My carts (38): A Child's Year; Accent Essentials; All Mixed Up; Alphalicious; Animal Kingdom; Base Camp; Christmas Cheer; Christmas Noel; Cursive 101; Designer's Calendar; Doodlecharms; Everyday Paper Dolls; From My Kitchen; George; Going Places; Graphically Speaking; Happily Ever After; Home Accents; Indie Art; Jasmine; Mickey and Friends; Opposites Attract; Paper Doll Dress Up; Paper Pups; Pooh and Friends; Robotz; Snow Friends; Sports Mania; Stamped; Stone Script; Storybook; Stretch Your Imagination; Tags, Bags, Boxes & More; Tear Drop; Tinker Bell & Friends; Walk in My Garden; Wedding; When It's Cold Outside.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Un-Birthday card

I got a little carried away purchasing Cricut cartridges. Create-a-Critter is cute but I don't just LOVE it. Leslie LOVES it so I'm giving it to her. And it needs a card to go with it.

I guess because Alice in Wonderland is so very popular right now, the un-birthday song came into my head. (And now it won't leave!) This was a quick card. I tried cutting out and layering the cake. The sentiment was printed on the cardstock and the placement wasn't in the best spot. Overall, it turned out okay.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mystery ATC

I've been in an ATC swap with a group of gals from the Cricut message board for the last 2 1/2 years. We have decided to conclude this swap. The last ATC was a mystery. Everyone was to create whatever they wanted and we would try to guess who made each one. (The final result of that contest was that I got 4 right out of 12. Sounds like an "F" to me.)

I had a technique I wanted to try and there is no better place to try out something new than on an ATC. I saw this video on YouTube called Stampendous Painting With Powder. Someone had posted the YouTube link on their blog, and I apologize, but I can't remember who. Here is the link.

When I worked on my background I didn't review the video and instead of using Versamark, I used an embossing pad. As I heat-embossed the first color, the heat dried the "sticky" next to it, so when I added the next color, there was white showing. This was not what I intended but I did like the result. Also, as I tapped off the embossing powder before heating it, the layers thinned so there wasn't complete solid coverage. Which I also liked. I love it when mistakes work.

Finally, I stamped an image on my background, used embossing powder again and heat set that. The thing to watch out for there is that the background is slippery and a few times my stamp scooted giving me a blurry final image.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Disc Golf Mini Book

I actually made this book last summer but forgot to take pictures. I got my hands on it again so now I have the chance to show it.

My oldest son LOVES to play disc golf and wanted to teach the rest of us. What patience! From what I can remember, the papers are from the Green Stack and from a mini stack I purchased because of the manly-type paper. Leslie had just found us a great deal on some Sizzix alphabets and I got Sunset (which I love) and used it for all the lettering.

I'm not going to say I'm technologically challenged, but even photo mistakes can be a good thing. When I first got my camera I was forever taking a picture before I was ready. The fairway shot was just one of those mistakes.

These are my three sons. The funny thing about this picture to me is that the youngest looks so small. He is 6' tall.

And Mom tried it. My disc dribbled about 20 feet down the fairway. Then I left the boys at the course to play and I found the nearest Michael's.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Heritage ATC Swap

The April ATC swap theme is ancestors or family heritage. I decided to use the wedding photo of my parents.

I was introduced to a new web site that has digital images for sale. I wanted to see if I could figure out how to use them and for $1 I didn't think I would be out too much if it didn't work. The site is : This is the image I downloaded.

I'm not too handy working with digital, and finally was able to weld the scanned photo of my parents and the downloaded digital image in the Power Point program. I wish I had been able to figure out inserting the photo and keeping the flowers inside the frame.

After printing the ATC card, I used Prisma pencils and the gamsol technique to add a little peach to the tree flowers and yellow to the flowers around the bottom.

Word book

This weekend Daughter came home from college and wanted to make gifts for her friends that are seniors and will be leaving this spring. I wish I had taken a picture of the "L" she covered for her friend's wall--maybe she will take a picture and send it to me.
But, she also wanted to make a name word book for "L's" sister Jamie. I LOVE designing books in Cricut Designer Studio and this was no hardship to help. I used George for the rectangle base and Stamped for the letters using the smooth edge feature. I did adjust the letters a little to make them fatter.
The book is first cut from chipboard (thank you Joyce). Daughter was looking for a set of papers to use so everything would coordinate. She looked through her supply, then my supply and just didn't see what she wanted. Then I broke down and showed her BasicGrey Kioshi. Well, suffice it to say I need to go shopping for myself again. Daughter had not put pictures or embellishments on yet. I didn't have time to photo every page as she needed to pack to get back to school, so this is the only photo I took:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Project 365 - Week 3

I think I need to work on my journaling. I really do have more that two word thoughts about the pictures.

Cartridges used for journaling - I'll have to get back to you--I don't remember.
Okay--here they are: Amaryllis--part of flower from Tinkerbell, computer and bookstack from Cursive 101, cloud from Going Places, megaphone from Everday Paper Dolls and stairway from A Child's Year.

Project 365 - Week 2

It's taking me a long while to get my scrap pages done. Getting photos printed seems to be what's holding me up. I am having fun finding Cricut cuts for my journaling. This is the second full week of January.

Cartridges used for the journaling spots: the amaryllis is a portion of a flower from Tinkerbell, Hoops from Sports Mania, pot and breakfast are on From My Kitchen, portrait is the inside of the apple of A Child's Year and the dog is from Paper Pups.

Cooper Word Book

A couple of weeks ago when I visited Leslie, I worked on a word book. I love designing, cutting and assembling these books using Cricut Design Studio. This one is for my hairdresser's dog. It started as a picture of the day and then I decided every time I go to hairapy (Pat's lingo) I would take another picture of Cooper, the dog. His first picture was taken when he was 10 weeks old, so I plan to record his first year.
I love the papers. Most of them are from the Playful Pets paper pack from ki Memories and some have foil. I also found some papers to match from The Paper Company Studio. The bone paper is glittery. The letters are from Base Camp as is the rectangle that I used for the base. My pal Leslie put the dots on the letters with direction from Sherrie--really a group project!


Friday, April 2, 2010

March COM - Mauve with Movement

Sister Leslie and Friends Joyce and Sherrie thought I should do this complicated card for movement. Obviously it was a case of they didn't want to and "Mikey will do it." Well, I did think about it very briefly.

However, I went with the flip flop card again. The paper is My Mind's Eye, Bohemia line, Bliss "Darling Daughter" floral/pink. The Medallion stamp is from a $1 clear stamp set. The Thinking of You sentiment is from the Close to My Heart Gracious Greetings set.