A space to display my handmade cards and crafts!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

More wedding invitation stuff

I did a couple more pieces for my niece's wedding invites, so here they are!  The first is a response card I made up, and the stamp is one I got off of eBay, with SU! Tempting Turquoise ink.  I thought it was perfect!  The flourish in the corner is an SU wheel stamp, and the cardstock for both projects here is SU! Early Espresso and Tempting Turquoise. 
This second piece is a place card I found at a wonderful site by a woman who has a Craft Robo machine, and shares some AMAZING SVG files.  You absolutely need to check out her work here.  Her name is Monica, and her site is Monica's Creative Room, and she has some seriously intricate cards, 3D objects, etc.  Please go visit her if you have MTC or SCAL.  OK, on to the actual project.  She made an amazing place card with a heart theme, so I decided to go ahead and give it a shot and see if my niece would like these.  She has not asked me about seating cards, but I figured, what the heck, I'll ask her!  So, what do you all think???
I altered it slightly by creating a shadow layer for the heart in MTC so I could incorporate all of her colors, and then to finish it off, I used a white gel pen around all of the hearts.  Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Puppy shaped card

How adorable is this little guy????  Oh my....SVG Cuts could NOT have made this easier to make.  It's from the new Charm and Chance set, and I think this is going to be my niece's birthday card this spring.  She loves her little dog, and I just thought of her as soon as I saw the cut.  The card base was cut to fit to a 12x12 page, and the final product is 4x5.  A little smaller than I usually like, but it's fine.  The flower gem in the collar is from some random embellishment set that I can't even remember!  LOL.  You should really take a look at this kit - it has this card, a clover shaped card, a pot of gold treat box, and even more cute stuff!!

I left the inside plain for now, until I am 100% sure what this card is going to be used for, but I added some dimension to the front with a white gel pen and pop dots for the ears.  It's so simple, there is nothing more to say, so thanks for visiting today!  **DISCLAIMER**  Just to let everyone know, I have NO affiliation with any graphic/svg site, company, etc.  Just in case anyone was ever wondering, LOL.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A couple of updates and a thank you!!

OK, first, let me tell you the update on the Christening cards.  My brother and niece (she's 12) came to mom's after the party, and my niece was recounting how the girls liked the cards.  She said the older one asked her if she made the card, because Hello Kitty is her absolute favorite, and the card was awesome!!  I said, "Wait a minute.  A four year old said that???"  She said, "Aunt Kim, she's not 4, she's almost 8!!"  LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I cracked up.  So the moral of the story is do not trust a single 30-something man to tell you ages of children that aren't his own.  While he said 4 and one and a half, they are actually almost 8 and 3!!!!  HAHAHA!!!!  Too funny.

Second, I want to THANK all of you with your encouraging and kind comments on my post earlier about possibly having to sell my Cricut and carts and stop crafting.  On Monday, another of my brothers (I have four!) said, "Hold on a second, something isn't right.  Let me have your W2's."  He called later to tell me that I must have done somehting wrong (not a shocker), because he worked it all up and I only owe NJ $450, not $2,000!!!!  Thank God for small miracles.  Does this solve my overall financial porblems??  NOPE!!  LOL.  However, in the short term, it does solve this crisis.  I really appreciate all of your support and kind words, so I wanted to thank everyone for that. 

Thirdly, I have today off and I plan on working on a bunch of fun things, so I hope you all decide to come back over the next few days and check it all out!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Christening Wobbler cards

My brother was asked to be a Godfather for two sisters today, and one of them is four, the other is 15 months.  I didn't really have any carts or images appropriate for a baptism or christening, so I figured using cute angels would work.  I can't believe that I typed all of this out at first, only to forget to write that I made them WOBBLER cards!!  WOW....the wobbling action was really cute, since they are angels.  Kitty actually looked like she was flying!  One is from Hello Kitty font, and the other is an SVG Cuts bear from Candy Cherub Bears.  The tags are from Once Upon a Princess, and I used Amy Chomas' gel pen holder and Staples gel pens for the sentiments on the tags, and on the inside of the HK card.  The pen I wanted to use for the other card was really acting up, so I gave up and used an SU! stamp for the inside of the pink one.  I used Divine Swirls for the pink bear, and the patterned papers are just loose sheets from Michaels.  The cross stamp on the inside is also from Michaels dollar bin, which I love, PS.
The font for the inside of the HK card was French Script, and I used MTC to do it all!  Well, I think that covers it all.  I didn't realize until I wrote this post how much I had going on with these cards!  Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Valentine Treats

I made one of these for each of my nieces and nephews to go with the printed LD Valentine cards.  I filled them with assorted candy, attached the Valentine, and put a word search / crossowrd with it for all of them last Sunday.  The pattern for the heart box was generously shared for free at Kalo Designs, and it really is simple and CUTE!  The crossword and word search were more printable files from Lettering Delights, and all of the paper is from K&Co's double sided pack that came out this year. 
These are from the LD set Valentine Game Night in the printable files.
The last picture here is the finished product for them.  I just glued the card to the heart, and put the word search combo under them.  I wanted to put a ribbon, but most of them are boys and/or older than 12, so I figured the ribbon was a bit to frilly.  LOL.  Thanks for visiting today.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's gifts from yesterday

Well, as some of my readers may know, money is tight these days (lol, understatement of the century).  I love to get my boyfriend the Edible Arrangements for Valentine's Day because he loves them so much, but they are SOOOO expensive.  SO, I decided to try to MAKE him one this year for V Day.  Yep, you read that right, make one.  His favorite part of them are the dipped bananas that are half white chocolate, half milk chocolate, so I knew I had to put some in there.  Wow, did this take a while.  Here are the details:  I used a heart shaped regular cookie cutter for the pineapple; the "greenery" on the foam base is just kale; skewer sticks are holding everything up; and I used white, milk, and peanut butter Nestle chips for the strawberries and bananas.  They were the most difficult, because I had to dip one flavor on half, then put it in the freezer without it dripping, then dip the other half after a few minutes.  Whew!

I was disappointed how sparse mine looked, and it definitely does not make the grade in comparison to the real thing.  But when he walked in and saw it, he thought it was actually bought until I told him I made it.  So that's good, right?  What do you think????

So, for my gift.....I got some beautiful roses, an adorable stuffed gorilla couple with chocolates, and......drumroll please........A DIAMOND RING!!!!  Here it is:

HAHAHAHA!!!  I laughed so hard when I saw this.  He is too funny.  So, there's my ring!  Anyway, I hope everyone has a great day today!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day!  My Valentine's Day was tainted a bit because my boyfriend had to have an emergency root canal.  I told him he can make it up to me this weekend, lol.  In the meantime, I am obssessed with Lettering Delights lately.  Here is a printable set I bought last week called Dinomite Valentine Cards.  They are so cute, and I chose one to give to each of my nieces and nephews. 
 Secondly, here is the card I made for my honey for today.  This is also an LD set, called Stuck on You.  I got the SVG set, but with that comes a PDF, so I decided to do a print and cut for this card.  I also printed extra peanuts and strawberries to add some dimension to the "jars".  The paper is from K&Co Valentine double sided stack, and I printed out a nice saying for the inside.  Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm back...with a Valentine's project!

Well, the whole tax issue isn't settled yet, but I decided to wait until April this year to figure out things and file, so in the meantime, it's time to craft again!

Wednesday, I was at my Mom's, and my nephew had a note that said the kids would be exchanging Valentines on Thursday, the next day, and he needed to make a box for receiving cards.  WELL, I immediately told my sister-in-law that I could make him an actual mailbox if she wanted, so that's what I did!  This is from an SVG Cuts set, and I didn't do the greatest job, but it was kind of a rush!  I used K&Co paper, and cut the double heart from the file, then joined his name into it with MTC to create the cut out name tag.  I cut the pieces at 11.4 in MTC and it came out a perfect size.

I just took a red marker and made some faux stitching on the hearts to give it a little detail, and that's about it.  I also gave him some stickers to finish it off as he desired.  No sense in me doing ALL of it for him, lol.  If you are interested in the file, go here.  I plan on working on some more V-day projects this weekend, so hopefully I will have plenty more to share this week!  Thanks for visiting today, and for hanging in there with me!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

No more crafting????

Well, I think I may have reached the end of the line for crafting.  I sat down to do my taxes, and apparently the state of New Jersey expects me to pull $2000 out of my rectum for taxes.  Ummm....well.....I made $22,000 last year, and have $75,000 in student loans from a Masters Degree, and another $7,000 in credit card debt from paying for basic essentials (gas, groceries, tolls), because all of my pay goes to student loans.  I no longer have any pride in hiding my debt numbers, so it's all out there now.  I no longer have any shame, nor do I care - I didn't get into debt from gambling or drugs or even shopping addiction - so whatever.  I went back to college, that's it.

Unfortunately, this most likely means I am going to have to sell all of my Cricut and craft stuff, which is going to break my heart, but oh well.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Once I started trying to hatch plans for getting money that involved illegal activity, I realized I have hit rock bottom financially.  No more trying to keep my head above water and paying bills.  I can't do it, and it's time to just accept it and move on.  If by some chance I don't get enough $$$ for my Cricut stuff to pay this tax bill, then I guess I will hold onto it and someday get back into using it. 

Thank you for listening to me vent, and thank you for all of your following and your wonderful comments over the last year.  If anyone knows of anywhere I can get a miracle, please feel free to let me know!!  Take care, everyone.  And thank you again!