Friday, August 23, 2013

First Birthday Invitation - Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge

Hello - a couple of years ago I found Sweet Treats at Michaels on Clearance - I debated getting it and I am so glad I did - I have used the shaped cards feature on this cartridge several times.  It's just a really fun cartridge.  My sister's beautiful little girl is turning 1 in a couple of weeks so we made these cute invitations for her party.  They were super easy and we made abut 20 of them in about 1 1/2 hours one evening.  The cardstock all came from Hollos PaperCraft.  If you are a paper crafter and live in NE Ohio it's well worth the trip.  They carry many different shades of cardstock and sell it by the pound - it was $1.25/lb.  They also have terriffic prices on envelopes in all kinds of colors.  They seem to start at $ .04 each and go up to around $ .06 for most normal envelopes in the standard sizes.  I live about an hour away and make a trip at least once a year to stock up.

The theme for Priscilla's party is Sweet Shoppe Polka Dot so this cupcake was just right!  We just cut out the cards and assembled, used some ribbon and embossed the "1" with a polka dot embossing folder.  We added a little Crystal Stickles to the swirl and we were done.

I'm gong to post this project on the following sites:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Glitter and Sparkle - Anything but a square 
Whimsical Designs - Just add Glitter

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Painting Furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Well I wanted to paint some things around the house so I did a workshop to learn how to paint using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.  Here is my first project - and I am pretty happy with the way it turned out!  It is an unusual table that holds 4 tv trays but they look like drawers when it is all put together.  It used to be my parents and it was looking pretty beat up and dated, but I love the functionality when we have a lot of people over.  I used the Annie Sloan Paris Gray for a bottom coat of the main table and painted over it with the Graphite paint, then I sanded it to distress it so you can see some of the Paris Gray and some wood showing through.  For the four little tables I used Graphite first and then went over them with Arles with a couple of coats.  Then I sanded/distressed these so the Graphite and wood show through.  I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.  The paint is pretty pricey but it is very easy to use and you don't have to sand or prime before painting (which is what drew me to these paints).

Here is another angle of it after it was painted:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kindergarten Scrapbook Layout with Cricut Artiste CTMH Cartridge

Hi - here is a scrapbook page I made using my daughter's Kindergarten school photo.  I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge from Close To My Heart for all of the circles, flowers and button shapes for the border down the side and the title.  I tried to make the circles all different and very dimensional by layering, embossing with the Cuttlebug, and adding bling, Stickles and ribbon/twine.  The patterned papers I used are from the DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies Stack.

Here are a couple of close-up pictures of the circles so you can see the dimension.

I posted a link to this layout on the following;

Make it Mondays - Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

100% Boy Scrapbook Page - Gypsy Wanderings Cricut Cartridge

Hi, this is a scrapbook layout that I did with a picture of my little guy that I had taken a few months ago.  I used MME papers that I got years ago in a stack from Costco, I have gotten a lot of traction out of that stack!  The 100% and Boy stamps are See Dee's stamps I have had for a while from the 100 Percent set and the journaling stamp is also See Dee's from a set called He Said, She Said.  The shape that the title is on is from the Gypsy Wanderings Cricut Cartridge.

I am sharing this on the following sites:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Thursday, May 30, 2013

U Rock Thank You Card

Hello - my Mom had a knee replacement a couple of months ago and has been going to physical therapy.  Her last appointment is today and she asked me to make her a thank you card for her therapist.  I decided to use this cute u rock digi stamp I got a while ago from Tiddly Inks.  We are in the process of packing to move and about half of my crafting stuff is packed up so a digi stamp was easier too!  I don't really care for the ribbon I used but most of my ribbon is packed up so I didn't have many options.  I used the Charles Chevron Cuttlebug folder to emboss the yellow and brown rectangles behind the image.  The patterned paper is DCWV.  I colored the image with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers.  They seem to work together fairly well.

I am posting this card on the following sites:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cricut Giraffe Baby Card

Here is the third card for the card party.  I always include at least one or two baby cards.  I wanted this one to be gender neutral, and I just love this little giraffe, it's so cute!  The giraffe is from Create a Critter.  The patterned paper is DCWV from 'The Stack 6.'  I store some of my acrylic stamps in a 3 ring binder in acrylic folders from Inque Boutique and I didn't save the packaging so I am not sure where the baby stamp came from.  This card is A7 size.  I used the A7 honeycomb Cuttlebug Embossing folder for the kraft background and theQuicKutz A2 Embossing Folder POLKA DOTS Mixes for the blue behind the giraffe.  I used  the Martha Steward fringe scissors for the grass.

 I posted this on the following sites:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes 
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes 
Mema's Crafts - Anything Goes 
Let's Craft and Create - Anything Goes 
Whimsical Designs - Emboss it 
Card Mania Challenges - Punches and/or die cuts

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Masculine Birthday Card - Golfer

Hi - this is the second card I designed for the card party.  I always like to include something masculine, otherwise I would probably put flowers on everything!  I used a Cloud 9 Designs background stamp I got on clearance at Joann's for the houndstooth background.  I can see why it was on clearance, the quality of the stamp is not very good and it was difficult to get a good image out of it, but for the way it was used I didn't need it to be super crisp.  The golf stamp is from an old See Dee's set called Father's Day that I have had for years.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from Stampin' Up, I love their stamps!  Other than that I just card stock from my stash and a button and some twine.  I got some cool acrylic shapes a while back at Pat Catan's that came in different sizes.  They are very thin and they are for tearing out the shape, I used it for the cream behind the image.  I also inked all of the edges using Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip. 

I posted this card on the following:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes + Kraft