Thursday, December 30, 2010

Door Plaques for the Grandkids

This is something else my daughter had on the Christmas lists for my grandchildren.  I had good intentions of getting them done before Christmas, but it didn't happen.  I had started on Isaiah's, but I did not get to finish it.  So, I finished both of these on Monday. 

I used 8"x10" canvas that I bought at Wal-Mart.  I don't remember how much I paid for the canvas, but it wasn't expensive, maybe $3 for a package of 3??  I covered the canvas in patterned paper, chalked the edges, punched holes with my Crop-a-Dile, and finished them as follows:

Isaiah's Plaque:

Isaiah's Room:  Pooh Font Cricut cartridge -- Marker Feature, cut at 2"
Dinosaurs:  Purple dinosaur -- Create A Critter Cricut cartridge at 3 1/2" (I think); green dinosaur -- Create A Critter at 2 1/2".
Border punch:  EKSuccess

Ashlyn's Plaque:

Ashlyn's Room:  Alphalicious Cricut cartridge -- shortstack feature, cut at 2"
Flowers:  Nifties Fifties Cricut cartridge -- cut at 2"
Gems in center of flowers:  Brads that I cut the backs off
Flower Border Punch -- Martha Stewart
Butterflies -- Martha Stewart Punch
I used Stickles with a foam brush to paint glitter over the entire canvas.

Hope you like them. My daughter seemed to be pleased.

Thanks for your sweet comments.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fuzzy Sock Cupcakes

I saw these cute, fuzzy sock cupcakes several months ago but couldn't remember where I saw them.  Thanks to Google, I found the tutorial here. Thanks Greenbean!  They made a great little gift for my co-workers.  What fun, and so easy.

I cut the cupcake holder from the Elmo's Party Cricut cartridge at 3 1/4".  The tags were made using computer generated sentiments, which were punched.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hair Bow Holder

When I asked my daughter what to get my granddaughter for Christmas, she gave me a list.  On that list was a hair bow holder.  My first thought was, "Hmmmm, maybe I could make one."  So I gave it a shot, and this is what I came up with.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

Here is how I made it:

Wooden background shape:  I purchased this at Wal-Mart.  I think it was $1.00.  I brought it home, sanded it a little, and spray painted it white.
Label behind initials:  Nestabilities Labels 8 (largest) (with the edges chalked)
Initials:  Storybook Cricut cartridge cut at 3 1/2" and 3 1/4" (I think -- I made this last week)
Flourish:  Sizzlit die
Flower:  Recollections
Butterfly:  Martha Stewart

After the paint dried, I wrapped ribbon around the wooden shape.  Then I put the Nestabilities label on top of that.  I added the initials, and then "painted" the whole thing with Stickles to give it a bit of shimmer.  I then added the flower and the butterfly, along with a couple of little pearls.  I used Fabri-Tac to glue the ribbons onto the back of the wood.  At the end of the ribbons, I glued some pink flowers.  And that's it.  Other than the painting, I think it took me less than an hour to make this.  I showed it to my daughter this weekend, and she loved it.  Hopefully, my granddaughter will like it too.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you are inspired!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Charger

I had so much fun decorating this charger!  (For those of you who don't know what a charger is -- and evidently lots of people don't -- maybe it's a Southern thing -- it is a decorative plate that is used under a place setting, that is really just to make the place setting look nice.)  I got the idea from the Cricut message board, but the charger I saw there used a photo and was more of a true layout.  But it inspired me to buy a charger and make this to put in a plate stand that sits in my kitchen.  I really like how it turned out.  And imagine the possibilities for every holiday or season!  You could do one for Valentine's Day, Spring, Easter, Summer, Fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving.  Hopefully, I will find time to at least make one for Easter and Halloween!

This qualifies for the "Winter Wonderland" challenge at the Pink Elephant challenge blog.  I'm thrilled to be able to join in this challenge!

Here are the details:

Charger -- $1.99 at Anna's Linens
"Merry Christmas" -- Alphalicious Cricut cartridge cut at 1 1/2"
Snowflakes -- Martha Stewart punch with some gems from my stash added to the middle
Circle background -- George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge cut at 8 1/2" (real dial size) (I think the paper is My Mind's Eye, but I'm not positive)
House -- Jolly Holidays Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 5 1/2" (embossed paper is Core'dinations cardstock)
Trees -- Jolly Holidays Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 4 1/4"
Star -- Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/4"
Shrubs:  Scalloped Oval punch embossed and cut to fit under the windows
I added Stickles for a little definition.  Liquid Applique would have been great on those snow cuts as well though.

One thing I plan to add is a little dog in the side yard in front of the tree.  I was too lazy to wait until I get that done and take more pictures though.

I hope you like it and that you are inspired to try this!  If you do, please be sure to let me know.

Thanks for looking, and for your comments.

Click on the photos for a better look.

And a close-up of the details (pardon the shadows):

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Card for Melissa

My dear friend Melissa celebrated her birthday yesterday.  She loves bright colors and bling, so this card was made to honor her.  She is like a sister to me!  I am blessed to call her friend for sure.

This card was made for challenge no. 168 over at Mojo Monday.  What a cool sketch it was.  I love starting with a sketch!  And, I love challenges too. 

Here is the sketch:

And this is what I came up with:

Card size:  5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Scalloped card front:  DCWV
Cardstock:  American Crafts and Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  Making Memories (I think)
Ribbon:  From my stash
Embossing:  Cuttlebug (I sure wish you could see this better.  It says Happy Birthday, but you have to strain your eyes to see it!)
Scalloped squares:  Nestabilities
Flourish:  Making Memories
Flower:  Paisley Cricut cartridge (cut at 2 1/2", 2 1/4", 2", 1 3/4" with a punched doily (Martha Stewart) and a huge gem brad on top.  I also added some Stickles to the petals
Small gems:  From my stash -- unknown

Click on the photo for a better look.  And thanks as always for your comments.  I so appreciate them!

Here is another picture that shows the embossing a little better.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Merry Christmas

This simple card began as an all white card, and ended up mostly white, but I did add a little color to it.  On someone's blog a day or two ago, I saw a challenge to make a white card, so this was done for that challenge, and now I can't remember which blog was hosting the challenge!  If someone knows where it was, please let me know!  Thanks!

Here are the details on the card:

Size:  A2
Cardstock:  American Crafts and Bazzill
Embossing:  Cuttlebug: (Divine Swirls and Swiss Dots)
Wavy cut:  Creative Memories wavy cutter
Snowflakes:  Martha Stewart punch
Gems:  Unknown
Sentiment:  Computer generated and punched with a 1" circle and a 1 1/2" scalloped circle
Star:  Punch
Thanks for your comments.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hangin' Out

I was thrilled to get to make a scrapbook page this weekend!  And I had these great pictures of our granddaughter playing in our tree.  Then on Black Friday, I picked up these wonderful BasicGrey papers for less than half price.  It matched the pictures perfectly!

The page is made with the current sketch over at Stuck On U Sketches.  You can find the sketch here.  I made it into a two page layout because of the number of pictures I had, and the fact that it would have been hard to cut the pictures down.  I don't print my own pictures.  I upload them and have them printed at a local drug store.  I was happy with the way it turned out!

Here are the details:

Cardstock:  Wausau papers, Bazzill and Core'dinations
Patterned papers:  BasicGrey Origins
Border punch:  EKSuccess
Marquee Label:  I can't remember which Cricut cartridge I cut this from.  I had a hard time finding one to work.  If I figure it out, I will come back and post it.
Scalloped Circle Silhouette -- Mini Monograms with the framed feature at 9"
Branch:  I used my Creative Memories wavy cutter for this
Leaves:  Walk in my Garden Cricut cartridge at 1 1/4"
Monkey and Vine:  Create A Critter Cricut cartridge at 4 1/2"
Hangin' Out:  Sesame Street Sunny Day Cricut cartridge at 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" (for the word "Out")
Butterflies:  Martha Stewart and McGill punches
Label for Journaling:  Nestabilities
Gems:  Unknown -- from my stash

Here is the sketch:

Click on the picture for a better look!

Hope you like it, and thanks for your comments!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Cake For You!

This is a very simple card, and it was really hard for me to leave it alone!  But, I had to.  I can't put any brads, buttons, or much of anything other than paper on it.  It is for my cousin who is in prison.  No, he isn't really a criminal.  In fact, I told you about him in this post last year when I made a birthday card for him.  I think he is scheduled to get out of prison in 2012.  I just pray that he never turns to drugs again.  He says he is determined to pay his parents back for all he's put them through and be the father that God wants him to be.  I just hope he has the courage and strength to do that!

The case was made using Mojo Sketch 166.  Click here to go to the Mojo Monday blog, or you can click on the logo in the right side bar.  I really loved the sketch, but of course I love all of them!

Here are the details on the card:

Size:  A2
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  DCWV Natural Stack
Embossing:  Cuttlebug -- both the backgrounds and the birthday cake
Stars:  Punch
Circle border -- Doodlebug Designs Paper Frills
Scalloped Square -- Punch
That's about it -- extremely simple!  (Way too simple for me)

Hope you like it, and most importantly, I hope he likes it!  Thanks for any comments.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my simple card:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

With Our Sympathy

I'm back!  It seems like such a long time since I created something!  In all actuality, it had been a little more than a week.  We traveled last weekend to visit our families in Virginia for an early Thanksgiving celebration, and then this past week, I was working and then getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday here.  Last night, I spent a little time in my scrapbook room and created this sympathy card for a friend whose father passed away a few weeks ago.

The idea for this card came from this week's challenge  (#16) over at Case Study.  You can check out the card by clicking here.  I really liked the idea of the scalloped circle being offset from the card just a little.  I had fun with it!

Here are the details of the card:

Size:  A2
Cardstock:  Recollections
Patterned Paper:  DCWV
Sentiment:  Computer generated
Scalloped circle:  Nestabilities
Ribbon:  Satin -- from my stash
Gems:  Unknown
Tree:  Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge (cut at 2 1/2") -- I added some Stickles to the leaves on the tree.
Border punch:  Martha Stewart

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings To All!

No creations from me this morning, but a sincere wish for anyone who stops by to have a blessed Thanksgiving.  When I think of my many blessings, my creative, blogging friends are included too!

I will be back in a day or two with a few cards I'm getting ready to make.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

You're 16!

Our neighbor's son turned 16 this week.  We've known him since he was 3.  He used to love everything there was about mowing.  When he was 4 or 5, he would videotape my husband mowing.  How cute is that!  Then he liked motorcycles for a while, and my husband helped him get his motorcycle running lots of times.  Now he's into computers, and he's helped us get our wireless router going on lots of occasions.  Needless to say, he's pretty special to us.  So, I made this birthday card for him and gave him a gift card to Best Buy.

Here are the details of his card:

Size:  A2
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye (striped) and unknown (polka dots)
Embossing on card and star:  Cuttlebug
Star:  George Cricut cartridge (cut at 2 1/2")
Border punch:  EKSuccess
Scalloped rectangle:  Nestabilities
16:  Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge (cut at 1 1/4")
Buttons:  Unknown (from my stash)

Thanks for looking and for your comments.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Party Time!

What a fun scrapbooking weekend I have had.  My neighbor came over on Saturday afternoon, and we scrapbooked together for several hours.  And to top it all off, I did a two page layout of my granddaughter's birthday.  Woo hoo! 

As I think I've already said, I just love Allison Davis' sketches.  They are such great two page sketches.  I love how she can take one sketch and make it look so different!  So, I had fun with this layout.  I thought it was finished last night, but I knew it needed something else.  Then it hit me today, I could add a banner to the corner!  So, that's what I did, and now I feel like it is finished.

Here are the details of the layout:

Cardstock:  Bazzill; DCWV
Patterned Papers:  My Mind's Eye
Party Time & Party Hat:  Cuttin' Up Cricut cartridge (wow, I hadn't used that cartridge in such a long time)
Make A Wish and Yummy:  K and Company
So Fun, Bear & Balloon:  Create A Critter Cricut cartridge
Large rose:  Prima
Small roses:  Recollections & I Am Roses
Flourishes:  Sizzlit
Scalloped Circle behind bear:  Nestabilities
Banner:  Country Life Cricut cartridge
Pink flower:  Punch
Gems/Pearls:  Unknown

Here is the sketch:

And here is my layout:

(Click on the picture for a better look)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sketch 89 Birthday

I didn't have a cool title for the card I made this week for a friend.  I started with sketch 89 over at Card Patterns.  It is a pretty simple sketch, but can be interpreted so many ways.  I love it!

Here are the details of my card:

Size:  4 x 6
Cardstock:  Bazzill, DCWV
Patterned Papers:  My Mind's Eye
Ribbon:  Unknown
Scalloped circles:  Nestabilities
Embossed cake, gift, and "Happy Birthday" (which is hard to see in the middle circle) -- Cuttlebug
Green circle (behind Happy Birthday) -- Mini Monograms Cricut cartridge
Branches (orange):  Cindy Lou Cricut cartridge
Large rose:  Prima
Small roses:  Recollections
Border punch:  EK Success


Here is the sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Paw Prints Have Been Left On Your Heart

I'm back!  I'm feeling much better, with only a little cough hanging on.  I really needed to make this pet sympathy card for a co-worker who lost her greyhound last week.  The dog had a dental procedure and when he was waking up, something happened to his heart, and he passed away.  So sad!  And this gal has had her share of tough times lately.  She lost her other greyhound less than six months ago, and she had surgery about six weeks ago for early stage lung cancer.  So, she is in my thoughts and prayers, and hopefully this card will brighten her day.

The card is an A2 sized card.  Here are the supplies I used:

Patterned papers:  Linen Closet DCWV stack
Cardstock:  Recollections kraft
Gems:  Studio 8?
Pawprint:  Paper Pups Cricut cartridge
Flower:  A button from my stash
Ribbon:  ??
Sentiment:  Harrington font
Punches for sentiment:  Stampin' Up
Border punch:  EKSuccess

Thanks for your patience with me, and for your comments!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

And we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming . . .

In other words, I hope to get back in my craft room tomorrow night.  I haven't made anything in a week now.  That is very unusual for me.  But, I started getting sick on Thursday evening and even left work early on Friday.  I feel lots better today -- I just have a scratchy throat now and seem to be losing my voice. 

I'll be back soon!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oh my . . . I'm so honored!

I really can't believe it!  I love the Case Study challenge blog.  It's so exciting to see how someone takes a card and uses it for inspiration.  And this morning I had an email from someone making a comment about my sympathy card that you can see here congratulating me for my card being recognized.  I couldn't click fast enough to get there to see what was going on!  And there it was, I MADE TOP 3!  You don't know how happy I am.  It came on a morning when I needed something to make me smile, and this sure did it!   God knew just what I needed!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

So very excited . . .

I am so excited!  I have a card in Scrap Street Magazine!  If you don't know about this magazine, you must check it out.  It is an online magazine with lots of inspiration.  It is especially exciting for me because I've never had my work published anywhere!  Click here to go to the magazine's home page.  Just click on the magazine, and it will take you to the table of contents page.  You can browse through the great inspiration, and when you get to this page, you will see my "Paw Prints" card at the bottom.  The theme was to show work that uses frames. 

Thanks for letting me share my joy!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

With Our Sympathy

I recently learned that the doctor who treated me for a kidney stone 7 years ago passed away.  He was the best doctor I've ever had.  He was kind, encouraging, compassionate, and had a wonderful bedside manner.  I really hated that he passed away.  Then I found out that he went to church with a co-worker.  So, I was able to get his wife's address, and I made this card to send to her.  Hopefully it will encourage her to know that he leaves behind a legacy of kindness!

The card was made using the current challenge over at Case Study.  I really like how the card turned out.  It seems rich and elegant.  I hope you'll pop over and take a look here at the card I was using as inspiration.

Here are the details on the card:

Size:  4 x 5.5"
Cardstock:  Recollections and American Crafts
Embossing:  Cuttlebug
Patterned Paper:  DCWV
Ribbon:  Unknown
Roses:  Recollections
Scalloped label:  Nestabilities
Gems:  Unknown

Hope you like it!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I'm a Sucker For You

I finally found time to create.  All week it seems that something has come up, and I couldn't get into the scrapbook room.  But I spent time in there last night and today and finished this layout.  Then I struggled to get a good picture of the layout.  I have not taken pictures of two pagers in so long, I've forgotten how to get the picture lined up.  After taking about 40 pictures, this is about the best I could do.

I'm sort of playing along with the current challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches.  I used their sketch, but I didn't use the Halloween colors.  I'm still very appreciative of their sketch and hope they won't kick me out of the challenge. 

Here are the materials I used:

Cardstock:  Bazzill
Patterned Papers:  DCWV, Provocraft and My Mind's Eye
Flowers:  Prima
Leaves:  Martha Stewart punch
Journaling:  Nestabilities
Title:  I'm A --Wingo Dingo Sizzlit font; Sucker -- Sesame Street Cricut font; 4 U -- Pooh Cricut font
Die Cuts:  Label  -- Lacy Labels Cricut Lite cartridge); Suckers -- Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge; Scalloped circle behind 4U -- Nestabilities
Border at bottom:  Bazzill Judge The Edge

Here is the sketch: 

Here is my layout:

You can click on the photo for a better look. 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thinking Of You

I was excited to use the current sketch over at Mojo Monday.  They always seem to have great sketches!  And I needed to make a card for a friend that has been in the hospital, so I came up with this.

The card is an A2 size.  It really was a simple card to make.  I used lots of punches on it.  In fact, I used five punched flowers in 3 different sizes to make the flower.  I just crumpled the flowers and tried to fold the layers up after I added some Stickles on them.  The very back green layer is a 2" scalloped circle that I embossed.  I added some Doodlebug Designs green velvet ribbon on top of a piece of embossed cardstock.  I also used a EKSuccess border punch at both the top and bottom.  I printed my sentiment and layered it with punches as well.  As you can see, I moved the sentiment to the other side of the card.  Hope you like it!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it: