Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fun Crafting Day with my BFF!

Most weekends are so busy, I rarely get a chance to be with my BFF, but today was an exception.  We went into my stamping/crafting loft and "played" for about 4 hours.  It was fantastic.  Gone are the days when I could talk and craft - HA HA!  Now I can only do one or the other as I will forget what I was saying or doing!  She needed a few cards and so did I, so we put our heads together and this is partly what we came up with.


My oldest grandchild takes his first communion tomorrow.  I bought him a new Bible and made this card to give him.  The Congratulations stamp was one from my stash, but I couldn't find anything for "communion" so I printed it off on my computer and used adhesive to stick it down.  My youngest son, was confirmed last weekend, so I also made the same card for him, but inside it says "on your confirmation".  The cross came from Indi Art which was one of the freebies for Gypsy owners several months ago.  I didn't want to search all through my cartridges so I used http://www.mycutsearch.com/ and typed in cross.  It told me exactly what cartridges had crosses.  This is a wonderful tool when you are looking for an image.

Next, another BFF is having a birthday tomorrow, so I had to create something special for her.  Isn't the saying precious?  They are from My Creative Time.  I love her stamps and you will too!  My BFF is going to love this card.
In case you cannot read the sentiment, it says, "the secret to staying young is to lie about your age."  This card was made with 2 different Martha Stewart Punches, the Cuttlebug for the white layer (think we used the swiss dot one) and a cupcake embellment (there were 4 in a pack and I found them in the $1 bins at Michaels) and a ribbon from my stash.  All paper is by SU.  Card turned out REAL cute without much effort.

Then one more card for one of my physicians who is haivng a BD on Monday.
Same idea here, just used different punches.  Notice the base color and 1st layer of the cards are the same, I just used scraps for my punch pieces.  Using punches on your scrap strips is a super way to use them up.  It adds so much to your cards also.

Well I hope you enjoy!  I sure had fun.  When my BFF and I get together to create, we call it therapy!  Not real sure if it's cheaper though :). 

I would love it if you leave a comment.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and stay awhile.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Mimi

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Patches of Pink: Easter Card, Link Party, and Challenge

Patches of Pink: Easter Card, Link Party, and Challenge Trying to enter a second card for this challenge.

Sunday afternoon Craft Time!




I didn't want to spend all afternoon in my craft area.  My plan was to make a couple of cards without a Cricut image and just my new Martha Stewart punches.  I picked out the colors I wanted to use and started playing with my punches.  I knew I wanted a double row using 2 different images.  When I finished that, I was trying to decide if I should use my Cuttlebug or not.  I decided not to do that, but tied a ribbon over the top of the layer and then started to look for a sentiment to use.  I found two that were so cute and I JUST HAD TO CUT OUT A CHICK!  These cards were so easy!  I love being able to use the blackout feature on my Cricut so I can stamp the face using Peachy Keen Stamps.  Isn't this the cutest little chick?  As you can see, I sponged ink around the edge of the chick adding some dimension.  Then I picked out my "chick" face, put some chalk on a q tip and gave the chick some blush.  Used my gel pens to color in the beak and added some stickles on his tummy.  I stamped my sentiment and still felt it needed something, so I added bling!  The stamps I used are from My Creative Time, but I can't remember the names.  They are just the perfect wording for this card.

Thanks for taking time to look at my cards.  I love comments and I'd love it even more if you become a follower!  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Patches of Pink: Easter Card, Link Party, and Challenge

Patches of Pink: Easter Card, Link Party, and Challenge

Easter almost here~

Just sharing one more time my Easter Bunny box I've made for my employees.  This hold two wrapped Peppermint Patties and it's just so cute!  These cut out beautifully!  I did use the rabbin on Doodlecharms and added a rectangle and welded them all together.  Fun project that I did on a sunny afternoon!  Enjoy!  Join in on the Patches of Pink hop - see the link right under my personal info!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog hop

I caved at the Michael's buy 3 get one free promotion this weekend, so I had to try out two of my purchases.  First I used Elegant Edges to cut out the layer.  Then I used Florals Embellished to cut out the butterfly.  The butterfly was cut @ 3.5 inches but I skipped one layer as it just didn't cut out good.  I would recommend cutting these images out bigger to see if the cuts are better.  This weekend I have noticed that my Expression is not cutting perfect especially on the circles.  I hope that doesn't mean I have to recalibrate or send it in.  The same thing happened with my baby bug and Provocraft honored the warranty and sent me a new one.  I sold that one on Ebay and bought an Expression from Ebay as well.

For the card I used all Stampin Up cardstock.  Melon Mambo, Old Olive & Elegant Eggplant are the colors I chose.  I also used some rhinestones to embelish the cards since all the little pieces didn't cut out right.  My ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbon stash.

Normally I make 4 cards, but due to my cutting problems I only made this one!

Enjoy the hop!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Patches of Pink: Link Up Your Recent Creations!!!

Join in on the fun!  Patches of Pink: Link Up Your Recent Creations!!!  I know you are all crafty so join in and post your project.  You see my little bunny boxes that I am using for my staff at the office.  I got little chocolate squares (all wrapped) and it looks like the box will hold two pieces.  I bought sugar free for the two in my office who can't have sugar.  I think they will love them.

My two grandsons are coming tomorrow (I took the day off!) and I plan to do something crafty with them.  We have to get ready for Easter!

Thanks for looking.  Got to go and watch American Idol!

Mimi

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I've been BLOG hopping and got inspired!



I am entering this project in Simply Sunday Challenge by Getting Cricky.  What inspired me today?  Blog hopping!  Comsee what all the fun is about @ www.gettingcricky.com/2011/04/simply-sunday-challenge-inspired-heart.htmle
I have been doing more Blog Hops than before and I find that I've met some incredible people along the way.  I don't know all their names and I'm sure they don't know mine, but I see what they've created and I think "I never would have done that" , "that's a great idea", etc.  This weekend was just that.  My inspiration for this weekend's project was Diane.  Her link is at the top of my blog.  She shared it was done on the Cricut program on the computer but I didn't have that, so I got out my Gypsy.  I tried to create it as close as I could to what she had on her website.  I used Doodlecharms & George (this is where the rectangle came from) and welded them all together.  My mind is buzzing with what I cann do in the future as I just would not have thought about doing this had I not seen her project.  I also noticed that Diane used patterned paper and I never would have done that, but it gave it instant "pop" and color.  I did do a few things different.  I knew I needed about 16 of these to use for my staff at work, so I didn't want to do all the layers.  By using colored cardstock, I already had a lot of color so I used the blackout feature so the eyes, nose and whiskers would not have marks or cut out.  I used a Peachy Keen Critter face stamp (LOVE these) so I didn't need to cut the face, I used Emma's stamp set called Turn That Frown Upside Down (creativetimeforme.com)  to stamp the Happy Easter.  I did sponge brown ink around the rabbit to make it more dimensional.  I chalked a bit of "blush" on her cheeks.  I used ribbon from my stash to tape around the base of the box.  I have a couple of packets of flowers and used those to add some to the ribbon.  For the whiskers, I had to think about this.  At first I tried raffia, but that ended up in pieces and I couldn't find anything else to use.  Then I decided to cut black strips of paper on my cutter.  When I had cut them as tiny as I could, I then cut them one more time with my scissors.  I took my stylus and curled the edges to make them go all directions.  Pop dots allowed me to place them right on the "blush" of the cheek.  I used Martha Stewarts scoring tool and it was awesome.

This was a fun item to create and I so appreciate Diane's idea - thank you!  All I need now is some "treats" to add in the box and give them to my staff.  I can't wait.

Thanks for taking a peak!  I love comments and I would really like you to become a follower.  Get a cup of coffee, stay awhile and have some fun!


Mimi