Friday, July 30, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge #6!

One of my favorite things about PCS, is that there are a variety of challenges. This week at Papercraft Star, there's a card sketch!

I choose to make an easel card - this is what it looks like when flat. The birdcage is cut from the Serenade cricut cartridge (which I received in a swap from my friend Abby!). Just love this red ribbon and wrestled with it for a while - I am NOT a bow tie-er. LOL!

When open, the inside sentiment (which I printed on my computer) props up the card front. The 3 red brads were inspired from the sketch, too.

This is the side view of an easel card.

Would love to see your cards linked at Papercraft Star! You have until tomorrow at noon to enter :)


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Love is Unstoppable

This layout was inpsired by the challenge at Sweet Peach Crop Shop. My hubby and I at (my favorite band) Rascal Flatt's concert! This was right before we got married - I can't believe how long I had grown my hair out! LOL! :)

If you haven't heard the song - take a listen :) I used Bo Bunny's Block Party papers. The 2nd page of my layout, I used the latest Sketchy Thursday sketch.

I arranged my photos as suggested and the paper lended itself to a diagonal "flow".

This is how they look together..

Thanks for looking~! :)


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays!

Thanks so much Kristie for inviting me to be one of the guest designer at Party Time Tuesday's this month! The theme this week is "Anything Goes!"

I made my first easel card - using Create a Critter. I love how it turned out. I printed the "hoppy birthday" sentiment on my printer.

Stay tuned for a few more easel cards! I really enjoy making them and how easy they are to display :)


Friday, July 23, 2010

Cup of Tea

I made a card tonight for Momo's "girly" challenge. What's more girly than a tea party?! ;) I used Basic Grey's Green at Heart 6x6 papers.

Using my new A Child's Year cartridge again :) The main image is of a little girl having a tea party; the tea cup is the "icon" feature. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to create a card with it; using a real bag of tea.

I cut the tea cup with the "fit to length" feature key at 4 3/4" to fit on my mat - making the height is 2 1/2".

This is the first time I believe I have embellished the inside of a card - I included this little poem and the scraps of paper leftover.

Hoping this card brings comfort to a friend far away :)


It's Fun to be ONE! :)

I love Emma's videos and blog! This is my first time participating in her "Throwback Thursday" challenge - mostly because I've recently discovered a new love for cricut cartridges. Create a Critter can be blamed for that one LOL. It's so easy and fun to use.

Anyway, back to the challenge - to create a birthday project using Cricut's "Celebration" cart. But, if you don't have that one, it's okay to use an older cartridge instead - after all it is called "Throwback Thursday" ;) I just picked up this oldie (but a goodie) on ebay for just $17! It's A Child's Year - and I love the silhouettes.

I used Basic Grey patterned paper from my stash to make this vintage inspired card!

I cute the boy in the high chair at 4 3/4" and the number one at 1 1/2" using the monogram feature. I finished the title sentiment with an Inkadinkado clear alpha set. Green ribbon along the bottom was the last touch!

Thanks for looking! I'm sure you'll be seeing more of this cart soon. TGIF! :)


Advent Calendar Tutorial

When I was little, we had an "advent calendar" every year to help countdown to Christmas. It was typically a holiday scene, with 24 hidden numbers. You could tear along the perforations of each number to reveal a piece of chocolate. I looked forward to it every morning in December!

I decided for my "Christmas in July" holiday project, to make my own and keep the tradition going!

I started with a plain mini-muffin pan (2 dozen holes = perfect ! ).

After measuring, I cut 24 dark green circles from Bazzil cardstock at 2 1/4" with my cricut. Then I choose 4 sheets of Basic Grey's Wassail patterned paper, cut six 2" circles out of each one, and inked both layers in black. Then, I cut 24 sets of numbers 1" high with the Cafe Rojo font using my Sure Cuts a Lot program.

I attached a small magnet to the back of each circle, flush at the top so to attach to the muffin pan and hide the hole.

This is what it looks like completed! I really like how it turned out. I may add a snowflake or other small die cut to the bottom of each hole, Hershey Kisses would fit great there. You could even scramble the numbers for more fun.

I hope you like it! I can't wait to hang it up this December and fill it with goodies :)


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge #5!

If you saw my sneak peek post, you know the challenge this week at Papercraft Star was "circles". As soon as I saw that, I knew I wanted to scrap this picture of my husband (3rd in the photo) and his coworkers at a charity golf tournament! These pants were so out of control LOL. I'm glad he is as passionate about golf as I am about scrapbooking.

I used this month's sketch over at the Paper Poppy Kit Company for my layout. I *love* their kits. So much inspiration on their blog, too!!

Here is the layout I created for the challenge! I went through my scraps and pulled out all of the colors polka in the dotted pants. I cut the circles on my cricut in various sizes (3/4" -2 1/2"). I played with the arrangement for a long time, and finally decided to use them vertically. I stitched a black line through them so it didn't seem like they were floating on the page.

The guys were certainly the "talk of the tournament"!! Dave said that everyone was coming up and asking to get their picture taken with them. I love how colorful and fun this layout turned out. Head on over to Papercraft Star and see how the other design team members used circles on their projects! Hope to see yours there as well!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Techie in Training

My Mind's Eye's Lil' Robots collection was just the inspiration I needed to scrap these adorable pics of my cousin's kids. You remember this layout of me trying to give little Gabe some quiet time. Well my husband, the techie, to the rescue!

He set up Gabe with a laptop and Lilo and Stitch. He was SO fascinated with having his "own tv" and headphones. It was so cute to see him learning so fast how it worked. He really is a "techie in training!" So smart!

The first layout shows Dave showing Gabe how it works and me with baby Lucy (who as you can see was just as entertained by the computer! lol).

I got these awesome chipboard glittered alphas at JoAnn's for $1. I also added my favorite screw brads to the centers of some of the gears for added interest.

The second page was inspired by Abby's monthly sketch at Scrappin-n-Chattin. These pictures are SO precious!

Here is how they look together (click for a close-up).

Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday. :)


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hurricane Paloma

My hubby and I got married in the fall and so our honeymoon to Jamaica was at the very end of hurricane season. Sure enough, the morning of our big day Hurricane Paloma hit the coast of our resort. We landed safe and sound and of course I wanted to walk around and take pics! lol. By the next day, they had everything cleaned up and we had wonderful weather rest of the week. Definitely a story worth scrappin' though!

I used last week's Let's Scrap sketch to make a 2 page layout. I was really attracted to the grid design, since these were just scenery pics with not a whole lot of embellishments needed.

I used Bo Bunny's Paradise papers and thickers for the title. The journal box is popped up with the bottoms of the black cricut-cut letters glued to the top to give a 3D effect. The second page features another journal box I will add to later and the year.

How they look together..

Thanks for looking!!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesday's Mean Time to Party!

I was thrilled when Kristie, from Party Time Tuesdays, asked me to be a guest designer a couple of times this month. She runs a fun birthday card challenge blog - with a new prompt every Tuesday! It's a great way to stock up on birthday cards.

This week's theme is "anything goes" so I made a fun birthday card for my cousin's little boy Gabe. His 3rd birthday is next month and now I'm all set!

I used my favorite cartridge, Create a Critter. The popped up dinosaur is cut at 3 1/4" and the dinomite (orange layer) is cut at 1 1/4" on real dial size. Instead of using the second layer for the top of the firecracker, I cut the yellow starburst I made on Sure Cuts A Lot at 3/4" and used diamond stickles to make it sparkle and bring out the glitter paper in the strip at the bottom. It's from the DCWV Animal Crackers stack. The "have a __ birthday" stamped letters are from a Studio G alphabet set.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lil' Squirt!

I love this summer layout using Bo Bunny's new Sun Kissed collection! I made this last week for Scrappin' N Chattin's monthly layout contest. The theme was water. :)

That's my cousin's little boy Gabe on my hubby's shoulders. Such a busy, fun summer. Hopefully, I will find some time soon to craft again!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge #3!

Challenge #3 is up due tomorrow at Papercraft Star! :) I loved the sketch and was inspired by the grid design. I cut my photos in 3" squares. I also recycled the front packaging of my Cosmo Cricket Snorkel packaging to make the rest of the patterned paper squares!

I offset the grid to make room for my title (which I cut with Sure Cuts A Lot). The beach balls are the accessory to the seal on the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge.

I also cut the whale and popped him him with dimensionals. I gave him personality by adding black brads for the eyes (an idea I got from my friend Michelle!) and diamond stickles for his splash.

Thanks for looking! I hope you play along :)


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge #2!

The 2nd challenge is up at Papercraft Star! Still time to submit your red, white, and blue project for the challenge :)

TGIF! Enjoy the holiday weekend :)


You're A Hoot

A quick card I made for My Pink Stamper's color challenge. Using Create a Critter :)

Reorganzing and cleaning out the aftermath of the June everyday layout challenge in my scraproom LOL!

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