Saturday, February 27, 2010

November Sun Layout and Blog Candy!!

I've been on a mission lately to get some pages DONE in my scrapbooks.  I use this layout quite a bit when trying to get a lot of photos on one page.  These colors make me so happy!
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Ignore the black textured backdrop - that is just my treadmill track (gets more use as a backdrop than as a treadmill lately :).  The patterned paper is American Crafts from the Backyard collection.  I loved the tiny caterpillars in the top print, so I created my own to match.  I couldn't believe that in all of my die cut inventory I did not have a catrerpillar!!  I used a circle punch and the Cricut Storefront catridge (for the antenae which is on the bughead cut) to make the caterpillar.  Here is a closeup:
The sun is from Cricut Doodlecharms.  I used my new Peachy Keen face stamps on both the sun and the caterpillar and embossed them with American Crafts Zing embossing powder (my new addiction).  I won these stamps on the Peachy Keen Facebook page - thanks Peachy Keen!!
The pink title tab is the new Tim Holtz On The Edge die (love it!).  November is from the 2008 Quickutz Calendar set and Sun is Sizzix Groovy Girl font (which I covered with Diamond stickles).  Finally, the scallop trim is a Quickutz Border die.
I've had such a great crafty week, so I decided to add some......
BLOG CANDY
for all my Cricut-ing friends!!  How does a Mother's Day Seasonal Cricut Cartridge sound?  (1) Just sign up to become a "Follower" my blog, and (2) then leave a comment on this post with a way to get in touch with you and I'll draw one name in a few days.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Jenn

Friday, February 26, 2010

Shop Til You Drop!

his layout was fun for me because I don't often get the chance to scrapbook with flowers and glitter!  My sisters live out of town, but my younger sister came to visit over Thanksgiving and we hit the stores on Black Friday.  One of our stops was Michael's where I purchased the Paisley Cricut cartridge and when I saw the title 'Shop Til You Drop' in the handbook, I knew I had to do this page!  We had quite an escapade that evening - one of those nights where if I told you all the things that went on you wouldn't believe me!  The shopping bag was cut from Doodlecharms and it is raised up with foam tape so I can type up my journaling of the stories from that night and tuck it in the bag. I thought this turned out rather Vera Bradley-ish, don't you think??
I had a hard time getting the color right on the photo and the page was too lumpy-bumpy to scan.  Here is a close-up of the stickled title.  I offset the blackout cut just a bit to add some depth.  The shimmer brads I used were white which made them stand out more than I wanted, so I used a light pink Copic marker to tone them down to a subtle pink hue.
The paper is from K& Co which I got for a steal at Tuesday Morning.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Jenn

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Easter Cards

Can you believe Easter is right around the corner? Monday is March already. Whew...where is this year going!?!  I've been working on trying to update my slideshows under my "Gallery" tab for this blog, and I came upon two Easter cards I made last year, but never posted here.  Click to enlarge.

The paper is from Scenic Route's Lynden collection (except for the brown satin paper on the Chocolate Bunny which is made by Sizzix). The bunny, chick and egg are Quickutz dies.  Thanks for stopping by today!!
Jenn

Sunshine Blog Award!!

I'm so excited that I have been given this blog award by Denise at http://www.paperpastime.blogspot.com/ - Thank you Denise!!
Along with this blog award comes some rules:
1.Place the award in your post or within your blog
2.Pass this award to six of your nominees - ok, so here are 6 crafty blogs I love:
www.creativetimeforme.com by Emma
www.jensbrainthings.blogspot.com by Jen
www.mysecretheart.typepad.com by Mindy
www.katiepiotrowski.blogspot.com by Katie
http://www.cricutcritters.com/ by Tammy
http://www.scrapendipity.blogspot.com/ by Shar
3.Link the nominees to your post
4.Let the nominees know they have received the award by commenting on their blog

So later today I'll pay this forward and edit this post for the receiving blogs here!
Jenn

Monday, February 22, 2010

Simple Embossed Image Cards

Happy Monday everyone!  Here is a video project I did for Scrap-Mart.com's blog today.  Enjoy!

And the finished products:

 Thanks for stopping by today!!
Jenn

Friday, February 19, 2010

More Flags, More Fun! Six Flags Scrapbook Layout

Did you ever finish a layout and you were just tickled pink at how an element turned out?  I love how the Six Flag logo worked here - it is even better than I imagined!  I found the true-type font equivalent for the Six Flags logo by googling and was lucky to find a free download of it to cut with my Silhouette. [click to enlarge]
The open spot is for journaling which I will add later.  Here is a close-up of the sign:

The new American Crafts Dear Lizzy line patterned paper was perfect for my Six Flags Scrapbook Layout because the little pennant flags are oh-so-Six-Flags, no?  I couldn't help myself from adding the 'More Flags, More Fun' title.  The colors complemented the photos well too and I love how they help move your eye accross the page.  The only problem I had was there were no black flags, just dark brown and I really wanted to tie the flag paper into the layout title, so I colored in some of the dark brown flags with a black marker, then added some black stickles glitter glue to hide the marker lines.  It worked perfectly because some of the other flags were already glittered.  You can find the Dear Lizzy line at Scrap-Mart.com of course!

To make the flags, I simply cut some of the pennants out of the patterned paper, added some embossing glue to six toothpicks and rolled those into white American Crafts Zing embossing powder.  I raised up the Six Flags title with pop-dots to allow my toothpicks to be secured to the back.  Thanks for stopping by today!
Jenn

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Explore

I've been working on updating my Gallery slideshows (see Gallery tab above) and found a layout I posted on the Cricut forum a while back, but never posted here.  [click to enlarge]


I used the Cricut Life's A Beach cartridge for most of the cuts, but the seaweed was cut on my Silhouette and the treasure chest is a Sizzix sizzlit die.  Lots of stickles were added for some bling (if you enlarge the photo you can see more of the detail).  My son loved the big yellow submarine at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and when I saw this cut on the Life's A Beach cartridge I just had to use it for the page.  Thanks for looking!

Jenn

Friday, February 12, 2010

Panda Hugs

I took the day off work today because my boys' school had a teacher in-service day.  I got most of my Nook cleaned up, but made a few projects, including this quick card using the Cricut Pagoda cartridge and some super cute paper I found at my LSS.  [click to enlarge]
The paper is old Prima from the Peaches line, and I love those little pandas. I may have to go back to buy a few more sheets just to have on hand!  I also used my Sizzix Frills #2 Decorative strip for the tiny bead border, as well as a Martha Stewart punch 'Crowns'.  These pandas just make me smile.  The sentiment says 'Hugs' and I embossed it but it reflected funny in the photo.  Thanks for stopping by!
Jenn

Super Simple Baseball Layouts

When you have an event with a bunch of photos you want to scrap, keeping the pages simple allows the attention to focus on the pictures.  I had a ton of great pics from a baseball tourney I wanted to scrap for my son, but didn't want to do an entire album for them.  So here is what I came up with to include all of the pics in his album.  Click any pic to enlarge.

Products used: Ellison Thin Cuts Preppie Alphabet; Ellison Thick Cuts Clipboard Clip; Stampin Up notebook punch; Creative Memories papers.

Products used: Ellison Thin Cuts Preppie alphabet; Quickutz arrow die; Silhouette cut and shadowed title in Ballpark Weiner TTF; Cricut Baseball Solutions cartridge for the home plate; Creative Memories papers.

Products used: Ellison Thin Cuts Preppie alphabet; Creative Memories papers and letter stickers (Gasp! I used letter stickers!) - I also had my son write the team names under the group shot in his own handwriting.

Not to be left out, here is a simple baseball layout for my other son from last summer's camp.  They made an exception to the minimum age requirement to allow him to attend the camp and gave him an award at the end - he was on Cloud 9!
 I used two phrase cuts from the Cricut Baseball Solutions cartridge and Creative Memories papers.

These pages are a lot less decorative than most of my layouts but I was really happy with how they all turned out.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tim Holtz Edge Die Is In The House!!!

Woo-Hoo - the folks at Scrap-Mart are the best!!  Knowing what a Sizzix junkie I am, they brought me back an awesome souvenir from CHA - the Ornate On The Edge Sizzix die from Tim Holtz's collection!!
These dies are so cool!  I put it to use right away to make this Valentine Treat Bag full of Good N Plenty candy [click to enlarge]:
I first folded my black cardstock, then ran the doubled open end through my Sizzix Big Shot Express to get the decorative edge on both sides of my bag topper.  I then embossed the cut with my Cuttlebug Plum Blossoms embossing folder (both the Sizzix die and the embossing folder are available for pre-order at Scrap-Mart).  I used Quick Quotes Powder Puff chalking ink (my new favorite chalking ink) in 'Pink Cheeks' to add some pink color to the flowers.  A bit of chiffon ribbon and a little heart charm finished it off.  My Mom loves Good N Plenty candy, so this treat bag is going to her!  Thanks for looking!
Jenn

Monday, February 1, 2010

Blog Design Giveaway


Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to post a note that my fabulous blog designer Pam from The Posh Box is hosting a blog design giveaway on her site.  Be sure to check it out and enter to win!  http://www.theposhbox.net/giveaway.shtmlJenn