Sunday, November 23, 2008

Gus & Neil...........a Scrapbook page

Here are Gus (Golden Retriever) and Neil (German Shepherd mix). They are often subjects of my photos. They are my doggy fur babies and give me hours of enjoyment. I only used a couple of elements from my Cricut using the Paper Pup cartridge. I really like this cartridge as it has a lot of stuff besides just "pups". When I scrap, I like to mix it up a lot and use different items so that my pages don't look like kits pages. I do buy kits, but mix them with my other items. With it getting it colder and we even got snow here in MD yesterday, I thought that this would be a nice winter page to share with everyone.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

'Tis the Season..............I think...........

I have been trying to get my Christmas cards done! AND! have been using different applications and am finding this so much fun, as I am so not bored by doing an "assembly line" and making the same card over and over again. I have used Cuttlebug, Spellbinders, Flower Soft, JustRite Stampers, QVC paper lace, ribbon, vellum from HSN, stickles, and all kinds of card stock. I have found that although I have tons of paper, I have no glitter paper and bought a small pack. How can this be? I have tons (and I mean tons) of paper and no glitter paper?!? This is just a small sampling of what I am doing and am loving it! I will add cricut elements to my next set of cards, as my cricut is looking at me and wondering why he is not in the mix. Well, I always save the best for last. I hope you like them. I don't think they are too bad, considering I am a scrapper and so not a card maker. I just love that I can get my creative "fix" fast by making a card. Scrapbook pages take me so much longer now and it might be because I have way too much paper and too many tools, however I love to play with them all!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas Cards & Flower Soft

It is that time of year!! I started making my Christmas cards and decided to use old & new products. My use of old products was the vellum with the fir trees. I bought this on clearance at HSN and have had it since Spring. I adhered it using my xyron. I then used a "medium" old product. I bought this set of adhesive borders in all sizes and colors from QVC. Doesn't this red metallic border look gorgeous?? And the best part is they are self adhering! I then used my new product (and had to go shopping in my own store), Flower Soft. I used one of the Vintage Christmas Taglets and put some Flower Soft on it and adhered it to my card using pop dots to give it additional dimension. I love how simple and beautiful this looks. This was so fun to make and can't wait to make some more of these. Please join my store yahoo group for more ideas.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wedding Paper & SCAL

My daughter's wedding is fast approaching and I am trying to wrap up those wedding projects. I asked my daughter what she thought about the wedding guests signing on scrapbook paper (much like signing a yearbook) and she loved the idea! I will be doing her wedding album in scrapbook form, so we will add these pages to it. I thought this was a great idea, as how many times do you pull out your wedding guest book to look through? Do you even know where it is? I think it would really be nice to have it all in one place. I designed "Guests" in SCAL, cut it out, and then mounted it on scrapbook paper. Well, back to work!

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Card Made with Flower Soft

I needed a birthday card for a special lady in my life and thought this was the perfect opportunity to FINALLY play with Flower Soft! My customers have been enjoying it for a while and tell me how much they love it. I just look at those little containers and toppers with longing in my eyes. I finally bought some items from my own store, Cutters Creek, and I could not believe how beautiful this turned out with so little effort. I think I fought with my xyron longer than putting this card together! The picture does not do the front of this card justice as it is absolutely gorgeous. I decided to frame the inside message with Flower Soft and and add couple of swirls for effect. This was my first try, however I see lots of Flower Soft in my future! What an awesome product and I love that I was able to get in on this with Katy Sue Designs. My scrapbooks are covered in flowers & butterflies and now I think I will cover them with Flower Soft too!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

JustRite Stampers & Me

So I have finally played with this new product that I am now selling at! With my daughter's impending wedding I thought I would try my hand at some simple thank you cards. I used their "married" monogram and added a thank you message and then cut them all out with my Spellbinder dies and Cuttlebug. A little adhesive and voila! A monogrammed thank you card for the bride and groom. This was my first project using this tool and it was a lot of fun. I may turn into a stamper yet and would love to try my hand at some more intricate and advanced techniques. I love making my own cards and doing and saying what I would like to say. It beats standing in the card store for an hour trying to find that "perfect" card that says all the things I want to say and has all the elements I am looking for.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

A good cause, please help!

Dan from "My Crafty Life" posted this challenge and encouraged us all to pass it on. And as a butterfly lover (my scrapbooks are covered in them) I was interested first, because of the word butterfly, second because Dan had a free SCAL file for a butterfly, and then third (which actually now is first) because of a wonderful task/challenge posted to all creators of butterfly art. Scrapbookers fall into this category! Here are some excerpts from Dan's blog regarding this and I hope you will participate. I am going to make some!
From Dan's blog:
"The Holocaust Museum in Houston is planning a major exhibition in Spring 2012, to commemorate the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust.And that's where you and I come in - the exhibition will take the form of a breathtaking display of 1.5 million butterflies, 1 for each child that died needlessly. The museum is asking for our help. They want crafters/scrapbookers/stampers like us to create the butterflies for them and send them to the museum. This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something that is so worthwhile and meaningful!There are no rules other than your butterflies can be no larger than 8" x 10" and must NOT have glitter on them. The examples I've shown here have been stamped, but you can use patterned papers and embellishments, paint and inks, whatever is your style.You can find more information about the project here:
I cannot share the free cut file for the butterflies he created. However click the link at the top of my blog entry, to his blog, and then you are more than welcome to get the download for yourself. This seems like a wonderful tribute and I hope all than can, will participate.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Is it really time for holiday card making???

Christmas is approaching quickly and I thought I would post this card I made for a contest. Needless to say, I didn't win. I think it was just too simple. I cut the card by hand and added some vellum that has a slight coloring of fir trees in the background. I then designed "peace" using SCAL and then ran it through my xyron and poured glitter all over it. I then cut another piece of card stock to make a strip and then ran "peace" through my xyron again and attached it to the strip and then attached the strip to my card. Yep, way too easy! Although my scrapbooking has evolved so much, I think I am still lacking in the card department. I like making cards though, and will keep trying to make better and better cards. I also like that with cards, it doesn't take forever, like some of the scrapbooks I am working on. Cards are more of an instant gratification thing, although then I have to give them away. My only hope is that those that get a hand made card from me, are not reading it and then throwing it away. Hopefully, it is being cherished, like any other handmade item.


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