Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Season's Greetings" and BAD shopping



I hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving weekend.  I thought I would get a ton of crafting done, but I actually didn't get ANY crafting done over the weekend.  Today's layout is super simple, but I am in love with the Santa silhouette from the Christmas cartridge.  I may even use it again in a double layout that I need to work on next.  I thought I had the other picture I wanted to go in the 4 x 4 space, but I must not have printed it.  Just imagine another picture of Nicole looking cute by the Christmas tree.   


Please do not think less of me when I tell you what happened when I decided to go to Walmart and have a MAJOR blonde moment.  My only defense is that it was REALLY early in the morning and I was in over my head.

As of bedtime on Thursday, I had talked myself out of going to Walmart for the Cricut deals.  I look at Walmart on Black Friday as a place for only the most serious Black Friday shoppers...I am NOT one of those people.  I don't like shopping at Walmart on a regular day, let alone with a lot of crazed shoppers looking to score cheap toys and electronics.  It's intimidating to me.  I made a game time decision at 3 in the morning to go to Walmart and check out the Cricut sale that was starting at 4 am.  Except that the Cricut sale started at MIDNIGHT.  Once I got to Walmart, I was completely confused by all of the people camping out in the aisles (waiting for sales???).  I was also a little disconcerted by the number of children running around Walmart at 4 am.  After walking around aimlessly for awhile trying to find the Cricut stuff - which was in the children's clothing section, (???)  I found the practically empty Cricut display.  I found the last Twinkle Toes and decided to go ahead and get Hoot n' Holler (plus another secret cartridge for my niece) because $20 is such a great deal.  Except...ONLY the new Cricut Lites were priced at $20 - the other cartridges were FULL PRICE.  The truly sad part about that is I didn't even realize I paid full price until 9 am, (after I had already linked them to my Gypsy and redeemed my reward points) when I looked at my receipt.  This is why I shouldn't make purchases at 4 am or on Black Friday because I did it ALL wrong.  Never again...I should have gone back to sleep.  




Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
  • 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 patterned paper (K and Company - Secret Santa)
  • 8 x 10 red cardstock
  • Photo Mats: 
    • 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 & 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 & 4 1/2 x 6 1/4
  • "Season's Greetings" (image and shadow) sized at 3.5" from Winter Woodland
  • "Santa and his Sleigh" (image and shadow) sized at 5" from Christmas
  • 7/8" Red Gingham Ribbon - Michael's (ties bows so easily)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White


Friday, November 26, 2010

Itty Bitty Card Set


Alright all of you crazy Black Friday shoppers - did you survive?  Did you find good deals?  Did you get in any fights with other crafters?  (I'm actually most interested in crafter fights! ;) I had my own in 2009 over the Tinkerbell Cricut cartridge.  I won!)  

I made a teeny tiny itsy bitsy cardset using the Imagine's Best Friend cartridge.  I think these tiny notes would be perfect for gift bags or even in a little one's lunch box or backpack for a little pick-me-up.  The new Scrappy Moms set Simple Sentiments worked wonderfully to create an all purpose kind of card set.  I even made little 3 x 3 envelopes using my Martha Stewart Scoreboard to go with them!  

Technically these little cards would be a perfect use for all of the little scraps of paper you may have in your stash, but I couldn't help but want to use my Imagine for this one.  One piece of white paper and 4 cards done (including the images) - yeah, you can't get easier than that.  Just a note...some of the stamps look a little "faded" or distressed.  It's just because every now and then I am a spastic stamper and I was using textured cardstock, which can sometimes be tricky.  Instead of freaking out...I decided to leave it.  I told myself that it went along with the distressed patterns from the Best Friends cartridge.  You could tell yourself something similar if this happens to you.  ;)



See the sentiment is "distressed" not messed up.


Materials Used:
  • Purse cut using "fit to page" from Imagine's Best Friend
    • Similar purses can be found on Forever Young and Tags Bags Boxes and More
  • Envelopes: 5 x 5 piece of kraft cardstock scored 4 x at 2" using the Martha Stewart's Scoreboard
  • Cards: 2 3/4 x 5 1/4
  • Square Mats cut at 2.4" from Imagine
  • Squiggly (?) mats cut at 2" from Imagine's Best Friend 
  • All Images from Imagine's Best Friend
  • Tag from Winter Frolic (not sure what size...it was from my scrap drawer)
  • Sentiments from Scrappy Mom's Simple Sentiments set
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron 03 Pigment Pen - Black
  • Hemp Twine - Michael's jewelry section
  • 1 1/2" wired ribbon - from my stash
  • button - from my stash (attached with a glue dot)

Happy Friday!

Don't forget that the Scrappy Moms Design Team is still previewing the newest stamp release - Simple Sentiments and you can still take advantage of FREE SHIPPING on all orders through Sunday!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

So Grateful for You!


Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone has a wonderful day surrounded by loved ones!  I am thankful for many things today, but most of all for my husband and my sweet daughter.  I am also so thankful for everyone of you that takes the time to visit my blog.  All of the sweet comments and emails I receive make my day!  It doesn't matter what kind of day I am having - it always means so much that someone takes the time to leave a comment.  I have met so many wonderful people through crafting.  I can't believe that I first purchased my Cricut a year ago today!  I never in a million years thought that I would love paper crafting so much!  Thanks little Cricut!  

I made a quick card last night featuring a lovely saying from the newest Scrappy Moms set - "Simple Sentiments."  Don't forget that they are available for purchase today and Melanie and Tammy are offering FREE shipping through Sunday!  So before you head out to Michael's this evening or brave the crowds tomorrow,  swing the Scrappy Moms site to browse the beautiful stamp sets!

Sentiment from Scrappy Moms & Images/Patterned Paper from Lori's Garden.

Happy Thanksgiving! 
Don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's blogs for lots more inspiration!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Scrappy Moms Sneak Peeks!


It's that time once again...Scrappy Moms Stamps Sneak Peek Week!!!  Melanie and Tammy have designed another beautiful set of stamps - "Simple Sentiments."  These stamps will be available for purchase on Thursday, November 25th and Melanie and Tammy are offering FREE SHIPPING on all purchases made beginning on Thursday through Sunday!  If you have been wanting to stock up on a few sets, now's the time!  

For my first sneak peek, I decided to make a sweet and simple card for a friend that just had a baby boy! I love the little outfits on the Imagine's Nursery Tails cartridge - and again these teeny outfits were cut out using Bazill Basics textured cardstock and there was no shredding, ripping - nothing!  Completely clean cuts!  I am loving that!


Materials Used:
  • Standard A2 Card Base - kraft cardstock (Recollections - Michaels)
  • Scalloped Base and rectangle from Imagine Nursery Tails
  • (3) Outfits sized at 2" from Imagine Nursery Tails
  • Hemp Twine - Michael's (jewelry sections)
  • 7/8" Satin Ribbon - Michael's
  • Sentiment - Scrappy Moms Simple Sentiments Set
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Pop Dots



For lots more inspiration, don't forget to check out all of the Scrappy Moms Design Team's blogs: 
BonnieCorriCristinaJoannaLauraLezlyeLizMelanieMeriahMomoNicoleSarahTammy, and Trish!  We are very lucky to be joined by a special guest designer- Kyrstal from Getting Cricky with K Andrew!  

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Fall Fun" Scrapbook Layout


Super easy layout today!  This layout also marks the end of my fall layouts for awhile - woohoo!  I know that this one isn't necessarily "fall" in a traditional sense, but I tend to like lighter brighter colors.  I took "fall" colors like, orange, yellow, rust and went a few shades lighter.  I did use my Imagine again, but I used Straight from the Nest for most of the cuts.  That means that you could recreate this layout really easily by using your favorite patterned paper even if you don't have an Imagine.  


I printed out the cloud paper a few weeks ago on flat white cardstock - you can see the difference between the flat cardstock and the textured cardstock I used for the yellow patterned paper.  It's not that the flat cardstock looks bad, I just like the more substantial look of the textured cardstock.


Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 piece of kraft cardstock (Recollections brand - Michael's)
  • "sky" 6 x 11 - Imagine Best Friends Cartridge
  • "grass" 5 x 11 - Imagine Hopscotch Cartridge
  • Photo Mats - Hopscotch Cartridge (yellow polka dots)
    • I printed a 12 x 12 piece of patterned cardstock and trimmed it down to the sizes I needed.
    • 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
  • "Tree" sized at 5" from Straight from the Nest
  • "Fall" sized at 2" from Straight from the Nest
  • "fun" sized at 3" (using real dial size) from Sweet Treats
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron 03 Pigment Pen - Black
  • 3/8" Double Faced Satin Ribbon - Michael's
  • Buttons - Michael's
    • attached using glue dots

Don't forget that the Scrappy Moms sneak peeks start tomorrow, so there should be LOTS of great inspiration!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Cutie Pie" Scrapbook Layout


This layout is for Halloween pictures of Nicole...I know you are probably thinking - "Halloween, what???"  When I looked at the pictures, I just didn't think that they would be as cute with a traditional kind of Halloween color scheme.  Once I decided to nix a traditional Halloween layout completely, it opened up lots of possibilities and I love the little pies from Simply Charmed.  

I used my Imagine to print out a 12 x 12 of the striped patterned paper - it is from the Hopscotch pattern cartridge (designed by Cosmo Cricket).  Last week I became a textured paper convert, but I forgot to tell you what kind of textured paper I had been using.  To start out I used a piece of cream cardstock from one of DCWV cardstock packs, but I couldn't find open stock of DCWV paper locally.  I did find the Bazill Basics at my Michael's.  I chose "Avalanche."  Can you believe that Imagine cut out the little highlights on the cherry pies' cherries?  That's textured cardstock!!!  (Insert shocked gasp here.)  My Expression shreds those kind of little details when I use textured cardstock - the Imagine sailed right through it.  I had the blade set at 5 and the pressure is set at 4. 


I couldn't find red cardstock in my stash to match the red stripe in my patterned paper - no problem with the Imagine!  I did have to do a bit of extra work to get the paper I wanted, but totally worth it - I think red is one of the hardest colors to match!  I had to first print out a square of red paper, and then use my Gypsy with the Imagine because I needed to hide the little face on my cherry pie slices.  (If that's confusing, I will try to do a video sometime after Thanksgiving to show you my work around.)  


Materials Used:
  • (2) 12 x 12 pieces of kraft cardstock (Recollections brand - Michaels)
  • (1) piece of patterned cardstock trimmed to 4 x 11 1/2 & 7 x 11 1/2 - Imagine Hopscotch cartridge
  • (1) piece of colored cardstock trimmed to 4 x 11 1/2 & 7 x 11 1/2
  • Photo Mats
    • (4) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 & (4) 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 to fit 4 x 6 pictures
  • (2) "Cherry Pies" sized at 3" from Simply Charmed - used the Gypsy to "hide" the face
  • (2) "Cherry Pie Slices" sized at 3" from Simply Charmed - used the Gypsy to "hide" the face
  • (3) "Cherries" sized at 3" from Cherry Limeade 
  • "cutie pie" sized at 2" using blackout and regular font from Cursive 101 - used the Gypsy to weld
  • Peachy Keen Face Stamps
  • EK Success Corner Rounder
  • 3/8" Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Buttons - Michael's
  • Hemp Twine - Michael's (in the jewelry section)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron 03 Pigment Pen - Black

  

Thank you to everyone that "liked" my FB fan page so far!  I will do my best to keep it updated and answer all questions posted there!  

Starting on Wednesday the Scrappy Moms Design Team will be showcasing a brand new set of stamps!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Facebook Fans???


I decided to start a Facebook page for the blog.  All the cool kids are doing it...right?  If you are so inclined, you can "like" me on Facebook by visiting my Facebook Page -  Lauren's Creative.  You can also click on the Facebook badge on the left hand side of the blog!  (It does look kind of sad right now with 0 fans.)

Hope you are all having a great Saturday night...it's obviously a super exciting night here at my house!  ;)



Friday, November 19, 2010

"Nuts About U" Scrapbook Layout

Hmm...do you see a problem here?
I learned a few things while working on this layout...number 1: I need to get some sleep.  Can you spot the mistake that I made?  The best part is that I didn't even realize that I had made the "u" an "n" until I was photographing it for this post.  Awesome!  The second thing I learned is that textured paper + my Imagine = BEAUTIFUL results.  I thought it might be a lot of malarky (I've never used that word, but I'm kind of liking it.), but evidently it's true.  It made the colors more vibrant and the patterns even more clear.  Instead of looking like pretty patterned paper, it ended up looking like beautiful expensive patterned paper.

Alright...that's better!

Completely off topic, I also learned that my musical preferences as of late are stuck in 1996-1997.  Think Alanis Morrisette...Radiohead...Smashing Pumpkins...Sarah McLachlan.  (Even The Cardigan's Love Fool.  Hello??? Romeo and Juliet was such a BIG deal.  Anyone my age remember swooning to Leonardo DiCaprio a.k.a. Romeo smoking on the beach?)  LOL - too much information?  ;)




Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 piece of kraft cardstock
  • 11 x 11 piece of patterned paper
  • Photo Mats
    • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2
    • 4 1/2 x 4 1/2
  • "Nuts about U" sized at 5.25" from Create a Critter
  • "Squirrel" sized at 4.18" from Create a Critter
  • "Acorn & Leaf" sized at 3" from B is for Boy
  • Patterned paper printed and/or cut from Imagine's Hopscotch
  • EK Success Corner Rounder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Micron 03 Pigment Pen - Black
  • 7/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's
  • Brad - ki Memories Paisley Parade
  • Jewels - Target $1 Section







On another personal note, I am super proud of my sweet hubby!  His band Waking Alice Released their EP The Shaping today!  The Shaping is available on iTunes and at their CD release show tonight at Ridglea Theatre in Fort Worth!   Congratulations Brandon, Mike, Derrick and Coady!  


Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Our Pumpkin" Scrapbook Layout




Ok...if you have been wanting to see some layouts - get ready!  I sat down yesterday and made a list of all of the layouts that I need to complete.  I have 40 layouts to finish!  40 layouts!  I'm going to try and finish a few more Autumn themed layouts over the next few days and then I'm moving on to Christmas!

  Are any of you scrapbookers out there actually caught up with your layouts?  If so, I envy you and hope to one day join your ranks.  ;)  

I think this would make a cute 1 page layout too!

All in all this was a pretty simple layout, but I did include lots of stitching!  It's an addiction, I tell you!  


Materials Used:

  • (2) 12 x 12 pieces of kraft cardstock
  • (2) 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 pieces of patterned paper
    • EK Success Corner Rounder Punch
  • (2) 3 x 12 pieces of cardstock
    • EK Success Corner Rounder Punch
  • (2) 1 1/2 x 12 pieces of patterned paper
  • Photo Mats
    • (2) 4  1/2 x 6 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
    • (3) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "our pumpkin" letters sized at 2" from Mickey Font and welded using the Gypsy
  • "fence" sized at 1.83" welded two fence sections from Paper Doll Dress-Up together using the Gypsy 
  • (2) "set of 3 pumpkins" sized at 3" from Simply Charmed
  • (2) " pumpkin" sized at 2.25" from Simply Charmed
  • "girl scarecrow" sized at 4" from Simply Charmed
  • "boy scarecrow" sized at 4" from Simply Charmed
  • "Journaling Tag" sized at 2.75" from Tags Bags Boxes and More
  • Patterned Paper from K & Company
  • Solid Cardstock from DCWV Flower Shower Stack
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Permanent Pen - Chesnut
  • Hemp Twine - Michael's
  • 7/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's
Hope you are having a great Thursday!  Is anyone else excited to see what Provo Craft has in store for Hello Thursday?  I can't wait to see the new cartridges!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Faux Stitching How-to

I have gotten quite a few requests to do a video on how I add the faux stitching and doodling to my projects.  I normally tell people that it's just trial and error - which it is - but I decided a video might help.  I certainly hope it does!


Tips


Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White & Pigma Micron 03 Pen - Black 
I found mine at Michael's and Joann's, but you can also find the Sakura Gelly Roll Pen at Peachy Keen Stamps online - HERE.  

Grid Mat - helps to ensure even spacing
I use the Martha Stewart 12 x 12 Craft Mat, but there are LOTS out there.


Use white or metallic pens on dark cardstock and darker pens on light colored cardstock.


Here are some of my FAVORITE projects that include LOTS of stitching and doodling:
Autumn Days Scrapbook Layout
Celebrate Scrapbook Layout
Owl Love You Always Scrapbook Layout
Play Scrapbook Layout
Amusing Animals Card Set
Sweet Birthday Wishes Card




Have a wonderful day!




Monday, November 15, 2010

Disney Autograph Book Part 1 of 1 Million


Alright, I'm slowly but surely feeling more crafty.  Thank you so much for all of your encouraging comments!  I decided that I need to go ahead and get started on Nicole's autograph book for our Disney trip.  We are going to Disney World in February, so I thought it would be fun to make a special autograph book for her.  I will still scrapbook all of the pictures, (ALL of the pictures...aack! I need to get completely caught up before we go!!!) but I thought Nicole would enjoy a book all of her very own to look at once we're home.






My Plan:  Keep it simple - I have a LOT of layouts to complete, so I can't make them super complicated.      I'll try to post them in groups: Mickey and Friends, Fairies, Princesses, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, and Toy Story - hopefully you won't get too tired of all the Disney.  I may have lost my mind...I just looked over at my list of layouts to do and it's A LOT!   

Materials Used:

  • Mickey LO
    • (2) 8x8 cardstock bases
    • Photo Mat - 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • "Mickey Mouse" title cut at 1.84" (or 4" fit to length) from Mickey Font
    • "Mickey Mouse" cut at 6" from Mickey and Friends
    • (2)"Mickey Border" welded two together and then chose 8" width using Gypsy from Mickey and Friends
    • "Tag" cut at 5.75" from Tags Bags Boxes and More 
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - Black
    • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Garnet
  • Minnie LO
    • (2) 8x8 cardstock bases
    • Photo Mat - 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • "Minnie Mouse" title cut at 1.86" (or 4" fit to length) from Mickey Font
    • "Minnie Mouse" cut at 5.5" from Mickey and Friends
    • (2)"Bow Border" welded two together and then chose 8" width using the Gypsy from Mickey and Friends
    • "Tag" cut at 5.75" from Tags Bags Boxes and More 
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - Black
    • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Tourmaline and Turquoise
    • Turquoise Gems - Target $1 Section
  • Pluto LO
    • (2) 8x8 cardstock bases
    • Photo Mat - 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • "Pluto" Title cut at 2.5" from Mickey and Friends
    • "Pluto" cut at 4" from Mickey and Friends
    • (2)"Bone Border" welded two together and chose 8" width using the Gypsy from Mickey and Friends
    • "Tag" cut at 5.75" from Tags Bags Boxes and More 
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - Black
    • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Marble Carrera, Garnet
  • Goofy LO
    • (2) 8x8 cardstock bases
    • Photo Mat - 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • "Goofy" Title cut at 2" from Mickey and Friends
    • "Goofy" cut at 6" from Mickey and Friends
    • (2)"Goofy's Hat Border" welded two together and chose 8" width using the Gypsy from Mickey and Friends
    • "Tag" cut at 5.75" from Tags Bags Boxes and More 
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - Black
    • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Peridot
    • Orange Gems - Target $1 Section
  • Donald LO
    • (2) 8x8 cardstock bases
    • Photo Mat - 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • "Donald Duck" Title cut at 2.18" (4" fit to length) from Mickey and Friends
    • "Donald Duck" cut at 4.75" from Mickey and Friends
    • (2)"Donald's Hat Border" welded two together and chose 8" width using the Gypsy from Mickey and Friends
    • "Tag" cut at 5.75" from Tags Bags Boxes and More 
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - Black
    • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Lapis Lazuli, Garnet
  • Daisy LO
    • (2) 8x8 cardstock bases
    • Photo Mat - 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • "Daisy Duck" Title cut at 1.75" from Mickey and Friends
    • "Daisy Duck" cut at 5.5" from Mickey and Friends
    • (2)"Flower Border" welded three together and chose 8" width using the Gypsy from Mickey and Friends
    • "Tag" cut at 5.75" from Tags Bags Boxes and More 
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
    • Sakura Micron 03 Pen - Black
    • Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Purple Saphire
    • Purple Gems - Target $1 Section

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Check back tomorrow for another post!  After receiving LOTS of requests, I finally filmed a video of how I add faux stitching and doodling to my projects.