Thursday, April 28, 2011

Prayers, Congrats, Blog Candy, and Finally a Tutorial!!

Hello Everyone,

First I would like to just send out a prayer for all of those effected by the storms yesterday. I am in eastern Tn and we did get the storms but thankfully we did not have any of the tornadoes come our way. God I pray that you are with all of the families that went through this devastation.

Secondly, Congrats to all the lucky winners of the E2!!!! I have to admit I am so jealous!!! One day I will win blog candy I can just feel it! I am hoping to win the blog candy that Sherrie K. is offering on her blog!! One part of it is the Campin Critters Cartridge (I am salivating for that one) That may have sounded gross sorry! LOL!! Click here to check it out!

And finally I was able to figure out my video problem and so I am now posting my Flower tutorial. I do not think at this time I will be posting the card video but as soon as I get my new internet I will post it. It is too large for my little internet speed. :-( Anyway I love these flowers and you can modify them in so many ways just by changing your border and your size and how wide you make them. The one in the video is a different color than this picture


So the upload was taking forever so I am going to try another avenue. The video is already posted on you tube so I am going to try and link you to it. Hopefully it works and when I get high speed this process should be so much easier!!! Click Here for the link to the video.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Ahhh the day after!!

So, the Easter Holiday is over. It was wonderful Church was awesome and I have to tell you how good God is!! This may not seem like much to some but I think it is for me. There is a new song out by Casting Crowns and I wasn’t sure of the name but I have been hearing once or twice on the radio and I loved it, just loved it and had just told my husband Saturday night that I wanted to know the name and get that song. Well Sunday morning at the beginning of church our pastor said he had a video for us all to watch…it was that song!!!! Oh how I cried and cried and worshipped the Father. It is a wonderful song called O Glorious Day. If you get a chance check it out!!

We had a nice dinner with my parents and a small egg hunt with our kideos. Here are some pictures

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The first picture is my 12 yr old Daughter Malia and then my 7 yr old Son Matthew!! They have so much of my heart, but the rest of it belongs to the man in the next picture. Here is my beloved husband Kevin!! He is trying to keep the sun out of his eyes here! lol!! Anyway we have been married for almost 14 yrs. It has not always been easy but in my eyes it has been the most incredible ride of our lives and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Huge giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Ya'll there is a huge giveaway going on over at Robyn's blog!!! I am a little late getting this up but there is still time. Provocraft is being very generous!! So go check it out at My Pink Stamper. Just Click here!!

By the way I will be posting a new post tomorrow! I am not sure about the video I haven't quite figured it out yet. It may just be pictures. Thanks for all your patience!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Trying to get this video thing fixed

Hello all I have a tutorial for you but I cannot figure out how to get it posted on here. It says that it is publishing but it literally has been going for about 4 hrs and is still not done. As soon as it is finished I will post it. Thanks for your patience!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tutorial postponed until tomorrow!!

Good Afternoon Everyone, I will not be able to post my card tutorial until tomorrow. I am having trouble with my internet that should be fixed either tomorrow or Wednesday!! Sorry for the inconvenience. Have a great day!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

My First Easel Card!!!!!

I have been seeing these easel cards everywhere, and I have been itch’in to make one!! So I have a sister who is celebrating a birthday and thought this would be the perfect time.  So I found the dimensions that I liked and started my card!!!

This weekend is my little man’s birthday so I will not be blogging until Monday, but on Monday I will be doing a tutorial on this card!!! So if you would like come back and check it out. I love to inspire and be inspired. Here is the Card……

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I will also have a tutorial on the so stinkin cute folded flower up in the corner of the card!! So come back on Monday for the tutorials.

Thanks everyone and have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My first Disney layout with my cricut!!!

 

Since I am going to talk about a Disney layout, why not have my font be Disney!!! This makes me chuckle somewhat because I have a friend that absolutely has to be the biggest Disney fan I know and I am steadily thinking of her while I am writing up this post. Hi Stacey!!! ( This is all I can do of the font, I cannot even read it myself! lol!)

Anyway I am trying to get my Disney album done and so I worked on another layout and was successful in completing it.

I have to say that this is the first time I created a Disney layout using my cricut with a Disney cartridge. I can definetly see how these carts can get somewhat frustrating. What I found was that I had to do alot of trial and error cuts to figure out my setting and then there were some things that I just couldn’t cut too small.

The positive to these carts are that the characters are so true to life ( or movie) My Lightening and Mater really look like Lightening and Mater. I love it. I think they are so adorable!! They did have alot of pieces but the pieces cut well and were easy to glue together. I couldn’t go really fast but that was ok, I wanted the detail so I was willing to slow down for it. here is a pic of the layout: ( I didn’t exactly take a straight pic)

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Here is my little main man Matthew with his favorite car!! The road signs were my biggest challenge on this cart. I did not need them to be big so I had to do some tweeking to get them to look good small. ( with the yield sign I ended up just writing the word in there.) I loved this cut of Mcqueen and the Kachow just added that last little something to the page.

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Here is a close up of Mcqueen and the Kachow. I cut the spare part layer of Kachow twice because I wanted the letters to be filled in instead just outlined in black. I really like the end result.

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Here is the second page with Mater. Mater cut very well and pieced together nicely. I used the jagged hinges on page 117 of Fabulous Finds Cartridge, to give the look of my pictures being hinged together. And of course I had to use the tow mater sign from the Cars Cartridge on page 50 of the handbook.

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Well that is it for the layout. We had so much fun at Disney!! It is a fun vacation ( I am not sure I would call it relaxing! LOL!) but fun. Here is one last pic of the family hanging with our buddies from cars!!

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Thanks for sharing in my memories with me!!!! God Bless and remember I love comments!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

You have got to check out this blog hop!!!

I am very touched today to be apart of this world of paper crafting bloggers. As I was surfing the blogs that I follow I came across another blog hop, but this one is so very special. Alina from never stop scrapbooking is hosting a wonderful blog hop that is celebrating that special someone in your life. Whether it is someone that has passed on or that special someone in your life right now. During the blog hop there is some nice blog candy!! But more importantly are the stories and tributes to people. Please do not just skip through and get to the candy and comments sections. Please read what these women have published on their blogs because it is beautiful!! Many of them have touched my heart. Thank you Alina for this hop it is inspiring!!! Click here to start the blog hop!!
Have a blessed day !!





Monday, April 11, 2011

Too late for challenge but I thought you would like to see it!!

Good Afternoon crafters!!  It is a lovely day in Tn. In fact we are at 82 degrees right now!! I had a wonderful weekend. Church was once again amazing. I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to say that about church again but God is good and we have found a wonderful place of worship.

So I wanted to enter the easter blog hop that was going last week and I missed it :-( but I got a card done anyway and I wanted to share it with all of you today. Here it is…

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   I used a sheet of  white bazzill cardstock for the base of the card then I centered  a sheet of patterned paper from Nana’s kids. Then also centered a piece of yellow colormates paper and then ran it through my cuttlebug using the divine swirls folder. Of course I had to ink the edges of the yellow :-)!!!  The title came from MTC using the boyzrweird Font I really like that font alot !!!               

  I used my create a critter cartridge for this card. I wanted to do something for the Lord but at the same time something adorable and I have to say that I love my little lamb!!!  I cut the lamb out at 3 inches.  Then I ran layer 1 through my cuttlebug using the swiss dots folder.

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Well, that is it . Very simple and easy I hope you like it!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hot Saturday, great couponing,and blog hops!!!!

Happy Saturday Evening everyone!!! It was a hot one here in eastern Tn. We reached 88 degrees today. I think summer decided to sneek in the back door today. Anywho... I have a few things to ramble about this evening.
First, I started couponing again and I must say that the Lord smiled upon my efforts yesterday when I went to Publix. My total before all the discounts was $239.16 and after all the sales and coupons I walked out paying $83.91 here a just a few of my bargains.

-18 boxes of Muellers whole wheat pasta for free!!!!
-4 bottles of Wishbone dressing for a total of $1.00
-6 oz pack of Craisin for $.68 I bought 10 bags
-8 pack of Juicy Juice boxes for $1.12 I bought 8 pack 32 juice boxes in all
-Sun chips and lays kettle cooked chips for $1.50 each.

There are many more but those are a few of my fav. deals.

Next order of blogginess, there are alot of blog hops going on lately and I encourage you if you have the time to try and participate. One reason is that this is a fantastic way to get great inspiration for projects. Another is that we are able to be introduced to so many blogs that other wise we might not have found. Finally........BLOG CANDY!!!!!! Things like stamps, paper, embellishments, and even Cartirdges!!! So get out there and check it out. I will try and post when I come across them.

I do have one to share with you all tonite:-) Cooking with cricut has a couple different things going on right now. One of them is a bunny blog hop. There are some extremely talented ladies on this list and the blog candy is not too bad either! Plus they are having a 1600 followers celebrations. Go check it out she has a huge amount of blog candy up for grabs. She has the rules listed in order to be able to have a chance at winning the Candy. You have until April 16th to enter you can get there by clicking here .

So there is a beginning for tonight. I will try and have a column on the side of the blog to have you all notifications of blog hops. Of course that takes a wee bit of blog saviness to actually figure out how to do that so give me a little bit of time!!

Thanks for listening to my ramblings tonight. Good Night and God Bless!!!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

First Video tutorial, a cute designer purse !!!!

 

Well here it is my first video tutorial. I was very nervous!! I have to give a big shout out to my lovely daughter Malia (she is the one holding the camera for me.) I do not have a tripod at this time so she was so kind to help me. Thank you my darling!! On to the tutorial….

This project is originally from cupcake creations by Mona Pendleton. I came across this post and loved it!! I just needed to make it smaller and I wanted to share with everyone how to do it. Mona did an awesome job and I hope you like these as much as I do!! Click here to go to Mona’s tutorial. Here is the smaller version of the purse….

Thanks for stopping by and watching!! It will get better when I purchase a tripod. Remember comments are much appreciated!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shout out to Momo!!!!!

Hey I just wanted to give a big shout out to Momo at Madebymomo.blogspot.com she has done this awesome thing for those of us new bloggers that have less then 200 followers. If you follow this link it will take you to her blog post and you can enter your name and people will see that you need followers and they can click on your name go to your blog and become a follower!!! Plus you can click on other names and join the blogs that you would like to join. It is so awesome!!! I know that since I put my name on the list I went from 8 followers to 32. So Thank you so much Momo you are helping us all make new friends and lend our abilities to others!!! Go and check it out!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

A touch of ink scrapbook layout

Good Afternoon followers, ( if your not a follower feel free to hit that button over to the right:-) ) So I just participated in my first blog hop!! I will find out tonight or tomorrow if I won any blog candy!!! It was the Gotta have friends Blog hop started by Alex from you had me at crafts blog.
There are some awesome projects in this hop. Even if you didn't get to do this go and check out all the projects for some awesome ideas.
Momo had a adorable card made with create a critter, and Robyn at My Pink Stamper has an awesome video making a card using the Expression 2. There are tons more so go check it out!!

So I recently have started to dabble in inking with my projects, now I am the first to tell you that I am not a pro at this and I am not even sure if what I do would be considered inking but I like it and I think it adds alot to my pages. I am currently working on a Disney World album from our trip in 2009. Yes, I know I should already have it done but you know how life just happens and scrapbooking doesn't!!.  Anyway here is my layout and I will discuss the details below.

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One of our days on vacation was at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. If you have ever wandered which one to spend the money on Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon? Go with Typhoon Lagoon. We went to both and Typhoon was the better park. Here is pictures of my dear hubby and beautiful daughter who rode the Crush n gusher together. One of the first roller coaster water slides. They loved it!!! I love Disney’s photopass and without it we would have never gotten shot’s like this. Hmmm. I may have to blog about the photopass!

So here is the break down: I found the sketch for this layout by going to google and typing in scrapbook sketches for 4x6 photos. Found this one and knew it would work great for my pictures. Here are the materials used:

12x12 sheet of Hawaiian blue Colormates

Bazzill rain paper

patterned paper from Michaels

Cricut Cartridge: Graphically Speaking

brown ribbon

4 flowers from Got Flowers?

Colorbox inks metallic and dark brown

Since I was using a lot of text on this page with Graphically speaking I wanted to add some dimension to the words. Plus having two solid color cardstocks right on each other I felt that there was a need for some added texture of some sort to the layout. That is where the ink came out and began working magic.

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First I used my dark brown ink and just simply went around the edges to add a outline look to my bazzill paper. This gives the illusion of having a pattern against the other blue getting rid of the plain color on color look. ( plus check out the eyelet in the flower. It is a silver eyelet that I stamped in the brown so it would match)

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All I did here was take my metallic silver ink from Colorbox and went around the frame of the word inking a good think layer. Finally, for the word Fearless I used my metallic blue and silver ink from Colorbox and inked the edge along with taking the pad and simply stroking it gently in areas of the word to give it that “grunge” look.

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The amount of inking is totally up to you. You may like more of less than what I used. Lastly on my layout I used some ribbon a strip of patterned paper and then flowers from Got Flowers?. I hope you like the layout.

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Please leave comments, remember I am new at blogging and could benefit from great advice from you seasoned pros. Thanks everyone!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Birthday Card using Wild Card and Paper doll dress up!!

Hello Fellow scrappers and card makers, I have a niece that is turning 7 on April 6th and being that we live pretty far apart ( I’m in Tenn. and she is in Florida.) I wanted to send her a card with some cold cash that she can use to purchase whatever her little heart desires.  So here it it….

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I was so excited to do this card because I had just recently purchased the cartridge Wild Card and I was eager to use it. I went ahead and picked the first card on the cartridge and started figuring out how to add my own touch to the project .  wild card stock photo

I absolutely love this cartridge!! It has so many different cards on it along with a plethora of images, icons, phrases and much more. You have to make sure and make your envelopes first to ensure a good fit for your card.

I created the envelope at 3 3/4 in. the card was the same size. Here is a photo of both. 

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I added some strips of patterned paper to the front sides of the card and then I was ready to add my die cut. My niece absolutely love to dance so I knew right away that I wanted to use a ballerina from Paper doll dress up. She was so much fun to make!! I used some ink to rosie up her cheeks and then added some ink around her crown. Lastly for the front of the card I added a small stamp from Michaels craft store.

I did add some glitter to the ballerina’s outfit but it was after these pics were taken. ( it took the card from cute to so stinkin cute!!!)

Of course then there was the inside of the card:

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On the inside I used the Happy birthday title from my Create a Critter cartridge and the two balloons were from Stretch your imagination Cartridge.

Then I was basically done. As you can see I used 4 of my cricut cartridges on the card and I was very happy with the end result. I hope she like it as much as I do!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

A new journey in the crafting world!!

Hello, I am putting my hand to the plow in the world of blogging again. I have had this blog for awhile just haven't been able to really utilize it . For those of you who know this blog ( that is not that many at the moment, but that will change!!) you know that I used to design files for different cutting machines. Well, I found that I was designing files more than I was scrapbooking and forget about making a card for someone. I loved the machines and the files that are out there are awesome. I just found myself not scrapping as much as I would like. So...........I bought a Cricut expression!!!!!! I have to tell you at first I didn't think that I would like it. I sat in my craft room thinking that I had maybe made a mistake. Then after some time ( ok like 30 min. into playing around with the machine) I realized it was exactly what I was looking for. It is so easy and I hardly have to think at all. I love that I can design my layout and then pick some images that I would like on it then simply find the cartridge that has it plug it into the machine and then basically cut!!! It just does not get any easier than that. I have had my machine since Jan. and I have already finished an entire scrapbook, made 3 cards ( I had never made cards before) plus created 190 purses for a women's retreat. So I am so excited to see what else I can do with this thing and I will be sharing many of my creations on here. I am posting a birthday card next!! Thanks for stopping by.