Thursday, April 26, 2012

4 Crafty Chicks # 87: No Stamping Zone

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge post for 4 Crafty Chicks! Sadly this is my last post as Guest Designer for them. It has truly been a pleasure creating with these talented ladies- they have really fun challenges and I will definitely be joining in on their challenges in the future!
So this week the theme is No Stamping. I thought it would be too easy to incorporate this into a layout, so I made a card this week! I needed a Mother's Day card anyway, so I made a Mother's Day card with NO stamping!! Here it is:
My mom loves yellow so I had to incorporate a lot of yellow into this. I decided to ink the edges of the layers because it just needed a little something more. The 'Mom' cut and the pinwheel were both cut from the Mother's Day 2010 cart. I didn't even realize that cart had this cute pinwheel on it! I was originally going to do flowers and changed my mind when I saw this!
Here is a better look at the pinwheel. I layered 2 Spellbinders die cuts under it. I secured the pinwheel arms with a sparkly brad.
I cut the 'Mom' sentiment with patterned paper, and cut the shadow layer as well to make it pop more, then accentuated some of the flourishes with yellow liquid pearls.
Thank you so much for stopping by today- please come join us with your own masterful stamp-free creations!!

Supply List:
Cardstock: DCWV
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
Die: Spellbinders, cut with Cuttlebug
Cartridge: Mother's Day 2010
Ink: Cat's Eye
Liquid Pearls: Ranger

Patches of Pink April Project: Babies

Hi everyone, and welcome back! Today I am posting my project for Patches of Pink's April link party and our theme is Babies!! I decided to make a card. My little sis is expecting her 4th boy (!) so I thought this might come in handy ;) Here is my card:

The background paper is some scrap from a sheet I printed off of the Imagine More Cards cart. The border strips were detachable strips from some American Crafts paper- I really went to the stash for this one, lol!
I added some stickles to accent the rattle, and added a button with some baker's twine.
Still not sick of banners! For this one I cut the banner shapes with a Spellbinder's die and accentuated the polka dots with some more stickles, and added some baker's twine.
The sentiment stamp is from Pink by Design.

Thanks for stopping by today, and please join us over at Patches of Pink with your baby related projects!!

Supply List:
Cardstock: Robert's
Patterned Paper: American Crafts, Imagine More Cards
Cartridge: New Arrival
Ink: Dew Drop by Memento
Stamp: Pink by Design
Twine: My Craft Spot
Button: Stash
Die: Spellbinders
Glitter Glue: Stickles by Ranger

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cooking with Cricut # 83: Bling it On!

Hello friends! It is time for another Cooking with Cricut challenge- this week we want you to bling it up! This week I created a fun layout of my beautiful niece Evie when she was a baby. I love her cute little floral dress, and had a fun time finding coordinating papers!

My sketch was inspired by the April sketch over at Artful Delight. I replaced the circle shape with a slew of fun brads (my BLING). I cut a circle at 8" from George and Basic Shapes and used it as a template to place my brads. I scattered them a bit, so it's not a perfect circle. The cute heart font in the title is from Rock Princess.
Here is a close up of some of those brads- I used several different manufacturers.
I added a pre-made rosette embellishment and done! Other than putting in all those brads this layout was really quick and easy! I hope you enjoyed it and will come join us with your own bling-y projects! Thanks for coming by!

Supply List:
Kraft paper: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
Cartridge: Rock Princess, George and Basic Shapes (for template)
Brads: Basic Grey, SEI, Doodlebug Designs, Eyelet Outlet, Crate Paper
Rosette embellishment: American Crafts

I am also entering the following challenges:

The Kraft Journal - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything goes (w/Kraft)
Shopping our Stash - Starts with 'B' (Bling, brads, baby)
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything but a card

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pile it On # 17: Sparkle and Shine

For my second DT post please scroll down, or click HERE.

Hello my friends and welcome to another Pile it On challenge!! This week we want to see your Sparkle and Shine! Our sponsor is Some Odd Girl and the winner will get their choice of 3 digis! Woot! 
Oh boy, did I have some challenges getting this card made! Usually I like to have my projects done way ahead of time to account for things like this, but with Pile it On I can only work a few days ahead so I know what challenges to incorporate into my project. So this past Thursday I was going to start coloring my image but my printer was out of ink. Over the next 2 days I had it refilled, only to find it wasn't refillable, got a recycled ink cartridge only to find out my printer will not accept them. 6 stores later I finally got ink in my printer 1 hour before my card was due! Whew! ANYway, on to my card :)

When I was browsing the Some Odd Girl store for an image I noticed they had a collection called "Mae". I am a "May" so I thought I would check it out. Then I found this image called "Alice Mae"- that was my Grandma's name! I just had to buy her!! I used a sketch from this week's Simon Says Stamp. I matted all my layers in black for a little pop, and added a cute banner ribbon.
Here is a better look at the sweet Alice Mae image, colored with Copics. I fussy cut her out, and then popped her up on some foam adhesive to make her stand out a little more.
Our theme this week is 'Sparkle and Shine' so I used a LOT of stickles on this card- I used some pink to outline this little sentiment flag, some green stickles for her bow, and some diamond stickles to highlight some of the hexagons and the rosette.
I just cut a 1 1/2" x 12" strip of paper and ran it through a border punch to make this rosette. I added a button with a twine bow on top. Here is my tip for Top Tip Tuesday: The absolutely best adhesive to use when making a rosette is hot glue. I have tried many others and nothing holds it together like hot glue!!
I added an additional sentiment stamp on the interior of the card, as well as another strip of coordinating paper ran through a border punch. I hope you liked my card, please come join us with your own sparkly creations! Thanks for stopping by!!

Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: American crafts
Stamps: Some Odd Girl (image-colored with Copics), Whimsical Designs (front sentiment), Precious Remembrance (interior sentiment)
Twine: My Craft Spot
Glitter glue: Stickles by Ranger
Ink: Dew Drop by Memento
Ribbon: American Crafts

My Challenges:
Pile it On - Sparkle and Shine
My Craft Spot - Make it Pop
Party Time Tuesdays- Photo Inspiration
Top Tip Tuesday - Spots or Dots
Simon Says Stamp - Sketch
Crafty Catz - Stripes or checks
Stampin' for the Weekend - Sparkle and Shine
Totally Papercrafts - Buttons
Wags n' Whiskers - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Use more than one ribbon (I used ribbon and twine)
Frosted Designs - Hexagons
Card Makin' Mamas - Girlie


Hello my crafty friends! I am excited to bring you my second post for! This time I am showing you a layout. I have this fun photo of my handsome Nephew from last summer. I find it hard to do boy pages, and this one was no exception! But I like to challenge myself! I used one of the new March PageMaps sketches for inspiration, here is my take:

All the paper is from American Crafts. I wanted to find something with bright colors to match the shirt in the photo, but nothing too girly. I used a notebook border punch for the middle strip, but it's a little hard to tell in the photo.
I decided to play around with drawing swirls with my Zig glue pen and then laying my twine down on top. I love this technique, and am excited to experiment more with this. I love how the twine will adhere well to whatever I draw with the glue pen. I cut all the banner shapes and the star from George and Basic Shapes. This was the first cartridge I ever owned, and I still go to it often. It is so versatile. Another favorite cart is Lyrical Letters because of the many fonts included. I used it for the title, and then added some thickers for some more interest.
I drew an outline around the star shape with the glue pen and laid down the twine. Then I added some brads and a border strip at the top.

I hope you enjoyed my project, and please see the supply list below if you would like to purchase any of these supplies for your own projects.

ScrapbookPal Supply List:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

4 Crafty Chick #86: Boys Dig It!

Hi crafty friends!! Welcome to another fun challenge over at 4 Crafty Chicks! This week our theme is 'Boys Dig it'! I have really enjoyed making boy pages lately. Partly thanks to some awesome new paper lines that are 'boy-friendly'. I have already made a page with this Echo Park kit of my other nephew, Sevyn. Now his brother is getting the scrappy treatment. ;)

I used a sketch from the April Page Maps release. I thought it was so unique and fun I didn't actually stray too far from the original sketch and I love it. I cut the photo mat from Elegant Edges, it is a postage stamp shape, and I thought it went well with the other postage stamp stickers on the layout.

Still loving banners. Maybe one of these days I'll get sick of them, lol! These banners were a pattern on one of the papers in the Echo Park kit. I fussy cut them and placed brads in between. I inked the edges of all the cuts with brown ink.

I cut the flags from a Spellbinders die. The flag pins were handmade. One was actually a sticker in the kit. I just wrapped them around little wooden toothpicks.

I LOVE these scrabble tile looking letter stickers. And the ones that look like label-maker tape, so fun!
The title is cut from the new Type Candy cartridge. I am really liking this one alot!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please come join us at 4 Crafty Chicks and show us those boy projects, can't wait to be inspired!!

Supply List:
Cardstock: Close to my Heart
Patterned Paper, Stickers: Echo Park (This & That- Charming)
Cartridges: George and Basic Shapes (Circles), Elegant Edges (postage stamp photo mat), Type Candy (title)
Ink: Bazzill
Brads: Stash

I am entering the following challenges:
Grand Diva's Scrappy Place - Tic Tac Toe (I picked top row: 2 or more flags, inking, mixed alphas)
Getting Scrappy - Banners
Sundays are Lovely Link Party - Jaihart
Scrappin' Everyday Miracles - Someone that makes you laugh (This little boy cracks me up!)
Crop Stop - Sketch

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Practical Scrappers DT Post: Clouds

Hello my friends! Welcome to my second design team post for Practical Scrappers! This week we are playing with clouds on our projects! I love the look of clouds on layouts and was excited to play with this theme. Here is my layout:
I used an awesome sketch from Rochelle Spears for this layout and I had a lot of fun with it. In the sketch she showed a ring of stitching. I decided to try my hand at masking for mine. I cut a circular image from Accent Essentials (I thought it slightly resembled a sun and would work well with my summer-y layout), then I used the negative image as a mask with yellow smooch spray. The paper is from the My Mind's Eye collections. I am getting a lot of mileage out of these, lol! Now onto my clouds:
I used a chevron print patterned paper and then embossed the clouds with a swirl pattern.
I decided to try my hand at the new confetti trend to add a little emphasis around the clouds. I'm not sure if I was successful or not, ha! I used the 'leftovers' from my border punch.
Aren't these wood tile letters just the cutest?? I took these from the Echo Park This & That- Graceful pack, then added some Cricut cut letters from Songbird.
I cut a square of this notebook lined paper is from the Follow your Dreams line to make a journaling spot. I punched it with a notebook edge punch and then roughed it up a bit. There is my Smash date stamp again!! Thanks for stopping by today, and please stop by Practical Scrappers to join in on the fun!!

Supply List:
Cardstock: ColorBok
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (On the Bright Side, Follow Your Dreams)
Letter Stickers: Echo Park (This & That- Graceful)
Border Punches: Fiskars (Notebook) Martha Stewart (Lace)
Cartridges: Songbird (Title), Paper Pups (clouds) Accent Essentials (mask image)
Stamp: Smash by K & Co.

I am also entering the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - April Showers (Use umbrella, rain or clouds)
Frosted Designs - Weather 
Sundays are Lovely Link Party - Jaihart
Shopping our Stash - Anything water related (I used clouds!)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

4 Crafty Chicks # 85: Fabric

Hello friends! I am back today with another guest designer post for 4 Crafty Chicks. This week we are working with fabric, and ribbon doesn't count! I must be honest, this challenge was a CHALLENGE for me. I have seen others work with fabric beautifully, but I have never worked with it before and was really at a loss for how I was going to incorporate it into my layout. So I went to the fabric store and browsed around waiting for inspiration to strike. When I saw some brightly colored tulle I thought of a few different things I could do with it. It was definitely fun to try something new! Here is my layout:

Another photo of one of my nieces, this time it's Evie. I took these photos last summer, and they have just been waiting to make it onto a page. More My Mind's Eye goodness on this layout, and some American Crafts thrown in as well. I used an awesome sketch from Let's Capture These Sketches. Really loved this sketch. Now onto the fabric:
I used Glubers to make the flowers.  If you are unfamiliar with Glubers, it is a large, flat adhesive disk that you can use to create embellishments. They come in different sizes, and the manufacturer is Cosmo Cricket. You can purchase them at ScrapbookPal for $4.19 HERE. Not much technique to share as I pretty much took a strip of the tulle and then pleated and pressed in a very haphazard manner until I had a look that I liked. I really like the look of these on the overall page as they look so filmy and soft, but still add a pop of color.
I found these little tags in my stash and thought it looked cute on the picture of Evie with her huge smile. The washi tape is from Queen and Co.
I used Printing Press and Type Candy for my title, and added some boutique brads scattered around the page.
Thanks for stopping by today, and please come show us how you use fabric in your projects, I can't wait to see the inspiring things you come up with!!

Supply List:
Cardstock: Colorbok
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (On the Bright Side), American Crafts (Ever After)
Cartridges: Type Candy, Printing Press
Brads: Doodlebug Design
Tulle: Wal Mart
Border Punch: American Crafts
Washi Tape: Queen and Co.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cooking with Cricut # 81: Girl/Teen Girl Thinking of You

Hello my friends and welcome to another Wednesday challenge at Cooking with Cricut. We have a special theme this week. We are making cards to send to two very special girls who are going through a pretty rough time. Patty is the daughter of a friend of one of our designers. She is 13 and fighting a rare form of cancer. Emily is a 6 year old fighting leukemia, and is this month's recipient for Madison's Feel the Love project. We are making cards/projects to send them a little cheer. Here are my cards:
When I saw this theme I immediately wanted to pull out my Rock Princess cart. I think it is so girlie and fun, but still has that rocker edge. I kept with a pink and black color scheme as it fits so perfectly with the images. Here are the individual cards:
For the most part they are the same, but I did change one image so they had a little difference. On this one I used the cute skullie with the big bow, and the kitty rocking the headphones in the other:
I inked the edges of the card and the patterned paper mat with black ink for a little definition and edge. I wanted to add a little 'you rock' sentiment to the interior, so I used a stamp from Whimsical Designs:
I hope you will join us in sending a HUGE crafty hug to these two very deserving little girls. You can find all the info on the Cooking with Cricut blog.

Supply List:
Patterned Paper: DCWV
Cardstock: Bazzil
Cartridge: Rock Princess
Sentiment Stamp: Whimsical Designs
Rik Rak Ribbon: American Crafts