Wednesday, December 30, 2009

No Empty Chairs -- Decorative Plate

Hello, all!  I hope you're all starting to recover from the hustle, bustle, and fun of the holiday season, and that you had a wonderful and special time with your families.  We were busy, busy, but we had a wonderful time together.  And now I finally have a few minutes to start posting a few of my projects!  This first one is a decorative plate I made for my wonderful mom for her birthday.  The idea of "no empty chairs" came from a talk from Elder Henry B. Eyring, one of the leaders of our church, and it means that we want to have all our family together in Heaven.  My mom loved it so much she asked to have it engraved on her headstone, but I didn't think she should wait so long to enjoy it... :)  I bought the brown charger from a local home decor store, then I designed the vintage chair and flourishes and used SCAL to cut them out of gold and cream vinyl with my Cricut. 

Fancy Vinyl Chalkboard Giveaway

One of my favorite blogs on my "following" list is Tea Rose Home -- this lady has the most amazingly creative mind.  Right now one of her sponsors is hosting a giveaway of a really pretty vinyl chalkboard shape, so go check it out!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thanks for all the little things!

This card just makes me happy every time I look at it.  It's one of those creations where I'm so glad I took a picture so I can enjoy it even though it's already at its new home with my wonderful friend who really does do so many little things for me. 

This new Paisley Cricut cartridge may just be my favorite yet.  I admit that I bought it pretty much just for these dolls -- aren't they too yummy?!  This is the kind of cartridge that coordinated stacks are for, though -- lots of layers, but easy if the colors are precoordinated.  I just loaded 4 different colors from the DCWV Citrus stack on my cutting mat, then cut all the layers at the same time.  The pp is from that stack as well.  The "thanks" is a Cuttlebug cut, and the little tag it's on is half a background shape from the Storybook cartridge.  TFL!

Friday, December 11, 2009

God Jul!

I wanted to create a special card for some dear friends in Denmark, and I thought I'd go again with the idea of a card with a removable ornament on the front.  I love the idea that even after they're finished enjoying the card, they have keepsake they can enjoy year after year.  The ornament here is called a julehjerte, which means Christmas heart in Danish.  It's about the most traditional ornament in Denmark and is supposed to have been invented by H. C. Andersen himself.  The tag says "God Jul," which means Merry Christmas!  I added a second chipboard frame to draw more attention to the tag with the sentiment.  The paper and chipboard are from Daisy D's and have been biding their time in my stash for a few years now.  I used this great sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You for the layout.  TFL!