Saturday, February 26, 2011

Paint chip Layout

This is the second paint chip project I have put together for you this weekend, This time I'm using the standard long variegated row of  colors we most associate with  when we think of a paint chip. I started with pink of course, and I knew without a doubt I wanted to use the paper girl collection from the girls paperie.This line of papers has "me" written all over them! I love how the strip slowly softens as your eye follows it down to the title, its a great visual tour guide for my page.

 Taking my cues from the chip, I used several shades of pink with no worry of them not working together or looking out of place, another reason to LOVE paintchips! I used a sketch from scrapbook trends as my map, I altered it to fit my own needs because that is really how I like to use a sketch, Its the foundation, and the rest is up to me.

I put my cricut and the Cindy Loo cartridge to work creating the title and the swirls, as well as the scallop circle the flowers and the swirly thingamajingy. I LOVE LOVE the measuring tape border sticker, and the pom poms, its a nod to my former children's clothing designer life. I had a lot I wanted to say about my recent birthday and how I feel about my life right now. So I made a journal page for the back of the Lo, I have a romantic vision of my girls pouring over the scrapbooks one day and discovering it, reading about me ...who I am not only as their Mom but as a woman who is not the same as she was at 25 or the same she will be at 60, the woman I'm am at 43. I have never made a page that was just about me ...I was pretty intimidated at first, but I had a story to tell so it felt good to tell it!
I am me

Friday, February 25, 2011

Paint Chip Papercrafting

This week has flown by in a whirlwind of daily errands, deadlines, and spending time with the family. I often find inspiration in the everyday objects we usually pass over, or never give a second glance. Today's fabulous find is one of those perfectly common hardware store items, the paint chip!
They come in every color imaginable, they are free, readily available and add an amazing detail to any paper crafting project! This is the best can do so much with them! I plan to show you a variety of ways to incorporate this unsung hero into your projects over the next few days.

Whats in a name? Take a stroll down the aisle and browse through the scrumptious names these colors have! I can bet you will find a paint color name that will help tell the story, such as cotton candy, or fluttering Monarch. You may be so inspired by the color title that you make a project around the paint chip itself like I did with this card !

Not only do I love the soft lemony shade of this paint chip, but the name really stole my heart! I just had to make a citrus hued sugary sweet card to go with it!

City Park paper collection from American crafts provided me with all the cheerful prints and embellishments to make it work. I was thrilled to find this tag in the collection, and knew it was just what I needed to tie it all together!
 So the next time you are picking up supplies from the hardware store, grab a chip or two {don't wipe them out} and give them a try!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy Thoughts

How much do you love that sentiment? If you think about it, nothing has ever been more true! My youngest daughter told me the other day that she doesn't like me being so busy, a rare nugget of open communication from my little girl who is growing up at the speed of light. After much honest and ever so insightful discussion, it became clear that what she really was trying to say is that she misses me, what a happy thought! What a lucky Mom I am to know that my teen wants me around more often, that is what  makes my days!

If you have been here before, you are probably picking yourself up off of the floor because I used purple!
I couldn't very well make shimmery pink plums, so I opted to make peace with my anti purple policy. I will not lie to you............ the rich razzelberry from Stampin'Up! is really, really growing on me! Of course it helped that I {heart} these Cosmo Cricket pixie-liciuos papers.....its just a fun word  "pixie-licious"!

These pretty plums were cut with the cricut expression using the preserves cartridge...I have a thing for fruit so I LOVE this cartridge, do you??? The darker plum was painted with smooch chocolate cherry, its shimmery and dimensional in person.

Oh my I almost forgot to mention that I used the mojo Monday sketch 179 for this card....I did take a few forks in the road with this sketch, but hello, I'm a self proclaimed  crafty rule breaker...its what I do!!!!

Have happy thoughts, and a happy day~

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Imagine That....A Pirate Cupcake

Todays project features the Rock Princess cricut cartridge and the Audrey Imagine cartridge.
I never get tired of playing with my Cricut Imagine. I have so much fun discovering all of the amazing things it can do for me!
I will be the first to admit that at first I was not sold on the patterns and colors cartridges....I couldn't really imagine wanting to print papers. The fact is that the patterns and colors cartridges are NOT just for printing papers! The ARE the most amazing cartridges for adding...Ahem ummmm patterns and colors to your cartridge cuts!
 What on Earth am I blabbering about you say? Think about it, you plug in a cricut cartridge, you plug in a patterns and colors cartridge and you print and cut the layers you want to have pattern, {or color} and it can all be done on one sheet of white cardstock, no wasted paper, no wasted time!

If you have not utilized the built in Imagine cuts, please check those out! The shapes are so fabulous! Just pick one, fill it in with a pattern and cut! TADA!!!!
 I made this super cute pirate cupcake for  Chella to give to a friend, I like to keep "just in case" cards on hand and its nice to have teen themed cards in the stash!

I know how much you love seeing new ideas and different projects made with the Imagine, so head on over to Cindys blog for another project using Audrey and Rock princess!

Remember, don't think of these cartridges as just for paper {but don't forget they do make beautiful paper} think of them as an endless design resource for your cartridge cuts! I'm a believer!!!!
Happy Creating!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Vintage Buckets, baskets, and boxes

 I Love to share all the things that make life good with you, this week I'm all about Buckets, Boxes, and Baskets.....Oh who am I kidding? I'm always on the hunt for yet another bucket or old chipped up bowl! Its a given that if we hit up a flea market or antique shop I will be falling in love with at least one {or more} of these vessels of containment!

Easter is just around the corner, and I found a stack of these gorgeous heavy metal buckets several years ago. We used these as our Easter egg gathering containers, oh how happy the family was to have such a big and deep bucket filled with goodies and chocolate! A perfect storage for all those plastic eggs and grass afterwords as well!

I really have no idea what this basket was originally used for but I do think its fairly old, its a fun way to display all those everyday necessities! Toilet tissue is not glamorous , but it sure looks better in a pretty wire basket than it does in the plastic wrapper!

The kitchen has long been a favorite place to use all those great containers, but don't discount the value of making your craft space as pretty and functional as any room in your house! Buckets are handy for ribbons, buttons, and rolls of gift wrap.

This poor bucket has been banged up and certainly seen better days, that makes me love it all the more! Rolling pins, oh do I love rolling pins!

This is an old Pepsi crate that my father in law had stored junk in, I cleaned it up and hung it on the wall in our summer cottage just above the table where I keep my mixer!

This huge old wash tub sits above my washing machine, storage is a real issue in our little cottage and to be honest I do not like the way storage tubs plastic out in the open!

OK this jar is only about 20 years old but its dear to my heart because my Mother in law used to store cookies for my oldest daughter in this jar! Craft room, laundry room, or bathroom Buckets, boxes, and baskets are a fabulous find!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Cricut Cartridges!

Its new Cricut cartridge time!

I have had the pleasure of working with two of the three new cartridges being announced today. This Imagine cartridge is called Heirloom and has the most fabulous throw back papers! I made some fun projects for the Cricut circle blog, and couldn't resist making one more just for you! This "manly man" card features 3 of the brown toned papers, but there are so many more including a stunning butterfly print that will take your breath away! 

 The car was cut with the heritage cartridge, and spritzed with glimmer mist in gold. Its important to remember that you can print out an entire 12x12 page or print out smaller pieces to fit any project...that means no waste! I Love that!!!

The second cartridge I worked with was the Creative memories Stork's Delivery ,A sweet baby themed cartridge that will take you from newborn to 1st grade with two fun fonts, tons of phrases and super...super cute cuts! A real must have for the first year in my opinion! The one thing I really like about this cartridge is that everything has a girl version and a boy version, so it would be so helpful if you have twin boy and girl or want similar projects for your kiddos!

I hope you have enjoyed my little sneak peeks of the upcoming cartridges! If you are a cricut circle member be sure to visit the Circle blog for tons of projects using all the new cartridges! If you would like to become a circle member...well my goodness we would love to have you join us in all of the fun! Click here for more information.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

All in One Emboss Cupcake Celebration

 I have been embossing up a storm with the new Cuttlebug Embossing plus system from Provocraft, I really like the fact that I can move and select the sections I want to emboss. Its a grid system and can emboss one letter or a series of words! This card showcases the Cupcake Celebration set, its probably my favorite!
I had to play along with the sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers all know how much I love a good sketch! The papers are from Imaginisce and ooooh I love the colors of this collection! I had a major thread attitude on my sewing machine...think its way past time to change the needle, but you know I kind of like it when the stitching is not perfect, gives it an authentic one of a kind feel!

I will have lots more samples of the Cuttlebug all in one embossing system to share with you in the near future, I want you to learn all about it!! If you like embossing....You will LOVE it!!!

Happy go make something fun!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Imagine That! Stamping on your printed images

 How do you add that personal touch to your cards, Layouts and altered items? My answer is stamps, I have always gone for a stamp first and ask questions later. If you think about it, its the perfect addition to your Imagine projects! I added a very simple greeting to the already adorable image and changed the effect of the card in one easy step.

This easel card could be anything I want it to be, a Birthday card, a welcome to the neighborhood greeting ...or anything in between! Don't stop with a sentiment either, how about using a background stamp to your image to give it a weathered appearance or even to create a collage?!!! Personalizing is a snap!

The cherries on this project were coated with crystal effects, one of my favorite ways to make an object stand out or look really I have to tell you that the photos look a wee bit cloudy because it was dark when I snapped my pictures and I just didn't capture a great image, but they are crisp and shiny I promise!

The last few weeks Cindy has been making a tag to share with you on Imagine that Tuesdays, and today she has an Imagine project using stamps to enhance the printed image. Go check it out!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fabulous Finds The Nest

You all know that I love to share my favorite things, and shopping trips are pretty high on the list of things I love! I discovered an eclectic little shop this week in Downtown Deland  called Nest. Its nestled in a cozy little alley with all the historic charm and beauty of old Florida. 

The moment I walked in the door I was drawn in my the aromatic soaps and beautifully displayed home decor. Welcome is exactly how you will feel as you browse the shop!! I love these finials, and I think I will have to go back and pick up a couple of them!

 Decorating our home is as much a part of the creative process as making a card is , but we tend to forget how much our home represents our personal style and who we are.
I have a thing for any piece of furnishing with cubbie spaces, I tend to gravitate to them the same way I do chocolate! The birds nest in each one is especially beautiful to me.

What a gorgeous little fountain, the first thing I'm going to do when its time to start gardening again is add some pretty moss covered rocks! Love how calm and soothing this shop is!

 They have the most divine puppy shampoo, and they smelled so wonderful! What a divine gift for a pet owner..or for yourself!
Do you just love all the art furniture pieces? Those windows in the background had me swooning!!

 A pretty and ornate candle holder, would be lovely on a mantle or a hall table!

 Another one of my passions is signs...all kinds of signs and I wish I had a home for these fantastic letters, oooooh they are so cool!
Taking a little break from all of the eye candy My Daughter Meagan and I sit and chat and soak up some sun outside of Nest.
If you would like to visit Nest they are located at 104 S. Artisan Alley Deland Florida or you can visit their website