Friday, April 29, 2011

Vinyl Cups.

Okay, saw these on a few blogs recently surfing cricut stuff. Totally unrelated, but how cool there's a new Expression out there?! Good gravy, I love my cricut! And think that's cool there's new version, not that I'll be getting it any time soon, but still super cool, right?! I watched some of the videos of it, and love that it will cut out Imagine shapes from their cartridges too.

Back to my cups. I was giddy at the idea of making some. Went searching around on line, and some fellow sites for crafters. Finally saw that Walmart had some back in stock. Found plain ones at Target, but the price point was higher than I wanted to pay. (I'm cheap!) Walmart had some darling ones too. Gabi and I liked the red polka dotted cup. Thought it was perfect for Trey's teacher too, since the school colors are red and black. The next day, Trey had a double header near another Walmart, so I tried there. They had blue polka dots, solid blue, green/yellow polka dots and solid green. The blue dots were darling. That was ideal for Gabi's teacher, based on her love of turtles, and favorite colors are blue and green.

Thoughts of who I could make them for where going thru my head! I mean, how neat to personalize them. Teacher appreciation is coming up, so how perfect as little gifts for the kids teachers. Than I wanted one myself and the kids. Some of you may not know this, but I heart the word DUDE. I say it to everyone at the kids school, and drive Trey nuts with it. The kids at his school call me Ms. Dude. I simply love the word. That meant it was going on my cup!

I designed the vinyl using the gypsy, and several different cartridges. I used Plantin School Book for the teachers' last names. The crown on King is from Gypsy Wandering. Joanne/Angela were designed with Calligraphy Collection. The swirls are from Cindy Lou on Mrs. King's cup. The Baseball cup is designed from Baseball. I can't remember what cartridge my butterfly, and font are from. The welding features are wonderful for making words, and welded each of the names. The baseball was a predesigned sentiment from the baseball cartridge.

Now, don't ya just want to go create some yourself?!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Take Out Those Images #24.

I'm doing great using images sent to me by sweet stamping friends! This was my last Easter card I made this year that I mailed out to family. I normally am so bad, I make the cards, and don't seem to mail them. This year, I did mail them, but ouch! The shipping on a few of them cost me 1.71. I so need to lay off the buttons! I knew I was mailing this one, so I went easy on my embellies, and tried to add with papers, not bulky flowers or buttons. Debbie sent me some wonderful Easter themed Magnolias this year. Loved them! This sweet little Magnolia was adorable, and a ton of fun to color! I followed a sketch from somewhere, but I'm drawing a blank about what site I had visited.

Thanks for stopping by!

Other supplies: Copices, nesties, stickles, primas, Eleagant Eggplant ink, Cert. Celery cardstock, Cricut Cartridge Serenade for the swirls.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #152, Recipe Challenge

Fun challenge for you all today at Flutter By Wednesday. It's a recipe challenge. You need to use two pattern papers, three flowers, and a button. Don't forget your fairy, angel or butterfly as well. I love how this card turned out. Sweet Tammi, from Tropical Dreams, sent me this image. I had a wonderful time coloring her. Afterwards, I thought it would be a perfect match for my Emma SWIC papers from TAC. I used SU cardstock, Cranberry Crisp, and So Saffron.

This sweetie is colored in copics, and topped off with stickles. I used an EK boarder punch, and nesties. The edges of the pattern papers were distressed and dusted with Cranberry Crisp ink. The flowers are from my stash.

I hope you play along! Make sure you link your card back up at Flutter By Wednesday, so we can pop by and see your artwork! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Take Out Those Images #23.

Life has gotten by me! I've been doing so well on being ahead of blogging stuff, and somehow, spring break comes for the kids, and I'm behind again! Oh, well, I've been working on a big project. I shouldn't beat myself up too much. I'm dying to show it off, but it's not ready just yet, and it's a gift, so I want the recipient to get it and not accidentally peak at it on my blog.

So, today's image features a sweet Elisabeth Bell image. My paper is from Pink Paisley, and the cardstock is from SU. I realized after I had completed the card that I had left off a stripe of pattern paper. It was to go over the pink layer. But being that I had already taped down, layered up, I didn't pull the card apart to fix my boo boo. This will be going to Trey's teacher during teacher appreciation week. Thought the book was perfect for a teacher. I followed the sketch 188 at Mojo Monday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Nesties, stickles, copics, primas,

Friday, April 22, 2011

Playing with vinyl.

I read Eat, Pray, Love last year, and fell in love with two sayings in Italian the author talked about in her book. One was the art of doing nothing, and the second was the art of making something from nothing. I had a vision to put the art of doing nothing above my bed, with shadow flowers behind it. I hadn't found a flower in sgv form or on a cricut cartridge that I loved yet, so the vision was stuck on my Sure Cuts A Lot mat. Than I found a set of vinyl art flowers at Target on clearance, for 3.24. Grabbed them, cuz at that price, I'm sure I'd find some place for them. Well, they matched the comforter nicely, I liked them, so that finally took care of that issue.

I was buying some strawberry plants today at Lowes, and went to peak at the molding they sold. Grabbed two 8 foot sections of a molding I liked, and cut it with my miter saw. Leveled it up on my wall, added the flowers, than attached the bottom leg of the frame to hide the edges from the vinyl flowers. Than I added the sentiment I designed. I used Brock Script font and cut it out with Sure Cuts A Lot, and the butterflies are from Lauren M's, Flutters and Flowers svg file. The frame measures 4 feet by 2.5 feet.

Looking at the photo, I need to lower the l, n, and other l in bel. I went cheap and didn't use transfere tape, and put them on like a sticker. It can be removed, so I can adjust the letters still. I think I'm most pleased that I did the whole project myself, from buying the molding, cutting it at the right angles/length, putting it on the wall using a level, and centering it above my bed.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sparkling Bell.

I saw the Digi Bells were holding a GD contest, and decided to try out for it. I am always saying how much I love Elisabeth Bell images. You have to love that she's got a site selling digis, on top of stamps being sold at so many locations! I used the second sketch they had for the GD call. You can view the information about the guest designer call on the Digi Bell's site. I used sweet Cupcake for my image. My papers are from TAC, this is Maggie SWIC. My sentiment is from TAC as well. Sweet Cupcake is colored with stickles, and topped with stickles.

Thanks for stopping by.

Other Supplies: Nesties, Martha border punch, Martha's fern punch, Purely Pom. ink, and cardstock, Primas,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #151.

How cute is this image?! Darling little mouse! Anyhow today's challenge at Flutter By Wednesday is an open challenge. Those are always a fan favorite. I used Kioshi Basic Grey paper, and PTI cardstock. I colored her with copics, and cut out the flower to add some depth. And this was an image from my stash!

Hope you play along. Please link your creation back on the Flutter By Wednesday Blog and while you're there, make sure you check out what the other designers made.

Thanks for stopping by!

Other supplies: Nesties, stickles, SU Ink, Prima flowers,

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Take Out Those Images #22.

Today's card was made for a friend of mine who is having surgery for skin cancer. They found it above her ankle on her calf. I remember a past boss telling me that they found skin cancer on women on their legs a lot. I guess we worry about arms, and faces, but tend to skip the sunblock on the legs.

Personally, talking for myself, but I think it's the whiteness of legs that is scary! LOL! I sat at a ball game for Trey on Sunday, and had my legs crossed. I sunburned both my legs. Half of both calves are white, the other half red-cuz they got a little sunburned, and they have perfect lines separating the two areas. Very comical looking! First day I wore shorts outside this year. Will have to be better about that, since I don't want to get to get skin cancer on my legs.

I didn't have to do a lot of coloring on this image. I did her hair to look like my friend, and left her uniform white. I think Kim sent me this image a long time ago. The papers are really old too. Those are from SU's hostess pack, not sure what catty year. Been hoarding them for too long. I followed the Mojo Monday 187 sketch. The sentiment is from TAC.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Take Out Those Images #21.

This image is so pretty! I want to say it came from Debbie, but it might have been Tammi. So forgive me if I have them mixed up. I tried to picture Gabi doing ballet while I was coloring her. I don't like how my tights and shoes turned out, the colors seemed off to me. I was super pleased to see how well it went with a pack of paper, Maggie, from TAC. I started digging thru my paper stash, and came across it, and ooohhh'd when I put the image next to it. Beautiful match! Even cooler, it's double sided, so all of the paper came from the same sheet.

I added shimmerz and stickles to her dress. I thought it would look so pretty with a lot of bling. I know Gabi loved her costumes that were colored in bling. I sprayed my flowers with glimmer mist. I followed sketch 112 on Sweet Sunday Sketch. I punched out the flowers using a Cuttle Bug die, and tabs are from PTI's double banner die. I dusted all my edges with Rich Razzleberry ink pad.

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies: Nesties, stickles, copics, PTI banner die, CB die, shimmerz, glimmer mist, Maggie SWIC.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #150.

Today's a great day to join us at Flutter By Wednesday. Danni has some fun cooked up for today. Not only did we get to 200 entries a few weeks back, we are sitting at challenge #150 today. I bet Danni's surprised to see that number roll around! I know that number means a great deal to her! So, in order to celebrate she's giving away some candy! And what would that be?! I'll give you an idea, and than you'll need to head to the Flutter By Wednesday blog to get the full details! Let's say she's giving away a stamp or two from Sparkle's Creations!

There was another challenge at Flutter By Wednesday to use soft pastel colors on the card. I tried. I love pastels, but I think my card ended up brighter than I expected it too when I picked out my papers!

I made a skyline background for Chloe! I've had this idea to do this with two stamp sets from TAC for awhile, but hadn't done it yet. So, I pulled out The Places You'll Go set for this card. Gabi loved my card yesterday when she saw it, and was so excited to see how I made the skyline using The Places You'll Go from TAC. I followed sketch 186 from Mojo Monday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: SEI paper, SU cardstock, Martha punch, Sparkle stamp, TAC Places You'll Go, PTI banner die, stickles, copics, scrappers floss.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Take Out Those Images #20.

Okay, super sweet card today. This one will probably head to my Mom. She collects Precious Moments, and I'm sure this will make her smile. I'm sorry, but I can't remember who was kind enough to send me this darling image. It's been in my stash for far too long. Even my papers are a few years old! I colored this image before matching it to any papers, and so thankful it matched so perfectly! I followed sketch 103 from The Sweet Stop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Nesties, copics, stickles, primas, DCWV Spring stack, PTI cardstock, SU cardstock, scrappers floss.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Take Out Those Images #19.

Okay, today's a darling image from Claudia and Co, Puddle Jumper Emma from Lori Boyd. How cute is she? I can't remember who gave me this image, and guessing at one point it was sold as an rubber stamp. Looks like now it's in digital form. I used up some more Wild Raspberry paper from K and Co. Love that it's double sided, so one sheet gave me enough for the card. I used a sentiment from Verve Star Of Wonder stamp set, and kept off the last word of the sentiment, so it would work with my card. I kept thinking The Lord is Risen.

I followed the Mojo Monday sketch 185.

I haven't done this in ages either, and decided to blurf around and find some other challenges to play.

Pink Elephant's 97: Easter.

Anything Goes Challenge 38: Pearls.

Scrap Creations Going Grey: Recipe-Pick 3 - Ribbon, Flowers, Pearls, Glitter, Buttons, Charm.

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge: 105.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: EK punch, Verve stamps, stickles, nesties, copics, PTI die, SU cardstock, primas.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #149, Open Challenge, Just Some Lines.

Have fun stuff in store today from Flutter By Wednesday. Danni's got us some way cool Guest Designers. Today's the very well know Beate from SCS. I know you've seen her wonderful work on tutorials for SCS, and surely popped by her blog too! I hope you pay her a visit today!

We have a great sponsor today, too! Just Some Lines is a great digital image . That cutie up top is from her! Isn't she darling?! I had a hard time figuring out what image I wanted to play with, because I thought all of them were so cute. I went with Flower Angel, because it made me think of Gabi. I followed the Friday Sketchers 146 sketch.

It's an open challenge today. Means you just need to include a butterfly, angel or fairy on your card. I hope you play along with us at Flutter By Wednesday. After you make your lovely creation, be sure to link it back to the Flutter By Wednesday blog. Make sure you check out the other DT blogs to see what they've created. I can assure you that you'll be happy you stopped by to see what they've created!

Supplies: Koshi Basic Grey, PTI cardstock, copics, stickles, Martha bakers twine, PTI button, shimmerz, EK punch, nesties.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Take Out Those Images #18.

Lovely spring card today for you all. I don't recall where the image came from, sorry. Thought this would be perfect for Easter and/or a spring themed card. Hard to believe Easter is only a few weeks away. Time sure does fly. I'm even thinking about trying out some of those cute carrots Debbie put on her blog a few weeks ago. My paper is from K and Co, Wild Strawberry. It's a colorful stack I picked up last year at Michaels. My cardstock is So Saffron, Cool Caribbean, More Mustard, and Cameo Coral.