Monday, February 28, 2011

Let it Snow (Part II)

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a blessed weekend.  I know I did.  I was able to get together with several girlfriends and spend some quality time together catching up and scrapbooking.  This post is dedicated to both the "old and new".  I'm using up old papers to clean out my inventory and adding new techniques or embellishments.

Our get togethers are a great time to check out Cricut cartridges and other tools that we haven't had a chance to see first hand.  I used Cheerful Seasons Cartridge available exclusively at Creative Memories on this layout (Thanks Jan!).  This cartridge has several very cute cutouts along with two different fonts. This has been added to my "must have" list of cartridges.  Here is a closeup of the snowman.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mojo Monday - Sketch 178

I found a new blog yesterday that showcases weekly sketches which come out every Monday.(see link to the right) This is a good way to come up with a card layout when the creative juices just aren't flowing.  This week's sketch is a fabulous layout from Maria Gurnsey! I just love the look of it and can see myself using this simple design over and over. This sketch is so versatile. I created this simple card in about 10 minutes once I decided what colors to use.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry & Cottage Wall DSP 
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point 
Other: Big Shot, Scallop Nestabilities & 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

One Sheet Wonder #1

What is a One Sheet Wonder?   One Sheet Wonders (OSW) are basically one sheet of patterned paper (or stamped paper) that is cut up and used as the feature element to create a number of cards.  This is a quick & easy way to create several coordinated greeting cards without using an excess amount of your designer paper.

This template I created uses an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of patterned paper (in comparison to most templates I found which used a 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper) and will yield 9 cards. This is great for those of us that like to hoard our paper. The sheet is evenly divided into 4 sections measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and then cut (or torn) as the measurements shown in the picture to the right.

All products were purchased through Stampin' Up.  The DSP paper is "Cottage Wall" (retired). Other papers used are Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Orchid Opulence (retired).  Other items used are Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Eylet Border Punch, Scalloped Square Punch, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dotted Grosgrain ribbon (retired) and a variety of different stamps.

To see each of the cards individually click here to go to my gallery displaying them all separately or view them via the slideshow below.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Treat Holder

These cute little treat holders are quick & easy to make and would make a great valentine's gift for children to take to school. The most time consuming part is cutting out the heart on the cricut.  I just love the Doodlecharms cartridge.  It has a lot of cute die-cuts that will add character to any card or paper-crafting project.

The base for the holder is cut to 4" x 11".  It is scored at 4 3/4" and 6 1/4".  Diecut the heart at 2 1/4" centered in the top portion of the holder.  (I used the Gypsy to lay out the positioning). The candy is placed in a 3" x 5" bag which can be found in any craft store.  This bag doesn't have a zipper closure, so you'll need to be careful what kind of candy you will be inserting.  I used Hershey miniatures.

To close the holder, center the bag so that it will show through the heart diecut. Use a crop-a-dile or other strong hole punch to cut through all layers of material.  Insert brads to hold it all together.  Add a decorative strip and ribbon at the top.  Round corners, if desired, to complete the look.  I hope you have fun making these.

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