Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Life's Little Moments

Good Morning,
A wonderful scrapbook page for sharing today. DIL and little grandson. He's about 20 months in this photo. Don't get too many pictures of Mom & son....Mom usually has the camera.
I did use lots of different techniques on this page.

Cartridges Used:
Elegant Edges - large scallop designed
Blast Off - all pattern papers, title and solid paper
Graphically Speaking - Life's Little Moments
Life's A Beach - coral, crab, sandcastle
George & Basic Shapes - circles
Sandcastle - all pieces cut out of cardstock
I used a product called MuddPuddles to texture the cardstock. It is sand with glue in it. Pretty easy to use. The flags are coated with glossy accents for a glossy shine. Small black pearl at the top of the flag pole.
The crab cut from red cardstock and clear embossed to give a shiny look.Small beads for the eyes.
Coral covered in glitter.
Orange gems added to project to give a finished look.
Thanks for visiting with me today and take time for "life's little moments!"


Saturday, February 25, 2012

All That Glitters....

Hi There,

I know it's the week-end and I don't usually post on Saturday but I want to enter this card into a couple of challenges before the deadline.

Before I get to details on the card I just wanted to share on a personal note I saw some ultra sound pictures of the new Grandbaby. Boy has technology come a long way. The little hand and feet were so clear. I will be doing a scrapbook page for sure.

Lots of detail on the card.
Rainbow & pot of gold - digital release on Cricut Craftroom - St Patrick's Day
Shamrock Border - Paper Doll DressUp (There's hidden goodies on those cartridges)
Pattern paper - Costco stash

Gold & Diamond stickles on the pot. Green gem on the clover.
Love all the glitter. After I cut out the image I run it through a Xyron machine to sticky the front and
then pour the glitter over the paper. Works great.
Circles - Spellbinder Dies
Scallop Circle - Stampin' UP
Words - computer generated
Textured background - Swiss Dots embossing folder
Challenges I'm entering this card in are:

Hope everyone has a great week-end.
See you Monday!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Just For You!

Good Morning,

I'm on the fly this morning....heading to the gym.

Love the pattern paper on this card. All products are Stampin' Up! Flower is a die cut. So much better than the days we cut them out by hand. I actually enjoyed the cutting!
Will be playing in the glitter this afternoon so will have another crafty project to share soon.


Monday, February 20, 2012


Good Morning,

I'm so glad to be back today. I really enjoy creating projects for the Creative Critterz Imagination blog. Our theme over there for the next two weeks is St. Patrick's Day!

This week over at Cricut all the digital craft room images are 20% off! I'm a circle member and get another 10% so figured I'd get the St. Patricks Day release. Click here to view the content (there are 6 images). There are other cartridges out there that have suitable images such as Designer Calendar, Paper Doll Dress Up.

Todays card is interactive. It's called a view finder card. Directions can be found at Splitcoaststampers. You remember when we were kids and we would put this thing up to our faces like binoculars and you'd pull a little leaver and the picture would change....same idea here ....turn the wheel on the right and the saying will change. I wrote four different sayings on the wheel that rotates. Happy Birthday!, Happy St. Patrick's Day!, It's 5 o'clock somehwere!, Whatever! The card is for my friend who's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day.

My background paper was created using the Imagine and CCR. Filled a 6 x 6 inch square with green from Blast Off and then using the shamrock image from Paper Doll Dress Up I randomly placed shamrocks over top. Click here for a video tutorial on creating background papers.

Cheers! - Art Nouveau

Sponged ink on the edges of the glass for depth. Placed vellum behind the holes.
Don't you love the foam on the beer? Squeezed Puffy Paint over the cardstock and allowed it to dry a while. Then I heat the image with a heat gun. The heat causes the paint to puff up.
You can see the different saying in the window.
I used gold and diamond stickles to accent the pot of gold and well as a rhinestone on the clover.
I did use punches/spellbinders for making the scalloped circles.
This is what the foam on the beer looked like before it was heated. If you heat it as soon as you apply it the end result will look more like popped popcorn. The more you leave it dry when heated it still puffs up but with more bumps. Just experiment! If you don't have a heat tool your hair blower might work or if you have a tool in the garage that you use for taking off wall paper it will work to but be careful cause those get really hot.
All images were printed and cut with the Imagine.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Also entering in a challenge at Little Scrap Pieces - anything green

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Now Showing...

Hi There,

Here's the scrapbook pages I've been working on. Back at Halloween I posted pictures of Adam and Xavier in their costumes. There's a tiny pictures of Steph as Sally here too. Steph took great pics of the boys but didn't get any of herself. Somebody from their work snapped the picture but not enough pixels to make it larger.
The 12 x 12 purple piece was sponged with ink  to create a mottled look.
Border on left cut twice at 11" with Elegant Edges and the swirl at 1". I used the book feature
on the cartridge. The swirl was part of the border but I utilized the hide contour feature on CCR but if you have a gypsy it can be done there too.
Frame cut at 6.75" - Fancy Frames
Tickets - Wall Decor at 1"
Now Showing - Wall Decor at 1.55"
The Nightmare Before Christmas - Art Nouveau at .9"(love the font on that cartridge as you can cut it quite small and the letters still come out nicely.)
Bats - Happy Hauntings at 1.25"- black glitter cardstock
This was Xavier first Halloween Trick or Treating. You went out with his three little cousins. It took him a couple houses to get used to saying "Trick or Treat" instead of "More candy please".
All cricut cuts from Happy Haunting
Bats - 1/25"
House - 5/5"
Trick or Treat 1.125"
Ghosts cut from vellum and marker used for the faces.
I'm on a roll this week ....almost got another scrapbook page done.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi There,

A little chocolate for you this morning without the calories!

I made 36 of these cute little purses to share today at the gym. I know kinda counter productive but everyone deserves a treat once in a while.

They were all printed and cut with the imagine.

I just used the 3D bonus content on Imagine More Cards. Purse cut at 4" and holds two hersey kisses.
Each purse had to be scored so it would fold nicely. Punched a hole in the end to
feed the ribbon through. One glue dot to hold the purse closed and a little rhinestone for the clasp.
Stamped "For You" on the front. The first eight missed getting stamped as they were already assembled when I decided on the extra touch.
Hope you have a wonderful day sharing it with family and friends.
For my SIL Em who reads my blog...give my bro a hug for me! Looking forward to your visit!

I'll see you tomorrow for a two page scrapbook layout!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Just My Type

Good Morning,

Do you have your card made for that someone special?

Been feeling a little under the weather the last couple of days. One of those feels like a sore throat but not really.

I've been working on a double page layout so hopefully I'll have that to share soon. And yes, it is of Xavier. By summer I'll have another grandbaby to scrapbook for. Yahoo!

Yesterday I did head over to a local scrapbook store - I'm looking for Scrabble 12 x 12 paper. It was manufactured a long time ago so I probably won't be able to find it unless it's in the discontinued bin. After taking a few wrongs turns I finally made it there. Memory isn't what it used to be or I need to go there more oftern. That must be it! It has been a while since I was in a REAL scrapbook store verus the big chains. There were so many cool items but I have you know I didn't purchase ANYTHING.

A quick card today. Made with all Stampin' Up products. This was from the card class I did with Terri Mills. I'm always impressed with her classes. All the paper is cut to size - yes that is important for me as everything has to be exact.
Well I think I'll try and get to the gym today. Getting out always makes you feel better or at least while other parts of my body are screaming at me I'll forget about the throat!


Monday, February 6, 2012

TOAD-ally Adorable!

Hi There!

My turn this week to post over at Creative Critterz Imaginations. The last two weeks the theme has been Valentines. There's been cards, home decor and gift packaging. Just lots of great projects.

A tip for today as well - How to get your paper to stick to your Cricut  mats better! Once I place my paper on my mat I use a brayer to press down the paper. It seems to help the whole piece adhere better and stay stuck. If you don't have a brayer use a rolling pin - same idea.

So that brings us to our next theme over at Creative Critterz Imaginations.  FROGS That was our only criteria.
I struggled a little bit with an idea for this project. Originally I wanted to do a scrapbook page but the mojo just wasn't there. Sometimes that happens. Finally decided on a card but wanted to show you some little things you can add to your card to make it "pop" a little more.

Cartridges Used
Frog - Create a Critter
All paper printed and cut with Imagine - Nursery Tails

Project designed using CCR. I must say it is really working well these days! I used the shadow shape of the frog (5.5") and welded two images together for the base of the card. The remaining layers are printed at 5.25".

This is what the pieces look like taken directly from the mat and layered.

This image I inked around the edges of the pink on the cheeks and tummy. Also I inked in blue around the base of the card.

Added some black stitching for detail.

Decided some goggly eyes made him look more alive.

Froggy also has glossy cheeks. Below you can see the difference. I used Glossy Accents to create a shiny surface. Basically it's a thick clear liquid that when dry it remains glossy and raised slightly.

The phrase on his tummy created using Grafix Rub-ons. These are made using your computer font and printer.

See you Wednesday.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine Greetings


Short and to the point today. All products used Stampin' Up! I really like their pleated ribbon.

Hope you all have a great week-end.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Love Plate

Hi There,

Since Halloween I've been making decorative charger plates for my neighbors.  I figure by the time I move again she'll have a set for every holiday.

The doves are from the Wedding cartridge and Love from Sentiments cartridge. The little hearts were a punch.

Black vinyl for the shadow and silver for the top layer. The silver is actually looking a little more white in the photo.  The plate was a dark red which in hindsight was too bad cause I had some really nice red sparkly vinyl I had wanted to use for the images.
Have you been watching what new items are being released at the Craft & Hobby Convention (CHA)?

From cricut they are releasing gel pens that you can insert into any of the machines so you can write sentiments (not sure if they are different from the other gel pens they put out). They are also releasing a NEW Bags, Tags and More cartridge. This one will also score the lines for folding the bags/boxes, however you do have to purchase a new housing for your machine so it can score the folds.

Tim Holtz released of course new stamps, embossing folders, paper and a set of markers to match his inks. Between him and Ranger there is a new machine that will cut out the stamped images for you. If you go to Tim Holtz's website you can get details.

Well my mind has gone blank about the other stuff I've seen so I'll sign off for today.