Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's a Boy!!!

First let me start by saying no I haven't had a baby and no I'm not pregnant. Now that we've gotten that out of the way a friend of ours was pregnant and of course I could have taken the easy way out and gotten her something off of her registry but of course I don't take the easy way out and being that I wanted to get back to crafting after a short hiatus I decided I needed to make something for the baby or his room. After seeing what the baby's room theme would be I knew I just had to make something for the walls.

Baby's mom choose to decorate the room in the Bubbles and Squirt bedding.

So if you notice the pictures on the wall in the left hand side of the picture those kept catching my eye so I decided that I would use those for my inspiration and make a name wall hanging for the baby. Well our friend wasn't going to reveal the baby's name until the baby shower but somehow (still don't know how I managed to convince her to tell me the baby's name but I did. So I decided to come up with this for the baby's room (sorry for the really bad picture ... of course I didn't take a full picture with my regular camera (at least not one I can find at the moment) so I had to use the one from my iPad.

Here are close ups of the letters

I even used real google eyes on some of the sea creatures.

I think by far this little seahorse is my favorite. He's actually kind of popping off the letter and 'floating' there.

This project had so many firsts for me.
* First Big project with my cameo
* First time using modpodge
* First time making wall decor

All of the images are from the Silhouette online store cut from cardstock and modgpodged on to canvas. The letters are cardstock run through the cuttlebug and then the edges were inked and modpodged to the canvas.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and hope you'll stop by again.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Do you love vinyl?

Do you love vinyl? What you've never tried vinyl before? OMG I'm so madly in love with vinyl both regular vinyl and heat transfer vinyl. Okay well who am I to talk about vinyl? I stayed far away from vinyl for so long because it scared the living day lights out of me but I finally got up enough nerve to try it and now of course I want to vinyl everything.

Well if you haven't tried vinyl yet or love to get free samples of vinyl Oracal offers free samples every month. I have created a tutorial for you to get your free samples each month. To get your free samples download Vinyl samples tutorial in PDF format.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment here or send me an e-mail.  I'll be back tomorrow with a project.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I know it's been a while since I posted anything here ... heck it's been over a year. Where have I been you ask? Well there has been so much going on over the last year and I just needed a break and unfortunately something had to give ..... my blog!!! But now that things have quieted down a little bit and after lots of encouragement from my friends I have decided that it is time to start blogging again and showing off my projects.

If anyone is friends with me on Facebook you may have seen my posts where I was selling my cricut and some craft items. I am still crafting actually more than I ever have but I have decided to make the move from Cricut to another cutter (Silhouette Cameo). I have seen on message boards and/or Facebook that people what to follow blogs that only show cricut projects or vice versa. Unfortunately I'd hate to lose any of my followers but would hope that you can use my blog for your inspiration and and be able to find ways to use what you have regardless of what machines/products we use.

I will be adding my design studio and gypsy files to my blog over the next few weeks for your personal use and will be sharing tutorials for using the Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio as I continue to learn my machine.

I decided to make the switch to Cameo after I saw how amazing this machine truly is. It has opened up a whole new crafting world for me. While I did love my cricut when I had it and by no means regret having bought it or used it it just wasn't really meeting my crafting needs any further. I had my cricut for over 5 years and waited and waited for provocraft to come out with some more sophisticated images. I did love many of the images on cartridges but not everything needs a "cute" image. But after a while you get tired of waiting.

Also, if you remember Allison and I started Paper Craft Weekend Challenge to get all of us to use our supplies. Well everyone got busy and the challenges seemed to die off. I'm excited to announce that we are getting ready to start off the new year with lots of new challenges and looking forward to my followers to join in the fun.

I hope you will come back to my blog often for inspiration and am always willing to help you when I can. Feel free to e-mail me anytime. Now to leave you with a sneaky peak of a project I will be showing on my blog very soon.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Harvest Blessings

First let me apologize for neglecting my personal blog. I've been so busy posting my projects over at Paper Craft Weekend Challenge that I've forgotten to post my projects over here. I'll try to do better from now on ;o)

For this challenge it was a fall photo challenge.

I decided to get out my stamps and markers and make a simple fall card.

Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Stazon Ink
Seam Binding (aka Crinkle ribbon)
Alcohol ink (to color the seam binding)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Enter to win

Who doesn't like free stuff? Well now's your chance to win the Tim Holtz Kraft Core stack signed by Tim himself

click here to enter Kraft Core Entry

Monday, September 12, 2011

Twine, Twine, Twine

Over at Paper Craft Weekend Challenge the Sunday Challenge is to use twine, also known as baker's twine. So this is the project I came up with

For additional close up pictures hop on over to Paper Craft Weekend Challenge

We even have more BLOG CANDY up for grabs over there. Who doesn't like some candy?!?!

I did use my cricut on this card. I used the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art Cart for the scallop across the top and Elegant Edges for the edge along the bottom.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Embossing tutorial

I did a tutorial over on Paper Craft Weekend Challenge on how to heat emboss your projects. Here is the project I made for the tutorial

There's some other great examples over there. Also, we have some blog candy up for grabs so be sure to hop on over for your chance to win.

Thanks for visiting today.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's beginning to look ....

Like Christmas ;o). Those that know me know the I LOVE Christmas. If my hubby would let me I would have my Christmas tree up all year round. So it's no surprise that at random times of the year I'll pull out Christmas products and make a project with them. For my first Sunday Challenge over at Paper Craft Weekend Challenge I challenged everyone to use glitter. To read more about the challenge heard on over to Paper Craft Weekend Challenge. Here is the project I made for the glitter challenge

This was the first time I used promarkers with stamps and boy am I in love. If you haven't tried promarkers yet and are looking for a good quality marker to color your stamps with I highly recommend them. They are a cheaper alternative to copics. I purchased mine from Carpe Diem and although their shipping is slightly high they are still cheaper then other places. I have also heard that some Joann's are carrying a 12 pack in their "fine arts" section but I haven't been lucky enough to find them their.

Be sure to join us at Paper Craft Weekend Challenge and Challenge yourself with us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Challenge Yourself!!!!!!

Allison and I are thrilled to announce our new challenge blog – Paper Craft Weekend Challenge! You can expect a challenge with a project to inspire you every Friday and Sunday. The only rule we expect you to stick to is having fun! We are not going to limit ourselves to one type of machine or project – so get your materials and get ready to use your stuff (instead of just collecting it – not that we aren’t guilty of that too). There will be some tutorials along the way – and it wouldn’t be any fun if we didn’t have friends occasionally stopping by – so please come join us and get ready to get your craft on!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Flame Free Party ......

If you could take a moment and visit my friend Kymberlee's blog The Paper Midwife and make a donation. Kymberlee's two daughters and grandchildren lost everything in a horrible fire (which you can read all about on her blog). She is even offering a raffle for a Cricut Imagine! With every $5 donation you get a chance to win the Imagine - and the more you donate the more chances you get! So you get the chance to help some really deserving people out and perhaps be rewarded yourself in the process! Please re-post this on your own blog or Facebook if you can!!!!

Thank you for your kindness in helping these families after such a tragedy!!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fun in the Sun - Florida

Over in the Cricut Circle the Circle team will be traveling from CHA Chicago to Ohio for a circle swarm. Well they decided pose a challenge to the circlets to create a banner that represents your state. So of course I did Florida ;o)

Here's a close up of the dolphins. They have glaze on them to look like real dolphins.

Here's a close up of the charms. The charms were cut on the cricut using shrinky dinks and then shrunk in the oven. I {heart} shrinky dinks. Then I attached the rings to them.

Birthday Bash Cricut Cart
Luau Cricut Seasonal Cart
Splish Splash Cricut Lite Cart
Life's a Beach Cricut Cart
George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cart
50 States Cricut Cart
Gypsy Wanderings Cricut Cart
Recollections shimmer paper
Recollections Cardstock
Fun Flock (on the palm trees)
Action wobbles
Google Eyes
Brads (Oriental Trading Company)
Findings (rings on the charms and boat)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Can I get your name please ......

So since we are talking about calling cards .... AllisonF (on the cricut MB) and can be found here Allison's Blog host online Swarms in conjunction with big circle events such as the Stampede in Dallas and the Utah meet-up. So of course to get the full experience we do calling card swaps with everyone. So here are the two that I made

First ever online swarm calling card

Online Stampede

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ring, Ring, Ring ....

Calling Cards .... have you heard of these?!? Well over in the Cricut Circle when you go to a meet-up you bring calling cards to exchange with other cricuteers. Also, the calling card is your "raffle ticket" for the prize drawings. So when I was fortunate to go the Florida Meet-up I had to do something "spectacular" and so why not use my favorite animal .... Butterflies. So I cut them all out the weekend before the meet-up (yeah way to procrastinate).

Can you guess how many butterflies are in here ....

another view

Give up ......

864 butterflies later this is what I came up with .......

Cricut Serenade Cartridge
Bazzil Cardstock
Corner Rounder

Monday, July 11, 2011

Many Thanks

My sister asked me to make a thank you card for her and she didn't have any specifics gave me free reign to make whatever I wanted sooooo I love making easel cards and think it's a great way for people to display their card. So this is what I came up with ...

Side View

Cricut Gypsy (card base)
Cricut Cartrige - Walk in my Garden
Heat Set crystals
Paper - Recollections (Michael's Brand)
Christmas Ribbon - Celebrations (Michael's Brand)
$1.00 Stamp (probably from Michael's)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

So Nadia with all of her amazing talent made this beautiful card and bucket Flower bucket and card with some really amazing 3-d flowers. I loved the look of the flowers and decided that these would be gorgeous on some Mother's Day cards.

I inked all the edges of the card layers and then hand stitched each card {gasp}. Yep I need a little sewing machine. Hmmmmm gotta find a way to convince hubby that I need another "craft" toy. LOL

Cricut Cart Mother's Day Bouquet
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Cuttlebug All-in-one Thank you set
DMC Thread
Adhesive Backed Perals
Versamark Ink
Pebbles, Inc. Chalk