Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge 28

I love these challenges so much! I've had my card designed in my Gypsy for almost a week, but the girls got sick and so crafting had to wait. Today everyone is feeling better and so I was able to cut and put together my card. There have been so many cute entries. I always love to see what all the other participants come up with.

Here is the wonderful sketch that we had to work with:

For my card I used the following cartridges: Gypsy font for the scalloped circle, George for the oval, squares & rectangles, New arrival for the bottles and onesie, Stretch Your Imagination for the baby, Everyday Paperdolls for the headband, Plantin Schoolbook and Gypsy Wandering for the scalloped border. Wow that is quite the list isn't it? I used Peachy Keen Stamp set PK-493 Everyday Character Face Parts and PK-573 Basic Paper Doll Faces for the pacifier.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Happy Anniversary!

This weekend I was busy making a couple of anniversary cards. This first card is for a couple in our neighborhood. They just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. How awesome is that?

For this card I used the scalloped circle from the Easter 2010 cartridge (I welded two together in my Gypsy). The circle is from George. The 50 is the Gypsy Font welded together. I ran my circle through the Cuttlebug using the love language embossing folder for the tiny heart background. I pop dotted the 50 for some added depth and added a ribbon to the top. Pretty simple, but I like how it turned out.
The second card is for my sister and her husband. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and when I saw this image on my Destinations cartridge I had to make them an anniversary card with it.
Like I said the Salt Lake Temple is on the Destinations cartridge. I welded together two shadow layers in my Gypsy and then cut the temple for the front. I added a Happy Forever stamp and cut my own gold piece for the Angel Moroni statue at the top of the temple (the cartridge doesn't have that extra layer, but I just 'cheated the cut' in my Gypsy and layered it on top).

Friday, May 14, 2010

I Met The Pink Stamper

Robyn, also know as The Pink Stamper or My Pink Stamper, who lives in the midwest, is in Utah for her sister's wedding. She said she was going to be at Chuck E Cheese at lunch time yesterday and would love to meet up if anyone wanted to. Chuck E Cheese is so close to my house that I thought it would be fun to meet her if it worked into our schedule (my morning to noon was super busy, but the afternoon was completely open). Robyn was going to be there in the afternoon, so I asked my daughter if she would like to go and of course she WANTED to go to Chuck E Cheese. Imagine that!

It was kind of crazy keeping tabs on the kids and chatting inbetween. But I had a great time talking to her and two of her other fans Anne & Cathie. They were all incredibly nice and real down to earth people! It was a blast!!! When we got home from Chuck E Cheese my daughter told me, in reference to Robyn, "You are SO LUCKY to have met one of the BEST scrapbooker's in the WORLD!" It was seriously too cute!

Robyn makes videos (mostly Cricut videos) that are very informative and helpful. I came across her site a little over a year ago when I was looking to find out how to use the Cricut markers with my baby bug. I wanted to use the markers and then cut the image and knew that if I unloaded the mat that they wouldn't line up perfectly to cut. I googled "how to use cricut markers" and found a post on the Cricut forum that gave a link to Robyn's video on how to do just that. I must admit that I have been hooked ever since. Her videos are awesome and she isn't afraid to show us that things don't always go perfectly the first time. She has introduced me to how to unmount my rubber stamps and to the INCREDIBLE world of Peachy Keen Stamps. She has even talked me into buying a few Cricut cartridges that I didn't neccessarily think I wanted until I saw her use them. She has given me some great Cricut tips and tricks. She is just a fun and bubbly person and tries to help inspire everyone to do the best they can. She is totally the same in person and I'm glad I got to meet her. Thanks Robyn! You are awesome!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day - a little late

Yesterday was a super busy and wonderful day. So, this post is a little late. But here is the Mother's Day card I made for my Mom. It is a larger card because all my siblings needed to write a note in it. The card for my husband's Mom is in an earlier post. Click on this link if you would like to see it.

I used the Gypsy font for Happy Mother's Day and welded it together. The flower is from the Easter 2010 cartridge (I just cut parts of it a few time so that I could layer it). Then I added some white dotting and a few gems. I hope everyone else had a very happy Mother's Day too.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Magical Memories Frame

I wanted to make my daughter's dance teacher a thank you gift for a wonderful year of dance lessons. Her dance teacher loves Disney frames so this is what I came up with.

I used George for the rectangles and Mickey Font for the Mickey icons and letters. The mat is all one piece welded together on the Gypsy. I threw in a random picture of Goofy from a Disneyland calendar, she can replace it with a family picture later. I also added some white dots with my Sakura gel pen.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mickey Mouse Lollipop Holder

Emma over at My Creative Time makes the cutest little lollipop holders and inspired me to make one. If you know me I am a total Disney nut so I made a Mickey Mouse lollipop holder. Emma has a great video on how to make one with your Gypsy. Just click on this link to see it (the lollipop holder is the first video listed in this post, but all of her videos are awesome, so enjoy).
I used George & Basic Shapes and Mickey Mouse font cartridges for this project. Next time I will probably make a Minnie Mouse one so I can add a cute little red and white polka dot bow.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Happy News

Last week I said that I had something to share that I was SUPER excited about. Well here it is, I was chosen for the Customer Spotlight of the Cricut Chirp Newsletter. I have only submitted a couple of projects in the past but I was so excited to find out I won this time. To make things even sweeter I found out on my birthday. This has been an AWESOME birthday week. I can hardly believe I won the Peachy Keen Stamps challenge and that I am the Customer Spotlight for the Chirp. Will somebody pinch me please :).

Teacher Appreciation

I am my daughter's room mom at school and was asked to decorate her teacher's door for teacher appreciation week. We put the door up last Friday, but this weekend has been crazy busy so I am finally getting around to posting this.

This idea actually evolved around something the teacher has done all year. She has a Build a Bear puppy dog that each child gets to take home for a weekend. The dog is called "Lucky Pup" and then that child is the lucky pup for the week. They get to bring their favorite book, a poster about themselves and an estimation jar full of goodies to share during their special week. It has been a real hit and so it was the inspiration for her door decoration.

I designed everything in my WONDERFUL Gypsy. I used the Mickey Font for the words and Everyday Paperdolls for the dog house, puppies and grass. I used my Cricut markers with my Gypsy for the first time and they worked GREAT. I just loaded the mat and had it cut (draw) them with the marker, then without unloading my mat I went back to my project and cut them. It definitely saved me some time from having to hand draw or shade in the puppy accents.

I Can't Believe It...

I can't believe it! I won the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #27. I am SO excited! Click on this link to go to the winning card and click on this link to go to the Peachy Keen Challenge #27. Then you can see all of the awesome cards that the design team and other paper crafters made. Have a super fabulous day, I know I am!

Monday, May 3, 2010

NSD Challenge #6 "Kids Craft Too"

This challenge was to make something with or for a child. This is for my daughter. She loves dress up and this seemed like a fun idea.

The crown is from the Storybook cartridge cut at 11.75" and I also cut a rectange from George at 1" by 11.75" for the back. We added colored paper and stickles. Here is a side view.

NSD Challenge #5 "Teacher Appreciation Days"

This challenge was to make something for teacher appreciation days. We have made several things for this week, but this is the little container we are going to put the main gift in.

NSD Challenge #3 "Thinking Outside the Box"

This challenge asked us to do something with our project that we wouldn't normally do. I like real clean lines in my stuff and so the torn and worn look isn't something I would normally do.

NSD Challenge #12 "Critter-licious"

This challenge is to make a scrapbook page, card, or other project using an animal or critter.

The circle and scalloped circle are from Mini Monograms. The cute little penguin didn't photograph very well because of the sparkle, but he is super cute. He is in a set of "Sparkler" stickers from SEI. These stickers are fun, they go on a lot like a rub on. You cut out the sticker you want, remove the backing, and then rub the front layer that is on top of the sticker. Then you gently remove the front plastic and voila a cute little penguin.

NSD Challenge #10 "May Day"

This challenge was to make something with flowers or something springy. I tried to incorporate both.

This is a candy bar wrapped with floral scrapbook paper. I stamped a butterfly on a circle cut from Mini Monograms along with a scallop circle from mini monograms. I tied ribbon around it and added the thanks sentiment (it is from the Don Juan cartridge).

NSD Challenge #9 "Take Shape"

This challenge was to make a shaped card or scrapbook LO, etc.

This adorable little doggie is from the Everyday Paperdoll cartridge. I added a prima flower and a little bling.

NSD Challenge #8 "Love My Color"

We were encouraged to make a project all in one color with one neutral color. We also needed to add a flower to the project.

I liked this challenge because I don't normally stick to one color. I really like the end effect. I chose red because I had plenty of red flowers to use and I felt like it was appropriate for the sentiment I wanted to use. Next time I think I will use an embossing folder for the neutral paper too.

NSD #7 "Hey Dad"

This project was supposed to be for a dad or another male in your life. They definitely wanted a masculine type of card. My nephew is leaving on a mission soon and so I wanted to make him a card. I saw a card on Simply Pam's site that reminded me of the great tie/shirt collar cut on the Designer Calendar cartridge. I wanted to make this into a tri-fold card and for the most part I like how it turned out (I need to buy a congratulations stamp, my handwriting is alright but a stamp would have looked a lot nicer).

I wasn't completely happy with the original card so I had to make a new one. I designed and cut a shirt pocket in my Gypsy and added a Congrats sticker instead of my handwriting. I like this one much better.

Here is a look at the card opened up:

NSD #4 "I Like You Least"

For this challenge we were supposed to use our least favorite cartridge we have. I used Paper Pups. It was given to me and I just hadn't ever gotten around to using it. I actually really liked the pup I cut out and my girls loved it, so we might be using this cartridge more in the future.

The cuttlebug embossing folder is Divine Swirls and the doggie is popped up with pop dots.

NSD #1 "Mother Dear I Love You So"

This challenge was to make a card for your mom or another special woman in your life. For this card, I picked out an element from the patterned paper (a dragonfly) and I tried to use similar colors. These are not colors I normally would have put together but I like the end result. Here is my card:

The dragonfly is from the Doodlecharms cricut cartridge. The shadow layer is popped up with pop dots and the regular layer the wings are scored and slightly lifted.

NSD Challenge #11 "Colors of the Rainbow"

For this project we were supposed to use the colors of the rainbow. We had a box of crayons for my daughter's teacher (for teacher appreciation week) and wanted to dress it up. Here it is:

I covered the box of crayons with scrapbook paper. This crayon paper was super fun and had tons of color. I stamped a crayon and message on a white rectangle piece of cardstock, rounded the corners with my corner rounder and tied a ribbon around it.

NSD Challenge #2 "Getting Scrappy"

This challenge was to use our scraps. I have tons of scraps and always like to look for ways to use them. Here is my card for this challenge I made an envelope to match too:

These papers came from my scrap pile and the thanks sentiment is from the Don Juan cartridge and I did some doodling with a Sakura white gel pen.