Thursday, March 28, 2013

Have a Beary Happy Easter!!!

Good Afternoon!!!!

I have a challenge card today, using a new (to me) product! And boy did I have fun with it!!!!

Isn't that bear just the cutest thing???????  I loved it!  It's an SVG from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs!  They have the CUTEST stuff, and I just couldn't resist!!!!  She was standing, but she's quite poseable, and you can (with a bit of maneuvering) make her sit, stand, do splits, whatever!

Too stinkin cute!  I spent WAY too much money in their shop this week LOL.

Here's a close up of this darling bear!

I just had the BEST time shading her with chalks, doing the eyes and the cheeks,,,,,,,love her! And I love the bright springy colors too!!!!!!!

I'll be entering this into the Little Scraps of Heaven card sketch challenge! REally, you ought to give it a try,,,,paper piecing is easier than it looks (OK, so my first bear looked like a ninja bear because I put the eyes on wrong, but all t takes is a bit of practice LOL) and it's so much fun too!!!!

Card Recipe:

Paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden 8x8 pack, Recollections
Die cuts: Little Scraps of Heaven Bear with Rough fur single, Spellbinders Labels 22, Die-namics Mini Royal Rolled Roses
Chalks and Inks: Pebbles, white Uniball, black artist pen .1, Versafine vintage sepia
Ribbon and lace: Really Reasonable Rbbon
button: Bazzill
Stamp: Michael's dollar bin.

Hope you love the card!  I'm so sorry I've not gotten around to any blogs this past week or two,,,,my youngest daughter is getting married in June,,,,,,,,I have three months to get this thing off the ground, and it's killing me LOL,,,,,,This week alone, we've chosen and deposited a venue for the wedding, chosen colors, invitations, flower girl dresses and today,,,,,,,,,,THE dress. Busy, busy, busy! But a fun time!

I promise I'll get around after Easter and Passover!!!!!!

May all my Christian friends have a lovely Easter,,,,,,,,,and may all my Jewish friends have an amazing Passover!!!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Free Studio Window files,,,,,,

Good Morning!!!!!

Well,,,,,,,it's early morning,,,,and my sleep habits officially SUCK. Lemme tell you ladies,,,,,,,menopause isn't all it's cracked up to be,,,,,,hot flashes, no sleep,,,,,,,,awful, I tell you LOL


I'm still having fun playing with my Silhouette,,,,,,and I haven't forgotten my beloved metal dies either,,,,,,,they really go so well together!!!!

Here's a little Christmas card I made mixing the two kinds of dies,,,,,,,

I tell you what, I just had the BEST time creating this card,,,,,,,so much fun!!!!  The window is a file I made myself (with a little help from some friends!)  I actually made 3 different window files, and you can pick them up at the bottom,,,,,,,,a picture window (or sliding glass door) pictured here,,,,,a regular window with flower box, similar to the Grand Madison Window, and a six paned door or tall window,,,,,,,

The Santa, tree, lamp, and children are all Silhouette Studio files,,,,,,,,,,and the snowflakes and pine branch are metal dies,,,,

It was just so much fun to make this little scene!

I am DETERMINED to be ready for the holidays this year,,,,,,,so stay tuned for some Chanukah cards as well!!!!!

Card Recipe:
Paper: Recollections Cardstock, Bobunny Father Christmas
Vintage Image: The Graphics Fairy
Dies: Silhouette Online Store, My own creations (available below in Studio format), Impression Obsession Pine Branch, MFT Die-namics Let it Snowflake dies
Ribbon and gems: Michaels
Ink: Vintage Sepia

Download the Regular window HERE. Download the picture window HERE and finally, the door is available HERE

Use them for any purpose you want (you are free to sell any craft made with these files), but please don't sell or share the file itself,,,,,,,,send them here to get the file :)  Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed the card, and thanks for looking!!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Silhouette Silhouettes!!!!!!

Good Afternoon!!!!

I love silhouettes,,,,,,people,,,animals,,,,,things,,,,,

I love cutting them out of dark card stock and I often cut a bunch out of black card stock and then grab them when I want a quick card,,,,,,or a quick element to add to a card,,,,,,,

And NOTHING cuts silhouettes better than,,,,,,,,,,,well,,,,,,a Silhouette!!!!!

Today I have two cards to share,,,,easy, quick cards!

This first card is another Christmas card to add to my stash so I'll be ready for Christmas,,,,,,and it was OH so easy,,,,,,,,

I grabbed a couple silhouettes I had cut a day or two earlier and glued and pop dotted them down!  Piece of cake!  To make the snowy hills, I simply drew wavy lines in Studio and edited the points! Once cut, I embossed them with a polka dot embossing folder. Easy peasy!  I saved the file so I can cut them quickly,,,,,,,,,,and done up in blue paper, they'd make pretty water too!

Card Recipe:
Paper: MME Noel pack, Recollections
Die cuts: Silhouette America onine store and my own design
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon and Walmart
Pearls: Recollections
button: my stash

This second card was a bit more involved,,,,,but oh so much fun!

I just love the pop of apple green and the sparkly button!!!!

Card Recipe:
Papers: MME Lost and Found Two Rosy pack, Recollections, GA Pacific, Coordinations
Die Cuts: Silhouette America online store
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Button: Recollections

I hope you enjoyed the card, and I'm sorry for staying away so long,,,,,,,I was busy re-organizing my scrap room,,,,,,,,,

Oy, now THAT was a chore! LOL!

Thanks for your lovely comments, I love to hear from you,,,,,,,,and I'd love to visit your blog!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Probably the most clean and simple card,,,,,

You'll ever see me make LOL.

Mostly, I was playing around with making a studio file to share with a Dingbat font,,,,,,It turned out looking rather Oriental, so I went with it, and finished up the card with a Chinese Lantern,,,,,,

Card Recipe:

Paper: Recollections
Die Cuts: Silhouette online store (Chinese Lantern), Self made studio file (background), Silhouette for the ovals,,,,,,

and that's it,,,,,,,,an easy peasy card!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the card,,,,,,,and feel free to grab the studio file. You may use it for anything you'd like,,,,,,but please don't share,,,,,,send them here to get the file!  Thanks!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail,,,,,,,

Hopping down the bunny trail,,,,,,,,,,,

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on the way,,,,,,,,,,

Good morning!!!!

I can't believe how CLOSE Easter and Passover are coming!!!!! Before we know it, summer will be upon us!!!!!

Today, I have some fun little Egg shaped totes filled with some goodies to show you,,,,,,,,I made them for my grand children,,,,,just a little something,,,,,,

for obvious reasons, Easter isn't religious at our house, but my grand children are being raised in a Christian church, and so I like to give them a little something at Easter time,,,,,,

And boy did I have fun this year!!! My Silhouette was HUMMING,,,,,,,,

These darling totes are from the Silhouette online store, and much easier to put together than I ever thought!  This machine even makes perfect score lines to aid in folding and putting them together!!!!!! A bit of hot glue and some decorating, and they're done!!!!!!

Don't you just LOVE those Bunny Bums?  You can get them in the Silhouette store too!!!!

Inside each little tote is a small chocolate bunny, a chocolate carrot and some chocolate eggs! (Later I'll show you what I did with the jelly beans!) 

There's also a darling card made out of a Silhouette cut (I flipped and welded the base to make a card) shaped like a chocolate bunny,,,,,,,,a pretty satin bow and a googly eye, and it's easy peasy to make! Inside the card is a bit of cash for my grand babies to spend,,,,,,,

Project Recipe:
Cardstock: GA Pacific and REcollections
Ink: Memento Summer Sky
Die Cuts: Silhouette Store
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Googly Eye and chocolates: Walmart

I hope you enjoyed the project today, and thanks for looking!!!!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

For My Sister,,,,,,,

Good morning!

I've had such a lovely time playing with my new Silhouette Portrait (Her name is Sophie),,,,,she cuts so amazingly clean it's,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,well, it's amazing!

This week, my sister is going through hell and back,,,,,,I'm down here in Florida,,,,,,,and she's 1200 miles away in New England,,,,,,,running over for coffee isn't an option,,,,,,,,

Sending a handmade card to tell her I love her and how amazing I think she is,,,,,,,,,well, it's second best :)

So here's the card I made for her,,,,,,,,

I can't believe how CLEAN this thing cuts!!!!!

Here's a close up of those intricate cuts!

I think my sister is amazing,,,,,,,,,she has many health problems that are life long,,,,,,and she still goes down kicking every night!  So, of course, I had to tell her,,,,,,,,,

Another amazing flourish from the Silhouette Store!!!!!! I just love how it dresses up the inside of my sister's card!

Card Recipe:

Papers:Coordinations, Recollections, GA Pacific, and MME Lost and Found Two Breeze Pack
Stamps: CTMH
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Dies and Die Cuts: Silhouette America Online Store, Spellbinders Classic Circles Large
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Cameo: Recollections

Thanks for looking at my card,,,,,,,,,,,and I hope you leave a comment so I can go visit your blog!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Silhouette Card

Well, I tell you what LOL,,,,,,,it was a longgggggggggg 24 hours waiting for Silhouette to get their server up and running LOL but I have to give props to them,,,,,,,,their Customer Service is fantastic!

They tried to help me, but they were still having SOME problems,,,,,,,,,and of course, they just happened to affect me,,,,,,,,,,,BUT they called me back (shock!!) when the problems were fixed and walked me through how to get all my images,,,,,,,,

then I had cutting problems ROFL.  A bad blade was partly to blame, so a trip to Michaels brought me a new blade,,,,,,,,

I do NOT like the Silhouette cutting mats,,,,,,,not not NOT,,,,,,,so a cut down Cricut mat works amazingly well,,,,,,,,

and VOILA,,,,,,,perfect, amazingly beautiful, highly detailed cuts!!!!!!!!

I'm in 7th heaven now that I've found my Silhouette's "sweet spot" (blade depth 3, speed 2 or 3 depending on intricacy, thickness 30),,,,,,,,

and I had the best time making this sweet little spring card today!!!

Hope you like it!

Card Recipe:

Paper: Coordinations smooth card stock, GA Pacific white cardstock
Stamps: NONE NONE NONE!!!!!!!
Diecuts: Silhouette Online Store except the bunny is a trace of a digi stamp
Flowers: REcollections

I am really loving my Silhouette today,,,,,I've cut some amazingly gorgeous die cuts I can't wait to use on my cards!

Thanks for looking, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Silhouette Woes,,,,,

Good Evening!

Well, I got my Silhouette a day early today,,,,,and I was so excited to start crafting, I got right on the site, bought a subscription (for 20 dollars a month, I get 150.00 worth of downloads---what a deal!) and bought 71 images,,,,,,,,

well Silhouette was doing some routine maintenance, and NOTHING would download properly,,,,,,,

GAAH! LOL,,,,,,so I managed to cut some freebies offline and make a card,,,but I have 71 designs that won't work in my silhouette. They show that they are there, although there's no picture like there should be,,,,,,,but they don't work.  So then I tried "recovering" them,,,,,,nope, didn't work either.

Time to call Customer Service in the morning LOL.  Let them deal with it :)

Anywho,,,,,,,my die cuts were limited today, so I whipped together a really simple card, just so I could play.  I hope you like it!

Card Recipe:

Paper: MME Lost and Found Two, Rosy Stack
Stamps: Justrite
Ink: Versafine black onyx, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo (inking edges of die cuts)
Dies: Silhouette
Punches: The Paper Studio tiny flowers punch
metal flower: Recollections

Thanks for looking,,,,,and I hope to have more die cuts to play with tomorrow!!!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,,,,,,,

Ok, so it's not looking like Christmas,,,,,,,,,,,,but it sure is FEELING that cold here in Central to South Florida!!

We had nothing but mild, gorgeous weather all winter long,,,,,,,,,and now that March is here,,,,,,what do we get????


Well, it got me to thinking,,,,,,,,last Christmas I was TOTALLY unprepared for EVERYTHING! My shopping was behind,,,,,,I didn't have enough Christmas and Hanukkah cards to send (so I sent none).  Ugh,,,,,,,NEVER AGAIN!!!!! I've already started shopping for Christmas,,,,,,,,

and now I've begun my Christmas card making!

Here's a couple cards I made,,,,,,,,,,,


Card Recipe:
Paper:Coordinations, The Paper Studio (gold mirror cs) and GA Pacific CS
Stamps: Justrite back ground stamp
Ink:Ranger clear embossing ink
Embossing Powder: Ranger Gold embossing powder
Dies and punches: Martha Stewart punch around the page eyelet lace punch, Spellbinders layered poinsettias and Resplendent Rectangles, Impression Obsession pine branch, MFT Let it Snowflake die
Ribbon: May ARts from Really Reasonable Ribbon
gems: REcollections

And the second card,,,,,,,,

Who's sick of window cards??? LOL, I can't help it, this window is darling!!!

Card Recipe:
Paper: MME Noel stack, Coordinations, The Paper Studio gold mirror cs, various scraps
Dies and punches:Poppy Stamps Grand Madison Window and shutter dies, MFT let it snowflake die, Martha Stewart winter branch punch, Big Bite, EK Success Threading water border punch
Stamps: NONE!!!!!!!!!!!! GASP!!!!!!!! FAINT!!!!!!!! (I'm sure I'll put one on the INSIDE!!)
Ribbon: Recollections

And now for some exciting news!

I have THE BEST husband in the WORLD!!!!! My birthday is coming up in a few days, and he's bought me the Silhouette Portrait AND the upgraded software for it AND a subscription for designs!!!!!!!

If my husband knows one thing, it's ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Crafty Wife=Happy Life!!!!!!

 So Expect to see some cards and projects using my new Silhouette as soon as it gets here (and I figure it out!!!)

Thanks for looking and I so appreciate your comments!!!!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Justrite Stamps Color Challenge!!!!

Good Evening,,,,,,,,

Sorry I haven't posted this week,,,,,,,,I made a few cards, but somehow lost my card reader,,,,,of course LOL.  So today, I gave up looking for it and just bought a new one,,,,,,,wow 8 whole bucks LOL. If I find the first one, it was worth the 8 bucks just for a spare.


Today I want to share a card I made for the Justrite Friday Challenge.  This week's challenge is a color challenge,,,,,,,,,,Yellow and greys aren't normally my go to colors,,,,,,,but I really love how this turned out!!!!!!

The lilies are hand made using McGill punches, molding mat, and molding tools,,,,,,,,,,,OH SO EASY to do!  The Stamps are, of course, Justrite Stampers,,,,I just love how the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set looks with the flowers and stamps!!!!

Here's a close up,,,,,,,

I hope you enjoyed the card,,,,,,,There's still a couple days to join in the fun over at Justrite Stampers, so run right over and upload your card or project using Justrite Stamps!

Card Recipe:
Papers: Authentique, Coordinations, Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Justrite Stampers Bon Voyage set
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, copics
Dies and Punches: Spellbinders Labels 22, Fleur De Lis Squares, Labels one, scalloped Labels One, Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Eyelet Lace, McGill Star Lily, McGill Starburst
Ribbon and Gem: Recollections

And just because I had so much fun making lilies one afternoon,,,,,,,,I chose to do a simpler version of this card for a friend,,,,,,,,

Here it is,,,,,,,

Again, I hope you enjoyed the card, and thanks so much for your comments! They are truly appreciated!