A space to display my handmade cards and crafts!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Heart shaped V-day card

Well, I think it's time to start Valentine's projects in earnest, so here I go.  This is a card I made from the heart cut on Simply Charmed, and I flipped and welded two to make the card.  I then used a piece of loose paper from Michaels to cut the top layer from the same cut (I think it was layer 3), and added the dimension with the white jelly roll pen, since welding in the Gypsy causes you to lose all inner detail of the cuts (grrr).  The inside heart is also from Simply Charmed, and the stamp on the inside is from a Recollections clear set that I got at Michaels.  I chose these colors because I have teen and tween male nephews, and figured this could be a card for a boy at "that" age.  LOL. 

I can't believe how little I have to say about this, because it was just that easy. Hmmm...I wonder if that means I should do more to it. Too simple, maybe????  Thanks for visiting today.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweet Treats Birthday set

I made this card and box set from Sweet Treats for a friend's birthday coming up in a couple of weeks.  Since we are both dieting, I wanted to respect that and am going to use the favor box to give her just one piece of cake!  I love that gorcery stores sell single slices now - but I digress.  I actually cut the box way too big, but it was the first attempt with this new cart, so it's no big deal.  The glitter cardstock is from DCWV Animal Crackers stack, and I used Divine Swirls on the icing portion of the card to give it some texture.  The "Sweet" tag is from a chipboard box from the DCWV Sweet Stack line.

Wow - this was so easy and basic that it is all covered!  I used SU! stamps inside the card, but didn't take a shot of that - oops!  Lol.  Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My first ever Cricut layout!

How crazy is that??  I originally wanted to buy my Cricut E to start scrapbooking, and, well.....yeah.  LOL!  I finally decided to give it a try, and I fear that I did not do very well.  Seems like there is a lot missing, but I kind of did it freehand, so I will work on it and get better.  I was planning on printing out the pic from my phone's SD card, but my photo printer is out of ink, naturally, so I can't do it right now.  Therefore, you will just have to imagine the picture inside the snow globe portion, lol!!

OK, the details.  Snow globe is from Christmas Cheer, the skater girl and title are from Winter Frolic, and I used the blackout skate from Winter Woodland as my journaling tag.  I also included that jacket tag they gave us when we paid our admission in the upper left corner.  I did some detailing with stickles and gel pens, and you can't see this, but the white globe part is embossed with a Sizzix snowflakes folder.  The snowflake stickers are from an SEI Winter Song embellishment pack that coordinates with the SEI paper I used.  Thanks for visiting today!

Here is the picture I took and plan on putting in the snowglobe:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wedding invite - she loves it!!

Well, here it is.  I had been making some samples for my niece's invitation, and each one I came up with seemed to be missing something.  Last Sunday, she handed out her Save the Date magnets, and it hit me!!  First, here is her magnet. 

Once I saw it, I knew that I had to have something similar to the brown corner flourish in all of my SU stamps, so I found the So Swirly jumbo wheel, and I ran it across the top left corner with Early Espresso ink.  She picked out the paper colors, which are Early Espresso and Tempting Turquoise.  Did I mention these invites are mostly Stampin' Up??  LOL!  Anyway, I cut the brown piece at 8x7, the turquoise at 7.5x6.5, and the white at 7.25x6.25.  The embossing on the top and bottom of the white is a folder from a Cuttlebug borders set - but I can't remember which one!!  I finished it off with a brown ribbon at the top, and on the finished product, it will be tied through two punched holes, which I didn't do for the sample.

So, anyone who has made invitations before, I would LOVE advice, feedback, where to get envelopes, etc!!!  Also, I am going to be using Sale-a-Bration to order all of the supplies, so if you like what you see check it out over at Barb's site (she's my demo) at Snowmanlover's Paperie!Thank you for visiting today!

One year Blog anniversary!!

Good morning, everyone!  I was going to get on here today and say what a slacker I have been with creating and posting lately, and then a thought hit me.  It must be getting near the 1 year mark of the day I created my blog, so I went back and checked.....and my first post, and inaugural day of my blog, was January 22, 2010.  So, happy anniversary to my blog!! 

I have been in one of those funks where I have about 5 projects started, but have no idea or motivation to finish them.  Has anyone else ever had this??  It's very odd, I must say.  I have 3 or 4 Valentine themed bags and boxes started, but they need something to finish them, and I just can't figure out what!  However, I did finish a sample for my niece's wedding invitation, and she loved it.  So, as soon as my camera charges, I will get a picture of it and post it, to see what you all think!  Until then, THANK YOU, thank you for following my blog, thank you for all of your wonderful comments, and here is to a renewed crafting energy!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Valentine Monkey

This card was inspired by a gift my nephew gave my Mom last year for Valentine's day.  It was a red monkey that, when you press his hand, says, "Me bananas for you."  So I decided to make this for my Mom to give to him this year.  I embossed the body with the Hearts Cuttlebug folder, and the monkey and sentiment are from Sweethearts.  However, you can't see the best part of this card, which is the fact that I made an action wobble for this little guy, so that he swings back and forth.  It's so much fun, and I followed the tutorial here in order to make my own.  Maybe I will try to get a video of this wobbling and see how it turns out for posting.

On the inside, I put a rectangle on the mat in the Gypsy, then threw on a few of the heart XO cuts from Sweethearts.  I decided to take the inner portions of the O and the heart  in order to finish it off properly.  It didn't look right with them empty!  The paper is a loose pattern from Michael's, and the ribbon is also from M's.  I highly recommend checking out this video by the Paper Boutique for the wobbler instructions - I LOVE this.  I got the 26 gauge wire from the bead aisle in Michael's, if anyone is interested in trying it themselves.  Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Winter birthday card

Here is another birthday card for a friend, and since hers is a January birthday, I decided to make it a snowman theme!  I used the snowman from Gypsy Wanderings with a Peachy Keen face stamp, some snowflake stickers from Recollections, a tag from Create a Critter, and the paper from DCWV.  The stamp is an SU stamp, and I actually added some white thread into the holes on the tag after this picture was taken.  I added some diamond stickles to the snowman (although they look blue in the pic), and pop dotted the scarf for some dimension.

The ribbon is from Michael's and the inside I am opting not to show, since this person is one of my followers, and she may not have received it yet!!    : )    Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Copycat t-shirt

A couple of months ago, my boyfriend and I went to the Flyers arena (Philadelphia hockey team, for those who do not know), and I saw this t-shirt that I LOVED.  After seeing the price and experiencing dizziness for a few seconds (it was $60), I promptly said to him, "I could MAKE that."  So that's what I just did!  I got the heat transfer vinyl from HH Sign Supply, the rhinestones from Michaels - they are the Jolee's Swarovski elements in 3 different sizes - and I used the iRock tool and MTC's rhinestone feature. 

I am pretty happy with the way this one turned out, so I hope you like it too!  I traced an image of the logo that I found on Google, made it into a cutting file, then cut out the different pieces in the appropriate color vinyl, ironing each on in layers.  I then used the iRock to put each rhinestone on using the template I got by employing Make the Cut's rhinestone feature.  The embellished piece is 5.5" x 4.5", and it took about 20 minutes from start to finish - and it all started out as a plain black, $5 tee from Wal Mart!!  I love how the flash caught the shine in the stones in this picture!  What does everyone think?

Winter Wonderland

OK, we have all seen snow before, but this was just so pretty when I woke up this morning, that I couldn't resist!  We only got about 6 inches, but it was enough for both my nephews and myself to have off of school and work, respectively.  So, I am going out later to bean them in the head with snowballs, so thanks for visiting, and I will have a new project tonight!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Forgotten Christmas card

I realized I completely forgot to share the card I made for my boyfriend for Christmas this year!  Oops!

This is pretty basic, but I think it turned out cute.  I used Winter Frolic for the snowman, but drew on the face myself because I'm not a fan of the faces on those cuts, sorry!  The penguins were cute from Joys of the Season, and again, I drew the faces on, this time because the penguins were cut so small that the faces did not turn out right. They are about .75" tall, and the snowman is about 2.5" tall.  The patterned papers were from last year's DCWV Christmas stack, and the snowflake background mat is from this year's DCWV Tis' the Season stack.  I used some MS glitter on the snow to give it a little shimmer, and the stamps is from Scrappy Mom's Stamps Winter Wishes set.  That's about all, so thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Birthday card inspired by MPS challenge

First off, I did NOT enter this in Robyn's challenge for her design team call because, well, I'm not at that level.  LOL.  However, I was inspired to take up the challenge, since I had never actually done one before, and it came to me pretty quickly once I picked my theme.  This is a card for my friend whose birthday is next week, and I love this little cupcake from Create a Critter.  The tag is also from CAC, the stamps are from SU!, and the paper is from DCWV Glitter Stack.  I used some glitter on the cherry and Stickles on the stem, and the gems and ribbon are from Michael's.  The overall card is 5x7, and the cupcake is 3.5"x3.75".  To finish it off, I used Divine Swirls on the icing and Swiss dots on the base.  Well, that about covers it, so thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Valentine treat bag

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, this is the same file as the bunny bag.  I decided to think outside the box SLIGHTLY and make it into a Valentine box. 

I sized it to fit a 12x12 sheet of paper, which is a loose sheet I got last year at Michael's.  I then replaced the bunny with a valentine teddy file someone uploaded to the MTC gallery, I replaced the egg flourish over the door with a heart flourish from last year's Mother's Day cart, and the window boxes were changed too.  I used a welded heart file from the SVG cuts Valentine candy cherub set, and welded a rectangle to the bottom for the base, then pop dotted the white layer and the entire window box.  A few dots with my gel pens set it off nicely, as did the stickles on the front heart flourish and door, along with the epoxy sticker.  I feel like something is missing, but for now, this is OK, I guess.  Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A really, really early test cut

I should be working on Valentine's stuff, but I recently got this from SVG Cuts, and had to test it.  I sized it larger than it's supposed to be because I wanted to make sure there weren't any too tiny cuts at its intended size, but this was nice and easy.  Making it smaller will also allow me to use more patterned paper and dress it up.  I used some pastel 12x24 paper I got at OMC, and then used DCWV glitter paper and a pattern from the Sweet Stack to add some color.  I also would pop dot the window boxes and the bunny, but I don't have any pop dots at my boyfriend's!  LOL.  Also, I think next time I will use Peachy Keen Critter faces for the bunny!  Below are all four sides of the bag, turning the bag to the right each time.

So, overall this is 9"H x 5.5"W.  I can't wait to do it for real and use pretty patterned paper and see how it all comes together.  Guess these will be my Easter treat bags this year, so until I do these for real, I hope you like my little test cut, and thanks for visiting today!