Thursday, April 30, 2009

Creating Again

Ahhhhh ... feels good to be at home today, and it feels even better to be able to create while I am here. :) I found out recently that I'm going to have surgery soon, so I wanted to make sure that all the cards I need for the next few months are done. There are still 2 or 3 that I need to do, but two got done tonight.

I started with the scalloped circles and Flower for All Seasons. The card is for a summer birthday, so I chose the sunflowers. It was stamped in Memento so that Copics could be used. The image was colored with Copics. The ladybug from Bugs and Kisses was stamped on the blue with Versamark, and the sentiment from Remembering You was stamped in black. The ribbon was put behind the circles and held in place with adhesive. Matching tags were put on the side to add just a little touch of ... something. I really like the way it turned out.

A close up of the circles and tags. I love the depth the dimensionals add.

Stamps: Flower for All Seasons, Bugs & Kisses, Remembering You
Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamark

SU (colors) and GP white

Copics, Cricut (cut the scalloped circles), ribbon (SU), dimensionals

I'd love to hear what you think!

Have a wonderful Thursday night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Long Time!!

It's been a long time, and I'm so sorry!!! I've had little to no time to create with the exception of my Bible study - which happens to be a scrapbooking Bible study (God's Good Gifts). :)

So, today, I'm going to share two 2-page layouts that I've done for my Bible study. We scrapbook the themes of the week and add our thoughts from the study during the week.

The first theme was Myself.

This one was particularly hard for me because I don't have a lot of pictures of myself, and I have a difficult time talking about 'me.'

I like the way the page came out, though.

The second theme was Church.

This one was much easier. :) And, I actually had several pictures of my church building and church body to incorporate into these pages.

My Cricut was used for the titles on both pages. SCAL was used to create these from the great fonts I found for free on the internet.

Hopefully, I will be able to create something this week to share, as well as to put together a review of the Cricut embossing folder kit.

Until then, have a great day and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Blog Candy Alert

Hey ... SUPER blog candy at Carole's blog!! You don't want to miss this one.

Is that great or what?! You need to rush over there. Contest ends on Tuesday the 14th. :)

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Cricut Deep Cut Blade Assembly Review

As some of you know, I'm in the process of getting in shape, working out, and losing weight. It's a slow process, but I'm really ready for it this time. Anyway, rewards are a fun incentive, and food is NOT a good reward for losing weight, so I thought about a good alternative. The conclusion?? Craft supplies! :) How fun is that? My first reward was the Bind It All. The reward this time (for getting under a particular weight) was the Deep Cut Blade Assembly and extra deep-cut blades for my Cricut. It is suppose to cut cardboard up to 1/8". I bought it some time ago, but vowed not to use it until I reached my short-term goal. That day came 3 days ago, but I didn't get a chance to use it until last night.

I've heard mixed reviews about the product, but I needed to make the judgment myself. The cardboard that was used was about the depth of the back of a spiral notebook or a little thicker than a cereal box. A simple shape would do for the first cut.

Wow. That sucker cut through that cardboard like a hot knife through butter. NICE. This was *without* multi-cut turned on. It cut with only one pass. Now, this is not the thickest material in the world, but it works really well for book covers, little chipboard accents, and such.

The cut shapes are very crisp and clean cut. Anyone would be pleased with these.

My review - In general, for light chipboard and thick papers, this blade is excellent. It cuts well and very cleanly. I do NOT recommend it for thicker materials. A thicker material was used, but the blade got caught on the side of the material and couldn't get in to it to cut it. It skipped, stuttered, and groaned. Just be careful which materials you use with this accessory. If it sputters, cancel the cut immediately.

While testing the blade and blade assembly, I put together a new cruise book for Jaydin. I may make a few more before the trip, but this one was a good start.

It was awesome having the deep cut blade assembly to cut the cover just the way I wanted it. I also took the time to play a little and make the front a clear shaker to add some interest and fun.

The confetti used inside was from a card that Concierge gave us on our last cruise. :) It's a good memory and a great way to preserve it.

To complete the book, I added white pages (45 of them) and bound the entire thing with my Bind It All. I used a great set of red coils that a great SCS friend passed along to me last month. :) The red works perfectly with the theme.

Recently, I read a post on Laurie Wilson's blog about fixing a small problem with the ATG. I used her suggestion to add the little round 'barrier' to the ATG to help guide the tape correctly. Instead of using the measurements she gave, though, I used one of the waxy paper things that are put between the ATG refills as a guide. They are a little bigger than the refills themselves, and fit perfectly inside. I traced the guide circle and cut it out. Then, because I just couldn't leave a bare piece of cardboard in there, I had to decorate it. :) Here's the result.

So far, it's working, and I think it looks cute, too. :)

Jaydin was suppose to go to a party last Sunday for a little girl that goes to church with us. Unfortunately, Jaydin was way too sick to go. I took a little time yesterday to create something extra for the child. I think it turned out really well!

The etching turned out better on the mirror than it does on the ornaments. I really like the look of this, and I hope that Kylie will, too.

Here it is up close.

A lot in this post today. Sorry. Thanks for hanging with me this long! :) As always, I'd love to know your thoughts on all of it! :)

Have a wonderful Sunday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Welcome Spring

April 1! Wow. I can't believe how fast this year is flying by. My April challenge kit arrived yesterday in the mail, and I took a brief opportunity to put together a card with it tonight. My 3 year old has been extremely sick (but is on the road to recovery), and we're stuck at home for a while. So, up to the Haven we went tonight for a little while. She watched Psalty the Singing Songbook while I took a little while to create.

The green layer, designer paper, orange-ish layer and image (on top of polished stone) came with the kit. I removed the polished stone inside each flower petal and the leaves, and colored the petals with Copics. I matted the image with pop dots on the green layer. I added the gray taffeta ribbon and little paper flowers, along with the mini brads in the center of the flowers.

The image up close. I was pretty pleased with the effect of the Copics after I removed the polished stone from the petals. Turned out pretty cool. I've never seen it as an effect before, but someone probably did it long before me. :)

I'd love to hear what you think.

Hope you are having a great Wednesday, and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!