Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I spy with my little eye.... and a WINNER!

The Cricut Circle is having a monthly contest and the theme is "Road Trip" to make something that can be used on a road trip.

Well by now I am sure that you are becoming acquainted with my good friend June. She has 9 year old twin girls with Autism and I wanted to make something for them. They have been road tripping all over the East Coast for their summer vacation so I wanted to make something that was re-usable and something that held their attention for a little bit. So I thought I'd make an I Spy book! 

The recipe for this would be epic so I will put some of the highlights below.

I am certainly not done with it. It needs some fun embellishing, but for now I couldn't wait to show you all! :) 


I hope you enjoyed it and it inspires you to make one for someone small in your life! 

I also have a WINNER from my My Pink Designer post!!!!

Gayle, I have emailed you your certificate number. If you have any questions or didn't get my email, you can email me at! Congratulations!

I am a guest designer in July for a new challenge blog called Polkadot Door Designs and there will be a blog hop coming up on the 1st.... 

Also on the 1st I am going to announce that I am a guest designer for another manufacturer... can anyone guess who it might be? :) I am VERY excited about it!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Anniversary - LOTS of embossing

Well, apparently I had my Cuttlebug out and thought that EVERYTHING needed Cuttlebugging - which is generally does, but I admit, I went a little crazy, but it turned an ordinary card into a card with a lot of texture! 

I actually designed this entire card around the phrase. I picked out a phrase that would be fitting for my parent's anniversary and this was perfect! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! :) 

Now I just had to find sheep.. well, in my library of cartridges (about 30) I only had two sheep (Create a Critter and Wall Decor and More) but luckily my friend Lezlye was there that day and let me use her new Everyday Pop-Up Cards Cartridge (one of my top three on my wish list!) and I cut these from there. Thanks Lezlye! 



Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Harvest Release Party!

Welcome to the Happy Harvest Release Party at Imaginisce! I LOVE this collection and have been bursting to show you my projects! Since I loved Apple Cider last year, this has some of the same color veins. I know you will enjoy it too!!!

Too Cute to Spook

Sweets for the Sweet

My First Topiary
I must say I had a ball (pun intended) making this topiary! It came together MUCH quicker than I expected thanks to my i-bond! My DT sisters at Imaginisce helped me with the bottom portion of the topiary and suggested toile, raffia, and burlap. So I did ALL of them! Thanks ladies!!!



Pop back over to the Imaginisce blog to see all of the fabulous inspiration that we have been making for you all week! I hope you enjoy it and you might want to check it out to see if there is a giveaway.... :) :) :) 


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Pink Designer and GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Well, since I started the term with a complicated welded card from Create a Critter (which I can't show here because it's being published. :)), then I thought I would end it with one too. 

This card is going to my friend Bridget who is having a baby girl very soon! I got her a little outfit so I will be sending this along with it. :) I hope she likes it! 

We have had SUCH a fabulous team this term! I can't believe that it has been six months! So while some people are staying and some are going, I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to the incredibly sweet and generous ROBYN for not only picking me to be on her DT but for becoming such a close, wonderful and cherished friend, to Maria for being our incredible DT leader and for all of the support from my DT sisters! You all have been FABULOUS to work with and ever so sweet! 

I also thought that I should have a giveaway and what better to give away than a set of Robyn's stamps! :) Scroll down for details!

Little One
I know it should be the cow jumping over the moon, but I just LOVED this little lamb and had to use it after seeing my friend June use it along with My Pink Stamper's Punny-licious HERE. So she inspired this idea.

Designer's Notes:
I used Glossy Accents on the hat, white parts of the sheep, and both stars. Then I dropped loose fine glitter into the wet Glossy Accents and it gives it a shimmery, dreamy effect that is beautiful in person. 

This is the Sweet Baby stamp set that I have used SOOO much! You can look at all of Robyn's stamp sets and see which retailers carry them HERE.


So that you can choose which stamps you want, I am going to give one lucky winner a gift certificate to Pumpkin Spice - my amazing sponsor!!!  I am actually giving away $20!!! 

Now pop on over to My Pink Stamper's website to see what the other Pink Designers have created for our final post of this term! 

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post to win the gift certificate! I will choose a winner on the 29th- the day after my parents' wedding anniversary! Check back here to see if you have won! :) 


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day - You've Got the Beat!

This is the card I made for my dad for Father's Day. I got super lucky when it comes to dads and have been a "daddy's girl" for most of my life. 

One time when I was 14 he was at a conference in San Francisco. He flew me up there for the evening and took me to listen to jazz and to go swing dancing. That was the most extravagant thing that he ever did, but he did take me on regular dates. Apparently he got some advice from someone that said when I got to be a teenager, that he should start to "date me" so that I knew what it should be like to be treated kindly and correctly and with propriety. He opened doors for me and brought me home on time (whenever mom wanted him to). It worked. I never let a man push me around or disobey my parents or put me in compromising circumstances. So I wanted to pass that on to you! My dad taught me the start of how I should be loved. And now I have an amazing husband who loves me more than I could imagine. It all started with my dad treating me the way that he wanted me to be treated when I was older. So thank you daddy-o!

He also taught swing dancing for a while so this card was perfect for him! 

You've Got the Beat
I embossed the background with music notes, but you can't really see it.



Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Anniversary to my co-parents!

Happy Anniversary to my husband's parents (who I call my co-parents because in-laws has bad connotations and I LOVE them! I got so lucky).

Their anniversary is tomorrow so this is the card I made for them! 



Friday, June 17, 2011

Thanks using Love you a Latte

So my new friend Lezlye drove two hours yesterday to come hang out with me all day! I got to try out her E2 which was so much fun and play with her new cartridges - two of which were used on this card: Love you a Latte and Elegant Edges. 

They are probably my top two on my current wish list! So I was jazzed to play with them! Thanks Lezlye!

This is just another thank you card that I made for my birthday presents I received from friends and family. 

Cartridges: Love you a Latte™ (tea cup), Elegant Edges™ (border), and Graphically Speaking™ (steam)
Patterned Paper: 
Bo Bunny Double Dot "Chiffon Dot"
Bo Bunny Double Dot "Coffee Dot"
Bo Bunny Double Dot "Flamingo Dot"
Cardstock: Paper Trey Ink Vintage Cream 
Glossy Accents (top and bottom)
Martha Stewart Coarse glitter (borrowed from Lezlye)
Hot Rocks Compact in Pink, Black, and Clear™


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beach Day Layout

For the Cricut Circle Crop there was a Crops of Love donation. We were asked to make two page layouts in a variety of different themes. They are given to the families and children who are going through terrible things and are granted a wish - like a beach day. So then they take scrapbooking donations and put in the pictures and give them to the families. What a wonderful thing to cherish as times get harder for them. I chose the beach theme!

The elements on the right page don't look straight, but trust me, I measured them from all angles and they are as straight as can be! 

I will have to add links to the recipe for this tomorrow because I am exhausted and need to go to sleep. But here are the highlights:

  • Patterned Paper: Imaginisce: Animal Crackers
  • Cartridges: Everyday Paper Dolls, Cake Basics, and Designer's Calendar
  • Stickers from My Little Shoebox
  • Cardstock: Coredinations Paper and Paper Trey Ink
  • Embossing: Swiss Dots Emboss Folder
  • pom-pom ribbon: My Mind's Eye: Fine and Dandy
  • Splatter paint is Smooch in Carrot Cake
  • Crop-a-dile and eyelets
  • i-rock by Imaginisce
  • Hot Rock Compact in Jewel 


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day Imaginisce Style

Today at Imaginisce we are showing you inspiration for Father's Day! So if you are running a little last minute like I was (I made this yesterday!) then pop over to get some great ideas! We had inspiration for gifts yesterday!

This is for my husband's father for Father's Day. He's a remarkable man. I've only gotten to know him since Hans and I started dating and he has quickly become one of my heros. He's a true man's man and I hope he will like this card! 



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Betty Bee's Buzz - Monday Motivational - Pinwheels!

Thank you so much for all the Birthday Wishes! :) They really touched my little heart! :) 

Today at Betty Bee's Buzz, I volunteered to do the Monday Motivational (tutorial) on Pinwheels! The subject that June and I picked for the challenge this week! 

Never having done one, I had to look it up myself - which I did HERE

This is my version. :) 

All You Need is Love

1. I cut three 2" squares from the shadow function on the Cake Basics Cartridge (most of you probably have Plantin Schoolbook for this, but it didn't come with my Expression). You can also just hand cut 2x2 squares.

2. Score down the diagonals of the squares in both directions - making triangular quadrants (is that an oxymoron? I'm such a geek, I know.) 

It should look like this:

3. Cut on the score lines only half way down. This is very important for the pinwheel to hold its shape. If you cut all the way down, you won't have room for the brad to hold it... Ask me how I know... ;) 

It should look like this now:

4. Curl edge inward. I chose the ride edge of each section. Either will work I suppose! :) 

It should now look like this:

5. Using Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares, place one in the center of the pinwheel and curl the edges PAST the middle and adhere to the square. This will get you a much neater looking pinwheel than meeting in the center (believe it or not!). 
Close up of the Extreme Adhesive Square middle:

6. Punch a small hole in the middle of the pinwheel using your Crop-a-dile or other apparatus. 
It should now look like this:

7. Put a brad in the center and enjoy! :) 

Finished Product:

This was based on a sketch at the My Mind's Eye blog and I will be using it for their challenge. 

Almost ALL of this can be found at Pumpkin Spice - my Sponsor! Check them out!!!

Have a wonderful Monday and make sure to play along with us this week at Betty Bee's Buzz! Create a project using a pinwheel! Come back on Wednesday to link it up and see what the other honeybees created! 


Friday, June 10, 2011

My Pink Stamper Pink-alicious Blog Hop!

Robyn's challenge to us for this week was to make anything we felt like that reminded us of summertime! 

You should have gotten here from Lori's blog. If not, start here at My Pink Stamper's blog! 

I give myself a little more "leave" when it comes to ice cream in the summer. You all pretty much know that I am in a condo, but I am also on the top floor and get sun from about 1pm on. So while it's FAB in the winter and we literally turn on our heaters maybe once a year, in the summer it can get a little hot--- and stays hot as there is almost no one with AC in San Francisco. So ice cream or my particular favorite - Frozen Yogurt (adoringly called "FroYo") is my new thing. BUT there aren't any Cricut Cartridges with FroYo on them (Provo Craft are you listening!?! :) :) :)) So ice cream is the next best thing. :) 

I made this card using Artful Delight's June Kit and of course My Pink Stamper stamps!  

Design notes: I welded these two images on my Gypsy. BUT with Cricut Craft Room coming out, everyone will be able to do it!!! :) 


Now head on over to my good friend Cristi's blog! 

Oh, and it's my birthday today. :) Tomorrow I have a pot-luck scheduled with a bunch of friends! :) Hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

You're My Favorite - Circle Challenge!

Hey all! 

Welcome to new followers and friends! :) 

Today I made this card up super quickly to get into the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge which was "Sweet Summertime" and they wanted us to use a stamp too. 

I don't have a whole lot of stamps - seriously nearly all of them are My Pink Stamper so I just used a stamp for my sentiment. I felt bad about realizing that they probably meant a background stamp so I pulled apart the card (as I was writing this) and added a background stamp (which doesn't show up in the photo as well as it shows up in person) and re-shot it and here is the before and after! :) The background stamp is in the upper left and bottom right.

You can get EVERYTHING I used on this card apart from the solid cardstock, cartridges, and Cuttlebug folder from my AWESOME sponsor PUMPKIN SPICE! They have the best shipping rates and the best prices on product! They also have the best customer service! Check it out! I love enabling! :) 



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Imaginisce, Echo Park and Spellbinders HOP!!!

What a fun combination!!! We on the Imaginisce team have been SOOOOO blessed to receive goodies from both Echo Park and Spellbinders! Now, you all know my love for Echo Park (and the Imaginisce girls were even making fun of me!!! I must really be obvious or something! ;) ... I have never owned anything by Spellbinders and I had a hoot playing with it! So now I officially own one set - the scalloped squares. Thank you Spellbinders and Echo Park!!!

If you got here from the ridiculously talented Rhonda's blog then you are on the right track! If not, start HERE at the beginning at the Imaginisce blog

For Echo Park we were given one of the two Dots and Stripes collections and I received Metropolitan. I love the manly colors in this set and as always Echo Park produces high quality wonderful paper. 



Now head on over to the super sweet Marielle's blog. She has had a really hard and super sad week so if you could leave her a nice comment and say you're thinking about her and praying for her, then that would be really nice. 

While you're there be SURE to scroll down on Marielle's blog and check out her Fun and Laughter layout. It's one of my favorites! 

The prize for the hop is Echo Park Paper, Imaginisce Paper, AND a set of Spellbinders dies!!! How crazy and generous is that!