Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Great Blog+Giveaway

First of all, if you don't follow Christel at Scrappin Sista, you should, she always inspires me. Second of all if you are a follower, she has a giveaway going on right now, so hop on over!

Friday, March 25, 2011

For a Friend

I made these for a friend. I was surprised at how easily they came together and how awesome they turned out, I thought I would have had to make 2-3 before I began this project, but the first one turned out great!

The Lily file is Penny Duncan's. She has a wonderful tutorial here that I pretty much followed. I did substitute for a couple things I didn't have. Instead of watercolor pencil, I used watercolors; instead of craft floss I used dental floss (the stamens were a bit 'floppy', I'm sure the craft floss would have taken care of that); I added glimmer mist (cause I'm in love); and instead of floral wire I used twisty ties (I only needed a little, since my project was different).

It's difficult to tell in the above picture, but the flowers are pens. I love pretty useful stuff. I did have a hard time giving this away, might have to make some for me! The glass is a recycled spaghetti jar (washed out multiple times). Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, tag, twine and papers I had. Close up of the flowers, you can kinda see the glimmer mist.

Close up of tag. The stamp is embossed. It was from one of the first stamp sets I bought and the name isn't on the box. I think it was see-through something or another, as it was when acrylic stamps first became popular. The flower is made out of Basic Grey scraps and the patterned paper on the tag is from a baby boy paper stack sold at Hobby Lobby, not sure the brand (can't find it in the mess right now)-it isn't Paper Studio. Hope my friend likes it, and maybe you will be inspired to make a spring bouquet!

Creative Scrapbooking Diva-Weekend Challenge-flowers with a quote
Anything Goes-make your own embellishment-flower and tag
Do You Stack Up-Shine on-glimmer mist on flowers
DigiDoodle Shop-ribbons/bows
For Fun-Flower+sentiment
One Stop Craft Challenge-diamonds are a girls best friend-glimmer mist
Stamp Something- anything goes

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Feeling Lucky?

Creative Scrapbooking Divas is turning 1! Want to celebrate with us for chances to win prizes? Join our online crop here and play with us March 18th and 19th. RSVP here and let them know I sent you!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Diaper Days

As I am looking through the challenges this week, there seems to be a reacurring theme-green. My thoughts on this? 'Green? Ick! They couldn't have picked something different?' I know St Patrick's Day is almost upon us, and is undoubtedly the inspiration behind all this green. It's just my least favorite color to work with, but I tried, and a soft green coupled with a pastel yellow isn't so bad. So I got busy.

This is another addition to my baby scrapbook w/o pictures. I was having a hard time getting the color to show up right, I think the first one is the closest match. Left page:
I've seen a lot of banners and pennants used recently on layouts and cards, so if you've recently posted one on your blog and I follow you, you were a part in inspiring that. The banner is just a tag from SCAL and a font (not sure which one), put together in SCAL. Right page:It is simple, but I didn't want to overdue it. I thought about adding some safety pins along the edge, but it didn't really go with the flow and I didn't have the right color to paint them, so I kept it simple.

The diaper is from the lovely Lea at Tu J's and a Taco (it is free, hop on over there). Now I can't even begin to take credit for the cute lil' tosies. I was trying to decide whether to do this diaper or the outline of the diaper (both of which are cute, and included in the one file), so I asked my husband. Although he claims to have no artistic inclination, God gave him quite a bit, and he willingly helps me make choices like this :) He said, "I like that one, its cute. But you know what would be even cuter?" I said what? "If you could add some baby feet sticking out of the diaper" GENIUS! So off I went on my search. I found several feet I could have cut of people, but they were all in zipped files (which my computer has difficulty dealing with, so I have to download on my hubby's computer, extract files then transfer to mine, which takes a long time for something that should be simple). I know, I should just download SCAL on his computer, but I haven't yet. Anyways... what I ended up doing was finding this coloring page of a baby in a high chair, tracing it in SCAL, then breaking apart the image, so that I only had the legs and feet. Still took awhile to do, but aren't the toes so cute?! Actually, this picture is a better one for the colors in the background. Oh, and I added glimmer mist to the diaper. Challenges:
GREEN- All Sorts Challenge Blog, Sentimental Sundays, Stampin' Royalty
Stamp Something-cream and green
Die Cuts-anything goes-title, diaper and feet
Do You Stack Up- layers, the diaper has 4
One Stop Craft Challenge- clean and simple
Papertake Weekly- yellow
whew! that's it!

Friday, March 11, 2011


If you are looking for the Spring Forward Blog Hop, it is one post down, here.

I am blessed to have such awesome blogging friends, and more being added all the time. Just from one blog hop I have gained 8 followers, and I didn't even twist their arms with goodies! Because of one of these great friends, Angela, I have received a blog award. The

From what I understand, this award is for new blogs (or newly discovered blogs). I does come with some rules, which are below:

1-Creating a post where you blog about the Liebster award and reveal your 3-5 blog picks
2-Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog
3-Copy and paste the blog award on your blog
4-Have faith that your followers will rally and show their crafty love back out to those you awarded
5-Have fun

My picks? Probably not so much new blogs as one's I have recently discovered, but here they are:
Tammy at OBX Stamping and Crafting
Karel at One by One the Flamingos are Stealing my Sanity -I found here the beginning of Feb
Denise at Denise's Scrapbooking Room
Lenea at SugarGem- she is a new blogger
and Lea at Tu J's and a Taco

When I went through the blogs I've began following lately, I had 12, it was hard to narrow it to 5. Enjoy, ladies, and repost :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Seeds to Flowers and a Blog Hop!

to the Spring Forward Blog Hop hosted by Celeste at Touched by a Butterfly and and Lora at Notes from the Scrapbooklady! If you are just stopping by my blog to stop, thank you! But the start of the blog is here, so be sure to go back to the beginning to get all of your spring bunny (or frog) hopping in! There is blog candy for up for grabs. What do you need to do? Hop all the way through and leave a comment for each person. The winner will be posted at both Notes from the Scrapbooklady and Touched by a Butterfly and will have one week to contact Lora or Celeste with a mailing address for their prize packages. Some individual blogs may be offering candy as well (with its own stipulations), I'm not this time, sorry.

Now that all of the details are taken care of, let's take a look at my project. I have to tell you, I was having a hard time creating for this, not sure why, it shouldn't have been hard. Everything I created I didn't like enough to include it in a blog hop. Until I came across Veronica's file (it is the scalloped circle and the sentiment, but I don't think it is free anymore), I saved it and when I came back to it a day later, I was able to create!
And a close up of the image (and you can also see the glittery details).

Ok, now for the details of how I created it. It is a 5x5 easel card. In order to create the easel, I cut (white cardstock) 10in x 5 in. I scored the paper and folded it at 5 1/2 inches and 2 1/2 inches (the smallest space will be the front of the card). I cut the brown paper (Color bok) and the pink, brown, yellow patterned paper (printed from the Imagine while my mother-in-law was babysitting it for a friend, not sure the cartridge) both 5inx5in. Rounded all corners w/ a punch. The scallop and sentiment on the front are Veronica's. The blue piece I cut from SCAL2, along with the flower (both in the library). The digital stamp is from Silly Shells, she hasn't posted in a year, but all her past digis are free. I added stickles (the generic kind from Michael's). For the bottom, the ribbon is from Hobby Lobby (again, added stickles). I raised it by putting hot glue on and letting it dry before adhering. The raised edge holds the top in place, and is essential to easel cards. Whew! That was long, sorry!

For those who are directionally challenged (even in blog~o~sphere) here is the hop order:
Have fun hopping!

Papertake Weekly-lemon singy (yellow)
For Fun-Spring
Digi's With Attitude!- anything goes
Anything Goes Challenge Blog-die cuts (circle and scalloped circle and flower)
Creative Inspirations- use a template (I had to look at my template for an easel card)
Crafty Creations- baby blue (half circle and inked edges on the image)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sleepy Scrapbook Page

Yep, another baby scrapbook layout !! There will be many more before I am finished :)
I also used SCAL2 library for the tag and the moon, for the journaling. If you read my frustrated blog account last week, you know how many times I failed to do the tag correctly. It still isn't perfect, but I'm satisfied for now (I might redo it later). The star border is one I put together (I am getting better at it). I like the versatility of it, great for Operation Write Home cards, military layouts, and fourth of July cards/layouts. I would be happy to email you the file if you want it, let me know (brandicriminger@yahoo.com). The crib is from the lovely Lea over at Tu J's and a Taco, if you haven't checked out her awesome SVG files, you should! As soon as I saw it I knew it would be a journaling pocket!The clouds were the speech bubbles on SCAL2, I took out the extra smaller clouds and imputed text. It was fun to play around using markers in the cricut, has been awhile since I've done that. I glimmer misted the clouds, stars and the journal tag. I am in love with glimmer mist right now! See the sparkle?!

And here's the tag!Just a couple challenges this week-both anything goes:
Papertake Weekly
Digi's With Attitude! Challenges

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I have some awesome news to share! I have been chosen to be on the design team for Paper This and That! Have you heard of them? Perhaps not, if not check out their site by clicking on their button (on the right sidebar) or the above link. Be sure to check out who the other design members are on the most recent post.