Monthly Archives: July 2011

Arrrrrrrrrrg Pirate Octopus Card

Arrrrrrrrrrg Pirate Octopus Card

Handmade Pirate Octopus Card

Supplies

  • Recollections Card stock
  • Die Cut with a View The Green Stack 70% Recycled Paper
  • Colorbok Texture Card stock
    3D-Dots from EK tools
  • Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge
  • American Crafts Thickers Niki Riki
  • Recollections Black Eyelets
  • Cheap ribbon

This cute pirate card was pretty to quick and easy to make. I started with a standard A2 craft cardstock base. Then I used my corner punch to round the corners. I used a 4″ x 5″ piece of blue polka doted paper from the DCWV stack for the background. I used a 1 1/2″ x 5 piece of blue colorbox textured card stock to add interest. Before attaching the background, I added some ribbon. After attached,  I placed eyelets in the corners. The octopus was really easy to assemble, even the white details on his hat. I added the completed octopus with some pop dots. Then I added my sentiment “Arrg” with some Niki Riki Thickers.  I hope you enjoy this card.

Summer 2011 New Products from CHA

Summer 2011 New Products from CHA

I  loving watching all the awesome video from the Summer CHA. I am so excited about all the new products coming out. I thought I would pass along my favorite videos. Enjoy.

Cricut Mini

New Cricut Mini

 

Love how small and sleek that Cricut Mini is. For me the Cricut Expression is more practical, but the price point and size on this new die cutting machine are awesome. To see the Cricut Mini in action watch the video by Craft Critique.

  • Cut 8 1/2 x 11” Paper
  • Used with computer (Mac or PC)
  • $119 MSRP
  • Use with existing Cricut Cartridges

 

 

 

Sizzix and Hero Arts Partnership

 

Hero Art Stamps with Coordinating Sizzix Framelits

 

I am super excited about this new partnership. Sizzix has made Framelits dies that coordinate with Hero Arts stamps. Now you can easily and perfectly cut out stamped images. I always get frustrated that my cut images don’t have smooth enough edges or even enough borders. The video from the Sizzix booth lets you see the process and the video from the Hero Arts booth shows the some of options available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tim Holtz New Products

 

Here are the Tim Holtz Products that I am most excited about.

  • In Season Craft Resist Paper Pads (Christmas and Halloween): It has two designs on printed in black ink and the other in clear varnish that will resist inks and dyes.
  • Kraft resist chipboard letters: I love they foot of these chipboard letters. Like the paper pack these have a clear varnish design that will resist inks and dyes.
  • New Seasonal Embellishment (Christmas and Halloween) I am super excited about the owl face. I love owls.
  • Seasonal Muse Tokens Metal Tokens with letter and season words on them
  • Metal Bird Cage: This metal birdcage is super adorable and it opens up so you place stuff inside
  • Vial Labels : I’m not so interested in the vial labels, but they are in picture so I’m mentioning them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you interested in some of the other new designer paper that is coming out, check out TwoPeas youtube channel. They have a lot of video from CHA showing new paper packs.

Freshly Picked Sentiments and Card

Freshly Picked Sentiments and Card

Handmade Card Rose Bush CardI just picked up the Cricut Freshly Picked Cartridge at Michael’s while it was on sale. It has super cute gardening images like gnomes, flowers, and gardening tools. When I make cards, I like to use sentiments that relate to the images. I spend a lot of time finding cute and beautiful sentiments and quotes that would go along well this cartridge. I hope you like the.  If you have any good sentiments to go along with this cartridge leave them in the comments.

Gardening and Flower Sentiments

  • From Your Favorite Bunch
  • May You Day Bloom With Happiness
  • Plant Seeds Of Kindness And Your Garden Of Friends Will Grow
  • Friendship is the flower that blossoms in the heart
  • Loving You Is Easy Peasy
  • Thanks A Bunch
  • I Love You Sow Much
  • Sow Kindness Harvest Friendship
  • Happy Spring
  • A Flower Blooms Once
  • If Friends Were Flowers, I’d Pick You
  • Gnome Sweet Gnome
  • Gardeners Know The Best Dirt
  • Gnome Is Where The Heart Is
  • A Cherry Hello
  • Like The Flower And The Bee Great Friend Are We
  • Thanks Sow Much
  • Handpicked Just For You
  • To Gnome You Is To Love You

 

Gardening and Flower Quotes

  • Violets Smell Like Burnt Sugar Cubes
    That Have Been Dipped In Lemon And Velvet.
    ~ Diane Ackerman
  • All My Hurts
    My Garden Spade Can Heal.
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We Can Complain Because Rose Bushes Have Thorns, Or Rejoice Because Thorn Bushes Have Roses
    ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • Adopt The Pace Of Nature: Her Secret Is Patience
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Though An Old Man I Am But A Young Gardener.
    ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • Where Flowers Bloom So Does Hope
  • ~Lady Bird Johnson
  • Gardening
    Is The Purest Of Human Pleasures.
    ~ Francis Bacon
  • He That Plants Trees
    Loves Others Beside Himself.
    ~ Thomas Fuller
  • There Is Simply The Rose;
    It Is Perfect In Every Moment Of Its Existence.
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • There Is Not A Blade Of Grass That Shoots Uninteresting To Me.
    ~ Thomas Jefferson

 Stamps Sentiments to Coordinate with the Freshly Picked Cartridge

Vintage Books Card

Vintage Books Card

Handmade Books Card

Supplies

Cricut Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge

  • Recollections Card stock
  • Bazzill Basics Paper Brown
  • Bazzill Basics Paper Bitter Chocolate
  • Cricut Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge
  • 3D-Dots from EK tools
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pads  Vintage Photo
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pads  Victorian Velvet
  • Colorbox Pigment Stamp Pad Dragonfly Black
  • Martha Stewart Clear Stamps Sans Serif Typeface
  • Recollections Small Eyelets
  • Recollections Small Brads
  • K & Company ancestry.com Embossed Frames
  • K & Company ancestry.com Designer Paper
  • Black Pearl
  • American Crafts Brown Ribbon

My dad requested I make him some greeting cards, so this is one of the ones I made for him. It is a simple card, but wasn’t simple to make. I started with A2 size card in craft card stock. Then I layered a piece of patterned paper from the ancestry.com stack on top a piece of Bazzill Bitter Chocolate. Then I placed eyelets in each corner, and attached s0me brown ribbon before I taped the layer on the card base. After it was attached, I tied a ribbon bow. The books are from the Cricut Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge. I cut the apple off the top of the books with my paper trimmer. The based of the books is brown recollections paper that I inked up with Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo. The brown  books are Bazzill Bitter Chocolate and Brown. The red book is recollectionccards stock that I inked up with Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo.  After the books were assembled, I used pop dots to attach them to the card base.  I place a black pearl in the book corner. The sentiment was stamped using Martha Stewart Clear Stamps Sans Serif Typeface.  I just got these stamps, and love how easily and clearly they stamp. I stamped ‘read’ on a piece of card stock that punched out from the ancestry.com embossed frames. I attached the sentiment with two brads that I colored black. I really love how this card came out, and that I was able to make a masculine card with such a girly cartridge.


“Hi Guy” Mushroom Card

“Hi Guy” Mushroom Card

Handmade Mushroom Card

Supplies

  • Recollections Card stock
  • K & Company Paper Stack Sweet Nectar
  • Cricut Freshly Picked Cartridge
  • Bazzill Basic Cardstock Parakeet
  • Bazzill Basic Cardstock Marmalade Blast
  • American Crafts Thickers Niki Riki
  • Sakura Souffle Orange Gel Pen
  • Cheap ribbon

Here is a pretty simple Hello Card. I cut the mushroom at 3 inches. I embellished the tiny mushroom with my orange gel pen. The green background was cut using the the shift frame button on mushroom key.  What is your favorite image from the Freshly Picked Cartridge?

Hello, Teacher!

Hello, Teacher!

Handmade Back to School CardThis super cute back to school card is a 5 x 5 square. The base is recollection craft card stock. The background paper is from  DCWV The Green Stack and has really cool texture. I used a piece of brown paper from The Green Stack for the first layer of the apple. The ruler was cut from a piece of card stock from the K & Company Paper Stack Sweet Nectar.  I don’t like any of shades of green that Recollection makes, so I stock up on variety of Bazzill green shades. I used lime crush for the apple leaves and the bottom green layer of the inch worm. The top layer of the inch worm is a sheet of green from the DCWV Blossom Stack. Both images are from the Create a Critter Cartridge. The apple is from page 25 and the inch worm is on page 65.  I hope you like this card and it inspires you to make a back to school card.

Supplies

  • Recollections Card stock
  • Bazzill Basics Paper Lime Crush
  • Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge
  • Die Cuts with a View The Green Stack 70% Recycled Paper
  • 3D-Dots from EK tools
  • Die Cuts with a View the Blossom Song Stack
  • American Crafts Brown Ribbon
  • K & Company Paper Stack Sweet Nectar
  • American Crafts Thickers Niki Riki

I <3 U Card

I <3 U Card

Handmade I <3 U Cards


Supplies

  • Recollections Card stock
  • Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pads  Vintage Photo
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pads  Tea Dye
  • Tim Holtz Ideo-ology Sprocket Gears
  • Red Felt
  • Recollections Medium Circle Brad
  • Vintage Book Pages
  • Cheap Ribbon
  • Metal Letters

A2 Handmade I <3 U CardI like to make mini cards to try out new ideas. To make the mini I <3 U card,  I loaded up my cricut mat with a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 Card stock. I cut three 3/4 inch circles from Plantin Schoolbook. Then a pressed line return and cut circle, heart, circle also at 3/4 inch. After that was cut, I used line return and cut three more circles. I then cut the paper down to 3 1/2 x 7 inches and then folded it into a 3 1/2 square card. For the circle background, I distressed a vintage book page with some Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pads. I cut down the book page to 3 1/4 inch and then glued it to the piece of the same size card stock. I glued a piece of red felt to the back of the craft card stock heart. I then used some pop dots to attacked the book paper background to the back of the card front. I used my hot glue gun to attacked the metal “I” and “U” letters. Then I placed a pink brad in the bottom right corner of the heart. To make the A2 size card, I used similar techniques. I hope you like these cards, and they inspire you to get creative.

 

Ways to Save Money on Scrapbooking

Ways to Save Money on Scrapbooking

Buttons from Esty Seller Onceinthenorth2

We all know scrapbooking or making handmade cards can become an expensive hobby. There are so many amazing products and options out for paper crafting. Hope these tips help you save some money.


 

  1. Use Coupons: This one is pretty obvious, but make sure you use them. Remember no discount is too small. Just cause a zig two way pen is only 3.99 doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it to use your coupon.  When I can I bring my husband with me, so I can use two coupons.
  2. Pay Attention to Sales: A lot of the sales that happen at craft stores are the same percent off as the weekly single item coupon; however, some items are excluded from the coupon. Watch for these items going on sale. Watching haul videos on youtube can help you know what prices to look for.
  3. Research: Read product reviews online, so you don’t waste money on products you won’t use again.  It can be a big waste of money buying low quality stamps that don’t stamp well. Adhesive is another important product to research. You don’t want to buy an adhesive that is hard to use or doesn’t stick well.
  4. Shop Outside of the scrap booking Section: You can get buttons and watch gears on Esty for cheap, which make great embellishments. Shop at thrift stores and yard sales for old books and maps, which can be torn apart and used in your projects.
  5. Save your Scraps and Keep them Organized: Saving your scraps is the first step in saving money, but you need to use them too. I use two towers of 12 inch square drawers to organize my colored card stock. One the left side I keep paper scraps and the right I keep full sheets of card stock. I look for the color I need in the scraps, and if I can’t find it then I pull sheet from the full sized that is located right next to scraps.

Do you have any money saving tips?

Another Cute Use for Your Ribbon Scraps

Another Cute Use for Your Ribbon Scraps

I saw how to make these super cute ribbon emblishments on okakuku’s Youtube Channel. This is a great way to use up your ribbon scraps, and make adorable embellishments. Unlike the video, I used my hot glue gun to make this button and ribbon embellishments. The butterfly patterned paper is from the garden party stack and are 2 inch squares. The brown card stock squares are  cut a 1 1/2 inch. The cream paper is a one inch square. The metal letters for the sentiment, I got at Michael’s. They were intending for use in making your own stepping stones.  Hope this inspires you to make some cute embellishments.

Supplies

  • Recollections Card stock
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon Scraps
  • Metal Letters
  • White Gel Pen
  • Die Cuts with a View Garden Party Stack

 

 

 

Koala Friend Card

Koala Friend Card

Supplies

  • Recollections Card stock
  • Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge
  • Die Cuts with a View Garden Party Stack
  • American Crafts Brown Ribbon
  • Colorbok Texture Card stock
  • Scrap piece of pattern paper
  • 3D-Dots from EK tools
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder Regal Flourishes

 

The koala from Create a Critter is adorable. If he wasn’t made of paper I would hug him. I’m not sure where I got the patterned paper from for the Koala. I am trying to use up my scraps. The scallop was cut from create a critter and the paper is from Garden Party Stack. I pop doted up the blue circle and the koala. Hope you enjoy this card.