Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge #24 High Hopes Challenge #15 You Make My Heart Flutter

This is my first shaker card! It was so much fun too. The stamps are High Hopes (played with on the computer until I get the size I need), the paper is from Target $1 stuff, and I used my Christmas Cheer cartridge frame feature (snowglobe) to get the frame cut. The pink cardstock is embossed with the swiss dots folder and the ribbon at the bottom is from Wal-Mart. Guess what is used for the "shakers"? Cupcake sprinkles shaped like hearts!

To make the shaker card I cut out the frame and 2 squares of acetate the same size. I attached one piece of acetate to the card. The other piece I attached to the frame with some double sided tape. Then I put the sprinkles on the acetate and attached the frame with foam strips to add dimension........that's it.

Cupcake Challenge this week is a 3 2 1 card. I used 3 pieces of cardstock, 2 embellishments (blutterflies), and 1 ribbon. They have such creative DT cards on their site....check it out. (Link on side)

High Hope Stamps challenge was to use hearts. I've got hearts on the paper....hearts on the butterflies....and heart shakers! So much fun.....I LOVE High Hopes Stamps.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cupcake Challenge 23 Love Stinks

Cupcake Crafts Challenge this week was a great sketch by Lauren. I had to turn it on its side, but this one was really easy to work with. I used a High Hopes Stamp (Tink) for the image, colored in watercolors. The butterflies are a MS punch with some glitter added. The yellow paper flowers are attached with brads as are the little black flowers (which I cut out with my Cuttlebug) at the bottom. Sentiment is computer generated and hand cut. Most everything on this card got a dose of clear glitter. Papers used are Doodlebug. I love the black paper with the glittered, flocked flowers. My homage to one of my favorite J. Geils Band songs.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #14 Hoppy Birthday!

High Hopes challenge was to create a card for a DUDE! Well, I needed a birthday card for a 15 year old here it is!

I used an old blue jean pocket from the rag bag....attached to a piece of tie dyed paper from DCWV Rockstar stack. I had the chipboard "Celebrate" and the star in the closet (Big Lots finds) and the sentiment "Hoppy Birthday" is computer generated, inked, and cut. I stamped the High Hopes Franklin Froggy, scanned the image to enlarge it, and then watercolored it. Attached a button and put him in the pocket. Trimmed the card with paper ribbon and embellished with sequin stars. A little bling, a little cutsie, but NO flowers!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Love is in the Air Cute Card Thursday #44

Stamp - High Hopes (waterolored and glittered- cut out-attached with pop dots)Grass - free-handed
Tree is SYI regular (cut twice - inked and put together with pop dots) and stretched (inked)
Hearts are Doodlecharms (Valentine envelope shift - cut at 1" 1 1/4" and 1 1/2") glittered and attached
Sentiment is computer generated - inked and glittered
Paper is Martha Stewart

Masculine Birthday Card

Just a really simple card for a male relative's birthday. Just took two old playing cards from a 51 card deck and attached. The great paper is from Big Lots...American Traditional Designs "Guy's Life" (snagged 25 sheets of this for $2.00!!!) I cut the accent pieces from the paper and attached with pop dots. Inside says "Hope your day is a winner!". Simple, easy card, but it suits the male members of my family.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ella - Pink Petticoat Cute Card Thursday #43

Ella is a great Pink Petticoat stamp......couldn't resist making her. This card is for my buddies at work (I am presently on medical leave). Colored Ella with watercolors...made her skirt twice and attached with pop dots. Pink Petticoat provided the inside sentiment and the outside words are mine-computer generated. Used ink on the edges and some flowers attached with brads. Paper is Martha Stewart.

Hope it makes you smile!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Raggedy Ann Valentine - Cute Card Thursday 42

Cute Card Thursday's challenge was to use something you received for Christmas to make a card. My DH got me a Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder so that is what I used. Embossed the white card and decorated with ribbon and a strip of patterned paper. Heart is from Doodlecharms, cut once scalloped and once plain (then embossed) Used some stickers for the sentiment and attached with pop dots. The doll is from PPDU, cut at 4" I cut all the coordinating parts, embossing the apron and pantaloons. I cut out the hair from both Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, putting the longer hair behind the head and the shorter hair on the front. I cut out the eyes with a hole punch, glued white paper behind it, and filled in with a black Sharpie. The nose is handcut. I used some gel pens to embellish her and glued a ribbon on the top. She is also attached with pop dots.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

XO - George - Cricut Rookie Challenge #1

There is this great new challenge sight called Cricut Rookie Challenge. The first challenge was to use the same cut, cut at 1/2" intervals. The cut was to come from the cartridge that came with your Cricut. I used George and my cut was XO (Kind of two cuts....but one word........) Anyway, I cut X's and O's at 1/2 " intervals from red cardstock, pink/grey/purple metallic cardstock and arranged them on a piece of purple cardstock that I embossed with my new Cuttlebug. I added 2 hearts from George that I also embossed. Fun, fun challenge.

Friday, January 9, 2009

All Male Swap - Mr. Simmons

I am participating in a Paper doll swap. My job was to create a male teacher. Not too difficult....recipe follows. But after I made the doll, both of my kids said it looked like their dad........who was a math teacher. And sure does!

Teacher Recipe
Cut a 4 1/2" blackout paper doll. Used the shirt from the groom and the pants/shoes from the prom boy. Hair is the leprechaun, doodled with a metallic bronze pen, and then inked for definition. The belt is the elf, and the belt and shoes were inked and doodled as well. The tie was hand cut from patterned paper and the tie and shirt were outlined with a black Sharpie. I used the face from the Simple Simon collection from Peachy Keen and chalked the cheeks. The apple is Doodleharms, cut at 1", embellished with dimensional paint, and attached with a pop dot.

Sketch Saturday #32 - Frog-get me not!

So much for no cards. I looked at Sketch Saturday's sketch 32....and wow! Had to make one! I love pink and green....and frogs....and this cute little digi-stamp from Pink Petticoat was begging to be used. I used watercolors and a little glitter on the stamp (and a drop of dimensional paint on the flowers). I backed the image with the pattern paper and pop-dotted it. The green polka dot paper was some that was just hanging around and the pink stripe and green colored polka dots are from Daisy D's Sweet Baby Jane collection. The flowers were cut from George on some scrap paper I had and I put a little pink rhinestone in the center to make them sparkle. For the corners, I cut two circles from George (one at 3" and 1 at 3" shadow) and cut it into quarters. I cut out the computer generated phrase and inked the edges.

Happy Valentine's Day...........and please don't "frog-get" me!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dahlia folded paper

Yesterday on the Cricut message board, someone asked for information about making paper dahlias. The thread caught my eye; I followed the links and ended up trying one. Remember....this is a first attempt! You basically use double sided cardstock cut into 9 1 1/4 inch circles (use George) and some glue. I found that plain old Tacky Glue applied with a q-tip worked the best. I used a button to pull it together. Interesting project anyway......I'm going to try another and make it a little bigger..........I have an idea for a special birthday card. Anyway, if you are bored, clink on the link for the tutorial on YouTube!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hogs and Kisses - High Hopes #12/Cupcake Challenge #21

I was NOT going to make cards this year.....I was going to do layouts. But I checked out 2 of my favorite blogs - High Hopes Stamps and Cupcake Craft Challenge....and of course, there were challenges I had to take up!!! Besides I need a birthday card for a pig lover this week...........

I used the High Hopes "Pickles" character. He is colored with watercolors with some glitter bling! Found 2 little rhinestones for his buttons. The lips are the balloon from the stamp, scanned, and enlarged. I used MS glitter to make them shine; then attached them with pop dots. The sentiment is computer generated and then ripped and inked. Found some Cherry Art paper in the drawer that was just perfect and backed everything with some DCWV cardstock and metallic pink accents.

The High Hopes Challenge was for torn paper. The sentiment, the bottom of the image backing, and the yellow accent strip are all torn. The Cupcake Challenge was to use glitter. The balloons, the pig's snout, the trim on his overalls, and the big lips are all glittered. And I added some glitter to the center background of the card along with the metallic cardstock and torn paper accent.

I actually like this card.........usually they don't turn out the way I hoped, but this one did!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge #20

Cupcake Craft Challenge #20 was to use the blog bacakground as inspiration for your project. I love pink and brown......and that background just screams....chocolate! I used Doodlecharms' cupcake, the swiss dots embossing folder, some great felt ribbon, and perfect cupcake embossed paper from Love, Elsie. Little dimensional paint, watercolors, and some sparkles for fun!

Cupcake challenges are always great....check them out!