Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Jack" Animal Card

I am sending this boy card to my nephew Jack. I have been very belated on some of my family birthday cards. It's terribly embarrassing. I make cards all the time, but I tend to forget, or miss birthdays, or not work ahead fast enough. Hopefully he just sees it as an opportunity to extend his birthday even longer.

Using my Gypsy, I welded this shaped card together using four scalloped shapes. All the images were cut from my Zoo Day Cricut cartridge. I cut each animal out using coordinating scrap paper layered with white cardstock.

I hope all my nieces and nephews are enjoying their last days of freedom before school starts. I know the moms are excited to be getting back into the school year routine.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Storybook Owl Card

I've been spending the weekend with my girl friends from elementary/middle/high school. We're at a spa/resort with no kiddos and no husbands. Ahh. We're having an absolute blast together shopping, relaxing, reading, and spending time at the spa. It's been an awesome weekend!

Before I left I made this owl frame card for my work friend recovering from surgery.

The owl frame is from the Storybook Cricut cartridge. I layered the owl with varying sizes of the owl image. Using my Gypsy, I welded the scallop shape card together.

Here are some of the supplies I used for this card. I got most of the supplies from Shop Pumpkin Spice.

Echo Park "For the Record" 12x12 paper
found here

Portrait Eclectic Flea Market buttons
found here

Other Supplies:
Cricut cartridge : Storybook
Twine : Lime Twist twine colored black with permanent market
Ink : Color Box chalk ink black
Stamps : Papertrey Ink
Rhinestones : from my stash

I am just loving this paper!! I can't stop using it for all my projects. If you love high quality paper and accessories at amazing prices check out Shop Pumpkin Spice.

Friday, August 26, 2011

"Love You" Tag Card

I made this card for a Papertrey Ink challenge, yet failed to post it in time. Yikes! Don't you hate that. Oh well, I did make a great card out of it.

I created this card using one of the awesome Papertrey Ink dies and matching stamps set called "Tiny Tags". I love how versatile this set is. Each tag has a polka-dot border. And there are a TON of tiny sentiments.

The challenge was to use a glitter boarder around the die and place the image inside. As you can see, I have a subtle white glitter border. Then I filled it in with tiny tags. So simple!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thank You Angie!

The very first blog I ever started following was Angie is the amazing lady behind this blog and she has become one of my biggest blog inspirations. Angie posts EVERYDAY about something. Her main interests are crafting (she owns a Cricut and a tons of paper crafting stuff), sewing (check out her amazing rag quilt here), and cooking/baking. I have tried several of Angie's recipes (even though I am not a cook) and they always turn out amazing.

I recently won some blog candy from Angie. Here is the sweet card and prize she sent me all the way from Canada!

I can't wait to use this awesome "10 Things I Love About Travel" paper set. I have a ton of ideas.

Thank you Angie!! I hope you all head over to her amazing blog here! She inspires me daily.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Once Upon a Birthday

I was my niece's 2nd birthday several weeks ago. My siblings and I got her a pink camouflage trampoline. Hilarious! She LOVES it!! And all the cousins love it too. Kept them all busy for awhile.

I made this card for her. She's such a little princess! We just love her up.

I used several cuts from the Once Upon a Princess Cricut cartridge. The princess was cut at 3 inches in all layers. The "birthday girl" and crown cut were both cut from OUAP in varying sizes.

This is the first time I used Copic markers. Nothing too fancy. I just colored her skin and cheeks, and added some highlights to her hair. I'm just a beginner and always looking for new tips.

This is what my mat looked like before I cut out all the images. The paper I used was from the Imaginisce "Enchanted" line. The background of my card is actually a piece of 6x6 paper from this awesome pack.

Imaginisce "Enchanted" 6x6 paper pad can be found at Shop Pumpkin Spice.

I am showcasing this card at Fantabulous Cricut. This weeks challenge is "Birthday Bash" : make a birthday project!! Check out all the awesome designer's creations. Then link your birthday project! We love to see all your creations.

Also, check out the Pumpkin Spice Blog to see all the designer's projects using the fabulous products you can find at SPS.

Friday, August 19, 2011

"Boys Only" Slip and Slide

My amazing sister-in-law had all the kiddos (that would be 4 nieces and 4 nephews) over to her house for a cousin's slumber party. My kiddos had an absolute BLAST!! They got to play outside, go to Chuck E. Cheese, and play on the slip and slide. I know. And I wasn't even invited!! LOL!

This photo was taken by my SIL. It totally cracks me up seeing these four boys drinking out of the slip and slide sprinkler. My son saw the pic and said "Don't worry mom, the water was clean. It came from a hose". Too funny!

I am entering this layout at the Artful Delight blog. The challenge is based off this sketch.

August Sketch Challenge #11

Cricut cartridges: Zoo Day, Life is a Beach
Paper: K&Company "Life's Little Occasions" Brights Designs and Echo Park "Splash" (from Shop Pumpkin Spice)
Embellishments: Distress Ink, Black pen, MME Lime Twist twine (from Shop Pumpkin Spice), and Martha Stewart edge punch

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Genre-Themed Book Marks

Hey all! I can't believe it is mid-August already. How does the summer fly by so fast, but the winter drags on and on? Oh well. I am headed out this morning with the kiddos for some swimming with friends. I love you sunny weather!

I created these genre-themed book marks as a PRIZE for our family challenge blog. My sister created this blog a month ago to create fun-filled family competition. It's a challenge blog of course! My sister has posted some really great challenges and will be posting more. We're all having so much fun at the Gross Family Challenge Blog.

I used A LOT of different Cricut carts on this project. That's why I love my Gypsy! I have access to all these awesome carts at the touch of my stylus. I kept the genres simple: Historical, Mystery, Romance, Humor, Political, and Travel.

I used all paper scraps from my stash. I love reusing tiny pieces of paper that otherwise would be thrown away. My detailing includes: Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Crackle Accents, Stickles, and black/white pen.

Good luck to my family! Winning these bookmarks would be super sweet!

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Springtime" Heritage Card Set

Today is my first Monday posting on the Pumpkin Spice Blog! I am so happy to be apart of this amazing Design Team. I am thrilled to be showing you my creations using the amazing products found at the Shop Pumpkin Spice Store

I created these four matching 3x3 cards using the Echo Park "Springtime" collection 6x6 paper pad.
This 24 sheet double sided paper pad is selling right now for $3.35!!! Great price!!!

Using my Gypsy and the Heritage Cricut cartridge, I cut out the birds, shadows, charms, and flourishes at varying sizes. I used 3 different pieces of double sided paper. I varied the layouts by turning over the paper and using the other side. 

I took two other 6x6 sheets, cut them in half, and scored them at 3'' to make the cards. Easy peasy.

I saved the negative cuts from the inside of the charm layer and used them inside the cards. Just stamp a sentiment when needed and the card is ready to go.

Echo Park "Springtime" 6x6 paper pad
Heritage Cricut Cartridge, Cricut Expression machine, Gypsy
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Rhinestone bling
Ribbon from my stash

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Shop Pumpkin Spice Blog Hop WINNERS!!!

I am so happy to be giving away these two AWESOME prizes from the Pumpkin Spice Store. Thanks to everyone who hopped around with us and saw all the design team creations. Weren't they just amazing.

Winner of the Echo Park "For the Record" 6x6 paper pad is...
Jen said...

Great the flowers! There are too many great paper companies to have a favorite. LOL I am already a follower of Shop Pumpkin Spice and a new follower of yours. TFS
Winner of the Pumpkin Spice gift certificate is....

Your frame is gorgeous! Love the papers!
I really don't have a FAVorite paper. I love My Mind's Eye, Graphic45, K&Co & so many others.......and I use Bearly Mine Designs & NitWits for digi papers.
Huggies ~

Congratulations ladies!!!

Thanks to Denine for hosting this blog hop and for the great gift certificate! So generous!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cindy Loo Flourish Card

Sometimes when I want to make a cute card I...1) pick the paper first and 2) find a Cricut image that will match the paper. Other times I...1) find an image I like and 2) find paper to match. And on very magical occasions, the paper sitting on my desk and the cartridge currently loaded in my machine match. Tada! That's when I make an "insta card". Love it!!

I used the inside of the frame here to re-stamp the sentiment. Then I taped it to the inside of the card.

All cuts and layers are from the Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge. The stamp is from Papertrey Ink. I also used Distress Ink around the card base and Stickles over the flourish.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vacation Crafting Pics

I just wanted to post some random pics of my family crafting. I promised everyone there wouldn't be any face shots. We figured we didn't have to look pretty while crafting - we were on vacation! LOL!

Looking through the manuals we printed. It really helped to have the images a little bigger. My mom packed all our cartridges in these handy plastic bags. They fit perfect and didn't take up a lot of space.

Our third project (first were the glitter ornaments, second were the vinyl totes) was an envelope mini album. Here is my sister (a pro at envelope mini albums I might add) showing my cousin how to get started.

A table shot. Oh my word, we brought a lot of stuff! See my cousin's daughter with the Cricut spatula? She was getting her vinyl off the mat so she could put it on her ornament. So cute!!

Envelope mini albums and glitter ornaments and Twizzlers...oh my! Utter crafting chaos. Love it!

Hope everyone had a blast crafting together. I have the best family EVER!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

FCCB Challenge #72 : Let's Get Buggy

Today over at Fantabulous Cricut it's Challenge Me Monday. This weeks challenge is "Let's Get Buggy" - use a bug on your project.

I cut out this card base from A Child's Year Cricut cartridge. I layered a gem cut from Once Upon a Princess in the card to make it a window cut with my Gypsy.

I cut the dragonfly image from Gypsy Wanderings in the shadow feature and twice in the base feature. I cut out the dragonfly border too.

Here you can see by cutting out the dragonfly twice I have layered it to give a lot of dimension. I also layered a gem from Once Upon a Princess to frame the window.

I used the negative part of the dragonfly border to make these stencil images. I stenciled with Distress Ink to give this plain cardstock a pattern.

Inside the card I created another stencil with the gem frame. I laid the frame around the dragonfly gem and inked with more Distress Ink. When you remove the frame you get this cool shadow effect.

The paper is from the Bo Bunny Vicki B. collection. I got this 6x6 paper pad from Pumpkin Spice. It's the best online store! They sell top name brand paper and supplies at amazing prices.

This paper pad is only $4.19!!

Now head on over to Fantabulous Cricut and check out the other Design Team member's creations. They are just awesome! Then create your own bug project and link it to FCCB.