Sunday, January 30, 2011

Snowy Thanks.

Played with a sweet image from Magnolia last night. My friend, Tammi, sent me this stamp for Christmas. I had been given some images from her as well, and this is one of the images. Doing good on using images! I'm on a mission to use them as often as I can! That and all those packs of papers I keep hoarding!
Gabi calls these images hippos. Took me a while to figure out what she was talking about when she inquired about the hippo people. Made me chuckle when I figured out what she was talking about.
The challenge at All That's Scraps is Let It Snow. The sentiment is computer generated, and punched out with SU tag punch. I followed a sketch off My Favorite Things. I love how my snowflakes turned out. I used some chunky glitter from Martha Stewart on them.
Supplies: DCWV Christmas stack, SU cardstock, stickles, copics, SU punch, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, nesties, SU Soft Suede ink, and cardstock,
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Take Out Those Images #2.

I did good! Here's another card using images sent by friends. I went through my images, and organized them by designers. Made it a little easier to see what I have, and I had fun ooo'ing at the images as I was piling them in piles. These images came from Debbie. And lookie, more than one image! I've used three on this card! All darling images too! Even grabbed out Bittersweet from Basic Grey to work on using up some packs of papers. I hoard way too much! I should challenge myself to see what I can use in the next coming months! I don't seem to make a lot of Valentines day cards. I've had this Martha punch for a few years, I mean the punch has rubber under it instead of an opening under the metal. I think this is honestly the first time I've used it. It goes perfectly with the two images. I used it and punch out some extra hearts. The punch punches out the sentiment and two hearts. I did the sketch challenge at Just Magnolia. I flipped the sketch sideways. Didn't realize until after I cropped my photo how uneven my gems where. I colored them with my copic to make it match. That's so cool they can do that!

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Supplies: SU cardstock-retired, SU ink, copics, stickles, Basic Grey paper, Martha Stewart punches,

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #139

Today's a fun challenge for Flutter By Wednesday! White on white, only color is your image! I can't wait to see what the other Flutter By Wed. team members came up with! You can view their blogs by heading to the Flutter By Wednesday blog, or click on their blogs listed to the right hand side of my blog. We would love to see what you've created too! To play along, make your card white, add a fairy, angel or butterfly and link it back on the Flutter By Wednesday blog.

That's a hard challenge for me! I always seem to use pattern paper, and a ton of colors on my cards! I went with Sweet Sugar Angel from All That's Scraps on my card, cuz they look good in white, right? I grabbed her with the gift card from my MIL from Christmas. I created the sentiment by following some directions Tammi gave me. It was my first attempt at using Photo Shop to create the sentiment, wish I'd made it a little bigger. I followed the Mojo Monday Sketch #172.
Supplies: PTI White cardstock, Pearl Glimmer mist, copics, nesties, stickles, CB embossing folder, All That's Scraps image.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Take Out Those Images.

I've been given wonderful images from fellow stampers. I love getting that happy mail! But sadly, I don't use them as often as I should. So, this year, I'm gonna challenge myself to use them on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Hopefully, I'll do this twice a week, but even if I make a card with them once a week, I'll be putting them to great use!
This image and sentiment is from my sweet blogging friend, Tammi. She's colored with copics, topped off with stickles.

I also followed the sketch on Mojo Monday. Even down to the pin part! I was so excited to see this die at Paper Trey Ink. Had to get it. I can't make those perfect little ends. Tammi had sent the sentiments too, and the smaller banner die part fit perfectly! I than layered it up with wild wasabi green cardstock on the larger banner die.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: copics, nesties, Basic Grey Nook paper pack, PTI die, SU cardstock.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Perfection in frames!

Okay, don't ya just love it when something turns out just like how you picture it? Sometimes turns out even cuter than your expecting?! I had this idea in my head, and gotta say, I'm so happy with how it turned out. I want to go drag it around to my neighbors to show it off!

My Grandma was a painter. She painted cells for Disney's Snow White when it came out waaayyyy back in the day. In her house, she had several pieces of art she'd painted. Some of the more cherished paintings included my Grandfather in his Officer's Navy uniform, my sister as a little girl, she even kept her bangs crooked much to my mom's dismay, Stone Mountain, which was a place we visited often when we came to Atlanta, and other places she loved visiting in the mountains.
My personal favorite was of these darling little southern bell paintings that hung in bathroom. They wore blue southern bell big dresses, hats, little umbrellas, sitting on a rock type of thing. There were two of these plaques that she'd created. I loved looking at them when we'd go visit with her. I was just talking to my mom and sister about them when I visited them at Christmas time. They were a treasured part of my Grandma's artwork. I'm sure all of her granddaughters think of those little paintings fondly.

After getting the Forever Young cartridge for my cricut a few weeks back, I pictured doing something similar with the girls and different pattern papers. I cut out different models, as they're called on the cartridge, and dressed them up in Basic Grey Green At Heart paper pack. I hadn't known where I wanted to put them yet, but thought they were so cute when I was done with my first batch. Than I found a great steal at Target. They had a pack of five frames with the mats in the frames on clearance for 6 bucks. Good deal, right? I snatched them up without thinking what I'd put in the frames. When I got home, I thought the girls I'd cut out would go perfectly in the frames. I had cut my first batch at 4 inches, and the frames had spots for two larger models. I spent today cutting out models and the other clothing articles for the bigger frame. Look at those undies? How stinking cute are they?

Such a fun cartridge. I can it being used for darling wedding invitations, or teen birthday party invites. It even has little purses you can cut out for party favors or little thank you's that you can fill with candies.
I think this was such a fun, darling project! My girls are topped with some gems, and stickles. I've layered up where the cartridge had items to layer. I'm saying I love that machine. I've mastered the layering, and found that as long as you know your size, you can layer perfectly. So, with the girls that were 4 inches, I tell the gypsy to keep the shape the same, and change the part being layered to four inches, and the cricut does it perfectly to be layered. Amazes me how that machine works. For those working on the gypsy, just make sure you have that little chain link in yellow, and it'll keep your proportions correct and enlarge the shapes correctly.
There are tutorials on Provo Craft's website, if you've recently received these products and are confused by what I'm talking about! I was against the gypsy for the longest time when my friend kept talking about it. Now, I'm so glad I have it.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pretty Princess.

I love this new Sweet November princess stamp at All That's Scraps. I adore the way Amy at A Thousand Sheets Of Papers lets her images pop off the papers. I have a hard time with that, I have to mount them on a center focal point. I seem to lose my images on the papers, where as her images still grab center stage. Scroll thru her blog if you've never visited it before, you'll see what I'm talking about.
I got a fun email yesterday from my sweet friend, Debbie, stating she'd just gotten a Cricut! I was delighted to hear that, I love my cricut! I can't wait to see what she creates with it! I was playing with it and cut out the mirror with my Disney Princess Dreams Do Come True cartridge. I need to use it more with my card making. This one is Belle's mirror. The sentiment is computer generated thanks to some great tips from Tammi.
I found the small 4.5 by 6.5 DCWV stack of Once Upon A Time stack at AC Moore ages ago. I love that paper, but have barely touched the 12x12 stack I have. I hoard paper. It's so pretty, I can't bring myself to cut it. Figured if I had the smaller size, I'd use it....yea, I hoarded it too! But it goes perfectly with this princess! I have one of the other princess too, so I'm gonna have to break out of my keep it in tact mode, and made a card with it too!
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #138

Hello, everyone, time to flutter! Today's an open challenge at Flutter By Wednesday. Means you just need to have a fairy, butterfly or fairy on your card. After you make your card be sure to link it on the Flutter By Wednesday blog. Be sure to check out what the talented DT created. You can view their blogs from my blog on the right hand side. Or by going to the Flutter By Wednesday blog.
I grabbed this cutie from All That's Scraps a week ago. Love those little Swiss Pixies. I followed the Mojo Monday Sketch 174. I grabbed some new cardstock from PTI. Love the simply chartreuse color! Not that the color is new to them, but I hadn't gotten it yet. Love it!

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Supplies: Copics, nesties, SEI paper, PTI cardstock, SU ink pad, MS butterfly punches, stickles.

Monday, January 17, 2011

What Do A 120 Lollipops Look Like?

Have you ever seen 120 lollipops not in a grocery store?! My niece is getting married, and her favors are those cute round lollipops. Well, being that I love playing with paper, I threw in an idea as to how to decorate them over Christmas, and helped her make them. We've spent two days working on these party favors. Her colors are gold, black and white. Going with that, and her elegant style, we cut out with the cricut the scallops, circles, than heat embossed the black center with gold embossing powder, and topped that with a gold monogram S. She called it a sweat shop! It took some time to do all those steps to all those pops. Than we added some ribbon and scrappers floss.

They came in boxes. She was gonna spray paint them black, but instead we mod podged the boxes with different papers. Than we decorated them. So, they're all so cute and pretty! She was pleased with them. It was hard keeping Trey away from the pops. All he wanted to do was eat them!

We also cut out their initials on black vinyl. She's having glass candle center pieces, and putting the monograms on them. They looked really sharp. I was really happy to be able to put all this fun stuff I've learned from wonderful crafters everywhere to bring her vision to life. I know it'll be very helpful having it done and out of the way in the coming months.

Gabi was sweet enough to help us cut out scrappers floss for all the lollipops. In between doing that, she decided to take time to make some cards. She made three cards that she wanted to show off. Did all of it on her own. No helping with the brads, ribbon, stickles, and sketches. She pulled from scraps of papers. She helped spray the flowers for Dani with glimmer mist, and she took the extra flowers to put them on her card. Girl loves some bling!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flutterby Wednesday #137, Sketch By Carly.

Today's Flutter By Wednesday challenge is a great sketch by Carly. She's got some great sketches on her blog, so make sure you check her out! Head to the Flutter By Wednesday to see what the other Fluttering team members came up with! Or click on their names to the right side of my blog! You'll be happy to see what they've made too! We hope you play along as well. Follow the sketch, make sure to include a fairy, butterfly, or angel on card and link it back on the Flutter By Wednesday blog. We look forward to seeing your creations!

I have to say, I'm so excited with how this card turned out! My MIL had given me a gift card to All That's Scraps for Christmas and I've been eyeing Coriander for the longest time! I grabbed her and so glad I did. She's so much fun to color. I love how she's sitting! I paper pieced her in an odd manner. I found Glimmer Mist Crown Jewels at AC Moore. I sprayed her wings in pearl, and her dress in Black Cherry. Than on a third image, I layered the wings first on the third image, colored her hair and body in copics cut them out, layered them on the image, than put her outfit on top of that layer. The paper is Genevieve which is a retired pack from TAC. Sadly, I only have scraps left now. And check out her green hair! So happy with that, cuz that's so hard for me to pull off! I even sprayed the magenta flowers in glimmer mist. They were white to begin with. Than she's topped of with stickles and so are my flowers. I embossed the center oval after cutting it out with my nestie. The sentiment is from Pink Cat Studio's Fairy set.
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to play along!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Minihaha Waterfall

I was doing a bit of scrapping last night. We went on a hike in the GA mountains over the summer with the kids grandparents. We saw some wonderful sites. This waterfall was one of them. I'll be working on more pages of another place we went to that day in the next few days...hopefully! LOL! I used my Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge to cut out the title, and shapes. Fun to layer things up in crazy colors! My sketch is from Jeanette Lynton's book "Cherish".
Supplies: DCWV Summer stack-10, Cricut, Cindy Loo, stickles, SU Pacific Point Ink pad.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fluttering Into 2011 Blog Hop!

I'm so pleased to announce that I've been accepted on the Flutterby Wed. Design Team! That's one of my favorite challenge spots, and such sweet, talented ladies over there! I'm joining the talented team with Jennie and Peggy as new DT members!
So, today to get us back into the swing of the New Year and challenges, we're having a Blog Hop! It starts at the Flutterby Wed blog. Hopefully, you've made it here from Jen. If not, be sure to go to the Flutterby Wed blog to start at the beginning! The first challenge of the year is an open challenge. Make a card with a fairy, angel, or butterfly on your card. I had an added challenge from Gabi. When I told her I was accepted on the DT she added a challenge to make a Tinkerbell looking Fairy. She even described Tink's shoes! Girl is funny! She was pleased when she saw my card.
Next on your hop is Michelle! Enjoy the blog hop!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Little Late Christmas Tradition.

I'm a little late on this project. Normally, I do this with the kids the week we put up the tree. However, I just got this done today, and I packed all the Christmas stuff up! Meant I had to do it before I put the tree skirt up! LOL! Time sure does fly!

I was talking to my friend, Kim, about this a few weeks back, and told her I'd post about it. This is one of my favorite things to do with the kids. I love seeing the hand prints and how much they've grown over the years.
I have told everyone I know with little ones on the way, or recently born little ones, even told my sister who sews, and has daughters recently married, or getting married so she can make them a tree skirt! I grabbed a tree skirt that had a plain bottom. Mine has felt on the underneath side. Looks like a sweater on top. I cover the kids hands in fabric paint, which I found at Michaels. This is very messy when they're little, but so worth it. Than we take their hands covered in the fabric paint and press them on the tree skirt.

I didn't start this until Trey was born. Wish I had thought of it when Gabi was an infant. (This is why I tell everyone with babies on the way, so they can start right away with their hand prints.) I keep Gabi's hands on one side of the skirt and Trey's on the other. Eight years later we have wonderful hand prints of them growing up. I'm thinking I could even keep this going with grandkids later down the road....way later down the road!

Side note, my boy is a crazy chap and totally took off all his cloths. So, just ignore him peaking out of the photo with Gabi. I'm totally not posting the one photo of him that I did take! Crazy boy!