Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Gift Card Box and Card

Hey all! :) I have all of my Cricut Carts in a Creative Options tool box tote thing. I know it has 3 tiers and storage in the top. I got it as a gift so I can't tell you much more than that. :) I will tell you that I have 40+ Cricut Carts and I still have room for more! :)

Anyways- I don't have a need for the box that the carts come in and it seems like such a waste to throw them out. So, I sat down and decided to play a bit. I came up with a Gift Card Box. It is nice to put a gift card in a card, but sometimes I like to throw some candies or other small stuff in there and this lets me do just that! :)

What I did was take some DCWV paper and wrapped it around the box and Modge Podged it. I did this because it makes it more durable than just the paper alone. I, then, cut some shapes out with my Cricut and the Celebrations cart...which is an oldie, but a good one. I glued those on and then but a strip of brown on the box to make it look finished. My crop-a-dile came in handy for the holes for the bow that I put on there. I used a Martha Stewart Crafts white tag and just stippled some Staz-on on it, which I also used on the sides of the box. To finish the box up, I just border punched a piece of white scrap with my Fiskars border punch! :)

The card was simple also...I took the scalloped, square tag and did a blackout in teal under that and then put a "happy birthday" rub-on (Making Memories) on it. I used some of my scrap DCWV paper on the side and a piece of ribbon from Michael's Dollar Bin to finish it off. :)

This was a super easy project, so I hope you won't throw your Cricut Cart Boxes away and recycle them into a sweet little gift box! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

8 Seconds....

I am so not the Rodeo Type of girl! :) In fact, just the thought of the smell of a bull is enough for me to want to just stay home! :)

In August of 2006, Garth and I took Jon to the Montana State Fair with some friends. His little friend, Devin, is such a cowboy-so Jon wanted to try riding "The Bull" at the fair. I was so worried when he got on top of the bull that I was shaking the whole time he was on there. LOL! I had nothing to worry about though, because he did wonderful! :) I was so proud of him. Now, he hasn't been on the bull since, but he enjoyed himself on this day! :)

The journaling says: "Jon- This was the 1st time you ride the bull at the fair! You had so much fun! I was a little nervous though."

Hey Chicky! :)

Well, now that it's over...I can now blog the card I made for the Pink Stamper Design Team call. :) I didn't make it, but she has a smaller design team and there were a TON of people going for it! :) I love the work of the girls that made it! :)

I love this card for so many reasons. One is that it's cute...the other....it was so stinkin' simple! :) I just love the birds from the Home Decor Solutions Cartridge. That is where I got these two little cuties from, but cut off the long tails.

I used The Home Decor Solutions cart for the birds, because I wanted them to face each other I decided to glitter them, also, it is gorgeous and makes them POP! :) LOVE that! :) For the "Hey Chicky" letters- I used the Jubilee Cricut cart. The cardstock I used on this was Bazzill for the red letters and Bazzill embossed cardstock for the card base. I loved the leaves on this! :) For the patterned paper... I just couldn't resist American Crafts (Craft Fair) patterned paper and the birds on that! :) I did use a Zig paint pen on the eyes and the legs of the birds.I also used some bling from Michael's Dollar Bins. The glitter was from Michael's also.

Thinking of You card

I just love this card! :) I love the colors and the beauty of it. It was also a card that took only about 2o minutes. Rachel Ray does 30 Minute Meals? Well, I did a 20 minute card...who doesn't like that? ;) Even you busy people out there can create a gorgeous card with your Cricut if you have 20 minutes! :)

I used my Potpourri Basket Cart that I just got from Ebay for the frame! :) I remember when you could only get this cart when you bought the infomercial Cricut Expression...but I was finally able to get it under $50! :) WooHoo....BONUS! :) LOL! I think that the frame is also a part of the Storybook cart that I also have, but I wanted to see what PB had. :) The butterfly is from Ashlyn's Alphabet. :)

I used Storybook for the frame which I cut and then glued with my Zig pen to my Chatterbox patterned paper. I then used some Polymark iridescent puff paint on the little flowers. I cut the butterfly out with Ashlyn's Alphabet in two different sizes and pop dotted those together and it came out GORGEOUS! :) I then put the ribbon on and just cut a notch in the top corner of the card to the ribbon would just fall in there. I used some CTMH beads on the ends of the ribbon. The "Thinking of You" is a rub-on from Scrapease. :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Hey Lady!

I just love my Cricut...most of you who know me know this! :) I am addicted to my BUG and its little "seeds" (aka-Cartridges). Yes, most of you that know me also know that I have surpassed the 40 mark a couple of weeks ago. YES, YOU SEE THAT NUMBER RIGHT....40 CARTS! :) Sick, huh? ;)

Anyways- I am working for another DT call and I hope I make it, but I love that I am creating around my Cricut and its carts again. :)
So, now for my first card/project! :) I was looking through all of my carts and started thumbing through my Doodlecharms booklet and fell in love with the ladybug in there. :) She was too stinkin' cute! :) I also LOVE Spring (ok-and the other seasons too!), but this lady bug card just came to me.

I used my Doodlecharms cartridge for the Ladybug and the Doodletype Cart for the "Hey Lady!" letters. I did use googly eyes on the ladybug....how could I resist? LOL! The flower is from Bo Bunny. The brad is from the Dollar Tree actually and the fun, yellow dotted paper is from American Crafts (Craft Fair). I also used my corner rounder for the corners of the patterned paper as well as the cardstock. :) The cardstock was from Warden Paper here in Great Falls. :)

Thanks for looking! :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oooh...some Jillibean goodness! ;)

Well, now that the Jillibean New DT call is over...I can share what I made for it. Now, I didn't get picked, but I will try next year.....I am sure that the ladies picked are AWESOME! :)

There is ONE thing I HATE about DT calls though. I always want to share what I make...I am always crafting and I really do want to share everything I do. I understand why the rules are the way they are, but still; it would be nice to be able to share what you make. ;)

Ok...enough of the SOAP BOX! ;) I am here to share tonight.
Here in Great Falls, since we have lost our only local scrap store (MOMS-which is on-line only now) we can't get any of the not so heavily distributed goods and fun lines that are out there. We can go to Michael's, but they carry the much seen and used companies (Making Memories, American Crafts, Martha Stewart....but are now starting to carry some MME too) and although I love these companies...I like my smaller companies too. :)

Ok...now for the projects. The only Jillibean Soup products I have are the patterned papers and the journaling sprouts. I also only have the papers from her "soup"lines: Minestrone, Black Beans, and Talk Soup. I am hoping that an old store I used to frequent with some old friends in Helena, The Memory Trail, carries Jillibean Soup OR I hope Jeanie gets it in at MOMS.

So, #1 is a LO I did of Sasha with pics that were taken back in 2008. I love these pics! :) I did some work in PSE and changed the colors to sepia. The Jillibean papers I used were: Minestrone, and the flowers were cut out of some Black Bean. The "Take Note", "Look at Me", and the "Happiness is" Journaling and embellies are from the backside of the Minestrone paper. I also used a Jillibean Soup journaling sprout. For other stuff...I used Doodle Bug Designs bling..I think it was black beetle. I also put a Jolee's (I think) Coke Bottle cap on it to finish it up. SUCH A FUN LO! :)
#2 was a LO I did a couple of months ago and sent into Kimber at Jillibean Soup and never heard anything about if she would use it as a reader submission or not...so I am gonna share it. Now, I did share this one on my Facebook page a while back, but now it is on MY blog! ;) This pic was taken in 1978 of me as a baby. ;) The Jillibean papers I used were: Talk Soup (Cup of Yak), the butterflies were cut out of Minestrone (Cup of Leek) and of course the flowers (I love these too much) were from Black Bean. Seriously, is Jill not the best? Love Jillibean. I popped up a lot of the paper embellies I did. I also Stickled the butterflies...so pretty! ;) The last thing I did was spray some lace with some Tattered Angels Coffee and Sandy Beach Glimmer Mists and edged some pieces of paper with my Fiskars Border Punch. I put on some 7gypsies numbers on there (78) and the little rounded rectangle journal spot is from them also.

Last but certainly NOT least is a LO I did of my bestie and I! :) Bex and I made some Divinity Cookies in December. These are super easy and so delicious it will make your head spin. Without getting too much here---your mouth with BURST with happiness! ;) Ok, so for Jillibean stuff I have used the journaling sprouts: one was brown on its own...the other I had to sponge applicate with some Antique Linen Ranger Ink. Then I, of course had a "Dec" journaling sprout on there. I am not sure what the patterned paper is called....if any of you do...email me: 3bears@bresnan.net. I cut the rolling pin and hand mixer out of some Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock with my Cricut using the From My Kitchen Cartridge. :) The "Baking Besties" title was actually from Miss Elizabeth's foam letters and I colored them with my Rich Cocoa Memento Pen/Marker. The "Together" and "Memories of the Heart" stickers are from 7gypsies. :)

Thanks so much for visiting me today! ;)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Me in 2010" Layout

Hey all! :) Well, I didn't get this layout posted yesterday as I had hoped. I had the pics done on Monday, but it was beautiful here in Great Falls and I had to go out and seize the day! :)

Again, I have used Jeanie's awesome digi goodness on this layout. I actually used the same paper I did for my "Togetherness" card. This time I just printed out as an 8x8. :) I then decided on a design. I am not a sketcher or even a planner when it comes to my scrapbooking and card making. I just let what I am working with inspire me. I got inspired by the leaves and nice spring green and natural colors in Jeanie's paper. Again, I cannot stress this enough...Jeanie's Digi paper is so easy to use and work with whether you are a hybrid scrapper (like me) or a full-on Digi Diva. :)

Anyways- I thought of what I am about right now in my life. Then I got an idea...we are so into the "using your stash" movement right now that I went to some K&Co Tags to Go that I had bought a long time ago. I, then, just started going through all of the tags and looking for words that just hit me as, "me".

I ended up with 12! :) Twelve words that really described me. If you care, they were: soar, teach, huggable, experience, reach, love, free, growth, relax, family, happiness, and laughter. To attach the tags I used brads that were mostly from Bo bunny.

I finished up the "Me in 2010" 8x8 design with some gold We R Memory Keepers Flourish rub-ons on opposite corners and on in the middle. :)

Now I had originally just had this as a 8x8 layout, but then I wanted to add a pic. I didn't want my pic to be the main focus though, so I printed it out small (about 2x3). I then went to find some paper that would go with what I had already created...nothing like scrapping on the fly! ;) I ended up picking some My Mind's Eye (Penny Lane) die-cut paper. I just love it!

I got the 8x8 on there and then my pic. Then I decided to put some flowers on. I had some in my "flower drawer" (yes, I have a WHOLE drawer in my studio just for FLOWERS). Most of these were just from past open packs, however; I did trim the back off of some flowers that I had picked up at the Dollar Tree.

After this, the page was still lacking to me, so I found my Martha Stewart tags and put for word that will be "me" forever. Those were: Friend, Daughter, Wife, and Mother. :) Too finish up I just added some bling over the "mother" tag. :)

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed! :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Let's have a little "Togetherness"

Here's the scoop: Jeanie has been working on some digi-goodness lately and I have been lucky enough to get to work with some of her papers. :) I love Jeanie's designs! :) She really knows how to put colors and some natural elements together. I did very little to the papers that she has sent me. :)
Here are a couple of the pluses that I think of when I think if digi papers!
1. You can print out as many as you need! :) Once you have the design....it's yours! :)
2. If it isn't exactly what you are looking for.....change it! :) I layered Jeanie's Blue Textured paper and her Spring Leaves papers and changes the opacity. I loved the outcome and you will not BELIEVE how easy it was. :) I am sure most of you know how to work with digi elements..if not...email me: 3bears@bresnan.net. I will walk you through as best as I can! :)

So, onto the project! :) This project was super easy and fast! :) Under a half hour for me from start to finish! :) Gotta love that, huh? Anyways, I used American Crafts textured white cardstock, My Mind's Eye-Laundry Line (dragonflies) and Canadian (togetherness) rub-ons, Bazzill embossed cardstock (green-not sure on exacts), and BoBunny Brads (Alissa). The rub-ons and brads were placed on Jeanie's digi paper that I had worked with. :) Love the outcome! :)

This is just a close up...I just LOVE how the papers go with the dragonfly rub-ons! :) MAGIC! :)
If you need to get a hold of Jeanie to ask about her fun designs you can go to her blog here!
Her email is also on there! :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Weekend Floen-ness!! ;)

LOL! I am not sure what kind of goofiness I was thinking of when I was typing the title, but it seems a little catchy to me anyway! :)

Friday I had a Partylite Candle Party. I did have a nice number of friends and family there and got some good food and good laughs going on. :) I just loved the gal who did my party. Her name is Jen and she is just the nicest person ever! :)

After the party, I took my mom home and Sasha decided to go with her and I. We got to my mom and dad's and Sasha completely took the house over. She is so much like me it isn't funny. Definitely the dominate personality no matter where she is at. We can't help it...we are just like that! ;) HA! :)

We got home at 2:30AM! Yes, you read that right....did I mention Sasha is a night owl....like her MOM! Poor thing is doomed I tell you! :)

Saturday morning when we did wake up we all just relaxed until Jon went to a b-day party for his friend, Tristan. :) I did have to come up with a card! :) This is what I came up with. :) I just used We R Memory Keepers- MVP Collection Patterened Paper and pieces and a piece of black scrap paper. You can't get much simpler people! :)

Today was such a beautiful day here in Great Falls that after we picked Jon up from his party (it was a sleep over), we played outside. I wanted to rake or something, but Garth thought we should just enjoy life...so that is what we did. :)

Now it is right around 9:30pm and we are all winding down. I have a feeling it will be another long night with Little Miss, but I will get some scrappiness done....well, something creative anyway. :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!! What on Earth have I been doing?

WOW! I have got to get better about this blogging. I have to admit though, I did enjoy this little "hiatus" from the blogging world. I have been up to a lot.

I did try LOAD (LayOut A Day) in February and seemlingly failed at it again. Everyone there is so supportive though and the layouts I did get done got compliments. So, when I look at it that way...it was a successful LOAD for me.

I am still on my trek to get something published or getting on a design team. What is funny though is that I am trying out for a couple of DT's and I am not as stressed anymore. I know I love what I do and I really don't do it for anyone but me. I also will not change my work that I do from my heart to mimic a lot of what gets accepted. At first my feelings were deeply hurt when I wasn't picked for DT's or my work wasn't picked up. I would beat myself up because I didn't share my cards, layouts, and projects with you...my friends. Well, that is changing! :)

I will tell you that I am trying out for 2 DT's right now and I am so excited about both of them! :) I have had so much fun creating the projects that I did do for them and I will share my projects after the calls are over. I know my Facebook friends have been beyond supportive of me and what I do. I love you all and you make me feel so lucky to have the support I can truely count on! :)

I am still on Mountains of Memories design team and there is so much to look forward to from Jeanie. Yes, she is trying to sell the store, but she is trying to spread her wings also and is doing beautiful work that I get to work on also. Which is another reason why I need to get to blogging again. I want to help Jeanie as much as I can on her journey and I know it will be a successful one! :) I love you, Jeanie! ((HUGS))

However, the pic I am going to leave you with is of Miss Sasha. She is my night owl and has not had a decent bedtime for a week or more now, but she is by my side as I create and I love having her here. Besides, with Garth and Jon sleeping...I need some company! :)

This pic was taken when we were making sugar cookies to decorate for Jon's class for Valentine's Day. She was having just as much fun sneaking dough from the table. Can you not see the evidence?