Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Goodbye Summer

Hi ya everyone!
Well in our house Labor Day is a goodbye to summer and hello new school year. So for my project today I decided to make a little project for my daughter to give to her new third grade teacher. Since summer is ending I thought Blossom was a good cartridge to use for those yummy papers. It will probably be the last time I pull it out until Spring. Enjoy my project and please ask questions or leave comments!!!
Cricut Imagine
Cricut Craft Room
Cricut Imagine Cartridge - All Wrapped Up
Cricut Imagine Cartridge - Blossom
Cricut Cartrdige - Mother's Day Bouquet
White Textured Paper
Green and White Tulle
Sparkle Brad and Pearl colored with YG67 Copic
Hello clear stamp and black Ink
Paper Cutter and Adhesive
Score Board
Sewing machine and white thread
Have a great Labor Day!
For more fun projects please stop by Melissa Made!
I am also entering my project into the ABC 123 challenge on the Circle Blog.  My pop of color is blue.  I used three Cricut Cartridges, 2 flowers and 1 sentiment!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I LOVE Reading!!! - Tiddly Ink Challenge

Hi ya everyone!
  This week at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog we are asking you to create a project inspired by a book.  I love this image from Tiddly Inks - Belle.
She so reminded me of Cinderella - and well it's just one of my all time favorite books.  I love her dress - it's a large open canvas for creativity and coloring! 
When I read I feel like the characters are stepping out of the book and acting.  Imagining the characters, the scenery and the life they lead really does take me to another place.  Christy is so fabulous and she drew up this fun open book image for a freebie this week - check it out here!!  I placed the book and Belle on a bit of DCWV paper.  Head over to the Tiddly Inks Challenge and join us - what book inspires you?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Refreshing - iCopic Lover Challenge

Hi ya everyone!
  Well you know the old saying....make lemonade!  I love these little lemons from Some Odd Girl.  I have this adorable sentiment stamp set that had the phrase When life hands you lemons make lemonade and when I saw this sweet image I couldn't resist! 
I also have this fabulous stack from DCWV that has so many beautiful yellow and green papers!  The challenge at iCopic Lover this week is to use your Copics to color your embellishments.  I have this white pearl flourish that I've wanted to use and when I placed it on my card I knew the green I colored it looked fabulous. 
I almost never finish the inside of my cards as I make them.  Not because I don't want to but because then I can save them for any occasion.  This time though I had to finish the inside!
Make sure to join the fun at iCopic Lover!!!  Also stop by the SOG shop and pick up a cutie for yourself!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oh my - So Long Ago - A Love Story

Fun challenge at Meljen's Designs this week!  There is no release - BOO!!! BUT don't fret I promise the reason behind the absence of images is something spectacular - really and truly!!! So this week the FUN idea to show your FIRST ever Meljen's project was brought let's travel down memory lane.  Join the fun and show us your first creation ever with a Sweety from Meljen's!!!
This post was created WAYYYY back when....
Hi everyone,
  Well in addition to my Tiddly Inks addiction I now have another - Meljens Designs...such cute images.  I decided to do their challenge this week as well - follow a sketch.  I picked this cute little Fru Fru Fairy Pony and colored her with my Copics. 

I used my Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper for the main background. I also used a small piece of Best Creation Inc Mr & Mrs. for a strip and the card base.  I added a shear ribbon and then added a blue rhinestone swirly from Recollections.  Lastly, I used a sticker for the Follow Your Dreams sentiment. 

Life Is SOOOO Sweet - Some Odd Girl Challenge

Hi ya everyone!  YAY!!! New challenge at Some Odd Girl - Paper Piecing - it's such a fun technique!  I decided to use this adorable little girl Tiny Baker Tia!  She's a clear stamp and she worked perfect for paper piecing.  I have to say that Some Odd Girl clear stamps are awesome - the perfect size for your cards - not too small!
Isn't she fabulous?  I'm going to sneak this in too - Kristy has some seriously SERIOUSLY adorable images coming out soon ***SSSSSSHHHHHHHHHH*** don't tell her I told you but seriously - the design team just can't keep their hands off of them. =) But you didn't hear it from me!  Please join our fun challenge this week on the challenge blog.  Don't forget to stop by the store too and pick up some cuties for yourself!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

BBQ Invites and decor

Hi ya everyone! I'm sharing my project on the Creative Critterz Imaginations blog today.  I love this week's theme BBQ/Cookout - don't you?  It's sad to leave summer behind but before it ends how about one more Cookout!  I decided to make invitations and a bit of table decor to match.
Imagine Cartridge Kate's Kitchen
Cricut Cartridge George and Basic Shapes
White Textured Card Stock
Foam Pop Dots - large and small
Thank you for checking out my tutorial today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Milk Carton - Back To School

Hi ya everyone!  If you are looking for my Tiddly Post please click HERE.  I'm sharing this milk carton tutorial using the Imagine at The Bug Bytes today!  Thanks so much Pam for letting me share this project.  My daughter goes back to school soon and I wanted to sneak a special treat in her lunch box.  I made this container using her favorite colors!  She's also really loving the goth stuff - so I chose this little Cutie Skull from Meljen's Designs to put on the side.
Once I had the scoring finished, I simply adhered all sides of the carton.  I started with the small flap and placed a small strip of adhesive down the side.
I formed the base of the box by adhering that flap to the inside of the other flap.
I then folded in the bottom and placed adhesive there as well starting with two opposing flaps and then the other two.
Once this was done the rest was easy.  The score lines worked perfectly for forming the top portion of the milk carton.
Next, I printed my Meljen's Designs Cutie Skull out and used the Cuttle Bug to cut and emboss.  For the first cut I used a circle nestable from Spellbinders and taped it to the paper so it wouldn't shift going through the Bug.  I also used the A plate, B plate and the C plate.
I then wanted to emboss the edge of the circle so I ran it through the Cuttle Bug again using an A plate, an embossing mat, three thick pieces of cardstock and two B plates.
This gave me a fabulous embossed edge.
I colored the skull using the following Copics.
I punched wholes in the top and ran some Tulle through and a black and white gingham ribbon.  I LOVE using tulle on my projects and saw this first in this post from Kristy at She's A Sassy Lady!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please feel free to ask questions!

Read Journey Explore - Tiddly Inks Challenge

Hi ya everyone!  Isn't this little Tiddly just ADORABLE! I love her and since she's called Dandylion Pixie I wanted her yellow!!  Isn't she perfect for a little bookmark?
I created her for the challenge at Tiddly Inks this week - create a bookmark using some DCWV paper.  Please join us for the fun.  Don't forget to stop by Tiddly Inks and pick up some of the new images too! 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Some Odd Girl Guest Designer!

Hey everyone head over to the Some Odd Girl Facebook page and vote for someone to win the Some Odd Girl Guest Designer! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dream Bookmark - The Imagine and Iron On Transfer

 Hi ya everyone!  I love fabrics because they add so much dimension and texture to any project.  I kept my love of fabrics in mind when I created this bookmark.  Reading is a getaway of sorts for me and because of this I decided DREAM would be a perfect sentiment for a bookmark.  Isn't that the great thing about books.  You can sort of dream yourself into another world and time.  Getting lost in a good book is about as wonderful as getting lost in my craft room!  Now, combine those two loves and you get this simple yet beautiful bookmark!
Cricut Craftroom
Iron on Transfer Paper for InkJet printer
Imagine cartridge Imagine More Cards - for patterns
Imagine cartridge Blast Off - for font
Imagine cartridge Lori's Garden - for image
White Canvas Material
DCWV paper - Glam Girl 
Adding some simple stitching will ensure my canvas doesn't fray completely away - but I did fray the sides a bit for more texture.
Adding the ribbon was sort of an afterthought.  I wanted a delicate touch.  I simply added a strip of ribbon adhesive and bunched the gingham ribbon on the pink satin ribbon.  Finally, I stitched across them both using the same pink thread I used on the earlier.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Space and Time - Simple savers!

Hi ya everyone!  Today is my day to share at She's A Sassy Lady!  Thanks Sheila for allowing me to share again today!  I wanted to finish this tutorial before I went on vacation and thought I would share some very simple techniques that will help you save time when creating your cards and maybe even space in your craft area.
Thanks for watching my video today.  I love to hear comments and please feel free to ask any questions!  You can find more projects and tutorials at She's A Sassy Lady.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sweetest Friend - Meljen's Designs Challenge and Release

Hi ya everyone!
  This week there is an adorable new release at Meljen's Designs.  All images can be found HERE at Whimsy.  Here's a peek for you though!
Our challenge this week is to use Black on your card.  This image is perfect for this challenge and I went for a jungle theme.  Check out this week's freebie - it goes perfect with all of the new images!
Join our challenge this week!  It's sure to be WILD!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book Lover - Some Odd Girl Challenge

Hi ya everyone!
  Oh how I love me Some Odd Girl.  Tell me this image isn't the sweetest!  Book Lover Tia can be found right HERE.  The challenge this week at the Some Odd Girl Challenge blog is to use complimentary colors.  Complimentary colors are opposite on the color wheel.
I chose green and red for something a bit different.  I wanted to make a school days card.  I printed Tia out and then drew in the lockers in the background.
I thought this would be a great card for a lover of books so I also decided to make a gift card holder for to go with the card for a book store gift card.
Have you seen the new Some Odd Girl Release? Be sure to check it out right HERE.  Then join our complimentary color challenge - the results can be truly stunning!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Just Add Coffee - Creative Critterz Imaginations Self Layout

Hi ya everyone!  Today is my day to share at the Creative Critterz Imaginations blog.  This week we are creating layouts about ourselves!  Talk about a difficult theme! LOL!!  My day always starts with a cup of coffee and well without it I'm just not me hence the title of Just Add Coffee!  I used Cricut Craft Room *please note that Cricut Craft Room is open to beta testers at this point and not the public* to design my layout.  Did you know that you can see each element of your 12 x 12 page?  I love this feature.  I can see exactly what I like before I cut and print paper!  What does this mean?? You save paper and time...and who doesn't like that!

12 x 12 White Paper
Cricut Imagine Yummy Cartridge
Cricut Mini Monograms Cartridge
Cricut Calligraphy Collection Cartridge
Glitter Glue
Small foam pop dots
Sewing Machine for Stitching
I completed each element on the Cricut Craft Room program.  I then turned to my Imagine and sized each element based on the settings on the Craft Room.
I used the layers feature a number of times to separate layers on the Imagine.  For each I added small pop dots to create dimension.
I added stitching, pearls and sparkle to the layout for an extra finishing touch.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tiddly Inks - Teacher Thank You - Aug. 8th

Hi ya everyone!
  This week at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog we are asking you to thank a very important person in any child's life and that's their teacher!!!  I love celebrating teachers.  I chose these two images from the Teachers Change the World Set.
I put together a simple card using DCWV paper.  Please stop by Tiddly Inks and check out the new images too!  Christy has some adorable school images for this challenge!