Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lots of Birds...

I've been spending lots of time with my 3 Birds on Parade cartridge the last couple of days. These birds are just too cute! With the ideas of some ladies on the Circle messageboard, I decided to make a welcome poster for my 2/3 class with a bird for each student. I'm not really sure what the caption will be - maybe "Exploring New Heights in the 2/3". When I have my class list, I'll write their names on the suitcases, maps, hats, etc. All of the birds are cut at 3". The solid cardstock is from Papertrey Ink, and the patterns are from DCWV and Papertrey Ink.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Love my Cricut!

Can I just say that my Cricut is the best stress reliever ever? I have been so stressed the last couple of days, since I found out that my teaching assignment has changed. Tonight I decided I just needed to sit down and make something, and now I feel so much better! This card is for a friend, but I think the message might be aimed at me too! :-)

The monkey is from Create a Critter, cut at 2 3/4". The vine is cut with the "Fit to Length" button at 4". This is my first time using my awesome My Pink Stamper More Punny-licious stamps! The rest of the supplies are all Papertrey Ink.


Kraft cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
Spring Moss cardstock cut at 4" x 5 1/4", run though the Cuttlebug with the Woodgrain Impression Plate
Vine: Ripe Avocado cardstock
Monkey: Dark Chocolate & Rustic Cream cardstock and Turning a New Leaf patterned paper
Ripe Avocado Classic Grosgrain Ribbon
Dark Chocolate Ink

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another 3 Birds on Parade Card

Here's a little birthday card that I made with 3 Birds on Parade. The bird is cut at 4".

(all materials Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Spring Rain, True Black, Summer Sunrise, Enchanted Evening, & Sweet Blush
Patterned Paper: 2009 Bitty Dot Basics
Ribbon: Hawaiian Shores Satin Ribbon
Sentiment: Asian Fusion
Ink: Dark Chocolate

ek Success Bumpy Road Border Punch

1st 3 Birds on Parade Card

I was so excited to receive my 3 Birds on Parade cartridge! This first card that I made is actually a birthday card for a friend that we just vacationed with. We always have so many great moments with him and his wife, that I thought this worked. I made the background paper with my Papertrey Ink "A Little Argyle" stamp set.

(all materials Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise specified)

Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Spring Moss, True Black, Spring Rain, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, & Stamper's Select White
Ink: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Chai, & Dark Chocolate
Stamp Sets: A Little Argyle & Signature Greetings
Rustic Jute Button Twine
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

Bird cut at 3"
"S'more Great Moments" cut at 3 1/2"

Sewn 4th of July Layout

I pulled out my Janome Sew Mini for this layout. I bought it a couple of months ago for use on cards and layouts, but after using it twice I had some thread issues and gave up. So yesterday I watched the great instructional videos on Youtube and gave it another try. It's definitely not perfect, but I think I'm making progress!


Background Paper: DCWV Summer Dream Stack
Cardstock: PTI Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, & Pure Poppy
Recollections Brad

Cartridges Used:

Graphically Speaking: "Fourth of" cut at 2.88" and "JULY" cut at 2.41"
A Child's Year: Stars cut at 1.12" and 1.71" and pinwheel cut at 1.82"

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Vacation Photo Card

Last week my son and I had a fabulous vacation with some friends from Philadelphia. They flew out and met us in Southern California, and we were busy nonstop for 9 days. I made this card for them using my friend's favorite photo of all of us. The sun is from Just Because Cards, and the rest of the cuts are from Life is a Beach. Each cut represents something from our trip: the sun is for the incredible weather we had throughout, we saw dolphins when we were on the ferry to Catalina Island, we had dinner on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, and we were successful in our search for new flip flops!

I am submitting this to Lauren's 40:31 "Under the Sea" Challenge. Perfect timing!

(all materials Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise specified)

Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, True Black, Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, & Enchanted Evening
Patterned Paper: Dotty Biscotti
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, & Chai
Stamps: Simple Alphabet & Peachy Keen Paper Doll Face Assortment
White Gelly Roll Pen

Sun cut at 5"
California Dreamin' cut at 3.35"
Flip Flops cut at 2.06"
Ship cut at 2.06"
Dolphin cut at 1.59"
Waves (from Everyday Paper Dolls) cut at 1" (2 welded together)

Friday, July 23, 2010

2 Simple Layouts

When making single page layouts, I try to make them side by side with a layout with similar colors. I am loving how these turned out! They are very simple, but I think the background papers are so pretty that they didn't need much else. The cuts are from Graphically Speaking.


Background Paper: DCWV Green Stack
Papertrey Ink Cardstock: New Leaf, Stamper's Select White, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, True Black, and Lemon Tart
Stamp for Journaling Tag: PTI Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger
Ink: PTI Spring Rain

"Best of Friends" cut at 3.5"
Heart cut at 3"
"Life is Good" cut at 2"

Throwback Thursday Challenge #8

It's Throwback Thursday Challenge time on Emma's My Creative Time blog! This week's challenge is to create a birthday themed project using the Celebrations Cricut cartridge. If you don't have that cartridge, you can use any older one. I don't have it, so I used Doodlecharms to make the cupcake on this card.

I had a few problems today. First, I glued down the pink page before stamping the polka dots on it. My solution was to cover up the surrounding green paper with post-its, and then stamp onto the pink. Luckily this worked with no accidents! Then, the sentiment that I stamped below "Wish Big" was originally stamped right onto the green paper, and it just didn't show up well. I had the idea to stamp it again on the berry paper to cover up the original, and I ended up liking this better!

(all materials Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise specified)

Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Sweet Blush, Summer Sunrise, and Dark Chocolate
Ribbon: Berry Sorbet
Stamp Sets: Polka Dot Basics and Big & Bold Wishes
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Chai, and VersaMark Dazzle
Embossing Powder: a la mode clear embossing powder
Border Punch: ek success Bumpy Road
Cuttlebug Folders: Distressed Stripes & Divine Swirls
Gold Stickles

Card base cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer cut at 5 1/4" x 4"
Polka Dot Layer cut at 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Cupcake cut at 3"
Sentiment strip cut at 4" x 1/3"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Zoo Layout with French Manor Peacock

I had been holding off on making this zoo layout until I got French Manor, since I knew it had this gorgeous peacock. I just had to use it with the peacock picture! The peacock is cut at 5 3/4". For the "San Francisco Zoo" sign, I used the San Francisco oval image from Destinations and used my Gypsy to weld "zoo" using Plantin Schoolbook into the center. This was cut at 2 3/4". The journaling tag is from Mini Monograms. It was originally square, but I stretched it to be 5 1/2" x 2 1/2". The hippo, grass, and water are all from Create a Critter. The hippo is cut at 3", the water is 2.65", and the grass is 3".


Background Paper: DCWV Green Stack
Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Terracotta Tile, Rustic Cream, Ocean Tides, & Summer Sunrise
Core'dinations paper (cornflower blue and textured green)
Recollections Cardstock (royal blue)

Cuttlebug Folders: Stripes, Divine Swirl, Bloom Dot, and Mesh Texture
Ink: Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening

Dad's Birthday Card

Hello, all! I'm happy to be back to my Cricut after a fabulous trip to Southern California. Eric and I met up with some good friends from Philadelphia and explored Los Angeles, Long Beach, Catalina Island, and San Diego. I have tons of great pictures to scrap! For now, I have to catch up on cardmaking for the many July birthdays that are in my family. My dad's is on Friday, so I just made this one for him using Life Is a Beach.

(All materials Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, and Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Men of Life Collection
Ink: Chamomile and Versamark
White Filigree Detail Embossing Powder
Stamp Set: Daily Designs Sentiments
White Gelly Roll Pen

Enchanted Evening Cardstock cut at 11" x 4 1/4", scored at 5 1/2"
Pure Poppy layer cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
Patterned Layer cut at 3 3/4" x 5"
Waves cut at 1 1/4" and welded to a 1" x 5" rectangle from Don Juan
Sailboat cut at 2 3/4"
Seagulls cut at 2"

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cherry Birthday Card

This gorgeous glitter fruit paper inspired this birthday card for my sister. The cherries are from Gypsy Wanderings, cut at 3". I also embossed the sentiment, which I think made it really pop!

(all materials Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise specified)

Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, and New Leaf
Patterned Paper: DCWV Summer Dream Stack
Pure Poppy Topnotch Twill Ribbon
Sentiment: Asian Fusion
Versamark Ink Pad
Filigree Fine Art Powder in White
Fiskar's Treading Water Punch

Pure Poppy cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Dark Chocolate cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
Patterned Paper cut at 2 1/2" x 5 1/4"

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

1st French Manor Card

My Cricut Circle box finally arrived today! I really wasn't sure about the French Manor cartridge, but I was excited to see the exact chair from my parents' dining room set. I immediately cut it out, but then had no idea what to do with it. Luckily, I finally came up with something! Because of the size of the chair, I ended up making a pretty big card (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") that fits in an old unused Christmas card envelope.

(all materials Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise specified)

Cricut Cartridges: French Manor (table and chair), Walk in My Garden (vase and tulips), and A Child's Year (teacup)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, New Leaf, and Plum Pudding
Patterned Paper: scraps from various DCWV stacks
Ink: Chai, Dark Chocolate, and Plum Pudding
Stamp Set: Tea for Two
Recollections Brads
Tea for Two Collection Die
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder for the beadboard

Here is a picture of the inside and a close-up of the front:

12th Birthday Card

My niece Jane has her 12th birthday coming up! I decided to make her a tri-shutter card. They really are not difficult to make, but it's hard to explain in words. If you're interested in making one, you can follow the video tutorial that I used. It's by Mary at Cardz TV (


Card Base: Core'dinations
Patterned Paper: DCWV Summer Dream Stack
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink True Black, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, and Plum Pudding
Diamond Stickles

Jane: 2.18", Feeling Groovy Cricut Cartridge
12: 2.88", Feeling Groovy Cricut Cartridge
Peace Sign: 1.24", Feeling Groovy Cricut Cartridge
Happy Birthday: 2", Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge
Cupcakes: 1.36", Straight From the Nest Cricut Cartridge
Party Hat: 2.25", Straight From the Nest Cricut Cartridge

Monday, July 5, 2010

Pool Layout

I started this layout on the 4th of July, which I think influenced my color choices! I have loved this clothesline from Straight From the Nest, but I changed it up a bit with swimsuits from Life Is a Beach. All of the rest of the cuts are also from Life is a Beach.

(all materials Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise specified)

Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Kraft, and Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: DCWV Summer Dream Stack (background and swim trunks) and PTI Men of Life
Ink: Fresh Snow & Spring Rain

Rustic Jute Button Twine
Michael's Rhinestone
White Gelly Roll Pen
Woodgrain Impression Plate
Journaling Tag stamps from Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger
EK Success Rick-Rack punch

Clothesline cut at 7.71"
Bikini cut at 3.47"
Swimtrunks cut at 2.53" and 1.59"
Flip Flops cut at 2.76"
(I didn't save the lifeguard stand on my Gypsy, so I'm not sure of the size. "Lazy Days of Summer" was attached to another lifeguard stand, which I just trimmed off.)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Welded Birthday Card

I made this birthday card on my Gypsy, using Don Juan, Gypsy Wanderings, and Straight From the Nest.


Papertrey Ink Cardstock: New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, and Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: DCWV Summer Dream Stack
Xmas Red Stickles
Papertrey Ink Chai Ink
White Gelly Roll Pen
Scotch Pop-up Foam Squares

To make the green card base, I welded together a rectangle from Don Juan that was 5.5” x 6.84” (read dial size on) and “Party” from Gypsy Wanderings at 3.42”. I cut “Party” again in the same size in aqua (I’m not sure why it didn’t cut exactly the same), and did some white doodling on it.

The polka dot layer on the front of the card is 5 ¼” x 2 3/8”, and the one on the inside of the card is 5 ¼” x 4”. Both are inked with Chai ink.

For the cupcakes, I welded together two of the cupcake borders from Straight From the Nest at 1.6”. This made 6 connected cupcakes, but I cut off two of them with scissors. I ran the wrapper layer through the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder and the frosting through the Divine Swirl folder. These are popped up.

Throwback Thursday Challenge

Today I'm joining Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge ( The challenge is to create something with New Arrival or any older cartridge, as long as it has to do with a baby. I don't have New Arrival, so I used Wild Card for this duck. It's cut at 3" with the Real Dial size ON. I also tried using chalk for the first time, for the duck's cheek and beak.

(all materials Papertrey Ink unless otherwise indicated)

Kraft Cardstock cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Pretty Pastels Patterned Paper, cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
Lemon Zest Cardstock for the duck

Night, Night Moon Stamp Set
Simply Chartreuse, Fresh Snow, and Chamomile Inks
Simply Chartreuse Topnotch Twill Ribbon
Inkadinkado Blending Chalks
Zig Pure Black Writer and White Gelly Roll Pens

Friday, July 2, 2010

Surfer Bike Card

A t-shirt at Gymboree inspired me to make this card. I love the bike headed to the beach! The bike, which I've been dying to use, is from the Just Because Cards cartridge, cut at 8". I used my Gypsy to weld two thin rectangles to it to create the little surfboard carrier. The surfboard is cut at 2.5", from Life is a Beach.

(All materials Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, True Black, Stamper's Select White, and Smokey Shadow
Patterned Paper: Green Boutique
Ribbon: Hawaiian Shores Luxe Satin
Sentiment: Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: True Black

8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Hawaiian Shores cardstock, scored at 4 1/4"
4" x 5 1/4" True Black layer
3 3/4" x 5" Stamper's Select White layer, run through the Bricks Cuttlebug Folder

Wishing You Well Card

I'm still loving the colors of the card I made for the My Pink Designer application. I think it's such a cheery combination for summer! I used the Walk in My Garden cartridge for this card.

(All materials Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores, Kraft, New Leaf, and Stamper's Select White
Stamp Sets: Asian Fusion and Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger
Ribbon: Summer Sunrise Topnotch Twill
Ink: Hawaiian Shores and Dark Chocolate

Summer Sunrise base is cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".
Dark Chocolate layer is cut at 5 1/4" x 4"
Hawaiian Shores layer is cut at 5" x 3 3/4" (background stamped using the Library Ledger stamp set)

The daisy from page 85 was cut two times each at 1", 1.27", and 1.63". Instead of using the layers, I cut circles from the Christmas Cheer cartridge at 1", 1.2", and 1.55" and ran them through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. The stems are from pages 102 and 103 of WIMG and are cut at 2.06", 2.29", and 2.65". The flowerpot is cut at 1.59". The measurements are odd because I created it on the Gypsy and enlarged things until I liked how they looked.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Exciting News!

I just got an email from Robyn, My Pink Stamper, and I have been chosen to be on her design team! I am so excited to be working with her and the other talented ladies for the next three months. I want to thank all of you who have become followers and have been writing comments on my blog. I really love to read all of the comments, and they mean a lot to me, coming from such creative people!

Above is the card that I submitted to Robyn.

(All materials Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise specified)

Summer Sunrise cardstock cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Dark Chocolate cardstock, cut at 5 1/4" x 4"
DCWV patterned paper, cut at 5" x 3 3/4"
Summer Sunrise Topnotch Twill Ribbon

Sentiment: "Through the Trees" stamped in Dark Chocolate ink

Grass cut from Core'dinations paper: Easter 2010 cartridge (four 1" sections welded together on Gypsy)
Sunflowers cut from Walk in My Garden cartridge at 3.04", 2.44", and 2.79"