Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

It's time again for another challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas! This week's theme is 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'! I have been wanting to make this particular card for a while now and just this past week was given a reason to. Here is what I created:

A good friend of mine just found out about some scary healthy concerns. I made this card for her and I will include it in a neat little care package :)

All of the cuts are from Just Because Cards. I used some Bakers Twine and a couple of buttons to add some dimension. I also loaded Glossy Accents to the sentiment. It's pretty simple but I'm very happy with how it turned out. I really went back and forth with this one. Making 'get well' cards and 'everything will be alright' cards are tough for me. I didn't want it to be 'funny', but I did want to try to put a smile on her face. I'm sure the wine inside the care package will help with that too :)

We'd love to see your Planes, Trains and Automobile project over at Die Cuttin Divas this week! Go HERE to enter your project!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

4th of July layout

I decided to create this layout for a handful of challenges. This was definitely a fun layout. I just LOVE 4th of July! We have our little family tradition of riding our bikes to the town parade. For a few years the boys enjoyed riding their bikes in it but then they realized they wouldn't get to collect candy! So they sit on the sidelines with us now! We also decorate our bikes the week before. This layout is back from 2008. This particular year our neighborhood had a block party after the parade where we closed the street, rented a bounce house, blew up an inflatable water slide and lined the road with grills, food and chairs! Once it got dark our neighbor brought over his guitar and played some songs for us while we roasted marshmallows over a fire pit. Good times!

This layout is for the following challenges:

Peachy Keen Stamps Let's Face it Friday Challenge - Patriotic
My Craft Spot Challenge #13 How Sweet It Is - Have a sweet treat somewhere on project
Getting Cricky with K Andrew Simply Sunday Let's Face it Challenge
Whimsical Wednesday Let's Get Patriotic Challenge

Here is what I created :)

I really had a lot of fun putting this little layout together. It went together so quickly and it really didn't need too much!

Lyrical Letters cart - Fireworks
Mini Monsters cart - candy
Peachy Keen Stamps Everyday Character Faces
DCWV Summer Time Paper Pack
Hobby Lobby - 4th of July bling
Creative Memories Star Punch
Bakers Twine, Stickles

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 20!

It's that time again! Die Cuttin Divas weekly challenge! This time we needed to use a Christmas cut for a non-Christmas themed card/project! The cartridge was an easy choice for me as I only have 1! So I used the Christmas cartridge. and here is what I came up with!

I thought I would take this opportunity to check off another baby card I needed to make! I decided to make a 'tag' for this project instead. Since I will be hand delivering it I didn't have to worry about size, weight, bulk, etc. Actually I will probably just attach it to the gift!

I used Christmas cartridge for the bear and train cuts. The train is actually popped from the tag and I added stickles to the bear to shine him up a bit. The large white flower is from Imaginisce. The button and bling are from Oriental Trading Company and the ribbon is from ek success. I used George and Basics to cut the circle for the sentiment and it's stamped from All Night Media. The shape of the card is also from the Christmas cartridge. I finished the card by lining it with Glossy Accents and some Martha Stewart glitter!

I hope you decide to play along too! Click HERE to add your project!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

2 Wheeler!

I've been working on this layout for a few days now and I'm so happy with how it finally came together! I did this layout for a couple challenges!

First, I'm entering in My Creative Time: Throwback Thursday which is to use a Lite Cartridge and incorporate some 'bling' on the project.

Second, it's for the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge which is to use a journaling tag on the project.

Last but not least I'm entering my layout into the Getting Cricky with K Andrew Simply Sunday Challenge It's all about choices which is designers choice!

Here's what I came up with!

I am just so happy with this layout! Like I said earlier I needed to use a Lite Cricut Cartridge and Dude! was my only choice. I decided to go with a bicycle layout (mostly because these cuts are adorable!) so I pulled out my pictures from my oldest riding without training wheels for the first time. For the bling I used Stickles on both biker's helmets and coated the sentiment with Glossy Accents. Sometimes I struggle with 'bling' for my boy pages but I think this works! I also inked the edges of all of the paper.

Dude! Lite - bicycle cuts, stop sign
George and Basic Shapes - sentiment cut
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More - journaling tag
My Community - road
EK Success - ribbon, photo corner punch, brown writing pen
inks - Studio G, Rubber Stampede

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge

Happy Tuesday!! and time for this week's Die Cuttin Divas Challenge. This week's theme is 'Wedded Bliss'! However the twist is that you are to use any cuts *except* for hearts.

I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted my card to look like and the cuts I wanted to use. Take a peak :)

I think this is my new favorite card! If only I had a wedding to go to! I decided to make a tall card since I wanted the church to be pretty tall. I used Sweethearts cartridge for every single one of my cuts. I just love that cart! I decided to emboss the bride's dress with D'vine Swirl and the groom's tux with Candy Cane Stripe. The pearls in the bells are from Oriental Trading Company and I decided to give the bride some bling on her hand too! I inked the edges of the frame and outlined the edge of the entire card with stickles to give it a little something extra. The ribbon is from Celebrate It.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Vintage Father's Day!

I really had to step out of my comfort zone for this one. For some reason vintage is really hard for me. I'm not sure why though! I love to challenge myself and thrive on challenges that do just that. So I decided to participate in the following:

Getting Cricky Simply Sundays "Vintage Appeal"
More than Favors Wacky Wednesday #40 Manly project
Whimsical Wednesday Happy Father's Day Challenge #10

Here is what I created!

I'm still not sure it's totally 'vintage' but I really like how it turned out. This was another one of those cards where I had no idea what the end product was going to look like. I just took out anything from my stash that looked guyish and vintage, and then just started moving stuff around and gluing it in place. I think it actually looks better in person...for some reason my camera flash just adds to much glare in the picture.

Gypsy Wanderings cartridge - card shape and frame
EK Success - corner punch
Creative Imaginations - 'day' stickers
K&Company - 'happy' rub ons (old school I know!!)
Eyelet Outlet - pearl brad

Beach Day

Oh am I loving doing these layouts! Today is a BONUS challenge over at Die Cuttin Divas and the winner will receive some fun goodies! The challenge is to create a summer/beach inspired project. I took this opportunity to make yet another layout. We live a mere 30 minutes from the 'big lake' (Lake Michigan) and are there very often in the I am not short on beach pictures that need scrappin! Here is my project!

I had so much fun putting this together! I was browsing through my cricut books and just kept finding more elements to add! I inked basically the entire sun to give it a nice orange glow. I embossed the clouds and waves with the D'vine Swirl folder.

I tore the paper for the sand look and embossed it with the Swiss Dots folder. I love that I found a little sail boat in my stash of stuff! I thought it went perfectly!

This was a pretty simple layout. The pictures are even printed and ready to be glued down!

I can't wait to see what you come up with this week! Make sure you submit your project at Die Cuttin Divas for your chance to win some super fun goodies!!!

Sesame Street Friends cart - sand pail/shovel
Create a Critter cart - sun, clouds, sand castle
Designers Calendar cart - beach chair, umbrella
Plantin Schoolbook cart - waves
D'vine Swirl folder - clouds, waves
Swiss Dots folder - sand

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Die Cuttin Divas Sketch Challenge

This week at Die Cuttin Divas we had a sketch challenge. I decided to use this opportunity to finally make a graduation card for my cousin. I've been putting it off mostly because I don't have any cartridges that have grad cuts. So I decided to make my own. Below is the sketch from DCD
and here is what I decided to make

The cap is actually a stretched diamond and square welded together. Then I cut the diamond again to layer the cap. I just rolled a piece of white paper and tied it for the diploma. I had to actually look at my own graduation pictures to remember how to construct a tassel! I just used some orange ribbon and bunched it together with a strand of gold wired Christmas ribbon! I knew it would come in handy some day! Now hopefully I got his school colors right!

George and Basic Shapes cart - cap
Blackletter cart - banner
Making Memories - 2011 stickers
Recollections - square brad

Monday, June 6, 2011

Father's Day

I was really excited to create this card! 2 years ago I made my husband a t-shirt with this sentiment on it (and the kids footprints) and it turned out adorable! He still wears it! So that is what gave me the inspiration for the card. I decided to enter it into 2 challenges both which were to create a Father's Day project. Simon Says Stamp and Fantabulous Cricut Challenge me Monday #63.

Here is what I printed out for the inside :)

I decided to go with a shaped card even though I still feel limited with my personal cutter (needing to upgrade!!). I like the look of the shaped card though, but it is smaller than I would have liked. This is totally a style and color shirt my husband would wear! I added 3 brads to the front since I did not have small enough buttons and cut the footprints 3 different sizes for my 3 kids.

I am also linking this project to Patches of Pink link up party!

My Community cart - feet
Sports Mania cart - shirt and layers/shadow
Computer Generated Sentiment

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #53

My project today was inspired by a wonderful local business called Noodles and Company. Our local facility generously donated a mac and cheese lunch to the classroom at our elementary school that collected the most Box Tops for Education this year! I am the head of that fund raising committee and I counted, cut and submitted every last box top that was turned in. Fancy enough, my kindergartner's class collected the most! So last week my co chair and I brought in mac and cheese for 24 kindergartners! They LOVED it! Most of them had 2nd and 3rd helpings! The woman at Noodles and Company is such a fantastic lady. She was willing to do basically anything to support the school. What a neat experience for everyone! SOOO I wanted to send her something to thank her for her generosity. I decided to make a card for the Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge #53 with a twist, where the twist was to use a sponging technique. I've been learning how to ink the edges of my papers but I wanted to try something a little different. Here is the Peachy Keen Sketch:
and here is the card I created:

I immediately thought of the bowl and noodles image from Create a Critter when I decided to make this card! I mean how perfect! I sponged the edges of all of the papers but I also cut out the sentiment Thank You and sponged through the shadow onto my background sheet. I think it turned out pretty neat! I finished the sketch by using Glossy Accents and some Martha Stewart glitter! I really like the look of this card! I cannot wait to bring it into Noodles and Company!

Create a Critter cart - noodles, bowl, chopsticks
Gypsy Wanderings cart - thank you sentiment
Technique Tuesday - yellow ink
Rubber Stampede - black ink

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Easter Layout

Again I'm going WAY back! I found this cute sketch through Sassy Lil' Sketches and paired it with the challenge over at My Craft Spot which was to use a cute critter in my project. and I immediately thought of Easter and the Easter bunny! I'm trying to keep my pages in order so I was actually up to Easter of *blush* 2007 ! Hey I really am making progress! Below is the sketch from Sassy Lil' Sketches.

and here is what I did:

I'm really happy with this layout! It was actually pretty simple. The paper did most of the work! I welded 4 Easter eggs together with my gypsy and hid most of the features. Then just made my own shadow on white paper. I LOVE the egg paper. I really wanted to find a sheet that had a gradual color change and I'm SO glad I came across this one! (unfortunately I have no idea who manufactured it). I added some buttons and bakers twine to finish it off.

Designers Calendar - Easter eggs/shadow
Create a Critter - bunny
Gypsy Font - Easter title
Oriental Trading Company - buttons
OMG Chocolate Frog - bakers twine
ek success scallop diamond punch
Recollections - glitter 'Easter' paper