Thursday, 28 June 2012

From this - to this #7

Amongst all the chaos of the morning, and in order that I didn't get too stressed out, I managed to make this today.  She's a Sassy Lady put a request out for a Get well card for one of the design team members.  So, in between a hair appointment, taking Emily to school, going to grad with Shannon, I still managed to make this.

From this



To this



I have put in a couple of other photos to show the butterfly.



I used the Art Philosophy cartridge for all the cuts on this card.

The base card is 6" by 4".

Layer 1 was cut at 5 7/8" by 3 7/8 and layer 2 cut at 5 5/8" by 3 5/8".  I only wanted a very small edge of colour showing.

The sentiment is stamped on the rectangle 5 (page 35) cut at 3" by 1" and 2.75" by 0.75".

The butterfly (page 55) was cut at 3".

I also added another layer to the butterfly by using the flourish (page 59, Font layer shift) and flipping it to make two pieces to insert between the two layers of the butterfly. These flourishes were cut at 2.5".

A little bit of ribbon and some pearl dots to finish.

This is the inside of the card:-)



Entering this card in the following challenges

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges #25,   3 Things (3 pearl dots or 3 layers to the butterfly)

Paper Playtime Challenge #77,  Say it with Sentiments - Anything goes

Jaihart - Sundays are lovely #11 + give away and link party

I'm going to pop this in the post tomorrow, I found it takes about a week for post to get to American addresses (same as posting to the UK - go figure).

Oh well, best I go and get my girls from school and graduation dance, hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Its Canada Day on Sunday so I expect we'll be off out to see the fireworks.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

A little bit of life

Hi everyone, this is just a quick post.  I thought I would share a photo of my daughter Shannon, who graduated today.  Shannon is off to high school in September and she is so excited, not only for grad but for summer hols.  This was taken just before graduation this morning.



They are having a party at school and a dance.  Can't believe how grown up she looks.  Not my baby anymore:-(  But I am so proud of her.  Her sister Emily has another 3 years before I have to do this all over again :-)

Happy crafting everyone and hope you didn't mind sharing a bit of life:-)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A long long time ago.....!

OK, I know it hasn't been that long, but it feels like it.  I have to apologise for not posting for a few days, my craft room has been abandoned:-(

Things are a bit hectic this week, end of school year and eldest daughter graduating (you never know - I might even post a picture ). And I suppose I just had to get some housework done, and the kids wanted brownies made to take to school - you know all those things that have to be done - when I really want to be crafting LOL.

I hope to have a post for you towards the end of the week, as I have a Get well card to make.  So please bare with me, I will be back on form soon.

Thought I would share this lovely tranquil scene with you (I wish I had taken this photo but alas no) this is how I hope to feel, come the weekend:-)


Happy crafting everyone:-)

Saturday, 23 June 2012

From this - to this #6

Hope you are all having a good weekend.  Mine has been very crafty.  I have finally managed to finish the rest of the teachers gifts.  With graduation on Thursday, it is nice to know that the gifts can be given out on Tuesday.  I can't believe that's another school year gone past.

From this



And of course with vases - it must be flowers.  The tags I made earlier in the week (click here) have been attached to these gifts.  

To this



I would like to give credit to Jessica, from Created by Rosie, for the awesome tutorial (click here) for these roses.



I used double-sided papers for the roses, and inked the edges before rolling. 

I did put the leaves together slightly different, in that I doubled each leaf so that I couldn't see my messy glue and wires; I ended up cutting, inking and embossing 56 medium leaves at 2" (fun5 leaf, page 22), 14 large leaves (2.5") and 7 base leaves (sunflower 4, page 17) which I only cut one for each rose, phew:-)

Sprayed the finished flowers with home-made glimmer-mist to finish them off.



I hope you like the finished result - I'm going to give myself a day or two off crafting now, I need to get some house work done:-)

I already have some ideas in my head for up coming projects, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

From this - to this #5

Here is a very quick card for you today.  Sheila at She' A Sassy Lady put out a request to her DT members for a Thinking of You card for a fellow crafter who needs cheering up.  This is what I came up with and I'll be off out to post it this morning.

From this



And yes - you will have noticed they are very similar colours from yesterdays card. I was trying to use up some left overs.

To this



And the inside of the card is simple too



I did hand write a lovely quote in the card that says

"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be."
 (by Douglas Pagels)

I used the Pagoda cartridge for this project.

The card is a 6" by 4" card base.

The friend layer (page 36, Kanji word) was cut at 5.75" by 3.75". I inked the edges a little.

The Kimono (page 72) was cut at 4", I used pearlescent paper for this, hence the slight sheen. I also popped the layers to add a little depth.

And the little Kanji symbol for friend, was cut at 1".

I didn't want to make this card to thick and heavy because of posting.  I hope you really like this quick and easy card.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

From this - to this #4

I didn't think I was going to get chance to get anything done today, however, I had an hour or so this morning, and thought I could get something quick done.  Just before we get to the project, I couldn't resist sharing this photo with you today.  My cat, Jess, was looking for attention and decided to plonk herself right down at my craft desk.



So off we go.


From this 



A friends birthday is this Friday so this is today's

To this



I made a 6" by 4" tri-shutter card.  Lorraine from Card Creations by Lorraine has a fabulous tutorial for the card base, click here to check it out.

The fans are from the Pagoda cart and cut at 2". I used pearlescent papers as oriental things alway seem to look so rich.  I also scored and folded them to make them look more realistic.

So a nice straight forward card today. Hope you like it.

This card as been entered in the following challenge

CardZ TV - anything goes challenge 

DL. ART favourite piece from June - just for fun, be a follower- get a follower.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

From this - to this #3

Teachers, teachers, teachers gifts everywhere!  Hi everyone, today I managed to make a start on the gifts for 7 female teachers (yep 7). As my eldest daughter is graduating and will be going to High School in September, we thought it would be nice to give to some of the other teachers who have also helped her over the past years.  So here we go.

From this



To this



These tags will be attached to the gifts that I will be making later in the week - so stay tuned:-)

The tags were cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge (Tag2, page 40), was cut at 5.5" by 3.5".

The layer (square1,  page 23), was cut at 4" by 3".

For the sentiment I used the Quarter Note cartridge and font 1.  It was sized and cut to fit on top of the layer.

I made roses (scallop 1, page 13) from the Flower Shoppe cartridge - these were cut at 3.5".



I also placed layers on the reverse side of the tags with some teachers quotes, these were just printed on some nice card stock using Word.






I hope you are enjoying this new series as much as I am.  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 18 June 2012

From this - to this #2

Its been a few days I see. Well, it was Father's Day weekend and I couldn't really craft now, could I?

As the end of the school year is looming (28th June), I thought I had better get a move on with some of the end of year teachers gifts.  Today I have made the four male gifts. I used the Winter Woodland cartridge for the sentiments and the Art Philosophy cartridge for the base of the label on the bag.

From this



OK, so its not going to be cards.  Got the vinyl out today to play and here's how it went.

To this



The sentiment on this mug was cut at 1", in black vinyl. I used the shadow font (Winter Woodland).


The quotation on the above mug reads "2 Teach is, 2 Touch lives, 4 Ever".  I have used this quote in another alternate gift for another teacher (click here).  I made two of these mugs and just filled them with some essentials, pencils, pens, highlighter.  And of course had to put in some chocolate - very essential!!



The sentiment, on this one, was cut at 0.75", and again I used the shadow font.



The quotation on the mug, this time, says "Discover wildlife: Be a Teacher!"  I added the little cardinal as after all I live in Canada:-) I made two of these also. The little cardinal is on page 59 and was cut at 1.5".



The bag was decorated with a base (rectangle page 25 - Art Philosophy) and then the ThankYou was cut using the font and shadow font, in card stock (Winter Woodland), it was cut at 2".



It was a bit fiddly to do the mugs because of the roundness.  I found it easier to do a couple of letters at a time, that way I was able to get a reasonably straight line round the mug:-)

I hope you have enjoyed this one.  Thank you for stopping by.

Happy crafting everyone.

Friday, 15 June 2012

From this - to this #1

My apologies for not posting for a few days, I seemed to lose my mojo for a few days.  But I have decided to start a new series.  Its called "From this - to this".  I will show a picture of all the materials I'm going to use and then show the result.  It might be a card and it might be some other project.

So without further ado here we go.

From this



I used the Pagoda cartridge and the Art Philosphy Cartridge for this card.

The base is a side-easel card.  Thanks to Lorraine at Card Creations by Lorraine for a fabulous tutorial, click here for the tutorial.  I did make the card to be 7" by 5" though.

Layer 1 has been embossed with my Cuttlebug and a Sizzix folder called Twizzle.  I first inked it in blue then went over it in white.

The bamboo was cut in three different sizes, 5", 4.5" and 3.5" and layered with pop dots.

The pandas were cut at two different sizes 4" and 2.5".

The fans were cut at 1".

I used the Art Philosphy cart to cut the base for the sentiment. 

The sentiment was printed using Windows, as I don't own a Father's Day stamp.  I managed to find an oriental font.

To this



I really like how this turned out, its for my daughters to give to Daddy on Fathers day.

This card has been entered in the following challenges

Creative Cutter Room - Fathers Day or man card (closes 27 June).

DL. ART - Thankful Thursday Challenge - a card for a man (closes 23 June).

Hope you like this and thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

A little Winter Woodland

I have come to the end of my "A little..." series.  This is the last card in my self-imposed challenge of using one cartridge.

The following card, could be used for male or female I think, was made using the Winter Woodland cartridge, you may associate this cartridge as being a Christmas go to, but I felt there were definitely other ways to use it.  It's not just a Christmas card cartridge at all, in fact there are a few things on this cartridge that could be used for new home, birthdays, even wedding cards.

I also used the 12" by 24" mat for this one, so I was able to cut the whole card.



I used the Card on page 60 to make the base (5" by 5" card), however I wanted it to be a little longer below the circle with the bird. So I took the card shadow (page 60), sized it to 10" by 2" and welded it to the card and therefore the final size of my card is 7" by 5".

I made an insert for the card measuring 9.75" by 4.75", so that the circle had a backing but it made the card look neat inside too.

The branch (page 39) cut at 2".

The bird (page 60) was cut at 2.5".

The sentiment was cut at 1" using the font feature.

I also made a layer for under the sentiment which was cut at 4.5" by 2.25" and 4.25" by 2.

After yesterdays fiasco with really not knowing where I was going with the Sophisticated card, I am really pleased how this turned out.



This card is being entered into the following challenges

Cricut Creative Cutter  Photo Inspiration theme.

Lexi's Creations Challenge 67 - Happy Birthday Theme

Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes challenge

Jaihart - Sundays are Lovely #10 + Give away, link party.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.



Monday, 11 June 2012

A little Sophisticated

I really don't know where I was going with this card.  I had no idea how it would turn out. It's OK, but I feel it probably needs something else.  Maybe a bit of bling!  Anyway, we must post our creations even though we might not be feeling 100% about them.

The cartridge Sophisticated was used in this latest card, in my self imposed one cartridge only challenge.

The card base was made by welding two of of the Font 1 shape (page 64) and then sized to make a 7" by 5" card.  I inked the edges to add a bit of definition.

Layer 1 used the same shape above cut at 6.5" by 4.5", I then used my Cuttlebug to emboss it using one of the folders from the Paper Lace 2 companion set.

Layer 2 was a piece of card stock from a new paper pad that I purchased at Michaels the other day (see below).   It was cut at 5" by 3 5/8", as I wanted it to fit just inside the shape of layer 1, and I also punched the corners with a small heart corner punch.

The chandelier (page 31) was cut at 2.25" in pearlescent paper.

The scallop (Phrase page 65) under the sentiment was cut at 3" by 2".

For the sentiment I used Font 2 shadow feature and it was cut at 1".  I sprayed the sentiment with glimmer mist. (It worked really well but doesn't show up in the photo.)

I used pop dots to raise layer 2, the chandelier and the scallop under the sentiment, just to add some depth.



And I've added some bling - it helps a little but I think I might have to revisit this cartridge at a later date. I also need some photography lessons :-)





I thought I would share some details of the pad, I mentioned above, it is called Antiquities by G.C.D studios.  Its beautiful and has a linen feel to it too and its double sided.  It really is the first paper/card stock I can really say I love - its so rich.  (I am in now way connected to this company I just LOVE this paper pack).

pads/Antiquities-12x12-Cover.jpg

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

A little Quarter Note - revisited

I just had to return to the Quarter Note Cartridge for this one, as I have for days had this idea swimming around in my head.  A teen or Rockin' male card.

The base card is 8.5" by 5.5".

Layer 1, 2 and 3 were cut as follows:- 8.25" by 5.25", 8" by 5" and 7" by 4".

The sentiment was cut at 1" ( I really love the font on this cartridge).

The musical 8th Note (page 58) was cut at 1".

The guitar (page 36) was cut at 4".

I added some brads and some pop dots to add depth.



Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

This card is being entered in the following challenge

Little Scrap Pieces - Fathers Day or Masculine Card (closes 15 June)



Saturday, 9 June 2012

A little Quarter Note

Hi everyone - here we go.  After yesterdays power cut I was finally able to get this card cut and put together.  This card is for a close friend, whose birthday is next week.

This was made using the Quarter Note cartridge and I plan to return to this cart to do a teen card - later today if I get chance or at least tomorrow - I have this idea swimming around in my head so I suppose I better create it while its there:-)

The base of this card is 8.5" by 5.5".

Layer 1 and 2 were cut at 8" by 5.25" and 7.75" by 5". The image was the phrase shadow on page 60.

The roses were cut at 3" - I flipped the one image in CCR in order to have opposite corners.

The sentiment was made using Font 1, by using the Font feature text box in CCR, sized and cut at 2.5".

Even the = sign was used (page 50, font 1) sized to 1.5" width for edging the corners of the card with the pearl dots.  Also added some pop dots to the roses to add a little depth.


Thanks for stopping by.


Oh No!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, thought I would just post that I am not being neglectful of my blog!  We had a major power outage here yesterday and I therefore wasn't able to craft until quite late in the day:-(

However, I made the cuts late last night and will be putting the card together today:-)

So stay tuned for the next "A little..." card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A little Paper Lace 2

Today I decided to use the Paper Lace 2 cartridge for my challenge of using one cartridge only.  After looking through the images I thought that I would make two cards, one female and one male.

When you think of Paper Lace - you don't really think "male".  However, there are lots of images on this cart that can be utilized in male cards.  It really is worth giving this cartrdige a good look through.

Although both these cards are similar - I wanted to try and see if I could make an easy card and therefore stuck with 2 colours only.

For the female card the base was made in CCR using two of the Base shadow on page 27.  They were welded and sized to make a 5" by 7" card.

Accent 1 (page 27) and the base shadow, were cut at 4.5".

Accent 2 (page 37) and the base shadow, were cut at 2.25".

The sentiment (page 59, Lace 2) and the Lace 2 shadow, were cut at 2".

In all of the above layers, the shadow was cut out of pearlescent paper.

I added some pop dots to give a little depth to the card.


For the male card the base was made in CCR using two of the Base shadow on page 26.  They were welded and sized to make a 5" by 7" card.

Gears 1 (page 26) and the base shadow, were cut at 4.25".

Gear (page 36) and the base shadow, were cut at 1.25".

Gear Border (page 46) and the base shadow were cut at 1".

Happy Birthday 2 (page 63) and the base shadow were cut at 1.25".

Once again, in all the above layers, the base shadows were cut out of pearlescent paper, and added some pop dots for depth.



I hope you like these simple cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

A little Pagoda

OK Fathers Day is coming and although I hate doing male cards, I thought I had better get one done for my hubby from me.  I'll do another off the children another day.

Today I really struggled with the inspiration brain!!  It eventually came and I'm quite pleased with the result. You'll may also notice that my measurements are now decimalised, got fed up of putting 1/4 etc in:-)

This card was made by only using the Pagoda cartridge.

Base card is 6.75" by 5".  Ha ha, you might ask why? - Well, the layer one I wanted to emboss and use the whole embossing folder.  It looks better and therefore this is what the card base needed to be for it to look right when layered!  Thats my excuse anyway:-)

Layer 1 was cut at 6.5" by 4.75".  Embossed using the Cuttlebug and the folder from the Paper Lace 2 companion set.  And I then inked it in white to add definition to the embossing.

Layer 2 was cut at 5 3/4" by 4", this was card stock that I have had hidden away for years:-)

The sun (Tag, page 56, with the centre removed by using Hide/Contour in CCR) was cut 3 times, at 2.5", 2.25" and 2" and layered slightly off centre.

The tree (page 45) was cut at 3" and the dragon flies (page 43) were cut at 1".

I didn't have a Father's Day stamp so this was printed on card stock, using Windows.

I added 3 brads and some pop dots throughout to add depth to finish off.



This card has been entered in the following challenge

 Fathers Day - at least two Cricut cuts needed at Exploring with Cricut
(closes 9th June @ 9pm)

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 4 June 2012

A little Flower Shoppe

What a hectic day yesterday was - I didn't get any crafting done:-(  House hold seemed to take over, although I did manage to tidy up my blog a bit and learnt how to embed links!

For the next card, in my self imposed challenge (to use just one cart per card), I have used the Flower Shoppe cartridge.

Card base was an 11" by 8 1/2", folded in half to make a 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" card.

Layer 1 was cut at 8 1/4" by 5 1/4", and inked around the edges.

Layer 2 was cut at 8" by 5", was embossed using the Cuttlebug and the folder Babys Breath.  I also then inked the embossed image with white ink.

The flowers were all cut at 2" (page 12, 13 and 15).  I also sprayed them with some home-made glimmer mist.

For the leaves, I used the petal on page 20 (stack3) cut at 2" by 1/4".

The bouquet wrap was made using some speciality paper (from a stock a bought years ago).
To make the bouquet wrap, I cut a square 4 1/2 " by 4 1/2" and folded it.




This card is being entered in the following challenges

CWC#87: May Flowers at Cooking with Cricut

Fun Friday Challenge Emboss It at Little Scrap Pieces

Thanks for stopping by.




Sunday, 3 June 2012

My first project to enter in a challenge

I have decided to enter the teachers gift, that I have made for my daughters grade 5 teacher, into my first challenge.  Its an end of year gift for her when they finish school on the 28th June.

The challenge I have decided to take part in is "Anything but a layout or card." at The Paper Variety (closes midnight 13 June).




The leaves, roses and the background scallop shape are cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge, the phrase is cut from the font on Winter Woodland.



Saturday, 2 June 2012

A little George and Basic Shapes

Another in my challenge of only using one cartridge for a card.  I enjoyed putting this one together and hope you like it too.

The card base was made in CCR using two of the rectangles (page 106) sized and welded to make a 6" by 4" card.

Layer 1 (rectangle 4 page 106) was cut at 5 1/2" by 3 1/2".
Layer 2 (as above) was cut at 5 1/4" by 3 1/4" and embossed using the Cuttlebug and the folder called Babys Breath.

The flowers (flower 1, page 120) were made by cutting 3 for each flower, inked and then layered.  They were cut at 1".

For the stems I used the letter I, cut at length 3", and the leaves (oval 2, page 100) cut at 3" by 1/4".

The sentiment was cut at 1" high.

I added some pearl dots and also some pop dots to add some depth to the card.



Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 1 June 2012

A little Florals Embellished

Hi everyone, I have been a bit crafty this morning and have just finished this card too.  I wanted to make a card that looked a bit like summer was on its way. It was made using the Florals Embellished cartridge.

The base is 7" by 10" and folded to make a 7" by 5" card.

Layer 1 was cut at 6 3/4" by 4 3/4".
Layer 2 was cut at 6 1/4" by 4 1/4".

The butterfly (page 66) was cut at 3".

Layers under the sentiment were cut at 4 1/4" by 2 1/2" and 3 3/4" by 2".

The sentiment was cut at 1" (height).  I also added some pop dots to add depth.


Thanks for stopping by.




A little Cupcake

My friends little boy turns 1 and I thought this could be a good one for the Cupcake cartridge.  He is the sweetest little boy, he was born with a cleft lip but after having it repaired he has the most beautiful smile.

The base is 6" by 4" ready made cardstock.

Layer 1 was cut 1 5 3/4" by 3 3/4".

The cupcake was cut at 3 1/2", three times to get the different layers.

The layer and the lettering was cut at 2 3/4" by 3 1/2".

The lettering was cut at 1".



Thanks for stopping by.

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