Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hang in There Card

I recently got the new Cricut Lite cartridge called Meow. This is part of a new line of cartridges available only at Wal-mart for $39.99 each. I love kitties, so I had to have this one. I cut this out at 3 1/2" out of Sahara Sand, More Mustard, Whisper White, Cajun Craze, and Night of Navy. I colored this little kitty's nose and eyes with markers. N of N layer is Cuttlebugged with the distressed stripes folder. The inside says Hang in there, also cut out with Cricut. Card Base is Gina K heavy base weight Luxury kraft. This is for another animal-loving friend of mine--hope she likes it! Happy stamping!

Friday, July 30, 2010

New Color Coach Combo

I got my new SU goodies last week and had to play with my new colors. I got the Marina Mist ribbon, so I started with that color on my new Color Coach. It recommended Cajun Craze, also new, and Crumb Cake, formerly known as kraft. I inked up the flower image from Upsy Daisy in CC ink and attempted the rock and roll technique with CC. It didn't come out quite as I'd hoped but I guess it's okay. Layers are cut with my beloved Cricut. I'm warming up to this whole kraft thing, slowly but surely. I'm not sure I'm so crazy about Marina Mist though. It's just not what I was expecting. But I like this card okay. Hope you do too!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Farewell Card for a Quilter

My DH's boss is leaving for a new job in Maryland. I asked if he wanted a card for her and he did; well, it turns out she is a quilter, so of course I had the perfect set--PTI's Quilter's Sampler and QS Additions! I used my new SU color coach to decide on a color combo. I went to Real Red and came up with Bashful Blue and Crumb Cake, their version of Kraft. Since I only have a small amount of CC, I decided to go with Gina K's heavy base weight Luxury Kraft. It was already out, because I'd made another card with it, which I will post in a couple of days. I used the Textured BB, some gingham DP trimmed with the SU scalloped border punch, and PTI's white for the image. Layer is RR, cut with Nesties. I used markers and blender pens to color the quilt blocks, and I paper pieced the bottom left square. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you may be able to tell. I added some retired SU buttons with DMC floss to match the BB. I stamped the sentiment and the scissors, needle and thread on the inside. Brad liked it and I hope his boss will too. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Boy Birthday Card

Matt is going to a sleepover birthday party tonight, so he needed a card. He and all his friends are into guitar playing now, so he wanted a guitar themed card. This card is a case of one in the book Card Making with Cricut. I used old Basic Grey paper and die cut tags and the Indie Art cartridge. Paper is stamped with SU Extreme Elements and Inkadinkadoo Rock Star. The inside says Happy Birthday Rock Star (the HB part being from PTI's Birthday Basics) and has a pocket for a gift card. I love how this card turned out! It was so fun to make too!

This weekend is the opening of the movie "Beezus and Ramona." I read all the Beverly Cleary books when I was a girl, and I've been reading them to Emily recently. I can't wait to see the movie--the previews look great and it got a good review. I'm hoping to take Emily this weekend sometime. Anyone else have any great plans this weekend? Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Altered "Tea" Tins

This is actually a Crystal Light container. I really like the shape of their new containers, and we drink a lot of the Ruby Red flavor. I started by covering the container with PTI Tea Leaves paper. I don't have any of their tea sets, but I do have their second anniversary set, Everyday Classics, which has this lovely teacup image in it. I stamped it in Ripe Avocado Hybrid ink on white, followed by the teabag in Palette Noir. I stamped the teabag again on Aqua Mist CS and cut it out, popped up on foam tape. I used Nesties to cut out the AM scalloped circle, the Mat Stack Die # 1 from PTI for the Ripe Avo. layer which I also Cuttlebugged with Swiss Dots. I added silver brads and a tag, also cut with Nesties. The "Just for You" is from the first Christmas tag set PTI did. I used Sticky Strip to attach the retired SU ribbon to the rim of the lid (which is covered on top with more tea leaves paper) and ran some DMC floss through the tag and ribbon. Finally I added the RA scallop border (SU punch) at the bottom because I thought it needed a little something. I hope the people who get my tins enjoy them. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Altered Frame

This project is for an altered art swap I'm in over on SCS hosted by my friend Jen. I used a retired SU set that I love called Sketches. I also wanted to use watercolor paper and the brayered sky technique. I really like the effect of the brayered sky on the watercolor paper. I stamped my image in Palette Burnt Umber and masked it, then ripped a piece of scrap paper and used one half to mask the bottom while I brayered the sky (colors: Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, and Not Quite Navy), and then used the other piece to mask the sky to brayer the sand (Sahara Sand). I used my Aqua Painter to water color the woman. Background is some retired SU paper that I love, Timeworn. I used some burlap ribbon from and shells from Mike's floral dept. I made my own rubon with Grafix Rub Onz; you can read all about them here. This turned out to be more trouble than it was worth as I could have just printed it on the kraft CS, but my original plan was to put it on my image or the BG paper. Anyway, I do like the way it turned out. Frame is from Wal-mart. I was going to use the glass but the shells stick out a bit too far. I really had fun making this. I hope people like it, but if they don't they can re-gift it or put it in a yard sale or something. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Card for my Matt

This is a card I made to send my son at Boy Scout Camp. I used the new Wildlife Cricut Lite cartridge. I've been experimenting with Michelle Zindorf's brayered sky technique. Here I used Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, and Brilliant Blue. I stamped the trees from SU's Lovely as a Tree set in Handsome Hunter. Hawk is cut at 2 inches, out of Gina K CS (I forget the color name, Pumpkin Spice maybe?) and SU white. I colored the beak yellow and sponged with brown ink. It's layered on Handsome Hunter with a PTI white card base. I think he'll like this card, and it was very quick to make. My brayered skies need work though! Thanks for looking!

Birthday Fishes

This is a card I made with the ZooBalloo Cricut Cartridge. I cut the card feature at 4.25" followed by various layers. The base layer is Cuttlebugged with the Tiny Bubbles folder. Colors are Only Orange, Cool Caribbean, and Tempting Turquoise. Sentiment inside reads "birthday fishes" from PTI's Pond Life Additions. This was so much fun to make! Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Awash with Flowers Birthday

This is one of the new sets from Stampin' Up!, Awash With Flowers. I cased this card from HERE. I used Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Old Olive, and Palette Burnt Umber inks, AA and CC CS. This is a fun set, you don't have to worry about getting it lined up and it still looks great. DP and brads are retired SU. I used the set Happy Everything on the inside for the sentiment. I drew the body and antennae on the butterfly with a marker. Nesties were used for the ovals. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wedding Card

One of the women I work with is getting married so I got to make a wedding card. It's not something I do a lot of and don't really have any "just wedding" type stamp sets or anything. One of my cricut cartridges, Stretch Your Imagination, had some wedding images on it. I liked this one. I cut the blackout in Blush Blossom, then the layers in black, white and vellum. I Cuttlebugged the vellum with Swiss Dots and layered it over the white. I had to trim under the bride's arms on the Blush layer. Then I layered that over some retired SU swirl vellum, over PTI Plum Pudding, card base is Lavender Moon. I am down to my last few sheets of those colors and I won't reorder them; they are my least favorite PTI colors. But they're pretty for a wedding card. I used MTME stamp set So Sentimental plus the matching cut file for the sentiment, and the inside sent is from the same set. Border punch and rhinestone brads are SU. I just got back from the shower. She really liked the card---was fascinated by the texture. I had made 2 sets, one with the swirl vellum overlay for the dress, but I'm glad I went with the dots. I took Emily with me; she was so excited. After we'd been there for a while she whispered to me, "I thought there would be a lot more people here, and that we'd have it in a big white tent outside." I told her she'd been watching too much TV and that bridal and baby showers were usually more like this one than like that! She is so funny.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Get well card for a friend

A dear friend of mine in NC is very ill. He works at the hospital where I used to work, but his true love is farming, which he did in his spare time. He took my kids on tractor rides. He also did pig pickin's for people. That's what Southerners call barbecue--it's all pork down there, not beef. So anyway, I wanted to use this retired set from SU for his get well card. I just love this pig with his thermometer, and the sentiment! Cracks me up, but then again, I'm easily amused. So I had my set, then I had to go on what my college roomie Julia used to call a "quest". Any other year there'd be a ton of barbecue themed papers, but this year, when I need one? No way. I did find this one called Farmer's Market, which is really cute! It had one lone reference to BBQ sauce right smack in the middle of the page, so I made sure it was on the card front and visible! I used my PTI ric rac die to make some gingham ric rac and added three buttons. Hope it's not too girly. DH said, he'll like it because you made it. I know he's right. Colors are Real Red and Ballet Blue. I stamped the image on Whisper White in Palette Noir and colored with blender pens and ink pads. Hope you've enjoyed this card today--thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Card # 3 for my church lady friend

I just got this cool Cuttlebug Embossing folder. I absolutely love it, only trouble is, I don't want to cover it up! So I just added the sentiment (a very tiny one!) in some Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware. Before I embossed the CS, I stamped it with the Linen BG stamp (ret. SU) in Sahara Sand ink. What a great neutral color that is--it goes with literally everything, but looks esp. good (to me) with cool colors. Embossed, then distressed with SS. Layered onto Taken With Teal. It looks pretty cool IRL. Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Holy serendipitous recycling, Batman! I found this scrap in with my So Saffron CS when I was making the card posted below. I trimmed it down, slapped it on a card with some ribbon, stamped HB inside and behold, card # 2 for my auction winner. Inks are Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive, set is the gorgeous Inspired by Nature (SU). I seem to be using a lot of SU sets lately--my PTI ones are kind of collecting dust these days. I've got some ideas for them though...Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Elzybells Thinking of You

This is a card I made for the lady who won my "Year of Cards" donation to the scholarship fund auction at our church last fall. She is going to send it to the same lady that I sent a card to who is going through some rough times. Stamp set is Elzybells Floral Fervour. I embossed the flowers in white and stamped the stems in SU's Garden Green on So Saffron. DP is retired SU Looks Like Spring. Flowers are punched out with the punch that went with the LLS stamp set, which I think I ebayed, couldn't find it yesterday in any case. Layer is Chocolate Chip. On the inside I stamped a sentiment from SU's Thoughts and Prayers, an excellent all around thinking of you set. SU border punch and Nesties also used.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This is a birthday card I made for the boy across the street. He is turning 8 today. He always has half the town at his parties, so instead of getting him another toy for his mom to pick up or trip over, I get him a gift card for an activity. This year it is a bowling alley/go-cart place. I copied this card out of a Cricut idea book I got on sale at HL. I think it is so cute! Cartridge is Graphically Speaking. The license plate is one of the tires in blackout mode cut out of white. I found a license plate font and printed HB2U on it. There is a brad on the left under the headlight so it can swing open. Inside I made a pocket for the gift card. I stamped "enjoy the ride" from PTI's Everyday Button Bits on the pocket on the inside. The headlights are 3/4" circles punched from yellow and covered with glitter, popped up on foam tape. Car body is metallic red (Bazzill? I got it at my LSS.) Sorry about the wonky second pic and the shadows. Hope you've enjoyed looking today!