Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Stephanie's Birthday Card

Well, my third daughter, Stephanie, is having a birthday on Thursday. I created this card using "Just Because" Cards cartridge. I cut the sundae at 3 inches but after trial and error I realized that I had to cut the words at 2 1/2 inches to fit them on the 5 1/2 x 8 card. I love the two tone ribbon that I used. I just can't remember for sure where I bought it from. I used green glitter stock for the cherry's leaf and some of the wording. The blue wording is core'dinations colorcore cardstock All in the Family Vacation Blues pack that I bought at Pat Catan. The patterned paper came from DCWV the doodlin' Around stack for All Year Round. (cutest stack ever!) I cut it at
1 1/2 x 5 1/4. The sundae was made out of scraps and the base is just a basic lime green 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock that I bought at Hollos Paper Store. I used 2 different stamps in the inside for the sentiment.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Anniversary Card

Here is an anniversary card that I made for some good friends of ours. It is hard to find friends that have shared as many anniversaries as we have! The glitter cardstock is not showing up in the picture. It is in the champagne glasses and the bottom border as well as the lettering.

Wedding Card

Wedding Card

My best friend's son is getting married next week so I needed to make a wedding card. I got my Wedding cartridge for free from mycricutrewards.com! I love that you get points when you purchase certain cartridges and you can purchase cartridges and other items with these points at http://www.mycricutrewards.com/. You can even add the points that you receive in the "gift" cartridge to your savings points. I did have to pay $10.00 shipping this time but last time they let you use extra points for replacement of shipping charges. I don't know if they will do that again but hey, $10.00 for a cartridge is a great deal!!!! I must confess, I took Robyn's wedding card design from http://www.mypinkstamper.com/ and revised it a bit for my card. I just loved hers. My friend's future daughter-in-law's bridesmaid dresses are a cornflower color and I did not have any cornflower ribbon but I did have the ribbon that was on a basket that I had won at her shower so I thought, why not reuse it! It had the right silver glitter wire on the borders so I just taped it around the cornflower paper that I had and used also for the larger border. The card measures 6 x 6 inches. The base is an embossed Bazzill Basics Paper that I purchased at Pat Catan called Swirlpool-Bazzill White. The blue border is a random piece of 12 x 12 paper that I had and measures 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. The white piece on top of that measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. The blue strip underneath the ribbon measures 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. The veil was cut from the same Bazzill cardstock and I added Frosted Lace Stickles to it and the buttons on the back of the dress. I lined the inside with the same cornflower paper as on the front. Now I just hope I can find an envelope to fit a 6 x 6 inch card! Or possibly I can make one, we shall see.

Monday, May 17, 2010

10K The Cleveland Experience

Well, We did it! My daughter and I ran the 10K! It was an awesome day in Cleveland, Ohio!!!! I never would have believed that I could run that far! We are talking 1/2 marathon this September! We shall see what the future brings!!!! It was a great experience, especially sharing it with one of my daughters. :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

4 x 4 inch Mini Album

This says: Family Faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us. we see the past, present, and the future. (Gail Lumet Buckley) I explain how I made this after all the pictures that I posted.

Mini album

My husband was out of town for 2 nights so I was able to stay up and scrap like I was away on a weekend crop! I decided to make this mini album for my second daughter. I will give it to her tomorrow since I will be staying at her place for the night before the big 10K race. I hope she doesn't view my blog before that and ruin the surprise! Oh well, if she does, she does. I tried to cut some chipboard ,4 inches x 4 inches, that I bought at Hobby Lobby with the deep cut blade but it would not cut it. It must have been too thick. I was using it at a depth of 6 with a multi-cut of 3. Later on I thought about it and maybe if I used a lesser depth and more multi-cut it would have worked. I will try it again and let you know. I decided to use a method of layering poster board to make a faux chipboard. I learned that from www.mypinkstamper.com so I am not taking the credit for the method. It works quite well. I used design studio to cut my paper to fit the posterboard cuts. I used the zutter 1/2 inch round-it-all. I sanded the edges and chalked every thing with a brown cats eye. I layered the front and back cover with 4 or 5 layers of posterboard. ( I really don't remember) Be sure to use a strong adhesive so they don't peal. I used the zutter bind-it-all to cut the binding holes. I needed bigger binding wire than 3/4 inch which is all I had. I went to the only 2 stores that I knew carried zutter products and they didn't have the 1 or 1 1/4 inch sizes. So I decided to go to a discount store, Ollies, and looked at the desk calendars and notebooks that had binding wires until I found one in the brass color that I wanted and at least 1 inch in diameter. I bought the desk calendar for $1.99, took it home and dismantled it and cut the desired number of loops that I needed to bind my album and it worked just fine!!!! I cut my album binding holes before I learned about the valuable tip of placing the spacing bar inside the area that you set your pages to cut. That would have moved the holes down just a bit and I guess that helps with the turning of the pages on smaller albums. Well, live and learn! It still is okay to turn. I tried to put pictures of her childhood moments that lead up to her current "family." I printed out the sepia pictures myself and I think the sepia just does something special to an album like this. My camera did not seem to capture the true soft beige, browns and blues of the paper that I used. Enjoy! I hope she likes it!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I am getting ready to run a 10K with my second daughter in Cleveland, Ohio this Sunday! I have never run a 10K before. I managed to run 5.95 miles on Monday without walking! I was elated! Now I know it is possible. You see it isn't the physical part that I had to overcome. It is the mental. I had a pacemaker placed for a rare condition, mobitz 2 heartblock, three years ago a few months past my 50th birthday. Now at 53 yrs. I am going to run a 10K!!!! It is a real break through for me mentally. Wish me luck and I will let you know how I do. In the mean time, I am putting together a sweet mini album that I will share with you once it is completed.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Alligator Birthday Card

Wednesday is my brother's birthday. He has recently moved to Florida so I thought that the alligator from Create a Critter cartridge was appropriate. I used a Fiskar loop punch, not sure of the correct name, to punch the side of the yellow paper. I used the writtings embossing folder with the cuttlebug for the orange paper. The ribbon was bought at Michaels. The alligator and grass were cut at 1 1/2 inches. Smile was cut at 1 inch. I used dimensionals to pop up the grass and alligator. The stamp inside is by Fiskars, purchased at JoAnns and is the "Make a Wish Quotes" pack.

Below is the inside of the card. I had already written my note to my brother so I tried to just get a picture of the stamp that I used and it shows how I lined the inside of the card with a coordinating paper.

Inside of Alligator card

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Side view of 1st Mother's Day Card

Here you can see the inside lining with a coordinating color of blue.

Ist Mother's Day Card

Well, I thought I had better make my niece a "1st Mother's Day card" since it is her first time to celebrate Mother's Day. Her baby boy, Jason, is about 6 1/2 months old now. I couldn't resist the Ewe from Create a Critter. The purple cardstock is All in the Family by core'dinations (Orchids) and the blue is All in the Family by core'dinations (Vacation Blues). The card is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. The Ewe was cut at 2 1/4 and I printed the sentiment on the computer and punched it out with a square scallop punch (Paper shapers punch). The ribbon was bought at either Hobby Lobby or Pat Catan's. I cannot remember but I love the two different colors on each side of the ribbon. I like to cut a coordinating color to line the inside of my cards at 5 1/4 x 8 1/4.

18th Birthday card

I needed to make an 18th B-day card for my nephew. It seems just like POW!!! He is suddenly 18 years old!!! It sure does go fast.

Monday, May 3, 2010

I am glad that I finally figured out that I can write in the post and not have to put my messages in a comment! Ha! Go figure! I told you I was green! It's all good. Live and learn. The Mother's Day card below I used the flowers from My Community cartridge. They go in the basket but I just cut the flowers out. The mat paper came from a KC & Co. Mat Pad. I buy my cardstock at Hollo's Paper Store in Brunswick, Ohio where you pay by weight! You cannot beat their deal. It is about 1 1/4 hours away so when I go there I stock up!!! The ribbon was bought at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale. I used the EK punch for the bottom edge. I think it is called swirl but I am not positive.

Okay! I decided to make another Mother's Day card since my husband and I are so lucky to still have both of our Mothers!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

"Kids Craft, Too" Challenge #6

All my kids are grown up so I thought I could make a birthday card for some of my future grandchildren. I made the birdie fromStretch Your Imagination cartridge. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the "present stamp" The stamp I used is from Inkadinkado. The author of the stamp is Shane O'Donnell, age 4. His/Her name is on the stamp as well but was too far down and didn't fit on the card. I believe I bought this stamp set at JoAnn Fabric.

"Critter-licious" Challenge #12

I made this project a 6 x 6 inch card. I design on the Cricut DesignStudio. I used glitter green cardstock, I am not sure from where. Obviously, I used Create a Critter cartridge. I flipped the fox around so that the skunk and fox's tails met. I cut them at 3 ins. The sun is cut at 1 1/2 inches and the rain drops are actually scraps left from the Owl's breast. I had a "Let's get together soon...." stamp, but I left off the "soon....." part. I had to write with a fine marker "rain or shine". I love this cartridge. The animals could not be any cuter!!!!!!

"Colors of the Rainbow" Challenge #11

I love how this card turned out! I used the VersaColor 80 white pigment ink on glossy cardstock to get the viney design and the Celebrate words. I rolled the bottom cardstock with Big and Juicy Hydrangea ink and I used Stampabilities yellow, Ink it Up red, and Delta Rubber Stampede ink pad for the green. I dried the ink with my heat gun. I made the cupcake from Doodlecharms cartridge. I used dimensionals to pop up the smaller cardstock and the cupcake. It was fun and different!

"May Day" Challenge #10

Just imagine Spring without flowers!!! We would be living almost in black and white. I used Stampology and Scrappy Cat stamps. I colored them in using Permopaque markers which I hadn't opened until today! Yeah! Always fun to do something new.

"Take Shape"

I welded this frog from Create a Critter cartridge to make it an invitational card. I cut him out at 5 1/2 inches using a green glitter cardstock. I stamped the Hop on by! stamp on his chest. I just used individual clear alphabet stamps to create the sentiment. I cut hello friend from the Beyond Birthdays cartridge.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Challenge #4

I used Sans Serif for the Oh Baby! I never seem to find a use for this simple text but I like how it turned out on this card. The baby was from Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.

Challenge #8

My scrap room is turquoise so I had to go with blue for the Love My Color challenge #8!!!

"Hey Dad" Challenge #7

This is actually for my husband. I am thanking him for being a great Dad to our four children.

Boss Appreciation Card Challenge #5

I appreciate my Boss, my brother, whom I have worked for the past 30 years!!!

"Thinking Outside the Box" Challenge #3

This is my first attempt at a box! I used the wedding cartridge.

"Getting Scrappy" Challenge #2

Challenge #2 scrapping with my scraps!

"Mother Dear, I Love You So" Challenge #1

Mother's Day card for challenge #1.

"Mother Dear, I Love You So" Challenge #1

Mother's day card