Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room Wednesday- My Creative Time Stamp


Today at My Cricut Craft Room it is My Creative Time Stamp day! When I saw this option I knew from the start what stamp set I wanted to use. It is called "Happy Mail". I remembered a very cute saying "Snail Mail" and here is the card that I made.

There is even a firsts that come with this card... My first easel card! I was not sure if I could pull this off. But I like the way this has turned out. Before I go much further into the details I have to warn everyone that I most likely used everything but the kitchen sink when it came to cartridges. Here is the list:

*Martha Stewart Seasonal
*George and Basic Shapes
*Elegant Edges
*Paper Doll Dress Up

All these cartridges can be checked out at Erica's Store, just click on the Cartridge name and it will take you to her store.

This card started with a simple idea and turned into a whole day of designing and cutting...lol. Well worth it though. 
I started by using my trusty Gypsy and welded the scalloped circles from Elegant Edges together to form the base of the card. Being this an easel card I also had to cut a scalloped circle by itself. 

After I scored the welded card base I folded it at to places. I just eyeballed this and got lucky that it worked ( this is the first easel card I ever made, haha).

Here is a picture of the paper layout before all the elements were cut out with the exception of the base for the card.

I knew I wanted a frame, fence, snail, tree and grass. So I sized all these cuts on my Gypsy to get the perfect fit. The background for my top I created with Distress Ink. 

For the cloud effect I cut a piece of my leftover card stock, from the white circle, that was cut from the George and Basic Shapes, with decorative scissors. Then it was time to take out the fun!!! Ink, Ink and more Ink I say.  For the sky I used Tumbled Glass and the grass was done with Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage.

The frame was cut from Elegant Edges and then inked with Worn Lipstick ink.

Next on the list were two elements for the card,  the tree and the fence. The tree is cut from Heritage and the fence is cut from Paper Doll Dress Up. The fence got some ink as well and in its case it was Vintage Photo.
At this point I was very excited the way everything was coming together.

To give this just a little bit of a different feel I let the tree hang over the frame. With the top part done it was time for the snail part.

I inked up another white circle with the same ink combo as the grass on the top portion of the card.
Then I cut grass, this was done with the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cartridge. I cut two different cuts and used two different green card stocks. Both these papers are scraps.

Layered them together adhered them to the circle and the snail background was done.
For the snail I used my last cartridge, Sentimentals.

I inked the edges with Vintage Photo added the "house " and adhered the snail to the bottom portion (on the inside) of the card.

For the finishing touch on the tree I added some leaves. I did this with a small star punch, the small head of a dry embossing tool and the back of my mouse pad. Let me just mention that it is a cricut mouse pad...lol. The sentiment came last- Snail Mail.
And here is one more final look at the completed card.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and be sure to go to My Cricut Craft Room blog to check out all my Design Team Sisters amazing creations. They are all so talented and creative!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Birthday Fishes

I have a quick post to share with you all... My 6 year old son, Jon, decided yesterday that he was bored and wanted to do some crafting. And to be more specific, he wanted to use my Krafin Kimmie Stamps. He said "Mommy I want to use one of your special stamps with your Special Markers". Special Markers can be two things... Copics or Distress Markes from Tim Holtz. This time he was ok to use Distress Markers. On we went to the big box of Stamps and before we got there he knew what he wanted to color! 

Would you have guest this?! Neither did I. As we are picking out the colors he looked at me and said " I wish Kraftin Kimmie would come up with some Mermen Stamps!" I thought that this was a great idea, so I will post a picture of his/our card on Kraftin Kimmies FB page with his suggestion. He is so excited and he could not wait to finish the card. Here are some more picture of the coloring.

Did I tell you guys that this little guy loves glitter....? Oh my, He can not walk past glitter of any kind. Stickles is heaven for him! When we are in a Scrapbook Store he usually tells me he wants his one color and I can get whatever I want. He is too funny, lol. He picked the colors (4) Baby Blue, Turquoise, Cinnamon and Glam Pink.I guess one was not enough. A man after my heart! As the glue is drying I remembered that I had some paper with an under water scene and I actually found it in my stack of paper fairly quickly. Then it was a big decision on Jon's part where to place the card to make sure that everything was on the scene that he wanted to be transposed to the card. After a long deliberation and some guidance from me we found the spot.

Here you also see some embellishment that I added. The beaded coral. This is part of some Christmas garland from Michale's, I just cut of a section and used glue to added to the page. 

Jon wanted to add a sentiment and he chose Best Fishes that came with the Mermaid set from Kraftin Kimmie.

 I stamped the sentiment with the Spellbinder Tag die and while it was still in the die used Broken China ink to highlight the embossing pieces. And for the final reveal.....

I am so proud of his coloring job and the help he gave me to finish the design. Who knows what will be in store for this little guy. I know I am bias but I sure think he has talent!

Thank you for stopping by and take a look at our work. We sure enjoy comments.... :)

 Jon and Nadja

Monday, July 23, 2012

Card Creating Tuesday- Sunshine and Smiles, Fish



Project Sunshine and Smiles - June/July 2012

Here is some information from Erica about this project:

To give you a little background on Project Sunshine and Smiles.....

I started the Project a year ago after I was in the blog hop for Operation Write Home for the soldiers overseas to send cards HOME to their family.
I had a goal of 100 cards and had collected over 500.
So I decided it would be great to take cards to the kids at the hospital....
So I contacted St. Jude's to see if I could make cards for kids there and deliver them.
So I had a goal of 5,000 and collected over 4,000. I had arranged a trip to Memphis and then they said we were to able to pass out the cards. When I got there they said no I cannot deliver the cards and due to contamination they could not give them to the kids. So they said they would take them to the housing for parents and families and allow them to use the cards.

So I decided to pick a new cause each month to send cards to.
Last month we sent cards to a facebook friend's mom.
I looked back to see what we did in June last month and it was cards for St. Jude's.....
So I have a contact at Akron Children's Hospital
(who will allow the volunteers or myself to deliver the cards :)

The guidelines.......

1. You may make as many or as few cards as you like. You may make duplicates.
2. Please make ONLY get well cards.
3. Please write a small note to the child who is receiving it.
4. Envelopes are not needed
5. The card can be any size, for any age, boy or girl.
6. They can be for infants, toddlers, school age children, teenagers!
7. It does NOT have to be made with the Cricut.
8. Must be from a smoke-free home.
9. Please mail them by July 25, 2012
And here is the card  that I have made for the cause:
I was so inspired by the cause that I had to make something special and shiny for someone very special and deserving. My first challenge came when I discovered that all the cartridges I have (and that is quiet a bit) I did not have a rain- or teardrop. So I created them on my Gypsy! Did I tell everyone already that I can not live or craft without my Gypsy... LOL. I used George and Basic Shapes to do this. Here is a picture:

I welded a circle and a triangle and, voila! Raindrops copied them a few times and I had a patch of raindrops. Now to the cutting of the fish. I used Create A Critter

I cut two fish shapes. One in gray and one in a pattern paper. The top picture shows lines that I drew to cut the fins off. That way the pattern paper shows the fins.

Here you see the cut line for the beginning of the scales. This way the tips of the raindrops were hidden behind the face of the fish.

After the cutting of the fish I worked on the background. I tried to create a light effect by taking a piece of paper to cover a section and then added more and more ink. I used four different shades of Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans,Broken China and Stormy Sky. Next I worked on the scales:

 I cut some gray raindrops and then I used special double sided paper for the shiny raindrops. Once the raindrops were cut I added glitter to the sticky paper and the gray once got some ink around the edge (broken china). I started at the tail end and layered the raindrops on each other.

And here you see the layered scales and the colored fins. 

For the background of the card I used some paper that I got some time ago. I also used a Martha Steward Punch for the green stripes. 

I wanted to keep the sentiment light and simple. I found this stamp in my pile of stamps and thought it would be perfect. It even had the perfect shape to put in the corner of the design. An eye and some bubbles out of Stickles added and my card was complete!

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog. Please take a moment to go see some more amazing projects from my Design Team Members over at My Cricut Craft Room. 
 See you next time...


Monday, July 16, 2012

Sketch Tuesday at My Cricut Craft Room

Today is Sketch Tuesday at My Cricut Craft Room. This is the sketch that we were to follow. I loved it from the beginning and started to look through some of my handbooks. Now I don't know about you, but I love the handbooks!


Here is the card that I made...

I used three different cartridges for this card. Tie The Knot, Give A Hoot and Flower Shoppe.
I designed the different pieces on my Gypsy. I usually make a rectangle of the size of the card that I will use for my base and then will add and size the different pieces of the card accordingly. Here is a picture of the paper placement before it went into the E. 

I had only a few cuts for this card. You only see one of the white pieces for the flower because I needed to see if this was the right size for the card dimensions. Once the pieces were cut the dress was quickly assembled and blinged up around the bottom of the 

  Onto the flowers was the next step...

First I misted the flower cut with some Tattered Angle Glimmer Mist, Turquoise Blue, and after the cut was dry I rolled it up into the flower. This cut is very easy to roll up. Just a few final twists on the edges of the leaves and the rose was done!

A white pearl in the center and the flower was complete. Next on the list was the background for the dress. I wanted it to "pop". So I ran the white card stock through a texture folder. This is what it looks like. Lots of little flowers.

I did not want to show to much of the gray but also give the white a little bit of an anchor against the busy and bold main paper. I did pop dotted the dress on the background and again pop dotted the rectangle against the background paper.

 My next challenge was how to add the flowers. I looked ( well I should say, I rummaged through my piles of goodies) and I came across some metal discs, from the bead section, that I got at Michale's many, many moons ago. I thought the silver circles are just a perfect addition to the overall look so I went with it.

I used pop dots on the backside to attach the discs to the card.

Last and certainly not least my most dreaded part of any of my cards... wait for it -the sentiment. I am not sure why but I dread the moment of when I get to my design and have to figure out where and what I will add for a sentiment! The banner I finally chose to use is from the Give A Hoot cartridge. I tried to use my Cricut to cut the word "Memories" but it had to be too small so I was brave and hand written the word. 

Here is one more look at the final card. All materials used for this card was items that I had all along and for quiet some time so I am not sure of the name of the paper line.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my project. Now please take a moment and head on over to My Cricut Craft Room to see what the other Design Team Members have in store for you today. Until next time...