Thursday, December 29, 2011

7 Gypsies Artist Printer's Trays

Hello!  It's been a while since I have posted - it has been a crazy couple of months!

I made these artist printer's trays for my mother-in-law.  I had made a set for her last year and then a couple months ago they had a pipe burst on their second floor and flood their entire house and her trays were among the casualties.  I used 7 Gypsies Artist Printer's Trays, Prima patterned paper from a nursery rhyme pack they had a couple years ago, my Cricut with the Storybook cartridge, Lyrical Letters, and Plantin Schoolbook.  They aren't exactly like the originals - but I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.

I have linked this project here:
Inspire me Fridays - Anything goes
Show off your Stuff Party - DIY and Home Decor 
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Girly Monster Card - with Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge

Hi!  I made this girlie, sparkly monster card for my niece for her birthday next month.  I cut the card using Mini Monsters at 5 1/4 using the card feature.  The balloon is from the Stretch Your Imagination Cricut Cartridge and was cut at 4 1/2.  I used pink, lime green and diamond Stickles on this card.  The monster was embossed using the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder.  The patterned paper is Lime Twist.

I am sharing this card in the following places:

Birthday Sundaes - Ribbon Cards
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes

Monday, September 26, 2011

Second Grade Scrapbook Layout

This is a layout I made for my daughter's 2nd. grade school picture.    I used the Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge for the bird doily, the Flower Shoppe cartridge for all of the flowers, Cursive 101 for the title and Sweet Treats for the journaling tag.  The bows are made with Hug Snug seam binding.

Here is a close-up of the seam binding bow.

Close-up of the rolled flowers from Flower Shoppe - my current favorite cartridge!  This is the ruffled flower - I think this one is the lowers profile so it works best on scrapbook layouts.  I used flat-back pearls for the centers.

I am entering this layout on the following sites:
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Birthday treats for class - Bookmarks with Sweet Treats Cricut Cart

My daughter and I decided to make bookmarks for everyone in her class to take in with her birthday treat - so we did the gummy "bookworms" to go along with the reading theme.  We made the bookmarks using the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge - this cart has a bunch of really cute tags and many of them have different types of toppers for them so it was super easy.  We did more masculine ones for the boys using some Making Memorys Camo paper and centipedes cut from the Dinosaur Tracks Cricut Cartridge.  The girls got girly butterflies from the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge and DCWV Pocket Full of Posies paper.  We stamped their names on each bookmark.  Then we found a cute bookworm stamp at Pat Catan's (for $0.67!) and my daughter stamped and colored all of them herself.  The little sentence was computer generated.  My daughter said that the treats and the bookmarks were a real hit!

Here are close-ups of the boy's and girl's bookmarks:

I have posted this on the following blogs:
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Monday, August 22, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Easel Card - Copic Coloring and Cricut Flower Shoppe

Happy Monday!  Here is another easel card I made this weekend.  I stamped the butterfly with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic markers.  Then I used this really cool double sided tape I got at the Scrapbook Expo in Columbus this past March and added glitter over the whole image.  The tape works amazingly well, the glitter doesn't even come off on your fingers if you rub over it.  After I glittered it I re-colored it a bit to make the colors a bit more vibrant.  I used Marvy punches for all of the scalloped circles.  The flowers were all made using the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge - I am very pleased with how small I was able to cut these out and still have them look great.  The smallest ones were cut at 1 1/4" and they cut perfectly.  The green patterned paper is from the DCWV Lemon Flower stack and the pink is Core'dinations cardstock embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder and sanded.  My 5 year old daughter enjoyed helping with the sanding!  The Happy Birthday on the front is a Studio G stamp I have had forever.  The sentiment on the bottom is computer generated.


I am linking this up to the following sites:

Birthday Sundaes - Pink, Green and White
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge - Bold and Bright 
Paper Creations Ink - Show us your flowers!
Card Makin' Mamas - Pink

Friday, August 19, 2011

Little One - New Baby Layout

Hi - here is a layout I did of my little Spencer on the day he was born.  I wanted it to have sort of a bold graphic look.  I sort of started with the ribbon and chose the colors from it.  I used the treading water Fiskar's punch to punch the border that the ribbon is threaded through.  Then I cut the little heart clip from the Fabulous Finds Cricut Cartridge using foil tape on scrap cardstock, then I embossed it with my Cuttlebug using the mosaic folder.  The large heart was cut using Accent Essentials at 9.5".  I felt like the border was too heavy so I stamped the little hearts all over it with pearl  acrylic paint.  Little One and the little feet are cut from New Arrival and the scalloped strip in the background is from Plantin Schoolbook.

I am linking this up to:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes
For Fun Challenges - Make a Scrapbook Page 
Crafts and Me Challenge - Blue
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes

Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Birthday using Cricut Flower Shoppe Cartridge

I think that Flower Shoppe is one of my all time favorite cartridges!  I really enjoy playing with the different cuts on it.  I made the flower for this card by layering several cuts  - pretty much like they show you in the handbook.  I did use a large stylus to give the petals some dimension and I also inked everything with black ink.  The papers I used are all from the DCWV Lemon Flowers Stack - I love this stack!  I also used the Tim Holtz Distress tool around all of the edges of the patterned paper.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and the flower center is We R Memory Keepers set with the Big Bite.  The bling is from Way2Scrap.  For this card I used a sketch from the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge - I have never used a sketch before, it was fun!

Here is a close-up of the flower:

I am linking this card to:
Mojo Monday - Sketch Challenge
My Pink Stamper - My Style
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Birthday - Digi Stamp Colored With Copic Markers

Hello - here is a birthday card I made using another cute image from Tiddly Inks.  I colored the image with Copic Markers.  The patterned paper is from the  DCWV Doodling Around stack.  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the black card stock in the background with the Divine Swirls embossing folder, then I used Adirondack paint dauber in pearl to emphasize the embossing.  I inked around the image and the strip that the bow is on using Old Paper Distress Ink.  The bow is made with seam binding that I died with Fired Brick Distress Ink.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from Studio G and the black pearls are from Queen & Co.

I am posting this card in the following places:
Birthday Sundaes - Anything Goes Birthday Card
Digital Tuesday Challenge - I Love the Sea
Paper Playtime - Projects With Water 
Make it Monday - Anything Goes 
Made it Myself Mondays - Anything Goes
Joyful Stamper Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Monday, August 8, 2011

My Girls

Hi!  Here is a layout I made using one of my favorite pictures of my girls.  I used DCWV Doodling Around papers - I love the colors!  I wanted to make the layout work with the flowers going up the side of the paper without covering them up.  I used seam binding dyed with Fired Brick Distress Ink for the bow.  The little flower on it is from the George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge - 4 layers cut at 3/4".  The red shape in the background is from Winter Woodland at 6" - I also used that shape for the title.  I used my Gypsy to weld the shadow for 'my' to the shape, I did squish the shape to it wouldn't be as tall.  My is cut from Cursive 101 at 1" and Girls is cut from Opposites Attract, also at 1".  The flower on the title is cut from Flower Shop - it's the ruffled flower - cut at 2 1/4".  I totally love this rolled flower and it is fairly low profile so it works well for scrapbook pages.  I used an EK Success border punch on the brown strip behind the pictures and added a little bling to both of the flowers.

Here is a close-up of the seam binding bow and flower made from George cuts.

Here is the rolled flower from Flower Shop

Another angle - I love this cut!

I posted this in the following places:

Make it Monday #49 - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes 
Raise The Bar - Anything Goes 
For Fun Challenges - Anything Goes 
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything But a Card

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Birthday Cake Card - Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge

Hello!  Here is a simple card that I made using the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge.  I cut the cake at 5".  All of the papers I used were scraps so I am not sure who the manufacturer is.  The black pearls are from Queen & Co. and I added a touch of Stickles to the flame.  I also inked the edges of everything with Vintage Paper Distress Ink and the card base with Black Soot Distress Ink.

I am posting this card on the following blogs:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Birthday Sundaes - Cake or Cupcakes 
ColorQ  Challenge -

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mother and Baby Card

Hi - I just love this sweet digi stamp from Tiddly Inks and have been wanting to make a card using it.  I just found out someone close to me is pregnant so I thought this would be a nice card for her.

The image is colored with Copic markers.  I cut the scalloped circles with my Cricut and the Sweet Treats cartridge.  I used Hug Snug Seam Binding for the bow, it looks really white in the picture but it is actually more cream.  I think I made the bow a little too big :).  The flower is Prima and the pearls are from Way2Scrap.  The patterned papers for the background are Me & My Big Ideas and the strip is Making Memories.  I inked everything with Vintage Paper Distress Ink.

I used Tsukineko shimmer spritz on the whole card - I love the coverage you get from this spritz, it's very sparkly.

Here is a close up - you can see the sparkle a little better.


I love this quote from Charles Dickens - it's so sweet.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - Make It Sparkle
Make it Monday - Anything Goes 
Daisy Doodles - Anything Goes but you must us a digi

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cupcake Card using Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge

Hello!  I found the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge on clearance for $19 at Michaels this weekend so I was playing with it this morning.  I love the card feature on this cartridge, shaped cards are so much fun!  The cupcake was cut at 5".  The flower was cut from Sweet Treats at 3/4".  The little charm shape was cut from Doodlecharms at 1 3/4".  I added Crystal Stickles to everything green and a little black pearl from Queen & Co. to the flower.  I embossed the top of the cupcake with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder and inked it with a dark blue.

I am entering this card in the following places:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Birthday Sundaes -Challenge #19 - Inspiration Photo!
Joyful Stamper Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes 
My Craft Spot - Emboss It! 
Stamps R Us Challenge Blog - Happy Birthday 
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Any Shape but Square

Monday, July 18, 2011

First Day of School - lots of homemade flowers!

Here is a scrapbook page I made for my little girl's first day of school.  Sadly this was almost 2 years ago and I am just now scrapping it!  I am so far behind!

The patterned papers I used are from Scrappy Cat.  I used the Locker Talk cartridge for the title, Accent Essentials cartridge for the scalloped circle I wrote the journaling on, George and Basic Shapes was used for circles of various sizes for the stacked circle flower.  The flower by itself on the upper right was made using various scalloped circle punches.  I had a lot of fun experimenting with a lot of different homemade flower techniques for this layout.

This flower was made using various scalloped circle punches and a lot of crumpling.

Side view of flower - it has a ton of layers.

Close-up of some other homemade flowers.

This layout was shared on the following sites:

Joyful Stamper Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Make it Monday Linkey Party - Anything Goes

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dad - U Rock - Father's Day Card

Hello!  This is a Father's Day card I made for my Awesome Dad!  It's a fairly simple card, but I like the way it turned out.  I love this cute digital stamp from Tiddly Inks.  Dad was cut with my Cricut using the Cuttin' Up Cartridge at 3/4".  I colored the image with Copic markers then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

I posted this card in the following places:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Hooked on Craft - Anything Goes 
My Grafico - Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - Father's Day/Special Man

Monday, June 13, 2011

Birthday Easel Card with Handmade Roses

Hello!  I just finished up this cute birthday card.  I learned to make these roses using 4 flowers cut from the Cricut George Cartridge and just had to use them on a card.  The cute stamped image is from Tiddly Inks - they have some really cute digital stamps.  I colored the image with Copic Markers.  The roses are also colored with Copics.  The patterned paper is from the DCWV Pocket Full of Posies Stack and the ribbon is from Chatter Box.  The flowers for the roses were cut at 3/4" for the small roses and 1" for the larger ones.  The sentiment was embossed with a Cuttle Bug Embossing folder and then inked - "to you!" is hand written.

I found this video on YouTube that shows how to make the roses.

This is a picture of the card when it is closed - I wanted it to look pretty either way.

Here is a close-up of the colored image.  I haven't had my Copics very long - I am still learning how to color with them.

I am entering this card on the following sites:

Make it Monday #41 - Anything Goes
Birthday Sundaes - Wet or Dry Embossed Birthday Card
My Pink Stamper - Color Challenge 
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes 
Hooked on Craft - Anything Goes

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Digital Stamp Colored with Copic Markers Card

Well I finally got a little time to sit down and practice a bit with my first set of Copic markers.  Working on this card I learned two things for sure - I need to practice a lot more and I need a few more colors (don't tell my husband!).  I had a lot of fun coloring this cute digi stamp from Tiddly Inks.  I do think I could have chosen an image with easier hair to color for my first try, but despite some trouble blending and staying in the lines she turned out ok.  The patterned paper is Making Memories, the flowers are Primas and the black pearls are from Queen & Co. I used Tim Holtz Distress inks on the edges in Broken China and Walnut Stain.

I posted this card on:
Make it Monday #39 Linky Party
Inspire Me Fridays 8 - Anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge Blog- Anything Goes 
A Spoonful of Sugar - Flower Power

Monday, May 16, 2011

White on White Wedding Card

Well - the card workshop was this past Saturday and I think it went pretty well!  I hope everyone that came had fun and maybe learned a new technique.  This is the last card that I came up with for the workshop - I wanted something really simple and I wanted to try doing an all white card.

This is an A2 sized card.  I used the Wedding Solutions Cricut Cartridge for the bride and groom at 3".  Then I embossed the card base with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and a flower Sizzix Embossing Folder from the Dots and Flowers set.

This card was entered in the Make it Monday #37 Linkey Party
It was also entered in the following Challenges:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Birthday Banner Card with Create a Critter Balloon

Hello.  Here is one more card for the card workshop that I am hosting Saturday - whew!  One more to go!  The banners were cut using a diamond shape on the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge at 1 1/2" and folded over embroidery floss.  The patterned paper is from the DCWV Lemon Flower Stack - I totally love this stack!  The cute bear balloon was cut from the Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge at 3" and the sentiment was also from Create a Critter at 1 1/2".  I used some tiny mini skittles in the bottom corners.  I found these tiny skittles at the Flower Factory - they are smaller than the mini ones I already had an much smaller than the ones found at Michael's a couple years ago.  They came in five colors too.  I was pretty excited to find them!  The green strip was embossed using the Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

The Crazy Challenge - CCH #66ANYTHING GOES 
The Crafty Pad Designs - CHALLENGE 120 - SPOTS & DOTS

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Distressed Owl Card

Hello!  Here is another card that I am doing for a card workshop I am hosting next week - I did it in two totally different color ways to see how different it would look. 
  • The Scalloped circle is cut from Once Upon a Princess - the inside one is 3 1/4" and the larger one is 3 1/2" - I like this scalloped circle because it's not perfect, the scallops are different sizes so it looks a little more organic.
  • The owl stamp is Studio G -  I stamped it first, then stamped and embossed the dots over the owl - then I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to ink pretty heavily over the embossing, I love the way the embossed areas resist the ink.
  • The background is embossed using my Cuttlebug and then inked.  Add a little ribbon and that's about it, it's a pretty simple card to make.  I am trying to keep them fairly simple because we are making 20 cards for the workshop and I don't want to overwhelm anyone with too many steps.

Here is the first color way - brown and baby blue:

Here is a close-up of the owl

Here is the second color way:

Here is a close-up of that owl:

I entered this card in:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Frog Prince Easel Birthday Card

Hello!  This is my first easel card - I had a lot of fun making this card!  The frog prince is cut from the Cricut Once Upon a Princess Cartridge at 2 1/4".  The "hoppy Birthday!" sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp - the stamp has hoppy above birthday so I used a brush tip marker to ink each part and stamp because I needed a more horizontal sentiment.  I used yellow Stickles on the crown to give it a little sparkle and the frog's eyes are little black pearls from Queen & Co.  I made the "Have a Magical Day!" sentiment with the magic wand in Photoshop because I didn't have a stamp that really fit what I wanted for the card.  The pink paper was punched along the top using the Fiskar's Treading Water punch - love that punch!

This is just the front of the card:

This is the card set up in the easel:

Here is a close-up of the frog:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mini Gift Bag - Tags Bags Boxes and More Cricut Cartridge

Here is a cute little gift bag I made using the Cricut Tags Bags Boxes and More Cartridge - this is such a fun cartridge!  I cut the bag using the "fit to page" function to get it the largest it would cut out on a 12 x 12 mat.  The flower is also from the TBB&M Cartridge.  After I put the bag together I gave it a few sprays of Tsukineko Shimmer Spray to make it sparkly.  I have no idea what the ribbon stuff I used is - I got it in a clearance grab bag a while back - I thought it made a pretty bow though!

Here is a close-up of the flower, you can see the sparkles a bit better in this picture.

I am going to enter this in the Birthday Sundaes Special Birthday Challenge!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

All Dressed Up!

I am very fortunate to have a husband that is a great photographer - don't our hobbies go well together?  Since this past weekend was Easter he took some pictures of our kids for me.  Spencer (the baby) wasn't really into it but we still managed to get some pretty cute shots!