Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Places to Shop is pretty self-explanatory. While I often learn from bloggers, Places to Learn is mostly sites who have on-line training as a big part of what they offer.
Blogs I read is just some of the places I go regularly. Some of the best stuff can be found by going to your favorite blogs and seeing what each blogger likes. I always mean to do more of it myself.
This weekend I'm going to pick one blog I like, follow a link from it to another, from that to another and so on for about 20 links and see where I end up. Give it a try and see where in the world (literally) that you land.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
In the layout here, I used the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge that came with the Cricut to cut the tag and the letters "Riverbend." This is called Endcaps. I also cut Park with this cartridge. For the other letters and the @ symbol, I used Sure Cuts a Lot and the font Andy. All the paper here is Stampin' Up! cardstock. I have my speed, pressure and cutting depth at 4.
Hope all this helps anyone considering the purchase of a Cricut. It is an investment but so far, I'm really happy with mine.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I am sending this off to a special little trick-0r-treater. I knew I wanted to make at least one card using the birds. When I got the Cricut as an early Christmas (again, favorite holiday!) gift, I added the landscape cutout from the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge. (It is made with the grass button.) To get the moon's glow, I used Stampin' Up! pastels in white.
For all of you who do love Halloween, hope you get lots of treats! (Just don't come to my house because I've long ago stopped buying candy.)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Christmas came early this year! Lenny gave me my Cricut! It arrived yesterday and thanks to many great on-line videos I'd been watching, it was up and running in 15 minutes!
Today I did my first project, this anniversary card. The swirl is made of two cuts from the Accents Essential cartridge that came with the machine.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I just love this layout! I love how the stitching turned out. (I can't remember where I saw the idea to separate a page into a grid with stitching lines but it worked great!) I used two colors of thread and purposely stitched uneven lines with a little backstitching for interest.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I've had this alphabet set for a year and this is the first time it has been out of the package. I swore when I started stamping that I wouldn't buy any alphabet sets because it would be too tedious. I knew I would prefer using my computer or use chipboard. For the most part I was right. I've got a couple of sets that are fun yet I wouldn't buy them again if I had it to do over - just not my thing.
I did like putting the grommet through the ribbon with the Crop-a-dile as Kritina shows in her video. The color combo was inspired by the designer paper.
Ingredients: Stamps: Dots and Circles, Fun Alphabet by Inkadinkado
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Really Rust by SU!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Really Rust by SU!
DSP: American Crafts
Pen: Banana Zig marker, white gel pen
Brad and So Saffron ribbon by SU!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Since I love a huge variety of fabrics in a quilt, using discontinued fabric samples really fits that need. There are very few duplicates here. The biggest challenges are fabric prep and the irregular sizes. These types of fabrics aren't really meant to be washed and they shrink heavily. So I handwashed each piece in hot water and then dried them in the dryer to insure they wouldn't draw up after the quilt was finished. Also these types of fabrics really ravel. So when I took the pieces out of the dryer, I often had a thread entangled mess to sort out.
When fabric samples are made, the sampling company is cutting up pieces from a regular run of fabric into specific sizes for sampling. Unlike what I do when I make window treatments or pillows, they don't worry about centering the pretty flower design in the middle of the fabric. They need to get as much out of a piece as possible. So often the flower or the animal as in some of these prints, gets partially chopped off. This must have been what it was like when quilters truly used scraps to make their quilts. If you are working with left over sewing scraps from a shirt or dress, you have to cut out your quilt designs from what you have. We are spoiled today with endless beautiful prints in large enough pieces to create whatever we want.
This is my third discontinued fabric sample quilt. I've enjoyed the challenges. My Mother really loved the quilt. She keeps referring to it has her bedspread. I hope it will provide warmth, too.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
- Cut Kraft to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Fold.
- Since I didn't have a greeting I wanted to use, I printed "Peace on Earth" on the cardstock from the English Vivace font my computer. Then I went over the text with a white gel pen - next week's TIPsy Tuesday will be about using your computer for text on cards.
- Stamp most prominent tree in Mellow Moss.
- Use stamping off to create remaining trees. I did 5 total including the main one. If you are using Mellow Moss craft ink, be sure to let it dry before step 6.
- Stamp a tree image on your imaging sheet of your Stamp-a-ma-jig.
- Using a sponge dauber, apply white craft ink to the edges and lightly to the center of your tree stamp.
- Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the image and stamp over the main mellow moss tree with white craft ink.
- Use the sponge dauber to create snow.
- Sprinkle with white embossing powder and emboss.
- Sponge just a little white ink onto the edges and center of your tree and stamp (again using the Stamp-a-ma-jig) over at least some of your remaining trees. Do not emboss.
- Glue on a strip of Mellow Moss DSP and attach ribbon.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
It is really easy. All you have to do is look for flowers you think will be simple to 'dissect' and still have usable petals. In these photos you'll see some hydrangeas and delphinium. Another good choice are the large daisies. I haven't found any good true white ones but I've bought many colors including an off white which is easy to stamp or ink the edges.
After removing from stemp, pull off the green part that hold the petals together.
My favorite accent for the centers are rhinestone brads. I've also used other types of brads and buttons. Don't be shy about layering different types of petals together for creative looks.
Pretty petals and you don't need a green thumb or a lot of green cash either.
Ingredients: Designer Paper from My Mind's Eye
Flowers from Hobby Lobby
Rhinestone brads from Oriental Trading
Pink button from Stampin' Up!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Ingredients: Stamps: Winter Trails by Inkadinkado
White craft ink and white gel pen from Stampin' Up!
Paper: Brocade Blue from SU!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
They have a blog but also a monthly themed gallery of some great scrapbook pages. I haven't been through all of them but it appears that there are many traditional and hybrid pages, maybe some digital ones too, I don't know yet.
Anyway, I always love to find inspiration. This site was founded by three people who used to work at Simple Scrapbooks magazine - my favorite scrapbook magazine which went away earlier this year. Fortunately, these folks have found a way to continue to share ideas and inspiration with us.
I'm planning some simple changes for my blog in the coming weeks. One will be a list of some of these favorite sites. I plan to group them by "Places to Buy" "Places to Inspire" or something like that. Also my blog header needs work. So many creative opportunities...