Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Watering Can

Yesterday I shared the Love Bouquet and today I will share with you the Spring version.  My mom wanted something to hang on her office door at work for every season...looks like I will be busy.  :) 
The banner is from the April Showers sesaonal cartridge.  I layered is with a dark and light pink and then did the letters in a light yellow with some pink doodling.
The flowers were all cut from Mothers Day Bouquet in different sizes and have different "bling" added for the centers.  I love that cartridge for things like this.  I wish they would come out with a cartridge that would cut flower strips so I can quill them to have a more 3-D look.  Hmmmm, maybe that will be my next Gypsy project.
The sprayer on the watering can was popped up and I added a little ink around the edges for added demension.
I used Chore Chart for the watering can and cut it in a silver shimmer paper to make it look more like metal.
I had to cut another one in black and then weld a circle between the top of the can andthe handle to adhere the flowers and leaves.  I used pop dots all over to add more dimension to the flowers too. 
I hope this will inspire you to make something to celebrating SPRING!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Love Bouquet

I got this idea from another blog but I can't find my notes anymore.  If you have seen it before and know the site let me know so I can give credit.  I wanted to make something for my mom and when I saw this I knew she would love it.  I'm not sure how the original creator put everything together but here is what I did.
I used the scallop edge heart from the Sweethearts cartridge.  Cut two but then removed the top of one.  Adhered them together to make a "pocket".   I used my Gypsy and welded half circles together then added the small holes to make the silver trim for the front pocket. 
The flowers were cut in various sizes from the Sweethearts and Mothers Day Bouquet. 
I layered them and used different sized, colored and shaped brads.
I used Doodletype along with the Gypsy again to make the title and weld the letters together.  Then, I tied some red/white twine around the bottom, this also helped to keep the hearts together.  I used a white pen and added some doodle dots all around the scallops.
The best part is Mom LOVED it!!!

...tune in tomorrow for the "spring" version that I made for my Mom.

Monday, March 28, 2011

And we have a winner!!!

Ok, ladies I used to select the winner. 

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Lisa you are the winner.  Send me your address to and I will get your candy sent out this week.

I also said there would be another little surprise for the winner.  I just got in some new twine that is red, white and blue.  This is perfect for July 4th projects.

 Lisa said...

Nice blog candy! I don't have any twine yet and I have been thinking of what I could use it with. Very cute first day of first grade layout!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Storage for Ribbon, Twine and Threads

As promised..this is how I store all of (correction, some of ) my ribbon, twine and fibers.
I especially use it to keep smaller pieces of ribbon and ....  The first picture is the tool.  I don't know what it's called but we have nick named it "the rick roller".  I don't know how or why but it just stuck.  I roll the pieces of ribbon then secure them with small sewing pins so they won't unroll.
For fibers like twine, threads and yard I use these small cards and wind the fiber around and secure it in a small slit that is cut along one side.
Then I put them in these divided storage containers that I picked up at Michael's  I group a few colors together so I don't need to have one for each color not that I couldn't fill them.  :)
Finally I used my Brother label maker and labeled each container with the colors.  The stack really nicely on the shelf and are easy to access. 
I store all my larger rolls of ribbon in a drawer but this works great for the small stuff that will still work for a card but might not be enough for a 12x12 layout.  Hope this helps you get organized!
Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sweet, sweet Candy!

It's time for some sweets!  I know that I said this would be up over the weekend...but it was crazy.  But here it is.  All you have to do is become a follower and leave a comment.  If you are already a follower then just leave a comment.  You will have until Sunday evening, March 27th.  The winner will be announced on Monday!!

This cute little box is made from the Box#2 die and the Big Shot.  I added some DSP paper from Stampin' Up.  It was called Loves Me but it is an old paper pack.  I added a little ribbon, tag and some twine to the outside.  All the goodies are on the inside though.  There are eight different colors of twine, 3 yards each.  The colors are a crimson red, bright orange, lemony yellow, grassy green, ocean blue, plum purple, hot pink and black.  I also have another one that I will surprise the winner with.  :)  Oh, the mystery... 
Tune in tomorrow I will show you a super easy and convenient way to store ribbon and other fibers.

Until then....tie something up with twine!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

May I have this DANCE?

Every once in a great while my little girl likes to get "girlie".  This was on Thanksgiving.  She decided the black and white poke-a-dot dress with the cute red poppies just wasn't enough.... she added TWO tutu's and her beautiful Fancy Nancy dancin' shoes complete with feathers on top.
This layout started from a sketch I got from somewhere online...can't remember where.
I already had the paper pack and matching embellishments in pink, black and white.  I bought them when they were on sale knowing that some day I would need girlie paper.  I added several of the borders to the bottom and crossed some of them to make it a little more interesting.  I also used some red fibers from a homemade kit my cousin made me for Christmas a few years back.  (That will be a later post.)
The word "DANCE" is from the Once Upon A Princess cartridge and I just realized that I need a "?" at the end of my question.  Ooops!!  Anyway, cut in red then layered in black.
I used pop-dots to lift them off the page a little but you can't really tell by the picture.
I used the Wild Card cartridge for "May I have this" and welded it together with my gypsy.  I arched it around the edge of the circle.  The slippers are from the Shall We Dance cartridge.  I think it is a Cricut Circle cartridge and the only time I have used it.  :(
Finally, I added some bling scrolls.  Boy, was that hard! It kept sticking to everywhere but where I wanted them to.  I have since received an iRock gem setter (thanks sister), which takes a little longer but is well worth it.  

Thanks for checking out today's post.

P.S.  I am almost finished with my first blog candy surprise...stay tuned.

Friday, March 18, 2011


My son has been wanting to ride his bike without training wheels but was too scared for a long time.  Well he finally did it.  There were a few close calls and once he even ran into his Nana's car but he did it!
 I used paper from a stack of leftovers that I had.  It reminded me of the little pebbles that are pressed together to make roads.  I used Indie Art to make the skull and cross bones to match his helmet.  He really liked that I added it to his page.
 I used the shadow feature of V, R, M and the bicycle tires to resemble the OO's for the Vroom title.  I welded them with my gypsy but kept the top layers separate because I wanted them different colors.  I thought the different colors looked better that using only one color and it also incorporate all the colors I used on the page.  I added brads to the wheel axle's.  Makes it look like a real bicycle, huh!
 My girlfriend has these cute little paperclips that were shaped like the "thumbs up" sign.  I added a couple of them on the edges of the pictures along with some stars that I had.  They were great!! 
 But best of all Dylan likes it!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

First Day of First Grade

In usual form my boy was excited for the first day of school.  I like that he likes school, makes things much happier!  We snapped these pictures as we were leaving the house.
I found this super cute backpack on the Locker Talk cartridge and thought...How cute would it be to make the backpack giant and put his pictures in the pockets of the backpack.  So, I did.  I had to use my gypsy to make the pocket cutouts a little bit bigger than the original image to accommodate my pictures.  I did the shadow in navy and the backpack in red.  I added his name so that it was the same as he real backpack.
I used a brad to attach the "zipper pull" then popped it up.
I added "back to school" for the title and "first grade" both are from Locker Talk.  And finally I did some faux stitching in navy marker.
Thank for taking a peek! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Raingutter Regatta

My son joined Cub Scouts last year in the spring.  He was really excited when he learned he would be "building" a boat and racing it in the Annual Raingutter Regatta.
It was only his second meeting with the group of kids and he ended up taking first place.  I had to wait to scrap the event because the trophies didn't arrive in time.  Now for the details.
I found this great Cub Scout paper pack by K & Company and knew it would be perfect for all his event layouts.  I used the tile feature on Makin the Grade and layered it in navy and orange.  Then connected them together with metal brads.  I used the sail boat from Gypsy wanderings but hid the scroll.  I welded the smaller one to a rectangle from Don Juan to create a cute journeling tag.  I layered the back in navy so it would pop against the striped paper. 
Finally, I cut a 1st place ribbon from Locker Talk but added the medallion to the center in a gold shimmer paper.  (the picture doesn't show very well)
This quick and simple but I love the way it turned out.  Until next time...keep creating.

Monday, March 14, 2011


I am so excited!  I just received my
First Blog Award!
Thank you to Amee of Adirondack Paper Crafting for awarding me The Liebster Blog Award! 

The Liebster Blog award is an award given to newer blogs thus bringing attention to blogs that might not otherwise have been noticed and should be! 

Here are the blogs that I have chosen:  I saw something unique that caught my attention and can't wait to see more.  Congrats to you all!

Cool Beans by LB 

Erica Q's Creations


Scrappin" Cookie

Pink Scrap Attack

As a recipient you must share the love and pass it along to other new bloggers along with these four things:

1. You must post on your blog and tell a little about the award and announce your 3-5 picks. 

2. Let those know you have chosen them. 

3. Copy and post the award on your blog for all to see. 

4. Have fun and continue to inspire.

Thanks again for stopping by...I think there may be some blog candy in our very near future!  Just because I'm soooo happy right now!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wedding "cake"

My cousin was married a while back and this was my gift to the newlyweds.  It is a cake made of ...paper! 
 I saw one from Stampin' Up that was done in all pink but made some changes to mine other than just the colors.  The top layer of my "cake" came off to reveal a slot about 2.5 inches long.  It was perfect for holding a gift card for the couple.
I made the roses by cutting a circle about 4" from the outside edge to the center similar to a cinnamon roll.  Then starting on the outer part of the circle I used my quilling tool and wound the paper until I reached the center of the circle.  I secured it with a glue dot to the bottom of the flower..this keeps the flower together very nicely.  I wrapped the bottom layer in white satin ribbon then used my sewing machine to fold over and sew the red ribbon to finish the bottom later.  Kind of reminds me of real cake frosting.
For the middle layer I used small 1/8" strips of paper and quilled them in to these super cute and delicate looking little flowers for the edge of the second layer.  I took some extra strips and draped them around the middle layer to fill in some of the white.  The little yellow balls are actually sewing pins and matched the accent yellow the bride chose for the wedding. 
 For the top layer I used the same little delicate flowers but added a pin in the center of each one.  This surrounded a large rose in the center of the cake.  I punched several different sized hearts and again used the sewing pins to attach them.  On the inside I used foam disks but the top later had to be hollow so the gift card would fit under it.  The foam disk in the top layer was about an inch thick and the pins helped make it a little stronger since it was going to be taken on and off.  I embossed the sides of the top layer to add some texture.
Everyone thought this was really cute!

This would also be a great idea for a birthday gift!  Especially if you plan on getting a gift card or a small something that would fit under the top layer.
Have FUN until next time! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Iron On "Paper"

For those who are interested in trying the "paper" for themselves.  It's sold at Michael's but there is also a website listed on the package.  It's called Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfer For Ink Jet Printers by J Taylor.  The package is an 8.5 x 11 Navy blue envelope.  It contains 10 transfer sheets, one parchment sheet and instructions.

Have fun creating!

Homemade Hoodies!!

Last week our family along with my sisters family spent a week in Disneyland.  I wanted to make something for the kids because it was my nephews first trip to Disneyland and I wanted it to be special.  My sister found this "special paper" that you can print and then cut out and iron on to material.
I used my Cricut Imagine along with the Mickey and Friends and Birthday Bash Imagine cartridges.  I used the fill feature to select the colors that I wanted.  I used black for the silhouette and red for Minnie's bow.  I wanted something a little more girlie for my daughter.  The great thing about this "paper" is you can layer it.  So the possibilities are endless.  You could use any regular cartridge and then fill it in with the imagine cartridges.
I used Birthday Bash for their names.  I did 3 layers on my machine.  The letters were supposed to be red with a yellow and then black shadow.  But for what ever reason the Birthday Bash cartridge added a 4th layer in random colors.  I still like the way that they turned out.  I think that the ears on the first letter of their names was really cute.
Imagine all the stuff you could make using this "paper".  I was so excited that I have already made my daughter another shirt with some pink zebra print trimmed in red.  I plan on putting my kids names on their athletic jerseys...instead of paying too much for someone else to do it!

Thanks for checking it out!  I'll see you soon!