Friday, January 29, 2010

Sweet Valentine Card

Here's a sweet little card I made for Valentine's Day.  It is a 4 and 1/4 inch square card.  The white squares inside are all 1 and 1/4 inch. 

These images are all from one of the newer Martha Stewart stamp sets.  The best part is it came with the 3 inks that I used in this project.  It's a great, budget friendly set, and perfect for beginners since it comes with the coordinating ink!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Simple Thank You Card

Here's a simple thank you card I put together.  I used one of the new Martha Stewart punch around the page sets for spring, the pansy around the page set.

I actually had a REALLY hard time choosing the colors to use for this!  I tried a lot of combinations that didn't work with this design before I found something I was happy with.

The card is about 3 1/4 by 5
The cardstock is Stampin Up
The center stamp is from a Stampin Up set (but obviously any stamp would work)
The bling in the flowers is Diamond Stickles

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Very Unique Valentine!

Well, I'm sure you can all guess my nickname for my husband Ryan, well, the stinky part isn't always in front of it, but I always call him Ry Ry.  Instead of going for something mushy I went with something I thought he'd really appreciate, something with some attitude :)  I will certainly say it's unique, one of a kind I'm sure :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fish Bowl Card

I had a real blast with this one!  It was made with a stamp set by Stampendous called Sushi Bowl Party.  The set is designed so you can build our own fishbowl with different components.

For my first attempt with this set I didn't use many of the accessories.  I just did a really simple set up.  I just stamped in black ink and then colored everything in with my Stamp N Write Markers from Stampin Up.  I tried to create wave patterns in the water, and I took forever coloring in the sand castle by filling it in with small dots.  The detail on that part is really neat!

Thanks for looking.  I'd like to show some videos using this set because it's a whole lot of fun!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Princess Birthday Card

OK, let me first say I just bought these colored pencils and had no idea what I was doing!  *LOL*  Eventually I'll learn to shade and such, but this time all I wanted to do was get the image colored in!

The sweet little princess stamp is from a fabulous Technique Tuesday set called My Little Princess.   I searched high and low to purchase one princess set I really liked, and that is it!

Happy Birthday is from a Hero Arts set - Cupcakes

I spelled out Brooke with another Hero Arts Set - Fanciful Swirl Alphabet.

I noticed  that the font in Happy Birthday is exactly the same, even the same size as the font.  So I'm sure I will use these two sets together a lot. The only thing is that the name ends up spaced further apart if you place the letters on the block together.  It's part of the reason I chose to put the name under the princess and the Happy Birthday at the top.  I thought if they were right together that would show more and look a little strange.

All papers and inks from Stampin' Up.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Custom Monogramed Paper Purse

This is one of the adorable purses from the Forever Young Cricut  cartridge.

It is one of the plain ones with no decoration in the front, and I custom placed a B from the Gypsy font cartridge inside.  Note that this is the shadow version of that type of font so that it was a bit less intricate to cut.

I punched holes in the sides to add my ribbon.

If you'd like detailed instruction on how to line up the letter properly I can make another similar design on video, let me know! 

Wouldn't something like this make adorable party favors?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Christmas Dress Page

Here's a page just showing how adorable my daughter was in her dress for the holidays.  The one of her standing up, WITH HER SHOES ON is the holy grail!  She took those shoes off so fast, over and over again.  They were more fun to play with than wear she assured me.

Sometimes it's worth the persistence to get that desired shot.  I love digital!  I can avoid wasting any money on photos that don't turn out, so I snap away searching for the shot I want.

I used 5 by 7 photos here, and a few embellishments from a sticker sheet I bought over a year ago.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

For You Cupcake Card

This is a card I made for my Mother In Law's birthday.  Something fun but simple.  I enjoyed it.  The color in the video is pretty poor & it got a bit shaky in parts, but I'm still learning, and still wanted to share!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stamped Stylish Decor

I am new at stamping, and my images don't always come out perfect, but I'm having a blast learning!  We do not need to be perfect crafters!  Posting something with obvious imperfections is such therapy for me, because I tend to get pretty particular about things.

The stamp is from Close to My Heart, it was one of their stamp of the month sets.  I stamped it twice to layer the dress and boots.  Boy, cutting those boots out was a real challenge!  The ink and paper is all from Stampin Up.  I am the proud owner of all the main 48 colors of classic ink pads now.  I am SO excited to keep learning.

I want to make a series of these probably 3-5, with different images from the stamp set and different colors and then frame them to make a wall arrangement.  Or perhaps do something different besides frame them.  I shall have to see when they are all done.

Monday, January 11, 2010

My Daughter's New Ride

I'm so excited to be getting all my holiday pages done promptly. 

This is an easy one.  It's funny because I wouldn't normally put these colors together, but I wanted to match the car.  All this took was a couple sheets of paper!  Not even 2 whole ones!  The photos are 3.5 by 5.  I printed these right off from my in law's computer. So, no cropping, editing of lighting, etc. 

I could have added journaling, or all sorts of other things.  My husband suggesting custom creating an SVG of the car.  I decided these photos were simple and fun and really spoke for themselves.  My daughter's excitement shines through in a way I don't feel I need to journal about.

This is how I keep plugging along getting so much scrapping done.  I don't always get photos and get them on my blog... but I do get the pages done.  Simple and to the point often does just fine!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sammy Bear as Santa Layout

Isn't it adorable?  :)  I love this layout! 

I used the bear with a santa hat SVG that you can get for free right here on my blog!

Everything is cut from my Cricut
Tree - Doodlecharms - 9 inches ( trunk is just a scrap) 
Embellished w/ buttons
Presents - various cartridges, Doodlecharms, Celebrations, Sweet Treats all at 2.5 inches if I remember right.  The stack of gifts is cut from New Arrival, can't remember the size though.  They are all embellished with Stickles.
Text is from Plantin Schoolbook - Red at 1.5 inches and green at 1 inch

Not only do I adore this layout, but I am proud to have it done so soon.  I am nearly caught up.  It feels great.  Most of my pages are really simple so I can keep moving, since I'd rather have them done and simple than never done at all!  However, I knew I wanted this layout to be really extra special, so I took some time on it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Simple Holiday Mini Book

Here's a simple mini book I made to send to my grandparents.  Patterned paper, stickers, and a touch of ribbon.  Easy and affordable!  I'm excited to send it to them, and I know they'll really enjoy it! 

The video simply shows all the pages of the book.  It's not the best video, but it works :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sympathy Cards

I'm back :)  I have lots of fun projects to share, scrapbook pages of the holidays, a fun mini book, and some great cards.  I'll be working hard to get them all ready for posting. 

I would like to share a couple sympathy cards I made.  These are the first sympathy cards I've ever made.  I never realized how challenging they were!  I have never done a craft project that I did not enjoy, but I can honestly say that making these was hard.  They are meant to be similar, but I didn't want them identical.  They are for two teenage sisters who's mother has just died (they are my 2nd cousins.)  I couldn't stand the thought of giving them THE SAME card, but I didn't want them to be too different either.  This is what I came up with.

I used the Stampin Up set Thoughts and Prayers for the sentiments.  I used the Cricut Cartridge Serenade for the die cuts.  For the edges I used an Eyelet Border punch from Stampin Up, and a Loops border punch from Martha Stewart.

I'm happy with the results.  I think the imagery is really peaceful and serene, which is what I wanted for something like this.

Thanks to everyone who checks out my blog.  I have missed it this past week and look forward to getting back into the swing of things.