Monday, November 22, 2010

Critter Challenge #41 - Food

Monday, Monday, Monday - it's time for another Critter challenge at the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog. Our monthly sponsor is Stamp and Create. If you haven't been to the store, you need to head over there. Just some of the lines they carry include: Wags n Whiskers, Whiff of Joy, Penny Black, Spellbinders and much much more!

This week's theme is: FOOD!! I decided to make this cute birthday card with cupcakes.
I embossed the base cs with a cuttlebug folder. The dp is some I had in my scrap stash. I ran the green for the cupcake bottom thru the crimper and then punched the cupcakes with a MS punch. I added some seed beads for sprinkles. The ribbon is SU So Saffron.

There you have it - a cute and easy birthday card!

Check out the other DT members projects for more inspiration!

I hope you liked my card. Be sure to join us in the challenge this week.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Deedee's Digis 'Tis Better To Give' Blog Hop

Can you believe it is just 36 days left until Christmas? I think my favorite gifts to give for Christmas are the ones I make. One year I made about two dozen jars of cookie mixes and gave them to family and friends. This blog hop is all about giving. If you hopped here from Sandy's blog, you are on the right track. If not, start at Crafting with Deedee's Digis where you will find the blog hop directions, a chance to win a $15 store credit and a FREE digi. You are sure to be inspired with fabulous stocking stuffer and gift ideas for this holiday season.

I actually have two projects to show you today. The first one is a 5x5 notebook I found in M's $1 aisle. I LOVE M's and Target's $1 aisles. The one pictured here is similar to one I used.

I covered the inside front with burgundy cs and added three of the poinsettias from Beauty of the Season set. I colored them with copics and cut them out. The sentiment on the inside and the outside is also from the set. I covered the front with dp and added a Martha Stewart pre-made border in gold to the binding and trimmed pieces to make the gold top of an ornament.

My second project is a baby jar filled with Hershey Kisses. I wrapped dp around the jar and black gingham ribbon to the top and bottom of the dp. The image is from the Merry & Bright set. I used copics for all but the black which was done with a SU marker. I cut a black circle and a matching dp circle with the Creative Memories cutting system for the lid and added ribbon around it. I topped it off with a Hershey Kiss and it is ready to give!

Before you leave, be sure to comment so you will have a chance to win a free digi from Deedee's Digis. You have until noon eastern time on Sunday and winners will be announced on Monday at Crafting with Deedee's Digis.
Thank you so much for joining us for this blog hop. I hope you enjoyed my projects and the projects from the other DT members and were inspired to 'give a gift from the heart'.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you, Veterans!

Each year, one of the ladies ministries at my church hosts a veteran's lunch following service on the Sunday before Veteran's Day. It is for all veterans and their families in our church. Last year I offered to make cards for the attendees. The lady that organizes it asked if I could make cards again this year and of course I said yes. It was a great pleasure to do this. I used a neat little trick I learned to make these cards.

The image is a digital image from Sew Many Cards. I colored it in Photoshop and was able to print 9 images on a page. I also printed the message inside before I cut the base cardstock. It says:

'This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.' ~ Elmer Davis

Your service to your country will be valued forever as we remember your courage and sacrifice on Veteran's Day.

Now for the cutting! I was so excited to find this little gem of a trick. In case you don't know, Provocraft has come out with a new cricut machine called Imagine. It will print in color and cut. So you can print your image and have it cut out at the same time. It will also cut a chunk out of your wallet too at $500! Well, I have this great software called Make the Cut. Someone on the message boards figured out how to print and cut using your printer, Cricut and Make the Cut. Woo hoo! Here is the link to the tutorial I used. Because I printed multiple pages, each image was not cut out in exactly the same spot but it was close enough.

Here's a quick step-by-step of what I did:

1. set up print page in Photoshop, printed and saved

2. opened in Make the Cut and created an outline.

3. line the paper on the mat on the right edge to create a hinge and cut

4. line the printed page under the cut outs, flip the cut out out of the way and cut.

Voila, I had 45 cut images that I did not have to color and cut one at a time!

Thanks for stopping by today. I am dedicating this post to all veterans and their families! Thank you!

Animal Funnies border swap

Ok, I am a Swap addict! I just can't resist them. These are border sets I made for a swap on SCS

I used my Cricut of course for both sets. The Toadally Awesome set used Paisley and Cutting Up cartridges. The Dinomite set used Paperdoll Dress Up, Cutting Up, and Tags Bags Boxes and More.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cards for a Cause

My oldest daughter's dance company is having a gala dinner fundraiser that includes a silent auction and live auction. I made this set of Christmas cards and matching tote for the silent auction.

I got the directions for the tote from Becky Roberts' blog Inking Idaho. She has some amazing tutorials. I used the one called Becky's Tote-ally Awesome tote. I did modify mine a little. I did 2 pockets on the front instead of 3 and omitted the pocket on the back. I also closed mine with tied ribbon.

For the card, I cased one I found on Everyday Cricut by Melanie. You can see her card here. It is the second card in the post. On my card, I used a Sizzix BG embossing folder on the base. The paper is from an older Creative Memories album kit and the cs is some I got at a LSS that was closing. I used the SU scallop punch on the bottom of the burgundy cs. I cut the cs scallop squares on my cricut at 1 1/4" with Mini Monograms and then cut dp in 1" squares. I used the CM snowflake punch and added a pearl to the center. The tag was cut with the Cricut at 1 1/2" and 1". The sentiment is from SU's Tiny Talk. The ribbon is from Joanne's. My plan was to make 20 cards for the auction but I could barely fit 10 in the tote. Oh, well, I guess I'll have 10 for myself (such a hardship). The same album kit came with dp in blue also so I may make more of them using the blue. I love how this card turned out.
I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
OSAAT: #38 winter wonderland
Anything Goes: #24 Emboss it
Scrap-Creations: christmas cards
One Stop Craft challenge: #105 Embossing
Paper Sundaes: #43 Let it Snow
Crafty Cardmakers: Dry Embossing

I hope you liked my projects today.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

B's Crafty Creations

My youngest daughter likes to make cards with me and we recently found some challenge blogs just for kids. I set her up a blog so she can post her cards. check out her new blog and her very first post!

B's Crafty Creations

Monday, November 8, 2010

Critter Challenge #39

Happy Monday everyone! Since it's Monday, that means another fabulous challenge on the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog! This month we are being sponsored by Stamp and Create.

There is lots of items in the Stamp and Create store including Wags and Whiskers, Greeting Farm, High Hopes, Sweet Peas, Whiff of Joy and a whole lot more! Go check them out!

Ok, onto to the challenge. This week's challenge is all about dragons. I used a cute little image from Meljen's Designs called Cuddle Dragon. I used my copics to color the little guy. The sentiment is from SU's Tiny Talk.

this card also fits the following challenges:

Meljen's Designs : #32 Three shapes (triangle, rectangle, hexagon)

thanks for stopping by and don't forget to say hi!