Monday, April 29, 2013

Outdoor critters

Hello again!  Are you ready for another challenge at Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges?  This one is a fun one!  Our theme this time is Outdoor Critters!

 For those of you that are Cricut-ers, did you know that Cricut is now selling individual images for use in the Cricut Craft Room?  I was super excited to see these two little critters from Cindy Loo as two of the images that you could purchase, because I'd always liked them, but didn't want to buy a whole cartridge for two images.  Now I can own just the images I want!

My card is a dark blue card base with green paper from Bo Bunny.  I also put a strip of paper from Echo Park's "Country Drive" 6x6 pad along the bottom.  I liked the colorful trees, and thought they went well with an outdoor theme.  :)

I cut the squirrel and deer using CCR and adhered them onto my card with foam squares.  I wanted to add one extra little touch, so I added a button from my stash with some twine tied into a bow up in the corner.

We'd love for you to play along with us at Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges!  You can head over to the blog to see the inspiration from the whole Design Team and then link up to play along!
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Friday, April 26, 2013

No Lion

Ok, we had a bit of a snafu with a less-than-speedy bank employee and it delayed closing of the sale of our house for...awhile. But we're in our new place now and I'm getting everything organized.   I REALLY missed my craft room!  You guys, I seriously think I was going through withdrawals! Since it took us longer than expected to move, it has taken me longer than expected to get my craft room up and running.  I'm hoping this will be the last of my pre-made posts and I'll be back to creating new projects and joining in challenges soon. 

This was one of my early experiments with shaped cards.  I kind of cheated though- I had made the lion for a door decoration for my office at an old job, and when I left there I brought it home.  I basically measured it, cut two shadows of the same size (in safari green, I thought it was fitting) and just threw it together.  I felt so guilty about how quickly it came together that I used Cotton Candy Stickles on his cheeks and tongue to add another touch.  

Also, after saving up gift cards since Christmas, I finally had enough money to buy my Silhouette Cameo!  I had it shipped to my parents' house so I knew it would be safe until the move was over, and just picked it up a couple of days ago! Time to start learning how to use it!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Geeky bear

I saw a cute picture on Pinterest, originally from Geek Is Awesome, with an equation that ended up being I < 3 u and was inspired to make a card for my engineery husband.

I used a black cardstock base to mimic a chalkboard feel and a white colored pencil to write the equation.  I was definitely having some algebra class flashbacks when I was copying down the equation and trying to make sure I got it right.

Isn't this geeky little bear so cute?  He's called "Teacher," but I used him as an engineer.  Because the bear, which I cut at 3 inches, is holding a black laptop, I stuck a piece of argyle purple paper behind him.  The paper is from Paper Studio's Basics pad (I can't remember if it's the 12x12 or the 8x8, because it was just a leftover scrap I pulled out). I kept a little bit of the black paper still visible around the edges.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Two Sophie Layouts

(This accidentally got posted back in February, but I deleted it and scheduled it to post today, when it was supposed to.  Sorry if you're reading it twice!) When I make layouts for Sophie's scrapbook, I tend to do many at a time.  I print out 8 or so pictures, get out one of our folding tables to spread out my gigantic stash of dog craft supplies, and just do a page or two a day until they're done.  I'll try to share them a couple at a time here, so that there aren't 8 posts in a row, but also so that they don't get lost in one post.  All of Sophie's layouts are 8x8.

The first layout on this post is on a dark blue piece of cardstock.  I layered on some patterned paper from the Good Dog line by Imaginisce and put Sophie's picture on top of it.  It was printed 4x6, but I cut off some of the edges that were just extra space and it came out pretty much a square picture.

The title letters are from an old pack of letter stickers I picked up in the Target dollar bin and the journal tag is from my stash, as is the bone behind it and the slip of red paper in the top corner.  Each of the three areas of embellishment has some washi tape by Queen & Co and a stamp from the Furry Friends stamp set by Pink by Design.  The "Unleashed" sticker in the top corner is from Reminisce.

The second layout for this post is on green cardstock.  I cut the picture down by just a quarter of an inch and then matted it on a piece of 6x6 paper from the Snap collection.  The black washi tape with paw prints is from Queen and Co.  In the top corner, I layered a phrase sticker from Paper Studio, a pawprint from Echo Park's "Woof" and a bone from the Deja Views Dog Days stack.  In the bottom corner I used a vellum title from DCWV and some brackets and a blue embellishment from
the Deja Views Dog Days stack. I finished it off with some journaling on a journal block from We R Memory Keepers.

So there you have it: Two of Sophie's layouts!  I like the blue one better than the green.  It seems like something is missing, but I can't really figure out what.  The great thing about scrapbooking is that if I figure it out some day, I can just slip it out of the page protector and add it on!  
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Panda card

I made this card really quickly one night, but I like the way it came together.  I guess my lesson for this card is that you don't have to spend hours and hours on every single card.  I already had cut the panda out for a previous challenge, and then didn't end up using him.  I happened to have just bought the WRMK painted brads, and the dark red matched my chevron strips exactly, so I added one up in the top corner.  It's something that I could use for any occasion, depending on what I decide to stamp on it!

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Monday, April 15, 2013


Good news!   Today starts another challenge at Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges!  Our theme for this challenge is Friendship.   Make any project that has to do with friendship!

Today's card is a little different for me!  I've been frequenting some SVG websites because as much as I love my Cricuts, I'm saving up for a Silhouette Cameo and I like the freebies that they often have.  I was so excited when I saw this PB&J freebie from Miss Kate Cuttables back in January.  Because I don't quite have my Cameo yet, I printed the images out and hand cut around them.  I love the idea of the best friends as peanut butter and jelly!

I also used a printed sentiment.  I cut around it, matted it on yellow paper, and put yellow mini brads in each corner.  I used some washi tape mounted on white paper as an embellishment behind the friends.

Now it's your turn!  Create a project about friendship and link it up to play with us at Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges!  I can't wait to see what you create!
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Baby Shower

I made this card for a baby shower for a friend from church. 

I decided to make this card with the little baby sleeping on the cloud.  I cut her bow and onsie in pink, which meant that pink on the background might have been too much.  I decided that light purple was just right for the patterned paper and the strip that I put the stamp on.  I used Lawn Fawn stamps (Jessie's ABCs) to stamp the sentiment.  Her nose cut too small, so I just outlined it with a clear gel pen.

A tip: When I cut the girl from Baby Steps, I wanted the picture to almost fill the card.  I cut the main image at 4 inches to start with, and it made the baby 4 inches!  I forgot that the size you set goes with the main image, and since in this case the baby is the main image and the moon doesn't show up until Layer 2, it goes by how big the baby is.  I ended up switching to cutting it at about 2 inches and it fit on the card perfectly.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

...and I started a third scrapbook for my dog

Here's the title page for Sophie's third scrapbook.  Yes, it's my dog's third in her series of scrapbooks.  The photo was an Instagram photo I took of Sophie sleeping in my scrapbook room while I worked one day.  I used some cardstock for the background and a piece from the DCWV Pet Stack for the paw print paper.  The three diecuts are from Deja Views Dog Days pack.  

In the bottom corner, I used an embellishment from Little Yellow Bicycle.  It originally said "10 things I love about My Life."  I loved the colors, and so I got it and so I made a new black pennant to cover up the words "My Life" and then cut the words "My Dog" out in white cardstock using Doodletype.  Then I wrote 10 reasons why I love Sophie on the tabs!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Fun with sprays

I got a super fun package of spray mists in the mail a few weeks ago, and I decided I wanted to play with them a little.  I got out an old shoebox to use as my spray box and it works really well.  Then I cut four silhouettes out from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge and used some temporary adhesive that I had bought for something at work to attach them onto a sheet of 3.5 inch square white cardstock.

Next, I sprayed each cardstock with one of the colors of mist.  I sprayed the pink and green twice, but the blue and purple went on pretty well in one spray.  Then I just cut out pieces of matching cardstock in 3.75 inch squares and four white 4 inch square cards and adhered them all together. What a fun intro to spray mists!

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

An update...

Remember last fall when I was planning to move and then it fell through?  Well, it looks like this time our house is really going to be sold- we're supposed to be moving next week!  That means that I am spending today packing up my beloved craft supplies into boxes.  You don't realize how much you have until you have to pack it into boxes!!

Anyway, we'll be moving some stuff into storage this coming week, and then actually moving the rest next week, and then it will probably take me a few days to get myself situated in my new crafting space/office.  We're moving into an apartment until we can find our "dream house," so I have to share the second bedroom with the office supplies.  :)  While I'm packing and unpacking, I won't be able to make any new creations for challenges like I usually do, but don't worry- I have plenty of saved up posts that I'll be scheduling for you until I am back to being able to craft.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy birthday polaroid

I recently got the beautiful Freckled Fawn "Cloud and Hearts" washi tape and it inspired me to make this card for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog birthday challenge.  I wanted a pretty plain background, so I went with a kraft card with pink cardstock and then more kraft cardstock layered on top.  I stamped the polaroid, hearts, and clouds from the Lily Bee stamps Persnickety set.  I cut around the polaroid and put the blue paper behind it.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Harold's ABCs.

I did adhere the polaroid down with regular adhesive, but I also put a strip of my inspiration washi along the top of the polaroid.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tell a joke!

In our house growing up, one of the most- shall we say "well loved"- jokes was this one.  When I saw that Fantabulous Cricut was having a "tell a joke" challenge, I immediately wanted to use it.  I used a blue card base and some patterned paper from the KI Memories Classics stack.  The cheese is from Create a Critter.  The sentiments were printed on my printer, and then I cut them out with my paper trimmer (the banner shape I just cut by hand).  I added a few blue buttons in the top corner for a little embellishment.

I'm entering this card into the following challenge:

Fantabulous Cricut- April Fools (tell a joke)
Craftin Desert Divas- Cute as a Button

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013


I just got the Paper Smooches Clipboard stamps and dies and I was so excited to use them!  I think they're a really good addition to my stamp collection.

This is an A2 kraft card.  I cut a piece of purple and blue flower patterned paper that I had in my stash and put it on the base.  Then I cut a butterfly from my Create a Critter cartridge.  I cut both layers 2 and 3 in the same yellow, then used Yellow Stickles on layer 3.  I used two black rhinestones for its eyes.

Next, I stamped and then diecut the binder clip from my Paper Smooches sets and popped it up on foam squares.  I also cut a banner on light blue cardstock and then stamped the sentiment using Paper Smooches' Alphadots.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Paper Smooches SPARKS- Trend Watch: Butterflies
Pumpkin Spice- Spring Animals or Insects
All That Stickles- Yellow
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Monday, April 1, 2013


Hi bloggy friends!  Are you ready for another week, and another challenge at Pause Dream, Enjoy Challenges?  Our challenge theme today is to use Dew Drops (If you don't have Dew Drops, feel free to use buttons, rhinestones, pearls, etc.)

My project today has four different colors of "Skitttles," a type of Dew Drops.  First, I cut out the crown from Once Upon a Princess and assembled it.  Then I used skittles as jewels in the crown- I used Watermelon, Sailboat Blue, and Purple Twilight skittles as the jewels.  Then I used lilac and cotton candy pink stickles to add just a little more sparkle to the crown.

I spent a lot of time trying to find a good background for the crown.  I finally settled on this dark blue dotted paper from Bo Bunny and a dark blue cardstock base.  I cut the chevrons from light green glitter paper (Recollections brand, I think) and an EK Success punch, and then put them behind the crown.  Then I realized that my Lettuce colored skittles were the perfect match for the glitter paper!  I wanted to make sure that the awesome color of the skittles came through and wasn't muted by the dark blue paper behind them, so first I used some glossy accents to adhere them to some scraps of white computer paper, and then when I ripped them off, there was just enough white paper left to be a barrier between the skittles and the blue paper!

For more inspiration, you can head over to Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges and see what the rest of the DT made.  Then you can create your own project using Dew Drops and link up to join us!
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