Monday, November 25, 2013

Smashing birthday

Happy Monday!  Tomorrow is my husband's birthday, and since I know he doesn't read my blog I feel like it's safe to post his birthday card here today.  :)  We both really like comic book movies, so I thought this year I'd make him a mean, green, birthday card.  I bought the Superheroes set from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons back as soon as I got my Cameo, but haven't had the opportunity to use it as much as I would like. Until now.

I cut our hero from cardstock and pieced him together- it was really pretty easy which is always a plus for me.  I used some 6x6 papers for my background papers and one of the chipboard buttons I've had on my desk as a top corner accent.

For the sentiment, I mixed together two stamp sets.  The "wishing you a" part comes from Joy's Life Everyday Occasions, and the "SMASHING birthday" is from Lawn Fawn's Jessie's ABCs. 

I'll be entering this in Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons' challenge for this month, which just so happens to be superhero themed!
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Silhouette Challenges CH#7 Anything Holiday

There's still plenty of time to enter this month's challenge at:

A blog dedicated to the Silhouette Cutting Machines.
You MUST use a Silhouette somehow in your project.

Ch# 7 Anything Holiday
Begins: Friday, November 1
Ends: Saturday, November 30

Sponsors this month are:

My Scrap Chick
Prize: $10.00 GC

My Crafting Channel
Prize: $15.00 Amazon GC

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs
$15..00 GC

Hello!  For my project this month, I used a file from "Kate's Holiday Silhouettes" by SVG Cuts.  I couldn't resist all of the holiday silhouettes in this file, and I especially loved this one of the woman walking her scottie dog.  To give it some holiday sparkle, I added Stickles to her earmuffs, skirt, and the dog's sweater.

I used a sentiment from Jaded Blossom's "Christmas Wishes" stamp set and then put a piece of festive ribbon around the side to balance it out.

I'm sure you're all in the midst of your holiday crafting, why not pull out your Silhouette machine and use it to play along with us?
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Puppy Love

Hi crafty friends!  Today's card is inspired by two challenges- to use a sketch and to use an animal cut with the Cricut.  First, I decided to use a grey card base and all scraps of blue papers from my scraps bin to create the sketch background.  Then I looked through my Cricut handbooks for just the right animal.  A few months ago I bought the digital copy of Cricut Alphabet, and I love this cute dog, so I decided he was perfect.

I cut the shadow, the main image, and two copies of the shift image.  One of the shift image was cut in the same yellow as the dog so that I could layer the ears and add some yellow stickles.  The shift image was also cut on a piece of blue polka-dot paper for the collar.

The sentiment is from the Create a Valentine stamp set by My Craft Spot.  I recently won this stamp set and was so excited to try it out!  My Craft Spot stamps always stamp really well and I love the font of this stamp, which is one that is in a lot of the stamps I have from them.  I stamped it in a dark blue color.  I added the little wood veneer at the bottom for a finishing touch.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut- Animal Crackers
Simon Says Stamp- Wednesday Challenge, Heather's Sketch
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Die storage

Hi friends!  I've got a pretty busy week this week, so since I won't have a ton of time for creating, I thought it would be a fun time to share some organization from my new craft room!

Today’s storage idea is one that I brewed on for quite awhile.  I generally use electronic die cutters for most of my crafts.  But there were some things that I just really wanted manual dies for, and I already had a Cuttlebug, so I just went and bought a set of the long plates and I use them for my dies.  But, how to store all these random dies?  There was such a variety  of sizes, that I couldn’t find a good way to keep them.   
I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking through different ideas.  In the end, I bought a cheap 12x16 frame from Michaels and used a 50% off coupon- so it came out to $5.  On Amazon, they sell rolls of magnet in various sizes- I bought a 12x24 sheet.  I had to smash it under a heavy box for a few days, but it unrolled pretty well.  Then I adhered the magnet to the cardboard backer from the frame.  I had to cut off the excess magnet, which I’m sure I’ll end up using for some crafty thing down the road.  

I took the glass out of the frame, and just put the cardboard backing with the magnet back in.  That’s it!  Now my dies stick to the magnet, and since I don’t plan on getting too many more manual dies this is a great storage solution for me.  If you have a ton of dies this wouldn’t be as good of a solution.  For example, some day I would love to buy more Lawn Fawn stamps, and many of them have matching dies now.  If I did that, I think I would keep those dies on magnet sheets in with my stamps or something, because there would be too many for my board.  But for now, even my stamp-coordinating dies are on the board (I have a set of Paper Smooches dies that go with my clipboard stamps) because of the low quantity.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thankful for you

What says Thanksgiving more than pumpkin pie, am I right?  Today's card features a piece of pumpkin pie cut on my Cameo from Lettering Delights.  I put some Stickles on its cheeks and some white glitter glue all over its whipped cream for a little sparkle.

All of my background paper is still from my scraps.  Unfortunately, I found another whole box of scraps as I continued to organize my scrapbook room, so all of my hard work using up my scraps has been undone.  I'll keep plugging along though!  I also used some ribbon from my stash.

The stamp is from my very favorite Thanksgiving time stamp set by Jaded Blossom, Thanksgiving Wishes.  I use it a lot.  :)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Red Carpet Studio Challenges- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Paper Playtime- Sparkle
Craftin' Desert Divas- Happy Thanksgiving
Simon Says Stamp- Wednesday Challenge, Thanks/Thanskgiving
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Friday, November 8, 2013

CAS card

Today's card is a clean and simple card I made with a new stamp I just bought and wanted to try out.  The stamp was only 50 cents at Joann's in one of the bins they always have by the checkout.  I really liked the sentiment so I said "why not?"

I got my inspiration for my color scheme from a pack of MME enamel dots that I had on my table.  I used a blue sharpie to color in the word "here" and the star at the top of the page.  The other three stars were colored with BIC Mark-its.  The stars are wood veneers by Studio Calico.  Yep, I finally hopped on the wood veneer bandwagon.

And that's it!  I mean, other than the multitude of times I stamped it on scrap paper, trying different colors schemes for the coloring, or the piles of enamel dots, sequins, and wood veneer that ended up on my table when I was trying to decide which type of embellishment I wanted to use on the card. CAS isn't always as easy as it appears to be by the end product.  :)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenges - Wednesday Challenge, Keep it Clean and Simple

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Keep calm and Gobble on

Today I've got a fall/Thanksgiving card to share with you!  When I moved here into my new craft room, I noticed that I had a TON of scraps of patterned paper building up, so I put them all into a bin and have been keeping them on my table and going through them before I make any project.  All four of the patterned papers on this page are from that scraps bin!  It's been really fun to see how the different patterns might go together in ways I hadn't expected. 

I cut my turkey from SVG Cuts' "Thanksgiving Cuties" using my Cameo. The head is popped up on foam squares for some dimension.  I used some Paprika Stickles on the feathers for the sparkle.  For decoration I used some of the sequins I've been accumulating for my scrapbook pages.  The yellow and woodgrain are Studio Calico, I think, and the gold are from the dollar bin at Michaels. They have huge rolls of sequins strung together, so when I start to run low I just cut off some of them and put them in my sequin jar.  :)

The stamp I used says "Keep Calm and Gobble on."  It's from Jaded Blossom's "Thanksgiving Wishes" stamp set. 
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks- Thanksgiving
Cut it Up Challenges- Thanksgiving
Cameo Creations Challenges- Fall
Jaded Blossom- Anything Thanksgiving
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