Friday, December 31, 2010

I've been Spotlighted!

I am a member over at Creative Scrapbooking Divas. My squash book (which I posted here) was spotlighted as Craftie of the Month! Yea!! If you are looking for a group to do challenges with (and we just started a swap group) feel free to join us over there, we would love to have you! (either click on the above link or the sidebar link on the right)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cuttlebug and a bit more up for grabs!

There is a Cuttlebug, some embossing folders and a couple other things up for grabs over at Creating from the Heart. Be sure to check it out.



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Birthday

This card was made for my sister, she is turning 17 in a few weeks. Crafty Creations is having their 100th challenge. For the challenge I followed both a sketch and used blue, beige, and plum. I rotated the sketch some, but all the basic features are there.

The inking around the edges is plum, although it is difficult to tell in this picture.

The lace and paper are from my stash, the rose image is from Making Our Mark and can be found here (psst... it's free).

The scalloped edge I modified from a SVG file that can be found here. The fun part was that I got to play around with the different features SCAL offers and modify to my liking. I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty impressed with how easy it is to maneuver and switch things up.

For the Happy Birthday I learned how to use the fonts and weld them together, which was fun!

Challenges:
Crafty Creations-sketch and color scheme
Papertake Weekly-anything goes
Stamp Fairy-Celebrate
Lots to Do-something new (oh! that rhymes)-SVG files are new for me :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

My family is so wonderful!!!

My family is so wonderful! They are supportive of my craftiness and my Christmas gifts certainly play into that. Last year my grandmother got me a Personal Cricut and I recieved cartridges from my (then fiance) now husband and my now mother-in-law.

This year my mother-in-law got me a slew, and I am talking tons (I might post pics later) of patterned scrapbook paper. Some double sided and all gorgeous papers!

My hubby got me [this deserves a drum roll] Sure Cuts A Lot!!!!! So I just installed it and played a bit. It widens my Cricut possibilities like 5 fold (cause 3 fold doesn't seem like enough). Rereading this, I don't think it shows my enthusiasm to it's full. The excitement is high, folks!

What does this mean for you? I will be searching for lots of free SVG file sites and sharing them with you along with my creations that will be awesome! I know Penny Duncan's Creations has a lot of free svg files, some I have already downloaded. She is both a beautiful and talented woman of the Lord and I am VERY thankful for her skills :) Thanks, Penny!

I hope everyone else is enjoying a very Merry Christmas and has a wonderful new beginning to a fabulous new year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! I am hoping everyone has some time to rest and relax with loved ones while celebrating Christ's birth.

Testing New Watermark and Signiture

This is a test run of my new signature and watermark. Both were obtained from Whimsy Stamps, they have a rather large selection.The picture is of me and my husband hiking a year ago fall.
obviously the signature is still in the works of figuring out just how to make it stick...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Capturing Memories

A couple of weeks back, my card won a sketch challenge over at Let's Capture our Memories. As a result I have the honor of being a guest designer for this week-yea! My first guest (or any type of designing) ever! I am so excited. This sketch by Sandi is the challenge this week. And this is what I did with it! Some of you have been awaiting the result of my squash book, which is now done, and I used this sketch to decorate the cover. You can find the challenge here:
Since it is a squash book, it opens, so I took even more pictures than normal (which should make for a long post-sorry). Here it is opened. I stamped the background with a polka dot background stamp I've had for ages, added triangles to fit and envelopes for the newlyweds to add their recipes to (did I mention this was a wedding gift for some friends?). On the envelopes are some of our favorite recipes.

Details on the front. The tag is a Stampin' Up Punch. The brown shape is a digi stamp I enlarged and cut out. The 'granny' is also a digi stamp. They were from the same place: The Digi Shack (and are both free there). The glitter is Stickles and the paper Amanda Blu. Taking a look inside:
And a couple close-ups. The recipe cards were from Stamps and Smiles. If it is still available (it was free) it can be found here. The inside papers are all The Paper Studio.
The 'sides, main dishes, snacks, drinks' were written by me and embossed in blue distress powder.
Challenges:
Stampin Royalty, bring on the bling
Digi Doodle Shop's Best-new beginnings (gift for newlyweds)
Ai Factory- anything goes
Stamp Something- pockets or tags-I have both!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Shoes errr... boots

My sister is a farm girl at heart. She always teases me because I love shoes, all different colors and styles, while she says one pair of tennis shoes and two pairs of boots (one for the farm and one for the shows) does her well. She isn't very girly, so I was trying to keep it simple. This card is for her upcoming birthday:
Inside:
The sentiment is from Gingers House (all hers are free) and the cowgirl is from Digi Doodle Shop's Best. The blue paper Amanda Blu~~which works cause my sister's name is Amanda and the color is blue :) and the brown paper is a wall paper sample from The Carlisle Company (art of Eden sample book).
Photos from my Bachelorette Party. My maids of honor went around town and left plastic eggs with clues hidden in various stores and public places. Each of the clues led to the next one, like a scavenger hunt. Two teams raced to finish first (of course without speeding). The mohs hid at various locations with water balloons and noisemakers to add to the fun.
All of the activities are journaled in the tree, better picture below.
I'm terrible at layering, but I tried my hand at it for the title:
Papers: background-Amanda Blu Rest-from my stash, mostly The Paper Studio
Flower-RAK
Background stamp on title- autumn leaves
Tree- hand drawn
Leaves-cut out from a Cricut Cartridge... something about words in the garden (borrowed from a friend)
tag- Creating Memories
Ribbon-leftover from my mom's wedding (23 years ago)

Challenges:
Stamp Something- pockets or tags-tag
Sentimental Sundays-inspired by a song-title-Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (also my hubby's least fav song)

Getting Ready

Although I'm still working on scrapbooking some of the before bridal stuff (bridal shower etc), I needed a break, so I scrapped getting ready.


Not a ton to say about these... the paper is Amanda Blu, the rhinestones were given to me, there are some stickles, they are more evident in the last picture.
Showcasing the bling:Stamp Fairy- glitter it up~BRAND NEW CHALLENGE BLOG!!!
Stampin' Royalty- bring on the bling
Creative Scrapbook Divas- Dec Challenge

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I just got this new digital image and wanted to play with it. So here's what I did. The image is by April Lower. What a talented artist she is!
I colored it with markers and chalks. The wings are two colors of blue, but it is difficult to see in the picture.
Although you can see the flower fine in the other pictures, I didn't think the lace showed up very well, so I put in a close up of that! Both of the papers are from wall paper books, the flower and lace from my stash, the dashed lines and thanks drawn in by me.

Challenges:
Digi's With Attitude!- anything digi
lots To Do - glitz- flower
Mami Doodles-anything goes
Stamp Something-anything goes
Stamp Fairy World- glitter it up- flower BRAND NEW CHALLENGE BLOG!!!
Stampin' Royalty- bring on the bling-flower
Crafty Creations-photo inspiration-pink+lace

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Squash Book

I am working on my first squash book- a gift for one of my husband's friends who is getting married later this month. It took a couple tries to figure out the right way to fold it, but I think I got it now. I cut out the pieces, but am still working on the layout, how detailed I want to make it etc. Tomorrow I am working 12 hours and Friday another 8. I probably won't finish it until Saturday at the earliest, but I wanted to let you all know that I am still alive, even if I won't have the time to craft and post.

Monday, December 6, 2010

6 Months

It doesn't seem like it has been six months since we said 'I Do' but in a little less than a week it will be. I don't know what I would do without my incredible husband~he is such an amazing man of God! Enough of my bragging on him, here is the card I made for our six month anniversary.
The sentiment is a demo from Creative Scrapbooking Kit of the Month website. The image, of course, is from Digi's With Attitude! One of the reasons I chose to do a sappy card is because of this image. I knew I wanted to use it and finally found the perfect occasion! I'm not sure where the mittens are from, couldn't find it in my list. A close up of the image:
I made the boy darker, which is super easy to do with chalk, just add another layer! The sketch is my modified version of Let's Capture Our Memories (I rotated and flipped some of the elements). You can see some of the glitz I added below. Clear glittery embossing powder on the cuff of the mittens and the glitter on the paper. The blue on the mittens is also embossing powder. The snowflakes were won on Amanda's blog, or was it her facebook page? I embossed the edges to give them a little extra snowy look :) All the paper is Amanda Blu.
Challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best-let it snow
Sketch Let's Capture our Memories
Lots To Do- words
Sentimental Sunday - Happy Anniversary!
PollyCraft Monday-pink, brown and blue

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Moose

Moose can be found here.
challenges:
Stamp something-Christmas
Little Paper Shop-funky edges
Christmas and animal-digital tuesday



Snow Bear

This snow bear is from Stamp Fairy World. I love their images, and you should hop over and take a look. I colored it with markers and chalk.
There is glitter and buttons and a bit of attitude in the sentiment-to meet Glitterbabe's Challenge.
The sketch is Papertake Weekly. It has an animal and Christmas for Digital Tuesday. There is words for Lots to Do. and since it is Christmas, it qualifies for Stamp Something.

Skating Her Way Into Your Heart

Isn't she beautiful?! I picked her up thinking, 'not sure if I will ever use this'. But looking at her now, she has truly skated her way into my heart. I used my VersaMarker for the writing, stickles for the glitter and markers and chalk to color her.

Challenges:
Lots to Do- words
Little Paper Shop- Funky Edge-scarf
Stamp Something- Christmas
Wild Orchard-traditional Christmas- skating is very old fashioned

Gretchen+Christmas=Irony

If you've read any of the posts where I used Digi's With Attitude! Stamps, you know I adore Grumpy Gretchen. So I was thrilled to see her elvish form as this month's freebie.
The tag, which is hard to read says ' the most wonderful time of the year'. Perfect irony for Gretch! Like Gretchen? Digi's With Attitude! is sponsoring Glitterbabe's Challenge this week, and you can win free digis! Just use buttons, glitter and attitude.

A close up of Gretchen and her bling. One of my husband's friends was over while I was making this card and he said he wanted Gretchen on his Christmas card 'cause she is hot'~such a guy!

Challenges-
Glitterbabe's Challenge- glitter, buttons, attitude
Lots to Do- words
Papertake Weekly- sketch- I did my own spin, but you can see the layout
Stamp Something-Christmas
Whoopsie Daisy- girly

Swirl Christmas

This one was a lot of fun to do! I got to play with my new VersaMarker for most of this card. All of the swirls are made in this fashion. The front:
And the inside:
The image is from Scradictive. I snagged it and used it right away!

Challenges:
Wild Orchard-Old Fashioned Christmas
Stamp Something-Christmas
Lots To do- Words

Angel in Gold

When I saw this image I though of my grandmother, she loves angels (and she gave me the ribbon too). So this card is for her.
Velum is behind her. And it is hard to see, but the bottom edge is wavy.
Challenges:
Lots to Do- words
Stamp Something-Christmas
Wild Orchard-Traditional Christmas
2 Sisters-Non Traditional Christmas Colors

Image is Making Your Mark

Doodling Snow

I used my new VersaMarker as the primary tool for this card. The snow is all doodled by yours truly. For more info on where to get a VersaMarker for super cheap, follow this link.

The image is from Imagine. Make. Share. and can be found here. Challenges:
Stamp Something- Christmas, Wild Orchard-Traditional Christmas, 2 Sisters-non traditional Christmas Colors

New Technique

I like to try new things every now and then, this card was the result of that. I think it turned out alright. Pretty good, for the first try, I guess. I'm not sure what this method is called~I got the idea from my mother in law while looking through her stash of past cards she had made (in bulk, I believe). The front:
The red and blue (dotted and solid red) paper was a double sided piece I had. In the future I would use a thicker piece. I added the black, it is by Amanda Blu. I'm not sure the brand of the double sided paper. The 'Merry Christmas' is written with my new Versa Marker (a wonderful, wonderful tool) and blue Distress Embossing powder. I got the VersaMarker from 1-2-3 Stitch for just over $5 (that included shipping and handling). I received it two days after it was ordered. I will definitely order from them in the future. I encourage you to check out their site, as their prices seem to be much lower than anywhere else (at least the items I was looking at). Image while opening:
Opened card. Fun, isn't it?! The image is from the wonderful Linnie of Whoopsi Daisy. She is simply darling!
The snowflakes on the bottom are a punch, it didn't have a brand on it~sorry!

Challenges:
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge-girly
One Stop Craft Challenge- Christmas Cuties
Stamp Something-Christmas
2 Sisters Challenge Blog-Non Traditional Christmas Colors

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Candy

Horse digis candy here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Giveaway!

Obsessed with Scrapbooking is giving away ATG guns, click here for more information.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Beary Nice Gift

I saw about a month ago something similar to what I made. However, when I tried to find it again to look at more of the details, and low and behold, I was unable to find it again. So I made my own template, experimented a bit and came up with this. The way I figure it, I would have had to modify the other anyway, since I wanted to put two gifts inside. The one I made I made to look like a purse, perfect for the little girl I made it for. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, and I think she will like it as well. Christmas can't come soon enough!
The images are both from Stamp Fairy World, isn't he the cutest?! The blue paper you see here is The Paper Studio and the more blue-green paper is Amanda Blu. The ribbon on the 'handle' came on a gift, not sure of the brand. Below is the surprise on the inside:


The ribbon is from my stash-not sure of the brand. It is difficult to see in the picture (although this one kind of show it), the ribbon inside matches the ribbon on the sides. The snowflakes are a punch by Marvy, I punched them in light blue and inked them silver. Below is the picture of the back. The tag is a punch, inked in silver, the paper is the same as around the images on the front. The G is chipboard I inked to match (the one getting this Christmas gift's name begins with G).

Here is a close up of the StampFairyWorld images~I wanted to showcase my coloring (markers and chalk) as well as the darling images.
Don't forget that Stamp Fairy is currently having a design team call. Like these images? Get more information here.

Challenges:
Anything Goes-animals
Crafty Creations-beauty on the inside
Creative Inspirations-Christmas or winter
Digital Tuesday-let it snow
Lots to Do-favorite technique-coloring with markers and chalk
One Stop Craft Challenge-snow people-do bears count?
Papertake Weekly-cut it out-punches
Wild Orchard-Blue Christmas