Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cinderella shoe

Hello my crafty friends! Hope you all have great plans for this weekend.  I'll be busy tomorrow but I'm hoping to have a quite Sunday.  Now, for some time, I've been playing with the idea of making a Cinderella shoe. I looked around for a shoe template and found this one.  I've used it before but never saved the template so I had to download it again.  I printed the template and this is what I came up with
I'm not exactly thrilled with it but it will do.  I embossed the inside piece with my Swirls Cuttlebug folder.

If you look closely at the following pic, you can see the double sided tape 
Here's a look at the back side 

I added a snowflake from a set of Christmas stickers.
The snowflake was all white with glitter on it but I decided to color sections of it blue.  Along the way, I decided to enter this in this weeks  CTO Challenge which calls for blue & white. I figure this shoe would work for a girl's bday party.  Stop by their blog, the design team has some great projects posted. I'm also entering it at Scrapping with the Cricut ~ No Cards or Layout Challenge #5.  It's my first time entering one of her challenges and I'm hoping to participate in future challenges.
Here's what I did when I first used this template

My inspiration came from here.  I love this template and will probably create the witch's shoe again.

Well it's late my friends, I'm hoping to get another layout done on Sunday.  Thanks for stopping to read your comments.

Sending you crafting wishes,

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Berry Dirty

Finally, sometime to myself so that I could craft.  I was so happy to find some quite time today and definitely took advantage of it.  I created this layout for my grandson's album.  

The strawberries are from the Indie Art cart and the title is from the Printing Press cart that was pre-loaded on my Gypsy. I popped the smaller strawberries, added some red stickles and used my white gel pen to outline the strawberries.

 I kept the title simple only using my white gel pen here and there.  It was the first time I used this font and I love it. Must use it more often.
The last thing I did was distress the edges with white craft ink.  I printed the pics on plain paper just to give me a better idea of how I wanted to place the pics but I will replace them with regular pictures.  The layout is 8x8 and is simple.  I think it's my style...I don't usually add alot to my layouts. 

See below for another simple layout that I had intended to submit to M.A.G. Challenge by the Page this week but missed the deadline. The challenged called for Create a Critter, page 59 ~
 Pretty simple, don't you think?  Anyway, this is all for tonight.  I'm hoping to get another layout done by Sunday. Thanks for stopping by.

Sending you crafting wishes,

Monday, July 25, 2011

Trying to get back

Yep, that's what I'm doing ~ trying to get back to crafting.  In the meantime, I "cashed" in some of my reward points for this cartridge:

My cousin is getting marry next year and we are playing around with ideas for favors.  I'm going to do a test run with the bride and groom favor box that are included in this cart.  Can't wait to try it out.  I have to add that the service was great. I ordered it on the 19th and had it in my hands on the 23rd. Not bad if you ask me.

The other thing I did was to finally buy this:
I love rounding my corners and I was using a small punch to do this.  I was dying to get this corner chomper but could not find it in any of the Michael's near me nor JoAnn's.  Well, the other day, while out shopping with my son, I found a store near Union Square in the city that carried scrapping things.  I was giddy with joy, and quickly went in. My son knew it was going to be a while before we left, so he found a seat near the exit and just waited.  I browsed around and was very excited by what I found ~ they had many things that Michael's doesn't carry. A ton of American Crafts paper, my wonderful chomper, great collection on Primas, just a lot of stuff that I don't normally find.  The name of the store is Paper Presentation. Can't wait to go back.  Well, this is all for now...I'm officially on vacay and will definitely get some crafting done.  Thanks for stopping by...come back soon!

Sending you crafting wishes,

Monday, July 18, 2011

So many things, not enough time!!

Hello my crafty readers, hope everyone is doing well. Just stopping by to say hi. I've been super busy at work,  wrapping things up before my vacay kicks in at the end of this week, a death in the family and trying to make the summer enjoyable for my kids.  One thing for sure, my Cricut has been busy.  I put a quick collage together for my beautiful 92 year old aunt that passed away and used my Cricut. Nothing too elaborate but it looked nice.  Imagine my surprise, when at the viewing I was approached by a distant cousin who I probably haven't seen since our last family funeral (seems the family only gets together at sad times), anyway, my cousin asked how I cut the words on the collage? I said, I have this machine that cuts, and she asked, "Is it a Cricut?", I said yes and we laughed and laughed.  Anyway, we exchanged numbers and plan on getting together sometime before the summer is over to craft.  An old friend also found me on the Cricut messageboard.  She's a dear friend and we usually send out an email about once a year.  She lives down south and we don't get together.  I was completely surprised to find out she was into crafting, don't know if she has a Cricut or not but hopefully we'll talk soon.

Anyway, I haven't been crafting at all even though there have been a few challenges I wanted to join.  Many ideas spinning in my head and I'm hoping to get some crafting done soon.  For now, I leave  you with this picture I took in the city yesterday, while strolling with my son, hubby and grandson.
This is the Sketch setting.  I think it's my favorite setting.

This is the macro setting. I really enjoyed photographing the beautiful flowers they had.  
We visited the High Line and had a great time.  I made it a "photo day".  I have a new camera that my family gave me for Mother's day and I'm trying to learn how to use it.  I love photography and would love to take some classes....maybe sometime soon.

Anyway, this is all for now.  Hope to be back with some projects. Thanks for stopping by!

Sending you crafting wishes,

Friday, July 1, 2011

4th of July Birthday

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing fine and making plans to enjoy the 4th of July weekend.  I absolutely love the 4th of July, not only because it's a day to celebrate our great country but because it's my Dad's birthday.  I'm so glad that I'll be spending the day with him.  Hopefully we can have a small bbq with family and celebrate his day.  I always tease him by telling him that all the fireworks are in his honor.  He's a very quite, humble and hard working guy.  I love him to pieces and couldn't ask for a better Father! My kids definitely are enjoying his company and appreciate having him around, especially because he's the only Grandparent they have left.
It's with this in mind that I planned my layout for this week's challenge at Celebrate the Occasion.  This week's challenge is all about the red, white and blue. After perusing some wonderful blogs, I came across the Pagemaps blog. I clicked on their sketches for June 2011 and immediately found one that I liked:

This is my interpretation:

This layout was created with my father in mind. Perfect for the 4th of July bday boy!!
Here's a close up of the two focal points....
The '4th of July' was cut from Stand and Salute and the 'hat' was cut from the Independence  Day cart. 
To spell out happy bday, I used these stamps from the G studio collection found in Michael's for $1
and for the sentiment on the top left corner I used these stamps from Hero Arts
I'm really enjoying these stamps, see here where I used it on my Memorial Day layout.  All the designer paper is from K&Company, the Americana stack.  I can't wait to add some pics to this layout.

Now onto some venting...initially, I attempted to cut the 4th of July sentiment from the Independence Day cart but no matter what I did this is how it turned out

I tried several sizes, changed the needle, pressure, speed, mat, etc. but nothing worked. Every time the cut seems some of the letters just cut too thin.   I guess this is why some people are switching over to the Silhouette sole for the use of titles, since apparently it cuts intricate pieces very nicely.  Oh, well that won't be the case for me, I have too much invested in my Bugs.

Well this is all for now, don't forget to head over to the Celebrate the Occasion blog and join the fun, the design team has done some wonderful projects.

Sending you crafting wishes,