Monday, February 24, 2014

FCCB - Favorite Colors

I was so happy to be asked to be a Featured Designer on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  The challenge for this week . . . favorite colors!

I LOVE the color pink.  It just makes me smile.  Since it is so cold and snowy where I live right now, I wanted to do a bright and fun card to make me forget about all of the snow outside!  Here is what I came up with.


This little koala is so cute.  This card will be perfect for my sister-in-law for her birthday . . . she loves koalas.  This could also be a great get well soon, missing you or Happy Anniversary card.

I used the koala cut from the Create A Critter 2 cartridge.  If you don't have this cartridge, there are other cartridges that have a koala on them also.  Just go to MyCutSearch.com and type the word koala into the search bar and it will show you the different handbook pages with images of a koala on them.  Since the name of the cartridge is underneath the preview image you can look to see if that is a cartridge you own . . . then if you DO own that cartridge, just click on the image to enlarge it to see it better.  I do this all the time when I am trying to pick which image I like the best for a project.


I created a shadow cut for the koala from the yellow dot paper from the DCWV Citrus Stack.  I love the bright colors in this stack, and how some of the patterns are "softer" and can be used for a great background piece, like this yellow dot.  Then there are other patters like the bright floral prints that will be great for projects that really need a POP of color.

For the background of the card I used a sheet from the DCWV Honey Chic stack.

At first I was going to frame the whole card with a bright pink accent frame, but then I did not like how that cut off some of the beautiful flowers on the background paper on the right side of the card.  I decided to trim away the frame at the edge of the flowers so that none of them were covered by the frame.


And if you know me at all, you know I like things that sparkle, so I had to give this little koala some bling!  The rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique were PERFECT for this!  I was able to cut them in my Cricut (yes, rhinestones you can CUT in your Cricut!  Full cutting directions can be found HERE.)  I cut just the bow and the heart shape with these sticker sheets.  Then all you do is peel off the backing and the product already has adhesive on the back.


Then for a little extra accent, I added a few dots of Viva Decor in the corners.  I love using this when you want the look of little pearl dots, but don't want to glue down individual pearls.

I hope you liked my little koala card.  She was so fun to make!


For more information about the rhinestone sticker sheets used in this project, you can check out the following links . . .

The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Little Old Me?

Guess who is featured today on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog?  ME!  I think it is kind of amazing that I was even ASKED to be a Featured Crafter . . . let alone that anyone would want to know more about me.  If you follow my blog you know that crafting, Disney and hockey kind of sums up everything I love.

I will be participating in a challenge this week at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, so please come over and join me.  I cannot wait to see what you create!

ALSO . . . I was wondering if all of you could do a HUGE FAVOR for me

My dear friend Marlo is in a contest to try and win a small business grant from FedEx.  Marlo is the owner of ContainYa Crafts . . . creator of the Scrap N Tote and Scrap N Easel.  If you own either one of these products you KNOW how WONDERFUL they are.

If you would like to help Marlo win a small business grant PLEASE go and vote for her today by clicking HERE.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Let's Play Hockey card


My daughter plays hockey, and one of her teammates was recently hurt and got a concussion in a game.  I wanted to make her a Get Well Soon card and let her know that we all hoped she was feeling better and back on the ice soon.


I started off by stamping the fox from the Day At the Rink stamp set sold at Craffiti Direct.  I have a special fondness for this stamp set . . . not only do I think it is really cute, and about my favorite sports, but it was designed by my son!


Once I stamped the image I colored it in with a variety of Faber Castell markers.  I love how well this markers cover and blend.

Now it was time to make the base of my card.  I knew I wanted to make a circular shaped card, and I did not know if I had a Cricut cartridge that had a cut like that, so I went to MyCutSearch.com and typed in 


Now the ONLY handbook pages that showed up would have both a circle AND a card on the same handbook page.  Sometimes this meant it was a card with a circle cut out of the center, or that both a circle and a card cut were on the same handbook page, but it did help me to quickly find the PERFECT cut for what I wanted to cut.  This cut was on the Wild Card Cricut cartridge.


I cut the circle card out of a red print paper from the Gone Wild paper pack from DCWV


I love all of the great bright animal prints in this paper stack!  These are great for trips to the zoo, Animal Kingdom or, like this card today, for ANY occasion! 


I cut the liner shape for this card out of a blue dot patterned paper, and then used a white and red chevron paper from the DCWV Basics stack.  This stack is one that everyone needs!  It is filled with chevrons, stripes and polka dot patterns in a variety of colors.  For me, those are the "staples" of any craft room!  Those basic patterns go with so many things.


Then I finished the card off with a little "bling" by cutting some scrap pieces of the rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique into triangles.  I love using these rhinestone sticker sheets!  They are the best way to add some sparkle quickly and easily since you can cut them with scissors, a craft knife or a die cutting machine.  Just cut the shape you want, peel off the backing and stick!



I have included links below 



To purchase the rhinestone sticker sheets for your next project, head over to The Buckle Boutique.
 
The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Cricut Cartridge - Box It Up

I just saw that there is a new Cricut cartridge called Box It Up, and it is filled with all kinds of 3D box shapes


Wouldn't some of these be fun cut in glitter papers, or the rhinestone sticker sheets that I love so much!




You can find the full handbook HERE






Wednesday, February 5, 2014

3M Washi Tape Coffee Sleeve - CHA 2014

While at CHA, my daughter had the chance to go and check out a few booths.  One booth she stopped at was the 3M booth, where they had a Make and Take where you could use the Scotch Brand decorative tapes to cover a coffee sleeve . . . then the next day you could bring that coffee sleeve back to their booth for a free cup of coffee.

Since my daughter knows I need my morning coffee to get me going, she made me this coffee sleeve.


If you want to see the video where she is making this coffee sleeve you can check out her blog HERE.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CHA 2014 Recaps

Since I was busy working in The Buckle Boutique booth at CHA, my Teen Trend Coordinator Beth Mosch spent a day walking the show floor taking pictures and getting videos for me.  It was a lot of fun to see CHA through her eyes and see what she thought was interesting instead of just following what the "crowds" saw as the new hot thing.

If you would like to follow along and see what my daughter discovered, you can follow her blog at http://thecreativeninjas.blogspot.com/

Some of her recent posts include
Duct Tape Bracelet
Brilliant Bowmaker by Little Pink Ladybug
Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
Lawn Fawn
Copic Airbrush 
Rowland Illusion Film

Just click on any of the above links to go directly to the post about that product . . . or go to http://thecreativeninjas.blogspot.com/ to see all of them!  And there are still more to come, so stay tuned!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine's Day Banner

This weekend I decided to put up some Valentine's Day decorations.  I needed something with bright colors to help me forget about all of the snow that is outside.

Have you seen the BEAUTIFUL colors in the DCWV Colored Burlap Stack?  Here is a preview photo from their site.

The pink was PERFECT for my Valentine's Day banner!  And it was so easy to make.


I cut a 5 3/4" heart from the George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge on a piece of scrap paper and then used that as a template to cut the 6 burlap hearts.  I simply used some blue painter's tape to tape the heart down to the burlap, and then cut around it.


I had some teal and purple ribbon in my ribbon box, and I could not decide if which one to use on this banner, so I ended up alternating between the two colors.  To attach the ribbons to the hearts I first cut the ribbon into pieces about 6" long, and then I pinned the ribbon to the back of the hearts in the upper third portion of the heart.

I did a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine with a hot pink thread.  This stitch served several purposes . . . it attached the ribbon to the heart, it will keep the burlap from fraying and it added a pretty border.


Then I needed to add some sparkle.  I cut the word LOVE out of gold rhinestone sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique with the thick font on the Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge.  This cartridge also has a shadow cut, and I cut some deep purple cardstock to go behind the gold letters to really help them "pop".

I have included links below 


To purchase the rhinestone sticker sheets for your next project, head over to The Buckle Boutique.
 
The Buckle Boutique's Website // Blog // Facebook Page // Twitter // Pinterest