Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall Colors at Craft Us Crazy

It's time for a new challenge at Craft Us Crazy:  Fall Colors (or favorite embellishment).  Your have two weeks to link up your project.  The two sponsors for this challenge are Digital Delights and Sweet and Sassy Stamps.   Be sure to check the blog for all the prize detaiIs.

I love Halloween, so when I saw fall colors I had to go with it.   I started with a black library pocket (The pattern is from The Cutting Cafe - I just made the back a little taller.)  
Isn't the skeleton cute?  He's an Inkadinkado stamp.  He was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed.  The other stamps are from Papertrey Ink and Waltzingmouse. 
I think the suckers are darling - they are from Michaels.  

Be sure to go to Craft Us Crazy to see all the DT projects.  

 And I have some hope that we might get a break from our over 100 weather - I just heard that on Sunday it should be in the 80s.  I'm almost afraid to say it - let's hope I didn't jinx it!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Learning Curve at Paper Issues

Hi there!  Hope you've had a nice Monday...   This is a repost of a card I did a little while ago.  It's going to be featured at Paper Issues sometime soon ( I think this week).  
The theme is learning curve.  Be sure to check out the blog and link up your own "learning curve" creation.

I'm really looking forward to the holiday weekend.  Lauren will be coming home, so you know I'm excited! 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tooth Pillow for The Cutting Cafe

It's inspiration time at The Cutting Cafe!  This time it's a litte different though.  All the participating designers will be giving away the set they use!   So if you leave me a comment saying that you would like to win the Tooth Shaped Card set, I'll enter you in the drawing.  I'll close the comment section Friday, Sept. 2nd and announce the winner on Saturday, Sept. 3rd.  
 I used Regina's cute little tooth fairy image to make a tooth pillow.  I just enlarged it to use as a pattern and cut two from white fleece.  The image on front of the book is the image I used.
   The pocket for the tooth is actually in the star of the wand.
 The circle sentiment and the pages of the book are also a part of this set. 
 There is a tooth shaped card and 28 other images!  Be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe blog later in the week to see the creations and sets used by the other designers.  You will probably want to comment on their blogs for a chance to win other sets!   

Thursday, August 25, 2011

You are so Beautiful!

A friend told me today that Christmas is 4 months from today!  It really is right around the corner.  Maybe we'll get some relief from this heat by then!  
 I love this sweet little girl and the card that says, "Before I forget  You are so BEAUTIFUL."  
She's part of a digital set I got from Love Creation Gal.    I printed two images, so that I could pop her up a bit.  I love the how the orange dyed ribbon twists across the top.   A tiny drop of tacky glue here and there seemed to do the trick!  Well, it's coming up on Friday...  Hope yours is wonderful and your weekend is, too!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gumballs at The Cutting Cafe

It's inspiration time at The Cutting Cafe!  How about gumballs?   Regina has added three fun gumball sets to the store.  I used the cute heart gumball machine from the Little Gumball Machine set to make a tag.  
 Be sure to go over to The Cutting Cafe blog where the other inspiration projects using gumballs will be up later this week.  Also, there's a challenge going on right now through September 4th using the Fun with Silhouette set.  Check out the details here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

News: I'm a Hybrid Chick!

I'm so excited to tell you that I've been asked to be a Hybrid Chick!  The Hybrid Chick is a blog for the DigiChick store, combining digital and "real" elements.  I'll do a tutorial once a month on the blog.  My first tutorial will be in September.  Be sure to look through all the wonderful digital elements, papers, and templates available at The DigiChick.  They've got a huge selection that is added to every week!  The Hybrid Chick features a tutorial almost every's also a great resource for inspiration. 

This card is a special order sewing card.  The pretty fabrics on this card are from The Sugar Pink Boutique.  I stamped the dress form right on the fabric, cut it out and glued it on.  I'm pleased with how that worked. 

I'll let you know when my first post goes up at The Hybrid the meantime don't forget to check it out! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Still Anything Goes at Craft Us Crazy!

It's time for a new challenge at Craft Us Crazy - but we're making it easy:  two more weeks of Anything Goes!  The sponsor for this week is Robyn's Festish.  Be sure to check out the blog for all the challenge and prize details.  
 I've got a Christmas ornament card to share with you.  Actually, I guess it's more of an ornament postcard because it doesn't open like a card, just has a back like a postcard.  I think it could take the place of a Christmas card and then be hung on the tree.  I cut three ornament shapes on my Cricut and adhered them together so it would be thick and sturdy. 
Then I added some of my favorite things like a vintage image, ribbon, buttons, and glitter!  Check out the other DT inspiration projects at Craft Us Crazy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Silhouette Magnet with The Cutting Cafe

Regina has added some pretty silhouettes to The Cutting Cafe site.  I chose to use this beautiful butterfly from the Fun with Silhouettes set to make a clothespin magnet. 
I printed the butterfly on vintage ledger paper and cut it out.  Then I printed it again and cut out a heart.  I cut three more hearts and then sewed it all to the pink gingham.  I also cut a butterfly and hearts out of the Graphix clear craft sheets so that each layer would stand apart.
   I painted the clothespin pink and glued a magnet to the back. 
Here's that sweet magnet holding an old picture of the three of us - I think Lauren is three (maybe four) and she's now 25!  Love those big glasses on Dennis - he looks so young!  So do I, for that matter!  (I WAS young, only 25 or 26!)  I love the combination of the butterfly silhouette and the black and white picture.  Darling for the front of the fridge or on a magnet board.   This week's inspiration will be up soon at The Cutting Cafe blog - be sure to check out the other projects using pretty silhouettes! 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hello, Friend!

I got this butterfly die recently from Cheery Lynn.  Isn't it pretty?   Thought I'd whip up a quick little card to showcase it. 
 The red carnation "Affection" image is from Iralamija's shop.  She has some very pretty things in her store.  I've really loved everything I've bought from her.

We had a little break in our heat wave earlier in the week.  But, 100 degree weather is back, right along with all that humidity.  I heard a newscaster say that July in Oklahoma City was the hottest July on record of any city in the U.S. ever!  I believe that must be true!  Hope you're having a nice weekend and staying cool!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Halloween Rhymes

It's still Anything Goes at Craft Us Crazy!   The sponsor this week is Di's Digi Downloads.  I used 4 of her images to create this little book.   The house is colored with copics and I printed the moon on new Echo Park patterned paper.  The other papers are from the new Bo Bunny halloween collection.  The ghost (from Inkadinkado, so is the kitty) is stamped on white felt.  This is a short book - perfect for little ones.
  I love the idea of having that sweet coloring and writing to keep forever.  I would include a picture in the front - maybe of the little sweetie in costume.
   I added the text for each page to the image before I printed it. 
  The book is bound with my zutter machine.
The last page could be used to write name, date and each rhyming word.  Be sure to check out Craft us Crazy for all the challenge details and this week's projects! 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

School Days with The Cutting Cafe

This week's inspiration at The Cutting Cafe centers around school.  I thought back to when I taught school to decide what to make.  When I taught first grade, I used these boy and girl shaped craft sticks for bookmarks.  I created an apple box using the apple from All About School.
  The heart sentiment is from The School Years set.
  I printed two apples and then used the bottom of the smallest nesting box template (adjusted the size a little) to create the box inbetween.  
 I painted the boys and girls and stuck them into styrofoam.  This would be a sweet little teacher gift that could be kept right at hand to "save your spot."  Be sure to check The Cutting Cafe blog later this week for all the other school projects.  Hope you saw the dress projects last week, they were awesome!  

If you're like me and you're stuck in this amazing heat wave, I hope you find a way to stay cool this week!  I'm glad you stopped by...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Anything Goes at Craft Us Crazy!

We are continuing with our theme of Anything Goes at Craft Us Crazy!  That makes it really easy to link up your project...

We have two new sponsors this time.  For the first week it's Kelly's Kids.  
The shop has many digitial stamps to choose from and you know I would go right for the silhouettes! 

The second sponsor is Di's Digi Downloads, where I also chose a darling digi stamp to showcase next week. 
 I love this sweet silhouette of the two kids on a bike.  I needed a summery type of decor to put in my office.  I keep a frame with chicken wire in it and I trade out different projects depending on the season or holiday.  The outdoor adventures card and the background paper are both from Simple Stories.   This sweet little project looks great clipped to my chicken wire frame with a clothespin!   Be sure to check out Craft Us Crazy for all the prize details and to see the other DT projects. 
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