Friday, April 30, 2010

Safari Gift Set

These onesies are soo cute! I got such a kick out of the sayings on them-click on them to enlarge the image : )
Here are the wrapped packages ready to ship! Hopefully she is pleasantly surprised with the gifts!
Here are the onesies rolled, tied with blue gingham and prewrapped.

The box front cover. I made a raised jelly frame so she can insert a picture of baby in when he's born!
I covered the inside of the box with a coordinating sheet of safari patterned paper. I tied each stack of cards with navy satin ribbon to match the nursery colors. Inside has 22 safari themed note cards, envelopes,mini brag book (pics below), a baby boy mini box for a lock of hair or a "first tooth," and I stuck a yellow rubber ducky in the box after I tied a blue bow on his neck,of course!
"Chomp" I am so lucky my kids collect Webkinz because I was able to find coordinating safari plush props to go with my cards! Fun!
This is the mini brag book I made. It only has a couple of pages to show off a few favorites. This would be great to throw in the diaper bag and carry around to brag in a fashionable way!!! This would even make a great gift for dad to take to work and put on his desk. How about sending one to grandma? Oh the possibilities are endless!
inside front cover-I made a plain square frame with my Sizzix die.
page 2 & back cover inside. Another couple spots to put that adorable face!
Back cover.
Originally I made this as the card I was going to give them,but instead I left it blank so they could either use it in his room as a frame or fill in something they would like to write to him.
Here is what the inside looks like. Perfect for a photo or a letter from mommy and daddy.
Croc card with a an epoxy brad.
Monkey! I love this one!
Wild Thing.
Monkey Business
Walk on the Wild Side
Roar. I noticed on one of my newest cartridges "Once Upon a Princess" there are a ton of frames to cut out on here! They are almost identical to the Spellbinders Nestabilities that I have been purchasing. Ok, so I can't emboss the outer edge but I can still get the general shape! Oh my, my I cannot even tell you how happy this made me!
Eee Eee! Chomp! Roar!
I am uploading a couple different views because I didn't like the way they were coming out! SO you can see all my shots!
One of the girls in the family is having a baby boy! The nursery theme is "Safari," so I made some keepsake stuff for mom and baby using safari themed papers. Hope they like it!

I originally had planned on making her an 8x8 baby book but with everything going on with my neck I couldn't produce it with all my pain. I would make one card go stand up. Eat coem back in an hour make another. It's been fun but painful! Once again I come back to card making. Fast easy and so versatile. You can go so far with just a little piece of paper! I love all the "Wild" elements I had on hand to coordinate it all.

The keepsake box is from CTMH. These are the best boxes ever! I am surely ordering more of these. The quality is just so great. Super sturdy and easy to cover. Love that!!!

DCWV -Safari Kids Stack was perfect for the decor. I bought all the coordinating embellishments to go with the slab. Boy Rub-ons(glittered),Boy Saying Pop-ups(foiled),and Brads.

Thanks for checking out my "Wild" post!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Another Die Cut Challenge at SSC

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." ~W.T. Ellis

This has to be one of my favorite groups (challenges) EVER! I'm one of the leaders for this group and I look forward to each and every theme that goes up! It's SSC that I am referring to. If you have not joined yet you are missing out! The Die Cut / Punch Group has posted the 2nd challenge for April, so hurry and check it out! Submit your project and you just might win some RAK at the end of the month! The theme this week is Holiday. The other leader Teresa chose Christmas as her favorite! To participate all you have to do is make a Christmas (Hanuka etc.) project,card or layout using at least one tree and a quote.

Hope what I made inspired you enough to play along!!! : )

Wait until you see what the other design team girls made for their samples-ooh!

Materials Used:
Background paper is White Wash Collection by Core'dinations-embossed with Winter Bundle-Flurries using my Cuttlebug(sanded with a mini file to reveal blue color);,Cardinal Snow embossed and hand cut then layered on top of 2nd layer-raised with 3D foam squares;Trees cut from Joys of the Season-Cricut cart,glittered with Martha Stewart Arctic glitter crystal fine;Blue organza ribbon,clear tag and mini rhinestones from CTMH;white jute from Walmart; ;Christmas quote found online

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A few new projects to share

This wreath project was fun! It is the current theme chosen from SSC (Simply Scrapping Crafts)- Altered / Home Decor Group. This week Rebecca chose to use wreaths as the project base. I made mine out of paper cut from the Home Decor cart. I wanted a delicate look and something I could actually use in my home. I think it would be perfect in a baby's nursery hanging in the window or on a wall. Don't you? So springy and light! If your decor is victorian or cottage style this would go great! I used fishing line to barely be visible for the little flowers hanging in the wreath centers. Add a few rhinestones and voila! Instant pretty!
You should see some of the other DT samples. If you decide to go to SSC just join the group as a member then go check out the tons of inspiration projects there! Don't forget to mention I sent you!

The Pansy layout is also part of a challenge that is going on at SSC. This is from the Card/Stamping Weekly group. There was an inspiration photo provided this week and here is my interpretation of it. Pansy's were one of my mom's favorite flowers. This is dedicated to her and for her love of gardening. Every spring she would come to my house and get me started on planting -pansy's first! The kids always looked forward to planting with Gram. Getting dirty was always fun! The best part for me was she would clean them up and I didn't have to! I just got to take amazing photos of them in action and I reaped the benefits later because my garden looked amazing when it bloomed! The first picture is not great to showcase my project but I wanted to show off my real potted pansy's that I planted with my children in honor of my mother. I am so proud they are still thriving!

In the photo on the bottom right if you notice there are clocks clustered together (Making Memories-Flea Market) they all have sayings on them that remind me of her.
They are: Time Flies,Timeless Beauty and Timeless Adventures.
The wrought Iron gate (Martha Stewart punch)at the bottom is a classic look. My mom loved classics. She was a classic! Doilies go way back to her decorating days and me thinking they were old lady-ish :) Now I collect them. Go figure! The pot I made is supposed to look like ceramic with a patina finish. Well, I tried to anyway! It's cardboard stripped to show the corrugated lines in the middle. I painted it first with white to cover it a solid lighter background. Then I painted it with a teal aqua-ish color. Next, I applied a metallic rub on finish to it in copper/bronze color. I hand cut it to resemble a traditional planter shape. The butterfly brad is interesting . There is an interesting thing I found out when researching Butterflies for my daughters science project.
The ancient Greeks called butterflies "Psyche" which also means "soul." Many cultures feel that when we die our souls go to heaven as butterflies. I was so touched by this now I am all about the butterflies on my projects. I try to incorporate a little mom into everything I make!
Th corner scrolls are cut from the Heritage Cart at 3 " Lots of pop dots used to show dimension here.

"Favorites" is a challenge that is going on at SSC. The challenge is to use accordian folded paper. I decided to make my project a dress! The patterned paper is October Afternoon-Ducks in a Row: Sleep Tight. I had embossed cards I bought from Micheals that I mounted it on. I'm sorry but I do not remember where the 3D embellies ae from. They are so summery I wish I was at the beach right now in that dress! I cut the dress from the Paisley cart as well.

For the love of Shoes! This is for my daughter! It's all about shoes for her : ) I made this shadow box style layout to put in her room. I used the Paisley Cart on my Cricut. The background paper is embossed baby hearts to keep with the "love" theme!

Well, I hope this post leaves you with lots of possibilities for creating new projects!!! I' d love to see some of your creations. Happy Thursday : )

Friday, April 9, 2010

Our Family

Hello again,

This card was created for another challenge at SSC, but it has not been released yet over there.

The technique is called "inchies." Have you ever heard of it? I never did. If you google it you'll see amazing projects created with this technique. I'm so happy to be part of a team where they are introducing me to new things and constantly keeping me on my toes! Here is my take on it. Hope you like it!

Supplies used to create this: Cricut machine;cart used to cut silhouettes and sentimate-Heritage;adhered to 1"squares,mounted on a black rectangle popped up with 3D dots 1/16";Spelbinders Nestabilities-Labels 4 set put through Cuttlebug using swiss dots folder;sheer white ribbon-Michaels;pearls-Martha Stewart;pattered paper-Prima slab-Nursery Tales;my frame is from Kohl's!

New Challenges are up at SSC!

Happy Friday!!!!

This week I had to make a couple of cards for challenges going on at Simply Scrapping Crafts
If you have not checked out this site you you are missing out!
I am now on the Design Team over there too! I cannot believe it! Can you? I'm having a ball pushing myself to create out of my comfort zone. If you want a little inspiration for Altered Gifts/Home Decor I posted a tutorial for this group.
The fun part is I am exploring and experimenting with new things myself!

The latest challenge going on now is in the Die Cut Machine / Punch Group. There was a POLL on my page over there last week, to vote on your favorite theme and one of the categories was ANIMALS. It won! That is what is going on now. Check out all the amazing samples the DT put up! If you are not afraid of challenges I suggest you join ....because.....I am giving away
(random Act of Kindness) to one lucky winner when the challenge is up!!! Woo hoo!!
I'll give a hint a little later next week.

The owner of SSC will be handling with random generator so all is fair! It's going to be fun !!! Hope you'll join in too!

My sample for inspiration is the Giraffe card. Safari Princess was inspired by my daughter.

I used my Cricut machine and Sizzix to construct the card. Any and all Die Cut machines are allowed.

The following materials were used: Giraffe-Paislee; Grass-Soccer;Jelly Frame-Sizzix;Sentiment-DCWV Safari -Girl glittered Pop-ups;patterned paper-DCWV Safari Kids Stack;Gems-Michaels;leaf ribbon-my stash;I used 1/16"pop dot strips to raise the jelly frame up;inks-ColorBox fluid chalk inkpads in chestnut roan and dark moss; pink card base-
K& Co-best deal ever-I found these at Target on clearance for $1.74. A huge pack of 20 w/envelopes!!! Score : )

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

Spring has definitely sprung! I am loving this weather sooo much.
Hope you enjoy your Easter and weekend! We are going to an egg hunt with the children now!

I made this basket from a doily using fabric stiffener! I'll list details in the next post with lots more images and creations.
The card inside the basket was made from a vintage image bought from Peggy Loves Vintage

"Hi" card is just bursting with color, isn't it? I added lots of dimension to create a "real" looking basket!

Thanks for stopping by!