Sunday, January 31, 2010

Heart Candy Card - Cricut Cut File

I designed this card in Design Studio using George and Basic Shapes and it will fit the 6x12 mat (remember to change the mat size).  The cut file contains two tabs, the tri-fold card base with welded hearts and then the second tab contains the inside large mat and the three hearts so you can change their color! You can download the Cricut cut file HERE.  There are two score marks which can be created based off the curves of the card.  The middle section folds in and the front section folds out (back side of the paper will be seen).  The front section needs adhesive down the open side and along the bottom to form the candy pocket.  I used Heidi Swapp's double-sided paper for this card so both sides would remain the same through the folds.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

...Not One But Two!

I am a frequent viewer of the Cards Magazine Blog and just recently started participating in their challenges!  This morning I went over to check out the new challenge and found two of my cards posted from last two week's challenges!  I get so excited over seeing my work posted in other places!  It is always such an honor to be chosen and displayed with all the other amazing talents!
Tree/branch challenge link
Square challenge link

Friday, January 29, 2010

Frosted Designs Embossing Challenge

This week at Frosted Designs, the challenge is embossing.  I used Spellbinders (labels two) and also the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. 
The pattern paper is Making Memories (Chelsea), the thick ribbon on the side is Martha Stewart, the cream ribbon is American Crafts. The pearl hearts and the button are Paper Studio.  Make sure you stop by and join in the challenge!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Baby Feet SCAL File

I had a customer request come in for baby feet for a baby shower scrapbook project they were wanting to do, so I created these in SCAL.  You can get the file HERE.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Practical Scrappers Pattern Paper Challenge!

The challenge this week at Practical Scrappers is to use at least two pattern papers. I used paper from Making Memories {note}worthy pad, misc. ribbon, and machine stitching to create my card for this challenge.

I hope you come join us!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Thank Whoo...(GS#22)

This is my entry for Get Sketchy #22:

Card base and Owls are Adornit (Fern Collection), frame and journaling strip are Making Memories ({note}worthy collection), jewels are Kaiser, buttons are Autumn Leaves and the font is Chick.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Winner from Blog Hop AND CHA Sneak Peek!

(Photos from Scrap Within Reach blog)
These are two new lines from Scrap Within Reach.  There are more detailed "sneak peek" photos on the Scrap Within Reach blog...stop over and check them out!  I can't wait to get my hands on some of these papers!
The winner from this weekend's Practical Scrapper blog hop is .... "Cricut Green with Envi"!  Sandyl, please email me at with your address so I can get your goodies in the mail!  Thanks to everyone that participated!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop!

**This post will remain at the top this weekend - scroll down to see new posts**
Thank you for stopping by my blog during the Practical Scrappers Designer Blog Hop. I have created a 3D Valentine card to share with you!  This card was designed in Cricut Design Studio using Plantin Schoolbook.  You can grab the cut file HERE!  The base scores at 4" and the inside heart inset scores at 2" from each edge (vertically) and the the center fold is down the middle of the heart.  The inset glues in just off the edges of the base.  If you want that little heart scallop, it is a SCAL download on my right side bar.
I am giving away these Making Memories Clear Stamps (set of 11 flowers) for a prize just for this blog hop (I am only shipping to US and Canada, sorry). In order to qualify you need to be or become a follower here and leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner on Monday, January 25th so make sure to check back in!

You should have arrived here from Erin's blog (isn't her Domo just the cutest!). Your next stop is Jennifer.  If this was your first stop head over to Practical Scrappers to start at the beginning of the hop. The designers are giving away some great prizes - you don't want to miss your chance!

Have fun and remember to check back in Monday to see if you have won!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Valentine Candy Card

This little Valentine Candy Card was made in SCAL, you can get the file HERE The paper is scored at 3 1/2", 7 1/4", and 7 3/4".  The bottom is brought up and stapled on each edge to form a pouch.  This is perfect for individual "fun sized" candies!

Don't forget to become a follower and leave a comment on the Blog Hop post at the top for your chance to win my blog candy (announced Monday)!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nah Na Nah Nah....

This is a card that was designed for an associate of mine...which is leaving this coming Friday.  The paper is DCWV and font is CK Alli.  Button is Autumn Leaves, and jewels are Zva.  The jar is for his new office.  Between the layers are little notes of how much he will miss this job and of course reminders/funny stories of this great team he is leaving!  And the bouncy balls (gotta love Old Navy) is an inside joke!  Sorry folks, you'd have to work for me to understand!  :p

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Practical Scrappers Embossing Challenge!

This week at Practical Scrappers the challenge is to emboss!  I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on brown cardstock and then used Versamark and clear embossing powder to give it the shiney look!  The scallops on the bottom were also embossed with the swiss dot folder.

Have you heard?

Practical Scrappers is having a Blog Hop!

The fun starts Friday, January 22! You don't want to miss out on all the fun so spread the word...  Be sure to check back as more details are coming later this week!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


This layout is a little busy, but I wanted to try to capture the time she spent practicing to achieve a cartwheel, she worked so hard!  These photos were taken back before I had my digital SLR, so getting the sequence photos along the top was a real challenge!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Shake it...

Yes, I have one of those kids!  You know, one of those that everytime you pick up the camera they make a silly face or give you the wrong side!  Well, now it is documented...okay I have several layouts to document his crazy camera behavior...all promised to be displayed when he reaches the proper dating age!  He loves the song "Hey Ya!" by Outkast and since he was singing it while shakin' it for my camera...he is stuck with it for years to come!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lips - Cricut Design Studio

I created these lips in Design Studio using Plantin Schoolbook.  You can download the file HERE.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Primitive Angel

I created this primitive-like angel in Cricut Design Studio using George.  The cut file has two tabs, one for the angel base and individual parts (face, nose, heart, x's) and the second tab for the dress.  You can download the cut file HERE.  I knotted pieces of twine for her hair and added eyes with a black pen.  I cut her base in white and then added stickles to her wings to make them sparkle!

Frosted Designs Eyelet Challenge

This week at Frosted Designs the challenge is to use eyelets. We were asked to come up with some new ways to bring the eyelets back to our projects. I used my eyelets upside down so that they would add dimension and also serve as posts to wrap my embroidery floss around. The paper is by SEI. I machine stitched around two of the inner circles and clear embossed the black strip and circles so they are glossy looking. The main circle has a skull embossed on it from a Cuttlebug folder.

I hope you come join us so we can see all the ways eveyone else is using their eyelets! Click here to stop by!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Making of Ranch

It isn't often that I post layouts but I thought I might as well mix it up a little from time to time!  Photo and journaling are from 2007.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Practical Scrappers Bling Challenge

Practical Scrappers challenge this week is to use BLING (who doesn't love bling!)!
I used more of My Mind's Eye Lovenest paper, Basic Grey ribbon, and Recollection jewels.  I also traced everything in glitter pens (hard to see in the photos).
You can grab you Sundae SCAL cut file here

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Primitive Sheep - love ewe

This little Primitive Sheep was created in Cricut Design Studio using George.  There are two tabs on the cut file, Sheep and Sheep Parts!  I have instructions for how I pieced mine together below.  If you want the Cricut Design Studio cut file, you can grab it HERE.  The SCAL version file is HERE
When you cut both of the tabs, you will end up with these pieces.
I took the top piece of the sheep and embossed it with my swirl folder
I used Fun Flock to add some "fluff" to the embossed piece and then glued all the black shapes to the main base, with the exception of the small oval (ear).
Glue the main sheep body to the base and glue in the small oval ear!
 If you wanted to simplify the process, you could cut the base in black and then just cut the sheep body (removing the other pieces from the cut file but make sure to keep the ear from the base!).  I like the layered look so I kept mine in pieces.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Forever yours -

The scallop borders on this card were designed by me in SCAL.  The file has two tabs, one with the heart scallop and one with the matching background scallop.  You can get the file HERE. 

The paper is My Mind's Eye (lovenest), jewels are Crystal Stickers (Mosaic), Ribbon is Robert Stanley, Fonts are Corinthia and OzHandiCraft BT, Metal heart embellishments are Wilton Favor Accents!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Purse SCUT File with Alligator Skin Look

This is my first stab at a purse in SCAL (non-accordion of course!) as well as my first attempt at the "alligator" look!  I am very thrilled at the look and amazed at just how easy it is to achieve!  Okay, first the SCAL file.  You can get the purse cut HERE and the score mark photo HERE.

Now, to achieve the "alligator" look, all you need is a clear ink (I use VersaMark), clear embossing powder, and a heat gun.  I also use a bone folder to make the lines but you could use anything with a soft but defined edge.  Before you assemble the purse, rub the clear ink on the areas you want to have the alligator look.  Spinkle your clear embossing powder on over the ink and shake off the excess powder.  Take your bone folder (or whatever you use) and draw lines through the powder.  It will build up some flakes - but the heat gun will blow them off, so don't worry!  The final step is the heat gun...use the heat gun to set the powder, this will also give it the shiny look.  Pretty cool stuff isn't it! 
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