Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Indie Art Butterfly Card

I whipped out 9 of these butterfly cards for all the moms in my family. I love finding a great image and cutting it large enough to fit on an A2 card.

This butterfly is from the Indie Art cartridge using the image and the shadow feature. I don't remember the size - sorry.

I used my gypsy and cut out a full page of shadows on black cardstock. I flipped every other image upside down and fit them tight together. And 9 images fit nicely on a 12x12 sheet.

Then I did the same thing using the butterfly image. I used DCWV Mariposa Stack paper. Isn't it just beautiful!
I layered some coordinating paper behind the butterfly. I used a Martha Stewart's border punch on the teal piece. Added some rhinestone bling down on the left. And finished the card with some Diamond Stickles on the butterfly. Easy peasy.

Monday, May 30, 2011

MOM Grungeboard Book

I made this MOM grungeboard book for my mom this past Mother's Day. Have I mentioned my mom is my biggest and craftiest supporter. She illustrates for children's material. Check out her blog. She owns the Cricut Personal Cutting Machine and a gypsy. She has made some beautiful paper crafting projects and cards. She's awesome!!

I started by welding the letters MOM from the Zoo Day cricut cartridges to a rectangle on my gypsy. I adjusted the rectangle to the exact size I wanted by unlinking (clicking off the chain link) the size proportion. I cut out the welded pieces in Tim Holtz grungeboard. It was my first time using this material and I liked it. It cut very well using my Cricut Expression machine and deep cut blade and housing. The edges also inked really well. I then cut out the rectangles and letters in patterned paper and assembled the book.
I punched holes on the left side using my Crop-a-dile Big Bite and bound the edges with ribbon.

Each page has different images from my Cricut. They are just waiting for some pics to be added.

My favorite page is the back page. It's simple but pretty. It has a Thank You sentiment stamped on a postage stamp image covered with Stickles. Just love that Stickles sparkle!!

I was really inspired doing the project. This was my first welded word album and it turned out pretty simple. I have some great ideas for my next one!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thank You Card with Paper Lace

I made two cards for my son's teachers for the last day of school. I found a "Thank You" sentiment in the Paper Lace cartridge I thought was cute. Found on page 61, it has a base shadow feature (love when there's a shadow).

I cut it out several times to find the size I needed. A trick I learned from Obsessed with Scrapbooking is to buy some cheap white cardstock (I get mine at Walmart) and practice cutting out your images with that. Then you can figure out the exact size you need without wasting your good paper.

I cut out the "Thank You" at 1 1/4 inches. It fit perfect on a vertical A2 size card. I cut out 3 sentiments cause they fit across the 12x12 Core'dination cardstock.
I try to fill up the space and cut out extra if it fits. Then I put the extra "Thank You" in my scrap stash for later. Need a card in a pinch - no problem- just grab some ready made images.

I find it easy to leave the base shadow on the mat and glue the layers on top. Then there's not too much movement with the little pieces. Gotta love Tweezer Bees and Zig 2-way glue pens. 

I used this beautiful Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper for the background. Added some ribbon trim from my stash at the top. Little yellow flower on the inside with a black stamped bee finished the card.

I had enough paper so I made a third card to keep. For this card I added two rhinestone blings over the ribbon. I also hand cut out the bee at the bottom and popped it up with a pop-dot.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

February 2011 Scrapbook Layout

This is my February scrapbook layout for the Creations with Christina scrapbook challenge.
The heart shape swirl on the bottom I welded together using my Gypsy to create a border. It's hard to see, but there are rhinestone blings throughout.

Monday, May 23, 2011

January Layout Challenge Accepted

I got my Cricut Expression machine this past Christmas 2010 from my mom. Thanks mom!!! And I have been obsessing over anything Cricut and paper crafting since. I loved to stamp and make cards before (I have 3 drawers full of Stampin' Up stamps to prove it) but the Cricut has made my paper crafting life a breeze. And did I mention obsession!!
One of the first blogs that I started to follow was Creations with Christina. I love that girl. Such beautiful cards and layouts and inspirational ideas. It was the beginning of the year and she challenged her followers to do a scrap layout for each month of the year. I accepted this challenge and you will be seeing my creations.
Please forgive these first tries at layouts. I had just gotten my Cricut and was experimenting big time.
Not sure where I will put a picture LOL. Isn't that penguin just the cutest!! I used a tulle ribbon for part of the background to give it some dimension. Gotta love all the rhinestone bling.
Shortly after getting my Cricut I got my Gypsy. The word "January" has been welded together.  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy First Post Day!!

I am challenging myself to blog and post my paper creations for the world to see. Why not!! I love to paper craft, make crafty gifts and I love DIY crafty projects.
Good luck followers, this promises to be interesting.