Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Birthdays are like golf . . . .

My Father is a golfer, and his birthday is today.  (Happy Birthday Dad!)

I found this cut saying . . . .

Birthdays are like golf . . . 
Much more fun if you don't keep count

and I decided to use it for his birthday card.



The cut is from the Celebrate with Flourish Lite Cricut cartridge.  I used some left over dots from a past project to accent around the corner and the saying.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Cut Search Tip Tuesday

It has been a while since we have had a My Cut Search Tip Tuesday.

Today I want to show you a feature that you might not even know about . . . the Display/Hide File Information Button.

Let's say you searching for an image, and while searching you find a DIFFERENT image that you like, but you don't know what it is called.  Example:  I was searching for a frame, and one of the images that came up was the image below.  There is both an framed cut with an oval in the center and a framed cut with a circle in the center.




But what about the Main Image on this page? Some people would say "What the heck do you call that?"  It was not until after my family created My Cut Search that I found out that many crafters call that image a top note cut.  (Side note: I am still working on finding ALL of the top note cuts in older cartridges, since as I did say I did not know this term until AFTER we created the site, so this means I have to go back through cartridges that I thought were done already.)

So let's say, like me, you did not know this was called a top note . . . how could you find that out?  Or how could you find out what other terms and words I tagged to this specific page of the handbook?

Click on the Display/Hide File Information Button.  It is the one right above the red arrow in the example images that I have shown in this post.  When you click on it to display file information it will look like the image below.


See all of the "extra" information that is listed underneath the preview image now?  It tells you the name of the album (handbook) that this page is from, and if you click on the name of the album it will then show you JUST that album.  This is a great way to preview a full cartridge after you find one image you like . . . this way you can decide if it is just the one image you like, or if the entire cartridge is something you want to add to the cartridges you own.

The line called Keywords tells you what words, or search terms, I entered for the images on this handbook page.  One of the terms is border, because of the cut in the upper right hand corner of this page.  What if you want to know what OTHER cartridges have border cuts?  Click on the word border and it will take you right to that search . . . no need to even go back to the main page and type in the word border!

This is a great additional way for you to explore the cartridges and the images on them.  (it is also a way for you to see if a typo by me could be the reason for a bad search result . . . if I typed in car instead of jar, or something like that . . . and if you DO find something like this, let me know!  I can fix it.)

I have used this when I have seen a project created by someone else and they have listed that the cut is from a cartridge that I do not own.  I can look up the image that they used, and then easily see if there are other cartridges out there that have a similar cut.

Once you are done looking at this information you can click on that same button and it will hide all of that extra stuff, so then you are back to the standard search preview.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Disney Pixar Blog Hop Reminder

We have set a date for the next Disney Pixar Blog Hop!



If you are on Facebook, we already have a page for it, so you can RSVP that you are attending the event.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Simply Sunday - Winged Things


Today is Simply Sunday at Getting Cricky, and the theme for this week is Winged Things.



The new stamp set Winged Things by K Andrew Designs has many phrases that you could use for this theme.


Since I don't own this stamp set, I had to "think outside of the box" for this theme, and here is what I came up with . . . I used a sentiment stamp from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set by K Andrew Designs.


I love using the brown and pink color combination, and I thought that adding the embossing to the butterfly added just enough of an extra touch to it.  The butterfly cut is from the Paisley Cricut Cartridge.  It is the images in the Button Feature in the upper right corner of the page.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, and make sure to stop by Getting Cricky to see what the rest of the Design Team has created!  Also, you can join in the fun by showing by linking up a project that you created that fits the Winged Things Theme for this week.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ladybug Layout

I have an Aunt that loves ladybugs.  She is also the shortest member of her generation of the family, so the kids like to measure themselves up to her to see what age they are taller than Aunt Sandy.  That was the inspiration for this scrapbook layout from when she was in town visiting.



Since I was covering so much of this page with paper, I had an idea . . . what if I cut rectangles out of the paper in the areas where the pictures will be?  Then I can save those rectangles of paper to use for another project . . . they would be nice sizes for cards.

















The second picture shows the back side of the matted picture so you can see that it is not fully matted.  For this project I just eyeballed where to place the rectangle and did a size that I knew would fit within the space but if you wanted to use Design Studio, the Gypsy or Cricut Craft Room you could do a more exact sized rectangle, or even cut a decorative cut out of the center to save for another project.  Using any of these design tools you would be able to place this second cut so that you would be sure that it was totally hidden once the picture was placed on top. 

The large ladybugs for this layout are from the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge, and the smaller ones are from the Paisley Cricut cartridge.

  

Friday, August 26, 2011

Using up my scraps

I am the kind of person that saves all of the inside circles that are created when you create some cuts, like from the inside of a letter O or the number Zero.  I keep them in a small circle container.

















I poured them all out because I was looking for a few to use as embellishments on a scrapbook layout I was doing, and then this paper in my stack caught my eye . . .


































I bet I have enough circles and dots in my little jar to do a card and imitate this same sort of pattern using these scraps!  I sorted all of the dots by color and started to line them up and glue them on.  For the VERY small dots I found them hard to pick up and place on the card with my fingers, so I got a straight pin and would poke them in the center and then place them on the card in an area that I had already placed glue.  This worked VERY well!

















The sentiment is from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set by K Andrew Designs.


To purchase this stamp set, or any others by K Andrew Designs, you can click here.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blogging 101 - Linking Up

Today's Blogging 101 question is:
Right now I'm trying to figure out how to link up a submission for a blog challenge.  How do I do this?



With linking up for challenges or events on other sites the first thing to understand is what a Direct Link is. 

Let's look at my blog post for today for an example. My blog address is http://craftychicsblog.blogspot.com/, and if you go there today the post that I scheduled to go live today is at the top. 

 But what if you want to see THAT post tomorrow? 

Well, every post has a Direct Link. You can find the direct link by clicking on the title of the post. If you click on the title for the top post for today you can see that the URL address will change from
to
THIS second link is the Direct Link for this post. It is also called the Permalink. 

Why are direct links helpful? If you want to show someone a specific project you created you can send them to the direct link that has that project information in it. Then they don't have to search through your entire blog to find what they wanted. Also, if you are entering a project into any Blog Challenges or Link Up Parties, the direct link takes them right to the post for the project you want to submit.

One way to think about this that the address to your blog is like your Home address. If you want people to find you in general, you send them to your home address. The direct link to a post is like telling someone a specific room or spot in your house . . . like when you call your spouse and say "I left the list on the kitchen counter next to the toaster" . . . you just gave them a direct link to where to find the info so they don't have to search the entire house for what they are looking for.

So now you know what a Direct Link is. If you want to enter a project for a Blog Challenges or Link Up Parties you should first create your project and post it on your blog. Once you post it you can get the direct link to that project's post. Then go to the site where you are entering it for a Blog Challenges or Link Up Party and at the bottom of the post about the challenge you should see a button that says "Add You Link". 

Click on that. 

You should now see something that asks for your URL, Name and email address. 

For the URL, enter the direct link to the post about the project that you want to enter into the contest.  Do not use the general "to your blog" link.  

Be sure that you have followed all of the "rules" for the contest or challenge . . . sometimes they ask you to provide a link back to their site within your post, and if you don't do this your project might be removed from the list. Then enter your name and email address. This is so they can contact you if you win. It does not post for the general public to see.

If you have done everything right, depending on the type of link up code they used, you will either see a preview image of your project or you will see your name appear on the list of names entered in to the challenge.

Let me know if anything is still not clear about how to do this and I can do a follow up blog post about the topic.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hanging with the family

Here is a scrapbook layout that I did of some pictures from when some of my out of state relatives were in town.  I had all of these big plans to fill the layout with circles, because they had gotten custom printed M&M's for my cousin's daughter's birthday, but then once I started to look at papers, this flowered paper just seemed like the right one to use.

















I ended up using flowers and words from the Forever Young Cricut cartridge to accent the layout.





















The paper is from KI Memories and is called Classic Prints

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cupcake Wrapper

One of my friends at work is getting married, and I told her that I had just gotten the Cupcake Wrapper Cricut cartridge.  She was interested to see what images it had, so I said I would cut a few so she could see some samples.

Then I had an idea . . . what if I used the Cricut Craft Room to cut their names out of the cupcake wrapper!  You could do this with Design Studio or a Gypsy, but since I don't have either one of those I turned to Cricut Craft room. After some help from the ladies on the message board, here is what I got for a result

















Since this was just for a "sample" to see if I could get it to work, I just used some scrap paper.  I did want to do the base as a light, in this case white, paper so that the letters showed up really well.

















The bad part was the the teal colored paper is a little stiff, so it did not sit nice for me when I was trying to take the picture.  Of course, having a cupcake inside of it would help that also.  But at least now I know it can be done, so if she likes them I could go and get a sheet of a more flexible paper in her wedding colors and do another test with that.

Update: I was asked what size I cut them at.  I cut these at 8 1/2" using the fit to length feature on my Expression.  What I would do is measure what the circumference around the top of the cupcake will be.  If you are baking them, measure the top circumference of the cupcake pan.  If you will be purchasing the cupcakes, go to the bakery and get the measurement around the top/widest part of the cupcake.  I would then add 1/4" to that number and use that as your Fit to Length measurement.  The little bit extra is so that they are not a tight fit.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Butterfly Card using K Andrew stamp

I created this card over the weekend using a sentiment stamp from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set by K Andrew Designs.



I love using the brown and pink color combination, and I thought that adding the embossing to the butterfly added just enough of an extra touch to it.  The butterfly cut is from the Paisley Cricut Cartridge.  It is the images in the Button Feature in the upper right corner of the page.













I am entering this in a few card challenges this week.
http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com/ ~ Anything Goes Challenge
http://cardmakinmamas.blogspot.com/ ~ Pink Challenge
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/ ~ Pink and Brown Challenge
http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/ ~ Girlie Challenge

Sunday, August 21, 2011

ScrapFest 2011 and Blog Hop Winners!

It is time to announce the winners from the Blog Hop Friday night. I wanted to give more people a chance to win, so I am actually going to give away 3 gift certificates to Custom Crops!








And the winners of the Gift Certificates from Custom Crops are . . . .

Cathy Sobotka
Irene Sprick
Madison Womack

I will be contacting each one of you to get you your prize.  Congratulations and thank you for playing along in our hop!

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The other night, on the chat before the Ustream for Getting Cricky, the topic of ScrapFest came up . . . okay, I brought it up.  :)

I am going to try and answer some of the questions that I saw on the chat.

What is Scrapfest?
Scrapfest is an annual event at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.  I happen to LIVE in Bloomington, Minnesota but I have not been able to attend a Scrapfest because I normally need to work and cannot find anyone to go with me . . . but this year that could be different since I have met so many new crafting friends online in the last year.

Scrapfest includes vendor booths, Make and Take projects, workshops and LOTS of shopping.  There are also crop events going on, and several of the hotels will have rooms of ladies that are there just to crop.  If you are coming from out of town, check with the hotel you are staying at to see if anyone has a space reserved for scrapbooking and you can probably join in the fun.  Local scrapbook stores will also have huge crop events going on.

If I had to sum up what is Scrapfest I guess I would say think of going to the State Fair, but EVERY booth/display is something to do with scrapbooking or card making.  And since it is at the Mall of America you even have the rides like going to the State Fair.  :)

When is it?
September 16th - 18th, 2011
Check in is Thursday the 15th at the Mall of America, and the next day there are workshops starting as early as 9am.

How much does it cost?
The cost really depends on what you want to do.  The admission and Badge price is $20.  This gets you in to the vendor Make and Take stations, allows you to mingle with the creative experts that are there and sign up for workshops and classes.  Click HERE to get your badge.

There are classes and workshops put on by some of the major crafting companies . . . EK Success, Graphic 45, Doodlebug Design, Reminisce, Cosmo Cricut, Fiskars, Stamping Bella, My Mind's Eye . . . just to name a few.  There are also creative experts who have classes, such as Tim Holtz and Teresa Collins!  Each one of these classes or workshops have a fee.  So the more things you sign up for the more you will spend, but you will also gain more knowledge from the experts teaching the class and maybe even learn a new technique from them.

How do I sign up for the classes and workshops?
There is a full workshop schedule on the Scrapfest website.  Click HERE to see the daily schedule break down.  When you click on the title of the workshop it will show you even more information about the class . . . the name of the instructor, an image of the project you will be working on, supplies to bring with and the Difficulty Level.  From this view, if you want to add it to your list of workshops you can check a "Select this time" button for the date and time of the workshop.  You can either sign up right from there, or continue to add other workshops to your list and sign up all at once but remember . . . if someone else completes the sign up process BEFORE you then you could lose your spot.  If it is a workshop you really want it might be better to just sign up for that one and then come back and do all of the others after you KNOW you have the one you REALLY want.

Any tips for Scrapfest?
Here is one I found on the Scrapfest website which I think is a great idea.

Visit Make & Take booths in any order—Vendor Make & Take booths are very popular at ScrapFest. While some waiting is to be expected (after all, good things come to those who wait), we don't want you to spend all day in line, so here's a hint: We've noticed that sometimes the booths closest to the registration table have the longest lines. Perhaps start at the opposite end and work your way back, go out of order, or visit your top-priority booth first

How can I find other crafters that are going to Scrapfest that might want to meet up . . . I don't want to travel all this way and then end up eating dinner by myself?
I did find a Facebook Group for ladies going to Scrapfest this year.  Click HERE to join the group.  There are a lot of ladies making plans for lunch and dinner on the different days of the event, and I believe some of them might even be setting aside rooms at the hotels they are at for cropping once the mall closes.

Also, I live in Bloomington!  I am literally minutes away from the Mall of America.  Send me an email or connect with me on Facebook and we can figure out a place to meet.  We can eat, check out the mall and crop until we drop!

Okay, did I miss anything?  If so leave your questions in the comment section and I will try to address it.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Archiver's Coupon

Did you have fun at the Getting Cricky Blog Hop last night?  If you missed it, you can go to my post from yesterday to see my project and then follow the list of crafters to see all of the wonderful things they created.

I am probably heading to Archiver's soon to pick up some solid color cardstock for making my Disney characters for the Disney Pixar Blog Hop and for some more card ideas I have.  If you are heading there too, make sure to print out these coupons.











Friday, August 19, 2011

Let's Get Cricky Blog Hop

Welcome to the Getting Cricky Ustream Event and
Blog Hop where we are showcasing three BRAND NEW sets of K Andrew Design's Stamp
Art Sentiment Stamps!

All of the FUN will start RIGHT HERE at the Getting Cricky Ustream Channel at 9pm EST (6pm PST)...  So please click on the link and Join the Getting Cricky Crowd (if you are joining us later, we invite you to watch the recorded version of the Ustream so that you don't miss out on ANY of the EXCITEMENT!)


If you're joining us after the Ustream, thank you!  Each of us on the Design Team, along with our Special Guest - Amanda from Amanda's Crafts and More, are so pleased to have you here with us.  What an exciting night of NEW RELEASES we've had.  So let's get HOPPING so we can each show you what we've created using one (or more) of Kristal's NEW stamp sets!!

If you've hopped along from Lisa's site then you are in the right place. If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)

Did you know, each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online
store: K AndrewDesigns:


Tonight on the Ustream, you saw previews for THREE brand new sets.  I personally cannot wait to get my hands on all of them, but for now I have the  Positive Thoughts stamp set by K. Andrew Designs.

I just got this stamp set and I am already in love with it.  I came up with 20 different ideas for cards in one day for these stamps . . . now I just have to get those ideas out of my head and on to the paper so I can show them to all of you!  If you want to add this set to your collection, click here.


For tonight's project I decided to use the sentiment "My Life is so much better with you in it"



The mice are Jaq and Gus from Cinderella, and this cut can be found on the Disney Happily Ever After Cricut cartridge.

Before you go, I would like to give you a chance to win a Gift Certificate to Custom Crops!

(Updated: Sunday August 21st ~ Contest is now closed)

Let's play a little game.  I told you that the image I cut is from the Disney Happily Ever After Cricut cartridge, but what OTHER image is on the same handbook page as this cut of Jaq and Gus?  How can you find this out  FAST . . . go to MyCutSearch.com and type in

Gus
And MyCutSearch.com will bring you right to the handbook page with this image on it.  Then just send me an email with the answer (that way I will have YOUR email address to contact you if you win)  You can either click here to email me, or use the contact us form at MyCutSearch.com   I will pick a winner randomly and post the name of the winner here on Sunday August 21st, 2011.

(Updated: Sunday August 21st ~ Contest is now closed)


Now you can hop on over to your next stop: 
Deb at ScrappingMamma 
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Are you ready?

The day has arrived!  Tonight the Design Team from Getting Cricky with K Andrew is having another Ustream Event and Blog Hop to introduce Kristal's NEWEST STAMP SETS and the NEWEST members of the DESIGN TEAM!!  You definitely won't want to miss the release of THREE more Stamp Sets and all of the AWESOME Design Team creations using Kristal's newest stamps!!


Getting Cricky Blog Hop


So mark your calendars now, and join us for a fun-filled craft-inspired evening of FUN and FRIENDSHIP this Friday, August 19th at 9pm (EST)/6pm (PST)...  All the FUN will start at the Getting Cricky Ustream Channel and continue at Getting Cricky!!   See ya there!! :)

So hop on over and...  Join the Crowd at Kristal's Ustream Channel!!




  • RSVP to the 'Official' Event page on facebook (you can invite your friends this way too!) -- CLICK HERE

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Learning the Lingo

I recently was speaking to another crafter and realized that there is some lingo that if you are new to the Internet Crafting World you might not be aware of . . . look at me talking like I am some "veteran" . . . my blog is just a toddler compared to most!

I told this person that I would be happy to help her learn the lingo . . . sort of a Crafting Blog 101.  Her and I both laughed in our conversation saying that we needed anything to do with the computer "dumbed down" so that we could understand it.  I told her that my husband is a computer programmer and I often have to say to him "Explain it to me like I am a 3 year old" because he starts talking computer and all I hear is "blah, blah, blah"

Anyway, I am willing to help anyone with questions they have.  Feel free to post them to the comments of this post and I can do a entire blog entry to answer your question.

Question for today:  What is a Blog Hop?


A blog hop is when several bloggers get together and on the same day they post a project, normally with the same "theme".   Think of it like following a trail . . . the first place that you go for the start of the hop is the Host or Organizer of the hop.  They will show you a project and then at the end of their post they will usually say something like

  "And now I am sending you off to Melissa's Blog so you can see what she created"

 and include a link to the next blogger in the line up . . . the second stop on the trail.

When you get to that blog there will be another project for the same theme and then at the end it will send you to another blog, so you end up "hopping" from one blog to the next. It is a great way to find some new blogs you might not have known about, or to see how several different people would create something off the same theme.

The length of the hop, or number of stops in the hop, is usually decided on by the Host or Organizer.  I like hops that have around 10 blogs in them so that you get a variety of projects, but it does not get too long . . . can you imagine hopping around to 30 blogs!?!?!  That is more of a blog marathon than a hop!

There are several ways to be a part of a Blog Hop

Organize your own hop - This is what Melissa and I did with our Disney Pixar Blog Hop.

We both love Disney, so we found a group of talented crafters and brought them together for our first hop.  That was so much fun that we did it again, and added a second day so that we could involve even more great crafters.  Now we are getting ready for our THIRD Disney Pixar Blog Hop.  We even have a Facebook Page for people who are fans of our hops so that they can be the FIRST to know when we set a date for our next hop.  (By the way, the date for the next one is September 24th and 25th)



Look for others who are organizing hops and ask to be a stop in their hop - I found a group on Facebook this weekend for Pre-Blog Hop planning.  There are a lot of people on this group that will announce when they are thinking about doing a hop, and the theme of the hop, and ask for people that would like to join and be stops in the hop.  If you don't want to organize your own this would be a good group to be a part of so that you can connect with others and be a stop in a hop.  Here is a link to the group.

Just hop - Even if you are not a stop in the hop, you can still enjoy the fun!  Go to the blogs in the hop and see their projects and get inspiration for YOUR next project.  You will have a lot of fun seeing what everyone created, and there are usually prizes along the way that you can sign up to win, which are referred to as Blog Candy.

By the way, if you are looking for a hop to give you some inspiration, I happen to be in a hop tomorrow!

I was recently added to the Getting Cricky Design Team, and TOMORROW is our Let's Get Cricky Blog Hop.  I hope that you will stop back tomorrow to see what I have created, and then hop along to see projects by the rest of the design team.

I hope that answered your questions on what a Blog Hop is, and how you can be a Hop Stop or a Happy Hopper who just visits the blogs in the hop.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Layout

My Grandfather loves bright colors, so when I saw this paper with the bright green, yellow and orange in it I knew it would be perfect to use for the scrapbook layout of the pictures from his birthday.

I used the words Smile and Lots of Laughs from the Paisley Cricut Cartridge.

















Then I found some birthday stickers in the same bright colors to help accent the layout.







Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FAST baby card

Talk about a FAST card . . . it only took me 11 minutes to pick the cut, find the paper, make this card and clean up my Cricut mat.  I needed a card FAST because my nephew had just been born and we were heading to the hospital to see him.






















I used Stretch Your Imagination Cartridge to cut the card, and then it has a great frame feature, which I used to cut the white paper with the colored dots.  To finish it I used a colored pencil to color in the heart.  Normally I would back the window part, but we had purchased a gift card for the new parents and the color of the gift card actually looked nice showing through.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Just had to share

There is a Back to School Blog Hop going on now that starts HERE.  I saw some great projects, so I wanted to share the Hop will all of you.

Disney Pixar Blog Hop . . . want to join the fun?

For everyone that has been asking if they can join in the Disney Pixar Blog Hops by being a stop in the hop, here is your chance!  On September 26th, the day after the official hop, we are going to have a Disney Pixar Hop Link Up Party!  We want to see your Disney Pixar inspired scrapbook layouts, cards and other creations . . . The “other” category can include banners, cake/cupcake decorations, centerpieces, wall décor, party favors . . . anything at all.

To include your projects in the Disney Pixar Hop Link Up Party go to
http://craftychicsblog.blogspot.com/ to post a link to Scrapbook Layouts
http://www.lovetocrop.com/ to post any other creations

Yes, you can post a project at each site, as long as it fits the category being featured on that site.

This will be a great way for us to showcase the work by our followers!  It will allow people to preview your project and then go to your blog to learn more about you and the project you created. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bag of Love


This is my first official post as a member of the Getting Cricky Design Team.  I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful group of women!

Today is Simply Sunday at Getting Cricky, and the theme for this week is Party Favors and Treats.  I created some cute little handbags for my co-workers from my Forever Young Cricut cartridge.  I can fill these with some little candy treats . . . we need a little chocolate to keep us going!




For an extra little accent on the front of the purse I added the word Love, from the K. Andrew Food for Thought Stamp Set, which is shown below


































This stamp set has a LOT of other great phrases that I could have used . . . smile, yum, Sweet, Hello . . . but I thought Love worked best with the heart accents on the bags . . . and our LOVE of chocolate which I will put inside of the bag.  If you want to add this stamp set to your crafting collection you can click here.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, and make sure to stop by Getting Cricky to see what the rest of the Design Team has created!  Also, you can join in the fun by showing of a party favor or treat that YOU created.  Just go to Getting Cricky for all the details . . . here is a direct link for you.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Belated Birthday Card

I was making a belated birthday card for a co-worker, and I saw something online that said "Oh Nuts . . . I missed your birthday"

I used that for my inspiration for this card.  I wanted a squirrel, so I went to MyCutSearch.com and typed in squirrel and found the PERFECT cut on the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge, which I own.  After cutting the squirrel on the tower of acorns I used some deep purple paper that I ran through the Cuttlebug to back the cut and added the words "Oh Nuts!"


I also did a little shading on the acorns with some watercolors and blending pen.  I have only used those a few times, so I still need to improve my skills with those, but I think it helped to give the acorns a little something and not look so flat.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Birthday card

I have a friend that I work with who I wanted to make a birthday card for.  I wanted a classy looking card, with a really cute saying.  I love the sayings at Stampin On The Edge.  I have the BFF Stamp Set.

While making the card I saw a scalloped trim that I had in my pile
















I really wanted to add that to the card, but the pattern on it did not go with the papers that I had already picked and started making the card from.  Then I decided to make my OWN scalloped edge trim.

I used my George and Basic Shapes cartridge and cut bunch of ovals using the silhouette feature.













I cut those in half and lined them up on the back of the trim I had already created by running a piece of black paper through my Cuttlebug and it sort of worked . . . it is a VERY thin and delicate scalloped trim.  I am going to need to search and see if I can find a thicker circle or oval with a silhouette feature.

















Oh . . . I also figured out how to scan cards with my scanner instead of taking a picture of the card today, so now I am hoping that I will get MUCH better images of my cards to share with all of you.  If only I could scan my 12 X 12 layouts too.  The only thing that does not show up very well is the glitter on the black frame.

If you like the saying I used on this card then please go and check out the rest of the stamps at Stampin On The Edge.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I am HONORED

I am very honored to announce that I have been selected for the Getting Cricky Design Team




I have included the full list of the Design Team so that you can visit all of their blogs.








I cannot wait to start showing all of you the wonderful stamps from K. Andrew Designs, plus Blog Hops and Challenges . . . this is going to be so much fun!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Before I was a Mother

I have this picture of me with one of my very first dolls.  My niece now plays with it, and surprisingly enough when you pull the string on the doll's back it still talks!  She is about 40 years old and still works.

So we snapped this picture of me with my "baby doll", and I found a sticker that said Before I was a Mother, which I thought fit this layout perfectly.

















The stripe and the floral paper are from the Basic Grey Euphoria Collection.  I know the stripe is called Bliss. I did find a link to the full paper pack if you are interested in it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Free Shipping

I just got an email . . . free shipping in the United States from now until August 12th at Custom Crops if you spend $100 or more.  This is a great reason to stock up on some supplies that you need!  The kids need school supplies . . . we need crafting supplies!

Mark your calendar

We have set a date for the next Disney Pixar Blog Hop!




If you are on Facebook, we already have a page for it, so you can RSVP that you are attending the event.

Hope to see you there!