Friday, April 18, 2014

Poodle card

It's Friday!  Woohoooo!  For today's card, I decided to start out with the cute, girly poodle from the Create A Critter cartridge.  You can't really tell, but her darker pink hair was made by spraying some of of the same pink as her body with a layer of pink walnut spray followed by a layer of Heidi Swapp white spray.  It gave it a really nice shimmer, and made it a pink that was darker than her body but still matched well.  I put some Flamingo stickles on her bows and added a tiny rhinestone for a little added sparkliness.

After I'd made the poodle, I decided that too much more pink was going to make it look like Pepto Bismol had spilled on the card, so I went with the blue card base and the two scrap pieces of patterned paper from my scraps bin.  I added a little label sticker and stamped the sentiment from Pink by Design's Scripted Year on it using StazOn ink.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Animal Antics

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter treats

It's Friday!  Fridays are my day off (it's a perk of making your own schedule!) so I got a chance to craft a little today.  We're working with a temporary computer until HP ships us a replacement for the one that died a month after we got it, so I don't have access to my Silhouette Studio or Cricut Craft Room right now (the temporary computer is a really old laptop that we just reformated and are hoping will not die on us until we have the new one in our hands, so we're not stressing it out with too many programs loaded on it).  That meant that today I went old school crafting!

I found these carrot shaped candies at our grocery store.  I used some Easter egg paper from Paper Studio as the base, then punched it with a Martha Stewart punch.  The bunny is cut from Doodlecharms and his facial features are colored in with colored pencil for a soft, pastel look.  I had originally cut the bunny from Four Legged Friends, but after I was done I realized he looked kind of scary for some reason.  Like he was more likely to kill me in my sleep than hide eggs in my house.  So I decided to go with Doodlecharms instead.

I cut the purple tag by hand and stamped a sentiment from Jaded Blossom's Simply Blessings stamp set.  It's actually all in one line, but I taped it off with some washi tape because I wanted it to be in two lines instead.

I didn't realize until I was editing the photo that I totally covered up the green part of the wrapper. Doh!

I'm entering this project into the following challenges:
Red Carpet Studios Challenges- Hop
Jaded Blossom- Easter
Craftin' Desert Divas- Anything Goes
Bitten by the Bug 2- Easter
Die Cuttin Divas- Pastel Colors
Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday Challenge- Happy Easter/Sweet Treats

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quick and simple happy birthday card

Since I somehow managed to have my computer die, load all of my crafting stuff onto a new computer, and then have that computer die the next day, the prospect of crafting and/or posting anything new this week is looking bleak. So today, from my phone, I bring you this post from my emergency saved drafts. :/

I just wanted to share an idea with you for when you need a quick and simple (and possibly masculine) card, like say when your husband tells you "we need to send a birthday card today for my grandpa's birthday Wednesday."  Hypothetically.

This is an image from the Silhouette store that I believe was one of the free files that comes with your machine.  It's shaped as a tag, so I released the compound path and deleted the outside edge.  That left it as just the circle and words.  Then I drew myself a rectangle in the size that I would make a mat for an A2 card and put it around the image.  That way, it all cut into one piece!  I used some patterned paper from Recollections and just adhered it straight to the card base and voila!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sophie Sunday- Christmas edition!

Last week was Halloween, this week it's Christmas!  Also, this is the last week of the batch of scrapbook pages I made when I started Sophie Sundays, so I'll have to decide whether I want to continue it or not.  This layout focuses around a photo I took of Sophie on Christmas morning with her only present (spoiler alert: it was a box of dog treats).

As I often do, I based this layout on a piece of plain cardstock.  I layered a piece of blue polkadot paper from DCWV along one side, then layered a big circle that I'd cut from an embellishment page and a Jenni Bowlin Bingo card.  

Over the bingo card I adhered the word "dog" in vellum- just cause I thought it was funny to have a title about being a good dog but have journaling about what a naughty stinker she must have been to only get one present.

I added a sticker along the bottom from a Paper Studio sticker sheet.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Birthday!

It's Thursday!  Even better, my morning at work got cancelled today, so I had some time to get into my craft room and create.  It felt great to get my hands dirty again.  :)

I'm working right now on finishing up all of the birthday cards for the next two months until our families' birthday seasons are over.  I made this card on a navy card base, with some patterned paper from the Trendsetter 6x6 pad.  I cut this paper airplane from the Silhouette Online Store.  I didn't have any scraps of grey paper, and didn't feel like cutting into a 12x12 for two tiny strips, so I cut all of the pieces in white and colored them in with my Bic markers.  I used my uniball pen to draw lines behind it to show it flying.

I punched two tags from a scrap of red paper, and put the small one at the top of the card and the big one at the bottom.  On the bottom one, I stamped a sentiment from Pink by Design's Scripted Year on the tag.  On the top, I used a white button that I colored navy with another Bic marker and tied with some twine.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Craftin' Desert Divas-Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp- Wednesday Challenge, Happy Birthday!
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sophie Sunday- Halloween Edition

Halloween?  In March?  Well, today's page is a photo of me and Sophie in our matching bumblebee costumes from Halloween 2013, so yes.

Since I had this super fun yellow pawprint paper from the Dog Days kit, I decided to use it as a background.  Usually, Sophie's pages end up having browns as the neutral, but for this page I decided to go full on bumblebee and pulled out every black embellishment I had.

I liked the title on the vellum piece because really- what's LESS bad to the bone than a lady and her dog dressed up like bumblebees to hand out candy for their first Halloween in a neighborhood?  I adhered it with Queen and Co washi tape, one of my favorite tricks for vellum.  Since I had this super cute Project Life 3x4 card, I decided to round the corners on the vellum and the picture too. 

Next I added the little sticker in the bottom corner.  I'm sure it's something similar to what my husband was thinking when he saw me coming down the stairs with my homemade bee antennas. 

For the last touch, I felt like there needed to be something breaking up the darkness between the photo and the Project Life card, so I cut out a yellow dog tag from an embellishment page and tucked it right in there.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Die cut station

I'm back with an update on my craft room organization!  I've been having some trouble adjusting to my schedule with my new job, and it's been making it difficult for me to create anything.  I'm hoping that once the weekend's here the inspiration will strike.  Anyway, until then, here's what's new in my room. ;)

The number one thing that I wanted to change about my new craft room from the set up at my old house was that I wanted a die cut station.  I knew that I would use my Cricut and my Cameo both more often if they were out, plugged in, and set up rather than having to get them out, make room on the table, and set them up every time I needed them.  I spent the whole summer that we were in the apartment scouring Pinterest getting ideas.  I found ideas using tables, using desks, using old dressers.  All I knew was that I wanted it to be long enough to fit both machines and the laptop in the middle, and that it needed to be deep enough that I could cut without the cutting mats hitting the wall.
If you check out the pictures I previously posted, you'll see that I was using a long folding table with piles of things underneath.  That was only temporary, as the table had to be taken out and dragged downstairs every time we had a family gathering at our house.  Plus, it looked janky to have piles of things under a table.

So, my super awesome husband took me to Home Depot, and a few short hours later....Voila!

They're two kitchen cabinets that he hooked together...somehow.  I think it involved a power drill. I may have fallen asleep on the floor snuggling with Sophie.  He put on a white countertop and some nickel hardware I picked out.  We haven't put the white toe-kick on yet, or the white covers for the ends of the counter.  That's a project we're saving for some weekend when we are too busy to tackle any bigger house projects.  But it's functional, and it's organized, and it's just the right height that I don't have to bend over to use my cutting machines, so I'm happy!
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