Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Goodie Box

Hi friends!

I made some cute Halloween goodie boxes for my nephew's Kindergarten class. I wish I could say I came up with this idea...but I didn't. I learned how to make these "sour cream containers" from Okie at Okieladybug's Scrap N' More. You can find a great video tutorial here

  • All the cardstock is from My Mind's Eye 'Boo Too You' collection. The box was cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.
  • Marvy Uchida paper crimper
  • Mini Monster Cricut Cartridge-Mummy cut at 2 1/2 inches
  • Glossy Accents
Once the containers were created I placed a mini fruit roll and squishy frog inside.

As you can see this is a very simple project. I didn't do any inking or stitching. When it comes to 5-year old children I usually don't spend as much time on their projects since it will probably be in the garbage can within an hour, lol. As long as they don't throw it away while I'm standing there, it's okay. There are certainly a lot of different ways this cute box can be decorated and could be used for adults as well as children.

I really appreciate you stopping by. Please let me know what you think.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Imagine Card

Good evening. Why is it that my creativity peaks when I should be sleeping? I woke up way too early with a design for a card all laid out it my head. I wasn't going to get up to do it right then, so I quickly drew it out. Crazy, huh?! I knew if I didn't write it down I wouldn't be able to fall asleep because I would be trying to make sure my brain would remember it all on it's own. Good Luck.

Sorry about the glue glare.


Imagine More-striped background paper cut at 6-inches and trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4
polka dot background paper cut at 6-inches and trimmed
Simply Charmed-pumpkins cut at 2-inches, with layers 1 and 3
RGB Codes from Papertrey Ink for the green and orange on the pumpkins

  • A2 size card-Papertrey Ink, Fine Linen Cardstock
  • Everyday Character Faces from Peachy Keen Stamps
  • Ribbon-Papertrey Ink Fine Linen (Saddle Stitch)
  • Button-StampinUp!
  • Sentiment-Papertrey Ink
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
I also did some stitching around the mat of the card with my Janome Sew Mini

I hope you enjoyed this card. Hopefully tonight I won't wake up with another crafty vision.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Imagine Layout

Hello friends. Today I want to share a layout that I made completely with my Imagine. Now, it takes some time and getting used to, but there are tons of possibilities with this machine, especially with future updates. Of course when the Gypsy and Imagine can communicate I'll be a lot happier...A LOT. And if I had my Gypsy I'd also be able to share the sizes of my cuts, but I didn't write them down and I don't have my Gypsy to refer to. Sorry.

Cartridges used:
Imagine More
Simply Charmed
"Stock" Shapes from the Imagine

The top note diecut is a stock shape pre-loaded into the Imagine. The pattern is from the Imagine More cartridge. I used the fit to page function to size and cut the shape. 'Good Times' is also from Imagine More and I cut this out using the layer function.
I didn't change any of the colors, I just used what was preset on the cartridge. I wanted to mention that the face of the sun doesn't have an even white edge around it. I don't know if this is a quirk of the image or if the alignment/calibration is off. I didn't have an issue with any of the other cuts, so I dunno.

You can see what I'm referring to in this picture:

The tree and little bird are from Simply Charmed. The color palette I used is the same one from the Imagine More cartridge, so I just chose the colors I wanted to use. I believe the tree was cut at 5-inches and the bird at 1 1/2-inches.

The little journal tag in the left corner is also from the Imagine More cartridge. I picked one of the layers from another image to create a small space to journal. I also used a stock rectangle from the Imagine and filled it with a pattern from the Imagine More cartridge. I believe I print and cut it at 7-inches and then trimmed it down to 4 1/2 x 6 1/4-inches to mat my picture.

The buttons are from StampinUp! and the twine is from Papertrey Ink. I did ink around the edges of several of my images and did some doodling. I think those two things add a lot to any project, but especially those made with the Imagine print feature. The small sentiment below the tree is from Papertrey Ink which I stamped in Tempting Turquoise from StampinUp! The brads are from StampinUp! as well.

This was a pretty simple page, but I think as I get to know the machine better I will be able to expand my horizons. Until then, small steps. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My First Imagine Project

Here it is, my first Imagine project! This card was inspired by Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge, the Circle Blog Weekly Challenge, and the Circle MB Challenge.

Emma from My Creative Time asked us to create a card using Create A Critter and the color orange. The part I forgot about until I went to post it, is that it's supposed to be a 'shape' card. Oops, I guess I'll be sitting this week out. The weekly Circle Blog Challenge was to create a "girly" project using ribbons, bows, pink, etc. in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And finally, the Circle MB Challenge was to incorporate a circle into our design.

Here's what I came up with.

My card base is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. The scallop circle is a stock shape from the Imagine sized at 5 inches. I used the Best Friends cartridge to add the sky background to the scallop. Originally my plan was to use the Papertrey Ink RGB codes on this card, but I decided to stick with the color palette from Best Friends instead.

The sheep is from Create A Critter and cut at 3 1/2 inches. I only used the base image and one layer. After I cut her fur, I placed it in my Xyron, upside down, so I could use the adhesive to add my glitter. I don't use my Xyron very much, but I love it for this purpose. The adhesive works perfectly to adhere the glitter.

I also cut the sun from CAC, at 1 1/2 inches (I think). I inked the edges with Stampin Up! Only Orange. Then to pull in the blue from the sky on the scalloped circle, I inked the edges of the base of my card with Tempting Turqouise from Stampin Up!

The buttons and twine are all Papertrey Ink and I thought the bows added an additional nice girly touch to the card. Her face is a stamp from Peachy Keen Critter faces. And then to add one more pink touch I decided to use some pink and white polka dot ribbon to make some bows to accessorize my sheep.

There you have it, a very simple, but sweet card. I hope you like it. For my first Imagine project I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back here soon!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Layout-Built Tough

It's my first day as a Sassy Lady Design Team Member! This is Kate from Sassy and Scrappy, and I'm so excited to share this layout with you today.

I was inspired to create this layout from a work day at my parents house. We removed some cement from their backyard that has caused some water issues in their basement in the past. My brothers, sister's-in-law, nephew, and myself all helped my parents out. We managed to get our work done and I even got to use a jack hammer for the first time! I wasn't sure that I would be able to do it since I'm on the petite side, 5', but let me just say, it was pretty cool.

I started my layout by designing it in my Gypsy. I used the 12x24 mat to lay it all out and get an idea where I want things to be. Below you can see my sketch.

After my layout was designed I grouped my items onto 4 different pages to cut out on my Expression. I was able to use 5 different cartridges on these 2 pages. That is a huge reason I love my Gypsy so much! It's so easy to find the design elements I want to use and really utilize all of my cartridges. Here's what I used:

Boys Will Be Boys-title, truck, and hammer (I actually didn't end up using the hammer, but I did cut one out)
Everyday Paper Dolls-shovels
Create A Critter and Plantin Schoolbook-grass

Here are all of the assembled pieces before adhering them to my background pages.

I inked around the edges of my photo mats and title using Papertrey Ink Chai and Chamomille. I decided to double mat my pictures so I cut them at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 and 4 1/2 x 6 1/2. I inked the grass with Green Galore and Glorious Green, and the sun with Only Orange, all from Stampin' UP! I also used my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen to do some doodling on my truck. And lots of Basic Grey buttons!

I also added some stitching around two of the background papers. This is the first time I've actually sewn on a project, so I wanted a stitch that would be forgiving, such as the zig zag. It also has more of a rugged feel to it, I think. The journal tag is a die cut from Papertrey Ink.

Another first for me is the Martha Stewart Metallic Glass Microbeads. I added these, as you can see above, to the top layer of my dump truck. I attached a piece of Scor-Tape to the top of the truck and then dipped it into the beads. I also placed the truck bed in the tray and rolled more beads over the adhesive and applied some pressure with my fingers to help them stick. I thought the beads would add a nice texture to the truck, as well as simulating gravel...but much cuter of course!

I used dimensional adhesives to pop up both layers of the title, the shovels, truck and sun. I applied glossy accents to the back of the buttons to glue them on the background paper. For whatever reason I don't feel like glue dots stick very well. I know, I'm the only one in the crafting world who doesn't love them! They tend to "pop up" when I use them, which I don't like, so I use liquid glue instead.

I really appreciate all of your patience and support as I begin my journey as a Sassy Lady Design Team Member! Thank you.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I have news!

I'm one of the new design team members for She's a Sassy Lady!

I feel truly honored that Sheila has allowed me to be a part of her amazing blog and her incredibly talented design team. I feel truly fortunate and blessed to have received this opportunity.

My first post will be Wednesday, October 6 so please come by She's a Sassy Lady to see what I've created for you. And of course, let me know what you think. Thanks again Sheila!