Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Angels

Yesterday my brother-in-law asked if I would make the card from all of the grandkids to Grandpa . . . we are giving him one big giftcard from all of the grandkids.

I used a sentiment from the K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings set.  This set is on sale for $16.99 right now.

















On the inside I wrote "Merry Christmas from all of Grandpa's Angels"

Monday, December 19, 2011

Guest Blog Post ~

Today we have a guest blog post from Lori at Scrappin My Stress Away.  Ironically, the project that she created for today is one I have been wanting to try to do myself.

Hi.  Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway with a great last minute Holiday gift you can make for a friend or family member.  I am delighted to be a Guest Designer for my friend Shawn today.  I use her MyCutSearch website all the time to find images and fonts on my cricut cartridges.  It is much better than the search on my Gypsy ~ and those who know me know my Gypsy is pretty much attached to my wrist!!!

I saw something similar on Pinterest on a glass block and decided to modify it for my good friend.  I used a lot of cartridges to create this look:


Smile is from Hello Kitty Font at 1.24 inches
Friends and Dream are from Hannah Montana at 1.24 and 1.31 inches
Faith is from Home Accents at 2.10 inches
Home is also from Home Accents at 1.78 inches
Journey is from Nate's ABCs at 1.46 inches rotated 90 degrees
Inspire is from Home Accents at 1.92 inches
Family is from Gypsy Wanderings at 2.38 inches
Love is from Home Accents at 4.58 inches
Forever is from Hello Kitty Font at 1.54 inches rotated at -90 degrees
Miller is welded from Quarter Note at 2.62 inches

I hid the dot on the i and replaced it with a heart from George at .45 inche

These measurements were a trial and error on size and font and can easily be switched with other fonts and sizes and words that are meaningful to you!


 I cut this out from gold vinyl.  When cutting vinyl, I set my Expression on 3, 3; 3 (pressure, speed and blade depth) to cut through just the vinyl not the paper backing.  This is called a kiss cut.  When weeding away the extra pieces of vinyl, it is helpful to roll it so the extra vinyl does not stick to your project.  Be careful of the dots from the i's as they sometimes like to get weeded away!


I use my dental tool to weed out the inner cuts.
 I use clear contact paper as my transfer tape.  It is super sticky, so I de-stick it a bit with my jeans.

 I smooth the clear contact paper over my vinyl and burnish it with my scraper.

 Starting at one corner, I carefully peel up the contact paper.  If part of the vinyl stays behind, I put the contact paper back down and burnish some more.  Vinyl is very forgiving!!

 Once the vinyl all on the contact paper, I place it over a 12x12 tile I purchased at Lowe's for around $1.  I burnish it again and carefully peel up the contact paper.

All this tile needs is an easel and then it can be displayed on a shelf, table or counter.  I saved my project in my Gypsy so I can easily change the name or some of the words to suit another friend (or even me)!!  If you get brave, you can even use different colors of vinyl!!!

Thanks so much Shawn for having me over today to play!!!  I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy 2012!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday - Christmas Blessings

Welcome to Simply Sunday with the Getting Cricky Design Team!

Today is the day that the Getting Cricky Design Team gets to show off some of the projects they have created with the wonderful stamps from K Andrew Designs.  Our theme for this week is Christmas Blessings. 

I have been so busy I have not had time to make anything but please stop by  Getting Cricky to see what the rest of the Design Team has created, and you can even enter your OWN project into the challenge.

Friday, December 16, 2011

I miss my Cricut

It is a good thing my Cricut has this nice little blanket of a cover (made by my crafting sistah CardMonkey) to keep it warm, because I have not been using it much recently.

I have been so busy with my new day job that I cannot even remember the last time I was in my craft room!  That is sad!  By the time I get home from work, especially in this past couple of weeks, I am so tired I just want to plop down on the couch!

And the times that I don't hit the couch or go to bed early, I am at the ice arena watching my daughter play hockey.  She scored her first goal of the season in a tournament last weekend.  Here is a video clip.  Watch #30 in the red jersey/white helmet go racing for that puck, catch the rebound and then take it around the net for a nice little wrap around.



So that is what I have been up to . . . I hope that all of you are enjoying the holidays and are finding more time for crafting then I am!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Need a Christmas gift for the Cricut owner on your list?

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Winter Birthday Wishes


I cut the actual snowman out of white glitter paper, and I used my Expression so that I could use the Multi-Cut function.  This allowed me to cut the same image twice right on top of where the original cut was.  I found that this works really well when you are cutting through thicker paper, like the glitter paper.

The hat, scarf, arms and nose are all combined in one cut, but I cut it from both brown and orange paper so that I could do the hat and arms in brown, and the nose in orange.  For the scarf I actually layered the two cuts by cutting off the fringe of the orange scarf and layering it over the brown scarf cut.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Paper Layerz

Have you been wanting to try out the new Paper Layerz by Megan at Above Rubies Studio?  If so, today would be the day to do it!  Today only, when you purchase a Paper Layerz Pack you get a the Paper Layerz DVD FREE!!!!



Great cardstock in colors that coordinate perfectly for your favorite projects, plus a free DVD with tons of inspiration . . . what more could you ask for!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Do you own the Teresa Collins Stampmaker?

I personally do not own this, but if I did I know I would look at it and say "Where do I start!?!?!?"

Well Megan at Above Rubies Studio has taken care of that for you!  She has a DVD called The Teresa Collins Stampmaker A to Z.  Megan will walk you through how to make WONDERFUL projects step by step.

And today only the Teresa Collins Stampmaker DVD is 60% off!!!!!  You read that right . . . it is only $9.99 today only!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Remembering our loved ones we have lost at Christmas

1999 was an emotional year in our house . . . in April my husband and were married, that fall we found out we were pregnant, at Thanksgiving we found out that my mother-in-law had cancer and then she died on Christmas Eve . . . all in the same year.

What does this have to do with a crafting blog? Well, the family recieved so many flowers at my mother-in-law's funeral and since I am a crafty person one of the cousin's suggested that I hang the flowers upside-down to dry out and then use the flowers in items for the entire family. I thought that this was a lovely way to preserve the flowers and pay tribue to my mother-in-law. Since she died on Christmas Eve, I decided to make Christmas ornaments for each family member with the roses we dried and saved. Oh . . . it was extra special to use the roses because my mother-in-law's first name was Rose.



I took simple acrylic ornamets that snap together in the middle, and hot glued one of the roses and baby's breath to the inside. Then when I snapped it shut I covered the seam with ribbons and trim that I have left over from making the floral arrangments for our wedding that same year.





Attached to the ornamet is a tag with this poem on it . . .

In the garden of the heart,
Love's spirit ever grows,
As sweet memories unfold
Like the petals of a rose.
And love's beauty offers comfort
To soften thorns of sorrow,
For knowing love endures
Gives hope for each tomorrow.
May this Rememberance Rose
Be a comforting reminder
Of love that lives forever.

Every year when my children put these ornaments on the tree they call them the "Grandma Mosch ornaments". It is hard to believe that this year is the ten year anniversary of the year that she died.

Merry Christmas Rose! We miss you and you are still with us in our hearts.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Attention Imagine Owners!!!

Have you been wishing someone would show you how to use your Imagine and get the most out of it?  Well here is the answer to your prayers . . . .

Above Rubies Studio has discounted the price of the Imagine A to Z DVD for today only!!!!!!

It was $24.97 and today only it is $12.49!!!!!

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Christmas Scrapbooking Layout

Here is a scrapbooking layout that I loved so much for Christmas pictures. I have used it in my own books, and also in a book I did for another family. It is simple, but cute.



After I placed the pictures on the page, I drew a black swirling line around the outer borders of the page. Then I used my Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge I cut the Christmas light bulbs out of a variety of colors. If you wanted to give the bulbs more "shimmer" you could cut them from glitter or metallic papers. If you do not have a Cricut, you could purchase stickers.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

GREAT deal!!!!!

I just found out . . . man, I wish I would have know this earlier so I could have gotten the word out sooner . . .

Above Rubies Studio has discounted prices on two of their most popular DVD's TODAY ONLY!!!!!



Cricut A to Z DVD was $22.97 but today only


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This is a great way to learn to use your Cricut, or as a gift for someone that is getting a Cricut for Christmas.


The Gypsy A to Z DVD was $24.97 but today only

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Megan will show you the secrets to getting the most out of your Gypsy.  




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Go ahead . . Laugh!

I have been having a lot of fun with one particular stamp set called Positive Thoughts by K Andrew Designs.  When I got this stamp set I started to get all kinds of ideas for Disney Themed projects. 

Well here is what I came up with for today.




I thought that the combination of Grumpy with this phrase was cute.

If you want to see other cards I have created with this stamp set . . . some of them Disney Themed . . . click HERE.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Ornament

Here is a Christmas ornament that my sister-in-law made. At the time, she did a lot of beading, and jewelry making.
I really like how simple this ornament is, and how she combined the different colors. Then, at the top, she twisted the wire into a swirl pattern for the hook to hang the ornament. You could make these with colored beads, like she did, or use all white and silver beads so that they look like fresh snowflakes.

Do you have a favorite Christmas ornament you have made?  Contact me HERE and tell me about it and maybe I can feature it here on my blog!  I would love to show off some ornaments that others have made.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday - Joys of the Season

Welcome to Simply Sunday with the Getting Cricky Design Team!

Today is the day that the Getting Cricky Design Team gets to show off some of the projects they have created with the wonderful stamps from K Andrew Designs.  Our theme for this week is Joys of the Season. 

I created something that could be used as a Christmas decoration, or even as a gift tag for your gifts.

I cut a tag shape with my Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge out of a gold patterned paper at 3 1/2" and then out of a dark green at 2 3/4".  I then used my Winter Wishes stamp set to create the three different phrases, No Peeking, Merry Christmas and Ho Ho Ho.  I think that the white ink really POPPED off of the deep green paper!  Then I tied the two size cuts together with some gold tulle.  

These could be used as ornaments on the tree, tied into garland or as gift tags.

I would like to offer you some blog candy . . . or maybe I should say blog popcorn!

I want to tell you about Freedom Snacks!  They have gourmet popcorn in a flavor to please everyone on your Christmas list!

Holiday Blend: Cherry and Green Apple
Confetti: Grape, Cherry, Banana, Pina Colata, Grape, 
Orange, Lemon, Cinnamon, Blueberry and Watermelon
Banana Split: Banana, Chocolate, Cherry, Vanilla
Freedom Blend: Cherry, Vanilla, Blueberry
S'mores: Chocolate with Marshmallows and Graham Crackers
Caramel Apple: Green Apple and Caramel
Chocolate Mint: Chocolate peppermint flavor with crushed peppermints
Pumpkin Spice: Pumkin with secret spices

For today's prize they are offering up a 3 bag gift set!  Your choice of three flavors for your own gift pack!  You could keep the gift for yourself, or create a gift tag  like the ones I made and give it to someone you know.

Those of you that know me know that my family created the website MyCutSearch.com and that I like to have everyone play a game with MyCutSearch.com in order to enter to win prizes.  Since today's prize is popcorn, let's go to MyCutSearch and search the word

popcorn

Then send me an email by clicking here or by using the Contact Us Page at MyCutSearch.com telling me how many Cricut handbook pages came up in the search for the word popcorn.

Make sure to stop by Getting Cricky to see what the rest of the Design Team has created, and you can even enter your OWN project into the challenge.  And don't forget to go over and check out all of the products at Freedom Snacks.  If you are on Facebook, you can find them HERE.  You can also find their blog HERE.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday Wall Decor

I have some art on the wall near our dining room table, and every year I like to change it out at Christmas time . . . the floral artwork just seems awkward at Christmas time.

To start with, I found two 5x7 frames that I liked, and then I picked to images from the Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge.



For the first one I used a glossy paper with a green tone on tone pattern of holly leaves on it. I then cut out the "Ho, Ho, Ho" image from the Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge from a red and white striped paper that had a candy cane feel. I then cut out the same "Ho, Ho, Ho" image from solid red paper in the shadow function and backed the striped "Ho, Ho, Ho" and then I mounted that on the green holly paper.

For the second frame I decided to cut out a Christmas tree from the Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge. I cut this out in a rich green paper, and used a wood grain paper for the trunk of the tree. I did the shadow of this image in a softer green color, and mounted the entire thing on a red glossy paper with a tone on tone image of snowflakes. To top things off, I added a star to the top of the tree that I punched out of metallic silver paper, and used several different metallic colored papers to create the shimmering lights on the tree.

I think that these made great Christmas decorations, and these layouts could easily become Christmas cards.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Winter birthday card

Today is my sister's birthday, and this is the card that I created for her using the Winter Wishes stamp set from K Andrew Designs.


One thing that I REALLY like about this stamp set is the fact that you can mix and match the words to create your own phrases, so the number of phrases are only limited by your imagination! And if you own any of the OTHER mix and match sets from K Andrew Designs you could create even MORE phrases by combining words from several of the different stamp sets!

I used the words Frosty Fun on my card, and then I embellished the background paper by adding snowflakes, also from the Winter Wishes set, to some of the squares.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

You wanted the best . . .

If you know anything about the band KISS you know that at the beginning of all of their concerts they announce "You wanted the best, you got the best!  The hottest band in the world . . . KISS!"  Now, I have never been to a KISS concert, but I married into a family with three brothers who grew up listening to and loving KISS.  And now I have a daughter that also loves KISS.  My daughter was so happy when KISS came in concert and she was able to go to the concert with her Dad.


 The two pictures in the upper left are before the concert, and the two in the lower right are the next day wearing their new KISS concert shirts.  In true rock star style they had to do a pose with their tongues sticking out like Gene Simmons.  I was able to include the concert tickets and the confetti that fell in the finale . . . that is what those little white stripes of paper are.