Friday, July 22, 2011

Birthday Girl Layout

Today I was lucky enough to get about 4 hours of crafting done. Karli was at mother's day out and a friend came over to crop with me. We talked a lot and stopped long enough to have lunch so I only managed to get a 2 spread layout done and a birthday card (post & pics coming soon).  I know, I know, you are thinking 4 hours and that's all you got done! Yep! I'm slow and still trying to learn my Cricut Expression 2. 

Recently I came across 4x6photosketchblog that has tons of great layout designs, all using 4x6 pictures. I really hate cutting pictures down so this was an exciting discovery!  This is a blog I will be visiting a lot when I am scrapbooking.  I went back to a post on March 13 to find a layout that I wanted to use. I changed up the second page layout a little bit since it had 2 verticle pics and I only had one I wanted to use. After taking this picture I realized I had forgotten to journal in the empty pink space. I was too lazy to take another picture after I had journaled! :) TFL

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2 green 12x12 cardstock
1 printed cardstock cut in half
2 coordinating 8 1/2x9 cardstock
stacked gifts on the left - Just a Note pre-loaded cartridge on E2
single gift on the right - Cricut American Alphabet pre-loaded on E2
Title - George Font (shadow was welded w/ Gypsy)
Stickles for a little bling

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Moooving card

I made an adorable card for our neighbors that are moving to Colorado this weekend. I am submitting it for My Pink Stamper's Design Team. She asked us to create something using our favorite Cricut cartridge and using the colors turquoise, orange, brown and green.  This was the first time I made a longer card of this type. I loved how this card turned out (and my play on words)!! TFL

8"x9" sheet of turquoise paper (folded in half)
Green grass cut at 8 3/4" (used Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge)
Cows cut at 3", 2 3/4" and 2 1/2"
Orange font was cut at 1 1/2" (Gypsy Font & Mickey Font....welded w/ Gypsy)
Pop dots for the cows
Black gel pen for stitching
Green gem on little cows bow (from CAC lamb)

Lamb cut at 3"
Font cut at 1 1/2" Gypsy Font.....welded w/Gypsy)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wedding Tri-Fold Card

It's not real often that my hubby, Marcus asks me to make a special card for someone. So, when he asked me to make a wedding card for a co-worker I knew just the cartridge to use.....Sweethearts!! I love the look of Tri-fold cards so I went to creating a special card for the bride and groom.  I used the same color pink that was on their invitations, black cardstock and shiny silver cardstock for this beautiful card. I used the blackout feature to cut out the bride and groom. The groom was cut at a height of 5 inches and the bride at 4 1/2. I did have to change the width on my Gypsy to get her and her bouquet to fit properly on the back section. I used a few more icon cuts from this cartridge including the rings, a gift, the hearts and the words Love and Mr. & Mrs . I made a pocket from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More to hold the gift card. I used My Pink Stamper stamps for the Congratulations and On Your Wedding Day. Pop dots were used to add dimension to the word Love, the bow on the gift and the wedding rings. Of course I had to add diamond stickles for a little bling on the diamond ring. I also added pink stickles to make flowers on the bride's bouquet and diamond stickles for the ribbon hanging down.  I used a white jelly pen to add our sentiment and names. TFL!!

Directions for a Tri-Fold Card

1.  Cut a 12x12 piece of card stock in half.
2.  Score at 2", 4", 8" and 10".
3. With a paper trimmer, place paper at 1 1/2 and cut from the 2" to the 10" score lines.
4.  Flip your paper and do the same on the other side.
5. Follow the picture below for the folding.....not sure how to explain it in a way that people can understand! :)

6.  I cut all my top paper 1/4 inches smaller than each section I am putting on the base.

I hope that is clear enough for everyone that wanted to know how to make a tri-fold card. It's really not as difficult as it looks. Once you make one, you will be hooked!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Swim Lessons Layout

I just discovered the blog for Pagemaps. (Maybe a little late, but I'm glad I discovered it!)  Becky Fleck is the designer of the page maps and blog. She has some really great stuff on there! Also, she just happened to have a Best Creations Sketch Contest. I loved the layout and had some pictures on my desk for I don't know how long that I NEEDED to get on a page! Here is the sketch for the contest:

Since these were of Karli's first swim lessons, I knew I didn't want to use birds, but I could use fish. I went to my all-time favorite cartridge (Create a Critter) and decided to use, not only the fish, but the whale and the darling sea horses. Here is my creation based on Becky's sketch:

I can never just do one page because I think a layout consists of two pages that share a common interest. I just so happened to have a 5x7 of Marcus's favorite picture (that he took himself) of Karli at swim lessons. I used a cute mat from Once Upon a Princess and added an extra fish and a momma sea horse with her two baby sea horses. Here is the other side of the layout:

And here is the completed DOUBLE layout together.....journaling and all!!!