Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Time To Trim That Tree

Hello all.... now the fun begins.... getting every nook and cranny of our house ready for Santa! I will tell you that my WHOLE family is crazy about decorating for Christmas. My sister has a plaque that says " If it doesn't move, Decorate it !" and that's pretty much what happens around here :) It all starts with my husband and daughter (last one at home) bringing ALL the boxes and tubs down from the attic and stacking them all over the place. Then it's at least a whole day to pack away everyday things and place the Xmas decorations in just the right spots.... we even bring out pictures from years past to make sure everything gets put in the PERFECT place ... sad, I know !

The  SweetSassyDiva Challenge this week is Trim the Tree. I guess I could have made an ornament, but no... I had to come up with the idea of starting a special garland for my grandkids to put on their tree, with the idea that I will add to it each year.... only time will tell on that part :)
I couldn't get a good picture of the whole thing in one shot, so there will be lots of them...

It all started on the Gypsy...

The clothing is from Paper Doll Dress Up and not really made to fit the cute animals from Create A Critter, so I had to do some playing around... First I unlocked the chain so I could set the height and width separately. I put the Create A Critter image on layer one and the clothes on layer two so I could adjust the clothing size over the critter. Sorry that I couldn't get a good picture of this part.
 After the sizes were set for each of the critters it was time to cut....

I did some embossing before I started to put them together.

Then I added Puffy Paint, Stickles, Googlie Eyes and some Gel Pen lines.

The Candy Cane and Hard Candy are from Simply Charmed.

I attached ribbon to the back side and hung with these cute clips from Stampin Up.

My supply list :
Cricut Create A Critter
Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up
Cricut Simply Charmed
Cardstock - Stampin Up
Patterned paper -Hobby Lobby
Puffy Paint
Gel Pens
Googlie Eyes
Ribbon - My stash
Tiny Clips - Stampin Up

I hope you will check out all the wonderful Trim the Tree creations the rest of the design team have come up with to inspire your creative side !

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

CWWC Challenge #7

Challenge #7 at Crafting When We Can Challenge is being sponsored by:

And the challenge is  use any sketch  you like - but  PLEASE, credit the site the sketch is from in your post :)

My card uses Lilli Claire - Sweet Christmas Dreams found Here

and my sketch is from OWH Stars and Stripes .

 If you haven't checked out this wonderful organization, I hope you will . They do such wonderful things for our hero's overseas. And their site has SO much good info, sketches and tutorials that will inspire your cardmaking !

The details for my card are:

Cardstock - Stampin Up
Designer paper - Hobby LObby
Sentiment stamp - Stampin Up
Ribbon - my stash
Red bells - Hobby Lobby
Punches - Stampin Up
Image colored with Stampin Up inks and a water brush

I hope you will go and check out all the great projects done by my Design Team buddies and then play along !
As aways, Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving !

I finally got my Thanksgiving cards finished yesterday..... oh well, better late and all that :)
Pictures first, then the details..

The papers are Stampin Up and Hobby Lobby
The turkey border is from Cricut Doodlecharms cut at 1". I ran the base through the Herringbone Cuttlebug folder, inked the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye and used dimensionals to attached over ribbon from Hobby Lobby.
The sentiment and leaf stamps are Stampin Up. I stamped the leaf with Versamark, sprinkled with Heat n Stick powder, heated , added Martha Stuart glitter and heated again for a few seconds.I inked the leaves with Really Rust from SU.

The Heat n Stick powder is great for glitter but I seemed to be all thumbs with it.... guess I'll have to practice some more :)

I have SO much to be thankful for this year so I know I am going to have a great day.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, no matter what your traditions may be.

Happy Thanksgiving !!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Place Card

Hello everyone, I have a quick project for your Thanksgiving table.

The base for this place card is a tag from Once Upon a Princess. In my Gypsy, I placed two tags, sized at 3.5" , lined the up so one was directly on top of the other one - the lines will turn yellow - then using the arrows, moved one tag up so the 2 just overlap. Hit the weld button and you have a shaped tag .

I cut a strip 3/4" x 3 ", folded the ends and attached to the inside. This will help keep the tag open.... I hope :)

For the cornucopia, I again layed it out on the Gypsy - it's from Celebrate With a Flourish - and cut all the layers at 2".  I cut a small piece of patterned paper to put in where the leaves were going to be.I did some embossing and used a few glitter gel pens to add some zip.

Supplies :
Cricut Once Upon A Princess
Cricut Celebrate With Flourish
Scraps of card stock
Glitter Gel Pens

Remember to check out SweetSassyDiva all week for lots of great Thanksgiving projects !

As always, Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

First Christmas Card

I have finally finished my  first Christmas card of the season - thanks to the theme this week at SweetSassyDiva! I would really like to have a stack of cards done and ready to send by now... BUT that hasn't happened! So, I am trying a few designs to find just the right one that I can make multiples of quickly and simply.

The sleigh is from Christmas Cheer. I wasn't sure what size I was going to want, so I cut it in 2 sizes - 2 " and 1.5". I ended up using the 2" one on the front and had palnned on using the smaller one on the inside, but I tested my glimmer spray on the smaller one and it came out awful.... so it went to the trash :(

I set the cuts up on my Gypsy. One pointer - always check your pressure and speed settings - I changed the pressure to 5 as I was using heavy card stock.

I placed my paper on the mat like so ( I am using a well loved mat and use the purple tape to help hold my paper on ),loaded the mat and pressed cut.

I ran the red, top layer through the Cuttlebug using the herring bone folder.

I sponged the edges of the red layer with Cherry Cobbler and assembled.

I added Crystal Efffects to the runners.

The sentiment is from Stampin Up.

Some ribbon, a snowflake button and crystal like gems finish it off.
This card went together very easily. I could use the auto fill feature to get as many cuts from one sheet of paper as possible to make lots of cards. This one is a serious possibilty!

The supplies I used:

Cricut Christmas Cheer - Sleigh
Stampin Up  card stock - Ivory, Cherry Cobbler
Stampin Up ribbon - Cherry Cobbler
DCWV - patterend paper
Snowflake button - Hobby Lobby
Crystal - like gems - Hobby Lobby

So go dig out that 'old' cartridge, get cutting and start making your holiday cards !

As always, thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Masculine Birthday Card

Well, we can finally put Halloween 2011 behind us ( thank goodness)! Our area is slowly getting back to normal after the weekend snow storm that left us with almost 10  inches of snow ! So many people affected by power outages and downed trees. This is what it looked like around my house Sunday morning.

Now on to my card :)
 My husband celebrated a milestone birthday this month so of coarse I needed to make him a special card.

All the supplies, except the ribbon, is from Stampin Up.
The colors are Marina Mist, Bravo Burgundy and River Rock.

Thanks for stopping by :)