Monday, September 19, 2011

Dear Santa!

The heat wave here in Atlanta this summer has been brutal and for the past several weeks all I could think about was the oncoming fall and cooler weather.  So I made this layout with an eye toward the winter and the Christmas season (which will probably be here before I know it).  Once again I used a sketch I found over at Lauren's Creations. Have a great week!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday

For most people September marks the end of summer and the beginning of the school year.  However, for me September is a month full of birthdays, including mine last week.  I've been working on several projects lately and over the weekend I pulled together this card for my co-worker's son.  For a Cricut-lite card, it turned out great.  The poloroid and the sentiment are from Lawn Fawn's Say Cheese stamp set.  The "six" is from the Sweet Treats cartridge.  The remaining stickers were pulled from my stasa


Monday, August 8, 2011

Baby Book - First Steps

Recently, I have been struggling to come up with design ideas for layouts in this baby book so I turned to my stack of Creative Memories magazines for some help. I don't have a picture of the original design, but what I loved about it was the simplicity of layout. I cut the images of the feet from New Arrival and wanted to give the illusion that a baby is walking around the edges of the pictures. 



Recipe
Kraft Cardstock from Recollections sized at 12x12"
All patterned paper from Echo Park's Walk in the Park collection
 (2) Patterned Strips sized at 11 1/2 x 3 1/2"
 (1) Pattered Block sized at 9 x 8 1/2"
Photo Mats
  Black Cardstock from Recollections: 4 1/4 x 4 1/4"
  Patterned Paper: 4 x 4"
Feet from New Arrival sized at 2" and 3"
American Crafts chipboard stickers
Sakura Gelly Pen - White
Colorbox Chalk Ink - Chestnut Roam

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Baby Book - First Tooth

As I continue to create pages for my friend's baby book, I have been relying on the Baby Steps cartridge fairly heavily for my designs.  I was inspired to create this First Tooth page after seeing a scrapbook layout that Lauren over at Lauren's Creative designed.  Lauren is fantastic and if you ever need some crafting inspiration, I would recommend that you head over there pronto.  I love all of the bright colors and the very cute tag that is slotted behind the 4x4 picture mat.



Recipe
Kraft Cardstock from Recollections sized at 12x12"
All patterned paper from American Crafts Dear Lizzy Collection
  Teal Polka Dotted Paper: 11 1/2 x 6"
  Pink Polka Dotted Paper: 11 1/2 x 5 "
Border
  Kraft Cardstock: 12 x 3 3/4"
  Pattern Paper: 12 x 2 1/4"
Photo Mats
  Kraft Cardstock: 4 1/4 x 4 1/4" and 3 1/4 x 5 1/4"
  Patterned Paper: 4 x 4 and 3 x 5
Title from Baby Steps sized at 4 1/2"
Tooth from Baby Steps sized at 1 1/2"
Tag from Sweet Treats sized at 3 3/4"
Flowers from Sweet Treats sized at 1 1/2"
Sakura Gelly Pen - White
Colorbox Chalk Ink - Chestnut Roam

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Flyboys Mini Album

Happy Thursday everyone. I have been working on several projects over the past couple of weeks and I finally got around to taking pictures and uploading them to my computer. My first project is a mini album that I made for my friend's two sons. Last month I went to the Scrapbook Expo here in Atlanta. One of the booths was selling a variety of papers from the Bo Bunny Blast Off collection. I don't know if any of you are fans of "Creations with Christina," but she is an amazing crafter who made a chipboard mini album for her son in April with the same paper. I loved her album, but more importantly I fell in love with the paper collection and picked up a ton of pages to make my own project. 
You all know that I love my Cricut and use it on just about every project that I make. Since the book is 6x6, there was not a ton a room for die cut images, so I really pushed myself to design pages without relying on my trusty expression. I love how the finished project turned out!








Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Call

Hi everyone, I hope you all are doing well. I've been taking a bit of a break from the blog lately to focus on some other things going on in my life, but I'm easing my way back.  I'm willing to bet that many of you either have visited or are followers of Robyn's blog over at My Pink Stamper; she was one of the first blogs I discovered when I first got my Cricut and began looking for how-to online videos.  Robyn is currently holding a design team call for her blog and I decided to throw my hat into ring.  For this call, participants may submit a card, layout or other project; however, everyone is limited to using the following colors: turquoise, orange, brown, green and one other color of our choice.
As you all know, I'm making a baby book for a friend.  I decided to create layout for the book and use the colors in Robyn's challenge.  My friend lives in southern Louisiana and is surrounded by bayous.  So I created a "Down by the Bayou" layout. I hope you all like it.




Recipe:
Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized at 12x12".
Patterned paper from Echo Park's Walk in the Park Collection sized at 11 3/4" x 11 3/4".
Grass from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 2 1/2".
Trees from Simply Charmed (from left to right) sized at 3 1/2", 3 1/4" and 4 1/4".
Sun from Doodlecharms sized at 1 1/2".
Clouds from Graphically Speaking sized at 1".
Beaver from Create-A-Critter sized at 2 1/2".
Photo Mats
   Kraft cardstock sized at 4" x 5".
   Light Turquoise paper from American Crafts sized at 3 3/4" x 4 3/4".
Baker's Twine (Mandarin Orange) from The Twinery
Sakura Gelly Pen - White
American Crafts Chipboard Stickers - Black
Green ink from Studio G (Michael's)
Colorbox Chalk Ink - Chestnut Roam
Inkadinkadoo Chalk - Turquoise

Monday, May 30, 2011

Baby Layout - Beach Baby!

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying this Memorial Day weekend.  With the extra time off, I've been able to get back to working on the baby book that I have been making.  My girlfriend and her family love to go to the beach at least once a year, so I made a layout designed for her to capture those moments when they are able to take the new baby.  I relied on Life's A Beach for the majority of the images on the layout.  The sand dunes came from Paper Doll Dress Up.  I really love how the layout turned out and it may be my new favorite layout of all time.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Flaunt it Fridays - Robotz

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  Welcome back to another Friday challenge from all of us at FIF.  This week's challenge is to "flaunt" any image you would like from Robotz.  I don't have that cartridge, so I decided to use the robot image from B is for Boy.  From the moment I started this project, I couldn't get the television show Lost in Space out of my mind and the robot who always said "Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! So I figured, what the heck why not and I used the phrase as the sentiment.  I love how this little card turned out.  I keep laughing every time I look at it.



I hope you all will play along with us this week. Just remember that even if you don't have Robotz you can (and should!) still participate and choose a similar cut from another cartridge for your project.  For this month's Grand Prize FIF is giving away a $20 gift certificate to SCRAP BUCK sponsored by SCRAP BUCK. They are an awesome company they have great deals and free shipping when you spend $20!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays - Pooh Font

Hi everyone!  I've been on a longer hiatus than I planned due to work.  I've been traveling most of May, but my travel schedule will be coming to a halt by the end of the month.  I really have not had much time to craft, but I pulled this quick layout together for this week's FIF challenge.  Today we are using the Tigger and Duck image on page 61 of Pooh Font.  This is a great little cartridge with some super cute images.  As always you can create anything you want for this challenge and for an extra challenge try to push yourself to create something different from your last submission. If you do not own this cart feel free to use any similar cut from any cartridge, you have one week to enter the challenge.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays Challenge - Cindy Loo

Welcome to another challenge at Flaunt it Fridays.  This week's challenge is to "flaunt" any image on the Cindy Loo cartridge.  In what's becoming a typical refrain, I don't have this cartridge; however, I did peruse the handbook and found an image that looked like one of those cute Russian nesting dolls.  There are similar images on the Paisley cartridge so I whipped up a quick card that featured one of those dolls as the main image. 


I hope you all will play along with us this week. Just remember that even if you don't have Cindy Loo you can (and should!) still participate and choose a similar cut from another cartridge for your project. For this month's Grand Prize, FIF is giving away aJoy's Life "Lots of Pun" stamp set sponsored by the wonderful SHEREE of Cravin Scrappin thank you Sheree!

I look forward to seeing all of your creations!

Recipe
Card base: kraft card stock cut at 5 x 5."
First layer: patterned paper from the American Crafts Adorn collection cut at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4."
Second layer: pattered paper from the American Crafts Adorn collection cut at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2."
Doll image from Paisley cut at 4".
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper stamps
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
Colorbox Chalk Ink - Chestnut Roam
Peapod twine from The Twinery
Button from stash
Stickles

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby Album - Hoppy Easter

Hi everyone, a very quick post today.  I'm still working on my baby book and here is the layout that I made for Easter.  It's rather simple, as I wanted the focus to be on the pictures which I'm sure will ultimately be filled with family photos.  The bunny on the left page is from Kate's ABC and the Easter basket is from doodlecharms.

Posting will be rather light over the next week or so.  I will have a Flaunt it Friday's challenge post going up on Friday, but since I'm leaving for Paris tonight, I won't be making any projects over the weekend.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays Challenge - Simply Charmed

It's Friday and that means its time for another Flaunt it Fridays Challenge.  This week's challenge is to "flaunt" the fishing pole cut (fish 2) on the Simply Charmed cartridge. I tried to switch things up this week and went with an easel card.  I also tried wet embossing for the first time (with mixed results.  Since I used white embossing powder, my stamped sentiment did not show up very well, but the card reads "ruff day?" In any event, I had fun trying to come up with a card idea and I hope it brings you a chuckle.  In addition to Simply Charmed, I used Create-A-Critter for the water, Doodlecharms for the sun and Everyday Paper Dolls for the clouds.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Baby Album - Hush Hush

And the baby album pages just keep on coming!  I'm on roll so far with my album so you all are going to be seeing baby layouts for a while.  I'm going to do my best to mix the posts up with some other projects, just so you all don't get bored, but bear with me.  Today's project is a very simple layout featuring the Baby Steps and Doodlecharms cartridges. I've recently found that pulling together layouts is a lot faster if I just keep with one or two cartridges at a time and make the most of the images provided. Here, I was able to pull the sleeping boy and the binkie from Baby Steps and the bear from Doodlecharms.  The title was welded together using the font on Baby Steps.



Recipe
Black cardstock from Recollections sized at 12 x 12".
Light Blue cardstock from American Crafts Spring Collection sized at 11 3/4 x 11 3/4".
Patterned paper from American Crafts Adorn Collection sized at 11 3/4 x 6".
Sleeping Boy from Baby Steps sized at 1.71".
Binkie from Baby Steps sized at 2.24".
Bear from Doodlecharms sized at 3".
"Hush Hush" using Baby Steps font sized at 2.45"
Photo Mats
    Black cardstock sized at 4 1/4 x 4 1/4".
    Patterned paper from DCWV Citrus stack sized at 4 x 4".
Baker's twine (Peapod) from The Twinery
Sakura Gelly Pen - White

Monday, April 11, 2011

Baby Album Layout - Hungry!

So I have a confession to make, earlier this year I resoved that I was not going to purchase any more cartridges for a while.  Instead, I wanted to focus on using my current set of cartridges more often. I've been holding to my resolution fairly well. Last weekend,however, I was in JoAnn's to refresh my adhesive supply.  At the checkout counter, I spied the new Baby Steps and Kate's ABC cartridges.  I immedately swooped up Baby Steps because I'm making a baby album and of course, a new cartridge there could only help.  Admittedly, I didn't have a rationale for picking up Kate's ABC, aside from seeing it and wanting it. So I'm the proud owner of two new cartridges and I promise not to buy anymore for a while (or at least the next 60 days).

I have to say that Baby Steps is very cute and the images are not too duplicative of those found on New Arrival or some of the other cartridges that have "baby" images.  I've now made two new pages for my baby album using just this cartridge, and they have turned out great. Today's project is all about chowing down.  When I saw the image of a high chair, I knew the type of page I wanted to make and the title really brought it all home.  I was able to use the negative image of the scalloped square from my "So Sweet" layout as a frame; I love when I get to use my scraps. 


Recipe
Except where indicated all paper is from American Crafts.
Black cardstock from Recollections sized at 12" x 12"
Teal scalloped square (negative image) from Storybook sized at 11"
High chair from Baby Steps sized at 6.94".
Bowl and spoon from Baby Steps sized at 1.71".
"Hungry" from Baby Steps sized at 2.25".
Photo Mats
    Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized at 4.25 x 4.25.
    Patterned paper fromAmerican Crafts Adorn collection sized at 4 x 4.
Buttons
Caribbean Twine from The Twinnery
Inkadinkadoo Chalk - Bold Brights
Sakura Gel Pen - White

Friday, April 8, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays Challenge - Sheep (Country Life)

Thanks for joining me for another Flaunt it Fridays Challenge.  This week the FIF team is flaunting the Sheep on page 42 of the Country Life cartridge.  Since I do not own Country Life, I used the sheep image on the From My Kitchen cartridge and threw together a super simple card. Just in case you were curious, the "Got Wool" isn't a stamp.  I printed the phrase out on my computer and then used the Center Point feature on my Cricut to cut the cloud around the phrase.   All in all think it turned out kinda cute. 



I hope you all will play along with us this week. Just remember that even if you don't have Country Life you can (and should!) still participate and use another sheep for your image. For this month's Grand Prize, FIF is giving away aJoy's Life "Lots of Pun" stamp set sponsored by the wonderful SHEREE of Cravin Scrappin thank you Sheree!


I look forward to seeing all of your creations!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays - Disguise Bird (3 Birds on Parade)

Welcome to another Friday challenge at Flaunt it Fridays.  This week's challenge is to flaunt the Disguise Bird on page 36 of 3 Birds on Parade. I do not own this cartridge, so I used the Owl from Paisley because the body type is similar to the Disguise Bird.  I then used the sunglasses image from Paisley to give the look of a bird trying to keep a low profile.  I kept the card super simple and paired the Owl with a stamp and some baker's twine. 

I hope you all will play along with us this week.  Just remember that even if you don't have the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge you can (and should!) still participate and use another bird for your image.  For this month's Grand Prize FIF is giving away one Joy's Life "Lots of Pun" stamp set sponsored by the wonderful SHEREE of Cravin Scrappin thank you Sheree!


I look forward to seeing all of your creations!



Recipe
Card Base: Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
First Layer: Black cardstock from Recollections sized at 5 1/4 x 4
Second Layer: Patterned paper from American Crafts' Adore collection sized at 5 x 3 3/4
Owl from Paisley sized at 3"
Sunglasses from Paisley sized at 3/4"
Maraschino Twine from The Twinnery
"So Cool" from My Pink Stamper Stamps - Punnylicious
Sentiment Base: Modern Label & Word Window Stampin' Up punches

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby Album - Splish Splash

Hi everyone.  I am continuing to work on putting together my friend's baby album and I'm on a bit of a roll.  I always find that my friends with kids have at least one picture in their home of their baby in bath, so I made this layout to commemorate the "fun in the tub."  This layout was really easy to pull together and I primarily relied on Everyday Paper Dolls and New Arrival

Recipe
(2) Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized at 12 x 12"
(2) Blue textured cardstock from American Crafts sized at 11 3/4 x 11 3/4"
Photo Mats
   Kraft cardstock sized at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2" and  4 1/2 x 4 1/2"
   Patterned paper sized at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4"
"Splish Splash" welded on Gypsy using Alphalicious sized at 4.62"
Rubber Ducky from New Arrival sized at 2.08" and 1.62"
Lotion bottle from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 4.23"
Brush (cut in kraft and white paper) from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 3.62"
Sponge from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 4.08"
Bathtub from New Arrival sized at 6.85"
Towels  (cut in blue and white) from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 6.69"
Shower girl, robe and towel from Everyday Paper Dolls sized at 4.08"
Baby in tub from New Arrival sized at 3"
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights Chalk
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - White

Monday, March 28, 2011

Baby Album - So Sweet

Over the weekend I started working on a baby album for a girlfriend of mine who is expecting her second child, a little boy named Reid. I find that designing layouts without pictures is really difficult for me, so this project will be a good challenge and really push me creatively.  Although I have some ideas for the pages I want to make, the majority of the album will likely be made up as I go or until I run out of ideas.  The idea for this page started with the train from New Arrival.  I knew I wanted to use the boxcars to write out Reid's name and keep with the images from the cartridge for the rest of the layout.  For an initial page, I think it turned out alright. 

Recipe
Black card stock from Recollections sized at 12 x 12"
Green textured card stock from American Crafts Spring collection sized at 11 3/4 x 11 3/4"
Scalloped square from Storybook sized at 11" using Teal card stock from American Crafts Spring Collection
"So Sweet" sized at 3.12" from Sweet Treats.  It was cut out twice, once in black and once in purple to create shadow effect.
Train sized at 3" from New Arrival
Bottle sized at 2.75" from New Arrival
Rattle sized at 2.76" from New Arrival
Safety pins sized at 2.88" from New Arrival
Photo Mats
   Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2"
   Green cardstock sized at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4"
   Purple cardstock sized at 4 x 6"
   Satin Ribbon from Michaels
American Crafts Thickers chipboard stickers
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - White
Creative Memories fine tip pen - Black

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Yesterday, my parents celebrated 41 years of marriage.  I always find it funny that when I call each year to wish them a happy anniversary, they down play their years of marriage and joke that they have no choice but to stay together because who would want them after all these years.  I had a hard time initially coming up with a design idea, however, I knew I wanted the card to be funny. So when I came across the salt and pepper shakers in the From My Kitchen cartridge, an idea came to mind.  The card is very simple, but the sentiment reads "They've been together forever!"  On the inside of the card, I wrote "Just like the two of you."  Cheesy? Yes it is, but comes from love so they'll love it!


Recipe
Card Base: Kraft card stock from Recollections sized at 5 x 5"
First Layer: American Crafts yellow textured card stock sized at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4"
Second Layer: American Crafts pattered paper sized at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2"
Image: Salt & Pepper shakers from From My Kitchen cartridge sized at 3 1/4" using Bazill Swiss Dots paper.
Sentiment sized at 4 x 1/2"
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights Chalk

Monday, March 21, 2011

Birthday Bash Blog Hop Winner

Good morning.  I want to say thank you to everyone who particpated in the FIF Birthday Bash Blog Hop this weekend; the design team worked very hard to come up with a varierty of projects and we are truly blessed to have wonderful friends who support us.  Now for the fun part.  The winner of the American Crafts mini albums and Bazzill card stock is Melissa (Moe Creations).

Melissa said...


Your layout is just adorable, great job! TFS


Melissa, please send me an e-mail with your address and I'll get your prize to you.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Flaunt it Friday's Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Happy Friday and welcome to the Flaunt It Fridays' Birthday Bash Blog Hop! If you are here from Lisa's blog then you are in the right spot. If you just arrived here and would like to start from the beginning please click here to go directly to Flaunt It Fridays.

For this week's challenge we were asked to "flaunt" the bunny with present image on page 27 of the Birthday Bash cartridge.  Since I don't own that one, I used the bunny image on page 7 of Simply Charmed and pulled together a 2-page layout to give as a gift for my friend's daughter's first birthday. The other elements on the page come from Once a Upon a Princess.  The birthday party will be later this month and I wanted to give my friend an easy way to remember the occasion.  I've never created a layout where I didn't have pictures pre-selected so this was quite a challenge for me.


Now onto the blog candy....


For this hop I am giving away two American Crafts 6x6 mini albums and 6x6 a pack of assorted Bazzil Basics Paper. 


To enter this giveaway, leave ONE comment under this post by midnight on Sunday, March 20. Make sure to leave a way for me to get in touch with you. (If you leave your email address, spell out "at" and "dot" to help avoid e-mail spammers.) If you aren't already a follower or email subscriber, I would LOVE for you to sign up, but it's not required! Our hop will run all weekend long and I will chose the winner on Monday, March 21. You must leave a comment on every design team member's' blog to have a chance to win the Grand Prize Giveaway which is the Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed Assortment from FIF sponsor Peachy Keen Stamps. The grand prize will be on Sandra's blog! You will have all weekend to complete the hop and we will draw the winner sometime on Monday or Tuesday.

Flaunt It Friday's http://www.flauntitfridays.blogspot.com/ (Start Here!)

Thank You so much for taking the time to hop with us for the Flaunt It Fridays' Birthday Bash Blog hop we can't wait to see how you "Flaunt" your Bunny this week at FIF.

Your NEXT STOP is Pam.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Preserves Thank You Card

Happy hump day! I hope you all are having a great week and looking forward to the weekend.  Today's project is a quick thank you card.  I spent last weekend visiting my good friends Ashley and Nick and their very cute daughter in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Since I had to fly into another town an hour away, Ashley's mom and sister were kind enough to pick me up from the airport and drive me back to town.  On the ride back, Ashley's mom was asking me about my favorite types of food and, more importantly, my favorite type of seafood (fried shrimp - so bad for you but so good). That evening we went over to her house for dinner, and all of my favorite foods were laid out for everyone to eat.  To say that I was in heaven was an understatement.  I sat down last night and pulled together a quick thank you card using From My Kitchen.  I've had this cartridge for awhile, but rarely use it so I was so glad that I could pull it out for the occasion.  In addition to being a great cook, Ashley's mom also makes her own fig preserves so the jars images were perfect in addition to the title. 

Recipe
Card Base: Kraft cardstock from recollections sized at 5 x 5".
First Layer: Purple textured cardstock from American Crafts' Spring collection sized at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4".
Second Layer: Bo Bunny Double Dot paper sized at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2".
Image: Jars sized at 3 1/4" from From My Kitchen.
Title: Preserve sized at 1 1/4" from From My Kitchen.
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper Stamps - Family and Friends stamp set.
Ink: Colorbox Chalk - Chestnut Roam.
Chalk: Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights.
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White.
Black Pen.
Stickles

Friday, March 11, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays - Upcoming Blog Hop with Blog Candy!

Blog Hop

Happy Friday! Ordinarily, I would be posting a Flaunt it Friday's challenge today, but we have revamped the format and modified our challenges from weekly to bi-weekly.  So, if you haven't had a chance to participate in our recent challenge using Twinkle Toes you have one more week to get crafting!  I also wanted to let you all know that next Friday, March 18, we will be having a blog hop featuring the Birthday Bash cartridge.  All of the women on the design team have been working hard to get their projects ready and I would so appreciate it if you all would stop by next Friday and check out what we have in store.  In addition to my projects, I'll also have a giveaway so please make sure you enter to win.  Have a great weekend and I'll talk with you all next week.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ladybug Thank You Card

On Monday, I was talking to my friend at work about her daughter's birthday party.  The theme of the party was centered around ladybugs and they were prevalent in the inviation and the cute gifts for the kids that attended.  Notably, the ladybug on the invitation came from the Walk In My Garden cartridge. Needless to say, the party was a success and our conversation turned to the topic of thank you cards. I suggested that she make the thank you cards and just keep it simple for mass production purposes. At the end of the conversation, I offered to create a prototype card that would be easy to make. I went home that evening and whipped up this little card (using only scraps!) in about 20 minutes, which is a record for me. 



Recipe
Case Base: Black cardstock  from Recollections sized at 4x4".
First layer (sky): sized at 3 3/4 x 3 3/4".
Second layer (grass): Martha Stewart grass punch.  Cut at 1/1/2 x 3 3/4".
Image: Ladybug sized at 2" from Walk in my Garden.
Image: Sun sized at  1.51" from Doodlecharms.
Image: Cloud sized at 2.22" from Everyday Paper Dolls.
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - White.
Sentiment: Tiny Tiny Wishes from Stampin' Up.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Just For You Card

Ever since my Simply Charmed cartridge arrived, I have been busy playing around with the all of the great images. One of my crafting goals this year is to push myself creatively when designing. For this card, I decided to make a 5x5 card, rather then the standard A2. I also incorporated a shaped layer in addition to my typical mat layers. The result was this fun tree card paired with a "Just for you" stamp from Stampin' Up. I have to laugh that even though spring has arrived, my card is already channeling the arrival of fall.

Recipe
Card base: Kraft card stock from Recollections sized at 5 x 5".
First layer: Patterned paper from DCVW Citrus paper stack sized at 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".
Second layer: Patterned paper from DCVW Citrus paper stack sized at 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Third layer: Scallop 2 from Lacy Labels sized at 4 1/2" cut on kraft card stock.
Fourth layer: Scallop 2 from Lacy Labels sized at 4" cut on orange textured paper from American Crafts.
Image: Tree 2 from Simply Charmed sized at 4" using textured paper from American Crafts.
Ribbon: Satin brown ribbon from stash
Sentiment: Tiny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin' Up.
Sentiment Base: Modern Label & Word Window Stampin' Up punches.
Inkadinkadoo Chalk - Bold Brights
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award


I have never been very good at accepting a compliment, so I have to say that I was really blown away when Joni and Suzyque Crafter were kind enough to send me this blog award. When I started this blog in 2009, I created it solely as a place to post my projects and track my own progress as I began this crafting journey.  I wouldn't have ever thought that others would follow the blog and leave such sweet comments of enouragement.  And for that, I just want to say thank you. Well since this award has some rules, let get on with the fun!

The Rules
1.Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this

2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their awards

Things About Me
1. I'm a Virgo.
2. My favorite color is black.
3. My favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs.
4. I like to sing in the car and shower - loudly!
5. I am not a very good cook, but I'm working on getting better.
6. I have been crafting since 2004, but purchased my Cricut Expression in August 2009.
7. I love to travel (and then share my scrapbook pages here).
8. I'm planning a trip to Paris this year.

The 8 Bloggers I'm Sharing This Award With
1. Sharon at MeeMees Creations
2. Christina at Card Creations & More by C
3. Lauren at Lauren's Creative
4. Lori at Scrappin' My Stress Away
5. Tomianne at Just What I Can Squeeze In 
6. Beatriz at Amazing Grace
7. Michelle at Meesh's Pieces
8. Jessica at Scrap Obsess with Jess

Friday, March 4, 2011

Flaunt it Friday's Challenge - Fish Card

TGIF! Over at Flaunt it Friday's, our featured cartridge for this week's challenge is Twinkle Toes.  This cartridge has a number of  very cute dance-themed images, but also includes some cute non-traditional images that are also just as versatile.  I chose to make a shaped card on my Gypsy using this super cute fish image. Thanks for taking a look and make sure you play along with us and submit your own creation.  For as much as the team loves designing, we really love seeing what you all create!


Recipe
Base Layer - Scalloped circle from Accent Essentials cut at 4.12" and welded with Gypsy.
First Layer - Circle from Accent Essentials cut at 3.53" using Bazzill Swiss Dots paper.
Second Layer - Circle from Accent Essentials cut at 3.53" (cut in half) using Bazzill Swiss Dots paper.
Image - Fish from Twinkle Toes cut at 3" using American Crafts textured cardstock from the Primaries collection.
Inkadinkadoo Chalk Bold Brights (chalk used on the fish)
My Pink Stamper Stamps - Punny-licious
Stickles
Ribbon from Michael's

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Simply Charmed Birthday Card

Happy hump day!  I have been working through my list of scrapping-related projects for the month. One of the top projects on my list is to create a birthday card for my friend's daughter's first birthday.  I recently purchased Simply Charmed and I love the image of the chick in the hatched egg.  I initially threw this card together as a way to pair it with a My Pink Stamper stamp set I had lying around unused, but then realized that this would be a great birthday card.  I popped up everything on this card with pop dots for added dimension. I also cut out the chicks feet and used them to create a dimensional flower in the lower right hand corner.


Recipe
Card Base: Kraft cardstock from Recollections sized A2 (4" x 5 1/2")
First Layer: Patterned patter from DCWV Citrus paper pack cut at 3 3/4" x 5 1/4"
Second Layer: Patterned patter from DCWV Citrus paper pack
Image: Chick Egg cut at 3" using paper from American Crafts Primaries collection and Bazzill Swiss Dots
Sentiment: My Pink Stamper Stamps Punny-licious
Sentiment First Layer: Circle from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 1 1/4" using Kraft cardstock
Sentiment Second Layer: 2" Circle punch from EK Success using DCWV Citrus paper pack
Sentiment Third Layer: 1 3/8" Circle punch from EK Success using DCWV Citrus paper pack
Ribbon from Michael's
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White
Color Box Fluid Ink - Dark Brown (around edges of patterned papers, card base and image)
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights Chalk (around the chick and egg)

Monday, February 28, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Card - It's Not Easy Being Green

It's hard to believe that March is just around the corner. However, since the weather here has been beautiful for the past week, I'm ready to welcome spring and all that comes with it, including St. Patrick's Day.  In honor of the upcoming holiday, I made this card to celebrate.  I've been trying to use chalk more in my projects because I really like the way it gives a simple shadow to my cuts and makes the image pop in the design.


Recipe
Card Base - Kraft colored cardstock from Michael's cut at 4 x 5 1/2"
First Layer - Green colored cardstock from Michael's cut at 3 3/8 x 5 1/4"
Second Layer - Patterned paper from American Crafts City Paper collection
Green Ribbon - From personal stash
Image - Shamrock (St. Pat. 2) from Celebrate with Flourish cut at 3 1/2"
Image - Shamrock shadow also cut at 3 1/2"
Inkadinkadoo Bold Brights Chalk (around the shamrocks)
Color Box Fluid Ink - Chestnut Brown (around shamrock shadow)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Engagement Card

Good morning!  One of the women in my Bible study group got engaged last weekend in San Francisco and we celebrated on Thursday night during our weekly meeting. I made her this card and everyone was able to sign it as we discussed all the details of the engagement and their upcoming wedding. I used the Sweethearts cartridge and made this very simple 5 x 5 card.  The soon to be bride loved it.

Recipe
Card Base: Kraft cardstock from Recollections (Michael's) 5" x 10" and folded in half.
First Layer: Teal colored cardstock from Stampin Up cut at 4 3/8" x 4".
Second Layer: American Crafts patterned paper - Adorn Collection.
Image: Sweethearts cartridge cut at 3.79" on my Gypsy.
Stamp: My Pink Stamper Stamps Everyday Occassions.
Sakura Jelly Roll Pen - White.
Stickles (on the ring)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays - Tags, Bags, Boxes & More

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all were able to enjoy some time off forPresident's Day weekend.  It's time for another fun challenge over at FIF!  This week, Team 1 of the Design Team was asked to flaunt the "match 2" box in TBBM.  I decided to create a set of animal flashcards using both Paisley and Create-A-Critter. On the front of each card is a picture of an animal and on the back I used thickers to identify the animal. The box was cut out at 5 1/2 inches and the flashcards measure 5 x 3 1/4.  I used my 1/2 in corner chomper to round the cards.  









Friday, February 4, 2011

Flaunt it Friday's Challenge

TGIF!  It's Friday and that means its time for another fun challenge over at Flaunt it Friday's.  This week we are flaunting the lips image on the Indie Art cartridge. For this week's project, I made my very first tag. In addition to the lips image, I also used the "smack" title from the Indie Arts cartridge.  The prima flowers and brad came from a stash that I have laying around my craft area. The ribbon is from Michael's and the tag was cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More.  To give the tag a little pizzaz, I ran it through my Cuttlebug. 

Please join in on the fun this week; I am looking foward to seeing your creations!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Flaunt It Friday's Design Team Entry - Mini Monsters Skull

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you all are having a great week and have some fun plans for the holiday weekend.  Over at Flaunt It Friday's, this week's challenge is to use the skull image on page 65 of the Mini Monsters cartridge to create a non-Halloween project.  After racking my brain for a while, I went with a pirate theme and created a box with my Martha Stewart scoreboard to hold some tasty goodies (aka "pirate booty").