Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Sunday, October 24, 2010
My DH got some wood and built a frame around some high grade plywood. We painted the frame white and used decorative corner molding so we didn't have to miter the edges! We then painted the plywood with chalkboard paint. We then hung it in her room.
I then proceeded to make an inspirational sign for her to look at daily. Here is what I came up with:
The patterned black and white paper is from The Paper Studio, the black and white stack. The white mat was cut from the Lacy Labels cartridge at 11.3 on my Gypsy. The fonts, cut at 1 1/2 inches, are from the Storybook cartridge, as well as the borders, cut at 1". The black paper used for the shadow behind the fonts, as well as the white paper for the mat is Core'dinations paper.
I used Viva Decor liquid pearls on the border.
I used Prima Flowers with black and white brads for additional embellishments.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So.....I met a lovely lady who is a CM consultant. From there I was asked to do a series of classes on the Cricut and the Gypsy and this Saturday is my first class. I wanted to do two simple make and takes that would incorporate several of the features of the machines so they would know what all those buttons do!
They sent me the Creative Memories carts, which I LOVE! I will definitely be purchasing both of those because they have such a variety and the fonts are lovely as well. I made two projects, one with each cart.
The first is the snowflake. I cut it out at 3" and used all of the layers, for a total of 4 cuts. I used different shades of blue cardstock and topped it off with white cardstock. This snowflake can be used as a gift tag, a LO embellishment or you can pop it on a card! This allowed me to use the multi-cut feature as the snowflake has very intricate cuts.
The second is an easy Christmas card. I cut this out at 4" and then used the fit to length feature to fit the sentiment into the frame opening. The whole sentiment read "Celebrate This Day", but I decided to just use "Celebrate". I also took the rectangle that was left over from cutting the frame and trimmed it with my paper trimmer to make it smaller. I adhered "Celebrate" to the middle, added some glitter and pop dotted it into the middle.
The frame could always be used on a LO, if they don't want to put the card together.
Both projects only took me about 20 minutes each. The thing that took the longest was having to cut each one individually since I had to do this without my Gypsy! I must confess - I can't design without my Gypsy! I played around with the carts for a couple of days before I decided to link them. Once I did that I came up with several designs in about 10 minutes! The Gypsy makes my life soooo much easier. Can't live without it!
As for the paper - the solid paper is all Core'dinations (both projects). The heart paper on the card is really old - like 6 years. No idea who the mfg is, but it's really cute!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Note - "celebrate" was part of a frame, but I didn't like it on top of the paper, so I decided to cut off the word from the frame and then put it on a white mat to make it pop. I did ink the white mat edges with moss green ink. I used a little glitter on the word to give it some sparkle.
I then used some really thin paper raffia to make a simple bow.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
I used the Imagine Nursery Tails cart for the background scalloped mat, as well as the patterns on the bird and the sentiment. I then stickled the sentiment as well as the pom pom on the birdies hat! I used a bright yellow Core'dinations cardstock for the base of the card and added some pearls to finish it off!
I really am starting to like the Imagine more and more! Did I also mention that the scalloped mat was from the Imagine? You have the option of choosing from several shapes that come standard with the Imagine, then you can flood fill it with any pattern or color from any of the Imagine carts or you can use any paper - solid or patterened - and just cut out the shape. I love that option.
All that is left is to stuff these 3 cards into a big envelope and ship them off to my beautiful nieces in Kentucky!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Today I have a quick card using the 3 Birds on Parade cart. Last night I decided that I would do 3 cards with this cartridge. I'm going to send them to my nieces in Kentucky. (Morgan, Dana and Jody) I was a bad, bad aunt and did not send Jody a birthday card for her July birthday! Her sisters both have October birthdays, so I decided that I'd get three cards done with three birds and send them all together! Here is the first one.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I need to tweak it. The height of the letters need to be bigger, but since my name is so long, I can't really adjust the width much! LOL So, I'm going to play with it some more, perhaps add a fleur de lis or something, but for now I'm posting it as it is.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I used the Imagine More cartridge and some new paper that I had gotten last week at Michael's that was on clearance! It is from My Mind's Eye - Life Stories 12" Kraft card stock paper pack. It kind of has a recycled look and I love it!
I actually used Winnie the Pooh font for "GRETCHEN" and flood filled the letters. I did layer the birds and then added some pearls. Although I like the card, I decided that the Imagine has much more of a learning curve. It could be because I can't use my Gypsy, but I don't remember the "E" being this time consuming to learn. We'll see. I know I will like it much better when it is compatible to the G.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
I used the Joys of the Season and Lacy Labels cartridges. I cut the tree out at 4" and also used the blackout feature. Although it looks kind of red in the photo, I used a dark pink card stock for the blackout. I ran the top swirly layer of the tree through my Xyron machine in order to adhere it to the blackout layer. Instead of cleaning up the extra adhesive, I added clear MS glitter to give it a little sparkle. I then used flower shaped rhinestones for ornaments. The presents were cut out at 1" and I outlined the ribbon with liquid pearls.
The mats were from Lacy Labels. There were extremely white, so I just used some pink chalk and shaded it a bit to soften the look. All of the paper that I used were scraps so I have no idea who made what.
The sentiment was done on the computer, then placed on the mat exactly where I knew the mat would cut! I also chalked up that mat, just not quite as much.
Friday, October 8, 2010
The photo is a little dark - don't know what I did when I took it, but you get the general idea.
I was asked to make this card for the daughter of a woman that works with my husband. All I was told was that "she likes green". So, with that wealth of information I went about creating this card. LOL
The happy girl is from Beyond Birthdays cart. The present is from Joys of the Season. The background paper is from DCWV Flower Power stack and the aqua glitter paper is from DCWV. The green paper is from the Paper Studio mat stack. I cuttlebugged the present with the spots and dots embossing folder, added some generic green buttons, a green glitter brad in the middle of the girl, and some lime green brads around the sentiment!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I decided to do a picture LO that could be framed in a simple 5 x 7 frame. That way it could still include those that don't scrap.
I used the October 31 cart and designed it on my Gypsy. I cut the green border at 1.29", the pumpkins at 1.70" and the pumpkin patch sign at 2". I also cut a moon, but forgot to put in on the photo.......DUH. It will go in the upper left hand side. It was cut at 2".
The background paper is Heidi Grace designs and all of the solid paper is The Paper Studio mat stack. I did pop dot the pumpkins and sign.
I used a photo of my oldest daughter. She was 3 years old back then. It's one of my favorite pictures.
I hope the customers at JoAnns like it!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I had just gotten the Lacy Labels cartridge, which I really had no interest in getting until I met Pamela at the Circle meet up. She had shown me the beautiful cuts and I just had to have it! So one month later, while browsing in Wal Mart, there it was, so I got it.
It really does have a lot of pretty cuts on it. I played around and for some reason this cut jumped out at me. Maybe because I love tulips.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The form, hat and shoes were cut out of The Paper Studio stack. I inked the edges of all of the cuts and then added some little blue flower shaped crystals to the hat and shoes for a little bling and some ribbon to the waist of the form! The Happy Birthday stamp is from Hero Arts.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
First up is DCWV Diary. If you know me, you know that I own just about every paper pack made by DCWV. This week they are giving away some of the new Autumn paper, which have such fabulous colors.
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Now for another one I discovered, thanks to Okie.
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Melissa has a really cute blog - lots of Disney stuff, which of course everyone loves! This week she is giving away a pink ATG!
Good luck and happy blog hopping!