Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Real Treasure

Popping in quick today to share a card I created using my Cricut Expression and the Life’s a Party cartridge. Have you seen this cartridge?! I picked it up last week and it is definitely one of my new favorites!!! Soooo many cute unexpected goodies on it!
Sadly, my great nephew was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. I wanted to send him a card letting him know that we are thinking of him, and what a real treasure he is to us, and what more appropriate than a treasure chest!

I cut the chest from brown on brown Core’dinations cardstock. After my chest was cut, I embossed the top and bottom flaps using my Cuttlebug and Argyle embossing folder; then I lightly sanded the embossed areas. You can’t have treasure without adding bling so I covered the lock and “treasure” in stickles.

I decorated the inside with accessories cut from the Life’s a Party cartridge.

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Monday, June 20, 2011


Aren’t these photos of my nieces hubby and baby just precious?! No doubt a daddy that love his little girl! I left the journaling card and date blank for my niece to fill in with her own loving memories and words. Nuts About Sketches #166 reveal. I used the right page and flipped it. You can find the sketch here. All pattern papers, stickers, buttons, and rubons are from October Afternoon; bling - Imaginisce; bakers twine - the Twinery; punches - Martha Stewart/EK Success.
I love how the border punches add pizzazz and pop to the layout and yet can be so subtle that you hardly notice them. Some of the other details include lots of stitching, stickers layered with various depths of foam adhesive, bling to the center of the flower, and a rubon in the corner of the photo.

I cut the heart from felt and applied the rubon directly to the felt. I don’t think I would try this with rubons from certain companies, but I’ve always had great luck with the rubons from October Afternoon and once again, it applied super slick!! “The Good Stuff” scallop circle and “priceless” tag are also October Afternoon rubons that I applied to pattern paper and hand cut to embellish the layout.

I wove the bakers twine through my sticker letters for a fun twist to my title!

A close up of some of the stickers layered and a little bling added to the end of the ducks string.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Nuts About Sketches #165 and some Hybrid fun!!

It has been so cold and gloomy here for so long. I am ready for some fun in the summer sun! I decided since the sun refuses to peek through I would pull some of Echo Parks fun color popping papers to brighten my world! Nuts About Sketches reveal #165
I tucked the bottom of the sun under the photo, yet adhered the top of the sun with a pop dot. I also added some stitching and stickles to the sun for texture and a bit of sparkle! I layered small stickers over the large corrugated letters for a fun twist to the title.
I stepped outside my comfort zone and purchased the Echo Park Hybrid Summer Days Elements #1 package from Jessica Sprauge. I have never tried hybrid before. I really wanted some of the cute stickers and chipboard pieces but they were not available at my LSS so I decided to take the plunge and discovered a whole new world! I have a habit of “saving” stickers/chipboard pieces for “just the right thing” but was freed from that feeling to not only use what I wanted, but to be able to print it in the size I wanted!! The green scallop border, as well as all the embellishments on this layout are hybrid! …except for the obvious buttons, bling, bakers twine, and corrugated letters
I added some stickles and bling to the elements for a bit of summer fun and sparkle, then attached them various depths of foam dots for depth and texture.
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Super Sunday!

Today I am sharing my second project of the month for Shawn Davis Designs featuring Fancy Pants papers and chipboard flowers from Sassafras Las.
I distressed the chipboard flowers with my sanding tool, and adhered them with different sizes of pop dots to add more depth to the layout.
Shawn also included some beautiful Making Memories metal frames in my kit.
I folded ribbon into little loops for a bit of unexpected interest and texture.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Fun Gift Set

Today I am sharing a little gift set I created using my kit from Shawn Davis Designs featuring Fancy Pants the Little Things line.

I used some Spellbindes dies to creat the background, the adhered them with foam dots for dimension.

I created the bow using the tutorial I found here.

Again, I used Spellbinders Dies to cut the background. This time I cut from Spellbinders Foil and used some black paint to give the piece and distressed feel mimicking the Memory Makers metal frame on the card.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Seeking help from my FABULOUS fans!!!!

I have never asked such a thing before, and I am really not comfortable doing so now, but I am seeking your vote. A few weeks ago I entered my Zoey layout into the My Little Shoebox contest. While scrolling through to see the top three finalists, I was stunned and ecstatic to find my layout had been chosen!!!! The winner will be decided by popular vote, so I am hoping that if you really like my entry you will take time to vote for me. Voting closes at 6:oopm Pacific time Thursday, June 2nd!

Thank You so much!!!!!

And a HUGE Thank You to My Little Shoebox for selecting my layout!!!