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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Designed this card in hopes to take to a swap. The vertical birthday stamp is from Archivers. I have been looking for a vertical birthday stamp for a long time! I used some older stamps from Hero Arts and Inkadinkado. The friend stamp is from Michael's dollar bin. I colored in the flowers with Copics markers. The ink used was SU real red ink and Archival soft leaf for the ink on the friend stamp. The clear vellum flower stem and flower is from Martha Stewart. The pink ribbon is from my stash. 

Thinking of You Cricut Card Using Imagine More and Create a Critter

This is such a cute frog, and for some reason I am drawn to frogs in many cute versions! I made this for a friend. The frog is cut from Cricut Create a Critter cartridge. I also used my Imagine More cartridge to color, print and cut the lilly pad. The little heart on the frog is simply a small Fiskars punch. The background paper is SW Raspberry Tart. So is the little heart. The card base is Kiwi Kiss and the red cardstock panel is Bazzil Cherry Splash. The word phrase is from Alphalicious Cricut cartride. I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder on standard green cardstock for the frog. I used the idea from Cricut.com website under Cards and found a similar card here and cased it for my card: http://community.provocraft.com/Cricut-Community_postst48253_-Thinking-of-You-.aspx Fun to make!

Homemade Clip-it-up--I made one!

I have read several ways to make a homemade Clip-it-up on the Internet and from You-Tube and from several other websites. I was starting to collect a lot of stickers through sales and friends buying me little scrapbook presents. My old method of keeping them in a box prevented me from seeing what I had. The Clip-it-up idea really was right up my alley-especially the frugally homemade version-haha! I love it! I went to a local thrift store and bought the right kind of lampshade. It has to have a supported center that will screw onto the standard lamp fitting. I looked for the ugliest lampshade because I knew I would tear the material off the metal lampshade frame. I bought the lampshade for $2.00. Then I went to the local hardware store and bought the standard lamp fixture threaded rod. I also bought the locknuts and washers that fit the standard threaded lamp fixture rod. Then I looked for a base to put my clip-it-up on. I found one at Michael's. I think it cost $2.99, and I used a sale coupon so it was about 2.69 or close to that. The threaded rod cost about 4-5 dollars, and the locknots and washers cost about 2.79 or close to that amount. I know I spent a total of 13.00 for my homemade clip-it up, and it rotates around, so all I have to do is just twirl it slowly so I can pick from my collections! I mostly used the version I saw on You-Tube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Up523UXUk This is a great tutorial if you want to make one too!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Male Birthday Card for someone special-My Son!

Wow I didn't use a Cricut or a stamp! I used cool male looking papers, some very cool mesh a friend gave me, and some cool trinkets I've collected from all over. The Key and the Locket are from Red Lead, a local store where I love to browse for cool things such as neat papers, and very interesting eclectic trinkets. The papers I got from Archivers in their Heritage Collection. The paper where the clock face is placed is also the same paper used on the bigger panel, I just placed the cool mesh over it and adhered with my Mono Multi liquid glue. I put the trinkets on with Glossy Accents. Glossy accents seems to work really well when I need to adhere trinket type embellishments. I got this layout idea from Splitcoast Stampers where an artists there used stamped images for a masculine card. Here is a link I used: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1864120?&si=vintage masculine
I love the look of Vintage and Masculine together.
Birthday Justin! 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New computer adjustment time!

New computer, new things to learn! Need to learn how to post new projects on the new computer. Nice thing is the computer has lots of nice space! Will post a project later on this weekend!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I made these two cards for some male family members. I used the Cricut Imagine More and my Old West font cartridge. The top card I used the Old West font, and chose an Imagine More paper to fill the letters. I did the shapes with craft paper and sponged Ranger walnut stain ink around the edges. The top card's letters were also sponged around the edges with the same ink. The bottom card I used Old West font and also chose Imagine More paper to fill in the colors. The wild west is flourish and shadow fonts used together. The Happy Birthday sentiment on the botttom card was made using the Imagine More cartridge and I layered it by having the Imagine print and cut each layer and I pieced it back for dimension. The central star is an icon from Old West, the horses are images from Old West. I did distress and stain around the panels on both cards. A friend got me those cute star clasps I put on both sides of the bottom card. These were fun to create!
Here are a few of my first cuts from my Cricut. I made Thank-you cards and birthday cards with these. I needed words the most, and used my first cricut font cartridge Old West. I do love this one! I grew up with a Western theme family, and our house was always decorated Western. I still love that theme, so it is very appropriate to make my father, mother and my siblings western themed cards. We all love horses and cowboy and US Western Indian themed things. We all collect western art, and love it.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

This is my first Cricut Imagine project! I used two cartridges for this card. Imagine More cart and Old West cart. The Old West Cart is what I used for the front of the card. I used shadow flourish and flourish to get the two tones. I used Bazzil cardstock in almond cream and chocolate brown. I used regular white card stock for the cute gratitude sentinment inside. I layered it by having my Imagine print out each layer and then I pieced it back together to get dimension. I then used a Paper Ledger sheet by Jenni Bowlin Studio I bought from Red Lead in Webster Groves Mo. The flowers are altered by using some old book pages, white acrylic paint, and then staining some paper flowers with Ranger distress inks of Walnut stain and then some Glimmer mist. The brads I've had forever and could be from Michael's or Hobby Lobby or even JoAnn's. Lots of fun learning how to use my new Cricut Imagine!