Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #164, Stripes!

Today's challenge at Flutter By Wednesday is to use stripes!  Easy, right?  So many cool pattern papers full of stripes!  My sweet Magnolia is colored with copics, and topped off with stickles.  I used Martha's punch to add my butterflies...which I forgot the first go around, and realized it after I had taken the photo.  Thank goodness for those punches!  I followed a sketch, but not finding the blog for it.  My picture shows it's Sunday Sketch 621, not sure if the 621 is a date or a number, and my computer isn't pulling up the right links. 
Anyhow, be sure to play along, and link your creation back up on the Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can see what you've created.  Don't forget to peak over there to see what the other design team members came up with!  You'll be glad you stopped by! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Slow Pickin'!

We went strawberry picking again this past May.  We went Memorial day, and discovered that it wasn't a good idea to go so late in the seasons.  There where barely any berries to be found.  The kids were super hot, so they weren't excited about being out there, and to barely find berries in the rows and rows of plants added to their misery!  The homemade ice cream did help improve their attitudes, but I made a mental note to make sure to drag them out that way in early May!

I found the strawberry svg file on SVGCuts blog.  They have cool freebies once a week, as well as a free file with purchase.  I than embossed the berries with the polka dot folder.  I dusted the edges with Canvas Palette ink.  The stems are dotted with my sharpie white pen.  I cut the strawberries at 1, 1.25, 1.50, and 1.75 inches.  That gave me a nice variety of berries to play with.  My paper is from DCWV, it's a glitter stack from last summer.  I used Sure Cuts  A Lot to create my title.  I cut it out and than made the shadow behind it.  That's a cool feature on it.  You can even make the shadows larger around your image.  I plan on tweaking with that some when I do a page for Trey's baseball stuff. 

Sadly, you can't purchase Sure Cuts A Lot to use with a Cricut any more, as they lost a trade mark lawsuit with ProvoCraft.  It does work with several other personal cutters, so if you have one of them, I highly recommend the Sure Cuts A Lot software. I have found it to be very handy to have, and am glad I had purchased it forever ago!  My sketch is from Jeanette Lynton books.  You'll know I always say how much I love those books!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #163, Open Challenge

Hello, everyone.  It's time for an open challenge at Flutter By Wednesday.  I hope you decide to play along.  All you need to do is include an angel, butterfly, or fairy on your creation.  While you're linking your artwork up to the Flutter By Wednesday blog, be sure to see what the other design team members created! 

Today I decided to show a scrapbook page that I made recently.  I used my cricut to cut out the trees, leaves and butterflies.  My butterflies and trees are from the Serenade cartridge.  They were cut out to three inches, and layered up.  Hard to see in the photo, but I used the white sharpie pen to add some dots to them.  I added some smaller butterflies with the Martha butterfly punches.  I used a DCWV paper pack, which was double sided.  Love those packs like that, because I can use one sheet and get twice the patterns on items. These photos are of the kids, taken at a local state park on the James River on Memorial Day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #162, Grapes and Sunflowers.

How nice is this photo to pull inspiration from today?  Danni found a beautiful photograph! 
I loved the peaks of the blue/purples of the grapes, surrounded by the warm tones in the flowers and trees.  I kept my colors to yellows and orange.  But have some blue peaking out on sweet little Willow.  I followed a sketch from The Sweet Stop, this is sketch 100.  I hope you find a lot of inspiration in the photo and play along with us at Flutter By Wednesday this week. Be sure to include a fairy, butterfly, or angel on your card.  Than link it back to the Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can come see your artwork!  You can also view what the other Design team members created!  Can't wait to see what you come up with! 
Supplies:  copics, primas, DCWV Mango Frost paper, So Saffron cardstock, More Mustard ink, nesties, EK punch.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Momma Bragging Moment!

Okay, so my youngest turned 9 yesterday!  Yikes! 
Where does time go?!  Lately mine has been going to the ball fields.  Trey made it on the Smithfield All Stars this year in coach pitch little league, and they are rocking it out!  They played in a tournament this weekend, came in second yesterday.  Two weekends ago they played against 23 teams in a tournament, and came in first place!  You can read an article about it here!  Trey is the first boy on the left in the second row!  This was the trophy for the whole team for getting first place two weeks ago. I have never jumped up and down so much!  We were so excited about their win, and were excited to know they got second, but for them to win two games against the number one team take first place was unbelievable!  I swear, those little boys amaze me with the plays they make!

Because they came in first they get to go to NC for a Super Regional tournament!  How exciting is that?!   I hope they play well, but either way, something to be super proud of years from now!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dang! I made that!

Okay, I don't often walk around being shocked at something I've made.  I'm pretty pleased generally, but things don't always turn out past my expectations when I'm paper crafting!  This page makes me go DANG!  I DID THAT!   

The parts that impress me are my little banners. 

I love those boxy banners at Paper Trey Ink.  Went searching through all my Cricut cartridges to see if I have something in there that was like them.  Looked to see if there was something in a cartridge my nieghbor might have in her stash.  Nope, nothing like the shape they have in their dies....bummer, right? 

Nope! I sat down for too long, and worked it out on my Sure Cuts A Lot.  I put triangles together with a square and worked some magic with them, lined up the edges, and making parts disappear to make it one shape.  Created them myself, I'm so proud of myself!  And I saved them, so that means I can make them larger or smaller, or whatever when I want too! 

Than I played around with the Gypsy last night and layered up my letters on Winter Woodlands.  The font was perfect for a winter themed page.  And layering is a breeze with the Gypsy.  I added the letters to the banner and cut out some snowflakes from Nesties dies, and Cuttlebug die cuts.  Added some scrappers floss, Martha Twine, and gems to bling them up a bit.  Perfect touch on my least I think so!
Supplies:  K and Co. Winterberry paper, DCWV cardstock, SU Garden Green ink, Cranberry Crisp ink, Cricut, Sure Cuts A Lot, Winter Woodland cartridge, Jeanette Lynton's Book,

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #161, The Stamping Boutique.

We have a wonderful sponsor today at Flutter By Wednesday.  The Stamping Boutique has some wonderful digital images, digital papers, and even rubber stamps!  You can check out Tracey's blog to see more of her creations and her store by clicking here.
I picked this beautiful Swan Story to play with today.  Oh, my goodness, such a pretty image, right?  I used some elegant papers by K and Co called Julianne to go along with her.  I followed the sketch at Mojo Monday, Sketch 196.  The Swan fairy is colored with copics and topped with stickles. 
I hope you'll play along with us at Flutter By Wednesday.  It's an open challenge, so just be sure to add a fairy, butterfly, or angel on your card.  Than link it back it to Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can come by and peak at your artwork! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Long Hoppin' Page.

Catching up on some scrapbooking.  Kids being out of school allows more time to catch up on stuff.  Not the house cleaning, though.  I swear, you clean, they trash just as quickly!  This page was a ton of fun to make.  I used Stretch Your Imagination Cricut Cartridge, and Winter Woodlands Cricut Cartridge.  My extra long bunny was cut out with white cardstock, than I layered the eggs/brush in pink pattern paper, added shimmers chalk an stickles to the other eggs to resemble Easter Eggs.  My little white bunnies are from Winter Woodland, and they are also cut in layers.  I dusted the edges of his hind legs, and face with blush blossom, added shimmer chalk, and stickles to give some extra depth to it.  My title is from Stretch Your Imagination, and cut in layers and blackout to ground it more on my page.  Here's a closer shot of the long rabbit, and my cute little white rabbit.
Thanks for stopping by! 
Other Supplies:  DCWV Spring Glitter Stack-10, DCWV cardstocks, stickles, chalk, Jeanette Lynton's Sketch Book.