Monday, June 20, 2011

Wedding Cake Card

Sorry I've been MIA lately.  We have had lots of things going on with our family in May, but everything is better now and we have started our amazing 3 month summer vacation.  My ever-so-talented sister and I have been able to spend time and craft together this past week.  I made this card for our cousins wedding.

I used Wild Cards Cricut cartridge for the cake base card and envelope cut at 5 inches.  I also used Mother's Bouquet Cricut cartridge for the flowers cut at 1 inch and 3/4 inch.  I formed a pocket on the inside of the card for a money holder.


On a personal note - we are having a great time at Disney World and I can't wait to start on a Disney Album.  Thanks for your sweet comments, they really inspire me to keep sharing my projects.

Monday, May 9, 2011

National Scrapbook Day Celebration

Since I was pre-occupied on May 7th, I have been participating in some of the challenges for National Scrapbook Day the last two evenings.  This has been so much fun.  I was able to complete 5 of the challenges for My Pink Stamper and 2 challenges for Frosted Designs.

I wanted to take a moment and share with you what I was celebrating -My Daughter's First Birthday!
Faith in her party dress!

Faith's Party at the Children's Park and Splash Pad.

Its hard to believe that a year has already past...and we are looking forward to all the fun in the next year!

Girl's Night Out Card

I made this card for My Pink Stamper National Scrapbook Day Challenge #9 and Frosted Designs Border Punch Challenge.

I used DCWV glimmer, glitter and textured paper to cut these shoes from the Cricut Cartridge Kate's ABC's at 2 1/2 inches.  The border punch is Fiskar's Moroccan Lace and the patterned paper is K&Company.  Hope you enjoy this Girl's Night Out Card.

Sisters, Pooh and Tigger Layout

I made this layout for My Pink Stamper National Scrapbook Day Challenge #12 and Frosted Designs Got Frame Challenge.

I cut the picture frame with the Cricut Cartridge Plantin Schoolbook at 6 inches.  I also use the same cartridge to cut the journaling tag at 2 1/2 inches.  I used the Disney Cricut Cartridge Pooh font to cut Pooh and Tigger at 3 inches and the title at 2 inches.  All the patterned paper is K & Company.

Gift Bag from Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge.

I made this little gift bag for My Pink Stamper National Scrapbook Day Challenge #5.  I use the Cricut Cartridge Plantin Schoolbook and cut the gift bag using the Roly Poly feature.  The paper and embellishments are by K & Company.

This was very quick and easy and makes any gift a little more special.

Easter Layout

I made this Easter layout for My Pink Stamper National Scrapbook Day Challenge #7.

I used the Cricut Cartridge  A Child's Year for all the cuts except the title.  The little girls and tag were cut at 4 inches the chicks and goose at 1 3/4 inches and the Easter eggs at 1 inch.

I used the Cricut Cartridge Baby Steps to cut the title.

All the patterned paper and floral embellishments are from K & Company.

Splish Splash Birthday Bash!

I made this Splish Splash Birthday Bash invitation for my daughter's 1st birthday party and for My Pink Stamper's National Scrapbook Day Challenge #8.

I'm trying to get all my projects linked up before the I will edit with all the details as soon as possible.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Conserve Water-Bath Time with Pooh and Friends

This is one of my favorite layouts.  As soon as I saw Pooh in the Washtub cut on the Cricut Disney's Pooh Font cartridge, I knew it was perfect for this picture.

I knew exactly how I wanted to design my layout...but it took a lot of paper previewing to find this combination.  I used Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge for the center designs.  I centered my mat and using the center feature cut accent #33 at 9 inches on the striped paper.  The checked paper is the same cut  at 6 inches with its shadow cut out of the brown.  I used my Cricut Disney's Pooh font for the rest of the cuts on this layout: Pooh is cut at 4 inches, Tigger and his Duck is cut at 3", the title "Conserve Water" is cut at 1 1/4 inches and embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder, and the title "let's take a bath" was cut at 3/4 inches.

Not only is this one of my favorite photos it is one of my favorite layouts that I have made.  I think the fact that it came out like I had first envisioned it is one of the things I like most about it.

Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your comments!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Showers Brings may Flowers Card

I have come to the realization that I am a once a week blog poster.  Ideally I would love to post more often, but things just keep coming up and I can't believe its Sunday again.  I wanted to share this April Showers card I made.  There's something about it that just doesn't feel "right", but after staring at it off and on all day, I can't figure out what it without further ado...

I used another one of my new Cricut Cartridges A Child's Year for the umbrella tag.  I cut the tag at 3 inches.  I also use my Cricut Cartridge Disney's Pooh Font for the title cut at one inch (using the Marker Feature). I also used my E.K. Success Diamond Lace border punch, Cuttlebug Embossing folders Swiss Dots and Diamond Plate, and my white gel pen.  The patterned paper is K & Co and the solid cardstock is out of my scrap pile.
This gorgeous patterned paper was the inspiration for this card.  I have been holding on to it for awhile (because it is almost too pretty to use).  I cut the inside sentiment from my Cricut Disney's Pooh Font Cartridge at 3/4 inch.

I hope this card brightens my friend's day.  I will be entering this in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #54.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Cheery Pink Easter Card

While I was cleaning off my table, I got a little distracted inspired and made this simple little card.  My table is half clean, but now I am able to share 2 projects with you in one day.

Card Recipe:
Premade card base
Pink Patterned paper (rescued from the scrap box) cut at 4 3/4" x 6 3/4"
Green cardstock cut at 6 3/4" x 2 1/4" (for top border)
Martha Stewart border punch
Cricut cartridge Plantin Schoolbook (circle cut at 2")
Hero Arts Stamp "Happy Easter"
Darice Felties Birds
1/2" Pink Satin Ribbon

Creative sisters Monday Challenge #4
Craft Us Crazy Challenge #5
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #53
Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge For the Birds
My Craft Spot Challenge #1

Eeyor Easter Card

Just a quick little post to share an Easter Card I made.  Thanks to my fabulous sister, I have several new Cricut cartridges to play with (I wish I had a birthday once a month)!

Card Recipe:
Premade card base (5x7) (from an assorted pack that I bought from A.C. Moore)
Yellow  Cardstock cut at 5" x 4 3/4", 1 1/4" x 4 3/4", and 1" x 4 1/4"
Pink Cardstock cut at 4 3/4" x 5" and 1 1/8" x 4 1/2"
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Flower Vine
Cricut Cartridge Disney Pooh Font Set - Eeyor (from page 66) cut at 4"
Darice Felties butterflies with gems (found them at Michaels)

The Cuttlebug Spot oh so soft felt challenge
Bitten By the Bug 2 Disney Challenge
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #8

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rockin Birthday Card

I made this Rockin Birthday Card for my step-son-in-law.  I wanted to use mostly green and gold because he and my step-daughter graduated from the University of South Florida.  
I also haven't been able to scrap as much as I have wanted to lately, but I have been reading lots of blogs and there are so many great ideas that I have been wanting to try.  I started with Jayni Majaski Side Step card Tutorial that was showcased on Thursday at Fantabulous Cricut.  After making one card following Jayni's template, I knew I wanted the card to be bigger.  I will share the measurements that I used to make my 6x9 card (but it will be easier to follow if you print Jayni's template first).
I started with a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of green cardstock.  Using Jayni's template as a guide, I marked my pencil line at 3 1/2" and scored that section at 5 1/2".  The remaining side was scored at 1", 2" 3 3/4", 4 1/2", and 8 1/4".  I followed her directions for the rest of the card assembly.  I then used some patterned paper and buttons to decorate the front and one of the steps of the card.    

I cut "happy birthday" at 2" from Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge.  The tall present (to the left) is cut at 3 3/4" and the short present is cut using the card feature at 2" (so I would have a place to write a note) from the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge.  The guitar is cut at 5" from Rock Princess Cricut cartridge.  (As a side note - I love the way the new cartridge handbooks color coordinate the image and the layers so you can better visualize the way it will all fit together in the end.)

I will be entering this in several challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #52
More Than Favors Wacky Wednesday Challenge #31
Birthday Sundaes 1st challenge
The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge - Buttons

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Simply Pink Embossed Card

A couple weeks ago, my sister made several embossed cards which turned out simply beautiful.  You can see them here.  I wanted to play use some of my new embossing folders, so I made this card.
I started with a piece of 6x12 cream cardstock.  I used a tag cut at 1 inch from the Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and 2 flower shapes cut at 3/4 inch from Accent Essentials cartridge with a brad to hold the layers together.
I really enjoyed using my new additions and I can't wait to incorporate them in more projects!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bright Eyes Layout

I wanted to do a fun "springy" layout and I wanted to showcase some of the new pictures we have been taking of our daughter.  She has fallen in love with the camera and starts making faces and smiling when the flash goes off.  

I started with a piece of Basic Grey patterned paper (Urban Prairie - Monarch), but I couldn't decide where to place my photos without covering up the designs on the paper, when my uber talented sister Faith-Abigail suggested that I cut it up and use it as accents around the pictures.  As she said "the pictures are the most important part anyway."  So I pulled a wonderful poka-dot paper from my stash and some little paper embellishments (that came with a scrapbook kit I received several years ago). And viola...a two page layout with 6 photos.
Please excuse my messy desk.

Close-up of the first page.

And the second page.
I can't believe how quickly this layout came together, but then again time flies when your talking on the phone.  I'm very please with it and I can't wait to finish filling out the journaling tag and put it in her album.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Scrappy Square Card

It has been a crazy couple of weeks at my house.  But tonight for the first time in over a week, I was able to sit down at my scrap table and work on a couple of projects.  I was playing around with two of my new border punches and this is what I came up with.
The card base is 5 1/4 inches square and I used patterned paper from my scrap box.  The two border punches are Fiskars Give It A Swirl and E.K. Success Diamond Lace.
I finished off the inside of the card with a light gold paper and 2 more borders.  I love this works for so many occasions.

I have two large projects on my scrap table that are almost completed and hopefully I will be able to share those later this week.  But for now, I'm off to bed.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Feather Your Nest Card

As soon as I saw the Bitten By The Bug challenge this week, the idea for this card formed.  This is a shaped trifold card that has a pocket on the inside for a gift card/check or money.
I started with a piece of 8.5"x 12" white cardstock scored at 4" and 8" to make the trifold base.  Using my Gypsy, I welded the birdhouse from Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and the frame from Accent Essentials cartridge.  The frame is 4.25" high and rotated 90 degrees and the birdhouse is 4.50" high.  I cut the welded frame and birdhouse from purple cardstock and then traced it onto the "front" of my trifold card.  I then cut it out except along the right (folded) edge.  I then cut another birdhouse out of the striped paper (which was inspired by my daughter's curtain which you can see in the background of my picture).  I used a navy blue cardstock for the trim pieces on the birdhouse.  I used dimensional foam to attach the birdhouse to the purple welded shape (which was glued to the white cardstock).  I then cut two birds from Gypsy Font cartridge at 1" high.  I used more dimensional foam to attach them to the front of the card.

The middle and back sections were shaped in a similar manner.  I first adhered the cloud paper to both pieces.  I used the tree branch from the Serenade cartridge cut at 2.75" high for the back layer and 2" high for the middle layer.  I played around with the angle of the branches and then traced and cut the white cardstock out around the top of the branch and leaves.

I did most of the cutting with my exacto knife and it was very slow and tedious, but I think it is well worth the effort.  Next time I go shopping, I'm going to look for a better knife (if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them).  For the inside of the card, I cut another frame shape from Accent Essentials at 3.75" high.  I used 1/4" Super Tacky Tape from Provo Craft to adhere the bottom and sides in order to form a pocket.  I cut two clouds from the Serenade cartridge (width was 3.75" not sure on the heights) for the sentiment and for a place to sign the card.

 The sentiments reads: "Just a little something to help feather your nest!"

This card was a lot of trial and error (I went through 3 different white bases), but I love the finished card.  The best thing about it is that it turned out exactly as I first envisioned it.  Sorry the pictures aren't so good - it was dark before I was able to take them.  I will be entering this card into 3 challenges.
Bitten By The Bug 2
Fantabulous Cricut challenge #49
Pile It On Challenge

Thanks for looking and I appreciate all your comments!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy 17th Birthday Card

It has been very hectic the last two weeks.  I have been missing my Cricut and all my scrapping tools.  I have several projects in progress on my scrap table and hopefully I will be able to finish them soon and share them with you. In the meantime, I wanted to share the birthday card I made for my 17 year old nephew.

This card was made entirely from my scrap box.  I made the gate fold and used one of my Fiskar border punches along the edges.  I don't think I will use a border punch on both sides next time (just one side), because the edges kept catching on each other when I tried to close the card.  I cut the 17 at 2 inches from the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge. 
I used a few more scraps to finish off the inside of the card.  I really love the way this card turned out and I really love being able to make something cool from my scraps.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spring is in the Air!

I wanted to make a card for my Grandmother and when my awesome sister sent me the Serenade Cricut Cartridge - I knew that I wanted to do a card celebrating Spring!

I used a premade 5x7 card and cut a light blue piece of cardstock to 4.75x6.75 inches.  I then embossed it with my Sizzix Three Dots (found in the Birthday Set #2) and inked the edges in a medium blue.  I used my Serenade cartridge for the tree branch (3 inches), the bird (2 inches) and the cloud (1 inch).  I glued my tree branch and the shadow together and then embossed it with "stripes" from the Cuttlebug Animal Prints embossing set.  I inked it with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distressing Ink (which is my favorite ink).  I glued the flowers on and then popped the whole thing up with Pop Dots.  I glued the bird pieces together then embossed it with the "feathers" from the Cuttlebug Animal Prints embossing set. I inked it with some blue ink to really bring out the texture.  It is also popped up using Pop Dots.  The title frame was cut from Accent Essentials and I used MS Word to make my sentiment.

I added a piece of  4.75x6.75 inch light green cardstock to the inside of the card.  I stamped it with some small flower stamps and another sentiment.

I am entering this card in two challenges.
1.  Charisma Cardz Spring Has Sprung Challenge
2.  Fantabulous Cricut Emboss it Challenge

I know my Grandmother will love this card (especially with the latest pictures of her Great-Grand-baby inside).  Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I have been slowly working on my daughter's baby album.  I did a two page layout showcasing the very first photos that were taken the night she was born.  

I used several different Cricut Cartridges for this layout.  The title "Our Precious Gift" was cut from the Jasmine cartridge at 2.5 inches.  The subtitle May 7, 2010 was cut from Plantin SchoolBook at 1.5 inches.  
This heart was cut from Paper Pups at 1.5 inches.  I added Pink Stickles to the word  love.

New arrival was cut from New Arrival Cartridge at 1.25 inches.  The hearts were cut from Gypsy Wanderings (border option) at 1 inch and  I added more pink Stickles to make them pop a little bit more.

These flowers were cut from Gypsy Wanderings at 1 inch and finished with some green and pink Stickles.

Sweet Baby is cut a 2.25 inches and Girl is cut at 1.5 inches - both are from Gypsy Wanderings.  I again added a little sparkle to the flower on Girl with some more pink Stickles.

I used this small photo as a pocket for a tag with her birth information one one side and journaling on the other side.  This was the information cut from New Arrivals cartridge cut at 3 inches and I cut the words apart and only used time, weight, and length.  The tag was cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cartridge at 4.75 inches.  I added some pink ribbon (after I took my photos).
The first Page.
The second Page.
While these pictures are some the most unflattering pictures (after 18 hours of natural labor I wasn't thinking about how I looked) I will ever scrap of myself - they do represent one of the moments I am most proud of in my life.  I have always loved children and wanted to be a Mom.  Once I held my little girl for the first time, I had such a peace and joy fill my heart and I knew in that moment that my life had changed.  She is such a beautiful blessing and everyday my husband and I are thankful for our precious gift.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  As always, I enjoy reading your comments.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hi, everyone! I recently received the Liebster Blog award from my super talented sister at Faith-Abigail Designs She is a constant source of inspiration and I just want to say a huge Thank You to her for choosing me for this award.

The rules are simple and as follows:

1). It's a blog award handed over to your favorite five blogs, that has less than one hundred followers.
2). The award is passed on to the five, by commenting on their blog, telling them that their blog is one of your favorites and that it has been chosen for the Liebster Blog Award.
3). The one who receives the award posts a link back to the person who gave it to them, and five of his/hers favorite blogs (you are allowed to choose the person who sent you the award if you wish) with less than one hundred followers.

Choosing the following blogs was not easy; there are so many talented crafters in the blog-o-sphere right now and choosing only five blogs to recognize was no easy task. In no particular order...

1.  Donna's Dreamworks
2.  Janet at LadyLuvBug
3.  Karen at Little Scrap Pieces
4.  Evanna's Paper Palace
5. Daley's Dailies

Please show these very talented ladies some love by checking out their blogs. And thanks again to my awesome sister!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Father In-Law's Birthday Card

My Father In-Law's Birthday is today and I wanted to make him a card, but I couldn't decide on what to do, so once again I turned to challenges to find my inspiration.  I am entering this card in four challenges; Claudia and Company (about a boy)Celebrate the Occasion (masculine birthday)The Cuttlebug Spot (gate fold cards), and Pile it on (love plaid).

I used some of my older paper stash for this one (so I have no clue what paper line this is from).  I used my Cuttlebug Spot and Dots embossing folder.  The Happy Birthday and Crown (inside of card) is from Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Happy Birthday #2 set.  I also took this opportunity to use my new E.K Success morocco lace border punch.
I normally make my husband write on the majority of the cards we send, because his penmanship is so nice...but he was asleep unavailable so instead you get to see my handwriting.

I really enjoyed making this card and I appreciate all the inspiration from the different challenges.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Card

This is the Valentine Day card I made for my husband.  I was really procrastinating until I saw My Pink Stamper's Pinkalicious Blog Hop Friday Challenge.  Her challenge is to use black and your favorite color, well I love all colors but I have been especially drawn to alot of pink lately.  Then I remember the boy and girl cameos on Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge.  I made this card in less than 15 minutes and I absolutely love it and I know my husband will too.  So, thanks Robyn for the challenge, it was exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing.
This is a gatefold card that I cut 5 3/4 inches high.  I cut the decor tag at 5 inches, the cameos and heart at 2 inches.  The cameos and heart are popped up with some dimensionals.  I really like the simplicity of the card and I can't wait to see what my husband says on Monday.
Thanks for stopping by and looking and please leave me a comment.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Celebrate Spring Card

I created this Celebrate Spring Card for the Bitten by the Bug 2 Fence Challenge and My Pink Stamper Challenge.  I don't have the Cricut Lite Bloom Cartridge, so I used the Gypsy Wanderings and the Stretch Your Imagination Cricut Cartridge.  I am really looking forward to planting some flowers and enjoying a beautiful spring after the long winter we have had.
The fence was cut from Gypsy Wanderings at 1 1/2 inches, and then embossed and distressed with platinum ink.  I cut the word "Celebrate" at 1 inch from Gypsy Wanderings.  I cut out the center spike of the fence and liked the overall look much better.  I cut the clouds, both flowers, the little blue bird and the word "Spring" from the Stretch Your Imagination Cricut Cartridge.  I used several different Cuttlebug embossing folders and tone on tone ink for some added dimension.

Unfortunately, I couldn't capture all the wonderful detail this card has (I will try to take some better pictures tomorrow, if we get a sunny day as promised).  In the meantime, Thank you for looking and please leave me a comment.