Monday, September 17, 2012

First Smile Layout

Hello!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We had a sleepover with 12 little girls on Friday for my daughter's 9 birthday - it was lots of fun!

Here is a layout I did of my little guy when he was just one month old.  He's 2 now - the time goes so fast.  All of the papers I used are Karen Foster, I inked everything with Walnut Distress ink.  I used the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge for the large shape in the background and for the shape that the title is on.  I used Lyrical Letters for the title and Create a Critter for the moon and stars.  I used Tags, Bags Boxes and More for the hearts for the banner - they have a little slit in the top right that I strung the baker's twine through.  I used the largest stylus from the McGill Paper Blossoms kit to distress the hearts to make them a little 3D.

I don't usually use sketches but I thought I would give it a try - I found this sketch here: http://gotsketch.blogspot.com/2012/09/sketch-148.html.





I am posting this layout on the following sites:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire me Friday - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Things that Make you go Awwww... 
Milk Coffee - Use at least 2 different shapes

Monday, September 10, 2012

Silly & Sweet Layout - Cricut Alphalicious Font

Hello again!  I just finished up a layout of my youngest daughter - these pictures are a few years old, I am so far behind on my scrapping!  I do love these pictures of Lauren, she really is the goofiest kid!  She's so much fun. 

Anyway, I used the Cricut Alphalicious font cartridge for the lettering and Doodlecharms for the little heart.  The cardstock that the pictures are matted on is Core'dinations and I embossed it with the Cuttlebug Bloom Dots embossing folder.  I added a few Prima flowers with Queen & Co. black pearls, some black twine and a little peach colored lace that I got on clearance at Joann's.

I am posting this project on the following sites:

Inspire me Friday's - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
The Poodle's Parlour - Here Come The Girls 

Slumber Party Invites - Every Day Paper Dolls Cricut Cart

Well - my oldest is turning 9 next week, I can't believe it!  She wanted to have a slumber party to celebrate this year - these are the invitations we made.  I just took a sheet of double sided paper and cut it into 3 12" x 4" pieces and folded it in half, then I folded down the front and used a scallop punch along the edge.  I used pop dots to glue the sleeping bag together so the paper doll could be easily put in and out.  I used the Cricut Every Day Paper Dolly cartridge to make the paper dolls and also to cut out the pillow and teddy bear.  The dolls are cut at 3 1/4".  I used a Peachy Keen stamp for the doll faces.  Then I just printed the party info and cut it out and glued it to the back of each sleeping bag.  This was a fairly simple project, but I think they turned out pretty cute!


The dolls are not glued so they can be taken out of the sleeping bag.

 I just printed and glued the party info on the back.

I am posting this project on the following sites:

Inspire me Friday's - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
The Poodle's Parlour - Here Come The Girls 
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes 
Pile it on - Patterned Papers

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Paper 3-D Pumpkins

Hi!  It's been a while since I have posted anything - between going on vacation, getting a new puppy and school starting it's been pretty crazy at my house!

Once a month my Mom volunteers to teach a craft at an adult daycare center, I usually help her come up with a craft to do and she said everyone really enjoyed doing this one!  These pumpkins are super easy and I think they turned out really cute.  The smaller one I made using an old book (my daughter was horrified when she saw me tearing the book up!).  I used a scallop circle Spellbinders die to cut the pieces out.  I tried to use my Cricut but the paper was really thin and no matter what setting I tried the paper tore.  I did use my Cricut for the larger circles for the big pumpkin - they were cut out using the Cricut George and Basic Shapes cartridge, I cut the circles at 5 1/4" so that I could get 4 circles to a page of 12" x 12" paper.  The paper is from the current DCWV fall stack - there were lots of pretty papers in that stack that worked perfectly!

The stem is just a piece of paper bag that I cut out and folded into thirds - I added a little glue to stick the folds shut and I think the glue gave the paper enough stiffness to roll into the cute curly stem.  cThe leaf is just cut freehand.  I used about 8 circles for the large pumpkin and I think about 10 for the smaller one.  These are super easy to assemble - you just fold all of the circles in half and glue them back to back.


Large Pumpkin

Small Pumpkin


I am sharing this project on the following sites:

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

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mermaid Birthday Easel Card - Once Upon a Princess Cartridge

Hooray!  I have finally finished my last card for the card workshop - which is this Wednesday!  I wanted to include a little girl birthday card and this is what I came up with.  The card is A2 size, the mermaid is cut out at 3 3/4".  The shape that the sentiment is on was also from the Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge - I cut the white at 1 1/2" and the green at 1 3/4".  The small sentiment on the card front is from Close To My Heart and the inside/bottom is from Stampn' Up.  I used a Mister Huey mask and Mister Huey spray in "Shine" to create the bubbly background.  The face is stamped with a Peachy Keen stamp from the set that coordinates with the Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge.  The little fish is from a stamp set I bought at Joann's but I tossed the packaging and I can't remember the manufacturer.  I colored the fish with gel pens.




I will be posting this card on the following blogs:
 
Inspire me Friday's - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Love To Create - Summertime Fun
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - It's a Girl Thing 
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Birthday Fun For Kids 
Craft Your Passion - Flips and Folds

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cricut Dinosaur Tracks Birthday Card

Whew, I only have one more card to design for the card workshop I am hosting next week!  This is card #9.  This card is super quick to put together, and I think it turned out pretty cute.  I cut the silhouette dino card out at 4 1/2" using the Cricut Dinosaur Tracks cartridge using kraft cardstock.  Then I cut out the mountain range at 2" in a dark brown. Then I cut out 2  yellow squares at  4 1/4" and one 1" x 4 1/4" green strip.  I used some brown ink to distress the yellow squares and the green strip.  Then I took the card and masked off the dinosaur and used a Mister Huey chevron mask with Perfect Pearls mist in Cappuccino to spray the chevron pattern on the frame.  I used some green and brown ink on the edges of the dinosaur.  I assembled the yellow square with the green strip and mountain range and then I used pop dots to adhere just behind the front of the card so it would have some dimension.  I just glued the other yellow square on the inside.  The sentiment is computer generated - then I cut it out with my paper trimmer and used scissors to cut the end to make a tag.  I used scissors to cut a small hole in the fold of the card to string the twine through, inked the tag with brown ink and punched a small hole in it and attached to the card.

I am posting this card on the following sites:

Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles - For the Fellas 
Craft Punked - Happy Birthday

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Heat Embossed Wedding Card

Hello, this is another card for the card workshop I am doing next week.  I wanted to include a wedding card, and I wanted to keep it fairly simple.  I used a large Fancy Pants stamp for the flourish and embossed it using silver embossing powder.  The sentiment is a See Dee's stamp I have had for a long time.  I added a few skittles for a little bling and that's it!



I am entering this card on the following sites:

Less is More Challenge - One layer card
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Another Baby Bib Card

Hi, here is another version of the baby bib card I did a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to use some different colors.  I used a scalloped oval from the Storybook Cricut cartridge and welded it with my Gypsy to make the card.  The background paper is Core'dinations cardstock that comes already embossed.  This is another card for the card workshop I am hosting - I like to do some of the cards in two color variations to make it more fun.

I shared this card on the following sites:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

Monday, June 4, 2012

Cupcake Birthday Card - Colored with Spectrum Noir Markers

Hello!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We had a fun night last night.  It was my Mom's birthday and all of the "grown-ups" went out for dinner to celebrate.  We went to Bonefish, yummy!  Anyway, here is the card I made for my Mom's birthday!  I used Recollections papers I got in a stack at Michael's recently, such pretty paper!  The cupcake and sentiment stamp are both from Close To My Heart.  I have recently become a consultant for CTMH, their stamps are awesome quality!  And the cupcake has a coordinating cut on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge so that makes it even easier to use.  I just recently discovered the new Spectrum Noir markers, I have a smallish collection of Copic markers so I am hoping to use these far less expensive markers to fill in some missing colors.  I'm not sure that they color quite as well as my Copic markers but for about 1/3 the price I am pretty happy with them!  I also used some Icicle Stickles on the cupcake wrapper to add a little sparkle.  I inked the card and cupcake with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the lace was from my stash.  Thanks for looking!

I will share this card on the following sites:

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

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Simple Embossed Thank You Card

Hello!  I needed to make a bunch of really quick thank you cards so I wanted something really simple.  I got this Darice embossing folder at Pat Catan's for $2.50!  What a great deal!  It makes thank you cards super fast and easy.  I just embossed some purple cardstock, inked it some with dark blue ink, glued it to a plain white card and added a Prima flower and a little gem.  Easy Peasy!  I made 10 of them in well under an hour.



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thank You Card - Distress Ink Background

Hi!  I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend!

This is another card I made for the card party that I will be hosting next month.  This is a fun technique for a pretty background!  I stamped a large background stamp using white acrylic paint, then I used Distress Inks on the entire thing - the acrylic paint works as a resist so the stamped image shows through.  The Distress Inks used were Wild Honey, Old Paper, Tumbled Glass and Broken China.  I stamped a portion of the same background stamp again using Broken China and then inked over it with the Old Paper for the popped up butterfly.  Then I stamped "Thank You" using a Stampin' Up stamp, added some ribbon and matted it on white card stock and then a turquoise card.




I am posting this card on the following sites:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Things with Wings

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baby Bib Card

Hi!  I am a huge Pinterest fan and I have seen a few baby bib shaped cards lately and wanted to give it a try.  I used my Cricut Gypsy with the Storybook cartridge to create this card.  The bg card stock is Coredinations that is already embossed.  The Duck is a Stampin' Up stamp.  I didn't have a button that matched so I colored one with a Sharpie.  I am going to make a green version of this card as well and this will be one of the cards for the card party I will be having soon.


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

Monday, May 7, 2012

Kraft Gift Bag - Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

Hello!  Here is another item for the card party I am going to be hosting.  I wanted to give everyone a chance to use my Cricut so they will be cutting these out themselves.  For most of the projects I have pre-cut everything to save time.  I used the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge from Close To My Heart for the bag and the rolled flower.  I used a large flat backed pearl for the flower center.  The border stamp is also from CTMH.  The ribbon is a double sided satin ribbon I got from Joann's. 


I am entering this project in the following places:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays - Ribbons and Bows 
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
AUD Sentiments - Anything Goes


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Memorial Day Flower - Cricut Flower Shoppe Cartridge

Hello!  My Mom volunteers at a local adult daycare, she goes in and does crafts.  She usually asks me to help her come up with craft ideas that are fairly simple to do and something adults will hopefully appreciate making and having.  This is a project that we did for Memorial Day.  I used the Cricut Flower Shoppe Cartridge to cut out the flowers using Die Cuts With a View papers and colored card stock.  We bought 4" terracotta pots and painted them, used floral foam in the pots and a dowel for the stem.  Then we used curling ribbon to fill the top of the pot and tie around the dowel.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

I posted this project on:

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Baby Cards - Cricut New Arrival Cartridge

Hi!  Here are a couple more cards I made for the card party I am going to be having soon.  I am trying to keep everything fairly simple so that we can finish 20 cards in 4 hours.  We will be making one of each of these cute baby cards.  The patterned paper is from a Die Cuts With a View Spring stack from a couple of years ago.  The cute little onesie was cut from the New Arrival Cricut cartridge.  The sentiment is from a See Dee's stamp set I bought a few years ago.  The little train and flower are some punches I have had for a while.



 Here is the baby boy version:
  

And the baby girl version:

I am posting this on the following sites:

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

Monday, April 9, 2012

Faux Quilt Card - You're On My Mind

Hello!  I hope everyone had a happy Easter.  Here is another card that I made for the card party that I will be hosting in a few weeks.  I used a faux quilting technique that I have seen others use a few times.  The patterned papers I used are My Mind's Eye, the sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp and the shape it is on is from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The ribbon is seam binding and the button was from my stash.  The sentiment was embossed using Tim Holtz Distress embossing powder.



Here is a close-up of the sentiment.




I shared this card on the following site:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes 
Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes 
Delicious Doodles - Texture

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Silhouette Card - Forever Young Cricut Cartridge

This is another card for the card party I will be hosting.  I wanted to do something using the Forever Young Cricut cartridge and I love the SEI patterned paper that I used.  I was hoping to come up with something pretty but also fairly simple to put together because we will be making 20 cards so I don't want any of them to be too complicated.  I also used Elegant Edges for the frame around the image.  The silhouette is cut at 2 3/4" and the scallop shape/frame is cut at 4".


I am entering this card in the following:

Love To Create Challenge Blog - About The Ladies
Paper Sundaes - Feminine Flair 
Make it Monday - Anything Goes 
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gift Shaped Card #2 - masculine birthday card

Ok - this is another version of the gift shaped card for the card party I am hosting as a fund raiser for my girl's school.  We will be making 20 cards but just 10 different designs and 2 of each card so I thought it would be fun to do some of them in 2 different color combos.  I thought this would be a good guy card.

I used the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge for this using the card function.  I love all of the fun shaped cards on this cartridge.  The patterned paper is from Die Cuts With a View.


I am entering this card in the following places:

Birthday Sundaes - Use Green
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes

Pony Party Invitation

My daughter is having her sixth birthday party this Sunday.  She is having a pony party and she is very excited!  She and I made these invitations together to send to her friends from school.  They are not as perfect as I would have liked, but she had so much fun making them with me!  She did all of the stamping and put the horse by herself.

The horse is from the Old West Cricut cartridge, the grass is from Zooballoo and the balloon is from Stretch Your Imagination.  The flower stamp is Stampin' Up, but it is pretty old and I have no idea what set it came from because it was given to me. 


I am entering this on the following blogs:

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gift Shaped Birthday Card - Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge

Hi!  I am going to be working on some simple cards for the next few weeks.  I am hosting a card making party at my home as part of a fund raiser for my kids school.  I did this last year and it was really fun!  I will come up with ten different card designs and everyone that comes will make two of each card.  This is the first one, I think I will do it in two different color combinations for the party.

I made this card by cutting the gift out using the card feature on the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge.  I inked all of the edges in black just to add some definition.  The card is cut at 5".  The tag is also from the Sweet Treats cartridge and is cut at 2 1/4".  There are tons of cute tags on this cartridge!  I embossed the top layer of the gift with my Cuttlebug and used some Icicle Stickles on the bow.  I attached the tag using some bakers twine.


I posted links to this card on the following blogs:

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire me Friday's - Anything Goes 
Catered Crop - Seeing Red

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Disney Memory Books

I am getting very excited - my family is going to Disney World next week!  It will be the first time for my kids and I hope they have a very magical time.  My two daughters are Reagan (8) and Lauren (5).  My son Spencer is just 1 - so this trip is mostly for the girls.  I made them these little memory books to take along and get autographs in, then they can add photos when we get home.  I used my Your Story binder with cardstock and made my own covers using a hot glue gun.  I had watched several tutorials on how to do this and am happy to say that it worked beautifully!  I am really excited at the endless possibilities being able to bind my own books without buying the covers opens up.  Anyway - here are their books:

Lauren is my girly girl - pink and princesses all the way for her!  I used my Cuttlebug for the princess dies with embossing.  I used the Mickey and Friends Font for the Mickey ears and the lettering.  I embossed Lauren's name with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and.  The patterned paper is from a Disney princess stack I got at Joann's.  I used my hot glue gun to glue a strip of elastic to the top for the pen before I added the paper to the front.  Then I sprayed the whole front cover with sparkle spray for - it doesn't show up in the picture but it looks pretty.



Reagan is not nearly as girly as Lauren and her favorite color (right now) is red so I went with the traditional Disney characters and colors for her book.  I used some dimensional stickers for the characters and all of the cuts are from the Mickey and Friends Font cartridge.  I used Aileen's glossy accents on the letters for her name and Stickles on Disney.  I also sprayed the whole front cover with glimmer spray at the end.


I am posting these on the following blogs:

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

Monday, January 16, 2012

Snowman Birthday Card

I have seen some photos of a stacked snowman like this one on cards so I decided to give it a try.  I used my Cricut to cut out three circles.  The eyes, mouth and buttons are small black pearls.  The scarf is yellow felt and the nose and arms are just cut from cardstock.  The patterned paper is from a DCWV Christmas Stack from a few years ago.  I embossed the white background with the Cuttlebug 5x7 snowflakes embossing folder and I inked it and the snowman with Tim Holtz broken china distress ink.  I also inked the background papers with walnut stain and used the Tim Holtz distressing tool on all of the bg layers.
I am linking this card on the following blogs:
Birthday Sundaes - Inspiration photo and include a snowman
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes
Fantabulous Cricut - Snowflake or snowman 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Altered Composition Book with Cricut Storybook Cartridge

This was a really quick project - my 5 year old daughter was upset because my older daughter got a journal from Justice and she didn't.  Instead of going to Justice and spending $14 on another journal we made this one for her from a composition book I got for $.40 during the back to school sales.  She loves that it has her initials on it and she got to choose the papers so it worked out great!  The patterned paper is from DCWV and the cuts were made with the Cricut Storybook cartridge.  I used Black Diamond Stickles on the heart and letters and then I sprayed the whole thing with sparkle spray.