Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's Almost Halloween!!!

It's Almost Halloween!!  Are you ready??  Here is a cute treat bag I made for the Scrap-Mart blog today.  When I saw Sizzix release this cute little Owl die, I knew I had to have it!! So many "owl" designs on the market today are 'cutesy' and this struck me as totally different - perfect for fall, Halloween, Legend of the Guardians or Harry Potter projects!!  I decorated him up with my Copic Spica glitter markers and set him atop a cut from the Quickutz Starry Night border die.  To finish off the treat bag, I cut a ticket from the Tim Holtz for Sizzix Ticket decorative strip and stamped my sentiment with a coordinating Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp.  Cute little treat bags like this go together in a flash - and because the Owl die is a Sizzix original die, you can cut multiple sheets of paper at one time.
Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting everyone!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cricut Imagine Gift Box

Wow - I've completed 2 of Emma's challenges in one week!!  This one was for the first ever Imagine-Nation Monday event sponsored by Emma (www.CreativeTimeForMe.com) and Sarah (www.PinkCricut.com) - I hope to join in on these challenges as much as I can to get more comfortable with this machine.  Although I have to say the Imagine is very easy to use.  The challenge was to create anything with your Imagine and incorporate a stamped image.  Here is my creation (click image to enlarge):
The patterns were already incorporated into this design as one of the bonus features on the 'Imagine More Cards' Cartridge, so I just had my Imagine print and cut, then I put the box together.  I added a prima flower and jewel to the closure, incorporated a stamped sentiment from My Pink Stamper's Simply Sweet Occasions set, and finished it off with some lavender ribbon.  This went together oh-so-quickly and will be great for those last minute hostess or teacher gifts!!  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cricut Tennis Layout

I've intended to participate in one of Emma's Throwback Thursday challenges for months now (www.CreativeTimeForMe.com), but never seemed to have a good idea in time for the deadline.  Well this week's challenge was all about sports - use the Cricut Sports Mania cartridge on a project.  Hello! That is right up my alley living in this locker room!  So here is what I created (note that my scanner cuts off a bit of the bottom edge and adds a shadow because it is not a full 12", but you get the idea!):
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Of course I couldn't participate in one of Emma's challenges without using my Gypsy, so I used it to create and weld the title and border.  The Tennis Racquet and Tennis Ball border are from the Sports Mania Cartridge and the font is from Plantin Schoolbook.  The background paper is Jillibean Soup and the yellow is Bo Bunny Double Dot in buttercup.  Thanks to Emma for the inspiration and challenge!  Happy Crafting Everyone!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Club Ruby Projects!

If you haven't checked out Club Ruby yet, what are you waiting for?  Club Ruby offers a monthly kit, fabulous inspiration, and a wonderful community of crafters.  I can't post the details of projects I've designed for the club here, but I can post sample photos.  Visit Club Ruby for all the details.
If you like what you see, check out Club Ruby today!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Double Page Baseball Layout

Every now and then I create a layout that I am just so happy with how it turned out - it is a great feeling.  This layout is one of those for me...

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The patterned papers are from Pink Paislee - Starlight and an older Christmas collection.  The scalloped circle provided a great background and if you look closely, you can see the definition right above the far left pic is for "tourney" which is exactly where these photos were taken!   For my embellishments, I used the original Sizzix Star Die and several Sizzix Decorative Strips. The Tim Holtz ticket die and Stampers Anonymous coordinating stamps made great journal spots. The pinking trim is from the Sizzix Decorative Strip Circles and Triangles die. The red letters in the title were cut with the Tim Holtz Vintage Marketplace decorative strip die. The 'Royale' word was welded and cut with my Silhouette using a true-type font called Ballpark.

At some point, I am going to add a 'baseball' label to my posts - my blog gets a lot of hits from people searching for baseball layouts.  If you have a son that plays baseball, you are probably like me and always on the lookout for new layout ideas so that your pages don't always look the same!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Scrapping!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Simple Cricut Imagine Layout

So I got the new Cricut Imagine machine and I'm on the fence as to whether or not I am going to keep it.  I love the concept of the machine, but I'm not sure if it is worth the price.  Here is a simple layout using the Imagine More cartridge along with the old Stamping Solutions and George cartridges.
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Everything was printed and cut on the Imagine, except the background paper which is Bo Bunny double dot.  The bottom border is from the Imagine More cartridge, cut as one piece, then I cut the music border layer separately and adhered it to the border with foam tape.  Next, I used patterned 'paper' from that cartridge to 'flood fill' the title and guitar shapes from Stamping Solutions as well as a rectangle from George and Basic Shapes.  The end result was a simple and FAST page to put together.  I'm all for scrapping efficiency!

I'm not a big fan of the artwork that comes on the Imagine cartridges that have been released to date, so I'm thinking I would use the patterns with my existing cartridges more often.  I find the machine itself easy to work with - the screen is SO easy to navigate through - I sure wish my Gypsy worked like the on-board screen (wishful thinking for a Gypsy upgrade perhaps?).  My one overarching concern is with the ink - it is not good with moisture - I got a drop of water on one image I cut out and the piece was ruined - with good old offset printed patterned paper you buy it would just dry back to normal.  So I'm still thinking about the machine and figured I'd share my thoughts.  Happy scrapping!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Another Cub Scout Layout

Just enjoying my Friday evening in the Nook.  We were supposed to be in Kansas City for a soccer tourney this weekend, but Jack broke his hand so we are staying put and I am taking advantage of some unexpected free time!  I'm still working on last year's Cub Scout scrapbook layouts.  Here is one I just completed.
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For this layout, I used my Cricut Old West cartridge for the font and Blackletter cartridge for the fleur-de-lis.  Papers are by Pink Paislee (woodgrain); Rusty Pickle (stripe) and Basic Grey (background).  Simple layout, as so many of mine seem lately, but I like how it turned out.  Thanks for stopping by!