Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Expanding Belle's wardrobe colors - BBTB challenge

This week’s challenge at Regina’s Bitten by the Bug site is the Yellow Dress (Belle’s Dress) from the Dreams Come True cartridge. And did those designing women at BBTB every do amazing things!!?!! Oh yes. Belle herself should drop by BBTB and think about expanding her wardrobe from basic yellow!!

I cut Belle’s dress in bazzill pink bling cardstock, and inked with cranberry ink. I cut the details in white textured cardstock and went bling crazy with Prima’s Say it in Crystals black bling, along with Prima's “diamond” bling.

The dress is slightly raised on a black tag cut from Storybook and embossed with cuttlebug, and features occasional rhinestone blings. I used silver ink on the edges of the tag and the card. The flowers are assorted Prima petals.

The You Go Girl sticker is from SEI, and trimmed with more Prima crystals. I wrapped the entire card up in an organza ribbon!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Wine Tasting Party Invitation

Updated photos:

Remember a couple of months ago when Jen C. of the Cricut Message board and Brain Things Blog (http://jensbrainthings.blogspot.com/) used cricut design studio and designed a wine bottle card for someone on the message board? I had asked Jen to share her cut file with me because each fall dh & I host a wine tasting party - and what I mean by wine tasting party is - kind-of a southern, middle-class wine tasting featuring friends, a few bottles of assorted wine (and other non-alcoholic beverages), cheese & crackers, shrimp spead w/ french bread, a fruit platter, and a fire in the fire pit outside. We will NEVER be featured on FoodTV or HGTV, and I am NOT waiting by the phone for a call from Cooking Light's Dinner Clubs organizer!! I thought Jen's card might make a really nice invititation for our so-called wine tasting, and indeed it did!

Jen, THANK YOU AGAIN for sharing your hard work with me.

I have had questions about how I embossed the thin lines, and the medallion, so this what I sent to JoAnn from the MB:

I used embossing powders and ink/glue. My favorite find at the Charlotte Scrapbooking Convention this year was the powder keg. They taught me a lot more about embossing with their demos, plus they had amazing products. They are on line and this link will tack you to their powder selection page: http://store.apapergarden.com/ep.html .

I used a "Quickie Glue" pinpoint rolling glue pen (which I purchased from the powder keg) and drew my glue lines around the edge of my tag (purchased at Wal-Mart - 12 for $2). I sprinkled on the PIRATE GOLD embossing powder then dumped off the extra. I then drew around the inside edge of the tag with the glue pen and wrote “You're Invited...” and sprinkled with BURGUNDY embossing powder. Then I heat embossed the entire tag at once.

On the bottle, I used the same products as above. I drew in details on the top of the bottle and the line at the bottom, add the Pirate Gold powder. I then used a stamp I found among my stamps for the medallion. I used embossing ink, stamped and used pirate gold again. Then I took the glue pen and added the three side lines coming out from the medallion, and heat embossed the entire front of the card.

The first invitation took the longest. I did the rest in sets of threes (so the ink/glue did not dry out too much). Also, I went back and added ink highlights after I took the photos and the ink made a HUGE difference. I used charcoal ink (black will work) around the edges of the bottle and a bit heavier around the cap. I used a black pen and added some dot details to the gold medallion and it looked good too.

Note: on Jen's cut file... There is a lengthy delay from the time you click cut to the actual cutting begins, so just hang in there. Also - you could use her label - I almost did (I went so far as to copy and past all of the parts so that I would be cutting 6 labels at once), but in the end I liked the ovals better.

I hope this was helpful.

Friday, September 26, 2008

From Our Home to Yours!

Still enjoying myself over at Regina's Bitten by the Bug blog this month - this week's cut is the house from the Christmas Cheer cartridge. I actually started a card with this cut, then changed my mind. We have friends that I love so much, I thought this might be a nice opportunity to make something for them to hold their Christmas gift this year. Shhhhh - don't tell them! This is what their gift bag may look like.

After I submitted this photo to Bitten by the Bug, I realized that I would have made one change to this project. When I remake this bag front, I will NOT emboss the small (our) home, but rather I will emboss the tag that our home is adhered to. I think embossing the tag would make the house pop more. Let me know what you think would be best.....

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Treat Box Swap

I have been splitting my time between work, thoroughly enjoying (and finishing) the book Twilight, and working on my Treat Box Swap entry. My wedding cake (insert rolling of the eyes here) - well, let's just say it was more involved that I had planned!

So, tonight as I watched Keith Olbermann I did the test cuts, then I decorated while enjoying the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy. I decorated each the box two different ways. The first is blinged out, featuring an acetate window. The second looks more like a wedding cake and is more simply embellished with markers only.

....... And now on to the uploads. I will post the cut files once the swap is complete.

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Cut Files Added

I went through my Cricut cut files tonight and decided to add 8 new cuts to the available download list:
  • From Our Home to Yours Christmas Bag Front
  • I Love Presents
  • Laundry Room Flower Frame Sign
  • New Orleans Title and Embellishments (Cute Tags too)
  • Christmas Ornament (UNTESTED CUT)
  • Purse Folding Journal Tag
  • Strawberry Card
  • Purse And Shoes

I hope to get some time this weekend to continue through my files. I will let you know if I post any additional cut files.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Last Week's BBTB Challenge - Flower Frame

Last week's challenge at Regina's Bitten by the Bug blog was to use the Flower Frame from the Pooh and Friends cartridge anyway to create a project. There were some ADORABLE projects - I especially loved Anne Ayers' black and white frame, as well as Kazan Clark's uber-cute trick or treat card. Though truly ALL of the designs were amazing.

I am so excited that Regina has allowed me to join their group as a guest designer this month. This has been so fun and I truly will hate to see it end.

That being said, this was my project using the flower frame - my laundry room door sign, on which I used Pooh and Friends, George, and Paper Doll Dress Up:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Cards

During the summer when my Expression first arrived, I went on a card making frenzy. I discovered that I have used A LOT of those cards. So tonight I made some birthday cards for work (including two rust colored Guy cards) and three halloween cards. I hate that I must now go to bed.... No more card for me tonight. Darn that job....

Still Thinking In Titles

I recieved a note from Joan (cricut MB Joan) about the title swap. I decided to make one more page title for the swap: PRESENTS. This is a screen shot of my title (it will be better when all of the ribbons/bows have their own colors)!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Page Titles

There is an interesting swap going on at the Cricut MB - Page Titles. I have done two, "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" and "Hot Fun in the Summertime". I test cut Hot Fun because there is some discussion regarding cricut stalling during cutting on designs that have data "off of the mat". My sun shape is partially off of the mat, so I thought I would test the cut to see if it stalled. In fact, it did not!!! No stalling at all, for the base cut or the top cut. Woo-hoo! So this is what my sample cut looks like (I will post the cut files here when the swap is over):

Last week at BITTEN by the Bug...

Last week at BITTEN by the Bug I began my month as the September guest designer. I have managed to stay a full week ahead on deadlines, mostly through some well timed crops. Yesterday I finished the project that will post on 9/21. And I FINALLY have an idea for my end of month challenge.

I will post each challenge here, after Regina has gone on the the next challenge. I do not want to have my items on my blog during or before the challenge weeks. So, even though I am designing a full week ahead, I will be posting here a week late, and living in the present in between!

This was my take on the Doodlecharms basket challenge. We were to use one of the doodlecharm baskets anyway we wanted. I made a 3D door halloween door hanger. I already have this up at work!!!! Though dh is annoyed that I took it to work; he liked it at home!!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

HOT FUN In the Summertime

I was so unhappy with my original cut, that I went back and completely redesigned my Hot Fun page title. I like this much better. Since this is for a challenge, I cannot share the cut file yet. I will post the cut file once that challenge has completed (after Oct. 6th).
Cartridges used:
HOT FUN = Base Camp
Sun = Accent Essentials
Butterfly & Flower = Graphically Speaking
In the Summertime = Opposites Attract

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sympathy Card with an Acetate Overlay

A good friend / co-worker /corporate boss of my husband lost her father this last week. She is wonderfully spiritual woman, but is hurting at the depth of her loss. At a loss for what else we might do, I thought she might appreciate a handmade card.

I had been wanting to make an acetate card, but had not had the opportunity until now. I used a sheet of acetate on the outside, with cardstock stickers, and cardstock on the inside, again with cardstock stickers. I punched holes through all four layers and used black ribbon to tie the card's "binding". Overall, I think I like the acetate overlay effect, though it is a technique I plan to spend some more time learning to use.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

BBTB Guest Designer

I am excited and honored to be the September Guest Designer at Regina Easter's Bitten by the Bug blog. My first design will preview on September 7th, and others will follow every Sunday for the rest of the month. Be sure to drop by and see the design teams' assortment of clown cuts this week, then check back next week for my debut!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Snapware Organization

Like many others on the Cricut message board, my friend Suzanne viewed the snapware storage idea for cricut on YouTube. Suzanne was kind enough to share her newly created snapware cartridge storer with those of us at the crop this weekend. So Kathy and I just had to go to Walmart and purchase snapware sets. I used basic cardstock to make dividers (though I would have preferred something a bit stronger), where as Kathy used the mesh canvas. My 14 cartridges look so lonely in the top section, but in time my collection of cartridges will grow and this system offers me lots and lots of expansion space.

Labor Day Weekend Crop

My friends Peggy and Amy hosted a Labor Day weekend - save-your-gas-and-scrap - crop on Saturday and Sunday. The hardcore group were there for 12 hours each day. I was a little less hardcore, a little more lazy, and slept in each morning so I only managed 10 hours of scrapping each day.

I completed a challenge, which I do not think I am allowed to go into yet, but I promise to post photos in the near future. I also finished projects from the convention, as well as making a clear album purchased at the convention. And I finished day two covering a chipboard castle shaped book with SEI Poppy paper. I love the metalic silver in the paper! My dd will love this for her beach photos!

I am posting a few photos of the crop - though not all who were present were photographed - including me!!!

Happy Labor Day!

Above: Suzanne - hard at work. Below: Kathy busy with the Cricky & DS.

Below: Amy chats with friends while packing up her scrap goods.