Monday, December 12, 2011

Wonderland - Studio J

I can hardly wait to make this darling Studio J layout! I've been wondering how to scrapbook my pictures from last year's "Snowmageddon." This will definitely be one of the layouts!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wonderland Stocking Card

I love it when a card just kind of makes itself. This one came together so easily! I was inspired by this post found on Pinterest. My bff (also known as the Art Philosophy cartridge) helped out, too, by cutting the stocking (3 1/2") and the snowflake (1 1/4").

Here's a peek at the inside:

You can find the items to make the card on my website.

Items used:
Paper: Wonderland Level 2 Paper Packet; Kraft cardstock; Twilight cardstock
Ink: Chocolate
Embellishments: Neutral Embroidery Floss; Chocolate Waxy Flax; Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Bling Assortment
Other: Ruler; Paper Piercing Kit; Stardust Glitz Glitter Glue; 3-D Foam Tape; Liquid Glass; Art Philosophy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Believe Christmas Card

I'm so excited to be able to make some new cards and projects! This card is for two challenges -  Mojo Monday (sketch) and Heart 2 Heart (inspiration photo). The oval image was cut using Art Philosophy. I love that cartridge! So many of our stamp images are designed to coordinate with the images on the Cricut cartridge. Super easy!

Items Used:
Believe Level 2 Paper Packet
Art Philosophy
Cardstock/Ink: White Daisy, Holiday Red, Topiary, Sweet Leaf, Gray Wool
D1492 - Christmas Love
C1469 - December 25th
S1110 - Holiday Magic
Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Designer Brads - Rhinestone
Bitty Sparkles
3-D Foam Tape

Here is the sketch and inspiration photo for the card:

O Christmas Tree

Have you joined the Pinterest craze yet? I find so many ideas on there! The project I worked on today was inspired by this idea that I saw on Pinterest. She used nesting templates and a die cut machine; I decided to use the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut my images. I thought it was much easier!

To start, I selected six different papers (2 pieces of each) in Christmas colors. (See the last of my stash of Cocoa Cafe papers?) I think all my papers are retired from previous catalogs. This is a great project to use them up!

I cut the scalloped circle 11 times on each paper, starting with 1" and increasing to 6" by 1/2-inch increments. I ended up with enough to make two trees.

When I had all my pieces cut, I sorted them by size and inked the edges with Cocoa ink.

The base of the tree is pretty simple - a 12" dowel rod and a cardboard base. I used part of a CTMH mailing box for my base. It didn't seem sturdy enough, so I reinforced it with some, let's say, creative items.

Hey - it worked!

Next came the fun part - making the tree! Starting with the largest (6") circle, I stacked three of each size all the way to the top of the dowel rod. To give the pieces a little separation, I tied a piece of grosgrain ribbon between each of the larger pieces (3" - 6"), then I switched to organdy ribbon for the smaller pieces since they could be a little closer together.

I topped my tree off with a 2" two-sided star, also cut on the Cricut.  Be sure to check out the other Art Philosophy Cricut creations on the linky party hosted by Lisa Stenz! You can find complete directions for the linky party {here}.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On the road to recovery ...

You might have noticed fewer posts lately. I've been a little out of commission for a few months due to some health issues. I'm doing better, though, following surgery last week. For the last several days, this is where I've been hanging out.

Cozy, right? It is a pretty comfortable recliner, and it's just a few steps away from the bathroom and the tv. The kids and my husband are within shouting distance, and they've been taking good care of me. I also have everything I need right next to me - dvds, the latest John Grisham novel on my Kindle, pain meds, and a caffeine free Diet Pepsi. I'm starting to feel better, so hopefully I'll be able to get some paper crafting and blogging done while I'm still off work. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Stock up on cardstock!

I was very excited to see many more items added to the "While Supplies Last" section of my website, including cardstock packs! Now is definitely the time to stock up on these discounted cardstock packs - 8 1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12 paper packs. There are many more items, too - how about a Wings Level 2 paper packet for $5? I have a feelings these items will not last long, so shop soon for the best selection!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Tags

Making tags is so quick and easy with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge! The video below shows you how --