Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Blog Candy Winners

The winner of the CHA exclusive Papertrey Ink stamp set is:

Michele said...

Your cards are beautiful.

August 28, 2010 7:21 AM

I'm waiting to hear from Andi who won the Sans Serif Solutions Font cartridge from the first blog candy Andi, please reply to the email I sent (check the spam folder?).

Congratulation to you both!!

I can be contacted at ohhhsnapper dot gmail dot com.  : D

Monday, August 30, 2010

A new to me blog, you gotta see.

Thanks to my second oldest younger sister, I found this blog. I wish I had thought of it when mine was little lol.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Papertrey Ink CHA Exclusive Stamp Set - Four of a Kind

If you were lucky enough to go to the Papertrey Ink booth at the Summer 2010 CHA Supershow, you probably know all about the exclusive stamp set made just for the show. If you weren't lucky enough to get a set then, this is your chance to win a set courtesy of my oldest younger sister!

All you have to do to be entered in the random drawing is leave a comment in this post before 11:59 pm EDT Monday, August 30, 2010. I pick the winning post Tuesday, August 31. If you have the winning post, you'll have 2 weeks to claim the stamp set.

Here are some cards I made with my own set.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Ever Blog Candy Winner

The winner of the Sans Serif Solutions Font cartridge is:

Andi said...

Great banner! I made a 1/2 birthday one for my niece and used a sheer ribbon too! Great job! Thanks for the chance to win.


Congratulations Andi! I sent you an email, please respond within 2 weeks so I can send the cartridge off to you :D.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pagoda Thank You Card

So my friend Flowerdisco issued a challenge to make a Thank You card using the Pagoda cartridge, and after some trial and error, I have come up with a card I like.

I put a lot of texture in this card. I used the debossed side of  the cloud embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Plum Blossom set. I used glossy accents on the three roofs. The branch is glued to the cardstock on the left and dimensionals are used under the leaves.

The white cardstock is Papertrey Ink, everything else is from my scrap bin. The temple shadow is Papertrey Ink cream cardstock embellished with the chamomile ink pad. The sentiment is the Paper Tray stamp set from Papertrey Ink.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Banner Day with Blog Candy

Blog Candy

I've decided to do my first ever blog candy giveaway to go with my first ever banner. The blog candy will be a Cricut Sans Serif Solutions cartridge I picked up at Walmart on clearance.  The cartridge is retired, but very useful as it is plain enough you can do almost anything with it by your choice of paper, embellishments, etc. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before the end of  Monday, August 23 (EDT). I will pick the winner at random on Tuesday, August 24.

Banner Day

I made my first banner for my niece's graduation (a while ago). I used my intrepid Gypsy. Now that the layers are working more reliably (touch wood), I used a different layer for each section of the banner. I then wrote the number of sheets I would need for each layer in the layer name. I also took my Gypsy to the store with me as a shopping aid :D. 

Toile Ovals glued to Pennant
Letter/Image centered over Toile Ovals using Dimensional dots
Stickles inside the letters and the graduation caps, add some subtle, but lovely, sparkle.

Pennants:  Mother's Day 2010
Letters: Jasmine, Oval Feature
Oval Background:  Jasmine, Oval Feature. the 8th image on the 4th row with the inner cut hidden.
Mortarboard: A Child's Year, Icon Feature

Pink Cardstock for 21 Pennants (I cut a few extras for safety and gave my niece one with a graduation cap on it so she could scrap it.
Black Cardstock for the letters
Black and White Toile for the letter/image background
Stardust Stickles
Dimensional dots or foam tape
Ribbon, 10 yards of Pink Organza from Hobby Lobby on sale! It was enough to string both sections and have a bow at each end.

What I learned about making banners! If you are making a large banner, find the middle of the ribbon and mark it with something like a safety pin. String from the middle out. Make sure you have the pattern you want in mind as you do this lol. (I chose ribbon behind pennant). As you string, if you put the next pennant face down on the pennant you are about to put the ribbon through the 2nd hole it can cut your string time in half.

Originally I was looking for a floral print to make the pennant with, but I could only find what I wanted in paper. When I decided to go with a solid pennant, I added two extra to the layer going upside down. If  you use the file with patterned cardstock, you might want to delete the two "upside down" pennants. You can download the file here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Papertrey Ink

I made the card above using the Papertrey Ink Scattered Showers stamp set. How could I resist a stamp set that had a "Cheer Up Buttercup" sentiment and some of the cutest umbrella tops I'd ever seen? There is even a link for tip sheet for ways you can use the stamp set to get maximum benefit and a gallery in case you need visual enabling lol. There is even a supplementary stamp set with more co-ordinating images and sentiments.

OK, honestly, I think I was living under a rock or sailing down the river of denial on a beautiful golden barge or, in a reference to Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, I just didn't see the giant spaceship in the middle of the field. Somehow I really didn't know much about Papertrey Ink, except that they had some really lovely ribbons. I didn't know about the smooth, luscious one-color-to-a-packet, reasonably priced card stock. And how did I not know about the stamps???

But then, my oldest younger (I'm the oldest of 4) sister had said to me, "Want to go to CHA?" , and I sealed my fate by replying, "Yes!". So Friday, I was standing in a long line with no idea what I was getting myself into. I was in the check out line and they were handing out large bags so we could shop while we were in the checkout line as the line conveniently wound it's way through everything, and I'm thinking OK, I'll just carry this bag while I look and then hand it back to them. I honestly thought I might buy one stamp set and maybe I'll buy a spool of ribbon. The other people in line were talking enthusiastically about the products. I was still blissfully unaware what I was walking into.

A little over an hour later (it was a long and slow moving line) I was the proud owner of  3 sets of stamps, some spools of thread, ribbon and 11 packs of card stock! And for spending over $100, I got a special set of stamps available only at CHA. Oh, and we "just popped back to see what had sold out" two or three more times over the weekend lol. BTW, at the end of the show, they had very little to pack up and they had people restocking the while time.

I was also unaware of the monthly releases, and a blog count-down to the new releaases (on the 15th of the month)  which starts the 10th. And they show you all sorts of ways you can use them.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cherry on Top Award

Color me tickled pink! A woman who has given me a lot of inspiration, gave me a wonderful blog award.  Thank you so much Beth! Her blog is Thunderbirdlindy by Design

Here are the rules for this award:
1. Thank the person who gave this award to you.
2. Copy the award and put it on your blog.
3. List three things which you love about yourself.
4. Post a picture you love.
5. Tag five people you wish to pass this award on to.

Three things I love about myself are I'm a good mom, I'm easily amused, and my ability to make a meannnnn potato salad lol.

Most of my pictures are on my other computer, hopefully they are resting comfortably, but I love the sky around here, especially on days when it's just filled with large puffy clouds.

Here are the five people I'm passing the award on to because their blogs have inspired me:
Popsicle Toes
Cute and Some
Greenbean's Crafterole
Jen with Sprinkles

Monday, August 9, 2010

Easy Peasy

Today is my day to be the guest designer at TheBugBytes blog!

When my daughter was younger one of us would say "Easy Peasy", and the other would reply, "Lemon Squeezey".

I used the Gypsy to "fix" one of my most frequent irritants when it comes to the cardmaking with the Cricut - score marks. I used the hide contour feature to hide the score lines. The card and the pea pod are from "Just Because". I welded the words with the Nursery Rhymes font (I thought the font picked up the pea pod tendril effect). And instead of using the pea layer, I substituted buttons. I used Core'dinations cardstock for all the cuts and distressed the words with a nail file.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Simple Cards

I had a long wait at O'Hare Airport last week when I was coming home from the  CHA supershow. I found these little desk areas with outlets so travelers could recharge their electronics. I had just discovered my camera had flat-lined, so I took advantage. Since there was a little desk, I decided to do a little rubberstamping as I had stocked up (mostly with Papertrey Ink) at the show.  I stamped a lot of things to cut out later (since I didn't have scissors seeing I was at the airport lol).

I made this card with the On My Couch stamp set. Inside I used the "need a couch day"  and "potato optional" sentiments. The furniture and pillow were stamped at the airport by the way.

I used the Everyday Button Bits stamp set for this card.  I positioned the wings so one button hole would act as an eye. I really love these stamps, and the cardstock is dreamy.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Can I get a woot?

My regular computer is not fixed yet, but I'm learning how to do things without photoshop elements lol.  I finally have an avatar. I might have overthought it, but I do like how it came out.  I am prone to falling and I'm a huge fan of Gingy in the Shrek movies. I used the sticker feature in the "Just Because" Cricut cartridge, and lots of stickles (Not my gumdrop buttons!).  I used the Mickey Font cartridge for the "h"s.

I have a small backlog of projects to post. Keep your fingers crossed for me : D.