Friday, November 27, 2009

I Love Mini Albums

Last month I found Cardz TV, a wonderful site that contains video tutorials for cards. The site is run by Mary - a very creative woman who comes up with the cutest designs that you can replicate at home. She has a great demeanor and is a very good teacher. As I was clicking around Mary's site, I began watching several videos she made about mini albums, they seem to be the new "it" thing in the scrapbooking world -- or maybe I'm just late to the party and they are the "it" thing to me. Anywho, in one of my favorite mini album videos, Mary creates a Halloween album and dhows off a heritage album of her family. Since Mary made it look so easy to create, I decided that I was going to try my hand at the mini. Fast forward to Thanksgiving, after digesting my very tasty Turkey day dinner, I started making a mini album for my friend who has two small boys. I used K & Company's Itsy Bitsy Paper Pack for the album. I'm not good at matching up pattered paper so I really like using the double-sided coordinating paper packs. For some of the pages, I also used my Cricut and relied on the following cartridges: Plantin Schoolbook (tags), Mini Monograms (on the title pages) and Everyday Paper Dolls. In addition to these materials, I also used sticker sets and ribbon that I had a home. I am very pleased how the albums turned out, I think they are pretty cute. I already have some ideas on other mini albums that I can make and use for Christmas gifts for my family members.

Christmas Cards II

It's been a while since I've posted, but I have been busy making my Christmas cards this year. Usually, I buy my cards the day after Thanksgiving; however, this year I had the novel idea of creating homemade cards for my family and friends. I finally finished the first batch at the end of last week; I must say that it was a bit exhausting coming up with several designs for 20 cards. Rather than take a rest from cardmaking, I decided that I would send cards to the JLA women in my district. This is large task in itself given that there are about 40 women; fortunately, I found a very simple design in a Paper & Crafts magazine and I'm lifing that for all of my cards.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Christmas Cards

After making the card for Noah (see below), I started tinkering around with other Christmas card ideas. Here are some shots of what I came up with.

Christmas for Noah

Noah Biorkman is a five year old little boy who is currently battling cancer in Michigan. Unfortunately, his fight is slowly coming to an end and Noah is now in hospice care. His family has moved up Christmas and Noah's wish is to receive as many Christmas cards as he can. If you want to help make his wish come true make him a Christmas card this week and send it to this darling little boy! Above is the card that I made for Noah.

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon, MI, 48178

read all about Noah's story here...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Paper Cutz Challenge #16

My friend's baby shower is next weekend and in addition to the baby book I made for her, I really wanted to make her a card as well. My New Arrival Cricut cartridge arrived on Friday and I could not wait to make a card out of the very cute images that are on it. The first image on the card reminds me of my friend - stylish and sassy! This week's Paper Cutz's Challenge focuses on using the colors green, blue, black and white, and they worked well with the card that I had in mind.

I also tinkered around with an envelope as well; however, I added brown in addition to the three main colors.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's a Girl!

A former co-worker of mine just announced that she is expecting and having a little girl in February. Her baby shower is this month and I decided that I would make a baby book as part of my gift. Using a blend of stickers, baby book kits and my cricket I churned the below book over a week. Each page should hold at least 1 4x6 photo. I love how it turned out.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Paper Cutz Challenge #15

While browsing other blogs, I came across the Paper Cutz challenge website. This week's challenge asks participants to use stars on a crafting project. I immediately thought of the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." I loved to sing that as a kid.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Red Door

My first job out of college was as a paralegal for a small litigation boutique in New York City. Each morning I made the two hour commute from my family's house in New Jersey into Manhattan. One of the things I loved the most about the job was my ability to walk around 5th Avenue during lunch and window shop along all of the fabulous stores. One of my favorite stores was the Elizabeth Arden spa -- marked by the famous red door! I loved how this simple symbol represented high quality and impecable taste (as well as a high price tag).

Fast foward about ten years. One of my good friends recently purchased a new house with her husband. I wanted to get them a simple housewarming gift and find a card that would be fitting. Earlier this summer, I purchased Cricut's Wild Card cartridge and thought that the house card would be a cute package for my gift. I was amused to learn that the envelope for the card is in the shape of a door. In honor of my Elizabth Arden memories, I made the door on the envelope red.