Monday, March 28, 2011

EAD Monday Blog Hop!

If you are looking for my Spring Blog Hop Post, click HERE!
If you are looking for my Imagine That! Blog Hop post, click HERE!


Happy Monday!  It's time for another fun EAD Designs Monday Blog Hop!  If you arrived here from the talented Jenn's blog - Double N Designs, then you are in the right spot.  If not, make sure to hop back to EAD Design's blog to start at the very beginning.  I have a super simple card to share with you today featuring a VERY cute strawberry from the new set "Stuck on You."  These are some seriously cute stickers!  In fact, I love them all so much that I had a VERY hard time choosing which one to use first.  :)


Don't forget there is still time to take advantage of March's Monthly Steal!



Thank you so much for stopping by!  
The next stop on today's hop is Liz's Paper Loft!  
I know she will have something AMAZING to show you!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Imagine That! Blog Hop

***If you are looking for the Spring Blog Hop post, click HERE***

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Welcome to the Imagine That Blog Hop hosted by Sandra from 365 Days of Cricut!  If you hopped here from Gaby's blog - Gaby Creates then you are in the right spot!  If not, you can always hop back to the Sandra's blog so you don't miss any of the beautiful projects!  I have a complete blog list at the bottom of this post!  To qualify for the grand prize from Peachy Keen Stamps and Scrappy Moms Stamps you must comment on every single blog.  Good Luck!


I have been on a scrapbooking kick the last couple of weeks, so continuing with that theme - I designed another double page layout using the Imagine's Nursery Tails cartridge.  I love this cartridge and not only is it perfect for baby themed projects, it also has some wonderful spring-like images.  


I wanted to use the images from Nursery Tails, but instead of using the pre-made scenes - I wanted to use more of the individual images to create my own scenes.  Once I decided on an image, I chose "layers"and only used the parts of the scene that I wanted.  I cut out most of the images twice, so I could get a more dimensional look.  Because I wanted the individual image, I didn't want to large border around the die cuts.  To help avoid that I made some adjustments within the "Settings" menu.  I changed the border to "custom" and then chose .01 for the border width and defaulted all the borders to white.  That way when the image was cut out there would be a very tiny border (if any) around the image.  Since I inked EVERYTHING, you can hardly tell there is a border at all.


If you'd like to see some more of my Imagine projects, check out the Card and Scrapbook tabs at the top of my blog!  I have all of my projects indexed by the main cartridge used.  

Materials Used:
  • (2) 12 x 12 kraft cardstock (Recollections - Michael's)
  • (2) 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 blue patterned cardstock (corners rounded)
  • (2) 9 x 9 1/2 pink patterned cardstock (outside corners rounded)
  • (2) 3 x 12 mushroom patterned cardstock
  • Photo Mats
    • 4 1/2 x 10 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 10 1/4 - to fit a 4 x 10 picture
    • (2) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 to fit 4 x 6 pictures
  • All Patterned Paper and Images from Imagine - Nursery Tails cartridge
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Pop Dots
  • 5/8" Saddle Stitch Ribbon - New Leaf from Papertrey Ink
  • Clear Gems - Michael's
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Martha Stewart Craft Permanent Pen - Chesnut

Thank you for stopping by!  If you are new to my site and like what you see, please become a follower or sign up for email updates!  

The next stop on the hop is Kristin!  


Imagine That Blog Hop List

Hope you enjoy the hop!  

Spring Blog Hop!

Jen's Craft Corner Blog Hop


Welcome to the Spring Blog Hop hosted by Jen from Jen's Craft Corner!  If you arrived here Patti Lynn Creations, then you are in the right spot, if not then hop back to the Jen's Craft Corner!  You won't want to miss a single project today!  If you are looking for the complete blog list, just scroll down to the bottom of this post!


I decided to do a double page layout for my project.  This didn't turn out exactly like I had planned, but it's pretty close.


 Since I LOVE to add stitching and doodling to all of my projects, I try to find a way to streamline the process as much as possible.  For example, I printed out 5 sheets of patterned paper using my Imagine.  While I printed out the paper, I went ahead and did all of the stitching around the 12 x 12 bases and photo mats.  I try to ink edges and faux stitch while I am cutting things out on the Cricut.  It helps pass the time while I am waiting for all of the layers to be cut out and it definitely helps me finish the project a little bit faster.  :)


Even though I had to use two 12 x 12 sheets of the yellow patterned paper for the sun, I was able to use the "leftover" paper for my photo mats!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  If you are brand new to my site and like what you see, I would love for you become a follower or sign up for email updates!  You can find all of the information on the left hand side of my blog!

Your next stop on today's hop is Purple Scrapbooker!

Materials Used:

  • (2) 12 x 12 Kraft Cardstock (Recollections - Michael's)
  • (2) 11 1/2 x 8 1/4" Cloud Patterned Cardstock (Imagine - Hopscotch)
  • (2) 11 1/2 x 4 1/4" Green Patterned Cardstock (Imagine - Hopscotch)
  • Photo Mats
    • (2) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
    • (2) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
  • "Sunshine" sized at 15.46" from Simply Charmed
    • cut out using 12 x 24 sized Cricut mat and 2 pieces of 12 x 12 patterned paper
  • (14) pennants sized at 1.75" from Straight from the Nest
  • (2) birds sized at 3.62" from Simply Charmed
  • (1) bird sized at 3.30" from Simply Charmed
  • Alphabet Stamps - Joann's
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain (all edges inked)
  • Bakers Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
  • 3/8" Double Sided Ribbon - Michael's
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Pigma Pen - Black 03
  • Pop Dots (birds and pennants)

Spring Blog Hop List

Happy Hopping!  I hope you have a great Saturday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge!


I hope you are ready for another Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge to begin!  For this challenge, we are using Smiley Cards.  If you don't have Smiley Cards, don't worry!  You can use any Cricut cartridge with similar images...if you need some ideas, I think Simply Charmed or Doodlecharms would work perfectly!  The images on Smiley Cards are all relatively simple, so that means they are begging for a little stitching...not that I like to add stitching to EVERY single project.  ;)  (I'm telling you - it really is an addiction!)  

Just in case you haven't seen it - Provo Craft published a PDF version of the Smiley Cards booklet.  You can find it HERE!

Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 kraft cardstock (Recollections - Michael's)
  • 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 patterned paper (K & Company - Sweet Nectar)
  • Photo Mats (3)
    • 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "Sweet" sized at 1.77" from Smiley Cards - cut out twice, once in kraft and once in pink to create a shadow
  • Popsicle sized at 3.25" from Smiley Cards
  • Strawberry Shortcake sized at 3" from Smiley Cards
  • Ice Cream Cone sized at 3" from Smiley Cards
  • Cupcake sized at 2.75" from Smiley Cards
  • "Tag" (actually the bandaid from Smiley Cards...I just cut the end off and rounded the corners) sized at 2.59"
  • Sentiment from Kids Incorporated Set from Scrappy Moms Stamps
    • Heat Embossed
  • Pink Bakers Twine from Scrappy Moms Stamps
  • 1 1/8" Princess Face Stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps
  • Lime Green Buttons - Michael's
  • Pop Dots
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen 
  • Sakura Pigma Pen - Black 03
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk Inks
  • Tsukineko Dew Drop Ink - Pearlescent Ivy
To see more projects that are sure to inspire you to join in on this challenge - make sure to check out the Scrappy Moms Design Team Members' Blogs!


Monday, March 21, 2011

EAD Monday: Think Green!


Happy Monday!  It's time for another fun EAD Monday Blog Hop!  If you arrived here from the crafty Jenn's blog, Double N Designs, then you are in the right spot!  If not make sure to start at the EAD Designs blog to find out how to win your very own set of Hoo Loves Earth Day Stickerz in honor of Earth Day tomorrow!  (I love the font used for these stickerz...super cute!)



The next stop on today's hop is Liz from Liz's Paper Loft!


Thank you so much to everyone that commented and/or voted on whether or not you'd like me to continue to post sizes, dimension, etc...  I will definitely continue to include that information in my posts!  I'm glad that it's helpful!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pooh and Friends Layout


I had planned to save this layout for a blog hop next weekend, but I love it too much to wait a whole week to post it.  This is the first of THREE Pooh Bear layouts that I have designed for our Disneyworld pictures.  Thankfully - the Pooh and Friends cartridge is much easier to work with than the Disney Princess cartridges.  


Because all of the characters have a black outline, I decided to make sure to add some more black to the layout to help tie everything together.  I added the black stitching to the clouds and little trails to the butterflies and dragonflies.  In fact...I had so much fun adding stitching and doodling on this layout, I actually had to step away before I added even more.


I am going to add some journaling to the sign post...luckily I won't need to add too much because the pictures speak for themselves.  I added the sizes for everything, but I want to pose a question to all of you.  Do you find it helpful that I list the sizes for my projects or is it waste of time?  


 







Materials Used:
  • (2) 12 x 12 pieces of kraft cardstock
  • (2) 11 1/2 x 8 pieces of cloud patterned paper (Imagine - Best Friends)
  • (2) 11 1/2 x 4 pieces of green paper
  • (2) 12 x 1 pieces of patterned paper
  • Photo Mats (Patterned Paper - K & Company)
    • (2) 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
    • (2) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • (2) Title - welded using my Gypsy
    • "Pooh" and "&" sized at 2.25" from Cherry Limeade
    • "Friends" sized at 3.73" from Wild Card
  • (3) Dragonflies sized at 2" from Pooh and Friends
  • (4) Grasses sized at 2" from Pooh and Friends
  • (2) Flowers sized at 2.25" from Pooh and Friends
  • (2) Tulips sized at 2.25" from Pooh and Friends
  • Piglet sized at 3.75" from Pooh and Friends
  • Eyeore sized at 4.56" from Pooh and Friends
  • Pooh Bear sized at 4" from Pooh and Friends
  • Tigger sized at 3.25" from Pooh and Friends
  • Sign Post sized at 5" from Pooh and Friends
  • Corner Rounder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain &  Frayed Burlap
  • Tsukineko Dew Drop Inks 
  • Color Box Liquid Chalk Inks 
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Pigma Pen - Black
  • Pop Dots
  • Red and White Baker's Twine - Scrappy Moms Stamps
  • Buttons - stash


I hope you are having a great weekend! 

Friday, March 18, 2011

You are a Gem! Layout


Happy Friday!  Today Kim Hughes from Paper Smooches is hosting a blog hop using the Thank You Sentiments Stickerz and Rub-ons from EAD!  Hop on over to the Paper Smooches Blog for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  Did you know that Paper Smooches donates 10% of the proceeds of the Paper Smooches/EAD Designs Products to fight breast cancer? 

Here is another project using one of the adorable sentiments from the Thank You Sentiments Stickerz Set!  Hope you like it!




Materials Used:
  • 12 x 12 piece of kraft cardstock
  • 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 piece of kraft cardstock
  • 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 piece of patterned paper
  • Photo Mat: 5 1/2 x 7 1/2, 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 and 5 1/4 x 5 1/4, 
  • Star shaped tag sized at 10.5" from Once Upon a Princess
  • Gem sized at 3.75" from Once Upon a Princess
  • Tags sized at 4.40 and 4.01 from Once Upon a Princess
  • "You are a Gem" from Thank You Sentiments set from EAD/PS
  • Patterned Paper from K and Company
  • 7/8" Ribbon - from my stash
  • Embellishments - ki Memories "Paisley Parade"
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Sakura Pigma Pen - Black
  • Pop Dots
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Puppet Project


I keep forgetting to post this fun project that I worked on with my daughter a few weeks ago.  FIRST, let me say this isn't my original idea - just my interpretation of a super cute project that Kristin Swain posted on the Cricut Circle blog last month.  This is one of those, "why didn't I think of that" kind of projects.  Kristin's project had a princess theme, but Nicole decided she wanted the characters from Peter Pan.


Nicole helped me a little bit with each of the steps.  She helped decide on outfits and colors.  She even inked some of the edges and applied glitter glue to a few of the characters (with my help).  She loves looking at my Peachy Keen face stamps, so she decided she wanted to stamp some of the faces.  That's when I realized that I didn't have any "boy" faces that would fit our paper dolls.  (As cute as Captain Hook would be with big eyelashes - I didn't think it would work.)  I mentioned that I could order some "boy" faces, but three year olds don't really understand delayed gratification.  That's when I decided to draw some of the faces....ha ha ha.  It's a good thing that she's three and loves everything that I make - who knew that making little faces would be so hard (at least for me.)


This was such a fun, EASY (and cheap) project to make, and now have all sorts of ideas for future puppets!  


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

EAD Monday Hop: Rainy Day

Happy Monday!  Welcome to the EAD Monday Blog Hop!  I am the first stop for today's hop, so if you are here...you're probably in the right spot!  For today's project I used the very cute "Rainy Days" Stickerz set from EAD Designs.  I decorated a "rainy day" box to hold art supplies or little games to keep around for a rainy day.  I try to keep an eye out for cheap little stickers and color books to have around to keep my daughter occupied while we are out and about.  I am planning on filling this box with some fun art supplies to have on hand for the next time that we need a little pick me up!  I also think this would make a great gift idea - you could customize the contents based on the recipient's age and interests!  (I always like it when the packaging is part of the gift!) 

My "Rainy Day" Stickerz are clear, so they perfectly coordinate with the papers I used.  





Materials Used:
I'm not including sizes/dimensions because it's really dependent on the size of your gift box.
  • Gable Box - Target $1 Bin
  • Patterned Paper - Martha Stewart
  • Glitter Paper - DCWV
  • "Rainy Day" EAD Designs Stickerz
  • "Rainy Day" title from Simply Charmed
  • Tag Shapes from Once Upon a Princess
  • Rain Drops from Indie Art
  • Sakura Pigma Pen - Black
  • Pop Dots




Hope you have a great day!  The next stop on our hop is the very talented Liz from Liz's Paper Loft!  I know she will have a great project to show you!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fit for a Princess Layout



This is the first of many Disney themed layouts that I will be working on for our recent Disney trip.  I don't want to think about how many right now...too overwhelming!  This one is for pictures of my daughter meeting some of the princesses...her friends as she calls them.


I kept the overall layout fairly simple because after cutting and piecing four Disney characters, I don't think anyone would have the patience to add very many more die cuts.  In fact, after spending a couple hours fighting with my Cricut and piecing the princesses together - I almost left them off completely.  I'm still not 100% happy with how this layout turned out...I love the idea of it, but I'm not sure I love the princesses as much as I had hoped I would.  They ended up looking so cartoon-y (not really so shocking, since they are in fact cartoon characters.).  




Materials Used:
  • (2) 12 x 12 kraft cardstock (Michael's Recollections)
  • (2) 11 1/2 x 11 blue cardstock
  • tag shape sized at 10.85" from Once Upon a Princess
    • cut it out using 2 12 x 12 pieces of cardstock on a 12 x 24 mat
    • paper printed from Imagine's Better Together
  • (4) Photo Mats - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • "fit for a" sized at 2.5" from Cursive 101
  • "Princess" sized at 5" from Sugar and Spice (from "Little Princess" title...I just used the hide contour feature on my Gypsy to get rid of "little.")
  • Belle sized at 5" from Disney's Dreams Come True
  • Ariel sized at 4.10" from Disney's Dreams Come True
  • Sleeping Beauty sized at 4.71" from Disney's Happily Every After
  • Jasmine sized at 4.55" from Disney's Dreams Come True
  • Crown sized at 3.10" from Sugar and Spice
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
  • Raspberry Fizz Swiss Dot Ribbon - Papertrey Ink
  • Pop Dots



Hope you are all having a great weekend so far!  I am hoping to get a little bit more scrapbooking done this weekend and I'll be back on Monday for the EAD Designs blog hop!