Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Love!

I had such a tough time trying to decide on the theme for my boyfriends birthday card ~ and then it hit me! He really likes scratch tickets and cash (who doesn't LOL) - this years card will be perfect! My first thought was to use something from the new Billionaire cart but since I don't have it yet - I used the Santa sack from PDDU (used DS to take off a couple of lines w. hide contour), layered the bag on a parchment colored paper, then ran it through the Cuttlebug with Forrest Branches, and put a ribbon up the side.  I had first attempted to make a shaped card and that was a no-go - so i used one of the cuts as a mask and spritzed it just a little with the Walnut Ink in Willow.  It worked well & also inked a little bit of the edges with a brown chalk ink from Joanns. Using my favorite i-rock tool, the biggest detail was the $ dollar sign in the green bling. It took a few minutes to get the design perfected but came out just as I had imagined! I put 4 more "pearl" i-rock blings down the side. Inside says Happy Birthday and its stuffed with instant scratch tickets! I have to say I used my Papertrey Ink paper for the first time - and its AWESOME!!! Cuts sooo nice - Like butta! Lol. Enjoy!
Happy Birthday Lovey - hope its a great one!

Trick or Treat!

Halloween is nearly here!!! Luckily I am a little ahead of things and have made up the goody bags for my nieces and nephews!! To decorate the bag toppers, I cut some top note shapes using Story Book and then used my EK ticket punch for the sentiment (done via printer). The last detail is some very tiny Creative Memories Halloween stickers that were in my stash. 
 I used some classic favorites to fill the Wilton brand, pretzel bags - Razzles, Laffy Taffy & Wonka Fun Dips. I'm sure the kids will eat them up as fast as I hand them out on Sunday!

Wishing everyone a fun & safe -
Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sports Theme TTC #111

This weeks Throwback Thursday Challenge is a sports themed project, using Sports Mania or if you do not own this cart,  feel free to use any older cartridge you have just as long as it's "SPORTS" related.
I don't have the Sports Mania cart and coming up with a sports idea for this week took me a couple of days. I finally figured out what I wanted to do just last night! My cousin Heather plays Volleyball for her girls high school team. She will graduate this June and I wanted to make a commemorative 8x10 layout for a frame that will be a gift for her. It came out pretty nice I think. I used Plantin for the fonts & number and used EDPD for the volleyball. For her name I used Design Studio. The pics are of her - the action shot is one of my favorites and the other pic is one of her team ball with the players initials and school letters on it. Enjoy!

Fun Play Along with Janis ~ Halloween Socks!

What a fun thing to do! Janis over at  Pause, Dream Enjoy ( has a cute and fun play along this week. Post a picture of yourself wearing your Halloween socks! Easy! Here is my pic for it - and yes, I was having fun "dressing up" my picture with all the creepy bugs! Enjoy!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Two Sympathy Cards

Its been a bummer of a week around here. On the 19th, my boyfriend's good friend Andrew- his Mom, died from breast cancer. And today, my brother in law's sister passed away unexpectedly. Just very sad. So I have put together a couple of cards, same style just different colors. I used Plantin Schoolbook for the ovals and Storybook for the scalloped ovals. I also used Swiss dots on the smaller ovals and my new Sizzix embossing folder, Flower Vine. I ended up using my Creative Memories oval cutter for the mid oval. For the little flowers I punched out white paper, crumpled and spritzed them with Walnut Inking Solutions from Tsukineko in Cherry Blossom (pink) and Willow (green). I added a little clear bling to the middle of each of the flowers. The sentiment is printed (I used the center point feature to do this).
Well, let's hope the weekend gets better. TFL. :-\

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Witchy Wishes for my Grandma

I designed this card using Cricut Design Studio. I used George and basic shapes to weld an oval and triangle to make the witches hat- cut out in Colorbok black glitter paper from Target. I used Create a Critter to make a postage stamp shape (sized to 4 1/8 x 5.25) cut out in orange and distressed with a black ink dot. I layered a cute Halloween polka dot paper (The Paper Studio - Spooky Dots) I think I got this at Hobby Lobby? The ribbon is from stash and the square bling is from a die cut that came from an old scrap pack.
Since I have soooo many buttons, I decided to use a a bunch on this card and I love how it turned out. Computer generated - the inside says "Witching" you a very Happy Halloween!" It is times like this when I wish I had the funds to order My Pink Stamper or Scrappy Mom stamps!!! The only thing I would change if i made this card again- would be to use my Swiss Dots folder on the orange layer. I am sending this card out to my Grandma tomorrow, I cant wait for her to get it!
Thank you for all of your comments! I'm so glad you all come by everyday and check out my creations! It really means so much to me! Stay tuned for a crafty announcement! TTFN! :o)

Monday, October 18, 2010

TTC #108 - Animal theme - EDPD

This weeks card for the Throwback Thursday challenge over at is a welcome, baby giraffe. While he is cute- he is not my favorite card i've ever made. This weeks challenge cart is Everyday Paper Dolls - or if you dont have that one, any older cartridge could be used. I shaded him with some Copic markers, gave him a little bow and added some buttons on the side. The card is a cloud paper on the bottom and then a great pre-embossed white cardstock paper. I added a sheer ribbon to the top and put a bow on that also. Thanks for taking a look at my card. :o)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fin-tastic Birthday - TT Episode 104

Hi All! Here is my creation for this week's Throwback Thursday with Emma This weeks challenge we were asked to use the Create a Critter cartridge, making a shaped card and to use the color orange. I got my CAC cart a few weeks ago and this has been my first chance to use it. My Aunts birthday is Sat. 10/9 so I decided to make her card to go along with the challenge. Here it is! I cut the fish bowl @ 5 inches in clear vellum and cut the shadow bowl in grey. I used light blue for the water and a great sandy colored paper for the sand, and a patterned green paper for the grass in the bowl. The little fish was cut @ 1.5 inches layered in two shades of orange and yellow shadow. The fish is inked orange on the edges and the bowl and "water" is inked with blue. I also added a blue hot rock for his little eye. Instead of using Design Studio to make the shape - I just cut two shadow pieces of the grey bowl and used three tiny brads to connect them. I had put the layers together with the brads but only scored the grey pieces and not the vellum. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch the holes and center over the holes (I had tried it scoring the vellum but it didnt look as good).
The inside sentiment I used my new EK Journal Plate & bracket punch - I used the computer to print up ~ "Hope you have a Fin-tastic Birthday!" TFL!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2 more Halloween cards

Ok, ok I know - i have just been having way too much fun creating Halloween cards this - should be the last of them - but hmmmm....LoL. I actually made a 2 others that i didnt photograph yet. Anyhoo- these two were so much fun. The Trick or Treat was cut from Pumpkin Carving added some hot bling and a few candy corn stickers accented with some Stickles! The next card was made using a cool vampire fang stamp - im not quite sure who makes it (i put them in cd cases and tossed packages :-( Black card base, dark red mat and white paper stamped with Rhubarb Stalk (Memento) dark red hot bling on top and bottom, popped up the fangs - which i also wet embossed with clear powder - torn edges. I used some Tsukineko Cherry Blossom Walnut staining ink - made a simple mask on the white fang stamp paper and spritz it a couple times - came out perfect! The inside of the card appropriatly says "Wishing you a Fang-tastic Halloween!" TFL!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Pencil holders

I have decided to make some special goodies for Mrs. A's class - Halloween pencil holders. I first saw this project on Momo's Youtube channel, episode 79 - Treats for School - only my pencil holders are a little different. I used a 3/4 inch punch to make the hole for the pencils and didnt put the patterned paper on the back. Instead of adding candy, I glued a small Jack-o-lantern eraser on a small scallop circle. Originally, I had wanted to use a glue dot but they wouldnt stay put. They can be easily peeled off the little paper circle. 
They turned out really cute and I know she and her class is going to love them!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Another Halloween card

This card was created using the new seasonal Cricut cart - Pumpkin Carving. I wasnt quite sure what i thought of this cart, but happened to see it at Michaels on Saturday for $19.99 and thought - what the heck, who could'nt use another cart for a decent price. It's got alot of great cuts on it, and most have pretty solid cuts. I used the Happy Haunting phrase with some polka dot paper which is layered over orange card stock. I added some ghost stickers of which the larger ones I added paper to pop them up. The ribbon I got from a local craft/stamp store (The Great American Stamp Store, Westport, CT) and finished the card with some randomly placed i-rock blings. Thanks for checking out my card! 

Slideshow of Cards