Saturday, February 28, 2009

Soggy Day = Lots of Paper Crafting



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

Looking for a GREAT Subcription Deal???


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

Featured in the Chirp! Newsletter this Week!!

Lonna Joy contacted me last Thurday and let me know that I would be featured in the Spotlight section of the Chrip! They were so nice about my cupcake wrapper that I was very excited. For those who will ask, I chose Wild Card as my free cartridge!! I cannot wait for it to arrive!



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 Good!



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

Sunday Afternoon Cards



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!!! :-(


Stamping Expo and New Toys



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.

Well, that was my day and my evening. Fun and productive!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Home Sick for the Day = More Cards

I spent today home sick. I think I had a 24 hour virus. I first began to feel unwell yesterday afternoon, the night was horrid, the morning was icky, the afternoon was so-so, then suddenly at dinner time I WANTED FOOD! Sometime late this afternoon I finally ventured into my scrapping room. I had a few cards to assemble and embellish (previously posted Easter cards). Then I thought I would do a little stamping.

First I used embossing ink and black sparkly embossing powder and created this card:


Next, I continued with the embossing ink and embossed with silver powder. I then used my embossing ink pen and colored in various spaces using cream embossing powder. Finally I went back and filled in a few more spaces and used holographic embossing powder. This is triple embossing effect:





And finally I stamped Holly. She is so cute, and I had yet to stamp her. So tonight was the night. I colored her with markers, then embossed her bow.


So.... I really hope tomorrow finds me completely back to normal!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Bitten by the Bug Monday - Alphalicious B for Bethany

Happy, happy Monday morning! It is another BBTB Monday - Regina has the new challenge posted and wow - o - wow are they nice! The challenge this week was to use the B or b from the Alphalicious cartridge as a monogrammed card. That was very easy for me - my dd is BETHANY! So I made a monogrammed card for Bethany to use.

I added a little decorative frame to the inside of the card. It is actually the shadow of the frame cut around my B, except I added a white square to the center for a writing or stamping surface.


I finished the card off with Martha's eyelet punch and prima bling. Oh - and of course the sweet daisy stitched ribbon as an added embellishment!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

One More Addition to Scrap-Land

I would like to introduce the new addition to my scrap land, Carolyn. Carolyn is a 27" tall iron dress form that has joined my pink, white and black scrap room as an organizational addition. Carolyn will reside in the "dead space" in the back corner of my L shaped desk. I have used bent paperclips and attached embellishments to Carolyn, the type of embellishments which are tough to store in other places. I have some items that if they are not in visual range, I forget to use them (AND NO! That is not an indication that I have too much stuff. There is NO SUCH THING as too much scrapping stuff)!! Carolyn not only looks cute in that corner, she also will help to keep my desk top free of clutter.



More Cards and Some Organization

Remember last month when I pledged to make 6 Christmas cards each month (instead of the rush at the end to create 72 cards)? I worked on this month's cards a bit today, with mixed response on the nearly finished cards. I am not feeling the love on the Partridge in a Pear Tree. I think he need words.... And ribbon.

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!

Next, I played with the egg card cut a little more. This is a combination of Storybook and Doodlecharms. Honestly, I liked the fun colorful egg cards better!


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.

The tabbed dividers are labeled with card type on one side, or by month name on the other side. As you can see, I preferred the card type. In the rear of the organizer there are two sections that hold quite a variety of card paper and envelopes. Down front on the left are a few stamped images I have been working on.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Very Easy Egg Card - for Easter, Of Course!

So once again I was reading the cricut message board - yes, I really do have a life beyond the mb - and found a thread discussing Easter Cards. I also found out that Doodlecharms has an Egg shape. What makes that so interesting is that when I searched by keyword for Egg, the DC egg does not show up. Anyway, someone on the mb posted about the DC egg and this is what I came up with.
First, the created the cut file in a 6 x 12 format. Of course you only have to change the mat size for the expression - this is what I do. I also copy and past the base card cut again on the larger mat. I do this because when you cut the top layer on page 2 of the design, you cut it in two different colors so that your egg may have two colors on top. I actually did this with four colors of cardstock and now have four lovely, if very simple, egg cards (though in the photos only one is decorated... I am too busy eating cupcakes to do more tonight!!).

Cupcakes Anyone?


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

What a Busy with the Cricky Week

I have had such a busy week with my Cricut - Cricky and I have shared lots of quality time. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings were spent creating boxes and cards for my co-workers (mostly just the women) for Valentine's Day gifts. I took my BBTB box and card set, simplified the card as well as the box details and created 20 sets!! Finally tonight I got the boxes filled and tied closed. They are all packed in a large longaberger basket ready for work tomorrow.
I had to use a variety of printed cardstock. In the beginning I had only planned to make 8 of the sets. But I bet you know how it is when you think "oh no, Mary's feelings will be hurt!" Or, "Oops, person A and person B are good friends. Better give gifts to both!" So in the end, yes, it was 2o gifts, hence the mix and match cardstock. Fortunately the cardstocks all shared a similar hue of pink.


I think most of my co-workers will like their bags, but next year maybe I will just bake a pan of brownies. This was a lot of work!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

It's Bitten by the Bug Monday!

I so enjoy turning on my computer on Monday morning and checking out the Bitten by the Bug blog. Each Monday Regina Easter posts the design team's projects which utilize the latest Cricut challenge cut. This week the design team had a two part assignment: use the LOVE cut from the Home Accents cartridge and LOVE had to be brown.


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

Home Safe and Sound

Wow, what a weekend! A group of friends and I (my friends Kathy, Toby, Suzanne, Pat, Beth, and Sally) joined a larger group of extended friends at a scrapbooking retreat in GA. this weekend. Our adventures began on Thursday afternoon and we arrived home safely tonight (Sunday). I managed to scrap 38 pages (beating last year's total by 2 pages), as well as make a card for a future BBtB challenge.

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:


Ian and some friends celebrating his 18th birthday:



For Ian's senior year album - History being made:



For the Family Book, Thanksgiving time:




Bethany with Grandma Edwards, at Granny's after Christmas, and on Christmas morning:



Same Thanksgiving photos scrapped for Bethany's book:



And finally, page one of Ian's two page layout from the Flashback concert:


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Little Scrapping...?


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.