Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CDAC Progressive challenge

This is my entry for the CDAC's first progressive challenge. I love using digi's on my cards and it's a great place to find them and lots of inspiration!  My coloring is still not great, but it's still fun;-)

This is an A2 card and the digi is from Priscilla's Styles.  It was printed on my computer, colored with Promarkers, then cut out with a Nestability.  The background paper is from the DCWV performance mat stack and the vellum is from Making Memories (I need some vellum glue/tape).  The in used is Tim Holtz distress ink and the ribbon is from Walmart.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Birthday Sundaes: It's all about the brads

So, brads are the challenge this week at Birthday Sundaes. You had to use at least 3 on your project. The purse is from the Paisley Cricut cartridge cut at 3 1/4". I put the flower from Creative Charms on instead of the last couple of layers, it added some dimension since it's a simple card. The patterned paper is from Me & My Big Ideas. I got the yellow at JoAnn's recently when it was on sale and the black and white are stash papers. I've had the brads forever but they are also from JoAnn's. I used a MS edge punch to do the lattice. It doesn't match up exactly but I decided it was ok anyway, adds a little more interest. The yellow paper has a little texture to it so the stamp isn't completely solid. Liked that too (looks better in person) so didn't try to fix it. I tried to get all of the brads to go a little sideways at the same angle but there was one that wouldn't cooperate. They look pretty decent in the picture but no guarantee how long they'll stay like that;) Have a good day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Link Up Love Party with K Andrew

Kristal at Getting Cricky, has these linking parties once a month to help us expand our bloggy horizons. They look like fun BUT I have never done one before because I'm always afraid I'm going to do something wrong. Trying anyway this time, guess that's the important thing;-) If you choose to participate you will get to see some hopefully new blogs and maybe make some new bloggy friends. It's a win/win for all of us!

Kristal has asked us to link a favorite project. I chose this because it's a little different as far as style goes. (Not the best picture, sorry.)

She also would like us to tell something we are grateful for, there is so much that it's hard to pick one thing. This week my kids and I are all headed back to school so I'm picking something that goes with that theme. I will miss my son when he's at school but I am very grateful that both of my children have the opportunity to attend college. My daughter is almost done (she lives at home which has worked for her-me too). It's been really great to see them grow as people!

I look forward to seeing the other blogs. Have a great day!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Blue heart

Cricut Cardz Challenge's theme for the week is a heart/thank you card. You could use any cartridge or any color as long as it wasn't pink or red. I used one of the hearts from the "A Child's Year" cartridge. It is cut at 3 1/4" and I dry embossed it with the D'vine Swirls (sp) Cuttlebug folder. It was a little too deep so I flattened it out some. I went around the rose and the outside of the heart with Stickles. The brown piece was cut with the largest Nestability in the set (labels 1) and was embossed with the Swiss dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. The white piece came with the pinking already done and it was embossed with one of the folders from the Sentimentals coordinating set. The colored paper is all from Colorbok, The stamp is from a really old set in my stash and was stamped with brown Momento ink.

Single layer Christmas

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge this week was to make a single layer Christmas card. This card is an A2 size. The layer paper is from Recollections. I stamped with Ranger perfect medium and embossed it with white MS embossing powder. The three brads were attached and then I used a combination of glue plus snow glitter and Stickles to create the snowy background. (I think it needs more snow). It was a really quick card, which are my favorites, but it doesn't look nearly as neat as the one on their blog. It's beautiful. I got the stamps last year at Michael's and don't remember who made them. I think they are there again this year and I need to check.

Fantabulous Bug

The challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut is to make a bug. I used the cute dragonfly from the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge. It is cut at 3 1/2". The paper is from the Echo Park "Walk in the park" 6"x6" pad. I love that pad and will be really sad when it's gone:( There is some tone on tone action going on with the ribbon and the background but it looks pretty cute. The ribbon is from Details. The face is a Peachy Keen Stamps mix and match set. The sentiment is from the Joy's Life Lots of Puns set. The teal paper was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and it looks a little like grass. I put some I-rock gems on the wings to add a little bling.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


The challenge at Shopping Our Stash this week was to use vellum or violet or violins. You could use one, two, or all three. Mine kind of uses 2 as there are some purplish shades involved as well as the violin.

I picked up the kraft card bases and matching envelopes at Michael's on Sunday as they were on clearance. I've never used these before so we'll see if I like them. The are A6 size (4.5 x 6.25) which is a little larger than I'm used to. I messed up one cut because I wasn't paying attention and just went back to what I usually do. Thank goodness I had enough left to fix it. The violin was cut from the Cricut Quarter Note cartridge at 3 1/2". The paper is from a Provo Craft Scrap pad that I've had for at least 5 years. This is a birthday card for a friend who just came back from Italy so I thought it was appropriate. The piece under the violin is a 4"x4" square that I dry embossed and then inked with a bronze colored ink. That part is better in person because there is a slight metallic shine to it that doesn't show up in the picture. The piece under the sentiment is glossy paper with alcohol ink on it. I tried to match the colors in the base paper. I've had them for months but it's the first time I've tried using them. I don't have any blending solution and think I need some.

Base: kraft premade base
Patterned paper: Provo Craft Scrap pad (something about Europe)
Cricut cartridge: Quarter Note (a must if you like music)
Cuttlebug folder: Moroccan
Sentiment: K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts (another of her sentiments inside the cards says "Live the life you want")
Embellishments, etc.:
Viva Decor pearl pen, Martha Stewart (ink, pop dots, brown ribbon), misc. ribbon, Adirondack Alcohol ink, metal hot fix brad tops from Walmart.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Scrappy card

Becky at Squirly Girl Creations is having a challenge on her blog and I thought I'd give it a try. You have to only use scraps and you have to use a K Andrew Designs stamp. No problem there, I have plenty of scraps and love Kristal's stamps.

The paper is mostly from DCWV. I know the pink looks big but there are actually things cut out of it behind the flowered piece. The pink strip across the card is a piece of watercolor scrap that I inked with MS ink. I did the weaving and then cut it out with a spellbinder die. It shifted a little when I cut so the right side is a little messed up and I'm trying to figure out how to fix it. I may add some Stickles around it to cover the mistake. (If anybody has any other suggestions I'll take them.) I rounded the corners with my corner chomper (yes, one is different - on purpose). The stamp is from Kristal's Positive Thoughts set. Head over to Becky's blog if you want to play too!