Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Happy Hellos!

This card was created because I goofed up on a scrapbook layout! The background paper was cut 1/4 in to small for my layout. I don't know what I was thinking! lol! Anyway, I had this perfectly good piece of paper and thought "What am I gonna do with this?" Uh, hah! I'll make a card! I said to myself.

To start, I took the background paper and cut some chocolate cs to make the card base. Then I took a piece of scrap pattern paper and placed it across the front (green floral). I then stamped the flourish from SU's Priceless set on top of that. (Can you tell what my favorite stamp is right now? lol) Take the butterfly stamp from that same set and color his antennae and body only with a black marker and stamp above flourish and off to side where you want them to be placed. On a separate piece of cs stamp the whole butterfly with your wing color. To add more interest, I traced around the details of the butterfly with a black marker. Cut both of those out. Fold butterfly in half, right sides together and place glue on underside of body. Place that on top of body you stamped on card. Take a pop dot and place one under both wings and curl wings around it. Repeat this for 2nd butterfly. To make sentiment I stamped the circular scallop with stamp from SU's So Many Scallops and punched out the center with a circle punch and punched out the whole image with scalloped circle punch. Hint: It works best (for me anyway) if you punch out the scallop first then the center circle. On a separate piece of paper I stamped a sentiment from SU's Lots of Thoughts set and punched it out with the scalloped circle punch. I then glued the first piece on top and adhered it to the card. That about does it, now I gotta find someone to mail it to! lol! TFL :)

Super Simple! Super Cute!

This card was soooooo simple, I can't believe it turned out this cute! I took a standard card base and placed a piece of background paper that is 1/4 inch smaller than card on it. Then I stamped the flourish from SU's Priceless set in the center of the card. Stamp flower from SU's O Many Scallops and punch out with your scallop circle punch, place that above flourish. Then I stamped sentiment from SU's Riveting set and punched out with circle punch and placed that on the flower. Tie some organdy ribbon around the card and 'voile'! You're done!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Stepping out of the 'Comfort Zone'

~This page is way out of my 'Comfort Zone', I never do pages like this! It even felt awkward and uncomfortable while I was working on it! lol! I love how this turned out though. They say nothing stimulates your creativity more though than when you push yourself beyond the normal realm of what you are used to!
~It all started when I got this months issue of Memory Makers magazine(March 08). On page 36 was a sketch done by Becky Fleck (author of Page Maps) that really caught my eye. I don't know what it was, but I really liked it. I had these crazy pictures of the kids eating bomb pops and thought they would be perfect on a layout like this. I even got out the 'ole sewing machine, yep, that stitching across the top if the real thing! lol! Sorry that the picture kinda sucks, camera was having a bad day I guess!

What I used...~Paper: Deja Views, Red & Blue ~Cardstock: DCWV, White Cardstock: CTMH ~Stamps: Stampin' Up, ~Page Tab: Sizzix ~Small Red Flowers: Prima ~Large Flower: Cricut & Accent Essentials Cartridge, Bazzill Cardstock, CTMH Rub-ons ~Scallop: CTMH Corner Rounder ~Title: Cricut, Opposites Attract Cartride, Plantin' Schoolbook Cartridge, CTMH black brads.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Circle of Love...

~This card took me awhile. I had the idea but wasn't quite sure how to put it to paper. It is much prettier in person. The picture does it no justice. I used a 5x7 card base. I knew my background was going to be Paper Garden from CTMH, it is one of my favorites right now.
~I then stamped the largest image of D1260 Endless Love (February Stamp of the Month) with Smokey Plum on Colonial White cs. I then took my exacto knife (it was really quick & easy) and cut the center out and ink around the edges with Smokey Plum again. I used my CM mini circle shape maker to crop the corners. You only stick the very corner in, about a quarter way into the circle.
~I then created a mat for my image out of Smokey Plum cardstock and mountd the image on it. After that I set the pewter brads in the corners.
~To apply the rhinestones to my image I used Liquid Glass, just a tiny little drop will do for each. They dried really quick. I never realized what an excellent adhesive Liquid Glass is! Worked awesome!
~The sentiment is also in the Endless Love stamp set. I stamped it in black on Colonial White and then matted it on Sweet Leaf cs. I mounted it half way in to the center circle of the main image.
~The little flourish at the end of the sentiment was done the same as the main image only I 'fussy cut' it out with my Micro-tip scissors for more detail and dimension.
~The flowers are Prima. Those were applied with Glue dots. Glue dots are to a scrapper like butter is to bread! Gotta have them, and I never run out! For the centers I just used pewter brads, pewter bigger brad and a green button I had in my stash.

That about does it. Over all, this card is fairly easy. I would say that a beginner would have no problem recreating it. Thanks for stopping by, have a good one and Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My first pages for hire...

I'm sure all of you know that I am a Close to My Heart consultant. Well I was at an open house in mid November 07 when a gal came over to my display and started looking at some of my artwork I had on my display board and in an album I had displayed. I guess she fell in love, she really like what I did, my style and the detail that I put into my projects. One thing led to another and she asked if I would make a layout for her Niece for Christmas. I guess this was her Niece's 1st major production that she was in and had a lead role. She wanted something special and just didn't have the time before the holidays to do it. I thought, hmmm Christmas present?, no pressure there! Anyway I agreed and this is what I came up with(6 hours later! lol!). Yes, she loved them and said they were a big hit Christmas Day. Whooo, big sigh of relief there!

Close up of Page 1...Yes that's real stitching
Close up of Page 2...Font and flourishes were cut on my cricut.
Layout with File Folder open - this hides the program from the production. It also gives additional room for 2 more photos.
Close up of the File Folder open...

This was a custom creation. I came up with the layout on my own. Couldn't cheat on this one because I wanted to be able to include the program. It wasn't the prettiest so I wanted to hide it and this was the concept that drove the creation of the layout.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Day Treat Bags for my kids!

I slaved away at these for days and days and days! Just Kidding! It only took me about 2 hours to make 50 of them. These are for my 5 & 8 year old to take to school and hand out to their class mates on Valentine's Day. They were both really excited. My daughter though, being the over-intelligent 8 year old that she is says "Mom, they are awesome but isn't that just wasting paper, I mean they are just going to open them and eat the candy and throw the wrapper away." My response "I know, but shhh and just go away! (with a chuckle)" Kids, I tell yah!

Here's a close up...
Everything is Close to My Heart except the 'Happy Valentine's Day' I made that on the computer. I used Cranberry, Black & White Daisy. The random stamped background uses It's A Party, All My Love and Love of My Life stamp sets in Cranberry, Blush, Pink Carnation and Baby Pink ink. Sorry that it's hard to see, I didn't think to take a picture before I chopped it to pieces! The little bags are lollipop bags made by Wilton from Wally World. They are 3" wide. The top is a piece of 3x4 cranberry cs folded in half and stapled over the bag. The center piece is made using my Cricut, Accent Essentials and George cartridge. The outside is key 4 on the top row of Acc. Ess. shadow shifted @ 2 in". The black is key 1 of Acc. Ess. shadow shifted and the white I made on the printer in Word and it is punched out with a 1 1/2" circle punch. The heart is from the George cartridge and it is 3/4".

Sunday, February 10, 2008

My Close to My Heart 'Bella'...

I am totally in love with the Bella stamps from Stamping Bella. They are so cool! I, however, do not own any of these stamps yet. 'Yet' being the key word in that last sentence! lol! Anyway, I have seen a lot of cards made with her and got inspired to create one of my own so I improvised! How'd I do?


Everything used is Close to My Heart unless otherwise stated. Paper is Simple Pleasures level 2 paper pack, Stamps are from Flower Girls and From Me to You sets. Cardstock colors are Twilight, Colonial White, Bamboo and Desert Sand. I used a Pewter Photo Hanger and Brads. Inks used are Twilight and Desert Sand. I heat embossed the girl using clear embossing powder. The background is dry embossed used the Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder and my Sizzix machine. The flower are Prima and the ribbon is from Michaels. I think that about does it. Thanks for looking.

A simple 'case' of Love

I totally cased the idea for this card from one of my favorite websites for ideas - SplitCoast Stampers. To see the original ~ Click here. I turned this card from SU into CTMH in a flash. All I used was a few heart die-cuts (using my bug) and a little white embossing powder.

Everything on this one is CTMH. The base is Black cs. The red mat is Cranberry cs. The white background is White Daisy textured cs. I used the Adorable Backgrounds stamp set for the pattern on the hearts. They are embossed using White Daisy embossing powder. I then matted all 3 heart on White Daisy cs. The white heart I water colored with my water brush and Sweet Leaf & Cranberry ink. The 'Love' is from the Heartfelt stamp set and is stamped in Black ink. I used my Black marker to hand dot the border around the 3 hearts. The center heart is pop-dotted to give it a 3-D look even though you can't really see it in the photo. Now get inspired and go make one of these super easy cards for yourself to give to your 'Love' this Valentine's Day. It's only 4 days away, better get busy!

More Valentine Cards to Adore!

Had to throw that pun in the title! This first card is made with Close to My Heart's More to Adore level 2 paper pack. I had a thought this evening and this is what it turned in to. I am pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

I used all Close to My Heart on this card except for the ribbon and flowers. The ribbon and Rik-Rak are from Michaels and the flowers are Prima. I was all out of the little flowers in my White Daisy Just Blooms. I used Solo 'u' stamp set, the 'u' is stamped in Blush ink on Baby Pink CS and matted with Blush cs distressed with Blush ink. The ring of 'love' is also stamped the same way, it is 1 3/4 inches. The outer pink border is Blush textured cs. The striped paper is More to Adore level 2 paper pack. The small circles are 3/4 inch punched from Blush cs, the flower centers are Black brads from My Accents Black. The scalloped white circle was done on my Cricut with the Accent Essentials cartridge using White Daisy textured cs. I used the 4th key in the first row set on 'shift, shadow' at 2 inches. The small white circle in the center is 3/4 of an inch also using White Daisy textured cs. I stamped the 'Love' from the Heartfelt stamp set in Black on White Daisy cs and fussy cut it out.