Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mom-to-be Congrats Cards

Two great friends of mine are expecting their first child! To celebrate I created these cards and sent 2 of my favorite pregnancy books - Baby Bargains by Denise & Allan Fields and The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy by Kimberly Seals-Allers.

I am very happy with how these cards came out. I used Bazzill cardstock is two shades of pink for the card base. The card was cut at 6" from Cricut Cartridge Everyday Pop-up Cards on page 56. On the same page is the pregnant lady and layers cut at 5". The gold metallic used on the outside and inside of both cards is ANW Crestwood Shimmer Sand Metallic card stock. The clothing layers and the side stripe was cut from S.E.I. Poppy Paper stack. The ribbon is Wings: Vineyard Berry from Close to my Heart. I inked the pointed edges of the card with Encore Ultimate Metallic ink in Satin Rose to make it stand out from the straight edge of the card.

I have been more deliberate about finishing the inside of my cards. This time I played with embossing and debossing using the Sizzix Scrollmark folder from the Wedding Set #2 in my Cuttlebug. The picutre shown is the debossing, so the image is sunken in rather than raised. The corners were rounded with Creative Memories corner rounder. The stamped sentiment is from Stampin Up! The outside stamp is from my stash. In order for the stamping to come out right I used the Darice Rubber Stamp Pad underneath my work.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hello Kitty Graduation Card for Zora

Yesterday, I created this card for my Daughter Zora who graduates from Kindergarten soon. This is my first use of the Hello Kitty Salutations Cricut Cartridge and I am very happy with the results! I wanted to do a trifold card with the Hello Kitty image hanging over the edge as a way to open the card.

Inside I used a Martha Stewart punch around the page punch called Heart Chain to embellish the other half of the card front. In line with the theme I embossed the other front side of the card with Cuttlebug - Heart Blocks. It was the perfect match.

For the inside of the card I used EK success sticko glitter font stickers, Zig Calligraphy pen in Pure Pink and Mod Designs rub ons for the 3 layered flower accent. I was amazed to find out this trick. When I punched the heart border first and then embossed with the cuttlebug folder on the outide, the inside of the card became embossed from the punch I used. I had never tried this before and had never even thought of that effect happening. So to accent the embossed edge on the white cardstock, I wisked hot pink chalk from EK Success over the design. I will be using this subtle technique deliberately in the future. It really helped to tie eveything in. And I didn't have an exclamation point available to me in this font set, so I took a one and cut off a bit at the bottom to make an exclamation point.

 Here is a standing view of the card again. I just love the playfulness of this card and think it is perfect for my 6 year old.

We are giving Zora her first real charm bracelet from the Miss Chamilia line. It's a new line for Chamilia and it is perfecr for young girls. This bracelet is tiny and the beads are tiny to match. I cannot wait to see her face when she sees this bracelet! There are two bigger sizes so that older girls can use this line too. I found it to be much more affordable than Pandora who doesn't have a child's line and all the others. The charms are between $15 and $25 each and I think the bracelet was $30. Check it out!

  • Cricut Cartridge Hello Kitty Greetings - pg 60 cut at 5.5"
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder heart blocks
  • ribbon from stash - bought at Micheal's
  •  Bazzill basics white card stock & premium pink cardstock
  • American Crafts foil cardstock - red
  • Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page - Heart Chain
  • Creative memories corner rounder
  • card base 12" x 5"

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stamped Baby T-shirts

Who knew???? Using Clear & Simple Stamps Hybrid Ink you can stamp directly on fabric?? WOW!

So I promptly made these cute shirts for a 3 month old I was going to meet for the first time. I washed and dried the shirts first. This is Key! You don't want it shrinking on the recipient later on. I used Stampin Up! Stamps - Whimsical words for the sweet little baby sentiment. The cupcakes are from Art Gone Wild! Ummm... I cannot remember where I bought the lamb stamp or the precious stamp...

I used all 3 colors of this wonderful ink that I have - Paint the town Pink, Espresso your style (brown), Simply Blue Tiful. I need more!! Get some and try this quick but super cute method out for your next gift baby shower!


Friday, May 20, 2011

College Graduation Invite

A good friend of mine hired me, C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC, (sounds so official!) to create her oh-so-important Graduation invites. I applaud her accomplishments for gaining her degree while working full time and being a mother to several children. BRAVO! You are my hero and a super woman for sure!

The card, layers, sentiment and evelope are cut from Cricut Cartridge Wild Card cut at 7.5". Almost all of the categories were cut - phrase, icon, liner, blackout and the main image. I used American crafts foil cardstock for the phrase cut at 1". The tassle was run through the Cuttlebug embossing folder candy cane stripe and swiss dots was used on the round circle on top of the tassle.

I lined the invites with acid and lingnin free - Wausau Paper - Astrobrights 24 lb paper printed from my inkjet printer. It took quite a while to get the text in the right spot so that I could cut it with a flipped image of the invite on my Cricut Expression.

The diploma icon is a great place to put the recipient's name since these were planned for hand delivery.

I lined the envelopes for an extra flair. Word to the wise.. .the tassle did not fit in the envelope as is. I had to fold it in half (which I was not happy with) so I would suggest (putting the tassle on the right - duh I didn't even think about that) making the tassle smaller. All in all, I was very happy with the results and so was my client. She even tipped me!! Hot dog!! Guess I am a legitimate business now!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Sorry I have been away so long....did you miss me? Well, I'm back with another PSA and my latest project!

I think it is very important to "show your love" for teachers that are in the trenches every day. This year was my first time since my lil darlin is in Kindergarten. One of my best friends had a great idea that we should barter and make each other's gifts. I made her occassion card packs and she made the most luxurious soaps and sugar scrubs for my teachers. To accompany the gifts, I made these cards. (out of what? guessed it...scraps!) And the sentiments stamped on the cards made tears well up in my teachers' eye (some at least). Mission complete!!

  • Most of the card bases are made from Bazzill cardstock from my stash of scraps
  • The layers are made from SEI Poppy Paper Stack
  • The flowers were cut from Cricut Cartridge Wild Card
  • The flowers were adorned with Doodlebug Designs Inc. "Braddies" - red is called ladybug blossoms and the brown in called bon bon blossoms.  when the braddies ran out I used bling from my stash
  • To create the dimensional flower I folded each layer in half. Sometimes I used a stylus and inkadinkado stamp mat to create a firmer and straighter fold. For the top layer of the flower each petal was curled around the stylus.
  • Clear & Simple Stamps hybrid ink Simply Blue Tiful and the stamp set called Teacher was used on the outside and inside of the card
  • Thermoweb 3-D dots to attach the flower and its layers.
  • The hear and the font are from my stash. I figured it would be better than having my daughter write her name so many times.
  • All stamping was done on top of the Darice Rubber Stamp Pad which has made a WORLD of difference in my stamping.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Pink Stamper National Scrapbook Day Challenge #1

National Scrapbook Day Challenge #1 - create anything with a Cupcake

Damask Decor is my new favorite Cricut Cartridge! There are many cards and envelopes on this cart and that's what I am crazy about right now - making cards.

This card, envelope and layers are on page 62 and are cut at 6.25" using my Cricut Expression 2. I used Bazzill basics cardstock (another fav), stickles, the Cuttlebug embossing folder - Damask Frame. I also cut the regular cupcake design to affix to the envelope for a little extra flair. The "yummy" stamp is from my stash.


Challenge #2 - MPS Nat'l Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day Challenge #2 - use Kraft cardstock to create a card or scrapbook page

I love to use my scraps to make something new! Kraft cardstock was used to create the card base for this birthday card. However, the birthday message was cut previously from Cricut Imagine Cartridge Lori's Garden. I spritzed it with smooch spritz and added some bling for my stash. The frame also was an accent cut from Cricut Cartridge Wild Card. The ribbon from Celebrate It (which I love) is from Micheal's. I love to find new and interesting ways to use scraps. This card is one of the results. Please excuse me for not having any dimensions to report. But wish me luck in this contest!


Challenge #3 - MPS National Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day Challenge #3 - make a breast cancer themed project

This tiny card is created from a stock image in the Cricut Imagine machine. I flood-filled it with a yellow pattern from the machine. It was left over from a project I did a few months ago. I knew it would come in handy! Folded in half it makes an interesting card. The pearls, stamped font and heart eyelet are from my stash. The breast cancer symbol is made from wired ribbon - Celebrate it brand from Micheal's.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Challenge #4 - MPS National Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day #4 - make a mother's day themed project

This card is made from my new favorite Cricut Cartridge Damask Decor. The card is on page 58 and was cut at 6.25" with my Cricut Expression 2. The sentiment and layers were cut from Celebrate with Flourish Cricut Lite Cartridge at 1.5". The card is made from Bazzill basics cardstock. The layer is made from patterened paper from Darcie's LLC. I love the patterned paper because it's approximately 12" x 18" long with a small white border. The stamps used on the inside of the card and from Art Gone Wild! and the ink used was Simply Blue Tiful Hybrid ink from Clear & Simple Stamps.The ribbon is from my stash. This card was used for Mother's Day cards for my friends and family.


Challenge #5 - MPS National Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day Challenge #5 - create any 3D item

This cute little purse (for party favors, etc.) is print and cut from Bazzill white cardstock with the Cricut Imagine, Imagine More Cards cartridge. It was very easy to score and to fold. All 4 sides and the bottom are different patterns and different colors. I added two ribbon scraps for a little extra cuteness... wish me luck!


Challenge #6 - MPS National Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day Challenge #6 - use a tag in your project

The card is created completely from scraps I saved. The tag is print and cut from Cricut Imagine Lori's Garden Cartridge using white Bazzill basics cardstock. The patterned paper and brad are from my stash along with the ribbon. The card base is Bazzill basics which I edged with decorative scissors.


Challenge #7 - National Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day Challenge #7 - Make a scrapbook page

I decided to make a page with pictures I normally wouldn't highlight. Sometimes the best  moments are found in every day reality. I created this page with the Cricut Imagine using Nursery Tails cartridge. The whole page was print on Bazzill basics white paper. I love my imagine!! I then added Gromlets to the suns to make them more fancy and a smiley face button from my stash. The mat is Die Cuts With A View adhesive mat stack and the ribbon is from my stash.


Challenge #10 - MPS National Scrapbook Day

National Scrapbook Day Challenge #10 - create a layout or card with a pet on it

This card was printed and cut using:
Cricut Imagine - Best Friend Cartridge
Bazzill white and blue cardstock
Die Cuts With a View Adhesive Mat Stack
ribbon from my stash


Challenge #11 - MPS National Scrapbook Day

My Pink Stamper Challenge #11 - Make a project using pink, green, black

My submission is made from scraps and ribbon in my stash. Surprisingly I did not use my Cricut in this challenge. The black layer is punched with an EK Success punch I found at Marshall's this week (mega find!!). The white layer on the card and the ribbon are from my stash. The glitter sticker font is by EK Success - Sticko.


Challenge #12 - MPS National Scrapbook Day

This past Saturday was national scrapbooking day. My Pink Stamper posted challenges hour by hour throughout the day. The big prize is a Cricut Imagine machine, however there are several great prizes available. Luckily, she is allowing everyone who wasn't able to participate on Saturday to enter the contests today by 1am EST. There were 12 challenges in all and I created projects for 10 of the challenges in under an hour for each one. The sad part is that I did not get a chance to upload all my creations. The time ran out on me. But I had fun so it was worth it!

Challenge #12 - create a scrapbook layout, card,  etc. with a kid's theme

My daughter started playing soccer with a YMCA team recently, so I created this decor for her room. The background was printed and cut using the Cricut Imagine and Nursey Tails Cartridge. This is a scrapbook page that I printed a third of the size. The soccer girl was cut using the Cricut Expression 2 from the internal cartridge Cricut Decals (pg 33 sports II). I used Bazzill basics paper in white and pink. The star power stamp is from my stash.