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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Launch!!! & one more basket.....

First, I have some exciting news.... The Sugar Sweet Paper Treats challenge blog has launched early! I'm proud to be part of such an amazing team and am so looking forward to our first challenge! So, hurry on over and check out what our first challenge is. Oh, and don't forget to play along.
Next, I have one more bridal basket to share with you. I know, I know enough with the baskets...LOL. I've had so many events that have kept me busy but these are so fun and kind of addicting. The bride I did this for chose Pistachio as her color. This color was so fun to work with. It's so springy. It's pretty much exactly the same as the black & white but looks so different with the color change.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop over at the SSPT site!
The link is on the right!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Baptism Card

Hi again,
Just wanted to share the Baptism Card I made today to go with the Baptism Basket. I need it for tomorrow so nothing like waiting till the last minute...LOL!
I did the card to model her actual dress. I'm so excited about how this came out!

I cut the dress on blackout at 7 1/2 from Paper Doll Dress Up. It's actually the Princess dress. I ran the dress through the Cuttlebug using the Textile Texture folder. The ribbon is from my stash. I tied little bows and added adhesive pearls for the center and used some extra for the streamers.

Thanks for stopping by and again have a great weekend!

Very late MoJo Monday

Happy Saturday everyone.
I'm very late this week in completing the challenge for MoJo Monday. As always the sketch is beautiful (click here to see the original) and I needed a Birthday card for my friend Kim.
I used the Stampendous Changito Birthday stamp. I can't get enough of those little monkeys. They were colored with my Prisma colored pencils and some Goo Gone. I know sound funny but it works as good as Gamesol and smells much better! The paper with the candles is from Archiver's and the rest were scraps. The sketch called for a sentiment over the candle paper but the Changito is holding a sentiment so I threw some button brads in there. The scalloped border with the holes is a Martha Stewart punch.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Exciting News!

All I can say is WOW!
I've been invited to join a new Design Team put together by Cheryll, aka "TheMemoryKeeper" from the Cricut Message board. We will be doing all sorts of fun projects using our most favorite tool...our bugs!
The talent she has found is amazing. I just hope I can keep up with my amazing team mates.
This is my first Design Team so I am truely stoked!
The blog is set to launch by April first so head on over and check it out
Thank you Cheryll for this wonderful opportunity and team I look forward to our papercrafting adventures! It will be great fun!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring is in the air!

Good evening.

This tag is actually for two challenges. Over at Bitten by the Bug, Regina asked her team to use the Spring cut from Stretch your Imagination. This was one of my first carts and still is one of my favs so I had to play along. The second challenge is for a team challenge over on the Cricut Messageboard. Some talented ladies split themselves up into teams and were asked to create something using a tag. Go Team 1!!!
Here is my take on the challenges.....

I created the tag by hand. Spring is cut from Stretch Your Imagination. The scalloped border under spring is a new EK Success punch. The bottom border is a Martha Stewart punch. The two butterflies are Spellbinders Shapeabilities. The ribbons were from my stash.

Hope you like!

Baptism Basket

Good Afternoon!
Hope you're all having a good Thursday!
Well, I have another basket to show you today. This one is for my little niece's Baptism on Sunday. I'm having so much fun making these. In the bottom I had a little snow globe engraved from Things Remembered that has a little cross in it with a saying. I hope she likes it. I think it came out pretty good.

Here is a closer picture of the cuts.

The dove was cut from the Beyond Birthdays Cartridge at 5 1/2. I shadowed it in gold paper. The dove itself was cut from white glitter paper. I tied a ribbon around her neck and used an adhesive gold gem in the center of the bow. The twig is cut in metallic shiny gold paper. I strung adhesive gems all down the twig to give it a little more interest.

Faith was cut from Home Accents at 5. I shadowed it in white then cut it regular in gold paper. Then I used the shift key to cut just "faith" in the gold metallic paper. I sprinkled a few adhesive gems on the letters.

The Chalice was cut from My World at 5. I cut the top of the cup in the gold metallic paper. I cut the cross from the Wedding Solutions cart at one. I used a few adhesive gems at the base of the goblet. The host was cut from George using the circle cut. I cut two crosses from wedding solutions in the same paper and added it to the center so that it looks embossed but isn't.

The cross was cut from the Wedding Solutions cartridge at 5 1/2. I used the gold metallic paper to help the weaving stand out and a few adhesive gems.

The bible was cut from Locker talk at 6. I shadowed it in white and cut the "cover" in some awesome fabric like paper in gold. It looks a little wrinkly so I may do it over. The paper is great but it's kind of hard to work with. I scribbled down the white part to make it look more like pages. I used the cross from the wedding solutions cart to make the cross on the front

All in all I think it came out well!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring at the Cuttlebug Spot.

Good afternoon!
This week over at the Cuttlebug Spot the theme is Spring.
It was perfect because I just got a cute little springy stamp.

For this card I used my new Stampendous Fluffles Grasshopper stamp and colored him with Prisma colored pencils. I just love him. I got all the paper at Archiver's and it has a great shine to it. The striped band I embossed with the Cuttlebug Folder Leafy Branch. I used Nestabilities on the scalloped circles. I embossed the yellow one with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. I cut a square in the center of the yellow with my square Nesties. The stamp is on a separate sheet of card stock matted in green. The yellow circle is pop dotted so the stamp seems to be down inside. The ribbon was from my stash and the flower is a Prima. I put a yellow skittle in the center. I also doodled along the edge of the yellow paper with a purple gel pen.

Thanks for stopping by to check it out!

As always to those of you who leave comments.....THANKS!

Pink Elelphant -Wedding Card


The challenge this week over at the Pink Elephant was a sketch. I love sketches on day's I'm crazed or feel the mojo isn't flowing.

I was an hour from walking out the door this afternoon with the wedding basket from my previous post when I realized I did all that work and didn't make a card. DUH! I love participating at the Pink Elephant and having the layout picked was I already had the colors too!
Here is what I came up with......

I used the Wedding Solutions cart for the bride and groom silhouette. I wanted to use a cut that I didn't use in the basket to keep some interest. The punch below the bride/groom box is the Martha Stewart doily lace punch. The ribbon and the rhinestones are the same as used on the basket. The sketch states that the background paper had to have texture and I had bought this paper at Michael's to use for the basket but never did. It feels like it may have been embossed with the Cuttlebug but wasn't!
I just love the colors she picked for her wedding they are so classy and no matter what I did it just came out stunning (IMHO...LOL) and very classy looking!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Black & White Basket

Good Tuesday Morning to ya.

I haven't posted in a couple days because I've been working on a big project I'm about to share with ya. The administrator at the assisted living where my mom & I volunteer is getting married and the residents are throwing her a shower. So my mom and I wanted to go and help and also bring her a present. I was so happy with the way my baby basket came out a couple weeks ago that I decided I would try a wedding one.

Here is what I came up with....
The bride is using a black and white theme. But the cool thing is all her flowers are red for that splash of color. The colors look so awesome in this basket that I can't imagine how classy a whole hall would look decked out.
Here's a closer look.........
All the cuts came from the Wedding Solutions cartridge and layered and layered to give them depth.
The dress was cut at 6 1/4 on shadow, blackout and normal. I used a few adhesive rhinestones to pretty it up and some "skittles on the train. The back part is glitter paper so it really shines. I added a ribbon around the waist to soften it up a bit.
The tux was also cut at 6 1/4 on shadow. I used glitter paper for the lapels and bow tie. The buttons are skittles small and one large one. I shadowed the arms with a black Prisma. The white "shirt" I used white shiny paper from M's that looks like it has pinstripes. I think it looks so cool!
The glasses were cut at four and shadowed. All the paper on these are glitter. I again added some bling and found the ribbon at JoAnn's. The "bubbles" are mini "skittles".

The doves were cut at five. I used this swirly paper from M's so it looks like they have feathers. The black heart is glitter paper and a few rhinestones for pop. I used liquid glass to highlight eyes and line the wing.

These bells are probably my favorite. I cut them around four times I can't remember. All the paper on these are glitter so they really sparkle. I added rhinestones around the band and two for the dingy part. (love that technical term) and added the same ribbon from earlier to the top.

This heart was cut at 7 and shadowed. All papers here are glitter as well.

For the cake I used the swirly paper from the birds so it really does look like frosting. It has such a cool effect. The base is the same pinstripe paper from the tux. I added the touch of red on the hearts with stickles. The black "frosting" is also the glitter paper. I added a ribbon from my stash.

These are probably my least favorite. Just not much to them. I used some silver metal paper for the bands and stickled the diamond with Ice stickles. Added a shimmery ribbon and they were done.

This stamp was cut at 4 1/2. The papers here are all glitter to bling it up a bit. This one was a lot of fun. I cut it and was not happy with how it looked just cut as is. I wanted the flowers to be separate instead of one sheet of paper with lines cut in it. So, I cut the single flower on the same cart at 1 1/4 about 10-15 times and curled the petals with my thumb and secured them with pop dots. I added rhinestones for the flower centers. It's so much more interesting that way. I added some red ribbon to the handle and a few rhinestones for bling.
The stickles they are all adhered to are just wooden dowels from Hobby Lobby. I painted them white and black and attached the cuts with double sided tape.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bitten By the Bug- Tummy Tums

I'm so excited about this weeks Bitten By the Bug challenge. Regina's team was asked to use the pillow box cut from the Wedding cartridge. I just got this cart to do a project for a wedding and didn't realize this was on there. Plus, I had the perfect use for it.
My sister-in-law is expecting her first baby in September and the poor thing has been feeling really sick. My girlfriend who was pregnant swore by Preggie Pops that she got at Babies R Us. They are basically suckers with ginger in them. So I got my SIL some to try. Well she said they really really work so just recently I got her some more in the lozenge form.

I figured the pillow box would be a perfect little box to give them to her so they look a bit fancy.

Here is what I came up with.....

The box was cut at 7 using the black out feature. The paper is from the DCWV glitter Spring Stack. The pregnant girl was cut from New Arrival at 4 1/2 twice on shadow. I cut her regular in beige and then added her clothes. Her top was run through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder and I added ribbon around her waist. The "Tummy Tums" is computer generated using Word and cut on photo paper to make it shiny. I cut it out using Nesties and shadowed it. The flowers I got at Archivers and used buttons for the center. I used a Martha Stewart punch on the blue band behind the word art.
I'm so excited with how this came out!
Thanks for stopping by!

MoJo Monday on Wednesday!

Boy I've been late the last two weeks on the MoJo Monday challenges.
I usually have some play time on Monday mornings but not this week.
The sketch this week was fabulous, as it always is, but this may be one of my favorites. Not that the Leprechauns have all gone home it's time to prepare for the Easter Bunny!
Easter Bunny means Spring...yay!
Here is what I came up with.............

For this card I used a couple stamps and my Cricut. The little mouse is the House Mouse This Eggs for You stamp. I colored him with my Prisma Pencils. The vertical sentiment is a stamp I got at Archiver's recently. It doesn't say on the stamp who makes it...sorry.
The tag per se was cut from my George Cricut cartridge. I had to alter it a bit with Design Studio. The band across the middle is embossed with the Floral Screen Cuttlebug folder. The ribbon was from my stash and I tied two bows around one another to give the bow a bit more depth. The little flower above the bow is from the Martha Stewart tulip punch.
Hope you enjoy it!
Thanks for stopping by!

Spring and Cuttlebug Spot

The weather has been wonderful here lately. It was 70 yesterday. I pulled out the flip flops and everything! I just hope it stays this way! Over at the Cuttlebug Spot this week the Design Team was given a sketch to work with. The fabulous sketch actually came from one of their own...Aymee.
Being the weather has been so nice I decided to go Spring with this sketch. Here is what I came up with.
I used paper from the DCWV Spring stack as well a pretty pastel colored stack from WalMart.
The stamped sentiment is from Stampendous and colored with Prisma Colored Pencils. The butterfly is cut and embossed from a Spellbinders Shapeabilites die. The four strips are embossed with the Cuttlebug using various folders. The blue one was embossed with Border Frills. The pink was done with an A2 folder from the With Gratitude set. Distressed Stripes was used to emboss the blue with the butterfly. And lastly the yellow was done with the With Love border set. sprinkled a few adhesive pearls on the 3 flowers on the yellow, the butterfly and the top blue flower.
Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to those who always leave me wonderful comments.
It means a lot!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Two challenges and One Happy Birthday!

Good Evening!
My father-in-laws birthday is coming up so I wanted to make him a card.

I ended up getting two challenges done while getting a birthday card out of it....LOL! The challenge over at the House Mouse challenge blog was this sketch. Also, over at 365 Cards the challenge this past Friday was to create a birthday card with only the colors red, blue and yellow.

I poured through my stash and found the perfect papers. I really like the way the card came out but sometimes it seems a little girly. I may make him a new one.

Here is what I came up with. I used the House Mouse Ball & Tees stamps. I colored him with my Prisma colored pencils. The circle is my Nestabilites Pinking Circles layered a bunch of times. The cupcake was a Studio G I found in the dollar bin at JoAnn's. The "Fore You" is stamped using Martha Stewart Alphabet clear stamps. I doodled a bit and I was done.

Thanks for checking it out! Have a great night!

5 for 5 at 365!

Hi Again!

I needed to make a Thank You card for my parents for something very very very generous they did for me. They are helping me get some furniture for my craft area. I'm so excited I can hardly take it. So I wanted to make a FAB card.
The challenge over at 365 last Wednesday was to use 5 pattern papers and 5 embellishments! WOW! Seems pretty difficult. I admit I was a little intimidated by this but REALLY wanted to try. Here is my go at it...........

The paper all came from the DCWV Spring stack. The background stripes is matted on plain red paper. The little monkey is Changito from Stampendous. He's one of my favs. I colored him with Prisma Colored pencils and cut him out with Nesties. I layered him on another patterned paper and cut that with Nesties also. The two diamonds on the side are similar papers from the same stack also cut with Nesties and turned sideways. The band on the bottom is paper from the same family and the scallop border is printed on that band. So those are my five papers.

My five embellies are the two buttons on the side diamonds. I found that adhesive Appreciation ribbon at JoAnn's and it fit perfect. It was the same blue in all the papers. The two little flowers on the corner of the stamped image are Primas and the two flower centers are skittles.

Hope you like!

Sunday sketch on Tuesday!

I'm loving the new 365 Cards Challenge blog. Every morning I hop on over and check out the new challenge. Every Sunday they have a sketch challenge. The photo on the right was this past Sunday's sketch. It looked pretty cool so I decided to play along.
Here is what I came up with......

For this card I used some green scraps left over from my St. Patty's Day cards. I flip flopped the layout. But left the sentiment where it was in the sketch. The cute little turtle was cut from the Walk in My Garden cartridge. The band across the middle was embossed with my Cuttlebug using the Just My Type border set. The sentiment was also cut using the Cuttlebug using the Birthday cut/emboss combo. I distressed most of it with Tim Holtz Distress ink.Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!Have a great St. Patrick's Day!