Sunday, May 30, 2010

The most amazing all paper Dump Truck

I was browsing on SCS and saw the most adorable dump truck made completely out of paper. You have got to visit Pink Paper Paradise blog and see it. While you are there take a look at Michelle's other creations. They are really great. She is also giving away some blog candy.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's official!

The announcement has been made so I can spill the beans here! I am officially on the Critter Sketch Design Team! Really! I've even got the badge. Did you see it? I am really excited to be a part of the DT! We have a new challenge every Monday so be sure to check it out. I have a link over on the left side. I've also listed the other DT members and linked to their blogs. These are some very talented ladies so be sure to visit their blogs.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

School's in for me!

I just signed up for a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I am taking a class called A Baker's Dozen taught by Darci Dowdle. I thought it would be fun to learn some new ideas and perspectives on scrapbooking. I think you can get stuck in the same ole, same ole and I just wanted to infuse my scrapbooking with something new. Besides, with this class, I know I will get 13 pages done! I look forward to sharing my thoughts on the class and the pages I've completed.

Also, there are some FREE classes at Big Picture Scrapbooking too. I signed up for three of them just to keep the ideas and inspiration flowing. Go check them out!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Critter Sketch 15

We had another fabulous sketch for the challenge at Critter Sketch Challenge Blog this week.
I used all scraps on this one except for the image panel. The image is stamped onto watercolor paper. I was playing around with some prisma markers we had to see what they could do and how well they blended. I don't think they did well at all. I really really want Copics! Anyway, I decided to use the image for this challenge. I popped up the image with dimensionals. Except for the watercolor paper, I think all other paper is from HL. The buttons are SU. The stamp is from SU Hedgehog Happiness.
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Sketchabilities challenge 16

I love sketches whether it is for cards or scrapbook layouts and some coule be adapted to both. I'll prove that in some future posts so check back. Sketchabilities has some wonderful scrapbook LO sketches. Challenge 16 sketch is here.
Here is my take on the sketch. I matted the center photo and popped it up with dimensionals. I ran the three strips under the photos through my crimper. The three circles are cut with CM 1" circle punch and the smaller circle is SU 1/2" circle punch. Those are also popped up with dimensionals. I used an old SU chipboard tag I found in my stash for journaling. I covered it with matching CM paper from the same pack as the other dp (Christian Inspiration). I used my SU Chocolate Chip marker to cover the edges of the tag and swiped the edges of the top dp with Choc. Chip ink. The ribbon is some I had in my ribbon stash. I popped the tag up with dimensionals. The title was cut with my Cricut and Cuttin' Up cartridge. I used CDS to weld the letters together. I also used my brown Cricut marker to outline the letters before cutting.

CM Christian Inspiration dp
SU Old Olive, Really Rust, Summer Sun
SU chipboard tag; ribbon
CM 1" circle punch; SU 1/2" circle punch
crimper; dimensionals
Cricut; Cuttin' Up cartridge
CDS; Cricut markers

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blooms, Charms & Glitter

I love sketch challenges! They make card making so much easier. For this card I used Delightful Sketches sketch challenge, Tuesday Morning Sketches' challenge #46 (use favorite color combo and glitter), and Cupcake Craft challenge #91 (use blooms and charms).

The pink dp is Creative Memories. I used white and So Saffron cs and So Saffron ribbon. the flowers are Creative Memories paper flowers and I put some pink gems from my stash in the middle of each. The scalloped oval is from a punch swap. The charm is Making Memories. I coloried the image with Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Green Galore, Almost Amethyst, and Bliss Blue. I then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the bouquet. The paper flowers, image and sentiment are popped up with dimensionals.
Stamps - Small Script, Send a Celebration
Ink - Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Almost Amethyst, Bliss Blue, Green Galore, Black
Paper -Creative Memories dp, So Saffron, white
Dazzling Diamonds glitter, So Saffron ribbon, silver cording, CM paper flowers, gems
Cupcake Craft challenge #91 - use blooms and charms
Delightful Sketches - use provided sketch
Tuesday Morning Sketches #46 - use favorite color combo & glitter
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Re-organized & Re-purposed

I recently purchased a two drawer file cabinet for business stuff that fits under my L-shaped desk. I had a mobile file/shelving component (pictured below) that I was using but it was piled up and messy. I hate filing so stuff usually just gets piled up until it threatens to fall over if I don't do something about it. Anyway, I was cleaning and re-organizing my craft room and decided to re-purpose this mobile component and use it as a paper cart.

The filing side now holds borders I've received in swaps and also DP paper packs. The black case holds my other paper by color and scraps by color. The lower shelf holds two cases that contain pages from page swaps and secret sister page kits I've received. My CM sticker accordian tote is also there. Since this cart is on wheels, it will roll under my craft table and when I'm ready to create some fabulous paper project, I can roll it out. I'm loving it!

As I re-organize other areas of my craft room, I will post more.

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Patriotic Mojo

The challenge over at Mojo Monday was a sketch challenge using this sketch:
I also combined it with the challenge at Pals Paper Arts. Their challenge #43 was a theme challenge - Memorial Day. Here's what I created!

I used white, Real Red, Brilliant Blue and Kraft cs. I stamped the stars from Background Basics using Real Red ink on the red cs. I used my SU markers in Read Red and Brilliant blue to color and stamp the image. I did the same thing with the sentiment part of the stamp on the kraft cs. I then ran the edge of the white image cs along my Brilliant Blue ink pad. The star is an old SU chipboard piece covered with Creative Memories paper. I haven't used chipboard accents much but I like how this one turned out. I popped up the star with a dimensional and the image panel with a smaller dimensional.

Paper - SU Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Kraft, White, CM star dp
ink - Real Red, Brilliant Blue
Stamps - God Bless America, Background Basics
SU chipboard star
white ribbon

Mojo Monday #139
Pals Paper Arts #43

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2 challenges = Pink Mambo Breeze

This week's challenge over on the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog was to use the following sketch:

I decided to combine the sketch challenge with a color challenge at Color Throwdown. Challenge #93 at Color Throwdown was to use Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo and Baja Breeze. Here is what I came up with:

I used all Stamping Up paper. Melon Mambo is my base; the blue scalloped strips are from Delicate Dots pack; the pink floral is from Sweet Always pack; I used Pretty in Pink textured cs to mat the white cs image. The image on the front of the card is from Vintage Vogue and the sentiment inside is from Whimsical Words. The image and sentiment are stamped in Melon Mambo ink. The image panel on the front is popped up with dimensionals.

The flower was made using the Fan Fold Flower technique. You can find the instructions and a video tutorial here on Splitcoast Stampers. My scallop strip was 1"wide. Next time I would probably make it 3/4" or 1/2" wide. A tip for the flower, you need a good strong adhesive for it. When I first made it, I just used my tape runner and a few hours later, it fell off it's base. I added some adhesive tape and it seems to be fine now. The butterfly is something I had in my stash.

Supplies used:
paper - SU Melon Mambo, Delicate Dots dp, Sweet Always dp, Pretty in Pink textured cs, white cs
ink - Melon Mambo
stamp sets - SU Vintage Vogue, Whimsical Words
SU Scallop border punch
technique - Fan Fold Flower on Splitcoast Stampers

Critter Sketch Challenge #14
Color Throwdown #93

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Baby Diaganol Double Pocket Card

Isn't this adorable? I made this double pocket card for a friend at church that is expecting. This is her third child and hasn't registered for baby gifts so I decided to get her a gift card.

I found the instructions here on Splitcoast Stampers. It was very easy to make and is perfect for double sided printed paper. Yep, the light blue dp and green dp are the same sheet of paper. It came from SU Delicate Dots pack. I also used SU Kraft cs and blue cs from Hobby Lobby (from my scraps box) and white cs. The stamp is from Imaginisce. I colored the giraffe with SU markers. The white circle was cut with CM's cutting system and the blue scallop was cut with Spellbinders Scallop Circle die. This was then popped up with dimensionals. The The kraft strip was stamped with 'happy new baby' from the SU Tiny Talk set. The sentiment tag that is in the front pocket was made by cutting the top corners off a rectangle and punched a circle from kraft cs then hole punched and inserted an eyelet. I threaded old olive ribbon thru and tied. For the gift card which is held in the back pocket, I punche the corners of a kraft cs rectangle with a corner punch by All Night Media and stuck the card in.

Easy and perfect for gift cards!

A Quick and Easy Happy Birthday card

Each month my ladies Bible study group sends birthday cards to everyone in our church that has a birthday for that month. I design the cards and sometimes make them all myself or a couple of us get together and make them. This card is for June birthdays.

I used a pack of pre-folded cards in a vanilla color for the card base. The dp and orange and blue cardstock is from Hobby Lobby. I stamped the Happy Birthday (from SU Birthday Greetings set) in SU Green Galore on SU Very Vanilla cs. I used an EK Success punch for the red corners and it was punched from red scraps. The Happy Birthday panel is popped up with dimensionals.

There you have it - quick, easy and fun!

Stamp Something - a card to celebrate something

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rock a Bye Jiggy baby card

I saw this image for a DT call and thought it would make an adorable new baby card. I was too late for the DT call but I just happen to know two ladies that will have new babies soon so thought I would use it anyway. It is a digital image from Stamping Dragon Designs.
The checked paper is CM. The card base is SU's Certainly Celery (i think) and the blue scallop circle is Brilliant Blue. I colored the image with watercolor pencils. The scalloped circle is popped up with dimensionals. The ribbon is from M's dollar bin. I punched two sizes of squares with the CM square punch then punched a hole to thread the silver cording through. The tag is popped up with a dimensional. I used SU's Tiny Talk in Brilliant Blue on the tag.
It also qualifies for the challenge at One Stitch At A Time - use polka dots.
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Happy Birthday from Rupert

I made this card for the Critter Sketch Challenge, Stamp Something challenge and the sketch challenge from Mojo Monday. The image is a digital image from Stamping Dragon Designs. All the paper except the white cs is from my scraps. I colored the Rupert with watercolor pencils. The circle in the corner is stamped with SU Circle Circus set and Tiny Talk.
Critter Sketch Challenge - birthday theme
Stamp Something - birthday theme
Mojo Monday - sketch challenge

Mother's Day card

A simple but nice Mother's Day card for my mom and my mother-in-law this year. The base and scallop oval is Apricot Appeal. The printed paper and the mat underneath is from a pad of paper from Hobby Lobby. I stamped the sentiment in SU's Bermuda Bay. I popped up the scallop oval with dimensionals. The ribbon is SU's Soft Suede.

Friday, May 7, 2010

I've had all I'm going to take!

Yep, I am fed up with MYSELF! A couple of weeks ago the scale showed a number I never wanted to see. Of course, it has shown several numbers I've never wanted to see but, I always seem to justify it. This time, I decided enough was enough! I signed up with Weight Watchers Online a couple of weeks ago. Today I was down 3.5 lbs. For the recent VSBN on Splitcoast Stampers, one of the challenges was a then and now page. I had lost all the baby weight by the time my youngest was 2 years old (2001). I have a picture from then showing off my slim new self. I also have a picture of myself several years later (2007) showing it all gained back and then some. Well, it is now 2010 and it's time to do something about it. I decided that an 8x8 album of my journey might just be the motivation I need to get going and keep going. Here is the page I made for the challenge showing the then and now. The paper, flowers and ribbon are all from a kit I got from a Secret Sister. I made the leaves from ribbon.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dustin Pike, Digital Stamps and Challenges

I have been interested in digital stamps lately. When I saw the challenge on the Critter Sketch Challenge blog I couldn't wait to try it. The sponsor for May is Dustin Pike and Doodle Dragon Studio. He has the most adorable images. I found a freebie image on his blog and thought it would be perfect for a "thinking of you" card. This card actually qualifies for two challenges too! The Critter Sketch Challenge was to use a sketch provided and the color green. The challenge on the Doodle Dragon Studio challenge blog was to use green, pink and white and a Doodle Dragon image.
I thought this little guy was so cute. I printed out several and colored the wings a couple of different ways but decided I liked it best with most of the wing white with just a little color.

I used watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color the bear. For the wings I wanted a more vibrant color so I used my SU markers in Pink Passion and Green Galore. I then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the wings. The card base is SU Pink Passion, the green cs is Green Galore and the lighter pink is SU Pretty in Pink. The dp is some I had in my scrap stash. I used felt flowers from SU Flower Fusion and SU Sweet Pea felt flowers (center). The rectangle panel, image panel and sentiment are popped up with dimensionals. The green dp is cut with Spellbinders scallop circle die. On the side of the card, I used Green Galore and white cs and added the dp with the edge punched with SU Scalloped Trim border punch.
I think that's about it. I hope you enjoyed my card!

Cricut Cartridge Storage

In March, I had my scrapbook retreat that myself and two other ladies organize and hold twice a year. I always take my Cricut. I was up to 22 cartridges then and decided to figure out a way to take them all in an organized compact way. My previous storage solution consisted of metal tin to hold the cartridges (just loose in it) and a Creative Memories storage case for the handbooks (again not organized in it). You had to search for the cartridge and search for the book. I know there are a few products available to store and tote them but I didn't want to buy anything and it was just a few days before the retreat. Here is what I came up with:

The top picture is the tote closed. I was using this storage tote for something else (don't remember what) but it was the perfect size for the cartridges. The second photo shows the cartridges in it. I had some very small tabbed dividers that I used for each cartridge. I have them in alphabetical order. The third photo show an individual cartridge, book and overlay. The overlay is set just inside the book. I used the small jewelry bags you get at craft stores to put the cartridges in. I punched a hole in a corner of the bag so I could tie it to the handbook with ribbon. Some of the cartridges are flipped up on top of the books because they would not fit otherwise.

I have CDS so I didn't really need the books and overlays BUT there are usually about 10 cricuts at the retreat and not all of them have CDS. I like to share and some would need the overlays and books.

Now, I just ordered the Expression and it comes with two cartridges and I ordered another cartridge so I just hope I can fit them in the tote. I got a great deal at Oh My Crafts by the way. If you haven't checked them out, you should!