Thursday, July 30, 2009

Oh My Crafts Contest

So is having a great contest to win an Itop brad making tool! I really love their online store at I got my Making Memories Slice machine there in May and have used it bunches. It is a great machine and I got a great deal on it! I have made many projects with it. I am currently working on some cards for Halloween. I am using my Slice with the Spellbound design card. I just saw all the new released at CHA and can't wait to pick some of them up.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alien Scape Happy Birthday

This is a boys Happy Birthday card with cuts made from a file set that I bought from They have great files for sale at reasonable prices (and no, I don't work for them or get a commission, lol!). They just have great stuff. All of the cuts from the front (except for the font is from that file collection). And the "out of this world" and the UFO on the inside are from that collection. The oval is a basic shape that comes with the SCAL 2.0 program. And the "sunshine-y" shape behind the oval is one that I got from Susan Bluerobot's blog. You should check it out, she is soooo talented!
For the front of the card I used a thin black cardstock and I splattered it with white paint to make the background. The aliens, the sun, Mars, and Saturn are all just different colors of cardstock cut and layered. "Happy Birthday" is the font CK Bowlorama. I used googly eyes on the aliens to make it a little more fun.
On the inside I used sticker letters for the "you are". I also lined the inside of the card with a thick purple cardstock to make it sturdy. The size of the card is 8 1/2"x5 1/2".

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy Halloween Spider Card

Front of Card
Close Up of Spider Web
Inside of Card
Back of Card

I am feeling really "Halloween-ie" these days, so I decided to make a card for the holiday. This card is 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". It is not a size I have used alot in my card making, but I am starting to, and I think I like it.
For the card base I used a piece of black 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock and folded it in half. On the front I glued down a piece of purple cardstock as a base layer. On the bottom of the purple layer I used the Marthat Stewart Drippy Goo punch. The next layer on the front is a funky and fuzzy bright green and black spider paper by K & Co. I made it a bit smaller and placed it off center so I could add the title on the left. The title and spider are made with the Cricut cart Lyrical Letters. My favorite part of the front is the spider web. It is made with the Cuttlebug Spiderweb embossing folder and Core' denations paper. I embossed the paper and then sanded the top until the white showed through.
The inside left is the same funky and fuzzy and fun spider paper from the front. The right side is more Lyrical Letters. "Happy" and "To You" are from that cart. The Top Note design is also from that cart. The "BOO!" is from the Slice machine Spellbound design card. The photo corners are an EK Success punch. The paper used on the corners and the Top Note cut are the flip side of the spider paper (it is double sided). The back is that same paper. Thanks for looking! Please let me know what you think.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Cupcake - Home Decor, Stamping Solutions

I made this card for a sweet little friend of mine who's birthday is at the end of this month. She is really into cupcakes, so this die cut popped into my head first thing. I used Design Studio and the Home Decor cartridge from Cricut and welded two 5" cupcakes together (one of the cupcakes has to be flipped to make the cupcakes fit together). Then I just cut the layers in different colors and glued it all down.
The top of the cupcake is brown and I added white dots all around the edges for dimension. The cupcake "wrapper" is made from mirrored cardstock. The paper underneath all of it is a glittered floral print. The cherry is a mirrored red cardstock.
I cut the cupcake card out a second time in a solid cardstock for the inside and glued it on.
I cut the inside sentiment from the Stamping Solutions Cricut cartridge and also shadowed it.
I added 3 different bows to the fold of the card. And then I tied a bow around those bows. I guess I was feeling a little artsy fartsy (lol!). It is a little different, but I like how it came out.
All the paper is by DCWV. It is from their Citrus Premium Stack and Citrus Cardstock stack. They are quickly becoming some of my favorite papers! TFL!
Comments are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Blog Background

So I decided to change my blog background. I think I will probably end up changing it like I change my clothes (lol!). The other one was just a bit too busy for me. I'll see how this one sits with me. Hope you like.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot

Nilda from the Cricut Message board has a Challenge blog called the The Cuttlebug spot. They are trying to reach 500 followers by this Friday and they don't need many more. And, they are offering some great blog candy! Hop on over there and check out their great projects and become a follower!

Spongebob Squarepants - Oxnard Beach

I love , love, love this cartridge! It is amazing! I decided to make a layout for our trip to the beach that we will take this summer. We live in California, and we are fairly close to the beach but we rarely make it to the beach. I wish we could go more, but time just gets away from us.
Anywho, lets start with the dimensions: Spongebob is 3". Patrick is 3.5". The pineapple house is 5.5". The rock house is 3.5". The jellyfish are 1.5". The jellyfish net is 1.75". The pink and yellow seaweed is 1.75". The blue and turquoise seaweed is 1.5".
Spongebob at 3" is a bit difficult to do. He has lots of bits and pieces. I made a mistake and made his holes yellow and my kids said "Mom, Spongebob's holes are supposed to be darker than the rest of his body". So I got out my Prisma pencils and Mona Lisa mineral spirits and colored his holes green. And I smoothed them out. And viola...darker holes! All the other characters and their houses went together very smoothly.
I added grey shadows to all the characters and houses. I made Old Reliable (Spongebob's Jellyfish catching net) in a few didfferent layers. First I cut it in a dark brown, then in vellum, then in craft. I layered them in that order and backed it with grey. I used stickles on the net to make it sparkle.
I popped all the jellyfish on pop dots. I also popped the word "Oxnard". I added glitter pen to the jellyfish and the seaweed and pineapple. I also added white pen dots here and there for some depth.
Please let me know what you think. TFL!