Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Huckleberry Finn Tag

Today I made a tag with a new stamp I just got from Artistic Post. When I saw the set, I fell in love with it and, well, just had to have it. I used the stamp to make a cover of a book. I distressed it so it looked like an old, worn copy of Huckleberry Finn. I even tore off a piece and glued it back together to give it a look of book that so well loved someone took the time to fix it. I used to have a couple like that before I got a Kindle.  It has a simple sentiment story, which a double meaning.  Story for Huckleberry Finn and story for the little four page "book" I made.  A little story can actually be written in it. I entered it in the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge: What Do You Say?

I Also Used:
- Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot,  Iced Spruce
-Tim Holtz Adage Ticket - Story
-Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades - Steampunk
-Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Paper
- Stickles - Vintage Photo
- Seam Binding from stash and lightly inked with Black Soot

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Movie Madness

I decided to enter a Haunted Design House challenge called Movie Madness which calls for a gothic/dark piece inspired by a movie. I have just watched the classic Physcho by Alfred Hitchcock. I love it because the nail-biting scariness is more psychological than gore.  Those are the best ones for me. And who can forget that iconic scene with Janet Leigh?   That is the scene I chose to depict.

Believe it or not I used my Cricut on two images - Rock Princess for the hand and From my kitchen for the knife. The tiles I cut one by one using a paper trimmer. I used Glossy Accents for the water and the curtain was a piece of plastic I had on hand.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Teen Scene Swap, II

The Teen Swap was a lot of fun by Renee and I wanted to share the pictures of the paper dolls I did.  I joined in two groups: Sarah and Tyler. Many of the ladies did both groups, too, so I thought: Wouldn't it be cute to give them a match set of Christmas theme dolls?

Here they are:

Best Wishes

This is a birthday card I made for wonderful mother-in-law. I used an SEI cardstock diecut.  The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets. The color used for the sentiment is Desert Sands from Close to My Heart.  

I thought I was done but it looked so plain!  So I thought about what I could add to keep it simple but elegant. I looked at ribbons and washi tape but none did the trick for me. Finally, I stumbled upon my Cuttlebug folders and pulled out one of my favorites from the Teresa Collins Timeless set. I only embossed the sides and it gave the umph! it needed. :)

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those wishes reality.  ~ Jonas Salk

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Under the Sea Invitations

These were the invitation for my son's birthday party. He just turned two. I can't take credit for it, though.  My wonderfully talented sister made them for me using the Best of Pixar and Life is a Beach cartridges.

They are awesome!  She even added some sand to the orange coral.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Teen Scene Swap and a Story

I was part of great swap in the Cricut Circle by Renee Cooper of I Came, I Saw, I Created.  The swap was unique in that we had to choose a Teen Scene paper doll from the cartridge. If you joined all the groups (which were sorted by name: Sarah, Chloe, Molly, Alex, and Tyler), you got 100 dolls!  I joined 2 groups: Sarah and Tyler.  I wanted to join more but being pregnant... well I sort of lost my creative mojo.  At least, I think that is why...

Anyway, Renee listed a bunch of things we could do with the dolls to kind of motivate people to join in. Here are her suggestions (even if you don't have Teen Scene  they work for the Paper Doll cartridges, too):

Question: What would I do with all these dolls???

* Add a doll to a card with a sentiment...super fast, super easy for birthday cards!
* Create a title and other elements to coordinate with your doll and voila...instant inspiration for a scrapbook layout
* Laminate them for your child to play paper dolls with
* Add tongue depressors or popsicle sticks to them for puppet shows
* Create an entire photo album using the same doll for your favorite high school student
* Use for teacher's thank you cards
* Create a banner from them for your next teen event
* Mod Podge for ornaments
* Decorate a frame with them
* Add to a door hanger to designate your teen's room

Out of all of these, I thought I would only make cards and a scrapbook layout or two. My son is only a year and a half so he cannot possibly play with them, right?  Wrong! 

I wasn't careful where I put my Teen Scene Dolls after opening them and he got a hold of three.  He put a Sarah and a Tyler in his toy convertible and they were off into the sunset looking like Ken and Barbie. :)

Anders makes smile.   I was trying to get them back from him at first.  But it wasn't happening so I finally sat down and played with him. Vroom! Vroom!

While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt