Thursday, September 23, 2010

Imagine and Goodies!!!

A BIG shout-out to my BFF Kymberlee for sending me the most awesome package on Tuesday! I have had the craziest week and this is the first time I've gotten a chance to sit down since Sunday afternoon. I got my IMAGINE on Friday night, and have had the BEST time playing with it. But back to my Circle Pal...

Sooo here is my Imagine!! Exciting!! And HUGE!!

I LOVE it... You couldn't pry it from my cold, dead hands at this point!! It's amazing! Here it is sitting on my sewing table. I thought it would be a good fit, but honestly I wish I had a bigger table to set it on.

I have made several things with it already- here is an example of the wonderfulness. I love how I don't have to use so many sheets of different color papers for one small project. Here I made a pencil from Simply Charmed (thanks again, Kymberlee!!!). I don't have a picture of the finished project (took it to school- it's so cute!) but this is a perfect example of how amazing this machine is.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dog Rules

I finally created a piece of artwork to cover the 4 ft. wall above my dog cages at the front door. I might go back and add their names in vinyl above their cages, but I thought this was a great start! A couple of my background papers are a little too "busy," I think, but in real life it doesn't look bad. They're all readable.

I started off with a 24x30 canvas, painted it black and glued on strips of paper that I had cut with scissors to give the ripped effect. I added a layer of mod podge, then used black vinyl and my trusty cricut (and oh-so-many fonts I can't even name them all!) to create the phrases. I added another couple of layers of mod podge and my creation was ready to hang! The original idea came from The Pleated Poppy. I don't have any kids or need for "family rules," but I do have the next best thing... my precious puppies, Sophie and Alex. *Sorry for the glare, it's the best I could get!

BTW: I think this is all GREAT advice!

Dog Rules
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
Take naps and stretch before rising
Eat with enthusiasm, Stop when you've had enough
Never bark when a growl will do
Never pretend to be something you're not
Run, romp and play daily
When a loved one comes home always run to greet them
When it's in your best interest practice obedience
No matter how often you're scolded don't buy into the guilt thing and pout- run right back and make friends
Be loyal
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Bird Day!

I finally made it to my sister's house tonight. While I was there I took a picture of the card I made her for her birthday that I forgot to take a picture of. I used 3 Birds on Parade. The inside says "Happy Bird-Day" (which matches my corny humor perfectly- I really couldn't believe they didn't have that expression on the cartridge.) She's supposed to take pictures of the finished book (which she absolutely loved, btw)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Peacock Card

I made this card yesterday using French Manor (I seriously love that cartridge- it's worth my price into the Circle if nothing else!) for my mom to give to a co-worker moving to a new job. The peacock feathers are actually a patterned paper with glitter- you can't see that in the picture. I'm not good with sentiments so I left it blank. I did ink the edges around the inside so it would be cute, and I added 3 pearls on the envelope, along with a diamond shaped tag with pearls (didn't take a picture of that one, though). I think it turned out okay. I didn't like it at first, but it's starting to grow on me. Blues and browns look gorgeous together, I think! The paper is DCWV cardstock from the "At Home" stack. 

And the inside

A's Birthday Banner

Here is my next Pooh Font project for my bff's daughter's 1st Birthday next weekend. I used the same paper (sent to me by my bff Kymberlee) along with black cardstock. I used the cheap walmart ribbon. There is so much action going on in the patterned paper, everything else is pretty simple. I started to add more (IMO more=better) but I know a lot of people prefer simple, so I kept it that way.

I hung it on my kitchen cabinet thing to show, but I've got grommets and ribbon on the ends so she'll be able to tie or hang it up when the time comes (or use packaging tape, like I did!) :-)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Addy's First Birthday!

I'm helping my bff Caty get ready to celebrate her daughter's very first birthday in a couple of weeks, so I made some Winnie-the-Pooh invites to send out her for her party. I tried the traditional colors and wasn't happy with how they turned out, so I decided to give it a go using my style! The poohbear was white paper I inked (if you can call using a cotton ball and yellow stamp pad inking) and the patterned paper came from a party-themed set that my bf(online)f (and Circle Pal) Kymberlee sent me. I've still got a ton of it left to make more cool stuff- I absolutely love it! Anyway, I know black cardstock is a weird background for a girl's birthday card, but I thought it turned out really great. I used gold bling on the candle and stickles on the icing. The cake came from Stretch Your Imagination.

Here is what the insides look like (without the black boxes, of course):

And a sample of the variety:

I also made an adorable card for my bff Whitney all the way across the country, but I totally forgot to take a picture of it! And I had a picture of the goodies that Kymberlee sent me (A PINK ATG GUN!) in addition to the cute paper, but the camera on my brand-new phone was broken so it apparently didn't actually 'take.' The good news is that Verizon sent me a new Droid X today and the camera works!! Oh oh oh I also got Straight from the Nest in the mail yesterday from Cricut Rewards (I got that, two lanyards and a pack of mats for the totally amazing price of free... with only 11 bucks shipping!)

You're Tweet!

Yeah, yeah... I haven't posted in awhile (new job, remember!). I actually ALMOST posted on the last day of August, then decided that since my # of posts was so low for Aug. anyway, I would just wait and then post a bunch in September. (Crazy logic, yes) So my first project to show is a card I made for my new school family, thanking them for being SO wonderful welcoming me in! I used 3 Birds on Parade on my cricut, and used gorgeous (new favorite) paper called Songbird that I got on sale. I cut out the birdhouses from the paper (all of the red is glittered-so cute!) and put them on foam dots so they peek up a little. The ribbon came from the walmart.