Friday, December 31, 2010

Teresa Collins Desk Calendar

I'm in a little bit of denial that today is the very last day of 2010, I just can't believe its over so soon! I know that is such a cliche' thing to say, but the year has been such a journey for me, and its a year I'm not likely to ever forget. Since the clock will not wait for me I decided to make a 2011 desk calendar to push myself into embracing the New Year to be!! This was a $1.00 square frame from Michael's...I ask you has one dollar ever looked so good??? With the giving Thanks collection form Teresa Collins it can!

Talk about "bling" in the New Year!!! This beautiful frame is the perfect adornment to make my desk calendar feel both elegant and vintage, I really like the idea of an altered item feeling like it has a little history although its brand new. {just like 2011}

These 4x6 Month title cards are easy to customize, by printing out a 2011 calendar and cutting out each month and adhering them to a decorative cricut cut. Each page is decorated with a simple word from the transparency sheet in the collection. I chose the word Journey to remind myself that each day is a journey, and that this new Year will be full of new beginnings! Click here to print out your own calendar.

To create your Desk Calendar, you will need a frame, and frame holder {6.99 Micheal's} ,Teresa Collins Giving Thanks collection, mod podge, foam brush, drill, hole punch {big bite cropodile used here} printable calendar, die cuts {cricut and French manor cartridge used here} ribbon, black paint, binder rings.Paint frame and allow to dry, apply mod podge to back of paper and adhere to frame. apply a generous coat to front.

Use your hole punch to punch through all pages at once, make sure pages are even. This is a 4" page and is punched at 1" and 3". Use these holes to make registration marks on the frame, drill holes large enough to thread binder rings through.

Cut each monthly section and adhere to die cuts, be sure to keep track of what month you are working with if you choose to cut off the headers like I did.....otherwise you may put the wrong month on your page, and that could cause major malfunctions :) Embellish as desired!

This is the room the altered frame will reside, it looks so beautiful in there!! I love how "me" this project is! I rarely get to make things that are just for me, so I really LOVE how this project turned out!!!

This is the artwork that hangs in my room, it is a collage of tin ceiling tiles, each one is different and come from all over the globe. I picked it up at the antiques market In Mt.Dora several years ago, it is one of my favorite things!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Darling Love

Have you seen the newest release from lalaland crafts? Say hello to Darling Marci, she is as sweet as sugar, and the absolute best part of this release is that Darling Marci can be yours FREE! See all of the details here.
I colored Marci with Prisma pencils and added precious polka dots on her tights with a sakura gel pen.

I really like lace on cards, especially when combined with ribbon, it just shouts "Happy Valentines Day"! This super cute spotty paper is from the Echo park Everybody Loves Christmas collection, { its not just for Christmas} don't you love it when you can re purpose your craft goodies to work beyond the original intent??? I know you do ......it was a silly question :)
As Always~ Happy Creating!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Imagine That...Cracked glass Teen card


Welcome back to the Imagine That series here every Tuesday, where I share my discoveries about the Cricut Imagine. I'm pretty excited about today's project for two reasons. The first is to share that the cracked glass technique works fabulously with images printed and cut with the Imagine.If you are new to cracked glass I will tell you all about it! Secondly we are going to tackle the hardest of the hard ....a Teen boy card!

At first sight the JT Imagine cartridge may not be the type of Cricut cartridge you are accustomed to, but it is beyond perfect for young men {of all ages}  Mr. Wonderful loves this cartridge too..very cool stuff! This sentiment and layers were lightly sprayed with graphite glimmer mist. The papers, image,and sentiment were all printed from the JT cartridge- How awesome is that? Did you know that when you print the papers the scale is smaller when you print a small square of paper? I LOVE that feature!!!!

Cracked glass is very easy to create, coat image with versamark ink and sprinkle with thick clear embossing powder, heat emboss, while still hot sprinkle with more powder and repeat 3 or 4 times, allow to cool. Place image in the freezer for 5 minutes or so remove and bend, the embossing powder will crack just like glass! If you want to age or distress the glass rub with ink, or glimmer mist, this will really make those cracks "pop"

For the inside of the card I added a fun sentiment and filled it in with a white gel pen.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Up Up and Away!

 The Holidays are all but over and I for one am sad to say goodbye to 2010! What a great year, oh It had its ups and downs- that's life. I have high hopes for 2011 I have been pondering my list of New Years resolutions and goals, more on that subject another day  {when I figure it all out} *wink*
  In the meantime how about a Mojo Monday sketch card? This weeks offering is a ca-ute stamp set by verve, and the oh so gorgeous Circa 1934 paper by cosmo cricket...did I mention its GORGEOUS??? {love}its vintage wallpaper and typewriter print look!

I put my cricut to work making a 5 1/4" scalloped circle with the Cindy loo cartridge, and smaller circles with plantin schoolbook cartridge. I stamped the hot air balloon onto watercolor paper and colored it in with markers and an aquapainter.The clouds were stamped, cut out and given a generous coat of smooch {love the shimmer} :)

The inside of the card is almost as pretty as the outside!

I feel guilty that it took me so long to ink up this stamp set, but now that I have I can tell you it made it directly to the shelf of favorites!! I would like to do a whole series of these, what a wonderful gift set they would make...if I can part with them.....IF :)



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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Darling Marci- New Release




From now until 11:30 pm PST on December 31st receive a FREE GIFT ~Darling Marci digi ~ with ANY purchase of $50 At Lalaland crafts
You can even combine rubber stamps from the online store with digi stamps from the blog!! As long as you spend $50 (before taxes), Darling Marci digi is yours FREE*!!! And don't forget that SHIPPING is always FREE** on any order of over $50!!
*please include CODE - DARLING in the comments section upon check out.
**US orders only, International customers will receive a shipping discount.

Happy Shopping...you know just in case Santa missed something you really wanted *wink*


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Panda Express!

If you happen to be looking for a last minute gift that is quick and easy on the ol' wallet , this may be just what you are looking for! This adorable panda bear image from lalaland crafts is now available as a digital stamp and is the perfect size for these glittered glass ornaments!

To create your own ornament simply print image onto acetate {available at your local office supply} and as soon as it prints sprinkle with embossing powder and emboss. Using a circle punch, or your cricut cut to fit your ornament { they are available in many sizes} Turn over and color with paint pen on back side of embossed image. If you color on front you run the risk of getting paint on your embossed and raised area.Let dry completely! this is a very important step!!!!


Fill glass ball with glitter or "snow". Punch a small hole in top of your circle and tie a piece of string or twine that is thin enough to come out the top of ornament once the hook is put back on. roll acetate into a tube and insert into ornament and allow to open, replace hook topper and embellish as desired! the hardest part is waiting for it to dry!!!! Now that is Panda express *wink*  
 Happy creating, and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ART-Inspiring

Many times people will Email me and ask where I get my ideas from, most of them I dream about or they just pop in my head like a flash of lightning....{that explains so much doesn't it LOL} but more often than not I am inspired by the world around me. My family and I made a trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom and I just fell in love the the beautiful scenery all around!

I look for ways to interpret the shapes, colors and dimension into home decor or paper projects. This beautiful door and the peeling paint on the windows makes me want to pull out the sandpaper!

Don't be surprised to see a tone on tone floral card from me in the near future! I would love to have this in my garden! The grays and taupes of this relief are delicious!

I can use my cricut or stamps to mimic the colors, shapes and depth of this stunning wall!

I love the weathered feel of this mural, maybe an image stamped then torn to reveal another texture underneath made with the cuttlebug and embossing folders?

Breathtaking, for its beauty and size! this is gorgeous with it cut into tiled sections! ....that will be spectacular on a card or a scrapbook page!

The next time you are out and about take a look around you and soak up all of the possibilities, keep a small notebook to jot down ideas or inspirations, or better yet keep your camera handy for reference. Art is all around you, just open your eyes and your mind and let it in!  {caution it gets pretty busy in your brain once you let it all flood in there, be careful or you will end up like me- thinking about creating 24 hours a day!} 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Imagine That... Reindeer Gift Card Holder

While shopping a couple of weeks ago I came across the most adorable gift wrap, bags, and tags. It had 3 multicolor deer on the front and I immediately thought to myself  Self: you can make that with the Imagine and the Winter Woodland cartridge . I used Mr. Frosty for the prints and cut the deer @ 2.5" editing each one separately.


I cut two long rectangular scalloped sections to make the card, Using the built in shapes on  the imagine I printed a square of paper 6x6  {you don't need it to be 6" long but its easier to work with. score at 2 1/4 and 4 1/2 fold and tape in place to create a sleeve. Cut sleeve to 3 3/4 and sandwich between front and back.Cut notch with circle punch in center of sleeve.


Using the cropodile I inserted eyelets to hold the sleeve securely and add a splash of color...plus Hello I NEEDED Ribbon...I cant make a pretty card like this and not use ribbon, its against the law or something!
A sweep of stickles on the antlers finish it off and add just a tiny teensy bit of sparkle {see previously  mentioned law} And that is how easy it is to take an inspiration and make it your own, There are hundreds if not thousands of combinations using this very technique with the imagine...now go play!!!! as always, Happy Creating! :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wishing You Peace

Good Monday to you! I hope you had a nice weekend! Recently I have had some time to reflect on the Holiday season and what is important to me, I have been recovering from a minor surgery in my mouth and having my wisdom teeth taken out. I have come to a realization that was quite hard for me to accept....that I will not be a Holiday Wonder Woman this year! {WHAT????} That brings me to the card I'm sharing today, a clean and simple card.Yep simple!

Today on splitcoast the challenge is a sketch, for me the challenge is to keep it simple, but you know I just have to get my Christmas cards done -and like it or not I do not have the time to create 75- hour long each  masterpieces...and you know what? That is OK :) {really it is}  I'm sure a note from our family is better than no card at all! We have to learn that the world will not come to a screeching halt if we don't make 26 kinds of cookies, buy a gift for our neighbors niece or send a card to our cousins boss! :) We MUST enjoy the season, we must embrace our own Peace On Earth! Swearing at the old lady who has 17 items and not the 10 or less in the speedy checkout lane is NOT what the Holidays are all about...somewhere along the way we have been pushed to do more than we can, more than we want too, and its obvious in every shopping mall parking lot that we are at our breaking point! LOL

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Holidays and want to soak up every bit of its warmth and festivities, I will bake and make peanut brittle and wrap gifts while sipping hot chocolate listening to winter wonderland, but I will NOT be wearing a cape or driving an invisible plane {OK the golden lasso sounds pretty cool but....no} I'm no Wonder Woman, and I'm pretty happy with that :)

Card details:
5x5 square, scallops nestabilities, Stamps Peacful Season Stampin'UP, gold, hunter, shimmer paper, gold ink embossing powder, gold elastic cord. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Few Of My Favorite Ornaments

This is our 2010 Fowler Family Christmas tree, Its one of the smallest trees we have had in years, but as a huge bonus we can actually walk around it! We always have a real tree, a tradition my family will not let me change for anything! I grew up with an artificial tree that went up on Thanksgiving day with multicolor lights and lots of garland and tinsel...you all know the kind of tree I'm talking about!!! It was garish and bright, and I loved it despite all its faults! I would sit watching the lights blink on and off for seemingly hours, its one of my favorite childhood memories!  These days my tree is a bit more "grown up" it is covered in years of collecting and when I unwrap the ornaments its like a trip down memory lane! Below are some of my favorites.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Extra Extra Read All About It!

I have some exciting news to share with you and you will not want to miss out on the amazing chance to win a YUDU! Also Get a sneak peek at the new Cricut Magazine! If you are a Cricut Circle member we have a fantastic sneak peek on the cricut circle blog, This magazine is going to be incredible! If you want more information about the circle please visit http://www.cricut.com/



Stop by the House of 3 Blog to leave a comment by Sunday night for a chance to win a YuDu Machine. If they get up to 1200 comments, Provo Craft will giveaway 2 Yudus, 1500 comments = 3 Yudus!How cool is that?! Those winners will also receive a $100 Gift Certificate to the House of 3 Store! Thank You, Provo Craft and House of 3!!!
 What is a YUDU? Its a personal screen printing machine and a really handy crafting tool! Here are a couple of links to some great videos by Heidi Swapp showing you how this bad boy works This is Heidi Swapps video from last night, and this is a video from October showing you how to pull a screen.


 Good luck!