November 30, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday Card reveal

I think I'm getting the hang of this card making thing..LOL
I had some of these free papers that come with one of the scrapbook magazines I order from the UK and when I seen the colors, they were awesome.. soft blues, creams and browns..
I then opened up my DS software and started looking around for some cute Winter quotes and found this one on Winter Frolic cartridge, then the mittens and scarf came to play from the Winter Woodland cartridge and the topnote from the Sentimentals cartridge.. I did use my Imagine again and the Loris' Garden cartridge for the soft colors.. The light blues, creams and browns..
I wasn't able to use the DS directly with the Imagine, but since I knew what size cuts I needed, it was a cinch to use the Imagine.
so, here is my card for our challenge:

I did a lot of different things on this layout, for one... I heat embossed the very edges using Winter Wonderland embossing powder.. its got a little sparkle to it, makes it almost look like a frosty window..LOL used my MS snow flake punch and punched the snow flakes, popdotted all of the images and then I had a glittered snow writer pen thingy, which I added that onto the tops of the letters, hoping it would dry white, but it ended up drying kind of clear.. go figure!! LOL  aaaaaand everything is inked with distress inks..
 care for a few close ups:
This is of the inside of the card..

side pic
close up front:

and finally:

for supplies Used.

Cricut Imagine machine

Imagine carts: Lori's Garden (for color palette)
Sentimentals: Top Note
Winter Frolic: Sentiment
Winter Woodland: Mittens and Scarf

computer generated journaling (inside of card)
Distress Ink:  Old Paper and Vintage Photo
Pop dots
Martha Steward snowflake punch
Ranger Embossing ink
Winter Wonderland embossing powder
heat tool
DecoArt Glistening snow writer
papers by. Nitwit collection
cardstock: White
2"circle punch by Fiskars

 Well ladies.. Thats my card for this weeks challenge.. Do stop by Whimsical Designs and check out what the other DT members have created for this challenge..  there are always awesome candy to be won so do join in on the fun this week, plus don't forget to stop by WD tomorrow for some sneak peeks of the new Stamp collection that Stephanie has created..
have a wonderfully Creative week ladies..

November 28, 2011

Forever Missed- DT Project

Its yet another Monday and I am so excited to share this layout with you that I created as my DT project for Your Memories Here using the papers from the Prima Grab Bag and one of the stamps from the Tattered Angels Architectural Trims.. Those stamps are amazing and I am finding more and more uses for them..  

so, here is my project for today's reveal:
This layout will have a photo of my dad who passed away last February.. I just don't have the strength yet to rummage through his old photos.. all in due time  :)
I wanted to play around with the papers for this layout.. so, I cut some and rolled them into little rolls, which I glued down to the bottom right hand corner using Helmars quick drying adhesive, adding some paper swirls and then ribbon..

I wanted to stick with the black and white, but then decided to add the little blue flowers because my dad had light blue eyes.. I thought it added a nice touch of accent color to the layout..
I once again added Crackle Accents to the face of the clock, but you can't see the crackle cause the base of the clock is black..LOL  another lesson learned..LOL

I found a Prima Lace Rosette in my stash and then hand journaled the date he passed away on the top..  I love how versatile these papers are.. You can use them for any occasion!!

and the stamping.. Oh how I love these stamps.. I used the Brick work stamp and Ranger Embossing ink, with White Embossing powder.. Then heat set it.. I love it!! looks pretty cool.. I thought about rubbing some Black ink on it, but then at the last minute decided to just leave it as is.. 

and I once again apologize for the bad photos.. 
There really isn't any descent light in Finland this time of year and so, there's nothing I can do.. so sorry!!

and for supplies used:
From the Your Memories Here store:

I also used:
Black cardstock (base)
white cardstock (font)

Cricut cartridges:
Cindy Loo: big font
Heritage: Cameo (used as the O in the title)
Song bird: small font

Tim Holtz distress Ink: blue Denim (inked the bottom of the font)
White Liquid Pearls
Flowers I found at M's wedding section
Little blue flowers from I am roses
feathers from my stash
edge distress tool
Crackle Accents (which you cant even notice..LOL)
Photo corners I hand cut
white ribbon

I really love how this layout turned out..Trying to keep it semi simple by just using the papers and some embossed stamping.. I know in my heart my dad would of loved this.. When he stayed with us a few years ago, he used to like watching me create.. Father and daughter moment..LOL
I want to thank you lovely ladies for stopping by today and checking out my Monday project..
I certainly hope I have inspired you to get out your papers and stamps and get crafting..  :)
I hope everyone has a wonderfully crafty week..

November 25, 2011

Life is an Adventure-SOUS sketch reveal

Oh yes!! its finally Friday and I get to share yet another sketch reveal with you all.. Us girls over at SOUS have been trying to come up with some original sketches but when we seen this one, we knew that it needed scrapping..LOL
There are lots of great inspiration for you over at SOUS, so do stop by and check out what the rest of the DT have created.. But before you go, take a look at my take on our sketch:

the layout was inspired by the photo.. My daughter and her boyfriend went to this kind of science place here in Finland and I guess they found a place to sit where they had all of these over sized tables and, I thought of Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter..
I also found the quote over at and thought it was perfect for this layout..
I have a few close ups for you:

Can you see how big that chair is.. holy moly..LOL

and for supplies used:

Papers by.
Graphic 45- Alice in Wonderland collection
cardstock: black and white

Cricut Imagine
Imagine cartridge:  Imagine more (colors)
Heritage cartridge: tea pot and cups
Songbird: title "Adventure" and marquee
Walk in my Garden: Leaves

Trinkets by: Prima
flowers by: I am Roses
computer generated journaling
white gel pen for faux stitching

Distress Inks: Old Paper and Vintage photo..

well ladies.. I think that about does it for me to this Friday.. I had a lot of fun creating this layout and I did struggle just a bit..LOL  just trying to find right embellishments and the right colors.. oi!! LOL
I hope you stop by SOUS and check out what the other amazingly talented member of our DT have created for you and do join in on the fun with us.. you have two weeks to submit your layout..
Hope everyone has a wonderfully creative weekend..

P.S Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone

November 23, 2011

Card reveal-Whimsical Design DT project

I'm not a card maker by any means, but I'm telling you... The Cricut Imagine has opened up my eyes and seriously has made me think twice about creating cards.. So, with that said,  Us girls over at Whimsical Designs (formerly known as Whimsical Wednesdays) are having out Card challenge (Add texture- any theme goes) post today and yes, I have decided to join the card team.. gulp!! LOL
Here is my very first card I have created as my design team project for Whimsical Designs.. Be gentle with me..LOL  I did cheat just a little bit, by browsing around some card maker magazine for inspiration.. The design of this card is my own, but its as if I followed a sketch and I did scraplift the recipe cards..LOL.. 

Let me tell you how much I love my Imagine, I loved it a lot before but now,  I love it even more.. I created this card fully with the images and colors from the Kate's Kitchen Imagine Cartridge.  I did however,  Use George and Basic Shapes and  From My Kitchen cart as well..
Best feature ever on the Imagine, is to add the imagine cart and a regular cart into the imagine at the same time and this way, you can cut what ever shape in what ever color or pattern you want that is on the Imagine cartridge.. 
The green embossed base is a rectangle cut from the George and Basic Shapes cart, I just colored it with the green from the Kate's Kitchen Imagine cart, print and cut.. same thing with the recipe cards, colored the recipe cards with a brown from the Kate's Kitchen Cart, print and cut.. Super simple and love that the colors all match.

Here is the inside of the card:

Yes, its a Lipton tea bag...LOL  
for one, I love that the yellow matches the color scheme and two, we don't drink any fancy tea in my house..We're all coffee lovers  :)

for supplies used on this project:

Cricut Imagine 
Kate's Kitchen Imagine cart
George and Basic Shapes
From My Kitchen

Cardstock: White
distress ink: Vintage Photo

Dots embossing folder
white gel pen
brown fine tip marker
pop dots
Lipton tea bag..LOL

and I have some amazing news to share with you..
Our very own Stephanie from Whimsical Designs has designed her very own Stamp collection.. and I've seen the images and I can't wait to get my hands on some, I already have millions of ideas running through this head of mine :)
Here is a little teaser for ya:

aaaaaaaand were giving everyone some sneak peeks of these stamps coming up next Thursday and Friday (Dec1 and Dec2 at 7:00am EST) plus, there will be a Whimsical Designs Blog Hop Friday Dec 2nd at 7:00pm ..

Do stop by Whimsical Designs and check out what the rest of our Amazing DT have created for this challenge and do join in on the fun with us.. You have only 1 week to enter your project and to give you more motivation to enter, one lucky random winner will win all four stamp sets..  :)

well ladies... I want to thank you all so much for stopping by today and checking out my first of many cards to come..   this was a lot of fun even though it took me a week to make it. LOL I'm not lying!!!  Hopefully the creativity will go faster once I get the hang of things  :)

I hope everyone has a wonderfully creative rest of the week..

November 21, 2011

Lovely ladies-DT project for YMH

Happy Monday ladies... 
 I am practically dying to share another project I created with my handy dandy Prima Grab bag,.. from Your Memories Here that I received the Prima Printery collection and it had lots and lots of goodies in it, but I wanted to play around with color this time and see exactly what colors work together..

Here is my layout I created:

So, I started out by getting some brown cardstock and a few stamps.. I first used one of the smaller stamps in the Tattered Angels Architectural Set,  Ranger Embossing ink and clear embossing powder.. stamped it randomly on the top of my layout and then heat set the embossing powder.. Rubbing Distress Ink over it afterwards and realized it almost resembles burlap.. how cool is that ? and I got lots of ideas running through my head on how else I can end up using it.. Hmmmmm
My stamped butterflies..

I cut a 8x8 piece of black cardstock and then use one my MS around the edge punches to make the base of my photo mat then started layering the Printery Papers.. choosing the blacks , tans and creams this time..
I distressed the edges and got everything glued down..
I then played around with some of the flowers in my stash and decided to use the aqua colored Prima roses.. In the grab bag comes a big selection of different colored flowers and the aqua rose with the gem in the middle, is one those flowers.. Loving it!!
I did some fussy cutting on this layout .. There are so  many wonderful images on these papers and I didn't want to leave anything out.. the clock above the photo is fussy cut from the same piece of paper as are the little circle images.. which I used my 1" hole punch and punched those out..
I also used some of the Gem glue to glue down the string of pearl, which I love this stuff cause it leaves no glue to see once its dry.. I used to use glossy accents, but it left a shiny streak.  Not this stuff.. Its perfect!!
I did add some Crackle Accents to the face of the clock, which I love how old and vintage it turned out.
The above photo is of my daughter on the left, my mom in the middle and me on the right..
close up of the crackled clock..
see.. No glue streaks under the pearls..

I did end up using some of my own embellishments, like the feathers,lace, ribbon, string of pearl, some of the flowers,  leaves, fragment charms and pearl halves.. 

I also grabbed a Tim Holtz fragment charm and crackle accented a piece of the punched paper onto the back of, adding some ribbon and then pop dotted it behind the flowers in the left corner.. I noticed that it did not crackle as I had hoped..LOL  lesson learned!!
These smaller flowers (its a set) you see in this upper photo also come in the grab bag. I love the colors and go well with so many color variations..

I had a way too much fun putting this layout together and trying out new techniques..
so, from the Your Memories Here store I used.

from my own stash. 
distress tool, MS edge punch,  Aqua roses, small flowers, string of pearl, pearl halves, Tim Holtz Stamps, Stay-z-on black ink pad, fragment charm, hat pins, leaves, lace and ribbon..

well ladies... That does it for me for this Monday.. I want to thank you all for stopping by and checking out what I've been working.. I certainly hope I have inspired you to grab your Prima's and get crafting...LOL
Hope everyone has a wonderfully crafty week..

November 18, 2011

Die cut reveal SOUS-Thanksgiving Table

another Friday reveal for us ladies over at SOUS today and for this Friday's die challenge is "THANKSGIVING TABLE!".. You can interpret that in anyway you want.. I chose to do a little home decor project for my kitchen table.. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Finland and even though my husband is American and I grew up in the States, we usually just have a nice dinner for Thanksgiving, but don't do the whole big Turkey dinner.. we save that for Christmas..LOL
Here is my take on our Die Cut challenge for this week:

I found this cute idea on Pinterest when Wanda Boardley first  introduced me to Pinterest.. From looking at the photo of the pumpkins, I knew right away that they would be simple to make and thew really were... 
the big pumpkin stands up 5.5" and the little one 3.5" , I cut twelve  5.5" circles for the big one and then six 3.5" for the small one,  using my George and Basic Shapes Cartridge and my Cricut Expression.. folded them in the middle, inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink and then glued the backs together.. super simple!!
the tops I just cut a 1"x 2" of cardstock, glued the ends together and punched a 1" circle out of paper, using a 1" circle punch.. I did ink the cardstock before assembly..  The leaves I cut from the A Childs Year cartridge, inked them (tutorial can be found on my blog under Leaf tutorial) and then the swirls, I just twirled strips of paper (inked before before twirling) around a small rounded paintbrush handle.. 
I have one close up of the pumpkins, its a little bit blurry.. No natural lighting in this country this time of year, its day light outside, but the sun is hidden away behind the mountain of dirty clouds that have taken over our beautiful blue skies..LOL

I like the way they look at the end of my dinner table along with a mason jar candle holder I created with some dry beans and lentils, and with my ceramic squashes..LOL  had to buy those when I seen them...

and for the supplies used for this project:

Cricut Expression
Design Studio software
George and Basic Shapes Cartridge: Circles
A Childs Year Cartridge: Leaves

Ranger distress ink: Vintage photo
(look for leaf tutorial for leaf information)

Papers by: Bo Bunny
white cardstock

Super quick and simple paper pumpkins for a cute Autumn table decor..
all righty then ladies.. Thank you all so much for stopping by today and checking out what I created for our die cut reveal.. Hope you all stop by SOUS and see what the rest of our amazing DT members have created..
I hope everyone has a wonderfully creative week..

November 14, 2011

Prima Printery collection- DT for YMH

Living in Finland, I rarely get the opportunity to get me some Prima papers.. I was sooooo over joyed when Kristina from Your Memories Here sent me my very first prima grab bag..  I was like a kid in a candy store..LOL  It was hard to choose what papers and flowers I wanted to scrap with first.  
Last Monday I shared my first layout that was made using the Printery collection and now today, I get to share the second one..
I am so in love with these colors and the prints are amazing.. 
so, here is my layout:
I once again started out with simple white cardstock.. Crinkled it in hands.. rubbed some distress over it to catch onto the crinkley bits..<-- sounds so funny LOL  Then grabbed my favorite stamp set ever (Tattered Angels Architectural trims) and two different colored distress inks.. dabbed the two inks randomly on the stamp and then starting from the middle, stamped my way out to the sides.. Because the ends of the stamp match,  you can make the stamped image as long  or as short as you want.. 
This way, I was able to Create a nice border on both the top and the bottom of the layout.. 
for a few close ups:
The photo is of my little Amber when she just turned 3 years old, she is now 22yrs old.. She was playing outside when I took this photo of her.. 
The flowers are by Prima.. The tiny roses are from the Grab Bag and
My favorite which is the fabric one  from the Whispers Collection..
The cream and the black rose are from the same collection of Prima's.. I hand cut the banner, adhered it to the layout using foam tape squares and then cut the flourish and the title with my cricut imagine and black cardstock.. adding some bling and white liquid pearl drops..

Supplies I used from the Your Memories Here store:

Prima Grab Bag:
Printery paper collection
Mini roses
Say it in Crystals
little alphabet stickers

Ranger Distress Inks
Tattered Angles Architectural Stamps
foam tape squares

from my own stash:
Prima roses, Leaves, Liquid pearl, ribbon, distress tool and cardstock
I cut the title and flourish with my Cricut Imagine die cutting machine.

Thats it for me again for this lovely Monday..
I want to once again thank you lovely ladies for stopping by and checking out what I've been creating.. It certainly has been fun :)
I hope everyone has a wonderfully creative week.

November 11, 2011

Party People- SOUS sketch reveal Nov 11

Another Friday and yet another Holiday weekend for me (Its Father's day here Sunday).. Living in Finland has its perks, but sun light during autumn and winter isn't one of them..LOL   Sun rises around 9am and starts to set around 4pm.. For four days, I tried to get a half way descent photo of this layout I created and this is the best I could do and sorry ladies, no close ups this time :(  they just weren't clear enough..
These photos were taken at my mom's wedding last Spring.. the shorter one is my daughter Amber and the taller one is one of her best friends..
so, so. so...LOL  This sketch is the very first one I have ever created and I held onto it not sure if I like it or not, but then decided "why not!".. Lets see what the girls over at SOUS can create with it and I have to say that I'm so pleasantly surprised that they were able to create some amazing stuff with it..  
Here is the layout I created:

sorry it is a little fuzzy.. but I did my best to try to grab a good photo...
and here is the layout I created for SOUS:

I ended up flipping the sketch since my photos weren't upright and I created all of my own flowers.. Dont' remember the last time I hand made my flowers.. It was so much fun and will be creating more in the not so far future.  LOL

and for the supplies used:

 Cricut cartridges:
George and Basic Shapes:
Large circle
Song Bird:
Title font
Cindy Loo:

Papers from Walmart (of all places :) )
white cardstock: base, leaves and all flowers

Ranger distress ink:
Fired Brick: Flowers
Peeled paint: leaves

Liquid Pearl: white & pink
Fiskars small flower punch
Sizzix Tattered flowers die
white ribbon bow
string of pearl
Gem glue
distress tool
Tattered Angles Architectural Finds stamp (edges)

Am I forgetting anything from that list?.. Hmmmmm
well ladies.. Do stop by SOUS and check out what the other amazing design team members created using my sketch.. and I hope it inspires you to grab your little stash of goodies and get scrappin..
I want to thank you all so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderfully creative weekend..

November 8, 2011

Autumn leaf Tutorial

Well ladies.. Its only Tuesday but as I sit here and create a little something something for my Thanksgiving table. I've had a few ladies ask me how I make my leaves so,  I thought to share with you how I make my Autumn Leaves so realistic.. I'm sure we all have our ways of doing things, but this just another way and how I do it.. and yes, my finger tips get very inked in the process..LOL

Were going to make this:

into this:

For supplies you will need:

White cardstock
Ranger distress inks (or any other ink you use)
Leaf die cut ( I used my Cricut Imagine and A Childs Year cartridge)

These are the ink colors I used:
Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Shappy Shutters and Peeled Paint.

first you want to start with the lightest color:
Rub the yellow (Mustard Seed) all over the white leaf as shown above.

Dried Marigold next for an Orange shade leaf..
now, you can stop here if you wish to keep the leaf yellowish .
but when you make the leaf an orange shade then you need to do the following:
do the first two steps plus rub Rusty Hinge on the edges of the leaf, leaving the center of the leaf yellow 
and at this point, you will also want to rub the cut seems, 
by bending the leaf a bit so you can get to them easier..
Stop here if you want to leave the leaf orange...

now, were going for the red.. do the above three steps and then
 rub the Fired Brick ink only on the very edges of the leaf..  
 I apologize for the fuzzy photo..
 I took these with my iphone since my camera batteries are dead :(

Now you have mastered yellow, orange and red fall leaves...LOL

Then lets do some Green Leaves shall we:
Grab you shabby shutters (since its a lighter shade of green) and 
rub it all over the white leaf with your sponge.

Then rub some of the Peeled paint on the edges of the leaf.. 
you can see here in the photo, that I have left the center of the leaf lighter.. 
if you wish to keep the leaf green, then stop here!!
but for fall colors, add a little Rusty hinge to the very edges 
of the green leaves to add a little Autumn look to them.. 

and don't be afraid to experiment with different colors..

and when you do all of these steps your leaves will look great.. 
and don't forget to bend them a bit cause as you know, real leaves aren't flat..

then you can have realistic looking leaves just like these 
and all out of white cardstock:

I hope this quick little tutorial was helpful and you get good use out of it..
if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.. 
My email address can be found in my profile :)
Hope everyone has a wonderfully creative week..