Monday, March 26, 2012

Look at your baby blues LO

I'm back with a LO I made tonight for Scrapbook Steals Mid Week Mojo - Amethyst #5, based on this sketch...
Here's my LO!

I used Piggy Tales '5 Little Ducks' collection for all the paper, the stars I cut from Baby Steps cricut cart and the scallops and banner pieces I cut from CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cart, inking everything with my chalking ink.  I used Thickers and tiny alphas for the title.

Part of this LO challenge was to make a journaling free LO - I have to say it was nice!  I've really been forcing myself to journal these days, since its not something I used to do when I started scrapbooking.  But there wasn't a lot to say about this picture - it was just a great close-up of my oldest son's face, perfectly showing his beautiful blue eyes and red hair - so it was perfect to use for this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Car and dump truck pictures

Good morning!  Today is my first post as a member of The Bug Bytes Design Team and I'm so excited, thanks so much to Pam for inviting me to join her amazing team of designers!

Today I have some pictures to share that I made for my oldest son's room!  I bought him a quilt to go with his new "big boy" room a couple of months ago, but couldn't find any pictures to match, so I decided to make some!  It took me awhile but I finally started on them and I'm really pleased with how they are turning out!

I found some black 10x10 frames at Michael's on sale and they ended up being less then $4 per frame!  His quilt has a mix of cars and construction trucks, so I looked through my Cricut carts to find ones that were similar.  I used a car and dump truck from Boys Will Be Boys and a car and the roads from Everyday Paper Dolls!

For the paper, I used mostly Echo Park "Little Boy" collection with some from Echo Park "Springtime" collection and cardstock from my stash to fill in as needed.

I took some step-by-step photos to show you my process, as I put together the first picture.  I started with setting them all up on my gypsy, then I laid out the paper on my Cricut mat...

Here's the car cut...

Now I have a trick to share with you, that I learned from my friend Tracy - instead of wasting a whole sheet of paper when you'll only see the edges, she cuts out the middle, leaving enough to adhere the center piece and saves the middle for another project!  It seems so simple (and GENIUS!! ;-) - thanks Tracy!) but somehow I never thought to do it!  It kills me to think of all the paper I wasted over the years but I know now and use this trick as often as I can!

So here is my background paper - cut to 10x10 then I cut the middle out, leaving enough edge to adhere my scene paper to!

Now here's my background paper and 8x8 scene adhered together!  You can't even tell the middle is missing behind the scene paper!

I used Imaginese colored foam tape to give the car some dimension with too much, since it will be in the frame. 

I inked the edges of everything using my Quick Quotes PowderPuff chalking ink - I can't say enough how much I love this ink!  It glides on so easily and looks fantastic!

Here are the completed pictures, framed and ready to go!  I wish I could have taken photos of them hanging against his blue walls but he's asleep, so that will have to be done later!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More birthday cards

Here's another set of cards I made using the Thumbellina collection from Piggy Tales, the sentiment stamp is from My Pink Stamper 'Punny-licious' and the twine from The Twinery.  I cut the bird from the Cricut Cake 'Birthday Cakes' cart.

 Here's the second one...
The inside stamp is from My Pink Stamper 'Everyday Life', both card insides are the same...
I used the same sketch that I used on my cards yesterday...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A few birthday cards

I made these using the Thumbellina collection from Piggy Tales, I love these pattern papers and they are perfect for birthday cards since I don't have any girls to scrapbook for!

I made 2 variations of the same card, I'm trying to build up my stash of cards!  I used the Cricut Cake cart 'Birthday Cakes' to cut the tulips and based them on this sketch!
Here's the first card.  The sentiment stamp is from My Pink Stamper 'Everyday Life', the twine is from The Twinery and the ribbon on the second card is from my stash.

The inside of both cards are the same...the sentiment stamp is also from My Pink Stamper 'Everyday Life'.

I'm entering these cards into Challenge Me Monday #103 at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog - Celebrate Spring (make a project with at least three flowers).

adventure LO

I made this LO using Echo Park 'A Walk in the Park' collection - I love this collection, the colors are perfect for boy LOs and they all work so well together!

I cut the different elements using my CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cart and everything else was from Echo Park.

I made my LO based on the sketch below and will be entering it into the Mid Week Mojo challenge -Amethyst #4 on the Scrapbook Steals blog.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Walking for babies LO

I made this LO using the 5 Little Ducks collection from Piggy Tales (paper and cardboard letters) - I wasn't sure about using flowers on a LO for my son but I really liked this paper and with it only showing on the sides, I figured it would work and since my mom, sister and I were also on there - I could get away with using the other flowers!  ;-)

The flowers are from Imaginesce - I layered them together, used brads as the flower centers and a Martha Stewart punch for the right side of the green paper.

I made this LO based on the March challenge sketch from Love Joy Paper.  I really enjoyed using this sketch!  My title ended up being huge due to the size of the letters but I really wanted to use them so I think it worked out ok even though it varied from the sketch!

I'm also entering this into the Just Elements! Challenge #1 at Get Inspired with Chatter Scene!  Chris read my mind with it, challenging us to not use our machines and use only the elements that we all have in our scrap rooms but tend to ignore because we all love to use our die cutting machines!  With reorganizing my scrap room lately, I'm finding more and more fun things I have to use but never do - such as the letters that matched this paper when I would normally cut letters with my Cricut as well as the flowers, which I haven't used in ages!  Thanks Chris for the fun challenge and getting me out of my comfort zone!!  :-)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Birthday card

I made this card for my SILs birthday, I used my new DCWV Citrus and Citrus cardstock stacks that I got for Christmas, I love these colors!  With this beautiful weather we've been having, I can't help but be in the mood for spring!

For some reason, the lighting on this card didn't come out quite as bright as it really is in person - I think taking the pictures at the time of day I did (4:30p), didn't help but hopefully you get the general idea.

The flower was cut from CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cart - I cut it a couple of different times in different colors of cardstock to give it dimension and mimic the flowers in the paper, the ribbon and button are from my stash and the sentiment stamp is from My Pink Stamper 'Fabulous Phrases.'

The inside sentiment is from Stampin' Up 'Curvy Verses.'

I'm entering this into Krafty Girls Get Growing Challenge #3 - create a project using a handmade flower.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mama & me LO

I made a LO tonight based on the sketch below and will be entering it into the Mid Week Mojo challenge -Amethyst #3 on the Scrapbook Steals blog.  I do love this sketch, it was perfect for a favorite picture of mine of my oldest and I!

Here's the sketch...
And here's my LO!  Once again, sorry for the poor lighting, another late night scrapbook session, after working all weekend!  I was proud of myself, this LO came together pretty quickly for me!  :-)  Excuse the creepy distortion on my son's face - I don't like putting their pictures on public websites so I used the distortion so you could still (sort of) see the picture!
Some closeups...I used Piggy Tales once again, 'Tortoise and the Hare' collection this time - I just had paper for this one and had to use some cardstock from my stash, so I used CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cart to cut the die cuts then I inked everything using my chalk inks.

I used thickers and mini alphas for the titles, The Twinery twine to string my banner and some brads from my stash to hold it on the page (it is pulled a little tight in this picture but it does droop down a bit more instead of being so straight across now that I fixed it - just didn't see it when I was taking pics).  
The phrases are from the same mini alpha line then the 'moments'  one was a sticker I found in my stash.  I cut the flower 3 times, inked the edges and then offset them and curled the edges to make it look fuller and finished it with some bling using my iRock gem setter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Birthday!

I made this card for my dad's birthday tomorrow!
Once again I struggled with making a masculine card and not knowing where to start.  So I picked out the paper from Echo Park's 'A Boy's Life' and then picked the truck from Pop-Up Neighborhood cricut cart.  Then I got the idea to stamp the balloons, cut them out and then tie them to the truck with twine from The Twinery!  I really love the way this turned out!

The balloon stamps as well as the sentiment stamps were from The Stamps of Life 'greetings4birthday' and 'HappyBday2You' - I do love these stamps, they stamp perfectly and have fun sentiments!

Its hard to see in the picture but I used glossy accents on the truck's window to make it look more real!
I'm entering this into Challenge #46 at Birthday Sundaes:  Birthday card with sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!  I unfortunately, will be working the next 3 nights, so not much fun for me!  ;-)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pumpkin patch LO

I made a LO tonight based on the sketch below and will be entering it into the Mid Week Mojo challenge -Amethyst #2 on the Scrapbook Steals blog.  
Here is my LO - sorry for the poor lighting, I worked all weekend and didn't have time to get this done - so I just finished this (its 11pm) so I had no natural light to work with.
I used the Georgie Porgie collection from Piggy Tales - I think it may be my newest favorite product company!!  The paper is the perfect weight, cuts beautifully in my cricut, the colors are bold with great patterns - I LOVE it!!  The journaling card, the border strips and letters as well as all the paper are from that same collection!
I was flipping through my paper and saw the background paper and thought it would be perfect for a fall LO and I loved the blue addition to the oranges, browns and greens and it fit perfectly with my pictures since my son is wearing a blue shirt!  
I used Simply Charmed Cricut cart to cut the pumpkins, using my Gypsy to hide the faces.

Thanks for stopping by!!