Friday, April 4, 2014

Froggy Baby Card

I made this CAS card for a co-worker who is going to have a baby.  I am so happy for her and her hubby.

I kept the card very simple - die cut, embossing, one stamp, and some baker's twine.  Oh, and I tried out Wink of Stella on the froggy's spots.  That stuff is great - very sparkly!  The little frog is from the Tiny Treasures Cricut cartridge and I cut him at 2 in.  The stamp is from Papertrey Ink and the embossing folder is from Stampin Up.  It love the random spots all over - it's fun pattern.  I am thinking it could be used as background for snow if you make a winter card, too.

I would like to enter this card in:
Alphabet Challenge Blog for D is for Diecuts

"When green is all there is to be 
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder, why wonder?
I am green and it'll do fine
It's beautiful and I think it's what I want to be"

-- Kermit the Frog

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Watercolor Backgrounds

I sthis post on the Papertrey Ink bl watercolor backgrounds and decided to give it a try.  It is such a pretty and soft look for backgrounds.  Dawn McVey shows two different ways to do this with heat embossed images.  I tried out the first by heat embossing and then brushing on the color.

At first, it  looked like a big ole mess.  I got a little too happy splashing colors and had pools of color all over!  Trust me - it was  not pretty.  Thankfully, this technique is really forgiving  I had to blot out quite a bit and then I went over it again with a flat brush.

Next time, I will try out the second way - to do the background and then heat emboss.  I had gotten some saturated color where the images had spaces and it was tough to soften.  Doing the background first will make it more uniform.

I decide to enter this in Craft Creations Challenges - Challenge 257, Keep It Simple, Simon Says Challenge - Anything Goes with Pearls,  and  Virginia's View Challenge #1: Watercoloring.


Papertrey Ink
  • Feather Finery Stamp Set
  • Smokey Shadow Dye Ink
  • Ocean Tides cardstock
  • Peacock Feathers Distress Stain
  • Bisque Liquid Pearls
Lindy's Stamp Gang
  • Moonshadows in Gold Doubloons and Buccaneer Bay Blue 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentine Blog Hop 2014 - Butterfly Pops

Hello from snowy Jersey!  Welcome to our 2014 Valentine's Day Blog Hop! You should have reached from cricutaddicted's blog, ScrappingForMoreFun.  If you are just joining up, please start at RockinRenee's blog.

I was looking for ideas on Pinterest and inspired by Skip to My Lou to make Butterfly Valentine Pops  The moment I saw the pic I thought: Hey, I can make those with my Cricut!  And so I did :)

I made two different kinds.  The first batch, I made with my boys in mind.  I figure my oldest can take some to school for Valentine's Day since they did not take any time at all. Here are some of them:

Aren't they cute?!  I used the Pink Journey cartridge.  I cut the butterfly and shadow at 4.5.  I glued the two pieces together and I had some fun looking butterfly treats for Valentine's Day.  I cut the heart at 1.25.  I stamped the hearts with different sentiments. They kind of remind me the candy hearts I used to pop in my mouth as a little girl.

I wrapped the lollipops with crepe paper and wrapped some baker's twine around them.  Honestly, I didn't use any fancy crepe paper.  I used crepe paper left over from party streamers - waste not, want not!

Make sure to trim the bottom of the crepe paper.  If you don't, the lollipops look like colorful ghosts.

I made 4 incisions that were about .75 inches.

You don't have to be super precise
with the incisions.
Put the stick through like so.

I attached the little hearts to them and that's it!  They are ready for some yummy Valentine's gift giving.

The great thing about these Valentine Butterfly pops is that you can gussy them up.  I made this one for my hubby:

The butterfly cut is from the Hannah Montana.  I cut it at 4 inches.

I spritzed the shadow with some gold mist and it left spots.
It didn't matter, though, because most of it is covered by
the pattern paper.

I trimmed off the head and tail of the butterfly on the pattern paper.

I used a smaller lollipop, which I ended up liking better.  (Smaller = A lot less sugar.  Oh well, Valentine was meant to be sweet!) I wanted to cover it in brown tissue but I didn't have any.  So I did what any crafty girl would do - made my own.  I sprayed so much color on this tissue it had no choice but to change.  To speed up the drying process, I used a heat tool.

After :)

I wrapped some brown twine around it for an elegant but rustic look.  The heart is from Pink Journey is cut a 1.25.  I spritzed it to give it some shine.

I hope you enjoyed your stop here.  In honor of Valentine's Day, I am offering a giveaway.  Please leave a comment to enter for chance to win a "Cross My Heart" embossing folder and border.  Make sure you leave a way I can contact you via email.  I will announce a winner on Monday :)

Last, but certainly not least is the lovely Scrapalette.  Check out her Valentine's Day project at Around the Block with Scrapalette.  She always has such great ideas!

Here is the entire blog list:

1. RockinRenee - I came, I saw, I created.
2. HappyScrapper64 - Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker
3. gonescrappin - Col's Creative Corner 
4. Hrvatica  - Croatian Crafter
5. Scootingranny - Scootingranny's World
6. MamaC - Carolyn's Creative Corner
7. Greenie8705 - Gina Beana's Crafts
8. MariaJ - Stamp, Cut, Create!
9. Di&Co - Creating Is Like Breathing
10. Dragonfly50 - Designs by Dragonfly
11. TiffysMom - Angie's Paper Passion
12. *Violette* - Whimsical Treasures
13. cricutaddicted - ScrappingForMoreFun
14. LoriSjogren - The Singing Shell  <------ You Are Here
15. Scrapalette - Around the Block with Scrapalette <------ Go Here Next

Materials & Supplies for fun butterflies

Cricut cartridges: Pink Journey
Cardstock: Martha Stewart
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mini Mega Messages
Crepe paper: party streamers
Baker's twine from my stash
Lollipops: Blow Pops

Materials & Supplies for elegant butterflies

Cricut cartridges: Hannah Montana, Pink Journey
Paper for elegant butterflies: DCWV, Co'redinations
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mini Mega Messages
Color Spray: Gold Doubloons from Lindy's Stamp Gang, Espresso Color Wash from Ranger
Twine: Tori Spelling
Lollipop: Dum Dums

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Papertrey January Blog Hop

I couldn't resist the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop this month. It is called Pretty in Pink and, with Valentine's around the corner, it is a perfect theme.

I pulled out my Simply Jane stamp set & dies and some Soft Stone, Sweet Blush, and Hibiscus Burst paper .  This what I came up with:

I drew in some grass at the bottom of the frame and used Meadow Greens for the "tree" in the background because I pictured Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth out for a walk like in that last scene of the movie version of Pride and Prejudice. "You have bewitched me, body and soul..." Swoon!

I embossed the frame with the Woodgrain Impression Plate. Some Perfect Pearls in Pewter was dusted lightly on the frame give a little contrast.  I added some ribbon, a flower, and a doily. I added Clear Rock Candy Dry Stickles to the figures so they would stand out but still show the Hibiscus Burst color of the paper.

Die-cut leaf is from Meadow Greens

All products are from Papertrey Ink except: Perfect Pearls, Stickles, ribbon, flower and doily.

I made a second card (not part of the Blog Hop but thought I'd share) because I just could not stop using the stamp set:

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Cupcake

I saw a Hallmark ornament and thought it would make a cute little card.  I made some adjustments to make her all mine :)  I used the Jolly Holidays and From My Kitchen Cricut cartridges.  I cut Santa's little helper at 3.5 and I cut the cupcake at 2.5.  I also cut the recipe die cut from From My Kitchen but I don't remember the dimensions.  I cut off the legs (!) and skates and positioned her on top of the cupcake.  I used gesso to give dimension on the cupcake frosting and the hat.  Honestly, I don't know much about using gesso.  I just slapped it on, swirled it a bit and waited for it to dry.  I added some sparkle with Stampin Up Smooch Moonlight Pearlized Accent Ink and sequins that I colored with a Copic marker to make them yellow.

I entered my card on:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - #190
Crafty Boots Challenge - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 299, Christmas Catch Up

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop - Tags

I made these Christmas tags for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop  which calls for making at least 5 tags.  I used some very nontraditional colors - dark gray, black and pearly white.  To make my tags, I used Smokey Shadow cardstock and my new favorite stamp set, Meadow Greens. I think it is very versatile - not just for spring.  "Peace" and the leaf are both from that set.  I cut out the tags using the biggest die from the Angled Labels Die Collection.

I embossed the leaf with a glittery embossing powder called Starry Night.  It was so glittery, the darn thing was hard to photograph.  I must have taken 20 pics before I got something that wasn't a blob of sparkle. Lol.

I used Perfect Pearls for the sentiment.  I think that made it pop out despite the sparkle on the leaf.  The ribbon is from American Crafts.

Thank you for looking!

Look at the glitter!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Tag

I did this tag for a Prima Doll Thanksgiving Tag swap.  I love Thanksgiving because of the fall colors.  Mostly, I love it it because it is a reminder of how blessed I am.

I only have 3 of the Prima Dolls by Julie Nutting but I chose the one with the peasant dress because I thought the colors would go well with dress.  I don't know why.

I colored her using distress markers and copics.  I did the skin with the Copics and the rest with Distress Markers.  I wanted to use the Distress Markers for all of it because I do like that watercolor look. But skin using Distress Markers come out looking washed out so I am still experimenting with them. I have to find the right color combo for skin.

I fussy cut the dress from pattern paper by My Mind's Eye and then added shadows with the markers.  I also added some Victorian Velvet Distress Glitter which a nice vintage look. I added Glossy Accents to the Headband and the shoes.

The background paper is from Prima Sunrise, Sunset line.  I spritzed a little Tattered Angels Mist and then added some leaves and a sentiment: Give thanks and in all things be grateful.  The leaves and the sentiment are from Stampin' Up.  The green ribbon is from Making Memories.  The twine and ribbon are from my stash.  The ribbon was a bright yellow color but it just did not go with the muted tones in the tag so I dyed it with Mustard Seed Distress Marker.  That toned down the ribbon and it goes much better now :)

I decided to enter my tag in: