Thursday, January 31, 2013

Getting Cricky - You are....


Happy Thursday everyone! I have a really quick card for you today. Things are really hectic right now and it's difficult to spend a lot of time making a card.  K Andrew Designs stamps make it really easy to make a great, and really quick, card. I used the "Amazing you" stamp set for the sentiment. The banner is a die. I threw the packaging away and don't remember who made it, sorry. The paper is from is one of my new favorite packs, Loolah.

I continued the thought on the inside of the card and added a border punched with a Martha Stewart punch along the bottom. It's from the same paper as the background on the front of the card. 

Here are the stamps I used. There are some left that you can find at K Andrew Designs.

kad005: Amazing You stamp set In Stock! - Click Image to Close

I hope everyone has a great day and enjoys the upcoming weekend!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chilly Celebrations

 Welcome to the Craft with Cutters challenge at My Paper Crafting. This week we made things for Chilly Celebrations. I used the free digi from MPC that you can find here. I think it will still download for free until Thursday night. I have friends who have an anniversary this month and this is for one of them to give to the other. It's not super "chilly" but the snowflakes add a little touch of winter fun. (Admittedly it's hard to be in the winter spirit when it's hitting the 80's.)

I used the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge for the background piece. It was cut at 3 1/2". There is a white shadow but it's a little hard to see in the picture. The yellow border is a Martha Stewart punch. I colorized the image using Paint Shop Pro because I wanted it to match the papers as much as it could.

Make sure you check out all of the other designers' sites, there are lots of great projects to see.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Music Lover

Happy Sunday everyone!

This weekend has been crazy busy but I wanted to get this card done. I'm entering it into the music challenge at Fantabulous Cricut and the font challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2. I bought a new 6 x 6 paper pack at Hobby Lobby this week and wanted to use it. There are several names on it so here's called Loolah from Iron Orchid Designs by Creative Imaginations. All I really know is the paper is really cute! There are little ladybugs on several of the sheets and some great flowers.

The sixteenth note was cut at 3 1/2" and I inked around the lighter part. The phrase was cut at 2". I was afraid to cut it much smaller for fear it would tear. I'm not have good luck with the blade I just put in recently:(. The seam binding and the flower are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I inked around the edges of the card itself and the background. As you can see (unfortunately), the phrase is on foam tape as is the note. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Hi all!

There were 51 comments from the time I announced my "100 Follower Giveaway". I wrote them all down in order and then used to generate the  winning number and the winner is......Larelyn! I messaged you on FB to get your address. I decided that I would give a small token of appreciation to my 100th follower, so Kathy, if you'll send me your address via email (lpboyles @ gmail . com - no spaces) I will send you a little something as well.

I just wanted to thank you all very much for coming back now and again, I really appreciate it!

Lynn B.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Yay! 100 followers!! Thank you Kathy for being #100. I will be pulling comments and announcing the give-away winner by Sunday at the latest. I won't be home much for the next couple of days so that's why the delay. Thank you all!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013


First I must apologize for the picture. I got one shot and my camera battery died. I had to make due to get this done on time. The challenge for the week at Fantabulous Cricut was to make a masculine card. I used the Sports Mania Cricut cartridge for this cut. It's a congratulations card for the varsity boys basketball team at school. They scored over 100 points at the game Friday night, it was quite exciting! It's the first time this group of boys has done that and I thought it deserved a little recognition (although I'm sure their coach won't want it to go to their heads).  

The paper is all stash, and all scraps! The image was cut at 2 1/4" and ended up being about 4" long. The white is embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder. The brads are from my stash also. The corners were rounded with the larger side of my Corner Chomper. Thanks for checking out my card!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bird on a branch (**and reminder)

The challenge this week at BBTB2 was to do a bird and a branch. I combined cuts from 2 Cricut cartridges to create this card. The peacock is from the Art Nouveau cartridge and the branch is from the Pagoda cartridge. The peacock was cut at 5" and the branch at 1 1/2". I did have to cut the branch down a bit as it was a little long, but it would have looked weird if I had cut it any smaller. 

The back patterned paper is from K and Co.and the vellum is from my stash. The rest is cut from a pad of mixed colors I got from T.J. Maxx. There was no label as to who the manufacturer was. The gold braid is from my Webster's Pages sale box. (I will definitely be purchasing that again, what a great value!) The stamp is from a K Andrew Designs retired set. I used Stazon ink to stamp on the vellum so it wouldn't smear. 

**On another note, I am only 3 away from 100 followers. I mentioned a month or so ago that I would have a give-away when I get there. I've been collecting things to add to the mix and may post a picture tomorrow or Monday.

 I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Getting Cricky Masculine card

It's my DT day at Getting Cricky! You all know I love Kristal's stamps and use them all the time. I needed a really quick masculine birthday card for a co-worker and this is what I came up with. I used the "I Mustache You" sentiment set as the inspiration for the card.
The moustache and sentiment were stamped in black Memento ink on a piece of kraft card stock. I supplemented the sentiment with the Coffee and Tea for you and me set which is sold out, unfortunately. I used Spellbinders Nestabilities hexagon dies to cut out the sentiment and the striped background. The brown behind the sentiment is a piece from a bag that I got when I ordered something online. I crumpled it and inked it with Vintage Photo distress ink.

I decided I wanted to do something on the inside as well and added a strip from the top of the bag to the bottom of the card. As you can see I didn't exactly get the stamp straight, but like I said, it was SUPER quick.

Moustache You NEW! Tag-Along Sentiments - Click Image to CloseHere is the whole moustache set. It has lots of really cute and punny saying on it. Click on the link above if you would like your own set. I hope everyone has a great day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bundle Up

The Craft with Cutters challenge for today at My Paper Crafting is Bundle Up Baby. It's really difficult to think of bundling up at the moment as I sit here with the sunburn I got on Sunday in the 86 degree heat. It's nice to think that it is cooler somewhere! I grew up in a much cooler climate and I do miss putting on all of those extra layers and going out to play in the snow. Ice skating was one of my favorite things to do, which may be why I chose the image I did. It's from "A Child's Year" Cricut cartridge. When you're done here, come join us for the fun and make your own Bundle Up project!

The image was cut at 4 1/4" from a piece of Core'dinations whitewash paper. I lightly sanded it to bring out a bit more of the blue background. The blue layer is the back of the same whitewash paper that was cut with a Spellbinders die and embossed with a snowflake embossing folder. The card base is a gate fold card and was made from a 6" x 12" piece of paper. (The final dimensions are 4" x 6".) Here's a better picture of the gate fold.

Two other pieces of white paper were cut at 2" x 6" for the front and embossed with the same folder. I used Perfect Pearls in white on the snowflakes to add a little glimmer. The rick-rack is a pre-glued strip that came from the $1.50 bin at Michael's. There is a little shimmer in it as well. The snowflake is a Martha Stewart Punch. 

I hope you enjoy all of the projects you see today. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Getting Cricky

Happy New Year!!

Welcome to my first Getting Cricky post for 2013!! I am excited to continue on this journey with Kristal and her stamps.

I made these altered books for the ladies in my Wednesday book group. It's a rolodex, of sorts, to hold mail, photos, etc. Ok, I know some of you are having a slight meltdown that I altered books, but the only thing actually altered are the covers, most of which were damaged to start with. The pages are just folded over so if anyone really wanted to read the book they could unfold them and read! I got the books at the library in the "friends of the library" section so the money went toward a good cause. Each book is different and reflects the personality of the person it's going to.

I used the "Positive Thoughts" stamp set for the sentiment above the bird. As luck would have it there was one set still left when I last checked. The bird and branch are from a Spellbinders Die and the flower on the bottom was cut using the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge.

There are lots of embellishments on the book that you may not be able to see too well. My computer is not working so I have to borrow one and my photos are what they are. If you have any old and/or damaged books around, this is a great way to recycle!

(not my idea, got it from youtube)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013



Today is my first official post as a full fledged design team member at My Paper Crafting!! I had a great time as a guest designer for the 25 Days of Christmas and was thrilled when Melin asked me to stay on the team. They are a great group of women! 

The project for this week was to do something with a snowflake to honor the students at Sandy Hook Elementary. We were to make a snowflake to send, but the PTA closed that (too many snowflakes) before I got to do it so I made a snowflake project instead. You can click on this link to the Newtown Public schools to find other ways you can help if you feel so inclined. 

The snowflakes were cut from the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. The large bronze at 2 1/2" and the white at 2". I let the background paper guide the color choices for the card. It's not your normal winter colors, but I kind of like that. The stamp is from an older set from my stash. 

I hope everyone had a good holiday season and that 2013 is good to you!

**I apologize for the picture quality. My computer is not working so I have to put in unretouched photos for now**