Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two More Wedding Layouts Tonight

This First Layout is called With This Ring. I wanted more pictures of Andrei's face while putting the ring onto my finger, but the photographer didn't seem to get as many. Or, if he did take pictures of him his eyes were probably closed. The title is cut out using the Gypsy Wanderings Font. The stamped saying was cut out with George and Basic Shapes. I bought the Wedding Quote stamp set to use in my layouts, and this is the first time I have used the stamp set. I am famous for buying stamps to make my own embellishments and then never following through with them. The little purple flowers are from the Micheals Recollections brand.

The second layout has one of my favourite pictures from the Wedding Ceremony. The kiss! It was actually our family friend Larry who dabbles in photograph who took this "money shot". I love how my eyes are closed and Andrei's are open! So cute! We had to ask if we could kiss each other, as the priest didn't say that you could now Kiss the Bride! So, that is why we are giggling in the other shots! I am having a lot of fun reliving this special day while scrapbooking!

Vintage Card Series: Silhouette Head (Episode # 71)

I am having a whole lot of fun playing with the Vintage style. It is even more challenging when I am only allowing myself to use items from my stash. I have never really tried Vintage before, so I don't have the typical items in my stash that scream vintage. However, when I was at the scrapbooking store a month ago. I saw this very pretty Teresa Collins paper called Posh. It is a collection of girlie papers. One of the sheets had a black Silhouette head on a oval and then a pink background. I immediately fell in the love with the paper. But, resisted because I wans't to sure what I could really do with the paper.

So, I filed the design away in my creative repetoire. I pulled it out for this card, and although the head shape is more modern then vintage... this card still pleasantly fits the theme I am working with!I think I might like to try and make more of this style! Here is the video below with all the details to make the card. Lots of great tips in how to distress!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lisa's Challenge Use Your Embellishment Wedding Layout...I Do

I am having so much fun in my room today! It really has been a marathon! But, I think my craftyness might of come to an end for today now. I have a late dinner to make. I have vacuuming, and laundry to do. I can do this now that Andrei is off to work! However, I have had a blast creating today, and trying a whole bunch of things. This challenge was posted by my friend Lisa over at the Canadian Scrap N Swap Messageboard. She asked any of us to create a layout that uses an embellishment that we have had laying around in our stash, but just haven't used. So, I chose these darling butterflies. I bought them back in May, but just haven't found the right layout to use these with! Until today! The Title was cut out using the Cricut from the Sweet Treats cartridge. The large Die Cut piece on the left hand page was cut out from my Elegant Edges cartridge. I lined it all up in my Gypsy, so that it only cut 4 inches of the cut as required by the sketch. The sketch that I used for this layout actually comes from the Sketch Support Website. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. But, have changed the 3 4x6 pictures on the left page for one 4 x 12 picture! Thanks for checking it out!

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge: Use Yellow

My favourite challenge blog has a new challenge up today! The challenge is to use the colour yellow! Well, I checked the challenge this morning! I didnt think that I was going to be able to participate because I find yellow a tough colour to work with! However, I was sorting through items in my stash and found these adorable butterflies cut out with the colour yellow! So, I was inspired to make this card using these butterflies. These butterflies are a cricut cut from the graphically speaking cartridge. The card is a 5.5 card! I designed this card in my gypsy. The card base uses the square from George and Basic Shapes, and a book design from the Elegant Edges. These were welded together to make the base, which was then cut out of kraft cardstock! The patterned paper is from my stash! The scallop circle was also cut out from Elegant Edges also!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cricut Sweet Toothe Box Cartridge with Cupcake Box

I was very excited to use my new Cricut cartridge the Sweet Toothe Boxes. It is a great cartridge with a whole bunch of fun cuts. The purpose of this box is to hold a whole bunch of different cupcakes. I bought this cartridge with Julie in mind. Since she loves to make all sorts of cupcakes. However, the boxes can be use for a whole bunch of other different purposes. For instance, this box was used as a small gift box for my Uncle Carl for his birthday. Our extended family doesn't exchange gifts anymore. But, I had to bring a little something as a gift. So, I filled the box with chocolate covered almonds. I followed all the directions in the book to make the box. Except I added a few of my own details including embossing the cupcake top. And then glittering the all the swirls. I thought it gave the cupcake a more realistic look. I then also put a ribbon around the base of the cupcake box for an extra added embellishment. In the future, I think I will add one of my stamped sentiments "Seize the Cupcake". But, for my first attempt I think it looks pretty cute.

Three 12 x 12 Wedding Layouts to Share

I had a lot of fun playing in my scraproom tonight! I completed three different layouts and used a whole bunch of Cricut cuts to do it. I love how I am able to use my Gypsy to size the items I need perfectly for the layout. I used a variety of cartridges to complete these projects, and of course I used Alison Davis Sketches. I love the clean lines of her sketches. I find that these sketches allow me to focus on the photographs when looking through the albums rather than the embellishments on the page. The white flowers on Family Wishes layout were hand made by myself! I am really enjoying making handmade flowers, but of course when you add all those odds and ends...it takes a long time to complete a layout. But, three layours in an evening is pretty good. I am finding the most difficult part is chosing the photos for the layouts and then the sketches to go with the layout!

Vintage Card Series # 3 Birdcage with Bird

So, I am having a lot of fun exploring my "vintage" side. I must say that this is my favourite card to date! There is something about a bird cage that I really like. It has a romantic card this feel, although I came it as an everyday occasion card, so that it has multiple uses to the person that I am gifting the card to! Here is video below with the details of the card!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Woot! Woot! Flower Shoppe Cartridge

My sister and I took our trip to Bellingham Washington for shopping! It wa a long day! We left my house at 7:00am and didnt get backnyo my house until 7pm! However, i am most excited with this purchase! I found the Flower Shoppe cartridge at Jo-ann's. It is regularly 29.99, but I purchased it for 19.99! I completely lucked out, as it was on sale! I am now just inching to play with it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fantabulous Cricut Birthday Challenge Card

I needed a card to give to my Uncle for his Birthday this weekend! So, I decided to to play over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge! The projects and the ideas there are just so challenging! The card base is 5x7. I used my elegant edges to cut out the scalloped circle! That Elegant Edges is fastly becoming my most used cartridge! The cupcake is from Sweet Treats and the Celebrate word cut is from Celebrations! I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the red paper behind the scallop! It was amlot of fun to make a card of this size, as often I make A2 size cards...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Vintage Card Series Floating Butterflies (Video # 68)

I am having a lot of fun experimenting with the vintage look. This card was actually the first card that inspired me to start this series. I was very attracted to the patterned paper that has been in my stash for ages! I am looking through what I have frequently in an effort to resitst buying product, and some times it inspires me to create a project like this! Here is my project! I love working with black, white, and pink!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tea Cup Boxes with the Cricut

I am always looking for ways to get Crafty. I stumbled across a tea cup box while I was looking around. Of course the templates I found for a 3D tea cup were either labour intensive or I had to buy a special die cut like the Sizzix Tea cup die that is featured below here.

However, I was determined to find something that I could create in my cricut. Even if it meant that I had to design it myself in the gypsy. However, I first thought I would do a google search to see if there was anything out there. Well, thankfully there was. I found this link to the 3D Tea Cup box on the old cricut message board. This cut file is part of a series of cut files that were developed as part of a
Cricut Shape Boxes swap. Although, I didn't participate in this swap. The ladies were kind enough to share all of the shape boxes with the rest of us! There are tons of great ones. I was so excited to find a tea cup one, that I had to cut it out immediately and make one right away! Actually, I made three of these right away, and a video showing you all the process thanks so much for stopping by!

Updated: Here is the Cut File

Vintage Card Series: Dressform with the Cricut

So, I have jumped on the Dressform bandwagon. I was at Country Lane scrapbook store parusing around at all the different embellishments and projects, and I found quite a few different items whether it be stamps, chipboard, paper, or die cuts that had a dress form. This item intrigued me to think about what could be created with a project such as this. I resisted the tempation to buy anything on the spot like that and I decided to go home and see what I could find on youtube and google images. Well, to my surprise this is a trend that has been around for quite a while! I almost missed it! I than made it my challenge to create my own dressform using my Gypsy and current cricut cartridges. It is very easy to get caught up with a trend...only to find you never used an item again. I explain in my video the process to designing the Dressform, as well, as showing you how to make the card. This is typically not my style, but I am really happy with the finished project! Please expect five more videos that will show you the different vintage inspired cards.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Homemade Glue Gun Base

So, I have been using my mini glue gun a lot lately because I use it to make Rosettes using the Tim Holtz die, and as well I use it to make handmade flowers! Boy is it addicting to make those! So much easier too! Well, I was off in Youtube Crafty land when I came across by accident a tutorial for a Glue Gun. The youtubers channel I got this project from is Myautumnsunset
. She has a fabulous sense of style with her projects! I love it! I couldn't replicate her style. But, I came up with my own. I used crackle paper instead of crackly paint!

3x3 Cards

I used these cards to get back my scrappin mojo! I had some odds and ends on my desk that I kept on my desk to make the butterfly cards. My scrap stash has also been building up, so I thought it was time to really go through that and use it to make cards. It is so much easier to use the stash to make 3x3 cards. These were a lot of fun, and thankfully they got me going in the right direction to find my scrappin mojo! Tammy if you are reading this post. The two sets of 3x3 cards are using the stickers you gave to me in the last prize pack you sent to me!

Gloria's Card Challenge August 2011

Over at the Canadian Scrap and Swap Messageboard. Gloria always posts a monthly card challenge. Well, I am embarassed to say that I have not participated in a really long time! Just didn't have any crafting Mojo! Well, it is gradually coming back to me which is great because I really have some great stuff to play with and it is a shame when you don't feel inspired to create! It was my Dad's Birthday and I made this card for him. However, I just had a chance to post it now!

I bought this Rosette die just before my birthday, and really haven't played with it too much! So, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to take the embellishment from the sketch and turn it into a rosette. I plan on making some more of these cards when I have some time this week. The DCWV paper is from the Celebrations paper stack. The scallop is three inches from the Winter Woodland cartridge, and the Tag for the Happy Birthday is from Gypsy Wanderings. I used Sookwang tape for the glitter strip along with Martha Stewart Glitter in garnet.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Two Years Ago Today....

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Getting Organized.....

So, my summer has been not what I expected it to be! I have had some health issues, so I have been taking it easy and using this summer to get the rest that I need. However, I am feeling a lot better, and after a long weekend at the lake I am feeling refreshed and ready to get organized.

I have a few goals that I want to do over the summer. But, one of the goals that I am working on right now is to develop a home management binder. This binder will have five different sections:
- Weekly Meal Plan.
- Favourite Recipes
- Eating Out Pamphlets
- Home Cleaning Schedule
- Budget

The first section that I am working on right now is the weekly meal plan. I tried this out earlier in the year, but fell off the wagon when I got sick. So, now I have carefully developed a template that works for me. However, I found a template here that really works for me! I have customized all the different options that you can have for food! It starts to look more optimistic of the different options we have when we plan ahead! My husband is quite a picky eater, so it can be challenging to accomodate his likes and my likes. But, now I have come up with a plan it should be easier.

The funny thing about this post is that I forgot about it, and just remembered it now. Well, thank goodness blogger has a save feature or this post would have been long lost! But, to say the very least, the meal plan for the week was a huge help. However, things didn't go as planned. I got too busy with fun stuff, that I was unable to do a huge grocery shopping trip. But, it was super handy not to have to decide the day of or the dinner hour what we are having to eat. I hope to continue this, and then add what I have learned to flyer shopping and coupon shopping next. I am sure this will be much easier once I develop my system.

I will be sure to keep you posted.
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