Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - Altering A Cartridge Size To A Standard Size Card & A Scraplift



Good Times Ahead! Don't you just love that sentiment for the front of a card? Boy you can use that for just about anything positive! Today on our Gypsy Made Simple series you will learn how to alter a ready made card that is on a cart to fit the size that you want while still retaining all the detail that you loved. I am also scrap lifting this AWESOME card from Aaron Brown of Booth 32. She sent me a similar card and I just had to make it on my own and share it with you today. I am a fairly new follower on Aaron's blog and I just love the awesome projects that she shares. This card though got sent right to my door and that is when the trouble started... I had to make this awesome card.
Now let's get out your Gypsy, grab a cup of coffee and let's get to work.


Now wasn't that easy? I used the Art Philosophy Cart but you can use any cart you want that has complete cards on it. You know, Just Because Cards, Birthday Bash, Wild Cards just to name a few. Use what you have already. See how easy it is to put together! Just take your time and do all the steps that give your card a finished look. Use hide contour if you don't like the score marks and if you chose a card with a window in it, remember you can hide that too.

Here is one of my completed cards and I have to tell you I love it! I used the Workshop On The Go Cruisin' Kit from Close To My Heart to create this card and I just love the papers. It even came with the bottle caps and stamp set. I just my own inks and I was good to go with Grey Flannel, I used the twine that I had from My Craft Spot, some left over paper scraps from the card party, and some black ribbon. I was trilled with the way this turned out.


Now wasn't that easy to put together. I kept Aaron's card close at hand the whole time as I didn't want to miss any detail on it as I thought the card was just perfect. I love the colors and the detail she used and I think I accomplished a very successful scrap lift that the original crafter would be proud to say yup that looks good! I always like to make mine as good as the original even if I don't have all the material they used.

This is a close up of the 2 fronts. Aaron's gorgeous card is on the left and mine is on the right. Aaron used the Adventure USA stamp set They both have the same look and feel even though I didn't use the exact materials.
Don't you just love how easy it is to alter a card from the cart and call it your own. The Gypsy makes it so easy and remember just like a computer if you make a mistake, just redo or restart your project. No loss it is like putting in a fresh sheet of paper each time you use it.
Now I challenge YOU to make a card this week by using one of the carts that offer cards on it and make the card fit an A2 size, then make it 2 up so that you are actually making two cards with one cut! Then link it up. Also try to scap lift from something that you love the design and link it up. Be sure to give your original designer credit on your blog and I am sure they will be flattered that you thought enough of their design to want to make one of your own. Let's see those awesome cards. Link up your card today.
Thank your for joining us, I hope you enjoyed today's post, be sure to come back every day for a new project offered on She's A Sassy Lady. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comment inspire me to continue sharing with you.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Crusin' Layout


Good Morning! Gina here from creationsbyGina. It is my turn again to share a project with all of you. For my post today I have created a layout using the CTMH Crusin' paper pack. This pack is so fun and retro looking. I thought it was perfect for a male inspired LO. The cartridges used for my cuts are Nifty Fifties, and Art Philosophy.
I especially wanted to feature this map print paper because I thought it was so fun and the Crusin' paper pack includes coordinating solids so it is easy to match prints without going hunting for the right colors. The printed papers even have cute edges with sayings or sentiments on the paper ID strip! See the red flag in photo #2?
No stamping for me today, but I enjoyed inking the edges with CTMH ink Grey Wool for some added depth. I also used some Enamel Accents in black to highlight the stars and it was that easy!
Please stop by my blog creationsbyGina to see more fun projects. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dotty for FUN!

Hi, Donna here from Nana Donna's Card Dreams. Hi everyone hope you are all looking forward to the long holiday weekend coming up.  I hope you have something fun planned, just like this card says.
Isn't it fun?  All the papers are from the Dotty For You pack that is on special right now for just $5 when you place an order for $35 or more.  The papers are so fun in this pack, especially if you like polka dots.  This special will run through May31st.
Everything on this card was cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge, since I got this cartridge it seems to be all I am using lately it is great!  So many times I go to make a card and need that ribbon or banner cut and could never find it but the Art Philosophy has it and with CCR you can stretch it wider or longer whichever way works for you.   I Cuttlebugged the Lagoon strip using a Sizzix folder.
The butterfly was also cut using the Art Philosophy and I added a few pearls down the body.

Now the front I stamped with the Lagoon ink using a stamp that was in  the April's stamp of the month set You Are.  Every month CTMH runs a special that if you spend $50 you can get that month's stamp of the month set for just $5.  Check out the May stamp of the month set Friendship Bouquet.
I finished off the inside with some leftover scrap pieces I had.
Remember you have a few days left to take advantage of the colorful polka papers that are in the Dotty For You paper pack, with any order of $35 or more you get this paper pack for $5.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to check back regularly as there is a lot of talent that posts on this blog.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cameo and Flourish Birthdays

 Hello! Leah here from PaperBlossoms. I have a couple of cards to share with you using the fabulous Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. My cards use coordinating stamp sets as well which I just love. The first one is called Sweet Moments. I used it to cut the oval and then stamped the frame and cameo. The lace border is also from the Sweet Moments set. For my flowers I cut one of the flower shapes and used the Hooray Bouquet set to stamp the flowers using the text flower. I cut some leaves and embossed them and to get my flowers to have more dimension I used a stylus to form the petals.
My next card uses a fun technique I don't often remember to do. I cut a pretty flourish off the cartridge and used it as a mask and sponged on some Peeled Paint Distress ink to get the green flourish from the die cut. I then added my embellished circle, stamped some text background and my big sentiment. The rolled flowers on my card were made using the super sweet set, Spring Up. I hope you enjoyed my projects, I'd love to hear if you did! Be sure to check out the fabulous ladies that are CTMH consultants here. Blessings....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dotty Simple Best Wishes




Hi there and happy Sunday! It's Jamie from the Glitter Panda blog. I am so excited to be back as a guest blogger! Since I went complicated the last time I was here, I thought it would be appropriate to go super simple this time. Our very close family friend just graduated from Nursing school after a long program to go from an LPN to an RN. She has worked tirelessly and we are all so proud of her.

I wanted to create a pretty card that was also simple. I also wanted the sentiment to include the idea that she is going on to receive her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing as well. I thought that a Best Wishes ard would say everything there is to say. That considered, I have also been so excited to use my Dotty for You papers! I went super simple by forgoing my usual Cricut cuts and just using my trusty paper cutter and some mono adhesive.

Here's the recipe if you'd like to try this simple card:

Front of Card:

Card base - 5" x 10" scored at 5"
2nd layer - 4 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Top layer - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Polka dot band -  4 1/2" x 1 1/4"
Stamped band - 4 1/2" x 1"
I stamped the band in Lagoon ink

Inside Card:
 2nd layer - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Top Layer - 4" x 4"

Make sure you use a light color for your top layer inside to write on!!


I hope you'll try to recreate this simple card!

Panda Hugs!

Jamie (aka Glitter Panda)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - 5x5 Anything Goes

Good morning. I hope you are having a great day. Today we are going to make a card to use when ever you need to reach for a quick make. You can couple it with whatever design, artwork or stamp you want to fit any occasion. This is a great base for a beautiful card. Grab a cup of coffee, turn on your Gypsy an let's get to work.


See how you can use this for just about anything? And so simple to make. Now when making your card adjust the layers to fit what the look you like. Then you will have it now and for your future needs with just different finishing touches you have a totally different look and feel to the card.


See how easy the card goes together. And the look and feel of the card is all because of what I lay on that layer. I love that I can use my stamp sets for this card offering a limitless number of possibilities.  I love that it is two up and with just three sheets of paper I can make 2 complete cards.

Isn't this a cute card? I used Close To My Heart Blush and White card stock, the print is from the Sophie paper packet, the stamp set is called Tailor Made and the little sentiment on the burst is from the Tiny Tags stamp set at My Craft Spot. I added Recollection pearls and of course used plenty of foam tape to pop up my cuts. I inked the edges with the Blush stamp pad from Close To My Heart.
Don't you just love the sentiment on the inside? Perfect for the many people in our lives that we love. I can't wait to send this to one of my dear friends. I hope you enjoyed today's project as I always enjoy the time I spend with you. This week I challenge you to make a card with layers like we learned to make today. You card should have a base, and two additional layers as this one has. Be sure to link it up as I am giving away a cute little Close To My Heart Stamp set to one lucky winner drawn from Random.org. Be sure to link up your card by 4:00 PM on May 25th. The winner will be announced on Saturday morning.
Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments inspire me to continue sharing with you. Have a blessed week.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

An oldie, but GOODY!

HELLO EVERYONE! It's Brandy and I'm baaaack from My Paper Doll World! lol :) And after searching high and low for something a little "different" to make, I found a cool easel/gift card in a magazine from the UK which I hope you will enjoy as much as I did! I recreated this card with a retired CTMH stamp set called 'Do Nothing' that I luv to use so much, especially as summer approaches!   





To create: Paint four small matchboxes with white craft paint. Cut a square of cardstock to fit under the matchboxes. Attach so that a matchbox opens on each side. Stick another square of cardstock on the top of the matchboxes. Then attach an easel card on the base, stamp, color, and decorate as desired. Decorate sides of matchboxes with patterned paper and brads. 

Matchboxes make great pockets for gift cards! Fill them with little treats, tiny seashells, or whatever else may coordinate with your card choice.

Have a great day!!!
Brandy

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Getting Ready For A Card Party


Well you are reading this the morning after my party.... I am at work thinking of all the things that I need to do and would like to do before our big night. I thought I would share with you exactly what I do so maybe you too can have one of these awesome parties!
I sent out an E-Vite to all possible attendees and limited total attending to only the amount of people that would fit comfortably in my dining room.  I am so excited as seven (oops we are squeezing in the 8th) of my friends including one of my blogger friends Charlotte from A Little Bit Of Detail is coming!
Now this is our second party and our little group is growing as we are expanding from 6 to 8 people!
I sent out an E-Vite with the following copy in it. I want you to know I already have 7 cards at my home ready to be made and I know that there are 3 more cards that will arrive tomorrow!!! I think the party will be a success, don't you?

Don't you just love this little card? I made it using the Art Philosophy Cart and the Fashionista Stamp set from Close To My Heart. All I did was use an 8 1/2x11 cut in half and then added tow layers of paper and then the scalloped oval cuts. I stamped my image with Black ink and then inked the edges with the Cotton Candy ink to give a finished look.

I packed all the set in those awesome 12x12 jacket form Hobby Lobby. I love the little pocket as you can put goodies in it and you don't have to worry about loosing pieces to your project. For the party I put the sample card in the front pocket.
This is a photo at the last party and as you can see we have goodies at each place setting. My spot and my daughter's have the ATG gun and our supplies.
Now I do pick up little gifts to place at each place setting. This time the will get 2 packets of bling, a little Close To My Heart Stamp Set with a little mini Studio G stamp pad, a little bag of chocolates all wrapped up with the SassyLady logo and a book mark I made.
This is last night's table, I love that plastic cover that protects my table.
We are going to have a few little games too so it should keep the evening hopping. Keep reading and be sure to leave me your opinion and suggestions please.... especially for the next one as I think I am a little weak in this area... the games.
This is the little place setting that everyone has in front of them when they arrive, doesn't it make you want to play.
CARD PARTY GAMES
  • Tickets – Each person to receive a ticket the first ticket drawn will win a package of card stock the 2nd will win the grand prize a large case for card storage. This will be drawn during our break.
  • Odd Card – In the Owl and the Spinner card 1 card had the stripe going in the opposite direction, the person getting that odd card to win a little gift.
  • Lucky 7 - on the 7th card made, the 7th card picked from the bag wins a bottle of flowers.
  • Most Cards Brought – If someone brings more than 1 card to the party they are a true card maker…. The person bringing the most cards to make 3 or more will win a stamp set.
  • Card Without Direction – Speed counts the first to complete the get well card will win a stamp set.
All of the ladies are bringing a little goodies to share. Example; someone is bringing chip& dips, another cheese and crackers, another sweets and so on. Jennifer will make the punch and I am in charge of the guacamole (I make the bestest) and we will be snacking most of the evening... Oh I forgot to tell you Abby is bringing Champagne so everyone will be in a party mood!
Below I have printed a copy of the invitation below but I thought you would like to see what if takes to get a package ready to go... Again, be sure to leave me a comment on the bottom of this post as I really would like your opinions and suggestions as this is new to us too and we want to make sure that it keeps going strong.
Now let me know in the comments what you think of a party like this, and if you would attend one if you received an invitation like mine. Also let me know what you would change or add if you were the hostess.

Here is the copy of the invitation...

It's time for another card party!
This time let's make a birthday, get well or all occasion card to share. Now doesn’t that sound like fun! This will help round out our card stash for our personal use.
This time we will have at least 8 cards to go home with. By the way I will be inviting 10 people and the first 8 will be accepted!
Oh, did I mention prizes? Yup, we will have prizes! You just have to show up with your card packages and be ready to have fun!
Here is how it works. Only 8 people are allowed at this party (and Jennifer & I have used up 2 of those seats) so call early to get your reserved seat! Each person will receive 8 card packages, 1 from each of the participants attending. The package will contain everything needed to complete the card. You will be doing the assembly of your packages at the workshop so bring your own adhesive (favorite tape runner & glue).
You are required to bring 8 card packages. All 8 packages will contain the same card, color may vary. You will have the card stock scored, stamped images already on the paper and if they are to be colored in that should be done also. Make sure any cuts are completed and if inking is needed please have them done too. If you want your cards to have extra dimension please feel free to use your Cuttlebug. If pop dots, rhinestones or any other embellishments are needed, please include them in your little package.
At the workshop you will be given 10 to 15 minutes to help everyone assemble the card you designed. Please make sure you bring a completed card for them to see as some people find it easier to work off of a display and then you have to show less also.
Half way through we will stop for refreshments and goodies as we don’t want to bring drinks to the table we are working on. Then we will go right back to working on our cards and chatting some more! So reserve your seat and then start working on getting your packages ready. Have fun designing your card, just have it completely ready for assembly.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and reserve your seat.
Note: Once your seat has been confirmed by Jennifer or Sheila you need to make your card packages and get them to either one of us at least 1 week prior to the workshop. This way even if there is an emergency and you can’t make it that night everyone with reserved seats will still get all 8 cards including you! So hurry up, mark your calendars and let’s have some fun!
Be sure to call Jennifer or Sheila to reserve your seat today!

Back again, for this week I CHALLENGE YOU to CREATE a CARD, any card and link it up by Friday 4PM on May 18th to qualify to win a stamp set. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be announced on Saturday morning.
Now doesn't that sound like fun? I am anxious to hear your comments.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hello my crafty friends!  This is Kimberly from My Craft Spot and I have a  gift box to share with you from the Art  Philosophy cartridge.  I love this cartridge!!


I cut this fun box at 6 1/4 inches from the Art Philosophy cartridge. 


The giant buttons are from Fancy Pants.  The stamped sentiments are from my Butterfly Kisses and Tiny Tags stamp sets.  I embossed the white background with a Cuttlebug folder and then used my edge distresser to rough up the edges of the background and then around each of the sentiments. 


I cut the small white circles at 0.85" (real dial size) from the George cartridge.  After stamping the sentiments, I attached them to the buttons with adhesive. 


I ran a line of quick drying liquid glue around each button and added Bakers Twine (Maraschino, Caribbean, and Lemon Drop) for a fun twist.  I also laced Bakers Twine (Green Apple) around the handle of the box.  


I used the Martha Stewart fringe scissors to make the grass along the bottom of the gift box.


Come join the fun at My Craft Spot!  Click HERE to shop Close To My Heart.
Happy crafting!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dotty for You Mother's Day

Just in time for Mother's Day here is the card I created for my Mom for Mother's Day.  I am really loving how this turned out, and thanks to the CTMH Dotty For You paper pack it made it real easy to put the papers/colors together.
The sentiment is a stamp from the set that comes with the Pemberley Workshop kit.  I don't know that this stamp was intended to me used as a Mother's Day stamp but it is perfect for the way I feel about my Mom.
This was my first attempt at making flowers using the cut on the Art Philosophy cartridge it took a bit of working till I got the hang of it but I a very pleased with how they turned out.
I found it easier to glue then together using you glue gun as that is an instant stick rather then trying to hold them in place till the glue dries.  I sometimes am lazy about dragging out my glue gun and waiting for it to warm up, but this time I did and I am glad I did.  For one thing I spritz them a bit with water before I rolled them up to make the paper easier to work with so that made them a bit damp when I was gluing them together and regular glue would not have held as well.  I was going to place a pearl or something in the center, but I wound them so tight that it was not needed.  The leaves I also cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge but it was not a leaf cut but rather a cut for a tree that I cut small, I liked the jagged edges that made it look more like a rose bush leaf.  I scored them a bit to make it look like the veins in the leaves.
I think this is my favorite butterfly cut.  I only glued the center of the top layer to the white and also only glued the center to the card so that it looked more "free", then added a few pearls. 
I want to share with you how I did the center piece of this card.  It is a cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge but it is not opened center and it does not have a shadow or plain background cut.  So I placed one image on my mat using Cricut Craft Room copy and pasted to add another exact image.
I went into the hide contour screen and removed each of the center cuts so I would have a solid background when I was done.  There are a lot of little cuts and each had to be done individually so it took a little time.
When I cut it out I had one in Colonial White and one polka piece of paper from the Dotty pack but the center was solid, I forgot to take a picture before but this is what it looked like.
 The center solid piece I hand cut away from the rest so I would be left with the frame with the fancy corners.

Well I hope enjoyed my card and maybe learned something new about making the center piece.  Remember if you like the papers I used on this card they are all for the Dotty For You pack that is on promotion through May31st for just $5 with any order of $35 or more, plus you order totals $50 more you can also get the stamp of the month for just $5.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Little Gavin's Birthday


Here is another oldie.... Gavin's 3rd birthday and he is almost ready to turn 4! he is such a handsome little guy and is ALL BOY. I just love his little angelic face and can't help but laugh as he gets into so much trouble. They had little cars on his birthday cake so as soon as the candles were blown out he proceeded to play with the little cars on the road that was drawn on to the cake. He loved it and let me tell you this little tyke had frosting all over everything!
As you can tell I am really behind in my scrapping so I was thrilled to find these Studio J 5 packs at Close To My Heart. Incredible only $55 and I can use the digital software FREE and it pays for 5 double page layouts or a total of 10 pages processed, placed in quality album sheets and even shipped directly to my home! I am thrilled and it was so easy. I did 10 pages all together, all at work on my lunch/break time and all I had to do was bring my little jump drive from home that I store my photos on.
I got to pick from their paper packs, decide how many photos I was using, brads, buttons, ribbons and it was so EASY anyone could do it.

 I just love how I can pick out papers and colors that seem to work well with the occasion and the clothes that they are wearing...  Oh the children had a wonderful time here as one of those blow up jumpy gyms were rented for the children and they played for hours in it. A great item for working off the sugar. teehee. 

And this is a copy of of the pages side by side, don't they look awesome? I love how you can make your photos large or small right at the time you are laying out your pages. So different from conventional methods where you either have to be an expert planner or deal with the photos you have on hand. I also love how there is always a place to journal what is going on in your pages, and we all know how important that is.
Close To My Heart makes it so easy to put these pages together, I hope you too take the time to play and maybe make a few pages of your own. This page only took an hour to do from beginning to end.  I purchased a 5 Pack, that's where you buy 5- 2 page layouts complete with page protectors and free shipping so all I do is type in my code and they ship it out to me. I did 2 pages last week, these 2 today and have 3 more sets to go, then I will place the order for them to ship out. It's great that they will come right to my door. And, I love that I can do them right at my desk on my lunch hour! How nice is that? Now for those of you that order a Studio J 5 pack know that you qualify for the Dotty For You special paper pack for only $5 at time of purchase. The papers are just awesome, so bright and cheery they are just perfect for spring and summer. I have mine and can't wait to get working on some projects. Don't forget that you also would qualify for the stamp of the month too, and these are both a limited time offer. So hurry and get yours today.
Thank you for joining me today. I sure hope you liked today's project. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. your comments inspire me to continue sharing.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Little Box of Notes

 Hello everyone!! Aaron here from Booth#32.
Look at this cute little note box! About a month ago I saw a video on Youtube(I can't seem to find the link, but will keep looking. A big thanks to the original poster) and the person covered a box just like this. I ran out to Micheal's right away a got one! The best part is that it only cost 55 cents from the clearance bin!!! What a deal!! 
I first painted the box with white paint and then covered it with pieces of vintage sewing pattern tissue paper. I added a few strips of boarder paper and some 3D Flowers. I cut the big yellow on the Cricut using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and then add the cute little resin flowers!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Finally Finished My Dallas Stampede Layouts

Sheila here from She's A Sassy Lady and it is hard to believe that it has been over a year since the Stampede but it sure has. I had so much fun with my friends Melissa (left) of Melissa Made and Pam(right) of The Bug Bytes, we were inseparable. Then I can't forget Elizabeth and Linda and so many other wonderful, wonderful ladies. We had so much fun and with that Provocraft would do another like it!
As you can tell I am really behind in my scrapping so I was thrilled to find these Studio J 5 packs at Close To My Heart. Incredible only $55 and I can use the digital software FREE and it pays for 5 double page layouts or a total of 10 pages processed, placed in quality album sheets and even shipped directly to my home! I am thrilled and it was so easy. I did 10 pages all together, all at work on my lunch/break time and all I had to do was bring my little jump drive from home that I store my photos on.
I got to pick from their paper packs, decide how many photos I was using, brads, buttons, ribbons and it was so EASY anyone could do it.

 Here is the second page. Sorry about the little marks on the top corners of the page they are there for editing purposes and I didn't get them cropped all the way out when I did a clip of the pages for my blog so I could share with you. Did you see who is in the photo.... even got to pose with the big wigs at Provocraft and Teresa Collins herself! Boy is she a sweetie... I even too her class. It was so much fun.
And this is a copy of of the pages side by side, won't they look great in my album? I love how you can make your photos large or small... gotta love the three crazy ladies on the front left! teehee. Can't wait till us ladies get together again.
Close To My Heart makes it so easy to put these pages together, I hope you too take the time to play and maybe make a few pages of your own. This page only took an hour to do from beginning to end.  I purchased a 5 Pack, that's where you buy 5- 2 page layouts complete with page protectors and free shipping so all I do is type in my code and they ship it out to me. I did 2 pages last week, these 2 today and have 3 more sets to go, then I will place the order for them to ship out. It's great that they will come right to my door. And, I love that I can do them right at my desk on my lunch hour! How nice is that? Now for those of you that order a Studio J 5 pack know that you qualify for the Dotty For You special paper pack for only $5 at time of purchase. The papers are just awesome, so bright and cheery they are just perfect for spring and summer. I have mine and can't wait to get working on some projects. Don't forget that you also would qualify for the stamp of the month too, and these are both a limited time offer. So hurry and get yours today.
Thank you for joining me today. I sure hope you liked today's project. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. your comments inspire me to continue sharing.