Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Birthday (to me)!

Today is MY BIRTHDAY! I'm always asked how I feel about having my birthday so close to Christmas, and especially on New Years Eve. Honestly, my parents made sure everything was kept seperate so I always had plenty to go around! ;) They would even take all the ornaments off the Christmas tree and decorate it with balloons and streamers! That's probably one of my fondest memories of growing up, actually. I knew my parents wanted to make my day special and they always did! They never went out on New Years Eve either, even though I told them it didn't matter to me, haha! My husband also makes sure I'm treated extra special on my birthday too, thanks babe! I always say that everyone celebrates my birthday didn't know it, but really you are! Cause I'm a cool kid, and you're all celebrating that I'm here!

So this year I decided that since its been well over 10 years that I've had a "birthday tree" I would do one for myself! ;) Here it is! This one is for you Mom and Dad! :D

Tonight we'll be ringing in the New Year and celebrating my birthday with a few friends. We'll be playing Rock Band, drinking and eating, and wearing our PJ's the whole time! ;) An idea that came up at my Christmas Party so we all said we'd do it, haha! My amazing friend Sharon made some invites with the Cricut cartridge Paper Dolls to make the dolls in their pj's holding stamped champagne glasses! Take a look at her blog for the awesome invites she made! See why I love my friends?!! :)

Also, since I'm feeling in the birthday mood, how about some birthday cards?! These are all from the You Know You're Getting Old set from Skipping Stones Design.

So I'm not sure what my favorite saying in this set is because I keep laughing every time I read them! ;) This one totally cracks me up! You'd never guess from the outside what it will say! I colored in the sandals with my Copics (going back over with the Colorless blender to soften them) and then added a rhinestone in the center for some bling. This set comes with the two flip flops (oops sorry thongs, ha!) but they aren't connected which is perfect for positioning them any way you want them! I love that feature! I stuck the first one right side up on my clear block, but the other I flipped. So each time I stamped they stayed in the same place making it super easy to make my own little border!

And then this hilarious saying on the inside! I choose to position both flip flops in the upright position so that it would pair well with the sentiment. I actually put all four stamps on one block and stamped it all at once. This is a great time saver if you are making several cards!

When I saw this next sentiment I knew I wanted to play around with the words, and do a notebook type theme. I had a mini composition book that I ripped out a single sheet and punched it with my spiral punch from SU. Then I added a mini libray clip and got that notebook look I was going for! A few brads and a black bow (you know like over the hill and to go with the black book saying, hehe) and I was done! It was such a simple card but I think whoever I give this to will just love it!

This last card was a fun one to make! I wanted to try making a card to show how you can combine the "You know" part with the picture and the saying all in one card front. I love being able to have the funny sentiment on the inside, but sometimes you just want it all on the front! By paper piecing the pillow, and rounding only two corners, it gave this a unique look that makes it stand out. I also added a few rhinestones to the pillow and a little hardware piece for fun.

Do you have anyone you'd love to give a card to from this set to? There are some super funny sayings and I can't wait to use the little car and cake on a card!

Have a Happy New Year!


Thong Birthday
CS: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp: You Know You're Gettin Old - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: Celery grosgrain, scallop border punch, gemstones

Little Black Book
CS: Certainly Celery DSP: SU Prints Pack II
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp: You Know You're Gettin Old - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: Paper, library clip, black satin ribbon, brads, spiral punch

Happy Hour
CS: Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp: You Know You're Gettin Old - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: Velvet ribbon - American Crafts, corner rounder, gemstones, hardware ribbon slide

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Crafty Goodies!

So my family really knows me so well! My hunky husband got me a Big Shot (Express!) (and some SU dies) for Christmas, and my Mom and Dad got me the Gypsy! Did I score or what?! I'm so excited to finally get to use both of these! We were out of town over the weekend and the last two nights I've been trying to get unpacked and all the toys from Christmas organized, as well as cleaning up the Christmas stuff! (Does that sound like all of you too?!) So, needless to say I'm DYING to use these!

So last night I read the destructions. (instructions, family joke) And ok, ok, only part of the instructions really. I was too in a hurry to just cut something! I did all the Gypsy updates too, so I was finally ready to go! The manual was online and my husband was so proud of me that I actually read it (or half of it anyways). I never read the manuals...I just figure it out as I go because I'm stubborn like that! I also won't ever ask for directions, or ask a worker where something is at in the store...such a stubborn Capricorn am I! Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't, HA! But with this I had to read the manual (or part of it)! ;) (Still working on my camera manual by the way, and by working on it, I mean its sitting out for me to read steps people).

After I finally got everything together and ready to go, I wondered if my parents realized they bought a super high tech gadget for a blond, ditzy girl! (Mom I know you are reading this and laughing your butt off but its true!) Jake always tells me I'm the smartest dumb girl he knows! ;) I definitely think I'm too dumb to use this thing! HA! Anyway, I was super impressed with just the few things I did with it! I also love the two cartridges that come with it and was acting like a spaz showing Jake all the cool stuff and my brilliance (or lack thereof) about this awesome gadget. There are seriously so many cool features like the multipass (oh haha, Fifth Element reference I am laughing now, anyone else with me on this one, please say yes!) cutting feature that will cut the same cut path multiple times for thicker materials, and the add and return to design features. Wow, I may actually have to read the whole manual now! ;)

Anyway, blathering aside, I'll have a card to share next Friday for certain challenge blog that uses one of the cartridges the Gypsy comes with (and a Big Shot cut as well!). ;) But, I thought I better share something with all the yakity yak going on, so here is my first use of my Big Shot! Holy crap I love this thing already!

I cut the butterflies out with the SU Beautiful Butterflies die and then stamped (and embossed on the second card) a swirl from the Priceless set. The sentiments are both from Cupcake Cutie from Skipping Stones Design. Notice the patterned paper? Its some leftover I had from the project I did for my Guest Designer spot at Die Cuts R Us. You can see my tutorial on January 2nd! This is from the Blue Skies collection, and you can find them here and here!


Sweet Butterflies
CS: Kraft, DSP: American Crafts Blue Skies
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Priceless (SU), Cupcake Cutie from Skipping Stones Design
Misc: buttons, dmc floss, faux stitching, Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot die

Congratulations Butterflies
CS: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, DSP: American Crafts Blue Skies
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Priceless (SU), Cupcake Cutie from Skipping Stones Design
Misc: Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, corduroy button, clear ep, Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot die, MS Cornice border punch

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chic Martini!

Here's another fun set from Skipping Stones Design! As soon as I saw this one I knew I needed it! It wasn't a matter of wanting, it really was a NEED, haha! ;) This is another set with fantastic details, fun fonts, and realistic looking images! I have so many more plans for this set, I'm sure it will stay on my desk. I think I'll be constantly reaching for it for awhile!

At first glance, you might think Chic Martini is just a set to make New Years or Girls Night Out invites, but there is so much more to this set! Take a look at the cards below and tell me what you think! Can you see yourself taking this set to another level?!

First, I have a card that I'd envisioned before I even got the stamp set! The idea came to me at work one day so I quickly sketched it out, and it was the first card I made with this set. How many of you struggle over a card to give your spouse at Valentine's Day?! You don't want it too girly, fussy, or over the top, but you want to give him a card that shows your love for him, (and for stamping!), right?! ;) HA! I know I do anyways! Here's a card I think would be perfect for most guys out there! It has some ribbon and bling on it, but it speaks man to me! From the dark colors and martini glass, to the cool glossy accents, it's a man card.

To create my background, I used the spiral and star burst (ok ok asterisk, but star burst sounds cooler!) in this set stamped in Versamark, and then embossed with Clear embossing powder. It adds just the right combination of pop without being too dramatic. For the martini glass, I stamped in black, and then colored in the olive with a Copic marker, and added some red gemstones. Then I used crystal effects for a glossy sheen! After stamping the sentiment on the patterned paper, I positioned and stamped the olive, and then added some more bling.

Here's a close up of the martini glass, isn't is too fun?! Do you think the men in your life might get a kick out of this kind of card? I know mine did! :)

Next up is a fun and flirty card that I would totally give to one of my besties! I say it all the time, but I seriously have the best friends a girl could have! :) (I am so truly lucky, but I'll quit blathering!) Anyway, wouldn't this be a super cheery card to brighten up someone's day?! I paired the sentiment from Cupcake Cutie with this little strawberry daquiri, and I know I'm going to be saying "Oh La La" all the time now! That font with the girly drink just makes me giggle, how about you? This could really be an all occasion card because the images aren't for a specific holiday or reason.

Isn't that little umbrella super cute?! Yummmm I'm wanting one these, ha! Can it be summer already? This snow is killing me when I'm envisioning sipping one of these babies by the beach! Ahhh a girl can dream! ;) What I loved about this glass when creating my card was how that button fit perfectly into the side when I was adding it and the ribbon to my cardstock. Its like the button and the glass were made for each other!

Did you notice I used the same ribbon for each project? Isn't it amazing to see how just a few different colors and a different approach can totally change each one?

Here's one other card with the set! Its a New Years card, but its not traditional by any means! I went wild and pulled some funky colors together! Don't be afraid to mix things up every now and then! You might be surprised at what works together when you step a little bit out of the box! I used a bright pink, olive, and baby blue to make this (dare I say?) retro looking card! I colored in the olives with my Copic marker like I did above, but used a lighter green, and then pink gemstones! I took a light blue and outlined the glass and used the Colorless Blender to soften the edges. Then I used a two way glue pen and piled on the glitter! Who wouldn't want a sparkly, glittery drink? ;)

Here's a close up of the glass full of glitter!

Make sure to come back next Tuesday as the new "Stamp Tramp" Design Team will be in full gear with a blog hop and the weekly SSD Sketch! I will DEFINITELY have some blog candy (aka a stamp set from SSD!) so you don't want to miss it! I love this set and wish I could keep it, haha! I'll keep it a surprise until next week though!

Take a look at what the other Stamp Tramps came up with for the last sketch in December at the SSD Blog today! I'm so excited to work with these super talented ladies, and to play with the sketches starting next week!


Olive My Love
CS: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red - Prints Pack II DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp: Chic Martini - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: crystal effects, gemstones, polka dot grosgrain ribbon, clear ep, Copic G17

Oh La La
CS: So Saffron, Real Red, Whisper White, Prints Pack II DSP
Ink: Regal Rose, Real Red, So Saffron
Stamp: Chic Martini, Cupcake Cutie (sentiment) - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: polka dot grosgrain ribbon, regal rose grosgrain ribbon, scallop border, dmc floss, buttons

Happy New Year
CS: Pink Passion, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, SU Picnic DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp: Chic Martini - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: Cricut George (for tag), Martha Stewart Cornice border punch, gemstones, dazzling diamonds, Copic YG03, B00 and Colorless Blender, Earth Elements button, silver cord, olive and black ribbons

Monday, December 28, 2009

Cupcake Cutie!

I recently got my stamps from Skipping Stones Design, and I have been in stamp heaven! I am IN LOVE with these stamps! I stamped up a storm on Saturday (while visiting the grandparents and aunts and uncles in Idaho!), and wanted to share some cards made with my new favorite stamp set!

If I have to pick a favorite, it would have to be Cupcake Cutie! There are soooo many cute sets and they all make me laugh, but I love, love, love this one! The font, the details, and the "yumminess" of the cupcakes make it a great stamp set! Seriously, the pictures don't do this set justice!

First, the font is just amazing! It's swirled with fun and makes me smile! The sentiments are also so cute and are so versatile! There's thick frosting and yummy sprinkles, and the swirl at the top of the frosting is so cute! What an amazing detail to add, right?! I totally didn't even notice it at first until I stamped it. I was so excited and surprised when I made that happy little discovery! It makes me want to whip up a batch of thick and creamy cupcakes with lots of sprinkles! Ok, ok, I wouldn't be doing the baking (haha), but you know what I mean! ;)

So, if you are trying to decide which sets to get, I highly recommend this cute one! There is FREE SHIPPING on orders $30 or more right now, so this would be a great time to pick it up! If you're still uncertain about what to get, I have three cards that show off all the different ways you can use this set!

First, I wanted to add some glitter to that super yummy frosting! Isn't it the perfect base for glitter?! Oh ya I totally wanted to eat it right off the card, haha! I stamped the base of the cupcake in Regal Rose, and then the frosting in So Saffron. Then I went back over and stamped the frosting in Versamark so I could emboss with Iridescent Ice. Because these are clear stamps you can line up the frosting and base, and even re-stamp your images like I did with the Versamark! See that cute sentiment?! It is so Sweet! Hehe, I love this little saying and I can see myself using it on sooo many cards! A little bit of ribbon, a border, and a button tie this card off! Its super simple, but really makes the focus all about those yummy looking cupcakes!

Next, is a card that focuses on the two step stampin of this set. You can see a video of this fun technique here on the SSD Blog. I was so inspired by the purples in the video that I had to duplicate it! You can stamp off like in the video, or use two colors that are a shade apart from each other. I used Pale Plum and Perfect Plum to acheive my two step stamped look. See the little frosting dollop at the top? That's the detail in this set I'm talking about! I thought the Congratulations sentiment was so fun and could be used for so many occassions. Just a couple little buttons and hemp, and this card is ready to spread a little love to someone!

Lastly is a card that uses the sprinkles in the set. I love the funky colors in this card, and they happen to be one of my cousins favorite colors! ;) My cousins asked if I could make a birthday card for my youngest cousin while we were all in Idaho. I would have never combined these together, but they told me her favorite colors are purple and lime green. So I used two purples and celery, and I'm loving this funky color combo with the sprinkles! Again, the sentiments make me smile, and I love having a fun saying to add to the inside of my card! I also found the best way (for me anyways!) to add the sprinkles was to stamp at the top, then directly below that one at the bottom. Then, angle the sprinkle stamp to stamp each of the sides, and you have a perfectly sprinkled cupcake! Super simple to do, and an ingenious design to make it work together! I loved playing with the polka dot base so much that I went with the Swiss Dots embossing folder to add more dots into the card, and a scallop border to ground the design. The silk flower is from ZVA creative and was the perfect purple match to go with the funky card. I love how the ribbon looks like the petals!

Here's the inside of the card with the cute sentiment! This could work for birthdays, encouragement, or even friend cards! Who wouldn't want to get a card telling them how sweet they are? I know I would, haha!

So are you sold on Cupcake Cutie yet?! Hehe, I love this set so much, (how many times have I said that, haha!) and I think it would be a great addition to anyone's stamp collection! I can't wait to "whip up another batch" of these cupcakes! So much more gratifying to me, and certainly not adding on any extra pounds that I'm trying so hard to get rid of! ;)

Still not sold?! To make this deal even SWEETER, check out my fellow DT member Erin's blog! She is GIVING AWAY a Cupcake Cutie set! Sweet deal! She even extended the deadline, so you have until January 4th to create a card with an SSD sketch (SSD stamps not required but we'd love to see them if you have them!) and link it up at her blog. Check out the link for the full rules, but its super simple and I'm sure will be TONS of fun! If you need even more reason to get this set, take a look at Erin's posts here, here, and here! She's done some amazing things with these cupcakes!

If you get this set, I'd love to see what you do with it! :)

**Oh also, Kim Teasdale who has been the Guest Sketch Artist this month, has a GIVEAWAY as well! Simply leave her a comment to be entered to win Margarita Birthday! Hurry though, she will be posting the winner tomorrow the 29th!


CS: Kraft, So Saffron
Ink: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Versamark
Stamp: Cupcake Cutie - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, button, hemp, Iridescent Ice ep, Martha Stewart Cornice border punch

CS: Chocolate Chip, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
Stamp: Cupcake Cutie - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: Scallop border punch, buttons, hemp, Stitched Chocolate Chip ribbon

I wish...
CS: Lavendar Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink: Lavendar Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery
Stamp: Cupcake Cutie - Skipping Stones Design
Misc: Scallop border punch, ZVA silk flower, Bold Brights button, dmc floss, Celery twill ribbon, CB Swiss Dots embossing folder

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope your day is a fun filled one! This is pre-scheduled as I'm probably hanging out with the family and enjoying our time together by the time you read this!

Oh, and BTW - Jake totally came through on his promise of a new camera! I am the proud owner of a Canon PowerShot SX20 IS!! Can I tell you how much I am already in love with this camera?!! ;)

The Just Buggin team has another set of fun projects for you this week! Be sure to become a follower so you don't miss the daily inspiration we have for you. There's sure to be something for everyone!

The challenge this week is #17 - Inky Fingers - Use ink to alter your die cuts

Now, I don't know about you all, but I LOVE to get all inky and dirty when I'm stamping or crafting! If I don't end up with a few different colors of ink on my fingers (or arms, or face...hehe!) then I know I didn't really have fun. Rest assured that as I type this my fingers are very messy! ;)

I decided that since it is Christmas day I'd do one last Christmas card for a little awhile. I used the Storybook cartridge for all my cuts on this card.

I inked up both the JOY and the 25, along with the marquee shape. These were flat plain letters when I started, and now they have so much texture and look distressed! I wish I would have taken "before" and "after" pictures, haha!

My tip on the blog: Don't be afraid to use inks on dark colors of cardstock! It actually adds lots of dimension!

I really do love adding ink onto darker colors of cardstock. Surprisingly, the ink seems to pop right off, and add a fun texture! For the base patterned paper, I ran it through the Swiss Dots CB folder and then lightly sanded down the bumps. After that I streaked it through my ink pad to bring back the browns, but to give it that distressed look. It looked a little drab with the browns and greens, so a red button pulls everything together! Also, I did a different detail in the buttons to add interest and mix things up!

Oh also, one thing I love to do, is flip over my double sided paper and use the opposite side to get instantly coordinated papers for my project! Both the JOY and 25 cuts were the reverse of the other two patterned papers!

A close up so you can see the textures and other fun things! See, I'm totally loving my new camera!!

CS: Chocolate Chip
DSP: My Minds Eye
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Misc: hemp, buttons, Swiss Dots CB folder, Storybook Cricut cartridge, nail file (for sanding)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Skipping Stones Design!!

To quote a popular phrase I hear in blogland - "I'm over the moon excited!" Actually, its more like I'm over the sun, moon and stars excited! I applied for the Skipping Stones Design Team, and I am thrilled (um I'll be honest its more like bouncing off the walls trying to contain myself) to announce I'll be joining the lovely Stamp Tramps! ;) The stamps are spunky, sassy and seriously hilarious, and I can't wait to work with Heather and the talented DT girls! I also cannot wait to get my hands on these "bad babies" (to quote Brady!) and do some stampin!

Do you ever look at a stamp set and have a bazillion ideas going through your head of cards you could make, or ways you could stamp it? Oh-ya, uh-huh, that's exactly what these stamps do to me! *squeal* Knowing my friends and family, I know these funny, witty, and silly sayings will be perfect for them! So, if you haven't taken a peek at these sets (that are totally made of WIN), then what are you still doing here reading this?! (Just kidding, keep reading and then you can go look!) ;)

For the call you needed to create some samples, and include a card or two that used the sketches on the blog. I used the first and third sketches (done by Heather) from the blog for these two cards:

I'm so utterly grateful and so thankful to Heather for this opportunity, and I can't wait to show you all some of the stamps in action! :) If you want to see some already AMAZING ideas and super cute cards, check out the DT Blog and also check out the incredible sketches by the talented Kim Teasdale who was the Guest Sketch Designer for December!

I've planned out a couple ideas and I'm so excited for when I see my box of stamps on my doorstep...heeeeee! I will be holed up in my craft room getting inky, making a mess, and very much enjoying myself! I'm totally proud to say I'm a Stamp Tramp! I guess reading the list and definition below I've always known it was true, but now its official!

PS - Free Shipping on orders $30 or more for a limited time! So hop to it! Take a look at the stamp store and I'm sure you will be laughing and adding sets to your shopping cart in no time!

**If you heard a rumor there might be some blog candy and free stamp sets coming'd be right! ;) Stay tuned for more details on that!

Here's the definition of a Stamp Tramp:

*Stamp Tramp: N :1a: a saucy girl who will do just about anything for stamps. 1b: one, who was born to stamp, but forced to work. See also Stamp Slut

*Top Ten Signs You Might be a Stamp Tramp:

1.You are actually reading this top ten list

2.Your husband lets you have all the stamps you can hide (HA, soooooo true!!)

3.When people talk stamps, you don’t think Postage (ok seriously, I do this ALL the time!)

4.Your fingers have ink on them right now (when do my fingers NOT have ink on them?)

5.You consider stamplifting “a crime of passion”

6.You spill a little wine on your cardstock and call it an “OFE” (Opportunity for embellishment)

7.You leave your MIB (Man In Brown) little sticky notes like “Please hide the box under the bushes”

8.You like getting dirty (Think ink)

9.You’ve mastered your stamp kissing technique

10.You wash your hands “before” going to the bathroom. ‘Cause there are some places even Stamp Tramps don’t want glitter.

*The above list and definition is Copyright Skipping Stones Design Oct. 2009

Supplies - Everything
CS: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Always
Misc: Fancy Pants decorative stick pins, Celery twill, Filigree brads, gemstones

Supplies - True Friend
CS: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp: True Friend
Misc: Modern Label Punch, Chip grosgrain, buttons

Create It Green!

As a Mom of two I sometimes sit and think about what the future will be like for my kiddos. I do worry about the future for my kids and eventual grand kids (yikes that's a scary thought!). I want to make sure I'm doing even one small thing to possibly make a brighter future for the next generations. One thing that's a family effort in our house is recycling. The kids know which items to set aside to put in our recycling bin. We have the city pickup every other week, and you can bet we are filling it up with all we can! ;)

As a scrapbooker and cardmaker, I'm trying to make sure I'm pulling my own weight in the recycling arena as well! I save all my scraps of paper to be used in later projects in a scrap pile, and I save the "tossable" scraps to be put in with our normal recyling. Once I found the Create It Green blog, I knew I needed to start incorporating more "green" ideas into my scrapbooking. The idea of reusing, repurposing, and recycling might be a challenge at first, but take a look at things you have on hand and see how you can use it on a layout or card!

I found being Green was easier than I thought, and here's a layout I submitted with their sketch for the DT call. I was so estatic when I got the email that I was invited to be on the DT, and I'm super excited to share some ideas and inspiration with you each month! I received this great news along with my acceptance from Skipping Stones Design (more on that later!) the same day, what a day! Since this is going to be a once a month sketch layout, I know I'll be able to devote my time and attention to both teams, which is great news! :)

These are the GREEN items I used on my layout!

- Pages from an old book

- Buttons from an old shirt

- All paper (aside from the 12x12 sheet) were from my scrap pile

Just a fun tip to get more out of your papers too - I use my Cricut a lot for letters and shapes, but I save the paper negative after its been cut out. There is usually a half to quarter inch left at the top and sides that is perfect for mounting photos on. It already has an edge for your photos, and no one will see the cut out behind your photo! ;)

The little puffy flowers were punched out with my scallop punch, secured with a brad, and then each layer was crinkled starting with the top layer. You can see a little tutorial for these here. The letters were cut out with the Jasmine cartridge.

This was a really fun page to put together and I hope you'll join in on creating Green pages too! They've picked a great Design Team to help share Green ideas in cards, layouts, and altered items so be sure to stop by the blog to check em out! We'll be starting up in January and I already have a long list of "green supplies" that I'm itching to try out!

CS: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
DSP: Scenic Route, Stampin' Up!
Misc: buttons, linen thread, pearls (The Paper Studio), scallop circle punch, 5 petal flower punch, scallop scissors, hole punch, lace (Bo Bunny), corner rounder, brads, book pages

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sneak Peek!

A little sample of the goodies I bought at the Die Cuts R Us online shop! These are some of the materials I'll be using for my tutorial on January 2nd! Curious yet?! ;) I can't wait to show you all, and see what the other ladies have come up with! It will be super fun that's for sure!

These are all part of the Blue Skies collection by American Crafts. Did you know in the search feature on the store website you can pull up anything by the collection name? Its a great way to see everything in a current collection all in one viewing page! I love that!!

Have you become a follower on the DCRU DT blog yet? There's a giveaway going on, but the blog needs to hit 500 followers first! So if you haven't become a follower yet, be sure to, and then tell all your friends! You don't want to miss the DT blog hop, a week full of tutorial posts, and the even sweeter chance to win an Epic Six with a grab bag of QuicKutz dies!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Just Buggin #16

This week over at Just Buggin' we're making gifts for our loved ones! What better way to show someone you love them than by giving them a handmade gift?!

Here's the challenge this week: Challenge 16 -Santa's Helper - Make a gift for someone you love!

Now, when I think of my loved ones, I do include my dog, who even though he's a brat, he's still part of our family.

Even though he almost ruined Christmas one year (seriously CRAZY story!), I still love that dog. So I thought my project this week would be geared towards Brecken. He loves having rawhides, so I wanted to make a fun canister to hold all of his treats and rawhides in! Its the gift that keeps on giving, because I'll get lots of use out of it! ;)

Using vinyl, I cut out the dog face with Doodlecharms, and Opposites Attract, All Mixed Up, and Makin' the Grade cartridges for the words Ruff, Bark and Woof. It really was a snap to add these to the canister!

My tip on the blog: Don't forget about the pets in your life this holiday! ;) Adapt this idea to transform your sugar/flour/coffee canisters! To make a little "collar" on my canister, I added brads and some hardware, then secured it in the back with some glue dots.

I hope you are inspired to make a gift for your loved one and share it with us at the Just Buggin Blog!

Misc: Canister, Cricut Black Vinyl, ribbon, pewter hodgepodge hardware and brads, Doodlecharms, All Mixed Up, Makin' the Grade, Opposites Attract cartridges

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friend Gifts

Gwynie wanted to give all her friends a little gift this year so I proposed a lip gloss holder, and she loved the idea! Seriously, what 10 year old girl doesn't love bling, glitter and lip gloss?! You can find the template here with instuctions for cutting.

The night before Gwynie went through my scrap pile of Christmas paper, and picked out the ones she wanted to use. I made three up today and she can make the other 5 tomorrow! :) The kids are at my in-laws having a sleepover and Jake has been at a Wrestling tournament for the last two days. So needless to say, I had an hour of free time on my hands that I put to good use. She'll probably be mad at me for starting without her though, haha!

I thought these fit in with the DRCU challenge of making a project with a holiday feel.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Epic Six Giveaway and Fun News!

Are you guys ready for some fun? The Die Cuts R Us Design Team is hosting a ton of fun stuff coming up, and they're giving away an EPIC SIX!

Here are the deets!

- The fun kicks off on December 23rd with a blog hop until December 28th!

- Then its a non stop week of fun from December 29th to January 4th as 7 ladies are Guest Designing on the blog! You'll see some fab tutorials so be sure to become a follower so you can see what's going on each day! Here's the schedule, and yep that's me on Jan 2nd! :) (Thanks SJ!) So be sure to stop at my blog on January 2nd! I'm super excited and can't wait to see what the other girls are doing!

Dec 29th-Jenn Koss
Dec. 30th- Jessica Aguirre
Dec. 31st- Amanda Profumo
Jan 1- Yvette Cantrell
Jan 2- Kandi Phillips
Jan 3- Piali Biswas
Jan 4- Taj White

Now, how do you win the Epic Six? During this month become a follower, because you REALLY don't want to miss all the stuff going on now do you?! Then tell your friends to become a follower! If the DCRU blog hits 500 followers by New Years day (which happens to be the day after my birthday, hehe!), then one follower out of the 500 will WIN AN EPIC SIX! That's better than the lottery odds right? In Utah we don't have gambling (grr dumb I know, haha) so I don't quite know the odds, but they'd have to be like a million-to-one right? Well this is MUCH BETTER than that! So become a follower, and check out the Die Cuts R Us Store!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Just Buggin #15 Challenge!

Wow! Can you believe we are almost two weeks away from Christmas?! This year has just flown by for me, how about you?! Today my project was revealed at Just Buggin', and I am so excited to share my project with you!

The challenge this week is Happy Holidays - Make a winter holiday or Christmas themed project!

I love surprising my kids with fun little things I make, and this one is sure to be a hit this year! This fun pillow box is filled with dry oats and glitter for the reindeer! This little box of "Reindeer Food" has a poem on the back telling the kids to sprinkle it on the lawn so Santa's reindeer can find our house.

My tip on the blog: Create a fun surprise for kids by combining dry oats and glitter in a ziploc baggie. Dress up the packaging and include a little poem with instructions so Santa's reindeer can find them easily! ;)

I found this pillow box at a local paper supply company, and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! I stamped the festive stars and swirls in Versamark, and then the sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink. Then I added the ribbon, a button, and a fun scallop circle. Rudolph was cut out at 3.5 inches on the Doodlecharms cartridge and layered together. Stickles on his nose, and a few gemstones, and I was done with the front! The back has the typed and printed poem to finish it off.

I hope you enjoyed this project, and I'd love to see your take on the challenge! Remember to upload your creations by Wednesday the 16th at midnight EST on the Just Buggin blog!

Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Kraft
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cocoa (for sponging on Rudolph), Versamark
Stamp:Festive Favorites, Deer Friend
Misc: Doodlecharms cartridge, scallop circle, 1 1/4 in. circle punch, pillow box, Real Red polka dot ribbon, linen thread, DMC floss, gemstones (by The Paper Studio), Stickles

Monday, December 7, 2009

November Pubs

Hi everyone! Since its December I can share some cards with you that were in the November CARDS magazine, and the Scrapbook Trends Christmas Cards idea book!

First, I wanted to tell you about my publishing journey for anyone out there wanting to get published, or who was ever curious about being published. It was clear back in February that I received a CARDS magazine as a freebie for signing up for a class at my local scrapbook store. I thought, hey, I would love to see some of my cards in a magazine, but at that time I wasn't too serious about it. It was in June that I thought about being published again. It was about 10pm and I went to the submission link I'd looked at months ago, and it turned out that night at midnight was the deadline. I quickly made up a card that night and submitted it along with one other card. I freaked out the next evening when I got the acceptance email that the card I'd made the night before was going to be published! It was like an adrenaline rush getting that email, so over the next few months I kept making and submitting cards. Some cards I made for one reason or another ended up being part of the submission requests anyways, so that was nice and I just sent them along. I was so very fortunate and so honored to have a few more of my cards featured in the magazines.

I've decided to take a little break from the "publishing world" for now though. I had a goal to get published in a print magazine and I succeded. Last month I didn't have anything picked up, and although a little sad, it's not the end of the world. ;) I realized I was putting this huge amount of pressure on myself, and I wasn't having as much fun as I used to when making cards, which was probably showing in my work! I had also been so focused on card making that I let my first paper crafting love of scrapbooking fall to the side. So, I'll still watch for the calls, but I won't burn myself out trying to make cards just for the call, or lose my love of paper crafting along the way. ;) If anyone out there is thinking about getting their work published, just do it! Submit! You never know what will be picked, and they might pick you! However, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. If you really want it, it will happen! Keep submitting, but remember to have fun in the process and remain true to yourself!

Featured in Scrapbook Trends Christmas Cards Idea Book

Featured in November CARDS magazine

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wish Big!

A birthday card for one of our neices! Abby turned four on Saturday and her little family party is today. She's such a monkey girl! She is so crazy, absolutely zany, and is just incredibly adorable. She's such a fun kid to have in the family! Abby is definitely a Phillips kid, that's for sure! ;)

For her card, I wanted to make it with her favorite color blue (at least it was blue last time I asked her!), and still be a "little girls" card. I also wanted to use my new Copics, so I matched everything to what colors I had. I say all the time that I love simple cards, and here is another one! A really basic design with few colors and minimal embellishments, but perfect for a little girls card.

CS: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue
DSP: SU Prints Pack, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Basic Black
Stamp: Along the Same Lines
Misc: buttons, floss, glossy accents (on the candles), Copic: B14, B00, Y13, RV11

New Copics!

Well, I've said before that my husband rocks, but I think all your crafters out there will appreciate this!! Tuesday night I told Jake about Copic markers. I've been longing for them for awhile now, and I finally mentioned them to Jake. We talked about them for a few minutes, and do you know what that awesome husband of mine did Wednesday morning? ORDERED ME A SET OF COPIC MARKERS!!!

They came Friday and I got to play! He got me the Sketch Copics that are the Original colors. I can't wait to add more to my collection! Usually Jake and I don't exchange gifts on Christmas morning as we like to make it all about the kids. We just pick out stuff we like and buy it during the month. ;) So these are part of my "Christmas" present, hehe!

Anyway, I still have so much to learn about these amazing markers, and more colors to get to do the blending and shading that make the images come to life. I'm so excited though to play and learn!

Here is a card I made for my friends son using my new Copics. I probably should have reversed the colors on the mushroom now that I look at it, oh well.

CS: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Kraft, Old Olive
DSP: My Minds Eye
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamp: Unfrogettable
Misc: Curly Label Punch, hemp, scallop scissors, Copic E09 Y13 YG03

Saturday, December 5, 2009

DCRU Challenge!

Every year I say this will be the year that I'm on top of the little gifts for the kids' teachers, and mine and Jake's co-workers. But, each year I get so caught up in everything else that I wind up with nothing to give. This year though, YES, this is the year!

Thanks to the challenge posted on the DCRU blog, I now have my projects well under way! I finished the teacher presents today, and I'll finish the co-worker gifties tomorrow. I am so excited!

Here are the little mugs I put together for their teachers. I bought these mugs at the dollar store two years ago and they've been collecting dust in my craft room since. Well, they finally were put to use! I stamped and punched the image, and then embossed it with Iridescent Ice from SU so its all glittery and snowy looking! After a little ribbon and button treatment, and adding the tag, its done! I scopped cocoa and marshmallows into clear bags, and then wrapped celophane around the chocolate covered spoons. I did about 50 of these spoons this morning, so I have plenty to make my co-worker gifts!

Also, I don't know if you can see them very well, but I dug these buttons out of my stash. I was so excited to find two matching ones! They have sparkles under the surface so they totally shine all over and match the glittery tags. So fun!

CS: Whisper White, Brocade Blue
Ink: Brocade Blue, Versamark
Stamp: Deer Friends
Misc: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, 1 in. circle punch, scallop circle punch, Brocade Blue ribbon, felt snowflakes, button, silver cord

Friday, December 4, 2009

Just Buggin #14!

Wow, can you believe its December already?! Each month I keep wondering where the last month went, and this month is no different! Are you in full holiday mode, or are you waiting a little bit longer to put up those decorations? Are you still finding crafty time in this midst of holiday planning and chaos? ;)

Today I have a project to share with you that went up on the Just Buggin' blog today for Challenge #14. The challenge this week is to use layers! This is my off week, but I love these challenges so much that I have to play along! ;)

Challenge #14 - Use at least two die cuts and layer them together. (for instance, cut out flowers in two different sizes and layer them on top of eachother, two snowflakes, etc)

I had a lot of fun with this challenge as I've always used the Shadow feature, but never cut a bigger size and just layered it! Of course I had a to think a bit, and decide what images would work for me, and what I wanted to use those layers on. I may over think things (ok all the time I over think things, ha!), but I love being able to "hatch a plan" and then get to work. Sometimes the idea works perfectly, but other times I find my idea evolves into something entirely different. This layout is exactly a case of the other times! I started with a basic idea, but it took off from there, and I love it!

My tip on the blog - To make layers stand out more, give them some dimension with ink and lift the edges of each layer.

So my layer on this project is the pom poms! I cut them out at 2 and 2 1/2 inches, and after inking and lifting the edges I secured them together with adhesive in the center only. The star however, has a shadow behind it. The star was on George, and the pom poms are from Locker Talk.

Just a fun tip when working on layouts - If you are working with double sided paper, flip it over and use the other side as well! This will bring contrast to your page while keeping the colors and feel of the layout consistent! The black and white pom poms are the reverse side of the star and side strip.

This layout is for the Scrap Sketch #184 sketch except I turned it sideways. This was a fun sketch to use and play with the pics of Gwynie! This is also my 101st scrapbook page for the year! Yay! I am still sooooo far behind, but its one page at a time! ;)

So are you ready to make a project using layers with your Cricut?! Come join us on the Just Buggin blog and post your link until midnight EST on December 9th!

CS: Basic Black
DSP: Scrappin Sports, The Paper Company, MME, DCVW
Ink: Basic Black
Misc: chipboard letters - Scenic Route and American Crafts, Locker Talk and George cartridges, scallop scissors, CM circle cutter

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My husband rocks....

So I was going to share this last night, but ran out of time! We've been running around like mad since Wrestling season is officially under way, and Christmas is right around the corner. I'm so going to enjoy some crafty time this weekend!

Enjoy my fun little story!

Yesterday I was having a bad day, and it was only 8:15 in the morning! I woke up irritated or something, and every little thing seemed to set me off. So I called Jake on my into work after I dropped the kids off at school. He listened to me vent, and really just listened. Not most guys let you vent and actually listen, they want to solve all your problems. Am I right?! ;) Well not Jake, he just listened so patiently, and said he was sorry that I was having such a rough morning, and that he hoped my day got better.

He sent me a text almost every hour with something to make me laugh, or just make me smile. He is just like that. I know, I'm a lucky girl. So at lunch time one of the call entry girls comes over and tells me there is someone downstairs for me. (We have security badges so anyone has to be escorted in.) I thought it was Jake surprising me by taking me out to lunch, or was just showing up to say hi and surprise me. He's done that a few times...brought me coffee, or a special treat...have I mentioned I'm a lucky girl?

Well, it was actually a special delivery of ROSES! :) And this isn't the first time he's sent roses to me when I was having a bad day either! Seriously, I am the LUCKIEST GIRL EVER! He told me that he was actually online ordering them when we were talking that morning. What a stud right?! Of course he is, that's my hubs. So many of the guys at work were like, "Again?! He sent you roses again just because?!" They said he's giving other guys out there a bad name because he's showing them all up. Ha!

Anyway, I cannot even tell you how much I adore this man. I am truly so blessed and so grateful to call him my husband and my true love. I probably don't deserve such an amazing man, but I guess I just lucked out. Sorry ladies, I'm keeping this boy for a long, long time. ;)

This song so reminds me of Jake:

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh, you make me smile

These are my roses, and what he had them print in the card.

(The card)


Just wanted to tell ya how much I love you and I am grateful for you in my life. I hope this makes your day better.

Love Jacob husband rocks.

P.S. - Is that not the coolest vase ever? Each time he sends me flowers I geek out over a new vase, and this one is so cool. I love it! ;)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

SPCC #25 Challenge

I have to tell you, I just love when projects come together. I had an idea in mind for this card, and no kidding, 7 minutes later my card was done. (And now I'm posting it which will most likely take way more than 7 minutes, ha!) It probably helped that I used pieces from my scrap pile which limited cutting, but it just goes to show that a little planning (and not over thinking and over analyzing) really works for me! ;)

I used the colors from the SPCC #25 challenge. The colors this week are Very Vanilla, Handsome Hunter, Certainly Celery, and Kraft. Such yummy colors! I had so much fun with these colors! I had sketched out the idea at work last Tuesday labeling which colors would go where, etc. Its amazing how many ideas I get while I'm at work! I usually jot them on a post it to save for when I get home, and have time to implement those ideas into a project.
This is such a simple card, but *happy sigh* I do love my simple cards. ;)

Very Vanilla, Kraft DSP: Celery Prints
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Certainly Celery
Stamp: Solemn Stillness
Misc: Certainly Celery ribbon, Heidi Grace decorative stick pins

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Black Friday!

Hi everyone! Happy Black Friday! Did you all have a good Turkey day?! Well now that Thanksgiving is over I can fully dedicate my attention to Christmas planning! I'm a bit of a traditionalist (as I may have mentioned before) so I can't let one holiday over shadow another. Each holiday needs to have its own time, haha! So now this weekend we can set up our Christmas tree and bring out all the decorations.

Today is also another project reveal day for me over at Just Buggin! Have you been playing along with the challenges?! I sure hope you have, but if not, its never too late to join in on the fun! This is also the first week the DT is in full swing! So make sure you stop by the blog every day this week for some new eye candy and inspiration! Usually my projects will come out bi-weekly and this is my normal week, but I'm hoping to play along each week with the other fabby designers if the holiday season (and regular hectic schedule) permits!

This weeks challenge # 13 - Sew it! - Use sewing, faux sewing, or sewing stamps on your project!

My tip on the blog: This rustic little tree was perfect for stitching as the "holes" were already detail cut by the Cricut.

Now if any of you know me, you know that I'm not a good domesticated girl. I'm a little bit of a tomboy (I play in the fantasy leagues at work with the guys, watch sports and ESPN with my hubs, and play video games) so I guess its no surprise that I never learned how to properly sew. As I was trying to decide what to do for this challenge I saw this little rustic tree on the Christmas Cheer cartridge and knew it was perfect. The "holes" precut on the tree gave an instant way to add some stitching easily!

To go with the rustic feel I got from this tree I used linen thread for my stitching, and burlap as a background for my finished tree. Because its a smaller image, it only took a couple of minutes to add some detail stitching.

The Ruby Red was embossed with the Swiss Dots folder on the Cuttlebug, and the greeting is a rub on from the Chit Chat set. Punched out with the Modern Label punch, its a fun little sentiment that adds to the card, but still lets my tree be center stage.

Alright ladies, are you ready to get crafty for this challenge?! You have until Wednesday December 2nd to post your card on the JB Blog. I'd love to see your take on this challenge!

CS: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Ruby Red
Misc: linen thread, Modern Label punch, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Chit Chat rub-ons, burlap, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Cricut - Christmas Cheer cartridge

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...

From the Phillips family!

Tomorrow I'll have a project for the Just Buggin #13 challenge! Now I'm off to bed before waking up at an insane hour to go shopping with one of my besties! ;)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Moon T-Shirts!

** This is a really long post with lots of pictures, sorry! You have been warned! ;) **

So my youngest sister Shae is always inspiring me with her craftiness. She is always trying out new crafts, or perfecting the ones she already knows how to do. I taught her (well kind of gave her a crash course of the basics!) how to cross stitch when we were visiting in January, and she created this Twilight Book Cover MASTERPIECE in September. (Its an 8x12 and has over 24 thousand stitches in it!!) See, she amazes me! :)

One craft she does that I thought I would never have the patience for is making custom T-shirts! Check out her Flickr gallery for her Stenciled T-shirts collection. Anything that makes her laugh, is from a movie or show (or comedian!), or is just plain old amusing, get puts on shirt using the Freezer Paper method as shown to her by the wonderful, and amazingly talented, Jen Ofenstein.

Jen created a video back in May of 2008 which shows you just how to make these!

Now I am not one for patience so I was pretty sure I wouldn't ever do this because of the exacto cutting of the freezer paper stencil. Luckily, I have a smart co-worker Barb (and who is in my stamp group - yay!) who suggested I use my Cricut to cut out the letters and shapes for shirts. I remembered seeing a tutorial on the Just Buggin blog, which you can see here so I set out to make some fun shirts!

I'd wanted to make shirts for the New Moon premiere as my daughter and I were going Saturday morning, so we talked about ideas and got to work on them! I didn't want to leave my son out on the fun, so he got a shirt too!

Here is a detail shot of my shirt - "Do I dazzle you?" which is such a funny line in the books. I used Opposites attract for the regular font, and Jasmine for "dazzle". My sis recommended the Lumiere brand paint, but I couldn't find it at all at my Michaels, so we used the Tulip brand. I added the fabric/machine washable glitter after our words were all painted. Then after everything was dry and peeled off, I added some iron on rhinestones around dazzle.

Here are all three, I'm sure you can guess which one is Brady's! :)

After I got everything cut out and ironed on, I let the kids paint their shirts. Just make sure to add your cardboard underneath, and they are good to go! My kids had a blast, and I'm sure we'll be making more fun shirts in the future! Here is Gwynie adding a little more to the Wolf. That was on the Camp Out cartridge and I used the Shadow feature for the wolf. Thank you my wonderful friend Sharon for letting me borrow yet again another cartridge! ;)

I'm supervising the paint job and Jake is playing camera man for me. ;)

Gwynie and I in our shirts Saturday morning before we left for New Moon! (And yes we totally have the same haircut, lol! When I chopped off 10 inches of hair two months ago I copied her hairstyle! I also went back to my natural hair color after highlighting for 10+ years, so now we really match, hehe!)

So this post is amazingly long already, but I wanted to tell you one tip I picked up along the way.

I used my Design Studio to "flip" everything so when it cut, it would be right for the stencil. The freezer paper wouldn't stick glossy side down on my Cricut mats and that's the side you need to iron on your shirts (maybe they were a little too old?). However, I didn't realize that you also need to TYPE YOUR WORDS BACKWARDS so that it turns out right when you flip it around!! Maybe I am being overly dumb about this, but that's what I had to do anyways!

This is just kind of an example of how you want it to cut out, so when you turn over the freezer paper, you have the letters correct for your stencil. Now, if you have the Design Studio, and you plan it right (now I know better and can do this) you can get everything arranged so that when you cut it out you have one whole piece to add to your shirt. This creates a perfect area for painting so you don't have anywhere you might go out of the lines. (Sorry, I haven't done any editing on these photos yet!)

That was a mistake I made and Gwynie had a small area that got paint outside of the stencil, but it was small enough she wasn't too worried about it. This is her shirt after ironing, but you really could make this all one piece in Design Studio. For my first time doing this I learned a ton, and I think it will be better the second time around!