Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Merry & Bright (Re-Make!!)

Ok so I promised to show you the re-make on some cards that I made a while back. While I liked the initial design and finished card I felt as though it could be improved on a little more.. you will see this a lot with me and I highly recommend it for everyone.

So first, I know you have waited long enough but I have some great news! And my blog never hardly ever gets personal so here it is.. drumroll!! My fiancé and I are working on purchasing our first home!!!! YAY!! So after a long and emotionally charged 2 months we have finally entered our final stages on being official first time home owners!!! I know it's very exciting! I wanted to make sure to let you guys know though because my lovely followers are becoming family and you should know that I plan to stay blogging full force even if there are a few bumps in the road.

So anyway, now onto the stuff you all come here to view. I initially posted this post where I showed the world my Merry and Bright design. BTW thank you so much for making that card such a huge success.. you guys all LOVED the idea, design, and cards and I really appreciate all the love I received back from them. So while the cards where I huge success - we even won challenges with them!! - I decided that they could be better.

Ok, so some slight changes have been made.. of course you loved the card so much that I still wanted to make it recognizable. The changes included a new and improved sentiment which I hand cut individually and then ran through the Xyron so they could become stickers. The Xyron is an amazing tool and I use it just about everyday. The initial sentiment for these cards came from manufactured stickers and they did not stick - plus I only had one color option, so in come the Xyron and a little DIY. This glamorous sparkle paper was bought in a small stack and offers a little more choice with colors - like that ravishing pink.
I also made the card base white instead of green.. so the inside is not so "KA-POW". The inside is left blank so that way you can add your personal message, I thought about pulling the design through but it's such a bright card that I decided against it.  

So there you have my new and improved "Merry & Bright" set, not so many changes but a much better outcome. I hope you enjoyed stopping by today and you were pleased or at least inspired by my life and my work. If you are interested in purchasing this set you can stop by my store and browse and shop securely. I hope to see you back for some more inspiration.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Candy Cane Card Set

I still have a little bit of the Christmas bug so I decided to go and do another holiday set of cards. These ones measure 5 x 6 1/2" and are slightly embossed around the outside edge.. (Sorry it's hard telling from the photos.)

The inside of the card is the same Cherry Red You can kind of see if from the photo below.

I don't have the embossing folder that I was looking for with this card. I wanted one that would provide a frame or a border around those pretty candycanes, pretty simple and easy with the correct folder... or just a stylus (mechanical pencil, bone folder, ect..) and a ruler. Yep that's right crafts a low you to be creative so if  you don't have something then get a little creative. So how did I get the embossed look, I measured in 1/2" on all edges and just ran my stylus down the ruler and it created this lovely border effect.   

Well thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to stop back in on Monday to see how to easily re-create your designs that didn't necessarily turn out.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boo Banner

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another PDE Challenge. This week we are in full swing and getting down and dirty with Halloween décor. Now if you have followed me at all you would already know that Halloween décor (especially in the midst of moving) is not necessarily my forte. With that said this might be the worst and/or the best challenge for me to take part in.

So as I set out to explore Halloween paper decorating ideas I came across some really great wreaths, some pretty cool subway art, some fabulous items that my teammates put together (seriously go check it out) and then finally I decided that (again in the midst of moving) a clean wall hanging banner is just what I am looking for this year.

I got pretty lucky and my timing just happened to coincide with Cricut's free cut this week which is Classroom October and November, so I snatched up some of those crazy looking ghosts and paired it perfectly with some cursive lettering from Ashlyn's Alphabet. For accessories I used some of the Stampin' Up paper pumpkin stash which provided me with that lovely orange sparkle runner and the purple and orange clothespins.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Holiday Tutorial - Gift Card Holder

I found this really cool website recently called Craftsy where really cool crafty classes are offered online. So of course I wanted to test the waters before I jumped in and I head for the free class section where I found this really great one offered by Kimber McGraw called "Create Stunning Cards."

So, ok I know a free class... online... how good could it really be?? Well I took the dive and tried it out. First and foremost she supplies you with a list of all the ingredients.... (or supplies you'll need) prior to the class which is really nice because you don't have to worry about fumbling for that adhesive while your trying to watch and learn. Also, Kimber provides students with a table of contents which let you skip sections and read through what the course offers, again prior to starting, so if you know how to make a shaker card you can skip that section or if you need to come back after dinner you can jump ahead to where you already were.

In this class Kimber provides you with four basic folds that you can read through and learn how to do. One of the folds was one where if you fold the card just right, you are able to place a gift card securely in the middle of the card. I thought this was very cleaver since any time I put a gift card in a card it slides around and is very loose and sloppy. Kimber not only shows students how to create this fold but she shows you how the card cab sit either a vertical or a horizontal depending on what else you would like to add to your inside.

So real quickly to create this gift card slot you take a piece of 10 1/2 x 5" base and crease it at 4.25, 5.25, and 6.25 with a bone folder or any other creasing device you may have laying around. Prior to folding the base make sure to measure and add about 1/4" on each side of the 5.25 crease for the gift card. So this is easier than it sounds and you simply lay the card down where you want it then mark (with a pencil) a little above the top of the gift card and a little below it - then slice with your Exacto.

Here is a view of the front of the card. As you can see I carried this design over into the inside of the card.

This is the sticker which I thought was so perfect for the inside of the card, right above the note space.
Make sure to head on over to Craftsy.com and check out some of their classes. Also make sure to stop by my blog tomorrow since it will be a Tuesday and we have a new link party starting over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Monday!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Thank you Card

I absolutely feel in love with this brown speckled paper and with my small stash of Halloween papers I quickly came up with a game plan and made a festive thank you card with touch of Halloween.

I added some pumpkin cuts from CCR (Cricut Craft Room). I also added a couple of sentiments and a little bit of glam. Don't you just love that tree ...and the bird!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to stop over to the PDE blog and join the Anything Halloween challenge.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Simple Thanks

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. I always love when a long weekend comes along because that means I will at least get 2 days off  in a row... which is plenty of time to make some fabulous cards.
Today I have a couple of new thank you cards to share as well as a new challenge over at PDE. Remember these challenges are a no holds bar anything goes and boy do we love seeing your scrap layouts, projects, and really honestly anything you can imagine and make from paper!!
This week we are really getting in the Halloween spirit (only another week or so) and the challenge is for everyone to create anything related to Halloween.
 Make sure to stop by the challenge blog to check out what the design team has came up with. I am so glad to be part of this team, they are all such talented artists.
Ok so now I guess we are off to see my project for today. Following an autumn feel I created thank you card set which I pieced together to match my overabundance of Kraft envelopes..(I think they were having a sale on them because somehow I ended up with at least 50!!)  

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Merry & Bright Challenges

Today I have 3 challenges and 2 cards to share with you. The inspiration for these cards came from some challenges and the fact that I am in severe need for more Christmas cards.

I am very pleased with the way these came out. I love how clean and simple that white one is and I'm not going to lie I was a little afraid to add neon to a holiday card but I love it and will probably make a couple more of each of these so I can have some sets.

The cards were really easy to make. I used the Christmas Cheer cartridge and simply lined up 4 ornaments (cut at 2.5) right around the 7 inch line on the X axis. I then laid the pre-cut card onto the cricut mat so that the front would be on the bottom when laid flat and simply cut. I then added some colored paper behind it, but once you have the design cut out the options are endless.. think shakers, leaving it see through, or even adding some different colors or textures behind the cut.

Here's a close view of that neon green one.. how fabulous right?!! One of the challenges was to use a neon color on a holiday card and another challenge was to use black cardstock. I absolutely love the black/neon color combination and feel like the black really showcases any bright colors.
So the 3 challenge which provided inspiration for these cards are as follows:

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spooky Halloween Layout

 I am beginning to realize why most people either scrap or make cards.. it's a lot of work to keep up with both and ever since I started messing around with cards my scrap books have become a little less filled. So with that in mind today I wanted to share n upcoming holiday scrapbook layout that I made.

This is a pretty clean and straight forward page layout with room for two 4x6 photos and one 5x7 photo. My main focus on this page was keeping the design clean and let the colors really pull the theme though. I chose a black background and followed that up with some purple, yellow, and of course orange. Nothing too fancy.
If you look closely I have some gorgeous black stickers (bats, skulls and spooky trees) that I added to give the pages a little added interest. I also had some grey and white twist ties that I tied around the photo mats on the left and I outlined the corners of the 5x7 mat with some black gems. Again I was not trying to get too wrapped up in accessories, but I also did not want the page to lack any visual interest.  The yellow font is cut from my cricut and the cartridge which is called "Alyssa's Font." (BTW this is a great font cartridge which I picked up for $3 ((yes $3!!)) in the clearance bin at Walmart!!)
So that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my newest creation. I have a couple of cards and a 3-D project to share with you later this week so I hope you stop back in.

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