Monday, January 20, 2014

FCCB Challenge # 194--We Love Snowman!

Hi, everyone!  Today's challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut is to use a snowman on a project, with at least ONE Cricut cut.  I used the Snow Folks cartridge to create this fun card.  I sized the snowman and all layers at 3".  This is actually a 5 x 7 card because a standard A2 just made the whole thing seem a little crowded.  Colors are Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Soft Suede.  I drew an eye and nose on the deer--click on the pic to enlarge and maybe you can tell.  Patterned is some old Echo Park digital which I love.  Felt snowflake is old SU.  Stamp and card base are from PTI.

That's it for me today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the DT designs and then make one of your own and link it up to FCCB!  Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Thursday!

Hey, everyone, I'm blogging over at Fantabulous Cricut today--pop on over and check out my NEW video tutorial!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Youth Ornaments

Another crafty project I did this Christmas season was to make ornaments with our youth group at church.  The youth group will be doing a mission trip next summer and my friend Jennifer got an idea to have the youth group make ornaments to sell to the congregation for a fundraiser.  Our youth pastor was on board.  Jennifer found these neat black metal stars and had seen an idea on Two Peas in a Bucket that we adapted for the stars.  Of course I had plenty of retired Christmas DP and tons of Christmas stamps.  So I gathered up a bunch of stuff and the youth spent 2 Sunday afternoons working on ornaments.  I'm not sure how many we wound up with, but we had two different sizes of stars and we doubled some of them up.  I know it was more than 50.  We charged more for the larger ones and the double ones.  I think we sold most of them and made around $350, which will really help with their mission trip.

I also had plenty of ribbon to use for hangers.  We used my Crop-o-dile to punch holes through the metal stars.  One young lady proved to be a great ornament designer.  The abobe ornament is one that she did.

The ornaments were NOT perfect--needless to say--but the finished product did look nice and we got lots of compliments from people.

Some of the stamps are SU and some are PTI.  The little wooden shapes are from Michael's.  They are awesome!

The youth used a white paint pen to write "AUMC Youth 2013" on the backs of the ornaments.

Jennifer and I were pleased with how well this went and are thinking along the lines of doing something similar next year.

Thanks for dropping by today--and I think that's my last Christmas-related post!  On to Valentine's and Easter!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sunday School Winter Door Decor 3

This was the most Christmas-y of the door themes, but I used shades of blue instead of red and green.

Again, lettering is done with SCAL.  

This cute little girl is from Winter Frolic.

The boy doesn't match in style at all, but I like his sled full of presents.  He is from A Quilted Christmas.  I forget where I got the tag, but I added the "from: God" part.   I just placed the letters on the top tag layer so they would be cut out of it and show the dark blue underneath.  Most of the CS is from a Bazzill pack I had.  The DP is SU's Winter Frost.

I hope you've enjoyed this series of posts on our Sunday School door decor.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sunday School Winter Door Decor 2

The second themed door I did was "Make a Joyful Noise".  Our Sunday School students are good at that LOL!  They do have a handbell choir called the Rainbow Ringers, and there is also a children's choir.

For this project I used Quarter Note, plus my SCAL for the lettering.

Most of the instruments were cut out using the lovely marbled foil CS I got at Michael's a couple of months ago--that stuff is great to work with.  It cuts like a dream and is textured and super shiny at the same time.  LOVE it.

CS for the other instruments is SU, except the guitar with is DCWV glitter.

Had to throw a microphone in too, of course.

What do you use your Cricut for besides card-making ansd scrapbooking?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sunday School Winter Door Decor

One of the things I love being able to do with my Cricut is to make things for church.  Our Director of Dicipleship Development (I know, what a mouthful!) wants seasonal door decor for our children's Sunday School.  Another lady also Cricuts, so she did some and I did some.  The themes were Ashley's suggestions.  She didn't want it to Christmas-y, since she wanted to be able to leave it up all winter.  After I got them done, she and some others laminated them so they well be able to reuse them next year.

Her first theme was penguins, with "Waddle on into Sunday School".  The penguins are from Create a Critter 1 and 2 and Simply Charmed.  The letters I did with SCAL on my Cricut.

This little guy is actually a Happy New Year penguin, so of course I HAD to make his hat, tie, and cane out of silver glitter CS.  I love him--he is so dapper!

Fun with patterned paper!

Here is the girl penguin from Simply Charmed.  I used red glitter CS for her bow.  

Isn't this fun?  Every teacher should have access to a Cricut--they make bulletin boards a snap.
Thanks for dropping by today!  

Monday, January 6, 2014

Fantabulous Cricut BLOG CRAWL!!! Challenge # 192--Use a Sentiment

Happy Monday. It's time for another Fantabulous Cricut challenge.

Challenge #192 Use a Sentiment

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Winner will select a stamp set of their choice.

~New Design Team Announcement~

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and that Santa left you all some crafty love in your stockings! We are very excited to announce our new design team members.  To celebrate we are having a blog crawl, which is FCCB's version of a blog hop.
If you get  lost along the way, the lineup is listed below. Once you've done the crawl, make a project using a sentiment and add it below.

Emily Mollie's Blog 
Faith Scrapbooker PhD 
Jackie Luv 2 Scrapp
Elizabeth Unik by Yes
Jilliene Jilliene Designs

Here is my project:

I made a frame birthday card for a girl!  When I first got my Gypsy, I was looking for video tutorials on how to use it.  I found Sheila over at She's a Sassy Lady and I basically learned how to use my Gypsy from her!  Here is a link to her video tutorial on frame cards.  The cupcake and sentiment are from Close to my Heart Artiste and the scalloped frame is from CTMH Art Philosophy.

I used some retired DP from SU and glitter CS from DCWV.  The dot on the I is a rhinestone brad.

These are very easy to make with either a Gypsy or CCR.  Just follow the directions on Sheila's video and you'll be whipping these out in no time!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

And Yet Another Pool Party CASE!

While browsing throught the Mosaic Madness gallery on SCS, I came across this awesome card.  I had most of the things to make it, except the ribbon and the shapes.  I used the punches I owned to improvise the shapes, and I only used one candy dot per card, because I made 8 of them.  These will be the swaps for my next stamp club meeting.  I will be ordering MORE Pool Party CS, as I am now out of it!  I had used it for the church Christmas cards last month as well.

The yellow DSP was part of my Christmas present from my demonstrator, Karen--thanks Karen!  The sentiment is from the SU cupcake set.  The other stamps are from Mosaic Madness, punched out with the matching punch.  Lace is a border die from SU.  Ink colors are Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Daffodil Delight.

Thanks for dropping by--have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Another CASE and More Pool Party

This card is a total CASE from the SU Holiday Mini.  The stamp sets are Perfectly You and French Foliage (retired).  The card base is Pool Party, the pennant is Gumball Green, and the DP is This and That from the main SU catty.

The card I cased it from had multi-colored words on the focal point, which I tried but didn't get good results.  I like the GG on the Pool Party though.

What have you been creating lately?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy Birthday with a Cupcake

So if yesterday's card was a bolt from the blue, this one is...well, I don't know what this one is.  I messed with it for a long time and I still don't much care for it.  There's nothing really wrong with it; it's just sort of blah.  I used the SU cupcake set and punch and Label Love with punch.  Card base is Pool Party, my new favorite color, the pink is Strawberry Slush, which is tough to use because it is so bright.

Anyhow, it is what it is!  I like to post cards I make that I'm not crazy about because I think everyone makes those, but most people don't share them.  I might get a tip that will make this card a WOW, who knows?  LOL!

Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

More By the Tide

Saw a beautiful card on Lisa Johnson's blog and immediately knew a) I was going to CASE it and b) exactly how it would look.  Every once in a blue moon that happens to me.  In a way it's nice to have that lightning bolt hit you, but it also means there's no process of creativity--playing around with different combinations of color, image, layout, and embellie.  BUT I'll take inspiration where I can find it, thank you very much!

Colors are Canteloupe Crisp and Baked Brown Sugar.  I unraveled some burlap ribbon to use behind the embellie.  Sentiment is from PTI.

I love how this turned out!  Thanks for dropping by today!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year with a Lobster!

Has anyone ever said that to you before?!?  Well, now I have!  I hope everyone's New Year has started out great!  I have to go to work in a bit but thought I'd try to get up a blog post before then.  I got some creative time yesterday and played with my new favorite SU set,  By the Tide.

Truthfully, I am not a big lobster person.  I don't care for it as food, and let's face it, there are a lot of other cuter sea creatures out there.  So I wanted to challenge myself to use it.  I knew I wanted to use my retired SU nautical paper and my Tim Holtz compass rose embossing folder.  So right off the bat, that's a masculine card, which I love to do!  I messed around with the lobster image for a while and finally decided to do some tone-on-tone embossing.  I used versamark and clear EP on Cherry Cobbler.  I also tried embossing with Cherry Cobbler on Calypso Coral.  It looked good, but not masculine, so I went with the first one.  Layer is Night of Navy.  Sketch is from Reverse Confetti SFYTT.  I kept it very basic--it's a little plain, but that's ok for a masculine card.  I left the inside blank for now so I can use it as needed.

Did you make any New Year's resolutions?  I didn't, as I never keep them!  I do plan to try to lose some weight--who doesn't, right?  Hope you have a wonderful day!