Sunday, March 24, 2013

Digital Project Life Week 5

Just finished Week 5 of Digital Project Life. I'm sort of keeping up! I think I need to work on "stressing about it" less and just "getting it done" more. We'll see how that works as time goes one. Heck, I'm pleased I'm still working on it!

Template-Words and Templates 2 by Misty Cato (Sweet Shoppe Designs)
Digital Kit-Haute Spring by Zoe Pearn (Sweet Shoppe Designs)
Alphabet letters/number-Blossom kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow (Sweet Shoppe Designs)
Fonts: Century Gothic, Traveling Typewriter

Hope you are having a great weekend. Jessica is asleep on the couch next to me. She slept over at a friend's last night, although the term sleepover is a misnomer as she didn't sleep much at all, lol. Dad and dog are napping too, and Amy is at a birthday party.  It's a perfect time for me to work on DPL! Let's see how far I get on Week 6.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Just A Note with Family Ties

Happy Spring! 
Hopefully, you are seeing signs of Spring in your neck of the woods. We had a lovely day yesterday and today we are sort of transitioning to a stormy pattern.  It rained just a bit earlier today. We could be getting some white stuff this weekend.

Well, I have a card that hopefully makes you think Spring!

I was completely inspired by this card. 

I started this card last week at Felicia's and finished it up over the weekend. 

The colors and flowers in this Family Ties paper pack sure make me think of Spring. 
I also used my Cricut and the Lacy Labels cartridge.
The little flowers are fussy cut from another pattern paper in the back.
The sentiment is from Floral Frenzy by Papertrey Ink 
The hemp is from my stash.
And I couldn't resist using another wooden butterfly.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
It's almost the weekend.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Finishing Up Some Cards

My friends and I had another crafty playdate on Friday. Yay! I made a couple of cards there, but before I share those, I needed to work on finishing up the cards I started at the last crafty playdate we had. So, I sat myself down yesterday and got to work.
 Most of this card was done, but I hadn't decided on a sentiment. I ended up using one from an older Papertrey Ink set called Floral Frenzy. I was inspired by a card created by Kay Miller waaaaay back in January here. I used My Mind's Eye Notable 6x6 pad for the papers. The stamped image is Floral Frenzy as well stamped in Sunset ink (Close To My Heart). The cardstock is American Crafts and the butterfly is from a package I picked up at Michaels. Love those little wooden butterflies!

While at the last playdate, I cut those hexagons from Pebbles Family Ties 6x6 pad and put them on the circle piece. Then I tried to find a doily cut from a Cricut cartridge because I forgot to bring my doilies. I didn't get one cut that was the right size and I got tired of trying. I was inspired by this card here. Loved the quilted feel of the card. For a little textural interest I decided to use some cork that I re-discovered was in my stash. I also added a couple of stick pins from Making Memories years ago(Chloe I think was the line). The Just Because is from Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages. The tag was also in my stash from years ago, along with the jute (sometimes it's a good thing when you hoard save stuff). I added the stitching with a white gel pen.

I was pretty dang productive that day! Yay!
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Since there is green in my cards, I'm covered in the pinch department, right?

Digital Project Life Week 4

Better late than never, right? I've been trying to get this finished for forever, it seems. And to look at it, you'd wonder what the heck took so long, it's kind of simple. But it was hard choosing papers that would work in the different spaces. Then to decide which embellishments to use and not use. (note to self, maybe look into some different alpha/number files) Then to get some uninterrupted time on the computer to journal (ha, ha, I know...right?). I've opened and closed these files too many times to count. When I opened them yet again this morning, I decided no more trying to fiddle and futz, I'm saving and posting as is! LOL

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The Easy Life templates(1 & 2) by JadyDayStudio at Sweet Shoppe Designs
Digital kit called So Noted by Melissa Bennett, also from Sweet Shoppe Designs
Fonts are Rochester and Traveling Typewriter

I will be back in another post with some cards...

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Kraft and Black Birthday Wishes card

I was hoping I'd be able to craft more this past weekend since we had a semi decent snow storm blow through. Not so much. We spent a lot of time shoveling, not only our stuff, but two neighbors as well. It's all good. The sun was shining again on Sunday and the snow helps our drought conditions.

I did manage to finish up a card I started at Becky's a week ago. 
I was inspired by a card seen on Pinterest, here.

The card is pretty straight forward. I used a hexagon stamp from CTMH's Honeycomb set on the butterfly, but the mat size on the sentiment piece was too large to use it there as well. So, I used a Hero Arts stamp called Antique Brocade for that and I think it works pretty well. The birthday wishes sentiment is from Papertrey Ink set, Mixed Messages. The ribbon is a satin from Michaels. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hope your week is off to a great start.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Digital Project Life Week 3

Here is the layout for Week 3 of my Digital Project Life. Yikes, took me long enough, huh?

I've been picking up some fun templates and kits from Sweet Shoppe Designs sales the past week or so and decided to use some for this layout.

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A Beautiful Day Kit by Meghan Mullens
The Easy Life Templates Set 1 (left side) and Set 2 (right side) by Jady Day Studio
Frosted Acrylic Alpha by Peppermint Creative is where I got the number 3
Rochester and Prestige Elite Std are the fonts

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I keep forgetting to take pictures this week, so not sure how the next layout will turn out. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Couple of White on White Cards

A couple of friends and I got together this past Sunday for a crafty playdate. We were originally going to play the previous Sunday, but a pretty big snowstorm put the kibosh on that idea. The three of us haven't gotten together  in a crafty way for years as one of the gals (Hi Felicia!) just recently moved back to Colorado. And would you believe, I completely forgot to take any pictures (slaps self on the forehead), so much for having pictures for my Project Life project. Anyway, I was kind of on the ball and had a super productive time! We'll say that's why I forgot to take pics. LOL

Here are a few of the cards I was able to make. I saw the first two on Pinterest. I thought the white on white was/is really striking!

Inspiration here

 Inspiration here
I still need to stamp the sentiment on this one...oops.
Flower punches and Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. Bling from my stash. Used foam dots to pop up the flowers.
Kind of simple, but pretty, I think.

This flower on this next card was inspired by a tutorial I saw on Pinterest here.
I just played around with this card. It could probably use a sentiment, too. The pattern paper is from Chantilly (Close To My Heart) and so is the covered button. The yellow cardstock is also from CTMH and is called Buttercup. The doily underneath is from Martha Stewart. And thanks to Becky, for letting me use her embossing folder from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby brand)
The rounded pieces under it are Rounded Tag Framelits by Sizzix.
I actually found them at my local Archiver's store. Thanks to Kay for sharing the product with me.
Becky also let me use her flower punches. She sure was a good sport in allowing me to use a lot of her supplies so I didn't have to pack up my whole craft room to come over and play.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Hope your week is off to a great start.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy Easter Trifold Card

When I saw this card on the Paper Creations by Kristin blog, I was instantly smitten! I thought it was absolutely adorable and I really wanted to make that card. Unfortunately, I don't have the svg files that she used in my stash and it would have been way too pricey for me to buy them for one card. So, unless the site has a super awesome sale, I'm out of luck on those for now. 

BUT, I do have a Cricut and I do have some cartridges with some similar style cuts, so I sat myself down and searched and by trial and error along with a SplitCoastStampers tutorial on how to make the card base, I made my own version of this card. I'm pretty tickled with the end result. 

I took this shot to show how the card folds so if you wanted to mail it, it could fit an envelope.

I used cuts from Create a Critter, Create a Critter2, Doodlecharms, and Simply Charmed
Most of the cuts are in the 1 1/2 to 2 inch range.

I had fun searching for most of the images, but that bottom center panel was giving me fits. I couldn't find a bow that I liked, which is what the inspiration card had. I cut a swirly thing, but it didn't match the feel of the rest of the card, so I pulled it off. Then I thought I'll just tie a bow, but I didn't like that either. As I was searching my ribbon, I came across a spool of the wired little pom-pons that I picked up at Christmas time, but never used. Hmmmm....those could be little bunny tails! I suppose it might work better if I added circles underneath, but I liked it on the pink ribbon. 

The letters for Easter are from a font on my computer called Showcard Gothic. I printed out the word in the size I wanted, then I cut out the letters. I put them backwards on the piece of cardstock and traced them and cut them out of cardstock. I could have used Make The Cut and the Cricut, but to be honest, I'd been working on this project most of the day yesterday and I was getting tired. It was easier for me to sit and do this over lugging my machine to the computer and hooking it up and cutting, then lugging the machine back to my craft space. LOL

Add a little inking around the edges, some white gel pen dots and bling here and there and it was finished.

All in all, this took a lot longer than I'd planned for, but I think the effort was worth it in the end.

Hope you are having a happy weekend so far.
Thanks for stopping by!