Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Yay for the Bind-it-all! I can tell I will really love it. I made this little guest book to go on a shelf in our guest room. I thought it would be so fun to have a little mini-book of all the people who come and stay with us. The book itself is about 6" x 4 3/4". The paper is from Wild Asparagus and the die cuts are all made with the Cricut. "Friends" is from Jasmine, cut at 2 1/2" (for 'friend') and 2" (for the 's'), with shadow. The tulip bunch is from Walk in My Garden, cut at 2 1/2" on border mode. The tag is from George, cut at 2" with shadow.
This is a view of the inside cover. I used the same cut from Walk in My Garden, plus a scallop circle tag from Alphalicious. "Welcome" is from Zooballoo, cut on silhouette mode at 1 or 1 1/4".
This is what the rest of the pages look like -- the left-hand side is for the guests' entry, then the right is a mat where we can put a little picture of them from their visit.
Thanks for looking!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
As promised, here is a card made with some of the goodies from my little spending spree this week! I just could NOT resist these Hero Arts stamps -- I have a serious weakness for the cute little birdie trend happening right now. Then for the stitching I used the new cutterbee piercing bugs. They work great! They don't pierce deep enough to go through 3 layers of heavy cardstock, so I had to do a little repoking, but they go through 2 just great and one like butter. I'm so excited, because I love doing hand stitching, but piercing all those little holes gets really tedious.
I colored the stamp with watercolor pencils and embossed the background with the Cuttlebug, then sanded it to bring out the design. I made the scallop with the Coluzzle circle template -- big thanks to Keligirl from the Cricut MB who suggested that! Fun, fun stuff!
Stay tuned til Monday, when I'll be able to post a project I just finished for Regina's design team using my new Bind-it-all!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The Bind-it-all and a couple of wires
Super cute clear Christmas stamps from Hero Arts -- I can't resist little birdies
A cute "SMILE" Heidi Swapp stamp
Cutter Bee paper piercing bugs, the ones that poke stitching holes
Paper Pups (a Cricut cartridge) -- it was on clearance for $22, how could I resist?!
& an adorable fall paper pack that I got for FREE because I spent over $50. Aren't I resourceful?!
So be ready for some fun new projects from me, coming soon!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I am working on decorating the house in preparation for houseguests coming in a couple weeks and I decided to create my own artwork for the bathroom! Now see, I knew I just HAD to have this paper when I went to the lss last week even though I had no idea what I'd use it for at the time. And look! It was just perfect to go along with the colors for that bathroom. I think that justifies more unjustifiable spending! :) I just love these pics of my boys in the tub. The details of how I made this one can be found here:
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I've never been together enough to do handmade Christmas cards for the bazillion people on my list, but this may be my year! I was asked to teach a Christmas card class for Relief Society (my church's women's organization), so I was challenged to come up with designs that would be fun and cute, but simple enough for a lot of people of various skill levels to put together quickly without a lot of advance preparation on my part. (What can I say -- I'm just not that together!) I went a little crazy buying stamps for this endeavor -- 2 sets from Stampin Up, one from Hero Arts, and I've seen some coming out next month that I know I'm going to NEED -- but I am always crazy buying Christmas stuff. I just get to start good and early this year! I had a blast making these. Hope you like them! The paper is from DCWV, Basic Grey, and Pebbles, Inc -- if you have a question about anything specific, just holler! Oh, and that fab fat red and white ribbon is from a big Costco spool. 50 yards for $6.99? I'm so there!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I had so much fun with this card that I had to make another! Actually, what really motivated me was people's questions about the technique, so I made this one and took pictures of each step. Here is the link to those instructions, if you're interested: http://www.cricut.com/messageboard/tm.aspx?m=1062267
This card uses We R Memory Keepers PP and Scenic Route chipboard, which I colored with cat's eye chalk ink (I love that stuff!).
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
I've noticed a shift in my paper-crafting lately -- I used to be in get-'er-done mode, where I wanted to get as many pages as I could done in as little time as I could so I could "catch up." Or I'd do cards in big batches so I'd have lots in my stash. But the more I learn about this craft -- all the different, fun techniques and materials -- the more it's become as much about the art as anything else. I love creating! I love using all the different techniques and feeling creative. So who cares if I ever get caught up as long as I am having fun creating and preserving the memories I want to preserve? Down with scrapper's guilt! :)