Saturday, February 23, 2013

Card Maker Challenge "Time"

This week's (2-19-13) CardMakers Magazine Challenge was to incorporate something to do with time.    Here my version.  I used the cascading card from the cover of the current magazine as inspiration because I wanted to made the cascading card too.

 The Grandfather clock is cut from French Manor Cricut Cartridge and colored with Distress Markers and a metallic brass marker.
All of the flowers are Prima.  I used Tim Holtz embosing folder,
 stamps, inks, markers and  gears, 
 StampersBest Stamp
StazOn Black ink
Glossy Accents
small brads and foam squares
I also used actual watch gears. I will identify that below.

Shrinky Dink paper, see picture below

I used the same embossing folder for the paper clocks on the left and the shrinky dink paper on the right.
I used actual watch gears on this stamp and covered them with Glossy Accents.
The black and white rectangle was made from Shrinky Dink paper and Tim Holtz enbossing folder. 

I stamped all of the images on water color paper and colored them with Distress markers. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

YPP Rolodex Swap Feb 2013 "Cherries"

Hi Crafters,
Here is a picture of my cherry themed Rolodex card for the Your Paper Pantry (YPP) February 2013 Rolodex swap.   This was a bit of a challenge as I found a lot of strawberry, raspberry and apple stamps, themed paper and embellishments, but not much for the cherry.  I found one cherry stamp at Hobby Lobby but no paper or embellishments.   At this point I didn't want to take the time to track down the couple of paper packs that are out there that do have cherries.  I ended up using some Shrinky Dink to get the job done.
I cut out the Rolodex (2 1/4" x 4") in a red card stock and ran it through the Cuttlebug with swiss dots folder.   I layered a white Rolodex with the red one to make it thicker and more stable.  I used a red card stock with white dots on a layer of white for the background.  The corners are rounded with a 1/4" round corner punch and the edges are inked with Distress Ink fired brick.

The stickled cherries and the word cherry were cut from the Cricut Preserves cartridge.  I used some white lace and a couple of white Prima flowers (a flower and a bud) tipped with the fired brick ink as well.    There is a Tim Holtz round fastener to hold another Rolodex card with my information on it to the back.
I cut a Rolodex shape (the same size as the red Rolodex card) and a scalloped rectangle that measured approximately 2" x 1 1/2" from the Shrinky Dink.  I punched a standard size hole in the corner of the scalloped piece so that I could use a brad to fasten it to the Rolodex card and it can be positioned on the brad.   I added a red bing on the brad and in the other upper corner..  I used a journaling stamp and cherry stamp on the Shrinky Rolodex card and colored them before I heat shrank them. The Shrinky Rolodex card is on foam squares.  The corners were punched with a Martha Stewart corner punch before being shrunk.

I think that was it.   I had a lot of fun putting this together and working with the Shrinky Dink.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sending Warm Wishes. . .

A2 size card made with Cricut Country Life Cartridge and DCWV Nana's Kitchen paper.   I used a Heros Art stamp set for the sentiment. Distress inks were used and white gel pen for the accent dots on the stove and pot. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bee Binder cover with

Hi Crafters,
I recently decided to get into bee keeping and I started a binder for information.   Of course, I needed a cover for the binder.  I used the Large Sun Flower, Honey Bee Label (just the bee part) and Honey Comb background cling stamps from    I lined up the background stamp to cover the letter size page.  Added some bees and a sun flower.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Amy

Monday, February 11, 2013

Card Maker Magazine 2-12-13 bookmark inchie challenge

First I stamped with VersaFine ink both sides with any stamps that I thought related to the book this bookmark was for which is "The Old Farmer's Almanac". One side was cut out of kraft card stock and the other side out of white.
On this side I used 9 inchies.
I even put an inch on one of the inchies!
Then I colored both sides with Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Broken China,  Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint. 
Then added some Tim Holtz gears and a little lace across the top.

The flat back pearl bling is from Prima.
I also used the Tim Holtz distresser on the edges of the 2x2 post cards; set the eyelets with the Crop-a-dile and added a little lace and ribbon.   I put one coat of Mod Podge on each side as well.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Card Maker Magazine challenge and Cricut Cartridges

Hi Crafters,

I recently subscribed to "CardMaker" magazine on my Kindle and I love both the magazine and getting it digitally on my Kindle!  The current issue's challenge for the week of 2-5-13 was to use a stop sign or octagon shape in your card.  Here is what I put together.

I used Sure Cuts A Lot and welded 2 octagon shapes together at the top and made a tent fold card that measures 5 x 5 inches.  Then I cut two octagon shapes 4 1/2 and 4 inches square and layered them on the card.   I welded four 1 inch octagons together and made the border behind the little sheep.    I inked all the edges with Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up ink and used a white gel pen for the dashes and dots.  The sheep was cut from Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge.  It was given to me in the Cricuteer Group swap at Your Paper Panty (YPP) last year.  Then I altered the card so that it would fit into a standard A2 envelope.
I changed the measurements so that the finished card measures 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches and fits into the standard A2 card. 

Recently I purchased "Teddy Bear Parade" and "Create a Critter" Cricut Cartridges and I am having a ball putting together these little cuties!
I purchased this as a digital cartridge from Cricut Craft room and I put this little farmer together first..  I cut the bear shape out of Chocolate Chip card stock from Stampin' Up and the rest I cut out of white card stock and colored with Distress Markers and Ink.  I like to cut little shapes out of white card stock adn color them because (a) white card stock seems to cut out better and (b) I don't have to have multiple colors of card stock on hand all the time.

Then I was looking around YouTube for some tips on how to use the Cricut Craft room and I found a link that took me to With Glittering Eyes blog where she gives instructions on how to use other Cricut cartridge head shapes with Teddy Bear Parade to put together hundreds of different animal shapes together--the list is endless.  Here is my Kitty Pirate using the kitty charm head from Doodlecharm cartridge and the pirate outfit from Teddy Bear Parade.  I put this together in Cricut Craftroom but you can do this with any Cricut machine and these cartridges.
All of the pieces were cut out of white card stock and colored with Distress markers and inks and some metallic markers for the hook and blade.  The bear body and clothes were cut at 3 inches and the head was cut at 1 1/2 inches   I tried to give my Kitty a Pirate smirk with a wink and a smile.

To make the moose I used the dog head charm from Doodlecharms cartridge and Teddy Bear Parade for the Leprechan outfit.   The Moose antlers came from

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Amy

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Inchies. . .small pieces of fun!

I'm getting into inchies (thanks Natasha!).  I put these together to put behind one of my "advent" calendars.   This is really fun.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Organize books by color.

Here is the before picture.  The books were organized by topic and how I use them. 


I reorganized the books by color and got an eye appealing look. 

Runaway Website--where did the name come from?

Runaway Website--where did the name come from?
I guess they ran out of names.