go with your tutu?  Check out THIS post for a really easy how-to!
Do you need a tulle hair accessory?  Check out THIS post to see how to make one!

Hope you enjoyed this video how-to!  Check back tomorrow to see how I made matching Minnie ears!

Friday, October 22, 2010

"You Measure Up"


This is an example of how to spend 2 hours on a super simple layout...and still not like it.  You know I share the good with the not so good, so "ta-da!"  I started working on this last night during Cristina's UStream class.  Did you go?  If not, make sure to catch the next one!  It was so much fun watching Cristina craft and chatting with everyone!  

My original plan was to use a ruler for a border to go with "You Measure up!"  Um, yeah...that didn't work out.  The only ruler I have is from the Imagine More cartridge.  I tried it, but it just didn't work out.  You may remember from my Scrapbook Layout video that when I feel like a scrapbook layout needs something, I tend to add buttons.  You can see I added a lot of buttons.  On a positive note, I did finally seem to master the Martha Stewart Scalloped Rotary Cutter.  Woohoo!

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 base
  • Scalloped Circle cut at 9" from the Imagine Best Friends cartridge
  • Girl cut at 5" from Imagine Best Friends
  • Marquee Tag cut at 1.7" from Imagine Best Friends
  • (2) 2 x 12 blue cardstock 
    • Martha Stewart Scalloped Rotary Cutter
  • (2) Martha Stewart Borders
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms A Pinch and a Dash set
  • Buttons - from my stash 
  • Hemp Twine - Michael's
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - Black
So even though I have had all of the materials to make Nicole's Minnie Mouse costume for almost two months, I still haven't started it.  I am going to make a shirt with a Minnie silhouette (using either my Cricut or Imagine to cut the fabric), a red tutu with button polka dots and of course Minnie ears. I need to work on it this weekend and I can't decide whether or not I want to video it or not.  I need your help to decide!   
Would you like to see a tutu how-to?
Definitely
Not so much

  
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Have a great weekend!  Don't forget to head over to the Scrappy Moms blog to check out all of the amazing sneak peeks from the design team!



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sending Madison "Sprinkles of Fun!"

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Ok...here's my card for Madison!  Have you finished yours yet???  If not, get on it!  (I hate to be bossy...oh wait, no I don't.  I am pretty bossy by nature.)  If you haven't heard about Madison, you can find all the information HERE on Trish's blog - Techniques by Trish

 I was inspired by my friend Molly from Army Wife Learns the Cricut to use my Imagine for this card.  Not only was I able to use one piece of cardstock,  (love that!) I was able to use a Peachy Keen Princess Face stamp too!  I have to tell you...the Imagine is growing on me.  I think once I can update it (Dear PC - please put out the Mac update.  Thank you!) and once it works with my Gypsy (Dear PC - please finish the Gypsy update, so I can cut and print.)  I will for sure love my new boyfriend.  


Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Accent Mat cut at 5" from Imagine Best Friends 
  • Princess and Outfit cut at 4" from Once Upon a Princess.  Patterns and colors from Imagine Best Friends
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings set
  • Peachy Keen Princess Face Assortment (1 1/8")
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - Black
  • Hemp twine - Michael's (in the jewelry section)



New Winner!!!


Alright...unfortunately I never heard back from the original winner, so the good news is that I drew another winner for the blog candy from Momo's Birthday Blog Hop!

Congratulations to:

Lisa said...




I love your LO! The details are incredible. Thanks
Lisa will be receiving this lovely Vera Bradley makeup bag!

Hope you are having a great day!  I am heading to the craft room to try and work on a few projects!  



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"In a Jam?"


Today I have another Scrappy Moms sneak peek for you!  So...you may have picked up on the fact that I am seriously lacking in kitchen and food related Cricut cartridges.  I do have a lot of cupcakes to choose from, but not a whole lot else.  (Maybe I need From My Kitchen or Kate's Kitchen...just a joke, honey - no new cartridges for awhile.)  I am demonstrating how versatile these stamps are...right?  

You can find these stamps and lots more HERE!


Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Mats 3 x 5 1/4 and 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 - ki Memories "Toy Box" stack
  • (3) Cars cut at 2 from B is for Boy
  • Sentiments from Scrappy Moms A Pinch and a Dash set
  • 3/8" Satin Ribbon - Michael's
  • Brads - from my stash
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - White

A few more things...

Trish from Techniques by Trish is organizing a card drive to help put a smile on a little girl that is battling leukemia.  To help out, you can find all the details HERE on her blog!  

Need some more inspiration?  Check out all of the Scrappy Moms Design Team Member's Blogs!  Normally I my craft mind is psychically linked to Tammy from Scrappy Critters.  We have made almost identical cards for the same sentiments a couple of times.  Evidently, I am also psychically linked to Momo.  Check out her card HERE!  I also designed a similar card in my Gypsy, but I hadn't cut anything out yet.  Lucky for me Momo's turned out waaay cuter than mine would have, so I can check that off my list.  LOL!  :)
 
Have a great day!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge #39


I am thrilled (excited, ecstatic...you get the point) to be a guest designer today for the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog!  The "Wrap it Up" challenge is to create elements used in wrapping a gift using Peachy Keen Stamps. There are no limitations, only that Peachy Keen Stamps are used in one of the main focal points of your project. Ideas for elements are: tags, gift wrap, gift card holders, and note cards.  I decided to make a treat holder to use at Christmas time, but obviously you could just alter the colors and images and use this idea for any time of the year.  (Maybe switch a turkey for the reindeer and leaves for the snowflakes for a cute hostess gift around Thanksgiving.) 

I have been giving away homemade candy around Christmas for 12 years and it is always challenging (and fun) to try and come up with new ways to package it.  The treat holder looks adorable, but it also protects your treats from getting crushed.  One little tip that I figured out the hard way...put your glassine bag in the treat holder first, and then fill it with whatever treat you are giving away.  If you keep reading, I have a recipe for the Cinnamon Spiced Nuts seen in the picture.  They are very very good and super easy to make!

Materials Used:
  • Treat Box cut at 3.12" from Sweet Treats (You can cut 2 on each 12 x 12 piece of cardstock)
  • Accent Paper trimmed to 2 x 10 
  • Reindeer cut at 3.25"
  • Snowflakes cut at 2" from Disney's Pooh and Friends
  • Tag cut at 2" from Winter Frolic
  • "To" sentiment from Scrappy Moms "Everyday Greetings" set
  •  3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gell Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet


Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

1 egg white
1 tablespoon cold water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound almonds and/or pecans (approx. 4 cups)

Preheat oven to 275.  Line a large rimmed cookie sheet with foil.  Beat together the egg white and water until frothy.  Coat nuts in the egg white mixture.  In another bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Pour over the nuts and mix until well coated.  Spread onto the cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes – stirring every 15 minutes.

These are super addictive (and they are so easy to make), so I cannot be held responsible if you eat the entire batch before you package it up to give away.  You've been warned!  

Materials Used:
  • Tag cut at 4.75" from Winter Frolic
  • Mat & recipe trimmed to 2 1/4 x 3 3/4"
  • Reindeer cut at 3.25"
  • Snowflake cut at 2" from Disney's Pooh and Friends
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • EK Success Corner Rounder Punch
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gell Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet

Thank you to everyone at Peachy Keen Stamps for having me today!  I had so much fun!  Make sure to check out the rest of Peachy Keen's super talented designers HERE!  

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Monday, October 18, 2010

What a Ham!


Here's another super simple card to give you a little peek of the newest Scrappy Moms Stamps set - A Pinch and a Dash!  You'll have to give me a bit of a break...I haven't been in my craft room in a week, so  I have to warm up the crafty mojo a bit!  :)  


Quick update...I forgot to mention that my husband gave me this idea.  He pointed out that I didn't give him proper credit, so thank you sweetie!


Materials Used:
  • Card Base - 4 1/4 x 8 (scored at 4")
  • Mat 4 x 3 3/4 - MS Patterned Paper
  • Pig cut at 2.5" from Create a Critter - She reminds me of Olivia (my favorite pig)
  • Tag cut at 2" from Winter Frolic
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Mom's A Pinch and a Dash set
  • 7/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's
  • K and Company Adhesive Jewels
  • Brad covered with MS Glitter Glue - Garnet



Make sure to check out the rest of the design team's projects HERE!  I have something really special to share with you tomorrow!  :) 

I Miss You...



Hello?  Did you all think I had disappeared from the planet?  It kind of felt like that to me...I haven't been that sick in a very long time!  As you can imagine, I have LOTS to catch up on around the house and blog.  My TV and I are also taking a break - I'm pretty sure that my brain cells were depleted at an alarming rate thanks in part to a lot of Bravo reality programming.


Has everyone checked out the brand new additions to the the Scrappy Moms Design Team?  If not, please welcome our newest team members! 
Bonnie - Pink Bon Bons
Corri – Bug Lover Cards
Sarah – Live Love and Scrap 

Melanie and Tammy have also just come out with MORE super cute stamps - A Pinch and a Dash!  Guess what?  They are already available for purchase!  Woohoo!




Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base
  • Mat 4 x 5 1/4 - MS Patterned Paper
  • Balloons and Clouds from Best Friends
  • Sentiment from Scrappy Moms A Pinch and a Dash set
  • EK Success Corner Rounder Punch
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - White




Need some more inspiration?  Make sure to check out the latest design team projects!  I'll have another card to show you a little bit later today!  


I still haven't heard from Ami about the Vera Bradley giveaway, so if I haven't heard from her by tomorrow morning...I will draw a new winner!  Make sure to check back!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Purple Challenge...

Christina from Card Creations and More by C invited me to be a guest designer for her latest challenge.  There were two requirements - use purple and try something new.  I learned something important...evidently I don't like purple.  I thought I liked purple, but if you look in my patterned paper - it's pretty purple-free.  I also tried an S-fold card for the first time.  If you'd like to join Christina's newest challenge, you can find all of the information HERE!  Thanks again Christina!  Make sure to hop over to her blog and check out her beautiful cards!


Materials Used:
  • Card Base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 - scored at 2 1/8 and 5 1/2
  • Patterned Paper - DCWV Flower Shower Stack (yes, I'm still bound and determined to use all of it.)
  • Purse cut at 3" from Paisley
  • Cuttlebug A2 Paisley Embossing Folder
  • Sentiment: Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings set
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk Ink - lavendar
  • Jewels - $1 section at Target
  • EK Success Corner Rounder

I'm still sick - boo!  How long do you think you can survive on Saltine's and ginger ale?  :)  


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Winner!!!






Sorry this post is a bit late - I am sick.  Boo!  I actually have a few things to post, so hopefully I will make a fast recovery and get my act together.  Thank you so much to everyone that stopped by over the weekend for Momo's Birthday Bash Blog Hop!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did - there were so many wonderful projects to see.  Lots of inspiration!  

I had so much fun reading everyone's comments!  Thank to everyone that became new followers!  I hope you continue to drop by!

The winner of the blog candy according to Random.org is #237:


Ami said...




Happy Birthday to Momo!!!
I love the birds!!! Adorable!
I am a new follower, too!
Congratulations Ami!  

Alright...I am off to watch more mind-numbing TV.  (My head hurts too bad to read or look at the computer anymore.)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Momo!!!


Welcome!  Sweet Momo from Made by Momo is hosting a Birthday Bash Blog Hop today!  If you are hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from Julie's blog - Ready Set Stamp!  Don't worry if you are hopping out of order - I have the complete blog hop list, plus links at the bottom of this post!  

I tried to design this layout with Momo in mind.  She loves bright colors and if you've seen some of her recent projects - she's kind of into birds right now.  :)  So...these little birds are throwing a birthday party in honor of Momo.  Happy Birthday!!!
I "tied" the pennant to the tree limb...can you tell?



Materials Used:
  • (2) 12 x 12 pieces of kraft cardstock
  • (2) 10 x 10 pieces of colored cardstock
  • (2) 3 x 12 pieces of patterned cardstock
  • Patterned Paper - ki Memories Paisley Parade
  • Photo Mats
    • (3) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
    • (2) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "Happy Birthday" cut at 4.5" using real dial size from Wild Card
  • "Tree Limb" cut at 2.82" from Create a Critter
  • "Owl" cut at 2.25" from Create a Critter
  • "Balloon" cut at 3" from Create a Critter
  • "Bird" cut at 2.86" from Create a Critter
  • "Present" cut at 1.5" from Sweet Treats
  • "Stack of Presents" cut at 2.5" from Winter Frolic
  • "Bird" (with flower) cut at 2.5" from Create a Critter
  • "Cupcake" cut at 2" from Create a Critter
  • "Cake Stands" sized at 1.6", 1.3", and 1.12" from Sweet Treats and welded using my Gypsy
  • "Chick" cut at 2.75" from Create a Critter
  • (11) "Pennants" cut at 1.5" from Straight from the Nest
    • Punched 2 holes in both corners of each pennant using my 1/16" punch
    • Threaded embroidery floss through the holes to make the banners.
    • Attached with pop dots
  • Peachy Keen Stamps Critter Faces & Princess Faces 
    • I mixed and matched eyes, beaks to get the right look and fit for each little bird.  (If you don't want to do that you can find a size chart on Peachy Keen's website.)
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Permanent Pen - Chesnut
  • Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils - Yellow and Peach
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Metal Stickers - ki Memories Paisley Parade


Now...how about some blog candy?  

This time the blog candy isn't exactly craft related, but you can think of it as a birthday present (either early or belated) from me to you!  To enter to win this super cute Vera Bradley cosmetic case, leave a comment and if you don't already follow this blog or subscribe by email - please sign up!  I will draw a winner Tuesday morning using random.org and post a winner by noon CST Tuesday October 12th!  



Momo's Birthday Bash Blog Hop List

Joanna- Scrap-Making   
Lauren- Lauren's Creative - that's me!
Melanie- Scrappy Mel
Sarah- Pink Cricut



Thank you so much for hopping along with us today!  Hope you enjoyed my project!

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Few Things...


First...I'm back from a trip to see my parents in Florida.  It was beautiful, but it's good to be home - I have too much to do!  I have spent the last two days doing laundry and trying to catch up with things around the house.  So...no projects to post just yet.  


I did want to make sure to share a few things with you.  Just in case you missed it, the Scrappy Moms are having a Design Team Call!  Melanie and Tammy are going to add three more designer positions.  You can find all the details HERE!  The deadline is Monday, October 11th, at midnight PST.  Good Luck!


Finally, Momo from Made by Momo is hosting a Birthday Bash Blog Hop tomorrow!  There are a ton of super talented bloggers participating and there will definitely be lots of fabulous projects!  Hope you are able to join in the fun!  

Happy Friday!  I will be locking myself in the craft room this afternoon to finish my project!  :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tea Cup Cards - I finally packaged them!!!


Do you remember THIS card set?  I said that if I figured out how to package them that I would show it, so...tada!  Yeah...it's been awhile, but I found them in my card stash and I think they will make a nice little present for my mom.

Materials Used:
  • Tea Cup Card Set - Directions HERE
  • Recycled cellophane bag - this bag held envelops and the best part is that it opens from the bottom, so the recipient doesn't have to rip off the topper.
  • Topper - cut 1/4" larger than the width of the bag and then 5" long - scored at 2 1/2.  This particular topper is 6 1/4 x 5.
  • Sentiment & Flower Stamp from Scrappy Moms Sweet Somethings set 
  • 3/8" grosgrain ribbon
Hope you are having a great day!  I'll be back home later today and hopefully back in my craft room ASAP!