April 25, 2010

Brilliant Artist layout-cuttlebug blog entry-Out for publication

 The weekends seem to just fly by, its already Sunday..
Spent a few hours this morning putting this layout together..
My DD drew this flower and star a few years ago.  I guess she had it planned as a tattoo..
I found it by accident going through some old paper tablets as I was getting ready to throw them away..
Good thing I went through it or this master piece might of ended up in the trash..

Here are a few close ups:

close ups of the drawing.

I used my cuttlebug to emboss the flowers and the flourish.  The embossing
folder that I used is called Victoria..lovin it!!  :O)

 and of the title.. I love how this layout came out.

 For supplies Used:

Cricut cartridges:
George and Basic Shapes: flowers
and centers
Home Accent: leaves and flourish
Sentimentals: large and small marquee
title: "Brilliant"
Plantin Schoolbook: title "artist"
Locker Talk: photo frame

Papers: Basic Grey 
"Scarlettes Letter"
cardstock: white and red

Versa ink: dark green
Staz On ink: black

Victoria embossing folder: flowers and flourish

pop dots and zig two glue pen

well that again does it for today. 
Thank you all so much for looking and have a great Sunday.

April 24, 2010

hydrangea- flower tute..

Good Saturday to you all..
As promised Yesterday, I have finally gotten my flower tutorial all ready and posted..
I love Prima hydrangea flowers, but I love making my own flowers even more..
I figured there has to be a way to create my own and I can make them any color or print that I want..
so, for my very first attempt I wanted to make them pink.
Here is a photo of the flowers:
and here is a photo of the items I used to make them:
Since I made them pink: I used light pink cardstock and I also cut the shape out of the maya collection papers we used for the SOUS paper and sketch challenge..
I also used Tim Holtz distress inks: Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold.
You don't have to , but I also spritzed it with pink bubblegum glimmer mist..
so here are some step by step photos:
I warn you, the black cardstock that I used for the background will get messy on the way...LOL

Step 1. I used my embossing tool to rub lines on the cardstock. I then folded the lines to give them more debt.. which I will ink..

Step 2:  I dabbed my sponge in the dried marigold ink and then  only dabbed the center of the flower
which we will re-do this step again towards the end..

Step 3. I now dabbed the other sponge in the worn lipstick ink pad and then rubbed it on the edges of the flower shaped cardstock.
You can already see the big change in the cardstock.
 *I could of stopped here, but why I ask? when I can make them so much better..LOL

Step 4. I added a small drop of Petal Pink liquid pearl to the edges and then with my finger I just dabbed it a little to blend in the edges..
*the sponge in the photo is only there to support the bottle, it kept rolling away...LOL
Step 5: I re-dabbed the center with the dried marigold and  then spritzed it a few times with the glimmer mist.. you can't tell in this photo, but it has a nice glimmer shine to it..

Step 6:  I then added a tiny bit of Cotton Candy stickles to the edges of the flower

Step 7: I then punched a hole in the center and added a jeweled brad.. 

The flowers I cut using the Home Accent Cartridge, I had to weld two cuts together using my design studio software..
You can go download the Cricut design studio file HERE, it has the leaves as well..
*You can add another small flower to the center if you wish, its all up to you how you finish them off..
You can get better views of the flower on the top photo of this post or on the layout itself which I had posted just prior to this tutorial..
Have fun and I would love to see what you come with, so please leave a comment so I can come and view your layout or card..

April 22, 2010

Kickin Back With Family-SOUS-Blog hop

 Its Friday again and were having our weekly reveal at SOUS and this week we decided to have a blog hop as well, The blog hop begins at midnight April 22nd, so this way you can get familiar with the whole SOUS family..
I'm sure you just came from visiting Sandra Windsors blog "Details by Sandy!" <--What a lovely place to visit I know..  :O)
We have not only used a sketch this week,  we used the same Glitz Maya papes as well and the best part is that you can win yourself 3 different sets of GLITZ papers, a total of 18 double sided sheets that  has been generously donated to SOUS by Glitz Design..
so, what do you need to do to win you ask?.. 
If you didn't just come from Sandra's blog, then you have to start at SOUS, by clicking HERE...
then  hop on over to all of the SOUS designers blogs according to the correct order, become a follower of each blog, leave a comment on everyone's blog and then finally go back to SOUS and leave a final comment there.. The winner will be chosen on Monday April 26th, so you might wanna check back cause you only have a week to claim your prize..

So, now your next hop will take you over to Sandi Clarkson at Soft Side of Sandi..

alrighty then ladies..
Here are a few close ups of the layout I have created and oh, by the way.. I'm going to post a tute for these flowers if anyone is interested.. hopefully I will have it all set up by Sunday April 25th.

Supplies Used:
Cricut cartridges:

Home Accents:  Flowers, leaves and swirl
George and basic shapes: hollow cirlce
Sentimentals: Marquee
Home Decor: mini flowers(around circle)
Stretch your imagination: picture frame
Design Studio software for design of layout
Papers: Glitz design Maya collection
Pink cardstock
mini roses by mulberry
pink and brown flowers by mulberry
gem brads

Glimmer mist by tattered angels:
green and pink

Tim Holtz distress inks: 
Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold

pop dots and zig two way glue pen
pink sticles
white gel pen for hand doodling
distress tool for edge distresser

I think that about does it again for today, please do enjoy your look around and if your interested in the blog candy over at SOUS, so stop by there and follow the rules..
Thank you ladies so much for stopping by..

April 17, 2010

Dog Gone Summer- Guest DT spot

I have met a wonderful gal named Sabrina from Cuttlebug blog which is a challenge blog for cuttlebug beginners.  She had sent me email about a month ago asking I would be a guest designer on her cuttlebug blog.. Only problem, I don't own a cuttlebug, but with a generous heart, Sabrina actually sent me my very own cuttlebug as a gift..
"WOW!!" is all I could say really.. 

So, I got my cuttlebug in the mail about a week ago and I was so very excited to open the box and explore all of the wonderful things this little green thing can do...LOL
and then it hit me like a brick wall " I have no idea what the hell I'm doing!"...  :O)
So, no need to panic,  I checked out some how to videos on youtube and I was like "OH yeah, I can do this!"..LOL
and well, this layout is my very first ever attempt at embossing..
Sabrina said that this months topic is Flower Power and she knows how much I love's them flowers, Perfect topic for me...LOL
Here are a few close ups of the layout:

Supplies Used:

Cricut cartridges:
Home Decor: flowers
A Childs Year: leaves
pooh and friends: clouds
paper doll dress up: fence 
my community: house
storybook: vines and plants
george and basic shapes: centers of flowers

embossing folder: Bloom Dots

cardstock:  cream, green, blue and yellow
papers by: K & Co
pops dots
zig two way glue 
Tim Holtz distress Inks: broken china, yellow mustard and worn lipstick

Black fine tip marker for hand doodling..
Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking a look.. I hope you get a chance of stopping by Sabrinas blog and joining in on the fun, especially if you are like me and just got your cuttlebug..

April 16, 2010

Forever Friends-SOUS


Hey, hey hey...Its Fri-dayyyy....LOL
SOUS is having its weekly reveal today and here is my take on this weeks sketch ..

The photo is of my DD Amber and my DS Aaron.  amber was 4 years old and Aaron was 4 weeks old..
I absolutely adore this photo of the two of them..

So this weeks sketch is by a very talented lady Aymee Gandy aka Southernbellscrapper..
She has made some awesome sketches:
and here is one of them:

Here are some close ups:


The little Disney Pooh characters were pretty easy to put together and didn't take all that long..
a few hours total for the whole layout..Not too bad!!
Now, for supplies used:

Cricut Cartridges:
Pooh Font: Title "Forever" and all pooh characters
Pooh and Friends: Bee's
Mickey and Friends: big tag
Tags, Bags and Boxes: Title foundation tags
Songbird: title "Friends"
Stretch your imagination: Tree and leaves
Graphically Speaking: Flowers

Papers: K& Co
light blue, orange, red, yellow, pink (light and dark),brown and black
Stickles: orange (leaves) and yellow (honey)
Tim Holtz distress inks:
yellow mustard, dried marigold, antique linen, broken china and shabby shutters
orange, yellow, blue and pink
black fine tip marker: hand doolding
green ribbon and staples
pop dots and zig two way glue pen

well ladies, that about does it again for this week.. 
I hope you get a minute or two to stop by SOUS and see what the other designers have been up to this week and do join in on the fun this week as well...

April 9, 2010

Sandbox Capers-SOUS

 Another Reveal at SOUS today and this time we were challenged with using an UNUSUAL item on your layout or card..
Oh boy, was this a challenge.. I ran through my house looking for anything that I could use and finally found an old road map in my kitchen drawer...LOL

Here are some close ups:

 I distressed the road map just a tad to give it more of an aged look.. 
In the photo is my dad (on the left), my kiddos and then my hubby who was going through his hippie long haired days..LOL

 My son Aaron when he was about 3 years old.. He is such a little cutey..

 and finally just a close ups of the cars I pieced together and the photo of them driving their cars.

 For supplies Used:

K&Co papers
Paper Pizazz papers

Old road map
Cardstock: black, light blue, dark blue, orange, green, yellow, white and red.

Cricut Cartridge: Pooh and Friends
fence and grass
Cricut Cartridge: Mickey and Friends
Car and dump truck
Cricut Cartridge: My community
Road and stop sign
Cricut Cartridge: Plantin Schoolbook
Cricut Cartridge: Songbird
Cricut Cartridge: All Mixed UP

Edge distress tool
pop dots
Tim Holtz distress inks
chalks: yellow and orange
white gel pen for hand doodling..

well ladies that about does it for me again for today..
I hope you can stop by SOUS this week and join in on the fun..
oh! and don't forget to rummage rummage and rummage through your things and find the most UNUSUAL item you can think of to scrap with ..Good Luck

April 5, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Amber (my dd) is turning 21 on the 7th of May and
I swear I will get this cookbook ready for her before then even if it kills me..
She absolutely loves to cook, must take after me after all..LOL
She's always asking me how do I make this and how do I make that?..
and so, I decided a long time ago to make her a scrap style cookbook and finally got to making it today..
This is a 8x8 chipboard album that I will create out of empty cereal boxes.
I figured to have several different categories , like main dishes, side dishes and desserts..
This is a definite dessert category and funny how I started the book with something sweet and fattening, instead of something healthy..  LOL  :O)

The photo is of a batch of cookies I made a few days ago, all gone by the way.. Nothing that good lasts too long in this house, that's for sure...LOL

I am hoping that this will stay in her family from generations to come..Unless her dog eats it like he does everything else...LOL  :O)

here are some close ups:

The text is pretty small on the recipe card, but if I can read it so can she...LOL  :O)

Some Prima flowers and lace to add a mothers love to the book..  :O)

I added some gold liquid pearl and brown stickles inside the bowl to resemble cookie dough..LOL

Supplies Used:

Empty cereal box cut to 8x8
cardstock: dark brown, tan and white
papers: Old World stack for base marquee
tan dot papers found at local craft store (don't know manufacturer)

Stickles: brown and gold liquid pearl
Joleen's stickers: measuring spoons
Flowers by: Prima
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Walnut Stain and Old paper

Cricut cartridges:
From My Kitchen: Bowl, jars, measuring cup, eggs, recipe cards and "COOKIE"
A Childs year: Marquees
Home Accents: swirls around photo
George and Basic Shapes: circle
Plantin Schoolbook:  Title font "chocolate chip"

Pop Dots, zig two way glue pen (fine tip)
White gel pen and black fine tip marker for hand doodling
Computer generated recipe created using Microsoft Word
Holes punched using Crop-A-Dile

That about does again for today, I think I will start on the next one now..
I'm so excited about getting this all done..
I do have to make the front and back cover still.. that's going to be a challenge right there...LOL  :O)

Have a good one ladies..

Sunshine Award

Fern from Fern's Creations and 
Brenda Bennoit from Bug-Bitten Disney fanatic
sent me this amazing award..
 Isn't it beautiful?
To accept this award I must send it to 12 other bloggers, 
so here they are:
1. Debbie  loves life's little pleasures
2. Barb  Crafty Girl
3.Brenda Bren's Designs
4 Sandi  Soft Side of Sandi
5.Leah  Beeing Creative and Feeling Cheery
6. Sandy  Details By Sandy
7.Wanda  My Happy Place
8.Staci  Precious Memories and more
9.Kaye  Kaye's Crafty Corner
10. Beatriz  Amazing Grace
11. Tamarra  For the love of Crafting
and the last one goes to
12.Donna Mundinger  Popsicle Toes

There you have it..whew! that was a lot of work...LOL
A big congrats to everyone and hope you find 12 others that inspire you as much as all you
inspire me..

April 4, 2010

Love My Family-DT spot for Generations Crafting


 Good Morning everyone and Happy Easter to all..
I had some free time this morning in between getting ready for our Easter dinner, So I grabbed
some of the Bo Bunny stickers that I got from Generations Crafting and put this little number together..

 These are so much fun to work with, no messy inks or glues to work with...LOL
I think I'm going to have to get some more of these for the future..
Here are a few close ups:

I also noticed that it packs a nice punch without over doing it.

Supplies Used:

 Bo Bunny "My Family" Cardstock stickers
Bo Bunny Double Dot papers: KIWI
Prima Flowers: yellow and blue

Cardstock: White, yellow, light blue and bright green
Light blue gems
Mini plastic hearts
marker: hand doodling

Cricut cartridge:
Storybook: Marquee
Home Decor: Branches, bird and hearts
Home Accents: Leaves (shadow cut)
Opposites Attract: title foundation and the word "MY"
Stretch My Imagination: Swirls

and remember everyone , Free Prima Bling with an order thats $10 or more..just need to mention my blog in the comment section of checkout...

that should about do it again..Thank you all so much for looking..

I have been crowned Queen Nanné by her royal highness Queen Sandi!  Sandi is always willing to share her talent with all the subjects in the blogging kingdom and beyond! Please check out her queendom at Soft Side of Sandi
Now it is my royal decree as Queen Nanné to Crown another Royal Crafting Queen..... I have searched the kingdoms far and wide for worthy ladies and gentlemen that share the desire to pass their crafting love and skills to all the subjects in the kingdom without royal fees or taxes and have found these worthy subjects...

To take up your crown the new Queen must link their blog to the sender of this blog and any future Queens they crown. . If you've been crowned, please send an email to Queen Cindy at Cre8tveLdy@aol.com and along with your web or blog address and the website of whoever crowned you, so you can be listed as a Royal Blogger. (If you need the "King" version of the award, let Queen Cindy know and she will email it to you.)

I hope you will proudly display this award on your site, and I thank you for being such a benevolent Queen or King who is so generous to your loyal subjects!

And now for the first crowning ceremony, I would like to send you to the following:


April 2, 2010

Adore-DT post for Generations Crafting

Good Morning Ladies..
I had a great day today creating this little layout for my DT spot at Generations Crafting.
I have to admit I was a bit scared when I seen this Mama-Razzi  paper line by Bo Bunny, But once I actually started playing with I fell in absolute love with it.. I adore the colors.

Oh! by the way:  For the entire month of April, Generations will add free Prima Bling ($6.99 value) to any order that's $10 or more.. All you have to do is mention that you heard about the offer from my blog, in the comment section of checkout..

Here is a photo of the entire paper line:

 I used:
Slides and stripes, plus I used Island Mist and slate dot papers
I love love love the colors..

Here are some close ups:

 So sorry this photo is a little blurry..

Supplies Used:

Bo Bunny Mama Razzi line

Bo Bunny Double dot: 
-Island Mist
-Slate Dot

Prima Flowers: 
-Naturally Daisy-light blue 
Marigold Blossom- fabric flower swirl

Prima-Say it in Crystal

Cricut cartridge: Home Decor
title "ADORE", Swirls and leaves

Cricut Cartridge: Graphically Speaking
Daisies: light blue, tan and big blue ones

Cricut Cartridge: Mickey and Friends
Film Strip

Cricut Cartridge: Storybook

buttons: blue and black
black ribbon
distress tool (edging)

Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
-Weathered Wood
-Antique Linen

Crop-a-dile for the holes
Computer generated Butterflies
Stickles: baby blue and brown
pop dots
zig two way glue pen

That should about do it ladies..
Thank you all so much for looking and do stop by Generations Crafting for a great April deal..

Generations Of Love

SOUS is having its Friday reveal again today and this is my take on this weeks sketch..
I really had a fun time putting this all together and got to use some of the beautiful Prima flowers I have been gathering from several online stores..LOL  so bad am I..
I buy them, but don't wanna use em...  :O)
just like to admire them in the little glass jars that I keep them in. .

and I made this layout as well, using the same sketch..

*Here is the sketch:

And here are some close ups:

The photo is of my mom on the left and my grand mother on the right.

Supplies Used:

papers: K & Co Margo stack
Cardstock: Brown and cream

Flowers: Prima

Cricut cartridge: A Childs Year
Marquees and leaves
Cricut Cartridge: Home Decor
Big flowers
Cricut Cartride: Song bird
title font: Generations of
Cricut Cartridge: Sweethearts
title font: Love
Pearl drops and mini plastic hearts (flower centers)
computer generated butterflies
burlap ribbon/rope
green brads
crouched lace
pop dots
distress edge tool
Tim Holtz distress ink: yellow, orange, pink and old paper

Thank you all so much for looking.  I hope you have a minute to stop by SOUS and see what the other designers have been up to..