Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cutting Cafe Delights

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I wanted to post these cards. Regina just released a most wonderful set for Breast Cancer Awareness called THINK PINK and here are just 3 of the cards I made from the set. I have many friends who have battled this horrid disease. I printed off the pink ribbons, added the mount to some white Nestie mounts and then I embossed the two layers. I've added MS punch flowers, a few pink gems for the flower centers. The scripted "hope" is from Opposites Attract cartridge and the fancy "hope" is from Storybook cartridge. I simply love these easy to create cards. You must take a look here for the set.

Another Cutting Cafe printable only this is from the Sentiments-Stems and flower tops printables. I found this darling little strip that says I Love You many times just laying in my trays of things to do...and the sentiment LOVE YOU (I think from Stamping cart) and the little punched heart sitting in a different tray. I used my MS decorative edge punch, and brought the elements all together for this cute easy to make card. You can see this set at Cutting Cafe here.
TFL.... I always love it when you visit and leave some love.

Monday, September 27, 2010

BBTB2/Heritage/Sewing Machine

Congratulations to Cass ( who is the winner of the draw for the tote blog candy. Cass, please email me and I will get the tote mailed to you. Thanks to each of you for stopping by the leave a comment and playing along with the blog hop. I appreciate each one of you.

Happy Monday to all....I am so glad you have stopped by. I hope you have happened here from the Bitten By The Bug2 Monday blog hop challenge here. I am first up this day and happy to present my take on the challenge to use the sewing machine die cut from the Heritage cartridge. It's a cartridge I do not have but our talented leader, Heather, shared some cuts with me. She sent two sizes in 3 colors and I opted to use them all. I am an avid sewing-gal and I love my sewing machines. I have so many friends who love to sew and I suspect one of them will eventually receive this card in the mail that basically says "so YOU" but in a slightly artsy form. I cut some black and red papers in squares and stitched them with red thread, I used my Martha edge punches and some ribbon for decorative edges, and I added a few bling-bling red jewels to the black machine. The title letters are cut from Blackletter cartridge.
In the tradition of the month end blog hop, here is my little bit of blog candy to offer up. It's a felt bag that I made, with a pretty red flower and green leaf stitched to the bag. A button is sewn for the flower center and two white buttons adorn the handle ends. It's a cute little bag for a little girl who wants to carry some of her treasures. The little tote is 8-1/2x8 inches in size... Leave me a comment and I will do a random draw on September 30. Please check back after 2PM that day and if you are the winner, please email me before October 3 with the details and I will mail the blog candy to you. If I do not hear from the winner by October 3, I will draw a new name on October 4.
Now I will lead the way to the marvelous blog and talent and creations of Donna who will sew you up something wonderful with her take on this challenge.

Friday, September 24, 2010

More Fwoggies...

More froggies.... just can't help myself. This frog was cut from Live Simply, a darling cartridge. My friend Jean loves frogs as much as I do so when I knew she was coming for a visit, I made her some note cards. Still using the papers I got from Die Cuts R Us store. And my Nesties.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Halloween From Cutting Cafe

I love making Halloween cards. I love the images, the sentiments but most of all I love all those bright colors brought together to make a bright and cheery card. Regina's new printables with the Halloween theme are absolutely fantastic and fun fun fun. I printed from the various sets she offers.
First up:.....the Halloween Bingo Card Set. These two cards were just so simple to put together because all I had to do was print off the Bingo Card, add a few die cuts from Doodlecharms Cricut cartridges, and draw a nice big arrow. The decorative borders showing are MS and EK Success border punches. You can see this set here.

I love this set. It's from Assorted Halloween Word Circles printable stamp set and these cards just make themselves with a few little die cuts added. The spider and pumpkin dies are from Doodlecharms, the bat is a Sizzix Original die, and that cute little Candy Corn is a printable from Cutting Cafe that was colored with my Copics. Everything has been loaded onto those wonderful Nestie shapes. More border punches too.
This particular set is wonderful. It has spiffy Halloween images and spiffy Halloween sentiments and I love how the cards fell together. You can see this set right here.

Thanks for peeking in on my Halloween fun. Do pop over to Cutting Cafe and take a peek at the wonderful images and printables Regina offers up.

BBTB2/Christmas Noel/Candle

Happy Monday. Today the BBTB2 team presents a candle cut selected by DT sister Sandi Kelly from the Oct 31 cartridge. I do not have that cartridge, but since we can use a candle cut from any other cartridge, I selected Christmas Noel. I really like this little Solutions Cartridge because it has so many beautiful Christmas dies to create with. However, this sweet candle shape works quite well for birthday candles. The papers on the 4 candles came from a snippet of double sided paper in my scrapbin. The cute and colorful striped paper background came from a sweet paper pack that I bought from Die Cuts R Us store here. This is a birthday card for a 4 year old girl. The number 4 was cut from Don Juan cartridge, and all of the elements were placed on embossed Nestie cuts. The sentiment is a Cutting Cafe sentiment from one of Regina's wonderful sets. You can see her delightful printables here. The base card has been embossed as well with the birthday greeting folder. Please visit BBTB2 and take a gander at the wonderful cards the design team presented.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

35 Celebration

Someone needed a really quick card for a 35th birthday. This is about as quick as you can get. I had the Happy sentiment laying around, I cut the numbers from Blackletter, and the star is a punch with a gem. The card background has been embossed with the Happy Birthday folder.

Here's a quick card.


Recently the BBTB2 team did a challenge with Tags Bags Boxes & More cartridge using the Crayon Box. I liked my results so much I decided to do a few more. I had some 6x6 paper packs with some lovely papers in reds, greens, stripes and flowers so I created a batch of cards using those colorful papers. I cut the boxes in red at 8-3/4 inches and each box accomodates 6 cards with envies perfectly. Here are the cards that use several sentiments. Actually the mounted sentiments were done for my trip to Tucson for the Card Over. I hadn't used them and I thought they should be used for a little something.

TFL....hope your weekend is being wonderful.... see you all tomorrow for the Monday reveal of the BBTB2 design team challenge cards.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fun Time

Now and then I take a Cricut cartridge and I sit for a day cutting most of the die cuts out. Sometimes I just stack them in a box lid, sometimes I fully embellish them. So...I have trays and trays AND trays of die cuts sitting around. For 3 days I have been in my studio tidying up. Some of the die cuts are going into the packages of dies I sell at the scrapbook clubs, some are being made into "card packs". Here are a few.
I love this little froggy that was cut from Create A Critter. The sentiment is partially done from Basic George and rubber stamping. I love the paper which you will also see on the following cards. I bought several packages of wonderful double sided papers in a 6x6 size along with some of the new wonderful Nesties from Die Cuts R Us store. You should check Claudia's shop out here.

Here's froggy again. I love frogs (who doesn't know this about me, raise your hand) and so when I found this cutie on Create a Critter, I cut many. This is a card pack containing 6 cards. The papers are altered a bit to create a different background design on each card. The sentiment is computer generated. See the black background with that wonderful cut out loopy design? That is one of my new Nestabilities from DCRU store. The flower is a MS punch.
I have a rubber stamp closet. There are tubs and tubs of rubber stamps that I so heavily relied on BC. BC - "before Cricut". I still use them, but perhaps not as much. I love this stamp that says "the best gifts are tied with heartstrings. The double sided papers from the Dies Cuts R Us store are bright and colorful on both sides of each design and I really had to just stop agonizing on which side to use by cutting the paper to the A2 size card and adding a wee strip of another side. I love these little cards. So bright and cheery. The hearts are big punches in two sizes, and I ran the rubber stamped sentiment through my embossing folders.
Thanks for taking a peek at my daily endeavor.

Monday, September 13, 2010

BBTB2/TBB&M/Crayola Box

Monday has rolled around like Monday tends to do. It's always fun when Monday is the time for the design team at Bitten By The Bug2 to present the challenge cards for the week. Our challenge this week was selected by the very talented Regina. She selected Tags Bags Boxes & More for the cartridge and we are to design with the crayola box. I am sure you all know that Regina started Bitten By The Bug.

I shopped last week at Hobby Lobby and I was delighted to find a paper pack by Amy Butler on sale. Double sided paper too...which is always a two-fer delight. Although I am wild about two sided papers I can go into full anxiety over which side to use. When you are cutting one of the boxes or tags from this cartridge, however, a double sided paper is used wonderfully...I used a pretty floral print with a soft blue for the inside of the crayola box. The box is cut at 8-3/4 inches. I used an oval Nestie, embossed the oval, cut it in half and those two parts plus a ribbon gave me the tied closure. I cut out some flowers on WIMG and popdotted those on the front of the box.
I used one of the tag cuts to create 5 large tags I believe were cut at about 5 inches... That allows the tag and an A2 envie to fit inside the box perfectly. . I used rubber stamp sentiments of different themes, embossed the top or side of the tag, added a wee flower from one of MS's punches and some green ribbon and put those along with envies inside the box.
This pack became a giftie to one of my friends. She really liked it and I hope you do as well. Thanks for stopping by to visit and if you leave a comment, I will truly appreciate hearing from you. Have a super Monday and may your week be wonderful as well.

Monday, September 06, 2010


Happy Labor Day to All:

Our Bitten By The Bug2 challenge this week was set by a Reader's Choice. The cartridge selected is Mini-Monograms. I do not have that cartridge but since any one can select a like theme from any other cartridge, I went to my wonderful Don Juan cartridge to create a really simple birthday card for my friend Cindy. Don Juan cut the stencilled letters, and I used the negative part to set in gold stars cut from Don Juan as well. I added a rubber stamped sentiment, and set all upon a card base that has been embossed with the Cuttlebug Embossing folder "Swiss Dots". I added one more larger star, and a golden jewel. I think Cindy will like my simple birthday wishes. Don't can join in on our challenge. If you don't have Mini-Monogram cart, use any cartridge with the numbers ... join in... we'd love to have you.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Easy Peasy Harvest Day Cards

Regina has a most wonderful set with so many printables to chose from. I am in the middle of some projects but I wanted to make some easy peasy Fall cards to send out in October. I cut out the pumpkins and colored them with my Copics, I printed the sentiments and tossed two cards together in a snap. You can see the set at Cutting Cafe here.