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Monday, June 27, 2011

A few of my Favorite Things...

Hey everyone! This month over on the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog we are sharing a few of our favorite things! Hope you will pop over and check out what the other designers have listed! Now on to my favorite things.... I decided to use American Crafts Glitter Cardstock, Stickles, Glimmer Mist, The Greeting Farm Stamps and my Cricut to create this card.


It is a bit hard to capture all of the Bling Factor in this card in a photo but it really sparkles! I started with a piece of black cardstock. I guess-timated where to cut the star on a larger piece so I could cut it down exactly. I used my Cricut and the Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge to cut the star out at 3 1/2". Then I cut it to fit the 5 x 6 1/2" card base that I had.


Next, I spot spritzed with my Gold Glimmer Mist. I wanted a kind of blobby look so I depressed the sprayer slowly and only about 1/2 way with each spray. The gold on the black really pops! The picture above has my plain black paper and the spritzed one for comparison.


Before I put away my Glimmer Mist I stamped the phrase "you Twinkle more than stars" from The Greeting Farm Because of You Stamp Set on a scrap piece of white cardstock with my Staz-On Black Ink and spritzed that with some Glimmer Mist too. I matted it on a piece of the spritzed black before I added it to my card.


Next I grabbed my bottle of Golden Rod Stickles. This one seems to match the Glitter Paper perfectly. I added a few stars and a few little dots here and there for even more dimension. I also decided to cut a few tiny stars out of the Glitter Paper as well. Then I used a scrap of the American Crafts Gold Glitter Cardstock along the bottom to put under my sentiment.


Finally, I adhered my 4 x 4" square of American Crafts Gold Glitter Cardstock to the base of my card, under where my cut out is. Then I used some Pop Up Dots to attach the front of my card. I love the look of this card and I can't wait to use it! All of these products are available right now in the Cutters Creek online store!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sock Monkey Card

Just a quick post for today. I can't believe I've let photographic and posting get behind! So I'm catching up! By the way, I hope you will sign up to get my posts delivered right to your inbox with the Feedburner link provided in my sidebar! I needed an awesome card for my cousin's son's birthday and I had this cute monkey card already made in my stash of cards.


But it was plain (no cupcake) and didn't really scream "Birthday". So I grabbed a really cute Hero Art's stamps set and stamped and colored my Cupcake. But it still felt plain so I free handed a #2 candle and attached it! I think it came out great!


For the rest of the card I'm going from memory but the Sock Monkey cut is from the B is for Boy Cricut Lite cartridge. I added flocking on the yellow parts of hit hat for texture. And I love adding Googly Eyes to my cuts. The background is embossed with Cuttlebug folders; D'Vine Swirl, Argyle and I can't think of the name of the circles one but will update when I figure it out (i.e. go look, LOL!). The birthday boy loved it so much he immediately pulled the monkey off the card! At least I know he liked it, LOL!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Fun Blog Hop - Day 2

* Sorry my post is a bit late today!!! I had some computer issues this morning and had to work till 2. Hope you enjoy! *

It's time to get ready for Summer! So I gathered up some of my favorite crafting friends to help me get ready for this great summer season!! So grab you favorite comfy chair, flip fops, and iced tea and get ready to hop with my friends. I do have a few rules for this hop, in support of each crafter and the time they have put into their work, to... be eligible for my blog candy you MUST visit each blog and leave a comment. If you came here from Patricia's Blog you are on the right track! If you have started here at my blog, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us.

This hop runs from June 3rd and 4th, so you have plenty of time to make it all the way through the hop. Check out each blog and see what each blog has to offer for BLOG CANDY!

My project for today is my California Dreamin' Layout!


Ok, so technically this page is from the winter but it sure felt like summer! I was lucky enough to get to go to CHA in LA this past Winter. But while I was there I got word of the huge blizzard predicted for the Chicago area. They actually canceled my flight a day ahead of time! Naturally, Betsy (who I got snowed out with) and I were concerned about our families and friends back home but....


It certainly didn't stop us from making the most of our extra day in LA! I was very lucky that my husband has some terrific family in LA that picked us up and showed us around the town. We spent the afternoon at Manhattan Beach! While all of our friends back home were posting pics of the snow and the "digging out" we thought we should show the view from where we were... Betsy and I were "digging in" the sand, LOL!


So, we spent the day after the blizzard frolicking in the surf and shopping and dining in some fun LA neighborhoods! I have a funny feeling it may be MUCH harder to talk my hubby into letting me go back to CHA next Winter though....

Become a follower and leave me a comment to be entered to win some sweet blog candy! One comment per person, shipping to the US only. When you're done, hop along to Mickie's Blog to check out her amazing project!

Our Line up....


1. Robin - http://thecricutscrapper.blogspot.com/

2. Rachelle - http://rachelle-rachellesplace.blogspot.com/

3. Suzanne - http://cricutcraftingrammy.blogspot.com/

5. Patricia - http://creativediva98.blogspot.com/

6. Mandie - http://mandiesscrappin.blogspot.com/

7. Mickie - http://littlescrapcorner.blogspot.com/

8. Deborah - http://scrappingmamma.net/

9. Tristan - http://tristans-time-4-craftin.blogspot.com/

10. Monica - http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/

11. Christine - http://crabbycakescrafts.blogspot.com/

12. Carla - http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/

13. Shawnee - http://quiverofangels.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer Fun Blog Hop - Day 1

It's time to get ready for Summer! So I gathered up some of my favorite crafting friends to help me get ready for this great summer season!! So grab you favorite comfy chair, flip fops, and iced tea and get ready to hop with my friends. I do have a few rules for this hop, in support of each crafter and the time they have put into their work, to... be eligible for my blog candy you MUST visit each blog and leave a comment. If you came here from Patricia's Blog you are on the right track! If you have started here at my blog, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us.

This hop runs from June 3rd and 4th, so you have plenty of time to make it all the way through the hop. Check out each blog and see what each blog has to offer for BLOG CANDY!

My project for today is a super fun Flip Flop Mini Album!


This album was inspired by a kit my good friend Betsy bought. We were cropping at Michael's and I decided I was gonna grab a pair of flip flops and make myself one! I also grabbed a sheet of poster board and the Recollections Girly Girl paper stack.


I actually used the template from Betsy's kit to design mine but you could easily make your own by tracing the flip flop and then cutting it just inside your like, buy a 1/4 inch or so. Then just figure out how you want to connect them. I just left paper tabs in between but you could also use ribbon or what ever else you can think of!


Because the paper is busy I figured I would just use simple photo mats when I add my pictures. Summer is just beginning here so I thought I would print photos as I go through out the summer!


The little butterflies are actually Flip Flop adornments that Michael's also sells. They just tie on with a lace. Then I added foam letter stickers, tied it shut with a piece of ribbon and done! Once I had the pattern down this took me about an hour tops to assemble. I do also want to mention that I adhered the pages to the flip flop with SUPER strength ATG tape but at home I think I would have to use a liquid adhesive (since I don't own the framer's ATG). Hope you like today's project!

Become a follower and leave me a comment to be entered to win some sweet blog candy! One comment per person, shipping to the US only. When you're done, hop along to Mickie's Blog to check out her amazing project!

Our Line up....


1. Robin - http://thecricutscrapper.blogspot.com/

2. Rachelle - http://rachelle-rachellesplace.blogspot.com/

3. Suzanne - http://cricutcraftingrammy.blogspot.com/

5. Patricia - http://creativediva98.blogspot.com/

6. Mandie - http://mandiesscrappin.blogspot.com/

7. Mickie - http://littlescrapcorner.blogspot.com/

8. Deborah - http://scrappingmamma.net/

9. Tristan - http://tristans-time-4-craftin.blogspot.com/

10. Monica - http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/

11. Christine - http://crabbycakescrafts.blogspot.com/

12. Carla - http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/

13. Shawnee - http://quiverofangels.blogspot.com/