Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge Summer Fun- 134

Oh goodness did I have to dig deep for this one! I looked through my many stamps of Kraftin Kimmie, and I do not have any summer stamps... So I was looking through them again and remembered that it was ok to use bright colors! That I can do. I did come across the "Lulu is on the Move" set and I picked Lulu with the Hula Hoop. I am falling in love with these Lulu stamps. I have to confess that I did order the new set with Lulu and her Sister Libby. I can't wait to get them. Without further waiting here is the card that I came up with:

Lulu is just adorable. Here is a close up of the coloring. The Copics that I used are as followes:
Hair: E35, E31, YR21
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Dress:YG00, YG03, YG25, YG67
Shoes/Bow: BG01, BG05, BG09, C00, C01
I also used the glitter markers yellow, red and green

 Some of the paper I used are SEI White Elegance, We R Memory Keepers White Out, Bo Bunny A Gift of Love, the card stock that I used is from a stack that I got at Walmart. I used a lot of different die cutting machines and dies. I think I used everything but the kitchen sink, lol! The white and yellow diamond was cut with the Spellbinder Die Classic Diamonds. The yellow diamond was then embossed with a Cuttlebug Folder. The two rectangles are the two larger rectangles from the Spellbinder Die Romantic Rectangles.

  The sentiment is from Kraftin Kimmie, cut out and added to a die cut from My Creative Time, Scallop & Stitched Circle. The assembly of the card went like this. I first took the two diamond shapes and added them together and glued them right on the smaller rectangle (pink). I pop dotted that onto the multi colored paper. Added Lulu on top and the center was done.

For the flowers I used the Spellbinder die Bitty Blossoms. I love the way the roses turn out. After cutting and embossing I added Perfect Pearl Mist Perfect Pearl. This particular card stock did not take the mist as well as I had hoped but I like the way it turned out.
The leaves were cut with my Cricut. Heritage Cartridge was the one for the leaves and Paper Trimmings for the butterfly
The vines were cut with the Vines die from Whimpsy Stamps. I cut two sets of them. I then layered everything together added the sentiment and the card was done.
Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my Cards. I do enjoy reading everyones comment and they are much appreciated.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Get Well Soon...

Well where to begin... When I was at the Scrapbook Store on Friday some paper caught my eye and I fell in love. Here is part of my inspiration for the card:

 The paper is by Kaiser Craft and is called The Lake House Collection. This line is absolutely beautiful! The other part of my inspiration was the Swan image of the Cricut Art Nouveau cartridge. It is fast becoming my favorite in my large supply of cartridges. Here is the card:
Most of this card is made with Cricut cuts! As a big fan of Spellbinders it was a challenge to do this card without them. I am very happy with what I came up with. I have to say that having used Spellbinders made the design part much simpler. The frame and the components for the swan and flowers were all designed on my Gypsy. I do not know what I would do without my Gypsy! I use it all the time and it takes the guess work out, if the cut is the right size or not.
 This is the screen shot of the different items that I set up.
And here is the line up of the paper for the different cuts.
First I started to assemble the frame for the swan. The cuts are from the cartridge Fancy Frames. These work great for the Spellbinder effect of the double matted look.  You have the regular cut the background cut and then on your Gypsy you use another detail cut and delete all the outside cuts and you are left with the inner oval. Resize it to make it smaller to the size you want the mat to look... and there you have the frame!
 Here are my cuts. I added some Forest Moss Distress Ink on the top frame. The light green, dark green and black polka dote frame were glued together and the pink background was pop dotted.

 This is what is will look like. I was really impressed with myself to have figured this out (hehe). 
My next challenge was to add the Swan. I was afraid that I would not be able to pull of my vision of (would not be the first time). I did cut two Swans because I had the idea to add some shading with my Copics, so not to feel bad and start over I had the spare cut ready. So on I went and I loved it! First try, here is the before and after adding the Copics:

 Copics that I used: W00, W1, W3
That challenge mastered onto the next of creating the flowers on the back of the Swan... I used the flower cut from the Art Nouveau Cartridge as well as some of the leaves and greenery.

Inked the edges of the pink flowers with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and the leaves with Forest Moss. The top picture showes how I put the flowers together. I did pop dot the swan to give me some hight to add the leaves behind for some dimension. 
Some Liquid Pearls White Opal in the center, added an eye and beak to the swan and this section was complete. So far I was very happy the way everything came together. Onto making this a complete card. I looked at the background and thought that a border would be nice to add. First thing that came to mind was Martha Steward Punches. Then I thought some more and Paper Trimming Cartridge pop in my head and I started looking through the booklet. Now I love my Gypsy but for me there is nothing better then to look in my booklets to see what the cuts looks like.

Sized it and inked it up with Victorian Velvet. It looked kind of plane so I added some flowers. Same cuts as the ones with the Swan just larger.

And there was the border! Oh I did add some pearls . The top picture showed me working the edges of the paper to give the flowers a more dimensional look. Now the most dreaded part for me with all my cards... How and what kind of sentiment am I to add?! This is what I came up with:
And the card was completed at last. I know this was an unusually long post, but when I started out looking at blogs I was wondering how they did this or what colors (Copics) did they use. So if there is anyone looking at my post that is new to the craft I hope I was able to answer some of these questions.
Thank you for stopping by and if you like leave a comment, sure love to hear any feedback from you all.


Splish Splash

It has been a few days since my last post and that is due to me being back to work...ugh. But something needs to pay for my crafting habit, lol! So yesterday afternoon I picked up my son Joni from his school after work and we (yes, both of us) decided to go to our local Scrapbook store. We had not been in there in month. And do you know the ladies that work there know my Joni as the little boy that gets buttons. As we strolled around the store we get to the papers, by then he had his button already picked out, and he ask me if he could have some paper? Sure you can never have enough paper... He starts looking around and picking out some papers and I asked him if he knew what his creative side had in mind to do. He starts thinking and said" something robot" My first thought was sure we can do this I have a Cricut Robotz cartridge- NO Problem. All excited he was ready to go, since he had his paper already picked out. Now this is what we came up with:

We designed the card on my Gypsy to get the right size for the pieces involved. I was amazed how fast Joni picked up how to manipulate the images. It started out with the Robot. And it was a tough decision for him to pick just the right one. Then he wanted him to be in water... sure I have Life is a Beach and that has waves! So we added waves.

We switched one set of waves the other direction. You can't tell very well but the waves were sprayed with Perfect Pearl. So we had a dinosaur robot in water, now what is he doing? The answer..." Well Mommy he is playing." "Ok with who or what?" "With a toy", the answer came. "Can we narrow this down just a bit like a rubber ducky?" "No Mom", the answer came very fast. After all he is 6 years going on 30+. "Can you just put toys." "No honey that just doesn't work very well." So after looking through some booklets he found the fish. Great! That would work fantastic.
Onto the Gypsy he went to be adjusted. The fish is from the cartridge Splish Splash I flipped him, rotated him and angled him. Then we decided that a sun would be a good addition to the overall picture.
The cut was not perfect so we added the button in the middle and it looks super cute. This cut is from Accent Essentials. The finishing touch was the sentiment and Joni chose...
"Splish Splash"  This cut is from H2O. We had a great time working on this card and we think it turned out super cute. I feel so lucky to have one of my boys that enjoys crafts, paper and not to mention glitter! 
Thanks for stopping by and we would love to hear any comments from you.
Nadja and Joni

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wish you where here

This is a late post for me and I am on my way to go to bed to get ready for tomorrow's work day. I just could not wait to share this card with everyone.

One of the blogs I follow (KittieKraft) has me so inspired. She makes the most amazing scene cards! She uses a lot of different dies. I catch myself quiet frequently hoping to buy some of them. Today I was thinking... well I have so many Cricut Cartridges that I should be able to come up with something. For this card I used Art Nouveau and the Imagine cartridge Lori's Garden . Both of the cartridges have some beautiful images.

Here are some close ups from the cricut cuts. I did cut the bird with the layers and pop doted them together. For the vine I used my gypsy to get the sizing just right. The image is the Thistle; however, I did cut the thistle flowers of to add my own flowers to continue with the dimensional feel.
The flowers are made with a Martha Steward punch and then I used a stylus for dry embossing and my mouse pad to mold them. The leaves are also a Martha Steward punch. To give the flowers a little bit of something special I added liquid pearls to the center and for the large flower on the bow I added some seed beads.
The bird stand was cut with a Spellbinder die Elegant Posts.  I used two of them and glued them together.
Other items that I used for this card are:
Paper: Kaiser Kraft Madame Boutique Collection
Stamp: My Creative Time -Happy Mail
Liquid Pearls: Petal Pink and Peacock (on the bird stand)

Thank you for stopping by to take a look. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Kraftin Kimmie Challenge- 133

It has been a super creative weekend and I love it!!! For some time
now I just felt without any mojo to make any cards... but I think I am back from the deep dungeon of Nothing. So here is the card that I made for the Kraftin Kimmie Challenge- Follow the sketch.
 I used the cute Image of Lulu on the swing. She is so adorable. I have been seeing a lot of blogs and been inspired by the scenes they develop. So I had to try it for my self. I used Romantic Rectangles Spellbinder Die for the background of Lulu. While still in the die I inked the top with Broken China Distress Ink for the sky and on the bottom I inked with Peeled Paint Distress Ink for the grass.
 Here is the finished Lulu. I am very happy with the finished picture. It was the first time I tried myself on adding some detail to the picture (grass). Here is a list of Copics that I used:
Skin: E000, E00, E11
Hair: Y23, E35, Y25
Dress and Bow: V12, V15, V17
Shoes: W1, W3, W5
Grass: YG93, YG63, YG97
Swing; E31, E55, E25, E29

Here are some close ups that I took of the Cricut cuts. The gate is from the Ornamental Iron cartridge and the Tree is from Heritage cartridge. The gates were designed on my Gypsy to ensure the right size as well as the tree. Once I had everything laid out I played with the tree to make it fit. I used a glue pen for the tree. The overlap from the tree was cut off.
All that was left was to add a sentiment. And for some reason that seems to be the most difficult task for me. Not just with card but in general. It is hard to see but I did inked the edged with Broken China.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. 

Father's Day Card

First I need to forewarn everyone that this might turn into a lengthy post... My 6 year old son and I made his father a card for Father's Day and he did  70% of the card by himself. He is turning into quite a crafter. And here is the  finished Card... 

From the beginning Jon knew he wanted to use this image from the Cricut Father's Day cartridge. For the background of this cut out I wanted to do something special.

 So we used some Alcohol Inks from Ranger. Watermelon, Aqua, Lettuce and Mountain Stream. Jon picked those colors. When we put them on the paper he was amazed about the effect he got. he enjoyed this part.

I traced around the image and then cut out the background. Jon put the glue on and added the cut out to the background.

From the cut of the Cricut we were left with the word Dad. Jon thought that would look great ion the inside of his card and he could write the rest. So we added the Dad on some more of our created background paper and cut it out. We then went on the hunt for a heart stamp. Jon had so many choices that he threw his hands up in the air and said:" Mom there are too many choices I don't know what to pick!" I just thought- welcome to my world. Some days it is just hard to pick the RIGHT one. After some deliberating he found just the One and we were off to finish the card. 

Jon was kind enough to include his brother and he wrote WE love you and left room so his brother could sign the card. He is 3 so it will be some fun to get him to sign. Well I hope I did not bore everyone to pieces but I am very proud of what my Jon has made. Simple but very special- I just love him to pieces!
Thanks for taking a look and stopping by.