Thursday, January 28, 2010

OK! Back to some scrapbooking! - Hayride & apples!

I've been working a little here and there in between cards on catching up on scrapbooks for the in-laws. Here's a couple LOs to a day we spent apple picking. These pictures are from the Fall of 08, that's how far behind I am! And these are just for Scott's mom and husband, I still have to make some LOs of this event for his dad and wife.

The ticket with the apple bucket is from one of the BBTB's challenge I did when I was on the team, you can see it here.

Even after all the pies I made I was still able to lose all the extra weight I had on me when these pictures were taken :)

Another bucket full of apples:

Haystack time!

Apple Pie fixings:
-CS: MM Smooth Cranberry, Bazzill Basics “Black”, “Tangelo” and “Ruby Slipper”,
TPC “Espresso”, “Caramel” and “Gold”, DCWV Brown #2 and Green #1
-PPs: DCWV The Fall Stack 2008 & Glitter Stack 2008
-Stickers: EK Success Sticko Label Lingo "Autumn" and
Colorbok Alphabet Stickers 5/8" Slim
-Fluid Chalk Inks: Colorbox Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan,
Amber Clay, Bisque, Moss Green, Merlot and Cocoa
-Computer Fonts: scrapNfonts CK Kolette at 32 pts and LDJ Fantastical at 24 & 36 pts
-Cricut Cartridges: Doodlecharms for the basket cut at 2 1/2", apples cut at 1" with
shadows and Mickey Font for the ticket cut at 2 5/8"
-Misc: MM 1/8" Brown eyelets, Sakura Gelly Roll Black Pen, Adhesive

TFL and please feel free to leave a comment, always love to read them!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day - BBTB2 Contest

Hey there, if you've been on my blog in the last week or so then you've already seen this card in the post below, as I also used it for Taylored Expression Sketch Challenge #98. It started off to be my entry to the Bitten By The Bug 2 contest but thought I would combine it with another challenge.

The BBTB2 contest was to make any valentine's project, using any cut from any Cricut cartridge but you had to add purple in the color theme. I really liked that idea because it's the color theme in my downstairs bathroom and a little bit in my bedroom but with much more latte color. For some reason I've liked that color combo for home decor for awhile.

Since this will Scott's Valentine's card I made a matching box using the Stationary Box with a Frame Top from The Cutting Café designed by the very talented Regina Easter. Her set comes with 4 different tops, the frame (the one I used), circle opening, rectangular opening and a solid top.

So here's my entry in the BBTB2 contest:

Scott's favorite candy bar is Snickers, just in case you were wondering ;p

With masking tape I used the same stamp as the inside of the card, I just stamped each word separately on the tags (also, those really pretty diamond pins were given to me by a friend of mine, Tracy Gough all the way from England, thanks again Tracy!):

Inside of the card:

Most of you know that I love to embossing my stamping images:

Back of the card & envie:

The greatest stamp for card makers!

Love Mix:
Most of it is listed in the post below, but here are a few extras:
-Stamps: Inkadinkadoo "Happy Valentine's Day", MSE! "Love Postage" and MSE! "Back of Cards Set"
-FCI: Colorbox "Warm Violet"
-The Cutting Café Stationary Box cutting template
-Misc: Pigment Ink, Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day with TESC98

Hey there, finally I was able to get back to making a card based off of one of Taylored Expression Sketch Challenges. This week is #98 and it was really fun to work with. I decided to combine this with the latest Bitten By The Bug contest (which is a Valentine's project using purple in it) so you will see another post of this with a matching bag or box for some Valentine's gifts.

Here is the TESC98 sketch:

And here's my take:

This really cute ice cream image and sentiments are from Taylored Expressions Sprinkled with Love stamp set. It has a bunch of really cute yummy desserts and other sentiments. I'm really looking forward to using the mug and swirly steam on another card.
I used Glossy Accents on the ice cream dish to make it look somewhat real glass, which is REALLY hard to see in the picture:

I always loved this die cut from Cricut's Stamped cartridge:

So anyway, wish me luck on being picked to being in TESC's Top Crop.

-CS: Bazzill Basics "French Silk" and "Bouquest", Mi-Teintes "Stygian Black"
-PPs: DCWV "Love", "Gold Script Designer", Olive Script" and from The Mat Stack
-Stamps: Taylored Expressions Sprinkled with Love
-FCI: Colorbox "Chestnut Roan", "Dark Brown" and "Merlot"
-Prismacolor Pencils: PC946 Dark Brown
-Sakura Glaze Pens
-Stickles: Xmas Red
-Cricut Cart: Stamped for Love cut at 3" with a shadow and AE for the Scallop frame cut at 3 3/4"
-Misc: Marvy Liquid Applique, Heat Gun, Black Pigment Ink, Glossy Accents


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wreath Thank You

Happy weekend everyone! I'm doing the usual trying to catch up on stuff. :)

Here's a thank you card for Scott's mom and step dad for their generous Christmas gifts plus my birthday present.

If you haven't read before on my blog on how they have a cut your own Christmas Tree farm. Carolyn, Scott's mom, makes many many wreaths, swags, mailbox cozies and kissing balls using prunings from all the different trees they have, scotch pine, concolor, scotch pine, fraser, balsum, korean fur, etc. And real berries and rose hips from her own bushes. And every year she lets me make a 24" wreath for my parents and a 36" for myself. Did you know that between all the different trees you use to make a 36" wreath is about an entire tree! And she also lets me bring home a bunch of prunings to fill my window boxes. This one is outside my dining room window:

Here's the wreath I made for myself, besides the ribbon everything on this wreath is real and those berries are actually rose hips. For those that do not know what those are, they are the bud that is left behind on a rose bush if you do not cut the blooms off:

And a mailbox cozy:

So onto the thank you card...I thought I would make it with a wreath from JOTS:

As always, I just love stickles!

These are some great computer fonts from scrapNfonts, CK Bella & LD Dirty Drusillus

Wreath prunings:
-CS: Bazzill Basics "Bouquet", "Snapdragon", "Palo Verde", "Safari", "Mocha Devine" and "ruby Slipper"
-PPs: Creative Imaginations Sonnets "Terra Cotta Paisley" and "French Poetry"
-Fluid Chalk Inks: "Dark Moss", "Olive" and "Yellow Ochre"
-Stickles: Burgundy
-Prismacolor Pencils: PC988 Marine Green
-Cricut carts: Winter Woodland for the fonts cut @ 1 3/8" with a shadow
JOTS for the Wreath with the base cut at 6 1/4" and the Holly (Base Shift) cut at 5 1/2"
Beyond Birthdays for thank you cut at 2" with a shadow
-Misc: Gamsol, Thread, Sewing Machine, EK Success Edger Punch "Snowflakes" for the flap on the envie (not pictured), Adhesive

TFL! And feel free to leave a comment as I love to get them...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wine Thank Yous

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great and safe New Years!

I'm finally getting around to some thank you cards after the holidays. Here are two that I made for some friends that gave me some wine for Christmas. Actually when I was making them I realized one of them I didn't get a bottle of wine from, but she's a big fan of wine so I thought the card would be appropriate for her anyway.

The other one I was making for I receive an excellent bottle of wine! It's a CA wine which I'm not usually a fan of but it's from Napa Valley. And it's a strange mix of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. I was REALLY surprised at how good it is as I've never been a Zinfandel fan at all! I highly recommend it...It's Ménage à Trois bottled by Folie à Deux Winery in St. Helena, Napa County, CA ( The friend that gave it to me came across it from friends of his that live in CA and discovered this very delicious combination for a red wine. So now we are on a quest to find it at a local liquor store here in New England. ;p

So it was definitely appropriate to make them a wine bottle shaped card that I got from The Cutting Café designed by the very talented Regina Easter. I love working with her designs. This particular set comes with 5 circle sentiments, 2 regular sentiments, 6 toppers and an envelop.

I decided to go a step further and make the envelop a very very thin wine bottle gift bag, perfect size for a card. I'm actually very pleased with myself in designing it and got some great use with the Scor-Pal. I'm very sure I'm not the 1st person to figure out how to make one but I was just impressed how quickly I did it.

So here they are:

The Thank You images used as the bottle labels are stamps by Hero Arts from their Collage and CardArt collections:

A little spot for the personal note:

It's just a very thin wine bottle gift bag:

Grape Blends for the guy's card:
-CS: TPC "Sable" & "Espresso", Mi-Teintes "Stygian Black" and Nicole Crafts Natural Stock Paper
-PPs: DCWV "Gold Script Designer" & "Olive Script"
-Stamp: Hero Arts Collage Thank You
-Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
-Fluid Chalk Ink: Colorbox "Creamy Brown", "Chestnut Roan" and "Dark Brown"
-Misc: Ribbon, adhesive, eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Scor-Pal

Grape Blends for the girl's card:
-CS: Bazzill Basics "Mocha Devine" and Nicole Crafts Natural Stock Paper
-PPs: DCWV Once Upon a Time "Palace Throne"
-Stamp: Hero Arts CardArt Thanks Phrase
-Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
-Fluid Chalk Ink: Same as above plus "Merlot" (appropriate, huh?)
-Misc: Same as above

TFL!! And off to make my other thank you cards...

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.