Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Creating Keepsakes Convention Recap

Here I am, a day late and a dollar short (because I spent so much at CKC!) on posting about my adventures at the Charlotte Creating Keepsakes Convention.  First let me tell you that I have never found any of the previous five or six conventions to be this educational!  I learned sooo much this last weekend and THAT was super exciting to me!  Of course I did have more opportunities to learn than usual - I took seven classes! 

MFK (Kathy), Pat, Suzanne and I departed Aiken early Thursday afternoon.  We drove to Charlotte, checked into the Westin (which fell several notches from their pedestal due to poor service) and then we meet up with Susan F., our friend from Seneca, SC.  The five of us picked up our registration packets, hung out and then went out to dinner. 

Friday morning we arrived at the Convention center shortly after 8:00 am.  I had an 8:30 class and needed to check my rolling tote into the volunteer storage area AND hit up Starbucks!  My first class was a Technique Tuesday layout class designed by Ali Edwards (no relation! LOL).  We completed two of four layouts with lots of materials and instructions to continue on our own.  I won an additionL Ali Edwards stamp set at the end of this class and that excited me. 

Between classed I ran down to the vendor faire to get the lay of the land.  I had a small shopping list of three items I needed for Saturday's classes.

My second class was Sophisticated Style, Expanding Layouts with SEI.  I liked the techniques taught in this class and the paper sets and embellishments are so pretty.  However... I felt a need to change a few of the layouts to add more "pop" and photos.  I also won another door prize in this class!!!  Woot!

My third class was Copic II - a technique class in using Copic markers.  I really liked this instructor and the various Copic techniques she taught.  She was so direct and so easily understood.

I had a long break at this point and managed to part with some money in the vendor faire!!

My final class of the day was a Tami Potter's Mosaic Moments class.  If you have followed my blog you know that I have already used some of Tami's products, but I wanted a greater understanding of how to use the products as I felt I was not reaching the full potential.  And yes indeed, I was correct.  I learned so much on how to further use Tami's great products!  And yes, because this was an evening class their was a special vendor area set up and I purchased quite a bit of additional product from Tami at half-price.

Saturday was another busy day.  I started the day in the vendor faire.  My plan had been to fill my time with lots of classes so as to spend  less. Ha.  That almost worked - NOT!

My first class was BasicGrey's Latest and Greatest.  I take this class every year.  It is taught by Shelby and I so enjoy her teaching style and her enthusiasm.  She teaches four different layouts with varying degrees of difficulty in one hour.  The layouts always feature the latest lines of BasicGrey papers. 

My second class on Saturday was by Quick Quotes.  The QQ classes are always fun with lots of new ideas presented. Of course Quick Quotes does want to teach us to use their products on our projects, but I do so like their classes!  I won a package of vellum travel quotes, which is great since I have a cruise in two months!!

My final class on Saturday was by Heartfelt Creations.  LOVED this class.  Heartfelt Creations has a lots of stamp sets that coordinate with Spellbinder sets.  The class I took featured the the flower dies and stamps on the layout pictured above.  There is a matching card for this layout - and materials for a second layout page.  I won another fabulous set of Spellbinder coordinating stamps in this class!  I also dropped a bit of $$ in their booth ordering stamps to match some of my Spellbinders.

By late Saturday afternoon I was feeling tired and potentially broke!  Suzanne had a late class so Pat and I made our final purchases and strolled around the vendor faire.  There was a great make and take sponsored by Scrapbook Creations.  For $2.00 you created a great card while learning to use: Copic Markers, Just Right Stamps, Flower Soft, Glue and Glitter stamping, Popped dimension stamping, and glitter pens.  I suggested that Pat complete this make and take.  Scrapbook Creations was offering what I thought was the best prize of the show, a weekend scrap retreat for the winner and number of her friends.  Pat and I added our names to the drawing and I added MFK (Kathy) to the drawing.  The winner had to be present to win.

By the time Pat completed her card we had been joined by MFK and Suzanne.  We waited an addition ten minutes for the drawing.  To make a long story short, MFK (MY FRIEND KATHY) won the free retreat weekend!!!  Above is a poor quality photo of Kathy with the sweet lady from Scrapbook Creations!!   We are hoping to take our trip next winter or spring - working around various weddings currently underway in a number of our lives!!

Our trip home included a stop at McAllister's Deli in Rock Hill and lots and lots of retreat talk!!

If you are still reading this post you deserve an award!!!  Thanks for stopping by today.  

Monday, August 29, 2011

Heritage Tree Halloween Scene with BBTB2

It's another Monday with another Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge and monthly blog hop!!  If you are following the blog hop you arrived here from Penny's blog, PenniAnne's.   Our adorable design team sister, Julie Huxter of Huxter's House, selected this week's challenge cut, Tree 1 from the Heritage cartridge.

When I first looked at the challenge cut, my first thought was “Family Tree”.  I designed a sweet heritage-family tree scrap layout, but I was never hugely excited about the page.  Last Thursday – Saturday I attended Creating Keepsake’s Charlotte Convention in Charlotte, NC and saw some really pretty heritage/family tree cardstock lines, but I did not purchase any.  Friday night while in bed at the Westin, it suddenly came to me.  The card was completely visualized in my head.  I was so afraid that I would forget the card idea before I arrived home!!

I began by cutting the tree, both the icon and shadow cuts at 4.25 inches. Using finger daubers and assorted brown, tan and black ink pads, I added shadows and highlights to the top layer of the tree. I then glued the two layers of trees together and added white pen highlights.

Next, using white card stock, I cut the base card. I welded two 5.5 x 4.25 inch rectangles together and then I welded a 5.5 x 2 inch rectangle to the two rectangles. I scored the card at 4.25 inches (middle fold), at 8.5 inches and at 9.5 inches (to create the fold on the lower front of the card).

Using the same cutting guide as above, I removed one of the two large rectangles and cut a rectangle in the dot cardstock for the front of the card. The dotted cut measured 5.5 x 6.25 inches. I scored at 1 inch and again at 2 inches (to cover the fold at on the bottom front of the card). The dot cardstock was then affixed to the card.

I added pop dots to the back of the tree cuts and added the tree to the card.

Next I cut a 2.75 inch moon in golden orange cardstock.  I inked the edges of the circle with a golden brown ink and added a few black dots.  I affixed the moon to the card with my ATG runner. I then cut a small flying witch from Happy Hauntings and pop dotted her to the front of the moon. 

I cut a 5.5 inch wide iron fence from the Heritage cartridge. Using light blue ink, I added moon light highlights to the fence before affixing it to the front of the card. The bottom of the fence was covered with a Halloween ribbon.

Using punches, I created a triple layer HAPPY HALLOWEEN tag for the lower front edge of the card. Once again I added moon light "highlights" to the tag.

Inside the card I used my new Close to My Heart Halloween stamp set and added the sentiment, Have a Wicked Halloween.  The sentiment is stamped onto green drippy edged cardstock affixed to the same dot cardstock that was used on the front of the card.

I know I mentioned a blog hop….. And you know what that means, right? Blog Candy! I am once again offering FABULOUS blog candy provided by the continuing generosity of CUSTOM CROPS. Custom Crops is offering a $20 gift voucher to my blog candy winner. All you have to do to be registered for the blog candy is be a blog follower of my blog and leave a comment under this post. I will be drawing a winner on Friday.

Custom Crops is one of my favorite on-line scrap goods stores. For me they are a go to source for all things Cricut and paper crafting related. Right now there is a great Back to School sale as well as Sizzix sale at Custom Crops. The Heritage cartridge is one of the Cricut cartridges included in the Back to School sale.

Once you have become a follower and left a comment below, and you have checked out Custom Crops sale, you will be ready to continue on with the blog hop. Your next stop is at the lovely blog of my adorably sweet design team sister, Krista. Krista is sure to inspire you with her Heritage tree project!

Remember that the BBTB2 Design Team loves it when you decide to play along with us on the weekly challenge.  You have two weeks to create your own Tree project and post it under the Heritage Tree post at Bitten by the Bug 2!

Have a great Monday. I will be back tomorrow with details of my seven classes and other CKC experiences!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Belated Happy Birthday Wishes to MFK

I am not the best BFF! Truly ... My BFF, MFK (My Friend Kathy) celebrated the anniversary of her 39th birthday earlier this week and I am *just now* posting her birthday card.  That is because I have yet to deliver said card to MFK!  I know, I am a bad BFF!!

Actually Kathy will receive her card today - we are off to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Creating Keepsakes Convention and I will present her card when I pick her up.  We are sooo happy that hurricane Irene has a more easterly path now; earlier in the week she was aiming for the Carolina's and we were a bit nervous about our weekend.  But now our weekend is back to looking great. 

I am signed up for seven classes, four on Friday and three on Saturday.  I have never taken this many classes in one weekend before, but I am quite excited. I will share the details when I am home again on Sunday.

Okay, back to MFK's birthday card.  Kathy is an awesome papercrafter so I tend to stress over project I create for her.  This birthday card was no exception.  I decided to use a cartridge that Kathy does not have yet, Art Philosophy (can you tell that I am truly enjoying this cartridge?). 

I cut the base scalloped card in white cardstock.  The other papers I used are from Echo Park's Victorian line.   I used the words paper as a background for the front of the card.  I topped the words with a pretty green scalloped circle frame.  I used lime green chalk on the edges of the frame and pop dots to attached it to the card.

I love Art Philosophy's filigree detailed butterflies. I cut two of the butterflies using a solid cardstock for the bottom layer and a coordinating print for the filigree layer. I finished the butterflies by adding a gem to the body centers.

I added a ribbon and the same gems used on the butterflies to the front of the card.  I also stamped the phrase, Happy Birthday to the front before adding the welded initials MFK. 

Inside the card I stamped Happy Birthday again in the same lime green.  I also added a vellum butterfly, colored with a copic marker.  I added a little stamp to the outside of the envelope, but sadly I forgot to photograph the envie!

I promise to have a new post for you on Sunday giving you all of the details on the CKC convention and all of the new and fun products we find in the vendor faire!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fall Digi Stamp BBTB2 Challenge

Hello everyone.  It's another Bitten by the Bug 2 Monday with a stamp and frame challenge.  This week we have a sponsor at BBTB2, The Stamping Boutique, who provided digital stamps for the design team to use in this week's challenge.  We also had to use a frame from the Happy Hauntings cartridge with our digital stamp to complete our project.

We had a choice of several fall or Halloween themed images and I chose this cute scarecrow, who I do not believe could scare a soul!!   I used my Copic markers and colored image to be a night time pumpkin patch setting.  I especially like how my moon and night time sky turned out. 

I chose the loopy square frame from the Happy Hauntings cartridge to use with my card.  Using Cricut Design Studio, I stretched the frame into a rectangle, measuring so that it would fit my image. 

I used Just Because Cards to cut the base card as well as the green background on the card front.  I cut a rectangle to go across the bottom edge of the frame, and a tabbed index card for the top of the card. 

I found fun fall ribbon in my stash and added the ribbon to the index card as well as the top and bottom edges of the card.  I finished the card with an additional loop of ribbon and lots of black and white doodles.
If you have not already done so, please do go by and check out the other design team members' projects for the week.  Some of the projects are truly "WOW"-ers!!  Also, be sure to check BBTB2 this week for information on a new contest that will offer you the opportunity to win some great stamps from


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Summer Layout for Everyday Cricut

Happy Saturday everyone.  Today is the third Saturday of the month so that means it is my week as the Saturday Designer  Everyday Cricut.   This month I am sharing a sweet summer layout featuring photos of my daughter Bethany and cuts from two Cricut cartridges, Art Philosophy and George and Basic Shapes. 

For more information on how I created this sweet layout, please visit the Everyday Cricut blog.

I will be back on Monday with another new project to share.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Quick and Simple Christmas Card

Once again I have been playing with the Close to my Heart Art Philosophy stamp set.  This time I made a very quick and simple Christmas card. 

I stamped to Christmas trees, cut them out and accented them with buttons.  I then used pop dots and attached the trees to a red card.

Next I stamped the phrase, "A Wonderful Season of ... Hope, Joy, Love"  on the card with embossing ink.  I then added sliver embossing powder and heat embossed the phrase.

The "snow" at the bottom of the card was hand cut from a scrap of white cardstock and scattered with a few additional buttons.

While this may not be my most detailed or exciting Christmas card ever, it will certainly do as a simple card for an acquaintance.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MFK's Anniversary Card

Last week My Friend Kathy - the infamous MFK - celebrated a huge milestone.  She and Mr. MFK celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary!!  For real!  40 years!  MFK and Mr. MFK met while still in high school so in addition to forty years of wedded bliss, they have actually known each other for 45 or so years.  Gotta love a couple who still enjoy one another's company after all of those years.

We, the scrapping girl friends, ignored her actual anniversary - that was for her family and she and Mr. MFK.    We did however, plan a great get together last Saturday night. One of MFK's favorite entertainers is Nick Trivelas Greek Band.  And as luck would have it, Nick was appearing in a nearby city at our favorite Greek restaurant last Saturday night.  So yes, a Greek festival of food, music and dance commenced!!!  While none of us is actually of Greek linage (except of coure the Trivelas'), we all want to be adopted by the Trivelas family.  Greeks know how to have fun.

Now on to the card.  MFK's card was created using ONLY the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I chose a light pink, black and grey color palette because, once upon a time, MFK was married in a light pink dress!!  I cut the scalloped half circle card on the AP cartridge in white cardstock.  I then cut the scalloped half circle topper in pink and gray cardstock, which I printed myself using Theresa Collins Baby Boutique cartridge and my Cricut Imagine.  I inked the edges of the pink and gray half circle before affixing it to the front of the card.

I used some scraps of additional Theresa Collins papers and cut the pennant shapes.  I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the number 40.  The font is adorable and I am plan to use it - A LOT!  I stamped the pennant scroll stamp (from the CTMH Art Philosophy set) onto the pennants and affixed them to the pennant chipboards.  After inking the edges with black ink, I used a blush colored Copic marker to highlight the outside areas of the scroll design.  Finally the word CELEBRATE (again from the CTMH set) was stamped on one pennet and the 40 were added to the other pennant.

Inside the card I used another of the CTMH stamps, the scrolling heart, and added a heart next to the Happy Anniversary (from my stamp stash) sentiment.  I added two of the hearts to the front of the card in charcoal gray ink.  Using the same blush color Copic, I colored the loops in the hearts with the marker.

I wanted MFK to know that I really love her so I added a special touch (HA), and pulled out my trusty Bernina and actually stitched across the top of the card.  I almost never pull out my sewing machine unless I have some mending, so MFK will know to be impressed by this "special" effort.  LOL.  I finished the card with a double ribbon bow, black doodle dots, and a blinged button.

I know the card is rather simple, but my feeling for MFK and Mr. MFK are not so taken lightly.  At our house, we love the MFK family!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Welcome Rookie Baby Boy Card

Hello everyone.  It's another Bitten by the Bug 2 Monday.  My talented design team sister Karen selected this week's challenge cut - the BASEBALL from LIFE'S A PARTY cartridge.   I used four cartridges to complete my project for this week's challenge:  Life's a Party, Baseball, Kate's ABCs, and Art Philosophy.  Additionally, I also used one Cricut Imagine Cartridge to print the fabulous coordinating cardstock for my card - Theresa Collins Baby Boutique. 

After designing my card in Cricut Design Studio I printed three 8 x 8 inch squares of cardstock with Baby Boutique, the Baby Boy Words print, the light blue with grey damask print, and a coordinating solid blue.   With additional white, black and brown cardstock scraps, I was ready to begin my card.

The base card was created by welding two baseballs together in Design Studio.  I also welded the shadow cuts for the baseball bat and the word Rookie to the top layer baseball.  I cut the base card in white American Crafts lightly textured cardstock. 

Next I cut the elements for the card front in layers, back to front.  The baseball bat was cut in a solid brown cardstock and a brown print paper.  The baseball bat cuts were adhered to the base card and the large black baseball was glued over top.  Next the baseball top layer, cut in Theresa Collins baby boy words, was added over the black baseball.

The word Rookie was cut from the Baseball cartridge in two  additional layers - a polka dot shadow and a light blue top layer.  I added black doodle dashes to the edges of Rookie.

The "Congratulations" tag was cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I wanted to use one of the new Close to my Heart Art Philosophy stamps - "Congratulations on your ...".  After referencing the cut size listed beside the stamp on the acetate packaging, I cut the Theresa Collins blue and grey print top layer at 2 inches.  I then cut a light blue layer at 2.25 inches and a black layer at 2.5 inches.  I stamped the top layer and then attached all of the layers together.  I add the word "boy" to the bottom of the tag.

I used the negative cut from the baby boy words baseball (from the card front) and glued it to the inside of the card.  I welded the phrase "Welcome baby boy" using Kate's ABC's and using a xyron, attached the phrase inside the card.

I finished the card with a light blue polka dot ribbon bow around the bat.  An especially cute baby card for the baseball fan new parent!

I will be back tomorrow with another new project to share.  In the meantime, remember to drop by BBTB2 and check out the amazing baseball projects the design team is sharing.  Remember that it is also fun to play along on our weekly challenges!

If you would like more information on the Art Philosophy cartridge, stamps, and chipboard set, you can visit Melanie's Close to my Heart consultant site.   I love the versatility of this great set!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Peggy!

Today is my friend Peggy's birthday so I thought I would share her card with all of you!  I used Art Philosophy and my E2 to create Peggy's birthday card.

I cut this wonderful shaped card using Echo Park's Victorian line of cardstock.  The base card, the yellow print top layer and the pink-punch print frame were all cut at 5.5 inches. I also cut an additional frame, as there are two frames that coordinate with this shaped card(!), again at 5.5 inches, for the inside of the card.

I chose the cupcake cuts from the cartridge and cut them at 2.5 inches to match the stamps.  I used a medium brown ink to stamp the cupcake details.

Have I mentioned that the stamps have the cut sizes written on the acetate cover?  It's awesome.  No guessing.  When you choose to use one of the stamps that comes with the Art Philosophy cartridge, you just have to look at the stamp package to determine the correct cut size for your cricut cut!!

Next I used a piece of the coordinating chipboard, covered in the yellow print, framed in a coordinating solid.  I used the Happy Birthday stamp, again from the CTMH set, to add my front and inside sentiments. I used  a hole punch to punch holes in the chipboard and then I ran ribbon through the holes and affixed the tag to the card.

Above is a view of the inside of the card. 

I finished the card by ACTUALLY sewing around the edges of the circle frame.  I used a combination of zigzag and straight stitches.  I added a few additional pen doodles and finally using small glue dots, I attached assorted pink buttons to the cupcake frosting!

Happy birthday, Peggy!  I hope your day is super special as you are super special to me!

If you would like more information on the Art Philosophy Cartridge, stamps and chipboard set, visit Melanie Brown's Close to my Heart Consultant page. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wedding Reception Menu Cards with Tie The Knot

I am back in wedding land again!  I have been coming up with menu presentation options to present to my future DIL.  I found a post that my friend Donna Mundinger posted at Everyday Cricut last year (HERE) where she used TIE THE KNOT and created great note cards.  I liked the look of Donna's cards and decided to give them a try for myself.

The first thing I did was use my Cricut Imagine and printed two different pieces of cardstock.  I used the Theresa Collins Black and White cartridge (which was a gift from a friends and arrived today!!!) and printed one sheet of white cardstock with a print and one sheet of red cardstock with another print.... Remember that my future DIL has selected red, black, white, and a touch of silver as her colors.

After printing my print cardstocks, I set up a cut file in Cricut Design Studio.  After adding a page which contained two of the criss-cross cards, I added a page of triangles (from George) measured to fit the sides of the criss-cross cards.  After cutting the triangles with the Cricut, I used my paper trimmer to cut each triangle in half lengthwise.

After scoring the criss-cross cards and applying the black and white print to one side of the card and the red and black print to the other side.  I then scored the three folds - one on each side and the tab at the center bottom

Using my ATG, I applied adhesive to the bottom flap and folded in the black and white layer.  Next I applied adhesive to the bottom edge of the black and white print  and folded the red and black side over and sealed.

Next I created the menu inserts.  I used a rectangle from George and welded the shadow of the very pretty M from TIE THE KNOT to the top of the rectangle.  Then using MS SEASONAL ART, I added the letter "enu" and welded those to the capitol M.  The cut on the left in the photo below shows the base cut.  Next I cut the letter M in red cardstock and affixed it over the white shadow cut.

I made a second version of the insert to show to Crissie - one that has a black layer added under the red "Menu". Once the menu cards are completely assembled, we will need to finalize the menu the caterer, print the menu on vellum and affix the vellum to the cards.  Easy and elegant, but also personalized.