Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cardabilities Sketch #32

Morning Bloggers!

Sorry I've been MIA these days. I have been working on projects but just can't share them yet.

It was a long week-end here too. Memorial Day. Saw some great fireworks on Sunday night. Went to a movie last night. Pirates of the Carribean. Not my favorite. Neat concept at the movies though...in the theatre they have taken out every second row of seats and put in a table so you can eat and drink while you watch the movie. This includes all sorts of alcoholic beverages and complete meals.

It would have been good except they had the air conditioning on way to high. I froze through the 2 1/2 hour movie. Oh yah, and the guy behind us couldn't shut up.

It's the 30th so that means another Cardabilities Sketch.

I again rotated the sketch. I used Elegant Edges from the Cricut to cut my circles and scallops. Paisley cuttlebug folder for the background. Lori's Garden cartridge for the pattern paper and the butterfly. The flower was from my stash  and the sentiment from Just-Rite Stamps. Everything is layered and I added some pearls for added dimension.

Here's a side view so you can see the layers.
Sketch #32

Got a busy day or so I like to think. lol


Monday, May 23, 2011

Cracked Glass

Good Morning,

Another week-end gone. It was warm here yesterday.

Today I have a tutorial of sorts for you. There's a combination of many different things that went into this card.

A quick overview. Thinking of you, hand, background paper cut from Cricut. Images from Sentimentals cartridge. Background paper and ink on the images from Imagine cartridge.

Click on the image to get a really good look at the detail.

The large stamp from LaBlanche, colored in with Tim Holtz Distress ink and those little nibs.

I want to focus on what I did to the stamped image paper.

After the image was colored in and I had finished the background with my distress inks I covered the entire image with Versamark ink and then clear embossing powder. I repeated this process about six times. If I had used UTEE (ultra think embossing powder) I would not have had to do so many layers.

Then I popped the piece into the freezer for it to get cold. When you take it out just bend the piece and it will crack. If it doesn't crack enough put it back in again and do it all over.

Once I had the desired cracks I sprayed it with Log Cabin Smooch so the liquid would seep into the cracks and give it an aged look. You wipe off the excess with a paper towel.

Just something a little different to play around with.

Deborah over at FargoCat Shops carrys a lot of these supplies and she's got good prices.

I didn't craft much this week-end but I did get a book finished. Guess I'll have to get back into my crafty room.

Have a good Monday.


Thursday, May 19, 2011


Hi There,

I just have to say, I think this is one of my favorite scrapbook pages. I used Sketch #220 from Sketch inspiration. The best part is it only took about 5 hours to complete. Once I had an idea it all fell into place.

Also entering this into Getting Scrappy Challenge.

Paper from The Paper Loft called "Dude" & "Dude Distressed".
All cricut cuts from cartridge "Old West" except heart "George & Basic Shapes". For the fence a Cricut marker used first to draw the lines and then cut. (two-step process) Walnut Distress Ink for shading.
Saddle is two pieces - stitching done with a fine tip pen and Walnut Distress Ink for shading.
The saddle also embossed with clear powder to make it shiny.
Light colored paper distressed on the edges then inked with Tim Holtz Pumice Distress Ink.

Printed words using Rustler Fancy Font with Grafix Rub-Onz Transfer Film.
Font downloaded from internet for free.

Picture altered with Adobe Photoshop to a Black & White and printed with an antique border. That's how I got the fuzzy look.

Thanks for your visit.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Favorite Place...

Good Morning,

On the personal side of things here, not much going on. Watching all the season finales of everything. lol I must admit I have been a Survivor fan from day 1.  I was glad Rob won as I thought he played a good game. Other seasons that he was one...he was not my favorite! lol

Today is a Home Decor project. I created the vines using Cindy Lou and welding four of the images together. Where I just wanted to fill in on the vine I cut out just one.

For the words I used Gypsy Font for the large words and Base Camp for the smaller.

I also tried to put some Tiki faces on the fence but the vinyl just wouldn't stick to the rough wooden boards. If you look closely in the picture you can see a Tiki face though. He's supposed to light up at night and is solar powered. Unfortunately he doesn't work anymore. His eyes sort of glowed. lol

Vinyl is pretty easy to work with. You can cut it on any of the cricut machines. The words I did use a transfer paper to I could get it lined up before putting it on the wall. The vines I just applied the image directly to the wall. There is a protective backing on the vinyl and I remove that in pieces rather than all at once. Makes it easier to keep everything straight.

I want to put something up in my craft room now too. I bought some dark brown vinyl for that to match the beige/tan walls.

One other thing...if you are a cricut lover you might want to check out a new cricut blog by Provocraft.

Thanks for visiting.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Elegant Edges Meets Blast Off

Good Morning!

Trusting everyone had a great week-end.

I did get a few projects completed in the last few days.

This card is a combination of Cricut, stamps & Copics.

First a little about the shape of the card. There is a new cartridge out there that is called Elegant Edges. Can be used with any of the regular cricut machine or used with the Imagine. It's creative features are Frame, Border, Oblong (No hole in centre), Oblong Frame( Hole in centre), Book, Shadow.

In order to make this card I have to use a Gypsy or Design Studio to weld the book shape to another rectangle so you can have a folded card.

The border, scalloped edge on side of card, and the scalloped circles are all from Elegant Edges using the same image for all the cuts. I recommend if you want to see more of this cartridge to pop over to http://www.cricut.com/ and click on information and then scroll down and look at the cartridge PDF that shows the booklet. It will give a detailed look at all the shapes on the cartridge. This would be a great cartridge for scrapbooking as well.

Where does the Blast Off cartridge come in? See the pattern paper...that is a pattern on the Blast Off cartridge. The best part about the Imagine is when you cut your shapes it sizes the pattern to your cut image so things are proportionate.

Stamp I used from Heartfelt Creations (HCPC 3359) for the Daffodil and the leaves were from Stampin' UP (Gods Beauty).

Copic colors used:
R17 - Lipstick Orange
YR16 - apricot
R46 - Strong Red
YR07 - Cadmium Orange
Y17 - Golden Yellow

All cardstock from Co-ordinations.

If you're looking for stamping and scrapbooking supplies be sure to check out FargoCat Shops. Deborah always has some good deals on the go.

I think tomorrow I'll have some Wall Decor to share.



Sunday, May 15, 2011

Celebrate Sketch #31

Good Morning Bloggers!

It's the 15th of the month and that means a new sketch reveal for Cardabilities. Also the owner of Cardabilities will be looking for a new design team for July. If interested in applying the info is on the site.

All the pattern paper printed using Imagine More Art Cartridge.
Words - Stampin' Up Ink and stamp
Spellbinders for the scalloped circles

Here's the sketch we were to work off of:

Be sure to stop by Cardabilities to see the rest of the design teams work and while you're there check out how you can upload your card for a chance at some great prizes.
Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Good Morning,

I had planned on posting this yesterday but something was wrong with Blogger and I couldn't access my blog to post! Oh well....

Image and pattern paper cut from the Imagine.

Cartridges Used:
Audrey for background paper.
JT Art - dragon
I think there is about 5 layers to the dragon. Foam dimensionals used between layers. It turned out really neat.

Hope everyone is enjoying their week-end. Be sure to check back tomorrow as there will be another new reveal from Cardabilities.

See you then!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Good Morning,

This morning I'm trying to work with Adobe Photoshop. I know what I want to do but....having trouble achieving it. I really need to read through  the manual and work with all the features in a prescribed order instead of just trying to pick out what might work. There's a lot to learn in the big book "Photoshop Elements 7 for Dummies"

You would think if they are going to call it for "Dummies" perhaps they should have condensed it more cause we don't have that big of an attention span.

This was the second year Kristen climbed the CN Tower in Toronto. Yep she did beat her time from last year by 1:20 minutes.

I had pattern paper with a variety of clocks on it and thought it was perfect for the occassion. Used the cricut and cut out a clock face and various clock hands to embellish around the layout.

The grayish paper is co-ordinations. The border was crimped and the ridges sanded to add a varience of color. Distressed the edges a little with Tim Holtz Pumice Stone ink.

That is a picture of the CN Tower but it was a foggy/rainy day. Good thing you climb on the inside, however, she did still have to get downtown to the tower.

The was the sketch I choose for inspiration from Sketchabilities. I changed a few things but that's what a sketch does, gives you a starting point and then you make it work for you.
Be sure to click on the link above if you want to check out other ideas using this sketch for more different sketches.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Last One - I Promise

Hi There...

Last one of my train cards to share. Pretty straight forward. The pattern paper was double-sided so you can see the large diamond and the smaller piece behind the train. The smaller piece was muted blues/grays together. It was embossed with the diamond cuttlebug folder and then the top was lightly sanded. Just wanted to accent the ridges.

Used some 1/2 circles to stamp into. I had put the black brads on the left so balanced it out on the right with some black ribbon folded over as a loop and attached under the train cardstock.

Just a reminder to play along on the Cardabilities Sketch and you could win a great prize or have a chance at being a guest designer on Cardabiltities.

Click here for details.

Tomorrow is a scrapbook page day!

See you then!


Friday, May 6, 2011

Another Look

Good Morning,

I've been busy this morning. Got my swim and spin class completed. Already for Friday Night Out! lol

So today is our second look at this stamp set.

You can find the directions for making this card over at Splitcoaststampers. Similar cardstock and paper used as yesterdays card however I did use a Just-Rite stamp for the sentiment. I really like this set of stamps as there are about 8 - 10 different birthday sayings. They are of a nice small size as well so they don't take up a whole card front.

Give this card a try it really is very easy to make.

If I don't check back in before Monday  - Happy Mother's Day to all of you!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happiness Is A Journey

Good Morning All You Crafty  People!

May seems to be a month that I have a lot of birthdays of the male species. I always struggle a little bit more on my creativeness with their cards. I probably have about 8 or less masculine themed stamp sets and I am tiring of using them. Maybe the recipients are getting tired of receiving them. What am I thinking...they won't remember what I sent last year. lol

So I've used a stamp set from Stampin' Up - Happiness Is A Journey. I have actually made three different cards using that stamp set and will post them over the next week.

Cardstock - Co-ordinations
Pattern Paper - Costco stash. It is double-sided. The green is the opposite side to the pattern.
Train stamped with SU Basic Grey and clear embossed. Had to be really quick on the embossing as this is a dye based ink.

Crimped the piece of grey co-ordination cardstock and then lightly sanded the ridges.
A couple metal brads for that chunky male look.

Last Sunday we went to a baseball game. Houston Astros playing the Milwaukee Brewers. The Astros won 5-0. Yeah. I'm not a big sports fan but do enjoy the games live. DH was surprised by my loud cheering. lol
And yes....I had beer, hot dog & peanuts.  It was a ball game!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Set Sail

Good Morning,

Well this was an exciting week-end. I am happy to announce there will be a wedding in the future.

Joel proposed to Kristen on Friday and she accepted. Welcome to the family Joel!

I was going to have a stamped card made for today but it just didn't happen but I do have another cricut card to share.

Green & Blue cardstock - co-ordinations.
Embossing Folder - Bubbles
Cricut Cartridge - Wall Decor - It has a border feature as well as a single icon feature.
Border, Life Preserver & Pattern Paper - Imagine More cartridge

Have a list of things to get done today. It's Monday and a fresh start on the to-do list. lol