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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Birsthday Party Stair-Step Card

Hello friends, visitors and followers,

Today I have a birthday card for a special girl who is turning 13.  Since she is going to be a teenager, I wanted to make it special.  I hope she will like it.

I used the imagine cartridge Yummy for the banner, cake table, and presents.  I did use some patterns from Good Old Days & the cute little mouse hiding behind the table came from Winter Frolic.  The chair is from Love you a Latte.  Lastly, I used Best Friends  imagine cart for the balloons.

 See the sweet littel mouse hidding in the shadows behind the table.  He wants to leave a present too!

 Lose Directions: I lifted the basic card dimension from Michelleat Wandering Scissors here I did change them up a bit – here is what I use: 
Start with a strip of 5½ x 10½ cardstock.
Score at 1½, 2½, 4½, 6 & 8¼
Cut 3 strips of coordinating paper at 5 ½ length by 1¼, 1¾, & 2 in high
Background cardstock (wallpaper) cut at 5 ¼ x 4 ½ (I bent this up/forward just a bit so it would stand up straight once placed on the card)

I cut my images out at sizes that seemed to fit well on the card. 

 Other Supplies: 
Pop-dots,  1 Action Wobble, Smooch pearlized accents, glitter pen, sentiments form Emma’s My Creative Time (polka-dot-surpriseset), some thread (on the balloon strings), tape runner, Xyron, inks.  Letters on the banner I stamped with an old alphabet set (don’t know who it’s from). Paper die cut numbers that I have had forever (#13). Background Wallpaper is from DCWV Citrus matstack

 Of Interest:
I used my first Action Wobble (on the present with the #13) – love it!  I ordered mine from PeachyKeen stamps at 25 for $10.49, but I also saw them on Amazon and Ebay.

I cut the chair out in triplicate and in different shades, removed inner legs on one image, and bent it to give it a 3D look – it even casts a shadow.

I cutout some of the presents and bows twice and pop dotted them for more dimension.

I am really pleased with how this turned out – this was my first step card!

God Bless and Happy Scrappin’

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Just Ducky - Baby Gift

This was super easy!  I put these together for some twins of an acquaintance.  I scrap-lifted the idea and added my own flare.  The idea was posted by craftycathryn on the circuit forum.  Hers are supper cute – she has the large Peachy Keen stamp set for the faces (you can see them on her blog In the Pink Designs, by cathryn here.  I love the way hers look so bright & cheery.  For mine, I added a receiving blanket wrapped around the packages of wipes.   

Duck features:    First, cut a sheet of paper to fit around each package.  I did not have the big peachy keen stamps so I had to piece- mill them together in the Cricut Craft Room.  I actually wielded two light bulbs ornaments from Create-A-Critter cart to make the duckbill, and then I used a sign shape for the feet.  Then cut in half, what I think was a pillow, for the individual wings ( all from Create A critter).  I inked the edges of everything, added two brads each for the eyes, then made a quick little card using Nursery Tails.

Thanks for looking

God Bless &  Happy Scrapin’

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hug Bug Layout

 Hello to all you happy scrapers.  I have another Scrapbook page to share today.  Two pages in one week--I am on a roll!!!

This super cute background paper is from the Paper Loft “Slug Bug” collection.  It has little poke-a-dotted VW bugs all over it.  I found it at the Creating Keepsakes Convention  on a bargain bin. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to do a page about the bug I owned when I was 20 (no doing the math – it was 1980 something…late something).

 The letters are cut at 1 inch from Hello Kitty Font cart and the flowers are from the CTMH Art Philosophy cart!

I used my imagine to get just the right colors to match the background paper.  I have a bookmark-tag tucked in behind the bottom photo for journaling the story of my bug.

I was real excited about using pink!!  I have two boys so I don’t get to scrap in pink very often – Love it!

Enjoy, God Bless and Happy Scrapin’!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Early Bird Layout for Jinger Adams Design Team Call

Two days in a row – I know -- WOW!  This post is worth it.  I have a creation I made for the Jinger Adams Design Team Call.  It is open to everyone so link here to get the scoop on entering.  

 My main reason for crafting is scrapbooking but it seems I am always busy working on other things (cards, school projects, altered crafts, and home d├ęcor) and never get any scraping done.  Well, I finally have another scrapbook page to share.  It is only a one-page layout, but I absolutely love the look.

I just got the new “Good Old Days” imagine cart this week and it is such a sweet set of images.  It is my current favorite.

Recipe for layout:

-Cut and print Background shape.  I used a pattern from the Imagine cart Elise (These papers coordinate nicely with The Good Old Days cart).  I got the scallop shape from the CTMH Art Philosophy cart. 

-Print title on the background paper.  (I used CCR & Imagine for this but a PC and large print works well too).

-Print and cut a top layer for title in a coordinating color ( I wielded mine slightly in CCR.)
-Print & cut focus image.  (I used the adorable birds on the new Good Old Days cart).

I took the birds, deleted the background, and had CCR print & cut them.  I pop-dotted them on the same image I had already printed on the background pattern.  The pop-dots give it a nice dimensional look.

-Cut frames and corners on solid card stock.

-Ink most all edges and glue down.

- Add a few embellishments.  I used some brads, string, and a label frame.

- Add Photos (I will be adding photos of my sleeping teenager)  and share with all!

All the other shapes and lettering are from CTMH Art Philosophy Cart (my other current favorite).

I used the Circuit Craft room (CCR) to design it all.  If you haven’t used CCR yet, it is a free on-line tool that is getting better all the time and really enhances your circuiting experience.  For this project, some layers were only “printed”, while other layers were “cut” or “cut & printed”.  Again – lots of versatility with my imagine inside the CCR.

 I hope you enjoyed this sweet layout as much as I do.  Wish me luck and prays for the Jinger Adams and Scrapbooking Queen Design Team call.  Good luck to all!

 God Bless & Happy Scrappin!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tea Light Lantern -- Altered Project

 Our big lug of a dog broke an outdoor candle that used to set in a metal base.  My Husband threw this base stand in the recycled; So……

I recycled it in to this
 I think this would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!

I used Art Philosophy (AP) for most of the cuts and sized and wielded things together in Cricut Craft Room (CCR).  Here is how the lantern looked once it was cut (x2).

I spray-painted it with “Hammered Metal” Cream colored spray paint to make it more durable.  I also spray painted the inside with glow in the dark paint (just for fun).

All the roses are made from Art Philosophy (AP) cricut Cartridge on white and red paper.  Once all the roses were “quilted” and glued, I misted them all with glimmer mist in scarlet.    

The swirly scroll vine is from AP as well but I wielded some leaves from Flower Shop on the scrolls to make it look more like a vine.

I add some clear panes (cut from cartridge clamshells) behind the screen.

I am happy with the final product.  Hope you enjoyed!  God Bless and happy scrappin’