Sunday, December 27, 2009

Scrapping on a Snowy Day...

Just catching up on some scrapping projects while watching the Steelers beat the Ravens!  Here is one of the pages from our trip to Chicago last summer.  Sorry the pic is a bit blurry!
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The cityscape was cut from the Cricut Going Places cartridge, the backgroud is silver shimmer and was cut with the shadow feature.  The fonts I used were Sizzix Slim Jim and Quickutz Khaki SkinniMini.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
Jenn

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Last Minute Gift Certificate

We decided to get our 9yo son a pair of customized soccer shoes for Christmas - he has been wanting them for a long time and spends hours online 'designing' his own shoes.  Not knowing what specs he wants, my hubby suggested to just write him a note in a card.  Well, that seemed to boring to me so I needed something better!  Here is what I came up with: (click to enlarge):



I used my Cricut to cut the frame (from Gypsy Wanderings), and the cleats (from Soccer Solutions cart).  The die cut font is Quickutz Chicken Noodle and I typed the notation on my computer in an athletic font to fit.  His team colors are blue and green, so I used those for the shoes.  My Mom had a great idea to wrap the certificate inside a shoe box so he really feels like he is opening a gift.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and very Merry Christmas!!
Jenn

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Apprentice

I sometimes wish I could 'freeze' my children, to keep them little for longer.  Here is a LO of my dear son, now 9, when he was about 2.  I remember this day like it was yesterday.  Still need to add my journaling.  I used Spellbinders Pinking Circles (love those), Quickutz 2x2 tools dies, and Quickutz Bright alphabet.  Patterned paper at the top is Creative Memories (as are the brown short cuts strips - remember those??)[click to enlarge]


Thanks for stopping by!
Jenn

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Plans for the New Year

My blog will be getting a face lift in January!  I have plans to add videos on a regular basis in the coming year to bring you great ideas and inspiration.  The videos will mostly be scrapbooking related and will use a variety of die-cutting equipment (both metal and digital).  I will have some cards and other papercrafts sprinkled in for good measure.  I always enjoy watching crafting videos, but scrapbooking videos are sometimes hard to find (as compared to card or general papercraft videos) so I figure I need to give in order to receive.  Check back often because I hope to start uploading some new videos over the Christmas holiday.  Happy Crafting everyone!!
Jenn

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sizzix Eclips Rumors Abound!!

Have you heard??  An Eclips is coming....from Sizzix that is!  Rumors are flying about cyberspace as to what this new machine called the "Sizzix Eclips" will be.  Personally, I am hoping for a 12" electronic / digital cutter with the ability to cut Sizzix shapes and more.  I've seen alot of speculation that it will be similar to the Gypsy, but I'm not convinced.  Perhaps there will be a handheld component to it, but thus far Sizzix has not released an actual electronic cutting machine, so unless they plan for the Eclips to work with other brands products, I'm thinking they will need to release their own.  So here is what we know so far:
(1)  Sizzix released an ad showing a blackened out picture of the machine (which does look somewhat Gypsy-like) announcing a release date of January 15th.
(2) A Twittering guy named Tanner tweeted on Sept 17th that he was "working on stuff for EClips, the new electronic die cutting machine from Sizzix"
(3) The Trademark application for the Eclips was filed in 2007 by Ellison (so this thing has been in the works for awhile now...a definite good sign that it will be a quality product) and describes the mark for a "machine for cutting images from paper and other materials in sheet form used in personal crafting and child education".  Gotta love public records - I dug that one up myself - don't get too impressed though b/c I couldn't find the patent application (still looking for that one). 
Stay tuned here for more info fellow Die-Cutting Junkies...I'll post as soon as I hear anything else about the Sizzix Eclips!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chirp! Chirp!

Can you hear my Cricut chirping?  New Paisley cart is in the house!  Here is a simple card I whipped up last night to send to my sister who is having a medical procedure this week.  She loves ladybugs, so this was perfect for her.  The designs on this cartridge are just precious!

I embossed the background with the Tiny Flowers Sizzix Texture Plate (from the starter kit) and added some Basic Grey ribbon (from the Color Me Silly line - remember that??).   The yellow photographed pretty bright - it is a bit softer IRL.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Stuffed Cards

Happy Saturday - just a quick post today to share a couple of projects I made using the Quickutz Santa's Workshop Mini Book Gift Set, along with some Sizzix dies.  First up is a Get Well Soon card, using the Peppermint mini book set and Sizzix Doll die with the Medical Professional Outift:

A chicken soup pouch fit perfectly inside, leaving the inside cover available for the sentiment.  You could adapt this idea in many ways.  How about a Doll dressed in the Winter Clothes with a hot chocolate packet inside?

Here is another version of a 'stuffed card' this time using Wintergreen and my favorite, chocolate:

and the inside...

here is a close up of the poem (click to enlarge):

Can you tell I've been on a diet lately?!  Thanks for checking in today!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hi everyone!  Here is a quick layout I just completed using Cricut Cartridges Storybook (butterfly border) and Pink Journey (Love).  The journaling label is a Quickutz die - I think I am going to trade it out for a longer rectangle to balance out the LO.  The paper is Creative Memories from the old Blush Blooms pack and Cactus cardstock.  I also used the CM Rotary trimmer for the scalloped edging.  I wanted to use pretty colors for these photos from a visit with my Grandmother over the summer.  I have the dark hair and my Mom is on the left and my little sister is on the right.  My boys and my sisters girls are in the lower photos.  Sorry the picture is a bit blurry - too much coffee today I suppose!  TFL! [click to enlarge]

WINNER!! WINNER!!

WOW - thank you so much everyone for your kind comments!  It's fun to give out blog candy - can't believe I haven't done it sooner.  And Random.org really does work and is easy to use - who knew?  I figured I'd have to sign up or something, but no, just enter your parameters and click, and VOILA... Wife2TJ is the winner!!  It looks like I can contact her via her blog, so I'll do that shortly and send out her blog candy pack of assorted Sizzix/Quicktuz dies.  Congrats!!  A big thanks to all for joining in on the fun - I've enjoyed looking at your blogs too!!  Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Getting Organized, Checking In and BLOG CANDY!!

Mission: Get ever-expanding die collection under control!
Ok, so here is a start. My Quickutz Revolution dies were everywhere! I decided to go back to the old Library Storage Binders. I categorized my dies and put each group in a separate binder, labeling the spine. I have saved most of my package cards to refer to when assembling a die, so I punched the corner of those and put them on jump rings using the same categories as the binders. So now if I want to cut back to school shapes, I grab my “Fall” binder and "Fall" jump-ring and I’m good to go!  BONUS - the library binders fit perfectly into my JetMax Storage Cube drawers!  Here is a pic (click to enlarge):

I love my JetMax Cubes!  They are great for storing Large Original and Bigz Sizzix Dies too!  Here is a pic of those. 

My Sizzix dies are largely organized at this point.  I have 6 of the old Towers full of my old Sizzix dies (Vintage Sizzix as I like to call them), 3 Large Pink Boxes and 6 Small Pink Boxes full of dies.  My Sizzlets are in Sizzlet storage cases.  Someday soon my scrap area will be clean enough to take and post a pic!

In my quest to get organized, I noticed I have a few duplicate dies and some that I just never use, so I decided to give out my first 'blog candy' - a surprise package of assorted dies!  All you need to do is sign up to be a follower on this blog and leave me a comment on this post.  I will draw a winner on Friday November 20th, so be sure to leave an email addy or some way to get in contact with you!

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Few Random Projects to Share...

Hello everyone!!  It is a soggy Monday in St. Louis so I thought I would post a few projects I've been working on.  First up is one of my favorites but I couldn't get a good photo or scan.  I used several of the new Quickutz paper doll release to recreate my son at the Pirates Game - Baseball player (hat); Cheerleader (foam finger); Pirate Costumes (skull/crossbones); Outifts and doll body.  I love how he turned out.  The clouds border and rainbow cloud dies were used for the sky, along with a matted title and sun cut on my Silhouette.  I also cut the tiny 'P' for the hat on my Silhouette.  The patterned paper is Bungle Jungle from Sassafras Lass.  [click to enlarge]
Speaking of dolls, I tried to think out of the box with the fireman costume and turned him into an astronaut!  Just replace the helmet with a vellum circle, and watch him transform!  The background is the starry night border die, pieced together.  [click to enlarge]
Here is the fireman costume back in the box serving its intended function.  The font here is Sizzix Block Bunch Decorative Strip and the paper is Scenic Route.  The Sizzix rub-on faces fit perfectly on the doll too.  I had to add the retired fire hydrant die - it is one of my favorites.  Can you tell I love doll dies!?!?!?
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Next, I used the new QK doll release to make Bob the Builder and Wendy dolls!  I used the Construction Worker Uniform, the Clothes die, and the Cheerleader Uniform (for Wendy's hair). To make Bob's shire, I took some old red gingham Creative Memories paper, and colored it all over with my orange Copic marker.
Aren't the cute? [click to enlarge]

Ok, on to a couple of other layouts and look - no dolls!!  I broke out some of my vintage Sizzix dies for this last layout - the sun and grass.  I added some newer dies too - Groovy Girl Decorative Strip font; Curly border; and of course, Hello Kitty herself. Not much use for her in this house of boys, but I'm trying to include more pictures of myself into the family scrapbooks b/c I am usually the one behind the camera so I don't make many appearances in our books!
Paper here is Pink Paislee.  [click to enlarge]  TFL!
Ok, one last LO to share (another doll free one).  Here I used the new Sizzix Snowflake Decorative Strip border die and cut my title in Heartbreaker TTF on my Silhouette.  Paper is Heidi Grace.  [Click to Enlarge].
Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy Cutting Everyone!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Getting a Kick Out of Turning 7

My son is turning 7 next week and he wanted to have his party at a local Karate studio. I couldn't resist buying the Sizzix doll karate outfit so I could make the invitations. I think they turned out cute. Here is the group shot:
And the close up (click either image to enlarge):
This is my first time making invitations, so they weren't too fancy but I'm pleased with how they turned out!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I can hardly believe it is almost the holiday season - with all the new holiday release dies, my scraproom is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! Here is a simple layout using the new Quickutz Holiday font, old 4x4 adornments, and last year's lights border (love this). You can't really tell in the scan but the lights are cut in glitter paper. I cut the large scalloped circle on my Cricut Expression using the Storybook cartridge. Click to enlarge.
Next is a work in progress....it took awhile to get the Gingerbread house just the way I wanted it - I still may tinker with this a bit (I'm thinking of converting it to a 2 page LO), but here it is for now. I used a lot of QK dies on this: Flourish Border; Holiday 4x8 font; 4x4 Tree; 4x4 Snowman; Cloud border (for the snow). The Gingerbread House was cut on my Silhouette using a design from the Jingle portfolio. Background paper is from Archivers. Click to enlarge.


Finally, a non-holiday quick and easy layout using the retired Sizzix/Ellison Preppie font (one of my all time favorites). The background of the journal circle is a Spellbinders Pinking Cirlce (love those). The journaling in a circle was done on the new version of Creative Memories Storybook Creator software - you can journal inside any shape and just print it out - I love that feature! The background paper is also Creative Memories from the Discover collection I think. Click to enlarge.
Thanks for stopping by!

Moving...Moving...Moving...

Scrap-Mart is moving to a new and larger space! In order to let their vendors know of the move, they asked the DT to create some homemade cards for the announcement. Here are the two styles I came up with. I cut the first one entirely on my Silhouette, which is great when you need to do multiples of anything. Here I used to QK digital downloads: Cityscape and Auto (moving van). The title was cut on my Sil as well using a TTF called Milk Top Girl. Click to enlarge.
For the next style I used perhaps my very favorite die of the recent Sizzix releases - the Decorative Strip Airplane Banner Die! I had to trim it just a bit to fit on this 12" tri-fold card. I LOVE this die for so many reasons. I cut my title on the Silhouette for the banner (easier to glue down welded words than individual letters when you are doing multiples) using the same TTF Milk Top Girl. The sky background paper is from Hobby Lobby. Click to enlarge.
Sorry it has been awhile since my last post. I'll try to upload some other recent projects soon! Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Slime Making Fun

Just a quick layout to share today using the new Quickutz Flasks die. The fonts are QK Gazebo and QK Yogurt. I used glitter cardstock inside the flasks but it didn't scan well. Also, the title is cut in an orange color that matches the inside of the swirls on the background paper, but for some reason it scanned yellow and the background looks pink (it is really red and orange). The patterned paper and cardstock is all Creative Memories. Thanks for looking!
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Thanks for checking in today! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to leave a comment! :-)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Few Layouts To Share...

Still working on scrapping our trip to Chicago this summer. For our pictures from Shedd Aquarium, I used the Quickutz Relax Gift Set (font and most of the shapes), Bosskuts Octopus (exclusive for scrap-mart.com), Silhouette cut Vines for the seaweed, and retired Sizzlit dies for the shells on the far right. Patterned paper is retired Creative Memories sand and blue marble.
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Here is the lead in page for the trip. I cut most everything with my Silhouette: Arrow; Title box; Safari truck (which looked like our white SUV more than any other car shape I could find); grass. Also used QK journaling box revolution die. The Interstate 55 sign was cut on my Cricut from the Going Places cartridge. The paper is Creative Memories and had both a car and an interstate sign printed on it. I didn't care for the style, so I simply placed my die cuts overtop.
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Finally, a page done for a visit by my parents over the summer. I love this Basic Grey paper! I used the new Quickutz Central Park alphabet (love the clean lines of this alpha) and a revolution journal block.
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Thanks for stopping by today!! I'd love for you to leave a comment! :-)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Well Hello there! I realized it has been awhile since I have posted anything, so here are a few layouts I've been working on lately........Click on any photo to enlarge it for detail!

First up - a simple layout with a custom element curtesy of my Silhouette! I welded the fire border download with my text, and voila - instant embellishment! Paper is Creative Memories.
Next is my super cute Kindergarten grad and don't you just love the new Sizzix airplane/sign border die! It might be my new favorite. The font is QK Chicken Noodle and I also used the QK Schoolhouse and cloud border die here. I ran the schoolhouse roof through a cuttlebug mesh embossing folder to give it a cobblestone roof look. Background Paper is from Archivers but I'm not sure what brand.

Ok, here is a favorite layout but I couldn't get a good picture of it - it is better in person but you get the idea. Totally an 'everyday' layout! I used the QK Washer/Dryer die, along with the Clothspin die and Marigold font (for boys - life with was cut on my Silhouette). Paper is Me & My Big Ideas (I think).
Totally love that I can weld and shadow titles on my Silhouette. Here I used a true type font called Black Rose, and just welded and shadowed it. Paper is Sassafras Lass. Also used the QK Heart border.
Ah, some oldie but goodie photos from the dating phase. I used the QK Cityscape border, along with Diesel classic alpha and the vacation phrase die (for adventure). Paper is Creative Memories.
Thanks for looking! I'll try to post more often!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Cricut Baseball Layout

I'm working more and more with my Cricut and really enjoying it. Here is a baseball LO I just finished using the following carts: Baseball Solutions, Black Letter and Sports Mania.
[click to enlarge] While I love artistic layouts with only one or two photos, most of my everyday pages contain several pictures. I love that I can always find the perfect page embellishment on a cricut cartridge without having to search on my computer.

My dear son (age 9) just loves all of the shaded athletes on the Baseball and Soccer Solutions Carts. I kind of thought they were creepy at first, but it must be a guy thing because all the boys in my house absolutely think they are the greatest page elements I have ever cut - LOL! My son also loved the blackletter font - this is the first time I used it and I think it will soon become a favorite. All paper used on this project was Creative Memories (brown background paper is from the Discover baby colletion, cardstock is Vintage Sky and Black). Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Video Link List Added

Ok, I know I haven't posted any layouts in a while - life has been BUSY! I promise to upload some more soon. In the mean time, I have added a link list on this blog for my crafting videos. Check it out (link list column is to the right - just scroll down a bit).

Hopefully I set up the links correctly - if they don't work for you leave a comment and let me know! I hope to add more videos soon.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 29, 2009

I love the colors in the new Anthem paper by Sassafras Lass - so bright and happy! I used my Silhouette to cute the title (true type font is called Waltograph) using two different size offsets to get the mats. I love to mat titles on patterned paper so they don't get lost. I also used the QK Revolution photocorners and the old 2x2 Bottlecap. I used the Creative Memories Disney punch to get the Mickey outline on the bottlecap. TFL!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Die Cut Fun

Sometimes you just need a challenge to get your scrapping mojo going. I created this Mother's Day layout for a scrap-mart.com weekly sketch assignment. It was a one photo sketch (and I admit I usually turn sketches into multi-photo layouts) and I had one good photo from Mother's Day so I worked the sketch around the photo. Just made a couple of adjustments, added some fabulous die cuts and delish Basic Grey paper, and voila....
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If you can read the journaling you will see that I received the big Sizzix Creative Center workstation cart as my gift and I LOVE it! It will hold all my cutting machines and it taller than a table so my back doesn't get sore. I'll post a pic of that soon.

I created the next layout as part of Laura's challenge on the official Quickutz blog to use the Cookie Cutter bride and goom dies for another purpose. A few accessories to the bride transformed her into Mary Poppins - I'm really happy with how she turned out...
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I used tons of dies here: CC Bride, of course, 2 purses from the Flirt Spring Gift Set, font from the Flirt Gift Set; Hat from the original 2x2 doll die set; Revolution Umbrella; CC Monogram circle; and the Cloud Border to make her appear like she was floating up in the night sky.
Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Got Crocs??

Every now and again I create a layout that just tickles me. This is one of those. I'm not sure if it is the paper or the colors or the subject, or what, but someone about this LO just makes me smile. I still remember receiving my first pair of Nike shoes with the swish back in the 70's - they were lavender with a grape colored swish and I just loved them. Don't forget to scrap those fashion trends that you will be thinking about years from now and wondering what the heck we called those silly rubber shoes...........
Here I cut the title on my Silhouette (Mandango TTF) so I could add a shadow, and the super cute croc is an Exclusive Boss Kut die created for http://www.scrap-mart.com/. Isn't he the cutest?
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Thanks for looking!
Tomorrow is QK release day - Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Can You Hear Me Chirping??

Ok, I am seriously trying to love my Cricut. I get frustrated sometimes with adjusting the speed, pressure and blade settings. But for this layout, I got it right - finally! I still need to add journal strips below the large photo but wanted to post this since I was so relieved to finally get a clean cut (spoiled by my Silhouette that cuts like buttah I guess). The cut is from the Sports Mania Cartridge.

Here is a closeup of the Swoosh element:


Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Quickutz Magnetic Storage Solution

Ok, so the Quickutz Magnetic Binders and Magnetic Refill Pages seem to be sold out everywhere. My dies were getting out of control so I came up with an inexpensive solution to 'hold me over' but I think I'm going to keep them this way. I had a few of the old 4x4 Library storage binders sitting around empty (because I changed my 4x4 storage) so I decided to put them to use. I picked up a package of Quickutz adhesive backed Magnetic media which comes in 4x12 strips and is cheap! I simply cut it inoto 4x4 squares (actually trimmed the width just shy of 4" so it would slide in and out easily). You just pull out the 'magnetic card' and it is flexible so bending back allows you to remove the die very easily. This is great for storing Spellbinders Nestabilities too. Here are a few pics:

Showing how the sheets get removed:

Showing other CC dies:

This turned out way better than I expected and allowed me to free up a Magnetic Binder for fonts. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A few layouts...

Ok, here are several layouts from a while back that I never uploaded to my blog.
First up is one of my favorites - I adore the QK 2x2 little owl and he fits perfectly on the 12" Border branch (trimmed here). Font is QK Storybook and I also used the nesting circles for the moon behind the owl. Paper is Rusty Pickle.


Next is a simple layout I cut on my Silhouette - this frame was perfect for a family picture with my Grandmother. Paper is Basic Grey.


The Storybook font was perfect for this Circus layout. I made the clown from the QK 4x4 Scarecrow die - just changed the nose to a circle and added orange hair cut from the 4x4 Bunny tail. Paper is Creative Memories.


I used the QK 12" flower border here sans flowers. Instead of the flowers, I used the QK Cookie Cutter school shapes - they are super cute and easy to embellish. Fonts are Diesel Grand, Rockstar, and Aquarius. Paper is Scenic Route from Appleton - love that line!


I knew I needed the exclusive QK 2x2 monkey die when I saw it because I had these pictures at home. Fonts are Storybook and Khaki SM. Also used the 4x4 vines. All QK. Background paper is Creative Memories.


Thanks for looking!!