Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Christmas card!


I decided to use the same idea behind on of the cards earlier, but change it up a little. This time, I used some different papers. I think the green and red patterns go really well together. Here are the directions if you'd like to make one of your own.

STEP ONE

First, you will need two pieces of coordinating patterned paper (you can use more than that, but I choose to use only two for this particular card). The two papers I used were from a paper stack I found at Joann's awhile back. It's by Debbie Mumm and called "Harvest & Holiday".

3 strips of red paper
(1) measuring 3/4" x 4"
(1) measuring 3/4" x 3"
(1) measuring 3/4" x 2"

2 strips of green paper
(1) measuring 3/4" x 3 1/2"
(1) measuring 3/4" x 2 1/2"

STEP TWO

Slightly round the corners of each strip of paper with your scissors. Please note: A corner rounder will NOT work for this as it rounds the edges too much. You just want to get the sharp corners off of each strip.

STEP THREE

The brown strip going down the presents measures approximately 3/4 x 3 3/4" (you may have to trim it down slightly later). The bow itself was made using the Cricut Mickey & Friends cartridge (pg. 92 of handbook --icon option). To make the ribbon coming down from the bow, I just estimated how long I wanted it to be.

STEP FOUR

Trace around all pieces using whatever brown maker you have. This will give everything a bit more dimension to ensure it shows up nicely on the white background.

STEP FIVE

Stamp your sentiment at the bottom of your card base. I used the My Pink Stamper "Christmas Wishes" stamp set along with my Onyx Black Versafine ink pad.

STEP SIX
Start building your tower of presents from the BOTTOM up. Then add the strip to the front and the bow on top.

STEP SEVEN

Cut out six snowflakes and centers using EK Success Paper Shaper punches. Add a circle to the center of your bow as well. Add Inkssentials Glossy Accents (or similar product) to your centers to give them a glass-like, 3-D effect.

Enjoy your new card!

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Happy Friday everyone! :o)

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Pink Stamper Birthday Challenge

I thought it would be fun to participate in the My Pink Stamper challenge for today. In celebration of her son's fourth birthday, the challenge was to create a birthday project. I decided to make a birthday card... and if I do say so myself, I think it turned out pretty darn cute! :o) I hope you like it too!


Recipe:
Birthday Cake - Sweet Treats Cartridge - cut at 3 3/4"
Ribbon by American Crafts
EK Success Paper Shaper Punch - heart
Crystal Stickles
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper Stamps "Everyday Life"
Martha Stewart's "Drippy Goo" punch - for wax on candle
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Fall!

Well, I tried to make a video for this one, but apparently it was not to be! I attempted to film the whole layout and then realized the darn video camera wasn't turned on! Who knew there had to be a red light? I do now!! LOL

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:

Close up page 2:

RECIPE

Patterned Paper by Imaginisce's "Apple Cider"collection (Autumn Splendor, Fall in Love, Cinnamon Sticks)
Bazzill Cardstock
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).
Mats
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 "
Borders
Page 1
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.
Page 2
Bottom border
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 cricutcuteness@yahoo.com .
Since I planned on doing the Tuesday toppers today but did not get around to it, look for those soon too!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
-Shelley

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Cards

I've been working the last couple of days on some Christmas cards. Each year, our local scrapbook store holds what is called a Christmas Card Round-About. There are six instructors and ten participants. Each instructor comes up with two card samples. Then, each participant goes from table to table and makes the cards the instructors have on display. So, by the end of the two hour class, each participant goes home with twelve different Christmas cards. It's always alot of fun and the two hours goes by super duper fast!!
So, I thought I'd share with you my two card offerings for this event. I hope you like them. This year I decided to go with a gift theme.

I mentioned to you awhile back about card "toppers". I will soon be explaining this in a bit more detail for those who are not familiar with cardmaking. But for for the first card, the "topper" part is the gift itself.


For the second card, I added just one red crystal in the center of my bow...just for a little extra pizzaz! :o)
**Sorry...because this is for an upcoming class, I cannot give specific details at this time.**

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A new feature...

Hi all!

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

Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge

Here is my entry for My Creative Time (with Emma)'s Throwback Thursday challenge. This week the challenge was to create an animal themed project using the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge. As the "mommy" of two doggies, this challenge was one I couldn't wait to try!

Paper Dolls for Everyday for the sun...and Peachy Keen's adorable stamps for the faces! So adorable!

Love the font on the Don Juan cartridge! One fo my favorites!!
Thanks Emma for this fun challenge!! :-)
Recipe:
Title (Don Juan Cartridge)
UR- 1 1/4"
MY-1 1/4"
SUNSHINE- 1 3/4"
Patterned Paper:
Bo Bunny Shabby Princess Collection
"Butterfly Wishes Dots" - 7 x 12"
"Sweetly Striped"- (2) 1 x 12"
Cardstock:
blue - 3 1/4 x 12"
light brown/sand - (1) 2 x 12" and (1) 1 x 12"
EK Success punched borders: 1/2 x 12" (cut after punching)
Other:
(2) Sun -1 3/4" (Paper Dolls for Everyday)
Face details made using Peachy Keen Stamps "Everyday Character Face Assortment" PK-490
Creative Memories 1" circle punch (for inside sun)
EK Success Paper Shapers
EK Success Border Punch
Inkssentials Glossy Accents (for face on sun)
Ranger Stickles "Crystal"

Monday, October 4, 2010

Best Witches to YOU!

Hi Everyone!

Here is my new Halloween project! This layout was inspired by a cute "witch parking" sign that I found online. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out and hope you like it too. MUCH of it is 3 D. I started with popping up the fence, then the pumpkins were pop dotted on top of that...and then last, the toads were pop dotted on top of the pumpkins. So, this layout has LOTS of layers!
I did not make a video for this one....mainly because there was so much detail that it would have taken forever to film (not to mention upload to YouTube!) And, I'm sure you all probably don't have the time to watch a four or five part video anyway! But I promise I'll have some more video projects for you real soon!

One thing I'd like to note: The "Best witches to you" sign was made using My Pink Stamper stamps. They come in a wide assortment of topics and each of them go along with your Cricut cartridges perfectly. I want to state that I only know Robyn through her website and I am receiving no compensation from telling you all about her website. But I have learned alot from watching her great video tutorials and I think it's important to pass this info along to you, so you can enjoy what she has to offer too!

If you are interested in her stamps or DVD tutorials, just follow this link, then choose the "product" tab at the top of the page.

And now....on with the show!
The entire layout:
Page 1:
Page 2 (sorry...not as clear. I tried several times...all to no avail.)

Close up of Owl & Spider:
**Owl has 3 D googly eyes...hard to see in the picture.
Close up of toad and sign on page 1. (I did goof and put an "s" on toad on my sign...but if you won't tell, then neither will I. ;o)
Pumpkins were made using three ovals. Slightly overlap two of them. Then the third is added to the center using pop dots/dimensionals. If you have any problems with this, please let me know and I will be more than happy to do a video tutorial for you.


Sign (page 2) using My Pink Stamper "Spooky Puns" stamps:

Recipe

Mini Monsters Cartridge:
Spider & Web - 3"
Tree1 - 6"
Gate - 4"
Haunted House - 7"
Toads - 2"
Paisley Cartridge:
Owl - 1 3/4"
George Cartridge: (although you could use any cartridge with ovals on it).
Ovals - 9 @ 2"
3 @ 3"
Photo Mats:
Purple: 2 @ 4 x 6 "
Green (pg 1) 2 x 6 " (after punching using Martha Stewart's Drippy Goo punch)
(pg 2) 2 x 4 " (again, after punching)
Other supplies used:
EK Success Paper Shaper small punches: stars, maple leaves, swirls and white portion of spider's eyes.
"Pure Black" & "Chocolate" Zig Writers:
** Almost every diecut was outlined using my Chocolate Zig Writer. For more information, please see the previous "School Days" video.**
Crystal Stickles- windows on Haunted House
Until next time...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Video! :-)

Hi Everyone!

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

You asked...we listened! :-)

When I mentioned doing more online tutorials, many of you expressed interest in videos. So, hubby and I have been working hard behind the scenes to get that started! And let me tell you...that was no easy task! lol No matter where we put the tripod, it was in the way of my manuevering my wheelchair around my craft room. And then there was the consideration of my being able to reach the video camera to turn it on. After several failed attempts, we set up a little work station in our dining room, so it looks like I'll be filming from there. Hopefully, it will work out good. You may not get to see alot of my face (lucky you! lol) but you should be able to see the projects being completed.

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

And the winner is...

The winner of the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch is.....

Drum roll please....

Lucky number 34! (chosen by random.org)

Brandi said...
I love the Pooh Layout. The drippy goo punch really adds to the layout.

scrappin.brandi@hotmail.com
August 20, 2010 5:51 AM

Congratulations Brandi! I'm sending you an email now. :-)

Thanks to all who entered!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

One more thing...

Two posts in one day...can you believe it? lol

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!

Good luck!
-Shelley :-)

Gift idea

I had hoped to get a few more cards completed for our Christmas in July celebration, but now August is here! Can you believe it? August already!! The summer is almost over!

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:

http://scrapbookshoppe.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-12-07T13%3A18%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=20

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.

January:
Cartridge used: Joys of the Season for snowflake.

February:
No cartridges used here. Hearts are a punch.

March:

Cartridge used: Designer's Calendar for four leaf clover.

April:

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.

June:

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

September:
Apple: Doodlecharms cartridge

October:
Owl: Paisley Cartridge

November:
Pumpkin: George & Basic Shapes cartridge (five ovals, stem cut by hand).

December:

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 cricutcuteness@yahoo.com .

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

Have I told you how excited I am about our devoting the month of July to Christmas-y type projects? This month is going by far too quickly though!! I have several ideas in mind, but I'm going to do them in what I feel is order of priority. I know most of us want our Christmas cards taken care of. So, in the next week or so, that will be my focus. Sharing a few cards that I hope will inspire you.

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.



Recipe:

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

Christmas in July!

Hello everyone and welcome to our Christmas in July celebration! I have a couple of fun things planned for this month, but please be patient with me. My husband and I have a dear friend visiting this month for three weeks, so I won't be around as much (on the Facebook page) as usual. But, I will post a project whenever I can. I hope you like what I make for you. Other than my sentiment smudging a bit, I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.

Some people had expressed interest in learning some paper piecing so my card today incorporates some of that. I'm SO excited to share this with you, because paper piecing is one of my absolute favorite things!!! I love my Cricut, but it's also a great feeling when you can create something yourself.

The chimney on this card is made entirely using just a paper trimmer, cardstock, pop dots, some ink for shading and a black pen for detailing.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
1) From one sheet of red cardstock, cut (2) 2 3/4 x 3" pieces. Set one piece aside for now.
2) From one gray piece of cardstock, cut (6) 1 1/4 x 0.5" pieces and (4) 0.5 x 0.5" pieces.
3) Adhere gray strips to card as shown in picture.
4) Cut one black strip of cardstock measuring 0.5 x 3.0 . Add to the top of your chimney (overlaping the red portion slightly).
5). Now take your second piece of red cardstock that you cut at the beginning. Place pop dots on top of piece. Then add your chimney on top (the red pieces should align together). You should now have a 3 dimensional chimney. Do not add it to your card yet though!
6) Cut a white piece of cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. This will be your card itself. Fold the 8 1/2" side of your card in half.
7) Cut another piece of red cardstock 4 x 5 1/4". Adhere to the front of your card.
8) Cut a yellow piece that is 3 3/4 x 5. I used the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl to emboss this piece. Then add the yellow to the center of the red on your card.
9) Add chimney to your card (do not add glue to the rim of your chimney as you will need to tuck your presents under it slightly).
10) For the presents, I chose to use the Wedding cartridge as I thought they were much cuter. I cut them out using some scrap paper. The presents were cut at 2" and then I added the pen detailing.
11) Place presents slightly under the rim of your chimney and add sentiment. (I used a $1 stamp set from Studio G and white ink by Papertrey Ink).
And voila! You're done! Hope you enjoyed this little project! If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below (or send me an email at cricutcuteness@yahoo.com ). I would love to hear from you anytime!
Have a great weekend!! :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Winner announced!

Hi Everyone!

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 (jlr328@gmail.com)


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! :)

Shelley

Monday, June 7, 2010

A great giveaway!

My husband and I are always on the lookout for places to buy items for our home. Recently, I heard about this great website that has a wide variety of products to choose from...from platform beds and home decor items, to toys for children or luggage...you name it and they probably have it!

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...in July?!

I've been doing a bit of brainstorming today and wanted to see what you all thought of this idea...

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

Winners of the giveaways!

Thanks to all of you who participated! I wish I had something to give to ALL of you, but this time, there can only be four winners. In order to be fair, I used the True Random Number Generator at www.random.org. That said, here are the winners:

Carrie said...
Those are so darling, thank you for the opportunity to win!


Anonymous said...
Thanks for a chance to win!!

Carolanne
Logans Crafty Momma

Amanda said...
Cute earrings! Would love a pair! :)


Vicki said...
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

Another card...

There have been a few requests for some Mother's Day card ideas. I looked through my stash and could not find one single stamp that said Happy Mother's Day on it. And since hubby and I already sent off our cards to our Mothers, I decided to do something a bit different.

I have a very dear friend who is serving overseas right now in the Air Force. So, I decided to make this a Miss You card instead for her. But, I think the overall design would work perfectly as a Mother's Day card as well. Just change the sentiment and voila! :o)

Hope this provides you with a little inspiration! Until next time...

Recipe:
Vase: Walk in My Garden Cartridge (page 102) ~ 2 1/2"
Flowers: Sweet Treats Cartridge (page 49 & 50) ~ 2 of each flower ~ 1 1/4"
Burgundy cardstock ~ 4 x 5 1/4
White ~ 3 3/4 x 5
Burgundy Strip ~ (punch design first, then measure) ~ 1 x 3 3/4"
Green Strip ~ 1/2 x 3 3/4
EK Success Slim Border Punch "Open Scallop"
EK Success Paper Shaper Heart Punch
2 green rhinestones
White pen for detailing on flowers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Frayed Burlap (for shading around vase)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Would you be interested in this?

After seeing some of my work that I have done for our local scrapbook store, I've gotten several requests from members concerning wanting to purchase a kit (or class instructions). So, I am trying to find out what the majority of you think about this and whether or not there'd be an interest.

Please know that I will still be offering free projects here with directions. That will not change. This will just be in addition to that.

I'm going to post a poll on the side and I would appreciate your feedback. Or, if you prefer, you can send me an email or leave a comment below this post.

Thanks and have a great day! :o)

Shelley

cricutcuteness@yahoo.com

Friday, April 23, 2010

Giveaway time!

How about a few little giveaways? Unfortunately, these are not scrapbooking items, but I hope you like them anyway. :o) I absolutely LOVE costume/fashion jewelry! And the first three pictures will show you these super cute earrings I found in one of our local stores. Unfortunately, I didn't realize until I got home, that these are clip-ons, which I cannot wear.

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

Do you like to stamp?

If so, I have a product that I would love to tell you about!! Maybe you already use this, but in case not, I thought I'd share.

For all of the cards pictured below, I use my Versafine ink pad by Tsukineko. It gives such a nice clean, crisp image each time. I absolutely love mine and I highly recommend it if you haven't already tried it! I use only one color: the Onyx Black. I chose this particular color because of the versatility of it.

This is what it looks like for anyone who might be interested:




Have a great day everyone! :o)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

My Pink Stamper Challenge

Robyn (a.k.a.) My Pink Stamper issued a challenge where participants were asked to make a project using their Cricut and also the colors pink, green and black. Here is what I came up with. I threw in a little blue as I thought it would be really cute to have "Ms. Hippo" splashing in the water.

Thanks for looking! :-)


Thursday, April 8, 2010

How about a little card inspiration?

I set up this blog with the intention of showing primarily layout inspiration, but this past week I made some card toppers that I just HAVE to share! They can also be used as cards for journaling, tags, or just as an embellishment for your scrapbook page. I'm really happy with the way they turned out. I hope you like them too.

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)

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