Saturday, January 29, 2011

Monogram Card

Thought it might be nice for us to have some monogrammed cards to have on hand. Created this one tonight. The bling is really a light green color but looks a little washed out in the picture.


Decided to branch out tonight and create something a little different, so I created title blocks for each of my furry babies. The monogram letters are from Gypsy Font while the rectangle is from George and Basic Shapes. The rectangle was made large enough for a 4 x 6 print even though I cut down one of the frames for my picture of Katie. The letters are cut from Recollections paper and glued onto the brown card stock. Everything was inked with VersaMagic Coffee Bean. I had some magnetic sheets and placed strips on the back of each picture so that I could have pictures of the furry babies on the fridge.

Sorry the pics are a little grainy. The iPod usually takes decent pictures, but I think the lighting just wasn't enough for better pictures.

Just purchased two new cartridges on ebay! Can't wait until Sweethearts and Pack Your Bags arrive....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I made this card prior to finding out that I was recognized as staff member of the month at work today. I missed it due to a doctor's appt, but I feel so lucky to work with the great staff at my school. It just turned out to be a fitting card for today. This week's Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge this week is to use one of the cutest cartridges, Create a Critter.

I spent last night laying this card out on my Gypsy as well as welding the bamboo and grass. The bamboo, grass, panda and sentiment were all cut from the Create a Critter cartridge.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Paper Pups

The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge this week is to make a project using a Cricut cartridge that you have not used in the last 6 months. One of my favorite cartridges is Paper Pups, but I never seem to use it. That might be because it is more for my layouts with the furry babies and I have not done one of those in forever.

I even used chalk to create spots on the dog. I rarely use chalk, so it was nice to try something a little different.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Floral Sweetness

This week's Cooking with Cricut challenge was to use 3 or more flowers and follow an optional sketch. I did opt to follow the sketch this week. That makes it so much easier! Again, all the papers are scraps from my scrap drawer. I keep trying to cut down on the paper in that little drawer, but I don't seem to be making much progress. Anyway....

The hearts are cut from my Four-Legged Friends cartridge. I have had this cartridge since Black Friday, and this is the first time I have used it. I think it is such a cute cartridge, and I have really neglected it. Determination made me find a way to use it for this project. The paw print is filled in with Glossy Accents. I used VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea to ink pretty much everything on the card. The sentiment is a rub-on and the flowers are Prima. The flourish was cut with Gypsy Wanderings.

I am going to have to find the perfect animal lover to send this card to. This would be super appropriate for me, but it might be a bit strange to send it to myself....

Snowman Dreams

Here is my card for this week's Cricut Cardz Challenge. The goal was to incorporate a snowman and any colors.

The snowman was cut using the Joys of the Season cartridge. The brown background was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. After embossing I used sand paper to sand the tops of the snowflakes. Stickles were used around the stars, for the hat, gloves, and nose. I just used silver letters to spell out "DREAM" for the sentiment.

To be honest this card did not turn out the way I envisioned. I just could not get it to come together. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

For the Birds

I came across a new blog this evening - Jitterbuggin'! Well, of course, they have a challenge that I decided to enter. The deadline was tonight by 11:59. Had to do some fast thinking for this one! There was a sketch on the blog and the requirements were to use a bird from a Cricut cartridge and the color pink. I have to admit I was not really in a pink mood tonight, but I found the perfect combination for me. Even better is that I was finally able to use one of my new Cricut cartridges, Pagoda.

This card is much busier than cards I usually create, but I wanted to extend beyond my comfort zone. I had some matching paper and I used a piece from almost every sheet. There were also some punch out tags that I used as well. The interior of the smaller circle is actually a tag. There is also a tag behind the friend sentiment. I looped some yellow ribbon through it and popped it up with foam tape. The dots in the Kanji for friend are done with copper Stickles (how did I ever exist before Stickles?!). Originally, I had not placed the bling around the larger circle, but it really needed soemthing to help it stand out. The larger circle is a muted pink with brown tones. It is not your bright, vibrant pink, but it worked for me today. Glad I was able to fulfill the guidelines of the challenge and do something that fit my mood.

Happy Scrapping.

Wonder how many days I can go with this card a day business?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sweet Treats

The theme for this week's Fantabulous Cricut challenge is "Sweet Shop".  I still needed to make Valentine's cards for my two beautiful nieces and had been thinking of something that had sweet treats on the front. This challenge really helped me bring it all together. I have to also thank the Fantabulous Cricut blog for the background too. Recently, there was a blog entry about quilting classes and how the instructor advised using black or purple to make things pop and how that can be applied to scrapbooking as well. I would have never chosen purple for the background had I not read that blog post. I have to admit I am really pleased with how it turned out.

The sentiment is cut from yes, you guessed it, Paisley. I love that cartridge. The cupcake is cut from the Sweet Treats cartridge.

Also entering this card in the Cupcake Challenge for CARDZ TV.

Card for New Additions

I am trying to create cards to have enough on hand for any event. One card I never have is a baby card. Well, not anymore. Here is a giraffe to welcome those new additions.

I bought a stamp set with baby-related sentiments, so I would always have some on hand. The giraffe was cut using the Create a Critter cartridge. I inked the card background and sentiment with gingerbread by VersaMagic.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


No challenge entries today. Just making cards for Valentine's Day. The heart and sentiment were both cut with my Cricut. The sentiment was cut using the Paisley cartridge. I cannot for the life of me remember which cartridge was used to cut the heart. That might have something to do with the fact that I was working on those late last night/early this morning.

All my cards lately have been made of paper predominately from my scrap drawer. It was just getting too full and I refuse to use a bigger drawer. It is amazing what I have found in there.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Crazy in Love

Here is my entry into this week's The Paper Variety Challenge. The prize this week was sponsored by My Pink Stamper, so the challenge was to use pink, white and/or black only. This card is for my hubby for Valentine's Day. He has not read any of my blog entries so far, so let's hope he does not start now.

Most of the time I feel like my cards look better in the picture than in person. This time it is definitely the other way around. The pink stickles I used on the sentiment look much better to me here at home. Oh well. The heart and shadow were cut using Indie Art as was the black flourish. The sentiment and its shadow were cut using Paisley.

I have really spent a great deal of time lately looking at blogs about scrapbooking/card making. I am so amazed at the talent of others. Maybe one day I will be able to do some really elaborate pieces. I have been playing a great deal with my Gypsy, and can I just say that I love it. Still have a lot to learn. Fortunately, I just won "Gypsy: A to Z"! I participated in Monique Griffith's UStream video this evening and still cannot believe I won this prize sponsored by Tammy at Creative Critters Cricut Club.

I think I am going to also enter this into the Cooking with Cricut challenge: Glittermania.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Love Bug

This week's Cricut Cardz Challenge required the use of black, red, and white ONLY. Well, it could be any theme, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so.....

The card is at an odd angle because the red is shiny, therefore I could not take the picture straight on without my reflection. Images and the text were cut with my Cricut. The lady bug was cut using the Create a Critter cartridge, the hearts were cut using George, and the letters were cut using Gypsy Font.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Winter Warmies

I am so excited to be entering another challenge. These challenges are really keeping me motivated to scrap (or maybe it is the snow outside). Hopefully, I can enter a challenge every week. That is the goal anyway. This card is my entry for FCCB #42. The goal was to incorporate some type of winter weather clothing.

All of the pieces were cut using my Cricut. The phrase was cut using George, the mittens and snowfakes are from Joy of the Season, and the scarf is from Create a Critter.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Winter Wishes

This week's challenges at Fantabulous Cricut and The Paper Variety had to incorporate snow in some way. How appropriate given that we are expecting 10-12 inches on Sunday night/Monday morning. We had a little snow today, so it has been a great day to work in my scrap room. Have I mentioned that my scrap room is also the cat's room? It makes for some challenges sometimes, but it is great to have a space. Here is my entry for the challenge.

This picture was actually very difficult to take. The shadow behind winter and the snowflake are both silver foil, and I kept getting my reflection. The word "winter" with the shadow were both cut from Gypsy Wanderings. The flake was cut using Christmas.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Journey

I am not a great scrapper, in fact, I am not a good scrapper. I am good at copying what others create. That is why sketches are so great for me. My goal this year is to continue challenging my creative side. Maybe I will finally be able to get all the right colors and patterns without help. Here's hoping.

Here is my first entry into a sketch challenge for Lucy's Cards. Simple, but believe it or not it took me forever!