Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Friday!

Hello and Happy Friday to you!

Here are a few projects that I have created recently. Thought I would share. I also want to wish you a sunny and fantastic Memorial Day weekend.

This layout is for an upcoming challenge over at SSC! I was making a sample for one of the groups there. The twist is to make a hand made flower and incorporate it on your layout. I made 2 styles. The light pink at the top right is felt strips gathered together at the center. Cover with a button and fill in the holes with brads. The double stacked flower on the bottom left is adhesive backed felt cut with the Sizzix machine. It was fun! The light on the first picture below is so bright, sorry about that.

Close up to show ribbon strips and the Sizzix double daisy flower. I love the acetate frame on top of the photo. I can't get enough of these lately!

This light pink felt material flower is soo soft. I can't wait to find more colors. Can you see my little lady bug frame...walking around the edge?! Love that! Looove my Martha Punches!!!

Above is a full shot of a pennant/banner I made for my daughter's room. "Theadora" Below is a close up view to show the details of the banner. I added charms she had acquired over time and pieces from broken bracelets. I mounted patterned paper-(Cosmo Cricket -"Ducks in a Row" ) over chipboard triangular pieces. I used my Crop a Dile to punch the holes. That thing is a monster-love how I don't have to hammer anymore!

"Island Escape"
Embossed background with Cuttlebug swirls folder. This card was created for the Paper Scraps challenge over at SSC. I die cut (Cricut) the chair in a solid piece (Life's a Beach cart) then covered it with additional glittery scrap strips. The umbrella was cut with my Sizzix.

"You are my sunshine"
Not much complication going on here. Flowers are cut out of random material with my good ol' handy Sizzix. I love this machine...still! The best part about this card for me, is the metal edge. I found it at AC Moore. It's by 7 gypsies. I love it! Talk about easy to use or what? They come "adhesived" already! So far so good-it stayed put right on top of the fabric too. Two 10" or 8" strips to a package for I think under $6-. I am saving the other for a paper mini book I'll be making soon.

Don't forget to click on the images to see them bigger.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mini Book

Hello and happy Tuesday to you : )

Thought I would share a mini book I made. My husband and I stopped at AC Moore last week on our way home from the doctor. I needed to be cheered up after finding out I have yet another herniation in my neck. Not good news but it was a fun shopping trip!

I never really bought 7 Gypsies stuff before. I went looking for the Tim Holtz Texture plates. I can't seem to get my hands on them : ( They had unopened boxes ALL over the place. I was almost going to offer to unload them so I could find what I wanted!

On my way out I saw a display with a mini book hanging off the rack. It must have been created by staff or by the gypsies! This fabulous crystal ball handle jumped out at me. I just fell in love immediately!!!

This is what I did with it. Hope you like it : )

Front Cover

This view really shows off the crystal ball knob and the height of the album

Chipboard Shape covers are by Teresa Collins. I assembled them with my Bind-It-All.
Front and Back covers have Deja Views "Botanical" paper on them. Every inside page edge has ribbon and a decorative floral brad on them by Close To My Heart.
Peek a boo window on inside cover matted on black Deja Views Botanical. I punched the oval shape out (to resemble a window) with my EK Success punch. I added a strip of white "vintagey" floral ribbon on top.

Pink rhinestones in flower centers-so pretty!! Another tag can be tucked away for private journaling inside the black paper strip.

Vertical decorative strip is adhered directly to page so photos must be directly applied over this or just journaling on the page directly would work too!

On this page I made a horizontal pocket with a tag tucked in to journal on. It's finished off with ornate white trim.

Inside back page
All of the inside pages are (4.5x6.5) made with "The Luxury Stack" by DCWV. They have a pearly smooth finish. So elegant!! White organza ribbon is tied to the wires on the outside of the album.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and don't forget, to see a better/bigger view just click on the pictures to enlarge them.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Friday !!!

Thought I would share a bunch of random projects with you.

I made most of these for the SSC (Simply Scrapping Crafts) challenges. By the way, I am no longer on the Design Team there. I recently found out I have another herniated disc in my neck. Next Thursday I have an appointment with my spine surgeon. This herniation is pressing on the nerve root at C6-7, which is causing me serious pain. The amount of pain pills I am on is just crazy and the crazier part is that the pain is coming right through. There aren't many options besides surgery at this point. I already had 2 surgeries on my neck. The two levels above are fused solid. This one is below my last fusion.

It's pretty scary.

I love crafting and creating but when I sit at the computer it kills me. When I stand and try to create it hurts so much lately. The location of this herniation directly relates to the left arm. My arm is almost completely dead. The feeling is like a hot spear going through my shoulder and radiating down my arm. Ouch! The pills I'm on make me really dizzy and loopy to say the least! I cannot commit to the team in this state. I'm very, very sad about it. When I was asked to join the team I met some awesome ladies and hopefully we stay connected even though I am not on the team anymore. Occasionally, I hope to play along with the challenges when I can and I hope you do too! They are really coming up with some awesome new challenges over there. Check them out so you don't miss out!!! Prizes will be given out too!!

Anyhow, this is what I created before I started to feel really bad.

Thanks for checking it out : )

"Wacky Wednesday" challenge is going on right now at SSC! Check out all the awesome samples made by the DT. My take was using circle and scallop backgrounds to create a repeated shape on my card. I made flowers because they are my favorite happy thing! gerbera daisies and shasta daisies just make me smile. They are happy perky flowers! The patterned paper used here is October Afternoon- "Farm Fresh" Looove this line!!!

The layout above was created for an SSC die cut challenge. The Die Cut / Punch group was removed on the site due to the lack of participants. I was shocked and very disappointed to hear that. I know there are a ton of Cricut (die cut / punch) lovers out there and on the site but not too many entered their creations to the site. That's too bad we didn't get to see them.
The theme for this challenge was Disney. Make a card or layout using your favorite Disney character following the sketch provided. I made Belle from Beauty and the Beast. It reminds me of my daughter and I love the movie. I saw the play many years ago and it was fantastic!
I cut her profile "icon" out in black and added black MS glitter to it for the bling factor!

This is my daughter's favorite thing! SHOES! She has had an obsession for shoes since she was a baby! I guess I am the one responsible for that!!! Ok, I'll admit, I do too!! This was created with the Paisley cartridge and cut on my Cricut. I had a sheet of embossed hearts to use as the background. This will go in her room. She loves it!

I am no pro at coloring that is for sure! This card was also created for an SSC challenge group called "Stamp n Scrap" I love this group. I should have really used a different image but she is soooo fun! It's Wineabella! It's just a fun stamp and I am not entering any contest with her but I sure had fun coloring her! It relaxed me and brought out the kid in me! : )

This card was created for an SSC challenge. Use circles in the way I have. Fold them in on both sides and place them closely side by side. It was something they had for NSD. It came out cute I think! It was really fun to do something different like this with plain ol' circles don't ya think?
The paper I used for this is g.c.d. Have you ever used their paper? Oh my!!! I found them on clearance at Michaels-I want to save them and never cut them up because they are sooo cool and beautiful! I didn't even realize the lines of paper they have-extensive!

Well, that is all for now.

I hope I hear from you and have a wonderful weekend.



Monday, May 10, 2010

Chance to win good stuff!

Good morning and happy Monday!!!!

I just found this in my inbox and thought I would share!

If you want some awesome inspiration and a chance to win some goodies check out this blog!
Gramma's House of Cards I have followed her for quite some time now. Sharon colors like a pro and I just admire her creations. I have not yet experimented with Copics, but will one day soon! This is an awesome opportunity to win a fabulous package so hurry and check out the prize. Don't forget to leave her a comment and link it up to your blog for a chance to win!!!