Monday, March 5, 2012

Keep Calm Notebook

Here's a quick project: I created the artwork using digital images and Photoshop, then had it printed through an on-line print service. So, basically, it's a 5"x7" photo. I adhered the artwork to a piece of thin cardboard (from a paper stack) and used another piece for the back cover. I rounded the corners, added some notebook paper and bound it with my Bind-it-All. To finish, I tied on a some white tulle, a ribbon and a cute little teapot charm ... easy-peasy! I see lots more of these in my future.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Wow ... I've Been Away For A While

Last fall and the holiday season were really busy for me ... both personally and at work. I did quite a bit of crafting, but just didn't take the time to update my blog. One of the things I got caught up in was some hybrid crafting and digital crafting. I took a couple of classes at JessicaSprague.com and fell in love with PhotoShop. Don't get me wrong ... I'm still a "hands-on" papercrafter, but the digital world is cool, too. My favorite, by far, has to be digital art journaling. Here's a page I made as part of the art journaling class I took from Jessica and Nancie Rowe Janitz:


The background art and the bird are from a collection of digital elements created by Nancie, check out her website. I have lots more to share with you and hope to have it posted the next few weeks!


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Cricut 360° Blog Challenge #15 ... Think Winter



Hello everyone, are you ready for another challange from the Cricut 360° Challenge Blog? This week we're doing 'white-on-white' projects.


For my card, I started with a 5.5" x 5.5" base then added a layer embossed with the Snow Burst embossing folder. To highlight the embossing, I rubbed on a little White Frost shimmer paint. Both the embossing folder and the shimmer paint are from Stampin' Up. Then I tied on some white tulle and satin ribbon. The skates are from the Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge ... cut a 3.25". I sprinkled the blades with Martha Stewart coarse glitter, swiped more of the shimmer paint on the boots and finished them with some pearls and embroidery thread. It still looked a little plain, so I added the ribbon and snowflake charm. All in all, I'm pleased with this one, even though it didn't photograph very well ... it's one of those that looks better 'in real life'.

Now, here's a second card. Actually, I made this card first ... then I re-read the challenge requirements and realized that there isn't supposed to be any 'color' in the project. For this card I used a kraft base, inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy distress ink and used a kraft/white bakers twine for the laces. The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's Winter Punnies set.

I like that you can get two very different cards using the same basic elements!!


So, now it's your turn. Link your project at the Cricut 360°Challenge Blog.  ... I'd love to see your project!!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blog Candy Winner

Thanks to all who participated in the Cricut 360° Blog Spooky Halloween Blog Hop! First, I need to apologize for being so late in posting my blog candy winner ... this week has been just crazy and this is the first opportunity I've had to post. Now, without further delay, the winner of the blog candy is:

#35Blogger DIANA L. said...
Love this card and the googly eyes are great
DIANA L.

Congratulations Diana ... I'll have your goodies in the mail and on their way to you soon!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cricut 360° Blog ... Spooky Blog Hop


Welcome to the Cricut 360° Blog Spooky Blog Hop. If you got here from Sonya's blog, then you're on the right track. If you've just popped in, you might want to start here ... this is where you'll find a list of all the blogs in our Spooky Halloween Blog Hop. And, of course we have some blog candy up for grabs ... a Freshly Picked Cricut cartridge. 


To be entered to win, visit all the blogs and collect the "key" words ... they'll reveal this week's challenge. Then make a challenge project and link it on the Cricut 360° Blog ... how fun is that!!

Now, here's my project:


My card is a 5.5" x 5.5" square. I love the colors in this ... the orange and green papers are from DCWV and the spider web paper is from Echo Park. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper Halloween card without the classic Halloween colors of purple and black, so I added those colors with a big, floppy seam binding bow. My cute little spider was cut using the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge. I embossed her with several coats of UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel). Before she cooled completely, I bent her legs down so she looks like she's standing. And don't you just love those flirty lashes and googly eyes ... perfect for the My Pink Stamper sentiment.

Now it's time for you to hop on over to Heather's blog. I know she'll have something fabulous to share with you!! But, before you go ... here's a little blog candy I'm offering:



If you would like to be entered for a change to win, just leave a comment with a way to contact you. I will use Random.org to select a winner on Oct 19th and I will ship worldwide.

Finally, my key word is COLORS ... remember to link up your project for a chance to win!! 

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Cricut 360° Blog Challenge #13 ... Welcome Baby

Happy Friday everyone, it's time for another challenge at the Cricut 360° Blog. This week we're making something for babies.
My card this week is sweet and simple. The image was cut from the Wrap it Up cartridge and embossed with the Love Language embossing folder. I coated the wheels and trim with Glossy Accents and added ribbon, twine and buttons.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge ... I'd love to see what you create!


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Friday, September 16, 2011

Cricut 360° Blog Challenge #12 ... Native American Inspiration

Happy Friday! Are you ready for another Cricut 360° Challenge? This week, I'm keeping it simple. My image is a digital from Daisy's Digi Doodles. I printed it on kraft paper, colored it with Copics, then used a small paint brush and white craft ink to highlight the feathers. I added a drop of Glossy Accents to each of the beads to give them a little shine and texture. I layered this with papers from Stampin' Up and some twine, and then finished with a sentiment cut from the Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge.
Hope you like my little card ... now it's your turn. Visit the Cricut 360° Challenge Blog to see the design team's wonderful projects. Then link up your project ... I'd love to see what you create!!


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Friday, September 9, 2011

Cricut 360° Blog Challenge #11 ... For A Hero

Welcome to another Cricut 360° Blog challenge. This week we are commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and making projects to recognize those who serve.


I love dogs, and I'm especially fond of working dogs, so I decided to make a card honoring the search and rescue dogs who worked at ground zero. I used Paper Pups, Stand and Salute, and Plantin Schoolbook (for the little white cross). The sentiment is computer generated and is the motto of Search and Rescue teams worldwide.

I hope you join us this week at the Cricut 360° Blog ... we have a special sponsor! 


Robyn from My Pink Stamper had donated one of her stamp sets, so link up your project for your chance to win "Freedom Rocks". Good luck and ...


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Friday, September 2, 2011

Cricut 360° Blog Challenge #10 ... Grandparents


Welcome to Challenge #10 for the Cricut 360° Blog. Grandparents' Day is September 11th, so we're making projects just for them.



For my card, I chose designer papers and cardstock from Stampin' Up and a flower from Art Philosophy. I cut the petals three times and layered them using large glue dots. I added some doodling, a big button and a little seam binding. The sentiment is a stamp from Pink By Design. All in all, it's a simple card, but I love the bright colors. Now, head on over to the Cricut 360° Blog to see what my design team sisters have come up with ... their projects are awesome, and be sure to link up your Grandparents' Day creation ... I look forward to seeing it!!

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