Saturday, February 28, 2009
We have had the wettest, soggiest day here in SC. According to the weather bureau we have had 2 inches of rain, along with a fair does of thunder and lightening. The good news is this weather made me not want to leave the house! I am wearing flannel sleep pants & a sweatshirt and saw no reason at all for real clothes today.
My hermit attitude allowed me to accomplish so much in my scrapping room. I completed the next two bitten by the bug challenges, as well as a wedding card I have been commissioned to make.
The wedding card is for some friends of ours to give. They told me that the groom had graduated from a motorcycle master mechanic school so they wanted to include that on the card. Yikes!!! Brides and motorcycles and tools! This was quite the challenge. In the end, it was unique and a bit fun.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I have discovered a publication in recent months that I really like: Cards - The Hottest Trends in Card Making. This publication is by the same company that publishes Scrapbook Trends, Handmade, Beads, etc. Sadly I have found the individual issues to be a bit costly ($20), causing me to think twice about each potential purchase.
Not to worry - there is good news!! Right now there is a special where you can order 12 issues of your favorite of the listed publications, and receive 6 issues of a second publication free. Now, I will say that the subscription price is still a bit higher than you average magazine ($84-$89), but these publications are more book-like than periodical-like.
The subscription special can be accessed from this link: http://www.beadtrendsmag.com/shoppingcart.html?Category=PROMO
Scroll down and read carefully as there are several combination options. I chose 12 issues of Cards and 6 issues of Handmade. I was very tempted to go with scrapbook trends, but in the end I chose Handmade.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
You can view this week's Chirp! Newsletter at this link: www.cricut.com/newsletters/volume.aspx?ID=165
Monday, February 23, 2009
Life is very Good over at the Bitten by the Bug blog. The design team was tasked with using the LIFE is GOOD cut from the Graphically Speaking cricut cartridge, and wow did they ever show "LIFE is GOOD". Do stop by and check out the amazing projects.
I scrapped President Obama's inaugural photos for my submission. I blinged my key phase while using red, white, and blue colors. The paper is from an exclusive line available at Scrap My Trip. Julie's team came up with amazing election products just for those of us who add moments of history to our family books.
Below are photos of the blinged out Life is Good phase, as well as a photo of the full two page layout.
I hope our LIFE is GOOD this week!!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I am still playing with my new toys from yesterday's stamping show. Today I used my new cicular Merry Christmas stamp. I stamped and embossed the Merry Christmas phase in gold embossing powder. I used nesties, cardstock, and basicgrey paper to create these two cute cards. Sadly, I now have to go mop my kitchen!!! :-(
Yesterday three friends (Kathy, Andrea, & Steph) and I made a little road trip to Columbia to check out the Stamping, Scrapbooking, and Paper Arts Expo. In spite of the title, this was mainly a stamping show. We saw some of the cutest stamping products, amazing new techniques, and wonderful tools. Steph even won a $100 to spend at the show!
I went with the single-minded idea of purchasing the Cupcake Flourish set from Darcie's (which they featured at CHA in Jan). Sadly they were not in stock yet. However, in an unrelated conversation with a gentleman who, unknown to me, just happened to be the owner of Darcie's, I found that I could pre-order the stamp set, and they would pay the postage. Woot! My set should arrive in March.
I did make a few other purchases. Also from Darcie's, I purchased printed patterned cardstock which was 12" x 18". It will be fabulous for making boxes using the 12 x 24 cut mat!! I also purchased glossy paper to die and stamp on, red glitter, two stamps (one is featured below), and some really amazing Parisian ribbons and laces.
Last night I just had to play with my new toys, so I made three cards. The first utilized one of my new stamps, the circular Happy Birthday. I used Bittersweet paper in the background and generic cardstock, which was textured with swiss dot. I used my nesties to cut out and emboss my Happy B-day circle. The center cupcake is from Inkadinkadoo Cupcake set.
This second card utilizes a make and take technique from Dacie's. The make and take involved painting the pre-stamped wreath, selecting pre-printed images, cutting them out, and shrinking them to button size (think Shrinky-dinks) and using them as embellies.
I again used my nesties and cut out and emboss the image. I adhered the circle to peach cardstock, which I punch with a border punch. The cream organza ribbon and my Happy Easter stamp were the perfect dress-up touches.
And finally, I went back to my previous project and assembled another card using the SU Illuminations set. You cannot really tell but the image is embossed with silver embossing powdered.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
First I used embossing ink and black sparkly embossing powder and created this card:
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
However, I do like the pine cone cards. I made three of these. All of the cards were cut from the JOTS cartridge, then dry embossed with my wizard, and finally heat embossed with three colors of embossing powders. The pinecones then each were embellished with a cute little winter saying rub on. I did not find a cute little saying that went with the bird & pear!
My friend Kathy, as I often refer to her on here, was interested in seeing my card storage solution. I add another member of the Shelf-it family to my scraproom. I previous enjoyed my Stamps organizer and Inks organizer, so I added the cards organizer. The second photo shows the inside of the card organizer.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In response to recent postings on the Cricut message board, I decided to spend some time this week attempting to create a lacey cupcake wrapper. My inspiration came from a photo posted on the mb from a wedding site. Most mb-ers agreed that it would take SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) to recreate the cut file. I think they forgot about STORYBOOK! The storybook cartridge is a treasure of pretty shapes. I used one of those shapes to create my cupcake wrapper.
NOTE TO USERS - I made this a little long on purpose. Sometimes we make tall cupcakes, sometimes not. Due to the repeat of the pattern, hand trimming is a breeze!! You may see the pink strip in the lower front of the photo that I trimmed. I wanted to show how easy custom sizing could be.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
I used more of that yummy BasicGray Bittersweet paper line to cover my pink bazzill cardstock Tags, Bags, Boxes and More box cut. Pop dots were inserted to create more depth on the LOVE design. The top heart was covered with additional bazzill cardstock, a pink polka dot bow, and a crocheted heart. The box was tied closed with a valentine colored organza ribbon. I can't wait to use this box for gift giving!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I am not going to post all 38 pages, but I will give a you a little peek into my weekend. First, Bethany's room in Charleston, where she is in college:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I actually did not create these pages this week, but I did begin to organize a pile of "unbooked" pages. This is the title page to Ian's Senior album. Have I mentioned that my baby is a senior this year? The photos on these three pages were taken by an outstanding local photographer, Denise Jane. She is just amazing. Her idea of the perfect senior picture is not a formal portrait for parents, but rather capturing the nature and personality of the student. She did that with Ian. We do have a couple of fabulous dressy photos, but Ian really liked those photographs pictured here.
This last double page spread - I call this "Kathy and Susan Go to Convention"! Most of the photos are from 2006 when Kathy and I first decided to give the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte a try. We had a smashing time and have returned annually. In fact, our group doubled in size last year when Suzanne and Pat joined our group.
The layout below was one of four created in the BasicGrey Latest and Greatest class. I found the layouts as I was preparing "kits" for my retreat this weekend. All I did was trim the photos, add a flower and some journaling. Very easy. I do need to cut a title still, but I thought I would go ahead and share.