Friday, December 10, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
So, in order to spare myself any frustration (and further embarrassment! LOL), I decided this time to just take pictures and do another video soon. I may still take a short video of the squirrel. It's popped up using a new product called Wobbles (to be released in January!). The company that makes this offered some free samples, and I was lucky enough to be able to get some to test them out. And can I just say...they are FANTASTIC and SOO much fun!!! I love them already and can see myself using them often in my cards and layouts!
Okay, on to today's project. For this cute fall layout, I used paper from one of my most favorite companies. - Imaginisce!! I love the texture on their papers as well as their awesome designs!!
I'm sorry the pictures aren't the best, but as you probably have figured out by now, I'm not much of a photographer. I hope you'll like it anyway though.
The entire layout:
Close up of Page 1:
Patterned Paper by Imaginisce's "Apple Cider"collection (Autumn Splendor, Fall in Love, Cinnamon Sticks)
EK Success border punches - "Open Scallop" & "Dotted Wave"
Create A Critter cartridge- Squirrel - 3 1/2" (trace, then cut out and pop up nose). Add to layout using Action Wobble.
Thanksgiving cartridge - pumpkins (3) @2 3/4" and (3) @ 1"
(stems cut by hand (3) 3/4" x 1 1/2" and (3) @ 1/8" x 1 1/2"...then trim to your liking).
Leaves - 1 1/4" (also Thanksgiving cartridge).
Page 1: Polka Dot ("Fall in Love) paper - 5 x 7"
Borders on each side of mat ("Cinnamon Sticks" paper): punch then cut at 1 1/4 x 5 and 1 3/4 x 5.
Page2 - Burgundy cardstock (outer mats) 4 x 6"
Inner mats ("Cinnamon Sticks" paper) 3 3/4 x 5 3/4"
Borders on Mats : Burgundy (punch then cut) 1 1/4 x 4
dotted paper ("Fall in Love") 1 x 4 "
Top: 1 3/4 x 12 (then punch) --then add strip from "Autumn Splendor" paper
Bottom border: "Cinnamon Sticks" paper 2x 12". Add 1/4 x 12" strip of burgundy to upper portion.
Brown- punch then cut at 2 1/4 x 12". Then add strip from "Autumn Splendor" paper.
I think that pretty much covers it. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You can reach me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Since I planned on doing the Tuesday toppers today but did not get around to it, look for those soon too!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Would any of you like more card inspiration? I'm considering starting a new feature here called "Tuesday Toppers". That means that each Tuesday, we will be working on one (or several) card toppers.
For those who may not be familiar with card making....card toppers are the "face" of the card...the pretty design that goes on the front. The great thing about toppers, is that you can store them so easy. Then, when you are in need of a card, you just choose the color of the base you like...cut it into a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece, fold it in half...and adhere the topper to the front. Easy peasy!
And the best part? They fit perfectly into the A2 invitation envelopes. (I buy mine at either Office Depot or Walmart but I'm sure most places carry them).
So, I'm going to place a poll here to make getting your feedback a bit easier. Please vote...especially if this sounds like something you might be interested in.
Thanks and have a great day! :-)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Love the font on the Don Juan cartridge! One fo my favorites!!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
So here it is! The first, in what I hope will be many, online video tutorials for you. I hope you like it and that it's clear enough for you to see! I'm sorry for the overuse of the words "umm" and "versatile"....filming is not as easy as it looks! :-) I hope you'll bear with me as this was my very first video and I was a little camera shy. I'm also still learning to edit, so some places may seem slightly cut off. If I've missed anything, you should be able to find the details below. One thing I did want to mention: In the video, I said the EK Success punch was called "bumpy road". It's actually "round binding punch". Sorry about that!
Thanks so much for watching and have a great weekend!
Part 1 of 2:
Part 2 of 2: And some pictures of the entire layout (so you can see what it looks like all put together). Close ups: Details: Title Cricut Keystone 1 1/4 " letters Yellow mat 4 x 6 1/2 " Red mat 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 " Brown strip 3/4 x 7 3/4 " Scene on Page 1 Brown mat 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 " White mat 7 x 7 " (cut after punching border) Blue mat 6 1/2 x 6 3/4 " School house 5 1/2 " (My Community cartridge - page 54 of handbook) Red door on School house 1 x 1 1/2 " 3 Clouds - one @ 1 1/4 ", one @ 1 ", and one @ 3/4" (Create a Critter Cartridge - page 52 of handbook). Grass 6 1/2 " (with "fit to length" button turned on) Photo Mats Red mats 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 " Yellow mats 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 " **Also used EK Success border punch called "round binding punch". ** Patterned paper is by Reminisce from their Autumn Forest collection. This pattern is called "apple orchard".
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
So, I just wanted to update you today. I'm working on the first of what I hope will be many fun videos for you! I found a cute sketch in an old magazine which sparked an idea. And I'm thinking I may do several projects based on this one...just to show you how versatile sketches can be.
See you all soon!! :-)
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Drum roll please....
Lucky number 34! (chosen by random.org)
I love the Pooh Layout. The drippy goo punch really adds to the layout.
August 20, 2010 5:51 AM
Congratulations Brandi! I'm sending you an email now. :-)
Thanks to all who entered!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Are you wondering yet why I posted a calendar gift idea as the last project for our Christmas in July celebration? Let me give you a hint:
What do both of these projects have in common?
Answer: Both of them use the fantastic "Drippy Goo" punch by Martha Stewart!!!
And the best part? I have one to give away!!
Remember awhile back when I said I had picked up a fun prize for you? Well this is it!! I'm so excited because this is a punch I dearly love and use often in my scrapbooking! It's so versatile! I hope you will like it as much as I do.
For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below this post. Deadline is 6 p.m. on August 20th. In order to qualify, you MUST leave your email address in your comment (please no blog addresses!). The winner will be chosen through random.org and will have one week to get back to me with their mailing address. Thanks everyone!
Things here have been pretty busy, so I decided to share with you something I've done in the past...a calendar on a banana tree. What a fantastic gift for someone! This idea was from a class I took at our local scrapbook store "The Scrapbook Shoppe". If you'd like to take a look at the class sample, here is the link:
You will need to scroll down to the Nov. 10/08 post. Great store with the sweetest owner. In case you're wondering...yes...this is also where I teach classes. (some of you have asked). :-)
Here is the calendar I made as a gift. It uses a variety of different Cricut Cartridges. The paper was cut out using a die at our LSS. But you could use a cartridge for the scalloped square.
Cartridge used: Joys of the Season for snowflake.
No cartridges used here. Hearts are a punch.
Cartridge used: Designer's Calendar for four leaf clover.
Cartridge: Doodlecharms for both basket and eggs.
May:For the flowers: 2 scallop circles, 2 regular circles for centers, and two green hearts for leaves.
Doodlecharms cartridge for the ice cream. Martha Stewart "Drippy Goo" punch for the border on the photo mat.
July:Stars are from George & Basic Shapes cartridge.
August (my favorite because it's so bright and cheery!):
Umbrella: Paper Dolls For Everyday
Apple: Doodlecharms cartridge
Owl: Paisley Cartridge
Pumpkin: George & Basic Shapes cartridge (five ovals, stem cut by hand).
Tree: George & Basic Shapes cartridge (three triangles).
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below - or send an email to email@example.com .
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Then, in the months to come, we'll start gathering ideas for our holiday pages and projects. How does that sound? :)
For today, I'd like to share with you a card that I made. Although it does not include any Cricut cuts, I hope it inspires you in some way. You'll also notice that I used one of my favorite new tools...border punches! I loooove these, so you can expect to be seeing a lot of them used on my upcoming projects. And be on the lookout, there *might* even be something special planned for YOU! (just my way of saying thank you for being such wonderful friends and so encouraging of the FB page and my blog).
So, without further ado, here is my card and the recipe for making it.
In order to make a card which will fit an invitation sized envelope:
Cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2".
Then fold the 8 1/2" side in half to make card base.
Cut blue cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4". Use chalk to add dimension...the outside of the mat should be darker. As you go inward toward the center, apply less pressure in order to make the chalk gradually lighter. Adhere to your card base.
Cut one strip of red that is 4" by 2". Along the 4" side, use the Martha Stewart Loopy Punch. Then trim the 2" side down to 1". Then add some brown chalk and adhere to card as shown.
The tree is a diecut from a My Mind's Eye accessory sheet called "Be Merry". (Item # BM1010). It has paper to match. A very cute collection!! If you do not have this in your stash, you can use any diecut or sticker. You could also add a Cricut cutout to create a similar look.
Stamps are by Studio G. I believe I bought them from either Joann's or Michael's awhile back.
The little red star is an EK Success Paper Shaper punch. I LOVE these for just a little extra touch to my projects. A great investment if you don't already have some!! I use the circles and heart all the time!!
And finally, a little bling to finish it off. (just because every good project deserves a little sparkle!). I bought these small Swarovski crystals on Ebay a loong time ago. The color is Light Siam and the size is 9ss. Very tiny, but oh so cute!!
Other extras: For doodling -A black Zig Millennium pen and also a white Uni-ball Signo (UM-153). I highly recommend the Uni-ball...it's the best white pen I've used in all the years I've been scrapbooking. Versafine ink pad in Onyx for stamping.
Have a scrap happy day! :-)
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Hope you've had a wonderful week! It's time to announce the winner of our fantastic giveaway sponsored by CSN ! The winner was chosen using random.org:
Jennifer Richardson said...
COWABUNGA thats alot of stuff! What cool sites. Thanks so much for sharing. If I win I will let my 9 year old daughter pick out something for her new room. She has outgrown Princess's and wants a more..."Mature" room lol. Good luck all (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Congratulations, Jennifer!! I have passed on your info and you should be contacted shortly via email!
A huge thank you to CSN for their incredible generosity!! And thank you to all who participated!
Be on the look out for another fun giveaway soon! :)
Monday, June 7, 2010
So if this is a scrapbooking board, why am I sharing this information with you? Because C SN has graciously offered to sponsor a giveaway to one of our lucky readers!! The lucky winner will receive a $40 gift card (shipping included) to shop at one of their 200 online stores!! How fantastic is THAT?!
Drawing will be made through random.org on June 25th. To enter, just leave a comment below stating which item you would get from C SN if you win. Also, be sure to leave your email address...otherwise I will not be able to put you in the drawing. And as a thank you for their kindess, I would appreciate it if you would spread the word about this great company.
They also have a Facebook page if you would like to check it out. There you will find any specials they may be offering.
Good luck! :)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Christmas is my favorite time of the year. But, with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there never seems like enough time to prepare. I don't know about all of you, but every year I have good intentions. I plan on making homemade Christmas cards, but before I know it, there is not enough time to finish them and mail them out.
Sooo....this year I thought it would be fun to help in the form of some early holiday inspiration! What would you think of a "Christmas in July" celebration right here on the blog? Some of the projects would include both scrapbook pages and card ideas. And the best part? YOU can be a part of the fun!
What I'd like to do is get some submissions from you talented friends! If your project is chosen to be featured here, you would email me some pictures of your project along with the directions for completing it. And as a thank you for doing this, below your featured project, I would list your blog address so that others can see more of your work! Please note: These links will only be for your personal blogs, not where your work may be sold.
Your project can be anything Christmas related. The only requirement is you MUST use your Cricut in some way. Feel free to be creative...decorations for the tree; a favorite holiday recipe (scrapbooked of course)...the only limit is your imagination! Let's get into the spirit of the season by sharing among the new friends we have here!
I'm going to post a poll on the side of the page to see if this is something you all might like. I'd appreciate your feedback! :o)
Have a super day everyone!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Those are so darling, thank you for the opportunity to win!
Thanks for a chance to win!!
Logans Crafty Momma
Cute earrings! Would love a pair! :)
Oh Wow! I wear clip ons all the time! And these are so cute! So nice of you to share! Blessings to you!
Congratulations ladies!!!! I have your email addresses and will be contacting you shortly. Thanks everyone! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :o)
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Citrine colored stones (they're much more sparkly in person...just my lack of photography skills here I'm afraid! ;o) Amethyst/Purple colored stones:
And red/garnet colored stones:
And one other pair I thought was cute. These are the french wire type (the card they were sold on says they are clip earrings, but they are not) . Look at the pretty flower in the center!
If you'd like to win a pair, simply leave a comment under this post and be sure to include a way for me to contact you! (U.S. & Canada addresses only please!) I'll draw a winner next Friday. Please note that if you win, I cannot guarantee which pair you will receive.
Have a great weekend everyone! :o)
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
All of these were created with the "Create-a-Critter cartridge (with the exception of the cherry one and the bee card. For the cherry card, I used "Hello Kitty Greetings". For the bee card, I used "Paisley"). The majority of the sentiments are from a stamp set by Technique Tuesday called "Dog & Pony Sentiments". The other sentiments were Hampton Arts $1 ones that I had in my stash.
Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend everyone!! :o)