Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! For all the many blessings God has provided, may we be truly thankful.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Playing with Cricut & Gypsy

Last month I was fortunate enough to have won a Gypsy courtesy of Provo Craft and Michele Kovack's wonderful blog. Michele is a consummate papercrafter, and her designs and attention to detail are always inspiring.

I really have enjoyed getting to know my Gypsy over the past few weeks, planning projects while waiting at parent pick up at school, and exploring the features on my cartridges. A few of the functions I like best about the Gypsy is the ability to work with several cartridges at once on the same project, the ability to search for images in the cartridge library (even ones you don't own), and the ability to see the exact measurements (height and width) of the images you are using.

This week, I am hosting the Crafty Secrets member forum at Splitcoast Stampers. We are playing with shapes this week - die cuts, punches, templates, stencils, etc. For my Let It Snow sample card, I cut various snowflakes on my Cricut Expression using the Winter Woodland cartridge.

Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Christmas Images & Journal Notes booklet
Stamps - See D's - Flurries set
Ink - Memories Direct - Ink Dauber - Orchid
Cardstock - Bazzill & Core'dinations
Patterned Paper - K&Company
Snowflakes - Cricut Expression & Winter Woodland cartridge
Accessories - trim - Wrights; half pearls - unknown

I designed the card below on my Gypsy while waiting at parent pick up at my kids' school. I made several of these for my daughter as birthday thank yous for relatives. I love the simple, bold design on this with the bright colors and sweet little hedgie - as my dh said, "It's so very 'Shannon!'"

Hedgehog - Cricut Create a Critter cartridge
Sentiment - Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge
Cardstock - Bazzill (pink & blues); DCWV (red); Gina K. Designs (white)
Patterned paper - K&Company (Berry Sweet)
Accessories - brads - Making Memories; Pop Dots; pearlescent chalk - Pebbles Inc.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tree & Mouse

I stopped chasing dust bunnies at my house long enough to play with this sweet, little mouse from Crafty Secrets' Mouse Party set. This week on the Crafty Secrets member forum on Splitcoast Stampers, Darlene challenged us to use lace on our projects. My daughter, Shannon, suggested I flip the lace with the scallops up, so that the mouse looks like he's sitting in the snow.

Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Mouse Party
Cricut cartridge - Christmas (tree)
Patterned paper - DCWV - Berry Street Farmer's Market
Cardstock - Core'dinations; Gina K. Designs (natural)
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Tea Dye; SU! - Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - lace; Pop Dots; markers - Copic Sketch; paper fastener; tinsel glitter - Martha Stewart

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas Crafting

Although I don't want to skip Thanksgiving crafting altogether, I do know I need to start my handmade Christmas items sooner rather than later. So I've been squeezing in a few Christmas projects here and there in the midst of this beautiful autumn weather.

Here are a couple of projects I did this weekend:

Main Image: Crafty Secrets - Christmas Images & Journal Notes
Stamps: Crafty Secrets - Snowbunnies set (snowflake); Anna Griffin (sentiment)
Ink: Stampin' Up! - Cherry Cobbler & River Rock
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! - Deck the Halls
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Accessories: edge distresser - Tonic; branch punch - Martha Stewart; glitter glue - Stickles (Stardust & Burgundy)

A lunch bag gift card holder:

Main Image: Crafty Secrets - Seasonal Images booklet
Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Too Terrific Tags set
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Patterned Paper: SU! - Deck the Halls; DCWV - Rustic Stack
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Accessories: ribbon, brad, & eyelet - Making Memories

Wishing you all a lovely fall day!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I love it when a project comes together!

I am just so tickled with this project that I couldn't wait to share it with you!

I definitely needed some crafting therapy this week, and this project just makes me smile. It was so much fun to make - one of those rare flurry-of-activity crafting moments when I can't get the supplies in my hands fast enough. (I'm usually a very slow, methodical crafter.)

Santa on a Scooter image - Crafty Secrets - Christmas Images & Journal Notes booklet
Kids with Tree image - Crafty Secrets - Calendar Creative Scraps
Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Snowbunnies (snowflake); See D's - Nightingale (flourishes)
Vintage flash cards (courtesy of my antique dealer dad - Thanks, Dad!)
Ink - SU! True Thyme & River Rock; Ranger Distress Ink - Fired Brick
Accessories - glitter glue - Stickles (Stardust); ribbon - Michaels; eyelets (Making Memories)

Thanks for stopping by today!