Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This Is What CUTE Looks Like

Good Morning,

Today's layout is the one I made to share over at Cricut FANatics. This is my Grandson at about 2 months old. I just loved the little tongue sticking out and almost mischief in the eyes.

I started with pattern paper from DCWV - All About Boys. Matted the photo in two shades of blue.
The giraffe cut at 5" from Imagine cartridge - Blast Off. Arrows - Art Philosophy-straight arrow 1.9" and curved arrow 2.5"
The scalloped shape cut twice from the Artiste cartridge. Once at 6.2" and again at 6.4"
The diamond pattern also from Artiste cut at 2".There was two layers to the image. I used CCR and welded four of them together to create the grid. I liked the rhinestones for added dimension.
The font is from Animal Antic. .5" for blue letters and 1" for CUTE. I used a red micro pen to stitch around the green letters as well as around the scalloped mat.
The diamond border is from Artiste cut at 1.75". The small diamond in the centre was the negative from the panel above.
All orange pieces distressed with Tim Holtz Ink-Spiced Marmalade and green pieces - Crushed Olive. .01 Micron red pigment pen used for stitching.

Machines Used: Imagine, Expression 2, CCR
Cartridges Used: Artiste, Art Philosophy, Blast Off, Animal Antics
Supplies Used: Red Micron Pigment Pen, Distress Ink Tim Holtz - Crushed Olive & Spiced Marmalade, Recollections - Rhinestones, DCWV pattern paper, cardstock

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine Wreath


In November I attended a large craft fair. They were selling lots of wreaths using Deco Mesh and they also had demos on how to create your own. My neighbor and I stood and watched about three separate demos and then decided we had the craft mastered. Bought our supplies and we were off to the races. I did create a fall and Christmas wreath. (I'll show you those another day).

They are really very easy to make so with Valentines day fast approaching and our weather warming daily it just doesn't seem appropriate to have a winter wreath on the door. So off I headed to Hobby Lobby to see what I could find.  The red mesh actually has some black running through it and I picked the white to accent with. I also bought the wooden hearts there. If I would have allowed myself a little more time I could have made those myself, either with the Cricut or I could have tole painted them. Okay, might have had to leave myself lots more time! I did add one Cricut element to it though, the red glittery hearts on the white mesh are cut by my Cricut.

There are a number of good You-Tube videos on making these wreaths as well.

I have a few more Valentine ideas to share this week.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Daddy Hung the Moon

HI Crafters,

It's a glorious day here in Texas. Sun is shining, temperature is just right, I made it out to exercise today so life can't get much better unless my family was with me.

So when I don't have that I head to my pictures. This is my newest Grandson, Korben with his Daddy. Taken at about three weeks old. I love how he is so focused on his Daddy.

The background paper I've had for a couple years and it has the word Father is scattered throughout.

I started by photoshopping the colored photo into a black and white.
When doing masculine scrapbook pages I try to keep my ribbons and bows to a minimum...but I also knew I wanted to keep the page soft. The butterflies were cut twice - a shadow layer in a green/brown and the top layer using a pattern blue. Both colors come from Vintage Damask Imagine cartridge. I slipped some rhinestone bling on the butterfly bodies. The base was distressed with Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Ink and the butterflies Tim Holtz Weathered Wood.

The moon is from Everyday Paper Dolls. Pattern paper also from Vintage Damask. Ink distressed with Tim Holtz Wild Honey, chalk for the cheek, stitching for added detail and the star glittered and then the edges inked. Popped up on dimensionals.
The lettering is from Animal Antics. Ink distressed in Pumice Stone.
The swirl in the corner from Cindy Lou Cricut Cartridge. Also inked in Weathered Wood.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who read my blog.  I have recently hit 29,000 views. That being said...when I hit 30,000 I think I'm going to have to have some blog candy, so keep checking in.
Indie Art - Butterflies 1" 1 1/2" * 2"
Everyday Paper Dolls - Moon 3 1/2"
Cindy Lou - Swirl 3"
Animal Antics - Lettering .7"
Challenges Entered 
My Craft Spot - Bling It Up #83

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

dear friend

Good Morning,

Mid week already! Feels like I've been really busy this week. Everyday has something planned on it. This afternoon I'm off to crafty class. :)

This was one of the cards I taught last week at crafty class. The background is my favorite. The muted layer was glossy white cardstock and then Tim Holtz alcohol inks applied. I only used two main colors Stream and Stonewashed. Also added after the mixative Pearl but it probably wasn't necessary as I didn't see a big difference.
The butterfly, leaves and sentiment stamped with versamark and heat embossed with black powder. Flowers stamped with Pacific Point SU ink. All cardstock SU. Love how the silver cardstock sets off the card. A tiny black pearl added to the centre of the flowers.

I have many projects to share...just need to get them photographed. Speaking of photographs I've been using Photoshop 10 and learning how to alter my photos. If you're into digital scrapbooking there are some great CD's out there for learning. There are also lots of free digital content if you're wanting to try out digital scrapbooking.

Must get on with my day. Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Snow Machine

Happy Friday,

Masculine cards are always quite a challenge. Partly because I have limited number of stamps that have a masculine theme and ribbon/lace/bling really don't go well on a manly card either.

I do have the Cricut Lite cartridges - "Dude" this is a Walmart exclusive. The Happy Birthday is from Close To My Heart - Artiste cartridge. Background is from Contemporay Nature which has great backgrounds to compliment a masculine theme.

When there are a number of layers you do have to cut the image fairly large.The was cut at a height of 3" and about 4.5 length.
I'm certainly glad I'm not anywhere that I need a snowmachine today.
Challenges Entered
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - #144 It's a Man's World
Enjoy your week-end.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Little Angel

Hi There,

This is a follow up to yeterdays post. I also have a niece who is expecting a Baby Girl. Both babies are due in May!

All images and paper are from Imagine - Baby Boutique. This cartridge has a lot of elegant images on it and I love the paper choices.

Challenges Entered:
Cardz TV - Baby New Year

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Stork Is Coming!


My nephew and his wife are expecting a baby boy in May so I thought I would like to send them a
Congratulations card.

I've had a new cartridge I've been itching to us. It's for the Imagine and is called "Baby Boutique".
Entire card cut and printed with the Imagine. The baby and stork images can be found on New Arrival cartridge. The colors and pattern paper are from Baby Boutique.

Inked around the baby and stamped the face with Peachy Keen stamps.


Challenges Entered:
Cards TV - Baby New Year
Little Scrap Pieces -Winter Blues

Be sure to check back tomorrow. I have another Baby card in pink and a different design.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bee Mine!


Time to start to think about your Valentine Day cards. I've started making a few.
If you don't have Create A Critter 2 cartridge take another look at it. It has wonderful Critter's in seasonal form as well as phrases that match and other seasonally related icons.
All cardstock is Stampin' Up except the pattern paper which is printed using Berries & Cream cartridge. Barely Banana cardstock for the heart and bee wings glittered with Dazzling Diamonds SU Glitter. Couldn't resit a little more glitter to the bee and of course the sentiment. A little ink round the bees face to make it look more rounded. The bee is on an action wobbler too which makes him even more adorable.
Like my border? Old fiskars border punch. Don't know the name but it has hearts. Created an even better border by punching the cardstock on one side and then punching along the other edge. Love the look it created. Try that with your border punches, you'll be surprised how you can create a whole new look.
The trick to having the images line up is:
1) There will be lines on the base of your punch. Pick a mark and line your cardstock with it and remember which line you used. Finish punching your border.
2) Take out your border and turn it over. Now line up the cardstock to exactly the same line you used when you punched it the first time.
3) If you did it right the design should be the mirror image, perfectly lined up. When I'm punching a border I generally like to have the strip of paper slightly longer than what will actually be needed. That way if I want to trim a little from either end I can so the design when adhered to the card looks symmetrical. Some of you are probably thinking,"Who's going to notice"? The answer, probably just me...but that's the way I am. lol
Let's finish this card off with some pink bling and rose heart eyelets. I think it is adorable.
It's Friday the sun is shining and the week-end is just around the corner.
Happy Day!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Inking Cuttlebug Folders


I'll start off by saying the color of the base of the card is chocolate chip brown.  It's not showing so well against my black background.

The two background pieces were created used the cuttlebug and ink on the inside of the folder.
I started with a very light yellowish/orange color cardstock. Then inking up my brayer with Wild Honey (Tim Holtz ink) I rolled ink over the debossed side.  The side that would be flat. Next place your cardstock between the folder and close. Emboss it with your cuttlebug. When turning the handle of the cuttlebug do it slowly as it allow more time for the ink to soak into the cardstock. I also run it through a couple of times.

Because the ink was on the flat side of the folder the ink transfers to the paper and makes the background darker, thus leaving the embossed or raised area with no ink. If you were to do it on the other side of the folder and ink only the raised areas it would create a much different look.

Can you do this if you don't have a brayer....yes but it is a different look again. If you look closely at the second photo you can see the background still has an airy look to it. Like it's been sponged. I tried this technique by rubbing my ink pad over the inside of the cuttlebug folder but it was much harder to control consistency on the amount of ink applies and it has a more opaque look.
The flower was stamped with versamark and gold embossed on watercolor paper. I like to use watercolor paper when working with watercolor pencils/crayons or H2O's for two reasons. The paper doesn't warp and I can rework the same area many times without effecting the paper.
 Coloring in this image I used the H2O's. If you're not familiar with them, they come in a small round container and the paint is hard like a child's paintbox. You simply wet your paintbrush with water and rub over the product. H2o"s tend to give everything a shimmery look as well.
We had a very stormy day here. I left just before noon to go to my Wednesday stamping group. I only made it about 8 miles from home before I asked myself why am I driving in this rain. The windshield wipers couldn't keep the windows clear. I think it is the first time I've ever had the good sense to turn around. I'll be looking forward to next Wednesday even more now!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Decorating Cookies!

Hi There,

Me here in wet and rainy Texas. I had such great plans of posting this layout yesterday and I couldn't get blogger to let me upload pictures from my computer. I thought, oh well, this is just a minor glitch and it will be fixed tomorrow. Tomorrow came - today - and it still wasn't fixed. I went to the Cricut message forum and posted a query....some lovely person was also having the same problem but had a work around. So here I am!

This is the last in the series of visiting Xavier last November. We've had the decorating of the tree and the making of the cookies. Lastly came decorating the cookies. I totally forgot 2 1/2 year olds don't understand how much to put on and move to a new spot on the cookie. I had originally bought those candy gel pens, the ones that the icing never turns hard on. No a good idea, but Mommy came to the rescue and made some old fashioned butter icing. The she put each color into a baggy and cut the tip off. Much easier for a little person to control.

This layout was particularly challenging as I only had two 12 x 12 sheets of the pattern cardstock, so I had to figure out how to cut it. There is a big whole behind the square on the co-ordinating page.
I did use inks to soften the edges on the vanilla papers as well as the green cardstock and pattern paper. Xavier's art smock is a orange red versus a Christmas red which also proved challenging. All the images where cut with the Cricut.
As you can see the whole family got into decorating. Poppy was taking the pictures. Now Auntie Kristen wasn't with us but she still had a hand in things. This year when she came to Texas for Christmas I was working on the layout. I cut out some paper shapes that reflected our real cookies and she decorated those with stickles. The only person missing from partaking in the event was Joel. Next time.
The next post up will be a card using the cuttlebug, H2o's and a brayer.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Dino Digs

Hi There,

Getting my first post up of 2013! For Christmas we received a CD with lots of pictures and videos of Korben and Xavier! It was wonderful to look through all the pictures and the videos were great. Thanks to Kristen I also now know how to get stills from a video.

When Korben was born I found matching dinosaur shirts for the boys. I couldn't resist. Stephanie took pictures of the boys in their new digs.

Over Christmas break I had taken a trip to Archivers and found some paper that was perfect. It from Little Yellow Bicycle - babysaurus.
The title and dinosaur in left corner are Cricut - Dinosaur Tracks. Paper clips and fabric buttons from Chloe's Closet by Memory Makers. I bought that line about four years ago. Couldn't believe how well it matched!
So this page went together very quickly. That does not happen often. I'm in scrapbook this week but I will have some cards again soon as I have a class to teach next Wednesday. It's going to involve the cuttlebug, brayer and alcohol inks.

Happy Thursday!