Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day (early)!

Hi folks!

Ian, here, from A Newbie Crafter!  Today I have a fun little card using the Whooo's Your Valentine kit from Close To My Heart.

Isn't this card cute?  I used a white card base cut at 4.25"x5.5".  I then used the patterned paper from Authentique cut at 4"x5.25".  The hollyhock cardstock was cut at 3"x2.75".  I cut the hearts out at 1.5" from Cricut Artiste and used the Whooo's Your Valentine kit to stamp the XO pattern and heart pattern on them.  I used a pop dot on the middle heart to give it some oomph.  I used some ribbon and a white gel pen to add stitching to the hollyhock card base.

On the inside, I stamped the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment from the Whooo's Your Valentine kit.  I think it turned out really well!

I hope you enjoyed the card as much as I did making it!  Here's hoping it also inspires you to start creating your Valentine's Day cards too!

Craft on,

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Join Me In Planning A Card Party And Making Multiple Cards

Isn't this just the cutest little card! I just love it and it is one of the cards I am sharing in our February Card Party. And it was so much fun to create. In this post you will learn how to mass produce the same card as well as how to plan and have a card party. First we will start with the card, then move on to the party. I will also include copies of the exact invitations and correspondence that I used while contacting the gals in my circle of friends. Mind you the card makers are limited but we always seem to get enough people to make for an enjoyable evening. Here is the video of how I designed the card on my Gypsy...

Now wasn't that easy? I just mass produce keeping all of the same color together to make it easier to cut. I ended up cutting out 12 of this little frog card... 8 for the party and 4 just for me.

Look at this little card... Love the details and in the next video I share that in card making it is all in the detail. Look at this little face, I love it yet you will see I ended up choosing a lighter color for the little face as I like it a little more than on this one. Be sure to watch and see how the card is handled next.

As you can see everything is done like an assembly line... cutting to sorting, to stamping and chalking and then finally I bag each card individually for the card party. I just love how cute this little card turned out. I used the Robots and Create a Critter Carts. I used 2 stamp sets, the first from Stamps of Life and the Happy Birthday from Close To My Heart. My papers were from DCWV.

This was such a fun little card to put together, but enough of that let's get to the party so you know how I plan this. First you need to know the party is in my home so I have limited seating. I can squeeze 8 in my dining room and that is what we strive for. So I email out an invitation (click HERE to see) stating that we have limited seats and you must reserve your seat. Once I get an email back I send an acceptance letter (click HERE to see) so they know they will be at the party and they can start planning and designing the card they will be making for the party. Now I can only hold the time open so long before I close the party to any more ladies as each needs to make their little packets and of course they need time to do so. So my next correspondence is the final count letter (click HERE to see) so they no exactly how many card packets they need to prepare. They are also reminded to get their packets to me at least one week before the party to insure that they get their card packets. This is to insure that everyone gets the number of cards back that they prepared for.
Note I always make 3 sets just in case someone does not show and has not provided their packets... remember I guaranteed they will get 7 cards in the final count. The first card is pretty fancy ant the other 2 are a little easier to put together. We do want to get out at a decent hour!!!  I also do a few games at the party and have prizes (click HERE to see my game cheat sheet). These parties are just for having fun and learning from each other and believe me each time I come away with some new shortcut or sometimes even a product that I just have to buy! But the best part is sharing your love for crafting with others of like minds. FUN FUN FUN.

As you can see just like the details we put in our cards, the party success is based on a lot of detail. I set up each seat with a paper mat on the bottom from Stompin' Up that I cover the logo with a Sassy Lady Logo on it! And I always give a catalog from Close To My Heart to every attendee, not to sell but for the wonderful ideas.... wish I could give a Stampin' Up one too but I don't have access to that. Then I usually make a  little treat bag and some type of gift for each person. One time I make book marks. This time I am giving a little embellishment gift bogs filled with misc. goodies.... Just a little something to make my guests feel welcome. This is not necessary but I love the smiles on every ones face when they get a little gift. Don't worry I will take pictures and do a post after this party just so you can see all the cool stuff everyone makes.

Well I hope you enjoyed today's post. It was fun sharing this great card with you and all the planning I do with my card parties.... now I can't wait to share the fun we have with this one. Not don't tell any of my ladies that are going what the games are OK? LOL
This week I challenge you to make a shape card and link it up! We all want to see your wonderful card!
Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement....  Thank you for your encouraging words.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Buzz & Bumble Sneak Peak

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!! This is Nicole from Scraptastic Memories!  You can find my blog here.  I would love for you to stop by a say Hi!   We are only 1 week away from the launch of the new Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book which will go live on my blog so I want to share another sneak peak of one of the paper packs that will be available called Buzz & Bumble.  Isn't it adorable! This paper pack will come with 6 double sided patterned papers and 6 coordinating colorded cardstock all for only $9.95   

I am only using one piece of the patterned paper for this card.  I'll save the other patterns for later.  The hexagon shapes at the bottom were stamped with the new Honeycomb stamps set. 

The tag was cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge using Creme Brûlée and Sunset Cardstock both from the Buzz & Bumble paper pack.  The image is from a Quick Cards - Bumble Bee Stamp Set that will also be available for only $6.95 in the new catalog.  And the cute little bee along the trim is from the Buzz & Bumble Assortment Pack that will accompany 3 wooden flowers, 3wooden bees, and 4 faux wax seals.  If you love bees and honeycombs then this set will bee (haha) a must have!

The inside sentiment is from the 4 My Friends Stamp Set using Cocoa Ink.

Thank You for stopping by!

Nicole Robinson

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Gypsy Made Simple - Elmo Window Card

Good Morning! Thank you for joining us today for another Gypsy Made Simple series. Today we will be making an adorable Elmo Window card. Now if you don't have that cart that is fine just substitute Elmo with another piece of artwork that you do have. So grab a cup of coffee or a diet coke, turn your Gypsy on and let's get to work.

Now that is what I call step by step! You have to admit it is easy if you just follow along step by step. The good new is thatif you get lost you can back up and watch that section over and over till you feel you understand it completely. Now that you have your design done go cut it out and I will meet you back on the next video where we will put these little cards together.

Now wasn't that easy? Most of the work is done after you desgin and cut out. I always think the hardest part is choosing the papers! There just is so many beautiful papers in different designs and textures you can use the same design over and over and the card will look different each time!
Now notice I did use the plastic from our cartridge packaging for the window and all I did was use my Cuttlebug and an embossing folder to make a design that I thought would go with the paper.

This is a closeup of the window on the front of my card.... isn't is just awesome? Sorry but I can' not remember the name of it, I just remember that I bought it at Hobby Lobby, if that helps.

This is the inside of the card. I used My Craft Spot's stamp set called Inside Out and just love how great it goes with this card. I inked the edges with Creme Brulee and it goes perfect with my paper from DCWV the Stripe and Plaid stack.

Now aren't these cards just adorable? Click HERE for your Gypsy file so you can make your own or do make your own and then link it up. Either way I want  to see the card you make! I Challenge You to make a window card and then link up your card and share it with all of us. We love to see what you do! Thank you for joining us today for our Gypsy Made Simple project.
Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me to share with you!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

We've Moved!

Happy 2nd Thursday of January!! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and are expecting a new year filled with promise! I can truly say that I am blessed beyond measure and I am so very thankful! With all that said, I want to, once again, thank Sheila for the opportunity to share, with you and also everyone over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY,  projects that inspire me and are so fun to make!
In November, we made a major move from Texas to Ohio to be with our families, namely our grand boys! :-) I am staying super busy with the babies so I haven't got everything situated in my craft area like I want quite yet so I chose a simple, yet useful project to start of my year of crafting! I made "We've Moved" cards to send to our friends and family so they have a special way to remember our new address.

Card Recipe:
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge - page 24 card, cut at 4"
Phrases Cricut cartridge - "We've Moved" and all layers, cut at 2"
The paper I used for the base of the card is Bazzill Basics Rope Swing Dotted Swiss

I love this card shape and this paper comes already embossed!

A close-up of the "We've Moved" stamp cut

I added a little extra detail on the inside to write our new address and a personal note to the recipient.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to visit my blog soon as I will be trying to get caught up with my Christmas gift posts and lots of other exciting crafty happenings in my new year!

Link to my blog: JAVA JEN CREATIONS
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Art Philosophy Pillow Box

Hi!  This is Evelyn from My Little Craft Blog.  Today I needed to make a gift box in a hurry.  I love these little pillow boxes; they're really versatile.  You can make them pretty much any size you need, and I needed a small one.

I cut this from the Pemberly paper pack at 5.8 inches using my Gypsy.  It's found on page 28 of the handbook.  It's the shift-font layer key.  I wanted something like a belly band, so I also cut the tag, decorative layer, and decorative layer shift from page 41.  They're each cut at 2.3 inches.  Last, I threaded a ribbon through the slits in the tag and tied it in a simple knot in the back.  All finished!  Fast and easy.

I hope you think of using a pillow box when you need pretty wrapping in a hurry!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Gypsy Made Simple, Making Window Cards With A Large Window

Good morning, it is time for another Gypsy Made Simple. It has been so long since I turned on my Gypsy I was amazed that I even remembered how to work it... now I can hardly put it down.

Today I am sharing a wonderful card with you that is so pretty it just shimmers in the light and yours will too! So go grab a cup of coffee turn on your Gypsy and let's get to work.

Now wasn't that easy?  Let me tell you all the work on this card is in the designing and at that it wasn't too difficult. This design makes the most amazing cards and you get to use up the plastic covers from your cartridges to boot! Love to recycle

See how easy that was to put this card together. You can use any paper you want along with any piece of artwork you like. Then you get to choose the embossing folder you like to make that window just glisten. I am so short of birthday and get well cards that I will be using this design alot with just a few changes in the art on the cover. I love it!

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed today's post. Be sure to leave a comment as I will be giving away a Gypsy cover to 1 lucky person. Just much comment by 4:00PM on Friday January 12th to be eligible and the winner will be announced on January 13th.
Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments inspire me to continue sharing with you.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Studio J Makes Scrapping Easy!

Hello, I am so excited to be with you today. I trust you all brought the New Year in safely and with family like I did. We had so much fun as it was just my handsome hubby and I. We went to see the movie Parental Guidance and loved it. I can't tell you when the last time we went just for us... usually we are taking a grandchild or two. This time we sent just the two of us.... would you believe we even held hands! Guess I better stop the chatter and get to my post.
Well, as you know I went to my daughter's in Chicago 2 weeks ago.... well these are the pages I did from our little visit. We had so much fun making the cake pops that I just had to scrap them. And, being that it was right at Christmas I did them digitally with Close To My Heart's Studio J program.... Just click HERE and you too can see just how easy it is to make gorgeous pages on your on in just minutes. All you pay for is the printing of your pages and it is so afforable you will love it!

It took me 20 minutes to do these two pages and I love how they turned out. I just love how you drop the photo in and they are good to go and you don't even have to measure to get even they just come out perfect each and every time... no crooked lines or jagged edges to mask!

And this is what the two pages look like facing each other.... just like it says simple! I hope you enjoyed today's quick little post and do try out the digital pages too.
Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me to share with you. Have a blessed day.