Saturday, May 15, 2010

Open House Invite Word Book

I wanted to share the Open House invitation that I made for my dear friend's daughter.  I made 50 for her and I think they liked them.  It's hard to imagine that she is graduating, she is supposed to stay little forever. I am sure that she is going to do great things.

I used Design Studio to create this invitation. I started with the square from George and welded shadow letters from Base Camp. Then I added the regular Base Camp letters (with no shadow) to the pages. Each page was adjusted to see each letter at the edge of the pages.

After cutting all the pages and letters I glued the letters to the pages. The picture with Open House and open house detail pages were printed and layered.

The 2010 shadow was welded with Design Studio and the white numbers were then adjusted to fit on the shadows. I placed the 2010 over some decorative ribbon.

The book was then stapled with oversize embellishment staples.  I didn't add a lot of extra embellishments since there were a few layers and I wanted it to go through the mail without being mangled.

The finished size is 4" - 5-1/2"

Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Twisted Papers Vintage Card

Whew, it's been a while since I posted anything.  It took me a week to recover from the challenges I did at My Pink Stamper National Scrapbook Day weekend.  I have also been working on some unique open house invitations for a dear friend's daughter.  I will post them when they are done.

This card was my entry for the Card of the Month Swap on  This month's theme was Ecru with Embossing.  You can see everyone's creations at:

The picture was a free download from Twisted Papers a month or so ago.  You should visit their website to see all of the really great vintage items they have.  They also have links to their store.  The link is:

OK, now for the details.  I used the EK Success Double Moracco Lace border punch for the border.  The background paper is from a Heidi Grace Collection I purchased at Joann's a long time ago. The little message sign is a cut from Home Accents cartridge.  And the pearls were some leftovers I had laying around.  They weren't in their package, so I'm sorry, I don't know the brand.  I almost forgot the embossing part.  I embossed the picture using the Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers folder.
The finished size is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".

Off to Brick with Beads for next month.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Where in the world is ScrapGuy?

Susan and I have been following a blog by Bryan at  He just recently went on a trip to South Asia and India and is sharing some great travel videos on his blog.  His is also sharing some great blog candy.  Check out the first entry at:  He is giving away a beautiful natural pearl and crystal necklace.  I would love to travel with him.

His first video entry is at Hong Kong Harbor.  Very foggy that day, but still incredible.  Follow along.

NSD Challenge # 2 - "Getting Scrappy"

I hope this isn't too late - I think I am an hour ahead so here goes nothing.  If it's too late, that is OK too! 

My entry for NSD Challenge #2 - Getting Scrappy.  The Challenge: use your scraps.
CC - Graphically Speaking

Monday, May 3, 2010

NSD Challenge #9 - "Take Shape"

"Take Shape" - this is the NSD Challenge #9.  Thankfully, the challenge isn't to get into shape, but to cut a shaped card, layout, or project.  I just finished off a box of chocolate from Easter.

I used Design Studio again to weld the house from pg 28 on Create A Critter.  What a cute pink piggy they have on that page too.  The paper is from K & Co. Amy Butler Designer Paper.  I've had this paper forever too.  The "we've moved" is from Beyond Birthdays cartridge.  I cut that on Design Studio too so that it would fit the roof.   I'm thinking Susan made a big mistake - huge mistake by giving me this cartridge.

The finished size is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".

NSD Challenge #4 - "I Like You Least"

Hum - what cartridge do I like least or use the least.  The challenge: use a cartridge you thought you had to have and then don't use very much.  I have to say mine is Jasmine.  I absolutely love the style of this font, but I have such a hard time getting it to cut cleanly.  I found that if I use Design Studio or up the speed on the Cricut, it cuts better.  Sometimes.

I used Design Studio to cut this card front.  I used the rectangle from George and placed the Warmest Wishes from Jasmine on top of it.  I had the bottom of the rectangle cut across the center between warmest and wishes.  After cutting I glued the blue over the brown.

The finished card size is 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"

NSD Challenge #5 - Teacher Appreciation Day

I'm still working on challenges for My Pink Stamper.  This journal if for the NSD Challenges #5 - "Teacher Appreciation Day".  The Challenge:  make something for Teacher Appreciation Day or for someone you appreciate.  I thought that I would make up a journal for a teacher for their summer break.  I decorated this composition notebook with summer break paper from DCWV Summer Stack.  This stack is a couple of summers old, but still seems to work.  I cut the letters at 1" with Base Camp. 
The finished size is 7-1/2" x 9-3/4".

Everyday Cricut Gigantic National Scrapbook Day Giveaway

I'm not sure how I missed this great giveaway, but Everday Cricut is giving away a Cricut Expression for Nation Scrapbook Day.

The link with instructions on how to enter is here:  Everyday Cricut "Gigantic-national-scrapbook-day-give-away".

Please visit their site, they have new projects everyday with very helpful videos.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

NSD Challenge #3 - "Thinking Outside the Box"

This is a quick layout I made for My Pink Stamper NSD Challenge #3 - "Thinking outside the box".  The Challenge: use something on a layout you wouldn't normally use.

I decided to use Create A Critter for this layout.  The clouds are cut at 2-1/2", the moon is cut at 3" and the Sweet Dreams is cut at 2".  My "outside the box" is to use cotton balls on the clouds. I'm sure all of the scrapbooking purists are cringing right now, sorry! The finished size is 8" x 8"

NSD Challenge #11 - "Colors of the Rainbow"

I'm on a roll now.  Another card for the NSD Challenges at My Pink Stamper.  The Challenge: make a project using one or all of the colors of the rainbow.

I used my scraps again, so I'm not sure what the paper companies are for this card.  I laid out the papers, taped and cut out a square using the 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" card base.  I'm sure that isn't the most professional way to do it, but that's what I did.  The Love cut is from Home Accents, cut at 2-1/2".

NSD Challenge #8 - "Love My Color"

This card is my entry for the NSD Challenge #8 - "Love My Color" on My Pink Stamper

This card started out being for the using scraps entry, but then I decided that it would be better for the monochromatic challenge.  The Challenge: make a monochromatic project with at least one flower.

These flowers were made using a technique I saw on Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  I really like the way these flowers come together and the way they look.  I used CC-Walk in My Garden to cut the flowers at different sizes.  The punch is EK Success Double Crochet.  The papers are from Hot Off The Press. The finished card is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

NSD Challenge #1 - "Mother Dear, I Love You So"

It's going on midnight & it's time to go to bed.  But, before I do I finished this card for My Pink Stamper.  The Challenge: make a scrapbook layout, card, or other item for your mother or someone dear to you.

I took a lot of time deciding whether to us my favorite Basic Grey paper or not.  I decided to us it and not collect it.  This paper is from the Kioshi Collection.  The green behind the wheel barrow is not from this collection.  I used the card feature on Walk in My Garden and cut the card front to 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" with Design Studio.  The "Mum's Day" was cut from the Designer's Calendar cartridge, also in Design Studio.  I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white for the flower centers and dots on the card.

NSD Challenge #6 - "Kids Craft Too"

So it's almost 9:30 PM and I'm just getting my first challenge project posted for the National Scrapbook Day Challenges at My Pink Stamper.  The Challenge: make something with a child or for a child.

This card start out being a card for the "Mother Dear, I love you so" challenge #1, but it just went a whole different direction.  I started making this card at 4:00 this afternoon, after a day of 2 hours of Zumba, and my son's ISSMA Orchestra Contest this afternoon.  I just couldn't get thing finished.  So 5 hours later, I decided I would use this as the childs challenge instead.

I'm going to give this card to my 15 yr old son.  I always use goofy words in sentences to see if he is paying attention or to annoy him.  Not very difficult to do when they are 15.  I'll give it to him tomorrow and see if he is paying attention.

The lobster is cut at 3" from "From My Kitchen".  The paper is from KI Memories Designer Paper Pad. The letters are cut from Alphalicious.  I cut all the pieces from Design Studio to get the right size and to see how every thing would fit before I cut them.  The black paper is The Paper Company, Black and the Blue is Die Cuts with A View, Blue #2.  The finished card size is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".