Tuesday, December 28, 2010

G45 clock

Here is my clock I made for my Christmas present to my mother. It was a big success! I used Die Cuts with a View paper mostly though because of the colors and the George, Printing Press, Lovely Floral carts to cut out title and numbers on my Cricut. The frame is from Kaisercraft, a company I am very excited about since they have so many quality alterable items.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

G45 Christmas Frame

Here is my Christmas Plaque I made for my Graphic 45 class. I was really happy how it turned out and am planning on making more. We had the assignment to make a regular plaque with a name inside but I had extra Christmas paper and decided it would look cute to make a Christmas themed one.

It is all contained in a shadowbox I had left from a long time ago. I cut out the title with my Gypsy but handmade all my roses! I love this technique of making roses out of anything. I also added some stickles to frame out the title better. All papers except for cardstock and plaid lining is from the Christmas line of Graphic 45. I also glimmermisted the entire thing with Iridescent Gold and added on some green bling.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Christmas Cards

Here is my final Christmas card. I wanted something simple and like how this came out. It's my 1st time using my Cricut to make a card. Jolly Hollidays cart was used along with my cuttlebug.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Prima Birdhouse album class

So yeah here is one adorable album. I have been taking alot of online classes at a couple of different places but just discovered that Prima marketing had online classes for FREE! This class just happened yesterday and was so adorable I had to share. It's a 2 hour long class but if that's too long for you I suggest just watching how the outside is done and a page or two on the inside. You can also fast forward.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Graphic 45 frame

Here is my frame I made for my Graphic 45 class. I love it, it's a little different from my usual tastes but I was excited when I saw how it came out. Sometimes it's good to step outside our comfort zone huh?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Giftcard Holder

Here is a giftcard holder that I made for 1 of my online classes. (I'm taking 4!) It was super simple and features Graphic 45 paper, a silk flower I cut up, stickles, baby's breath,  and some Christmas paper I had leftover from last year.

Monday, November 29, 2010

This Is Why I Scrapbook...A video that all scrappers should watch!

I have recently discoverd this girl who designs for Two Peas in a Bucket. I just signed up for her class about Journaling the Holidays (signups still on till tommorrow) because she seems like a wonderful teacher and I love her style. I just watched this video on her Youtube channel and it made me smile, I think every scrapbooker should watch this!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Circle Contest Weekly Layout

Here is my entry for the weekly challenge on the Circle Blog. It was supposed to be vintage inspired. I didn't really feel like making something based on my family history but kept thinking about fashion for some reason. I used the Forever Young cartridge to come up with a LO based on my style. It is a mix of vintage and modern so I included some of my favorite pieces. I try to do challenges where I will be able to use my entry afterward, this LO will go in an album about my life someday.
The printed paper is from the Bloom stack from DCWV. The vintage card and buttons come from Graphic 45. The keyhole is from Melissa Frances. It also features ribbon, pink pearls and lace.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GLEE mashup video "Singing in the Rain, Umbrella"

I thought this was cool!

Scrapbook Expo Sacramento: My favorite booth

I love when I find booths that are unique and not just a bunch of products hung up. I asked the good folks at Ooh la la if I could take pics and they said yes. I only wish they had an online store to purchase from!

 They specialize in these dress forms that they wrap in ribbon. They are made from a chipboard type material and come in different finishes like with sheet music or text. They sell blank forms or already decorated ones. They even had some that were decorated with wedding dresses and some that were pregnant, complete with bellies!
I think she said this was their first show but I hope it's not their last. They had some great kits and ideas. Check out more  on: http://www.oohlaladesigneroriginals.com/

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Etsy Find

I love this artist, Britney Lee. She has done work for Disney, which is one reason I love her. I love her use of color and she likes cats!
Find her at http://www.etsy.com/shop/britsketch?ref=pr_profile

One of her series I love is her Hawaiian gods series like this print.
Laka Print

Friday, November 12, 2010

My Thanksgiving Wreath

Here is my wreath I made for Thanksgiving. I realized that we didn't have many Fall/Thanksgiving decorations and after seeing all the wreaths people made I wanted to give it a try. I used a grapevine wreath as the base that I bought from M's. I then used Cricuts Wild Cards cart to cut out a bunch of Fall leaves. I inked and embossed some. I also used silk flowers and leaves, paper flowers I made, stickers, stickles and ribbon. I made the center part by pleating brown paper after running it through a crimper and sandwiched between 2 pieces of green oval that I cut out with the George cart.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Recipe page from my Planner

For my BPC class "Cut the Crazy out of Christmas" we had an assignment to do a full page recipe with journaling hidden somewhere. I have not put the pic in as I will be making these in a couple more weeks.
My journaling is under the main part which is a lift up flap.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Graphic 45 mobile

Okay so this is one cool mobile. I loooove this collection from Graphic 45 and thought this was  a cool project, especially that teapot idea.


Scrapbook Expo Sacramento: Make n Takes

So I happily went to the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo this past weekend. It was alot of fun! I took 3 classes, shopped too much, and made 5 make n takes. I will be sharing my experiences with you all so you can know what to expect for a convention if you've never been to one.

For those who don't know make n takes are small projects that some vendors have at their booths for people to create and take home. Some vendors have FREE projects while others charged $2-$5. I was excited to make some this time since my last Expo I didn't make any and I was expecting some Christmas themed projects!

These projects were from Scrapbook Grammie. They're 2 Christmas ornaments and I waited in line a looong time to make them. I was mostly excited to make the pink one. The techniques used stamping, glittering the crown, hot gluing a crimped piece of crepe to the back, and using an adorable rose ribbon around an even cuter extra large bottlecap. The other ornament used alot of stamping, using fun embellishments, adhereing clear decorated tape along the edges and using smooch ink for some shimmer.
These adorable tags were from Heartstring Designs. Basically we stamped and glued the pieces together. The fun part was adhering a clear bag filled with glitter "snow" to the back of the green tag to create a shaker tag. These tags are super sturdy, I think mine will go on gifts this year.

This beautiful rose was from Epiphany Crafts. Each petal was a seperate punched out piece which we glued together and then in the end glittered. Although I love the end result it took sooo long for a make n take.

This was probably my favorite project from Stampin Up demonstrator Tami Waddel. It was quick, easy but not too easy and came out lovely. This tag featured a pre cut tag which we stamped on. We then stamped and punched out the tag (I'm totally buying this). We then glued down the pieces along with a puched out scallop circle, pre punched fabric heart and crinkled gold paper.

I also completed a 5th project. It was a 12x12 page layout but to be honest I was very dissapointed with it. It was basically me glueing down pre cut mats and 2 embellishements. That's it. When I sat down the paper and embellishments were even placed onto the paper in the area I had to glue so this took all of 3 minutes to complete and worse yet i paid for it. I'm not naming names but next time I suggest they at least let us cut the paper ourselves or have this as a free or cheaper project. (It was $5)

Okay until next time where I'll share my favorite booth!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Entry into Cricut Monthly Challenge

Well here it is my entry for the monthly challenge!
It was  challenge about creativity and in the end I decided that I wanted to use this in my bedroom hence the choice of color scheme. I used die cuts with a view Linen Closet stack patterned paper and cardstock. I also used the Opposites Attract, George, and Lovely Floral cartridges to cut out the titles and hearts. I also added embellishements of pearls, chipboard and acetate hearts. It's a little piece of me so I really was pleased by it and it's simplicity. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Christmas class binder cover

For the Cut the Crazy Out of Christmas class I am taking from Big Picture Classes, we had to decorate our binder for our first assignment. We were asked to put a picture on it that reminded me of the holidays and hopefully featured ribbon.
Here is mine:
My cover features a digital paper pattern with the Christmas Planner written with a Lettering Delights font. I added my picture of my pretty kitty and a couple of stickers featuring stock pics from the season. I then added some ribbon to highlight the actual title of the class which I cut out and pasted onto strips. Lastly I added a couple of little flowers for added color. (The colors are a little washed out in the pic) So far I am really enjoying this class, even though I am behind this week!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Lantern

Cute Halloween idea and simple! I love scrapnfonts and letteringdelights. If you don't know about them please check them out as they have tons of great products. They specialize in fonts to purchase and download but they can be used as much more than just journaling. They have alot of doodlebat designs which means you press the A button but will wind up with a picture that you can print out and do various things with.

For Halloween they made this:

For directions and more ideas check out the blog athttp://www.scrapngal.com/

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Martha Stewart Christmas line

I just saw some of the Christmas line...so much I want! I just scored a couple of items for over 50% off at EK success's website ($14 worth, including a punch). I think this will be first on my purchases for the holidays.
Gift boxes with DIVIDERS!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Autumn Pies Recipe Card

So I am part of the Cricut Circle and every week we have a design challenge and I finally decided to do one. This week was to use 4 basic colors of tan, burgundy, orange and grey and texture in your project. I decided to do a recipe card design.

I also decided to challenge myself and use up some scraps I had instead of all new paper. I only used 1 sheet of new burgundy paper for the main part. I embossed the leaves and tanned bottom border, put grey paper through a crimper for my pie plates and used glitter paper for the titles. I used Wild cards cart for the leaves and Autumn Title and the George cart for the Pie title. I added some hole punch leftovers to my red pie for added texture and put a little glaze on it to give it a gooey look. I inked the edges of the leaves (the orange leaves are debossed while the burgundy leaves are embossed) and drew in steam lines with a white souffle pen. Lastly I added a red glossy sticker dot  to add 1 more bit of texture and rounded the corners.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Winner Winner!

Hello announcing the winner of my listpad for remembering website passwords:


Congratulations and thanks for entering. Please contact me so that I can send it along with the stamp to you!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My 1st crop

Well I did it. I have been wanting to go to a crop for a very long time due to my not having any friends who enjoy scrapbooking the way I do. I went yesterday to the Among Friendz crop at the Clubhouse and stayed for 6 hours. I had a really good time and want to go to another one now.
While there I even took a class (a Disney Nightmare Before Christmas layout).

There was not a large crowd but since it was my first time I think that was probably better. Kelly McCracken the owner was very nice and even knew my name as soon as I walked in. I wound up buying 2 other page kits she was selling. I even had time to put together 1 of them while I was there.

Their next crop won't be until November 6th but I'll be at the Expo then and I'm not sure if they are having a December one. I am now thinking of going to the crop during the Expo. Hmm? Before I left I took a bunch of pictures to commemorate my visit. Kelly was nice enough to get a pic of me while I was cropping to add to my collection.

I finished 10 pages while there which is the most I've ever done in 1 day! Thanks for all the tips and good luck advice from my CC sisters.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Get the Crazy Out of Christmas class

So I just discovered this online classroom where you take classes and can interact with the teacher. I am going to sign up for this class today. It's about planning for Christmas.

www.bigpictureclasses.com/crazychristmas.php use this next link to sign up and we both get $10 off our next class! http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/register.php?refer=EA6F4D36 or this code EA6F4D36
From website:
The Cut the Crazy out of Christmas workshop packs four weeks with holiday tips and ideas galore! You will download pages to print your own Christmas planner, plus you will make two layouts and a mini album for gift giving.

Doesn't that sound great? Signups close on the 20th and the class cost $25 which is a little more than I wanted to spend but is around the norm I think. You have to register but it's fairly painless. The website has prices from FREE to about $60 and has a wide variety of topics. This class is what they call a workshop which is more interactive but they also have learn on demand classes so you can do them more on your own pace and schedule. Check it out and I'll share when I'm done how I liked it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Etsy Find

Here is a find on etsy that another blog mentioned that I really loved. It is a letterpress print and I can just picture this in my bookcase in a nice frame.
Find their work athttp://www.etsy.com/shop/tagteamtompkins

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I forget alot so I made this!

Hi all well I've decided to post one of my projects I made. It was a simple thing that I did in 1 day and I hope you like it!

I found that there were so many web sites and clubs I had joined that I couldn't remember all of the passwords and user names. There were some web sites that required your email as your user name, or you had to have a number in your password or it had to be 8 characters long, etc. etc. There had to be an easy way to remember everything and then I saw a password log for sale at some big store but for $15! Inside was pretty simple so I thought I'll just write down everything in a notebook...that lasted a couple of months until I decided I could at least make something a little cuter.

Here it is:

 Here is where all the Info goes.

It features a Die Cuts With a View paper that I really loved (It's covered in butterflies and gold dots) and thought it was a different color combo than I'm used to. I just added the title of "WWW:" from my cricut and a couple of fabric flowers held down with an antiqued brass colored brad. I also featured a pearlescent shade of green under the title and added a blue fringe detail on the bottom for fun.

Now here is the even better part. If you like this or maybe you just like anything free (totally me) then I will be giving it away to someone as a prize for reading this blog.

How to enter:
Just leave a comment by 11pm October 16 and I'll draw a name and mail it out onto you. To sweeten the pot I'll even add a cute little acrylic stamp set to get you started on your xmas card making. It measures approx. 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

Good luck!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

One of my most fav stamps I've discovered

This stamp set is from The Stamps of Life which I am a member of. Last month they released a set that was a perpetual calendar, such a great idea. What does that mean? Check out the video.

{Quick} Tips With Stephanie: Calendar2build from Stephanie Barnard on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My trip to Santa Clara Scrapbook Expo 2010

So back in August I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Santa Clara, CA. It was my first convention and I loved it, so much so that I am now going to the Sacramento Expo too. I took 1 class to see how they worked but it was only a lecture style class so I didn't make anything.
I thought it was about time to share a couple of pics!

Here is check in:
 Rows and rows of glittery flowers/butterflies in all sizes!

Queen & Co's booth with all their felt borders, brads and buttons for $1 each pkg!

This is the class I took from Boxer scrapbooks. I really liked it and highly recommend taking it because the teacher was really funny and she gave us TONS of products. I paid $30 for the class but I got about $60 worth of items.

This is the Melissa Frances booth area. I don't want to show too much because I forgot to ask permission but it was beautiful! It featured her lovely light shades, chandeliers and tons of ideas. To top it off her cashier was perched on top of a soft throw instead of just a plain old table.

Run Don't Walk

For those who saw Oprah today you know that she had on Martha Stewart and at the end of the show she announced that you can go to Oprah.com and download a coupon for 50% off a Martha Stewart craft item from Michael's! The coupon will only be good for 1 day to download but you can redeem it till October 16. I think you can even print off multiples and go back everyday...but then again I'd feel guilty like I was hogging all the glory. I'm so getting her circle cutter. What about you?

1st Post

Welcome to this great experiment of mine to join in the crowd yet resist Facebook. My fellow crafters understand the need to find what's next in the world of crafting and find the best deals. I hope to share some fun that I have found from others and personally created. I am no expert and by no means a perfectionist (I rarely even use a ruler when crafting) but hope that you enjoy this blog.

Lastly I hope that this serves as a way to meet new people around the country or maybe even the world (Gasp!). I believe that crafting is a way that the world can connect and grow, just as important as math and science. Happy crafting and please come again!