Sunday, April 13, 2014

Masculine Birthday Card

This is another quick card I made for my Father-in-Law. He loves fishing, so this was right on time.  He loved it! He truly is the best!!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ninja Turtle Birthday Card

I made this quick card for one of my favorite little men who is turning 4 this weekend. I can't attend his birthday party, so "Auntie" had to make him a card featuring his favorite characters. Who doesn't love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?



Have a Happy Weekend!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Card in a box ( X-tra Large)

Happy Friday Everyone!!  I hope you are having a Fab-Scraptic Day!!

I finally braved the waters and tried my hand at the latest craze-----Card in a Box. You can see my very first one here on my blog. I was a bit intimidated until I found one in the Silhouette Store. It's a Lori Whitlock Box Card. I figured I would fare much better letting my machine do the cutting and measuring. I like big cards! With that being said, I decided to venture out to see if I could make a larger one, and I did!

Here's one I did for my friend who is a teacher as well as a cheerleading coach. You may actually see it before she does. It's been hard to catch up with her lately.

The actual size folded up is 8 x 7

Close up

Side 1

Side 2

Here's how I made it:
I started out by increasing the size of the design in the Silhouette store to 17 inches wide and 7 inches high. Using a 12 x 24 mat I cut out the box using The DCWV 12 x 24 inch card stock. My friends and I picked up a couple packs of these a few years ago when T.J. Maxx was clearing them out for $5.50 each. I always knew they would come in handy one day! lol.
Here's the layout in Design Studio with the 2 inserts. You can see Lori's video on how to assemble here:
I did not realize, until I had cut out the box, that this particular cardstock is adhesive backed!. So I had to decorate each side to keep them from sticking together.
 I didn't mind though, it was fun putting the colors together. Here are the 2 covered inserts
Once I had all my adhesive sides decorated, I began the construction: 

You then add your cut-outs, flowers or whatever embellishments you like to finish.

Here's the box folded up. Now keep in mind, the folded box card is 8 x 7 so you will need a large envelope for mailing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cricut Explore Cards

I purchased the Cricut Explore from HSN recently, to give it a try.After all, I have 30 days to decide if I want to keep it, right?  First let me state, this is my opinion only. I am not endorsing or denouncing this machine and it's software.  You will need to do your own research and choose what bet suits your needs.

I will say that I am impressed with this machine's cutting ability.  It does cut extremely well, even heavy glitter paper. I love heavy glitter paper and up until now, I could not get a clean cut on any machine without double/triple/quadruple cutting along with some additional hand cutting. I also like how the software puts the layers on the different mats for you and lays them out in the software, in the order they should be placed. This makes it easier to see what goes where on an image, especially those little pieces that I always had left over after a project (like the Disney Princesses). Oh yeah, the write and cut feature is pretty neat too.
Now, I am not totally happy with the software. It has a few glitches and hang ups that are annoying. I am guaranteed to get at least one error per night of use.The one I get the most is "your machine is not connected to your computer" and it is. I have to re-start my Explore. I also get a lot of "your machine is already in use" errors. Hopefully this will be rectified with future updates.  I don't  like the fact that it takes too many steps to do simple things, like welding.  It also does not have a shadow feature, at this point. You can only work on one project at a time, not good if you're in a hurry.  I think the software is great for someone new to using SVG's and uploading pics, but if you have ever used MTC, SCAL or the Silhouette Design Studio, you may get aggravated with it quickly.

The good part is that since I own almost 300 cartridges, I now I can  fall back in love with using them effortlessly.  So look out, you may see more "cutesy" animal and people cards coming your way!

Here's the first one:
I used Sesame Street Friends, Easter 2010, Easter Magic and the MS All Occasion cakes cartridges.

Next one:
This is one of the cards from the Cricut store.  This is the heavy glitter paper I was telling you about.  It did very well on this and I did not even use the deep cut blade on it.

Next one:
I used Dr's Check-up mostly, but I had to use my Cameo for the "Soon" and shadow, table and flower.
See, they play well together!

Write and cut (not to be confused with the Silhouette's print and cut) Print and cut is promised "to be coming" around November. This is the card I think every Explore owner made first just to see it in action.

The Explore comes with the silver pen (middle pic). I used my American Crafts pens for the blue and the red. The Explore will use the medium point and the fine point pens. It will not work with the bold point pens as the tip is not long enough to reach the mat. Pretty neat.

Will I keep the Explore? Of course I will silly!! I love gadgets, machines and bling!!  I have to keep it!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Golf Birthday Card

Another birthday card. It's for a minister who is an avid golfer.  I had to rack my brain to come up with this one, but it was fun!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Card in a Box!

My very first one! I made this one for a my special cousin on her birthday, along with a matching money holder. I will admit that I cheated though.  I did not hand measure anything! Why, when my Cameo can do it all!! lol
I suspect there will be a lot more of these in my future!

I forgot to take a "purdy" picture of the money holder, but here it is!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sister Birthday Card

Here's a card I made for someone special for her sister.  I used the K&C Company Que Sera Sera Paper stack. I colored the wood butterfly veneer with my Copics markers.  I used my Cameo for the sentiment on the front and inside. This was fun to make.  Inspired from Pinterest.

The inside:
Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nurse Birthday Card

This is another birthday card I was asked to make for someone who is a nurse, couldn't tell could ya? lol

I designed the scrub top in my Silhouette software.  I like how it turned out.

I love this font, Adam Gorry Light.  I think it's perfect for Happy Birthday!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Birthday Cards

I decided to make up a few birthday cards and have them handy since I'm always forgetting.  These are just a few of the ones I have made so far. Hopefully this year, I will be better about sending them out in a timely manner. I really despise giving store bought cards unless I don't like you....then store bought card it is!!! Hahahahaha. Thank goodness the list of people I don't really care for is non-existent at this point!

                         Thank you for looking and Enjoy!              
                                          Cardstock: DCWV Shimmer Stack
Spellbinders 3D-M Bossabilities folder
Spellbinders labels 18 die
Justrite Stamp - Live, Love, Laugh labels
I used the Tim Holtz distressing tool on top of the embossing
Cardstock: ??? I can't remember where I got the gold because I've had it for years. Sorry
Recollections Cream cardstock for background, edges inked with a Gold Wink of Stella Marker
Spellbinders 3-D M-Bossabilities folder
Justrite Stamps - Special Gifts labels
Cardsrock: DCWV Glitzy Glitter Stack
Justrite Grand Birthday Sentiments with white heat embossing
Spellbinders Gold Majesty Circles die

Cardstock: Graphic 45 The three R's
Tim Holtz Ornate Clock die
Graphic 45 Stamp and die cut
EK Success Linked Circle Chain Punch

Cardstock: October Afternoon Capture The Flag Collection
Happy Birthday cut with Silhouette Cameo
I used my Copic markers to color this card. Although is doesn't show on here, the brown part of the bird is highlighted with a brown Wink Of Stella marker to give it an extra shimmer.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Crafty Road Trip !!! Hauls!!! Fun Times!!!

 This past Saturday my friend Diane decided she wanted to go check out Altered Angels Scrapbook Store because sadly, it is closing. This store is in Alpharetta, Ga and is about 45-50 minutes (no traffic) away from us. I told her I was in for the ride, along with our other friend Mazie.

So off we headed at 10:00 a.m. Right now the store has everything at 35% off but starting 03/10/2014 it will be at 45% off.

I had some left over gift cards from my birthday in December so my walk out total was 65¢!!Yep, that 's 65 cents!!

I really hate that she's going out of business because her prices, as far as Local Scrapbook Stores, were very reasonable. There was also a great selection of merchandise.

Here we are myself, Diane and Mazie starting to fill up our baskets
 Here's some of the things I got. 

Darcie Heater Designs Tin Pins and matching Stamps
Some refill Tin Pins for some stamps I bought previously

I love this 4th of July Paper!! Brown Tulle and Action Wobbles!!

I have always wanted these Stamp pads. At $6.49 and 35% off I had to get one of each!

Royal Blue Viva Decor, TGF Cheeky Nurse Stamp & HA So Sorry Stamps

I L-O-V-E Justrite Stamps!!!  35% off!!  Woot Woot!!
Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Die which I bought to make the card below.

But cant' figure out how!  lol  You tube, here I come!!!

Shadow box, $3.00

Spellbinders Labels 20, Another Justrite Stamp Set An Neon Embossing powder.
 Here we are clowning around in the store.

Here a beautiful silver and gold tub that Mazie got for $12.00!
Here we are looking at the Sizzix dies
See she still has a pretty good inventory!

Next, we headed to the Stamp Consignment Sale in Cummings, Ga. Apparently they hold these sales twice a year.  This was our first time going and it was 50% off day! Yay! We saw my friend Paulette (aka Scrapalette) there and she showed us the ropes.
SU Button, Button $4.50 and SU Reason to Smile 5.00

Flower background Stamp $2.00

SU Awash with Flowers $12.00 set 1 and 2

SU Large dauber holder case $5.00

Next we went to one of our favorite stores in Marietta, Ga,  Rubber Stamp Fantasy.

 We go there so much the owners, Debbie and Gary, know us.  The store is pricey BUT you will find stamps and other crafty goodness that you can't get anywhere online. Gary and Debbie, are always taking out time to show you how to re-create some of their beautiful cards. Who does that? That's why we don't mind paying a little more because when we leave, we know exactly how to use our goodies!
I bought this stamp set all for about $23.50, yes I know, pricey, but I wanted to create the cards shown below

Gary showing Diane and Mazie how to use that spray thing-a-ma-jig!

The cards in this store will pull you in every time!! If you ever get a chance stop by a visit. 
You will spend a lot of Moolah!!!
You can spend hours in here!!!

Random shots of the store
Some of the cards in the store
 Easter Egg Cards

Then we finished off the day with a walk through Marietta Square because it was such a pretty day. Kids everywhere, teens taking Prom Pics, couples hanging out.  It was great!

Mazie enjoying the waterfall
 The Grand Finally!! Dinner at Taqueria Tsunami, a Latin-Asian experience. My first time, Mazie and Diane had been before. It was very good, except those jalapenos were too hot!!!  Diane loved them though!
Tempura Shrimp and jalapenos, Asian Nachos with Beef. Yummy!!

Welp, that's all for now.  I can't wait until the next Road Trip!!