Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mother's Day Cards By Andrea

Oh Hello!  Guess who entered her photos  but forgot to type in the text??  Yes, that would be me!

This is a lovely card designed by my neighbor, Andrea.  Andrea had the scrapping ladies over to make Mother's Day cards.  Andrea has a plethora of stamps and ink pads; the woman could easily start her own store!  Or maybe start giving stamping lessons!

I only made one change on Andrea's design, I added doodle dots.  But even then Andrea made suggestions.  I am so lucky to have such a talented and super-nice neighbor!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries Cards

I recently added a new stamp set to my collection:  Berries and Cherries was purchased from Taylored Expressions.  Taylor has some of the cutest themed cupcake stamps on the markets.  But at the moment I in a fruit phase so I chose cherries.

I stamped the bowl of cherries image in Stampin' Up's chocolate brown classic ink.  I colored in with Copic markers.  I cut the bowl image and the background scalloped matting using my nestabilities.  I also used a new Stampin' Up border punch to finish the edges of the red and gold papers.

I used a circle punch to cut out the phrase cirlce: "Life is just a blow of Cherries".  I mounted the phrase over a strip of yellow-gold ribbon which I tied into a little knot.  The card front section is mounted on a plain white A2 cardstock card base. 

I know this was a quicky post, but I am having a busy week!! 

Remember to leave a comment under my Monday's BBTB2 blog hop post to be in the drawing for the Mother's Day mini cartridge.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bee Happy with the BBTB2 BLOG HOP and BLOG CANDY

Don't worry, Bee happy - it's a Bitten By the Bug 2 Monday with the April Blog Hop!!  How great is that?   The Monday Blog Hop is enough to chase away all of your Monday blues.  If you are following the blog hop you probably arrived here from Margie's blog, if not, you may want to start the at the beginning of the Blog Hop at BBTB2 (after you read my post and register for my great blog candy, of course!). 

This week's challenge cut is the Bee from the Sentimentals cartridge.  I made a sweet little yellow and black bee, with a yellow and green shadow cut.  I matted the bee with pop dots onto a label cut also from Sentimentals.  I trimmed the label with flowers because the bee must have been searching for pollen.  Silly Bee.

I added more ribbon and flowers to the bottom of portion of the card and topped the ribbon with the phrase Bee happy.  There is also a sneaky little bee hiding behind the ribbon. 

Did I mention that there would be blog candy??? Oh indeed there IS blog candy.  I have a new, unopened Mother's Day mini cartridge in need of a home!  I will be drawing a winner on Saturday from the comments on this blog post.  So before you hop along, be sure to leave a comment!!!!

So, you have read the post? Yes.  You have left a comment below? Yes.  Okay then, that means it is time for you to hop along to the next stop on the blog hop.  Your next stop is at the blog of the FABULOUS Heather.  I love Heather!  She is super person as well as a super wonderful paper crafter!!  Have a great visit at Heather's blog!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Life's A Beach Gecko In the Sun

Guess what I FINALLY purchased??  The Life's A Beach cartridge!  I don't know why I had not purchased this little cutie sooner because it is loaded with adorable cuts!  My first Life's A Beach card features this adorable print Gecko heading off to the beach. 

I love the paper that I used to cut the gecko, but sadly now it is all gone. It is from the same set as the orange background paper and the light blue paper on which the gecko is crawling.  The phrase "fun in the sun" was cut with Bazzill cardstock, and it is on the matching phrase function with the Gecko.

Life's a beach also had some super-cute multi cuts for borders and such.  I just couldn't resist adding these four little geckos as an inside border.  I matted them on rust Bazzill cardstock which is flanked by the orange print from the front.

I finished the card by adding green and orange flowers and a double layer of ribbon.  I used my favorite pens to do a bit of doodling and voila - a cute Gecko in the sun card!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ice Cream Cone Treat Box with Sweet Treats

You know how we all have cartridges that are not fully appeciated and used? For me one of those is Sweet Treats. I love the cakes, pies, ice cream, etc. cuts on ST, but I confess that I have only just begun to use the multitude of available cuts. In fact, I had never made of the Sweet Treat treat boxes.

My favorite ice cream cone is strawberry ice cream.  So of course I had to make the strawberry ice cream cone treat box.  In real life I would not top the strawberry cone with chocolate, but the drippy chocolate look wonderful on this cone.  I also like that this cone is topped with a strawberry.

I used the DCWV Sweet stack to cut the treat box elements.  In addition to the ice cream cone and the box cut I also used Sweet paper for the box cut trims (see the box sides in photo number one).  I did add touches of pink bazzill cardstock (scalloped trim on the sides) and green bazzill cardstock (the strawberry leaves).  I completed the treat box by adding ribbon handle.  The ribbon was threaded through the holes on the sides of the treat box and knotted on the inside of the box.

Just think how cute the birthday cake treat box would be for a special birthday!!  I may have to make the B-day box next!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blog Candy/Give Away at My Sister Blog

I have a blog candy give away going on over at my sister blog, Busy with the Cricky Cake.  I created the cake blog for the release for the Cricut Cake machine.  I am loving my Cricut Cake and wanted to document my cake journey with interferring with my paper crafting.  

The give away is a drawing for two $25.00 gift vouchers from Custom Crops.  You must do two things to be eligible for the drawing:

  1. Become a follower of Busy With The Cricky Cake; and
  2. Leave a comment in the Give Away post at the Cake blog.
The drawing will be on Saturday and two lucky winners will can have mini shopping spree at Custom Crops, the first sponsor of the new blog. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Little Red Riding Hood Layout with Cut File

I was a day late in posting this week's Custom Crops project - Hey There Little Red Riding Hood.  Custom Crops challenged us to use the Jubilee cartidge.  While I have done cute house cards and layouts with Jubilee, I wanted to use something a little different for the challenge.  Then I found the tree and grass cut!  Forest.  And who is in the forest?  That wolf waiting for Little Red Riding Hood!

LRRH was created using Everyday Paper Dolls and the wolf is from Create a Critter!  I also used George for a circle and the photo mats and letters.  The cut file as well as detailed instructions are available by clicking the Custom Crops blinkie in the left column. 

This was a really fun layout and I hope that you too are able to enjoy it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

April Showers for Hello Kitty

Happy Monday!  It is a BBTB2 Monday and we have seven new Design Team members!!  Have you already been by the BBTB2 blog and checked out all of the amazing cards and layouts???  WOW, WOW, WOW!
This week's challenge cut is the little three flower card on the From My Kitchen cartridge.  I used the flower card and added two folds to each side, inserting it through the foundation card (a recipe card from FMK) so that it creates a panoramic card. 

I used HELLO KITTY to create the center section of my card, matted on a label from Sentimentals.   Kitty has her umbrella out because we are still having April Showers. The tag at the top of the card says April Showers, as if we had any doubts.  But what happens when we get April showers?  Yes!  May flowers!  See the three cute little button flowers growing in the rain?

And because I might want to actually add a note and sign this card, I made Kitty into a card.  The Hello Kitty section is the only part of this card that opens.  Cute, huh?

 Please do click the BBTB2 link in my left column if you have not already been by there today.  Also please leave a comment so that our new DT members will feel welcome and loved (they are ALL awesome designers). 

And finally, if you have not already visited my new sister blog, Busy with the Cricky Cake, please click the link in right column.  I am having so much fun with the Cricut Cake machine and I am enjoying sharing my adventures.

I will be back tomorrow with a new project for you.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Butterflies with Everday Cricut

I am so excited - this is my launch as part of the Saturday Design Crew at Everyday Cricut.  I am so honored that Joy and Melanie asked me to join them on this one Saturday each month.  I thought I might like to work on themed projects, featuring similar cuts, or colors, or both.  This month I am sharing two butterfly cards made with the Sentimentals cartridge. 

The features wings which open from the center of the butterfly's body.  I created this effect by welding extra wings to the shadow butterfly cut.  There are more details on this in my post today at Everyday Cricut.  I embellished the butterfly with flowers, pearls, gems and doodle dots. 

The second card features the same butterfly cut, only smaller, the same paper colors, but is designed to be a more traditional rectangular shaped card.  The inside of the card has an additional butterfly, even smaller, as well as colored paper.  Again for more details on how this card was made and designed (I off hints on designing with Cricut Design Studio), visit Joy's and Melanie's Everyday Cricut.  Just click the Everyday Cricut blinky in the left column.

I hope you have a great weekend.  I will be back early Monday morning with my BBTB2 post.  I may get Busy with the Cricky Cake tomorrow, so you might want to check my sister blog over the weekend.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Thank You Hannah at Sherbet Blossom Designs

I love, LOVE, love my new custom blog design and blinkies! Hannah at Sherbet Blossom Designs designed the background, banner and blinkie elements. I love everything about this design. She took my very few limited comments and made something wonderfully fun and special. I feel like the blog design really expresses my tastes and shows the up beat fun attitude that I like to express in my projects.

Hannah’s blinkie is on the lower part of the right column – check out her premade and custom blog packages to get a special look for your blog.
Oh and THANK YOU DOUG for not thinking I was crazy when I asked for blog packages for my birthday!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

For you, HONEY!

With so much of my time this week focused on the Cricut Cake, and the launch of my sister blog, Busy With The Cricky Cake, I thought I had better assure all of you that I am still completely addicted to my Cricut Expression!  LOL.  The cute little card was made using Design Studio and the Sentimentals cartridge.  And yes, like always, I am going to tell you that I LOVE this cartridge.  Seriously, I know, I know.  I always tell you that I love the cartridges, but I DO!  The cartridge designers at PC create such amazing designs.

 This little cutie was made using Bo Bunny cardstock and Coordinations cardstock.  Both of these products cut beautifully with the Cricut.  Ironically my photography failed me so the inside photo did not turn out well enough to post on the blog.  The inside has a smaller "hive" shape cut out, and the word "Honey" inside, making the full sentiment, For You Honey!

If you have not already done so, please consider following my new sister blog.  Friends and I will be sharing our first cake this weekend!  And you will want to be part of the fun too!  Busy With The Cricky Cake.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In Honor of the Cricut Cake Release....

Did you order yours yet???  I am, of course, referring to the Cricut Cake???  Mine has been preordered and I have NO idea when to expect it, but I am SOOOO excited for it to arrive!  In honor of Cricut Cake Day I used the Sweet Treats cartridge (with a the lattice from Wild Cards) and made this Bridal Shower cake.  

My DH was cute - he did not want to be critical so he gently asked, is it off center a bit???  Yes - quite a bit!!  I did not want to share the bride's name so I did not attach the scalloped circle tag which goes in the upper right of the card front (hanging off the edge a tiny bit).  So no, I have not lost my ability to CENTER.... honestly!

Sooo for several days now I have been mentioning an upcoming announcement.  Today is the day...  Here goes:

I am adding a sister blog site, Busy with the Cricky Cake.  Some friends and I will be sharing Cricut Cake projects - cakes and other food items - each week at the new sister blog site in the near future.  Of course we have to wait for the Cake machines to arrive.  :-(    I will let you know when we are fully up and running.  I am quite excited about the new blog and I have Joy Tracy and Melanie Brown to thank (or blame) for the idea!  But once the idea took hold, we thought it could be quite fun.  Our Cricut Cakes are on their way so I hope to have our first cake project posted next week!!  I hope you will consider registering as a follower at Busy with the Cricky Cake!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons Card with Cut File

I have three words for you:  JUST BECAUSE CARDS!   Yes, I could end this post here and know that I had shared an important message with you.  I COULD end here, but we all know I am not going to!! LOL 

The cut file for this card, as well as detailed instructions, are available at Custom Crops. In the article at Custom Crops you will also find links to the papers that I used on this card. I just have to modestly (NOT AT ALL) tell you that I ADORE this card. It is so cheerful and fun.

The photo above shows the inside of the card.  Even with the cricut cuts on the inside there is still plenty of room for you to add your own personalized message.

This is a side view of the card.  Click the Custom Crops blinkie near the top of the blog and that will take you to my design page at Custom Crops.  Please do leave a comment while you are there.  We love project comments.

Tomorrow is the release of the Cricut Cake. Be sure to stop back by for my latest annoucement.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Room For Rent

Happy BBTB2 Monday!!  The BBTB2 "challenge cut" for this week is the rick rack cut from the Plantin School Book cartridge. We could use the rick rack cut any way on any project we choose.  I have to tell you that I have used this cute little cut A LOT, often as a trim or embellishment.  This week the rick rack has become gingerbread trim for my birdhouse. 

Do you know a nice bird that needs a cute little house???  I have a room for rent!  I used three cartridges to create this cute card, Plantin Schoolbook for the rick rack cut, Just Because Cards for the matting layers and card, and Serenade for the bird house layers.  Serenade is a cartridge who's potential I have only begun to explore.  SOOO MANY cute, cute cuts on this cartridge!!

I embellished my bird house card with a strip of  navy ribbon, a blue polkadot daisy, and a bright red button across the bottom of the card.  As you can see in the photo below, I used pop dots to affix the bird house to the matting.  I also added strips of matching paper on the inside of the card.

Have you read the big news over at BBTB2?  We have seven (7!!) new design team members who will be joining the team with next week.  I am so excited to work with these fabulous designers!!!  Welcome ladies! I will have to find some serious MOJO for next week or I will be left in the scrap pile!!!

I have a busy week here at Busy with the Cricky so be sure to stop back tomorrow and see what else I have been up to.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

So, about that title, it should read "A Month Late".   I seem to be perpetually behind lately.  As evidence, I am a month late making my St. Patrick's Day cards.  I suppose I could say that I am eleven months early, but honestly we all know better.  :-D

I used the Picturesque cartridge, along with Just Because Cards (my new Go To cartridge), and an assortment of fabulous green papers to create this Celtic Knot Card.  There are three layers of knot pieces, plus the oval frame and the frame center that I inserted between layers two and three of the knot as a background. 

I kept embellies to a stark minimum; I did not want to distract from the knot cuts.  I did add white doodle dots and I found some fabulous Irish buttons I had been saving.  I removed the loop section from the back of a large button and used a large sticky dot to attach the shamrock to the card front. 

Now that I have finally "Gotten my Irish on", a month late(!),I will tell you about my upcoming week.  I will have a new post EARLY Monday morning with the BBTB2 weekly challenge.  On Tuesday or Wednesday I should be able to share a cute project I created for Custom Crops - I am excited to share this cutie with you.  I will be back later in the week with a personal project as well as a new CUSTOM blog look that I have commissioned.  And that friends will take us into the following weekend and my first Saturday on Everyday Cricut.  I foresee a busy week....

And finally, one last thing, remember April 14th is the release of the Cricut Cake on HSN.  Have your charge card in hand at midnight!!!!   I will have an announcement later in the week regarding the Cricut Cake!! (Cryptic ending!!).

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Life Is Just Peachy

I love the new Just Because Cards - in the words of an earlier era, it's just Peachy!!  There are so many cute cards, phrases, and image cuts.  If you have not already purchased this cartridge, I promise that when you do it will become one of your favorites.

I cut the peach and tag with shadow layers from Just Because cards by first designing the card in CDS.  I added the card and the matting layers to the virutal mat so that I could see aheard of time what my finished card would look like.  I usually make my first page in a cut file a Preview page.  I do this because my memory is not what it used to be (and never was what it should have been) and the preview page will remind me at a later date of what I intended with the cut file.

I used copic markers and my gel pen on the peach and tag as well as on the paper flowers.  But the fun part of this card was the ribbon.  I used wide organza ribbon which I twisted and zig zagged into place.  I then straight stitched around the top matting layer and hand sewed the buttons over the flowers. 

I especially like the printed paper on mat three.  Such a delicate, pretty print.  It was just the touch the card need to make the middle front "pop".