January 27, 2010

Valentines Box!

Here it is finally! My valentines box I created for my Cricut class next month. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out what to put on each side and how to make the top pretty since it had to be able to split in half. There are lots of pictures and details about creating it so have a look. Also Friday I will be announcing the big giveaway! Here's a hint..... the more people who join the bigger the prize! So make sure to tell all of your friends.

The box was cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More on the 12x24 mat using the "fit to page" feature. After it was cut I used Fired Brick Distress Ink to ink the edges and give it a little more texture. The top is a heart from Love Struck that I glitzed up with some Stickles. It had to be cut in half and then adhered to each side of the box closure.
Side one was all cut from Sweethearts. First I cut the rose bouquet for the stems and wrapping. I cut off the roses and replaced them with individual flowers using Ranger's Dimensional Pearls for the centers and Glimmer Mist in pashmina for the sparkle.
Side 2 was cut from Love Struck. I used Glimmer Mist again and Stickles on the letters. I also used 3D Glue Dots to adhere it to the box and give it dimension.
Side 3 was a little different. The heart is from Sweethearts and the medallion piece is a 1.5" piece of patterned card stock folded every half inch and then glued together at the ends. (Sorry not the best explanation) The word love was a $1 stamp from Michael's that I heat embossed.
Side 4 was a combination of both cartridges. The hearts are from Sweethearts and the words are from Love Struck. I used Stickles on the blackout part of the hearts and Glossy Accents on the words.

Sneak Peak!

Here's a sneak peak of my Cricut valentines box. Check back on Thursday for full pics and assembly details. And don't forget to keep looking for the fabulous giveaway I will be posting soon!

January 25, 2010

Guess What's Next!

Just a little hint of what's to come......

In the next couple of days I will not only be unveiling my super cute valentines box but I will also be posting details about a giveaway you will not want to miss! So if you're not a follower make sure you join and if you are be on the look out for the details.

Wedding Pages Part 2

I am having so much fun creating these wedding layouts. Its a nice break from all the "boy" stuff I do. I think it will take me a while to finish though since I am always having to squeeze other projects in between pages. The first page is Making Memories paper. The border strips were done with the Martha Stewart 3 Dot Scallop punch. The flowers are from the Pagoda cartridge. I love these flowers! On the cartridge they are 2 layers, which I did in the white and burgundy, but to give them a little sparkle I added a third layer of iridescent vellum and attached only the center so the petals would actually come off the page. Then to finish them off I added pearls for the centers and some rhinestone flourishes. The title "James & Amy" was cut from Gypsy Font and then covered in Glossy Accents for a little shine.

The second page I scrap lifted from a Scrapbooks Etc. magazine. The word "Love" was cut from Storybook and the heart is from Love Struck. For the patterned strip I started with Making Memories silver polka dot paper and stamped the flowers and butterflies on it. Then I used the Fiskar's Apron Lace border punch for each side.

January 24, 2010

Wedding Pages Part 1

James and I have been married almost 5 years, but I have never even tried to do a scrapbook for our wedding until now. The weekend of our earthquake I was at a crop and had completely forgotten to grab my case of photos so the only thing I had with me to scrap was the wedding photos. The colors I chose to do our album in are actually not our wedding colors. I was inspired by the Little Yellow Bicycle Love Letters collection, that I fell in love with last year and decided to use the color scheme for the whole album.

For the first page I used the Storybook cartridge for the die-cut background and Sweethearts for the "you & me" title. I used Stickles on the Prima Flowers to give them some sparkle and the rhinestone swirls are also from Prima.

The Second page is done on Making Memories paper. The "Mr. & Mrs." title is again from Sweethearts, the date was done in Gypsy font and the butterflies are from the new Sentimentals cartridge that I absolutely love! The butterfly border I stamped with the new Studio G stamps I found at Michael's and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

January 14, 2010

Lets Play Catch Up!

While I'm sticking to my new years resolution about keeping up on my blog I figure we could play a little catch up and I would post some of the Christmas projects I did last year. The first was this box I made using the gable box Gypsy file from Magoo's Design~Create~Inspire blog. The snowman is from Snow Friends, the snowflakes are from When It's Cold Outside, the polar bear is from Joys of the Season, the trees are from Christmas Solutions, and finally the saying is from Winter Woodland. I love this box! It was super easy and if you cut it on the 12x24 mat it is the perfect size for a gift. In fact my boys put their gift for grandma in this one!

Up next are some Christmas cards I made, The first set is all done with papers and embellishments from My Minds Eye Colorful Christmas Collection. This was my favorite holiday collection this year and I had a lot of fun make these bright and cheery cards.

Last, but not least, are some other various cards I made using some other My Minds Eye papers and Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses papers. The little gingerbread house is a Jolee's embellishment and the snowflake was cut on my Cricut.
Keep watching! I will be posting a calendar and a Cricut layout that I made for my January classes, as well as some beautiful wedding layouts I've been working on!

January 10, 2010

New Year New..... Earthquakes?

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake Saturday Jan. 9, 2010 4:27 pm
A collapsed home in Eureka
Eureka Natural Foods Store

I'm sure many of you have seen flashes of our small town on the news today showing the 6.5 magnitude eathquake that struck yesterday afternoon. In true scrapbooking fashion I happened to be at our first crop of the year when it happened. I've lived here since I was born and been through several of these now, but this one was pretty scary. I had to actually get under a table to avoid the wood mounted stamps falling from the shelves behind me and then the lights went out. The classroom where we have our crops does not have windows as it is in the back of the building so everything was pitch black. It is a very disorienting feeling to be in the dark and here things moving and crashing but not be able to tell if it's going to come down on you. Thankfully the wonderful group of ladies I was with were all ok and all very calm about the situation. There is some moderate damage around the county and we did not have power most of the night last night, but people are being very considerate of each other and I think we will all pull out of it just fine.
This gave me a great opportunity to get started on my new year's resolutions! One was to keep up on my blog and post more even if it's not a project. Voila! My first post! The next was to stop taking on so many projects for others and get caught up on my own. (Which I was doing at crop until the interruption) I also resolved to keep up on my laundry, be more active, and not to let petty arguments get in the way of my true friendships. My Cricut class for the month is a layout listing all of these and will have a spot to journal if I stick with them or not. (pictures will be up soon). I hope all of you are starting your new year off well and that you will be reading more of my posts as I am determined to stick with it. Happy New Year!