Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nestability Storage Idea

Hello Krafters!
On several forums, I see a lot people asking about Nestability storage.  If any of you follow me on YouTube, you know I am all about saving money where I can as well as being functional more so than beauty. I know many people use binders and magnets to store theirs. This is great! It keeps everything in one place and it is organized. However, I don’t have the space and don’t want to spend even a little money on the magnets (yes I can be that “resourceful”). I rather spend money on supplies J lol!
Here is my cheap and easy solution:
I used my Bind-it-All to make holes in the packaging the Nesties come in. It has double sided tape on them already. Should the adhesive lose its tackiness, I just take my ATG gun and reapply. The good thing about this storage is the fact that the wires can be pulled apart and bound again as the collection grows. On this particular ring, there are 6 sets. I have since grown, and it takes less than 2” in width of space for easy storage. I just tuck them next to the machine.
Another option is to punch one hole in the corner and use a binding ring. Place them on a peg board or hook! They are organized and take up minimal space! Easy peasy!  Krafthead~

Friday, September 23, 2011

Faith Journal

Hi Krafters!
Today I want to share with you a Faith Book I made for my mother. This is my version of a Junk Journal. She is a newly born again Christian and I wanted to do something special for her. Since there are some personal things in the journal, I am only sharing the cover.
I cut the shape of the book using the Sizzix die, chipboard and pattern papers. I covered it with some Paperstudio’s faith paper. For the frame, I painted a bottom of a soda can with metallic gold paint. To hide the gaps, I outlined the frame with half back pearls. For the flowers, I used two sizes of the Marvy flower punches and inked the petal. The centers of the flowers are half back pearls. I also used Prima pearls for the flourishes.
In the inside, I added scriptures, titles, journaling spot, tags and personal notes. I also decorated the pages with flowers and pearls.
I bound the book with hemp and duct tape. To cover the duct tape, I used a piece of pattern paper. It turned out great and she loved it! Krafthead~
*Note* If you decide to cut a soda pop can, please be careful! It is very sharp and can cut you*
Sizzix Die-Mini Cover and Pages
Paper Studio Pattern Paper
Hot Glue
ATG Tape
Prima- Say It In Pearls
Marvy Flower Punch-Large and Grand
Half-Back Pearls
Soda Pop Can
Glossy Accents
Folk Art Paint-Metallic Gold
Stampin’ Up- Close To Cocoa Ink
Fabulous Finds Cricut Cartridge-Tags
From My Kitchen- Recipe Cards and Tabs
Faith Stickers
Flowers- Close To My Heart
Half-back Pearls
College Rule Paper
Duct Tape

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Classy Lady

Hi Krafters!

I went to Hobby Lobby the other day and they had water bottles on clearance for $2.39. I grabbed a couple of them since I can’t find tumblers locally.  So today’s project is a custom water bottle I made for my mom.
I used the Calligraphy cartridge (matrimony feature) for the letter I. this was cut at 3.5”. Then I used the Forever Young (one of my favs for sure) for the lady. She was cut at 4.0”. I also cut out shoes and phrase. That’s it! Quick and easy custom project!
I have to say, the E2 cuts vinyl better than my regular E…love it!

Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Pink Oracle Vinyl
Cricut Expression 2
Forever Young Cricut Cartridge
Calligraphy Cricut Cartridge

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ice Cream Lovers~

Hello Krafters!

It’s me again coming to share a quick card I made for an ice cream lover. I used the Yummy Imagine Cartridge for the image as well as the pattern papers. The polka dot paper was cut out with the labels sixteen. For the sundae, I used a combination of Stickles and Glossy Accents. To finish it off, I used the Martha Stewart lace punch, ribbon and a Making Memories metal sentiments tag. I also inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. That’s it!
 A simple card that looks good enough to it eat J Thanks for stopping by….

Cricut Imagine
Yummy Cartridge-Pattern Papers, Sundae Image
Cuttlebug-Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Grand Calibur-Labels Sixteen Die
Stickles-Cinnamon, Diamond, Christmas Red
Glossy Accents
Martha Stewart Lace Punch
Making Memories Tag Curler Sentiments Tag-Happy Birthday
Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Antique Linen
Paper Trey Ink Cardstock-base-Vanilla
Recollections Cardstock-Pink

Saturday, September 17, 2011

First Altered Box~

Happy Saturday Krafters!
I would like to finish out the week of “firsts” by sharing with you the first box I altered. It was an awkward box because of the opening.  I still had a lot of fun making it.
I painted the entire box with Folk Art Metallic Gold Paint. Once that dried, I painted it with Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint. I dried it with a heat gun. I then used Antique Linen Distress Stain to take away some of the whiteness of the crackle paint. While that was drying, I cut down couple pieces of The Paper Studio’s Antiquity paper pack. I distressed the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I applied the paper using Mod Podge.
While I was waiting for the Mod Podge to dry, I used the stain to color white lace. I also made some roses using some fabric I had in my stash. For the leaf, I colored it with the same metallic paint I used for the box. After everything dried, I assembled everything on the front, back and sides of the box.
For the top box, I cut some butterflies using the MS Butterfly Punch and from a small punch. I also made a stick pen. I used the flowers I made and placed those on some fabric which was also stained. I added the pearls for a finished look. For the feet, I used some balls from some old hair bows. I painted those in that gold paint.
In the inside, I used some extra paper, lace and flowers that were left over. I really enjoyed sharing most of my firsts with each of you. Thank you for the comments and words of encouragement that were left. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Krafthead~

Folk Art Metallic Gold Paint
Distress Crackle Paint- Picket Fence  
Distress Stain-Antique Linen
Distress Ink- Antique Linen
Paper Studio Pattern Paper
Baby Breath Flowers-Stash
Sheer Fabric
MS Monarch Butterfly Punch
Other Butterfly Punch
Gold Glimmer Mist-used on Baby Breath
12mm Halfback Pearls
6mm Halfback Pearls
Hair Balls-Feet
Stick Pen
Glossy Accents-to hold crystals on the stick pen
Mod Podge
Glue Gun
Marvy Heat Gun

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Went Digital~

Happy Thursday Krafters!
Today I am here to share with you my first digital layout. This one was done a few months ago during National Scrapbooking Day. I remember saying that I would only do one challenge that day since it was my first time participating, but when I did the first, I was hooked for the rest of the day. I decided at the final moments to join a challenge where we had to use photos from a vacation or stay-cation. Since I didn’t have any of those type of photos printed and there was about 45 minutes to the close of the challenge, I had to do something. Why not try my hand at a digital layout. I did just that!
I bought Photoshop Elements 8 a few months earlier just to clean up pictures. Since I had it, I figured I should use it. In 2009 during the winter break, my DH and I took our daughters to the Museum. It was really fun and the pictures turned out great. My original idea was to open one of the pictures to use as my background paper by fading it. I quickly realized that it has been about eight years since I did anything like this and was totally clueless on where to start. Wow, things have changed over the years! Anywho, I found some templates in the program. When I saw the Africa map, I knew it would be a perfect match with the photographs! I matted my photos, added the title, made a quick journaling box and that was that!
I need to play around in PE8 more! I had so much fun creating this project. Because of this jog down memory lane, I have been inspired to try my hand at another digital layout. Thank you for sharing my digital journey with me J
Photoshop Elements 8

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My First Layout!

Happy Wednesday Krafters!

Since I shared a cake using the Cricut Cake machine for the first time, I figured I would take my “firsts” and run with the theme. So I decided to finish the week sharing some of my firsts. Today, I would like to share my very first layout, especially of my daughters!
As some of you may or may not know, I started scrapbooking in the spring of 2010. I don’t do many layouts, so I have found that I am really a scrap booker wanna be. I am really a card maker LOL. However, I will do a layout given the right mood, time and photo…..Anywho, I remember being so excited about doing this layout. I had just received my Cricut Create from HSN. At the time, I only had two cartridges, Sentimental and Heritage which came in the bundle. I also received some 6x12 Cricut cardstock and pattern paper. In my excitement, I recall buying some 12x12 of the ugliest paper from Big Lots. All I knew is that I wanted to start making layouts!
You will see, I knew absolutely nothing about trimming the page to 12x12. I thought the binding went through the strip on the side-how else would it get into a book? I didn’t know the page went into a page protector. I knew nothing about color matching. From the ugly paper pack I bought at BL and paper I received from my bundle, I was able to match up papers. However, the papers didn’t match any of the colors in the photo *blush*.  The good thing for me is there is no right or wrong in scrapbooking J I cut out the title and butterflies using my two cartridges! I offset the matting and the rest is history. I was well on my way! After it was done, I stood back and realized I just did my first layout! I was officially a scrap booker!
All in all, I was and still am very proud of this layout. I look at it sometimes and just reflect on how far I have come and how much further I can go. Thank you for looking at my first layout!

Cricut Create
Heritage Cricut Cartridge-title
Sentimental Cricut Cartridge-butterflies
Cricut Cardstock and Celebrations Pattern Paper
12x12 Pattern Paper-from Big Lots (I don’t remember the name or the company L)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hello Kitty!

Happy Monday Krafters!
Hope everyone had a good and productive weekend! I was really busy! My second oldest turned five years old Saturday so we had a very small party for her. The weather was beautiful by the way LOL. I have to admit, I like hello Kitty as well, but I can stand to wait until the next time I see anything Hello Kitty LOL.!
I made the cake (from scratch and the frosting-love to bake, not a master at it…yet). After months of waiting, I finally pulled out the Cricut Cake Machine to help decorate my baby’s cake. Now I have to confess, it really isn’t as easy as the advertisements made it out to be. I am sure some of it was user error since it was my first attempt. However, you would think it would be pretty cut (no pun intended) and dry..right? WRONG! I used the frosting sheets for the cuts (Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge-silhouette feature). Just to cut out the design at 4.25”, I wasted approximately 2.5 sheets of frosting (3 comes in a pack). The machine ripped the poor frosting sheets to shreds. After much discouragement, frustration and adjustments, I used a less intricate design (really wasn’t that detailed, but whatever) and it cut out nicely.
Then I attempted to cut out the wording…..letters were cut at 1” using the Hello Kitty Font Cartridge. If I had to do all over again, I would have used the round letter feature on this cartridge instead because it cut out better. I learned this after the fact. The font I used I had to have a pressure of 3 and a speed of two for the best cut. Even with that, it did not cut out the y well. It took several attempts until I just scored it and cut the outline with a knife. Once I had all of the die cuts on the cake, I added a design to the cake using my star decorating cake tip. I also added pink gel to the bow. The cake didn’t turn out how I imagined it, but my daughter was happy with it J
Now that I have a feel for the machine and with more practice, I think the red machine and I will get along just nicely. I have plenty of ideas and opportunities (I have four children) to use the machine to the max.
 I will bore you any further; here is the finished product (my first attempt):

Cricut Cake Machine
Hello Kitty Font Cartridge
Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge
Frosting Sheets (chocolate  brown and primary colors)
Wilton’s Sparkling Gel (pink)
Pastry Tube with #6 tip

Friday, September 9, 2011

Birthday Dinosaur!

Happy Friday Krafters!

Today I would like to share a card I made using my Imagine, Gypsy, Hello Kitty Font and Dino Tracks Cricut Cartridges. It was so easy and fun to make!
First, I printed the patterns from the Imagine More Cricut Cartridge. I love the patterns on that cartridge especially for boy cards! Using my Gypsy, I simply took an image of a dinosaur from the Dinosaur Tracks Cartridge and welded two of them together (shadow feature) on kraft cardstock. Once my pieces were welded together, I took the same layered imagines and made them smaller than the card base. Then I welded the words” happy birthday” from the HK font cartridge where the spikes are. Next, I used the Mosaic Cuttlebug Folder to add a “realistic” texture to the dino. I inked the edges and then assembled the card.
To finish the card off, I added faux stitching around the card and added a cute little button with floss going through it. This card will fit in a standard A2 sized envelope.
Here is the final project. Sorry the picture is SOOO blurry L hopefully you can see it well enough to enjoy J
*NOTE* you cannot weld images on the gypsy using the imagine app as of now so all of the welding was done on the regular app which is why I printed the patterns first.

Cricut Imagine
Cricut Expression
Gypsy Handheld Design Studio
Imagine More Cartridge
Hello Kitty Font Cartridge
Dinosaur Tracks Cartridge
Mosaic Cuttlebug Folder
TH Distress Ink-Black Soot
White Gel Pen
Paper Trey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Recollections Cardstock –white (for printed patterns)