Monday, January 31, 2011

Inking It Up Crazy DT Post

WOW!!!  First I just want to let Kassidy know that it has been such a pleasure to be part of the Inking It Up Crazy DT!!!!  I have had such a fun time!!!  Kassidy thought it would be fun to do a altered item.  Well, this one has a really cute story.

My little girl just started Kindergarten this year and loves it!!!  She has been doing her 'homework' at the kitchen table *the homework is usually just a notebook to practice letters, or a workbook we got at WalMart*.  My husband and I told her that if she was old enough to keep her room clean, we would get her a desk.  Well, she kept her end of the bargain, so we kept ours.  We found a really nice desk at a second-hand store (D.I.) for only $15.  We did a little bit of work on it, but it now looks like new.  Well, the other day she asked if she could keep pencils and crayons in her room (we've had trouble with her writing on the walls) so we told her that we will give her a chance.  We don't live near any big stores, so I started thinking.  I've been under the weather (stupid head cold/cough thing!!!) so I've been eating a lot of soup.  So I decided that the soup cans would work perfectly!!!  So here's what I made for her. :)

Like I said I started out with a soup can.  Since it has an edge I used some extra material I had lying around to put over the edge.  There might be another way to do it, but I just used hot glue.

I glued it around the top, then put some glue on the inside and pushed the rest of the material down. (I hope that makes sense)

After that I just used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the can.  I used my Cricut to cut out the words and added those onto it using a little more Mod Podge.  Add a ribbon and it's done!

Very simple and yet so useful.  My little girl picked out the papers and ribbon which made it even more special for her.

Make sure you stop over at Inking It Up Crazy to see what the rest of the DT came up with!!  As always, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!!!  I love having my friends visit!!! :)  Thanks so much!! :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Birthday Cards

I can't remember if I've mentioned it before or not, but I'm helping my Mom out with Birthday cards.  She is in the Relief Society presidency in her Ward (she helps with the ladies in our Church).  They wanted to have personalized Birthday cards for all of the ladies in the Ward (Church group).  My Mom asked me if I would help since they don't have anyone that is willing to help; of course I said yes.  Here are a few that I made.  What do you know, I decided to enter them in for My Pink Stamper (Robyn's) Birthday (click here for the post).  I hope you like them!  All of the cuts are from (of course) Create A Critter and are all cut at 2.  The phrases were computer generated.  I had to make around 30 cards, so I made them as easily as I could.

They are very simple, but personalized.  I hope they put a smile on their owners face!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I'm so glad you took the time! :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bitten by the Love Bug Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bitten by the Love Bug blog hop!!!!!  I'm so glad you made it!!!  If you came here after visiting Erika at Cricut Love that means you're in the right place. :)  If you came here first make sure you start at the beginning with Kassidy at Inking It Up Crazy (you can click here to start at the beginning).

For my project I wanted to make something for my little girl to use for Valentines Day at school.  This was inspired by Cheryl at Cards by CG.  She made these cute Halloween scratch tickets (click here for the directions); I bookmarked the page because I KNEW I was going to use the idea (thanks again Cheryl)!!! :)  So, here is my take on the scratch tickets. :)  ** You can click on any of the pictures to see them closer.**

I had these business cards (from Avery) that I got for practically nothing.  I used Microsoft Word to create the cards using one of my pictures and a little bit of tweaking. :)

The next step is to put some tape over the cards.  This is so that you can put the scratch paint on the heart. :)

Next you mix acrylic paint and dish soap in even parts.  You don't need much.  Paint the heart with the mixture.  **I'm really sorry there is no picture of this, but it was pretty simple.**  You will want to let the paint on the cards dry overnight.

I thought they turned out super cute. :)

I know, you're curious what the blog candy is.  I thought about how I could let everyone win something (without breaking the bank).  So I decided that everyone can be a winner.  Just leave a comment with your e-mail address and I will e-mail you a PDF copy of the cards; this way you can make some cards for yourself.  Nothing else!  Just make sure you put your address as 'address at service dot com' to help make sure spammers can't easily pick up your e-mail address. :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!!!!!!  Your next step is Kacee at You Had Me At Scrap.  You will love what she has in store for you!!!!! :)

If you get lost along the way, here's the line-up:

Kassidy @ Inking It Up Crazy
Jessie @ Scrappy Jess
Erika @ Cricut Love
Celeste @ CC's Cards

Friday, January 28, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays post

I am so happy to do this post today!!  I love being part of the Flaunt It Fridays DT!!  These ladies are amazing, and we love having everyone craft along with us!!!

This week on Flaunt It Fridays we are using the Paper Pups cartridge.  It is the border feature with the cat and dog on page 104.  Since this is another cartridge I don't own (unfortunately) I went to my default cartridge; Create a Critter.
I went through so many phrases and sayings and ended up just leaving it blank. :) Here's another picture of what it looks like partially open. :)
 Ok, so here's what I did.  Using my Gypsy I used a rectangle (5.5 x 8.5) and welded the shadow of the cat and dog to it.  I then I scored at 2.25 in from each side.
 I added the pattern paper on the outside.  I then added the animals (cut at 2.0) to were they need to be

I added the inside.  Used a MS corner punch and inked the edges.

It's very easy; you could easily make it without a Gypsy.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure you join us at Flaunt It Fridays!!!  I'd love to see what you come up with!! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Guest Designer and the Winner

WOW!!!  I am so completely honored to be able to be a guest designer over at More Than Favors.  I absolutely love Paula's work; she is so amazing!!!  So . . . here's my guest post. :)

This is a simple A2 gift card holder.

The cake is from the Smiley Cards Gypsy download (so much fun).  I hid the face (using my Gypsy) and used a super cute PK Princess face.  I used Stickles on the flames. :)  I used a MS punch for the borders.  The stamp is Pink by Design Simply Everything.

The gift card holder on the inside was actually very simple.  Here are the steps:

Take a 3 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper and score it at 4 inches from each end and fold (you will want to use a bone folder).  The paper can be taller than 3 1/2, but has to be at least 3 1/2.

Take the 2 mountain folds and put them together making the letter 'M', or 'W' (depending on how you look at it).  This will give you the tab that sticks out. (Pay no attention to my fingernail polish - I need to take it off)

Cut a line on the middle fold starting at 1/2 inch from the top to 1/2 inch above the bottom.  It's easy if you mark it with a pencil.

Glue down each part of the tab at the very edge of the inside of the card.  It will be a little short (doesn't go all the way to the middle), but that's what will help it stand up.

 I thought it was simple yet different. :)  I'd love to know what you think! :)

Now, for what some of you may be waiting for . . . the winner of the 'A Few of My Favorite Things' blog hop!  I hope you had fun!  It looks like the winner chosen by is . . . .

Love all the wonderful touches. You have given me a wonderful new technique with the glossy accents on the glitter. Why didn't I think of that! I'm so using that real soon. TFS and the chance to win!

Congrats Christel; I'll be sending you an e-mail!!!  Let me just give a big thanks first to all of my new and returning friends!!!!  I'm so happy you came by!!  Also, a BIG thanks to Kassidy @ Inking It Up Crazy for hosting the hop; it was so much fun!!!!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!!!  It means a lot to me!!! :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things Blog Hop

WELCOME!!!!  I'm so happy you were able to stop by!!! :)  Welcome to A Few of My Favorite Things blog hop (go ahead, you can sing the song)!!! :)
I'm hoping you came after visiting Erika at Cricut Love; I know you loved her project!!!  If you happen to just stop by make sure you start at the beginning with Kassidy at Inking it Up Crazy.  Truth be told, all of the crafters on the hop are SOOOOO talented, you won't want to miss a thing!!!! :)

So for my project I made a card.  I'll show you what it is and then explain 'My Favorite Things'. :)

Isn't she cute?!  This cute little card was made using some of my favorite things and actually picked out by one of my favorite things. :)
  • My little girl (one of my favs) picked out the little lamb.  It is from my favorite (so far) cartridge - Create a Critter. **Cut at 2.41 on my Gypsy - which is another favorite tool.**
  • I used some flock on the white part of the wool (close-up below) which is a fun favorite addition.
  • The face is (yep, you guessed it) a Peachy Keen Princess face - I LOVE PK Stamps, they are a favorite!
  • I used the Xyron technique (click here to see that step by step) for the hair bows.  A Xyron, Glitter and Glossy Accents are 3 favorites that work really well together. :)
  • I used pop dots so that my little lamb would stand out (like the bling and the cute face didn't do that enough). :)
  • I used my Zig glue pens to adhere the parts of my little lamb; Zig pens are an ULTIMATE FAVORITE!!
  • I used Stickles to add bling to the hearts; because I love a little glitter added to my projects and Stickles are a favorite!
  • The stamped phrase is a My Pink Stamper stamp - one of my top favorite stamp sets.
  • The ribbon is one my favorites; it is from American Crafts.
  • I used a white pen to add a little to the PK face and to do the stitching/doodling. I'm not the best at it, but I LOVE how it looks!!
  • The background paper (light green with polka dots) has some glitter to it and is from one of my favorite stacks from My Mind's Eye! :)  Another one of my Favs! :)
Here's a close up of the little lamb. :)
Well, these are a few of my favorite things (HAHAHA - I couldn't help it)!!!!  On to my blog candy.  :)  I'm giving away a few spools of my favorite ribbon as well as some chunky glitter. :)

All you need to do is leave one comment letting me know which of my favorite things is also one of your favorite things (or in your top favorites).  You'll need to have a US address; sorry, I can't afford to have it shipped outside the US (unless you would like to pay the difference). :)  One comment only, please.  Don't worry about being a follower friend, it is NOT required.  If you like my style or just want to click the follow button - I would love to have you as a FRIEND!!! :)  I love having friends! :)  If you'd like, I'd love it if you'd leave your blog address as well; it's always fun to visit others (especially if they take the time to visit me)!!! :)  That's it.  I'll pick a winner next week.

Your next stop is going to be Amanda at Amanda's Crafts and More!  You will LOVE what she has in store for you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!  I'm so glad you did!  If you do get lost, here's the line-up!!

Kassidy @ Inking It Up Crazy
Lisa @ My Lil' Bits
Kristin @ The Crafty Kitchen 
Jessie @ Scrappy Jess
Susan @ It's Me Susan P

Erika @ Cricut Love
Celeste @ C.C.'s Cards & Crafts <----- You are Here
Amanda @ Amanda's Crafts and More <----- You're Next Stop!!
Meagan @ Beyond Paper Designs
Rebecca @ Creations With Becka
Theresa @ The Scapbooking Queen

Friday, January 14, 2011

Flaunt it Friday's DT Post

This week on Flaunt It Fridays the challenge is to use the skull on Mini Monsters cartridge (pg. 65); and to create something that is NOT a Halloween project. So even though I VERY OFTEN refer to my little boy as a MONSTER (LOL) I do not own the Mini Monsters cartridge.  Instead of the skull on Mini Monsters I decided to use the skull and cross bones from Indie Art.  Since I created a hair thing holder for my daughter (click here to see it) I told my little boy I would make something for him. :)

Right now my little boy is into pirates so with the skull and crossbones I made a money jar for him with a pirate theme.
I wanted to make sure you got a shot of the lid (I loved it).  This was very simple to make.  Normally, I would have painted the jar and the lid; but since it is going to my little boy I thought I should probably leave it see through so that I can make sure I know what's in the jar. :)  The skull and crossbones were cut out at 3 and the 'Warning' was printed on my printer.

I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the jar.  I've tried other glues and they didn't seem to work very well on glass.  I also used Mod Podge to adhere the warning sign and the skull and crossbones to the paper.  After the Stickles (on the eyes) had dried I Mod Podged all of the paper.
I used Mod Podge on the skull on the lid as well.  For the lid, I just cut the bones off so there was only the skull. :)  Again, I waited until the Stickles on the eyes had dried and put Mod Podge on top of it (yes, my son watched me put the Stickles on the eye "Oh, cool Mom"*touch, smear*)

Now the picture below looks terrible!  I'm so sorry about it.  A 12 inch piece of paper will not reach all the way around the jar so I added a black strip (should have used gray).  I put "Koda's Loot" on the back and didn't like it so I actually was going to change it a little.  Unfortunately my son will not let me touch it again!  He knows it's his made especially for him and there is no way he will let me get near it (yes, he slept with it)!

Make sure you stop by Flaunt It Fridays to see what the other DT members came up with (you'll love their projects)!!!!!! :)  I'd love to see what you make, so make sure you link up on Flaunt It Fridays!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!! :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Card and a Shout Out

As a tradition I make a family video every year.  It's just pictures and video footage of our family put together with music.  It helps highlight the last year, showing all of the fun moments we've had.  When I sent a copy of the DVD to my grandparents (love them!!) I sent this card to them:
Part of me wanted to add a PK face to it, but I just couldn't do it; I thought it looked cute just as it is.  The snowman is from Gypsy Wanderings.  I'm not sure how big I cut it at (maybe 4 or 4.5); I just cut it out and didn't pay attention to the size after I cut it. 

I also wanted to give a quick shout out to Amy Jo at Scrapping, Card Making and Living with Fibro.  She's on her way to 75 followers and wanted to do a giveaway when she had that many followers.  I love Amy's style; she's soooooo talented!!  You'll love to get to know her and be inspired by her style; you won't be sorry!  When you visit, tell her I say 'hi'; she's so much fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by; I'm really glad you did!! :)

Preserves Cartridge DT Post

Did anyone else have a short weekend?!  Mine felt like it!!!! :)  Today is my DT guest post over at Ink It Up Crazy!!!  Kassidy has asked the DT members to go through the older cartridges and create a project.  For mine, I'm using the Preserves cartridge.  I really like this cart; the layers are super simple, and it has so many unique card and label cuts.  I know that if I did a lot of canning (which I'm learning to do thanks to my in-law family) I would use it even more!  So - here's my creation!!!! :)
It is a very simple card!  Every single cut was made from the Preserves cartridge.  Although I used my Gypsy to space everything on my mat (I love using scraps); I didn't tamper (stretch, skew, or weld) any of the images.  Here are all of the pieces before it was assembled.
So super simple; here are the measurements:
card base: 5.25
polka dot base: 3.0
red label base: 1.25
cherry (and layers): 2.5

Now I did add some eyelets to the label (I didn't have the right color of brads) as well as some Glossy Accents to the cherries and non-brand Stickles to the cherry leaves.  Throw a few pop dots on the cherries and the label and . . . voila!!

I'm so happy you were able to stop by!!  Make sure you go over to Kassidy's blog (Inking It Up Crazy) to check out what cartridges the other DT members have and will be revisiting (I promise you won't be sorry)!!!!!  Make sure when you stop by over at Inking It Up Crazy you tell Kassidy 'hi'!!! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!!!!! :)  Kassidy - thanks for having me!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Flaunt It Fridays Blog Hop

Hi everyone!!!!!  I'm so glad you stopped by!  I hope you came by for the Flaunt It Fridays Hello Kitty Blog Hop.  I'm so excited! If you are here from visiting Jen @ Honeybean Creations than you are in the right spot; if you just happened to stop here first make sure you start from the beginning please go to the Flaunt It Friday's.  For this week's challenge we were asked to flaunt the Hello Kitty with Airplane on Page 65 from the Hello Kitty Greetings Cart.

Unfortunately I do not own the Hello Kitty Greetings cart (although according to my daughter it is one I 'have to ask Daddy to get' so that I can make projects for her).  For my first project I made a hair band holder for my daughters' hair things.  Her hair has a mind of it's own and so we're always running around trying to find her hair things at the last minute (usually right before the bus gets to our house for school).
The kitty is from Create a Critter and the 'airplane' is actually the rocket ship from Paper Doll Dress Up.  The ribbon at the top is so that my little girl can hang it on the wall or the door handle; and the ribbon at the bottom holds a open metal ring (you'll see in the picture below) that we purchased with some hair bands.  
 For the 'airplane' I cut the rocket ship out twice (once in a reddish color and once with the flowers).  I cut the shell top and the exhaust off of the red one and the shell top, exhaust, wing, and front off of the flower one so that they could layer.

I used a small box lid (my Mother-in-law had sitting around) for the sign.  I measured the box and added in the sides so that it covered the five sides (front and four edges).  I used Mod Podge to hold the paper to the box lid.  I made sure to cut the side so that I had flaps to glue down (made it look nicer).

I Mod Podged the kitty and 'airplane' to the front (leaving room for my daughters' name in the top right corner).  I hole punched two holes in the top and bottom, and put brads in for the ribbons to go through.

 Here's a picture of the back.  I left the bottom ribbon long because I can add any cute hair clips to it as well (if we ever find them again - or when we have to go buy more). :)
I did Mod Podge the whole front of it, I'm sure most people wouldn't have to but my little ones aren't exactly 'soft' to things I make.  They think because it's homemade it's indestructible. :)  At least they have faith in me. :)

For my second project we got to choose any cut from the Hello Kitty Greetings, again, since I don't own the cartridge I decided to use Create a Critter.  I saw that the Hello Kitty Greetings cart had a cut of just the face on page 29 (super cute), so I cut the cat from Create a Critter and cut off the rest of the body to make it look similar.

I cut the cat at 4.5 so that the face fit the card perfectly.  I used a MS border punch for the pink paper and a My Pink Stamper stamp for the Purr-fect.  Sorry about the glare on the bow, I used the Xyron technique (click here for my step-by-step directions) and the Gossy Accents really made it shine. :)

Remember - you must leave a comment on every one's blog to have a chance to win the Grand Prize Giveaway which is the Love Always stamp set sponsored by Pink By Design. The grand prize will be on Sandra's blog! You will have all weekend to complete the hop and we will draw the winner sometime on Monday or Tuesday.

I'm so glad you stopped by for my first Flaunt it Fridays Blog Hop!!  I can't wait to see how you 'Flaunt' your Hello Kitty project this week at Flaunt it Fridays.  Your next stop is Carley over at The Real iCarley.  You will LOVE her project (she's so amazing)!!!!!!! 

If you get lost along the way, here's the lineup of the AMAZING carfters that you will visit (you really don't want to miss any of them)!!!!