Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Quick Note

I wanted to send a note to a friend so I put together this quick card. That's the MS Eyelet Lace punch--the border part of one of her punch around the page sets.  Love the intricate cut.

Question to my blogging friends:  
Has anyone experienced problems with Blogger?  
Is anyone using Google Chrome?  

I could no longer post on my blog using Internet Explorer.  I was still on the old Blogger interface.  When I clicked to try the new Blogger interface, the message I received said, "your browser is no longer supported by Blogger, some parts of Blogger will not work and you may experience problems.  If you are having problems, try Google Chrome."

I'm not one to jump into anything, so after checking with some IT guys, I did load Google Chrome last night. This is my first post using using the new Blogger interface and Chrome.  So far, so good.  But I'd love to know if anyone else has experienced similar problems.

I have not made Google Chrome my default browser yet.  I'm going to try using that only for my blog at this point and see how it goes.  It's definitely different--of course, that could be the new Blogger interface which I  am not used to yet either!

Thanks for stopping by.  Love to hear from you!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Birthday Cake Card!

Here's a cute card I made for a friend at work. 
(Well, at least I think it's cute!)

Used Sweet Treats Cartridge to make this shape card, which is cut at 5" with layers.  The patterned paper is Martha Stewart (isn't it pretty?!).  Added some gems and sentiment to the inside, and voila--happy birthday!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #71

Hi Everyone!

Time for another
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge
Use a fruit or vegetable that represents summer.

For me, summertime means crabs, corn, and watermelon.  In Maryland, steamed crabs are layered with Old Bay seasoning made by McCormick Spice Company right here in my home state!  Top that off with some buttered corn on the cob and sweet watermelon, and that's a summertime feast'!!

I made a scrapbook layout for this challenge--woohoo!

(need to add 2 more photos, of course!)
Paper is from DCWV Seasons stack
"Maryland" is cut from 50 States
Mats with shadow are from Elegant Edges

 Watermelon is from Simply Charmed.

Crab is from Life's a Beach.

Corn is from Country Life
"Summer" is from Simply Charmed (same page as watermelon)

This week's sponsor is Ginger Snap Scraps
$10 Gift Certificate

We hope you'll join us in this week's challenge to use a fruit or vegetable that represents summer.  Link your card, layout or altered project to Die Cuttin Divas by July 2, and be sure to include a die cut in your project.

I'd like to enter my layout into the following challenges:

Little Scrap Pieces - Use Yellow
Fantabulous Cricut - BBQ or Picnic Food
My Craft Spot - Hot Summer Colors
Pause Dream Enjoy - Use 3 Things
Cardz TV Challenge #111 - Summer Fun

Can't wait to see what you create this week!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

New Blog and Giveaway!

Attention Everyone!

You must go check out Tara and April's new blog Craftin' Desert Divas, 2 sisters new to the bloggy world.  They've having a mighty generous giveaway in their quest for reaching 200 followers.  So go check it out. 

And thanks to the new girls on the block!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Card for the Teacup

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented on my teacup.  Much appreciated! (if you haven't seen it, scroll down to yesterday's post.
The teacup was a birthday gift for a friend at work.  I also made this card to go with it.

The teapot is from Birthday Cakes, cut with shadow.  The sentiment is computer generated and punched with Fiskars punches.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2

I am so excited to share the project I made using the new Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 cartridge.  I never had the first one, and when I saw that you could make a teacup with this one, well, I just had to have it!  My dear hubby bought me the cart for Mother's Day, and I just used it last night.  I'm really happy with how my project turned out.

Here's How I Made the Teacup

K&Co Watercolor Bouquet Designer Paper (must use 2-sided cardstock)
Cut the teacup at Fit to Page; it cut everything at 11-1/2"
(finished size is 3" H x 3-1/2" W for cup; w/saucer, 5" W)
Glued lace around the top of the teacup
Used a paper doily for the saucer; glued in place
Glued the cup to the saucer.
Tag punch and twine to hang sentiment.
Tied some teabags together with tulle
Lined cup with tulle (all of sudden, I'm loving tulle, and isn't that a funny word to say?!)

Some more photos from the beginning.

Top of saucer.

Bottom of saucer, I added an extra circle here.

Yes, there has to be a seam somewhere; at least it's in the back.

I'd love to know if you've had any experience using this cartridge and what you think about it.

* * * * * * *
I learned a lot about this cartridge in one night.  If you don't have it and are considering buying it, here's some things you should know. 

The cartridge was designed to work with a Cricut scoring tip (didn't know what a scoring tip was until now!) and with Cricut gel pens, which draw anything you can cut and are specially designed for the Card Phrase feature on this cartridge. 

Because everything on this cart can be made in 3-D, there's a lot of scoring to be done for the folds, including curved scores (like on the teacup).  That's where the scoring tip comes in, and I believe it would be VERY helpful to have. I didn't have one, but I scored all the folds with my stylus and ruler.

I watched a few videos on YouTube to learn how to incorporate the scoring tip. First, you cut your desired image.  When it's finished, do not remove your cutting mat, but rather push the "load" button to bring your mat back to the starting position.  Remove the cutting blade housing and insert the scoring tip housing.  Select the appropriate scoring by using the <shift> key, and then press "cut."  If your mat has not been moved, then the scoring appears to match up exactly with the cut.  And that, my friends, seems pretty amazing!

The "regular" cartridge handbook provides a recommended cutting size.  Images should be cut at that size or larger.

Along with the regular handbook, the cartridge also comes with a booklet of Assembly Instructions. This shows you how to assemble your project and provides the approximate assembled size.

I'm entering my project into the following challenge:
Crafty Cardmakers:  Anything but a Card, Tag or ATC.

Hope you've enjoyed my project for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate all your comments!  And all my crafty friends!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Color Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends!  Thanks for stopping by.

It's time for another Die Cuttin' Divas challenge.  This week is a color challenge:  use red, yellow, and/or orange in your card, layout, or project.  And use a die cut, too!

My card for this challenge...

I don't usually do bows, so I was quite pleased when I was able to actually tie a double bow!  How 'bout that!?  Love the glittery papers too.  Here's the ingredients for my card.

A2 size card, rounded corners
Red cardstock background
Designer Paper from DCWV Citrus Matstock
Life's a Beach cartridge, flip flops cut on orange glitter
cardstock at 3-1/4"
Cut a second pair on plain orange cardstock and popped
up the glitter ones on top of the plain ones
Flowers and gems
Inkadinkadoo Dollar Stamp
Inside sentiment: Hero Arts Everyday Sayings

This week's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps:

Make sure you check out all the Design Team projects this week--they're amazing!

We hope you'll join us in this challenge.  You'll have one week to submit your card, layout, or altered project using the colors yellow, red, and/or orange.  And be sure to use a die cut as well.  Link your project post to Die Cuttin' Divas blog site. 

We look forward to seeing your creations!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge:
Paper Playtime:  Anything Goes and Add a Sentiment

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Flower Birthday Card

Here's a card I made for my niece (the one that just got married). 

Used Wild Card cartridge, p.52 Doily (blackout) and p.56 Flower (frame).  Cut 2 flowers from K&Co. Watercolor Bouquet, layered and popped up.  Inked the edges of the flowers with purple ink.  The center is My Creative Time Scalloped Circle Die and All Around Birthday Stamp set.

Hope you liked my card!

I'm going to enter this into Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday Challenge - Use Purple!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #69


The Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge
this week is...

 a MAN theme in honor of Father's Day.

I made this card for my dear husband, who always does the grillin' at our house (and very well, I might add).  This is a cartridge I've rarely used: Cricut Lite Block Party

The images are great, but they are intricate, so make your cuts large.

Chef is cut at 6"
Grill cut at 4.5"
Kraft cardstock for the 5-1/4" x7-1/4" card
Plaid paper is from DCWV Stack 7
Tim Holtz Weathered Wood Distress Ink
Fiskars Cloud punch, layered
Docerela Stamps
Inside sentiment computer generated

Our sponsor this week is Circle B Enterprises

Hope you'll join our challenge this week.  You'll have one week to make your card, layout, or altered project using a man theme in honor of Father's Day.  Be sure to use a diecut and link your post back to Die Cuttin' Divas.
We look forward to seeing what you create!

I'm entering the following challenges with this card:
My Craft Spot:  King of the Grill Father's Day challenge
DL Art:  Card for a Man
Fantabulous Cricut: Father's Day w/an outdoor theme
My Sheri Crafts:  Man theme
More than Favors:  Father's Day
Little Scrap Pieces:  Father's Day


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Popsicle Birthday Card

Here's a quick post to share a birthday card I made for my husband. 

Card is 5x6.5" with rounded corners
Red cardstock, Gold shimmer cardstock
Patterned paper from DCWV Sweet Stack
Popsicle cut from Simply Charmed at 5" w/shadow
Woodgrain stamp used on the stick
White gel pen for highlighting pop
"You Make Me Melt" cut from Just Because Cards at 2"
Circles cut at 2-1/4" and 2-1/2" layer
Popped up the popsicle!

I love how this card turned out! What do you think?  Thanks for stopping by.

I'm entering this into Docerela's summer challenge.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

It's Tuesday!

Time for another Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge.

This week is a sketch challenge.

And here's my card.  It was made for a little girl about to celebrate her first birthday, so I wanted it to be pretty, and soft and sweet.

The cupcake is from Simply Charmed, stamped with a Peachy Keen Everyday Character face.  The patterned paper is K&Company, Brenda Walton Small Wonders, Girl designer mat pad (say that 3 times quickly!).  Hearts made with a Fiskars punch.

The sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps

Come join us in this challenge.  You'll have one week to create a card, layout, or altered project following the sketch shown above.  Please also tell us the die cut you use and link your project back to Die Cuttin' Divas  blog. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sharing Some Wedding Photos

As fate would have it, we had a tornado warning in surrounding counties where my niece's wedding was taking place this evening.  It was supposed to be a garden wedding, but the skies opened up as guests were arriving at the venue.  By time the bridal party arrived, it was pouring!  Someone at the wedding said, it's good luck if it rains on your wedding day!  Well then, my niece was certainly showered with good luck today.  Aside from that, it was a beautiful wedding, and a fun time for all.  Hope you don't mind if a share a few photos with you.


 Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 1, 2012

A wedding card for my niece!

Hi Everyone,

Thought I could share the wedding card I made for my niece. She's getting married at 5:00 pm TODAY, so she's a little busy now--won't be catching my blog anytime soon.  Her colors are purple, green, and brown--here's what I made for the newlyweds!

I used Tie the Knot cartridge for all the cuts.  The banner is Spellbinders.  Everything is double layered and popped up.   Sentiments from Docerela Stamps and Fiskars.  Thanks for stopping by! 
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