Let Me Call You Tweetheart

Sometimes all the planning in the world can take an unexpected turn. What started as a planned card project featuring a birdcage morphed into a hybrid of die-cutting and stamping after the untimely end of my delicate birdcage cut out. The result took on a decidedly different look and feel–but one that I really like.

The materials list for this project include:

* PAPERS: Bazzill Bling in Bank Roll (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″), Cosmo Cricket decorative paper from ‘Garden Variety’ collection (4″ x 4″), Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Old Olive (4″ x 5″), Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Whisper White (1 1/2″ x 4″);

* DIE-CUTS: ProvoCraft Cricut ‘Straight From The Nest’ cartridge: The “tweetheart sentiment was cut at 3 1/2″ for both the layer and shadow cuts; The heart scroll embellisment was also cut at 3 1/2”);

* TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Making Memories paper trimmer;

* STAMPS: Stampin’ Up! Hostess set ‘The More The Merrier’;

* INKS: Tsukineko Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, ColorBox chalk ink in Chestnut Roan, Stampin’ Write Markers (Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow);

*ADHESIVE: 3M ATG 714 Gold, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals, Zig Two-Way glue pen;









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Recently On My Desk…(#2)

Here are a couple of peeks at some of the card projects I worked on this week. I hope you all have a great weekend ahead–and don’t forget to sign up for Giveaway #4.






Giveaway #5: SEI Poppy Collection

It’s time for a chance to win some new loot! Up for grabs in this giveaway is some wonderful paper and matching embellishments from SEI. I have to admit that I’m late to the game with SEI. However, once I tried some of their terrific decorative cardstock, they quickly climbed up my favorites ladder. Their use of foils, glitters, and frosts is among the best I’ve ever seen from any craft company.

In this prize package, you’ll have an opportunity to win a selection of products from SEI’s “Poppy” collection. Included are:

* (1) cardstock pad, 6″ x 6″ (48 sheets)
* (1) coordinating epoxy sticker embellishments
* (1) coordinating dimensional elements with pearl accents
* (1) coordinating chipboard tags and frames
* (1) coordinating die-cut foiled shapes





Technically, it’s Spring. However, in my neck of the woods (or sands, as it may be), the winds are gusty and a chill floats on the air. Nonetheless, I chose the “Poppy” collection because it reminded of Spring. Though I love poppies, my favorite flower is the calla lily. To enter for a chance to win this prize package, leave a comment sharing with us what your favorite flower is. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. MST.

Thanks for visiting and good luck!

Mariposas

For those that aren’t aware, mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly. This card was inspired by the new Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) paper stack called ‘Mariposa’. The materials list for this project is:

* PAPER: Stardream Fuse Mica cardstock in Bronze (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″), DCWV ‘The Mariposa Stack’ decorative cardstock (4″ x 5″), Prima Marketing Journaling Note Pad;

* EMBELLISHMENTS: Stampin’ Up! 5/8″ satin ribbon in Old Olive, Stampin’ Up! Hodgepodge Hardware in Vanilla;

* INKS: StazOn ink in Jet Black, ColorBox chalk ink in Dark Brown;

* STAMPS: Papertrey Ink ‘Mega Mixed Messages’ sentiment set;

* TOOLS: Stampin’ Up! 1″ square punch;

*ADHESIVES: ATG 714 Gold;






Winners! Giveaway #4–Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration

Thanks to all who participated in the latest round of giveaways! The winners of three prize packages determined by random draw are:

PRIZE A: Stampin’ Up! Vintage Labels Set

By: Shelly on March 10, 2010 at 8:20 am:
I just adore prize A. You are quite generous.

PRIZE B: Stampin’ Up! Happy Moments Set

By: Amy on March 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm:
Thanks for the giveaway. It’s so hard to choose one prize pack…so…I’ll go with B.

PRIZE C: Stampin’ Up! Scallop Trim Border Punch

By: Jen Young on March 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm:
I’d love the chance to win Prize C. I also love your new set up over here! It must have taken alot of work to switch everything! Thanks for the chance to win!

Congratulations to SHELLY, AMY, and JEN! If you wonderful women will please e-mail me you shipping information, I’ll get your goodies on their way to your homes.

Please be watching for Giveaway #5 to be announced later this week. As always, thank you for stopping by–and more importantly–for coming back. I truly appreciate it.

Straight From The Nest (Almost Literally)

In yesterday’s mail, I received my copy of one of the newest ProvoCraft Cricut cartridge releases–‘Straight From The Nest’. This cartridge was designed by artists from the 3 Birds craft company and is currently an exclusive to the Home Shopping Network (HSN). It is not clear yet if this title will receive a wider release at some point–or if it will remain exclusive to HSN (who sells the 3 Birds line). The cartridge features many images of birds, flowers, plant life, flourishes and a few party themed cuts. While some may find some of the artwork repetitive (when comparing this cartridge to some other recent releases), I have to say that there is something rather whimsical and fantastical to how the images were realized. The artwork is less realistic and more animated in look and tone. The cartridge also features a couple of interesting creative features such as “corners” and “sliders”. I, personally, am glad to add it to my collection (though since I am a completist collector, that may not be as significant).

So after registering my cartridge and redeeming my Cricut Rewards certification, I immediately loaded the cartridge on to my Gypsy and started playing with several of the images. I really didn’t have the intention of making a card right then and there, but who needs beauty sleep? (Two words: under-eye concealer.) This is really a quick and fast card–and quite frankly not one of my best. But, I had to do something with the cartridge before I let myself consider the pillow.

Here’s a quick screen grab of my Gypsy virtual mat and the selections I chose to use in this card project. One of the neatest pluses to owning a Gypsy (in my humble opinion) is being able to see exactly where everything is going to lay out on your cutting mat and what size of paper(s) you will need to make the corresponding cuts. This makes it super easy to layout your entire project on one mat and cut everything in the same pass.


The image that caught my eye from the get-go was the nest and eggs pictured on the box cover. So I knew that had to be the focal point. I peeked around the images and found a simple piece of greenery and a cute sentiment that I thought would work and cut them out in a flash with my trusty green Cricut Expression. I also chose to use the shadow cut on the nest and sentiment.

The materials list for this project is as follows:

* PAPER: Stampin’ Up! cardstocks in Kiwi Kiss, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise; Stardream Fuse Mica cardstock in Lapis;

* TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Cricut Cartridge ‘Straight From The Nest’, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug ‘Moroccan Screen’ embossing folder;

* ADHESIVES: Zig Two-Way glue pen, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals;

* EMBELLISHMENT: Maya Road “birdie” frosted acrylic sheer die-cut, Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Markers, Sakura clear glitter pen;

I thought the piece of embossed mica cardstock helped the sentiment pop on the cardface. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals under the sentiment shadow cut. I “tried” to jazz up the nest a bit with some color markings…the jury is still out on this one. On the eggs, I used a Stampin’ Write marker in Bordering Blue to add a speckled effect and slight blue hue to the egg shells. Unfortunately, this effect does not photograph well. I also decided the Kiwi Kiss color was too light on the greenery and went over it with a marker (hence the color change from cut to finished product). The bird was an afterthought, but I thought he made a nice addition (and don’t ask me how I know he’s a boy, lol). Like I said, it’s not one of my best, but I hope it gives you an idea of some of the cute projects you can make with this cartridge. I’ll feature some more projects with this cartridge in the coming days.





I’ll never be accused of being a “quiet” person. However, this post seems almost too “talky”. But if you hung in there with me and read the whole thing, I thank you and leave you with a couple of random notes. Have a great Thursday…and if you haven’t entered Giveaway #4 (see sidebar), time is running out.

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RANDOM NOTES:

01. Today is “Hello, Thursday!” on Cricut.com. We should see the unveiling of a new slate of cartridge releases in the upcoming weeks.

02. I posted about this on the Cricut Message Boards, but in case you didn’t see it–or don’t haunt them–I found the names of a few upcoming cartridges (some of which may in fact appear later today). They are: ‘Birthday Cakes’, ‘Create A Critter’, ‘Elegant Cakes’, ‘Holiday Cakes’, ‘Independence Day (Seasonal)’, ‘Summer Vacation (Seasonal)’, ‘Summer In Paris (Seasonal)’, ‘Robotz’, and ‘Nursery Rhymes’.

03. Last week, I purchased a boatload of Stampin’ Up! cardstock. This week, I ordered more paper from DCWV and California Paper Goods. It’s a sickness! There is no immunity!

04. For those of you that watch AI, am I the only one that actually misses Alex Lambert? Though I really do like Lee Dewyze.

05. Keep Crafting!

In Bloom

Today is all about flowers and love. I confess, I’m a romantic at heart. Beneath the brash exterior lies a puddle of *sighs*. (I think this qualifies as oversharing.) As for flowers, I love them too. Calla Lilies are my favorites–but any fresh cut flowers will do around my household. Early in my crafting days, I was obsessed with putting flowers everywhere. I think that’s a place we all visit. There were so many varieties of flowers in so many different materials that it almost became overwhelming. At some point, I have to say I lost interest in dimensional flowers. Maybe it was just a slight case of burnout. Nonetheless, I’m over my aversion at this point. I probably still don’t use as many florals as I did once, but now and again, there’s nothing like a beautiful bloom to put a smile on your face.

The materials list for this card project is as follows:

  • PAPER: Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Real Red (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″), Stardream Fuse Mica cardstock in Azalea (4″ x 5″), Stardream Fuse Mica cardstock in Gold (heart);
  • INKS: SEI chalk ink in Cocoa;
  • TOOLS: Stampin’ Up! Full Heart punch, Stampin’ Up! Tag Corner punch, ProvoCraft Cuttlebug ‘Love Language’ A2 embossing folder, Cuttlebug;
  • EMBELLISHMENTS: Bo Bunny Gypsy Flowers (2), Pebbles Inc. brown polka dot ribbon, Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel button, Papertrey Ink Rustic Jute twine;
  • ADHESIVES: Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals, All Night Media Pop Dots, Glue Dots, ATG 714;