Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Welcome to another Fab Five Friday. Every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy. Hope you have a chance to visit them!
Dragonfly Designs is a must see blog! Cheryl specializes in using svg files to make a variety of wonderful projects. If you are new to svg files, they are the files used by the Sure Cuts A Lot program which cuts designs using your Cricut. She even provides links as to where you can buy the files. I can’t wait to try her cherry card!
Jennifer Gallacher created a travel tag album for children to play with on family trips. She even included a pdf with the games so you can make the entire album. I can’t wait to make one!
I have purchased a number of tools from Bonnie's Best Art Tools and love their service. If you are looking for an art tool, chances are they carry it. Stop in for a visit if you have time.
This may be old news to you, but I just discovered this alcohol Ink refillable pen to use with alcohol inks. What will Tim Holtz think of next? Wow!
For a terrific Fourth of July layout check out Cooking with Cricut. I so love her design.
Thanks for stopping by and please let me know which one is your favorite site.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I am always looking for different ways to use Tim Holtz distress inks to enhance my die cuts and cards. Recently, I watched a nine week online class titled “Thinking Inking” on YouTube and learned a number of interesting techniques using distress ink, Perfect Pearls and ultra thick embossing powders. I learned so much that I could not wait to make a video to share with you. Hope you enjoy the video, and if you get a chance, check out the entire series on YouTube. Click here for a link to the first class.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I made this card for my grand nephew Landon’s birthday. My goal was to make the card using only solid color card stock. I used Hero Arts stamps for the cupcakes and the sentiment.
This is the inside of the card and the envelope. The sentiment is from the Beyond Birthday cartridge. I used a Fiskars punch for the border. Click here for the free Toy Train SVG cut.
I made the envelope and liner using the Scor-Pal. Click here to see a tutorial on how to make envelopes and liners using the Scor-Pal and the Martha Stewart Score Board.
Thanks for visiting!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Welcome to Fab Five Friday. Every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy. Hope you have a chance to visit them!
Be sure to check out Treasure Box Designs for original paper piecing patterns for your digital craft cutter. She also features some adorable free SVG downloads.
For a terrific Father’s Day card, visit Organized Chaos’s blog. I love this card and so will your Dad!
Stamping with Tammy has created a wonderful YouTube video on how to make a fleece flower using circles. I can’t wait to try it!
Jennifer McGuire and Two Peas in a Bucket produced a 9 week online class called Thinking Inking. I watched the entire series on YouTube and loved it! I know this is Fab Five Friday, but these videos are so good, I just had to post three of them. The following videos demonstrate techniques using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Click here to watch the first in the three part series. Click here for part two and part three. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by and please let me know which one is your favorite site. Stay tuned…. I am working on a new video using Tim Holtz’s distressing ink, perfect pearls and more.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I made this card for a dear friend of ours who just retired. “Free as A Bird” seemed to be a fitting theme for her retirement. Be sure to watch the video for complete instructions. Also on the video is another card and a fun and easy enamel technique. For your convenience, the measurements are listed below.
For the card, I used a piece of card stock (“Good Morning Sunshine” paper from “Imaginisce” ) measuring 10 x 6 ½ inches.
The next layer is cut at 4 ¾ x 6 ¼ using “Twinkle Twirls Glitter” paper. The pink layer measures 3 x 4 ¼.
I cut the last layer at 2-3/4 x 4 and cuttlebugged using the “Swirls” embossing folder. Once again, I used “Good Morning Sunshine” paper.
For the sentiment, I used the “Storybook” cartridge set at 3 1/8. I cut the marquee 1 using the shadow function and then cut the accent to match. Both are on page 66 of the manual. I used Photoshop to create text and then cuttlebugged the tag using the “Swiss Dots” embossing folder.
Finally, I added the chipboard bird from the “Lucy Bird Collection”, three small flowers, rhinestones and ribbon.
Monday, June 14, 2010
My guest designer today is my friend Brenda Fettig. Her scrapbook page was created for a scrapbooking challenge on Scrapbook.com. She had to use the letter K in the title, 22 of something, a handmade flower, only 2 pictures and handwritten journaling. The handmade flower is made by distressing and curling the edges of a 1/2" strip of brown cardstock. She used glossy glaze to adhere it together, just winding and scrunching it into shape. Then she used glossy glaze and glitter on it. I loved how she used metal and buttons with this theme! Thanks Brenda for sharing!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy. Here are the Fab Five for this week:
From My Craft Room has an outstanding tutorial on how to use your border punch to border ovals and circles. You just have to see this. It is really easy and works!
Made by Momo is hosting a Blog Hop along with 9 other bloggers! It will be on Saturday June 12th. Check out her amazing blog and attend the blog hop.
Pigtails Paper Trails is a wonderful blog that offers a variety of free SVG files and much more. Drop in for a visit.
For a fun challenge blog, check out Allsorts Challenge Blog for all sorts of challenges.
Check out CARDZ TV for all videos, just videos, all the time. I know you will love it, I do!!
Thanks for stopping by and let me know which one is your favorite site. Stay tuned as I am working on a fun new video.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I had so much fun making this Card Portfolio with Envelopes and Matching Cards and think you will too. Be sure to watch the video for complete instructions. I have also included the measurements below for your convenience. A very special thanks to Pieces of Me for creating the free George Cut file. Also be sure and check out her blog. It is amazing!
My video tutorial!
Two 5-1/8 x 7-1/8 inch envelopes. Staples have 5-1/4 x 7-1/4 specialty envelopes 10 for $4.99.
Blue liner is 5 x 7 inches
For the grass, I used a free svg file but you could use the grass cut from the Plantin Cartridge
Measurements for house:
Free download from Pieces of Me. using the George Cartridge
Oval for the sentiment is from SVG Cuts, cut at 3 inches or you could use a scalloped circle from Mini Monograms or from Sentimentals. Inside oval measures 2-1/4 x 1-5/8.
Envelopes to fit inside the portfolio
The envelope is cut at 6 inches using the Wildcard blackout feature on page 75.
I used the icon feature and cut out the panels.
Cards to fit inside the portfolio
The card is cut at 6 inches using the regular card feature. I used Design Studio’s hide contour function to remove shingles. I also cut the roof, window, door, and tree layers.
Monday, June 7, 2010
I saw a recipe for Fuzzy Spa Cupcakes on Greenbean Crafterole’s blog and modified her recipe to make cupcakes using bath scrunchies.
You can purchase bath scrunchies at Shopko for $1.00. First I cut a cupcake wrapper using a free svg file. The Cricut Easter Cartridge has a cute cupcake wrapper that you can use and it looks great! Next, I shaped the scrunchie to look like the top of a cupcake. Once I had the right shape, I wrapped the cupcakes in cellophane and tied with ribbon. I used clip art for the cherry, glued it to a toothpick using a glue dot, and inserted the toothpick into the cellophane. These are so easy to do and would make adorable gifts or party favors.
Be sure to check out Greenbean’s blog for directions on how to make cupcakes using spa socks!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Cupcake Creations is a beautifully designed blog that features elegant card designs that will keep you inspired.
I use my Cricut Design Studio daily and I am always looking for more tutorials. I just discovered the Cricut Lovers Design Studio Blog and it is amazing!
To learn how to tie a perfect double bow, check out this video by Beccastamps. Trust me it is easy to do!!
For a gorgeous cake made with the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cartridge click here. The cake looks good enough to eat and no calories!
For those of you who do not know about the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, you just have to check it out. It is packed full of amazing ideas!
Thanks for looking and stay tuned. We have lots planned for next week including a fun new project, and another card video. See you soon and happy Fab Five Friday.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
My name is Brenda Fettig. I'm a single mom of 4 children ages 8,10,13,and 13. I've been scrapbooking since 1997. I 've done books for several foster children through the years as well as my children and other family members. I work part-time in a scrapbook store! What could be better than getting paid to design layouts and cards!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
For several quick and super easy ways to decorate the inside of cards please scroll down and watch the video. Hope you enjoy!