Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Greeting Card Holder

This little book was created a while back but never posted... I really am so proud of how it turned out from the idea phase to completion... I have a store bought one and knew I could make something similar with a special handmade touch for a special friend. I used my cricut for the scalloped backround for each month, Tilda's frame on the cover and the little flower to cover a boo-boo on June :). I should have added more of these throughout the book as it looks really lovely. The calendar months were made using MS Word. I forget what I searched for now but found the clip art, altered the color a bit and added the month and days with lines over the top. Each page is the same just with the month name change, and each opposite page has the image backround flipped so they sort of match. The front and back cover are chipboard covered in matching paper to give it a bit more strength, then all binded with my BIA... this tool is fabulous. This project was my first BIA use. I just love it. I kept the decor pretty simple as I tried to think about longevity and several uses versus frills. This one puts my store bought one to shame... need to make another one now! LOL

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steph's 10,000 hits CANDY giveaway!!!!

Steph has reached 10,000 hits and is rewarding all of us with a fantastic blog candy oppertunity! She is very talented, with many many inspiring projects.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot ~ Challenge 28

It's Tea Time at The Cuttlebug Spot this week~ Tea Bag Folding that is! There are numerous tutorials out there from written instuctions to video. I found youtube to be my friend on this one! This simple little card was one of several 'trail' runs... I don't seem to have the paper quite right yet so the pattern matches, but this one was the best so here you go! I am really impressed with the other DT works... I am always inspired by their creativity. Please stop by and give it a try yourself if you like! I know I wouldn't have tried it had this challenge not been sent our way. It sure makes a simple card more fun and seemed a perfect choice for the Cuttlebug Friend A2 folder!

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards ~ Sketch 29

Kristin has a really fun sketch for you to play with this week at JCBC. I think I may have gotten a little crazy with the circle's but it seemed to work at the moment, lol! Do stop by and see the other DT cards... and perhaps try the sketch yourself!

Stamps~ Penny Black
Paper~ Provo Craft Christmas Stack
Cuttlebug die for stars

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Passion For Crafts Blog CANDY

Debbie has THE most AMAZING blog candy giveaway I've ever seen... and a ton of really fab projects. She is celebrating 62,000 hits in her first year of blogging. Congrats to her (and the lucky winner :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

JCBC - Challenge 28

We have a lovely sketch for you to play with at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards this week. I love how easily you can make it simple or complex and still have a delightful result with your card! Amanda did a fantastic job.

This week I was happy to use my first Sarah Kay stamp... talk about super cute! You can find one HERE. I mixed this little lady with some DCVW Garden Party paper, a few skittles and stickers... I hardly ever use stickers but nothing else was quite right. I wanted to load this card with flowers, swirls, and whatever else I could find to match. My husband said... NO... keep it simple, keep it clean. "I would buy this card as is. No flowers!" LOL So this week I took it simple cutting the paper to embelish it a bit. He really had me laughing! Be sure to stop by and see all the great DT cards this week.
Paper- DCVW Garden Stack & The Luxury Stack
Stamp- Sarah Kay: Puppy Love
Stickers- K&CoMpany
Misc- skittles dyed with alcohol inks

The Cuttlebug Spot - Challenge 27

Welcome to a new week full of beautiful SPRING days... at least that is what we're enjoying! I'm a little late posting this week... really a little late with everything but when it's nice out I just have to enjoy it! They're calling for rain the rest of the week so we knew we had to enjoy the sun while it lasted!

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we celebrated CAKES or CUPCAKES!!! Yeap... we all know tons of people and they all have birthdays so this challenge is superb for just about everyone... especially with all of the fun cupcake ideas buzzing the craft world right about now! That is the path I thought I'd take but then I found this great paper piece idea and pattern at Normally I don't really pay much attention to these emails but something caught my eye last week so I started browsing. They had some really fun ideas and this cake was looking mighty tasty to me. I had to try it out. I was feeling pretty good about my card until I saw all the other DT cards this week! I still like it but WHOA the ladies have really outdone themselves this week. Be sure to stop by and also show us your tasty treat this week!

Paper~ DCVW Spring stacks, print and cardstock
Cuttlebug~ A2: Swiss Dots, Spots & Dots. Small 4 pk: Happy Birthday
Cake heat embossed with transparent powder.
Candles stickled with Yellow
"Happy Birthday" inked after embossing.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot ~ Challenge 26

Get ready to play with new shapes is our theme this week at The Cuttlebug Spot! Make a card in any shape but square or rectangle. I am really impressed with everyones projects this week. If you don't feel up to the challenge you should definately stop by and see the other ladies incredible cards! My little card is a simple one but it took me forever to dream up and actully create! This cute little Tilda from the Easter collection needed to be used in some way. I cut the card base from Cricut's Wild Cards as well as the tree. The leaves are embossed with the Cuttlebug Snow Dots folder (I cut the leaves off the tree so I could place them only where the dots were), and the tree trunk with Bird Call although my photo doesn't really show this. I love the backround paper and of course after adhering it realized it looked like my Tilda was floating in the sky :). She still sort of does even with a bed of leaves tucked under her... perhaps I should add more!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Some Bunny Loves You Bag

Happy Easter~ This little Tilda was a gift this spring. I think she is so adorable I had to find a quick project to show her off! This gift bag is super simple but just what I needed for a bag full of goodies. The paper (DCVW Spring) is so bright and full of life on it's own it really doesn't need anything else! I added Easter egg border along the bottom, sentiment on top left and a bow. That is my kind of bag! Quick, simple and oh so cute all the same. Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spring Has Spung

This little lady just is too adorable for words. Basic Greys Urban Prairie stack fit perfectly with her little dress, the row of flowers beneath her feet... just everything is so delightful. My husband is going out of town this weekend for a business trip but will also get to greet some of our dear friends. I made this for my sweet friend Hollie. She is the 'everything' I admire in a lady. A nice little smiling card for our dear friend. Thanks for stopping by~

Paper: Basic Grey slab- urban Prairie
Primas, buttons and floss and of course Mary Engelbreit image.

OCC Easter Card Challenge

Easter is in full bloom on many of our blog's this week. Our Creative Corner is no exception! I stumbled upon this great blog and thought I'd give the challenge a go. I have created a super fun bright and cheery Easter card using a Penny Black stamped image I received in a swap. It is super cute, I just feel happy looking at it! The design on the egg prompted the spots and dots theme. Paper is DCVW Spring glitter stack. This pad is full of fun, vibrant color and textures. I used my cuttlebug for the sky, cricut to cut the scallop frame and grass the little chick is standing in. I think he is hoping to find more treasures as great as what he is holding! Thanks for looking!

Paper: DCVW Spring glitter stack
Stamp: Penny Black, Autumn Leaves-Spring Swirl for Easter (with the swirl cut off)
Cuttlebug A2: D'Vine Swirl
Cricut: Accent Essentials- 3 1/4 scallop frame, Plantin Schoolbook 3/4 and 1 1/4 Tall Ball Grass
Fiskars: Treading Water border punch
Stickles on flowers: Orange Peel, Waterfall, Xmas Red, Yellow and Magenta
Misc: Ribbon

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot ~ Challenge 25

Easter bags or baskets are filling The Cuttlebug Spot this week! Easter fun is such a sweet way to jump into Spring. The weather is getting nice, flowers are blooming, sweet smells fill the air, color is popping around you and there is TONS of candy in the stores!!! LOL My son is thrilled for Easter this year. Our challenge gave me the oppertunity to create a special little basket for him. We found these adorable Lyndt Bug & Bees chocolates a while ago. I didn't know what I'd do with them to make them a little more special then others until today! The beetle paper is from the Spring DCVW stack cut into strips, woven into envelopes cut from Cricut's Wild Cards. I was searching for a little basket 'help' today and came across a SU tutorial at Beauty Lies Within for this great woven basket using the Big Shot Envelope plate. I don't have Big Shot nor the plate so I had to put my thinking cap on and improvise! The envelope (Carraige) on page 76 worked perfect!

How to make the basket~
-Cut 8 envelopes at 3 inches for a square basket. You can add 2 more to mimic the SU basket with 6 sides.
-Using 4 envelopes to make basket: Cut top of envelope scalloped edge flap off.
-Score sides and fold in.
-Cut from top and bottom folds at: 1/2″, 7/8″, 1-3/8″, 1-7/8″, 2-3/8″, and 2-3/4″.
-This will give you 7 'sections' separated by your cut lines. Cut out section 2, 4 and 6. You will have 4 left (2 at either end and 2 in the center).
-Cut your designer paper in 1/2" by 3" strips. I used 4 strips per side.
-Weave between envelope sections, using adhesive to keep in place. I used photo squares. They were easy to apply and nearly the same size as each strip. Some strips will a little smaller because of my paper choice so I just folded or cut them as needed.
-Add adhesive to each side flap and stick them together to form your box shape. Add adhesive to bottom and fold up. The box frame is done.

To add the scallop edges and cover the top of your box edge:
-Score remaining 4 envelopes so the top flap will fold over.
-Cut the envelopes flap edges off.
-Fold envelope scallop flap over and measure from fold line 2 3/4", cut.
-Add adhesive to each. Adhere inside of the basket, covering weave, fold flap over and stick on outside weave.

This made the basket a lot more sturdy inside and out as well as adding the cut scallop edge.
I placed the finished handle with adhesive and a brad on both sides.

Whew! I sure love the way it turned out and it feels really strong. Liam will love it!

Cuttlebug A2~ Textile
Cricut~ Wild Cards: Carraige 3"
Paper~ DCVW Spring stack
Border Punch~ Martha Stewart
Stamp~ Studio G: Spring block stamps from Michael's
Misc~ Ribbons, Around The Block Paper Tagger to hold circular tag onto basket

JCBC ~ Challenge 26

It's Party time for me with a little help from Mary Enghelbreits funny image and Mada's sketch at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards today! Her sketch is fun and simple, which was fantastic for my image that is so busy! I just love it. Stop by to see the other design teams creations and show us your take on the sketch this week! We love it when you stop by!

Paper is DCVW. Image is from my desk calendar this year. One of the best purchases of the year so far for me, LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #45

This is my first challenge with A Spoon Full of Sugar... I have been inspired by their design team cards for a while now and have to say absolutly love Lim's sketch this week. I knew I had to play with it! I used Cricut for the scallop circle and flouish under the prima flowers. The stamp image is a great rectangle full bodied fairy. She worked nicely here cut to fit the space and shape needed. I made this card for a little lady turning 5 in a few weeks. Hope she likes it!

Cricut~ Home Accents: Flower5 cut at 1 1/2 RDS, Mini Monograms: Scallop circle 3 RDS
Stamp~ Stamps Happen Inc: Lavender Flower Fairy
Paper~ K&CoMPANY- Cut N'Paste
Misc~ Brads, primas and skittles

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Double Dutch Challenge - 14

Double Dutch has a fun sketch to play with this week... I had a ton of fun with this one using mostly pink and brown for my color base. A little lady is turning 8 today in fact! I think this Rachelle Anne Miller image is adorable and so reminds us of Leila... and she never stops chatting or laughing so what could be more perfect then the "All Giggles" stamp! Thanks for looking~
Paper: K&CoMpany - AB Lotus Tea Box
Making Memories Tag, skittles, and lace
Stamps: Rachelle Anne Miller, All Giggles is a Studio G stamp