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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Birthday Wishes

I haven't been around much lately.  Still finding some time here and there to work on some mini scrapbooks but mostly been getting my kiddo prepared for his big day.  First day of Kindergarten.  Where does the time go?

Anywhoo, I decided to play along with this weeks Mojo Monday sketch since I had a couple of birthday cards I needed to make.

I got out my Simon's Says stamp September Card making kit for this one.  I knew I wanted to use the balloons.  So I stamped the outline with Staz On Jet Black Ink and the inside with Stampin' up's Melon Mambo.  Then fussy cut them out.  My fussy cutting leave a lot to be desired.  I can't cut anything out well...no idea why.

The sentiment was placed on a 3x3 inch square in the same Melon Manbo color.  I also inked the edges. 


The next layer was from the patterned paper in the collection.  The doily behind that is from Recollections.  I picked that up last winter when the Christmas things were on sale.

I added some blue hemp for the balloon strings.  All the layers were added to a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch white cards base.

All done!  I made two of these while I had everything out so I am all set.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

School Mini Album

 I have been putting my Cricut to some good use.  I have made a mini album to add pictures  from my son's Preschool and Kindergarten years.  He starts Kindergarten in a few weeks.  This is what made me bite the bullet to begin my first mini.

For the front cover and back cover I used the Elegant Edges cartridge to cut out these pieces.  They measure 7 x 7 inches.  I took some Recollections Red cardstock and cut this out at the same size.

On the front cover I did a print and cut using my Cricut of this cute school house.  Sorry I did not write the name of the company down I bought the images from.  I also embossed a row of school buses in white below the school house.  This was using a Studio G clear stamp that I had in a set.
The back I kept plain.
 As well as the spine.  It is covered in black cardstock by Recollections.


Inside the front cover I added a craft bag I had left over.  I cut the top to make it fit.  I have added some red cardstock that will be a mat.  This is the only section I have not completed the way I want to.  I am going to add some kind of picture to the bag and a tag pull to the top and maybe another mat.  Just haven't figured out what I want yet.

OK.  Here is page one.  I print and Cut the cute little books with the Cricut.  I also added his name to the book spine at the bottom. (here it is covered up)  The fist page has a slanted pocket which I have added a mat for a picture and a tag for some journaling. The paper resembling corkboard has been punched on the side with a EK sucess punch.  The Tag was cut out using the Cricut and stamped with a Technique Tuesday Stamp.  I also added a red school bus with the same Studio G stamp.

Also through out the album I used a school themed pack I bought at Michael's.  I didn't write down the name.  So sorry.

The top of this page also stores another photo mat that slides in the top.  For the binding I used Laura Dennison's Stack the Deck.  The pages come directly from Chelsea Perry's YouTube Channel.  You can see one of the tutorial's here.  I used all three examples to make my pages with a slight alteration here and there.

This page has a cute rosette I made using the cricut to cut out the patterened strip of kraft cardstock.  On the front of it there is a button.  Again the tags are made with the cricut using Technique Tuesday and Studio G stamps.

 This page has flip out.  The doily at the bottom I did with the cricut.  I added a border to the end of the flip out using the cricut as well.  All the papers came from the collection unless it is plain then it is definitely from Recollections.
 Here is another shot of the page closed so you can see the border and the photomat that slides out.
 Here is the next page flipped out.
 This is the next page with hold two tags for journaling or maybe small photos.












Here's the next pocket pages with the photo mats in place.

 Then slid out a bit.

 
 This next page is a flip out too with a cute trim I had in my stash.  This time instead of a border at the end I made another pocket to hold a journaling tag.  The Technique Tuesday and Studio G Stamps really pulled this together.
 Another double tag pocket.
Finally in the back cover I couldn't help myself.  I made a cascading flip pages.  I did not plan too well here, because I had to add the red strips at the top to cover up where they flipped up.  It still turned out pretty cute.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Simple Happy Birthday

I have been a bit busy the last few weeks.  I have been delving into mini scrapbooks.  It was a bit daunting to me but now that I have gotten my feet wet it has been totally fun.  Later this week I will share with you one of the scrapbooks I have been working on.

On to this weeks Mojo Monday sketch # 409.  This was a fun sketch.  I kept mine really simple...as I tend to do.

I started off with a 5x5 square card.  To the bottom I added pink lined patterned paper from my stash.

For the main focal point I die cut a rectangular piece of off white cardstock by Recollections with a Memory Box cross stitched frame die.  On that I stamped the sentiment by Unity Stamps 3 times in Stampin' Up's Mambo Melon and Bermuda Bay.  Behind that panel I added a glittered half circle I punched out with my circle punch.

To the bottom I added some Recollections blue and white striped twine.  I topped that with a star shape I die cut out of some paper out of my stash with a Papetrey Ink die and put a Recollections hot pink button on top.

The whole project didn't take long at all.


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cricut Magnet Frames...so easy and so cute!

 This weekend's project is totally different.  Though, I don't think I am yet ready to dive into the cricut Vinyl projects I did take some printable magnet paper for spin this weekend.

The result I am totally excited about.  The wheels are now turning to all the things I can now do with this new found product and my beloved Cricut.

The frames came from the First Few Years or the Photo Frame No Corner cartridges.  I sized them to 4 x 6 and cut them out using my Cricut.  The magentic paper is from Avery.

After cutting them out I sponged on some distress inks in Barn Door, Peacock Feathers, and Mustard Seed.  Then I got Technique Tuesday and Studio G stamps out and stamped out some patterns in Staz On Black ink.

I am planning on using these to hold some super cute pictures on my fridge.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tilted Design

For my Pintrest Inspired card I turned to my board with the pinned card sketches.  I knew I wanted to add a tilted panel.  I had this great die that cuts out the panels from Papertrey Ink for a while, but think I had only used it one other time.  So I wanted to dust it off and put it to use.

I found a card sketch I like from this pin.

I started out with a top folding card in kraft (Recollections) that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I die cut the panel out of a 6x6 paper pad titled Birthday Wishes by Echo Park.

I then die cut a green label using my sizzix die out of green cardstock in my stash.  I embossed the sentiment also by Papertrey Ink in with white embossing powder.

The main image, a birthday cake is a digital stamp.  I can't remember the source.  I colored it with copics and die cut around it with a scalloped circle by quickcutz and cut out another scallop circle larger from a darker green cardstock.  This too was from my stash of leftovers.

I am entering this in the Male Room's: Spots and Stripes Challenge #15
and the Addicted to Stamps and More's: CAS #154 Challenge

Sunday, July 26, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Thanks to another great Mojo Moday Sketch...I have another card for you today.

This card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  It is a side opening card full of lemony goodness.

First I knew I wanted to have a sliced lemons, maybe a whole lemon....and a glass of lemonade.  So I went on a mission to find what I wanted. I found a set of Digital Stamps with the images I wanted from wwwlemonselfstudio.com.  They had the perfect images  including a lemonade stand.  

Then I chose the lemon slice, the whole lemon and a glass of lemonade for my cards in design space on my cricut.  I sized them where I wanted and did the print/cut feature.  My glass wasn't cutting the way I wanted so I had to nix that image for the card.  I did however, break out my Lawn Fawn milk and cookies set.  I stamped the glass and straw. I then got out my new Copic set of 24 to color the image.  Using Copics is new to me...I know where have I been? Under a rock? 

I just have never dived in the Copic pool.  But I did it.  Lots of practice still needed, but you have to begin somewhere.

This glass of lemonade is on a white panel of cardstock cut out using my Memory box cross stitched dies.  To this I added the lemon, lemon slice, and a gold sequin. 

I had a big empty space at the top.  I wanted to add a sentiment but had already die cut the panel.  So I went back to design space and found the sentiment.  It was to be a cut out but I turned it into writing.  Using my black fine tip Cricut marker I had it written and cut out on a square.  I used the tip to color the square yellow to give some definition.

The background I used black Recollections cardstock with an orange/yellow panel at the bottom.  The yellow trim is Bazzill cardstock die cut with a Sizzix border die.

As usual I loved using the sketch as a begin point to see where I would end up.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wish

This card began with a great sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  You can see the # 132 sketch here.  

I needed another birthday card, so I came up with this simple little card that has a cute envelope to go with it.  It measures 3 x 3 inches and begins with simple white cardstock by Recollections.

I then stamped a square by Stampendous that I have had in my arsenal forever.  I stamped it in Tangelo Twist.  Now this stamped really dark so I had to stamp it off once before putting the square on my card.

I then added the sentiment by Unity in Staz On Brown.  

Finally, I added a green Prima  flower and a nice blue pearl by Recollections in the center.  

Very simple card.  I also completed a nice envelope using my envelope punch board using that same 6 x 6 Graphics 45's Time to Flourish pack.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Mojo

As usual, I started my card out using this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch # 406.  It's a wonderful sketch.  I love using a sketch to start out my process to build a card.

I used several different elements to bring this together.  It wasn't quickly put together but I loved the process.

The card base is white Recollections card sized 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 squared.  I sponged some distress inks along the edges (Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw).  I added a layer of paper by Graphic 45's Time to Flourish 6 x 6 collection.  It is double sided so I just cut it down and flipped one side to the solid background.  Each panel measures 2 1/4 x 5 1/4.

The next layer is also from recollections Tattered and Worn collection in am mustard colored check.  I believe this measures 3 1/4 x 3 1/4.  

Next comes the tag which I popped up on foam squares.  This tag is part of my Pintrest inspired and I got the inspiration from this pin.  The tag is from Recollections and is white.  I used some distress inks on this as well in Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, and Gathered Twigs.  I then inked up a script stamp by Inkadinkado in Staz On brown to add the script at an angle.  

Next is that cute giraffe by Unity Stamps.  I sponged him as well with Mustard Seed and Scattered straw distress inks.  Then, I colored in his dots with a brown sharpie.  I fussy cut him out.  The original image comes with a heart shaped balloon attached, but I decided not to use that.

Instead, I used some twine that attaches my tag to the balloon.  That way the balloon can't fly away.  The balloon is a left over from project last week that I cut out using my Cricut.

Finally is a sentiment by Unity that is popped up on a scrap of the paper from Graphic 45.  It is stamped in the brown Staz On ink as well.

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Pintrest Inspired CAS(E)

This card is so stinkin' cute in person.  I am in love.

I started out with this week's CAS(E) this sketch # 131.  That's another thing I love...this sketch.  It is so versatile.

I used a top folding 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card in white cardstock by Recollections.  I got out my wonderful Cricut and cut out balloon images from the first few years cartridge.  I placed them where I wanted and then sliced them out of a piece of white cardstock.  This layer measures 4 x 5 1/2.

I cut out a piece of patterned cardstock by Amy Tangerine's Rise and Shine 6 x 6 paper pad in the same measurements to use as a backdrop for my balloons...hence the nice striped/patterned balloons.  

Here's where I was inspired by Pintrest.  You can see the pin here. I just loved the initial use of HB for Happy Birthday.  For my card I cut out the letters using the Cricut in thin chipboard and also some Graphic 45's Time to Flourish 6 x 6 paper pad that coordinates beautiful with the collectioin by Amy Tangerine. It looks like they were made for each other. 

I then stamped the sentiment in Black Staz On ink on vellum.  Cut the end to make it look like a banner and curled it a bit using my bone folder.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company.  I also used a bit of the Amy Tangerine paper at the end to make it look like it was part of the banner, but it really was to hide the glue.

I hope you enjoy seeing this card.  I know I enjoyed making it.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Late night Mojo....

I want to start this post off by saying...I am not in love with this card.  I am also late getting it posted so it won't make this weeks Mojo Monday #405 Contest.

My son has developed a love for computer games so now it is a challenge to get the time to post when he isn't on the computer.  All the other times, I am busy doing other things.  I think I will have to begin doing the majority of the my posts from my nook.  We'll see...but back to the card.

I struggled with this weeks sketch.  The diagonal element I wasn't in love with and did not know what to do with.

Anywhoo, I began with a digital stamp by Bugaboo Stamps.  I used the print and cut feature on my Cricut to cut out this cute bear in a square image.  I colored it using Sharpie markers.  I really had a difficult time with the coloring as well.  I don't have any light brown or flesh colored Sharpie markers, so I made the bear two toned in grey and brown.

The base card is 5 1/2 x 4  1/4 in kraft.  The polka-dot paper is by Graphic 45's Time to Flourish 6 x 6 paper pack.  I backed it with some light blue cardstock and then added some glitter paper in silver to the bottom.  All the other paper in this project is by Recollections.

I added a row of buttons in Navy by Recollections).  Told ya I didn't know what I wanted to do with the diagonal element.  

I then popped up the digital stamp with foam mounting squares.  This stamp did not really go with the glitter paper and looks weird where it is placed.  Not sure what I will end up doing with this card, but I may want to try it again another time with some different pieces.

Tell me what you would do different?

I also realize I need to invest in Copics, I just haven't yet.  Any suggestions on where to begin with them?  Did you buy three in a color family each week or what?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cofee love....

It's time for some coffee love.  I started out with a great sketch from CAS(E) this sketch!  You can find the sketch # 130 here.

I got a bit fancy with my Cricut.  I created the card base myself with a simple square that I made into a rectangle and the edge I welded from an image from Creative Cards cartridge.  The card is cut out of black cardstock by Recollections.  The final folded image measures 4 1/2 x 3 6/8.  This is just a simple gatefold card.  

After scoring the card.  I cut out another of the images slightly smaller from the Creative Cards cartridge to go on top in white cardstock.  I cut it down to the size i wanted and added the Coffee image in Staz On Black ink. The image is by Unity Stamps. I then colored in a few places on the image with a Pink Sharpie.

On the bottom half of the card I added some patterned paper by Recollections.  I then added a single pink button by Recollections on a foam square to hold it closed.

I used my envelope punch board to make a cute envelope out of textured Recollections cardstock and used the same patterned paper to make an envelope liner.

This could easily hold a gift card for that coffee lover friend.  It is totally cute!

Thanks to CASE(E) this Sketch Blog for another great sketch!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

You Rock!

I think I completed this card a couple of weeks ago.  I did not finish it in time to link up to Mojo Monday's # 402 sketch challenge.  But the start of this card was from that sketch.

In this card I also used some pintrest inspiration.  I used this pin to create the enamel "dots" you see on the card. This totally worked.  I am now so excited I can make my own enamel dots pretty cheaply.  I have also used The Frugal Crafter's take on this.  You can see how she does that here.  Both of these work beautifully.  You can now have the entire rainbow at your disposal.

Ok, now on to the card....The card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  The card base is in Tempting Turquoise cardstock by Stampin Up!  I then cut some recollections creme cardstock the same size as the base using the Sports Mania cartridge.  I then cut out 4 varying sizes of circles using scraps from my paper stash.  I also cut out 2 varying sizes of stars using patterned paper and vellum from my left over papers.  I added a bit of dimension by scoring the star to make it pop up a bit and elevated it on foam squares.

The guitar is a cut and print image from the cricut library and the cartridge is listed as JT.  

Finally for the sentiment I cut out a couple of ovals.  The You Rock sentiment is from Studio G and is stamped in Tempting Turquoise ink.  I popped this up on foam squares as well.

Not sure who I am going to give this cute card to, but it is definitely for someone who can rock it out!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pintrest Inspired....

I don't know about you but, I spend way to much time on Pintrest!  It's addictive, fun, inspirational, relaxing, and way cool.  But, as much time as I spend there, I go through long periods of time where I pin but don't act.  I want to become more intentional about trying all those things I pinned. 

So here on my blog I am going to try to use a sketch, a card inspiration, or tutorial I have pinned once a week.  The above is inspiration from this pin I have on my Card Inspiration board.

It's clean, simple, and I am in love with this card!  I bought the embossing folder a few months back knowing I had the triangle stamp.  But I had yet to use it.

I started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 top folding card made with Recollections White Cardstock.  I then cut apiece of the same white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4.  I ran that through my BigShot using my triangle embossing folder by Lifestyle Crafts.  I also cut out a banner using a Papertrey Ink banner die.  On that I stamped the sentiment by Unity Stamps in Stampin Up's Tangelo Twist.

I then stamped the triangles in tangelo twist, hello honey, and blackberry twist using a stamp I have had forever.  It is made by Just for Fun.  It is a block stamp and has a triangle on one side, a diamond, a rectangle, and a square on other sides.

I also added some Wink of Stella to each of the triangles to give some sparkle.

I am entering this in Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog # 151:  Anything Goes

Sunday, June 28, 2015

For My Friend

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Father's Day weekend.  We did here.  In fact, I don't think I touched a single project last week.  Wait, that is not true.  I did cut a couple of mats for the mini album I am working on.  But that was about it.  So that explains why no posts last week.

This weekend I have made up for it however...getting lots of inky goodness made.

So I wanted to share the card I made as inspired by the CAS(E) this sketch blog's # 129 sketch.    You can see it to the right.  My first attempt of what I wanted to try for this sketch did not turn out at all the way i had invisioned.  But my second attempt I am very happy with.


I took a Hedi Swapp mask and used my ink blending tool to put on some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  On top of that I layered a beautiful washi tape in silver.  I put it just in the corners as a bit of a frame.

I then stamped a butterfly by Unity Stamps in Tempting Turquoise ink by Stampin UP!  This got fussy cut out and popped up on some foam squares.

The sentiment I did in Hello Honey, again by Stampin UP!  The sentiment is from one of my many Studio G stamps.  

I added a single rhinestone by Recollections to the bottom of the Card.

I am entering this into the following:
CAS(E) this sketch Blog Challenge # 129
Creative Fingers Challenge:  As Always Anything Goes #85

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Super Dad!

I hope you all have a great Father's Day this weekend.  Those of you who are blessed to spend time with your Dad can always make a Super Dad card for him if you have a Cricut Machine.

I started with the Mojo # 400 sketch.  I did not get to post this on that weekend.  I missed the deadline.  :(  Oh well, it's a great sketch and it was perfect for what I wanted to do for my husband for this holiday.

The main image is from Summer Celebrations.  I cut it out using Recollections paper in Black, blue, and cream.

The Background was made by taking a simple rectangle in cricut design space.  I added a circle to the bottom left and then used the slice action to give the result I wanted.

I then add the sentiment using the cricut on a banner from Bits and Pieces.

For the last bit of umph, I added some tan and brown buttons from my stash.'

I am entering this in the Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog # 38.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Happy Father's Day

I began the Father's Day card that is going to my father in law with this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch #401.

I began with a piece of watercolor paper that I watercolored with Tempting Tourquoise and Costal Cabana.  I backed the piece with some brown cardstock by Recollections.  I then cut a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 cream colored cardstock and backed that with the same brown cardstock.  I wanted to bring in some other images so I picked that coral colored cardstock to add some contrast.  Finally to mount everything I cut another piece of creme cardstock and made an A2 card.

Then it was time to stamp.  I stamped the boat with Stazon Brown Ink.  I added a background of fishing lures with Versamark ink on the coral cardstock.  All the images are pretty old, I have had them forever and were made by Lasting Impressions.

I realized I did not add my twine I wanted onto the layers, so I punched a hole at the top of the fold line of the card to add the twine and put it in a simple bow.

Finally, I needed the sentiment.  I broke out the cricut for that.  I cut out a starburst from Cricut Office Help in the same brown cardstock.  The circle is just a simple shape I cut out after the Cricut wrote out the sentiment in the baby steps font using the cricut black fine point pen.

All done!  It has already been signed by all and making it's way across the country to my Father in law.  I will be back later in the week with another Father's Day card..hope to see you then.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Artistic Rainbow

Well I had a big weekend with the family, so not much stamping was done.  But I did take a moment to get a bit inky with this simple Thank You card.

I used some Stampin' Up ink's in Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turqoise, and Pacific Point.  The sentiment is from Unity.  It probably looks familiar because I just used on my project from last week.  The image is also from Stamin' Up's Work of Art set.

I am including this as part of Craft Your Passion # 265 Always Anything Goes.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Popping up to say Thank You!

This is totally not an original.  But I had a great time making these cute step Thank You cards.  

The cardstock and ink is from Stampin Up!  The patterned paper is from the Tattered and Worn pack by Recollections.  The bling is also Recollections.  And the sentiment stamp is by Unity.  I used my cricut to cut out the scallop, the circles, and the flowers.

The design is from Dawns stamping thoughts and I saw this on Youtube.  If you want to check it out go here.

I loved that I could make 4 cards easily just by doing some assembly line work.  This came together quickly and I loved every minute

Thank you Dawn!

I am entering this in Inspiration Destination's Anything Goes # 36

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Birthday Bling

Another great sketch this week from Mojo Monday Blog # 399.  This is their tall and skinny challenge.  

I decided to go with the birthday theme again.  The cake image is a digital stamp.  I hate that I did not keep the name of the site where I purchased it.  I can't remember now.  :(

Anyway, I decided to break out my Cricut and do a bit of printing an cutting of the image.  I love the way that machine does such a good job with this.  I regret not doing this on watercolor paper since I decided to watercolor the image.  So unfortunately, the colors are muddied.  I used Stampin' Up's Tempting Turquoise, Rich Raspberry, and Melon Mambo with a water color brush pen to color the image.  Because the colors did get muddy I added some bling to the cake for a bit of pop.  All the gems are from Recollections.  For the flame I added just touch of Daffodil Delight.  Also for a bit of shine I added some Ranger Glossy Accents to cake plate, the flame, and the sash around the cake.

For the layers I turned to my Cricut again to cut out the banners and the scalloped circles.  The blue scallop is out of Pacific Point card stock and the scallop overlay out of Melon Mambo card stock.  The background I used some cream card stock and used my cuttlebug dot folder to dry emboss it.  I sponged the edges of the banner layer and the dotted layer with some pink.  Then added some nice bling to the bottom.

While I was at it, I made a nice envelope with cricut.  I didn't get a picture of it but it is kraft colored with a pink designer liner.  It coordinates well.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pretty Packaging.

This week I really wanted to do something that wasn't a card.  I just had an itch to try a new box.  So of course, I headed on over to my youtube account to PootlesPapercraft.  I love her packages.  They are so much fun to make.  So I started there, and the mini milk carton drew me in.  If you want to see the original tutorial head here.

I kept this really simple so I can add a greeting on later that goes with the occasion.  I used Recollections paper for the entire project.  And...(gasp) not a bit of stamping anywhere.

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion Challenge:  Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge

Monday, May 25, 2015

Birthday Criss Cross Card

I had it all planned out, that I would get a card posted during the week last week.  But, unfortunately, that never happened.  Over the holiday weekend, we went on a road trip to Tombstone Arizona.  We had a great time and did lots of driving.  However, still no time to put up a card.  So, finally here I am ready got get back into the swing of things.

I saw this tutorial on a criss cross card on Splitcoast Stampers.  Thought I would try it out.  I think the hardest part for me was getting the patterned paper cut for the triangles.  It took a couple of tries before I finally had it the way I wanted.


I used Recollections patterned paper and the yellow card base is from Color Bok.  For the stamped images I used Stampin' Up's Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry.  All the images are from Stamin' Up's Party this way stamp set.  I fussy cut out two of the balloons to make the foursome of balloons.  I hand drew the strings...you probably didn't guess that did you?  I stamped the sentiment and sponged the edges with the coral color.

On the front belly band I die cut the frame using a sizzix die.  Then fussy cut out the banner and candle.  The candle is popped up on foam.

This took a bit of time, but wasn't hard.  I definitely will be giving this another try.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I love my Cricut....and a bit of Mojo

So for Mother's day, I got to buy a few things for myself at my favorite store Michael's.  In that trip, I finally broke down and bought the Cricut Scraper tool and pallet knife.  I have had a Cricut for years but have never bought these tools.  What was I thinking?  This opened a whole new world to me with my Cricut.  I actually, cut out a intricate design, used these tools, and got it off the mat without tearing it.  I am in love with my Cricut all over again.  Now I am going to go on to harder things and starting using it to cut other things besides paper and cardstock.  I know! I heard you gasp.  I have yet to go beyond these simple tools but now I will be pushing myself to try something new.

So with my handy new tools I decided to try everything out and participate in this week's Mojo Monday Sketch # 397.  I stuck with the Thank you theme once again.  I have another card I will share later this week that is....are you ready?  A Birthday Card.  Yeah, something different.

So here's my take on the sketch.
  
I started out with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 black base using Recollections Cardstock.  I added a 5 1/4 x 4 inch white panel.  Then a strip of Recollections silver tape went down about 2/3rds down from the top.  Over this I placed a beautiful red rectangle from the Edge to Edge cartridge.  I sized it 2 1/2 inches wide by 3.75 tall.  
I added sentiment in Black StazOn ink to a circle I punched out of white cardstock.

I then went back to my cricut and cut out 3 flowers from the Flower Shoppe cartridge in red cardstock.  I have never tried to make these flowers that you roll up before, so I gave it a shot using my new EK sucess tweezers (Again, how have I done without these tweezers?).

I wrapped these up and used some Ranger Glossy Accents to get them glued together.

For the black and creme banners at the top a took a piece of paper out of my stash.  I die cut the banner out using Papertrey Ink's die, cut it in half and placed it on my card.  The one piece on top I popped up on foam.

It was fun trying out new products.  I also pushed myself a bit to do a few things I have never done.  All in all, I liked how it turned out.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Time to CAS(E)

This card started out with the cool sketch over at the CAS(e) this sketch blog... #122

It was super simple and easy to create.  I began with a white 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 top folding card.  I then added some color using Ranger's Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Picked Rasberry.
I then added the line of hearts by Unity Stamp Company using Stampin' Up' Melon Mambo.
The sentiment is stamped in Staz On Black ink and is by Unity as well.

For a bit more interest I added some silver sequins using some glossy accents.

Voila'!  Done in no time.