Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Popcorn the bear wishing a happy birthday

Popcorn the bear is back to wish you a happy birthday!  This little cutie is going to my friend Ruth as part of her series of bear cards.  I created two similar versions of this card, each using core'dination cardstock and my Stampin' Up punches.

The packages were time consuming to color with my Copic markers, but were actually a great coloring exercise.  I learned a lot about what my markers can and cannot do.  I really enjoyed the plaid package - easy to do one color at a time.  I used my white gel pen to add the dots to the blue package.

I added a small Party Time phrase to the front of the card using a stamp that came with the Popcorn set and Stampin' Up ink and oval punch.  I finished the oval with dots and dashes in white pen.

I finished off the bottom edge with a Stampin' Up border punch and a bit of lime green ribbon.  I actually made two versions of this card and did not use floral print ribbon on the other card.  I was hoping that the floral ribbon feminized this card a bit.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Blog Hopping, Blog Candy, and a BBTB2 card... WOW

Happy blog hopping BBTB2 Monday!  I have a lot of information to share so I should get typing.  Welcome to the monthly BBTB2 Blog hop.  You probably arrived here from Karen's blog.  If not, think about jumping over to BBTB2 and starting the blog hop at the beginning (after you finish reading my post, of course!).  The challenge cut this week was selected by my wonderful design team sister, Penny Shuberg.  Penny chose the apron cut on the FROM MY KITCHEN cartridge. 

I decided to use a recipe card cut from the same cartridge as my base card.  I welded a rectangle to the recipe card and scored down the middle of the weld to create the card.  I used Basic Grey's kitchen line of paper.  Ironic, huh?  The base card was cut using the cupcake print.  This worked well because the back side of the paper is a nice solid medium pink - perfect for the inside of the card.  The base card was topped with two matting cuts and wrapped with a ribbon before the apron was attached with pop dots.  I printed a recipe for Pasta with Shrimp and Crabmeat that I am going to mail to my son's girlfriend.  Crissie is learning to cook and Aaron loves seafood!


In addition to the bow near the bottom of the card,  I also added a scalloped tag to the upper right corner of the card.  I used one of my favorite products to create the top layer of the tag - the Amy Chomas mini gel pen holder and glitter pen set!!  I love Amy's products, the gel pens and holder as well as her embossing kit.  Awesome products!!!  With the gel pens you simply remove the blade housing from your Cricut and replace it with Amy's gel pen holder loaded with a mini pen.  The Cricut will then write your image instead of cutting.  Cool, huh?

In addition to a new BBTB2 project here, I also have a new cake recipe to share on my sister blog, Busy with the Cricky Cake.  Be sure to check the cake blog today for the recipe and again tomorrow to see the completed decorated cake.

Did I mention BLOG CANDY?  Yes, indeed there will be blog candy this week!!!  Amy Chomas is sponsoring my blog hop this month and is providing  FABULOUS blog candy: an Amy Chomas Mini Gel Pen Holder and Pen set!!!  Seriously!  This is a great product and I love it.  Anything with Amy's name attached is sure to be fabulous!!

Leave a comment below to register for the blog candy.  You should go by Amy's site and see her fabulous projects using her products.

Now that you have left a comment (you did leave a comment didn't you?), your next stop on the blog hop is at the blog of the AMAZING Lori Warner Lori is a very gifted designer and a wonderfully nice woman - have fun at her blog!!!  Have a great day and remember to visit Amy's site!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Popcorn the Bear Christmas Card

My friend Ruth is a Teddy Bear lover and collector.  While at CHA I ran across a line of bear rubber stamps called Popcorn Bear.  With Ruth in mind, I purchased four Popcorn the Bear stamps, two Christmas bears and two birthday bears.  My plan was to make cards for Ruth to give to other people in her life.

Ruth was my secret sister at work last year and after I had been outed by another employee, I made her a box of assorted cards.  She seemed to really like the cards so I thought she would really like bear cards.  This is the first Christmas card I made for her.  I am hoping to improve as I make more cards! 

I used an older Stampin' Up stamp sentiment on the inside of the card. I thought this stamp would allow Ruth plenty of space to write her own personal message and wish the recipient a Merry Christmas.  

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Happy Birthday with Loralei

I think I may have a new addiction - Loralei stamps!  The Loralei stamps are a product of Loralei Productions.  While in Chicago at CHA I met Loralei and her model/friend Susan.  I have not used my Susan stamp yet, but soon....

 I am going to confess that what I like about the Loralei stamps is their lack youth!  They remind me of me and my middle-aged girlfriends; the wide hips, the not quite perky bosom, and the mature facial features.  These women rock!

I added a small package to the lower left corner of the card - the package is one of several smaller stamps included in the Loralei stamp package.

The card is constructed of smooth white cardstock with a piece of patterned cardstock affixed to the front of the card.  Using a two inch scalloped circle punch, I punched three circles and attached them to the left side of the card. I tied a ribbon around the card vertically over top of the circles. 

I finished the card by affixing the Copic colored stamped images to the front of the card using pop dots and stamping a Happy Birthday sentiment inside the card.  I still have two unused Loralei stamps to share with you... But those are for another day.

Monday, August 23, 2010

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Happy BBTB2 Monday!  I feel like dancing today, how about you?  This week the challenge cut at BBTB2 is the flamingo from Cricut's Life's a Beach cartridge.  I chose to use the triple flamingo cut on my card.  After all, if one flamingo is good, three must be even better, right?  And three dancing flamingos just take the prize!

I used two cartridges to create this card:  Life's a Beach and Happy Hauntings.  I am loving the frames on Happy Hauntings!  I also used long nestabilities, plain and scalloped edge, as well as my I-Rock.  I added silver beads to the flamingos and to the sentiment statement.  I finished the card with a black and white striped ribbon, keeping with the formal feel of the card.

I wanted the background to be white, but not just flat white.  I used a herringbone embossing folder and created a background insert for the frame.  I am so happy that I remembered to emboss.  I am not sure why, but I almost never remember to use embossing folders with my BBTB2 projects.  I believe I get so involved in using the Cricut that I forget about embossing.  I remembered today AFTER I used the nesties.

If you have not already done so, please stop by BBTB2 and check out the FABULOUS projects.  My design team sisters WOW me every single week!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Drop Dead Gorgeous Diva at Everyday Cricut


Happy Saturday!  It is my week as the Saturday designer at Everyday Cricut.  I was channeling Tim Burton this week as I created the Everyday Cricut layout, Drop Dead Gorgeous Diva.  I used three cartridges to cut the layout elements, Happy Hauntings, Rock Princess, and Plantin Schoolbook.  Complete details of the layout and products used are discussed at the Everyday Cricut blog.  The cut file is available in the left column of this blog or by following this LINK.  I hope you enjoy scrapping your divas!  

Speaking of divas - or in this case diva girlfriends - I will be spending the afternoon at the movies seeing Eat, Love, Pray with my friends Peggy, Suzanne and Kathy.  We will be celebrating My Friend Kathy's birthday, which is Sunday.   Happy Birthday Kathy!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Christmas Card Kit from CKC

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Okay, maybe not.  With temperatures still high and our afternoon monsoon-like showers it truly looks nothing like Christmas.  But that does not mean that I cannot work on Christmas cards!!!!  One of the great items for sale by Creating Keepsakes in Charlotte was this awesome $10 (YES, TEN DOLLARS) Christmas card kit. 

The kit contains 10 each of three different patters of cards, complete with inserts, wrap bands, epoxy stickers, and an acetate overlay for each insert.  Thirty cards!  Also in the kit are 30 envelopes and full sheet page inserts on which to print the annual Christmas letter.  Additionally there are 6 photo CD mailers with cards, small gift card with envelopes, and a ton of cute-cute-cute package tags.  .... All for $10.  Nice, huh?

Each card has an insert piece which gets an expoxy sticker added.  The back is lined so a hand written note can be easily added.  Also there is plenty of room to affix a photo onto the card!!  Okay family, SAY CHEESE!

I am so excited about these cuties that I just may use them as a template in Design Studio and cut more on my Cricut.  Usually I have 10-12 different styles of cards as they are homemade, but this year I may go with one or two styles, but this same card design in several paper combinations. 

I am still patting myself on the back for this purchase!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Oh my, oh my..... What to do with the loot?

 Three and a half years ago my husband and I purchased a new home.  Before the paperwork was ever signed I had selected the smallest of the four bedrooms to be my scrapping room and the formal living room (that we never use) to be converted into an office/library for Doug.  Great plan.  We each had a room and our hobbies would not overflow into other areas.

Three and a half years later I am wishing I had selected the bonus room.  I have such a mess in my scraproom.  I have never unpacked and put away all of the loot from CHA and now I have double the piles because of my CKC shopping.  But what is an avid scrapper to do? I must have toys and scrap "stuff", right?  I know YOU understand.

Yesterday I began taking items out of their bags and boxes, planning to sort then into piles and put everything away.  That plan quickly deteriorated into a huge mess, with no real rhyme or reason.  I have reached the realization that until I reorganize the room contents I cannot hope to add in new supplies.

This is one of MANY issues I will have to resolve - pictured above are pages and pages of "unbooked" scrap pages.  I have completed the scrapping but need to purchase albums and move the finished albums to the office (yes, Doug's area - but the bookshelves are there).  By the way, there five more shelves of "unbooked" pages behind the bag!

To add to the confusion, I have a Yudu ordered, a Spellbinders Grand Calibur coming in October, and of course the new Cricut Imagine machine.  I think I need to add a shelf unit in the large closet and make additional storage in there.  Either that move to the bonus room!!

warm holiday wishes

Happy BBTB2 Monday.  This week the challenge cut at BBTB2 is the cup from the Joys of the Season cartridge.  The design team could use the cup in any project that we wanted.  I jumped ahead and made a Christmas card.  I am SOOOO far behind on my Christmas cards this year!

If that last sentence sound silly, since after all it is only August(!), last year I made six card each month and I was all set to mail cards by December.  I have not been nearly so productive this year.  However, while at CKC this last weekend I did purchase quite a bit of Christmas card making goodies.  Hopefully I will get rolling on them soon.

I used SEI paper to and Core'dinations cardstock to create this card, along with a Technique Tuesday Scalloped tile.  The tiles take ink so much better than chipboard; I just may have a new favorite to add to my long list of favorites!  All of my cuts, except the two background rectangles (Plantin) came from Joys of the Season.  It is such a great cartridge and offers so many wonderful holiday cuts.

If you have not been by BBTB2 and viewed the other fabulous projects you owe it to yourself to do so!

Have a great day.

Updates reveal new cartridges

Oh yes, Provo Craft - the maker of my favorite toys - has been at it again!  Just when I think it is safe to update my Design Studio and Gypsy fonts, PC adds new cartridges so that I may have something new to covet!  The truly sad part of that statement is that I *just* returned from CKC were I spent more than my fair share on new products.  And that was on the heels of CHA.  I think I am a scrap obsessed shopper.  At least I do actually use the products I purchase!

The new must have Seasonal Cartridges include this cute Thanksgiving cartridge:

And the package:

This adorable Christmas Cards cartridge,

And the packaging:

And this cute Christmas Village cartridge:

And the packaging:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday at Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte

 (After class)

Today has been quite the busy day.  Kathy and I left our room at 8:30 this morning for the convention center.  We were part of the early admission group to the Vendor Faire.  We also had a couple of errands to run on our way and when all was said and done our timing was almost perfect.  I checked my XXL rolling tote into the secure area at the convention complete with my tool kit inside.  We visited Starbucks and waiting in line for vendor faire to open.

I had two hours to shop before my first class.  Every year it seems that we find one "new to us" product that WOWs both Kathy and I.  It is funny that the same product appeals to us both each year.  This year proved to be no exception as we discovered Tami Potter mosaic page products.  We had both glanced over and past the mosaics in the past, but somehow this year was different.  We each purchased the starter kit and I used it tonight for the first time.  WOW.  You can visit Tami web site at THIS link.

The highlight of my day was meeting and having lunch with a group of ladies from the Cricut MB and the blogosphere.  I met a lovely woman Susan who has followed my blog for a while and that was such a treat.  In fact Susan and I are hoping to have lunch together again tomorrow.  The other ladies wore their circle bracelets and were all very sweet.  We did grab a group photo before we ran off to classes.

I had one great class today, Technique Tuesday, and one not so great class.  I did A LOT of damage shopping (ouch).  Kathy, Pat, Suzanne and I went to a wonderful Asian restaurant for dinner which was WONDERFUL.  We then finished the day at the Friday night crop.  Our table won a group prize and in the photo below Kathy is separating our flower pack.

I will post about Saturday after I return home. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

In Charlotte, NC at the Creating Keepsakes Convention

I am here in Charlotte, NC attending the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention with MFK (My Friend Kathy), Suzanne and Pat!  We arrived mid-afternoon to a super hot and sticky day - the heat index was 107 and NO, that is not a dry heat!!!

After checking into the hotel we immediately went over to the convention center and picked up our registration packets and checked out the class displays and open classes.  I actually feel pretty well booked.  I had a three hour sketches class tonight (with the girls!) and I have two classes and a night time crop tomorrow.  Then I will wrap up the weekend with two more classes on Saturday.

The convention is held at the Charlotte Convention Center.  It is actually a nice facility with many meeting and classrooms.

Ohhhhh, also tomorrow I will be lunching with ladies from the Message Board.  I will try to grab more photos for tomorrow night's post.