Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Disney Birthday Card


My niece is turning 7 next week and will be celebrating her birthday at Disneyland!  This is the card that I made for her, incorporating Pluto, her favorite Disney character, and a reference to princesses, since she loves them too!  It's an A7 size card, so the berry card base is cut at 10" x 7 1/8", scored at 5".  The aqua layer is cut at 4 5/8" x 6 3/4".  For the patterned layer, I took a sheet from a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" paper pack and trimmed the top and bottom edges with a pinking shears border die.



Pluto is cut at 4 1/2" from the the Cricut Mickey & Friends cartridge.  I print and cut him on my Imagine, which is perfect for getting the Disney character's colors just right.  I found this Disney RGB code chart on Courtney Lane Designs, which was really helpful for getting Pluto's colors.  To see how to change the RGB codes in your Imagine, see this video that I made.



The cake is cut from the Birthday Bash cartridge at 3".  I ran the white part of the cake through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and I embossed the icing with the Divine Swirls folder.


For my sentiment, I used the My Creative Time Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies.  I stamped "Happy Birthday Princess" and the crown from MCT's All Around Birthday Time stamp set, and used my iRock to add a few gems.



On the inside, I stamped a sentiment and some music notes from the MCT Wow!  So Many Candles stamp set.

Recipe:

Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, & Stamper's Select White Cardstock
Colorbok White Textured Cardstock (for Imagine cuts)
The Paper Studio "Birthday Extravaganza" Patterned Paper
Cuttlebug "Divine Swirls" & "Swiss Dots" Embossing Folders
Papertrey Ink "Pinking Shears Border Die"
My Creative Time "Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies"
My Creative Time "All Around Birthday Time" & "Wow!  So Many Candles" Stamp Sets
Papertrey Ink True Black & Aqua Mist Ink
Imaginisce Gems

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teacup Birthday Card


I have another birthday card for you today.  I made this one for my master teacher, who remains one of my best friends after 20 years!  We always had tea at morning recess when I was student teaching with her, so I thought this would be appropriate.

I began with a cream colored card base sized at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  Using my Gypsy, I welded together a scalloped border and a rectangle for the brown layer.  The border is a 1" x 6" one from the Cricut Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge, but I adjusted the width to 5 1/2" real size.  The rectangle was also sized at a width of 5 1/2".  I didn't worry so much about the height (just making it big enough), because I found it easier to cut it with the Cricut and then use my paper trimmer to adjust the height to 4". The blue layer is 5 1/2" x 3 5/8", and I stamped "Happy Birthday" from My Creative Time's Gift Card Sentiments stamp set.


The cute teacup is cut from Love You a Latte at 2 1/2".  I stamped "Enjoy" from My Creative Time's This & That stamp set.  So sweet!

Recipe:

Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream & Dark Chocolate Cardstock
Fancy Pants Designs Beach Bum Patterned Paper
My Creative Time's "Gift Card Sentiments" & "This & That" Stamp Sets
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Monday, November 28, 2011

Birthday Hugs


This cute card was so EASY to make with the Cricut Love You a Latte cartridge!  The frames and cupcake are all part of the same cut.  To turn this into a card, I took the background piece and copied it on my Gypsy.  I welded two of them together to make my card base.  The third is the brown polka-dotted layer.  Everything was cut at 4 1/4".


To add a sentiment, I cut part of a banner using the Papertrey Ink Double-Ended Banner Die.  The sentiment, from My Creative Time's Wow!  So Many Candles stamp set, actually says, "Birthday hugs are coming your way!"  Since that wouldn't fit here, I covered up "are coming your way" with scotch tape when I inked up the stamp.  I then removed the tape and stamped "Birthday Hugs."  I attached the brad through all of the layers, before adhering them to the card base.


Recipe:

Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream Cardstock
My Mind's Eye "Lime Twist:  Life of the Party" Patterned Paper
Papertrey Ink Double-Ended Banner Die
My Creative Time "Wow!  So Many Candles" Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate Ink
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
My Mind's Eye "Mischievous" Brad

Friday, November 25, 2011

November Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge


It's time for the November Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge!


Today's challenge is to create something with PTI products, getting inspiration from the photo above.  I was inspired by the colors (mostly the red and white, plus the brown of the stairs), the wooden bannister and the hanging ice-skates.


The base of my card is made from 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" Rustic White cardstock, scored at 4 1/4".  The Pure Poppy layer is a 4" square, and the kraft layer is a 3 3/4" square.  I stamped the kraft layer with text from PTI's Background Basics:  Christmas stamp set and inked around the edges.  Instead of ice-skates, I used hanging mittens cut with felt with a PTI Love Lives Here: Holiday die. I attached them with a brad and twine to a strip of Rustic White cardstock that I had stamped with a sentiment from Love Lives Here:  Holiday, ran through my Cuttlebug with the PTI Woodgrain Embossing Plate, and popped up with some dimensionals.


I added more Pure Poppy & Rustic White squares for the inside of the card and stamped a sentiment from Stylish Sentiments:  Holiday.

Be sure to stop by Nichole Heady's blog to see everybody else's projects and to join in the fun today!



Recipe:
(all materials Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise specified)

Rustic White, Pure Poppy, & Kraft Cardstock
Woodgrain Impression Plate
"Love Lives Here:  Holiday" Stamp Set & Die Collection
"Background Basics:  Christmas" & "Stylish Sentiments:  Holiday" Stamp Sets
Spring Moss & Pure Poppy Ink
Vintage Cream & Pure Poppy Felt
Rustic Cream Button Twine
Recollections Brad
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!



In honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow, I just wanted to share a card that I originally posted on the Everyday Cricut blog when I was guest designing there in August.  This is an A2 size card, so I began with an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of brown cardstock, scored at 4 1/4".  The cream layer is 4" x 5 1/4".


I made this gorgeous background paper on my Imagine!  I took a 6" square of orange wood grain paper from my stash, and I printed the Thanksgiving collage from the Word Collage Cricut cartridge in brown ink on it.  I printed it at 4.7", and then I cut the paper at 3 3/4" x 5".  I really love this look!  To see how to do this, you can watch my video in which I used this same Word Collage print on a wall hanging.


Next I cut three leaves from the Art Philsophy Cricut cartridge at 2" each.  Remember, the Art Philosophy cartridge, from Close to my Heart, comes with coordinating stamps.  The stamp packaging lists what size to cut the shapes with the Cricut to be able to use the stamps with them.  I wasn't sure how the leaf stamp would turn out heat embossed because of the fine detail, but it turned out to be gorgeous!  I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.



 I used the My Creative Time Stitched Oval Die on balsa wood, which cut very well!  I was even able to use my Crop-a-dile on it to punch holes for my brads.  The sentiment is from My Creative Time's  Mixed Holiday Sentiments.  

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday (with maybe some Black Friday shopping thrown in) with your families!

Recipe:

BasicGrey "Life of the Party" Patterned Paper
Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado, & Terracotta Tile Cardstock
Balsa Wood from Joann Fabrics
Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate Satin Ribbon
Close To My Heart "Celebrations" Stamp Set
My Creative Time Stitched Oval Die
My Creative Time "Mixed Holiday Sentiments" Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate Ink
Versamark Ink
a la Mode Clear Embossing Powder
ColorBox Cat's Eye Chalk Ink

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

E2 Finalist and a Cake!

Okay, before I get to today's post, I'm sure you're all dying to hear if you are a finalist for the E2 that is being given away by Emma, at My Creative Time.  Here we go!  Random.org chose...


100 
Scrapnatic said...
What a great idea!! 

Congrats, Scrapnatic!  Emma will be announcing the final winner tomorrow.  Good luck!


In other news, my son Eric found out last week that he made his high school's JV basketball team!  Go, Eric!  He is so excited, and I am thrilled for him.  The day he found out, I picked up this yummy cake on the way home from work and got busy making decorations while he was at practice.  Luckily, my new Cricut Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge was waiting at my front door!


I used Eric's team colors to make three rosettes.  For each one, I cut the main shape on the cartridge at 2" five times and adhered them together.  I'm not sure why I didn't cut just cut the 2" x 11" border twice; it would have been a lot easier.  I'll try that next time.  For this rosette, I adhered a sentiment from  My Creative Time's Slam Dunk that I had stamped onto a label made with the My Creative Time Fancy Frame Stamp & Die Set.


This rosette's decoration was made with My Creative Time's Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies, stamped with images from Slam Dunk.


Here's another using the Fancy Frame and Slam Dunk.  I adhered everything with hot glue, including the lollipop sticks.

Recipe:

Recollections Cardstock
My Creative Time's "Fancy Frame Stamp & Die Set," "Scallop & Stitched Circle Die," & "Slam Dunk" Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink True Black & Pure Poppy Ink
Copic Marker

Monday, November 21, 2011

Quick Cupcake Card


Do you need to make a birthday card in a hurry?  Here is a quick one for you!  This was very easy to make, and it shows off these cute papers I got from a 6 x 6 Simple Stories paper pack.  The card is a 4 1/4" square, so it fits into an A2 size envelope.  The brown layer is a 4" square, and the patterned layer is a 3 3/4" square.


This adorable cupcake is from Cricut American Alphabet, one of the cartridges that came with my Cricut Expression 2 Anniversary Edition.  I cut it at 3 1/2" and topped it with a button and twine.

Recipe:

Papertrey Ink Kraft & Dark Chocolate Cardstock
Simple Stories "Happy Day" Patterned Paper
Papertrey Ink "Mega Mixed Messages" Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate Ink
Papertrey Ink Vintage Button & Rustic Jute Button Twine
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Winners!!!

Click here to see the My Creative Time November Stamp Release Blog Hop Post.  You have until midnight PST tonight to comment and have a chance to win the E2!

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments here and on Everyday Cricut last week!  I loved reading every one of them.  I just used Random.org to choose the winners of each of the My Creative Time stamp sets, and here they are:


79 
quilt4fun2 said...
A great gift card...how clever to use the decals cart...so cute!


Tuesday:  Game Night
75 
Josie0602 said...Awesome card! Great for either a basketball player or fan!Tracy



Wednesday:  Home Sewn
107 
brittmartin0910 said...I love your card. I love how you stamped your bags. Thank you for sharing.



Thursday:  Build a Banner

111 
Evelyn said...
Love all the creative treats you have come up. TFS
Evelyn

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Creative Time's November Stamp Release Blog Hop!


Are you ready?  Today you finally get to see all of the stamp sets and dies in Emma's November stamp release!  There is such a fun mix this month:  girly, sports, Valentines, and treats!  Something for everybody!  If you haven't been to Emma's site yet, head over there now to see her video introducing each of the fabulous new sets.  AND, be sure to read to the bottom of the post to see the AMAZING giveway for this hop!!!

I am so excited to share this "classy" card I made today using Keepin' It Classy and Classy & Fabulous.  These sets are just AWESOME!!!  The artwork that Emma's brother, Mark Villar, designed is just too cute, and Emma's sentiments pair with it beautifully!


Driving home from school yesterday, I had an idea of how to get some patterns onto these stamps, and I was so happy to see that it worked!  I began by stamping just the girl and the dog with black ink onto kraft cardstock.  I then masked everything I had stamped except for the pants, using some post-it notes.


Next, I took the burlap pattern from My Creative Time's Build a Banner Kit and inked it up with Versamark ink.


To get the burlap pattern onto the pants, I pressed the pants part of the stamp onto the inked up burlap stamp.  I didn't need to worry about it getting on the shoes or arms, since I had protected those areas on my kraft paper with the post-it notes.  I then stamped the girl right on top of the black image I had already created on the kraft paper.  I removed the post-its, and I was left with the burlap pattern in Versmark ink on the pants.  After quickly stamping the purse and leash with Versamark ink, I added white embossing powder and heat embossed the whole thing.


Some little rhinestones were used for the belt and collar.  I just love the "Keepin' it Classy" sentiment!  The fonts are just perfect!  My kraft cardstock is a 3 1/2" square.  It is layered on a 3 5/8" piece of aqua cardstock, which is layered on a 4" square that I printed using my Imagine Black & White cartridge.  The aqua card base is 4 1/4" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".

Here are the full stamp sets!  They are selling now at My Creative Time!




Recipe:

Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist, Kraft, & Stamper's Select White Cardstock
My Creative Time's "Keepin' It Classy" and "Classy & Fabulous" Stamp Sets
Papertrey Ink True Black Ink
Versamark Ink
White Filigree Embossing Powder
Imaginisce Gems


***HUGE GIVEWAY ALERT***

For our giveaway tonight, we are giving ONE LUCKY winner an E2!  If you have always wanted an E2, here is your BIG chance to win one!  OR, if you have one already, just think how SUPER HAPPY you could make somebody by giving it to them as a gift if you were to win!  Christmas is right around the corner!  All you have to do is leave a comment here, along with on the rest of the design team's blogs, AND leave a way for me to contact you!  Each designer will be picking a winner, and then Emma is going to pick the lucky winner out of those 19 names!  So remember, you have 19 chances to win!  All you have to do is leave a comment on ALL blogs in this hop!  The deadline is Sunday night at midnight!  EASY PEASY!!!  GOOD LUCK!:)

Your next stop on the hop is the ever so talented Leanne!

Here is the rest of the hop line-up:

Katie <-- YOU ARE HERE

Thursday, November 17, 2011

MCT November Stamp Release Sneak Peek #4


Can you believe it?  It's the last day of sneak peeks before the BIG reveal of My Creative Time's new stamps tomorrow!  Aren't you loving this release?  Well, today will NOT disappoint you!  Emma is so creative; she has come up with the cutest Stitched Lollipop Holder Die that coordinates with her Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies!  This means that you can make easy treats for Halloween, birthdays, Christmas, etc.  Emma has stamp sets for all of those themes that fit into the stitched circle!  And not only that, she is releasing a brand new Valentine set that also works with it!  Classmates Valentines is a must have if you have kids or work with them.  As a teacher, I often find if difficult to find Valentines to give to my students that are appropriate.  Also, when my son was younger, he would refuse to give out any Valentines to his classmates that said things such as "Be Mine!"  Classmates Valentines has the perfect "non-gushy" sentiments  to solve this problem!


For this lollipop holder, I stamped the cute sentiment in red and then the frog in black, coloring him with some Copic markers.  I also added some Glossy Accents to his eyes.  The fun thing about Classmate Valentines (and all of the stamp sets that coordinate with the Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies) is that you can mix and match the images and sentiments.

The lollipop holder cuts in just this shape, and then I layered cork that I cut from the scallop die, with my stitched white circle on top.  


For this one I just used patterned paper for the scalloped circle.


And here, I tried fabric for the scalloped circle.  Emma's dies seem to cut through just about anything (cork, fabric, balsa wood...).  I love the Glossy Accents on my ladybug!


Here's a look at the back of the lollipop holder.  I love how the stitching continues onto the back.  There are also two holes in each side, so that you can pull ribbon or a twist tie through.  If you wanted to be fancier, you could add the scallop and stitched circle to the back too.


And a view from the side.  I put some yummy See's lollipops into the holders!

Sneak Peek Giveaway Time!

Listen up "My Creative Time" friends!  We are giving you an opportunity to win the BEST PRIZES during Sneak Peek Week, with a total of SIX winners being announced during Friday's Stamp release!  All you have to do is leave a comment HERE, as well as on the rest of the design team's blogs for a chance.  There are some AWESOME prizes with this release!  Here's what to do to qualify:

1.  Spread the word to the world on Facebook & to whatever connections you have about this release.  Let us know that you did so on My Creative Time's Facebook page, OR just tag Emma in your post!

2.  Just comment on ALL of the designer's blogs EVERY DAY during Sneak Peek Week!  That's ALL you have to do to qualify for the BEST giveaways EVER!;)

The winners will "randomly" get chosen, and Emma will announce all six winners on Friday, November 18th at 12:01 AM PST, in her video during the release of this AMAZING new stamp collection and maybe a new die!;) Good luck!  Get onto Facebook now and start spreading the word!  

Now, because I am guest designing at Everyday Cricut this week, Emma has also donated her Build a Banner stamp and die kit shown below for me to give away!  Just leave a comment on this post by Saturday at midnight PST, and I'll announce the winner on Sunday!  Also, if you haven't visited Everyday Cricut today, please stop by to see another fun new project that I have posted over there.  And don't forget to stop by My Creative Time to see Emma and the rest of the design team's sneak peek projects!


Recipe:

K & Company Patterned Paper
Papertrey Ink Rustic White Cardstock
Cork
Charms Fabric Square
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy Ink
Copic Markers
Glossy Accents

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MCT November Stamp Release Sneak Peek #3


Are you ready for another sneak peek?  Today I have peeks of TWO new My Creative Time stamp sets, and they are UNBELIEVABLE!!!  First, let me tell you about my card base.  I made it with the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge by welding two 5.44" scalloped rectangles together for a card base and cutting that out in pale green.  I then cut one of the rectangles out in a patterned paper and adhered that to the front of the card.  After stamping on that layer, I cut a black scalloped rectangle frame and popped it up, adding some Liquid Pearls.  Each of the layers was also cut at 5.44".


Now for the fun part!  Aren't these just the cutest images ever?  Emma's brother, Mark Villar, did the artwork (yes, TALENT runs in that family)!  They are so much fun to work with, too!  I stamped my fashionista lady in black, and then added the red purse and aqua shopping bag.  Since I didn't want my green shopping bag to overlap with the aqua one, I covered the aqua bag (not counting the handle) with the corner of a post-it before stamping the green bag.  It worked great!  All of these images are from the Keepin' It Classy stamp set, which will release this Friday.



Now this sentiment, with a font combination I just LOVE, is from another stamp set to be released this Friday, Classy & Fabulous.  I was so excited to see that it fit perfectly into the My Creative Time Fancy Frame.  I die cut it in pale green and stamped the coordinating frame in matching ink.


Now, this card is actually going to be a birthday card for a very fashionable friend of mine, so I stamped this sentiment inside from Wow!  So Many Candles.

Sneak Peek Giveaway Time!

Listen up "My Creative Time" friends!  We are giving you an opportunity to win the BEST PRIZES during Sneak Peek Week, with a total of SIX winners being announced during Friday's Stamp release!  All you have to do is leave a comment HERE, as well as on the rest of the design team's blogs for a chance.  There are some AWESOME prizes with this release!  Here's what to do to qualify:

1.  Spread the word to the world on Facebook & to whatever connections you have about this release.  Let us know that you did so on My Creative Time's Facebook page, OR just tag Emma in your post!

2.  Just comment on ALL of the designer's blogs EVERY DAY during Sneak Peek Week!  That's ALL you have to do to qualify for the BEST giveaways EVER!;)

The winners will "randomly" get chosen, and Emma will announce all six winners on Friday, November 18th at 12:01 AM PST, in her video during the release of this AMAZING new stamp collection and maybe a new die!;) Good luck!  Get onto Facebook now and start spreading the word!  

Now, because I am guest designing at Everyday Cricut this week, Emma has also donated her Home Sewn stamp set shown below for me to give away!  Just leave a comment on this post by Saturday at midnight PST, and I'll announce the winner on Sunday!  Also, if you haven't visited Everyday Cricut today, please stop by to see another fun new project that I have posted over there.  And don't forget to stop by My Creative Time to see Emma and the rest of the design team's sneak peek projects!


Recipe:

Papertrey Ink Spring Moss & True Black Cardstock
Papertrey Ink "Postmarks" Patterned Paper
My Creative Time "Fancy Frame" Stamp & Die Set
My Creative Time "Keepin' It Classy," "Classy & Fabulous," & "Wow!  So Many Candles" Stamp Sets
Papertrey Ink True Black, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, & Spring Moss Ink
Platinum Liquid Pearls

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MCT November Stamp Release Sneak Peek #2


Before I get started, I'd like to welcome my new followers and visitors from Everyday Cricut, and I want to thank everybody for their sweet comments!  I really appreciate all of you!  The fun continues today with our second My Creative Time sneak peek!  I'm so excited about Emma's new stamp set, Slam Dunk!  My son plays high school basketball, so this has been a need for me for a while.

I began by making a kraft card base that is 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2".  I stamped the basketball image from Slam Dunk around the edges.  I then added a distressed blue patterned rectangle that measures  4" x 5 1/8".  


To this I added a 3 3/4" x 5" distressed piece of white patterned paper that I edged with my ekSuccess Binding Edge punch.  Before adhering it to the card, however, I did my stamping.  To give my basketball player the illusion of motion, I stamped him with black ink, and then stamped a 2nd and 3rd time without reinking, moving down and to the left each time.  Both the basketball player and "Slam Dunk!" are from the Slam Dunk stamp set, and the red stars are from the My Creative Time's Anyday Bingo & Crossword stamp set.



Sneak Peek Giveaway Time!

Listen up "My Creative Time" friends!  We are giving you an opportunity to win the BEST PRIZES during Sneak Peek Week, with a total of SIX winners being announced during Friday's Stamp release!  All you have to do is leave a comment HERE, as well as on the rest of the design team's blogs for a chance.  There are some AWESOME prizes with this release!  Here's what to do to qualify:

1.  Spread the word to the world on Facebook & to whatever connections you have about this release.  Let us know that you did so on My Creative Time's Facebook page, OR just tag Emma in your post!

2.  Just comment on ALL of the designer's blogs EVERY DAY during Sneak Peek Week!  That's ALL you have to do to qualify for the BEST giveaways EVER!;)

The winners will "randomly" get chosen, and Emma will announce all six winners on Friday, November 18th at 12:01 AM PST, in her video during the release of this AMAZING new stamp collection and maybe a new die!;) Good luck!  Get onto Facebook now and start spreading the word!  

Now, because I am guest designing at Everyday Cricut this week, Emma has also donated her Game Night stamp set shown below for me to give away!  Just leave a comment on this post by Saturday at midnight PST, and I'll announce the winner on Sunday!  Also, if you haven't visited Everyday Cricut today, please stop by to see another fun new project that I have posted over there.  And don't forget to stop by My Creative Time to see Emma and the rest of the design team's sneak peek projects!


Recipe:

Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Teresa Collins Sports Edition II Patterned Paper
My Creative Time "Slam Dunk" & "Anyday Bingo & Crossword" Stamp Sets
Papertrey Ink True Black & Pure Poppy Ink
ekSuccess "Binding Edge" Punch