Sunday, January 25, 2009

And the matching b-day card to the coffee gift box...

I made a couple thank you cards today (which I'll post later when I get a chance to take some pics of them), but I wanted to first share with you the matching birthday card that goes with the little coffee gift box I made for a friend of mine, which you can see here.

I used these adorable cupcake and circle word printable stamps from Regina's All About Cupcakes set (it's a HUGE set of all sorts of yummy goods). You really should check out this set over at The Cutting Café, as you will see all the really really cute, pretty and adorable creations from Regina and the design team who will give you all sorts of inspiration!

So of course to make it matching to the coffee gift box I made, I used the same papers and ribbon:

What's great about Regina's printable stamps is you can just print them right on some decorative paper and cut them out! I popped up the frosting a little on mine...

I love this cupcake circle word:

And I used on the inside a very appropriate stamp by Rubber Soul:

Cupcake Mix:
-CS: Bazzill Basics "Mudpie"
-PPs: My Mind's Eye Bohemia Blossom "Angel" Small Damask, K&Company's Scrap To Go "K-Ology Peabody" and Anna Griffin Ivory Floral
-Stamps: Regina's The Cutting Café "All About Cupcakes" and Rubber Soul "Delicious Birthday"
-Fluid Chalk Inks: Colorbox "Dune", "Merlot" and "Dark Moss"
-Misc: Adhesive, Chipboard, Satin ribbon


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Get well and get pampered

A friend of mine had her tonsils out so I thought I'd give her a little gift to get a little pampered with a manicure and foot soak.

I used this great Box with Dividers designed by The Cutting Café's very own Regina.

With the dividers that Regina designed for this box they worked very well for the gift certificate in one of the sections, a baggie of sea salt in one and a bottle of OPI nail polish called Rosy Future with two smaller baggies of sea salt in the 3rd section:

Here's a really pretty stamp by Inkadinkadoo that I stamped a couple times to pop up the rose:

I put the stamped image on this tiny card I adhered to the top of the box and used ribbon tied in a bow to keep it closed. Just untie the ribbon and the card opens to a little message:

And here's the other rose I cut out from one of the several stamped images I did:

-CS: Bazzill Basics "Brocade" and "Witch Hazel"
-PPs: Anna Griffin
-Stamp: Inkadinkadoo "Get Well"
-Fluid Chalk Inks: Colorbox "Dune", "Merlot" and "Olive Pastel"
-Stickles: Diamond
-Primsmacolor Pencils: PC925 Crimson Lake, PC1005 Limepeel
-Misc: Versafine Black Onyx ink, Gamsol, Adhesive, Mini Pot Dots, Sheer White Polka Dot ribbon, cellophane baggies


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Coffee and friends are the perfect blend

Here's something from the latest so cute box set that Regina has can go to her store The Cutting Café and see some really cute ideas of what can be done with this box set. It's from her Cupcake Holder set, which I do plan on making another one for cupcakes, but being a huge coffee fan and a friend's b-day coming up, I thought this would be a cute gift. Plus I wanted to think outside of the box. ;p

I used one of my favorite coffee stamp set from Inkadinkadoo and the ink I used is called Coffee Bean (how appropriate, huh?!?!)

The fonts on the tags are not stamps, I used Juice ITC and a doodlebat from DB Fancy Fringe. Also, don't you just love the pebble brads?!?!:

-CS: Bazzill Basics "Mudpie" and "Truffle"
-PPs: My Mind's Eye Bohemia Blossom "Angel" Small Damask
-Stamps: Inkadinkado's "Coffee Expressions"
-Pigment Ink: Brilliance "Coffee Bean"
-Fluid Chalk Inks: Colorbox "Creamy Brown" and "Chestnut Roan"
-Brads: MM Dark Pink Daisy Jumbo Blossoms
-Cricut cart: TBBM for the tags cut at 2 3/8"
-Fonts: Juice ITC at 22 pts and DB Fancy Fringe 1 at 30 pts using the character "K"
-Misc: Adhesive, Mini Pop Dots, Zots, Cellophane Candy Bags, Satin ribbon


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Anyone looking for Prismacolor pencils?

Hi, I'm looking to sell a set of 48 brand new Prismacolor pencils. The wrapping is off but nothing in it has been used. The reason I'm trying to sell them was because right after I got them I decided to get the 120 pencil set. They are the Prismacolor Premier pencils that work with gamsol (my favorite technique for coloring).

I'm looking to sell them for $45 which includes shipping, except overseas. I can ship overseas but I'll need to charge for shipping.

Leave me a comment if you are interested!

Monday, January 19, 2009

I'm a little sad today, but I'll cheer up with a Heart BBTB Challenge

It's Monday and back to work (that in itself will make you sad! LOL) and it's after a weekend that went way too fast (as always!).

Since New Years, little by little I've been taking down the Christmas decorations and putting them in one of our spare bedrooms...but finally yesterday we did the deed and took down the the little house village in our master bedroom:

This is a very large shelf that leads up to our attic, see that tiny door, that's how we get into the attic. This little village is so pretty and gives off the prettiest glow at night when we go to bed. We have it set up on a timmer to go off at midnight, as I'm sure most of you crafters are up with me at that time or later. ;p

Well of course that had to come down in order to be able to get to the attic to put everything away even though it's something that would be pretty to keep up for the winter, like some of the snowmen that I keep out.

And to make it worse we took down the tree and the large village houses under it. :(
Now it's so bare!! We put our tree in the corner of our livingroom where there is a closet to the water heater and the side door. If it wasn't for those doors we would put a peice of furniture there so it wouldn't look so pathetically bare. I know, after a 2-3 weeks it will look back to normal...

So to get some cheer back I thought I would share my Bitten By the Bug challenge! Usually I don't get to post this until Monday or Tuesday night, but I thought I would sneak some time out of work and cheer myself up. Especially since a collegue of mine just stopped by and told me how excited she was when she was watching TV yesterday and saw the Cricut infomercial with my card. Oops, I forgot to tell a few friends here about it! Been extrememly insanely busy here at work that I haven't had much time for socializing...

So anyway, this week's challenge was to use one of the hearts from the Wedding Solutions cart. Which I don't have yet, and eventually should get since I'm hoping in the somewhat near future I will be able to start planning my wedding and this cart would be great for my scrapbook. So first I would like to thank the very talented Regina for sending me a PDF version of the cut so I could import it into Inkscape and then import that into Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) and cut it out on my Cricut (this one was a bit too intricate to cut out by hand). Thanks Regina!!!

So here's my project:

I also used Regina's Heart Bag cutting file (minus the heart cut out):

If you want to see a version I did with the heart window in the bag, click here. And if you would like to purchase this cutting file, go on over the The Cutting Café where you can purchase this and many other very cute bags, boxes, shaped cards and printable stamps designed by Regina. There's also a gallery of all the things you can do with these files showcased by the very talented and creative design team members.

I decided I wanted a few layers for this card so I used the words Love from the Stamped and Beyond Birthdays carts:

The letter U is from the Alphalicious cart using the Shortstack and Shadow features:

A little machine stitching:

And with the envie, using the Heart border punch from Fiskars:

Love Potion:
-CS: Bazzill Basics "Carob", "Malted Milk", "Quick Sand" and "Ruby Slipper"
-PPs: DCWV Love & Wedding Stack
-Fluid Chalk Inks: Colorbox "Creamy Brown", "Chestnut Roan", "Dune" and "Merlot"
-Pigment Ink: Colorbox "Frosted White" (dabbed onto the red CS for the love words)
-Stickles: Diamond
-Template: Heart Bag from Regina's The Cutting Cafe
-Cricut carts:
Wedding Solutions for the Heart cut at 2 1/2" for the card and 2" for the bag.
Stamped for the word Love cut at 3" for the card and 2" for the bag both using the shadow feature.
Beyond Birthdays for the scripted word Love cut at 2" and 1 3/8" both for the card.
Alphalicious for the letter U cut at 2 1/2" for the card and 2" for the bag both using the shortstack and shadow features.
-Misc: Brown thread, sewing machine, ribbon, Fiskar's Heart border punch and black gelly roll pen

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A place for cards and a Lovely Award

At the bottom of my blog I had some pictures of this tag that I made quite awhile ago for the desk trunk that I gave my DF for the cards that I make him. I thought I would turn it into a post. I made this right after I gave him a Valentine's card (last year) he said to me that he was going to need a box to safely store my creations. I found this great desk trunk at Michaels...and of course I had to add a tag to it...

The pocket tag and the other tags are all from Cricut's Tag, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge.

I love this paper from Deja View's Fresh Print Blue Raspberry:

Unfortunately you can see the edges of these alphabet stickers but I so love the look of the letters (also from Deja Views from their Wonderful Words letter stickers):

This is a rub-on on from one of my favorite designers, Kelly Panacci:

So with some fun ribbons, buttons and a key you have a great tag for a trunk! And with the pocket tag you can leave little love notes every once in a while...or a honey-to-do-list... ;)

I also wanted to share with you the award that I received from my friend and a very talented lady, Sonia. Thanks Sonia! I'm very honored to be able to display this on my blog:

Have a great night!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Is that a snail? Ewww!

Here's my project for last week's challenge over at the Bitten By the Bug. It was to use the snail from the Walk In My Garden cartridge. It's a really cute snail. You should go over to the BBTB site to check out all the amazing creations from the other DT members.

There's this place a couple miles from my home called The Butterfly Place. It has the most amazing butterflies flying around in this really pretty atrium. It also has a learning center where you can see each stage of the "birth" of a butterfly. And they have more creatures than just butterflies.

So I once again I took the BBTB challenge and used it for the scrapbook I'm making...

-CS: TPC "Sable"
-PPs: Autumn Leaving "Epiphany-Life Is" and DCWV Old World Stack
-Fluid Chalk Inks: Colorbox "Creamy Brown", "Dark Brown", "Chestnut Roan", "Olive" and "Pink Pastel"
-Pearls: Michaels
-Flowers: Colorbok
-Fonts: "CK Curly" at 36 pts
-Cricut carts: WIMG for the snail cut at 2" with a shadow and TBBM for the Tags


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Next Holiday...Valentine's Day...& 2S4U

It's been a long time since I've participated in a 2 Sketches 4 You challenge...something I can't believe I don't do every week with their really great and fun sketches to work with!

Since I'm always doing things at the last minute I decided to jump over all my to do projects and go right into Valentine's Day. Especially since Regina over at her store The Cutting Café came out with a really great Heart Bag.

So I got to it and made one to give a little gift to my DF and a matching card to go with it.

So I'll start with this really cut bag. I took a really pretty pink patterned paper by Anna Griffin and I printed Regina's Valentine Big Holiday Words printable stamps on it:

I also used one of Regina's Circle Word printable stamp:

I love Regina's bags and boxes that have windows!

And here's the matching card that I made using Kazan's sketch for this week's challenge. Here's Kazan's sketch:

On this I got to use this beautiful printable stamp frame designed by Regina, it comes from another great set of hers called Valentine Borders which are the perfect size if you want to make a quarter fold size card:

I pulled the Valentine word from the Big Holiday printable stamp set:

I'm really please how this set came out!

Matching envie:

A borrowed quote from Sophocles for the inside of the card:

-CS: DCWV's The Fall Glitter Stack, Bazzill Basics "Tutu Pink"
-PPs: Anna Griffin from her pink collection and ivory collection and DCWV's The Christmas Glitter Stack
-Fluid Chalk Inks: Colorbox "Chestnut Roan, Rose Coral and Warm Red
-Flowers: Prima Got Flowers? and Gartner Brides Table Confetti Embossed Ivory Shimmer
-Rhinestones: Michaels and MM Rhinestone brads
-Punch: Fiskars Heart Border Punch
-Ribbon: Light Pink Ric Rac
-Template: Regina's The Cutting Café "Heart Bag"
-Printable Stamps: Regina's The Cutting Café "Big Holiday Words", "Circle Words" and "Valentine Border"
-Misc: Pink Rhinestones, adhesive


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Looking for tutorials on Copics??

I just came across a very talented person who does the most beautiful work with Copics! She has these great tutorials, especially these ones where she stamps a flower on a card and cuts around the petals on the edge of the card and then stamps the image on the inside of the card on the other side of the flower. Then she does a beautiful job coloring them in with copics! Her name is Melanie and is a stamp designer/illustrator and Senior Design Team Member for Gina K Designs. You should go over to her blog, Hands, Head and Heart and see the amazing things she does. AND she's doing a giveaway of Copics!!!! The winner will win a brand new box of Copic Ciaos AND you get to choose which Box...A, B, C, or D! That is so amazingly genereous!!!!

Hurry and get over to her giveaway (plus you'll get to see a great blending tutorial), it's only open until Thursday night!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Award from a very very talented lady!

Hi! I just received this award from an extremely talented friend of mine, Tracy. You must go over to her site and see all amazing things she creates! You'll find her extremely inspiring.
Thanks Tracy for the award!

But there are rules to this award, you have to list 5 addictions and 5 of your favorite bloggers. This is very painstaking as I have way too many talented friends to choose from but here are the 1st 5 that came to mind (If Tracy had not sent me this award she would be on this list)...

And my 5 addictions...
1. Lattes...almost any flavor
2. This time of the year, Christmas decorations, but I was very good this year and didn't buy anything new (family members reading this are probably fainting in shock) ;p
3. Crafting!
4. Buying crafting goodies, but amazingly I've been keeping myself at bay to the point that I almost faint when I walk out of a crafting store with only stuff like adhesive and no pretty papers or new exciting tools.
5. FOOD!

Have a great weekend!

Also, like my new background??? Look out for a new header soon as well. :)

My to do list...

*Become a Project Corner & Spotlight winner on the Cricut™ Chirp Newsletter (or at least a highlighted thread)
*Ongoing Memorial Journal for Morgan
*Scrapbook for my favorite moments at DisneyLand and DisneyWorld (my other obsession, big, big, big Mickey fan!)
*Scrapbook for my trip to Europe
*Scrapbook for the last two years of the kids for my DF's mom and one for his Dad.