Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Watermelon Card

I did this card after seeing Sheila do one at http://shesasassylady.blogspot.com/2012/06/gypsy-made-simple-making-shape-card.html and I just loved it.  Sheila used her gypsy to make the card base but I used the trusty old Design Studio.  She used some stickers that were a little dimensional and glittery for the watermelon seeds.  I didn't have those and didn't have time to run by Hobby Lobby so I thought about using some of those acrylic tear drops..only had clear ones but they look great if you color the bottom of them with bic markers.  Anyway, that added a lot of bulk to the card and it's going to a crafting friend in Canada (extra postage, don't ya know).  So I ended up cutting rain drops from the Simply Charmed cartridge out of a metallic black paper.  I think it ended up looking pretty good.  Maybe too many seeds but I sometimes overdo the details. :o)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Card for a sick little girl

My sweet friend Melissa Cash mentioned this on her facebook account http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=9176728 and I wanted to do a card for little Emma (that's my granddaughter's name, too, so this kinda got to me).  What little girl doesn't like Hello Kitty?  So I did the balloon card and layers at 5 inches but when it cut out, it looked really small and kind of frail.  So I did two shadow layers...the black one at 5 inches, the white one at 4 1/2 inches (had to trim the white one a little to get it to fit) as backing for the little image.  Here's how it turned out.  It's things like this that make one realize how lucky and  blessed they are to have one's health and to have children and grandchildren who don't have these battles to face.  The "HI" is cut from Sentimentals in Design Studio and shrunk to less than 1" in order to fit on the balloon.  I also stamped "HappyBirthday" on the inside after I took the picture

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Maine Mini Album

This may be a long post so I ask for your patience....  I recently saw this cute, cute little, little mini album made using 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 coin envelopes by the fabulous Mary at CardzTv and here are the links to the instructions:  http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-itty-bitty-mini-album-part-one.html and http://cardztv.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-itty-bitty-mini-album-part-2.html .  I knew I HAD to do one of these for my sweet sister.   I went to Staples to get some coin envelopes but the smallest box they sell was 100 of them.  You only use 2 per mini album so that would be enough for 50??  I might need 8 or 10 but not 50!!  So I went home and went through almost 400 images of envelopes (thank you mycutsearch.com ) and found several that I thought would work well.  There were lots of the right kind of envelope but they sealed on the sides and due to the stress I figured the album might get, I knew it needed to be an envelope that sealed in the middle.  I ended up using the envelope from CTMH Artiste on page 33.  It has a little "dip" on the backside of the envelope and doesn't go straight across like Mary's did so I did not use the little half circle punch on it.  But you will need to use adhesive very close to the edge of the rounded area so that your little tab inserts don't get stuck.  I did a little half-hole on the mat only.  Because of the size, I used Design Studio to manipulate the size to 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 but you wouldn't have to do that... you could just use whatever size you tell your machine to cut.  This is the cut but not taped envelope.  Hope this helps...

This is the outside of the album held together with a small bit of ribbon.  I stuffed it a little more than I should have but I took 1600 pictures on this trip and it was a killer to choose just a few.  I put a small circle of blue beads and a lighthouse charm from my stash on the tie, just to dress it up a little.  I plan on doing one for each of the ladies who went on the trip but will use some of the same pics, some different.  I have Picasa as my web-based photo storage so I just ordered wallet size photos through Wal-Mart.  They have to do two of each (can't do only one due to the size) and I did a lot of cropping to get the pictures to fit but it was so much fun!!  I used white paper to back the photos but since the photos on the inserts of the little pockets were so small, I did not mat those. 

This is the album with the ribbon off

This is the top layer, flipped up with the little inserts in the pocket
And this is the album with the little inserts out

These are the inserts for this part--first the front, then the backside

Open up the mini and this is the center.  I used the Don Juan Cricut cartridge for the letters and welded them in Design Studio.   First with the tri fold closed, then with it open:

And this is the backside of the mini album

This is the backside flipped up with the inserts and then without the inserts:

Here's the inserts front side and then back side: 

I used Tags, Bags Boxes and More for the double sided tags.  Mary shows how to do two of these for the coin envelope mini but I had to do three... one is just loose and not inserted into a slot.  These pics are the front side, the middle and the outside.  I broke off the prongs on some seashell brads and attached to the tabs with pop dots to help pull them out easier.  I just had so many favorite pics that I had to do three tabs!!!!

I will be entering this mini album on the Fantabulous Cricut blog challenge #169 at http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com/2013/07/challenge-169-set-scene.html
And here's the box I put it in.  The sentiment is a stamp from Impression Obsession and the Seaglass cutout is the label from a wine bottle.  I scanned it, had a wallet size photo made of it and cut it out.
After submitting my project, I had a "DUH" moment... instead of using a cut out from the scrapbook paper of the state of Maine, I should have used my 50 States Cartridge!  I did the state and shadow at 3 3/4 inches then another shadow at 3 7/8 inches.  I did the Maine at 1" but shrank it in Design Studio to very small (don't even know the size) and also shrank the shadow, too.  I like how this looks so the other two mini albums that I do will have the cricut cut out for the state of Maine and wording.

THE END!!!   FINALLY!!!!   :o)

Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July card

Here's a card I made awhile ago for my sisters.  I used Cricut Stand and Salute cartridge.  The frame is on page 68 which was manipulated and stretched in Design studio.  The fireworks are from page 50.  Since I didn't have any glitter paper, I used a gel glitter pen for the fireworks.  The doodles are done with a Signo white pen and the fireworks were pop dotted once the mat was put on the blue paper.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and sane 4th of July.  May we always remember what the holiday is truly about.  I celebrate this holiday for many reasons, one of which is the service of my Father in the Army-Pacific Campaign during WWII and my Grandson who was given a medical discharge from the Marines after obtaining the rank of Lance Corporal.  He truly grieves not being in the Corps but Once a Marine, Always a Marine.  He is currently a pre-med student and doing well.  Below is a picture of him at home shortly after completing boot camp and the Crucible.  Thanks to all those who have served!!

Gone for awhile...

I have been so busy lately.  Went to a fantastic stamp event in California (to post pics later), then to Yosemite, home awhile, then to the Scrapbooking event in Arlington, Tx, then to Maine for 12 fabulous days.  I have had little time to craft but will be posting some things soon