Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vintage Seed Packet

Is there anything more charming than the beautiful artwork on vintage seed packets?I think not!!! I searched for printable seed packets and saved them to my computer, this one is printed on textured card stock.{divine I tell you} I just know I will be using these several times this spring! I created a pocket with my sewing machine and filled a glassine envelope {Stampin'Up! or Martha Stewart} with flower seeds to send along with the card.Isn't that fun?

Crumpled paper flowers and a tattered piece of burlap give me the tactile effect I love on cards, I look at it this way: If I'm going to spend time creating a one of a kind card, I want the recipient to really stop and take it all in. I know when I see something pretty I have to touch it too! {even when I'm not supposed to} Hee hee

You probably all have a container of beads, and sequins like mine, a mess of sparkly bits and baubles that never see the light of day! Even if I used them On every single creation I would have enough pearl beads to last for 25 years! But they are so pretty, I will keep them for that long ..............or longer!

whatever your day brings, make it beautiful! Happy creating~

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Paper Posies

I have been in a paper playground making large scale projects these last few weeks, I thought I would give you a peek at one of the display items for the upcoming Cricut Circle crop being held In Orlando Florida on April 8th. Our theme is April showers bring May flowers, and flowers seem to be stacking up all over my home!

Big bright blooms and several other pretty papery items are being made every day, but you will have to stop by often to see a few more glimpses into the decor for the crop. I cut these flowers with the Walk in my garden Cricut Cartridge and they were cut at 6" if memory serves me....... {but it usually doesn't} LOL

I used skinny dowels and hot glued them to the back to make sure they stay put! The buttons were hot glue additions as well, but I did use a large brad to secure all the flower layers.No petals will be falling off of these paper posies! If you want detailed instructions on making these distressed flowers, I have a video tutorial here.

OK its back to work for this girl, time is running short!!!  Whatever you are doing today, make it happy! 

To Register For The Florida Crop {you must be logged in}

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fire In Your New shoes

I have a soft spot for pink and black, be it pale taffy colored hues of pink or bright shocking pink, black is always a gorgeous contrast!  I discovered this tissue paper-esque ribbon at world market about a year ago and I love the crinkled ruffle at the bottom of this card. It was super easy to make with terrifically tacky tape.Just apply to card and pleat paper as you go. I topped that off with a velvet ribbon From American crafts...yummy and soft!
The purse favor was cut from the forever young Cricut cartridge, { its on sale right now} its the perfect size for a few girls night out essentials, like lip gloss, a pack of mints, a couple of band-aids {for those dancing feet} maybe even a tiny cosmetic kit! this is perfect for prom too!!!

My Daughter was recently engaged and I have been thinking this might be a cute bachelorette invitation, it would also be a fun party invitation for a sassy Birthday party! Or in my case it could be a shopping trip invite! Shoes anyone? :)

I do love the distressed flower, its probably my favorite standby! For a tutorial click here.

This fabulous Core'dinations card stock is called black magic and has a black surface and a pink core, so when its embossed and sanded the result is no less than impressive! If you like to use your cuttlebug than you really should check out the core'dinations line of card stocks, they are amazing for embossing effects!

Happy creating!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

One Stitch At A Time

I have been so excited to break open these new stamps from TCP Studio, this set called "sewing" jumped into my shopping basket so fast I had to look around to make sure know one was giving me the "what are you doing over there" look! To say that I enjoyed making this card is an understatement. I started with the Mojo Monday sketch {love that diagonal bow} and water colored the pin cushion with Stampin' Up! markers and an aquapainter.

I knew the moment I saw the sketch that I wanted to use this cuttlebug embossing strip called measureworks, I embossed on Core'dinations paper and sanded the top generously to reveal the white core.Hee hee I adore the idea of a ruler on a sewing card!.Don't you just adore this paper by The Girls Paperie? Its called On Holiday...I need more of it!!! The polka dots are divine!

This sentiment really spoke to me because I  made this for a dear friend who is my "soul sister" .Since the day we reconnected after years of not being in contact as children.. We met again as adults and we were so alike it was amazing! We have had many adventures, shared our deepest secrets, and lift each other up when times are tough. One stitch at a time our friendship has become stronger and stronger, and even though we are miles apart, our threads hold us together.

 I had a blast searching through my sewing supplies looking for embellishments that would fit this card... sew much fun!

Monday, March 14, 2011

And The Winner Is.....

Congratulations To The Freshly Picked Cartridge Winner!

Thank you to all that left a comment, I wish all of you were coming to the Orlando crop! If you are thinking about it, you still have time to sign up to be  a circle member and and register for the crop!I always say the more the merrier!
Yippee! Shaunta you are the lucky winner! I hope you will enjoy making all kinds of fun garden projects with this super cute cartridge!
Shaunta said...

Wish I could be there!!! Not a circle member though... oh well one day!

Its beginning to look like spring here in Florida, and my daughter is on spring break!Believe me, I plan to spend as much time outside in the sunshine as we can! I think we will take in a couple of art museums and a boat ride on Lake Dora, of course no spring break would be complete for us without a trip or two to the local gardens seeing as how my daughter wants to be a botanical geneticist. She loves to be surrounded by plants, in fact we must have flowers in the house at all times { I love that }
 I hope I will finish a few projects to share along the way as well! :) Until Then.....Happy creating!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

HB Happy Birthday

Its been a rainy day here in Florida, and I have been creating up my own storm in my craft room. I have a fine layer of glitter coating the floor, and a waste can filled with paper bits. I kind of felt like a DJ today with both the cricut Imagine and cricut expression cutting away :) music to my ears I tell ya'
 This taffy colored gift box shaped card is the result of a cricut imagine experiment that failed...the card however is the perfect example of a happy accident :) 

The Yummy Imagine cartridge ranks up there as a favorite, I adore the candy colors, and the scrumptious images. Add a bit of glitter and a few delicious trims and Im in a sugar coma of love! I found this twine at Michaels in the wedding department it comes in several colors and has a waxy stiff feeling but its soooo pretty!

Have you tried thickers yet? I had seen them around, didn't give them a second glance really and then American crafts sent me a few packs of them when they sponsored the Cricut Circle...and I'm sorry I passed them up before! They are faaaaabulous!

Gift box was cut at 5.5" with add layers function to create card back and extra bow.
Happy Creating,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cricut Circle Florida Crop and a Giveaway!

Cricut Circle Crop Orlando Florida
April 8 2011
I'm pleased and excited to let you know that I will be the hostess for the Florida Circle crop. Gather with your fellow circle members for a day of crafting, demos, fun and surprises. We will be doing a garden swap and a few of the Cricut Circle Design team will be there too! If you are not a Cricut circle member yet, its not too late to join all of the Circle fun! For more information or to register click here.

If you are a Circle member and you want to register for the Circle crop in Orlando Florida click here I hope to see you there!

As a celebration and a nod to our garden swap theme, I have the perfect garden swap cartridge to give to one lucky winner! Leave a comment on this post with a way to reach you, and you will be entered to win! Drawing will close at midnight Sunday 13th and winner will be announced Monday morning...GOOD LUCK!
Thank you Provo craft for sponsoring my Circle crop giveaway!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blue Peacock

I have a quick little post for you this fine Saturday a bold card using the SFYTT sketch. I was playing around with the sewing machine and decided to try stitching with green metallic thread for some fun sparkle...LOVE it! I also would normally never put blue and black together, but its a rich result with the added apple green!

The stamp is very Thankful from SU and the papers are K & Co, a wee bit of cricut, and a sizzix die for the leaf.
Whatever you do today ............make it happy!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Embellished Place Mats

 I have a quick, inexpensive, and fabulous project for you to try! I picked up these funky polka dot place mats at Target for.......48 cents each! What a steal, I love green, and knew I could soften the "funky" by adding a pretty vinyl monogram to make these perfect for our outdoor spring dining!
 My original plan was to put our monogram in the center, but really wanted to make a flourishy design that would be seen even when a big plate of grilled goodness was on top of the place know just in case I forget my last name while I'm all hopped up on cheeseburgers and grilled pineapple *snort*  :)
I used white vinyl, the cricut expression, and my newly in love with favorite cartridge storybook...why have I never really paid attention to this "oldie but a goodie" cartridge before I do not know...but OOOOH  does it have the most amazing shapes, frames and swirly twirly beauties ever! {swoon}

I know you will want to head out and get shopping for some pretty place mats, so enjoy...and happy creating!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Glittering Sixty

This weekend my hubby will be taking a trip to his brothers super hush hush surprise 6oth Birthday Party! I have to "hold down the fort" as the saying goes and run the event we have going on this weekend, so since I can't be there a handmade card will have to represent me :)   {hence the glitter}

 I pulled out my box of SU chipboard parts and pieces...and seriously I need to use them more often because A.) I have got to use them up I have waaaaay too many and B.) I love how quick and easy they are to customize! A swipe of paint, a dash of glue and glitter and done! It was so easy I almost felt lost :)

 You may recognize these papers, i have used them on several of my Birthday projects and I will be a sad girl when they are all gone, its the Imaginisce Bday bash collection, and I LOVE that it incorporates brown because that is one of my super fave colors to work with!
I followed this weeks sketch 180 over at Mojo monday for my card, I like this sketch so much I might make a round one too! You know Im a sketchy kind of girl!

Thats all I have for today, swing back in tomorrow for a fun fast project!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Imagine That paper lace and a necklace

 Today's Imagine project is an altered jewelery box covered with papers printed on the Cricut Imagine with the beautiful prints found on the Blossom colors and patterns cartridge. I chose the paper lace cartridge to create a delicate pattern to layer on top of this box lid.
 This bird was cut from the give a hoot cartridge twice, one to cover with glass glitter and one to layer behind it slightly offset. The flowers were made using the cuttlebug quilling kit {daisy If I remember correctly} I highly recommend these quilling kits for fast easy dimensional flowers and leaves, I even took skinny strips of paper and made tendrils to pop in between the far as I'm concerned you get a LOT of bang for your buck with these kits!
With the leftover pieces of Blossom paper I printed on my Imagine I made a necklace for my daughter to put inside the box! This is such a fun and satisfying project {I may have a new obsession} sound familiar? want to be enabled? OK.....I found the frames and glass inserts at Michael's in the stamping area, I used rub ons, stamps, and a bird charm to embellish the paper and create the necklace.
{My tip for the day}There are several ways to seal the glass, such as melted UTEE or metal tape, I chose to use crystal effects to adhere my paper to the glass and to seal the edges before inserting them into the pendant.

This is the reverse side of the pendant, it can be worn on either side, and of course I could have used a totally different paper for a unique look! Once again I'm jumping up and down with joy that I have my Imagine and my colors and patterns cartridges to help me! Do you love your Imagine as much as I do???
Want to check out another fab project from CINDY using the Imagine and the blossom and paper lace cartridges? She has made a wonderful creation for you, hop on over to get more Imagine inspiration!!!
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