Monday, September 24, 2012

Winter Wonderland card

Hi, I'm back again ! I just got my Close To My Heart order today and when I saw the Ornamental Cheer stamp set I knew I had to ink it up right away! I love that CTMH has matching stamps with Cricut cartridges ( Art Philosophy & Artiste). I still love my individual dies , but for $99 I get three stamp sets and a cartridge that has tons of images. Talk about value!!!  But anyhoo, on to my card that I made......
First of all I started with another awesome sketch from Mojo Monday :

The round or square challenges are my favorite and I normally would go for the round card but not this time.
I used Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso for my color combo , with a touch of red and vanilla.The embossed square was made from a Sizzix folder ( & my Bigshot!!). Really, this card came together so quickly and I think it's probably my favorite so far!!
I'm entering this at:
Mojo Monday : Round or Square
Jingle Belles : Dashing Through The Snow
Thanks for looking !

Thinking of you card : Friday Mashup challenge #77

Happy Monday! This weekend   rained and rained and... well, you get the picture! The kids were stuck inside and when Monday morning rolled around I was happy to send them off to school!! All that rain gave me an excuse to stay inside and check out some challenge blogs. This week the DT at Friday Mashup gave us a prompt about those warm days of fall.....

Photo Source

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:

  1. Make a "Indian Summer" themed project.
  2. Or Make a project with any three colors from "Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade & Early Espresso".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Indian Summer Themed project with the color combo".
What a great photo for inspiration! I loved all those colors in the trees  so I used a "fall" tree
for my card. Here's what I made for this chalenge....
The Branch Out set from Stampin' Up! makes the perfect fall card ... or any season since it has leaves ( which can be spring or fall) and snowflakes,too!  I used  Momento ink ( Cantaloupe) and CTMH ink (Sunset) for my leaves . The dp is from SU and I think it just may have all the colors for the Mashup in it! The sentiment is from  a Gina K stamp set called All Occasions Tags ... the tag stamp is from that set, too. I cut the scallop circles ( Lucky Limeade & Early Espresso)  with my Cricut and Elegant Edges cartridge at 3 1/4 iches. The woodgrain embossing was made with a Tim Holtz folder.The cardbase was made with my Cricut ( Art Philosophy).
So there's my Mashup card... hope you've enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Embossed Christmas card

Hello! Well I'm all over the place lately with my papercrafting.... I just finished a fall craft and now I'm on to Christmas crafting! I got these embossing folders( Darice) while on a recent trip to a scarpbook store and I wanted to create with it, so here's what I came up with....

For me this is really a CAS card .The snowflake layers were made with my Cricut (Art Philosophy) - I added some glitter (SU) to the blue snowflake and then other two were adhered with a dimensional foam dot to make it stand out a little. a little brown ribbon and this card is finished!!!
I'm entering this card at Always Playing with Paper  Merry Monday #33 sketch  challenge.
I'm also entering Shopping Our Stash's challenge #69 " Emboss it".
Thanks for visiting my blog ..... have a great day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Banner and Cooking With Cricut #104

Hello crafty friends! As we sadly say goodbye to the warm lazy days of summer , our thoughts turn to fall and crisp days and bursts of fall colors. I love the many colors of fall... it's my favorite season ( for that part, anyway!!!) and I especially love fall decor! This year while spending quality time perusing Pinterest ( OMG, how addicting is that site!!!!) I found some beatiful boards dedicated to all things fall. That inspired me to do a little fall crafting of my own. Of course, my Cricut ic my go-to tool for papercrafting and the CTMH cartridges , Artiste and Art Philosophy spend most of their time in use!!! I used the Art Philosophy for ths banner.....

I used the banner shapes ( basic, triangle, rounded) cut at 6" from chipboard and then out of brown cardstock. I then used some autumn papers from a paperpad for the banner mats and the leaves and rosettes ( cut from the Artiste file at 8.5 ". The letters are glitter paper as are the flourishes. I'm not hapy with the ribbon , but it will have to do until I get to town next week!!
I'm entering this over at Cooking With Cricut for their Texture challenge .
Thanks for stopping by blog today! Have a great day!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A few scrappges I'm working on.....

Good Monday morning! I haven't posted any scrapbooking pages in awhile , but I am working on some! I have tons and tons of photos just waiting for my creative mojo to kick and use them!!! I know that this summer is over ( **sigh**) but since I still have a stack of 2011 pics to sort through, I decided to tackle some of those pics! Here's a summer layout I finished ( I think... maybe I'll add some journalling) ...

The banner and surfboard border are from the same 12X12 dp from Fancy Pants called Summers  Soul. The flowers and sun are from K&Co., the twine is Doodlebug. The title word is from an old stash of Making Memories epoxy stickers.
Lots of elements on this layout ... most of them I've had for a long time- it feels good to put them to good use! I still need to do some journalling; I tend to leave that for last and sometimes it never gets done! My bad!!! :)
 I love these photos of my son! The theme for his school's concert was country and he looked so handsome in his cowboy hat ( a special gift from a bff!) and his plaid shirt. I knew I wanted a country them for his layout and when CTMH 's new catalogue came out , I found the perfect papers ! I love the Dakota line, which is what I used for this layout. The denim jacket,pockets and bandana are from Jolee's Boutique 3-D stickers. I made the cowboy boot with my Cricut . I cut it at 3" , using the Just Because cartridge. The corners are stamped  with CTMH's August stamp "Baroque Borders" in Barn Red.  I still need to a title... any suggestions?

Do you buy those big paper pads full of patterned paper themed for a season or occasion? I do , and I usually end up with at least a quarter of the paperpad leftover! I bought this paper at a great deal, but it sat unused for nearly two years!!! Actually, it has some pretty fall themed papers.... like the ones I used for the leaves and background! I cut the fancy shape green mat with my Elegant Edges cartridge. I pulled out my Cri -Kits gel pens and drew a line 1/4" inside the mat.... it's hard to see that in this photo, but it does show nicely in real life! The sunflower was made with a Stampin' Up! die and my Bigshot.The journalling tag is from We Are Memory Keepers.

So that's a few pages finished , well just about! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A quick and easy card - cased from CTMH

Good evening ! I love, loooove making anything from paper - cards, scrappages, decor, you name it ,but there are some aspects of papercrafting that I could do without while I'm snipping and inking away! Corner rounding is one of them- I don't mind a few corners but when you have a bunch of one inch squares that need to be rounded....ugh!, not really all that exciting!!!Whaddya know!...Cricut has solved that problem for me!!!! I  have been playing around with my CTMH cartridges Art Philosophy and Artiste since I got them and I must say , they are the best, by far!!!! Each cartridge has hundreds of images.... really , your imagination is the limit! Unless you're me, in which I've decided to case my card!!! LOL
I love the clean and simple card on page 27 of CTMH's current catalogue , so I wanted to make my own version. I used the< shape 11> feature @1" from the Art Philosophy cart and cut a whole bunch of these out ! No corner rounder needed here! Yay!

Easy-peasy, yeah, I could get used to that!! The most difficult part of this project was selecting papers!! I used a Verve stamp and die for the sentiment and some SU! dp for petals ( they kinda reminded me of flowers).
So there's my easy Case-d card ... hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by blog today .... have a great evening!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Going Postal at Jingle Belles!

Hi! The ladies at Jingle Belles are going postal - in a good way!!! Guest Belle, Lela Meinke has a very unique prompt for us this week....

"Lela suggested we build cards around postcards or real postage or even postal images; we've added in a couple twists of our own, so this fortnight you can choose from a few different-- but all MAIL-RELATED-- options:

make a card that includes faux or real postage or postal images

(mailboxes, postcards, stamps, cancellations, etc)


create a holiday postcard


make a holiday card with a matching (decorated) envelope."
Hmmmm, sounds like fun! I found some mini postcard style tags in my stash . I bought these last year and really had no idea how I was going to use them, until now!!
Here's my card for the postal challenge....
I accented the vintage postcard with a border and tree cut rom my Cricut cartridge Joys of the Season. To give the border and tree a wee bit more  interest I coated the tree with Glimmer Glam ( Hay Ride) and inked the edges with CTMH's Olive ink. Once the glimmer dried on the tree , I curled the edges a bit for an aged look. I used a shimmery green cardstock for the border ; I used some red stickles for berries . I did the same for the holly berries on the postcard . I added
 a Making Memories brad to the corner of the postcard to cover a faux wax seal that I wasn't all that keen on. The ribbon on top was part of the ornament ( a hanger), I just tied it a bow. The crochet trim is SU.Finally, the bling in the background was leftovers from my stash.Oh, and all those lovely papers are from a 6X6 pad from Memory Box called Tinsel.
So that's my postal card! Maybe I'll make an envelope to match!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card

Good evening! I've been busy planning my first card class of the fall... my creative mojo  really needs a jumpstart!!!! I did manage to ink up a new Kenny K stamp I got recently . The Cheers Dude stamp is peerfect for making masculine cards ( I seemed to own a huge amount of "pretty" stamps!!!!) . Here's what I did with the stamp......

 I colored the image with my Copics and the sentiment is from a SU set called Cheers To You. The dp was bought online at Two Peas In a Bucket. I love the chevron pattern and the other side is the stars.
Here's the inside......
The inside greeting is from SU's new set called Happy Hour. The beer mug is from Cheers To You.
I've already stamped this image on cardstock, all I have to do is color them!!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.... have  a great weekend!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Masculine Bday card - Mojo Monday 258

Happy Monday!! Well, the kids are officially settled into their school routine and I have some time to spend crafting!! Yay! I need to make a few masculine cards as most of the ones I already have on hand are full of glitter , ribbons and other pretty girly things! Close To My Heart has a set that I love called Cruisin' ( it comes with a kit called Cruisin' Workshop that was in the last catalogue). I love the vintage car and road signs in this set and the paper that comes with it is awesome!!

I used the sketch at Mojo Monday for my inspiration....

I stamped the car and then cut it out to make it pop off the circle mat , which I also did for the  two road signs. All cardstock and ink are from CTMH, the brads are so old that I haven't a clue as to where I bought them!!!!
I used more of the stamps from Cruisin' to decorate the inside . The greeting is from Stampin' Up!'s Happiest Birthday Wishes.
So that's my Mojo card .... thanks for stopping by and checking my blog out!!!
Have a great day!