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Sunday, January 31, 2010

What's on your plate?

Digi-stamp by B D Lighted.  Good for a guy card!  Which I needed.  Second card digi-stamp also by B D Lighted and a birthday card for the Cricut Card Fairy list.  I am working on trying to get ahead on my cards, I always feel behind.  Bet none of you ever feel that way!

 
Thanks CC!! 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gorgeous Blooms

My walls are so empty here in Italy because we couldn't waste our packing space with things like Wall Art.  So, I made my own!  Lately, I have been wanting to decorate with some spring encouraging colors, so I made this flower garland to go over my bed and put some color on the white, white, walls.



The close up for detail:.................





Entered in the very timely Blooming Gorgeous at Cute Card Thursday

Coffee Love



 

This is a peanut can.  My husband loves coffee.  We live in the land of Espresso and even though he likes those he MISSES American coffee.  So when I found his favorite Nescafe instant coffee that he can use on the road, I was so excited.  I made this little Valentine gift and put the coffee along with some sugar packets and some hot chocolate in the can.  The handle comes off and the lid can pop on so he can throw the can in the suitcase and take it with him.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

There's Too Many Kids in the Tub

My sister sent me this Shel Silverstien poem to make into a card to help me through my "card-block."  Jeannie Phillips posted a card with a bath tub in it on the same day!  Thanks Jeannie for reminding me of that cut from New Arrival.



 




Three different pattern papers from my stash.  New Arrival Cartridge
George and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More.

Entered in the Paper Pattern challenge at Practical Scrappers


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Thinking of you with a Rose



 

 

 


(Interior Rose Detail)


This card for another of the Cricut Card Fairy missions.

Entered in the following challenges:
Elegant Rose Challenge 76 - My Time to Craft
Practical Scrappers Patterned Papers Challenge

Walk In My Garden and George Cricut Cartridge
Allison Pennington papers
Embossing cartridges for pattern and texture
Stash Ribbon

Monday, January 25, 2010

Warm Winter Bunnies



Warm winter bunnies with love.  The bunnies are digi stamps from Bee Crafty.
I'm just learning about digi stamps and I had a blast coloring this one.  The picture doesn't do the rabbits justice because the white pen I used has texture that you can feel and I blended in the grays.The interior is Allison Pennington papers and has a light blue with white dots print that matches the ribbon. 
Cricut hearts from George
Scalloped circles from Storybook 
Cuttlebug Devine Swirls embossing folder
Allison Pennington Papers
Brads

 

Crafty Cardmakers - Hearts and Romance Challenge 13
Pile It On - Warm Winter Wishes

Darkest Before the Dawn

Created this butterfly tree for someone on the Cricut Card Fairy List.  I saw a painting like this once with the gradient colors and thought I would try it.  I printed the gradient color paper on my computer. The tree from SYI.  Butterflies from  Walk in my Garden.
 






It was a butterfly day.  Still working on the first one though since my husband thinks they look like bats.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I Love You




This love card made from George, Beyond Birthdays and Cuttlebug folder.
Four layers of hearts (popped) alternating colors, then adding smaller sizes.
Swiss Dot cuttlebug folder for all background layers.
Pretty simple card, (I'm a simple girl) pretty poignant message.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Next New Thing

Crafting is nothing if not the next new thing.  Where would the craft business be without it?  And, I would be bored without it. (smile)  This is my S card another differing fold from my norm.  PLUS it has many many layers of textures, ribbons, papers, etc.  I'm usually a simple girl.  I like a simple (usually funny) message and a pretty simple card.  However, since I got my cricut, I've tried more and more difficult things and a menagerie of contrivances. 


 


Last night while talking with my DH, we discussed how peer groups never go away.  They are just different and older.  I covet some of the talents of my fellow card makers and long for this new thing or that new machine.  Really growing up though is learning to hone your own craft and be challenged to make it better.  I'm really grateful for the Cricut Message Boards, fellow crafters and challenges that teach me to be better at my craft.

George for all the squares and rectangles
Storybook
Cuttlebug embossing folders
Fiskars
Holepunch
Several different ribbons
Stash paper


Fruity Colors Challenge #3 - Charisma Cards - Banana and Strawberry Swirl & Sunshine


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My First Easel Card - Whimsical Trees

Sticking to my new year's resolution to try new things, I have done my first easel card.  I loved the look of them, just didn't have an interest I guess.  But, I've done one and it's really fun and I can see the appeal for doing them and receiving them.  This card I dreamed about, whimsical trees.  I used four cartridges for this one.  George, Home Decor, Lyrical Letters and Joys of the Season.  The tree trunks are the letter I from Lyrical letters. I made about a dozen trees before I settled on these three.  I liked them all, but they wouldn't fit. :0)


Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday, Monday too




 



I love this new little digi-stamp, "Ruby Fairy" from DigiStamp Boutique.  She was fun to color and I used my new souffle and glaze pens to color her and blend the colors.  I used a lot of rhinestone and bling on her, which I got for Christmas, after all, she is a fairy and should shine, don't you think?  It makes a perfect Happy Birthday card, but it could be anything from making a wish for a birthday or making a wish for getting well.  Either way, she's a cutie.

Challenges entered in:

The Pink Elephant Challenge - Birthday #49
Bellichallenge #82 - Rhinestone and Bling
bee-crafty Favorite Color Challenge #22
Craft Cardmakers - What's New?
Incy Wincy Designs - Color in your favorite medium
 Cute Card Thursday Fairy Challenge

Monday, Monday

Before I left the States I bought this Bill Nye The Science Guy paper making factory.  I always wanted to make my own paper and use it for cards.  Little did I know how hard it would be to make good USEABLE paper.  It's easy to make paper, just hard to make it good.  I finally got a sheet or two that I could use and made this card.  I'm pretty happy with it.



Cricut Embossing folders Flowers & Vines
Handmade Paper and stash paper
Cricut cut swirl, flowers, shapes (George and Lyrical Letters)
Eyelets

Entered in the following challenges:

Creative Belli Blog, Rhinestone Bling - CBC82 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Just Making Cards

I had school today and I've had so much homework that I haven't had time to just make cards.  I got two finished today to send out for the Cricut Card Fairies.  My NEW cow digi stamp was created by Austin Light .www.austindlight.com  There are no cricut cuts on either of these, they are just squares and ribbon and other embellies.







 




Cow card entered at Charisma Cardz Challenge Something New - My New Digistamp
You can play too at charismacardz

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mint for My Heart

Tic-Tac's are coming in all different colors of boxes now and I did some as snowmen for Christmas, so I thought I would do some for Valentine's day too.  The red boxes made it perfect for the open heart.




 






Back of Tic Tac's

Paper cut on Cricut, Heart from Wedding Solutions Cartridge,
Rectangle from George,
Stickles, Rhinestones, Paper (Stash). 



This item entered in the following challenges:
Practical Scrappers ~  Bling

Hide the Message

My Mom turns 65 this month.  My parents are still so young and I wanted to make my mom a fun card.  I really like that flowerpot card thing and I've started looking where I could "hide the message" in all kinds of cuts.  Some don't turn out so well and I end up scrapping them before I even finish, but I like this one.   This party hat has a message inside, the back part of the hat pulls off to reveal the note.  It says, "Happy Birthday, Have a Great Day, Happy Birthday." (hard to see in the lighting of the second pic.








This card entered in challenges at:
The Flamingos are stealing my sanity: Flamingo Challenge

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